[There are no further letters during the month of May since Gladys and the boys moved to Lake Forest on May 8th. Their stay by the Lake was short-lived however.]
Baby book – May 23, 1944
May 23 – 1944
David’s 20th month. 26 1/2 lbs. – 34″ tall
On May 8 we went to Lake Forest to live. There were chickens in the back yard and David put his finger thru the fence and a hen pecked it – He cried but went back and tried to entice the hen again. We took David to the beach and he had lots of fun playing in the sand and throwing rocks in the lake. We had a cottage on the lake near Zion but Daddy was ordered to Liberty, Mo., so we had just one day to play on the beach. David is getting a good coat of tan. He tries to say anything but doesn’t say everything correctly. He acts like he is playing the piano, can point to his nose, ears, eyes, hair, mouth, tummy, feet and where he gets spanked when we ask him to.
Roscoe’s new orders were written on May 26th and delivered on May 30th. He had five days to report to Liberty, Missouri. His new duties were at the Naval Flight Preparatory School at William Jewell College.
At least there is something to report – Joe found a house – a small but livable and reasonable enough. All for $48 per month but not furnished. He called Mrs. Roberts and I suppose she will call you before this arrives. They were able to get it by a friend in Wilmette writing to a friend in Lake Bluff and these people had a friend whose brother in law had a house so you see how things go. Maybe something will turn up in that way for us. The lady in Wilmette is still looking for one for us.
I’ve thought of this for us – Maybe we could take a place at the lakes for a couple of
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[page 2] weeks – and that would allow us to be together and would also give you some time to look around and if nothing turned up at the end of that time you could go back home – what about that? We can talk of that when I come home this weekend. I haven’t asked as yet but will tomorrow.
Somehow I’ve contracted a cold and using a few hankies but it isn’t bad. It’s turned so warm today. I’ll wear khaki tomorrow for the first time and have my blue cleaned & pressed for the weekend.
Well, I hope I’ll be able to write of house news tomorrow eve –
Somehow I didn’t get a letter today neither this AM or PM. Maybe Mark forgot to mail it again.
There isn’t anything new to report on the house condition. Maybe a little. I called the lady in Evanston that we went to see last night and she wants to rent her place if her husband is shipped out and is to write me or I’m to call her in a week or two.
Joe & I went out to the lakes but it was useless – There were cottages but no water – only a community pump and a chemical toilet. They say the chemical toilet works pretty good. Those are $100 per month. We went into one but I wouldn’t call them at all good for that price. There are some there completely modernized but their owners don’t know just what they want to do with them for the summer so they are what one might call
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[page 2] frozen. We stopped in Libertyville and asked the real estate office but nothing to rent – Also in the town of Gray’s Lake and the same thing there. Some of the Drs. around the Hosp. are learning that I want a house so the word is getting around and maybe sooner or later something will turn up. I’ve been to the office here in Lake Forest but they all have the same story.
I sent four white shirts to the laundry on Tue. and got them back today. All four for 53 cents and they are really done up in fine shape. That is the cheapest and best I ever had laundry done. I was really surprised at the price as well as the service.
Well, I’ll keep you informed on the house situation as time goes along. And here is hoping –