Wednesday, February 22, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -Feb.24

[Written on the envelope: "Bad News!  Beware!]

[postmarked 2-24-67]

Dear Family,

I need food, stamps and money.

Your needy

P.S. Now this is what you would call a "to the point" kind of letter!  But seriously, I will need stamps by the time you come up, I am already starved to death, and all I have done since I got back was pay dues!  I have a total of $8.00 in my envelope here!  If you will send me a check I'll look for a bed spread or maybe when you come up you can help me look down-town for it, I don't care!

For office work I clean out sinks on 1st floor in the bath-rooms.  I traded with this other girl.

This Saturday night we will have this bunch of people to come and talk about "Peace Corps" and that kinda stuff.

Got another post card from Mrs. Hinerman.

See Ya!


Bring up with you

bike (new)
Typewriter (electric?)
Food (carrot cake would be great)
Girl Scout cookies (I ordered them from Serena)

This list will be continued later!  I can't think of anymore now!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

1987 Catherine's Letter -Feb.22

[written while moving from Washington state to Arizona]
Sun. 2-22-87
Dear Mother & Dad,

Hi!  We got off at 4:00 on Friday as planned and spent Friday night in Boardman and then got into Madras late Saturday morning.  Our house  seems to be doing fine.  We ran into some friends, Tim & Jody [she's been my more recent travel partner, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Peru], at the grocery store.  They moved to Portland the year before we left Madras but they still own a house on Round Butte – sort of recreational property so it was good to see them.  Wendy ended up spending part of the evening at their house while we went to a party.

The temperature was around 60º when we got here in Willows this p.m. so Wendy went swimming in their "heated" pool.  It is heated by the sun so was fairly chilly.

Tomorrow we head further south to Bakersfield and then to Barstow.

Wendy's been working on a post card to you so may include it in this.  We put batteries in her keyboard so she can play it in the car.  She really likes the shirt [or skirt] you got her in Phoenix.

Bedtime now!

Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

Monday, February 20, 2017

!987 Family Letter -Feb.22

February 22, 1987

Dear Family:

Being in NYC sure makes one appreciate life in NV . . . the absence of crowds, traffic, noise and much lower prices.  Part of the show was in the Javits Center which is huge.  It is the same story that the customer wants lower prices, better quality and delivery yesterday.

Last night the Harners invited us to go to Falls Creek Friend Church (east of Hillsboro) for their annual pancake supper.  They served the meal, plenty of variety of food, etc. plus peanuts in the shell on the table and relish.  The charge was a free will contribution.  Afterwards we went square dancing in Hillsboro.

The Carrs had invited us out to dinner today.  They brought us up to date on all the Hiestand Clan.  Hopefully we can invite them up here as our guests when the Hortons are here.  June 22?  They are going to take time off for a ten day trip to Florida this week.

We have been thinking of the Morgans as they head to Arizona this weekend.  Fortunately the Kings are there to make the transition to Arizona life easier.

Serena has been to the doctor about her feet ankles, for she has tendinitis in her ankle . . . so she is using the crutches more.  She will be home 3/14 for Spring break.

John is in Washington this weekend, tho we are not sure of the details.  Certainly this country needs more people like John in the decision making process.

Thursday is Mary Virginia's day for New Vienna business for the News Journal so she has lunch with us that day.  Asbury wrote her that they wanted a tape of her singing before finalizing her application.

[Love, etc.]

Sunday, February 19, 2017

1977 Pictures from Ruth, MV & Jean's trip to San Diego -Feb.

1977 MV & Ruth in California -Feb

1977 Dee & MV in California -Feb

1977 Jean, Ruth, Gerry & Catherine in California -Feb

1977 Dee, Roberta & MV in California -Feb

1977 Jean, Roberta, Gerry & Catherine in California -Feb

Saturday, February 18, 2017

1977 Ruth Shoemaker postcards from CA -Feb.

Indian Elephant San Diego Zoo

Fri. [postmarked 18 Feb 1977, to John]

Lunch is over, we are at Kathy's apt. went to the zoo this A.M.  Gee, I've been having the time of my life, really getting sun tan.  We are going to Mexico tomorrow.  Berta really has been showing us around.  I went up to Burbank at noon Mon. they all came up on Wed. & went to Universal Studios, then ate dinner at Knotts Berry Farm that eve. Then next day Disneyland so we all are beginning to drag a little but still more to see.
Love, Ruth

Victoria Station Restaurant postcard -mailed 1977

[to John, postmarked 22 Feb 1977]

Hi!  We have had a super time in Calif.  I like San Diego but Los Angeles, is to smoking for me.  We are heading back to Ohio tomorrow A.M. in the snow banks.  Kathy has new owners and he is here fixing the door.  They are looking for a two bedroom apt.  They are so happy about the newcomer.  Uncle John, how does that sound.  Well I must go as we are to meet Gerry for lunch & do a little shopping and then do packing for back home.  Love, Ruth

Friday, February 17, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -Feb.15

[2/15/67 postmark]
(enclosure) missing
Dear Family,

I will be coming in Wilmington on the bus at 7:15!  I could have ridden home from Columbus with a girl but when she called her dad, he told her that Wilmington was to far out of the way and that he would take us all to Cinn. and then our parents could come after us!  I decided just to take the bus and I'll call you when we get in Columbus bus station.  I won't have to wait to long in Columbus and I'll probably get home faster this way, so I meet you at 7:15 (in the evening) at the bus station in Wilmington.

Thanks for the valentine, it was cute and I hung it up on the bulletin board.  Oh yes and the school is putting on the "Mikado" on March 11th and I invited the Hinermans to see it.  I asked Mr. Brown about it and he said that it would be just fine and told me that I could invite them for dinner, too, which I did.

I get to go to Pittsburg week after I get back to see an art exhibit!  It's going to cost me $1.75 to go.  Do you think it's worth it?  Remind me to get your permission to let me go while home.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

1977 HH Letter -Feb.13

Ruth Shoemaker, Jean, and MV are visiting San Diego at the time this letter was written.

Sunday, February 13, 1977

Dear Family:

After leaving you all yesterday my first stop was:
(choose one)
a.  A restaurant for some colored water
b.  A public library
c.  A store to look for neckties

Actually while you were jetting down to Dallas I was enjoying the Troy Public Library – dedicated July 4, 1976 an extremely modernistic building and a real layout for the periodicals – they had different shelves for this weeks NYT, another shelf for last weeks, etc. etc. and another shelf for the past six weeks of the Sunday issue.  In the past two issues (Sunday) they had an interesting article on MP in Peru and on a trip to Hong Kong.

Lunch location was in Xenia at Ponderosa – their noon bargain is no more.  Tried their fish fillet ($2.19) out of curiousity, which was okay, but you know my aversion for fried foods.  Glad to report that Edna and Raymond Walls were there to check up on me.  Came down 380 via New Burlington, but didn't really see any changes there.

Americare was as usual, Mrs. Matthews told me that she had tired [tried] to call you to thank you for the strawberries and how much she had enjoyed them.  Said she had a call from her gr-daughter in Yemen on her birthday.

The next library stop found the NV regulars there, did get a book on New Burlington, Ireland and the Rockefellers and did read about 100 pages last night.  It was about 6 last night when I got back to N.V. and hope that at that time you were all enjoying your initial happy experiences to that California living.

Yes, M.V., DD.S.S. is fine – gave him both supper and breakfast so far.  There is so much good food in the refrigerator that I don't know where to start and just hope that you folks fare as well out west as we Easterners do . . . .  they say that California yogurt is great stuff.

Enjoy yourselves and tell everyone "Hello".

DD - SS temporary guardian and your handy man

Happy Valentines Day to all you sweet people.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

1967 Catherine's NYC & DC trip postcards -Feb.

Catherine went with a busload of fellow Methodist students to a United Nations Conference in NYC and Washington DC in February 1967.  Postcards are not pertinent to the subject.
Cleveland's Epworth-Euclid Church postcard -mailed 1967.  Captioned: Epworth-Euclid Church (Methodist).  Located in the University Circle, Epworth-Euclid Church has been part of Cleveland's religious life for more than 125 years, and has been cited as one of America's most beautiful Protestant Cathedrals. 

[undated but ~January 29 or 30, 1967, though postmarked Feb. 13, with postage due 4 cents]

Although I am writing this at the kitchen table, you will get the message.  HI!  Hope the paper routes are going OK.  My sympathies to all!  Love, Catherine

United Nations Church Center postcard -mailed 1967.  Captioned: THE CHURCH CENTER. At the United Nations Building, built by the Methodist Church and directed by the National Council of Churches' Department of International Affairs, houses and co-ordinates the work of U.N. related church agencies.  Located across the street from the United Nations the building includes a chapel backed by a massive stained glass window symbolizing mans struggle for peace and justice.  The building was designed by William Lescaze.
Wed. [Feb. 1, 1967]
Hi!  Today we leave for Wash.  Have seen "Funny Girl" and "Barefoot in the Park".  Cookies are almost gone.  Last night we ate at Tad's and then walked around for a couple of hours.  Yesterday it was pretty warm – quite a change from Monday.  Love, Catherine

Wilmington News-Journal, Feb. 4, 1967, p.10

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

1967 Sarah Hinerman letter -Feb.13

A  three page letter of which only the parts pertaining mostly to Roberta are being transcribed. . . .

Mon. a.m. [Feb. 13, 1967]
Dear Jean and All,

We rec'd your letter this a.m. and I intended to get at least a card off to you to let you know Roberta had 'made contact'.  She seemed quite happy, seemed to love the school so far as she had found out in such little time.  I was thinking of the one here (S.J.) when she went off to High School in Wash. D.C. and how homesick she got and I was surprised to find young ones who like to go away to school.  S.J. never did get over it, not even in college and as you recall got married half way tro the year, without even finishing at Marjorie Webster.

I asked Roberta as to her visiting permissions, etc. and she said she had not been there long enough to find out for certain.  I told her to find out when we could come over there and take her out to dinner and when she could get any time to visit here.  Since receiving your letter it looks they have a rather austere program over there for letting the students go away but I do hope she can come over on some forced week end, whenever she gets one and does not want to go home.  I take it she will use that week end for your trip to N.Y.  She told me would be going home this coming week end.  At least, I hope the rules are not so strict but that we can go over and take her out to dinner, some time, as aforesaid.

. . . . .

I don't know much about the Friends' School at Barnesville except there were a couple of girls from here attending there when S.J. was in High School.  They were fine girls, – serious type.  I told Roberta about the only contact I had ever had with Barnesville was going to Kirks' furniture store over there which is widely known in these parts.  We bought the carpet for this house there.

I'd better quit this and rustle up some lunch.  You tell Roberta if she ever needs us for any reason or has any time she can take a day or two off and wants to come over here to be sure and give us a ring.  We will look forward to her planning to visit us when her visiting schedule permits.

Regards to Harold and all,

Sarah H

Monday, February 13, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -Feb.11

[February 11, 1967]
Dear Family,

Just got the letter from you all with the paper clippings in it.  Why won't the Carey's be happy about the wedding?  Also got a post-card from Mrs. Hinerman.  I will include it with this letter.  I just got done writing her a letter and told her to come and see me if possible.

To bad about Robyn Streber, but are they sure what's the matter with her?   Tell Mrs. Wallen I am fine, for me.

All I have done so far today is gone to church, oh excuse me, it should be "meeting" first you go to "pre-meeting" and that lasts an half of a hour.  Then "meeting" and that lasts an hour. (ugh) More details later.

Last night was the Valentine supper put on by the seniors.  It was really good!  We each had a menu and had a couple of choices, like vegetable appetizers, and beverage.  I'll bring the menu home with me over forest [?] weekend.  Thanks so much for writing the note for me!

Thursday night I had a chance to got o Pittsburg and hear this orchestra.  But didn't really want to pay $2.50 to go.  Everybody thought it was a big bargain and thought it was dumb not to go.

I'm in the dorm, and Sylavia [?] (the one you wrote about) is putting up curtains.  They are burlap with a bunch of threads going this way and that.  (Sorry about being so messy.)

Went to Binn's Saturday with Zeneta Zichobisk [total guess] (the one that showed us around the library) and got some cheese and some stuff for the other kids.

The Indian girls got in at 2:00 in the morning, I guess they should have gotten in Pittsburg about 8:00 but plane was late due to bad weather and all.

The washer and dryer took off most of my name tags so please order some "sew on" ones.

Tell everyone to write and for now had better start doing my history.  Algebra is pretty easy (to my surprise ) and Susan Rockwell teaches it.  Do you remember the girl we met up in Cleveland that had graduated from here last year?  That was Teacher Susan's sister!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

1977 Clipping about Serena "Student's Feminism Boosted"

[Clipping from the Kansas City Star, February 10, 1977, explains why Serena was in Washington DC in January 1977.]

Saturday, February 11, 2017

1977 Roberta's Letter to John -Feb.9

February 9, 1977
Dear John,

Hi!  Thanks for your letter – do plan on taking the Buick – whenever its best for you to go.  I might go w/ you & stay w/ some people in NYC – till the Season starts.  Have you hard from Mr. Ream?

Today was my last day of work – as I wanted to do a few things before "they" come on Saturday.  I'm looking forward to them coming.  [Mom, MV & Ruth Shoemaker]

I have some news to tell you – you're the 1st family member to know – plan to write Grandma soon, & tell Mom in person.  I'm being baptized in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – sometime next week – maybe on Friday or Saturday.  John, I've read, studies & prayed about this more than anything else and I have such a good & happy feeling about it.  I'm sure you have your doubts – as I did too just weeks ago – but I've got my head together and through alot of search & prayer, my decision was made yesterday.

My one regret is that you won't be here for the Baptism – Fred, Pauline & Family will come – if the "green wagon" makes it – as now Pauline's car is not performing right!

The Buick has had a good going over – to the tune of about $250 and 2 days of work missed.  Had to have a whole new muffler system – brake job, then the routine stuff.  But I don't begrudge it – it's been good to me.

I called Liz – she is still planning on coming Feb. 26th – we'll go to Phoenix – then she can fly from there.  My plans are still up in the air about going home – I'd like to go home in March – but then I don't want to leave San Diego that soon.  (want the cake & icing too!)

Hope school is going A-OK.  I'll keep you posted as to my plans. But you can definitely count on the Buick end of May.


Friday, February 10, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -Feb.9

[Postmarked February 9, 1967 – mailed separately from previous letter postmarked same date.]

Send Food

Dear Everybody,  I have to know the bus schedule and fast!  Cause they are figuring something out or something to that order  I checked with this girl from Cinn. and they don't have room.  She is the girl who both Donna Lord and Eleanor Haines are going with.  The girls father is going to pick them up at the bus station in Columbus!  I will go to Columbus with them I guess by bus!  FIND OUT COST   (I'll go to Wilmington by bus.)

Called Mrs. Hinerman tonight she said she'd write me and would come over sometime she also said she always wondered what it is like here but never had good excuse to come!  I told her that you had tried to get in touch with her (social lie) but then I said I wasn't sure then she couldn't remember if she had been at home so . . . (more details later but this must go out before recess.  Have only got four more minutes till end of recess.  Recess lasts 15 minutes it's when we get the mail.  Oh golly, I was only going to write one little sentence and oh well, see ya, but I gotta have the bus schedule!

(Don't need to pick me up in Columbus, cause I'll take the bus to Wilmington.)


Thursday, February 09, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -Feb.9

[Postmarked Feb. 9, 1967]
Last night I went skating, only 15 people skated, every Tuesday night is "skate night" starting at 8:10 lasting till 9:10!  (got out of study hall)

Dear Family,

Here I am in study hall and we got English next.   Wednesdays are real confusing because then we have worship service, no home ec, 2 periods of English (no Algebra) and I'm not sure what else!

Three of the five of us in the room I stay in are Methodist.  Besides Quakers, there are more Methodists.

Leslie Kendall from Michigan is my "big sister"  She's real nice and a "nut".  Catherine ask Rick K. if he knows her.

This morning they had "meeting" but I didn't stay for it we have our choice whether to go or to go outside and walk all over the place.  They said it was real exciting cause some Friends church wanted to join another yearly meeting and all these old people kept arguing then they announced that this old lady died and everybody (all the old people), a whole bunch of old ladies in shawls and real long dresses were here too.

In Algebra I am studying polynomials, its sorta easy and kinda hard!  In History we don't have a book, we use the books in the library reference section, which can't go out of the library.  The have 5 copies of "The Wide World and 5 of "Geography and World Affairs."  These are the ones that are used the most.  We are studying about Nigeria now.

In "Bible Class" we went over the main differences between the books of Matthew and Luke,  Then we read this thing in Isaiah (53 chapter) about the suffering servant (unless I'm confused, I think I got the right chapter.)

In Home Ec we are cooking.  Yesterday afternoon we fixed sausage, turnovers, eggs, and a bunch more stuff.  Boy was I ever full, everyone else too.

I'm going to need some paper back books (they sell them here) should I buy them now or wait until I get home and look for them.  Should I buy them with my own money or use that in the office?

Yesterday we had sports.  It lasts for an hour and a half 3 times a week!  If you don't move you freeze in that gym.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brown sit at my table!  (got to use my good manners)

This is your conscience  SEND FOOD

School vacation starts at 1:00 instead of 3:00 (in the afternoon on Thursday) (should be able to get home at decent hour)

Catherine, get Vanessa's address cause I left it at home! (or lost it) Quick or she will kill me.

See Ya

P.S.  Thanks for the post card (got it yesterday).  (Send me some stuff to eat cause all we do is eat off of Susan and her supply is almost out)

Have had applesauce every meal (except for breakfast)  Had apple dumplings twice.  Bread is good (homemade)

Excuse my writing but I wanted it to go out before 10:30, it didn't make it cause it is now ten till one oclock and class starts real soon.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

1987 Family Letter -Feb.8

Sunday, February 8, 19987

Dear Family:

It was good to have talked with all of you within the past few days AND to hear of your activities.

MV has finished her first month with the News Journal during which she saw her boss fired because he would not sign a non-competitive agreement if he quit.

John is not going to run for office but is going to help the incumbent Mayor in his reelection efforts.  Hopefully he and X will get to NYC while Joe is still there.

Library School and the activities seem to be growing on Serena.  She even has activities scheduled as far ahead as November.  Luckily, she is a great reader.

The Kings showed us a great time in Phoenix . . . that three hour non stop flight from here makes it seem like next door.

The Morgans will be moving in about two more weeks . . . . we feel sure that they will find more employment opportunities there [Phoenix] than in Colfax.

Next Saturday is Nancy Henderson's wedding.  She was presented with a tray from the Church and a bell from the bell choir.  They are going to San Juan etc. on their honeymoon.

Also talked with your Grandmother on the phone and as your Aunt Mary says she is sharp.  Yes, we will have a celebration this June 22nd for her 95th birthday.

Gradually getting back in routine here – found the pounds went on very easily in Phoenix – thanks to the good cooking of Sid and Roberta plus the restaurants we patronized.  We did do some hiking but not enough on my part.  We were sorry to miss Joe by just a few hours.

Thursday we leave for theToy Show and will be coming back Monday – missing Joe [remainder of letter was not copied.]

[Love, Etc.]

Sunday, February 05, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -Feb.8

[postmarked Feb. 8, 1967]

Dear Mom & Dad, family,

Well, how is everything?  As for me I'm not really sure yet!

Here's my schedule:
1st - Study Hall
2nd - Algebra
3rd - Geog Lab (study climate and plant life of different areas) Is only on Monday and Friday
3rd - Bible  - is only on Tuesday and Thursday
4th - Geography
5th - Study Hall
6th - English
7th - Home Ec (7th period is a double period)
8th - Study Hall

Also have study hall from 7:10 to 9:10 of an evening.

For "office work" this other girl and me have to sweep and dust the library. (ugh)  Every four weeks these jobs change, if you don't put down what you want to do then they will draft you.

The food here is pretty good (I've only eaten supper and breakfast so far), Last night we had chicken noodles, peas and I can't remember what else.  This morning we had soft boiled eggs, cereal, milk.  Oh yes, we also had applesauce and apple dumplings. (not bad).  Please check into the bus schedule for me send me the details.  Should I get the money out of the office to buy my bus ticket?

Had "collection" last night and this morning.  Freshman sit on front row, then 10th graders, next 11th and so on.  Boys sit on the left and girls on the right.  Wil have church at 10:30 Wednesday for 45 minutes then for an hour on Sunday!

Do you remember Sylvia Thomas?  She's my roommate.  ONLY - FIVE - PEOPLE - ARE - IN -THE - ROOM.  Talk about being crowded!  We made a sort of a pry - - -   -(can't spell it and couldn't find it in the dictionary) two on the bottom then mine on top, it sure is different!

Well, I suppose I had better be going got algebra next (ugh).

(every-one calls me Bobbi) I'm just now getting used to it!

Saturday, February 04, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -Feb.6

F.B.S. [Friends Boarding School] NEWS BULLETIN - Monday [2/6/67]

Dear Serena, John, Mary Virginia, and Mrs. Shoemaker,

How is everybody?  I am fine ? ? ?  What's new?  I got a post-card from Mom today, said everything was fine and all that stuff.

How's the paper routes coming along this week?  Has it snowed very much?  It sure has here.  The rumor is going around that we might get out of School tomorrow afternoon to go sledding!  I sure hope so!

I only have Algebra, Geography, English and home ec to do so I had better make like a scholar.  See you all in 17 days!

Serena, will you ask Mrs. Baker for Patty's address and then send it to me, I sure would appreciate it.

The Hinermans might take me out to dinner this Saturday, I hope so!

Hope all is well, do WRITE!


Friday, February 03, 2017

1977 GHU Letter to John -Feb.6

Feb. 6 [1977]
Dear John – are you trudging through the drifted snow these days?  I haven't noticed any thing about the colleges being closed but many public schools seem to be having trouble with roads being drifted with snow or not enough fuel for heat so are closed for a time.

The latest word from N.V. your Mother & Mary V. are thinking of going to Calif. while your Dad takes in the Toy Show.  Perhaps you know more about their plans than I do.  Roberta rather thinks she may be in Fla. for a short visit next month.

The cool air still lingers with us in Fla. although we hare having more sunshine so warmer weather may be with us soon.

Yesterday Aunt Mary & I attended a luncheon & dress show at the Breakers Hotel Palm Beach, sponsored by the Exchange Club in Lake W.  It was real nice but mostly Women's Pant suits which doesn't interest me too much.  It was hard to eat, watch the show, clap hands all at the same time.  Seems to me like a slip up in plans.

We had a nice service today as it had been announced Canadian Sunday.  A number attended making a full church.  The choir sang the C. anthem & one song – What a Friend we have in Jesus which was written by a Canadian.  This month will be the largest attendance at services.

Aunt Mary & I drove out to the beach this afternoon but since the air is still cold not many in water.  A man was feeding a number of sea gulls with bread and they were interesting to watch.

The Bride & Groom [Cris] are now settled in the trailer home but that is one step you must think hard & long about.  (If you remember what you wrote in your last letter.)

Love, Grandma

Thursday, February 02, 2017

1967 Roberta's letter from Barnesville -Feb.3

[postmarked 2/3/67]
Dear Mom, Dad and everybody,

Now in study hall (last period of the day) tomorrow I only have 3 classes : Algebra, Geography and study hall.  I got my homework all done in them.

I got 3 letters today!  One from daddy (which included Aunt Mary's and Grandma's), Janice Carroll and Debbie Abdon.  It took me all recess to read them.

I just got back from Home Ec.  Yesterday we made cream puffs and meat loaf.  Today it was French toast and vanilla custard.  We are making stuff with eggs in it.

Don't worry about the bus schedule or nothing cause I already got a round-trip bus ticket from here to Columbus ordered.  See you gotta fill out this little piece of paper saying what you want and then the school gets them ahead of time and you buy them from the school.  This one girl from Cinn. was going to bring this other girl home with her but they changed their mind and the girl from Cinn. is going to go home with the other girl so they got room for me.

Guess What ? ? ?

You know I told you that I was on library clean up this time, well I'm on FARM WORK for next time!  I about died when they announced it!  This will start the week I get back!  (sorry about being so messy)

The two Indian girls are coming tomorrow night!

Since this is Friday night we only have study hall for an hour, and then the social, every week one class has the social.  This week the freshman have it, we are going to have a "babysitting" one.  Usually everybody babies the freshman so tonight for a change we are going to be babying them.  We got all sorts of baby games picked out, for instance: musical chairs, drop the hanky, and then we will say the first line of a fairy rhyme and they will have to finish it.  It should be different!

By the way, the only time you are allowed to wear slacks is when you have sports or on Saturday afternoon!  (double ugh)

This afternoon we all went to Binns (Roi, Sylvia, and myself).  Right beside Binns is this discount drug store and dry cleaning outfit, hair place, and that's about it.  We messed around awhile, bought some stuff, nothing major and then we saw Teacher Nan (Teacher Tom's wife) and she drove us home.

We are only allowed six town trips, but if we want to go to the library and nothing else they don't count.

everybody write  I sent Grandma and Granddaddy a letter today.

Don't get me a ticket for the game on Friday night (or a bus seat) I changed my mind and don't want to go!


Was nice to talk to you last night but cost me 55¢


Wednesday, February 01, 2017

1967 Catherine's Philosophy -Feb.3

 My Philosophy on Life

I try to live  my life by hoping for the best, expecting the worst, and being satisfied with whatever happens.

By hoping for the best I set my goals high.  This makes living a much bigger challenge, as there is always something urging me onward.  I am constantly working to attain my goals.

I realize that no one is perfect and I am just one of a mass of people.  By expecting the worst I am prepared for anything that may happen.  Although I try not to set my goals so high that it would be virtually impossible to attain them, I find that even with something fairly simple it is possible to make mistakes.  It is also necessary to consider there are millions of people in this world, and I am indirectly competing with each one.

The most important factor in my life is being satisfied, regardless of what happens.  If I find I cannot reach a goal which I have set, I simply re-evaluate the facts, set a new goal, and keep striving for perfection.  But I must have faith in myself, and be satisfied.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter to John -Feb.1

Tuesday Evening
February 1, 1977
Dear John,

How do you find things back in Granville after your extended absence, also after having lived in a glamorous place like Washington D.C.?  You find them by looking, right?

Thank you for the birthday card.  It did arrive exactly on my birthday.  It was nice talking to you on the phone especially when you called here at home.  You got me so flustered when you called at work that I don't think I was capable of carrying on a conversation.  Also I was unable to tell you our big news and that is that I am pregnant.  Gerry and I are very thrilled about that.  Roberta's been dying to tell everybody.  Did she tell you?  You'll have to wait until a future letter to hear more news about the forthcoming baby, however, since it will be several months yet.

We are looking forward to seeing Mom, Mary & Ruth here next week. It should be nice for them to get out of the cold for awhile but it sounds like Mary V. may be going to school all summer to make up for what she has missed.  Do you have any suggestions on what we should do while they are here?  I guess Mary wants to go to Tijuana but that is all that I have heard.

We haven't been doing too much.  This evening we went to the library and got some books to read.

We're going to start looking for a different apartment pretty soon.  We will probably stay in this general area of the city though since it is fairly central.

The new bed we got is really nice.  It is queen size and fairly firm and is a tremendous improvement over the flea ridden one that came with the apartment.  We hope next to get a kitchen table and then perhaps we'll get some baby stuff.  Mom said she'd bring me out some of her maternity things and I said well I'd be sure and take good care of them so Mary Virginia could use them when she had a baby.  Mary got a big laugh out of that.  She said she thought I'd be better off burning them.

Well, John, write again soon and tell us what is new on the campus scene.  We always enjoy hearing from you and what is expected of you!

Catherine & Gerry

Monday, January 30, 2017

1977 Roberta's Letter to John -Jan.30

January 30, 1977
Dear John –

Hi – No more Watts line – so how come the pen & paper.  I'm carrying my plans through – broke the news to Fred – told him my father needed me for the busy spring season!  A lie – but it eased the situation.

How does it feel to be back in school?  I'm glad you had the opportunity to be in Washington – and hate to sound selfish but I'm glad you'll be at the farm this summer!  Let them have the opportunity to have us!

Let me know about the possibility of you coming to Florida?  It would be neat – but then you know what would be best for you – you might want to work at Wells – I'm hoping I can work there till June – it's been almost a year since I was there folding rope!!

The news is out – there is another Morgan on the way – you'll be an uncle – I'll be an Aunt –

I'm sure glad that Mom, Ruth & Mary Va. are coming – it will be fun – but doubt if we ride mo-peds + make any $.

Keep Warm –––


Sunday, January 29, 2017

1957 Catherine's 8th Birthday -Jan.29

Clipping from the Wilmington News-Journal, - February 2, 1982.  Must have been a slow local news day in 1957.  Note that GG is mentioned in the final paragraph as a homecoming attendant at Simon Kenton.

Friday, January 27, 2017

1987 MV's Letter -Jan.25

Dear Mom, Dad and Kings –

Are you all watching the super bowl?  I didn't even know it was on today until this morning.

Serena's second letter arrived Tuesd Friday, but other than that, no personal mail.  The Elderhostel catalogs did come.

So far I've spent the night at the college and Diane Allen stayed here Friday and Saturday night we rented a VCR from Corner Shell.  For just under $10, you get the VCR and a free movie.  We saw The Witness, which was very good, and Passage to India.  Either I fell asleep or it was too intellectual, but I got nothing out of Passage to India.

At the Christian Armory Saturday, it was a 4-hour conference where they went through a lot of new music, most of which was geared toward Easter.  We didn't find a concerto we were wild about, so we got about 9 new individual songs and plan to do our own program.

After getting my first pay check Friday, I decided eating out for lunch is too big of an expense, especially 25% of my salary goes to taxes.  I'm sure you people figure it was coming but . . . the life of luxury is fading quickly.

The Advertising manager for Brown publishing had a meeting with us Friday.  We (the 4 in advertising) were handed a non-competition agreement to sign.  It's a contract saying we won't work for any other paper in a 50 mile radius for 2 years after we leave Brown publishing.

The contract itself wasn't fishy, but the guy kept giving us a pep-talk about how great Brown Pub. is and how glad they are that they own the WNJ.  Supposedly the contract/agreement was no big deal, but they wanted them signed right then or by tomorrow morning at the latest.

I think I told you that USA Today returned your call.  Other than that, there's really been nothing on the phone.

Sorry there's not much else new.  I had that Sausage & Sauerkraut with brussel sprouts Wednesday.  From Thursday afternoon on I found out what Sauerkraut does to your body.  Never again!  Hope everything is going well.  Enjoy the warmth.  The snow from Thursday is still on the ground.

Mary Va.

Monday, January 23, 2017

1977 Roberta's Letter -Jan.19

Roberta writes her letter (apparently to John) on the back side of The Trane Home Comfort Center appointment slips.

Hi – So how are you doing in our nation's capitol – I'm going to have my little 12 inch T.V. on all the inauguration stuff & keep my eye out for you.

I think I've written you on this paper before – it's my scrap paper – keep it in my case – I only worked 2 hours today – Freddie didn't give me enough houses – but alot of people weren't home – only got 2 orders – one of my worst days.

Right now we are working an almost all white area – it's alot harder to work – people aren't as nice – very seldom even get invited inside, etc.  But – even though I'm getting fewer orders – the ones I do get are good orders – usually w/right away delivery dates!

So what did you think of the wedding [Cris & Marita] – from the sounds of it – a big production.  Mom said Uncle Bill was really acting like hot stuff!

So what do you think of life in Wash?  Does it appeal to you?  Right now I'm getting the urge to travel – to move on – selling is fun – but not the challenge it was at first.  Just this week I've begun to feel myself get this way – I don't like the feeling – I'm not sure what to do about it – Well – enough about me –––

I had a letter from Zaz [?] she is coming out to see me – just for a weekend – probably in February – that will be exciting!  She will be a Grandma – isn't that hard to believe!  She can fly out here super cheap – her son works for TWA – but she is scared to death to fly.  Can't you just hear her now!!  I really like Zaz – even though we are so basically different.

I start adult education last week of January.  I'm taking Spanish & Auto Mechanics.  Are you laughing?  Maybe then I can help Fred fix the greenmobile – it's been out of function since Christmas – we've been going in either the Buick or Pauline's new car – a 1964 Rambler!

John – I'm sorry I haven't written – here you are my favorite brother & I haven't written you since you left.  No actually I wrote two post cards but I never got them in the mail so I doubt if you got them!!

The 3rd & 5th of the month I had all kinds of deliveries to make – about 20 [or 70?] each time.  The next delivery that will be a good one will be Feb. 1st.

I've started going to the Mormon Church near me – I'd go with the Spears but don't want them to get all excited about me going Mormon.  We have so much we could learn from them.  I've come to several conclusions about them – that the majority of them are really a special kind of people – they have a loving way about them – and they really try to live the commandments.  I've so much I could learn from them.  They have some good qualities – like they are willing to really take a stand against smoking, drinking, drugs, & be proud of their stand.

As for Joseph Smith & the book of Mormon – it has to be 1 of 2 things – the truth or one of the biggest & most imaginative stories around – and I want to – or intend to figure out which!

I'm so glad you brought out my typewriter, calculator, etc.  I've really put them both to use  – so thanks for hauling them out here –

I had a chance to go to Tijuana – you know – cross the border – Mexico tonight w/ some friends.  But I turned down the invitation – once was enough – and I really don't think I want to buy a brown leather jacket w/ strings.  But the Morgans seem very happy w/ theirs.

After you left – Deb, Morgans & I did a few things together.  She got so she never quit talking – wish we (the three of us) could have done more stuff – it's alot like it takes a week to break down all the formalities, etc.  – Maybe at another time & place ––

Have you thought anything about H.G. Farm – as far as canteen goes – so many possibilities – at least we (remember the partnership) have already learned alot from last summer – re soda, sugar candies, etc.  I think we should check out hats, we've got enough post cards.  Now here is the deal  – you do the paperwork for the canteen – 90% of the profit is yours – I'll take the driver salary ($650) – tips – we'll split or keep as given – but we'll share the work – to whatever works out best.  But thing I don't want to do – meet Skip at 1:00 AM in Dover!! HA!

I wrote Mr. Reem – told him we wanted to share jobs – he will give us no hassles.  Between the 2 of us we have 3 years seniority!

Got to go –


WRITE – when you can – Tell Serena hello.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Mary Elizabeth Fawley 1887-1888

  • Mary Elizabeth Fawley 1887-1888 is 2nd cousin to GHU or 2nd cousin twice removed of Horton-Uible cousins.
  • She is related to us through our 2nd great-grandfather Noah Fawley
  • Noah Fawley's younger brother George married Noah's wife's (Sarah Wilkin) niece Rachel Pence
  • This is confusing
  • There are at least forty-four Mary's in our family tree

Mary Elizabeth Fawley was born January 20, 1887 in Hamer Township, Highland County, Ohio, and died at the age of 19 months on August 27, 1888.   She had one sister, Bertha who was born in 1883 and married Lee Williams.

Mary Elizabeth was GHU's second cousin as their grandparents were siblings.  Therefore she would be HH's second cousin once removed and our second cousin twice removed.

GHU's mother, Mary Ellen Fawley Hiestand (1853-1929) was the daughter of Noah Fawley (1824-1914) and Sarah Wilkin (1828-1901).   Noah was the oldest of 12 children of John Fawley (1795-1892) and Mary Hawk Fawley (1804-1865).

Noah's brother, George Washington Fawley (1828-1876) and his wife Rachel Pence (1834-1913) were the parents of eight children, the fifth of which was George W. Fawley (1858-1909) who married Sarah Ollie Webster and were the parents of Mary Elizabeth Fawley.  They lived in New Market, Highland County, Ohio.

Rachel Pence Fawley's mother, Mary Ann Wilkin Pence, was the sister of Sarah Wilkin Fawley, GHU's grandmother.

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    1967 Serena's 12th Birthday

    1967 Serena opening birthday present, Mary Virginia & Roberta look on -Jan.20

    1967 Serena's 12th Birthday - Julia Murphy on left

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    1977 Catherine's Letter -Jan.13

    January 13, 1977
    Thursday Evening
    Dear Mom, Dad, and Mary Virginia,

    Thank you for all the letters we have received during the past week – including the one dated Dec. 12.  We are anxious to hear how the big wedding [Cris & Marita] came off, and your trip to and fro.

    We have not been doing too much since John and Debby left.  Roberta was down with a cold for a a few days and I missed one day of work due to some sort of bug.  It seems to be going around.

    We did buy ourselves a new bed.  We got a Ortho Supreme queen size if that means anything to you.  It is quite firm but we have both adjusted to it from the saggy thing that came with the apartment.  We had previously parked our bikes in the bedroom but with the bigger bed we have moved them back to the living room.

    Speaking of bikes, Gerry's has a flat tire.  We were all set to patch it with my tube repair kit which still has a Daye's Hardware sticker on it (I  must have bought it in 1968).  The patch was fine but the glue had all dried out so we're going to have to buy some more rubber cement I guess it is.  Did I mention that we got DeeDee a bike for Christmas, or rather we had one made over that had been her cousins.  She has not yet completely mastered the technique of balancing.

    I had no idea Linda & Barbara Rudisill were in San Diego.  Roberta sad she thought they were in L.A.

    We have been having some work done on the car.  Last week it got a brake job and this week we haven't been driving it as the muffler is about to fall off.  Frank, a guy that works with Gerry and only lives 2 blocks from us has been taking us to work.

    We've given him a ride several times when his wife needed the car or it was in the shop.  We plan to take it to Midas first thing Saturday morning.

    Winter has arrived here in San Diego.  We have had several days of rain and the temperature has gotten down into the 40s.  Not too far away it gets colder than that and I guess the snow starts around 3000'.  Alot of people drive up to the mountains on the weekends to see the snow, go sledding, etc.  We really haven't felt that much desire to see it.

    Hoping to hear from you all again soon –

    Catherine & Gerry

    Monday, January 16, 2017

    1977 Catherine's Letter to John -Jan.13

    Thursday Evening
    January 13, 1977
    Dear John,

    Hi! How are you doing in the big city of Washington?  How much of the inauguration will you get to see?  Please tell Serena "Happy Birthday" for us as we don't have her address.  We will be sending her a card to New Vienna I guess.

    We certainly were sorry you couldn't have stayed in SD longer but we did have a good time while you were here.  Since you and Debby left it doesn't seem like we have done much except work.  Roberta went on Dr. Atkins diet starting January 1 and I guess she has been sticking to it.  Pauline is also on it.  It is a diet where all you can eat is meat and cheese and fish but you can eat as much of that as you like.  Gerry and I tried it and lasted eight days but on the ninth day we went out and had a pizza.

    We went to see "The Enforcer" which is a real blood & guts movie with Clint Eastwood.  A little bit of that goes a long way.  Last Saturday night we went bowling with Roberta.  We bowled three strings and she started out poorly and improved each time.  I did the best I have ever done on the first string which was 112.  I still have a ways to go.  This weekend DeeDee is staying over night on Saturday and we are talking about going to see "Wilderness Family."

    Did you go the big wedding in Philadelphia?  [Cris & Marita] You'll have to write and tell us all about it since we haven't heard.

    We've had to spend some money on the car during the last couple weeks.  Gerry took it in for what we thought was going to be a $39.95 brake job last week and it ended up costing us $117.00.  Now it needs a new muffler. We haven't driven it since Tuesday since the old muffler could fall off at any time.  Frank, the guy who works with Gerry has been taking us to work.  We're going to take it to Midas first thing Saturday morning.

    Will you be able to ride back to Ohio with Serena or does she leave before you?  When will you be back in Granville?

    We will be waiting for our first hand report of the inauguration.

    Catherine & Gerry

    Saturday, January 14, 2017

    1967 Catherine, MV, John, Serena in rocker -Jan.14

    Captioned: 1-14--67 (John had just had haircut).  Catherine, Mary, John, Serena.  We had been to Barnesville, Ohio today.  Charles Lord went with us.  

    Thursday, January 12, 2017

    1987 Catherine's Letter to John -Jan.12

    Dear John & X,

    Hi!  Thanks for your letter and the McD. coupons.  We always enjoy free food!  There is a McDonald's in Moscow.

    We had a good time in Maine.  Sanford seemed alot busier – more shopping centers, restaurants and lots of traffic.

    Haven't heard anything yet concerning the job I applied for in Tempe.  If we move it will probably be to the Phoenix area.  Our second choice would be Oregon.  Or possibly something will turn up for Gerry in this area.

    Thanks again for the coupons and hope you have a Happy New Year!


    P.S.  See you in April 1988 if not before!

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    1977 Joe's Letter -Jan.11

    January 11, 1977
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    Dear Uncle Harold, Aunt Jean & Mary V. –

    I enjoyed your Christmas letter which arrived this week.  It takes at least 2 weeks to get a letter from the States, you know.  I also heard from Cathy and Gerry too.

    I moved out to the desert around the 23rd of Dec.  I'm now in a 2-room apartment about 10 kilometers from Jeddah.  A bus takes me to school each morning and then brings me back home again.  The nearest habitation to my Motel-6 home is a cement factory – Occasionally there are camels that pass by on their way to munch on the the garbage the construction workers throw away near our building.

    Last weekend I, two other Americans and a Jordanian drove to the mountains of Taif and spent a day there.  Beautiful desert sands and rocky mountains.  The city is on a plateau about 6,000 feet above sea level.  It was cold – we visited the souk and then took our lunch out to a Waadi and had a picknick.  The area looks like a typical Biblical scene – barren rock – a few shrubs, sheep and camels.  It was really a nice day.

    You asked about Tunisia – I highly recommend it.  We spent a few days in Tunis and then went to the holy city of Kairouan.  We also visited Sousse which is very touristy – lots of hotels there along the beaches – much like Miami Beach.  There is a lot to do there (in Tunis), a lot to see.  The weather during the months of Nov. Dec. was ideal.  I stayed at a Hotel called Tunisia Palace on Avenue Carthage – right downtown for practically nothing.  I saw 2 art exhibits, bought a rug and met some very interesting people – One was an art teacher at the Art Institute there – Tunisia reminded me a lot of Dakar, Senegal because, I guess, of the French language and their influence on the people.  I thought Egypt was a big tourist trap but nevertheless, it really is an interesting country.  I loved Florence, Italy.

    I now work a 40 hour week – That doesn't give me much time to paint, play tennis and meet people, does it.  I work on my Arabic everyday.  It's really a challenge!

    I miss Senegal so much but the nostalgia isn't so bad now because I'm learning more and more about where I am and I'm growing to like it.  May you be blessed with the happiest of New Years ––

    Love, Joe –– Thanks for your letters!

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    1987 Catherine's Letter -Jan.12

    Monday, January 12, 1987
    Dear Mother, Dad & Mary Virginia,

    Hi!  This is the first time I've used the typewriter since I got it back from the repair shop (had to get a new motor belt) -- seems to be working well.  I've been thinking about getting a new one.  Just saw one advertised recently that can also be used as a computer printer.

    We got your "new year's" letter last week with the Jane Brody clipping, thanks.  Also appreciated your phone call and of course the Christmas package.  We have been using the scented hot pad.  Those are nice matching watches that you sent Gerry and me.   Cute necklace for Wendy also.  We appreciate the $$ very much too!

    I got my birthday card and check from Grandma today so she is on the ball.  Also included was our Christmas check (for 1986) and a letter of apology from Aunt Mary for "forgetting" us!

    Also in today's mail was a letter from "Focus on the Family" informing us that you are giving us a gift subscription.  I am familiar with some of Dobson's books so looking forward to the "materials and magazine" they say I will receive soon.

    We have been enjoying the Betty Crocker items from Mary V.  Gerry fixed the pasta salad last week and it was quite tasty.  We checked the store here in Colfax and they don't carry it but do carry little foil dressing mixes for pasta salad.  We may try one of them next as we both like pasta salad.  Wendy and I looked through the Buffet cookbook yesterday.  Some very fancy sounding (and terrific looking) recipes.  We'll have to stock up on some more ingredients.  We all ate plenty while we were on vacation so have been trying to eat "lighter" since we have returned home.

    Saw where there was a snowstorm in the midwest -- did that hit you?  The ground remains bare here with temperatures in the 20ºs.  Road conditions have been good.  Only two more months until spring!

    Storytime is back in swing at the library.  I only had 12 for my 10:00 session lasts week but then had 42 at 11:00 so I think several mothers were just running late!  The after-school session for school age is going fairly well.  I try to get volunteers to bring snacks and it seems like the same ones are doing it all the time so I'm trying to track down the parents of those who come regularly and haven't "volunteered."  I did booktalks at the Troy (13 miles east of Moscow) elementary school last Friday.  The 6th grade girls there have a "Storytellers Group" and they read to the younger classes.

    Wendy and I are both enjoying the keyboard -- we play lots of duets with one of us playing the melody and the other the chords.  She has been practicing her hand positions and fingering.  I am impressed with its variety of rhythms and instruments.

    Always glad to hear from you . . . .

    Love, Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

    P.S.  Forgot to mention I did call Aunt Harriett who was very vague about Roger & his wife.  (She wouldn't tell me her name or whether she was from Sanford.)  She did take my # though and Roger called a couple days later.  Both Roger & Harriett said to give you their regards.  (His wife's maiden name was Thompson – she's 11 year's younger than Roger so also younger than Gerry.)

    [Roger's wife would be Betty and she is from Sanford.  Aunt Harriett Cochran Ballantyne, 1908-1990.  Roger, 1943-2008.]

    Sunday, January 08, 2017

    1967 Uible Weekly News(paper) -Jan.9

    The date in the newsline of this edition of the Uible Weekly News is incorrect (should be 1967, not 1968 – which can be determined by the dates of the sporting events, and the trip to Barnesville).  Great glimpse of home life in 1967!

    Items from Uible photo album