Monday, November 26, 2012

Amanuensis Monday: Oranges and Snow-Capped Mountains

An amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

George Demoskoff was my husband Michael’s paternal uncle. He was the fourth child and third son of Wasyl Demosky by his wife Lukeria Tomelin. George was born in July 1911 in the Doukhobor village Khristianovka (aka Moiseyevo), near Buchanan, Saskatchewan. In November 1941, he married Marie Jmieff, by whom he had three daughters. George died in July 1980 in Grand Forks, British Columbia.

In the 1950s, George moved temporarily to California, USA. He was hoping that a stay at Dr. Jensen’s Hidden Valley Health Ranch would help allieviate his heart condition. (Unfortunately, his visit to the Ranch didn't seem to have a long-term benefit.) While away from Canada, George kept in touch with his family back home by sending postcards. This particular one featuring "Oranges and Snow-Capped Mountains" and postmarked 8 June 1956 Escondido, California, was sent to his brother William (Bill) Demoskoff.

George Demoskoff Postcard to Demoskoff Family front
George Demoskoff postcard to Demoskoff family (front)

George Demoskoff Postcard to Demoskoff Family back
George Demoskoff postcard to Demoskoff family (back)


Hi! Bro. Bill & family
Im [sic] feeling better now
and will be staying
here another few weeks.
Oranges, grapefruit, and
lemons are growing
here almost year round
but I can’t use them
too sour for me.

So long
Bro. George
Mr William Demoskoff
Pelly
Sask[atchewan]  
Canada


Notice how George addressed the card simply with his brother's name and the town (Pelly) and not with a house number and street or post office box number. A specific address wasn't all that necessary back then, because Bill lived on a farm just outside of town and Pelly was a small enough place that his mail would get to him.

Copyright © 2012, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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