Letter, Kate Gleason to James Gleason

October 16, 1888

A letter from Kate Gleason to her brother, James Gleason. Kate reports that the family business has been profitable and that they have acquired a house on Glenwood Avenue through trade. She tells of a visit by Jim McMahon (“he assures me that his heart is still mine”), and asks Jim to visit her former classmate Gertrude Crane at Sage College. She complains that the rules for the female students in Sage are insulting and wonders why the women aren’t allowed the same type of accommodations as the male students. She reports on the activities of her German Club, providing details of its membership and the unjust dismissal of a new member that appears to have been motivated by antisemitism. She also describes the formation of a new social club, its membership, elected officers, and rules. Kate closes by announcing that she has joined a gym.

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  • 1880s