Monday, August 4, 2008

Ella McKinnon, Jr to Sarah Ann Camfield Oct. 21, 1906

The next letter in this group was written by Ella Margaret McKinnon, daughter of Jacob McKinnon & Ella Hall McKinnon. Ella, Jr was born 2 March 1892; married Andrew Jensen 20 December 1920; and died 12 January 1949 so her letter does not fall in the public domain and therefore is not reproduced here.

She was 14 years old at the time she wrote to her great-aunt and the letter is a very brief two pages. She starts the letter with wishes that she could visit Sarah Ann and laments the fact that she has met so few of her relatives. The family lived fairly close to the rail line and she mentions twice that she has never ridden on a train and it is clear that she would like to.

She also mentions that she is in her first year of High School and that the weather has not been very nice for walking to and from school.

She mentions a picture of her parents that must have been sent to Sarah Ann. I don't remember seeing the picture described in the box of old photos that I have or in the file of pictures that I scanned years ago when visiting my aunt and uncle in Michigan.
Don’t you think those pictures of Papa and Mamma are fine? I do except that Mamma had that black and white checkered waist which really looks almost like silk, but in the picture it looks like a faded calico waist.

She ends the letter by referring to her father being old at 66 and inferring that Sarah Ann is very old.

For more see:
Carlisle - Wisner Letters
Family of William Wisner
Descendants of Maryetta Wisner
Descendants of Sarah Ann Wisner

McKinnon, Ella, Jr. (Mapleton, Minnesota) to “Dear Aunt Sarah Anne” [Sarah Ann Wisner Camfield]. Letter. 21 October 1906. Digital Images 1-2. Privately held by Apple, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Snowville, New York. 2008. [Carlisle Family, Box #1, Correspondence, Apr – Dec 1906, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. 2008.]

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