87 years ago today, Warren wrote to his mother

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Warren Kerns (right) with his brother, Nelson

Below, I’ve transcribed a letter from my grandmother’s brother, Warren Kerns, 17, who was killed in an airplane accident with his brother Nelson, 15, on July 24, 1930. You can read about the accident here. He wrote this letter to his mother, Caroline (called Callie) who was visiting her parents in California at the time. Some of the handwriting is indecipherable. I just transcribed the letters as best I could, leaving out editing marks to avoid distraction. For example, I’m not sure that the first word in the last sentence is “Play.”

It’s eye-opening to read how life was so vastly different back then in southwest Missouri. My ancestors worked hard. Their days were consumed with difficult, laborious, time-consuming, hot, sweaty work. This will be even more evident in other letters I have and will eventually post. True, we work hard today, but with much less exertion. My ancestors also enjoyed relief from their work-filled days in the simple joys of ice cream and socializing.

June 10, 1930

Dear Mama: 

How are you getting along. We are all getting along fine. Charlie and I have been plowing corn most of the time since school was out. I sure was glad when the last day of school came. It rained today and is rather cool now. I s’pose it is nice and warm where you are. We went to two children’s day exercises Sunday. We went down home Sunday and had all the ice cream we could eat. You don’t know what your missing. I have to wear an overcoat to plow corn in. Where are going to spend the forth of July. It is not very far away. I don’t know where we will go.  Most any place rather than in the corn field. Things sure are cheap here. Eggs are $.16 and cream $.25 in Hume. I am going to a community sale tomorrow, which they are starting in Hume. It is now nine o’clock about my bedtime (sometimes). Well, this is all I can think of to tell you. Answer my letter soon and send me a good measure of California summer. Play like you are receiving kisses through this letter also. 

With Love, Warren

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8 thoughts on “87 years ago today, Warren wrote to his mother

    • marilynyung June 15, 2017 / 2:33 am

      Fascinating might be too strong (for me, anyway). THANKS!

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  1. elsie June 13, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    How about intriguing? Sometimes I wish life didn’t move at such incredible speed. It is interesting to read old letters and learn what was happening in the writer’s life.

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    • marilynyung June 15, 2017 / 2:29 am

      Yes, I love old letters. I have more from this branch of my family. Intriguing… thinking on that one. I think I like it better. Will probably change. Thanks!

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  2. arjeha June 14, 2017 / 11:24 am

    What a treasure. Letters like this open our eyes to how life was different but yet somehow the same.

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    • marilynyung June 14, 2017 / 1:23 pm

      Yes. I have more of these. Will share soon. Thanks for commenting!

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