Stating the Obvious

The bill from the “office of L. U. Albers” indicated that he was located in Keokuk Junct. and that the bill was dated 5 April 1875.

No state is listed on the document. That is not to confuse the reader over one hundred years later. It is because the information was not needed by the reader in 1875. The reader knew where Keokuk Junction was located. It’s also possible that Albers paid slightly less for his stationery since there were fewer printed letters on it.

Many records that genealogists use have “missing” details that we would like to know today. A significant number of those details were “obvious” to the creator and user of the document at the time it was created. They saw no need to state the obvious. They weren’t worried about some harried descendant five generations later analyzing every detail.

Note: Keokuk Junction is a reference to Keokuk Junction, Illinois. Today it is known as the village of Golden, Illinois.

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