Mary Behner



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Mary writes to her family in blue ink on one sheet of College of Wooster stationary about her birthday after her family left the Color Day pageant. She went out to dinner with Leland and Mary and his family then listened to a radio concert. She is concerned about the money she owes the college and hopes she can figure out a way to Milwaukee in the summer.


Sunday May 15th


Dearest Family:

I feel like a different person right now. This week end has been a lovely one. It was great you decided to come – but rather unsatisfactory because there were so few confidential moments.

I don’t know whether I feel older or not. I wonder, though whether I’ve grown as much as I could have. I can see places where more effort would have surely helped.

The pageant only lasted about 25 minutes after you left. It was shorter this year than usual – It began to rain the minute the thing was over – and rained most of the rest of the day. Hope you had a pleasant trip. I’m glad you stayed for some of it anyway. I would have been disappointed if you hadn’t.

Mary made the day so pleasant for me. After the pageant I wanted some dinner and I knew Mary would be with Leland and his family so I skipped over to the Tea House in hopes they would need some one to help and that way I could earn my dinner but they had enough helpers. Leland asked me to eat with them at the Lodge when I got back.

In the evening Mary and Leland asked me to go with them to a lovely little home to hear a radio concert. – as the people who live there were going out to the play. There was the nicest davenport and the nicest big chair there. We didn’t talk at all hardly but just listened to the loveliest music. It was so restful and beautiful – and it was so nice to have them trust me there with them – “They” are so dear.

This morning Prexy preached a wonderful sermon on “The Loneliness of Jesus” and the choir sang so beautifully. There were people turned away from chapel – I don’t know when a service has move me so. Leland and Mary went to church together. I went with Kam Sing Sun.

This afternoon Mandy & “Marc” and other alumnus plus Leland all were up in the room here and we had the dearest time together. They all wrote in our memory books – Can you imagine what Leland wrote as his “ambition”. You’ll get the significance if you remember what I said in the car coming home from the show. He wrote:

“To improve my imagination” Ha! Ha!

And to think we have a holiday tomorrow! Feel pretty good now except I’m worried about the $102.00 that I owe the college. I don’t know where its coming from and I’ll have tuition to pay as soon I get to Milwaukee – if I have the money to get to Milwaukee. Don’t know what Fred is going to do either.

Why don’t you write to Mr. Montgomery and ask him if he could meet you in Wisconsin this summer? I’ll bet anything he would. He practically said so.

C.E. was good this evening.

Topic: “The Second Mile”

Lots of Love and thoughts

Your college girl


Mother – Please send me the letter I wrote to you about Bob – Real Soon???



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Letters; College Life; Debt


Wooster, Ohio


Color Day, Y.W.C.A Tea House, Radio Concert, Milwaukee

Letter from Mary to Family - Sunday May 15, 1927



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