This letter provided me with a nice puzzle piece to discover. On the second page of the letter, my grandmother mentions the Myers twins. How many identical twins named Myers can there have been in Kentland in 1942? Who also enlisted in the air cadets? Luckily, there was only one set, Keith and Kenneth Myers. They were the sons of Alba and Mary Myers. Alba Myers was another of the town’s pharmacists. I could not find the longer article that my grandmother mentioned being in the Chicago paper. I did however find this shorter piece that was run in the Tipton Tribune.
I was able to track down Keith and Kenneth’s burials in Kentland at the St. Josephs Cemetery. Kentland has a small Catholic Parish church, located on Allen Street in the southeast corner of town. The cemetery is located further south of town on W 1700 S road. As far as I can tell, Kentland has two cemeteries, St. Josephs and Fairlawn. The Catholics are buried at St. Josephs and everyone else is buried at Fairlawn. The two cemeteries are actually located right next to each other on the same road. The Find A Grave record for Keith indicates that he died in 1949 and he was a lieutenant. Kenneth survived his twin for many years, dying in 1979.
Other people mentioned in the letter were Dorothy Krull and her mother. Dorothy’s mother was visiting Kentland for the week. She brought Nancy with her. My first guess is that Nancy might have been Dorothy’s sister, perhaps a niece. Since I don’t know Mrs. Jackson’s given name, I have not been able to track down the rest of Dorothy’s family yet. We will get there!
We are getting ready to go to Lafayette this afternoon. I didn’t make an appointment but think I will be able to get in if I go and wait. We were going tomorrow but Thelma called this morning and said she couldn’t come until tomorrow and I want to be here while she is working. Mark is just getting up but we were up late last night and I wanted him to get his rest. Dorothy & her mother came out yesterday to get some flowers and she took us home with her and we had supper there. Nick took the children to the show and Dorothy, her mother & I stayed home. Mrs. Jackson and Nancy are visiting here this week. Mrs. J. is going to Lafayette with us and Lucile Johnson. The Krull children and Nancy won’t be interested because they have the pony to ride and that will keep them home. I think they rode “Bay” all afternoon yesterday. Nick & Dorothy said she would probably be worn out by night.
It is getting warm again. We haven’t had any rain now for some time, so maybe we will have some “August” weather yet this month.
(page 2) The Myers twins enlisted as air cadets. They got quite a write up in the papers. Their picture being sworn in was in the Chi paper. They are identical and weigh the same, same height, same blood pressure & pulse. The only difference the examining officer could find was one had a molar out. Pat Mullen tried to enlist but couldn’t pass the physical.
John rec’d a card from Grandpa Y. for his birthday. He will get to spend his birthday money this afternoon. I will probably have to wait a while to see the Dr. this afternoon so I am going to have Dorothy & Lucile take the boys back to town and shop. That is the only drawback to Dr. C. office being so far out. It doesn’t seem to bother people much because he is so busy all the time.
The Zells will soon be moving in so we will have a new addition to the “gang”. Mark protests that he won’t walk to school with “those girls”, but I think when the time comes he will be ready to go along. The man who has been principal at Ade will be our new grade school principal.
It is nearly noon and we want to leave by 1 P.M. so must get our lunch and get ready.