Below is the letter I wrote about a few days ago.
FYI: The writer wrote on a note pad and put page numbers at the top of each page so I have included these in between the paragraphs. I do not correct any spellings, just type word for word. Enjoy.
Apr 22, 1924
I have been intending to write you for several months but have been real busy. I went to Dallas yesterday & spent the day. My sweetie came from Abilene & we spent the day together.
He gave me a beautiful engagement ring. It is over 1/2 carat perfect stone & the mounting is platinum.
I am going to get married the first part of June if I don’t change my mind.
You will see I am writing this letter on the installment plan but I had to stop & go to work.
I rec’d the pretty Easter card which you sent me & I was glad to be remember by you.
This is certainly a pretty day & I presume it is much warmer here than
it is in Ariz. I was surprised to learn that you are in Arizona as I thought you was teaching near Clovis.
Mama gave me a beautiful Walnut, cedar lined “Hope Chest Xmas & I have been trying to get something in it before I get married but haven’t much.
I have six sheets a few pillow cases, material for bed spread, lunch cloth & cup towels.
I have several hand towels, cup towels & about six pieces of aluminum.
While I was in Abilene I bought a beautiful dinner set of imported china, 40 pieces & they are stored there with six gobblets, six sherberts & a pitcher which are of thin cut glass.
I have about decided that I wont have time to make anything else other than tedds gown etc.
I have material to make a honey dew voile gown but I don’t even expect to get it made.
We are all tickled that you and Pat are married & I hope you will be happy together. When are you going to Breckenridge? I know you cant hardly wait. Fleming (my sweetie) & myself are going to get married down here at the parsonage. His mother wants to come but I don’t want any one there. Would you? If we had a
nice home I wouldn’t mind having anyone but as we are not going to marry at home I don’t want anyone.
He wants to marry on the seventh of June & I want it to be on the tenth.
I wish I was all ready married so I wouldn’t have to worry about it.
Write & tell me all about it, if the ceremony scared you etc. I count the days every day.
The time seems long. I was operated on in Feb. Had my tonsils & adenoids removed & the ether surely did make me sick. I feel so much better & haven’t been bothered with sore throat. Pats tonsils are in a very bad condition & I wish he would have them removed.
Bad tonsils cause so many diseases & poisons the system so I am extremely
glad mine are gone even if I did have a hard time when they were removed.
Joan is with us now. She surely is a sweet child but will not say “please” “yes mam” etc. She is real pretty too.
I have some sweet peas & nasturtiums about six inches high & of course I am real proud of them.
If you have any pictures I wish you would send them even if you want them back I will return them.
I would give anything to be in Arizona, however I imagine it is very much like New Mex. After living in Tex. I wouldn’t think of going back to New Mex again.
Heres hoping you will excuse me for writing with a pencil & also excuse the English
I use. Since I am no longer a school teacher I feel free to say anything to suit myself & it is a fine feeling too.
Fleming wants me to bob my hair but mama objects. How do you like bobbed hair. I know it is cool & easy to comb.
This is about all the “raving on” I can do this time. I guess I will see
you sometime this summer. Abilene is about 70 miles from Breckenridge.
Write me real soon & tell me about the wedding n everything.
Lots of love,
Your sister in law
When Pat wrote of you he spoke of you as being the “Little Dear”
Until we meet again….