Life appears to be going quite nicely for May. Only the Lord knows how long each of us has on this earth. This is one of three letters I have from May that were written just weeks before she died on May 18, 1939.
To: Dorothy Powell
From: May Pollock Powell (her mother)
Dated: May 9, 1939
My Dear Dorothy,
I’m a day late with your letter but Daddy had a school board meeting here last night. We have had such nice weather the last week. We had rain Sun. night and nearly all day Mon. It did lots of good, I have wanted to go to Beloit to get me some shoes and a hat and some curtains for the dining room. Daddy said he could go Mon. afternoon because it was raining so I went. He also had time to take down the storm windows and put up the screens.
It is nice today. The plum trees have been full of blossoms. The apple trees are out this week. They sprayed the trees last week. The baby iris is out also the Japanese quince and flowering almond.
The garden looks nice. I put the gladiolas out today and some flower seeds. Daddy has been plowing the pieces back of the barn today. He is going to hire some of his planting done.
Alice and the reading circle had a picnic tonight in Rockton. She came home early from school and went with Lois Musselman and Evelyn Wood. She furnished a salad and dessert that was easy to fix. Tomorrow her school will eat dinner in our woods. She is invited to a picnic of Shirland schools Thurs. night. She will only have three weeks after this week.
Elaine and Josie had a very nice social Sat. Eve. We went to the supper at 7 o’clock. They had baked ham. It was so good. They gave a very good program. The school band was very good. They had a good leader. There were all little tots.
We went to church Sunday. We had 60 in S. S.
I congratulate you on winning first place with your annual. That must have made you feel good. Wasn’t it nice you got your contract for next year too. Alice got hers last night. They are going to give her $90. She wants to stay here. George meets in the school house Fri. night. No one wanted to entertain. The ladies are cleaning house. Leslie is so happy thinking of his trip. I hope it will be very pleasant for you all. Uncle Sam didn’t come for the Shirland Home Coming. He wrote that he was so busy now. Ruth had her tonsils out and was feeling better. Uncle Park and Aunt Dell called Sun. She has her cleaning all done but her kitchen. Hazel and Harold live a mile from them mow.
Well my dear, good night. Hope you are fine. How is your music? Heaps of love,