Mary Behner



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In this letter to her family, Mary writes on one page of blue paper in black ink. She talks about it being cold and that her Esther and Fred have had exams. She exclaims over an exciting Basketball game against Dennison and a good debate she heard. The letter end abruptly with no closing.


Jan 23, 1926

Dearest Family:

Mary and I got up for our Sunday rolls and grape fruit and we are back in bed again writing home. It is between raining and snowing out doors and real cold.

Only one exam over and that is English. It was real hard I thought I hope to goodness I get a B in the course. By the time this reaches you I’ll be laboring over my psyc. exam. I hope to goodness I don’t flunk that. I’m scared to death because I don’t know anything.

Esther and Frederick have both had their English exams, too, I guess.

Last night we had one of the most exciting basket ball games I have ever seen. We played Dennison and they played some good game – Quick team work! Dennison made a basket about the first half second of the game - the score was tied 4 or 5 times so you can see what a close game it was and especially at the very end when they were ahead 4 or 5 points – we shot some beautiful baskets about from the middle of the floor and tied them 30 to 30 and then Dennison made another basket the very last second and caused the score to be 32 – 30 – Whew! I’ve never seen a Wooster audience so keyed up over a basket ball game.

Bob took me – as usual. Leland was supposed to have take Mary and we were to have double dates but he was home and couldn’t get back so Andy &

Mary went. Then we all went over to the Tea House for refreshments after the game. Fred took tickets at the door. He is Freshman manager, I guess.

Heard from Janice again. She is swamped in work, too.

Heard a good debate the other evening, Friday to be exact. It was on the cancellation question. “Resolved that U.S. should cancel war debts. “Our fellows upheld the negative and Ohio Weslyn [sic] the affirmative.



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Letter from Mary to Family - January 23, 1926



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