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1864 June 13

Letter from Bobby to Louisa Gass

Washington (D.C.) - Bobby writes to his cousin Louisa Gass asking her to send him a list of those killed or wounded from his old regiment in the Civil War. He went on a trip with his Orderly Sergent to Crystal Springs. This was the first time he had been out of the hospital for two weeks. Bobby writes about common acquaintances who are in the service and when they will get out. He looks forward to learning to... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1924 Aug. 8

Burgett, Mary

Letter from Mary Burgett to Sarah Kessel

Monmouth (Ill.) - Mary gives her mother an update on the housework she has accomplished since her mother has been away and informs her that the kids have been good. She talks about town gossip and notes popular hairstyles. Many of her friends are now wearing their hair bobbed. Mary informs her mom that a friend dropped off a book entitled "Tetherstones" by Ethel M. Dell. Mary closes by assuring ... 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

1867 Nov. 26

Pepper, Helen

Letter from Helen Pepper to Louisa Gass

Davenport (Iowa) - Helen writes to Louisa about having the blues. She had a hard time settling back in at home and wonders if she should have ever left. The weather is very dark and rainy which she thinks suits people who are down-hearted. Helen then writes of a practical joke that she played on a friend. She found a duck without a head laying on the ground and decided to wrap it up nicely and add a card. S... more

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1863 July 11

Letter from unidentified correspondent to Sidney Boden

United States - Letter by an unidentified correspondent begins with an explanation that all mail service had been suspended due to the Civil War. Rebel forces have moved into the area without any resistance. They are warned that the rebels will plunder and steal all valuables or things that could be useful and all should be put away. The author tells of being faced with armed men at the door who asked if th... more

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1867 July 21

Boden, Sallie

Letter from Sallie Boden to Sarah Boden

Letter from Sallie Boden to her sister discusses daily life, family and house work. Sallie begins by talking about German and Dutch hired help who work in Jeff's store and do laundry for her. She notes that her neighbors from New Orleans who own a furniture store are very nice people. Sallie misses the farm, especially the fresh milk and butter. Sallie describes preserving food, ma... 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

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

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