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.
1902 Oct. 20
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa describes the nice umbrella she found in the hall next to the sitting room and asks if Sadie had ever noticed it before. She discovered that Sadie's papa had bought it, and she continues to describe how nice it is and how she plans to use it whenever it rains. Louisa wants to know what Sadie is reading in Greek.
1903 Feb. 25
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa informs Sadie of all the ironing she has been doing. She notes that she has been unable to find the dress piece Sadie is looking for, and asks her to send her a sample of fabric so she knows what it should look like.
1903 Mar. 28
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Sadie Kessel forgot to pack her union suit and her mother, Louisa Gass is sending it with Mis Findley, who will be visiting Monmonth in a few days time. Louisa goes on to talk about recent happenings in town. She notes that her pen is giving her trouble and spilling ink all over the letter. She ends the letter by wishing Sadie well and admits she is envious that Sadie i... more
1901 Oct. 24
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa informs Sadie about recent happenings in town and updates her on all the house work she has accomplished. Louisa notes that she keeps burning the sweet potatoes that she cooks, and can't figure out how it is happening. She also notes that Fred has been getting very drunk.
1901 Oct. 3
Oquakwa (Ill.) - This envelope contains two letters, the second of which has the first four pages missing. In the first letter, Louisa frets about the muddy condition of the roads and informs Sadie that she may not be able to travel home until they are safe and dry. Louisa talks some about family friends, but explains all the gossip can wait until Sadie arrives home. In the second letter,... more