Heber & Caroline – A Love Story – Letter Thirteen 7/27/1924

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 thirteen written 7/27/1924.


My Dear Wife,

Thanks for your letter received a few days ago. Glad to get it and to know you are well as the writing of this letter leaves me at present. Haven’t anything strange to tell you. It is certainly warm weather here the past week. I don’t know how we would stand it if there were any flies to torment. I know how it is Dear with them around all the time. I hope you get a good crop of hay this year.


Yes I guess Sophie was surprised alright. It wasn’t a case of sticking it and was a case have too. Keep it dark about three months. I had a letter from Bert this week. He said Georgiane was going back to Grand Falls for the winter. I also had one from your mother. They are all well. Your father is fishing at Baccahu, work is pretty dull around here. I think it is getting worse instead of better. I am still working. I sent some money yesterday. I hope you get it alright. I suppose Mr. Ford


is kept busy all the time or he will be now by the time he cuts all his own hay and yours. Give my best respects to him and all the family.

I think I have said all for this time. Will write again soon.

From your Loving & Devoted Husband,