Tag Archives: Gladys R. (Foster) Yegerlehner

Uniting Conference

Letter transcription:

October 13, 1968

Dear David and Bonnie and Debby:

Yours received and application properly filled in and sent on to County Clerk’s office. I paid your taxes last week and am enclosing the receipt. Count that as a delayed birthday gift, or something. The spacer on this machine isn’t working right – and the machine needs a cleaning and other repairs, so must get it to the shop in a day or so.

Today was Layman’s Day in our church and the Lay Leader asked me to participate in the program, which meant I had to be in two services. Dad attended the first service and said he thought I had done very well, but neither of us (the Lay Leader and myself) knew how to turn our pages without making a noise – but other than that he thought we had both done very well. One woman told me afterwards I acted so calm. I had a few butterflies and am glad I won’t have to do that again – at least until next Layman’s day – and I may take a trip that day if asked again. Dad said our minister knows how to turn his pages by the P.A. system without making a sound. We hadn’t learned that little secret.

The weather is so warm today we were able to sit on the patio this afternoon, but we are bound to get some rain and cold weather soon. However, I am going to enjoy this while it lasts.

We enjoyed the pictures and wonder if Debby will hate her parents when she gets a little older and see herself nude. She seems to be growing very well and I believe she looks a little more developed at two months than her daddy did at that age. As I remember you were so slow in growing, you were about two months old before you looked like you were going to be a healthy, hearty baby. However, you soon made up for your slow start.

Next Sunday we have promised to spend the day at Mark’s celebrating Kirk’s sixth birthday. His birthday is really the day before, but Dad has the duty at the Music Hall on Saturday night (and we have free tickets) and Bob Hope is the star attraction. We went last night to hear Dave Brubeck and his group, but didn’t care too much about them. The only thing we could say about it, it wasn’t as loud as some we have heard.

We had to go to Kentland last Thursday, so I stopped to see Mrs. Myers. I took Bonnie’s letter along and read it to her. She seemed to enjoy it. She says she can feel herself getting weaker all the time, but still insists she is going to stay in her apartment as long as she possibly stay.

Indiana is going to have a uniting Conference November 9th and a member of the nominating committee called me yesterday to tell me I have been nominated for the Board that will (or agency) replace Christian Social Concerns. I was really surprised. I am on the present Board, but the new Agency is going to be so streamlined I had no idea I would be nominated. Also the Women’s Society is going to have a Charter Meeting October 30th and that will end my office of Christian Social Relations since the latest idea is that the new officers installed on the 30th will take office immediately. It had been said we would hold over until the middle of May, but evidently not. With my office of President at Trinity, I can do without one of the offices I hold at present. I suppose you know Indiana will after Nov. 9th have just two conferences, North Indiana and South Indiana and the lines will come much further north – as far north as Crawfordville.

I finally got my car, after having it in the body shop about three weeks. The men at the body shop kept telling me they couldn’t get the parts. It looks like a new car and runs very smooth – couldn’t tell we had been slammed into by a truck. After driving the Corvair around town, I was really glad to get back into the Buick.

Love Mother

P.S. Decided to keep your tax receipt – I may need it to get your car license next year.

Why don’t you tell B.U. your Rockport address? On your ballot there will be a yes and no on Pair-Mutuel gambling. The United Methodist church & in fact many chuches are working for a no vote, so your no votes will add two. I have a volume of information as to why the vote should be no and for your information I am enclosing a sourcebook.

[Editor’s note: The Pari-Mutuel Referendum was on the November 1968 ballot in Indiana. To check the results of the election, click here.]

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Newest Grandchild

“Cape Ann births,” Gloucester Daily Times (Gloucester, Massachusetts), August 1968, p. 8


Rev. and Mrs. David A. Yegerlehner of 17 Hale Street, Rockport, announce the arrival of a daughter, Deborah Ruth, on Aug. *, at the Addison Gilbert Hospital. She weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces.

Maternal grandparents are Rev. and Mrs. Eugene McGraw of Penang, Malaysia. Maternal great – grandparents are Mrs. Emil Sandwen of Avon and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver McGraw of Centerville, Ind.

Paternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. R. S. Yegerlehner of Lafayette, Ind.


[Editor’s note: I wrote about my birth for the Book of Me project four years ago. Read it again here.]

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Mother’s Day Sermon

[Editor’s Note: At the end of May 1968, David received his first degree from Boston University’s School of Theology. To see a brief newspaper clipping click here.]

Typed by Gladys Yegerlehner

Rockport, Mass.

Susanna Wesley – Sermon by Rev. David Yegerlehner, Mother’s Day, May 1968

John Wesley shared in the prejudice of his time against women. In one of his arguments against Democracy – for Wesley did not believe in government by the people, he freely accepted the idea of Divine Rights of Kings – he argued that government by the people, if drawn to its logical conclusion, would involve giving the vote to 21 year olds and to women: “But no one did ever maintain this,” said Wesley, “nor probably will they ever.”

History has proved Wesley wrong on his political ideas, but his attitude on women was typical of his time and typical of most of Western history. For there is no one group that has been more discriminated against than women. Only in modern times have women been emancipated to a degree – even now it would be hard for a woman to become President, or to become a freely accepted member of the clergy. How many human resources have been untapped over the centuries because women have been held back and kept in their place! It is a tragedy which staggers the imagination.

Some women, however, who lived in periods when women were repressed, have stood out and made names for themselves. Such a woman was Susannah Wesley, the mother of the founder of our denomination. I thought it fitting, on mother’s day, to talk about one of the better known women in the history of the church.

Susannah Wesley was born Susannah Annesley in 1669 in England. She was the last child of a large family. When she was born, her father was reportedly asked which number she was: he replied that he couldn’t remember whether she was the two dozenth or the quarter-hundredth!

She was born into a religious home; her father was minister in the Puritan tradition; that is, he was a dissenter, a member of a group which officially dissented against the Established Church, The Church of England. Such groups had to be officially registered.

Testimony to Susannah’s seriousness on religious matters is the fact that, of her own free will, she decided that she preferred the Church of England – and at the age of 12, much to the disapproval of her family, entered the Church of England. We will find that this spirit of independence by no means decreased as she grew older.

When Susannah was 20 years of age she married a young pastor named Samuel Wesley. He was a pastor of the Church of England, and he too had gone against a family history of dissent and joined the Established Church. The couple was married in 1698 – just a year after the glorious revolution, in which William and Mary had been invited to the throne of England to replace the exiled James II. Susannah Wesley’s biography from this point on is not the chronicle of an extraordinary ministry, or the building of a great religious movement, for what she did now was raise and run a family – a very large family; over a period of twenty-one years she bore 19 children – ten of whom died in infancy or childhood.

She and her husband lived in Epworth – a small rural community which was in many way unsuited to Samuel Wesley; for Samuel Wesley was a scholar of really amazing proportions. He read Hebrew, Latin, Greek; He wrote a life of Jesus in verse. But most of his congregation was illiterate. Furthermore, he was supposed to farm part of the land surrounding the parsonage to help feed the family; he neglected to do this however – his heart was not in agriculture – which added to the hardship of his family. The family went through periods of great trial and great stress – at times there was a great deal of ill feeling in the community directed toward them. Through all this, including a fire in the parsonage which almost took the life of John Wesley – Susannah held to a firm faith and stands forth as a strong and admirable personality. Her husband Samuel died in 1735 and during the last few

[page 2] years of her life she lived with her children and supported fully the Methodist movement of her most famous sons. She died in 1742 at the age of 73, really quite aged for a woman who had borne 19 children at the end of the 17th century.

I want to hold up for our attention three traits or characteristics of Susannah Wesley which are noteworthy. The first is her capability as a disciplinarian. Many of things which Susannah did in raising her children are understandable as characteristics of the time and today are frowned upon. But I think her methods are interesting nonetheless. In a letter to John she once gave a long description of how she raised her children. It is a very revealing document. She wrote:

“When the children turned a year old (and some before) they were taught to fear the rod and cry softly, by which means they escaped abundance of correction which they might otherwise have had; and that most odious noise of crying of children was rarely heard in the house, but the family usually lived in as much quietness as if there had not been a child among them…Our children were taught, as soon as they could speak, the Lord’s Prayer, which they were made to say at raising and bedtime constantly.”

On the 5th birthday of each child, Susannah sat down with the child and taught him the alphabet; she claims that they all learned it in one day – with the exception of one – who took a day and a half. On the second day each child was started on the book of Genesis, Chapter 1, verse 1, copying it and memorizing it. Thus the Wesley children were taught and thus they were raised – very strictly and in many ways severely. Thus we see reason why John Wesley led a very Methodical existence – and came to found a movement which was dubbed “Methodism.”

The second trait of Susannah’s which I wish to mention was her independence and assertiveness = perhaps somewhat unusual for a woman of her time. Once when Samuel was away from Epworth for a period of weeks, a pastor was invited to fill the pulpit. He was such a bad preacher that Susannah started a church service in the parsonage on Sunday afternoons. Soon there were many more people attending her services than the regular Sunday morning services. The temporary pastor wrote an angry letter to Samuel to protest these developments; Samuel was inclined to agree and wrote his objections to Susannah, because it was most unusual for a woman to be doing such a thing. But Susannah wrote back such an enthusiastic defense of herself, that Samuel dared not command her to cease.

Another example of Susannah’s independence occurred after the death of Queen Mary; Samuel noticed that Susannah was not saying Amen after his prayer for the King, King William, who as a widower was not left alone on the throne. Susannah was refusing to say Amen because she didn’t think it was proper for William, as a foreigner, to occupy the throne – She had been sympathetic to the cause of James II, who had fled England many years before. Susannah stood her ground in refusing to say Amen, and Samuel walked out for several months to London. He returned home only after the death of King William. So Susannah Wesley was no meek and passive woman; she had a bravery and a tenacity which is well reflected in her sons.

The third thing about Mrs. Wesley which I wish to note was her capacity as advisor to her sons long after they had left home; there were no generation gaps involved here. In other words, Mrs. Wesley advised her sons long after the Methodist movement had begun. This was done largely by letter and many of her letters still surive. She did not make small talk in those letters; she was an educated woman and was able to converse about theology and doctrine. It was not uncommon for her to discuss the thought of John Calvin, the Apostles Creed, the Holy Spirit and many other things. And John Wesley valued her thinking greatly. He often wrote to her for advice and guidance. When he was considering going to Georgia, one of the persons he went to see was his mother. He was not at all certain that he should be undertaking such an adventure, but the Wesley household had always had a keen interest in missions when the children were growing up; Susannah would frequently gather the family together and read them letters from missionaries = most commonly missionaries from India. It is not surprising, therefore, that when John told her that he was

[page 3] considering going to Georgia, Susannah (who was recently widowed, and might have asked her sons to stay near here) enthusiastically endorsed the idea. She exclaimed: “Had I twenty sons, I should rejoice if they were all so employed.” Her attitude might have been a significant factor in Wesley’s decision, because he did go to Georgia. So, for many years Susannah was a trusted and respected advisor to her famous son.

In the last century William Wallace wrote: The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” I am not concerned to prove or disprove this, but we can certainly say that the hand the rocked the cradle of John Wesley is the hand that significantly molded Methodism. Methodism can be glad that it is one of the few religious movements in history, whose founders’ home life is so well known – we certainly know more about Susannah Wesley than we do about Mary. We can cherish the abundance of information we have about the Epworth parsonage and the woman who ran it.

Samuel remained in Church of England. Did not approve Methodist movement.
Of the nine children who survived – 3 were sons – John, Charles, and Samuel. In a book about S.W. which I read recently I learned the daughters had by and large unhappy lives. Only one seemed to find happiness in adulthood and she died about two years after her marriage. The Wesley girls were well educated which was unusual for that day and age. Since their father was a poor country pastor he could not provide them with dowries and they were too well educated to be satisfied with marriage to persons with no education. – One incident is recorded about one daughter who brought disgrace (according to the standards of that day).

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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

Letter transcription:

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

Letter transcription:

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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