Heber & Caroline A Love Story – Letter Nine – 6/24/1924
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 nine written 6/24/1924. June 24, 1924 My Dear Wife, Just a few lines in answer to your letter received yesterday. Glad to get it and to know that you are well as the writing of this leaves me at present. Haven’t anything strange to tell you at present. It is certainly getting warm here now. It was fierce today. Well Dear I suppose you got the money by this time. I wired it a fortnight ago. I will send some more pretty soon. Well dear I don’t think you will have to sleep alone next winter if I can help it. Your feet may be cold but that’s all. Yes I heard Beatrice Lunney was dead. It is too bad. Funny what happened to her so soon. I suppose she is home by this time. Bill left here and went to St. Johns. I don’t know if he intended going home or not. I suppose Mr. Ford will be getting some caplin for you. Give my best respects to all the family and friends. I am going to write to Estelle Sunday. I think I have said all for this time. Will write again soon. From your Loving & Devoted Husband Heber xxxxxxxxx
I love seeing all the writing in cursive. I can’t believe they are no longer teaching cursive in many schools. They are replacing it with a keyboarding class. Boy are times changing… Makes you cherish old letters like this even more.
My daughter was looking through notes that she and her girlfriends used to pass to each other during classes in elementary school. She said you know Mom this has been replaced by texting. Her daughter will never know the art of passing notes! 🙂
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