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1923 Good wishes to you all.

Thomas Swan O’Kelly sends good wishes to his nephew William Abram O’Kelly Jr. upon the occasion of his marriage to Mattie Mae Tarver.

New Orleans December 1923 to Monroe, Louisiana

Dear old Abe,

I was overjoyed to get a letter from Uncle Billy the other day. God Bless you old boy, it will make a better man out of you both morally and physically, you do not realize what a difference it will make in you, and where you and your [?] fall out. Don’t talk too much folly their along so as to keep the boat on even keel. All the folks are glad to hear of it. We are all well except a few coughs and colds, all join me in love and good wishes to you all.

Your loving uncle

Thomas O’Kelly


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1885 William searches for an nurse to care for his wife Georgiana who is suffering from tuberculosis

New Orleans, Louisiana June 30th 1885 to Monroe, Louisiana

William Abram O’Kelly Sr. to his wife Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly

William to Georgiana

My Dear Wife,

I have tried three asylums but have not succeeded in getting a nurse, the Superiors were very kind, they would like ever so much to oblige but at present it was  impossible or they did not give out girls at all other places. It was a place of trade and they did not allow their girls to go out to nurse. I only tried three places and got discouraged, I had a very unpleasant trip My nerve was so much used up, but after telegraphing you I did not stop to get anything to eat until I had gone to all the asylums uptown. I do not think it worthwhile to go down amongst the French and Spanish asylums if I could not succeed with the english speaking I know I could do nothing with the foreigners. I will leave here tomorrow evening.

Kiss all the babies for me and tell them I will soon be home. Give my love to Uncle and Your Ma And accept much love for yourself.

From Your Affectionate Husband,

William A. O’Kelly

Closeup of the Hernsheim Brothers illustration.

Closeup of the Hernsheim Brothers stationary illustration.

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1881 Obituary & Death Notice of Jane O’Kelly Calderwood

Headstone of Jane O’Kelly Calderwood.
St. Matthew’s Catholic Cemetery Monroe, La.

The Ouachita Telegraph Friday, January 7, 1881

Mrs. Jennie Calderwood, wife of Dr. John Calderwood, died in this city the night of the 31st, after four months’ patient suffering, and but a few days after completing her 34th year.  Mrs. Calderwood was born in Port Gibson, Miss, and was the niece of Mr. Henry O’Kelly and the sister of William and Thomas O’Kelly.  She leaves a little girl three years old to be reared by some other than her mother, but fortunately by an aunt [Mrs. Margaret Calderwood Harris of Alexandria, La.] to whose affectionate keeping she will be consigned by the sorrowing father.  The “iron tongue of time” had not yet knelled the death of the Old Year, though but a few minutes were to elapse, when the dying mother, full of hope for the future and blessed with a resignation which comes alone from faith, called to her bedside him with whom she had hoped to live many years, old and new, and said to him, “I shall pass my New Year in heaven.”  In a little while, the gentle spirit took its flight, and, yet a few minutes more, the little clock on the mantel struck the hour of twelve.  Not in the cold, but in the warm earth, the kind mother of us all, this little mother was laid by sorrowing friends on New Year’s day.  Elsewhere, — out in the commons, not in the graveyard, — the snow lay light and soft, and so it will henceforth, old year and new, on the grave of this little mother.

The Ouachita Telegraph Friday, January 7, 1881 Page 3, Column 4

DIED. At the family residence, in the city of Monroe, December 31st, 1880, MRS.JENNIE CALDERWOOD, wife of Dr. John Calderwood, aged 34 years. Port Gibson Reveille and New Orleans papers please copy.

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1882 James writes home about life on the railroad

Delta, Louisiana June 10th 1882 to Monroe, Louisiana

James George Van Emburgh to his sister Georgiana and their mother Malinda

Dear Sister and Mother,

I received your letter to day and was glad to hear you are in good health.  I am well and fat as I ever was in my life. I enjoy my self prity good for the last month the first to weeks I was down here I found it mighty lonesome but I am all right now. I wrote to you that Rufis Echels was talking about changing but I have not heard from him since you I wrote to you. I don`t know wether he is going to change or not. It don`t make much difrence with me wether we change or not. He sends me word ever now and then that he will change he may be joking if he only knows what I think about it that I don`t care wether he changes or not.

Well I will change that subject. We have not been paid of dawn here yet. Tell Mother that Mrs. Hilton will have to wait until I get my money  if she won`t do that I will send her an order on the Railroad and she can take it to Mill McGuire

I expect Mother is pretty lonesome but it can`t be helped at present. I hope it won`t be long before I will be able to come home. The water rises to or three days and then falls about the same. So it keeps just about one fith but if the river keeps falling it won`t be long before the water is gone.

How is ever body over there.  I get along so well that time pases of quick and I don`t mind it. I have a soft time over here not much work to do and plenty of fun. I will give you an envite don`t be uneasy about it there is no danger. My god I wish the water would go down or come up hight enough to drown some of the skitos you can`t have no idia how bad they are. Sam wife had just been here 2 houres when she had [page damaged] me in the ribs but I have got used to them I don`t mind them much now.

You wrote that I had shaved clean I have not.  I am just as I was when you seen me last.

It is true that I dafle around with the girls once in a while but that is nothing  ener body does that  but I have done more of it since I have been over here than I ever did before. All the young men think of is to play cards and billiards and drink whiskey and that don`t suit me at all.  I will have my shair of fun and don`t you forget it. I hope Georgie and Mothery is satisfied.

Sister how is your garden, do you have my blackberries we are having a good many over here. plenty of june apples all so. I had cucumbers for dinner to day Squashes and cabbage snap beans [page damaged] till you our boarding house is getting had it has the best the market affords but that isn`t much but it will do to live on.  I am getting fat on it. We are going to have a basket picknic out here next Friday at Tullulah.  I guess there will be plenty of fun they are fixn up for it now going[page damaged] and extra train for them. Thay will go out on the regular train and come back on an extry one that is the [page damaged] now.

Your bet I ain`t suffering for clothes  I have plenty. Tell Mother I will let her know when I need some more. I will close for this time hoping to hear from you soon. Times are dull nothing new.  So good will

I remain yours as ever

JG Vanemburgh

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