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
1903 Feb. 25
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa informs Sadie of all the ironing she has been doing. She notes that she has been unable to find the dress piece Sadie is looking for, and asks her to send her a sample of fabric so she knows what it should look like.
1903 Mar. 28
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Sadie Kessel forgot to pack her union suit and her mother, Louisa Gass is sending it with Mis Findley, who will be visiting Monmonth in a few days time. Louisa goes on to talk about recent happenings in town. She notes that her pen is giving her trouble and spilling ink all over the letter. She ends the letter by wishing Sadie well and admits she is envious that Sadie i... more
1901 Oct. 24
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.
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.
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
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
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
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