1909 envelope

1909 Letter from a loving friend, Alma

This letter was sent to my great-grandma just after she married my great-grandfather in 1909 Postmarked Feb. 15, 1909 from Toronto, 7 am From #707 Queen St. E. Toronto, Ont. To: Mrs. C. P. Duck Morpeth, Ont. 707 Queen St. E. Toronto 14 Feb. 09 Mrs. C. P. Duck – My Dear Mary, Congratulations! Better…

1909 envelope from Detroit

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…

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:…

photo postcard Toronto 1905

Mary Kimmerly

When I was working through my family tree, I started getting confused with the vast number of Marys. Not just Marys, but Mary Colls. In fact there are seven Mary Colls buried in the Morpeth Cemetery, the tiny tiny village of Morpeth, Ontario. One Mary was my great grandmother Mary Duck, born Mary Kimmerly. I…