February 2, 1961 Letter Herman Shepard To Parents


February 2, 1961

Dear Dick & Dad:-

Just a line to let you know we are OK, only getting good and tired of this winter weather. I’m glad you folks don’t have to endure it as we do. If my summary serves me correctly I believe we’ve only had about 5 days above freezing since the first of December. Day before yesterday the temperature got up to a screaming 33º. I thought I was going to have sun stroke. It has really been miserable working at the shop this winter all the snow and ice has made is so wet and sloppy in the shop, it seems like we get a new coat of about 2 or 3 inches of snow a couple of times a week just enough to keep it messy all the time. According to the paper we’ve had 23 inches so far this winter. It even snowing now with 3 to 5 inches predicted.

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The shop is hard to heat and keep warm one day we weren’t able to get it over 42º in the shop. I have been wearing so many clothes I can’t hardly walk. And just one more grip and that is a lot of these drivers can’t get their cars started on the cold morning so we get blamed for all their troubles. “Enough bitchin'”. We mailed Kens Christmas packages to him on January 23rd so far we haven’t heard if he received them or not.

We got a letter form Bill today saying he was in the States, had been in Washington and Boston, was on his way to Colorado Springs and then back to Chicago. I suppose to see Ken for a day, he also expects to spend a day here either the 5th-6th or 8th of Feb. If he gets here we will call you so you can have

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a chance to exchange a few words ad hear his voice. We are really thrilled and looking forward to seeing him, it is a surprise to us and I know it will be to you. So we’ll just sit close to the phone waiting his call.

Did Ed Shepard get down there yet. Dick Rodenfels is leaving Sunday for Miami. We would just love to come down believe me.

Burch is O.K. he says I haven’t seem him as we haven’t had him up since Christmas. The weathers been so bad we just don’t go

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out unless it’s necessary.

Ruth just got in from her Rebecca meeting and said they about froze to death down there tonite I guess the heater isn’t large enough or sumpin. Ruth took an extra sweater but couldn’t keep her feet warm. Well here I go on this stinkin’ weather again so guess I’ll close shop for now.

Love H. O.

P.S. Send me the recipe for making Pawnhouse. I still got the pigs feet and don’t know what to do with them.

January 13, 1961 Letter Herman Shepard To His Parents

January 13, 61

Dick and Dad:–

Just a note this morning while I’m finishing my breakfast. Ed Sheppard has been down for a couple of days, went home yesterday. He is looking real good and has gained some weight. Says he will be going down to your place some time between now and the first of the month. He and Ruth went down to see Burch while he was here. Burch is O.K. and doing fine. We have gotten rid of some of

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our snow. The temperature has been up in the forties the last couple of days. Hope we don’t get anymore SNOW

I got some pigs feet down in our freezer, send me the recipe for making P.H. how do you spell it. (Ha Ha).

We are both O.K. and hope you are the same –Time to go too work. Love H.O.

January 5, 1961 Letter Herman Shepard to his parents

Jan 5 1961

Dear Dick & Dad:-
Just a note to thank you for our presents. I just wore out a pair of P.J.s so now I’m even again. If the weather gets any colder here I’m going to start wearing 2 pairs at a time just to keep warm. Ruth was glad to get the sheets as that is something we can always use. We want to thank you for them. We didn’t spend a lot for each other this year as there wasn’t anything that we wanted at this time. we were glad to get useful items which we both need and can use. Bill sent me a musical toilet paper dispense which I got a big kick out of. When yo pull the paper down it play a short skit of “Moulin Rouge” its real nice and I know you guys will get a kick out of it. (Just what we needed-Ha! Ha!@) [in his wife Ruth’s handwriting]

Ruths mother is getting along pretty good now, she is able to get up and around to do her own cooking etc. She was real sick just before Christmas and had us all worried. We didn’t have the gang for dinner on Christmas just Burch and our selves.

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Ruth cooked a small turkey with all the usal trimings and we enjoyed a nice day at home. We took Burch back down to his place about mid afternoon noon and then went on out to Gahanna for the rest of the day. Burch was real pleased with his presents he got socks, underware from Parkersburg, four cartoons of cigarettes and $19.00 in cash money Rodenfels sent him $10.00 which I thought was real nice of them. We were going to bring Burch up for the New Years week end but the weather was so “stinkin” that we didn’t go out at all. He called on the phone and we told him we would make it some other week end, besides he had all the football games and the Rose Parade to watch which is probably what he would have done if he were here. I spent New Years Eve overhauling Ruths clothes dryer “the heater element burned out” and I also installed a new garbage disposal unit in the

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sink, both units went out the Chirstmas weekend. (Wouldn’t you know?) [in his wife Ruth’s handwriting]

Ruth is out this evening, they are having their “Rebecca Installation tonight” She’s being installed in an office but I don’t know just what it is. She’s been doing a lot in Jobs Daughters latley and seems to like it real well.

I got through my “Past Masters” degree without to many “goofs” so from now on I can take it a little easier. Our inspection in Royal Archie is Jan. 26, but I’m not worrying about that to much as I’ve had the part of K.S. for 2 years now, just need to brush up a little for this one. And for the first time in a couple of years I can think about doing a few things I would like to do for just me. Maybe a few pictures, who knows?

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I just have 6 grape fruit left. So maybe you better send us another basket when you get around to it. The ones off your tree were really good, much larger and oh so good. I gave Lucile one, just one. I’m inclosing a check to pay for the ones you sent for Acia Putman and you can apply the balance on what you’ve sent is. I know it don’t cover the total cost but it will help.

We still have all Kens presents here, I suppose he will want us to send them on to Chicago as I don’t imagine he’ll be able to get down for the until Easter. (He said not to send them till he writes for them) [in Ruth’s handwriting down side of page]

Well I’ve said about all I can think of, maybe Ruth will want to dash off a few words when she comes in so I’ll leave here a little space.

Love H.O. & R.S.

[in Ruth’s handwriting at bottom of page]
I just got home from installation. I am doing the same office I had last year as are several others. Our new noble Grand is real sweet. We should have a nice year. Thanks for the sheets and pjs-and also the candies. We are going light on sweets for awhile, so I won’t open them till a little later. I know how good they are & I would be eating too much. We’ve been having to many cookies at receptions, fruit cake & etc here. So I’ve got to coast a while. Herman covered the news for now, so I’ll writing later. Please send more oranges they were so good. Love Ruth

December 11, 1960 Letter Herman To His Parents

December 11, 1960

Mrs. Herman O. Shepard
1012 Hartford
Worthington, Ohio

Dear Egghead and Dad:

I know now why you call yourself Egghead, you dated your last letter November 8 and I know you’re not nuts, but it helps a lot ha ha. We will be looking forward to the fruit as I only have about four left. I’ve been eating a lot of them. I’ve had a nice little cold for the last few days and I think a lot of fruit juice is good for a cold. Ruth called Al Maddox today and told him if she wasn’t home for him to set the baskets in the kitchen, so they won’t freeze. It was snowing when we got up this morning and it’s still at it 7:30 PM about 6 inches on the ground now. I took the pictures out of our front living room window at 4:30 PM just to give you an idea how snow looks, look at the drift on the house across the street. It’s up even with their porch floor, our driveway is clean out to about the front of the house from there to the street it’s about 2 feet deep don’t know if I’ll be able to get it out in the morning or not. I borrowed the Polaroid camera from Steve to take a few shots to see if I would like to have one. From the results I don’t believe I’ll buy one they don’t seem to be good sharp pictures. The picture of the group although you won’t be able to tell one person from another was taken last night. Martha Star, Ruth and I had a party for our officers and their husbands. We held it at the Linworth Methodist Church. Ruth and Martha prepared all the food at our homes and then we took it over to the church and serve there. Of course I got in on the dishwashing as did Ken, Martha‘s husband. Ocea Patman and Martha’s mother did their share and as far as I know everything went off well. Our officers presented Martha with a solid brass tray about 14 to 15 inches in diameter and me a metal tray with mahogany finish trimmed with chrome I don’t know what I’ll use it for unless I get a job in a restaurant serving tables.

We haven’t heard anything from K.W. But are looking for him to be here for the holidays. I received a letter from Ben Hott (he is the one that moved to Bayshore Gardens) he says there is a lot of work around Sarasota doing home maintenance, painting and etc. Said the field was wide open, in other words a handyman or jack of all trades, he said he was going to look out for me, maybe he’s got something in that kind of work. What do you think? He said he made $95 one week doing that kind of work. I would have to have a truck, ladders, spray painting outfit, steam cleaner etc. or about $3000 to be fully equipped to handle most of the jobs that would be available. I’m going to write him for more details and information etc.

Have you got your Christmas shopping done? We haven’t even started or even bought our cards yet. Ruth has been busy with Job’s Daughters and this party we had last night, next week we have a regular meeting Wednesday night and installation of the 1961 officers next Saturday night. By the time we squeeze in the Christmas shopping and all those details it will probably be another nightmare for the next two weeks. This about winds me up for now so till next time, so long.

Love H. O. & Ruth

September 30, 1960 Letter Herman To His Parents

Worthington Ohio
September 30, 1960

Dear Dick and Dad:

How is everything at Safety Harbor? All right I hope. You’ve been home long enough that you should know all the news, good, bad and indifferent. So we’re looking for a nice long letter to bring us up to date.

I suppose you’re wondering how I got along with my first meeting. Well I got along O.K. and we had six candidates to start their degree work. There were a couple of items of business that came up during the business part of the meeting that I didn’t foresee, nevertheless I got along all right. Maybe I’ll be lucky for the whole year.

We had our first frost last night and it was a dandy. I suppose that will be the end of the sweet corn and good homegrown tomatoes. We had a mess of sweetcorn last Saturday night and thought about you while we were eating it.

We had two “stinking” weekends at the lake. Week ago last Sunday we didn’t get out on the lake until 2 PM due to high winds and rough water, but manage to catch 40 nice jumbo perch, and yesterday we didn’t get out period.  The wind was blowing out of the north like a Gail and it rained off and on all day. I hope we get a couple more days as time is getting short. Will probably be pulling the boat

In another couple of weeks.

The grand chapter R.E.M. meetings are being held this week in Columbus, Wednesday and Thursday to be exact. The ladies are being entertain at a brunch Wednesday morning and some other activities are planned for the afternoon then will join for a banquet in the evening. I say that’s ‘rolling out the red carpet’ for the gals. I always enjoy the grand chapter meeting so I hope this will be a good one. Tell dad I’ll see Harry Sark there and will ask him about the Postal Service.

Believe it or not I think Charlie and June are going down to Saint Petersburg for their vacation and will probably arrive there next Monday. Charlie says they are going to look you up. But don’t hold your breath

Ruth took your watch down to Rogers jewelers last week and the repair man told her the main spring was OK and that it had been full of water etc. so she is taking it to Jack Dennick here in Worthington for his examination and will report to you later. Ruth thought the man at Rogers was “full of you know what”.

Ruth hasn’t been downtown since you left and hasn’t got 10 your birthday gift. So we’re enclosing a check and you can apply it to whatever you like, such as a fifth, Maidenform bra, new car, dress, or the grocery bill. Well I’m bout shot my wad so will close for now.

Love H.O. and Ruth

August 10, 1960 Letter William To His Parents

August 10, 1960

Dear Dick and Dad:

Happy to hear you are settled at the cabin. Just be sure that you don’t start any more construction jobs. I’m rather sorry to hear that other people are building at the beach I had the idea but you know how it is.

Lois is probably written you about her coming over. I think she will leave Ohio just after October 1. At least that is what they tell me here.

We have a brand new three bedroom apartment in Kaiserslautern. It is the nicest I’ve seen in these parts. We will probably move on the base next spring.

The beer and food taste so good here I have a hard time keeping my waist line down. I weigh the same I did when I left Ohio 200 pounds.

We will send you some pictures when Louis gets the camera over.

Enjoy your vacation north and I hope that Florida is warm this winter. I’ll try to write next month, although my pen isn’t very long!

Take care of yourselves – Love Bill

June 4, 1960 Letter Herman To His Parents

Worthington Ohio
June 4, 1960

Dear Dick & Dad:-

It’s been so long since I’ve written,
maybe I can get this one to you before
you leave Tuesday. We are looking
forward to seeing both of you and
hope you have a safe trip north.

We have our last eastern star
meeting next Wednesday night
before summer recess, maybe
you can make it. I’ve been
working on the boat every chance
I get, still have many things to
do i’ll try to enlist dad maybe
he can speed me up a little.
I didn’t realize I was getting
myself into such a project.

I am enclosing a couple of dollars
for you to bring me a few jars of
Damson Plum jam (Deep South Brand)
if it isn’t too much trouble.

We were up to our cottage at East
Harbor last week and for the first
time this year, between rains it took me a
day and a half to cut the grass.
Everything was O.K. up there
and all her friends were O.K.

Had news from Birch that he is
improving and even has an offer of
a job at the golf station in
Westerville if he is able to take
it. Well Ruth is scratching a
note. So till next week when
you arrive.

Lots of love
H. O.

January 17, 1960 Letter Herman Shepard To His Parents

January 17 1960

Dear Dick and Dad:-
I’m a little late in letting you know
we received our fruit OK, it came
last Tuesday and is so good, what
kind of oranges were they? You
can send some of those any time
you want to. I got a kick out of
the three kumquots from our tree.
Somehow I thought they tasted better
than the others, or was it my imagination.
All the fruit arrived in excellent condition
except the kumquots, so as much as I
love them I don’t suppose you should try
to send any more as about
a fourth of them had spoiled.

We had a busy week last week
only one night that didn’t involved
either one or the other of us in Lodge
work or both of us at the same time.

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That night we went up to see
Burch the first we had seen of him
since New Years day when we had
him down here. He seems to be doing
a little better about the drinking but
we’re afraid his memory is to far
gone. He just doesn’t remember
anything and has lost all track of
time, he dosen’t know weather its June
or December. He received his first
check on January 5th and we are
trying to help him straight out his affairs
but there just isn’t enough money to
go around all his obligations. Hes
let his affairs get into such a mess
that I don’t have much hope of ever
getting it all straightened out. We are
not going to give him any money
but will see to it that he has food
and clothing or anything else that
is necessary and will try to
visit him as least once a week.

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I’m tryingto stave off a cold as of now
Ive got a sore throat and some of
the symptoms of the (BUG) so wish me
luck. Ive taken asprin all day and eat
all the fruit I can hold. We were out
to Ruths folks today and I took a
nap for about three hours out there.

Well we had our first meeting
last Wednesday night and I got by
but believe me there is room for
improvement about the time our year
is over I’ll be about ready to start.

We are suppose to have candidates
at our next meeting Feb 10th so
on that night about 9 PM say a
few extra words for me. We
have our school of instruction next
Sat. night and after that the
inspections start. Ours will be
April 28th say a few more
words on that night to.

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Edw. asked if we knew of anybody
that were going to visit you next
month and we told him as far
as we knew there wasn’t anyone,
he said he would call you
before he came down so he
could make arrangement for
you to meet him.

How is the Chevy doing? I see
your old one almost every day
and Jack is real pleased
with it. He had his operation
and is back to work now.
Our work hasn’t been as
heavy this winter as usual
because we have really

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had a beautiful winter so far
only one or two minor snows.
Even have the gareage doors open
most of the tome. If we can get
by for the next six weeks I
think will have it made.

We are going to miss going to
Florida this winter but are looking
forward to Canada next
summer. I think well try to
make it early in the season.

Well thats about all from
here for now so write
us a line when you find
the time, and thanks again
for the wonderful fruit
Love
Ruth & H.O.

August 27, 1959 Letter Herman Shepard To His Parents

August 27th 1959
Dear Egghead:-
From the shores of Lake Erie and the banks
of the Scioto:- now how’s that for a
fancy take off? Here I am back at the Salt
Mine. I left Ruth up at the cottage and
will go back myself Sat. afternoon.
today was my first day back to work,
and was it ever hot, the temperature
here and at the lake has been in the
90s for over a week now.
Although it did cool of at
night up at the Harbor. I am
forwarding you a few letters that I
picked up at the Post Office
after I got home yesterday. I
received you letter of the 20th
and also one from the Dept of
Lands and Forest. Thanks for

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your trouble. I’m going to write
the dept. and inquire if that lot
could be zoned for commercial
or resort purposes if so what
steps would be necessary. I’m
going to check these items before
I send any money. I suppose
you know all the details about
the purchase as you arranged it
for me so I’ll not go into
those details. Dick Rodenfels just
came back from up there, said
they had a good time camping out
etc..but the fishing wasn’t so good
He was telling me about all
the camping areas that have
been made-since I was
up there. Sounds like

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they’re making it too easy for
these campers that like to rough it.
Ruth and I had a good time up at the
lake, caught a lot of fish-blue gills
and perch, have several in the
freezer so we’ll have a mess or
two when you come home. We also
found a new spot to fish for blue
gills out in the lake it just west
of Lakeside along the shore will
have to tell you more about it later
when you come home.

I went out to check on Ruths
mother last night and she recovered
from her attack what every it was
but is still having the pain in the
stomach and back, she’ll probably

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go up to Dr. Jenning office for an
examination and xrays next week.
I didn’t get to talk to Unk and Elise
yet but from the sound of your
letter you must of had some trip
to Reception Lake.

As Ruth said I should have
listened to you about that bump on my
cheek bone, you and her both are giving
me the devil, the thing swelled up about
the size of a banty egg and sure
made me look lop sided, but
the doctor wouldn’t lance it for
me while it was infected, he
gave me penacillen shots for the
infection and I have to go back
later to have the source of the trouble
removed. The swelling is all gone
now and I suppose I’ll be going
back to him some time next week.

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It not serous as he says its
an enlarged skin (pour?) that became
clogged and couldn’t drain just
filled up and became infected.

We’ve had other troubles also I’ll list a
few. Cost me $57.00 for parts to get
our car fixed. The garbage disposer
almost fell out of the sink (you know
it was leaking) the durn thing rusted
out and I couldn’t get a part for
it in the city of Columbus, had to
order it from California and it
hasn’t come in yet, that’s been
2 weeks ago I ordered the part
and thats going to cost about
$15.00 I got my new teeth and
had to have some of my lowers

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ones filled that was $90.00 and
the thing I grip about the most here is
the real estate tax, I just got that
paid for the last half year and
that was $175.85, bought 4 new
tires for the car and so on. You’ll
get a kick out of this one, when I
came home yesterday Ruth had taken
my door key off my key ring and
I didn’t know it until I tried to
unlock the door, so I had to
cut the screen out of the guest
bedroom window and climb
in that way. Boy I’ll bet Ruths
ears were burning about that
time as I was hot to trot.
You know what I mean.

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I’m also enclosing a letter
we received from Iva and Roy
Buchanan its self explanatory.
I haven’t seen Burch or talked to
him yet as he wasn’t at work
today and when I checked his time
card he hadnt only been to work
2 day since I started my
vacation on August 13th.
I don’t know what his trouble
is and unless he comes into
the shop I wont have a chance
to check on him until Sat
afternoon after work as I’m
going to be busy tomorrow night
on De Molay work etc.

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well its after 11:PM so think
I’ll fix myself a good stiff
drink and go to bed. I’ll
be thinking about you when I
drink it. As you notice
my pen went on the blink
also.
Love to all
Herm

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.

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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.

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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.