Letters

The Letters From Snook To Gee

Dearest Gee

Dearest Gee. Every letter home starts the same way, all 340 or so I have collected in this old wooden shoe shine kit box. Snook loved Gee, from the moment they met in 1935 until his passing in 1989, with Gee by his side. The man I knew, my grandfather, was an exceptionally gentle man,Continue reading “Dearest Gee”

Tuesday, September 11, 1945

Dearest Gee. I don’t feel a day over thirty-two kid. Gawd that sounds old. Let’s quit talking about it. Yesterday I got a nice card and letters from Mom along with four packs of cigarettes, also got a nice card from Coe yesterday. Today I got a card from Jack DeAtley and your long letterContinue reading “Tuesday, September 11, 1945”

Friday, September 7, 1945

Dearest Gee. First off I want to thank ye kindly for the six packs of butts I got yesterday from you and also the letter of August 24. Also got four packs from Mom so if I still figure right that makes a carton. While I wasn’t exactly hunting for smokes it’s always nice toContinue reading “Friday, September 7, 1945”

Monday, September 3, 1945

Dearest Gee. Got your swell Aug 22 number today and two packages from you too. One was a package of wafers with funnies and the other, the package of birthday cards you got. Also got a letter and package from Mom of four packs of butts. Sure was glad to hear from you as it’sContinue reading “Monday, September 3, 1945”

Friday, August 31, 1945

Pay Day at the Mine Dearest Gee. Got three nice long letters from you yesterday honey, and one from Coe. I’m waiting for mail call now to see if I have any today. Your letters were dated Aug 19, 20, 21, and were all about Chick and Erv. Was sorry to hear he’s so nervousContinue reading “Friday, August 31, 1945”

Tuesday, August 28, 1945

Dearest Gee. No letters from you today, honey, but I did get two little packages of funnies and gum, and that swell lighter. Several of the fellows have lighters like that one and they work pretty good. My Ronson you gave me is just about kaput. I still have it tho and will try toContinue reading “Tuesday, August 28, 1945”

Monday, August 27, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, that long awaited jackpot hit again today. I got five letters from you and a little package of Molle shaving cream with some funnies. Then I got a nice long letter from Sis and one from Mom. Your letters were all real long ones and were dated Aug. 13, 14, 15,Continue reading “Monday, August 27, 1945”

Sunday, August 26, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, I sure am having a time tonight with this guard business. Things sure are rushing. One of the guys picked up two Norsky kids that stole a carton of cigs. Leastways he had the carton on him and cigs are too hard to get. Claimed he traded a bottle of AcquavitContinue reading “Sunday, August 26, 1945”

Saturday, August 25, 1945

Dearest Gee. So nuthin’ today, kid. Can’t understand this mail situation. Sure is ragged. Well, how’s everything between the home front and the returning veterans? Has things got anyways near back to normal in the Bruns’ and Barber’s households? Suppose Francy and my Dad are both still nursing a little hangover. Maybe it’s a goodContinue reading “Saturday, August 25, 1945”

Thursday, August 23, 1945

Dearest Gee. Got your swell Aug 12 number yesterday after I had already wrote you, and today I got your Aug 2 one. So finally Chick hit the States! I’ll bet you all were excited. It’s a wonder Joannie hadn’t passed out. I don’t think Chick has changed in looks any only he looks older,Continue reading “Thursday, August 23, 1945”

Wednesday, August 22, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, I got two nice long letters from you yesterday dated Aug 9 + 10th. Sure got a kick out of your birthday number. You sure sounded worried because you hit thirty. Honey, I’ve been thirty for the last two years. Don’t worry about it because in the pictures enclosed you lookedContinue reading “Wednesday, August 22, 1945”

Tuesday, August 21, 1945

Dearest Gee. Haven’t heard from you in the last couple of days but guess I’d better dash one off to you any way. You seem to have more trouble getting letters than I do. Prosise and I decided to go to town last night and see a show. To keep from going nuts more thanContinue reading “Tuesday, August 21, 1945”

Saturday, August 18, 1945

Dearest Gee. Was going to write you yesterday but got to feeling so tough that I didn’t quite make it. I had started one to the folks yesterday morning and I barely got that one done. Had a tooth yanked out yesterday morning and it sure knocked me out. Guess I waited too long toContinue reading “Saturday, August 18, 1945”

Thursday, August 16, 1945

Dearest Gee. Might as well start writing while I’m sweating out a mail call. Should know in a few minutes whether I have any or not. When I do get some it generally is late mail. I think your letters are coming over airmail and mine are going by boat since it takes so longContinue reading “Thursday, August 16, 1945”

Friday, August 10, 1945

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HONEY! Sure hope we spend that next one different from this. Have been thinking about you all day and wondering how and what you were doing. Are you going out and celebrate tonight? Hope you have a good time, kid, only take it easy on account your pappy may be coming to seeContinue reading “Friday, August 10, 1945”

Thursday, August 9, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, one more day and you’ll have another birthday. I won’t mention how young you are. Hope you have a swell day, honey, and I’ll be thinking special hard about you all day, if that’s possible. They have some fairly nice looking jewelry in town but it’s tabu to go in andContinue reading “Thursday, August 9, 1945”

Tuesday, August 7, 1945

Dearest Gee. Got three letters from you today, kid, and two packages. They sure hit the spot. They were nice long ones and had good news in them for a change. Sure am glad Chick is on his way — or should I say — home now? I’m looking forward to a letter from himContinue reading “Tuesday, August 7, 1945”

Sunday, August 5, 1945

Dearest Gee. Honey, I got your swell lil’ ol’ number of July 24 (2nd edition) today. Was mighty sweet. Also got one from my momma. I don’t have a hell of a lot to talk about today. Nothing new seems to happen. I’m sending you another edition of the Spearhead I case you’re interested. ItContinue reading “Sunday, August 5, 1945”

Saturday, August 4, 1945

Dearest Gee. Thought sure I had a letter and a half today but it turned out to be the anniversary cards you sent. They were all pretty swell weren’t they. And for some reason or other they all wanted me and you to be together for the next one. Little do they know that weContinue reading “Saturday, August 4, 1945”

Friday, August 3, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, I got two letters from you yesterday and one today. Sho like that. Yesterday’s letters were dated July 22 and 24 (anniversary day) and today’s was 26. Not bad time is it? I would have written last night but had a pass to Oslo. Really didn’t want to go but theContinue reading “Friday, August 3, 1945”

Wednesday, August 1, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, I got your two packages of towels and wash rags, complete with cigarettes and razor blades. Now I can wash again. I got one yesterday and one today but no mail. Sure thank you for everything. Did you say they came out of Mom’s cedar chest? She also has the hankyContinue reading “Wednesday, August 1, 1945”

Monday, July 30, 1945

Dearest Gee. Got your two swell letters of the 16th and 19th today and two packages. One had shaving cream in it and the other funny papers and four packs of cigarettes. Sure thank you, honey, but you don’t need to send me cigarettes. You probably need them yourself, don’t you? I also got anotherContinue reading “Monday, July 30, 1945”

Sunday, July 29, 1945

Dearest Gee. Almost forgot what date it was. I got your nice letter of July 18 today, (damn this typewriter anyway) also got one from big Harry, and one from Hilah. She told me all about Jack and his poison ivy. That really must be something. I guess he has it all over his lowerContinue reading “Sunday, July 29, 1945”

Saturday, July 28, 1945

Dearest Gee. Golly, honey, I haven’t got any letters from you now for two days. I got one from Mom yesterday of June 1st that had an APO of 413 and she didn’t put the infantry regiment number on it. It was all marked up but it finally got here. The top kick says heContinue reading “Saturday, July 28, 1945”

Wednesday, July 25, 1945

Dearest Gee. Got two swell packages today and two swell letters from you yesterday. Sure do thank you. One of the packages had a return address of Mrs. F.B. Bruns so I don’t know which to thank. The handwriting looked like yours. They were both full of candy bars, caramels, and cookies. Those are shoreContinue reading “Wednesday, July 25, 1945”

Monday, July 23, 1945

Dearest Gee. You sure have been good to me lately, honey. I got a swell box from you yesterday of candy bars and soup mix, and cheese-its, and today I got your second card for our anniversary. Sure was sweet and had a nice long letter in it. Also got a booklet from Mildred aboutContinue reading “Monday, July 23, 1945”

Friday, July 20, 1945

Dearest Gee. Well, honey, I got your nice long letters of July 9 and 10th today, and yesterday I got seven packages of funny papers you sent. Also the roll of precious film. Tusen takk! [“Thank you very much” in Norwegian] Seven pages is quite a letter. Your letters both had clippings in them. OneContinue reading “Friday, July 20, 1945”

Tuesday, July 17, 1945

Dearest Gee. Got “boo coos” [beaucoup] more mail today, honey. Three from you, one of the being that very fine card. Mighty sweet sentiments. The other two were dated June 26, and July 9. The June jobs was written from Vienna. Guess you were having quite a time. I also got a swell card fromContinue reading “Tuesday, July 17, 1945”

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