The measles have arrived (Gladys)

1943-03-06Letter transcription:


Dear Daddy – We are having a snow again today. The air is white and as far as I can see there is a white haze. I think Mark is taking the measles. I have him shut up in his room with the blinds closed and he is listening to the radio. He got up this morning feeling so good and then he said he didn’t feel so good. I took his temp. and it was 100 2/5 so I put him right to bed. We don’t know yet what we will do with John. He wants to go to school and I don’t know whether he will be allowed to. I will keep the baby in his room downstairs and hope he doesn’t get the measles. There are so many children having or had the them, maybe they won’t be severe, but we will no doubt be over them by the time you get this. Had a letter from Uncle Wes. He and Aunt Jessie have had bad colds but are about well now. They are coming down some day after the weather clears up. John had a letter from Duane and he said Kenneth passed his physical. Freida Holley’s husband has had to go. Their baby is still small. I suppose she will go back to Buddy’s. D. is raising a fuss. It is time for his nap. He just had his bath & feeding. He played a while and got some attention now he doesn’t want to go to sleep. I didn’t deduct those dividends from the Dec. prem. but I wrote in and they are going to deduct them from the next prem. (apr). No uniform money yet. It will be like finding it when it does come. Will send some more pictures in a few days.

Love Mother

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6 thoughts on “The measles have arrived (Gladys)

  1. davidmadison1942

    ” I have him shut up in his room with the blinds closed and he is listening to the radio.” ??? why close the blinds?

  2. Mustang.Koji

    I recall you mentioning the measles in an earlier letter…so it appears that Mark has contracted it after all. I did get the measles, the chicken pox…but not the mumps. Thank goodness measles was just usually just a nuisance back then! But I’m sure she was worried!

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      Mark was the one who got the injection of blood from a neighbor in order to prevent the disease. Another somewhat dubious medical procedure!
      I also had the chicken pox as a kid. I remember getting the MMR vaccine when I was just shy of 18. I am glad I never had them.


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