Letters Home-The Pink Letters
In the 1910’s, before the internet, at a time when telephones were considered a luxury in the county, and telegrams were expensive, a newspaper publisher, L.M Wood, in the western part of Lawrence County, Illinois discovered a way to avoid losing contact with those who had located outside the county. Instead of Facebook, he called his way of staying in contact: “The Pink Letters.”
Written by subscribers who had once been residents, they describe firsthand the Lawrence County of the 1800’s. The letters writers also share historical events of the times, not realizing then that these same events would eventually be in America’s history books. Genealogists will find a gold mine of information in these letters as marriages, births and deaths are recorded by the letter writers.