Dear Sis Anna. Will answer your card and letter which I got a couple days ago the letter I got yesterday. Glad to hear you are all well and nearly done with your work Will write no letter as I have nothing to write just now. The news here wouldn’t interest you anyway. Funny what I done with that letter I did write it and I was sure I enclosed it with the picture. Yes I did get one copy of the L. Union sorry to hear it will come no more there would have been some news there once in a while I got the Illustrated C. Yes I did want to see the end of The Blough Valley. The rest I did not care on so much. The weather nice and warm here Anna I will get the locket for Eila if you wanted to give her something you can get her a chain for it I will send the locket to you when I get it. Bro J.
My great Aunt Annie Bartos lived with her twin Uncle Wencil until his death at 83 and then lived by herself until she died at 90 in 1983. She was a collecter. One walked between boxes in her house. Among this treasure is a collection of about 800 postcards from about 1910 to 1924. It is my goal to share them with her descendants and with the world.
The picture above is in her garden.
If anyone has information they would like to add -- either about the identity of people or photos to add, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a descendant of Aunt Annie and would like a copy of the cards on disc, please let me know.
I will try to posta new card every day, so please check back often. Please feel free to leave me your comments and to share this site with your friends.
Each card will have 2 views, front and back and will include my interpretation of the message [as best I can read it] including misspellings. Each card will have tags -- the year, the sender and the receiver. So if you want to see all of the cards from a certain year, you would search by that year or from a certain person, search on that name. If you click on either the front or the back view, it will open in a separate window, somewhat larger, and you can better see the details of the card.
A LITTLE FAMILY HISTORY
Frank Bartos [my great grandfather] emigrated from Bohemia in 1864 at age 18, with his four siblings and his parents Martin and Kathryn. They first settled in New Prague, Minnesota before coming to Lowry, Minnesota about 4 years later. He and his wife Frances [Chan] had five children -- Frank Philomen, Joe, John, Wencil and Annie
Joe is my grandfather. He and Annie [Kalina] lived in the Lake Reno area all of their lives. Frank Philomen and Mary [Prchal] settled in Superior, Wisconsin.
Annie and Wencil lived on the homestead all of their lives.
John was the traveler. He was WWI veteran, but did not serve overseas. He worked in Colorado and died in a freak accident, we believe, struck by lightning.