Dated: Mar 26 (1911)
Addressed to: Miss E. Nelson, Bellhaven, Ont.
Mailed from: Grand Coulee (Saskatchewan)
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, but written as Ethel's whereby page 2 and 3 are one long page and you have to turn the letter after the first page and then turn it back again for the final page.
People mentioned in this letter:
Mother - Sarah Sophia Deverell, Noah's widowed English mother
Orville - 23 yr old Orville King of Ethel's letter of Mar 26 who plays violin at Sunday School and will head west in August of 1911.
Mary Crowder & Mr. Crowder - Neighbours we met in Mar 19 Dear Noah
Louie & Fred* see Genealogy Notes below
Things mentioned in this letter:
La Grippe - Used frequently during the cold and flu season in the Newmarket Era as well as these letters.
Grand Coulee March 26/11
Miss E. Nelson,
Dear Ethel; --
Received your letter tonight
& was glad to find out you
were still kicking. and
hope you have not got
the La Grippe. Am feeling
fine & working like a
setting hen you should
feel the muscels in my arms
I can tell you it went hard
for the first few days but
I dont mind it now.
Mother is down to Louie's
for a week dont know whether
she will be home tomorrow
Well I suppose your snow
is all gone by this time. we have some
yet but it will be all gone if it keeps
on like this in two or three days it is
just nice & muddy here now. but it
will soon dry up.
Well I have my stable up & my
horses in it and I have to walk
about quarter of a mile to do my chores
& that is worse than the work while
it is so wet will put up my tent
as soon as it dries then hurrah for
batching. wouldnt you like to eat some
of my cooking? eh.
Have not got a man yet expect to go
into Regina Monday or Tuesday. wish
I had hired one when I was down
there. Will have to pay about $35.00
a month this year but dont care as
long as I have a good man.
Well we have a start at cleaning
wheat cleaned about 110 bu yesterday
after noon we can clean it in about
2 days more I guess so that wont be
Have been a way all day hunting
my cow she has been out about
2 weeks. but I could not get any trace
of her yet. was on horse
back & so am good & tired for I had
to ride my driver as Louie has her
pony down there. & there is a big
difference in the way they ride
Well Ethel you talk about
geting lonesome I can tell
you there is two of us at
that trick then. for you are
never out of my mind very long
at a time even when Iam
fooling with other girls I often
think what is my darling kid
doing now so I guess we are
two fools well met. eh.
Suppos Orville has grown
about two feet since he started
playing in the Sunday School.
& goodness knows he was big
How is Mary Crowder geeting
a long & (Mr. Crowder) tell her
I was very glad to meet her. Ha. Ha.
Well. Ethel I guess this is all
for this time so ByeBye. I am
yours for ever & after N C.D.
Witten along the left side of the page above...
P.S. Am writing this so if I go to church tomorrow I can post it Bye Bye xxxxx N.D
- Louie and Fred update! Louie is one of Noah's older sisters. Her real name is Sarah Louisa but everyone calls her Louie and she's also recorded in the census records that way. I recently gave an update on Fred and Louie in Mar 6 Dear Ethel because I'd finally found them after a long search. That post has an image of Fred in a buggy as well as Louie's headstone although the cemetery records show that Fred, his father, and his mother are also buried there.
In preparation for this week's letter, I went on another search for Fred's vital records, Louie's death record, and their marriage record. I thought it strange that none of these came up in my previous searches. I only had Louie's birth record. There wasn't even any mention of the girls Noah talks about in one of his letters, either.
And I found something.
I found a death record for Sarah Louise - not Sarah Louisa, but Sarah Louise. I assumed it was an error until I looked at the age - 2 yrs old. Awh. Louie had a little girl with a name similar to hers and the little one died. As a mother myself, I grieved for Louie. The death record was from British Columbia because Fred and Louie died in Kelowna, and but it didn't list the Cause of Death. I have to send away for the actual Death Certificate to get that information.
But that's not all.
Louie and her little girl both died on Feb 1, 1920. With premature deaths like that, it had to have been some kind of accident. I still haven't found Louie's death record, or Fred's. Or their marriage record. Or Fred's birth record, although he's listed in all the censuses with his parents.
But no evidence of any other children, and no online newspaper for Kelowna that I can check. I believe I'm getting spoiled by the Newmarket Era from Ontario which gives all the Belhaven news from 1860-1980.
So, another chapter in Louie's life, and like everything else in genealogy, I now have more questions than before.
Anyone out there from Kelowna? Wanna check some old newspapers at the Kelowna Library Archives for me?