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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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Gladys – March 26, 1970


Letter transcription:

March 26, 1970

Happy Easter – and I hope this reaches you before Sunday. I am sending Debby a present for Easter, but you may not get it before the Day, but since she won’t know the difference maybe it won’t make her too unhappy. I have been taking therapy on my right arm and find I am having a struggle to get my muscles back in shape. After having a cast on the arm 6½ weeks, the old muscles don’t want to go back to work. I go to the Health Center every day at 3:30 and it takes about an hour. I am out by the time the Doctors get off work, so we (Dad & I) come home together. I have to take Dad to work every day after lunch, because we cannot have two cars on the campus at one time.

We are planning to go to Japan July 22nd and return home August 12. That is the schedule for the plane for the Purdue Band. We have bought one tour which will take us to Expo, but we will have more time than this one tour takes. I have an acquaintance who is a missionary in Nagasaki and if she is going to be home at the time we are in Japan, we will probably go and see her and do some sight seeing in that area.

John just called. He is coming over for the weekend and will be here tomorrow evening. I had thought about having Mark’s children come for a few days, since they will be having spring vacation, but my therapy has been keeping me so tired, I am afraid I couldn’t meet the effort it would take. According to the weather forecast we are to have cold weather for the weekend and that would mean they couldn’t play out of doors, so I am afraid they wouldn’t like staying too much.

We plan to go to Kentland Tuesday – Dad has a dental appt. I will visit Mrs. Myers.

I am going to Cincinnati April 2 to 5th to attend a training session for my new job as Chairman of Missionary Education for the Conference.

I thought you might enjoy seeing the enclosed picture taken from the slide. The colors are not too good, but the picture turned out better than I thought it might.

Love Mother

Mark and his family, summer 1970

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Gladys – February 9, 1970

Letter transcription:

118 Juniper Court
W. Lafayette, Ind. 47906
Feb. 9, 1970

Dear David, Bonnie & Debby,

The best time I could get out of NY on the 27th was or rather is to arrive Boston at 3:24 PM American. Will drop you a line if there is any change. The best flight back on the 3rd will be at noon from Boston. May change that, but we have time to do that. Would rather have an earlier flight if possible. That was the best time to make connections in Chicago to Lafayette.

We are having snow today and the temperature is around freezing. Norma Zell was coming here for lunch – then she had a committee meeting to attend, but called and said she was afraid to start. When Dad came home for lunch he said the country roads were slick – he had heard. The forecast is for freezing rain. I rather think I will stay home today. I have been driving, but don’t have to go out, so think it will be better to stay in. Dad put some mail in the box for me, so I really don’t have to go out. I am typing this with my left hand. Have to keep my right arm in the sling, or if I don’t it gets a little grouchy – like it starts to ache, and feels like it is going to swell – or do something else uncomfortable.

Get me an appointment with Drew for a shampoo and set on Sat. the 18th.

Lea, Bob and our Japanese friend Akiko are coming for the Purdue-Illinois game Sat. They are coming on Friday evening. We are planning a Hoke-Pan dinner for them on Fri. Akiko will go back to Tokyo at the end of the school year. She will return to her teaching position at University in Tokyo.

Since this is no fun to write with one hand, and since I am so slow in getting things done – and I have a few things to do, I will save my conversation until I get to Rockport. However, I will add, I am bringing material for bathrobes for Bonnie and myself. I hope Bonnie can make mine while I am in Rockport. Also will bring dress material for myself which I will not be in a hurry about.

Love Mother

(by left hand)

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David’s Diary – January 1, 1970

[Editor’s note: While previously posting a week’s worth of entries, going forward posts will be assembled based on word count. For example, if one day’s entry reaches 1,000 words then one day=one post. Otherwise, posts may be three to five days combined.]

Thursday, 1 January 1970

One of my first deeds of the new year was to wish Debbie Happy New Year when she came running into the bedroom as I was getting up—around 9:00. We took Debbie downstairs to introduce her to her new “gym”; she didn’t want anything to do with it at first, but after some breakfast she showed more interest, and began using the slide. After I had breakfast I took a leisurely bath, washed my hair; Dad was working on the coat rack in the front hall. I helped some on that too. And we took a few photos of Debbie playing on the gym. We all got ready to go, and left the house about 11:30. Drove to King’s Grant Motel in Danvers for the folks to make (by wire) motel reservations for their trip home. Then we drove back to Gloucester and had lunch at Captain Courageous restaurant. Returned home, continued work on the coast rack; about the middle of the afternoon I went to Gloucester to see one of Jim Bussey’s parishioners (Mrs. Stickney). The rest of the day I spent relaxing, working on coat rack, painted, had supper, scraped paint off window, glued chairs, watched football games (RSY’s desire), took photos of Mom + Sully. Headed for bed around 11:30. In the evening called Larry Carter re: when he and Marva are coming—they’ll spend part of Saturday with us. OBLO c. 12:20 Θ

Mother reports that John insists that the new decade doesn’t begin until next year—1971—which I also insisted with Bonnie—she disagrees. But in any case the 1970s do begin today; what kind of decade will it be? Some commentator has observed that in the 60’s we came to recognize + realize many of our problems + crises—and that we must move toward solution in the 1970’s. We can only hope—but with Nixon, Agnew + Mitchell, and their types—blind, insensitive, wrongheaded, guided by outmoded views of the world—hope might be in vain. I. F. Stone wonders if we will be a “free” nation in 1976. I do wonder what the quality of life will be then, and the mind-set of the American people. Will we fail because of a lack of great leadership; the problems are so massive, the need for great leaders so desperate—who will resist all simplistic and repressive solutions; racism, pollution, over-population, nuclear weapons—any of them can spell ruin and disaster if unchecked. We are now in the crisis period—lacking the leaders, and lacking the right popular mood—for overcoming the crises. I am afraid that the 70’s will be as frightful and as terrifying as the 60’s.

Friday, 2 January 1970

Up twice this morning—once before 7:30 to see the folks off. As soon as they left I went back to bed. Up again after 9:00. Had breakfast. I went to the Building Center to get more screws + coat hooks. Came home and got to work—tried to put hinges on Debbie’s crib, but had difficulties. Turned to the painting of the coat rack. But I stopped this about 11:45 to get ready to go. Shaved, had lunch, left here shortly after 12:30. Got gas, picked up Karen Haskell, headed into Boston. We picked up Loyd Starrett at 100 Milk Street, went to Andover-Newton. From c. 2:15 til about 3:00 we discussed Steve Winckler with Dr. Walter Telfu. After leaving A-N returned to Boston, went to Cokesbury (Loyd took subway back to work) the[n] came on home—arrived about 5:00. We [went] to Lord’s—to pick up Debbie, home about 5:30—relaxed, (Debbie went to sleep) fixed supper, watched news. About 6:40 left (with Debbie) for Gloucester to pick up Bonnie, got home about 7:15—had supper watched some TV—finished painting, put up hooks. Relaxed; feeling very weary. Late in the evening I began putting some thought into Sunday’s Communion message. Tried to get ideas from a book by Lumpkin—very insipid; I hate preaching on communion—or Easter—or Xmas; I would like to ignore the NT interpretation of Jesus! (which is hard on such occasions)/ Bathed, read briefly in bed; LO 12:35.

Saturday, 3 January 1970

Up about 9:15. Had breakfast, then met the 10:17 train from Boston, to pick up Larry Carter, whose main reason for coming to Rockport was David Milke’s wedding. I hadn’t seen much of Larry for a long time, so it was good to get together again. I put up the remaining coat hooks while we chatted—as usual the subject got around to politics and religion. Larry’s wife Marva couldn’t come today because of the pressure of her studies. After lunch we continued our visiting until about 2:00, when Larry left for the wedding. Until he returned about 5:00, I worked on sermon, making phone calls, began a list of “things to do”, had a short visit from Homer Orne, did some sanding on Debbie’s gym. When Larry arrived we got into discussion again (also, in transferring Debbie to Bonnie—I was holding her—my glasses got knocked to the floor, and the left stem broke; so I was without glasses for several hours while the glue did its worked—rather uncomfortable)  Much of our discussion today was about race, but we got into our customary tangle over theology; I frankly don’t understand Larry’s position now—he seems to be trying to be theistic and non theistic at the same time; I told him that the question of God no longer really concerns me—it’s irrelevant; theology bores me. Had supper together. Took Larry to the train at 6:20. Stopped for milk; returned home and began work again on my sermon and tomorrow’s service—and my Sunday School lesson; bathed, OBLO, c. 1 AM.

Debbie on completed “gym,” February 1970

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David’s Diary – December 29, 1969

Monday, 29 December 1969   

Up about 9:00; had breakfast, shaved. Spent the morning in my study, filing, straightening up, etc. We got a call from Mom a few minutes before 11:00. They were a few miles east of Sturbridge. When Bonnie got home from grocery shopping, we put the food away, I carved up t[w]o roasts—then we had lunch; just as we were finishing about 1 o’clock, the folks arrived. They had brought a bed for Debbie + a hobby horse. We got those put together. Bonnie went to work. The folks relaxed; then went to get their car washed + to do odds + ends. I studied until they returned. Then we set about preparing for supper; played with Debbie; watched CBS news; had supper when Bonnie got home; in the evening we took a lot of pictures; showed our slides, sat around talking; went to bed, LO about 12:50.

Tuesday, 30 December 1969

Up about 8:30. Had breakfast—then Dad and I got to work on our project for the day—making a “gym” for Debbie—she can crawl into it, climb on it, slide down it. We went to the Building Center, got the wood, came home and got to work. We relaxed for a short while after lunch, I read I.F. Stone, and took two photos of RSY on the couch with the cat! [1] Then we spent the rest of the afternoon on the “gym”—had to make another trip to the Building Center after 4:00. About 6:00 we stopped for supper. I shaved, then went to get Hazle Lord, who baby sat while the 4 of us went to the show: Bob + Carol + Ted and Alice—a rather good satire. Then we got home about 9:00. I took Hazle home, saw Barb for a few minutes. Came home; relaxed, socialized, bathed about 11:30.  OBLO, Θ – 12:30.

 Wednesday, 31 December 1969

Up about 9:00. Had breakfast—then we got to work on the day’s assignments; first of all Dad Bonnie and I made a trip to Gloucester which took all morning. We went to Mals, Sears, + Gloucester Building Center—gradually we found most of what we had set out to buy. We got back home around noon. After lunch, Dad + I got to work on Debbie’s “gym”, after a trip to Rockport Building Center for “washers”—and fixing kitchen faucets. We spent all afternoon on the gym—keeping an ear open for Debbie (we were in the basement, she in her room) while Bonnie + mom went out shopping; we had supper at 6:30, watched CBS news. In the evening Pop + I returned to working on the gym. As we got close to finishing we brought it upstairs; relaxed, had pop-corn. Watched Johnny Carson show to celebrate the coming of the new year—they telecast the view of Times Square in NYC. Then we all turned in; OBLO, 12:20.

Roscoe, Rockport, 1969

[1] He hated cats.

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David’s Diary – December 22, 1969

Monday, 22 December 1969

Up about 9:00 after Θ+. Had breakfast, then got to work: reading in Lindblom. Bonnie went shopping. When Debbie napped I shaved, read some more. After the mail man came I went to see Mrs. Bonne and her mother-in-law re: German translation of the wedding ceremony. Went to Mals for throat lozenges—then went to see Hannibals. Home about 1:30 for lunch. Then the remainder of the afternoon, for the most part, was spent reading in Lindblom. Played with Debbie a while. Began working on supper about 6:30, watched CBS news. We ate when Bonnie got home from work. After supper I again took up Lindblom; about 9:00 we phoned Mom + Dad—they wanted to know if we wanted baby furniture they can bring. Also phoned Paul + Marty; they don’t know when they’ll be coming; read til 11:00; relaxed; read in bed—fighting sore throat; LO 12:30.

Tuesday, 23 December 1969

Up about 8:30. Had breakfast, shaved—my throat very sore, but I couldn’t put off any longer making calls. The car wouldn’t move—the emergency brake was frozen again. So I walked to Mill Brook Park. Saw Ethel Leary, Anna + Alvina, Gertrude Parsons and Ellie Martin. Came home about 11:00. Had coffee with Bonnie + Cameron Sesto. Looked through the mail when it came. Grandma + Emil arrived just as we were having a late lunch. In the afternoon I did more calling: on Lucy Patience, Grace Harris + Louise Rich; didn’t see Esther Longley—then went shopping on Bear Skin Neck—last little something for Bonnie. Came home, relaxed—napped; Roy Lee arrived to look at the car about 6:00. Bonnie went out to consult with him (my throat too sore)—he’ll have the car towed tomorrow; had supper, CBS news. In the evening showed several boxes of slides, relaxed, bathed about 11:15, OB read; LO 11:55.

Wednesday, 24 December 1969

Up about 8:30. Had breakfast after reading in Lindblom for a while. The day was a leisurely one. Relaxed and read, off and on. I tried to stay inside as much as possible to help my throat—which is much better. Roy Lee sent a tow truck to take our car away—he brought it back early in the afternoon. I read and napped in the afternoon—late in the afternoon Bonnie urged us to unwrap the presents—which we did—took many photos of Debbie. After the gift exchange I ran off bulletins for this evening’s service. Had supper around 6:00, watched CBS news. We left for the church after 7:30 (Debbie stayed with Sestos). We were all home by 9:30. We relaxed around the tree—had a snack—Bonnie + Emil played Scrabble. I watched 11 o’clock news   bathed, OBLO c. midnight.

Thursday, 25 December 1969

Up about 9:00 after Θ. Another day of relaxation and reading. In the morning Bonnie and Grandma + Emil played Scrabble. I took some pictures from pages in the Westminster Bible Atlas—also took several on a new roll of Debbie, Bonnie + Grandma. G + Emil had lunch with us, but by about 2:00 they left. They wanted to get home before dark—they had planned to stay tonight, but there’s a storm on the way. I napped in the afternoon, read further in Lindblom. We had supper about 6:30. In the evening I had a call from Alan Federick (in NY!), also called Mrs. Myers in Kentland. Early in the evening I went to see Mrs. Bonne who had worked on getting a translation of the wedding vows. Most of my evening was spent with Lindblom—reached half-way point. Watched 11 o’clock news for storm report; relaxed, bathed; OB read in Lindblom; LO, 12:53.

Friday, 26 December 1969

Up about 10:00 after Θ. First thing: shaved, then had breakfast, then went to Gloucester to see Margaret Stickney—one of Jim Bussey’s parishioners—read 2 psalms, offered prayers. Quite a storm was raging—heavy wet snow—changing to rain. Then I went to Alan Federick’s—from NY on the phone he had asked me to check on his mail—good thing I did—it was getting drenched. Came home, had late lunch. Bonnie went to work I spent the afternoon with Debbie, tried to collect thoughts for sermon—was feeling pretty lethargic. Began working on supper about 6:30. Made some date bars. Bonnie got home about 7:15; we had supper about 8:00  I left for Wesley Church for wedding rehearsal; couple was late—so rehearsal went late; just relaxed when I got home, practiced German—still lethargic; bathed; OB read; LO, 12:45.

Saturday, 27 December 1969

Took several pictures of Debbie in her mother’s shoes.  Up about 9:00. Shaved, had OJ for breakfast; prepared for wedding. Left here about 10:20. Wedding was at 11:00. I did pretty well with the German part (the bride might not have thought so!) The couple was Walter J. Johnson, Jr. + Hannelore Ollech. I was home about 11:30. Letter from Pat Harry. Helped Bonnie take down the Xmas tree. Had lunch—then went on errands—to dump and to the church. Then the rest of the afternoon was devoted to the sermon. Shortly after 6:00, Bonnie comment[ed] on gas or oil smell—so we checked the basement—found it flooded!  about 5 inches of water. When we were finishing supper, Ernie Niemi arrived with a pump—it worked all evening; and I worked all evening on getting the sermon ready (played with Deb) doing bulletins, prepared service; bathed; OBLO, 1:30.

Sunday, 28 December 1969

Up about 9:00; had breakfast, shaved, practiced my sermon. Left for the church about 10:40. 28 in attendance; preached on “What have we learned?”—reflecting on the 1960s—touched on Vietnam. After getting home had lunch, set about straightening up my study; got a phone call from Mom in Utica, NY.—the heavy snow has slowed them down—they won’t be here til tomorrow. I then relaxed, took a nap. Got up about 3:45—had meeting at 4:00—to discuss Youth Group seminarian. This meeting was long—wasn’t over til after 6:00. Came home, phoned Andover Newton’s field work man; had supper. Left here at 7:20 for Riverdale Church—Methodist Men—very poor turnout—5 laymen, Landon Lindsay + myself. Picked up Alan Federick’s mail on way home; helped Bonnie fix oven, relaxed, watched 11 o’clock news, bathed; OBLO, c. 12:20 Θ.

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Gladys – December 17, 1969


Letter transcription:


Dear David & Bonnie,

Since Dad has the duty the 26th we will plan to leave here at 7 a.m. on the 27th. We should, weather permitting, get to Rockport by the evening of the 28th. We will plan to start back on the morning of Jan. 2 – so we will be with you 4 days.

If you want us to, and if we can fit it into the car, we will bring the large baby bed along and also a hobby horse which Becky, Kirk and David have used. If you do want either let us know. The hobby horse and bed are both in good condition, and should do Debby as long as she will need either. Please let us know in time to bring them.

I went to Kentland Monday and took Mrs. M. her gifts for Christmas. She said she would be alone for the first time on Christmas day. I said we could bring her here, but she thinks she couldn’t stand the trip. Doris and Harold are not going to be home for Christmas. I wish we could bring her here, but she only gets out now to have her hair done and to the foot Dr.

Our U.N.I.C.E.F. sales this year, so far has been almost $4,300.00, which is about $700.00 more than last year – in spite of all the John Birch members here in Lafayette and their hate literature. Dad said he thinks they helped promote the sales.

Looking forward to seeing you the 28th

Love Mother

P.S. I wrote to Irene & Joyce we would be in Rockport and asked them to come and see us. I haven’t heard from either, so don’t know if they plan to come. If they do, we will go to Capt. C. in G. for dinner.

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