Friday, March 31, 2017

1987 Catherine's Letter to GHU -Apr.5

Dear Grandma,

Hi!  Since we can't come to Florida with Roberta, the best we can do is send you a letter along with Roberta – she's faster than the mail and 22¢ cheaper (for us anyway!).

My new job is going pretty well.  I've been there 2 weeks but I've already visited the six branch libraries.  Aguila is the furthest away – 78 miles northwest of Phoenix.  I will be able to use a county car to visit these libraries and put on programs for the children.  In May I will be visiting schools to promote the summer reading programs.

Gerry got a job as parts manager for an RV dealer.  He starts tomorrow.  It is only about 2 miles from our house so he plans to walk.  I'm able to ride the bus so our transportation is well arranged.

Wendy seems to have adjusted well to Arizona life.  She loves being able to ride her bike to school and being close to Roberta & Sid is great for her.

4-6-87 Monday

Hopefully the weather in Ohio will be more spring like by the time you get there next week.  We saw a picture in the paper a couple days ago of a snow storm in Columbus.  The hottest it's been here (since we've been here and we came the end of February) is in the 80's.  That seems like summer to us!  Hopefully we'll be able to cope when summer really gets here!

Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

Thursday, March 30, 2017

1967 Roberta's Postcard -Apr.5

[postmarked April 5, 1967]

All is fine, a little on the cold side!

Today I sent Cris Horton a birthday card!

Tomorrow we are having "BIG" English "Inquiery (sp?) into the present state of knowledge of freshman English class", UGH!  It is going to be over a whole bunch of stuff – plays, vocab, short stories – the whole works.  I do not want to go to Scatter-Good – But – now would like to go to New Zealand a year – my senior year!  Gunhild thinks I can do it!  English is spoken in New Zealand!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter -Apr.4

Dear Mom, Dad, Roberta & Mary,

Hi!  It was rally quick service on your last letter.  You wrote & mailed it Thursday and we got it Saturday.  However, the tops have not arrived.  Either they are moving slowly or they got lost.

Well, we will be moving the end of this month.  The present manager is moving out and the new manager is going to live in a one bedroom apt. so we will be moving downstairs to Apt. "A".  We're not sure of the exact date.  They are moving out the 14th but Mr. Roemmich wants to paint it and fix some things.  So we'll let you know when to change the letter. [from Apt. "Y"]

Yesterday we went to an unfinished furniture store and found a table and chairs we really like plus two stools and a rocking chair.  We're going to have it delivered after we move.

I have to go to work now so will get this off in the morning mail.

Love, Catherine & Gerry

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter to Roberta -Mar.28

Dear Roberta,

Have you finished your travels for awhile?  I'm sure you and Grandma had a good trip from Florida to Ohio.

We have some big events coming up during the month of April.  On the 16th we are taking DeeDee and going with Frank & Elma to a Padres vs. Cincinnati Reds game.  The Padres seem to be doing real well in spring training (in Yuma) so we'll see how the season goes.

On the 21st Gerry and I have tickets for a country music concert.  The Statler Brothers, Ronnie Milsap and Tammy Wynette are all to be in it.  It's at the Sports Arena.

And on the 15th I have a Doctor's appointment.  Nothing much new on that front though.  I'm trying not to gain too much weight.  I'd like to keep it to a total of 15 pounds.  So I still have 12 to go.  I haven't started wearing maternity clothes as I don't look pregnant yet.  Only a little fatter than normal!

Write again soon and tell us how life is in New Vienna after a nine month absence.

Catherine & Gerry

Monday, March 27, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -March or April

Monday [unknown date]
Dear Family,

I had all these important things to tell you and then after I start this I can't think of anything!  Oh golly!

This week is the last in this six weeks so we are having all kinds of tests being put at us!  I think my grades will be pretty good – all except for Geography.  "I DON'T GET GEOGRAPHY!"  I can't see packing my head with how many inches it rains in South Viet Nam or where the winds come from!

Lately we have been eating some of the meals outside – when it is nice. [Maybe the date should be April or May if it is nice enough to eat outside!]  I hope we do that again tonight.

I sure am beat today.  We played baseball this afternoon, so I am all hot and everything.  I suppose I better go and take a shower before supper.

Hi – (again) at supper they asked us if our parents & family were coming for parents day – Would you like to eat lunch here and then maybe go out to eat for supper??  I really don't care but sure would like to go out to eat!  (did you get the hint) ??

Study hall starts in 15 more minutes so suppose I better be closing.  Here is a list of stuff I would like you to bring up.

  1. brown stretch denim shorts
  2. some of my sweatshirts (but not the Olney one, its to hard too keep clean)
  3. some of my shorts – I'm not sure which would be best – use your judgment!
  4. food ? ? ? ? ! ! ! ! . . . . . . . .
  5. yourselves

Sunday, March 26, 2017

1987 MV's Letter -Mar.30

This letter appears to have been photocopied, so copies could have been sent to other family members.  The envelope attached show that this copy was sent to Mom & Dad in Ouro Preto, Brazil.

Dear Family,

Wow!  The weather sure changed – Last week in shirt sleeves and the sixties and now we are supposed to have 6" of snow tonight.  March is certainly leaving like a lion.

I thought about calling everyone instead of the letters, but I know H.H. will appreciate me considering the advantages and disadvantages and deciding in favor of the letters, but hearing from me is such a rarity that we might all have something to keep and show for it.

No, I have not heard from Asbury yet.  I fully expect to within the next week.  My friend, who applied to Asbury after I did, got her letter of acceptance just over a week a go.  She didn't have to have an audition tape for her major, though.

Tonight is a big t.v. night with the big Syracuse/Indiana Game and the Grammies (or is it emmies?!).  At any rate, I'm not watching either – There's some NBC Family Special on that basically serves the purpose of noise.

This coming weekend John (Zeller) and I are going to see Two by Two at La Comedia and then the next night Sandi Patti will be in Dayton, which I'm sure will be a highlight – I've never been to a concert which is totally Sandi Patti (I've seen her at the State Fair with the Gaithers).

Work is going well – Our annual Farm Edition is Wednesday and even with us working one person short, we outsold last year.  Not much else is new.  In case you're wondering, my mailing address is still Box 325.  (Think Serena and I are related?!?)

Love – Mary Va.

Mom and Dad –Happy Anniversary!  I'm still wondering where we'll be celebrating next year?!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

1937 Andelia Hudson Shull Uible (1845-1937) Obituary -Mar.25

C.J. Uible's step-mother, Andelia Hudson Shull Uible, died March 25, 1937, at the age of 92 at the home of her son J.W. Shull, in Liberty, Indiana.  She married David Uible in 1892 after the death of CJ's mother in 1890.  Andelia and her first husband, John Shull, were the parents of five children, two daughters and a son were pre-deceased.  David died in 1926.  She is buried in the Blanchester (Ohio) IOOF cemetery.

Andelia is shown third from right in front row below:
Uible Reunion Sunday April 19, 1925.  Gladys Hiestand Uible third from right standing.  Will Uible further right standing.  Presumably David Uible seated with cane and his wife Andelia Eglantine Hudson Shull Uible to his right.  Gladys would have been pregnant.  Could Mary be peeking out second to the left of David?  Where is CJ?  Possibly in the back row between two taller men.  David died the following year.

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More information about Andelia can be found in the following posts:

Family Research: Uible, Shull Family  published April 29, 2012

Cecil J. Uible 1883-1969 published January 7, 2013

Friday, March 24, 2017

1977 MV's letter to John -Mar.7

Monday, March 7, 1977
Dear John,

Hi!  What are you planning to do this summer?  You aren't going to sell Bibles are you?  I hope Bert talked you out of it yesterday.

Not too much is new around New Vienna.  WSRW burned down last Thursday night.  They are slowly getting back on the air.

We had sort of a busy day yesterday.  After church we went to Leesburg to eat, then we went to Carolyn Thornburg's parent's 50th Wedding anniversary.  After we were home a little bit, Bert and Marion called.  It was a big surprise.  She said she was going to call you.  I asked Marion if she was going to make Bert pay for the calls and she said she might have to beat it out of her!

Melodee Mahanes said you were going out when you came home!  Are you sure there isn't anything going on between you two?

Well, studyhall is almost over.

Mary Va.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

1867 George Dunlop Ballantyne letter -Mar.23rd

My latest family history "find" is an 1867 letter from George Dunlop Ballantyne, 1843-1900, to his parents from Yale. George would be our great grand uncle who became a Dr. living in Huntingdon PA (east of Altoona in central PA) in 1880. His parents, Nathaniel (1815-1892) & Sarah Wallace Ballantyne (1812-1875), would be our 2x great-grandparents, or our grandfather, Nat's grandparents. Therefore, George was Nat's uncle. This letter would have been written a year before Nat was born, and George died when Nat was 32-years-old. George's middle name came from his maternal grandmother, Mary Dunlop Wallace (1784-1849), 3x great-grandmother of the Ballantyne-Dailey-Uible cousins.

I'm not sure that George Ballantyne ever lived in WV as he was born and grew up in Pittsburgh area Allegheny County. Then college at Yale and later central PA. His brother, Alexander Bell Ballantyne (1841-1885, Mom's grandfather) married Virginia Irene Freeman and lived and died in New Cumberland.  George was the fifth of nine children, our great-grandfather, Alexander, was the fourth child.

Yale College, Mar. 23rd 1867

My dear Father & Mother:

Your letter reached me yesterday evening.  Its contents pierced my heart : I felt as if I had almost murdered you with my neglect and indifference.  It made me sad and melancholy and almost impelled me to leave everything and go home.  Dear Mother forgive me for my faults.  Believe me it was the result of constant application to subjects which so engrossed all my thoughts that letter-writing, social amusement and sometimes even my regular studies, seemed foreign and distasteful.

It is not for me to chide dear Mother, but from the affection and love which I have for you as well as from justice to myself I must complain of your indulging such gloomy and fearful conjectures and speculations concerning me as a drunkard.  O Mother have you lost all faith in me!  Can you believe that I have so utterly forgotten the truths you instilled into my mind, so cruelly despised and trampled on the love which has unceasingly sought my happiness and indulged my every wish as to bestialize myself a receptacle for the vilest stuff than man in his lowest and most degraded condition ever concocted!  Do you think I have lost my common sense my reason!  O Mother banish these corrosive consuming fears.  Even if severe so weak, so lost to all that is good & true and noble, the memory of those midnight wanderings would rise to rebuke and deter me.  I have been very unhappy sometimes so depressed that life itself seemed a weariness and a burden but never have I sought for solace or for oblivion of disturbing scenes in the wine-cup.  I have heard too much of the misery and ruin it has caused and is still working.  Beside my pride would not let me.

It is plainly to be seen from your letter that you are very unhappy and uncomfortable at home.  Your account of the health of Yourself and Father and El[?]  gave me much anxiety.  You are wearing yourselves out.  My determination is [?].

I will be home in a few weeks and will not leave until circumstances mend.  My conscience always rebuked me for entailing so much additional labor and so great an expense for my education.  I am tired of spending money which I have not earned.  It galls and worries me.

I will come home and never leave you.  You need help and assistance and these shall come from me.

I am determined that henceforth I must not be pampered by your self-desire that I shall not enjoy ease while you are to  . . . [indecipherable] . . . at Yale yet it is not worth the cost of your health & comfort.

When I come home we will talk the matter over.  Only, Mother, when I think of what I have received I feel as if a lifetime devoted to You & Father would be an insufficient reward.

My health has been tolerably good.  The weather has been wretched and as a consequence I have been troubled with cold.  A decayed tooth has given me some trouble.  I forgot to tell you in last that I have been attending the Medical Lectures.  Four are delivered every week between the hours of 3 & 4 thus allowing me an opportunity to go to them without interfering in regular studies.

The experiences in Natural Philosophy have been deeply interetsting, and instructive!

Your letter has made me long for home.  I am going to bring a very fine sunshine with me, the shape of a firm resolution to .  . . [indecipherable] . . .  my deovotion in future.

Rejoice always.  Be of good cheer.

God bless you all
Your affectionate Son

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

1987 Mary Uible Horton letter -Mar.30

Monday Noon – March 30th [1987 per postmark]

Dear HH & Jean:

I'll make a stab at getting off a few lines to you!  What's NEW?  Same 'ol' routine here.  The weather has been WINDY, cloudy and RAIN.  The 'ends' of March . . . going out like a lion?

We enjoyed your SHORT visit and if you'd stayed longer we could have picked MORE STRAWBERRIES!!!  THANK YOU . . . they were SO GOOD and I think they disappeared in three days!!  We had more over the week-end . . . compliments of PUBLIX.  HA!

Cooking for Rob is like feeding an ARMY!!  I didn't get much else done the two weeks he ate with us.  ha!  No LEFT-OVERS!  Which called for a fresh menu every day.  It was good to have a YOUNG person in the household plus SCOOTER.  Cindy returned last night and will probably see her this evening.  I understand she got a lot of thing [paper torn] while there. . . supportive anyway.  It is hard on all of them!!

We received your ONE CARD . . . you were on the way to Miami.  Hope your rental car got you there safe and sound.  How's the group?  What did you think of Rio?  I notice in the Miami Herald the temp is around 80º so a lot like Florida.  Have you had interesting speakers?  Wish we were meeting you in Miami to hear ALL ABOUT YOUR TRIP!!!

We're looking forward to seeing Roberta (as briefly as your visit here) and sorry to miss John as he arrives on Th.  The '3 of them' will have a great time.  Probably eat out a lot as I'm not leaving any food.  Not very nice of me is it?  G'Ma will have to dig into her pocket book!

I hope the weather cooperates while we're in Augusta.  If it RAINS . . . . it can be miserable.  I don't do well when I get WET!!  Better take reading material along with me just in case I'm stuck in the motel!!

Either one of you familiar with a magazine, "50-PLUS"?  We subscribed to it recently and found it interesting.  One article in March issue, 'KINGS OF THE ROAD' re two extraordinary men are locked in a race to visit every country on earth."  HH thought you might like to join the race. . . One man is 61 the other 67.  They belong go Travelers' Century Club, an organization whose membership comprises those who have been to 100 or more countries.  Initiation fee is $100 and yearly dues $15.00  I think you would find the article intriguing.  They are both LAWYERS . . . AND everyone thinks they have a WACKY HOBBY.  "and in a way they are right.  But then, many of them have their own activities, like Golf, or sailing, which can turn into manias."

G'MA seems okay . . . she's done really better this winter than last . . . pottie accidents, etc.  She sure does eat well . . . and LOVES THOSE STRAWBERRIES!!  HA! I'm sure she will enjoy Roberta and John's visit.  Roberta is so good to her!!!  She's one in a million!!!

Wonder if we'll get a card from you all before your return?  Are you already planning your next trip?  Ha!  Any recommendations from others?

Joe called us yesterday.  Guess it was a nice day in New York as he went to Sheridan ?? Sq. or ?? to paint a bldg. from early AM to 2:30.  He always has a big gathering watching him, he must really concentrate to block out all the on-lookers.  He got his 10 pictures framed and in the gallery . . . hope they sell . . . would be good out-let for him.  They will have a person show in June.  Write-up in the newspaper, etc.  Cris called last week and they have their mortgage re-financed and the 'sewer' problem resolved on his land.  He was happy about both.  We're anxious to see Laura.  She should be real cute at this stage. !!!  Good tripping and stay WELL!!!! HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

G'Ma read in the WNJ that they burnt down the shelter in Denver Park and plan to build a more substantial one this summer.

Missed Mail Man – (1:30 P.M.) But received your card from Icarai (etc) Hotel.  Sounds Great!!!  Love – G'Ma, Mary & Bill

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

1967 Roberta's Letter -Mar. 18


Dear Family,

Well what do you all think about coming down next Wednesday night?  It sure would be nice if you could get it worked out!

Below are a few advantages and disadvantages.


  1. must change dentist appointment
  2. would have to get paper substitutes
  3.  to bring up Marilyn Thomas
  1. being able to be with your daughter longer (me)
  2. be able to hear meeting
  3. have better and more detailed look of school
  4. save on bus fare
  5. can stay with Evelyn Thomas – saving on lodging
  6. Mrs. Thomas's cooking is really great
  7. could come to my classes and meet teachers
  8. gym-ex is really something important!
  9. I really want you all to come
I'm not real sure how much you know about the gym-ex but it is an yearly affair that is always the night before spring vacation.  Some kids get working on acts and stuff at the beginning of the school year.  I'm in it but don't have any major part.  Alot of people come see it from the meeting on the Hill.

I checked and Catherine and Serena would both be able to stay in the dorm with me.  If they want to.  Kathy (my roommate) always sleeps with Roi anyway and somebody can sleep under the window on the mattress.

This week is C.P. week, do you know what I'm talking about?  Well, last Sunday we picked names out of a hat and that person we picked we do stuff for her without her finding out who we are.  I picked Teacher Marian's name, so far I have made her bed a couple of times, unrolled at night, sent her small little notes and told her to leave anything she wants ironed or shoes to be polished at her bed.  My C.P. has done alot for me, too.  We find out this Sunday who they are.

I'm sorry I haven't written very much this week but been busy and everything.  Gym-ex starts about 7:00 Wed. night.


P.S.  We see David and Lisa tomorrow night, then will have discussion groups about it then we will be able to see it again (if we want to).  

Was great talking to you on the telephone!

We would have discussion groups and seeing it the second time on Sunday, of course.

Please let me know as soon as possible that you can come up, we wouldn't be able to leave till after lunch on Thursday, which would be about 12:30

Marilyn Thomas is going to teach Spanish here next year.  Evelyn Thomas says you would have to call her dorm to get in touch with her.  She also says that she wouldn't have that much stuff.  Evelyn would be willing to pay you, you should get to know Sylavia's mother.  She paints and writes stories and sells them, very nice too!


Monday, March 20, 2017

1987 Family Letter -Mar.8

Sunday, March 8, 1987

Dear Family:

It seems that Spring has "Sprung" with temperatures in the 70s and got us into gear in yard and garden work.  The printing of the peas said "maturity in 70 days" so hopefully we will see the results in mid May.

We were glad to hear that the Morgans have rented a house which is eight houses from where the Kings will be moving next week.  Wendy will still be going to school at the same place and understand that things are going smoothly for her there.

Roberta and Sid are "formally moving" this next week down the street.  It has been interesting hearing about Roberta's so called job interview and wonder if there will be any fire out of all the smoke.

MV has been gone this weekend visiting friends in Urbana, Ohio.  She did survive the Crisis Pregnancy Center Pancake Brunch, tho unfortunately someone loaned them a new teflon pan and it got scratched.

Tried to call Serena today without success, her roommate told us that Serena's foot was much better and how busy Serena is.  She is to let us know about meeting her next Saturday in Columbus Cincinnati.

John is talking of going to Florida to see Roberta and to help with Grandma . . tho nothing definite yet.  Depending on Serena's plans we plan to go to Columbus and/or Newark to see them this week.

Friday night the Sankers invited us down to go to a pot luck dinner at the Hyde Park Methodist Church.  It is a regular monthly program, probably 200 people there.  One man asked me if I was related to Howard Uible, who he sees regularly.

This afternoon our Church had a "Financial Planning Seminar" in which a CPA spoke on tax changes and a panel of four attorneys answered questions.  For you people that get the WNJ there was an article and pictures in last Tuesdays paper.

Dad has covered the news very well.  I started a letter on Carolyn's new typewriter at the shop but too many new fangled things on it for me.  It does have alot of wonderful features though – it is on approval but sounds like she may be able to keep it.

It was good talking to so many of you this weekend – including Wendy who is getting acquainted with her neighbors, passing out cards to let them know of her availability as a babysitter – seems not so very long ago that she had one herself.  Did regret not to talk to Serena but hope to know her plans for this weekend soon.

Dad did a fine job on the panel with the three other attorneys including Kay Dick and Judge Hottle.  Not many people there to take advantage of all the free legal and tax information.

[Love, etc.]

Sunday, March 19, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter -Mar.23

Written exactly six months before Wendy was born. . . and Joe is new to Saudi Arabia.

Dear Mom, Dad & Mary Virginia,

Hi!  Well here's another sample of Pic & Save stationery.  I don't think this is as nice as the name kind.  We were glad to get your letter and the article about Pediatricians.

We got a letter from Joe yesterday which he wrote on 3-6 so that is a little over two week mail service.  He said that since Roberta is sure our baby will be a girl, he thinks it will be a boy.  It sounds like he is getting adjusted to the life there.  Gerry knows a guy at work who spent 19 year working overseas as a diesel mechanic.  I guess he made alot of money.  But his family is glad to be back in the states again.

I am reading "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins.  It is pretty good but it moves slowly.  Gerry is reading "The R Document" by Irving Wallace.  We went to a different branch library last week but this week we tried to go last night (Tues.) & it turns out they are only open of Mon. & Wed. nights.  Our "regular" branch is open Mon., Tues & Wed. nights so we went to that one after all.  They have been building one out near where Dee Dee lives which should be opening in the next couple months.  Then we can take her when we go to see her on Wed. nights.

We haven't watch too much television although we buy the TV guide to see if there is anything on.  Maybe we watch 3 or 4 shows a week.

We got a letter from Roberta yesterday.  She must have made good time crossing the country.  The trip to Ohio will seem short in comparison.

Gerry is applying for a new job.  We'll send you some details if anything comes from it.

Our love to everyone.

Catherine & Gerry

Saturday, March 18, 2017

1977 Catherine's letter to MV -Mar.21

March 21, 1977
Dear Mary Virginia,

Hi!  Thanks for the letter.  Glad you liked the cards.  What else did you get for your birthday?  DeeDee's birthday is coming up in about three weeks.  She wants to have a party at Farrell's.  We haven't got hardly anything for her yet.  The only thing she has especially requested is something for her Baby Alive.   Do you have any suggestions?

Saturday we went to see "Peter Pan" and "Freaky Friday."  F.F. was pretty funny – especially the car chase at the end.  Then yesterday we went for a picnic at the beach.  The water was only 57º which is 3 degrees cooler than when you were here.

Not much else is new.  We got a letter from Mom & Dad yesterday.  Spring is here now but it seems just like summer, fall & winter.  Nothing much changes.

We have watched a little TV since we got Roberta's TV but mostly we read our library books.  I finished the needlepoint but I haven't got a frame yet.  Now I am working on a crewel kit that Gerry gave me for Christmas.

Write again soon!

Cathy & Gerry

Friday, March 17, 2017

1987 Catherine's Postcard to GHU -Mar.16

Morgans stayed at this motel in Willows, California, when moving from Washington state to Arizona in February, 1987.
Golden Pheasant Inn postcard - mailed 1987.  Captioned: Golden Pheasant Inn, WillowBrooke Restaurant and Tavern, 249 North Humboldt Ave. Willows, CA 95988.  Northern California's "New Look" in lodging and dining.  104 Elegant garden guest rooms, plus our award winning restaurant and tavern.

1987 Catherine's Postcard to Grandma -Mar.16

Hi!  Our furniture finally arrived and we are now settled into our house which is fairly close to Roberta's.  I had an interview with the County Library last week – haven't heard the results yet though.  "Hello" to all.

Love, Catherine, Gerry & Wendy

Thursday, March 16, 2017

!977 Catherine's Letter -Mar.15

Dear Mom, Dad & Mary V.,

Hi!  We read your latest letter with some difficulty – shall we send you some onion skin?

Roberta called Saturday.  Person to Person for "Roberta's niece" so we called her back in Phoenix.  She just wanted to say goodbye before she heads east.  She said she planned to arrive in Lake Worth on Friday.

Our car broke down last Friday.  Something about the head gasket.  At least we think we've found someone reliable to fix it.  It's supposed to be ready tomorrow or Thursday.  So we haven't been much of any place.  We're lucky that Frank lives so close and can take us to work.

DeeDee's birthday is coming up – April 12.  Her mother wanted to get her a TV but we're opposed to that as they already have one (& only two of them to watch it) plus she watches more than enough TV already.  We're pushing for getting her either a Captain's Bed frame or a book case.  She also wants to have her birthday party at Farrells.  I guess with four or five friends.  Probably we would have that on Saturday before Easter.  She will be 9.

Happy St. Patrick's Day.  We're going to have a little party at work as the original owner, John Sullivan – was a real Irishman.  He's gone, but they still celebrate.

I went to the Dr. again last Friday.  It was really nice as the other times we've had to wait and wait.  This time I had an 8:00 appointment.  The Dr. was on time and I was in and out in 10 minutes.  He had some kind of deal so I could hear the baby's heart beat.  It was real fast.  Also I gained three pounds.  So I've been trying since then not to eat too much and I switched to powdered milk.

Is it possible the sour dough can go flat?  It bubbles still and seems OK but it seems pretty runny. One of the women here at work told me never to use anything but a wooden spoon in it as anything else would make it go flat.  If that was the case mine would have been flat long ago.

Write soon!

Love, Catherine & Gerry

1977 Jean's new Raleigh bicycle invoice -Mar.12

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

1957 Catherine's Letter -Mar.14

thursday P.M [3/14/57, evidently sent to HH and Jean in NYC]

Dear MoMMy and Daddy

We are having a nice time and are all felling well how are You getting a Long   I have made a $1.10¢ have you gone to book binders yet?

We are  We are having such fine weather.  Roberta and Serena Played on the front porch this morning.  Hope you are having a nice time.

Love Catherine Roberta and Serena

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

1957 Jean's NY Stock Exchange postcard -Mar.11

New York Stock Exchange postcard -mailed 1957.  Captioned: The Nation'a Market Place. New York Stock Exchange, 20 Broad Street, New York 5, N.Y.  Be sure to visit the Exchange when you are in New York City.  See displays of the country's industrial might, watch one of the great free markets of the world. The Exchange is open from 10 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Monday through Friday.  –Own your share of American business–

1957 Jean's NYC postcard to Roberta, Catherine & Serena -Mar.11
Mon. – 2:30 PM [March 11, 1957]

Just went thru here today – arrived in New York at 11AM & went 1st to Statue of Liberty.

Hope everything is going fine at home.  Thinking of all of you.

Love, Daddy and Mommie

Monday, March 13, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter -Mar.8

Dear Mom, Dad & Mary V.,

Hi!  Glad to hear that you all got back to New Vienna ok.  Sorry that we haven't written sooner.  Things have been pretty quiet for us especially since Roberta left.  I thought we might have gotten a card from her by now but nothing yet.  Janice called us two days after Roberta left and said she thought Roberta was coming back that day and that Roberta had left something & what should she do about it.  Then the next day she called back and said the Y staff knew about what Roberta had left – evidently she left it on purpose.  We haven't heard from Janice since.

We took Dee Dee bowling Sunday and then went to Organ Power for pizza afterwards.  We had been there before but the food was much worse this time.  We split a lasagna dinner and a small pizza.  The lasagna sounded good but after a few bites I had had my fill.  And Gerry said the pizza was so awful I didn't even try it.  Even the salads were bad.  That's the last time we go there.  DeeDee didn't seem to mind it though.

We've really been eating up the sour dough.  We've had biscuits several times, Gerry made beef stew in the crock pot and we put sour dough dumplings on it.  Plus last night I made banana bread for the second time.  Maybe this weekend we'll try the pancakes or coffee cake.

I've been doing OK.  I go back to the Dr. on Friday.  We still haven't settled on a name if it's a girl.  Send us your suggestions!

We went looking for a kitchen table over the weekend but we didn't see any we liked.  We checked Levitz & another place.  this weekend we're going to try Wickes.

I have to start to work now.

Catherine & Gerry

Sunday, March 12, 2017

1977 Roberta's Letter to John -Mar.9

March 9, 1977

Hi ––  Good to have talked to you last Sunday – and especially to find out that you'll be at HGF selling T shirts & candy – not out in some city selling Bibles.

John – I've got about $1500-$2000 – and have decided I'm going to go home & either (1) pick out a small used car – or (2) put down that much on a  new  small car – you could take it to the farm with you – and then next fall – you can either have it at school – or the big green machine.  Some weekend after I get home we can check all this out – but in the meantime be looking around.

More for the fun of it – than anything else – I applied for 1 job here – as a Mother's Helper – some super rich family – fantastic home – lady told me she had talked to 5 people already & had 18 more to go – so I thought – no chance – then she called yesterday – and wanted to know when I could start.  Job would be live in – $75.00 1st week after that $100 a week.  Sure tempting – but I've decided to hot foot it home – Marion thinks I must be crazy.

Will you be working at Wells over Spring Break?  I'll no doubt be at Hortons till April 1st – let me hear from you! 


Thursday, March 09, 2017

1957 Catherine, Roberta on Uncle Al Show -Mar.8

Does Roberta look like she's having fun?  Possibly the girl next to Roberta is Judy McElwee, and the girl next to Catherine might be Sharon (?) Cornelius.  My recollection is that we went with someone else from New Vienna while Mom & Dad were in NYC for the toy show.  The Uncle Al Show was a children's television program which originated in Cincinnati. "Uncle" Al Lewis, the host, died at his retirement home near Hillsboro, in 2009 at the age of 84.
Catherine & Roberta to the left of the girl (who might be Judy McElwee in plaid dress in center of picture) on the Uncle Al Show in 1957.  Uncle Al is holding up a calendar page which reads Friday, March 8.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

1967 Jean's NYC postcard -Mar.6

New York Stock Exchange postcard - mailed 1967 (postage free if mailed there)  Captioned:  175th Anniversary New York Stock Exchange 1792-1967.  Be sure to visit the Nation's Market Place when you are in New York City.  See the vast trading floor, almost as large as a football field – and dramatic displays of America's great industries.  Open 10 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Monday through Friday.  Free.  Own your share of American business
1967 Jean's NYC postcard to CJ & Gladys -Mar.6

Arrived in N.Y. last night & weather has been very drizzly.  Hoping for better before we leave.

Catherine is looking at exhibits here while I write.

Saw Roberta on our way here to N.Y.  She's fine.  May stop on way back.

Love to all, Jean

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

1977 Roberta's Letter to John -Mar.5

United Methodist Church - New Vienna, Ohio, 1876-1976
March 5, 1977
Dear John –

Hi!  You would have had alot of good laughs w/us if you had been here this past week – really had a good time w/ Liz – got to Marian's Wednesday – she treats us like royalty! – going out to these super nice restaurants – putting gas in the Buick – gave Liz a daughter of Buffie's – so cute! 

Liz & dog left his morning  – then Marian & I came to fairgrounds to Van & Cycle show – which she had entered van in – in hopes of selling it!  This place – what an experience – all kinds of freaky people – loved band playing – and me writing letters on Meth. Church stationery!!

Exactly what are your plans for June – do you need the Buick?  What school will you be going to? Will your friend Steve also be going to school?

Been home lately?  I'm anxious to hear about what went on at the farm this last weekend – still can't get over all the kids coming back – that were there last summer & kept saying they were quitting every week –– We'll have a good summer –– Rest Assured!

Marian had a FIT when she heard about Deb P running the dining room – in fact she is writing Mr. R about it –  

Marian has lost about 25 lbs – she gave up her sweets – looks really good!  Liz is still the same –

How's school?  Grandma wrote me – saying how she "expected" me to be there March 15th, stay about 2 weeks – then she will be ready to go to Ohio – So as much as I'd like to stay out here – it seems I have my plans made for me –

Marian & Liz both say hello.  Liz & I met someone who used to work as a private investigator.  Talked about all the mafia activity here – Liz & I cracked up –

Write me here [Arizona] – I'll be here at least for a week ––


Monday, March 06, 2017

1987 Catherine's Letter -Mar.5

Thurs. March 5, 1987
Dear Mother & Dad,

Hi!  Today marks the end of our first week as residents of Phoenix.  Wonder if that makes us long term residents yet?

We found a house to rent just down 35th Drive from Roberta & Sid's new house (maybe 7 or definitely 8 houses down).  It is quite spacious (1600 sq. ft.) with a large master bedroom on one side of the house, kitchen-dining, living room in the middle.  It is the same floor plan as a couple of the senior village houses.  The back yard is on 35th St, [Avenue] so there is considerable traffic noise if the sliding doors are open but we are already getting accustomed to that from staying here at 3509.  We got a discount on the deposit as we are cleaning and painting (touch-up) before moving in.  Our furniture is now scheduled to arrive the 11th so that will help us feel more settled after we get our things.

I have an interview at the County Library next Tuesday.  I went down (it's at 35th & Durango, which is just south of Buckeye Road) to check it out on Tuesday but it turned out they are only open to the public from 10-1 Mon-Fri.  I called later to inquire more about the positions that are open and they (the secretary) said that building is primarily the administration offices thus the short public hours.

Gerry went to the Job Service and talked to a Veteran's Counselor and was encouraged by the services they offer.  Once we get settled into our house I think he'll be better able to focus on the job situation.

Gerry's grandfather (his mother's father) died on Tuesday.  He was 86 but it was rather sudden.  He had a heart attack on Sunday and then died in the hospital.  At least Gerry had visited him recently.

I better get back to helping Gerry clean and get this in the mail.  Hope you get this before you head south.

PS Wendy is adjusting fairly well to school.  A girl she met at day camp last summer is in her clas.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

1977 Catherine's Letter to John -Mar.5

Dear John,

Good morning from International Harvester.  It is Saturday so I came to work with Gerry.  I'll be going out in a little while to get some sweet rolls but I thought I'd write to you first.  Sorry we didn't answer your letter sooner.  According to my calculations we received you last letter on 2/9 just before Mom, Mary & Ruth came out.  That took up some time.  It was good to see them and I think they had a good time.

Nothing new on the baby scene.  I go back to the Dr. on Friday.  So far I've gained two pounds.  Mary V. suggested the name Jason which we like pretty well but we don't have a girl's name picked out yet.  Any suggestions?

We haven't been doing too much.  Last weekend we took DeeDee to see "Once Upon a Time" a movie modeled after Cinderella.  She still wants to see "Freaky Friday" a movie where the mother turns into the 14-year-old daughter and vice versa for one day.  Have you seen it?

Somebody also bought the apartments where we live.  We got new curtains and they put in new washing machines and dryers.  They are fixing up the apts. that are empty.  Our lock fell off the door this morning so we can't lock the door.  We're going to look for a 2-bedroom apt. soon.

Well, John, how is school going?  Write soon and tell us what's new in Granville.  Did you try to call the President?

Catherine & Gerry

P.S. Roberta got this stationary for me at Pic & Save for 29¢ for 12 cards & envelopes!  [the front says "sincerely from Catherine"]

Friday, March 03, 2017

1987 Roberta's Letter -Mar.3

Arriving in Phoenix March 1, 1987, Morgans were fortunate to temporarily share housing with the Uible-Kings who were also in the process of moving from one house at Senior Village to another, to make room for the new Dining Room.  Thanks, Roberta for getting us off to a good start in Phoenix!

Dear Family,

Did I tell you all I got notice of jury duty – started today – I'm now in the 1st waiting area.  Hoping I'll not get picked – it is for PHX Municipal Court.  Interesting enough – the court is in the same complex as Long Term Care office – 7th Street / Van Buren area.  Remember we tried to come into the parking lot & got 3rd degree by the security guard – it's right there.

Wendy seemed to get along fine 1st day of school.  Interesting enough one of the girls in her class named CATHERINE was one of her friends at YWCA camp.

Yesterday afternoon got a phone call for Catherine – to set up employment interview for 3/10/87 9:00 AM – w/ Maricopa County.  Of course – she is hopeful for Glendale to come through!

When I left this AM (7:45) Gerry had already left the house for employment office.  This afternoon they have some appointment to see houses.  There are  3  right w/ in 2 blocks of us for rent.  Their furniture won't be coming now till 3/11 – our move is scheduled for 3/13.  Tho we already have  2  rooms of furniture there now.  All of our family room furniture is down thee plus most of the living room stuff.  That way we can use the living room for boxes to go down.  We had thought of taking them on down – but now have decided to wait.  The carpets are to be professionally cleaned (in 3509) plus if we wait till after furniture gets down we can unload boxes immediately – in bookcases, etc.  Also they won't be there to get in the way when the furniture comes down.

Sunday Miss Wendy did go to church with us.  She was all dressed up & did seem to enoy going.  Then afterwards we ate out – at Burger King.  We had made plans earlier to go play miniature golf in the afternoon.  Beverly & her 8 year old daughter came with us for the golf.  Catherine & Gerry met us there.

9:30 We just had our Orientation – sounds like it is going to be a long day.  I have my self stationed at the right place tho – directly across from the free phone! (HA!)  We are in a huge waiting room area – about 100 people.  Were told there were 15 court rooms – but only 7 were for Jury caes.  We were also told most cases last 1-3 days & lunch is from 12-1:30.  Alse we get paid $12 after 1st day – plus milage 21¢ per miles from center of our zip code to here.  Even tho they pay for parking it can be quite a hassel – so I'm lucky I can use Long Term Care parking lot.

Last night we ate at Ed Debevics (sp?) we had taken Wendy there last summer & it had made a lasting impression on her.  The Morgans treated us – do you remember the place?  It's got the 1950's theme – lot of signs, blue plate specials, etc.  Pretty reasonable prices – most meals about $3.95-$4.95.

3:30 PM – Still waiting – this is worse than working!

Ate lunch in a health food store w/ small lunch counter right downtown.  Guy told me his parents opened up 1st health food store in PHX in 1932.

This is one of the most inefficient programs.  I'm sure I could organize them better –
Have been told we will be held till 5:00 pm.


Items from Uible photo album