October 18th, 1942

Hello my darling:

Here I am finally. I received your nice letter dear on Thursday but I didn’t get a chance to write you until now dear.
How are you keeping? Good, just keep it that way dear. It is now 5PM on Sunday and I am anxiously waiting for my supper as I am starved, so I thought I would start your letter before supper. Aunt Jessie just came in and of course she is making a bee line right for Beverley. You should see her Bill, she is getting to be a darling, she is 7 months old and she is just at the cute stage.
As per usual dear nothing exciting has happened here. Wednesday night I went up to see Helen Allan, and I was late getting home. They have a nice little house. She was saying that Jack might be getting a leave in a few weeks time, but she is not sure. Thursday night I went to the show with Doris, and it wasn’t too bad. She was expecting Bob home for the weekend as he gets every second weekend off. Don’t think I am envying her because I am not (much).
Friday night I went over to see your Mother as she was going to be alone as you Pop was stepping out, he was going to a stag party. Your Mother has some more teeth out on Friday but she is fine though. She goes back again on Monday.
Darling why don’t you drop her a line and thank her for that nice parcel she sent you? You are in the dog house again. Oh dear. You know dear if you would write her more often she would write you more. So how about it? I hate to have to remind you all the time dear, but don’t you dare tell your Mother I told you to write.
Did you get my socks dear? Were they too big?
Last night Mother and Dad wanted to go out, and they couldn’t take Beverley with them because she had a cold in her eye so I said I would stay in as it is the first Saturday I have stayed in for a long time. I asked Irene up because Marg was going over to sleep with Mrs. Simpson and Mrs Simpson was going away for the weekend. So Irene and I just had a nice evening here with her knitting and me with my reading. She is making Bob a sweater. Then Jessie can in so I guess it was about 1:30AM before they went home and about 2 before I got to bed. That is terrible seeing as how I am not used to being up so late.
They forgot it was my birthday last week, so they brought my present last night. So come home dear, as they bought me a pretty blue nightie, but I am just going to put it away until you come home. Which I hope is pretty soon.
Yes darling I certainly would like to come down there for a month or so with you, if you only knew how much I want to come down, but darling as you say we better wait for a while to see if and where you will be posted. I guess I will be needed here for Marg’s wedding because I will be giving her a shower. Of darling I hope with all my heart and soul that you are not posted overseas. Do you think I am terrible for saying that. I guess a lot of people would say well he is not the only one who has gone over, but darling I don’t care, so I will just pray that you get posted closer to home.
Darling what a terrible thing about that boat being torpedoed off the coast of Newfoundland? When I think all those poor little children being drowned it gives me the creeps. Oh darling its getting awfully close to home now don’t you think?
Your Mother was talking to Mrs Halliday yesterday and she was telling you Mother that Alex had transferred to the Navy and he is now Chief Petty Officer and he will either he stationed at Toronto or Ottawa. How is that for luck, but your Mother said he had pull.
I am going up to see you Aunt Mattie and Aunt Agnes tonight with your Mother and Dad. Aunt Mattie wasn’t feeling very well yesterday but I think she is some better today.
You were asking me if I has seen Gladys and how she was looking. Well dear I haven’t seen her but I hear she is looking OK. So you do want me to look into developments? Excuse me dear while I go have my supper, but I promise I won’t be long.
Well darling here I am back again after having a lovely supper and while I was having my supper there was recorded music by Glen Miller and he played “At Last” boy I must go see that picture when it comes to Toronto.
Well dearest I guess I will close now because you Mother and Dad are calling me at 7PM and it is now 6:30PM but I will write you on Tuesday.
So darling loving you more and more each day
All my love to my dearest husband

Doreen

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October 16, 1942

Hello Darling:

Well here I am again dear your 2 1/2 month old husband who certainly misses his sweet little wife very, very much.
Nothing much earth shattering has happened here dear since I last wrote you. I took the afternoon off yesterday, note that “I took”. Well anyway I spent the afternoon shopping and I bought a pair of laces and a new soap dish and had my supper at the Wings Club. I had some meal tickets for the Nova Scotian but I left them in my other uniform but I can use them some other time.
Eaton’s have really a nice place down here, there are five floors and it really is quite a nice bright modern store. I was up inquiring about a little mantel radio but you can’t get one at all. I had hoped to get one for your birthday darling but as I said I could not get one anywhere and since they will not be making anymore until the end of the war I wanted to get one for the place we will get when this is all over. And honey, I cannot wait until we have a place of our own. When I come home at night to our lovely little house to the sweetest and most loving wife a man could ever have. I want you to know how much I trust you and you should always trust me.
That is one big thing nowadays, trust and faith. I guess they are the same thing, anyways if every married couple had that same faith and love for each other that we have darling there would be a lot more happy marriages and I really think that we know each other so well before we got married and that means an awful lot and we had so much to look forward to that I don’t think I will ever forget out honeymoon.
I have been keeping an eye open for a place down here dear, because things seem to have blown over as far as postings are concerned and even though you could come down only for a month I would certainly be the happiest guy in Halifax. I figured that it would cost about $35 to bring you down first class including a berth meals etc. You could consider it like a holiday and if you liked it you could stay. So darling think it over and in the meantime inquire around and see if there is an chance to be moved in Eaton’s down here because it is really a big outfit. Simpsons also have a really big store here as well but I’ll look around for a place dear and see what I can do because I’d like to have you down here more than anything else in the world.
I’m just talking to one of the boys he has a baby, and the wife and the baby live in a room and he says that it is just grand. He has given me a swell tip, he says that he knows people who have just built a new house and they might be looking for a couple just like us. He says that it is the greatest mistake for us to be separated and he said that he would pay $100 just to have his wife for 2 weeks because if he went overseas it would have been well worth it.
So darling jobs are easy to get down here so don’t worry about that and I’ll get a place but answer this letter as soon as you can let me know. I think it is a great idea so darling I do not see why you can’t do it.
The place he spoke to me about is just five minutes from the camp and I’m just been out and seen it and it doesn’t look to bad at all but I’ve got to ask the young couple who own it first but I’ll wait until I hear from you.
Well let me see, oh yes, I saw Clark Gable and Lana Turner last night. You said you saw the picture too. It was certainly hot stuff and she really knew how to kiss. That certainly made me miss you. Tonight I guess I’ll go to the station show.
Well darling think over what I spoke to you about and let me know. You know how much I want you to come down dear, so I just hope you can make it and I don’t see why not. If it is the money situation dear forget about it because it would be worth anything to have you down here with me even if it only for a month. So again, just think it over.
So darling with all my heart darling, I’ll just end by saying I love you very much

Bill

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October 13th, 1942

Hello Darling:

Well dear here it is Tuesday night already and I have just finished doing the dishes, or should I say helping. I received your lovely letter yesterday darling and I also received your lovely scarf today. I think you very much Bill dear, now you will be spoiling me if you keep that up, but darling I really love it and I also love you very much, but you already know that.
Everybody is fine here dear, you Mother was going to have her teeth pulled today so I have been trying to get her on the phone for about an hour but the line is busy but I will try again in a few minutes and let you know how she is.
I haven’t put more weight on though I’m just between 108 & 109. How about you? And by the way O’l dear, you just keep away from those waitresses. Boy what a time I am going to have with you if I come down there to Halifax.
Well dear I have just finished speaking to your Mother and she is feeling fine. She had 4 teeth pulled today and she didn’t even feel it. She has to go back to the dentist on Friday. She thought she might have had a letter from you today but no luck. So darling please drop her a note. Did you get the box I sent down to you? You should have it by now dear and from what I hear is that is should be a swell box to get!
I haven’t done anything exciting either dear as I told you in my last letter. I went down to Auntie Bessie’s for dinner on Sunday and had a grand chicken dinner and while I was down there Irene make me a nice hat. I was home and in bed by 12PM which was pretty good.
After dinner Mom and Pop took baby Beverley home in the car so Irene and me decided to walk home with the carriage. And guess who we ran into, Jack Aitken. He looked at me sort of queer and wondered how I would a baby so soon after being married, but them he remembered that I had a baby sister and then it was all OK from there. He was asking for you and wanted to know where you were so I told him and he told me how wonderful Halifax was, especially the women. Why is that all I hear about Halifax, should I be worried dear?
Yesterday I phoned and asked you Mother and asked if it was OK if I brought all our things over to her place and she said sure. Pop drove me over and we had 2 car loads of things and boy were some of those things heavy. We put them in the middle room. After that I went home as Marg was getting a chicken dinner ready for us. At night I went to the show with Irene and we took Beverley down to Aunt Bessie because she was going to look after the baby so that Mom and Pop could go to the show as well.
Pop is on his holidays this week but he is just staying home, it is too bad that he could not get away because we really are having grand weather here.
Marg is getting real excited and she has just gone over to get her letter from Mrs. Irwin and she has decided to have Irene as a bridesmaid as well. The three of us went down to the wholesale fabric market from work and Irene and I got our material, we are both wearing the same colour and it is a very pale shade of blue satin. I think it should look really nice. Doris is going to make all our dresses. Gosh dearest I still hope you get home because I picked blue as I know you like it. So even if you don’t see me at Christmas I thought it would be nice to have after the war is over and we should perhaps go to a formal dance.
Darling that was a lovely thought you had about phoning me and darling it would have been a grand thrill just to hear you voice again but darling I would rather wait and have you phone me at Christmas time because I know if you are not here I am going to feel pretty blue. I was telling your Mother and she said as much as she wanted to speak to you it was too much money, so I was thinking if you did phone at Christmas (here I am away ahead of myself again) I would go over to your Mothers and you would speak to us both. My number is still the same darling we didn’t have it changed but just in case you get mixed up, I will tell you once again what it is. HA 6788 (remember ?).
I guess I will have to make this short because we have just had some people drop in on us. I don’t know them they are some friends of Auntie Jessie.
I sent your socks away today so let me know how they fit you and if you want the legs made longer because I have started to make you another pair.
So darling please try and get home. I am glad to hear that Bob is 100%, just see you keep it that way until you get home. Well dearest I will close now, but I will write you again on Thursday so dearest with all my love and loving you very very much
Love from your wife who is loving you more deeply,

Doreen

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October 13th, 1942

Hello Darling:

I have just finished reading you letter darling and I might say it was very newsie. I received my Mother’s parcel also and that was quite a pleasant surprise also. I’m glad you liked your case darling but you didn’t say anything about the other parcel I sent you so I hope it hasn’t gone astray because it was sent before the case.
I thought of you all day on your birthday and I felt pretty bad too about not being with you on it. I think it was the first time since I’ve known you that we were not together but it won’t be long before we are together for good and you will be all mine alone.
This letter might sound a little funny in places as there is a lot of confusion going on and someday I might be able to tell you all about it and when I do you’ll realize the they are very good letters under the circumstances. It has been a perfect day and last night was just perfect for looking at the stars. But darling all I can do is dream about you right now, but there will come a day when we are able to watch the stars together. There was a picture here last night, it was the “House of the Seven Gables” it was a pretty good picture but a little on the dreary side and that way I feel right now I needed something a little livelier to cheer me up.
I have a proposition for you dear. One of the boys has an apartment down here and I think it isn’t a bad place and he will not be using it for a month or so and he wanted some fellow to take it for a month, and I was going to suggest that you come down for November and come down for a holiday and see how you like the place. But I am pretty sure something is going to break down here pretty soon so I won’t say anything more about it until I get a definite answer one way or another.
Seeing as Marg is getting married in December you will need to be around to give her a hand. But as I said before I will nose around and get something more definite about what is going to happen in regards to my posting.
Well I guess my Mother had made a visit to the dentist by now and I’m certainly glad that she went. The way those dentist do their work nowadays they’ll certainly make her look like a million dollars. Let me know how things turn out darling. I visited our station dentist yesterday and had a couple of teeth filled and got quite chummy with him and he was letting me know all about it.
I think we have about half of the eligible bachelors from Toronto down here and boy there certainly is a gang of Toronto fellows down here, but they hardly ever go out either, so you see all the Toronto boys behave themselves just like I do.
So Lloyd is still kicking around eh? How does Gladys look these days, has she got that satisfied look yet? She ought to as they stayed at the King Edward every 2 weeks and boy that certainly sounds like good fun to me.
Well darling I realize that this letter is a letter that is on the short side, but I’ll write you on Thursday or Friday and keep you up to date with developments at the Y depot. So darling I’ll just close by saying that I love you more then anything, and I hope that I will always be in your heart.
So with all my love and devotion
Your loving husband

Bill

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October 11, 1942

Hi Darling:

I received your grand letter on Friday but I thought I would wait until today because I always have more new to tell you over the weekend.
Bill darling I want to thank you very for my beautiful case, you always seem to know what I want. I phoned you Mother on Friday from work to see if there was any mail from you and when she told me there was and also a big parcel I could hardly work all afternoon and boy did I ever tear home in a hurry. So dearest thank you so very much again.
I missed you an awful lot yesterday because this is the first year you were not with me on my birthday. I don’t feel any older though, I guess I should be I don’t. I feel just sixteen and boy darling am I ever missing you so terribly. I had a very quiet birthday. I went to the show with Aunt Bessie and Irene. Marg didn’t come Bill because she went to the show with Mrs. Simpson. I got some beautiful undies so come home darling and see me with those on.
As I was saying I got a pair of stockings from Nan Wilson and 4 cups and saucers of my tea set from Marg and Auntie Jessie and 2 glasses of my cornflower set from Doris so I think I did very well. In the afternoon I went to Kay Watson’s wedding and she had a beautiful wedding. It was very classy, but I would still rather have ours.
I think Marg will be having a big wedding, I think she is going to have Irene as well as me for a bridesmaid. She got her material last week, she is wearing a white satin long dress and I still think I am wearing pink, but now I am thinking I am might wear blue. I will decide when I get the material on Tuesday. Doris is going to come with me as she is making the dresses. Marg still does not know the date yet as Ted is not sure. The last letter she had from him he was in the hospital. He did not say what was the matter except that it wasn’t serious and not to worry about him. (I wonder if he has been behaving himself?). I was kidding Marg about that and she did not seem impressed.
Bill dear by the time you get my letter you will have had one from Aunt Mattie and she was saying that she hoped that she would be alive to see our first child and darling I certainly hope so, we will just have to do something about it, so hurry home.
Nan Wilson has just came over, she is in Toronto for the weekend and she is staying at Ronnie’s place. Sh his hoping to be married between Christmas and New Years as well but does not know when Ron will be able to take his leave. She thinks he is in South America just now. He was in New York about 2 weeks ago and phoned her and told her to tell his Mother to send him his summer underwear.
I was over to see your Mother and Pop on Friday night and they are doing fine dear. You Dad was around last night with my present, I but I did not see him though as I was at the show but he came in and was holding Beverley and he was all thrilled, think what he will be like when he is holding his grandchild.
After the show last night I went around to Auntie Lizzie’s because Mother and Dad where there an boy did she have a crowd there. I was introduced all around. Of course I knew everybody there but they just want to use my married name and darling if you only knew how thrilled I am every time anybody called me Mrs. Lewis, but I just wish you were here dear so they would say Mr. & Mrs. Lewis.
Last Thursday we all went to the Lodge dance and had a very nice time and darling I can hardly wait until this awful war is over so that we can go together, so I can be the proud little wife introducing my handsome husband.
Lloyd was home for this weekend. He still has not left for overseas yet, your Mother and Dad were over there last night so was Aunt Agnes and Aunt Mattie and he came in with Gladys but they were not saying because they were going to spend the night at the King Edward (lucky them).
I still have not sent you your socks yet dear, but I really have them finished so I’ll parcel them up for sure tomorrow so you should get them by Wednesday. I think that is a swell idea about having the married sewing your socks.
Darling if I have told you this already than please forgive me, my head is full of news. Dot McKee is leaving the office. I am sure that they just got fed up with her acting the way she was. I thought that the General office was bad for some tough but I am finding out all about the budget plan here. It seems that some of the unmarried girls go out to the Royal York on the week nights and have “grand” old time. Then they try and come to work the next day not feeling so hot and there you have it. I think Dot just was playing a little too hard.
Well dearest I am afraid I will have to finish now because we are going to Auntie Bessie’s for a chicken dinner and we are having one tomorrow, and she has just finished phoning here telling us to hurry. Tomorrow as it is the holiday I am going to take Mom downtown to see “We will meet again” with Clark Gable and Lana Turner, but I will write you again on Tuesday and darling I still have my fingers crossed that you get posted near home.
All my love my darling,

Doreen

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October 10th, 1942

Hello dearest:

Well here it is Saturday afternoon and this is just about the time that I feel the most alone. At least when I was in Ottawa I had a chance to get home but down here I haven’t. Boy, even with all its faults I would certainly like to go back to Ottawa, just so that I could be closer to you.
I received your box of chocolates dear and really you shouldn’t have sent it. You are going to spoil me but there is one way that you can spoil me and I can’t wait to get home and find out how. I received a letter from my Aunt Mattie and it was certainly very nice and cheerful. I certainly hope that she stays that way for a very long time.
Nothing very exciting has happened since I last wrote you. All the boys had meal tickets on Thursday night so we went down to the Nova Scotian Hotel and has a real first class meal and it only cost us 10 cents each and that was a tip for the waitress and for that they promised. They promised to see us upstairs at 11 o’clock and boy what a night we had. The one who served me was certainly hot stuff, I really couldn’t handle her! Seriously darling, you are the only one for me, the only one from the begging and will be the only one till the end of time.
These darn flies are still flying around and boy they are an awful bother. Do you have such a problem down there in Toronto?
I see by the morning paper that they are cutting down on the amount of 48 hour leaves so all the boys stationed around Toronto won’t be getting home so often now dear so even if I was nearer to home I might not be able to get home.
Well anyway after we had supper we went to a concert at the Knights of Columbus hall and saw a dandy concert with those darn Hula dancers in it again but all in all it was really OK. I hope that you received your parcels and card OK dear. I’m sorry that I had to put 1 cent stamps on our card but that is all I could get and then I had to go all over town to get them. I had a surprise for you tonight darling, I was going to phone you and then I remembered that I didn’t have your phone number so I didn’t like to take a chance and not get a hold of you. But give me your number in your next letter dear and I’ll phone you some night next week, but once I get you on the phone I will not know what to say. I think it would be good idea to phone to my place and say hello to my Mother too but let me know what you think.
You were asking about that duty watch, well that is quite a joke as far as I am concerned. I just answer my name at 7 & 10 o’clock every night and then make sure that all the boys are in safe and sound. Nothing much to it really.
I am certainly sorry to hear that you have to move darling, but don’t worry now. You’ll get a place and if it comes to the worst you are to stay at our place but don’t worry darling everything will turn out OK. In fact we might have a place of our own by the time I get down there permanently and darling if you only knew how wonderful it will be to come home to you every night. I guess I just love you so much and that is that.
You were asking how long I’ve been down here. I figured it out and darling I’ve been down here for 6 months on the 13th of this month and it seem just like 6 years. Well anyway here is hoping that we are 6 months away form the end of this terrible war.
Bob is 100% again so I think he will stay clear of trouble from now on. But last week he was certainly feeling high and I think he would have grabbed anything in sight!
Well dear I guess that is about all for now but I’ll drop Mother a “WEEE” note about Monday but darling write soon and all I can say is hoping that I will be with you soon honey and as I said before I would not doubt if it was very soon.
So loving you with all my heart

Bill

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P.S Wishing you a swell birthday dear and hoping to see you soon

October 7th, 1942

Hello Darling:

I received your swell letter this morning and boy was I ever glad to recive it and was I ever happy to open it up and start reading it. Darling I am certainly missing you an awful lot and I just wish I could get home for your birthday. I guess you thought I might have forgotten it but darling I’ll never forget my favourite wife’s birthday.
Well dear I have not done very much since Sunday. I went to the station Sunday night and saw “I’ll wake up screaming” boy was it ever a swell picture. On Monday night I went to the station show again and saw “Destiny Rides again” and it wasn’t bad. But last night all the boys went down and saw “The Orchestra Wife” with Glen Miller and darling don’t miss that as there was some top tunes, one was “I got a gal in Kalamazoo” and another was “At Last” and boy dear did that ever put me in a sentimental mood.
I hope you like what I sent you darling, it really hard to get anything much down here and darling you know anyway that all my love goes with them and that is the main thing. I just wish that I was home to give you something else if you know what I mean?
So Marg is rather afraid that she might get get in a “family” way after her wedding night and she does not want to be alone when and if that happens as Ted will be away. Well dear, there is really nothing anyone can do it really is up to fate so I would tell her that, and tell her not to worry so much.
Well I think we will know what is going to happen down here by the end of the month, of course nobody knows yet what really is going to take place but I imagine that some of us might be going overseas, but I think I might be able to get off from it. I certainly hope dear because I want nothing else than to get home to you darn it! I really think my love for you will win out and I will not be going overseas.
The weather down here is still great we don’t have to wear coats yet and it is just right at night for sleeping but I guess it would be fine for indoors sports too.
I’ve still got about 9 pairs of socks darling but the heels and toes are out of a few pair but they are starting a darning club down here. You know all the old married woman come down and fill in the holes in the boys socks, so as soon as I wash mine I’ll get them fixed up. By the way I’m doing all my washing now except my shirts, boy I’ll be a big help to my mother when I grow up won’t I?
So Dot isn’t around the General Office anymore eh? I wonder whats the matter with her, maybe she is just plain worn out from all that bed hopping. It is too bad for her, she is a nice gal.
Darling I had the chance to get a nice apartment this morning. It cost $40 a month but it was really swell if things are still quiet at the end of the month perhaps you could come down for a month but I’m pretty sure that something is going to break soon so we’ll just hold on for the time being. But darling if you only knew how much I wanted you but I honestly don’t think it will be long now. So keep your chin up until we see each other.
So darling hoping you have the best birthday you’ve ever had and I’ll be thinking of ou all day with all my love,

Bill

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October 6th, 1942

Special Letter from Aunt Mattie;

My Dear Bill:

I am really ashamed of myself in not writing before this late date, but you know how easy it is to put off from day to day and knowing that you get all the news from Doreen and you Mother.
Well Bill I must say you write a wonderful letter and I am quite proud to think that I have a nephew who thinks so much of me.
Well there has been a lot of exciting happens since you left. I suppose you heard all about Lloyd’s wedding. It was very nice but not as nice as the Lewis/Booth wedding of course that was a master piece. And now Margaret’s wedding next and I believe that is it between Christmas and New Years. Do you think that you will be able to get up to it, I certainly hope you can.
Mrs Dean called me on the phone on Sunday night. She got home about 10 days ago and she had a very nice summer. Not much company but she did say that she enjoyed you and Doreens’. She said that you are both too cute for words and wished to be remembered by you both.
Mrs Henderson is still up there with her son and his wife and but the weather is turning so I suppose that they will be coming back down soon.
Lloyd is still in Ottawa and no word of him leaving so he may be down again this weekend. We have had lovely weather here but it is cool and dull today, but they are expecting cooling weather to come to us soon. Well Thanksgiving is on Monday and there is some talk about going to the Hunter’s for dinner. I wish you were home so that you and Doreen could come along.
I understand from your letters that you were doing some administration work at the station, just how do you like your job? Do you wish you had other duties or is this something that you feel well suited for?
I also understand that you now do your own washing. Do your press your shirts? With all this experience I can see you helping out Doreen when she does the washing or is this something that you will leave to her expertise.
I hear that your little sister in law Beverley is sitting in her high chair and drinking her tea out of an egg cup. They are starting her young, she is actually a cute thing and very much a small version of Doreen.
I noticed what you said in your letter about Lloyd and Gladys being as happy as you and Doreen are. Well I hope they will and I also hope in years to come you will still feel the same and I think of each one does their part that you will and after the war is over and you are together and looking forward to raising a family that is the outstanding truth. I hope I am here to see this all come about.
I think that I have told you all for the present and hope that you are well and take take good care of yourself and we are looking forward in seeing you soon.

With fondest love,

Aunt Mattie

October 4th, 1942

Hello Daring:

Here I am again that O’l Toronto wife of yours. I received your very nice letter dear on Friday but I thought I would wait and answer it now because I would have more news to tell you.
How are you keeping darling? Well I hope the answer is well and that you are behaving yourself. It is now about 6:30PM Sunday night and Marg, Dad and myself have just come back from the Union Station as we had Norman here for the weekend and so we just took him down to the train. My goodness but the station was packed, I’m beginning to know that place inside and out.
We have had miserable weather here today as it has rained all day. I was going to go over to see your Mother and Father but it was too wet out so I will stay in and finish your socks. I’m going strong on them, I think I made them too short for you but you can let me know before I start on your other pair and I will make them longer. Why didn’t you tell me that you needed socks? I didn’t think you needed any because you Mother said you had 9 pairs. What have you been doing with them?
Thank you very much for the picture dear, it was very good and they boys look very nice that you chum around with. Where is Bob? How come he was not in the picture, was he out and about with some gals or was he the one taking the picture?
Thursday night I took your Mother to the show. We went to the Palace and saw “Sabateur” and another picture and they were very good. Then after the show I walked up to Rice’s Dairy with your Mother and she treated me to a Sundae and boy was it good. Friday night I went and had my hair done and I went right from work and did not get home until 9. Then I read your letter and went to bed (alone, shucks).
I was at a trousseau tea yesterday afternoon, and it was Kay Watson’s, thats her that is marrying Jack Northcotte and they are being married next Saturday. Boy have the Watson’s ever got a beautiful home. Darling do you think there is a chance of you getting up for Marg and Ted’s wedding? Gosh, I hope so because I am having a new dress made for it. Marg got all her stuff for her cake so your Mother will be able to get started baking it.
You were asking about Dot McKee dear and if I had seen her. No dear, I have not seen her for a long time, but she is not working in the General Office of Eaton’s any more as far as I know. It seems then when her boss was away on his holidays Dot and Francis, her girlfriend, well it seems they were cutting out quite a bit, she was late every morning so they decided they would give Dot and Francis a transfer out of the General office, so I don’t know what office they are in or even if they still work for Eaton’s. I might just go over and poke around to see what happened.
Gosh dear, if you only knew how much I miss you and I was looking back on all the good times we used to have and how you used to run over and it just seems so far away. I just can’t wait to have you every night after this awful was is over, just think of the fun we will have.
Marg is getting all excited, she was just telling me that she hopes that after Ted goes back that she will be ok. I think you know what I mean what is worrying Marg. She will be all alone with Mrs. Simpson and that could spell a bit of trouble for Marg.
Aunt Jessie is home tonight and they are all sitting in the front room discussing Marg’s wedding, but there will be some excitement around here because Aunt Jessie is very excitable. She was loud enough at my wedding let alone her own daughters.
I received a thank you card from Gladys and Lloyd yesterday for our wedding present. Lloyd has gone back to Ottawa and expects to go overseas next week. Your Pop is writing you tonight also dear so I guess you will get it at the same time as you get this one. Darling you said again that you would get home for 2 weeks because I don’t know if you are kidding or not and the is certainly not anything to kid about, but enough about that.
Well darling I will close now because it is almost 7:30 and Kay Kyser is on the Bandwagon radio show tonight and boy has he ever got a swell orchestra now.
So darling, loving you with all my heart and hoping dear that you will posted near home.

Doreen

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October 2nd, 1942

Hello Dearest:

I received your swell letter yesterday dear with the pictures in it and they were really lovely. I’ve got them all tucked up in my locker but they make me want to get home all the more.
As I mentioned in my last letter I’m on duty all this week so I haven’t been out at all. Last night I went to the station show and saw “Birth of the Blues”. I saw it before you know but it was worth while seeing again and I really enjoyed it. I have been working pretty hard lately darling but I do not mind at all because it helps the time pass by quickly and helps keep my mind from thinking about you and darling if you only know how much I do that.
I think that picture of you and the baby is really one of the nicest I’ve ever seen of you. I just hope we’ll have a few of our own soon dear and I do mean soon. I think I would be just about the happiest guy in the world to be walking down the Danforth some day with you pushing a baby carriage. Boy would everybody look at my lovely wife and babies and darling if I can possibly do it I will.
I am getting rather short on socks at the moment dear. I bought a couple of pairs to wear with my low shows but I need some heavier ones for my issue shoes so thanks in advance and you know how much I appreciate them whether they are perfect or not.
I didn’t want to frighten you about going overseas but I’ve heard rumours that some of us might be going one of these days but you know you can never believe what you hear so I’m not worrying about it too much and if I do have to go, you won’t have to worry about me dear because I would not imagine that I would go to the front lines, or maybe even Air Force Headquarters in London. But as I said before don’t give it a thought because I really don’t think it would be for a very long time yet. I said about 4 or 5 years anyway (HA HA).
I certainly would like to be home when Marg and Ted get married and it isn’t so very far away now only about 12 weeks, if I am still down here by then we should get 5 days and we might even get a 48 HR. pass with that making 7 days. So if all turns out well I honestly don’t think we’ll be down here by then. I certainly hope I get a little closer to home.
I was thinking that Lloyd might get a chance to come down here for a little bit. I would certainly like to see him before he goes overseas. I’m glad that you received the cheque for $60. It should be $75 next month. I have not had it changed but I’m hoping that I get a chance to do it before the 5th because if I don’t you’ll have to wait an extra month for the extra $15. I’ve paid for the $100 bond so I guess it will be forwarded to my home, so I don’t know what to do with it, but I would suggest that you get my Mother to put it with my other ones and give it to my Aunt so she can put it into her safety deposit vault because I don’t think it is safe to leave around the house because they are just like money so you tell my Mother what I suggested as I think it is the best idea.
There is something else I want to do dear and that is to change my insurance to you, the one my Mother has been paying. I think that she should keep but my London Life policy I’ll have you named as the beneficiary and it is for $3000 I think but you can also speak to my Mother about it or if you would rather have me write her first let me know. But I guess there is no particular hurry for it.
My Mother told me that my Uncle can’t get those batteries but I’ve got another deal on the fire so I think that I won’t need them anyway. I was inquiring down here though and I found out that I can get them down here so if the other thing does not come through I will be able to get a couple myself.
So Mrs. Simpson wants Marg and Ted to take 2 rooms, boy the trouble some people have; we never have any worries like that do we dear, and I know that we never will.
I’m glad to hear that your Mother and Pop and little sister are all OK, but I am sorry to hear that Marg is not so well and I certainly hope that she is OK from all the troubles she is having.
Well darling I’ll close now because I’ve run out of news but I’ll write you on Monday so hoping to hear from you very, very soon.

All my love darling,

Bill

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