Just a Larger Family: Letters of Marie Williamson from the Canadian Home Front,1940-1944 (Life Writing)

the second one global conflict have been lower than manner for a 12 months while Marie and John Williamson welcomed English brothers to hitch them and their young children of their small residence in north Toronto all through the clash. Marie wrote over one hundred fifty letters to the lads’ mom, Margaret Sharp, imagining that she can make Margaret think she used to be nonetheless together with her little ones. She shepherded the men via schooling judgements and health problems, eased them right into a unusual new existence, and had a good time once they embraced strange wintry weather activities. The letters brim with aspect approximately relations vacation trips, the monetary implications of a longer kin, their involvement of their church, and the video games and actions that saved them occupied. Marie’s letters replicate the lives and issues of a selected kin in Toronto, yet additionally they display a portrait of what used to be then Canada’s second-largest urban in the course of wartime.

The advent is through Mary F. Williamson, Marie’s daughter, and Tom Sharp, Margaret’s youngest son. The booklet incorporates a foreword via Jonathan Vance that places the letters in old context.

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Her document for the nationwide assets making plans Board on social coverage, protection, paintings and aid, was once awarded to Congress to huge acclaim and used to be obvious because the U. S. an identical of the Beveridge document within the uk. the 3 Sharp boys stayed with the Burnses at their summer season position at North Sanbornton, New Hampshire, in 1941, and Christopher lived with them in Washington from January 1943 until eventually he and Tom back to England in 1944. Eve visited the Williamson relations on may perhaps 18, 1943, whereas in Toronto to talk to the Canadian Welfare Council (see Appendix 4). innis , Mary Emma, née Quayle (1899–1972), and Harold Adams (1894– 1952). Mary was once a author and editor. Harold, a political economist on the college of Toronto, pioneered the ield of communique idea in Canada. Their childrens have been Donald (1924–1988), Mary (1927– ), Hugh (1929– ), and Anne (1933– ). The Innis kin moved round the corner to the Williamsons in April 1942 and accordingly the lives of the 2 households turned intertwined. Marie commented on Anne’s arrival as “a nice acquisition. ” murphy , Mary Ursula (1918–1976). Born in Brechin, Ontario, considered one of 12 little ones. She was once a live-in maid within the Williamson domestic among 1939 and 1942. She gave her discover in might 1941, hoping to ind better-paid possibilities, yet again in October having came across that paintings in a munitions plant concerned much less handy hours than house responsibilities. Mary left the Williamsons for the final time in April 1942 to aid her mom at the family members farm. peterKin , BusBy, jennings, and mCKay Florence Emmaline, née Johnstone (1874–1946), and her husband Charles Robert, Jr. (1872–1956). They have been the oldsters of Theresa Busby,* Marie Williamson,* Clare Jennings,* and Bob Peterkin. * Florence used to be a irst cousin of Mary Tout. * She used to be six whilst her kin emigrated from Yorkshire to Toronto. peterKin , 20 BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES peterKin , Charles Robert “Bob” (1905–1979), brother of Marie, and his spouse Besse, née Craig (1915–1993). Janet, their daughter, was once born in 1941. Bob served within the Canadian military, 1942–45, as a sergeant within the Quartermaster Corps. He acquired his call-up papers in August 1942, used to be despatched for “overseas” responsibility to Newfoundland in April 1943, and in October got here domestic on depart to work out his kin. BusBy , Theresa Florence, née Peterkin (1896–1972), Marie’s elder sister, was once a college instructor, and her husband Leslie (1899–1957) was once a marine engineer hired with Imperial Oil until eventually the top of 1940. came across to have tuberculosis, Leslie was once hospitalized on the clinic in Hamilton till March of 1942. He back to paintings for the British Admiralty Technical challenge and used to be over a 12 months in Hamilton superintending the install of equipment in Algerine Mine Sweepers, which were in-built Toronto. He was once then transferred to Marine Industries in Sorel, Quebec, the place the corporate used to be construction touchdown ships tanks (lsts) for touchdown tanks on seashores. Theresa met the pointy boys on their arrival in Toronto; she funded their charges at St.

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