In the old days, copies of correspondence needed to be retained much like it is today. The exception is that they did not have copiers or electronic copies of documents, however, one was able to copy a typewritten document at the turn of the century by placing the typed document onto a very thin sheet of 'onion skin' paper and spritzing it with alcohol. The document would then successfully transfer. We are lucky to have binders of letters that Dr. John H. Thornton copied starting around 1896.
The following are some of the excerpts of these letters from the desk of Dr. John H. Thornton. We hope to have new additions as we continue through the binder and will post these and make them available for all to read as a part of Lansing's History from a unique perspective.