Scanning the news (Gladys)

1943-02-19 #1Letter transcription:


Dear Daddy – It was so nice and warm today we took the baby out for an airing – went over to Lucile’s and took some pictures of Jimmy Ed and David. The pictures L. had taken of Jimmy when he was a month old weren’t good. He is better – that is the rash is leaving. She didn’t give him lactic acid as Dr. M. prescribed and hope she won’t have to. She didn’t want to take him out in air today – was afraid it would make his rash worse. We have been listening to “Joey Brewster.” Mark went to the show, wanted to see “Arabian Nights.” I wanted him to wait until tomorrow evening but you know when he gets an idea about going anything or going any place and since this is Fri – I let him go. John is composing again. When Glen wired us about their baby we sent them a boxes – a sweater set and blanket – and today we rec’d a box from him with two suits for D. and a silver dollar for each boy. Also a baby pillow. Gretchen Dixon Wilson has a baby boy – Feb 17 – “Donald Scott” 5-15 not as big as D. was. Seems like the new babies are mostly boys. Tom Murphy has been in the hospital since Tues but Mrs. M. told me today he is coming home tomorrow. The operations noted in the paper this week are Marj Cast at Methodist, John Simons St. E. & F. Troup – the last was a kidney removal but don’t know what the first two were. The court news has the Dye divorce listed. No dates given. The grain elevator at Brook burned last Sunday – Most grain lost. Have been scanning the paper for news items as you can tell. Finally bought a baby buggy for D. It’s a used but was glad to get it – they are hard to find. Not many new ones to be had. I think Dolores is coming home in April and we will try to go down then for a visit. Will take Ruth M. along if she can go then.

Love Mother

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3 thoughts on “Scanning the news (Gladys)

  1. davidmadison1942

    “The grain elevator at Brook burned last Sunday – Most grain lost.” Those things could be very volatile.

    “Finally bought a baby buggy for D. It’s a used but was glad to get it – they are hard to find.” I bet this is the buggy in one of my favorite photos of me with her; she’s kneeling beside the buggy, both of us with big smiles…with note: David – 10 months 20 1/2 pounds

  2. Mustang.Koji

    “5-15” must mean five pounds, 15 ounces? And would you know why they would “give” lactic acid? All I remember about lactic acid is that’s what builds up in your muscles (blood?) after exercise… And it was interesting to read that people did trust the post office by mailing money. 🙂

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      My grandparents always sent cash in birthday cards when I was a kid. In fact, the grandparents still send a little cash in the cards to my kids now.
      I am not sure why the lactic acid was prescribed. I guess I was thinking lactose, like from milk. Sounds like I might need to do some research!


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