Anna Writes from New Haven – Mauch Chunk, PA (1907)

Miss Frieda Rohrig lived in Mauch Chunk, a borough on the Lehigh River in east central Pennsylvania.

Mauch Chunk (the name is derived from indigenous language referring to bears) became a center of coal transport from the anthracite region – first by canals and then by railroad.

The borough is now know as “Jim Thorpe”.,_Pennsylvania

In the 1950’s the declining town agreed (with Jim Thorpe’s widow) to build a monument to Jim Thorpe, great Native American Olympic athlete from PA, and to name the community in his honor.

Early historical preservation efforts made Jim Thorpe a thriving center of tourism today – beautiful historic homes and buildings (including an opera house) attract tourists – some of whom arrive on vintage railroad excursions.

In October of 1907, Frieda received a postcard from her friend, Anna M. Krachenfels.

Anna wrote from New Haven, the college town on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in Connecticut.,_Connecticut

The face of the postcard bears a photograph of the “New Haven Green”.

Like many towns of New England, the colonial settlement of New Haven grew up around a “Commons” or “Green”.

The reverse of the postcard had an “undivided back” – leaving no place for a message.

On the face, Anna reports that “mother was pleased with your card”.

Anna expresses a hope that “all are well” and sends “Love from sister Lena.”

One hopes that Frieda was delighted by the pleasant scene and that these folks (with German names and surnames ) were happy and successful in the early years of the twentieth century.


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