Friday, September 30, 2011

Gone Cobo-Day 6 -Minden

Bercie is a toddler and can't quite say Coboconk, so when asked where his father is he replies, "gone Cobo;" sometimes he even shouts for for his father. Dad is way out of earshot, threshing wheat in Manitoba. Every harvest season from 1891 to 1905 he is away, leaving his wife Annie to tend to the family and the farm back home in Coboconk.

My dear husband,

This snapshot of  Victoria and Haliburton county at the turn of the last century arrived today in a series of 25 letters exchanged between Annie and J.B. White, along with a few notes from their young off-spring. Of the seven children, the daughters Bessie and Viva write the most; Davie sends kisses and poor Bercie dies of Diphtheria, the Christmas after we meet him.

My Dear Annie,

I wish I had more time to write to do their story justice, unfortunately the library closes early today. I'll let the images speak for themselves and perhaps fill in the blanks later; click to make the letters large enough to read.


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