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Letter to Charlotte Schuck from mother, 1943

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Object ID: WV0203.4.003

Description: Schuck's mother writes about her other daughter, Mary, and her secretive service in communications, in which many girls are said to have had breakdowns. Mrs. Schuck asks about her daughter’s new lodging and her daily activities.


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Collection: Charlotte Lavone Schuck Papers

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Cleveland O. Halle Bros. Co.

May 11, 1943.

Dearest Char,

Will write you while I am down town here so it will get there sooner. Just mailed you a package containing gum and films. Also got another roll of film for you today so when you will be needing it you can write me that you need it. I will get a roll occasionally when I am down town and then send them all together. They will just give you one roll at a time in the Kodak stores.

I was down town yesterday also. Mrs. Miller called last week and asked if I would like to go to a cooking lesson at the East Ohio Gas Co. given by the Saphire Flour Co. on Bread & Rolls. We arrived at nine A.M. and got out just in time to get the 4 P.M. bus. Mrs. Schuman went with me. We learned a lot of new tricks in making rolls and coffee cakes and believe it or not I baked a swell loaf of white bread. Be sure to let me know if you can get away for a weekend and I will have some baked goods on hand.

I went to Church Sunday with Mrs. Besto and Babs went to Sunday School. Daddy had too much to do at home. I saw Mr. Chamberlain and talked to him for just a few minutes. He was glad to know you were a Petty Officer 3rd Class. Said you had written that you hoped to be or something like that.

So glad Doris Bussman is with you. Sure makes it nice that you can go to church together and etc.

I am glad you like it there also. Mary doesn't seem to like the type work she is doing. It is in "Communications" and is so secretive that they don't even know that they are doing. They wear yellow tabs and can just go in the offices that have that color office. She said quite a few of the girls had nervous break-downs. The way I understand it is the same thing over and over again. This week she is working from 4:30 - 12:30 I think. Last week from 12 at night to 8 A.M. The next week is a different shift. Change every week. She seemed to think that you had it much nicer than she at Hunter. They weren't allowed to wear silk stockings when they went down town and didn't have as much freedom as you did. So I think as you do that you went just at a nice time.

Mary also said something about hoping she can take Officer's training instead of trying for her next rating in about 9 mo. She seems to think they will give some an opportunity to take Officers training even if they haven't gone to College if they are the WAVES.

Do you have as many girls in you quarters now and do you like them as well as the other group. Are your quarters as nice as in Bldg B. Those pictures are sure nice Char. Keep them coming. Try to get a picture where your hat doesn't shade your face. I took Mary's picture Sunday morning and sure hope it will be good. Will send you one. Am leaving films today to be developed. What do you and Doris have to shop for? Don't they furnish your summer uniforms?

What kind of gym work do you have? Do you play volley ball, swim and play ping pong?

I must hurry to get the one o'clock bus home because P.T.A. is at 2 or 2:30 and Mrs. Schuman is going with me. It will be the last meeting of the school year.

Bud & Babs got me a beautiful bouquet of large snapdragons, large daisies and a small white flower with green foliage and a light green ribbon bow on it in a white vase. I was really surprised that Bud thought of me Ha!

Well, time is slipping by so must say Goodbye.

Lots of Love,