94-year-old letter returned to Alberta family

The first page of a letter written by Violet Collier to a friend in Australia. (PHOTO COURTESY...

The first page of a letter written by Violet Collier to a friend in Australia. (PHOTO COURTESY FAMILY)

Michael Platt, QMI Agency

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CALGARY -- Some things never change.

If it wasn’t for the stained paper and pen-and-ink cursive, you’d swear the century-old letter from Vulcan, Alberta was written today.

Violet Collier complains about the weather, the government and arrogant American neighbours — “thinking they rule the world” — while admiring the handsome Prince of Wales, a “nice open faced boy.”

And of course, being Canadian, she talks a little hockey too.

“It’s just a really great letter — for us, it’s the era that it was written in,” said Jonathan Allan, economic development officer for the Vulcan Business Development Society.

“The lady who wrote it was a new immigrant, who’d been here a year or two — and they were going through the exact same things we go through now, worrying about the weather and the price of feed.”

Allan is the middle man in a return-to-sender story that took 94 years to complete — and thanks to a curious Australian, the letter penned to a “Miss Scholz” on Nov. 15, 1919 is now back in the hands of Collier’s family in Alberta.

Tim Lacey of Balaklava, Australia is the hero of this tale, after discovering the well-preserved letter inside an old trunk he purchased years ago.

With the Internet at hand and his curiosity driving him, Lacey finally made contact with Allan at the Town of Vulcan — and from there, the letter was returned home.


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