One of the family items I was able to copy during my summer travels – this is a century-plus old postcard sent by Maggie (Oakes) Covvey of Hawarden, Iowa to her niece, Alta Oakes, daughter of George H. and Nettie (Wintersteen) Oakes of Adams Co., Wisconsin. The text reads “Dear Alta, Guess you think Auntie did not think much of your little box of arbutus. Oakes has taken all my time for over a month. Thought I’d send you a picture of a bridge I cross every time I go to Hawarden. Aunt Maggie”.
Oakes Covvey was Maggie’s youngest son (1909-1986). Maggie’s first husband and father of her children was William Covvey. As a widow, she married Walter Youngkin.
Although Maggie clearly corresponded with (and apparently received presents from) her young niece, contact between the two families must have been lost somewhere in successive generations because I was unaware of Maggie’s existence until I began researching the Oakes line. Don’t know if there are any of Maggie’s descendants or collectors of old Hawarden postcards out there, but thought I’d post it just in case. Thanks to my aunt for her care of the ancestral postcard album.