A “Bit” of Looking Back – Santa Claus Letters (December, 1927)


from The Malakoff News22 December, 1927

from The Malakoff News
22 December, 1927

Santa Claus Letters

From The Malakoff News
Thursday, December 22, 1927

Malakoff Texas

Dear Santa Claus,

I am a little boy seven months old.  Please bring me a high chair, a teddy bear, a rocking horse, and any more little toys you can spare.  Also, bring me some candy and fruit.

Your little boy,

Eugene Martin

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Malakoff Texas

Dear Santa Claus,

I will write you a letter.  I want you to bring me a big doll and a big basket ball, and I want a sweater, and don’t forget my two lisle sisters and Daddy and Mother.

We all love you,

Frances Merworth

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Malakoff Texas

Dear Santa,

I am a little boy 3 years old, and I want an Indian suit, trombone, and a truck, candy nuts, and fruit.  Don’t forget my Mother, Daddy, and my Granddaddy, and Aunt Ta Ta, and be sure to take my things to Daddy at Texarkana for I will be there and I sure do want to see you.

Don’t forget Jimmie and Billie Gene and give them something, too.

Your little boy,

Chas. Bradford Dodson

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Malakoff Texas

Dear Santa Claus,

Please bring me a story book, a Bylo Doll, a little doll bed, a little chair, a trunk, a little dresser, a set of dishes, and some candy apples, oranges, bananas, candy and nuts.  I am a little girl nine years old.  I go to school.  I like my teacher.

Helen Leopard

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Malakoff Texas

Dear Santa Claus,

I am a little girl seven years old.  I go to school and am in the high first.  I want you to bring me a baby doll, doll cradle, set of dishes, oranges, apples, bananas, and all kinds of nuts.  I have a little brother and sister I don’t want you to forget.  Also, don’t forget Daddy and Mother.

Your little girl,

Alice Mae McMillan

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A “Bit” of Looking Back – Orvilla Reese to Go to Rest Camp After Services in Pacific (July, 1943)


Orvilla Reese to Go to Rest Camp After Services in Pacific

From The Malakoff News
Friday, July 23, 1943

In a letter to his wife, the former Miss Helen Leopard, Seaman First Class Orvilla Reese, well-known Malakoff young man and son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Reese of Darco, stated that he is scheduled to be shipped to a rest camp following long and strenuous services with the Navy in the Pacific.  He has been in Guadalcanal and vicinity, he stated, for the past several months.

Seaman Reese enlisted in the “Seabees” construction branch of the Navy July 15, 1942, and left on July 16th for his initial training at Camp Allen, Virginia.  After six weeks at Camp Allen, he was transferred to Davisville, Rhode Island and was later sent back to the State of Virginia to Camp Bradford.  After his advanced training period at Camp Bradford, he was shipped to Guadalcanal, where he has since been in active service.