If you have lost the Angle family from Lawrence County, Illinois or hit a brick wall in your research with this family you might want to purchase the Lawrence County Historical Society’s publication, Letters Home from Former Sons and Daughters of Lawrence County 1915-1919.
Jennie Angle, the daughter of Stephen and Alice Angle, shows up in the 1880’s census but then she disappears. Letters in this book from her in 1917 and in 1918, written after she married Martin Banter provides the genealogist with her children’s names, other places she has lived and details about her life in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Also Bertha Waggoner Stroshine, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Angle Waggoner wrote letters in 1916 and 1917 giving details of her life in Petty township and then in Oklahoma, where her husband worked for an oil company making $150 a month. Another one of Joseph and Elizabeth daughters, Mrs. B. M. Longnecker wrote a letter in 1917 from El Dorado, Kansas detailing her life. Then in 1917 and 1918 one of Elizabeth’s sons, Charles C. Waggoner living in Kansas wrote to the Sumner Press. His sense of humor is priceless.
Another Angle family living in Petty was Jacob and Sarah Angle. Their daughters Nora Woodall and Lena Chrisman wrote letters and provided more details for the genealogists.
The “Pink Letter” book-- because the letters were published by the Sumner Press in 1915-1919 on pink newsprint –can be purchased at the Lawrence County museum, the genealogy library in Bridgeport or on-line at www.lawrencelore.org.