Friday, May 26, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -May 25

Thursday – night
[May 25, 1967? – whoops according to the timeline of J.N.'s cake this letter must have been written May 18, not the 25th]

Dear Family,

Hi – got your letter today – the mail really comes when it comes!  I didn't get any mail Tuesday or Wednesday but today I got six letters!  One from you all, Oscar and Elizabeth, Nancy Walker, Betty Smith, Sarah Hinerman and Vanessa Brown!  Wow!  Now I'll probably go another week before I get any more mail!

Included with this letter is a or should I say "the" english test we had today.  We had to put our answers on note-book paper so we got to keep the test – big thrill.  We are now all done with reading plays – I really read some good ones too.  I really enjoyed reading all those plays cause we got to pick which ones we read and didn't have any set amount to read.  We are now on poetry in English.  I think I will enjoy it for teacher Tom is really a good teacher.  He can get a person interested in something they have hated all their lives!  I understand  Julius Caesar much more than when I had it at East Clinton.

Helen and I are going to make J. N. a cake and give it to him next Tuesday.  I have his address so we should have no trouble finding his apartment.  We called up his apartment today and spoke to the woman in charge – she told us he usually got in about 4:30 so we are planning on being there by 5:00.  That will give us time to get back in time for supper and all too.  Don't tell him about it, ok?  We want to surprise him.  We will tell you how it goes later.

As for my grade card – I thought it was pretty good too.  I guess studying can help my grades after all.  Teacher Tom thinks I'm doing alot better now.  I guess I've grown accustom to his sudden calling on me for I think I'm doing alot better in that area.

I'm all caught up with all my work – in fact I'm ahead in some classes now!

Our lunch was fine – we ate everything – don't worry no indigestion!  Today I went to Binns I bought 12 oranges 69¢, 6 grapefruit 69¢, 4 tomatoes 38¢, and a black felt pen 39¢.  Total cost – $2.15!  WOW!  Fruit sure is awfully expensive!  My money is really going down fast.  The food I bought should last me about a week or so!

In Bible we are reading the book "My part in the Quaker Adventure"  by Elise Boulding.  It is really a pretty good book – I understand Quakers alot better now even tho I haven't even finished the book yet.  Elise Boulding is going to be the graduation speaker this year.  She is suppose to be very good – maybe you all can come and hear her.

Did you see Suzanne's dad's picture in Newsweek?  His picture will also be in TImes magaizine soon too.

Tonight I was put on work crew – all I had to do was iron from 4:00-5:00 It wasn't really bad for we had radio on and everybody kept talking – we got alot done too.

Well – got to go!  Study hall will start soon and I made a rule with my-self that I'll never write letters during night study hall unless all work for the next day was done.  Still have my algebra to do.  So!

Love,
Roberta

P.S.  Tell Grandma and Granddad I said "Hi."  Thanks for news paper clippings!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -May 26


Sorry this is so messy!
[5/26/67]
Friday p.m.

Dear Family,

I have some free time now so I decided I better put it to good use and at least start a letter to you all.

We gave the cake to J.N. yesterday afternoon.  He wasn't home so we left the note cake and a note saying how grateful we were to him for taking us home.  Then we gave them both to the lady who owns the place where he lives.  She was really nice.  Helen and I talked to her for about 30 minutes then walked downtown, got a cake, then went and took a taxie [sic] back to school.

Did you like the pictures? the thing about Wilmington College?  Had you seen the article before this?  I sure hoped you liked them cause it cost enough to send them!  Was my office bill very much?  If it was maybe we can work something out where I could pay for half of it or so this summer.  You can really have a high office bill.  Everything from candy bars at the feed bag shop to stamps can be put on it.

Commencement starts at 10:00 June 3rd.  Right after that will be lunch and then we will be free to go.  If you don't make it for grad. exercises it's o.k., but the speaker will really be good – we are reading one of her books now in Bible class.  Got to go for now, will write more either tomorrow or Sunday.

Hi (again) It's now Saturday morning and since I have morning and evening dish crew I have free time while those who have office work do a real good job on it.  This is the best thing about having dish crew.

I just got out of Geography class, we are giving all these reports in there about Communist China.  My group is on Economy.  Others have about social life, food, education, and everything else.  It's not really bad, but, I sure don't enjoy getting up there and doing my report.

Last night, before I started this letter to you all I cleaned out my part of the closet and found a total of 7 shopping bags.  If I use them and the brown suitcase I think I'll have plenty of room to put my stuff.  I didn't realize how much stuff I have up here, but, I sure got plenty!

Sunday night a man from Wilmington College will be here to talk about the Peace Corps program.  I can't remember his last name but it's something like Carliver – does that sound right?  Teacher Tom talkes very highly of him.  He has been in the Peace Corps a long time too.  I'll tell you more about him later.

Well, got to go.  I suppose I'll just mail this now to cut down the risk of losing it.

Love, Roberta

Tell Grandma and Granddad I said "Hi!"  Hope all is fine!

Hi!  It's now 6:30 Sunday morning and Helen and I just finished our Algebra for tomorrow.  We thought it would take an hour to do but it only took twenty minutes for we both understood it for a change.

Last night we had "Junior Social."  It was really nice.  The theme was "Robin Hood."  We had PIG for supper!  It started at three and ended about 9:30.  I went swimming in my jeans and sweatshirt.  I'll tell you more about it when I get home.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter - May 23


May 23, 1977
Monday

Dear Mom, Dad, Serena, John & Mary V.,

Hi!  How was the big graduation?  We got your letter on Thursday.  It was nice talking to you on Friday.  I meant to say thanks for sending the 2 smock tops.  They make real nice maternity tops and go well with my slacks which are all plain colors.

Also thanks to Mary for sending the latch hooked panda bear.  I may make a pillow out of it.  Roberta taught DeeDee how to do it and DeeDee went gung ho working on a corner of the mushroom one.  Now DeeDee wants one of her own.  Maybe we'll get her a small one to keep at our house so she'll have something to fill her idle moments.

Thanks for all the baby things.  They should really come in handy and will save us from having to buy blankets at any rate.

Gerry has decided to take his vacation in August and then he'll just take a few days off when the baby is born.  The Dr. said if everything goes well I (we) may only have to stay in the hospital two days.

We are looking forward to hearing what Mary V's plans are – we hope she can come out in August.

Write soon!

Love,
Catherine & Gerry

Monday, May 22, 2017

1977 John -State YAF Treasurer -May 25


Uible appointed state treasurer for YAF

GRANVILLE – The Ohio Chairman of Young Americans for Freedom, Dennis Bechtel, announced today the appointment of John Uible of New Vienna as state treasurer for the Ohio organization.  Bechtel announced the appointment at the state board meeting on Sunday.

Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) is the nation's largest conservative youth organization.  Ohio YAF has chapters on eight college campuses advocating individual freedom, free enterprise, and limited government.

Last year, Uible worked for President Ford in the New Hampshire Primary Election and campaigned for Congressman John Ashbrook (R-Oh).  During January, he served as an intern for Congressman William H. Harsha in Washington.  As chairman of Denison University YAF, Uible organized a campus rally for State Senator Donald E. (Buz) Lukens and moderated a faculty debate on gun control.

Uible is currently a sophomore majoring in Economics at Denison University in Granville.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Uible.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

1987 Wendy's Letter -May 21


May 21, 1987

Dear Grandma and Grandpa,

I'm looking forward to seeing you again.  We have a new boy in our classroom his name is Jeff.  How is everything down in Ohio?  everything is great up here.  I'm preparing myself for picking fruit and eating fruit.  I've all ready got the outfit picked out for June 16, 1987 the day that I come visit you.  I think I passed the third grade.  Only 8 1/2 more days of school left.  I'm very excited about school getting out.  Some people are going to summer school but I'm not I'll be to busy.  On May 15, we had a third grade picnic.  It was a lot of fun we had to bring a sac lunch.  We played base ball.  And we played on the playground equiptment and stuff like that.

turn over

Love,
Wendy Jean Morgan

XOXOXO HEART OXOXOX
XXXOOO

P.S. WRITE BACK

Thursday, May 18, 2017

1987 HH in clipping "Wells competes nationwide in toys" -May 22

"It's the simple pleasures, like toys, that keep you happy"

Wells competes nationwide in toys

By LISA BUCKLEY
Staff Writer

Wisps of white hair standing on end, Harold Uible moves soundlessly through the rooms of the Wells Manufacturing Company in New Vienna.  A slender, conservative semi-retired attorney who specializes in probate law, Uible pays little mind to the gurgling and grilling of rubber and zinc.  He pauses for a moment in the bubble-bottle room, blows a soap cloud in the factory, and disappears.

It's a serious business, he remarks, creating the nickel toy.

The owner of one of the last traditional five-and-dime store companies in the country, the New Vienna toymaker concocts a product designed to cater to the imagination.

Shipped to a distributor in New York City will be a complete line of jump ropes, jacks, pinwheels, poker chips, yoyo's, chalkboards and batons, which one day will appear on department store shelves all over the world.

Uible describes his product as the perfect idea for Christmas stocking stuffers, Easter baskets, dime store displays.

"In this business, it's variety with a V," says Uible, testing the bounce of a Fun Ball.

The red brick factory in downtown New Vienna was established in 1947 by Daytonian George Wells.  In 1949, C.J. Uible, Harold's father, bought out the firm.  One year later, Harold took over the family business.

Nickel toys became a booming business after World War II, Uible says, adding that it was a time when the smart retailer could sell anything.  Coin holders and lock boxes were the company's original best sellers, soon to be followed by the Wells trademark jacks set.

Uible talks briefly about the cutthroat competition in the toy business.  "It is an international challenge to produce the dime store toy.  Most people don't realize how much it takes to sell something that only costs 15 ents."

Now stored in the factory are all the ingredients to prepare a Wells toy -- from the plastic pellets for bubble bottles to vats of chemical compounds for rubber balls.

In the video age, the Wells toys may look simple as they sit on the shelvess, but try maintaining some finesse, Uible says, while scattering official Wells jacks for a round of "Crack the eggs," "Pigs in the Pen" or "Slugsnail."

For the amateur, Uible distributes Wells Jacks Rule books and tournament rules are available through the company.

Workers on two shifts produce jump ropes at the rate of 614 gross per day with 14 feet of rope braided per minute.

Visitors will bounce into the rubber production room, where the steady pounding of the rubber mill can be heard as the machine boils mounds of the spongy compound for the day's turnout of 50,000 balls.  In a quiet corner of the factory, a designer paints the balls with intricate swirls.

Uible says he gets responses about his toys from buyers all over the world.  "One father wrote in who had bought a paddle that wasn't big enough.  He requested three bigger paddles.  There all kinds of pressures in this business."

The toymaker says he frequently hears of New Vienna travelers who spotted a toy thousands of miles from home.  It's gratifying, thinking of the Wells, "Balles de Jeu" on the international circuit.

Uible says he is often asked why adults would want to spend their days making toys.

"It keeps us young," says Dorothy Pope, slapping braided jump ropes onto a conveyor belt.

His employees smile when he passes through, tease him about his obsession with bicycling, and compare their jobs with a particular "I Love Lucy" rerun when Lucy and Viv create havoc in a factory.  On Friday's they order lunch from Ralph's.

"It's the simple pleasures, like toys, that keep you happy, "says a jump rope color coordinator.

"That's what life's all about," says Uible.

[Wells was sold in 1999 to businessmen from Columbus.]

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

1897 New Cumberland High School graduation program -May 21

One Hundred Twenty years before Andrew's high school graduation his great x2 uncle, Robert Morrow Brown, age 19 (1877-1946), graduated from New Cumberland [West Virginia] High School, a member of the high school's fifth graduating class.  Robert's sister, Lucie Brown [Ballantyne] (1880-1957), grandmother of the Ballantyne-Dailey-Uible cousins, and great grandmother of Andrew, was also on the program.

"Our Graduating Class" Fifth Annual Commencement of the New Cumberland High School



Robert's part of the program:  "Per aspera ad astra" is a popular Latin phrase meaning "through hardships to the stars". The phrase is one of the many Latin sayings that use the expression ad astra, meaning "to the stars". Wikipedia

Lucie, two days shy of her 17th birthday, is also on the program, doing or speaking on "Sparks from Human Dynamos."

Monday, May 15, 2017

1987 Bev Gooding Letter -May 19


May 19, 1987

Dear Roberta and Sid,

Thanks for your many post cards, keeping us up to date on your activities.  This note is long overdue.

Talked to your parents last week and we hope to go canoeing a week from Sunday, May 31.  Have not seen them since you were here last June.  I almost got panicky when I realized how long it had been.  When I called, Mary Va. answered, and I heard her tell her mother to "Move, it's long distance!"  Anyway, it was surely good talking with both Jean and Harold

Have you given up your bicycling for a while, as I would imagine it would be too hot at present.

How do you like you new home?  Does it have a swimming pool?  Hope so, as you were accustomed to taking a dip now and then.

You and Sid have certainly been getting around, and it sounds like you had a ball in Florida with John -- two "crazies" together.  Am also amazed that Grandmother Uible is still such a trooper.

Equally amazing is the fact that two Uibles have settled in the same geographic location.  That's great.  Now, you will get to see a bit more of Kathryn and make it easier on your parents -- visiting-wise.  It seems as though Wendy is really enjoying her relocation due to the fact that she gets to visit her Aunt and Uncle frequently.  Fun!!

Lisa was on the verge of calling you up a few weeks ago, as she was quite "down" after the dissolution and needs to get away.  I'm sure she could have benefitted from your sense of humor. She is still running her own business from her apartment and just got 2 more contracts -- 4 in all, so that keeps her going.

Jim is still working on his house, mainly the 3rd floor.  He tore the walls off down to the brick, so it will be a complete make-over.  He also is Treas. of the Neighborhood Council which involves a lot of time and effort in addition to writing a monthly newsletter (you know what this is).  By the way, are you still doing the newsletter?  It was interesting.

Bob is back working for U.D. -- in a different lab than before.  It is called the Physics Impact Lab.  The person in charge is a good friend and he needed someone with Bob's capabilities, so the job was really created with him in mind, even though it had to be advertised to the public.  The pay is about the same as his previous job, but the security is better and also the benefits.  His pension will even be picked upf rom where he left off, so he feels it is a great opportunity.  Of course, some of our friends are retiring at his age (56), and he is starting on a new career.

I'm still at my job and do like it, but just wish I could have more vacation time.  Would like to come west sometime, but feel we should have 3 weeks for it, at least.

The weather here has been gorgeous, but we do need rain badly.

Hope to see or talk with you soon.  Do take care!

Love,
Bob & Bev

Sunday, May 14, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -May 18


[postmarked May 18, 1967]
Tuesday
Wednesday A.M.

Dear family,

Hi– today is "all-students day."  The kids are teaching classes, ringing bells and everything else. It is really pretty neat cause everybody is quieter than usual.  The teachers all went somewhere, all except nurse who I guess is up in her room for emeregency (sp?) use only.

Yesterday we went to the style show put on by Kirks downtown.  It was really nice, later there was this tea sort of thing we all went to.  We left the school about 1:30 and got back about 4:00 that afternoon.

Hi! (again) all the classes went really well today with the students as teachers.  Today in the mail I got my pictures, which are included with this letter.  They all turned out pretty good, don't you think?  Be sure to show them to Grandma and Granddad, OK?  I sent off to the Direct Mail photo place in Pittsburgh Monday morning and got the pictures today.  I had to send $1.40 with my used film to pa for the developing and a new film.  do you think that is a very good deal?

This week-end they will be sending out "office bills."  I'm not sure how much mine will be I did buy two sweatshirts so it won't be what you would call low.  I just bought a grey sweatshirt – it is alot nicer than the white one for it doesn't get dirty so fast but the white were necessary for gym – etc., So!  I also put my Bible books on the bill, I hope this meets with your approval.

Well, better go, will write more later in week.

Love,
Roberta

Friday, May 12, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter to John -May 17

Mary 17, 1977
Tuesday

Dear John,

Hi!  Thanks for your letter from that ritzy hotel in Indianapolis.  It sounds like your Ohio delegation did OK.

How did you do on your exams?  I don't suppose you'll get your grades for a few days.  It must be nice to be out of school for awhile – how long will your stint at Seton Hall be?  I guess you'll be in New Vienna for the Memorial Day festivities

May 18, 1977
Roberta arrived late last night – very tired and rather discouraged with travel by bus.  She said she isn't as young as she used to be.  She also said you gave her $10 to take us out to dinner – Wow!  Thanks.  We'll let you know where we go & what we eat, etc.

She brought us some really nice shirts from the misprint shop.  We should have enough to last us awhile now.

Have you been following the National League at all?  The Dodgers sure are going strong.  The Padres are at the other end.  After yesterday's fiasco in Chicago (they lost 23-6) they have brought up two pitchers from the minor league, plus traded one to Saint Louis so maybe things will improve.

We'd like Mary Virginia to come out for all or part of the month of August.  So help her talk it up if you can.

Drop us a line if you have the time.

Love,
Cathy & Gerry

Thursday, May 11, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter -May 17

Tuesday
May 17, 1977

Dear Mom, Dad, John, Mary & (Serena?),

Hi!  Glad you got the flowers OK.  We are expecting to get a call from Roberta anytime and looking forward to seeing her.  Gerry and I are both taking Friday off this week so we'll have two long weekends in a row.

I think we have finally gotten rid of the fleas.  We used another bomb over the weekend and I haven't had any new bites since.

I had to throw our sour dough out because I forgot to feed it.  I had hoped to freeze some so I could start it up again at a later date but it was too late for that.

I had been making about a half gallon of yogurt a week.  The crock pot works really well to make it in.  I ran out yesterday and I thought I'd hold off making more for a few days and eat something else for a change.

Enjoyed reading the letter from Marianne which Mary Virginia enclosed.  What is a braxton-hicks contraction?  I never heard of them.  I go to the Dr. on Friday – other than that not much new.  I am gaining weight.  Less than four months now until "due" date.

Gerry played golf Saturday with a guy from I.H. [International Harvester]  I walked around with them – got some sunburn on my face & arms.  It was mostly cloudy so I was surprised to see how red my face got.  We had hoped to go on a picnic Sunday but the weather didn't cooperate.  Sprinkles with temperature in the 50's.  Maybe next weekend.

I'm listening to the Padres game right now – they're playing in Chicago.   They were winning 2-0 until the 3rd inning and then the Cubs got 8 runs and it is 2-8.

I still have to write to John & Mary Virginia so I better sign off.

Love, Catherine & Gerry

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

1967 Roberta's Postcard -May 17

[postmarked May 17, 1967]
Dear Family,

Hi, got post-card from Catherine today.  New camera is really great, I Have sent film to this place in Pittsburg already to get the black and white roll developed.  Will send pictures home as soon as I receive the.  Got G-o-o-d picture of all my roommates and Helen and couple of others.  Hoper the all come out.

Hard to believe we only have 18 days left.  They will go fast I'm sure.  It will be a sad day June 3rd, for I'll never see Gunhild again. (probably) It will also be happy since I get to go home

Love, Roberta

Monday, May 08, 2017

1987 Family Letter -May 16

Saturday, May 16, 1987

Dear Family:

Doesn't this paper bring back memories?  We will have to visit there again.  [Flying-E reunion was after Christmas 1979.]

Had a beautiful day last Saturday for M.V.'s graduation.  Had reservations at the Golden Lamb for our group at 2 P.M. and the time was a good guess.  It was nearly 6 when we got back to N.V.  M.V. is really on the go . . . it is a BIG event when she is home for supper.  She is getting a lot of practical education this summer.

Glad to hear that Catherine likes her new job at the Glendale Library.  Yes, we too, are looking forward to seeing their new library in early August AND to visit with the Phoenix Uibles, etc.

Roberta had another milestone this past Thursday.  Before you know it you will all be middle age like your parents.  We admire Roberta in her bike riding . . . some 60 miles into the wind en route from Tucson as 6 miles of that tires me out – do hope there are some libraries in Iowa where one can stretch theirs kegs [sic].

Serena is thru her first term at I.U. and is moving to the 3rd floor where she won't be so dependent on the elevator.  She is indeed having a busy year and is already talking of job possibilities.

John will soon be starting his 9th (correct?) year with the bank.  One of the VIP there did tell us a long time ago that John was the most promising individual that had come along since their present President.  Yes, we have indeed been most fortunate to have such a nice family.

We are glad that John, Carol, Serena, Roberta and Wendy will be here for G'Ma's 95th.  We have nothing definite planned yet – other than going to Leesburg, which is her favorite place to eat.  Any idea's etc. would be most welcome.  Did get a strap to put at the back of her wheelchair foot so that her shoe would not slip off.  Had them on order in Wilmington for several weeks and they never came, and then went to a place in Columbus last Tuesday and presto.  The occasion Tuesday was a seminar on Estate Planning sponsored by Banc Ohio, plus a bountiful breakfast buffet, with loads of fresh fruit.  It was a good day.

Took Grandma to the eye doctor said her eyes were holding up well.  Seems like it is always time to have these eyes checked.

[Love, etc.]

[Part below added on (in Jean's handwriting) to the copy sent to John]

John, you might be interested that Gene Williams started at the shop last Monday – sort of as a trouble shooter and has been doing well.  The Boy Scouts & parents had a Pancake breakfast this morning to make money for those going to Philmont – Saw one couple that looked familiar – turned out to be Jeff Aldredge's parents who have another son in our scout group – also planning on going to Philmont.  They told us Jeff & his wife are expecting their first sometime this summer.  There must be considerable age difference between the two boys – maybe like Catherine & Mary Virginia but not as many in between.

We are to be at the Hyatt at Ohio Center Thursday night – going up early that day & coming back Friday.  Ed and June Jones are planning to meet us there so that should be more fun.

[in Dad's writing]  Serena has written to you folks but had the wrong address.

Love, Mother & Dad

Sunday, May 07, 2017

1987 Roberta's Letter -May 15

5/15/87

Dear Folks (& the College Grad! [MV])

Thanks so much for the birthday card, the birthday check & the birthday call – esp since you tried unsuccessfully last night!

I had a very nice birthday – Wendy & Sid did a great job on the "party" after a huge Chinese meal.  Wendy had made cake & iced it with special icing.  Wendy gave me a pair of ear-rings & right away asked if she could borrow them!  Also got given several of Wendy's creative paintings and a $25 gift certificate for my favorite store – Broadway Southwest.  (it's also good at the clearance store!)

Actually – I haven't been shopping for so long – did get an Easter dress for Wendy – so I'll enjoy the excuse to get back in the store & shopping!  I'm sure I haven't forgotten how!

Sid got me several small items we needed for the trailer.  We have been thinking of getting a small microwave for the trailer – we are enjoying getting away at least once a month in the trailer & with extended use in the summer we would get alot of good out of the microwave!  It would also let us do alot of cooking and esp reheating without heating up the whole kitchen!  If we do go ahead & buy a microwave soon your bitrhday check will go toward that.  If we wait, I'll be putting the $ toward my Ohio trip.  I'm really going to be helping out the airlines this summer.

We plan to go to Prescott for a few days the 1st weekend of June.  We will be in the trailer & will take my bike along.  Sid enjoys being able to dilly-dally around "fixing" this & that while I'm out riding!

I've got on the last show of Dallas for the season – they are getting rid of (killing) the ones that will be taken off the show.

Wendy's 3rd grade had a picnic today at Cactus Park (39th Ave & Cactus) so I went up & joined them for about 1/2 hour.  The class was there from 10AM to 2PM.  By 11:45 when I left – the teacher already looked VERY TIRED!

There were several Mothers there for the picnic – along with younger brothers & sisters.  Was I ever glad to return to Senior Village!

We had a shopping trip for Senior Village residents to PIC-N-SAVE.  There is a new one at 35th & Thunderbird – the old Fry's store.  (Fry's rebuilt right across the street.)  PIC-N-SAVE is quite a popular place – lots of good buys – tho you never know exactly what they will have!  The residents always enjoy going!

I got birthday cards for both Elizabeth J. & Ruth Shoemaker.  Mary Virginia's card was real cute – we never did get one of her graduation invites!

Our old house is in the pre-moving stage – the trees, bushes, etc. are all pulled out.  It has been cut into 3 pieces – the pool has been filled w/ dirt.

It's now Sunday AM – I'll get this off in the mail drop on way to church.  We are going for 3 in a row church attendance.

Thanks again for the thoughtful cards & birthday check.

Much love,
Roberta

Saturday, May 06, 2017

1967 Roberta Letter -May 15

Sunday
[May 15, 1967?]
Dear family,

Hi! – got package Friday, we opened up one thing Friday, the camera.  It is really nice (you can't roll the film too far or anything).  I opened up the socks Saturday night and we were going to save all the rest of stuff till today but didn't have enough will power!

The dress is really pretty and it fits real good, now I can't decide whether to wear it or the flowered suit June 3rd.  I haven't worn either of them yet.  What do you think?

Fire alarm clock is really nice, too!  Now maybe I'll be able to get up earlier in the morning and study so my grades will go up. (ha!)  I'm sure I'll use it alot – it even fits in my purse!

Last night the room ate over at Sylvia's house it was really good chicken – the whole works!  Hi!  That was just you all on the phone!  So I guess this letter is just going to be a repeat.  Oh, well!  Back to the dinner last night, when the last [bell?] rang I went walking out of the room and those guys all called me back.  They kept saying the whole room is going to skip supper so you can't go or they would know that the four of them skipped.  Well, after about ten minutes they finally decided that we should go to supper after all and just be late.  We all waked out the door and they started sing "Happy Birthday" to me.  Then we all walked over to Sylvia's and dinner.  Boy, was I ever surprised.

Suzanne gave me these two books and Sylvia gave me 3 little note pads.  I'm including a sheet of each with this letter.

Can't think of anything else to say so I'll close for now.  Thanks so much for the presents, cake and telephone call.

Love, Roberta

P.S. that money sure will come in handy this summer.  Helen says it will cost about $150 for round trip plane ticket to her house.  Expensive, huh?

Friday, May 05, 2017

1967 Roberta Letter -May 12


Thursday A.M.
[postmarked 12 May 1967]
Dear Family,

Hi – got letter yesterday from Catherine, today I got B-I-G letter from Mom and post-card from Catherine (WOW)

About the cake for J.N. – we made a fudge marble cake for him – and did it ever turn out a mess!  First we didn't get the chocolate stuff mixed in as good as we should, then we used too small of pan so the cake went way over the top, then when we cooled it we put it in the refrigerator and it dropped on the sides.  We only let it cool 7 minutes so when we iced it the icing all melted.  So!  Helen and I divided between the two of us and took it over to the dorm.  It wasn't very much on looks but everyone seemed to think it tasted good!

Yesterday we had a softball game with the public school in Barnesville.  We won one, lost the other one.  We (Helen and I) saw J.N. drive off with this other man.  I don't think he saw us.

The letter I got today from Grandma has F-I-V-E dollars in with the card.  The card was really cute – I'll let you see it later if you haven't already.  Will have to send Grandma a thank-you note soon for the card and money.

Only two more weeks of regular classes, then one week (or less) of tests (that's bad!).  Do you think you will be able to come for commencement?

The speaker is really going to be good – she has written a bunch of books – we are reading one of hers now in Bible class.

Did you ever get the book "The Cross and the Switch-Blade"?  If you haven't and if you would be interested I could buy it in the book store here at school. (Price 50¢) It really is a good book.  I think you would like it.

Well, better go –Will try to write more later on in the week.  I'll write Catherine on Sunday if not before – ok?  Hope that meets her approval!

Love, 
Roberta

Thursday, May 04, 2017

1987 Catherine Letter -May 11


Monday, May 11, 1987

Dear Mother & Dad,

Hi!  thanks for your letter and the $$ towards Wendy's travel expenses.  She is already planning what she will be wearing on the plane, what to take with her, etc.

This is my day to work 12-9 this week so I was able to ride (on my bike) with Wendy to school and then catch up with Gerry along the canal just east of 35th and accompany him to work.  He has been walking every day.  Then I went to the Auto Licensing place and got the car registered.  Last week on my morning off I had taken it to the emission testing place and failed -- had to get a new catalytic converter and a fuel intake restrictor before it would pass.  So I got that taken care of on Saturday, then passed the emissions test.  I guess that makes us official Arizonians instead of "snowbirds".

I'm really enjoying the job at the Glendale Library.  It's great to be part of a team instead of doing everything myself.  All their regular storytimes, craft programs, etc. ended in April so that May could be spent promoting summer reading.  I think all but one or two schools have scheduled (out of maybe 2-25 schools).  Two of us have been going to each school and spending 15-30 minutes with large groups (50-300) depending on how they are scheduled.  Most of the arrangements are made with the school librarian.  We are trying to see all the classes K-4.  We tell a couple stories and then talk up the summer programs.  I'll try to enclose some info.  Some classes from schools close to the library are coming in for tours.  I did a kindergarten tour last week, including a summer promo and a couple stories.  Also did a 5th grade, did booktalks for them instead of stories.  Everyone (that I've met so far anyway -- I understand there are about 60 employees altogether) is very sociable.  They take breaks together, go to lunch together, etc.  The atmosphere at work is very relaxed, yet professional.

Well, it's about time for me to prepare to leave and I need to eat some brunch or something to hold me until 4:00 which is my "supper" hour.

I'll enclose a check for Gerry's shirts at Velva-Sheen.  No great rush on them though.  Thanks.

Love,
Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

1967 Roberta Letter -May 10


[postmarked 5/10/67]
Tuesday night
Dear Family,

Hi! – have been very busy lately!  I'm trying my best to get TOP grades this last six weeks of school.

I got package yesterday in mail, thanks so much for everything.  The raisins and dates were really good – they were all gone by that afternoon!  The shoes look alot better – they almost look like new!

Included with this letter is our English assignment which was for today.  I compared a hole in a sock to the clouds in the sky.  Do you understand?  If not write and I'll tell you in more detail.

It is hard to believe that there are only 25 more days of school after today.  We are now sitting at our last tables, doing our last dish crew's and office work service.  They won't change again this year.

I haven't got really very much to say. (Nor the time to say it in)!  Everything seems to be happening around here.

The weather is really bad – it hasn't stopped raining for very long since last Friday night.

Well, better go – will write more later on in the week.

Love,
Roberta

PS  Teacher Susan thinks I'm doing better in Algebra – she told me tonight after supper.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

1967 Roberta Letter -May 9


Monday
[postmarked May 9, 1967, though letter may have been in the wrong envelope as school didn't get out until early June?  Time will tell as we read through future letters!]

Dear family,

Hi!  Well – one exam taken, three more to go!  We just got done taking our Geography exam – was it ever hard.  We got to keep the middle part so you will find it included with this letter.

My next exam will be tomorrow 9:15-11:15 – Algebra.  I'm not really worried about it, because I know how to work most of the problems (all except the word problems)!  Tomorrow afternoon I have my Bible exam – 1:45-3:45.  Wednesday from 9:15-11:15 we will go to home ec  room and clean the place up instead of having an exam in that class.  Thursday 9:15-11:15 we be our English exam.  It will really be tough – he cares alot about whether we can write good essays or not – of course I don't so I guess I'll have to do really good in the other parts of the exam.  I hope all the times haven't confused you too much.

Next year I will be taking the following: English II, Ancient History, Bible II, Art I, Biology, Geometry – all of these are required – I would also like to take Spanish I but I;m not sure if I ca carry that many subjects.  I put myself down for Drivers education too!  We had to put down what we were interested in taking just this past week-end but our final choices will be made next year, the first day of school.

I checked with teacher Tom on whether I needed to take biology since I have already taken it and he said I would l need to.  I don't really mind cause I'm kinda interested in that sort of stuff anyway.

If it can be worked out, do you think I could invite somebody from near Salem, Oho to come down this summer for a few days?  Think about it and then we can discuss it later OK?

Do you know yet who will be able to come Saturday?  I got a rally big box at Binn's Saturday and have already started packing my heavy stuff and things I know I won't wear this week.  I sue will have enough stuff to take home – including my bike!

Well, suppose I better go – See some of you Saturday _ no I'll be seeing you all Saturday (at home).  If you don't know what to have Sunday – and if it's nice maybe we could go on a picnic and have some ham?  Did you get hint?

Love, Roberta

P.S. When you see me Saturday I should look different – I think you will be able to tell!  You might not cause it doesn't make me look that different!

Monday, May 01, 2017

1967 Roberta's Postcard -May 9, 19 or 29


[Postmarked May 9, 19 or 29, 1967]

Dear family,

Hi!  Got post-card from Dad yesterday – thanks alot!

Last Sunday a United States Army Helicopter landed on front campus.  The driver of it just got back from Viet-Nam, and has a brother who is a senior here.

Did you get a thing about Wilmington College from me?  I have a bunch of other stuff about the Peace Corps but because of cost to send it and also the fact that I'll be home soon I'll just give it to you all Saturday.

Had a BIG letter from Aunt Mary yesterday.  I'll have to write her back soon!  Exams! (Ugh)

Love, Roberta

Saturday, April 29, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -May 7

[May 7, 1967]
Sunday night
Dear Family,

Hi – Friday morning about 10:30 they (the teachers) announced that we would have spring outing – a yearly affair.  Well the boys went one way and we went another place owned by this man and his wife.  It was really neat – swimming, boating, canoeing and horse-back riding.  This place was about six and a half miles from the school.  You could either walk or ride bikes, I rode my bike.  We got there Friday afternoon and alot of kids went swimming or hiking.  In order to ride the horses you had to have permission from your parents which I didn't have – so I went swimming instead.  I didn't have my swim suit so I had to go in shorts and blouse.  About midnight it started raining – and hard!  So we were all back at school by eight the next morning.  Usually they always stay until after supper on Saturday.  I'll tell you more this summer.

After lunch on Saturday I was doing dish crew and Bertha came over and said there were people who wanted to see me.  Well, guess who it was?  Doctor and Mrs. Bruce!  That sure surprised me!  They had been to Williamsburg and a bunch of other places and were on their way back to Dayton.  They stayed about an hour or so,  Dave Byjeck asked me after they had left if they were my grandparents!

Included with this letter is the write-up of Mr. Cooper which was in News Week.  I paid 40¢ for the magazine so I could get it!  I bought it at Binns yesterday afternoon.  If you want to keep it – but if you don't its ok.

Got letter from Dad yesterday but no package.  I'm curious as to what else is in the package.

About summer school?  The more I think about it I could just take Drivers ed here next fall.  That way transportation would be no problem. Since it starts June 15 I'll be gone the first couple of days unless I don't go to Lakeside.  I want to go to Lakeside, so!

I got a letter yesterday from Mrs. Schamaun.  The latest news from their family is that Greg now has a motorcycle, instead of his car and that next fall he will be going to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute in Daytona Beach Florida.  Ever heard of it?  Me neither!

Well, suppose I better go – I'll see if I got any mail today and then I'll start on my home-work.  Will you all be up next weekend?  I got twenty cents from telephone company in mail yesterday – it had on my address – New Vienna – and then it was changed to here.

Love, Roberta

P.S. No mail today at all.  They never picked it up!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

1967 Roberta's Postcard -May 4


[Postmarked May 4, 1967]
Thursday morning
Dear Family,

Hi!  Suzzanne's dad's picture is in this weeks issue of News week.  Please make it a point to see it.  The picture is a good one & they compare him to George Fox.

Have you gotten duplicates made of the negatives I sent home with you Parents day?  Please send the negatives back as soon as possible.  They are Helens.

Having big English test tomorrow over Julius Caesar.

Meeting wasn't very productive yesterday – only two people spoke.  We only have 30 days of school left!

Love, Roberta

P.S. I HATE GEOGRAPHY

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter -May 3

May 3, 1977
Tuesday
Dear Mom, Dad, Roberta & Mary,

Hi!  Thanks for your letter.  That was a real quick response.  Roberta must really be anxious to get to Calif. if she is going to fly.  Maybe she's just getting used to spending money.

We did get all moved over the weekend.  It's a relief to get that done.  The extra space is really nice although we're not too well organized yet.  Gerry has been working on the furniture.  He is putting polyurethane on the table and chairs and the end tables.  The table is gong to take quite a few coats.  He put a grey stain on the rocking chair and then a coat of polyurethane over that.  It looks really nice.

Gerry is to go to the Dr. this afternoon about his knee so I don't know too much yet.  He quit smoking about 2 1/2 weeks ago and now he is concerned about gaining weight.  I seem to be gaining weight too.  According to our scales I've gained 3 pounds since I went to the Doctor last (7 pounds altogether) and I don't go back until May 20.  Hope I don't gain any more before then.

The Reds seem to be getting started.  We went a Padres game last night and they ended an 8 game losing streak by beating Philadelphia a real exciting game 4-3.

What a surprise about the blouses.  I'll be looking forward to seeing them after all the suspense.  I wore my maternity clothes to work yesterday for the first time.  Two of the girls said – "But you don't look pregnant."  So today I'm back to regular clothes.  I still have two outfits I can wear.  My waistline is definitely expanding though – they get tighter every week.

Well my lunch hour is about over so I better close.  Happy Mother's Day!

Love, Catherine & Gerry

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -May 3

[Postmarked May 3, 1967]
Dear Family,

Hi  Things are almost back to normal now!  We got back in school at 1:45 – just in time for shop class.  We enjoyed our lunch very much and the cake, everything else, too!  Helen asked about the bus ticket – what do you suggest?  Helen said she was going to send a "thank-you letter" to you but I said I would thank you for her.  Save her some money that way!

Have you checked into summer school yet?  If I take Geometry this summer and do bad then I will have already some insight into it.  But if I do good I would be able to take advanced geometry next year or maybe not at all.  I would also like to take drivers ed. of course.

I do not want to join J.R. Swim Club!  I would rather go and give my money to the Republican Central Committee!

Would there be room for me to take a guest to Lakeside???  If there isn't it's ok but I just wondered if I could take someone.

Will be home in 32 more days.  See you all then.

Love,
Roberta

P.S. I HATE GEOGRAPHY !

P.S.S.  Did you all get my grade card.

P.S.S.S. – Got extra big letter from Aunt Mary – Wow!  Was it ever long!

I found my stamps – in my desk, like Helen said – Now I have lost my stationery!  Found this envelope in suitcase.

Monday, April 24, 2017

1987 Family Letter -May 2

Saturday –
May 2, 1987
Dearest Family --

Seems like a long time since we have written and I am sure it is for me as Dad has done most of it lately.  Things are quiet around New Vienna except the Arts and Crafts show which is  to be downtown today blocking off the street from the park to the traffic light.  Since Jim Curtis was the main instigator of it and he passed away about a month ago it hasn't had as much push.

It has been warm during the day but the nights have been in the 40s – a little cool.  We have had rhubarb and asparagus.  There are alot of blooms on the strawberries so hopefully we will have more than last year.  Dad has been busy moving chips from the trees that were cut down & then disintegrated into little bits.  He always has some projects going.

We are anxious to hear how Catherine likes her new position at the Glendale Library which is to begin May 4th.  She has been busy finishing up the things she started for the Maricopa County library position, and I am sure they are sorry to see that she didn't stay but you can't blame her for taking the higher paying position.

Roberta and Dad are busy getting things in shape for the RAGBRAI Trip.  There are many things to get coordinated not to mention just the actual exercise.  With all the wind this week it has been difficult to pump but perhaps Dad is becoming convinced he might be able to use a fancier bike, for the uninitiated RAGBRAI stands for Register's (Des Moines newspaper) Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa).  It is over 435 mile trip.

Serena got another letter out this past week which I think we have all received – if not do let us know & we'll send you a copy.  As you can see she is super busy so doubt if she is making much use of the car but we really don't need it badly here so glad she has it.  Had hoped she might make it home for Easter but she had too much homework needing to be finished up.

We were happy to have John, Carol and Piper down for the afternoon Easter.  It is the first they have been down on Easter for quite awhile – in fact we never get to see too much of them – not as much or as often as we would like, that is.

Grandma is getting along fine – we ate out last Sunday at Ponderosa, then took her to the foot doctor on Monday.  She always enjoys getting mail.

Wells is sponsoring a softball team this summer . . last night was the first game.  Kay Dick (the atty) is the pitcher.  Oh yes, it is an all gals team.  We got home about 11 P.M.  Vanessa Brown is still playing.

Next Saturday is M.V.'s graduation.  She is to sing at the Baccalaureate (sorry on that spelling) on Friday evening.  On 2nd thought did look up the word in the dictionary.  M.V. is doing great at the News Journal – they get a bonus when the amount of advertising exceeds the amount of the year before, which makes the staff happy.

[love, etc.]

Sunday, April 23, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter to John -May 2

May 2, 1977
Monday
Dear John,

Thanks for your card.  We are anxious to see the rest of the rooms in the Hayes house.  Do you have one of the kitchen or the bathroom?

I hear Roberta is getting a new car.  Are you going to get the Buick?  She will be out here in about 3 weeks so if there is anything you'd like to send us you can give it to her.

We're going to the baseball game tonight.  Padres vs. Philadelphia.  The Padres were 8-8 and then they lost 8 in a row so now they are 8-16 in last place in the western division.  Hopefully they will win tonight.  We have really good seats – right behind home plate about 5 rows back.  It is half price night so we got the tickets for $2.50 each.

We got all moved over the weekend.  It sure is nice to have the extra space.  W haven't got it too organized yet though.  Gerry started staining our new table and chairs.  The table needs a couple more coats yet.  The rocking chair he is staining sort of a grey color.  They look really nice.

We are planning right now on my working through August 1.  And then having DeeDee stay with us during August.  She really likes the swimming pool.  She went swimming twice over the past weekend and it really wasn't all that hot.  We bought an air mattress at a garage sale for 50¢ so she floats around on that.

Write again soon!
Love, Cathy & Gerry

Saturday, April 22, 2017

1987 Catherine's Letter -Mar.18

[Mailed to Ouro Preto, Brazil c/o of Elderhostel]
Wed. March 18, 1987
Dear Mother & Dad,

Hi!  I have a job!  I just had an hour discussion with Kamala Stillwell the [Maricopa County] Library Director about the system and the position which is tentatively called Children's/Youth Librarian.  The county has 6 branch libraries (including Cave Creek) and 14 affiliate libraries (these being located in incorporated areas). I'm sure I'll know more about these details soon.  I start on Monday, March 23.

Thurs. 3-19
Good to talk to you last night.  I am now at a County Health Dept. for a chest x-ray.  Roberta & Sid dropped me off at the County Building earlier this morning where I filled out a bunch of paperwork & then walked here (1825 E. Roosevelt) since the next place I have to be is as the Occupational Medical Center (800 N. 1st) at 2:30 for a physical.  At least I'm getting a health check in the process of getting employed.  After that I plan to take the bus home.  Next Friday I have to return to the Personnel Office for a group meeting about the insurance.  Roberta & Sid were on their way to a luncheon meeting (NAARF?) in Mesa.

Wendy seems to be enjoying the Arizona life.  She loves being able to ride her bike to school.
(3-20-87) That certainly motivates her to get ready to go in the a.m.  A couple of mornings we've had to make her wait before leaving.  School starts at 8:05 but they can get in at 7:45.  K-3rd grade get out at 2:10 which Wendy says makes the day seem very short since she's used to going until 3:15.  4-6th graders go until 3:10 so next year sh'll be back to a longer day.

I passed all my medical tests yesterday and also visited the Phoenix Public Library while I was downtown.  Introduced myself to one of their children's librarians and got an extended tour of their children's department.  Also pumped her for info about county/statewide library service to children.

Tonight Roberta, Wendy, Jade (Beverly the cook's 8-yr-old daughter) and I are going to the county fair.  Gerry and I are playing golf later this a.m. since this is my last "vacation" day.

Thursday 3/26
Hello, again!  Your letter from Florida arrived yesterday so thought I'd finish this off and Roberta has offered to mail it tomorrow as there doesn't seem to be any post office within walking distance of the library.

My first four days on the job have gone fairly well.  It seems strange to be working in a library that is so heavily administrative and has such limited public usage.  I think my visits to the branches for programs will make me feel more publicly oriented though.  The library receives children's books from publishers to "preview" – they are available to area librarians (and myself) for 6-9 months and then they become property of the library.  It's neat to see so many new books.

I talked to a lady who is a liaison between the State Dept. of Education and the school libraries and we are hoping to get a group of children's librarians to meet monthly to review the new books -- sort of like what you have gone to in Dayton.  Can you send me any details on that when you get home?  You can let me know who the contact person is perhaps?

Gerry has an interview tomorrow for a parts manager job with an RV dealer that is located near Dunlap & Black Canyon.  And on Monday he has an appointment with Auto Shack which sounds like a possibility also.  I'm sure something will come through for him before too long.

Wendy has signed up to take a "Pom & Cheer" class after school on Tues. & Thurs. from April 21 to the end of May.  She seems to be interested in cheerleading lately.  She has also been enjoying her Pioneer girls (meets Wed. nights) at Bethany Bible.  Roberta got her an odometer/speedometer for her bicycle today which Sid installed for her so now Wendy can keep track of the miles she puts on her bicycle.  She is still thrilled about riding her bike to school and has really improved at getting herself moving in the mornings.

I have enjoyed riding the bus to/from work so far.  I'm able to get alot of reading done in the 35-45 minutes that it takes.

Hope your Elderhostel is going well.  We'll be looking forward to postcards (Wendy got one from Florida today) and further info!
Love,
Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

[from Roberta]
Hi – got caught in snow last weekend on bike ride.  I quit after 65 miles & was afraid I'd have frozen toes – but no damage done!  Quite an experience & hilly!  3,000 foot elevation change!

This weekend should be in 80's for 100 mile bike ride.  Anxious to hear more about your trip!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

1967 Roberta's Postcard -Apr.27



[postmarked April 27?, 1967]

Bobby returned Sunday from Cleveland.  She really needed to get away and relax and take it easy.

Got your post-card today in mail.  Hope all is fine with Grandma and Granddaddy.  Too bad about Serena's leg but time will heal it.

It is hard to believe in just a little more than 2 weeks I'll be 16.  What I really need is a small alarm clock.  I just want a small inexpensive one.

Don't plan more than the play for next weekend.  Helen and I want to take it easy – drink coke and listen to the radio!  No, not that well off but we would like to relax.

Love,
Roberta

P.S. I HATE GEOGRAPHY

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

1967 Roberta's Postcard -Apr.26


[postmarked April 26, 1967]

Dear Family,

Got letter and permission in mail Monday so it was pretty fast.

Since you are going to be busy this week-end we will come home next weekend.  It really doesn't matter to us.

The play at the college sounds pretty good so if you can get two tickets for Helen and me plus how many ever you need for the family.

Do you think I could go to summer school?  I would like to take Geometry and Drivers education.

Love,
Roberta

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