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Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to Parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0383.4.027

Description: Jean Holdridge (Reeves) has made place mats for Tom Reeves and is pleased her parents approve of him. She also notes the soldiers' lack of electricity in their tents, her recent book reading, plans for a boat trip, and acquiring orange juice to use as a mixer.

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 morning's work is over and we are going home— well, just about. When I get there I’m going to finish the place mats that I’m going to take down to Tom’s tonight. Will draw you a diagram. The material is the white [illustration] linen I wrote you about. The bolt that had the heavy wax backing which we had taken off. For the initials I used my blue mending tape that you iron on. Marie, Mel, Guy, Tiny, Tom and I are having dinner together. Maybe I should tell you what the monogram stands for or perhaps you already have it figured out since I told that his “joint” is named the “Reeves Half-way House.”

I am very pleased with your reaction about Tom and know that you won’t be disappointed in him. He has a wonderful disposition and a very good way of handling people. We’re trying to be sensible about the whole matter although, of course, at times I suppose we dream to much. Think I wrote you about his folks and brothers and sisters. Right now Tom is rather unhappy because after a long weekend with several of his superiors from another base it looks if his stuck for the duration. He came in here right after the landing and you know that was many months ago.

Now we’re in the sign making process for a boat trip to the beach. I did the printing and the little man who comes around is drawing the diver at the ole swimming hole.

This last letter I mailed you was mislaid for several days so will be a little longer in getting there.


The Tuesday night dinner was a big success and Tom was very pleased with his place mats. Yesterday was another boat trip and dinner at the Australian officer’s club. Tom now has an honorary membership. Mel will soon be leaving so we’ll be able to get in after all.

Today I hope to finish reading “Green Dolphin Street”. It is rather long hard to get into but now that I’m over halfway through it’s going faster. An English scene finally getting to New Zealand even. Boats involved and a case where the man marries the wrong daughter.

Seems like so many things have gone wrong at the old house but maybe it will work out better than you had hoped. At least you’re closer to the girls and families now and seeing them so much will mean lots to you. Expect the boys will be practically living with you.

One of the boys at the club bought us a big can of orange juice to put in the cordial to improve the taste. He is so sweet, about 19, and this juice was bothering him— had had it for about four days. These men have electricity in their tents so the evenings are quite a sight. Men sitting around a table with all sorts of lights fixed up. For reading or writing they naturally have to come to the club.

Hope you are all fine and that it's much warmer. How about some of our heat. Cool here this AM— probably 70.

Lovingly yours, Jean