Francisco, November 1945
sent several packages to all of you. I dont know what is suitable
for you. I hope that together you can decide who gets the contents.
If you think the clothes that I sent are in such a condition that it
is not worth the trouble for me to continue sending, Ill stop.
It is only old clothing that must be altered to be useful for you. I
think most of the children will understand if you can sew and alter
something to be useful for them.
have not yet been successful to find sewing thread which I now will
look for. The soap was also missing from store shelves for a while,
but now I have begun to find it in the stores. It is the black market
that creates the shortage of goods here. They smuggle it to different
parts of the world. I have thought a lot about your need for soap and
have not forgotten it. I have also waited to have a letter from you
which tells me what garters you want. Are they the round or the long
is something gnawing in my head. Teacher Mikko Stark has written and
requested a used suit from Barney and me. Naturally I will not refuse
him if we have one. I sent you three or four pieces of clothing, if
you dont remember, for your sisters and brothers. I have two or
three here that I will send to you soon.
will you be so good and discuss with the brothers and sisters in Finland:
Ida Haga, Sigfrid and Joel Sänkas and let them try out these suits
and choose which they want. Ill arrange later to have a suit go
to Mikko Stark. Of course, I could send him one of these suits that
I have here in San Francisco, but I dont know if it will fit him.
I think they are small in size. Those that I sent to you are larger
is the reason that I will send all the clothing to you first and you
can choose which to keep and what will fit Mr. Stark. Then will you
call Mikko Stark in Nämpnäs and ask him to come and get his
and Mikko Stark were so friendly (in summer of 1938) when I visited
my former homeland. If I visit Finland another time (1956) I hope they
will be friendly to me. Thus I hope you will see to it that he has the
suit before summer approaches.
will send more clothing to you. I hope you will not talk to anyone about
Mikko Starks suit. It could be embarrassing to him that he must
beg for clothing from the US. I hope you will call him and say that
Ellen has sent a suit to you. I wrote in a letter to him that I sent
a suit for him to my sister Gerda.
(Ellens husband) is so short that his suits would not fit anyone
except my brothers Joel and Sigfrid. Bernard was heavy once and continues
to get heavier.
have a letter from teacher Johannes Åbonde (later school inspector).
Everyone who writes to me says that people at home look like ragamuffins.
I sent nothing to Åbonde. One must forget the olden times while
the world is like it is now after the world war. I didnt know
they were so hard up for clothing in Finland and that it could also
happen to the upper class. But my family always comes first of all of
the needy in my former homeland.
have made a list of all the contents in each package I sent. It will
be interesting if you will write and tell me what comes in each package
so I can compare with my list. (At this time the entire package disappeared
between the post office and customs because of the black market that
was in the country after the war.) I hope nothing gets lost in the package,
but you never know in these times.
I sent four pounds of sugar in Ida Hagas name. It is for her to
divide between the brothers and sisters. Sugar is still rationed here
in San Francisco and the US. My husband doesnt use sugar in his
coffee so I saved some to send to you. It isnt much but better
than nothing at all.
cannot send more than one package a week to the same person. This week
Ill send one in another name to Greta (Gerdas daughter),
Mildred, Astrid, etc. The packages will come to you even though I put
their names on the packages.
hope Betty and Signe as well as Ester (these were sisters to Ellen and
lived in the US) will send something to you. If we all send a little
of what we have here, I hope you will not freeze there this winter since
the lack of clothing is so great for you.
that I live in sunny California and we dont need winter clothing
here. My brothers and sisters in the eastern US will send you fur coats.
I had no winter clothes with me when I visited Finland so I nearly froze
there. I had forgotten how cold you have it there in the winter, and
I forgot to get winter clothing in the eastern US before I traveled
wish you all a pleasant Christmas and a good new year.