I’m home from Rehab and will be posting letters again. This week, the letters are written in August of 1940, Grandpa’s letter is a real long one so I’ll be posting it over four days and them I’ll be posting a letter from Biss to her older brother Ced in Alaska.
August 15th, 1940
Thank you, very much, old son, for your long interesting letter of August 5 which arrived on the 13th and told me lots of interesting details about your job, the city and your doings in general. I had written a card to Rusty about you boys and in the same mail in which your letter arrived was a note from Rusty enclosing your letter to him and announcing his intention or hope of seeing me soon and learning more of the details of your adventures as related in your various letters home.
Dave left at 6 AM this morning for his Boy Scout trip to the camp on our island in Lake Winnipesaukee. He was very undecided up to the last minute as to whether he wanted to go or stay home for the birthday party, the meeting Tuesday of the newly formed dramatic club which he was instrumental in starting, etc.
I saw Charlie’s new car yesterday and it is a very nice looking boat. It is a ’36 Ford sedan, tan, which he bought at the Automotive Twins from Tomek. He sold the old car for $25.
Speaking of Willkie’s speech and incidentally of the Gilbert and Sullivan broadcast I am listening to right now, I have wondered what you do without a radio, or maybe you have one available to which you can listen. Don’t you miss it a lot? What station can you get in Alaska besides the Pacific coast stations ?
I am delighted to know you have the sort of job you like and the remuneration is not bad either. Don’t tell anyone but you’re doing better than your dad was a pure age and better than he is right now. More power to all of you.
Your very amusing letter about the Duke arrived the day after I read your letter to Barbara, which she promptly showed to me at your request. I returned the compliment via Helen and have not yet gotten it back which is too bad as I know the New Rochelle folks who came up yesterday would have enjoyed it.
Friday there was a letter from Fred Chion (enclosed) addressed to you from Venezuela. And now you may fire when you are ready, Gridley, because I opened and read it, for two reasons: first I was not sure it could be forwarded to another address with the Venezuelan stamp on it, but more important, in any event, it would take much longer to reach you than if I enclosed it in one of my airmail letters. I also took the liberty of showing it to Helen while she was here. She asked if she might take it down and show it to Ted, but here I was quite firm in my refusal.
Ashcroft has at last paid us for the stencil cutting job you did and in consequence there is deposited to your credit $14 which cleans up the indebtedness. I got to thinking the other day about your stock and what would happen if for some reason you wanted to sell it and use the cash or I wanted to transfer it to some other stock. I found that if you signed and returned to me the blank form attached, it would be possible for me to sell the stock in your name without the necessity of sending the certificate itself to you in Alaska for signature. So if you will sign your name exactly as indicated opposite the ax returned to me everything will be Jake very bumped into Miss Sherwood of Bridgeport Life the other day who asked about you and wanted to be remembered to you when I wrote. It would be nice if you dropped her a postal card.
Do you boys hear anything said about the threat of a Jap invasion of Alaskan territory? Some of the excitable’s at Washington seem to think such a move is imminent, hence the feverish efforts on defense plans for Alaska.
Tomorrow, I’ll begin a two-page letter from Grandpa to Lad in Venezuela. I’ll finish it on Thursday and then on Friday, I’ll be posting a letter from Biss to her older brother Ced in Alaska.