Planting Potatoes (Gladys)

1943-03-17Letter transcription:


Dear Daddy – The weather has turned cold again and got down below freezing last night with a high wind. Mark went back to school today – Mr. Zell took him with his girls. I am going after him at noon so he won’t have to be in this wind. He is feeling good but I don’t want an aftermath of measles. I am watching John closely for any early signs. So far nothing has developed in either John or David. I got the duplicate of our tax sheet from Agnes yesterday and it figured $757.33 for ’42. The rate is much higher this time and exemptions lower. I have enough bonds to cover that & the bal. of ’41 when and if you know it may be cancelled. Mr. Zell raises chickens – (in a house of course) and he has quite a lot of fertilizer – cleans the house 3 times a week. He put a load around our shrubbery in the back yard this morning. He has been spreading it over his lawn. I believe you would have a different opinion of him as county agent than you did of the last one. He should be on a farm but Mrs. Z. said the farmers here aren’t in favor of their agent farming. It has been so cold none of our neighbors have shown any spring signs. Bill cleaned off his garden not long ago but that is all. I don’t know what the Irishers will do today about planting potatoes. Our bank bal is $150⁰⁰ – few odds bills to pay but nothing big. No uniform money as yet. David is raising a howl – just woke up and it is about bath time. He is quite an active little fellow and a little spoiled but not too much as he goes to bed a little after 6 P.M. and sleeps till 6 A.M. – weighs 16 ½ I am knitting him a new spring outfit (Pink & white). Haven’t seen Jimmy Ed lately. Afraid to go there till measles scare is all over.

Love – Mother

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4 thoughts on “Planting Potatoes (Gladys)

  1. davidmadison1942

    I wonder why Gladys defied the pink vs blue tradition!

    Wish I knew more about the role of the County Agent: “He should be on a farm but Mrs. Z. said the farmers here aren’t in favor of their agent farming.”

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      Traditionally red and its different shades have been masculine colors, and blue was feminine. It was only been in the last 100 years or so that the colors have shifted. A good example is in the Little House on the Prairie books. Laura was jealous of Mary because Mary had a dress made from a beautiful calico blue while Laura was stuck with the red calico.


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