Postcards From The Edge: January 7 1915

This post presents the third in a series we’re publishing called “Postcards From The Edge”. These 100 year old postcards are a from a collection which has been cared for by my in-laws up in Western Montana. Rather than keep these hidden away in a box, we thought it would be fun to share some of these with our community members here on The Senior List. The postcards are circa early 1900′s and are written (mainly) by Francis Clark (1857-1950), my husband’s great grandfather. Frank was a railroad conductor and traveled around the country manning routes for The Northern Pacific Railroad.

Postcards were Frank’s primary means of communication back to his family back in Tekoa Washington, Kellogg Idaho, and Spokane Washington. They are addressed to his wife Clara, but also to other members of his immediate (and extended) family including his children. There are also several postcards in the collection from other members of the extended family to one another. The postcards a turn-of-the-century “time machine”, and take us back to a time time in history when our country was changing ever so rapidly.

Keep in mind back then there were few telephones and very limited communication methods other than by post. I hope you enjoy the series. These postcards are very personal, and we’re happy to share them with you. **Note the 1 cent stamps… The actual postmark/stamp… The addresses on the cards (just a name and city in some cases)… And of course the story that each postcard reveals.

Postmark January 7, 1915 (Adrian Michigan)

Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard

This vintage postcard features a photo of the new D & C Steamer “City of Detroit” The Largest Side Wheel Steamer in the World (Detroit, MI). It’s postmarked January 7 1915 and is written by Goldie (sister living in Adrian Michigan) to Frank (in Kellogg Idaho) with news of their mother who is gravely ill.  It reads:

“Dear Brother: Awfully lonesome since you left.  We were up with mother most of the night and the doctor came early and gave her hypodermic injection.  She suffers so and is getting so disconnected.  Love to all from all. Goldie”

Other Stories from the Series: “Postcards from the Edge”:


1909 postcard Bryan Williams Cty, OhioMt. Hood Postcard


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  1. Sandy says

    Wonderful! What a great description . . . “Getting disconnected”. One can only imagine the exhaustion and sorrow. Thanks for sharing

    • The Senior List says

      I’m amazed at the notes back and forth. Hard to imagine a time when keeping in touch with your family members meant sending notes that wouldn’t get to the destination for a week? When Frank’s mother passes away, he might not know until a week later! Truly interesting to think about.

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