Held by The Filson Historical Society
Creator: Stone-Green family
Title: Papers, 1916-1965 (bulk 1916)
Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.
Size of Collection: .66 cu. ft.
Location Number: Mss. A S877a
Scope and Content Note
Collection consists of letters, most written in 1916, between Nora L. Stone and Raymond O. Green while courting in western Kentucky. The letters primarily express the love and devotion that each feels for the other. They particularly enjoy teasing one another regarding suspicions that each still has romantic feelings for another person and each claims to write longer, more frequent letters than the other. Many of the letters contain references to social life and local customs. Letters dated October 1918 indicate that Raymond had been inducted into the army but was confined to a local hospital when stricken with the flu raging in the Bowling Green, Ky. area. Letters in the 1960s are to Raymond Green’s sister, Ethel James, and family.
Raymond O. Green was born September 18, 1893, in Mayfield, Kentucky, the 7th of 8 children born to John and Mary Green. Nora L. Stone was born August 5, 1896, in Milburn, Kentucky, the oldest of two children born to Samuel and Euna Stone. Raymond and Nora started dating in December, 1915 and their courtship continued for several years until they married ca. 1919. During their courtship, Raymond worked on his mother’s farm (his father had died in 1904) and operated a milk delivery route in the Mayfield area. Nora worked part-time in her father’s drugstore/grocery. In the fall of 1918, Raymond enlisted in the military, but soon contracted the flu, possibly spread by soldiers from Texas passing through Bowling Green, Ky., the month before. He spent at least 2 weeks recovering in a hospital in Bowling Green. Following their marriage, Raymond and Nora moved in with her father where they lived for at least the next 20 years. They had at least one child, Johnnie, born in 1929. Raymond spent most of his adult life as a farmer in the Milburn area. He died May 2, 1989. Nora died March 12, 1983. Both are buried in the Milburn Cemetery.
Folder 1: Correspondence, April 1916 [51 items]
Folder 2: Correspondence, May 1916 [70 items]
Folder 3: Correspondence, June 1916 [73 items]
Folder 4: Correspondence, July 1916 [56 items]
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1-13 August 1916 [54 items]
Folder 6: Correspondence, 17-30 August 1916 [48 items]
Folder 7: Correspondence, September 1916 [81 items]
Folder 8: Correspondence, October 1916 [79 items]
Folder 9: Correspondence, November 1916 [73 items]
Folder 10: Correspondence, December 1916 [80 items]
Folder 11: Correspondence, 1918-1965\ [27 items]
Folder 12: Miscellaneous envelopes, stamps [9 items]
Courtship – Kentucky.
Dairy farming – Kentucky.
Education – Kentucky.
Farm life – Kentucky.
Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919.
Kentucky – Social life and customs.
Love letters – Kentucky.
Teasing – Kentucky.
Telephone calls – Kentucky.
Women – Employment – Kentucky.
World War, 1914-1918 –Hospitals.
Young adults – Social life and customs.