Christmas 1953

Although Sutherlands spread out across the country, they managed to stay in touch. In 1953, Ada Sutherland sent a card to her husband’s cousin, Clarence Sutherland.

from Ada Sutherland

Ada Violet Paschal married Lewis Harvey “Lue” Sutherland after he moved to Oregon. Lue homesteaded the property that was later purchased by Clint Sutherland. Shortly after he obtained a patent for his homestead, Lue relocated to the Northwest. Lue and Ada had one son, Kenneth Harvey. Kenneth served in WWII. He died in California in 1943. Kenneth left a young widow and one daughter, Dorene.

Ada corresponded with her in-laws in Louisiana as well as other Sutherland relatives. She mentions her brother-in-law, John, and his widow, Kitty. Lue’s younger brother moved to California in the early 1900’s.

Medford, Ore. Dec-10-1953. My dear Clarence and Bertha. Have been thinking of you so much the past few days I must write to you. I do hope you both are better than when I last heard from you. I am well and expect to go to Sacramento, California to spend Christmas with my granddaughter Dorene. She is 13 now and getting to be a very pretty girl. Or at least I think so. Harvey’s (Lue to you) brother John’s wife lives there now with a nephew, but it has been 2 or more years since I heard from her. She may not be living anymore. I always got a Christmas card from her until last year. Her address was the last I heard – 3111 – 29th ave – Sacramento Calif. I will try and look her up when I go down this year. I took Dorene on a trip to Alaska this past summer and it was a thrill for both of us. Such beautiful mountain scenery. We crossed the Gulf of Alaska from Juneau the capital to Seward and it was a beautiful trip. Was on the boat 15 days and nights. Saw the midnight sun and northern lights. Glaciers – Volcano in action. Whales – caribou, wild mountain goats – eagles – really was wild in the mountains. A trip neither one of us will ever forget. Want to take her sometime next summer, as it is about the only time that I have with her and I do enjoy our trips so much. Well, dear ones, do write again when you find time as I always do enjoy your letters. And tell me all about your family. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and a very prosperous and healthy New Year. Lots of love to you and all there. I am as ever your cousin

Ada Sutherland
1805 E. Main Street
Medford, ORE

I don’t know if Ada ever met Clarence and Bertha but she continued to correspond after the death of her husband in 1948. Ada passed away in 1958.

I hope that she got to see Alaska one more time.

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