1936 letter

1936 letter from great grandma

  It is clear in this letter how close my Great grandmother and my great aunt were. They enjoyed baseball and shared every detail of their happenings when they were apart. They lived together until Great grandmother’s death in the 1970s. Postmarked Ridgetown Ont. Aug 18 1936 Addressed to Miss Helene Duck 1017 Ouellette Ave.…

1934 letter

Raining buckets in 1934

I have quite a collection of letters from the 1930s, and this one is interesting. It was written by 18-year-old Helene, my great aunt. Her brother (my Grandpa, Donald Edgar Duck) would have been 14. It was a 10 page letter, addressed to her mother (my great grandmother Mary (Kimmerly) Duck), who was visiting relatives…

1928 letter

1928 letter: Measles or flu?

This short, unfinished letter from 1928 was written by my grandfather’s sister, Helene, then 11 and a half years old, to her Aunt in Windsor. Sounds like being sick in January was a household tradition. In a 1937 letter, she refers to their house, Hillcrest Cottage, as a “barn” of a house. It seems it…