May 17, 1936.
We were very much disappointed that you did not come this week-end. Since we did not hear anything to the contrary we were expecting you. I even turned the cover down on Dr. White’s bed Saturday night.
May 17, 1936
After itemizing our furniture I telephoned the Fireproof Storage Co. to be sure I had done it correctly. They are the ones who moved Mr. Hall and they already have John’s bid for moving his furniture from Fort Pierce. Mr. Bradley of that company said that the only reason there was any difficulty in getting Mr. Hall’s bids approved was that he was trying to ship both the things that the government was willing to move (laboratory material) and the things that they were not willing to move (household furniture). He said it was better not to list the furniture. All that is necessary is to state that it is furniture for a __ room house. He has the blanks at his office and suggested that you go there to see him next time you are in Savannah. He knows you as he had several conversations with you in regard to Mr. Hall’s furniture. His van would pick up our furniture here and the same van would unload it at our house in San Antonio. He said he thought his company was the only one in Savannah that could do that. The Fireproof Storage Co. represents the Aero Mayflower Transit Co. which moves furniture all over the United States, Mexico and Canada. He said they had had a great deal of experience in moving gov. employees’ furniture, especially from Fort Screven.
We hope to see you this week-end, Honey.
Lots of love,
Letterhead: “Young Men’s Christian Association, Army and Navy, ‘With the Colors.'”
Sunday Sept 21, 1935
My dear Ina & Boys,
Mr. Thomas Duck Jr. drove here with Daddy last night and we will see Tom McGebee this afternoon. We have an exhibit for the fair which begins tomorrow morning. Mr. Duck delivered one of the exhibits for me yesterday and another man took another exhibit to Newnan Ga.
September 21, 1935
Night before last I spent at Eatonton Ga. about 65 miles from Atlanta. I did not get away from Savannah until about five o’clock in the PM and could not drive all of the way that night. Yesterday I dictated replies to a number of letters on my desk, but I did not clean up all of them. Tomorrow I’ll be in Atlanta again and I’ll try to get everything cleaned up. I am not sure yet but I may get back to Savannah Tuesday night. I could have the exhibits shipped without seeing them, but I’d like to come home again anyway.
I am sending Mother Dove the check we talked about (40).
Mr. Duck spent last night & this AM with a relative here. He will be back just after dinner today.
I want Walter White to be a good boy, and I am pretty sure that he will be.
This stationery was left over when the war closed & the YMCA can’t afford better.
Mobile, Ala – August 21, 1935
Benzol not expected here until tomorrow some time. Following is my schedule care of county agent each place.
Cedartown – Aug 23 10 AM
Calhoun ” 23 230 P
Jasper ” 24 1030a
Canton ” 24 3 PM
Atlanta – Sunday & Mon AM
Lawrenceville Aug 26 230 PM
Winder ” 27 10 AM
Jefferson ” 26 2 PM
Lincolnton ” 28 10 AM
Hartwell ” 28 2:30 PM
Savannah ” 29 AM
August 21, 1935
Letterhead from the Georgia Emergency Relief Administration, Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. W.E. Dove,
In Charge of Screw Worm Control Work
P.O. Box #22
Dear Dr. Dove:
We are attaching hereto a copy of our state project number S-160-B18-11 A, which was approved yesterday covering an extension of the original screw worm project.
December 19, 1934
This project will be worked similar to the original approval, and you should get in touch with Mr. Harry Harmon, State Purchasing Agent, Georgia Emergency Relief Administration, Ten Forsyth Street Building, Atlanta, Georgia regarding the purchase of Benzol, Pine Tar, and other supplies for which a purchase release has been granted.
Very truly yours,
(Miss) Gay B. Shepperson
Relief Administrator for Georgia
Walter’s grant renewal for the screw-worm control project totaled $5,000, which would be $85,962 in today’s money. Only $1,900 was for labor, so they were distributing a lot of pine tar and benzene.
Stationery from the Hotel Appling, Baxley, Georgia.
Walter and Ina are now living in Savannah, GA, and he’s touring the countryside giving presentations to ranchers about how to prevent and control screw-worm infestations in their livestock. At some point during this period, he worked with a film crew to create this educational movie. Additional 16mm footage from those filming sessions was part of the archive I inherited. Those film reels and other materials from Walter’s research are now stored safely at Johns Hopkins University, in case anyone needs to refer to them.
My dear Sweetheart,
We ate lunch at Waycross and reached Alma about 215 PM. There were about 200 at the meeting but apparently very few screw worm cases in that county. Dr. Roffensperger did not come today. His wife is ill and he will not be with us until possibly Friday at Sylvester. We have the two meetings tomorrow as per schedule and one at Nahunta Thurs. A.M. Friday at 11 am we have the last of the week at Sylvester. If we get through there promptly we should get home early Friday night, that is about 10 o’clock.
September 19, 1933
So far there is one meeting after this week in Wayne County which is quite near Savannah. I think the county seat is Jessup. It is about 65 miles from Savannah.
The meeting went over OK today. We divided Dr. Roffensperger’s talk between Dr. White and myself.
Dr. White thinks that Oct 1st will close all of the meetings. I think we are near the close by the end of this week.
I am expecting some word from Mr. Sanders at Savannah. Would you please tell Mr. Hall of the meeting at *
Nahunta 11am Thursday
- Western Union - Tifton Thursday night.
Sylvester 11 AM "
I love you lots and lots Honey and before long I expect to stay at home more.
* Walter wrote out the schedule in a tabular format, which I’ve tried to duplicate in the transcript. The reference to Western Union may mean that he wanted Ina to telegraph the information to Hall.
Stationery from the Hotel Ware, Waycross, GA – “Fireproof, Circulating Ice Water, Ceiling Fans.”
My dear Sweetheart,
This is a right good little town. It is high and from all appearances it has been dry. It is raining now, and I’ve been in showers all day. Spent last night at the Methodist Hotel in Savannah where you and I stopped the first time. Had a better room last night. Made most of the cage collections at Savannah last night. Used a flash light.
July 12, 1931
Had a detour in coming here today. It lasted for 32 miles of sandy road. Haven’t seen anyone about the problem here. It is so late on Sunday PM that I do not intend to do more than make an appointment for tomorrow A.M. The town does not look like a sand fly town. I would not suspect Phlebotomus here. It looks like the rapid running streams through the town might furnish a lot of Buffalo gnats (Simuliium). I have an idea that they are the ones that give trouble.
Walter is starting his sand-fly work, looking for ways to combat these biting flies that infest the marshes of the Southeastern coasts. One result of this work will be the naming of a species, Culicoides dovei. I’ve always found it amusing that our family has an annoying pest named after it.