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1889 You need not fear that you are forgotten.

Monroe, Louisiana to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana January 5, 1889

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

We have not received a letter from you since the one of the 2nd. I hope and pray that you are still improving. I hope you have received your package in good time and in good order. Ma did not now which pin to send you. I thought you wanted the jet one as it might be risky to send the gold one, but if you want that one I can send it. I sent the money to yesterday.

Darling we all want to see you very much, you need not fear that you are forgotten. We think of you a great deal, it is an old saying, “out of sight out of mind,” but it is not the case us who love you so much and we count the days when we can go down and bring you home well again.

If two or three days pass by without getting a letter from you Uncle wants me to go right down there to see what is the matter, but I tell him not to be uneasy, for sometimes I see by the date of your letters that they are several days old. I did not write to you this morning because I thought they did not deliver letters on Sunday.

Tom writes very cheerful in his letter but he did say, his wife has been sick . He said that was a fine turkey. We have not sent Jennie to school we thought we would wait until you came home. She is very anxious to go she says that she is tired of staying at home that she has had rest enough. I think I wrote to you the weights of all the children.

The Parkers[1] have moved to the house where the Lake’s used to own that is Col. Hall’s  [2] old house on this street near Boatner’s [3].

The children seem to be enjoying good health except the baby, he has a bad cold in the head and was quite restless last night but was better today. We had to get our old cow up again, as it was almost impossible to get milk that was fit for the baby to drink. He is the worst of all the children he fights like a little wild cat.

Mrs. Surghnor [3] has returned with Cora [4].

I hope you have takes advantage of any good weather you have had to go about a little. I would like you to see something of the city you would find a great deal interest you. You must get all the strength you can so that you will be able to go about with us to see the sights when we come down, for I will want to take you everywhere that there is anything to be seen.

All send love to you,

Your affectionate husband

W. A. O’Kelly

[1 ]Daniel Peyton Parker and his wife Francis Elizabeth ‘Fannie’ Beasely who was Georgiana’s cousin.

[2] F. A.  Hall b. abt. 1819 New York. Address – 141 North Sixth Street, Monroe, Louisiana.

[3] Charles Jahleal Boatner b. 1849 d. 1903 and his wife Fannie Rowena Mayo b. 1851 d. 1923.

[4] Martha Francis “Mattie”  Joiner, born Feb 13, 1833 d. March 29, 1920 Monroe, Louisiana. Wife of Lloyd Walter Surghnor. Author of Uncle Tom of the old South: A story of the South in Reconstruction Days, published 1897

[4] Corrine Surghnor b. 1870 d. 1905, daughter of Lloyd Walter Surghnor and Martha Francis “Mattie”  Joiner. Wife of Conrad Fountlerloy.

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1888 Charlie Crosley was killed here yesterday evening

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

Monroe, Louisiana December 23, 1888 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana

My Darling,

We got your letter yesterday morning and we were well pleased with the new that it contained we hope and pray that you may continue to improve every day. The children talk about you a good deal but Sonny [James George O’Kelly] misses you more than any of the others. The baby [William Abram O’Kelly Jr.] gets worse spoiled every day, but he is getting fat.

Charlie Crosley was killed here yesterday evening in Jim Norman’s saloon by a gambler. The man claimed to have down it in self defense.*

We all seem to be enjoying tolerable good health, bad colds about the worst. I hope you are having good weather so you can go out a little. We look for a letter about every other day.

All send love.

Yours affectionately

W.A. O’Kelly

* Charles Clayton Crosley was a young planter of Ouachita Parish that was shot and killed by Thomas R. Dennis who was running a picture lottery. A dispute arose between the two about the game when Crosley drew his pistol. Dennis was the quickest, however, and shot Crosley four times resulting in instant death. Denis had previously been accused and acquitted of two similar charges of murder and did not deny the charges simply stating that he “never attempted to run over anybody and that he allowed no man to run over him.” Dennis was not convicted of the murder of Charley Crosley whose wife Kate gave birth to a baby girl just six days after his death.

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1888 The children jumped with delight

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

Monroe, Louisiana December 19, 1888 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana

My dear wife,

Your good letter came last night – we were all glad to hear that you were better. The children jumped with delight. You can only imagine how we were pleased to have such good news. I hope and pray that you may continue to improve and that gas will do you all the good the doctor thinks it will. I have heard of it before but did not know that is was used there.*

We are not going to forget that poor sick child so far away from home when Christmas time comes. We will send something if only a cake. I sent Tom [Thomas Swan O’Kelly] the turkey yesterday. He was a big fat fellow.

It is so cold I can hardly write, it is the coldest morning of the season. I hope it is warm and pleasant down there so you can take a little walk. Now darling take good care of your self and get all the benefit of the medicine so that you will soon get well and come back to your loving family. We miss you very much but we put that all aside waiting for you to get well.

Sonny [James George O’Kelly] seems to be the only one of the children to miss you now and then. He says I wish I could see Mama.

Keep up your spirits darling. We all pray that you may soon return to us.

All send love to you

Your affectionate husband

W.A. O’Kelly

* The “gas” treatments that Georgiana received is a medical procedure known as  artificial pneumothorax in which her lung infected with tuberculosis was collapsed and filled with nitrogen through a needle inserted into her chest.

 

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1888 I hope you will get better soon

December 15, 1888 Ouachita Telegraph Mrs. Wm. O’Kelly is visiting New Orleans for the benefit of her health. Mr. O’Kelly accompanied her but returned home Sunday.

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

Monroe, Louisiana December 17th 1888 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana

My Darling,

Your letter of the 14th was received yesterday. I hope this letter will find you improved. When you want me to come for you let me know and I will try to get there as soon as possible.

We all went to Mass yesterday. I took them back to catechism in the evening. Sonnie [James George O’Kelly] was delighted and wants to go again. Father Enaut* asked him what would happen to him if he was a bad boy, he said Old Nick would get him. That made all the children laugh. The weather has turned out quite cold this morning. I hope you will get better soon. I wanted you to go out and see the city. There is so much to see that would interest you. God bless you my darling. Do not fail to write when you need me.

Your affectionate husband

W A O’Kelly

*Reverend Father Enaut of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church at Monroe, Louisiana.

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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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1926 Obituary of William Abram O’Kelly Sr.

Monroe News-Star, Monroe, Louisiana November 11, 1926, Page 1, Column 5.

No death of recent years in this city has caused more genuine sorrow, especially among the older residents of the Twin Cities and the parish than that of W. A. O’Kelly, Sr., who died at his home, 123 North Sixth Street, at an early hour yesterday morning. Mr. O’Kelly was not only one of the best known men of this section, but was as widely esteemed as he was known. His passing away severs a link with the past history of this city and parish, stated many old-time friends today. In the reconstruction days of the South, Mr. O’Kelly was extremely active and contributed much to the return of established government for the state and especially for this section of Louisiana.  As testimony, mute but expressing sincerity, were the many floral emblems that were sent to the residence and to St. Matthew’s Church for the services this morning. A Large number of representative men of the city and parish gathered at the house just before the hour set for the Church funeral. The Henry W. Allen Chapter, U.C.V., of which the deceased was adjutant, was well represented as were members of the police jury and city and other parish officials. From the house, where brief exercised were held, the body was removed to St. Matthew’s Church which was well filled at the hour of 10 o’clock, this morning, for the funeral services. Following these, the burial was held at the local Catholic cemetery.

Pall bearers were as follows: Theodore Terzia, John Breard, Charles Philips, Fred Hil, Judge Ben C. Dawkins, A. A. Thoman, John Collens, and Sig Masur. An unusual feature in the tribute of respect to long faithful service as public official, was shown when the funeral procession, from the house to the church, passed over a circuitous route, proceeding on all four streets which bound the Ouachita parish court house. Another feature was the wearing of a small white chrysanthemum in the lapel of each pallbearer’s coat, which were from the beds of the courthouse grounds. Four members of the Henry W Allen post, U.C.V., marched, in time-honored gray uniforms, from the church to the grave. At the grave, Professor W. B. Ennis, with army bugle, sounded solemn taps over the grave of the departed soldier.

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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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