1873 – 1874
Keithsburg (Ill.) - Contains scattered entries starting in September 1873 until March of 1874. Louisa describes her daily activities, town gossip, and affiliation with the local school and church. Also included in the diary are grocery lists and prices, housekeeping schedules and lists, household accounting, laundry schedule and cost, profit and loss list, a list of dress/sewing costs, lis... more
1902 Nov. 19
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
1878 Feb. 20
Greenwell, B. S.
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
1864 June 13
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
1859 Oct. 30
Beaver (Pa.) - Emma, Louisa's school friend, discusses town gossip and describes the activities of other young people in town. She talks of going to a lecture given by a female Mormon and wonders if men "would be as willing for their wives to have an equal number of husbands." She goes on to discuss the men she has been seeing.
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.
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.
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.
1867 Nov. 26
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
1873 May 17
Weakley, J. B.
Carlisle (Penn.) - J. B. Weakley begins his letter with apologies, expressing concern for family members who are ill as well as family and friends who have died. He tells the story of how his church was established, the division of the Board of Trustees over payment for the church, and the difficulties that arose. Payment was finally made and the church was out of debt. His writes about the cost of... more