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Gladys – 16 April 1971


Letter transcription:

118 Juniper court
W. Lafayette, Ind 47906

Dear David, Bonnie and Debbie,

At last the Annual Meeting is over and the meeting today (program planning for Officer’s training day)—two days later. When we started planning the meeting last fall, we thought if we could get 400 to attend we would feel like it was a success, since it was to be a different type of meeting. 748 were seated at the dinner at 6 o’clock in the evening. The Seminars were all filled—12 altogether. In the afternoon session which was held in the south ball room, 700 chairs had been set up and those were nearly all filled and many people were standing. The first session lasted from 2 until 3. Seminars from 3:15 until 5:15. A group came in following the dinner to hear the speaker—Miss Peggy Billings from the Board of Missions, so we can’t say just how many did attend. At any rate it is over and I think everyone is glad it is over and was what we consider a success. There were 96 tables set up for the dinner. With the help of three other persons, we made 97 table decorations. Centerpieces made with a 15” candle in the center, surrounded with evergreens, straw flowers and paper butterflies. Everyone seemed to think the centerpieces were very attractive. We gave them away after the dinner. No problem there. I didn’t want to have to gather them up after the meeting, so decided to let someone from each table have one.

I have been so busy with the above mentioned meeting, have had to neglect my desk. I have worked here for a while this evening, writing checks and just getting things cleared off my desk. Next week will also be a busy one. Have to go to Geneva Center for a meeting on Wednesday, then at 6 o’clock on Thursday morning start for Wichita. A friend is going to drive to Indianapolis and we are going to fly from there. Since she is driving, I am going at the time she wants to go. If I didn’t want to get up that early, I could have Dad take me to the airport, but after I get to Wichita, I can sleep. I am rooming alone, so will be alone and not have to talk to someone. The first session doesn’t begin until 1:30, so I will have time for a good nap. (Church Women United)

My typewriter still hasn’t been repaired. I hope to get it in to the shop next week before I leave for a good overhauling. Probably should not be using it now, but hate to write by hand.

I didn’t get to go to the first Project Commitment Meeting, but was told over 500 attended. I hope to attend the next one. There will be six meetings. As I understand, some of the people Project C., is aiming to reach are not attending. The militants, and the disadvantaged whites. Too bad, because they are the reason for having such meetings…

Dad is doing some glueing for someone at the Health Center—now called Student Hospital. Somehow the word got around that he is good at repairing broken things and every once in a while, someone brings him something to mend.

Glad the Avon soap has given Debbie so much fun. We had an Easter Egg Hunt after Mark and Shirley had the children came last Sunday. I have been wearing pant suits and had one on when they came. Becky said she would like to have one, so Grandma got one for her yesterday and mailed it to her. She is rather slender so it is hard to get a good fit. I didn’t take the boys measurements, so couldn’t get them anything. Hope they won’t feel slighted. Thought I might find something for them in Witchita.

Your Insurance notice came and I am forwarding it.
Love Mother


Lea & Bob didn’t come—both bad colds—so don’t know any more about Lea’s plans than before.

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David’s Diary – 14 April 1971

Wednesday, 14 April 1971

[called General Theo Library, Boston]

Up about 7:20. We had to be ready to take Chris Lewis—Carol got a call to substitute teach today, so since we are on her list of prospective sitters, she called us—this was arranged yesterday. After I had shaved and had breakfast, they arrived. Carol was running late, so she left hurriedly. I naturally was able to make it to morning prayer at St. Mary’s since I was up so early. But the preparations for the rummage sale were still in full swing, so I went to the congregational church. Studied in one of the Sunday School rooms. About 10:30 I went to St. Mary’s for coffee—got involved in looking at the book table—bought several books. Went back to the congregational church—read for a while, then came home about noon. Bonnie was finding it taxing to care for two kids, especially since Debbie wasn’t in a very cooperative mood. She has been displaying jealousy toward Chris—very possessive of some toys. After eating I read a while, but was pretty pooped, so lay down for a short time, then got back to reading. Carol got here shortly before 3:00—she’d had a bad day, no discipline in the class—we went over to Gloucester to get surplus food. Bonnie stayed with the kids. After getting home we relaxed, I read while B + C chatted. Fixed supper about 5:00; made trip to church to turn off the heat (which I’d put on at noon) watched CBS news, etc.—Men at Law—a great drama tonight slamming the Vietnam war. Read the rest of the evening—bathed about 10:30  OBLO c. 11:15  Θ

Thursday, 15 April 1971

[Top panel:  called Burtons]

Up about 7:45. Shaved, had breakfast. Made it to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer—then went to the Congregational church to study. About 10:35 I went to St. Mary’s for coffee break, but returned to study about 11:00. Read until coming home about 12:15. Had lunch, relaxed, but read too. About 2 o’clock Carol Lewis arrived—she and Bonnie went to St. Mary’s to look at rummage sale goods. Debbie went down for a nap before she left, so I had was able to work. After finishing C. R. North’s book, OT Interpretation of History, I turned to writing my sermon. Bonnie and Carol got back by about 3:15. At which time I went back to the congregational church—continued to work on my sermon—by the time I headed home about 5:30 I had it about 75% done. I stopped on the way home to turn off the heat at the church—which I’d put on at noon. Ate supper as soon as I got home. Relaxed after supper, watched CBS news. What a remarkable break in Chinese-American relations has come with the ping pong match! [1] I just hope that Nixon will have the sense to respond in full—make every effort possible to open up relations. Between 7:30–8:30 I worked further on the sermon. Helped put Debbie to bed—playing the role of the “cookie monster”—she hides in the closet, then gets on my back—and I dump her in her bed. 8:30–9:30 watched Ironside. 9:30–10:00 worked on sermon—finished rough draft. 10:00–12:00 watched Academy Awards while doing other things—mimeographing parish letter service. Also called Burtons—who were supposed to come tomorrow. They’re coming out next weekend. Watched news after Academy awards. OBLO  c. 1:00 AM.

Friday, 16 April 1971

[Top panel: took several pictures of Debbie—inside the front door; called Moody; called Bob + Lea]

Up shortly before 8:30. Didn’t bother to shave, since I was somewhat behind schedule. Had breakfast, then went to the Congregational church to study. Got there about 9:20. I read all morning—no coffee break—didn’t go to St. Mary’s because of the rummage sale in progress. I started on Theophile Meek’s Hebrew Origins—read it several years ago, but must be reread. Got home shortly after noon. Bonnie and I had lunch—Debbie had gone to sleep about 11:30. In the mail was a letter from Lea asking about her coming out this summer to help with the new baby, etc. When Bonnie left for work I got to work reading—also dozed. Debbie awoke about 1:30 and I spent some time with her. About mid-afternoon I gave her a snack. But I turned my main attention to writing the final draft of my sermon—and I got it all finished by supper time. We had a roast for supper, so I had supper all ready by the time Bonnie got home. After eating, I read for a while in Meek before CBS news. How strange it was to have the opening list of reporters topped by the one in Peking! The films were very interesting. 7:30–9:00 I read and took time to play with Debbie—“cookie monster” and bean-bag. About 9:00 we called Lea to gladly accept her proposal. At 9:30 we were all set to watch The Odd Couple—but it was preempted—as last week!—by a basketball game—how infuriating—read after watching TV for a while—bathed, read in bed briefly, LO. c. 12:20.


David’s diary, 16 April 1971

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David’s Diary – 11 April 1971

Sunday, 11 April 1971

Had trouble getting to sleep last night. Got up about 12:30, read until about 1:45—slept downstairs, to avoid disturbing Bonnie with my tossing and turning. Up about 8:30 this morning, had breakfast, then shaved (2 days worth). Practiced sermon again. Got to the church by about 10:30. Had a crowd of about 70—preached on “trust”—after the service was over we went to Lewises for lunch. They had been in church, and Vicky had taken care of Chris along with Debbie. Carol had prepared a delicious beef stew. After eating we did a lot of relaxing. Toward the middle of the afternoon I made trip home to get the flash attachment so that Jerry could take pictures of Chris (we were celebrating his first birthday today, since Jerry has to be in New Haven on Wednesday). Also stopped at our church and St. Mary’s for music that Bonnie + Carol wanted for practicing guitar + singing. When I got back to Lewises, I then joined Jerry at the garden—exploring a huge rock in the middle of the garden—after much digging we found it too large to be taken out. We (D, B + I) came home about 4:30—utterly exhausted—napped—all three. I really didn’t get to sleep. I still have sore throat, and a lot of drainage with it when I’m lying down. Up about 6:30. We were to[o] stuffed to have supper (after returning from the garden, we’d had a delicious cherry cheese cake). We gave Debbie some supper. Then about 7:15 went to the Hardy’s for play reading. Took Debbie along—she went right to sleep in her crib in the bedroom. The play was hilarious—“The Last Analysis” [1] by Saul Bellows. Got home by 11:30. Bathed  OBLO 12:25.

Monday, 12 April 1971

Up about 9:15 after Θ. Had breakfast, then set to work preparing article for the Eagle. About mid-morning Bonnie left with Debbie on a walk—to the drug store and to see Drue. I went to the Eagle office. Also drove over to Stop + Shop and to First National looking for ingredients in the special dish which I wanted to prepare for supper. I got home about 11:45. Shortly thereafter Bonnie + Debbie arrived home. We fixed lunch. After eating Bonnie left for work, Debbie went outside to play on the swings. She’d been going strong all morning, however, so she didn’t resist when I shortly suggested that it was time to go in to nap—we went to her room, and built a “tower,” i.e., with building blocks—at the top of which we prepare a “room” for the puppets to “go to sleep”—then she went down for a nap. I returned to reading—started Sat. in Bright’s Early Israel in Recent History Writing—was continuing with this. My taxing weekend had taken its toll—very weary still—with several aching muscles. So I napped to[o] for a while. Then back to reading—and began preparing supper: chicken livers in coconut milk. It was a surprise for Bonnie. We ate shortly after she got home; we rather liked it, but thought of ways that it could be improved. Bonnie needs the liver for her anemia. Read briefly after supper. Watched CBS news, etc. In the evening I read in Bright, but also took time out to write to Mrs. Myers (copy to folks) and David Watson. Read further; bathed about 11:30. OBLO 12:05.

Tuesday, 13 April 1971

[Top panel:  called Dr. Beck]

Up at 8:30. Shaved—2 days worth. Had breakfast. Then prepared to leave the house. Went first to St. Mary’s to leave my briefcase (and 2 packages of mimeo-paper to return to Ed Nutting). I discovered that preparations were under way for the Friday rummage sale, i.e., no peace + quiet for studying. I went to the P.O. to mail letters to Mrs. Myers, Folks and David Watson. Then stopped at the church to pick up the congregational screen. Stopped at St. Mary’s to pick up my briefcase + the paper. Went to congregational church—and found a room to study there—until about 11:45. Headed home; stopped in briefly at St. Mary’s, saw Carol Lewis. Stopped at our church to turn on the heat. Home for lunch. After eating Debbie + I played on the swings, but then as Bonnie was leaving for work, she consented to come in for a nap. She slept most of the afternoon, after we’d built a “tower” for the puppets to nap in. I turned to reading, finished Bright’s Early Israel etc—after dozing. 4 o’clock called Beck. I turned briefly to read in Rowley’s From Joseph to Joshua before fixing supper. After eating I walked to the church to turn off the heat, went to Richdales. Watched CBS news etc, then returned to reading. I changed books—Rowley’s book is largely on archaeology—so I’ll take it up when I turn to that subject in earnest. Began on C.R. North OT Interpretation of History. About 9 o’clock snacked. Then read further. Bathed about 10:30. In my phone conversation with Beck I set May 4 to go in to consult. Read after bath—OBLO 11:30.


David’s diary, 13 April 1971

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Gladys – 9 April 1971

Letter transcription:

118 Juniper Ct
West Lafayette, Ind 47906
April 9, 1971

Dear D, B, D,

Will try to get this written before a committee comes to help me with table decorations for our annual W.S.C.S. meeting which is being held at Purdue. Some thought if we got 400 registered, we would be doing well, but as of now there are 700 reservations for the dinner at 6 PM. There will be seminars in the afternoon dealing with issues of today such as Racism, Extremism, Population Explosion and Hunger, Pollution, World Development and Understanding, Sexuality and others to make twelve. Trinity women are making table decorations. I went to a floral shop—the woman who runs it belongs to our church and she showed me how to build this “thing” we are making. Just think in terms of getting made and delivered to the North Ball Room before Wednesday afternoon— and our meeting is in the afternoon and evening—90 separate table decorations. I undertook to do the job myself and thought I was about finished—had made 40 pieces, when I got word yesterday that we can expect 700 or more at the dinner. I had solicited help Wednesday and two women said they would come and help and it is about time for them to come.

Dad is going to Kentland today to get some dental work done and if I can possibly get away for two hours, will go see Mrs. Myers. Have been too busy attending committee meetings, etc., etc., since my last letter to get up there. I have two gifts for her—Avon soap and Avon scented candles. She likes Avon soap so well, and I thought I could not give her anything better. Dad is having a vacation this week, since this is Easter vacation for Purdue students.—We went to Kentland yesterday and when we returned, my committee returned (they had worked with me for 2 hours in the morning) and we finished the decorations—90 altogether. Dad fixed a place in the basement to store the “pieces of art” until they can be taken to the North Ball Room, which may be Tuesday evening or may be Wednesday morning. When we had finished, Dad had us stand (my committee) with the decorations and he took a picture.

Before we finished the decorations, John came home, but he didn’t disturb us, because we were too anxious to get our job finished. I don’t know what I will do if I get word of any more reservations—just make a few more center pieces I suppose. Lea and Bob didn’t come. John said they were both suffering from colds. Mark and Shirley and the children will come tomorrow. I colored eggs last night and some this morning. I have six baskets ready to put out for a hunt after they come. We have had a very warm, sunny day and tomorrow promises to be the same, so we can have the egg hunt out of doors.

Yesterday when I visited Mrs. M. found her feeling as usual. She had gone to beauty parlour the day before and had a new permanent. Doris had taken her to the shop. Doris goes over about every two weeks and takes care of some of her errands. Yesterday (I mean Thurs.) was the first time she had been to the beauty parlour for a long time. The operator has been going to her apartment and giving her shampoos and sets. She does manage to go to the foot doctor in Watseka once a month or perhaps every six weeks, but other than that she has not tried to go out for a long time—except the day we took her to the McClures for lunch the day Dad gave a program on drugs for the high school class.

I am having trouble with this typewriter and want to get it in to have it worked on when I go to Wichita April 22nd to the 26th. I think I had better stop writing, since it is so difficult to use this. Hope Debbie received her Easter package. The little Avon cologne is for Bonnie.

Love Mother

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David’s Diary – 8 April 1971

Thursday, 8 April 1971

Up at 7:45. Shaved, had breakfast. Made it to St. Mary’s for morning prayer—then got to reading in Noth. There were some distractions—Dick’s Bible class met today instead of tomorrow, and he played a tape which was rather loud. I studied upstairs. Came home about 12:30—after turning the heat on at the church. After eating lunch I got back to reading. Bonnie had a 1:30 appointment with Dr. Stelluto. After pacifying Debbie in her room, I read. But when Bonnie returned (she brought the news that Stelluto will allow me to be in the delivery room, not just at the door), I went on an errand. I took the plant down to Esther Longley at the Den-Mar. It’s the plant that we purchased to go on the alter March 14 when the Bishop was here. It’s lasted all this time. When I got back from the Den-Mar we set to work getting the swing set assembled. Bonnie had been enthusiastic about what a nice day it was—the wind had died down etc. But what a cold job it turned out to be—and windy! After that task was completed I read for a brief while, then fixed supper. Before eating went to the church to turn the heat off. After eating watched CBS news, etc. Then back to reading. Ed Tuck was here about 45 minutes talking about stereos (he dropped by to pick up JC Superstar librettos); read until 9:30. Then worked on sermon. Bathed about 11:20. Then dressed, left for St. Mary’s. Chatted briefly with Dick Bamforth upon arrival. Kept the Vigil of Prayer for Peace 12:00–12:30. Home immediately OBLO  c. 12:45.

Friday, 9 April 1971

[Top panel: took pictures of Debbie on swing, Chris at window]

Up shortly after 9:00 after Θ. Shaved, had breakfast. Study progress did not come easy today. I didn’t go to St. Mary’s because the choir was to be gathering there by 10:30. Shortly after we finished breakfast, Carol Lewis arrived to leave Chris with us as she went off to visit a woman who has a loom. And Debbie was eager to play on the swing set. Bonnie was occupied in the kitchen, so I had to keep an eye on the kids. Finally about 11:30 I retired to my study and read for about 45 minutes—then we ate lunch. Carol was due back at noon to have lunch with us—but she didn’t get back til about 1:15—after Bonnie had left for work. I warmed up the soup for her. She expressed a desire to go grocery shopping without Chris—so since he appeared ready for a nap, I agreed to keep him while she went off. Debbie napped all afternoon. But Chris slept for less than an hour—and I had to change him and give him his bottle—which he took by himself. All in all, however, I did get reading done. Carol returned and departed about 4:00. I read, fixed supper. 6:00–6:30 also got reading done after eating—watched CBS news, etc. Then I turned to reading again. I have been fighting a sore throat all day, with sulfa and salt gargles tonight—feeling pretty exhausted. In the first part of the evening I finished rough draft of sermon—but was to[o] weary to work on it further; read in Noth. No bath. OBLO 11:45.

Saturday, 10 April 1971

[Top panel: 2 pictures of Debbie in new purple sweater (Bonnie finished it last night—9th)]

Up about 9:00 I suppose. After breakfast I tried to get to work on the final version of my sermon, but there were distractions. My sore throat had not disappeared by any means. Homer dropped by to recommend an item for the bulletin—finally, in the final hour of the morning I got down to work, and finished the sermon about noon. After lunch I then turned to reading Noth—had only a few pages to go, and finally finished it. Then turned to typing out a sample copy of tomorrow’s bulletin. About 1:45 we got ready to go to the garden—arrived a few minute after 2:00. I had debated whether to go or not, but it was a thoroughly pleasant day, temperature in the 60’s, sunny sky, little wind, so I couldn’t resist going. And it was a strenuous afternoon—picking up rocks wasn’t hard, but running the roto-tiller was—and I did quite a bit of it. That machine has a mind of its own. Late in the afternoon Jerry Lewis began digging up a large rock, small boulder—about the size of a large hassock. He had to pull it out of the hole with a rope attached to his Saab—with others throwing smaller rocks into the hole to keep it from rolling back. Triumph was celebrated by Si Fisk taking pictures! We came home about 5:15—too exhausted to go out to supper as we’d planned with Jerry + Carol late in the afternoon. (They were too tired as well.)  After supper I made a trip to the church + to Richdales—relaxed, read. Then turned to doing my bulletins for tomorrow; then prepared the service, practiced the sermon. Bathed about 10:45. Listened to radio; practiced sermon again. OBLO c. 11:30.

David’s diary, 10 April 1971

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David’s Diary – 5 April 1971

Monday, 5 April 1971

Up about 8:15. Had breakfast—left the house about 9:00, went to the post office with the Easter letter to the congregation. Stopped at the church to change the wayside pulpit. Then headed to St. Mary’s—as usual there was no one there on a Monday morning. I studied there until about 11:30—with some unexpected interruptions by the puttering janitor. I hadn’t planned to come home so soon, but the heat wasn’t very high—and I was getting very cold. When I got home I found that Debbie was down for a nap. So there was quiet, and I did get more reading done. We had lunch about noon. Margaret Reilly arrived about 12:40 for a ride to the hospital with Bonnie—she also agreed to our suggestion that she come home with Bonnie, stay for supper, then sit with Debbie while we go to the community concert. After Bonnie + Margaret left Debbie was finishing her lunch—I shaved. Then Debbie + I went upstairs, I got her occupied with building blocks—then came downstairs, read until about 3:00. Then I began preparing supper. After getting this underway, I wrote my weekly letter to Mrs. Myers/copy to folks. Then turned my attention again to supper. Bonnie + Margaret got home by 5:30—we had supper. Relaxed after supper. Watched CBS news. 7:00–7:15 wrote a letter to Larry Burton asking him to buy me some records in Boston—Bonnie left early for the concert with Homer. I left about 7:30. Took the letter to Larry to Ruth Robinson, who will take it to BU. 8:00–9:15 at the concert, at Lady of Good Voyage. Took Margaret home; came back, snacked, read. Bathed c. 11:15  OBLO 11:50.

Tuesday, 6 April 1971

[Top panel: Igor Stravinsky died last night]

Up at 7:45. While shaving, heard on the 8 o’clock news that Igor Stravinsky had died last night. Had breakfast, got to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer at 8:45. Dick Bamforth had also heard about Stravinsky’s death—included prayer of thanks for Stravinsky’s life and talent. 9:10–12:15 spent reading, with a coffee break spent chatting with Dick. He told me of his embarrassing moment many years ago when reading from Luke 2. Instead of babe “leaped in her womb,” he said “wooped on the leem”—and then corrected it to “weeped in loom.” Turned on the heat in our church on the way home. When I got here I found a package of records waiting: 4 records, mainly 4 hand piano, also one brass. Bonnie and Debbie were already eating when I got home. Debbie went down for a nap even before Bonnie left for work. I spent my afternoon reading—first read I.F. Stone, which had come in the mail, then got back to reading in Noth—this I pursued for most of the afternoon with time out for a nap. Fixed supper about 4:45. We ate about 5:30. About 6–6:30 I read in Noth. Then watched CBS news. Prepared to leave for meeting. 7:30 went to our church, turned off the heat, went then to St. Mary’s for the Joint Church committee—about a dozen or so people there. The main outcome of the meeting: try to get Baptists included, pursue publication of join calendar of events, pursue collective buying. Got home about 10:00. Snacked, did some outlining of my Easter sermon. Also listened to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring—what a powerful piece it is. Bathed OBLO  c. 12:05.

Wednesday, 7 April 1971

Up at 7:45. Shaved, had breakfast. Made it to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer. Read then in Noth until about 10:15—when I went over to the congregational church to get their movie screen for tonight’s program; took it to our church, set it up. Went back to St. Mary’s. Before noon I got a call from Bonnie. She and Debbie were over with Carol Lewis—were staying for lunch. So when I stopped studying, and got home about 12:30, they weren’t here. I fixed a simple soup lunch, read articles in Newsweek. Just about 1:30 when I was going to start reading in Noth again, they got home. But they both wanted to nap—so I read—until about 3:00. Bonnie went grocery shopping. I then set Noth aside and took up the challenge of assembling the swing set that we purchased for Debbie at Ann + Hope last week. Of course, the whole thing can’t be assembled until it can be put up outside and today is too cold and wet for that. So I put together as much as could be done in the house, which was considerable: slide, skyride, part of the lawn swing. Then relaxed with the paper for a few minutes before fixing supper. 6–6:15 read in Noth, then rested until CBS news. 7 o’clock prepared to go to the church—for Mrs. Marr’s Oberammergau program—rather mediocre—home by 9:00 in time for Nixon’s Vietnam speech—he lived up to his tricky Dick reputation. Then I turned to working on my Easter sermon. Made good progress. Got more than 1/3 written before bathing. OBLO c. midnight  Θ

David’s diary, 7 April 1971

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Gladys – 2 April 1971

Letter transcription:

118 Juniper Ct. 47906 April 2, 1971

Dear David and Bonnie and Debbie,

My typewriter needs to go to the repair ship, but I think I will wait until I am going to be out of town for a few days, like April 21st to the 26th. I am to attend a meeting at Geneva Center—a place the Presbyterians own, but a place we have been using since our Conference uniting meeting in 1968. On the 22nd I will fly to Wichita, Kansas, to attend the Assembly of Church Women United. I will return home the 26th. I hope I can keep on using this until then. I would be out of business without my typewriter.

Our days are still a bit chilly and there was a snow flurry today, but it didn’t amount to much. We haven’t had any really severe weather, but now we are having lower than normal temperatures for this time of year.

The enclosed folder should inform you about our trip to Africa this summer. We have decided to leave the tour when we leave Africa and instead of stopping in Rome, to fly on to Zurich and rent a car and drive into Austria. We have not been there and the woman who makes our reservations at the travel agency says Austria is even more beautiful than Switzerland. Sorry we can’t make connections with Mac and Louise, but we will miss them by a few days. I think we will be returning to the States at about the same time.

There is an organization in Indiana called Indiana Interreligious Commission on Human Equality—IICHE for short. It is supported by the Fund for Reconciliation from the United Methodist Church. There are several churches which support the organization. One of the projects of IICHE is called Project Commitment and the purpose of it is to get people of different races and social status together and have conversations to try to ease racial tensions. This program goes on for six weeks and anyone signing up to participate in it is asked to promise to attend at least five meetings out of the six. I am going to help with some mailing matter this evening. I won’t be able to participate in the dialogue, because I have too many dates on my calendar which would conflict, but I am helping to get the meetings going.

Some time in the next two weeks I want to go to Kentland to see Mrs. Myers. I have an Easter gift for her and rather than send it, will take it if possible. I also am sending Debbie a package for Easter and will try to get it in the mail tomorrow.

The bridge club met here Sunday evening. They were delighted with the Steamboat dinner and said the next time they come, they want us to serve same thing. Some said they would rather eat the main course than have dessert, so I would say it was a success. Jeannette Batton asked me where I got all the chopped food—I presume she thought there was a place here in Lafayette where one could buy it. I told her that I did all the chopping. They seemed—several that is—to think it took an awful lot of chopping. It does, but I don’t do it all at one time.

I wish I could have a picture of each one of the banners you have in your church. You should tell your (two) people who object to visit some other churches where banners are being used and see what is going on in the world. The First U. M. Church here in W.L. had banners made for the front of their new sanctuary to add a little color. The interior of the church is brick and is very severe. Just recently I was in a church that was using banners in the sanctuary. I was telling one of the ministers from North Indiana Conference about your banners. He said the banners are doing now what the stained glass windows did when they were first used. Banners are really not a new idea and should be used, as in your case, to do something for the walls.

Haven’t any plans just now about coming out. Lea had a sore throat so they didn’t come over Sunday so I have not had a chance to talk to her about what she plans to do. She did tell me some time ago that she planned to come and stay with you when the new baby comes.

Hope we get a copy of the picture taken by the professional photographer.
Love Mother

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David’s Diary – 2 April 1971

Friday, 2 April 1971

Up about 8:30—after Θ. Shaved, had breakfast. Had several phone calls to make, then went off to St. Mary’s—got there about 9:30. My main concern for the morning was the sermon—and by the time I left for the morning I had the rough draft done. During a break I walked over to the Congregational church to borrow 2 reams of paper. About 11:15 Bonnie came by St. Mary’s with Debbie. She had been to the Congregational church to meet Nancy Bonne, but had found the place locked. So she came by St. Mary’s. We had a nice chat with Dick Bamforth and his wife. Home about noon; Debbie played outside while lunch was being fixed. After we ate, and after Bonnie had left for work, Debbie and I wandered around the yard for a few minutes, then she was willing to take her nap. I rested a while, read some in Life magazine—then turned to the sermon—wrote the final draft. Then without too much enthusiasm or energy turned to reading in Noth—and continued with this until I began preparing supper—allowed Debbie to come downstairs. We ate as soon as Bonnie got home. At 6:30 we took Debbie over to Carol Lewis—then went to Gloucester to see Little Big Man—a very good film—but how ghastly a chapter in American history. The slaughter of the Indians reminded me so much of our present conduct in Vietnam—and at one point I wanted to say outloud in the theatre: “We’re doing this right now in Vietnam folks!” We got to Lewis’ about 9:30—Jerry arrived from New Haven at just the same time! Came home after tea about 10:30—relaxed bathed. OBLO 11:53.

Saturday, 3 April 1971

Up by about 9:30—shaved, had breakfast. My morning was spent at my desk—I was rather lethargic. I made some head-way in the mountain of papers on my desk. Late in the morning I went to Mrs. Cooney’s to pick up some grape juice for taking communion to shut ins. Also went down to Richdales for bread. About 1 o’clock we got up the ambition to fix lunch. About 2 o’clock I started my afternoon’s calling—went first to see Ethel Leary—took her communion. She’s a hard-boiled, sharp-tongued old lady—very poor eyesight—she gets out for many things—but not for church, but probably understandably. So she doesn’t get to communion. About 2:50 I got to Hiltons, gave them communion also—and played Bishop Mathews sermon for them (sermon first)—and shared a dish of ice cream with them at their invitation. Got home about 4:00, then Bonnie, Debbie and I went shopping—went to Mals first of all—saw the free color photos of Debbie which we’ll be getting—very good ones. Got overalls, thermal undershirt (garden wear), and several other items (23 skeins of yarn!). Got home about 6:00—hurriedly fixed supper, since Bonnie had chorus rehearsal; she left shortly after 7:00—played with Debbie for a while, put her to bed—spent the evening preparing tomorrow’s service, practicing sermon. Using the long communion service for the first time. After Bonnie got home, about 10:00 went down to the church to check on how the band left it. Made 5-cup salad [1] after getting home; relaxed, bathed OBLO  c. 11:45  Θ

Sunday, 4 April 1971

Up a few minutes after 8:00. Shaved, had breakfast—my class arrived a few minutes before 9:30. We listened to sides 3 and 4 of Jesus Christ Superstar. Got to the church about 10:40. Had almost 40—communion Sunday. Alice Marr was in a very good mood; she complimented me on the service and on the sermon. We got along well in planning for the Wed evening program—i.e., her presentation of the Oberammergau [2] slides. We didn’t get home til about 12:45. Had lunch, then collapsed. We had planned—since the weather was warm (55°) and sunny—to put the swing set together—but we slept—brief naps turned out to be much longer. About 4:15 I began to stir—but not very much. I tried to get some reading done, but without too much luck. After supper I turned to desk worked—and sorting trash—i.e., deciding what could be placed in the paper recycling box—many things had been tossed into my waste basket which didn’t belong there. Bonnie and Debbie were with me in my study as I was doing this. About 7:30 Bonnie left for Chorus, and by about 8:00 I put Debbie to bed. Then I went back to work in my study. Drafted my Easter letter to the congregation—did a lot of mimeographing of Parish news papers. Snacked. When Bonnie got home I typed stencil for Easter letter, ran it off. Then folded, stuffed etc. Listened to the Fritz Wunderlich record—what a marvelous voice. Bathed about midnight. OBLO 12:25

[1] I definitely remember this as a staple from my childhood!


David’s diary, 4 April 1971

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David’s Diary – 30 March 1971

Tuesday, 30 March 1971

Up about 7:45. Shaved (2 days worth), had breakfast. Left the house about 8:35, went to the Post Office to mail letters to Mrs. Myers and folks. Then to St. Mary’s. Attended morning prayer 8:45–9:00. Talked briefly with Dick Bamforth about the youth hostel program our conference is trying to launch. He seemed interested. Then I went over to see Ed Nutting about the same matter—he seemed much more skeptical and cautious—but open-minded. I was back to St. Mary’s studying by 10:00. I stuck to the books til about 12:10—i.e. one book: started Martin Noth’s History of Israel. Turned on the heat at the church before coming home; had lunch. Bonnie left for work, Debbie went to her room, and was very shortly asleep. My afternoon was spent: reading further in Noth, napping briefly, reading the COCU assignment for tonight. Put a meatloaf in the oven about 4:30—was reading in Noth when Bonnie got home early about 4:50. Fixed supper. Finished about 6:00—read for about 20 minutes or so before CBS news. 7:30–9:30  the COCU group met—it was the last meeting. There is no great enthusiasm for COCU—not any great hostility either with most people. Rather skeptical for the most part—but there is an eagerness to pursue ecumenical affairs here on the local level. When the group had adjourned, Bonnie + I played with Debbie for a while. Then snacked read in Noth. About 11:00 I remembered that I hadn’t turned off the church—so I went to the church—almost had an encounter with a skunk! Bathed when returned home. OBLO c. 12:15  Θ

Wednesday, 31 March 1971

Up shortly before 8:00. Shaved, had breakfast. Got to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer. Got almost 40 pp. read before stopping about 12:30. Came home—after turning on the heat at our church—had lunch. Relaxed—read I.F. Stone’s Bi-Weekly—he carried Nixon’s absurd statement that he rates himself “a deeply committed pacifist!” Then turned to Newsweek—I really wanted to nap, but there were too many interesting things in the magazine. Carol Lewis arrived—with Chris. She and Bonnie had arranged to get together to go for a walk. About 3:00 I went out calling. Went to see Mr. O’Reilly—then went to see the Hiltons. He is in his mid-80’s, has a heart condition, and his recovery is very slow. He welcomed the idea of me bringing him communion—also told him I’d bring the tape of Bishop Mathews’ sermon. On my way home after this visit I stopped at the church and turned the heat off. When I got here, Carol was just leaving. After she’d gone we fixed supper—and were through with it by about 5:50. I went upstairs and lay down—read again—but tried to nap—unsuccessfully until 6:30. Watched CBS news, etc. Played with Debbie very briefly before putting her down for the night. Made a batch of tapioca, worked with the plants in the fish tank, tried to read in Noth—but too weary—wasn’t doing justice to the material. Took a long leisurely bath. Didn’t move at a very fast pace. OBLO  c. 11:15.

Thursday, 1 April 1971

Up about 8:00. Shaved, had breakfast, got to St. Mary’s about 9:10. Conferred with Dick Bamforth on a number of things. Didn’t get to studying until about 9:45. Read in Noth. I quit shortly before noon. Turned on the heat at the church on my way home. Walked in the door just at noon. We had lunch. Shortly before 1 o’clock we all got in the car to go on a shopping trip. We went down to Ann + Hope—first to Lechmere however. There I bought Judy Collins’ album, Whales + Nightingales and the In Memoriam Fritz Wunderlich album. [1] We went down to Ann + Hope; there we got many items—including Simon and Garfunkel album, Bridge Over Troubled Waters—and items ranging from carbon paper to cow manure. Also bought a swing set for Debbie ($25), which we brought home on top of the car. We got home shortly before 4:00—immediately I started putting supper together. Carol Lewis came over with Chris—Jerry is in New Haven on assignment with Fisks. [2] We had supper together about 6:00. Then watched TV together—one moment of excitement and alarm when Chris fell out of the porta-crib on his head. But he was behaving very normally within a few minutes after the crying died down. Carol left about 7:30—Bonnie went to a Sunday School teacher meeting at Nancy Bonne’s house. I listened to new records, put Debbie to bed, watched Ironside—very fatigued. I listened again to the Wunderlich record. When Bonnie got home after 10:00 I went to the church to turn off the heat; home again, relaxed, tried to get sermon topic. OBLO c. midnight.



David’s diary, 1 April 1971


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Gladys – 25 March 1971

Letter transcription:

118 Juniper Ct
47906 March 25, 1971

Dear David, Bonnie and Debbie,

Came home from Rochester today. Had been attending a meeting of W.S.C.S. Program Planning Committee. Also had gone to LaPorte yesterday to have new tires put on my car. Janssens live there and Garnett is manager of the Sears store there. I went there yesterday and spent the night with them and went on to Rochester today. I am very tired this evening—having sat all day on a hard chair, then drove home 60 miles. When I arrived home Dad told me that the Conference office had called me to tell me that a special meeting had been called for tomorrow evening for the Division of Christian Outreach—of which group I am also a member. I called the secretary about half an hour ago and told him as tired as I am tonight, I may not be there. There seems to be some trouble over money. The Conference Council met yesterday and cut our budget about 13 percent and we have to meet to decide how we will reallocate askings. The way our Conference is organized—the Division of Christian Outreach has to decide on who gets what—or I should say how much. There are askings of $259,701.00 and our budget was for $198,726.00 and now that has been cut. The thing I can’t quite understand is why we have to meet and spend all the time we do on making the decisions then have the Conference Council question our decisions, and the Council has the power to give or take away from our budget. This new Conference is just a little more than 2 years old and I suppose we are going thru some of the growing pains any infant organization has.

We are entertaining the bridge club Sunday night and since I have been away home for a day and one half, I need to stay home to get a few things done before Sunday. Besides I don’t want to drive 120 miles again tomorrow.—This is tomorrow—I mean I have slept a night and today I feel much rested and guess I will make the trip, since I am a member of the Division and should be on hand for any decisions.

At least we seem to be having some spring weather. However, it is not very warm yet, but at least the sun is shining today and that gives one the impression spring can’t be too far away. I remember one time when we lived in Kentland, we had a blizzard after the middle of April and traffic was tied up and people were sleeping in the gym. We were in Kentland not long ago and everywhere I looked the town seemed to be in a state of deterioration. However, the merchants along main street have added a shelter to the front of their stores, so one can shop along that one section—Kenneys, Hopkins Hardware, Ashtons Dress Shop, Al Thomas’s drug store, the Colonial Inn and an office building—without getting wet when it rains. LeBeau wouldn’t go along with the idea, so the roof stops at his place. Looks little odd, but that is the way it is.

This morning I got the vegetables cut for the Chinese dinner we are going to serve the bridge club Sunday evening. Since I have to be away tonight, thought I had better get some of my preparations taken care of today. I have had the chicken, pork, chicken livers and shrimp in the freezer for a long time. We haven’t tried this dinner with the club, so don’t know whether it will be a success or not. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Dad is a little dubious about having this kind of dinner for the club, but I figure everyone has to do his own thing and if they don’t like it they can eat what they like the next day. Very few persons have said they didn’t like the “Steamboat.” It is a fun sort of dinner and since I have all the chopping done ahead of time, won’t have so much to do Sunday.

Dad has built some more shelves for me in my office. I had been using that book shelf you had in school, but decided it was inadequate and thought shelves from floor to ceiling would be much more convenient. Dad says I will just have more junk, but I am going to surprise him and throw away a lot of the papers which have accumulated.

I am in the process of sorting and storing slides in a cabinet which Dad built. He found the pattern in a magazine and it holds the projector and there is storage space for several thousand slides. I am in the putting away process now. Have finished storing the pictures we took last year in Japan. Have put away the ones we took in Switzerland and other places around the world in 1969. Have stored on 1964’s. Since I have them in order, it won’t take long to transfer them to the new storage place. Will take a picture of the project when it is finished.

Thanks for the pictures of Debbie and of you. Get Bonnie in on the next ones.

Must get this in the box.
Love Mother

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