1908 Easter Greetings

1908 Easter Greetings

“Ducks are not in it when you can get chickens like these. W. R. B.” – This was the Easter Greeting sent to my great grand-mother. I wonder if the duck reference was intended to be taken at face value, because these chickens look good, or if it is related at all to the many…

love letter poem circa 1905

Love letter from circa 1905

It’s a mystery who sent this love letter to my great-grandmother, circa 1904-1908, but she did seem to have several suitors. I can say it was hand-delivered, but other than that, the person did a pretty good job hiding his identity. She married my great grandfather, Clarence P. Duck, in January 1909.   Dear Mary:…

1904 invitation envelope

1904 anniversary party

One of the older letters I have is this 1904 party invitation to the wedding anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. John Gray, who I don’t know. I wonder what kind of entertainment was planned for the party, which was to last from 7 pm to midnight. My great grandmother, who was still at home in…

1904 letter

1904 letters from Great-grandfather

These two letters were written in 1904 by my Great-grandfather, Clarence Preston Duck (1885-1957) to his future wife, Mary L. Kimmerly (1887-1975). They married in 1909. In 1904, Clarence was 19, and Mary was 17. It seems like these letters were written during some kind of break up between the couple. I wonder who Hazel…

Gaff Linkum

Gaff Linkum, 1907 novel based on Morpeth, Ontario

It’s hard to imagine that the hamlet where I grew up, Morpeth, Ontario, was ever a bustling pioneer metropolis. But as I’ve read in “As the Story is Told,” it was quite the town. Archie P. McKishnie apparently thought so too, because in 1907, he published a novel that was set on the area’s inhabitants…

1885 letter

1885 letter, from Chattie to Lem

I came across one of the oldest letters in my collection, postmarked October 20, 1885. I recognized the recipient, Lemuel Coll Jr., as one of the many Coll residents of the area in Morpeth’s early history. I knew they were distant relatives. I did a quick search on the internet and found a record here.…

1900s belt buckles

Sash/belt buckles circa 1900

These two buckles came from the “old house” on our property where I grew up. The house belonged to my great-grandfather’s brother and his wife, who were married in the early 20th century. I expect that these would’ve been purchased in the early 1900s to 1930s, unless they had belonged to someone from the previous…

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…

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…