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Gerald Rees Correspondence - From Mrs. Rees

June 22, 1945

Fri Nite June 22 '45

Dear Gerald:

Again I'll ditch the V mail and use instead some of my new stationery that Gram gave me for my Birthday. If the V mail doesn't travel any faster than reg. air mail there's no advantage in using it except the saving of 3ยข; and for some reason I don't enjoy writing V letters as much either.

Your last letter telling about the bed-bugs didn't sound so good as some of the others and I'm not surprised. I found myself scratching as I read it, out of pure sympathy. I do hope the D.D.T. did its work as well as the article in a digest said it would, and that you got rid of the pests in a hurry.

Just got a letter from Leland this P.M. that had some cheery notes in it for a change. Maybe you already know about his good luck, but in case you haven't heard, he's back in the Band and seems very happy about it. As for me I could just get out and give a big loud "Whoopee" if I were not afraid the police would pick me up for disturbing the peace. His letter was written from Bad Folz (south of Munich) where he was living almost in luxury-good food, china dishes, table cloths, and as he said really "snazzy." In this letter he didn't say "nothing worth writing about" as he had before, but gave quite a nice description of the scenery, flowers, etc. From what he & you tell, the flowers must be lovely. How wonderful if you boys could only have seen all this without all the horror of war to spoil so much of it.

Eleanor & Jack just left about an hr ago for Ann Arbor to stay till about Thurs. Then Gram, Bernice Martha Jane & John expect to come from Aunt Goldie's to visit here, so she'll come back (It looks now, as if Johnny might not get a leave at all so we're not sure when E & J will go back to Boise).

The Lodge's & Gram came to Penn Mon nite and were there a few days. On Thurs (last evening) we had a family picnic at Ft. Meigs and all day as I was getting food ready I was wishing & wishing you could join us. It rained hard about noon but obligingly cleared up by evening, and was nice. When I watched Jack & B's children rolling down those banks it surly did take me back in memory to the times when our own children used to do that, and in some ways it didn't seem so long, but an awful lot has happened since then.

Grandma has aged quite a bit in the past year, it seems to me. Probably the bad attack of flu last winter is partly to blame for it. It left her heart rather bad.

Tues. June 26 will be Aunt Ella's and Uncle Will's Golden Wedding Anniversary, but they decided it would be risky to try to celebrate on account of Uncle Will not being well. I may go up there in the afternoon, but am not sure.


My goodness sakes alive! This usually quiet & peaceful neighborhood just had a bit of excitement. Mr. Caley comes over quite often to sit & visit on our porch with Pop, and tonight when he came Mr. Meinke's little black dog, "Button" came long with him and was smelling around in our shrubs and under the edge of Gallier's walk. Dick saw him and just in fun said "Rats". That was enough to start the fun. He (the dog) began digging & barking and for about 15 min there was a wild time, ending with G's front walk torn up and 6 dead rats laid out in a row. The dog is so tiny-maybe you remember-with legs about the size of knitting needles, but he's the quickest thing I ever saw. He'd catch a rat & bit it then before the rat could bite him he'd toss it in the air and catch it again-all over till it was dead. All the neighbors in the block were here-standing in the cheering line and little black "Button"-the name is a fitting one-became the "hero" of Putnam St. Too bad Jack was gone before it happened.

He (J) is the most comical little fellow I about ever saw. He pretends all the time. Today he tied my dust cloth around him for an apron, and was a "butcher", and his conversation as he sold meat (blocks wrapped in paper) to imaginary customers was really funny. Two words that he uses so much are eventually and apparently, and he rambles on at a great rate about the "terrible meat shortage!" He's pretty willful & stubborn and gets paddled a lot, but when it's over he says "can't we dist be friendly again now?"

It looks now as if the summer solstice has actually bro't us some warm sunny weather. Today was lovely & how the garden did grow! Pop's corn grew so fast I could almost see it grow. The rains have done a lot of damage to farm crops tho', and I'm wondering if nice weather now can save them.

Uncle Arthur said that on the way from Robinson they saw fields & fields completely under water. There never was a time when we needed good crops more either.

Motorists are rejoicing today over a boost in their gas rations, (6 gal instead of 4) but some folks are afraid too much of the extra gas may be used to drive to Black markets which would be bad. We're hoping the new Sec. of Agriculture that Pres. Truman appointed will be able to pull us out of the mess that we seem to be in. I can't believe there really is as great a shortage of sugar meat & fats as we are told there is.

Miss Bentley wrote out some translations for me in the newspaper & pamphlets you sent. She is greatly interested in getting some of the Nazi ideas first hand and seems glad to get the chance to read them. The one was a "Christmas Supplement" to the reg. Darmstadt paper, but she said in the whole thing she found no mention whatsoever of the Christmas spirit, or Christmas stories as we would find. Nothing of a sacred or religious nature. I'm going to go to bed now, for I'm very tired. Hope you are in better living conditions and feeling your best.

With much love-

June 1945

[Late June 1945]

Dear Gerald,

It's so hot today we are all just sizzling and I think I'll limit my letters to you & Lee to V's for my hand sticks on my paper. We have quite a family this week, Gram & Bernice, M.J. & John are here and the heat doesn't add to the amiability of the 3 kiddies. The fight a plenty, but just now Jack is asleep. Gram is sick today-in bed. Her heart is aching bad and she's very nauseated. We wanted to call a doctor, but she keeps saying "wait". Bernice & Eleanor both think she's quite bad, and won't wait much longer. It's been quite some time now since we've heard from you. No letter all this week so of course I've started wondering if maybe you are on your way somewhere else. Next week will be the Fourth, and it looks as if Uncle Fred has decided not to have a family picnic this year. Last year he made such elaborate preparations, but only a few were there, so he probably got discouraged. If gram gets all right maybe we can have a little picnic of our own. I hope you didn't let the bugs eat you up and that I hear from you very soon. More in a day or two.


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