April Fool’s Day (Gladys)

1943-04-01Letter transcription:


Dear Daddy – The first day of Apr and Mark has been busy all morning before going to school trying to get everyone fooled – However he didn’t really fool us much. I told him to run out and kill a snake by the garage and he fell for it. It rained last week but the sun is shining bright this morning. After school yesterday we raked the front yard and I sowed some grass seed. Couldn’t get any vigaro to put on – there just isn’t any this year. There is a Victory Garden fertilizer but it is not to be used on lawns – so that is that. I got the seed on just in time for the rain. I am going to Wilmington to get Ruth M. this afternoon or would work in the yard this P.M. – but the boys can do the raking after school. – Mail just came but no letters from you today – Maybe one tomorrow – Had a letter from your Mother and she had yours of Mar 14. Kenneth is in camp in Ark. – is in the band. He will get along where ever he goes. I hear David – just took a nap before his bath time. He sat in the buggy and watched up work in the yeard. He likes to be out of doors – So do I since such a long winter. I hope it stays warm for our trip. I am tiried of wearing heavy clothes. Mother is going to stay in T. H. a short while and then she is coming back here to live. She wants to do some visiting before she comes to stay. Jim wrote that Thelma has the mumps. He is getting more time off now and sees her quite often – but has to cross the bay every time he goes to see her. He is trying to find work for her in Richmond. He is in Camp Perry near Williamsburg now. Ed Barce is still stationed in Kokomo. I left the car at Sondergrath’s for a going over before making our trip.

Love – Mother

E. Dunlop Street, Kentland

Yegerlehner home, E. Dunlop Street, Kentland, circa 1943

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7 thoughts on “April Fool’s Day (Gladys)

  1. davidmadison1942

    Yes, I got a chuckle from the snake story too.

    “…then she is coming back here to live. She wants to do some visiting before she comes to stay.” I’m not sure I was aware that she moved to Kentland.

    I remember the Sondergrath garage….it was at the end our street before it crossed highway 41…in the days before the highway was moved east of town.

  2. currentdescendent

    When I read these letters from the 40s it reminds me so much of the time period my mother grew up. She was born in 1934, and she made over a dozen scrapbooks that I read when I was a kid. So the 40s is like stepping back into my mother’s world as she shared it through her scrapbooks.


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