This collection is made up of around 37 letters that Bertha Kucher wrote to her sister Ida while living in Seattle and Enumclaw, Washington, from June 1903 to October 1904. She commented on fashion, hearing loss, and her work as a housekeeper.
0.25 linear feet
Collection processed and finding aid created by Cheney J. Schopieray, December 2006, and Meg Hixon, November 2012
Scope and Content:
This collection contains around 37 letters that Bertha Kucher wrote to her sister Ida while living in Seattle and Enumclaw, Washington, from June 1903 to October 1904. She commented on fashion, hearing loss, and her work as a housekeeper. In her first letter, written on successive days after June 20, 1903, Kucher recounted her journey to Seattle and her safe arrival in the city, where she joined her brother Charles and his family. She frequently commented on his wife Elva and their son Ronald, and described Washington fashion and local travels. In 1904, she sought work as a housekeeper, and she was employed by a man in Enumclaw, Washington, by the fall. Many of Bertha's letters to Ida are over ten pages in length. Enclosures include flowers, a ticket from the S. Willey Navigation Company, and cloth samples. A woman named Nellie Van wrote one letter from New York, dated January 29, 1904.
Biographical / Historical:
Bertha Kucher (also known as "Bessie" and "Bessa") was born around 1877, the daughter of John and Anna Kucher of Athens, Pennsylvania. She had at least three siblings: John, Charles, and Ida. In June 1903, Bertha Kucher relocated to Seattle, Washington, where she moved in with her brother Charles and his family. Ida Kucher married George Smith Hoagland in November 1892, and they lived in Brooklyn, New York, with their son Richard.
1999. M-4047 .
Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.
The collection is arranged chronologically, with undated items placed at the end.
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