Saturday, December 31, 2016

1986 Roberta Letter -Dec.31

Hi ––

This is some note paper we got from our hiking friend DORIS.  It's from a picture her son took over in Superstition Mtns.

We sure thank you for the watches – neither of us had "good" watches – so especially glad to have to wear for 'dress' occasions!  It's nice too that they are battery run – so they keep on running w/out constant setting and rewinding!  I'm not giving this watch to MISS WENDY!  It's classy too – for us to have matching watches!

THANKS too for the generous $100 check – we have it in the bank (not the checking acct) right now – but will be putting it to good use on something special.  Maybe in the trailer – we have several projects we want to do in trailer & with Joe coming we now have a deadline.  Or maybe we need to put the $ into frames – of the pictures Joe has given us!  Actually that's a good idea!

Enclosing picture of JADE taken on her 8th birthday – Her Mother Bev is one of Sr. Village cooks & stays here when we go out overnight.

We are going out weekend of January 9th – for  3  nights.  No special bike ride – so will get in some good hiking. (+R&R)

Bike now has 1200 miles – & had 1st flat tire today – Happened 35th Ave. between Bell & Union Hills (about 5-6 miles from here) Sid was actually up at the trailer – only a few miles away – but he did get message & picked me & bike up about 2 miles from here.  So – I did get in a little walk.

Sid is already talking menus when you folks are here.  Nothing elaborate – grilled fish & some new vegetable recipes we have tried.  Tonight we had the best Rice dish – w/ added mushrooms, almonds, bamboo shoots + green peppers!  Was it ever good!  Also had some pineapple in it!  Also had stir-fried vegetables w/ chicken in it.

We saw the movie Children of a Lesser God – w/ the head actress being deaf.

Thanks again for watches and check!

Much Love,

Thursday, December 29, 2016

1936 HH's writing ~Dec.30


(Spelling and grammar were probably not a priority, and have not been corrected.)
[written between Christmas and New Year's Day 1936]

Today it has been raining, last night went to see Cristmas tree lane.  It was a mile half long with grown pines.

We went down [to] San Digo the weekend before exmas that night we went down in to Mexico, they had the longest bar in the world.  The longest next day we went to the naval base on the islands.  We visited Ramona's marrage place in old town San D.

We started for Los Angeles that afternoon.  I've have only went twice swiming in the Pacif the other time in B. Pools.

For Christmas I got game of monopoly, play dog, nuts, 4 bannas in stockings.  My cousin got a football and a couple other things.  He has been trying to teach me to play football.

Half of the presents was for Srena Pugh a baby that has not been born.  [Serena Reynolds Pugh, 1914-1968 and her husband, Keith E. Pugh 1914-?, were expecting a baby at Christmas time, 1936.  Keith Pugh, Jr. was born a few months later.]

We may leave for San Francisco if it clears up.

We leave for Fla. Jan. 5, 1937.  Our address will be 915, 13 Ave. (or B. St.?)  We stayed there last year.  We had a white tinted tree for Christmas.

Harold H. Uible

Monday, December 26, 2016

1976 Joe's Saudi Arabia Letter -Dec.28

December 28, 1976
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Dear Uncle Harold, Aunt Jean and Mary Virginia,

Your letter was dated Oct. 18 and I'm just getting it!  The mail system doesn't function well here.  Just recently the one and only Post Office had a fire in the international mail room which destroyed a lot of letters.  I know for a fact that many of my letters written have never reached their destination.

I have been living in an apt. downtown for 2 and a half months but just last week I was moved to Rayville whisch is an American community built by Raytheon about 10 kilometers from Jeddah.  It is in the desert.  I must depend on a bus service everyday to get about.  Near my apartment building there are about 50 camels that graze on the trash in the dump - yard in the afternoon.  At one horizon you can see the bare mountains that work towards Mecca.  I live in a Pre-Fab house – very modern with 2 rooms + kitchen and bath.  I have hung a few of my paintings and masks from Senegal.  I finally got my air freight shipment which was sent by sea.  Sometimes boats must wait 5 months before they can unload their cargo.  I was very lucky to get my stuff after 3 months.

You are always welcome in Saudi Arabia.  If we get together it will not be as easy this time – I do not have another vacation until the 1st of September and I hope then to take a vacation in the U.S.A.  I work 8 hours a day!  I wake up at 5a.m. to take a bus and get home around 3:30 in the afternoon.  Hotel rooms are expensive here over 100 dollars a night for 1 person.  Raytheon was paying $1,500 a month for the apt. I was living in downtown!  If you come you will be able to stay at my place but it will be like camping in the desert!  Perhaps on a weekend I could fly with you to Riyadh or Ta'if for 2 days.  They say it's not very expensive to fly in country – you would need to rent a car and while I taught school you could get about easily.  There is really nothing to see in Jeddah.  Can you believe that?  It's like a mining town during the Calif. gold rush!  Construction sites all over the place!  I wish I were back in Senegal!  Well I wish you a very Happy New Year and hope to see you in Jeddah.

My trips to Greece, Italy, Tunisia and Egypt was exciting – Now it's all WORK and no play!

Love, Joe

Saturday, December 24, 2016

1976 Roberta Letter -Dec.28

December 28, 1976
Dear Family,

Hi!  I went back to work today, wasn't planning on going back till January 3 . . . . but decided I would go wacko that long without working . . . guess it is just in my blood now.  Actually I just worked two hours today, Fred and Pauline have gone on a two day vacation so went out by myself.  I know it would be hard to go out day after day by myself.  But in two hours I got seven orders -- five with deposits, two without.  Not bad at all.  I've got alot of deliveries to make the 3rd, and then again on the 15th.

It was nice having John here for a week.  It went by fast, I hope he thought it worth his while to come out.  We were sorry that the rest of you all couldn't make it, but next Christmas will be here before we know it.  Doesn't seem like we got to do that much while John was here, but then we seemed to keep busy most of the time.  The weather wasn't super hot the whole time he was here.  Of course I'm sure it felt cooler to me, than to him.

Thanks alot for everything -- the foot warmers are already getting some good use out of . . . . . the money went toward another pair of earth shoes.  Remember the ones you bought me in Columbus?  They were so worn out and ugly that one day I left them downstairs in the kitchen, and when the cleaning boy came he put them in the trash, but Nina -- the woman in charge saved them.  I'm going to get  a pocket-book, and not sure what else, but I will let you know.  The ear-rings will make a nice change from the one pair that I have out here.  (my jade ones)  And the billfold will be saved until the one I have now must be thrown out.

As for the towels, they too are muchly needed, as the YWCA budget doesn't seem to cover such things.  It was so nice that John was allowed to stay here.  Very convenient and of course the price was right.

What did you all think about the suit he got?  He almost got two -- I found it all quite shocking . . . . . but then the night before he had paid Debbie's and my way into the movie.  Debbie seems very nice . . . very considerate and all.  On the quiet side . . . . as compared to John and I!!

What do you think Serena thinks about the idea of coming out here, while I'm in New Jersey?  To me it would be a good deal for her -- either if she wants to just take life easy -- or if she wanted to work, I don't think she would have a hard time out here in the summer finding work -- I really can't imagine Serena wanting to spend the summer in New Vienna.  The Y is ideally located . . . near the State University . . . one half block from taking local buses (though I have never taken one)  If I'm back in San Diego next year, I sure hope or want to live here.

John and I watched some television -- last night I watched the GE special move -- about a college president who took a year's leave and had a job as a cook in a restaurant, etc.  It was good . . . . That is one thing I'm getting, experience in alot of areas.

The big wedding will be here before you know it.  When we called the Hortons, that was the big subject of conversation.  I'm glad that Grandma is planning on going.

I got another certified letter today from the bank.  I've learned to dread them as they always mean a bad check.  This one was a check for three dollars written on a closed account.  Of all the nerve.  I'm going to have to check it out tomorrow.  These bad checks, etc. cut into my profits.

I again thank everyone for all the nice presents . . . . and I wish you could have heard Pauline talk about all the toys . . . . John did get to meet Fred . . . . wish he could have met Pauline.  We had alot of good laughs about Fred's car --- I'm sure you must have heard about it!!!

Hopefully I'll do better in 1977 about letter writing!!!!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

1976 Catherine's Letter -Dec. 27

December 27, 1976
Dear Mom, Dad, and Mary Virginia,

Well, I guess it has been awhile since I last wrote.  We had a really nice Christmas and I hope to have some pictures to send you with the next letter.

We did quite a few things while John was here.  Tijuana, the zoo, the beach, plus Roberta kept him busy while we were working.  Debby will be here until Sunday so we hope to do some more things with her.

Thank you for the Christmas presents and the check.  We are going to buy a bed.  Those button towels are just the thing for our refrigerator and I'm sure we can make good use of the apron and placemats.  Gerry has already worn the shirt (sweater?) you sent him.  He likes the button type so you made a good choice.  The pants suit you sent me is very nice looking and it fits!

Deedee gave us a nice plant for Christmas.  I'm not sure what kind.  It has leaves that look like elephant ears.  Roberta got us a blanket – queen size since our sofa bed is queen size and we plan to get a queen size bed.  She also got us an ice crusher.

Dec. 29, 1976
Gerry and I both had yesterday off so we took Debbie and DeeDee to Sea World.  Wow!  What a place.  Since it costs $5.95 to get in we weren't sure if it would be worth it.  But there really was alot to see.  We spent five hours there and probably could have spent a couple more.  They closed at 5:30 though.  We wanted Roberta to go with us but she decided to go back to work yesterday.

Roberta is going to take Debby and I over to El Cajon tomorrow after I get off work to meet Gerry and we can show Deb the biggest shopping center in the area.

Last night we decided to go to Houlihan's Old Place which is a new restaurant in San Diego.  Roberta's been wanting to go there.  So we went about 8:30 and they said there would be a two hour wait.  So we decided we'd wait until it got a little older.  They won't let you make reservations after 5pm.  We ended up eating at Victoria Station which is just down the street.  We had to wait 5 minutes for a table there.  Roberta said she had eaten at Victoria Station elsewhere but it was our first time.

We got back our Christmas pictures and they came out really good.  I'll send you some.  The picture I took of Deedee wearing the top you sent her and holding the necklace would have been alot better if I hadn't aimed so bad.

Well, I still haven't heard from you but I Guess I'll go ahead & mail this.

Write soon.

Catherine & Gerry

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

1986 Catherine's Sanford postcard -Dec.27

Sanford is second only to the Biddeford-Saco area as the leading industrial / commercial city in York County, Maine's fastest growing county. [York County Population in 1970 = 111,576; 2015 (est.) = 201,169. Maine population 1970 = 992,048; 2015 (est.) = 1,329,328 Per Wikipedia]  Photo by Peter Randall.

Hi!  Thanks for your letter & clipping.  It arrived yesterday.  We had a good flight and have been visiting lots of Gerry's relatives. Several new shopping areas in vicinity – traffic is terrible!  It has been in high 30ºs with blue skies mostly but did rain on Xmas.  Plan to get together w/ some friends and library people next week.

Love, Catherine
Gerry & Wendy

Monday, December 19, 2016

1976 Roberta's Letter -Dec.25

12/25/76 [??]

Dear Family,

Hi!  John is outside trying to soak up some of the sun's rays . . . . . so thought now a good time to stay inside and get something in the mail to you all.  It's 4:00 and I just told the office girl she could go home, and I'll watch the phone.  The office will be closed now till Monday, which means I won't get any messages taken for me, unless I'm here, because Janice the other girl that lives here left this morning for Santa Barbara.

Did I mention earlier they said it would be fine for John to stay here.  He did stay at Catherine's last night, Debbie [Gerry's sister] won't be getting here till tomorrow.  Thanks for everything you sent out.  The pecans, granola, and clothes.  And of course whatever is in the packages is greatly appreciated too, anxiously awaiting the 25th!!  I wish I had been more on the ball and then you all too could be opening up something from me on Christmas.

This morning John and I went shopping.  He found the book on politics that he wanted.  And we got some small things.  We've been busy talking about life on the farm and the possibilities of this coming summer.  I would very much like to go back, and would except that I hate to lose my room at the YWCA.  I wouldn't mind paying the rent, but I really feel like they want someone to be here, so I'm going to work on the idea of finding someone suitable to stay here.  I thought about Serena, would you be at all interested????  I'm very close to the San Diego State University.  Or maybe you would rather work, which if that is the case, I might be able to help arrange a job.  Let me know if you would like to spend a rent-free summer in San Diego.  I'll pay the rent in advance -- I just want someone to stay here so I can have the room next fall.

It's been cool here, but John talks about going to the beach.  He wanted to see the Bruces, so called them up yesterday and plan to go there next Monday afternoon.  I don't plan to work until January 3rd --- when I have oddles [sic] of deliveries to make.  Maybe 70 sets of pans, and about 15.00 worth of Watkins . . . . as a Watkins sales person I'm a failure . . . . you can tell what I push.  Actually I imagine alot of these pan orders will not be completed deliveries on the 3rd . . . . . I have an envelope I mark . . . . . push or cancel.

I hope you understood that the pans are from Grandma.  She sent me the money to send both you and Aunt Mary a set.  The samples I take credit for, but not the pans.  The degreaser is good . . . . and super concentrated . . . . at least that is what everybody said.

John is busy sending out cards . . . . Catherine said last night he fell asleep on top of the couch, with his clothes on, and said this morning at 7:30 he was in the same position.  Imagine he would have been tired.

The box came today from UPS -- thanks, thanks, thanks, . . . . I wish you all could meet the Speyers . . . . such nice people.  Pauline is always telling me that that she has enough food storage for me and my family . . . . but then Fred is always telling me that I should start my own too . . . . just one year of everything and enough of the basics for two years. Instead I spend my money on a new television set!!!!

We ought to be going over to the Morgans.  Mary Virginia, thanks again for the towel and letter.  I haven't heard anything from Marion lately but then there is a good reason for that . . . . I haven't written.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

1976 New Lamps -Dec.24

Christmas present for the house – two new lamps, a Rembrandt table lamp and an Acme Floor Lamp purchased from G.M. Rice in Wilmington on Christmas Eve, 1976.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

1986 Family Letter -Dec.21

Sunday, December 21, 1986

Dear Family:

We had a nice Church service this morning and are having another program tonight, part of which will be with a live manger scene and then a brief service inside.  Our new Church organ is now a reality and it is paid for.  (Thanks to Dorothy Bernard's will.)

It has been nice having Mary Virginia home with us . . . she is to start in mid January as the choir director of the First Baptist Church in Washington C.H.  They wanted her sooner but she had promised to sing here at N.V. on the 11th.

Friday evening we had a new experience for the year – that of baby sitting.  The minister called us about 6:30 and offered us tickets for some program in Dayton saying that their baby sitter failed to show up.  Anyway we went over so they could go and baby sitting with four children brought back many memories of the good times in our household.  Turned out that the Nusbaums were to have come but they had forgotten which is another long story.

Mary V. had her Crisis Pregnancy Center Group (Board + Volunteers) at our home on Thursday evening . . . really have a BIG tree in our living room plus upteen lights on the outside and all the minor touches on the inside.

Put some straw over our strawberries yesterday plus some odds and ends.  We have been enjoying getting Christmas cards and especially those that have some personal news.  Our FFA fruit has been very nice this month and much better for us than the many pastries that are so tempting.  We did go to the new Ponderosa in Wilmington which was crowded with people.  The Golden Corral steak place will be just across the street so plenty of choice.

[The following is from John's personalized version of this letter which is the handwritten part.]

The service tonight by the children was very good, written and staged by themselves – part outside by a live manger scene.  Kevin's step-daughter was Mary.

Sent you a small box which we hope arrives before the 25th.  Thanks for the lovely birthday card and the nice message.  Belated greetings to Piper!

We look forward to seeing you Jan. 3rd.

Dad and Mother

12/22  Thanks for your ltr today, if O.K. we will be up on 1/3 between 2 & 3 & be glad to go w/you to the services the next day.  –Dad

Friday, December 16, 2016

1966 MUH Letter -December

[unknown day, December 1966]


Wish you could spend Xmas with us!  We'll be thinking about you anyway.  I plan to give the folks the phone and one of the church poinsettas from church and will put ALL OUR NAMES on it.  The Hortons are getting more realistic every year about Xmas giving . . . or would you say materialistic???  Mares already has hers (a dress) because she wanted it to wear for Christmas parties before the great day, and the rest pretty much know what to expect for they have already put in requests far ahead . . . . we need some little folk in this household like MV to keep the 'Santa' spirit alive!  Ho! Ho!

We're taking Mom and Dad to the Lions Xmas party for the blind next week.  I think they will enjoy that.  Mother will be going to the Glee Club show but I can't talk Dad into it . . . . "The seats are TOO hard."  You know him.  Well, why not take a cushion then, if that is the alibi.????  There will be two choir concerts at church coming up . . . youth and adult contata.  I imagine Mother will go to both.  This PM is the children's Xmas party at church.  Next week will be Highland's.  They gave their musical program last week.  And Serena, only the 4th, 5th and 6th grade performed.  OUTDOORS . . . . and you might know, it only rained just long enough to scurry every one indoors for the last two numbers.  They have a colored teacher this year and the singing was exceptionally good.  Three part harmony and rounds.

Catherine, I wish Mares had your brains or application or whatever it takes! [Mares had and has plenty of what it takes to be the best, just not in that particular case.]  With her test scores she'll be lucky to get into ANY college.  Just heard from Fla. State and she didn't apply early enough; her test scores were not high enough to be on a preferable list in Sept. and she did not apply EARLY enough,  Admitted Jan. '68.  So maybe  Fla. Southern!

Should I wish you SNOW for Xmas??? Happy '67.  Love, Mary & all

Thanks again for all nice things you do for Joe!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

1986 Catherine's Letter -Dec.15

12-15-22 1986
Dear Mother & Dad,

Hi!  It was good to talk to you on Saturday, Mother.  Thanks for calling!

We got our tickets today – leaving Spokane at 9:30 AM w/ a 3 hr. layover in Denver.  We'll get breakfast & dinner on those flights.  We'll return to Spokane at 7:10 p.m. on Jan. 4 and hopefully get home in time for Wendy to get some sleep before school the next day!

Received a package from Mary V. today but waiting for Wendy to get home from school before opening it.  We are going to her class after school today to see a 10 minute demonstration of a Pioneer Christmas Village they constructed complete w/ an electric train running through it.  Wendy is one of the "readers" saying who built what, etc.  She was thrilled last week as she was one of several who got to read a Christmas story to the Kindergarten classes.

Our next communication will probably be from Maine!

Love, Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

[The following is in Wendy's printing.]

Hi from Nobody  M.J.W.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

1986 Roberta's Letter -Dec.15


Hi –

We just returned from a great weekend – now to get this out before the mail-person comes!

Had a gook bike ride on Saturday – over 1,000 rode – I came in #208 – that is misleading tho – as that doesn't count the ones that got the gold award – the 23 miles in less than 70 minutes!  I did the 23 miles in apx 1 hour, 50 minutes & there were lots of hills, 1200 foot elevation gain! (worst 'hill')

Then Sunday we went on a hike in Superstitions –– lovely both days – mid 70's & sunny.  My nose got semi-burnt.

Saturday afternoon we rang the bells for Salvation Army in East Mesa – Sid's NARFE group had the day for the bell-ringing.  I made a point to say Hi to all who passed by & most donated.  I admire Mary Virginia for having done it for the 'season' – even if she did get paid for it.

Talked briefly to Hortons on Saturday & got the good news on Aunt Mary.

I'm (we) are home now for awhile – I've been gone alot past few weeks – between Conf on Aging, San Diego, & 2 trailer outings.  Not bad for someone who works full time. (and didn't use vacation time)  This last weekend left Friday at 12:30 pm after lunch & returned at 11:00 AM Monday.

Thanks for recent letter & clippings.

Love, RUK

Monday, December 12, 2016

1976 Roberta's Letter -Dec.12

1976 YWCA flyer for Christmas Open House

Hotel del Coronado 1976 Rates – may have seemed expensive then, but would be quite a bargain if they honored those prices today.
December 12, 1976
Dear Family,

Hi!  Just can't believe that its Sunday already again . . . . this last week went by super fast, and with all that happened in it, I'm glad to have starred a new week.  But with a new glass in the Buick, and a new set of keys things seem to be under control.

The big news is I'm very busy with pots and pans.  I've decided to share the wealth, so to speak and yesterday had a delivery boy out, he did a good job, only came back with seven (out of 24) and got bigger deposits on all the seven that he brought back.  He's a good Mormon boy . . . . about seventeen . . . . senior in high school . . . . I don't need him now until Wednesday . . . . the first and fifteenth of the month are my busiest times.

Right now most people are wanting theirs delivered after Christmas.  We are back in Mexican people's . . . . so am using my Spanish again.  They are good pays . . . . and they love the word "special".  Three days this past week I sold ten sets . . . . that's pretty good, if I say so myself.

I got out yesterday and sold two sets in about 40 minutes, so that more than paid for my delivery boy.  Then I just came back and starred my bookkeeping system.  I keep orders separated as to delivery date in envelopes.  What I am trying to do is to get a 3 by 5 card written out on all orders, keep them in a file box in alphabetical order.  Then I can refer to them if a customer calls, and then by having delivery date on the file card, along with other information I can find order quickly.

I bought a major (minor) appliance.  I figured with the money I saved, by not buying a new window for the car (instead of figuring the money I spent by having to buy a used window) I would treat myself to a TV.  I just got a small 12 inch black and white portable, by RCA.  It was just (ha) 84.00 . .  . . The one I bought for fifteen dollars turned out to be more of a tease.  Everytime I wanted to watch something, would get the picture on it, and sure enough within minutes I would lose the picture, or it would get all distorted.  I started to wait till after Christmas to buy it, but then I wanted to be able to see some of the Christmas specials that will be on before Christmas.

Went over to the Morgans today, they had their tree all up, with gifts surrounding it.  We are sorry you all won't be out here.  But then I can understand why you don't want to miss any of the cold weather and all.  (ho, hum)  I'm glad that both Serena and John will be in Washington D.C. Just what will Serena be up to?

Mary, what would you like for Christmas?  You know with you all changing your minds as you did, your Christmas might be coming late.  That way I can miss all the crowds at the post office – ha.  I should say, they can miss me . . . .

This last week, just a few             --- Now about an hour later, and I can't think what I was going to say.  Got Grandmas Christmas present this week. When over at Morgans, DeeDee showed me two two dollar bills that Grandma had sent her.  That pleased her.  They had popped all this popcorn this afternoon to hang on the tree, but when they went to string it, it kept breaking.  Janice needs to use the typewriter so I'll finish this later.

--- Now Monday AM –– ready to walk out the door for work ––

Love, Berta

Friday, December 09, 2016

1976 GHU Letter -Dec.9

Thurs. Dec. 9 [1976]
Dear Family,

How is every one?  Since it is now time for you Harold & Jean to be home from your Carib. trip & we haven't heard a word we are beginning to wonder if mail is suddenly slow or if all is going well.

 This evening Robbie arrived from school & then after supper he & Mary went to a musical at the Mall theater where they have 2 season tickets.  Bill, he has gone on an errand to Uncle Cris'.  They arrived at their trailer home Sun. night for the winter.  I am watching the Walton program & it seems to be interesting & full of difficulties for Christmas time but as all programs it is going to end all right.

I went with Mary to the U.W.S. at the church today as they had their Christmas program with Mrs. Bruhl (?) the minister's wife giving a book review for the main feature.  Many of us didn't hear much for it seemed difficult for her to use the mike & in that large church her voice was weak.  At least the lunch was good, Creamed turkey over a biscuit, peas & small piece of cranberry sauce & a square of ? a lady at our table said it was mince meat placed in a crust made of oats & the recipe is on the can when you buy it.  Whip cream on top, coffee or tea $1.25.

Had a card from Roberta today saying she had gone to the Zoo with Catherine, Gerry & D.D.  She sent me a small square of fruit cake & a package of cashew nuts.  I wonder if she got the fruit cake at a health store.  It is delicious.

While we are not having snow the sun is not too bright, the air cool & a lot of wind.  As the natives always say – This is unusual.  The Miami Herald has not made too much out of the northern weather, may be because they can't brag about their own this winter.  They are concerned about the tourist trade for they made the statement – too many people are going to other places for a change.

Mary still has trouble with her cold or has more.  Hope she gets over it before Jan.  I am getting my papers all right & the mail seems to be coming through all right from the P.O.  Let us know your new Box number, Harold.  I am sorry to bother you but please take care of the enclosed paper for I know I have Denbentures [?] of Gen P.U. which are supposed to be sent in by this notice.

Love to all – Mother

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

1976 Catherine's letter to John -Dec.8

December 8, 1976

Dear John,

Glad to hear that you are coming out.  I won't write an epic since we will be seeing you soon.  We haven't heard yet whether anyone else is coming or not.  We have not mailed their presents yet so I hope we hear soon one way or the other.  Debby will be arriving around noon on the 23rd.

We are having Christmas for Deedee on the 23rd since she is going to L.A. on the 24th for Christmas & for her uncle's wedding which is the 26th.

We have been planning lots of stuff to do while you & Debby and whoever else is here.  Gerry and I are not sure yet what days we will have off from work.  But both of us are trying to get as many as we can.

We have done most of our Christmas shopping which is good since I don't feel like doing much more.  We have also started mailing some packages and cards.  So far we have received one Christmas card and that was from a lady I work with.

Well, John, hope to see and/or hear from you soon.

Gerry & Catherine

Monday, December 05, 2016

1986 Family Letter from HH -Dec.7

Sunday, December 7, 1986

Dear Family:

Grandma left on a non stop flight from Dayton yesterday for Ft. Lauderdale.  Dayton is now a "Hub" for Piedmont Airlines so lots of service available there.  Yesterday was also the annual Church Bazaar Day, so we had a complete range of activities from draining the waterpipes at Mothers to other things.

Serena left here Wednesday A.M. and spending the night in Bloomington  IN on the way back to Chicago.  We are glad that she will have a dorm room when she starts school there in January.  We talked to her Thursday evening and things went well with her on the trip.

Mary Virginia has been busy . . . . .  with her Senior Concert and participating on Friday and Saturday, both this week and next in the Madrigal Program in Hillsboro.  We went on Friday night and really enjoyed the performance . . . . and the meal.  It was a full house.  Tonight she is in the Christmas Concert at the College.  There will be parts of Handel's "Messiah" and she is the featured soloist.

The Morgans are going to Maine for the Holidays . . . it will be nice for them to visit with Gerry's family.  This will be another big trip for Wendy.  Catherine is making progress on her dental care.

Roberta is still bike riding and is now in San Diego for a few days.  Hopefully if she decides to go on a "long" (?) bike ride in 1987 that she will invite the other potential family members.

We were glad that X and John made it for MV's concert and also were so good to Serena when she stayed with them.  Serena brought home a "newsy" Church Bulletin where they attended the services.

NV had a big Christmas parade . . . Gene Drake invited me to join him riding our bikes.  Several of the merchants had "open house" with complimentary refreshments.  It was a candle light procession and there were also candles in the business section along the street.

[Love, etc.]

Saturday, December 03, 2016

1986 Roberta's Letter -Dec.5

Hi --

Thought I had got this in the mail last week . . . .

Last Sunday rode w/ ARIZ Bike Club (ABC) on their Sunday morning ride.  This ride left from Apache Junction & rode to Superior.  60 mile Round Trip.  Rode out past Gold Canyon Ranch.  Good ride w/ few hills.

My next organized ride will be 12/13 – a 23 mile one in East Mesa.  We plan to take the trailer out & make a 3 night vacation out of it.

Aging Conference was good – saw lots of people I had met thru East Mesa Sr. Center & Sr. Village.  Pearl Bailey was the best speaker –

Our newly elected Governor was there.  He was supposed to speak at the Banquet – came late & had to leave early.  Didn't really speak on aging / senior issues either!


Thursday, December 01, 2016

1986 Catherine's Letter -Dec.1

Dear Mother & Dad,

Hi!  Now that December is here I can use my Christmas stationery!

It was nice of you to call on Thanksgiving and good to talk to Serena and Mary Virginia – glad the "Touch of Burgundy" went well.  We had a good Thanksgiving dinner – yesterday we froze what was left of the turkey.

Wendy got your advent calendar on Friday.  She is doing it 3 days ahead of schedule so that she'll have all the windows open before we leave.  Both of us like the pictures!  Ashley Wolff has some excellent picture books too.  I assume you are familiar with them.

We got out our Christmas decorations which we hope to put around the house tonight.  We aren't going to put up a tree.  Alot of our nicest decorations are from you – thanks again – we think of you when we see them.  I really like the Tomie de Paula The First Christmas pop-up book that you sent Wendy last year.

Although we are looking forward to our trip to Maine I wish we could be in Ohio at the same time!  Wendy is very excited especially about meeting her younger cousins and flying accompanied by her parents!

I have a dentist appointment in 27 minutes so I need to go do my final brushing!

We love you!

Love, Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

Monday, November 28, 2016

1986 Family Letter - October 1986

[October 1986]

Dearest Family –

Dad brought home a new typewriter and I did try using it but it was really different than this old one. It beeps when you misspell a word in its limited vocabulary and had alot of features this old one has.  It was nice but we ended up taking it back and will try another one later on.  I did like the correction part – either a letter or word at a time.  The same typewriter was about $100 or so cheaper through Service Merchandise so it might be a better place to shop.

We did have a wonderful trip and as always are glad to be back.  Our group was so small we really got acquainted.  There were four other men and no other women.  Two were from Puerto Rico who had been on the same Commerce Tour last year so knew their way around.  One man was from Anaheim who had recently gone through bankruptcy but very, very personable.  The other was from Boston, separated from his wife and anxious to impress her with his many purchases – furniture for his new apt/house, two tailored suits plus extra trousers from Hong Kong and more like things from Korea.  They were both quite young and very interested in importing.  The toy shows were varied – relatively little in Manila but we did tour a stuffed animal factory there which was very interesting.

Mary Greene was very nice to us [same Mary that showed us great hospitality in Hong Kong in November 2016] – sent flowers and a note to our hotel, took us with a driver south of Taipei where we visited a number of toy factories (?).  The first was actually a factory but the other two were makeshift factory/homes where one made & packaged paddles and the other made rubber balls.  That evening after dinner we went to Mary's apartment and it was luxurious.  Our living room and bedrooms would fit in hers easily and she had a balcony and also a roof garden.  She does want Roberta and Sid to come and visit and does have the space.

We did find the hotel where we had stayed 14 years ago but hardly recognized it for the whole area had changed (built up) and just about one block from our hotel this time.

The Philippines was interesting and would have been nice to have more time on our own there.  The night before we left they had a 1st grade typhoon which made it more memorable.  Also a 7 course dinner with escargot and cinnamon sherbert.

Hong Kong was fascinating – like a homecoming for we had good recollection of the beauty of the city.  We had a room with a "view" and made good use of our four days there.  Covered the area pretty well via street car, incline, boat, ferry, bus, train and taxi.  The toy show here was nothing exciting, but found that the people were more than anxious to come to your hotel to show "their wares."  H.K. seems like more of a bustling place than New York City.  Oh yes we did go back to the same tailors here we had bought items 14 years before, but we found it much more expensive but still many bargains there which we regretted not taking up on as they said Korea had same things but cheaper.

Mrs. Kim met us at the airport with Kim's sister and took over as our tour leaders.  It was good for the man who was to meet us never came to view at the airport altho he said he was there & looked for all of us.  Seoul is really a modern city with many skyscrapers and wide streets – 14 lanes wide in some places.  They use tunnels under the street to accommodate the pedestrians getting across the busy thoroughfares.  We attended the largest church perhaps in all the world –they have seven services each Sunday morning with 15,000 at each and many people standing.  Sunday school was conducted for the children in the outside area around the church.  It was a real traffic jam both before and after.  Luckily they had seven language speakers in the area where we sat so the headphones translated it very quickly.  The hymns were very familiar – the music that is and very touching to see and hear everyone participating.  The song service between services was interesting too with someone relaying the numbers to us in our area reminding us of football calls.

We said goodbye to the two Americans in Tokyo and found ourselves in business class from there to San Francisco which was a nice experience.  The many amenities spoiled us for the rest of the trip but we didn't resist too much when they luckily moved us there.

We are still recuperating – waking up in the middle of the night but can hardly hold our eyes open after 8:30 P.M.  We were glad that Roberta had come to be with Grandma the first week we were gone and then the Hortons came before she left so had a nice visit with her and stayed for three weeks.  They left Friday for the Kintners and Joe was to come for the weekend.  We are all waiting anxiously for news from Cris and Angela as the due date was last weekend.  [Laura?]

[Love, etc.]

Friday, November 25, 2016

1976 Roberta's letter to John -Nov.29

Roberta's Return address ––
4848 Seminole Dr. [YWCA]
San Diego

John's address at Denison ––
Slayter Box 2271

Nov. 29, 1976
Hi– How's school – almost out – are you ready for finals to be over?
I'm excited about you coming out – what would you like to do?  I am thinking maybe we could take a quick trip to Mexico – should be good for a laugh –

I turned down a $975 a month w/ the Hamburger people – McDonald's.  My girl friends out here think I've lost all good sense!  Someday we'll be in New Vienna – I have that factory in my blood – I'm getting excellent business experience now – tonight somebody called up – after using their pans 4 days they want their money back!  I was speech less!  I told them I'd stop by Saturday to discuss it.  Think I'll just offer them $10 for the used set – hoping they would rather keep the pans –

What about the bus connections out here – when will you be arriving?  I'll put the $ saved by not having a calculator toward your trip – does that sound fair?

Now Tuesday AM – got my case ready to go out – think you'll want a case so you can go out selling while you're here?

What's new in New Vienna – and the factory?  I miss it all – but then I like it out here too.  How does Mom seem to you – I just hope she is not doing too much –

What do you think about a present for Cris & wife?

Love, Roberta

Thursday, November 24, 2016

1976 GHU prayer & HH letter

Grandma wrote this prayer on a portion of the back of a letter she had received from HH.  Because of the attachments mentioned and the information about Roberta's return from India we can assume the letter was written in late February or early March, 1976.

Our Father we thank thee for our church home.  As we study this lesson, different denominations are mentioned.  May we think of them as taking different highways in reaching the heavenly home which you have prepared for us.

Help us to meet indifference with patience, criticism with love and opposition with courage.

Dear Father as we approach each new day may our faith and strength be renewed as we strive to serve thee.

In Jesus name, Amen.

[Feb./March 1976]

. . . . the weekend.

The enclosed letter from Roberta came yesterday – glad she is still having a great time.  Her tentative reservation is to return home at 9 P.M. on March 12th, leaving New Delhi that morning at 1 A.M.  That will be a day.  Was talking to Mildred Terrell yesterday who just got back from visiting Rosemary and her husband in Japan and she is already talking about going back next year.

The Dodds boy is the new Enquirer carrier, he told us he would have it around by 5:30 so we are going to start next Monday morning.  Wonder how long he will last?

Hope the sunshine quality and quantity are improving.


1975 Federal Income Tax Return
1976 Federal Income Tax Estimate
Roberta's letter with change of address.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

1986 Velma McGrew letter to Roberta

Velma McGrew(1900-1989) was a friend of GHU, living in a building adjacent to the CJ Uible garage apartment in Lake Worth.  In 1938 she married Harry Clark McGrew (1883-1958), had been married previously and had three children by his first wife who died in 1912.  Harry and Velma were both born in the Sharonville, Ohio area.  Velma moved to Florida in about 1962.

 [Undated but estimated to have been written in September 1986]

Dear Roberta

It is high time I acknowledge your cards mailed from various parts of the world.  I do appreciate the fact that you think of me when you are on these vacation trips, and that you take time out to write me a card.

Your mountain [the Superstitions or one in Colorado?] is a new one to me; I have not seen it, and tried to picture you as you scaled its slopes.  Did you reach the top?  I have not visited the southwest in our country and I know it must be as beautiful as the northwest.

When my knee surgery was over I thought I had a few more years to travel but full recovery took 18 months; then on the heels of that I had eye surgery and a year later, water on the retina of my good eye, so these took care of any traveling.

I have had some nice trips which I can enjoy in retrospect.

I will be glad when cooler weather comes as this is about to get me.  Thanks goodness for air conditioning, even if I do not like to live with it.

Friend Viola, whom you met, and I sit out in the cool of the evenings and hate to come inside, but eventually we must.

I enjoy the fresh fruits of the season and eat my share.

The Hortons visited a few places in England this summer that I had been to in 1965.  Mary wrote me about their trip soon after their return.

With Love,

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

1976 Roberta's Letter -Nov.28

Nov. 28, 1976
Dear Family,

Hi!  I'm enjoying a lazy afternoon in bed – not that I'm sick – just too cold to be out (65º outside) – so I'm laying in bed drinking tea w/ my blanket  & sleeping bag over me!!

We had a nice Thanksgiving – it seemed funny to eat out – but of course did have its advantages too!!  We got up to Bruces about 4:00 or so.  The 1st thing I did was go to sit down where there wasn't a chair.  Somehow I thought I had seen one.  Good thing John wasn't there – he would have never quit laughing!  It was funny!

My work is going fine – so fine that when McDonalds (the Hamburger people) called on Friday & I returned their call yesterday morning – I turned down their offer at $975 a month manager candidate program.  right now I'm enjoying going door to door – making good money and with my plans unsettled I think it's an ideal job.  Actually I've almost decided to go back to school.  I want to be able to work while doing it so my selling job would be ideal.

Fred has the exclusive on selling door-to-door for all the United States with West Bend Company.  I can't figure out why West Bend would do such a thing.  All Fred has to do is to sell so many per month. He would like me to get 2 people under me and then I could make $12 off each set I sell and if I let the ones under me make $10 per set then I would make $2 off each set they sell.  It would mean more money – but alot more headaches.  I might do it just between now & Christmas.  I've enjoyed taking life easy –doing alot of reading – working the crossword puzzle everyday in the paper (sign of prosperity – I started taking the morning paper!)

The selling part I enjoy – the paper work I make very simple.  I'm getting lots of referrals now – I always try to stress the idea of limited supply – especially if hey want a gold set.  (We really have plenty – but gold is the most popular – so I try to get them thinking its now or never.)  I've got a list of telephone calls to make after a week or so – people who wanted a set – but I couldn't get them to order.

I've found where I don't get an order on the spot – it's the exception that I'll get one over the telephone from them.  so I usually try to push the idea – you should order one – in the color you want then if you change your mind – just call me.  (That's where alot of them say – I have to check w/ my husband) then gently I push for a deposit – Saturday when delivering I picked up 7 more orders.  These are all referrals – but it doesn't bother me to give out a few dollars for each order delivered.

Next week will be my biggest delivery yet – 1st of the month – I'm not even going to wait till Saturday – I'll be out there Thursday & Friday afternoon knocking on doors!!  I wish I had a good delivery boy – especially for the Watkins orders – I think its to my advantage to deliver the pans myself – in hopes of course of getting more orders.  This last week I had Watkins, Stanley & pans to deliver.  Next week will be my last Stanley order – Watkins puts out a nice catalogue –lots of good spices, extracts, health aids (some funny – like beef, iron & wine tonic).  Also has a line of cleaning products – for people that know Watkins name – they really brag about it.  Really I don't care if they buy Watkins or not – I just want a relaxed customer so they will buy the pans.

I hope you understand about my staying here over the holidays – not that I don't want to be home.  I'm glad J.B. is planning to come out – it will be good to have him out here & I know Catherine & Gerry will enjoy his being here.

They are still pushing the idea of all of us moving in a 2 bedroom apartment but I have such a good deal here – not just price wise – but location – etc.  I'm just a 15 minute walk to San Diego State University – about 10 minutes or less drive.  It's a cozy little place upstairs – and evenings & weekend we have the whole place!

I sent you all a small package – don't save it till Christmas – as far as Christmas goes, I had the brilliant idea to make some things – which of course progress is not being made like it should – so please expect delayed arrival.

Mary Virginia – I had a letter from Marian – she said she had sent your things.  I wrote her about going East & she said if I wanted to I could drive to Illinois w/ her then let her off – take the van to Ohio – could you imagine having that wild van in New Vienna?

I had Pauline & Fred's son give the Buick a tune-up.  He bought the parts & all – would take only $5 for labor so it was about $15 total.  As he said – it's in good shape – it's a good car for delivery – lots of space – and not that bad on gasoline.  Maybe some day I'll have to buy a Van – HA!  Actually – if anything I'd like to have a small car – but as long as the Buick runs ––


Just now came from seeing the Morgans – they were playing cards – I finally brought the T.V. home that I bought for $15 – Gerry fixed it – works on 3 channels – 1 of them being channel #2.

Hope you are all fine – I think tonight I'll sleep inside the sleeping bag!  54º out now.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

1956 College St. House Timeline - Aug.-November


Congregation Mtg after SS voted 37-36 to go ahead

Church board agreed.

(Labor Day) Plasterers arrived & did 3 bedrooms, 1 bath & hall + 4 closet ceilings

Finished plastering.

Bricklayers finally arrived after promising to come July 1.  (Did lay chimney earlier but didn't stay to do any more).  Now really on the job.

Tuesday before Thanksgiving
Waldo Cornelius & Jack Walker helped us move in!  Worked from about 7:30-12:30.  Found $12.00 on chair afterwards which no one claimed.

If you use your imagination the following picture shows the 66 East College Street residence under construction during which time the greater back yard area was still a corn field.  The garden must have had plenty of volunteer corn for years to come.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

1976 Catherine's Letter to John -Nov.27

November 27, 1976
Dear John,

Sorry we didn't reply to your reply to our reply . . . sooner.  I guess by now you have heard that you are going to Washington.  At least that is what I gathered from what Roberta told me that Mom said.  However, we are still waiting to hear whether you are coming to California.  You are welcome to come at Christmas or any other time that might fit into your schedule.  I wouldn't wait too many years though as we don't plan to live here in Calif. forever.  If you do decide to wait then you could always find out whether we had moved or not.  Family news seems to travel fairly fast.  Especially with Roberta here in San Diego.  If you are coming to Calif. at Christmas please let us know soon so that we won't mail your Christmas present to Ohio.  Of course, maybe you would rather that we did that anyway.

Did Serena forget when your birthday was?  Or is she just behind the times?  I wish I knew what to get her for Christmas.  Really the only present I have bought is one for Mary Virginia.  It's all wrapped and ready to be mailed.  We have also bought most of Deedee's stuff.  We got her a Baby Alive, Mod Hair Ken, Lite-Brite, roller skates, dictionary, and some other assorted items, including a monopoly game.

Did you go home for Thanksgiving?  We took Roberta & Deedee out to dinner at the Hanalei Hotel.  They had a buffet with both traditional turkey & trimmings as well as Hawaiian dishes.  It was a really good dinner.  Afterwards we went to the Bruces.  Mrs. Bruces brother and sister were there as well as the brother's wife and three of their children.  Their son is the same age as you.  The two daughters who were there were 24 & 28.  Altogether I guess there are six children in the family – five girls and the one son, so somebody else perhaps was in a worse situation that you.  Or better?

How is Mary Virginia doing?  She never says much on the telephone.  Do you think she will go to Hudson Guild next summer?  Are you planning to go there?  I thought maybe she could come out and spend some time with us.  Oh well, "Only the future will tell us what is to come in the days ahead."

[Love, Catherine]

Friday, November 18, 2016

1986 Roberta's Letter to GHU -Nov.26

Dear Grandma,

Hi!  Here it is almost Thanksgiving – and already the Christmas decorations are up (not at our house – yet!)  and today we got  2  Christmas cards in the mail!  But – it seems to me Halloween was just a few days ago!  We are slowly getting into the Holiday swing ourselves.

Sid has been working on our Christmas Newsletter (newsy letter).  We will get copies made & send out instead of Christmas cards.  We have a huge christmas Party to go to onDecember 19th – a Retired Federal Employee Party.

The weekend of December 13th we plan to go to East Mesa with the trailer and "camp" out for  3  nights.  That morning I have a 25 mile bike ride over there that morning.  In the afternoon Sid & I have signed up to Ring the bells for Salvation Army.  The money collected goes toward Christmas for the less fortunate.  There are so many good causes out there!

Joe called me last night.  He was getting ready to go to Washington D.C. with some friends for Thanksgiving.  He had been to the travel agent and had actually bought his ticket to come to Phoenix on February 3rd until the 17th.  He is able to fly direct from New York City to Phoenix for $99 each way.  We are so glad to have him come out.  Joe will stay with us a few days but most of the time he will be staying in the trailer.

Would you be able to come out & stay with us while Joe is here?  We would sure like for you to come!  Maybe you could come about the end of January and stay at least 2 weeks.  There is a hospital supply store close-by where I could buy anything you might need.

I would be glad to find out the best connections between West Palm Beach & Phoenix.  And with my new-found fortune I'd be glad to help finance your trip!  Please think about it – we would be so happy to have you come.  Beside I know how BAD that Florida weather can be – and by end of January you will be ready for Sunny ARIZONA.  Sid has several new recipes he would like you to try – plus alot of his good food you have tried before!  Just let me know – I'll find out about the reservations!

I'm enclosing some pictures Sid took recently of a HOT AIR BALLOON RACE held here in Phoenix.  They are quite colorful & very BIG!  The big craze is here to go up in a hot air ballon – but the cost is over $100 for 45 minutes – so we an't get too excited about it!

Also sending a picture of me taken this last summer in Colorado when we went horseback riding.  It was August & I had on long underwear under my blue-jeans and also Sid's winter coat.

Next week I am attending the Arizona's Governor's Conference on Aging.  It will be on Wednesday and Thursday.  Pearl Bailey will be one of the special guests & speaker.  The new governor will also be there.

Senior Village is being represented at the conference by a poster that we had to put together for an exhibit about shared housing for Senior Citizens.

Next weekend you will be leaving for Florida – I hope you have a good trip.  You sure have had a taste of winter in Ohio this fall.  I don't think I could take that cold weather!

There is no rush but please send these pictures back.  I'll send them on to Sid's grandchildren.  Mom & Dad can send them back in a letter – no hurry!

I better go – need to get down to Senior Village.  This is the ideal job for me to have when you come out to visit us!  I have alot of flexibility in my hours plus you inspire all these Senior Village people – many who are in need of every bit of inspiration available!

Hello to Serena & Mary Virginia & Mom and Dad.

Much Love,

Thursday, November 17, 2016

1986 MV's Letter -Nov.26

November 26, 1986

Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Uible
Box 325
New Vienna, Ohio 45159

Dear Mom and Dad,

I just wanted to thank you again for the support you gave me last night and in all the events that led up that point.  Even as far back as starting out with Action Singers and Piano lessons in second grade.  I hope you feel that all the time, energy and money invested has been worth while.  I think so.

Thanks also for everything else you've provided me with -- a stable home, financial support and standing behind me in decisions I've made.  That will always be priceless to me.

Thanks most of all for just being you, for your love and your good example to me.

I love you.
Mary Virginia

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

1986 Roberta's Letter - Nov.25


Hi ––

Here's the latest JAG [?] letter –

January would be a great month to be here.  We will probably reserve the trailer space at "The View" from 1/26 - 2/23.  That way you all can stay with us a few days & we will plan on coming East (to Apache Junction) a time or 2 to see you all.  We stopped at The View last week (or 2 ago) when we hiked & the park is filling up nicely with lots & lots of activities!  It's a real R.V. Resort!  Sid & I will plan to make the scene there between 2/17 - 2/24.

I have to work Thanksgiving – but hope to get in a bike ride in the afternoon.

Sid is planning a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner just for the 2 of us – we will enjoy leftovers – probably till Christmas for the turkey.  In time for another BIG BIRD.  (at 19¢ per pound – when you buy $50.00 groceries!)

I ordered a VCR tape of Tour de Tucson – will send you all a picture that Sid took –

Much Love –

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

1986 Catherine's Letter -Nov.24

Monday, November 24, 1986

Dear Mother & Dad,

Hi!  Thanks for your letter and the clippings.  I read Jane Brody's first book and I have seen her second one but haven't checked it out yet.  It looks interesting though.

We talked to Roberta last night and she said Serena is now in New Vienna.  (How's it going, Serena???)  At least a majority of the family made it to Mary V's "Touch of Burgundy".  How did the performance go?

We are going to do our Thanksgiving shopping today.  Wendy has planned our menu for us including most of the traditional foods.  I notice she left out a vegetable though so we'll have to add that.  I have Friday and Saturday off also so it will be an extra long weekend.

Gerry has been making lots of contacts but nothing has turned up yet.  It's the wrong time of year to get a job in parts so we'll just have to wait and see what develops.

Wendy has been working on her Christmas list.  She goes through the Christmas catalog several times a week, marking the things that catch her eye.  She is getting more difficult to buy things for though now that she is growing older and more "sophisticated" in her tastes.  I ordered her a copy of New Kid on the Block by Jack Prelutsky.  Are you familiar with that book?  It has a poem about homework which she loves to recite.

We have some errands to do downtown so I will close and get this in the mail.

Catherine, Gerry
& Wendy

Monday, November 14, 2016

1976 Roberta's Letter -Nov.22

November 22, 1976
Dear Grandma,

Hi!  How does it feel to be down in Florida again . . . . year went fast, huh? It doesn't seem like that long ago, when we went to get you at the airport last year on your trip from Florida.  I hope your wheel chair, walker, etc made the same trip you did, I'll never forget how they didn't make the same flight here in San Diego.

I'm waiting for my supper to cook.  Luckily, the office (which is really in the hallway, just outside the kitchen is so close so I can get started on this letter and at the same time within watching and smelling distance of the kitchen.

My business is going well . . . . in fact I've decided to hire a delivery boy to help me do my deliveries on Saturday.  The trouble I have is finding people home after noontime on Saturday, and I have too many to get them all done myself by that time.  My biggest deliveries will be on the first of the month . . . . alot of military people here, plus alot of welfare people.  I'm doing better than I ever dreamed, I enjoy it alot, which makes for a nice job . . . . especially when I think how I disliked it and was treated at the Restaurant.  I'll never work for a place that takes advantage of their employees.

Gerry made reservations for all of us to eat out Thanksgiving.  I think it beats all the work involved in having the traditional lunch.  How was it at my house?????  I just hope my Mother is not overdoing it.  She doesn't seem to know how to take it easy.

I've played very little cards since I hurt my finger.  I am able to use my thumb now much better, but then I'm busy doing lots of different stuff (such as organizing my work) so little time left for idle games.

I'm glad the figs made it to Ohio, you know I was thinking about dates when I got those, that is what happens when I get in too big of a hurry.  I shop at the neatest fruit and vegetable stand not far from here.  They know me there by name now.  Grapefruit have finally come to a decent price -- ten for a dollar.  Their vegetables are really good -- just wish I had someone to do all the busy work on the cooking side here.  But, the taste sure beats anything frozen or canned.  Got to go for now . . . . .


[Grandma writes: This came to-day. Tues.]

Sunday, November 13, 2016

1976 Catherine's letter - Nov.17

 November 17, 1976
Dear Mom, Dad, & Mary Virginia,

Hi!  I feel guilty since I got another letter from you all yesterday – I hadn't answered the first one before that.  Not that we're too busy – I had just put it off.

Roberta came over last night and we were discussing what your plans might be for Thanksgiving.  We certainly hope you are going out for dinner & not having a big production at home.  The Bruces invited us out up for dinner – the day we (Gerry & I, Deedee & Roberta) had already decided to eat out so we told the Bruces we would stop by later in the day for "nibbles".  They are having some of their other relatives from S.D. for dinner.

This is going to be a good weekend for us – we're getting off work early on Friday & taking Deedee & her cousin (Diane (12 yrs-old - same as M.V.) to Disneyland.  It is a special deal sponsored by Pacific Telephone.  We each pay $5 to get in & then all the rides are free.  Diane's mother works for Pacific Telephone so we got the tickets thru her.  Then we have reservations at the Motel 6 for Friday night and on Saturday we're going to Knotts Berry Farm.

My lunch hour is over now so it's back to work for me.

5:10 P.M.
We're thinking of getting a two-bedroom apartment and renting one bedroom out to Roberta.  She seems agreeable & it would make it easier for us on the rent.  We may start looking soon as after Jan. 1st we can get our deposit back if we give notice.

Excuse the varying handwriting.  I have to write quite a bit by hand here at work.  It adds the "personal touch" so I ease the monotony with differing styles.

Let us know what your new box # is.

Love, Catherine & Gerry

Saturday, November 12, 2016

1986 Family Letter - Nov.16

November 16, 1986

Dear Family:

After Church today the three of us went to Leesburg to eat . . .  Mother always enjoys going there and she has enough food left over that Monday's lunch is on hand.  We are glad that she is using the microwave oven more.  Just hope that we can all be that alert when we too are 94 years plus.

Sorta wound up the yard work yesterday, cutting the spots of high grass, putting the leaves in the garden and putting up more stakes for young trees that were not straight.  Our brussel sprouts are still growing plus plenty of carrots to eat.

They announced this past week that the Wilmington News Journal and some other papers had been sold to the Brown Publishing Co. in Blanchester.  Of course, the change in tax rates in 1987 gives companies an incentive to sell in 1986. . . Wells maybe is missing the boat there.

We are looking forward to having Serena, Carol and John here for M.V.'s recital on the 25th and for an early Thanksgiving Dinner on the 26th.  M.V. said she would fix everything but the turkey for that evening.  The new steak restaurant in Wilmington has broken ground and Ponderosa there is still being remodeled.

Next Saturday is Roberta's BIG bike day (106 miles) . . . we are sure it will be an experience that she will remember.  If your Dad was younger he would still go for that cross country bike trip. [Which he did a couple years later.]

We've been calling Serena for over two weeks and leaving messages on her answering service.  Hope everything is OK with her.  We could call her at Roosevelt but now she is a temporary help someplace.

We've also tried to reach John & X to tell them we are looking for them Tuesday and will have Thanksgiving dinner late Wednesday afternoon.  M.V. has classes til 1:00 that day.

Wish we could all be together.

Much, much love,
Dad & Mother

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