MARY ANNE McINTOSH HENDERSON
Letters to David Monroe Henderson
(her future husband)


grandpa portrait    grandma
                                                                                                                   Mary Anne McIntosh
       
        First, a little history -- at least as it's been handed down over the years.  The letters in this section of the Web site were recovered from a trunk after the death of my grandfather, David Monroe Henderson, in July 1971.  The trunk was full of items that belonged to his late wife, Mary Anne McIntosh Henderson, who had died  42 years earlier, in 1929.  Grandpa never remarried, even though he had eight children to raise.

        As you read through these letters that Grandma wrote while she was courting Grandpa, you'll notice that she makes many references to the letters he wrote to her.  We've never located those letters; the common belief is that my grandfather burned those letters at some point after Grandma's death.  It's a shame those letters are lost to us, but a great blessing that he preserved those letters she wrote to him.  As you'll see from these letters, she had a good sense of humor.
        I've posted medium-quality images of all the envelopes (some are missing) and the letter pages.  After I'm done scanning all the letters -- as you'll see, there are lots of them over several years -- I'll burn the high-quality images onto DVDs and distribute them to any family members who want them.  I hope you agree with me that these letters provide not only a fascinating document (albeit one-sided) of a courtship during the early part of the 20th century in Wyoming's Big Horn Basin, but of a growing love between two people whose hardscrabble mortal life together would end in a Billings, Montana, hospital room far too early.

THE LETTERS


1912
May 5, 1912
May 6, 1912
May 20, 1912
June 6, 1912
July 11, 1912
July 31, 1912
August 20, 1912
August 22, 1912
September 24, 1912
October 1, 1912
October 12, 1912
October 23, 1912
October 30, 1912
November 2, 1912
November 7, 1912
November 12, 1912
November 18, 1912
November 25, 1912
November 29, 1912
December 3, 1912
December 7, 1912
December 10, 1912
December 16, 1912


1913
January 7, 1913
January 15, 1913
January 22, 1913
February 12, 1913
February 19, 1913
February 28, 1913
March 11, 1913
March 18, 1913
April 3, 1913
May 20, 1913
June 2, 1913
June 17, 1913
July 9, 1913
July 18, 1913
July 30, 1913
September 8, 1913
September 13, 1913
September 22, 1913
September 30, 1913
October 21, 1913
October 30, 1913
November 3, 1913
November 4, 1913
November 8, 1913
November 11, 1913
November 13, 1913
November 19, 1913
December 1, 1913
December 8, 1913
December 15, 1913
December 16, 1913

1914
January 5, 1914
January 9, 1914
January 13, 1914
January 20, 1914
January 23, 1914
January 27, 1914
January 28, 1914
February 3, 1914
February 6, 1914
February 9, 1914
February 12, 1914
February 18, 1914
February 23, 1914
February 26, 1914
March 3, 1914
March 9, 1914
March 13, 1914
March 16, 1914
March 19, 1914
March 24, 1914
March 31, 1914
April 2, 1914
April 9, 1914
May 17, 1914
May 24, 1914
May 31, 1914
June 21, 1914
June 28, 1914
November 10, 1914
November 28, 1914

1915
March 30, 1915
May 9, 1915
May 16, 1915
May 24, 1915
May 30, 1915
June 6, 1915
June 14, 1915
June 23, 1915
July 2, 1915

1916
May 23, 1916
June 4, 1916
July 4, 1916
July 9, 1916
July 13, 1916
July 16, 1916
July 20, 1916
July 26, 1916
July 30, 1916
July 31, 1916
August 2, 1916
August 6, 1916
August 9, 1916
August 13, 1916
August 17, 1916
August 22, 1916
August 27, 1916
September 3, 1916
September 7, 1916
September 10, 1916
September 17, 1916
September 21, 1916
September 25, 1916
September 27, 1916
October 4, 1916
October 9,1916
October 11, 1916
October 13, 1916
October 15, 1916
October 20, 1916
October 22, 1916
October 26, 1916
October 29, 1916
November 1, 1916
November 13, 1916
November 18, 1916
November 22, 1916
November 26, 1916
December 4, 1916
December 8, 1916
December 10, 1916

1917
February 13, 1917

unknown date