Mary Behner



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This letter was written by Mary to her mother during her first semester of college. Most of the letter is typewritten, with some final thoughts added in black ink, on two pieces of blue stationery from the Father and Son Movement Milwaukee Committee. Mary wrote about previous correspondence, meals at the college, several classes, and joining the college choir.



October 1, 1924

Dear mother,

Your letter came this afternoon. Appreciated also the newspaper dad sent me. I suppose the kids are all excited about their H.S. and thier [sic] athletics. Was interested in the artical [sic] in the paper.

When I said I weighed 115, I meant without my clothes on and before, I weighed that with them on. You would be tickeled [sic] if you saw how much I ate. The meals here are just great.. Last night Mrs. Kunningham had company at the head table and of course some had to go to another table. She told me to take charge of the table next to ours. They both have formal service. The head of the table has to serve all the stuff. That is the first time I have ever served with formal service. We always have formal service at Mrs. Cunninghams table too.

Some time has elapsed. It is now 10: o’clock. We just got home from the first movie we have gone to, since we came here. Five of us went. We bought a watermellon [sic] for a spread Fri. We have some wonderful times.

Mrs. Lean, who is wife of the Professor who is head of the dept in Pub. Speak. came to see us in our room the other day. She is sister-in law to Miss Lean who sings in Milw. She is just lovely. Left her cards etc. Mrs B.knows them.

Greek test today. Our big sisters bought an old studebaker car. Here is where we have some more fun. Lost my beautiful silkuumbrella-put [sic] signs up all over the campus and it was re-turned tonight. Sure was glad

We have swimming once a week in gym. Mary and I passed our

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3 Freshman test, which was just swimming across the tank, and so now we are in the sophmore section… I thot [sic] when I got here I would forget all I knew about diving but , no I can dive just swell. Horah.,,

I tried out for the college choir, which sings in chapel every Sun., and I made it. Hope I can take vocal next semester. Well we must read and get to bed.

Lots of love, maybe I will add something tomorrow morning..

Bean. [in script]

7:35 Almost time for morning prayers. Sleep like a log every night- Mother, I surely ought to get fat at the rate I am going. Only have one class today (Greek) besides gym.

Am keeping count of all expenses. College is great


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Wooster, Ohio

Letter from Mary to Mother- October 1, 1924



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