Monday, September 01, 2014

1984 Senior Village Newsletter Vol. I, No.6 Aug. Interview with Roberta

The 15-page August edition of the Senior Village newsletter, "News and Views," features a two page interview with our very own family member, Roberta Uible-King Walgren.  At the time this interview was written Roberta was newly married (Dec. 1983) to Sid.  In addition to the interview, the newsletter includes other subjects of interest to the Senior Village residents, family and friends.

The interview is scanned and transcribed below.
1984 Senior Village Newsletter Vol. I, No.6 Aug. 1984 Interview with Roberta p.1

1984 Senior Village Newsletter Vol. I, No.6 Aug. 1984 Interview with Roberta p.2


EUNICE:  As the beloved supervisor of our Senior Village, I know the residents are all very curious about your background.  All of us were so happy to share your wedding, when you did not change your name, but added to it, to become ROBERTA UIBLE-KING.  We have wondered how a person of your tender years could have travelled so extensively, worked at so many different jobs, and have acquired so many different talents all in such a short time.  Could you please enlighten us as to your secret of accomplishing so much in so few years.  Or, is it possible you have really sipped from the fountain of youth (since I noted you have lived in Florida) and are really many years older.

ROBERTA: I was born May 14th in a small farming community in Southern Ohio.  It was so long ago that I've forgotten the exact year.  My grandfather Uible started a toy factory about the time I was born.  My father is still very active in the business.  The factory is only one in the world that continutes [sic] to make metal jacks, for the game of jacks that is played with a ball.  I'm sure many Senior Village residents have played jacks.

I was the second child of five--four girls and one boy.  I went to grade school and graduated from high school near my hometown of New Vienna, Ohio.  I did have the experience of going to a Quaker Boarding School at Barnesville, Ohio for a year and a half.  My Mother is a librarian so we were always encourage to read.

I worked for a year as a mill-machine operator at National Cash Register in Dayton Ohio before I was ready to go to college.  My first year I attended a small Quaker college in Newberg, Oregon.  The next year I returned to the Midwest attending the University of Cincinnati and eventually receiving an Associate degree in Police Science.

Next I attended Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, where I received a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, with a strong minor in Social Work.  All in all, I spent six years getting a four-year degree!  When in college I had the good fortune of having many pleasurable and interesting jobs ranging from a summer missionary program in British Columbia, Assistant manager of a restaurant, loading trucks for United Parcel Service, to making homemade donuts.  I also did an internship at a juvenile detention center my last year in college.  I quickly learned I had chosen the wrong major and abandoned this line of work.

Almost immediately I secured a job at a summer camp for the elderly near Sparta, New Jersey.  It was owned and operated by Hudson Guild, a Social Service Agency in New York City.  My first summer there I managed the kitchen.  I didn't cook!  I spent the next five summers there; finding out I liked other areas of the camp much better than the kitchen.

I was raised in a family that believed in the joys of travel.  I had a good taste of travel with my family while growing up.  In college I enjoyed very a summer in Europe and a trip to visit my cousin Joe who was in the Peace Corps in Africa.  Anyway, after my first summer at the New Jersey camp I went on a trip I had planned (and save for), a trip to India.  The next six months I spent exploring India and many surrounding countries.  That trip could be a story in itself.

I've been in Arizona since 1977.  The first few years I was almost a Winter visitor.  I continued to work at the Senior Citizen camp during the summer months while holding a variety of jobs during winter.  It took awhile but it finally dawned on me I should be doing year round what I enjoyed doing the most.

In January of 1980 I became the coordinator of the East Mesa Senior Center.  I truly enjoyed that job very much and starting that summer became an Airzonian making it through my first summer.  While at the Senior Center I learned a great deal about needed services for the elderly, one of the major ones being housing.  I could see many elderly people not being able (successfully) to live independently for one reason or another but not needing to be in an institutional setting.

Up until September 1981 I had attended Arizona State University part-time from time to time working on my Masters degree in therapeutic recreation.  I received alot of 'jokes' concerning my choice of majors.  I am a firm believer that it is very important what we do in our leisure time.  We see in today's society real problems of those people who retire and have failed to develop any leisure time activities.

In September of 1981, when I first arrived on Vogel Street, Senior Village was just a row of empty houses.  While still at East Mesa Senior Center I heard people talking about the idea of it, and read about it in the Newspaper.  It seemed like a world away from East Mesa.  I became very excited about being part of that program.  It was very rewarding to see the houses take on "character" as residents began to change them into homes.  Senior Village opened its doors on November 4th, 1981 with 4 residents.

Senior Village has been a great challenge and one that I continually enjoy.  I've enjoyed getting to know the staff, residents, and volunteers that have made it the success it is.

I continue to be very close to my family.  In previous years I have travelled every summer with my grandmother Uible, who just celebrated her 92nd birthday.  Since she is in a wheelchair many people might label her handicapped, but her attitude and spirit overcome her handicap.  Last summer we steamboated down the Mississippi River on the Delta Queen, and we have had many other enjoyable trips to Alaska, Hawaii, and other scenic areas of the United States and Canada.

I enjoy people.  I've always found them fascinating.  My other interests include travel, craft projects, history, and fine food.  I have recently acquired a great interest in both nutrition and exercise.  I'm not a good speller.

My story would not be complete without the mentioning of my marriage to HAYES S. KING (SID) on December 31, 1983.  It was a most happy occasion to have our friends and family here and to have them meet the Senior Village family.  I marvel now at how I ever got along without SID.

EUNICE: ROBERTA, I want to thank you for your lengthy and revealing account of your experiences.  The extensive list of accomplishments and your youthful appearance certainly lead me to believe that you must be either extremely efficient in your management of time and a true saint or really have the key to that famed fountain of youth.  Tell me, confidentially, where is it and how about a couple of sips from those magic water.

Now, to be personal you have omitted the most important part of your work and labors.  I am certain there are many, like myself, who have benefited by regaining or improving in health from your encouragement and person interest.  I shall be eternally grateful for what you have given me.  I love you.  We love you!!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

1984 Catherine's letter -Aug.31

August 31, 1984

Dear Mother & Dad,

Hi!  I am writing this letter because I haven't heard yet whether I got the library job in Moscow.  After the interview on Wednesday they told me they would let me known [sic] within a week so I may not hear until next week.  I thought the interview went fairly well.  It was with four board members (3 women, 1 man) and the librarian.  They have two separate boards that work together (fortunately).  One is from the City of Moscow and the other is made up of Latah County residents.

The library interview was at 11:00 and lasted until probably 12:15.  Then I looked around downtown Moscow and the University of Idaho, killing time until 3:30 when I had an interview at WSU for an Office Assistant III job in the Personnel Office.  It would involve working with the personnel records - they have about 2500 active staff personnel.  The worst part is that they are supposed to let me know today if I got the job, as they want someone to start next week.  That means I may have to make a decision about my second choice before I know the outcome of my first choice.

Wendy and I went to her new school yesterday - Jennings Elementary which has K-8th grade.  We met her teacher, Miss Stover, who seemed very nice.  She is probably around 30 and had former taught kindergarten in Colfax although the last few years she has been teaching in Idaho.  Wendy was also pleased that she already knows two girls and one boy that are to be in her class.  There are 3 first grades altogether.  The teacher also assured Wendy that she wouldn't have to do anything really difficult the first day of school. We'll be able to tell you more about life in the 1st grade next week.

It is almost time for "Reading Rainbow" which I promised Wendy I would watch with her.  Have you ever seen any of that series on PBS?

Did you know Carol R. Brink (author of Caddie Woodlawn) was from Moscow?  The Children's Room which is in what was the main floor part of the Carnegie Library is called the Carol Rhyie [sic, correct spelling is Ryrie] Brink Children's Room.  She also wrote several adult books including Buffalo Coat which is about Moscow 1888-1896.

Got to go –––

Love, Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

1984 August postcards - MV & Roberta

Postcard of Statute of Liberty NYC - mailed 1984
Mary's postcard to her parents while in NYC with Grandma visiting Joe
8/25/84 11:30 a.m.
(Rec'd 8-29-84 - Jean's handwriting)
Greetings!  Got to Newark fine then into the city by 1:00.  Had both lunch and dinner at hotel cafe (Joe's choice) – Walked to his school and apartment yesterday and this morning we went to Central Park and walked all around – I'm tired already.  At Joe's now, while he fixes lunch for us – Everything has been fine – My contacts were fine yesterday, but the left one is driving me crazy today.
Love, MV & Grandma
* * * * * * * * * *
Northampton St. (MA) Railway Co. Trolley, photo 1907 postcard - mailed 1984
Roberta's postcard to Wendy
[postmarked 30 Aug 1984]
Hi!  We are having a great time with Cynthia and Sara.  There are alot of colleges in the area.  When do you start school?
Love, Roberta

1974 Roberta's letter -Aug.27

August 27, 1974

Dear Family,

Hello . . . . thought I would take a brake (I mean break) from the cooking and write you all a note.  I've cooked up my second batch of green beans tonight; also stewed some more tomatoes, cooked some beets tonight.  I had stewed tomototes [sic] for breakfast. . . so I've had them all three meals today!!

This is going to be a short work week as we don't have to work this Friday.  Which worked out fine for me because Debbie (from Cincinnati--but who has been living in Michigan called me tonight and said that she will be in Cincinnati this Friday and Saturday and wanted to know if I could come down.  Grandma made a doctors appointment with Dr. Hamilton at 9:00 A.M Friday morning so it will work out fine for me to take her to the doctors after all and then leave for the city early afternoon or late Friday morning.

There isn't too much news down at the shop.  Dorothy Pope and her husband are going back to Canada just for Labor Day weekend.  Vicky Oppy is getting a divorce.  There have been some more deaths.....  Mary Purtee Kingsolver died this morning.  Also the old man who lived with Mary Pinkerton died yesterday, his name was Roland Nelson.  And do you remember Mr. William Longsworth..well, a notice of his death was in the paper tonight.  He died August 3, in a motorcycle accident.  I remember him a little; but I would think Catherine would more.

Sorry for the switch but I had to change typewriters as the ribbon on yours got all messed up.

We ate out as planned on Sunday, Grandma mentioned today that next Sunday we will have to go to Leesburg's famous restaurant, Lytles.  Maybe I should suggest that we wait to eat there until after you all get back.  I would feel guilty eating there without you all.  I am really making us of the miracle oven [microwave?] while you all are away.  Last night Vanessa, Fayala, Deb and Nancy were here for supper.  I fed them broiled lamb chops, baked potatoes (done in the miracle oven) and of course green beans, and tomotoes [sic] After wards we went to the movie "The Sting."

Dad I got your short note and will get those tickets to before too long.  Sunday there was an enormous crowd in Church.  There were new members, change of memberships, kids being baptized, etc.

I'm enclosing Marianne's latest letter.  I thought Catherine might find parts of it to be amusing.  I haven't gotten the typewriter yet, but did make it to Swallens and picked up the new jar and blade for the blender that they had ordered for me. (free)  I've been using it and it does a might fine job.

I better close for tonight.  If I think of anything I'll add it in the morning.  Have more time now in the morning as the paper never comes before I leave for work.

Don't worry about a thing – Wiggles gets fed everyday, the water get flowered [sic] –– but the kitchen floor doesn't get mopped or the bed made everyday!

Love, Berta

Saturday, August 30, 2014

1984 Catherine's letter -Aug.25

August 25, 1984

Dear Mother & Dad,

Hi!  Sorry about the confusion of the telephone calls this week.  We did clear up part of the mystery but the rest remains.  According to Wendy we received two calls from "Grandma" on Wednesday, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  She was here with the babysitter and we still do not know who these calls were from.  That was when I called you the two times on Thursday morning.  Then while I was gone on Thursday morning came the third call which we found later was from our insurance agent in Madras who was calling to answer our questions about the new policy we got when the house changed from owner-occupied to rental.  We knew her pretty well and she knows Wendy and called her "Sweetie."

The Moscow/Latah County Library called yesterday and my interview is scheduled for Wednesday, the 29th at 11 a.m.  Supposedly they wanted someone to start on Sept. 1 so there shouldn't be too much delay in selecting their new employee.  I'm really hoping I get the job.  I'll let you know the outcome as soon as I find out.

Summer seems to be winding down here as it has only been getting up in the high 60;s or low 70's during the day and down to around 40º at night.  Our house doesn't warm up much as it is surrounded by big trees so we've had to turn the heat on several times already.  Fortunately for the heat bill it is a small house.

And speaking of houses we intend to find a different place to live as soon as we know what my employment status is.

Wendy is looking forward to several big events in September like school starting, the County Fair, and of course, her birthday.  We really haven't thought much about what to get her for her birthday.  She loves that Cabbage Patch doll that Doris (?) made plus her other two dolls so I might get her some new doll clothes.  One of her dolls is now named "Urena."  Don't you think that would have been a good name for one of your children?

And now a message from Wendy:

cathy gerry wendy deedee j

That's the end of Wendy's message.  She likes to type but gets upset when she makes a mistake.  She's more of a perfectionist than I am.

I got stung by a yellow jacket on Thursday and now I have a big red area on m arm that burns and itches.  I put some ointment on it earlier this morning and it helped for awhile.  I guess I should keep putting it on.

I can't think of much else that is newsworthy so I guess I'll close and get on down to the post office.


Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

1974 Roberta's letter -Aug.23

August 23, 1974
Dear Family,

Hi! I've got the beans cooking & the movie "the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" on the T.V. so thought I'd sit down & write a few lines!

Everything is going fine on the home front.  We got your post card - after you had seen the Hinermans.  Did Mr. Hinerman have much to say about the ole stock market?

Tomorrow I'm supposed to meet Janice Carroll (from Morrow) in Wilmington for lunch & then go to her house.  I'm going to stay all night so Marie is planning on taking Grandma to S.S. & Church.  I'm planning of being back in time for Church – afterward G'ma, Ruth & I will eat our Sunday Dinner Out - maybe Waynesville  – not via Yellow Springs!

We should eat here - even w/ my big appetite I have way too many vegetables!  I picked beans - a whole bucketful tonight.  Also lots of tomatoes - I stewed some of them.

I bet X & Cathy's house is really progressing fast w/ all of the recruits (you all) up there!

I made a really good apple sauce cake (W.W.) w/ the apple sauce - oh, I weighed in last night and I've lost ½ pound since last month.  Not bad considering how I eat, huh?

The old Shell gas station - there by Wilmington College was torn down & a Lawson's [?] store (something like U.D.F.) is going to be built there.

Well, this is short - but I better go & check up on what's cooking ––

Will write again – hope you are having a good time – think of me working and eating green beans!

Love, Berta

1974 New England & Canada trip -Aug

A trip to Canada and New England in late summer 1974 included HH, Jean, John, and Mary visiting Catherine in Maine and a visit to Montreal.  This post card is a rarity as it was not mailed but was written to document family history, particularly John's, transcribed below.

Auberge Seaway Motor Inn, Montreal Canada
1974 Jean's note on Seaway Motor Inn postcard 
Aug. 27 1974 [referring to night spent at this hotel]
Stayed here after spending weekend w/ C&D & helped with their house – bldg (foundation).  Ate at Chinese Canadian Buffet (Bill Wongs?)

Back to Sanford & then took John to Exeter 9/3/74.

1974 Menu from Longfellow's Wayside Inn, Sudbury MA -Dinner Aug. 29.  
On back side is written: Colonial Inn, Concord

Friday, August 29, 2014

1984 Catherine's letter -Aug.17

August 17, 1984

Dear Mother & Dad,

Hi!  Thanks for calling the other night.  It was good talking to you and hearing all the news.  I hope the reception for Roberta & Sid goes well on Sunday.  I'm sure it will.  I'll try to remember to call on Sunday afternoon while the rates are still low here.  Gerry has to work on Sunday and then after he gets off (hopefully around 4:00) we plan to play golf.

At least Gerry has tomorrow off so we plan to spend the afternoon in Spokane and have dinner before DeeDee catches her 6:30 p.m. flight back to San Diego.  She is anxious to get back and see her friends.  Next year I think we'll see if she can come earlier in the summer when things aren't quite as hectic for Gerry.  Of course if she gets a summer job that could change everything. She has her Driver's License now and Gerry has been giving her lessons on driving our stick shift so she'll have some experience with that.  I can remember shifting on that VW bug we had.

My interview at WSU for the Secretary III & Office Asst. III jobs was pretty much as I expected.  I had to expound more on my secretarial skills and experience as well as bookkeeping.  Now I am on the list that is given to the different departments when they have an opening.  The lady I talked to in the Personnel Dept. said I might be better off applying for the Sec'y & O.A. II positions as those are usually considered the entry levels.  Applicants are given a rating based on the tests and then listed in that order.  Current staff members get a 5 point bonus when applying for a promotional position.  I thought I'd wait and see if I get the job in Moscow first.  Hopefully I will have an interview there the end of next week and then I should know by the following week whether I get that job as they hope to have someone start on September 1.

Thanks to Mary Virginia for sending us the Richard Simmons and Firm Believer tape.  Wendy and I listened to R.S. yesterday after they came in the mail.  It will be awhile before we can figure out exactly what to do when.  We really appreciate receiving them.  And speaking of exercising it's about time to go to my Friday A.M. exercise class and then on to the post office so I will close.  Hope to hear from you soon.

Love, Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

Thursday, August 28, 2014

1984 Roberta's Letter -Aug. 8

Dear Family,

Hi!  WELCOME HOME!!!!  We will be anxious to hear all about your trip.  Had the nicest letter from Cynthia giving great detail about your time with them.  I'm so glad you got to visit with her and Murray.  She was giving a raving report about the two of you, and was glad to spend some less hectic time (compared to around the wedding) with you all.

I dropped the typewriter just before the last newsletter.  Was walking with it and the cord got caught on the door-knob so the machine really hit the floor hard.  Pieces flew all over.  I think it was totaled.  Actually I had been thinking (esp. since the Newsletter comes once a month) to get a typewriter with different features.  Sid and I both have old style electric ones---perhaps we could trade-in on a decent one.  Borrowed two different typewriters for typing Newsletter.  Used an IBM selectomatic---sure nice once you get used to the magic back space button!

It's now Monday morning.  Hard to believe that I will be leaving here on Wednesday.  Most of my packing is already done and in the trailer.  Sure nice to travel wit a four foot closet and three drawers.  Feel like on this trip I've got the best of both worlds...flying the long hauls and being in the trailer!!!

It has been very strange being here this past week by myself.  Since I had usually been here before marriage with at least one dog and usually three.  I've had my share of challenges down at Senior Village too that usually Sid takes care of.  Needless to say I miss having Sid around lots.  Of course, as you all know, I've gone both to Florida and Ohio and left him here . ... but then I was the one then to have the change of pace so to speak .... not the one left behind.  I'm not looking forward to the month of September when I'll be here alone.  Maybe I'll plan to go on a mini-trip toward the end of the month.

We had lots and lots of rain last weekend.  Had a leak in one of the houses for sometime and last week did the ceiling in.  Plasterboard got all wet and just started coming down.  Did lots of damage to the room that it came down in.  We had the people out of the room but oh, what a mess.  Then the insulation got mold growing on it so we had to empty the whole house.  that was the first time for that.

I've been running around trying to get everything done -- supplies in -- etc before I leave.  Have never been gone for this length of time before and my new boss is not at all handy to have around.

Rented a VCR Video machine last nite and two exercise tapes.  One being Richard Simmons and another adult exercise tape.  Also had borrowed the Jane Jonda [sic, probably meant Fonda] workout tape from a friend so listened and did quite a bit of them.  Feel like I'm getting ready to go into the Marines.

I loaned out the Impala this last week to Candy who stays here while we are gone.  She was going to go on a AZ vacation and has a car without AC and that uses lot of gas.....She really like the Impala.  I had some experience using Sid's volkswagon.  The battery decided to go out.  Had it charged up, but didn't hold the charge.  Then since it's such an unusual size battery had a hard time replacing it.

Got the Hortons letter.  I'm amazed they are off to Mexico in October.  Think that its great tho.

We'll e at Sid's brother till Sunday AM then from Monday to Saturday at Judy's

Much love – Looking forward to seeing all –––  Love, Roberta

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1984 Catherine's Letter -Aug. 7

August 7, 1984
Dear Mother & Dad,

Hi! Have you resettled into life in the USA yet? [After trip to England, Scotland & Wales]  How's the jet lag?  I was planning to type this letter (I need to practice for a test Thursday) but Wendy & DeeDee are both still sleeping (it's 6:55 a.m.) and this house is very small.

The typing test is at WSU for the two jobs I applied for there – Office Assistant III and Secretary III.  Those and the Office Asst. II job in the County Clerk's office here in Colfax are my "back-up" job possibilities as now I have another professional library job I'm trying for.

The gal that got the job as Children's Librarian in Pullman was working at the Moscow/Latah County Library so now her job is open.  I will send you a copy of the job announcement.  It sounds like a good job more in line with my experience but the Librarian here in Colfax says my problem my be that the Head Librarian there would be intimidated by the fact that I was a Head Librarian [in Oregon].  Let's hope not!  Moscow is about 25 miles from Colfax so it would require a longer commute.  After I take the typing test I'm going to Moscow to give them my resume and references.

I sent a dress to Roberta at your address.  It is the one I wore at her wedding.  It should fit her now and I haven't worn it since.  Also in the package are some clippings that you should be interested in.  Be sure and send us some pictures from the reception.

Wendy is still telling us details of her Ohio trip. And she enjoys playing with the Wells items which she brought back with her.  She and DeeDee are getting along very well.  Dee Dee will return to San Diego on Aug. 18th.  Wendy is looking forward to September – school starts on Sept. 4 and of course her birthday.  Also the County Fair is held here the 6th-9th.

Harvest has begun and Gerry is very busy at work.  It will probably be a few weeks before things calm down for him.

Mother, a book you might be interested in is E is for Everybody by Nancy Polette (Scarecrow - 2nd ed. 1982).  It has suggested ideas, activities and discussions for using picture books with grade school and junior high students.

I've got to hang some clothes out and get on with the day here so I will close.  We appreciated hearing from Mary Virginia and getting your post cards while you were gone.

Love, Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Uncle Bill 1914-1994

August 8, 2014 would have been Aunt Mary's (Mary Uible Horton 1913-2012) 101st Birthday.  It also marks the 20th anniversary of the date Uncle Bill's (William A. Horton 1914-1994) obituary appeared in the Wilmington News-Journal.  The obituary is scanned and transcribed below.  Bill's middle name is listed incorrectly as Arthur (should be Arnold), and the last line(s) of the obituary has been cut off in the photocopied version.
Wilmington Ohio News-Journal - Monday, August 8, 1994 page 2, Deaths, Funerals column
William Horton

William Arthur [Arnold] Horton, 80, of 69 E. Main St., New Vienna, and 1025 North B St., Lake Worth, Fla., died Saturday (Aug. 6, 1994) at University Hospital, Cincinnati.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Uible Horton, whom he married in Columbus June 24, 1942.  They met at Fort Hayes, Columbus, in Civil Service 5th Corp. Area Medical Corp.

Mr. Horton was born Jan. 31, 1914, in East Springfield, Jefferson County, the son of Joseph and Selina Weals Horton, both of whom preceded him in death.  He was the third of four children.  He grew up in East Springfield and graduated from Amsterdam High School in 1932.  Mr. Horton attended Indiana University at Indianapolis in business administration.  He was a veteran of World War II as a master sergeant, and served in the Medical Unit in Calcutta, India.

Upon returning to the states, he resided in Hillsboro for seven years.  In 195w, he relocated his family to Lake Worth, and this remained his home until his death.  The last five years he enjoyed his summer months in New Vienna, and was an active member in the Senior Citizens Center and the New Vienna United Methodist church.  

He became licensed as a stock broker for the brokerage security firms of Sutro Brothers of Palm Beach, Hirsch and Co., and Dupont, Glore, Forgan, Inc. of Lake Worth, and Dean Witter of West Palm Beach, Fla.  He retired from Dean Witter in 1979.  

Mr. Horton was an active member of Calvary United Methodist Church, serving as lay leader, member of the board of trustees, finance committee and other leadership capacities.  He was a life-long member of the Masonic Grand Lodge, F&AM, of Florida.  Mr. Horton was past president of the Lake Worth Lions Club.  He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the 9 Holers of the Lake Worth Golf Course.

He is also survived by a son, Joseph Uible Horton of Santa Fe, NM; a daughter Marianne Horton Kinter [Kintner] and son-in-law Lawrence Reed Kinter [sic] of Lancaster, Pa.; two sons and daughters in-law, Robert Hiestand and Cindy Bussing Horton of Lake Worth, and Cris Weals and Angela Patter- [end of photocopy]

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

1964 Camp Indianola Family Camp Roberta & Catherine

Roberta wins second place in a Derby Day contest at Camp Indianola but was actually the first place winner when the first place winner, "Kathy," was disqualified for being too old for the age category.  This was the first year that the family attended and possibly Marriane accompanied us and Mary Virginia stayed home (per the instructions at end of July for baby schedule).  There is a picture of MV at family camp in 1965 so we will look at it next year.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

1954 Jean's Letter -Aug 15

1954 Jean's letter to her mother
First and last pages scanned.
Sunday –
Aug. 15, 1954
Dearest Mother,

Guess its all settled that we will take off this coming Saturday, the 21st.  It will be late in the afternoon at the very earliest so don't count on us for dinner.  Daddy Uible has decided to accompany Harold to New York so they'll leave early Sunday morning and be back the next Friday (Aug. 27th) and then we want you to come home with us for three or four weeks.  Harold will be traveling off & on & we'd like you to keep us company.

Mary & Bill & family left Friday morning for Florida so they'd be getting into Lake Worth today.  They had a grand time in Utah & Bill enjoyed his school training there.  Mary said they were lost without the children but the time went real fast.  Mary became interested in Mormonism so enjoyed talking to the people who owned the motel, etc. & seeing the things of historic interest there.  She (rather they) brought the girls leather bracelets with beads of various colors on them which made quite a hit, a paperweight for Harold and a honey dish shaped like a bee hive with a ceramic bee on the top.  The honey also made a big hit for we've had it for almost every meal.

Harold had to work over at the County Fair for three days (9-4) directing traffic.  The Lions Club's bid of $700 for policing the fair was accepted so they all had to put in three days there.

We (Mother & Daddy Uible and all the children) went over Monday to see the animals & had some of the food the fair offers (foot-long hot dogs, ice cream, candy, etc.)

Wednesday evening there was a picnic for Mary & Bill, Aunt Mary, Uncle Harry – Joe & Mary Hiestand & their family, Paul & Miriam & their family, Helen & Wibb Carr & their boy (Helen is Aunt Mary's daughter by her 1st marriage) & all the Uible-Horton clan.  It turned cool that day but was still good weather & we all had a good time.

We told [about Serena's expected arrival] the family the night before Mary & Bill took off – at almost the last minute & about that time more company arrived & we left & thats all thats been said.

We had a tube go bad in our television set but finally got it fixed and might so every enjoy it again.

The girls like their new bed real well & are anxious for you to come down & try it out.  I separate them in the afternoon for their naps (usually Catherine just rests anyway) but they are together in it at night & are finally learning to sleep in it without being crosswise in the bed.

Don't go to any trouble for us over the weekend for Harold & Daddy Uible may not even be there for a meal & we don't want you to be too worn out to come home with us.

All our very best love,
Harold, Jean, Catherine & Roberta

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

1954 Jean's Letter -Aug 8

1954 Letter from Jean to her mother - Aug. 8
First and last page scanned.
Aug. 8, 1954
Dearest Mother,

Glad to receive your letter yesterday and had hoped to hear that you would come down.

Last week was pretty busy – Tuesday I got my permanent – Jean Eaton [Baugh] gave it to me at her house.  Wednesday night was the Lions Club picnic which we had to have at the church because of rain (among other things I made one of those cakes (A&P orange chiffon) with whipped cream and peaches which was a big hit).

Thursday morning we all (4 of us) went to Hillsboro & I got a summer dress on sale – kind of a dimity with a crinoline slip – real pretty.  And we also purchased a double dresser in sold maple & a Hollywood bed with a maple head board – both very pretty for the girls' room.  Mother Uible had a mattress & springs so we're using those on it (They came Saturday).  

Thurs. afternoon was the WSCS picnic at Mrs. Howard Penn's.  Mother Uible insisted on staying home with all the children so they had an indoor picnic due to rainy weather again.

Thursday night the Firemen were putting on a show & we felt obliged to go to it.

Friday a whole carful of us (Donna Cornelius, driver, her mother Mrs. McClure, Jean Eaton, Alice Rudisill, Charlotte Hause and I) went to Cincinnati for the day.  Harold had a trip to Sandusky so took both the girls with him.  I half looked for summer dresses but there weren't any decent ones left.  I also looked at maternity house dresses but they had only 2 piece one which didn't appeal to me.  I did get a real pretty Bates spread for the girls room.  Also found baby things on sale so really stocked up – 4 doz diapers, 8 shirts, 4 kimonos, 4 bath towel sets and 5 yards of sani-sheeting.

We got home about 6:00 & Harold & the girls about 6:20.  Mary Ruth & Bob were having a dinner party at 6:30 so it was quite a rush.  It was one of those affairs put on my a stainless-steel co. to sell their pots & pans.  The whole dinner is cooked & served by the salesman & then you get sales talk before & after the dinner & he makes appointments to see you in your own home the next day.  They only wanted $146 for the small set & $235 (5 pieces) for the larger sets (about 8 or 9 pieces).  Plus they they want you to book another dinner party for them.  What a racket!  

From all I hear there were only two of the six couples invited who didn't buy a set nor book a party.  Jean & Joe Eaton were the other couple.  I can't see any pot or pan worth $30 a piece.  We might have booked a party but I couldn't see invited 5 other couples who would feel obliged to be rooked.

This morning we had no church services.  I taught the 6-8 year olds in Sunday School class and will have the group next Sunday too as their teacher is away on vacation.

I forgot to tell you that when Mary & Bill were up at Bill's mother, they started up to see you & someone told them the road was under construction for four miles and due to the terrific dust they thought it best to turn around altho they were sorry not to get to see you.  Mary was rather miserable the whole time she was in Ohio due to the dust.  

Catherine is fine now – snapped out of her sick spell right away & Roberta is as impish as ever.

The Horton children seem to get along fine without their parents.  Mary & Bill will be in prob Tues or poss Monday or maybe Wednesday.  She wrote & said she'd never go as far from the children again.  Mother U. wanted to know if we felt that way – & we said we missed them but would go again if the opportunity knocked – guess we're just callous.

I've been feeling fine – probably will go to the doctor again this week as my pills have run out.  Still haven't mentioned it to Mother & Daddy Uible altho I imagine they have guessed it from some of their remarks.

Harold says to tell you we will leave New Vienna two weeks from yesterday Aug 21 (Saturday) & will take you home with us the following Saturday (Aug. 28) so please make your plans to come.  I have to entertain the WSCS Sept. 2 so want you here then.  We won't take "no" for an answer this time.  We've got a better bed for you now.

All our very best love, 
Harold, Jean, Catherine, Roberta & ? [unborn Serena]

Friday, August 08, 2014

2004 Catherine's postcard -Aug. 5

St. Louis, Missouri received a $1 million dollar gift from Andrew Carnegie to build their new central library in 1901.  25¢ bought the postcard below about 100 years later.  In recent years the library was under a $70 million dollar restoration and renovation, expected to reopen in 2012.
St. Louis Missouri library postcard c1925
St. Louis Missouri library postcard c1925 address side mailed 5 Aug 2004 from Catherine to HHUs
Recognize this handwriting?  I wasn't around in 1925 to write the message but saved it until 2004.  Here's my exciting message of 5 August 2004: Hi! Glad we were able to get our tickets to fly to Ohio at a bargain price ($99 one way) so close to Thanksgiving [family get together to see Kate perform in the Nutcracker].  Seems like fall already with kids back in school and we are immersed in planning fall programs.  Summer session of storytimes ends this week.  Total registration for children's reading program this summer was 11,333 an increase of 5% over 2003.  Next week is meeting to begin planning for 2005.  When do you leave for Asheville?  Love, Catherine & Gerry

Monday, August 04, 2014

1954 Jean's Letter -Aug 1

1954 Jean's Letter to her mother - Aug. 1
First and last pages scanned.
August 1, 1954
Dearest Mother,

We should have sooner [written] to tell you we arrived home safely about 8:00 last Sunday night.  We stopped on the way to eat, see Melvin & Helen Long (they weren't home but saw their little girl & Helen's family who were baby-sitting) and later Aunt Vertie and then at Mother & Daddy Uibles to see them & the Horton children.

Tuesday afternoon Bill Sanker called from Cleveland to say he was leaving then for Cincinnati & so he arrived at 12:30 that night (we had left everything ready for him) but didn't hear him come in.  He left after breakfast (around 6:30) & stopped on his way back Thursday night – stayed for supper & all night & left about 4:00 AM for Cleveland – when we again didn't hear him.

They are tearing down the house behind the filling station across the street where Arlene & Dick Curtis used to live.  They plan to put up a super-modern station there.

We stopped tonight to see the McElwee's newly-moved-in-to house.  They certainly have the rooms now.  Three bedrooms, huge attic, basement (with big billiard table & fixed up like a recreation room).  I'd think they'd really get lost in the house after their former one.

Mother & Daddy Uible & the 3 little Horton's were down for supper tonight.  They brought a watermelon & I doctored up a bought Angel food with strawberries & whipped cream and we had some cold roast beef & turkey sandwiches (the latter thanks to Thanksgiving – the last package).

Catherine didn't feel very good this past week but is fine now.  Wednesday she had a fever of 102º & complained of sore throat.  We had Dr. Fullerton Thursday morning & he gave her a penicillin shot, sulphea medicine & some other pills & she soon snapped out of it.  He said its primarily her tonsils & wants to see them this fall & see that they're taken out if need be.

Mary & Bill are due back about a week from tomorrow & I'll bet G'Ma & G'Dad are counting the days.  The children don't seem to be a bit homesick.

I'm to get a permanent Tuesday.  The Lions Club picnic is Wednesday night – Thursday is the WSCS picnic & that night the Firemen [?] are giving a minstrel.  Tomorrow night is Church Board Meeting and I have a Hospital Twig meeting too.

The Fenwicks have gone to Florida for a little vacation.  His sister lives there (in Miami).  John didn't go.  I guess he has to work.

No doubt Bob & Harriette & family are home or almost so by now.  Do hope they had a nice vacation.

Would you ask Virginia if she might have packed the belt to my navy dotted nylon or perhaps it will turn up some old place at home – anyway I hope.

We're counting on you coming down soon so please plan on it.  Harold is planning to go to New York in about 3 weeks.

All our very best love,
Harold, Jean, Catherine, Roberta & ? [expected baby Serena] (We haven't told M.&D. Uible yet so shhhhhh please)

Friday, August 01, 2014

1984 Scotland, Wales postcards - July 25-31

Scotland postcard - Piper in Wallace Tartan - mailed 1984
1984 Wallace Tartan postcard from Jean & HH -July 25
Wed 7-25-84
Glasgow, Scotland
Have enjoyed learning about the Scottish Clans & Tartans here in Glasgow – near where Ballantynes lived in Paisley.  Also tie to the Wallaces on front.

Really appreciated your aerogramme, MV – hope your roses do well & yard isn't too much for you + gardening, work, softball, etc.

We have a 9-hour bus ride today to Bangor, Wales – the area were the Hortons came from.  Have been in several Woolworth stores & did buy bubbles.  They have a lot of items from Hong Kong also.  --Jean & Harold
Anglesey Beumaris Castle (Wales) postcard - mailed 1984
Monday, July 30, 1984
Hi –
We visited here yesterday where they put on a 13th century "battle" - all in costume.  The castle was started in 1295.

Attended the local Methodist Church - had 5 hymns - w/all verses sung.  also had 6 P.M. service.

We have had Yorkshire pudding twice – a speciality – but wouldn't go out of our way for it.

Wales is such a beautiful country and they still retain their language as well as English though there is no similarity.  Enjoyed a youth choir and a harpist last night who played & sang Welsh music.

Love to all – Harold & Jean
North Wales Castles postcard - mailed 1984 Top: Caernarfon, Rhuddlan. Bottom: Harlech, Conwy
1984 Wales Castles postcard from HH -July 31
We got our rental car today – near the lower right hand corner castle.  It's a right hand drive & shift w/ the left hand.  It's a Ford Fiesta.

Plan to drive down the Coast of Wales – then to Bath/Bristol area, & then toward London

Went to the grocery today & got "provisions."  Also a jack set.  Wales has been great also – makes us want to read ore history.  Glad to get MV's letter today.  See Proverbs 25:25.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

1964 MV's Schedule at 5 months-old -July

Not sure where Mary Virginia's parents might have gone to necessitate leaving a schedule with someone else but the details are transcribed below.
1964 MV's Schedule at 5 months-old -July

Mary Virginia's Schedule 7-27-64

  • 8:00 Up & Changed
  • 8:30 Breakfast - Fill small insulated cup about 1/3 full [of cereal?] & mix with about 2 oz. formula.
    Rest of bottle.
  • 10:00 Vitamins
    3 cc (Bottle in refrigerator)
    Bath (easiest in kitchen sink)
    Nap – (not usually too long)
  • 12:30 or 1:00 Lunch 1/2 of rest of lamb & vegetables heated in another baby jar in bottle warmer.
  • 3:30 or 4:00 Orange Juice (oranges in bottom of refrig)
    1 T. strained & 1 T. water.  Spoon it from plastic or paper cup.  Likes to try to drink it.
  • 5:00 1 jar baby fruit (unheated)
  • 7:00 or later 1 bottle or more
  • 8:30 Bed & double diaper
    If hot put on gown later.
Formula – Mix in qt pitcher & strain w/funnel into 3 1/2 bottles.  Repeat.  put in rack in sterilizer. Do not cap bottles too tightly.  Put 5-6 oz water in bottom.  Plug in & heat for 25 minutes.  cool completely before refrigerating.
  • 1 can milk
  • 18 oz boiled water
  • 1 Tablespoon Karo
Diaper Pail
Mix about 4-6 Tablespoons bleach (under bathroom sink) with hot water.

Friday, July 25, 2014

1994 Roberta's letter -July 24

A two page letter from Roberta following a family reunion to Estes Park, Colorado.  Roberta writes movingly about families and our good fortune in being part of the family we have.  The first page is written on the back of a budget spreadsheet from Senior Village and the second page on the back of what appears to be a quarterly report from Senior Village about the residents, staff and facilities.  The paragraph Roberta mentions about Grandma and Heartland is transcribed after the rest of the letter.  Transcription follows.


Dear Dad & Mom,

First of all I want to put it down on paper how much we (Sid & I) – as a part of the bigger We (Uibles/Hortons) & the "fringe" [?] enjoyed greatly the E.P. Experience!  Your generosity in making it possible – the Uible et al family reunions – is appreciated beyond words!  As I grow older I appreciate all the more connecting w/ the family more & more.  You both put Focus on the family on a very real/personal level.  We will always treasure the memories – (& pictures!) of our 1994 Colorado [indecipherable].

Thanks for the corporate sponsorship of all of us Uibles & for the generous transportation check too.  I'm saving my $ now for China – would like to do it in 1995!

Thanks again – I see such tragic family situations here at SV – people who don't know where their own children are / if their brothers /sisters are still alive.  Also brothers & sisters who do not get along & want different course of action for their parent – etc.  Makes me realize how very important family unity within family is!

I'm using up scrap paper – we have enough to last us the rest of our lives.  Speaking of family this paper must be from 2 or 3 summers ago when Grandma was at Heartland (see 3rd paragraph other side).

I'll enclose some postals I got at or local Walmart – the new touted bookmark/postal – perhaps you have someone you would like to mail 1 to – or keep for yourself.  I'll enclose 2 – 18¢ – cheaper than in Colorado!

Thanks again for your making the trip possible for all of us – it was a great present that we will never lose!  We enjoyed it & will enjoy talking about it for a long, long time!

Will close soon to find out about Uncle Bill. [Uncle Bill died about two weeks later, on August 6, 1994.]  Wish we could stop in just to visit!

Love, Roberta & Sid

* * * * *
Paragraph from Senior Village report mentioning Grandma in this letter:

I am enclosing a letter that was written by Audrey, daughter of one of our newer residents, who had visited her mother at the Village in June from out-of-state.  I can personally identify with her feelings of appreciation of where her Mom is since it has become necessary for my Grandma to live in a "care" facility.  I know the pain of having a family member out-of-state, and yet the peace of mind knowing that the member is content and receiving the best of care.

Love, Roberta & Sid

1984 Scotland Postcards -July 21,23

1984 Glasgow Cathedral The Chancel postcard -July 23
 [July 1984 though undated]
Hi – we came the 425 miles from London on the train in just 5 hours.  Great scenery.  Saw Sids daughter & her husband on Sun. at Felixstowe, then on Monday we ate out w/ them & went to the theater.

We are in a new dorm here in Glasgow & have walked downtown. It is light here past 10 P.M. & HOT during the day.  Got Mothers letter here today & hope you have apples & tomatoes to eat soon.  Had porridge & fish for bkfst this morning.  Had beans available.  – Jean & Harold
Scotland postcard -Mailed 1984
Postcard to MV
[postmarked 7/21/84]

Hi – You would enjoy the beautiful roses, etc. here – the LONG days here have a positive influence.  We have been all around Glasgow (& 1 library too) & go to Edinburgh tomorrow.

Had such a nice visit with Cynthia & Murray Park last Sunday & Monday – visited them in Felixstowe & met them in London Monday afternoon, had dinner & went to play at the National Theater.

The lectures are real interesting – hope to remember much – people are enjoyable too – mostly from east or west coast.  Much love, Dad & Mother
Glasgow Cathedral The Chancel postcard -mailed 1984
Hi – We got MV's letter today.  Went to 2 services here yesterday – dates back to the 14th century.

The group went up to the Trossacks this afternoon, which is the gateway to the Highlands – really narrow roads – feel better when I look out the side window rather than the front window.

Sun. afternoon we saw Loch Lomond – maybe MV knows the song about the Lake.

Did you notice the reference to "Lifeline" in the Upper Room today?  God Thought.

There are 1½ pages of Ballantynes in the local phone book – the area that Jean's family came from.  She has another connection to the Scots thru the Wallace clan.  Haven't seen any W.S.J. here but plenty of news.  Love, J & H

Thursday, July 24, 2014

1984 MV letter to family -July 22


Dear Family –

I didn't get down to the factory today, but wanted to get a letter off before the week is too far gone.  Hopefully my handwriting will be more legible than last week's typing.

Another busy week has gone by with lots of activities.  I figured out today I get a minimum of 50 miles driving a day with work during the day and church at night.

Church ball team will be over this week, as our last practice and game are Monday & Saturday respectively.  We will finish out the season in third place with a record of 3 (losses wins) - 5 (losses).  Not bad for the first year.

I got to Bible School 3 nights at Villars chapel this past week.  One night I taught for a friend who had a birthday.

It seems hard to believe that Mom and Dad have been gone nearly 2 weeks.  Glad they are having a good time and I really praise the Lord for giving me peace of mind about staying alone.

Grandma and I went to Leesburgh [sic] for lunch after church.  She is having the house painted and it looks good.  I think they're about done.

The week after Bermuda I am going to try to go to Faith Homes which is in Northern Illinois –Gordon (my pastor) is going to call & try and see if they have room.  I told him September 3-7.

This week I start my serious dieting.  Not only do I have 10 lbs. to go to get Roberta's $$, but I am joining the diet class at church called Overeaters Victorious.  They use books called "Free to be Thin" by Neva Coyle.

Guess that's about it.  It's 11:00 and I have to be up at 4:00 to go to work.  Hope all of you are okay.  I take it for granted you're still alive as last weeks letters weren't returned with address unknown or addressee deceased.

Love & Prayers,
Mary Virginia

1994 Howard Uible letter -July 22

Howard Perin Uible (1909-2010), first cousin of HH, was the third of four children born to Frank Crossen Uible (1871-1953) and Clara Louise Schloss Uible (1874-1960).   Howard's father, Frank, twelve years older than Cecil, was the second oldest of the seven siblings with C.J. being the second youngest.

Howard's siblings were Mary Serena Uible Sterrett (1901-1990), Frank Crossen Jr. (or Clifford?) Uible (1904-2001), and Richard Clyde Uible (1912-2007).

Howard wrote to HH after receiving a postcard from the 1994 Uible-Horton family reunion in Estes Park, Colorado.  Another blog post about Howard Uible can be found at this link: 2003 Howard Uible, HH & other Uibles.  Transcription and a picture follow.

1994 Howard Uible letter -July 22
July 22, 1994
Dear Jean and Harold –

We were happy to receive your card from Colorado.  To gather 38 related people, widely scatter I'm sure, to a family reunion is quite an accomplishment.  I know you must have had a wonderful time.

Yes, we too are proud of David's publicity.  We see David and Cindy occasionally and knew about some of the story.  He must have a lot of ability.

Things here in Cincinnati are going along as well as can be expected.  Jane has not been well and our activities are slowing down.

Steve and his two boys are doing well and Howard (St. Petersburg) is enjoying life in the sun.

Best wishes to all.

Jane & Howard

2003 Howard Uible (center) with HHU (red shirt)
Presumed left is David Uible of buffalo ranch fame, and Woody Uible in the black shirt between Howard & HH.  Gentleman between David and Howard could be Howard's oldest son, also named Howard.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1974 Family Letter -July 22

Lots of clues but not too many facts – speculation and memories could perhaps fill in more details of this letter which appears to have been entirely typed and handwritten by HH; except for the date, probably added later, written by Jean.  Reference to C.W. indicate that Cris was visiting.   Did find an online document titled "History of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio" in a section about the Buckeye Trails History (Dayton Area), that Camp Mac-O-Chee started with a donation of land near Bellefontaine in 1949; in 1983 the camp was modified for accessibility to campers with disabilities; property was sold in 1996.

My guess is that Jean and MV attended the Girl Scout Camp along with other Girl Scouts from New Vienna, while Dad, Roberta (working at Wells), and John stayed at home.  Transcription with some corrections follows.

[July 22, 1974]
Sunday Afternoon:

Dear Family:

We saw your cars at Burger Shef and you folks should be getting well acquainted there.  Hope that they have refilled the salad bowl.  C.W. had to stop for gas en route to L&K as the car gets 9 miles to the gallon and we had a good lunch there with Mother getting enough fish to give each of the rest of us one piece . . . even John ate a piece of fish.

The Don Sanders were eating there and wanted to know where the missing members of our family were.  Think you mentioned, but they told us anyway that they now live on Timberlane and to stop in and see them.  Said she wanted to have us for supper but you know how that goes.  The former camer[a] shop man and his [wife?], oh yes their name is Haines were also there.  Back to the meal, where the vegetable of the day is green beans.  Guess, who ended their meal with blueberry pie?  Do you know who that is M.V.????

The lady told us that the motel would be open sometime in August.  the pool is pint size - smaller than our kitchen.  C.W. got away (in no particular hurry) about 1:30 and we stopped at Americare - talked with Mrs. Cline briefly and Mrs. Matthews.  The Columbus Matthews are back from Arizona.

How is Camp Mac-O-Chee?  Hope you will drop us lonesome people a line on how things are going up there?  Okay?  Reading the Church Bulletin today it sounded like someone had been doing a big selling job on the 7 and 8th grade camps.  Oh yes, did you see the Bill Marine branch office in Urbana?  Hope M.V. has time to do some swimming and keep up her conoeing technique.  C.W. thinks his parents would really go for that overnight canoe trip, buy my enthusiasm does not go that far.  Tho Joe might enjoy an overnight camping trip to one of the state parks.

Can you tell us in what drawer in the kitchen are the scissors kept?  No big problem, but could have made the enclosed clipping a little more compact . . . . but hopefully still interesting for you Campers.

Supper is now over & all of us are still on speaking terms and all the dirty dishes are in the dishwasher.

Take care, with love from the home folks

Yes, Beth has been over to see you M.V. and twice to return things.

Practiced my typing on Serena & the Halls.

1974 Letter to MV -July 8

Thought the message part of this letter was missing, but then realized it was written on the inside of the envelope! Jean provides MV with good motherly advice about making friends at Camp Miami in Germantown, Ohio. Was this the first camp experience? And where would John have been?  Camp also?  Boy Scout camp in New Mexico?  Transcription follows.

Monday –
July 8 1974
Dearest Mary Virginia;

Elizabeth and I got back home about 1:30 today after stopping in Wilmington on some errands and lunch.  We do hope that you are enjoying camp by now and are not afraid of introducing yourself to others as they feel just as strange as you and want to make friends too.  As I told Elizabeth, you are alot like Roberta and don't seem to find it too difficult in meeting new people.

The house sure seems quiet.  I went down in the basement to work on some books as it is cooler down there but felt called to come up and write a note.  Mr. Faris was just here with the lawnmower which he evidently got fixed as he took it off the truck and rode it up the driveway into the garage.  So it will be all ready when you get back to take off on it.

Grandma also heard from John today and he hopes that her grass doesn't grow too fast while he is gone.  I'm sure that you can do part of the mowing before he gets back but even I am a little afraid to do the rolling part near the sidewalk.  The painters were well at work when I went by on my way home.

I found the stamp in the car when we got to Wilmington but hope that it doesn't stop you from writing to us for we surely are looking forward to hearing from you and how everything is going.  It is a beautiful campus – looks like it might have been a college or something at one time.  You'll probably hear more about the history and can tell us when you see us if you hear what it used to be.  I thought later that you might want extra money for a picture or something if they take one of the group but hope that you can pay for it when we see you on Friday.  We hope to know more definitely about our plans to go to Lakeside then.  Til we see you, Remember that we love you much, much, muchly and hope you are keeping someone from getting homesick.  Love and xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx,

Mother & Daddy

Items from Uible photo album