Mary Behner



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This letter was written by Mary to her family during the spring of her freshman year of college. While there is an added date of 1924, Sunday, April 19th takes place in 1925. It is composed on a single sheet of blue paper, folded into a card format; handwriting is in blue ink. In this letter, Mary writes about feeling sick, the points she has scored in track, how her first year of college is nearly over, and about writing letters.



Sun. Apr. 19

Dearest family.

Boots & I feel about the same only I haven't got it as bad as she. Diarhea [sic]-something we ate I guess. She has been in bed all day but I have been up and doing everything even sang in our cantata this afternoon which was simply beautiful. "Olivet to Calvary." The Glee clubs helped us - I think it's the most beautiful cantata I have ever heard.

I told you wrong, mother & Dad. for open house, we girls pay expenses. The upper class girls I've talked to, tell me to invite Mandy. I know I would have a dandy time. He's a wonderful fellow but nothing to look at. He's a perfect gentleman & he would take it impersonally. He is engaged.

I do hope mother is better. So many have the flu and it has proved fatal in many cases. Enjoyed Fred's and Dad's letters.

Am tired - Did a lot Saturday Went on a ten mile hike at 5 A.M. & cooked breakfast out in the open. This hike was for plants.


I ought to be in bed. My head feels funny. I was talking about points. Oh I made over 100 pts in tract Sat. I now have 209 points in track - more than any one has earned this year or last. There is only one other girl who has over 100 and hers is 103 and she is manager. Outdoors track starts next week. My ankle is too weak to do much in that.

Don’t know what I’m going to do for a dress for Frosh. Junior reception & Open house. They are both formal-

I can hardly realize it when I think that we have only 7 more Sundays here. Why it seems, then, that college has all been one wonderful, hazy dream - the time has flown.

Am planning a lot on seeing you Dad & mother - Will dad be fine for color day too? Its going to be perfectly wonderful.

There is not much to write as I wrote Esther this week. Will write Fred next week.


Must write Miss [unclear] this week - and get acquainted with her by mail.

Wanted to write so many letters today but all I’ve done is E. Joann, Tillie & you - I hadn’t written Tillie since November - That’s how little time I have for writing. You should see the stack of letters I have to write.

Much love,




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Letters; College students; Diseases; Track and field


Wooster, Ohio

Letter from Mary to Family- April 19, 1925



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