1909 handwritten letter

First letter from Hillcrest Cottage

This Friday’s letter was written in January 22, 1909, shortly after my great grandmother, Mary Kimmerly, married my great grandfather, Clarence Preston Duck. I love this letter because it contains the story of the naming of the house, Hillcrest Cottage, which I just wrote about on Wednesday. Great Grandma was writing to Ethel (Duck) Rockey,…

antique salt cellar dishes

Heirloom salt cellars

What does your salt shaker look like? We have a salt grinder, actually a set of Haida patterned salt and pepper grinders: Great-great grandma had these “salt cellar” dishes. I didn’t realize they were called “salt cellars” until I started doing a little research. They are certainly cute little dishes, bearing the same pattern as…

Niagara Falls 1942

The Wedding Day, 1942

Today’s old photo features my grandparents, Donald and Monica Duck, who got married on January 28, 1942. Their honeymoon took place in Niagara Falls. I was very close with my grandparents, because we lived next door to them on our farm. It’s fun to see them looking so young here.  

1922 book "Ontario Public School History of Canada"

Grandma’s 1922 history textbook

This was my maternal grandmother’s history textbook. I haven’t gotten a chance to share much about my mother’s side of our family yet on this blog, but I plan to expand to the Sloan and Maynard side as well. My grandma, Jean Elizabeth Sloan, was born in 1909. Like most teens, it looks like Grandma…

bow and arrow Valentine

Last Vintage Valentine

Thank you to all those who have enjoyed this series of 1920s Valentines that I have been sharing over the past couple of weeks. I hope you enjoyed them! This is the last Valentine I’ll be sharing for 2014. I wanted to share it, because it was sent to my grandfather as a child, from…