View of Belle Isle Park from Casino, Detroit, Mich. 1371
1371 – Belle Isle. Belle Isle is in the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor, Canada. The island contains 702 acres and is entirely covered with one of the most beautiful parks in the United States, having some 21 miles of Macadam Roads; a magnificent Casino; Pavilions; Boat Houses; Aquarium; Horticultural Hall and Zoological Gardens. The Island was purchased by Detroit in 1879 and has since then expended $1,600,000 in beautifying it.
Post marked Redford, Mich. May 26, 1915. Addressed to Mrs. Effie L[ee] Weaver, 92 Tireman Ave., Detroit, Michigan.
“Wednesday Dear Aunt – Uncle Willie [Lewellyn Lee, Effie’s brother] thinks the horse a little better this morning. The Dr. has just been here, he said he didn’t see any change. The folks are quite well. Grandma [Esther Jenks Lee, Effie’s mother] is awfully tired. Estelle [Wright, Marietta Lee Wright, Effie’s sister’s daughter]”
Ongoing report on the health of the horse on the farm — extremely important to the farm family in 1915. All but Effie’s immediate family were still living on farms in Oakland County; her mother, Esther Jenks Lee, was living on the farm and in the house built by Esther’s father, Morris Jenks in 1851. That house is still standing and occupied in 2016.