Letter from LeGrand to Erline, December 27, 1942

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Columbus, Mont.
Box 566
27 Dec 1942

Dearest Erline,

Stand by this Sunday evening for a few words from this section of the Lord's Vineyard. First of all, allow me to express my gratitude to you for the fine things you sent for Christmas. I appreciate them very much, and want you to know even if I am not there to tell you verbatim so will scratch it out on a paper.

Thursday afternoon we hitch hiked 40 miles to Nye, Mont., and helped clean chickens, tend baby and dozen of other odd jobs. That night we helped with the dishes, then Bro. & Sr. Monk went to town while Art, Marlyn, Abbie, Arnold, Elder Marble & I stayed & visited & played games till 11:30 P.M. Then we went to bed. Oh, yes, there are no electric lines in Monks' house, so we used the lamp. Elder Marble & I slept with Art in the bunk house, in a bed that swayed in the middle from both sides and both ends.

Was I ever glad to see daylight come, which stayed away till 8:30 A.M., but the moon was big & pretty all night & came through the window nigh unto all night.

I went in from the bunk house to the regular house a little before the rest did and tossed the ox about with those in the house about 10 A.M. The presents were opened & when Bro. & Sr. Monk opened the pkg. we gave them, St. Monk walked over joyfully and hung a big kiss on me. Was I ever surprised. We, Elder Marble & I, went together & bought them a book, Gospel Standards 5th edition. It run $1.12 1/2 apiece & was worth every cent because they have been so good to us lately, all the time we have known them in fact.

Xmas afternoon, well from 10:30 till 2:00 Allan who is 16 & I fed the pigs, then hauled 3 loads of gravel for their road where it gets bad when it rains. 2:00-3:15 we ate dinner—Chicken, dressing, sweet spuds, spuds, gravy, celery, ice cream (homemade), pie, cake & all the trimmings. I helped Abbie with dishes. I washed for hour straight then she washed for 1/2 hour while I wiped. Just as we were 1/2 done with dishes our white Xmas began & when we finished there was 2 inches of good white snow with more coming.

It was about sundown 4:30 or 5:00 so we decided to have a stroll. We walked upon a knoll of the hill abt 1/4 mile above the house that looked over the house. Pine trees, with snow falling & no wind. By the time we reached the top it was nearly dark, so we headed homeward. The snow made things slick, so we locked arms as we descended the hillside—like they do in a dance when the music stops. I think I'll be safe in saying that that was the closest I have been to a girl for two years—since I was in Dayton at least—except to shake hands.

Well so much for that, just so long as you know that folks did all in their power to make this Xmas merry, and I believe they did a good job, but it wasn't complete as it should be if you had of dropped in. But next Xmas I hope that we will be able to be together.

May I take this opportunity to let you know that my heart is full of love for you.

So long for now,