Dated: Aug 27th, 1911
Addressed to: Mr. N.C. Draper, Grand Coulee, Sask - Dear Noah
Mailed from: Bellhaven
Profession: Farmer's Daughter
Writing instrument: Fine point pen, black ink
Written on: Off-white, beautifully textured, linen-like paper, 9 inches x 7 inches, folded in half with a pansy motif. This is standard early 20th century pre-folded notepaper. Ethel has written on the pages in booklet form but she must have been very distracted because her page numbers are all mixed up for she has written them in this order: Unnumbered, 4, 3, 4 whereas the writing shows she has written them in this order: 1, 3, 2, 4 - her normal writing order. Regardless, as usual, I've posted the letters in the order they should be read.
People/places mentioned in this letter:
Grandpa - *Albert Rogers - 2nd husband of Ma's mother Sarah E. *Greenwood
Pa - *James Henry Nelson
*Christie - Ethel's 11 yr old sister
*Sadie/Sadye - Ethel's 16 yr old sister
Uncle Harry's - family of Ma's sister Maggie Glover & husband Harry *Barker
Percy - Noah's brother *Percy Draper and wife *Parthena Fisher live near Noah
Will Linstead's - Family of William *Linstead and Mary Ann *Glover (Ma's sister)
Laura *Linstead - daughter of William and Mary Ann who all live in Sintaluta, SK
Orville *King - close neighbor
Dora *Mahoney, Della and Hattie - close friends of Ethel
Mr. Walker *Prosser's - family of Walker Prosser and Margaret Hester Soules
*Cecil Prosser b 1891 - son of Walker Prosser and Hester Soules
Stanley & Mae - Stanley *Mahoney and Mae Anderson
**Mr. Robinette - Liberal Candidate for North York
Mr. Mann ?
Places/things mentioned in this letter:
- Exhibition - held in Ontario Provincial Exhibition held in Toronto
- great fair in Regina - the Dominion *Exhibition
- North York - that part of York County north of Toronto
- **Silent Places - a novel
- examinations - Entrance Exam
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** see Genealogy Notes below
Belhaven. Aug 27.
Mr N. C. Draper,
Grand Coulee Sask.
We are just getting
ready to go up to Sunday School
so had a few cpare minutes just
now to start my letter. Its the
first Sunday I've been up for about
seven weeks so it is time I was
starting eh! Grandpa is here to
day. he came up to bring Christie
home she has been down there for
a weeks holiday's. Well I guess may be
3. (should be 2.)
by the time you get this you will see Orville
for I thinks he intends staying not far
from your place
Well I started this letter on tuesday,
Sunday I mean, to-day is tuesday.
We had Uncle Harry's here on Sunday.
Dora Mahoney & I were up to Mr
Walker Prosser's on Sunday for tea.
Say that Cecil Prosser is a clip. he
goes out of an evening and reaches
home sometime the next day.
Exhibition started yesterday. none of us
are going down. Della, Dora & Hattie
are going Tuesday & stay until Friday.
Stanley & Mae are going to stay over
Sunday. What do Percy's call their
son. I suppose their isn't any name
nice enough for him.
4. (should be 3.)
Sadie failed her examination by
two marks. but they are letting her
gown just the same. Do you ever see
anything of Will Linsteads. Sadie had
a letter from Laura. but of course she
never says how they are! You know
about what I mean. Do you know
whether Will works any or not? or is he
any better than what he was down
here. If you know, you need not be
afraid to tell me just how they are getting
along. for we would like to know. very much.
Laura said she was in to Regina one
day to that great fair.
I am glad you are coming when you
are it will be four months from the
day I received your last letter. I only
wish it were sooner but I know you are
doing what you think best. Pa, Sadie
and I are going to political meeting to night
to hear Mr Robinette. He was here this afternoon.
Noah did you say that a new railway
track was going through your place. Pa
was asking me th other night. But I didn't
know if it went through your place. Mr. Mann
is going up in a couple of weeks to see a lot
he bought somewhere near this track
Say! you certainly will have quite a number
all of you. How do you think yu like such
a houseful. I think you must be taking
great pains with that new huse. & I guess you
will think there is a lot of work building
one. Sadie is reading 'Silent Places! she
says she don't like it , & yet she can't
seem to stop reading it. I guess I must
close for this time hoping to get your
letter as soon as it possible.
xxxxxxxxxxxxx Love from your Sweetheart
One thing I've learned while working on the genealogy of the Nelson family is that they were very much into politics. They went to political rallies and events, and hosted candidates in their home, such as the Liberal Candidate mentioned in this week's letter, T.C. Robinette.
Ethel's father, James H. Nelson, was a councilman of North Gwillimbury Township for many years as were other members of their family.
"A strenuous detective story, laid in the author's chosen field of the North Woods. The dramatic power of the book alone would make it famous. In addition, it has the fascination of the great, white, quiet forests--the Silent Places." goodreads
Wikipedia says this about the author: From about 1900 until about 1922 he wrote fiction and non-fiction about adventure and travel, with an emphasis on natural history and outdoor living. Starting in 1922 he and his wife Elizabeth "Betty" Grant White wrote numerous books they say were received through channelling with spirits.
Ethel said, "Sadie is reading 'Silent Places! she says she don't like it , & yet she can't
eem to stop reading it." I wonder if Sadie felt the 'spirit influence' while reading the book and that's why she has mixed feelings for it?