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…

In Between Letters

Having been on this side of things more than once, the partner left home, I can tell you it’s not easy for either. Basic training, and being away from home for what follows, is no joke. We hear the strain of it in Jake’s letters immediately. But we left at home not only pine for…

Letters from “This Godforsaken Hole”

May 6, 1941, It’s so warm again and no rain.  I had another letter from Jakey again today.  It felt so good.  Freda Grockmal read our palms and told us what the stars had in store for us-at club tonight.  We adjourned to the Moonlight and we had cokes and exchanged experiences.  All the way…

Writing Letters and Waiting for Letters, May, 1941

Monday, May 5, 1941 Took my piano lessons and “Prof” at the city hall.  I wanted to get home and then dreaded it if I didn’t have a letter.  I had two when I got home.  Both from Jakey.  Gosh he wrote the same day he got there and another a few days later.  Said…

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…

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 January, 1941

Sunday, January 19th, 1941 We spent a lazy day.  Then Jake came about 2:30.  We did crossword puzzles and then fell asleep.  Went to his house about six and were given supper.  Nellie and Caz and Jake and I walked down street and Jake and I went to see “Little Nellie Kelly” and “A Fugitive…

December, 1940

Sunday, December 15th, 1940 This afternoon Jake and I went skating and met Nat and her brother, Billy, Frank, Etc.  It was warm and even the ice was good.  Ate supper, which I prepared, and Peach washed the dishes.  Eddie, Zosh, and we saw “Trial of the Vigilantes” and “She Couldn’t Say No”.  Had ice…

What I Do For a Living is Love You

This is the transcription for early December but it feels so warm (and it actually was a bit warm, haha!): Sunday, December 1st, 1940 It was warm today and the snow got soft so we couldn’t go skiing.  Mom and Dad went to Bondsville. Jake and I read the funnies by the stove and then…

Sept 22, 1940

Sunday, September 22nd, 1940 Didn’t fall asleep till one last night.  Nellie, Caz, Jake and I played tennis and then had a picnic at Mt. Tom.  Jake knew I was peeved but he offered no explanation. He tried all the time to be pleasant but I treated him politely and that’s all.  I know he…

Redo! March 3, 1940

I just updated a post from a while ago with more pictures that I put together with the date.  Here they are again: Sunday, March 3rd, 1940 We slept till nine this morning. Had breakfast and Ernie, Jakey, and I went skiing.  The hill was quite steep.  I swore I wouldn’t go down it but…