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Thoughts and updates

Hi everyone! Yep, it’s me again. Don’t know what I am going to write but I guess I will have to try. Hope things will pick up so I will have something to write about. I’m going to have some people upset at me.

Boy, we are having some very high raging winds this morning. It’s 40 degrees but that wind almost lifts you off the ground. The sun keeps trying to shine. I see some blue sky but not much. Hopefully it will work its way out.

Carol Hamilton had to have some emergency surgery the first week of the New Year. Her appendix was about to burst. She is doing fine now but still sore. I don’t know if she’s able to lift anything but at least she’s able to stay at her home. Keep her in your prayers.

The twin babies (my great, great, great nieces) finally got out of Cardinal Glennon on December 28th. They only weighed one pound 11 ounces and two pounds one ounce when they were born, several months too early. Now one weighs 7 pounds and something and the other one eight something. So they have really grown fast. One is Amelia and the other is Audry or Aubry and I can’t remember which. I’m so happy they are doing so good.

I was so sorry to read in the DN about the passing of Dreama Kutchinski of Fredericktown. They lived at one time at Jewett. My deepest sympathy to Bill and all other loved ones.

Here are excerpts from 16 different letters, all dealing with aid to needy children, which were actually received at a County Welfare office (not Madison). I cut this out of DN September 1961.

1. I cannot get sick pay. I have six children. Can you tell me why?

2. This is my eighth child. What are you going to do about it?

3. I am forwarding my marriage certificate and six children. I had seven, but one died. Which was baptized on a half sheet of paper.

4. Sirs; I am glad to say that my husband who was reported missing, is now dead.

5. I am forwarding my marriage certificate and my three children, one of which was a mistake.

6. I am writing to say that my baby was born two years ago. When do I get the money?

7. Please find for certain if my husband is dead. The man I’m living with can’t eat or do anything until he knows.

8. I am very much annoyed to find you have branded my child illiterate. This is a dirty lie, as I was married to his father a week before he was born.

9. In answer to your letter, I have given birth to a boy, weighing 10 pounds. I hope this is satisfactory.

10. Unless I get a husband and money very soon, I will be forced to lead an immortal life.

11. You have changed my little boy into a girl. Will this make any difference?

12. Please send me money at once, as I have fallen in error with my husband.

13. I have no children  yet. My husband is a bus driver, and works day and night.

14. In accordance with your instructions, I have given birth to twins in the enclosed envelope.

15. I want my money as quick as I can get it. I have been in bed with my doctor for two weeks but he doesn’t seem to be doing me any good. If things don’t improve, I will have to send for another doctor.

16. My husband had his project cut off two weeks ago and I haven’t had my relief since.

Like I said this was part of 16 different letters and I copied it from the  Democrat News September 21, 1961.

Dean Settle had a birthday the 15th; Jeremiah Settle the 17th, my nephew Ellis Reed has one today the 23rd; another nephew Daryl West will have one the 26th. Happy days to all of you.

Mercedes Williams rec’d a letter from Mineral Area College congratulating her on her excellent grade point average. Their records indicate she meets the qualifications for membership in Phi Theta Kappa but it requires $90 so she decided against it. Am I proud? You bet I am.

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