American Temperance Union
New York (N.Y.) - Features a temperance song entitled "Sparkling with Light" by James H. Aikman, as well as several stories concerning temperance and politics and the effects of intemperate men on women and family.
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 July 21
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
1862 Nov. 16
Oquawka (Ill.) - William Boden writes to his sister Sidney with little news of their friends. He has not seen them in a month or 6 weeks. Mr. Hanson is preaching in Keithsburgh, a town 12 miles north, half of his time. William writes that there is a lot of work to do, but he doesn't know how long it will last. He doesn't care for hard work so he hopes it doesn't last long, especially when it doesn't pa... more
1924 Aug. 14
Monmouth (Ill.) - Mary tells her mother about the difficulty she had with the horses, explaining how they had wandered two and a half miles down the road. Luckily, June and their father were able to go after them, but the horses (Katy, Letty and Prince) did not want to come home. She also notes the trouble she has had with all the ongoing ironing and the lack of time she has to complete it due to th... more
1924 Aug. 13
Monmouth (Ill.) - Mary tells her mother about all the entertaining she has had to do and describes one guest as being a "hippo." She clarifies that she is not trying to be disrespectful, but there is no other word to describe the woman who is "rather short but she makes up for all that in other dimensions." Mary goes on to tell her mother about gossip and who is dating who and notes that... more
1924 Aug. 8
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
1924 Aug. 12
Monmouth (Ill.) - Mary is pleased to hear that her Grace's surgery was a success. She informs her mother that she successfully made five pounds of butter and updates her on how the other children are doing. Mary also talks about town gossip and who has been dating who.
1988 Sept. 5
Chase, Wayland Johnson, 1865-
Morgan Park (Ill.) - Chase is glad to hear that Sarah plans on sending her daughter to Morgan Park Academy. He believes the courses Sarah has planned for her daughter makes since, and he will register her at once. Chase believes the girl will be successful at Morgan Park Academy and notes he will gladly cooperate with her to make her daughter's year "both profitable and enjoyable in all respects."