1859 Dec. 25
Beaver (Pa.) - Emma, Louisa's school friend, discusses town gossip and describes the activities of other young people in town. She informs Louisa about a good Methodist school that her friends Louise and Mary have been enjoying. She admits to not being interested in marriage, though quickly steers the letter to a different topic. Emma insists that Louisa write back on New Years Day.
1874 Mar. 18
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Florence writes to Louisa asking her to buy her a hat in a style that would suit her. She should not spend over $10 on the hat. Florence does not like the hat style of the "artists". She has no other news for Louisa. She is trying to bear her bereavement as bravely as possible, but the house is so quiet that she finds it almost unbearable.
1903 June 1
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louis lets Sadie know that she has been ill with eye pain and headaches. She has had to wear an eye sling and does many eye treatments. Louisa admits she hasn't been to any church meetings. She talks of how much she has missed Sadie.
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.
1859 Feb. 27
Beaver (Pa.) - Emma, Louisa's school friend, discusses town gossip and describes the activities of other young people in town. She insists that Louisa give her more details about the man she wrote about, who is "wealthy, good looking, graduate from Jefferson, and fond of travel." Emma jokes that she is in love.
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
1871 Jan. 11
Concord (Penn.) - Samp King tells his cousin Louisa Gass about sleigh rides, visiting a spelling school, and the upcoming marriage of Mollie Sterr and Dr. Johnston, which he believes is a bad match. There has been a lot of drama in Perry County because of a house fire that killed a man, his wife and 2 of their children. The oldest son escaped the fire but was a suspect because a bottle of chlorofor... more
1867 Sept. 28
Duncannon (Penn.) - Samp King's letter to his cousin Louisa is mostly on behalf of Jane, who has a hurt finger and cannot write the letter herself. She and Charley had a good trip to Niagara Falls before they picked up Harry to bring him home with them. His sister was in Philadelphia and is now visiting Ickesburg. Samp was travelling in the West and noted how warm and dry it had been around the country... more