Your Loving Wife

and babies

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Addressed to:

Mr. Sam Drew

1109 South 3 Street

St. Louis MO

October 30, 1908

Farmington, Mo

My beloved husband,

I will write you a few lines tonight as I am all alone.  Dear Sam I cannot express my feelings tonight, but will a few word to comfort you till I come.  Well Sam the lady I am working for is moving now.  They came to move today and I am so glad.  I am getting awful tired.  I have been here since the 13 day of August and you know I am getting tired and I do want to see your poor pale cold face so bad.  Sam soon as I am ready I am coming to see you.  I can’t tell you what day I will for I don’t know, but I will try and let you know.  But I come when you are not looking for me.  Please tell me where to find you.  Sam I am sure coming now.  You may look for me now just any day, but I will let you know if I can.  Sam will you please not cause me any trouble about Claudie.  I am almost afraid to bring him.  Well Sam I wish you would write and tell me if you have ever worked any since you have been gone.  Oh yes, I want to write and tell you my dream.  I dreamed last night I went to see you.  I thought I slipped in on you and when you seen me you just hugged me and I could feel your cold face on mine.  It really did seem as if it was so.  Well dear I could write all night and not tell you half what I want you to know.  Sam I am at the Lady’s house where I work tonight.  I am keeping her baby while she has gone to show.  I wish you was here with me tonight.  I am almost afraid in this big house by myself.  Well dear when I come up we will have a good old talk and I will tell you lots of news.  Sam now I am going to let you stay with me at my home this winter if you will behave yourself and wants to stay with me.  So I will tell you what I am going to do when I come up.  Well  I hope you are well and in good health.  I am glad mother is well.  I will bring her a present when I come.  Write me a long letter Sam and tell me how you feel by this time.  Was sorry to hear you was sick.  Goodbye.  Write soon.  Much love to you.

Your loving wife,

Jennie 

Be careful what you write to me

Filed under 1908 10/30/1908 october

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Addressed to:

Mr. Sam Drew

1109 South 3 Street

St. Louis MO

October 12, 1908

Farmington Mo

My dearest husband,

I received your kind and loving letter today and glad to hear from you.  We are all well at present.  Well dear Sam I am sorry I did not get to come.  I just could not get off.  The lady I am working for is going to move to the fladeral[?] this day week and I want to stay with her till she moves.  This is a fine Lady and she pays me one dollar a day.  And I want to make all I can for a job like that ain’t easy found.  So I will come soon as I get through.  I am not joking Sam.  I will sure come and bring Claudie.  Sam I sure do want to see that pale cold face of yours so bad.  Sam my heart aches for you everyday and I am always thinking of you.  I don’t know how you are getting along and how you have to live.  I sure am sorry for you.  I do wish you would do as you should.  There isn’t any use in you being away from me at all.  It is your own fault.  So please don’t be worried.  Sam I will see what you will do.  You know my heart.  Sam I am always ready and willing to forgive.  Mother and father is with me you know.  I always look after them.  How is your mother.  Is she well.  Sam I never say anything to you about Gussie, but I will say this one thing.  If you would see him now you surly would know you cussed me wrong.  He is as much like you as anything you ever seen and is as fat as a pig.  Well I will close.  Don’t be worried.  I will be with you soon and my heart is with you all the time.  Well goodbye till we meet again.  Answer soon and let me hear from you often.

Your wife now and always,

Jennie Drew

Filed under 1908 October 10/12/1908

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Addressed to:

Mr. Sam Drew

1109 South 3 Street

St. Louis MO

September 28, 1908

Farmington Mo

Mr. Sam Drew

My dear husband, 

I will write you a few lines in answer to yours dear husband.  I will be there same day this week.  I think I never got to come last week the stock show was here and I could not get away.  Please don’t get mad and think I am not coming for I am.  I will sure be there for the fair.  You stay right at maws and if I don’t have time to let you know what day I will be there I will come right to mothers.  I want you to find us a cheap room someplace.  I will tell you the straight truth, I am working and the first day I can get away I am coming.  I may come tomorrow and I may come next day and maybe not for 4 or 5 days, but I am coming just the same.  And I am coming on the Bonneterre train and will get there about 1 p.m.  So if you are not working you may meet the train daily till you hear from me.  I will and drop you a card if I don’t come tomorrow.  But listen here, whenever I come don’t let on that I wrote you to meet me.  Just say you thought you would walk down to the depot and see who got off.  I wish I had some money to send you to get a room, but haven’t got it.  But if I don’t come tomorrow I will try to send you some.  Times is so hard here.  The works is all shut down and people is almost starving.  So I don’t know what we will all do.  Little Claude is so glad to see you and I want to see you so bad myself, but I am almost afraid to bring Claudie up there.  I know what you have done.  So please write me soon as you get this Sam.  Now don’t think I am not coming.  If I don’t I will send for you to come home.  So don’t be worried we will see each other soon. 

Your loving wife,

Jennie Drew

Claude will soon be six years old

Filed under 1908 september 9/28/1908

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Addressed to:

Mr. Sam Drew

1109 South 3 Street

St. Louis MO

September 13, 1908

Farmington Mo

My dearest husband,

I will answer your letter.  We are all well and I hope you are the same.  Well the reason I haven’t answered you sooner I thought I would come up before this time but could not get off.  But we will be there sometime next week.  I think we will come Monday, but if not we will come one day during the week.  I am coming on the Bonneterre train and will get there at 1 o’clock in the afternoon.  Claudie is going to school and he wants to see you awful bad.  Now will you promise me that you will behave yourself and act right if I will come.  If you don’t you know what will be.  I don’t want to be treated like I was the last time.  Sam I will do right by you and I want you to do right with me.  I want to see you awful bad.  I hope to find you big and fat and as stout as a mule.  Well let me hear from you at once and I will write you again before I come.  With best wishes, and much love to you.

I remain your loving wife,

Jennie Drew

Kisses from Claudie x x x x x x x x 

He says Hello to Pappie

Filed under 1908 September 9/13/1908

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Addressed to:

Mr. Sam Drew

1109 South 3 Street

St. Louis MO

August 21, 1908

Farmington Mo

My dearest husband,

I will answer your letter I just received a few minutes ago.  It was here waiting me when I come home.  Well dear we are all well at present.  Hope you are the same.  Well Sam I wont keep you waiting so long for a letter this time, but you know how I am about writing don’t you.  Well Sam it was 8 months yesterday since you went away.  It seems like a long time to me.  I hope in 8 months to come we will be together and be happy, don’t you?  Do you think you can do better if I let you come home or would you rather live that way? Which do you choose?  Sam I never lay down at night that I don’t wonder where you are at or if you have a good bed to sleep in, but I know this, you will have your same old bed if you will only live a different life.  So you must know and study it all over and when I come we will see what we can do.  Sam I am cooking for a lady.  I get one dollar a day and I think I will work next week yet before I quit.  But Soon as I quit I am coming.  Let that be when it may.  So you can depend on that.  It cost a lot to live.  We pay 10 dollars rent and all live together

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to eat well.  Sam I am awful tired and the children is both asleep so I guess I will close.  I could write all night and then not tell you half I want to.  So be good Sam and treat everybody right and your friends will all like you better.  I have always told you that, don’t be so mean with that terrible temper of yours.  Go to work Sam and be independent.  Don’t ask anyone for anything.  Hold your head up and be a man.  Forget the past and live for the future and you will soon have home I am sure.  Sam the words that little Andrew wrote me about 6 years ago at 240 sure did bring tears to my eyes and brought fresh in my mind the past.  I remember it so well that was before little Claudie’s time and now he is a great big boy.  Will write soon.  I will bid you good night and go to bed.  May God bless you in my prayers.  Write soon.

Your loving,

Jennie Drew

Filed under 1908 August 8/21/1908

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Addressed to:

Mr. Sam Drew

1109 South 3 Street

St. Louis MO

August 19, 1908

Mr. Sam Drew

Dear husband,

I will write you a few lines.  We are all well the baby too. Sam I am working and I haven’t time to write hardly at all, but you write to me soon as you can get this.  I am coming up there sure when I get through but I want to stay a week or 2 and of course I want to get us a room and do our own cooking so we wont bother anyone and can be by ourselfs.  I am going to bring Claudie with me and I want you to be good and not do like you did the other time.  So goodbye.  I must go.  Be good till I see you.

Your loving wife,

Jennie Drew

did you get my postal?

Filed under 1908 August 8/19/1908

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Addressed to:

Mr. Sam Drew

1109 South 3 Street

St. Louis MO

July 28, 1908

Farmington Mo

Mr. Sam Drew

Dear husband,

I will answer your kind and welcome letter received some few days ago.  This leaves all well but Gussie and he is in a bad fix.  I am in Bonneterre with him now.  I came here yesterday and I am going home tomorrow.  I brought him to Doctor Posten and I am at Hattie Allens.  Well Sam please don’t go out of St. Louis till you hear from me again.  I am coming to St. Louis in a few days I think.  Sam I am awful lonesome today and I have the blues so bad.  Well Sam if I come to see you and bring Claudie, if I don’t want to stay in St. Louis will you let me bring him home when I get ready to come home.  Sam I haven’t got time to write but I will tell you this much, I intend for you to come home again, but you have got to promise me some things and make me sure of them before I will ever live with you any more.  Things can never go as they have went.  Sam I am so sorry for you and have been all this time.  My heart is with you if I am not.  So don’t be worried and do the best you can till I come up to St. Louis.  And then we will see what agreement we can make, and if you want to come to me and do as I think you should, alright I will bring you home and if not I am your wife just the same.  But I will never live with you in Farmington no more Sam.  I have all my furniture and my cook stove and 36 cans of fruit.  Well I will close.  Answer soon as you get this.  With much love I remain 

Your wife, Jennie Drew

Filed under 1908 July 7/28/1908

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Addressed to:

Mr. Sam Drew

1109 South 3 Street

St. Louis MO

July 15, 1908

Farmington, Mo

My dear husband,

I will write you a few lines asking why you did not answer my letter.  I have been waiting nearly 3 weeks.  Sam my baby is very bad sick with the fever and has been since the 4.  We don’t think he will get up but he is resting some better this morning.  Little Claudie is awful funny.  He had some fever yesterday, but hasn’t got any this morning.  Sam if you get my letter you answer what I ask you and if you never get it all right.  I hope you are well Sam.  If the baby don’t get better do you want to come home and see it.  If you do let me know and I will send for you.  So this is all for this time.  Write soon.

Your wife and children,

Jennie Drew

Filed under July 1908 7/15/1908

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Addressed to:

Mr. Sam Drew

1109 South 3 St

St. Louis MO

postcard:

June 12, 1908

Hello Sam, well your birthday is here and I wish you many more happy ones and your life to be brighter than ever before. Goodbye.

Filed under June 1908 6/12/1908

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Addressed to:

Mr. Sam Drew

1109 South 3 Street

St. Louis MO

postcard:

June 5, 1908

Mr. Sam Drew

Dear husband,

I will write you a card this morning.  We are all well and hope you the same.  Well we have moved and I haven’t had time to write.  I hope you are working by this time.  Let me hear from you by return mail.  I will try and see you in a few days.  With best wishes and much love to you.

I remain your wife.

Filed under June 1908 6/5/1908