|Looking South On Pearl [Main] Street - Madison, Nebraska|
Postmark: Not legible
Mrs Wm Brunken
Am in Madison now was here for a couple of days am going home tomorrow noon
Mamma is feeling pretty good The Dr is well pleased Doesnt talk about operating any more can eat like every thing is very weak but has no pain are going to --- -- get her to sweat but is pretty hard to do Isent near so yellow any more
- "Mrs Wm Brunken", "Sis" is Clara Marie "Mary" (Petersen) Brunken.
- "Mamma" is Ida Lucia (Martensen) Petersen.
- "Cesilia" is Cecelia Margaret Petersen.
StoryCecelia has taken a trip to nearby Madison, Nebraska. She is very worried about her mother's health.
DatePossibly 1912. Before May 1913 as Cecelia's mother is alive but very sick.
LocationMadison, Madison County, Nebraska. The town of Madison is about 23 miles from Platte Center as can be seen on a Bing Map.
The following Google Drive-By Map - Looking south on South Main (Pearl) at Second Street - shows how the same street on the postcard looks a century later.
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A few of the original buildings remain and are identifiable. The corner building on the right has the same number of second story windows as the building pictured on the postcard - observe in particular that the three arched windows in the middle are the same. Also three stores south as well another two stores further south have the same roof lines as those in the picture on the postcard.
- Cecelia's mother, Ida Lucia (Martensen) Petersen, passed away 24 May 1913.
- Main Street was previously named Pearl Street. Check out a 1918 map of south Madison, Madison, Nebraska.