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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to Parents, 1944

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Object ID: WV0383.4.053

Description: Reeves describes her recent trip to San Francisco on a weekend pass, including seeing the Top of the Mark, St. Francis Hotel, trolleys, Cliff House, and Fisherman's Wharf. She also explains how mail will work once she's overseas.

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,

Just got back from a pass to San Francisco. Four of us had a wonderful time. Went up to the Top of the Mark Hopkins hotel from which you can see all of the city. Then a dinner at Omar Khuyhan’s[?] with excellent Turkish food. In order to get a table we finally shared with two Ensigns and discovered eventually that one of them lived next door to Bettie’s brother at Boston. The other knew Harriet French, the Kappa who was my boss while in Conn. We also visited the Patent leather room or sometimes called the Orchid room of the St. Francis. They have a glass tree out of which grows(?) many orchids. Of course we had to do a bit of shopping and I’m sending the children a wee bit from Chinatown.

The Pacific Ocean is its wonderful roaring self as viewed from the Cliff House where the seals dwell. Our plans called for breakfast there but since they didn’t serve we went down there anyway for the view. The trolley rides were most interesting past the cleanest homes I’ve ever seen. The shopping was different since you didn’t know where to look. The main floors are comparatively bare and very different from Fields, Carsons, etc. (more like the openess of Penney's) The Fisherman’s Wharf which Dave wrote about was as he described it and lunch there was in the fishy atmosphere. The crab legs were wonderful. We could watch all the ships and the various sizes were astounding. Finally it was time to come home and how we hated it. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to get back again. Think I’ll call Emma Soper Campbell if she still lives at my address.

Betty, Kate and I are going bowling this afternoon. Wanted to go hiking but Kate has a bad foot and can’t go anymore.

I wonder if Jim rode on the cable cars in S.F. They are just like the Toonerville Trolleys with everyone hanging out the sides. All the street cars have a curtain portion which is open for better views.

Enclosed is the bill for my Christmas present only just ignore the price. One of the girls in Washington had a much nicer one which I liked so well that I hunted for one and just luckily found it.

This morning I got up courage enough to go ask a fellow if he had gone to Wesleyan which he had. Don’t think you know him, Lorenzo Thompson, a BK. He’s a captain in the air corps now. Left school in 1940 but should have graduated in my class. We’re going to have dinner together tonight.

Our mail comes about every three days and will until we leave. The nit will be forwarded overseas and meet us there. By not getting a temporary APO we’re supposed to get it faster after we leave here. I just got one letter from Kay written Oct 31 which had been sent out to a USO at Aberdeen. There is none so it had a hard time.

Roy wrote me such a nice letter —guess I’ll send it to you. Heard from Ellen too.

Bye for now—

Love, Jean

Dave & Dilly’s baby arrived Nov. 21—Nancy Jane.