second trip and journal written when she went to visit Bert in
Oklahoma. This is the last time she saw him before he was shipped
overseas and into the thick of World War II.
Monday May 24, 1943 Left Medford, OR at 7:30 p.m. My but it
is crowded. They decided the it would be best if they added a second
bus to handle the over-flow. At the state line the second bus caught
up with us. They had a busted rod so 8 soldiers got on our bus and
stood in the aisle. Then it was stuffy. We certainly had some beautiful
views of Mt. Shasta. Prettier than any picture you ever saw. Arrived
here in Dunsmiur, Calif. , at 10:45 p.m. . The train leaves here
at 12:05. Nice long wait and very tiresome. I'm already tired and
I'm this Barely stated. I'm this much closer to my darling. I'll
surely be glad when I get on that train. Here's hoping I can sleep.
The way I feel I could sleep most anywhere. As soon as the dinning
room clears a little bit to eat. Time out for a sandwich and a cup
of coffee. Just in time I here the train pulling in. So by for now.
Am I lucky in getting a Chair car. Shared my seat with an elderly
woman . Didn't get much sleep. But rested some. My but the train
is crowded. Good night more tomorrow.
Tuesday May 25, 1943 They woke everyone up at 5
a.m. Oh dear everyone is so sleepy. Here it is only 6:45 and I'm wide
awake. This morning will be my first visit to San Francisco. Probably
won't see much of it. Riding a train one sees the worse part of a city.
Arrived at the Oakland pier at 10 a.m. Left on the ferry at 10:45
arriving in San Francisco about 11. Took a taxi to the Santa Fe depot.
Boy what a ride. I don't think I would care to live here at all., of
course I didn't see much of the city. I cleaned up and ate. Then walked
down the street a couple of blocks and bought a suitcase. One of the
catches on my little one is broken and with so much stuff it would
hardly stay shut. I came back to the depot and laid down and went to
sleep. Took the bus over the Oakland to catch the train. I'm, in an old
time chair car. Not very comfortable I must say. Now at 2:30 p.m. we
are on our way. Boy what an afternoon. I've had a headache so bad I
could hardly stand. Can't use my eyes much. Have been sleeping when I
could. It is so hot and miserable, they finally turned some bans on.
That helped some. Here it is 10 p.m. and no cooler. Seems it is
stuffier since we have had to pull the shades(because of the war ,
blackout rules). I went to the lounge and washed good. Feel somewhat
refreshed. But it won't be long until I'll be as sweaty as ever. I have
to change trains in Barstow at 5 a.m. Hope I get a better seat than I
have now. I'll be about dead if I have to ride this way much longer. My
right leg and foot ate just about to kill me. The same old trouble.
Wish my darling were here to keep up my spirits. Well are another day
journey near each other now. Thank the good Lord for that. I can hardly
wait until Friday gets here and I can have a bed and My Darling. Time
for some shut eye. Good night diary.
Wednesday May 26, 1943 Up at 5:00 a.m. Not to much rest last
night. Was in Barstow over and hour. My, but this is desolate country
and It is really getting warm Is going to be a scorcher today. I'm
still in and old coach. My right leg and foot are certainly giving
me troubles. Well, it is worth the pain and tiredness to get to
be with my darling again. Had breakfast about 11:00 , eggs, toast
and coffee. Came back to find that the Lieutenant that had been
setting with me had left us at Needles and another soldier had taken
his place.. He was really a jolly fellow. Never a dull moment. His
buddy is sitting with a girl behind me. Late the evening we turned
our seat so we all visit. The soldier that was with me got off at
Flagstaff, Arizona. I thought I would have the seat to my self but
no such luck. It is almost impossible to sleep. I'm really dead
tired. Haven't slept any all day. My but we have seen some desolate
country today. How I wish it were tomorrow at this time 11:00.
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