Fresh Spinach (Gladys)

Letter transcription:

Kentland Ind
June 1 1943

Dear Daddy –

The first day of June and a wind blowing. It looks like rain any minute. John has gone to take his music lesson. He rode Mark’s bike. At first Mark didn’t like the idea but I told him I didn’t want John to walk thru the rain so he decided it would be “OK.” Mark was taking David for a walk (ride) but I had him come in. We have been taking David out of doors so much he doesn’t like to stay in. He is in his buggy now looking out the living room south window. He is so adventurous

[page 2] he has to be watched or will try to climb over the side of his buggy. When in his pen or bed tries to pull up to his feet but hasn’t quite made it yet – but gets up on his knees.

Either the mail is later today or we didn’t get any. Yours of May 17 & 18 came yesterday but to date the letter with the $100⁰⁰ check hasn’t come.

Had the S.S. class meeting last nite. We worked on Red Cross sewing. I didn’t get to bed last night until 11:45 so I was very sleepy this morning. I got David’s bottle and fed him at 6 – then Mother got up and took him downstairs and I went back to sleep and woke up about 9:30 – I was more tired than I realized because I was still tired when I got up, and feel not too peppy yet. I wanted to set out some more flowers today but the

[page 3] rain will keep me from doing that. I am about thru, but it has rained so much I can’t get enough done between rains. Where Floyd (Billy) dug up the septic tank – there was a bald spot – I had to wait for the ground to settle before I could do anything with it – then we cut some sod from the back yard to make larger flower beds and put it on the spot and some of the grass is growing but it looks rough – however I think it will be smother after John mows it some. John started to mow this morning but had to quite to go take his lesson. He has had quite a job so far keeping the grass cut. If we get Mark’s tonsils out I am afraid he will have some garden work to do too. John has grown up so much this past year. Mary Parttens said when

[page 4] you left John was a homely little boy and when you come back he will be a good looking young man. Mark is pretty much the same – it isn’t time for him to make a quick change. However he is hair conscious and combs his hair so many times during the day – He is still trying to get a wave to grow. When I bath David I can work up a few curls and both J & M think it is “cute.” His curls stay pretty good until I put a cap on him. One of the Zell girls came over to see if we want some spinach for dinner. Their garden spinach is ready to use – ours isn’t quite that far along but soon will be.

I will have to get something ready for lunch – I’ll use some of the 7 ½ ¢ lb. potatoes. We don’t eat them every day – but ours will soon be large enough to dig then we can have them often as we want.

In case you missed some of my letters, I got your letter with your suggestions about the lawn –

Love – Mother

YEG1943-06 Dunlop Street house

Yegerlehner home on E. Dunlop Street, Kentland Indiana, June 1943 (Note: Mark’s bicycle leaning against the tree and one of the boys is sitting with David under the window to the left of the door.)

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1 thought on “Fresh Spinach (Gladys)

  1. davidmadison1942

    “he doesn’t like to stay in. He is in his buggy now looking out the living room south window. He is so adventurous…” I like to stay in more now! But I don’t rule out adventure 🙂

    Is there any way to calculate how much human time has been WASTED mowing lawns? Who came up with the idea of lawns, anyway?

    I just noticed that the photo with this post is a different one. I zoomed in and, at first, thought it was Mark, but now I’m not so sure.


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