Author of Letter: Noah Clement Draper (24 yrs old)
Dated: Apr 11 (1911)
Addressed to: Miss E. Nelson, Bellhaven, Ont., Dear Ethel (22 yrs old)
Mailed from: Grand Coulee (Saskatchewan)
Writing instrument: Fine point pen, Black ink, but looks blue-grey in places
Writing Paper: Thick, textured, linen-like paper, 9 inches x 6.5 inches. Paper is folded in half, with a front and back page, but inside, the letter is written across down the full 9 inches so that the paper must be turned to read the inside.
People/places mentioned in this letter:
**Elva and Wm Mitchell - Elva Jane Nelson is Ethel's cousin.
**Stewart's - Noah's cousin, Stewart Trueman Draper and family
*Sadie - Ethel's 16 yr old sister
*Look under the Categories/Labels in the right column for more posts on this person.
**see Genealogy Notes below
Grand Coulee. April, 11.
Miss. E. Nelson.
Dear Ethel ; --
Rec'd your letter Sat.
and was glad to hear you
were still of some use in the
Hope you are all well as
this leaves us as present.
Well I got back from the
Head this morning.
Your cousin Elva. and.
Wm is at Stewart's.
I told Elva she looked
just the same as she did
twenty years ago and she
wouldn't believe. me. Ha.Ha.
She asked me if you
had a beau & I told her she would
have to ask you but I did not think
you were much of a hand for the
boys. Ha. Ha.
Have all that hard work done I
was telling you about & expect to
start seeding next week. that is
when we go some.
Say Ethel I have not got my
hen hous up yet so have not got
my hens over, but expect. to build
it tomorrow. but the will not lay.
for a while I guess but if you
come up for Easter I will go out
and buy you three whole egg's.
and a rabbit. shot five down at
the Head with a twenty two rifle
oh say I am a great shot.
Have seen a few geese but I
intend to have one for dinner
Sunday so you had better hurry
and get here. also shove around
the calendar about eight months.
You asked what strawing is. well I
will try and describe it. first we
hitch a team to the waggon that
has the rack on then we drive
to a stack and proceed to get
as big a load as possible on (the
rack.) not our selves
then we drive out along the
edge of the stubble and throw
it (the straw) off in a row. so as
to get a good start for the fire
when we go to burn the stubble
in the Spring.
Well Ethel I guess you will
think I am crazy & I guess you
would not be far out. but I was
borne that way & guess I will
die that way. Eh.
Am going to send Sadie a
post card some of these days.
& tell her a few things. Ha.Ha.
Well Ethel I guess I will
close for this time so good
bye. Little girl good Bye.
P.S. ask. that man From Yours as B4.
if he can play. O N. C. D.
I dont know. why I love you
but I do. NCD
Noah's cousin, Stewart Trueman Draper and family are from the same North Gwillimbury Township in Ontario as Elva and William, Noah and Ethel. The Stewart's farm a few miles out of Indian Head on the eastern side of Regina.