Mary Behner



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This letter was written by Mary to her family during the spring of her freshman year of college. The letter is written on two sheets of pink paper, with blue ink. In this letter, Mary writes about discussion on the morality of dancing, going on a date to a concert, getting a physical examination, going out for track, and an upcoming Student Volunteer conference.


March 4, 1925

Dear family.

Am in chapel. We are discussing “Dancing in Wooster” this morning. Last Monday night we had discussion groups and discussed it. There are quite a few against it but the majority is for it. I am against it but there are many strong arguments for it.

Here are the results of the vote at chapel this morning - 400 for dancing and 200 against dancing - The spirit in chapel was disgusting. Of course the majority was for dancing in Wooster and when the student speakers against dancing got up - there was quite a lot of murmuring & razing. It was disgusting - - certainly a poor spirit. I think - if a vote was taken in other schools - they would never get the minority we did in proportion. It certainly is commendable to the school.

The Glee club gives its concert Thursday night. Have a date with a senior - student volunteer, who is about 25 yrs old - & who has taken Boots out quite a few times. He is engaged but his girl doesn’t live here,- if she did I wouldn’t have a date with him - but its alright as it is. As yet Boots has no date for the concert - Everyone goes.

The Cosmopolitan Co. gave an operalogue yesterday in chapel.

Had to have a Physical examination for the “Board” I didn’t know I was in such wonderful health pulse 72 - Hearth normal - also blood pressure. Will not cost much for the examination as the Dr. Douglass I went to so the one whose wife I have been [unclear] toiling [/unclear] for & I spoke to him about it. Maybe will get it free

The popcorn was so good & thanks for all that soap. I surely have no excuse for not washing now. Am going out for track - that will mean strict training. Made 150 points toward my “W” three. B.B. -The Northern Ohio student volunteer conference is being held in Wooster this week end - so every minute will be taken up. We are going to double up and take a delegate in our room.

Hope Dad doesn’t forget about my 4 yr. diary - Would like it as big as he can get it. Am anxious to know what you want me to do Spring vacation.

Must take a vocal lesson at 1:30 so will have to stop to get this letter

off this afternoon . . Wish the kids would write. It is warm out but there is lots of snow on the ground.

Muchhhh Loveeee

Mary E Behner.



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Letters; Dance--Religious aspects--Christianity; Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions; Track and field


Wooster, Ohio

Letter from Mary to Family- March 4, 1925



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