118 Juniper Court
W. Lafayette, Ind. 47906
June 3, 1970
Dear Bonnie, David and Debby,
I am enclosing a check for your wedding anniversary. Sorry to be so late with it, but I was struggling with an infection (kidney) last week and attending Conference, so between sessions I would come home and do nothing I didn’t absolutely have to do. The enclosed are the “things” which our Section on Social Witness tried to get before the Conference. One didn’t get out of the Legislative group and the other died a quick death, and all for $5.00. When Conference was about to close a man asked for permission to speak and said this session did not deal with any of the controversial issues of today. I said to myself, “well we tried.” The Bishop replied that he thought many important matters had been dealt with. He said in his sermon at the ordination service (which I did not attend) he thought he had dealt with the issues which are vital today. Of course, we didn’t go on record as having dealt with issues. However, there is something in the pre-conference minutes which heals with military spending and the creation of a task force to study same and to get some meetings going in which military spending will be discussed.
We had a letter from a woman in Kentland who is interested in buying the office building. We went to Kentland and showed her the place. She has a nice home out in one of the new additions but said she had too much room and too much yard. The back of the office lot meets the property of her sister—Mrs. Lacey and she thought it would be a good idea to be close to her sister. The woman I am referring to is Mrs. Rasher. Her husband died about three years ago and one son who lived here in Lafayette was killed in an automobile accident about two years ago and her other son lives in Tenn., and she feels like she wants to be close to her sister, since they are both widows. If she decides to buy the office, it would make an ideal location for her. She is to let us know Sunday when we go to Margaret Zell’s wedding.
I stopped to see Mrs. Myers. She had been to the beauty parlour to have her hair done. She told me that Doris and Harold are now living in Monticello. Harold is working for Geo. Kingsley. They are trying to sell their home and buy something in Monticello. At present they are living in their summer cottage. She said she felt like little orphan Annie. I was surprised when she said she would be willing to go to Monticello to live. However, Harold told her to stay where she is, that Doris would come over every two weeks and take her to the beauty parlour and do her grocery shopping. I didn’t suggest that she move to Lafayette. She seemed to think she would have to go where they go. Harold said he wasn’t sure he was going to like it in Monticello and that they might come back to Kentland. So far they haven’t had much luck in selling their home.
We plan to go to Brazil Saturday to attend the wedding of one of Wilma Yegerlehner Bell’s daughters. Tomorrow we are going to Champaign to have the Mercedes worked on. We won’t spend the night, since Dad has to work on Friday. Also we have dinner guests coming Friday night.
The Chinese boy—William Yue and his father are coming. Also Dr. and Mrs. Miller. William is a brilliant student and is graduating from Purdue. He plans to continue his graduate studies at Cal Tech next fall. Since they can get the best of Chinese cooking when they return to Hong Kong, we are going to have steak and baked potatoes, etc. Also strawberries. Last year when Mr. Yue was here attending the Methodist Men’s meeting, we took him out to Morris Bryant and he had strawberries for dessert and said how much he liked them. One delicacy he doesn’t afford in H.K. They aren’t grown there.
We have a 20 days tour for our stay in Japan. It will take us from Tokyo to Nikko and back, then from Tokyo to the extreme east end of Japan—Nagasaki. We will have probably a day and a half at Expo, at the end of our tour. We return to Osaka on the 9th and then on to Tokyo the 11th for our flight back on the 12th.
I sent Dru and package. Was in Loebs yesterday and saw a cute little outfit for a small baby and thought she might like it. I didn’t remember her address and couldn’t remember Sully’s first name, so addressed it to Mrs. Dru Sullivan c/o Miss Elaine’s Beauty Salon, Rockport. I hope she gets it.
One of the nurses who used to work in Dad’s office while her husband was going to Purdue sent us an announcement of the arrival of a daughter. She was born April 19th and weighed 4 lbs. 8½ ozs. I didn’t think much about that weight at the time, but one of the nurses at the health center received a letter from the mother recently and she said the baby has a cleft palate and a deformed foot, and had been born prematurely. From her letter she indicated that she was afraid the baby was not doing so well. Dad said since the father is now in Service, they would have access to the best medical help.
Since we have to make an early start in the morning, I had better get this finished. Dad is on duty today, so we can’t leave until 7:00 AM tomorrow.
P.S. There are two mother raccoons coming for food every evening. They are getting so tame I think they would come in if they had the chance. I am anxious to see their little ones. One brought her little ones up to the door last year.
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