August 22, 1961 Hermans Shepard To Parents

August 22, ’61

Dear Dick and Dad:-

Just a line to let you know we are among the living. The weather here has been so cold it seems like fall instead of summer, I imagine your weather has been unusually cold to. How is the guest house progressing? Or is it a “Bomb Shelter”.

Edw. Shepard was down last week for a couple to days, he seem to be O.K. says he is so busy cutting his grass that he hasn’t had time to go anywhere. He drove down in his Chev. Corvair, he bought it from a private owner and still has his Buick which he is trying to sell. He said if he gets it sold he may go up to your place, but don’t hold your breath.

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cars are hard to sell especially a big car such as a Buick. He’ll probably have to give it away. He likes his Corsair just fine. It seems like I always have to mess him up some how or another when he is here. Last time Ruth had to go away and left “Strogenoff” for me to serve. Well I served it all right but I forgot the rice. I thought it tasted funny but didn’t know what was wrong and Edw. didn’t know any better than I did, so we just ate it as it.

Well this time I took it upon myself to turn his bed down and remove the spred. I didn’t know Ruth had taken the pillow cases off to wash and she didn’t check me so Edw. slept on those

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plastic pillow cases. Next morning Ruth noticed what had happened and just about flipped her lid. Edw. said he thought she must have had a lot of starch in her pillow cases. Ruth ask him if they didn’t smell funny and Edw. said yes they did but he thought it was some kind of soap that she was using. We all got a big laugh out of it.

While Edw. was here we all went over to Johnie Gates for a grilled steak cook out. Had a good meal and afterward I showed 2 color movie films that I borrowed from

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the Cols. Library, one was “Waterway Holiday” and the other was “Hawaii The Nw 50th Sate”. I borrowed the company projector, we had color, sound and all, just like downtown. Johnnie & Juanita took the kids and his dad on a cruise down the Ohio River to the Mississippi and then back up the Ohio and up the Tenn. River. It took them 10 days and they traveled a distance of 1700 miles all by water. I guess they had a wonderful time.

We got the siding on the north side of our cottage and the pine paneling up on the north wall inside. Would like to get the siding

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on the front yet this year. We still haven’t used the new boat very much only got 27 hours on it altogether and I think I had about 18 on it when you and Dad were with us that Sunday. Last weekend was a dandy the wind blowed from the time we got there till we left on Sunday night. I didn’t even take the cover off. Mary Michell invited Ruth and I over for supper Sunday evening, She has the cottage just east of Leobluns[?] “Red Brick” She really had a meal fried chicken, sweet corn, browned potatoes and

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home made bread just hot out of the oven. I ate till it ran out my ears. I might just add here that her bread was good but not as good as yours. She is a widow, her daughter and two children live with her in Cleveland. You should meet her I know you would like her and have a lot of fun with her. She was born in Scotland and still has some of the Scotch habits. Well I’ve rambled on enough here so guess I’ll have to sign off for now.

We received a letter from Lois the other day saying they had bought an old house 150 years old and on 12 acres of land [this would be Sugar Hill].

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I would just love to see it. She said Evelyn and her husband were going to go up about the 22 or 23 of August and were going to stop here for the kids liquor. You know the good kind we had a drink of.

We have been real busy at the shop, most of the time I’m so tired when I get home I just crap out, no good for anything and I mean anything.

Hope this letter finds you guys O.K. write and let us know what you’re doing.

Love H. O. & Ruth

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