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, a Duck cousin.
It seems rather strange how two people often think the same thing. I had been thinking of a name for our home and had thought of calling it Hillcrest Cottage and when I received your letter showing that you thought the same, we have decided to call it that. I think it is rather pretty, do you not?
We are getting along quite nicely, straightening up will be nearly through by Saturday night except the pantry and closets and they have to have shelves built into them. We are very comfortable and have everything lovely.
Please accept our thanks for your gift. I think it is very pretty. J. R. Smith sent us a half dozen very pretty silver spoons yesterday afternoon and your mother gave us a beautiful cut glass dish.
Nellie Turnbull entertained the Sunbeams down at Mr. Poulin’s on Wednesday night and we had a dandy time. Clarence brought some young men home from town with him last night and had quite a time playing games. He is feeling much better now.
Mr. and Mrs. Duck are both quite well also Mother and Father.
I hope you will pardon me for not writing sooner but I am sure you will understand how busy we have been.
Hoping this will find you and Harry enjoying the best of health.
Yours with love,
Mary L. Duck