I love these letters from the kids at Jumping Pound school. Different ages and different perspectives certainly give quite the snapshot of life for these kids.
June 23, 1953
We started a crow and magpie campaign on the first of April. Lawrence has really been collecting magpie feet, he has 146 magpie feet. I have 45 feet. John has 14 feet.
Anne and Shirley came to visit us. We had a game of ball in the afternoon. Rose left yesterday.
I hope you will be walking soon.
June 24, 1953
A man brought some more wood. We had just finished piling when he came, but he only brought half a load, so we got it all piled up except a little bit. Now we got 2 piles of wood.
The teacher lost his ring, but found it again.
John, Jim, and Elaine got new baseball gloves. The gloves have three fingers and one thumb. The colour is tan.
My family branded on Saturday.
I hope you are feeling well.
Do you want to go home?
Do you want to stay in the hospital?
Yours truly, David
June 22 1953
Lawrence, Rode, Elaine and Jim, John and Dave have planted flowers in the window boxes. we painted the window boxes. They planted sweet peas and California poppies. Both of them are growing very well.
RR2 Calgary Alberta
June 24, 1953
The teacher got two new flags. One is called Union Jack and the other is called Canadian Ensign. They are very nice. Jim, John, and Law put them up. Then they put the Queen’s picture on it. We have got 56 pictures up all together.
Law has 7 pictures. Elaine has 13 pictures. Rose has 16 pictures etc. I have 3 calves.
June 23, 1953
The weather is horrible in Alberta this year. It has rained so much that water is laying all over. It is so wet that when you try to plow you bog down.
The grass is not growing very well this year. It has been so wet that it is drowning out.
We are going to brand on Wednesday. We are going to brand about two hundred and seventy-five calves.
Are you coming home for the holidays? How do you like the hospital?
Cochrane, Alta. Box 58
June 22, 1953
Well holiday time is just around the corner isn’t it? My family is going up to Windermere on Friday. I suppose you heard that Marshall is coming with us? Oh boy! I can hardly wait! By next Saturday I will be basking in Radium swimming pool.
I guess you will be coming home for your holidays. I bet you will be happy.
We branded last Saturday. The Sibbalds, uncle Frank’s clan, had Jim Bateman etc were up to help. We will drive our cows and calves up to 14 on Thursday.
We had our school picnic last Friday. Instead of having a usual picnic we had a party at Batemans. Rose and Elaine made speeches. Everyone had a great time.
Well I will write you more letters during the holidays.