Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Wiggin Family

Normally on “Tombstone Tuesday” I just share the photographs of tombstones and include the information on the stones. I decided to try something a little different; I’m adding a little bit more information. Keep in mind this isn't a complete research report, just some additional information about those whom tombstones I've photographed and some of their family members. 

 WIGGIN

George H. Wiggin
1896 - 1923


 Zaidee B. Wiggin
1881 - 1951



[1]George Howard Wiggin and Zaidee Beardle were married on the 24th of March in 1904 in Milford, Delaware. This license also shows some additional information about their parents. George’s father was George and shows he was born in Maine. The groom’s mother was Edna Hawkin and she was born in New York.  Zaidee’s father was Truman A and her mother was Mary Catherine Shockley. Some additional information shows that at the time of the marriage George was 35 residing in Townsend, Delaware and Zaidee was 22 residing in Lincoln City, Delaware




[2]The 1910 United States Federal Census shows that George was born in New York and his father Maine, his mother was born in New York. At the time of this census George was 40 years of age, self-employed and owned his home. Zaidee was born in Delaware, her father was born in New York and mother was born in Delaware. The census also shows that they had two daughters, Georgia E. age 5 and Catharin A. who was only two years of age. Both of the children were born in Delaware.



[3]The 1920 United States Federal Census shows that George and Zaidee are still married, George is 48 years of age and Zaidee is 37 years of age. Both of the girls, Georgia 15 and Catharine 11 are still in the house hold. There is a new addition to the family, George and Zaidee now have a son, his name is George he is 1 year and 5 months his date of birth is about 1919. George’s occupation is still listed as self-employed proprietor, flour mill. There is also another addition to the house; Thomas F Lamb is listed as a laborer in the flour mill. He is 54 years of age born about 1866 in Wisconsin. Both of his parents are shown to have been born in Ireland.



[4]The 1930 United States Federal Census now shows that Zaidee is widowed, their daughters are no longer living in the home but their son, George age 11 is still in the home. An additional change to the house is that Zaidee now has three roomers / boarders listed. June L Kieffer age 23 born about 1907 in Pennsylvania, both of her parents were also born in Pennsylvania.  Her occupation is listed as a clerk at a printing office. The other two boarders are married, William Reynolds age 27 born about 1903 in Delaware and both of his parents were also born in Delaware. His occupation is listed as a clerk at a construction site. Panise N. age 27 born about 1903 in Delaware and both of her parents were also born in Delaware. Her occupation is listed as a cashier at a restaurant.

[5]The 1940 Untied States Federal Census record shows that Zaidee Wiggin age 58 is still listed as widowed and none of the children are living with her any longer. Her occupation is now listed as a roomer agent; she is now renting a home for $35. The address listed is 913 Washington St. Willington, Delaware.


We know that George and Zaidee were married for 19 years before his passing in 1923. They were blessed with two daughters and one son and raised their family in Delaware. Zaidee passed eleven years after the 1940 United States Federal Census was taken.


[1]Delaware Marriage Records, 1806-1933 Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 25 September 2014).    Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
[2] 1910 United States Federal Census Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 September 2014). Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls).
[3]1920 United States Federal Census Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 25 September 2014).    Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).
[4]1930 United States Federal Census Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 25 September 2014). Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
[5] 1940 United States Federal Census Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 25 September 2014). Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.





Monday, September 29, 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Alaskan Army Love

The letters from Paul to Elaine continue to offer insight into the relationship of love during a separation that neither could avoid. Both anxiously await an exchange of photographs while the concern of possibly forgetting each other. There is a mention of a hasty marriage but luckily it won't be classified as a shotgun wedding. Paul ends the last letter in today's posting expressing his feeling through words of love in a tearful poem.
U.S. Army Troops
Fort Greeley
Kodiak, Alaska
4/15/42 – 1:30 PM
Dear Elaine:
                Well here is another letter even tho I haven’t much of anything to write but I’ll at least know that you are getting something form me & know that I’m still dreaming of you.
                Know what! I’m jealous of all the boys who get to dance with you & even, maybe, make love to you at all those dances. Don’t’ you dare go & fall for one of them & forget me. That keeps me going all the time. So please don’t forget.
                As for my meeting anyone up. All the women but a few natives & married ones have been evacuated from here & so I never even have a chance & anyway I can’t forget one night in Washington. I don’t think I’ll ever forget how swell you were & how hard I fell for you. I’m sure hoping you can do the same. I intend to come back & take up right where I left off. Kissing you! (but not goodbye)
                Have you ever had the picture make? I have been looking for it every day. I had a letter form home Sun day & my mother wants one too so now I guess you two will have to wait on the slowest Photographer in the world. I have even gotten impatient with him. So all we can do is keep waiting. I will send it to you the moment I can get it. So please be patient.
                Darling I wish I could see you now. I sure wouldn’t stop at any 42 kisses. It will take a lot to make up for the time we have lost. Agree?
                I am rather rushed as we have a review this evening & I still have to dress. So will you please forgive me for making this short.
                I miss you so much. The way you look at me & smile. Have you flirt with your eyes makes me shiver when I think of having you in my arms again. I don’t think I’ll ever let you out of them once you are in them. Kiss me once in your dreams tonite. Write soon & don’t forget the picture.
Especially for you
Paul (handwritten sign.)
NOTE: This letter consisted of three pages all written on stationary with the same heading as above. The envelope was hand written and sent to: Miss Elaine Cummings, P.O. Box 178, Seattle, WN. The return address is: U.S. Army Troops Fort Greeley, state marked out, Alaska, Paul L Moore, A.S.N.35205865, 1-H. The envelope is postmarked April 16, 1942 w/ hand written Via Air Mail and was checked by 1st Lt. Carl R.McFarland

                                         
U.S. Army Troops
Fort Greely
Kodiak, Alaska
Friday nite 930 4/24/42
Elaine Darling:
  Here I am again listening to the radio & I hardly have anything at all to say to you but at least I can try. So as I have said before “Heah oh goes”.
  If you only knew how badly I miss you. Golly, I would give most anything to just see you & hold you in my arms once more. I miss you more than I even thought possible. The things are so little that make me think of you but something is always happening and it seems that every time I turn around I am think of you. So in case you sometime get a feeling that I’m somewhere around you will know that I’m longing very much to see you. So darling do your best to keep on loving me with all your heart.
  I’m so blue tonight dear. Miss you so terrible much & longing to see you. Just to think that I haven’t seen you for 3 months. Here I sit with an orchestra playing “I Surrender Dear” & you some 2000 miles away. Seems to be sort of ironic. Especially when I miss you so very much.
  I haven’t gotten the picture as yet but they tell me in town that I should get it in about 10 days. So it is still on the way. I got your letter telling me yours was coming so I’m on pins & needles waiting for it. My mother want one too so I must get two so she won’t be angry. She is about the swellest person in my life. Next to you of course. You rate no 1 on my hit parade & I’ve a very strong hunch that you will continue to hold that spot. So make sure & be ready for a hasty (un-shotgun) wedding when I get back.
  Here is something that expresses he feeling in my heart, very well.
                Got the blues tonight, it seems.
                Sit here dreaming foolish dreams
                Heart a-aching, tears fall too
                Honey I am missing you.
                Thought that we could said along
                Without heartaches, that was wrong.
                Now I cry while others laugh
                Yes I’ve got  the blues tonight
                Praying, darling while I wrote
                That you’re feeling sorry, too.
                Missing me like I miss you.
                Like it?

Write soon                             Especially for you
                                                Paul
NOTES: This is a three page letter all sheets with the same letter head as above and writing on only one side of each sheet. The envelope is addressed to Miss Elaine Cummings, Post Office Box 178, Seattle, Washington and was mailed off April 27 1942 “Via Air Mail” from U.S. Army Troops, Fort Greeley, Kodiak, Alaska, Paul L Moore, A.S.N. 35205865, 1-H. and was checked by 1st Lt Carl R.McFarland





Sunday, September 28, 2014

1869 Mystery House

It might just be that time of year with but it seems articles like these are quite interesting.  We know in the world of gossip with the added media connections those whispers behind cupped hands aren't just between the few doing the gossiping.  I just can’t help but wonder in the world as we know it today what lengths the townspeople would go through to get their answers. 

Salt Lake Telegram, Salt Lake City, UT
Saturday, March 7, 1914

MYSTERY HOUSE
STILL MYSTERY
AFTER 17
YEARS

Erected in 1896 and Elabo-
rately Furnished, Mansion
has Never Been
Occupied.

(Special to the Telegram.)
Bloomington, Ill., March 7. – The
Mystery of the “house of mystery” at
Chrisman, Ill., is still unsolved after
seventeen years.  It is now the resort
of bats and owls and rapidly going to
decay.
   It was in 1896 that the “house of
Mystery” was erected. Without any
Previous announcement one spring
Morning, a gang of workmen from
Some outside point arrived in Chrisman.
simultaneously came carloads of build-
ing material. Upon a large lot on the
main street of the town there was
speedily erected the structure that was
to create so much gossip in succeeding
years. The townspeople quizzed the
workmen concerning the ownership of
the house, but learned nothing. All en-
gaged were sworn to secrecy, and none
broke faith. The progress of the struc-
ture was watched with curious interest.
It was surmised that some well to do
bachelor of the town was preparing a
home for a prospective bride, but all
such pleaded “Not guilty.”
   Decorators and furnishers followed
upon the heels of the carpenters, plas-
terers and painters. The house was
fitted up luxuriously and with every up
to date convenience. It was now felt
that the mystery would soon be solved.
   The dining room was a marvel of
luxury, with carved table and chairs
and a buffet filled with expensive china.
The parlor was equipped with expen-
sive rugs, a grand piano and silk up-
Holstered furniture. The library and
bedrooms corresponeded in magnify-
cence with the other rooms. The sleep-
ing apartments varied in color and fur-
nishings, from the palest blue and
bird’s-eye maple in rich green tones
and heavy walnut.
   After the final touch of the outfitters
and decorators the house was closed.
Time passed and no one appeared. No
blushing bride and happy bridegroom.
There were no developments of any
kind. Weeks, months and years slipped
by and the mystery deepened.
   Six years ago an incendiary set fire
 to the house before the flames were
extinguished the kitchen was badly
damaged. A few days later workmen
appeared from some neighboring city,
repaired the damage and went their
way. Although plied with queries by
The residents, no one would furnish any
information calculated to clear up the
mystery. About the time a municipal
electric lighting plant was installed
by Chrisman and electricians wired the

“mysterious house.”

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Old Satan Himself

While conducting research I often visit Genealogy Bank.com and search their historical  newspapers. While doing some research for a family in Missouri I came across this article from the October 23, 1920 Kansas City Star newspaper out of Kansas City, Missouri.  I couldn't help but find it perfect to share with all of you especially with Halloween right around the corner.
HALLOWEEN IS ON SUNDAY.
October 31 Is Date of Witches’ and
Goblins’ Annual Frelie
Sunday is a poor day for devils
and hobgoblins, but their one day
on earth this year will be Sunday.
October 31, the eve of All Saints
Day – Hallowe’en. It may be that
the good fairies and the good
ghosts that surely will be out Sun-
day, will frighten away the devils
and witches, but there is no his-
torical foundation for the state-
ment, Hallowe’en is Hallowe’en,
history shows, and has been for
thirteen hundred years, regardless
of whether it fell on Sunday, Fri-
day or any other day.
     _______________________
   Pumpkin devils with fiery eyes, cats
as black as midnight, and cone-hatted
witches astride broomsticks will be as
numerous in Kansas City this year as in
years gone by, dealers in Hallowe’en goods
declare. Black cates with green eyes and
white whiskers can be seen peeking out
from behind big red devils with ugly black
horns, in the stores downtown. Near
them are little white pumpkin devils with
red noses, medium sized pumpkinheads
with big blue eyes, and large, yellow
pumpkins with big, scary eyes. And there
are the wide-eyed bats, the wise old owls
and the image of old Satan himself. There
are hats and masks for would be witches, and
masks and robes for the ghosts of witches’
night. There are rattlers, squawkers,
whistles and horns for noise; marshmal-
llows for toasting, pumpkins for pies, ap-
ples to bob for.
   Even the florists are entering into the
spirit, and while they know of no par-
ticular flower for Hallowe’en, big, yel-
low chrysanthemums’ and the newer
reddish-brown tritomas are being pre-
pared for use in decorations. There are
new designs in invitations, place cards,
menu and dance folders, but they all con-
tain black cats and witches.
   Books of Hallowe’en games give new
amusements and forfeits. The old
Games, too, are detailed. We will have
almost the same Hallowe’en our great-
grandfathers had, and the same our
great-grandchildren will enjoy. 








Friday, September 26, 2014

Follow Friday

It has been a while since I have posted anything under the "Friday Follow" blog, sorry.  Here are some genealogy blog posting that caught my attention this week and I thought I would share with you. Remember they are not listed in any particular order. Enjoy, and have a great weekend.

Using Dogs to Locate Unmarked Graves belongs to  blog.eogn.com

Massacre at Fort Caroline belongs to  moultriccreek.us

Weathervane Wednesday~A Farm Tractor belongs to  nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com

How I Process Death Certificates Using Evernote Reminder belongs to shannonmthomas.blogspot.com

Wedding Wednesday belongs to familytreefrog.blogspot.com

The Form Everyone Wanted belongs to aremyrootsshowing.jenny-ology.com

Monday Musings - As The World Turns belongs to  genealogyframeofmind.blogspot.com

As I’ve said before there are so many wonderful genealogy bloggers out there and I truly enjoy reading all of your postings.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Face in the Cemetery

With our recent move to Middletown in Delaware there were a lot of things that needed to be done before I could scratch that itch. The itch I’m referring to is the need to get out and find the historical markers, cemeteries, libraries and meet with local genealogical and historical societies. I’m sure most of you know that itch and can’t wait to scratch it. I started compiling that “itch list” as we were out driving around town and getting familiar with the new area, yes I have a long list.

A couple of times while taking my kids to school or doctor appointments I noticed this beautiful old cemetery sitting on the corner of Old Saint Anne’s Church road and Summit Bridge road.  I placed this particular cemetery, Old Saint Anne’s Church Cemetery, on that itch list that I wanted to visit. If you have been following my blog this is the same cemetery that had the “No Sledding” sign. After about the fourth time driving by that small itch turned into a large itch that had to be scratched, ASAP. What caused that you might ask well it's simple “The Face”. It was one of those “what” moments that had me turn the car around to see if my eyes were playing an early Halloween Spooky Cemetery trick on me.  Once I pointed it out to my kids they refused to look for fear of what the face might do or what might jump out in front of or beside the car. 

I managed to scratch that itch a few weeks later. I couldn't help myself and during one of the kid’s appointments I had to walk across the street and stroll through the cemetery. Took a few photographs, read some of the inscriptions and got a closer look at “The Face”. So take a look for yourself and see if you can see “The Face” on the top of the tombstone in the photographs below.   


At first glance I thought small skulls were decorating the top. Upon closer look I don’t think they are, but that being said I’m not really sure what they are and what they represent. 

COL. JOSEPH HANSON
1845-1932



JOSEPH H. HANSON
BORN OCTOBER 3, 1820
DIED FEBRUARY 1, 1858
_________

MARY B.
WIFE OF JOSEPH H. HANSON
BORN NOV. 19 1816





Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday


Once again I know it's "Wordless Wednesday" but I wanted to share what was written on the back of the photograph. This is another photograph purchased off of eBay. 


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - United States Disciplinary Barracks Cemetery

Both of the tombstones that I'm showing you today I found in the same cemetery, The United States Disciplinary Barracks Cemetery at Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas. 


Albert Wildcat
Inmate number 1886 
 Incarcerated 1 NOV 1899
 Died 8 FEB 1903



Holly Codoxey
Inmate number 2769
Incarcerated 12 DEC 1901
Died 19 FEB 1903


Monday, September 22, 2014

Amanuensis Monday - Love from Alaska to Washington

Here are two more letters from Paul Moore addressed to his darling Elaine Cummings.  Showing concern that he has already been forgotten only to find out she still thinks and cares for him. Times are hard and letters take time to arrive, which leaves them both wondering if they are remembered while waiting for those special acknowledgment in letters like these. 


Saturday, 3/14/42

  Hi Darling:
   I received your letter the first of this week & lady I sure was glad to get it. I had just about decided that you had forgotten me. I was sorta disappointed tho for it was sort of cool & distant & it sorta makes me wonder what is wrong. Have you changed or what?
  I have had that picture taken and as soon as I get it I will send it on to you. I really do want one of you took so I want you to rush one to me as soon as you can. Promise?
  I would so much like to see you. It would be so much fun to dance with you again & maybe even to sprit you clear away from the crowd as I did once before. Do you think you would mind that so terrible much? I know that I would enjoy it!
  I have been sorta laid up for the last two days with a bum leg but it is better now and I think I can get back in the thick of things in the next couple of days. This laying around idle sorta gets on my nerves. I have put it to good use though for I had quite a bit of studying to do for exams for  officers School & it has given me a good chance to catch up. I have been before one examining board & now it is all up to me when I go before the last one. Keep hoping & maybe I can see you soon. I have been over most of the Island & it really is very pretty Rugged Mountains & beautiful parks & valley. Seems a shame that you can’t b e here to help me enjoy it. You see every time I see something that reminds me of you I begin to wish a little bit harder that you were here. I miss you so very much my dear. I guess I’ll keep on until I get back & then if my powers of persuasion haven’t exactly failed me I can keep you with me for a long time.
  I miss you so very much Darling.
Write soon
Especially for you
Paul

NOTES: This was a two page letter with only one side used on each sheet. The letter was addressed to Miss Elaine Cummings, P.O. Box 178, Seattle, Washington mailed by Paul L Moore A.S.M. 35205865 1-H. (printed U.S. Army Toops Fort Greeley Kodiak, Alaska w/ U.S. Army Troops and Kodiak marked out) it was send March 17 1942 “Via Air Mail” and checked by 2nd Lt. Inf. Robert D. Schulz.


U.S. Army Troops
Fort Greeley
Kodiak, Alaska
Friday 4/3/42

Hi Honey:
                I’m sort of wondering what you are thinking about me by this time. I realize what I have done by not writing to you & I sincerely want you to forgive me. I haven’t got so very good an excuse but here it is. I have been down in the dumps for the last 10 days & just haven’t felt like writing to anyone. I just got my first letter started for home today & they’re probably fuming too.
                I was proud to get your last letter & it sure was a help. I am so very glad to hear from you & if I could get a letter every day it would be so very swell. But then that is hardly possible up here so of course I can’t ask it of you.
                You said in your last letter that your father had asked if I have seen any of the bears that are to be found here. I haven’t been lucky, unlucky enough to do so as yet I still have hopes. I have seen a couple of mounted specimens tho & they sure are big. I say. Could you use a bear skin. If I get the chance I mean to collect a couple. So you can tell him that he really should see them. Fishing season is just about here & I also plan on having a few good fish frys. Sound good? Maybe we can enjoy a few of those together sometime. Do you think so too or do you enjoy such things?
                I had a letter from home Wednesday & my brother & Dad both had to register for the draft. So maybe there will soon be another of my family in here too. I already have one brother in the Cir Corp & I guess he is still in the States or was the last time I heard from him. I also have had my application approved & so my going to officer T.S. is just a matter of time. I sure hope it is soon tho for I sure would like to see you again. Every time I think of the fun we had dancing laughing & talking together it makes me want to see you so darned badly. We could have so much fun & loving if I was only back with you again. Just think it has been almost 3 months since I saw you. Seems almost like 3 years when I think of it tho.
                I haven’t gotten the picture yet but I don’t think it will be long now. I have it ordered for almost a month but the Photo shop here is just about swamped with orders so they are very slow. I have been sorta anxiously waiting for your photo to come around too.
                I must quit this rambling around & say Good nite Darling & the Ohio deal still stands good. I’m as badly gone over you now as I ever was. Still in an accepting mood dearest?
Write soon an again
I’ll be loving you
Paul (and written sig.)
I sure could use those
Kisses, too.
What do you mean?
Especially for you (too)
That’s my pet expression
NOTES: There were a total of four pages and all hand written on the same letter heading as noted above. The envelope was hand written addressed to: Miss Elaine Cummings, P.O. Box 178, Seattle, WN.
In the return address is: U.S. Army Troops Fort Greeley, the city is scratched out, Alaska, Paul L Moore, A.S.N. 35205865 1-H. The letter was post marked April 14, 1942 out of Kodiak, Alaska sent Via Air Mail. The letter was checked by 2nd Lt. Robert D. Schulz. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday


        I know this is "Wordless Wednesday" but there was a small partial stamp on the back. I didn't remove it out of a photo album it was loose in a box of photos I purchased off eBay. 



Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sledding in a Cemetery

We have all seen those signs posted throughout our communities of “No Trespassing”, “Keep Off Lawn” and even more popular in some shopping centers “No Skateboarding Allowed”.  But on a recent visit or actually research trip to a local cemetery here in Middletown I ran across a sign that I never thought I would see.




Yes you are reading it correctly; “NO SLEDDING IN THE CEMETERY”. I noticed it while driving by the Old St. Anne's Church Cemetery and thought it was not only out of place but really strange. So during a visit to the cemetery I had to take this photograph and share with all of you. I walked to the back and found the reason for the sign, there is a large hill that would be an attraction for those wanting to sled. I can't help but wonder what kind of family goes sledding through a cemetery and I have to admit find it disturbing and disrespectful to those buried there and their families. Don't worry I'm not posting this to jump on a soap box, just sharing something I think I'd ever see at a cemetery. I did speak with some business's across the street from the cemetery.  They confirmed during the winter when snow is on the ground people will park in their parking lots, unload the sleds and cross the street to go sledding. 


I'm curious, have any of you seen unusual signs like this sledding one during your research though cemeteries. If so please share I would like to see them and hear the stories behind your find and how you came across the signs. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Amanuensis Monday : Pvt. Paul Moore's letters of love



These letters happen to be from another large purchase that was made from eBay. These letters show the loving relationship and the hardship between a young couple during the tough times of war and separation. Paul L. Moore was with Co. H with 201st Infantry in Alaska, fell hard for Elaine Cummings in Seattle. There are twenty-one letters that I have in this collection and these are the first two. 



                                              Alaska Steamship Co.
                                                    The Alaska Line                                    ON BOARD S.S. Denali
                                                                                                    Thursday – 600 P.M.
Elaine Darling:
  How are you by now. Ok I hope and I’m hoping that you haven’t forgotten the guy who fell so terribly her for a very pretty little girl one night at a dance. Who made a date to see her the following Sunday & had to leave on the Wednesday before & so just couldn't stay to see her. Golly I but I wanted to see you too. Darling, I want you to remember what happened that night & we had to leave each other so darned soon after meeting. You see dear I am more or less taking it for granted that you fell for me just about as hard as I did for you. I really hope so, for when I asked you over the phone to wait for me until I came back I was deadly serious when I asked you to do that and I would like very much to know how you feel about the situation. Do you think you could tell me dear? Kinda funny for a gut to ask something like that of someone he has only meet once & never did have a date with, but then I’m a sort of a funny guy.
  You know you asked me not to go too fast that first night. I was planning on taking it rather slow so as to sort of assure myself of you caring for me before I started to go too fast as you say. But dear don’t you think it has changed enough to warrant my asking you if you care enough to wait for me. I in other words Elaine I am going to ask this! If you do care enough to wait for me I will ask you to and then if I get back to take my air corp. training I will try to take my time until I get my wings and then ask you to marry me. Will you think very hard about accepting such a proposal? If I don’t get that chance to come back I would like you to wait until I get out of the Army & take you to Ohio with me. Now! Will you do that dear one? Tell me please.
  I know that I am going very fast but I think you feel the same as I. That it is possible for you and I to fall very deeply in love with each other. When you write give me your opinion of this subject.
  We have had a swell trip so for no bad weather or anything, are now about 500 miles from Seattle and getting further away all the time.
  I have just about taken up all this space so I’ll write again about tomorrow. Please write soon & I want a picture of you.
My address
Paul L Moore
Co. H 201st Inf.
APO 3-P c/o postmaster, Seattle, Wn.
A.S.N. 35205865

You made me love you
Paul
NOTE: This was a letter written on “The Alaska Line” stationary with a space to write in the ship (Denali), both sides of the paper were used. The envelope matched the stationary the letter was addressed to Miss Elaine Cummings, Ace Motel, Tourist, P.O. Box 178, Seattle, Washington. Mailed out Via Air Mail on Jan 21 1942 



Sunday Night
Feb 22, 42
Dearest Elaine
  I’m doing much better now than I thought possible. Have even gotten two letters from you. But I must confess that they have me rather puzzled. You don’t seem to be exactly sure what you are going to do about choosing. Of course as far as I am concerned, I would like very much for it to go my way but of course the decision will rest finally in your hands but I can do my best to influence it all I can. Do you mind if I try my best?
  I sorta wonder what you are doing. Have you been to any dances of late? Found any new friends or something. You know what! I would give most anything to be back where I could dance with you once more where we might even get a chance to find out for sure just what is going on here in our hearts dear. You see Elaine, every day that goes by strengthens my belief that this is the real thing. This may sound rather funny but I really do mean it. Of course I think that you feel much the same & it would be swell to know that you really do think & feel the same as I. So analyze your thoughts & heart my dear & then tell me the results. Could you possibly do that?
  I am going to have a picture made and send one to you within the next two or three weeks. I can also send you some snaps of the Country here. Of course all mail & pictures are censored before they leave so that leaves me very little choice of what to write. I can say though that the country is very beautiful and should be much more so this spring & summer. The majestic & beauty of the contrast between the mountains & the sea can’t possibly be beat. You really should see it sometime. Say, maybe, on a honeymoon, with me, maybe. Could be but then I guess that will take a lot of hoping.
  Well sweet it is getting rather late and I’m kinda sleepy so I’ll quit for now because you are probably tired of the drivel by now. All I can do is ask you to wait, and darling keep your fingers crossed. I really care you know so be careful. Don’t make me too discouraged for I could use some encouragement now. I haven’t heard any more about training school but I’m still hoping.

I’ll love you
Paul

P.S. I still could use your picture. Please sent it and write real soon.
I’m taking it easy, but I still think I’ll take you home with me, any objections.

Address
Pvt Paul  L Moore
A.S.N. 35205865
1-H.
Ft Greely, Alaska
NOTE: This was a three page letter written on one side of each sheet. The envelope is addressed to Miss Elaine Cummings, Ace Motel Tourist, P.O. Box 178, Seattle, Washington mailed out on Feb 26 1942 with the return address Paul L Moore, A.S.N. 35205865 1-H. Ft Greely, Alk. the letter was checked by 1st Lt. Carl R. McFlarland.

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