March 8, 1959 Letter Herman Shepard To His Parents

Worthington Ohio
March 8th 1959

Dear Dick and Dad:-

How is the land of Sunshine? Ill
bet its OK. Weve had about every
kind of weather since we got home,
three different snow storms, a couple
of rains with a little sunshine
mixed in here and there but the
temperature hasn’t been above 50 degrees
at any time and its been down to
20 degrees several nights. Oh! to be
sitting out in your back yard.
At least we have that to remember.

We got all our pictures back
and are going out to Lucile and
Ralphs to show them tonight also to
see Luciles. The roll I had to
start in my camera must have
been older than I thought because
all the pictures are colorless, how
ever the roll I bought at the
Sears store in Tampo is good.

The pictures of your formal
turned out good also the ones
I took by flash out in the

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yard turned out fair they should

have been taken about an hour
earlier. Thats what we get for
sight seeing to long. Lu, Ruth and
myself, thats the day we bought the
tree. Hows our tree doing anyhow?
any fruit yet? Ha Ha. Ill bet Dad
could have killed us for bringing
that tree in for him to take care of.

Ruth and I were to Grove City O. F. S.
inspection last night, the first in our
district, ours is the last, on June 17th
so you can be here to see it. I’m
making it a date for you. We
are going to attend as many inspections as
possible, I think you can pick up
a lot of pointers that way besides
meeting the officers of the different
chapters personally.

How does it feel to be alone after
everybody went home. You sure
had a gang for a while including
us. I think it is much better
to have one set at a time but
what else could you do.

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We enjoyed visiting with Edna & Hod
and I hope all of us didn’t drive
you nuts. How is the front porch
project progressing? I suppose its
finished by now and you are
using it by now. I can picture
all of us sitting out there reading
the Tampa Tribune, first thing every
morning. Speaking of the paper
all of the Columbus paper are on
strike and have been since the
day after we got home so the only
paper we are getting is the Tribune
once a week. We really miss
the papers as the news you get
on the radio and T.V. only hits the high
spots and don’t give any of the
details besides we miss the
ads etc. Ruth misses the “Funnies”.

Dick Rodenels has been in
MIami sinc I came home and
is still down there for another
week. I hope he is enjoying
the weather. Maybe he’ll
can me when he gets back.

[page 5]
there was a woman customer in the
shop last week who had applied
for a job in the new Wards store at
“St. Peter” when she was there about
Christmas time and she had a call
from them to be there ready for work
this Monday which is tomorrow. She
said the store was to open soon
and that they wanted her to help with
the stock as of now. So that shows
a northerner can get a job in
Florida. She said they had told
her she would be paid $50.00 per
week plus a bonus on sales,
not bad I don’t think.

We haven’t heard any news
from Lyida[Lydia] this past week. Jupe[Jesse?] is
supposed to let us know when
she will be released from the
doctor so we can get her. I’ll try
to keep you informed of any
developments. How is Edna
and Ray making out?
I imagine Edna would like
the south better if she was well.

[page 5]
We bought a bag of tangelos on
our way home they were the large
red ones and so good. They are
all gone and only a few grape
fruit left so I’m hoping maybe
you could send us a basket about
half & half of each. Now Im only
hinting but if you do send some
try to get the grape fruit a little on
the green side as some of the ones
we brought home were soft
and spoiled (only 2) of course we
bought the bag and didn’t inspect
them. Well with that bit of
begging I’ll close for now and
hope this letter finds you both
well & happy

Love H.O. & Ruth.

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