Aug 7 ‘ 44 Mon. 8 P.M.

Hello Sweetheart!

Rec. 3 sweet letters from my sailor today – also one from Mel & Catherine. I’m sorry I got started writing so late cause I’d like to write Cathy yet & tell her our wonderful news.

I washed out some things today & sewed on my two aprons I bought last week. Tomorrow I’m going to iron. I had an appointment to get my hair cut at 4 oclock & didn’t get back til after 5. Dot & I just finished dishes so here I am. I went to a beauty parlor at 4600 Morganford. Some man runs it. Helen & Elsie K. got their permanents there. He is really good at cutting hair – he knows Dad well & remembers me from when I used to work for Dad at Reynolds. He cut my hair short & shaped it real nice & made me promise to brush it everyday & not use water on it anymore! He had a pre-war hairbrush there so I bought it for $2.00! Then he sold me 50 cents worth of fluid that I should use instead of water. If I brush everyday & use this fluid instead of water, he said my hair would really look good, like it should, in a couple of weeks. The whole works cost $3.25 but I guess it’s worth it. I really should take better care of my hair.

Then I had rec. a notice from the “Group Hosp. Ins.” that it’s due again, so, of course, I sent in a money order for that. I paid it up for 6 months right away – so I don’t take any chances of losing it – That was $4.50 – but I think I did right in paying it up right away, don’t you, honey? My elec. bill was due too – $2.28 – so I paid that – Boy! I sure got rid of the money today, didn’t I? But now, everything is paid for a month.

Honey, please don’t worry about writing when you want to go to a show. That’s about all you get to do – so go as often as you can! Boy, we’ll sure have our fill of shows when this is over, won’t we, hon?

I’m glad you got your pea-coat. Don’t you wear it when you work if it’s cold in the mornings? Please wear it – even if you get it dirty – I sure don’t want you to get sick, honey. I’ll tell Mr. Nolte about the coat if & when I see him & thanks a lot for finding out about it.

I hope Geo. & all of us get their wish about us having a boy – but I’m not counting on it too much. Funny – but since I’m really pregnant – I’d just as soon have a sweet little girl. It doesn’t make any difference – but, of course, it’s always nice to have a boy for the first one. Don’t worry, we’ll have one or two boys, anyway! I’m so glad Geo. doesn’t have long sea duty – I know Mom will be glad to hear that!

It sure is a shame about your rate, honey. But I am glad the C.B.’s you work with now are nicer than in Utah. You don’t talk about Smith much anymore. He’s still with you, isn’t he? Tell him & all the rest of the boys I said hello.

Frank, I’m praying this is over by the time Butch is born but in case, it isn’t – it would be swell if you could get leave & get here the day I come home from the hosp.  And you’re right about going back, honey – They would have to come & get you – cause I wouldn’t let you go! It would be worse this time than ever! I don’t even like to think about it!

I’m glad you don’t think you’ll keep your nite job – Navy life is bad enough & I think you should enjoy yourself on your time off. Go to the show every time you can, honey, & please don’t worry so much about writing! I want you to go to the show! I got more time to write anyway – I’m home all day -. So don’t think I’ll be mad if you don’t write, honey! I’m glad it’s getting warmer there – I’m so afraid you’ll start getting sore-throats again – or maybe get sick if it stays as cold as it has been.

Well, honey, the kids just came over dressed as “Hitler & Tojo” & said they are giving a show in front of the house – So I guess I’ll walk over for awhile.

This is an awful lonesome life without you, Frank, & I’m just living for the day we can all be together again – You, Butch & I!

Take good care of yourself, darling, & God be with you always! I love you & miss you more than anything in the world! So please hurry home to us!

All our love & kisses,

Jean & Butch.

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Aug 5. 1944 5:00 P.M. SAT. (From Frank)

Dearest Jean:

Well here it is another week end and we can’t be together. I sure am lonesome for you. I would give any thing to have you in my arms again. I love you and miss you more than I could ever say.

I wonder what you’re doing tonight? Hope you have a good time.

As I told you before I have Sat. afternoon and Sun. off. Nielsen and I are here in Frisco. We don’t know what to do. I guess we will go to a show after while.

I received your two sweet letters dated July 31. I would give anything if I could write like you honey. Don’t know how I will ever answer them. They sure are nice and long. Also received the paper you sent. Thanks a million honey.

I’m glad to hear you had a good time at Larry’s Church picnic. Sure wish I could have been with you honey.

I am also very glad to hear you quit work.

Be sure and take good care of yourself and Butch. And don’t work so much around the house.

Well honey you know how long it takes me to write a letter. Nielsen has been finished for some time now. So I guess I better quit for now. I’ll try to do better tomorrow honey.

I love you and miss you so much honey. It sure will be nice when we can be together again honey. So take good care of yourself & Butch. God be with you both. All my love & kisses, XXXXXXX Frank.

Aug. 4 ’44 Fri. – 7:15 P.M.

My darling,

Just a few lines tonite. Well, Dot, Vic, Bob, Don, & I went downtown & made the records for Sister. They really turned out swell! Don didn’t want to go to the show with us so he took the records to Sister & we ate & went to see “Going My Way” with Bing Crosby. This is the 3rd wk. they held it over & you still can hardly get in! Honey, don’t miss it if you haven’t already seen it! It was so good but, as usual, I sat & cried all thru it & got a headache! We got out about 4 & Dot & Bob came on home & Vic went with me to see if I could get a couple of cool house dresses. Boy! even house dresses are expensive! I had to pay 3.98 for a maternity pinafore & 2.98 for a hoover apron! I still haven’t got a nice maternity dress but I’ll try to get one soon. I almost died laughing at myself in a couple dresses I tried on! You should have seen me! You would have disowned me! ha. I’m not quite big enough for one yet & they really make you look pregnant! Guess I’ll have to wear my brown one to church again this Sunday.

It’s still plenty hot here. I don’t feel much like seeing another show but I guess we’ll walk up to the Armo to cool off. It’s too hot to go to bed. That’s pretty good – 2 shows in one day! Wish you’d hurry & come home, honey, I can think of lots better things to do on these nites besides going to the show!! How about you? Guess it will take us a couple of years to catch up, huh?

Rec. your sweet letter written Tues. morning. Honey, don’t worry about writing when you work. I’m glad to hear you got a job but don’t like the work you are doing, at all! I wish you would try to find something else, honey. You know that dust isn’t any good for your lungs! And inhaling paint fumes!  I don’t like it at all! I’m sorry, honey, but I don’t think it’s worth it. Does Neilson or someone work with you? Why don’t you look for something else? I just don’t want those fumes or dust to make you sick, honey! Please don’t take chances because we are going to be so happy & if you should get sick, even Butch wouldn’t make me happy!

Well, darling, I hope you have your coat by now. It’s so hot here, I can’t imagine you wearing a coat! Wish I was there with you, darling.

I’m feeling swell – never felt better! I just get tired awful easy – but now I can rest whenever I’m tired. Butch is swell too & tells me every day to tell Daddy to hurry home! We both love you & miss you so much, darling! I can’t wait to be in your arms again. That will be heaven! Just think, you & Butch & I, together. Fighting, fussing, & loving each other all at once!

Please take good care of yourself & God be with you always, darling. Think it over about the job. By the way, hon, what does it pay? Is it Union pay- & do you have to join a union? I’ll write more tomorrow, sweetheart – Until then –

All our love & kisses,

Jean & Butch.

Aug 4. 44. 7:30P.M. Fri. (From Frank)

Dearest Jean:

Well honey I didn’t get a letter today, so I guess I’ll get two tomorrow. Every thing is about the same, work, eat, and sleep. Tomorrow Sat. I have the afternoon off. Also Sun. all day. I sure wish you were here. We could have such a good time. Most of the fellows have their wives here. I know you can’t come so I guess the best thing to do is pray that this is all over soon. I don’t think I can stand it much longer without you honey. Are you taking good care of yourself and Butch? It sure makes me happy to think we are going to be Mom & Pop soon. Remember how I always said some day we would have a baby of our own? I just knew we would. Be sure and do everything that Dot tells you. And don’t worry. I’ll be home soon.

Honey don’t be afraid to spend that money I sent you. I hope you get some nice dresses. Let me know how your money is holding out?

Sorry to hear Bob wasn’t feeling good Sun. Most of the fellows got a bad cold. Zim had such a bad cold the Doc. wouldn’t let him out of the depot for a couple days. He is Ok now.

The past 3 days have been nice. But it still gets pretty cool at night. Every body you talk to says it is just so cool around this Bay area. It is foggy every day till about noon.

I’m sending a card. Maybe you can get an idea how it looks here.

I hope you went to Larry’s Church picnic. I don’t mind if you went with Kohrmann. I know you can take care of yourself. Hope you had a good time. Sure wish I could have gone with you honey. Tell me all about it?

Honey you don’t know how good it makes me feel to hear you don’t cuss anymore. That sure did make me mad to hear you cuss.

Well honey I didn’t go to the show tonight because I was going to write a long letter to you, but it just looks like I can’t. I sure will be glad when I can talk to you instead of writing. There is so much I would like to say but don’t know how. I would give anything if I could write half as nice as you honey. I can’t understand why you keep writing me such nice letters, when all you get is lousy ones. I’m so sorry I can’t do better.

Well honey it’s getting late, so I guess this is all for now. I love you and miss you more than I could ever tell you honey. Please take good care of yourself & Butch. God be with you both.

All my Love & kisses,

XXXXXXXX Frank.

Aug. 1 1944 7:00 P.M. Tues (From Frank)

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Dearest Jean:

Well honey I was going to write you a long letter, but it’s getting late and I would like to go to the show. I’ll try my best.

Honey I hate to ask you to change my address again. But instead of hull repair put c/o Carpenter Shop. The reason why is because I can get my mail in the carpenter shop at 10:00 A.M. And the hull repair won’t let us have it till 1:00 P.M. So I thought I would try to get it early. Because I can’t work until I get a letter from you.

Honey I don’t know what is wrong with me. I was going to answer your 3 letters I got yesterday. But now its time to go to the show. I guess I really should stay here and write. But I think “Seven Days Ashore” will be a good picture.

Honey I’ll try to get up early tomorrow and write a few more lines.

Well honey it’s 7:15 A.M. Wed so it looks like I won’t be able to write much.

I didn’t get a letter yesterday Tues. so I guess I’ll get two today.

The weather here is about the same. No sun until about noon. I hope it’s not too hot in St. Louis.

I wrote a couple letters Sun. night. One to Walter Thomas, Phil Menze, & Mom. Now some day I’ll have to write to Dot and Helen.

Well honey it looks like its too early in the morning for me to write. I can’t think.

All I know is I love you and miss you more than I can ever say. Please take good care of yourself & Butch. God be with you both.

All my love & kisses,

Frank.

P.S. I’m sending you a paper so you’ll have something to read.

Tell every body hello.

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July 30, 44. 6:00P.M. Sun. (From Frank)

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Dearest Jean:

Well honey today is about over. We had duty today and worked all day. I was hoping we didn’t have to work this afternoon, so I could write some letters. Boy, will I be glad when this is all over so we can be together and I won’t have to worry about writing all the time.

Some of the boys worked a couple of nights last week in town. I thought maybe I would try it this week. They say it’s easy work. They have been starting at 6:00 P.M. and working till 11:00 P.M. or 12:00 midnight. You can come and go when ever you care. They only bad thing about it would be I won’t be able to write you on the nights I go to work. Would you be mad?

Yes, the explosion felt like the earthquake we had one Thanksgiving. When it happened I thought it was just an earthquake. We didn’t even get up to see. We didn’t know what it was unitl we saw the paper the next day. I don’t know if any of the fellows even went there to see it.

When I said Alice & Myrtle found a room for $30, I didn’t mean together. Their husbands get off 3 nights and have duty the fourth night. Just like we had in Diego. Alice & Zim act about the same. The only time I ever saw Alice was the day we left Ogden. She was at the train station. She talked real nice and I asked Zim a couple of times to have Alice stop in and ask for film. Zim told me every time she goes in a store she asks, but so far she hasn’t had any luck.

Yes, we have a nice show here. I guess you seen in the Beach Buster paper the names of the pictures. It is nice to go, no trouble to get in. And it starts at 8:00 P.M. We don’t have a swimming pool or play ball like we did at Clearfield. I sure miss that.

Well I see Doc. is going overseas. It looks like every body will get to go except me. In a few days I’ll have been in the Navy for 10 months, and still in the States. I sure make a nice sailor. I won’t be able to tell Butch I was a sailor.

I bet Bill Rossfeld sure felt good to see some body he knew on New Guinea. It would be nice if he & Kenny met.

Well I guess by the time you get this letter you won’t be working. I sure will be glad. Then you can take it easy, and take good care of yourself and Butch. If you ever need any money be sure and use the money I sent or the war bonds Mom has. Don’t ever worry about me. I have plenty.

You say in your letter we’ll have to get busy on another Butch. We sure will. Do you think we have much of a chance to get twins? I sure hope so. Do you? Helen & Mom said they were sure glad to hear we were going to have a baby. Mom said she would pray that everything turns out Ok. And hopes I can be home by then. I’m glad to hear you called Mom. I’m sure she likes it when you call. I haven’t heard from Geo. for a long time. I don’t know if he knew about it when he wrote me.

Well, honey after I wrote you yesterday we walked around Oakland for awhile. I didn’t like the town, and I don’t think you would. We went to that show I told you about, and it sure was good. Then we hit the sack. Got up at 5:30 A.M. so we would get back at the depot in time.

Well honey I guess this is all for tonight. I love you and miss you so much. I would give anything to be with you. God be with you both.

All my love & kisses,

Frank.

P.S. Please tell every body hello.

Honey, you said Dot read you my letters. I hope you don’t let her read all of them because they’re so lousy. I don’t care if you tell her what I write. Honey I miss you so much. I love you & love you. XXXXX

Honey do you know where my key holder is? I think my social security number is in it. Please send it honey.

July 30 ’44 Sun. 3:P.M.

Hello Darling!

Went to 11 oclock Mass this morning with Dot. Victor went to seven. Bob has had an upset stomach since last nite so he didn’t go at all. Dot was up with him 2 or 3 times last nite. She thinks it’s just constipation but is afraid to give him a laxative. He doesn’t vomit but just can’t seem to have a good B.M. (you know). And it makes his stomach hurt. They were out running in the rain last nite, too, which might be part of it. He is feeling better today but Dot won’t let him eat much or drink anything cold. He’ll be Ok, I’m sure.

On my way to church, I stopped in the Drugstore to get change & saw Kohrman. He said today was Larry’s church picnic & wanted to know if I wanted to ride out there with him about 4:30. He said he had told Helen to tell me earlier last week but I guess she forgot. It won’t be a very good place to talk to Larry & Louise but I’d like to see them. So I thanked Kohrman & said yes – I asked him if it would be Ok if Dot went along. He said sure. But Dot said she ought to stay home on account of Bob. I think it will be alright for me to go, tho, – I asked him if he would come home early cause I have to go to work tomorrow & he said he intended to get home early cause he is going to meet some friends & go out around 11 o’clock. I hope you don’t mind, honey, – I’m sure K. will be alright – He knows I’m going to have a baby. I want to take my camera along & try to get some pictures of Larry, Louise, & the kids. Dot said she tho’t it would be Ok to go as long as I came home early. You know I don’t have anything I can wear but my brown dress. It’s nice but was plenty dirty! I’ve worn it everyday for a month to work so you can imagine! I didn’t want to risk washing it til I quit work cause it’s the only dress I can depend on, but I just couldn’t go out there in it. So I took a chance & washed it. It’s drying now & I’m holding my breath it didn’t shrink! If it did I won’t be able to go, or, for that matter, go to work tomorrow. I washed it in Lux, tho, so I think it will be Ok.

I’m going to take a bath now so I guess I’d better quit, honey, I don’t want to make K. wait. I’ll write you tonite or tomorrow & let you know about my visit to Larry’s.

Please take good care of yourself, darling, & God be with you always! Don’t worry about me going with K. – I wish there was a Bus running out there, tho. I know it would make you feel better, honey. I’ll be good, don’t worry! I don’t even “cuss” anymore! ha. Rose told me this morning Larry got a letter from you last week. Did you mention the baby? Bye for now, darling. Hurry home ’cause we love you & miss you so!

All our love & kisses,

Jean & Butch.