I'm not sure when the photo was taken, so he could have been an Ordinary Seaman (OS), or an Able Seaman (AB) at the time, but it was in a batch of photos in Ethel's treasure box that Noah took while in England.
I'll post the letters and photos of those WW1 war years in chronological order after these.
Dated: Apr 2, 1911
Addressed to: My Dear Noah (This is the first time either of them has used their given name only, without surname or title. And a first for the endearment to start off the letter.)
Mailed from: Belhaven, Ontario
Profession: Farmer's Daughter
Writing instrument: Fine point pen, Black ink
Written on: Slightly thick, textured, linen-like paper, 9 inches x 6.5 inches, folded in half. Ethel has written on the pages in order from 1 to 4, so it reads like a book.
People mentioned in this letter:
- Sadie - Sadie Nelson, Ethel's 16 yrs old sister
- Mr. Flint - James Nelson's hired man
- Bruel's - Maud *Bruel
- Ethel - Ethel Maud Rigler - Noah's older sister
- Hugh Sedore's Family - the Sedore's are related by marriage to Noah via his sister, Ethel Maud Rigler
- Della *Mahoney
- Uncle - whichever one lives en route or in Belhaven
*Look under the Categories/Labels in the right column for more on posts on this person.
Mentioned in this letter: Diphtheria - see Genealogy notes below
Belhaven, Apr 2, 1911,
My Dear Noah, ---
Well here I am to scratch
you off another letter, but means
this is my first one I guess this is
not another. (Sadie Lib.)
P.S. I forget to tell you that it
wasn't me that wrote that just
above the first paragraph.
Hello! I guess Sadie thot
she would write you a few
lines, as you will see, I got my
paper ready, and off to get my
ink when I came back paper
was gone, So I hunted up some
more. and wandered again,
came back I found a letter
already written to you. So I
guess you are going to get two
Our hired man, Mr Flint, is
turning the organ up a little
He certainly under stands music
Studied it for nearly nine years.
Is playing a piece. (Love will
not let me go) now (Some blessed
day) --- bye & bye, (eh, Two very fine
Have been home all day
so far, but think I will go up
to church to-night. Sadie & I were
to have gone to Bruel's for tea.
Mr Hugh Sedore's have
the Diptheria. We phoned six
times for a Doctor for them before
we could one to come. Sedore was
here the day the Doctor came.
I hope we escape with out it.
Well Easter will soon be here..
Guess I will take a trip up to
see you. (in my mind) How many
eggs may I have if I come?
I'll help you with all that
work you have to - do. Say what
is strawing, anyway. Now don't
laugh at my ignorance. I
guess you know simple me.
Della Mahoney is down
to Toronto. I wonder what for.
I wish I could go tenting.
It will be rather cool at present
won't it. Do you stay with
Ethel now? Our hired man ask
Pa if it was oats he had sowed out
here in this field by the house.
What kind of a Farmer do
you think he will be?
Sadie is getting ready to go
over to Uncle's, and she is going
to post this, so guess I will have
to close for this time. Hope this
finds you able to be as busy as ever.
Say the mistakes are in this
letter are not to be counted
Bye Bye. With Love from
P.S. Can you imagine how slow
I be, Sadie has gone. and
here is my letter, so I guess I
will be in for a walk up to
Belhaven to-morrow. It'll be
worth the walk, "eh" if I get your letter.
(it sure will)
Diphtheria is disease that affects primarily the upper respiratory system and is caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae. The bacterium is most commonly spread through person-to-person contact. Diphtheria can be prevented by a vaccine. Canada has included diphtheria in its infant immunization schedule since the 1930's. The success of this program led to a dramatic decline in the number of cases, with very few occurring in Canada since the early 1950s. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends immunization against diphtheria.
Some persons infected with diphtheria do not look or feel sick; others develop a sore throat, fever and chills and have difficulty swallowing within 2 to 5 days of becoming infected. This is followed by the formation of a gray, thick membrane at the back of their nose, mouth and/or throat. Complications of the disease include suffocation, paralysis, heart failure, coma and death. One in 10 people with diphtheria die.
- 1924 was the worst year in Canada with 9,000 cases of diphtheria recorded
- diphtheria was one of the most common causes of death in children from 1 to 5 years old
- and again from the Public Health Agency of Canada website: "The number of diphtheria cases is highest during the colder months in temperate zones. In the tropics, seasonal trends are less distinct. In North America, vaccination has greatly reduced the incidence of diphtheria; however, diphtheria was a major problem in countries of the former Soviet Union during the 1990s, with over 150,000 cases and 4500 deaths reported during 1990-1995."
So yes, Ethel should be worried, and yet it's scary how casual she states the fact.