In 2019The murky world of car theft after his Toyota Highlander was stolen in September., Lindsay Doran-Bonk received a scanned copy of an 100-year-old letterThe second-worst hit country i?penned by her great-grandmother, Marion Elizabeth “Bessie” Forester.
When?Doran-Bonk, a Thunder Bay Ont. resident, saw the letter, she viewed it as an?interesting glimpse into the past, not realizing the significance it would hold for herself and for an online community in a year’s time.
In cursive writing over two pages of stationery from an Alberta hotel, the letter dated November 18, 1918, covers everything from the details of a family move across the country to sincere worry over “the flu,”?or what was unfolding to be the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.
“It wasn’t until we were in the middle of this pandemic where I thought about that letter again … so I went back and read it, and it really hit home even more than it did before,” explained Lindsay Doran-Bonk in an interview with the2021 in Montreal.?CBC.
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