[This letter was returned as undeliverable after Pte. Joseph Hornibrook was killed in action on August 13th, 1917.]
Sundridge, Ont. Can
Dear Uncle -
Just a few lines in answer to your ever welcome letter which I received a few days ago.
We are having very nice haying weather now and are nearly finished with it. They are stacking to-day, but Earnest is finished long ago. We had one of the worst thunder storms last week that I ever heard tell of. It started about three o’clock Monday afternoon and lasted all night until four o’clock Tuesday morning. Mr Win Jones’ barn was burned by the lightning and we heard that there was also two other ones burned also. One belonging to Mr Hicks and one to Mr Cothell in the Dutch Settlement. Mr. Jones was done haying and lost all his hay and also some live stock. There was a post splintered between our other barn and the road, so that was pretty close to the barn.
Jones has bought Munroe out, and they are selling out and moving away, the sale is the last of this month.
Mr Jack Hayes is dead in Fort William and was brought to Houcks for burial. He was buried last Monday and the storm started when the funeral procession was at Black Creek and lasted all the way to the grave yard I tell you it was pretty sharp.
You were asking me if Mr Dukelow was going to teach in Sundridge. He sure is going to teach and also going to be married the 24th of this month that is next Friday.
Have you saw Harold lately. There was a telegram come that he was admitted to the hospital with a crushed foot. Well I think I will close as it is getting late and I want to write to Harold also.
Hoping to hear from you soon I remain