Even when separated for just a few weeks, Dr. and Mrs. Sawyer corresponded regularly. In 1933 Sawyer and his eldest daughter
Peggy stayed home in Hastings while the rest of the family vacationed in Michigan during August. In this letter he reported
on their activities and on the probable disappearance of his son Billy's pet alligator, Oscar.
Oscar turned up, unharmed, ten days later, according to a later letter.
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1933-08-09 (August 9, 1933)
Sawyer, Wilbur A.
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The Yellow Fever Laboratory: Rockefeller Foundation, 1928-1937
Peg is busy writing you a letter on the typewriter. She has had an hour's head start and has probably told everything.
Bill's letter and your postal arrived a couple of days ago, and this evening there came your letter on the rough paper.
We are glad that you had so little car trouble on the way to Michigan and were able to fix Gertrude up at Ann Arbor with the
help of an emergency photographer. Did they take her thumb prints?
We phoned the MacMullens as requested. Cosette took the message.
Peg and Virginia Bruckner are having a busy and happy time at White Plains. We have been to the Bruckners to dinner twice,
and last night it was followed by the movies. We are both nearly dead for lack of sleep. I told Peg that my brain had stopped
running at about three o'clock and she thought that was doing very well, as she had been sleepy all day. So to-night
it will be "Early to bed."
It is nice that Winfield came up. How about the riches from the Wendell suit? Glad the well survived the
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Yes, we will plant the mountain ash trees when they come. Unfortunately they will not fit into the new wall. Find us something
small also. A few tiny hemlocks could be used in the yard.
Peg is cooking splendidly!
I have been going in town regularly and postponing my vacation,--and using up the fifty ride book. I expect to stop work
officially about Saturday.
Mr. Olcutt came to see us the Thursday after you left and we looked at the pool and saw Oscar there with his mouth slightly
open as if laughing. He has not been seen since and we cannot find him anywhere. I am afraid he has run away again and for
good. He has not shown up in the Bruckner's pool. Break the news to Billy. Tell him that I received his letter of
August 4th. The turtles are doing well and the fish in the jar seem all right.