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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_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_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_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_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_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_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_07_26_1874.pdf
This letter from Susan Eller to Luke and Sarah Eller discusses farming and the impact of Reconstruction on Susan. Susan mentions the price of crops and that some vendors of farm animals are not selling in her area anymore because there is an…


Letter_10_1867.pdf
This is a letter from Jennie King to Mary Eller. Jennie says she is going to be marrying soon and that Mary’s father has promised to buy her a dress.


letter_03_23_1869.pdf
This is a letter from Mollie Daniel to Mollie Eller. Mollie asks about coming marriages and family members, and she mentions events going on around where she lives in Tennessee.


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_11_19_1863.pdf
This is a letter from Hansford Eller to Luke Eller. The letter is very faint, making it largely illegible.


Letter_10_30_1863.pdf
This is a letter from Mary Daniel to her grandmother Martha Ashley. Mary says she has not communicated with her grandmother in years, however, she is glad she is alive since most of Mary’s family, including all of her sisters, have died.


Letter_07_23_1865.pdf
This is a letter from Mary Eller to her cousin Mollie Daniel. In this letter, Mary explains that Mollie’s family is not dead, and that her parents and brother are very much alive, and then she says where they all are living and working. She also…


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_04_12_1864.pdf
This is a letter from Hansford Eller to his parents, Luke and Sarah Eller. Hansford says that he has heard from his brother Aswell, and that he is fine. There is also mention of an attack planned on a town once a gunboat comes to the area, however,…


Letter_02_11_1863.pdf
This is a letter from Hansford Eller to Luke Eller, his father. Hansford is serving in the Confederate Army and has been away from home for some time, and is hoping to come back soon. His grandmother, he says, has grim outlooks on both the war and…


Letter_02_10_1863.pdf
This is a letter from Hansford Eller to his father, Luke Eller. Hansford informs his father of the goings on in their area during the Civil War and tells him about his income.


Letter_01_22_1864.pdf
This is a letter from Hansford Eller to his parents. Hansford informs them of his arrival at camp and what he did when he got there, which he says is nothing.


Letter_1860.pdf
This is a letter from Mary Eller to her cousin, Jennie King. Mary asks how Jennie has been since they were last at camp meetings together, and then Mary demands that Jennie continue to live a religious life and that Jennie must make Joseph King, her…


Letter_10_12_1860.pdf
This is a letter from W.L. King to Luke Eller, and family. W.L. says that Evaline, his mother, has died, but otherwise he has little news. The reason W.L. wrote this letter, he says, is that his last letter received a response that was dated on the…


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_1857_01_21.pdf
This is a letter from Aswell Eller to his father, Luke. Aswell apologizes for not writing a letter to his father sooner, explaining that the weather saw temperatures that were thirty degrees below zero and the river froze so no mail could be sent. He…


Letter_08_7_1859.pdf
This is a letter from William and Susan Eller to William’s brother and brother’s wife Luke and Sarah. William focuses on the subject of property. He says he hopes that his brother John will move near him and that he wishes Luke and Sarah could do the…


2012_045_1899_0911.pdf
This is a letter from Emma Baker Martin to her aunt Betty Kirby Eller. The letter discusses maintaining her home and how her baby is. The Martin family has a large house, which Emma finds hard to maintain, and the baby, whom she spoils, takes a lot…


2012_045_1898_0324.pdf
This is a letter from Emma Baker Martin to Betty Kirby Eller, her aunt. The letter focuses on domestic affairs, such as the household budget, family, and upcoming trips, along with various friends’ correspondence.


2012_045_1898_0117.pdf
This is a letter from Emma Baker Martin to her aunt Betty Kirby Eller. The letter discusses two things primarily, butter and other household items. Betty sent Emma several pounds of butter as part of a long-running exchange of goods they have set up,…


2012_045_1897_1022.pdf
This is a letter from Emma Baker Martin to her aunt Betty Kirby Eller. In this letter, Emma writes about domestic business such as dressmaking and shoes. This is the subject of the majority of Emma’s letters, however, this letter also mentions that…


2012_045_1897_1017.pdf
This is a letter from Emma Baker Martin to her aunt Betty Kirby Eller. The letter opens as usual for Emma, writing about the price of butter, fabric, and postage. Emma also mentions her youngest child, Virginia, who is healthy and playful. The letter…


2012_045_1897_0921.pdf
This is a letter from Emma Baker Martin to her aunt, Betty Kirby Eller. The letter is brief for Emma, and mentions that her daughter Virginia has a cold. The letter also makes references to enclosed photos of Emma’s husband and daughter, however,…


2012_045_1897_0311.pdf
This is a letter from Emma Baker Martin to her aunt Betty Kirby Eller. Emma writes about her loneliness since her husband, whom she refers to as ‘Dr.’, has gone to Baltimore for several weeks for a medical course. She has friends stay with her to…


2012_045_1896_0701.pdf
This is a letter from Emma Baker Martin to her aunt Betty Kirby Eller. The letter discusses butter and its forms and the consequences of shipping lots of butter.


2012_045_1896_0521.pdf
This is a letter from Emma Baker Martin to her aunt Betty Kirby Eller. The letter discusses various affairs such as butter and ham Emma wants to buy or trade with her aunt. She offers her aunt curtains she is sewing for the butter. Emma goes on to…


2012_045_1896_0504.pdf
This is a letter from Emma Baker Martin to her aunt Betty Kirby Eller. The letter discusses many of the things Emma frequently writes to her aunt about. Butter is the main topic, as Emma has received her regular shipment from her aunt. Emma also…


2012_045_1896_0124.pdf
This is an incomplete letter from Emma Baker Martin to her aunt Betty Kirby Eller. The letter focuses on butter and how much is being paid for it and other goods.


2012_045_1895_1125.pdf
This is a letter from Emma Baker Martin to her aunt Betty Kirby Eller. The letter mentions a photo that Emma says she includes in the envelope, but said photo is not present. Emma talks about butter, when she received her regular package of butter,…


2012_045_1895_1117.pdf
This is a letter from Emma Baker Martin to her aunt Betty Kirby Eller. This brief letter discusses how Betty does not need to send any butter to Emma because she already is being sent some from someone else. Emma writes that she is about to go to…


2012_045_1895_1111.pdf
This is a letter from Emma Baker Martin to her aunt Betty Kirby Eller. Emma writes that she would like her aunt to send her more butter, and that she enjoyed her recent trip. She is sad that she was not able to see more of her sickly mother and…


2012_045_1883_1125.pdf
This is a letter from Emma Baker Martin to her aunt Betty Kirby Eller. Emma writes this letter while sick with the mumps. She is attending a girls college, and discusses her lessons and reading. She says she is no longer homesick, but likes being…
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