This is the second half of a letter written to Lad and Dan at the end of March, 1941. I’ve also included a short note from Larry, who is planning a trip to the interior beyond the Orinoco River before Lad leaves for home. It sounds like, if they are going to make this trip, they had better leave soon because Lad expects to leave about the 29th of April.
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Carl and Ethel came over for supper Tuesday night and after dishes were washed up we all went over to the Ives where Ethel and Carl are staying until the Ives get back, and looked at their pictures and momentoes of the trip. They evidently had a most enjoyable time. As a wedding gift I gave them an attractive blown glass flower holder. They admired a metal hamper which I had bought for the kitchen, and feeling sure, Ced, that you would have wanted to give them something if you had been home, I next day went down to Grants and bought them an exact duplicate and presented it to them in your name. This will set you back $1.00. In your name, Lad, I also picked out what I consider a very attractive hand hammered aluminum bowl or tray which Ethel had said she liked. This cost $3.00. And speaking of expenses, Lad, and your request that I try to have available for your homecoming a sizable spending sum, if they lop off a couple of months pay due to your earlier departure, there won’t be quite as much as I figured on accumulating by June 1st.
You say in your letter, Dan, that you do not know what kind of work Dick would like to do. From what he has said home here, I assume he would much prefer some outside jobs similar to what you are doing, in preference to mining or learning a trade such as carpentry or electrician work. Of course a trade is always a good thing to have to fall back on, but I think you will find that Dick will have his own ideas as to what he does or does not want to do. He has tried office and factory work and likes neither. He has matured quite a bit since you last saw him, acquiring some good common sense so I have a lot more confidence in him than I would if he had started out on this trip even six months ago. He’s got good Guion stuff in him and I’m chalking him up with the O.K. along with his three older brothers.
This is a typical blustery March day — windy but sunshine. I am trying to get rid of a cold that sneaked up on me and have not felt so hot this week. I think however I have it on the run.
Dave says Biss came down here the other morning early and told him she was having a difficult time up at the Zabel’s. Mrs. Z is evidently tired of having them all there. The children get on her nerves and she asked Elizabeth the other day why she did not come back here and live with her father. Zeke is working nights now and with his overtime sometimes earns as much as $70 a week. So if Aunt Betty comes up, and Elizabeth barges in with her family and Lad comes home, we will begin to get populous again around here.
And that’s about all the news this trip.
I’ll be seein’ you (and that means YOU, Lad)
April 1, 1941
Since we are on two different ends, I thought it would be a good idea to write you concerning our little trip plans.
Don Taylor wishes very much to make that trip with us to the interior.
Please give confirmation or refusal by first opportunity of this request, thus we will be able to avoid a mix-up in seating arrangements.
Tomorrow a special birthday note from Aunt Betty and a couple of birthday cards to Lad.Thursday and Friday, two more letters from Grandpa.
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