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Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0383.4.009

Description: Jean Holdridge Reeves has cleaned up the club, and is now making covers for cots. She writes to inform her mother that she is in New Guinea, not the Philippines, as that is probably too close to the front for women.

Creator: Jean Holdridge Reeves

Biographical Info: Jean Holdridge Reeves (b. 1920) of Marion, Ohio, served in the Pacific as a member of the Red Cross from 1944 to 1946.

Collection: Jean Holdridge Reeves Papers

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Full Text: Dearest Folks,

The times flies by so fast I don’t know where it all is. Guess it seems that way because we keep busy. That’s the trouble with the boys— sit around and think about themselves, the no item deals they’ve had, folks at home.

At last we have the club pretty well cleaned up so I can settle down to making a couple covers for cots. Have to bad them up with salvage blankets. The quartermaster will let us use their machines, I believe, so even if I thought I’d never touch a machine over here I actually [own?]. We’ll make the covers from red and white checked table-clothes like we’re using on our tables in the new section. Also have them around the bar.

Today is rather dark and rainy. We have had too little rain lately so are thankful for the cooler weather. You know this is the Summer Season and it really gets hot. Some days you change three times— is it any wonder laundry is a problem. Got up at 6:30 to do the laundry and no electricity. Did I tell you about our system? — On my day off I do the washing and [?] Betty’s she does it. So far that has been swell because our days were about evenly spaced. Next week we’ll change schedules and then we may alter out plan. We usually have a couple mornings and several afternoons off a week too.

We’d better get my position straightened out so that you don’t think I’m in the Philippines. Milton Chase interviewed Ohio girls on board ship and was to broadcast when we off at Dutch New Guinea but evidently didn’t say anything until he got to the Philippines. Perhaps I will get up there on my next hop but I’m satisfied to wait a few months. Kay had it all figured out how I was helping with the POWs who were released. That would be most fascinating but I don’t believe any women are headed that close to the front. ARC men go in on D-day or close thereafter but not the girls.

Thank you for telling me about Jeanette Stove’s birthday greeting as well as Mary Jane's. I got a card from Bard Stove! Did I tell you that my Christmas cards arrived too! Tomorrow you and Daddy will be celebrating another wedding anniversary. The days and years are really slipping by. As long as we’re all enjoying ourselves it’s alright. And since you’re moving back to Ohio I think you’ll both feel better and I’m sure all of us girls are happy about it. I think it will be so nice to have more of the family together.

Now several of us are trying to do a bit of interior decorating. These fellows have some bright orange and whites duck to make drapes out of. The easy chair which they have built is to be covered with a dark green. Betty and I are making them a table cloth out of a dull yellow material and embroidering names of brown in the corners. Think the cupboard will be painted a dark green and then there will be the white refrigerator. Real comfy don’t you think. Tomorrow night I’m going to be chief cook for a steak dinner. Tough War! Dinner time now

Lovingly yours, Jean