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Throwback Thursday

David’s baptism certificate, April 1944

Digging through the family archives, here are a couple documents from the World War II era which I did not scan during the time I was transcribing the WWII letters. Some of my archive is a little more organized since then!  Roscoe and Gladys waited until Roscoe returned from the Pacific to celebrate David’s baptism. David was between 18-19 months old when he was baptized!

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Gladys – 28 April 1971

Letter transcription:

118 Juniper Court 47906
April 28, 1971

Dear David and Bonnie and Debbie,

Yours received today and since the rest of the week seems to be well taken, thought I had better get a line or two off tonight. I still do not have my own typewriter. The one the shop loaned me works, except the ribbon won’t turn and I have to give it a turn once in a while—hence the unevenness in the way the words show.

Tomorrow Edna is going with me to get the missionary who has been itinerating in Logansport and Lafayette Districts. He is speaking at a church near Logansport tomorrow evening. He will spend the night here and speak at our church Friday morning. I hope someone comes to hear him, since this meeting was a rather quickly arranged affair. Seems the Board of Missions sometimes doesn’t know what all is going on. We had his itineration set up so he would be at Trinity Sunday morning and at another Lafayette church in the evening, but he has to be in Buffalo, N.Y., by 8 PM April 30th. Did I mention in my last letter that Delmar Byler attended a meeting for North Indiana Conference Missionary Secretaries, members of Div. of Christian Outreach and District Superintendents? That meeting occurred the day before I went to Wichata. He told me he was going to come to Rockport to see you some time. It seems his wife has something in Boston from time to time.

Dad has the duty today, which lasts until 7 o’clock in the morning, so he isn’t carrying on a project tonight, except to watch tv and answer the phone.

One of the nurses who used to work at Purdue is married and lives in Germany. Her husband is a German, but an American citizen and serving in the Army. They have invited us to visit them this summer. We will have a week to drive around in Germany and Switzerland after we leave Africa. The Schillers live close to the French border, but in an American housing development for army personnel. We didn’t see much of Germany when we were there two years ago. We should see more this trip. There was an exchange student living with a family who attends Trinity last year. She helped the girl of the family she was living with make a banner for WSCS and I sent her a jewel box from Japan last summer. She sent me a very nice thank-you note. She lives in Marburg and we plan to see her while we are there.

Last week while I was in Wichata, I was able to enjoy real spring weather. Now that I am back home, it is like winter again. The flowers and trees—everything growing—was so much further along. The flower beds were full of blooming geraniums, and other flowers in full bloom. The part of Wichata that I saw was very clean. It was a delight to see the area around the Exhibit Hall—Century II. Everything so clean and orderly. The taxi driver who took me to the airport to come home said something about the stupid liquor law they have in Kansas. He seemed to think it kept Wichata from getting conventions, because most conventions have people attending who want to drink. That didn’t bother CWU. The convention center is a 13½ million dollar building—quite a place. Meets the needs of any convention.

There is a luncheon I plan to attend in Wabash Village—close to Glenwood Heights. It is a meeting of League of Women Voters which I have found is a very interesting organization. They really do get the facts on any subject they deal with. I haven’t been able to attend very many meetings, but have enjoyed the ones I have attended. If we could just get our church people to be as interested in getting the facts and to know what is really going on as the League, we might be able to accomplish more. I heard I.F. Stone on the Today Show this morning along with James Michener. It seems the Reader’s Digest condensed something Michener wrote about Kent State and left out something very important that seemed to give Michener’s article (book, really) a different meaning. Stone asked him why he permitted R.D. to do that to his book? They had quite a heated discussion about Kent State.

Love Mother

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David’s Diary – 26 April 1971

Monday, 26 April 1971

Up about 8:15—Carol Lewis arrived to leave Chris here for the day—she was substitute teaching. I shaved, had breakfast—left for St. Mary’s. Went to the Post Office first. Spent my morning reading in Gray’s The Canaanites. About 11:40 I went to our church. The W.S.C.S. was holding an all day meeting—making things for the Fair—I just dropped in to say hello. Chatted with Winnie re: organist. Then about 11:50 went to the Congregational church for the Public Affairs Luncheon—the speaker today was Josiah Spaulding (he ran against Ted Kennedy for the Senate last year). He’s a very dynamic person; he spoke about Common Cause. [1] The luncheon was from 12:00 to 12:30, then the speech + discussion period 12:30–1:30. I was impressed by him—I hope he makes it to higher office someday. After the meeting was over, I chatted with Ed Nutting briefly until about 2:00, re: my discussion with Ernie Bailey yesterday. I went back to the Episcopal church, read further—but I got very sleepy. Came home and lay down for about 30 min. I tried to read after that, but didn’t get much done. After Carol picked up Chris, Bonnie went to the lumber yard, and Debbie was “on the loose” out of her room. Helped with supper, then read, 6:00–6:30. Watched CBS news, etc. Then read, played with Debbie, read, helped Bonnie put shelves in her closet in our bedroom. Prepared post cards to mail to Ad. Board re: May 5 meeting. Read, bathed, OBLO c. 12:15.

Tuesday, 27 April 1971

Up at 7:50  Shaved, had breakfast, made it to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer. Then read in Grays, The Canaanites. The league of women voters held a meeting—thus I had to use my earplugs to drown out the chatter—but when I finished Gray’s book about 11 o’clock I came on home. Bonnie + Debbie were away shopping. A record had been delivered by the mail man—guitar + mandolin music. Shortly after I got home, B + D arrived—I help get groceries out of the car, and helped with the preparation of lunch. During the noon hour, after eating I relaxed—played with Debbie on the swings. After Bonnie left for work (she gave her two weeks’ notice today) Debbie went down for a nap. I began Gurneys book on The Hittites, napped briefly. Don McGaw appeared at the door about 2:00—he was accompanied by the young man (layman) who does work with youth at Christ Church Lynn. His main purpose in dropping in to see me was to give me (rather Bonnie + the new baby) a painting (?—medium unknown) entitled “Circus Time”—appropriate for a child’s room. It had won first prize at their Arts Festival—and he wanted us to have it. He didn’t stay more than 15 min. Then I went back to reading in Gurney—for the balance of the afternoon. Fixed supper—we ate shortly after Bonnie got home. Went to the church to turn off the heat. Watched CBS news etc.—interrupted by phone call from Homer. I spent the evening—except for a doze—reading The Hittites. Found the moon fish dead—I’d been suspicious of his behavior for days. No bath OBLO midnight.

Wednesday, 28 April 1971

Up shortly before 8:00. Shaved, had breakfast, made it to St. Mary’s in time for morning prayer. Read all morning, except for a conversation with Dick Bamforth and Ed Nutting. I left for home about noon. Debbie had played hard all morning, so when I walked in the door I found Bonnie trying to get her off to bed for a nap (she’d had lunch).  I took her to her room, got her calmed down (she didn’t like the word “nap”) and she went right to sleep. Bonnie and I had lunch. I then relaxed with Newsweek, then turned again to The Hittites—before napping for a while. About 2:45 Debbie awoke—and played the rest of the afternoon. And I continued with my reading—finished Hittites—at which time I began working on supper. We ate shortly after Bonnie got home. After eating I went to the church to turn off the heat, then came home, began looking over Saggs The Greatness That Was Babylon, watched CBS news, etc—then we played with Debbie for a while before she went to bed. Then I returned to reading in Saggs. A very good book—its not on my list, but on the revised list, which Beck gave me “for my information.” But I’ve decided it would be wise to read as much on the second list as possible. I will read only the first 153 pp. in Saggs, which deal specifically with the histories. About 9:30 I see Saggs aside, had a snack and coffee, and turned to working on the sermon for Sunday. Am preaching for the next 3 Sundays on the Lord’s prayer. Stopped to bathe about 11:15. OBLO 11:45  Θ

David’s diary, 28 April 1971


[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Cause

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David’s Diary – 23 April 1971

Friday, 23 April 1971

Can’t remember what time I got out of bed—after Θ. Shaved, had breakfast. My main concern for the day was to get my sermon finished. I got down to St. Mary’s, and devoted my time to the sermon. I was finished with the rough draft by about 11:30. Came on home, after stopping at Riverdales for bread. Ate when I got home. After lunch I set about fixing the door to Debbie’s room—bottom section had to be glued back on. Bonnie left for work, then I remounted the shade in Debbie’s room. The window isn’t finished yet, but the shade is needed. Then Debbie went down for a nap, and so did I. About 2:30 I got up, worked on the sermon for the balance of the afternoon—also put together a squash pie—I finished the sermon about 4:45. After Bonnie got home Debbie and I went outside. She had been asleep all afternoon. I set to work turning over the soil in the garden plot out in the yard—worked at this for a while. Got almost ¾ done on the larger plot. Debbie and I also played on the swings for a while. About 6:45 the Burtons arrived. We had supper, visited—it’s been over a year since they were up here, and they’re moving to Colorado in June. Larry brought me some Fritz Wunderlich records which I asked him to buy for me in Boston. So we listened to those, played with Debbie for a while. Spent a good amount of time recalling BU and church relationships. OBLO  c. 12:05.

Saturday, 24 April 1971

[Top panel: took pictures of Burtons, harbor from headlands]

Up about 9:20. We had breakfast, after which I shaved. It was a glorious day—warm, sunny—so we all went for a walk. We showed the Burtons the church—took a picture on the steps—then we walked down to St. Mary’s; I gave them a tour of it, too. From there we walked down to T-wharf—and out to the headlands. We headed home about noon. We parted from the Burtons in Dock Square. They wanted to walk down the Neck—and we were weary, especially Debbie, for whom it was proving to be a long walk indeed. When we got home Debbie had lunch, then went down for a nap. We relaxed, had lunch on the table when Larry + Mary Kay returned. After eating we had to prepare for going to the garden. Among other things this meant getting Debbie up out of a very sound sleep. We got to the garden about 2:15—the Burtons drove up too, just to see it—but then they left for Boston. It will probably be many years before we see them again. Then it was work. I took one of the roto-tillers, and didn’t let go for a full two hours—no breaks. About 4:20 I finally shut it off—joined the party for refreshments. We picked up Debbie at the Lewis’—where she had gone for a nap—but didn’t take one. We got home shortly after 5:00. I went to Gloucester for Kentucky Fried Chicken—since we were too weary to cook. Then flopped after eating—watched NBC news. Spent the balance of the evening working on service; made brief trip to the church; practiced sermon. Listened to music; bathed, read in bed. LO. 11:30.

Sunday, 25 April 1971

Up shortly before 8:30—we lost an hour due to the time change. Shaved, had breakfast. 3 showed up for my class. We began the story of Joseph. Got to the church about 10:40. Medium sized crowd. Preached on “A Formula for Coping.” Bonnie taught Sunday School today—as for the next few weeks—so she’s not in church. I was home by 1:15—got lunch going. I tried to read a while after eating, but was too weary. Napped, Θ. Got up about 3:45–4:00 —read for a while, then went down to the Universalist Church. They were having a 4:00–6:00 o’clock “tea” —in celebration of their 150th anniversary. It proved to be a negative experience for me—not that there was anything wrong with the tea itself—rather the conversation that I had—with Ernie Bailey, the Baptist minister. I had been given the task of approaching him regarding participation in the Joint Church Committee—the group trying to find out how local churches can cooperate. He’s a great ecumenist, but he has the theory that the Cape Ann area is the smallest viable unit for ecumenical work, and thus he doesn’t want to participate in strictly Rockport ecumenical effort. It’s a stupid theory. In any case his reaction was wholly negative—and I found the whole conversation very irritating and annoying. After I got home I relaxed, we had a late supper, then I spent most of the evening until 10:00 working on reading—Gray’s The Canaanites—snacked, wrote my weekly letter to Mrs. Myers (copy to folks)—puttered at this and that. no bath, read in bed briefly. LO 12:20.

David’s diary, 25 April 1971

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Gladys – 22 April 1971

 

Letter transcription:

April 22, 1971

Dear David & Bonnie,

Had to get up at 5 this morning to get a ride to airport with a friend. We got the TWA 8:10 to Kansas City and changed planes and were in Wichata by 9:30. It was about 10:30 by the time I was ready for a nap. I am rooming alone, so had no competition from a room mate. It is about 12:30 now so I had a chance to catch up a little.

Yesterday morning a young girl from Indianapolis who had been a J-3 from the old Northwest Conference spoke to 5 of the circles of our W.S.C.S. We met in the church parlour. After the meeting was over I went to the Geneva Center to a meeting that had been called by the Ex. Director of North Ind. Conference. The Division of Christian outreach, all Missionary District Secy’s from the 10 districts and the D.S.’s were also present. Imagine my surprise when I arrived and saw Delmar Byler. He flew back to N.Y. from Indianapolis so saw him again this a.m. He says he is going to come see you sometime.

The convention center called Century 2 is just across the street from this hotel. I am on the 8th floor and have a grand view of the city and Arkansas River. We never did get to Wichata while living in Liberty, but I know in the past 25 or 26 years it has changed much. When I was in Kansas City in 1967 it didn’t

[page 2] look much like what I remembered when we lived close.

I read your letter after I got home yesterday and glad you have made contact with Lea and that she plans to stay with you after the baby comes. I will come when I can get away.

Spring has arrived a little early in W. Laf. and the ravine was beginning to show green when I left. I had noticed around town the red buds beginning to show some color. We are far enough south here, the trees are in full leaf and the red buds are far enough out that the blossoms are about gone from some.

This isn’t the most expensive hotel room I have ever stayed in. There were two sheets of paper and no envelopes. Guess I will have to see what I can find on a desk in the lobby.

Plan to be back home Monday the 26th.

Love Mother

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David’s Diary – 20 April 1971

Tuesday, 20 April 1971

Up just about 9:00. Shaved, had breakfast. I then had to spend some time working on the poems for the funeral—had to copy them out from books. About 10:45 I got to St. Mary’s—not much left of the morning, but it did give me time to make some progress. Came home by about 12:20. Had lunch. Debbie went down for a nap after Bonnie left for work. Shortly thereafter Virginia Bate arrived. The funeral director’s assistant called for me about 1:30. Took me to the funeral home—at two the funeral for Evelyn D. (Mrs. Thomas) Hendrickson—64 years old, dropped dead last Sat morning. The funeral was longer than usual, since I incorporated poems into the service at the request of the family. Also a soloist sang two pieces. And the burial was at Locust Grove—all the way over at Lanesville—the first burial over there that I’ve officiated at. Got home about 3:30—Virginia went home. I then did some more reading until it was time to put supper together—very simple, remains of a beef roast. We ate shortly after Bonnie got home. I read 6:00–6:30, then watched CBS news etc. Historic supreme court decisions today—unanimously upheld the legality of busing. Debbie was in bed about 8:00; Bonnie went to the executive committee meeting of community chorus. I spent the evening reading. When Bonnie got home she gave me a HAIRCUT. Read, bathed OBLO  c. 12:10.

Wednesday, 21 April 1971

Up by about 8:30—didn’t bother to shave, had breakfast. Bonnie and Debbie were preparing to leave for Avon. It was a beautiful sunny mild morning. Debbie and I played on the swings together for a few minutes, then I left for St. Mary’s. I was able to get Jones’ book, The Herods of Judea finished. Virginia Bate came in while I was there; she had come in to return some books she’d borrowed. After finishing my book I came home—about 12:30. It was so lovely out that I decided to do the roto-tilling at the garden. Some weather reports had indicated rain for tonight and tomorrow—and that might have made roto-tilling impossible on the weekend. So I got my lunch, relaxed with Newsweek—waiting to see how the weather was developing—there had been some sprinkles while I was eating—but the dark clouds moved out. I borrowed Herlihy’s car, went to the rental place in Gloucester, then headed to the garden. I roto-tilled without a break from about 2:30–4:30. I had to stop in time to get the machine back to Gloucester. I found to my dismay that my work gloves were in our car—i.e., in Avon. So I had to work without them, and after 2 hours at the roto-tiller my hands were a wreck—a few blisters—and itching, stinging. After returning the tiller—came home, thanked the Herlihys for their car. Collapsed with the newspaper. Had supper, watched CBS news, etc. took a walk to the church to turn off the heat, bought a copy of Playboy. Spent the balance of the evening working at my desk, watching TV. OBLO  c. 1:10.

Thursday, 22 April 1971

[Top panel:   called A. B. Dick]

I awoke about 7:00, but turned over and went back to sleep—and it’s amazing how late one can sleep without an alarm clock such as Debbie. I didn’t awake again until 9:45! I got right up, shaved (2 days worth), carried a glass of juice and some cookies to my study, and continued working on sorting, filing, getting things straightened up in general. I was still doing this at noon. About 12:30 I stopped to eat. But then completed work at my desk. I then did some stock-taking re: reading yet to be done for the next exam. I made two lists of things that have yet to be covered—one on history, one on archaeology. About 3 o’clock ? I went to the post office, then to the church. I’d forgotten to turn on the heat at the church—so I dropped in to see the boys—only 2 there. Then I headed home. I looked through the paper when it arrived—but then turned to working on my sermon. Didn’t even have a topic selected—so I had to do some hunting in my “sermon material” folder—old “sermon starters” from the Xn advocate. I finally settled on an idea that I’d jotted down long ago when I’d done some sermon planning. About 4:45 I started on supper—and Bonnie and Debbie arrived home. We ate about 5:30. After supper I helped Debbie with her bath. Relaxed, watched CBS news etc While watching TV I clipped old articles from New Republic. Watched a program on childhood; Ironsides. Then worked on the sermon further. Bathed 10:45. OBLO 11:10.

David’s diary, 22 April 1971

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