Postcard from Pearl Brewster

Today, an old picture postcard of students in front of a school that was likely located in rural Adams County, Indiana, over 100 years ago. The postcard is postmarked Geneva, Indiana, and is dated February 19. Unfortunately, I cannot read the year of the postmark.

Postcard from Pearl (Reid) Brewster to her mother Emily (Bryan) Reid, Geneva, Indiana, c1910.

It is addressed to:

Mrs. Emily Reid
610 West Water St.
Portland, Ind.

The postcard is from Emily’s daughter Pearl (Reid) Brewster (1880-1962). Pearl was my great-grandmother and Emily (1856-1940) was my great-great-grandmother. Pearl lived in Geneva in her later years but likely lived in rural Adams County when she wrote this. [1]

Pearl writes:

Dear Mother and all, I will rite [sic] you a few lines. We are all well. Hope you ar [sic] the same. Have you heard from Minnie and how is Laura’s baby? Will rite [sic] more next time. This is the school. Pearl Brewster.

Postcard from Pearl (Reid) Brewster to Emily (Bryan) Reid, Geneva, Indiana, c1910.

The two women Pearl mentioned in the note, Laura (1882-1921) and Minnie (1884-1977), were Pearl’s sisters. Laura’s children were born between 1901 and 1908, so the postcard was probably written during that time period.

I am guessing that Pearl lived near this school and some or all of her children went there. Some of Pearl’s children could be in the photo. Maybe even my grandmother Gertrude, but I don’t recognize anyone.

Pearl (Reid) Brewster was photographed in two 5-generation family photos that were taken nearly 60 years apart. The first was taken in about 1898 and the second taken in about 1958. I posted those photos a couple weeks ago.

The message does not reveal much information but the school photo is very nice.


[1] I added punctuation but did not correct the spelling.


    • Deb Ehr on December 31, 2018 at 12:28 am
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    This is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I always enjoy those old postcards from relatives and reading what they wrote. I enjoyed seeing you in that 5-generation photo. So interesting. Thanks for writing.

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