Archive for April, 2007

My Dearest Dady,

How are you tonight? Are you feeling all right?  It’s been really nice here, hasn’t rained this week.  We didn’t have a fire to-day or yesterday.  We had fish for dinner and it was good.

Patricia has been ironing and I wrote some cards.  I guess we will get ready for bed now.  Dale get home about 1.

Patricia got shoes for Mark and Elyce yesterday.  Mark is so chubby.  He is  so chubby.  Not thin-looking like he was last summer.

I don’t know any news.  We have been listening to the hurricane reports.

Honey are you all right?  I haven’t had a letter yet.  Be careful honey.  Take your medicine and don’t sit up all night.  Does Norman come by?  Write soon honey.  Take care of your self .  Lots and lots of love.  Night Night and Sweet dreams.

Always Your



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My Dearest Daddy,

How are you to-day?  Are you getting along all right?  I didn’t get a chance to write last night.  Patricia’s neighbor down by the lake came up and stayed until we went after Dale, in fact she went with us.  Their friend let them have their car, they have 2 so they told Dale to take one.  They sure have some good friends.  Last night the man by the lake came up with 7 big bass about 3 or 4 lbs. a piece.  They were all frozen, had been caught over the week end.

It was quite warm here yesterday and this morning is the first we haven’t had  a fire.  It’s supposed to be 80 to-day then cool again tomorrow.  How is the weather there?  Is it still hot?

We stopped in Kent yesterday and I got some cards so will get them written to-day.

Elyce is so cute.  Any thing anyone can’t do she says “I think Grand Mother can fix it.” Now she’s afraid I’m going home.  Every day she says “Grand-Mother you aren’t going home to-day.”

Dale goes on day again Mon. Seemed there was a mistake that he is on after noon this week.

It’s so pretty out here at night, when we drive along on those high places we can see 3 towns and the lights look like X-mas trees.

Yesterday when we went to Kent we saw 3 – 52’s Boy! are they big.  I saw one on the ground to and you just can’t imagine the size.

Well honey I haven’t had a letter yet.  Hope to get one to-day.  I hope you are making out all-right.  If you want me to come soon I will.

I better close and get this in the mail box.  The box I sent came yesterday and the jar of pickles came through OK.

Tell everyone “hello” and I’m sure enjoying this.

Lots and lots of love Daddy.  Be careful.  Take are of yourself.  Don’t forget to turn the TV off before you fall asleep.  Honey did you give my plants some water?

Write soon honey.  The childen all say hello and Diane wrote you a letter.  Lots of love.  I’m aways

Your Girlie.


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My Dearest Daddy,

How are you tonight? Did it get cooler yet? It’s cool here, we had a fire in the fireplace this morning and have one tonight, and it would be really cold without it. It rained early this morning and was kinda cloudy all day.

Dale went back on afternoons to-day, so this morning we went to town. Had to wear our coats.

I had trout for my breakfast this morning and was it good. They had a fish fry here Sat. night, they had 17 fish. Potatoesalad, baked beans and lettuce salad and cookies. Coffee. It was hot here Sat. 85.

Patricia has some beautiful flowers in her yard. She has some of those beautiful lue hydrangeas, and a ig rose bush full of buds. One is opening, it’s a dark red.

Did Winni come out to-day? Honey are you getting along ll right?

To-day when we went out we went by the radar station, it’s only a little way from Patricia’s. Then they have a guided missile launching station near her too.

Well honey I don’t know any exciting news.

I had a seat partner on the bus for a while she and her boy came from Portland Maine. They were going to Spokane. In talking I told her we had a friend (an artist) who lived in Kenny Bunk Port, and I told her his name and she knew him. Wasn’t that funny, to run into a perfect stranger so far away who knew some one we knew.

I will write again tomorrow, so I’ll close for this time. Be careful honey and take care of yourself. Be sure and take your medicine.

Night Night honey and sweet dreams. Lots and lots of love Daddy. As always

Your Girlie


{Click on the picture for a larger view; it’s worth it. In fact, I may do a painting of it sometime…

This photo shows, from left to right, Lillian, Diane & Cindy on the swing, Elyce below it, and Pat at right. Their picnic table is set up on saw horses, in the public lot next to the house. The chairs are from Pat’s dining room set – she still had them when my family lived there with her. The swing in the background is the one that was missing a pole – you can see the wooden leg, it’s the second from the left.

Lillian, I’m told, always wore her hair that way – it was so long and thick it actually took three buns across the back of her head. I had heard that her her husband, my great-grandfather, was often an angry man; I don’t ever get that sense from reading these letters. Instead, I am quite touched by the tremendous love and care Lillian showed for him in these letters. – J}

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My Dearest Daddy, (to clarify, this is how she addressed her husband in letters – J.)

Well here I am with the kids. They are all fine and look the same. The bus was half hour late. Dale was right at the bus where I got off. Patricia and the children waited in the car.

I had a good trip. I couldn’t seem to stay awake long at a time, and there was so much to see. It rained off and on all day Fri. Did it storm and rain there?

The coat fits Patricia just right. Her house is nice and the dog is big.

I am kinda sleepy to-night and its nice and cool. We have the doors and windows closed. The bus was so cool I used my sweater, and at night I had to cover up with my coat. But when the bus stopped it sure was hot. And the stations were to. Had to wait an hr. in Minneapolis.

Patricia had a good dinner, roast beef and potatoe salad, iced tea and lemon pie.

Be careful honey. Are you taking your medicine and eat enough (of the right things.) Has Winnie been out?

Daddy be sure and water my plants? I meant to before I left and I forgot it.

Well I better close and go to bed. The children told me they get up early. Diane and Cindy set the table and wash and dry the dishes. I’ll write again tomorrow. Take care of yourself and go to bed. Did you have to call the TV man?

Night Night Daddy dear. Be careful and don’t try to do a lot if its still hot. It doesn’t seem possible it could have been so hot when its so nice and cool here.

Write soon Daddy and take care of yourself and I’ll soon be home again.

Lots and lots of love Daddy.

Always your



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Dear Mother and Daddy,

Dale just left for work so I thought I’d sit down and write a line before the kids wake up and I get busy.

It looks as though it will be a nice day for a change.  It has been raining for over a week.  The temperature is supposed to go up to 70 today for a change.

How are you both? We are all fine.  Diane’s day camp is over and she misses it. She only went one day last week and that was the last day because it rained the rest of the time.  She made an Indian dress out of old gunny sack and she parades around in that most of the time.

The kids have been counting the days until you get here, Mother.  I guess I have, too as I can’t seem to go to sleep at night.  Wish Daddy was coming, too.

Mary Ann and George were over Sunday.  George insisted they take us up to meet your bus, so that will make it nice.

Our fish supply has increased to 12 rainbow trout now, Dale (according to him) has lost some awfully big ones.  He has also lost a lot of hooks, ha! ha!  He bought a can of trout food thinking he would catch some and it was just a can of whole kernel corn.  He did catch several Saturday that had eaten some corn.  I told Dale that between he and Harold Neilson our neighbor down in back , the fish eat better than we do.  They have used just about everything for bait.  Currently they are using beef (to catch big ones they say).

Sorry to hear about Violet Mother.  They certainly seem to have a lot of sickness in that family.  Does Violet still live in the same house?

How is the puppy?

Well, I must close now.  Can’t think of anymore news.  Is Elva going to Arizona this year?

Have a nice trip, and Daddy you take good care of yourself now.

Lots of love,


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Dear Mother and Daddy;

You must be wondering what happened to me, well nothing did. I just kept missing the mail man so I put off writing until the next day, and the first thing I knew two weeks had passed.

How are you both?  We are all fine.  Diane has a cold, but nothing serious.  She has been going to day camp, and having such a good time there, that I told her that I wished I could go too.  They dig clams and cook them over the fire, and bake cakes and go on hikes, and fishing and make things.  It rained today, and they didn’t have it, and she was so disappointed.  This is the last week of it.  They are supposed to sleep outside at camp the last night.

We have been going fishing almost every night down in back.  The fish haven’t been biting too well though. Dale caught one small one last night.  I added it to the 2 that he caught last week in the freezer.   Maybe by the time you get here we will have enough for a meal.  They certainly are good though. They are trout, (rainbows). The fish are jumping up all over, but don’t seem interested in getting caught.  Dale thinks that if he could get out in the lake farther that he could get more, so Sunday he started building a raft.  I tried to talk him out of it but it did no good.  I hope that it will sink as soon as he puts it on the water so that he won’t have a chance to get on it.

We were glad to hear that Velma had had her baby and was all right.  I’ll bet that she is busy now, isn’t she?  Who does the baby look like?  Doe she have a buggy?

It has been real cool her yesterday and today.  We have had to have a fire all day.  Be sure and bring your sweaters when you come, and you won’t need to bring any bathrobe, as I have plenty of them.  Would you have room to stick in that little old iron of mine?  It doesn’t weigh very much, but if you don’t have room that is all right, I don’t need it right now anyway.  We can sew the chair covers out here.  I am afraid that you will get pretty bored.  We won’t be able to do much this year.  I do want to go to Tacoma one day, and Seattle one day to look in the stores.

We were over to Mary Ann’s Sunday.  George came over and got us.  She has made 6 outfits for her girls for school since we saw her the fourth of July.  I haven’t even started yet.  I had better get busy.

A week ago last Friday night, Marjorie, the woman down in back and I took the bus and went down to Sears.  She brought some blankets.  I just went along for the ride although I did buy some bobbers for the fish poles.  By the way mother, don’t forget to bring some comfortable walking shoes.

Karen is wiggling over in her bed.  She wants her bath, I guess.  She certainly is growing.  She likes to sit in the teeter-babe.

Bruce stopped by Saturday night to see if he could borrow our camp stove.  He said that his dad had died and they were leaving that night for Kentucky for his funeral.  He said that they would be gone 2 weeks, and they were going to Detroit to see Loretta’s folks too, to try and get some money to come home on.

The kids just brought the mail in so I have missed him again.  At least it will get in the mail tomorrow.  Don’t forget to let us know for sure what time you will arrive.

I got all my blankets washed last week.  I still have cupboards to clean.  What is Norman going to do with his car when he goes into the service? Our flox and hydrangeas are in bloom now.

Well, I guess that I will close for this time.  I can’t think of anymore to say.  Diane has a couple letters written to you, but doesn’t have any stamps and neither do I  so you will probably get them before the summer is over.  No, dale hasn’t been getting any overtime.  He just worked 2 Saturdays and that was all.

Lots of love,


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Dear Mother and Daddy,

Well, the big Fourth of July week-end is over now, and that means so is half the summer. My, but it is flying by. It is chilly out here. We had to have a fire in the fireplace all week-end. In fact it rained up until yesterday. We did all of our picnicing in the house, but we had company every day all week-end. Mary Ann and George and kids and her sister Barbara, and a young neighbor of theirs, and Harold and Marjorie Nielson, my neighbors down in back were here Saturday until 3:30 Sunday morning. We had our annual fireworks display. George bought most of them last year, except for a few rockets that Bruce bought. Bruce and Loretta weren’t here. They had company from Longview over the week-end. Sunday and Monday both they were all here again. Every one brought something to eat, and we danced and sang and talked. We had a nice time. What did you do?

How are you both feeling? According to the radio you are having a heat wave. How are you standing it? We have been here where it is cool so long, that the heat really gets us down.

Friday, we received the nice card that you sent. Thanks a lot. It was our 11th anniversary. We looked it up and it said for the 11th one it is steel, so Dale says he will buy me a car. He doesn’t look so well with lumps on his head. By the way, he started working days again today. I wonder how long it will last this time. It certainly will be nice to have him home in the evenings.

Diane’s arm is all well now. She didn’t turn the iron over, she just reached across it for something and touched her arm to it. It would have been alright if she hadn’t broken the blister and gotten dirt into it the next day.

That bus fare is reasonable. It is much cheaper than you could drive it round trip, and faster too. You should be here on the 5th of August, right? That is only a month from now. I can hardly wait. I hope you do come by Scenecruiser. You tell me about the time you will arrive for sure when you know. You said that you would arrive at 4:30 is that our time or yours? You can let me know.

There isn’t much news. We haven’t been doing anything.

We received a box from Jerry Friday. She sent Karen a beautiful nylon dress and slip with pink embroidery on them. Dale’s mother sent Karen a bottle holder and a pretty white and pink sweater with the bonnet attached. She is really well supplied with clothes now. Oh yes, Jerry also sent some gowns that her baby had, and a nylon sweater set that he had. They are in good condition though.

Do you think Winnie and Norman will get married? Did Mrs. Moore move to Lansing yet?

Is the strike over at Kaisers?

Well, I guess that I had better close now, and try and catch the mail-man. I have to wash clothes and do some baking too. Mark is having a fit because he wants to get up.

Lots of love,


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