1903 Apr. 20
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa talks about all the writing and baking she has been doing. She mentions papas masonic meetings and how late they've been keeping him. Louisa goes on to talk about church and visiting preachers. She also talks about the cleaning she has accomplished since Sadie's last visit home.
1900 Jan. 12
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa talks of how proud of Sadie she is because of her grades, but warns Sadie to make sure she does her own work and not to depend upon Miss Adams. She also talks a bit about boys, but reminds Sadie that she does not want her to date until after University. She instructs Sadie not to waste her time with Lewis.
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa gives Sadie a hard time for not writing more often. She also warns Sadie of the dangers of driving in "electric cars" and talks about an upcoming boat ride on the river, while noting how low the river has gotten.
1924 Aug. 14
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
1924 Aug. 13
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
1902 Nov. 4
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa frets about loosing her pocketbook and not being able to call Sadie as a result. She advises Sadie to get a lecture course ticket and then apologizes for not having sent the dress Sadie requested. She inquires about Sadie's health and asks if she has recovered from her cold. Louisa then informs her daughter that their little yellow kitten died, but that the other... more
1901 Sept. 25
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa feels as though she is going mad, as Will is driving her insane. She informs Sadie that Will is refusing to take medicine and has been drinking (which is what made him sick in the first place). Will denies this fact and threatens to take arsenic.