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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

1901 May 1

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sarah Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa tells Sarah about the work that is being done to the house, mainly the building of a new front porch. She debates what color she should paint the porch and porch ceiling, weighing the pros and cons of each. Louisa thinks she will have the porch painted white and the ceiling a sky blue. She notes that it is memorial day and admits she did not go to church because ... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1902 Nov. 19

Kessel, Adeline

Letter from Adeline Kessel to Louisa Gass

Chicago (Ill.) - This envelope contains two separate letters from Adeline to her mother, Louisa Gass. In the first letter, Adeline forwards her mother her new address and notes that she and her husband Jack already had to invest in a new heater. She voices frustration at the fact that some people thinks she should have married Billy instead of Jack, since Billy is more financially stable. S... 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

1878 Feb. 20

Greenwell, B. S.

Letter from B. S. Greenwell to Louisa Gass

Stockton (Calif.) - B. S. Greenwell begins his letter with sincere apologies for not writing sooner. He is now living in the San Joaquin Valley in California where it is flat and recently very rainy. Out his window he can see the peach trees which are in bloom and the wheat waving in the breeze . The Sierra Nevadas and Mt. Diablo of the Coast Range are covered in snow. The current rainy season makes him ... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1865 Apr. 16

McElherron, Lizzie

Letter from Lizzie McElherron to Louisa Gass

Lizzie opens her letter with apologies for not writing Louisa sooner. She then mentions the dreadful news of Abraham Lincoln's assassination and the ensuing commotion. She thinks they should now prepare for the "opening of the sixth seal" as foreshadowed by Revelations. Lizzie gives updates on Maggie and Will and their teaching positions and she states how she wishes a "worthy, whol... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1902 Jan. 28

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa Gass had been nervous that her daughter Sadie Kessel may have lost all of her money and/or spoiled all of her clothes and was relieved to hear from Sadie, though saddened by how depressed she had seemed and promises to send money soon. Louisa talks about the household chores she and Sadie's papa have been completing. She also discusses her lesson plans and the classes s... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1903 Apr. 7

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - This envelope includes two letters from Louisa to her daughter Sadie. In the first letter, Louisa describes how depressed and worried she has been concerning Sadie's health. Their friend thought Sadie could be sick from uterine trouble, not her stomach. In the second letter, Louisa acknowledges Sadie's letter and tries to answer all of her questions. She instructs her d... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers