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Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0383.4.017

Description: Reeves notes the women are wearing dresses for April Fool's Day and have made 20 gallons of ice cream, but have closed the club to Australian soldiers. She inquires both about a man named "Walter" and her parents social life in Ohio.

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,

Yesterday I was so lucky to hear from all of you. It was a much nicer Easter knowing what all of you were doing.

The girls are all very excited and the men agog because we’re wearing dresses from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Most of the girls looked so nice. Right now I’m down in the rec hall in shorts. The breeze is blowing thru our palms to make our own air conditioning system. It is still decorated from our last night. The natives tied flowers to the leaves of these five palms. We put them up all around and even up to the top of the ceiling is the center of the building where it goes to a peak. Like fast twice we had a tunafish and egg sandwich spread, sliced tomatoes and hardboiled eggs. We are getting eggs part of the time. There is a small chicken farm here but you can imagine how hard it would be to supply eggs for an entire base. We used a sheet for our linen table cloth had flowers and some large bunnies which men at the hospital had made from cotton.

Night before last our detail really worked. We started marking 20 gallons of ice cream at 11:00 and they finished at 5:00. The work is not hard with electric freezer but you can only do 1 gallon at a time. Ordinance made us 20 gallon so we really had enough for once.

From now on our club is closed to Australian personnel. I know it will make them unhappy because their facilities aren’t as good and some of their companies is right across the way from the club.

The clothes proposition at Helen’s was a big one. I know, because you can always find so much to make. Nancy’s new coat sounds good.

Like you I’m anxious to know how Walter and the chaplaincy came out. It would be a very widening experience if nothing else good ever came of it. We have but one protestant chaplain now and he is kept mighty busy. The service was nice this morning but nothing special. Although I promised our services they were not called upon in decorating the church so it was prettied up with only a couple banquets of flowers.

Write me about your social life in Ohio. It should be good.

PS- Did I ask you to send me film?

Love & Kisses, Jean

P.S. Am enclosing a money order for $100—