Greetings to new readers of Nebraska Letters, especially those who have learned about the blog from the series of articles published by the North Penn Reporter newspaper during Valentine Week 2014. A huge thank you to the paper for getting excited about the letters and for giving me the chance to share the saga of John and Ruth Ferguson’s first five years together leading up to their marriage in 1930. The letters paint an intimate view of life at that time with the little brush strokes of history that they mention in the letters. They are love letters – what better time to share than Valentine’s week – but are much, much more than that.
The best way to read the blog is to scroll all the way to the end to start with the introduction and the oldest letters beginning in 1925 and then read up through the blog. It is long…there were hundreds of letters. I put some of my favorite quotes in bold, so if you want to skim the blog you can scroll up and look at the pictures and the highlighted text and get a feel for the content, but I’ll warn you, if you start reading the stories you will get hooked. They read like a novel.
But most of all, thank you Mom and Dad. You were incredible people and the best parents ever. Your family is so grateful that you saved these precious letters for us to read and share 89 years later. Enjoy! Please leave comments (I love comments!) ~ Rachel Ferguson Rider