147 Diamond Hill Rd
R.D. No. -1, Scotch Plains, NJ
April 28, 1941
From: Ruth (Barrell) Gray
To: Robin Barrell
I was certainly surprised and very sorry to hear of all you have been through with
the mastoidal operation to end the list. Very glad to note you are recovering and no doubt
are in the bosom of your family now. And I do hope none of you will have to visit the
hospital for a long time. Of course visit, like Ruthes to come home with a little Ruthie or
sister or brother for her in some future time is not so bad. But no more mastoids and such!
I’d love to see Ruthie, bet she’s cute right now, am sure she is if she looks like her
daddy, for I have the pictures to prove he was a cute baby. Grandpa’s don’t know much
about babies, especially one as you say who has never been very close to a wee baby, for
when you were little after your dear Mother became too ill to care for you, your Aunt Bessie
took over very efficiently and of course your father was away all day. So I am glad to have
you and Ruth tell me all the news about your little girl. How proud and happy your Mother
would have been and somehow I feel brought closer to her again through all these dear
human ties of love.
I had a letter from Charley last week. He will be in charge of the division of
communications on the U.S.S. Long Island, the new name of the ex-Mosmactide being
made over into an airplane carrier. Charley and another ensign Gerald Rahill from
Caldwell, N.J. are now at the Naval Air Station at Norfolk, Va on temporary orders,
studying the general scheme of things, enciphering and deciphering confidential and
restricted dispatches from and to the various airplane squadrons which come in and out.
They will probably be making short cruises on the Ranger or the Wasp, two regular
airplane carriers based there, in order to observe the actual routine at sea. Charley thinks
it will be a few months yet before work is complete on the S.S. Long Island and the planes
all aboard. I certainly hope that Hitler will be mastered in some way before our boys have
to go out in the dangerous waters where the Germans may be lurking.
We can only trust that God in his good time will bring all things to work for good to
all mankind and His glory.
No word from Joe, his course ended on the 25th. I expect he is being kept on as an
instructor and will have no leave at this time.
Glad to hear your father is in good shape after his look over by his specialist. We
will be glad to have him as soon as it is possible for you to get him off comfortably from
your own point of health and convenience, and between Aunt Dolly and I we can keep him
all summer I expect if agreeable to you folks and him. I wouldn’t think of taking any money
if it were to be only a matter of days or a week as you say. But Ruthy does have to work
pretty hard at making all the ends meet – and you know I haven’t any regular income any
more. I think the sum of $2.50 a week is about right to cover cost sufficient.
I have been writing to my boys, including you all this morning. Now I must stop and
get this to the postman.
Much love to you all,