I have been sharing the love letters that my Grandpa wrote my Grandma back when they were courting back in 1936. Today you are getting the third installment seeing as though it’s Valentine’s Day and what better day to see some expressions of true love!
I have had some inquiries as to whether or not there is any letters that my Grandma wrote my Grandpa and I am sad to say there isn’t. We found these letters after my Grandma passed away and were tucked in a dresser drawer. No one knew they existed before this.
To catch you up to speed; my Grandma and Grandpa grew up on neighboring farm houses so they knew each other since they were children. My Grandma went away to a nearby town for her senior year of high school. My Grandpa stayed at the farm house and taught school at a one room school house nearby. Many of his students were related in some way. My Grandpa’s Mom passed away a few months before he wrote these letters and he is currently living with his Dad and little sister. In the following letter my Grandpa makes mention of a hired girl. They hired someone to live at the house to do the cooking, cleaning and taking care of my Grandpa’s little sister. My Grandpa also talks about Ruby and Arthur which is my Grandma’s sister and her husband. I imagine my Grandpa saw them more than my Grandma because they were still living in the neighboring farm house. Another person mentioned in the letter is Bob which is my Grandma’s little brother. I suppose my Grandpa had to pick him up and bring him to school sometimes.
Enjoy another sweet and funny love letter from my dear old Grandpa:
March 30, 1936
Is I ever blue, and this terrible snowing doesn’t help my feelings any. It sure is a gloomy day, and these restless kids almost drive me nuts.
I sure was glad I came up Sunday night. I sure did enjoy myself. The show was good and being with you took care of the rest of my desires.
Ruby and Arthur was up to the show Sunday night. I guess they saw us. Anyway they asked me how I liked the show. They went up with Bill & Irene.
I was down after Bob this morning. Your mother didn’t seem to have much to say for some reason. I hope she doesn’t give me a bawling out. I get too many of those anyway.
This week is going to be better than last for I know you are coming home this weekend.
Our new hired girl was there this morning. Gee I hate to see Ruby and Art leave, but I know they are glad to get away.
I got a note from Mrs. Crumerine so I suppose I shall have to go over there after school is out.
I suppose you are tired of reading this letter for I know it is not interesting at all. I am in such a hurry. I have missed 5th and 6th grade spelling now.
P.S. nite 10 bells
I didn’t get anywhere to mail this tonight so probably I will mail it tomorrow. It sure is a lovely evening except just a little cold. I just went outside (don’t ask what for) and did that moon look at me. Made me feel sorta (rumatic) I guess so I thought I would express myself but just can’t do it. Words fail me.
Lester has been kidding me tonight about you, but I don’t care I like it. In fact I like everything about you. Don’t forget I love you, and I think you are the sweetest darn kid. I have got to stop!
To read the previous letters:
There’s History in Those Love Letters Part I
There’s History in Those Love Letters Part II
🙂 Don’t ask him what he went outside for! 🙂 Oh another era! Lovely letter.
Thank you! Isn’t that funny? I am assuming it was to use the outhouse but I don’t know???!!!
“Don’t forget I love you, and I think you are the sweetest darn kid.”
AMAZING. Seriously, I have goosebumps and my little heart smiles! x
Thanks Vanessa! I know, gives me goosebumps too! I think these are too cute!
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Thank you so much Mtetar!
You’re welcome, Melissa. Be Blessed, Mtetar
aww, I was counting on another one of these, how romantic! I tell you what you really could write a book! p.s you really look like your grandma, gorgeous. xx
Thank you! I think it would be a fun book too!
My grandmother just moved into a Senior apartment complex and my mom found letters that my papaw (who passed away in 2006) wrote her while he was away in the navy and they were newlyweds. I totally thought of you when she told me that. I can’t wait to read them!
Oh my goodness! How cool is that? You’ll have to tell me all about them when you read them!
So incredibly sweet! Ode to special letters. It is a beautiful, but almost lost art. Thank you for posting this – especially on Valentine’s Day!
Thank you so much for reading! I think they are very cool and really gives us a glimpse on what times were like back then!
Wow, does grandma ever look like Judy in that picture!!! Thanks for sharing the letters, I have enjoyed them a lot!
Yes, she does! You’re welcome! I think they are so neat!
Beautiful love letter! oh! I was waiting to see if you had any of your grandma letters, so sad we can’t read her response! 🙂 so beautiful to post this during Valentine’s day! 🙂 Your grandpa was so handsome and your grandma so beautiful: you look like her! 🙂
Thanks Ingrid! I know, I really wish we had Grandma’s responses. It would really help to fill in some gaps and see how she felt about it all!
I wonder what the 10 bells thing means, do you know?
It means 10:00 o’clock
There really is something genuine & simple about that time period. The letters are so forthright & open.
Yes, that is so true!
Awe….lovely to share !!
Thank you Ellie!
Sweet! I too enjoy the openness and simplicity of a written letter! Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome! Thank you Alison!
What a sweet letter.Wonder what he went outside for.That man sure did love that girl.I love that he likd being teased about her.
I am assuming he had to use the outhouse…but I’m not sure!!! Isn’t that funny!?
I was hoping it wasn’t that.
Oh I just LOVE these letters! What history!
Your Grandpa used such simple, sweet and honest words. Oh, how times have changed!
Yes, times have really changed Lidia! I really love the simplicity and honesty too!
I love these letters!
Thank you for sharing another letter, how old were they when he wrote these? Thank you Mel for letting us into your family. xxx
You’re welcome! Thanks for reading! My Grandpa was 23 and my Grandma was 17!
Bless ’em both , you are welcome I think they are gorgeous. xx
I love the line, “did that moon look at me.” Your grandfather seemed very observant and aware of his surroundings. Sounds like a very analytical man. Also, that photo of your grandmother is gorgeous. You have such a rich legacy Melissa!
Thanks Anka! It is interesting seeing these letters because knowing him as an older man I never saw this side of his character….I think writing really brings out the true essence of people!
Aw, shucks. I love the way these letters capture the innocence of a time gone by. They are awesome. Your grandparents were a pair of cuties, by the way!!
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