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admin on August 6th, 2010

This site will start building off of the “Pop’s Letters” series to portray other middle class lives in personal accounts and poetry.  Please contact me at kirk(dot)sinclair(at)middleclassforum(dot)com if you would like to share your own middle class experiences or if, like me, you have material from a relative and you want to use this forum […]

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admin on May 1st, 2011

Pop writes about fishing and watching clouds as a kid growing up in Maine. Mr. Harold Lufkin, V.P. Newton Mfg. Co.                                                                                         March 29, 1967 Newton, Iowa. Dear Mr. Lufkin: Enjoyed your little piece by Jim Murray as do I all the little notes and letters you send my way. There are no Robins in Norfolk! […]

Continue reading about Pop’s Letters – March 29, 1967

admin on April 17th, 2011

The first page of this letter was missing but it was probably written in early autumn of 1966.  I got teary-eyed when I first read this.  The awe that mountains inspired in my sea-loving Dad is the same awe they inspire in me.  He’s also got an amusing take on airlines. We had a very […]

Continue reading about Pop’s Letters – Autumn 1966

admin on April 3rd, 2011

Pop writes about his early Maine days again. John McConegy, Newton Mfg. Co.                                        August 20, 1966 Newton, Iowa. Dear John: Thanks for the letter, and the enclosure about Maine. August just isn’t my month anyway I guess, so I am glad to be getting out of here Tuesday headed for Wyoming with the bare possibility […]

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admin on March 31st, 2011

In this part Pop reminisces about a Navy buddy. I hope that when we both have had our fill of this (as you say) “old ball of mud” that the Good Lord will find a peaceful corner somewhere in Heaven or wherever it is that He sends us salesmen and that we can reminisce about […]

Continue reading about Pop’s Letters – May 6, p2

admin on March 27th, 2011

This is one of Pop’s letters.  I’ve edited out some of it and am breaking it into two parts once again. ……. I am afraid that for all I pretend that I am a Christian, I am not too familiar with the World’s greatest book The Bible. It was interesting indeed to hear that one […]

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admin on March 20th, 2011

The second part of Pop’s “chatty” November letter. I am writing you a nice long letter because for two weeks I have got up at 3 and 4 A.M. and I am trying to stay up long enough tonight to make me good and sleepy.  I got off the track as usual.  Started to talk […]

Continue reading about Pop’s Letters – November 15, 1965 p2

admin on March 13th, 2011

This is another letter that I’ll break into two parts. As he says in the letter, this is a “chatty” piece. November 15, 1965 Dear Beth: Well I sure am glad to learn that you are still in “the land of the living,” and that some of my ramblings did not offend you. I guess […]

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admin on March 6th, 2011

Actually, this is a letter from Newton to Pop. Mr. Leon R. Sinclair                                                                                       November 12th, 1965 Box 473                                                                                                             (Dict. Nov. 11th) Norfolk, Connecticut 06058 Dear Mr. Sinclair: Well, I must be getting psychic in my old age! A day or so ago for no particular reason that I can think of. I suddenly realized […]

Continue reading about Pop’s Letters – November 12, 1965

admin on February 27th, 2011

More about Gram Ferrin.  There’s also a discreet but rather embarrassing reference to me. The other story concerned “cabbages.”  Not “kings and cabbages” just plain ole cabbages.  In those days we grew most everything we ate, or picked the berries, salted down fish, made preserves and jelly, killed a “beef” or hog.  We perhaps did […]

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