Monday, September 25, 2023

Milliron Monday: Letters Home March 5 1960


Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M.:  June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010
Virginia Joyann "Jody" Haley Smith: April 2, 1938 - May 9, 2021
Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Milliron Farm and Clinic, Dr. Pete and Jody Smith. 

"Does Pete need any of these? Let me know."
― Virginia Haley (Jody's mother)

Jody's letter home to Mansfield, Ohio. Backstory: In the envelope folded in the letter is a photo of Pete and Jody's niece, Debbie, and a Box Sale for Men flyer from the Higbee Company, Cleveland, Ohio.

917 Remington
Fort Collins, Colorado
Saturday, March 5, 1960

Hi All,
    Thanks for the postcards, letters, etc., Mom. We got the airmail letter from Illinois in yesterday's mail and the 4 cent one today. 
    The blue and white checked skirt and blouse arrived last Monday and the 3 piece pedal-pushers, etc. came Thursday. I sure like that color of blue. Thank you so much for both outfits. I'll definitely have to begin wearing all your gifts in another week or two; I'm slowly but surely losing the "battle of the bulge" but I guess that's sort of to be expected after five months. It'll be exciting to start wearing all these new clothes - just wish they weren't maternity clothes, but sure glad to have such nice ones, Mom.
    I'm glad to hear that nothing too drastic has happened to my ballerina picture.
    Also glad to hear that Gary's doing so well.
    The clippings on Europe were interesting.
    I don't think I need any more formals for a while but thank you anyhow.
    I'm sure Pete could use any of the things listed in the Higbee box sale - particularly shorts or undershirts - except handkerchiefs. He received quite a few handkerchiefs for Christmas.
    The temperature got up to 30 today (after going down to -20 below frequently for the last two weeks) so Pete and I went for a sleighride. It surely was fun! And such a nice study break. Finals are next week so it's study, study, study!
    Yesterday was my last day of work in the bookstore - glad that's over.

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