More about Cora Key and the Georgia Academy for the Blind

In my previous post, the letter from Cora’s principal at the Georgia Academy for the Blind to her father, J.C. Key, was dated May 12, 1905.  I happened to find another letter written by Cora’s mother Edith the same exact day.

J.C. Key was my grandmother Jane’s grandfather.  He was born June 29th, 1856 and married Edith Jane Fincher February 13th, 1873.

The following is a letter to Cora from her mother, Edith:


Tallapoosa, GA.  May 12th, 1905

My Dearest Daughter,

Your sweet letter is at hand.  Was very glad to hear that you were getting along all right.  

This leaves us all quite well and trusting that you are still in very good health and high spirits for it takes this to make life a pleasure.

Cora, we are having some fine weather now-it is almost like summer-and everything is growing rapidly.  Cotton is up and will soon be ready to chop.  The first corn we planted will soon be large enough to be worked.  Your papa lacks a little, being done planting corn, so you see it is bustling times with us now.  

Well Cora, my young chickens are pretty now.  They will be about large enough to fry by the time you get home.  My hens are still doing well.  I get from 2 to 3 dozen eggs a day, and I get from 12 to 12 1/2 cents a dozen for them.  Our pig is doing all right too.  My garden is late but it is looking fine now.  We are going to have turnips and turnip salid for dinner to day.  Wish you could take dinner with us, it would be so nice.  

Had a letter from Moses and Laura the other day, which stated that they were well.  They have not been down here since they moved and said they would not get to come untill summer now.  

Oh? Yes. Cora.  We are fixing for the big singing Sunday at Tomlin.  Wish you could be with us.  

There is going to be a big show in Buchanan next Thursday.  Don’t know whether we will go or not.  

Cora, write when you are going to have your commence-ment and if you want a white dress.  

With much love, I close

Your Mama.

While reading letters to Cora, I can’t help but feel bad for her.  My grandmother told my mother that Cora was not born without vision, but had accidentally blinded herself while playing with a pair of scissors as a child.  I have yet to find a letter from Cora to her family, but I am hoping the principal who wrote home for her in the last post transcribed her own words at some point.

Below is an image of the Georgia Academy for the Blind, which was founded in 1852 and is still operating today.



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Welcome, I'm Jessica. I renovated and moved into my grandparents' old home in early 2018. When my grandmother Jane was alive, she loved to sit outside on a swing with her cat Boots (who still lives here) and read. As we were cleaning up around the house I found a box of letters sitting in a swing outside that she was going through in the time before she passed. I stored them away and recently started reading through them myself. 100 Years of Letters is intended to share those family letters (some of which are over 100 years old) with the world and to keep the history behind them alive. Curl up with your coffee, a cozy blanket, and possibly a cat, and join me on this journey through history!

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