Monday, July 06, 2015

1975 Catherine's Postcard -July 8

Merit Motel postcard - mailed 1975.  Captioned: The Merit Motel & Housekeeping Cottages. With dining room, on Highway 68, close to the Ferry Dock.  12 Modern Units, picture windows with a superb view of Lake Huron, tubs and showers.  Your hosts, Bud and Anne Merritt.  Phone Tehkummah 27 R 23.  South Bay Mouth, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada.


Hi!  Our new address is: RFD Box 77, Sunset Road, Springvale ME 04083.  X's Mom & Aunt are coming out to see us the week of July 20 – their first time to Maine.  Got a post card from Roberta.  What's her address?  The library addition has gone out to bid – bids will close on the 22nd then we find out if there's enough money to build it.
Love, Catherine & X

Sunday, July 05, 2015

1975 Catherine's Postcard -July 7

Brookside Motel, Ellsworth, Maine - mailed 1975.  Postcard  Captioned: Route # 1 & 3. 52 Units – Double, Single and Family Units.  Ceramic Tile Bath with Tub and Shower.  Heated Pool, Shuffleboard, Playground. Restaurant on premises.  Telephone and T.V.  Open all year – 20 miles to Bar Harbor.  Owners and Managers – Mr. & Mrs. E.R. Grindle (1966)

July 7, 1975

Well, we finally moved in our house – things are chaotic but we got away for the weekend – had a nice four day vacation in Bar Harbor – did some sunbathing, deep sea fishing (X got 2 cod) and general sightseeing.  Got home late last night and then got a call this morning that someone broke a window and got into the library.  We went through the place with the police – only thing taken was about a dollar in change.  We still have quite a bit of work to do on the house.

Love, Catherine & X

Friday, July 03, 2015

1985 Roberta's Letter -July 3

Mask and Ceremony - Bocar Diong, Senegal UNICEF notecard - mailed 1985 
Dear Dad & Mom,

Hi – Weird picture - huh?  But didn't think you all would mind!  My travel plans have changed – I'm flying over to San Diego Saturday (7/6) AM – will stay w/ Lois Bruce till Monday A then Amtrak to L.A. & meet Sid – he will leave here Sunday Aftn w/ truck & trailer.  Judy & family will arrive in L.A. Tuesday AM – flying in from South Bend.

I've got the Sr. Village News Letter at the printer right now – just bought this card at the gift shop at the hospital for 10¢!

We are to take the car in tomorrow – Chevrolet dealer.  I sure appreciate your magic touch, Dad.  I am sure ready for it to be fixed – tired of everyone asking me about it & then asking if I had tried to paraell (sp?) [sic] Did I tell you damage came to apx $1100!

The visit w/ Sid's cousin Libby & husband went fine – except they told us the arrival time would be apx 2:00 pm & the doorbell rang about 10:15 AM – & it was them!  I think that is a real No-No!  We ate at Lunt Ave Club that day for lunch – ate steaks that night at home.

Just realized I'm running out of space & that the card is of ? in Senegal!

Got Grandma's nice letter yesterday!

Love, Roberta

Thursday, July 02, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -July 2

July 2, 1975
Dear Family,

Hi!  It's getting to be a busy place around here now – alot of the "old timers" are coming down for a long 4th of July weekend.  Most of the people in the dining room are senior citizens – very few families.  I think I already told you that most of the families stay in housekeeping cottages.

Yesterday was my day off – Marian & I.T. (the 2 from Arizona) also arranged to have Tuesdays off – which is ideal because they have a car & are very nice.  So we all took off yesterday about 10:00 A.M. – 1st we went to  Peddler's Village – I'll enclose a folder on it.  There were alot of nice shops – w/ unique types of stuff.  There were antique shops all around – and the other 2 are really into that stuff so we stopped at a few.  One place had so much junk there wasn't even walking room!

Then we went to New Hope & I looked up my 2nd cousin [who would this be??]  – he seemed glad we all stopped.  He's still only open from 11:30 to 2 – so we didn't get to eat there – we were there about 5:30.  He was most interesting to talk to – showed us all around – said how he wants to get customers in & out w/in 22 minutes.  He makes his $ on fast turn-over!  He menu very limited – hamburgers ($1.50) Corned Beef ($2.00) – about 4 other kinds of sandwiches.  Coffee, tea, etc. – 35¢.  Tossed Salad – 95¢ Cole slaw & potato salad – 50¢.  Also has chicken salad, tuna salad.

Part of his place is inside – part outside – looking over a mill pond. (water there was very dirty) place only seats 56 people – he has 1 waitress (2 on weekend) and 1 in kitchen helping him.  He definitely has a good thing going – goes to Germany every winter – only works June through September.  He had the following printed up about his place of business – "Mechanic Street #8 – his address etc. (Name of Rest.)

Now – he & his wife are fixing up a new place just up the street about a half block to sell donuts & coffee.  He will buy the donuts frozen.  It is to open the Saturday after the 4th.  Gee, guess that is this Saturday.  They were working there when I knocked on their restaurant door.  They said they almost didn't bother to come & see who we were or what we wanted.  Both him & his wife were very nice to us.

While we were in New Hope we went to the playhouse & shelled out $7.00 to see Sleuth (sp?) on August 5th.  Mr. Ream said that all of us could have Tuesdays off.  We were able to get good seats – all the seats were $7.00

Then we had planned to eat at the Turkey place in Chester but these other people had suggested we go to the diner there – and you would have been amazed at their menu – everything – and very reasonable.  The food was delicious – they are especially known for their desserts.  (all homemade pies, cakes, etc.)  I had blue fish – it was very good.  I'll enclose part of their menu – You all should plan on eating there when in this area in August.

I'm working very hard – factory work would be a breeze compared to that dining room.  When I think of the hours I put in & the work I do I consider myself very much under paid.  The Counselors are a pain – they must try to outdo each other in complaining & finding fault.  The senior citizens I enjoy waiting on ––

Well, got to go – next Tuesday we are going into New York City – maybe even get to leave Monday night & stay at the Guild (where we saw) overnight.  Hope all is well –––

Love, Berta
Chester Country Diner (Pennsylvania) Menu 1975

Peddlar's Village 1975 brochure Lahaska, Bucks County, PA

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

1965 Serena's Postcard -July

We can assume that Serena went to Church Camp (Sabina?) in the summer of 1965.  We can also determine that she was not homesick and that instead of mailing she brought the card home.


Dear Mom,

I'm having a wonderful time.  I'm in Mrs. Kuntzman's cabin but K clings to her Mother (whew!)  Guess who is in my cabin?  Eve Hoover! & Becky Rude.  She's the only girl that is going in 6th grade.  I'm in Cabin 14. the farth the farthest away.

Your un homesick d

Monday, June 29, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -June 28

Jun 28, 1975
Dear Family –

Hi!  It's another cold & rainy day – I'll be glad when summer decides to get here.  Just finished breakfast – had a small crowd – 38 – today a Japanese American group are coming in.  They are suppose to be a "breeze" – have been here in past years - very clean & orderly – so their reputation goes!

The food here is amazingly good (at least to start w/).  We had lamb (leg of Lamb) night before last.  We had roast beef a couple of times – also alot of chicken, etc.

We have alot of fresh strawberries – blueberries – etc.  Also good grapefruit – but the senior citizens go in for the prunes.

Last night one of the counselors had his antenna ripped off his car.  That makes me think twice about wanting the Buick here.  I would enjoy a car on my days off – also for the feeling of transportation.

Last night I went to the senior citizen "sing along" – it was alot of fun.  Mostly I talked to Irene – the woman who has been travelling since her husband died.  She is most interesting – hope you all get to meet her – she will be here most of the summer.

Another woman (senior citizen ) – Louise help me after every meal.  There is so much clean up work – I wouldn't know where to start describing it.

OH – I need some 10¢ stamps – they sell 8¢ ones here – but not 10¢ ones.  [According to Wikipedia the postcard rate was 8¢ during the summer of 1975, went to 7¢ in September, then raised to 9¢ in December 1975, when all mail was sent by airmail instead of surface rate. The letter rate went from 8¢ to 10¢ on March 2, 1974.]

What do you hear from Serena – is she having a good summer?  When are Cathy & X going to be moving?  J.B. – are you working down at the shop?  Even if you couldn't do it now – would you want to bring the Buick up closer to the end of the summer – then I could drive to Maine to meet you?  That way you could spend some time there if you want to.

Thanks for your CC. and article concerning Denver.  I'd like to live there – an winter in Florida.  (HA, HA!)  I got a CC yesterday from Aunt Mary – Rob did really good this last semester in school.  Aunt Mary said she had forwarded my diploma to New Vienna – just keep it there.  Have you had the pictures developed yet on all of us trying on the cap & gown.  I'm anxious to see Grandma in it!

Grandma – you would enjoy yourself here – everything is cooked salt-free!!!  And would you believe I have to refill the salt shakers on the tables about every other day!?

The senior citizens generally are easy to please.  It's the staff that never quit complaining.  Like when we had lamb – we had to get out peanut butter for them!

Back to the senior citizens – there are arts & crafts for them to do – also games – cards, scrabble, etc.  Alot of them just like to sit around and talk about their grandchildren, great grandchildren, etc.

Got to go – I need to write some other letters.  Hope all is well ––



Saturday, June 27, 2015

1985 MV's Letter -June 26

6-26 [85] 8am

Good Morning -

Yesterday turned out to be a rather long day – I worked / had class until 5:00 and then helped with the triathlon (Battle of the Businesses) until 8:00.  By the time I finished my speech for today it was rather late.  There have also been lots of kids here with the USTA tennis tourney – none of them are exactly poor.

Classes are going well.  Only two more weeks.  That's what's nice about summer session – you get the same amount of work, but they only last five weeks.

The warm weather finally got to me and I bought a fan for my room yesterday.  It made sleeping a whole lot more comfortable.

Well, I should get busy and finish making a graph for my speech.  Will see you Saturday.  Robin might come.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -June 25

June 25, 1975

This is supposed to be my day off but Mr. Ream wanted me to make sure this & that were done – since I wasn't going to go anywhere.  

For this reason & just for the sake of knowing I would have a way someplace should I want to go – I would really like to have my car here.  A bike would be ok for enjoyment – but as far as being useful transportation  – NO – it's too far to ride a bike around here to actually get anywhere.

I've called the bus station about going from here to Ohio – but was told it would be best to go via NYC.  I was thinking if J.B. would drive the car up – I would pay his way back.  OR do you all need 2 cars this summer at home?  I'll give you all time to think about this – then I'll call you.  Maybe if Vanessa still isn't working she could drive it up – between ball games.  Another idea would be that JB could go from here to Maine ––

Think about it – Camp Director got here yesterday – Biology teacher from New Hope – PA.  Group of Japanese-Americans to arrive this afternoon.

Weather humid – Love, Berta

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -June 24

June 24, 1975
Dear Family –

Hi!  Nice talking to you all last night – though this Insurance stuff has really got me messed up.  That letter I got was really official looking.

I'm really getting a work out here – we are responsible for setting the tables – getting the food out – also for the desert & 1st course. (which is either soup or juice)  Can you imagine (inserted) last night at supper making melon balls – for 100 people.  Believe me it's a job.  Every morning O.J. has to me made – grapefruit has to be cut.  Also the senior citizens really go in for prunes so they have to be cooked the night before & dished out in the morning.

The counselors here are from all over – though the majority of them are from "the Guild" in NYC.  One of the boys is from Nashville, Tenn.

Surprisingly alot of the people that come here are pretty well-to-do.  Two women came in one of those big black limousines (sp?).  I was talking to a woman last night who has been overseas every year since 1963 – when her husband died.  She was the one that said that the Indian people are the friendliest people she has ever met.  She is going to give me some addresses of Indian people over there.  she too has eaten at Gaylord's in NYC.  By the way Gaylord's is written up in both Fodor's & India on $5 & $10 dollars a day – as a place to go if you feel like a splurge.

I've been doing alot of reading – so far Southern India sounds the most interesting to me.  Also the weather there would agree w/me the most.

Got to go –


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

1965 Postcard to Serena from Girl Scouts -June 22

Serena receives an impersonal but efficient response to her 19 June 1965 letter, from the Girl Scouts, postmarked 22 June 1965, referring her request to the Buckeye Trails Girl Scout Council in Dayton.

Monday, June 22, 2015

GHU Prayer

No clue as to the date of this prayer, other than it followed a revival, but seems appropriate to post it in honor of Grandma's birthday, June 22, 1892.

Our Father who art in heaven –

We are thankful for the privilege of coming together this day to study thy word.  Forgive us for our short comings which often keep us from fulfilling your/thy will.

We know we have a friend in whom we can trust who is with us where ever we live or go.  May the special services of last week renew within a longing for a new hope of fulfilling thy work among all people.  Our Father help us to give encouragement to our pastor & teachers by helping in any way we can.

We ask for your guidance from day to day. – Amen.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -June 21

June 21, 1975
Dear Family,

Hi!  Hope you all had a good return trip back to New Vienna – hope I wasn't needed to referee between John & Mary V.  Where did you all stay Thursday night?

Everything is slowly getting close to normal here.  The 2 girls got in from Arizona – one is in her 40's – the other one closer to 50.  The older one is a Catholic Nun.  Both are very nice –

They moved into another room – across the hall & towards the drive-way in the front – right near the smaller set of stairs.  SO I moved today into the room that had been picked out for them.  It's a little nicer room – for instance in my old room I only had 1 electric outlet – which was also connected to the only working light in the place.  So I could have my choice of light or clock/radio.  Now I have _4_ electric outlets – also a nicer view – can see the flowers there at the side of the house.  I have the room to myself – and Mr. Ream told me that the 3 of us ª2 from Arizona & myself) will be the only ones on the 2nd floor for the summer.  That surprised me.  He also told me that anything I valued – i.e. $, camera, hair-dryer, etc. – should be taken to a safe-deposit box in the bank.  So I took care of all that . . . . .

So far 2 large groups of [have?] come – the senior citizens & a group of about 75 head start kids w/ their mothers.  In the older group there are _6_ who are Spanish – that speak very little Spanish.  Very few white in the head start group – lot of blacks, Puerto Ricans, etc. –––

Everyone working here is very nice – except Peggy – the woman you all met.  She is another "Hildie" – always complaining & bragging about how much she does – etc. etc.

There are 5 or 6 (1 part time) in the kitchen & dining room.  2 cooks, the dish-washer, who is Mr. Ream's son – myself & a boy about my age from the Chelsea part of N.Y.C.  He knows an awful lot of the campers.  The part-time boy is also from the same part of N.Y.C. – both are extremely nice & very good workers.  (thus far) I'm the only girl in the area.

The food is surprisingly very decent – I'm glad I didn't buy the grapefruit – as we have grapefruit to serve every morning.  Today for lunch we had melons for dessert.  (Both cantaloupe & watermelon)  Also for lunch we had baked fish, spinach, cole slaw, soup & the melon.  There is soup every lunch & supper.

Right now it's between lunch & supper – I'm out sunning by the other pond.  The Head Starters are really giving the life-guard a work-out.

I had a letter from Aunt Mary – I'll enclose the 2 articles concerning F.A.U.'s graduation.

So far the days have been warm – but it gets cool at night.

Mother how is your hair=cut – a week after?

Well, got to go – thanks again for bringing me here – and everything else in-between.


PS – Grandma – you should be up here – you would really get a kick out of these senior citizens – always arguing over where & who they are seated by at the table.

Friday, June 19, 2015

1965 Serena's letter to Girl Scouts -June 19

The letter scanned below is most likely a draft of the letter which Serena sent to the Girl Scouts.  Their response, though less personal, was very efficient and will be appearing in a few days.  Apologies for the poor quality of the scan – the original is quite faded and the "retouching" makes the whole page darker.

New Vienna, O.
June 19, 1965
Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
830 3rd Ave. [inserted]
New York, New York
830 3rd Ave.

Dear  Sirs:

I need help!  We don't have Girl Scouts in our community because 4-H has cooking, sewing, etc. for town and country girls.  But for boys in 4-H they have electronics, wood-burning, etc. for country boys.  But they also have baseball & Boy Scouts.  Which is unfair to girls.  But please don't tell me to just start Girl Scouts.  That is impossible!  Please help me plus other girls of my community.  I was 10 Jan. 20th & going in the 5th grade.  So I also have all requirements.  

Your hope to be Girl Scout
Serena Uible                      

P.S.  My address is:
Serena Uible
Box 50
New Vienna, O.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

1985 Roberta's Father's Day Card

[6/17/85 written in Jean's handwriting on back]

Much love – on Fathers Day & every day of the year!  –Roberta

[On the back] Hi!  Bought this card in England – someplace between Bath & Salisbury.  We sure did have a great time – I'm anxious to see our pictures!  And when will you all be able to come out & see the pictures & us!?!

I've been home a week now & finally back on Arizona time!  Next will be Sid having to get used to the time change!

Happy Father's Day – you deserve it – every day!

Monday, June 15, 2015

1965 GHU Postcard -June 15

Grandma sent this postcard to Lakeside and reports Granddad doing well after their traffic accident and hospital stay on the way home from Florida.  Reading the food description is reminiscent of having supper at their house.  Evidently MV stayed with Wilma instead of going to Lakeside.  Interesting that the card could be sent c/o Methodist Conference – wonder how they sorted the mail?

[postmarked Jun 15, 1965]  Hi - Tues. noon.  Looks like rain.  Mrs. Wilson is picking cherries up high, she has a tall step ladder which belongs at the church.  Put several packages of cherries in freezer yesterday.  Now it really is full.  Had a letter from Mary this morning & Cris is due to arrive in Wilmg Sun. 8:44 A.M.  How do you like the weather.  It sure is cool in N.V.  Dad is enjoying his morning visit to the shop.  Mr. Wilson comes at exactly 6:30 & Charles at 9:45.  Dad is eating better, for dinner he had the first full piece fried chicken for some time.  He ate the thigh, 1 sweet potato, ⅓ slice of brd with gravy on pos & brd 5 onions, some lettuce a dish of cherries & ½ cookie full glass of milk.

Also did well with breakf–

Received Roberta's nice card, sorry the car is not doing well. Have a good week.  Love, Mother

Called Wilma & she said Mary V. is fine.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

1985 Roberta's Letter -June 17

Dear Folks,

It's 9:15 pm & I've got a whole stack of ironing – that I can put off – for one more day!

Thanks for your most recent letter & the plane ticket.  I appreciate the ticket very much – I'll put the $ toward a trip to Florida in January 1986!  Maybe Sid will make the trip too!

I called the Shadow Motel & gave them one of my plastic card #'s – so they will save the room past 6"00.  I'll have time on the 13th to go to the Motel & then back to the airport to p/u Serena & Grandma.

Have made a few calls as to the rent-a-car right now have definite reservations w/ Econo Rent A Car – for a Ford Escort station wagon.  The guy at the end of the 800# said Uible sounded familiar – did you all rent Econo?  Thanks for the list – sure saved me lots of time!  It gets me how these car rental places always try to rent you a Lincoln Town Car – or some such luxury liner!

We have had our 4th Air Conditioner go out at Sr. Village since I got back!  It's always a challenge to see how bad you can make it sound – every time – so that you get fast service!  This is great sun tanning weather & I've taken advantage!  While in England I got a little pale!

Wish you all could see the England slides – we really did have a grand time.  Sid enjoyed it much more than he ever thought he would!  Actually I think he was a little uneasy about making the trip.  He is much more at home 2/ the truck & trailer than with switching airplanes.  In fact this was the 1st plane he had been on since 1972!!  I've flown enough the last 1 & ½ years for both of us!

Mother you are welcome to give Grandma the leg warmers.  I'm sorry I didn't have more time to shop in England  I could have spent a full day in Herrod's – would have loved to have had tea in their tea room!  I'll enclose an article I've found on Herrod's.

Finally got my fingernails cut way back.  They were so long I could hardly use a push button phone – unless I went straight down w/ my nail – not my finger or my nail would hit another button!  Can you believe that?  It's true – be sure & tell Grandma that!

Just this last week I saw the wedding video – April 7th – while Wendy was here.  The "photographer" must have thought Miss Wendy Jean was family of the bride or groom – she is in it quite alot!  I've ordered a copy of it – will send it to the Morgans & hope someday you all get to see it!

Talked w/ Serena a few days ago – Said you all were coming to Chicago soon – & she was looking forward to that!  I never ever have to worry about my phone bill being under the $25.00 minimum – even when I'm gone 2 weeks out of the month!

I've got a big day planned for Tuesday (6/18)  Will be at the East Mesa Sr. Center to hear Anne Hamilton speak on nutrition at 11:00 AM – lunch there – then will make some visits – Vera – etc.  Supper with the Stubbs & then off to the airport by 8:00 pm to pick up Sid.

George Ketchum ª my boss) went to Albany, NY the day I got back (6/4).  His ticket was on United – it took him 27 hours to get there – PHX to Chicago – then to Atlanta – to Pittsburgh & on to Albany.  Like he says – for the price he was in alot of planes!

Wish I could be in NYC to help Sid go thru customs – change planes – etc. – but I know he is quite capable!

Actually I don't know how he finds time to do all he does here.  I was so busy one night that all of a sudden about 10:00 pm, as I was dragging the hose to hit all the hard to get spots in the yard it hit me – I had not eaten!

O went w/ Sr. Village residents last week to see the movie – Purple Rose of Cairo – it was strange!  This week we are going to see Just one of the Guys.  It was filmed in Phoenix!  The resident do enjoy seeing the movies – especially since they are FREE!

I'm watching Schuller – young Schuller is preaching.  Taped it tonight – now 10:00 pm.  It's on Saturday pm 6-7 & then Sunday 8:00 pm.  I enjoy having the VCR ––

Hope you all can read this – thanks again for the plane ticket!

Love –– Roberta

Thursday, June 11, 2015

1985 Catherine's Letter -June 11


Hi!  Thanks for the anniversary card and the $$.  We still plan to invest the money in some new cooking ware.

I have been superbusy at the library.  As of today there are 715 registered for summer reading.  Tomorrow is the first of my Wednesday programs featuring KUBA the Clown.  I'm expecting big crowds.  Next week is a puppet show.  Programs are scheduled for 9:30, 10:30, 1:30.

Wendy's last day of school is Thursday.  Then next week she has two days of dance rehearsal before the recital which is on Wed. evening.  We have also registered her for day camp the week of July 8-12.

Happy Father's Day!

Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

P.S. Garden is doing extremely well.  I planted green beans and corn and put cages on the tomatoes.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

1975 Catherine's Letter -June 11

June 11, 1975

Dear Mom, Dad, Roberta (?), John and Mary,

Thanks for your latest letter and the check came as a real shock.  Needless to say we can make good use of it.  We ordered a Litton microwave unit similar to yours only with the regular electric burners in the stove, and a refrigerator (Frigidaire - 21 cu.ft.) - both in gold.  We were going to hold off on the dishwasher but now I think we'll go ahead and order it – probably a Maytag.  The stove is to be delivered Friday, the refrigerator next week.

X has been working on the cabinets and as soon as they are well enough along we'll have the carpeting and linoleum put down.  Next week I start working just two days a week at Stop & GO so I intend to put that time toward finishing packing everything up so that the week after next I can start hauling it out to the new house.

We had a new driveway put in (on a much gentler slope) and yesterday when the excavating guy was spreading gravel around on it the top of his truck got caught in the power line and pulled the line out of the pole causing the whole neighborhood to lose power. I guess they got it fixed without too much delay but now the power company is going to make us put another pole between the pole that is now at the road and the house.  We were lucky though that the wire pulled out of the pole instead of pulling the side of the house out where it is attached to the house.

We are really looking forward to being in the house and having more time to spend with each other - that should really be the test as to whether we can make it or not.

Did I mention on the phone that Bruce Morgan was here for a few days the end of May.  He has just finished up his Masters Degree in English and is now looking for a job teaching in a junior college.  He also said that David Stone who finally got his degree in chemistry, and is now completing a degree in French has decided to get a degree in Spanish which will take him a couple more years.

I'm thinking of only working part time at the library starting later this summer, although it may not get any farther than just thinking about it.  I don't know if I would then try to pick up more hours at Stop & Go or get another part time job elsewhere.  At any rate it does give me something to think about in my idle moments.

Well, I think I'll finish this off and take a walk to the post office and mail it as it is a really nice evening.  Thanks again for the check - we weren't expecting anything so we are still rather flabbergasted!

Catherine & X

Sunday, June 07, 2015

1965? Letter to Serena

I assume this letter is from Mrs. Harold (Carolyn) Thornburg, 1930-2011.  The only clue as to the date is the mention of catechism class, which may have been for those about 10 years-old.

Hi, Serena,

Certainly missed you yesterday!  Sorry to hear you had a bad cold and your Mother too.

We had  3  left in our class after 4 went to catechism class.  So, Aarron [sic], Wayne and John C and I had a good discussion on "unfinished tasks."  You remember we are still talking about the life of Paul and his great "task" – imagine what would have happened to the spread of Christianity if Paul had not completed what God called him to do!

Hope you are lots better and see you Sunday.

Mrs. Thornburg

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

1975 Freedom Train -June 4

The "Freedom Train" visited toured 75 cities in 1975 and 1976, stopping for public display in each of the 48 contiguous states, as part of the U.S. Bicentennial celebration.  There was also a Freedom Train in1947-48 to "reawaken Americans to their taken-for-granted principles of liberty in the post-war years."

In June 1975 the train visited Cincinnati, coinciding with Roberta's return to Ohio from Florida.

Monday, June 01, 2015

1945 Uible Photo

Written on back: about 1945, Harold, Mother (Gladys Hiestand Uible), Lucille (Lucile Reynolds), Keith (Pugh Jr.), Aunt Serena (Uible Reynolds), Dad (C.J. Uible)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -May 30

May 30, 1975
Dear Family,

Hi!  Just got back from an early graduation party – dinner combination.  Had a delicious meal – lobster at one of WPB's better restaurants – Roman Gate – it's a new place out West of town.  There were eight of us – all who I had worked w/ at Ranch House.  I got a "wise old" owl necklace, a pen (was told for the use of writing letters), and a mug for my hot tea!  Also – a delicious meal!

It still really hasn't hit me that I'm graduating – it just feels like another quarter over w/ .  I got my Death & Dying paper done – all typed.  I rented an electric typewriter for a day from an office supply place here in Lake Worth.  First they said $15.00 for 1 week 2/ $100 deposit and I got them down to $4.00 for the day – and told them they could have my drivers license as a deposit – that I didn't have $100.00 to put out.

So now all I have left is my Biology (ugh) and Social Welfare exams – both Tuesday.

It's been raining alot – we need the rain but I had hoped to get a touch of a tan before coming North!  You know I'm not working at Burdines this week-end – and heard tonight that there is 80% chance of rain tomorrow!

I went into Burdines today to sign all the papers – that I was voluntarily quitting etc. – they told me to write them & let them know when I'll be back in the Fall.  They have always treated me good – they were the 1st place I worked for when I came to Fla. – April 1973.

I bet you all had a busy time w/ the Hortons there.  Rob will be glad to have them back – he is used to having things done for him.

I'm very serious about going to India next fall – I wonder about the possibility of getting a visa into China?  You know Nixon got to go in.  I've been doing alot of reading – you know India has the youth hostel system like Europe – also they have Gov't run hotels – very cheap!  If you get a student card you can ride the train half price!

I wish you all could meet Leslie – she is as nice as can be – my age – went to college for 2 years  – has had all kinds of jobs – (worked at FAO Swartz (sp) toy place, also one of the fanciest restaurants in Palm Beach as a waitress, etc.)  She is very JEWISH – a real business woman – HA!  She has travelled alot, and is also very excited about going to India.

Need I remind you to pick me up Wednesday at 11:31 -A.M. -Delta flight.  You all will have really been making the runs to the airport – are you able to make use of the freeway going around Cincinnati?


PS Found article about Mrs. Hobby w/pictures in this morning's Miami Herald.  Please give to G'ma – to give to Mrs. Moore.  It's a good picture of Mrs. Hobby.

G'ma – are you ready to do some 'darning' for me before I go to New Jersey!


Thursday, May 28, 2015

1975 MV's Letter -May 28

Dear Bert,

Hi!  Got your letter today.  Aunt Mary & Uncle Bill got here safely about 1:30.  We had Ruth in and when we took her home we left from Grandma's.  All four of us rode in the front seat of the Buick. (Mom, Dad, Ruth & I)  We were packed tighter than sardines (sp?) in a ¼ ounce can.  It was all I could do to breath. [sic]

We have exams tomorrow and Friday.  We have 6 days left of school or 36 hours or 2,160 minutes.  I just hope I pass.  The only exams I'm worried about are English, Math, & SCIENCE.

This summer I'm on a softball team.  We had a practice game last Saturday.  Then we had a real game Tues., We lost the practice game by two points.  We won the real game 12-11.

I can't wait to go traveling when school is out.  I can't wait to go to New Jersey & Phil., & Montreal, & Chicago.  I'm also going to church camp & G.S. camp.  I don't know if I can stand another week of M... & her big mouth [small drawing with words SHUT UP in a circle] for a week.  I think I would rather stay home and clean all day long the whole week! HA!  Sometimes I think she is full of shaving cream.

I bet Rob can't wait till Aunt Mary gets back.  We had a feast last night of turkey, Mashed Potatoes, brocali (sp?) [sic], rolls, stuffing, jello, etc. etc.

Well, I want to get this mailed tomorrow morning.

M.V. Uible

Sunday, May 24, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -May 27

The red ink on most of the first page of this letter did not scan well. The "enhancement" of the image isn't much better, but does make it more readable.

May 27, 1975
Dear Family,

Hello – hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day week-end!  As you know I spent mine working – but we were very slow – I got some work done on my paper "Death & Dying" and some reading done.  In my 'srare' time I've been reading travel books – esp. those having to do w/ South Central Asia – My yellow fever (sp?) shot is good for 10 years – I had my passport out tonight – looking at the yellow part inside!!!

Leslie – the girl at Burdines – who sent to Europe last year and I – are making plans to leave after Oct. 1st.  I am going to start being super-thrifty in the mean-time.

Dad – you will never guess what I sold Sunday to a rich (he had to be!) old man!  I didn't even know we had them in the department – they were in a small red veleteen [sic] bag – a jack set – a $5.00 jack-set!!  I was so taken in by it – he gave me the rules – which I'll enclose.  Nothing new – but thought you might like to take a look at them.

I've enjoyed doing research on the questions for the Death & Dying exam –– my Statistic's tutor's brother-in-law is one of the biggest in the business in WPB – I got in to talk to him – through her.  His name is Quatlebaum.  He gave me all kinds of hints of books, pamphlets, etc. – all "pro Funeral."  As for some statistics – there are app. 22,500 funeral homes in the U.S. w/ current # of death per year – 1.9 million – making for a ratio of app. 85 funerals per funeral home per year.  There is app. 1 funeral home for every 9,300 (living).  They tend to be very stable – some are in the 4th generation of a family.  In 1973 – average annual compensation for an owner was $16,888, plus an average return of app $65 per funeral.  Well enough – oh – did you know in most states to be licensed as a funeral home director – you must also be licensed as an  embalmer!!

I've got to take a rest from writing – as that is all I've been doing all day – 1st biology, then social welfare – then working on my D&D paper.  I got the worst over w/ 1st!!  I do miss my typewriter – I tried Aunt Mary's but . . . . .  I'm spoiled!

It's now Wednesday morning – Rob just got off to school – after eating his cold cereal!

We got your card yesterday Aunt Mary – had hoped to hear about the wedding – I'm glad the weather has been good for golfing.

Mattie called last night – guess she cleans for a lawyer on Thursdays and he got her out of jury duty.

There has been alot in the news about O'Malley – I'm enclosing an article concerning him.  also sending a picture of what your dining room talbe looks like – be glad you are gone!

I've talked to some people that know where Andover. New Jersey is.  They said that is was a pretty place – mountainous, also I was told it would get cool at night.  I guess there are several camps in the area.

I read in today's paper about the price of gas going up.

Just a week from today I'll be flying home – it doesn't seem possible.  But until then – I have lots to do – such as studying & getting a tan!  (Ho, Hum!)  At least I don't have any major packing to do.


Yesterday I bought a grand total of  2  graduation announcements – I'm sending one to Grandma – all of you can "check it out."

The boy ahead of me bought 150 – bet he's really planning on hauling in the gifts – HA!  You were supposed to buy blank name cards to enclose but I couldn't see the sense in that!

Friday, May 22, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -May 25

May 25, 1975
Dear Grandma – et al,

Thought I better "kill a couple of birds w/ one stone" and get a letter off to all of you!

We're doing fine at 1025 North 'B' Street.  By now "the travellers" are on their last leg of the trip.  Hope you're not sorry that you are flying home – instead of going via auto-train!

This last week has really gone fast.  We got our take home final in death & dying – five essay questions.  Since the entire class grade will be based on it, I've been trying to put something together that sounds pretty good!

Rob has really been studying this past week – twice I've come home from school & he was at the kitchen table busy at work!  I've been kidding him that it's a shame I didn't get my camera out!  He really seems to like his literature course ––

Wednesday Aunt Sarah & I took off about 1:00 – heading North.  We reach Peanock (?) Point w/ out too much trouble.  I just got lost once – after we were in Jupiter.  Aunt Sarah had an excellent memory of where everything was – we stopped to see several of the people that lived near her.  She could hardly recognize the house she used to live in –– it's now a mansion type place – has a big gate you drive through etc.  Guess 2 families have lived there since her – both adding on all around the original house.

I was quite taken in by the beautiful views and the calmness of it all.  We took the scenic view down – but came back on I-95 – that only took about 45 minutes!

Mattie was here Wednesday morning all excited!  She has been called for jury duty starting next week.  She liked the idea of getting paid for it – but that's about it!

Grandma, we got your letter – thanks – also the letter from the family came yesterday.  The Uible family in New Vienna will really be growing by leaps & bounds this week!

Friday Dorothy & I met out at Mrs. Fraziers.  Her three kids really keep her busy & jumping.  She quizzed us on some of the formulas from statistics – it was amazing how many I remembered!  We all had some good laughs – she showed us some of the things she bought w/ the money from us – it was money well spent!

I have been reading Pan Am World Guide (that Aunty Mary "won" at the Breakers) and have invested in another book of my own.  You know my passport is only good til 1977!

I would like to go to Australis but you're talking about $1,700.00 (transportation alone) there!  I've called /air-India and you can buy a round trip ticket from NYC to either Bombay or Delhi for $617.00  You have to stay 14 days to 120 days – w/ NO stopovers allowed.  I don't think I would want to start & end my trip at the same place though.

I've also read where you can fly to London – then take a bus ride to Nepal – going through Europe, Turkey, Iran, Afghan. – into Pakistan, India and finally Nepal.  How does that sound?

Right now I'm waiting on my rebate check – HA!

Dad – I read the article about Bill Hoag & his food business – someday I will be a successful businesswoman running a dynamic outfit!  Ho, Hum.  If I can get my Masters it will be in business.!!!

I'm enclosing the picture taken of me at the Breakers – please keep it.  The color is bad – as the dress was a pinker pink!

Well – I've got to go – wanted to get this in the mail this morning – if I don't get down to see Aunt Sarah she will wonder what's up –––

See you all soon!


Do I have an appointment w/ the Dr. for a physical?

I'm not interested in seeing dear Dr. Thompson – think I'll put my $ out for a diet doctor – HA!

Aunt Mary & Uncle Bill –– maybe you all could take Am-track back –– ! since you enjoyed going up so much!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter to MV -May 24

May 24, 1975
Dear Mary Virginia –

Hi!  Are you getting ready for the population increase about to happen at home?  I know you will enjoy having your big brother around again to tease!

I've been to the beach every day this last week – which is almost as many times as I've been there all year!

Rob & I are doing fine – except he's complaining about being tired of eating out of boxes!  But one thing for sure – he's not going hungry!  Whenever he eats a T.V. dinner he eats a pot pie w/ it!

I'm at work now – I've got tomorrow & Monday then I'll be all through!  Wasn't going to work Monday – but that over-time pay is hard for me to turn down.  Both days will be good reading or letter writing days!

How many days of school do you have left?  I've just got this week – then my finals to worry about!  Biology is the one I dread – I don't try to understand it – just pack my head full of knowledge right before the test – 10 minutes after the test I've forgot it all.

Hello to everyone –


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

1965 WNJ New Kenton students rank in District-State Testing -May 22

 Only the paragraphs about New Kenton are transcribed below.

New Kenton had two pupils who rated in the state in Division III, including Brenda Harner, 20th in English IX, also sixth in the district Division III and Connie Walker, honorable mention in the state for first year bookkeeping and sixth in the District in Division III.

Other New Kenton rankings in the district, Division III, included Carol Salisbury, 15th in general science; Stanley Fawley, 12th in chemistry; Kenneth Hughes, 15th in physics; Jacky Dean, 12th in elementary algebra; Kathy Hawk, honorable mention in elementary algebra; Ken Roberts, 15th in world history; Margaret Fawley, 20th in English IX; Catherine Uible, eighth in English X; Laura Hughes, ninth in English X; Judy Klingensmith, eighth in English XI.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -May 19

May 19, 1975
Dear Family,

Hi!  Had my last Death & Dying class tonight – had a funeral home director there tonight to speak – most interesting!  He had gone to law school – said that 1 our of 4 funeral directors go – guess they really concentrate on estate stuff (probably so they can 'collect up' better).  Did you know that some funeral homes perform marriages now?

We got our take home exam tonight – due June 2nd. I can feel all the work coming in on me now these last 2 weeks!

I got Birthday money from Grandma, the Hortons, Aunt Sara, and along w/ a few dollars of my own had a good day shopping on Saturday.  It rained all day – would have been a bad day to be in a canoe!

I bought a neat pair of tennis shoes – a combination of blue denim and tan suede.  Also got a giant size bright red beach towel that I hope to get a lot of good out of the next 2 weeks and over the summer.

Also got a good leather address book – I had been needing one.  Today I stopped at the post office and bought a roll of 10¢ stamps, and a book of 8¢ ones – so I'm well stocked for the summer!

As for your generous check – I put it in the bank today – my savings account hit an all-time high.  I plan to keep it there till next fall when I'll ???.  I would like to do some travelling before I settle down & have to work for a living.

Have even been thinking about going overseas – someplace different and out of the ordinary.  Called Pan Am the other day about India – you can buy a round trip ticket there for $1020.00!  I've been talking to a girl at Burdines who roughed it in Europe for 3 months. I think that is the way I'd like to do it.

If I should stay around (not travel) I'm going to try to land a decent job near where I can go to school – after hearing the funeral director tonight I'd like to take some business courses & others in that area.  It would be just like running any kind of business – you wouldn't have to mess w/ dead bodies.  Or I'd like to take some courses in restaurant / food management.  Let's face it – people are always going to be eating & dying (just once on the dying though).

I felt pretty bad about Jay Brown – I called Wednesday night to see how he was doing, when they told me he had died that morning.  He would have been 20 the next day.  Vanessa's Mom seemed to be taking it much better than her Dad.  Vanessa still isn't working – I doubt if she'll get a job now till after ball season is over.

Mary Virginia – how is your soft ball coming?  What teams do you play?  What position do you play?  I always sat on the bench!!

This morning it was so nice getting up knowing that I wouldn't have to go to Sabal Palm.  I will go back to doing waitress work before I take a job w/ delinquent kids!  But – my last day there was a riot – all the teachers said if I ever needed a reference they would be glad to write me a good one & alot of the kids gave me their address so I would write them (ho, hum!) the principal told me to look him up I wanted to work there next year.  They could not have been nicer to me.

This morning I went to the beach – but – had some bad luck as I was leaving.  I missed a step & fell down.  Didn't hurt myself at all but my sunglasses (prescription) fell of and now I only have 1 lens.  So – could you call up Dr. Morand and order a left lens for my sunglasses?  I don't think my eyes have gotten any worse – or better – since I got my sunglasses – which will be 2 years this September.

The worst part was that I had not taken my regular glasses w/ me – so had to drive back home a a real disadvantage.  I'll miss my sunglasses the next 2 weeks – but luckily enough I didn't break my regular ones!!

I had a nice letter today from Shirley McCoy – if you remember please tell her I appreciated her letter.  I'll try to drop her a note though.

My Memorial Day – no – my last weekend here got ruined – as May 31st is the day my Biology prof. got the bus for us to go to the Everglades.  It will only cost us $3.00 – plus our lunch.  Not Bad!  It is to be an all day trip – we are to leave the school at 6:00 A.M!

We got a card today from the Hortons – I wonder if they will ever take the auto-train again.

Tonight I pulled in a station to fill the car up w/ gas & at the price am convinced it would be crazy for us to make a flying trip to Florida & back up North.  Also – did you know they give out 'dummy' diplomas June 15th?  But guess right after the service you can pick up the real thing – or they will mail it out.

It's time to get some sleep – will add on in the morning.  I sure miss my typewriter!

Now Tuesday morning – looks like another good day to go to the beach.  I only go for about an hour or 2 at a time –

I was very impressed w/ Valle's really a good meal!  I had a seafood platter – w/ salad (that was as big as a chef salad I had gotten for lunch) and potato.  Valle's is right off I-95 in Fort Lauderdale.  Now I-95 is finished from delray to Fort Laud. – then a stretch isn't done yet then you can get back on it going into Miami.  I can get  to school alot faster using it – going down Congress Ave. to Delray – I-95 is just East of Congress.  You can see F.A.U. from I-95 – and the exit is very close to the school – beats US-1 by a long shot!

I better go – please give Dr. Morand a call as to my sunglasses.

Two weeks from today is my last exam ––– I better be getting ready . . . . . .


Monday, May 18, 2015

1975 Roberta's Miami postcard -May 19

Greetings from Miami the Magic City postcard mailed 1975.  Captioned: Top View: Moon over Miami. Bottom View: Aerial view of the Magic City.

[postmarked 19 May 1975]

Hi!  Have spent the day in Miami – finally got there!  Now we're at Valle's (Ft. Laud.) – getting ready to eat a good meal!  This sure beats canoeing!

Only 2 weeks of classes left!  We haven't heard from the Hortons yet – hope my luxury car is doing OK for them!

Love, Berta

Sunday, May 17, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter to GHU -May 18

May 18, 1975
Dear Grandma,

Hi!  Did I ever thank you for your card & check – if not – thanks alot!  Yesterday I went to Miami w/ 2 other girls and really had a good time.

I spent my birthday money – bought a pair of shoes, a beach towel, address book, white knit top – I think that's all.

Rob ate his 1st T.V. dinner yesterday!  He seems to really like his courses this time – talks about them constantly!  He's taking a psychology course – also one in literature & music.

We haven't heard from "the travellers" yet – they should be doing fine though w/ the Buick!  (even though it doesn't have the piece of crome [sic] on the one side!)

I'll be seeing you in about 2 weeks – I've decided not to go through graduation so I'll have more time at home this way & more of a leisure trip to New Jersey.

It's really been raining down here – the yard is so nice & green!

Hello to everyone!

Love, Berta

Saturday, May 16, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -May 15

May 15, 1975
Dear Family,

Hi!  Was nice talking to you all last night . . . . . it was funny that I was like sound asleep because I had just gone to bed about 9:30.  Got a whole slew of birthday cards yesterday.  One from John, Serena, Catherine and X, and a miniature one from Mary Virginia.  You must have gotten it in Columbus  - - - did You?

I am at Sabal Palm this morning, my last morning here . . . . . the last two weeks I've been her four mornings a week, which with classes and all hasn't left much time for anything else.

I got everything packed and headed North now except for what I'll be taking with me on June 4th.  Oh, I changed my flight to a 8:00 flight which will get me to Cincinnati about 11:31.  The time, flight # on Aunt Mary's return ticket is the old one so don't go by it.  I'll be glad to have these last finals done.

This Saturday instead of going to Jonathan Dickenson Park and go canoeing I am going to Miami shopping with two other girls.  We have been talking about going a long time.  I never have been in the Burdines in Miami and have always wanted to see it.  I'm working at Burdines tomorrow (Friday) instead of Saturday as I usually do.  Their annual Christmas Card sale starts the first week in June.  I'm thankful I won't be there.  I also missed out on it last year; but two years ago I was there for it.  I've changed typewriters since starting this letter -- this is a manual -- quite a difference when you are spoiled to an electric one.

Also got a card from Nancy Walker yesterday.  She is leaving for Mexico City in June.  She might stay there for the summer or is thinking about looking around in Texas for a job.  K take it Jackie has not been very good . . . . how long has she been subbing?

I don't know exactly where I would like to go before going to New Jersey, but it just seems like to much of a waste of time, etc to drive to Florida just to put on a cap and gown and march around.  We can observe an hour of silence on the 15th in honor of the occassion [sic]. (ha, ha) You all have seen the school, and the way I understand it they is [sic] not going to be any kind of speaker at the graduation exercise because of the money involved, and so they can call off everyone's name.  I'd hate to sit there and hear all the names called.  As I have already said . . . . . plan on going to see me get my Master's.

I had a nice letter and birthday card from Ruth Shoemaker earlier this week.  Was sorry to hear that she has had more trouble with her leg, etc.  You should try to have a small get-together with her and Uncle Bill and Aunt Mary while they are in New Vienna.

Aunt Sara took Rob and I out to eat last night.  We went to the Ranch House right near the Junior College.  Had a good meal, then afterwards showed Aunt Sara the junior college, which she had never seen.  Next Friday Rob and I are planning on taking her to Jupiter, where she used to live.  I know things have changed alot up there since she lived there, as things have changed alot since I've been down here.

Well, I better go.  Will try to add some more on later, before I mail this.  Thanks again for the card and money.  They were both greatly appreciated.  Mom, I'm glad you liked the orchid.

Please don't worry about putting everything away in the boxes that are in the back of the Buick.  Just stack it all somewhere – as I'll have to go through it when I get home.  There is a gallon of honey for you all – please share it w/ Grandma.  If you think Cathy & X could use some let me know & I'll get them some.  I can get it very reasonable in price through a man I met working at the Ranch House.  According to him – there is nothing to worry about as far as it spoiling.

One of the boxes is super heavy – full of books!  I sent home every book I had down here – except for the few I'm using this quarter!

Enough for now ––


Friday, May 15, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -May 11

May 11, 1975
Dear Family,

Hello!  Just got off the phone about a half hour ago from talking to you all.  I wish you could see my room -- also I've got stuff scattered out in Grandma's room and in the dining room.  Trying to get things in order to go . . . . . . . . you know the train pulls out Wednesday.

I was thinking and I have reached a decision . . . . . instead of coming to Florida . . . . a flying trip down and then to New Jersey, I would rather spend that time seeing some sights closer to New Jersey.  You all can come to see me get my Master's . . . . . I've decided I would get it . . . . . by the time I'm 35 that is.  Treat me to a nice meal on the 15th and I'll be happy.  Besides June (except for low prices) is not the time to come to Florida.  The only thing I would be out is 8.50 cents . . . . for the cap and gown.  I'd rather wait and come to Florida next winter or whenever Grandma is here.

I only have Biology six more times . . . . can you believe it?  Still can't get over the News Journal carrying the news as to my graduation.  I had a slip of paper to fill out as to that; but it got thrown out.  I'm sure alot of people in Clinton County have heard of Florida Atlantic University.

Did have a busy day at work . . . . I was surprised.  Tomorrow The mother's Day cards go back and the Father's Day cards go out.  This is the busy season for the card industry.  Also with graduation cards . . . . . everything from Kintergarden [sic]  to Doctor's degree.

Next Saturday . . . . or rather this coming Saturday my Biology class is going to Jonathan Dickenson Park canoeing . . . . I'm trying to talk Rob into going with me . . . . so he can do the paddling.  It should be a fun day . . . . the professor in there is really nice.

Mary Virginia, I'll like to hear more about your weekend in Toledo.  Especially the bus trip.  Don't you thing [sic] you will want to come to New Jersey to visit me on the bus????

Oh . . . it's a very small world . . . . was talking to a customer today and she was telling me she was from New York City.  So then I asked her if she knew of Andover New Jersey.  She did.  Well, to make a long story short her son is graduating from college in about two weeks someplace in the East and he had just had his first almost promising interview in Sanford Maine with the newspaper there.  So then I said I thought that was my Cousin's business; but I wasn't sure. [Actually Tom Walkley had a publishing business in Sanford, but no connection with the newspaper.]  She got all excited and took my address and name, etc.  She told me she knew I wouldn't have any trouble finding a job because I was such a good sales woman.  We'll see how true that is!

Dad, please be thinking about what we could do in the Eastern part of the United states a few days before June 18th.  I'd much rather do that than drive to Florida, then turn around and go to New Jersey.  Also you all will be spending some time with the Hortons the last of this month.

I would really like a miracle oven.  But, may wait to buy.  Am planning on checking out the prices though.  Have bough alot with my discount . . . . . . set of springs and mattresses for the Hortons also silverware for the Hortons.

Have to be going to bed . . . . Sabal Palm tomorrow . . . . but Thank Goodness this is my last week there.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

1975 Mother's Day -MV

On the back of this card Jean has written: Mary Virginia gave me this & a beautiful red rose on 5-8-75 (day before she went to visit Serena at Univ. of Toledo).
1975 Mother's Day -MV offers to Clean Your Room, Ask for a Ride, Comb Your Hair, Practice the Piano, & Feed the Dog

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

1975 Hiestands of New Zealand

Joe & Mary Hiestand, of New Zealand, both now deceased, had seven daughters and three sons.  Daughter Linda is a couple years older than me – we have been pen pals since about 1960.
1975 Joe & Mary Hiestand Family of New Zealand. 
Top Row: Linda, Mary, Doreen, Rosina, Carolyn, Julia & Anna. 
Seated: Bernard, Mary, Joe Jr., Joe Sr., and Phillip

1975 Joe & Mary Hiestand (NZ) Letter -May 9

Joe and Mary Hiestand of New Zealand, are related several generations previously to a branch of Hiestands in Switzerland who moved to New Zealand.  There is paperwork detailing their relation to the Hiestands of Highland County, which will be on the blog at some future date.  

Oeo Rd.
No. 28 RD
Manaia [Taranaki, New Zealand]

Dear Harold & Jean,
Have received your letter and wish to apologize for not replying right away.  We are really looking forward to your visit.  I had every intention for a trip last April, but Mary had some re-attacks in March I thought it might be better to postpone it for a year.

Mary is much improved since then.  We made three weeks Holiday in August.  Mary stayed in Auckland with the Daughters while I and one of my son-in-laws went to Australia for ten days to visit friends there.  We had a wonderful time.

I suppose you have already made all your traveling arrangements.  One Son-in-Law (Norman Harvey) drives for Mount Cook Tours which is advertised throughout U.S.A.  He drives one of the tourist buses in the North Island.  The usual route is down the middle of the North Island not down our side.

However looking forward to receive a full itinerary of your trip to see what is best worked out from it.  Looking forward to your reply.

Kind Regards
Best Wishes
Joe & Mary

Monday, May 11, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -May 8

May 8, 1975
Dear Family,

Hi!  Things seem to be going pretty well – yesterday got my final grade in the science course at the junior college – 'C' – about what I expected.

But today got back my midterm in Biology & Social Welfare.  Got a  78  on the biology exam (82 would have been a 'B') and an  A  out of Social Welfare!!  Now – I'll have to keep this up in June and I'll come through  OK !

Had a post-card today from Serena – guess she can use the Buick this summer.  Also got the signed contract back from Mr. Reem at Hudson Farm – he wrote a note saying it would be fine to get there either the 18th or 19th.

I thought about my future job last night down at the Church – as Aunt Mary took me to the Mother-Daughter Banquet – and there were  140  people there.  Can you imagine having that many people to serve every meal?  It should be an experience!!

Grandma – we got your letter yesterday.  I read all about the new wing at Americare.  I'm glad Mrs. Matthews got a room in the new part.

Last night at the Banquet several people said to tell you hello.  I'm not sure of many of the names – except Mrs. McGrew was there and said she had written you.  She was very dressed up – wig, long dress, etc.

The dinner and program were very good.  Carol Huffman sang & Mrs. Rabb played the piano.  I think Aunt Mary enjoyed sitting back & watching the program.

Next week is my last week at Sabal Palm – 2 days next week I am to talk to some of the classes.  One talk to be about different jobs in a restaurant & the other talk to be about being a waitress.  Most of the kids (ones older than 16) do not return to school – instead are turned out into the job market!!

One of the teachers out there gave me a beautiful pair of ear-rings and told me she appreciated all the help I had been!  I was really taken by surprise there!!

A week from Saturday (the 17th of May) our Biology class is going to Jonathan Dickinson Park to canoe.  Out of 8 in our class there were only  7  of us experienced canoe-ers!

Mary Virginia – thanks for your letter!  That is some stationery!  I'm glad you liked the cap – you know what it advertises don't you?  Campbell's Soup!

Now Friday morning – hope to get alot of my packing done today – of things going in the Buick.

Mary V – how was your weekend w/Serena?  How did you get there?  The jamboree you went to sounded like alot of fun.  Did you meet alot of people there?

Aunt Mary is among the living – she is just busy – but you will be seeing her in person in a couple of weeks!

Thanks for all the letters –



Sunday, May 10, 2015

1975 Lois Bruce Letter -May 8

May 8, 1975
Dear Uibles,

It was good to hear from you & hear all about your family I was hoping maybe you were coming this way.

Yes, we did New Zealand & Australia by bus & we loved it.  The deal included plane fare, buses anyplace, planes in country & hotels.  We being older than you felt it was much better than driving.  For one thing they all drive on the "wrong" side.  Having done that in Great Britain in 1964 we didn't want to repeat it.  We were limited to 5 weeks so spent 2 in Aus. & 3 in N.Z.  The scenery in N.Z. is more spectacular we used a plane only once – to fly to Alice Springs from Sydney.  THe buses were often local jobs & it was so much fun & we saw so much country side.  Often we'd meet up with people we had met 2 or 3 days before.  We were with "Royal Road Tours" which is based in Hawaii.  Let us know if you go – & I hope you will.  One thing to remember – when we cashed $100 traverl's check we received $70 – it may be worse now Food there was as high as here & not so good.

We spent 2 days this week in the desert – beautiful – the last of May we're going north for 2-3 weeks probably not father tan Portland but we'll see.

Let us hear –

Love T & L [Tom, 1901-1983, & Lois, 1906-1991, Bruce]

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