Monday, March 2, 2015

March 18, 1967 The Same Thing, The Water Pipes, The Little Story and The Philosophy of Education Society

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"There really isn't much news this week. We all seem to do the same thing and stay too busy. B has been out to eat more this week than he's been at home and I went to one luncheon. There have been so many visitors on campus because they are interviewing people for new jobs.

Ann has some warts on the bottom of her feet and the doctor has started treating them so her feet are a little sore today. She's afraid they'll still be sore in New Orleans but I think they'll be all right when she's been on them awhile even today.

She's going to play for a group of high school visitors today at noon.

I hope you got the water pipes fixed. That could really be upsetting to hear all of that water pouring.

Our new minister seems real fine. Last Sunday was his first day. He preached the sermon & B did the rest of the service and I thought it was real nice, of course. After church there was a little coffee so people could speak to the minister & his wife because most of the people had never even seen him. A committee hired him. Their children weren't with them but they have a girl Ann's age and a younger boy.

We all like your little story. It sounds like some in the Readers' Digest.

Daddy's birdhouses sound nice. I still have only one coat of paint on the spice rack he made for me. One of these days I'll get it done. I have it in the kitchen but don't want jars on it until I get it done.

I still don't have the hem in my dress but did get a cotton jumper made for Ann. It is quilted so the seams have to be flat-felled & that is so slow. It is real cute and she looks so good in yellow.

We still plan to leave right after church tomorrow. We will be at the Hotel Monteleone with the Philosophy of Education Society on Tuesday & Wednesday then be home Thurs. about 5:00.  I wish we had more time. Toni & her children are going to visit friends in Bull Shoals, Arkansas. That will be nice for them.

Hope you both are fine. I wish we could come home for a short visit but there isn't any chance."



Sunday, March 1, 2015

March 11, 1967 The Weatherman, The New Dorm, The Cat, The Kitten and The Whipped Cream

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"At last we have a nice day. The temperature is almost up to 60ยบ but the weatherman has to spoil it by saying it will rain or snow tomorrow. Yesterday was nice but windy and people were outdoors in sweaters.

B and Ann are both gone for the day. B has an all-day meeting on school business and Ann has gone to Decatur with a bus or two of kids to a music contest. She is playing for some of the soloists.

The new dorm will be called Watterson Towers and is really two tall towers (27 stories, I think) plus a food center. The towers will be divided into living areas for groups of students--making it more like a house. They will be the tallest dormitories in the state.

I told Lynn that she should plan to live one semester in them and I really think she should. She is majoring in Special Education at I.S.U. but lives at home. The boys will probably go there, too. David is in Ann's class so has one more year in high school and Bill has two more.

B enjoyed his trip to Maryville--especially since he met several fellows he'd known in school. Do you remember Mr. Green, our band teacher in high school who walked with a cane? His brother was there but B had met him before. Maryville is not far from Kansas City so B flew there & a school car met him.

I'm real sorry about Daddy's cat. They are a lot of company but our kitten sure gets on my nerves and I wish we didn't have him. But Ann thinks it's the greatest thing ever. It is a male. B gave me a beautiful azalea for my birthday and I have to watch the cat or shut the study door. It eats the blossoms off or digs in the dirt and it picks on my Christmas cactus until I'm going to have to take it up to Bob's room, I guess. The cat bites off a piece and then carries it around to play with.

If all goes well we are going to start to New Orleans after church on Palm Sunday. B has a meeting that week so we'll drive down and all of us go. Ann, of course, has to play for church so we'll try to get as far as Memphis that day. We have to be back by Thursday evening for a communion service so the trip is awfully short. At least, we'll be getting out of town and it will be a change.

I have been working on the hemstitching all week but am not half done yet. It is so slow and hard on the eyes.

I cut a whipped cream dress for myself and got a little done on it, but I wasn't in the mood to sew.

Hope you both are fine."

                             Lots of love,


Saturday, February 28, 2015

March 4, 1967 The Fabulous Birthday, The Supper Party, The Azalea and That Cat

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"Your birthday letter and money arrived right on my birthday and I appreciate the money but the letter would have been enough. I may buy a platter with it. I broke the one I used so much but haven't even tried to replace it.

My birthday was fabulous and lasted all week. Many more days of it and I think I'd have to go to bed and rest for a few days. Another friend has a birthday on March 1 so there were two parties for us. One was an afternoon get together with a cake and then Faith Larsen had a morning coffee. She had candles on a coffee cake. We just visited and got caught up on the doings of all the children.

I didn't go to church Sunday because I had to get B to the airport about 11:30 and then picked up Ann at her church. There aren't any Sunday busses so transportation is a problem sometimes.

Helen Brown and I had a supper party for some of the teachers Tuesday evening so I was at her house until late helping do the dishes. We had 18 so that's a lot of dishes.

Bob was on the phone when I came in the door so I got to talk to him. I had a letter & brooch from him on Monday so that started my birthday celebration. He is fine and is planning to go with the diving club to the Bahamas during Easter vacation. You remember that we promised him a diving outfit for high school graduation. He wanted to wait for it until he learned what kind to buy. After the scuba lessons he's been having he knows & wants it now.

B didn't get home until real late Wed. night. I went to the airport at the time for the plane but it was so windy they couldn't land and it went right on to Decatur. Our airport is too small. They brought him & a lot of others back to Normal in taxis. He had ordered a plant from the florist & they delivered that Wed. morning which surprised me. It is a beautiful azalea but I have to keep it shut in the study because the cat won't leave it alone. I had some rosebuds in a vase (from one of the parties) and the cat knocked that over & soaked some books.  Hurry Springtime! Then that cat is going outdoors. But I suppose I'll worry myself to death about it until it learns to look out for itself.

The school is naming a new dormitory after Watty so Toni called me one morning and talked a long time. She was so pleased. I see her once-in-awhile but hadn't had a chance to visit with her in a long time.

The pussy willows are beginning to come out. I have some in the house now to see what they'll do but it is real cold outside and I don't see how they could even start to open.

Hope you both are fine."

                                   Lots of love,


Friday, February 27, 2015

February 29, 1967 The Blizzard, The Piano, The Stitching and The Suit

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"It seems as if all my letters begin with the weather but it has been really something to talk about this winter. We had another blizzard this week but it didn't pile up as much snow. People are afraid now after our bad one so schools were let out early and people were being cautious that day. We have such terrible wind and this last storm was half dust. I've never seen such dirty snow and the front of the house is a mess.

You did have a good sized piano bill but the piano should be fine from now on. If he worked all day he probably earned his money with all the picky work. Ours needs tuning again but Ann plays it so hard and it's against an outside wall which really isn't good for it. I can't remember whether the tuner came in March or June but he'll come when it's time again. It sounds fine to me but Ann can tell it needs tuning.

We don't see Polly very often. The kids are in different things but Polly comes or calls up once-in-awhile. She is taller but still slim as a rail.

I have done a little on the communion cloth but haven't started the hem stitching. There will be a strip off the side of the linen and I'll practice a bit. I must start it soon because the old cloth has holes in it and our new minister will be here March 12. Our retired minister has a new job as Fund Raiser for our hospital. It was announced in today's paper.

Ann has gone to the church to practice a bit. The blizzard was roaring Thursday so there wasn't any choir practice and she didn't get a chance to go thru the hymns. The minister uses a lot of the old songs we sang years ago and I have to help her a bit with some of them.

My suit is all done but the hem and I have that measured & ready to put in.

B is leaving tomorrow for one of the Mo. State colleges at Maryville. He is on a team to study the school's program to see if they're doing what they say they are and will be gone till Wednesday. You may remember that he has done this before. It's a hard job.

I had better stop and clean up the kitchen. We've had lunch but I just left the kitchen. Hope both of you are fine."

                   Lots of love,


Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 19, 1967 The Big Storm, The Next Project, The Viet Cong, The Valentine and The Heart Fund

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"We have had two spring days but winter hit again and it's cold & cloudy. The weatherman keeps predicting snow but we have had only a few flakes although there is still quite a bit left from the big storm.

B has been in Chicago since Wednesday but will be home sometime today. He had planned to drive a school car but the weather warnings were so bad he went on the train. They did have some snow in Chicago and winds 80 miles an hour but it wasn't too bad. The weather seems to change so fast but everyone listens closely to storm warnings after the last one.

I've been sewing a little on my suit this week and just have the hem and blouse left to do. The neck of the jacket is sort of strange and I don't know whether I like it or not. It is deep in front & the collar stands out. That's the way it is supposed to be but I think my coat will keep it smashed until it won't look very nice.

My next project will be a new cloth for the church's communion table. One of the women bought the linen and I will do the hemstitching. It's been a long time--years and years--since I did any but I think I can soon catch on. There didn't seem to be anyone else in the church that could do it and they had hired an old woman in another town to make the last one.

B's mother sent us a letter from Uncle Oscar, and Bruce ( prisoner in Viet Nam) had written his wife a letter. This was the first real proof that he's alive. I felt like crying. Why, oh why can't that war be stopped? Of course, the Viet Cong will never stop until they are bombed out. They'll never talk them into anything.

Someone got into Bob's trunk that he had stored in an attic at school and took his summer sport shirts. It wasn't locked and they went thru all that weren't locked. That's about all he wrote in his letter this week.

The ordinary chenille bedspreads should go thru your washer fine but isn't that early American one too heavy? That would be awfully heavy when it's wet. I sent my bedroom drapes to the cleaners and they sure look better. They are not much good anymore but will have to last a while longer.

Ann got a dozen white roses for a Valentine from her boyfriend. She was thrilled to pieces.

All of us went to the church last Sunday for a program honoring our minister. He is retired now but it was sort of sad yet real nice. Their son has a scholarship and is going to school in Ireland this year and they played a tape from him during the program. There were a lot of short speeches--the mayor, council of churches, college president & lots of other big-wigs. A tea followed and it was really a nice affair.

I collected for the heart fund yesterday. I just hate to do those jobs but feel that I have to.

The broom is in the middle of the kitchen so I'd better get at my sweeping. Hope you both are real fine."

                  Lots of love,


NOTE:  Bruce was a P.O.W. in North Viet Nam from October 5, 1965 until February 12, 1973. Please use the link to read about his meritorious service:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

February 11, 1967 The Sunshine, The Questions, The Suit and The Housecleaning

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"It is real cold but we have sunshine and that helps. The snow is still deep and some of the streets are still packed with it.

Bob called one evening and the weather is still nice there. He had been playing tennis and had painted his room baby blue. That was during vacation when most of the kids had gone home. He had first first skindiving lesson and liked it. I think he just called to let us catch up on questions. I always write a lot of questions and he never answers them.

I had a nice letter from Bessie yesterday. She has had a cold since Christmas and had been to the Dr. She liked the picture real well. Beulah wrote me some time ago and I think I owe her a letter.

You hadn't told me about the washing machine but I sure am glad to hear that you have it. Have you been washing everything in the place?

Yes, Ann is still playing for the church and still likes it. She spends her money pretty fast but maybe she'll get over that. She buys clothes usually so I guess that isn't so bad and she has been putting part of her money into the church's organ fund. It was her own idea.

I haven't done any more on my suit but it really wouldn't take long to finish it. I don't like to sew at night any more.

The last few days I have been housecleaning. The cleaners had a special one drapes so I sent the living room & dining room drapes & while they were gone I washed woodwork and such. Things look some better but I need to do the kitchen next.

This isn't much of a letter but there isn't much news. I hope both of you are fine."

                               Lots of love,


So 1967! A paper dress to wear and toss!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 4, 1967 The Thaw, The Radio, The Disgrace, The Tragedy and The Book Review

Dear Mother & Daddy,

"It's thawing today so maybe things will soon be better around here. The streets are terrible--rough & slick with ice. I've been walking everywhere I can but even that is hard to do because some people never shoveled the walks & that has been packed down by people walking thru it. It's terribly rough & slick as glass. Luckily, we didn't get the second storm that was predicted. There is still so much snow piled everywhere that parking is real hard so Ann didn't have choir practice again last night.

I haven't heard from Buddy & Bessie since Christmas. I suppose they got the picture but haven't had time to write. The radio said there were only 2 inches of snow there during the storm but there was ice and that always means trouble. There are loads of small towns & farms around here that don't have full electric power yet.

I am reading Ted Sorensen's book, Kennedy. It is really good but slow reading. I haven't read any of the Manchester book but will get it from Book of the Month Club one of these days when they offer it. That affair is a disgrace & I wish Mrs. Kennedy had sued the pants off all of them. I guess she did really win out & got the offensive parts deleted but the press sure made a big splurge of it all.

Yes, it is terrible about the astronauts. A broadcast last night said the findings show they lived 9 seconds. At least, they didn't have much time to suffer but I suppose that would seem long to them. I am also thankful they weren't in outer space. That would be awful to lose some of them in space.

Apollo 1 Crew
Ann wouldn't think of letting you have the kitten. We're stuck with it and that's all.

My arm is better and all of us fine except tired. This is registration week so B has worked day & night and will be at school all day today.

I have my book review Thursday afternoon and it went over real well. I spent most of the time on the section about Viet Nam and everyone is interested in that whether they want to be or not.

I have a suit cut out and am ready to start sewing if I ever get to it. It is such a strange color--not red but not orange--that I had a hard time finding lining & buttons. By accident I found a remnant of whipped cream that is perfect for the blouse but it was just a yard so I really had to do some figuring. It doesn't have sleeves and I pieced the collar so I think it will do. The collar had to be cut on the bias (it's a rolled one) so that took a big chunk.

It's about lunch time so I must stop."



NOTES: We were all distressed over the Apollo 1 tragedy and Mom, although always upbeat and optimistic, commented with something like, "Unfortunately we are apt to see more of these tragedies. They come with progress."  That's been proven to be true. Read more if interested: