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Nelma Gene (White) Holben letter

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Date: About 25 Jul 1943
Location: Ellington Field, Texas, USAmap
Surname/tag: holben, white
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This letter was written to Buena Belle White of Fairfield, Texas, (older sister of Nelma Gene) on Sunday afternoon of July 25, 1943, about 2 days before Nelma Gene's death. My mom was only 6 weeks old at the time. After Aunt Buena Belle died, a cousin was cleaning out her house and asked if mom wanted the letter so she she it to her. (Intro written by Lori Dosser).

Sun. P.M.

Dear Belle, When you get a little daughter you will understand fully why I had waited so long to write you. She keeps me stepping, but I enjoy it too much to gripe about it. I wish you could see her -- she's so sweet and she looks so well. She weighs 8 1/2 lbs now and it seems that she's gaining more everyday. Why don't you take off and come to see her. I suppose you have heard about your other little "White" neice that weighs 4 lbs. 3 oz. She is a pitiful looking little thing because she is so skinny. Of course I don't want W.A. & Imogene to know I said that. She will look lots better when she fills out. Newell Ray is crazy about her but he takes her bottle when he gets a chance. He likes Nelma Louise too and he can't stand to hear them cry. He's certainly going to be a bad kid if they don't hurry and make him mind. He does just what he pleases. Say are clothes as high as everything down there as they are here. I wonder if you could find me a couple of dresses something on the order of your brown seersucker pretty reasonable. They don't have to be seersucker, but something that opens down the front. I had to pay 6.00 for a gingham that doesn't look so good so that make any nicer dress run all the way to from $10 to 15.00 dollars. I would like to have a pretty nice one that could be worn this winter and one that would do for knock about if you think you prices are reasonable. I don't know about the size because it depends on the make of the dress. I suppose what you wear would be O.K. for one. Let me know if you can get them for me and I'll send you the money when I get my next check (1st). And if you can find any baby dresses or gowns of any kind from 6 mo. or 1 yr. please get me some. We can't buy any here and I would like to get some more in case what she has wears out too soon. You should see all her things. She has so many pretty things and $10.00 in her bank that different ones have given her. I'm going to use that for her winter wardrobe. Where's (illegible)? I guess you are missing him lots or is Someone Taking His Place! Jim and I are fine and he's home today. I'm about to run out of paper. Write soon, Nell

Note from Lori: The letter was typed as is including mistakes. It was written on U.S. Army Air Forces, Ellington Field, Texas stationery.

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