Friday, April 24, 2015

1965 Roberta's Letter -Apr.19


Got up 15 till 6, got shorts, shell & blazer on had to wear boots to work.  All shoes in my room.  Did not want to wake anybody up.

Uible #

[in Jean's handwriting:] (Easter Monday Apr. 19, 1965.  Schamauns & Danny Wester here.)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

1965 John's Letter -Apr. 16 +Clippings

1965 CJU & GHU Auto Accident 
Wilmington News-Journal 20Apr1965
Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Uible of New Vienna who were injured in a one car auto accident near Dry Ridge, KY., Thursday morning [April 15, 1965] are reported to be in good condition at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Covington, Ky.  They are expected to return to the home of their son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Uible, later this week.

I hope you can come back soon.  
I will help you when you get home.  
We are sad you are in the hospital.
We hope your noses feel better and Granddaddys arm.
Love, John

Good Friday
1965, April 16

1965 CJU & GHU Auto Accident
Wilmington News Journal 27Apr1965

Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Uible returned to their home the latter part of the week from a Covington hospital following a car accident on their way home from Florida, April 15.  Their granddaughter Catherine Uible and Mrs. Ernest Wilson are assisting in the home.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -Apr. 15

April 15, 1975
Dear Family,

Hi1  I'm in the school library – just woke up from studying Biology.  That class is something else – right now we're on mitosis and meiosis.  I hate to think about what this course will do for my grade point average.

You will never guess what I've been busy doing the last 24 hours!  Yesterday morning I was at the L.W. library studying and got tired studying so took a little walk . . . . . and found the 1975 edition of Summer Employment.  (not sure of the exact title)

So yesterday afternoon I typed a resume, last night I addressed envelopes & wrote letters and this morning after going to Uncle Bill's office to run off copies of the resume sent out a rand total of  27  letters.

Sent them out to 12 states – all different kinds of places.  3 went to Ohio – Camp Joy - Clarksville; Lakeside Association (when did Serena get hired last year?) and Cedar Point - Sandusky.  Some went to resort places – alot in the East.  2 went to Colorado, 3 here in Florida, etc.

I'm curious whether I'll hear from any of them - as it is pretty late to be just applying.  Time will tell.

Sunday at Burdines I was in the Stationery department - it was good to be back there.  But, you can sure tell the tourist season is over – I was able to get alot of letters written.

Alice – one of my friends here at school works out at the Fountains – that's out near the turnpike on L.W. Road – it's a condo place – but has guest house - etc.  Anyway, she was telling me at lunch today that their rates – as of today dropped from $32.00 for a double to $16.

She said they were going to wait till the end of the month to go down, but decided to drop sooner because they only had 8 rooms full out of 76!!!  Ask Ruth Shoemaker about the Fountains – I took her out there.  THere is a beautiful golf course + swimming pool – also club-house there.  Want me to make reservations for you all there?  Ho-Hum!

I'm taking the bus down to school on Tuesdays & Thursdays as I said before I really enjoy it – meet all kinds of people – plus see alot of sights.  It's a city bus – (out of WPB) follows Dixie H'way just till Lantana then goes West and progressively South.  Doesn't get back on Dixie H'way till a few miles North of Boca Raton.  So far – I've been the onlyh one that gets off at F.A.U!!

The way it looks now Rob will not be coming up North this summer – at least not for school.  He has changed his major from music to health education.  It's beyond me how he is making it through – as I've yet to see him study.  He's quite a character.

Uncle Bill & Aunt Mary are talking about going up to see the Kintners in May – May 16th till Memorial Day.  I've got a good feeling they will go because they were really taken in w/ RRK.

I've heard from Jackie Phelan quite regularly lately.  Somehow she has decided to go to Oregon or Washington looking for a job after she graduates.  After her trip to Africa – I wouldn't put anything past her.

I better close for now –––

4/16/75 6:30 AM
Getting ready to go to Sabal Palm – I think I'm beginning to like those kids out there more.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

1975 Catherine Letter -Apr. 14

April 14, 1975

Dear Mom, Dad, and Mary Virginia,

Hi!  Well today was a big day.  I had two wisdom teeth pulled and ever since I found out they were going to be pulled everybody had been telling me horrible stories about when they had theirs pulled.  It was rather anticlimactic - it is now five hours later and I haven't suffered any afteraffects [sic] yet anyway.  Did you mention that John was going to have some pulled?

Our house is coming along real well.  The interior wiring is all done and most of the insulation is up.  X has found himself a good helper who he doesn't have to pay too much and he works hard!  Next they are going to put up the sheetrock.  I have been putting in hours at Stop & Go and I am also beginning to pack up some things around here and throw out alot of stuff which isn't worth moving.  We still have some things boxed up from when we moved out here to Maine two yeas ago.  I guess it's good to move occasionally just to get rid of unnecessary items.

Spring seems to be finally arriving here.  There is still snow that isn't melted in spots where the sun doesn't shine too directly but the crocuses have begun coming up and the grass on the east side of the house is beginning to get green – in another couple weeks we should begin to see some leaves on the trees.

Next Monday is a holiday here - Patriot's Day (celebrated only in Maine & Massachusetts) so the library is closed and we will have a long weekend.  After that it won't be long until Memorial Day and summer will be here.

The library addition is also progressing but still in theory only.  The architect is supposed to be finished this week with one part of the plans and completely finished within the next few weeks and then it will be put out to bid.  We are still not certain whether we will be taking our vacation before the major construction or after.  Alot depends on how our house come along.

Just called John since we hadn't heard much from him - in fact nothing - and vice-versa.  He said he'd been wondering whether we really wanted the girl scout cookies which he had brought back with him or whether he should go ahead and eat them.  Said he didn't want to have to eat the whole two boxes on his last night in Exeter in case he hadn't seen us by them.

I bought a Timex watch for $12 at Ames.  I found I needed it to keep track of the time since I don't have too much time between working at Stop & Go in the mornings, getting home for a quick lunch and then getting to the library by 1:00.

That was an interesting article you sent us on the yellow watermelon.  We figure this year we will plant tomatoes, corn, and green beans as we don't have too much time or much of a garden plot.

Sorry I haven't been more prompt in answering your letters.

Catherine & X        

Monday, April 20, 2015

1975 Roberta Letter -Apr. 11

April 11, 1975
Dear Family,

Hi!  Sitting here watching the reruns on T.V. – except they aren't reruns to me!

I'm enjoying my added free time now that I'm not working any through the week.  This morning I went out and laid out for about an hour – got to watch it – that Florida sun is powerful!

Mary Virginia – I enjoyed your mini note – you get right to the point – I'm glad the robe fit you – you must be growing – I was afraid it would be way too long!

I'm really getting into my death & dying course.  Today I read alot in "The American Way of Death." –– it's really down on the funeral home business.  As my prof. says – most people go in the 'hole'  paying for it all!

Did yo know that in 1960 more $ was spent w/funerals in the United States than for ALL higher education.  – tuition, books & living expense for 3.6 million students in colleges & grad. schools.

Americans spend more on funerals than they do for police protection.  Maybe I'm in the wrong field after all!  Ho-Hum.

No – the book said now the field is over-crowded – so they have to make more on each funeral.  The book is very interesting – can't understand why the people around here don't want to read or discuss it.  Ho-Hum.

Was nice talking to you all Wednesday P.M. – had to let you all in on the good news – that I quit UPS – that is some place to work!  It seemed like such a great deal at first!  Now I really enjoy sleeping in till 7:00 or 8:00!

I had a letter from Vanessa this past week.  Guess her unemployment has run out – so she is out looking for a job now.

Do you still have the 2nd shift on Donna's side?  Do you think you could use 1 more on it or the day shift?  I'm interested in a job for myself – not Vanessa!   

Yesterday I ordered my cap & gown for graduation.  Just over _2  months away –

What is J.B. going to be up to this summer?  I'm glad Serena got her job back at Lakeside.  I remember last year when she called home & was ready to quit – going to go to Cleveland to get a job.

We enjoyed your letter today – Mom & Dad –– also the articles.

On the one page – they were all good – on helping the victims of crime, raising children via help from telephone & exercise.

Aunt Mary has got a nice bike – but the seat is so low I can hardly ride it.

Is it true that Gold Coin is in the red – seems they ought to be smarter than that!

Sounds like the Church had a nice Mother & Daughter banquet – alot of people there outside of the church.

Mary Virginia – what kind of cooking will you be doing in 4-H?  This summer you can be my personal cook.  Do you use the miracle oven alot?  Who are your leaders in the bike club?

Wednesday at Sabal [?] Palm one of the boys – on the other side of the campus started a fire.  But it was out before the fire alarm even got started.  Did I tell you that about 2 months ago they ad a boy hang himself there?

I forget how much I've told you about the place – but there are about 80 kids there.  They range in age from 8 to 17 years old.  Most of the kids there got there because they either broke the law – or were on probation and broke it, or their parents couldn't handle them so they put them there.  The kids in my opinion learn very little there – they seem to enjoy art class and industrial arts – but that's about it.  It's all done on self-teach methods in the classes – SRA type deals in every subject.

They have prisoners working on the school ground.  There are guards and everything there.  Mary Virginia – when you come down – I'll take you out there.  Their school will be out June 5th – but they live right there too.

I better close – hope you are planting some asparagus Dad.  It's just recently gotten down w/in my price range here – 69¢ a pound.  The grapefruit season is about over here.

We might eat out at Patricia Murphy's – there below Boca Raton – on the way to taking G'ma to the airport.  I thought that would be a nice place for all of us.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

1995 Wells Mfg. Business Report

Wells Mfg. was the subject of an Government/Economic Class Business Report, written by Kathy Williams, a student in the spring of 1995.  The report and a follow-up letter is scanned and transcribed below.

Her perspective on New Vienna and Wells are interesting.  As a reminder, Wells Mfg., the company and property in New Vienna, was sold in 1999 and is no longer owned by the Uible family.  [My comments included in bracketed italics.]

Other articles about Wells include:

Driving along 73 West I find myself in a tiny little town known as New Vienna.  I look to my left . . . .a small trailer park.  As I glance to my right . . . a generic gas station.  Pretty bare, pretty boring . . . but wait, now I'm at the corner of Main and South streets at a railroad.  Two long one story red brick buildings [the upper floor of the old hotel part of the main building must have gone unnoticed] straddle the almost barren gray street.  I parallel park –yes I can parallel park– on the right side of the street.  Could this be the place?  Instantly noises float through the air of metal clanging together, the constant hum of machinery hard at work, and the distinct shhhhh that sounds like frying an egg in a well buttered skillet.

What's making all this racket in this sleepy little town?  It's Wells Toy Manufacturing located right here in Clinton County.  Who knew? 

Interesting, I think to myself.  Quickly I cross the quiet street to meet and talk with Mr. Harold Uible, in his law office to discuss his company.

Wells Manufacturing Company was started by a man named George Wells 50 years ago in Dayton, Ohio during 1945.  George Wells was not a manufacturer.  In fact, in the Company's earliest years it didn't even manufacture toys or anything else for that matter.  The Company just sold things such as toys under the Wells name.  1945 was a good year to be a salesman because World War II had just ended and the post war attitude of no longer being frugal for the war effort was taking hold.  Thus the Wells company was off to a great start.  Then in 1947, the Wells Company moved to New Vienna, Ohio with local individuals acquiring ownership.  C.J. Uible, the father of Mr. Harold Uible, obtained ownership of the Company in 1949.

Early products manufactured by Wells were plastic novelties like sponge balls and then later jacks and corn holders.  Workers were paid only $0.55 an hour which was very good pay back in the mid to late 1940's.  Today while browsing through Walmart, K-mart, a supermarket or of course a toy store it's highly probably [sic] to come upon a product manufactured by Wells.  Such products include Bubbly Joy, sponge balls, gloss balls, paddle balls, "pinkie" balls, soft baseballs, plastic bats and balls, paddle balls [duplicated], jacks, jump ropes, pinwheels, chalkboards, marbles, yo-yos, and "fun combinations" which may entail any number or variety of the above named products.  Although the Buckeye State is the Company's biggest buyer, Ohio isn't the only place where one would find a product manufactured by Wells because Wells distributes their products in all 50 states and even does some business in Canada and Mexico.

Pretty amazing considering Wells only location is in New Vienna, employing just 40 people and occupying only 100,000 sq. ft. of land.  But the small size of Wells hasn't affected the demands for the company's products.  Wells #1 selling item is the soap bubble bottles withe the "magic" bubble wand inside selling 3 million a week.  The second biggest seller for Wells is the rubber sponge ball which number 100,000 balls per week.  On the other hand, jump ropes are low on invoice orders.  For example for every 200 cases of bubble joy sold, only 4 [cases?]  jump ropes are sold.  Mr. Uible says his bubble joy sells so much more because once it's used up it's gone forever as opposed to a jump rope which can last a lifetime.

Mr. Harold Uible is president and sales director of Wells Manufacturing.  Business associates include: vice president Gene Williams, secretary and personnel director Carolyn Rhonemus, treasurer and head of finance GiGi [GG] Walker, purchasing Ted Walm.

In dollar figures, Wells pulls in $2 million in annual sales; payroll expenses are $10,000 a month. Liability insurance is around $35,000 a year, and utilities are about $4,500 a month.  

Wells main competition comes from China and Mexico where labor is cheaper than here in the U.S.  Although competition really comes from all kinds of other "impulse buy" products one sees at the end of checkout lines in grocery, discount and drug stores.

Ohio is the state that buys the most from Wells, and Mr. Uible says Wells is in Ohio to stay.  When I asked Mr. Uible about the future of Wells, he stated cheerfully, "optimistic, you gotta be."

Buying new manufacturing equipment and keeping up the pace with the electronic age are definitely in the plans ahead for the Company.  Mr. Uible's philosophy on business is simple and has obviously proved successful, "Make a good product and people will buy it!"

O.K. so wells is not the typical corporate giant, in fact the stock is even kept in the family.  But then again being small is what makes Well's [sic] in the sleepy little town of New Vienna Wells Manufacturing Company has quietly been producing toys for children all over the United States to play with and enjoy.  Wells has also weathered the harsh business world for 50 years with an optimistic outlook for the future.  A large accomplishment indeed!

* * * * *
[note from teacher, Mr. Gunkel] This is an excellent report!  I do question your monthly payroll with 40 employees.  

[grade =] 99

* * * * *
[Follow up letter from Kathy Williams]

Mr. Uible,


Thank you so much for the interview for my government/economics project.  I really appreciate the time you took to help me and helping me learn about stocks.  I recieved [sic] the 2nd highest grade out of the entire senior class . . . a 99.  I'm sending you a copy of my report.  You're welcome to keep it if you like because I have the report saved on my computer.  (I think I might have a strange figure down for the monthly payroll ~~?) . . . Anyway – Thanks again for helping me create a successful paper!

                           Kathy Williams

P.S. – Best of Luck for continued success in Wells' Future!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

1985 Family Letter -Apr. 7

Easter Sunday
April 7, 1985
Dearest Family,

We would have really liked having you all with us today but that is not always possible.  Grandma was here as was Mie Young and Mary Virginia and a friend of hers, the choir director at Port William church.  Mie Young had asked to bring a girlfriend who was going to be staying at the college as she had to work but she got cold feet about coming as she didn't know us so we sent her dinner back with Mie Young.

It was really nasty weather raining before sunrise services but Grandma still went.  This turned to snow and sleet and eventually the sun came out.  The church was well filled for the worship service at 10:30 – some people there we hadn't seen for years – the whole Rupp family and all the Jim Curtis family – Jonda McGraw's baby boy was baptized.  There has been alot of sickness in both families (Mrs. Rupp and the whole Curtis tribe)

All the services were well attended from Maundy Thursday communion on.  I did go to Wilmington's Good Friday services instead of New Vienna as Mary Va. and Mie Young were singing with the Wilmington College Chamber Singers there.  Our church's new Sunday School class put on a program Friday night and it was very well done – Young Adults which was sorely needed.

Glad to hear that Wendy is enjoying her visit with the Kings.  We were amazed to hear of homesickness last Monday until she said "April Fool" – she sounded like she really meant it so put on a good act.  Sounds like the pool is making quite a hit with her as well as her new little friends "Catherine and Roberta" – quite a coincidence.  Guess that the Easter bunny found her in Phoenix.

Dad has quite a few things planted in the garden already and the wet weather is helping the peas, etc.  Wish that we could share some of the moisture with the Floridians as they need it so badly.

Sorry to hear about the break-in at the Hortons just the evening after Grandma's departure.  It was within a few days to the year of the break-in while we a.  Got Aunt Mary [her typewriter? don't think this was the break-in in which she was tied up and Uncle Bill was injured as that was a different year and according to the following sentence they weren't home], typewriter, their camera, bedroom TV, money and more things.  But they (Hortons) took off last week for Cris and Angela's for the Easter weekend and family gathering plus the Augusta golf tournament.

Yes, we did have a great trip to Mexico -- another happy experience with Elderhostel . . . . and the weather was great.  We would not go out of our way to go to Cancun again, for too touristy.  Our two week stay in Oaxaca was in a hotel right on the square . . . with the state capitol across the street from us.

[Love, etc.]

Thursday, April 09, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -Apr. 5

April 5, 1975
Dear Family,

Hi!  Never, never have I worked so hard as I did this morning between 4:00 A.M. and 9:30 A.M.  [written on side] 1st when I was hired it was 5:00 starting time, that was moved to 4:30 – this morning 4:00 & Monday 3:45!  Pretty soon it won't be worth going to bed!  And we only did a half of our load – we'll do the other half on Monday.

I'm not sure if I told you or not but I got downtown WPB – all businesses – very little residential area.  I got 2 P-800's.  Those are the biggest trucks UPS uses for delivery out of WPB.  800 stands for cubic inches or feet – I'm not sure which at this point!

U.S.P. [UPS?] doesn't carry packages over 50 pounds but felt like alot of  them weighed over  50 pounds to me!  Right now I'm not sure if I'm cut out for this type of work.  You know they started w/20 kids and now there is only 14 of us – us 2 girls are the only ones that have never been late – like the training guy said – he could tell that we don't work lightly – HA!

Burdines is about the same – alot of new people working there.  The old ones seem to stay – but a fast turnover in the young ones!  Yesterday I was sitting in the training class & the phone rang – it was personnel and they told the training woman to send me to Domestics they were super busy!  I could ring up sales – that was no problem – but when it came to helping people – that was something else!  they asked me about working today – but thank goodness I had the sense to say NO!  I laid down after work – but my muscles hurt too much to sleep!

OH - yes – I also started school this past week.  Death & Dying is going to be good – of course, you know I take a special interest in old people any way.

Biology – well – what can I say about it?  We're studying about how the earth was formed, etc.  Every word I hear in there is another one added to my vocabulary. (sp?)

We are going on _3_ field trips in Biology – one to Boynton Hammock (sp?) [Ocean Ridge Hammock Park] one to Jonathan Dickinson Park – guess what we will do there – canoeing!!  I've got experience there – Ho, Hum!  And the last field trip to the Everglades National Park.  That should be fun – have I ever been there – I can't remember.  Aunt Mary says she has never been there yet!  The Everglades trip will be the only one that will cost us!

Mother – what were you talking about about "making reservations for June" – I didn't understand what you were saying.  [written on side] I just reread your letter & get it now – as to boat reservations.  Yes – how about the over-night trip – Ho, Hum.

We got your long letter yesterday– thanks!  The article about the waitress was good.

Catherine & I must be trying to see who can keep the most jobs.  I think we're about even.  I'm curious to see what the next 5 years will bring for me!  One thing I'm thankful for is that I've almost got my education – I won't always have to be lifting boxes at UPS!

Debbie the girl at UPS w/me used to work at 7-11.  She liked it alot at 1st.  She graduates in June too – We were figuring if we would just work 20 hours at UPS this summer – plus another full time job we could really pull in the $.  But all of this talking was before the morning.

I'm all done w/ the science course at the junior college – except for taking the final – which will be over the same material as the 2 tests we've had.  I got my presentation over Tuesday night – gave it 2nd out of about 25 to 30 kids.  I'm sure glad it's over w/.  Don't have it to worry about now!  Hopefully I got a pretty good grade on it – as I got low C's on both tests.

The other course I'm taking is Social Work procedures – it's good.  I like the professor alot.  He's one of F.A.U.'s best

As for my field experience at the detention home!  That's exactly what it is – an experience!  I would have to be paid a high price to work in a place like that!  Last Monday they had me trying to help these kids in Math – of all things!  One of the boys had been home for the weekend – he was showing the others what he had shoplifted during the week-end.  Also it's a rough place – alot of fighting, kids w/ knives, etc!

It's really been a week w/ Mares, Larry & son here!  Especially on poor Aunt Mary – in fact she is in bed now w/ a sore throat!  Every night there has been people in to "view" the baby – from the Church, etc.  I'm afraid that baby is going to be very spoiled!

Do you know that Larry & Mares have used the Buick to go to the beach, etc. but last Sunday my Buick (w/beautiful paint job & good tires) was not good enough for the baby to ride in!  I thought that was interesting.

I have seen some jack sets in W.T.Grant made by (packaged by & sold too) some people I know.  Dad, please don't use Parcel Post (is that right – well, UPS) if you're sending anything to W.P.B.  – unless the package is very light weight, also easy to pick up!  I kid you not – I'm really sore – by the time you get this letter I might be looking for another job – HA!

Did Mr. Fawley [1919-1979] have another heart attack?  From the sound of your letter I guess he had.

Mary Virginia – we enjoyed your letter – especially G'ma.  I know she is anxious to get back to New Vienna – she is always talking about how Mary V. pops in to do her errands.

How soon are the Hauses moving into their new home?  "Lottie" will be able to walk to Strebers [Streber's Market was in downtown New Vienna from 1931-1995] now – except I think she goes to Krogers.  What's the story on the house where they live now?

Mary V. how is the softball coming?  You ought to get Vanessa to help your – except she told me she was giving up sports & taking up going to school instead!

How was the Mother-Daughter banquet – Mary V. you would have to represent the Uible Girls.

It's now past 10:00 – I'm more than ready to go to bed being that I was up at 3:00 A.M.  Monday we are to bet there at 3:45 AM.  Sometimes I get the feeling they are trying to kill me off!

Mother, I ordered you a book a while back concerned w/ what the article is about that is enclosed.  I'm definitely sold on them – even though I haven't used one since I was home last.

Sorry my letters are so few & far between now –––



Wednesday, April 08, 2015

1975 Roberta's Postcard -Apr. 3 & 1965 Envelope

This envelope indicates Roberta wrote a letter from Barnesville in April 1965.
Unfortunately the contents of the envelope have not yet emerged from the
complex filing system of family communication.  

Miami Florida Postcard mailed 1975.  Captioned: Aerial View of new Dodge Island Seaport, home of the cruise fleet, tropical Miami.

[postmarked 3 Apr 1975]
Hi!  Right now I'm in Burdines in their "training" – it's a good "review" for me!

This week at UPS we are all busy learning our streets and sequence orders.  And what a job that is!  This Saturday we start on the belt – and you should see those packages coming down the belt!

Back to being a "small" family again –  [Love, Berta]

Monday, April 06, 2015

1975 GHU Letter -Apr. 4

Fri. evening
[April 4, 1975]
Dear Family -

Hope my coming home plans will meet with your approval.  Mary phoned in this afternoon to make a reservation for the 26th but no seat except 1st class & since they cost $26 more I am not about to pay that amount unless necessary.  So I am to leave on Sun. the 27th for Cin. 3:48 P.M. flight No. 842 arriving in Cin at 7:12 P.M. from Ft. Lau. at 3:48 that is making good time.  Price is 88.37  (or.31) the same as I paid coming down.  The only cheaper price is given on excursions which must be for round trips of 3 days.

Sorry to hear of Mrs. Phillips illness but after a certain age we can expect to leave this world. [Nancy Johnson Phillips died April 14, 1975 at age of 96.  Her husband Harley died in 1960 at age of 80.]

We had steaks & baked potatoes ice cream & cake for Marianne's Birthday this evening.  Then she & Larry & her parents went to the Ice Follies at the auditorium.  Roberta & I are baby sitting.  They wanted us to go but R. was not interested & I think I have seen the program.  Glad I didn't decide to go for it is much cooler today & that place can be cold.  So we are baby sitting with Rob. being asleep.

We went to Mary's Circle meeting Thurs. forenoon.  Marianne & I knew the hostess & since it was a Take & Talk program we went as a 4 generation group.  Many things taken were interesting.  Mare- & baby came home early but he was a good little soul.  We had the 3 guests Wed. evening.  Bill invited the 3 office girls to see the baby & for supper.  When they came there were 2 children & a grandmother.

Before Cris left Mon. he wanted to go gather some strawberries to take to the folks he stays with so Mary, Rob.- & myself went with him.  I remained in the car & they gathered 9 qts.  Larna helped them for she & Cris were about to leave.  When we arrived Cris took 4 qts with him Tues. he phoned saying they were having a big snow & he had arrived safely also he received notice of being sent to ? – a suburb of Detroit for another training period.  This time in connection of parts for trucks.  He had become very much interested in farm life where he lived.

Mary bought herself a 3 hear bike to-day (on sale) & Larry put it together for her.  Hope she enjoys riding it.  Roberta gave me a very pretty (3 blooms) Lily for Easter & we had colored eggs & Robbie gave me a plant enclosed in glass which is pretty.  Our baby is a very good little fellow.

Love, Mother      

Sunday, April 05, 2015

1985 Roberta's Letter to GHU -Apr. 3

Dear Grandma,

We just got in from roller skating – it was quite a night – at first Wendy Jean could not skate unless there was a person (holding on to her) on both sides of her.  But – before the evening was over – she went by herself all the way around the RINK – so there was great improvement!

We stayed tho about an hour after we had planned to leave – but we couldn't leave just when she was beginning to be able to keep her balance!  Finally – since I had to get back to work – we promised we would be able to roller skate again before she leaves.

The wedding on Friday is turning into a real occasion!  Got Wendy Jean pink hose to match her dress – and a HAT.  I'm wearing a light blue dress – w/ blue hose.  I haven't found a HAT yet – except one for $65 – and I sure don't want to pay that much for it.  Wendy's hat was on sale for $4.79.

Here's the 1st of the pictures of Wendy Jean in Arizona.  She has been in the pool every day since she got here.  Today she even had me in the pool!  It's been in the low 90's but the water is very cool!  She doesn't seem to mind it!

When are you coming to Arizona?  We are sure keeping busy w/ this house guest!!

Hi to the folks!



Note the picture of Miss Wendy taken in the toy store – w/ Wells products behind her.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

1985 Roberta's Letter -Apr. 3

 Easter Card from Wendy, note from Roberta.  Sent while Wendy was visiting Arizona during her first grade spring break in 1985.


We are doing fine – up to 90º today – so Miss Wendy is swimming w/ a shirt over her suit – She does love the water!  I'm just glad the weather is so nice & warm!

Sid is now spoiling Wendy – Bacon, pancakes & orange juice for breakfast this AM – Brings her – actually us – out soda by the pool!

Happy Easter!


Friday, April 03, 2015

1985 Catherine's Letter - Apr.1

April 1, 1985

Dear Mother & Dad,

Hi!  I thought this card would make an appropriate anniversary greeting, so Happy Anniversary!

This is the first "calm" day I've had in weeks, now that we are more or less settled into our new house and Wendy is off to Arizona.  It's nice not to have to run around and do 100 things on my day off.

We got your note and the check for Wendy's jump rope for heart today.  Thanks.  Glad to hear that Grandma made it safely back to Ohio.  Hope your spring weather is lasting.  We had several days of snow last week but the last couple days have been a little warmer.  It's a very windy 50º today and I have three loads of clothes hanging outside.

We took Wendy to the airport yesterday morning for her 9:20 flight to Denver.  Then we had breakfast at International House of Pancakes and had planned to do some shopping but we forgot that the shopping centers don't open until noon on Sunday so we came on home and will save our shopping until we go back to pick her up.  The lady that met Wendy in Denver called us after she put Wendy on the plane to Phoenix.  That was nice of her.

I had two special robot programs at the library on Saturday.  A professor in the Industrial Engineering Dept. of the Univ. of Idaho brought two big robots and three small ones and put on demonstrations.  About 135 showed up for the first program and 65 for the second so that was a good turn out.  It also made for a very busy afternoon for the three of us that work on Saturdays.  I took Wendy to one of my friends in Moscow who brought her to the program (along with her own two children).  Wendy was more interested in staying close to me than she was in the robots though.  I was able to take Wendy to lunch too, and she picked Arby's.  At least they have a nice salad bar which is better than McDonalds.

We are really enjoying our new house.  It is only one mile down the hill from our house to town so we are not that far out.  I walked to my exercise class this morning which is toward the other end of town and it only took me 30 minutes (15 minutes to get down the hill, 18 minutes coming back up)  There are three deer that frequent the area surrounding our house, we have seen them almost every day and Sunday morning they were within 100 yards of the house.

I think we still plan on picking you up at the airport at 8:29 on May 12.

Catherine & Gerry
(& Wendy in absentia)

P.S. We got an April Fool call from Wendy too!  I couldn't imagine her wanting to come home so soon but she's a very convincing actress!

Thursday, April 02, 2015

1995 Roberta's Letter -Mar.30

Hi & Happy 47th!

Here's part of a collection I have been putting ASIDE –– the Methodist Emblem ones we would be glad to make more of – whichever you WANT.  The CROSSES are for you to give away.  Sid cut them out – that's the hardest (ie time consuming) part.

Just found out today that Dr. would now like Sid to have surgery – if OK w/ his primary Dr. – perhaps next week.  Will keep you posted.  I may cut NYC trip short –  Knowing Lisa could take over decisions!!  Altho Sid insists he will have surgery w/out me here & I do have staff here happy to stay over at night. (extra $!)

Again Happy 47th!  I sure do fell lucky to be one of your daughters!

Much love,

Roberta & 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

1985 Roberta's Letter -Mar.30

Dear Folks,

We just finished getting the NARFE newsletter folded, stapled, labeled & sorted as to ZIP CODE – thank goodness we don't have a Sr. Village N/L to get out this month!

I'll enclose a copy of the latest JAG [?] letter – ENVY VS LIBERTY – I'm going to send the old boy $10 – doubt if it would be tax deductible!!   HA!

It looks like we will be paying out big bucks again for Taxes.  Did I tell you we both opened up an IRA – we had talked about doing it last year – but never quite got around to it. (for 1983) –

Tomorrow is the BIG DAY – Miss Wendy Jean arrives.  So far we just have lined up 5 nights of activity – Oh!  Also a wedding for next Friday AM – we (Sid & I) are to be standing up for this couple.  It is going to be a small wedding – out in a park in Tempe – near the Lakes' area – if you remember it.  Afterwards we will all go to Hungry Tiger – a pretty nice restaurant – we have been talking about going there – even before we were married.  It is fine for Wendy Jean to go to the wedding – Sid will also be the photographer – he's happy about that – would rather be busy than just "hanging around."

Now Saturday Aftn – will sign off – We will call you this week ––

– Oh I've been subpoenaed by the State to be a witness on 4/18 – for a trespassing that took place 1/82 – at Sr. Village – when one of our houses got broken into.  Isn't that something?

Then on the 21st I have to give a 3 minute talk at Presby. Church on Sr. Village – that's enough public speaking for the entire year!

Hope all A-1.  I'm glad Grandma is back in OHIO ––

Love –––


Monday, March 30, 2015

1975 Catherine's Letter -Mar.27

March 27, 1975

Dear Mom, Dad and Mary,

Sorry you haven't hear from us in so long.  We've been pretty busy patching things up, working on the house and at the library and I have a new part-time job as cashier at the Stop-&-Go in Springvale.  I work there two hours every morning and eight hours on Sunday.  There is a chance that I could become a manager trainee and work there full-time instead of at the library but I'm not sure yet that I want to do that.  I would involve working the night shift and the pay as trainee isn't that great although after you've been a trainee for awhile if you can become an assistant manager the pay is much better.

The house is coming fairly well.  X has found some people to help him work on it.  Some of the interior walls are up now and he hopes to begin the wiring soon.  We are still in hopes of moving in during June as we have to be out of here by July 1.  But if we run out of either time or money before then we will have to rent someplace else temporarily until the house is done.  We are beginning to sort out our belongings and throw out what can be gotten rid of instead of moving it.

No visible signs of progress are yet apparent as far as the library addition goes.  The plans are to put if for bid sometime in April and then begin construction in June which means that we probably won't be in it until late fall or early winter.

We had some nice spring type weather last week but this week has reverted to winter with temperatures back down below freezing and very windy.  Hopefully with the arrival of April the temperature will rise somemore.

We went to Portland last weekend – X went to the boatshow and I did some shopping.  Bought a shirt, a bathrobe at Marshall's as you suggested, and got some god cheese and snack stuff at Hickory Farms.



Sunday, March 29, 2015

1975 GHU Letter -Mar.24

Mon. evening -24th
Dear Family,

I am sure you are all having a good time with more of the family being home. Roberta had thought of joining you all but her vacation is not long & since she had spent so much time on Sta- [Statistics] she is now getting on Science (?) with full force with a test tomorrow I believe or soon.  She still like to work at the R. House part time.  She often gets a call.

At least she is not going to work Easter.  I told her that was one day we expected her to join in with us for I had her to make reservations for our Easter dinner at a very nice Rest. – in Atlantis.  Perhaps you have eaten there at one time.  Anyway I can take it once a year.  It is about the same class as the Lamb [presumably Golden Lamb in Lebanon Ohio].  We don't have to pay for the room.  Cris will arrive Thurs.  I think Roberta will go to Miami to meet him.  The baby and parents Thurs. night arriving in W.P.B. 10 PM by plane.  The 2 Mrs. Kintners Fri. evening.  They are driving their car & will stay at Helen Brown's for they had some family leaving last week & to date to no one has rented it.  They will be leaving Sun. after noon some time.

The weather is too warm.  Bill wants the air conditioner on but Mary doesn't like it & neither do I.  It chokes us up & then Rob comes along & makes it cooler, you feel like you were in a frig – so2 days is all we have used it so far.  I certainly wouldn't like 6 more months like it has been the last week.  We did have a nice little shower with the sun coming out a little later.

Roberta took me to see Mrs. Hobby one morning & she was expecting her daughter and Granddaughter from Bluefield, W. Va.  Mary, Roberta & I went to a luncheon & style show at the Breakers Sat. we had a very nice meal of roast beef, 3 small creamed potatoes, green beans, salad mixture containing beets so I gave them to Roberta, lime pie for dessert.  I forgot the Hard rolls, fruit cocktail, coffee or tea.

Sat. evening Mary & Bill were to play cards someplace so Roberta wanted to see the orchid display at eh W.P.B. Mall so she took me.  The flowers were beautiful & so many in different displays.  Then I decided to buy a couple of dresses.  We had quite an evening. Getting home at 10.  In time for Bed time.

I must soon decide when I may be leaving for Ohio.  Will it be an inconvenience Harold for you to meet me on a Thurs if it is cheaper that way?  For 15% off is a nice sum on a $88 ticket.  Must call up & find out from where I may leave etc.  I wondered if I should ask Mrs. Wilson if she & Becky could clean again.  She said they would last fall but conditions for Mrs. W. may be different now.  If you don't mind you might ask her & of course I am depending on Marie again.  She could clean after I get home if I am there to tell her so if the furnace will cooperate will get along al right.  I notice where the school issue fell down again.

We had a half hour of special music last Sun. before service Mrs. Rabb & Mary had practiced for 2 weeks, a lady also joined them in solo for one number & it was very pretty.

Jean it is a little late to be sending you money for a plant or flowers but enclose a $5 for same.  If not needed keep part or all of it for your plants you used for you had a bill to pay.

We had a Chorale group (32) from Drew Univ. who gave a good musical program Sun. evening at the church. Mary didn't offer to keep anyone this time.  Our Tourist class had their last class social for the season last Fri.  It was a covered dish affair with a short program.  I fixed tongue.  Would liked to have given Serena a slice.

Now have a nice Easter & wish you all a Happy Easter Day.

Love, Mother

Saturday, March 28, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -Mar.24

Dear Family,

Hi!  Seems I have more news for you all!  First off, did go to F.A.U. last night and got my grades . . . . . got 2 c's and one b.  Those are about the worst grades I've had since entering college . . . . . it's a good thing I'm just about done.  I've got an over-all average of 2.9 . . . . which I sure hope to bring up to above a 3.0 before graduating.

Last night I was reading want-ads and saw where Burdines was (um, were) advertising for help.  So I called them up this morning and asked them if they remembered me and told them I saw their ad in the paper.  I'm to have three days of training, two next week, and one the following week, then I'll start work, just on Sundays and maybe Saturdays.  I've decided it would be the best for me to quit Ranch House all together.  As I always seem to end up working double what I was scheduled to work.  Also the nice part about working at Burdines on Sunday is that they pay overtime, plus I would not have the responsibility there as I do at Ranch House.  But I still must keep up my friendships at the restaurant . . . . . . . in case I someday hope to work there.

I'm enclosing this thing on being honest that they gave us at UPS . . . . . thought it was good.  Because it is concerned with interstate stuff I had to give them permission to check out all the various law enforcement agencies to see if they had any records on me.

I've got a science exam tonight, so must stop and really do some concentraiting.  (however it is spelled!)

Happy Easter!



Monday, March 23, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -Mar.23

March 23, 1975

Dear Family,

Hi!  Can't believe that one week of my vacation is over – I've been sitting here trying to remember how I spent it!  I did work 4 days & 1 night shift.

Also I got my job at UPS which I feel is quite an accomplishment.  I had 2 interviews, an aptitude test (is that the word?) plus a physical to go through!

I was sorry that I missed your call – I had planned to call you that night & fill you in on all the news but I imagine that Grandma & Uncle Bill did a pretty good job.

At UPS I'm what they call a pre-loader.  They used to have the truck drivers doing this – but somebody figured out it would be cheaper to hire us (I'm not sure how many – but about 20 – all college students) to do the job – and then let the drivers be out on the road those extra hours.

About 68,000 packages come into W.P.B every day!  Those packages are run down a conveyor belt.  We are to stand by the belt and each one of us will have at least 1 truck – maybe more if you are near the end of the line.

Each one of will be assigned a truck – thus a certain area we must learn.  You know the packages have to be put in in a sequence order – as they will be delivered.

It is good money – I start out at $4.25 an hour [*see below] – after 30 days we get a 25¢ raise on the hour.  Also paid holidays & other benefits.  One of the big disadvantages (?) is that we have to join the union after 30 days – $10.00 to join – and about that much a month after that!  It's a Teamsters union out of Miami.

They told me that probably the summer they could use me full time but time will tell about that!

I did get a C on my last test in statistics – which I imagine mans I'll get a C out of the class – since I had a C on the 1st test and a B on the 2nd.  It's such a good feeling to have it behind me.  Last quarter I kind of let everything slide by so I could get through it.  I'm afraid I even got a C out of a criminal justice course I had – just because I didn't have the time to spend on it properly.

Also gave up alot of working hour (making $) and some socializing hours (so was able to save $ there).

About 2 weeks ago I had a short letter from Jackie Phelan.  She apologized for not showing up as expected at the bus station – just said that an emergency came up!  She also asked me for my address (Kinda crazy huh?) so she could send me some things she got for me in Africa. About a week later I had an air mail package from her w/ a billfold, change purse, & ID card holder – all from Dakar.

Yesterday Grandma, Aunt Mary and I went to the Breakers for the luncheon & stage show for the benefit of the American Cancer Society.  It was quite an affair!  I'm glad I had the opportunity to eat there  I won the center piece at our table – it's a pretty Easter arrangement.

I'm sending you all a package.  The calculator is for John or Dad – or whoever wants it.  The red & white "thing" is for Mary V – you may have to shorten it!

I signed up for field experience for next quarter – I'm to be at Sabal [?] Palm School – which is about 2 miles away for UPS – which will work out well.  As it is now – I'm planning on going there 2 half days – after work.  Sabal Palm is where all the delinquent kids go to school – there are kids there from 8 years old – up to 17.  About 80 in all.  The 1st day I was there 3 girls ran off.  It should be very interesting.  For awhile I thought of dropping it and taking criminal law instead – but after buying the book (for $18.50 – it can be returned & I'll get my $ back) I've decided to put up w/those kids at Sabal Palm.

Aunt Mary is really getting ready for the Kintners – she has bought a big box of disposable diapers, plastic bags to put them in, bunches of baby food, has the bed, etc. ready.  Of course G'ma thinks half of all that is happening to be unnecessary!  Uncle Bill is all excited – he's made plans to take little Robert to work w/ him one day & I don't know what all else.

OH! by the way – I don't think I even told you but the calculator I'm sending you all is only about 2 weeks old. The Saturday before my final the 2's & 9's started "shorting" out on me.  They weren't all lighted up.  So I called Sears up – and they said they would send it to Atlanta & have it fixed for free – but that it would take about 6 weeks.  I gave them my sad sob story & they said if I would bring in my receipt & old one they would give me a brand new in exchange.  So I hunted high & low for the receipt – luckily I found it – under-neath by bed!  It's a good thing I don't clean up that often! (Ho-Hum!)

Rob got the catalog form Tri-County.  Did you know they also offer courses at the vocational school in Wilmington?  That would be much better for him.  He jokingly said he wanted to take "farm equipment" – I told him he could get an A out of the course if Oscar Johnson helped him.

Oh!  When I had my physical the doctor told me I was _3_ pounds over weight.  I'm no longer _15_ pounds under weight – sorry to say.

I'm enclosing an article in the Miami Herald (a poor subject after the paragraph before) I found it to be quite interesting – thought Dad would enjoy looking at it.

Last night I went to talk to a Mrs. Foreshay [?].  Grandma knows her – she came to Florida in 1913!  A real pioneer!  You know, I was suppose to talk to Mr Garnett for my science class on how Florida has changed – but I messed around & now he is on a 2 week cruise.

It was really interesting talking to Mrs. Forshay.  She told me about when there was a 1 room school house here in L.W. – and how for 3 years – every year they would add another room.  Then they built a 12 room school house & everyone thought that was really a crazy idea – because they would never be able to fill it up!  She said how they sold the land down here for $1.50 an acre because everyone knew it wasn't useful land.

She also talked about when the railroad came through in 1926.  She told me about going to Miami (by car) how it was such a long trip – especially one time when they had to stop & patch a tire - 6 times!  At that time she said Miami was about the size of Lantana!!!

Mrs. Foreshay drives a 1955 Packard.  Where they lived from 1913 to 1973 – had to be torn down – for I-95.  But she says that is progress!!

I hope everyone is enjoying their vacations – those of you on vacation.

John – I appreciate you doing my income tax.

Serena – what have you been up to?

I've got to go – once I sit down & start writing – I have no trouble writing – HA!

Love, Berta

P.S.  I'm to be measured April 1 for cap & gown!

  1. *The minimum wage increased to $2.00 an hour in 1974, $2.10 in 1975, and $2.30 in 1976 for all except farm workers, whose minimum initially rose to $1.60. Parity with nonfarm workers was reached at $2.30 with the 1977 amendments.
  2. History of Minimum Wage - US Department of Labor
    United States Department of Labor

Sunday, March 22, 2015

1985 Roberta's Letter -Mar.22

[3/ ~22/85]
Dear Dad & Mom

Hi!  We do want to thank you both for the Sunday Brunch at the Hyatt – it was quite an experience – and delicious!  We just can't believe it was a whole 2 weeks ago!  We were talking today about all the choices & how beautifully prepared!

We were glad to that we had invited the Stubbs – they enjoyed it as much as we did – their 1st experience of fine dining – buffet style. (something 300% plus better than Duffy's style!)  The view was beautiful – 26th floor – rotated about every 30-40 minutes!

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to put this thank-you on paper!  We sure appreciate the gift – had lots of fun deciding what & where to eat!  Next we might try AZ Biltmore Sunday Brunch!  Probably not while Miss Wendy Jean is here!

Love, Roberta

Saturday, March 21, 2015

1985 MV's letter -Mar.18

March 18, 1985
Dear Mom and Dad,

Thanks again for lunch, movie, shoes, ice cream, and the care package with fruit in it yesterday.  That was the first time I had been to the Dayton Mall since Christmas, and I really enjoyed it.  Last night I got "home" from church about 10 pm and decided to move my room around.  I am not finished yet, but I like it.  I still have to move the desks and couch.  I even changed my sheets this morning.

The college career center puts out a newsletter each week and last week they had a blurb about a nursery looking for part-time help to bale [?] and burlap trees, etc.  It's for this Spring and summer.  I may check into that.

My schedule for next quarter is: Mon-Friday, classes 8-1, Work on Wednesday & Friday 2-5, Saturday (?), Choir on Wednesday, Young Disciples, Thurs.  Basically that's about it.  If anything new develops I'll let you know.

Hope you've recuperated from Mexico & enjoy Atlanta.  Thanks again for everything yesterday.

Love, M.V.

Monday, March 16, 2015

1985 Roberta's Letter to GHU -Mar.17

July MARCH! 17, 1985
Hi Grandma!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Did you have on your green today?  We had cooked cabbage & corned beef tonight – but no green beer!

How do you like this stationary?  [Symbol of the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics is on the back.]  It was a real bargain – 12 of them for 29¢!!  Also bought some other bargains while out shopping yesterday.  One of the 'bargains' should be arriving at 1025 N. 'B' before too long!

I talked with the folks Friday night – They were going to meet with Mary Virginia today to celebrate her birthday!

Sid washed the car today – looks so bright & shiny!  He even cleaned out the inside plus the trunk!  All the time he was doing that I was in the back yard working on my sun-tan!

Love, Roberta

Friday, March 13, 2015

1975 Roberta's Letter -Mar.13

March 13, 1975
Dear Family,

Hi!  Thanks for your letter & tape yesterday.  Mary Virginia – we all enjoyed your music – especially Aunt Mary !!  Rob says he will help you w/ your music when (and if) he is up North this summer.

Yesterday was exam day for e – I had my criminal justice exam plus my statistics theory test.  It was really bad – we got the tests about 7:00 pm – about 7:45 a boy walks up to the professor – tears his answer sheet into about a hundred pieces, sticks all the pieces in the prof's shirt pocket than pats the prof on the cheek – and walks out!!

John – does it feel good to be home & working  instead – instead of at school & working?  I wish I could send you my income tax to do – but as of yet I haven't gotten my W-2 (or is it W-4) form from Ranch House yet!  About a week ago I told them I was going to contact Internal Revenue & let them get it for me!

Right now I'm at work – I'm working today & tomorrow – probably same next week!

As for when I'll be home – definitely (sp?) some time in June!  After great thought I thought it best for me to stay here.  My science course – as boring as it is – I shouldn't miss 2 weeks straight.  It won't be done w/ till April 29th.

Also – and this will shock you – I have an appointment for a job next Thursday.  It's a part time job – just mornings w/ United Parcel Service.  The pay is really good – but I don't know if I want to quit here.  (as you might recall – I quit here already about a month ago – but every time they ask me to work I break down & work)

Serena – if you are serious about the idea of coming South for the summer – let me know – ok?  I've got you a job here – you could go to F.A.U. – or perhaps get a course at the Junior College.  Would you be interested in staying at a dorm at F.A.U.?  If you would need a car I'll let you use the Buick. – (for the summer – I'm planning on being up North) as long as you don't let anything happen to my Good tires!

I better close – maybe over my vacation (starts officially March 17 – after 2nd part of statistics test) I'll get a tape off to you all ––

Thanks for letter & tape again

Love, Berta

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