Author of Letter: Ethel Isabell Nelson, age 21 (born 31 May 1890)
Dated: June 4th, 1911
Addressed to: Mr. N. C. Draper, Grand Coulee, Sask. (Dear Noah)
Mailed from: Belhaven Post Office, Ont.
Profession: Farmer's Daughter
Writing instrument: Fine point pen, blue ink
Written on: Light bluey/gray, slightly thick, textured, linen-like paper, 9 inches x 6 inches, folded in half. The paper is folded in half with the first page on the front and last on the back, but inside, she's turned the paper and written across the short width and turned both pages into one long page. Hence this letter has only 3 pages.
People/places mentioned in this letter:
- *Veda - 16 yr old daughter of Noah's sister, Eva Amelia and Joe Perrault
- Noah's mother - *Sarah Sophia Deverell
- Aunt Sarah - Sarah Elizabeth Glover, sister of Ethel's mom, Ida Amelia Glover
- Dora *Mahoney - Ethel's neighbor and schoolfriend
**Howe's Great London Circus
* Look under the Categories/Labels in the right side column for more posts on this
** see Genealogy Notes below
Belhaven. P. O.
June 4th, 1911.
Mr. N. C. Draper,
Rec'd your letter
Friday evening, and the same
as usual, was flad to get it,
and to know you still continue
to have good health, the main
thing in this world, "eh".
I had a card from
Veda, Thrusday, I think I
shall have to tell you how
she started it.
Dear Aunt Ethel, "ha, ha," said she
was glad you had got a girl for she
was afraid you was'nt going to get
any. I think I shall write and tell
her. I am glad I had the chance then
to help you out a bit. She certainly is
quite a girl. Say I am glad your mother
is going down to stay with you this
summer. If she does'nt come down East.
Now, will she come with you this winter,
Well you certainly did fine at your
ball game. There is going to be a wild
beast show in Newmarket on June the 6th.
but I don't hardly think we will be able
to go. we will have 7 or 8 men then.
They start in the morning at the wall.
I got a letter from Aunt Sarah, wanting
me to go up there for July and August,
I may be able to go for a week or so, but
I am afraid it will be hard work to get
away from work.
And as to your message it certainly
does seem hard to get away.
Wish you were coming down to the
raising. I think they intend to raise the
barn about the first of July.
Dora Mahoney has quit school.
The teachers told her there was no
use of her trying her exams
We had some quite windy
weather a little while ago. I suppose
about the time you had your
The plan for the house seems
allright so far as I see now, and
I guess if you build the way you
think best, it will be allright.
And Noah built it Just as you
feel that you can. For everything
put to gether means a lot, I know.
I guess I will write Veda a card
when I get your letter finished, and
I guess it is nearly to a close for this
time. So must say good-Bye. with
love from Ethel. (Yours) "eh" xxxxxxxx
Many Great Features
Coming With Howe's Great Lon-
The shake-ups to the nerves, the
rag-time beat of your heart, the
fear that someone will be hurt,
with the accompanying apprehen-
sion that they may not, all of this
--and this is the delight of the
Great London Circus, to be at
Newmarket, June 6th, must be giv-
en by the professionals who shake
dice for their lives with fortune
The Great London Circus is high
hygiene. It is a Yankee Doodle
circus for Yankee Doodle kids from
"six" to "sixty." One of the big
acts is the original Eddy Family.
What this wonderful family do
looks easy. Suppose you try it,
and newspapers will write a story
about it, with a diagram showing
the place where your body struck.
Another of the best-ever acts is
the leaping contest. Fifty leapers
take part. Charles Lumkin is the
champion and does a double som-
ersault over elephants, camels and
horses. Marle McPhall, Elding
Wallotts and many other big acts
are presented in many new riding
You will see the Ben Hur herd
of Arabian stallions and the Black
Hussar horses perform. They prove
what a perfect world this would
be if all men had as much intelli-
gence as horses. You will see ele-
phants waltz, teeter, play hide and
seek, and undress and go to bed
like people. You will see dog
shows and mule? shows and count-less clowns. The Howe Circus is a
great show, presenting magnificent
good old barbarous sport that
makes you happy in feelling that
civilization has not eliminated all
the traits your grand-dads of the
stone age left you as a message.
The $25,000 Dublin Gray Horses are
also coming and they are a show