Walter E. Dandy Letter 09/21/10

1214 S. Mass. Ave.

Sedalia, Mo.

September 21, 1910

My Dear Son,

…Well your vacation is a thing of the past. We had great pleasure in looking forward to it but now we will have to take pleasure in remembering it. We were very lonesome after you went away and I think Pa was more so than he usually had been.… I was rather amused at him the other morning. He said Mama but it is lonesome. How have we ever got along without our boy. We are gradually settling down and looking forward for good news from our boy.

Mrs. Smith phoned to see if I was lonesome. She was feeling pretty bad about Paul being away. Miss Kennedy phoned to see if I was lonesome and if I would go to church with her and wanted me to go and see them. I thought it very nice of her. More than any of the English crowd did. Mrs. Minnier and Florence and Mrs. Looney came last night. Mrs. Looney said she would be satisfied if she raised as good a boy as you. They are all in love with you. If you had stayed much longer, you would have had a time to get rid of them. Mrs. Dusenberry said what a fine young man you are. Mrs. Phelan said Mrs. Dusenberry cried and Mrs. Taylor said even the monkey cried when he saw you go away with your valise. The Taylors told her the little milk girl was just crazy over you. She told them Walter didn't care for any girl, he was too much in love with his work to think anything about girls and she believed he rather have a good game of ball.…

Let me know did you have enough lunch with you. I hope you are able to get a nice room.

I think Pa is feeling more like quitting since you went away. When you find out anything about house, rent etc. let us know.… Did they think you had got fatter? What did your land lady think about you.…

Your loving Mother