The Necklace Broke (Gladys)

1943-01-27Letter transcription:


Dear Daddy-Yours of 1-17 Rec’d today. We are having sunshine today – there was a heavy frost last nite. It isn’t as cold as yesterday – but still cold enough to keep the stoker busy – Mr. Monroe oil it yesterday and aired the radiators. My sinus seems some better today – and I quit doing anything about it – it kept draining whether I had it washed out or not so thought I would quit doing anything – Maybe that doesn’t make sense but having it washed out every other day didn’t seem to help any. There is some drainage today but lots less. I am figuring up taxes. Have to pay gross this week. Agnes is going to write you and explain in detail about ’41 Federal. I am going to give her the figures for ’42 and she will file a report. Now please quit worrying about the taxes – we will take care of things “OK.” David is asleep. He took his pablum without a fight this AM. As soon as we get all our photographs finished will send you another box and put the pictures in the box. I believe you will get it that way as soon as by letter. The reason you haven’t been getting letters is due to shipping space shortage. Maybe the V-mail will be speedier. The necklace broke but I think I’ll have Mr. Reinard restring it. I had my picture taken and then the string broke. The picture didn’t turn out very good and I had it taken again but couldn’t wear the necklace.

Love Mother

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4 thoughts on “The Necklace Broke (Gladys)

  1. davidmadison1942

    “aired the radiators.” Well, this brings back a memory! As I recall there was a special key to turn the radiator valve, and the job was done with water flowed without sputtering. The radiators would bang if there was air trapped in them.

    ‘He took his pablum without a fight this AM.” LOL 🙂

  2. Catherine

    I’m thinking of how very difficult it must have been for “daddy” so far away and no longer able to take care of his regular duties…
    I also wondered what “pablum” was/ is from your previous post so consulted with my dear friend “Madame Google” who advised it’s another version of what I fed to my “babes”, here in Australia, as their first “solid food” which was “Heinz Baby Rice Cereal”. My mum, who was feeding my eldest brother about the same time as “mother” was nurturing/ nourishing David, fed my bro diluted “Farex” 😉 Trivia, I know, but it does fascinate me.
    Thanks for your fabulous Blog.

      1. Catherine

        No worries… Despite approaching my supposedly allotted “3 score years and ten” I’m still that annoying little girl who kept demanding to know “why”??? 🙄

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