Vera Cryderman and Stuart Stanley Taylor were sweethearts before Taylor enlisted with the 109th Battalion. Vera taught school in Haliburton County, mainly in Carnarvon. Stuartwas a farmer from Minden, Ontario. The sweethearts exchanged numourous letters while Taylor was overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Stuart's letters reveal that while he was overseas he was not fighting on the front lines but was logging and laying rails with horse teams. Vera did her teaching education in one year, instead of the normal two years, while Stuart was in France, and then started teaching at different schools in the county. As well as letters, Stuart and Vera exchanged photos. Vera continually sent Stuart care packages. Stuart joked about owing a huge bill for them when he got home. Along with one of the care packages, Vera sent Stuart four pressed red maple leaves, two of which Stuart sent back in the following letters to Vera.
When the war was over Stuart and Vera were married on July 11, 1919 in a small church in Carnarvon.