Sunday, February 1, 2015

Charles Walters, 1932 letter

C. Lloyd Walters family, c. 1932
My grandpa, Charles Walters, moved around often as a kid. His dad, Cecil Lloyd Walters, was a minister and didn't often stay in the same place more than a few years. From October 1929 to March 1933 the family was in Lincoln, Minnesota.
Lincoln, Minnesota
In remembering their home in Lincoln, my great-grandma Lillian (Ransom) Walters wrote that it was a good home with “stucco outside, plastered, varnish woodwork, glassed in front porch, 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, pantry, and stairs to the attic from it. Woods all around, up on a hill above the house was a garden spot.”

In 1932, When the family received their Christmas package from Lillian’s parents, there was no waiting to open it until Christmas.  Chuck was “just so glad” that he had to write to his grandparents immediately!

Lincoln, Minn.
Dec 23, 1932
Dear Grandpa and Grandma
We just received your package. I was just so glad I had to write right away.
Lloyanne likes her little doll very well.
She has made it a dress already.
Mama is getting supper. Daddy made baby a little wagon. It has bolsters and a reach on it.
Are those apples you sent us off from your orchard?
We had our program last night. Daddy said it was the best program we had had.
We gave Mama panel and an oil cloth pillow.
We are having warm weather now. There isn't enough snow for going skiing and sleding.
I wish it would snow so we could go skiing.
Daddy got some alfalfa and I went along.
Connie is milking good on it. She gives over two quarts of milk a day.
Mon PM
I got another pencil for Christmas from Mrs. Johnson.
We had a good Christmas. Mrs Johnson gave Richard a teddy bear.
I can’t think of more to write so will close.
Your Grandson,
The family added Connie, their milk goat in the fall of October 1931. She was
purchased for $40 with assistance from their family in Iowa.
The Walters also raised chinchilla rabbits for their meat.

Charles' letter he wrote to his grandparents, Christmas 1932 (transcribed above)

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