Monday, August 31, 2015

1995 HH & Jean - August photo

The needlepoints on the wall makes me think of Roberta & Sid's house at Senior Village, where we can assume this picture was taken.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

1985 Catherine's letter -Aug. 29

August 28, 1985
Dear Mother and Dad,

Hi!  Here is a copy of Wendy's school calendar so you can see her spring vacation is the week of March 31 - April 4.  I don't know how this will work out with your plans but it would be a good time to plan a visit!

Wendy's teacher this year will be Mrs. Largent, a young oriental lady.  I don't know her but Gerry knows her husband who is a farmer.  She was Wendy's first choice so Wendy is really pleased.  There will be 17 in her class, 10 boys and 7 girls.

Yesterday we did the last of the before school shopping, buying a pair of shoes which she desperately needed.  We had a hard time finding a pair of velcro tennis shoes in size 5, finally ended up getting a pair of 5½'s at Sears.

Things have really slowed down for Gerry at work.  Harvest is all over, several weeks ahead of schedule due to the hot, dry weather.  This week he is back on his regular hours and says that business is especially slow.  The farmers can't do too much now until it rains and then they could prepare to do the fall planting.

Not much news from the library, especially since I am off this week.  School was to start in Moscow today for both the public schools and the university.  Construction is under way on the library here in Colfax with the expected completion day of October 15.  Also under construction is part of the highway closest to Colfax between here and Pullman.  This has been adding 10-15 minutes to my travel time in the morning as they have two sets of flagmen holding up traffic while trucks haul dirt around.  It will be nice when its done!

Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

Friday, August 28, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

1975 Roberta's letter -Aug. 26

August 26, 1975
Dear Family,

Hi!  Was just thinking that I better drop you all a note now – or as slow as mail is you won't be getting it till after I get back home.

1st – I am planning on arriving via Grey hound in Columbus at 9:40 AM Sept. 2nd.  Now – since I got your letter and J.B. is talking about flying out of Columbus that morning this should work out.

I should hope my big box, pillows, etc. made it to New Vienna by now.  I.T. & Marion must had had car trouble – as it seems they should have made better time.

Tomorrow I'll be on the 6:30 A.M. bus to NYC – I am planning on eating breakfast at the Hudson Guild Senior Citizen club – for 25¢ they serve a full breakfast – but no meat.  Only people over 60 are eligible.  (I'm special!)

Mr. Ream has really been short-handed.  He's had me make alot of trips to Netcong – etc. for the farm.  I enjoy it – and it gets me out of the dining room more.

I want to go to China Town tomorrow & also look around Greenich (sp?) village.

Have heard from the Hortons – Joe should have gotten in today.  I would like to go to Florida w/them.  I've never been to Florida since 1973 when I'm NOT working or going to school.  I'd like to go down – strictly tourist!

The farm had a good write up in the Newark Newspaper & as a result we've had alot of people "drop in" to see the place.  It was good publicity.  They interviewed Louise & she said – "I'm 72 & wear false eyelashes – they give me a lift."

Serena – will I miss seeing you – when are you leaving for school?  J.B. – I'll just be missing you.  As you are leaving Columbus look down for a Grey hound & think of me.

Got to go – need my sleep for my big day off tomorrow –––



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Also included with this letter were two pictures which will be posted soon, and a flyer with a list of activities of the New York City Asia Society.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

1975 Catherine's Letter - Aug. 25

August 25, 1975
Dear Mom, Dad, John and Mary,

Thanks for the letter.  I was beginning to wonder if you'd made it back to New Vienna.  Thanks also for all the clippings.

X got a letter from David and he evidently left Montreal on the Friday before you got there.  He didn't come to Sanford due to lack of time and money but may make a trip out here later this year.  As far as I know X is still planning to spend at least part of his vacation out in Illinois visiting Bruce, Beth, David, etc. [all friends from college]

My vacation is still pretty much up in the air.  Now that summer is almost over I'm even more convinced I want to save it until winter time but the question is when and where.

The tomatoes ripened up nicely and were delicious.  I have since also gotten some from a friend so I have been enjoying some summer produce.

X and I are planning to initiate the divorce proceedings fairly soon as we keep running into more and more problems like what to do about car insurance, mortgage, etc.  If we can get the property settlement worked out to our mutual satisfaction then we should be all set.

Yesterday a friend and I went down by the ocean and bought up alot of good seafood (lobster, clams, and crabs) and came back and cooked them all up.  It made for a good dinner.

I've been keeping Kuman here as she has been in heat and X didn't want her to run loose.  I'll probably be sending her back the middle of the week.

It's time to sweep the floors and get read to go to work.  So . . . 


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

1975 Hudson Guild Clipping - Aug. 22

1975 Hudson Guild Clipping - Aug. 22 "Summer camp mingles you and old (but young at heart) - [Newark] Star-Ledger, Friday August 22, 1975
[According to the U.S. Social Security Death Index, Camp Director Curtis R. Ream was born in Pennsylvania in 1914, and died in New Jersey in 2006.]

Monday, August 24, 2015

1985 Catherine's letter -Aug. 22

Aug. 22, 1985
Dear Mother & Dad,

Hi!  I was going to call you this morning but decided I probably had time to write instead.

Gerry's mother arrived Monday at the Spokane airport so my mornings are a little less hectic since Wendy is staying home with her this week.  Next week I have off from work and then Wendy starts to school the day after Labor Day when I go back to work.

The tomatoes are sure slow in ripening, possibly because the weather has been so cool.  Highs have only been in the 60ºs this month and an night it gets down to 40º.  It's unusual to have such a cool August.  Plus we've had a couple days of rain this month.  Alot of the tomatoes that are turning are rotten on the bottom.  We have had green beans, several eggplant and there are lots of squash.  I've eaten and frozen quite a bit of applesauce and we made a microwave apple pie that turned out quite well.  After 10 min. in microwave, it bakes at 450º for 10 minutes to brown the crust.

Wendy and I have both been to the dentist this month.  she had her first filling and is going to have two of her bottom (baby) teeth pulled to make room for new ones, hopefully to avoid crowding.  I have a filling that needs re-done.  Gerry has about 10 more days of working extra long hours.  I've got storytimes planned through Dec. 18, staring Sept. 4 with school booktalks starting Sept. 5.  I will send you Wendy's school calendar next week.

Love, Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

Sunday, August 23, 2015

1975 Roberta's letter -Aug. 21

August 21, 1975
Dear Family –

Hi! Feel like I had a walking tour of N.Y.C. today!  Right now it's 8:15 p.m. & I'm plopped up in bed – dead to the world.  1st I took a 6:30 A.M. bus out of Sparta & got into Port of Authority at 7:45.  I walked down 42nd street to 1st Avenue.  Past the United Nations buildings – at 44th street & 1st Ave. was the place I had to get my student card I need for my upcoming trip.  Then I walked to 62nd street (right where Maxwell plums is!) and back over just a half block off 5th to the India Gov't building & got my visa.  By 10L45 I had done what I was afraid would take me all day – or longer.  So then I walked down 5th Avenue & ate at the Tandoor Restaurant.  OH – I walked down 4th (I think) for a couple of blocks – went into the Waldorf Astoria (to sit down & use the pay-phone) Looked at their breakfast menu – for $4.00 you could get 1 egg, fruit juice, toast & coffee!  Wow!  I had a good lunch at Tandoor – ate upstairs buffet style.  Different stuff than when Dad & I was there.  Had alot of different kinds of melon & fruits all mixed up in a carved out watermelon.  As to meat – a lamb dish, chicken and some type of beef curry (on Hot side) Also this delicious stuff – they said it was home made cottage cheese.

When I got my student card I was only able to get it till December.  The new ones come out in October º but since I'm not going to school this fall I will not be eligible for one in October.

There were lots of Indian people where I got my visa.  It was so close to where we stayed [arrow pointing to the letterhead – Marriott's Essex House].  From the restaurant I slowly worked (walking all the way) my way to the bus station.  I got there about 2:00 So instead of going in I kept walking down to 34th street – all around me were men pushing racks of coats, etc. (Garment district) & over to Macy's.  Was just there a short time & then back to the bus station to meet my 5:35 bus.  Was back to Netcong at 6:55!  Both coming & going the buses were packed – full of men w/ their briefcases!

I saw alot of sights & everything in the city today – but next week I'm going to use the bus tokens!  The boys I work w/ gave me excellent directions as to how to get where I had to go – where to catch the buses, etc – wait till they hear I walked it all!  On my way to United Nations went inside the old train station – walked past big library & building w/ trees, etc.  growing inside.

Now – I checked w/ the Greyhound people & the best deal for me would be to get a 4:00 PM bus out of Netcong – which gets me to N.Y.C.  at 5:15 PM – a bus leaves for Columbus at 7:30 PM & arrives in Columbus at 9:40 A.M. Tuesday AM.  Would this be convenient for you all to meet?  I could get a bus to Wilmington but there is at least a 3 hour lay-over.

This bus is by far the best for me – as I leave NYC at a decent time – also arrive in Columbus at a good time.

I'm now the only person on the 2nd floor.  As Sid the program director left yesterday.

OH – guess what I did Wednesday & will be doing again this afternoon.  Driving people into Netcong to the grocery in the van.  Mr. Ream is really hurting for help since the driver left & also 3 of the 4 counselors.  Driving the van I don't mind at all.

I had a letter from Aunt Mary about the possibility of my coming to Lancaster.  But I feel it too much via bus.

I've got to do some laundry, etc – but wanted to tell you the good news as to my visa – etc.  I really feel like I'm going now!

This next week when I go into the city – just shopping!  Not going to walk from one end of the city to the other.

Hope all is well – please let me know about 9:40 Sept. 2nd.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

1975 Roberta's letter to GHU -Aug. 20

August 20, 1975
Dear Grandma,

Hi!  Thanks for your letter and for sending me Aunt Mary's letters.  Joe will be home tomorrow – and before too long he will be in Ohio.

Right now I wish I had the money to travel out West with Joe – but I have all my money set aside for India.  Tomorrow I'm going into New York City and begin to get some of the things I need to get worked out for my trip.  I'm going in on the 6:55  A.M. bus so I'll have a full day in the city.

Dad – I got your short note & tokens which I'll be using tomorrow.  Thanks.

Mary Virginia – how was your time at Lakeside?  What all did you do?

I'm curious if Marian & I.T. made it to New Vienna Monday night.  If they did it must have been late.  Because of my sending so much home w/them I'll have it easy come Labor Day.

The camp program here for children is falling apart – as the director let yesterday.  As far as I'm concerned though I'm glad he left.  He was always complaining – whatever we had to eat – he didn't like.

I'm enclosing an article about India a girl friend sent me.  Please save it.  Will send you a post card from the city.


Friday, August 21, 2015

1965 Serena's letter -Aug. 21

A cryptic letter from Serena with the return address of the Dailey family on Morrison Dr. in Pittsburgh.  

[postmarked Pittsburgh PA 21 Aug 1965]

Dear Everybody,

I ate 1 hot sandwich the other fell on the floor so I did not eat it.  I got a cold glass of milk I had 15 min for we saw Joey's bus pass us.  We got at the the bus staion [sic] Well have to say good-by.

You daughter

Serena Uible

Thursday, August 20, 2015

1965 Roberta's Postcard -Aug.19

1965 Roberta's Postcard to Serena -Aug.19
1965 Roberta's Pen Pal Postcard to Serena -Aug.19 Captioned: The Parker Pen Pavilion where Nekoosa papers are used exclusively, New York World's Fair "peace through understanding through writing."
[postmarked New York NY 19 Aug 1965]
Got me a pen pal they could not find someone for mother and you had to be 12 to get one.  Wilma having alot of fun.  We got her her breakfast this morning I hope you get this for I get home.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

1965 Catherine's Postcard -Aug. 19

New York Stock Exchange postcard - mailed 1965.  Captioned: The Nation's Market Place.  Be sure to visit the Stock Exchange when you are in New York City.  See the vast trading floor, almost as large as a football field – and dramatic displays of America's great industries.  Open from 10 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. Free.  Own your share of American business.

Thurs. [postmarked New York N.Y. Aug 19'65]
Guess where we are?  I loved the fair.  Wish we could have gone back again.  This place (stock ex) sure is different from the way I remember it.  Hope everybody is OK.  See you Sunday.
Love, Catherine

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

1965 Roberta's Postcard -Aug. 18

Unisphere Night Scene New York World's Fair 1964-1965 - mailed 1965.  Captioned: The Unisphere is the theme symbol of The Fair.  Its top is 140 feet above ground level and the globe is 120 feet in diameter with an open grid of latitudes and longitudes supporting the land masses.  The reflecting pool beneath 
is 310 feet in diameter.  It dramatizes the interrelation of peoples of 
the world and their yearning for "Peace through Understanding."
[postmarked New York NY 18 Aug 1965]
HI!  tell John & Serena Hi!  Too tired to write Serena. I am having a delightful time didn't come home from fair till 9:30 tonight. Going to see Sand Piper Friday morning.  Rob.

Monday, August 17, 2015

1965 Catherine's Postcard -Aug. 17

Catherine and Roberta went with a church group to the New York World's Fair during August 1965.  Wilma Croghan was among the other participants.
University Union Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, Ohio 
postcard - mailed 1965
[postmarked New York, NY 17 Aug. 1965]
Tues. morning.  Hi!  Didn't get in till 1:00 last night.  How to start off a week!  I walked down to the information center this morning at 43 (?) but it wasn't open.  I think we are gong to eat at the automat for breakfast! We have a nice room but it is small.  Roberta says she will write tomorrow.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

1985 Family Letter - Aug. 18

[Some of the typos have been corrected and others have probably been added. . . .]

Sunday, August 18, 1985

Dear Family,

It was nice to have a large part of the family here for a brief period during this past week.  X and John had to return the same afternoon, while Serena rode with Rob and Cindy to Indianapolis where she caught a bus for Chicago . . . . getting back laste [sic -- late or last or both] Monday evening.  The rest of the Horton clan left yesterday morning with Joe riding with the Kintners to the Columbus airport.  Grandma "weathered" all the company in great shape.  She also saw the Doctor who gave her a good report.

Mary Virginia was in and out several times and one of the highlights was when she and Joe had some "joint" music.  Joe is going to Taos, New Mexico later this month for painting and plans to go to Indonesia in February . . . we kidded him in saying what extent people go to be out of town when we plan to be in New York.

Roberta plans to be here for a week staring [sic] September 17.  Serena plans to come back again and we want to get together with X and John while Roberta is here.  We were pleasantly surprised to get cards from Cindy (should say Cynthia) and Wendy.  Hopefully she will have some memories of her trip with her great grandmother and her two aunts [actually only one aunt, Serena, went on the trip] this past July.  Roberta has already invited Wendy to Phoenix next summer.

We are getting caught up from our trip . . . . we do appreciate the spaciousness of our home, especially after five days in a small cabin on the QE2.  We enjoyed the public areas of the ship as much as those who had paid six times as much as we had.  Cunard also has standby fares which run about half of the regular fare.  Going by ship is such an event compared to flying.

Dad has written much and I am not used to this typewriter - tried to correct some of his words and never did fight the right keys or lines.  It was good to talk to each of even if briefly - wish that all our family might get together as the Hortons did but it was hectic too at times.  Cris and Angela and Rob and Cindy stayed with us but insisted and having breakfast at Ginny's Restaurant with the rest of the young people - am sure the restaurant will miss their business each morning.  They went canoing one day, to the State Fair another and golfing a couple of times.  We never did see Robert or Wes swim - they never went to the Y but swam at Snow Hill a couple of times.  Joe went to Cincinnati on Friday and saw Melissa and her husband who are remodeling ah home that cost a million to build and they are making into a music school - they have outgrown their present one.  The stained glass (Tiffany) windows alone have been valued at $900,000.  Joe says that she is the mastermind behind the school. He also looked over the conservatory where he went and downtown Cincy.

The raspberries have really been prolific - just picked and left Dad to pick more as the bugs were getting to me.  We had hoped that someone would pick while we were gone but there were so many on the ground!

School starts here a week from tomorrow and I hate to see summer over but it has been a hot one and humid!  Miss Shirley (McKamey) is taking a year's leave of absence and there will be 3 first grades and only one 3rd so they didn't get a replacement for Va. Hildebrant.

Grandma went to the eye doctor and Dr. Hamilton both Friday and got good reports.  The eye doctor can't help her eyes to read any better but said that she would never go blind.  Dr. H. says he can't see that the stroke she had has affected her at all so both encouraging.

The friend of Mary Virginia's where she has lived this summer has been painting the eaves but it is a long slow process.  She starts as principal of Town & Country school soon.  Kay Dick is working out well as Dad's asst. atty.

[Love, etc.]

Thursday, August 13, 2015

1965 Wells Clipping & Laura Hughes Letter -Aug. 13

The clipping that Laura Hughes mentions is scanned and transcribed following the letter.
Dear Jean & Harold,

Imagine our surprise one morning to open the Enquirer and find New Vienna making headlines (with something other than a cloudburst.)

Believe you were gone the week it appeared and thought you might not have seen it.

Congratulations, too on Serena winning an award in her cooking project at Fair this week.  With families like yours and ours 5 (plus 2) what's handier to have around than another good cook in the family?

So cheers to Serena, and keep it up honey.


Laura H.
1965 Wells Clipping from Cincinnati Enquirer about 
Korean orphans learning to play jacks.
That Old American Game of Jacks
Finds Eager Fans in Korean Capital

NEW VIENNA – Orphans in Seoul, Korea, are learning the old American childhood game of jacks, thanks to the Wells Manufacturing Co., of New Vienna.

The jacks were sent to the Soldiers and Policemen Children's Home in the Republic of Korea capital city.

The situation developed after a Korean janitor at the Yongsan Education Center in Seoul had obtained a set of jacks and asked an Army sergeant to teach him how to play.

After seeing the game, the janitor asked if he would write to the company and obtain the rules.  The janitor wanted to teach his own children how to play after having the rules translated.

Sgt. Robert D. Hiatt, with Headquarters Company, Special Troops, Eighth U.S. Army, which sponsors the home, wrote the letter and also asked if the company could possibly send several sets of jacks to be given to Korean orphans.

The Wells firm responded with a boxful of jacks and balls, along with the rules of the game.

"Actually, the Korean children knew the basic idea of how to play jacks as they have a somewhat similar game played with small rocks," Sergeant Hiatt related.  "However, there are several versions of the game in the rules we gave them."

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

1985 Roberta's Letter - Aug.13

August 13, 1985
Dear Dad and Mom,

Today is the big day!!!  The walk-thru for our new building and it sure looks good!  I'm not sure what I did with my days before this . . . lately its constantly filled with contractors, subcontractors, and the architect.  I told you all about Lou, the architect . . . . . he knew of JOE in Dakar . .  . was also in Senegal with the Peace Corps.  This conversation came up one time because we had both worn shorts to a meeting.  (that is called dressing for the weather!)

Had a great visit with Mary Greene -- she is a struggling business woman in Taiwan.  Talked about how some 2,000 agents-traders (I forget the right word) open and close their doors for good each working day.  Survival is the key.  They are going to start a door to door business this coming January.  While Mary is in the states she is trying to contact alot of businesses that are successfully doing it here . . . . AVON, AMWAY, MARY KAY, etc.  I wouldn't mind getting into direct sales again some day myself.

Dorothy Stubbs came over this past Monday night and brought over a big box of fresh peaches.  They aren't so big but real good.  We try to get together at least a couple of times each summer and this was the first time this summer.  She went to my water exercise class with me.  It was a bit too much -- too fast for her.  I'd sure like to get into the area of exercises for the "not so young, not so fit" group.

I've been reading lots on nutrition lately.  The more you get into it the more interesting it is!!! Picked up JANE BRODY (with NYTimes) book on Nutrition on sale for $3 --- lots of good reading there.

How was the big day on Sunday ----- and just how many people were around the table at the Golden Lamb??  I had wanted to call but it was go,go,go, while Mary was here.  Mary left early Monday morning -- had to send her to the airport in limo (word used loosely) because I could not find anyone to be here at 5:00 AM.  Called up the limo service and for a buck more would come to the door . . . instead of getting her over to the Westcourt Hotel.

Back to the Uible-Horton gathering . . . what were some of the highlights????  Sounds like at least 3 Uibles were there for the occasion.  Hope John and X can come to New Vienna when I'm there in September.  I've got reservations to fly in on the 18th -- paying a little bit more ($16.50 each way more) to come on a direct flight.  Arrival time in Cincinnati is 2:25 P.M.

Now 8/15 - will rush this off & write again . . . . .

Much Love,


Saturday, August 08, 2015

1985 Wendy's Postcard -Aug. 8

Disneyland Hotel postcard - mailed 1985.  It's a resort. It's an experience.  It's the only hotel directly on the monorail to Disneyland.  With 16 restaurants and lounges.  A tropical beach. Three pools. Ten tennis courts. And "Seaports of the Pacific," a waterfront playground and entertainment center for the whole family.
Hello to all the Hortons!]
Hi Grandma and grandad I miss you how is Ohio?  Colfax is great  We might go to splash down [a water slide place] love Wendy

Thursday, August 06, 2015

1975 John's Letter - Aug.6

Wed. August 6, 1975

My Dearest Ones Away from Home,

I decided it was my duty to write a lovely letter to my loved ones.

Everything here is quiet, except the poker games and wild parties until 2:00 a.m.  Grandma said to say she is fine.  I mailed out her 200 jack letters this morning.  In matter of fact, Phyllis was writing in the bulk rate slip when you called her, but I didn't want to interrupt a business call.   Dad, I hope you got along alright with the gang at Silver-Berke [?].

My jiggers have spread more, but do not seem to be bothering me.  On Grandma's advice, I have been using amonia [sic] on them.  Mr. Hessler showed me his arm with jiggers.  He told me Charlie Gibson was covered, too, and all they did was stand on the lot ten minutes for the auction.

I have just reached the point where most of the leftovers are gone.  Now I am anxious to try Miraculous Momma's pre-packed, assorted treats.  Garden is overflowing with food.  Some meals I eat a whole tomato.  Since Mary Va. is gone, someone must inherit your (her) tomato appetite.  I hope Mary Va. and Roberta are able to get along without my heavenly guidance.

The weather has been cool and cloudy, but not too much rain.  Mom, I think I remember you saying for me not to work too much.  So I am trying to stack my dirty dishes neatly in the sink for you to tend to on your return.

Gilliland's Garden Group brought beets last night, but I sadly informed her that her boss was on his 17th honeymoon to Czeckoslavokia [sic] with wife and two daughters.  I think they can bring more beets at a later date.  I hope all of you are having a good time at the Cold-Turkey Convention.

J. B. Uible

PS Last night, or I mean this morning at either 2:30 a.m. or 3:30 a.m., I received a collect call from Jackie Brown for Miss Uible.  I know I wasn't dreaming, but I can't remember much about the call.  I was tired after another big party.

Monday, August 03, 2015

1985 Roberta's Letter - Aug.3

August 3, 1985
Dear Folks,

WELCOME BACK!11  I've got another letter started . . . from about three weeks ago, will try to find it and send along.  Thanks for the postals as you travelled along.  Sounds like you sure enjoyed Scotland.  I was talking to someone last night who had just gotten back from England two weeks or so ago.  You should have heard them talk about all those blank blank lawyers that arrived in London and how it should be against the law to have so many lawyers in one place at one time!  I was short on time so didn't say a word about you all being part of the group!  Besides the guy was doing some volunteer work here for me . . . . fixing some electrical this and that --- all that's gone wrong since Sid left.

It doesn't look like I will be making the Colorado scene . . . . lots of changes and I need to stick around.  Also there is no food service contract as of August 12th and that needs to be worked on next week.  George Ketchum is responsible for it -- and that should be interesting . . . . .

Also changes have been made on who we can --or have to accept.  we now have to take any adults over 18 -- as long as they have a health problem that prevents them from living alone . . . but not needing nursing home care.  We are getting lots of referrels [sic] of young mentally retarded patients (mild) (supposedly)  All this really turns off the older people who are here.  I can pretty much put my foot down and say no -- as long as I'm here.  We can also now take people with money (up to 30 thou total assets) and they will just pay a little higher rent -- now this presents no problems.  It will be something to watch tho once they are here.

I've had a real disaster this last week.  The whole thing was my fault which did not make it any easier to deal with.  I did two things -- both of which I have done many times before -- never with Sid here -- since if he were here he would have done both -- tho not at the same time.  I had made a gallon of sun tea and had it out by the pool.  I started to water the back yard and thought about taking the sun tea in then, but, I thought I'd change the sprinkler location first and get it going.  You can guess what happened . . . . I whipped the hose around and wham zam the gallon glass jar went right in the pool  There were some big pieces of glass but mostly small ones and lots of slivers of glass.  This all happened about 11:00 at night, so I didn't get much sleep that night!!!  I've had the pol service we use out and he tells me to be completely on the safe side the pool needs to be drained and then done with a wet vac (or is it dry vac).  So I've been without a pool since Wednesday . . . . and I'm sure anxious to get the pool back in "working condition."  I will never again make sun tea out by the pool.

I have gotten this big interest in nutrition -- especially the importance of fiber.  Have you heard of the F PLAN DIET?  (it's a book also) I have been reading it and it is quite good.  Trying to increase my fiber intake to about 40 grams a day.  Most Americans only eat about 15 grams a day.  In order to get it up to the 40 I've had to eat bran cereal (FIBER-1) everyday for breakfast and beans, peas, or baked potato . . . along with an apple and an orange and other vegies [sic] with fiber every day.  All this fiber really does wonders for the old digestive track . . . if you know what I mean!!

Our new dining room is to be completed by the 9th of August . . . another reason why I need to be here next week.  I can't complain since I've only (ha) been gone 4 weeks since the 21st of May!!!

What do you know – just when I'm getting warmed up on the typing – I've loaned out the typewriter – to Mary Reed – mother of Roberta & Catherine (Wendy's playmates).

Thursday, July 30, 2015

1955 MUH Florida Postcard to CJU's -July 29

State Capitol, Tallahassee, Fla. postcard - mailed 1955.  Captioned: The State Capitol stands on a block-square knoll over-looking the business district.  It was completed in 1845, the year Florida became a State, and since that time numerous additions have been made to the original building.
1955 MUH Florida Postcard to CJU's -July 29
Thurs. – Tallahassee 5:30 [postmarked Bradenton]

Going to drive across University Bebgs. [Bekgs?] then move way out.  Cards mailed from Ala with Wed. should be Thurs. from Montgomery.  Do you think we'll get to L.W. by tomorrow?  Ha!  Saw old Gov.'s Mansion.  Had an auction last nite x is to be torn down.  Univ. Campus very pretty.
Love, Mary & Bill

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According to Wikipedia a new Florida Governor's Mansion was built in 1956, and "many items in the first mansion were auctioned in 1955 to aid in furnishing the new mansion, raising $7,500."

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -July 28

July 28, 1975
Dear Family,

Hi!  Thanks for your letter – check & folder on Marchio's. [?]   We will be there tomorrow night!  After reading it we decided we could so w/out lunch tomorrow!!

I am planning on quitting – next Monday will be my last day.  I know I would never make it till Sept. 1st so I fell I have done the best thing by giving a notice of over 1 week.  Judy Apante [?] did not want the job – which means he will have to hire probably a local.

THe plans in Montreal sound good to me – would you believe I haven't been swimming since my 1st week here?  I'm sorry J.B. won't be accompanying us.

The mail has to go out very soon – also lunch last minute details must be done – must go!

Yes – I know what a gazebo is – as there is one here at the farm!

Love, Berta
Mary V –                                      
how did you like camp this year?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

1955 MUH Alabama Postcard to CJU's -July 28

Montgomery, Alabama postcard - mailed 1955.  
Captioned: Dexter Avenue, looking east showing State Capitol Montgomery, Ala.  Dexter Avenue is the main business street of the city.  The fountain in the center of the square was erected in 1886.  It was on exhibition at the Atlanta Exposition and the purchase price was seven thousand dollars.  The State Capitol shown in the distance was the first Capitol of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis being inaugurated President on the steps of this building.
1955 MUH Alabama Postcard to CJU's -July 28
[postmarked Brundidge Ala. July 28, 1955]
Weds enroute to Tallahassee [or Lakeland?]

* a star marks spot, arrived here at 9 & visited till 11:15.  Went thru Capitol & Kids sat in Gov's chair.  We asked a lady where his office was and she . . . gave the kids each a marble from a bowl.  The town has lovely homes, we enjoyed the museum & "Little White House" of the Confederacy.  We just about cooked alive yesterday.  Some cooler today we got in such a storm thru Birmingham & we didn't see the city (6-6:30) Saw the "Vulcan" [statue] on top of Red. Mt.

Monday, July 27, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -July 26

July 26, 1975
Dear Family –

Right now things seem to be up in the air – have been putting off writing till I could tell you all something definite but as of now – nothing is for sure.  

1st off I did talk to Mr. Ream about quitting and all I got was a sermon about being unfair because he wouldn't be able to find good help for just 3 weeks & it would take that long to break in someone.  Also how I took the commitment for the summer, etc.  He has a very bad temper, but I must say I have had nothing but kind words w/ him.  (But I've worked hard to please him in the dining room!)

I would stay w/out a 2nd thought except I hate the idea of being here for 2 weeks w/ no car and I.T. & Marion not here.

OH – I am letting someone I.T. knows in New Town, PA use my ticket for the play in New Hope on August 5th.  SO I'm free that day – that I know for sure!  Now Wednesday is no-one's day off in the kitchen or dining room so I hopefully will be able to get it off – as time rolls around.  When someone has a day off the rest of us just double up.

As to G'ma plans – make her reservations for August 31st.  If I should stay till the bitter end I will do it on the idea that I can leave Sunday morning.  

I got a library card at the County library in Newton – got 3 books last week on India.  One very good – "Eating the India Air" w/out television or daily paper it is hard to keep up w/ the news – but I get sketchy news from the radio.  Should India still be having its problems in Nov. we will just go to another part of the world.

Last night one of ladies in the senior citizens group gave me a fresh pineapple – so later we cut it open & mixed it w/ peaches & bananas.  It was rally good!

Yes – I got my wallet size diploma – thanks.  I hope to get some of my "business" as to my trip done in N.Y.C.  this coming Tuesday.  You know we have several men here who commute back & forth to work in N.Y.C. while their family stays here.

This is short & nothing definite at that but must get going & get it in the mail – 

Love, Berta

Please send some stamps ––– both 8¢ & 10¢ ––

Sunday, July 26, 2015

1995 Roberta's Postcard - July 24

1995 Roberta's Grand Floridian Postcard - July 24
[postmarked Orlando FL 24 Jul 1995]

Hi!  We spent half of today checking out Disney Resorts – this one starts at $265 per night & the food is very expensive – but oh the bathrooms were nice!  Rob &Family came over to our value priced hotel for supper – those boys are ACTION-PACKED!  We talked much about all the fun at Estes Park!  Did you see where this year July 4th – Estes got lots of SNOW – w/ many roads closed due to SNOW!  FLA's humidity is worse than I remember it!  Bought a WSJ today – interesting times.  Lots of Coke-Cola sold at Disney / Epcot!  Love, R & S

Friday, July 24, 2015

1975 Catherine's Letter -July 23

[A small portion of this letter has been removed for privacy reasons – this was a difficult letter to write and to read, but life does go on as we all know.  I am thankful that the ending of this relationship lead to my meeting and marrying Gerry.]

July 23, 1975
Dear Mom & Dad,

X and I split up last week.  I have moved into an apartment in Sanford and he is staying in the house.  I'm not sure if this is a permanent separation as X still thinks we can get back together and have a good marriage but I feel alot less sure of that.

The primary problem is that I . . . . him then we wouldn't have a problem.

At any rate I'm getting along fairly well on my own except for when I talk to X and then I get to feeling all guilty and shook up.

I am not seriously involved with anyone else although in some ways I think it would be easier on X if I was.  Then he would feel like I had more of a concrete reason for leaving him.

August 7 & 8 sounds OK for your coming.  Maybe I can get some time off work.

My phone # is 207-324-4078.  X has the old #.  My address: 7 Grove Ave., Sanford 04073.

Love, Catherine

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

1975 Roberta's McKeown's Restaurant postcard - July 23

McKeown's Restaurant postcard - mailed 1975. Captioned: McKEOWN'S RESTAURANT R.D. 2, Box 85, Branchville, N.J. 07826 AT CULVER LAKE
1975 Roberta's McKeown's Restaurant postcard - July 23
Had some good Duck here last night – how about leaving here August 6th w/me?  I could meet you all in N.Y.C. – let me know ok?  But make G'ma's reservation for her N.E. trip – I still want to take J.B. to Exeter & want her to see his school & C&D's house!  110 in the dining room!  What a crowd!!

Love, Berta

Monday, July 20, 2015

1965 Postcard from Jean to Catherine -July 21

Camp Indianola postcard - mailed 1965.  
Captioned: Camp Indianola, Rural Route 2, Lancaster, Ohio.
1965 Camp Indianola Postcard from Jean to Catherine -July 21
[address to Girls' School of Missions, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio]

Dearest Catherine,
Marianne has gone sailing with Weegie this morning.  She and Roberta worked til 10 – first time M has worked there this week.  She & Cris stayed with Granddaddy while Grandma & M's parents went to see Joe at a concert last night.

Daddy & boys are planning to go camping tomorrow evening.  Serena is busy getting ready for Camp Cartwright.

Love XX, Daddy & Mother

Saturday, July 18, 2015

1985 Roberta's Pacific NW Postcard - July 18

Pacific Northwest Postcard - mailed 1985. Captioned: Pines and Wheat in the Pacific Northwest.  Color by Dennis L. Dilley. Distributed by Smith-Western Co. P.O. Box 1573, Tacoma WA 98401

1985 Roberta's Pacific NW Postcard - July 18
[postmarked July 18, 1985, Los Angeles CA; mailed to Wells Mfg. "Office"]

Hi – Greetings from the great Northwest!  Grandma took off with Serena & Miss Wendy for Lake Louise Canada will end travels in Victoria before heading home.  She is a real trooper!  It's back to work for me – the ole' job seems to get in my way this summer!

Love, Roberta Uible-King

Thursday, July 16, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -July 17

July 17, 1975
Dear Family –

Hi!  Thanks for your post card – was surprised to hear from you from Wisconsin – hope you had a good trip.  Glad that Ruth was able to go w/ you all – had she ever been up that way?

We all had a good day off – it's just a shame it only happens once a week!  We went to Flemington, New Jersey – there are a lot of glass & pottery places there.  You could buy irregulars pretty reasonable.  I bought a coffee mug (except I'll use it for tea – HA).

We also went in a factory outlet for Rossanna sweaters – I got 2 sweaters & a top that matches the one sweater – for $14.00.  One sweater is the heavy-warm type – long w/pockets.

Tuesday night we went to see Funny Lady – it was OK – especially if you like Barbara S.  Interesting enough the tickets were $2.00 for the no-smoking section, $3.00 for the smoking section.

It has been raining here for the last 4 [or 9?] days – some days more than others.  I'm lucky to live so close to my work.  

One day last weekend I went down to set up for breakfast – the dining room was a disaster area.  Coffee grounds, corn flakes, rice crispies, orange juice had been thrown all over the dining room!  It was one of those times I could have quit on a minutes notice.  These kids bring their city ways here w/ them.  

The senior citizens are really great – some just stay 1 week, others 2-3 weeks, etc.

I would like the Buick here – how can it be worked out to bring it up w/ you all?  Also I would greatly appreciate some Wells samples to give to the woman who helps me w/ the clean-up after meals.  She is 72 years old – and quite a character.  Also would like some to give to Marion & I.T.

I got my hair cut – it's pretty short at the moment.  It should grow though.

Mr. R is very nice – his wife though is an alcoholic – who sometimes is quite a pain.  He asked me last night about next summer – I told him I'd like to make it 1st till Sept. 1st.

The food continues to be good – lots of fresh fruit & vegetables.  Meat too is good – nothing is deep fried – though we do have lots of potatoes (boiled or mashed) & rice.  When we have fresh fruit it's my job to cut it up – eh – so the fresh fruit is alot of work for me.

By Sept. 1st I'll be ready for a factory job – working 40 hours a week w/ weekends off!

Got to go ––––



Tuesday, July 14, 2015

1835 Freeman's Landing Union Chapel

The following clippings are arranged in slightly different order than they are transcribed, due to their irregular placement on several different pages of the newspaper.  Thomas Freeman (1793-?), one of the founders of the Chapel, is the 3rd Great Grandfather of the Ballantyne-Dailey-Uible cousins.

Thomas Freeman's son James L. Freeman (1809-1892) was the father of Virginia Irene Freeman Ballantyne (1840-1906) who was the mother of our grandfather, Nathaniel Wallace (N.W.) Ballantyne (1868-1949).

Further research would be needed to determine if or how other early members, such as the Browns and Morrows are related.  Partial transcription follows.
Picture of Zalia Church and attendants at 100th anniversary of the founding.
[Identity of "Jennie" is unknown.]

Some of the pastors and officials of the church and some early and present members are pictured.  John. C. Freeman is third from left in back row, Mrs. George Freeman is third from left in front row with Miss Mary Brown fourth from left.

100th Anniversary
Union Chapel Was Founded at Freeman's Landing in 1835.  
Sunday Devoted to Celebration of Founding
The Independent, New Cumberland, West Virginia
Thursday July 18, 1935

The historic M.P. [Methodist Protestant] church at Zalia, Hancock county known in the early days as "Union Chapel of Freeman's Landing" celebrated its one hundredth anniversary of its founding with appropriate services being held Sunday, July 14, 1935.

Services began in the morning and continued throughout the day with intermissions for dinner and supper.  The food was served by the ladies of the church and several hours were spent in a social way, renewing friendships and relating past history of the chapel and its members.

Rev. I.J. Howland is the regular pastor of the church, having been assigned to the charge by the Pittsburgh conference, along with his pastorship of the New Cumberland M.P. church.

The morning sermon was preached by Rev. Samuel Spencer, a former pastor of the Zalia church and Nessly chapel and in the afternoon, Rev. C.A. Daugherty of Empire who has been occupying the pulpit at Zalia delivered the sermon in the afternoon.

Both discourses were appropriate for the occasion and in the evening Rev. Howland delivered the address and his theme was "The Passing Years."  His sermon touched on the early founders of the chapel and the people that have continued in keeping the good work going on for a hundred years.  Rev. Spencer and Rev. Daugherty took part in all the services, while Rev. Howland presided during the celebration.

Mrs. Fred Dunleavy and Mrs. Ruth Jones sang duets at the afternoon and evening meetings and Mrs. Howland gave a reading.  The evening program opened with a song service with twelve choir members, a duet by Rev. Howland and Mr. A.S. Cooper, and a duet by Rev. and Mrs. Daugherty.

Rev. Howland called upon a number of the attendants of the celebration for reminiscences of the chapel and quite a number related interesting history.  

Only three near relatives of the founders of the church were present and they were John C. Freeman of Toronto [Toronto, Ohio is about 20 miles away], N.W. Ballantyne of New Cumberland, and Miss Mary Brown of Toronto.  Miss Mary Brown is the oldest surviving member of the church and her father, James Brown, was a cousin of the Rev. George Brown, the first pastor and one of the organizers of the chapel.  Thomas Freeman, grandfather of John C. Freeman and great-grand-father of N.W. and C.A. Ballantyne of this place was one of the founders of the church, and donated the land.  

John Freeman was a son of Samuel Freeman and the latter a son of Thos. Freeman.  Mr. Freeman gave a history of the church taken from the old family records.

Organized in 1835

The Union chapel, located near Freeman's Landing, now known as Zalia in Butler district this county [Hancock] was organized and services held in 1835.  This county was then a part of the old state of Virginia and the deed for the church property is recorded in Brooke county.  The founders of the chapel were Thomas Freeman and his wife, Thomas Anderson, (unmarried at that time_, James Black and wife, Robert White and wife and John Sutton and wife.  The first meetings were held in an old brick school house until 1857 when they erected the present church.  Rev. George Brown, who was a pastor of the Nessly chapel assisted in the organization.

The Union chapel was at one time one of the leading churches in the county, attended by the Freemans, Ballantynes, several Porter families, the Browns, the L.R. Smith and John W. Morrow families of Kings creek, the Wilson, Bradleys, Andersons, McConnell's, McAdoos, Hugh Irwin and sisters, Reuben Taylors family the families of Johnson Miller, Calvin Grimes, Wm. Jester, the Morans, the Lyons and many others.

George Porter gave the first argan [sic] to the church and Mary Porter Blackburn a daughter played the instrument for 12 years.  Misses Martha and Alice Porter, of Pittsburgh, daughters of the late George and Maria Moren Porter, sent a contribution to the church, but were unable to attend the celebration.  Their mother was a teacher in the Sunday school for many years.

 . . . . . S. B. Goucher spoke as to the early days when he attended Sunay school . . . in the time of the civil war.  He recalled that Freeman's Landing had quite a settlement of people and later yars there were ten brick yards from Kings creek to the Black Horse, New Cumberland.  Bricks were made like in the early days of Egypt, made during the summer when the sun was hot and dried by the sun rays.  In winter time the clay was dug from the hills.  THe brick were transported by Keelboats, there were no railroads in this section.

Thomas Freeman, one of the founders of the church made the first fire brick west of the Allegheny mountains.  [Family history indicates he began in the clay and brick business in 1833 at Freeman's Landing.]

N.W. Ballantyne, a great grand-son of Thomas Freeman was present and was called upon and stated that he had attended this church and Sunday School when a boy and that there was a big attendance, and annual picnics were held, and that this chapel was the leading church in this section of the county.  

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Union Chapel information from other sources:

The scanned clippings from The Independent  New Cumberland, West Virginia, Thursday July 18, 1935 is a write-up of the 100th Anniversary of a church, originally known as Union Chapel of Freeman's Landing" in an unincorporated community, now known as Zalia, in Hancock County, West Virginia.  According to Wikipedia [1] the community has also been known as Brickyard Bend.

The East Liverpool Historical Society reports that "The Union Chapel of the Methodist Protestant Church was built in 1835 at Freeman's Landing north of New Cumberland?  There were 877 _graves listed in 1995."[2]

THE UNION CHAPEL is described in History of the Pan-Handle in 1879: Is located near Freeman’s Landing, in Butler district.  The Methodist Protestant society of said place was organized in about 1835, by Rev. George Brown, with Thomas Freeman and wife, Thomas Anderson, James Black and wife, Robert White and wife, and John Sutton and wife. The first meetings were held in an old brick school house until 1857, when they erected the present church.  The ministers were the same as those found in the history of the Nessly Chapel.  Rev. John Gregory is the present pastor.  They have a membership of about sixty.

Sabbath School.—In connection with the church, they have had a Sabbath school for a number of years.  During the summer months they have an enrollment of one hundred scholars, T. F. Henderson is superintendent. [3]

Websites listed below were accessed in July 2015
[1] Zalia also known as Brickyard Bend:,_West_Virginia 
[2] East Liverpool Historical Society, Rest in Peace Part 4 website:
[3] History of The Pan-Handle; being historical collections of the Counties of Ohio, Brooke, Marshall and Hancock, West Virginia.  Compiled and written by J.H. Newton, G.G. Nichols and A.G. Sprankle. Wheeling, W. Va., published by J.A Caldwell, 1879.,d.cGU&cad=rja

Sunday, July 12, 2015

1985 Roberta's Letter - July 13

Dear Folks,

This letter will be old news by the time you get back – but thought you wouldn't mind to get some 'people' mail in your welcome back pile!  It does seem strange now tho to say Welcome Back today – since today is the day you take off!

I took the airport bus from Disneyland hotel – a real bargain for $9.00.  Sid & family were going to the 'beach' today – tho Sid thought I should allow lots of time I took a later bus & got to the airport still a full 25 minutes before take off – just as they were beginning to load the children of divorces, etc. – lots of kids seem to travel alone now days.

Back to the Disneyland hotel – I enjoyed about 1½ hours of shopping there before getting on the airport bus.  Except for being in a gift shop w/ a 4 & 7 year old I had not been in a Disney gift shop!  Thought about lots of buying – but actually ended up only buying 20 (more) postals & some new diet treats for myself.  Just before I came on this trip I managed to get rid of excess weight I gained in England!  Hopefully I'll be able to lose this excess before my August trip!  I've already got out the 20 cards – for a total of 70 plus.  (30 of them Senior Village ones!)  Some people send out Christmas cards – I send out postals!

This motel is very nice – low profile – just Grandma's style!  You know – she doesn't like to feel like she is making a bank payment – just wants to pay for the use of the bed!

I'm so glad to be able to join Grandma and Serena on this venture – even tho for such a short period of time!

This is the summer I'm using all the comp time I've earned – plus a vacation day or two!  The new ruling as of July 1st – County employees cannot earn comp time – must be used within 2-week pay period when earned.  It was nice while it lasted – being able to 'Bank' comp time!  Actually – w/the flexibility of my job – I can still earn & use comp time to my advantage – i.e. work a weekend before going on vacation & then take the days while gone – all w/in same work week!

I went w Lois Bruce & 2 of her little old lady friends to a movie – Cocoon (sp?) – directed by Ron Howard.  It is a real comedy – takes place in a retirement/rest home in St. Petersburg, FLA – hopefully didn't hit too close to home for them!  Think they enjoyed it.  The last movie they had seen was Passage to India.  Quite a change!

So – how was your trip?  Somehow it seems very premature for me to bring up your trip now in the past tense!

As for here & now (7/13) – I'm real tan – it dawned on me while at the pool at trailer park (camp ground) when I realized I was as dark as some of the Mexicans!  About 20 plus of our friends from the South were staying close to our trailer.  They came in a truck w/camper & 2 cars – I'm still amazed the vehicles made it out of Mexico!  They slept in their cars, on the grass – etc.  I got to talking to them at the pool – it was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime trip for them.

I'm sure Grandma will have something to say about how dark I am!

It's time for me to get ready to go to airport to pick up Grandma & Serena – more later!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

1965 Postcard from Jean to Catherine -July 11

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial postcard - Mailed 1965. Captioned: Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Distributed by D.S. Kirkpatrick, Lakeside, Ohio.  Color Photography by Robert J. Dodge 
1965 Perry's Victory Memorial Postcard from Jean to Catherine -July 11
[Addressed to Senior MYF Camp, Methodist Campground, Sabina, Ohio, postal meter stamp of 4¢]

Sunday 7/11/65

Miss you already.  Daddy, Serena, John & Cris got to the "old cemetary" [sic] that Serena has begged to see for so long.

Hope you enjoy all your cabin mates – Found Sue's toothbrush when we got home so guess she'll borrow yours.

Cris was disappointed not to see Bonanza here tonite but we decided to get to bed earlier.

XXX Love, Mother & Daddy

Items from Uible photo album