The date on this letter is in error. It looks like June 2, but the facts are July.
Dated: June 2, 1911 suspect July 2nd, 1911
Addressed to: Dear Noah (Mr. N. C. Draper, Grand Coulee, Sask.)
Mailed from: Belhaven, Ont.
Profession: Farmer's Daughter
Writing instrument: Fine point pen, blue ink
Written on: Light bluey/gray, slightly thick, textured, linen-like paper, 9 inches x 6 inches, folded in half. The paper is folded in half with the first page on the front and last on the back, but inside, she's turned the paper and written across the short width and turned both pages into one long page. Hence this letter has only 3 pages.
People/places mentioned in this letter:
- Pa - *James Henry Nelson
- Ma - *Ida Amelia Glover
- **Grandpa - Albert Rogers
- Wm Henry Rose (died July 1st, 1911)
- Orville *King - close neighbor
- Mr and Mrs John **Kellington visiting
- Mr R Davidson's - unable to find them (only know Robert Davidson, neighbor)
- *Sadie Nelson - Ethel's 16 yrs old sister
- Aunt Maggie - Margaret *Barker - sister of Ethel's ma
- Lennox and his picnic at **Jackson's Point
* Look under the Categories/Labels in the right side column for more posts on this
** see Genealogy Notes below
Belhaven. P. O.
June 2nd, 1911
Dear Noah, -
Rec'd your last letter
on Tuesday, was very glad
to know you were still
able to be around. but I
guess you would be busy
something like we are just
now. We are going to raise
our barn about next Saturday
if nothing happens. Ma & Pa
are going down to Grandpa's
barn raising tomorrow.
Well Noah I would just like to be
were it is a little cooler. The heat
to-day is some thing fierce.
Mr Wm Henry Rose was taken sick
on Thrusday night & died on Friday
night. His funeral is to day. Meet at
the Church at 2 o'clock. We are going
up to the Church & then down to Uncles
so that I could write this forenoon.
How did you get along in your baseball
game yesterday. There was nothing
doing around here, only the same old
picnic at Jackson's Point. None of us
Orville King has been here helping with
our barn. He says he is going up West
this fall if it is possible at all.
Mr & Mrs John Kellington are
here visiting & Mr R. Davidson's are
they living anywhere near you.
Sadie starts to-morrow to try her
exam's. She says you'll see if I dont teach out West
Lennox is having a picnic
at Jackson's Point on July 20th.
Have you got your Electric
batteries yet? Aunt Maggie
was saying she had rhuematism
in one of her fingers. and since
you gave her that shock she has
never been bothered with it since.
So much good you did when you
were here, "eh". I just wish it was
possible for you to be here today.
it certainly would cheer someone
I guess I must close for this
time it is now just 12-o'clock
So Bye-Bye With love from your
xxxxxx all of these True Sweetheart
as you wish for. Will be looking for your letter
Say, Sadie & Christie have just been trying to
get this letter. Guess you will have quite a time
to read it. E.N.
Genealogy Note #1 - Grandpa:
I had a major problem with this one because Ethel has a maternal and paternal grandfather and yet both were dead at the time of this letter, as were here great-grandfathers. So who did she call Grandpa? After many days of mulling, I was looking for the death date of Ethel's maternal grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Greenwood when I remembered that Sarah had remarried in 1896.
Sarah Elizabeth Greenwood's first marriage was to James Glover who died in 1887. He had already passed when Ethel was born in 1890, and she was 6 yrs old when her grandma Sarah married Albert Rogers. As such, Ethel would have called him Grandpa since that's who she knew him to be.
Genealogy Note #2 - John Kellington:
Until this courtship letter, I only listed one Kellington in the Draper Family Tree and that was James Wesley Kellington who married Hattie (Ida Elizabeth) Draper in 1904. According to the ancestry.com figuring, that makes Noah and Hattie 3rd cousins as their great-grandfathers were brothers.
A search then followed to find out where John Kellington fit in the family - especially since Ethel mentions R Davidson from the west in the same sentence. My research revealed that John was the father of James Wesley and according to the 1901 census they were all in the Belhaven area. Normally the next census would be in 1911, but the Canadian government took a special census in 1906 for the prairie provinces only so they could keep track of the rate of settlement in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
The special 1906 census shows John Kellington living in the Estevan area of Saskatchewan along with his wife, Charlotte Fairbarn and 3 of their children, one of which is James and his wife, Hattie who now have 2 small boys of their own.
So when Ethel says the John Kellington's are visiting, it makes me wonder if it's just John and Charlotte who came back to Ontario for a visit, or did James and Hattie as well?
Genealogy Notes #3 - The Lennox Picnic at Jackson's Point:
This was an easy one to figure out because the event is covered efficiently in The Newmarket Era in the weeks leading up to the annual North York M.P.P. picnic, whereby the M.P.P stands for Members of Provincial Parliament (Ontario).
I've been able to figure out most of the wording, although I question them leaving Toronto at 7.40 pm vice am.
The annual political and social ev-
ent at Jackson's Point, called by the
name of "Herb. Lennox Picnic," is an-
nounced to take place on the 20th
inst. Particulars as follows, have
been furnished the Mail & Empire---
The great and only "Herb Lennox"
picnic will be held at Jackson's Point
on Thursday the 20th of July. A new
feature this year will be a decorated
automobile parade. It is expected
that there will be 150 take part
in the parade. The Highlander's
Band has been engaged, and also hve
other brass bands. There will be at
least three Ministers of the Crown
and ten or twelve members of Parlia-
ment present to deliver address.
Special trains will be run from the
different points and arrangements
have also been made to use excursions
by boat from Barrie, Orillia, and
Peterboro. A large sum of dollars is
being expended for prizes for athletic,
land and aquatic sports. There will
be a grand pyrotechnic display in the
evening. A special train will leave
the Union Station, Toronto, at 7.40
p. m. and returning, leave Jackson's
Point at 4 p. m.