During the early 1870s, most likely 1872 or 1873, Fannie Gilchrist moved from Connersville, Indiana, to Marion County, Iowa, with her family. Fannie’s sister Zella has conflicting birth locations in 1872, either in Iowa or Fayette County. While Fannie’s brother Clifford, born in 1873, always claimed Indiana as his birthplace. Regardless, Fannie’s family seems to have moved back and forth between Fayette County and Iowa. Fannie married in Fayette County, in 1877, and remained there until the deaths of her husband and son in the early 1910s. Fannie’s parents moved to Iowa before 1900 and were buried across the border in Kansas.
Lena and Fannie most likely attended school together in Connersville as young girls and teenagers. Born in November 1856, Fannie was about 16 when this letter was written.
Marion Iowa May 30th
I thought I would send you a little note with Ma’s letter to let you know that I have not forgotten the nice times we use to have. I hope you will excuse me for not answering your letter, I intend to as soon as possible. O! I want to see you so very much. I am so sleepy I will have to close this long note. P.S. Please excuse paper. From Fannie to dear Lena.
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“Fannie’s family seems to have moved back and forth between Fayette County and Iowa.” Gosh, you imagine how hard that would be in those days.
How sweet! Again with the apologies about the stationary. I find that in about half of the letters I am going through. Someone is always apologizing about paper, ink, or pencil. 🙂
Makes me wonder, what is good enough to write on, if they are always apologizing!
Right? They would be so embarrassed by my use of whatever paper is handy. 😉