The Holiday Madness Continues

    After completing a book of Santa letters published in The Thomaston Times, Penn decided, as promised, to do research on letters in the Pike County newspapers.  Over ten months were spent in research at the J. Joel Edwards library through their extensive microfilm library of papers dating back to 1888.  Of course Penn limited his work to only letters written and published in the twentieth century, which made things a bit easier.

    The results are complete and the book has been published to the delight of children of all ages.  As expected the Pike County book was not as large the Upson book but several jewels of letters were discovered.  A comprehensive list of authors is included in the index listing over 2,700 epistles written by over 1,900 children.

    Plans are already underway to research for a Lamar County edition. 

    The Pike book is a child-size paperback measuring 7" X 8.5".

                    92 pages                                    $10


Thursday, December 18, 1947 Ė Page 1


Dear Santa,

          A wagon so sister and I can play in the driveway, is the first thing I want.  Then I want a gun so I can shoot old Jack Frost for biting me and giving me an old bad cold.  If you will come into my rom I will try and wake up and give you a big kiss Iím saving for you.

Bye now,

Bubba Banks


Thursday, December 14, 1950 Ė Page 2


Dear Santa:

          Iíve tried to be a good boy, so please bring me a big red tractor

like my grand-daddyís.  My sister, Babby Doll would like a cradle and some doll clothes.  My baby Trudy canít talk so I donít know what she wants.

If you go to Korea to see the boys and girls there, tell my Daddy I love him and to come home soon.

I like to hear you laugh over the radio.

                             Lee McKinley