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Gladys – September 20, 1970


Letter transcription:

Sept. 20-1970

Dear David,

Since I sent your birthday gift with Bonnie’s, this will just be words. Have been rather busy since coming home, and having Mark’s three here one week kept me occupied that week, haven’t had much time to write but will hope to catch up on things when we come in Oct. I have to attend a regional meeting in Oct.-2-3-4 in Chicago. Also should attend a Conference Meeting (Division of Christian Outreach – of which I am a member) on the 5th so am not certain right now whether we will get to start on the 6th or 7th. Will try to get off on the 6th – If I can find time to get things ready for Dad. He thinks we won’t be able to come. One of the M.D.s at the Health Center suffered a broken hip and won’t be back to work until Nov. 1 so he thinks it wouldn’t be right for him to try and take off in Oct. We shall see.

Looking forward to seeing you in Oct. Don’t forget to write to Mrs. Myers. It means so much to her to get your letters.

Love Mother

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Gladys – September 2, 1970


The check is for both of you. Will try and get David’s card out before his birthday.

Have been quite busy since coming home, but did have a most enjoyable trip. Met a young girl who was coming to U.S. last year. She was on the staff of U. of I. last year – (Sept ’69 to June ’70) and is now returning to Japan. She couldn’t be back in Tokyo when we were there but her Mother and a sister and husband (Dr. Yamada – with Univ. of Tokyo) entertained us one day and evening. We attended Kabuki theatre together – 11 am to 4 pm – then went to a Japanese dinner. 10 courses. Quite an evening. We took pictures while in the restaurant. If I can think about them, will bring them along.

Love Mother

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Gladys – July 28, 1970

Post card transcription:


Dad is attending a Rotary meeting here in the hotel & I am writing a few cards. This is a rest day. We start toward Nagasaki tomorrow, with several steps on the way. Plan one day at Expo but not more than one. We left the Purdue crowd at the airport and we are travelling alone. We had a most interesting weekend in Tokyo. Saw a Kabuki performance and went to a Japanese restaurant with a Japanese family we know. It was quite an evening. I even ate raw fish and liked it. The secret is the sauce one dips it in. Attended a Japanese church service with a Japanese girl we know. The minister preached his sermon from Job 21. wish I could have had a translation. We did follow the scripture reading in English bible.

Love, Mother

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David’s Diary – July 20, 1970

Monday, 20 July 1970

Up shortly after 9:00. As soon as I’d finished breakfast I wrote up my weekly article for the Eagle, plus a notice for the Gloucester Daily Times, re: next Sunday’s hymn sing. I then drove over to the Eagle office, and stopped at the P.O. on the way back—to mail the letter to the GDT. When I got home the mail was here; nothing much. I got involved in putting up Bonnie’s lid rack, after she’d stained it. It looked pretty good. In the a.m. however, I didn’t get much reading done. We had lunch about noon. Then I got to reading. Bonnie went to work. Debbie was asleep—she didn’t have lunch with us. I read, was able to make decent progress. Debbie didn’t awake until about 3:00. I gave her a snack of milk + graham crackers. I kept reading—Mowinckel’s Psalms. About 5:00 I put the chicken in the oven, but still read. I arrived at my stopping point about 5:50. I then helped with supper. We ate about 6:30, watched CBS news. After a stroll out to see the tomato patch I started in reading again. I played with Debbie briefly when Bonnie left for Community Chorus Rehearsal. Read all evening. We called the folks at about 10:15—they leave for Japan on Wed—wanted to wish them Bon Voyage. Read until about 11:00; had a snack, bathed; read til shortly after 1:00 AM; OBLO 1:04.

Tuesday, 21 July 1970

Up shortly after 8:30. Shaved, had breakfast, then set about my morning’s business—calling on parents of our Sunday School students, getting feelings about the merging of grades 3-6 with the Episcopals and Congo’s. I found three at home. I returned home about 11:00. Went to the church, prepared the paper for making posters—i.e., banners. Came home, had lunch—Bonnie left for work. It was my hope to get a lot of reading done in the afternoon. But Debbie didn’t nap—i.e., was noisy, and early in the afternoon I was drowsy—dozed for a while, but finally got going on the reading. Kept at it pretty steadily all afternoon. But the progress was slow, since I have to read psalms every now and then. After Bonnie got home from work I finally reached the stopping point which I’d been aiming for. Then I mimeographed some leaflets for the hymnsing; after supper and while watching CBS news I prepared these for mailing. At 7:30 I went to the church. The Lewis arrived, but Jerry was so tired he went home, but Carol, Bonnie and I (Carol’s sister was also there) made two banners. About 10:00 we finished, had cake here at the house. I drove them home; came back, visited a while with Mora, bathed together, OBLO, 12:07.

Wednesday, 22 July 1970

Up after 8:30, after Θ+. Even before having breakfast I went down to the church to complete work on the banners, i.e., attach sticks, erase pencil marks, and hang them up in the sanctuary—which also meant getting the wires strung. I got home about 10:00. Had breakfast, shaved—by 11:00 I was on my way to see the Swans; they weren’t at home, so I went to see another family with children in our Sunday School, regarding the planned merger. I got home—we had lunch about noon. About 12:40 I went to the church. I had an appointment with a man from the State DPW—regarding a sign for our church on the road into town. Homer Orne came along too. We drove out to Anker Inn, looked around, finally decided that a site near the town dump entrance would be good. Went to town hall to check boundary lines; we just happened to meet the woman who owns the property in question—we’ll contact her next week. Home about 2:00, went to see the Swans again—needed to talk with them, since they’re somewhat upset by my preaching against Agnew. Left there about 3:30. Saw Mrs. Cameron + Mrs. Anderson, re: Sunday School. Came home, looked at paper, straightened up my desk before supper. CBS news; I spent the evening reading; Bonnie went to dress rehearsal. Cake snack c. 10:00—read until about 11:00; I’ve been on the go all day—rather weary, OBLO bath + some Johnny Carson; 12:12.

Thursday, 23 July 1970

Up about 9:00. My main concern for the day was to get some reading done—I’ve been on Mowinckel’s The Psalms in Israel’s Worship for too long—had to(o) many other demands on my time. I read until about 1:00—reached the stopping point that I was aiming for. Bonnie went grocery shopping, Debbie played in her room. After lunch, and shaving, I got back to reading. I took a break to thoroughly water the tomato plants. I read until about 5:20—stopped to put supper in the oven—Bonnie had gone to the garden. Then I read more—got to my stopping point again. We had supper about 6:15—watched CBS news. About 7:30 I took Debbie over to the Lewises. Jerry’s sister stayed with Debbie and Chris while we went to the Community Chorus. Bonnie, of course, was in the presentation (Weill’s Down in the Valley); I sat with Jerry + Carol. Jerry has arranged to meet with Noam Chompsky in early September; he asked me to go along. He wants to discuss his time in Loas—Chompsky just had an article in NY Review of Books, in which he quotes an article which Jerry wrote. At 9:00 I picked up Debbie. Bonnie went to the Chorus splash party (at Yankee Clipper); I stayed home to read. Stopped about 10:30—after Bonnie got home; bathed c. 11:00, OBLO, 11:20.

David’s Diary, July 23, 1970

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David’s Diary – June 18, 1970

Thursday, 18 June 1970

Not up until after 9:00. Had breakfast, then got to work again on Roberts’ OTTV—this again was my main preoccupation for the day. Late in the morning, after passing page 200, I shaved and bathed—actually about noon. Then I did some errands, e.g., changed the wayside pulpit. When I got home we had lunch, then I got down to reading again. Bonnie went off to do grocery shopping, Debbie played in her room. For lunch we had our first “crop” of strawberries—about 6–8 apiece! Few—but they were delicious. About mid-afternoon I had a long phone conversation with Jim Bussey. I was able to make some progress reading, but late in the afternoon I helped prepare supper. Read more after supper, made a phone call to Don McGaw to see if he’s going to keep the xerox copy he made of my doctrinal statement. About 8:15 we went down to Patriquins to watch Ironsides. We came home right when it was over—a thunderstorm was threatening. Rolland Villars was moving out next door—he was in a bad mood because Eddie Garcia wants him out by 12:00—when his lease expires—he wrote hate-notes, attached with knives; I photographed them—we discussed the situation til about midnight. Read, OBLO c. 1:00 A.M.

Friday, 19 June 1970

Up about 9:00—the first thing I called Mr. Howard Keeley at Gordon D.S. inquiring about Rolland Villard—and reporting his strange behavior. Then I had breakfast—and spent the morning trying to finish Roberts OTTV. There were various interruptions, so it took a while. Debbie has a cold apparently. Very runny nose, and it doesn’t take much to upset her. After Bonnie had left for work I finally succeeded in finishing Roberts. Then I had my lunch. The next order of business was the sermon, and this preoccupied me for the rest of the afternoon. During one break I watered the tomatoes and strawberries. I had most of the sermon done when time came for me to start thinking about supper. About  5 o’clock I lit the coals for frying hamburgers. When Bonnie came home (she went to the garden first, for salad greens) we worked on supper together. It was very delightful in the yard. After eating I went to Grace Harris’ to pick up baked goods for tomorrow’s sale. Came home, finished sermon, then we went for a walk down to Bearskin Neck. I got my peace medalion. Came home; I frosted a cake for the sale, did my bulletins; Sestos called—want me to write a letter of reference. Bathed about 11:00; read; OBLO c. 12:00 Θ

Saturday, 20 June 1970

Up about 7:45—ugh! I had to get shaved, get some breakfast, then be at the church by 8:30 to help transport baked goods to Wesley church in Gloucester. About 9:15 Gladys Haskell and I headed on over to Gloucester with the back of the Squareback filled with food. I came on home again about 10:00. I spent the rest of the morning puttering in my study, especially trying to get things straightened up. About noon I was about to have lunch when I got a call from Wesley church; the food sale had fizzled out over there—and they wanted to bring the rest of the food over to our church. So I immediately went to Gloucester and brought food back—helped Gladys + Hazel Brady get set up. Then I came home, had lunch, then napped for about a half hour. About 2:30 I arrived at the garden; planted squash, weeded in the tomato area. Came home about 5:00—spent the rest of the day in the kitchen really. Bonnie had a bad cold and sore throat—and Debbie has a cold. I made a custard for Bonnie, fixed supper, made a cake, cleaned up the kitchen. I wasn’t out of it until about 10:00. Then I relaxed—sat in my study for a while—then I had some of the cake I’d just made. Prepared the service, practiced the sermon; bathed; read; OBLO, 12:30.

Sunday, 21 June 1970

We got up about 7:40. Debbie was coughing—her cold has worsened—and Bonnie’s cold is still pretty bad. Debbie stayed in bed most of the morning. I had breakfast after shaving; I was up early enough not to be rushed; I picked the suckers off the tomato plants. I went to the church about 9:30. We had an average sized crowd; I reported on Conference, the sermon was called: “Keeping in Touch.” I got home about 12:30. Debbie was up running around—but coughing horribly. I fixed lunch—after going over to Bussey’s to get their vaporizer. About 2 o’clock I went over to the garden to cultivate the tomato plants—and to pick off the suckers from them. Left about 3:00—stopped by back beach on the way home to chat with Margaret Reilly—whom I saw strolling along. She’d seen Alan + Maria—they’d been up; Alan’s not in very good shape. I came on home. Had a snack with Bonnie. Relaxed, was in no mood to read, napped. Then we thought about supper—after I bathed—in order to get my hair washed. After supper I spent in evening reading—back to the “qualifying” worked—now I’m in Wurthwein. [1] About mid-evening we called the folks—to wish RSY happy Father’s Day; had a nice chat. Then spent the balance of the evening reading; OBLO, midnight.

Diary entry for June 21, 1970

[1] Probably Ernest Wurthwein, The Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Biblia Hebraica

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Gladys – June 3, 1970

Letter transcription:

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.

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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.

Love Mother

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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Gladys – April 3, 1970

Letter transcription:

Apr. 3-1970

Dear Bonnie –

The wrap-around came, and I have used it every time I cook or clean the kitchen. I like it very much – even the colors.

I am attending a training session in Cincinnati (Missionary Education – Christian Social Relations – Spiritual Growth). Will be here until Sunday noon. May 7-10 will be going to Houston to assembly. Incidentally, is anyone from your area going to assembly? N. Indiana Conference is chartering a plan for our women. Will be going to Valparaiso next Wed. for Ind. Conf. Meeting.

We had a snow storm yesterday morning and we were not sure I could come – but by the time to come here the roads were all clear and by the time we got to Cincinnati we could see no snow, but lots of green grass. Dad drove me to Frankfort and I came with a Wesleyan Service Guild member who was coming. Her husband is manager of Wesley Manor (Home for retired).

Love Mother

Hello David & Debby

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