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1901 Oct. 3

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

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

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1903 Feb. 1

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

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

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1903 June 2

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

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

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1902 Jan. 15

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa describes how the family horse "Gypsy" kicked all night and kept papa awake. She goes on to describe the prayer meeting she attended and how impressed people were that Sadie was attending Monmouth; one person even described Sadie as "a celebrity." She also notes that more and more church members are wanting to dance after meetings and that the "dancing craze" continues to gr... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1903 Nov. 7

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa informs Sadie that Miss Duff has Typhoid Fever, and instructs Sadie not to visit her. She also instructs Sadie to buy heavy shoes and rubbers immediate so as to not expose herself to the weather. Louisa hopes the rain will stop so that the danger of malaria will end. She notes that Florence's children are sick with whooping couch. Louisa tells Sadie not to worry about health, sc... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1903 Nov. 7

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa stresses that Sadie must take care of her teeth as soon as it gets warm out. She also insists that the next time she has stomach trouble she must send for Dr. Webster. If Sadie doesn't agree, then Louisa will send Mrs. Patterson to see it is done. She tells Sadie not to worry about school as "it isn't grades you are after, it is an education and you are getting that."

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1903 Feb. 3

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

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

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1902 Sept. 30

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

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

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1900 Jan. 12

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa expresses frustration at not being able to call Sadie, as the telephone booth was in use and then it was raining to hard to make the trip to the booth. She fills Sadie in on the town gossip and notes that Tom Marshall shaved off his mustache, which spoils his appearance. Louisa tries to keep her letter short, as she is hoping to see her daughter in the next few d... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1903 Apr. 20

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - First two pages of letter missing. Louisa informs Sadie that Mrs. Bushnell attending church and plans on attending all the time. She also notes other women she bumped into while at church. While there, papa attended a strong temperance sermon text entitled "Am I my brothers' keeper?" Louisa notes all the baking of ginger cookies she has been doing and frets over the laundry tha... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers