St. Luke’s Hospital Benefit Ball, 1946

On Thursdays I normally transcribe a letter from Clarese Lettenmaier to Chuck Stephan-sweethearts just after World War II.  The  most recent letter, dated April 29, 1946, is a bunch of one sentence thoughts that don’t connect together in any way.  So, I have decided not to include the letter in today’s post.  One cool thing about this letter, though, is that she included the newspaper cutting documenting the St. Luke’s Hospital’s benefit ball she worked a few days before.  For me, this is extremely exciting.  Yes, the letter is a bunch of gibberish, but we finally have a photo of Clarese!

You’ll have to excuse the creases throughout the newspaper.  Clarese folded it super small to fit in the envelope, and for all we know, it’s been in that envelope since 1946 or so.  Also, the page was large and all of it wouldn’t fit on my scanner, so you get two pages of 1946 party loveliness!  I’ve pointed a red arrow to Clarese.

Scan 1 of the Society and Features section of The Idaho Sunday Statesman, April 28, 1946

Scan 1 of the Society and Features section of The Idaho Sunday Statesman, April 28, 1946

Scan 2 of the Society and Features section of The Idaho Sunday Statesman, April 28, 1946

Scan 2 of the Society and Features section of The Idaho Sunday Statesman, April 28, 1946

Here’s a closer image of Clarese standing next to Elizabeth:

clarese

Perhaps next week Clarese will provide us with a better composed letter.

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