Message to Miss Mabel Birch of Faribault, Minn., postmarked Aug. 11, 1910:
I did not know whether you were home or not but that I would write to let you know I was still in Duluth. How did you enjoy California? I had thought of coming down to Faribault this summer, but brother Ed and his wife were here last week, so I decided to stay in Duluth. Write to me soon.
Sincerely your friend,
I'll bet it's "thot I would write." My grandpa used to spell thought that way sometimes, I guess to save space. Looks like an o to me.
Yes, indeed that seems to be the case.
Message to Mrs. Stilman B. Tiley of Essex, Conn., postmarked Aug. 28, 1908:
How you all be? I'm fine and dandy.
Message to Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Burrows of Marquette, Mich., postmarked Feb. 6, 1953:
Hi. We arrived at 5 p.m. Had good roads from Ironwood on. Seeing everybody here and plan to leave Thursday morning for Iowa. Thank you so much for putting up with us and we were so happy to see you all. Only sorry we didn't have more of a visit, but will hope to entice you to Houston ere long. You have more snow in Marquette than they have here! Pauley is a good traveler. No more trouble with the car.
Love to all, Jean.
I think your two unreadable words there are 1. Ia. (as in Iowa) and 2. "ere"
Yes, yes. Both appear to be the case. Good eye and thanks!
Perhaps I can get another assist on deciphering some penmanship. This message is from ... I don't know ... it looks like "Lellie." She writes to Miss Marnie Gately of Shirley Mass., postmarked July 3, 1912.
Well Marnie, this is some country. Am spending the day here, the weather is so cold I have been mist firye len're I landed.
I think it is "Lellie."
That last bit is "I have been most froze since I landed."
I blame either frostbite or whiskey for her terrible penmanship.
Message from Greta to Mr. Adolf Apel of Chicago, Ill., postmarked July 27, 1911:
Slim chances to get anything to eat tonight is what I just heard. Guess we'll have get on earth once more. Nothing doing on board. â€” Greta
Message to Mrs. A. P. Kluding of Norwalk, Ohio., dated Sept. 8 and postmarked Sept. 9, 1912:
Well ma, I am here. I might to have more eyes so that I could see more. Enjoying it pretty well.
My dear friend Bertha,
I will surprise you with a long letter some of those fine days. Love to all of you from M. L.
This is from former mayor Sam Snively's personal scrapbook regarding the building of Snively Road (later Seven Bridges Road) and the bridges built along it c. 1912. This is the only example of this card I've ever come across. It's the bridge located just south of the hockey rinks. It's unused and contains no scribblings.
"Wish you would write. G. S. is at Winona. All well here."
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