Tuesday, November 23, 1943

Dearest Gee.

Those letters really pepped me up, kid, I’m all ready for another batch tho. I wrote Mom and Erv a letter and want to write Chick one if I can get time.

Have you got my Christmas cards yet? I expect you’ll get them plenty early but I wanted to unload them before they get lost.

I know what Chick means even if you don’t. I got a letter from him too. Mine was dated Oct. 11. He hasn’t received my last letter as yet.

Listen, the only reason Champaign beat Urbana was because I wasn’t there to root for them. Next year we’ll carry on from where we left off.

So a lot of family men are being taken now. Maybe they’ll get Jack now suppose? Too bad his last baby was a boy, now they’ll take him too. Don’t think they’ll send them across tho.

I enjoyed the joke, kid, even if the fellows didn’t! It was a little too steep for some of them to understand.

Found myself a pipe, almost brand new, so I’m smoking it now. Somebody will probably come around and jerk it out of my mouth about the time it gets well broken in.

How’s Francy and Jennie making it? Still fussing?

Have run out of room, kid, so I’ll have to quit. Be good and I sure love you and miss you.


The Daily Illini shares the news of the Champaign Maroons’ victory over the Urbana Tigers.

Daily Illini, October 30, 1943, Page 6.

Champaign-Urbana are twin cities in central Illinois, so the annual grudge match between their two original high school football teams was a long standing tradition for decades. Snook attended and graduated from Urbana High School, so his loyalties in this letter are no surprise. Unfortunately, Snook wouldn’t be home to see the two teams play each other again until 1946, when his Urbana Tigers were again shut out, 27-0, by the Champaign Maroons. While he was away at war, Champaign would shut out Urbana, 13-0, in a rescheduled game on November 16, 1944, and once more 25-0 on November 2, 1945. The shutouts finally ended in 1947, when Urbana still lost but managed to put 6 points on the board for dignity.

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