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Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to Parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0383.4.048

Description: Reeves has been making clothing with parachutes and reports that her resignation was accepted.

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,

Bettie and I have just finished cutting up parachutes. I’m going to try cutting a slip pattern from my tea rose ones so will have some nylon slips. Did I tell you about sending the blouse home that is cut ready to sew? Must draw you a picture on the back of the page. You must not be able to do anything with it. Maybe Melissa would like to try doing it.

Am so glad to hear about the new suit, Mother. You’ll be all dolled up for sure now. I’m anxious to see you all fixed up. Trying to decide myself what I’d like to buy. Great problems when we are only imaging what the winter & spring styles are. With this horrible atabrine color some shades won’t look too good either.

Two packages arrived today. Thank you all for the shorts, shoes, apron and food. Those olives look the best of anything yet. Also got a package from Meek with white socks, "P" shirt & a blue shirt.

How is Forest’s new hired man? Hope he gets one who will be good and will stay. I keep kidding Tom about being Forest’s hired man if thing get too tough either way. There is a small house on his folks farm where we could hang our hats if necessary but Tom doesn’t think he wants to farm right now.

The news of Dr. Seiter’s conditions and Mary’s attitude makes me feel very badly. I should think she would realize what a blessing it would be for him to have relief from suffering.

Yes, I too am glad to hear that Jim had gone to Japan before the Okinawa typhoon. Guess Mrs. M. had herself worked up to a big stew. I had no way of finding out so had been very concerned because it was terrific there.

Got the reply today that my resignation had been accepted. Betty & Gen[?] leave tomorrow. Another girl from here just got notification today that she’s to leave also. Now there is an even dozen.

Bedtime now— also exercise time. Don’t get enough of the right kind so have been supplementing. It’s very nice not having to get up so early in the morn.

Am going to start helping Gert in the commissary tomorrow. This new house next door is shaping up well enough to take care of itself, I hope.

Hope you haven’t tried to do too much while Kay is away. Mother.

Love, Jean