Heber & Caroline A Love Story – Letter Seven – 5/24/1924

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 seven written 5/24/1924.


May 24th, 1924

My Dear Wife,

With pleasure I address you these few lines saying I am well trusting you are the same. Haven’t anything strange to tell you at present. It is very nice weather up here just now. I am started working again. Have been working for the last week. Work is pretty dull around here. Well girlie how are you making it out down there. Now I suppose it is pretty lonely. Yet after being used to


so much company all the winter. How is the children. I hope they are well. I would like to see them now and more especially you girl. I would like to have a night in bed with you. I am in the parlor writing. Jack Martin and the boarding Mrs came in. Martin told her she should have pity on one being away so long. She said she was afraid to take a chance on me. I guess she would get more that she bargained for. Don’t you think so? I was expecting to get a letter from you


this week but got disappointed. I may get one yet before the week is gone.

Give my best respect to all the friends. I think I have said all for this time. Will write again soon.

From your Loving and Devoted Husband,