Lots of little interesting tidbits in today’s letter. Mark is no longer as keen on riding a horse. The summer band season is winding down for John. School will start in a few weeks. More Kentland citizens are mentioned: Thelma, Boonie, Clara M. and Nick. Krull’s Restaurant was run by Nick Krull and Clara must have been one of his waitresses. The mention of Hubertz is a reminder of that mysterious roll of film. Hubertz was the town photographer and film developer. Many of the family photographs have Hubertz’s stamp on them. Before Roscoe left the states, he send Gladys a couple of rolls of film which had been in Dr. Lentz’s camera. Apparently, the studio in Kentland was not able to develop the film so it had to be sent on to Lafayette. I wonder how much the telephone bill would have been in 1942?
Aug 15 1942
Will dash off a few lines-Have been writing to Aileen and your mother. Just got a letter from both this morning, but didn’t feel like doing much so thought I just as well write as do nothing. Your mother said Dr. R. had a card from you. Boonie said he had and they wrote to you this week. You should get
(page 2) a lot of letters if everybody wrote who said they had or were going to.
Thelma is here this afternoon doing the ironing. She said Clara M. is going to quit working at Nick’s. Maybe I can get her to stay here while I have to be away. I haven’t talked to her so don’t know what her future plans are. I think she would be very capable and congenial with the boys.
Mark is still working on airplanes. Since his ride yesterday he has let up on riding. One thing, Jeanie fell
(page 3) off a pony yesterday-the pony fell and seemed to hurt the horse more than Jeanie-but I think it cooled his enthusiasm some. He hasn’t been so anxious to go to the stables.
Tonight is the last band concert. Also there won’t be any more band practice until after school starts the 27th. I think John is a little glad to get a rest. He told me today he has given up writing his story. I never did read what he had written. When I think of school starting in less than two weeks if makes me feel like summer is about gone (I may not be far from right).
(page 4) John said we hadn’t had any dry spells this summer to give them a vacation from mowing. In fact it has been more for August than ordinarily.
I wrote to Lakeside about returning the half bottle of pills. Haven’t had time to get a reply.
I have to send the small roll of films to Lafayette. Hubertz says he can’t handle small films.
John is waiting to go to town so must finish-telephone bill due today-I haven’t any idea how much it is-do you?