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Mom, wife, computer geek, web designer, musician, ski bum, photographer, bicyclist, camper, glamper, fishing woman, treasure hunter, bookkeeper, office wizard, trekking through life in Jackson Hole

September 10, 1941

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Hawaii USA

Dear Pauline,

I am having a new crystal put in the wrist watch and as soon as I gt back to the mainland I will mail it to you.

I am crazy to see you again. While I was writing these few lines to you I received your letter written August 20, so I will stop and read it.

I am missing this letter from Pauline.

So your family think you are kidding. It will be a surprise to our friends and relatives. The first time either one been married. It’s alright with me any arrangements you make about your job and your mother just so wwe can all be happy.

I will get some time off for Christmas. I told Lieut Lett confidential about us but it was too good to keep secret so all the Naval Officers aboard ships know about it and they are planning on giving us a party and giving us a big time when we get married. So we will be a “King for a Day” ha.

I will let you know more later when I get back to the mainland.

My “Precious One” I think about you every day and think you are going to be part of me and I know we will be happy, we will plan together, live and be happy alwasy until we are old. My father was very tough on us kids but he was a Romeo to my mother. We will have lit of thing to talk about later.

I was over at Mr & Mrs Halley last year and ate supper they are very nice to me. I think lot of them.

I will write you more when I get back.

“Say did you say your birthday was September 19th”

By by
Abb.

September 10th, 1941 German armies now have Kiev completely surrounded.

September 11th, 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the United States Navy to shoot on sight if any ship or convoy is threatened.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_World_War_II_(1941)
 
 
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James Edward Truett Family
Top left to right: Abb R Truett, Bessie (Martin) Truett, Sallie (Turpin) Truett, James E Truett, (woman with baby Gladys May Truett?). Bottom left to right: Russell Truett, Charles Truett, far right William Day Truett.
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August 17, 1941

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

There is a letter missing from Pauline, Pauline has accepted Abb’s marriage proposal.

U. S. S. Cuyama – San Fransisco Calif.

To my Dear Future Sweet Wife,

How that! I received your letter today as we will be sailing early in the morning for Honolulu. I will tell you how glad I am when you said “yes”.

When I read your letter it seem that I had been lost all my life and found the most happiness thing to live for.

I have been a play-boy all my life thinking I was happy and I have seen so may of my friends get married and told me later that I was missing the most happiness thing in life in not getting married. I have been shipmate with a Lieut. Lett for five years who now is aboard ship with me. He was married 2 years ago, they live in San Diego, Calif. I go our to their home a lot. He & his wife are swell, they are very much in love with each other. Both are very nice to me (you will meet them later) they are glad I have met someone I like very much. I showed them your picture they think you are very nice & good looking.

Remember, Pauline is also the name of Abb’s Sister in Law.

Yes Pauline told me the things you said.

Say: I think I should have a picture made & send you one so you can destroy the one you have of my self. Ha.

If you could plan to come out here sometime in October or before if you like. The reason I say October is because I will be out on a battle cruiser for about 15 days in September and I wont have much time off when we arrive back in September.

When you do come out you and Mother could find a furnished apt or house or you could stay with Woody & Pauline until I come in or any way you see fit. Or you could transfer your job out here until we plan other things if you wanted to hold on to your job or if you just want to keep house it all right with me. If you don’t have enough money to come out [as] I will send you some later. After you get out here we can get married at Woody & Pauline’s or at church or we could drive up to Las Vegas Nev. (about 5 hour drive from Los Angeles) and get married the same day (as movie stars). Or we can have a military wedding mustering the captain & officers of the USS Cuyama. Say you get to help me on this wedding you are going to be my wife and I am about to get lost in the fog in suggesting. Ha.

Say honey. Pauline Truett thinks you are it.

I am glad to hear your mother is feeling better. I hope to meet her some day.

Pauline it will be the happiest thing in my life in making you the best husband any wife was had. We can plan & go places, see things & you meet some of my friends and I will meet your friends and be alone that is just you and I be alone some times and I can kiss your sweet lips.

Honey if you think this is rushing you to fast you can come on out to Los Angels & have your job transferred out here and we can go around a while together. But gosh honey I would be afraid to go away and leaving you like that for fear some other man might get you.

I will write you from Honolulu. If you write me this week and mail it in the address [stamped] envelope it will go clipper mail from San Diego to Honolulu.

Your Future Husband
Abb

August 18, 1941 Adolf Hitler orders a temporary halt to Nazi Germany’s systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and handicapped due to protests. However, graduates of the Action T4 operation were then transferred to concentration camps, where they continued in their trade.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_World_War_II_(1941)
Abb Truett
Woody bottom-right tube, person on the left.
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Pot Luck Elk Roast

Sunday, March 24th, 2019
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I’ve been making this roast for many years for band pot lucks and have been asked for the recipe several times. The recipe has changed a bit over the years and I try new things. I have had some fails, this recipe below is the best outcome over the years. When I made the roast I wrote down my measurements even though I usually don’t “measure”.

Tip: Put a grocery bag in a mixing bowl to collect scraps and ends, then tie off and throw away.

Learn from my fails:

  • Fail #1:One time I was making the roast for dinner at home, the housekeeper saw it was bubbling and thought she was doing me a favor by turning it down. The roast was not raw but it did not have that “fall apart” quality and did not taste as good. After that, if I have other people in the house, I put a note on my crock pot to leave on high or just tell guests not to turn it down.
  • Fail #2: I have also burnt this roast before by not adding enough water because I asked someone to add water if needed and it didn’t happen. Having a little too much water tastes way better than dry and burned and makes for a happier dinner table.
  • Fail #3: At a work pot luck a coworker unplugged the crock pot to make some toast then did not re-plug it in. Since then when making anything in a slow cooker for an office pot luck I start it on high the night before then keep it on low while at the office…. and check on it often.

Whenever I bring this to a pot luck, not only does the roast get picked clean the veggies left at the bottom (if any) usually go home with someone instead of in the garbage.

Pot Luck Elk Roast

This recipe is a favorite at potlucks. Any wild game can be substituted.
Prep Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crock Pot, Elk, pot luck, slow cooker, Wild Game
Author: TetonTrekker

Ingredients

Wild Game

  • 1 Large Elk Roast Cleaned and trimmed

Produce

  • 3 Lg cloves Garlic Minced
  • 1 Medium Leek (White Part) Minced
  • 1 Medum Yellow Onion Chopped into Small Cubes
  • 3 – 4 Medium Carrots Chopped into Small Cubes
  • 3 – 4 Stocks Celery Chopped into Small Cubes
  • 1 Roasted Plabano Pepper Chopped into Small Cubes

From the Pantry

  • 1 14.5 oz Can Diced Tomatoes Any variety
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 TBSP Apple Cidar Vinegar Important
  • 1/3 Cup Red Wine or Wyoming Whiskey

Herbs and Spices

  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Fresh Ground Sea Salt
  • 1 TBSP Rosemary Dried
  • 1 Scant TBSP Thyme Dried
  • 1 Scant TBSP Majorum Dried
  • 2 or 3 Bay Leaves
  • 1 TSP Sea Salt
  • 1/2 TSP White Pepper

Optional Add Ins

  • 2 Medium Idaho Potatos Chopped into Small Cubes (Any variety potato works)

Other

  • 1 to 4 cups Water

Instructions

  • Season the roast on all sides with the fresh ground pepper, sea salt, and rosemary. Set aside
  • Prep all the vegetables, keeping the garlic and half the onions separate. Save the canned tomatoes to add in with the liquids.
  • TIP: During camping season I mix up a batch of this veggies mix and freeze in a zip lock for use in dutch oven recipes. You can double up while making this recipe to save time later.
  • Saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil until a little soft. I do this directly in the bottom of the crock pot. If your crock pot does not have this feature just skip it and add the garlic to the veggie mixture, and the olive oil in with the liquids.
  • Place roast on top of the onion/garlic mixture. Sometimes I brown the roast but it does not seem to make a difference in the flavor or texture.
  • Add the liquids, tomatoes, and herbs. Use enough water to half way cover the roast.
  • Add the veggies and push around the roast. Add enough water so the liquids are even with the veggies.
  • Cook the crap out of it! Set your crock to high and cook all day, 8 to 12 hours. If your crock pot is smaller you may want to check on the roast during your lunch hour and add liquids as needed.
  • Give the veggies a little stir and turn crock to warm about a half hour before I need to put it in the car for travel to the party. Keep crock on warm at the pot luck.

Notes

The apple cider vinegar does something to the texture of the meat so it does not turn weird after cooking it so long. You will not taste it in the finished roast.
These photos do not show the tomatoes because I thought I had a can and did not. The roast still tasted great but I think it is better with tomatoes.
If this is for a work pot luck you can start the roast before you go to bed.