Last year, as part of Harry’s divestiture of his long lived-in house in Ann Arbor, we ended up with boxes and boxes of old photos and letters. Yesterday, Anne was going through some of these items and came across this birthday card to her maternal grandmother, Grandma Finlayson, nee Margaret Blanche Raeburn, who was 22 when this birthday card was written to her by her dad, William Raeburn Jr. (1853-1935). He was living in the Soo at the time. She was at college in Battle Creek. Secretarial College maybe—Don (her future husband) has referred to her learning shorthand in his letters.
Sault Ste Marie, April 23rd, 1910
Many thanks for the beautiful birthday postcard. And more particularly for the loving message it contained. All that you wished, I wish for you, so may your wishes all come true. Enclosed herewith please find a poor miserable little $5.00 check, but if you will accept it in the spirit in which it is sent. It will suddenly be transformed into a much larger check, but not at the bank where you can get it cashed.
Your very loving