Jake Gets the News

May 24, 1941, I had no plans for this evening.  Was taking a bath when Ed came up.  He asked me to go to a show.  We went to Hartford and saw Count Bernie Vici and his show and a picture “Redhead.”  We stopped for ice cream and Ed brought me out a box full…

Before the New Breaks Part II

On the day she recieved the following letters from Jakey, this is what she wrote: May 23, 1941, Soon after, and this morning we drove down to the funeral home.  Zosh and I said good-bye to Stretch.  I touched my cheek to his lips.  He had a beautiful military funeral and Nat didn’t say hardly…

In Honor and Memory of Stretch Part II

May 19, 1941, Even though I realized Stretch was dangerously ill, I didn’t think of him leaving us.  He died this afternoon.  Zosh and I stayed with Nat all evening trying to console her.  She is being brave.  I haven’t got much use for the army since this happened.  They can’t be getting the right…

In Honor and Memory of “Stretch” Part I

Unfortunately, this was the start of the end. I am simply to sad to create suspense or to worry about spoilers. May 11, 1941, Nat was angry because Stretch didn’t come home.  However, he’s sick in the hospital and can’t help that.  Ed K. came up and gave me a driving lesson and we picked…

Convicts in the Barracks, May 10, 1941

May 10, 1941, Saw Ernie off on the train and felt lonesome.  Came home and started cleaning my drawers.  Jake sent me another letter and some pictures.  He looks so thin and his hair is clipped short.  Edmund, Johnny Lech, and Eddie came up early and left soon. J.L. came back about 8 and we…

Just Listening to Some Jazz While Waiting on the Mail…

Friday, May 2, 1941 It rained in spurts today and by evening had turned really cold.  Washed my hair, cleaned my room, and played piano.  Nellie dropped in for a while.  I was anxious to get home tonight to see if I had any mail from Jake, but there was none.  His folks had a…

So Begins a New Year, 2021 and the Month of May, 1941

Thursday, May 1, 1941 Now that Mildred left, I am again working as Mr. Hitchcock’s secretary.  His work alone keeps me busy all day.  Tonight while I was practicing, Ed came up and afterwards Frank Adamzyk.  We picked up Zosh and went to see the fireworks at Mt. Park.  So far this week I haven’t…

This Space for Writing Messages

to the one you love each stop of the journey just to let them know 5 minutes till the next leg many more until the next stop the next missive missing See you in the next letter. you are moving ever toward returning home or never.   Tuesday, April 29, 1941 Had a card from…

The Leaving.

Sunday, April 27, 1941 Jake, Nat, Stretch, Ed, Chet, and I took pictures today.  Stretch and Nat left and the rest of us went to the “Silver Star” for chicken and spaghetti.  Peach and I were out of sorts but we perked up.  We went riding and on the way bought me a lipstick.  When…

Leading to the Leaving…

Sunday April 13, 1941 The doorbell woke me at 6 bringing me a corsage from Jake with even a little poetry enclosed.   I’d love to know what the poetry said.  So cute!   Wednesday April 16, 1941 Jakey took us to work this morning.  I told him to pick out a camera and let…

Beginning of April – No Joke!

Hello, I am here.  I hope that means that I am back and will post more frequently.  I’m sure many writers can relate to how hard it is to get going when writing inertia and life momentum gets going.  Mostly, I find it is harder and harder the longer I am away.  Regardless, however long…

The End of March, 1941

Friday, March 21st, 1941 The first day of Spring was lovely but not too warm.  Jake came up and I had washed my hair. It takes all the romance out when one looks like that.  We listened to the radio and Chet M. dropped in for a while. Jakey heard that he may be called…