Mary Behner Christopher was born in Xenia, Ohio in 1906 to a Presbyterian minister. She attended the College of Wooster between the years 1924-1928. Her letters talk about life at the College of Wooster in the mid 1920s. She discusses student activities, current events, courses she took, and her goal to become a missionary. Behner was highly devoted to religious life activities, such as the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions, Y.W.C.A., and Christian Endeavor Society, but also enjoyed singing, Women's Debate Club, and various athletics. She graduated with a History major in 1928.
After graduation, she accepted a job in West Virginia as a missionary for the Presbyterian church. She worked in Scott’s Run, the coal mining community outside of Morgantown, until her marriage to David Christopher in 1937. Behner remained in Morgantown for the rest of her life, passing away on March 15, 1988. Her diaries and photos from her time in Scott’s Run were donated to the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. These letters from Mary Behner’s time at the College of Wooster were donated by her daughter, Elizabeth Burger, in the fall of 2011. The letters are housed in the College of Wooster's Special Collections
This letter was written by Mary to her family on an unspecified Wednesday night. The pink paper is folded into a card format and the text is handwritten in blue ink. This quick note includes descriptions of Mary's dorm room and a telegram about one of Mary's dresses.
Wednesday nite [early fall]
Its been raining and storming and the lights are out - and Boots and I are writing home by candle light. My- we are so happy.
Our room is getting fixed up by degrees. So far we have 13 pictures on our wall besides 4 framed pictures of our family We have about that many more little etc to put up. Our pillows look so sweet We have our football blankets over my sedar chest & the "vic" over that.
Telegram from Leulla today. My dress is done but she lost my address - was a telegram. "Dress ready your address lost. send it. Do not laugh" I wired back "Address eleven thirty five Beall. we roared. Love Thanks"
Ha! Ha! I suppose she'll send it special - so I'll have it to wear Sat. Nite. Mary has a new taffeta (white) formal. - she says to tell you that is it only costing her $12.46 & a special delivery stamp.
I hope those curtains hurry up - Makes all the difference in the world in our room. Think we will have to have a study lamp - our room is going to look lovely.
Wish these lights would come on.
This letter was written by Mary to her mother on an unspecified Wednesday night, possibly in April, during the spring of her second year at college. Composed on 4 small sheets of blue paper, with handwritten text in blue ink. Mary writes about cleaning her dorm room, her plans for an upcoming vacation in Akron for Easter, and looking to buy a new coat.
[April] 10:00 Wed Nite
Am lying in bed and hope to be asleep very soon. Just had a bath and am lying between two clean sheets. Have worked all day. Got cuts in both of my classes today. so as we were rushed in the Tea Room I helped and thus put in some extra hours. Haven't been working much lately because of the time I've had to put in debate.
This afternoon I cleaned every nook and corner of my room - and sent my comfort and rugs to the cleaners & a dress. Packed my laundry and hope to get it off tomorrow morning
Washed eleven pairs of stockings and some silk underwear. Now tomorrow I'm ready for business because I must accomplish things this vacation. Have my greek to master and my rebuttles for debate to work on.
Hope to rise at 7:00 tomorrow and begin plodding at 8:00. I just have to pass that exam that's all there is to it.
Hope to g - to Akron Fri sometime - and come back Monday. Have had quite a number of other invitations for this vacation - My address at Akron will be o/o Ethel Klakre 881 Akron SV.
My aim is to be there Easter Sunday. I'd feel like a lost sheep here. - - I'm going to be too busy to get blue this vacation. In fact thats been the case most all year. Freds letter was too late for action before vacation but we will see about it as soon after vacation as we can.
I may look at coats in Akron and a dress for debate work. - Tried on some beautiful coats here at Wooster but they were $35.00 & $45.00 and I won't go anywhere near that high.
Have been at Kam Sing's for the last 3 nights Have enjoyed some lovely talks & grand radio with her.
Must go to sleep.
Love Mary E.
This image is from the 1929 edition of The Index, the College of Wooster's yearbook, and can be found on page 30. The photograph is of Mary Behner during her senior year of college.
This image is from the 1928 edition of The Index, the College of Wooster's yearbook, on page 55. This photograph depicts Mary Behner as a college junior.
Mary wrote this letter to her family during the summer of 1927 while she was staying in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Though someone else has added 1924 as a potential date for this letter, the content mentions dates that take place in 1927. The letter is written on Student Volunteer Movement: Northern Ohio Union stationery, which includes Mary's name twice in the letterhead. The five sheets of paper are covered front and back and are handwritten with black ink. Mary writes about how she spends her time in Milwaukee, changing her major to sociology and doing a project on elderly care facilities, and how she wants to spend the rest of her summer once she leaves Milwaukee.
Saturday evening 7:30. a Summer in Milwaukee
Received a letter full of letters from Father this morning - - Among the letters was one addressed to H. Smith at Chatauqua. It was closed, and you said nothing about it in your letters so I thought either it was something you wanted me to see before you sent it out or your stenog. had forgotten to mail it - or rather I mean - had gotten it in the wrong envelope with my numerous letters - so to make sure I opened it - and I'll send it off tomorrow - as I sealed it up again.
The Mrs. Brouwer, Mary and Ellis left for the North last Thursday. They suggested to me to stay out here as much as I wanted and have Elizabeth spend the night with me; and that is just what I've done up until tonight.
And you can imagine what a wonderful time we have had together. We cooked our own supper & breakfast both times, of course and we talked & talked. She is so appreciative. We had our devotions together too and my what beautiful times we had together. She needs such a companion - for I know she hasn't had anyone treat her as I have. Every once in a while she says little things about what I've meant to her that make me feel so unworthy and small - and cheap - when I realize what she has had to buck up against. And then when she says such things I feel well repaid for all I've done for her. I should like very much to give her a Moffet's testament for her graduation present.
Did you send her a gift with a nice letter? You all should write to her - It would mean much.
Dad and Mother won't you both write - and send her something she can keep, together, if you feel you can at all?
It is trying to rain tonight- Just now I am all alone in the house. I am sort of a "door keeper" Have the keys etc. Water the flowers - feed fish - - etc, etc. It's sort of a responsibility but I give - strict attention to be very careful of everything you may be sure.
Mrs. Leiske, the dear old lady next door - the Captain Leiske died this winter - had me over with her for supper this evening - and I am staying there all night tonight. Don't worry I won't stay here alone at nights.
Then I called up Mrs. Anderson - the wife of the state Y.M. secretary who died recently - for she and
I are great friends. We only met a couple of weeks ago. We are going to church together tomorrow. Dr. Dekurst (10th & Harmon) preaches his last sermon here. Then I guess Mrs. Anderson and I are going to have dinner together. She is all alone too - the same as Mrs. Leiske is.
I am not having a real gay time in fact its a rather solomn - time for a vacation but I'm enjoying it - every bit. Of course my studying takes quite a bit of time as that comes first - And then I haven't the money to treat people - myself.
My ear fore is up - and also lunches that I take down town when I do research work at the Public Library. Got a Lib card and so you can see I mean business -.
Haven't had a letter from Fred but he sent me his brief case from up North so I could use it for my books - going to school. It is so handy. I asked him to send it if he wasn't using it. I suspect he is kept pretty busy alright.
Received a letter from Wooster today saying my scholarship was granted for next year. I am glad. Is that blank I sent you O.K. and how did you fix it up? You did not answer me yet - whether or not you put my July $50 in the bank. I would like to know as soon as possible.
I must tell you how I spent the day today - After getting Eliz. off to work I cleaned up the kitchen & made beds and then went out in the garden and picked loads of beautiful flowers to take down to Brouwers store. [Mr B. & Bud are in N.Y]
Mrs. B had told me to do that anytime I wanted to.
The rest of the day I spent in studying in a very practical and unusual way. Did I tell you that I changed my course from English to sociology? and how glad I am! Well - for Wed. we have to write a paper on some phase of "Old Age". Pensions - institutions for Old Age - etc. so - yesterday I called up the over here in Wau and made an appointment to visit them and did so - yesterday afternoon. Now - wasn't that bold? Well - to come to todays' happenings - I went over to the Prot. House for the aged in Milw. I had called up beforehand and found that Mrs. Harrington - the bed lady our Calvary S.S. class used to send Sunshine Boxes to was still there. So I took her some flowers - And - you never saw anyone so delighted and happy. She said before I left "this surely will be a red letter day for me --
Right away she asked me to stay for lunch - and I too was delighted. Thru her - then I got in very personal touch with the institution. It was indeed very interesting to compare the two Homes. The one - so narrow the other so broad. And the results of such attitudes are certainly marked. I won't go into detail - but will tell you about it some time. Our sociology is indeed an interesting study. Mrs. Harrington wants to be remembered to my mother & father and sister.
Geraldine Prunslow is married. Did you know it? Prof. Dodge is having in some swell apartments on Grand Av. He wants to see me. Ev Jausseu went to Wis. University last year. I talked with her over the phone but haven't seen her yet.
I have a date tomorrow night to her Dr. Johnson preach -
with a college student from Dubuque who is studying to be a minister - He is from Poland - has travelled to S.A. And is now doing mission work under the auspices of the national board - in the Polish district here. He has been in this society for 2 years & speaks wonderful Eng. He preached last Sun morning at the little Pres. Chapel in Wauwatosa. - Met him after the services. Mrs. B. asked him home to dinner and that is how it all started. Saw him Tuesday - & he met me down town at Marquette & then walked on down town with me. He is much interested to say the least. I am interested in his work & etc. but not him personally - for my sake - as I am afraid he is of me -
Summer school ends Aug 8. If I could drive to Chatauqua N.Y. with you - I should do it in one minute without further questioning -
National Council meets "in the vicinity of N.Y" (?) from Sept 3 - to Sept 8.- that is - Sat. Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed Thurs - of the week before school begins. Then on Fri, Sat & Sun of that same week - that is Sept - 8, 9, 10, I am due at Chipewa lake as representative of the S.V. at the retreat for the religious organization officers - Now -
I have from Aug 8th to Sept 2nd free - Perhaps I could rush from here to W. Va and we could [the 4 of us] go to N. York together. Then - if there was time between Chatauqua & my council meeting - I could stay in the state of N.Y. some way, either working at Chatauqua or with Andy up in Northfield - Well - we'll see. Have you any ideas.
I have made no definite plans about up North. The Brouwers
want me to come up if its possible though. Thats! That.!
Whew! It sure is raining out! Storming rather. Guess I'll go over to Mrs. Leiskes pretty soon. This is a pretty long letter. Pretty scibbly too. Hope you can read it.
Lots 'o love.
Just talked to Marjie over the phone. Am going to stay with her all night tomorrow & Monday I don't want Mr. Rabe to bring me way out to Wau - would feel safer in town - even tho he is O.K. there is T.N.T. Monday nite. So all will work out well. Love - - -
Mary wrote this letter to her mother and sister during the 1927 summer she spent in Wisconsin. The letter is composed on 8 small sheets of cream colored paper; black ink handwriting overs only one side of each sheet. In this letter, Mary writes about her concern for her father, an upcoming family trip to Chautauqua, NY, summer coursework, buying clothes, and a reception for Milwaukee pilot, Lester Maitland.
[in Wauwatosa WI ’25?]
Dear Mother and Esther,
Your letters concerning father were quite disturbing to say the least. He lacks something big - you can see it in his eyes - and I believe that something big is faith. Yes I really do. As far as I can see through him he has let his reason in real practise come before his simple faith. Lots of men at his age and with his experience - get that way and I only hope that he can get over it and gain something - up north alone. I only wish he could be up there alone for a month or 2. then he would find it. 10 days is really not long enough.
I don’t know whether if I said anything about it he would stop to think.
I just finished getting things ready to cook for supper. My beets are on. Then I’m having asparagus tomatoe salad - steak, lettuce - celery and radishes. jelly and bread and blackberry short cake. How does that sound to you? Did Dad tell you about the tasty dinner I cooked for him when he was here
Bud left for up North yesterday evening. so Mr. Brouwer and I are alone. Pops is leaving Friday for Up North and then he and Mary are coming home about next Tuesday or Wednesday as Mary goes to Geneva that week end.
Dad and I talked over Chatauqua and it looks as if I will be with you folks at Chatauqua at least a week- and then drive home with you.- and be with you a couple weeks. Then go to New York City. Our Council is to be at Riverdale-on-the-Hudson. Isn’t that thrilling. I can hardly wait.
In the meantime I am very busy studying. Got an A in my last Sociology paper- and have to write another one for this Friday. Visited a Day Nursery for my material.- I should like very much to get A’s in both of my courses this summer.
Wrote letters to Miss Root and Professor Luster the
other day. Had dandy letters from Mary and Thelma today.
Enclosed are some handkerchiefs for you mother. I thought they were very pretty and they were also very cheap- (5¢ a piece). I also gave Mrs. Pagsdale 2. She has been so lovely to me. Just called her up and asked her how to broil a club steak - over the phone. I am making Mrs. Brouwer a brightly colored Japanese creepe buedeon . Awfully cute.
Dad probably told you that I made him stay out here with me nights. We had a lovely time together. Went over to Houlkaups one night. Also had our devotions together one nite
Rev. Turkerstha’s gone to Michigan. I don’t know what city. Elizabeth is Romanian. She has a wonderful position as a private secy at the Boston stars.
Summer school ends August 5th - - Tell me what kind of clothes does one need for Chatauqua? Many dress clothes - good silk ones? —. Kam-Sing Sun is in New York - Chatauqua for all summer. Had a letter from her the other day.
Marjie, Olive & Bee are all single.
Mary writes that Fred looks unusually well - up north. I’m so glad.
Elizabeths birthday was the day Dad came and I didn’t know it. - and she came home with a box of chocolates and a birthday gift for me. A lovely jewelry box.
Have my shoes for next year. Brouwers had their semi annual sale - and plus my discount I got them very cheap - considering. Also bought a perfect dream of a frock for next year. It cost me $15 and it looks like $50 - But I won’t let you hear about it. I’ll surprise you with it. Everyone thats seen if just says - Oh - Mr. Brouwer is crazy about it.
Think of it only 2 more weeks of school. How this summer is flying - Am really enjoying my work very much. And we’ve had nice weather on the whole.
Yesterday was a big day. The city gave a reception for Col. Maitland who made the trip to Hawaii. There were 300,000 people that lined the Wisconsin Ave. and over 3500 people in the parade. Bands from all over the state. Floats and even the mailmen of the city were in it - & the policemen who weren’t on duty- Everyone was out and such excitement & thrills —
I was parked on the Pub. Library steps so had a grand view - Got in 2 moving pictures - that were taken - I never saw so many people. — Confetti - flags - whistles - chimes of America in St. James Church - baloons - Maitland souviner pins etc. It’s been the biggest celebration since the Armistice.
Pops will be home soon.
Tell me what to take to Chatauqua——
Mary wrote this letter to her parents during the spring of her junior year. The letter is written on three pages of cream colored paper in blue ink. Text covers both sides of the pages. In this letter, Mary writes about a story by Grace Livingston Hill, her friend (Boots) going out after being sick, her grades, and her summer trip plans for Milwaukee.
Dearest Mother and father:
I have been so busy for the past few days that I just now had to turn my calendar up to see what the date was. Its a beautiful Sabbath Day and I have been alone. It’s been so quiet and peaceful. I have just been living - it seems - another of Grace Livingston Lutz’s stories - “The Man of the Desert. Its a beautiful love story of a home missionary out in Arizona who fell in love with a society girl that had come out to the desert for a western trip with her family. Her short contact with him brought into her life the character of a man who impelled the best in her. She, Hazel came in contact, by chance, after she went back to New York - with his dear invalid mother. She administered to her and learned of the beautiful and deeper things of life thru her. No one but she know her connections - with John etc. so John’s mother did not know who she was to John nor did John know who Hazel was to his Mother. When the mother died Hazel travelled west to deliver to John a letter which she had promised to do personally.
2// Hazel had her vision of life and was now worthy to be the wife of a missionary. Its such a sweet story.
I suppose Mary will be home any time now - She and Leland drove to Oberlin after Rev. Howard B. Therman who is to speak at C.E. this evening and at Chapel tomorrow morning. Personally, altho it is a fine warm day, I think she was foolish to do it. She was sick in bed all day yesterday with an infection in her ear. She only was able to sleep two hours the night before. She didn’t take her conditional exam in French on account of it. Was busy putting medicine in her ear and keeping a hot water bottle on her ear. She felt fine last night and got up and dressed - and this morning felt she was quite able to make the trip. She bundled up warm and they left soon after breakfast. I wish you could see how happy Mary and Leland are. Their love is so beautiful and rich - and deep. It makes me feel all thrilly inside.
I suppose the last telegram we sent you made you feel
(3) quite happy. It did us to say the least. It was as I had expected. So you can imagine how well prepared we were on the exam. It would be indeed strange if she did not pass us. I’m so glad its all over - and now that thats off my mind I have much to do between now and June. -Two awful semester papers to write - at least one more rendition of our play - a trip to the western part of the state for a Union executive meeting besides keeping my grades up and trying to get all B’s. -and maybe earn some money to help pay expenses. Finished menu cards for the Tea house last night (did not go tot he all college square dance) and am going to charge $2.00 for them. The weather will be getting nice now and it will be more difficult to concentrate on studies. My! how I should love to show them I can make all “B’s”. I’m going to try so hard.
The Brouwers are so pleased that I’m going to be with Mary this summer. Mrs. Brouwer doesn’t like to have her alone As far as the calm is concerned.
(4) There is another party who wants it but has not said anything definitely yet. Neither have we said anything definite so Mr. Brouwer is giving it to the one who speaks first. I am going to write a note to Mr. Brouwer asking him to hold if for us and that he will hear from you in about a week - as soon as you have had your consultations. I will ask him to hold it for you for during July. Mary says that she heard indirectly when home at vacation time that someone said that they thought these friends would be in that cabin all of August. so you had better try get get up there - the Middle of July anyway. However I’ll write Mr. Brouwer and you write as soon as possible. There no doubt - will be other places you could live after these folks come up but they would be much more expensive. This cabin is $10 a week.- some of the others are around $40.00. You might even know people who are going to be up there and with whom you could make other arrangements for August if these
5/ folks do really come.
Thank you for sending the books. I had to pay a fine on that library book. Disgusting. i told her I didn’t know when I’d be able to pay for it.
Wore my spring coat and hat this morning with Mary’s fur. Mary has two beautiful new hats. One a red silk one to match her red silk dress and the other a white eave cloth one to match her new white coat of the same material. She made herself a darling silk kimona when she was home. I have it on now-
“Art” asked me to lead Student Volunteers this coming Tuesday but I refused - saying it was impossible this Tuesday —— !! He was elected President of the co-ed S.S. class - Perhaps that will console the dear boy - having a position on the campus. Its going to be very difficult to work with him — but I just make myself realize that there will be no doubt - worse things than that to confront on the mission field. Some day I’m going to talk to him, though and be very frank in telling him - somethings. Someone surely should.
6/ I left my soap box at home in the B.R. Would you sen that to me? Also a picture of Esther in her formal dress - I forgot. Will you send me that?
Today is Palm Sunday and they gave out Palms at church. Thats the first time I ever got one at church. I don’t think they ever did it before.
When Mary told Elizabeth Ivanov that I was coming to Milwaukee this summer she wouldn’t believe it - and she says she won’t until she sees me. Isn’t that just like her? Adlyn is so anxious to see me too.
A letter from Evelyn Miller says she and Ruth are ready to leave for Arizona. They both have symptoms of T.B- after an exray - . - It can be easily cured and they want to play safe. Poor dear Evelyn has had a hard life. I must write to her soon.
Must close this rambling for now anyway. Give “Gus” my love. I’m so sorry I did not get to see her.
Lots of Love to you all
4:45 Sun. P.M.
Mary wrote this undated letter to her parents while in Milwaukee, likely during the summer of 1927. The letter consists of a single cream colored page, with handwriting in black ink on the front and back. Mary mainly talks about her friends in Milwaukee and mentions a young man working with Polish Catholics.
Sunday Evening 9:40
2625 Wells Ave:
Here is your wandering daughter - skipping from one place to another. Just came in from my date. Could have stayed out later but I didn’t want to. Marjie is out with Olive H. and Bee Jones. -I guess they didn’t expect me home so soon. Well, I fooled them. I came in town to stay tonight and tomorrow night - Tonight because I didn’t want Mr. Rabe to take me way out to Wauwatosa and tomorrow might because T.N.T is in town - and I’ll be out for that. Last T.N.T. I brought my saw - and played till 9 could hardly walk. Marjie had asked me to bring it. - and she insists on my bringing it tomorrow so Guess shes going to have Hubert drive me out tomorrow for it.
This is a lovely evening and Dr. Jonston preached a fine sermon on the Conscience. We took the bus over a little early and walked along the lake for a while - then went to church. Miss Leau’s solo was beautiful.
This morning Mrs. Anderson (who is wife of the state Y sec. that died this last year-) and I went to hear Dekurst preach his last farewell service. Then she took me out to a “Duck” dinner. It was lovely - She is such a lovely woman and I enjoy being with her so much.
Mr. Rabe did not get so personal in our conversation as he did at our first meeting. He is learning very quickly that he must keep his distance. He is a very hard worker and is doing heavy work among the Polish Catholic People on the South side. He’s going to call me up some time this week.
I bought a beautiful soft bawcock straw hat for $1.00 the other day. It was a $7.50 hat. Also got some shoes.
The Rapdales send their love. They postponed their vacation three days to see you folks and of course are very sorry Mother & Esther are not coming. The girls were counting on Esther- But then New York will we wonderful for you-
Mary wrote this letter to her family during the second semester of her sophomore year. The letter is written in blue ink on six sheets of Tea House stationery. Mary describes why she started painting and re-touching photographs, her plans for Easter vacation, debating capital punishment, reading books, and wanting new music for her victrola.
Sun Feb 21. [1926?]
Have just finished reading your special, mother and was so glad to get it. It was here for me after church sometimes I have received your specials on Monday-early- I believe that those must have been mailed in the afternoon instead of in the morning. It’s always so good to hear from home on Sunday. Quite often I get a Special from Mary on Sunday- but not today.
2) How dear of Margaritta and Ruth. They are such wonderful thoughtful girls and I love them both. I didn’t even know they had written you until you mentioned if. I shall never forget what happens that evening fixed in my memory.
ELAPSE OF TIME.
Jean McDowell a Freshman just left. She was here with two girls - one of whom is here visiting her this week-end.
Margaritta & I are going for a walk very, very soon. It is a marvelous day out.
So you would like to have me tell you how my pictures came to be. Well, there were 4 girls here from Columbus who took pictures of all the Senior, Junior and some Soph. girls for nothing to make a Holden album. Then if we liked them we could order some. Well my proofs weren’t so bad and so I ordered some but they weren’t finished at all decently. And all of a sudden the thought struck me “wouldn’t they look better if I painted them - and so that’s what
4 I did. The picture itself - the way its torn is what is called their “college pannel.” and so I painted 3 of them - sending two away for valentines (one to you and the other to Mary) and keeping one myself. Some of the girls are begging me to paint theirs. It would be quite an undertaking but would bring good money. I’d charge about 25¢ a picture I think.
I’ll be so glad when spring comes and things begin to get nice and green. My how this year has just flown.
I’ve got to get a Sprint coat if I go away Easter vacation - especially if I go to Milwaukee. so I don’t know what I’ll do. If Browners send me a ticket to come to them of course I could hardly miss such a wonderful opportunity. - If they don’t I really think it’s my duty to go to Akron altho I’d love to go to Toledo.
Haven’t been feeling well this week end - rather tired and a cold- or sore throat - but
6. I’ve treated it carefully, going to bed very early the last few nights and staying in bed both Fri and Sat. afternoons- not going to supper last night. But today I feel much better.
Haven’t been doing so much work in the Tea Room since exams. - my work averaging about 20 hours a week. I’m trying to study more altho I haven’t begun on my Greek.
Debate is fine and I’m enjoying it lots. Prof. Miller spoke some encouraging words after debate - to me the other nite.
I surely aim to debate rather than be an alternate. He wants me to work on a second speech soon- 1. “C.P. protects society.” which would bring in the Juke case if it was just right - but I can’t see that it is and I thought I explained it to you once.
In the first place Ada Juke and her husband were not murderous themselves - . we cannot say that they should have been put away -
8/ we advocate C.P. for premeditated murder only and the parents weren’t even murderous-
Secondly - the argument is weak because the Juke family existed in a state that maintained C.P. all along. Therefore our opponents can say that they had the chance to be executed but on account of the non deterrent effect of C.P. were not billed. They can merely use our case then as an argument that C.P. does not work. Do you see what I mean?
9. It would be a wonderful argument if these situtations were removed. I wish I had one for that second speech. Have you anything on C.P. - as a protection for society?
Heard from B.W. Madden who gave the reference I know of and one other - - I don’t know where I can read the material. Our library has no such law journals Probably Wooster has a law library of some kind.
10/ Tomorrow is Washington’s birthday - We have a holiday from chapel Mon - on to chapel Tuesday.
We also have our annual “Gum Shoe Hop” in the evening. You remember last year I was in the Frosh. Soph. stunts - well I’m in that this year too - such fun! The activities have begun now and time will just fly till time to come home!
Must write to Mary this afternoon. -
Am reading three wonderful books.
11/ “The Man Nobody Know”- “Christ of the Indian road” “Whitherbound in Missions”— all late books.
Think I’ll use the first in my prayer group now- Perhaps I could use “Prayer and Missions”. It might be good - but don’t send it if you think you might possibly need it.
Margaritta is here
Please send me about a doz real nice records in my laundry? — I have Marys vic now & I’ve only got 2 records - one’s the “ Love Song”-
How ‘bout sending me my kimona?
This letter was written by Mary to her family in the spring of her second year at college. The letter is handwritten in blue ink on two sheets of Y.W.C.A. Tea House stationery. In this letter, Mary writes about possibly visiting Milwaukee, serving at the Tea House after basketball games, and prayer meetings.
Jan 10 ['25?]
Just a week ago today we were together. It hardly seems possible! Just had a special from Mrs. B[rowner] and Boots. There has been a mysterious thread running thru the letters from Wau the last of this week and today which leads me to almost suspect some plans they have for me for Spring vacation. Can you guess? Mary wrote a strange letter and then a card the next day with the following verse on it
If you want to make me happy
Just as happy as can be
Just pack your grip
And take that trip
To come and visit me!!!!!
2. Mary & Pops are going to Madison this weekend. Mary is a little better and longs to come back. Her letters every day have been wonderful. Pops has been lecturing in Chicago this last week.
I suppose Dad will be back when this arrives. How was the trip!
Worked 25 hrs last week. Last night after the B.B. game we served here at the Tea House There were about 30 in. It was fun. Then we kitchen force had what was left. I had 4 pizzas (slices)
Slept yesterday afternoon instead of studying as I had planned. Must get studying done. Hist Exam week from Sat.
Slept with Marg. Craig Friday nite. Had dandy talk with her. Am going to Mary’s prayer group tonite and am going to sleep with Billie Moore & Muriel Morgan - at Colonial (across the street) Have had some wonderful talks & with girls this week.
Student Volunteer meeting was - - well I can’t quite explain. Quite a few said it was the best that we’ve ever had. - - - It was just plan & devotional and so very frank.
4) Two B.B. games this week - that means some extra serving for me.
Perhaps will add to this letter. Miss Gould is so nice lately- it isn’t even funny
Mon. Had a fine prayer group last night. They are discussing Friendship. Have a class in 1/2 hr & I have to copy my Bible theme in that time.
My kimona is over at Rick Johnsons but there's no hurry. You can send it back with my laundry next time.
This letter was written by Mary to her family during the spring of 1926. The letter is composed on 8 sheets of Tea House stationery. Both sides of each sheet are covered in script written in blue ink. The last page has some staining. Mary writes about an upcoming missionary play she has a role in, plans for a school break, learning about hearing that another girl would be working at the Tea House in her place, and Sunday School class. She also details an evening with a young man named Bob, where they went to see a movie and Y.W.C.A. missionary event.
Sun afternoon [3/25]
This is a gorgeous afternoon. Wish one of you were here and we could take a nice walk. Maybe I’ll call up some one soon and take a walk. I wish some one would call up me!
Wore my green -& lace dress - my white hat, and green hose this morning - and I had the most - grandest compliments. I’m going to wear my white hat and yellow dress in the play next Sunday. The play is just darling, we practised Saturday morning.
It would be darling for your C.E. to put on - perhaps for some vesper service. Art Romig a dandy fellow is in love with me. Horrah! More fun. Wish you all come see it. You ought to drive up for the weekend and surprise me. My vacation begins a week from Wed. Still am no certain what I am going to do. Mary Boots has said nothing about coming to Milwaukee, so I guess that was just a pleasant dream. But then pleasant dreams are wonderful. — . . I don’t want to stay here long because I’ll have to buy food and
altho I’d like to be here to study - I don’t want to pay out anything. And I ought to go to Akron (Must write to Luella & thank her for asking me there.) I haven’t been to Akron for over a year now and if I don’t go there for the whole vacation I can perhaps for the week end.
Spring coming on now so beautifully makes ones cares seem brighter and makes ones thoughts purer and unselfish. So - - - after all - why shouldn’t we be very happy.
It was quite a blow to me when I was informed that a senior was to be given the work at the Tea House next year. She’s a fine girl, very much more efficient than I am in this type of work. has had much experience, and needs the money badly. She has worked here ever since the Tea House has begun but didn’t understand that the girl who was here didn’t have to work the full 25 hours or she would have applied for the position last year. So altho I was stunned & dissapointed for the moment I can appreciate the situation and realize
3. it is perfectly fair. It doesn’t do to cry over stilt milk and altho I did let loose that night I’m not worried any more. Something will come up and it won’t do any good to worry about it anyway. It came (the news) in the of exams - when I was pretty tired so thats why I was so weak about it at the time. Oh well, variety is the spice of life anyhow! - and this year has been hard and wonderful in testing - me. I can look at it gratefully - only from that angle. - etc.
Everyone is out taking pictures or walking this afternoon.
Bob took me to the show last night and we went to the earlier show after which we went to the Y.W. International party. I busted my string of crystal beads on the way home and we had to hunt for them in the street - Fun!
We had the finest sermon by Luccock this morning (something new!)- It made me think of Bruce Bartons books- “The Unknown disciple” & “The Man nobody Knows”
4. By the way I wrote “Doc” [Brouwer] an answer to his letter the other day, and started out by saying, “Well I guess I’ve punished you long enough (or perhaps it hasn’t punished you!!!) etc. Ha! Ha! I can just see his eyes twinkle and him scratching his head when he reads it.
We had the finest S.S. class this morning. One of the professors wives read a paper on “the home” It was beautiful and I shall never forget one
sentence she read near the end perhaps it was a quotation
“I push the blades of grass aside and lay my finger on the heart of God.”
- I am going to try to get that paper & copy it - to read to you when I come home. We must take more time together as a family this summer. We’ll always regret it terribly if we don’t.
My exams went off beautifully. No kidding. I think as a whole its the best I’ve ever done. I know for sure that I got B. in Greek - and I
5 think a B. in Bible - and am sure a B in History - or perhaps an A. I’m anxious to see just what they will be. Then Debate will be an A I suppose - and gym a B. - and Physiology - perhaps a C or maybe D.
Be sure and send me my white shirt! Or let me know about it because if you don’t send it I’ll have to see about borrowing one.
I think I’ll go for a walk now ———
Went out for a walk alone and took with me a book “To My Friend” and learned a portion about selfishness that I love. The topic tonight happened to be on the “cost of Friendliness” so I gave it in C.E. [Christian Endeavor] We had a dandy meeting. Bob brought me home from C.E. - but I wouldn’t have an evening date with him. ‘Cause I had a whole evening with him Saturday night.
We went to the early show down town last nite and saw “Lazy Bones” (First show I’ve seen since I left Clarksburg, Christmas.) - Then we came up the hill and went to the - - - say I guess I told you about that - - - Ha! Ha!
6. Well the Y.W. party was dandy. It was sort of a trip around the world. In 4 of the lit rooms they respresented 4 different countries - India, Japan, China and Africa. You should have seen the clever hints respresented in Africa and the cute little Jap. room in Japan and the warehouse in India. Of course it was simple to get material etc for it because there are so many missionaries in Wooster. In Japan we drunk tea and had to get our cookies by using chop sticks. Of course in each country
there were numerous natives - dressed up and most of them were the missionaries childres - who spoke the language and everything. It was a grand success and very interesting.
We voted for C.E. officers tonight. I believe I told you that I was one of the two up for prayer meeting chairman. —And say- this afternoon one of the girls came to me and wanted to know if I would accept one of the two nominees for vice president of the ‘Women Voters League.” - Ha! Ha! It is a new organization on the hill (being organized last fall) and a very live one.
7. Received a special from Mary today. She is feeling a little better I guess. It’s hard to tell just how she does feel from the letters and she talks about herself so very seldom.
Am doing the Daily Dozen every morning - so I don’t feel the effects now as I did after the first morning that I took them. I enjoy the “vic” so much - always play it when I dress- and write letters - - but not when I study.
My laundry came - and the dates Mrs Gould says to be nice
and tell you how much she enjoys them. She really does.
The girls glee club gave such a beautiful sacred concert this afternoon - Easter music. Our choir gives a beautiful Easter concert next Sunday afternoon. Say - the next week end is going to be a lovely one.
Perhaps one of you will take the blessed notion of coming to Wooster and visiting your Bean. I wouldn’t object. That darling play comes off then too.
Miller hasn’t picked the alternates for debate yet. He’ll do so Monday.
8. Well, I want to write to Mary yet this evening and if I keep on at this rate I never will get to her letter.
Didn’t have a date to the Mens Glee Club Concert Thurs. nite and I didn’t want to buy a ticket - and debated quite a while about it until I decided there were only 4 in our college life and that I’d better go (50¢) - so did - went with Jo Hoag (Y.W. Pres) and her room-mate.
I mustn’t for get to tell you how much I like the birthday undees and they all match so nicely. Now if I had bloomers to match - I’d be tempted to go without a dress. Ha Ha! (In that case it’s a good thing I haven’t got them - huh!)
Mary wrote this letter to her family, likely in the spring of her sophomore year, just after she was elected to the National Council of the Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions. She writes about taking hikes, talking with friends, and how she doesn't want a lack of funds to prevent her from her new role on the Student Volunteer Movement council.
9:00 [April ’25?]
Mary and I are laying out on the lawn on 2 comforts and various pillows. Its a beautiful clear sunny summer morning. Really hot, too, but comfortable. Mary is trying to go asleep and I’m writing to you. Just now there it the nicest breeze stirring.
Yesterday was the most wonderful day. I felt at the end of the day such a healthy feeling - not only in body but in mind and spirit. Got up at 5:30 for a 5 mile hike - went over to breakfast - and after breakfast picked a bunch of violets and sent them off to a busy little friend of mine- Peg Craig- who is in the nurses home - taking training at John Hopkins hospital. She will
2) probably get them this morning some time - and how happy she will be. Received the dearest letter from her the other day - a long one …..
It is later in the day now - and we have been resting on the lawn till now. Slept part of the time This morning we had co-ed S.S. class out on the lawn in back of Scovel Hall. Our Student discussion was on “Character vs. Reputation”. Good discussion.
Well I’ll finish up all I did yesterday next. After picking violets for Pet - I rode a bicycle all over town- The little Williamson girl got a new one for her birthday- and I rode her around too. Went to English class at 10:30 and then played base ball till noon. Right after lunch I cleaned the room and then about 3:30 went over to the gym and took a shower
3) and washed my hair. After supper Leland and Mary went away for the evening and Thelma Church (a jr) and I sat out on the lawn and talked till 9:00— I’ve made the most wonderful new friend. She is older than most of the girls here and this has been coming on rather slowly for about a month. I know you and mother would like her. She taught a year after her first college year here and after her second college year she was the see. at Berea College and after this year she is going to come right back and finish - so she is in my class and is living in a suite right around the corner from me next year. I know we are going to have some wonderful times.
4 I must tell you what your daughter is scheduled to do next fall. Have been elected to National Council of the S.V. Movement-as the only representative from the Northern Ohio groups - The Northern Ohio Union pays my full expenses which will probably include a trip to New York - from Sept 3 - 8th - right before school begins. It will be a group of perhaps 60 or 70 people including a representative from each Union, 6 representatives from the Foreign Mission Boards, at least one of whom is a Canadian - eight representatives at large, two of whom will be foreign students studying in U.S. or Canada.
5 four Canadians, four representatives of the Council of Christian Assn. Movement and all the members of the travelling and head-quarters staff. This is some rare opportunity besides a big responsibility. It will mean much to get in touch personally with headquarters. And think of me seeing New York — . . . . Andy wants me to come up to Northfield and stay with them in their summer home after my stay at Milwaukee and then come down to New York, a little before my conference - and see New York - then after the council - we’d come back to school together. and then to “Chip” and then to studying.
Sounds like one
6 real treat of a summer - but I want it to be a big one - for next year. Next year is going to be a wealthy one in experience and its going to mean more real experience as a pre-requisite - and real devotional life. I can’t do the work of council without it - State council means trips over the state - studying the groups thru out.- reporting to headquarters - talking to groups, starting new etc. - so I can’t do that without strength from above. - and you know it. Its going to be a big year.- folks. - and with a big summer I’ll be all bubbling over.
If there isn’t more money to come in from the groups - for my council expenses- - I shall have to forward it personally, and that’s tough - - I don’t see how I’m going to get thru next year on expenses. - nor this year for that matter. And I don’t want money to keep back all these wonderful opportunities that are to be mine - unusual ones and also very unexpected one.
Another addition has been made to my wonderful week end. After C.E. one of my new made senior friends - Mary Core - asked me to take a walk with her - We took a few sandwiches that Mrs.
gave us - (from a luncheon she’d had) and a book “By an Unknown Disciple - two pillows plus ourselves and walked out to the country club and read two chapters of it. It was lovely.
It’s really hot here- wore my green voile dress to church - my white hat - and no coat.
It’s going to be so hard to be studious these wonderful days. Am taking a 5 mile hike every morning this week. My room-mate thinks I’m ambitious. Perhaps I am.
The time is flying.
1135 Beall Ave.
This letter was written by Mary to her mother during her second year of college. It is written with blue ink on two pages of Y.W.C.A. stationery, front and back. Mary describes a play she was in, a skirt she would like to wear, and her declaration of a history major.
Monday after lunch.
Your card came this morning so I'll send this - special maybe so you can get it off soon, the skirt I mean. You see the play is Sunday evening so I must have the skirt by Saturday at the latest - Sat. we have a dress rehearsal.
I think it would be wise to put it on a silk waiste because I'll be wearing it with silk blouses I hope - altho not for the play Sun. I happen
to have the leading part in the play. It's a darling part. Art Romig is in love with me and its hard to keep a straight face when he talks to me the way he does (He sits on the arm of my chair). It's a darling missionary play - and I have the longest part - but have it all learned. - However for the play I'm wearing a white short sleeved slip on sweater with the silk skirt. It's to be a tennis outfit effect.
Perhaps some time I can have a white silk blouse to go with it. I'm wearing my dresses short - but believe that to Esther's knees - and no longer would be alright. Not any longer than that tho.
Received back my Hist exam and got a "B." in it - at the end of the paper he wrote "This is a good paper" - Horah! Think I'll major in History. When I announced a question about "Why the people turned against Chas. II" - In answering it I criticized him - as
typical of one of the Stuart kings and of course that was a little more than he asked - but he wrote at the end of that "A very interesting attack on the Stuarts." - Don't forget Esther is larger around the waiste than I am. Will look for the shirt in the mail unless I get word from you. The play is next Sun. March 28. Are you all coming to Wooster. Ahem!
Tell Fred to answer soon. I must know. Bob wants to get his room before vacation.
This letter was written by Mary to her family during the spring semester of her second year in college. Three small blue pieces of paper contain text handwritten blue ink. Mary describes the missionary play she performed in and an April Fool's engagement party her friends throw her.
Well its Thursday morning and I'm waiting for the oven to get warm so I'll write a little more.
Sunday the play went off beautifully - better than any of our practises - and my dresses looked so nice everyone said. Both of us girls were in white when we came in the first time for the tennis setting and we both wore blue ties and blue headbands. The fellows were in white ducks. - That was the second scene - then at the latter part of that scene the others went off and left "Frank" and "Jean" to talk things over. At the end of that - you could have heard a pin drop and according to reports of - some fellows in the back
had taken out their handkercheifs and it must have been impressive.
--You see it was supposed to be the end of my scheme of life- because he was going to be a missionary. - and the scene ended where he was mumbling to himself - some verse of the Bible with his head in his hands. Then for the 3rd scene I wore my yellow dress and white hat.
Oh, then I musn't forget to tell you about my announcement party. Sunday noon the girls had an announcement party - announcing my engagement. You see I was engaged to Frank in the play and some of them knew it of course.
And so some of those clever heads together and - made an April Fool affair. There were April Fool caps- at each place and a little sign "Announcing the engagement of Bean" and at my place there - "Are you stringing us dear old Bean"? (string Bean)
It truly was clever and I don't know who did it.
This letter was written by Mary to her parents early in 1926, her sophomore year of college. Composed on two pieces of Tea House stationery, handwriting in black ink covers the front and back of both pages. Mary talks about a recent Student Volunteer meeting at Ashland College, singing with a group in the Wooster jail, and an upcoming debate about capital punishment.
Am home now from Ashland S.V. retreat tired enough to go right to bed. The trip cost me $5.98. There were 8 from Wooster there about 25 or 30 altogether from all the Ohio Northern Colleges. Met some fine students and had some fine talks with some.
It was an educational retreat and surely was intensive alright. We discussed the purpose of missions - changes in modern missions - Have we a message? - Failures of Christianity. for S.V in advancement of Christianity Campus problems!
Margaritta Craig led this mornings discussion on Campus problems and did it remarkable well. We were
so proud of her. Cam Sing was along. The other discussions were led by Mrs Kenard from Japan. She is fine - Do you know her?
Ashland College is certainly crude compared to Wooster. One week were thankful we are in good old Wooster. We’re all mighty proud of Wooster when we compare with other colleges- going away from home makes us appreciate it alright
We had a fine time. The discussions were so broadening - and certainly were intensive Then when we got back to Wooster this afternoon Mr Cook wanted to know if we would to go and sing at the jail and we did. That was a wonderful experience & gave a fitting finish to the whole conference.
3. It was so impressive! There were 6 in jail - and buy of minor offenses they were all together in a place between their individual cells. There was one negro and we asked him to sing- He was rather timid at first but sang -so beautifully- it was so touching.
—and I am debating for Capital Punishment. We have a debate tomorrow afternoon and I’m not prepared.
Mary is not back & I don’t know whether she will be back next week or not. Here’s hoping.
Mother’s permission came Friday morning so there was no trouble about getting the Deans permission
4- I’m sitting on my bed and its pretty inviting - - I’m tired and am going to bed very soon.
A book - debate on Capital Punishment came from N.Y - $1.00 - did Dad send it. Darrow-Talley debate.
Maybe I’ll write this week sometime if I have time
Do you know Mrs. Kenard?
Mary wrote this letter to her family during her second semester of her sophomore year at college. The letter is composed on four sheets of Y.W.C.A. Tea House stationery and is handwritten in black ink. In this letter, Mary writes about college exams, meeting someone who provides financial aid for her to attend the college, and being on the college debate team.
This is Sunday evening and soon I will go down the street to Mary’s prayer group.
One exam is over. History I know I got at least a C. in that and may be a “B.” I hope so, but I doubt it. I have 2 exams tomorrow. Greek and Algebra. I’ll get thru in Algebra alrite but I surely am “scared” of Greek. Don’t be surprised if I flunk it-
Then Tues I have Biology and Thursday Bible.
This morning who should preach in church but Dr. Luns B. Hill from Pittsburgh. Well afterwards I went down from choir and Dr. Vance introduced me. Then I asked him if he would like to eat over at the girls dormatory- He had been at the mens dorm and was going to eat there for dinner but instead came over and ate with us. I asked Dr. Vance. too.
We had such a nice
2 conversation - Marg. Craig and others sat at our table. We talked of you and your work. He asked to be remembered to you. He mentioned my aid and I said that I had written him last night and he said that he’d send it right on. So I guess its coming- I am glad I got to know him personally and that he got to know me personally also.
Don’t forget to send me back the clipping about the debate team that I sent you. That was in the Wooster town paper.
You see it was this way. It was as I said to you that he had decided on the 6. and merely needed to choose 2 alternates. He did - and Edith Knuezel & I were chosen. Well then one of the chosen b. dropped out - too much to do. Edith & I are both neg. speakers and this girl who dropped out was negative so there is really a little contest
3) now between Edith and I for the 3rd debatir on neg. side. —> Marg. Craig didn’t even make it and Ruth Aray was the one selected later- in place of the girl - But Ruth is an affirmative. I would far rather debate than be an alternate. If I’d debate or (represent the college 2 yrs) I would be eligible to the honor society here - to which few belong. Wouldn’t that be great? But it will be work.
However, it counts for 3 credits and that makes my hours come
out just fine as it makes 16 hrs for me. And besides there will be no exam in it and he couldn’t us lower than A or B. so that fixes a good grade. So much for that.
Wish you would watch material for me and also! Could you order that “Darrow-Talley” book or Debate that we were going to order before we ordered Beman? Before our last tryout everyone was saying they wished they had it. We start debating again
right after exams.
I am to give a chock talk in G.E. next Sunday night. Spike tonight! The topic was, overcoming difficulties. Fine meeting
I don’t expect Mary Back - haven’t all along. Have become quite intimate with Marg. Craig since she’s gone.
This last week I only worked about 18 hrs. I had a lab book to get
in and preparation for exams so I had girls take my place so I could study. I just had too and with your money coming I could afford it and I thought you would prefer it.
It is time to go -
This is rushed-
Sent my laundry home! Es. has my winter gloves-gauntlet.
This letter was written by Mary to her family near the end of her second year of college. The letter is composed of 4 sheets of stationery from the Y.W.C.A. Tea House; handwritten text in blue ink covers the front and back of each page. Much of this letter is devoted to Mary's plans for the summer's bible school at her church, but she also writes about exams, and travel plans for when her parents pick her up from college.
May 30, Sunday
Please Pray for me! Exams begin Tuesday and end the following Wednesday. - And then the following Monday you folks expect to start. Will you be here on Mon- or Tuesday? Commencement here is on Monday Morning. Don’t know whether I’ll get to go to the exercises or not - but there are big doings that weekend. Bob is staying over commencement so he’ll probably take me to the class play on Sat. Nite.
Tell me, Mother, what kind of clothes shall I keep out for traveling? I’ll probably have a hat box and I have a grip here so if you folks wouldn’t bring grips
but sort of bundle things up - Esther and Mother could put their stuff in my grip because I have to take it home anyway - or else leave it here. and I’m not going to leave anything in the Tea House. I suppose I’ll be beginning to send stuff home pretty soon.
Then about D.U.B.S——— If you leave the 14th you would probably want to be home for the following Sun- the 20th and then the convention is - that very week end 23, 24, 25 (Wed-Thur Fri)- And if we began D.U.B.S. the 21 we would have only two days of school before the convention and that wouldn’t be sensible. Would break it all up. I’d rather have the school a week later which will make it begin June 28 and last till July 23 inclusive.
Makes the school a little late alright but I see no other way out of it
The next thing I’d like to have you do now pretty soon- is to get some little cards printed like we had last year. You have a sample in your files—. Have the membership fee the same and the dates changed of course to June 28-July 23 - - and then there’s one thing about the ages I want to ask. It was last year 4-14. I think it would be wise to consult Mrs Hill - about the age 4 - whether she thinks 4 or 5 or 6 - wise to include. I think it would be wise to make it up to 15, or 16 anyway - What do you think?
Anyway I think it would be wise for you to see Mrs Hill before having the cards printed - Otherwise I think it could be about the same as last year
Then —— I want to begin earlier to advertise the school! And I want the cards printed in time to be mailed to last years D.U.B.S enrollment so they will get them in the mail the week you come after me - about the 16th. Then when we’re home the 20th I want announcements made in S.S. and the cards given out to the whole S.S. class and given out again on the 20th. See?
Don’t you think that would be a good plan? -so the only thing to be settled now it the ages. - and be on the look out for teachers and a boys leader! And a second Mrs. Smith! —
It’s hot today but it rained this afternoon.
Are we going to Akron after you pick me up? We sure will have a load won’t we? Mary went home last Mon. and such a wonderful time as we did have. She is driving her dad around thru Michigan just now. expects to be home this week and go up North
very soon. I’ve written 6 letters this afternoon.
Tomorrow is a Holiday - Decoration Day but I’m going to study most all day! We have a baseball game with Ohio State Monday. Boy if we win - won’t I kid “Doc.” Got a letter from him a couple days ago and gave him the funniest quick answer — he’ll get it Monday! Ha! Ha!
Am still drawing for Mr. Spenser. He went to Columbus with 3 of my drawings last Friday.
This is an awful dumb letter. Enclosed find program for Soph. Senior Banquet. It was a gorgeous affair - out on the quad with the chapel & Kaube Tower for an old English Setting! - It was so clever
Have to study hard this week. Have been this last week, too.
Send me a blank check book rite away—Am clean out
Mary wrote this letter to her parents on an unspecified day. Since she used one sheet of Tea House stationery, it is likely that it was written in 1926. Handwritten in black ink, the text covers the front and back of the cream-colored stationery. In this note, Mary mentions that she may have failed two exams and that one of her professors was impressed with her course note book.
Dear Folks. Flunked Greek & Alg. exams I know but maybe not the courses. I hope not. But here’s some wonderful news. Just came from my 5 minute oral exam and this is what Dr. Mateer said when I finished.
“I saw your wonderful note book “ “ Its something to be mighty proud of. That’s
a gift. It was not only the best in the classes this year but one of the very best I have ever seen. Your classwork does not measure up to lab work. Perhaps I’ll get a B in the course. Heres hoping.
I’m rather excited. That from Dr. Mateer!
Mary wrote this letter to her sister, Esther, during the fall of her second year of college. This letter is written in blue ink on four sheets of Tea House stationery. In this letter, Mary talks about recent dates, making a new friend (Kam Sing Sun), and surprising Boots on her birthday. She also notes hearing a lecture on the city of Petra and looking forward to hearing a Rachmaninoff concert in Akron, Ohio.
Sun Nov. 8 [’25?]
Dear Esther [her sister]
You surely have been busy with parties and fun. How do you get your studying done? I didn’t go to one Halloween party. So many were in Columbus that week end.
You didn’t say much about Pittsburgh and Gus - but I guess you had a good time alright.
Enclosed are some stamps for Frederick. Now he will have to write and thank me. How are he and Martha getting along. They made such a cute couple.
2. I haven’t had a date since school began except one with Paul (I refused one with him tonight) and one with a Freshie the night of the Y. Reception. But I’ve made some wonderful new girl friends. Among them a Chinese girl Kam Sing Sun. She asked me over to Hoover for dinner today. Mrs. Cunningham one last years Matron was there for dinner with her husband so it was reel nice. Then afterwards I went over to her room. She lives at Luccocks and stayed there all afternoon and had the grandest time. She loves poetry and we read some. She has
3/ my book “Choice Readings” by Cumnock and she enjoys there so. I’ve decided to give her a book of poetry for Christmas. She has a wonderful sense of human and so much depth - and an unusual ability to adapt herself to American society & ways. She appears so much at east & so freee - so different from many who come over. Wish I could bring her home some time. She took H.S. work at Northfield Seminary in Mass. and worked for a Y.W.C.A. in New York this summer.
4/ She gave me a fine picture of herself today. Am anxious to see the pictures of you and Fred. The stamps enclosed are some she gave me this afternoon.
This evening she called for me and we went to C.E. (Boots came up too) then after - words Boots had a date with Leeland Findlay and Kam Sing and I stayed to a wonderful illustrated lecture given by Dr. James H. Kelso (bro. of our Dean Kelso) who is pres. D.D.LL.D. of Western Theological seminary the letle was “A Pilgrimage to Petra, the Ruined City of Arabia.” I was especially
interested in the old tombs and the temples carved out of the rocks. The colorings were beautiful especially in the canyon which follows a snake like trail up to Petra.
Didn’t have a party for Mary because I couldn’t get the Tea House - all the nights were taken but I did give her a lovely birthday. Got up before 5 AM on her birthday. —slipped my fur coat over my pajamas, put on my shoes and stockings and went down to the “Colonial”
6// Of course she was asleep but woke up when I kissed her and especially when she smelt the rose I had brought her. Then I slipped a little Wooster ring on her finger and got in bed with her till it was time for breakfast. Wasn’t that cute?
How is your music coming along and are you playing for the orchestra? Too bad Joe Sloman forgot to tell you that time Rock Moninoff (?) ? ? ? - is playing in Canton this week end but we will be in Akron. Can hardly wait.
Washed about 40 prs of stockings last night, it seems (Of course it wasn’t that many.)
Have heard from Gus & Helen Orr twice and you twice.
Have invited “Gus” up here for Thanksgiving - but I suppose she will go home. Be wonderful if you both would come but spose that’s impossible as you went to Pitts. etc and your Senior year will be an expensive one.
8// No doubt I will hear from her this week some time.
Must close now as it is quarter till 11.
Mary wrote this letter to her family on Easter, during the spring of her first year of college. This letter is written on 5 sheets of cream colored paper, with handwriting in blue ink covering the front and back of each page. Mary writes about music, visiting people in Toledo, shopping for clothing, and recent papers.
April 12, 1925.
It will probably take all afternoon to write this - so last weeks letter will be in this one. This is a wonderful Easter day. We have had lovely services this morning. Prexy preached but above me - We sang a beautiful anthem without the organ accompaniment. Miss Arnold sang a beautiful solo with the violin obligato played by Prof. Parmalee. His wife teaches piano here and she is wonderful. Esther must have her when she comes. Miss Arnold & I have so much fun when I take my lesson. She is so interested. She says I take to vocal like duck takes to water an that I’m making wonderful progress. She’s anxious for you to see what you think, mother. You shall go down to the cousera with me when you come when I take my lessons. She has given me three of Mendolsan’s songs already and I’m working on some Italian pieces. I enjoy it so much and she told me I did and that it made it so simple for her. I always have to have some one accompany me now though.
Here is it - the middle of April and there is only one more full month besides part of June. School closes June— There are 10 more weeks I think. It doesn’t seem possible. Do you know for sure when both of you are coming. Aunt Sarah said something that made me think that you would both come at the same time. Aunt Clara [Behner Sanders] is looking splendid, and Charlie [Sanders] looks wonderful - I never saw him so jolly and well. Everyone is fine. I had a wonderful time in Toledo. We took the train up because neither could manage to get off- Red [Bohnsen] is so busy now - They can’t get in enough cars to sell. Luella [Sanders Bohnsen] is teaching in
the mornings and making a full days’ wages. --$7 a day. Teaching doesn’t bother her a bit. She seems to know everything - so it is a snap for her. Dorotha [Sanders Malay] is looking dandy and has a number of suiters One especially - Ralph from the bank - Is a little older than the rest and has lots of money and pep. Eliz. is working yet and quite happy. Viola [Sanders Coates] has never liked any of her teaching as much as she does this she is doing at the “Home”. You probably have imagined what a wonderful time we all had together. They live just around the corner from Irwins so we trotted back and forth quite frequently. It was easy to make plans - being so near. The first night we got there Louise’s little man had planned a party - and as you know it was April Fools’ day. We got there & Irwins met us at the train (Bahnsens had come to the earlier train and we weren’t there. We ate a hurried supper and then Ralph, another fellow and a girl called for us with their sedan It was at Ralph’s home. There were about 15 there. We played games & ended up with dancing. I had so much fun. The first game we played was a advertisement contest. I won the prize for that which was a chicken (not a real one.) Then the next game we played was a peanut hunt. He said that there were peanuts hid & hid very hard & we would have to look good to find them. We hunted for
about 5 minutes. All of a sudden I rushed to Ralph and before I hardly knew it told him there weren’t any peanuts hid - that it was April Fool. No one had found any and I was so surprised at myself because I said it before I hardly realized it - He looked at me, stuck his hand in his pocket and pulled out a bag of peanuts. Everyone was so surprised and so was I. Of course I didn’t dance and it was so hard hard. Slept at Irwin’s that night. The next day Louise had a lot of shopping to do and I thought they would rather to it along- probably - prices - time etc so I think they were pleased when I suggested going over to Luellas - because I hadn’t seen her yet. Lu & I went shopping in the afternoon. That evening I thought the Irwins would appreciate being home alone so was at Bahnsens for the evening and over night. We went to the Toledo Theatre and saw a wonderful play. They have a fine stock company. The next day in the afternoon (Fri) us girls went to a movie and saw Coleen Moore in “Sally.” That was darling. Then Fri eve [Cousin] Bahnsens took me over to see aunt Edith. They live in a duplex - a very small pace - fixed very plain & neat. I had seen Belva [Edith’s daughter] at work that afternoon. “Jud” is looking just splendid but Edith - she is ageing so fast and she looks tired and worried & talks like she is so discouraged. She doesn’t like Toledo at all and talks as if
they were going back to Portland this summer. Bella is a sweet girl & much different than her picture. The boys have grown - The smallest hasn’t changed much but the older one has features and a head like Firn Drubach. - like the nice one - I guess that’s Firn. Edith works so hard That’s the only chance I got to see her because every other night was planned and they all work during the day. I showed them our family pictures. Stayed with Bahnsens that night also. Saturday Dorothy, Lu, Viola, Louise & I went shopping. Can you imagine 5 girls getting any shopping done? Well we did, and we had just loads of fun doing it. Looked all over town before we got the things I wanted at proper price. Bought a darling pink & white striped flannel dress with a little Peter pan colar - real short sleeves & a little shoe string belt & a white silk tape tie in the front. It looks great on me in the front. It looks great on me & everyone likes it. Paid $10 for it. We looked & looked - everything was $15 or more & finally we found this one at La Salles. Then I bought goods for a little silk summer dress & found some at a dollar a yd - green of course - a silk crepe - pretty - Wanted a frill for down the front priced them & they were $2.50 etc a yd. Finally we saw one we decided to copy & got the net & paid 60¢ for the whole thing. So the dress only cost me $3.10 and it’s darling.
I haven’t told you what Luella went ahead and made it. I wore it today. One other morning I was down town & saw a darling green silk sweater on sale for $2.00 - Bought it and am wearing it with my tan silk skirt & green hose. It is so cool looking. Then I bought a pair of patten leather slippers for $6 which is very reasonable for the spring prices. They are lovely too. Everything I bought was good and sensible. I’ll have to do without any more now till summer. I can’t see any “nest egg” for next year. Didn’t have any left from my gifts after I paid my obligations here. I bought a diary also - a five yr. one for $6.00. It is lovely green leather and and a lock and key. Louise bought coat, hat, shoes - 2 dresses. Everyone has come back with the lovliest new things. It was fun looking at the pretty colors in church this morning from the choir. Everyone looked so nice & fresh - - like a flower bed.
Saturday night the Wooster Glee club sang at Toledo. There was a dance afterwards. Half of the club doesn’t dance so we talked —. At the close of the concert the club sang the “Love Song” and all the alumni & students of Wooster stood up and sang with them. Stayed with Irwins Sat nite and went to church with them Sunday morning. Spent Sunday out at Claras - the whole family —
was there. We had fish for dinner. They hadn’t seen Albrights since we were there in Sept. and I wanted to go and say hello to them. They weren’t crazy about the idea - of course - but I insisted that I should stop a minute (altho they couldn’t - the girls I mean -understand exactly why I wanted to.) I know you would do it & I did my part. Just drove in & honked - didn’t even get out of the car. Of course I didn’t expect them to welcome us but I didn’t expect them to freeze us either. When we honked, Edna May, I think her name is, looked out the kitchen door, slammed it & went back in. Soon Edith came out. She was slightly fussed to say the least. Had seen Lu in the distance. He came up with some other company near the car but not over - I said Where is uncle Lu? Here she called him. He made a better bluff than she did alrite We didn’t stay more than 5 min or 10. She asked us to come out but I said I was all booked up. B’lieve me we were nice to them. Lu asked me if Dad was here -we think he got a scare - thinking you maybe had come on account of the hearsay. I suppose you have heard about all the trouble. Sarah is so Christian about it - much much more so than the girls. The girls have nothing to about Albrights at all. I don’t feel that way altho I know they don’t deserve anything from us.
Sunday night I went to church with Bahnsens. Monday night a relative of Irwins gave us a theatre party. We went to the Toledo theatre again and saw the same stock company in a different play. Tue. night Mrs. Irwin gave us a dinner party. I said I would make stuffed potatoes and the salad. As it was near Easter I made egg nest salad and stuck a funny in it. Then I got some cute place cards. They appreciated it so much and it only cost me a little. Wish you would write to Mrs. Irwin & tell her how much you appreciated their opening their home to me for they were wonderful. Her address
622 Greenwood Ave - Toledo.
Also you must write Luella & tell her - please. Mrs. Irwin would appreciate it so much. And please mother, mention to Luella how dear of her it was to make my dress & help me shop. She was lovely about it & helped me cut down the expenses so much by planning. She is so clever. She treated me royally. Did everything she could for me. Bahnsens even brought us back - and we had a circus. Took a big new buick sedan started at 12:30 and made it in 3 1/2 hr. country stops etc. Guess! Charlie, Clara, Aunt Betty Bahnsens & Louise & I all in the car. You can imagine the jolly time we had.
I’ll tell you they couldn’t have given me a nicer time. I was the 7th person back. Cleaned my room that nice. Boots didn’t come till 5 - the next morning.
Louise’s brother doesn’t have anything to do with girls (21) & partly because a girl he took out once proved to be quite fast. He doesn’t care to even talk to girls. When I left - the last two days - he was pretty nice to me and his mother told me some things he said and she was surprised herself. He is a good chap - and it tickled me. Will you write to them -
I am now on the porch writing waiting for my date. Paul - it is. We are going to hear a cantata at the Pres. church down town. I am going to give him fewer dates. He knows I go with other fellows - he sees me & I tell him but nevertheless I don’t - - - want him to like me so much.
I got an A+ on my thesis “German Youth Movement” - He picked out the best 3 in class to read & mine was one. The other two were boys. Just handed in an essay “On writing an Essay.” It’s quite different and poetical in parts altho I didn’t put much effort on it.
My the campus is beautiful. There are so many students on it The dates are just beginning to come & go. “Spring weather is so distracting” - That was a sentence in my essay.
Have been given the management of the Freshman in the dance of dawn for May Day. - There are quite a few dances. They will be so beautiful. Will be fine if Dad & you can both be here. The crowning of the May queen will be so beautiful. Did Esther say that she has a Baby Grand.
The time now will pass so rapidly till vacation.
Perhaps I will add more on this later —
It is Mon. morning now and will say Goodby again. It is a beautiful morning. Oh so pretty! Lots of love
Boots sends love.
This letter was written by Mary to her family during the spring of her freshman year of college. While there is an added date of 1924, Sunday, April 19th takes place in 1925. It is composed on a single sheet of blue paper, folded into a card format; handwriting is in blue ink. In this letter, Mary writes about feeling sick, the points she has scored in track, how her first year of college is nearly over, and about writing letters.
Sun. Apr. 19
Boots & I feel about the same only I haven't got it as bad as she. Diarhea-something we ate I guess. She has been in bed all day but I have been up and doing everything even sang in our cantata this afternoon which was simply beautiful. "Olivet to Calvary." The Glee clubs helped us - I think it's the most beautiful cantata I have ever heard.
I told you wrong, mother & Dad. for open house, we girls pay expenses. The upper class girls I've talked to, tell me to invite Mandy. I know I would have a dandy time. He's a wonderful fellow but nothing to look at. He's a perfect gentleman & he would take it impersonally. He is engaged.
I do hope mother is better. So many have the flu and it has proved fatal in many cases. Enjoyed Fred's and Dad's letters.
Am tired - Did a lot Saturday Went on a ten mile hike at 5 A.M. & cooked breakfast out in the open. This hike was for .
I ought to be in bed. My head feels funny. I was talking about Oh I made over 100 pts in tract Sat. I now have 209 points in track - more than any one has earned this year or last. There is only one other girl who has over 100 and hers is 103 and she is manager. Outdoors track starts next week. My ankle is too weak to do much in that.
Don’t know what I’m going to do for a dress for Frosh. Junior reception & Open house. They are both formal-
I can hardly realize it when I think that we have only 7 more Sundays here. Why it seems, then, that college has all been one wonderful, hazy dream - the time has flown.
Am planning a lot on you Dad & mother - Will dad be fine for color day too? Its going to be perfectly wonderful.
There is not much to write as I wrote Esther this week. Will write Fred next week.
Must write Miss this week - and get acquainted with her by mail.
Wanted to write so many letters today but all I’ve done is E. , Tillie & you - I hadn’t written Tillie since November - That’s how little time I have for writing. You should see the stack of letters I have to write.
Mary wrote this letter to her family during her first year of college. The letter is handwritten in black ink on 3 sheets of folded yellow paper. This long letter includes Mary's thoughts on her exams, what inspires her, and how her friends perceive her. She also mentions a young man named Paul, who often confides in her. Mary also recounts playing a violin, feeling tired from working at the Tea House, and a toboggan party.
Feb 1, 1925
It is Sunday afternoon and that is almost gone. We have had the “vic” going most all the time and I have been entertaining myself. Borrowed one of the girl’s violin and have been playing it. Mary Beery who plays the violin wouldn’t believe that I had never taken any lessons on it. Sometimes I do feel “alone” but there is no reason why I should.
Your Mary is tired today. This sure is trying to help her way thru school. Was pretty tired after exams but got a chance to work Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. Saturday evening I served a formal dinner of eight. I like that kind of work best. I’m tired tho. Earned $4.00 too this weekend. Of course I could spend all of my time doing this because there were no lessons to get.
Exams went well, in fact much better than I had expected. I prayed before every exam and I know that helped. I never was less worried about exams in my life.- I don’t know why I had such faith in them- Don’t think I didn’t study for them. I really think I learned how to study- in studying for them. I’m resolved to get my lessons more thoroughly and concentrate more this next semester. Of course there are many discouragements- but there are four things which are my source of inspiration - You folks at home, my life work, the ideals some friends here and out in Milwaukee has of me - and the
(2) fact that an unseen presence is always near. This last is becoming to mean so much more to me all the time. Of everything else is not true to me - there is always prayer. It’s wonderful.
Dear family, when I think of how high a few of my friends place me - it simply makes me be my best. The other day “sis” said to me - “Bean, the ambition of my young life is to be the kind of a girl - so that I may be worthy of as much love from you as you give to Boots”— Even that - It just floored me - to her one thinks of the responsibility. Somehow I can’t understand it.
This morning Paul [Richenbach—who pursued her to WV!] took me to church. We had church at the tabernacle-All the churches combined. It was fine. I could tell he had something on his mind. He wanted to go for a walk this evening so I did for about 1/2 hr. Then he told me how his mother was discouraging him to finish school & be a missionary. I can’t quite understand it because she is a missionary herself on furlough. His dad is not loving & of course he is discouraged and he just wanted to tell someone who he know would have faith in him. He’s told me some very personal things
(3) He’s a good clean fellow and is always a perfect gentleman - and I like the type of friendship that is growing between us- I like the way he wants to talk to me. I told him that any time he was discouraged he should come over and we would talk it over - and perhaps it might help. He isn’t exceptionaly bright etc- It’s mostly in the pursuit of helping him that prompts me to be this to him.
Last Sunday Mr. ((?) who has been taking me out often) wanted to take me to church but Pops Brouwer was here then so I didn’t go — however we took a short walk and had a good talk- Just as we were passing Hoover - we met Paul - in a fine minutes- coming back “sis” ran out to me and said Paul was waiting for me outside. Well, I knew he had seen me, and that if he would wait around he wanted to talk about something so I went right back out. Took a 15 min. leave and he just opened his heart to me. He told me that he had been “slipping” lately and walked up to the front of the tabernacle the other day and that he was having such a hard time.
(4) at school. When he left I couldn’t help telling him that I appreciated his confidence and shook his had- don’t know why- just had the impulse. I think he knew what I meant.
Went on a bobbing party the other night. When Pops Brouwer was here he gave us a toboggen. It’s a peach. The first night we went—the new matrons daughter went with us. Some of them were at the bottom of the hill & as we were coming down “Pat” got in the way & the toboggen ran over her. She is now in bed with a broken leg. To think something like that had to happen the 1st time. It was just an accident.
We had a wonderful time when Pops was here. He brot us each a shark’s tooth penant & Boots a string of Pearls from Boston - also brought me a string of beautiful diamond but crystal beads. He also brot us candy & treated the whole dorm with a crate of “delicious” apples one night after supper.
We are having a prayer group up here in our room tonight- so must close now and get ready for it.
Much love from your own Mary Elizabeth
My blue ideas as dandy and thanks for the cold cream
When are you going to send those records?
Some one told me the other day that they wished I would show more of my fun self - with people - meaning that I have too much fun I guess- But I’d rather do of more things naturally than force it upon myself. I thought your fun self could be seen there. one’s happy disposition. Goodness- people don’t know how nervous I really am- I’m glad to have that tho—. Bean.
This letter was written by Mary to her family during the second half of her freshman year at college. Two large pieces of paper are used for this letter, composed in blue ink. Mary's friend, Boots, is ill, so Mary writes as she tends to her friend throughout the day. Mary also writes about meeting Ruth Ann King, who brought her some items from home, and a prayer meeting. She also describes an instance where Paul Richenbach and another young man made her popcorn.
March 15, 1925
Dear mother & Dad & all,
I suppose church is almost out by now. I walked out after our anthem as Mary did not go to church. She has an awful sore throat and a gland must be swollen because it looks like it. I just finished putting her to bed and pulling the blinds down. Pretty soon Miss Manby, our nurse will ring up and I’ll go down and get her tray. Think I’ll be a nurse. The kids say I’d make a good one.
In our life service group this morning we discussed Social Settlement work. I hope I get a special from you today. I haven’t written to the folks in Toledo yet because I haven’t heard definitely from you. I wish you would say something- however I am rather planning on going to Toledo - I will not write to them till I hear from you and I ought to have answered before this.
It is now after dinner - 2:o’clock to be exact and I just gave Boots another pill. Just had a telephone call a few minutes ago from Ruth Ann King. She is coming up this afternoon and says she has something for me from you folks. Am anxious. Don’t know her.
Another intermission! Ruth Ann King, & her 2 sister just went. Ruth must be a lovely girl. I never have seen her before. Boots was sick & the room was all dark so entertained them down stairs in the parlor. They are going to call up Thurs. after lunch so to be sure they can come up to see us Thurs. afternoon. We will give a little tea for them.
That is: -just us. Of course I haven’t tested the nut bread yet. Have read your letters. Thanks so much for the dollar. You don’t know how much I appreciate that green pencil with the eraser worn most off and not sharpened - isn’t it funny how much love we can feel by just such a simple little thing?
Paul & Ted Porter were going to give a another girl & I a popcorn and waffle feed. We didn’t understand it was to take place of a supper and when they said we should come early about 6:30 - we said we couldn’t come till about 7:30 because we were invited to a dinner party down town and they couldn’t understand and of course we know now the “why” of it all. Well, we went to a show instead and got back about 20 till 10 so they wanted to know if we would go over and pop some corn. I said we wouldn’t have time but it they wanted to, they could go over and pop it then we would let a rope down from a certain 3rd story window. Sure enough thats what they did and believe me it was nice & that too. I didn’t explain: - we can have 2 breaks a week for training & we can have sweets but not between Meals. We can’t have tea or coffee.
This dinner party we went to Sat night was one Ginever gave for an out of town guest.
Its 9:30 now. We had our prayer group in our room again ‘cause Boots was awake & they were so quiet. Just finished giving her some medicine and tucking her in and I must finish this tonight because I won’t have a single spare minute tomorrow. I have a mid-semester Wednesday in Chem. Haven’t got much done today- there was so much to do for Boots but of course I loved to. Her gland is swollen a little and it pains her so much. We cut some of the nut bread for supper. It was delicious - did you make it?
You said you were sending me 2 prs. of blue stockings a long time ago - I never got them. Remember you were going to match up that orange piece of ribbon in stockings for my black velvet dress. You said nothing about Spring vacation in your letter today.
We had our B.B. pictures taken Sat. morning. Friday afternoon we surely did clean our room well. Had a wonderful letter from Elizabeth. Must send it on to you. She tells in detail about Prof. Dodge being ousted from Calvary Church.
Did not go to C.E. tonight. Must close now.
Much love, Mary Elizabeth.
Tell Esther [her younger sister] I wrote her a long letter about a mo. ago.
Mary wrote this letter to her family during the second semester of her freshman year of college. The letter is written in blue ink on three large sheets of cream-colored paper. The final page has a note added in pencil. Mary writes about receiving family photos from home, and she devotes much of the letter to discussing her friendship with Paul and other men.
1. Sunday, Mar. 22.
I am sitting in my room above with the two family pictures before me. You can’t imagine how proud I am of them. They are both so very different. I think they are fine pictures. Mother’s picture, I think, is the best of any and yours is so good. Your expression is so different in the two pictures. In the live one Fred seems rather blurry, but it’s good - then in the other grouped one Esther seems blurred. I think mine isn’t a bit good. I guess its too natural——. It certainly was a pleasant surprise to get them. Jean wants me to let her have one in her room for a while.
Well, we just finished having our prayer group. We are reading “By An Unknown disciple.” Read a wonderful chapter tonight. Have you ever read the book?
This noon Mrs. Scott asked Boots and I to sit at her table because Dr. & Mrs. Luccock were to be her guests & Mrs. Stuffer (one at Geneva) is their daughter - We know the Luccocks as well as any Frehman We were all in Mrs. Scotts parlor when your “special” package came. Of course I guessed pictures right away & showed them to the Luccocks & all - I said that Dad knew of him - & he said the face was familiar. Or course I
don’t know how much of that is true. He of course wants to meet you when you come & wanted to know when my mother was coming so I told him. He asked specifically when you were coming, Dad.
Had a date with Paul tonight. He had said before he would see me at C.E. and I thought he just meant that he would take me home but evidently he was planning on taking me to a concert. Well, I didn’t go for two reason - one because of his indefiniteness & the other because I wanted to talk to him. Never before have I actually wanted to talk to him- I’ve sorter always disliked walking dates with him. The reason I wanted to talk with him was because of his reaction when I told him I didn’t think I was going to go to the recital. Underneath it, all I could see a jealousy on his part that I go out with other fellows etc. I want to tell you right now, I never talked to frankly to a fellow in my life. I don’t know why, but frankness just seemed to possess me & I simply talked my thoughts in an understanding clear but unharsh way. I asked him what was on his mind.
2// He told me something which I knew wasn’t the thing, so I said, “Is that all?” He said, “I guess so.” I said, “Say no” and he said, “no.” Well— I told him it didn’t pay to feel that way. He knew I was reading him like a book. And I think, now as I think back on it - that altho he didn’t act as such, that he respects me a lot for it. Anyway is changed matters some, I think. Dear family — it wasn’t love or admiration for him that made me talk so frankly to him. I’ve known him quite a while & I know him pretty well, and I had the right to be frank. It was surely an instinct, unexplainable of my being myself & doing my bit to make a man out of him. This is absolutely the truth. Funny - I don’t get emotional with men — I think I will tho when the right man comes - I’m afraid though. I might break some hearts finding the right one.
I’m certainly writing my thoughts. I would be so much easier to tell. —So much for that. Mr. φώιελ had asked to take me to the concert tonight also. I had 3 chances to go to the Frosh benefit movie last Friday down (Got mixed) with φώιελ, Paul & a Mr Cook (the one who took me home from the Frosh skating party - his brother is a S.V. & is going to be a missionary) — nevertheless I had a date with the Mr. Cook - a date Cookie - Sat night any way. φώιελ took me to the Movie benefit cause he asked first. Just because I’m throwing all this I hope you don’t allow your first possible conclusions to make any impression. -that I’m letting the fellows rush me (because you know I don’t rush them). If there’s anything I’m not - it’s popular - I don’t run my direction; & I’m glad. You know I’m too independent with fellows to be “rushed” —
I certainly gave enjoyed writing this all to you but again I say I wish I were telling it. There is so much depends on expression etc. etc. — I hate to talk over a phone & explain - I like to see the person- Think I’d better quit rambling.
Received your letters dad- the two checks & thanks much. The stockings fit fine - Tell mother-send the blue ones so I can take them to Toledo. Also, I must have my laundry bag back before I go to Toledo - so I spose she’ll have to get it off - Saturday. I guess Louises folks are going to drive after us. Will take the family pictures to Toledo.
Well, it is now after time for bed alright so must close
It is in the morning about time for the ring bell. Just got up. Had the most wonderful talk with Boots last night I have ever had.
We too have been having perfectly wonderful weather. Now the 3rd day of Spring.
Be sure and get the laundry back & send the stockings. & Dad find the answer to the question asked about D.V.B.S. in one of my letters —— please.
This letter was written by Mary to her family during the spring of her Freshman year of college. The letter is comprised of 7 sheets of pink paper, with handwriting in blue ink on on side of each sheet. On the back of the final page, there is a note added in pencil. In this letter, Mary writes about receiving flowers from home, deciding against purchasing a hat, college expenses, buying music for her vocal lessons, and plans for her parents to visit her on campus. She also reminds her father that she expects answers to questions she had asked him about his church's Daily Vacation Bible School (D.V.B.S.).
Sun. Mar 29.
Have been laughing so hard this afternoon. Just came up from one of the girls room. Have been there since dinner and it is now 2:30.
We have had marvelous weather this last week - but today the sun isn’t out and it’s actually cold and snowing!
Couldn’t imagine what was in the box when it came. The flowers are beautiful. They weren’t a bit wilted or crushed. The hyacynth wasn’t crushed at all but the florist moss had stole all of its odor. It certainly made a lovely boquet.
I am sitting up in bed. Have a clean pair of P.J’s on. —Am anxious to get my laundry as usual.
Before you had written saying (in your last letter) that I had better not get a hat-I had already decided I wouldn’t.- so had my green hat cleaned last week & it looks fine .- also had my grey & white dress cleaned
Had two pairs of shoes repaired which alone cost 3:00. Then the cleaning bill was 4.25 So you see it amounted to 7.25. How money does go - and not unnecessarily .-
Have all my college bills paid and counting all the money I have left - it amounts to $44.00. I have to buy music all the time. Miss Arnold has begun me on some English pieces- that is some of Mendelsans short selections. They are pretty. I find reading quite difficult.
Would be nice if you wrote Agnes Fayes. Also, Boots says neither you nor Esther have answered her letters. Did you get Jean’s letter. She says she hasn’t heard from you. Glad you can know some of the girls in a personal way before you come. - Dad - you said something about getting to
Wooster on the 15th (Wed). If you could get here the 14th (Tue) I could get you to talk in Student Volunteers. For many reasons would it be fine if you could do that. Wish you would write and tell me just when. Hope it is a Tuesday.
I thought mother could come May 14 - you said something about having a missionary meeting then. I do want mother to be here the 15th (Fri) She can visit a “lit” and (Sat) 16th is May day. It would be fine if she could come about (Wed) 13th and stay till the following Tue or Wed. I want her to live here about a week - to understand all that is ours & get every phase of our college life. There will be many many strangers in Wooster over the weekend - people from miles around come here for May day besides all the alumni & students friends. - So in order to see Wooster as it is to us all the time she’ll have to stay
4 the first part of the following week at least and while she is here (she might not get here again) I want her to get it all. It’s too long a trip to stay only a few days when it would be possible to stay longer. Hope you plan now-. I certainly am planning and have made Dorm. reservations for that weekend - as we have to early - there will be so many here.
I am so anxious to have a talk with you, Dad. Hope that nothing keeps you from coming here on your trip & I can easily get a cheap bunk for you over at the Lodge - That is Mandy is in the 5th section (section of future missionary & ministers) & he would be only too glad to take you in. You would
value very much talking to these fellows. I certainly hope you plan to stay over night here. There are so many things to talk about. When I was home, we didn’t have a chance to talk about my college affairs & you will be here amidst them & there will be so much to tell you & it will help me so much. I need it strength & understanding - advice & help —
I just threw the ink bottle over to Boots. She caught it. ———— ————
Will probably add more.
6. After C.E. now! Paul & I went to church. He has quit dancing thru my influence - he says. He is certainly a good fellow at heart.
Dad, remember that letter I wrote you which was nothing but questions concerning your D.V.B.S. you haven’t mentioned any things about that - and I certainly would like to know - couldn’t you send statistics as soon as possible or bring them with you when you come to Wooster. What I want to know is as much about last yrs D.V.B.S. work as possible. I haven’t a thing to start on.
Performed my first operation last Fri. Mandy asked Boots & I over to the embryology lab to see some chick embryos - We got 4 good eggs out of 9. I opened one of them. It certainly is wonderful - to see the heart beat after it is out of the egg even for 1/2 .
Then we went to the convent. Another fellow there walked with Boots & Mandy walked with me. Mandy & I had a wonderful talk. He is such a fine fellow & engaged -
Have decided not to have any more dates with Not because of anything he has said or done in my presence. Asked the advice of 2 upper class girls & Mandy.
Must stop now. It’s late—
Solution of Christianity
Tuesday after Easter