|This was a little tiny picture among the Lestom Letters; not a postcard but still neat.|
I recently posted about W.J. Carpenter Souvenir Letter and Wall Card, Spokane WA 1905-1908, and Larry Cebula from the blog "Northwest History" emailed me and asked if I had any more old postcards of Spokane. I went through some of the cards in our "The Letsom Letters Collection" and found a few more to show everybody.
These postcards were mailed to my Great-Great Grandfather John Letsom of Yoncalla and Elkhead, Oregon or to his daughter, my Great-Granny Talitha Letsom Hedrick. The dates that they were mailed are between 1903 and 1915.
Mailed from Spokane, Washington on March 1, 1915 at 3:30 PM:
Dear Grandpa I heard that you were going to have a postcard shower and thought I would send one. It will hardly get there in time though. Wishing you a happy birthday.
Your loving grandson James.
Mailed from Chelan, Washington on July 24, 1908:
We are all well. It is quite warm here now. Hoping you are well. I will write you one of these hot days.
Mailed from Spokane Washington, March 9, 1907 at 5:00 PM:
March 8, 1907
Dear Father, it is snowing today. We went on a drive tour yesterday. Are going out to Darla's (?) tomorrow. All are well but Mr. Harris. Love to all.
Martha and Litha
Mailed from Spokane, Washington on October 10, 1908 at 10:00 PM:
Began in Spokane this week had free time, go home tomorrow.
Marosora (?) and Elise
This one isn't of Spokane, I don't think, as it was mailed from Yoncalla, Oregon on May 21, 1907 at 4:00 PM:
Papa has been very sick again and we was greatly alarmed for 4 days fever at 102. Is some better now. I will send some papers and write when I get a chance.
I am now working on a post about Capt. Benjamin Boswell, developer and owner of the former Boswell Springs - 3 miles south of Drain. One thing leads to another around here.
I couldn't help but look up where Granny was at the time. She may have been staying with her sister Martha for awhile, since she wasn't married yet. Here is the present day Google image of the address:
Mailed from Spokane, Washington on April 13, 1907 at 6:30 PM. This is actually a cover, but there was nothing inside by the time it got to me.
I featured the postcard below in this post J.W. Quackenbush's Hardware Store in Eugene, Oregon:
There is no postmark nor stamp, so I am guessing that it was mailed in an envelope. The message reads:
Hello, Litha how are you making it by this time? You are well and happy, I suppose? How many different fellows have you on the string? I'm having a very jolly time.
Who is Who:
Born in 1830 near Little Rock, Arkansas, Pulaski County. Died in 1898 at Yoncalla, Oregon, and buried in The Letsom Cemetery. Sarah was a twin, who lost her sister at birth. Four years after that, both of her parents died. Married Stephen Marther Lewis in 1849. In 1852, Sarah came to Oregon crossing the plains by wagon toward Portland, Oregon. Her infant son, Ivan, died in route. As their group barged the Columbia to land in Portland, Sarah watched two more of her family members drown in the river. Sarah was 25 when she settled in Scots Valley with her husband and children.
The photo below is of John and Sarah Letsom later on in life. Sarah had four children with her first husband, Stephen M. Lews, including baby Ivan. Stephen died two years after they arrived in Oregon, leaving Sarah a widow with three young children. (Her son Elijah Dave "Cougar Dave" grew up to be quite famous as a mountain man of Idaho, and has his own book written about him by Pat Cary Peek.) Nine months after Stephen died, Sarah married John Letsom. She ended up having eight more children with him. She looks worn out and sad in the picture below, and it seems self-explanatory now that I know the details. Though, as I get further into the "Cougar Dave" book, she really did enjoy all of her kids. When the two oldest girls grew up and married, they lived close by and she had their eight grandkids running around on the farm.
You can read more about John and Sarah and their children in the this link: John Letsom of Yoncalla, Oregon.
This is one of their children, Litha and three of their grandkids. Florence is my Grandma T.:
Granny Litha with her children: Florence, John and Homer and their dog at Jack Creek Ranch. Not shown are her husband Ben and step-son Hobart.
Evan Willis "Uncle Kit" Letsom
To learn more about Martha and Litha, you can check out this post: Sisters Martha and Talitha Letsom.
I know that some of you are seeing the same pictures of my family over time, but I keep learning more and am getting the puzzle pieces put together. I now have a solid plan for a book! ~ Kathy M.
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