Laura Mack Kephart’s Letter to Leonard W. Kephart February 16, 1946

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Stephanie Cook (Creator)
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Laura Wright

Abstract: The edition that follows is created from the manuscript of Laura Mack Kephart’s letter written to her son, Leonard W. Kephart, on February 16, 1946. In this letter Laura recounts the conditions of her living situation, including the coming and going of fellow boarders, at the Rileys’ boarding house where she is living. She discusses the overall living conditions around Cornell University, describing them as quite poor. She also gives information on various family members’ whereabouts and academic or professional pursuits. The letter ends with a quote from Confucius and a cryptic message about a box Laura found with a wedding dress and old letters inside. Laura encloses an advertisement from the Herson Funeral Home, which she refers to in her letter. The advertisement enclosure is included in this edition as a scanned copy located in the Appendix of this document.

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Language: English
Date: 2020

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