Quite often, Walt crosses out a word that seems to be spelled correctly, then writes it out again. I guess he just doesn’t like the way he has written a word sometimes. Maybe a couple of letters are squished together or seem unclear. Anyway, it probably looks more strange in print to cross out a perfectly good word.
Seems pretty clear now that it was the Fireman’s Fair in Rocky Grove, PA that Ruth went to.
A transcript follows the letter images.
Aug 11, 1942
I Love You,
I went to a boxing match last night—13 bouts—4 knockouts—not bad unh?
We are going to Topeka tomorrow—we get up at 5:30 and leave at 8:00. A nice trip I hope a hope. We have all our equipment ready and can take off any time.
I got my Corp stripes sewed on, also the Regimental insig-
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nia—Looks a little better now. Ha.—It don’t amount to much but will help a little.
So you went over home did you, fine—too bad it rained tho—That old fairground sure gets muddy when it rains.—I know—I used to live (
there) there when I was a kid.
Comparing pictures with some girl unh?—She wants to get married too unh—not a bad idea.—So do I—I’m still wondering whether it will be possible or not.
I’m going to cut this short as I have a lot of packing to do and it always gets dark before I get everything done that I want to do.—S’funny but it’s true—I always have something I should do and it is always to dark to see. Ha.
I’ll try and write a better letter Fri night—There is so much talking and noise in hear I can’t even think. So
I love you very, very much
x Walt x
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