Aunt Jennie Thanks Her Niece – Red Oak, Iowa (1908)

Aunt Jennie lived in Red Oak, a small city in southeast Iowa.

The city was founded when the Burlington & Missouri River Railroad arrived in the area.

Aunt Jennie had received an unspecified present from her niece, Mrs. Wes Meyers, who lived in Hendley, Nebraska.

Hendley is a very small village in south-central Nebraska.  Red Oak is 294 miles to the east.

Aunt Jennie mailed a postcard from Red Oak to thank her niece for her thoughtfulness.

The postcard bears a photograph of the Red Oak High School.

The postcard was produced by “Cole & McCall, Importers & Publishers”, of Red Oak.

The school district in Red Oak had been established in 1870 and the citizens (like those in many other towns and cities) were proud of their handsome and substantial school.

On the reverse, Aunt Jennie suggests that she may be able to remember her niece in the same way at some time in the future.

On hopes that Aunt Jennie and Mrs. Meyer remained in friendly communication for many more years.


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