- From Lincoln, Nebraska, United States:Date of letter is October 14, 1966, from address 1847 South 9th, Zip Code 68502. Stamp: 10 Cents Commemorating Independence Hall. Author of the letter is Eunice's sister, Emma. (FamilySearch PID = KWC6-7QT).
Body of the Letter: (Written Friday Afternoon, on October 14, 1966) "Dear Sister Eunice, Your letter and card and money came this morning. Well, again, your letter went astray for sure, have not heard from you for several weeks. I destroyed your last letter--I usually do when I answer letters, so I can't remember when it was dated. I have heard from Annie several times since I had your last letter. [Annie is another sister of Emma's]. I usually hear from her once a week and she told me that you had some bladder trouble and Ben (Bennie Hill) had gone to Salt Lake.
- Here is a link, not sure whether it is working or not. If you have comments about Emma's life, please go to her profile and under "Life Sketch", add those, along with your contact information. [https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/KWC6-7QT]. Here is the picture of her house,(Maybe), at Google Maps:
"I don't know which end to blame with the loss of mail there or here, but I yet get mail that is sent to 920 Rose and 2735 So. 13. So it seems our service here is very good and you always have your return address on your mail, so this makes the second one that has gone astray.
" I know you do a lot of writing and think you just don't get to it. I really don't get around (pg. 2) to writing much and don't get many letters. I have several people I keep in touch with by writing, say 2 or 3 times a year. But you and Annie are the only ones I write regular and I guess Clara is next. I had a letter from her this morning. Well, Eunice, you were over generous to send me $10.00 and I appreciate it very much. But I have a rather guilty feeling to take it when I think there is others you could have given it to that needed it even more than I, for instance Annie. I imagine she finds it difficult to make ends meet, financially. Yes, she wrote me she expected to go to Jackson this week.
"From the way she [Annie] writes, her endurance must be getting very low. I guess we are all getting pretty well spent. But we can't expect anything else when we get our ages.
" I had that I might get able to do a little work now and then, but as yet, I haven't. [This is page 3] I keep up and moving but I am slowing down and feel if I ever stop, I can't start again. I seem to fill up the time doing what comes natural. I had got some materials to refinish an old beat up coffee table and dresser some time ago but never seem to have the ambition to get at it, so yesterday I hold off and started on the table. It was pretty warm (87) and I got hot working and stooping and squatting and getting in all manner of shapes and positions. I am all knocked out today with a "catch" in my hip; can hardly get up and down. I think I taken a little cold also. I went to bed at 8p.m. last night. It's turning much cooler today...a bad snow storm in Western part of the state of Wyoming and Colorado [Page 4], but we are not supposed to get any of it, here.
"It's been too warm for comfort. Now we will probably get it cold. Our fall season is beautiful in colors. I have been goin on some tours with the Senior Citizens Club. I am not a member, but Mrs Chritensen is one of the Hostesses and she invited me. They charter a bus two two weeks ago and went to Omaha and saw a show, "The Sound of Music" and it was a wonderful show. Last week we went to the Penn [?] and this week we went to Nebraska City which is probably one of the most interesting places in the state.
"A week ago yesterday, I had four of the old neighbors in for dinner, and two weeks ago, tomorrow, a cousin of Carl's [Carl was Emma's husband], ttaken me out to a little country town some twenty miles from here where the town and farmers were putting on a parade and dinner and auction for their church. They called it a fall Festival and they had everything that farmers raise or grow or can make, bake, cook or sew. We left here at 9:00 a.m. and it was 4:30p.m. when we got home. I brought home a big watermelon that I payed $2.25 for. I shared it with Grace, the gal that taken me out. She bought a bag of turnips, one quilt sold for $150.00. Loaves of home-made bread sold for as high as $2.50. Our ward was holding a bake sale and Bazzarr that same day and I stayed up until midnight baking for it. I heard they taken in $300.00.
"Everywhere you go, you see fields and gardens of tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables going to waste. One friend brought me a pick? of the nicest tomatoes a couple of weeks ago with peppers and cucmbers. I put up four quarts of tomatoes and am yet eating on them. I am glad Ben had a good trip to Salt Lake; I don't know if Sonny went. I had a letter from him [Sonny is Emma's son, I think]...he didn't mention going. I expect he watched on TV; most people there, do. They advise them to so there will be room for visitors. I think I got just about all of it on radio. I went to bed about 10p.m. and turned on KSL and they were playing recording of it [LDS Conference] and it went on all night and I heard the most of it.
"I am now on the 9th chapter of Kings. I don't know which is most depressing, to read the current news of the calamities and wickeness of today or that which happened in Biblical times. Yes, its interesting to see what's next but I am getting a bit anxious to know what it will be like on the others side. It seems to me like it would be better if Annie Ruth taken Bobby home with her than to leave her own home for so long. It must be quite a worry on her and no telling how long it will go on. Well I guess I better sign off and do the days' dishes; its gotten as dark as night; we must be going to get rain or snow.
"Yesterday, I shopped for groceries, so won't have to get out for a few days, anyway. How's your neighbor, Mrs Gray and say hello to her for me. I thought she was a very nice person. How's your pecan crop this year? Now if I was down there, I could put in a lot time picking them up. So I hope this finds you holding your own. And many thanks for the lovely card and money, but please don't be so generous next time. It makes me feel guilty when I feel others need and deserve it more. Much love to all and may the good Lord watch over you.
Some facts about Emma Tucker Andra:
- Born 15 October 1891, in Mississippi. The 1900 Census of Jasper County, Mississippi shows her as an eight year old living with her family. On the 26th day of June, the enumerator reported that the head of the household was S.R. Tucker [Samuel Richard Tucker], who was born in South Carolina, along with his mother and father, also being born in South Carolina. The proclivity of using initials in the South shows up here, with "L.E." Tucker as being the mother of the household. Letha Ellen was the mother in this family.
- Rosa Tucker is the oldest daughter shown on this census, (birth of Rosa is 1885),but there was another, older sister that is not shown on the census; she has left the home and is already married. That was Lulu, born 1873. Another older sister, was born and only lived a few months (Lily Ellen). Following Rosa, is my own grandmother, Eunice Tucker, born 1887. Emma, then Annie followed, in 1891 and 1895, respectively.
- There were several sons in the family as well.
- Sarah Ann Lloyd, S.R.'s mother, is also living with the family in this same 1900 Census.
- By 1910, Emma is the oldest child still living at home, at the age of 18. She is employed at a boarding house.
- IN 1915, Emma marries Carl Andra in Forrest County, Mississippi.
- 1920: Here we see that Emma is living with her husband and his father, Jacob. Jacob is age 71 and was born in Germany. Carl is age 41 and was born in Nebraska. Emma is age 28, so there is an age gap between her and her husband of 13 years.