Mouse Traps (Gladys)

August 29, 1945 envelope

August 29, 1945 envelope

Letter transcription:

August 29, 1945, p. 1

August 29, 1945, p. 1


Dear Daddy –

Son 1 & 2 went to school this a.m. John was up early. He had set the alarm, but David was awake early so the alarm never rung. John said he still couldn’t see much but they will just get their assignments this morning and go buy books, so by the time he is ready to study I think he will be able to see. Did I tell you Dr. Ade is making a slight change in his glasses? Dr. Ade now has one nurse and another woman who takes appointments. She dresses in white but I hardly think she is a nurse. I was standing at the appointment window waiting on her and she answered the telephone – she was talking to Dr. Hunter and she said Mr. Hunter, then corrected herself and said Dr. Hunter.

Martha is over here playing with David. They are out in front with a trike and a wagon. I took David’s table & chairs out and Martha took some of the toys but they aren’t interested in them. I would like to get David a wagon, but it’s not the best time to buy now – prices are still too high and materials aren’t as good as they should be a little later. Zimmerman has a wagon $5.00 – large enough to do David a long time – but it’s made of wood and won’t stand the “gaff” I am afraid.

Yours of Aug. 25 (mailed 26th) came just now and I had to stop and read it. Mark isn’t working on the picture – he got it out and had

August 29, 1945, p. 2

August 29, 1945, p. 2

[page 2] the long table in the basement all to himself – but after he got the materials scattered out all over the table, just left it. I kept after him to work on it but he wouldn’t so I finally told him if he wasn’t going to work on it, to put it back in the box. I knew if he didn’t it would gradually all get lost. If you want it I’ll send it to you. I wish you had started on that project a little sooner – you could have had several nice pictures for the living room – but you didn’t – so that’s that. I was “sort” of casting around yesterday for pictures for David’s room, but didn’t have much time for browsing. We have hung the one Jan sent him for Christmas – the glow in the dark.

I haven’t started on any “project” yet this a.m. Have the beds made & dishes washed – I think I’ll wash the dirty clothes – just have a yen to use that Bendix. Nick & Dorothy think they should get theirs soon. – I think I’ll browse around a little in the attic. I am sure Mark got the mouse holes fixed. I set traps and caught two mice after he closed up the holes and the traps are still set. That’s a relief. I put that good mattress out there and I would not like for the mice to use it.

My canning spree seems to be about over. What with 20 qts. beans, 6 tomatoes, 16 qts. Peaches & 7  qts. corn in the locker I have about reached the end. We haven’t tried to do anything to the floors yet. I think some bruce cleaner & wax is about all they need. Your travel money will more than cover your Laf. Life prem. $60.52 due Oct. 7.

I haven’t been down town yet so haven’t any late news.
Love Mother

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3 thoughts on “Mouse Traps (Gladys)

  1. davidmadison1942

    Youngest son, David, now has to set the mousetraps in our Manhattan apartment! 😦 The store below us has been under renovation, so we’ve had too many of the little visitors.

    “David was awake early so the alarm never rung” I was the human alarm!

    “I wish you had started on that project a little sooner – you could have had several nice pictures for the living room – but you didn’t – so that’s that.” Hmmmm, a rare harsh word from Gladys.

    “the one Jan sent him” should read “Jim”

  2. thegenealogygirl

    Your title made me feel bad for Gladys! I would definitely not want to deal with a mouse problem while my husband was away. We don’t have a lot of his and hers jobs at our house but trapping of rodents, snakes, spiders is definitely a his job around here.


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