Mary Behner



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This letter was written by Mary to her family in the spring of her second year at college. The letter is handwritten in blue ink on two sheets of Y.W.C.A. Tea House stationery. In this letter, Mary writes about possibly visiting Milwaukee, serving at the Tea House after basketball games, and prayer meetings.


Sun afternoon

Jan 10. ['25?]

Dearest family.

Just a week ago today we were together. It hardly seems possible! Just had a special from Mrs. B[rowner] and Boots. There has been a mysterious thread running thru the letters from Wau the last of this week and today which leads me to almost suspect some plans they have for me for Spring vacation. Can you guess? Mary wrote a strange letter and then a card the next day with the following verse on it

If you want to make me happy
Just as happy as can be
Just pack your grip
And take that trip
To come and visit me ! ! ! ! !


Mary & Pops are going to Madison this weekend. Mary is a little better and longs to come back. Her letters every day have been wonderful. Pops has been lecturing in Chicago this last week.

I suppose Dad will be back when this arrives. How was the trip!

Worked 25 hrs last week. Last night after the B.B. game we served here at the Tea House There were about 30 in. It was fun. Then we kitchen force had what was left. I had 4 pizzas (slices)

Slept yesterday afternoon instead of studying as I had planned. Must get studying done. Hist Exam week from Sat.


Slept with Marg. Craig Friday nite. Had dandy talk with her. Am going to Mary’s prayer group tonite and am going to sleep with Billie Moore & Muriel Morgan - at Colonial (across the street) Have had some wonderful talks & with girls this week.

Student Volunteer meeting was - - well I can’t quite explain. Quite a few said it was the best that we’ve ever had. - - - It was just plan & devotional and so very frank.


Two B.B. games this week - that means some extra serving for me.

Perhaps will add to this letter. Miss Gould is so nice lately- it isn’t even funny

Much Love

“Busy Bean.”

Mon. Had a fine prayer group last night. They are discussing Friendship. Have a class in 1/2 hr & I have to copy my Bible theme in that time.

Love. Bean.

My kimona is over at Rick Johnsons but there's no hurry. You can send it back with my laundry next time.



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Letters; Students--Religious life; Tearooms; Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions


Wooster, Ohio

Letter from Mary to Family- January 10, 1926



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