Albert Fischer and Georgena Hendy Letters


According to A Moment in Time, a family memoir written by Virginia Robinson Hogue, Gertrude Fischer Robinson’s daughter and Albert’s and Georgena’s granddaughter, the letters Albert and Georgena wrote to each other were almost destroyed after Georgena’s death. Albert “was so grief-stricken by her untimely death that they feared he wouldn’t recover.” Virginia’s story continues:

“Shortly after she died, he took the love letters they had written to one another, from a chest. They were neatly tied with a blue satin ribbon. After reading them for the last time, he took them to the dining room to burn them in the pot-belly gas stove. His daughters pleaded with him to return them to the chest.”

After Georgena’s unexpected and tragic death, Albert nearly burned his and Georgena’s letters in the stove in the corner of this dining room in the Fischer house at 1010 Elm in Duncan, Oklahoma.

Virginia was grateful the letters were saved. If the letters had not been saved from the fire, she says, “I would have never known my grandmother, with her wit, charm and tender heart.” We should all be as grateful as Virginia that these letters were saved. This compilation does not include all of the letters, but they still shine with the love and wonderful sense of humor our great great (etc.) grandparents shared.

A printable 353-page book with copies of these letters converted to black and white for easier reading can be downloaded here: Yours Affectionately: Letters of Albert Fischer and Georgena Hendy.

Short biographies of Fischer family members in Albert’s and Georgena’s direct line of descent can also be downloaded: Fischer Family Story. (NOTE: This document does not reflect latest findings and needs to be updated.)


Letters Written Before Their Wedding (February – September 1890)


Letter from Albert to Georgena
9 Feb 1890 • Springfield, Missouri
#807 Rutger St., St. Louis, Missouri

Following Albert’s visit to St. Louis where he and Georgena became reacquainted, Albert writes Georgena, expressing regret that his visit was so short: “I especially regret that I could not remain to renew our friendship of nine years ago.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
14 Feb 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri
P. O. Box 377, Springfield, Missouri

“I have often thought of you, since I left Springfield and have been wishing for nearly eight years to meet you . . . . I can scarcely realize that we have met, it is only like a sweet dream.” Georgena promises to send a photo but asks “what do you think your sweetheart would say?” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
18 Feb 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“No apology is acceptable for the photo I long for. I should be obliged to have mine taken, to send to you—now why could you not do likewise, send yours and I’ll send mine, and shall feel equally honored to have it occupy space beside yours in defiance to sweethearts, if there be any (do you know of any).” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
21 Feb 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“You asked, do I know of any sweethearts, well I cannot say I do, but I surely think there must be. You must give the girls some cause to think you are in love. I wonder who the very fortunate young lady is. Do I know her, but I suppose not, as I knew so very few in Spr- . . . .” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
27 Feb 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert apologizes for not writing sooner but says “my business keeps me busy from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.” He teases Georgena, writing “I don’t understand what you mean when you say that I must give the girls some cause to think I am in love. You are acquainted with the lady I think the most of, and I dare say you will recognize her photo.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
2 Mar 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

The teasing about sweethearts and beaux continues: “I cannot send you a picture of my beaux as I have no beaux, so consequently I can have no picture of him. Don’t you feel sorry for me? I just feel like crying about it, but I have no time to cry now, as I want to finish your letter.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
4 Mar 1890 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

“I intended sending you a pocket mirror to enable you to see the girl that is nearest to me but I feared that I may make too bold and receive resentment as my reward. . . . Look into a mirror for me and just think how I begrudge you to see what I would like to see so well.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
7 Mar 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

Georgena writes Albert that his last letter “almost took my breath away . . . . I had not the slightest idea that I was to be the ‘photo’ of the young lady you think the most of. . . . I am almost afraid to be too happy for fear it is only a dream. . . . I do hope it will not be long until we meet again.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
9 Mar 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert responds “I have never received a letter in my life that afforded equal pleasure, and as highly prized . . . . Life’s burdens will bear more lightly henceforth, especially if I could hope of ever being nearer than a friend to you.” Albert implores Georgena to visit him in Springfield. Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
11 Mar 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

Georgena echoes Albert’s sentiments,  writing that she has “never received a letter that gave her as much pleasure.” However, she can’t promise a visit to Springfield. Her mother is talking about visiting Georgena’s sister living in Cincinnati, so a trip to Springfield is unlikely, at least until summer.  Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
12 Mar 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert writes that Georgena’s letter was read “with pleasure and disappointment” since Georgena can’t promise when she will come to Springfield. “Why can you not come if your mother does visit Cincinnati? Your father and brother can surely take care of themselves during your absence.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
15 Mar 1890 • St. Louis, Missouri

Georgena apologizes for the delay in answering Albert’s letter but says her cousins from Nashville were visiting. She enjoyed their visit “but would much rather be at home yesterday answering your letter.” She is sorry to cause Albert disappointment and writes “I will try my very best to go” to Springfield. Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
16 Mar 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert declares Georgena “the nearest and dearest of all my lady acquaintances” and adds “I honor and admire you — in fact, I would add ‘Love You’ if I did not fear of making too bold.” He begs her to visit so he can confirm his first impression of her. Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
17 Mar 1890 • St. Louis, Missouri

Georgena assures Albert “all I can say is, I do not think your affections will be given in vain. You are always in my thoughts, I always long to hear from you, and my greatest wish is to see you.” For the first time, Georgena signs her letter “Yours Affectionately.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
19 Mar 1890 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

Albert thanks Georgena for her Mar 17 letter and says he is “an entire different person” since “receiving a return of sentiment.” He adds “Dearest, if you could only come to Springfield, I believe we could decide on our future course in a short time.” He signs his letter “Very Lovingly, A. G. Fischer.” Read  letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
21 Mar 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

Georgena writes that she is as anxious to go to Springfield as Albert is for her to come but adds “Dear Albert, we must be contented and happy to remain as friends until we are better acquainted. We could not expect to be any more than friends in such a short time.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
24 Mar 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

Georgena thanks Albert for his photo: “I can’t tell you how delighted I am.” When she asks about Springfield, she adds, her parents always say “wait until the summer and we may let you go.” She expresses surprise at herself “speaking so plain” to Albert. Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
25 Mar 1890 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

“I am most happy to know you are so agreeable to all my views. Every letter adds renewed hope to my cherished desire. . . . I would be the happiest mortal living if I could only call you mine. . . . Dearest say that you would be happy as mine.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
27 Mar 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“It gives me pleasure to know you have been so happy since our correspondence began. . . . Dear Albert, I believe you would be all the kindness that you promise and I could be very happy as yours.” She says she wishes she could go to Springfield but “could not go in defiance to my folks . . . . I would not like to reward them with disobedience.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
28 Mar 1890 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

Albert says he longs to “have you near me. O’ wouldn’t that be delightful, how anxious I am to know if I could love and adore you as I now feel I could.” He asks if Georgena’s parents may let her visit if they knew “of the existing state of affairs!” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
31 Mar 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“Albert, I spoke to Ma – a little while ago on the subject of visiting  . . . . Ma said she thought there was more attraction than merely visiting Spr- . . . that made me so anxious to go. I admitted there was . . . but the answer was not much different than it always was. . . . She said perhaps you can go sometime in June.” Read letter

Letter from Albert to Georgena
2 Apr 1890 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

Albert is happy Georgena will be visiting in two months but wishes it could be sooner. He sends “our leading daily paper with a published interview between their reporter and I.” He asks her not to share as he’s not “especially proud” of being in print. Read letter  Read newpaper clipping

Letter from Georgena to Albert
3 Apr 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“I received your paper this afternoon and must say I took much pleasure reading of your success in business. . . . You should not mind anyone reading that interview. . . . You have reason to be proud–Mr. A. G. Fischer’s name looks great in print.” Responding to Albert’s description of her as “lovely,” Georgena adds, “Oh! Albert, how you can flatter . . . .” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
6 Apr 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

“You accuse me of flattery when I call you lovely. I judge you do not admire sentimental letters so I am obliged to close as I have answered your questions and fear that I might offend should I write too lovingly.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
7 Apr 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“Albert, one part of your letter made me very unhappy. Did I offend you when I accused you of flattery? If I did, I am very, very sorry. . . . I was only joking when I made that remark and had no thought of offending you, in the least. . . . I want you to write sentimental letters, for I do admire and appreciate them. How could I be offended . . .?” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
8 Apr 1890 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

“I have never taken offense at anything you have written. . . . I regret that I could not make myself understood better. . . . Let us put forth our best endeavors to avoid any misunderstandings” and look upon each other’s deeds “as inspirations of love.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
9 Apr 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“I am happy to hear you were not offended by what I had written . . . . Of course, it was only a little misunderstanding. If we knew each other’s dispositions better we would not mind such little things, would we?” She adds, “I have always had the same opinion as you have to avoid the first quarrel and there would never be any.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
10 Apr 1890 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

We should “become better acquainted with each other. . . . you don’t know as much as my age, religion or in fact nothing that you should know.” He wonders what Georgena’s uncle George [McCann] “would say to your alliance with me” since he is a competitor. Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
12 Apr 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“You speak of Cousin George, as my uncle, he is not an Uncle–he is a first cousin of mine. So you have an idea he might be displeased if I was to go with you. Perhaps he might. McCanns are very strange people, especially my Aunt.” [Catherine Hendy McCann, Samuel Hendy’s sister?] Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
13 Apr 1890 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

Apologizing for its “dryness,” Albert writes about business. He has a business trip until the 21st but hired a factory manager, so may be able to visit St. Louis soon. He says how busy they are with their “traveling men”  and”drummers” with samples to show. Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
14 Apr 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert encloses a proof of his new portrait: “Perhaps you may not think it equal to the one you have” but this one “is just as I look.” He adds “the one you have flatters me. . . . I do not wear that kind of a smile.” Is one of these the photo Albert sent? Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
17 Apr 1890 • Stockton, Cedar, Missouri, USA

Albert complains of the difficulty of writing letters while traveling “owing to lack of accommodations and publicity of Hotels.” He has “only time to say ‘howdy'” and hasn’t “as yet wrote the house a letter or my folks, have only written to my love.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
18 Apr 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“Frank gave his surprise party last night. We all had a delightful time and came home at the early hour of 5 o’clock this morning. I thought of you often during the evening and wished you were there to dance with me.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
20 Apr 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“I am delighted to inform you that for the past month our business has been netting us a profit of $200.00 per week, with excellent prospects of a continual increase. . . . As soon as you come, and I find that I can love you as I now feel I can, I will ask you to become mine. . . .  Will you then say yes . . . . Should you dislike the dutch flavor that pervades my name–we might . . . change our name to McFischer or O’Fischer.”  Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
25 Apr 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“Yes, Albert if you should ask me to be yours, when we are better acquainted, I certainly would answer Yes, if I loved you as I now feel I do.” She declines his suggested name change, adding, “I would prefer to be mistaken for ‘Dutch.'” She also encloses her photo. Is this the one she sent? Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
27 Apr 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert pronounces Georgena’s photo “the loveliest sight on earth” and writes “my pride would know no bounds–at the pleasure of acknowledging ‘you Darling’ as ‘Mrs. A. G. Fischer,'” and adds “I can hardly resist asking now,” but he wants to “bind the bargain with a ‘Kiss.'” Traveling has been hard; the Pomme de Terre River “was beyond fording,” so he needed to hire “a skiff to take our buggy over in pieces and swim the horses.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
29 Apr 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“Albert, how naughty you are to speak of a ‘kiss.’ We certainly would blush on that occasion. I even blushed when I was reading about it.” Georgena is glad Albert likes her letters enough to read them seven times but says “I think I write a very uninteresting letter. Now if I could only write so interesting a letter as you do . . . .” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
30 Apr 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

When Georgena visits, Albert says “I will quit the road, but a man in business never knows what he will do next . . . a traveling man may quit our employ at any time” and “I would be obliged to act in his place . . . .” For this reason, he asks Georgena for a time when she will visit “so I can arrange my business . . . to be here all the time that you remain.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
2 May 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“Albert, you must be a great judge of human nature. I did not think, when we met that day in Feby. that you could read my thoughts so plainly. I have no doubts but you could–I was delighted to see you. I always had a great liking for you and when you left that day, I felt that I had more than a liking for you.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
4 May 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

“The contents [of your letter] are such as to inspire one with almost complete happiness. I could have omitted the use of the word ‘almost’ if you was now mine.” When we meet, “I don’t think I could avoid embracing you” for I feel “we are already one.” (Note: The envelope included a blank sheet of paper, which was wrapped around the folded letter.) Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
5 May 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

Georgena chides Albert for the briefness of his last letter. “You had nearly as much paper in it, but where was the writing. I looked all over that piece of paper but could not find one word on it. . . . Now Albert, you ought not be so extravagant to waste that much paper–without filling it up.” She says her brother might take his vacation in Springfield in June, and, if so, she would like to go with him. Read letter

Letter from Albert to Georgena
7 May 1890 • Marshfield, Webster, Missouri, USA

Albert is disappointed Georgena hasn’t set a date for her visit to Springfield but is glad her brother Frank will come too. Adds there may be feelings between Frank and his sister Lillie. Says he told a friend he expects “to be a married man by next fall.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
9 May 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

In response to Albert’s complaint that her letters are not long enough, Georgena writes “I would take delight in always writing you long letters–if I only knew what to say, but I really believe you can write long letters, so I’ll make a bargain–you write the long letters and let me write the short ones. Now, I think that is a right good bargain.” Georgena also includes half a dozen kisses with her letter. Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
11 May 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

Albert wishes kisses sent by mail “could impart the same thrill and pleasant sensation as the kiss created by a combustion of ‘two-lips.” He describes “happy days” as a child but says they can’t compare to “the days when you will be Mrs. A. G. Fischer.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
12 May 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“I would like very much to hear what you think of Love and also what you consider necessary to complete happiness. Then if you do–I will tell you if my opinions on the subject are the same or not.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
15 May 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri

“I haven’t time to say much since I have been busy since I got your letter; and in order to get a letter to you by morning of the 16th I am obliged to finish this in less than fifteen minutes, answer same so I will receive same by Sunday and I will do my best to write you a letter overflowing with sentiments of love . . . .” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
16 May 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“I will not say much tonight–as I feel tired and Oh! so sleepy. I was kept busy all day as my Aunt and Cousin arrived here this morning from Nashville, Tenn. and intends to stay with us a few days. . . . Frank is giving another party tomorrow night. I don’t think anyone enjoys giving parties more than he does.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
18 May 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

Albert begs Georgena to visit him soon. He would come to her except business does not permit and he would “incur the displeasure of my partner.” If her parents won’t relent, Albert “may break away from the common rules of discretion” and write them himself. Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
19 May 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“Frank still says he intends to spend his vacation there [in Springfield]. . . . Ma said the other day, if he was going, I should wait for him. so dear Albert even if I have to wait for the time I promised you it will not be long . . . . In regard to you writing to my parents, you may do so with the greatest pleasure to me . . . . I am sure–anyway–Ma will let me go the time she promised.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
21 May 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

Albert uses Groff & Fischer letterhead since “my stationery for love letters was exhausted.” His sisters will deliver the letter at the St. Louis depot en route to Alton to meet Carrie’s husband (Daniel Filkins), but “how I wish I could be the bearer of this letter myself.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
24 May 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

Georgena describes a visit with Albert’s sisters Carrie and Lillie, Carrie’s 4-year-old son Roy (“so cute”), and his St. Louis cousins, including his cousin George. All of them tease her about the letter from Albert that his sisters hand-delivered. Carrie says she saw “honey running out of it.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
25 May 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

Albert is happy Georgena loves his nephew (Carrie’s son) Roy. Frank is visiting Lillie in Springfield, and Albert thinks “of the pleasure I could have in your company.” He complains of teasing from his folks and says he must “invest” in cotton for his ears. Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
27 May 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

While Lillie was visiting, they wanted to have a boat ride in Lafayette Park, but could not because all the boats were out, so they took the cable car downtown instead. After dropping Lillie at the depot, Georgena went on a drive with friends “through Calvary and Bellefontaine Cemeteries, so I spent the day traveling over the best part of St. Louis.” However, “I cannot enjoy myself with anyone . . . and wish you were with me.” Read letter

Georgena also teases Albert about the seal on the envelope of his 21 May letter: “Albert do you want me to work up trade in St. L- for the Jersey Cream. ”


Letter from Albert to Georgena
29 May 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USAe

Albert writes “I am in trouble and don’t know how long before I can be relieved.” He would tell more “if it benefited either you or I.” If he can release himself in time (without great financial loss), “I will be in St. Louis and tell you all about it.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
1 Jun 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“Dear Albert it wearies me and makes me feel miserable to know you are in trouble. I only wish it was in my power, to relieve you of all trouble. . . . I hope you will not worry and that your trouble will soon pass away.” Lillie is visiting again. Frank took her to the Barracks, and they drove “all over the city. When I seen them going, it made me wish that I was going with you.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
5 Jun 1890 • Mammoth Spring, Fulton, Arkansas, USA

Albert apologizes for not writing sooner but “could not find time. I would be busy now if I was not too sick to interview the trade. This is in the Arkansas swamps, where malarial diseases prosper.” He says his “trouble” is not serious though it makes him “feel very blue” and hopes it ends soon. When they meet, he will tell her all. “I propose to make my business: yours.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
7 Jun 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“I was very sorry to hear you were feeling ill while out on your trip . . . . But I hope you are feeling well by this time. . . . Cousin George has often given me a description of his travels through the woods of Arkansas. He says there’s where you have to live on Cornbread and Molasses. . . . I hope you get something better to eat than that.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
8 Jun 1890 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

Mollie will be in St. Louis for treatment of her ears, and Lillie is already there. Albert ran into Georgena’s cousin Will and had a friendly conversation, but “I don’t know what he would have said if I told him I was in love with Cousin Georgena.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
11 Jun 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

Upon learning Mollie  and Lillie will both be in St. Louis, she tells Albert he should be “more kind and loving than ever” to his mother “to make up for the loss of all her girls. I am aware your sister Mollie is hard of hearing. Lillie has told me. I hope the treatment . . . will be successful.” She assures Albert she will not say anything about his troubles to Mollie. Read letter


The following undated note was included with Albert’s and Georgena’s letters. Could this be a note he sent during his unexpected June 1890 visit?


Letter from Albert to Georgena
18 Jun 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

Returning from a visit with Georgena, during which they became engaged, Albert says “never in my life did parting give such pain. . . . Mother sends her blessings . . . . She would write if you could read German. . . . I managed to find time to select a Ring which I have forwarded today.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
20 Jun 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

“Dear Albert, I received the ring and I just think it is a beauty. . . . I think our initials look very pretty in the ring. I only wish you were here to place in on my finger.” Though Ma and Frank think it’s beautiful, “it made Ma feel sad.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
22 Jun 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

“Mother wants us to live with her when we are married. I think that would be best” for now. “The Groff’s may vacate our house” so we could take over their premises and keep house. “Mother depends on me to protect her interests”–a “pleasant duty for me.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
27 Jun 1890 • Springfield, Missouri, USA

“I am happy that I possess the love of Purity and Virtue, but I am miserable without her by my side. . . . When you come, you must remain longer than 10 days–why that wouldn’t be no visit at all. . . . You must stay for at least a month.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
28 Jun 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“So Albert you say–you wouldn’t count ten days a visit at all. Don’t you think we could have a delightful time together for ten days. . . . But Oh Albert, even if I had a month to stay–at the end of that time it would only seem, as if I had spent a day with you for time passes so quickly and I am so happy while with you.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
1 Jul 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Georgena says “I am glad to hear you think that you are a better man since we are engaged” and teases about going to Duns Commercial Agency to check on Albert’s “good record.” But no–“I trust you more than that. Where there is love–there is trust.” She asks, “Albert why do you favor Sept 4th as our wedding day. . . . The 4th does not even fall on a Wednesday. Why don’t you favor the lucky month of October.”  Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
3 Jul 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert thought “September 4th would suit best because its a month earlier than October, but if that is the lucky month and Wednesday the lucky day, I would suggest that October 1st be set aside as the day of our nuptials, its three long months, but I am willing to wait for the satisfaction of be[ing] married on a lucky month and day, should this meet with your entire satisfaction and approval.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
5 Jul 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“Well Albert, I have thought of the 1st of October all day. At last I came to the conclusion that I am satisfied to appoint that day as the date of our Nuptials. Everyone says – October is a lucky month and Wednesday is a lucky day to be married on.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
6 Jul 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert writes that he is “happy to hear from you  . . . especially that you have accepted Oct. 1st as the day of our wedding. As soon as I learn of your wishes . . . I will then know what preparations to make . . . as your wish will be mine.” He reflects on the pain of their past parting, adding “death will only part us, that is too terrible to contemplate . . . . I hope that I shall never suffer to see you go first.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
8 Jul 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

“Albert – it would be my greatest wish to be married in church”–but that wish cannot be granted–“when you are not of the same religion as I am. . . . How I wish you believed the same as I do”–but we must marry at home with family and close friends only. Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
9 Jul 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

Albert tells Georgena she can plan the wedding as she chooses “just so I marry you.” For now, living with Mother is the “best I can do,” but we’ll have a parlor, dining room, bedroom and kitchen. “You can take charge of the household affairs or leave them to Mother.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
11 Jul 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

Missing letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
13 Jul 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

Albert mentions his sisters. Mollie, he writes, “is not the same person she was previous to the time she lost her hearing. She was then full of life and very entertaining–now she is the very reverse, the present prospects are–that she will never regain her hearing. . . . I don’t think she will ever be herself again.” He fears Lillie is overstaying her welcome at Georgena’s house, adding “she is very thoughtless and needs to be poked up once in a while.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
14 Jul 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“I long to see you so much . . . but I know Ma’s advice  . . . is best for me. . . . I hardly think Ma would be willing to let me go to Spr- even if I had time–for she thinks she will need to lose me too soon–without telling me to go on a visit. She was surprised when I told her the time we expected to get married. She said next spring would be soon enough.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
16 Jul 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“If we had to wait untill next spring [for our wedding]–I fear there would be a funeral in place of a wedding–for I don’t think I can get along without you for that length of time.” He asks how many “at home” cards Georgena will need for her friends and closes his letter as “it is now 8 o clock and the workmen are pouring into the factory.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
18 Jul 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“I have thought over your suggestion to be married early in the morning, and I believe it will be best. I would rather travel in the day time and leave as soon as we are married–for I would rather part with my folks in the excitement: I know it will be hard for me to part with them.” She adds that her sister may “stay with Ma for a while after I am gone–as I am sure she will miss me so much.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
20 Jul 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“If health don’t fail me–I will always manage to pay as we go and have a few dollars on hand for the rainy days (should there be any). Perhaps some day we will be as happy in wealth or rather as wealthy in money as we will be in happiness. Even if the very worst should come I can always earn $15.00 to $25.00 a week at my trade, which will keep the wolf from our door.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
21 Jul 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“I am sorry you are looking bad—perhaps you are working too hard. You must try and sleep more, then perhaps y9u will feel better. Do not let thoughts of me keep you awake at night. Try and forget me when you retire—then you will go to sleep sooner. I could not tell you to forget me, (for I would not want you to forget me at any time) only I want my dear Albert to have more rest.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
22 Jul 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“I fear that I shall never be much better looking–unless your beauty should prove contagious. . . . I take a nerve tonic now, from which I receive much benefit. The past few nights I fell asleep after two or three hours” rather than waiting until daylight. Lillie wrote that sister Carrie’s husband, Mr. Filkins, “will quit the laundry business” [in Alton]. “As that throws her out of employment, she must return home, as we would not allow her to work for strangers.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
23 Jul 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“I can’t imagine how you can work next day–after losing so much rest. Why–Albert, you won’t get any beauty sleep–if you keep on. . . . Last Sunday . . . Frank had Florence – Jennie and I out riding. We met a crowd of Gypsies camping out there. They wanted to tell our fortunes, but we had not time to wait. I don’t think I would let them tell my fortune anyway.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
24 Jul 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert believes his brother-in-law, Mr. Filkins, is moving to St. Louis and confides his hope that he will seek employment rather than going into business “for he has lost every cent he earned wage working while in business for himself.” Albert “intended to make a big display at Spfld Fair in September,” but, but due to increased cost, “thought best to withdraw our intentions.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
25 Jul 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“Frank wants to take Flora, Jennie, and I to a lawn party tonight . . . . I have not decided on going yet . . . . But – Oh! How I would enjoy it, if you were here to go with me. . . . Oh: Albert, How naughty you were to make me think of no one but you.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
27 Jul 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“Providence has provided for our meeting [in February]–as I should never have called on you but for Cousin Geo and I passing within two blocks of your house–asked me if I was acquainted with you, the query was followed by an expression of desire to call on you. Now see how important that visit was to me.” He mentions Mr. Filkins may sell an interest in his laundry to a man in St. Louis and move the laundry and his family there. Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
29 Jul 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“Albert – surely providence did provide for our meeting. . . . When I left Springfield–little did I think, we would meet after so many years and learn to love each other . . . . There is quite a little romance in our life.” Georgena mentions she is going to a funeral for a lady who was burned in a gasoline stove explosion and died after three weeks of terrible suffering, leaving “three young ladies without even a father’s care.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
30 Jul 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“Every letter received from you has been read no less than five times before its consigned to its permanent resting place. I had to take all my valuable papers out of my private box in our safe to make room for my love letters. Fortunate that we are to marry in two months . . . the firm would be obliged to buy a larger safe.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
1 Aug 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

“My Aunt – Mrs. Fryar (the one you met while here) moved out opposite to Tower Grove Park today. (Don’t you remember we spent two of those happy evenings at that park.) I will miss the girls. We all had a pleasant time while they lived so near.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
2 Aug 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“The past week was an unusually busy one. . . . for two or three days after we marry I will hafto work as I did the past few days. . . . I am reading Stanley’s Explorations of Africa . . . If you have not read the work, you must not fail to.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
5 Aug 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Carrie, Lillie, and Roy are visiting Georgena, having arrived late Sunday night on the boat from Alton. “Mr. Filkins will keep the laundry on 26th and Franklin Ave., so Carrie wants to live out that way. I expect Lillie intends to stay with them–since they are to live here. She is as happy as can be–because she is back again in St. Louis.” Cousin Will McCann has left Springfield for the Washington Territory but sent Georgena a letter with his love.  Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
6 Aug 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert mentions the “good news of the Filkins-Fischer family arriving at St. Louis” and is pleased “Mr. Filkins received financial aid and I trust a business partner with some financial ability.” He also relates a dream where Georgena saved him from peril. “Little Will better be careful who he sends his love to or he will get into my toils. Good thing that he has immigrated to W.T.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
7 Aug 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

Georgena has an aunt and little cousin visiting from Pittsburgh, Pa. She mentions a visit from “your cousin Geo and Roy” and gently berates Albert for saying he would fight her cousin Will McCann for sending his love to her. “That is only cousinly love.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
10 Aug 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert mentions he too has aunts and cousins in Pittsburgh but was not aware until told by his St. Louis cousins. He says a hotel Georgena knew when she lived in Springfield came close to burning down–and describes how he and Mr. Groff aided in the rescue. Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
11 Aug 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

Georgena agrees with Albert that cousins sometimes fall in love and marry, adding “nearly all Pa’s folks married in the same way.” An aunt in Springfield married her first cousin “but I think it is entirely wrong.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
12 Aug 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert asks if Georgena has read “A Golden Heart.” If not, she should. “My love and reverence” for you “is as great, sincere and honest as that of ‘Sir Karl’ to Lady Rhysworth.” Read it and “believe me to be breathing such words of love” as Sir Karl. Read letter

Note: “A Golden Heart” was printed as a serial in newspapers. If you’d like to read a sample featuring Sir Karl and Lady Rhysworth, click here.


Letter from Georgena to Albert
13 Aug 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

Georgena writes that she will need to get “A Golden Heart” and read it. “Then I will know what my “Sir Albert” thinks of me. While I am reading it–I will imagine I am “Lady Georgena” listening to “Sir Albert” breathing those words of love. It just makes me wish I had the book now. I would begin to read it (I mean when I have your letter finished). Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
14 Aug 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert says he had trouble falling asleep last night because “my mind was so charged with an enterprise that I am considering. . . . If it materializes, I will have better prospects of making money,” but anxiety makes me uncomfortable for the time being. Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
16 Aug 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

Georgena writes that she spent the night with her cousins’ Jennie and Flo (Fryar) and is writing this letter from their house. “Dear Albert–I am so sorry you are wearied about business. I wish I was near you–I would try to console you. “I had the pleasure of walking along that pretty walk (outside of Tower Grove Park.) It reminded me of the evening you and I walk[ed] along there and . . . I wished you were with me.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
17 Aug 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“I often pass a greater portion of the night thinking of you and how to succeed in business ventures, so I can add wealth to our happiness. . . . I hope to be in a position soon to make more money,” though I am doing better than most men my age. “It shall always be the aim of my life to surround you with everything that will add to your happiness.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
18 Aug 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“I know you will always try to surround me with everything that will add to my happiness, and I will repay you with all my love and kindness, and try to make you happy. And we won’t care–even if we never have wealth, we will be happy with our love–won’t we.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
20 Aug 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“When I was going to school – I always wished I was a man so I could make money and be independent. . . . now I realize the days of my childhood were the happiest. . . . When you Darling are with me I shall always shoulder my burdens with a light heart. . . . I saw Geo H. McCann I mean the biggest and oldest one in the bunch. . . . He didn’t see me . . . next time I see him I will knock him down . . .and then ask him what he thinks of our alliance.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
21 Aug 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“No doubt–most everyone thinks as you do, that their childhood days are the happiest. I believe they are–but even then we were not contented. I remember I was so anxious to grow older and be a ‘lady.’ (as all the children say) . . . . Well Albert if you get Cousin Geo so much in your power (as you intend) you will surely gain his approval.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
21 Aug 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

“I take the utmost pleasure to inform you that I will be in St. Louis next Sunday morning . . . to remain a few days. I am coming on business of great importance – the nature of which I will reveal to you when we meet. . . . I can hardly wait . . . .” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
1 Sep 1890 AM • Springfield, Missouri

Writing after visiting Georgena, Albert says “Pet I feel miserable without you” but he will do the best he can until they next meet on the 25th. He doesn’t know Mr. Groff’s intentions but hopes for immediate possession so things are ready for Georgena’s arrival. Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
1 Sep 1890 PM • Springfield, Missouri

Missing Georgena, Albert says he kisses her photo, “which does not shrink from me as you do,” but he doesn’t blame her doing what she thinks is right, adding he regrets he does not share her faith since it has “a good influence over its subjects.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
2 Sep 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“You can’t imagine how lonesome I feel. These last two days seem longer–than the whole nine days that you were here. The hands of the clock don’t fly around so quickly as they did last week. . . . Ma is gone out to Aunt Lillie’s to spend the day. She thinks she will claim part of this week–as I took all of last week. . . . Lillie came down yesterday afternoon and Carrie went to see your Grandma.” Read letter 


Letter from Albert to Georgena
4 Sep 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“My only hope is that we may live long to enjoy the happiness in store for us. No matter how long life lasts – it’s always too short in happiness.” Albert says he is having a suit made “by my favorite Tailor” and will ask Frank to be his best man. Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
5 Sep 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“I am happy now, for I am expecting to see you in a little while. . . . But Albert I feel so miserable when I think of the time that I will have to part with Ma and Pa & Frank. I wish I could forget it for awhile. . . . I believe you will be all to me . . . and I will be happy with your love and kindness. . . . I would not want you to struggle too hard for the luxuries and comforts that wealth gives. For no matter what comforts I had, I wouldn’t be happy without your love.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
6 Sep 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert reports the new business enterprise has been approved by all parties. He will make $20/week plus an equal share of profits. The firm will be named “The Groff-Fischer Cigar Co.” He will be measured for Prince Albert suit “of the very latest style” for the wedding. Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
8 Sep 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“You can’t imagine how delighted I am to hear that we might be living in St. Louis by next November. . . . I told Ma . . . . It seemed to make her so happy. . . . I am glad Mr. Groff and Mr. Keilers agreed to the changes. How great the ‘Groff-Fischer Cigar Co.’ will look–especially with the capital ‘F’ printed in red ink. . . . I am anxious to see how you will look in your new Prince Albert. You will be a regular ‘Dude.'” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
10 Sep 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“I am almost positive that we will make St. Louis our home shortly. . . . I am glad your Mother feels relieved. . . . I will be the smallest Stock Holder in the Co., but will receive an equal share of profits and as big a salary as any and the honor of having my name connected with the Co. Neither Mr. Groff nor Keillers would go into business without me–they realize the value of practical experience.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
11 Sep 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“We all went to the Theater last night to see the play entitled ‘The Soap Bubble’ . . . . One of the actors was giving an imitation of an Irishman, and it excited one of the audience. He was so angry he said everything to the actor. Everyone laughed more at that–than at any part of the performance. I felt sorry for him, when the policeman came and took him out. I suppose he thought he was right to fight for his country.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
14 Sep 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“Just think – after sixteen days from today, we will be one – how much happier I will be . . . . I ordered our announcement cards from St. Louis yesterday and my tailor is finishing my Prince Albert and I will be in readiness in a few more days.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
16 Sep 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“I believe we have written about, everything we know of. Judging from the amount of letters we have received from each other, anyone would think so.  I counted my letters last Sunday and I had only 57. Now that isn’t many, is it? (or like Roy says–’tis it?)” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
17 Sep 1890 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

“I . . . counted the letters received from you and found 54. The one received this morning makes just 55. That is not many (tis it) but it proved an elegant sufficiency in our case. I think I am cheated – I ought to have as many as you. . . . I enclose you one of our announcement cards which I will have printed in a few days. You name will be on first card and mine on the other and below I will have printed. ‘St. Louis, Mo., Wednesday October 1st 1890’ and not mention any hour.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
18 Sep 1890Saint Louis, Missouri

“We were surprised to see Geo McCann yesterday. He spent the entire day with us and will be back again on Saturday. He told me he met you the night before he left. He was very much surprised when I told him we were to be married Oct. 1st. Will Mc never mentioned anything . . . . George wished that we would live long and be happy.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
20 Sep 1890 • Springfield, Missouri

“I expect this will be the last time I will address you as your Beaux – next time I will sign myself as your husband and … your answer to this will be the closing of our correspondence as lovers…. I will always do my best to … be loving and true.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
22 Sep 1890Saint Louis, Missouri

“Well Albert I was just thinking–it was you that wrote the first letter and I am writing the last. I guess that is fair–is it not? But I must make my last letter short and sweet as it is getting late, but before closing I must say –I hope our future life will be so bright and happy–that we can always look back to the time now closing without sorrow or regrets. We will do our best to make it all happiness.” Read letter


Letter from William R. Parkes to Georgena
17 Oct 1890 • Saint Louis, Missouri

Addressed “Dear Friend,” the letter states Mr. Parkes received “your kind invitation from Frank a week ago and has been intending to write you ever since . . . . Allow me to congratulate you and your Husband and my wishes to you both . . . . and, Georgena, when you visit your folks send me word by Frank as I would very much like to meet your Husband.” Read letter 


Albert & Georgena’s Wedding: After a courtship of ten months, Albert and Georgena were married at  her parents’ home at 807 Rutger St. in St. Louis. The wedding took place very early in the morning on Wednesday, October 1, 1890–a lucky day and a lucky month, according to Georgena. After the wedding, the newlyweds took a morning train to Springfield, where they began their married life together.


Letters Written After Leona’s Birth (June 1892)


Letter from Albert to Georgena
1 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri

Arriving in Springfield to prepare for his family’s impending move there, Albert writes Georgena in St. Louis: “I found Ma, Mollie and Lillie in good health and the home just looks too lovely…. I am going out on a hunt for Ferneau tonight yet…. How lonesome I am going to be without you and the baby.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
2 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert reports that their furniture arrived, and they will be using the downstairs bedroom formerly occupied by the Groffs. He says his mother’s house is “the most attractive on South Street. . . . You can smell the flowers for a block away.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
3 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert complains that he has written three letters in three days without a single letter from Georgena. Her family is moving, so he hopes that is the reason and that she is not ill. He reports that he is laying carpet and fixing up their room. Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
5 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri
c/o Mrs. D. J. Filkins, 2621 Dickson St., St. Louis, Missouri

“It would do you good to be here – the place is so beautiful” with cherry trees, peaches, apples, pears, plums, grapes, gooseberries, blackberries, currants, and a vegetable garden. “The front of the house is entirely covered with honeysuckles.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
5 Jun 1892 • St. Louis, Missouri

Missing letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
6 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert advises Georgena to “drink beer before meals – it will sharpen your appetite.” In response to Georgena’s complaint of “being worn out on account of the baby” (Leona), Albert says he wishes he could feel worn out so he could sleep; “if I only had the baby to keep me awake all night I would feel a little better than being entirely alone.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
6 Jun 1892 • St. Louis, Missouri

Missing letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
7 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri
#2632 Dickson St., St. Louis, Missouri

“If you delay coming long, you may come here to find me sick from longing for you . . . . Your room will be complete by tomorrow.” I had to send “for shades to match mother’s. . . . It would look bad to have two colors of shades showing from the same house.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
8 Jun 1892 • 736 South, Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

Albert writes “surely you won’t keep me waiting much longer. The factory is ready for business. As soon as our Bond is approved and leaf tobacco comes, we will begin.” He comments that “several real estate men have already been after me to sell me a home. I put them off by saying when I was ready to have my own home I would build one to suit my wife.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
10 Jun 1892 • St. Louis, Missouri

Missing letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
10 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert chides Georgena for not writing more. He misses her, and “I miss the good old beer at night. When you come – you shall have your beer whenever you have a desire for it. I will have a case of bottled Anheuser-Busch sent to the house for you only.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
11 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri

“Pet! There is no use me trying to keep from feeling homesick–I am getting worse every day. Hurry to Spfld for I can’t sleep at night thinking of you. . . . I got up six o clock this morning and picked some of the finest cherries I could find to be preserved for you. They are ripening fast and in a few days will be all gone.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
11 Jun 1892 (2nd addition) • Springfield, Missouri

“Every day brings me closer to a resolution … Come as soon as you can as I wish to become a Catholic in your presence… My ambitions formerly were for possession of wealth but since we have married I thought more of you than making money.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
13 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri

“Am sorry to hear that baby is troublesome, but the poor little thing can’t help it. Something aches and of course she must cry – just like you and I done at the same age. I don’t think baby would suffer so much here as the house is always so nice and cool.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
13 Jun 1892 • St. Louis, Missouri

Missing letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
14 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

“Well the bonds were approved at last and as soon as I finish this letter I will telegraph for our leaf tobacco. . . . Pet you can realize that happy time of me becoming a Catholic as soon as you get here. I have firmly resolved that I cannot do otherwise . . .” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
14 Jun 1892 • St. Louis, Missouri

Missing letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
15 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri

“I almost forgot that the 14th was the 2nd Anniversary of our engagement and the 13th two years ago is the first time I kissed you…. I feel so lonesome without you that I would much rather tire myself out working . . . than lay awake longing for you.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
15 Jun 1892 • St. Louis, Missouri

Missing letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
16 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri

“I regret very much to be informed . . . you won’t be here before the 1st. You promised . . . you would not remain more than two weeks and now you are going to stay over four weeks.” To get revenge, Albert threatens to wear white socks for a year. He adds, “Since writing this the tobacco came–so I will go to work this afternoon.”  Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
17 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

“If nothing occurs to prevent, I will send you $15.00 on the 25th inst. and you can start on the 27th . . . . Now you want to be sure and be ready by that time – get your Aunt Ella to assist you in making your clothes. . . and I will have a case of Anheuser-Busch here for your exclusive use. You can keep drunk all the time if you want.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
17 Jun 1892 • St. Louis, Missouri

Missing letter


 Letter from Albert to Georgena
18 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri

“Am very sorry to hear Leona is sick. Poor little thing – the city is too warm for her. . . . Start for Springfield Tuesday morning without fail as the babies life may be in danger. . . . Our house is so nice and cool. I am awful anxious about the baby.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
18 Jun 1892 • St. Louis, Missouri

Missing letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
19 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert got up early “to get shaved before the rush and to my disappointment learned that I could not get shaved in Springfield on Sunday . . . . well I . . . made up my mind to get shaved or bust a suspender”–and he tells how he got the barber to do it. Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
19 Jun 1892 • St. Louis, Missouri

Missing letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
20 Jun 1892 • St. Louis, Missouri

Missing letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
21 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri

“I am awfully disappointed that I am not to see you tonight, but since your mother is sick, I will have to excuse you. I hope she is not seriously so, and that she is better by now. . . . I haven’t any cigar makers coming yet” so must make them all myself. Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
22 Jun 1892 • St. Louis, Missouri

Missing letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
23 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri

“Glad to hear your mother’s better. Always makes me feel uneasy when anyone is sick. Frank will be in Chicago in time to congratulate Grover Cleveland upon his nomination for the Presidency by the Democrats. That was good news to me.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
23 Jun 1892 • St. Louis, Missouri

Missing letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
24 Jun 1892 • Springfield, Missouri

“Tell Carrie to have her teeth filled or extracted – no use in suffering when there is a way out of it. . . . I felt rather sick this morning but am feeling better now. I have a ruematic pain in my best arm every morning,” but it’s better in the afternoon. Read letter


Letter from J. A. Logwood & Co., Cigar and Tobacco Agents
19 Jun 1893 • 106 Olive St., Saint Louis, Missouri

J. A. Logwood offers Albert, currently living in Springfield, a position as a cigar salesman in St. Louis. Starting salary is $100 per month “with big prospects for a much larger annual.” Read letter


Letters Written After Virginia’s Birth (October 1893)


Letter from Georgena to Albert
2 Oct 1893 • Saint Louis, Missouri
#736 South St., Springfield, Missouri

On a visit with her family in St. Louis, Georgena writes Albert to let him know she arrived safe and on time, though she saw a train wreck on the way. “All of the cars were in splinters. The sight of it unnerved me for a time.” She closes by saying, “I just kissed Leona and baby [Virginia] for you.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
4 Oct 1893 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert writes that he knew of the train wreck and witnessed the engineer’s funeral procession. He leaves “a wife and three children the youngest but one month old. . . . He showed his love for his family by the amount of life insurance he left them, which was very large. . . . I feel deserted. Wouldn’t be near so bad if I was on the road. Must make 2800 cigars before I start if I am going at all. . . . Don’t let the children forget their Pap and above all don’t forget your inferior half, even if you do have a flying time.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
5 Oct 1893 • Springfield, Missouri

Albert “enclosed lines clipped from the Sundays Republic,” which “are truely [an] expression of my sentiments toward you, read them and believe me. I am more your lover than ever.” He muses on the hard times afflicting himself and people he knows but expresses hope for his ambitions. “This winter is going to be awfull on the poor. . . . I am determined . . . I am going to make that $5000.00 which you say we will never have.” Read letter   Read clippings


Letter from Georgena to Albert
5 Oct 1893 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“I didn’t go see the Veiled Prophet parade. I was afraid to leave the children – until they are better acquainted with Pa. Frank wanted to take me to the V. P. ball (that is – to view it from the gallery.) But I . . . could not leave the children.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
6 Oct 1893 • Springfield, Missouri
#2018 Hickory St., St. Louis, Missouri

“I fell from Grace today. I was so determined that I would be goody good, but I eat a small bit of pigeon . . . and never thought of what I had done until I sat down for a Friday dinner of eggs – well, the just man falls seven times a day . . . .” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
8 Oct 1893 • Saint Louis, Missouri

“Hope you will . . . do what is for the best so that you can make that $5000 right soon. We rush the growler every day, but I don’t grow any fatter yet. Leona is more fond of beer than I am – she goes to the sideboard for the pitcher and says Me – beer.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
10 Oct 1893 PM • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

“If business was only good, I could put in the time working, but its getting worse all the time. I think it will be a dead stand still in cigars . . . . If I was in the chicken business I would be right ‘in it’ as there is a strong demand for eggs.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
10 Oct 1893 • Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

After visiting your Aunt Sophie, “I had Pa to come for me about 10 o’clock. Then he insisted on me going to one race at the south side race track. It was so nice to see them race at night by Electric Light. It was after 11 o’clock when we got home.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
10 Oct 1893 (PM) • Springfield, Missouri

“Ain’t you getting a little tired of visiting. You have been gone 10 days now. It’s been a year to me. . . . This visiting might be alright for you but its tough on me. I’m going to get myself a temporary wife until you return. Of course you won’t mind.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
12 Oct 1893 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

Fighting loneliness, Albert writes, “Fortune may smile on us some day. We are not going backward – that’s some consolation in these stringent times. A person ought not complain no how as long as they are in good health – in that respect we are Blessed.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
13 Oct 1893 • Saint Louis., Missouri

“I am sorry you are so lonesome. Still I won’t consent to you getting a temporary wife – if you do – I will be home on the next train – then you will have more wives than you can manage. . . . I feel it might be sometime before I would see Ma again.” Read letter


Letters Written Shortly Before Gertrude’s Birth (September – October  1894)


Letter from Albert to Georgena
11 Sep 1894 • Springfield, Missouri, USA
Addressed to Mr. F. B. Hendy, c/o Tony Faust, Broadway & Elm St., St. Louis

“I am already missing my best half. . . . I fear I will be asking you to come back before you have had your stay out. If you drink any water – you better boil it . . . but I hardly expect you will drink very much water. Beer you know, is already boiled.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
13 Sep 1894 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA
Addressed to #1427 Grattan St., St. Louis, Mo.

“I expect you did not realize you were in St. Louis on your arrival due to the new Station. I think I am right good as I haven’t done anything other than read the papers when I got through working – go to bed – get up in the morning and go to work again.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
15 Sep 1894• Springfield, Missouri

This is an “orphan” page from a letter on Fischer & Ferneau letterhead. It is not dated but was in an envelope postmarked 15 Sep 1894. It continues to reflect Albert’s concerns about drinking water. “You are not neglecting to boil the water for the children and to drink beer when you are thirsty. I am having a great time–haven’t tasted water since your gone.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
16 Sep 1894 • Springfield, Missouri

“Mollie got a letter from Carrie . . . . She said she hadn’t a nickel in the house. She made a dress for a neighbor for $1.50 . . . . She worked so hard her old trouble returned and that she would now have to . . . buy medicine. Ma cried over the letter.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
19 Sep 1894 • St. Louis, Missouri

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Letter from Albert to Georgena
19 Sep 1894 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

Albert says Mollie and Ma decided to “stand for” $5.00 he sent to help Carrie since they can afford it better. “I never expect any return of favors . . . as long as Filkins lives. I was about as hard up as I’ll ever be after Groff done me and I could not even get back what money I loaned them to save them from having their furniture set out on the sidewalk by the constable . . . . I am broke now with out any leaf tobacco . . . and haven’t any money to go on the road with—but I think I can raise enough for that.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
20 Sep 1894 • St. Louis, Missouri

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Letter from Albert to Georgena
22 Sep 1894 • Springfield, Missouri

“Frank is very anxious for me to take a position in St. Louis. I know you would be pleased if I did–but my better judgement tells me to steer clear of big cities, small capital will pay better in small towns. . . . I am confident that I will demonstrate–some day, that it was better for us that I did not take a salary in a big city.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
24 Sep 1894 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

“I am still broke so much so that I can’t go on the road untill I get some money. . . . If I had the money you can just bet that I would have been in St. Louis before this. . . . I couldn’t feel worse were I in Jail.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
25 Sep 1894 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

“Now that I have paid insurance and interest – I haven’t money enough to go on the road or to buy tobacco. I am going to do my best to sell all my Jersey Creams to Springfield Grocer Co. If I succeed I can buy more tobacco and go to work again.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
25 Sep 1894 • St. Louis, Missouri

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Letter from Albert to Georgena
26 Sep 1894 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

“I am almost sick – it seems the harder I try to get along the more misfortunes occur. Have lost $50.00 this month in bad accounts. . . . I hope that you don’t get blue too – I can get blues enough for both.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
28 Sep 1894 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

“I haven’t sold my Jersey Creams yet – but will know tomorrow. . . . If I get rid of those cigars I will be enabled to go right to work again. . . . I am not as blue as I have been. Have reconciled myself, but I do feel awfull lonesome at night.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
29 Sep 1894 • St. Louis, Missouri

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Letter from Albert to Georgena
30 Sep 1894 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

“Had more bad luck – J. W. Hardesty broke again . . . making $15.50 I loose on him. They say too much Beer broke him both times – I rarely ever have a loss but what several more follow. . . . I am going to . . . get out of debt this coming year.” Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
3 Oct 1894 • St. Louis, Missouri

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Letter from Albert to Georgena
4 Oct 1894 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

“I am sorry to inform you I could not sell the Jersey Creams . . . . I have made arrangements to go on the road with a Springfield liquor drummer and I am going to stay on the road until every cigar in the house is sold,” so you should remain in St. Louis. Read letter


Letter from Georgena to Albert
5 Oct 1894 • St. Louis, Missouri

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Letter from Albert to Georgena
7 Oct 1894 • Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri

“I know I will sell the cigars in a much shorter space of time since your promise to come home as soon as they are sold – I will now have something to spur me on…. I will have to inaugurate a system of most rigid economy … to catch up with my losses.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
9 Oct 1894 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

“I am going to work like a tiger and I hope that I can have you start by next Monday for home. I may be dissapointed – for if I am not in good luck – it may take me ten days to sell out so don’t get ready to come untill I write you to.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
11 Oct 1894 • Billings, Christian, Missouri, USA

“Pet! I sold just 2000 cigars today and if I continue to do this well I will ask you to come home in a few days as I haven’t but 4900 more to sell. . . . Will leave here early in the morning.” Read letter


Letter from Albert to Georgena
14 Oct 1894 • Purdy, Barry, Missouri, USA

“I wrote you last night to come home by next Wednesday . . . . I still have 1900 cigars to sell and I’ll do my level best to sell them tomorrow. . . . I am feeling well enough – but so anxious to see you and the babies that I feel just like homesick.” Read letter

The envelope had measurements written on the back. Could these be Georgena’s measurements for a dress she was sewing?


Letter Written on Their Fifth Wedding Anniversary (October  1895)


Letter from Georgena to Albert
30 Sep 1895

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Letter from Albert to Georgena
1 Oct 1895 • Springfield, Greene, Missouri, USA

“I now, at the 5th anniversary of our happy marriage – renew my avowal of love for you, and feel happy to say that I love you better than ever, although when we married I thought I could not love you more than I did then.” Read letter