Friday, February 8, 2013

July 24, 1912

This is one of the earliest full length letters in Esther's collection.

The top half of the first page is missing.

[...]lines. I hope it will bee all
right. well every thing looks
loanlye [lonely] to me here to day.
thir are no plase to go.
Thir aunt [ain’t] even a chirch
in about 6 mils of here.
People don’ hardly know what
 a chirch is out here.
Thire is a base ball game
here every Sunday that is
all the amusement thir is

 so you know this is a fine
place  Say how is Oscar and
Miss lucie getting on fine I guess
five Miss Lucie and Nanie Lee my best
regs they all owe me a card
Abd say when you see
Osker again you till him
I think he auto [ought to ] answer my
letter by 1913 and tell
Ruben the same.  Well I guess
you all are having a nice time
to day I wish I was in
the maberhood to day I know
I would enjoy my self.
Will five my best regs to
your mother and Farther.
and tell them I guess I
will see them again

about Xmas. Say when
was the last time you seen
George Tell him to write
me some time. he must bee
saving his money he wont
even spend two [cents] Ha Ha.
Well I guess you are getting
tired of trying to read this
bad writing so I will
close for this time.      
so answer soon and all
the news and a long letter.
it leaves me your

                        L. S. Hardy.

Postmarked: Partially obscured, W. VA
Addressed: Miss Esther Richardson
                  Ringgold, Va
                  Route 2

L. S. Hardy [Luther Hardy] was a friend and suitor of Esther's.  (Luther also wrote the postcard of March 31, 1912.) From the letter above, it appears that Luther was in W. VA.  for work.  Lucie and Nannie Lee [Farson] were sisters and mutual friends of Luther and Esther's. Oskar and George were likely also mutual friends. I am not sure of their surnames.  Reuben [Richardson] was Esther's younger brother.


  1. Isn't that frustrating when a part of an old letter is missing?! Makes me wonder what he was referring to when he wrote, "I hope it will bee all right."

  2. I'm actually a little surprised at how many of Esther's letters stayed intact. I suspect the writer was referring to the weather being all right. Most of the letters and postcards seem to talk about the weather in the beginning.