Page 34: A Note from the Commissioner
March 19, 1912
Mrs. Lena Smith,
In your claim for reimbursement in the case of Amalia Baerecke, certificate number 615.946, there should be furnished a bill for nursing showing by whom paid.
Your husband should sign the statement herewith.
J. L. Davenport
What I learned from this document:
I didn't learn much factually. I can imagine Mrs. Lena Smith (my third-great aunt) spent all this time compiling everything needed for her deceased mother's pension and sent it off in anticipation. Then a letter comes, she opens it and it's the government asking for more paperwork.
Also, I like how the letter is addressed to Mrs. Smith, but she is ordered to have her husband do the signing for her, lest she get the vapors and faint over such a complex task.
Coming up: bills, bills, bills. Stay tuned...