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In the water up to her knees

Approxamately 1920
Watt family in Lynn Mass.

Amy Louise Turner, William Haig Watt,
Thomas Watt and Margaret Linton Watt
Approx. 1920

original letter

Tom's 1914 letter to Amy while at sea.
Tom is working as a steward on board the steam ship.
See the original letter - page 1 and 4 - page 2 and 3 - page 6 and 7
- page 8 (P.S.) and 5 .
Below is a typed version of the letter sent to:
Miss. A. L. Turner at 215 Forest Hills St., Jamaica Plains, Boston
On Board
United Fruit Company’s
S.S. Sixaola
February 24, 1914

My Ain Dear Lassie,

It seems strange to me & I can scarcely account for it, but I have had such an uneventful trip so far that I find it difficult to know what to tell you, unless it be the old, old, story of how much I care for you & you know that already, and it will bear repeating.

Since leaving Boston we have had a very quiet trip with the exception of Friday night when we ran into a tremendous gale direct ahead which kept us back quite a bit, as we only made 219 miles for that days run. So strong was the force of the wind that it was impossible to go out on deck forward till nearly midnight when we retired for the night & I slept well through it but very few of the men did.

My new position has entailed so much extra time & responsibility that I have not enjoyed the trip so much as the previous one, but I am in very good health & looking forward to the end of the trip & being with you once more.

The weather has been much cooler this trip & today has been the first warm day since we left Boston, but Dearie, there have been no fine starry nights to rouse ones emotions & to make one dream of you & wish you were with me & I am a little disappointed.

I have 2 tables in the Dining Room & at one I have a party of 4 ladies & at the other 2 Gentlemen, the ladies leave tomorrow at Pt. Antonio & I can’t say I am sorry, though I hope to receive a substantial token of their appreciation of my services, which they say they regard highly.

I will tell you more about them when I am with you, Dearie, but want to tell you that they are delegates from some religious institution & it has resolved itself into a mutual admiration society of the most virulent kind, led by the usual strong minded specimen of the female persuasion who dominates all the actions of the other three, even to their eating, from which and all other diseases may I be preserved. You will no doubt think this awful, but my dear lassie, I would that you could just see & hear them for one day & you would break into more expressive language to give vent to your outraged feelings.

The two gentlemen seem to be what I said they were, gentlemen, but as such one only worth of passing mention as men usually are. I have just finished serving a very elaborate dinner & I am somewhat tired but in good spirits at the prospect ahead for us & I think that I have carried the regard of my bosses & certainly the well wishes of the men working with me, who all have surprised me with their willingness to do anything required of them & I do not have to ask them to do anything as they know & do all required of them.

Tomorrow we reach Antonio thence to Colon & Pt. Limons & return. I do not think I will write you a letter from Colon But will send cards, as you would not get my letter till day of my arrival in Boston & you will be better to have me tell you everything than to write it down.

I will also bring you some momentos from Colon which will serve later perhaps as a memory of this time, Sweetheart, when I had to be away from you. Absence may make the heart grow fonder but I think it is the looking forward to the meeting again of the loved one that is the star of hope that cheers one on & keeps one striving & longing for the time when parting will be no more & love will be rewarded by an ideal unity. Dearie, I hope & pray that all is well with you & that you are happy in the knowledge of my affection for you & though presently parted, I never cease to think of you & long to be with you always.

Please give my warmest regards to Mrs. & Mr. Van Der Voet whom I esteem highly because of their undoubted friendship for you & I & tell them that I will send them cards from Colon as I really cannot find time to write them a letter as I would like to.

Dearie, I will close now as it is time to retire, but you are with me always in spirit & I feel as if I were just bidding you goodnight & that you could hear me say it & feel my presence also with you. So goodnight sweetheart for the present & I will be with you again on Monday week to express more to my & your satisfaction the feelings I have toward you.

Yours affectionately,

1914 menu

"Sixola" February 15, 1914 menu. See larger versions: Page 1 - Page 2

Thomas on the boat stairs

Thomas on board the SS Sixola around 1914.
1933 Tom

July 24, 1933 Thomas stands in the backyard of 7 Houston Place, Lynn Mass.

Baby Peggy and Amy

Margaret or William with Amy
Approx. 1916

Amy Louise Watt becomes a citizen
March 18, 1929

Peg and Amy

William or Margaret with Amy - approx. 1916

Peg and Tabby

Peg and Tabby in 1929

War Relief thank you letter

Letter to Mrs. Watt for her contributions
During WWII

"There'll always be an England" sticker

Amy, always loved her homeland

Theoligical College commencement listing

Amy Louise Turner Graduates from The Gordon School
and gives a missionary service address "The Place of Prayer in Missions"
Commencement - Thursday, May 18, 1911

Theoligical College commencement listing

Margaret, her father Thomas, and his son Bill (William) in 1929 at Middleton

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