• Flea Market Love Letters

June 21, 1943.




Dearest Ranny:

Received two letters from you today and you just don’t know how happy I was. Life wouldn’t seem so dull if it happened more often. I know you are pretty busy writing to other kids but try, Hon. After all, I write to 5 or 6 other boys but I write to you first all the time.


First of all I’ll answer all your questions.

Drummer hasn’t left for the army yet. He is going to be examined on the 30th. But he is pretty sure of being a 4-F. Do you know his boyfriend Tony? He is leaving for the Army tomorrow.


No Bert wasn’t drafted. He volunteered for the Navy. No, I haven’t been out with Kay ever since you left. I see her a lot though. She isn’t going steady with Whitey. I guess Mat does miss Whitey, he dates Cookie now + then. I wouldn’t know if he is a wolf. He is pretty sore because you haven’t written to him, but I told him how busy you are.


Homer is home but I haven’t seen him since Saturday. They are coming up one of these days.


Hon I was so happy when you called Sunday. I was so excited that I really didn’t know what to say. Did it take very long for the call to come through? Was it very expensive? Let me know how much it cost.


Hon, I still haven’t taken any pictures because we can’t get the films. But be patient, just as soon as we can get films, we will take pictures and send them immediately.


That is a pretty good picture of you Sergant. He does look like a tough person. But he does look like the type that is nice to get along with.


I think it is swell that your Mom sent you your Radio + camera. It won’t be so lonesome with music once in a while.


I’m very glad to hear that your boils are going away.

Gee, I didn’t know that you played Baseball in the Army. Do you hit very many home-runs? I just love to play baseball. With Colla + you on one team, you are bound to win the game.


It is quite all right that you drink as long as you don’t get plastered. You needn’t worry about me drinking, because I don’t.


I drank only with you because you forced me to. And I’ll also be good when I’m out, always. Mary + I went to Idona last night. The all-girl band was pretty good. Freddy was there and he told me that you had written to him.


Thursday night, Jan Savitt is coming to Idona. I hope you were here to see him. I’m going with Nick from Sharon. Do you know him? He goes with Gibby. I’m sure you do, he was at Yankee Lake when we were there the last Sunday that you were home.


Hon, I’m not telling you all this just to make you jealous. You want me to go out, and if I don’t tell you I just don’t feel right. I would much rather tell you then have someone else tell you. But don’t worry, hon, I’ll be good. When I’m out I’m always thinking of you, anyway.


As for your jim jim, I do miss it a little but it can wait.


No, Hon I haven’t gotten in the GF yet. I sure hope I do. I would just love to come down and see you. I’ll save every penny I can until Xmas. But above all I hope you get a furlough. I’m praying that you do.


I think it is nice that Ferdinand is getting married although I think that he should wait until the war is over. Congratulations, usher. You most certainly would make a nice looking one.


I would like to have a picture of the whole bridal group together. Suggest taking pictures when they get married.


I’m not working too hard these days, but it is so darn hot which makes you get tired right away. But I did work hard last Saturday. Since Sunday was Father’s Day everybody seemed to be buying socks for their fathers.


I had 5 girls working for me, and we still couldn’t control the customers.

Darling, what I’m going to tell you now isn’t going to be very easy. I just don’t know how to state it. I don’t want to hurt your feelings and I don’t want to start any trouble for anyone. I meant to tell you this before, but just couldn’t. Every time I think about it I could just cry. As a matter of fact I did, when I heard about it. It really hurt my feelings terribly much. I had better get to the point before I send you crazy.


I’ll tell you the whole story from the beginning.


Friday morning, I went down the station to see Harry off. We were all there waiting for Harry’s bus. I talked to your Mom but she seemed to be a little cool towards me. She was very nice, though. Well, I didn’t pay any attention to it. I just thought that your MOm felt bad because Harry was leaving. Harry’s mother was awfully nice and told me to go up and see her all the time.


Then Saturday I saw Edith. SHe told me that she had to tell me something for my own good. I couldn’t imagine what it was.


Then she told me that Harry told her to tell me, he thought that I should know.


E said that Vicky had told your mother things about me that made your mom turn against me. Above all, I wanted your mom to like me because I like her. But I just couldn’t believe that Vicky would do such a thing.

Vicky called me up tonight and I told her. Vicky felt hurt also. She said she never did. Now, I don’t know who to believe. Someone told your mom that since you had been going with me that you drank and stood out late. Ranny, you know doggone well that I didn’t make you drink. I always tried to stop you. And as for you staying out late, you stood out late with all the other girls also. But Vicky told me that she told your mother that all this isn’t true.


Ranny I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to start anything but I do want your mother to know this isn’t true. I hate to bother you with all this, but I just had to tell you. Please don’t mention to E, Vicky, or your Mom. If you do, please don’t start anything.


Hon, it seems as if someone is always trying to start something between us, even when you are in the army. I had enough trouble when you were home, without having them now. If it gets any worse I don’t know what I’ll do.


I’m not telling you this to be against your mom, in a way I don’t blame her but she should have proof. Please don’t hate me for saying this, hon. You probably would have heard about it sooner or later anyway. As far as I’m concerned, its all forgotten.


Please write often hon. I’ll never be bored with your letter. I want you to tell me about the Army. I’m very interested in what you are doing there.


Is Camp Bowie near your camp? Our Assistant Manager is stationed there. I got another raise, hon now I make $16 a week. Just like a G.I. pay.


Darling, I’m closing now hoping that you’re note sore and try to see my side of the story too. Until I hear from you again, I am yours forever + ever.


Moe


Love, love, + more Love


P.S. Tell Moe I said hello


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