Dated: Nov 1911 (should read the 5th)
Addressed to: Mr. N C Draper, Grand Coulee, Sask.
Mailed from: Belhaven, P.O.
Profession: Farmer's Daughter
Writing instrument: Fine point pen, blue ink - Ethel starts this letter with a light colored ink, but then changes to blue. This is better quality ink than she's been using as it is dry and doesn't smear.
Written on: Off-white, textured, plain, linen-like paper, 9.5 inches x 6.5 inches, folded in half in booklet form with unnumbered pages. For page 2, Ethel has turned the paper sideways and written straight across the short side and down the length before turning it back to finish on the back page.
People/places mentioned in this letter:
Pa - *James H Nelson
Mother - *Ida Amelia Glover
Uncle *Emanuel (newspaper shows Manuel) - Ethel's paternal grand uncle
the *kids - Ethel's siblings: Sadie 16, Christie 11, Emanuel (Manuel) 6, J.A. (Jay) 3,
Walt *Yorke - see 2 prior Genealogy posts, stepson of Noah's 1st cousin 2x removed
Raymond *Yorke - only child from Walter Yorke's 1st wife, Minnie Pollock
Hugh *Sedore - related to Noah by the marriage of his sister, *Eva to *Joe Perrault
**Maud Bruels - Ethel's good friend and neighbor
**Grover Morrison - Maud's friend
Stanley *Bruels - Maud's brother
Carl Gordon & Edna Mix ?
Places/things mentioned in this letter:
*driver - a horse that pulls a buggy or other wheeled conveyance
*Sutton - a few miles northeast of Belhaven
*Keswick - a few miles west of Belhaven
*Winnipeg - mail from the western provinces go through Winnipeg
* Look under the Categories/Labels in the right side column for more posts on this
person/place/thing. If you don't see a label, use the search box at the top of page.
** see Genealogy Notes below
Belhaven P. O.
Mr N C Draper
My Dear Noah,-
Well I wonder
what you are doing to-day!
Every Sunday seems to pass
about the same with me. I hope
they soon pass differently with
me. I am glad there are not so
many more lonesome ones before
things will seem all new. I thot
things where looking brighter
Friday night when I came home
from Uncles. The kids came running
out and said there was a letter for me
from Winnipeg. They was sure you
had started down here. But when I read
your letter I found you where still at your
old home You can't imagine how I felt when
they told me your were coming. and then
my dissapointment to follow so soon. Just
never mind when you do come. I guess you
will know it. You'll be apt to say let me go
Say Walt York was telling Pa that Raymond
wanted to sell his driver to get some money. he
wants to get married. I am thinking Raymond
will have to sell his wife when his big sum
of money he gets for this driver of his runs out.
Hugh Sedore got a chatel mortgage on his horse and
buggy when he got married. "ha ha" If you don't
come soon every body will be married. (except
me) and I guess there would be no chance for me
"ha ha" (There is only the one. he's mine)
Well here I am again, have been to Sunday
School and home with Maud Bruels for tea
Grover Morrison (Mauds friend) Carl Gordon &
Edna Mix were there. So we all spent the
evening there. Stanley drove me over home and
it is now just 10 after eleven. It was 1/2 last
eleven when we got home last night, I think I
must start & keep better hours . eh. You will have
to learn me better when you come 'eh' ha ha
Maud & Grover are coming here
for tea Some Sunday Soon.
Oh Noah! You just don't know how
much I miss you and you say
you want my love, and you
certainly have it. even though I
don't seem to write it. but words
& my pen. Seem to fail to convey
my real love. But you must
know you have it even if I am
such a poor letter writer. You
remember I told you I was. and
you can believe it. 'eh' ha ha.
Say Mother will think I am a long
time getting ready for bed, but when
I can spend my evening like I
have to-night, I just think I can
write to you any way. if even I can't
see you. Space says close for this time
Bye-Bye Love from Ethel .
So I turned my search to Grover Morrison and 3 records came up:
- his death record stating he died in Florida in 1952
- his marriage record to Maud Breuls dated 1916
- a Can/US border crossing card for Maude Florence Morrison dated 1947
There were 2 more articles from 1951
about Grover Morrison being elected as Reeve of Sutton for the second time. It also mentioned him as being a garage operator in Sutton. Although I didn't find anything about Grover and a garage, I did see several of these ads about Maud's brother, Stanley.
I pulled out the postcard shown at the top of this post which Maud had sent to Ethel and read the back again...
I pulled up Maud and Grover's Marriage Certificate again and confirmed it read Breuls.
And that explained the red flag I'd felt earlier... a nil response in a search usually means an error somewhere along the line.
So I tried the ancestry.ca search again with Maud's name spelled Breuls this time and several records came up - including her birth record showing her official name as Flora Maud Breuls. There were several other census records, but not for 1911. In fact, out of the whole family, I only found a 1911 census record for Maud's brothers, Harold and Carman, who were both boarding in Newmarket while attending High School.
The following May, the last clipping shows that Maud and her family have moved onto the family farm in Belhaven.
It shows how Grover Morrison, ex-Reeve of Sutton, and Harold Breuls, a Toronto lawyer, were both killed in a motor vehicle accident down in Florida.
It also states that Mrs. Morrison - Maud - was injured in the accident and is in the hospital.
Grover's political career are mentioned, as well as his gas station business.
And then farther down, we see that along with Maud, Grover has left a son in Vancouver, BC, and a daughter in Thornhill, Ontario.
It also states that Col Breuls - or rather, Harold as we've seen from the page 10 clipping above - leaves 2 sisters, Irene and Maud, the only remaining offspring of James and Laura Breuls' 6 children.
One pleasant note about researching the Breuls family was when I saw that Maud's mother was a Mann, and her grandmother was a Prosser, I followed the connection and sure enough, once Sadie marries Cecil in 1916, Maud and Ethel will be related by marriage (2nd cousin of husband of sister).