Friday Night Heirlooms: Letters & Papers from the Trunk in the Hall: V-Mail Letter; Dec. 15, 1944
The “Trunk in the Hall” held the letters and papers my grandparents saved – and they saved everything from canceled checks, postcards telling of the next VFW meeting, receipts and family letters. My mother reminds me, of in those days, people didn’t throw things away like today. My grandmother unraveled burlap sacks and reused the string, the muslin tobacco bags were saved and sewed together for quilt backs, old clothes were ripped apart and re-used; the list could go on and on.When I think back now of how granddaddy’s farm looked, I can see various items laying around. There was always a pile of scrap metal pieces behind the smoke house – I guess that was his work-pile when he needed to repair something. My grandfather, like many others during those years, were very conservative people; mama still calls herself today a frugal person!
The “Trunk in the Hall” will be an Heirloom post in the future.
- To: Miss Helen McKinley December 15, 1944
- Greensboro, GA.
- Rt. 3
Will write the little girl a letter tonite hoping you are doing fine. I am OK. Learning a little French once in a while, but not too much. You are still going to school and having a good time getting a case of that Puppy Love once in awhile, but just don’t let it get the best, because you know how that love affair of mine turned out and that wasn’t long ago and you are just too young. I bet you are getting to where you can help “mom” now but I bet you really put a grumble? Well, that’s what mother needs, is someone to help her around the house and you are just the little girl that can do it and it will keep you busy.
Your Loving Brother,
- From: Pfc. Edgar L. McKinley
- Co. B 2nd Inf. APO 5
- C/O P.M. NY, NY
Every letter was signed with either “your loving brother or son and he always signed his name as “Lee Roy” – writing it as two words; he actually had very good cursive handwriting. It’s a shame that many schools today no longer teach cursive to our children. How will that affect them as genealogist in the future? Will it become a class later in college for those wanting to learn or will it be the responsibility of their parents or grandparents to teach them?
My mother always talked about her brother and how she never felt close to him as he didn’t spend time with her. After reading the letter, you can see the love and how he thought of her and worried how she might end up in a too-fast relationship like his marriage. Even this short letter shows the love for his sister!
For more, click: Letters and Papers from The Trunk in the Hall
For history on V-Mail, click WWII: The History of V-Mail
© 2016 Jeanne Bryan Insalaco