Mary Behner



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Mary wrote this letter to her father in January of an unspecified year; she mentions her freshman class, which could place it in 1925. The letter is typewritten on two small cream sheets of paper. The backs of the letters contain short notes in pencil. Mary begins the letter by talking about two friends' financial needs for college, mentions a revival service being held in Wooster, and talks about her dorm room. She and her roommate have a victrola and Mary requests that her parents send her some records to listen to.



Jan. 18

Dear dad

Started a letter to you yesterday but it was so interupted that I am beginning over again. We got a cut in Greek this first period so that I will be able to finish this and get it off on the same mail.

Your last letter sounded good… I do hope there can be something done for this Agnes Fayes. You are sure that the money is not borrowed but given??? There is also another girl in our fresh-man class who is all alone in the world. She has neither parents nor money. She doesn’t see how she can stay thru the ne next semester. She can borrow money f from the college but she hated to do t that. She has worked her way thru H.S. but of course college is different. To give you an idea of her keen wit and m mind, I think she would make a wonder-ful lawyer. Tell Esther to tell you about Jene Butterworth. She is not going to be a missionary tho so I suppose there is no way to help her. She is a tiny girl, loved by every one and not strong enough for the life of a miss.. Her friends at home are helping her. However Agnes Fayes is going to be a missionary andneeds [sic] it worse than Jene does now. Agnes belongs to a Pres. church in Blufton and Rev. King is the pastor. There would be no troub le [sic] to get recommendations because I know the circumstances. She is well acquanted [sic] with Prexie.

We are having revival services here in Wooster held by Bob Jones. The auditorium holds about 1500. I had a date coming home. Met Paul on the way home too, it was so funny.


Rev. Gaines 1450 - R”

Gay J E. Gaines


Geo. B. Jones. -831-


Sat. afternoon we cleaned our room thoroughly and it looks just swell now. It seems as if every one has been u p to see it since then. We arranged it differently too. Our new matron was here our nurse, some upper classmen and the DEAN and just loads of girls. They all just love this room but no more than we do. It is so homey and comforta ble.Our new victrola is just wonderful but there is ane [sic] more thing we desire. Boots got a special from home yesterday (She gets a special from her mother every Sunday) saying that they would send some go good records this week. We have our”vic.” now and we want to have good music in our room. We are tired of jaz.[sic] Could you send us some of the records you are not using. I wish you would do that real soon. It would help the atmosphere of our room much besides being nice for us

Must close this minuite [sic] an d rush to class



B. Potn.
B. Tea



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Letters; Student aid; Phonograph; Dormitory life


Wooster, Ohio

Letter from Mary to Father- January 18, circa 1925



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