Mary Behner



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This was the first letter Mary wrote to her family after beginning college. Written on a single sheet, front and back, with black ink. She wrote about campus, needing her luggage sent to her, and a recent trip to New York.


Don't forget Boxes.

September 5, 1924.

Dear folks:

This is the first minute I've sat down to write since coming here. I have a front single in this darling dormatory [sic] facing clumps of beautiful trees - and this morning a little earlier when the sun shone on them - it was beautiful. - and now the birds are twittering away so merrily. This surely is a busy place.

The whole C.C.A. is meeting here Christian Council of America - including Y.M; Y. W; and S. Y. Yesterday afternoon Stanley High spoke on the need of missions today. He has just come from a travel in the Orient.


Send my boxes - luggage etc as soon as this letter arrives: because they should be in Wooster by Saturday so I can use them early Monday morning. I believe I told you to send them about the 10th but that would not be early enough - so send them as soon as you possibly can.

Hows Fred! Will see you in less than a week now - . My how time is flying -

My watch went on the blink and it cost me

another $3.00 to have it fixed and it doesn't run O.K. yet. It stops every once in a while. So I spent some money I wasn't counting on. Then I treated to a play one night - because they (Andersons) did so much for me. That cost me $1.50. Saw the "Ladder". - a rather serious play with a moral. Saw Abies Irish Rose, too, and nearly split my sides laughing.

Spent Sunday night at Woodys. She is still as beautiful as ever - a little fleshier but with 2 of the loveliest and best mannered children I have ever seen.

Of all my N.Y. experience to me - the most thrilling was broadway at night - a marvelous sight.

In the package that I sent there are 2 things for Fred and one for mother - the puzzle was bought in Chinatown - in a shop - very near the bowry. The handpainted tie and scarf were bought a Hannah's Balik Studio on Sheridan Square in Greenwich Village.

It is time for breakfast.

Love Bean.



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College students; Dormitory life; Luggage; Letters; Bowery Theatre (New York, N.Y.)


Wooster, Ohio

Letter from Mary to Parents- September 5, 1924



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