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Marshall was right (FGK 268)

Mom was funny! I sometimes feel that I missed out on her sense of humour. Maybe our senses of humour were just different. But I get a real kick out of some of these letters. And while she hardly ever sent me letters while I was away, she would send the kids little tokens all the time – little souvenir type things or bookmarks – so that they knew she was thinking of them. And they loved it, they would get so excited when there was mail from Grandpa and Nana.

Also, it figures her phone number had a CL in it….

618 N. Halifax Ave

Daytona Beach

Oct 17, 1956

Hi!!

You’re probably wondering if I’m still alive or not it’s so long since I wrote to you! I’m beginning to think you’ll just have to be satisfied with two letters a week.

I’m glad you got my telegram Sheila, but i”m sorry I got you out of bed. What time did it come? You see i had to get it off before school so I did it quite early and forgot about the time difference! If I know you, you probably needed something to get you up!!!!

We’ve been having rather rough weather here as you’ve probably read so actually I haven’t been going out very much. Yesterday I went to Mrs Frank’s and she thought that I was doing just fine. Some Saturday she’s going to drive Jetty and I over to Florida State University in Gainesville because she thinks I’d be able to go there. I’m writing for a catalogue first. She’s sure nice isn’t she?!

Jetty’s father arrived last night and she’s leaving at noon tomorrow. He rented a car and after I had physio we went for a drive down the beach. We went further than I ever had before and farther down there is quite a bit of wild life (animals you own – maybe people too!!)

Marshall was right – he said everyone would write a lot at first and then drop off – well so far everyone else has been pretty faithful but I would like to hear from my family once in a while. Yesterday I got a little note from Sheila – first word in a week! So – get to work. If you stop so will I!!

School’s going fine. You’ll get a report card around the first of November. It’ll probably make you rather ill but they say it happens to the best of us so maybe you’ll recover!!

I just got my last letter sealed up when I remembered you wanted my phone number so I wrote it on the outside. If you missed it it’s CL2-8072.

Oh yes, the man at the laundry and the man who runs the National Airlines both said to say “hello” to you mom!! You sure must have made a hit down here! I’d keep my eye on her if I were you Dad!!

I’ve only spent $10 since you left two weeks ago and that’s not bad considering I bought some clothes and all sorts of extras kept cropping up. I pay my rent again this Saturday. I hate writing cheques!!

The basketball team is starting up at school now! Just wait and see we’re going to beat all the others – that’s if our star players don’t get kicked out of school first!!

Well, I just go do some French – just homework I’ve done in it compared to Latin it’s a snap.

Love Margie xxxx

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Who is the one (FGK 267)

I love this letter – such a typical teenage letter. I like Janet. And although we don’t get to hear about who “the one” was at that moment for 16 year old mom – I’m glad she had a great social life, and even gladder that she waited and found “the actual one” later on in life.

1230 5th Ave South

Lethbridge, Alta

March 23/57

Dear Margie:

At last you’re hearing from that long lost pal of yours way up in the North – that foreign land of Canada!

Gee, it’s so long since “I’ve writ” that I don’t know what to say! I’ve really been living a very dull life of late- nothing but study and more study! This weekend I’m staying at Lana Culhan’s, a girlfriend’s here in Lethbridge. Mom has gone to Vancouver at last (with Grandpa Bishop) and Auntie Flo is staying at home with them, so Marge went home this weekend and I stayed ‘cause both of us would be wasting our time. OH dear, dinner’s ready and you know my weakness where food is concerned.

Well, Monday is almost over thank heaven! We had a simply ghastly French exam – would turn a horse’s stomach!

How are your folks Marg? I do wish I could see them – and you again but not at present I guess.

Am glad to hear you are having a wonderful tho’ busy time this year. Isn’t it odd though? It seems that the harder you work and the busier you are, the more fun you have.

I have recently had to settle down and work this year but I haven’t found it too much of a grind really. Although it’s practically unheard of, I actually find the work interesting! Of course, I get really down and out at themes but I suppose that’s natural too eh?

Who is “the one” or is he at all anymore? Tell me his age, height, looks, and everything!!! You’re sure getting non-committal in your old age! I’ve been curious to find out whether you go steady or just go out ‘steadily’ with half a dozen different ones! Gee, I envy you with such a choice. PIncher and all small towns are absolutely destitute for more of the male species. Lethbridge, though somewhat of an improvement is still a far cry from being plentiful as far as boys are concerned. Now with MEN – well that’s an entirely different story.

The weather has been so beautiful lately! I changed to my summer coat and immediately we have a little rain, then a violent hailstorm and finally enough snow to cover the ground- all in the course of about an hour! Oh, for that Florida sunshine! It’s cleared up again now and is as nice as the middle of summer – if it only lasts! I despise overshoes!

Did I tell you Charlotte was married? I guess that’s another reason I haven’t written, we’ve been so busy!

Last July she produced an engagement ring to everyone’s shock and amazement! She’s only 3 mo older than I am you know (17). Well she took grade 12 until aboutFebruary when she decided she wanted to quit school and get married. Of course Char has never had a great deal of ambition to do anything else so for her I can finally see the point. I’ll send you the clipping from the Herald – and you can read about the wedding. It was really very lovely. I’ll try to get a picture of myself in the dress I wore as a bridesmaid and send it to you. The other bridesmaid was dressed the same, only in pink.

Well, I could ramble on for ages and still not say much, so I’ll get down to the everlasting homework!!! Will try to write a little sooner next time.

Send me a picture of yourself- and your roommate too if you can. I’d love to have one as I only have those Glastonbury ones Hamers took – remember?

Don’t work (or play) too hard eh?

All my love

Janet

Janet enclosed a clipping of the newspaper article written about the wedding. I love how small towns used to describe social events.

<handwriting at top> You should have seen the “loot” they got in presents. It’s unbelievable really, but they need every bit of it. Am going home to their wedding dance this fri – Mar 29

Dwyer-Hammond Rites Performed in United Church

PINCHER CREEK – A wedding of wide interest was solemnized on March 9 when Miss Charlotte Edna Hammond, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Henry Hammond, became the bride of Ian Larry Dwyer, son of Mr. And Mrs. Thomas Dwyer, all of Pincher Creek, at an afternoon ceremony held in the United Church with Rev. RM Moriatey officiating. For the occasion the church was decorated with ferns, baskets of pink and white tulips, and daffodils.

Wears White Gown

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a floor length white gown featuring a strapless lace top with rhinestone trim and full net skirt worn with matching jacket. Her lace and net veil was caught to a rhinestone studded tiara. She carried a bouquet of red roses, white carnations, and stephanotis.

Miss Janet Hammond as maid of honour and Miss Patsy Dwyer as bridesmaid wore identical long gowns of brocade net in blue and pink. The Junior bridesmaid, Miss Rosemary Hammond chose a ballerina nylon sheer of powder blue. Each carried colonial bouquets of pink and white carnations.

The groom’s attendants were Bruce Hammond and Thomas Ferguson. During the ceremony, Donald Lancaster sang The Lord’s Prayer and O Perfect Love, accompanied on the organ by Mrs. AL Freebairn. Ushering the many guests were Garth Upton and Murray Hammond.

Following the ceremony, the recreation hall, prettily decorated with bouquets of spring flowers, was the setting for a reception attended by 140 guests. The toast to the bride was given by Rev. RM Moriatey. Assisting at the receptions were members of the WA.

For her daughter’s marriage, the bride’s mother chose an afternoon gown in toast shade, flecked with sliver and matching accessories, with corsage of pink carnations. The groom’s mother wore a black and white wool dress with white accessories and corsage of red roses and white carnations. For trailing to points in the States and at Pacific Coast the bride donned a flecked brown wool suit with red accessories, complemented with a corsage of red roses. On their return the young couple will live in Pincher Creek.

Out of town guests included Mr and Mrs W Cleland of Taber, Mr Donald Jensen, Edmonton, Mr and Mrs Orrin Dwyer, Mr and Mrs Willard Dwyer, and Mary and Charles Dwyer all of Lundbreck. Mr and Mrs Emery Groningen of Cardston, Mr Gordon Chrighton, Camrose, Mr. And Mrs R Mensaghi and Mr and Mrs FW Butcher and Cheryl of Fort Macleod. Mr Jack Sandeman, Crowley, Mr LE Diamond, Calgary, Mr and Mrs Jack Langton of Cranbrook, and Mr Robert Hedderick and Miss Helen Coleman of Red Deer.

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March 7, 1956 (FGK 266)

Most of these letters are a lot of fun for me to share, as I’ve said some of them make me a bit more emotional than others, but in general this has been such a great experience for me as I’ve been learning more about who mom was – and as a fortunate and unexpected byproduct more about my grandparents, extended family and community (not to mention more about myself). The last newspaper clipping here though was really hard for me to post. As I’ve said, I typically just reach my hand in and grab a letter and share it, reading it for the first time as I type it out. That clipping, however, which is mixed in with the letters and a ton of other clippings, keeps placing itself in my hand. It hurts my heart to look at it and so I’ve continued to shove it down to the bottom of the box because I don’t want to look at it. Today I decided that’s exactly why I do need to acknowledge it. That’s how my mom lived in the hospital. In wards like that. Rows and rows of children who were sick and fighting for their health and in some cases their lives. It’s humbling.

These non-hospital related articles were just left around the two that had relevance, but I found them kind of interesting – it’s cool to see what was important in 1956. Turkeys apparently.

If you don’t know who Eric Harvie is he’s worth learning about. I learned about how he was part of the group of business men in Alberta in the early 1900s who put money into beautifying the faces of small towns in Alberta. His legacy lives on in the Glenbow Ranch – the provincial park that is just east of Cochrane. I remember his son Neil (who was older than my parents) coming to see my dad for legal advice- never would you imagine his net worth as he was such a humble and down to earth person every time I met him.

Eric Harvie Gives Cash to the City

Mayor D.H. Mackay said today the city is trying to place building sites to the west of River Park on sale as soon as possible. This followed the signing of an agreement Thursday between the city and Glenbow Investments Ltd handling the donation of 2 1/2 acres of land and $100,000 from Eric L. Harvie QC.

Mayor Surprised

The mayor was surprised when the large cheque was handed to him Tuesday. He had expected only to sign the agreement.

The signing and handing over of the cheque marks the end of a four year controversy over Mr. Harvie’s contributions.

Because, seriously, who doesn’t want to read an article about a turkey thief?? I’d so much rather read about this than the headlines of today.

Turkey Thief Goes to Jail

A 29 year old Calgary man, Douglas Shaben, Tuesday in Supreme Court was sentenced to 12 months at hard labour in Lethbridge jail after being found guilty of obtaining 17 turkeys form a local food wholesaler last Christmas by false pretences.

The stay of proceedings was granted by Chief Justice C.C. McLaurin on a second similar charge.

The sentence was handed down after evidence disclosed Shaben had posed as a buyer for Shell Oil Co and in return sold the turkeys for $241.89 to the Calgary Electric Light Department.

Character Witness:

A character witness, Robert Leslie Howell, a minister of the Christian Church testified Shaben was “a sincere fellow willing to help people at all times.” The minister also stated Shaben had been generous in his donation to the community fund.

Shaben was represented by J.S. Palmer. Earnest S. Watkins was crown prosecutor.

You know me, any opportunity to drive home the importance of wearing a helmet. My life was saved in my “rushed unplanned dismount” a few years ago because I had my helmet on.

Safety Helmet Saves Worker

And employee of Mannix Construction Ltd was saved from serious injury by his safety helmet about 9:30 am today when a piece of pipe fell on him at 9th ave and 1st St. W.

Bill McLean was taken to General Hospital by Starr’s Ambulance. He suffered head cuts but his condition was considered satisfactory.

Witnesses said the man’s safety helmet was flattened when the piece of pipe tumbled down on him.

Plaster Casts, Wheel Chairs and crutches have not dampened the spirits of the girl guides shown above. They are members of a company in the Red Cross Crippled Children’s Hospital, and are pictured during a lesson in know tying at their meeting Tuesday night. Smiling happily form left to right are: Muriel, Brenda, Emily, Patsy, who is yet a Brownie, and Lillian.

This is the photo – it sure brings a lot of feelings for me. Also though, how cool that Gene Autry came to visit. I remember when I was teaching in Airdrie years ago the kids talked about how Paul Brant would go to the Children’s Hospital and visit them – and this was when his songs like “My Heart Has a History” were topping the charts. It meant so much to them and I’ve had a lot of respect for him since then.

Cowboy Star Visits Hospital

Young patients at the Red Cross Crippled Children’s Hospital Thursday morning got a real thrill when cowboy movie star Gene Autry paid them a visit. Autry is shown above talking to a ward full of bed-ridden youngsters. He was in Calgary for a show at the Corral Thursday night.

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A woman of exemplary character (FGK 264)

I know this letter was written for mom, and damn it must have made her happy to read this man’s description of her, but as a mom myself – I can imagine how humbly proud Grandma must have been. This man managed to complement the whole family, and even the entire community in his letter. How fantastic to have such wonderful things written about you! Sometimes the more sentimental letters from people I knew and loved leave me a bit teary eyed, but this one had big ole fat tears running down my face. I would feel so incredibly happy if someone spoke of my family this way. Grandma and Grandpa were remarkable people.

Copy for Mrs. Percy Copithorne

March 26, 1958

San Diego College for Women

Alcala Pk

San Diego, California

USA

Gentlemen:

I have been asked to write you with reference to Miss Margaret Copithorne, of Calgary, Alberta, who is making application to enter your college as a student.

I can heartily recommend this young woman as being of exemplary character and very attractive personality, and I am quite convinced that she could profit very greatly from attendance at your institution.

I have known her and different members of her family for several years. In fact, her brother and sister attended Mount Royal College and were exceptionally fine students. Her father and mother are very respected people in their community, and she is a fortunate young woman who has been raised in a Christian home of good ideals.

With every good wish,

Yours sincerely,

John H. Garden

Principal

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We’re always fooling around (FGK 259)

1061 Volusia Ave

Daytona Beach

Dear Mom, Dad, Marsh, and Sheila

Hi!! Just thought I’d better write you and let you know I’m still alive. These past two weeks I’ve had so many other things to think of that I”m afraid my schoolwork and letters got neglected. Don’t expect too much of my report card this time especially in French and Latin and I don’t feel Mr Rich would feel so so disposed as to give me extra good marks either. – you can imagine what they think of me!!! Right now I’m busy trying to get my schoolwork caught up.

Christmas – sorry to get this bit up so late but —- Adam’s have been swell get them something really nice. Carharts have also been nice and i don’t know what I’d do without the Colonel so… if you have time try to get something for Donna, Kay and Janet. I think I’ll buy Mrs Franks an electric alarm clock. That seems to be all I can think of right now but I’m so sleepy (I just finished my homework). Mrs franks is rally making me behave. When I was on my own I kept later hours etc but she is making me go to bed an hour earlier and seeing I do my homework!! One of the boys from school picks me up in the morning and takes me home in the afternoon. I go down to Robbie’s at noon with all the other kids from school for lunch. Mrs Adams phones me up last night and invited me over for lunch today so I went and had a nice chat with her and Nancy. There’s the nicest pair of girls my age – Bobbie Lou and Sherry – living next door and we have a lot of fun visiting back and forth. Jetty phones every night – she has got permission from her father so she will probably be leaving Rich’s any day now.

I’m sure having a lot of fun with Mrs Franks. We’re always fooling around. She considers me her daughter already I think. There’s this character here who I’m out particularly crazy over when he phones up we have a system now either I haven’t done my someone etc so I can’;t go out or we’re just leaving to go somewhere. Works too thank heaven.

We had a shower for Kay yesterday before she goes to the hospital yesterday. We went to her house in New Smyrna and had a ball. New Smyrna won’t forget us soon.

I’ve got so many invitations for Christmas I don’t know what to do. Sounds like I’m going to be busy round ‘bout that time.

Well must go do Christmas cards

Love Marg xxxxx

ps will write more when have time.

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Must Go Wash My Hair (FGK 255)

32 Dix Ave

Ormond Beach

Feb 3, 1958

Hi!

How are you all? For once the weather was warm enough to go out and get a tan. Some of us went down to the beach this afternoon and it was just jammed . All the race fans are in town.

I went to a party last night with Barb and some of her friends last night. We had a very good time.

It was supposed to be a wiener roast but it started to sprinkle so we moved it indoors. It got nicer later however.

We went to a rock’n’roll show last week. It was in the Peabody Auditorium. That was the first time I’ve been there. It’s a lovely building, just new.

I got my ticket all right, thanks. It will be nice to have that $18. I’m getting Col Sampson to write an educational letter for me so I should get someone else to write the personal one, and someone who has known me for a long time. Or do you think I should get Mrs Webb or Mrs Franks to do it?

I couldn’t wait for my doctor’s forms any longer and had to send in my application papers without them. Please send them down as soon as you can so I can forward them.

School is doing ok I guess. It gets rather boring sometimes but I think I’m passing. French and Latin are still my hardest subjects.

I got a letter from Sheila last week and one from Geordie.

We are all doing fine here. Mrs Webb has had a cold all weekend but so far Barbara and I haven’t got it.

Sounds like you are having lots of excitement with the curling. I’ve been trying to explain to them down here what curling is. The nearest thing to it seems to be shuffleboard.

Say “hello” to everybody for me. Must go now and wash my hair.

Love Margi

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Keep my Tootsies Warm (FGK 253)

Cochrane, Alberta

November 25, 1953

Dear Margie

Hi! Gosh was I ever surprised to hear that you had gone to the hospital. Sis told me that you had been phoning and I was going to phone you but she said you were going to phone back (that was kind of long and drawn out wasn’t it?) Well, anyway.

Honestly, Margie, you’re going to get some awful silly letters from me. I can write pages about nothing. I’ll write “heaps” of them as you say, so don’t worry I’ll just tell David my letter writing time will be divided equally between you two. I’m mad at him. I finally get a little short letter from him on Tuesday but I haven’t got one since. No, I’m not really mad at him because he really has been busy. You know those two fraternities that were rushing him? Well he got “bid” in 100% to both of them (Gosh don’t think my buttons didn’t pop!). He joined the Phi Delta Theta Frat so he’s a ‘big guy’ now.

Mum is working in Andison’s store for about six weeks because June Morris, the regular clerk, has gone to Kelowna to lean the business of Andison’s store there. They’re going to move it to Cochrane or something. Well, anyway I’ve got the job of making supper for “my family” every night (they’re going to get spaghetti quite often). Nothing like learning when you’re young eh?

Oh, do you know what? I made the cheerleading team. Was I ever surprised because there were a lot of really good kids. I’m pretty proud of myself anyways. Heather made it too.

I think I’m going to work on the year book this year too. I don’t know what the set up is yet though. I think Heather is too, and Lawrence Copithorne, too.

Do you know what else? I got a brand new pair of flight boots to keep my ‘tootsies’ warm. They’ve got squirrel lining in them. Gosh!

Gosh, Margie, if you think of anything I could give David for Christmas for heaven’s sake let me know. I’m wracking my poor feeble little brain to death. Mum and Dad thought it would be a good idea for our family and his family to get together and get him a portable record player. That would be a good idea because then I could give him that record “Dream on my Love, Dream on”. Let me know what you think about it because I just don’t know. It’s an awful problem. If he was a girl it would be so much easier (ha ha).

I might be going to the dance at JP tonight although I’m not to fussy about it.

Well I just had super and I also found out I”m not going to the dance because it’s snowing and Mum’s afraid it’ll turn into a blizzard. They’re having the macasin (? Maybe moccasin? ) dance tomorrow night so I”ll be able to go to that.

Well, seeing that I have such a weak brain I can’t think of anything else. I think I”ll go to bed now and catch up on some sleep. Honestly I’m about beat.

Bye for now. If I get up early enough I’ll write more before I mail this.

Didn’t get up early enough, will write more later.

Love Donna (DesJardins – from the return address)

PSS write soon!!!

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Big Grey Cup Game Tomorrow(FGK 252)

I don’t know who Kay is, but she seems to be somehow connected to Jumping Pound – at least enough to want to go to a dance. Although, the dances here used to be legendary so who knows. Anyone know these people?

Nov 25th, 1955

116 Poplar Road

Calgary, Alberta

Dear Marg,

Well, was I ever surprised when I heard you were in the hospital. I bet you couldn’t remember where you were at first. It would sure seem funny after being away so long. Are there still a lot of kids you know in there?

Well, school is still dragging on. Gee, is French ever hard. I don’t know if I’ll ever get it. Don’t take it next year unless you know you’re going to have a real good teacher. That’s one reason I find it so hard. I think, because Donna and Elaine find it fairly easy, they have a good teacher.

Let’s get off such a boring subject. There’s a big dance at Jumping Pound tonight. Wish I could have gone but Dad wouldn’t let me go because it was too cold. I was going to go out with Delores and Maureen Bowlen. All the kids were going to go.

Big Grey Cup game tomorrow eh? I’ll bet you’ll really enjoy it. You’d better be careful how you bet or you’ll lose all your bobby-pins. Have you got a bet on with Claudine for it yet? How did you and Claudia turn out in all your bets on the season’s games. Last time I heard you were handing a dollar over.

Well, I guess this is all for now. It’s time I went to bed. Will write more tomorrow.

Wake up!!! (It’s after ten). Mum and Dad have gone over to Safeway’s now and when they come home they are going downtown. I’m going to begin looking around for Christmas presents. What a job!!

Elaine, Rose and I went to the show “Lucy Gallant”. Was it ever good!! It was a story of a girl who loved clothes, and she came to a small little town and opened up a big fashion store, and then she fell in love with a rancher there and had to pick between him and her store. Of course in the end she picked him!!

We’e got our phone now. Our number is 494949. If you’re ever up and near a phone in there (this if if they let you use the phone) phone Elaine and I.

I don’t know if I should start this page or not. I don’t know what else to tell you.

Are you listening to the Grey Cup Parade? (I think it is) I sure hope Edmonton wins again this year. If Calgary can’t do it, it will have to be Edmonton, just to keep it in Albert eh?

Here it is Saturday night and the Edmonton Eskimos did it. Even if I don’t understand football I am glad when someone wins!!

Well this seems to be all for now. Write when you’ve some news (soon).

Love, Kay

PS. I’ve sent in Moments to Remember for you, tell me in a letter if you have any favourite songs.

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Dollars to Doughnuts (FGK 251)

This was a friend from the hospital.

Postmarked 1955

Dearest Coppie (mom)

“Hi ya kiddo!!!” I decided to write you instead of wasting money by phoning (Scotch you know!!)

I haven’t even been home for the last week! I’ve finally ditched Bowness for a while to come and stay with my grandmother on the North Hill, a block from our old house at that.

I’ve just been debating on whether to go see Bill Haley on the 22nd or to go to a show. I’m dying to see him! We should get together and to Marg!??!!

I haven’t’ been doing much during the day except to study!!! Big deal eh?? What you been doing lately besides study “Coppie”??? Will you be going to a high school next year or what? Man!! I’d sure love to go to one for “ten” but I’ll bet a dollar to a doughnut, I’ll end up doing it by correspondence. Bah!!

Any parties or dances lately?? I never get to do anything at dear old Bowness. We probably won’t get to Calgary ‘til August!!

Gosh! Im dying to hear your records “Coppie”!! I’m tired of having “jazz sessions” so my self. Any new (I can’t make this word out – it looks like Bastics but according to urban dictionary – the only definition I could find- that means someone who is both a bastard and a spastic. Will be tucking that away in my memory but I’m pretty sure that’s not what she meant).?? Guess you would’ve told me when I saw you last.

Do you ever hear from Janet or any of the old gang?? Marg fried, Valerie, Zoe, Donna, etc?? I don’t.

Any “dolls” you can introduce me to Marg? Desperate galoot (?) aren’t I?

Guess I’ll end her here since I’ll be talking to you on Tuesday. I hope to be hearing from you kiddo!

Bye now

Oodles of love

Lill

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Babies and appendectomies (FGK 249)

This letter makes me grateful I never became a nurse – having to do parent duty for sick kids was enough for me. How great that she mentions how much she likes this town, especially since she also mentions a certain man who is joining them on an outing – and he became my uncle which I consider a huge blessing – and then she spent the rest of her life in the area. Gosh Auntie Sheila had a lot of character. Also, when I was young and living in Lethbridge for school Auntie Sheila was the only person who regularly wrote me letters. I don’t even think I responded (I should have a talk with teenage me), but I appreciated them so much and they made me feel less lonely. I do think she also wrote to others of us who went away when we were young. Seeing her ask for letters (twice now) makes me realize that she deeply understood the importance of loved ones reaching out and letting you know that you are important to them.

Vulcan Municipal Hospital

19 Nov/56

Hi!!

Just bot back from the store and a couple of little boys about 8 or 9 years old whistled at me – I whistled back and you never saw such a stunned pair. I guess girls don’t do that here.

I’ll be like Margie and start off by answering your questions

Mrs Oldfield appreciated your invitation very much but she feels she should keep pretty close to her DR. She goes to see him quite frequently.

Seven nurses work here and one girl that is a combination of lab tech and X-ray technician – also a nursing aid.

I hope Barry is ok

I don’t want to take piano lessons I just haven’t got it in me.

She’s (Miss Simmons) making next week’s times out tonight so I don’t know when I get off.

No I didn’t go to the Armistice Dance. Anne said it wouldn’t be any good.

Hope Auntie Lottie hasn’t got TB

Yes we have TV but I haven’t’ been in to watch it so I didn’t see Elvis Presley.

Our meals are quite good.

I didn’t have a baby Wednesday nite.

The people down here sure raise big families. They’re all young girls about 24-25 with five or six kids. It seems that the only thing people have wrong with themselves down here are babies and appendectomies.

You know that Aunt of Annes that’s in the hospital, well I gave her an enema today and right in the middle of it she started vomiting all over the place. I tried to soothe her but she said “oh that’s all right nurse I feel much better.” She was saying this between gushes. Cheerful person.

Anyway, when I was re-sterilizing the tables I let it air dry – completely forgot about it – and the table was just a heap of red goo. Guess I”m spoilt. Been used to having things sterilized for me. Anyway rubber sure stinks.

Every time any of the visitors go past the desk someone always leaves us some candy so we’re well stocked up. Nice town this.

Anne and I nearly always go to that restaurant where we were, for a milkshake every nite. Went to a dance at the school at Red Cross (that’s the name of a place eight miles west of here). There was nobody there but old people and their kids so we came back early.

Anne, Bob, Ted Burger, Mrs Oldfield and I are going to the show tonight (Pete Kelly Blues).

Guess I’ll sleep tomorrow although I’m certainly not tired, guess it’s the altitude.

What’s the matter with the rest of the family – can’t they write? Guess I’ll have to send a (I can’t make this word out – listor? butor? Ugh – I feel like I fell flat on her threat lol) up there.

Love Sheila

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