Tag Archives: Gertrude Nelson

Roger W. Smith letter to Harold J. Dies, March 24, 2007



Harold J. Dies (1914-2012) was Trustee of the Dreiser Trust.



Roger W. Smith to Harold Dies 3-24-2007








Sara Dreiser (Aunt Juggie) postcard to Gertrude Nelson



Sara Dreiser postcard to Gertrude Nelson




See above downloadable PDF file.

Sara Dreiser (“Aunt Juggie”) was Theodore Dreiser’s first wife.

Her postcard was addressed to  Gertrude Nelson. Gertrude, who was born in 1894, was the daughter of Dreiser’s sister Emma and Lorenzo A. Hopkins. She took the surname Nelson, the name of her stepfather John Nelson. Later, Gertrude changed her last name to Hopkins.

Gertrude Nelson was living at the time in St. Louis with her aunt Mame, Dreiser’s sister, and Mame’s husband Austin Brennan.



— Roger W. Smith






Miss Gertrude Nelson
1324 Union Blvd.
St. Louis

posted from Avon, N.J.
August 4, 1907
My dear Gertrude:

You should see your mother and father sporting at Avon-by-the-Sea. Your Uncle Teddy & I came a week ago & they are spending the day with us. We all go back this p.m. Your mother looks lovely. Love to all of you.


Aunt Juggie