Heber & Caroline A Love Story – Letter 6 – 5/20/1924

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 six written 5/20/1924.


May 20th, 1924

My Dear Wife,

I now take pleasure in answering your ever welcome letter received today. Glad to get it and to know that you and the children are well as the writing of this letter leaves me at present. Haven’t anything strange to tell you. At present we are getting some very nice weather here lately. I am glad you got home without any trouble with the children


I hope you spent a good winter at home. Yes no doubt it is lonely home there all alone. I suppose you are staying in the house. I am working now, started today. Loafing three weeks. Some of the girls got here on Saturday. I expect Gar will be going home next Sunday. He is sick with the measles. I wrote to you some time ago. Sorry you did not get it. I suppose you got it by this time.

Give my best respects to all the family and friends. Don’t work too hard


at the gardens. I suppose the children was glad to get back again. I think I have said all for this time. Will write again soon.

From Your Loving & Devoted Husband,