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Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to her Father, 1945

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Object ID: WV0383.4.031

Description: Reeves wishes her Daddy a Father's Day. She also notes a visit from the area recreation director, the club getting a lot of patronage, the somewhat lazy detail men assigned to it, new furniture in her room, and movies she has seen.

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 Daddy,

How are the usual socks and ties coming? Since the natives wear neither and you wouldn’t be particularly fond of GI shorts[?] I’ll just send my undying love. Maybe you won’t even have to work on “Pappy’s Day”. There are lots of little boys sitting around the club writing their Daddy’s too so you know we’re all thinking about those important parts of our lives.

An area recreation director is visiting and since I’m taking off a few he’ll probably drop in. Mr. Beckhart is about Uncle Leonard’s build— due to that and temperment he is nicknamed “Little Caesar.” About 9:45PM he came into our club yesterday and ways astounded to find it still full. We have to literally chase the men out of here each night.

Tom has remounted my lights for this dressing table so I have again gotten our room in order. When someone moved out they left a pretty good chest, which I moved my clothes into. Betty and I had been sharing 4 little shelves.

Mother says you’ve been helping Forest. Have been picturing you in your overalls and blue shirts. Suppose you’ve gotten the pipe out again even.

Quite a few of the men here smoke pipes. Interesting to watch them, especially those who have grown a beard, mustache or goatee or perhaps there is no trim to it at all.

Last week I saw three movies. I hope you have seen the life of Chopin in “A song to Remember.” “The Royal Scandal”, a story of Catherine the Great is very clever. “Patrick the Great” is cute with those two young dancers—Peggy Ryan and somebody—never could remember the names of dancers or movie stars. Will only be able to remember the name of one star— myself in our show. No, I’m merely a fixture in a GI show we’re trying to work up.

They have given use 2 more detail men— a total of 8 now so by rights we should sit and hold hands. None of them can equal George and Johnny so we keep plodding along. This morning we made them repeat the table washing. All afraid of work. Got to fight this war and what a way to do it, they feel.

Daddy, I know this will arrive a little late this year— just like Spring but extended celebrations have good points too. Am anxious to get one of your good letters again.

Love and Kisses, Jean

P.S. Dr. Mortimer died suddenly, I heard.