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1889 Note From Tom O’Kelly

I. L. Lyons Letterhead

New Orleans. Louisiana January 4, 1889 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana

Thomas O’Kelly to his sister- in-law Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly

Dear Georgie, this package has just arrived, and in very bad shape. You must excuse Boots about not coming out, she has been laid up all the week with her tooth and when she had it pulled it was too late to come out to see you. I wish you a happy and healthy New Year.

Yours affectionately

Tom O’Kelly


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1888 We are all doing tolerable well.


Monroe, Louisiana to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana December 31, 1888

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

My Darling,

Your letter of the 29th to hand. You did not say anything about your feet whether they had stopped swelling or not.

I hope you enjoyed that bottle of fine wine. We are all doing tolerable well. I went hunting yesterday evening but did not kill anything. I hope you have received the box by this time. Miller is going to Bastrop to day to spend New Year he will be back the day after tomorrow. A happy New Year to you Darling. Ma  writes to you by to days mail.

Your affectionate husband

W. A. O’Kelly


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1940 I never saw Grandmother play piano, but it was implied that she knew how

Receipt for piano lessons from Miss. Eleanore Michie to Miss Mary O’Kelly

1940 Piano Lesson Receipt

Tuition in Piano for Alice O’Kelly. Feb. 19th to March 19th. $5.00

Eleanore Ann Michie

Eleanore Ann Michie
1873 ~ 1949

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1888 Grandpa died yesterday

Anna D. Post to her Aunt Malinda Dull Van Emburgh

Paterson, New Jersey to Monroe, Louisiana March 20th 1888

Dear Aunt,

Have not heard from you in a long time and had no answer to my last letter, have been anxious to know how cousin [Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly] gets along. Grandpa [Peter] Demarest died yesterday at ten minutes of two o’clock in the afternoon, he was nearly 81 years old, he was sick just four weeks to the day, will be buried Thursday at 10 o’clock from his home at Fair Lawn. Grandma [Catherine Van Emburgh Demarest] has been sick too but is better now she feels very badly about the loss of her husband. Uncle Henry [Demarest] died January 8th, he was out west [Trinidad, Colorado].

A.D. Post

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Circa 1884 Great Jackson Route

Ticket envelope from the Illinois Central Railroad.

Illinois Central Railroad  






 Illinois Central Railroad

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1885 Lumber receipt

January 1, 1885 lumber receipt paid to Charles A. Downey by William Abram O’Kelly Sr. on behalf of his mother in law Malinda Van Emburgh.

C. A. Downey  Receipt 1885

In 1883 Charles A. Downey married Florence, the daughter of Henry Bry and the recent widow of John N. Muir. Bry and Muir had been business partners and their largest venture was the steam saw mill situated on the Ouachita river bank just inside the lower city limit of Monroe. When Bry passed away in 1881, Florence and John purchased his share in the mill from the estate for the sum of seven thousand dollars. John passed away shortly after and full ownership of the mill passed to Florence who turned control over to her second husband Charles A. Downey who had previously been a railroad man with the Vicksburg, Shreveport and Pacific Railway. During this period the railroad was rapidly expanding and Downey made sure that his mill was a main supplier of lumber for the construction. Downey was a a native of Ireland who became a prominent business man and served on the Monroe City council for more than 20 years. Upon the death of Mayor Forsythe, Downey held the honor of serving in the mayor’s capacity until new elections. Downey was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church and was buried in the church cemetery when he passed away in 1924.

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1933 Uncle Tom has passed away

Jennie C. O’Kelly to her sister Mary C. O’Kelly

New Orleans, Louisiana April 5, 1933 to 100 South Grand St., Monroe, Louisiana

Westren Union Telegraph


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