Wednesday, November 26, 2014

June 5, 1965 The Typhoid Booster, The Peculiar Day, The Joplin Friend and I've Got a Secret

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"Today is a beautiful day but humid.  We have had so much rain and more is coming.  The storms come up so fast and everything is soaked in a few minutes.  It sure makes weeds easy to pull and I've been at them a little at a time.  I suppose I'll have to start at the beginning again by the time I finish.

Ann had to have a health certificate signed by the Dr. for camp so while we were doing that we had a typhoid booster shot.  Now I have a sore arm but it will be gone in a few days.  Last year we had to have the full series of 3 and they have to be exactly a week apart.  It is a nuisance when there are so many things to do so we just thought we'd keep the immunity by getting the one booster every spring. Bob has had his and B has gone to get one.

We didn't do a thing Memorial Day except go to church.  Lots of the stores were closed on Monday and that was like a holiday except schools were all in session. It was kind of a peculiar day.

Ann stayed all night with Polly last night and is going to a picnic this afternoon. The chorus sings tomorrow at Baccalaureate so she has a busy weekend.  We had not expected the typhoid shot to get sore and she called me from Polly's last night to tell me her arm hurt.  I told her mine did too and she seemed to feel better.  I think she was wondering if she was imagining it.

Jim Wheeler is teaching in Tuscaloosa, Alabama this summer and they wanted us to stop on our way to Florida.  Our dates don't gibe though, so we won't see them. It would have been nice.  I think they still own a house there.  They had built a new one just before they moved to New Jersey.

My Joplin friend writes for children--plays and stories.  She said her family gave her an electric typewriter and that was easier.  I don't see how she does anything really.  She has Parkinson's disease and walks very stiff-like but shakes constantly.  Someone told me she had to walk like that to keep her balance.  Her mind is keen but it is pitiful to see her like this.

I didn't see the "I've Got a Secret" but Bob did.  One of the men from Bloomington is president of State Farm Insurance and I've forgotten who the other one was. There was some news of it in the paper.

Enjoy your garden while you have it.  A friend gave us some lettuce the other day and it was delicious--especially when lettuce is 45¢ a head.  Isn't that silly?

I'm about ready to quit my sewing for awhile.  I have one more dress cut for Ann and then I'm going to rest awhile.  I have some material for myself but am so sick of it and there are other things that have to be done--such as housecleaning. Some of the woodwork will have to be painted or patched and I haven't decided yet about it.

Hope you both are fine."

                Lots of love,


NOTE:  I don't recall the episode of "I've Got a Secret", but watch futurist Ray Kurzweil as a teenager in another 1965 segment:

Monday, November 24, 2014

May 29, 1965 The Pot, The Club, The Awards, The Weeds and The Beautiful Cake

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"I have a pot of soup on to cook and while I watch it I'll write my letter.  This is really soup weather. The sun finally decided to shine but it is cold.  Bob even said it was too cold to mow the lawn yesterday afternoon but I went to a dinner last night and the lawn is mowed.  I don't know whether Bob or B did if after I left.

Quill Club had a dinner meeting last night and one charter member came from Joplin, Mo. to attend it.  She has palsy so bad and looks so terrible but still writes. The club is over 40 years old.  There are still two charter members and one of them gave a little history of it.  Both of them told some funny things that happened.

Wednesday was Awards Day for the high school.  This is the time when the students get recognized before the whole school for outstanding achievements. Ann was recognized for her accompaniment on the piano for the violin, and for the girls' vocal group.  Those two things were in the music contest that I told you about earlier this spring.  Bob was recognized for his science paper and for winning his scholarship in Florida and then won the Blanche McAvoy award (a silver metal) which is given to the best biology student.  He was surprised and real happy.

I sent Jerry some money for his birthday and have wondered ever since if he is at home.  I sent it to Columbia.

We won't be in Florida but one day probably--just long enough to get Bob situated for B has to be at work Monday, the 21st.  That is registration day and he says he has to be there.  I wish we didn't have to hurry so much but there isn't anything we can do about it.

Maybe I can finish this without stopping again.  I've been outside pulling weeds and got the flower bed at the end of the garage cleaned out.  My muscles ache now and I feel so stiff because I seem to never find time to work in the yard.  It is much better to do a little every day.

B is giving a graduation talk at Girard, Illinois tonight so he will have to have an early supper.

Bob's Junior-Senior banquet and prom is tomorrow night.  He has rented a formal outfit to wear. Wouldn't you like to slip in and see all of them dressed up?

B & I went to the nicest party Tuesday afternoon.  It was a tea for one of our German professors (a young man) who became an American citizen that day.  He took his last oath in Peoria and came straight to the party.  His wife is Polish and has had her American citizenship for quite a while.  The woman who gave the tea has been acting head of the foreign language department.  She served ice cream, cake & punch.  The table was decorated in red, white & blue and the cake was white with a big flag (frosting) on top.  It was just beautiful.

This about all the news so I'll say bye for now."

                        Lots of love,


Saturday, November 22, 2014

May 21, 1965 The Fairly Calm Week, The Complicated Travel, The Duets and The Ladies Night

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"We have been having some beautiful days but rain is predicted. I tried to pull weeds yesterday but didn't make a dent in them.  This has been a fairly calm week and I've spent most of it washing and ironing--washed a lot of quilts and extras.

I've also been trying to get Bob's clothes organized.  He gets aggravated when I ask him about taking care of things for himself this summer but I wonder how many sox will be missing when he gets back. He is getting excited about it and got a big envelope of information yesterday.  He checks in at the dormitory on Sunday, June 20.  We plan to take him but haven't decided about getting him home. He has to take his own bedding & towels and wants to take a lot of books so it makes travel a little complicated.

Ann's organ recital was real nice.  She played a duet with her teacher--Ann on the organ and the teacher on the piano--and then a long, hard piece on the pipe organ.  She is enjoying her piano lessons, too.  Yesterday she came home late and happy. She and the teacher have been playing duets and apparently having a wonderful time.

Our church had a Mother-Daughter banquet this week but we didn't go because Ann had to be a guide at an open house.  They invited the public to see the new high school and she said a lot of people came.

No, we don't have all our teachers but they hire some almost every day.  B has been interviewing so many I can't keep up. There will probably be about 100 new ones next fall.

Our yard looks pretty in spite of the weeds.  The iris are blooming and the peonies are about ready to pop open.  One bush is about finished.

We are going to a dinner tonight and maybe an open house afterwards.  It is Ladies Night for the men's club B belongs to. He has been president this year and this is their last meeting. He will be glad to be rid of that job.  The social science department is having the open house.  I said we couldn't come but they said if the dinner was over in time to come by for a cup of coffee so I don't know whether we will or not.

I must stop and see what I can stir up for lunch.  Since the children take their lunches now B & I don't fix much.  We eat leftovers.

Hope both of you are fine."

                             Lots of love,


Thursday, November 20, 2014

May 16, 1965 The Library People, The Ride, The ISU Prom and The Doll Collection

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"Everyone is gone and I'm waiting to be picked up to go to a Pen Women meeting in Lincoln.  It is about 35 miles from here.  B had to interview someone for a job and then goes to a luncheon for some library people.  Bob has gone to the Indiana Sand Dunes with the Science Club and won't be back till late tonight.  They left at 6:00 so we got up pretty early but I went back to bed.  Ann has gone to get a friend to go with her to get a license for her bicycle.  She'll be on her own for awhile today and B should be home by early afternoon and I hope to be back by 4:00.

We still subscribe to Consumer's Report and this year it was B's turn to take care of the group subscription if there are 10 paid ones.  He sent your name in for the free one so you'll be getting it for a year.  I don't know when it will start.

Well, my ride came and I am back.  Ann has gone to organ and I'll walk to the church after awhile. Her recital is tomorrow.  I wish you could be here.

We are so glad you had such a nice time in St. Louis.  I had wondered how you were going.

Bob and Malcolm have their plans made for Bob to get to Wisconsin.  We'll take him to Chicago and he can take a train within 2 miles of the village.  Rosses had told him they'd meet him anywhere if he could get close by train.  They will take his fishing clothes and gear when they go and he won't have much to worry with on the train.

I'm still sewing. Made Ann a dress and myself a formal.  We go to the Jr.-Sr. prom tonight.  I tore up an old formal and made it over, really.  It turned out pretty well.

 Now I have to start thinking about Ann's Class Night dress.  I have the material--white lace over green taffeta.

We have been somewhere almost every night this week but I was home in the daytime most of the time. I did go to a luncheon on Thursday. It was the As You Like It guest day and Mrs. Bone talked about her doll collection.  She has several hundred dolls that are very valuable and it was real interesting.

It is hot today but windy.  Things are growing so fast--especially the weeds.  I haven't pulled any because they ruin by hands and we've been on the go so much.  I really haven't had any time, anyway.

I hope both of you are fine."

                          Lots of love,


And the last slow dance...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

May 8, 1965 The Beautiful Morning, The Headless Birds, The Calendar, A Few Stitches and The 20 Shirts

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"I wanted to mail this early so you'd have it before Mother's Day but if you are going to Buddy's you won't be home to get it anyway.  I'm so glad you are going and I hope both of you will have a real nice day.  Your package should have arrived by now, Mother.

This is a beautiful morning.  B and the children haven't been gone long and the house is quiet but the birds are singing their heads off.  Tulips are out and the lilacs and iris are beginning to pop out.  I love this time of the year.  We had a lot more rain night before last though, and the farmers are getting pretty upset.  If things don't dry up soon they won't have anything this year.

It seems as if school is practically out.  The calendar is getting so full and there are so many things to do. I went to a women's banquet last night.  The high school has a music program tonight and Ann is singing in the chorus so we want to go to that. Tomorrow night the young people at the church are having a party and Ann has been working on that.  Bob is still playing golf almost every afternoon and dreaming of Florida. We asked him if he thought he'd get homesick and he was disgusted at us for thinking about it.  He should be kept too busy really, but one can't tell about such things.  He will spend 6 hours every day in research.  Then there are classes, lectures and field trips.  If there is any free time he wants to do some collecting of shells and such so he already has his time planned. We hope it will be a happy time for him and if the teachers are good it will be. I guess we'll let him go to Wisconsin with Malcolm after he comes home from Florida.  They all want him to go so badly. My head begins to whirl when I try to figure out how we're going to get him and Ann everywhere. Yet, I know we will do it someway.

A seven member committee has been set up to replace Art.  I hope they get busy in a hurry but sometimes they are so slow--especially if they have different ideas about how it should be done.

I've been cross stitching on a lunch cloth that I've had for about two years. Everyday I do a few stitches and I'd like to get it finished and out of the way.  I made Ann another dress and have one cut out.

Yesterday I ironed almost all day long. There were 20 shirts and I thought I'd never finish.  Bob has started to wear knit ones now so that will help. There were more than usual because the weather has been so crazy.  Bob would want a long sleeved shirt one day and a short one the next.

I'd better get to work.  The dust is thick since we opened the windows.

Hope you both are fine and have a nice weekend."

                     Lots of love,


Sunday, November 16, 2014

May 1, 1965 The Shirt, The Underwear, The Lawn, The Windows and The Workshop

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"B was real happy with the shirt.  It is a very nice one and he needed it.  Seems as if he never has enough shirts and ties.  I got him some underwear for he never has enough of that either.

We are beginning to think of Bob's clothes for the summer.  It is going to be interesting to see how he manages his own things for a while.  We haven't heard any more from the school but May 1 was the final day for acceptance of the scholarships so they are probably waiting to get the final list of students made before sending out more information. They will probably make suggestions about clothes--what they'll be expected to wear to class and such. We tried to make a list of things last night while Bob was home.  It is so hard to find a time to sit down and talk when he doesn't have to be reading or something else. He plays golf at school most every afternoon and they stay till dark. It is good for him to be out and I'm glad he likes it.

We finally had a wonderful, warm day yesterday and I opened up the house.  B mowed the lawn and things look better.  Things had either been too wet or it was raining and the grass was pretty tall.  He's washing windows today.

I'm going to a Writer's Workshop but sure don't want to.  I haven't ironed this week and need to stay at home.

I didn't know Aunt Nora was even in the hospital until we read the Mirror.  She must really be relieved now that they didn't find cancer.

Ann will go to music camp for the first two weeks after school is out and then she wants to visit Virginia Rose in Cincinnati.  We hope we can take her some weekend and let her come home on the train or fly. We haven't worked out the details but she's planning big on it.  She plays the guitar now only once in awhile. Won't things be quiet around here.  Bob will be in Florida for 8 weeks.

I must stop.  It is time to go to the workshop.  Thanks again for B's shirt and hope you are both fine."

                      Lots of love,


Friday, November 14, 2014

April 26, 1965 The Sleep, The Rising River, The Library, The Make-Up and The Brunch Table

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"I'm so sleepy I can hardly see.  I feel as if I'd lost a lot more than one little hour last night.  We had potluck last night but came home earlier than usual because of the time change.  It is cloudy too and that makes me sleepy.  We are still having lots of rain and the grass needs to be mowed but it's too wet.

Bob went upstairs to read some Shakespeare and went to sleep on it. He went with a bunch of Scouts on an overnight canoe trip yesterday.  It was raining when they left but they went anyway.  They went down on the Vermillion River and camped in a campground overnight in tents.  The river rose 5 ft. overnight so they just came home--too much junk in the river and it was up so much they couldn't tell where the channel was.  I was glad to see them come home. There were 10 and the Scoutmaster and they had a good time.

Easter was a nice day even if it was partly cloudy.  We all went to church and then went out to eat.  That was a surprise and a treat. We just loafed the rest of the day. Several children were baptized at church that morning during the regular service.

Ann and I bought some material for her some summer clothes and I've started sewing on them when I can.  I made one blouse and have a skirt cut out.  I've also been letting out hems and fixing over last year's things.

Wed. night B & I went to a library dinner and then toured the library.  They showed us every nook and corner of it and I was worn out when we finished but enjoyed it.

Thursday night I went to an Education Wives meeting and we had a program on cosmetics.  The woman fixed up some of the girls with eye make-up and new colors of lipstick, false eyelashes and such.  That was fun.

Saturday morning I had to decorate my table for the Faculty Women's Club brunch.  I used apricot tree blossoms for the centerpiece with some dolls and Japanese dishes.  Then I went dressed in my kimono.  They must have had 30 tables decorated with things from different countries.  It was very interesting.

I wish you could go to St. Louis on Mother's Day.  In our church we have a service of dedication for children too.  It is really a promise of the parents to raise the child in a Christian way.

Bob finally accepted the Florida science project.  He was accepted by all three and the one in Washington was a real honor.  They take 30 students only.  20 of those are from the Washington area so he was one of the special ones.  Malcolm still wants him to go to Wisconsin with him after the Florida thing but it's a problem to get their plans all to jell.

Yes, Art is sick.  He has Multiple Sclerosis but mildly and it can be arrested if he slows down.  He will continue at the University with an easier job but may take a leave in the fall so he can gain some strength back first.

Those Ag boys can really cook!

We have to go to an agriculture department dinner this evening.  B has to give a little welcome speech for the visitors so I'd better get my suit pressed."

               Lots of love,