The Munro Letters 1914 - 1917 : Letters Home from the Front - World War I
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In which Jessie Munro writes with news of home to her son, Gordon Munro stationed in Georgetown, ON. Includes description of the family’s and some congregation members’ well-being; church events i.e. Alert Bible Class banquet, Sunday morning service; James Munro's visit to Kenneth Marlatt; etc. Mention is also made of U.S. and German warships docked in the Boston's harbour.
The Manse
Oakville Feb. 18th

My dear Gordon

When are you coming home again? Your Aunt Maggie sent you two pairs of Angora wool socks and a grey golf jacket. It is more for summer as it has not a collar and comes down about the shape of a vest. My butcher thinks you are the white haired boy. You had better write her and thank her for the things but do not use too much slang. We are terribly lonely without you but hope you are well and enjoying your drill. We are always anxious to hear good reports of both you and Brock.

Mr. Dickie is lecturing for the young peoples to – night so Edward, Ethel and I are keeping house. Ethel has been sick in bed all day. Her stomach is a little out of order so I gave her some oil and she seems better to-night. She says to be sure and tell you “Bill is sick” and she would like you to come and see her. Nothing of any importance has happened since you left. Just now Edward is wearing out some leather going between the house and the gate looking for the paper. At meal time we are having very heated discussions about the starving out of the Germans. Your father has not much faith in that method but the rest of us have faith in anything the British undertake. To morrow night Edward is going to a party at the Evans(??). This will be his first party since he was sick. Last Saturday he went down the mill hill twice so he is improving.

Mr. Freudal or Kreudal(??) was in Boston on Monday. He went down to the docks to look around and saw three of the U.S. warships there all painted in war colors ready for any emergency. There were also four of Germany’s large vessels there. It cost the Germans $15.00 a week to keep the men there to look after them.

Last night Mr. Magwood and Marsle were out at the Alert Bible Class’ banquet. Your father was there and was greatly taken with Marsle’s singing. Have you heard him? Did you stay with them on the Saturday evening? We have belts for you and Brock like the ones they gave Mr. Scott and Mr. McMillan. I expect you will get them the next time you come home. Your father took one into Kenneth Marlatt last week. Kenneth took him around the grounds a little; into the hospital and to the place where they were preparing the evening meal and he found it very interesting but he must have caught the cold they nearly all have. You must certainly have a great head for business but see that you do not get taken in some of these times. How do you do about getting your clothes washed? Hadn’t you better bring them home with you next time. Miss McBain was up for tea Sunday evening. She wanted to be remembered to you and said to tell you she misses you both very much. There were not many well in the choir Sunday morning Bob Young seemed to be the only bass on that middle seat.

I remember Mr. and Mrs. Holmes quite well. Remember me to them when you see them. Write soon. I am keeping your letters and numbering them as it will be interesting to look over them when you get back. Mrs. McIntyre of Edinburgh is very anxious to have you go and see them when you get over the big pond. They used to live in Portage la Prairie but that was before your day. She is good company. I know you would enjoy it. But you are not there yet and hope you will not need to go. Have you written to the bank boys yet? Be sure and do so. Love from all

Your loving mother

Jessie Munro

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