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David’s Diary – September 30, 1968

Monday, September 30, 1968

A very slow day—fighting a head cold—blowing my nose every few minutes. Up after 9 o’clock. No breakfast. Intended to study, but got involved in sending the book on race back to Cokesbury—should have been done long ago. After that was done, shaved, got lunch, wrote to David Watson. Around 2 o’clock went to the Post office, then changed the Wayside Pulpit at the church. Came home—my map for the Bible study had arrived.  Bonnie left on errands—Debby and I stayed home together. Feeling lousy, tried to study in bed—dozed. Bonnie home about 4. I slept from 4 to 6. Got up, watched CBS news. Wallace gaining, HHH loosing. Fixed supper; ate; still feeling washed out. Made phone calls: Mrs. Cooney re: communion next Sunday; Grace Harris re: taking communion to her on Sat; Mrs. Leary, her trip to Boston on Wed. Bonnie typed official Board post-cards. Read in Skinner book on Jeremiah, studied German, too tired to bathe—off to bed at 12:00.

Tuesday, October 1, 1968

My goal to get to bed and asleep last night was not immediately attained…[omitted]…We finally turned lights out after 2 am. Up around 6 (fed cat to keep her quiet) and then up again around 10. Began working in earnest on Skinner’s book on Jeremiah. Lunch at noon. Shaved—went to post office. Continued reading. My energy was quickly drained—had to nap for a short while in afternoon. Read further in Skinner; supper at 6:30 watched CBS news. Back to reading at 7:30. George Gabin called—wanted me to run off 600 copies of the letter for concerned citizens. He brought paper + stencils over around 8 pm. Read further, talked with Jim + Becky Bussey on the phone—we have supper with them on Friday evening. Jim remarked on two AWOL soldiers seeking sanctuary in Marsh Chapel. Went for a drive around Rockport—very fatigued;…[omitted]…lights out 11:45.

Wednesday, October 2, 1968

Up about 10. orange juice instead of breakfast. Til about 11:15 was occupied running off on the mimeograph the 600 letters for George Gabin. Then worked on typing the stencil for Bible Class. I made a one page chronology of the period of Jeremiah’s ministry. Lunch at 12—watched news. Finished with the chronology stencil—ran off the copies. Continued to read in Skinner’s book on Jeremiah. Called BU to leave messages with Richardson + Kim that I won’t be there tomorrow. Continued with Skinner; left Babysitting with Debby while Bonnie is off shopping. Debby slept. Left Skinner to work in Bright’s Jeremiah in preparation for Bible Class. Supper early, around 5:30. After six tried to deliver letters to George Gabin—not at home. Continued reading in Bright until Bible Class arrived. 9 in attendance. Covered chapters 3+4 (Spent 30 minutes on historical background. 9:30 sprayed cat for fleas, spoke with Lloyd Starrett on phone; studied German, Bonnie helped me drill on vocabulary; off to read in bed at 12:00.

Thursday, October 3, 1968

Up about 10. No breakfast (glass of OJ), and right to work, reading Johannes Munch’s Paul + the Salvation of Mankind. Read Newsweek briefly after mail man arrived. Lunch at noon; Bonnie + Debby + Hazel Lord went shopping. Home alone, I studied further in Munch. 4 o’clock switched to studying German. Bonnie home about 4:20, started supper about 4:45—put chicken in broiler. Continued on German. Supper about 5:45 until 6:30—off to Gordon for class. Home early, by 9:30. Back again to working with Munch—up to page 100 by 12:40. Took one break to help Bonnie take arms off couch—she’s beginning the process of re-upholstering it. Bathed, returned to reading in Munch, in bed. Munch is very technical, hard to plow through. My cold and fatigue of earlier in the week have set me back. This weekend will be a grueling one. Idiots—we’ve stayed up too late; off to bed at 1:50!

Friday, October 4, 1968

Up about 9:30; big breakfast; studied downstairs for a while to keep Debby company while Bonnie got extra sleep. Main preoccupation of the day: reading in Munch’s book. Read in bed last night up to page 106—by 1:30 this afternoon had read to p. 134. Interrupted by mail man around noon (Bonnie off shopping). Pictures of the baby arrived, letter from Jerry Harris, New Republic. Lunch between 1:30 and 2 o’clock. New Republic article notes Wallace strength in Ohio—HHH very weak. Back to Munch a little after 2 o’clock; with breaks  to shave and to pay the paper boy, read through until about 6:15. We (all 3) went over to Jim + Becky Busseys for supper. We had a very congenial meal together. Debby slept most of the time, but was in a friendly mood when she woke up. We were home by 10. Sprayed the cat for fleas—back to reading in Munch; bathed; continued reading in Munch—reached page 200. Read book of Ruth—in preparation for Sunday.  Off to bed at 1 AM.

Saturday, October 5, 1968

Up about 9. Big breakfast. Kept Debby company while Bonnie got some more sleep—she was up at 4 and at 8. Worked on sermon til around noon. Bonnie got up at 11. Caught the noon news, had lunch. A few errands. To post office, to the church, to get grape juice, to drop of(f) transfer of membership certificate to Ed Nutting.[1] Took communion to Rip + Mrs. Hannibal, then to Mrs. Harris + Mrs. Rich. Home by 4 o’clock. Typed up bulletins—2 phone calls to Homer. Bonnie still working on reupholstering the couch.  Supper around 6 o’clock. 7 began reading again in Munch. Took breaks to help Bonnie with the couch. By 11 o’clock was up to page 246 in Munch. Bonnie found the cat on top of the refrigerator!  We took a picture. After 11, hit by overpowering wave of fatigue—almost nauseated. Went and bathed, but was not revived—had to give up on Munch, 20 pp short of today’s goal. Off to bed shortly before 12.

Sunday, October 6, 1968

Up at 8; prepared explanation for Responsive Reading, practiced sermon; big breakfast. At the church by 9:20 for opening of church school. Worked on the service; service at 11, 28 present; Worldwide Communion Sunday—Mr. Scobe visiting. Home by 12:30. After 1 tried to nap a while—interrupted by short visit from Hazel + Barbara Lord. Resumed nap. 3 o’clock received visit by Dr. Frederick—til 5. We conversed on religion and his problems with faith—he has rejected traditional idea of God, but cannot find a credible or understandable substitute. I tried to express my similar feelings—lent him my communion service for Xn agnostic. We are to have tea with him next Sunday. By 6 we had had supper. 6 – 7:30 meeting to plan Fall canvas. 7:30 – 9:40 – C.A.M.P. meeting here at parsonage too. Got a cup of coffee and shortly after 10 began in Munch at p. 246. By 12:15, with a break to bathe, had reached 281. Off to bed at 12:15.

[1] Pastor of the Congregational Church.

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David’s Diary – September 23, 1968

One of many interesting things that history teaches us is things are not always as they seem. Today, my father is a happily married man. My parents divorced in the mid 1970s. My father’s soul-mate is also a man. They have been together since 1978. Over the years, in conversations with my father, he had always known he was gay. It was just not socially acceptable to be gay in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, especially in a small conservative town in Indiana. Warning: Content is Mature in this week’s annotation of the entries.

Monday, September 23, 1968

My 26th birthday; Bonnie brought my gift out of hiding right after we woke up. I unwrapt it while still in bed: a drawer to be attached to my desk. The baby woke up—I took her downstairs, had my breakfast and read while Bonnie got some extra sleep. Had to make significant progress in Schweitzer’s book—by 2 o’clock was to pg. 180. Had lunch at 2. Package for Debby came from Chris + Dave.[1] Took time out from studying in AM to install the drawer, and to read part of IF Stone Weekly + the New Republic—Nixon victory seems very likely. Spent afternoon reading in Schweitzer, finished book before supper; watched CBS evening news—their survey gives Nixon 31 states with c. 330 votes, HHH only 4 states + D.C., and Wallace 4. After supper, back to work on Paul D.S.—read in E. E. Ellis, Paul + His Recent Interpreters; Mrs. Myers[2] phoned to wish happy birthday around 8 pm; continue reading; around 9 pm began to write report; phone call from H. Orne + from mom +dad; 12:20 finished typing report; bathed, off to bed at 1 AM.

Tuesday September 24, 1968

A very tiring day. Up at 7:30 – took 8:15 train to Boston; subway to Harvard, to Widener library. The book I wanted wasn’t there—but I renewed my stack pass + borrowing privilege. Subway back to BU; Greek at 11:15. Lunch with Tod Hitching. Chatted briefly with Hobart Farrell. Larry Carter told me he cannot come to preach on the 13th—he also told me that he and Marva are engaged. I told Larry McGee that he was not hired for youth leader. I got the address from Sam Hedrick of a Florida DS to write concerning Rip Hannibal’s daughter. Had Paul Directed Study from 4:15 – 5:15. Oliver agreed to adjust downward the reading load. Next meeting will be in two weeks. Left BU at 4:20, caught the 4:55 train for Rockport—home at 6:00. Had supper + watched CBS news; relaxed (after not doing too well trying to feed Debby some applesauce)—began desk work about 9—bath after 10. 10:30 to 12:10 read further in Bright’s Jeremiah Introduction. 12:10 off to read in bed if I can keep awake; Bonnie is still awake, working on Debby’s baptismal dress.

Wednesday, September 25, 1968

Still awake last night at 2 AM, so was still in bed as about 10 when phone rang—Hazel Brady saying that she would be late for the Bible Class tonight. Light breakfast, continued reading in Bright’s Jeremiah, Introduction. Finished before having lunch around 12;30; shaved, left Debby with Hazel Lord[3] (Bonnie was off shopping), changed the Wayside Pulpit, picked up Bible maps from St. Marys Church, home by 2:15. Continued preparations in Jeremiah for Bible class; read Hyatt article on Peril From the North, made historical chart. Read Bright’s commentary on chapts 1 + 2 in Jeremiah. Chatted briefly with Barbara Lord shortly before supper. Supper around 6:30—watched CBS evening news—Walter Cronkite. Final preparations for Bible Class; people began arriving around 7:50; 10 altogether. Seemed to be rewarding all the way around; over by 9:30. Returned to studying for D.S. tomorrow; quick trip to the Post Office—mailed order for Bible map, Cokesbury; further study; snack; off to bed 1 AM.

Thursday, September 26, 1968

Up at 7:45; 8:15 train to Boston; went to Bank to withdraw savings account: $2553—then to BU. Greek class 11:15 – 12:15 – John chpt 3; lunch with Larry Burton and Dr. E. K. Brown. Chatted briefly with Larry Carter. Spoke with Dr. Richardson about next week’s assignment: Skinner’s: Prophecy + Religion. Went to Cokesbury to get same. Saw Hobart Farrell briefly—arranged to take a book to Lloyd Carr. On way back from Cokesbury, ran into Kenneth Klaristenfeld—I hardly recognized him—he’d lost 65 lbs. We talked about Dr. Beck[4] + Jeremiah studies—agreed to send him Beck’s European address. Went to Jeremiah DS, 2-3—discussed date of the book and J.P. Hyatt’s theory; after this session I got Beck’s address from E. K. Brown, and ran into Alex.[5] I was rushing to catch the train so we didn’t talk long. 4:15 train to Rockport—studied German. Home by 5:30. Letter from David Watson + Noth’s book[6] from Blackwells; supper; off to Gordon, stopped in Manchester on way—Lloyd Carr’s—home by 10. desk work; relaxed; read in Tillich; bath; desk work; off to bed 12:40.

Friday, September 27, 1968

Up about 9:15 – Home Orne and Lawrence Swan arrived 8:30 to measure for the new radiator. Bonnie took care of them. As soon as I was dressed I took the $2,553.35 check and deposited it in the Rockport National Bank. Took Bible maps back to Rev. Bamforth—told him we Methodists would cooperate in joint Thanksgiving service. 10:15 – left for Dr.’s office—Bonnie’s appointment. Afterwards stopped briefly to get stencils from Jim Bussey; picked up electric typewriter from repair shop in Gloucester. Stopped in and had lunch with Hazel Brady at the Captain Courageous diner. Everyone ooed + awed over Debby. Home again; napped; wrote letter—long one, two pp. single space to Helen Correll[7]; to D.S. in Florida; ordered stencils; to G.B. Harris for Gerry’s address. Chatted briefly with Hazel Lord; Bonnie at work on Debby’s baptismal outfit; late supper—after CBS news in fact;…[omitted]…desk work; ran off the bulletin for Sunday, back page (announcements) remains to be done; off to bed at 12:45.

Saturday, September 28, 1968

Up at 9:30; big breakfast; finished the bulletins; burned trash; mowed lawn—in record time—much didn’t have to be mowed because of the lack of rain—finished about 12:15—Grandma + Emil arrived at 12:30. They had already eaten, but Bonnie and I had lunch. Around 2 o’clock I went over to see Alvina and Anna. Ornes had told me they were upset that the church had been used by the Concerned Citizens—I got an hour + a half lecture on communism in Rockport. I didn’t even try to argue—they are too old, bring too many feelings to the situation, have suffered greatly. I think I was successful in convincing them that I am not a communist—we still have a good relationship. At 3:30 went up to see Rip Hannibal; after four went to the hardware store—no luck finding right doorknob—home by 4:30, fixed doorknob—short nap before Bonnie + folks arrived home. Supper after 6. Desk work; studied Greek: Eph 4:1-8; worked on morning service; hair cut; off to study German in bed 11:55. [margin: Ordered Jeremiah for Anne Jewell; had a nice chat with her on the phone.]

Sunday, September 29, 1968

Up around 9; shaved; small breakfast – helped prepare things for lunch; 10:15 left for the church. A good service—Uhlinger gave good sermon. It was a baptismal sermon, yet he managed to include points on racism—even mentioned the Kerner Report. Also one remark about Vietnam. Debby behaved very well—no crying at all. She yawned while Uhlinger was saying the Trinitarian baptismal formula—she reflected my feelings very well! 45 [49?] in church—I sang in the choir again. Had Uhlinger up for lunch. Grandma + Emil too, and Jim Tanner, new youth leader. Open House began at 2:30—rather disappointing turnout—only about 13 adult church members. I wonder how much this reflects resentment with me for allowing concerned citizens to use the church. By 4:30 it was pretty much over. Busseys dropped by + Forrest Clark; tried to nap—had supper; took bath, tried to study in bed, but legs aching and I’m very exhausted—read New Republic article on 4th party—looked at Sears Xmas book; lights out 10:30.

[1] Did I meet Dave at IU or BU? A hunk, very handsome—I really had the hots for him.

[2] Elderly woman in Kentland—I used to take her to movies (she used a walker, was essentially housebound).

[3] She and her daughter Barbara lived in an upstairs apartment next to the parsonage.

[4] My beloved Old Testament professor, one of the finest men I’ve ever known.

[5] Name changed to protect privacy. One of my great pals in seminary; married to a horrible shrew—and shrank from friendship after I came out. Alex once came on to me. Once on a snowy night when he stayed over with Bonnie and me at our apartment in Boston, I walked into my study to find him naked in my bathrobe, with a hard-on, legs spread. I gave him the closest thing I had a the time to porn (no pics) to beat off to. I left the room. I mention this episode in the Prologue of my book, without naming names.

[6] No doubt one of the books of Martin Noth about the Old Testament, in German.

[7] My high school English teacher.

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Summer Trip

Letter transcription:

Saturday morning April 27, 1968

Dear David and Bonnie:

Dad ripped this letter open before he realized it was addressed to you. He has been busy this morning working on his walk around the garage. He ran out of gravel. As much as we had piled around I didn’t think it was possible. We are going out to a farm in this community to look for tocks for our rock garden when he gets through for today. He tried to get someone to come and put up guttering on the new part, but when they didn’t come he decided to do it himself. He will probably be all summer getting the things done he wants to do, but he will enjoy his work.

As I mentioned in my last letter I may not come to Boston on the trip to N.Y. for the workshop June 4 to 7, since we will be coming the middle of July.

Saw Mrs. Myers at the hospital yesterday. She was feeling very good and anticipates leaving the hospital May 3rd. We have invited her to come here for a day or so before she goes home. I have the sweater set = seat, cap and booties (didn’t make the little mittens) finished and Lea is making a carriage robe (or blanket) from several different colors of yarn. She is crocheting and had all the squares finished and was putting them together when she came here last week. We will bring all the things when we come including the outfit (stereo) John is giving you. I don’t know where we will carry out luggage, since we will also be bring the baby bed and a roll away bed. That buick should be able to hold what we have to bring.

Love Mother

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Pat Oliver Hyman

Letter transcription:

April 25, 1968
118 Juniper Court
West Lafayette, Ind. 47906

Dear David and Bonnie:

29 years ago today we moved from Clay City to Kentland. I just happened to think of that when I looked at the date today. As you know, it has been a little more than a year since we moved to W. Laf.

We are having a little set-back in weather. It has been so very warm. Lea and Bob came Friday evening and we gave them a steamboat dinner – William calls it Hoko – that is the name of the pan you sent us which means fire pan. Mark and Shirley and children came Saturday and stayed until Sunday afternoon. The children wanted to watch The Wizard of Oz Saturday evening and it worked out just right. Since they were late in arriving Saturday, we didn’t have lunch until after one o’clock, so didn’t plan an early dinner. We set the two older ones – David Ward had been put to bed – in front of the TV set with trays and they ate there while we adults enjoyed another steamboat dinner. Becky and Kirk said they didn’t think they would like a Chinese dinner, but that is what they got and they were so engrossed in watching the movie, I think they would probably have eaten anything we would have given them. All the adults said they enjoyed steamboat and we finished it off with an apricot dessert which I will show Bonnie how to make when we come in July.

We have tickets to The Lion in Winter with Walter Slezak (sp?) for tonight and tickets for Oliver for Saturday night. Dad has been doing some work on the walk around the garage, so I think a night out will do him some good. He is building up the area around the garage which we had to leave for the winter so the dirt would settle. He said this AM that about two more working sessions and he will have it just about finished. He has seeded the front lawn and the new grass is showing very beautifully. It has to be watered every day or so while it is so young and tender. We have had some good rains since the grass was sown and that has helped. Also all the warm weather helped.

Easter weekend John came and we also had William Yue come Easter Sunday and had steamboat. William seems to enjoy eating here – our second time to have him for that kind of meal. He says it tastes so much better than dorm food. John is getting ready for a Linguistic Institute at U. of I. this summer, so he will be teaching instead of taking the summer off as he did last year.

Mrs. Myers is still in the hospital, but getting along just fine. She is taking cobalt treatments and is going to remain in the hospital until probably May 3rd when she will get her last treatment. She will return home. I haven’t said anything about nursing home, since that seems to disturb her so much. She has come through the surgery and the treatments much better than I thought possible. She looks fine and since she is in bed most of the time and on a salt free diet (she doesn’t know that) she has no swelling in her legs. She was able last week to go to the beauty parlor in the hospital and have her hair washed and set. I go to see her if not every day, nearly every day.

I am to attend another workshop in New York June 4th to 7th. I was hoping your graduation would come at a time when I could come on to Boston and attend the ceremonies, but in your letter received Saturday you stated that your graduation is May 19th. I am afraid that would be a little too long for me to be away, in view of the other places I have to go this summer, such as Bloomington Illinois June 15th to 21 and Greencastle July 7th to 12th. I also have a meeting in Terre Haute May 9th & 10th. I hate to miss this graduation. We were quite pleased that you will receive the honor of Magna Cum Laude. I took your letter to the hospital and read it to Mrs. Myers and she was quite pleased also.

Pat Oliver Hyman’s parents were quite disturbed with her appearance about a month after her wedding. They had a large church wedding, with all the trimmings – reception in the church and a dinner for friends and relatives at their home after the reception. They came to the conclusion that Pat had been pregnant for some time before her wedding and they didn’t know anything about it. She was with her mother at the hospital one day last week and she looked then like she wouldn’t go much longer. She was married Nov. 25 (Dad’s birthday) and told her mother finally on being questioned by Doris that the baby was due in August. After Doris and Patty left that day, Mrs. Myers asked me what I thought (she had told me all about Doris and Harold’s upset). I said if she went until August she would have to be in a wheelchair, because she wouldn’t be able to walk. I also told Mrs. Myers I thought Harold and doris should not make a fuss over this and she said that is what she told them.

[page 2] Monday when I was to see Mrs. M. she showed me a letter she had received from Pat. Pat said her Doctor had told her no more long trips, so she was bemoaning the fact she would not get to go home any more until after the baby comes. Her husband is in school in T.H. Mrs. Myers thought it was strange that she has been limited to trips in the car this soon (presuming the date is August) when Bonnie makes the trip to Boston four times a week.

We have had a lot of fun watching our bird feeders since last fall. When the children were here Saturday and Sunday they got quite a thrill seeing the different birds come for feed. David Ward would get so excited he would stop anything he was doing to watch. Today we have had the cardinals, jays, nuthatch, titmouse, brown headed cow birds, grackle, sparrows, and maybe a few others I haven’t mentioned. We usually have the woodpeckers and the black and white warblers every day also.

It is about time for the mailman to come, so must get this out to the box (to save a trip to the P.O.)

I asked the clerk to send you an application for voting. I am paying your taxes and will count that as a wedding anniversary gift – a little early.

Love Mother

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Cobalt Treatments

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April 8, 1968

Dear Bonnie & David:

I am sending you your Assessment return which you will have to sign and return to Assessor’s office, Court House, Lafayette. Also the Intangible form which you will have to sign and send in with your $.

Dad has just had a week’s vacation. He worked some around the yard, but the weather wasn’t right every day for working out, so he finished a chest of drawers which he has installed in the back bedroom. It still has to have a coat of varnish or paint. I have applied a sealer coat. I am gradually getting the little back bedroom made over. I took down those red-red-red drapes and have made drapes just to cover the window. I bought a very pretty flowered taffeta which I used for drapes and spreads. I am using a typewriter in the Church office and I am not getting along too well.

Last week I attended a committee meeting and Conference meeting Wednesday and Thursday in Greencastle. I am busy trying to promote the Human Rights celebrations throughout N. W. Indiana Conference. Indiana is going to two Conferences – that is the proposition – and everyone seems to think the proposal will go through – so after this year I probably will not have a conference office, not that I need it. They say that next year will be a year of confusion and at this point no one wants to bet how things will be during the transition period.

[page 2] I am home how after having spent some time at the Ed. Bldg. (across from church) getting the film I am going to show tomorrow night ready for showing. Then I went to accountant’s office to get the tax form, went to Lux. Agency on business about the house, stopped and bought a rose for Mrs. Myers – she has a rose bowl in her room and it needed a fresh rose. She had her first cobalt treatment today and was feeling pretty good. Those treatments have a tendency to make patients nauseated. She has to have four treatments a week – the Dr. said “for weeks,” but maybe it won’t be more than three or four weeks. She seems to feel pretty good and looks fine. We think she has made a splendid recovery. Rev. McClure visited her today and gave her communion. She was very pleased about that.

If you get your intangible postmarked by the 15th that will be soon enough.

Love Mother

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Mrs. Myers Surgery

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March 26, 1968

Dear David and Bonnie:

Yesterday was a rather busy day for me and I didn’t [get] over to the hospital, but talked to Mrs. M. on the telephone. She had walked in the hall twice yesterday, so that is a “step” in the right direction. She came through the surgery fine. She did have cancer, but Dr. Gery said he was confident that he had gotten all. There were three lumps under her arm which he removed and a large growth in her left breast which required the removal of the breast. I have been with her every day except two or three since she has been in the hospital. She had to be there a week and a half before the surgery, so had a good rest. Now that she is in the hospital she is on a correct diet and with the rest she is getting, is having no swelling in her legs. I plan to go today, but have to be home by four o’clock because the moving van is coming to move the piano to Indianapolis. We are giving it to Becky and this is the first time I could get a moving van. They are taking it with another load – wrong – they are taking it to pick up a load in Indpls. It should be delivered to Mark’s early in the morning.

Last Saturday evening we went to Indianapolis and helped celebrate Shirley’s birthday. I gave her the gold dish I had bought while in Rockport. The little tag on the dish says it is 24 carat gold, but of course, I know that means a little gold paint has been used in it.

Last evening I picked up William Yue at Carey Hall and brought him to the house and we had steamboat. He seemed quite thrilled to get a meal of that kind. I had some chop sticks so put those at his plate which he used in preference to silverware. His father is in the States now to attend the United Conference in Dallas next month. We have invited William to come Easter Sunday. Purdue vacation will be over by then. Next week Dad has several days off and plans to work in the yard. He has gotten the work started. He is putting rocks all around the evergreens – like we had in Kentland. He wants to get the grass seed sown this week if possible. We have a patch in the middle of the front yard that has to be seeded.

The enclosed is a copy of report which I gave at Trinity Methodist Church in Lafayette March 10th. I thought you might be interested in reading it. From everything I hear and read, it looks like you-know-who is not going to have a walk-in next November. I do hope the public at large is going to be so full of everything that we will have an election to be remembered.

Love Mother


The nominating committee at Trinity has asked me to be President of W.S.C.S. next – beginning in June. It is a large society with nearly 300 members and 13 circles. I told the woman who called me to give me a little time to think it over.

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Project Concern


Jan. 4, 1968

Dear David and Bonnie:

It is staying at about 10 or a little above today with a strong wind, so feels much colder. I have been getting figures ready for income tax figuring. Have an appointment with a C.P.A. Saturday to have him do the final figuring. Next year we won’t have such a problem, since the income is now just about what we get from Purdue, I don’t have so much figuring or book work to do. We do have a few little items trickling in, but what comes in now won’t be hard to take care of. Had a thank-you note from Edna. She spent some time in Memphis with Betty Joe, but came back to Indiana today. She said it was much warmer there, but she thought for her own good she should come back and try to find some work. Since she has no special training, except as secretary in our office, she may have a hard time finding something. She said in Memphis her big trouble was her age. I do hope she finds something she likes. We had been paying her for working on records, so she really has not been without a pay check for very long.

We went to see Dick Van Dyke in Fitzwilly, which we did enjoy. There is a new movie house close to us and they have opened with Walt Disney’s Jungle Book. We didn’t think we would particularly care to see it, but may go just to see what it is like.

I trust you had an enjoyable visit with John. We haven’t heard from him since his return. It has been so cold here, we were wondering how he got home from the airport, or if he left his car there. We got the slides back and as soon as we get some prints made will send them. The pictures were all good, but Bonnie doesn’t look too happy in one. John gave me a record of Balinese music and the opera Parsifal. I am listening to the latter now.

One of these days I will get Bonnie’s coat sent back, but I had such a rush before Christmas I didn’t try to send it. Also since you said it wasn’t warm enough for real cold weather, I didn’t think there was any hurry. We received a calendar from Mac & Louise today. Those pictures of southeast Asia makes the cold today seem even worse.

We have given the entire contents of our office to Project Concern and have put the building on the market. There is a local committee in the Kentland area backing Project Concern and it is their job to get the equipment sent where Dr. Turpin wants it. We have asked that they get it out as soon as possible.

Love Mother


Saw the enclosed in Chicago Tribune

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