letter from grandmother to mother
Saturday March 28, 1964
[written at top margin of first page]
Would enclose a bill – but expect the mails will be queer for awhile. Don’t want to take chance on losing $$. Oh, Mil, PLEASE send word through Red Cross, if no other way. Love, Love to all.
I guess I heard about the first news broadcast about the Earthquake and Tidal wave. I turned on at 9:45 for news and was greeted by words “Earthquake – Anchorage – Alaska –“ From that moment I was glued to radio until 3:15.
“XTRA – News” stuck to it. Told about it all –
Of course I wept a little to be so far away and worried, but really I was proud of myself.
I’m here in body only today. My heart and thoughts are up there.
I knew all those places so well, but cared only about Eagle River News! Anxious for news from you all. I hope you are safe and sound. Only your safety matters now.
[next page of letter says “2” but begins right here]
is with you and yours.
I’ve been grateful (so grateful that you are up on the mountain) – I hope that you were all home together. I tried to hold to that thought.
I hope your electric-plant survived to keep you warm! They said it was 6 below.
I keep trying to think of good things. I pray Bill was already home: that you were all together! I pray you hadn’t gone shopping.
[see also: *Age 12 – My Story of the Great Alaskan Earthquake March 27, 1964 and My Menarche and *Mother’s Story of the 1964 Quake]
You can see how my mind whirls around. So – I have registered with the Red Cross – giving your name and address etc. – as suggested over the radio. I know you’ll get message when, and if you can but I’ll leave no stone unturned to get news. I’m calm and not foolish, Mil, so don’t worry about me! I just wish I were with you now – so I could help in some way. I could, you know! This is it – I want to go up when I can. If you need me NOW say so!! – or before April is over –
I’ve been alone with it all. C and C – left yesterday A.M. (with that couple I do not like) – They went to Escondido for week-end. Will return to-morrow. They’d be useless – who can say what I want to hear?
But, Mil, people have called and called this morning to know how you are making it. I appreciated those calls. Even Mrs. Kennedy called from Santa Barbara, Mil. First time I’ve heard since her letter about the wedding. Also, Miss Darch. Everyone loves you. Everyone knows how I love you all!
Words are useless at this moment. Just wanted you to know I’m waiting, loving, and praying.
People have all offered to go to market – even – knowing I would not want to be away from ‘phone. I won’t leave until I get news, either. I need nothing – just good news –
I pray that trudging up that mountain-side – all these years – by you all – will now be rewarding.
May God send his Angels to protect you all. My love and heart goes to all. I hope Bill was with you and all were together – All my love – Mother