Heber & Caroline a love story. Letter two written February 17th, 1924


When our mother passed away I was going through her things and found a stack of letters written by my maternal grandfather Heber to my maternal grandmother Caroline (aka Carrie). The letters cover an 18 month period during the great depression. My grandparents lived in Newfoundland and work was very scarce. Heber during this time stayed and worked in Massachusetts and Connecticut looking for whatever work he could find. Meanwhile Caroline stayed in Newfoundland with the children. Heber wrote Caroline a letter each month. The letters are very interesting as not only do they give a perspective of the time, it shows just how difficult life was.

I will each Sunday include photos of the actual letters which I have transcribed with the help of my brother Dana Donovan and sister Barbara Ridgway. Although Heber’s handwriting is very pretty to look at, it can be difficult to read. 


Here is the second letter dated 2/17/1924.

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Dear Wife,

Just a few lines saying I am well.  Trusting you are the same.  Haven’t anything strange to tell you.  It is good weather here.  I suppose it is the same down there.  It won’t be long before the winter is gone.  What time do you expect to go back home again?  There won’t be any need of you going back untill the warm weather.  You won’t have any trouble getting there.  I would like for you to be able to stay all summer but suppose that won’t do. We will want some vegetables for the winter.  I suppose everything is alright at home.  The stoves are the worst.  I suppose they won’t get rusty.


Write and tell Mr. Ford to take care of them.  I received a letter from Louci yesterday same envelope.  I am writing her now.

Jack Martin says he don’t know how you could sleep with me if I made as much smell as I do now (ha ha).  Give my best respects to all family and friends.  I think I have said all for this time.  Will write again soon.

From your loving & Devoted Husband