November 24, 1943

November 24, 1943

Dearest Darling:-

You are so precious and sweet, your letter was so lovely today as well as very inspirational. God has been so good to me to give me such a wonderful wife for a companion. Lover, words just cannot describe how much I love you. The box of cookies arrived today and it was so sweet of you to send them. At our noon meal I had some served at the officer’s mess, they all enjoyed them and said for me to thank you for being so thoughtful.

Signed picture from Charlie Taylor.

Today has been another one of those busy ones. I was on the go all day. This evening I went into Long Beach to hear Charlie and Laurie Taylor. They are holding special services at the First Methodist Church. You remember I saw him and had a lot of fun with him at Tremont Temple Baptist Church in Boston. I’m going to enclose a folder for you to read, I am sure you will enjoy it. Charlie had me on the platform with him as he did at Tremont and asked me to lead in prayer. It is a very large church, seating about 3,300. These brothers are surely doing a great work for the Lord. Robert is at Northern now but is leaving for California soon to take up work at Berkeley Divinity School, our Baptist seminary at Berkeley. That is the school of which Dr. Wilson is a graduate.

I’m so glad you got to be with Doris and Sarah, undoubtedly you had a grand visit. I wish I could have been in on part of your conversation.

Sweetheart, please pray for Mrs. Hollensteiner. She has been very bad with eyeritus. She has been under the doctor’s care and has also had to have three teeth pulled.

I answered Phyllis Van Valey’s letter today and will now mail it on for you to read.

You are such a precious Darling and I love you more all the time. I would be so happy to have you near, but I must not be impatient and make it harder for both of us. I’ll meet you in a little bit at the throne of our dear Lord.

God bless and keep you Dearest and I do love you so much.

Forever your husband because we are one in His love forever,

Willis

Psalm 139-14-16

Col 3:3

Phil 1:3

September 11, 1943

September 11, 1943

Dearest Sweetheart:

Another week of work is completed and you’ll never know the joy that topped it off by the coming of your very sweet letter. I look forward more for the coming of the mail than any other thing, and especially your precious letters. You always write such newsy letters which make me feel I’m there with you. I started writing this letter in my room all alone and was looking forward to writing you a letter in peace and quiet, but my rabbi roommate just came in like thunder, for when he talks it’s in a half-shouting fashion, and he’s liable to burst out at anytime with something making it hard to concentrate on writing.  Besides this, I have to sit in clouds of smoke he puffs my way. Distraction to say the least. I’m convinced more and more a cigarette smoker is one of the most inconsiderate persons there are. If I could find privacy somewhere else I would surely go there, but such cannot be found.

The loose living among the Chaplains just makes my heart ache. Praise the Lord for the fact that I know better than that. I only realize how far short I fall of being what God expects, but by his matchless Grace I’m going to try and live more closely than I ever have before.

This evening my friend from Pennsylvania and I were invited out again for dinner to the same home we were before. We had a wonderful dinner. It is surely a wonderful Christian family. The father is dead, there are five children – 3 girls and two boys. One boy is in the Army  and the other is a chemist in a government Chemical Company. We met them at Tremont Temple Baptist Church.

I forgot to tell you about the service at Tremont Temple Baptist Church last Sunday night. The main Auditorium was filled with 3,000 people by 6:30 P.M. (Note the bulletin, service not scheduled to start until 7:00 P.M.) And Larimer Hall, another big room sitting around 600, was filled and they heard the service by loudspeaker. The service was underway by 6:35 P.M. I sat on the platform along with seven other Chaplains. It was surely a great inspiration to hear such a great gathering sing “He Lives.” As long I live I’ll never forget it, “Charlie” Taylor led the singing. By the way, the theme song of the young people at Tremont Temple is, guess what? “Wonderful Jesus.” It just thrilled my heart to hear them sing this great Chorus. It made me think of our young folks at East Moline and how we use to sing it.

“Charlie” Taylor’s brother Bob is going to Northern, or at least I think he’s still there. If you see him tell him I had a quite a visit with Charlie and told him about Bob at Northern.

Send my love to Julius Robert and Mrs. Mantry for me. Tell them I often think of them.

By the way, I got a very lovely letter from Nettie and she told all about Charlie applying for the Chaplaincy and being turned down.  I would be so glad to see them. They’re the kind of friends who are very few and far between.

The “no good,” photo of Willis. Chaplain School 1943.

Thanks for sending the pictures of Paul and Genevieve, they are very good. They sent me the same ones so I’m going to return them to you. I cut them down in size and carry them in my Bill-fold. By the way, the people who had us out to dinner tonight took a picture of me which is no good, but I’m sending it to you anyhow.

Louise Davis and her mother wrote me a very fine letter and they seem to feel that Rev. Calas wasn’t the man for the place either. Mrs. Davis said she thought they were in too big a hurry to call him, although they didn’t say how they voted. To be frank with you Dear, I’m a little skeptical about it myself but we’ll pray about it and perhaps everything will work out all right.

So the new insurance policy came through, does it look O.K.? As soon as you can conveniently get it paid and the loan all paid on the $3,000.00 policy be sure and do it. But by all means don’t run yourself short on funds. You mentioned the fact that you paid an insurance premium, was that the $1,000.00 Mutual life? My $2,000.00 Guardian Life Insurance policy comes due I believe Oct. 13. If possible, change this from semi-annual to annual payment, for this is the anniversary date of the policy. That’ll save us some money paying it that way. But please don’t run yourself short on money.  As soon as I find out where I’ll be stationed after I leave here, I’ll try and send you some more money. As it is I have to hang onto some extra to buy my ticket when I find out where my new station will be.

Well Darling, it is growing very late and I must close but let me remind you that I love you more all the time and continually praise the Lord for such a wonderful wife and co-worker in God’s great Kingdom program.

With All of my love,

because You belong to Christ,

Willis

Written on the side:

Hebrews 12:1-3

Col 3:3

Phil 1:3

August 23, 1943

Stationary:  First Baptist Church Moline, Illinois

August 23, 1943

Dearest Sweetheart:-

How happy I was this evening to receive your letter.  I was looking forward more to your letter than anything else. They will not give us our mail until after we finish drilling at 5 P.M. When looking forward to your letter it seems like ages before we finish drilling and finally receive our mail.

Sweetheart, I love you more every passing hour. I rejoice in the privilege which is mine to claim you as my wife.

Inside Tremont Temple – Photo of Billy Sunday Preaching.

Last night I had one of the greatest blessings one could imagine. Several of us Chaplains went to Tremont Temple Baptist Church last night for evening services, being Chaplains they had us sit on the platform. The evening service was to begin at 7 P.M. They had to close the doors at 6:35 P.M. because it was impossible to get anymore into the building. The church sits 2,700, around 500 stood in the aisles and halls while around 500 were locked out. I’ve never heard such singing in all my life. Charlie Taylor preached, and what a sermon!!  They generally have the church full for every service. As soon as the building is filled the service begins, which last night was 6:35 P.M. I’m enclosing a bulletin for you to look at.

Yes, we can have a camera but don’t send it. I’ll be so busy from now on that I won’t have enough time do the things I’m supposed to.

By the way, I will not be allowed to carry my pocket watch and chain, which means I’ll have to get a wrist watch in the near future. It has to be waterproof, shockproof and sweep second hand, and at least 15 jewels. It just keeps me buying all the time. They surely hold us up for our food around here.

I was so glad to hear that Gen and Paul had written, be sure and give them my love and best wishes. I cannot find time to possibly write at present.

Well, I’ll close for now, May God bless you and keep you forever. Sweetheart, I love you more and more all the time. God bless you always.

With all of my love forever,

Willis

P.S. I’m sending this to Chicago because you didn’t mention being at Johnson’s for this week.