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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

1984 Catherine letter -July21

July 21, 1984
Dear Mother & Dad,

Hi!  How are you doing with your studies?  I've been reading a series of books (by DeLa Roche) and some of the action takes place in Wales.  Sounds like a beautiful place.

This was a disappointing week for me as I went to my interview for the Children's Librarian job (which I thought went really well) but I didn't get the job.  They called me on Thursday to tell me I came in a strong second and that I would have a good chance if/when they have another opening.

So my next plan is to go put my application in at Washington State Univ.  I plan to go there on Monday while Wendy is at Day Camp.  The Whitman County Library (here in Colfax) has a bond issue coming up in Sept. and if that passes there will be two more positions open here so I have that possibility too.

DeeDee is scheduled to arrive in Spokane on July 29th and she will return to San Diego on August 18th.

Gerry is just entering his busiest time at work as harvesting begins for wheat, lentils and peas.  He will have to put in lots of extra hours so hopefully he will have some free time while she is here.

Wendy is anxious to go to the Post Office as we are going to the park after that.  So I better close.

We got a nice letter from Mary V. earlier this week.  Have a good rest of your trip.

Love, Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

Monday, July 21, 2014

1984 MV Letter -July 20

Around the Nation – Around the World
World Communications Year 1983
Evidently this aerogramme was commemorating the World Communications Year which was proclaimed by the United Nations to "stimulate accelerated worldwide development of communications infrastructures" and the international postage had remained unchanged in 1984. MV sends a letter to her parents while they are on an ElderHostel program in the United Kingdom, in Wales at the time of the receipt of this letter.  Transcription follows.

Dearest Mom & Dad –
 Thanks for the postcard this week.  Grandma got one today, which makes a total of 4, I think.  Also got an aerogram from MYK saying that she was stay 2 weeks longer and Greg (from Middletown) will pick her up.

I discovered last Sunday that the dodge has been leaking oil, so I called Barthy & asked them to pick it up & fix it.  Yesterday they still hadn't come, so I called again.  If they do not pick it up on Monday, I will call elsewhere.  Driving the van eats holes in my pockets.

I have been gone every night since you left, and it looks like only 1 nite at home next week.  I have been going to VBS at Villars Chapel plus my regular activities at Port William.  This afternoon I am going to clean the house & then go to a carry-in dinner at Villars Chapel.

I can't remember if I told you that the microwave was broken – anyway, he came (from Bellows Appliance Service - Wilm) on Monday.  The high voltage transformer has burned out.  It will take 2-3 weeks to get on in.  So hopefully it will be fixed by your return.

Several people have gotten apples.  I have gotten for Grandma twice.  She is doing fairly well.  Some days are better than others.  They are just about done painting her house,  Tomorrow we are going to Leesburg for lunch.

I have been fine staying alone, so don't worry.  I stayed with a girl I worked with from Clarksville this past week (1 night).  She's real nice, plays softball all the time and is Mormon.  But I think I'm a good witness & influence.

You got an invitation to a cookout (steaks, etc.) at cooper's (Snyder).  G.G. sent your regrets (it's to be 8/4).  No family mail.  Will pick up at 5:00 in 3 weeks – Everything's fine, so enjoy yourselves.

Love & miss you –

Mary Virginia

Saturday, July 19, 2014

1994 MV's postcard - July 16,19

 Charles Ingalls Family of the Little House books postcard - mailed 1994.  Captioned: Pictured left to right on front: "Ma" Caroline Quiner Ingalls, Carrie Celestia Ingalls, Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder, "Pa" Charles Phillip Ingalls, Grace Pearl Ingalls, and Mary Amelia Ingalls.  Laura Ingalls Wilder endeared them to the world in the LITTLE HOUSE books.
1994 MV's postcard -July 16
Burr Oak, IA 7-16-94
Visited here today, a hotel they managed for a year in 1876.  Very interesting.  Then drove up US 52 to Rochester, MN.  Saw some Amish women selling baked goods & jellies out of their wagon on the way.

This morning visited 2 of the Amana colonies, which I vaguely remembered.  Tomorrow I think we'll rest then go to Twin Cities on Monday.  Conference starts Monday.  

Love - M.V.
 Holland Hall Tower postcard - mailed 1994.  Captioned: The tower of Holland Hall is a landmark at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.  Built in 1925 and modeled after a part of the fortress-monastery of Mont St. Michel in Normandy, France, Holland Hall set the date for much of the stone architecture which was to follow as the St. Olaf campus expanded.
1994 MV's postcard - July 19
[postmarked 7-19-94]
I don't know how much of Northfield you remember, but St. Olaf has such a beautiful campus.  The emphasis this week is on singing the psalms, which is very interesting.  They keep us busy from 7AM-10PM, which makes for a long day but certainly get your $'s worth.

Will probably arrive in NV on Sat. night after dinner.  Appreciate your TLC for Ginny.

Love, MV

Friday, July 18, 2014

1984 Roberta's AZ Postcard -July 8

Roberta writes Wendy a postcard.  Gerry (and possibly Sid) knew the photographer of this card, Dick Dietrich, who had an RV.  Transcription follows.
Monument Valley (Arizona) postcard mailed 1984 by Roberta to Wendy.  Captioned: The wonders of Monument Valley.  Photographer - Dick Dietrich 
[7/08/84 postmarked]
Hi!  What's new with you & your parents in Colfax?  We are getting ready for our August trip – especially Sid who is doing alot of work on the truck.  We went to a movie – Ghost Busters – have you seen any movies lately?  Have you been swimming – are you getting a tan?
Love, Roberta & Sid

Thursday, July 17, 2014

1974 Stephens Carpet Store Statement -July

Would this have been the carpet for the Recreation Room? –– 27.33 square yards of Tiffany Gold at $6.30 per yard and a labor cost of $1.50/yard, purchased locally from Stephens Carpet Store on Main Street in New Vienna.
1974 Stephens Carpet Store Statement -July

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

1984 London Postcard to MV & Morgans -July 15

This is London postcards written July 15, 1984
Identical cards were sent to Morgans and Mary
Postcard sent to Morgans
7-15-84 Sunday am
[written by HH] Hi!  Thanks for your letter which came yesterday – real service.  We are putting our 7-day bus pass to good use & like the ride on top of double decker buses.  Been studying about Roman London - 55AD:200AD & some of the walls are still up.

[written by Jean] Glad to hear Wendy is enjoying the swimming lessons.  We'll definitely have to go sailing w/her next time.  We're on our way to meet Cynthia King Park & her husband in Felixstowe going by train from Liverpool station getting glimpses of Petticoat Lane Market which is open on Sunday mornings.  Would have had time to spend there but didn't know that train would be 15 minutes late in leaving but really saw enough.  

With much love to each of you, Dad & Mother

Postcard sent to Mary
7-15-85 [84, written by Jean] 
Dearest MV,
On our way to see Cynthia & her husband in Felixstowe – taking the grain to Ipswich where he is to meet us – plan on going to a church service on the beach where Cynthia is to take part.

Have had rain but none in sight for today for which we are thankful.  Hope you & G'ma get along fine – we are thinking of you often especially when we see the beautiful flowers – roses are gorgeous.

Our flight is getting into Columbus earlier than we said as schedule has changed.  Just meet us at the baggage area about 5PM 8/10/84 (Friday).  Love from both of us, Dad & Mother

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

1984 MV's letter -July 15

Mary provides me with a chance to once again discuss the art and challenges of transcription. To be a true transcription letters should be transcribed exactly as written – typos, misspellings, mark-overs, spacings, redactions, etc.  However, the primary purpose of this blog is to share moments in time when letters were written and the conveyance thereof. Therefore, I frequently take the liberty of correcting and/or editing with the occasional use of [sic] to indicate the exact spelling or wording used. In the following letter I will correct most of the spacing oddities, and will probably make some new mistakes in the process. The exact transcription of the original or my edited version can later be the subject of a true transcription by a future generation.  Also those of us old enough can appreciate the ease of corrections on a computer as opposed to using typewriter or a pen.

Edited transcription follows:

July 15, 1984
Dear Family,
Praise the Lord!  Things have gone well in the nearly past week that Mom and dad have been gone.  I have managed to stay as busy if not busier than usual with activities nearly every night.

My diet has been going well over the past 5 weeks, taking 15 pounds off so far.  Roberta's incentive helps alot . . . I only have 10 more to go before I can start counting the money!!!  It was so nice to walk into the store and be able to get a 34 in jeans instead of the 38-40 a year ago.

This past week was Vacation Bible School at Port William.  We had about 90-100 kids (ages 2-18) every day.  I helped teach the 5th and 6th grade, and we had an attendance of 13 everyday.

Whenever we don't have church, (on Sun. Eve.) I got to Villar's chapel, and have gotten to know Sybil (Gano) Tyo and her daughter fairly well. She invited me down for a cook out for dinner, so I am heading down to Blanchester when I get this letter done.  The house seems so quiet after having Roberta, Serena, and Wendy there.  But for now I am enjoying the solitude, as I know there will be lots of company when Roberta and Sid are here.  I am so looking forward to meeting Greg (future brother-in-law?).

Yesterday I worked on my roses, putting new peat moss down.  I got 3 4 cubic feet bales - 12 feet.  I made the mistake of carrying them (75-100 lbs.) and today I am so sore . . . even my ribs hurt.  I told Grandma and she said I had no business doing that kind of thing (I could tear my insides apart and get a hernia.).

Last Night I went to see Fiddler on the Roof at Wilmington College.  It was the last musical that Hugh Heiland was to direct.  It was very good.  In two weeks they will be dong the Wizard of Oz.  Eileen (Fisher) Cline was in Fiddler and my voice teacher will be in both productions.

Well, guess that's about all the news from here.  Don't forget to write.  Mom and Dad would really appreciate it.  Until next week; Closing with Love and prayers,


Monday, July 14, 2014

1984 Catherine's Letter -July 14

Saturday, July 14, 1984

1984 Catherine's Letter -July 14
Written on stationary from
Universal Motor Hotel in Toronto, Ontario
mailed to Glasgow, Scotland
Dear Mother and Dad,
Hi!  I hope you got the letter I sent to London.  If not it will catch up with you eventually.  We got your letter from N.V. on Thursday.  Thanks.

Wendy's luggage was delivered about 5:00 p.m. on Monday.  Everything arrived in fine shape.  We have been enjoying the cheese, cookies and candy.  I really like the collapsible tote bag.  Gerry & Wendy like it too so we have been sharing it.  It fits well on the back of my bike.  Next time you go back to Totes, Gerry would like a red one and Wendy want a blue one like mine.

I heard from the library in Pullman that I am one of 3 finalists for the Children's Librarian position.  Now they are checking on references and then will schedule interviews for the end of next week.  They will announce the selection on July 26th.

Wendy is enjoying her swimming lessons.  She swims a few strokes underwater but has difficulty with the raising her head to breathe aspect.

Colfax is celebrating "Krazee Daze" this week with a Wild West theme.  All the stores are decorated, employees in costume, sidewalk sales, organizations have booths, etc.  Today is the culmination with a parade at noon.  Wendy gets to ride on a combine from Jones Truck & Imp.  Gerry and I are playing in a Krazee Daze golf tournament this p.m.

I checked a book out of the library here called A lifetime's reading: the world's 500 greatest books by Phil Ward (Stein & Day 1982).  It suggests reading ten per year and then in only 50 years you'd have them all read!  I've read maybe 10-20 of them (quite a few I never even heard of) mostly in high school and college.  The only one I read recently was Complete Sherlock Holmes which I read last year.

I just got a call from the library in Pullman and my interview is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday.  By the time you get this it will be over.  Hope I do well!

Interesting article in Spokane paper about Elderhostels in this area.  I'll send it to New Vienna!

Love, Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

1974 Catherine's letter -July 14

July 14, 1974
Dear Mom, Dad, Roberta, John, and Mary

Hi!  We were really overwhelmed to receive two letters yesterday.  Appreciated your sending those from Aunt Mary and the clipping was very interesting.  Too bad we don't have more space we could do something like that.  We have built more shelves in the attic of the library in an attempt to make three years growth space for the magazines.  Even with the new shelves we have still been found it necessary to discard some things which we would keep if there were more room.  The preliminary plans for the [building] addition are still in progress.  The architect (a member of the board) seems to be the busiest man in town.  He says he'll have something done by a certain date and then we're lucky if it's done a month later.

We had dinner last night at Tom & Mary Ellen's.  It was the first time we had been to their house and wow is it big.  They have 3 bedrooms plus the master bedroom and the "guest suite," a formal living room, a gigantic family room, an office and the basement.  I'd get tired thinking about cleaning a place like that.  We didn't see their youngest son, Jimmy, as he was already in bed.  Mike, the 4-year-old, reminded me of Tommy – blond hair.  Tom seems to be working hard at the printing business.  Mary Ellen sends out the bills.

On our own house we're coming very slowly.  We poured the second half of the foundation last Tuesday and almost had a disaster.  One of the sections of plywood wasn't braced very well and when the cement went in it bowed out at the bottom and in at the top.  And because the cement was there we couldn't straighten it out again.  So we poured the rest in very slowly and fortunately it didn't give altogether.  However it turned out to be only 10 inches wide at the top and we were planning to put a 12" wall on top of it.  On that side now the wall will be only 10" thick.  We have more or less decided that we won't go all the way up with stone, but perhaps 8 feet and then frame in the rest so that we can have it enclosed by fall winter.  Right now we're about two weeks behind our projected schedule as the foundation took longer than we had anticipated.  Yesterday we put the coating on to keep it from leaking.  Today we're going to level the basement floor so we can pour a cement floor, and we'll start setting up the forms for our stone work.

"Hello" to Grandma.  Hope you all write again soon!  Love, Catherine & X

Sunday, July 13, 2014

1984 MV's letter -July 14

Dear Mom and Dad,

We got your postcard today written from N.Y.C. and Grandma got a postcard from Roberta.  The only other personal mail was a thank-you note from Lynn Sanker.

After dropping you off, Elaine and I went shopping – first to J.C. Penny outlet, then Eastland (on Refugee Road) We found Joann's Fabric's fine and got enough felt for two banners.

Wednesday night I went to Bible Study at Villars chapel after having Delinda Jackson for dinner.  She coaches the softball team at Port William.

Thursday was pretty much the same except I had Chad cove over and mow.  I couldn't figure out how he got done so fast.  I found today he only mowed and trimmed 1/2 the backyard.  From Thompson's on back is yet to be touched.

My hair looks about the same except it's wavy.  She only cut 1/2 inch off, but I got what I wanted, which is body.

We played a black ball-team this morning.  There are two, and they hold 1st & 2nd place.  We lost (12-8) but I'm sure we are third out of the 5 teams.

Tonight Diane Allen & I went to see Fiddler-on-the-Roof.  It was real good.  Afterwards we went back stage to see Eileen Cline and several others.

Grandma & I are eating here tomorrow noon.  I spent this afternoon fertilizing roses, etc.  Every thing's fine here.  Just enjoy England.  I stopped at Radio Shack.  they have to send it in.  They said it ought to be ready in 10 days.  Don't forget to write sometime.

Love and Miss you,

Saturday, July 12, 2014

1964 Marianne's Statement -July 12

This statement brings back memories of a day when there were lots of chores to be done – a Monday so most likely laundry day with loads of clothes to be hung out.  Marianne was not so thrilled with younger siblings – hers, mine or both!  She lived up to this statement by having only two children.  The definition of "bunch" according to in this context is "a group or company." Transcription follows.
I will not under any terms get married and have a bunch of children!  I do not want a Mess!
Marianne Horton
7/12/64 age 15¼

Catherine Uible
& her father 
          Harold Uible

Friday, July 11, 2014

1984 London postcard to Wendy from HH & Jean -July 13

City of London Policeman postcard. Mailed 1984.  Captioned: LONDON: The City of London Police are distinguished by their Roman type helmets, brass buttons and red and white armlets.  They are also known for their physique, for no man is accepted under 5/11" in height.  The average height of the Force is in excess of 6'1".  The force inherits a tradition as old as English history itself.  They police an area steeped in history, the Londinium of roman times was known as a town of the highest repute.  Photo: E. Ludwig, John Linde Studios.
1984 London postcard to Wendy from HH & Jean -July 13.
Dearest Wendy –
It was so good talking to you on the phone last Sunday.  We really missed you after you left.  So many asked about you and want you to come back.

We arrived here Wed AM & are having a good time.

Plan to see Cynthia King Park & her husband at their home in Felixstowe Sunday.  I know she remembers you!  Love to you & your Mom & Dad.  G'ma & G'dad Uible

Thursday, July 10, 2014

1974 Catherine's postcard -July 10

Famous Bill's Restaurant on Routes 5 and 10, Greenfield Mass.  Mailed 1974.  Captioned:Out-of-town skiers, nearby residents, and vacationing families from throughout the country frequent Bill's Restaurant, widely known for its informal, comfortable atmosphere and first-rate food at modest prices.  A welcome oasis just off Route I-91, it's at 30 Federal Street in Greenfield, Mass.
1974 Catherine's postcard -July 10
Hi!  Thanks for the letter.  We are definitely interested in the stove and possibly the cabinets.  But we can't come get them immediately.  Our foundation is now done & we'll be starting on the stone walls.  today we're taking the day off and going to Boston with David and a Sanford friend, Paul Flaherty.  Thanks to MV for her latest letter, also got a postcard form John.

Love, Catherine & X

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

1984 Catherine's letter -July 9

July 9, 1984
Dear Mom & Dad,

Hi!  I thought I should get this letter off to you right away since I have no idea how long it takes a letter to get to Great Britain.

Things are more lively here in Colfax now that Wendy is home.  She is excited about beginning her swimming lessons this morning.  They run for two weeks from 10:45-11:30.  First is my exercise class at 8:30 – Wendy will go to the babysitter's down the street for an hour.

Your Elderhostel classes sound interesting, especially in combination with the field trips.

We had an interesting trip up the East side of Lake Coeur d'Alene on Saturday before picking up Wendy.  We ate at Tony's which is supposedly the best restaurant in northern Idaho.  We had eaten there six years ago when we vacationed there before moving to Madras.

Wendy has filled this side of the page with her art work.  She is sure enjoying all the toys she brought home from Ohio.

We called the airlines last night.  Her suitcase was located in Chicago and was to arrive on the same flight that Wendy took the day before.  It should be delivered to us today.

Love, Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

1973 MV's letter -July 8

Mary would have been nine-years-old at the time this letter was written, Rob would have been seventeen.  Perhaps Mary intended to write a paragraph to Dad to complete the trio of adressees, possibly to discuss legal options concerning behavior of relatives.

Sunday, July 8, 1973

Dear Mom, Dad and John,

"Hi!  Robbie John – Hi I would rather have you to beat up on me than Robbie everytime everytime I get up he pushes me back down.  And now he is beating up on Aunt Mary.  I am glad to get him off my back.

Mom – Bert and I went shopping friday.  We looked at some sandels.  1 was 2.97 and the other with thongs I liked better were brown and cost $9.00.


[note in Roberta's handwriting]
found this in ax notebook –– thought you all might enjoy reading it!  [enclosed with letter dated 5/15/74]

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

1984 Family Letter -July 8

Sunday, July 8, 1984

Dear Family:

The last three weeks have been "super" busy with Roberta, Serena and Wendy coming and going.  We talked with the Morgans today . . . Wendy got along fine on her big trip to Spokane yesterday.  She seems quite mature for a 7 year old [two months shy of seven actually] and adjusted to life in NV very well.  It is now hard to believe that our own children were once that age and younger . . it all flashes back when we retrieved the books that you all had at that tender age.

Roberta is quite a camera bug and we did enjoy seeing the pictures that were taken in Columbus on June 23rd, when we also met X and John for supper.  Hopefully, the Newark Uibles can come to NV for the afternoon of August 19th, when we plan to have open house for Sid and Roberta.  We'd like them to come day before & stay over but at least Sunday if not Saturday too.

Serena told us this afternoon that she has applied for admission to the Rosary Library School in Chicago.  We are glad.  With Serena's love for books she will be a natural.  It was nice that Serena and Greg took time yesterday to meet Wendy at the Chicago airport between plane changes.

Wells has been closed this past week and will be closed this next week for vacation.  However, there is plenty to be done in the office as it is the end of the fiscal year and getting the new 1985 catalogue ready.  We expect to get our new computer by the end of August which we think will be an improvement.

We leave Tuesday for England . . . . schedule enclosed . . . . yes, we would be glad to hear from all of you.  It has been thirty years since we first visited London . . . . another 30 years will put us up with Grandma.  Grandma and M.V. eave on their trip on August 25th.

Wendy kept us on the go to get the many things done which we had planned for her.  The day we took Roberta to the airport we also went to the zoo, Polly Flinders, and the Totes outlet.  Serena, Tom and Ella Guard also went with us so that was super full.  We went out to the Henry Fishers one afternoon and watched them milk cows and saw the baby calves.  One day we had Patty Walker Ryan's two daughters to play and another time Nancy Henderson's great niece.  The New Vienna Fourth of July Celebration took place last weekend so we took in the pet show, penny scramble, squaredancing, fireworks, and dinner served by the Senior Citizens at their center.  I almost forgot to include the big new attraction in our area: the beaver pond built last January or thereabouts behind the Auburn church.  It has been on the TV as well as in the newspapers - people take their lawn chairs, cameras, in order to see the beavers in action – very interesting.  Vanessa joined us with her nephew, Dion who lives with her.  (He is 16 and quite a track star and very good looking.)  Vanessa has become quite a camera bug and she and Roberta compared notes on their hobby.

MV is taking us to the airport after putting in 3 hours of work at Wilmington College and 2.5 hours at the Port William UMC Bible School.  She plans to combine the first two all week.

One of the pieces of Wendy's luggage didn't make it to Spokane but hope that it turns up before long.  We'll be interested in hearing.  She was such a good girl and so mature so we look forward to having her another time – if not next summer, certainly the following.  It really helped to have her aunts here to entertain her but we made up for their company by reading all the children's books here and many from the school library.  Hopefully Wilmington Library will reopen soon for HH has really missed it.

Love to all . . . . .

1964 Postcard to Catherine at church camp -July 8

First paragraph is written by Roberta (?) or Serena (?) or possibly John though at eight he may not yet have been writing cursive.  Second paragraph written by Jean, card addressed by HH.  Scribbles could have happened anytime in the last 50 years.  We all know how precocious he was though. Evidently Marianne came down with some contagious disease at church camp – chicken pox, measles, or ??  It was a big deal to get mail at camp – not everyone did, and mail call was a much anticipated time of day.  Transcription follows.

1964 Postcard to Catherine at church camp -July 8
[July 8, 1964 postmarked]
Hi!  Went to Cinn but it rained, rained and rained until about 1.00.  We saw musseam [sic or mumeam] Enden Park, plus zoo.

Sorry Marianne had to come home but hope she din't spread it over too many others.  Dr. Said for her to stay in 2-3 days.  She's really broken out today.  Stayed all night at our house & Aunt Mary came & got her this AM.  Got your card today.  See you Fri.

Monday, July 07, 2014

1964 Catherine's postcard from church camp -Jul 8

I go to Senior Youth Church Camp in Sabina with Marianne and Weegie among other people. The hypnotism part was memorable. I got the "cure" for nail biting but since I didn't bite my nails in the first place hard to tell about the effectiveness! Another hypnosis option was for eating too much candy/chocolate.  Washington C.H. was where the corrective shoes were purchased.
 1964 Catherine's penny (4¢) postcard from church camp - Jul 8

[July 8 1964 postmark]
Hi!  Last night we saw St. Joan [a play?].  It was really great!  You should have come. You can come when they are here for the second week of Sr. Camp.

I went swimming yesterday afternoon.  The weather wasn't very promising but I went anyhow.  It has rained all day today so my raincoat is coming in handy.

They have 5 ministers here who are hypnotists.  Yesterday they hypnotized some people to demonstrate how they did it.  They can help people break bad habits like chewing fingernails and help with complex's too.

Weegie said it is okay with her if we go to Washington C.H. but Marianne says her mother was planning to pick us up.  It doesn't matter to me.  I guess there isn't any urgent need for my shoes.  Love, Catherine

Sunday, July 06, 2014

1984 HH & Jean Westminster Abbey postcard -July 11

HH visited London in 1954, 1984, and 2014 and several other times in between. Here are Westminster Abbey postcards from the 1954 and 1984 visits.

 Westminster Abbey, London postcard mailed 1984.  Captioned: The Twin Towers at the west end of Westminster Abbey were designed by Hawksmoor, a pupil of Sir Christopher Wren, and built 1738-39. The Abbey was founded by Edward the Confessor in 1050.  Our Kings and Queens have been crowned here since 1066.
1984 HH & Jean Westminster Abbey postcard -July 11 mailed to Uibles & Wells

Got here safely.  There's a Woolworth's nearby.  Meeting many nice people with similar interests – actually two groups of about 30 each.

The 6¾ hrs on the plan went quickly, but not too much sleep.  We liked our special order meals.  Meals here are good – buffet bkfst & lunch & sit down supper.  Hope to go to Church here on Sunday.  –– Jean & Harold

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As a special blogpost bonus a 1954 postcard of Westminster Abbey is also included –
Westminster Abbey, St. Margaret's Church & Big Ben, London Postcard sent to Catherine & Roberta - May 12, 1954

Items from Uible photo album