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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to Parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0383.4.030

Description: Reeves comments on the food supply of the natives, weather, making socks, and news of friends from home. She also mentions that Tom has let a young officer move in with him.

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

Rights: It is responsibility of the user to follow the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Materials are not to be reproduced in published works without written consent, and any use should credit Jackson Library, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Full Text: Dearest Folks,

From the sound of things it must still be cold there—snow in Minnesota in June. That is really going something. What we couldn’t do by getting together on this winter.

Tom has an officer now just over from the states. For 4 months he has been knocking around in replacement camps leading a pretty rough life so we reversed our decision and decided that it was alright to let him move in with Tom and enjoy the conveniences of home. He is over 6’ tall, dark hair, nice looking, from Minnesota I believe. I just met him and think he seems to be a pretty swell fellow and that will be nice for both of them if they do get along.

I enjoyed the letter which Jeanne Howorth had written home. We too could find such hungry people, I expect, but it seems to me that the natives do pretty well. Of course they have the advantage of year round growing weather. They can always get something in the jungle. Lately we have been having a lot of lettuce and tomatoes which Tom get[s] from a native farm. We all feel so much better when we get a few fresh vegetables, too.

Doesn’t it seems strange to be reading about Paul Schwemley’s graduation? I wish that I had remembered his being there when I visited Annapolis last fall. I know there must be someone there that I had known. Had a letter from Jim and he says that he is still in the same place. Maybe before too long I will be transferred and be closer to him. By then I will be due a leave and might get permission to hunt him up. That is If we can be sure just exactly where he is. Some of the girls have been very fortunate in getting to see friends or relatives.

So far I have 3 socks made this week and hope to finish the 4th today. I’m making a pair for Betty’s birthday the 26th and the one for the girl who works in the ARC Field Office. She, Virginia, has been very nice to me and I know would like to have them to go with her dress uniform. The yarn sample almost matches our worsteds which we ordered from Australia. Our uniforms have just a bit more rose cast to them.

Did you ever read “K” by Mary Roberts Rinehart? I just finished it and thought it average. She writes very light novels but they read fast. Now I want to read “God is My Co-Pilot”. So many people have talked about it and I found it in the Student Detachment Lib.

Dunc and Marijane are in Beaufort, S.C. now. All of his brothers are in the service now. Mrs. Felsted’s son is in the service too. Sherrilyn Saurer named he boy Peter Sherrill.

The tea for Mrs. Anderson must be over now and all is settled. The food made my mouth water something terrible. Hope that you used my dishes if needed. Go ahead and use them anytime—that is what they are for. Kay will understand this paragraph if you don’t.

Love, Jean