Thanksgiving letter from Edna Buckman Kearns to her childhood friend Bessie

Thanksgiving 1904

Dear Bessie,  Remember the promise we made to each other before my June wedding about the two of us getting together at the Russian tea place over the Christmas holidays? Wilmer and I might come down to Philadelphia. And Mama and Papa are thinking about traveling up to New York, but no decision yet. If we make it home, I’ll be so happy to see you.

Being a married woman is so different than I ever imagined. A long train trip with Wilmer all the way to St. Louis for our honeymoon was exhausting enough, and I could barely concentrate on the exhibits and crowds at the world’s fair. We came back earlier than expected. Being in New York City makes me realize what a country girl I’ve been when it comes to becoming a woman and growing up overnight. I’ll get used to it, I suppose.

The two of us I must talk over tea. My mother’s generation is so much in the attic when it comes to things of this world. So New York is the best thing that’s happened to me. People speak languages I didn’t know existed, even though I studied geography and was convinced I knew it all.

The men Wilmer works with at the accounting firm had dinner at a restaurant downtown and took their wives along. One of them, who grew up in New Jersey, talked all through the meal about awful it is that women are allowed to vote in Wyoming and how nobody knows anymore whether a woman’s visit to a neighbor is to solicit votes or get support to run for political office.

I laughed, but only to myself. Have been taking the bus now and then for meetings about women voting. Getting used to New York and being married is plenty for now because I tire easily. My fingers are crossed for the two of us having tea over the holidays.

Thy loving friend, Edna

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6 responses to “Thanksgiving letter from Edna Buckman Kearns to her childhood friend Bessie

  1. What a delightful letter!
    for Thanksgiving, we’re taking a “history walk” around Woodstock with the Historical Society. I’ll try to post my report. I’m thankful that I grew up in Woodstock and that I’m still part of this wonderful community. Nobody is perfect, but I fell there’s much humor, understanding and love here. “Let Woodstock be a shining example!” (Eva Love, artist, 1972).

  2. Thank you for another wonderful article.

  3. Lucy Stanton Bowle

    I like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it.

  4. Very interesting to get inside the head of grandmother edna. Will be interested to see if there is more coming soon.

  5. This is an interesting way to learn history. Are you planning to do more?

  6. Teddy Bear Jordan

    WONDERFUL post.

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