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Fresh Spinach (Gladys)

Letter transcription:

Kentland Ind
June 1 1943

Dear Daddy –

The first day of June and a wind blowing. It looks like rain any minute. John has gone to take his music lesson. He rode Mark’s bike. At first Mark didn’t like the idea but I told him I didn’t want John to walk thru the rain so he decided it would be “OK.” Mark was taking David for a walk (ride) but I had him come in. We have been taking David out of doors so much he doesn’t like to stay in. He is in his buggy now looking out the living room south window. He is so adventurous

[page 2] he has to be watched or will try to climb over the side of his buggy. When in his pen or bed tries to pull up to his feet but hasn’t quite made it yet – but gets up on his knees.

Either the mail is later today or we didn’t get any. Yours of May 17 & 18 came yesterday but to date the letter with the $100⁰⁰ check hasn’t come.

Had the S.S. class meeting last nite. We worked on Red Cross sewing. I didn’t get to bed last night until 11:45 so I was very sleepy this morning. I got David’s bottle and fed him at 6 – then Mother got up and took him downstairs and I went back to sleep and woke up about 9:30 – I was more tired than I realized because I was still tired when I got up, and feel not too peppy yet. I wanted to set out some more flowers today but the

[page 3] rain will keep me from doing that. I am about thru, but it has rained so much I can’t get enough done between rains. Where Floyd (Billy) dug up the septic tank – there was a bald spot – I had to wait for the ground to settle before I could do anything with it – then we cut some sod from the back yard to make larger flower beds and put it on the spot and some of the grass is growing but it looks rough – however I think it will be smother after John mows it some. John started to mow this morning but had to quite to go take his lesson. He has had quite a job so far keeping the grass cut. If we get Mark’s tonsils out I am afraid he will have some garden work to do too. John has grown up so much this past year. Mary Parttens said when

[page 4] you left John was a homely little boy and when you come back he will be a good looking young man. Mark is pretty much the same – it isn’t time for him to make a quick change. However he is hair conscious and combs his hair so many times during the day – He is still trying to get a wave to grow. When I bath David I can work up a few curls and both J & M think it is “cute.” His curls stay pretty good until I put a cap on him. One of the Zell girls came over to see if we want some spinach for dinner. Their garden spinach is ready to use – ours isn’t quite that far along but soon will be.

I will have to get something ready for lunch – I’ll use some of the 7 ½ ¢ lb. potatoes. We don’t eat them every day – but ours will soon be large enough to dig then we can have them often as we want.

In case you missed some of my letters, I got your letter with your suggestions about the lawn –

Love – Mother

YEG1943-06 Dunlop Street house

Yegerlehner home on E. Dunlop Street, Kentland Indiana, June 1943 (Note: Mark’s bicycle leaning against the tree and one of the boys is sitting with David under the window to the left of the door.)

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A regular letter (Gladys)

Letter transcription:

Kentland Ind

Dear Daddy –

This is the first regular letter I have written for some time. I got out of the habit – due to not having pictures to enclose, but have some now, covering D.’s 5th to 6th month. There isn’t much difference is his pictures but we can see a lot. He does something new quite often and of course that isn’t caught with the camera. We should have a movie camera so we could keep a more accurate record of his growth. It is so nice and warm today I intend taking him out for an airing. However I want to keep away from school children – there are so many diseases going around now – measles, chicken pox & scarlet fever. I have mentioned in several letters that we gave him Immune Globulin and he hasn’t taken measles from Mark – neither did John. The minute Mark said he didn’t feel good I sent him up to bed (Sat a.m. 8:30) and John stayed down, then John went to Krulls & stayed from Mon. till Fri. I do hope John won’t start

Stevens, James & Dolores - c1953

Dolores and her husband, James Stevens, c1953

[page 2] feeling bad in about a week. We are planning to go to C. C. Apr 2. Dolores will be home and we want to see her. I didn’t plan to go this week-end due to measles – that is John’s exposure by Mark will be three weeks tomorrow and some say an exposure can go three weeks in developing – and I didn’t want to take a chance. Dr. M. said it was not very likely he would take them from Mark after that long. John wrote an essay in a contest and won second – Angus W. won first. He said today he won a spelling contest and the reward was a candy bar but Miss Kitsmiller just gave him a nickel. He is taking algebra and likes it. Mark is still working on the cornet and I must say does good for no more practice than he puts in on it. He had to miss several days school when he had measles but so many were out too that they all had to catch up.

The stool in the “Powder Room” stopped up so had Monroe come out. He said it was from the septic tank and I had to have it cleaned. Billy Floyd cleaned it today – (6.25) and had

[page 3] to dig up the yard quite a bit – now will have to get that place smoothed down again and grass seed sown. I saw Bill out working on his lawn – I went over and he was putting arsenate of lead to kill moles. The moles have been working under his lawn a lot. I want to get some vigaro and seed for our lawn but there is a shortage of fertilizer and I may not be able to get any. There is a new special fertilizer called “Victory Garden” and of course it is compounded specially for gardens and to be used for just that. Paul Y. was here yesterday. He was looking for a manure spreader but hadn’t found one. He said Earl was definitely exempted for  but talked like he might have to go – He said he had just bought a new tractor outfit. I’ll get all the “low down” and details if we get to go to C.C. next week. Kenneth would let Clarence try to keep him home. He said he didn’t want to stay home, with all the young men his age going. Had a letter from Ethel W. and she said Allen had gone – his dad could have had him exempted for farm work but Allen wouldn’t let him do it.

[page 4] Ethel said she didn’t blame Allen – because he would have to live with “those boys” when he comes back. That is the way I feel about us. You know I would rather have you here at home – but this thing is bigger than our own personal lives, and as you have written before – we are not the only ones – and when you come home we won’t have any guilty feelings about shirking a duty – so chin up – and all that sort of thing. It can’t last forever. – Well I hear a grunt and that means David is awake and soon will be clamoring for eats, and mentioning eats – it really costs us to eat, but I certainly am glad we have our locker. I haven’t bought meat in the stores for so long but once in a while glance at the show case to see what the prices are and the last time I looked – Hamb. 35 lb T-Bone 48¢ – and with rationing starting Apr 1 – 16 points a person a week is allowed and the amt. of meat one eats depends on the kind. Steak takes 8 pts a lb – so not much steak to be head in a week.

[page 5] I wrote you several times but will repeat – the income tax for ’42 figured 157.53 – also I read that all gross pd on salaries rec’d in Service will be refunded for ’42 – so that will be a little – Haven’t taken time yet to figure what refund will be coming.

— Some time later – Fed David (vegetables & milk) Tried fruit but he didn’t seem to retain it so thought I would try again later – He is taking orange juice again. Also went out and took down the clothes. Certainly is grand to hang them out again – after all the basement drying all winter. I haven’t heard anything about Ira D. recently so he must have gotten over the attack whatever it was. I suppose the people around town will keep you up on most local news. Your letters of Mar 12 & 13 came today. Never think anything you write is boring. If you can only say so much you know I always look for letters and don’t think they are ever dull – I have saved every one – I think they should be kept to hand down to the grandchildren –

The bank bal. at present is about $120⁰⁰ I haven’t had any collections for such a long time – and that much talked of uniform money hasn’t come yet.

[page 6] I am keeping bills paid – Ins, etc. Still have a 34⁰⁰ coal bill but will get it next month. I am taking the dividends off next 59⁰⁰J. Hancock prem. So that will be about half next time (Apri). I sat David up in his buggy – you can see by the picture the kind it is and he has scooted down till he has his feet braced on the foot piece. That is the way he likes to rest in his buggy.

It is a little hazy out like we might get a rain – Wish we would so that loose dirt would sink down where it was dug up.

Hope you can get an idea about us from these pictures. Now that we are getting into spring we should be able to get some good ones.

It is so warm today the physical ed classes have been held out of doors. Hope none catch cold. So far it hasn’t bothered John. I think the physical ed is good for him – he has to take it.

I must get this finished so can take it to the P.O.

All my Love

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