A scrapbook of letter correspondence between Leo and his friends in Asheville and photos from the war. An article by David Schulman tells about Leo's status as an unofficial historian of Asheville and the incredible impact he had on the community.
This letter, from Alice Kirby to M. F. Kirby, is written from Kingsville, Kansas. She addresses M.F. Kirby as "Mr." and "Brother." Alice talks about family life, farming and the Fourth of July in Kansas. The towns mentioned include Maple Hill, St. Marys and Rossville. Alice shares that Laura [Kirby] is staying in Rossville now.
This is a letter from Emery Kirby to his parents. Emery writes about moving soon to a new location and tells how to address any mail sent to him. Note: the letter was mailed from Salt Sulphur Springs, Virginia which was before the Civil War. Salt Sulphur Springs became part of the new state of West Virginia in 1863. The letter was sent to a community in Grayson County, Virginia.
This letter from Fannie was written in June in reply to a letter she received from her cousin Bettie Kirby. This letter refers to the imprisonment and death of two men, Brother John and Frank. Fannie also tells Bettie about her church activities.
This letter was written at Rose Cottage in Virginia to Daniel by an old friend, A. Ba[illegible], who is missing his company. The writer discusses visiting her Aunt in Franklin, as well as mentioning friends such as Grayson, Judy, Sally, and Fannie.
This letter from Emory Kirby to his father, Joel, discusses recent developments in Greenbrier and surrounding counties after Morgan’s Raid in Ohio. Emory Kirby says that he does not believe that the war will end any time soon, and that the reports that come in are not good for the Confederacy.
This is a letter from Emory Taylor Kirby to his brother Millard Fillmore Kirby. This letter makes mention of a turkey and exchange with Lucy Perkins, as well as discusses a possible legal situation that E.T. Kirby is involved with that requires him to go to Circuit Court.
This letter written to Fannie Kirby’s aunt includes a part of a letter to her sister.The portion of the letter written to her aunt Ida deals with Fannie's desire to leave her current location with Bob.
This letter is written by Rosa to her aunt. In it she talks about how she hasn’t been to school in a while, and her grammar is poor. The letter mainly involves catching her aunt up on the events of the winter.
This letter from Robert Kirby to Ada Kirby talks about how he is recovering from illness and a leg condition, and will be returning to school. There is also mention of photographs Robert will have taken to send to his aunt.
This is a letter from Fannie Kirby to her sister Ada. In the letter, Fannie mentions that she most likely cannot travel to see her sister Bettie, though she hopes some of her relatives will come to visit her. She also mentions that Eddie, another relative, brought rocks by on a stay and planned on selling them, though she suspects she will have to help Eddie sell them.
This letter from Julia Everett to her cousin talks about how the house she lives in was moved closer to their store. Julia also talks about events such as a Strawberry Festival in town. Julia describes the weather as being very warm, and says that there is a lot of dust in the air.
This letter from Aswell Eller to his father, Luke Eller, asks Luke not to come look for land until a later date because of the increased prices. Aswell says that crops are also increasing in price. Aswell has asked his father to pay for the postage of the letter.
This short letter to Luke Eller from a son tells of his stay with an uncle on account of bad weather. He also warns his father about the serious financial condition of the East Tennessee and Knoxville banks.
This is a letter to Elizabeth "Bettie" Kirby from a cousin. The author writes near the start of the letter that they do not want Bettie to share the letter with anyone else. The letter tells of the author's daily life and mishaps, such as dropping a dish of chicken at dinner.
This is a note from Fannie Kirby to her mother. In the note, Fannie says that Bruce will be visiting Fannie's mother that day. Fannie asks for some seeds and beans and says she is doing well, though she is ill.
This is a letter written by Elizabeth “Bettie” Kirby to a friend letting them know that she is doing well and asking the friend to visit and write soon. This letter also informs the friend about an illness that is about.
This is a letter to Elizabeth "Bettie" Eller from her cousin M. (Martha) Hamilton. This letter informs Bettie about the family’s well-being and where they are living. Hamilton inquires how Bettie’s family is doing and what many of his relatives are doing.
This is a letter from Barbara Francis "Fannie" Young (nee Kirby) to her sister Elizabeth "Bettie" Eller. Barbara's daughter Lillian also writes a brief note at the top of the first page. Fannie discusses the plans for Lillian's visit to Bettie.
In this letter from Mary Eller to her mother, Elizabeth. Mary discusses life on the farm, mentioning her fear of the dry weather affecting their grain. She also talks about church events and her hopes to have a visit from her mother soon.
This is a long letter from Mary Ann Kirby to her sister-in-law Elizabeth Eller. In the letter, Mary Ann talks about the February weather and how she relies on labor sourced from the local African American community to perform duties around the farm. She also describes efforts she has made to earn and save some money for a Confederate monument. She mentions the book "Trumpet Blasts" by Thomas DeWitt Talmage. The letter ends with a talk on Mary Ann’s quilts and the price of goods
This letter from R.L. Kirby to his uncle, Joseph Eller, discusses how R.L. Kirby has taken over the local newspaper, and mentions a scheme to boost subscriptions by giving some of the profits to people who bring in customers.
This letter from Nancy, Elizabeth Eller’s aunt (by way of being her mother, Sarah King’s, sister) urged her family to write her and catch her up on their lives. She wrote about her family and their wellbeing. She wishes to see Bettie and Joe but knows that it probably won’t happen.
This is a letter detailing to a cousin, Joseph Eller, that the family has just received news about a death within their family. They wish they could be with the other members of the family, but the family isn’t well enough to make the trip, and it’s not realistic with the weather. They write hoping to visit as soon as possible.