This week's treasure comes from great-grandma Piggott's box of goodies. These two postcards must have been sent in an envelope like a letter, and I think there are 'pages' missing.
It seems that great-grandma had a man that was very smitten with her before she married great-grandpa. His name was Frank Wilks.
The cards are not dated, but since Hazel Madsen and William Piggott were married in October of 1910 I am guessing that they were written about 1909/1910.
I assumed that this Frank character was about the same age as Hazel, but the census tells me he was ten years older.
I will now attempt to transcribe the postcards -- keep in mind that one or two are missing.
your shoesin my trunk all youhave to do is tocome over andput them in. of courseWill has got thetrunk for themthough I forget.where are youworking over thereand are you goingto stay untill yougo home I hopenot there isn'tany thing dairyover here at present.I went to churchthree times yesterdaydon't you think that
...and the next one says:
I don't know
when I'll be ableto get back toEvanston if itkeeps on rainingwell Hazel myheart is just asthese cardsindicate sokeep a little cozycorner in yourheart for meyours foreverFrank Wilksyou know I'vedanced in thatHistorical pig trough twice
I was curious about the pig trough reference so of course I had to google it. It seems that back in the day the oldest daughter was expected to get married first. If for some reason that didn't happen and a younger daughter was married first, the poor eldest daughter had to dance in a pig trough!
So I gather from the last line in Frank's postcard that two of his younger siblings were married before him. I did find a record for his marriage. He was married at the age of 36, two years after Hazel and Will got married.
Name: Frank D. Wilks Gender: Male Spouse: Eva Perkins Spouse gender: Female Marriage Date: Apr 13, 1912 Marriage Location: Afton, Uinta Co., Wyoming Source: This record can be found in the marriage book at the County Courthouse located in Bear Lake Co., ID in Volume 2 on Page 391.