Trumbull – Dear Absent Ones (1) – Big Job at the Office – November, 1941

Trumbull, Conn., Nov. 2, 1941

To my absent ones, Greetings:

In the mail yesterday, addressed to one Cedric, there was dispatched two water jacket expansion plugs which I finally succeeded in obtaining at The Arthur I. Clark Co., having tried unsuccessfully first to obtain them at Sears Roebuck and TripleX stores. As they cost only $.10 each, please accept them as a gift. In fact, let’s make it a standing rule in the interests of simplicity, bookkeeping, bother with trifles, or what have you, that only errands done for you costing over one buck, shall be considered as debts incurred – – all others to be treated the same as the electric meter considers electricity consumed in lighting a 5 ½ W lamp – – not worth registering.

Thanks also for the airmail stamps. They have been salvaged and one of them bears this letter to you. The post office here is no different from the one in Anchorage in the matter of redeeming stamps. It is probably a post office regulation applicable everywhere, the reason for which is readily understood, first because no ruling of this sort would lead to considerable abuse on the part of the public, and second, post office service being a monopoly, there is no competition to induce “service” of this sort.

As to Dan’s status in the draft, he tells me he has already written you of the situation here. There is no change. He got a notification from the Anchorage board that he had been drafted along with a notice that he had been transferred to Conn., and as he had already obtained a job before the date on which he had been called he is hoping the Conn. Board may put him in a deferred class, but up to the present time he has heard nothing from them in the matter. He has written them the facts but has not yet had time to receive a reply to this letter. However, the local Producto employment manager has been working on it in the same manner that he did in Lad’s case, so I guess it’s just a question of waiting to see what happens. In any event you may be sure we will keep you informed.

At the office, things are still a bit hectic. One girl I obtained a week or so ago through the Conn. State Employment Service, and experienced graphotype operator, managed to catch up pretty well with an accumulation of orders for cutting plates, and was just getting into things so that she looked as though she would be helpful, when she informed me a few days ago that while she liked the job, she had been offered more money in a factory near where her husband worked and near where she lived, and so quit me yesterday. I am now trying out a new girl who however is inexperienced, this being her first job. To cap the climax we had another one of those big orders from Casco for 24,000  two- page multigraphed letters, with four enclosures, all to be folded, collated, sealed, envelopes addressed, stamped, sorted and mailed. In consequence, Saturday afternoon, besides the girl who was quitting, the new girl, George’s sister, Dave, Elliott Knecht, and another of Dave’s friends, Don Carmichael, I also pressed into service the two Shadick boys, Lad, Dan and Barbara. So about 6 PM Saturday night we took over to the post office the bulk of the letters for mailing.

Tomorrow, I’ll finish the week with the rest of this letter. 

On Saturday and Sunday, I’ll have more on the life of Mary E Wilson.

On Monday. I’ll begin a week of letters written in 1943, when all five boys are in service to Uncle Sam – and Marian is playing a larger role in  Lad’s life in California..

Judy Guion

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