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Working for Arvella

1962-08-01-gry-p-1Letter transcription:

[Memorial Hall I.U.]
Aug. 1-1962

Dear David –

What are your plans for coming home? As I remember you will get out of school the 10th. Let me know. The carpenters have really been working this week. It should be in pretty good shape in another week. They took the old linoleum off the waiting room floor and what a mess. They were sanding the floor yesterday afternoon but didn’t finish. I am getting ready to go to pick up mail now – I am hoping they will be thru by the time I get there. I think Arvella will be more than ready for her vacation August 12. Having the file cards in the emergency room makes so much extra walking

1962-08-01-gry-p-2-3[page 2] We are also using the emergency room for a waiting room. Things are a little hectic at times.

Dad talked to Mrs. Donahue (secretary Draft Board) Monday and she said you wouldn’t be called up for a physical until you are 22 or 23, so you evidently don’t have anything to worry about now. From my understanding of the situation you don’t have to do anything until you hear from the Board.

The K. J. Brown Co. folded. M. Myers said the manager didn’t know enough about selling grain to keep the office on a paying basis. She thinks another company will come in.

[page 3]  I am not going to Lafayette for therapy now. I decided I could do my own at home. That was a lot of driving. I didn’t feel like I was getting enough good from an 80 mile trip – since I can do the same things at home. Dad fixed some equipment I use every day (in furnace room) and I am making a little progress (as much as I made before) every day.

I put $70.00 in the bank for you recently. That should take care of your needs until you get home.

The mail should be in. Let me know when you are coming home.

Love Mother

We start to work for Arvella August 13.

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Draft Status

1962-07-27-gryLetter transcription:

[Memorial Hall I.U. – 7/27/62 – Handwritten by David]

Dear David:

I thought you might like this card. I asked Al and he said there would be time to see about whether you need a ticket when you get back from I.U. I haven’t asked the Draft Board about your status. You can do that when you get back. (or maybe I will inquire tomorrow – I am getting ready to go to Lafayette now). I told George Dye you would take the class from August 12. He said he was glad. Dad got the incinerator built yesterday (with my assistance). He had built a form and poured cement into it. It should last for a while and it looks like it is large enough to take care of our needs. The men are working on the office and the front looks like an entirely new building. They had the outside just about finished. They are going to tear out the waiting room partition today I think. It will be a mess for a while, but we will just have to put up with it. I think the worst will be over before I have to work for Arvella (I hope). I am leaving town at 9:30 and it is 9 now, so must get along.

Love Mother

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A Few Pounds

1962-07-23-gry-p-1Letter transcription:

[Memorial Hall I.U. – Handwritten by David]
Monday July 23, 1962

Dear David –

I just finished cutting 2 stencils for office sheets. I had made some but wasn’t satisfied with results so decided I would have to do the job over.

I went to Lafayette today for therapy. I went by myself last Friday and today. It is much less bother than trying to find a driver. I leave here at a little after nine and get back home between 12 & 1:00. Peggy drove for me twice. Joan went once or twice and Sarah drove three times. I think I am improving. I can swing on a trapeze, which is something I have been working on for several days. I will be glad when I get thru with these treatments. I am also taking off some weight. Now balance the scales at 118 which

1962-07-23-gry-p-2-3[page 2] is 6 or 7 lbs. lighter than when I went to the hospital. I really count my calories. The way you eat you will never believe how hard it is to lose a few lbs.

Dad is working on a form to pour cement into. He has the base poured for the new incinerator and one of these days is going to get the frame out there and pour the top.

The carpenters haven’t worked on the office for 2 weeks. I was to the point of taking no more inactivity so I called Mr. K. this evening. The excuse had been the windows were holding up the work. He said the windows came today and he was coming back on the job in the morning. I don’t know what I would have said to him if he hadn’t told me that but I had several things to tell him. We would like to get it finished before we go on a week’s vacation Sept. 1 to 9.

[page 3] I don’t know how reliable his word is but he promised to finish this time. It has been a mess. They left a pile of sand by the front step and we have had sand tracked all through the office every day.

Jim Walter has signed to teach at Reynolds, so they will be moving sometime this fall. Jim Walker has signed to teach at Monticello so Kentland loses another good teacher. The school board has been having a lot of difficulty. We have heard so much adverse news about the situation we are wondering if the new school will ever be built. Mr. Nicholson has resigned. He is going into the Airbourne T. V. Program at Purdue. The school teaching business around here is getting to be something like the doctor situation. I am glad Dad isn’t on the Board. With all the guff he has to take in his daily work, he doesn’t need the extra aggravation. However, I think if he had been on the school board things might have not gotten into quite the deplorable condition they are in at present.

1962-07-23-gry-p-4[page 4] The enclosed card came from your friend in S. Africa. I thought you might like to get it.

If you have time, drop Marge Cheek a get-well card. She had to have an emergency operation a week ago today. She is at the Geo. Ade Memorial Hospital, Brook, Ind.

We were going to have Bridge Club Sunday night (out of turn because I don’t want to try and have it at the end of August when I will be working in the office) but Krulls are going to have it. We will plan for September and you will be back in school. I’ll bet you hat to miss that – ha!

How’s your money holding out? We haven’t had any word from D. Mace since last Sunday. We just hope no news is good news.

Love Mother

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Mackinac Bridge

1962-07-19-gry-p-1Letter transcription:

[Memorial Hall I.U. – Handwritten by David]
Thurs. July 19, 1962

Dear David –

I went to Lafayette yesterday and while in the hospital had a chance to see Dr. Ferguson. He wants me to continue therapy two more weeks – or until I have normal motion with my right arm. I am to go again tomorrow. I think I had too much therapy yesterday – my arm is a little sore today.

I asked Rev. Fields about the book you wrote about but he didn’t know anything about it. He was to give me a list of books he does know about. He is at camp this week and I didn’t get the list from him. While the Fields are away this week the painting is being done.

Well, what do you think about the defeat of the little Kennedy boy’s legislation? If he can learn from anything I think it is time for him to take a hint. I think the Dri strike in Canada possibly had some effect on the way the voting went.

While Mark, Shirley & Becky were here Bob & Lea stopped for a little while on Saturday. Sunday afternoon Virginia (Zell) Gale and her family came. I don’t know when Mark’s will be back. We couldn’t figure out a date while they were

1962-07-19-gry-p-2[page 2] here. Shirley is going to visit her family for a week after she quits work August 1. She will stop here for a little while. We are planning to go to Chicago September 1 for a week’s vacation. We thought we would go up and see the Mackinac bridge one day. I hope you plan to be home all the time when you get back from summer school, until you return to school in September. We are counting on leaving you here to look after things while we are away. And of course you have to be here to help me during Arvella’s vacation.

The work on the building is at a standstill. Mr. K. says the windows haven’t come and that he can’t do anything more until he gets them.

Dad has been so very busy, I will be glad when he can get away for a vacation. Dr. Brady is gone from Morocco and the people in Morocco have no hopes of getting another Dr. That just makes more work on Dad all the time.

Marge Cheek had to have an emergency operation Monday evening. Appendicitis and complications. I was at the hospital Tuesday but didn’t try to see her because she wasn’t able to have company.

I have to write to John and do a few other things today – I will be traveling tomorrow so won’t get much done at home.

Love Mother


Mackinac bridge (Image by Jeffness Wikipedia Creative Commons license)

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DuPont Shares

1962-07-13-gry-p-1Letter transcription:

[Memorial Hall I.U. Postmark July 13, 1962 – Handwritten by David]
Dr. R. S. Yegerlehner
Physician and Surgeon
103 North Second Street
Kentland, Indiana

Dear David –

Sorry I couldn’t send you a cake, but I have not done anything I haven’t had to do (except a thing or two). After I get thru taking my therapy I am so tired I usually sleep a while. I just went down once this week – didn’t do today but plan to go Monday. Dad fixed a swing for me in the furnace room and I pull my arm on it two of three times a day.

Shirley & Mark & Becky are coming this evening for week-end.

1962-07-13-gry-p-2We received 5 shares of GM for our ten shares of DuPont. That is the way DuPont is disposing of their GM stock without upsetting the stock market. That suited us. We should have had more DuPont (we had 10). Int. Silver had climbed back up to 33.

[page 2] I checked with the bank and you had $51.00 – I put $50.00 in one day recently.

Love Mother

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Letter from Ira Dixon

1962-07-04-gry-p-1Letter transcription:

[Memorial Hall IU]
July 4-1962

Dear David –

This letter came and was addressed to Mark. When I saw it was from Federal Home Loan Bank Board I thought I had better call Mark. He said for me to open it and immediately I saw it was for you and was from Ira.

I think the Fields moved today. I didn’t even have the car out of the garage so didn’t get away from home, so can’t say for sure.

Uncle Mutch and Aunt Ruth were here today after having been to Clay City for a reunion. Uncle Mutch had been sick while they were visiting. Daddy gave him a shot of penicillin and after they visited a while went on home. We asked them to stay for dinner but Aunt Ruth said she thought they had better get on home.

Mark’s are coming the week-end of the 13-14-15. Mark seemed to think they wouldn’t be coming down many more times before the baby comes.

1962-07-04-gry-p-2[page 2] Dad did a lot of work in the yard – mowed and trimmed. He had to cut the Russian Olive (west one) off – it looks like a post – the blight had ruined all the leaves.

I checked your bank balance and it was down to $6.00. I will put $50.00 in for you tomorrow.

Love Mother





Federal Home Loan Bank Board
Washington 25, D.C.

June 29, 1962

Mr. Mark Yegerlehner

Dear Mark:

Under separate cover I am sending, by parcel post, the Eisenhower pictures which I mentioned.

You might show one of them to Greta and ask her if she would like to have it. Otherwise, you may use them as you see fit.

Haven’t seen President Eisenhower recently, but everyone tells me that he is really enjoying live and campaigning harder and more effectively than he did when he was serving as our President.

Kindest regards to yourself and family.

Ira Dixon
Member of the Board

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