Dated: May 1st 1911
Addressed to: Miss Ethel Nelson, Bellhaven, Ont., Dear Ethel
Mailed from: Grand Coulee, Sask.
Writing instrument: Fine point pen, Black ink, but looks grey in places and pencil-like in others.
Writing Paper: Thick, textured, linen-like paper, 9 inches x 6.5 inches. Paper is folded in half, with a front and back page, but inside, Noah has turned the paper lengthwise and written straight down both pages.
People/places mentioned in this letter:
Mother - *Sarah Sophia Deverell Draper, Noah's widowed mother
*Louie - Noah's sister, Sarah Louisa Draper, married to Fred Coventry
*Elva & Will - Ethel's cousin, Elva Jane Nelson, married to William Mitchell *Steward - Noah's cousin, Stewart Trueman Draper of Indian Head, Sask
*Leslie Nelson (the missing cousin) - 20 yr old brother of Elva Nelson (above)
- Manfred - I suspect Noah is talking about his cousin on the Draper side, Manford Terry, married to Etta May Prosser, and living in the township of North Gwillimbury (same township as Belhaven).
** Picnic on the 24th
*the Head - see my map of Indian Head, Saskatchewan
* Look under the Categories/Labels in the right side column for more posts on this
** see Genealogy Notes below
Grand Coulee, Sask.
May. 1st 1911.
Miss Ethel Nelson,
Well I did not get your
letter last week but hope
to get it today hope you
are well. I have a little
cold & am feeling blue but
guess I will pull through.
Well we have had 3 days
rough weather & it stoped
the seeding but we are at
it again now. suppose you
are through down there. I
have about 135 acres of wheat
to put in yet and 30 of oats.
that means about 4 1/2 days.
Well I suppose you will be going to
a big picnic on the 24th. Have not
heard of any around hear yet but
guess there will be one all right.
Have not started batching yet
& you bet I hate to start so come
up and help me out. I tell you
that batching is not what it is
cracked up to be when you have a
nice little Lassie only 1600 miles
Say you said I would have to
tell you what I most wanted to
hear. cant you guess. it is only five
words and starts with come and ends
with me say I wouldn't be long
in doing it you bet.
Has Maud gone out to B.C. yet
or has she gave up the notion?
And is Della back from Toronto
or did she get spliced up & stay there.
Well I guess you would think I -
was not very buisy just now if
you could see me. it is about
2 p.m. & my teams are out in the
field and I have to soon go &
draw out wheat for them.
Mother is down at Louies for
a few days then she is going down
to the Head for a while.
So you did not know Elva
& Will were in the West. yes
they are working for Steward
Dont know wheather that
cousin is out hear or not but
will try & find out and let
Oh say Ethel you asked me
who told you about the man
having the money it was
Well Dearest I guess I will
close for this time. & will
be glad when I do not have
to write way down there
but can jaw you all I like.
Ha. Ha. Bye Bye write often
Your wee Lover. N. C. D. xxxxxx
an a lot more xxx
Although Queen Victoria was born on May 24th, 1819, we don't always celebrate on the 24th. Officially, the holiday falls on the Monday closest to, but not past, May 25th, which is usually, but not always, the third Monday in May. Yes, it sounds confusing, but thankfully, we all have accurate calendars that show us the date from year to year.
I checked the Newmarket Era, which is the newspaper Ethel received, and found that even back in 1911 the day was spent in athletic tournaments like Baseball games just as we have it today. In fact, as you'll find in the next few weeks of letters leading up to the 24th, both Noah and Ethel will talk about the sporting events and festivities happening in their locales.
Unofficially, Victoria Day is the first day of summer to Canadians, just as Labour Day is our last. For more information on what Victoria Day means in Canada, check out my It's Canada Day post I did for my group blog over at Inkwell Inspirations.
What do you do to celebrate the beginning of summer?