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Lena’s Postcards #104 – Balzora Scofield

[Postmark: Connersville, Indiana, 16 March 1911, 11 AM]

Address: Mrs. J.W. Hackleman, Connersville, Ind. R.R.No.2

Wed. P.M.
Dear Sister Lena:
Wish I could tell you
Lee’s address but I seem
to have lost it. When does
his birthday come in March?
Will send other cards. F’s is 24
Frank K’s wife has been quite
sick. Inflamation of teeth
Bertha with her. I am better
tho back still same & the [?].
Love to see you. Lovingly Bal.

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Fayette Friday – Eugene B. Scofield, 28 April 1891

Letter transcription:

Noblesville, Indiana, April 28th, 1891

Dear Sister Lena:

Yours of the 24th, just received, but as I was at Indianapolis yesterday it may have come sooner. I have not been feeling at all well for more than a month, I first had a severe cold for two weeks or more & then had trouble with my stomach. I can hardly say what is the matter, I took considerable unwholesome “dosing” to cure my cold, such as pepper-vinegar stews, lemons, & at the same time drinking too much coffee, & in this way, no doubt, got my stomach disordered. I have had no fever at any time, yet I feel almost past going most of the time. I was a good deal better the latter part of last week, & until yesterday afternoon, but feel indisposed again to-day.

Letter from Eugene B. Scofield, 28 April 1891

Having lost so much time from my elocution, I tried a lesson Monday & one Tuesday. Met Celia at Uncles, she said that Ella & the twins were at her house Sunday. Reported the babies as growing so fast & as looking so sweet in their short clothes. I should like so much to see them. She said that Dan is looking well also. We are very well pleased at Noblesville, my time will not expire until the close of the year. We have a crowded house every Sunday night. Our work goes on satisfactorally & I do not expect it to let up in the least. Kiss the little ones for me & tell them that I should be glad indeed to see all.

Love to Ella, Bal, & my best regards to Dan. & his Mother & Maria.
With much love, I am your brother Eugene.

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Lena’s Postcards #78 – Balzora

[Postmark: Sharpsville, Indiana, 1[1?] January 1918, 12:00—Lena’s birthday was January 12th]

Address: Mrs. J.W. Hackleman, R.R. No 2, Connersville, Indiana

Dear Sister—Many thanks
for your good letter—I heard
from Mame Gilchrist—Mrs. Huston
Mollie E, Ella’s girls—Allie
Wherrett & others. Christmas. It
was a great joy—Frank K. made
us a short visit—on Tues.—I was
glad their farm sold so well,
$245—so per acre—Bertha has
taken the farm she is on for another
yr.—Lara & Frank send love.
They are going old & so am
I. Times are hard with us—
but we get enough coal. Do
write again—with love—Bal.

[Editor’s note: Frank was one of Lena and Balzora’s older half brothers. Frank Kerschner was their nephew, son of their sister Ella. Bertha was one of Ella’s daughters. Balzora lived in Sharpsville with Frank and his wife, Laura, for many years.]

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Lena’s Postcards #70

Pontiac, Michigan, August 27, 1927 8PM

Addressed to:
Mrs. Lena Hackleman
Fayette St.

Having a fine time
Bertha Beck

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Lena’s Postcards #52

HACK1920s - Bertha Archey and children


Undated card, signed by Bertha Archey and children. The card was written between 1917 and 1926. Bertha’s first husband, Frank Archey, died in 1917. She remarried in 1926.

Archey, Bertha (Kerscher), c.1918

Bertha (Kerschner) Archey and her children, Glenna, Francis and Arthur, c.1918

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Lena’s Postcards #34

Connersville, Indiana, July 28, 1913, 9:00 AM

Addressed to:
Mrs. John Hackleman
R.R. No. Indiana


Dear Aunt Lena: –
We are making up enough carpet to make Bertha a rug out of old ingrain C. Haven’t quite enough wondered if you had about a yard and a half to help finish it. Some scrapes will Do. Let me know soon.

Connersville Evening News 1913-03-25 Great Flood

Front page of the Connersville Evening News, 25 March 1913 (Image courtesy of Newspaper Archive)

To learn more about the Great Flood of 1913:

The Great Flood of 1913: One Hundred Years Later

Floods of 1913

Indiana Flood of 1913 Remembered

The Floods of 1913 in the Ohio and Lower Mississippi Valleys…

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Lena’s Postcards #4

This postcard was written by Beulah Kerschner. She was Bertha Kerschner‘s twin sister. Due to the child-like nature of the handwriting, I would assume that the card was written between 1900 and 1910. It was definitely before 1916 as Beulah and Bertha’s Papa died that year.

No postmark
Addressed to:

Mrs. John Hackleman

A Little Present from mama & I. How are you all. Papa is not very well. Would be glad to have you call. Best Christmas wishes to you both

Beulah K.

Beulah and Bertha’s parents

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Lena’s Postcards #2

The writer of this postcard may have been Lena’s niece, Bertha Kerschner, who would have been 19 when this card was written.

Kerschner, Bertha - Photograph, 1908

Photograph of Bertha Kerschner, c1908. Courtesy of Bertha’s daughter Beatrice.


Double Postmarked:
Summitville, Ind. Feb. 5, 1910 5 PM and Connersville, Ind. Feb. 6, 1910 5 PM

Addressed to:
Mr. and Mrs. John Hackleman
R.R. #2

Friday Feb. 4, 1910

Dear Friends,

We girls have been to Marion to-day. Took in the play at the “Grand.” When we get warm after our cold ride from the station I think we shall retire. Expect you have looked for this before but you know girls are neglectful when they are away from home having a good time. Don’t know when I shall come home. Best wishes to you both,


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