Getting A Little Naughty (Gladys)

Letter transcription:

Kentland Ind
Oct 2 – 1943

Dear Daddy –

Another day in Oct. almost gone. It is sunny today but cool. Glen & P. are packing to start home Mon. They feel they have stayed as long as their finances will allow. A little longer perhaps, but Glen will go to work as soon as they get home. He isn’t very good here and should get back where the climate agrees with him.

I just looked over the bank bal. and with Ins. pd. (Laf. Life & Hancock), Groc., lights, etc. – and Mother hospital bill pd. tomorrow I’ll have a bal. of about $170⁰⁰ – that bal. includes the ck. I rec’d today & the $250⁰⁰ you sent that I deposited Mon. The Ins. to come out together amts to $133⁰⁰. These amounts we have to pay sure take the balance down, but I still have a wide enough margin and Jim is standing by to help on Mother’s expenses. He gave me a check for $100⁰⁰ when he was here. Today’s or rather tomorrow’s check to the hospital will take all of that. We didn’t go down today but thought we

[page 2] would all go tomorrow so G. & P. can see Mother before they go.

Dorothy took some movies of D. and was wondering if we could send the film to you – if you could have it shown where you are – Let me know. She still has some film left she hasn’t taken – said she was coming out & finish the roll with D.

D. is out in the sunshine right now. He is getting a little naughty at meal times. Doesn’t always want to sit up & act nice, so his Mother is deciding it’s time to do something about it. I remember one time you spanked John and how nice he acted at the table after that.

The roses had to go out today – they began to fall apart so we decided their beauty was gone. They were beautiful while they lasted.

It’s about time to begin preparing supper – That is a job, to cook for so many, twice a day. I just let everyone get breakfast as they want it. So much of the time Glen doesn’t feel like eating early in the morning & I like something to eat after I feed David.

This was in the Newton Co. E. about David’s birthday party – a few mistakes but that is to be expected –

“Love Mother”

Newton County Enterprise - 1943-09-30 David Yegerlehner 1st birthday

Newton County Enterprise (Kentland, Indiana) 30 September 1943, p. 5, col. 4

[Editor’s Note: The original newspaper clipping was not saved in this letter. I was able to obtain a copy of the article from the Indiana State Library. I can only say how grateful I am to the wonderful library technicians who work there. They are amazing!]

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4 thoughts on “Getting A Little Naughty (Gladys)

  1. davidmadison1942

    “Dorothy took some movies of D….” So disheartening to know that this film is almost certainly gone. 😦

    ” He is getting a little naughty at meal times. Doesn’t always want to sit up & act nice…” She reformed me I guess. 🙂 I almost always sit up and act nice now.

    “a few mistakes but that is to be expected –” This provides a good lesson in the obstacles that the historian faces. Contemporary documentation is golden, and here we have a newspaper clipping written within days of the event. But a person who was there knows that there are “a few mistakes.” Yikes. Even contemporary documentation can be flawed.

    Yes, kudos to the library staff! 🙂


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