A Beautiful Child (Gladys)

Letter transcription:

Kentland Ind
July 6 1943

Dear Daddy –

Yours of June 19 & 20 came today – the 23-24 & 25 came last week –

We had quite an electrical storm toady – just getting over now – the lightening struck a tree by Clara Molter’s house. I am going to send one of the boys down when it stops raining to see how she is. I imagine it scared her a lot. John was sitting in the living room & saw the tree fall and he was shaken for a while.

[page 2] I send a specimen of urine down to Dr. M. office this morning and then I went down about 11:30 to get a report – The urine was normal – Dr. M. had the idea Mother has chronic nefritis (I think I misspelled that again) but I told him I thought the trouble came from her bowels so he suggested I take her to the hospital for an analysis of her stool. I am going to call Dr. Cole and ask him about bringing her down. Will let you know when I get a report.

There is still enough electricity in the air to make the telephone ting once in a while.

While downtown this morning

[page 3] I saw John Krull – he is home on furlough and evidently from the odor when I passed him, had been absorbing as much as possible. He had been in Mick’s and was going out. Same old John.

We got a washing hung out when it started to rain now everything is dripping – Maybe the wind will blow them dry now. It is quite a bit cooler than it was before the storm. I’ll have to put some clothes on David. He is wearing a sun suit. He is singing now and entertaining himself in his bed. He was so glad to see the boys. He likes to watch the trains go by over by 24.

[page 4] Had a letter from your mother and she hadn’t heard from you for 2 weeks. Sometimes my letters are that long in coming while others make it in a week. 7-7-43 I didn’t get this finished yesterday. Took Mother down to St. E. and saw Dr. Cole – He is having her urine & stool examined and will give her glucose if she doesn’t get her strength from eating. I am to go Fri. and can get a report on findings then. She hasn’t been eating much but said when she was taking sulfasuxadine didn’t want to eat. She is so thin and weak. Will send you the full report when I get it.

David had gone to sleep. Just discovered this morning he could hit a higher note and was hitting it pretty high.

[page 5] yours of June 11 & 14 came today and seems you had rec’d some more pictures. David we think is a beautiful child but I agree with you Mark had him bested. Of course there isn’t a baby we have seen yet that can compare with D. I suppose that is natural.

You were right Hilda & Amelia didn’t work long and as I wrote you before Hilda took her children & moved in with her Mother. Rented her house here. I haven’t heard anything about Ed lately – since they are gone there aren’t any news items in the papers here.

About the money situation – so far we are getting by with a balance but I can’t buy

[page 6] any bonds. I assure you I am not spending any unnecessarily – I bought the bike and that is the only thing that has been spent that we could have done without, but it comes in very handy. The boys are running errands for people so much now that they have the bike, besides for us too. I used the travel money to pay for it. I hear the clock strike half past & and I have ironing to do and then David will have to have a bath & feeding about 11 – so must get busy – but will try to finish this little space. John is out mowing Link’s lawn. He left $1.25 to give him – he doesn’t know yet how much he is to get. Mark is still asleep but I want him to rest – he had almost too much vacation.

Love Mother

YEG1942-06-18 David

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5 thoughts on “A Beautiful Child (Gladys)

  1. davidmadison1942

    LOL: “from the odor when I passed him, had been absorbing as much as possible.”

    Who knew: “He likes to watch the trains go by over by 24.” 🙂

    LOL: “Just discovered this morning he could hit a higher note and was hitting it pretty high.”

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  2. thegenealogygirl

    Such a sweet photo! I know you’ve mentioned the book you are writing with these letters. Are these transcriptions going in the book? The reason I ask is that I am an exceptionally good copy editor for other peoples work. (Not so much my own, don’t know why I can’t see things in my own writing. :)) Do you have someone who is pointing out typos for you? If not, I would be glad to when I see them to hopefully save you some time. For instance, in the first sentence you have today written as toady. I hope I’m not overstepping as a reader, just willing to help if you would like it. I know how tedious it can be to check for mistakes.

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    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      You are totally not overstepping. Please point out the typos. Usually my dad is my proof editor for the blog. He’s a little behind since he is on an extended vacation.
      As for the book, I do have a copy editor and the manuscript goes through several rounds my my editing before I hand it over. The blog doesn’t get as much oversight. 🙂

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      1. Genealogy Lady Post author

        Oh he is (and today was his birthday)! He has taken up a short term residence on the other side of the pond, and is enjoying his birthday month immensely. He spent the day with Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec, if that gives you a hint at all.

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