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Dear Mother and Daddy;

Guess you must think that I fell into a hole somewhere, eh? Well, I didn’t. Just didn’t get around to writing.

Our winter has started I guess. It has rained here for a week. The sun was out for a while this morning, so I washed and had them on the line by 8:30. They probably won’t dry though, as it is so damp out. Loretta brought Helen up yesterday and this morning. She has been looking for a job. So has Mary, but Loretta was supposed to go into Boeings this morning for an interview. Mary doesn’t have any prospects yet. She could have gotten a job at Pacific Bell Telephone in Seattle if she lived in Seattle. They wouldn’t hire Loretta there because she was underweight.

Hunting season opens Sunday, and I certainly will be glad when it is over. You know it lasts for a week month out here. We can’t afford it. Dale had several guys lined up to go, but they have all backed out, even George, because they can’t afford it, and most of them make more money than Dale.

Margie came back home Monday. She has been staying with her sister-in-law who had 2 operations. By the way, that place down the hill has been sold. Some fellow that works with Dale who had 3 children and one on the way. The full price was $3,000.00. They bought it for $140 down, and 40 dollars a month. He is coming out this week-end to start digging the lines for his septic tank. I don’t know when Harold and Margie have to move. They haven’t been looking for a place I know. They are living down there rent free you know.

How are you and daddy? How is the weather back there? I suppose that daddy is busy raking the leaves. The month you were here certainly did fly by. What have you been doing? Has Norman left yet?

A week ago Sunday we had a picnic at Saltwater Park. Mary and Loretta, and Mary Ann and George and the kids. We about froze. We were way down there out of the sun where we were when you were here.

Mary and Loretta and I have been going to Church every Sunday. Mary didn’t go last Sunday, but Loretta did. We are going to the guild meeting this Thursday evening. Last Thursday Mrs. Salter asked me to attend the P.T.A. with her, so I did. Loretta’s mother Norma was a hostess. She is also a room mother. I saw her there. By the way, her husband has been transferred to Portland, and they have their house up for sale. Isn’t that a shame. They just got it finished.

Did I tell you that the week-end before this Bruce bought a big RCA 21″ combination TV, radio and phonograph?

It snowed last night in Chinook pass, and they said this morning that chains were required now to cross it. That is the pass that we turned off of just before we got to the pay station at Rainier National Park.

Did the World Series turn out as daddy wanted it to? They said on the radio that they are still celebrating in Brooklyn today. Did daddy watch it?

Well, I guess I will close for this time. The children are fine. Karen is growing every day. Did I tell you that I got the kids jackets? Elyce’s is orange, Diane’s red, and Cynthia’s turquoise. They are pretty.

Lots of love,

Patricia

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Dear Mother and Daddy;

Well, here it is the last day of summer and already it feels as though fall had arrived. It has been cold here all week. At night it goes down into the middle 30’s. It is about 9:30 and the kids are fast asleep. Diane and Cindy both are hoping to join the Bluebirds on Monday. They are the junior Campfire girls. Elyce doesn’t know what to do with herself all day. She sticks pretty close to the house, and as soon as the bus goes by and the girls are home you never heard so much noise and confusion, and arguing as she does with them. She can’t get along with them nor without them.

Karen is getting cuter every day. She is getting real fat, at least a lot fatter than she was. Even her legs are getting fat. She stays awake a lot now and sits up real well in the teeter-babe. Mark is such a busy little man all day. His legs cover many a mile. He took Karen’s shoe yesterday and I can’t find it anywhere. I guess that I will just have to wait until he goes and gets it again. He did that once last week, and the other day he brought it out of hiding again, and I grabbed it fast. I am also trying to solve the mystery of who put the white shoe polish into my beautiful blue bubble bath. I just bought it at Mrs. Dozier’s Stanley party and had only used it once.

Did you see or hear the fight last night? We listened to it on the radio. Pretty good, wasn’t it?

Did you finish painting the dining room yet? What color did you paint it? I’ll bet the living room looks nice. You will really be busy taking care of the baby. It will be nice though if she is a good baby? When Dale read your letter about Bobby Adams he said that it certainly made him feel old to think that Bobby was starting college already. It will be nice for you to have them there once in a while. What does he look like? Does he still dance?

The people who moved up here into the house that Janet lived in are from Rome New York. The fellow is an engineer of some kind at Boeings. He rides with the man Dale rides with.

Did I tell you that last week Mrs. Dozier and another lady came by and took me out to Janets one afternoon. Loretta and Mary came just as we were about to leave here so they told me to go on and they would stay here and watch Karen for me. So I did. Loretta and Mary both went to church with me Sunday. I don’t know if they are going with me this Sunday or not. Bruce bought Loretta a new portable Singer sewing machine with a button holer, and a new waffle iron last week-end. They also bought Helen Jo a beautiful 58 dollar crib and mattress. I hope they know what they are doing.

Incidentally, my job fizzled out. Last Wednesday Mary and Loretta both were layed off. They only worked 3 days. Mary says, “See, I knew I should have taken that bus with your mother.” She says that she is coming to see you when she gets home, and she probably will too. She wants me to get the paint for my kitchen so that she can help me paint. She says that she likes to do that.

Tomorrow night I have to baby sit with Harold, Jr. as his mother is going up and stay with her sister-in-laws children for the week-end. Harold Senior is on afternoons and won’t be home until 1 a.m. I am sure we will all be ready for the booby hatch when his dad gets home.

This week I have been sewing. I finally got around and finished Diane’s dress, and have another started for Cindy that I hope to finish this week end. Dale is reading those western pocket books that you sent last winter.

Today I washed, and then Margie came up and washed. Then I did some spice cupcakes with chocolate frosting. The day before yesterday Elyce and I picked some berries and had blackberry shortcake for supper. It was pretty good too. I must go on a diet, and put out some more slug bait. The baby slugs have been hatching out the last few days. My pink rose bush has 2 more big buds on it.

Did I tell you that Dales mother wrote the first of the week and said that they have a house to themselves 2 doors down from Jerry, and they Dales dad had bought all new furniture even to a stove and refrigerator. They have 2 bedrooms, bath, oil heat and a garage, living room, dining room and kitchen. She is so pleased about it. She said that Skip came home the day that they moved in and was so tickled with it and says to her, “It’s about time you had something nice.” Skip is being transferred to Key West Florida. He is going to have an operation on his thumb at the naval hospital in Norfolk first though. They are going to take a tendon out of his wrist and put it into his thumb. He is going to be on shore duty in Key West driving a Crash car.

How is daddy feeling? I’ll bet that he is busy raking leaves every day. Did you wear your new hat to Church yet? Well, I guess that I have told you all the news. No I haven’t had a pain since you left. I hope that they are gone for good. I haven’t had a chance to use the acidine. I would just as soon not have to use it though.

Lots of love,

Patricia

P.S. What did Ruth have to say? How is George? What did she say about Shirley?

Dear Mother and Daddy;

It is pouring rain out today, the first rain we have had in 40 some days. Your nice letter came yesterday and we were so glad to hear that daddy is getting along so well and that he liked your new hat. Did you wear it to church Sunday? Have you worn your dress yet? Now don’t you go working so hard and getting all tired out again. There isn’t anything you have to do that won’t wait. What color are you going to paint the living room? How did daddy like the pictures of the kids and the mountains? What did Winnie say about them?

We have had a lot more roses since you left. There is only one more bud on the red bush now, but the pink one is loaded.

How is the weather back there? Is it still hot? Did they find anything wrong with Chris at the hospital? When does Norman leave? You certainly had a lot of company waiting to welcome you home. It was too bad that you had to change buses so often. Did you have Scenecruisers all the way? Dale felt so bad when you left. He had to look the other way when the bus pulled out.

We went to church Sunday. The kids started Sunday school. Margie went with us. Harold Jr. was spending the week with his grandparents so we weren’t annoyed with him all week end. Sunday afternoon we went on a picnic over to Saltwater Park. Just us. Mary Ann and George had gone to Auburn to her Aunts. Bruce was working on his yard. He was the front all seeded now. Loretta and Mary started work Monday at the cannery, and I am taking care of Helen. I pick them up after Dale leaves for work, and take them to Kent, and bring the baby back here. They are working 10 hours a day, and some of them are working 7 days a week. I call Cindy before I leave, and she and Diane are usually up and partly dressed when I get home. They like school.

Last Wednesday, the day that school started the bus broke down and didn’t come until after 10 o’clock, so Thursday, they were up and ready for school by 7:30, and I wouldn’t let them go down to the bus stop until 8:30 the time that they used to catch it last year, so the bus was early and they missed it. They didn’t want to miss school so I got Mark and Elyce up and dressed and we went after gas, then tried to find the school. They couldn’t remember exactly where it was, and we stopped and asked at several places and no one knew exactly where it was, so we didn’t get there until about 10:30. It is a nice school. When we got back Loretta and Mary and Norma, their neighbor, were sitting in the car waiting in the driveway for us. They were going to pick beans and wanted me to watch the baby.

Oh yes, last Tuesday the Furnace man came and cleaned the furnace and hooked it up to the thermostat and put some new igniters in it. He said that it should be alright now, but to let him know if it doesn’t work right after we start it. Now all we have to do to light it is to turn the thermostat. That will be nice.

Labor day Dale went over to help George with his new sink, so they all came over here for supper including her mother, brother and sister. Her mother made some berry pies. They were good except they were so soggy. She hadn’t put any thickening in them.

Yesterday I made 2 fresh peach pies and one berry pie. The kids picked some berries for me Saturday. I have to bake some cookies today. I don’t have anything for their lunches. I froze one of the peach pies. I don’t know how long it will stay in there.

Don’t forget to send me your and Daddy’s sizes. What did Velma say about the pictures? Did you tell her that I will be writing to her one of these days?

Dale has got it into his head that he wants to build onto the garage this fall. I wish we could, but I don’t know. I told him to have the lumber man come out and give us an estimate on the cost of the material.

Mark has transferred his passion for rocks to sticks now. I find them all over the house.

Karen just woke up. Helen is in the teeter-babe. I am going to put her to bed for a nap as soon as I finish this. Elyce is coloring, and Mark is asleep so everything is under control. I ironed my old white ruffled curtains Saturday and am going to put them up here in the dining room and wash these. I want to tint them too, and have them ready to put up for the holidays.

Janet moved last week. I didn’t get a chance to see her before she left. Mrs. Dozier says that she is going to stop and pick me up next time she goes over there. I want to see her house.

Harold’s car broke a piston Sunday, so he and Dale are going to work on it this week-end. Margie says he told her that he liked her pumpkin cookies, but couldn’t she make some oatmeal ones or something for a change, so I gave her my oatmeal cookie recipe.

Well, I guess that I have told you all the news. Dale worked last Saturday. I hope he will get a few in for a while.

Is Velma going back to school this fall? I guess that daddy really missed the TV while you were gone. It was probably too hot to watch it anyway. Maybe I will do some sewing today if all remains quiet. I did a few inches on the rug last week. Have you started one yet? Well, I guess that I had better close and try and catch the mail man.

Lots of love,

Patricia

My Dearest Daddy,

Well my time here is getting pretty short. Only two more days, and I will be almost home when you get this.

How are you to-day? The sun is bright first thing this morning and its supposed to go to 80 or 85. It’s been really hot in Calif. Yesterday it was 112 in Los Angeles.

Patricia made biscuits for supper last night, they were big, high up ones, and were they good. She started making the girls dresses yesterday.

We are going down and look at the lake to-day. I’ve only been down there once and it was at night so couldn’t see much. Elyce is always telling me when I’m out in the back yard, be careful Grandmother don’t go too far you will fall in the lake. ha! ha!

Mark is beginning to talk and after he gets in bed he calls “Dale.” He sure is cute. Patricia says he looks like you. Hazel said he does too.

Mary Ann, George and their children and Loretta, and her neighbor Marjorie and Harold are coming tomorrow (Sat.) for a fish-fry. Sun. we are going to church then come home and have dinner, then get ready to go to the station. Be careful honey and don’t try to do too much. I’ll get things all taken care of when I get home. So until Wed. Bye Bye honey. I should get in about 9 Wed. eve. Maybe a little earlier.

Lots and lots of love,

Always your

Girlie

My Dearest Daddy,

I received your nice letter this morning and was glad to hear from you. How are you? Is everything OK? Only a few more days and I will be home.

Yesterday Diane, Cindy and I picked some black berries, great big ones, I guess they were thimble berries, right at the corner of Patricia’s drive way there are bushels of them, they are just starting to ripen but oh! the stickers. To-day Patricia made a pie of them and was it good.

I mailed a box when Dale came home last night, so it should be there Tues. if not before.

Patricia’s friend came over this afternoon, then one of her neighbors came and invited us to a Stanley party. Patricia and Loretta went, but I didn’t, I stayed with the children, they haven’t got home yet.

It’s been real cloudy to-day. Patricia washed, but the clothes didn’t dry.

Sat. her friends are all coming over and they are going to have a fish fry. Sun. we are going to church.

I guess Norman will be gone when I get home. Tell him I’ll be thinking about him and be sure and come by when he comes home on a week end.

Are there lots of tomatoes? I hope so, so I can put some in cans. Velma told me before I came they were going to a cottage. Didn’t Winnie come out and wash your things? I don’t know what’s wrong with her.

Well honey guess I’ll close for this time. I’ll have Patricia call you on her way home Sun. The bus leaves at 10 PM so I’ll get in Wed. evening.

Has Ethel and Delia been out? They will probably be out Mon. I’ll write tomorrow. Be careful honey. I’ll soon be home. That was nice of Mrs. Brose having you over for dinner. I don’t konw how I’m going to repay all these people. I’ll soon be home honey, so Nite, Nite, for now. Lots and lots of love.

Always your

Girlie

My Dearest Daddy,

I didn’t write last night it was 10:30 when Patricia and I got home from Seattle. We drove up instead of taking the bus. Dale was late getting home and we thought we could make better time to drive.

We had baked salmon for dinner last night and it sure was delicious.

Hazel and Berleigh got here yesterday (Mon.) morning about nine o’clock. They didn’t stay long, they had breakfast with us and looked around and took some pictures then they went on. They left about 12:30. They have a new Olds 88 red and ivory, it’s pretty if it was a different color. She said they left home Thurs. from here they were going to Oregon to spend a week then stop in Wyoming for a few days. Berleigh only has three weeks.

Honey how are you? Is everything all right? I didn’t get a letter yet this week, maybe to-morrow. I’ll be leaving Sun. so will soon be home. Yesterday it was really warm, 86. And to-day we have a fire in the fireplace.

Honey I put some thing in a box so my suit case won’t be so heavy. I’m going to take it to the post office as soon as Dale gets home.

I’m putting in a couple of rose petals, they will probably be dried and shriveled up some, but I thought you could get an idea of the size of them. They sure are beautiful.

It’s almost time for Dale to come so I better close and get ready to go to the post office. Be careful honey, take care of yourself and don’t try to do too much.

Lots and lots of love.

Always Your

Girlie

rose-petals

My Dearest Daddy,

How are you tonight? We are all fine and had a wonderful day. Patricia’s friends Mary Ann and George came over this morning at 8:30 and we all went up to Deception Pass, 104 miles from Patricia’s. We crossed the Sound on the ferry and then drove some more. It was a beautiful drive. Not so high up as Mt. Rainier. We could see Mt. Baker all covered with snow.

There was the biggest picnic tables there, made out of boards cut from those big trees. And seats around in the park made out of hallowed out logs. We had the stove going and the table set, all ready to eat and it was so cold we moved inside. There was a building there with a huge coal stove in one end and a fireplace at the other end and 8 big picnic tables in it, and 2 sinks and drain boards to wash the dishes, hot and cold running water. We left there about six and came over Deception Pass bridge, it’s about 3 or 400 feet above the water. We stopped, got out and walked on the bridge and watched the boats. They looked like toys.

It was 10:30 when we got home. Patricia drove their car and Dale rode in George’s car, they have a little Austin. The kids sure didn’t waste any time getting to bed and asleep when we got home.

Well honey this time next Sun. I will be on my way home. I leave at 10 PM so I should get home Wed. eve.

Patricia is going up to Seattle tomorrow night (Mon.) to get some material for dresses for the girls for school. We are going to take the bus.

Honey you said in your last letter you used the last of that paper. I think there is some more there where you got that, at the end of the book case.

Is your medicine holding out all right? And do you put the little patch on your knee?

Well honey I think I will close for tonight, and go to bed. Patricia and Dale are already in, and I feel like I sure can sleep. Boy the traffic was something coming back. Tail lights as far as you could see, for miles. Be careful honey. Take care of yourself and go to bed and get your rest. Don’t bother trying to clean the house, it can’t be too bad, and I’ll soon be home. Nite, Nite for this time Daddy and lots and lots of love.

Always Your

Girlie