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Letter_11_27_1889.pdf
This letter from Ada Kirby to a relative talks about domestic affairs, such as hair and gardening.


letter_10_10_1884.pdf
This letter from Laura Kirby to her aunt, Ada, talks about land Ada wants to buy in Kansas. Laura also tells Ada that a horse has been killed, and that they do not know if the company responsible for the horse's death will pay for a new horse or not.…


Letter_06_23_1887.pdf
This letter from V.A. Kirby to Elizabeth Kirby talks about her time in North Topeka, Kansas. She wrote that the crops were doing extremely well and that she wished they could come on a visit.


Letter_06_9_1887.pdf
This is a letter from Mary Kirby, wife of Emory Kirby, to Frances Kirby, her mother-in-law. She talks about how her mother is sick and dying, and how several people in the family have measles. She tells Frances that she will visit once her mother has…


Letter_06_05_1887.pdf
This letter from Elizabeth Eller to her sister, Frances Kirby (Young) discusses Lillian, who Elizabeth Eller appears to be raising, and Sunday School. Elizabeth mentions the horses and mules they have, and the foods they are eating for dinner,…


Letter_04_02_1889.pdf
This letter from Alice Kirby to her Aunt, Ada, talks about dresses for some family members and work around the farm.


Letter_03_22_1887.pdf
This letter from Alice to her aunt, Ada Kirby, talks about the goings on in and around the Kansas farm on which Samuel Kirby and his wife are currently living.


Letter_01_14_1887.pdf
This letter from Lillie to her aunt, Ada, asks for her aunt to come and visit her soon and to send some "good pieces" of poetry for Lillie to recite on the last day of school.


Letter_01_01_1887.pdf
This letter from E. Roberts, one of Frances Roberts-Kirby's nieces, talks about the recent passing of E.'s mother, Frances sister-in-law.


letter_undated_1881_1884.pdf
This is part of a letter Laura Kirby wrote to an unknown person. In this portion of the letter, Laura discusses the crops and farm she lives on. Laura is likely writing this letter from the Kansas farm on which her father, Samuel J. Kirby, moved to.


Letter_10_18_1886.pdf
This letter from Ada Kirby to her sister Bettie talks about various events in Ada’s domestic life, including the burial of a young boy after his death of diphtheria, and the weather.


Letter_10_11_1886.pdf
This letter from Alice to her aunt, Ada, talks about the poor corn harvest that they are expecting. Alice says the weather has been very dry, and she is concerned about the winter freezes. She also talks about Guy, who was helping move some hay with…


Letter_10_10_1886.pdf
This letter from Laura Kirby to her aunt, Ada, discusses how Laura is going to be living with a family a few miles away for several months to make a little money. Laura mentions that Ed has been working on a railroad near Topeka, so he has not seen…


Letter_09_04_1886.pdf
This letter from Robert Kirby to his aunt, Ada Kirby, discusses a horse that Robert has bought. Robert says that he and his father intend to start teaching again. Robert mentions that Lilly and Bruce (last name unknown) said they would meet him in…


Letter_07_27_1885.pdf
This letter from Ada Kirby to her sister, Elizabeth Eller, talks about the dresses Ada is sending to Elizabeth. This letter is a response to “Letter from Elizabeth Eller to Ada Kirby, 16 July 1885.” Ada tries to calm Elizabeth’s concerns at the…


Letter_07_16_1885.pdf
This letter from Elizabeth Eller to her sister Ada talks about the outbreak of scarlet fever in the area that Elizabeth lives. Elizabeth has three children, and so she is worried that they might get sick. Children of people she knows have died from…


Letter_05_16_1886.pdf
This letter from Ada Kirby to her mother, Frances, discusses Bettie’s health. Ada has come to Bettie’s home after Bettie gave birth to Robert Earl in April. Ada says that Bettie has been left bedridden with an abscess from injuries during the birth,…


Letter_05_15_1885.pdf
This is a letter from Robert Kirby to Ada Kirby, written on May 15th, 1885. This letter is faint and difficult to read.


letter_04_19_1885.pdf
This letter from Alice Kirby to Ada Kirby, her aunt, talks about the farm they live on in Kansas, and the process of plowing. Alice mentions that she is sad to hear that some of her aunt Fannie's children have died.


letter_03_19_1885.pdf
This is a letter from Robert Kirby to an aunt of his. In this letter, Robert discusses the upcoming end to the school year and some of his plans for what to do after he finished teaching. Robert mentions his Grandpa being ill, and that he wants…


letter_03_15_1885.pdf
This letter from Alice Kirby to her aunt, Ada Kirby, discusses the farming life that Alice leads in Kansas, where her father, Samuel Kirby, moved the family to. Alice says she is late in responding to the letter from her aunt because they had moved…


Letter_02_22_1886.pdf
This is a letter from Alice Kirby to her aunt Ada. In the letter, Alice talks about how her father and brothers have been very busy making hay, and are so driven by their work that they camp out in the fields where they are baling. Alice says that…


letter_02_21_1885.pdf
This letter from Laura Kirby to her aunt Ada talks about Samuel J. Kirby's moving the family to a new farm. Laura says that she and her sister Alice have left school and discusses the winter weather.


letter_02_07_1885.pdf
This is a letter from Laura Kirby to her aunt Ada Kirby. The letter discusses how Laura no longer plans on attending school and how the weather has been some of the coldest they have ever had in Kansas. Laura talks about a fair they attended and says…


Letter_02_01_1886.pdf
This is a letter from Ada Kirby to her sister Elizabeth Eller. Ada talks about the family's health, the weather, and her hopes for getting visits from relatives.


Letter_01_15_1886.pdf
This letter from Elizabeth Eller to her sister Ada Kirby talks about how Kirby Luke Eller, Elizabeth's son, has caught pneumonia and is extremely ill.


letter_01_11_1885.pdf
This letter from Elizabeth Eller to her sister Ada discusses domestic happenings in Elizabeth’s life. Elizabeth talks about her children going to school, the cold weather, her nephew Emery, and a funeral.


Letter_01_09_1886.pdf
This letter from Alice Kirby to her aunt Ada discusses life on the Kansas farm that Alice’s father, Samuel Kirby, is renting. Alice says that they had a rough Christmas and that the weather is very bad. She talks about how Samuel Kirby intends to…


Letter_00_08_1885.pdf
This letter from Robert Kirby to his aunt Ada talks about what has happened to Robert over the Christmas holiday season. Robert talks about teaching and how he only got two days of break for Christmas. The letter also includes mention of the murder…


envelope_July_1887.pdf
This is an envelope addressed to Millard Kirby and dated 26 July 1887.


letter_12_06_1884.pdf
This letter from Alice Kirby to her aunt Ada Kirby comes from the Kansas farm which Alice’s father, Samuel J. Kirby, rents. Alice complains about the weather and family problems, saying “I don’t think there is another family in the world that has to…


letter_10_16_1881.pdf
This letter from Alice Kirby to her aunt Ada Kirby talks about life on the Kansas farm where Alice and her family live. Alice talks about going to school, fairs, and other sources of entertainment, but her letter is focused on the price of various…


Letter_10_10_1887.pdf
This is a letter from Laura Kirby to her uncle Millard Fillmore Kirby, and his wife. Laura talks about the farm they live on, and how her brother and father are making hay in the fields. Laura mentions that she was very saddened by the news that her…


letter_06_29_1884.pdf
This is a letter from Nancy Kirby to Mary Ann Kirby, in which she talks about her sister Ada’s health. She also mentions a gift Mary Ann sent to them.


letter_05_09_1883.pdf
These are two letters written to Ada Kirby from her nieces, Laura and Alice Kirby, who live in Kansas. Alice writes about the weather and friends she wants to visit with, while Laura talks about life at home and how she enjoys having company.


letter_02_04_1882.pdf
These letters from Laura Kirby and Alice Kirby to their Aunt Ada Kirby discuss life on the farm in Kansas that their father, Samuel J. Kirby rents. Laura talks about going to school, while Alice discusses various domestic events and the price of…


letter_11_19_1876.pdf
This is a letter from Emory Kirby to Mr. Pennington, and is a follow up to a discussion that took pace over a year earlier. Emory left that talk with high hopes, as he had bought land, but found his property sold off. Homeless, Emory was forced to…


letter_11_05_1874.pdf
This is a letter from W. Weaver to Millard Fillmore Kirby. Weaver writes about life in the Colorado Territory, where he is a farmer. He mentions that a man was murdered there shortly before he wrote the letter, and that he might go to Arizona to try…


letter_10_27_1869.pdf
This is a letter from Emory Kirby to his sister Nan. Emory talks about how his recent bout of measles has prevented him from rejoining the cavalry he is a part of, and he details several positions and occurrences in his area during the Civil War.


Letter_05_26_1867.pdf
This is a letter from F. Kirby, one of Samuel J. Kirby’s children, to an aunt or uncle. The letter begins with mention of a robbery that occurred in a nearby county in Missouri, a robbery that likely was committed by the Jesse James gang. In the…


letter_03_15_1869.pdf
This is a letter from Fannie Kirby to her cousin Bettie Kirby. The letter, which is largely illegible, discusses Bettie’s going to school and romance.


Letter_06_08_1863.pdf
This is a letter from a friend to Bettie Kirby. The letter says that many people have died that Bettie knows.


Letter_04_22_1863.pdf
This is a letter from Frances Roberts to Bettie Kirby, her cousin. Frances says she deeply misses Bettie and very much wishes to see her at some point, but she does not know when she can. Frances mentions the past Easter, and how she had an…


Letter_9_17_1861.pdf
This is a letter from Emory Kirby to his father Joel Kirby. Emory tells his father about the Civil War news he has, and he mentions the home they are staying in.


Letter_02_22_1860.pdf
This is a letter from Anabella Baker to Fannie Kirby. She uses metaphors built from nature to describe her friendship. The letter ends with Anabella saying she has met a man she finds attractive.