George Wingfield Asks for Advice

[Editor’s Note: George Wingfield, Jr., was the son of George Wingfield, one of the wealthiest men of Reno, Nevada, in the early 20th century. George Sr. owned several mines, hotels and other financial interests in northern Nevada. His son, George Jr. enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and eventually ended up in the Russell Islands in the spring of 1943. Roscoe and George shared a tent together for a while. The two men corresponded after their separation. About a half dozen letters of their correspondence survive.]

1944-10-18 (GWJr) envelopeLetter transcription:

1944-10-18 (GWJr)October 12, 1944

Dear Jake,

Thanks for your letter of the 8th; am sure glad to hear that you like the life down there and that your organization is so informal and agreeable. That sure makes a difference.

I think I have a pretty fair idea of my whereabouts when school ends, at least for a month or so. Expect to get order to Naval Air, Alameda, for further assignment. When I get there, the Admiral is going to put me on the first carrier that comes in or keep me until he goes to sea himself within the next 6 months. In any event I’ll be close to home for awhile and should end up with a pretty fair job afloat.

Have a rather difficult problem to work out which I need some friendly and frank medical advice on. Would feel reluctant to talk it over with a strange doctor and would respect your judgment most of the ones I know. Hope you don’t mind and that you will give me good forthright dope. Realize that one like yourself wouldn’t want to be positive on anything of this nature and so if you would care to oblige, I’d of course understand that any advice along this line is dependent on the individual. Anyway here’s the problem: I have been going with a girl back here and am thinking seriously of marrying her. She is 20 and has a history of T.B., having been in a hospital in Arizona four years ago with her right lung infected. She appears to be in good health now except that she is subject to asma and has to live in a dry climate and so she is now living and working out in Arizona. Up until the last month she has been taking treatments of some sort whereby air is injected in the region of the lung someplace by hypodermic. This has been discontinuted. Her last xrays show only a very tiny shaded shot in contrast to what it was once over almost the entire lung. Her lung is functioning. She is normal in weight, in fact a few pounds to the good but she is enemic.

What I want to know before I go too far in this matter is:

  1. Under the circumstances, is this girl apt to be o.k. if watched carefully and if she lived say in Reno where the climate is dry but cold in winter?
  2. Would that climate be o.k. for asma? Is asma hereditary? Tendency to have T.B.?
  3. How big a risk do you think I’d be taking marrying a girl like that, frankly and as my friend?

Yours very truly,

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2 thoughts on “George Wingfield Asks for Advice

  1. davidmadison1942

    Strange letter, I must say. It would be hard for my father to give sound advice, never having examined the woman and her record himself. But also, it just seems so calculated. Does he love her or not?

    I’d love to know what happened! And to know how my father responded.

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      I don’t believe he married her. I have found newspaper articles for George’s marriage a year or so later and the bride does not seem to fit the description in this letter.
      George was already divorced at least once before the war. T.B. was a serious condition at that time. Roscoe lost two or three of his uncles on his mother’s side from the disease so he had first hand knowledge both personally, and I am sure medically as well. I am sure it was easy to give some basic advice.


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