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1896 June 26

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa informs Sadie their neighbors' new babies and how much they cry. She talks about all the baking and house cleaning she has accomplished and tells Sadie an amusing anecdote about a kitten overseeing the ironing. Louisa frets about Sadie's health and insists she go to a doctor.

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1898 May 11

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

Burlington (Vt.) - Louisa talks about her eye trouble and how her trip in Burlington is going. She instructs Sadie that if she has any fruit, to pout off the juice into a clean jar and put it in the cellar.

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1900 Jan. 12

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

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.

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1900 Jan. 12

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa fills Sadie in on the town gossip. She encourages Sadie to study harder in Latin and advises her to choose her algebra class sooner rather than later. Louisa asks Sadie to find out the address of the Presbyterian Church Addie attends and also for the name of the pastor--but to do so quietly. She goes on to talk about church attendance and prayer meetings.

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

1901 Sept. 25

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa feels as though she is going mad, as Will is driving her insane. She informs Sadie that Will is refusing to take medicine and has been drinking (which is what made him sick in the first place). Will denies this fact and threatens to take arsenic.

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1901 Oct. 3

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

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

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1901 Oct. 24

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa informs Sadie about recent happenings in town and updates her on all the house work she has accomplished. Louisa notes that she keeps burning the sweet potatoes that she cooks, and can't figure out how it is happening. She also notes that Fred has been getting very drunk.

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1902

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

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.

Burgett-Irey Family Papers

1902

Gass, Louisa

Letter from Louisa Gass to Sadie Kessel

Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa instructs Sadie to have the dresses made as soon as possible. She asks Sadie is the is liking Trigonometry better than Geometry, and inquires about her Greek lessons. She also tells Sadie that it isn't fair to give Nelson false encouragement and adds that she isn't saying anything against him, bur rather in his behalf.

Burgett-Irey Family Papers