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Letterbook 1888-1892

Description: A book of letters written by and received from Charles B. Moore from January 1, 1888 to February 13, 1892. Book is made of leather. Note on front cover: "Reynods, McKinney Tex; Arkansas Travels; 182 Monroe Street; Chicago Ill; 10 cts". Back cover has a pocket and a pen holder. Each page has a header of "Letters Written." Columns which cover two pages are: Month, Who To, Mailed At, Directed To. Includes a general goods flier with a listing of rainfall by month in 1892.
Date: January 1, 1888
Creator: Moore, Charles B.

[Money receipt, October 23, 1889]

Description: Money receipt for three hundred and five dollars and eighty cents received from C. B. Moore and addressed to J. K. Dodd in Pauls Valley. The back of the document gives information on the services available from Wells, Fargo, and Company's Express.
Date: October 23, 1889

[Editorial, October 18, 1888]

Description: This document is from the Charles B. Moore Collection. It is an editorial written by Jason W. Thomas to the voters of the 5th Congressional District in McKinney, Texas. In this article, Thomas discusses his political platform. He details the issues that he favors and the necessary steps that must be taken to ensure that these issues are addressed properly. This editorial is dated October 18, 1888. Handwritten notes by Charles B. Moore on the reverse of this document details measurements of property in chains. A chain is a unit of measurement which equals 22 yards, 66 feet, or 100 links.
Date: October 18, 1888
Creator: Thomas, Jason W.

[Letter from Willie McGee and Dinky McGee to Mary Ann Dodd Moore and Charles B. Moore, September 12, 1880]

Description: The first two pages are from Willie McGee to his aunt Mary Ann Dodd Moore. He primarily discusses his life at school. The last two pages are from Dinkie to her sister and brother-in-law Charles. She talks about her recent poor health. The envelope has a 3 cent postal stamp and is addressed to Mrs. Mary Moore, Melissa, Collin Co., Texas. A handwritten note on the front reads: " Willy + Dinky McGee; Received September 18th; 1880." A postal stamp on the front reads: "Gallatin, Tenn; Sept 14" and one on the back reads: "Melissa, Collin Co., Texas; Sep 18, 1880."
Date: September 13, 1880
Creator: McGee, Dinkie & McGee, Willie

[Letter from William and Matilda Dodd to Charles B. Moore and Mary Ann Dodd Moore, October 10, 1880]

Description: The first three pages of the letter are from Matilda to her daughter and son in law. They discuss the Dodd's visit to Indiana. The last page is written by William Dodd. The envelope is addressed to C. B. Moore, Melissa, Callon County, Texas. One handwritten note reads: "Mrs + Mr Dodd; Received October 16th; 1880" and the other reads: "Farmers Station; Ind-10-11-1880." A postal stamp on the back reads: "Melissa, Collin Co., Texas; Oct 14 1880."
Date: October 10, 1880
Creator: Dodd, Matilda Brantley & Dodd, William

[Letter from W. Dodd to Charles B. And Mary Ann Moore, October 31, 1880]

Description: This is a document from the Charles B. Moore Collection. It is a letter written by W. Dodd and Matilda Dodd to Mary Ann Moore and Charles B. Moore. Matilda Dodd's letter is on the first, second, and fourth page of the document. W. Dodd's letter is on the third page. Matilda Dodd informs them that she has read their letter to Dinkie which was dated the 25th of October. She notes that the family and children are all well and that the weather has been rainy for the past three days, but last night it has cleared up and turned cool. She includes news about a barbeque that was to be held at the fair ground. The dinner was rained out, but two politicians, Hawkins and Wright, gave their addresses to those who attended despite the weather. Matilda Dodd details that some of their family were to attend that dinner, but did not because of the weather. She discusses news about family and friends and about a trip he recently took to visit family. William Dodd's letter begins and he details the weather and its affect on the crops. The subject turns to politics and he mentions that the democratic party is quarreling amongst each other. He states that he thinks Hawkins may win for governor. Dodd then discusses the candidates for other political offices and the number of votes each respective candidate received. He furthers this discussion on politics by mentioning which party he thinks his community favors for this election. Matilda's letter continues on the fourth page. She details a visit to family and describes a family friend's property and home. She tells Mary and Charles to send a picture of the baby if its possible to have a photo made. At the top of this page, ...
Date: October 31, 1880
Creator: Dodd, W. & Dodd, Matilda

[Letter from Matilda and W. Dodd to Mary Ann and Charles B. Moore, November 23, 1880]

Description: This is a letter from the Charles B. Moore Collection. It is written by Matilda and William Dodd, Mary Ann Moore's parents. Matilda begins the letter and writes for three pages. William writes a short letter on the fourth and final page of the document. Matilda begins her letter by informing Mary Ann "Sis" and Charles that she has received their letter and was pleased to read that they were all well. She details that the family is all well,that Charlie, Alice and the baby visited them on Saturday and Sunday, and that Birdie is beginning to walk. Alice plans on taking her to get he picture taken. Matilda mentions that the weather has been very cold and the ground has frozen, making it hard for those who have not finished sowing wheat. The discussion then moves to a new neighbor who has purchased Mrs. Ireland's place and is planning to ask family friends to live with him. Dodd details to "Sis" that they went to see "the old place" and notes that there are three families living there. She furthers the discussion by writing about Jim's plans to build a "fine" home in the coming year and then notes that she has just found out about some wealthy kin. She asks Mary Ann, or "Sis," for more remedy for her neuralgia at the top of the third page. The subject of discussion turns to politics and mentions that the election is over. She talks about an accident that occurred to Tobe and his girl. Their buggy overturned and they were thrown out of the vehicle on their way home after the theater. Matilda says they are fine, but the buggy is destroyed and the horse ran away. She updates "Sis" on the health of family and friends. She asks ...
Date: November 23, 1880
Creator: Dodd, William & Dodd, Matilda

[Letter from William Dodd to Mary Ann and Charles B. Moore, December 10, 1880]

Description: This is a postal card from the Charles B. Moore Collection. It is written by Mary Ann Moore's father, William Dodd. A piece of the postal card was torn off which makes the beginning of the message impossible to decipher. The remaining part of the message details that the family is well and that Mary's mother sends some things for her by mail.
Date: December 10, 1880
Creator: Dodd, William

[Envelope from Matilda Brantley Dodd and Betty Franklin, January 2, 1880]

Description: An envelope addressed to Charles B. Moore in Collin County, Melissa Texas. A postal stamp on the front reads: "Gallatin, Tenn.; Jan 2." A postal stamp on the back reads: "Melissa, Collin Co., Texas; Jan 6, 1880." A handwritten note reads: "Matilda Dodd; + Betty Franklin; Received [Jan]; 1880."
Date: January 2, 1880
Creator: [Dodd, Matilda Brantley] & [Franklin, Betty]

[Letter from Matilda Dodd and Willie McGee to Mary and Charles B. Moore, November 29, 1885]

Description: Letter from Matilda Dodd wrote to Mary and Charles B. Moore about the health of their family, attending church, visits, Thanksgiving, and the killing of hogs. She also writes about the people who want to or are planning to move to Texas. Willie McGee writes that he is out of school for a week and helping to gather the corn crop. He traded some firewood for some flour. Dinkie McGee gave family news, what she had for dinner, and how she has finished all her sewing. She said that Joe McGee killed himself. William Dodd also attached a note to the letter
Date: November 29, 1885
Creator: Dodd, Matilda; McGee, Dinkie & McGee, Willie

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mary and Charles B. Moore, December 20, 1885]

Description: Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mary and Charles Moore on December 20, 1885. She writes about her family's health and their activities marketing their farm produce. She says that John Wallace said that he had never seen as many poor people as he saw in Texas. She passes on the information that Lily Franklin and Charly Elliot are "going to jump the broomstick" (get married). She also says that there will be little candy and Christmas. William Dodd enclosed a note with the letter
Date: December 20, 1885
Creator: Dodd, Matilda

[Letter from Laura Jernigan to Henry Moore, March 27. 1887

Description: Letter from Laura Jernigan discusses how well her garden is doing and talks about her children going to the new schoolhouse in Cannon. The family is boarding the teacher and they are getting along well. There is a new jail in town. The town has a new paper, the Educational Journal, and the debate and literary society recently debated the subject of how prohibition would benefit the state of Texas. Includes original envelope.
Date: March 27, 1887
Creator: Jernigan, Laura

[Letter from Matilda Dodd and Dinkie McGee to Charles and Mary Ann Moore, April 8, 1887]

Description: Letter from Matilda Dodd and Dinkie McGee discusses weather and cold snap that probably killed all the peach blossoms, but apples and garden looks ok. She recommends Mary get her teeth pulled that are bothering her. Abe is in town and Bettie is lonesome. Some geologists had come and visited Abe's gas well. Willie is working as chain carrier for a surveyor. Birdie, Mary and Bessie have learned to knit and Birdie is piecing a quilt. The women made soap and it only took 3 days. Dinkie's chickens are doing well and they sold all their turkeys at Christmas
Date: April 8, 1887
Creator: Dodd, Matilda & McGee, Dinkie

[Letter from Matilda Dodd to Mary Ann and Charles B. Moore, July 17, 1885]

Description: This is a letter from the Charles B. Moore Collection. It is written by Matilda Dodd, Mary Ann Moore's mother. In the letter, Dodd notes that the family has received the letter written by Mary Ann and that they were all glad to hear that they were all well. She mentions that Bettie's health has improved while she was there visiting the Franklin family. She states that there has been so much rain that people are losing there oat and hay crops, but the corn corps are flourishing and the fruit promise to be abundant. Dodd details that some family members are hauling clover hay because the weather is warm. She notes that the Moore family will experience warm weather as they travel up to see the Dodd and their kin in Tennessee. Dodd states that there is no report of Cholera and that there are no illness that she knows of around their community. The discussion moves to the abundance of berry harvests that she and Florence have put up. She also mentions that she has put up a sizable blackberry harvest for Bettie. She notes that Dinkie has gone to visit a family friend who is very sick with the same illness Bettie is recovering from. Dodd details that Birdie is probably readying her dolls for Linnet's visit. She begins to close her letter by informing Mary of Day's tavern if they need a place to stop and rest, or if they need a buggy to take them to the family's home during their trip. Dodd expresses her wishes to hear from Mary soon at the letter's close.
Date: July 17, 1885
Creator: Dodd, Matilda

[Letter from Henry S. Moore to Charles B. Moore, August 24-27, 1885]

Description: This is a letter from the Charles B. Moore Collection. It is a three part letter written by Henry S. Moore. In the first letter, Henry notes that he has received Charles' letter and that all is well. He details a terrible nose bleed he experienced and mentions that Sabina went on a trip with George and Serena to Hunt Co. Henry discusses the success of a camp meeting, the prohibition boom, and details on the politics of the prohibition party. He furthers this discussion by noting the politics of the democratic and saloonist party, and how these parties affect the chances of victory for the prohibition party. The conversation moves on from politics to a brief note on the weather and then moves to a letter which was sent from E. E. Barnard regarding a comet. Barnard details in his letter the approximate location the comet could be found in the night sky but fears that once the moon moves out of the way, it will be difficult, almost impossible, to view it. He updates Charles on news on family, friends,the community,and agricultural endeavors such as the purchase of land, the condition of cattle and crops as well as the price of wheat. In the second letter, dated August 25, 1885, Henry updates Charles on the weather and informs him that he has planted turnip seeds, but does not have any hopes for a abundant harvest. He states the the prohibition party intends to publish a newspaper. Henry mentions the papers that are published and publication's political affiliation. The topic of the discussion continues with politics and Henry tells Charles that the prohibition party may have some affect with the democratic majority currently in Texas. He details that a family friends has returned from a trip to Eureka Springs, ...
Date: August 24, 1885
Creator: Moore, Henry S.