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.
1902 June 4
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.
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.
1873 – 1874
Keithsburg (Ill.) - Contains scattered entries starting in September 1873 until March of 1874. Louisa describes her daily activities, town gossip, and affiliation with the local school and church. Also included in the diary are grocery lists and prices, housekeeping schedules and lists, household accounting, laundry schedule and cost, profit and loss list, a list of dress/sewing costs, lis... more
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.
1896 June 26
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa informs Sadie their neighbors' new babies and how much they cry. She talks about all the baking and house cleaning she has accomplished and tells Sadie an amusing anecdote about a kitten overseeing the ironing. Louisa frets about Sadie's health and insists she go to a doctor.
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
1903 Feb. 1
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa offers words of comfort to Sadie, and instructs her not to worry so much. She inquires about the amount of silk needed to fix Sadie's skirt. Louisa also notes the amount of housework she has left to do, but admits she rather spend her time writing letters to Sadie than straightening up the kitchen. Louisa then talks about how she always longed to own a book of "Synonyms and ... more