August 21st, 1944

Hello darling;

Just a few lines dear to let you know I am OK and thinking of you all. I have just been awake about 5 minutes from my noon sleep and I am still half asleep.
I received your very nice letter dear and the very nice soaps, so thank you dear as I think that they will come in very handy.
Well darling I received a letter from Mrs. Dean and she is very sorry but she is coming back this week and so I guess that the trip up north is all off. I was thinking however is you want me to I will take 3 or 4 days in September anyway. So think it over and let me know dear. This damn pen is awful and I can hardly write with it.
Well I hope everything is alright down there. I am fine but missing you very much. I hope the weather is a little cooler they next time I come home because I will enjoy the sleeping a lot more and I enjoy that anywhere and anytime anyhow. I just like sleeping I guess but the best time is when you are next to me.
Well the weather had been a lot cooler here and it has threatened rain for 3 or 4 days but so far it has held off. I have not done very much since I last wrote you. I would have liked to have gone golfing yesterday but it wasn’t a really good day. I might go this weekend however. Tonight there is a musical on and it should be colourful anyways.
Gee but I look forward to seeing you and they baby dear. I would be awful hard if I did not see you every month or so.
By the way dear will you find out if I left my leather wind-breaker down there. I can’t find it here and I would hate to have lost it.
Darling it really is a shame that Marg has not heard from Ted in all this time. It is a terrible thing that she is alone with the little baby and she has not heard form him in weeks. So do you think that he just forgot to write? I would think that as he is a new father he would like to hear about all the firsts with his little daughter, but maybe I am just different in that way. I love our little tyke so much that I want to know everything about her all the time.
I feel terrible for Marg and as you said she is just so blue. I am glad that she has time to go for a walk with you and take the little ones out of the houses which I can only imagine are just so damn hot these days with the weather that you have been having.
Well dear that is about all for now and so with all my love,
i remain your loving husband,

Bill

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August 18th, 1944

Hello my love;

I hope you are keeping well and I am just going to get right down to it and let you know about all the things that have been happening here in good old Toronto.
I am glad that you are keeping yourself busy dear but it seems like you have plenty of time on your hands to go out and enjoy yourself. How about writing me more often seeing as you have time to spare HA HA.
The weather has not changed since you left dear, it has been so darn hot and hazy that there is really no where to go to get relief. Everyone has been complaining about the weather so I guess it is a nice change of things to talk about besides that war.
Our little daughter is doing just fine and coming along very well. I think that she might even walk before long, but talking is something that she is starting to do. And if you mean talking, I really mean screaming and crying and babbling to herself. It is OK though, I just love her so much and I know you do as well.
Bill dear, are you thinking that we can go up to Mrs Deans and spend a few days there? I am thinking that it might be best for everyone to bring the baby along with us. Mom is still looking for work and I think that is what she wants to spend her time doing. So bringing the baby long with us makes the most sense.
Marg and I have been doing a lot of walking. She told me that she has not heard from Ted in weeks. I think that is just plain awful of him to not write her and make sure that she is OK and to ask how his new little daughter is doing. I am sure that he is just out having fun with the boys and not thinking that it would be great if he dropped her a few lines. She is so blue dear and I just listen to her cry and think how lucky I am to have you as my husband, not because you write to me all the time but because you make sure that I know how much you love me and Bill darling that means the world to me. I think it will also mean the world to our little daughter as well when she gets older.
Everyone else here is doing fine and the number of visitors that have come to the house has certainly gone down. I am guessing that the excitement of the babies in the house has lost some of its lustre and to be honest dear, that is OK by me. I love spending time with our baby, and she makes me so happy.
Well darling I guess that is all the news and so I will write you when I get a few lines from you, so darling, loving you more and more each day.
From your loving wife and mom,

Doreen

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August 16th, 1944

Hello darling;

Well here it is a very warm Wednesday afternoon and I thought I would write you a letter and let you know how everything is going.
First I want to say hat I had a really swell time on my “48” hour leave dear, as I always do and I can’t get over how cute our little girl is getting. She certainly is coming along just fine.
Well dear let me see what I have done since I came back. Monday night I worked all night Last night I went swimming and tonight I think I will see “Cobra Women” at the station show.
I wrote Mrs Dean on Monday dear so I should hear from her pretty soon and I’ll let you know if I can get up there. I just wish that you could come dear, don’t you think you could make it dear? I know your mother would look after the baby for us if we asked nicely and it would be OK? You could even bring the baby up with you if she said no. You took her up to Lake Simcoe and that is almost as long a trip but I will not tell you one way or another. I will leave it up to you entirely dear.
I guess Toots is really feeling the weather these days. I feel sorry for our little tyke, she is such a lovable little thing. I think I will be able to afford about 4 of them, what do you say dear, it sure will be fun trying.
They let us wear civilian clothes when we go swimming, so I had my outfit on last night and I felt like a new man.
I was at the dentist today dear, that reminds me I wish you would get your fixed up while we have a little extra money to spare because when we start buying our new home we won’t have as much so won’t you go dear and see about them?
We were just told that work ceases at 4 PM today, it certainly is a tough war isn’t it dear? I am just glad that I can do my part here in Canada and that I do not have to go overseas like some of the other lads. If that was to happen I do not know what I would do if I could not see our little daughter.
Well dear I guess that is about all for now but I will write you at the end of the week again and so until then I remain you very loving husband,
Bill

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P.S – she certainly is a cute little daughter isn’t she?

August 8th, 1944

Hello darling;

I am sorry that I was rather late in writing you dear but I was waiting to receive a letter from you so I could answer it. Imagine my surprise when I did not receive one so I decided to go right ahead and write you another letter to make sure you are feeling a little bad about not writing me sooner (Ahem).
The weather last week wasn’t particularly good but today it really is lovely. There is not a cloud in the sky, there is only one thing wrong and that is that I have got a summer cold. I think I got it because I sleep right in front of an open door and you know how I do not like covers on me, well I think I must have been on a draft at night.
Well dear I had quite a little talk with our Personnel Counsellor on the station. He is here to interview all the lads and tell them what they are best suited for. Well anyways he gave me some tests and he told me that I should go to University after the war because I did so well on them. It seems the government will pay you $23 a week while I am at school and also pay for all my expenses. So I told him that I would talk it over with you first before I did anything. I would have to take correspondence courses to get my Matriculation. He said I might be 29 or 30 before I graduated but he said that is would be well worth it if I graduated as a Bachelor of Commerce as they have jobs starting at $50 or $60 a week. I thought that I would write you about it first dear than we could talk it over when I come home.
I expect to be able to get home around the 12th of August that is in just a few days. I was given a one way ticket from Lachine to Toronto but it isn’t much good unless I get a return ticket but I might just happen to get one.
Dear I am enclosing a little booklet that I would like you to read because it is very important that you should know what they are going to do for us and so that we can talk over our future together.
I have not done very much at all since I last saw you dear. I had to work all day Sunday and I saw a good show last night “The Mask of Dimitrius”.
How is you Pop getting along? Well I hope. I am looking forward to going up to Haultain for a weekend with him. I ma just sorry that you won’t be able to come dar, but we shall see.
Well dear do you remember 2 years ago what happened? We certainly had a lot of good times since we got married haven’t we? And we got a lovely daughter to show for it.
Well darling that is about all for now but I will write you on Thursday or so and so until then darling,
All my love,

Bill

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August 3rd, 1944

Hello darling;

Well here it is Monday afternoon and about time that I wrote you a letter to let you know how your husband is doing and what he has been up to.
Well lets see now. Thursday night I went to the show. Friday I was on duty all night. Saturday afternoon Norm and I went swimming and had a real good time and at night we hitched hiked to the Westmount Y.M.C.A. Yesterday however I really had a wonderful time. It seems that there is a standing invitation for our boys to spend Sundays in this country club about 20 miles from our station so 5 of us decided to go. We left about 9 o’clock in the morning and what a swell place. The membership costs $500 a year and it is just like you see in the movies. It had lovely manicured lawns and there were many men and women all dressed in white sitting on lounge chairs on the terrace. The flowers were something out of a movie and all the servers wore white gloves. Well anyway we played golf until 1:30 and then they gave us our lunch and what a lunch we had. We played more golf until about 3:30 and then went for a swim. We came back and had supper and then read and sat around until it was time to come home. So I guess that is where I’ll be going on my spare Sundays around here from now on.
I hope you had a real good time on the weekend yourself dear and I was really wishing I would have been there with you, just the two of us and of course the baby. Boy that would have been fun but we will be having lots of fun this weekend so make sure that you are ready for my arrival.
So your Mother is working dear, well all I will say is that you had better not work too hard dear because you had your hands full when your mother was home and frankly dear I think it will be to much for you but I want to talk that over with you when I come home.
We are having a picnic tomorrow afternoon dear and I hope the weather is as nice as today. We had some really warm weather last week and as there are only a few windows int he barracks you can imagine how hot is was when I was trying to sleep.
Gee dear but I look forward to seeing you and the baby so much. I do not know what I would do if I could only see you once a year or so, but things look pretty good and who knows when it will all be over.
Well dear I guess that is about all for now but I will write you about Wednesday and so darling loving you and the baby with all my heart.
You loving husband and Pop,

Bill

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July 28th, 1944

Hello my darling

I hope all is well with you dear and I am going to write you just a few lines to keep you posted with all that is happening around good old Toronto.
The baby and I are doing fine and I am tickled pink that she is doing so well. She has her good days and she has her bad days, but I am just very thankful that her good days are more than her bad days.
Darling it has been so warm here over the last few days and there seems to be no air getting into the house. We have all the windows open but that does not seem to help. Thank goodness that the baby is such a good sleeper that the heat does not bother her at all. Beverley is completely another story. She has been so cranky lately and when I try to put her down to bed she just cries and cries and I think that is is about how hot it is on the second floor. Pop has taken to sleeping on the couch as it is much cooler on the first floor as you know.
One other big pieces of news is that Mother has decided to get a job and go to work. I think it might be good for her to get out of the house and seeing as I am here I can take care of both the babies without many distractions. Dear, when you finally come home I will be so glad to get our own place so that we can start that life you keep talking to me about. I keep thinking of all the things that are still in my cedar chest that I have not had a chance to use and one day when we have our own place I will take them all out and we can use them and make everything how we like it.
Irene and Jessie came over and asked me if I wanted to go to the show on the Danforth. I know it is not far but I had to stay home as Mom and Pop were out with their friends and I had to look after the babies. They stayed a while but they decided to leave as it was too hot and they went for Ice cream.
I see from your letters that you are enjoying your time swimming dear, well aren’t you the lucky one. I wish I could get to the lake and have a cool off in the water. I will expect you to be in top shape when you come on in a few weeks.
Well darling I will end it here as I am beginning to sweat and I would not want to get the writing paper wet HAHA.
So please hurry home and I cannot wait to see you again, and of course little Donna will be waiting for you as well. So all my love form the bottom of my heart darling, and missing you as always,
Your loving wife and Mom,

Doreen

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July 26th, 1944

Hello darling;

Just a few lines to let you know that I had a real nice trip back home. I had a double cabin on the train all to myself and I folded it down and made a bunk out of it. I slept fairly well and got in at 7 o’clock.
It was a nice day yesterday and I did a little skeet shooting in the afternoon. I went to the show last night and was in bed fairly early though I wasn’t very tired from the days activities.
I really had a dandy time dear even though it went so quick, oh well dear I will be back for a good long time one of these days, and here is hoping that is sooner rather than later.
Gee our little daughter is certainly coming along fine and I am very pleased with her.
Things are pretty quiet around here right now but the weather is miserable today and I don’t mind staying in and taking things easy.
Dear, would you send those brown pants of mine down with my belt and that brown sport shirt of mine if it is there? I was going to bring it down but forgot to. I think having a few civilian clothes to muck around in when I go into town would be great, that way I would not have to wear my uniform and get it all dirty. Even though I do not mind doing my laundry this would make things much simpler.
I was happy to see everyone when I was back home and you sure do have a full house there dear. There was not a minute of silence and the amount of noise, how could anyone get some good shut eye. It was nice to hear the baby and Beverley, it certainly seems that they are getting on just fine now.
It was a shame that Marg had to move back in with the Simpsons so soon and that she was not around that much. I would have like to have seen the baby but I am sure that soon enough when this war is over we will all have a chance to be together.
Well dear I am afraid I will have to make this brief if I want to get it away in the post this afternoon and so for now dear, I remain you very loving husband and proud Pop.
All my love,

Bill

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July 17th, 1944

Hello Darling;

Just a few lines to let you know that I am thinking about you dear and that I will be home this weekend unless something unforeseen turns up.
I hope that you and the baby are both well dear, I am fine. Thursday night I went to the station show. Friday night I went swimming. Saturday and Sunday I really had a swell days. Two other fellows and myself decided we would go swimming so I asked a fellow who lives around here and he said that a place named Pointe Clare was a good spot. That is down the line about 20 miles so we took the train yesterday afternoon and we were there by 2 o’clock. I had a swim and just as we were passing the clubhouse of this yacht club they asked the three of us if we would like a sail, so we said sure and what a boat it was. About 30 feet long and had a cabin and everything, it was really wonderful. We did not get back to the station until 630PM and so it was a really swell day.
Well how are my mother and father doing about their holidays? I hope they have decided on what they are going to do. If you know can you either ask them to write me or you can tell me in your next letter.
Oh by the way dear how would you like me to work on a farm for 8 weeks? It seems that they will give farm leave without pay to almost any airmen who has friends or relatives on farms who need extra help. So you can ask my mother if she knows anybody with a farm and they would use me of course, they would have to pay me but I would like to work on a farm for a month or so if I could come into the city at night. It is an idea anyways, but I guess a farm labour is pretty tough work (ahem).
Well dear I certainly miss you already and that is not all I miss, but we will see about that Friday night and oh yes, I have had a couple of little French girls keeping my bed warm for me, but I do not think they can do any better of a job than you can dear. HA HA
I will write you dear in case I am not able to make it down this weekend dear. so until then all my love dearest from a very loving husband,

Bill

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July 15th, 1944

Hello dearest;

Well here I am again your lonely wife writing you a few lines to tell you that I miss you terrible and that when you are not here it just does not feel the same. Both Baby Donna and I miss you and look forward to your next visit.
Everyone here is doing fine dear, and everything seems to be getting back to normal slowly.
Your Mom and Pop were over last night to see the baby and I did not have a chance to say hello and your Pop took the baby out of my arms and sat himself down on the couch in the front room and started making abby noises. He was so precious with her and I think she has become the apple of his eye. I think dear that you are officially in second place and Donna is going to be his number one.
Marg is out of the hospital and she is doing just fine. She has stayed with us for the last few days but I think that she will have to go back to live with the Simpsons. She received a letter from Ted and he was thrilled at the news that he had become a father. But no sooner did he say that, he told Marg that she will have to go back and live with his parents until he comes home. As we know dear, we do not know when this darn war will be over so I am not sure how long she will have to live under their roof. I sure hope that they decide to get a place of their own before long otherwise I am very concerned on how Marg is going to tolerate living there but time will only tell dear.
Mom and Pop are fine and so is little Beverley. I think she is finally beginning to see that Donna is not a doll and that she is real and that she cannot continue to poke and pull on her arms and legs. Mom finally had enough and had to give Beverley a little spank and boy oh boy, did she give out a scream. She ran around the kitchen crying and crying.
I had a call from Dot last night. She was working late and wanted to check in with me to see how I am fairing. She would like to take me out for supper but I will have to wait and see if Mom can look after the baby, and she certianly has her hands full with Beverley and Marg living with us for a few more days. I hope that I can get a chance to see her as it has been a while since we saw each other and I would like to know how she is doing. I know nothing has changed on the husband front and I think time is ticking for her and she really wants to be married soon.
I am happy that you will be home this weekend and I look forward to spending the time together as a family. Bill dear, where would you like to stay this time, at my place or should be pack up and stay with your folks? Let me know will you so I can prepare everything for us.
So darling I will end this letter here wishing you were home and looking forward to seeing you soon at home. With all my love from the bottom of my heart,

Doreen

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July 13th, 1944

Hello darling;

Well dear, I am sorry that I did not write you sooner but I have really been busy since I have been back that I haven’t had a chance. I had a very good trip back and slept quite well on the train.
I certainly had a wonderful time on my leave dear, but it was over too soon. I hope you enjoyed it too dear, and I was certainly glad to see how well our daughter was coming along.
I had to work Monday night and Tuesday night. I was so tired I went to bed early. Wednesday night I saw that picture “Gaslight” and it was very good dear, that I suggest you try and go out and see it if you get a chance.
I received your telegram dear and thank you very much dear as it was very thoughtful of you to send this along for my birthday.
I don’t know when I will be home yet, either next weekend or the one after that. It depends when I am on fire duty in the baracks. I think it will be next week so I won’t be home until the week after that. The weather down here has not been too bad but we have had a few showers since I can back.
Gosh I hope that this darn war is over before long as I certainly want to settle down with you and our baby and have a place of our own but we are lucky compared to some other people that we know.
I hope Marg is well, I guess she is out of the hospital by now and I am really glad that she pulled through all right because I think that she is a real swell kid and now you can help her along as she is a new mother just like you.
I have not been doing any swimming yet but I think I will get some in this weekend. I was just thinking as I wrote this that a week ago today we went to the show downtown, the time has certainly gone by very quickly hasn’t it dear?
I received $1 from S&U so I will write them back thanking them and letting them know I am a proud pop.
Well darling I think that is about all for now but I will drop you another letter on Sunday and so until then, I remain,
Your very loving husband,

Bill

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P.S Thank your mother for me for letting me stay at your place for the week