Dated: May 28/11
Addressed to: Miss E. Nelson, Bellhaven, Ont., Dearest Ethel
Mailed from: Grand Coulee, Sask.
Writing instrument: Fine point pen, Black ink, which he runs out of, so continues the next day with fresh ink
Writing Paper: Thick, textured, linen-like paper, 9 inches x 6.5 inches. Paper is folded in half, and written in a 4-page booklet form, except Noah has turned the paper inside and written down the full length.
People/places mentioned in this letter:
- Mother - *Sarah Sophia Deverell Draper, Noah's widowed mother
- *Ethel - Ethel Maud Rigler - Noah's older sister
- G.C. *Grand Coulee
- the 24th**
* Look under the Categories/Labels in the right side column for more posts on this
** see Genealogy Notes below
Grand Coulee, May.28/11.
Miss. E. Nelson,
Dearest Ethel; -
Well here I am again & I can
tell you it would supprise you
if you were here and could
look out of the window. We
have just had our annual
snow storm. it snowed
all day before yesteraday &
yesteraday. but it is over
now and the snow nearly all
gone to day.
Well I suppose you have
your watch & pin by this
time and I hope you like them
Well how did you spend
the 24th. The G. C. ball team
went up to Pense to play
ball. we won the game 6 to 5
and then played Bell Plaine and
beat them 2. to 1 so we had a big day.
there was nothing only base ball
but a dance at night & only 2 of the
team stayed. about a dozen girls &
ten menwent up to the game from
the Coulee. We are forming a league
Bell Plain Pense and G.C. we will
have to gotwice to each place &
have 4 games at home 8 games in all
guess we will get the cup eh.
Well Ethel I guess you will think
I dont intend to batch much & I
dont. unless mother goes east. I am
still at Ethels. I seam to have a great
fancy for Ethels.
Well Ethel I guess I will start at
the shack week after next so am going
to send you the plan of the ground
floor & will fin the upstairs as I go
along. you know the ground floor
is the most important. so if you see
any way to change it to advantage
why just say so. The stair way goes
up out of the hall & the hall leads back
into the kitchen. but you will be able
to see all this by the plan. there is
big sliding doors between Dinning
room and parlor. & a bay window
in front. but you will be able to see
the rest by the plan.
Well I wish I could drop in
for tea to-night but I guess it is
impossible but will make up for
lost time when I do get the chance
Mother is here but she is going
down with me if I ever move I
guess she thinks I dont intend
to. eh. but we have had
such cold weather it has not been very nice in a tent.
Well Ethel I guess this is
about all I can put on paper
this time but it is a lot easier
to talk than write. have
not got your letter yet as Iwas
not down to the Coulee since
Friday but expect to go in the
morning. Well Bye Bye. Yours as B4.
x x x x x N.D.
The Orchard Beach clipping is from 1922, but it shows what the Victoria Day weekend means to Canadians. (Did back then, still does today.)
Since Victoria Day is a celebration of the reigning monarch's birthday, Fire Works were available and very much looked forward to at the annual event.
In the column on the left, the first clipping is an ad from a local Newmarket store. The second is a report following the 24th and mentions a two-hour firework show! It goes to say that on top of the fireworks, Pickering College had a huge bonfire that almost got out of hand. There was more to the article, but due to readability degradation (and boring subject matter) I cut it off where it descended into the logistics of the event.
Immediately below this is a clipping from the report of the huge Sports Day part of the celebrations. I've cut this one as well due to horrid legibility, but May 24th, 1911 wasn't just a Sports Day - it was the Ontario Championship Races and Coronation Trials. The winners of the day's events had 2 weeks before heading off to the Olympics in London, England. These events included:
- 10 mile marathon
- 5 mile Run
- 1 mile Run
- 1/2 mile Run
- 440 yd Run
- 220 yd Run
- 100 yd Dash
- 120 yd Hurdle
- 2 mile Walk
- Running High Jump
- Running Broad Jump
- Pole Vault
- Putting (16 lb?) Shot
The article concludes by saying the day's events wound up with an exciting motor race.
(I've linked this clipping to the source in case you wish to read it in its entirety.)