Mary Behner



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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:

Dear folks,

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 night 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.

Goodnight dears.

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-



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Letters; Milwaukee (Wis.); College students in missionary work; Church


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Letter from Mary to Parents- Sunday Evening 9:40, circa 1927



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