Mail and laundry (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Mar. 5, 1843
Lt. (jg) Yegerlehner MC USNR
A.P.O. 43
% Postmaster
San Francisco Calif.

Dear Mother,

I spent part of this A.M. over a hot laundry bucket getting all the goat smell out of socks and underwear. Needless to say there are no commercial laundries so you must know that yours truly must do his own as well as everyone else.

In digging a little deeper into my sea bag this A.M. I found the letters I received just as I was leaving Noumea. I had read them before of course but did not mention them before – One was dated Sept 17 and was the first letter you had written after receiving my first one from overseas. It seemed rather peculiar that I receive it the day I left there some 5 months late. Another in that group was one you

[page 2] wrote from the hospital on Sept. 24 and that was one which if it had come straight thru would have been muchly appreciated. We are now waiting very patiently and eagerly for mail to arrive which will bring things up to date a little past Jan 25.

I told you in a letter of several days ago that I had a pretty good beard. Well, eight days was as long as I could stand it. It was looking pretty good with two very dignified gray streaks on either side of the chin but it couldn’t last because you know how yellowish a beard gets when tobacco juice druels out of the corners of the mouth. It’s off now.

Just stopped a few minutes to collect a bucket of water from a passing water truck our faucets aren’t so good here if you get what I mean.

[page 3] Your letter of Sept. 17 had the air mail stamps but they were all stuck together and after dipping them in water they all came apart but now the glue is off so if some letters come thru with the stamps stuck with chewing gum you’ll understand. No need to send stamps and if I conserve on the writing paper I’ll be OK for some time but I’m not writing to everyone I did at first. The papers would be all gone in a short time if I did. So people who you come in contact with can be told not to expect too many letters. I’ll try to write the folks now and then but other than that writing will be confined to you –

Well, must get going
Lots of Love
Daddy

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8 thoughts on “Mail and laundry (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    What!? “getting all the goat smell out of socks and underwear.”

    Yes, totally gross: ” because you know how yellowish a beard gets when tobacco juice druels out of the corners of the mouth.” Prof Higgins in My Fair Lady brags of men that “we are such a marvelous sex.” NOT……too much of the time. 🙂 Sometimes on my walk to work I can smell the stench of cigar smoker half a block away. 😦

    “… so if some letters come thru with the stamps stuck with chewing gum you’ll understand.” LOL 🙂

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  2. Catherine

    I sure chuckled with the thought of Daddy bent “over a hot laundry bucket getting all the goat smell out of socks and underwear.” 😆 and his beard yellowed with “tobacco juice druels.”

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  3. Mustang.Koji

    “…tobacco juice drools…” LOL Very descriptive! And I did not know military had access to chaw. On certain fronts, even cigarettes were in short supply at times. Interesting letter!

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  4. thegenealogygirl

    The delays between letters must have been difficult. I can’t imagine wondering how my family was and getting news months after the fact. I suppose I have fully embraced the digital age!

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    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      I can’t imagine it either. I wonder if it was less stressful than we think it was because they were not accustomed to modern technology (like we are), and they could cope better with mail delays. Don’t get me wrong, I know the whole situation was stressful. But if you put a 1940s person and a 2014 person in the same situation, who would crack first?

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