1889 I hope you are still improving

Monroe, Louisiana January 14, 1889 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana

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

My Darling

We have heard nothing from you since your letter of the 10th. I hope you are still improving.

I took the children to the show yesterday. They enjoyed it a good deal although there was very little to see. It was Sunday but there was a good many people there.

Fred Millsaps* died Saturday night. He has been sick for sometime.

We are all doing tolerable well all join me in sending you love.

Your affectionate husband

William A. O’Kelly

*Thomas Frederick Millsaps b. January 4, 1860 Union, La d. January 13, 1889 West Monroe, Ouachita Parish, La. m. Alice Rebecca Flournoy. He was a cashier of Ouachita National Bank when he died and was buried at the Old City Cemetery.

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1889 It will be hard matter to get any good sausage

Monroe, Louisiana January 7, 1889 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana

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

My Darling WIfe,

Your letter of the 3rd was not received until last night. We were impatient to hear from you and were very glad to get your letter. You say that I won’t acknowledge, but I have done so and when I don’t directly I write about something that you have said. It will be hard matter to get any good sausage, but we will try. We always have good butter and will try and send you some of both. There is to be a big circus and show here next Friday and Saturday and the children are very impatient for the time to come and I have promised to take all of them to see it.

We are having beautiful weather up here plenty of frost and ice in the mornings but clear and sun shining.

You do not say whether you are picking up any flesh or not tell us all about yourself. What you do and what you think for the least thing concerning you interests us more than you imagine. I thought I had told you that I would try to bring Jennie and Sonny with me. Ma has already had Jennie a nice dress made but finds a good deal of trouble in getting her a hat. I will get the boy a new suit. They talk a great deal about what they are going to do when they get to the city [New Orleans].

I got up about 5 o’clock yesterday morning and went hunting but did not kill anything. Yesterday Sonny and I went out in the fields and killed nothing. I let him shoot the gun twice and he thought he was a great hunter. At the first fire of the gun our dog ran off and left us he is what you call gun shy that is the reason Phillips gave him away.

The baby has another tooth coming through and he is very jealous about it. He will not let any one look in his mouth.

I heard the other day that the Cook’s were going to move from Minden to Bastrop. I got a letter from Tom yesterday he said your bundle was considerably torn up. I hope nothing was lost out of it.

We all send you all the love imaginable and kisses with out number. We hope to hear of your steady improvement.

Your affectionate husband

William A. O’Kelly

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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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1889 I hope you are taking all the exercise you can

Monroe, Louisiana January 3, 1889 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana

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

Darling,

I send by express today the package you ordered. I will send it to Tom’s care. I got a letter from Tom yesterday. He said that old turkey was a fine one. Jennie sends you a couple of gum pictures. She thinks they are the greatest things in the bundle.

I will send the money by tomorrows mail and I hope it well get there in good time.

Miller got back yesterday morning he enjoyed his trip very much.

I hope you are taking all the exercise you can, if you are afraid to go out on the [street] car by yourself you could walk about the yard and now and then take a walk on the street probably as far as the Market.

The children all seem to be doing well. Jennie was snoring this morning. She has a cold in the head.

Sonny was very much disappointed at Miller’s return. He wanted to do the clerking himself.

Now my precious I want you to take good care of yourself and get well as fast as you can. Make up your mind to do that and then do all the doctor tells you so that when I come after you next month we can take a good look at the city before we come back.

God bless you darling

Your affectionate husband

William A. O’Kelly

 

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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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1889 Letter from a friend

Evergreen Place, Ayovelles Parish, Louisiana to Room 22 Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana January 2, 1889

Mrs. Mary Williams* to her friend Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly

Dear Mrs. O’Kelly,

I got home safe thanks to God for it and felt as well as can be expected. But feel the cold more than while in the city. I got home at two o’clock in the morning and after I got in bed it commence to rain and rained all day yesterday so that no one could get out.

But if it is possible I will send your plants on the next boat And I will try to send the plants I promised Sister Mary Louis And I will put Mrs. Parner’s root of violets in the same box with her name on them. May God bless you all you can not imagine how I miss you all and dear Sister Vincent I can see her cheerful face all the time.

When you receive the plants write a postal to say you got them and if you do not get them in two or three days let me know and I will send more as they are sometimes lost.

And I pray to God you may soon be well and able to be home with your family. Please give my love to Mrs. Parner. Give my love to Sister Vincent And to Sister Mary Louis And remember me kindly to Sister Mary. And also to Kate the nurse in the ward And to all who may inquire about me. Josie** sends her love to you all. And now I will say good day to you And may God bless and protect you all is the wish of your sincere friend.

Mrs. Mary Williams

*Mary Jeanette Spikes, Born June 5,1873 Louisiana Died September 28, 1943 Texas. Daughter of Fred Spikes and Elizabeth Surmons. Wife of James R. Williams

** Lily Josephine Williams, Born September 28, 1894 Ayovelles, Louisiana Died November 25, 1991 Waco, Texas. Daughter of James and Mary Williams. Wife of Floyd Elmer Nixon.

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1889 A little steamboat burned at Trenton on Sunday

Monroe, Louisiana January 2, 1889 to Hotel Dieu, New Orleans, Louisiana

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

My Darling,

I did not write to you yesterday. I let Miller go to Bastrop on Monday and it has been raining ever since. A little steamboat burned at Trenton on Sunday but no one was hurt. She had just landed. *

Sonny has been helping me to clerk since Miller went off he eats his meals here.

We have had a great deal to pay this week but I will do my best to get the money there for you in time if the Sister says anything tell Tom to give you $25 and you can pay that much and keep it out when the money comes but I do not think she will be worried. I am sorry I could not send it to day. I will send it to Tom.

I was elected the delegate to the convention of the Catholic Knights of America to meet on the second Thursday in February which will be the 14th day of the month.

The children seem to be getting on tolerable well. They all moved Saturday to Uncle’s room. Boots got tired and went back early but I found the other two coiled up in Uncle’s bed fast asleep when I went home about 11 o’clock. I threatened to whip them for it but have not done so yet. I believe I will let them off this time. They have great times cooking on the little stove, last Sunday they cooked me several dinners.

The Datton’s have moved out of the old Hilton home and some one else moved in there Monday. I do not know who they are.

All send love

Your affectionate husband

W.A. O’Kelly

* The steamboat Sallie burned at the water’s edge opposite Trenton the Sunday morning of December 30th. She had on board at the time of the 250 bales of cotton, nearly all of which was destroyed.

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