1909 letter from Ethel

1909 handwritten letter from Ethel

Page 1 – 1909 letter from Ethel

This letter was sent to my great grandparents just after their 1909 wedding. I have already posted the response letter from Mary to Ethel dated January 22, 1909 here. I wonder how those early days went at Hillcrest Cottage. Sadly, Mary’s father, Faxon Kimmerly, died on January 30, just a couple weeks after this letter was written. These two events within one month must have been a major shock for great grandmother’s mom.


Postmarked Detroit, Michigan

January 16, 1909 12:30 am

Mrs. Clarence Duck.

Morpeth, Ontario

“Hillcrest Cottage”


Jan 14/09

Dear Mary –

Just a few lines to extend to you and Clarence our very best wishes for your future happiness.

It has been said “The Beginning is half of the whole” and I think it is very true if we begin right with the same interests at heart. The journey through life will not be an unhappy one. I suppose you are very cosy in your new house. It is so nice to be near home so you can run in often and see your Mother. I know she will be lonely, for a while at least.

Mother was saying Clarence was not feeling very well. Hope he is O.K. by now. Have several other notes tonite – this a.m. so will close with love, as ever Ethel.


1909 envelope from Detroit

1909 envelope

1909 letter, pages 2-3

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1909 handwritten letter

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