September 28, 1943


Nearing Omaha

 Dearest Sweetheart:-

We were 45 minutes late out of Chicago – a man was hurt getting through the gate and it necessitated holding the train. We are about  2 hours late now, but the train is really rolling as I’m sure you can tell by my poor writing. Darling, the only difference time & distance make, is that I love you more than ever.

Your’s ever in Christ’s All glorious Love,


Col 3:3

2nd postcard of the day


Out of Omaha


I saw Verla in the station at Omaha. Don is going to try and see me at Columbus or Grand Island because he’s out on his run. Here’s hoping I get to see him. Verla was surely sweet and ask all about you. Well Darling, how happy I am to have you for my wife.

With All of My Love,


Psalm 91

3rd postcard of the day


Nearing North Platte, Nebraska

Phil 1:3

And chaps 3 and four


Don Reed (Willis’ brother) is in the center. Taken during his first year as brakeman.

Don got on the train with me from Grand Island to Kearney. We had a good visit, all though very short. He looks good and likes railroading. I’m very hungry at present, haven’t had anything to eat as yet. I would enjoy some of your cooking or mom’s right now. Crops look pretty good here in Nebraska. The cloud formations are surely pretty today. More later Dear. Walt(?), the conductor and I have been having a real visit.

All of my Love,


4th  postcard of the day


Nearing Cheyenne

Provberbs 3:5,6


I’ve just had a good dinner on the diner with the train crew. Walt (?) will soon be leaving me. It made me think of old times as I passed through familiar towns in Western Nebraska. It has surely been a pretty good day, so many beautiful cloud formations. I don’t see how anyone could ever doubt the Omnipresence, Omnipotence of God. The more I love you, the more I love and want to do for our Heavenly Father.

With all my Love,


August 18, 1943

Stationary:  First Baptist Church of East Moline, Illinois

August 18, 1943

My Darling Wife and Always Sweetheart,

Blessed be the name of the lord for you Dear, it seemed the wheels of the train hummed a tune that found my heart full to overflowing for love for you. Darling I love you more than I ever dreamed possible. This first year of our married life has been the happiest I’ve ever enjoyed. How I praise the Lord for the fact that you are God’s girl and you and the Lord have seen fit to let me have you for a companion.

Our train arrived in Boston only 10 minutes late which is very good considering the conditions. I did not sleep hardly at all. Our train was jammed and they had to make up another one a second section as large as the one I was on. I’ve been in “jams” and “crushes,” but never like yesterday when they opened the gates to let us through. I stood up for part of the way. When nearing Boston a man asked me if I were going to the Chaplains School at Harvard, and I said yes. He informed me that he was a teacher at Harvard and would be glad to direct me. We took the subway to Harvard square and then he got a taxi from there to my Dormitory here at Perkins Hall. He was surely nice to me as was his wife. They even paid my way.

I arrived here at 11:15 A.M. Filled out papers and what not until just a few minutes ago. It is now 2:30 P.M. I need a shave, need sleep and something to eat. However I wanted to write to you first.

I’m going to try and get some shower shoes so I can take a shower as well as a couple of towels and soap.

Well Dear I’ll close now. And I love you more than my poor mortal tongue can tell you.

With All of My Love & Life,

Willie, (mush)

I’ll write more later.

Col 3:3

Psalm 34

Written on the side:

P.S.  Did Edith ever get to the station?