New guidelines for writing, submitting a letter to the editor We at the Lombardian and Villa Park Review encourage our readers to reach out to the community by writing a letter to the editor. Letters are limited to 400 words; if a letter exceeds 400 words, it will be sent back to the author to reduce the length of the letter. Authors should include a phone number where they can be reached in case of questions. E-mail letters to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our fax number is: 630-627-7027. Letter-writers will be limited to one letter per month except for locally elected officials, or individuals specifically associated with local village governments or entities such as school districts, park districts or library districts. No letters directed to a third party will be accepted for publication. We reserve the right to edit a letter for reasons of clarity, space restrictions and libel.
Fifth-graders submit award-winning letters
Editor’s note: Many fifth-graders from Lombard and Villa Park elementary schools participated in the Lombard Historical Society’s annual Sheldon Peck Letter Writing Contest. The winners of the 2018 letter-writing contest were recently announced. The students’ letters are written using language appropriate for 1848, as well as facts from the era. The following letter is published as written by Cameron Ducato, of Lombard, a student at St. John’s Lutheran School. Cameron is an honorable mention winner.
Dear Mr. Abraham Lincoln, My name is Sheldon Peck. I live with my family in Babcock’s Grove. We live on a farm. My house took 2 years to build. My wife Harriet gave birth to our 8th child just after we finished building our house. It has been challenging at times to live in one room, but we now have plenty of room for the entire family. We now have 10 children and ready to have another child any day. On my farm I have crops and sheep. We raise the sheep because we get wool for cloth. My wife and children help a lot with chores on our farm. About 5 years ago we started using my home of ra school house to teach some of the children here. We are in need for school supplies for our school. I am writing to ask if I can paint a picture of your family for money. I can then buy supplies for the school. I like to paint pictures of people and I am good at it. They are building a railroad next to my home and when it is done more children will be able to come to school here. If you know any one who would like a painting of themself please pass it on to them. My life on the farm has been very hard. It’s very hot in the summers and cold in the winter. Last year we had so much snow my sheep almost died. If you can send people it will help my entire family. I am really against slavery. I hope that slavery ends. It is unfair. All people should have equal rights. Sincerely, Sheldon Peck