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1924 Aug. 14

Burgett, Mary

Letter from Mary Burgett to Sarah Kessel

Monmouth (Ill.) - Mary tells her mother about the difficulty she had with the horses, explaining how they had wandered two and a half miles down the road. Luckily, June and their father were able to go after them, but the horses (Katy, Letty and Prince) did not want to come home. She also notes the trouble she has had with all the ongoing ironing and the lack of time she has to complete it due to th... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1901

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sarah Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa tells Sarah not to write so often, explaining it is "an awful lot of bothering" having to write to Sarah every fifteen minutes. She gives Sarah permission to buy the cloak she wants.

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1924 Aug. 13

Burgett, Mary

Letter from Mary Burgett to Sarah Kessel

Monmouth (Ill.) - Mary tells her mother about all the entertaining she has had to do and describes one guest as being a "hippo." She clarifies that she is not trying to be disrespectful, but there is no other word to describe the woman who is "rather short but she makes up for all that in other dimensions." Mary goes on to tell her mother about gossip and who is dating who and notes that... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1902 June 4

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sarah Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa talks about how she had her mother's wedding dress died black, and explains that she is not ready to give it to Sarah. She goes on to talk about her house keeping duties and church activities and attendance. She talks about a sermon that especially spoke to her, and tells Sarah to refer to John 12:32 to get an idea of it.

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1901

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sarah Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa talks about all the housework she has been doing. She instructs Sarah to get her pictures taken and then goes on to talk about town gossip. Minnie Buschnell tried to sell her a copy of "Talmage's Life," but she declined. Louisa then states her belief that agents "are beggars." Louisa hopes that Sarah's indigestion is not too bad.

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1924 Aug. 12

Burgett, Mary

Letter from Mary Burgett to Sarah Kessel

Monmouth (Ill.) - Mary is pleased to hear that her Grace's surgery was a success. She informs her mother that she successfully made five pounds of butter and updates her on how the other children are doing. Mary also talks about town gossip and who has been dating who.

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1924 Aug. 8

Burgett, Mary

Letter from Mary Burgett to Sarah Kessel

Monmouth (Ill.) - Mary gives her mother an update on the housework she has accomplished since her mother has been away and informs her that the kids have been good. She talks about town gossip and notes popular hairstyles. Many of her friends are now wearing their hair bobbed. Mary informs her mom that a friend dropped off a book entitled "Tetherstones" by Ethel M. Dell. Mary closes by assuring ... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1901 May 1

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sarah Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa tells Sarah about the work that is being done to the house, mainly the building of a new front porch. She debates what color she should paint the porch and porch ceiling, weighing the pros and cons of each. Louisa thinks she will have the porch painted white and the ceiling a sky blue. She notes that it is memorial day and admits she did not go to church because ... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1988 Sept. 5

Chase, Wayland Johnson, 1865-

Letter from Wayland Johnson Chase to Sarah Kessel

Morgan Park (Ill.) - Chase is glad to hear that Sarah plans on sending her daughter to Morgan Park Academy. He believes the courses Sarah has planned for her daughter makes since, and he will register her at once. Chase believes the girl will be successful at Morgan Park Academy and notes he will gladly cooperate with her to make her daughter's year "both profitable and enjoyable in all respects."

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1933 July 25

Irey, Katherine

Letter from Katherine Irey to Sarah Kessel

Katherine writes to her mother with birthday wishes and sends her some money to spend on herself. She has some material for June and Betty's dresses. Katherine writes that she is disgusted with the world and with her part of the country in particular. The cost of renting a house is too high and she is surprised that anyone could afford to buy a house, yet they do. She would like to move a... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers