Archive for October 11th, 2009

My mother, BigSisSandi, & BigBroBob

October 11, 2009
Mom, BigSis, & BigBro

Mom, BigSis, & BigBro

This picture was made years before I was born.  Mom looked beautiful.  I think she might have been about 30 years old.  I don’t know much about these years, just that Dad was working construction and following jobs around the midwest.  By the time I was born, the family was back in East Tennessee where they started out.

Letter from James Packett in France, Oct. 27, 1918

October 11, 2009
My grandfather writes to my grandmother during WWI

My grandfather writes to my grandmother during WWI

Page 2 from France

Page 2 from France

My grandfather James Packett was in WWI.  He wrote home several times to his wife, who was my grandmother Ruth, and mentions “Baby”, who was the oldest child, my mother.  She was the only child at that time.  This letter’s transcription follows – comments welcome.

*****

Some Where in France

Oct. – 27 – 1918

My Dear Wife: – I will try and answer your sweet letter just received.  And was glad to hear from you and baby again.  I was glad to hear that you all were well.  Well Darling this leaves me well and sincerely hope that you all are well.  Well Darling I am sending you and baby a post card and handchief a piece.  They are not as nice and pretty a card as I would like to have sent you but they are the best I could get ahold of just now.  Well Darling you said in your letter that Jerry Lee’s wife was taking his allotment and going with the boys and having a good time on the money.  That is nothing more than could be expected of her.  She ought to do him that way for he knew her before he married her.  Darling – she is not much.  I knew her myself.  She lived out at Fountain City and his mother is not what she ought to be so I would rather that you would not have any thing to do with either Barb or Jerry’s wife and I no I say for you not to that you will not.  I am certainly glad that I have got a sweet wife that I can trust.  You asked me if I loved you like I used to?  I certainly do.  Darling I don’t know how to express my love for you if you only knew the secret of my heart.  I am certainly that you would have not asked me that question for all of my love and best wishes is for you and baby.  I very often look at those little pictures you sent me and how bad I wish I were with you all but I think and hope that I will be with you all soon.  Let us hope that way any how.  I very often have the blues so bad that I do not no hardly what to do but Darling we must make the best of I that we can and hope for better days.  So don’t worry about me for I am getting along alright and take good care of yourself and baby for I want you all to be pretty and sweet when I return home to you again.  And Darling you spoke pretty girls in this country.  You said you no that they were here but there is no one one earth can take the place of the one I left behind.  So I will close for this time.  I am hoping to hear from you again soon.  Give my best love to you and Baby.

I am as ever your

Loving Husband

James

Co. A.

2nd Corps

Arty Park

American Ex. Forces via New York           

OK

Roy (illegible)

1st Lt.

 *****

Home from the war

Home from the war

The three little children are Millard James, Etta Marie, and Cecil Paul.  The tall child is my mother.  She didn’t like her stick-straight hair.  Etta got the curls.  I’m guessing this picture was taking on Easter Sunday.  That seems to be the tradition in my family.  Get dressed up for church and get your picture taken.  For that tradition I am grateful, for this is the only group picture I have of this family.  James contracted some sort of lung disease while overseas, and was sickly for the rest of his life.  After he died, my grandmother remained a widow for about 40 years until her death in 1984.