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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: WV0383.4.057

Description: Reeves describes her recent visit with friends in the area and reports on their news. She also describes the food in the mess hall, sending ration books and money home, and getting mail regularly.

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,

Yes. I got to see Sope and Rosie Freese. Tiny Steele was there too with her 6 month old baby. Tiny is a cousin of Ann Baker’s. With two babies—5 & 6 mo. we had a real time. Sope had driven into Rosie’s & we all went to El Cerrito to spend the night. The next day they took me the scenic route to San Francisco. Stanley Freese is still out on a destroyer in the Pacific. Don hasn’t been very well and has had several emergency furloughs. They had some Pantagraphs to make life more homey and I found this article about [illegible] in one. On the other side is a picture of Harriet Fuller’s sister. She has just married Roland Marston.

Helen Schuepp Mauney is expecting a baby in January it seems. That will be good for Mrs. Schuepp to keep her mind of Jim as much as possible. He has had two more citations within the last month.

Just got Daddy’s letter of the 1st and yours of the 4th today. They send it all out to us Special Delivery airmail. We’re pretty lucky about mail, I believe. Got 7 letters today. One from Dune which is priceless— telling about the babies' arrival. Both Nancy and Marijane are fine.

Guess you missed your guess a bit on the Army-Navy game but at least were on the winning side. Have you been keeping up the pool for each Saturday? What will you bet on now? Basketball never seems as interesting unless you watch the games.

So A. Marian and Chuck are back in Missouri. Nice that she had an apt. and has the equipment to make a home until they can get settled. The wedding and luncheon sounded very nice to me. Wish I could have been there to kiss all the party. Didn’t realize the Wehrman[?] connection but glad to know now— very nice.

This noon we ate at the mess hall off GI trays which are nice & shiny and many sectioned. The foot was even better than the cafeteria or maybe you get tired of one eating place unless it’s home—cooked. We had pea soup, roast beef & mashed potatoes, green beans, cornbread & regular bread, relishes (olives, celery, pickles & radishes) lettuce salad with thousand island dressing and butterscotch pie. Now guess how much that cost. Only 25¢

Kay’s idea of going back to Ohio is alright with me, just let me know where to send your mail.

Mother, Nancy’s suit must be darling. The colors of yarn are lovely. You put so much work on it the family will have to use it several times.

How nice of Myra to write you so soon after I left— We did have a good time in Wash. Glad the trunk & key arrived OK.

The ice and snow sound good although I know they are bad on those hills.

By now you probably have received my ration book No. 3 from Mrs. Lucey. It had a coupon which she was to use and send on to you.

Won’t Mrs Herbert really be upset by Betty’s assignment to N.Y. Especially with this sick [illegible]. It’s a shame that people have to be so self-centered and selfish.

You evidently haven’t gotten that expense check from the R.C. that I wrote you about. $40 some I believe it was amounting to or maybe only in the 30’s.

The clothes for Janey’s doll sound darling. Remember how I loved my dollys and all their clothes. Your letters are so interesting about all the little things you’re doing & I’m waiting for that typed one Mother!

Lovingly, Jean