January 17, 2021

Letter from 1918 pandemic connects Thunder Bay woman to distant relatives, online community amid COVID-19

Pandemic letters and Bessie 1918

In 2019, Lindsay Doran-Bonk received a scanned copy of an 100-year-old letter, penned by her great-grandmother, Marion Elizabeth “Bessie” Forester. At the time, Doran-Bonk, a Thunder Bay Ont. resident, saw the letter as an interesting glimpse into the past, not realizing the significance it would hold for herself and for an online community in a year’s time.