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Fascinating guests : A memorable visit from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's son

Caption: Eileen Elms hold her guest book, signed by Elliott Roosevelt in 1942. Clarence Ngoh/The Beacon
Caption: Eileen Elms hold her guest book, signed by Elliott Roosevelt in 1942. Clarence Ngoh/The Beacon - Clarence Ngoh

Eileen Elms hold her guest book, signed by Elliott Roosevelt in 1942.

GANDER, NL – You never knew who would drop in to pay a visit to Eileen (Chafe) Elms’ family during the Second World War.

“We had all kinds of visitors, all military people in our house because Dad was overseas in the First World War. Elliot Roosevelt, the son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, came to our house once,” Elms says as she pulls out her family’s guest book, which he signed.

“I hope when you grow up and go out into the world on your own you will find a world at peace – that is what I wish for my daughter who is your age.”
- Note from Elliot Roosevelt to Eileen (Chafe) Elms

“My mother had a spread for supper in the evening, and he could not get over it. ‘Who baked these things? Where did you get them?’”

“He was stationed here for a time. He was a colonel,” Elms continued.

On Sept. 27, 1942 Roosevelt penned in Elm’s guest book, “I hope when you grow up and go out into the world on your own you will find a world at peace – that is what I wish for my daughter who is your age.”

“That was quite nice, wasn’t it? He put that in my book, and I was sent to bed after,” said Elms, looking rather disappointed.

 

clarence.ngoh@ganderbeacon.ca

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