DADDY'S LETTERS FROM YESTERDAY
Daddy's Letters And Old Photos And Other Memorabilia
CLAUDE B. HENSON IN HIS COMPUTER ROOM
PHOTO BY HAZEL FERN HENSON
This page of my website will be used to preserve my Daddy, Claude B. Henson's writing, mostly old letters to me, and also his many photographs. As with the rest of the material on this website, when I post more I will post it to the blog that will be used to publish material for all the pages. I will eventually publish some of Daddy's photos and letters on other websites too, and include the links here. So this will be the place to check back to occasionally to see what is new, both here and at other places I've posted to.
Daddy took many photographs. He usually took black and white photos and developed them in his dark room in his basement workshop. Mama has many books of their old photographs preserved, and most carefully labeled in her Sewing Room. I have no way of knowing which ones were actually taken by her and which by Daddy, so usually I give Daddy credit for the black and white photos and Mama credit for the color photos. This photo, of course, was probably taken by Mama. There is no date on this photo, but it was probably taken in the early 1990's.
FRAGMENTS OF DADDY’S LETTERS FROM YESTERDAY
JUNE LETTERS FROM DADDY
CLAUDE B. HENSON
June 8, 1986.
Hi Mary and Gain
Just a short note to wish you both a happy Anniversary. I almost have the van ready for our vacation. It needed new tailpipe and rear brakes. I tried to get the old tailpipe out of the muffler, but the old muffler fell apart so I had to replace it too.
I hope you both have a nice vacation, we will be leaving in about eight days. We are going to take our time and stop whenever we see something that looks interesting.
Charles and Anna Marie are really covering the states, the last we heard from them they was in Colorado. They will stop in to see Bab’s A.M. sister.
After while we are going to the Roudenbush Reunion. In about a half hour.
THIS IS ALL FOR NOW LOVE dad cbh
Note by typist, Mary Hazel Upton: This second letter was written by Daddy when they got home from the vacation they were planning in the first letter.
Hi Mary and Gain:
We got home Tuesday. We had a nice time, we didn’t stay as long as we was going to because the bugs was eating Hazel up. I thought we had better leave or I wouldn’t have a wife. The weather was nice no rain until almost dark each night.
Hazel called C.M.B.S. about this computer and they said they would send me a label to send it back for a new one. I took it over to ‘The Software Store’ in Louisville, Ky. I thought it would take less time than sending it back. Boy I sure was wrong. They kept it 32 days, and it is worse than it was before I sent it over there. The man at C.O.M.B.S. told Hazel next time we have a problem to call them and not to use the repair shops.
The van purred like a kitten. We went 2649 miles. We drove along the Gulf from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida. I sure wouldn’t want to go on that route when they have storms. We took 75 N from Chattanooga to Knoxville then we took 40 west to I-29 then we came up 65 to home.
Hazel wants to know if July 16, 1986 would be O.K. for you to receive visitors. She means us. Let us know if it is unacceptable. I looked this up in the dictionary.
There isn’t much going on here. I cut the grass today. I like this computer. This is really good for word processing it takes just a few seconds to get into the program, the 64 takes about five min.
Well i will close for now.
Love Dad cbh
june 27, 1986
Note by typist, Mary Hazel Upton:
This is one of the letters that Daddy sent to me and that I saved. I have typed it up, except for a few very minor corrections to punctuation and spelling, exactly as he wrote it. I wish I had all of his letters. I guess, at the time, though, I thought he would live forever and so would always send me new letters, so that there would be no need for me to save the old ones. I think Mama kept all of the ones that I ever sent to her and Daddy, carefully putting them in scrapbooks and boxes, where they are now in her Sewing Room.
I am in process of typing up the few letters that I did save of Daddy’s and Mama’s and that I put in scrapbooks, so that their writing can be saved and that they can be remembered.
The people mentioned in this letter are as follows. Gain is my husband. Hazel Henson is my mother. Claude Henson is my daddy. Charles Henson is my brother, and Anna Marie (also A.M.) is his wife.
Mama always sent handwritten letters on pretty stationery and decorated with seals and her rubber stamps. Daddy always sent letters typed on his computer. He kept copies of all of them on disks. After he died in 1998 Mama gave me his computer and also all of the old disks. I have not had a chance to look at them yet. I bought an old computer at a yard sale that can read the disks (if it still works!). As soon as I have time, I will check it out, and if it doesn’t work, I will look for one that does. All of Daddy’s letters are probably preserved on those old disks, and if they are I will transcribe all of them, and get them typed up and published for him.
Note: The old computer didn't work, so when I get time I will have to look for another one that can possibly read the old disks.
CLAUDE B. HENSON
This photo of Daddy in his army uniform was undoubtedly taken in the early 1940's. He was probably home on leave at that time. He and Mama were married on one of his leaves from World War II.
HAZEL FERN HENSON AND CLAUDE B. HENSON EARLY 1940'S
Mama says that although there is no date on this picture that it is definitely not their wedding picture. The photo had to have been taken shortly after their marriage,though.
CLAUDE B. HENSON
There is no date on this very old baby photo of Daddy either. It is from one of the albums of Mama's very old family photographs.
CLAUDE B. HENSON
WEST BADEN, INDIANA NOVEMBER 11, 1998
This photograph was taken on the last vacation Daddy took with Mama to West Baden, Indiana, just a few days before he died.
MAY 10, 2015
PHOTOGRAPH BY MARY HAZEL UPTON