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.
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
1903 June 2
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa Gass tells her daughter Sadie Kessel that papa has left for his trip already. Louisa goes on to talk about recent happenings in town. She notes that Eva Essex, who had eaten too many peaches and gotten terribly ill, is finally on the mend. Louisa talks about her household chores and discusses they groceries she bought for the week. She lets Sadie know that their horse "... more
1903 Feb. 3
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa Gass asks her daughter Sadie Kessel why she doesn't write to her. Louisa informs her daughter that she knows of another student, who has three times as much work than Sadie yet still finds the time to write to her family every day. Louisa goes on to talk about recent happenings in town. She voices frustration over lending books out to friends and having a difficult time... more
1902 Sept. 30
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa talks about her upcoming trip to visit Sadie. She notes that Sadie will have to unhitch and feed Gyp upon her arrival in Monmouth. Louisa is concerned about whether or not the roads will be safe for a horse and carriage to travel on, and asks Sadie to decide whether she should travel by carriage or on foot. She goes on to talk about church meetings and the fund-raising she h... more