1895, December 19 – Letter from Carl Hesse to brother Lewis Hesse

Carl asks Lewis to take to train from St. Louis to Alton to see a show with him; He includes the letterhead & business card for the hotel he is writing from in Alton, IL.  On the back of the business card is written “Temple Theatre”.  Read a transcript of the letter below (original misspellings & all) or click on the image links to view the actual letter. As you read the transcript of the letter click on the links to view information & images about what they are discussing.


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Envelope Front     Envelope Back      Letter Page 1     Business Card


Transcript of letter:

Alton, Ill.,

Dec 19, 1895

Dear Brother –

Try and come to Alton Saturday evening.  You can get trains out of St Louis aourn 6 oclock.  Go to ticket office at Unio Station and ask for ticket over the first train to Alton.  If you get to depot before 6 oclock I am sure you can get here in plenty time to see all the show.  It will not cost you anything while you are here – and I will refund you your fare when you get here – Give my love to all the folks –

Your Brother



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