Labor Shortages (Gladys)

1943-10-30 (GRY)Letter transcription:


Dear Daddy –

Sat. P.M. – the boys are out in the yard playing football with Dean. John seems to get quite a thrill out of the game. Of course Mark plays it all the time he can, at school & at home. I have been out watering the new shrubbery. We haven’t had much rain so far this fall. It was very warm & sunny today. The yard is full of leaves but why rake them – the wind will blow them away. The Zells are finishing the room upstairs for their girls. Due to labor shortage they are doing the work themselves. Mr. Z. & our boys are going to get some sacks of Ind. coal & fill the hopper to see if we can use it. We will have to do something because no Va. coal is being shipped in. I heard over the radio last nite more coal strikes are being called. Everyone is indignant about such things at a time like this but as I told Mrs. Z. that doesn’t solve the problems or hasn’t so far. We have to go to Sheldon to get some meat. We haven’t used much lately – due to chicken we brought home. Had a letter from Jim today. He doesn’t know what he is going to do – thinks he will possibly be sent out – but I am beginning to think he won’t be, but again you never can tell about such things.

Love Mother

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2 thoughts on “Labor Shortages (Gladys)

  1. davidmadison1942

    ” John seems to get quite a thrill out of the game” …which he outgrew. 🙂

    “The yard is full of leaves but why rake them – the wind will blow them away.” ….to be replaced by leaves blown in from other yards!

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      I have a hard time imagining John liking football. Of course I don’t understand the appeal of the game either!
      I completely agree about the leaves. Our yard gets overblown every fall from the leaves from the park across the street. We don’t have any trees in our yard, but we always have piles of them.


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