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
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
1901 Sept. 25
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.
1903 June 2
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa Gass tells her daughter Sadie Kessel that papa has left for his trip already. Louisa goes on to talk about recent happenings in town. She notes that Eva Essex, who had eaten too many peaches and gotten terribly ill, is finally on the mend. Louisa talks about her household chores and discusses they groceries she bought for the week. She lets Sadie know that their horse "... more