Appendix XI Letter written by Fravilla (Robinson) Loghrin to her niece Laura (Aitken) Salkeld
Rockwood, Ont. R.R. 5.
January 11, '39
I still have a letter you wrote on December 17, '37. I have a good big letter box Aunt Lena² gave me the Xmas I was in Fergus after I came out of the hospital. It was a dandy present to me as I got so many letters and answered them when I got able. That was 7 years ago - my friends in Fergus were very good to me. Then I went to Georgetown. Eramus³ asked me to go down for a month but I stayed, maybe, 9 days and was well enough to come home, though Jim*, who kept house for me when I was away, helped me for some time. He was a good housekeeper and helped me well after I came home but he quit at that and would not do any ever since.
Well, mentioning the letter box got me going on a subject I never intended to write about at all - but your letter has been in it and I meant to answer it long ago for you don't know how pleased I was to get it and the snaps of your children. You certainly have a nice family - not too many - your mother mentioned them in the letter she wrote from your place. She thinks they are very much alive. She also tells me what a good housekeeper you are and gives your husband great praise too. You have much to be thankful for and I am sure you are a happy bunch. Isn't it nice to be near a place like Brock and to have your children attend a consolidated school? Then they are cared for both going and coming from school which is a good thing. Have you a high school in Brock?
I can imagine your mother doing some talking after she reached your place - she would have so much to tell you. She said she wanted to stay until she was satisfied and when she was leaving she said she was ready to go. But she still had something better ahead when they stayed in Hespeler and really visited Kingsville. She mentioned Kingsville so often but Norman never gave her much hopes (of visiting?). Mrs. Grenville was called after our mother and lived with my mother when she went to school. It is a great trip by car now-a-days when you can get every convenience you need all along the way. Aren't cars wonderful and the air-planes. All one needs is cash to enjoy life but that cash is hard to get.
I am sure Florence** will miss her home at Oak Lake. I hope she likes her boarding house and her pupils and has good health to carry on her work. Maybe some day she will get on the staff of one of the schools in Flin Flon if her mother continues to make her home there. Norman° will still be unsettled as to what he should do.
Well we were down to Georgetown (Eramus') for Xmas and had a big dinner and all the good things that go to make for Xmas. Brenda is a big 10 year old girl - full of energy. Eramus looks well this Fall and Winter - they were up for a weekend in the Fall. Mary & her mother were very kind to us.
Ma°° & Norma^ invited us up for Xmas too but we were there last year, though we were invited to G. (Georgetown?) too so went to Georgetown this time. Speaking of our boys in your letter Tom is 30 and Jim 26. Jim is in Toronto this winter finishing a course in diesel engines. He took a mail course on it last summer and went to school for the practical part of it as well as getting lectures every afternoon. He thinks he will finish this month. He worries some for fear he is spending money and then not get a job. But he won't farm and is a good mechanic so will have to get busy and earn his living that way. Tom is on the farm with us and keeps a line of stock of his own and grows potatoes and turnips to sell.
I was up to Fergus on Mon. And made a few calls as well as shopping. Ma & Norma were well and Norma was busy - she sure had a great rush on before Xmas. Aunt Maggie^^ has been in bed again and is very weak but has improved some lately. She was sleeping so I did not see her but had a chat with Elsie McNee, her housekeeper & nurse - she is a lovely woman.
Aunt Belle and Uncle Jim¹º have a housekeeper too this long while - Aunt Belle calls her - her nurse. I know your mother has been telling you about these people. Uncle Jim was a councillor last year and they were such a good council, they were put in again this year too.
Uncle Willie's¹¹ are well. The teacher is boarding there this term. The teacher your mother met here last Fall was inexperienced and somehow she lost control of the school - too easy I guess and the trustees asked her to resign at Xmas. This new one came from down near Ottawa and so far as I know will have to stay right here all term and I felt it was too much for me. So far Violet is not too keen on her either.
Charlie and Aggie have settled in Fergus too. Fergus is a pretty nice place to live in - always improving. Norman liked Kitchener the best. Now Laura, I must close for this time but hope you will not forget me.
Sincerely, Aunt Fravilla.
¹ Laura Irene Salkeld was a daughter of Fravilla's oldest sister, Eveline, and Rober Aitken.
² Lena (Robinson) Leybourne was the youngest sister of Fravilla's father, Robert.
³ Erasmus Robert Robinson was Fravilla's younger brother.
* Jim was Fravilla's younger son.
** Florence M. Aitken was Laura's younger sister.
° Norman James Aitken was Laura's older brother.
°° Jennie (Benham) Robinson was Fravilla's step-mother. Fravilla's mother, Hannah (Gunn) Robinson, died in 1882.
^ Norma Jean Robinson, Jennie's only daughter, was Fravilla's half sister.
^^ Margaret or Margarite "Maggie" Robinson was one of Robert's younger sisters.
¹º James Robinson was one of Robert's younger brothers.
¹¹ William Herbert Robinson, one of Jennie's sons, married Violet Gurney and was Laura's uncle.
Editor's notes: This letter was contributed by Laura's daughter-in-law. Most of the people mentioned in the footnotes are included in the Tree/Index.