Heber & Caroline A Love Story – Letter 5 – 3/5/1924

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 letter five written 3/5/1924.



My Dear Wife,

In answer to your letter of the 23rd received it a couple days ago. Glad to get it and to know you are well, as the writing of this leaves me at present I am sorry Dear you didn’t get any letter from me. I write twice a week. You should get them oftener. And I wrote to Louie and Viccie but they must have gone a stray. We are getting very nice weather here also. Just


like summer. I am still working. All the carpenters got laid off today except myself. I guess I will be finished sometime next week. The work will be opening up now. The warm weather is coming so I don’t expect to be out of a job long. I know if the foreman got any more work to do I will be with him again. The company is looking for a suitable place to build another. Perhaps by the time I get through they will be ready to start again.

Give my best respects


to mother and father, all the family and friends. Take care of yourself and the children. Will write again soon.

From your loving and devoted husband,



Dana’s notes:

I would assume that Viccie would be Caroline’s sister, Victoria.  No idea who Louie is – unless Heber actually wrote “Louci” (too hard to tell which).

Louci could be a nickname for Caroline’s other sister, Louise.