Dear Mark (Roscoe)

And for today’s post, we have Roscoe’s letter to his formerly youngest son Mark, the last of three letters written on October 27, 1942.

Letter transcription:

Oct. 27, 1942

Dear Mark,

Just finished writing John and while I have some time I’ll get this one off to you. We just had an argument about some geography in Africa, nothing very important but we got it settled.

You no doubt get a kick out of Little Davie and will like to help take care of him. At least I hope you kil like to help mother take care of him for since I’m gone it’s more or less up to you and John until I get home to carry on. I know there will be some things that you won’t like to do but when you and John were little I had to help mother and I wasn’t to pleased about that either, but we got along.

I think you would get a kick out of living the way we do. The mud is rather deep and slippery and when we get out on a place that isn’t level we slip and slide and once in a while someone falls. So far I’ve been lucky. It sure is messy when one falls because the old brownish red mud sticks and smears. And another thing we don’t have to sweep our shoes just kick & kick when we get to the door and that mud that don’t doesn’t come off that way just stays on.

Have you been constructing many model airplanes lately? You should be getting pretty good at that by now at least if you keep trying you’ll be able to build good ones some of these days. I’s like to send to one to you but the stores don’t keep

[page 2] them here. At least I haven’t seen them anyplace around here. I’ll be expecting a report from you on your activities both in and out of school. Probably you have written me but our mail man is slow and we just have to wait.

I hope you received the box of shells I sent. They were pretty when I sent them but after being packed and sent over that long distance I don’t have any idea what they looked like. I hope the coral was in good condition but it breaks pretty easy. No doubt you have or you will hear how that coral is formed and you can show that to the other kids in school.

We were given rain coats and rain hats and when we get them on we look like old fisherman, but we don’t care much just so we keep dry. Of course our shoes get muddy but they are heavy and it doesn’t make any difference.

I’ll be expecting a letter from you telling of all the things you are doing and what Davie says and does and if he is spoiled like you have been and still are in some respects. If you can help yourself and don’t bother mother too much you will be doing a great thing so I’m counting on you.




4 thoughts on “Dear Mark (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    The roles of men in the 1930s and 40s! “….when you and John were little I had to help mother and I wasn’t to pleased about that…”

    “if he is spoiled like you have been” Part of the family legend is that my father said, after meeting me for the first time when I was 18 months old, “You’ve spoiled him.” To which mother replied, “No, that’s just the way he is.”

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      I was thinking the spoiled was the difference between Roscoe’s childhood and theirs. I am sure he had to do a lot a labor on the farm. In contrast, John and Mark did not have to do that. Their childhood was very different.

  2. Catherine

    I so like reading Daddy’s letters to his boys with his words of encouragement and understanding, along with some expectations and a lovely twist of humour… 🙂 Delightful.


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