Written on September 17, 1942, this letter is the earliest letter from this collection. It was likely the first letter Frank M. Forbey Jr. wrote to his family after leaving his home in Charleston, Missouri. He addressed each family member in his letter – his parents, Frank and Mary Anna Forbey, and his younger sisters, Dotty and Anna Lou.
How are you all. I hope “fine as frog hair I have already began to miss you.
Well, I got in town about 6:00 P.M. and found a nice house. It cost Mark and I $10 each per month. It is a good place. We are just opposite, (well on the west side) the campus. My House number is as follows.
F.M. Forbey, Jr.
517 S. Sixth
Folks, I really had a swell time in St. Louis. We stayed in the Lennox Hotel. “Poochie” charged all expenses to his father. Just to be acting silly “Poochie” called out at Hollywood (long-distance) for Bing Crosby. He couldn’t get him. He then tried to contact the President of the United States, Franklin Delano Rossevelt. He got Washington, D.C. but never did get to talk to Roosevelt. I don’t know how much the phone bill was but it was
certainly to have been quit a staggering sum. Mark and I went to bed about 5.00 A.M. Thursday and got up about 9.00. We really got some sleep. (4 hours of shut eye) When Mark got up he got a pitcher of ice-cold water and threw on me while I was in bed.
I really miss you all. I can’t think of anything to say. I guess dad is tired out from working so hard. Mom is mad cause she didn’t make $4 or didn’t work all day. And Dot and Anna Lou are fighting for the mirror. (or fighting to see who gets to help Mama wash dishes. Yeh! I thought so, Anna Lou lost.)
Well I’ll better close I want to sleep a little. The Cards won today. Brocklyn Lost. Goody! Well Be Good, this is