Dated: Sep 1911 (events confirm date as 25th)
Addressed to: Mr. N.C.Draper, Dearest Noah
Mailed from: Belhaven, Ont.
Profession: Farmer's Daughter
Writing instrument: Fine point pen, black ink
Written on: Off-white, textured, plain, linen-like paper, 9.5 inches x 6.5 inches, folded in half with inner page written straight across short width and down length to the bottom before continuing to page 3. The letter is very hard to read - as if the ink was still wet when the letter was closed and folded.
People/places mentioned in this letter:
- Ma - *Ida Amelia Glover Nelson- Pa - *James Henry Nelson
- *Sadie Nelson - Ethel's 16 yr old sister
- *Veda - 16 yr old daughter of Noah's sister, *Eva Amelia and *Joe Perrault of *Grand Coulee, SK
- Percy's - *Percy Draper (Noah's brother) and wife *Parthena Fisher
- Uncle Stephen Draper - brother of Noah's deceased father, *David Draper
- *George Draper - brother of *Stewart Truman Draper in Indian Head, SK)
- *Manford Terry - Noah's 1st cousin on *David Draper side
(George Draper, Stewart T, and Manford's wife, Mary Jane, are all offspring of Uncle Stephen)
- Dester *Sheppard - 18 yr old son of the nearby Sheppard family
- Mr **Walker Prosser - see Genealogy Notes
- Harold *Winch - who went west in Aug 1911
- Adele - neighbor and unmarried sister of Harold Winch
- Annie *King - close neighbor
- Robert *Davidson's wife, Lily May *Kellington, is a distant cousin of Noah's
- Davidson's little boy - *Davidsons have 5 boys born between 1902 and 1909.
- *Maud Bruels - Ethel's good friend as well as neighbor
- Ellie *Sheppard - Ethel's friend and neighbor
- Gertie *Yorke - Ethel's friend and neighbor
- Chris *Willoughby - older widowed gentleman (mentioned in other Genealogy Notes)
- Dora *Mahoney - close neighbor
- Ivan and Geraldine *King - relatives of Ethel's King neighbors
- Uncle Harry Barkers - Harry *Barker and Margaret E. *Glover (Ma's sister)
- Old Mrs. Pine - local resident
- Belhaven Choir
- Orville *King
- Elgin Barker (unsure if relative of Harry Barker) is at Phillips - ?
Places/things mentioned in this letter:
- Ravenshoe - a few miles south of Belhaven
- Chicken Pie Social
- **Box Social
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** see Genealogy Notes below
Mr N. C. Draper.
Dearest Noah, -
Well one more week
past and one more nearer the
time I am looking forward to.
but there are weeks yet. only wish
they were days. This is rather a
cloudy morning, so of course I am
rather a dull girl to-day and this
pen I am using is worse than an
old quill. I am sure I can't say much
I hear you have run across one of
the boys., heard Harold Winch was
staying with you a few days.
How does Harold like it up there? Adele said she
thought he would be home in about 2 weeks.
Say you ought to have been here for the box social
I had the pleasure of eating my tea with the
honorable Dester Sheppard, "ha ha" Sadie had
Mr Walker Posser. We did very well though
It has started to rain now. Say how did election
suit you? My there were some sick looking people
around here. Of course it isnt always the smartest
man that wins. The rogues are sure to. and of course
there's no rogues on the Reform side. "ha ha"
Pa tells ma to look out for hard times now. "ha"
Sadie had a letter from Veda Friday. I think
she surely will be lonesome for a while anyway
What does she intend studying? Sadie was given
a pass after all. She is now trying for her first
part of the first class certificate
Annie King and I spent most of the day
yesterday down at Mr Robt Davidsons. one of there
little boys fell off a beam in the barn and was
quite badly hurt. They think he is out of danger
now. Mr Manford Terry spent the day there last
Sunday. Mrs Davidson said she heard there was
a new house up there. and it was nearly finished
What a lively pair Mr Davidson's are.
Maud Bruels is coming up for tea next Sunday.
Remember the night you were there. Ellie Sheppard
Gertie Yorke was there too. was'nt she. Gertie was
telling me she met you. "ha ha"
Mr Chris Willoughby was here a few days
last week. You ought to hear him blow
the west up. Says he is going up next
Summer. Wanted to know if I would go
with him. I guess I will have to
soon go and get dinner. we are
going up to S. School. and church to-
night if it dont rain to much.
Dora is going to give a solo to-night
& the choir a chorus.
Well I have been up to S. School & home
again. Ivan & Geraldine King came
home with us. There appointed me for
organist. but I told them I could'nt fill
the place as well as someone else. so it
was left. I think perhaps they can get
Adele Winch. she was'nt there to-day.
I would hope not to be able to stay
more than 2 or 3 mos, I tell the time
isnt passing 1 minute to fast to suit
me. I never was more lonesome to see anyone
than you. Love from Ethel xxxxxx
(Last line written up the right side of page)
There were several Walker Prossers including Charlie Walker Prosser and William Walker Prosser. Usually when they said Walker Prosser, they meant William, a Belhaven area farmer.
William Walker Prosser was born in 1856 in North Gwillimbury Township, the eldest of eleven children to farmer Elijah Prosser (1830-1909) and his wife, Cinderella Morton (1834-1925).
In 1881 Walker married Margaret Hester Soules (1858-1945) whose father ran a grist mill on Concession 6, Lot 2, East Gwillimbury. Walker and Hester had 3 children:
1. Warren Soules Prosser born 1882
2. Cecil Daniel Prosser born 1891
3. Alice Alma Prosser born 1896 and died in 1901 after suffering a week of diphtheria
Ethel mentioned Cecil once when he was back in town after working in the States for a year. She also wrote, "Sadie say's she thinks he is going to Stay all summer, I guess he is
beginning to think, "There is no place like home".
Ethel also wrote, "Say that Cecil Prosser is a clip. he goes out of an evening and reaches home sometime the next day."
Although I don't like to get too far ahead of the letters so readers don't get confused, in this case I feel you ought to know that in a few years, Sadie will marry Cecil Prosser. I'm telling you now so that you may get some enjoyment out of their courtship whenever Ethel and Noah, and even Sadie, talks about Cecil.
Take this letter, for instance, when Ethel writes that Walker Prosser bought Sadie's decorated box at the Box Social. I would have loved to been privvy to that conversation, considering how forthright and spunky our Sadie has shown herself. I wonder, too, if Walker knew he was bidding on Sadie's box and wanted to get to know her - possibly curious at something Cecil allowed to slip. Or maybe - as a 20 yr old, Cecil is too busy playing the field and hasn't taken notice of 16 yr old Sadie. Whatever the case, there is more mention of Cecil in the upcoming letters.
One thing about the Box Social... I thought only single men bought the boxes, but if Walker Prosser is indeed Cecil's dad, then he was married to Hester at the time of this Box Social. If anyone knows the rules of this event, please let me know. Meanwhile, here's a snippet I found about a Box Social in the 1913 paper.