Sunday, January 22, 2017

"I am almost Down Sick myself with Rheumatism and colds."

No publisher or artist is listed for this pastoral postcard, which was postmarked on February 16, 1911, in Pierceville, Indiana. It was mailed to Mrs. Hannah Moir, who lived on Brookside Avenue in Indianapolis, which is about 75 miles northwest of Pierceville.1

A long note is written in careful cursive on the card. Oddly, the date with the note is later than the postmark. The note states:
Pierceville Ind. Feb. 20 1911
Dear Sister was glad to get your card. Glad you are all well — Ana [?] is better. I am almost Down Sick myself with Rheumatism and colds. Sadie is not well — our Protract [??] is going on now. Ma is about to be up most of the time now. So you have moved [illegible] in work now. I am not able to do any thing much. The trouble is my Shoulders and left arm — I guess that I know just about where you live but don't know as I could find it. Will close. Don't wait as long to write. I have to move again in two weeks.
Bella Sadie

1. Some interesting facts:
  • Another thing that happened on February 16, 1911: U.S. Representative William Stiles Bennet (R-New York), unhappy with a foreign-trade agreement, introduced a resolution proposing that the United States annex Canada. The resolution was crushed in committee. But it left President Taft having to deal with ticked-off folks in Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • Pierceville is an unincorporated community in southeastern Indiana that had a post office from 1854 to 1976.
  • Pierceville's biggest claim to fame might be as the birthplace of Bobby Plump, who was the inspiration for the Jimmy Chitwood character in Hoosiers.

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