Editor’s note: Every year in late November, almost like clockwork, the St. Marys Journal Argus receives a neatly handwritten envelope postmarked from Windsor, Ontario. Inside is a request for a subscription renewal, along with a short note of appreciation for keeping the writer, Blanche Teahen, up to date on the goings-on in her hometown.
Mrs. Teahen has lived for many years away from St. Marys, but we always are thankful to hear from her each year, and usually reprint the short note in her card as a “Letter to the Editor.”
This year’s card was different, however. Inside it were some priceless photos from early in the 1920s, depicting the aftermath of a massive snowstorm in the St. Marys area. Reprinted below is Blanche Teahen’s note to the Journal Argus for 2014 — including her explanation about the photos.
I have been sorting a lot of photos which my late aunt, Mrs. Mae (Teahen) Egan, had taken while living in St. Marys. She was born there and worked at the Royal Bank of Canada as a teller — one of the first women to be employed by the bank.
The photos enclosed were taken by her when a terrible snowstorm hit the area. It was so bad that the trains could not get through to the station at St. Marys. She was young then, and all of her friends used to use their snowshoes for fun in the winter. You will notice the snowshoes in the photos.
I thought the archives might like these photos. I was going to throw them away, but I just couldn’t do it. Also, I still get the Journal Argus so I do keep up with the St. Marys news. I notice an article about the McConnell Club. My aunt was one of the original members. She lived in St. Marys until she married in 1929, and was a very active member of the Club.