Mrs. Glen Hoffman

[Editor’s note: Mrs. Glen Hofmann was born Dorothy “Dot” Salter, the daughter of Denver and and Rita (Huffman) Salter of Clay City, Indiana. Those readers familiar with the letters will know of Floyd & Ruth. Floyd was Roscoe’s youngest brother. Ruth’s maiden name was Salter, and Dot was one of her younger sisters.]

February 23, 1945 envelope

February 23, 1945 envelope

Letter transcription:

February 23, 1945, p. 1

February 23, 1945, p. 1

Mrs. Glen Hofmann
2032 Bancroft Ave.
San Leandro, Calif.
Feb. 23, 1945

Dear Gladys and all –

Just a few lines to report to the happenings of the “Seabees.” I guess you know by now that my hubby got home on his 30 day leave. He sure did look swell! (to me anyway. Ha!)

When his time was almost up he weakin and said I could come back with him. So here I am sitting in someone’s house writing to you. When Glen first got home he said there was no place out here for me, but as the time got shorter he changed his mind. Glen and his brother Eddie and I all drove back. We have to drive day and night to get here in time. We sure were tired, but now I haven’t gotten anything to do but rest. Yesterday I did our washing and ironing, and to-day I have been working on myself. I shampoo & set

February 23, 1945, p. 2

February 23, 1945, p. 2

[page 2] my hair, and gave myself “the works.”

You should feel honored. This is the second letter I have written. I wrote Mother 1 letter. The rest have all been cards – you know the same old line on every card.

What really brought this on – was the letter I received from you just a few days before Glen got home. I don’t remember whom owed who, so it was OK. I sure was glad to get those hair clamps. I am sitting here with some of them in my hair now.

Glen has not come home yet, and Eddie has been reading all afternoon so I had some extra time to spend. I guess this is as good a way to spend it as any.

Excuse the mistakes, etc. I am still going in circles. We got ready & were here in 4 days (some trip!)

Bye, Bye for now –

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2 thoughts on “Mrs. Glen Hoffman

  1. Cara Marion

    Dorothy Salter Hofmann is my grandmother. She was so glad to see this letter. She is currently 93 and still remembers the trip referenced in this letter. She also shared that on the return trip home to Indiana, three other Sea Bees’ wives joined her. Of the four ladies, only Dot could drive. She explained that typically women didn’t drive back then. The return trip took ten days because they enjoyed site seeing. If you have any other letters Dot would love to see them.

  2. davidmadison1942

    “We have to drive day and night to get here in time. We sure were tired.” I assume from the mid-West somewhere. Must have been grueling….two-lane highways all the way I guess.

    “I sure was glad to get those hair clamps…” Maybe mother had given these to her.


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