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1944 Oct. 13

Riggs, Maida L.

Letter from Maida Riggs to Riggs family

Nancy (France) - Letter describes comforts of home that Maida misses, the landscape and weather, how time has no meaning beyond putting a date on a letter, their life around camp, and shepherds and harvesters at work. She writes that though she meets so many boys in the Armed Forces they do not get to know any of them long enough to form close bonds, but they have not seen any maimed or deceased soldiers, either. Lett... more

Maida L. Riggs Papers

1944 Dec. 3

Riggs, Maida L.

Letter from Maida Riggs to Riggs family

France - Letter describes the end of Maida's writer's block, visiting the home of a manager, descriptions of individual soldiers she met, the food and drink of French citizens, champagne bottle shortages in Epernay, their hotel accommodations, the weather in France, sightseeing in Reims, Thanksgiving dinner, and family matters. Maida mentions the 1936 floods in the Connecticut Valley.

Maida L. Riggs Papers

1945 June 8

Riggs, Maida L.

Letter from Maida Riggs to Riggs family

Beckum (Warendorf, Germany) - Letter describes a beautiful June day spent swimming in a pool with Jean in Beckum, Germany. She also describes going to Neheim to assist with American Red Cross duties after the end of the war in Europe, dresses she and others are having made, and a long discussion she had with a German woman who lived in one of the houses that housed them.

Maida L. Riggs Papers

1945 May 31

Riggs, Maida L.

Letter from Maida Riggs to Riggs family

Neheim-Hüsten (Germany) - Letter describes Germany after the end of the was in Europe. Maida describes driving the Clubmobile great distances to feed troops, an overview of her time in Europe working for the American Red Cross, and family matters.

Maida L. Riggs Papers

1944 Aug. 15

Riggs, Maida L.

Letter from Maida Riggs to Riggs family

France - Letter describes settling in to their new camp and housing situation in France. Their lodging is less comfortable than in England, and they only get one pitcher of water a day unless they tote more up by themselves. They live on the same "C" rations as the army men. Maida describes the utter devastation of the landscape, the sparse amenities and services, bed bugs, lack of a proper bathroom, and watch... more

Maida L. Riggs Papers

1943 Oct. 29

Riggs, Maida L.

Letter from Maida Riggs to Riggs family

England - Letter describes the inconsistency of mail while working as an American Red Cross aid during World War II in England. The letter also describes how difficult it is to keep up neat appearances with the strains of this work, living with nighttime blackout during wartime, sightseeing in Salisbury, the weather and autumnal foliage, and how much Maida misses her family.

Maida L. Riggs Papers

1944 Nov. 3

Riggs, Maida L.

Letter from Maida Riggs to Riggs family

France - Letter describes the night life of American Red Cross workers and Armed Service members in France during World War II, dancing in her paratrooper boots, mutual friends and family, family matters, viewing the desolation in Aachen ("The Ghost City"), and briefly adopting a dog named Spokie.

Maida L. Riggs Papers