Persian Lime

I ordered Myer Lemon trees and a year later realized that I was watering a Persian Lime tree- so much for making lemonade.

South Florida Beauty

Residents of South Florida are blessed with scenes like this one almost daily- I captured this training for one of my 1/2 marathons.

Reflective Self-Portrait

A quick self-portrait while photographing every day objects in a local North Miami Beach park. I love our local parks.

Fins Up!

Whether it's the marine life or American football, I love Miami's Dolphins. Go Fins!

Cool Water, Good Books and Fresh Air

One could argue that all is needed for a good life is warm sun near cool water in the fresh air with good book and perhaps some good company.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

5/7/1945 10:30am --- Dear Jack, Received letter 16...


Most of the remaining letters that I have are from Jack's mom of Omaha, NE. Written on the envelope is May 15 with a check mark and in red pencil M-4. Letter is addressed to Ensign Jack... USS Argonne F Division, Fleet Post Office, San Francisco CA. Letter is written on blank dress pattern paper (errors transcribed as they are).

Number 4     Omaha Nebr      May 6 1945

Dear Jack

Received letter 16 May 1 you wrote it April 23 letter 17 we got May 2. you wrote it April 26 w got them just one day apart we get your mail quicker than you get our mail. Jack have you received the machine needles I sent one in my letter and Walt put one in his letter, Babes we haven't gone to Sioux City yet. You see Cassidy has been sick. I guess he will get back to work next week so Dad and I will go this week end if nothing else happens. Emelie has been sick she has been having such pains with her gall bladder and they were going to take Ex rayes and she may have to be operated on if she does I guess I will go to KC and be with her and then as she gets better she will come home with me to stay till she feels stronger.

Arizona Daily Star Newspaper May 6, 1945
Jack the menu you sent in your letter sounds like your food is pretty good. I guess you get tired of it to just like we do here at home. I am glad you don't have to wash your own clothes any more. Jack I would like to send you some candy are something else if you can tell me what you would like to have. I understand  I can send 5 lbs at a time. You say your food is better when you are working on other ships. So far you have only worked on one ship. Do you like it better to work on other ships?

Babes how about your Vitamins. do you still have some if you need some let me know I will send you some more. I think you should have some of them. Have you gained any weight. Richard Horton got killed and they have services at our church for him. I understand they feel pretty bad about it. He was killed some place in the Pacific. Jack we are sending that book we got "1001 Way to Improve Your Photographs." We will send it first class so you will be sure to get it. I am sending the Bars in this letter Dad just got done putting on that Polish but he got it on to heavy so we will have to remove it and put it on lighter. It sure is hard to get on even. I hope you will like these Bars OK. Did you get your uniform that we sent to you the one that came after you left. We never have heard from them about the bill.

Jack it sounds like the war is over in Germany. How I wish it was over with in the Pacific. I just keep praying and hoping that it will end real soon some people seem to think that the Japs might surrender sooner now that Germany is whipped.

Creighton University in Omaha, NE care of
Boston Public Library's Tichnor Brothers Postcard Collection
You know Bill Vandas has been going to Creighton taking Dentistry he has 2 more years before he will finish and now Creighton is folding up they won't have any more classes in Dentistry so he is going to Minnesota now to finish his last 2 years. They say the class isn't large enough to keep going.

Babes be sure and let us know if you receive this letter so we will know if you got these Bars OK. We had strawberries today for dinner they are pretty high. 59 cents a quart. Gee Babes how I wish you could of been here with us. Well Jack I will close and will write in a few days again don't get to lonely Jack for we all keep thinking of you and keep up your spirit. Keep  praying and you may be getting back soon. and then you can have a good time again. I hope you get to be a jg real soon. Betty Stover is a JG. I told you about it in one of my other letters. Be good sweetie. Till we get to see you. I hope real soon. Lots of Love. Keep writing Babes,
Mother

Monday, May 1, 2017

5/17/1944 12:30am -- I have just finished

Dear Mother, Dad and Walt:

I have just finished playing softball and it is late but I am getting so far behind on my writing that I just had to stay to write you tonight.

I have seen two more operas, "Traviata" and "Carmen." I can't really say that I like them but at least I am now getting so I don't mind them. I have also seen several shows again and they are numerous enough and unimportant enough not to mention.

The officers here have been organizing a softball team and I am on it. If the exercise won't do me any good it will save me some money at least. We play the various civilian teams  of the Supply department and any Navy teams that want to play us; we have been playing about twice a week. I have played right and left fields-- although I haven't made an error yet I would say my hitting is better than my fielding-- I just haven't had enough chances to miss any in the field. We played tonight and had beer and sandwidches after the game.

"Angel Street" was shown
at the John Golden Theatre
(12/05/1941 - 9/30/1944).
Last Sunday I saw "Angel Street" again. This time Francis Greet, Ray Rebhan's cousin, played the leading feminine roll. She is understudy to the lead and the lead couldn't be there. I had a date with her once before. We wen't backstage afterwards and had a great time.

Last week-end Betty Bosier, who is now stationed in Washington D.C. came to visit N.Y. and I took her to the Ritz Carlton and "Angel Street". I also showed her around the Navy Yard.

The weather has been wonderful in N.Y. It has been typical spring weather all over N.Y. and even though there aren't as many green things as back home the air is the same. I have changed from my blues to my summer uniforms, i.e., khakis and grays. I could wear my whites but I don't have them here.

Which reminds me, I should tell you what clothes to bring when you come to N.Y. Bring all my white uniforms, all my khaki uniforms, all my khaki cap covers etc. In other words bring all of my navy uniforms you have got. And by all means don't forget to bring my alarm clock. Bring some pants hangers and maybe Rogets Theasaurus if you can find it.

As for yourself you bring whatever you think you will need. I would suggest a couple of nice dresses for evenings and a couple of dresses for daytime wear and sightseeing. Just remember that it will probably be pretty hot while you are here, and during the daytime I can't be with you so you will probably be shopping and seeing N.Y. in the daytime by yourself. ... [Note from Sky- Temp for May 22 1944 was max 84]

Try to arrive here Saturday, May 27 because the room will be ready then and that will give an extra Sunday together when I can be with you all day.

Patriotic photomurals designed by Raymond Loewy
adorned the west wall of the Central Waiting Room
in Penn Station, NYC, 1943.
Major Caffery stopped at the apartment to see my last Saturday but I wasn't home. He left a note stating he was attached to the Quartermaster Corp in Philadelphia and that he had seen you in Omaha. Mr. Kemper said he had two girls with him. You know the Quartermaster Corp is to the Army is to the Army what the Supply Corp is to the Navy.

I am still working for Commander Pfrommer in the Purchase Section. He goes on leave May 22 for a week and will take over then. The Ensign that I broke in to take my place is gone now and I am now being replaced by a Lt. Commander, but he hasn't been on the job long and won't be on to the job very well by the time Commander Pfrommer goes on leave. So Commander Pfrommer has told me that he expects me to be able to handle the section.

I am getting very tired and I can't think of much more to write about, but be sure to let me know exactly when you are coming and as soon as you can. I will be looking forward to seeing you.

I had a match king cigarette lighter that I was going to give Dad for his birthday but I forgot to put it in the package. I am also getting him a variety of precious wines that you can take home or that I can bring home when I get my next leave before leaving for Harvard. Thats all so goodbye now,

You loving son, (handwritten) Jack

[Note from Sky- after posting some background research to figure the background of how my Dad got Jack's letters to Jack's mom; a family member solved the mystery. My dad had an uncle Merle who married Ruth and Ruth had a sister, Lois that married Jack.]