Family letter from mid-October 1982. Transcription follows.
October 19, 1982
Dearest Family -
In between John's birthday and Dad's – glad to hear that John had a nice one – we missed it by one day but closer than we have been for quite a few years - probably since 1973 when he was at home. Think he was surprised by your call, Catherine, and your card, Serena – that was thoughtful. Doesn't seem possible that he has reached his quarter century milepost.
We were really shocked to get a telephone call from Beverly Gooding last Monday night asking us if we had heard about Dr. Schnebly. He drowned in a jacuzzi in a hotel in Tennessee – don't know many of the details – he was buried in Mount Vernon, Ohio where his mother still lives. He had never married. [Frederic C. Schnebly, 1923-1982, he served in the army 1943-46]
Sunday we attended two anniversary celebration. Bonnie and Don Waters renewed their vows at the Mt. Olive Church. Linda preceded the couple who had originally stood up with the Waters when they eloped – and Dick really surprised them coming in quietly and joining them at the altar after saying that he had not been able to come from wherever he has been stationed. From there we took off for the Elks Club in Wilmington to attend the Bill and Ethel King's 40th anniversary. After visiting some people at Wilmington Health Center (previously called Extended Care) and the hospital we visited briefly with Mary Virginia to check about her plans to sing at the Hospital Guild meeting. [Ethel Purcell King 1916-2000, taught 5th grade in New Vienna, daughter of Alonzo and Exie Blanche Smart King, she was born in Adams County.]
Over twenty-four hours have passed since I began this – we picked up Grandma at the airport last night after three nice weeks with Roberta in Phoenix. She enjoyed her visit. The dry warm weather has ended and its getting much colder and wet as well. Most of the leaves are still on the trees which is most unusual for this time of year but they will be falling fast now. Saturday night we had our first freeze of the year and it was a record 22º.
Had Mrs. Clem last Monday to help clean the storm windows and get them up after washing the regular ones – thought I might be a bit premature but glad now that the weather has turned cold. I'm already looking forward to Indian summer and SPRING!
We really have been surprised with Serena's correspondence this fall and glad to hear that she likes her legal assistance courses – especially the research. And Roberta is doing REAL well in her algebra course which she takes at 6:30 in the morning. Also Wendy enjoys getting happy faces on her papers – anxious to see her and the Morgans.
We plan to leave for Pittsburgh this Saturday and will see Aunt Virginia and then fly on to New York on Sunday for a few days. We'll pick up the car in Pittsburgh and then on to Columbus and will see John and X for a couple of hours and then on home that night. Any special requests while we are in New York? – don't plan anything special – hear the musical, "CATS" tickets go for $30-$50 each. There's plenty to do and see without spending that much.