Heber & Caroline – A Love Story – Letter Fourteen 6/1/1924

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 fourteen written 6/1/1924. (This letter is out of order from the rest)


June 13, 1924

My Dear Wife,

In answer to your letter received a few days ago glad to get it and to know that you and the children are well. As the writing of this letter leaves me haven’t anything strange to tell you at present. We are getting some very nice weather here, in fact it is good weather all along.

Well how is things going down there? I suppose you have started the gardens by this time. Don’t work to hard at them. Well Dear I am sending the


suit for Gilbert and a dress for Estelle. I will be posting it tomorrow and a pair of stockings each. The fancie ones is Gilbert’s. I am working now. I will be sending some money next week. I would have sent it but I had to pay any insurance.

I suppose you will soon have elections down there now. I hear Coaker is resigned. Who is coming in Bonavista Bay this year? I suppose we will have elections here in the fall.

I suppose Charl is going to Gray Islands again this summer. Who is fitting him out? I suppose Guss is home by this


time. I suppose you get lots of letters from home. I know your mother miss you and the children. Give my best respects to all the friends.

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

From your loving and devoted