Foster Family Letters, 1899-1951 | East Texas Research Center
By Candice Cloud
The bulk of the letters are from the daughters Clydene and Nelva. Clydene writes mostly about her travels. She was a student, teacher, worked in a war office, and liked movies. She writes from several locations including California, Washington D.C., Arizona, and Oklahoma. One of the most noteworthy letters in the collection comes from Clydene, in which she writes about the school explosion in New London, Texas (Box 1 Folder 4).
Nelva’s letters consist almost entirely of letters written to her mother and father about the condition of her brother, Conrad (or Allen, as he signs his letters). These letters were sent from Shreveport, Louisiana and Rochester, Minnesota, and they detail the days spent in the hospital while she was with her brother. Nelva wrote letters to her parents almost every day while staying in Rochester.
Contained in the collection are letter correspondences between family members by the surname Foster. These members include the following: Daniel M. Foster (father), Blanche Wall Foster (mother), Conrad Allen Foster (son-eldest child), Lauren Clydene Foster Spear (daughter-middle child), and Nelva Foster (daughter-youngest child). There are letters to the Fosters from additional family members and friends as well.
The Wall and Foster families are longtime residents of Panola County.
*Foster Family members are buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Carthage, Texas.
1 Joe Conrad Wall (2/24/1857-2/25/1896)
Laura Naomi Allison Wall (10/6/1859-1/2/1955)
2 Blanche Wall Foster (10/9/1878-3/2/1975) m.
Daniel M. Foster (7/3/1876-1/23/1952)
3 Conrad Allen Foster (10/31/1900-4/14/1951) m.
Ivy Ophilia Foster Neal (1/1/1902-11/9/1992)
3 Clydene Foster Spear (12/22/1906-4/11/1979) m.
Winfred J. Spear (6/14/1915-12/15/1987)
3 Nelva Gladys Foster (7/11/1909-3/24/1993)
Browse by Box:
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Letters from Clydene, n.d.
- Folder 2: Letters from Clydene, n.d.
- Folder 3: Letters from Clydene, 1920's
- Folder 4: Letters from Clydene, 1930's
- Folder 5: Letters from Clydene, June 1938
- Folder 6: Letters from Clydene, July-August 1938
- Folder 7: Letters from Clydene, 1940's
- Folder 8: Letters from Clydene, June 1943
- Folder 9: Letters from Clydene, July 1943
- Folder 10: Letters from Clydene, August 1943
- Folder 11: Letters from Clydene, 1950's
- Folder 12: Letters from Nelva, n.d.
- Folder 13: Letters from Nelva, n.d.
- Folder 14: Letters from Nelva, 1920-1930's
- Folder 15: Letters from Nelva, 1940's
- Folder 16: Letters from Nelva, 1950's
- Folder 17: Letters from Nelva, June 1950
- Folder 18: Letters from Nelva, July 1950
- Folder 19: Letters from Nelva, July 1950
- Folder 20: Letters from Nelva, August 1950
- Folder 21: Letters from Nelva, January 1951
- Folder 22: Letters from Nelva, February 1951
- Folder 23: Letters from Nelva, March-December 1951
- Folder 24: Letters from Ivy, n.d.
- Folder 25: Letters from Ivy, 1941-1950
- Folder 26: Letters from Ivy, 1951
- Folder 27: Letters from Ivy, 1951
- Folder 28: Letters from Allen, n.d.
- Folder 29: Letters from Allen, 1910-1920's
- Folder 30: Letters from Allen, 1940-1950's
- Folder 31: Letters from Dan, n.d.
- Folder 32: Letters from Dan, 1899
- Folder 33: Letters from Blanche, 1899
- Folder 34: Letters from Pat (Family relationship unknown), 1890-1910's
- Folder 35: Letters from Laura, 1930-1940's
- Folder 36: Letters from "Dady", 1928-1944
- Folder 37: Letters from Various others, 1941-1951
- Box 2
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