Both of these are relatives; above is Bella (Isabella or Isabelle) Ganton and below is Marie Akhurst.
They are both my 1st cousins, two times removed.
I have mentioned a few times over the past week or so that my mother had tuberculosis and spent over three years in a hospital in Muskoka. I was able to get a copy of the book 'The Plague and I' from the local library and read it over the weekend. It was written by a patient who was hospitalized at the same time period as my mother (although the author only spent about a year undergoing care). This book certainly gave me a lot of insight into the horrible 'treatments' that the patients had to undergo....including the barbaric practice of collapsing their lungs under the assumption that if the lung were collapsed it didn't have to work to breathe and therefore would help with healing. It's no wonder the death rate was so high!!
Here's another of the autographs from Mom's book, this one dated 15/8/40....
The flowers rest in season
More loveliness to shed
You've only paused to gain
New strength for days ahead
You've only paused to learn of
The friendships warm and true
That make a loving shelter
In times like this for you