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David’s Diary – 15 March 1971

Monday, 15 March 1971  

[Top panel: Bonnie called Grandma]

Up about 9:15. After breakfast I turned my thoughts to some phone calling and also preparing my Eagle article—had a long phone conversation with Gladys Haskell. About 10:45 I went to the Eagle office, had a chat with the editor—came on home. Bonnie had flopped back into bed, so I stretched out too—only with a book—got some reading done—and a few minutes of rest before we prepared lunch. Margaret Reilly called while we were eating—she’d just gotten back to Rockport (been away for a few days) and found a letter waiting from Alan Fedrick. He’s back in England—living with his folks, but desperately wanting to get back to the U.S. He had flown to England on impulse around Xmas time after a big argument with Maria! After Bonnie left for work Debbie played in her room, and I turned to organizing my Playboy magazines. Bonnie had voiced an intention to clean closets, so I want them neatly tied and arranged. After that task was completed I turned to reading—and this was my pursuit for the remainder of the afternoon. I had supper on the table almost when Bonnie got home. After eating I went to Tuck’s pharmacy for a prescription for Bonnie. Came home in time for CBS news. Clipped articles from old New Republics while watching. Bonnie went to Chorus rehearsal, I read all evening. Snacked when she got home—bathed. Read OBLO c. 12:30.

Tuesday, 16 March 1971

[Top panel: pictures of Debbie, breakfast table + outside, pussycat on outdoor fireplace]

Up at 8:40—shaved—2 days worth, had breakfast. Today was Debbie’s 2 year 7 month birthday, so we took pictures, some at the breakfast table, some outside. What a beautiful day it turned out to be. Temperature up in the 60’s. After the picture taking, I turned to reading—finished Albright’s FSATC—about 11 o’clock. I then quickly wrote two letters, one to Mrs. Myers, one to my folks—about 12:00 I walked to the Post Office—also to the church to turn on the heat for the rock group—also had a chat and a stroll with Ed Nutting. Got home about 12:30—also after having chatted with Kay at the school playground. After eating, Bonnie left for work. Debbie had been playing hard outside, both before and after Sesame Street, so she was exhausted—went right to napping. I read the assignment in the COCU plan of union, first part of chapter 8, for tonight’s meeting. Then I turned to reading in Cross’ book, The Ancient Library of Qumran. About 100 pp. of it should be read as review for next exam—and also to prepare more adequately for my lecture on Thursday. This kept me busy til about 4:30 when I prepared supper. After Bonnie got home I went to the church to turn off the heat, then to Richdales for bread. We ate when I got home, then I relaxed, read. CBS news 6:30–7:00. Thomas Dewey [1] died today. Watched part of What’s My Line?  7:30–9:45 COCU study group met. I perhaps upset some with my strong ecumenical views. 10:00–11:00 watched “60 minutes”—taped portion on Tonkin Gulf Incident.[2] Watched news, weather. Relaxed, read briefly, bathed  OBLO  c. 12:30.

Wednesday, 17 March 1971

Up about 9:00. Had breakfast—Bonnie was preparing to go to Avon with Debbie—I didn’t get started on studying til after they’d left. There were too many interruptions, including phone call from Homer. But by 10:30 they had left. Then I got down to studying—until about 12:00, at which time I went to the Post Office (mailed a roll of black + white film to Mail-a-way) and to the church to turn on the heat for the rock group. Came home, fixed lunch, then got back to studying. At 3 o’clock I went down to the church to see the boys again—this time to pick up the money they’re paying us for heat—they gave me $32.00. Changed way-side pulpit, then walked to the Building Center—they had the window which I’d ordered last week. I carried it come, sized it up in the window, then got back to reading, until about 5:00. Finished the reading in Cross’ book which I had intended to read. Went to the church and turned off the heat. Came home, fixed supper. Then I went to work on the window—during CBS news, What’s My Line and Men at Law I worked on it—got much of the work done—can’t finish it because I still need some material from the Building Center. Turned to reading again, in Milik’s, “Ten Years of Discovery etc”  Had snack about 10:00—did some outlining and sketching of Sunday’s sermon. Cleaned up some of the mess connected with the window; read; bathed about 11:45. Read in bed; LO c. 1:00 AM.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_E._Dewey

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_of_Tonkin_incident

David’s diary, 17 March 1971


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David’s Diary – 12 March 1971

Friday, 12 March 1971

Up at 9:00. Shaved—2 days worth. Ate breakfast. I worked briefly on the order of worship to be used Sunday. Then before 10:30 I went down to the church. I knew that the heat would be on—for Lois Clapp to practice, and I wanted to get the banners tied—they are on the wires with hooks—just setting on the wires really, and if someone brushes against a banner, one hook can come loose, so the banner swings, hanging at an angle on one hook only—very unsightly. So I tied up all the hooks to the wires. Also got out a lot of old hymn books, dusted them off—placed them in the pews along with the new ones. I got home shortly before lunch, looked through the mail until lunch time. We ate, Bonnie left for work about the usual time. I measured the window in Debbie’s room, which is an advanced stage of disintegration, and ordered a new one by phone from the Building Center. For most of the afternoon I read and baked—i.e., another chocolate cake. Also late in the afternoon began preparing a pizza for supper. We ate as soon as Bonnie got home about 5:30. Relaxed with the paper. Worked more on the order of worship. Watched CBS news, etc. I had intended to mimeo the bulletin stencil, but decided instead to read in Albright, which I did. Took time out 9:30–10 to snack and watch The Odd Couple—an especially funny episode tonight—what a great show that is; Tony Randall [1] is a great actor. Back to reading. Bathed about 11:30. Read—OB; LO 12:30.

Saturday, 13 March 1971

[Top panel: photos of Debbie (black + white) in her room]

Up shortly after 9:00. Shaved, had breakfast. The preparation of the bulletin for tomorrow morning proved to be very time consuming. Very slow going because I departed from the normal ritual—and quite a few things had to be put into the bulletin itself—affirmation, confession, responsive scripture. I had the stencils ready by lunch time. After eating Bonnie went off shopping—to Gloucester to get a turkey for Sunday. I ran the bulletins on one side, then washed the kitchen and bathroom floors—too strenuous for Bonnie. Got phone call from Bishop Mathews—confirming his visit tomorrow, wanting to know driving time, location, etc. After Bonnie returned I finished the bulletins. I went down to Tuck’s pharmacy to buy recording tape, dropped in to Ed Nutting’s office to fold the bulletins on his folding machine—then to the church. I spent some time setting up the tape recorder and getting details tended to. Came home, fairly pooped. Bonnie was putting a casserole together for supper. 5:00–6:00 we tried to get some rest. About 6:00 we had supper. Bonnie spent the evening house cleaning after getting Debbie to bed. We played with her for a while—I took some photos, so that we could get some color film into the camera for tomorrow. I spent the evening working in my study: cleaning up my desk—restoring order all over the room, also prepared the service for tomorrow. Late in the evening relaxed, listened to radio, bathed  OBLO 12:35.

Sunday. 14 March 1971

[Top panel: several photos, color, wayside pulpit, Bishop Mathews, etc.]

Up about 8:15. Had breakfast, shaved, was busy with details, final preparations etc. Went to the church about 10 o’clock. Choir rehearsed in the few minutes before the service. Bishop and Mrs. Mathews arrived about 10:20. It was a marvelous service. Over 200 in the congregation—what a long line of people to shake hands with—the response seemed to be overwhelmingly favorable—so the Joint Church Committee shall have to do some concrete planning in that direction. We were back to the house between 12:15 and 12:30. We rode up to the house with the Mathews. Shortly after we got here the Bamforths and Nuttings arrived. We had a big turkey dinner together—and a nice visit; the Bishop had warned that they couldn’t linger long—but they didn’t really rush off. It was a very enjoyable visit. But I do feel sorry for them—Both he and Mrs. Mathews seemed weary—the “bishop grind” must be frightful—always in demand, always on the go—they left about 2:00 I suppose—we took some photos. The Bamforths and Nuttings stayed until about 3:00. After they’d left I went to the church to get the recorder—the recording is pretty good. Came home, exhausted—but not able to rest. Picked the turkey clean. Relaxed, listened to radio and tape of the service. At 7:00 I went to the church—took the altar plant to the Ornes, visited with them. Home by about 8:20—we went to Patriquins—games and “mug-ups” until about 10:30. Came home, relaxed. Bathed, read briefly in Albright. OBLO, c. midnight.

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

David’s diary, 14 March 1971

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Jerusalem Pottery

1964-10-06-gry-p-1Letter transcription:

Tues. Oct. 6 – 1964

Dear David & Bonnie –

Tonight I attended a club meeting and sat by Audrey Hess Jackson from Lake Village. She asked me if you still had her W. Wilkie book “One World.” I told her I would write you about it. If you have it with you, please send it to her – her address is just Lake Village. If not, let me know. She said Wilkie had autographed it for her, so she doesn’t want to lose it.

This has been a busy week – since I had to spend all day attending a District Committee meeting in Lafayette yesterday and a church board meeting last night – which lasted almost 2 hours. This a.m. I attended a prayer meeting at the church – one every a.m. in preparation for Methodist renewal mission next week. We won’t be here for the meetings, except the last one of Fri. eve. We are planning to attend medical meeting in Indpls. Next week. Next week a Jurisdictional meeting is convening in Indianapolis, so I will get to attend one or two sessions since we will be in the city at that time.

We plan to go to Clay City Sunday and visit relatives.

1964-10-06-gry-p-2[page 2] John’s sea freight arrived. He had to make two trips home to get it all transported to Champaign. The wood carvings were in the box. The small one I had purchased in Bali and the large one he received as a gift. I am displaying both in our living room, until John thinks he has a place to put his. I just hope he doesn’t find a place for his carving, but he probably will.

I wrote to our friends in Jordan and sent them some $ to buy some more pottery. So many people seemed to think a piece of Jerusalem pottery would be desirable. The box come yesterday and every piece in good condition. I owe them a thank you note, so I had better wind this up and write a thank you note.

Love mother

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Tetracycline 250 mg

1964-09-21-gry-p-1Letter transcription:


Dear David and Bonnie:

I have mailed 16 capsules to Bonnie today (tetracycline 250 mg). Dad says any of those capsules you have like Declomycin would co, but we are sending the above mentioned. The box I sent last week is, of course, for both of you as a birthday present, as you probably know by this time. We are having another summer. Had the air conditioner on until we went to bed last night. We have our Japanese garden about finished. When we get it finished, will send you a picture of it. Uncle Floyd spend the weekend with Aunt Ruth and stopped to see us yesterday on his way home. He said she is feeling better, but has an appointment to see an eye Dr. tomorrow. She seems to be having some trouble with one eye. She plans to go home with Romaine the 11th of October. We plan to attend the Medical Convention October 12 to 15.

1964-09-21-gry-p-2Love Mother


N.W. Ind. Conference is having Methodist annual mission next month. I am attendance chairman. Have a comm. meeting this afternoon to detail some of the work (most that is) to others.

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School of Mission

1964-07-23-gry-p-1Letter transcription:

July 23, 1964

Dear David and Bonnie –

This is my fourth day at School of Missions and so far have felt fine. No infections this time. I hated to leave Dad home along, but he said he could take care of himself. I left food in the refrigerator and his clothes in order so hope he hasn’t missed me too much. It has been awfully hot – I think the hottest so far this summer. I think I have perspired more since Monday than I have in the past year. I have a room in Rector and the noise of the trucks

[page 2] has not bothered me. I was asked to be a Secretary for one of the classes – which makes me do a little extra work, but since this is really a vacation I don’t mind. Just wish Dad could take off for a week, but I know he doesn’t want to take a vacation until we can really get away for a month later on. I called on Sam Kirk this afternoon after one of my clinic meetings – and after one of his. He sends you his best wishes. Please excuse the lack of paragraphs in this but it is easier to do it this way. John arrived in the States Sunday. He stopped in Chicago long enough to call us, but since he was on his way to N.Y. we didn’t see him. He called me here yesterday


[page 3] and said the man he was to see in N.Y. wasn’t in so he flew to Bloomington and is visiting friends there. He is coming on the Monon tomorrow (1:14) and since our session ends at 11:30 I will have time to pack and eat lunch before I pick him up. I don’t know whether Dad knows John didn’t remain in N.Y. If not, he might be surprised to see me bringing him home – Just went for a ride. Mrs. Kathryn Jackson (her parents used to live in Kentland and her father owned the Bank – Mr. Teague) lives in Chesterton and wanted to give her car an airing. We saw the cultural center of Indiana (That’s a joke, son) I had heard

1964-07-23-gry-p-4[page 4] so much about Greencastle but after seeing it can’t say I am too impressed. All the Greek letter house look like the caretakers are taking the summer off. I think the lawns in Kentland look neater than those close to the campus. I have just taken a shower and if I don’t get out of here into the cool air outside I will have to bathe again. It’s about time to attend Vespers, so must go.

Love Mother

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Church Conference (Gladys)

Letter transcription:

Kentland Ind.
Nove. 7 – 1943

Dear Daddy –

Sun. afternoon – It is cloudy & a little mist in the air. It has rained some during the day but now more of a dampness. We took David to Sunday School this morning & got along first rate. Mrs. Beekman was there with her little girl – who by the way behaved better than David. He did very well for him & first try but she was quieter. Dr. Beck the district Supt. was here today for quarterly conference & they had a dinner at the church. I came home after S.S. and gave David his orange juice & cod liver oil, put him to bed for a nap then prepared our dinner to take back to the church. After he woke up I fed him and by that time J. & M. had come home to help me

[page 2] so we went back for the dinner. I borrowed Lucile’s (Jimmy Ed’s) Taylor Tot to keep David in while we ate. He behaved pretty well. After the dinner Mark kept him in the car which I stayed in for the conference. John came on home to listen to the radio (music program).

David has been on a “tear” this afternoon. We came home about 2 P.M. I put him in his bed to take another nap when Mrs. Kendall came and he wouldn’t go to sleep but kept up an uproar most of the time she was here. He is in his pen now making some kind of noise. It is just one of those days.

I think you remember the Beekman’s. You treated one of them for colds. This Mrs. Beekman was working in Fords, had been some time, when one day not long ago she became very ill – that was about 3 P.M. – by 7 she was in the hospital

[page 3] and operated on soon after. She had a pregnancy in the tube and one in the uterice. The tube had bursted, but they had operated in time. Ruth Ford told me about it and said Dr. Ross said he had only had one case like it in all his practice. Mrs. Beekman is recovering very nicely and is now home from the hospital. The other Mrs. Beekman was the one at church this morning with her baby.

I believe this other coal makes more dust – which doesn’t surprise me but makes more dusting to do. In figuring according to what we burned last winter I think we will have enough to last us thru the worst of the winter if it doesn’t get too cold. I got 8 tons in July and that lasted thru until in Feb. when I had 4 tons put in and we easily have 2 ton of that yet. Of course this Ind. coal burns up faster and probably won’t last as long, as 2 ton of Va. coal would.

I called Dr. Ade yesterday for an

[page 4] appointment for eye examination & he couldn’t give me one until Nov. 16. I have been having headaches that feel like my eyes are the cause.

David is raising so much fuss I will have to quit and see what I can do for him.
Love Mother

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