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Emma Smith's Postcard Collection

 
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To From M D Year Postmark Picture Message
Elmer          
Easter Greetings Boy
this is you when you was a little Boy O you Kid
Emma Louisa Taylor Long           little miss
from grandmother Long
original
Miss Emma Betrand Alfred Reynolds       Chariton strawberries Chariton, Iowa
My Best Emma
thank you for your postal card. well I Have more news to send you now. I got converted Last night Hant that nice to Be that way. could you go to church next sunday afternon with me ans and et me now if you plans from Alfred Reynolds
Emma

Gilles Joseph Bertrand

        Lancaster Public School Lancaster Missouri Emma this is the best i can do this is all they have got don hear in Mo. it is the porris town that aner i got in i wish i was ut of hear so good by
Papa
Miss Emma Bertrand
city
Bryan       Chariton   Best Wishes for a Happy Birthday from Bryan
Mr. J.E. Smith
Superior, Wy
Ethel Smith 10 3   Chariton
Golly! Bryan's Runnin' Again!
As I am sending all the rest a postal I will send you one too Ethel.
original
Miss Emma Bertrand
Chariton
  3 15 1906 Osceola
Such a business
 
Miss Emma Bertrand
Charition
Mrs. Harp         "Anniversary Gretings" with pink and yellow roses and a horseshoe. many more happy birthday is the wish of a friend Mrs. Harp
  Martha Curtis Barger         flocked pink rose From your Friend
Mrs. Dan Barger
Miss Emma Bertrand
Charition
        Chariton "Birthday Greetings" with pink rose Mrs. A. B. Averil [Ellen]
Emma Susie Boylan Seddon         "A Happy Birthday' House by a lake with blue flowers. A Happy Birthday to you and many more. Lovingly, Susie Boylan
Miss Emma Bertrand
217 South 12 St.
Chariton
      1906   The Supreme Court  
Mr. Elmer Smith
Superior Wyoming
Eliza Fox Smith 10 8 1906 Chariton First Baptist Church Well Elmer I got your letter and as soon as I get time I will write you a long letter mama
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Elmer Smith
Chariton Ia
  11 17 1906 Chariton Dee-Lighted

In De future.
Go your Best.

[The postcard features Teddy Roosevelt]

Miss Emma Bertrand
Chariton
Box 1005
Hazel (a friend) 12       With Christmas Greeting I wish you all a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. You will probably have rec'd my letter by this time Yours, Hazel
Miss Emma Bertrand Dasie & Leora        
Merry Christmas
We wish you all a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year received your letter and will write soon.
Elmer Smith
Chariton
probably Ina Blanch Smith Brown 6 21 1907 Derby
In a bootmaker's shop
I thought I would send you my picture. Your cousin. I.B.S.
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Miss Emma Bertrand
Chariton
Hazel 8 6 1907 Muscatine Muscatine Depot Dear Emma:- I will send the depot or the picture of it. If you come you will come to that depot. Hazel
Emma John Elmer Smith         To fall in love I am on the move now I will send what I promised tomorrow write me at Redoak
Miss Emma Bertrand
Chariton
Elmer Smith 9 5 1907 Red Oak Waltz me around again Willie

I got here all right. things look good for me. I will write as son as I can. J.E.S.

[other side] I didnd see this till I turned the card over write soon

Miss Emma Bertrand
Chariton
Hazel 9 3 1907 Muscatine United Brethren Church Muscatine Iowa This is a picture of our church. We have been having it fixed on the inside but of course you cannot see it. If you come up you can see it. cl just happened to think I owed you a letter so thought I would answer with a card. Hazel
Miss Emma Bertrand
Chariton
Hazel (a friend) 11 13 1907 Muscatine U R A Lemon Dear Emma:-You are a lemon why don't you write and answer my letter please do From Hazel
Emma Elmer Smith         sparkly blue Emma with violets I ant know what my address is yet I mean the mail delivery. I want you to write right away though. I will get it all right
Mr. Elmer Smith
Essex, Iowa
% C.A. Thonson R- ?
Emma Bertrand     1908   No rest This don't only mean you but it means Bessie and I two. E.B. write soon
Miss Emma Bertrand Althea Stratten         "Birthday Greetings"
pink rose
from Althea Stratten

Mr. Elmer Smith
R.F.D. no 3
Essex, Iowa

Bertha Smith Kimsey 2 20 1908 Rock Springs, Wyo The cowboys were very kind Feb. 20, 1907 (sic)
Hello Elmer:-
Elmer [Kimsey] got me a lot of postals so I will send you one now and I will send all the other kids one apiece after while. I was to the saking rink last night. Bertha
Emma Bertrand
Chariton
Elmer Smith 3 25 1908 Emerson
You needn't make excuses
I got here alright. The best offr I have had is 25 I will take that before I will go any father. J.E. write soon
Emma Bertrand
217 South 12 Street
Elmer Smith       McCrd
Cat Wedding
I don't know wht to write yet so will just send this card. Papa is coming home I will write soon. Elmer
Miss Emma Bertrand
Chariton
Emma Eldora Long Vie 4 16 1908 Braddock Easter chicks with bonnet & glasses Dear Emma, I'm sorry I frightened you so badly that you fear to write again. Don't be faint hearted! We are all well. Have not been home for three weeks. Expect Lura up Sunday. She has a new buggy. She thinks she is "A Woman of Importance" now of course. Hope u are all right. Greetings to all, Lovingly Aunt Emma
           
Best Easter Wishes
With love from your S.S. teacher Miss Emma Bertrand
Miss Emma Bertrand
Box 1005
Chariton, Iowa
Elmer Smith 4 23 1908 Red Oak
Court House Red Oak Iowa
Wednesday
Thanks for that pretty card. Don't work to hard these hot days. Will write soon.
Miss Emma Bertrand
Chariton
Hazel 4 29 1908 Chico, California Chico High School Dear Emma:- We are at chico. Cal. now. Why don't you write. It has bean a long time since I heard from you. I am feeling fine. Am in the go all the time Hazel.
Miss Emma Bertrand
Box 1005
Chariton, Iowa
Elmer 5 2 1908 Red Oak Thomas D. Murphy Company Red Oak This is like the card I sent home. This building is north of dept, J.E.S.
Miss Emma Bertrand
Box 1005
Chariton, Iowa
Elmer 5 19 1908 Red Oak
Wont you be my affinity
Hello kid how does that picture on the front look to your eyes
J.E.S.
Miss Emma Bertrand
528 S. Seventh St.
Chariton
J. Etta Layton 6 9 1908 Eddyville Violets Dear Emma:
I got through all right and both my uncles met me at the train. It is well I went as I did for the river is up and the roads are bad allthough we got along fine. I got a lunch in Ottumwa and then ate a hearty dinner when I got there. Love to all. J. Etta Layton. Eddyville, Ia care Z.T. Buffington
Miss Emma Bertrand
Chariton
Mrs. Hendrickson 7   1908 Boulder, Colorado
Boulder Falls Colorado
Friend Emma. We drove up the canon to these falls in a five seated tallyho with four horses & sleigh bells. Rev. Palmer & family & friends were with us. we climbed over the mountain & got in back of the falls & stood on the large boulder in the stream reached it by climbing from one boulder to another. Yours affectionaly Mrs. Hen
Miss Emma Bertrand
Chariton, Iowa
Eva Dismore 7 27 1908 Des Moines Mercy Hospital Des Moines Dear Emma Will rite you a few lines to night we got here all right but got a little uit nana and gutue? was to meet us. I have been sick ever since I got home dident go to work to day Well I cant think of mutch to rite and I will hou confing in a little while I gess I will close for this time this is where Francis was when she was in the Hospitel good by rite son Eva Dismore 219 Forest Ave
Jim said to tell you Hello.
Miss Emma Bertrand
217 South 12th St.
Chariton, Iowa
Alvia 9 16 1908 Allerton Christian Church Allerton Iowa Emma,
We arrived home safe & sound. I will write a letter to Etta later. Maurice is having a fine time. Alivia
Mr. Elmer Smith
Red Oak, Iowa
% O.K. Olson, R-1
Emma     1908 Chariton
bye bye dearie
Monday Afternoon
Well Elmer I'll bet you don't work in the hay ride tomorrow if it is raining there like it is here. Alta W. and I are up town E.E.B.
Miss Emma Smith
Charition
  10 26 1908   Glittered pink rose with "Emma" in glitter Chariton Iowa
Oct 26 08
Dear frind
I will take the pleaser in sending you a postal card was down to your House suday eveng you had down to your flds? How do you Like this postal card I am sending you this postal card with the gatest plaser Hoping to hear from you soon from Sly to Emma good Bye ams unreadable
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Miss Emma Bertrand
217 South 12th St
Stockwitz Printing 11   1908  
Stockwitz Printing
 
Miss Emma Bertrand
217 South 12th St
Elmer Smith 11 7 1908   Greetings from Red Oak with glittery flowers. Nov 7, 1908
Hello kid
I will just drop a line to tell you to fast send my mail Redoak Ia
J. E. S.
Mr. Elmer Smith

Eliza Fox Smith

11 20 1908 Chariton Greetings of Thanksgiving Chariton Iowa Dear Elmer I got your letter and will answer some time we are all well rite soon from mama
Mr. Elmer Smith, Superior, Wyo. Emma 9 22 1908 Charition Emma Sept. 22nd 1908
Well now what do you know about this .Couldn't keep my mouth shut long enough to have my picture taken. Please don't notice the paint on my nose. Had this taken in the pasture when I was in Commerce.
Miss Emma Bertrand
12th St
Chariton, Iowa
Ethel Hendrickson 12 6 1908 Omaha, Neb
Lover's Lane Bellevue
Dear Emma I will ans your letter by sending you a postal. went to the Bluffs and this is the only card that suited me. I guess I will wait and come home in January instead of xmas.
A friend of ??? and I went to the skating rinks on ??? it was swell tell Blanch I will send her one in a few days. Ethel H?
Miss Emma Bertrand
Chariton
Lew G. 1   1909 Humeston Park Humeston Well kid what are you doeing now I thought I would send you a Postal ?? had nothing to do & say what is Old Marie doeing tell her Hello for me all all the Rest Hallo I was up their last Saturday night looked for but did SEE your ?? Ploth?? ta ta Your Brother Lew. G. Humeston Ia
Miss Emma Bertrand
217 South 12 St.
Chariton, Iowa
Elmer 2 18 1909 Walker Good Luck Walker
Feb 18
Hello kid I havent time to write so will just send this card dont write to Walker anymore
original
Emma Bertrand
City
Ethel Hendrickson 3 17 1909 Charition "Birthday Greetings" Compliments of Ethel Hendrickson
Miss Emma Bertrand
Chariton, Iowa
  3 19 1909 Napoleon, Logan County, North Dakota Many happy returns of the day Dear Emma This is a peace offering. Really! Am having a vacation on account of Small Pox scare. Come up and see me All are well. [ink spot] That's a kiss
Mr. Elmer Smith
Red Oak, Iowa
  4 3 1909? Gregory, South Dakota A Joyful Easter with pink ribbons and yellow flowers Why don't you never write. We are all well.
Emma Bertrand Francis Bertrand Long 4   1909   "Easter Joys be Yours" croos with a rural scene inside From Francis Bertrand April 1909
Mr. Elmer Smith
Red Oak, Iowa
Bertha Smith Kimsey 4 12 1909 Superior, Wyoming Union Pacific No 1 Mine Rock Springs, Wy Dear Brother:- Thought I would drop you a card and surpise you a little. We certainly had a gloomy Easter, it hailed and snowed all day. Do you and Harry work close togather. Hope this will find you well as we are. Write to us when you Can. Bertha
Emma Joseph Bertrand &
Joe Bertrand (cousin)
    1909 Collins Cedar River

Well Emma i will be home for the 4 of July you bet so good By to all.

Well i got to Collins all rite and that is all Papa

Miss E. B. Joseph Bertrand     1909  
Firecracker Baby
Well Emma i dodn't no what to say but we are getting a long fine and i will be home for the 4 you bet
Papa/
Miss Emma Bertand
Chariton, Iowa
Alphia Bertrand Acheson 5 4 1909 Commerce Souvenir from Commerce Dear Cousin rec your card. How are you and all the rest Is ??lord there yet if she is tell her to rite ?? Alphia
Emma Bertrand Byron J. Clark 5 25 19009 Cedar Rapids
Ben Hur
Dear Friend, On or about your birthday a letter was sent you containing greetings also a coin card. will you now remember us with an offering for the new church. Sincerely yours, Byron J. Clark
Mr. Elmer Smith
Red Oak
Blanch Bertrand Higgins 6 3 1909 Chariton Cheer up The worst is yet to come Hello kid How are you to day am feeling fine to day but don't know what I will feel to morrow say you ought to see gilbert he is as sweet as ever ans soon Blanch B.
7 4 1909 Emma and Elmer marry
Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Smith
Charition
Ethel Hendrickson 7 6 1909 Carlisle Black and White vase of flowers Compliments of Ethel H.
Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Smith
Charition
  7 6 1909 Carlisle Black and White spray of flower Compliments Mrs. Hendrickson

Mrs. J. E. Smith
101 Market St
Red Oak

Viola Long Bertrand

   

1909

Chariton

Shady side

Hello how are you this morning we are well & hope u are the same. Am so sorry your dish & Pitcher got Broke but glad u got a house and straitened up so soon but that must be a funny house all up stairs u had better turn it upside down. The mail man said he left 2 cards at Smiths Tuesday morn for u so send them u address if u haven’t yet. mother

Emma           A Happy New Year Emma I want you and your Hubby to come up for supper I have got my chicken on cooking a little cold wont hurt you come and we will have a devel of a time.

Mrs. J.E. Smith
200 Market St.
Red Oak

Viola Long Bertrand

   

1909

Chariton

 

Hello up there Rec U card yesterday glad u are well we are well. Pu & clair are at Humeston all week  Say dident u get a card from Auntie Powell telling u to meet her last Monday week. She was a a trifle Disapointed u had better go for u mail carrier she did no the number but put it Mrs. Emma Smith will write letter soon mother

Mr. Elmer Smith
Red-Oak, Iowa

Bertha Smith Kimsey 7 11 1909 Wyoming
Good Luck
July 11-09. Dear Brs:-We received the invitation allright. Would like to have sent you some little present, but you know what this place is to get anything. Will try and get you something some other time:/Bertha/
Mrs. J. E. Smith
101 Market
Red Oak
Joseph Bertrand 7 15 1909 Collins Public School Collins Well Emma i am at Collins again for 10 ore 12 days i am well and i hope your are all the same rite to me hear if you have time
Papa
Mrs. Emma Smith
101 West Market St.
Red Oak

Mrs. Williams

[perhaps Nora Williams McGinnis's] mother

    1909 Chariton Plaza Apartments Kansas City Excuse me for not sending this before. I did not have any chance to send you a chard when I first got yours and I put it in the album where I couldn't see your name and forgot it. try it over and I will try and do better next time. Mrs. Williams original
Mrs Elmer Smith
101 West Market St.
Red Oak
Margaret Bertrand Hamilton 7 24 1909   High School Indianola Iowa July 24 09
Dear Cousins
Was glad to hear from you. How do you like your new home by this time, fine I hope. Are you still lonesome Is Elmer working in town. Jim has been out in country for two weeks working comes home to spend Sunday. Love to all write soon Jim & Maggie

Mrs. J. E. Smith
101 Market
Red Oak

Viola Long Bertrand

7 28

1909

Chariton

Boy with apples

Hello up there how are u this morning. Thought I would write ua a few lines to tell u Essie has a big girl. Auntie Powell is in Harlan. Papa is in Humeston this week. Say if we decide to have the Reunion at Sams the first of sep can u folks arrage to be there to let me no when u write Did u get papers have sent 2 times your quilt I do cost $1.50 what do u think of that Love to both mother

           
Willm & I
Willm and I on his front steps and his dog barker?
Mrs. J. E. Smith
101 Market
Red Oak
Susie Boylan Seddon 8 8 1909  
Oh I didn't really mean it
Aug 28-: 09
Dear friend How are you today? I have been working at the laundry for 3 wks. Excuse poor writing How is Francis? tel her to send me a card How does housekeeping go? Gerald & I have been sick to day
With Love to Emma
From Susie Boylan
Mrs. J. E. Smith
101 Market
Red Oak
Joseph Bertrand 8 21 1909 Collins Tama, Iowa Well Emma & Elmer i didnt get to stay at Deeep River as long as i thought i would so i had to pull out for Collins i will be hear 8 or 10 day i am well so rite to me hear if you cn so good by to all from papa
Collins Iowa
Mrs. J. E. Smith
101 Market
Red Oak
Marie Bertrand Shimp 8 29 1909 Chariton   Aug. 29 09 Chariton Ia.
Dear sister and all I think you should ans my letter wich I sent you about 3 weeks ago. You havent even sent me a post card. I think you have forgoton me. Myrtle Bales said she would stop at red Oak if you wanted her to Good By ans soon From Marie

Mrs J. E. Smith
101 Market St.
Red Oak

Viola Long Bertrand

7 30

1909

 

 

Friday morn July 30 1909
Hello how are u. My My whsent yesterday a Scorcher. Mr Harry Miller is very low Don’t think he can possibly live. Was there most all yesterday my he looks bad. Keep him under influence of morphene Sick a week last wensday He don’t seem to no what is the matter. Look for Francis Sunday Common no 1 Francis will leave here on No 3 Sunday so look out for her.

Mrs. J. E. Smith
101 Market
Red Oak
Nora Williams McGinnis 8   1909 Chariton "Heartiest Congratulations" with violets and a little house Dear Emma I received your card allright say this is a busy town just now There was lots of soldier boys up town last night how do you like it in Red Oak by this time will I must get busy I am going to make Ethel a dress today so good bye your friend Nora McGinnis
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Mrs. Elmer Smith
Red Oak
Alphia Bertrand Acheson 8 20 1909 Commere Pink Rose Dear Cousin Emma I would like to see you in your new home. How is keeping house when are you coming up Elair?? Week??? I suppose if you do come and see us Write soon Alphia
Mrs. Emma Smith
200 Market St.
Red Oak
J. Etta Layton 9   1909 Chariton Lake Como Dear Emma:
Mrs. Hardin come from Red Oak yesterday and she said she and Jen went twice to see you and the last time left a note under the door asking you to come and see her. I told her I bet she went to the wrong house or you would have come. She wanted to see you so much. She said for you to go and see Jen. Mrs. Hardin was sick while there. We are well. Getting along fine. Love to you. Etta
    9 7 1909   David Higgins Gilbert Knox Mr. David Higgins, Mr. Gilbert Knox
    9 9 1909  
Hazel Pauline Hill
 
Mrs. J. E. Smith
200 Market St.
Red Oak

Viola Long Bertrand

9 20 1909 Chariton City Library Des Moines Hello kido's will drop u a card havent got time to write a letter rec no let Sat Flo & I went to Humeston thursday took dinner & supper for ourselves & Hubly had fine time Marie & Mirtle went to Blanch & May Kumn Went Sat & rod the wooden Horses to death had to have a cushion to set on next morn. now what do you think of that. with love to Both From mother

Mrs. J. E. Smith
200 Market St.
Red Oak

Viola Long Bertrand

10 2

1909

Chariton, Iowa

 

Hello up there are u asleep or what is the matter with u have only heard from u once & that was weeks ago Cora is Raving because she has not heard from u. oh dear Smick are gone went Thursday Eve on no 2. mother

[Rev. S. S. Smick was pastor of the United Brethren church]

Mrs. J.E. Smith
200 Market St
Red Oak
Blanch Bertrand Higgins 10 21 1909 Chariton Violets Oct 21 09
Dear sis, I rec your card to day and I was glad to hear from you, yes kid I am fealing lots better. My finger is a little sore yet, Well Emma I don't think that I will be down until after xmas for I will half to get some new close before I come. will close hoping to hear from you often Blanch will write a letter

Mrs. J.E. Smith
200 Market St
Red Oak

Viola Long Bertrand

10 22

1909

Chariton

Entrance to Fort Des Moines

Hello up there how is everbody we are well & hope urs are to. Papa has bin in Collins 2 weeks Monday I don’t know how soon he will be home. Oh my it is thundering  oh so dark & cloudy yesterday was such a lovely day oh it is Raining this very min. Do u think u wont be down till xmas. Oh yes did you get card from ND informing you of the arrival of Lura Eldora Shafer Oct 8 her pu Birth Day. Mother

Mrs. J.E. Smith
200 Market St
Red Oak
Marie Bertrand Shimp 10 23 1909   Yellow flowers Oct 23-09
Dear Sis and all. I will drop you a card to let you now that we are all Hope you are all the same. Edna Brown and Blanch are here waiting for me to go to town. Will write you a letter later on. I am agoing to have Neils picture taken. Be carfull and dont way 200 pounds with love to all. Marie
Mrs. J. E. Smith
200 Market St
Red Oak
Marie Bertrand Shimp 11 6 1909   Gladiolus with a poem about not worrying about the future Dear sis and all:- I will try and scrible you a few lines to let you know that we are all well. hope you both are the same. Clair and papa are in Humeston this week. Clair got his foot mashed last week but only lost 3 days work. I suppose by this time you weight about 160 Cheer up that isn't very much. Well kids I will close with love to both. Your sister Marie
I have had Neils picture taken

Mrs. J. E. Smith
200 Market St
Red Oak

Viola Long Bertrand

11 6

1909

Chariton

Des Moines River

Hello kidos how is the family we are Ok hope u are the same No Cora isn’t getting married well I don’t know about the turkey xmas but will try and have something to fill u up on will send u a turkey for thanksgiven  but don’t quit Eating for a week before for I am afraid it wont be good Eating ?? write when u have time the new minister took Dinner with us Sunday (drawn heart) mother

Mrs. J. E. Smith
200 Market St
Red Oak
Blanch Bertrand 11 18 1909 Chariton
Oh say, leave it to me!
O you kid. Why dont you kids write, and tll me how you are. We are all O.K. Gilbert was hear for sunday & we had a fine time. write soon Blanch
Mr. J. E. Smith
200 Market St.
Red Oak
Emma 12   1909 Chariton
Just a few lines
Dear Elmer: I got here all O.K. you aught to of seen these people. I guess they were surprised. I will sure write you a letter to-morrow. I found every one well Niel is so sweet.
With love Emma
528 So 7 St
Mr. Elmer Smith
100 Market St.
Red Oak
  12 15 1909 Chariton A Happy Christmas with holly Dec 15
unreadable
say why don't you send me some postals
say tell Emma to bring me up a good pair of ear rings and I will pay her Those ear rings she told me about (unreadable) if she has the money to spare (unreadable)
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Mrs. Emma Smith
200 Market St
Red Oak
  12   1909 Chariton December 25th  
Mrs J.E. Smith
Chariton, Ia
In care of Joe Bertrand
Elmer 12 31 1909 RedOak A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year You got a letter with eight post cards in it. this is one of them. I got here all O.K. I have been at work evry day. I will write Sun. J.E.
Miss Emma Bertrand
Chariton
Marie Mayer 12 31 1909 Marshalltown Happy New year A Happy New Year to you
Marie Mayer
Mr. Elmer Smith
200 Market St
Red Oak
Blanch
Bertrand
12 31 1909   "Greetings kind and true" with a winter cottage scene Dec 31, 1909
O you kid. look for me soon,
Say papa was worse last night his heart is very week so I don't know when I will get down Blanch
  Marie Bertrand Shimp 12       Happy New Year Mr. and Mrs Smith from Marie and Clair Tell every body I know that I said a Merry Xmas to them. marie

Mrs. J.E.Smith
200 Market St.
Red Oak

Viola Long Bertrand

   

1910

 

"In the desert a fountain is springing" with pink mum

Papa is getting along fine write & let me no by wensday if u are still going to Stay in R N of A am very busy will try & write  let Sun & tell you all the news all well Marie is home hope u are all well in haste mama

Mrs. J. E. Smith
200 Market St.
Red Oak Iowa

Viola Long Bertrand

   

1910

 

Church

Dear Emma & Elmer papa is doing fine. Dr. was here this morning & said he could see big improvements in his heart since St. but still wants him to stay in bed will be back Sat the rest are well hope us are both the as Ever Mama B.

Mrs. J. E. Smith
200 Market St
Red Oak

Viola Long Bertrand

   

1910

Chariton

 

Dear Emma rec your card yesterday papa dident get up for Dinner but he had his chicken & nudles just the same he is feeling fine
Jim & Frank was down in afternoon they are going to

Mr and Mrs Elmer Smith
Red Oak Iowa

Louisa and Thomas Long

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Christmas Greetings

Merry Christmas and Happy New year
Grandpa and Grandma Long

Mr. Elmer Smith
Red Oak
c/o Josiah Smiths 2nd Street
Emma 1 1 1910  
St. Patrick's Day Girl
Dear Elmer:-I will scribble you a line to let you know that papa is a very little better. His feet aren't swollen quite so bad and he can breathe some easier. Both of the Dr. seemed to think about the same alast him. How is your gingure getting along. Will drop you another card tomorrow. As Ever Emma

Mrs. Emmie Smith
Chariton, Iowa
c/o Joe Bertrand

Ethel 1 1 1910 Norwalk
A Joyous Christmastide
Dear Emmie:- We got home all O.K. didn't get home unti noon. How is Uncle Joe? Drop us a card often and let us know how he is Your truly answer soon Ethel
Mrs Emma Smith
5283 7 St
Chariton
Jessie 1 3 1910 Red Oak "Greetings" with picture of deer Dear Emma im sorry to here your father is bad I was in hopes he would be better so you could come home it is lonesome while you are away we had doctor for baby to day I hope your father will get better I have not saw Elmer since he came back Jessie
Mr. Elmer Smith
Red Oak
c/o Josiah Smiths 2nd Street
Emma 1 6 1910   Watering Sheep Jan 1, 1910
Dear Elmer: papa is some better this morning. he has just rested fine the last three nights. if he keeps on improving as he has the last few days I will b home next week.
with love, Emma
Mrs Emma Smith
Stanton Iowa
R1 Box 24
Jessie 2 11 1910 Red Oak
Ivy Leaves for Constancy

Red Oak
Feb.11.1910
I just received your Postal glad you got there all O.K. but oh that ride on a load of coal. I miss you and old NO you will have to come see no Donald has more all of his rons write and tell me all about your farm ta ta Jessie

109 Market

Mrs. E. Smith
Route 1
Stanton
  3 4 1910 Red Oak Many Happy Returns with Violets and Horseshoe Dear Friend I will write I got your card thanks to you we are goin away you can have my machine and have it. we the last of this mops?? and please let me know write a letter so they won't all know my Business love to both hope you are of bnisom frinds Eam? slup? old? Elliott Iowa
Mr. J.E. Smith
Route 1
Stanton, Iowa
Eliza Fox Smith 3 13 1910 Red Oak Best Wishes with pink flower Red Oak Iowa, March 13, 1910
Dear Elmer & Emma. If the roads & weather keeps good we are all comeing down next Sunday March the 20 thought would rite you so you would be at home this leaves us well, Rout 8. from mama
Mrs. Emma Smith Mrs. Crall         "Birthday Greeting" pink roses Complement of Mrs Crall
Mrs. J.E. Smith
R.R. no. 1
Stanton
Care Box 2
Mrs. J. D. Hardin 3 15 1910 Chariton

"Best Birthday Wishes"

open book with pink roses

Dear Emma;
My wrist is not well by any means yet it is much better. I was very sorry to think I did not get to see you before I left Red Oak but since you had moved of course I would not. Would like to hear from you. Love, Mrs. J. D. Hardin
  Mrs. Mary Butcher         "Birthday Greetings" with pink and silver rose and horseshoe From Mrs. Mary Butcher
  Margaret Bertrand Hamilton 3 15 1910 Valley Junction Emma with daisies Valley Jct. March 15-10
Wishing you many happy returns of the day. From Jim & Maggie Box 206
Mrs. J.E. Smith
R.R. no. 1
Stanton
Care Box 24
J Etta Layton 3 15 1910   Wishing you a Happy Birthday Mar. 15. 1910
Dear Emma;
Will say we are well and getting along fine. Savannah and I expect to begin our garden soon. Charlie is not going to tend it. I think we will clean our fruit cupboard Sat. You know what all these things things take the time. Write when you can. Love. J. Etta Layton
Mrs. J.E. Smith
R.R. no. 1
Stanton
Care Box 24
Blanch Bertrand Higgins 3 15 1910  
Hello hello why don't you write
March 15, 1910
Hello dear sister and Brother how are you say dident you get my letter, Say Dave has quit the road and can we come out and farm awhile then we are going west, O I mean Dave is going west (ha ha) your Chariton sister Blanch

Emma

Merl Bertrand

   

 

 

Best Birthday Wishes
pink roses on an open book

Dear Sister Heres to the farmers girl wishing you good Luck.

Mrs. Emma Smith
RR no 1
(Care box 4)

Luella Harp (Mrs. George W.), a close neighbor of the Bertrands       Chariton "Best Wishes"
eagle with red roses
from Mrs. Harp
Mrs. Emma Smith
RR no 1
(Care box 4)
Martha Curtis Barger          

Branch 1284 NALC Goodwin Carrier No 2
A joyous Birth-day be yours.
From Mrs. Dan Barger

Mrs. Emma Smith Lydia E. Averill (Mrs. Asa B.) a neighbor of the Bertrands       Chariton "Best Birthday Wishes" Mrs. A. B. Averill
Emma Francis Bertrand Metela 3 16 1910   Birthday Greetings with a basket of violets Hello old farmer how do you like your old home among the swedes, I suppose you get lots of eggs now now days, if so save about 8 or 10 doz and come over easter, But leave the old man at home to take care of the hogs, chickens and the rest of the animals on the farm. now I will try and tell you some of the news up hear. The U.B. Church is going to have another box supper 1 week from saturday night (come up) Susie Boylan is our sunday school teacher. Must ring off and wash my dishes. From Francis.
Mrs. Emma Smith
Santon
Mrs. J. A .J. Bentley 3 17 1910   "Birthday Greetings" with gold baskets and pink roses. Compliments of Mrs. J. A. J Bentley
Mrs. Emma Smith
Santon
Carrie Bentley 3 17 1910   "Birthday Greetings" with gold baskets and pink roses. compliments of Miss Carrie Bentley
Mrs. Emma Smith
Santon
Mrs. E. H. Best           How can I better adress you than in those old sweet words God Bless you. Mrs E. H. Best
  Joseph and Viola Bertrand 3 17 1910   A Happy Birthday March 17th 1910
Wishing you a happy Birth Day
Papa & Mamma
Mrs. Emma Smith
Stanton
"RR#1."
Nora Williams McGinnis 3 17 1910 Chariton "Birthday Greetings" with pink roses

Chariton Ia
March 17. .10
Mrs Emma Smith
Wishing you a very happy Birthday.
Mrs. T. J. McGinnis

Mrs. Emma Smith
Stanton
"RR#1."
Clara Long Lane 3 17 1910 Chariton "Birthday Greetings" with picture of a basket of violets 3-17-10
Dear Emma Will send you a card. We are quite Well how are you? Dont you wish you had another pickle. I suppose you are a regular farmer by this time. I planted some lettuce last night slep over and get a mes
This card is from Todd, but as it was mother did my writing on it.
Mrs. Emma Smith
Stanton
"RR#1."
Clara Long Lane 3 17 1910 Charition "With Love and Best Wishes" with a basket of pink roses 3 -17-10
Wishing you many more happy Birthdays. Aunt Clara
Mrs. Elmer Smith
Stanton
Emma Eldora Long Vie 3 18 1910 Braddock
Easter Greeting
Dear Emma & Elmer, We still live in Braddock, N.D. and we would enjoy a letter from you very much indeed. We are having delightful weather. Uncle Frank is in Minneapolis. We expect him home this week. The renter takes possession of Cedar Dale this week. We expect Grandma and Grandpa will visit us soon.
All are well.
Lovingly, Uncle Manuel and Aunt Eldora
Mrs. Elmer Smith
Stanton, Iowa
Laura Tilton Bertrand 3 17 1910 Norwalk   March no 17 1910
Well Emma i did not know you was so Irish how old are you 19 i guess how are you ??? you & what are u Doing got a letter from your ma yesterday & your pa was setting up a little wish you a happy Birthday I am your Aunt Laura
Mrs. Elmer Smith
Stanton
Emma Eldora Long Vie 3 18 1910 Braddock   Dear Emma & Elmer, We still live in Braddock, N.D. and we would enjoy a letter from you very much indeed. We are having delightful weather. Uncle Frank is in Minneapolis. We expect him home this week. The renter takes possession of Cedar Dale this week. We expect Grandma and Grandpa will visit us soon.
All are well.
Lovingly, Uncle Manuel and Aunt Eldora
Mrs. Elmer Smith
Stanton
RR. Route care of Box 24.
Dave H 3 18 1910 Chariton Birthday Greetings with pink rose March 18 -10
Hello Ema,
I heard that you had a Birthday yesterday. Of course it is late sending but Better late than never So thought I would drop you a card to let you know your not forgotten. Wishing yo many happy Birthdays and good luck.
From Your Friend
Dave H.
Mrs. Emmie Smith R.F.D. No 1
Stanton, Iowa
Mrs. W. E. Badger 3 24 1910 St. Joe, Missouri "Birthday Greetings" river and blue flowers St. Joe-March 23
Wish you many happy returns of the day. Mrs. W. E. Badger
Mrs. Elmer Smith
Stanton
RR. Route care of Box 24.
Eva Woolley 3 24 1910 Des Moines
Easter Chicks with Red Umbrella
Dear Ema I supose you never expected to hear from me but I am alive and will hope you are the same. I would like to hear from you and Elmer and would like to see you both well as it is late I will close hope you all answer soon love to all write soon
Eva Woolley
1825 Francis Ave
Des Moines
    4 19 1910 Joseph Bertrand dies
Mr. Elmer Smith
Stanton, Iowa
Montgomery County
Bertha Smith Kimsey     1910 Superior, Wyoming "Easter Blessings" B.E.K.

Mrs. J. E. Smith
104 West Hammond

Viola Long Bertrand

6 15

1910

 

Winding Road

Wed. Hello kiddies how are u we are well & hope u are the same well I suppose Blanch & grandma are cutting up some at the wedding in Minaopelos today or did u no Uncle Frank is to be married today to a Miss Bell. Blanch & Ma started from Pilot Mound Yesterday morn mother
Have 150 chickens

Mr. Elmer Smith
Red Oak
Bertha Smith Kimsey 7 5 1910 Rock Springs, Wyoming
Old Wyoming
Rock Springs, 207 C-St. July 5th
Dear Bro:- Will drop you a few lines to let you know we are still alive and hope you are the same. How are you getting along these days and why don't you write & Hope you had a good time on the 4th. Bertha E. Kimsey
    7 16 1910 Hazel Smith Hamilton was born
Mr. J. E. Smith
Hammond St.
Red Oak, Iowa
Ethel Smith Taylor 7 19 1910 Sten???, Iowa
Lady with Hat
July 19;-Dear Brother:- One of the horses kicked Harry this morning and broke his left leg just below the knee. The Dr. was here & dressed it, & he is resting pretty easy now. Come out & see him when you can Ethel
Mrs J.E. Smith
104 W. Hammond
Louise Bell Bertrand 7 22 1910 Braddock "Greetings
Congratulations"
with violets
We are all well. It is warm and dry here, afraid there won't be very much of a crop, Love from us all. Louise
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Smith 104 W Hammond St. Redoak, Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Francis Bertrand 7 23 1910 Golden City, Mo Telegram Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith wish congratulate you on your fine baby girl From Mr. and Mrs. Orrin Bertrand
Mrs J.E. Smith
104 W. Hammond
Emma Eldora Long Vie 7 23 1910 Valley City, North Dakota State Normal Valley City North Dakota Dear Niece and Nephew, Received the news of the new arrival today. Kiss baby for me. Hazel Izetta is such a pretty name. I am now at Valley City attending summer school. Love and best wishes
Aunt Eldora
Mr Elmer Smith
104 Hammond St
Red Oak
Jn Fox
(John Newton Fox)
7 26 1910  
Great Heavens
Elmer the good book ses one generation pases away another cumeth so i feel that iam on the down ward slope soon to be no more hope that mother and baby are doing well with all good wishes i wold be glad to see yo all from your grand father Jn Fox
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Mrs J.E. Smith
104 W. Hammond

Viola Long Bertrand

8 1

1910

Chariton

"My thoughts and love are with you" with violets

Hello we are all well Clair is working hope u are well will write letter with love mother

Mrs J.E. Smith
104 W. Hammond
Emma Eldora Long Vie 8 16 1910 Wales, North Dakota "Emma" with pink roses Valley City, N.D. Dear One and Baby and all. Why don't you write and let us know how you are getting along.
I have a letter from Manuel every day so I know all are well at home. I am having a fine time here. Let us hear from you.
Lovingly Aunt E.
Mrs J.E. Smith
104 W. Hammond

Viola Long Bertrand

        Lake Como Electric Plant Chariton Dear children will try & drop u a card we are all well sorry to hear Hazel had a gathering in her nose hope it is OK by this time don't worry she will stand & walk by & by. She will be OK Marie never walked alone till she was 17 mon old & still she is bowlegged ha ha. the walk is all in are u coming home soon let me no as the children want to go on a vacation before school but don't want to miss seeing you Lura will go to Blanches. Francis & Merl to Sams if they go at all write soon with love Mother B. I wrote to Jack S.
Mrs. J.E. Smith
104 West Hammond
Marie Bertrand Shimp 9 2 1910   Red Rose Tuesday Morning.
Hell kids how are you all. we are all well hope you are the same Neil thinks he is the hole cheese because he has got a pair of rubber boots. I took him up town yesterday with them and his overalls on. We are going to buy one of Joe Butchers cows I tell you it is a dandy. write soon. From all us kids.
Mrs. J.E. Smith
104 West Hammond
Viola Long Bertrand     1910  
Bertrands with Grandma Long
Hello we thought we would come over for Dinner get busy for we are hungry had these taken just before we started to the country Sunday hant they the limit, rec u letter.
Mrs J.E. Smith
104 W. Hammond
Viola Long Bertrand 9 12 1910  
Prince

Monday Morn
Sep 12 1910
Hello Ever Bobly how are u we are still kicking M & C are moving. Mother goes to Somerset to night N & G go thursday we think Pic fine Mother & ? exp to spend next Sund at Sams we was out to ?essie's yesterday fine time as ever mother Send me a letter to D M gen Delivery after thursday.

Mrs. J. E. Smith
Hammond St.
Red Oak, Iowa
Viola Long Bertrand 9 13 1910 RedOak
An Ass and His Assets
Sweetheart:-
Rec, the package and real not surprised. As anyone that ever saw you once would not be suprised at anything you done. But it was very thougtful of you to send it before you paid your debts as it is very unlikely you would have had the price afterward. If you had only thought dad handed it back you could leave same ?? Sun

Mrs. J. E. Smith
104 West Hammond

Viola Long Bertrand

9 26

1910

Norwalk

Kirkwood Hotel Des Moines

Monday
Dear Emma Your Letter rec & that was al wrigt about the mon.  I forgot about the $50.00 g drew to go home on I am out to Sams now come sat will go home the last of the week Hop u are all well Love to all
mother

Mrs J.E. Smith
104 W. Hammond
Red Oak

Viola Long Bertrand

10 19

1910

 

Union Park

Hello up there how are u. we are quite well thank u Hope u are the same we are quite busy bisness is Rushing but cash is Scarce have mad 75 ct Since I came home from D.M. Did you get Pkt I sent by Freight have bin wating to hear from u have u heard from Auntie Powell she must be at Wills by this time she send for u address so she could stop & see u with love mother

Mrs. Elmer Smith
104 West Hammond
Hazel 11 3 1910  
Sunbonnet Girl

Nov 3
Mrs. Emma Smith
Dear Friend
Mother got home all right. She said your baby was so sweet. I am sending her a little hair op shoes[?] [unreadable sentence] Hazel

Write to me when you can Your friend Mary ??? Phee

Mr. & Mrs. J.E. Smith
104 W. Hammond
Red Oak
Emma Eldora Long Vie 12   1910  
Christmas Greetings
Christmas greetings from Uncle Manuel and Aunt Eldora
  Louisa Taylor Long 1      
A Joyous New Year
to mr and mrs J E. Smith from g. mother new years greetings to both of you so as this the only one i had.
Mr. Harry Smith
104 W. Hammond St.
Red Oak Iowa
John Farber 2 26 1911 Omaha
City National Bank Omaha
hello kido:-
Here is a view of a sky scraper in Omaha that you wanted. Just found it yesterday.
TaTa John F.
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Mr. J.E. Smith
Red Oak
Emma     1911     Friday
Elmer will be home on this evening train be sure and meet me.
Emma
Mr. & Mrs. J.E. Smith
104 W. Hammond
Red Oak
Blanch Bertrand Higgins     1911 Chariton "Kind Thoughts" with sailboats Chariton Ia. Hello kid. How are all of you folks. We are all O.K. Kiss Hazel for me. I sure would love to see her. Etta and Mr. Fields are in the front room. I guess Etta likes her Fields. (Hathay???) I wrote a letter to Mother Higgins to night. Write me soon your sis Blanch Bertrand I will send you your 2 dimes soon.
J. E. Smith
104 W Hammond St.
Red Oak
probably Harry Smith 3 11 1911 Omaha, Nebraska
City National Bank Omaha
H.S. ofo 828 No. 12 St so Omaha. Neb.
H.S. no 820 n 12 St.
So Omaha.
Emma Marie Bertrand Shimp 3 15 1911   "Erin Go Bragh" with gold harps

Dear Sister and all. We are all well and hope you are all the same. Uncle Ike Norris is dead. He died tuesday night and will be buried this after noon Clair and I were over there last night. Aunt Matt ask about you and Elmer also little...

(I hope you will like your tie the white braid is all I had in the house or I would sent another collar.

Mr. Harry Smith
104 W. Hammond
Red Oak
John Farber 4 3 1911 Omaha
We arrived safely
say harry why dont you writ and tell me some news and about yourself are you going to Omaha this summer yours John Farber
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    4 12 1911     Louisa Taylor Long dies April 12, 1911
Mrs J.E. Smith
104 W. Hammond
Red Oak
Marie Bertrand Shimp 4 14 1911  
Easter Bunny

April 14, 1911
Dear Sister will drop you this card to tell you that we will come to Red Oak this Sat eve on no 9 so look for us Marie

Hello ?.B.

Hazel Smith Hamilton Marie Bertrand Shimp         May these Greetings True and Kind In Perfect Happiness you find Hazel. The wind is a blowing at the rate of 10 miles a minute. I am very near afraid to go out doors. Oh. yes our a dress is still Chariton Iowa so now get busy and let us here from you. Well I will close wihig you a very Happy Birthday with Love. From Clair, Marie and Little Neil. He said to send Aunt Emma a big kiss.
Mrs J.E. Smith
104 W. Hammond
Red Oak
Blanch Bertrand Higgins 10 5 1911 Ottumwa Public library Ottumwa Iowa Oct. 5 1911 Ottumwa Iowa
Hello to all. How are you? Say why dont Some of you kids write You haven't sent my ring yet have you? When you send it write and let me know. Dave is at home to-day. It is sure a cloudy old day to day. Are you ?? going to be in ?? for xmas. P. From Blanch

Mrs J.E. Smith
104 W. Hammond
Red Oak

Viola Long Bertrand

10 10

1911

 

Free public library Chariton

Dear Children how are u we are as well as common I have bin under the Dr care for most 3 weeks but have not bin down but had to quit my washings for the winter at least. I don’t know what I will do yet I gess I can go back in the Store in fact I no I can but I hate to be shut up from morn till night for all there is in it. Hope these few lines will find u all well. Heard from B & D this morn they are OK with Love mother

Mrs J.E. Smith
104 W. Hammond
Red Oak
Blanch Bertrand Higgins 10 25 1911 Ottumwa
Wappelo County Court House Ottumwa Iowa
Hello Smiths well why don't you write are you lazy or what. I have not heard from home for 2 weeks and I worry so about mother she wrote and told you about her having the hart trouble didnt she? I hope to hear from you soon. Blanch.

Mrs. J.E. Smith
104 West Hammond

Viola Long Bertrand

   

1910

 

 

Tuesday
Hello  How are U We are well am still in store rec Lura things OK this is a fine day my rooms are all gone etc Man of oh yes I suppose u no Mrs. Einhart was laid to rest a week ago Sun Charley Palmer sick not able to be at store this week mother

  Lura Long Shafer         "With Christmas Wishes" To Emma & Elmer and Baby Hazel from Uncle Roy, Aunt Lura, and Lura Eldora
Mrs J.E. Smith
Red Oak
Blanch and Dave Higgins 12 21 1911 Ottumwa "A Joyful Christmas" Dear Emma and Elmer and baby Hazel. hope you have a nice xmas and a happy new year, write to me often Love to all Blanch and Dave
Mr. J.E Smith
204 1st Avenue
Red Oak
Emma Bertrand Smith 11 1   Chariton County Home Chariton No. 1st Chariton Ia,
Dear Elmer:- received you letter yesterday becarefull what you do and get out there. don't take my good quilt grandma gave me, you had better get a pair of horse blankets if you are going to stay out there. we are all well will be home sunday eve. write love Emma and Hazel

Mrs. J.E Smith
204 1st Avenue
Red Oak

Viola Long Bertrand

   

1912

Iowa

First ME Church Charition

Hello rec u letter was glad to hear from u but sorry u cant come home for the 4 Blanch & Dave will come Home well Auntie Powell has gone & left us we are all sending her comic cards Send her one her address is Mrs. O. E. Payne Copeville Alta Canada will be married Thursday don’t forget to send card of some kind we are all well & will write letter some day mother

Mrs. J. E. Smith
821 Upper W 4th St.
Ottumwa, Iowa
c/o D. Higgins

Viola Long Bertrand

   

1912

 

Court House Charition Iowa

Tuesday
Well Emma I just rec a card from Leon & Gertrude and they would like to have u come to see them if u would & Blanch also said they was OK & had moved their no is 921 E. Main well the man that his wife had left never came back but that other man was back to hims room last night u no the one  has bin here so much. Am going to wash to day good by with love to all mother.
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    3 17 1912   "A Happy Birthday" Hello kido:-Why don't you ans. my letter I wrote. Tell Burris I said hello. How is Hazel and Elmer getting along?
Mrs. Elmer Smith
206 First Ave.
Red Oak
A. P. 2 10 1912 Centers
Arkansas
Picking Elberta Peaches Dear Emma-Well how are you? I am fine and dandy. Expect to be back in R.O. at 8:10 Thurs. evening Yours, A. P.
Emma Lura Bertrand 3 17 1912    

Grandpa started home last Tues.

Wishing U a happy Birth Day Sister Lura

Emma

Viola Long Bertrand

3 17

1912

Chariton

 

Hello thought I would send u a card and wish you a happy BirthD. We are as well as common. Hope u are all well got a letter from Blanch to day She say’s She’s anffle home Sick Marie & Clair move out Monday Clara & Todd will move in with me. Marie is moving in G. Tranchers house with Love mother

Emma

Viola Long Bertrand

   

1912

 

pansies

From Brother Merl

We forgot to send thse Sat but it is better late than never
mother

Mrs. J.E. Smith,
204 First Ave.
Red Oak, Iowa
Marie Bertrand Shimp 5 31 1912 Chariton If you don't come May 30-1912
Hello one and all How are you. Why don't you ever write! How is Hazel. Neil is as sweet as ever. I was down home yesterday afternoon. How is your garden? ours is just fine have out 5 doz tom. and 4 doz cabbage. am gong to set out some more. We have got a dandy place. I have got me a electrica iron it is the American beauty. Why don't you kids come home for the 4 of July . as befor Marie. ans soon
Mrs. J. E. Smith
Red Oak, Iowa
Blanch Bertrand Higgins 7   1912 Ottumwa First Christian Church Ottumwa Dear Emma and all we got home all O.K. little Lura is here with us she sure is a good Kid we are all going up town to night write often I suppose you are all moved B. D. and L.
Mrs. Elmer Smith
Red Oak, Iowa
probably Eva Powell 9 27 1912 Spok. Wash. Natorium Park Spokane Washington Fri Evening Sept 27
Dear Cousins: Will drop a few lines while we are waiting in Spokane. Have over 5 hours to wait. will get in Portland Sat. morning. We have got along fine I certainly have enjoyed myself. Well good bye for this time. Your big cousin Eva
Mrs Emma Smith
Red Oak, Iowa
  10 4 1912 Ottumwa
Black and white drawing of a lady
Oct 4. 1912
Dear Emma and family, why dont you write to me and mamma, I got a letter from ma and she said she had not heard from you for a long time. Emma I have an old blue skirt for you if you wont it you know you said you wanted to make Hazel some dresses. write and tell me if you wont it. for I think it will make her a nice dress. now Emma write to Ottumwa and Chariton. Love to all

Mrs. J.E. Smith
405 2nd Ave
Red Oak, Iowa

Clara Long Lane 10 21 1912 Lincoln, Neb. You can have a jolly time Mon - Hello Folks - how are you. I have been sick for two days with an awful cold. I guess we will go home Thursday on No. 6 but think best not to stop be ready & go home with us. Good Bye Clara & Todd

Mrs. J.E. Smith
405 Second St.
Red Oak

Clara Long Lane         If Youse Von't come to Friday
Hello Kids. If nothing happens to prevent we will start for Red Oak on NO. 3 Sunday morn. and if it arrives so will we. Good Bye til then Clara & Todd
    11 3 1912     Sarah Branstiter Taylor Died in Somerset 13 Nov 1912

Mr. J. E. Smith
Charition, Iowa% R. Ruddell R- no. 7

Emma 12 11 1912 Ottumwa We are little strangers Dec. 11 1913
Ottumwa
821 Upper 5 St.
Deear Elmer:- Baby and I arrived here all O.K. Am having a fine time wish you was with us. I will be home Saturday evening and I want to find you at the depot (see) with out fail. with lots of XX and love Emma and Hazel
Mrs. Elmer Smith
223 N. Grand St.
Chariton, Iowa
Elsie 12 23 1912 Redoak "A Merry Christmas" White flowers and a little cottage Dear Emma,:
Received your card was awful glad to hear from you. that would be more so to see you home again. We are all O.K. and Glen is walking had aught to see him. Glad you are having a good. Hope you have a Merry xmas Bye Bye Love from Elsie
Mrs. Viola Bertrand
223 North Grand St.
Chariton, Iowa
Frank Long 2 5 1913 Braddock
Leo Long
Dear sister and all what do you think of the boy he likes it well in Mpls with his aunt so Blanch & Dave is coming to N.D. that is good there will be lots of work here this spring All well as ever your brother Frank
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    3 9 1913   Bertrand Family We thought we would come over & spend a few days with u dont u think we are a good looking bunch ha ha this was taken last Sunday afternoon March 9th 1913

Merl Bertrand
RR5
Red Oak
c/o J. E.Smith

Viola Long Bertrand

6 6

1913

Braddock

Von't you

June 8
Hello Kiddo how are u we are fine am on the  train at Oaks 8 o’clock morning this morning we had a lovely visit in Minnaoplis will tell us more about it when I write a leter will ? & mail this on the ? train when we ? it hope u are all well address Braddock write soon Mother

Merl Bertrand
RR5
Red Oak
c/o J. E.Smith
  7 19 1913 Chariton East side square Charition Iowa Chariton Iowa July 19, 1913 Merl what are you doing there none? days how is Emma and Family. Mg? have zwek anice mery go round here the nicest one xxx here next week I sent you mpboy papers rite and tell me what are doing write to all your Aunt F.B. xxxhland are Chariton Iowa
Mrs. E. Smith
RFD 5.
Elsie 8 4 1913 Olds, Iowa
Indian Maiden 1911
Dear Emma:
Arrived O.K. We are all well Hope you folks are also. I didn't get a cance to call you before I left, will be home in a week or ten days. I had my fortune told. Love to all Elsie
Mr & Mrs. J. Smith
RR5
Red Oak, Iowa
Emma Eldora Long Vie 8 9 1913 Braddock
Vie Birth Announcement
Mr and Mrs O. M. Vie
announce the birth of a Son
Date August 8, 1913
Weight 7 lb

Master Merl  Bertrand
RR5
Red Oak
c/o J.E. Smith

Viola Long Bertrand

8 30

1913

Chariton

 

Wed eve.
What in the world is the matter I haven’t heard from u yet. All as well as usual Hope u are all well Emma write so I can get it before  ? by Set

            Spooning What do U think of the spooning card. To Merl from Mama and the bunch.

Emma Smith
502 McKels
Red Oak, Ia

Elmer 9 3 1913 McCammon, Idaho Falls on Partneuf River McCammon Idaho Dear Wife
Will drop you a line to say I havent found work yet. Have you sold any thing yet If I dont find any thing better might come back Drop me a line right away and send it to Rawlins

Mr. Mearl Bertrand
502 Nuckols St.
Red Oak, Ia.

 

11 24

1913

Braddock

Thanksgiving Greetings boy

Hello Mearl and all. Mearl why don’t you write when the folks do And let me know what you are doing. Ma, Frances, and Mr. Mettele will be here for Thursday dinner.

Mrs. J.E.Smith
Red Oak

Viola Long Bertrand

12 9

1913

 

"With fond love" a bridge and violets

Hello u kidos why don’t u write we are well & hope u are the same well it has bin kind of lonesome to day Francis went to Brad. Yesterday to attend a mask ball last night will be back to morrow. Jerry left for Can last tues my how I miss F & J tday Shafers were here for supper last night Blanch Dave Lura & Frank auto over for 6 o’clock Dinner last Sunday so I had quite a little crowd 7 of us all to gather the sas as was to Blanches for Thanksgiven Write & let me no what u are going to do. Hope u will Be here for xmas.

Mrs. Emma Smith
Red Oak, Iowa
Not at 207 Hammond
Carrie 12 13 1913 Lacona A friendly greeting Dear Emma: I'll try to break the ice with a postal but don't know your st & house no. I know you were tickled to death to get home. hope all are well. We are O.K. with nothing more than bad colds hope to hear from you soon.
lovingly
Carrie
Lacona, Ia.
R.I.
Mrs. J.E. Smith
Braddock, North Dak
Marie Bertrand shimp 2 21 1914 Chariton Birthday Greetings Sat. Feb. 21 - 1914
Dear Sister-Have just got those pictures so will send them to day. They didnt make any of the bust form because the got the plate broke. I tell you it makes me mad becuase I wanted one of them. Let me no if you get the pictures all wright will write a letter later. with Love From Marie

Mrs. Emma Smith
528 So. 7 St.,
Chariton

Jessie Hite 4 23 1914 Red Oak "Best Wishes" a basket of pink flowers with a big pink bow. April 23, 1914
Dearest Friends
You certainly have our sympathy but Dear Emma I guess the lord ??? best we all thinks we have trouble, but not untill death comes to our home ??? then we know tell your Dear Mama she has my sympathy write to me right away Emma Donald?? dos not walk alone yet but soon? will I think he is not very well. Jessie Hite
and Write a letter tell me how you are I can't work after I got your card
Mrs. J.E. Smith
Chariton
c/of C.H. Shimp
         

Pool Hall in Braddock

Dave marked on the man shooting pool. Written on the side "This is Dr Bair's feet.

Braddock
Hello sis and all.
Will send you a card I suppose you know where it is. Gee weare having nice weather.All the Folks were up for Xmas. And weare all invited to Vie's for New Year dinner.  Well Lura went home Saturday with the folks. I sure miss her. I guess she will be in on the 2 o'clock  train.
Thanks for the things.  Baby's bib is fine.

 

10 7 1914 Joe Smith is born
               
Mrs. J.E. Smith
Chariton
c/of C.H. Shimp
Blanch & Dave Higgins 3 15 1915 Braddock
Your birthday brings to mind
Braddock N.D.
March 14, 1915
Dear sista
May you have a happy birthday and meny more, Write me once in awhile and let me know what you are doing. Blanch & David

Mrs. J.E. Smith
Chariton
c/of C.H. Shimp

Viola Long Bertrand

3 17

1915

Napoleon

St. Patrick's Day

Here’s wishing you a happy Birth Day. This is a very nice winter day we haven’t had snow enough to cover the ground all over this winter Write soon with Love Mother

Mrs. J.E. Smith
Chariton, Iowa
c/o Harry White

Twyla Smith White 3   1916 Red Oak
Just to Greet You
How are you we are all well. Twyla
Mrs. J. E. Smith
Chariton, Iowa
c/o Harry White
Blanch Bertrand Higgins 3 7 1916 Ottumwa "Erin Go Bragh" Hello sis, hears a greeting to you for March 17. Only wish I was there and I would greet you an a nother way. How are all the family. Margaret seem to be all O.K. now. B.B.H.
Mrs. J.E. Smith
Chariton, Iowa
c/o Harry White
Francis Bertrand Metela 3 16 1916 Napoleon
To Greet You
Hello Everbody:-
We are all well hope these few lines find you all the same. Tell little Hazel hello for me. Suppose Joe is some boy by this time. Jerry is working in the country this week. Merl is also working. Write soon Francis
               
3 4 1919 Viola Long Bertrand dies 21 Apr 1919
  Mrs. R. Carnig or Arnig        
Helen
Dear Mrs. Smith
Suppose you think I have forgotten you long ago. But let me tell you such is not the case. We often speak of you and Hazel Congratulations on your boy and expect Hazel happy to think he here her baby brother at last. Helen is growing every day and is a perfect little mischief. This was taken when she was 14 months old. Presume yr getting ready for xmas. We sure are. Wishing you all a merry xmas & Happy New Year. Mrs. R. Carnig?? maybe Aarnig
Mrs. Elmer Smith
101 West Market St.
Red Oak
Minnie S. 8 11 1919 Chariton Pink Rose Chariton, Ia Aug. 11 1919
I am ashamed to think I hven't writen sooner but I have been working hard and there going to Incampment every afternoon so I hope you will forgive me this time and I will try to do better hereafter am well and having a jolly good time wish you were here to injoy some of it as ever a true friend to Emma S.
Minnie S.
               
9 29 1919 Virginia Smith Miller is born
               
Mr. & Mrs. E. Smith
6325 No 38
Omaha, Nebr
Frances & Jerry Metela 12 22 1924 Cedar Rapids Hearty Greetings
with winter scene and poem
We are all fine hope these few lines find you all the same from the Metela's 322 B. Ave W. Cedar Rapids, Ia
               
1 7 1930 Emma Bertrand Smith dies
Le Roy Smith
219 Oak St.
Omaha Neb
Elmer 9 22 1930 Lincoln Johnson County Court House I just let see I lit O.K. cant lose will pick Walnuts on way back down going to stop at tourist camp tonight will drop another card tomorrow
Mr. J.E. Smith
206 Vinton Street
Omaha, Nebraska
Joe Smith 8 24 1932 Sac City Sac City Court House Utell we got hear OK and hear hopeing every thing is OK XXX Joe Smith
Mr. Joe Smith
2205 So 28 Ave
Omaha Nebr
City
Pauline Nichols         Christmas Greetings Wish you a Merry Christmas From Pauline Nichols
Miss Virginia Smith
3332 King St.
Omaha, Neb
Lura Bertrand 8 3 1936 Omaha, Nebraska Bismarck Evangelical Hospital We arrived all O.K. Had some time trouble arrived home at 12 0'clock.
Lura & all.
Norman B. Smith
28451 Willet St.
Omaha, Nebraska
Elmer 2 20 1938 Moorcroft, Wyoming   Morcroft
Wyo
Sun night
I am at Bryans dad is better We will start home Tuesday morning am haveing a good time
With Love
Dad