Souil married in 1925, Mary never married, Joseph, the black sheep of the family, married in 1935, Wilbur (dad) married Elizabeth Ann Sutton, Betty, in 1941, and Bernard married in 1943.
The letters to Mary actually start with a short letter from Joseph dated October 3, 1930.
Joe never finished high school and enlisted in the Marines and was stationed in Bremerton, Washington.
Miss Mary W. Garner
3001 Windsor Avenue
Just a few lines to let you know that I am still here and would like to hear from you once in a while. I know you are busy but can't you find a little time to scratch a couple lines to a fellow? I get awfully homesick and blue Sis, gosh you don't know what it means to be 3000 miles from home and know that there are very few of the fellows around you, your friends, maybe one or two real pals are about all you have in this outfit. The rest are fair weather friends, and it helps a lot to hear from some one who you know really cares about you.
Sis, don't mention this to Mother but I feel as though I have to tell someone and I don't want her to know or worry about it. Don't you worry over it either but I left my post last Thursday a week ago while we were underway and I got caught, well, I was put on report to the Captain of the ship and I got another Deck Court martial. I have been tried and I had to plead guilty so I was sentenced to 12 days solitary confinement on bread and water with full meals every third day and a $14.00 dollar fine. The confinement had been reduced to 5 days and I am now a prisoner at large waiting to get locked up as soon as they have a room in the brig.
Gosh Sis, I can't keep out of trouble on this darn ship. I do my darnedest to go straight but I am always in dutch.
I hope you had a very Happy Birthday and are getting along nicely with your work.
Your loving brother,
P.S. Write real soon. Send some pictures of yourself and family.