Archive for November 10th, 2008

This is the cover note typed up in Zola’s binder – I think typed by Zola herself (the type looks familiar, like on the recipes I have from her, cards and letters I remember, and more).

These are letters written at the time of World War II.  Dewain Silvester was drafted into the Army in August 1942.  He was stationed in Salt Lake for 6 weeks and then to Fort Stewart Georgia; and then to North Carolina to Officer’s Candidate School in December 1942.  He graduated in Feb. 1943 with a 2nd Lt. Comm.

Zola Rudd was working in St. Anthony, idaho at the time – had been dating Dewain for quite some time, and had accepted an engagement ring.  In March 1943, she went to Riverside, California, where he was stationed.   They were married 3 April 1943, and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple 2 Nov ’43.  He was stationed at Camp Haan, Riverside, California.  She worked at the Station Hospital, March Field, California. (Just across the street.) He was later transferred to Camp Cook, (near Santa Maria) California.  They were there for 3 months (living in one room, share the bath).  Transferred back to Riverside, he left to go overseas in Oct. 1944.  She finally went to her father’s home in Parker, ID, where their first son, Richard Dewain was born 22 Dec. 1944.

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