One of the things I love about writing this blog is the connections with people it affords me. Recently I received a card and a letter from a woman who had known my grandparents. She was going through her belongings and found this charming Christmas card my grandparents had given their friends and family. It was not dated but from the apparent age of my mother and her siblings, I am assuming it was sent out between 1937 and 1939.
The name of the woman who sent the card is Agnes Samson. She told me everyone calls her “Bunny” and she is the daughter of my mother’s older cousin Edna Penner. Edna’s mother Katie Ewert and my grandfather Peter Schmidt were brother and sister. Agnes was going through some of her belongings and found this Christmas card my grandparents had sent out in the late 1930s and thought I might like to have it. She got my address from Joanne Ewert another family member who is a musician at my children’s church in Saskatoon and a frequent reader of my blogs. Talk about connections!
Agnes writes about visiting her grandparents at their home in Drake Saskatchewan called Fairview Farm. It was just down the road from my grandparents’ house and when she was a little girl she loved to walk up to my grandparents’ farm to visit them. She says everyone loved going to “Uncle Pete’s” and my grandparents’ extended family members were all very close to one another. Agnes mentions how very fond she was of my mother and my Mom’s two sisters.
Agnes sent me her phone number and said she would be very happy to meet with me on one of my visits to Saskatoon. I will have to follow up on that.
I love how my blog connects me to people in my extended family and helps me to learn more about my grandparents and parents.