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The Motherlode (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Mar 21, 1943
Lieut R. S. Yegerlehner MC USNR
A.P.O. 43
% P.M. San Fran. Calif.

Dear Mother,

Mail came this A.M. and we spent much time reading and re-reading. 18 letters, 4 papers and two packages. The letters were from: Statons, Allgood, Sykes, Mom, Boonie (2), Wayne W., C. J. Easley, Bob H., The Earl park Walkups, The packages from Dr. M. and Floyd. I snitched this paper from the office and will try to answer a few providing I can get some stamps and envelopes. Your letters were of the latter part of Jan and the first part of Feb. So the letter I got the other day dated Feb. 19 is still the latest. Our mail has to be

[page 2] re forwarded and that always takes time. Your Valentine missed St. Pat’s day 5 days so you weren’t far from wrong right.

My letters may have been interesting but anymore there is nothing to write about. Description is out – Traveling is not as extensive as the last place and activities not for publication are more numerous. So the letters to  in answer to those today will be short and not very “ready.”

The newspapers were all the Newton Co. E. so I was able to catch up on a few things. Jim sent a Norfolk paper dated Sept. 23, so that was pretty old reading. I hate not to write

[page 3] all those people but if I see I’m going to be caught short I’ll just skip them.

All writing has to be done in the daytime because each night there is a total blackout and even the lighting of a smoke has to be done under cover. So you see there isn’t as much time to write as before.

I’ve ceased worrying or even thinking of the taxes but and wish I could get some extra money home but that is impossible at present – Maybe later that can be arranged.

I’ll try a few letters to others now after writing the folks
So solong Love Daddy

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I still think of you folks lots (Roscoe)

Back in June, I alluded to my upcoming vacation. I generally do not like to publish when I am going to be away from home after my in-laws suffered from identify fraud several years ago while they were away on vacation. I have been back for a little while and now I am ready to share.

The trip’s two main purposes were to see my Dad and to visit many of the places I lived in my youth. My children had never been to New York or New England. Overall I think the trip was a great success. The only negative memory was the car rental agency. We disembarked from the train in Boston only to be told that no cars were available. Luckily, the problem was quickly solved by taking a taxi to another location.

Me with my ancestor Capt. Finney Leach at Burial Hill, Plymouth.

Me with my ancestor Capt. Finney Leach at Burial Hill, Plymouth.

The trip was not intended to be a genealogical journey. I had promised my children that we were not going to spend lots of time trudging through cemeteries. As it ended up, we spent one Sunday in two cemeteries, Old Burial Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Wendell Cemetery in Holbrook, Massachusetts. It was a somewhat miserable day to begin with due to the extremely high humidity. My children whom I love dearly do not like spiders or bugs. In New England, there were many new species of insects that they had previously not been introduced to. They accompanied me through Burial Hill but the bugs quickly became too much for my son to handle. In Holbrook, they just stayed in the car.  I was able to take new pictures of many of the stones I had photographed 15 years previously. Wendell Cemetery is where my great grandparents are buried. We took many annual trips there when I was a child to plant flowers on their graves for Memorial Day. As I have delved deeper into my family genealogy, I have discovered the many other generations of the family buried there including dozens of cousins. I specifically wanted to photograph the grave of one of my Revolutionary War ancestors who is buried there.

Future projectsWhile visiting my Dad, I packed up seven boxes of family photographs and documents. He was the keeper of his parents’ vacation slides from many of their trips around the world in the 1960s-1970s. Now it is my task to view and scan them as well as decide which ones  should be preserved. Another treasure that my Dad had recently discovered was the Kentland Newton County Centennial book which was published in 1960. The book has pictures of many of the people mentioned in the letters as well as all sorts of information about Kentland. We will seeing some of these pictures soon in future blog posts.

Letter transcription:

Nov. 29, 1942

Dear Mother,

To begin with I’m pretty sure I forgot to finish yesterday’s letter. I thought about it after it was sealed and sent out. Maybe I didn’t anyway if I did I hope you understand.

There is another ball game this P.M. but it was too hot to walk down and I can see it a little from our front porch. We watched the boxing bouts from the porch last night. It’s a little far but I don’t think much farther that one would be from the ringside in a big bout in the states, and we could hear the band pretty well here also. Didn’t have a movie last night – nor none tonite. Guess none tonite on account of church.

We had chicken again today but it isn’t nearly as good now as it was at first. It is probably just as good but after having it once each week and turkey in between time it isn’t such a novelty. Once in a while we draw a poor meal but for the most part we have been fed very good. In fact we get much more than we need.

[page 2] This seems to be a typical lazy Sunday afternoon but I don’t know why because every day is very much the same except church and chicken but it’s just something that makes one want to take a nap. I’ve already written to the folks and want to write C.J. yet before sleep over comes me.

I’ve told you about many of our Drs. leaving to other locations and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see others do likewise and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if I wasn’t one of them. I’ll write you if I am – but won’t be able to tell you when or where. I think we I will know before long if I’m to be transferred. It seems as if the whole bunch will be broken up. Must have been a rotten bunch.

Again if you have the papers I’d like for you to pay the Federal Tax for last year. That we know will always have to be paid and I think will cause less trouble if taken care of now. I’m going to write on the back

[page 3]  because I want to send a copy of our paper on Thanksgiving Day. You can see the whole menu we had that day. I tried to get one on Thanksgiving Day but they seemed to be too few, but I did find one later.

I’m going to finish this and leave a little space in case things develop – because I don’t like to leave them unfinished. I can also add a line if mail comes which it didn’t this A.M.

I th still think of you folks lots and love you more and put in a little prayer each night for your welfare –

I love you


P.S. I didn’t mean to be a softie at the end. It’s just the way it happens.

P.S. Got 2 letters from you dated Nov. 12 & 13. Got lots of stuff – some repeat – but that’s the first I knew of your hospital trip etc –

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The first package arrives (Roscoe)

Letter transcription:

Nov. 28, 1942

Dear Mother,

I’m hanging around on duty tonite and maybe will have time to write a letter all at once – went to a baseball game this P.M. between the army and navy so have to hang around. The Navy won.

You can tell Mark I got a letter from him today Nov. 8 and was glad to get it. If the boys keep writing at different times it will increase my chances of getting mail. The last latest mail I have received from you was Nov 2 and that was several days ago. So there is lots yet to be gotten. In fact I have never received those that were written when David arrived.

I received a Christmas birthday box from Mom today. She had some stick candy and some various other kinds and the whole mess was sticky. This hot damp weather seems to simply melt candy but it’s pretty good. She also sent some butterscotch rolls and 5-6 packages of chewing gum and one box of menthol cough drops. C. J. Easley included 2 Indianapolis Stars and a package of V-mail envelopes. Do you have to pay for those things? We have plenty of

[page 2] those can get all we want at the P.O. Maybe I can use them – I’ll write him and thank him for them. The box was open at one corner and if the candy hadn’t been sticky one sack would have leaked out. I sorta shudder to think what the candy will be like you sent because I believe you said it was a little soft. And boxes must be tied very good because the best of them look bad when they arrive.

I’m rooming with two dentists and our quarters are in back of the dental office. And I’m writing at a desk in the back of their office and just now one of them is in the process of pulling a fellow’s tooth and I think it broke off and he is scraping it out from the sound of things. Sorta makes my teeth feel on edge to hear that scrape. I ran the above all together with ands because he was scraping pretty fast.

A Lt. Commd that used to be our big boss was promoted to Commander today and he treated the officers to cold beer at evening chow. It went pretty good the weather being as hot as it was today. As long as there is a breeze and one can find shade it’s OK.

[page 3] but just get in the sun without the breeze and it is hot.

I’ll have to write C.J. and Mom tomorrow and thank them for the package and hope to get yours in the next few days. I believe she sent hers before you did. I’m really more interested as much in packages as letters because news from home are most important but don’t mistake me I appreciate the packages also.

Fred got a package yesterday and carried it all around showing it to everyone and he also asks you to listen to parts of his letters etc. I don’t care anything about those things and I don’t read any of mine to him. He is a fine fellow to get along with but he does have peculiar ideas. He is an only child so I suppose he gets some of his peculiarities from that.

I’ll add a line in the A.M.

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