May 22, 2015


Letters to the Editor

A poignant WWI romance

One of the letters Cliff Chapman sent to his future wife, Meryl Snyder,  which were found under the floorboards of a Winnipeg home.

One of the letters Cliff Chapman sent to his future wife, Meryl Snyder, which were found under the floorboards of a Winnipeg home.

Gordon Sinclair's fascinating column about the hidden literary treasure found by Lori and Darrell Lafond impressed me in several ways (A century-old love story, July 19).

Wartime suitor Cliff Chapman's personal handwriting is simply beautiful to look at -- a cursive art form lost in the present era -- and unquestionably links, in style, his deep emotion expressed in letters to his love interest, Miss Snyder.

The interestingly poignant story of this First World War romance shouldn't be shelved or forgotten, but presented as an entire collection of pr ose published in book form, or perhaps scripted as a feature film.

One could entitle the story 202 Ethelbert Street, but Love Letters From the Attic also says it all.

Don Warkentin

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 24, 2014 A10

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