Author of Letter: Ethel Isabell Nelson, age 21
Dated: March 12th, 1911
Addressed to: Mr. N. C Draper, Grand Coulee, Sask.
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. Ethel has written page 1 and 4 as covers, but inside, pages 2 and 3 are written together as one long page.
People mentioned in this letter:
- *Manuel - Ethel's 5 yr old brother, Emanuel Henry Nelson
- *Cecil Prosser - see Mar 6: Dear Ethel
- *Pa - James Henry Nelson
- *Noah's mother - Sarah Sophia Deverell
- Mr. *Mahoney
- Mr. Sheppard - from a previous letter
The following people are mysteries at this time:
- Mary Smith
- Mr. Woodword
- Mr McCarthy, Evangelist
- **Keswick Christian Church - see Genealogy Notes below
- last week Noah ended his letter with, "Your little Boy Brown", and this time, Ethel ends hers with, "Your blue bird". Anyone have an idea what these names mean?
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** see Genealogy Notes below
Belhaven, Mar. 12th, 1911.
Mr N.C. Draper,
Dear Noah, --
Well here I am all alone
by myself. Just nine o'clock and
everyone is in bed but me. I was
up to Sunday School and home
with Mary Smith for tea. Who
do you think spent the evening
there? You remember Mr Woodword
the man that put the phones in
he's the one. They came down
home with me.
We had quite a heavy
thunder storm last night about
ten o'clock, & just poured down rain
Our sleighing is not very good. There are
about as many buggies on the road
as cutters. Mr Mahoney's had buggy to
S. School. Hattie is down visiting with
There are special meetings being held
in the Christian Church, Keswick by an
Evangelist, Mr McCarthy. I have been up
three times and say he is a fine speaker.
Friday night his topic was Impure
Amusements. He spoke of Theatre, Dances
and card tables. His topic to-night was
"He blamed his wife for it". Wish you were
here to hear him.
I asked Manuel who that was on the
post card. He said Noah, so I guess
he has'nt forgotten you I am glad you sent
Cecil Prosser I think has gone back
to the States again.
Well we hav'nt got to move after
all. (thank goodness) Pa backed out and
so Mr Sheppard did not get the place after
I have heard in the last few weeks
about a dozen times that I was
going West, I don't know what puts
such Ideas in there heads. (Time isnt
passing one bit too fast for me, seems long)
Why it seems a long time
since you went away. Has your
Mother decided yet when she is
My it is so nice to be home
again, after being down to Aunt
Maud's, I tell you there is no
place like home. Matters not how
humble it may be. I guess you
know how it is, dont you?
Well Noah I guess it is time I
was closing my letter, for tis
my bed time. You know how
early I went to bed when you
were here, I try to be a good
little girl. Hope you are
writing a big letter to come
this way. anxiously waiting
for it. Bye-bye from, Your blue bird Ethel
Ethel Nelson xxxx xxxx X
I searched for the Mary Smith and Mr. Woodword Ethel mentions in this letter. I tried the names alone, but Mary Smith is very common and I didn't have any years to help in the search. Likewise, I don't know Mr. Woodword's first name or any relevant dates so nothing pertinent showed up for him either. My final guess was to search for Mary Smith and a spouse with the surname of Woodward. Because Ethel seems to imply the two were courting, I added 1911 as a marriage date for the two. But still nothing.
In 1821, a 43 member congregation formed the the first “Christian” church in Ontario on the shore of Lake Simcoe. They called themselves Christian because Christ is their head and they reject all other form of identification. Keswick Christian Church is still going strong today.
The Draper Family Tree shows a Wealthy Huntley around the same time Brother Allen Huntley was ordained, became the first pastor and baptized 10 people at the Christian Church in Keswick. However, I can't find a record that Allen is part of Wealthy Huntley's family.
I'll keep searching for answers to these questions as well as ones mentioned above as well as an early photo of the Keswick Christian Church.
Doors Open Georgina Sites 2013
Allegro Dance Academy (formerly Christian Church) - 180 Church Street
This brick church, constructed in 1879, replaced an 1856 wooden church on the site. The congregation worshiped here until its new church was built elsewhere, in 1989.
The building retains many original features, such as the stained-glass windows and the nave, and is now the home of Allegro Dance Academy.
This 1980's photo of the Keswick Christian Church is from the Norma Draper Family Photo Collection which I had the opportunity to digitize during August and September 2013.
More info about the Norma Draper Family Photo Collection can be found in the post 1911 Courtship: July 30 Dear Ethel.
Google Earth provides a view of the Keswick Christian Church in its natural setting taken only a few months ago. You can see both sides of the church and nave and surrounding area. Just type the address, "180 Church St, Keswick, Ontario, Canada" into the search box and you'll see something like this next map but without my yellow and blue text and drawings. You may have to zoom in on the red balloon bring it to this level.