This letter to Santa Claus was published December 22, 1895 in the Richmond Dispatch. This is the earliest appearance I could find of a mention of Adele Clark in a Richmond newspaper using the Library of Congress' Chronicling America site.
Clark (1882-1983) was be one of 18 women who founded the the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia in Nov. of 1909. The ESL would become the League of Women Voters of Virginia in 1920 after women won the right to vote. Adele would lead that organization for nearly 15 years. She was also an artist and art teacher and active in civic affairs her entire life.
The books she wanted, Jo's Boys, was originally published in 1886 and written by Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888).
Below is an image of Adele as a young teen from VCU Libraries:
(her letter appears in column #5 about the middle of the page)
To learn more about the founding of the ESL - click HERE.
- Ray B.