Saturday, August 19, 2017

1977 Roberta's Letter -Aug.

[Aug. 1977]
Dear Family –

Hi – I'm not sure how long it's been since I've written – but wanted to let you all know that I haven't forgotten about you!

Today I started in the dining room – which means that I won't have much time to get bored this week!

Last Tuesday on my day off I had a big day – went to Coney Island – in Brooklyn w/ the Rosario girls – rode all the crazy rides & ate junk food.  The place was really run down – most of the rides, were 75¢ or $1.00 – a big rip-off!

Monday night Kay Levitt & I ate at a Greek restaurant – I had cheese & spinach pie.  Then we saw the play Chicago – it was disappointing – full of bad language & the music wasn't even so great!  Mary Virginia – I want to see Annie!

We are having a heat wave up here now – for so long it was really cool!

All the staff is gone now but J.B., myself, & ? & Donnie.  The place is really full – all the old-timers – most w/ cars which makes the driving easy.  Tomorrow if men have to catch the 6:00 bus – going into work.

I had a letter from Marion – they got to Columbus Friday at 8:30 p.m. – where they wanted to spend the night – but state fair – so everything was full.  They kept stopping & finally found a place in Richmond, Indiana at 1:00 A.M.

We had the last carnival yesterday – which I more or less organized – took in $130.

I'm planning on packing up the Buick on Sunday or Monday – then go into the city Monday p.m. for a few days – will leave the car here.  I'm not sure if I'll be home for the weekend – but the 15th is fine for heading West.  Mom – I'm glad you are planning on going out & of course we'll have room.  I am taking the Buick – probably will sell it out there – then will fly back home.

Vince, Kelly & Carol left this morning.  Mr. Ream asked me tonight where Carol was – talk about bad communications!

Drove the seniors down to Flemington last week – made 2 trips w/ the Red van – one on Wednesday, other on Thursday.  Then on Friday after my last trip into the city we took the van back.  So now just have the V.W. w/ the crazy door that keeps falling off!

It was nice of you to have Jackie come – how long did she stay?  Did she have alot to say?  How is her appetite?  What's new with her?

Tomorrow is Tomahawk – with just the VW van.  There will be about 5 trips each way.

Mary Va – we went bowling tonight – Liz, Kids, Curtis & Scotty –  I didn't bowl – just kept score.

Charlie Wagner, Frank Tiffany & Mr. Hodge are in Marion & Ito's room.  It seems strange.

My new sandals – ordered a pair – custom made – are really comfortable.

We went to Burger King tonight – at the table next to us the girl cracked her tooth eating a hamburger.

Love, Berta

Friday, August 18, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter -Aug.22

Monday morning
August 22, 1977
Dear Mom and Dad and Mary Virginia,

Thanks for your letter – it was a real epic.  It certainly sounds like you crammed alot of things into your trip and glad that you got to see Serena.  At least you are able to see her once in awhile even if she doesn't write much.

I took DeeDee and Robbie to Sea World on Friday.  We were able to go by bus – only one transfer and the connections were good.  We got there just before they opened (9A.M.) and stayed until 4:30 so we had a full day.  DeeDee has been there several times but it was all new to Robbie.  They had changed the whale show since I went in December but all the rest were the same – still very entertaining and well worth the admission price.  They also enjoyed Capt. Kid's World which is a special playground for children 4-14 (or under 105 pounds) – all sorts of slides and nets to climb on.  They also have a place where you swing from arm to arm (I don't know the term but they are in most playgrounds) only this one has a pool with a few inches of water in it underneath so if you don't make it to the other side you fall into the water.  Alot of kids were getting wet!

Today we are going to El Cajon and have a picnic lunch with Gerry.  Then DeeDee and Robbie are going to see "Herbie goes to Monte Carlo" at the movies while I scout around for diapers, etc.  Gerry has an interview with John Deere dealer at 5:15 so he is getting off early to change his clothes, etc. so he will drop us off at home before going there.  They called him about two weeks ago and he told them he was interested in changing jobs but because of his insurance benefits he couldn't really afford to do so until after the baby is born.  They called him back last week (evidently they didn't have any luck finding anyone else) and said they would still like to talk to him.  I don't know anything about the John Deere dealer but I know Gerry would rather work for them than IH if he was given the choice.  It will be interesting to see how his interview goes this evening.  [Gerry had worked for John Deere in Maine before we moved to California.]

Did I mention that while Gerry was on vacation they fired the Parts Manager at International?  The branch manager had previously discussed with Gerry the possibility of his taking over the job but they ended up hiring a man from outside the Company who has never worked with International before.  Both Gerry and Hal (another guy who works with Gerry) would have been quite capable of handling the job – plus that they know the system and what needs to be changed to make it function better.  They are both upset that they were passed over.  Hal figured he was second in line behind Gerry and if Gerry doesn't get a promotion when the opportunity arises where does that leave him.  The biggest thing seems to be that the Branch Manager likes to surround himself with "yes men" while both Gerry and Hal are the type that will speak their minds especially about things they think should be changed.  Neither of them are at all happy about the situation.

Robbie is to fly back to Boston on Thursday.  And then Gerry's folks will be arriving on Monday for a week.  We are planning to send them up to L.A. one day on a bus tour which goes to Universal Studios, Farmers Market and tours Hollywood.  They should enjoy that.  Plus we thought we'd take them to Tijuana and perhaps some other sights around San Diego.  They have never been to California before.

Mom, we are still counting on your coming in September and we expect to see all of you at Christmas time.  Let us know your plans!

Love,  Catherine & Gerry

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

1987 Catherine's Letter -Aug.19

Wednesday, August 19, 1987

Dear Mother & Dad and Mary Virginia & Serena,

Hi!  Thanks for the post cards.  I am using the computer at work to write this as you could probably guess.  This is the fanciest print, as least that I've discovered so far.  You can even make it all different sizes!  I've had a lot of fun figuring how how it works but there is still alot I wish I knew that I haven't figured out yet!  I do lots of flyers, forms, etc. for work, like stuff about programs and storytimes, bookmarks and things like that.

We had registration for our fall programs beginning last Saturday.  I came in and worked from 8 to about 12:30.  When we opened at 9:00 there were 50 parents already standing in line to register!  The more popular programs filled up right away, and all the programs were filled and have waiting lists by yesterday.  We have been referring people to the Velma Teague "Branch" since they are offering similar programs and still have openings but most people want to use the NEW library.

Wendy seems to have adjusted to life at home.  She has been reading lots of books and going with Senior Village on some of their outings.  She had a great summer – thanks for everything!  We have been school shopping also.  Yesterday morning (sine I worked 12-9) we went to the J.C. Penney outlet store in Tempe and also to the Sears outlet in Scottsdale with Roberta but didn't find enough to justify the trip across town.  We can say we've been there though!

Write again soon and tell us what's happening in New Vienna!

It was good talking to you last night.  Wendy says the calendar was on the wall over the desk and she thought the picture (in tube) was on or near the desk.

Catherine, Gerry
& Wendy

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

1967 Catherine's Letter - Aug. 28

August 28, 1967

Dear Mother, Daddy, Roberta, Serena, John & Mary,

Hi!  Glad to hear from you-all once again.  It seems like a long time since I was home just last week!

Marilyn Dill from Washington Court House has offered to take me as far as her house next Monday.  Her mother is coming up after her.  Please notice the enclosed map which will direct you to her house.  I hope you can fit it together all right.  It is shorter to turn on the ToweGing Road but Marilyn was afraid you might miss it so also included the longer route through Washington C.H. turning at the intersection where the 3C intersects with Rt. 62.  If this is all right with all of you I will call from Mt Sterling so we can arrive at the Dill house at approximately the same time.  The Patio closes at 2:00 P.M. but I am not sure how soon we can get out of Lakeside.

I have given up most thoughts of Expo '67 mainly because when I get home I am going to have to catch up on those required books for Kalamazoo, finish my math, plus do the millions of other things which will have to be done before I leave for the winter.

I have heard nothing from Kalamazoo.  Neither has Charley so we are both living in ignorance.

The tomatoes are really good!  The three real green ones are just now beginning to ripen up.  I have been eating one a day -- like vitamins.

I stole Roberta's idea of the envelopes [folded page of a colorful magazine] mainly because I ran out.  Hope you don't mind, Roberta!

Friday night I went out with a guy named Lennie who is in the Coast Guard stationed in Marblehead.  He is nice but I still like Jim better.  I got a letter from Jim Saturday he wasn't able to make it up this weekend.

It is really frigid up here!  Feels more like October or November than August.

See you all next week!


Monday, August 14, 2017

1967 Jean's Postcard to Catherine -Aug.23

El Siesta Motel postcard -mailed 1967.  Caption: EL SIESTA MOTEL, 16 UNITS.  Phone in each room.  Free T.V., Wall to Wall carpet, tub and shower, Own thermostat controlled heat, Air-conditioned. Free ice cubes.  ROUTE 42 and 23. Owned by Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Wheeler. Delaware, Ohio.

[postmarked Aug. 1967]

Got back about 1 AM ready to leave this AM & had flat tire but changed it in hurry & now on way to Dayton (9AM).  Krogers not open but bought cinnamon rolls from bread truck stopped there.  Enjoyed having you home even though briefly.  See you in 13 days!

Love and xxxxx, Mother

Sunday, August 13, 2017

1967 Catherine's Letter -Aug.23

August 23, 1967

Dear Mother, Daddy, Roberta, Serena, John, Mary,

Hi!  I hope you all make it to Dayton in time despite the flat tire and had a safe trip home.

I am now on the third day of my diet and according to the scales at the grocery store I have lost three pounds.  The tomatoes and plus are delicious.

When I went to work Tuesday morning, Hugh said he had wondered whether I would be back but he seemed pleased that I was.  They got another girl to work in the kitchen so I am now a full time waitress.  Last night I made $5.13 in tips which isn't too bad.

I also got my schedule for the rest of the summer which is every night until next Thursday, and then starting Friday I will work days including Labor Day.  The Patio is scheduled to close at 2:00 P.M. on Labor Day.  The umbrellas, tables and outside chairs have already been put away and we are cleaning up as much as possible every day.

I will have to let you all know later what my arrangements will be as far as coming home.

Jim and Doug had talked of coming up this weekend as Jenna will be back and I had thought I would be working days.  Since I am working nights it may complicate matters slightly.

When do the Beers get back?

I have to get ready to go to work now, so I better close.  Oh, I almost forgot, I saw Mr. Andrew in the Patio yesterday.  His niece is the mother of one of they guys I used to work with at the Hotel.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

1987 Catherine's Postcard -Aug.28

Philmont Camp Postcard - mailed 1987.  Caption: VILLA PHILMONTE. The beautiful Villa Philmonte, former home of Mr. Waite Phillips, is situated at the Philmont Training Center.  Constructed during 1927-1928 the home is visited by thousands of Scouts, Scouters and their families each year.  PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH & EXPLORER BASE. CIMARRON, NEW MEXICO.

Hi!  This card showed up (among Wendy's things?) so figured I might as well use it!  Wendy is all set for 4th grade, she will have a man teacher.  I'm taking a computer class at Glendale Comm. College.  We went out for a Chinese dinner last night with Roberta.  What days are you working this year, Mother?

Gerry & Wendy

Thursday, August 10, 2017

1987 Roberta's Letter -Aug.16

Dear Family,

Hi!  Good to talk w/ you all today!  Know it will take a "few days" to get back into the routine!  Thinking back now – it took me over a week – and I was only gone 12 days!

I sure want to thank DAD for a very enjoyable week pedaling across IOWA – and then of course the support crew of Mary Virginia & Mom for the letters, communications along the way.  The VAN trip was great – enjoyed being a tourist with all of you!

It was a very enjoyable time – and Wendy & I both have very fond memories of that trip.  I enjoyed too all the great eating – and pleased that after I got back & into my regular routine the extra pounds I put on – came off!  Thanks for ALL!

Did the Hortons tell you I'm now in training for the Phoenix MARATHON!  It is 1/9/88!  It's 26.22 miles – at present I have 5 others also signed up.  Mother are you interested?  None of us will break any speed records – but I feel confident we can all finish.

I have now completed my 1st week of training – up to walking/running 20 minutes.  Only 21 more weeks of training!

Actually I'm now into CROSS TRAINING –  since I'm also signed up for Parker Dam Bike Race on 11/6 & the Tour de Tucson 100 plus ride on 11/20.  Sid & I will make long weekends out of both of those trips!  The dates are fine – with John being here in-between.

This last week I was asked to speak at the Tempe Community Council meeting about Senior Village.  They are in the planning stage of shared housing for elderly.  There is a Real Need in EAST VALLEY for it!  Actually it went so well – I was just asked alot of questions – as to day to day operations of Sr. Village, admissions, etc.  I've been asked if I would come back for a citizen advisory type meeting 1st part of September.  Too bad I can't charge for consulting – HA!

Worked out fine as the meeting was Thursday – in Tempe.  Joe went over with me & then he spent the time at the ASU campus – looked over the Frank Lloyd Wright building – then the Art Museum there.  The only problem was later when I met him at the Art Museum I had on my good shoes & got a blister on my toe!

We went in the student union on campus & went downtown – a HUGE McDONALDS!  For lunch we met my friend Gloria for lunch near county hospital.

That night we ate at Olive Garden w/ Morgans.  It is sure a popular place – we waited 45 minutes to get seated.  (But we walked to Metro & a few minutes after we got back our name was called!)

Wendy enjoyed going to Church w/me this AM.  She was quite impressed w/ the minister – She is signed up for Pioneer Girls this year at Trinity Bible Church.

Now Monday AM – What a shame – the plane accident out of Detroit coming to Phoenix.  Gloria's husband (not the people you all met) works for NW Airlines & he was on duty last night.  Must have been a very long and sad night for all.

Time for me to get moving along ––

Much love,

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

1987 Joe's Letter to Roberta -Aug.16

Aug. 16, 1987
New York City
Dear Roberta,

Sorry about all the inconvenience I've caused you.  I thought about you this morning as you bicycled out to the airport to pick up the keys.  I hope all turned out all right for you.  Were there, in fact, 4 keys on the black rope?

Losing keys is such a hassle.  It just takes time to get yourself back together again.

I've done my grocery shopping and laundry and will start to paint tomorrow or at the latest Tues.

I want to thank you for all Sid & you did to get me relocated in New Mexico.  The blue chevy was a big help and of course, all your positive thinking!

I weighed myself yesterday at the gym.  151 lbs. so I'm not too upset over 2 weeks of heavy eating – My muscles ache today after not exercising for two weeks.  I think the rest was good for my aching back.

Saw this article in the NY Times on Gov. Mecham.  I hope he is ousted from his authority.

Good luck on running and encouraging Gloria to do same.

Will look forward to seeing you and John in Santa Fe in November.

3 cheers for the Southwest, yogurt and you!


Tuesday, August 08, 2017

1977 Catherine postcard -Aug.16

August 16, 1977
Hi!  It sure was good talking to you on Saturday – a pleasant surprise after our hectic time in Los Angeles.  We don't see why Mom can't come out in September and then all of you come in December as originally planned.  It's not like you have a grandchild born every day!  Right?  Couldn't you make a tentative reservation for sometime between say the 16th -21st.  I don't think it will be any sooner than that but perhaps the Dr. will be able to tell more as the time gets closer.  I went to the Dr.'s today and he said everything is fine – the baby is in the right position.  I had gained four pounds since I was last there two weeks ago – that makes 15 now all together.  I figured I might gain some having been away from home but I was surprised it was that much.  From now on I have to go to the Dr's every week.  I have sent in my application for reservations at the hospital – they have rooming in so the baby can stay in the same room with me. DeeDee and Robbie are both fine although a little bored today as it is raining and they haven't been able to spend their usual hours in the pool.  Write soon!

Catherine & Gerry

Monday, August 07, 2017

1977 Catherine's letter to John -Aug.14

Sunday morning
August 14, 1977
Dear John,

Hi!  Thanks for your letter (or card rather) from Hudson Guild Farm.  We found it waiting for us when we returned from Los Angeles.  Mom and Dad called yesterday afternoon plus we got a letter from Mary Virginia so we are fairly caught up on all the news except of course from Serena.

Mom said if she comes out in September then She and Dad & Mary Virginia might not come out later. like in December.  But I don't see why she can't come in September and then all of them come again in December.  We'd really like her to come in September.  I don't want to stay in the hospital any longer than absolutely necessary and if Mom were here then at least Gerry wouldn't have to worry so much about my coming home sooner.

Well, DeeDee and Robbie had a good time at Knotts Berry Farm and Disneyland.  We also went to Universal Studios.  Gerry and I enjoyed that as neither of us had been there before.  We took a bus tour from our motel to Universal so we didn't have quite as much time at the end of the tour to see the stunt shows and other shows they have.  We did get to see a trained animal show which was pretty neat.  The bird that is on Baretta was in it plus a couple of dogs who were really cute.  We spent 14 plus hours at Disneyland - arriving at 8 a.m. and staying until about 10 p.m.  Some of the time Gerry and I just sat down and gave the tickets to DeeDee and Robbie and told them to meet us in 2 hours.  It wasn't so crowded early in the morning but by evening the place was really jammed with people.

This afternoon we are all going to a baseball game.  The Padres vs. Houston Astros.  The Padres have won five games in a row so we're hoping they will go for six today.  They are not too far behind San Francisco and Houston in the standings and it sure would be nice if they could get ahead of both of those teams and finish 3rd for the season.  That would be a first.

Say hello to Roberta and Mary Virginia for us.  I understand Mary Virginia will be returning to New Vienna this week.  I'm going to try to write to her before she leaves Hudson Guild.  Tell Roberta I have a picture to send her.

Write soon!

Catherine & Gerry

Saturday, August 05, 2017

1967 Catherine's Postcard -Aug.12

[Not enough words visible in the first paragraph to make much sense, other than I had made a very short visit home (or met the family somewhere?), saw Marianne, and Paul Steele sent his regards.]

[postmarked Aug. 12, 1967]

Al and Bill did come up Tuesday.  I really had a good time.  We went boating, had supper at a pizza house, and then went to see "Divorce American Style" in PC.

Wednesday I went to Toledo.  Spent a bunch of time at the library and window shopping mostly.  After I paid $30 for the room for the rest of the summer (since July 22 until Sept. 3) I still had $5 left plus the Upjohn dividend.  I ate supper at Smith's cafeteria and had some really delicious vegetables.  I called the Zooks.  Pam is in the hospital having some surgery done on her ear or something.

Donna is going home Sunday and Jenna is leaving next week.  A lot of the kids are leaving early.  Got to get to bed now.


Friday, August 04, 2017

1977 Catherine's Postcard -Aug.11

Holiday Inn, Buena Park CA postcard -mailed 1977.  Caption: Holiday Inn Plaza Hotel, Beach Blvd. at Riverside Fwy. Lion Supperhouse, Eagle Lounge, Doodles Country Kitchen, The Den Lobby, Wine Mine. Travel Center, Electric Game Room.  Year-round Pool & Atrium Courtyard and FREE special in-room movies are just some of the places that will capture your interest for hours.


Hi!  Well we left S.D. early yesterday morning and arrived at Knotts shortly before 9:00 when they open.  It wasn't crowded so early so the kids [Dee & her cousin Robbie] were able to get on the best rides (motorcycle races, log ride, parachute jump, etc.) before there was too much of a line.  We took a break in the afternoon and then went back to Knotts for chicken dinner and to use up the rest of the tickets.  They also had a pretty spectacular fireworks display.  Today we're off to Universal.

Love, Catherine & Gerry

Thursday, August 03, 2017

1967 Lakeside, Patio Restaurant, Rent & Catherine -Aug.

1967 Lakeside Rent July 22-Sept.2 
1967 Catherine's Patio Restaurant Pay Stub - 1 week @ $37.50

1967 Patio Restaurant Waitress Order Slip

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

1967 Message to Catherine and Reply -Aug.5,7

8/5/67 [Message from HH to Catherine]

Dear Catherine:  We all enjoyed your last letter,  Mother had a letter yesterday from the Hortons, nothing particularly new but that Mares wants to make an appointment with Dr. Fullerton about a physical for College.  Your Mother took Serena to the foot doctor yesterday in Hillsboro, she is to get a particular pair of shoes, do exercises and go back in six months (sounds fair enough).  VW took us to Lions Club picnic at Rocky Fork, took KDC and Linda A. with us so had a carload.  Dr. Hull in Columbus has a small Coney Island type place near there where the picnic was held.  Real Nice.  Route 28 is about graded down for the base of the new road.  Roberta's group drove thru there for training.  They also are talking of going to Dayton for one lesson for city traffic.  Last Tues. evening they met for night driving.  One more week to go.  Going to Chicago and St. Paul myself this Mon. and Tues.  Have you gotten the book yet?

8/7/67 [Reply from Catherine]

Hi!  I have been quite busy lately.  Saturday I went home with Donna and we cooked breakfast & lunch with real food in a kitchen!  We just made it back in time to go to work at 3:00.  Yesterday I ate dinner at the Nobles.  They are still looking for a house.  Bill and Al are coming tomorrow.  I got the book on Friday I think.  Thanks a lot.  I am sending the latest paycheck but I'm keeping $16 which I made at the ad building last week.  A lot of kids are quitting and leaving.  Some because they have to go back to school early and others because they are just tired.  Jenna, Charley, and I (and another cheap-skate boy) bought 2 pizza mixes and then got cheese and bacon on our meal tickets.  We have had one but we are saving the other until later.  Really good!

Have to get this in the mail now.


Monday, July 31, 2017

1987 Joe's postcard to John –Aug.8

Caption: SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO.  The warm skies of an evening sun create an interesting atmosphere over New Mexico's capital city of Santa Fe. Photo by Richard Stockton 

Santa Fe, N.M. 8-8-87

Hi John,

Hope you had a great study and fun time at Northwestern – I love Santa Fe.  You will enjoy visiting me here!  I found a 2 bedroom apt. North of Santa Fe for $500.00 a month.  It has a view toward the Sangre de Christo Mts.  (The blood of Christ Mts.)  You see, I'm turning religious!  Talked to Roberta today.  She said Carol had put everything in the newspaper – Hope all is well with you in this regard.  Is Piper still slurping up that water?  Still think about you and [???]  a trip to Pittsburgh.  Will call after the 14th – With love from your cousin Joe.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

1987 Bernard letter to Roberta -Aug.3

Aug. 3, 1987
Dear Roberta,

Hope you made your "bike" trip without too many problems.  Be anxious to talk to your Dad and hear all the particulars! – Someone said there was a little of it on the evening news – but we didn't see it – sorry, we might have "spotted" you or your Dad.

Enclosing the photos taken we stopped at your home –  we certainly appreciated the time you spent with us showing us around your work and the area  – taking us to see Catherine too was an extra treat.

So sorry we didn't get to see you when you were in New Vienna – keep trying the next time –

Tell Sid hello!  – did he make all his traveling connections too?  The summer is going fast – it's fair time in Clinton Co. and school starts Aug. 24th – hope the weather is cooler by then.

We will be going on our third trip Aug. 10th into Nova Scotia seeing that part of the country.

Keep in touch –
Martha Ann & Donald Bernard

Saturday, July 29, 2017

1987 Roberta's Colorado postcard to GHU -July 29

Hi Grandma ––

We are now in Denver – went through the state capital building here & in Cheyenne, Wyoming – that is a very Western city!

Love, Roberta & Uibles [&Wendy]

Friday, July 28, 2017

1987 MV's Letter to GHU -Aug.2

[Phoenix, Arizona]
Dear Grandma,

It is so hot here – around 105┬║ in the shade – needless to say you don't stand around outside very long!

We arrived here Thursday night in time for dinner, but Sid wasn't here so we had to fend for ourselves!  Wendy was terribly anxious to see her mother – she clings to Catherine as if there is no tomorrow.  It drives me crazy. [In Wendy's defense I will add that she had been in Ohio since June, where life was not quite the same as the Morgan household.] 

Joe arrived with a friend yesterday just fine.  His friend seemed very nice.  We all had dinner together at Roberta's last night and then they headed for Santa Fe about 1:00 today.

Hope all is calm in New Vienna.  See you in a couple weeks.

Mary Va.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

1967 Catherine Letter - Aug.2

August 2, 1967
Dear Mother, Daddy, Roberta, Serena, John, Mary,

Hi!  Received your letter today and I am glad to hear you are all among the living.

I have been working at the ad building from 8:30-2:30 this week and the Patio from 3:00-11:00.  The youth are putting on a musical on August 11 and they practice from 9:30 P.M. – to about midnight so Jenna and I go over there after work.  Jenna has one of the main parts.

The other night I was rushing madly around trying to wait on all of my customers when this familiar looking man came in the Patio.  I finally summoned up all of my courage and asked him if he was Rev. Steele.  He was and I have seen him several times since.  He said to say hello to all of you.  He is here with the Lima district institute which has 450 kids.

Now to answer all your questions before my noon hour is over and I go back to work.

I don't know what I've told you about Reuben.  He is from Paraguay but he hasn't been home for 5 years.  He will probably go back this fall.  He is a nice boy but I don't like him all that much.  He seems a lot younger or something – maybe just different.

I guess Steve is out of the picture because I haven't seen him for 3 weeks.

I've heard nothing from Dave since June sometime so I have no idea what he is doing this summer.

Bill graduated and will be a freshman at the University of Mich.  Al still has one more year of high school.

The Nobles are planning to buy a house here in Lakeside.  I haven't seen it but it is on Lynn Street between 2nd and 3rd.

Today is supposed to be my day off but Jenna and I switched because one of her friends in Toledo is having a splash party.  I will have tomorrow off instead.

Jenna's birthday is next Wednesday so Bill and Al may come up for that.  Al is in Canada now and later next week he goes to Dallas for some kind of Lutheran convention or something.

I hope Marianne can come up.  If she can get to Toledo I think I can get her on into Lakeside although I haven't checked yet.

Yesterday I splurged and bought soap for the washing machine.  I got Fab –– mainly because it was the cheapest.

Five weeks from today I should be home so please plan to have a big banquet – with real food.

I am enclosing my latest pay check.  I am also sending you all this checking account card.  It is my correct address but I will only be home a couple of weeks.

It is now almost 1:00 so I better be getting back to work.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter -Aug.1

Monday morning
August 1, 1977
Dear Mom and Dad,

Hi!  Well, here it is my first day of not working and I must admit it seems a little strange.  DeeDee is here and we have been keeping busy doing the laundry and hanging up some posters in her room.  Later this morning we are going to take the bus to El Cajon and have lunch with Gerry – a picnic lunch probably in the same park we had lunch when you were here.  Afterwards I have an appointment to get my hair trimmed.

Tomorrow morning I have a Dr's appointment so we will take the bus the other direction.  It is fortunate we live so close to a major bus route so it doesn't take too long or too many transfers to get anywhere.

The people at work were really nice.  I think they were sorry to see me leave.  They hired two girls to take my place but neither one seemed to show an over abundance of potential.  They told me that if I want to come back to work all I have to do is give them a call.  I had one week's vacation pay coming and they gave me two weeks so that made for a nice unexpected bonus.  Plus I got some nice gifts: a pair of wall plaques, two jumper suits for the baby (one newborn to 15 pound size, and one 15-20 # size), booties, bibs, safety pins, rattles and a nightgown for myself.

Gerry gave a pint of blood yesterday to the Stork Club which is a special deal sponsored by the S.D. Blood Bank.  In the unlikely event that mother or baby needs blood it covers all costs.

I forgot to mention I also got two baseball tickets from work (the Co. has mini-season tickets) but I think we're going to exchange them for another game.  The tickets they gave me are for a Friday night game, September 16, which just happens to be the very same day that the baby is due. I realize that the baby probably won't be born that day but I would hate to waste the tickets.

Speaking of the baby being born, we are hoping Mother, that you will be able to come out.  Of course both of you are invited.  The more we think about it the more we want you to come.  I'm sure I will need some help when I get home from the hospital – I plan to stay in the hospital the least amount of time possible.  The Dr. says the minimum is 24 hours and the average is 2-3 days.  So please plan on coming.

John called from Washington the day after I received your post card so I gave him your address in Chicago.  He sounds like he is doing fine.  He said Roberta is really busy (which perhaps explains we we haven't heard from her since she arrived at H.G.) and that Mary Virginia is having a hard time balancing her budget on $10/week.  I'm sure she could take lessons from J.B.

Well, I better go fix some sandwiches for our lunch.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Catherine & Gerry

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

1967 Catherine's Letter -July 29

July 29, 1967
Dear Mother, Daddy, Roberta, Serena, John, Mar,y

Hi!  Aren't you surprised to hear from me so soon?  Guess who is 18 1/2 today!  I just celebrated by eating a box of raisins and 2 ry-krisp crackers.

We really had an exciting day at Cedar Point.  Al and Bill got here about 1:30 so I had to find something for us to do until Jenna was ready at 3:30.  We ended up walking to Brown's Marina and then playing miniature golf.  It started raining as soon as we got there but it abated after about 15 minutes and the sun shone again.  We went on about every ride (some several times) and I think we got our money's worth.  For supper we ate at the Steak House at the Cedar Point Marina.  The food was really good – steak, baked potato, roll salad.  Umm!  Makes me hungry just to think about it.

I think Jenna's feelings toward Bill are about the same as Elaine's.  However, he has already called to see if it was all right if they come up on her birthday, August 9.

Thursday night I went to see "The Slender Thread: with Jenna at Orchestra Hall.  Sydney Poitier (sp?) was in it.  Last night I went with Reuben to see "Birds do It" starring Soupy Sales.  It was ridiculous.

I am glad to hear Roberta is doing so well with her driving.  When does Driver's Ed end?

How are the ballgames coming John?  I just heard on the radio where Vada Pinson hit a home run in the 10th inning to win the ballgame over Chicago.

My favorite pen just ran out of ink and that green one didn't work much better.

How was camp, Serena?  Did Rev. Beers bug you too much?

Mother you should see me make chili!  Ha!  It only takes 5# hamburger, one can of tomato puree, two cans kidney beans, one can water, handful of onions and some chili powder.

This morning Hugh threw out about a gallon of vegetable soup which we just made yesterday.  He said he didn't like warmed over soup.

The food that is thrown out or wasted would be enough to feed our whole family!

The letter from Kalamazoo included a medical form which has to be in by September 15.  Do you think I could have Dr. Fullerton fill it out after I get home?

It also had a form which wanted to know your denomination, name of preacher, etc.  I have already sent it in.

I also got a box of mint taffy at Cedar Point.  I hope it keeps because I haven't eaten much of it.

I got a letter from Grandma yesterday.    It makes me sick to think of you all eating apple sauce, green beans, real tomatoes, broccoli and food!

It is now almost 7:00 P.M. and Jenna and I will soon be able to go to supper.  I can hardly wait for another of those delicious sandwiches or a peach and cottage cheese salad.

Thanks for the clipping.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

1967 Sabina (Camp) Sense and Nonsense -July 27

July 27 Serena & Lisa Gooding Contribute to the newsletter.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

1977 MV's Letter - July 24

July 24, 1977
Dear Mom and Dad,

Hi!  Somehow I get the feeling I might be turning Catholic – I've attended 2 masses, but haven't taken communion – yet.  Don't worry too much I haven't been a member of the Methodist church a year yet.

Went into the city last Tuesday night, then spent the day Wednesday.  Went in on the 4:00 bus, so had supper at Browies (Eileen went).  Then spent the night at Bressi Thomsons place.  We also went to the World Trade Center and saw New York at night.  It looked like a lighted Christmas Tree.  Then Wednesday morning walked up nineth (sp?) Ave. to Lincoln Center from Bresci's Apt. on 8th and 24th St.  I don't know it was 40 blocks up there!  By the time we got thru the tour it was 11:30, so took the subway down to Time Square to see about 2 for tickets for Broadway shows.  Well. the line was about a block long, and we couldn't be waiting around so went in the N.Y.P.D.  (New York Police Department) tourist thing and they had half price things, but not for "The Wiz" or "A Chorus Line" so we got tickets for Chicago.  (They were free) and then ate lunch at "Mama Leonies", an Italian Place.  Well, while we were in there Eileen was looking at the tickets, and it said you had to be their at least a half an hour before the show started!  Right then it was 1:15 and the show started at 2:00 and we hadn't been served so we had to pay full price ($12.50! each).  It was pretty good, but it was the type of show that Grandma wouldn't sit through the first scene.  Then we decided we would go to ticketron at Grand Central, but I thought it was on 36th Street, so we walked down there.  Well, when I got out the map to see which way to go, I found out it was on 42nd Street!  So we walked down there.  Then we remembered they closed at 5:00 and so we took the subway back to Lexington and 24th.  Well instead of going up to 8th Ave wouldn't you know we walked down to 3rd.  We were so tired we took the bus back to 8th Ave.  I've never been so tired in my whole life.  And then to top things off we almost didn't get seats on the bus.  I had to sit beside this big fat guy who took up about 1/2 of my seat, along with all of his.  We finally got back to the farm okay.  You know the first week I went to see the New York Experience and second week I got it!

Yesterday we had a carnival and I got my face painted!  It got sort of itchy so I had to wash it off after supper.  Eileen got hers, too.  She looked sort of funny because she had on a sun dress, Sally's wig, and then her face was painted and Katy Ream looked like she was ready to fire her!  But we did get some pictures taken.

Well, can't use my whole notebook.

Mary Va.

Friday, July 21, 2017

1967 Catherine's Letter -July 26

July 26, 1967
Dear Mother, Daddy, Roberta, Serena, John, Mary,

Hi!  At last it is my day off and I have some time to write a letter.

They are making alot of changes at the Patio.  Six girls have either quit or been laid off.  I will be working the grill on Jenna's day off and on all the other days I will double as salad girl and waitress.

Monday night I really went overboard and saw two movies.  First I saw "Gambit" at Orchestra [Accestra?] Hall.  It was really funny.  As soon as it was over I rushed right up to Hoover and got there just as "The Agony and the Ecstasy" was beginning.  It was magnificent – now I think I would like to read the book.

It makes me tired to think of all I did yesterday – even though I don't really feel too exhausted.  After getting up at 5:15 A.M. and working until 3:00 I decided to go out on the dock and help the lady from the institute fish.  After about an hour and she hadn't caught any fish I decided I must be scaring them away or something.  I then walked over to the old crusher at the quarry in Marblehead.  It is really spooky – even in the daylight.  All the old deserted buildings and the gigantic rusty machinery.  When we work the late shift we walk over in there after work but I had never been there in the daylight before.

By the time I got back it was past seven so Jenna and I went to eat at that exclusive restaurant with the umbrellas.

Jenna, Donna, one of Donna's friends from Port Clinton, and I all went to the concert at Hoover featuring the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra.  It was over about 9:15 and I then went to a dance down at the Pavilion with Reuben.  I don't know if I told you all about him or not.  He is one of the dishwashers at the hotel.

The other day I really splurged!  I went to the grocery store and bought a quart of buttermilk (yummy! was it ever good) a box of powdered milk, and some Ry-krisp crackers.  The whole quart of buttermilk only cost 29¢ where as one little dinky carton at the Patio costs 20¢.

I just got back from the Patio where I ate breakfast or maybe I should say brunch since it is 10:45.  I usually have raisin bran and orange juice for breakfast but this morning I went way out and had french toast and bacon.  Boy, was it ever good!  [Obviously I wasn't a vegetarian then!]

Starting tomorrow they are changing the hours at the Patio.  Instead of opening at 7:00 we will be opening at 7:30 which means the employees will come in at 7:00 instead of 6:00.  That extra hour of sleep will be welcome.

I got all my clothes washed this morning.  By throwing every thing in together I usually have a load every four or five days.

This afternoon Al and Bill are coming up.  Jenna will be Bill's date and we are all going to funtastic Cedar Point.  The weather is (and has been) beautiful so it should really be a fun day.

Have you heard any more from the Hortons?  I wrote to Marianne but I haven't heard anything back yet.

I finished reading Light in August by Faulkner but I had to renew The Making of the President 1964.  it is a good book but the reading sure is slow.

Charley asked me if I was from West Virginia.  He used to live in Glenville (or someplace like that) and he says I talk just like the people there do.

The mail just came and I got a letter from Alice and one from Patty.  Alice seems to have had a really good time on her trip.

Well, I better close before you all think I am writing a book or something.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

1977 Roberta's postcard -July?

Mailed to New Vienna, forwarded to the John Hancock building in Chicago.
1977 Penny (9¢) Postcard

[1977 but undated]
Hi!  Sunday was my day off – so I took advantage of it & went into NYC – 1st it took me 4 1/2 hours to get in – ran out of gas – some guy stopped & I gave him $2.00 to go & get gas & the crazy guy never came back – but after an hour I started flagging down again –

Then Monday AM I find my car ┬¬Buick) broken into by means of throwing a big rock through the left side (back seat) window – glass everywhere – I had put a brown bag of gifts in the back seat which someone found too tempting.  Just don't think I'll be going back into the city this week –

But window we fount at a junk yard & now installed – plus new tires (2).

Today the yellow van is acting up – had to be pushed twice.  I'm ready to go back to a bike.  Mary Va is enjoying herself alot – NO TROUBLE – alot of help to all of us –


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter -July 25

July 25, 1977
Dear Mom and Dad,

Hi!  Thanks for your letter which arrived in two days.  Sounds like you had a good time.  Thanks for Serena's address.  Did she get all those letters we forwarded to the other address?

What is a Carter outlet?  I thought maybe it was a place that sold Jimmie Carter souvenirs but I gather maybe they have baby stuff.

The Dr. says everything is fine.  I have gained 11 pounds.  I have to go again next week.  At least I won't have to miss work since this is the last week I will be working.

We also started the childbirth classes last week.  17 couples at the first class.  We'll see yow many make it through til Sept. 6 which is the last class.  It is the LeMaze method that they teach.  Last week we just had a general overview and learned some warm up exercises.

I have also made an appointment to get my hair trimmed next week.  It's been over a year since I last had it trimmed so it needs it pretty badly.

We've made reservations to stay at the Holiday Inn in Buena Park for 3 nights during Gerry's vacation.  We tried Motel 6 and several other budget type places but all were booked up.  At least HI doesn't charge extra for the kids.  We plan to take DeeDee & Robbie [Gerry's nephew who suffered severe brain damage in an auto accident about 15 years ago] to Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, possibly Universal Studios and other major attractions of the area.  DeeDee will be staying with us as of the 1st.  Robbie arrives on the 4th and we plan to be in L.A. on the 10-12th.

Tell Roberta she owes us a letter!

We have heard from John & M.V. at Hudson Guild

Catherine & Gerry

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

1977 Roberta's postcard -July 18

1977 Penny (9¢) Postcard

Hi – All is well – we're having record hot days – and what bad days to be in N.Y.C.  but just drove in & back Friday & Saturday.

Carol enjoyed her weekend – Annie's Apt. was broken in & cleaned out while she was here the 1st 2 weeks.  (BRONX)

Mary Va is getting along fine – everyone asks if she is Marion's daughter.

Big group of seniors come in Friday – including the man who turns T.V. off at commercial time.  Lots of them were here last year when G'ma was here & they all ask & sorry they missed you!

J.B.'s business is good – yesterday John, Billy & I went canoeing at Bear Pond – Mr. Reem loaned us canoe & truck to take up ––

Lots of fun –

Love, Bert

Monday, July 17, 2017

1987 John's Letter to Roberta -Apr.28

April 28, 1987
Dear Roberta,

Thanks for your letter and the pictures.  I can't believe I have been home for two weeks from Florida.  I wanted to write and tell you what a good time I had with you and Grandma.  It was enjoyable seeing Rob & Cindy as well as the Lippmanns.

Carol and I have been talking about possibly coming out to Arizona in November.  It is hard to get away right now for a week since we have a mayor to re-elect this year. But how would November sound for you?  Of course we want to see Cathy, Gerry & Wendy also.

Thanks again for the nice visit in Florida.  We hope to see both you & Sid in Ohio this summer.


P.S.  Any more thoughts about a gift for either Grandma's birthday or Mom & Dad's anniversary?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

1967 Catherine's Letter -July 24

July 24, 1967
Dear Mother, Daddy, Roberta, Serena, John, Mary,

Hi!  Got your letter today.  I thought you were going to Columbus on Sat. so you probably didn't get my card in time.

You can leave the $150 in the checking account – I can always use it this fall.  I am sending my latest check home.  I have been being a waitress during the evening rushes so I have plenty of spending money at the moment.

Charley, Jenna, and I ate Sun. dinner at Richard's House yesterday.  Had a really good meal –– ground round, green beans, jello-cottage cheese salad, lemonade, and raisin pie all for $1.45.

Sounds like Roberta is coming along all right with Drivers Training.

How long are the Dailey's staying?  Sounds like a lot of fun!

Beth's parents are the managers of the Lakeside hotel.

Sorry this is so short – but time really flies!

Went to church yesterday at the Hoover.  Dr. Dickhaut gave the sermon.

I've been swimming a couple of times – water is really nice.  "The Agony and the Ecstasy" is on at Hoover tonight.  I hope it is good!

The radio station is really full of the Detroit riots – quite serious.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

1987 HH postcard during RAGBRAI -July 21

Main Street Looking South postcard from unknown Iowa town -mailed 1987

Tues. 7/21/87  – These [postcards] are free – you can see why.  Everybody treats us like guests.  One host told us no crook would pedal 72 miles to steal from her house.  It really feels great to take a bath after a "day on the road."  Bkfst is available at 4 AM.  At 7 (in the rain) I had bkfst 35 miles later.  Yes, R&I are still on speaking terms.

Love, R&H

Guttenberg, Iowa postcard - last RAGBRAI stop in 1987
Card was not mailed.  Dots on picture indicate "Touch in" on the Mississippi River and "Our House."  Captioned: Lock & Dam #10 on the Mississippi River at Guttenberg, Iowa.

Items from Uible photo album