Sept. 4 – 1945
Dear Daddy –
It’s nearly 10 o’clock and I have an ironing to do and cabbage to cut for kraut, but the mail just came with yours of 8-31 & 9-1 so I am going to write now and work later. Also had a letter from the Moores. I wrote them and sent the baby’s pants. B. said J.B. had a letter from you. She said 8 of the boys went out on points (and very happy). David seems normal this morning. He didn’t run any temp. yesterday, but this morning he called me at about 7:30 and wanted a glass of drink – I had been up with him at 4 too for same. It was so chilly this morning I thought he must have a temp. to be wanting a drink so early, but he doesn’t have and is playing around here very happily. It is too cool for him to go out – that is, there is no sunshine and it is damp & chilly so I am keeping him in. Last night John was going upstairs with him to put him to bed and somehow he fell down the stairs. John said he just sort of slid down on his “bottom end.” He was scared some and John had to carry him back up and then David refused to even walk from the bathroom to his bed. He told John “I might fall.” However he seems to have forgotten – has been back upstairs by himself this morning.
Statons took Mark with them to the fair last night. Jimmy wanted someone along with him. Mark saw a piper cub crash out there and was quite impressed. I don’t believe he will be so
[page 2] anxious to take plane rides now. It really quieted him down on the subject.
John got his course straightened out finally. He is taking speech this year instead of English, and Smith is his teacher. He takes Latin and has Kitsmiller. Smith told him if he takes speech it won’t be necessary to take English. He is much happier about school now. He mowed the back yard after school yesterday. I paid Mark $2.00 to clean up the yard the first time because it was such a job, but I am putting them back on a monthly basis and told then it was both their job now.
– – The sun has come out and it’s nearly noon. I stopped to get a few things done. I had promised an upside down cake for today so had to get it baked for lunch.
I am sending your mother one of David’s pictures today for her birthday the 6th. I hope you remembered to send her a card or letter.
– – had to stop again – the boys came in for lunch. John was rattling off something from speech class. He is really enjoying it. Mark had a piece of fabric from the plane that crashed last night. Someone had it at school and you know how he likes souvenirs. David is taking a nap. He would not go to sleep yesterday but today he dropped right off without any fuss. I was feeling somewhat guilty about his mosquito bites – however I try to kill them every night before I go to bed – but it seems everyone has some. Statons’ baby & Jimmy, Joy Funk had so many but so far she hasn’t had any reaction from them. I think they get them in the daytime while they are out playing as well as at night.
I suppose you have all the low-down on discharges, that is, what has come out in the papers & over the radio – Let’s hope they soon get to you.
I love you – Mother
[Editor’s Note: An article about the plane crash made the front page of the Brook Reporter on September 6, 1945.]
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Yes, the Upside Down Cake was actually Pineapple Upside Down Cake. In a round cake pan, melt butter and mix it with brown sugar. Spread around evenly, then place pineapple rings on top of this….enough to cover the bottom of the pan. The pour in the cake batter. I’m sure you can recipes on line to give more details. REALLY yummy. 🙂 🙂 🙂 When done baking, flip the pan upside down onto a place.
I had Miss Kitsmiller as a teacher part time! Funny!
Miss Kitsmiller has been mentioned several times over the course of the letters. 🙂
I read the title and was worried! I skimmed quickly and couldn’t find the plane crash section, skimmed more slowly and was greatly relieved. Who knew a genealogy blog about people from plenty long ago could get my heart rate up! LOL
Rest assured, everyone in the family lived a long life!
“Mark saw a piper cub crash out there and was quite impressed. I don’t believe he will be so anxious to take plane rides now. It really quieted him down on the subject.’ LOL 🙂
“I had promised an upside down cake for today so had to get it baked for lunch.” That was a family tradition. I used to bake those even after we moved to New York.
“Mark had a piece of fabric from the plane that crashed last night.” Wow! 🙂
“Let’s hope they soon get to you.” 🙂
Did the upside down cake have fruit on the top/bottom?