"Charity" chain letter (published). Seeking missing
people. US, 1902.
Evanston, Ill. February 24, 1902.
Dear Friend -- Will you kindly
help a heart broken father and two mothers in an effort to find their loved
ones, by writing three
copies of this letter and sending them
over your own signature to three friends, and making the same request of
them, and so on,
forming and endless chain. If you will
give this letter to the newspapers in your town, you will aid greatly in
giving it world wide circulation.
Miss Florence A. Ely and her nephew, Frank
Ely Rogers, disappeared from their home, 713 Hinman Ave., Evanston Illinois,
July 13, 1901.
Nothing has been heard of them since.
Miss Ely is forty years of age, very thin,
weights from 90 to 100 pounds. Face rather long, very expressive, and
dark brown hair.
Large dark brown eyes with an intense
expression are her most notable feature. Good music teacher, attractive
Frank E. Rogers will be fourteen years
of age on March, 1902. Height about 5 feet 2 inches, weight about 80 pounds.
Medium brown hair,
gray-blue eyes, long, slender hands, is
left-handed, writes with either right or left; draws well always using left
Only love and a glad welcome await them
A large reward will be cheerfully given
for information leading directly to the restoration of either or both.
Printed letters with pictures will be
sent upon request.
Mrs. Clara A. Ely.
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Rogers.
Send all information to James C. Rogers,
713 Hinman Ave, Evanston, Ill.
Published on the front
page of The Daily News-Democrat,
Belleville, Ill., Feb. 26, 1902. Title: "Scheme being used to find
missing ones." Subtitles: "From Evanston, Ill. Relatives of Miss Florence
A. Ely and Frank Ely Rogers have started it." The article continues: "The
endless chain scheme, which through the ingenious mind of some individual,
was launched several years ago, and which since its invention has been used
in connection with business schemes for making money, for schemes in raising
funds for various purposes, and for hundreds of other purposes, has now been
put to use in the hope that Miss Florence A. Ely and her nephew, Frank Ely
Rogers, who disappeared very suddenly from their home if Evanston, Ill, might
be located or found. The following endless chain circular issued by relatives
of the missing ones, was received by friends of the family in this city
Tues., and explains itself" (text above in bold). After the text the
article states that the missing are from "one of the the wealthiest and most
refined families in Evanston." The disappearance is "shrouded in the deepest
mystery." A "handsome reward" is offered. States that within the last few
weeks the circulars and copies have been forwarded over the entire United
States, and that no clues have been received. Correct street name ("Hinman"
- illegible on image) gotten from Google ("Evanston Illinois streets"). Address
713 on Hinman no longer exists.
Reference and images supplied by Richard Stephens via email. Entered
by DWV, 6/20/2008.
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