August 20, 1934 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Harriet wrote to you Thursday eve and I meant to write yesterday but I have been too busy visiting. I am at Malmberg’s now. We have just had a good dinner and Pearl and Magee are doing dishes. Pearl came from her school at 1 o’clock so we will be together all afternoon. Harriet and Gloria have been playing with the little neighbor girls. We came to Karl’s yesterday morning and Daddy and Myron hurried right off to the Ball game. Paul had bought tickets (grandstand seats) but of course Myron and Daddy had to hurry off without finding out anything about that. So Paul traded in his tickets and went to look for them—I mean Daddy and Myron—found them and they saw 2 games and munched hot dog sandwiches, pop corn etc. Then they came to Paul’s and had a big dinner and started home. Gloria and I slept at Karl’s and Harriet at Paul’s. Tomorrow Esther will take me to look for a sweater for Myron and we may look for a bike. If we get one we will bring it home Wed. eve when Myron comes to get us.
Carl Lundquist rode down with us and is visiting Byron for 2 days. He has never had a pleasure trip to the city before. Winnie insisted on his going.
You had better write to your friends. They are all asking about you. Friday eve we went up to the Chorus at the school house. Helen said you had promised to write and so did Geneva. You had better write to one every day till you have fulfilled all your promises. Myron went to the Chorus this time. He seemed to like it and I’m glad he’s gotten started. The instructor teaches syllable reading and when he asked what key “Abide With Me” was written in Myron was the only one who answered
Last Saturday I washed and Harriet helped me with everything—even with the hanging out of the clothes. Then at 10 I went down and helped Boy Scout Mothers serve the Covered Wagon dinner. It was a miserable day and the heat and wind awful. I helped till about 2 o’clock and then I came home with a rarin’ sick headache. I didn’t get over it till Sunday morning. Mrs. Arneson came in and Harriet and she got the supper for Myron and Daddy and did the dishes. How kind she was! She even wanted to iron what I needed for the trip but I pretended I couldn’t find it which I really wasn’t able to do just then. But I ironed a few pieces Sunday morning.
Ethel and Elvira spent Friday afternoon with me. As usual, we had a great visit. That Ethel and I have a lot in common.
I’ll say your letter was good. I never thot it of you. I brot it down for Uncle Karl’s and Uncle Paul’s to read—also Pearl. Your letter sounds as tho life was one big thrill for you. And I haven’t been really lonesome for you since I got it for I can tell you are contented. Do all you can for others and you will never feel out of place or unhappy.
We also rec’d your letter telling of the Firemen’s Parade. Weren’t you the lucky one to have it go right by your front door?
Yes, Corinna, Discard your blue p.js. I’ll maybe send you some ready made ones. The money is pretty scarce right now. I sort of kicked on it to Myron one day and he spoke up so quick for Daddy and said, “You want to remember, Mother, that we have to pay cash for all our bills and the farmers charge it.” Anyhow it was nice of Buddy to defend him.
Daddy will soon send an estimate of your mileage. Well, I will have to close this letter. Magee and Pearl and I have started visiting again and I can’t think anymore. Gloria had a good time at Camp. Marjorie Holm said Gloria laughed and laughed till everyone laughed to hear her. H and G are going to mail this now for me. I will write again on Thursday—and tell you more about the Mpls. visit. We will go back to Karls and Pauls to sleep tonight.
Love from your Mother.