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Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to Parents, 1944

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Object ID: WV0383.4.051

Description: Reeves describes her train ride from Washington D.C. to California. She comments on some of her recent activities in Washington, the Ohio State-Michigan football game, and inquires after matters at home.

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,

We have just enjoyed a few minutes stop over on the way in a town which reminds me of Huron. There has been an interesting variety in countryside so that monotony is not on our latest compilation of dictionary words.

Right now the dinner line is assembled for turkey. Our meals are very good and served quite on schedule. We eat before the civilians and in two shifts. Breakfast is at 7:20 so I went back to bed until 10:30— the day doesn’t seem nearly as long then.

In reading the Tribune I notice that Ohio State beat Michigan and won the title. That is good news. Wish I were in Aberdeen to collect my bet with a Michigan fellow. How we did carry on.

Meek send my pencil which I had left to be repaired. The top part was broken but it’s fine now— new eraser and all. Was sorry to miss seeing her lately.

Before I forget. My trunk key was in the last letter to you. The hotel sent the trunk express collect and if by any chance there is any question write to the Burlington Hotel, 1120 Vermont, NW, Washington, D.C.

Your cookies and candy have been so tasty along the way, Mother. How sweet of you to bother with them. You have many thanks besides mine. They started both sad & gay hearts off with a bang. A package from Kay arrived that day too but I’m saving the peanut clusters. Thinking of peanuts, Lt. Sanborn said they tasted so good out there but to be sure to seal them up. Those tin cans for canning are wonderful. I also heard of another idea that I think would be fun to try. Some people paraffin hardboiled eggs heavily, put them in cans, seal and mail.

The other night we had dinner at the Willard Hotel— quite stylish in the capitol but not such good food for the money— my own opinion, naturally. Before that we saw “Mrs. Parkington”. You would enjoy that movie, I believe. Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon are the leads.

Here we are nicely put up in nurse’s barracks on the west coast having a great time. All new & different & exciting.

Love, Jean