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Postcard sent to Mr. Henry Schuette Jr., postmarked December 22, 1908.
Front of postcard depicts an embossed image of a telegram carrier delivering telegram with the printed message, "Expect me on Christmas Eve. Will Start Soon. Santa Claus."
Handwritten message on backside reads, "Wish you a very merry Xmas and wish you could spend Xmas with us. Sister Amanda."
|Collection||Schuette Biermann Farmhouse Collection|
Elk Grove did not exist as a village until 1956. Historically, Elk Grove established its first post office depot service in 1837. The location itself would change from time to time depending on the postmaster and could even be in a personal household. Since the Village of Elk Grove did not exist, delivered mail for residents living in Elk Grove Township commonly bears an Itasca or Arlington Heights address, depending on the proximity of the residence to the nearest post office.
Henry Casper Schuette's farmstead, and subsequently Henry William Schuette's farmstead, was situated on the east side of State Road (present day Arlington Heights Road) near Clearmont Drive. Due to the proximity of the farmstead to neighboring Itasca, and subsquently the Itasca Post Office, mail delivered to the Schuette home was designated with an Itasca address.
This postcard was sent to Henry William Schuette, son of Henry Casper Schuette and Maria (nee Biermann) Schuette. Henry W. Schuette was born on May 9, 1871 in the farmhouse that now serves as the Elk Grove Historical Museum. The sender, Amanda, is Henry's sister-in-law, who married his brother, Edward Samuel Schuette.