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1940 Millie Sutherland Letter to the Folks

I was out at another antique shop on the weekend and they were letters and old photos more strewn as props and decor. This was the only letter I could find with an actual letter in the envelope still



Sent by

R.M. Sutherland postmarked May 23, 1940

Addressed 1025 Powell St, San Francisco, Ca .

I always love to look on Googlemaps for original structures, and then it just fills in more of the story of imagining the very person sitting inside this place writing a letter or living life. It appears this building is still standing, so take a look and just imagine 1940 in this building,-122.409821&cbp=13,251.2,0,0,0&cbll=37.794332,-122.409680&q=1025+powell+st+san+francisco&ei=-Hq4UqO4L5fCoASo3IDgCQ&ved=0CCsQxB0wAA

Hand Typed letter Sent to

Mrs. and Mr Walter Sutherland

2414 Prescott St

Seattle, Wa

They are titled as “Folksies” in the letter.

From looking up census records. The family is

Walter Alexander Sutherland – Father

Mai Bartan Sutherland – Mother

3 daughters in the home in the 1930 census

Helen C. Sutherland (mentioned in the letter and her husband George)

Mildred R. Sutherland (This would be Millie from the letter)

Dorothy Mai Sutherland

The letter reads

“Dearest Folksies….

Mom..I got your frantic letters about Honolulu..and it looks like theres nothing for you to worry about for awhile… as the deal we were trying to whip up for me to go half fare isnt panning out very fast. Anyway… Im probably not going to go at all now.. and if I do it wont be for several months. In the mean time…Im going to try to come home for a week or two.

I have a Mother’s Day present, believe it or not… and in true Millie fashion havent mailed it yet… so its going out with this letter.

Bill just got back from Honolulu.. and says things look very war like over there. We were going to go over… or rather I was going to go over to meet him there but he doesnt want to stay now as its practically a war base at this point.

I hope you wont think Im crazy for not telling you this before… but it was a little hard to do because I havent told anyone…especially around Sears as it might affect my job,,, theyre getting quite stuffy about married people working. I married Bill before he went to Honolulu..and although I know you didnt like the idea so very much..I waited all this time to see if it would be the sensible thing to do. We knew each other for over a year..and I knew he was the only boy I could ever be happy with..everything carefully considered. I know you would agree with me if you knew him. I think he is up to all the standards we hold for ourselves. The only thing I feel badly about is not telling you at the time…but it is so hard to write these things and I was hoping I might be able to come home and tell you myself….

I am still working at Sears… and I definitely dont want Burr and the people there to know Im married…as I find its very hard for married women to get jobs any place these days. So for that reason…it might be good if you wouldnt tell Helen and George. Then they can come to Frisco..I can explain to them the situation and they wont say anything…but until then, I dont think Ill let them know. Dorry doesnt know either, but Ill write her right away.

Bill is going to stay here now…and I think things will work out perfectly, at least until Roosevelt decides to send all our beautiful boys to war.

Write me right away, all my love, Millie

On the back of the Envelope is this stamp “The Yanks are Not Coming! ”


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1938 Ella M. Richardson Estate Paper


Found this typed up 1938 Estate letter several years ago at an antique sale in Phoenix sitting on a table with various letters and papers.


Reads as follows…..

“In the Superior Court of the State of Washington for Chelan County

In the matter of the estate of Ella M. Richardson, deceased

No. 3262

Order awarding all assets to surviving spouse and disch Administrator and bond.

This matter came on regularly for hearing this 16th day of February, 1938, upon the petition of Calvin Richardson, surviving spouse and administrator of the estate of Ella M. Richardson, deceased, and it appearing that there are three minors of asaid deceased interested in the property of said estate, Mr. J.C. Bolinger, a member of the bar of Chelan County, Washington, being present and consenting to act, was appointed to guardian ad litem for this hearing for Wilma Richardson, 19 yrs old, a daughter, Calvin Wayne Richardson, 17 yrs old, and Glen Richardson, 10 yrs of age. Said petitioner appeared in person and by his attorney, Chas. R Sargent, and it appearing from the records and files herein that due and legal notice of this hearing has been given as required by law, the Court proceeded to the hearing of said petition. One witness was sworn and testified under oath, and documentary evidence was offered and received, and all and singular the law and the facts being hear seen, heard, considered and understood.


It is Hereby Ordered, Adjudged, and Decreed, That Ella M. Richardson died intestate on or about Feb 2, 1936, leaving property described in the inventory and appraisment of file herein, of a total appraised value of $2028.91, including the dwelling house and land that goes with it, that the said petitioner has paid the expenses and cost of last illness and burial of deceased, and the costs of administration, that no homestead has ever been claimed or declared, and all of the assets of said estate, to wit, Household goods, 1 cow and calf, 1 team of horses, 1 set double harness, 1 1926 Dodge Coach, 1 1927 Model T, Ford Truck, 3 pigs, Miscellaneous small tools and implements, and $33.91 cash on deposit at First National Bank. Wasatchee, Washington, be and the same are hereby awarded and set aside to the said petitioner, Calvin Richardson, surviving spouse of said deceased, in lieu of homestead and also Tax #5, Sec. 10 and Lots 4 and 5, Sec. 11, all in Twp, 26 N. R. 21, E,W,M, be so awarded, and It is Hereby Further Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed, that inasmuch as there is no more property to be administered, the said Administrator Calvin Richardson, and his bond as said administrator, be and he and said bond are hereby released and discharged from all further liability in the matter.

Done in open court this 16th day of Feb, 1938

R.E. Beatty – Court Commissioner

Filed Feb 16, 1938

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A.D. Way and Elicia Cage Marriage Certificate 1878


Marriage Certificate that is tucked inside the large gold album that came with the batch of Caughill, Stapleton, etc photos I bought in an online auction.

A.D. Way of East Brauch Wamu Co Pa

and Miss Ellicia F. Cage of Little Cooley Crawford Co. Pa.

Married on January 20th 1878.

Pastor Parsonage Edenburg

On Findagrave I found the following

Alicia Fidelia Cage Scott – Born April 25, 1858 Died Aug 4, 1925

Aaron D. Way – Born June 18, 1849 Died Aug 19, 1917

“Alicia was the daughter of John and Marie McCannon Cage. She first married Aaron Delorus “Dell”Way 24 Jan 1878. Together they had 5 known children, four sons, Perl, Lynn, Ovid and Ivan and daughter Bessie Alicia. Aaron and Alicia divorced, he going west to Oregon where he died 1917. Alicia stayed in Stark Co OH. In the ensuing years she married first a Robert Scott at least two more times.She retained the name Scott on her death certificate…why good question. There were no children known from these other marriages. ”

They had 4 children

Perl Duaine Way 1878-1953

Lynn Wallace Way 1881-1971

Ovid Dewane Way 1886-1964

Ivan John Way 1887- 1940

Bessie Alicia Basht 1889-? (Bessie divorced Clarence Russell Basht and married a Mr. Taylor, not sure if that is the link the the Taylor name in some of the other photos from the large batch I have. )


There is also a letter inside inside the original stamped envelope


Letter Stamped Feb 4, 1899

Addressed to

Mrs. A.F. Way, Youngsville, Pa

Inside says

Neligh, Nebraska, Feb 1, 1899

Dear Sister and Children,

We received your letter and was very glad to hear from you. We have had a awful nice winter until the last week. It has been dreadful cold, Last Monday the coldest day it has been for 4 years. It was 26 below zero. But their aint been much snow. Not any sleighing all winter. The big rain we had last summer damaged the corner crop so Vern has had to buy and he has been hauling corn and hay when it is nice weather. Vern did not come back there this winter because He bought the farm where we live and it totally strapped him. But we have the nicest lot of hogs we ever raised and will have some to sell in the spring and has 6 good horses to sell a team as he has more than he needs.

Vern says in regard to the place where Father and Mother live if you will go there and make them as comfortable as you can. When they are through with it you can have it. If it would be any good to you and He thinks the other boys ought to help you once in awhile. Has Rob ever been up to see you since Vern was home and where are you boys. You did not mention them when you wrote. Vern said if you would let one of them young roosters come out here he would make a man out of him. Vern wanted to know if Wall sent you more but he had just bought the place and it took all the spare money he had to pay for that. And if you go out to take care of the old folks you to go rite away and dont forget to ans all his questions. How are Jakes getting along and are they making any money. I must tell you about Verns boys. I made a pair of long over halls and a vest and a shirt for Goldie and dressed her up like a boy and Vern calls her Jake she looks just like a young dutchman and she would rather wear them than her dresses, well I guess I have wrote all the news so I will say good by. with love to all, Your Sister, Etta Cage
P.S. Do you ever crochet lace. I am making some for the girls, some under ware.

Some info searching some of the names

1900 Census Info

Vern V. Cage – ED 7 Custer & Willow Townships, Antelope, Nebraska, United States . Born in Pa Born around March 1865

Wife Ettie Cage- Born in Iowa around April 1872

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