March 27, 1939
The news of your recital at the Washington’s Sanitarium on the 29th of this month is good news indeed! I surely would have come home earlier in order to attend that recital but for conditions up here, which most likely will detain me for a while.
Pop hasn’t been doing so well of late. It appears as though his progress has struck a snag. Once a week he coughs up blood and it appears as though the amount increases with each attack. The last few days he was forced to stay in bed, feeling very weak. Mom’s toe is coming along very good. In a week or so she will be able to walk around, if nothing unforeseen occurs in the meantime.
Now I have a new patient. George is in bed with a fever of 102°. We just had the doctor for him. It’s tonsillitis, so the doctor says. Whatever it is he is a pretty sick boy. I gave him a dose of milk of magnesia and an enema and I’m keeping him on a fruit juice diet.
So you see Sweetheart, you will have to be patient with me for a while longer. My heart and spirit will be with you at your recital, as always. And I’m sure you are going to do a fine job. What are you going to play? Send me a program and let me know the results. As for saving the program of Sophia Delza’s affair, you know I even save all your letters.
Here’s some news for you. Rockne’s are going out of business. They have advertised their fixtures and equipment for sale. Also the Palace Lunch room was closed up. This town is fast becoming a ghost town and there’s no doubt about it.
The weather is becoming quite mild up here and if it continues it won’t be long before the folks will be preparing things out Grafton. If I were religious I’d get down on my knees and pray that my Father and Mother will be able to enjoy another summer to-gether.
Inclosed you will find “shots” of my bust. Let me know what you think of it. Give the negatives to Milton. Also inclosed you will find $8.00 as per usual.
Darling, I can hardly wait until I see you again. This long absence has me feeling so lonesome that it takes all the self-control that I can muster to remain here.
When I finally do get home I’m going to devote all my time to make you feel happy. Who says there’s no such thing as love? Whoever it is we can feel sorry for them. Write me without delay.
P.S. Best wishes and regards to the family + coms.
Editor’s Notes: The Sanitarium was owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church and it was the oldest hospital in Montgomery County. You can read about its history through the register of historic places. Thelma must have been performing for the patients.
Izzy tells Thelma that he saves all of the letter she writes to him! I would love if this corresponding box fell into my lap but at least we know he was as sentimental as she was about the letters.
Sophia Delza was a dancer and choreographer of Spanish dance at this time. The program Izzy received may be one of the programs held at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Later, in the 1950s, Delza became most known for teaching tai chi.
Rockne’s, the clothing store where Izzy worked, is closing its doors. I don’t think he was working there at this time, his full time job seemed to be taking care of his “patients”. Nevertheless, it was a big part of his working life. The Palace lunch room was in the Hall-Rand building at the corner of Congress and 3rd Streets. In 1965 it was ruined by fire and then scheduled for demolition but I was unable to find information of the restaurant closing in, or prior to, 1939.
Izzy’s father’s health does not appear to be continually progressing but he still holds out hope that they can spend their Spring and Summer days at Grafton Lake. Izzy does not often speak of religion; he is of Jewish descent but his faith lies more with Socialist Labor Party.
At this point, Izzy has been away from Thelma for 3 months. This would take a toll on any young couple but frequent proclamation of love via letter are the antidote to loneliness.