Monthly Archives: November 2022

We were entertained by the salutations from “the gods” to the dress circle. We asked George what “the gods” were known as in the West. He gave us a variety of synonyms. The one we liked best was the “peanut heaven” because the occupants are so high up and find a good part of their entertainment in consuming peanuts. Can you adopt it?… Stornoway 24th Nov. 1918

Mr Gibson is taken with Canadian theatrical slang, and tells of having received a dinner invitation from Lord Leverhulme; meanwhile, Barrie the cat is taking advantage of cousin George. The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson … Continue reading

Posted in Gibson letters | Comments Off on We were entertained by the salutations from “the gods” to the dress circle. We asked George what “the gods” were known as in the West. He gave us a variety of synonyms. The one we liked best was the “peanut heaven” because the occupants are so high up and find a good part of their entertainment in consuming peanuts. Can you adopt it?… Stornoway 24th Nov. 1918

We have been out to Laxdale for the evening and I have left Mamma and George there while I came home to write you … We have found him very interesting and have been much pleased to have the chance of getting to know him … Stornoway 22nd Nov. 1918

Mr Gibson and the Library Committee have appointed a new librarian; Mr and Mrs Gibson have been enjoying spending time with Jean’s Canadian cousin George, and Mr Gibson passes on a feline kiss from Barrie the cat. The next in … Continue reading

Posted in Gibson letters | Comments Off on We have been out to Laxdale for the evening and I have left Mamma and George there while I came home to write you … We have found him very interesting and have been much pleased to have the chance of getting to know him … Stornoway 22nd Nov. 1918

On Monday shortly after 11 o’clock the sirens and hooters began to blow, proclaiming the armistice. Tuesday was intimated as a Town holiday, so after the Bible lesson on Tues. morning we were off for the day. On the Monday evening there was a tea for the naval men at the hut. Mamma and I were down. Mr. Murray got me to say a few words on the occasion to the men. Then there was a sing-song and I believe they enjoyed themselves till eleven… Stornoway 14th Nov. 1918

Mr Gibson relays accounts of the historic armistice, in both Stornoway, and as experienced in London by Jean’s cousin George. In sadder news, the Nicolson Institute has been closed in response to increasing influenza deaths. In lighter mood, Mr Gibson … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on On Monday shortly after 11 o’clock the sirens and hooters began to blow, proclaiming the armistice. Tuesday was intimated as a Town holiday, so after the Bible lesson on Tues. morning we were off for the day. On the Monday evening there was a tea for the naval men at the hut. Mamma and I were down. Mr. Murray got me to say a few words on the occasion to the men. Then there was a sing-song and I believe they enjoyed themselves till eleven… Stornoway 14th Nov. 1918

During the week we have had a very bad storm, which does not seem even yet to have quite blown itself out. Thursday night’s “Sheila” lay outside the lighthouse all night and only got in to the wharf at breakfast-time … The waves tore up a bit of the roadway opposite the Caledonian Hotel and seaweed is significantly strewed over the front every here and there. Our heating chamber at the Springfield Building has been flooded… Stornoway 10th Nov. 1918

Mr Gibson tells of declining an appointment as a Justice of the Peace, and of a sudden and sad young death from influenza; there is still no word of Jean’s Canadian cousin George, and Barrie the cat is avoiding a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on During the week we have had a very bad storm, which does not seem even yet to have quite blown itself out. Thursday night’s “Sheila” lay outside the lighthouse all night and only got in to the wharf at breakfast-time … The waves tore up a bit of the roadway opposite the Caledonian Hotel and seaweed is significantly strewed over the front every here and there. Our heating chamber at the Springfield Building has been flooded… Stornoway 10th Nov. 1918

This has been a whole day’s rain and the house has almost a moat at present I should say. – The storm here in dining room is fearsome tonight … Barrie would not go out in such a storm. Poor lil small! … Stornoway 7th Nov. 1918

Mrs Gibson gives a heartbreaking account of a widow whom she believes has died of grief; Mr Gibson has given a talk on “Sea travel” to the Literary Society, and Barrie the cat is unlikely to venture out into the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on This has been a whole day’s rain and the house has almost a moat at present I should say. – The storm here in dining room is fearsome tonight … Barrie would not go out in such a storm. Poor lil small! … Stornoway 7th Nov. 1918