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Graeff, Susan Prowell, (1890-1967) to Leonard Eugene Graeff

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09611.090 Author/Creator: Graeff, Susan Prowell, (1890-1967) Place Written: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 September 1943 Pagination: 6p. : envelope ; 16.5 x 13.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Addressed to "Leonard." Susan is glad that Leonard has started to receive her mail. After telling Leonard that his father insisted on returning the rations book, she says she is surprised that the have to do their own laundry and cleaning in the barracks, she suggests, " you will learn to keep house while you are in the navy." Susan assures Leonard that his father is running the car per his instructions. Referring to their churches annual report she mentions, "On the back page the[y] have honor roll of the service men. There's one hundred-twelve from the churchy. They had your name in, listed in the army." Susan asks Leonard how he did on his tests, what his school work is like, and how is doing after his vaccinations. Signed, "Mother & Daddy."

People: Graeff, Leonard Eugene, 1920-2016
Graeff, Raymond James, 1889-1963
Graeff, Susan Prowell, 1890-1967

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: Military ServiceNavyAutomobileRationingMilitary Education

Sub Era: World War II

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