Ladonia Historical Preservation Society
Merry Christmas 1944
by Debby Crofford
The Christmas edition
of the Ladonia News 1944 carried a front page message from editor John
Kean to Ladonians around the world.
"Hello - Tom Cain in France! - Hello - Edwards
in Italy! - A.B. Bartley in England - all of you everywhere- Gather round
for a visit with your home folks- Hello! Is that you J.W. Hudgins and the
boys in New Guinea? Hello, all you in London - Hello Mollie Pichard, riding
the high seas of the Pacific- Hello, Sgt Sebastian in Belgium and we are
not forgetting you Jack Hill in that lousy Jap prison! - our prayers go
out for you! - and stay in there Rub Partain- hold that New Caledonia!
Hello Pensacola, San Diego, Seattle? - New York ? - Are you all tuned in
? - on the battle wagons, in the training camps and schools, shore stations,
submarines, cruisers and flat tops - Are you wathcing and listening in
the dugouts, jungle shacks, tanks, jeeps, Red Cross canteens, front lines
and foxholes? - You tuned in Preacher Osborne with the boys of Formosa
and the Phillippines? - You in the bomber and fighter commands over France,
Germany and Italy - are you with us? - Are you listening Ben Ed Fry? Hello
Sailor! - Hello Soldier! - Hello Merchant Marine! - Hello Leatherneck!
- Hello Seabees! Hello Army, Navy and Marine Air Force pilots and mechanics,
Hello Waves and Wacs and Spars and Nurses and Medics! - Stand by Gwyndoline
Abernathy and Anna Lou Bishop - All set now? All you guys and gas- in every
single branch of the services - Well - hold everything - here's hearts
and handshakes across seas and lands and oceans to each of you from hundreds
and hundreds of us - town and countryside - Hear us? We are all shouting
Hello, ----And Merry
from the people in the greater Ladonia vicinity -
your moms and dads and wives and sisters and brothers and friends- the
people who live in the towns and villages and on the highways and farms
and the streets and roads you know so well. Down to the last Tiny Tim our
thoughts are with you!
We'll be singing the old songs in the spirit of Christmas
- There'll be prayer for Peace on Earth - and someday Peace will come.
Keep your faith and your spirit high- Sing with us- we'll be singing with
your who are our friends - sons and daughters, and fathers and sisters
and brothers and nephews and niecs and pals - all over this world! Yes,
our hearts go out to you across the many miles between us. After you have
finished your jobs we want you to hurry back to ladonia - down in beautiful
Texas where all are your friends."
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