Thursday, August 13, 2015

1965 Wells Clipping & Laura Hughes Letter -Aug. 13

The clipping that Laura Hughes mentions is scanned and transcribed following the letter.
Dear Jean & Harold,

Imagine our surprise one morning to open the Enquirer and find New Vienna making headlines (with something other than a cloudburst.)

Believe you were gone the week it appeared and thought you might not have seen it.

Congratulations, too on Serena winning an award in her cooking project at Fair this week.  With families like yours and ours 5 (plus 2) what's handier to have around than another good cook in the family?

So cheers to Serena, and keep it up honey.


Laura H.
1965 Wells Clipping from Cincinnati Enquirer about 
Korean orphans learning to play jacks.
That Old American Game of Jacks
Finds Eager Fans in Korean Capital

NEW VIENNA – Orphans in Seoul, Korea, are learning the old American childhood game of jacks, thanks to the Wells Manufacturing Co., of New Vienna.

The jacks were sent to the Soldiers and Policemen Children's Home in the Republic of Korea capital city.

The situation developed after a Korean janitor at the Yongsan Education Center in Seoul had obtained a set of jacks and asked an Army sergeant to teach him how to play.

After seeing the game, the janitor asked if he would write to the company and obtain the rules.  The janitor wanted to teach his own children how to play after having the rules translated.

Sgt. Robert D. Hiatt, with Headquarters Company, Special Troops, Eighth U.S. Army, which sponsors the home, wrote the letter and also asked if the company could possibly send several sets of jacks to be given to Korean orphans.

The Wells firm responded with a boxful of jacks and balls, along with the rules of the game.

"Actually, the Korean children knew the basic idea of how to play jacks as they have a somewhat similar game played with small rocks," Sergeant Hiatt related.  "However, there are several versions of the game in the rules we gave them."

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