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
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
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.
1871 Jan. 11
Concord (Penn.) - Samp King tells his cousin Louisa Gass about sleigh rides, visiting a spelling school, and the upcoming marriage of Mollie Sterr and Dr. Johnston, which he believes is a bad match. There has been a lot of drama in Perry County because of a house fire that killed a man, his wife and 2 of their children. The oldest son escaped the fire but was a suspect because a bottle of chlorofor... more
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
1902 Nov. 4
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa frets about loosing her pocketbook and not being able to call Sadie as a result. She advises Sadie to get a lecture course ticket and then apologizes for not having sent the dress Sadie requested. She inquires about Sadie's health and asks if she has recovered from her cold. Louisa then informs her daughter that their little yellow kitten died, but that the other... more