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.
Monroe, Louisiana to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana December 31, 1888
William Abram O’Kelly to his wife Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly
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
Receipt for piano lessons from Miss. Eleanore Michie to Miss Mary O’Kelly
Tuition in Piano for Alice O’Kelly. Feb. 19th to March 19th. $5.00
Eleanore Ann Michie
1873 ~ 1949
Ticket envelope from the Illinois Central Railroad.
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.
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.
Jennie C. O’Kelly to her sister Mary C. O’Kelly
New Orleans, Louisiana April 5, 1933 to 100 South Grand St., Monroe, Louisiana
UNCLE TOM HAS PASSED AWAY WILL BE BURIED TOMORROW MORNING