Ethel seems out of sorts this week. She says she's writing the letter before church and Sunday School instead of after, which may account for some of the rush, but she either skips or repeats words. It isn't like her to have this many mistakes in a missive. Check my Genealogy Notes below for more thoughts on this.
Dated: Apr 23, 1911
Addressed to: Mr. N. C. Draper... Dear Noah
Mailed from: Belhaven, Ontario
Profession: Farmer's Daughter
Writing instrument: Fine point pen, black ink
Written on: Light bluey/gray, slightly thick, textured, linen-like paper, 9 inches x 6.5 inches, folded in half. Ethel has written with a front and back page, but inside, the letter is written across the long width and down the 6.5 inches so that the paper must be turned to read the inside.
People/Places mentioned in this letter:
- Uncle John - too many Uncle John's to figure out which one she means
- *Veda Perrault - Noah's 16 yr old niece in Regina
- *Sadie - Ethel's 16 yr old sister
- **John Sheppard (not the William Sheppard who tried to buy their farm)
*Look under the Categories/Labels in the right column for more posts on this person.
** See Genealogical Notes below
Belhaven. Apr. 23. 11
Mr. N C Draper,
Dear Noah, --
Well another Sunday
is here, and it is just a lovely
day. the dust is even flying.
Now I don't believe you could
say that (in truth) about your
Am writing this letter
in forenoon. for I find when I
wait until later. there is S. School
& church that I am for ever being
stopped by something. also we are
looking for Uncle John's up to-day.
Say: here is this Sadie now. I just wish
you were here to help me alittle with her. I think her and
Veda should be to-gether. How is Veda getting along at college
I was over to John Sheppard's Friday night to a party given
by them for Ross. We certainly had a fine time. They drove
over for us. (so kind eh) Ross is going to South America for three
years. He gets his B.A. in June.
Prof H. C. Kent was here on Friday night. he is a character
reader. he read Sadie's head. he is coming back some day
and we are all going to have our heads read. What do you
say to it?
I am just going to tell you a little trick Crowder's did -
there sheep were on the road, also ours we missed one so we
phoned over there to see if he had got with theres. They said no.
So pa went to look for it, and he was told by a man that
Gordon drove our sheep in with his. Gordon told that one of there
sheep were with ours. and that he was going to have one our ours.
So we are one sheep less, for we never had one of theres. He said that man errorred.
Pa saw the sheep and ask him what
about it and he said it had never been
on the road.
Well Noah the time is passing but it
seems to be very slow indeed. I think
I would like to push the calender
around a little if I could. if it
would start you down here.
Hope you are having a good time
as I am. but I think I would have
better if you were here! I all I
can do is wait until you come eh.
Here I am this morning before breakfast
Sadie is going to take this with her. and I
have to take her to Uncles. We were up
to S.S. & church. Sadie sang at church.
Well Noah I think I could write you a
good many more words. but you would
think I had gone crazy. just wait until
you come. I close with all a sweethearts love.
X X X Bye - Bye from Ethel. XXX
It took me awhile to find out who John Shepperd and Ross was. At first, I thought it was the Mr. Shepperd who tried to buy the Nelson farm, and I didn't understand why Ethel would go to a party there when the men didn't part on good terms. However, in checking back to 1911 Courtship: Mar 5 I saw that was a Mr. William Sheppard from Michigan.
So I searched the digital library of Ethel's local newspaper and found tidbit:
Our good friend John Sheppard,
Esq., Belhaven, was gloriously full
of fatherly pride the other day. His
son, Ross, 22 years of age, has pass-
ed through his university career with
flying colors. After winning prizes
and scholarships year by year, he has
passed his final, winning a scholar-
ship entitling him to three years spe-
cial study in astronomical science at
Lick University, California, and up
among the Andes at Santiago, South
America. He also gets a large fi-
nancial consideration. Ross must be
a brainy chap.
Because the newspaper article is so hard to read, I wasn't sure of the name of the university Ross was attending, but it looked like 'Lick' so that's what I googled, and here's what I found...