Percy’s uncle Bob reached up to remove the faded postcard and magazine clipping from the wall behind his cash register at Bethune’s Store. “The war is over now, you’ve got your whole life in front of you,” he said.
Percy was visiting Braeside to apply for work at the new Gillies’ mill being built in Temagami. He was excited about his prospects: since the end of the war, the company had made a concerted effort to place returning servicemen into their workforce.
Percy noticed the victory gardens throughout the village. Aunt Bessie told him that Mrs. D.A. Gillies was urging everyone to grow as much food as possible to send overseas, where they still had food shortages.
Uncle Bob grinned when he handed him the postcard. Percy chuckled when he saw the back which simply read, “Thanks for the smokes”. Uncle Bob had sent many packages of cigarettes overseas throughout the war.
They stepped outside when they heard the familiar sound of a horse trotting by. There it was, over at Russett’s Dairy.
Listen to the audio clip about working as a Depot Clerk at Temagami in the 1940’s, with transcription: Interview with Sloan Watters.