Mary Behner



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On beautiful landscape stationary Mary writes to her Mother about a surprise visit from her father, about Fred’s leaving school, about not feeling well enough to take her exams and how the lovely gifts her mother sent brightened her sprit.


Dearest Mother:

How surprised we were to have father come in on us. It was lucky too – because this way they could pack and travel together. I wish I were over my exams as Frederick is. I don’t feel quite capable of taking them. Dad heard our Glee Club practise [sic] last evening. Too bad we can’t have a concert in Clarksburg.

2/ I really can’t tell you how much I enjoyed your lovely gifts. The cute green thing – just fits. and the flowers are so dainty, and match so nicely. and – the pocket book – well I was so surprised and then that not being all – was almost too much – the handkerchiefs are beautiful. Really I can’t tell you happy [sic] it made me feel – You were so dear to think of it all – and to spend the time on it as I know you did. It couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

3/ I hate to see Fred go. I’ll miss him so. But it’s far the best thing for him to do. He should go to bed at 10: o’clock every night. He should eat “building up” wholesome foods regularly and keep out doors as much as possible. Make him walk instead of using the car – He ought to make it a point to walk every day and – he should learn to breathe.

We surely appreciated Dad’s stopping here. My exams will be hard. – Because I’m not really fit to take them – but I’m going to sleep as regularly as possible next week even though I may have to sacrifice a high grade. All my grades are real good except Spanish and I’m worried about that.

Much Love

Daughter Mary

Love to Esther



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Letters; College Life; Fashion; Health; Student Activities


Wooster, Ohio


exams, health advice, ladies fashion, glee club, letters, grades

Letter from Mary to Mother - circa 1928



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