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February 21, 1922

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The O.K. Feed and Fuel Company
Earl & sparks
==TRANSCRIPTION== The O.K. Feed and Fuel Company Earl & sparks proprietor COAL,HAY,GRAIN,FEED,CEMENT,PLASTER,LIME AND CEDAR SHINGLes WHOLESALE AND RETAIL PAGOSA SPRINGS,COLO., February 8th, 1922. Bureau of pensions, Dept. of Interior, Washington,D.c Gentlemen: I am returning herewith letter addressed to Anna E. Sparks that no doubt contains a pension check. Anna E. Sparks(my mother) died November 15th,1921. There being a small amount due her on this past quarter will you please advise me what action is necessary to close this matter up. Yoours truley, Carl g Aparks DISBURSING OFFICE RECEIVED FEB 17,1922 NO.1 BUREAU OF PENSIONS PENSION OFFICE FEB17,1922 US CANCELED ON (.....) PAYEE DECEASED

February 21, 1933

Public auction for my Grampa Hilbert's possessions.
Public auction for my Grampa Hilbert's possessions.

February 21, 1946

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Page 2 ==TRANSCRIPTION== guess. It''s(?) ensuring now pretty hard out, you miser know what its going to do One day cold, the meat warm one clear and the next day it''s snowing. Received the nice brispics(?) and really enjoyed them. Thanks an awful lot mother. Will mom guess that''s all for now so will close and get ready for liberty. Tell hills to everybody for me. love always Vernon(?)
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UNITED STATES NAVY    February 21, 1946
==TRANSCRIPTION== UNITED STATES NAVY February 21, 1946 Thursday Eve. 5:00 P.M. Dear Mom & Dad Received your letter yesterday and have some time before going on liberty so will answer it now. I get liberty from tonight until Saturday morning and from noon Saturday until Monday morning. Got a pretty big weekend. I have a 72 hr. liberty starting the 8 of March. I would like to go back to Aunt Matia but then Jonny would want me to come to his place. I won''t be able to fly home. I went out to the A.T.C. last Saturday and they are practically closed down. The only way I could fly home would be commercial and that would take to much money. It''s going to be a stormy night I

February 21, 1959

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February 21, 1960

Letter home to parents

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Dear Folas,
Letter home to parents ==TRANSCRIPTION== Dear Folas, Dembi Dollo,February21,1960 Think that i can get a start on his letter before a I must go.This is sunday afternoon and today I am going to be teaching the lesson at the children''s sunday school held at the den Dulk home. As I said before in the other letter,it certainly was a nice to have aurellia and the kids here for the few days that they were here.I think that it was a good vacation for aurellia,too.; This week Dr.lindholm has been speaking every day to the pastors and elders of this area on ate wardship and his message have been exceptional.He has a real way of making things simple and a gift for good illustrating stories.Y ou can tell that he has been a missionary before himself for he has a heart that understands the poor people''s need and ,too,he have his wife have fit in so wonderfully with the missionary family here.Their personal testimonies are thrilling to hear.They went to china as missionary in 1931 as bride and groom but then they are forced to live in 1941 so they fled to the philippines.)Anyway ,soon after this they had to flee to the mountains to hide from the japanese.They first live in a cave.They had another missionary lady and her little ?ddies with them.(the husband and father was taken by the japs)they were hiding in the mountains for 2? years and mrs Lindholm tells how precious god''s word came to her.The bible and a few other books was all that they had, and that in what tells how she made her little girlies dresses out of sheets and she,herself ,had a akirt made up of towels.Mr.Lindholm had trousers and jack?t made out of the ticking of old mattresses cached by fleeing missionaries.In 1944 Mrs.Lindholm tok the children cau?lously to the coat where she had learned she could u.s submarine going to australia.Mr.Lindholm tells how she with her kiddies with 20 other women and children were on the sub.--the kiddies slept on topedo rocks.Their ships was spotted by an enemy palne and soon after thet they were torpedoed .The other women(not missionaries) were hysterical --some sayiing their rosaries.The oldest Lindholm girl went to her mother and said,"mommy,are we going to drown?" Her mother reply,"I don''t knoww--if we do,we will be safe in the arms of jesus,"That was enough to quite the heart of the little girl,so Mrs.L.and her children were a real testinomy to thede other fearful women and children.Well,I didin''t mean to take so much time in telling you this,but I think this will give you a good idea of what calibre of folks they are.They have been a real inspiration to all of us.(Dr.Lindholm laughs just like uncle George!) I had a new experience this past week .Guess H''ve told you before the bugs seem to like me preety much--especially the fleas.On friday evening i went to the church to hear Dr.Lindholm.I sat back in he darkcornor .Esther was sitting beside me.Preety soon I got uncomfortable cause I could feel some little creature up high on my legs.I wiggldd a little bit from time to time sort of discourage any damaging work by the little bug,but to be truthful with ya I WAS MISERABLE '' cuz I wanted to itch and stratch these un-get-to -able places.This meeting seemed extra lont to me,but when it was over , I hurried home to look at he bites.All up and down the middle of my legs were great big welts as big as silver dollars--and a few on the out sides of my legs.Before supper that evening I showe? these to Mary Nell and she said that I had bitten by bed bugs and thus had rescted so violently .It''s hard for us Americans to understand how some of these people can live with such oritters and such dirt.I thought for a while right before christmas that I had calantha''s malady,but it soon disappeared.So many of the school boys haveitch that I am ammzed that we missionaries have not become afflicted. Mother,at one time you mentioned furlough clothes for jim and aurelia and kids.One thing that Aurelia will needs is some lingerie.At pokwo she does not wear slips,of course;When I arrived I only had the one slip which I was wearing ,so Aurelia so graciously gave me t?o[unreadable]
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very nice slips and also some panties. She also needs
==TRANSCRIPTION== very nice slips and also some panties. She also needs bras. when she was here this past week-end I gave her two of mine (Which came with Lois and which are too small for me now!) and she was tickled to get them. I''m sure she would be very happy to have new under clothes for furlough. Did I get you that I am going to knit a sweatar for each of the girls? Often after prayer meetings, or during station meetings, the women here mend or crocket orknit-- so I thought I''d keeep in style and keep in practice. Julie strong went to addis this [ast week to ger her passport renewaed and so she promised to get the yarn or me. She already has the pattern. It is very plain-- just si mple sitting -- no fancy stiches. I am going to wo do some more art work for Aurelie. She has composed a salvation story to tell to Anuak children and she asked me to draw the figures. Could you send a copy of ? and A''s ? letter to ? like ? Thankx Dont be too shocked butI''ve Learned to love cracked wheat cereal. Esther fixes whole kernel wheat for a breakfast oereal. I didn''t care for it at first but now I really go for it. I like the nutty, chew texture. Can you buy whole Kernel wheat any place at home? Also it''s rbest with brown suger (unrefined white sugar!). Another thing which I''ve grom to love (in fact i''ve got a reputation about it.) and that is pumpkin-squash. I like it either smashed like potatoes or brked. What do the sparks'' think of your idea about Rand''s going to Colarado? Have you suggested it yet? roger''s quartet sounded very nice on the tape. I''m glad he''s gone to a good school. Hope you both are feeling fine and are not suffering from the cold. Love and prayers, AB
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very nice slips and also some panties. She also needs
==TRANSCRIPTION== very nice slips and also some panties. She also needs bras. When she was here this past weekend I gave her two of mine (which came with Louis and which are too small for me now!) and she was tickled to get them. I''m sure she would be very happy to have new underclothes for furlough. Did I tell you that I am going to knit a sweater for each of the girls? Often after prayer meetings or during station meetings, the women here mend or crochet or knit--so I thought I''d keep in style and keep in practice. Jule Strong went to Addis this past week to get her passport renewed and so she promised to get the yarn for me. She already has the pattern. It is very plain--just simple ?itting-- no fancy stiches. I am going to do some more art work for Aurelis. She has composed a salvation story to tell to Anuek? children and she has asked me to asked me to draw the figures. Could you send a copy of J and A''s prayer letter to Erika? Thanx Don''t be too shocked but I''ve learned to love cracked-wheat cereal.Esther fixes whole kernel wheat for a breakfast cereal. I didn t care for it at first but now I really go for it. I like the nutty, chewy, texture. Can you buy whole kernel wheat at any place at home? Also it''s best with brown sugar (unrefined white sugar!). Another thing which I''ve grown to love (in fact I;ve got a reputation about it.) and that is pumpkin-squash. I like it either smashed like potatoes or baked. What do the Sparks think of your idea about Randy''s going to Colorado? Have you suggested it yet? Roger''s quartet sounded very nice on the tape. I''m so glad he''s gone to a good school. Hope you both are feeling fine and are not suffering from the cold. Love and prayers, AP
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Dear Folas,                              Dembi Dollo,
==TRANSCRIPTION== Dear Folas, Dembi Dollo, February 21, 1960 Think that I can get a start on this letter before I must go. This is Sunday afternoon and today I am going to be teaching the lesson at the children''s sunday school held at the den Dulk home. As I said before in the other letter, it certainly was nice to have Aurelie and the kids here for the few days that they were here. I think that it was a good vacation for Aurelia, too. This week Dr. Lindholm has been speaking every day to the pastors and elders of this area on stewardship and his messages have been exceptional. He has a real way of making things simple and a gift for good illustrating stories. You can tell that he has been a missionary before himself, for he has heart that understands the poor people''s needs and, too, he and his wife have fit in so wonderfully with the missionary family here. Their personal testimonies are thrilling to hear. They went to China as Missionaries in 1931 as bride and groom but then they were forced to leave in 1941 so they fled to the Philippines. There, too, they were soon going to have to flee. They have four children and their youngest was born on December 7, 1941 --Pearl Harbor Day. (It was the 8th in the Philippines.) Anyway, soon after this they had to flee to the mountains to hide her little kddies with them.(The husband and father was taken by the Japs) They were hiding in the mountains for 2½ years and Mrs. Lindholm tells how precious God''s word come to her. The Bible and a few other clothes were wearing out and Mrs. Lindholm tells how she made her little girlies dresses out of sheets and she, herself, had a skirt made out of towels. Mr. Lindholm had trousers and jackt made out of the ticking of old mattresses cached by fleeing missionaries. In 1944 Mrs. Lindholm took the children causlously to the coast where she had learned she could board a U.S. sub- marine going to Australia. Mr. Lindholm stayed on the island--he was the only missionary left on that island. Then Mrs. Lindholm tells how she with her kiddies with 20 other women and children were on the sub.--the kiddies slept on torpedo racks. Their ship was spotted by an enemy plane and soon after that they were torpedoed. The other women (not missionaries) were hysterkal--some saying their rosaries etc. The oldest lindholm girl went to her mother and said, "Mommy, are we going to drown?" Her mother''s reply, " I don''t knoww--if we do, we will be safe in the arms of Jesus." That was enough to quiet the heart of the little girl, so Mrs. L. and her children were a real testimony to these other fearful women and children. Well, I didn''t mean to take so much time in telling you this, but I think this will give you a good idea of what calibre of folks they are. They have been a real inspiration to all of us. (Dr. Lindholm laughs just like Uncle George!) i had a new experience this past week . Guess I''ve told you before that the bugs aeem to like me pretty much--especially the fleas. On Friday evening I went to the church to hear Dr. Lindholm. I sat back in a darkcorner. Esther was sitting beside me. Pretty soon I got uncomfortable cause I could feel some little creature up high on my lega. I wiggldd a little bit from time to time to sort of discourage any damaging work by the little bug, but to be truthful with ya I WAS MISERABLE ''cuz I wanted to itch and scratch these un-get- to-able places. The meeting seemed extra long to me, but when it was over, I hurried home to took at the bites. All up and down the middle of my legs. were great big welts as big as silver dollars--and a few on the outsides of my legs.Before supper that evening I showed these to Mary Nell and she said that I had been bitten by bed bugs and thus had reacted so violently. It''s hard for us Americans to understand how some of these people can live with such critters and such dirt. I thought for awhile right before Christmas that I had Calantha''s malady, but it soon disappeared. So many of the school boys have itch that I am amazed that we missionaries have that not become afflicted. Mother, at one time you mentioned furlough clothes for Jim and Aurelia and kids. One thing that Aurelia will need is some lingerie. At Pokwo she does not wear slips, of course. When I arrived I only had the one slip which I was wearing, so Aurelia so graciously gave me two
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Coland Mrs Ansan J Smalley, 1604 W 9th St., Pomona,
==TRANSCRIPTION== Coland Mrs Ansan J Smalley, 1604 W 9th St., Pomona, California, U.S.A
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February 21, 1968

Vernon, standing in front of our weekend getaway in Wildbad in the Black
Vernon, standing in front of our weekend getaway in Wildbad in the Black Forest.

February 21, 1977

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