I was speaking to Jeanie Craig on Saturday night. No news of Archie! She is going away soon, to S. Shields I think, where her husband has taken a furnished house. She has anoth-er baby now and her mother is going south with her for the change and to help her with the babies. It will be better for her than brooding at home… Stornoway, 11th June. 1917

Extract from letter from Mrs Gibson to Jean Gibson, 11 June 1917

Mrs Gibson writes to Jean this week about the rushed wedding of a local girl to a young service man, and reports on the worried families of two local men who seem to be missing in action. There has also been a currant cake robbery from Mrs Gibson’s window! The next in our series of letters from the W.J. Gibson collection held by Museum nan Eilean. Please get in touch if you have any comments: archives@cne-siar.gov.uk

Dear Sheann,

I was sorry I was able to send only a card last night. At three o’clock Alfred Roberston came to call and before he had sat for a while and had some tea Mrs. Anderson came to call with the baby. After they had all gone Papa and I went for a short walk before having a late tea. By the time I had washed up John Maciver (Back) came to see us and he did not go away will about eleven. So I had to write a card and Papa went down with him to put it in the steamer box.

We were sorry you had not been well but hope you are all right again. Next time you go to the baths you must reduce the time. It isn’t good staying long in the water when you are not used to it.

Glad you like the jumper. Is it ripe yet? Bessie was writing home to her mother to make one for her a while ago. Her father told me one Sunday.

I haven’t seen Miss Angus for some time. Did I tell you that a younger sister of Miss Maclean Muir of Ord ( you remember the one we met in Paris?) is coming in her place. She is a graduate of Edin. and I don’t know why she is going in for this work. I am afraid she will be very young.

Papa was taking photos of Class V1 today out at our bushes. Max was there all alone poor boy. He is not at school but was there ‘by request’. Now Papa has gone back to school to develop them.

Have you heard that Gardie Bain is to be married this month. Mrs. Funnell was telling me. She could not say who the young man was but he was recently here on a visit with Gardie. He is in service of course and is going out to Africa hence the hurried wedding. Gardie is to come home and live with her mother if they will let her away from the hospital, but they are needing more and more nurses.

I suppose you have heard that poor Murdo Montgomery who was in the S.B. [School Board?] office is reported missing since 3rd. May. His mother and sisters are in a dreadful way about it. I am sorry for Johanna getting such bad news when away from home.

I was speaking to Jeanie Craig on Saturday night. No news of Archie! She is going away soon, to S. Shields I think, where her husband has taken a furnished house. She has another baby now and her mother is going south with her for the change and to help her with the babies. It will be better for her than brooding at home.

This has been a very beautiful day. Everything is looking fresh and green. The laburnums at the gate are in full bloom and look like something in a Japanese picture. Three of the white beams too are in blossom including one of those at the front not “too much” blossom you know, but blossom. The grass is almost too high. At the back I am keeping it down.

I got my mole frock from Prentice last week. I haven’t had it on yet but it looks all right. Got a new hat last week in Bella Maggie’s, a tuscan straw with a black ribbon. Haven’t had it on but feel better dressed by having it.

When does Maud come home exactly? It won’t be long now.

I baked a big plain currant cake last Friday meaning to have it by me for war visitors. I was foolish enough to leave it cooling on the wire tray on the side table in the kitchen with the window wide open. Stripey, sharp set came in, in my absence and ate the whole top off it! Today I found him in the scullery wolfing up Barrie’s porridge. I am afraid his people must be rationing him.

Much love to Sheann from both her Pa and Ma.

Ref: 1992.50.64i/L54

Transcribed by Hazel Tocock, Museum Visitor Assistant

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