1897, June 4 – Letter from Carl D. Hesse to brother Lewis Hesse

Carl sends his brother a note about where he is & a newspaper from the theater he works at.  His note is written on letterhead from Reck’s Garden, The Popular Family Resort.  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      Newspaper page 1      Newspaper page 2     Newspaper page 3     Newspaper page 4


Transcript of letter:

Alton, IL

June 4, 1897

Dear Brother –

All at Alton Ills again for the summer – Tell the girls where I am and write and let me know how you are all getting along – My love to Mamie & Lulu – from Your Loving Brother



C.D. Hesse

Stage Manager

Reck’s Garden Theater

Alton, ILL


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