Sunday, January 10, 2010

January 25, 1941

In 1941 my Grandfather and Grandmother began dating. During that time, he wrote her numerous love letters. For some reason, I have all the love letters. I had promised my family members that I would copy the letters so that everyone would be able to read them. I started doing that on a blog back in the summer and once I went back to work...well, lets just say I got really busy. I'm going to try again...and not be a big lame O this time. I'm also going to put them on my main blog for all to enjoy! Now on to the cast of characters....

Character#1 My grandfather middle back row!

Character #2 My Grandmother last one on the left.

The first letter in my stack is dated January 25, 1941. I'm assuming George had just recently met Frances. I'm guessing that they probably met at church. George at the time lived on a farm in East Berlin, PA and Frances lived in the town of New Oxford which was about 15 miles away. And so began a DeVine Romance!

Dear Frances,

I believe at one time I told you that I did not like to write letters. Well you can start calling me a liar. Because here I sit, trying to think up some excuse for writing to you. The only thing I can find to blame it on is the snow, (10 inches of it) which will keep me from seeing you for a few days. But I have some wonderful memories, which will hold me for awhile.

Things sure are a mess out here in the sticks, with all the roads and lanes drifted shut. I suppo
se we will be shoveling the mile and 3/4 into town tomorrow morning at day break, so the farmers can get their milk out, and bring feed in for their stock. Lots of hard work, but you get something out of it that you can't buy for all the money in the world.

How is everything in New Oxford? I was looking for you Sunday, but you kept your word and went to late mass so I was disappointed once more. Such is life. But I am looking forward to the time when I can be in some ones company whom I enjoy very much, meaning F.M.W. What does the "M" stand for?

You sure did make a hit with my sisters, the other night at the church meeting. When they came up here Saturday, they told me all about the wonderful speech you delivered. I wish I had been there, but I can't bake cookies.

If you can make this letter out, and would like another, let me know. Hoping to see you soon, I remain, with love,
George C DeVine

A big thank you to my cousin who sent me a disc of old family pictures and also the research she did of the family history. I will try to not be a big lame o this time.


  1. How wonderful that you have these pieces of your family's history! I'd love to have letters written between my grandparents! Lovely photographs as well!

  2. Wow, you are so lucky to have such an amazing family treasure. I hope you are able to share with us more of these amazing letters.

  3. Well, your blog is officially becoming my favorite, and these letters and pictures are an example of why! Not only do you post often, but your posts are so cool...the pix, the stories and the sharing of your life. It gives the reader something to look forward to every time! Keep it up, I really enjoy it!

  4. How wonderful that you have these letters, i wish i had letters like that! I wish we could go back to the days of courting, and the days when we used to write letters to each other, sigh. I look forward to the next installment! xx

  5. I am with the rest on this. I would love to have something like this especially being as nostalgic of a person as I am.

    Thank you ever so much for these posts and I too look forward to reading the rest.