Oct. 16. 19447:15 A.M. Mon. (From Frank)

Dearest Jean:

Well, honey, here it is Monday morning again. We went out in the country to work and didn’t get back to the base till 9:45. Just in time to get to bed before the lights went out. It was another nice day, but I just didn’t feel like working. I kept thinking about you all day. I hope you had a good time, honey. I know you were at Mom’s, because you said they were going to have a shower for you.

We sure had a hard time thumbing our way out and back yesterday. It looked like everybody was afraid to pick us up. That’s why it was so late when we got in.

Honey, I’m sorry this letter is so lousy. I’ll try to do better tonight. It’s time for me to go to work. So I guess this is all.

I love you and miss you more every day. Please take good care of yourself & Butch. And God be with you both. XXXXX

All my love & kisses,

Frank.

Oct. 14, ’44 Sat. 3:30 P.M.

Hello Honey –

Just finished a pretty good day’s work. I washed all my curtains, took down the screens, & washed all the windows. I didn’t send the bedroom curtains out cause they are so torn & rotten I don’t think they will even stand another ironing. I’m going to try it tho – it will look better than nothing at the windows in case A. Ruth stays. I did my ironing last nite while I listened to the radio. After I finish your letter, I’m going to wash my hair & get cleaned up. Dot went out to Mom’s with Helen to fix up for the shower, I guess – so when I get thru I’ll go over & fix something to eat for the kids & Vic.

Honey, just think – next week at this time, I’ll just about be on my way! I’ll be so glad when everything is done & I’m on the train at last!

I’m glad you think I did right about putting the money in T.G. Bank. We can always have Mom change it or buy bonds with it – after we talk it over.

I sure hope I can get some gas stamps, but they are pretty hard to get now. I’ll ask all the fellows at the Drugstore, tho. It would be swell if we could have a car of our own, but I guess that’s out for the duration, unless we could get a Navy Station wagon, after the war, to come home in.

I’m so glad you heard all the ball games. It’s too bad the Browns lost. Maybe they’ll have better luck next year.

Honey, how are you feeling? You must not be having any colds or sore-throats lately, cause you never say anything about it. I sure hope you are feeling good & your feet aren’t bothering you.

Honey, this isn’t much of a letter, but I’ll write more tomorrow. You know, I’m thinking of you every minute & can’t wait til I’m in your arms again! We love you so, darling! Please take good care of yourself, sweetheart, & God be with you always. We will see you soon, honey!

We love you!

All our love & kisses,

Jean & Butch.

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Oct. 13, 1944 6:30 P.M. Fri. (From Frank)

Dear Jean:

Well, honey, I received two nice sweet letters from you today. I hope I can answer them.

I’m glad to hear everything is going swell this year. Hope you all have a good time. How are you making out with your money? I guess you’re pretty short with all the people there. I was going to send you some, but I thought if you’re coming out we’d need it out here.

I’m so sorry to hear about the bad luck Dot had. I hope and pray she has found her purse by now. That sure would be terrible if she doesn’t find it.

Thanks for asking Geo. about the Jeep. I’m glad to hear he can get one. But I didn’t think they would cost so much.

Zip is trying to buy an old Ford so they can ride around a little. I sure wish we had out car yet. Looks like I always do the wrong thing.

Honey, I sure didn’t like the idea of you sleeping on the divan. I’m glad you only want to sleep with me, but that divan was no place for you to sleep. If you don’t take better care of yourself, I’m coming home and see that you do.

Well, honey, I did write one letter last night. I wrote Walter T. in Diego. I’m going to try and write Doc. tonight. So I guess this is all for now. Please don’t be mad at me for such a short letter.

I love you, and miss you more than I could ever say. Please take better care of yourself and Butch, and God be with you both.

All my Love & kisses,

XXXXXXX Frank.

P.S. Honey, I hope you’re still coming Oct. 21. And I hope A.E. & U. J. come to Frisco. It sure would be nice.

Thanks a million for the paper, honey. It sure looks good to see the old ball park. Well, good night, sweetheart.

I love you.

Oct. 13, ’44 Friday 2:30 P.M.

Hello Darling —

Now that we’ve decided I should come out there & I’m actually getting ready for it – I can hardly wait! Just think, every day that passes brings me closer to you.

I rec. a sweet letter from you this morning written Sunday. Your Mon. letter should come this aft. If everything goes right, we’ll just have 2 more week-ends apart, honey!

I’m so glad you got to work in the country again Sunday. It’s swell you got to listen to the game, too. They sure must be nice people, Frank. I guess you’ll miss going out there after I’m there, won’t you? Unless they wouldn’t mind if I came along with you. I sure would enjoy it & besides it would be good for Butch, if the days are nice & sunny.

I called A. Ruth today & she is coming out tomorrow nite, maybe – to go over everything with me. I also called the Baggage Office at Union Station & the girl said I probably could send the box thru on my ticket – but I should tell them it’s clothes. They won’t take blankets & things like that on train tickets. Of course, if it all comes to over 150 lbs, I’ll have to pay for it. But even if it does, I’ll at least get the full 150 lbs credit. I have a million things to do in this next week. Hope I get it all done.

I’ve been wondering what to send George & Jack for Xmas – they’re the only ones I’m going to get anything for – unless I just get something little for the children. Dot & I finally decided to go together on a subscription to “Readers’ Digest” for Jack. It’s half price for Service men. $1.50 a year. So that’ only 75. cents apiece. I’m getting one for George, too. I think he’ll like that, don’t you? It’s so hard to send food overseas. I wouldn’t get them anything this year, but when you’re overseas, it’s nice to get something from home for Xmas. I know they’ll both appreciate it. Honey, I hope this is alright with you. I know we have to watch our money – but this won’t amount to much. Dot went downtown today to order them. So that’s taken care of. All I have to worry about now is rent, insurance, & vitamins. I’ll get all that done next week. Then, I hope, I’m thru spending money for a while!

Honey, don’t worry about Butch & I on the train. We’ll be alright. The Dr. didn’t seem to worry about anything but me getting something to eat! I can always get milk & fruit on the train & that’s the main thing.

I can’t believe that we will really be together soon! Just think, sleeping together at nite again. I pray every nite we will never be separated again, honey.

Well, darling, I guess that’s all for ow, except I love you more than ever & miss you so much. Please take good care of yourself, darling, & God be with you always. Butch & I will be with you soon! Will you like that, honey? You’won’t get much rest cause we’ll be kissing you every minute!

All our love & kisses,

XXXXXXX Jean & Butch XXXXXXXXXX

Honey –

I just rec. another letter – I’m sorry I didn’t make that clear about the reservation. Mr. Keeley said there wasn’t anything open until the 29th. but people are constantly cancelling their reservations. Just like I cancelled one for Oct. 6th & Oct. 10th. Some lucky guy got those. And Mr. Keeley was nice enough to keep me in mind in case someone cancelled theirs around the 17th or 18th instead of making me take one on the 29th. As it was the nearest he could get was Oct. 21st. He tho’t I’d better grab that than wait any longer, on the chance one would be cancelled the 17th or 18th.

I’ll answer the rest of your letter tomorrow, sweetheart. We love you, darling!

Lots of love & kisses,

Jean & Butch.

 

Oct. 12 ’44 Thurs. 4 P.M.

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Hello Sweetheart!

I didn’t get a letter today – but it was your Sunday letter – so I guess you worked out in the country Sun. & didn’t write til Monday. I hope you had a nice day to work, honey, & got some good home-cooked meals again.

Well, I got so much to do this next week, I don’t know where to start. A. Ruth still hasn’t said she’d live here. I think she is worried about firing the furnace. I know how she feels. She is afraid she’ll burn the house down – I told her to come over one nite next week, & I’d go over everything with her. John will help her with the fire – & as long as she don’t leave the front door open – it will check itself automatically. Mike or Pop can carry the ashes out once in a while – & I guess I’ll have to ask Pop to get Helen’s key every month or so & let the air out of the radiators for her. I’m sure he won’t mind doing it. If she stays here, I’m going to have my curtains done – I’ll wash & iron some of them myself 0 the others I’ll have to send to Skipper’s Mother. I’m going to take all the screens down, too. It’s cold enough now – so she won’t have to bother with them. I hope everything works out alright. I’m sure it will.

Well, honey, I washed today & cleaned the house a little. I want to get every thing clean that I’m sending next week.

I sent Dr. Riordan a money order today – so that’s off my mind. I have my $50. check & the $41.61 check from the Gov’t – & about $25. cash left. I had to cash your $40 money order to pay Dr. Riordan. I still have to pay Mom the rent for Oct. – & I tho’t I’d pay my insurance up a few months ahead. I think I’d better get some vitamins from George, too. He said he’d send them but I can take an extra one along. I’m not bringing as much money as I tho’t I would, honey, but I’m sure we’ll make out Ok. I didn’t spend any money at all while Helen was here, either – but it sure goes. I think I’d better bring those other 2 Bonds along – just in case. I don’t think we’ll have to use them, tho.

If I ever get all settled here & get out there once, it won’t cost us so much! One thing, we won’t have to buy much for Butch – since I’m having a shower before I leave.

Honey, I guess I”d better quit now & go help Dot. She still hasn’t found the money. It sure happened at a bad time too – with all the food she had to buy with Helen here & now that shower Sunday! I wish I could help her out but she knows how it is with me.

I sure hope I get 2 letters from my sweetheart tomorrow! Just think, in a week & a half – no more letters or paper kisses! I love you so much, honey – & miss you more everyday. I can hardly wait to be in your arms, again, darling! I’m more of an armful than I used to be, honey! Now there are 2 of us to hold! ha.

Please take good care of yourself, darling, & God be with you always! We love you so, honey, & soon Butch & I will be with you to show you just how much! Bye, for now, darling!

All our love & kisses,

Jean & Butch

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I haven’t seen Ed. Rossfeld yet! I think he’s up at Rosemary’s most of thetime, tho. Sure hope I get to see him before I leave!

Enclosed is the letter for the Housing Unit. Let me know if it isn’t alright, hon.

Oct. 11 1944 6:30 P.M. Wed. (From Frank)

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Dearest Jean:

I received your nice sweet letter dated Sat. Oct. 7.

I’m sure glad to hear Helen and Geo. got there Ok. I guess you were surprised to see Susie Gay and Eileen. It was sure nice that they could come along. How old is Susie Gay? I guess she is pretty big by now.  I hope next summer we can all get together again.

Honey, when you see Aunt Ruth, tell her I received the nice box of candy she sent. I sure was surprised. Tell her thanks a million. I know I should write her and thank her myself, but you know me. I’ll wait till you get here, then you can help me, I hope. I should write Doc, Walter T., Hal R., Dot, and a couple more. Maybe I will write tonight or tomorrow.

Honey, I’ve got the radio on and I just can’t seem to be able to write. I hope it won’t be long till we can both listen to the radio together. Do you think you’ll like it out here? I hope you don’t get too homesick for Dot.

Well, honey, Nielsen just asked me to go to the show with him. So I guess I wan’t be able to write any more letters tonight. I sure feel terrible about not answering their letters. I guess they think I forgot them.

We won’t be able to go to the foot ball game this Sat. Because it’s our duty day. So I guess we’ll have to wait till Oct. 21. I hope you’re here to see Oct. 28 game. It should be a good one.

Well, honey, I guess this is all for now, if we are going to the show.

I love you and miss you more every day, honey. Please take good care of yourself and Butch. And God be with you both.

All my love & kisses,

XXXXXXXXXX Frank.

Tell every body I said hello.

Oct. 11, ’44 Wed. 7:15 P.M.

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A “bathinette” circa 1940s or 50s

Hello Honey –

I’m so sorry it’s late again – but things have quieted down at last – so maybe I can write you a decent letter. Helen & all left about 1:30 P.M. today. I guess they are home by now. We sure had a nice time while they were here. Sure hated to see them go.

We all went out to Mom’s today about noon. We couldn’t stay long cause they had to leve – but Mom was glad they came. George & Helen sure liked Mom’s house a lot! I took a few pictures again today – I’ll bring them with me, honey. Dot has a bad cold & I have a pretty good one too – I think we feel worse cause it’s so quiet & lonesome since they left. You know how we are! It takes a couple of days to get over them going. I hope Dot gets to feeling better with her cold cause that “shower” is Sunday & she has a lot to do. I guess Mom & Helen think it’s a complete surprise to me, so don’t say anything about me knowing in your letters to them, darling.

My letters to you the last 2 or 3 days have been so mixed up, I never even said anything about the Cards willing the Series Monday! Hope you didn’t lose any more money on the Browns. I’m sorry they lost – but, at least, our Cards won it.

Honey, I wish you could have seen the “shower” at Esther’s! It was just wonderful! I’ll tell you what Butch got but it will be much nicer when I can show you everything. A. Ruth game me a Baby book – it’s a complete “Life’s History” to keep for Butch. Wait til you see it! Mrs. Swanks & Dorothy gave me a beautiful, blue wool blanket & a little white wool sweater. Helen, Dot & Eileen went together on a beautiful pink wool “Baby Bunting” — Esther didn’t know Eileen would be here, so she bought 3 little extra gifts – a water thermometer from Eileen – a telephone rattler from Susie Gay & a pair of white “booties” from Jack! That was sure thoughtful of her, wasn’t it, honey? Cause she didn’t think they would be there. Then there were some little things like Powder, Pins, Bottle Cap covers, etc. laid in the “Bathinette” from her & Dad. Boy, that “Bathinette” is really swell & one thing I was intending to buy in Frisco – cause I’ll really need it! They cost about $8. or more. Dad is having it crated where he works & they are going to ship it to me. Dot is going to send all the rest of Butch’s stuff later when I get an address. That way I won’t have to bother with them now. We had ice cream & cake at the party & everyone had a nice time. Esther really worked hard & I thanked her & everyone for both of us. Everything I got was something I really needed, too! Well, I guess that’s about all about the shower.

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Esther Swank Dwyer, Jean’s father’s second wife

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“Daddy Joe,” Joseph Francis Dwyer, Jean’s father 

Today after Helen & they all left – I went to the Dr. – Dr. Riordan is back & I got to talk to him. When I explained about you having permanent duty there & us having a nice place to live – he said right away, “Why don’t you go?” He said the trip wouldn’t hurt me at all – but I should take plenty to eat with me or I’d starve to death! He seemed to know all about the Navy Hosp. there & said I’d be well taken care of. He said Captain Hood built it & it’s really a nice hospital. I asked him if he would give me my complete case history (operations, etc.) so I could give it to the Dr. there instead of explaining all myself. But he said I should wait til I get there – then write him the Hosp. address & he would send the Dr. my records. I told him I sure hated to leave him but promised him he would deliver all our other babies after we come home! Then I told him I wanted to settle with him for my care & treatment I rec. so far. He added up the visits & said they were usually $3. each – which made it about $24. But I had paid him $5. on my first visit – so that made it $19. Honey, I know it’s a lot of money but he gave me a good start & cleared up that infection, so I guess it’s worth it. I hope you’re not mad he charged so much but I really had more than 8 visits, besides the treatments, so I don’t think it was so bad. Well anyway, I feel better now, he said I could go – & said I should have a safe normal delivery. Everything’s been fine up to now.

Honey, I rec. a sweet letter from you today written last Sat. at the U.S.O. You don’t feel any worse than I do, I didn’t leave Oct. 10th! Every time I think of it, I feel so bad.  But it sure will save us a lot of money now that I’m having a “shower” Sunday. I guess you know by now, I’ll arrive Tues. Oct 24th – at 8:20 A.M. Berkeley Station. I’m going to pack a box with 2 blankets & other things we will need, & send it early next week. I hope it gets there by the time I do. I guess I’ll just have them hold it at the Berkeley Station Express Office. I don’t know what else to do. If it doesn’t get there when I do, we’ll just have to freeze at nite! I’m sorry I couldn’t leave on the 17th or 18th, honey – but since you have to work Sunday, anyway, – I guess it’s just as well. I sure hate to get in on a Tues. but I sure didn’t want to wait any longer to see you, darling. I hope you can get a special liberty on that day! Do you think you can? Tomorrow, I’ll write the letter to show the “Housing Unit” people – then maybe you can use the same letter to show the Captain to get a special liberty that day. Let me know, if not, I’ll send a telegram like I did before, honey.

Gee, hon, I sure wish we could have a car to come home in. That would be wonderful!

Well, darling, I hate to quit but I have to get this in the mail in 10 minutes. So I guess I’ll have to say goodnite for now. Pretty soon I’ll be able to kiss you goodnite! Won’t that be swell? I can hardly wait, darling.

Please take good care of yourself & God be with you always! We love you & miss you so, honey! I can’t believe we will be together in 2 weeks! Goodnite, my darling.

All our love & kisses,

Jean & Butch.

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