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Dear Santa, it's 1906

This is Morrison School, near Baum's Bridge, at about 1910.

Christmas is two weeks away and I decided to do something different for this column instead of Kankakee River stories. The following are Christmas letters written in 1906 to Santa. I left the letters with original spelling.

Dear Santa Claus: I thought I would write you a letter and tell you what I want for Christmas. I want a steam engine, a circular saw, and automobile racer, and hand-car, and engine that I can ride on, a pair of skates size no. 10, some games, a bob sled, a sword, a gun, a jack-knife, a story book, a printing outfit, a suit, a gold watch, a gold watch chain, a gold watch charm, a silk muffler, a signet ring, a box of letters, a blue necktie, two dozens of linen handkerchiefs, a bank, finger gloves, mixed nuts, candy, oranges, bananas, and a burning outfit. That is all I want for this Christmas. I am a good boy and I go to school every day and I am ten years old. My teachers name is Miss Kacid Lawrence. Don’t fall down the chimney like you did last year. So Good-bye. Your Dear Dearest Friend, Luis Borucki, RFD No. 4 Box No. 105 Valparaiso, Ind. PS Don’t forget about the chimney. Good bye Dear Santa.

Dear Santa Claus: I am a little boy seven years old. I live near Deep River. I go to school every day. I am in the second grade. My teachers name is Miss Vera Bradley. I would like to see you. It is so near Christmas times I thought I would write and tell you what I would like to have you bring to me. I would like to have a rubber ball, a sled, a new over coat, a new pair of overshoes, and some candy and nuts. This is all I want what. O dear Santa Claus please don’t forget my sister. She lives with Grandma.

Dear Santa Claus: I thought I would write you a letter and tell you what I want for Christmas. I’ll be very good if you bring me something for Christmas. I want a new dress, sewing box and a box of writing paper and my little sister wants a doll. So Good Bye From Lena Allen, Hebron, Ind.

Dear Santa Claus: I will write and tell you what I want. I want a little telephone and a storybook and a game and some nuts and candy and bring whatever you think is best for a little boy. I go to school most every day. Your little friend, Clarence L Riddle, Deep River, Ind.

Dear Santa: Christmas is almost here and I thought I would write and tell you what I want for Christmas. I would like to have a work box, a couple pair of hair ribbons, a handkerchief, and some candy and nuts. Goodbye, Mildred Upp Valparaiso, Ind.

Mr. Sany Clause: Please send me a hobbyhorse & some nuts & candy. I am 6 years old & go to Sunday school. Alva W. Hitesman, Valparaiso, Ind. PS I go to school every day & am a good boy. I live at 505 E. Ellem St.

Dear Santa Claus: I want a sewing box and a little stove and Vance wants a Jack in the box and I want a sled and he wants a rubber ball and he wants a little doll and I want a little doll too we want a sack of candy and some oranges we want some nuts and bring papa and mama something. Good by Florence Cummins, Hebron, Ind.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion.

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Community Coordinator

Annette is Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for two decades. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.