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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Posted from Saugatuck, Part 3

The card above was postmarked at 11 a.m. on July 21, the same as yesterday's letter. The letter below was written on July 21 after 4 p.m. However, it wasn't postmarked until July 23.

Also, on the back of today's letter, my mother noted that it was "LETTER #1." This would have been the first thing Evelyn would see upon taking it out of the envelope. It would seem, then, that there was also a LETTER #2 sent either in the same envelope or in another envelope mailed the same day. However, at this point in time, it's missing. Oddly, based upon the first paragraph, LETTER #1 appears to have been written after LETTER #2, not before.

 July 21, 1941
Dear Folks,
     Sunday and Monday were considerably warmer than Sat., and today, up until about 4 P.M. was really hot, but right now it is raining. That's why I'm writing another letter.
     Yesterday, or rather Friday night, we met a couple of fellows from Detroit and they are staying in Saugatuck all this week too. They live on Drexel and Lakewood.  After the dance they took us out to eat and we made plans for swimming on Mon. Well, ~ we did go swimming and am I ever sunburned! I can't hardly move. We climbed Mt. Baldhead yesterday, too, and that's 367 steps. You'd love that, wouldn't you, mom? After we reached the top & looked around, we came down the opposite side in the sand, and I really believe that is harder than walking down the stairs. No wonder I'm worn out today.

      We were supposed to go swimming again today, but my sunburn hurt so that I was afraid of getting a double dose so we told the fellows to go on alone. We, Frances & I, played shuffleboard all morning until it started to rain. It looks like it will be over soon though.
     Ethel, that girl from the office, is down here now and we've seen here quite often, but we haven't actually gone out with her. Every now & then we get together and talk things over but that's about all.
     Well, I guess that's all there is to tell you right now except ~ Don't worry. There is no need to.
     Bye now.
P.S. Excuse the x's. I was writing too fast & couldn't stop.

Mary Kerr, age 19 ~ Saugatuck, Michigan ~ July 1941


Lori E said...

How cool to have handwritten letters of hers. Could letter 2 have been for someone else that she wanted it passed on to?

T.K. said...

Now, there's an idea I hadn't thought of, Lori. That's possible... or maybe it will turn up in another box of stuff my grandma saved. I'm amazed that things keep turning up in various nooks and crannies of my parents' basement. Just when I think I've finally seen the full extent of it, up pops another box!

Nolichucky Roots said...

I SO enjoyed this Saugatuck series!

I grew up in Saugatuck, CT then lived just up the road from Saugatuck, MI. Sun, sand, friends and boys - all still the stuff of Saugatuck summers.

T.K. said...

Wow, that's kinda bizarre, TWO Saugatucks in your residential history! I wonder how many people can say that!

And I've never been to either one... yet...

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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