Dated: July 9 (1911)
Addressed to: Miss E. Nelson, Dear Ethel (21 yrs old)
Mailed from: Grand Coulee, Sask
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, written on front and back like a book, but inside, paper is turned sideways and written across short length and down both pages.
This week's letter is missing a huge chunk which I couldn't find anywhere in Ethel's treasure box.
People/Places mentioned in this letter:
- *Veda 16 yr old daughter of Joe Perrault & Noah's sister, Eva Amelia
- *Fanny - Joe's niece
- *Sadie Nelson - Ethel's 16 yr old sister
- Bell Plaine (Belle Plaine)
- Moos Jaw (Moose Jaw)
Phrase: You could have bought us for a song
* Look under the Categories/Labels in the right column for more on posts on the above people.
**More info under Genealogical Notes
Grand Coulee, July 9
Miss. E. Nelson,
Dear Ethel; -
Received your letter Friday
and was glad to hear you were
well. Hope this finds you the
same. We are all O.K. and buisy
as setting hens. intend to
do the cement work this week
ing to put in the forms
w and then go into
Tuesday for half a
and make short
the carpenters will
I guess they
ed so much
et weather it
mmer I ever
ained every Sat.
Did not go up to Bell Plaine on the 1st on
account of rain but we went up the 4th and
got beat for the first time this summer
score was 12 to 3. say you could have bot.
us for a song. and we had about 30 or 40
people along to yell for us. Ha. Ha. I took
Ved Fanny along & after the game I told
were the Hoodoos. Ha Ha.
ine comes down here tomorrow
the last League game and
at we (will try) do to them
still after the game &
re on the envelope
nt beat us to bad.
we the letter open
de. Ha. Ha.
de is in Moos Jaw
ill not be able to get
ld sure like to go as
passing away and
s fine & I hope it keeps
. Eh. I tell you a fellow
more like working when he can
see a chance for returns & things look
promising now. Oh say I bot a cow
Tuesday gave $60. for her & I sure have all
the milk I can drink. Ha. Ha.
Well little girl I wish I were driving
up the fifth just now. oh say I guess
there would be no church to night for
us. eh. say. it seems queer to be writing
you all the time & not seeing you
but I guess that will not last
much longer. hope not anyway.
So Sadie is going to teach in
the West eh? Well I dont blame
her. just look at the difference in
the salary out here they get from
$6.60 to a thousand Dollars and
do not have near as big a school
to look after. fifteen to Twenty
Five is a good sized country
school of course they
in the towns, but I g
would be satisfied in
for a start.
Well Ethel I gues
to ring off and so
space for the big
night. it has started
So. good Bye for the
Your lonely. Lover.
PS Well we were beaten a
From Newmarket Era, but under:
And on the same page, this reality:
The heat on Sunday was fierce--
100 in the shade is reported.
Sunday and Monday last were rec-
ord breakers for heat. Fancy the
thermometer bobbing around 103 deg.
Monday was Toronto's hottest day in
more than half a century. Three peo-
ple became victims of the heat. --
Nearly all Sunday night people were
lying about the lawns and door-steps.
During Saturday, Sunday and Monday
43 children died in the city. The
same days in Montreal there were
151 deaths among children.
New York, July 11. - Yesterday a
dozen victims were added to the toll
and scores of prostrations were re-ported. The death list at 11 o'clock
last night had 18 victims on it, the
count including the entire metropol-
itan district. Prostrations numbered
Chicago, Ill., July 11. - Heat deaths
and prostrations continued yesterday,
although the maximum temperature
was only 89 degrees. Twelve deaths,
superintended by heat, and many
prostrations were reported.
...Two hundred people died from
sunstroke in New York last week.
...1200 horses died in five days of
New York's hot spell last week.
"Too Bloomin' Hot."
Three hundred immigrants arrived
from England Tuesday. WOne hun-
dred and seventy-five remained in
Several farmers who were on hand
looking for help, failed to induce any
of them to accept a position on the
"It is too blooming hot in this
country," was the answer one man
The farmer was so disappointed
that he replied with some vigor.
"By gosh, it will be cold enough
for you in a little while."
The hot weather this week is liter-
ally cooking the raspberries which
promised a very large yield. The
gooseberry crop is also burnt so as
to be unsaleable. Young strawberry
beds are in a bad way for rain. Cur-
rants are not more than half a crop.
Plums are a complete failure, and ap-
ples are but a very small crop. Hay
was a short crop, and unless rain will
come soon barley will not be worth
No service in the Presbyterian
Church Sunday evening on account
of the extreme heat.
Mrs. Jane Crew, who died in this
city last week was in her one hundred
and third year. Her death was caus-
ed by the intense heat wave. She has
been a widow for fifty-seven years,
never wore eyeglasses in her life, and
whenever feeling unwell, always took
pure cold water as a cureall. She
was the mother of eight children,
three of whom are still living. There
are Twenty-nine grandchildren, and
twenty-two great grandchildren.
It seems incredible that a city with
100,000 population, should use 60,000
gallons of water in one day, but the
official record indicates that Toron-
to's citizen took that amount from
the reservoir, on Tuesday of last
Eighty-nine deaths were registered
during the first four days of July --
very many having succumbed from the
fearful heat which prevailed.
Heat prostration the past 2 weeks
beat all previous records in this city,
and the death toll among children
from heat has never been equalled.