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.
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.
1861 Mar. 12
Pamela Floyd writes to her friend Louisa Gass, reminding her that none of her friends have forgotten her and that she was a true friend unlike some others who were deceitful. Pamela misses her greatly and asks Louisa's forgiveness for not writing sooner. Her father had typhoid fever and she did not think that he would live. He was contagious so not many people came by and she was left to do... more
1903 Apr. 20
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa talks about all the writing and baking she has been doing. She mentions papas masonic meetings and how late they've been keeping him. Louisa goes on to talk about church and visiting preachers. She also talks about the cleaning she has accomplished since Sadie's last visit home.
1900 Jan. 12
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa talks of how proud of Sadie she is because of her grades, but warns Sadie to make sure she does her own work and not to depend upon Miss Adams. She also talks a bit about boys, but reminds Sadie that she does not want her to date until after University. She instructs Sadie not to waste her time with Lewis.
1901 Oct. 3
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
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa gives Sadie a hard time for not writing more often. She also warns Sadie of the dangers of driving in "electric cars" and talks about an upcoming boat ride on the river, while noting how low the river has gotten.
1903 Feb. 1
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