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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: WV0383.4.041

Description: Jean Holdrige (Reeves) and Tom Reeves have recently spent an afternoon together in which they discussed Tom's future plans, family, and his family's favorable reaction to their relationship. Reeves also mentions treating her canker sores with phenobarbital

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,

This is a beautiful Sunday afternoon which Tom and I have enjoyed together. It certainly is nice having him close enough that we can be together occasionally even if only for a few hours. This time it was extra long. Thinking that he was leaving Wednesday the girls arranged to work my shift Sat. and I already had Sunday off. Came in Fri. night and Tom will take me back tonight. You know, we have had lots of good times overseas and I only hope that we may continue at home. Am very pleased with the reaction of his brothers and sisters— they all seem as anxious to meet me and have me “home” there as I am anxious to meet them and be in their home. I like their being the family type— if you know what I mean. Not clannish but much pride taken in each other and a great deal of family spirit. All living close enough that they can be together several times a year.

Last night we had a long discussion about Tom’s possibilities after the war. As most of the veterans he wonders if a year’s brush up in school. Probably could go back to N.C. State and do some research work or teaching on the side. He and his brother Coke would like to start in business together renting out heavy construction equipment to small contractors who can’t afford buying it themselves. He might go back into his former position with the state which was advisory work somewhat as Uncle Leonard’s— none of the 4-H business, however.

A few years ago Tom’s folks moved to the farm when his father’s health wouldn’t permit continuing in the machinery business which he had. Last year they bought the farm on which they now live and are very crazy about it. His dad rather hopes Tom will take it over but at present he doesn’t think he wants to live on the farm and perhaps Jerry, his younger brother who didn’t go to college because of induction will take over. We think he’s going to marry a little girl from home. Jerry has just left for overseas.

A cousin of Tom’s is in a R.R. operating battalion here. After several days of searching I finally located him.

Got to see Kate Hopkins— one of the girls I liked so well. She is in a Canteen at Nielson Field just outside of Manila. Bettie isn't up yet. Betty Huckstep is spending a week with Charlie, the fiancé, at Batangas and will go home in October, I believe.

My work continues on the same. Have had no new cancre sores since starting to take the phenolbarbital— a week now. Wouldn’t it be nice if it did the trick?

Hope you are all well. Had nice letters from all of you this week. Still don’t know Tiny’s name. Hope he stood the trip west OK.

Love, Jean