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Yesterday I received a very fun email from a very distant relative, “We are 9th cousins, once removed. My name is Walter Nieber.”  He’s been doing research on the Rudd family and found us while researching the Rudds.  He sent me quite a bit of information, which I have published on it’s own page (“Rudd Family” page at the top of the blog) on this site,  here.  I feel very blessed to have made this connection because it gives me more information than I had previously about this family line.

I hope you enjoy this information as much as I have.  There’s so much I don’t know about my ancestors.  I know that Grandma Zola did a lot of family history.  I think she’s still helping us do our own research.  However these connections were made, I’m very grateful.  Thank you, Walter.

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Second-hand scanning

I came home from Thanksgiving dinner with lots of leftovers, including an Epson Perfection 2400 Photo scanner.  It installed successfully this morning, and I’ve been able to add some photos that I’ve had.  Now, I’ll have to see what else we can add to this site.

From talking with Melanie on Thursday, I learned that there are many more letters from this time than just the ones that I have.  The letters were copied (but there were too many to do all of them), and then were going to be sent around to the uncles so everybody could have a chance to see and read these.  I would love to find out where the originals are, copy them and get them all typed up here.  Does anybody know who has these letters now?  I would love them, please, please, please.  I’m trying to get them all together on place.  I’ll take really good care of them while I’m compiling information.  Please, please, please.  (I know – I’m begging.  It’s for a good cause, right?)

Here are the only two photos I have from this time.  I’m guessing they’re both taken in Southern California, but I don’t have any details associated with time, place or circumstance.

Dewain & Zola

Dewain & Zola

Dewain & Zola

Dewain & Zola

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I woke up around 5:00 this morning to soothe a troubled boy . . . and couldn’t get back to sleep.  Instead, I came down and typed up two new letters since I missed a couple of days.  The first one is from 11/19/1944 (8 pages) and then nearly a week later from 11/24/1944 (7 pages).  It’s amazing to me as I type these letters how much of my Grandfather’s voice I hear as I recognize his words and phrases.  I’m trying to catch up so that Grandma & Grandpa’s letters are from about the same time frame, so we’re getting a lot of Grandpa’s letters here.

Forthcoming will be long letters from Grandpa from 11/25/1944, 11/30/1944 (Thanksgiving Day that year) and 12/5/1944, and then a series of V-mail letters (one-pagers) as Grandpa’s gone out into the field.  After that, it looks like I need to finish sorting the binder, but I’ve seen February, June and July of 1945 as I flip through.  [I just finished sorting, and I found a letter from 11/29/1942, a couple of years earlier – I’ll type that one next, and just throw everybody off.]

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

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Coming soon!

I ended up spending my Saturday morning arguing with a new 3-in-one printer/scanner/copier that prints and copies – but refuses to scan (still refusing!).  I have an October 1944 letter from Grandpa waiting to be typed, hopefully Sunday afternoon.  Not sure where’s writing from in t his one . . . we can only imagine.  I hope you’re enjoying this trip back in time, because I sure am.

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Surprises await us all

I just finished sorting through Dewain’s binder – I have letters from 1944-1945.  I also have some life history/journal entries that Grandpa wrote between 1979-1986 that I’ll type up when I get there.  I’m looking forward to this journey.  I have been threatened with promised access to thousands of family photos and other things when I’m ready.  I’ve already had offers of scanning help and more.  I love having a reason to connect with my extended family.  We’re all so good at going off and doing our own things . . . and unless we’ve heard otherwise, we know we’re doing just fine (isn’t that right?).  I am grateful today for the 2-3 hour long naps my son takes so I can sort and type without interruption (and it’s okay to ignore the dishes in the name of family history, right?).

I think I’m going to work through Grandpa’s 1944 letters so we’re all up to speed together before we go back to Grandma’s letters in 1945.

Off we go . . .

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Work

I find that I want to go through the binders and put the letters into order as much as I can before I type more.  Please bear with me.  I haven’t read through these before, and I sense a little preparation will go a long way.  I hope to have another letter up later today – but I’m also pressed into service for my family, and for the moment, the living will come before the dead.  (I’ve got to start by getting us to school on time and my baby hasn’t let me put his pants on him yet . . . 5 minutes to go!)

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Some thoughts as I begin

I’m going to start typing the letters in the order they appear in my binders.  I think there may be some that aren’t dated . . . hopefully context will sort itself out as we get going.  My plan is to categorize these by dates as well as I can.  I can’t guarantee that I’m going to type a letter that is answered by the next one . . . that may not be possible.  I saw one note from my grandfather who said he had 25 letters to answer from my grandmother, and just as he was sitting down to start writing, a chatty major came in, and my grandfather had to wait to answer until later.  I don’t know what we’ll discover as we go on this journey because I haven’t read through all of these letters yet.  That’s one of the reasons that I wanted to type them up, just so I’d get to read through them.

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