Verne’s letters to Dorothy around Xmas 1917

Posted by Preston G. on August 29, 2011 at 9:52 pm
Aug 292011

These are Verne’s letters to Dorothy around Xmas of 1917, right before he would leave to go to Los Angeles.

Letter from W.O. Garrison to Verne G. April 6, 1923

Posted by Preston G. on August 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Aug 272011
Letter from W.O. Garrison to Verne G. April 6, 1923

This is the first page of a letter from W.O. Garrison (Verne’s father) to him in which he tells V. what he needs to do to document his homestead claim. The letter was 4 pages, but page 2 is missing. I don’t know what happened on the homestead claim, but there are no property tax receipts on this property in the file.

*Sat. Jan. 26, 1918 L.A.

V. is going to school – on Mon, Wed and Fri all day and at night as well and on Tues and Thurs for 7 hrs. [He doesn't say what school.] He says he hasn’t seen anything interesting in Calif because all he does is eat, sleep and go to school. [But wait until you see what comes next!]

A Series of Sudden Decisions – Verne G. 1914-1918

Posted by Preston G. on August 24, 2011 at 8:38 am
Aug 242011

There is a recurrent pattern reflected in the letters from Verne to Dorothy. At the beginning of 1915, in Sept. 1916, in Sept. 1917 and in Jan. 1918 Verne made sudden moves to new places and new jobs. In none of these cases was the specific place or the job revealed at all in the letters before the move, although it is clear in each case in the letters leading up to the move that he was growing restless and somewhat frustrated where he was.

Aug 202011

This is all my notes and transcriptions of the letters as it stands at the moment. I have read all the letters through March, 1917, quite a few from later in 1917 and a few from 1918 and 1919, and the summary was based on that. I have taken notes on all the letters through July, 1915 and a fair number from 1917. I will fill in the gaps as I get a chance.

This is a very long post (20,000 characters), but I wanted to make it available to anyone who is impatient. It will help to read the summary posted earlier before you read this.

I have had the impression from both my father and Howard that my great grandfather W.O. Garrison was kind of a quiet man, overshadowed by the strong personality of his wife. He may have been, but this letter gives a different perpective.

This is a summary of what I have read so far, which is 1913-1916, plus parts of 1917 and bits of 1918-1919

Dear Dorothy: June 29, 1914

Posted by Preston G. on August 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm
Aug 022011


I am awfully tired tonight and possibly my handwriting shows it. Yes, my job is good until tomorrow at noon, and then I will be free until the next time. I am sure glad that it didn’t last longer for I am sure that I would not have been able to have stood the strain.

Dear Dorothy: June 27, 1914

Posted by Preston G. on August 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm
Aug 022011


I am slightly if not somewhat more than peevish. I offered to excuse the first card, but the second is unpardonable. This makes three letters that I have written and I’m sure that if I can find the time to write, you must be able to. You told me that if you received any cards from me that you would be awfully mad and would not answer.

Dear Dorothy: June 26, 1914

Posted by Preston G. on August 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm
Aug 022011


“Cawn’t say old chap” as how I was overjoyed with the extreme length of the letter that I received from you this afternoon. I like to receive long letters but not chaptered novels. Well, I’ll excuse you this time if you beg hard enough. But you must write more next time, you promised to write me a  l o n g  one (get my metaphor).