Category Archives: World War II Letters

Aileen Easterly

January 26, 1946 envelope

January 26, 1946 envelope

January 26, 1946, p. 1

January 26, 1946, p. 1

Letter transcription:

Los Angeles, California
January 26, 1946
Saturday morning 11:30

Dear Gladys:

Received your letter dated January 1 and enjoyed all the news immensely. So happy for all of you that Jake is home for good now. Wish he could have visited us while he was here on the coast, but S.F. is 500 miles from L.A. and that would have been so far out of his way. Too bad about the fire in his new offices – – do hope the repair job won’t take too long. The way conditions are these days with help and equipment so difficult to get, one never knows what to expect.

The new restaurant sounds interesting and it really is a pleasure to entertain that way occasionally. I manage to cook dinner every night from Monday to Thursday inclusive, but Tom works Friday night, and then on Saturday we have a big pot of some kind of soup. Sunday is our day out – – we usually try a new place, go alone or with friends, and we enjoy it, especially after putting in such a full week of hard work.

I’m sure your Christmas was exciting because of David – – I can just imagine how thrilled he was with everything. John and Mark will always wee that it is interesting for David. Christmas doesn’t mean so much unless there are children around to enjoy it.

We are having such beautiful weather – – I’m sitting in the kitchen next to the window with my back to the sun (window wide open too) and how I love it. I don’t feel at all well today, so perhaps the sun will pep me up a bit.

Well, I might as well tell you about myself now. You probably thought I was going to have a baby, but no such good luck for me. I think I told you about the bad case of diarrhea I had last May, well, I had another such attack in November. Our company doctor gave me a thorough physical examination, thinking perhaps it might be my appendix causing the trouble. The appendix apparently is alright, but he did discover a fibroid tumor the size of a grapefruit around the uterus. He said no doubt it had been growing for years and asked me when I first noticed any discomfort from it. I haven’t felt well for about three years, but thought I was going through the change. Sometimes I would skip a month at my periods and then I seemed to cramp continuously, almost every day. I’m at the point now where I feel so low both mentally and physically that I just make myself do things. And of course my job at the office hasn’t helped me any either. There are three of us in our division now (450 on our pay roll) and I’m sorta in charge, a little more prestige, but a great big headache. There are 4,000 in the company, but the other employees are on another pay roll because they are in the districts. Ours is the General Office. We even had to work New Year’s Eve and all day on New Year’s.

January 26, 1946, p. 2

January 26, 1946, p. 2

[page 2] Our Chief Surgeon said I should have the operation soon. I decided to help out at the office during December and January, the two worst months of the year. I have consented to the operation and will perhaps be in the hospital around February 6th or 7th. Our Chief Surgeon has been with our company for 25 years and is claimed to be the best in the City, so I have a lot of confidence in him. All hospitalization will be paid also my two months sick leave. After that I plan to take three months leave of absence on my own time without pay. If everything turns out as we have planned Tom and I will make a trip east perhaps during the month of June.

I am curious what Jake thinks of the operation – – does he approve. Maybe I have no alternative! The doctor said the tumor has kept me from getting pregnant. Is that true? I say that I have confidence in our doctor yet I ask Jake his opinion. Silly, isn’t it? That’s just like a woman.

I will be looking forward to hearing from you when you find time to write. I know how busy you must be, with all your family at home now.

Love,
Aileen

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News from Wilma Bryan

Letter transcription:

Dear Mrs. Yegerlehner,

Patricia received the lovely little shoes a few days ago. They had been sent to Brownwood. I’m sure they were your handiwork. They are the prettiest I’ve seen.

We have a big fence around our yard. Mary Lynn loves to learn all the gate latches. Still a “tomboy.” But wants to help wash dishes, cook, and in general do everything about the place. Here’s hoping that helpful attitude continues.

Was so sorry to hear about Dr. office burning. – Hope he is all back in order by now.

Patricia still the good girl.

The weather here has been mostly sunshine, except a tornado in the eastern part of the state. Would like to see some snow.

Love,
Wilma

[Editor’s note: The WWII collection contains the birth announcement for Patricia Bryan. It can be found here.]

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Letter from Aunt Jessie

Letter transcription:

January 3, 1946, p. 1

January 3, 1946, p. 1

Dear Gladys and Roscoe –

I am sending, parcel post, a box containing ties, socks and underwear. Now you may not wish to wear such but – if you have any feeling about this please give them to someone. I shall understand. I know you do not need such but I preferred you whom Silvester admired

January 3, 1946, p. 2

January 3, 1946, p. 2

[page 2] so much thru the years to have these.

So hard to go on without Silvester but strength is given and I must carry on as he would wish.

Hope you are all well and that the new office is installed completely.

With love,
Jessie

Jan. 3, 1946

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Letter from Jim #4

December 21, 1945 envelope

December 21, 1945 envelope

Letter transcription:

December 21, 1945, p. 1

December 21, 1945, p. 1

21 Dec. 1945

Dear Sis & Co. –

It is now 0645, ask Jake, he will tell you what time that is. Just one hour and thirty minutes ago I was talking with Glenn, yes he called me from Lovelock, says he is OK and feeling fine but that Pauline is acting up, says she took a pot shot at him and says she will shoot both of them or something. Anyway, Glenn wants me to have the boys, so does Pauline for that matter so we are going out there to get them, the boys I mean. We will leave here Saturday, go to NY. Spend Sunday and Monday in N.Y., leave N.Y. early Tuesday, Christmas Day, go to Terre Haute, try to get two new tires, so if Jake can swing a deal for me for two new tires in Kentland, please have him do so and write me at 2226 Sycamore, we will only be in Terre Haute, just long enough to check a few

December 21, 1945, p. 2

December 21, 1945, p. 2

[page 2] things then onto Kentland to spend a few minutes with you folks then on to Lovelock. It is about 3,000 miles from N.Y. to L. so we will have to keeping moving as Thelma has only a limited time. But if it is at all possible for Jakie to get me two new tires in Kentland please do so and write me that he has as soon as we arrive in Terre Haute we will either call or wire you.

Love,
Jim

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Letter from Jim #3

December 17,1945 envelope

December 17,1945 envelope

Letter transcription:

December 17, 1945, p. 1

December 17, 1945, p. 1

17 Dec. 1945

Dear Sis & Co. –

Thanks for the quick answer. My shopping is almost completed now.

Our plans have been changed – Mayroses were planning spending Christmas in N.Y. with their son, providing they could get train reservations both ways, they did not know until last Friday. So now that they have them they want to have a Christmas with their two children for it has been a darn long time since the family has been together so now we are going to N.Y., leaving Saturday, we are to meet them at the Penn station and drive on out to Larchmont to spend Sunday, Monday and Tuesday – we will then start for Terre Haute at least not later than Thursday so we should arrive in Kentland on our way to Terre Haute – sometime late Wednesday night or Thursday morning or sometime late Thursday night or Friday morning all depending on when we leave N.Y. We will get word to you so you will know the day we get underway from N.Y.

December 17, 1945, p. 2

December 17, 1945, p. 2

[page 2] Thelma has 17 days and of course I have all the time I want, have three applications so should get some word from one of them soon. Thelma has another month to serve on her contract then she will return to Terre Haute to be with her mother for a season and of course I may have a job of some kind by that time.

After so long a time we get word from Glenn. Got a wire from Pauline says Glenn has left her with word that he is not returning. I left Erie last Friday and before I got to Washington Pauline called long distance from Lovelock to talk to me, Thelma answered the phone and tried to tell her I was out of town so she left word for me to call, then the next day (Friday) the wire came, it was waiting for me when I got home, I wired her to this time. “NO POINT IN PHONING SEND ME AN AIRMAIL LETTER OF YOUR PROBLEM” – So far I have not received any word, not time yet of course. When she talked with Thelma she insisted I call her as soon as I got in but that cost too damn much money and we would not have accomplished a darn thing. I am enclosing the wire from Pauline. Please save it, I want to try to impress upon her when I do see her how useless it all was so I want the wire to have when talking with her. I am going to try to get the boys, Thelma and I will take care of them. I told her once I would be glad to adopt them so anyway when some more news develops I will let you know.

Love,
Jim

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Letter from Jim #2

December 9, 1945 envelope

December 9, 1945 envelope

Letter transcription:

December 9, 1945, p. 1

December 9, 1945, p. 1

9 Dec. 1945

Sister & Co. –

I am up a blind alley to know just what to get John. Got a present for Mark and David which will be a joint present for the two but so far have not got John anything. Here are a few things I have in mind – What do you think of any of them or if he has them so state so I will not duplicate – Records-Rhapsody in Blue; Tchaikovsky piano concerto No. 1; Morton Gould Concert; Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E Flat; Mozart Quartet No. 18 in D Minor: Sheet Music; Rhapsody in blue, etc., etc., etc., etc. – So what do you think of what I have listed –

Love,
Jim

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Letter from Jim #1

December 7, 1945 envelope

December 7, 1945 envelope

Letter transcription:

December 7, 1945, p. 1

December 7, 1945, p. 1

7 Dec. 1945

Dear Sis & Co. –

Now don’t get all excited there is nothing about which to get excited, I only have reference to the way we are living at present, Thelma does not have time to do any shopping and I am out running around trying to make the connections I want so I do not have much time so what we do buy will be small but good and we will buy the Boys something. I did not mean to cut them out, you know darn well I would buy those Boys something regardless. I left Washington a week ago last Monday, was in Johnstown, Ford City, Pittsburgh and now Erie. Have application in about ten places and am hoping to land a good job here in Erie. Spent two hours with the Sales Manager the other day so I am sure he is interested.

We expect to spend Christmas in Terre Haute, so will be in Kentland either the day before Christmas or two or three days after.

Love,
Jim

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