Saturday, December 16, 2017

1977 Roberta's Letter to MV -Dec.9

December 8--no,9, 1977

Dear Mary Virginia,

Thanks for your letter last night,  I like you new stationary.  I need to go on a trip, and get some new stationary myself . . . . either that or just go to the store and buy some . . . .that might be cheaper.  On my trip to San Francisco, I didn't get any new stationary . . . the YMCA's just didn't give out stationary!!!  I don't need luxury, but then I hope I never have to sleep in a cold gym, where you can hear everyone breathe -- again.

Right now it looks like I'll be off work from whenever you all arrive here till the Tuesday after Christmas, the 27th I'll have to be back.  I will be doing all sorts of weird things at work over the holidays, like watering plants, and feeding rats and snakes (want to help me?) along with feeding 26 tanks of fish.  They said if any of them die on me, I just need to pick them up, and throw them out.

What did you all do for Mother's birthday????  I've been meaning to get a birthday card out but as of yet, I haven't even gotten to the store, to buy one, so I'm not having an easy time in getting it in the mail.  Maybe tomorrow, the day before her birthday, I'll get it, and then I can read it to her over the phone.

I called the newspaper and had them put the ad in for John.  They wanted his license number and all this information, so I gave them mine, after talking to all these people, and getting the ok to do it that way.  I'm anxious to find out how the response goes . . . the ad will be this Sunday.  Catherine wrote and said how she had put one in too, so maybe between the two of us, he will have something turn up.

I had wanted to go to U.P.S. tomorrow and mail some things, but I'm just not ready to get things in the mail, seems the same story as the card for mother.  I got Rob a pair of gym shorts from Berkley, that say of course . . . Berkley . . . no, I just decided that it's spelled Berkeley, after all.

I got myself a jacket -- the sweatshirt kind, that has a hood and zip up when I was there, it says Berkeley, and everyone at work teases me about such a radical jacket, for such a conserative (sp?--) but you know what I mean) person. 

Progress reports went out today . . . what a mess.  In order to flunk the kid for the semester, the teachers had to send out a progress report, saying that the kid was flunking.  It's just another job for us in the office.  Some teachers sent out one to every student, just telling how many absences, etc. they had.  The end of the semester is January 13th.  We have about 40 students that will be graduating then.

You don't sound like you are on weight watchers, if you had some of that good pizza in Wilmington.  There is a really good pizza place near Marion's . . . it says on the sign . . . New York style pizza.  It tastes like Carmen's in Netcong.

Is Eileen all excited about getting married.  It won't be long now!!!!  One of the teachers here is getting married December 31st -- isn't than when Eileen is getting married?  Who is going to be her brides maid?

Except for Liz, I haven't hardly heard from anyone from the farm.  I've written Annie, and Sally a few times but of course they don't write letters.

I better go, I've tried to write this in five minutes and my typing speed and efficiency just don't go together that much at such speeds -- so I better quit and get back to work . . . .


[Please note: the spelling of stationery/stationary has not been corrected – the shortcut to remember is stationary means to stay still or where you are, or stay at. Stationery writing paper has an e as in email.]

Friday, December 15, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter - Dec.8

Thursday noon
December 8, 1977
Dear Mom, Dad, and Mary Virginia,

Hi!  Well, it won't be long now until you will be heading west.  Are you going to be driving the Granada?  I so, how will you be getting back home?  It's too bad that Roberta won't have that week off between Christmas and New Years.

I have Herman (the landlord) $100 to hold the apartment.  He wrote me a receipt which says if you stay less than 10 days he would refund at the rate of $10/day and if you stay longer that can be negotiated according to how long you stay.

Wendy is doing well.  She has really become aware of her hands in the last week or so.  She holds them up in front of her so she can see them then she makes fists and hits herself or she'll at something else if it help up in front of her.  We got her the umbrella stroller yesterday.  It is a really deluxe model but well worth it since we saved so much on the other stroller.  It folds up really easily and unfolds in nothing flat.  She likes it because she can sit up and see what's going on whereas in the other stroller she always had to lie down.

We have put up a few Christmas decorations and we are going out with Frank & Elma Saturday to a place in Ramona where you can cut your own tree.  DeeDee is excited about going with us because she & Gerry will be able to sit in the back of Frank's truck.  We have about 95% of our shopping done so now I just have to finish wrapping it and get the cards mailed out.  We have ordered some extra prints of the four of us and I am in hopes they will be ready of the first of the week so I can include a picture with some of our card.

I got a letter yesterday from Grandma with the clipping about Joe. She did't say to send it back or anything did you want it?

Not many Christmas lights up around here yet but all the stores are really gung ho with the Christmas spirit.  The stores have been really crowded everyplace we've gone.

It's about time to give Wendy some lunch (she's having spinach and beef) so I better get going.  She's had banana with her supper the last two nights and she seems to like it real well.  Tonight she's going to try peaches!

We'll be seeing you soon!

Catherine & Gerry
& Wendy

Thursday, December 14, 2017

1977 Roberta's Letter to John -Dec.7

December 7, 1977
Dear John,

Only two weeks of school left in 1977!!!!!!  I'm going to have to work over the holidays but at least it will be a change of pace -- after having half of my day now filled with absences and typing bulletin - etc.

Thanks for your letter -- I called the newspaper up this morning and the ad will be in the paper this Sunday.  I'll keep you posted -- sure hope you get a ride from here -- so you can spend more time here after Christmas.

I had a super crazy trip to San Francisco.  The teacher that went along was as crazy as the kids -- drinking, smoking, etc.  I laid the law down and said there would be no drinking in the van while I was driving -- which of course made me very popular.  coming back I did all the driving -- everyone else was sick -- mostly just lack of sleep -- but some had stomach flue -- or something.  It's not a trip I wish to repeat soon.

How was your Thanksgiving at home????  I wish I had been there -- instead of driving with 9 high school students upcoast. But, the trip was worth it -- seeing Mary Greene and also Mike, Maureen, and Billy Sutter. Teresa Maloney had another girl – #5!!!  The buses were on strike while I was in S.F. -- the subway didn't run on the weekends -- it was, putting it mildly -- hard to get around in the city.  Mary Greene of course lives on the one side of the bridge -- then about ten miles --  and they lived on the other side.  Maureen now has the craziest looking hair -- she must have had a curly permanent about 6 months ago -- and it has grown long -- and just sticks out all over the place.  Billy is trying to find work -- couldn't get over how nice S.F. [?] was -- I'm glad he got out of the city.

Had a nice letter from Liz yesterday -- it was just like being with her.  She had the report form the farm meeting -- how the Uibles were mentioned with -- well, you know -- such good workers, etc.  How much Marion and I.T. will be missed at the farm.  Guess the cottage mothers wanted a job description of what Liz is supposed / not supposed to do.  I'll let you read the letter when you get here.

Guess what Marion got me for Christmas???  Got it last night -- a bowling ball and a neato  bag to carry it in.  The ball is black and white -- we will have to use it over the holidays.  I had to be fitted for it -- now to see if it helps my game. 

I had a letter from Catherine saying she knows the travel plans, so now I'm anxious to hear them.  I'll be able to spend a few days after Christmas before getting back to work, and I'm glad of that.

Must go -- it's getting late . . . .


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

1987 MV's Letter -Dec.7

Dear Mom & Dad,

Had a good visit with John and John this weekend.  We went to Shakertown for a tour and dinner and then there was a concert here on campus.  Sunday we went to church at Wilmore UMC then the Seminary Advent Services were at 4:00 & 6:00, so they left right after the 4:00.

The Advent Service was put on by the music dept, so I was running between Chapel Choir, Singing  Sems [?] and Hand Bells.  I was the only one in all three.

This week is busy with final papers and finishing up work.  The biggest thing I have to do is write my 10 page Music History paper.

I should be home by 5:00 on Friday.  Hope the trip to Indiana went well.

Got a cold Friday – By yesterday I felt terrible, but it's better today.  Tomorrow morning is the Sing-A-Long Messiah (I have the Alto solo), and tomorrow night is the recital for all the voice students.  I'll be glad to have that over.

Mary Va.

1967 Catherine's Postcard -Dec.6

Simpson Memorial Chapel postcard -mailed 1967.  Caption: The Methodist Building 100 Maryland Avenue, NE, Washington DC.  The chapel honors Bishop Matthew Simpson, close friend and consultant of President Abraham Lincoln.  Bishop Simpson attended Mrs. Lincoln on the death of President Lincoln, and delivered the funeral oration.  The unique cross over the altar was hand-carved especially for the chapel.  Public worship services are conducted each Wednesday at noon by guest speakers, ad the chapel is open daily to the public for prayer and meditation.

Got letter from you all today!  Things are really piling up here!  In 1/2 hour I have math, then there are stockings to be stuffed for the tutoring party tomorrow. I can get a bus out of her at 7:45 PM which I may take.  I'm getting crumbs all over this from the rice krispies!

Love, Catherine

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -Dec.7

Dec. 7, 1967
Dear Family,

Hi!  Since I've got lots of stuff to do before 9:10 I'll come right to the point instead of beating 'round Robin Hood's Barn.

This letter is an urgent plea for money!!! (Got the hint?)  It is "tradition" to buy your counselor, big sis, mistress (I'm her maid – all seniors have maids) & best friends gift at Christmas  Now!  You would hate me to have to break this tradition because of lack of funds.  OR!  Would you?

I got the coat in the mail yesterday.  Pretty fast, huh?  BUT still no mail from you all except for Serena's letter!  How about it John?  Just cause there's only 13 days left is no excuse!!!

You can use your best sense in sending money but remember how much tradition means to "us" old Quakers!  HA!!  And that since people earn more now-days the stuff costs more than in former years!!!

Love, Roberta

PS I get to go to Wheeling next Saturday – the 16th – I think money might be handy to have by then. 

1967 Catherine's Postcard -Dec.5

Ellinor Village Shopping Center postcard -mailed 1967.  Captioned: The Million Dollar Ellinor Village Shopping Center, three swimming pools, the Ellinor Village Country Club with its 18 hole seaside golf course and 650 vacation villas by the sea await you at Ellinor Village"Florida's Friendliest Vacation Resort."

Hi!  9 days and the pain and agony will be over – at least temporarily!  Christmas Carol Service was Sunday.  Tonight I'm going to an athletic dessert with John.  This afternoon is the last physics lab for the quarter!  I passed the PE final but I failed the last art test.  Calculus is getting me down, but I'm still plugging away!  Have to go to art museum now!

Love, Catherine

Monday, December 11, 2017

2007 Jean and Harold photos -Dec.

Happy Birthday, Mom!  The following pictures were all taken in 2007, though the first one is from January, the other two from December.

2007 Harold, Jean & KC -Jan.29

2007 Jean & Harold -Dec.1

2007 Harold & Jean -Dec.3

Sunday, December 10, 2017

1977 GHU letter to John -Dec.5

[Dec. 5, 1977]
Mon. evening
Dear John –

Just to let you know that I arrived in L.W. on schedule & thanks a lot for your help in getting me to the plane.  It was cool so I was very comfortable with my heavy Ohio clothing.  We are now having regular Fla. weather so we open the windows & doors part of the time.

Since Christmas time is here you will find enclosed a gift which you can use as you wish & do have a "Merry Christmas" & a very "Happy New Year."

Had a letter & note from Catherine & Roberta last week.  C. is looking forward to the family arriving & R. was glad to get back from her San Fran trip.  Now enjoy your Christmas vacation.

Love – Grandma

Saturday, December 09, 2017

1977 Roberta's Letter -Dec.4

December 4, 1977
Dear Family,

We're watching "The Gathering" – how about you all – did you see it?  Thats a good thing about this time of year – alot of good Christmas specials on T.V. – beats the high cost of going out – HA – also helps me get caught up on letter writing.

I went on another bike ride today – this time only 6 miles – didn't leave until 5:15 & by 6:00 it was getting really dark – should have left alot earlier.  But w/ the sun setting on the mountains – it really is pretty.

I didn't tell you all about the excitement of the last week – I usually take Buffie out for a short bike ride in the morning – and Thursday I had him out – as usual – he was running by the bike.  As I went around the last corner, I noticed he wasn't behind – but it was super cold so I went on inside – which sometimes happens – then later he always comes.  Well – to make a long story short – we both looked & looked for him – then Marion said we had to get going – so off we went.  2nd period she doesn't have a class so she came back & looked & looked – all the garbage cans, etc. – but no show!  So she went back to school & then came back 4th period – after getting someone to cover her classes.  And Buffie was at the door waiting for her!  I'm sure glad he was there – else I would have come home – not even taking time to pack. (HO, HUM)

Had a letter from Cathy – she said she had gotten your itinerary so I'm anxious to hear it!  I'm having the ad John requested to be put in next Sunday – should be interesting to see the response!

It was good to see S.F. – Mary Greene & Mike & Maureen [Roberta's friends from India, also saw Mary in 2016 in Hong Kong] – but the trip was not an easy one – or one that I would repeat.  I was the only non-smoker out of 11 – also there was alot of drinking – though I made my point that it would not be drunk in the van while I was driving.  Not my idea of an enjoyable trip – I'll fill you in on the trip when I see you – also we saw alot of really bad accidents – especially Wednesday night on the way to L.A.

And speaking of accidents – we saw a terrible 3 car accident today – as we were walking out of church to the car – the Minister had said during the service that last week – there was a close call – because of people jay-walking – so we were down using the cross-walks – had we walked where we usually do – we would have been out in the road when the accident happened!  Was really bad – one car – the innocent car – waiting to pull out of a parking lot was the worst one off – people couldn't get out.

This morning was the 1st morning we went to the 11:00 service – it was like being in a retirement center!

I rode my bike to the library yesterday – got the book "Papa Married a Mormon" by John Fitzgerald – it's good & quick reading – must be half way done already!  Also got a book called "Winners & Losers" by Harris – it's good – you all would like it.

The show is over & I better get ready for bed – I'm just now beginning to fell all caught up w/my sleep from my trip –

Love, Berta

PS  I'd like you all to bring

  1. dictionary
  2. Harper's Study Bible
  3. Carl Sandburg's book – HONEY & SALT
all should be in my bookcase.

Friday, December 08, 2017

1967 Catherine's Letter -Dec.3

December 4, 1967
Dear Mother, Daddy, Serena, John, and Mary,

Hi!  I just had to write you a letter to show you my latest style envelopes!  Besides I'm sick of studying (I don't know why, I haven't done too much lately) and if I'm not doing something I get these terrible guilt feelings.

I am now in room 218, but you do not need to change the address on my letters as I still have the same mail box.  Sarah and I get along beautifully.  She may come to NV for a few days just before we have to be back here.

It is a good thing the quarter is about to end before my grades could possibly fall much more.  We had an art test on Wednesday (luckily we haven't gotten the results yet) but if anything I did worse on it than I did on the previous test.  That really sounds encouraging doesn't it?  We still have the final to go but I doubt if that will help much.  I quit worrying about the grades (if I flunk it won't really matter anyway!) and right now I'm just trying to get through the remaining 11 days.

Friday night I went to K's first basketball game (which they won very easily) and to the dance afterwards with Scott.  He is in my physics and math classes.  I guess I had a good time, but it was nothing compared to last night.  Bruce and I went to see "What's Watt?" which is a French play which some senior girl translated and adapted for her senior thesis.  [Perhaps that's where I got the idea to do translation for my senior thesis!  Had forgotten about this.]   Afterwards we had a pizza and then he walked me to the Vecchios where Sarah was babysitting as I had agreed to keep her company.  Since per is at 1:00 they had planned to be back in time to get us to the dorm but the roads were so slick we didn't reach the dorm until 1:08 which meant Sarah and I both received 8 late minutes.  Big thrill!

This morning Bruce and I went to church.  (I think that makes 3 Sundays in a row!)

Tomorrow we have our PE final exam.  Sarah and I spent all of yesterday afternoon and a couple hours today reading the book and now all we have to do is study the notes for awhile.

Everyone is getting really tensed up about finals!  To alleviate as much pain as possible we have Christmas decorations all over the dorm, all over the campus, and even all over Kalamazoo.  They are having a dance on Wednesday night to help us get through the week -- boy are we ever going to need it.

If it is all right with you all I will plan to come home on the bus via Detroit, Toledo, Columbus, and Wilmington.  It I timed it right, I might even be able to catch the bus for New Vienna from Wilmington. I don't know exactly when I will be arriving but maybe if I can save a dime I will be able to call you all from Wilmington.  Is there anytime you would't be able to pick me up?  Like maybe between 10 P.M. and 8:00 A.M.  If I recall I already gave you a wide range of days to choose from.

If anyone is writing a letter to Santa Claus I can use some scales (not the kind for vegetables) but I guess it might be kind of impractical unless SC could leave them here.  When does Santa come to New Vienna?  How about to church?

Thursday is the Tutoring Christmas Party.  What a mess!  I am in charge of transportation.  I had to get two buses to go to the Lincoln school to get those kids and then we need six cars to take the kids from Woodward home, not to mention the boys needed to keep order on the bus!

I will be so glad when these next 11 days are over and I can come home and sleep for about two weeks!


Thursday, December 07, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -Dec.3

Dear Family,

Hi!  Well I suppose you have heard all the latest news of "Olney" from Serena like the weather, the messy rooms, & food; but I'll try to say more than "Hi!"

Yes!  Thank you for making my license test the 28th of December.  I will need a week to practice, esp. my parking.  I do hope I will be able to use the car some if I do pass my test.  If I don't I won't be able to drive after the 30th of Dec. for my permit runs out then.

Wednesday I picked corn!  Was that ever some experience!  My [by] hand even!  You get the "things"  – ears of corn – off the stalk then peel all the stuff off it then throw it in this wagon.  I did it for 4 hours – 80¢ an hour.  Which sure helped paying for some of those telephone calls!

I was going to pick corn again on Friday but I had sports & also home-work which needed done.

I'm glad you liked some of those papers.  But I'm afraid you are wrong in saying I'm not doing badly!  My grades sure won't be too hot this time.  By the way they will be coming out next week.  But sure won't be anything for you all to look forward too.

Serena missed a good movie & also some classes but she said she didn't want to go so I didn't say much.  By the way be sure to give Charma Little the package.  Sure appreciate it.  (You giving her the package.)

As you can see my coat needs dry-cleaned!  Also is ripped under the one sleeve.  Thought it would be better to bring home now instead of waiting till Christmas Holidays & try to bring everything I own home.

Did not buy a navy blue skirt.

Only 17 days till Christmas Holidays.  How will I get home?  From here to Columbus by bus?  Sure wouldn't mind if you all came to F.B.S. to get me.  If things work out so you could. 

How will Catherine get home?  By Bus?  By Plane?  Plane would be neater!

Really must go.  Thanks for food & all.  Enjoy your letters. Please send coat.

Must go, (yes, again)
Love, Roberta

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

1977 Catherine's letter to John -Dec.2

Friday morning
December 2, 1977
Dear John,

Well, here is your ad.  I haven't received any calls yet but today is the first day, it will also be running Saturday and Sunday.  I will let you know if there is any response.  Also you might note the two ads with stars (*).  They are in the paper almost every day and you might be able to get a car going to Ohio that way.  The paper has some dumb rule that to run an ad about driving or riding the person placing the ad has to come into the newspaper office & identify themselves.  I told them I wasn't going to have anything to do with driving or riding but they said it was their policy so yesterday I went down and identified myself.  And then they weren't sure they could accept a passport as a legal identification – geez!

I hear that you went on a one day trip to Washington – was it connected with the YAF?  I assume it was.  I guess I better not ask you any questions since you probably won't be writing to us again this year.  It won't be but a few weeks until you will be here.

We had a nice Thanksgiving but we were sorry that Roberta couldn't be with us.  Also sorry that we missed talking to you when we called New Vienna.  We've been checking out restaurants so we'll know places to go when you are all here.  We were thinking maybe we'd go to Vacation Village again this year for Christmas dinner.  It was pretty good last year we thought.

Wendy and I are going to take the bus to El Cajon later this morning and meet Gerry for lunch and then go shopping this afternoon.  I have most of my Christmas shopping done but there are a few odds and ends I need to pickup.

I can't think of too much more to write – we're looking forward to seeing you.

I'll let you know about the response to the ad.

Catherine, Gerry &

1977 Roberta's Letter -Dec. 2

December 2, 1977
Dear Family,

This seems to be the slowest day at work . . . even the telephones are not their usual self, ringing constantly.  So thought I would come back from lunch early and get a letter off to you all.  Sure have enjoyed all the mail coming this way, and wish there was moe going out from this end.  I'm slowly getting pulled together again after my week-end trip.

We didn't get home till around 6:00 PM, Tuesday night.  Everyone, but me, was sick on the way back -- so it was quite some trip.  One that I would hate to repeat soon.  First, they forgot the address where they were suppose to meet me, we had agreed on meeting at Gardelli (sp? Square -- which is near Fisherman's Wharf -- at the intersection of Beach and Larkin.  I had written all this down, which they lost.  Quite by accident they drove by -- and after waiting almost three hours, was I every glad to see them.  We left the city at 5:00 in the afternoon -- just in time to hit all the traffic leaving the city.

The plans had been changed, and we were to stay at the Hollywood YMCA.  Even at 2:00 in the morning, traffic was still pretty crazy getting into L.A.  We were supposed to leave L.A. that morning at 4:00 -- but I simply said that I was not spending the night for a period of two hours.  So we stayed on -- and left the city about 9:00 that morning -- after calling here, and telling Dr. Crandell the situation.  I drove all the way home and thats a long way.  Except for 40 miles I drove all the way -- good thing I have cross country experience.

Coming aback to work was something too -- alot of work in my basket to do.  Mostly typing, running things off, etc.  I still enjoy my job a lot -- as I've said before, I'll never by a Phyllis, but I am turning into a lot more efficient office person.

Today is the Christmas bazaar at school -- all the classes are selling things, and it is quite a big affair.  All kinds of food, and homemade things for sale.  I bought a ceramic mug -- and some Indian brea.  Also there is an egg toss, and a dunk-em machine -- which seems to be very popular.

We got busy – right after I got this started – should have known!

This week at work sure went fast – only way to start a week on Wednesday!

The Buick is still in my name – for the purpose of license plates -- who & how much do I owe for insurance?

Mary Virginia it's always good to hear from you – you must be doing alot of letter writing to hear from Mary Thompson & Jennifer Maloney.  I saw Billy South in S.F. – Teresa (Jenifer's mother) brother.

Are you enjoying my stereo – I didn't realize that it was my old stereo – but glad you are using it & you are more than welcome to it.  What records do I have at home – do I have any fok or Christian songs – they would be long albums – not 45's – if you find them – I'd like to have them here.

Do I have any shoes at home?  Especially miller-type – comfortable – They are now $45.00 – so I've put off buying them.

I've started my shopping – Mary Virginia, what size do you wear now?  Or would you like something else other than clothes?  I'm very open for ideas ––

Did you watch the Bing Crosby Special?  I watched some of it!  I noticed where this week Billy Graham in Cincinnati is on T.V.  I'll watch it – look for you all.

What have you heard from Serena?  I had a nice letter today from Grandma & Ruth.


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

1967 MUH letter to Serena -Nov./Dec.

[undated late November, early December 1967, probably Nov. 30]
Thursday PM

Dear Serena:

SURPRISE!  Letter from Serena!  Was thoughtful of you to write.  Sorry to hear you and the family were sick.  NO FUN, THERE!  Everyone cured?  We had a touch of (?) about the time your Dad arrived but we were all taking an antibiotic and no one was too sick except for Cris.  He missed a whole week of school and lost several pounds . . . and that he doesn't need to do!  But he is back in full force again . . . spear-heading the HIGH SCHOOL membership drive this week and playing tennis when he finds time.  The school tennis matches do not begin until Spring.

I saw the pictures of you three that G'Ma has.  Serena, I like you hair-do.  Real attractive!  And tell John he has joined Rob's LONG hair group.  HA@  I'm not against LONG hair however!  Looks contemporary.  John needs some of Rob's fat and Rob could use some of John's height.  I bet Mary V. keeps you all a steppin'!  She sure is growing and so cute!  It would be nice to have a litle one in the household at the Hortons.  Guess I'll have to wait until I'm a Grandmother!  HA!

I did actually get your addresses.  Don't faint!  HA!  I called a Cain in the phone book (only 10 or more names) that lived on A Street; I thought it logical that your friend lived there if she attended Highland school.  Had a nice chat with her mother.  Cain's: 521 North A St. Zip code:  33460.  Cindy Deese lives on 3121 Vassalle Ave.  Same Zip.  Her father died a year ago Thanksgiving week-end.  He drove his truck (Jewel Tea Co.) over into a canal.  Accident or suicide no one really knows.  I've heard different opinions.  Too bad in any event.  Difficult for the family.  Their mother works at the telephone company.  Now get busy and catch up with your correspondence!

Serena, you should see our black cat!  He is so BIG and fluffy.  For several months a lot of his hair was out in patches; especially on the hind legs.  He was skinny too.  So all our effort (weekly medicated baths plus pill hormones brought him out of it) paid off.  If we are faithful with the bi-weekly powdering he does very well now.  He's a family parasite though for all he does is EAT and run for cover.  He doesn't like to be petted.  Though if I'm under the clothesline he comes from 'nowhere' and wants me to rub his ears!  But he hates it indoors.  Probably because he figures we want to either give him a bath or rub something on his skin.  HA!  Rob has an interesting book he is reading (believe it or not he is actually enjoying reading!)  "Zoo Doctor" by Wm. Bridges.  Each chapter is about a different animal at the Bronx Zoo and how the doctor treats him.  I found it informative and unusual too!  Do you have an estimate of HOW MANY books you have read?  Must be a BIG sum!  You should be a very knowledgeable young person.

Do you still have the hamster?  How do you like Junior High?  And what's "cooking" with the Girl Scouts?  Who do you enjoy playing with?  You are the 'First Chief' now being the eldest at home.  It seems strange around here with just Cris and Rob.  Did you enjoy your Thanksgiving?  I had a ltr from Joe yesterday and he visited Catherine on Friday.  He passed her on the walk and she didn't even notice him.  HA!  They ate lunch together and he met some of her friends and saw the campus.  Mares and a friend, Vicki, were here for Thanksgiving.  Lots of activity while they were around!

Ask Mother and Daddy about SUGGESTIONS for G'Ma and G'Dad for Xmas and we'll go it together!  OK?  Write again.

Love, Aunt Mary & All

If any of your family sees Humphry's music critic Column in the Enquirer this week on Dedication & programs of UCCM's Bldg.  how about mailing them on?  (Complicated sentence)  MUH

Monday, December 04, 2017

1967 Jean & HH letter to Catherine -Dec.2

December 2, 1967
Dearest Catherine,

Mary Virginia was so pleased to receive the [Florida post] card from you but can't quite understand what you are doing in Florida. She had left her blanket at the Bruce's and it came in the same mail so it was quite a RED letter day for mail for her.

As to when we want you to come home – please come at the very earliest unless you have a way or company for the trip but we are anxiously looking forward to your coming and the earlier the better.  We'll be glad to meet bus train or plane or however you happen to take.  Daddy read where Christmas vacation was a good time to set up interviews for your summer job.  Has Kalamazoo any information about job opportunities – anywhere?

Roberta called last week to say that The Stuckeys were planning to go to Barnesville to pick up their boys and would take a friend of hers to visit for the weekend.  Debbie Walvoord nor Nancy Walker were unable to go so Serena got the opportunity at the last minute.  We woke her at 7:30, she ate hot cereal in record time, took a shower, washed and dried her hair by 8:00 and had things well under control by 8:30.  She got excused from school at 11:15 and we were at Stuckeys at 12:15 Friday.  They also plan to go after the boys so she will have a way back as it is.  But the weather is so rainy on top of all the snow that we had on Thursday that we are keeping our fingers crossed that they won't all take the bus back.

We received another Goodyear Christmas album this year and have been enjoying listening to it today.  Mary Virginia particularly enjoys "Santa Claus is Coming to Town.".

Billy Allen came home from school with John yesterday and has helped him with the paper routes yesterday and today.  Kevin did Serena's but he refused to collect for her – even left Sonners money in the door and forgot two papers last night.  We were a little surprised when Bill said it was the first time he had stayed at a friend's house overnight.  We thought he had been here before.  He is exceptionally well mannered and quite a diplomat.

You might send Joe's Aunt Frances a note of thanks; I don't know her husband last name but asked Aunt Mary for it.  It was nice of her to send you the baked goods.

Today was the Hospital Bazaar.  I didn't go over and almost forgot to bake a cake and send a couple of surprise packages for the children.  They had no TV celebrity for the children this year but some local entertainer(s).

The bank has moved to the mayor's office and there really is traffic jam around there and the post office what with the Highland-Clinton County TB office back behind there.

At the Redeemer's Pot Luck at Beers last Thursday night only Sarah Burton, Mr. and Mrs. Fawley and our family attended.  John Hughes is president and Alice Rudisill secretary were neither there.  Mrs. R. is confined to her bed with blood clots in her leg.  Laura Hughes was to have been program leader.  Neither the recreation or devotions leaders showed up so we just sat around the table and chatted.

I've been in to see Mrs. Hughes twice and she looks real good.  They had put her leg (left) into a cast on Tuesday and now she is trying to learn to use a walker.  Because she broke a bone in her right foot she can't put any weight on it and the cast won't bend so it is quite difficult mastering the walker.  Dr. Hale had said she could go home anytime and Dr. Terrell is the real boss on when she leaves and had intimated in a couple weeks last Monday.  She is in a private room now and her room is just loaded with flowers – most planters.

Sorry we didn't get your yearbook to you sooner.  No excuse for it really.  Thought it was very well done.  Really shocked to see people we knew on the inside covers. Patty looks more like an albino than ever with her light hair and fair complexion – not from yearbook picture but from last time I saw her in church last Sunday.

What ever happened to Gina and Evan – you never mention either one of them anymore?  Glad things worked out all right with you and Susan and Tom, etc.  That could have been a ticklish Thanksgiving dinner.

We had to dry Bill Allen's clothes in the dryer so that he would have dry things to wear home.  It really poured on them while they were delivering the papers this afternoon.

Will leave room to add more either from Daddy or additional thoughts tomorrow.

Love from all of us,

From HH:

Your Mother tells me, Catherine, that she is using the red ribbon for it reflects the Holiday Season more than the black.

The enclosed check represents the sale of that preferred stock for which we got 56¢ twice a year, as I recall.  Been trying to buy you some Consumers Power at 38.5 but it has not gotten that low yet.  That Co. services the Kalamazoo area.  Noticed their old office bldg opposite the Methodist Church (across the park)

We noticed the ad of Checker Cab Co. as being another Kalamazoo business.  The Cincinnati bus strike is now in its second month.  Do you see any evidence of the Kalamazoo Sled Co.?

Had a man come yesterday from Akron to get the rubber press started via plane.  He was suppose to land at Sabina (a corn field) but the way the weather thought he would probably come to Washington C.H. where they have a paved run way, but which was not cleared of snow.  Instead he went to Cincinnati and rented a car so was out about three hours.  Profiting from that experience we are going to Cincinnati Monday for a company to fly us to Louisville to look at a machine which he wants to sell us, so hope our timing is better.

Will you be changing rooms as well as roommates this next quarter?  The Fawleys tell us that Peggy has applied to Eastern Kentucky.  Our Lions Club next Wed. is going to college – having our Ladies Night at the Pyle Student Center.  The Denver House has a new Chef and their old Chef went out to the Blue Grass.  Even Burger Chef has been advertising 5 cheeseburgers for a $1 for several nights.

12/3 – See you next week?

Mom & Dad

Sunday, December 03, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter -Dec.2

Tuesday morning
December 1, 1977
Dear Mom, Dad, and Mary Virginia,

Hi!  Thank you for your letter which arrived yesterday – two day service – I guess the mail isn't too bogged down with the Christmas rush yet.  We got our first Christmas card this week.  It was from Gerry's grandparents, they said that Wendy is their 31st great-grandchild.  We have mailed one box to Maine but we still have one more to send – I hope to get it mailed tomorrow and then I'll just have the Christmas cards to get off.

I meant to tell you I did get the sewing machine fixed and I have used it a couple of times.  (I haven't sewed the curtains though.)  They supposedly ordered a booklet for me but I haven't heard from them – I'll have to call them again probably.

Tricia (DeeDee's mother) has offered you the use of her house while they are gone to Canada if you are interested.  I said I would ask you.  It is about a 15 minute drive from our apartment but you could sleep there and still come over here for meals etc.  There are no empty apartments here at the moment but things could change in the next few weeks.  Starting January 1, the rent is going up $10 per month so that may prompt some people to seek another place to live.

We have been thinking about places where we might take you all to eat while you are here.  We went to a real good German restaurant last weekend with Hal & Cindy.  It is near where they used to live.  The food was delicious and the people were very friendly.  We told them we'd probably be back during the holidays.  We also thought you would like the Bit-O-Sweden smorgasbord where there is a lot of variety at a very reasonable cost.  We were also thinking of going to Vacation Village for a buffet Christmas dinner.  Ask John about that – we went there last year for Christmas dinner.

Is Cris's address – 3517 Lilac?  If not, please send me his current address – also, is his wife's name Marita?  I would also like to have Mary Ellen's.  No never mind, the Walkley's.  I just found it in my address book – 10 Penwood.

I finished that blue & green afghan I was working on.  I think I'll wait awhile before starting a new one.  I need to finish that crewel that Gerry gave me lat Christmas.  That reminds me, we hung the hook-rug that Mary Virginia made in the living room and Wendy really likes to look at it – the bight color really attracts her and whenever she is on the sofa she looks at it.  Dee Dee made her a mobile out of cardboard, straws & yarn.  We hung it over her changing area.

Well, I have some dishes that are waiting to be done so I better get a move on.  Write again soon!

Catherine, Gerry &

Saturday, December 02, 2017

1957, 1967 Serena, Roberta, Catherine, school photos

1967 Serena's school photo -7th grade
1957 Roberta's school photo -1st grade
1957 Catherine's school photo -3rd grade

Friday, December 01, 2017

1967 Jean's Letter to Catherine -Nov.

Despite the estimated date of Dec. 1967 entered at the top of this letter, it was evidently written closer to Nov. 10th, as the Leesburg Post Office postcard mentioned was dated Nov. 6.

[November 1967]

Dearest Catherine

It's almost 4:30 and Kevin & John are still waiting for tonite's papers.  Just called WNJ & they said lady is on her way but press had broken down.

Rec'd your Leesburg P.O. card today.  You had alot of snow.  That would please the Texas girl & others who had never seen much snow.  Too bad the old shoes cost so much [to repair].  As I recall they were only $3.88 new (on sale).  How did the Chicago shoes dye – gold or turquoise?

Mrs. Hughes has 9 broken ribs among her other troubles so she has a long pull ahead of her.  Karen had a baby boy last Saturday – James M(aynard?) & his great grand father Bernard for whom he's named has already seen him.  Mrs. Bernard was going to take care of her (Karen) & baby.

Mary Virginia & Mrs. Fenwick and I drove Kit, Roberta, John & Joe Stueber [?] back to Barnesville.  Really didn't seem as long a trip as I had anticipated.

At Mother's Club last night at Eltzroths, Lee, when I asked him about Linda, said "I don't know how she is but I know she got an F."  Three are four or so of her paintings that we could see & one has Second Prize ribbon hanging on it. I also heard Mrs. E say that Linda may minor in Art.  What's her major?  Got a good idea – saw her framed "cum laude" award hanging in their dining room

Papers finally came in about 4:45.  Atch brought them so glad to see him.  He said he missed the good cookies and lemonade.  Seemed like old times.  John's disposition wasn't the best by the time he took off as you might well guess.

Serena was so thrilled with her letter from you & glad to know you still write letters.

Saw Mrs. Fisher (Alice's mother) yesterday & she said they'd like to see you at Christmas.  Alice showed her parents some of the things she has learned in Modern Dance & they wonder if college education is worth the money.  Alice comes home every other weekend, spends all her time then baking to take things back.  Says there's nothing to do on weekends there but go to beer joints.

Thought you might be interested in write-up about your old friend Rita Thomas.

Donnie Achor was in accident out by Burch Laymans Tuesday night (terrible fog) and his leg was fractured.

Much as we would have liked to go – did not get to the Friends of Kalamazoo C. meeting at Cincy last night.

Talked to Mrs. Henderson & Nancy is doing fine.

Mother & Daddy

Write soon!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -Nov.29

[about end of November 1967]

Dear family,

Here is some papers I though you would like to see.

Got my little green note-book i the mail today.  Pretty fast, huh?  Also your letter with money.  Gee – thanks.

Really got to go.  The two exams I missed are also here  Took them "EARLY" MONDAY MORNING.  ICK!  I got 81.5 instead of the 79.5 as marked on the one.  On the other one a 59.  Highest grade was 89 on it.  Still doesn't make mine look good.

Love, Roberta

P.S.  Teacher Jody's mother died last night.  Teacher Bill is still sick.  Biology is going (downhill). 


1967 Catherine's postcard -Nov.28

Lakeview Motel, Nicholasville KY postcard -mailed 1967

Hi!  Got Dad's card this morning, and one from Dayton yesterday.  After almost 2000 miles the tire on the bike just wore out.  I thought you were going to send the yearbook when it came – but never mind now.  Almost 1-2 inches of snow last night.  Art test tomorrow.  UGH!  Any particular day you want me to come home?  Like Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday?  They feed us through Monday, December 18. 

Love, Catherine

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

1967 Jean's Letter to Catherine -Nov.29

Nov. 29, 1967
Dearest Catherine,

Thanksgiving weekend is over and things are beginning to settle back to normal again.  We did miss you so much but hope you enjoyed your day in Battlecreek (or is it Battle Creek?)

We did enjoy our visit with the Bruces though Mary Virginia was so full of cold.  Then we stayed all night at the Sheraton Dayton almost caddy-corner from Rikes.  But it was so crowded that day (Friday) that we were glad to get out of there.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that because Roberta hadn't been feeling too well she got permission to come home with J.N. Careys and called us from Interstate 71 and 72 Wednesday evening and we picked her up there.  We had been conferring back and forth with Barnesville but didn't know she was actually coming until she called.  She went back with them last evening – we took her to 71 and 35 to meet the Careys there.  She was feeling much better and hope all goes well with her from now on.

Patty had her Hawaiian girl friend with her at church yesterday – she evidently had spent the weekend there.  She is a most attractive girl.  I spoke with Weegie briefly.  She looks real cute with her hair cut real short.  Her mother was moved to a private room and is allowed visitors so will try to get over this week.  They have removed the trachea tube so it takes some getting used to breathing normally again.

Romeo and Juliet was put on Friday and Saturday evening but things just didn't work out for us to go.  Serena and John went Friday and Serena was going to baby-sit when we went Saturday evening but then she had her Sunday School Class Party at Rupps on Saturday night and had to take all the refreshments out for that and various other reasons just didn't make it.

We saw Greg, Carolyn, Marlena and Sybil at church too.  They have tentatively set the Post High Christmas party for the Thursday after Christmas which would be Dec. 28, I guess.

Mrs. Bees called and wanted to know if Roberta would baby sit Saturday evening (she told her she was busy as she and Nancy Walker had tentatively planned to get together) so then she asked for Serena and of course she had plans to go to Rupps so Mrs. Beers said that she guessed she would take the boys to the play so another reason to stay home.

Mary Virginia left her blanket at Bruces so she has been lost without it.  I told her she would probably get it in the mail so she keeps wanting to go out to the mailbox (Fife's) to see if it has come.

We wonder if Joe was able to get in touch with you.  Roberta had a letter from Mrs. Schamaun and she said that Greg is working at some real fancy restaurant in Daytona and has to wear black fancy suit (perhaps tux) and cummerbund (sp? – wide fancy belt).  He has waited on one of the Rockefeller family.

Really nothing new around here but counting the days till you get home.  (How?) 

Love and Kisses, 

Glad to receive your  long letter and 2 cards.

1967 Catherine's postcard to MV -Nov.28


Hi!  Gee, it is cold today!  Not long now until Christmas.  Have you seen Santa Claus yet?  The Christmas decorations are up here in Kalamazoo.  How are Mark and Jeff?  Are you still delivering papers?

Love, Cathy

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -Nov.28

[about 11/28/67]

Dear Family!

Hi!  Just got done flunking two tests!  Wow!  They were both for English.  One a Vocab & Grammar and the other one on Kim!  I sure am glad we are done with that junkie book.  Anything can't be as bad as that.

We got back about 10:20 last night.  Everyone was quiet and the whole place dark.  One of my room-mates met me at the door.  I guess they had tried to call; but while they were talking to the operator Leslie came down and told them to get in the room because the bell had rung.  They told her they were trying to call me and I guess she told them I was on my way back already.

Scott – the boy from Cinn. left school this morning for good.  (Yes, John, that's the hippie!)  Rick – the boy who got off the bus in Dayton and then was found in Chicago is now back at school after being gone over three weeks.  There are two boys that will be leaving soon and also a girl.  The boys might stay till the end of 1st semester but from all I hear I sort of doubt it.

Well, I really should be going.  Got something that needs done – for instance studying – Ick!  I hate to study!  Catherine finally admitted it too!

Thanks alot for the past weekend. Remember my prescription costs $6.00 – which is a pretty big hunk out of the $10.00  (HAVE THE HINT!?!)  I'm going to look downtown Satudray for a TALL navy blue skirt.  They had some in Kirks for half off – that's about $5.00 or so.  and $5.00 & a little more for a skirt and $6.00 for pills really does a good job of using up $10.00.  Hint! Hint!

Thanks for the food.  John, the cookies were great!  Helen's picture too John please send it; she is looking forward to it.

Love, Roberta

1977 Roberta's postcard to John -Nov.26

Disneyland Country Bear Jamboree postcard -mailed 1977

[postmarked Nov 26, 1977]

Welcome bak to school!  What a way to spend my vacation – with 9 teenagers.  What a change from HG senior citizens.

How was Thanksgiving at home?  I missed all the traditional this year.  I.T. came in Tuesday night – said hello to you.

Love, Berta

Monday, November 27, 2017

1967 HH letter to Catherine -Nov.27


Dear Catherine –

Thanks for the letters & post cards.  Glad Joe made it, we were afraid to say too much in fear he wouldn't make it.

Don't worry about the grades, just do the best you can.  Saw several of your class at Church yesterday – as Patty says "It is hard."

We are sending you a pkg today.  John is responsible for the home made part.

– Dad                                                              

P.S. Left my pen at home.  [written in pencil]

1967 GHU postcard to Catherine -Nov.

Florida Spanish Moss postcard - mailed 1967

Mon. [November 1967]

Dear Catherine

Just to let you know that we are all settled once more in Fla. & had a nice trip down.  Enjoyed seeing Marianne's school & talking with her.  Said she would like to hear from you, but supposed she should write to you.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Love, Grandma & Granddad

1967 Jean's postcard to Catherine -Nov.24

Sheraton Dayton Hotel postcard - mailed 1967 

11/24/67 2:15PM

Dearest Catherine,

Stayed here last night after Thanksgiving at the Bruces.  We missed you!  Went shopping at Rikes today and it was a MAD HOUSE.  Hope you had a nice day.  We're counting the days til the 16 or 17?

Waiting now for Dad to come from Springfield & then home to the papers.

Love, M, D, R, S, J & MV

Sunday, November 26, 2017

1967 Catherine's Letter -Nov.25

November 25, 1967

Dear Mother, Dad, Serena, John and Mary,

Hi!  Got a letter from you all this morning, and I'm glad to hear you all survived the virus or whatever.

I have spent maybe a half hour studying since Wednesday.  Maybe I should have gone home for Thanksgiving to get caught up on my homework.  The worst part is that I have nothing really pressing to be done but before the end of the quarter . . . .

  1. ART – Not much better than it ever was.  I have made a little progress on my term paper.  J.F. Peto's wife was from Lerado, Ohio which has since gone out of existence I think.  Last week we finished studying sculpture and we are now on architecture which is 100% improvement.  However, it has come too late in the quarter to help my grade average much and I'm still maintaining a D average.  I just hope I can do well enough on the final to keep the D.
  2. PHYSICS –  keeps getting more difficult and as the difficulty increases my grade decreases.  On our second hour exam which we received back yesterday out of a possible 100 points the grades in the class ranged from 0-82.  The average was 51 and I got 57 which is probably a C.  My average at the moment is pretty unstable and could fluctuate either direction depending on the final.  I am therefore, hoping for a C.
  3. MATH – is about the same.  After two tests, I still have a B average and unless something drastic happens which I am certainly not looking forward to, I may pull out with a B.
As for the chem test, I did well enough so that I won't have to take it next quarter.  However my grade was below average which means I'm going to have to study that mach harder.

Wednesday night I went with Tom W. to see the play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" which was downtown at Carver Center.  We doubled with Sarah and Greg and had a great time.  Tom is from Chillicothe and Greg from Hamilton so except for Sarah from Colorado we had a convention of Southern Ohioans.

We had a great time at Gertie's on Thursday.  Counting Gertie and her parents there were seven of us: Alice, Susan, Sarah and me.  Gertie's mother must have spent hours fixing all the food!  Her father sells farm equipment or something in that line so they live out in the country.  Gertie did take us in and showed us around Battle Creek for awhile  We saw Kellogg's.  Rah!

Yesterday we came back to the dreary old classes with about 20% of the students present and attending.  Big thrill!  Good old Miss Wood never gives up and she kept eight of us who were stupid enough to go to class 25 minutes late.  How disgusting!  When we finally got out of class I was rushing over to Saga to eat before the line closed when I walked right by this unfamiliar looking boy who obviously was not a K student.  I really didn't think too much about it though since a lot of people's families are here.  However, when this "strange" person said "Hi! Catherine." I just about fell over.  My very own cousin and I didn't even recognize him!

Joe thought it was really funny but I must say I was really embarrassed.  When we walked in Saga everyone immediately jumped to the conclusion that this was my "boyfriend from home" and why hadn't I ever told anyone.  Things finally calmed down when the word got around that he was only my cousin!

Tom and I gave him an extensive tour of the campus which lasted a record 45 minutes.  We kind of had to drag it out though!  It certainly was a surprise to see him (I didn't get your letter until today saying that he might call.)  and that dear kind lady, Aunt Frances, sent the mot delicious cookies and a little pumpkin pie.  Of course, they are all gone by now.

Last night I had really good intentions of settling down and really getting some studying done.   What a joke!  Tom came over and we were going to watch TV or something when I remembered that those library books which I took out when you all were here were due yesterday.  So we trotted down to the library instead.

Tonight I have a date with John.  This afternoon I am planning to work some more on the art paper, and study math.  And tomorrow with the exception of going to church with John the whole day is going to be dedicated to physics lab and physics.

I don't know how this roommate bit is going to work out.  Nothing new has happened in the last week or so.

It is almost lunch time so I think I better be signing off now.  Only 21 days until those horrid exams will be finished!


1967 Catherine's Naples Florida postcard to John -Nov.24

Hunting Camp, near Naples, Florida postcard mailed 1967

[postmarked Nov. 24 1967]
Hi!  I want to thank you for that nice letter I got last week.  I have been pretty busy or I would have written sooner.  Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?  I hope you didn't eat too much!  Has it rained much lately?  How are the newspapers?  Any more trouble with the dogs?  Your picture was very good.  I got a post card from Roberta today.  It's not long until Christmas.  Love, Cathy

1967 Catherine's Postcard -Nov.20


Hi!  26 days until exams are over!  Spent $5.75 on bike – good thing it only has two wheels!  Got letter from Mom this morning.  Sounds like home is a sick ward.  Hope everyone is better.  We had open house Sat. night.  I invited Bruce Morgan, a very nice guy from Illinois.  The play Fri. night was fantastic!  John's dorm had open house so we had a great party afterward.  He (John) also went to church with me yesterday. 

Nothing new on the roommate situation.  Sarah and I may move as we seem to be the main cause of all the fuss.  Not much news on the grades.  All of my classes meet on Friday but most of kids are going home anyway.  They did cancel all the Thursday classes!

Whatever happened to my yearbook?  I stuck most of my post cards up on the wall – makes the room look really fancy!

The boys have started pledging societies.  I was really shocked to see Charley all dressed up at breakfast this morning.  Thought maybe he was going to a funeral!  It's about time for art class now – keep me posted on events in N.V.

Love, Catherine

Saturday, November 25, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter - Nov.23

Wednesday morning
November 23, 1977
Dear Mom, Dad, Mary and John (?),

Hi!  I doubt that I will do much letter writing tomorrow so I thought I'd get this off to you today.  We were disappointed that Roberta won't be coming for Thanksgiving but I can understand her wanting to go to San Francisco.  We'll miss her.  We decided not to eat out for Thanksgiving and also not to go in with the "community" for dinner.  Instead Frank and Elma are coming over here for dinner.  They are fixing the Turkey and the stuffing and we are supplying everything else – cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, corn, rolls & pie.  I forgot salad – I'm making that kind with lime jello, pears, cream cheese and nuts.  We have ordered two pies from House of Pies – pumpkin and cherry.  I went down there yesterday to sample the pumpkin to make sure it was good enough to go with our dinner.  It passed the test!  We should have a real feast.  DeeDee was sick yesterday – flu, I guess – but we are i hopes she will be fully recuperated by tomorrow so she can enjoy dinner with us.

DeeDee is really excited about going to Canada.  It is still a month before they leave but she knows what she's going to wear, when the plane leaves, when it gets there, what they are going to do when they first get there, and then what they are going to do the first day, the second day, etc.  I don't know if she has what they are going to eat planned out too or if she is leaving that up to her Grandmother!

Wendy has been sleeping more lately and eating less.  She falls asleep in the middle of her breakfast and sometimes during her lunch too.  She has been sleeping all night without any trouble and taking 3-4 hour naps in the morning and the afternoon.  Then at night she has a tremendous amount of nervous energy and it takes awhile to get her calmed down enough to go to sleep.

I got a six month subscription to the Sanford Star so we'd hear more news of Sanford.  It comes out once a week – on Wednesday.  the Nov. 2nd issue came on the 16th and Nov. 9th issue arrived on the 17th.  We usually hear from someone in Gerry's family – usually his sister – every two weeks or so but she doesn't keep us up on the local news too well.

Well, I better finish this off, I want to try to get the apartment cleaned up a little today so it looks a little less cluttered for the big holiday! 

I'll probably be talking to you before you get this but hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

Catherine, Gerry
& Wendy

1967 Roberta's Postcard -Nov.22

[Nov 22 1967 postmark]

Hi!  Well, I'm still around but that's about all!

Nothing new – just the same old stuff.

Biology teacher is still sick – has been since last Monday (a week ago).

Love, Roberta

Friday, November 24, 2017

1977 Roberta's Letter -Nov.21

November 21, 1977
Dear Family,

Here I am at work – w/ a broken type writer – the letters (some – not all) just won't print – can't figure out what's gone wrong!

It's hard for me to believe that this is Thanksgiving Week – when I made my airline reservations it seemed so long till November 23rd.

Yesterday I had a call from this guy who had seen my name up on the A.S.U. bulletin board for wanting a ride to go to San Diego.  It was really weird – he wanted me to come over to ASU to meet him & give him the $ (30.00) – $10 of it supposedly refundable.  So I told him I didn't have a car – & I would not pay ahead of time anyway.  In about 15 minutes the guy calls back & told me to forget it.  I wouldn't mind saving $ – but it will be nice just to fly it – since the time is so short!

It got down to 47ยบ this morning – mighty cold!  I'd like you all to bring out my lined green coat, mittens, & a scarf.  Also the brown wool sweater sometime – like the one Aunt Mary gave me.

The winter visitors are sure beginning to arrive – Marion & I have been gong to the Methodist Church on the East side of town (she lives on the West side) & yesterday we got there at the same time & had to be seated in chairs at the very front of the church.  There are three services 8:30, 9:45, & 11:00 – we attend the 9:45.  the parking lot was full of out of state cars – and lots of Canadian cars.

After church Marion started her ballgames and I got out on my bike & went 9.4 miles – I was on the roads that I had been on w/ the car before – but it was surprising what all I saw.  First I went to see the Meades' [?] new home – the bath tubs are now in.  They say once the dry wall goes on – it will be a month.  (Which isn't on yet.)

Mesa is rally growing – especially the West side – no high rise buildings but alot of town house type apartments being built.  The freeway is almost finished now to Alma School Rd.  the entrance/exit will be about 1 mile from Marions.  Right now you have to go about 2 miles to get to it.

We went bowling on Saturday night – there are two places here in Mesa – one is about a mile from us – brand new – all computerized, charge $1 for shoes + $1 per game.  The other alley is about 3 miles away – older – not computerized – charges 40¢ for shoes + 75¢ a game.  Can you guess which one we go to?  (The 2nd one!)  A Saturday night ritual is to go to the Chinese restaurant – where you can eat all you want for $2.15.  The food is really good – though you would be in trouble if you were looking for big pieces of meat!  We've also noticed business picking up there in the last couple of weeks.

Again – I don't want the Granada brought out – winter out here may be hard on it –

We are having a party here at work – just the office people – each of us is suppose to bring in a dish on Wednesday

All for now – Have I got good news though!

Love, Berta

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