Monday, May 26, 2014

Amanuensis Monday: Kuebler’s Camp

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

My husband’s late uncle George Demoskoff suffered from a heart condition. In the 1950s, he left his wife and children at home in Canada for a few weeks’ stay at Dr. Jensen’s Hidden Valley Health Ranch in California, ‘seeking his health’.

While in the sunny Californian climate, George sent postcards to his family, letting them know how he was getting on. I’ve previously written about one of those cards at Amanuensis Monday: Oranges and Snow-Capped Mountains.

Here’s another postcard George sent back home to Canada. [1] It is postmarked [11?] May 1956 from Twenty Nine Palms, California, and is addressed to his younger brother William (Bill) in Pelly, Saskatchewan.

Front of postcard from George Demoskoff
Front of postcard

The text on the front of the colourful card reads:

Kuebler’s Camp
Lake Wohlford
Star Route 770 – Phone 1046W
Escondido, Calif.

Back of postcard from George Demoskoff
Back of postcard

George wrote:

Hi! Folks
Here I am about [80?] miles
south of Los Angeles
at Dr. Jensen’s Health ranch
seeking my health.
[signed] Brother
George

Source:

1. George Demoskoff to William Demoskoff (Pelly, Saskatchewan), postcard, [11?] May 1956; Demoskoff Family Papers, privately held by Yvonne (Belair) Demoskoff, Hope, British Columbia, 2014. Yvonne acquired assorted memorabilia (including this postcard) in January 2012 from her father-in-law William (Bill) Demoskoff.

Copyright © 2014, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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