October 3rd, 1943

Hello Darling;

Well here it is Sunday afternoon and I have just finished reading your letter dear and I was very glad to receive it.
I am writing this from our new lounge, you know in the drill hall they have lots of writing paper around but no envelopes so I had to borrow one from Norm.
I really have had quiet time since I last wrote you darling. Thursday and Friday nights I was at the station show and last night I spent one of the quietest Saturday nights I’ve ever spent. I was in bed by 10:30. They didn’t have a show or anything on at the station and Mart Kenny was at the forum and I didn’t want to go there so Norm and I just loafed around listening to the radio. We came up to the snack bar and had a glass of milk and 2 cookies that is what we have every night now before we go to bed, and it certainly tastes good but what I’m looking forward to is having our own place after the war and getting whatever I want before I go to bed and also after I go to bed (HA HA).
I’ve just been playing records for the last hour dear boy they really do have some swell ones, they have about 8 or 9 books with about 30 records in each and each book has one orchestra pieces in it so you can just imagine what a selection they have. That is something we will have after the war dear, a record machine and all the latest records, wouldn’t that be great, there are a lot of things I’m looking forward to darling but getting home to you is my main ambition and we will never have to be apart again dear.
So Ted is going over to Dartmouth, it isn’t too bad over there. I’ve been over a couple of times and it is OK. I guess he was looking forward to a posting back in Ontario. I should see a little more of him now, if you write to Marg tell him to come over come Saturday night and stay over until Sunday because I can give him a bunk and his meals, and it would be nice to see him again.
I’m sorry to hear that my Aunt is not doing too well and I think it would be a great idea to rent or sell the place and more in with us. I tousled be nice if your Mom and Pop could rent it but I guess it would be too big for them but it would be dandy for your Dad to get to work but it was only an idea anyway.
I’m glad to heat that your are doing tot he doctor at the end of the month dear so give me the news as soon as you hear. The time is sure creeping by isn’t it honey only about 6 more months to go and I’ll be the happiest guy in Canada.
Have you started to do any knitting to don’t you start that until about 2 or 3 months before? I’m glad that you are feeling so well and taking such good care of yourself darling and I want you to quit work at the end of the month and I really mean it darling, so I think you better give your boos his warning.
I am waiting for a letter from my Mother, so tell her to drop me a little note because the sooner that she writes me the quicker she will get an answer.
Gee darling, I certainly do love you an awful lot, the radio is playing in here all the old favourites we used to know, do you remember, “Once and a while”, “Careless”. They certainly being back a lot of old memories and good times that we’ve had. Do you remember on Saturday morning when I used to call at your place and you would ask me in and you Mother would get sore because I wouldn’t let you work and I remember that flowered dress you wore with the zipper down the back and do you remember that pink dress that I really thought you looked gorgeous in? I guess it was more the person wearing the dress that I actually love. All of this makes me feel homesick dear, oh well this war can’t last forever so we’re going to have about 50 years of good times ahead of us aren’t we darling?
Well honey I think that is about all the news that I’ve got for now but take good care of yourself dear and give my love to your Mom and Pop and little sister. And darling I love you very very much.

All my love,

Bill

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September 30th, 1943

Hello Dear;

Well here it is Thursday evening dear and I have decided to write you a few lines to let you know all the news here back in Toronto. I am so happy when I get your letters dear.
I have been feeling pretty grand these last few days even though I have been running around town visiting and working but that is OK as it makes the time go by so much faster dear.
Darling, I have thought about work and what I am going to do, and I have decided that the end of next month might the right time to stop working and take care of myself as you always say. I think after I see the doctor later in the month that I will make a final decision but until then I think this is what is best for me.
How have you been keeping dear? Have you been going to the station shows as much as you tell me about? I think that keeping yourself busy besides working and having night duty is a good thing at least it will keep your mind from wondering too much.
I finally heard from Marg directly this week and from her letter she has been having a wonderful time with Ted down there. She is still not working but I think she is enjoying her time with Ted and just being together is a wonderful thing. I hope that they are having as much fun as we did dear, and that they are getting a much time together as possible in the event that Ted gets posted somewhere else. Marg did mention that Ted would have to go to Dartmouth for a few days so Marg is going to stay in Newfoundland where they are and have some time to herself. From what I can remember dear, Marg does not do too well being alone so I am rather shocked that she would stay alone down there but I guess she is feeling quite strongly about the whole thing. So I guess you might have a chance to see old Ted, and I certainly hope he is in a fine mood if you do get a chance to see him.
I went over to visit your Mom and Pop the other night and I call them every night so that they know what is going on with you seeing as I am the one who gets all the lovely letters. It seems that your Aunt has not been feeling too well and she is thinking that she might have to do something with her house. Again dear, we have all discussed this with your Mom and Pop and my mother and father and it seems that there might be a chance, if not a small chance, that we might be able to rent the house when the time comes. But we will all have to wait and see what your Aunt decides and whether or not she is able to keep up the house. There has been some talk that she might be moving in with your Mom and Pop and if that is the case I think that I will go and stray with my mother once the little one comes along as there will be too many people in your house and I think with that many people there comes along too many opinions on what to do with a baby. So I will have to make my mind up soon dear, but not right away. This is something that we can talk about when you come home dear.
I think that would be a lovely idea, going up to Haultain and spending summers up there and just relaxing but dear I did see that you were talking about “children” and dear we really need to take it one day at a time and one child at at time as we do not know how long this war is going to last and what we will all do once it is over.
It would be lovely too have a little bungalow with a few rooms and then you and I can do whatever we want whenever we want just the two of us loving each other the way we know how to love.
So darling I will close now and I want to say that when you write me and tell me about all the things that we will do int he future it makes my heart so full and I only wish that you were here with me right now so we can start our lives together.
Loving you more and more each day, form your loving wife,

Doreen

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September 29th, 1943

Hi Darling;

Well here it is Wednesday afternoon dear and as I received your very nice letter yesterday dear I thought I would answer it today.
Well dear I have not done very much since I last wrote you as I told you in my last letter dear I went to the show Sunday afternoon and then went out agin on Sunday night to the station show. Monday night I went to the show again and last night too. So you can see that I really haven’t been doing very much at all but I am up to speed on all he pictures that are out.
I certainly am glad to hear that you are feeling well again dear. I was really worried about you darling. I guess I really love you to much darling but you know that already.
Gee but I’ve been doing an awful lot of day dreaming lately honey, I’ve really got such an awful lot to look forward to after the war; first I’ve got the sweetest loveliest and best natured little wife in the world to come home to and then who know there will be a little Doreen to come home to as well. We will certainly be happy in our little bungalow won’t we dear? What colour do you want the kitchen to be? I hope that you have everything figured out because we will start building as soon as we can after the war dear.
How many bedrooms do you think that we should have? I think that it would be alright if the baby slept in one room which would be the nursery and the other 2 children could share a room of course and then there would be a nice large bedroom for the two of us, but we have an awful lot of loving to do before we make any of those decisions. We certainly will have a lot of fun planning and building our place won’t we dear? And then furnishing it we have quite a bit of stuff to start with haven’t we? And with you as my wife dear I certainly hope to do a lot of wonderful things.
In the summertime I’ll send you and the children and my Mom up to Haultain and give you a real vacation. I think that would be real nice and your Mom could go up too and you little sister. It think that would be swell.
You know darling, thinking about you has kept me going because I certainly miss you an awful lot darling, so how about send ing me some more snaps of yourself. I have been waiting for 3 weeks so how about putting on a nice dress and taking some photos for me because in a few months you will not be able to fit into such a nice dress.
I guess your Pop would like to get some information on your new place, it is too bad that you could not be in by Christmas but I guess you will just have to wait. Have you decided where you are going to be when you come out of the hospital dear. I would like you to come to our own place but I guess you would like to be with your Mother so I’ll leave it up to you anyway you have a lot of time to make up your mind dear.
Well I guess that I will go to the station show tonight again. Mart Kenny was here last night and will be here for 2 nights more but I really haven’t any desire to see him.
Well I had better get onto something else dear or I’ll be getting sentimental again, so for now darling all my love.
From your sentimental husband,

Bill

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September 26th, 1943

Hello Darling:

Well dear I have just finished reading your last letter as it arrived today and was I ever glad to receive them.
I’m happy to hear that you have been feeling good during the week. I do a lot of worrying about you darling so please take real good care of yourself.
Well things have been pretty quiet as usual since I last wrote you. I haven’t been off the station and I just have been going to the station show every night. This morning they had a Church service and after that Norm and I played snooker.
This afternoon Norm, Bob, Jack and myself are going to the Capital as the picture is “DuBerry was a Lady”, they say that it is a pretty good picture so we will take it in anyway. Norm is from Belleville you know and he is engaged to a girl back home. He asked me the other day how did I like married life and darling I said that I’ve had the happiest time of my life since I have been married and that I’ve got the most happy days of them all ahead of me and darling I mean that from the bottom of my heart.
If you knew how much I am looking forward to getting home at Christmas too dear and catching up on my loving. I think that Germany might fold up in the next three months dear so you just mark my words and save this letter and if I’m wrong I’ll give you 5$. I’ve been doing a lot of reading about it and I really wouldn’t be surprised at all darling. She has been taking a lot of beatings in Russia and she want to get out before her cities are completely wrecked but we will wait and see and do a lot of praying in the meantime.
Well dear when we knock Germany off I might get a chance to get posted home or maybe out to the west coast, oh well Vancouver is a swell place they say.
Well dear it is exactly 5 hours since I wrote the top line of this letter, the fellows went to the show and it was pretty good. There is a show up at the station tonight so I guess we all will take it in. After I guess I will go up and have a butterscotch sundae after, does that sound good darling? Well dear that is something we will do a lot after this darn war is over. Boy I look forward to the three of us walking along Danforth and dropping in at Rice’s for Sundaes or do you think Little Doreen should just have a glass of milk. We will certainly have a lot to look forward to won’t we dear and I promise you darling that I won’t go outside our house unless you say it is OK and you go with me.
I forgot to mention that I met Ed Davidson this afternoon in the line up for the show. Boy do I ever wish it was the night that we last saw him do you remember dear?
Well darling I guess that is about all for now I’m afraid that I haven’t got much news for you this time dear but I just want to say that if you don’t feel very well I want you to go to the doctor dear. I think that it wouldn’t hurt to go anyway.
Well dear this won’t reach you int time for me to tell you to take it easy at the Dance Monday night but I know you won’t dance and will take good care of yourself.
Well darling that is about all for now darling but I just want to say that I love you very much and that I miss you very much and so darling for now form the bottom of my heart all my love,

Your Loving husband,

Bill

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P.S – only three more months and these kisses will be real

September 22nd, 1943

Hello Darling;

Well here it is your old Toronto gossip wife with just a few lines to you today as I will need to rush out this evening to go and meet Irene for the show.
I hope you are keeping well dear, in fact I am doing much better now than I was before when I wrote you I am actually feeling quite grand. We have had a warm spell lately and it really does feel like spring darling and I wish you were here with me right now.
I am so sorry dear that it is taking so long for the post to get to us dear as I really do wait for the postman to deliver the mail as I know some of it is for me especially your lovely letters. But don’t you worry dear I always take my time reading your letters and some times I read them over and over again before I go to sleep and I think of you when I drift off to sleep.
Time is certainly going by quickly dear as I think about the little room we had for over 6 months just you and me together and yes darling we did have some wonderful times together. I hold on to those times and think that before long we will be together as you say once this war is over.
Christmas is right around the corner darling and I think that I will need to be very careful when I am working if I decide that I am going to stay working. Then you will be home on your leave and we can have a proper celebration for you being home and for us to welcome our little bundle of joy into the family, won’t that be nice darling?
So darling I really do need to dash and meet Irene but I wanted to make sure that I wrote you and send this along as soon as possible after getting your letter and reading it over and over again.
So dear please write to me soon even if you just tell me about all the thing you and the fellows are doing it really makes me feel that I am closer to you than being 800 miles away.
So loving you from the bottom of my heart every day,
From your loving wife,

Doreen

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September 21st, 1943

Hello Darling;

Well here it is Tuesday night and I’ve just finished reading your lovely letter for a third time. I have just come up from playing pool with Norm and Jack and I decided I would answer your letter right away dear.
There is just three of us in our lounge and it really is nice and peaceful so I hope that I will be able to write a nice long letter even though things are pretty well the same and that is quiet.
I’m sorry to hear that it took so long for you to receive my letter but I thought that is would be quicker to send it that way then by Air Mail as the weather was pretty bad down here for a couple of days and I thought the planes would be grounded. However the main thing is that you received it alright.
Well dear I haven’t done very much at all since I wrote you last. Last night I saw a dandy picture “Forever and a Day” and I really liked it and tonight they are having a dance but I don’t think I will go.
I’m very glad to hear that you are feeling so well dear and I just hope you go on being that way but I don’t see why not as long as you take things easy and get lots of rest and the right food because we can’t take any chances this time can we darling?
The time is certainly going by here, it is about 3 months until Christmas, oh well dear there is no use being impatient we have all our life ahead of us and the main thing to me is that I have the right gal and a more loveable, sweet and affectionate wife I couldn’t have found anywhere and I really mean that darling. I love you from the bottom of my heart and I ways will and when next April or May comes around I will be the luckiest and happiest husband in the world.
I’m glad that you told my Mother. I bet my Pop will be tickled when he hears all of it. I wold like to be a secret right up to the moment when we put the baby right in his arms and you and I would say “It’s all ours Pop”. That would make it all so wonderful isn’t it dear, it is something out of our love for one another and when we look at her we can think that.
By the way darling what happened to those pictures you were going to take. You haven’t forgot have you because I’m going to worry you until you forward some down to me because seeing pictures of you dear cheers me up more than anything else is the world and I would certainly like a real big photograph, you know one of those glamour shots.
Gee dear, I have been doing an awful lot of daydreaming about our home after the war we are going to have the nicest little place that your heart desires. One room with you dear was heaven to me, we certainly did have a lot of fun didn’t we dear? Oh well dear this darn war can’t go on for ever and I thank God that we were lucky enough to have 6 months together whereas lots of couple only had a week or two at the most.
That is like the fellow that took Bob’s place, his name is Lloyd Waters and he is a real nice guy. He got married last April and he and his wife were only together for a week and he thinks we were really lucky.
Well my darling I think hat is about all the news for now, but I will try and drop you another line before the end of the week and so darling, don’t worry about anything. I’m just fine and dandy down here and getting lots of sleep (darn it) and you look after yourself dear. And thank your Mother for me for taking so good are of you and so until Friday darling.
From your loving husband, all my love dear,

Bill

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September 19th, 1943

Hello Darling;

Well here it is Sunday at 12 o’clock exactly and I’ve just returned from dinner dear. I received your last letter yesterday dear and was very glad to get it as usual. I also received your chocolate dear and I want to thank you very much for it.
I was expecting to receive the pictures that you said you were going to take last Sunday but I guess that they will be along in a while but I certainly am looking forward to receiving them as you know. I am very sorry to hear that you did not receive my letter but I wrote you last Saturday and mailed it Saturday night so I really do not know what held it up. I also wrote on Wednesday dear but the weather wasn’t very good down here. I sent that regular mail as I thought you would get it sooner.
Well dear I have spent a very quiet week and I have not been off the station all the time. I went to the station show twice on Wednesday night I saw “Flight for Freedom” and not was pretty good and on Thursday and Friday nights they had 2 pictures that I had already seen so I went to the gym and had a little work out. I want to be in good shape for that trip back home at Christmas.
Last night they had the station dance but I stayed in and did a little washing and listened to the radio, but that always makes me a little sentimental dear because it reminds me of all the good times that we used to have on Saturday nights and we really did didn’t we dear. Do you remember when we used to go to the Palais Royale and the time we would go to the show. Oh well this war has just made me realize how much I am missing and I’ll really appreciate it more when its over.
This morning I went to Church as I figure that is the best way for us to be together again dear. I really do think that praying does a lot of good so I’m certainly trying anyways.
Now prepare yourself for a surprise dear. I was reading Monday’s Star and whose name do you think I saw as having a baby, Davis. They had another daughter on the 11th so if you have the paper go on and look it up. Remember I told you that they were going to have another, boy they certainly do not waste time do they?
Its a nice day dear down here and so I ever wish I was home to enjoy it. I certainly miss you something awful darling but I guess that there are an awful lot of other couples in the same boat so we will just have to bear it but a nice big photograph of you in my locker will help me so don’t forget darling to get a real nice one taken and send it down here dear as soon as you can.
I’m glad to hear that you are taking things easy dear and getting to bed early. You will feel better for it and it will be a lot easier for you later on if you get the right food now so look after yourself darling because you are there most important thing in my life and you get anything that you desire dear.
I hope that Mom and Pop Booth are fine and little Beverly is keeping out of trouble. My she must be getting to be a big girl now, it seems hardly any time since you saw your Mother in the hospital that day. I just hope that the next year or so goes as fast and we can be together for always dear. The five of us (HA HA) I mean 3.
Well I guess that I will be closing now as Bob and I are going tot he show at the Capital this afternoon, It is “Coney Island” and they say it will be pretty good. I think we will walk down. Bob got out of the hospital Wednesday and he was off until tomorrow. They really do not seem to be able to do anything very much but it can’t be too serious as they are not going to discharge him.
I guess Dorris must miss her husband so I guess that we are lucky aren’t we dear since we have had about 7 months together and they’ve had about 2 weeks and there are thousands of cases the same as them so darling I’ll just close by saying Chin up darling and I love you very much and miss you an awful lot.

Your Loving husband,

Bill

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September 18th, 1943

Hello dear;

Well here it is Saturday afternoon and I am writing you this letter in hopes that I can get it into the post before the mail is picked up that way it will make it down to you before mid week.
Bill dear the first thing that I should tell you in the event that you get a letter from your Mother is that I told your mother the good news about our little “Bundle” that will be heading our way. I went over to see your Mom and Pop last night and we sat right down and had a lovely talk. Your Mom served up a nice big slice of pie and before I could even take one bite I told her about the good news. She was so supportive and happy for us, and was wondering why it took us so long to make it happen. Of course I did not mention what happened when I was down here but rather just focussed on the great news. She was so happy that she ran in and told your Pop which I course he ran over and gave me a kiss on the cheek. So I guess the word is out. They are so happy that they will be grandparents and I did not tell them that we were hoping for a girl as that is our little secret dear.
Yes dear, I think that the “bundle” is due in early to mid April if my counting is correct. I have decided that the end of the month that Mother and I will go to her doctor as that would have been 3 months and things should be OK by then.
Your letters have been delayed again dear and they have not been coming as quick as they used to. I am assuming that the mail is delayed or that you have forgotten to write as much. Either way I received your letter and I am answering right away. It is nice to hear that you are taking advantage of the canteen and that you are enjoying yourself with a Sundae everyday and I hope that you do not get too attached to this as I will not be serving sundaes every night for dinner when you come home.
It is nice t hear that you are enjoying going to church every Sunday and maybe listening to some good sage words of advice. We have not gone to church as often as we used to. Beverly has been nothing but cranky these last few weeks and I think Mother would not like to have as bene in church is the baby acts up. She is growing like a weed lately and I think all the clothes that Mother has for her will no longer fit when it starts to get cold outside. So we will have to do some shopping for her and again this is an additional expense that makes me think that I will need to continue working at least up to the holidays.
I think dear that you should write Mrs. Dean and she how she is doing seeing as she has always been so nice to us when we go up to Haultain. And yes dear I think about getting away up North with you all the time and now I can start to think a bout next summer when there will be 3 of us and we can spend some long summer days and night together.
We finally got a small letter from Marg this week and she let us know that she is still not working but is having a really swell time in Newfoundland even though it has turned cold there. She is glad to be with Ted and is excited about coming home to see me when the “bundle” has finally arrived and then she asked why i was not thinking about naming her Marg. I did not have the heart to tell her that that name did not even cross our minds I just think that I will tell her that we have decided on different names.
It is nice to hear that you are spending some times with both Norm and Jack and I certainly hope that they are keeping you out of trouble or at least you are keeping them out of trouble down there. Well darling I will finish up now as I want to get this letter in the mail right away so it can make it way down to you as soon as possible.
So loving you with all my heart and wishing the next 3 months will go by very quickly,
From your loving wife,

Doreen

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September 16th, 1943

Hello dearest;

Well here I am again your old Toronto gossip wife and I thought I would write you a few lines today to give you some of the news from Toronto.
Have you been keeping well dear, I hope that you are not going out to too many dances and having too much fun (HA HA). I think I know from your previous letters that you are not going to the dances and enjoying yourself. You know darling that when you tell me how much you miss me and how much you wish I was there with you you know that I feel the same way. I think of what we will be doing once you get home for good and this little bundle comes along what fun we will have setting up our little house and having so many visitors and parties, this is what gets me through all the lonely nights.
We had a fire on the street last night you should have seen the crowd. Everyone was out on the street in their night clothes and we all were looking at the poor family who just stood there on the street and looking at their house while it was burning. By the time the fire department arrived the entire house was in flames and all I could think of was the poor family and what they would do now as everything they owned was gone. I was looking for Mr. Simpson to see if he was here as he is the chief but he was not so I guess it might have been his day off but I was surprised that with all of the commotion that he did not come over and see what was going on, but again maybe Mrs. Simpson would not let him out of the house.
I am sometimes feeling a little bit sick in the mornings still dear and I am wondering when this will all pass but Mother says that sometimes this could last the entire time so I am hoping that this is not the case for me. When I take the streetcar to work it gets so hot and stuffy that I break out into a full sweat as I think I might be sick and then I am sweating all the way down my back that I get off a stop early just so that I can get some fresh air while I walk to work. Work has been fine, in fact I tend to loose track of time as we are all so busy with packages.
Beverley is becoming quite the big girl now dear and you should see her running all over the house. She likes to stand on the couch and look out the front window and see who is walking down the street and then she waves to everyone she sees. I bet she is going to be a charmer when she grows up and be quite the social butterfly. I just think to myself that in spring I will be able to look at our bundle and wonder the same things about them.
I went over to see your Mom and Pop on Monday and they are doing fine and dandy. They really are very nice to me and they always want to know how their boy Willie is doing and what has he been up to, and I tell them about all the pictures you go and see and how you have become quite the snooker player which gives your Pop quite a laugh.
So dear that is the newest gossip from the street so I will end now but before I do I will let you know that I love you very much and I cannot help but think about the exciting news we will be able to tell everyone rather soon.
Loving you more and more each day, your loving wife

Doreen

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