Lester Mills     ( November 22, 1890 )

Lester Mills

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This is the first letter of a set of two letters written by Lester Mills to Elizabeth Golden.  Both letters were found in one envelope.  This one was written on Nov. 21, 1890 and the second one was written Aug 16, 1891.  The envelope was addressed to Miss Lizzie Golden, Coopersville, Michigan. The postmark on the front was Muskegon, Mich., Nov 22, 1890 and the postmark on the back was Coopersville, Mich., Nov 22, 1890.  The envelope was 4-5/8” wide by 3-3/4” high.  The envelope was stamped with a 2 cent stamp.


This letter was written on lined paper 8-7/8” wide by 7” high.  One sheet, front and back.  Lester’s second letter was written on two sheets of paper.  The first sheet was also on lined paper 8-7/8” wide by 7” high.  The second sheet was a half sheet 4-3/8” by 7” high.  Both sheets had writing on the front and back.  The designer of the stationery had the top left and top right corners of the full sheets cut off at about a 45-degree angle.  The design made it appear as if the corners were removed with pinking shears.



Muskegon Nov 21, 90

Dear Friend Liz:


I was thinking about you so I guess I will write a little.  How are enjoying school.  I suppose you like it.  You always did.  I think I should have a little more respect for Mr. Ernst than our friend Baldus.  Do you room in the block where you did last winter?  Has Miss Nixon come yet?  I have been intending all the time to come home Saturday night but I learned to day that I could not.  We are about five hundred machines behind on orders so they can’t spare me.  The rest are all new men.  If I come home over Sunday now I have to lose Saturday afternoon and Monday forenoon.  It seems like six months since I left Coopersville.  I am going to try and get there next Thursday.  I suppose you will be at the dance.  If I come and you are not there woe be suits you.  Well I think this must make you weary so I will let up.  How are the PO’s (PD’s) since election?  The Deuco’s (Decuso’s) had a little blow out here Monday night in the shape of a torch light procession and speech in the Opena house.  It did not amount to much of course.


I received a letter from Lanty last night and a card to the Thanksgiving dance.  He says it is pretty quiet there.  How I feel for him.  Shut up in so insignificant a place (didn’t you think that is a pretty large word for me).


Well Lizzie, I guess I have written enough to make you tired so I will close hoping to hear from you soon.


Very Affectionately

Lester Mills