From what we've read, no one has mentioned anything romantic happening between Noah and Isabell, yet in the letter I'm presenting today - the first in this series - you can clearly see that Noah considers Ethel 'his girl'.
And so the courtship year of Noah Clement Draper and Ethel Isabell Nelson begins...
Author of Letter: Noah Clement Draper b1887
Dated: February 4, 1911
Addressed to: Miss E. Nelson, Bellhaven, Ontario
Mailed from: Orillia, Ontario
Writing instrument: Fine point pen, Black ink,
Written on: 5 1/2" x 9 1/2" thin note paper bearing the leaderhead New Daly House
Mentioned in the letter:
- the Ontario towns of Belhaven, Orillia and Burk's Falls (see map)
- C. Deverell (unsure who he is, but Noah's mother is Sarah Sophia Deverell)
Well, I have got this far on my
road to Burks Falls and expect
to go on at 4.30. Am having a big
time in this local option town
and will be glad to get out of it.
Well, this is the first deacent day
we have had this week how is it
Dont expect I will stay long up
here & will be back at the old stand
Friday night for better or for worse. Ha ha.
Was at two shoes in Toronto. say they
were fine. Met C. Deverell up here. he
is having a rest. Well Ethel I dont
know anything to write that I
cant say better, so I will ring off.
So be a good little girl untill
I get back. After that I'll make you
Good Bye xxx N.C. Draper.
As for the C. Deverell mentioned in the letter, I've spent too much time searching for him and the closest I've gotten is with a C. as the middle initial. So for now, he will be a piece of the puzle.
Next week, we'll see Ethel's first response to Noah in this courtship year.