Correspondence

Editor’s Note

Last updated on March 8th, 2020 at 01:19 am

The editor has endeavored to provide the transcriptions herein as accurate depictions of the spelling, misspelling, grammar and prose of each original artifact, so that original practice and then-common usage is reflected in the transcriptions.

However, the editor has had to apply an extensive amount of judgement and interpretation of the content of the original artifacts. In the event, some marks on the original artifacts may or may not be punctuation marks; they may be the result of dirt or smudges in the original.

Reader discretion is advised.


Artifact 1939-09-10 – Letter To La Verne Woods

Last updated on January 22nd, 2022 at 04:09 am

Letter to La Verne Woods – September 10, 1939


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Dear La Verne:

I finally have settled myself enough to write to you, even though it is the first letter I have written in a long time.

Well I hope you are well. I am fine outside of the little touch of that hay fever which I get every year.

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Artifact 1939-12-17 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman

Last updated on January 22nd, 2022 at 04:09 am

Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman – December 17, 1939


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Dear Sister:

Just a few lines to let you know I am fine, I did one guard last night from midnight until 6:00 A.M. this morning but didn’t intend a go on another one until tomorrow night at 6:00 PM.  It really is tough guarding.  You are plowing in white clay up to your ankles all around the joint.  This sure is a good place for a barracks it is just like a mansion (inside) alongside of ours in Windsor.

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Artifact 1939-12-23 – Christmas Card to La Verne Woods

Last updated on January 22nd, 2022 at 03:20 am

Christmas Card to La Verne Woods – December 22, 1939


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Artifact 1940-02-19 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman

“I was up for Orderly Room this morning and got a sentence of 7 days Confined to barracks…”

Last updated on January 22nd, 2022 at 04:11 am

Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman – February 19, 1940


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Windsor, Ontario

Feb 19/40

Dear Frank:

Just a few lines to let you know I am O.K. I was going to come down at 4 O’clock last night, but it snowed so hard that I thought I would put it off until some night during the week.

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Artifact 1940-05-07 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman

“My lighter sure works good. I think it is a grand one for ten cents don’t you?”

Last updated on January 22nd, 2022 at 04:12 am

Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman – May 7, 1940


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Windsor Ontario

Tues. noon.

Dear Frances:

I think I promised you a letter, so here it is. It sure is hot this last couple of days isn’t it. We are almost cooking with these heavy clothes and equipment on.

We went on the scheme last night. We left barracks at seven, and by the time we marched out there, it was dark. Then we got in some time between eleven and twelve. Then I had a nice hot shower before I went to bed.

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Artifact 1940-05-13 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman

“Our platoon went to Cedar Springs today…”

Last updated on January 22nd, 2022 at 04:13 am

Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman – May 13, 1940


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Windsor Ontario

Tues. Aft.

Dear Frances:

Just a few lines as I promised I’d write. I am over a Dot’s house in is really cool in here, compared to the barracks

Our platoon went to Cedar Springs today but I didn’t get in until 8 o’clock and they were gone. I have to go on guard to-nite, which I’m glad of as I soon will just have fatigue work to do over the on the next duty next weekend. When you get it done you are off in the evening.

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Artifact 1940-05-26 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman

“I am in a canteen run by the Salvation Army and is it ever packed.”

Last updated on January 22nd, 2022 at 04:14 am

Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman – May 26, 1940


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Camp Borden

Sun. nite

Dear Frances:

Just a few lines to let you know we arrived O.K. at five O’clock of course as soon as we got here we had to set our watches ahead an hour.

We have been sort of busy this aft. But didn’t do much but sleep this morn. I wrote to Onnellee this morning right after breakfast but haven’t had any way of sending it out yet.

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Artifact -UNKNWN-01 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman

“Well I just got finished pealing the pineapple for supper & I put the sugar on it. You didn’t have to send sugar as there is plenty of sugar yet.”

Last updated on January 22nd, 2022 at 04:14 am

Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman – Unknown Date, 1940


Editor’s Note:

The actual date of this artifact is unknown because there is no envelope with postmarks, but believed to have been written during the first or second week of June, 1940.

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Camp Borden

Sun. aft.

Dear Frances:

Received your parcel O.K. and also a letter Fri. & Sat. Thanks a lot for the dinner. It was really swell. I just got the parcel about nine last night. I also got one from Pearl’s sister. It was a big chocolate box full of date cake & some candy. Well I had Marshall Healey over to our tent for dinner and of course I had Glen piper stay is he and I are in the same tent. The chicken & dressing was swell, but it is so warm in the day time I thought I’d better get it ate up.

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Artifact 1940-06-04 – Letter to La Verne Woods

‘There was a big fire over at the airport about 7 O’clock and I went over. At first we thought it was a plane crashed…”

Last updated on January 22nd, 2022 at 04:15 am

Artifact 1940-06-04 – Letter to La Verne Woods


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Camp Borden, Ont.
Tues. nite.

Dearest La Verne:

Your letter was a very pleasant surprise I sure did feel good when I saw your writing I opened it even before Onnellee’s.

I had an address of yours, but I did thought you had moved since. So I asked Frances what it was in my last letter to her. She’ll probably send it in her next letter. But however I’m glad you got mine & wrote to me. I guess I’ve written about 25 or th 30 letters & I don’t know how many cards since I came a week ago.

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