I wrote a previous post about my Grandparents and shared a love letter my Grandpa sent my Grandma. I have another one to share with you today.
My maternal grandparents started courting in 1936 when my Grandma was 17 and still in high school. My Grandpa was 23 and had a teaching job in a one room school house a few towns away from where my Grandma was living.
Even though this is when they started dating they knew each other since they were children because they grew up in neighboring farm houses. My Great Grandma never liked my Grandpa but I don’t know why.
My Grandpa’s Mom, Alice passed away on January 9th, 1936 leaving her husband, my Grandpa and a young daughter Bonnie to live at the farm on their own.
Even though I don’t know for sure, I would think all of these circumstances play a part in my Grandpa’s following letter to my Grandma. I mentioned in my last post that my Grandparents did not express their love outwardly but this letter truly proves that my Grandpa was a very sensitive, emotional man and loved my Grandma very much.
March 17, 1936
Well I hope you are not disappointed in finding this letter is from me instead of some other guy.
I got home o.k. last night, but I had to get up and get breakfast. Ruby and Art didn’t come back last night. Bonnie and Dad were back sick this morning. And I felt so darn blue I cried all the way to school.
It is noon now and have I felt mean this forenoon. I bet the kids think I am terrible. They have all gone out of the school house; because they are afraid of me I suppose. I wish you were down here; I would have you make out some tests for me. Not only that but I would just like to have you here. You seem to make my heart beat faster, and I feel as though it should.
I have got to take Dad to Readstown to-night. I think I will mail this then if I don’t forget it.
Gee I wish I could come up some night this week, but I am afraid I can’t. I have got to go to bed more and redeem myself for things I have been doing. I can just imagine what your mother thinks of me.
Well I know what I think of you any way. I think you are the sweetest darn kid I have ever been with, and I was never so darn crazy over anyone in my life. But the question is just what do you think of me. I have thought a lot about it and have come to no definite conclusion.
I shall be expecting a letter from you; if I get it I will be surprised and if I don’t I shall be disappointed.
To read the first love letter click here!
Stunning,romantic, beautiful – 3 words Mel – thank you for another share into their lives 🙂 xx
awwww….wow, I just would’ve never pictured Grandpa as a love struck young man. I don’t remember ever seeing grandma’s Senior picture either, she looks so sweet. Thanks for sharing this!
Yeah, I really like that picture of Grandma!
That is sooo sweet! It’s wonderful that you have a part of them still.
Thank you! I’m really glad I got to peek into their past!
so sweet! I think you look like your grandma!
Thank you! I think you’re right, there are some resemblances!
That’s so cool that you have access to these things from your past! I wish I had a way to find out about mine too! While the letter is very sweet and romantic, I must admit I lol’d at the first line…what a sense of humor! 😉
It is really cool! I was chuckling through the whole thing because he was definitely not the type of guy when I knew him that would have said any of these kind of things!!!
What a sweetie your Grandpa was! I would love to read some of the letters your Grandma wrote back…are there any?
We never found any letters my Grandma wrote. We didn’t even know about these until they both had passed away and we found these in my Grandma’s dresser drawer! It makes me wonder if she wrote him back and if she did what she wrote!
I wish my husband was this cute, might have to trade him in 😉
Oh I wouldn’t do that! How many guys do this sort of stuff nowadays?!!!
How sweet. It makes me wish our society today had a little more innocence, and a little less crassness. Today’s teenagers could learn something from this love letter.
That’s very true! You need to leave a little to the imagination!
Oh, my goodness. Tears in my eyes, and truly, I am not sentimental.
Oh wow!! I didn’t mean to make you all mushy!!!
These letters play out like a scene from a movie. Please keep sharing them with us. Their love seemed so pure!
It really is quite an interesting story; I think mainly to me because it is my family but in general I love history and that era. I keep getting more of the story from my mom because there was a lot of stuff I didn’t know! I guess that is why it is important for us to write….everyone has a story and it’s interesting to someone no matter how mundane you might think it is!
What a precious piece of your family history to have. So heart warming.
It really is a great piece of family history!!! Thank you!
Thank you so much for sharing this! It makes my heart grow and break at the same time (and break in a good way!)
Oh, grow and break…I love that! Thanks for reading!! I think they are such fun little letters!
Love these! Thank you for sharing them with us all.
Thank you!! I would love reading stuff like this even if it wasn’t my family! I just love that era!
thank you so much writing a part 2, I find your grandpa so romantic, do you have the letters of your grandma’s answers? if you do; I would love to read them too! lovely post Melissa!
Thanks Ingrid! Unfortunately, we never found any letters from my Grandma. My Grandpa passed away first and then when my Grandma passed away, we found these in her dresser drawer. I’m not sure if she ever wrote him or if she threw them away! I wish I could see her side of the story too!
How very sweet. He sounds a bit lonely and grief-stricken. Poor man.
I love that picture. My father-in-law had some old school pictures of himself from a schoolhouse from about that time – all the little boys in overalls. So cute!
The stories of the children who went to the school too were always so good as well…They were usually poor families who brought lard sandwiches and milk straight from the cow! My mom also attended a one room school house and she has lots of good stories about it!
The good old days, and True Love. Your grandparents were truly in love. Thanks for sharing, Melissa. Mtetar
Thank you Mtetar! They definitely were the good old days!!
You’re Welcome, Melissa. Mtetar
Your grandfather is in full pursuit & seems uncertain if your grandmother feels the same way.
She must have been playing hard to get by the sounds of it!! But I guess it all worked out in the end!
Definitely – here you are to prove it.
Handsome Grandpa and how adorable is your Grandma?????
Now I have nothing but questions! WHY did he say that about her mom? WHAT did she write him back? HOW did those kids feel about him that day????
You’ll have to use your imagination because like you I am in the dark too! Unfortunately we didn’t find these until they had both passed away! The funny thing about the kids though is that he was related to most of them…one was his sister, some were cousins etc! I wonder if that made it more difficult?!
I bet it did. No ‘mystery’ about him. They probably knew his every mood and WHY he was in a mood. I’d have a hard time “respecting” my brother the teacher. 😉
I love these so much. I’m so glad that you have shared them with us.
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoy them!!
I just wanted to say thank You!
Lets try this again… I just wanted to say Thank You
So sweet and Special, thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thank you so much!
what a super cute letter! awww so romantic! you could do a book about it?? romantic novel??? xx
Thank you! Wouldn’t that be something!!
Aw! That is so sweet! I love that you have those letters. Little Poppits read my mind–that would make the coolest basis for a book. You could include the letters (with names and details changed) and write the story in between. Sort of like that Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society (whatever it’s called) book. But better.
Oh wow it’s amazing that you have your grandparents’ love letters. So sweet and romantic… and such a contrast to what we have now… text messages and Facebook posts.
Thank you for reading! It really is amazing how things have changed! Melissa
I love blogs that bring in the family history. Infinitely fascinating. We will be but decaying photographs one day…
Oh, that’s so true!! Thank you so much!
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