Purses and Cokes (Roscoe)

October 1, 1945 envelope

October 1, 1945 envelope

Letter transcription:

October 1, 1945, p. 1

October 1, 1945, p. 1

1 Oct. 45

Dear Mother,

Monday a.m. and things going along the same as usual. Yesterday p.m. I intended to listen to the football game here but it wasn’t on the radio, so I read another E. Stanley Gardner book – very educational. I also finished another office plan and if I didn’t leave it at the room I’ll include it in this letter. I have it so I’ll send it along.

No news on the point system nor on the draft so far today. We haven’t gotten too many patients in so the draft to Chi. May not be as soon as I expected. I guess I shouldn’t write so much about that but after all it is one of the major things in life right now.

I looked the purses over and I’m afraid to make my own selection at that price. I also priced and looked them over at Klamath Falls and the price was the same there and the selection about the same.

Just stopped to get a cold coke. There is a big machine right outside our door but it is empty most of the time. It is filled three

October 1, 1945, p. 2

October 1, 1945, p. 2

[page 2] times each day but still it is practically always empty. It holds about 10 cases and I don’t think the coke ever gets cold only the extra supply in the top which is put in at the time of filling.

I’ve just finished writing a letter to the folks – It had been some time since I had written. Mom said if they had known when I was coming before they would have come up but it is too uncertain about how much time I’ll have off. It would be alright for them to come but if I didn’t get much time then you would be in Chi. Also. The priorities going off on air travel may make a difference in our time off. They may get them directly from here and if they do it may mean only a few hours off but that remains to be discussed later.

Look this last plan over and see what you think. After I had it finished I saw some things I didn’t like but that will be true of any.

Well, Dear I’ll sure like to see and be with you – We hope it won’t be too long.
Love Daddy

P.S. 3 letters just came.

©2016 copyright owned and transcribed by Deborah Sweeney
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4 thoughts on “Purses and Cokes (Roscoe)

  1. davidmadison1942

    “I read another E. Stanley Gardner book – very educational.” LOL We were both great fans of the Perry Mason TV programs.

    “I looked the purses over and I’m afraid to make my own selection at that price.” Very smart!

  2. thegenealogygirl

    Three letters in one day! That’s a happy mail day.

    I’m about to begin digitizing the letters I have and I am trying to decide the best way to present them. I have letters that cover 5 years – 2 years of WWII (the last two years of the war) and 2 1/2 years while my Grandpa was serving an LDS mission. There were several months between the two. I have letters between my grandparents and then letters to my Grandpa from friends and extended family and letters from my great grandparents to my grandpa. I’m trying to decide if I treat them all as one collection and present them chronologically or if I separate them into groupings – one group of back and forth between my grandparents, one group of letters from friends and family, and one group of letters from my great grandparents. There are several reasons to consider keeping them together including the fact that they were a close knit group and there are lots of references of “Your mother probably told you about that so I won’t go into detail.” or “I know Margaret told you about…” I feel like none of the letters paint a complete picture without all of the letters but then I also don’t want to break up the back and forth of the love letters too much. There are about 3 shoeboxes of letters between my grandparents, and then one shoebox from friends and family, and one shoebox from my great grandparents. Hmmmm. Any thoughts?

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      I am a big fan of chronological order. I think you get a better sense of all the different conversations going on, with the individual points of view. If you just do one person, then go back to do another person, you lose the continuity of the conversations and events. 🙂

      1. thegenealogygirl

        Thank you for the input! That’s what I was thinking too. Plus, the letters from extended family and friends are one sided, I don’t have the responses from my Grandpa so separating them out would lose all context of my Grandpa’s thoughts.

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