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Graeff, Raymond James, (1889-1963) to Leonard Eugene Graeff

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09611.116 Author/Creator: Graeff, Raymond James, (1889-1963) Place Written: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 October 1943 Pagination: 6 p. : envelope ; 25.3 x 17 cm.

One letter from Susan Prowell Graeff and Raymond James Graeff to Leonard Graeff, dated October 11, 1943. Susan writes that it is a beautiful day out and she might do the laundry instead of waiting until the next day when she will have help. She and Raymond took a drive down to Indiantown Gap the night before and visited some friends. She comments that Indiantown Gap has changed a lot. There are barracks, mess halls, school buildings and chapels. The roads were lined with Jeeps and different types of trucks. There was also visible drilling fields. Susan commented that she and Raymond were going to go watch drills one day soon. She mentions that a section towards Lebanon has a lot of African American Soldiers. Susan also mentions that a farm owned by Downs has a lot of turkeys that are guarded by German Shepards. The dogs are trained and kept by a German man who came to America four years previously escaping Hitler. She believes that Hitler's men were after him and "If they would of caught him they would have killed him. But he and his family wife & two children escaped and came to America." Susan also reports that Melvin is in Alaska with the Coast Guard. The cabin he is in is modernized with plumbing, and hot water, but there is no heat. He went for six weeks without a bath because it was so cold. Susan also says to consider who is writing when he hears from Doris. She stopped over to get his address and Susan told her not to pester Leonard with a lot of stuff.

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