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Uniting Conference

Letter transcription:

October 13, 1968

Dear David and Bonnie and Debby:

Yours received and application properly filled in and sent on to County Clerk’s office. I paid your taxes last week and am enclosing the receipt. Count that as a delayed birthday gift, or something. The spacer on this machine isn’t working right – and the machine needs a cleaning and other repairs, so must get it to the shop in a day or so.

Today was Layman’s Day in our church and the Lay Leader asked me to participate in the program, which meant I had to be in two services. Dad attended the first service and said he thought I had done very well, but neither of us (the Lay Leader and myself) knew how to turn our pages without making a noise – but other than that he thought we had both done very well. One woman told me afterwards I acted so calm. I had a few butterflies and am glad I won’t have to do that again – at least until next Layman’s day – and I may take a trip that day if asked again. Dad said our minister knows how to turn his pages by the P.A. system without making a sound. We hadn’t learned that little secret.

The weather is so warm today we were able to sit on the patio this afternoon, but we are bound to get some rain and cold weather soon. However, I am going to enjoy this while it lasts.

We enjoyed the pictures and wonder if Debby will hate her parents when she gets a little older and see herself nude. She seems to be growing very well and I believe she looks a little more developed at two months than her daddy did at that age. As I remember you were so slow in growing, you were about two months old before you looked like you were going to be a healthy, hearty baby. However, you soon made up for your slow start.

Next Sunday we have promised to spend the day at Mark’s celebrating Kirk’s sixth birthday. His birthday is really the day before, but Dad has the duty at the Music Hall on Saturday night (and we have free tickets) and Bob Hope is the star attraction. We went last night to hear Dave Brubeck and his group, but didn’t care too much about them. The only thing we could say about it, it wasn’t as loud as some we have heard.

We had to go to Kentland last Thursday, so I stopped to see Mrs. Myers. I took Bonnie’s letter along and read it to her. She seemed to enjoy it. She says she can feel herself getting weaker all the time, but still insists she is going to stay in her apartment as long as she possibly stay.

Indiana is going to have a uniting Conference November 9th and a member of the nominating committee called me yesterday to tell me I have been nominated for the Board that will (or agency) replace Christian Social Concerns. I was really surprised. I am on the present Board, but the new Agency is going to be so streamlined I had no idea I would be nominated. Also the Women’s Society is going to have a Charter Meeting October 30th and that will end my office of Christian Social Relations since the latest idea is that the new officers installed on the 30th will take office immediately. It had been said we would hold over until the middle of May, but evidently not. With my office of President at Trinity, I can do without one of the offices I hold at present. I suppose you know Indiana will after Nov. 9th have just two conferences, North Indiana and South Indiana and the lines will come much further north – as far north as Crawfordville.

I finally got my car, after having it in the body shop about three weeks. The men at the body shop kept telling me they couldn’t get the parts. It looks like a new car and runs very smooth – couldn’t tell we had been slammed into by a truck. After driving the Corvair around town, I was really glad to get back into the Buick.

Love Mother

P.S. Decided to keep your tax receipt – I may need it to get your car license next year.

Why don’t you tell B.U. your Rockport address? On your ballot there will be a yes and no on Pair-Mutuel gambling. The United Methodist church & in fact many chuches are working for a no vote, so your no votes will add two. I have a volume of information as to why the vote should be no and for your information I am enclosing a sourcebook.

[Editor’s note: The Pari-Mutuel Referendum was on the November 1968 ballot in Indiana. To check the results of the election, click here.]

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Summer Trip

Letter transcription:

Saturday morning April 27, 1968

Dear David and Bonnie:

Dad ripped this letter open before he realized it was addressed to you. He has been busy this morning working on his walk around the garage. He ran out of gravel. As much as we had piled around I didn’t think it was possible. We are going out to a farm in this community to look for tocks for our rock garden when he gets through for today. He tried to get someone to come and put up guttering on the new part, but when they didn’t come he decided to do it himself. He will probably be all summer getting the things done he wants to do, but he will enjoy his work.

As I mentioned in my last letter I may not come to Boston on the trip to N.Y. for the workshop June 4 to 7, since we will be coming the middle of July.

Saw Mrs. Myers at the hospital yesterday. She was feeling very good and anticipates leaving the hospital May 3rd. We have invited her to come here for a day or so before she goes home. I have the sweater set = seat, cap and booties (didn’t make the little mittens) finished and Lea is making a carriage robe (or blanket) from several different colors of yarn. She is crocheting and had all the squares finished and was putting them together when she came here last week. We will bring all the things when we come including the outfit (stereo) John is giving you. I don’t know where we will carry out luggage, since we will also be bring the baby bed and a roll away bed. That buick should be able to hold what we have to bring.

Love Mother

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Pat Oliver Hyman

Letter transcription:

April 25, 1968
118 Juniper Court
West Lafayette, Ind. 47906

Dear David and Bonnie:

29 years ago today we moved from Clay City to Kentland. I just happened to think of that when I looked at the date today. As you know, it has been a little more than a year since we moved to W. Laf.

We are having a little set-back in weather. It has been so very warm. Lea and Bob came Friday evening and we gave them a steamboat dinner – William calls it Hoko – that is the name of the pan you sent us which means fire pan. Mark and Shirley and children came Saturday and stayed until Sunday afternoon. The children wanted to watch The Wizard of Oz Saturday evening and it worked out just right. Since they were late in arriving Saturday, we didn’t have lunch until after one o’clock, so didn’t plan an early dinner. We set the two older ones – David Ward had been put to bed – in front of the TV set with trays and they ate there while we adults enjoyed another steamboat dinner. Becky and Kirk said they didn’t think they would like a Chinese dinner, but that is what they got and they were so engrossed in watching the movie, I think they would probably have eaten anything we would have given them. All the adults said they enjoyed steamboat and we finished it off with an apricot dessert which I will show Bonnie how to make when we come in July.

We have tickets to The Lion in Winter with Walter Slezak (sp?) for tonight and tickets for Oliver for Saturday night. Dad has been doing some work on the walk around the garage, so I think a night out will do him some good. He is building up the area around the garage which we had to leave for the winter so the dirt would settle. He said this AM that about two more working sessions and he will have it just about finished. He has seeded the front lawn and the new grass is showing very beautifully. It has to be watered every day or so while it is so young and tender. We have had some good rains since the grass was sown and that has helped. Also all the warm weather helped.

Easter weekend John came and we also had William Yue come Easter Sunday and had steamboat. William seems to enjoy eating here – our second time to have him for that kind of meal. He says it tastes so much better than dorm food. John is getting ready for a Linguistic Institute at U. of I. this summer, so he will be teaching instead of taking the summer off as he did last year.

Mrs. Myers is still in the hospital, but getting along just fine. She is taking cobalt treatments and is going to remain in the hospital until probably May 3rd when she will get her last treatment. She will return home. I haven’t said anything about nursing home, since that seems to disturb her so much. She has come through the surgery and the treatments much better than I thought possible. She looks fine and since she is in bed most of the time and on a salt free diet (she doesn’t know that) she has no swelling in her legs. She was able last week to go to the beauty parlor in the hospital and have her hair washed and set. I go to see her if not every day, nearly every day.

I am to attend another workshop in New York June 4th to 7th. I was hoping your graduation would come at a time when I could come on to Boston and attend the ceremonies, but in your letter received Saturday you stated that your graduation is May 19th. I am afraid that would be a little too long for me to be away, in view of the other places I have to go this summer, such as Bloomington Illinois June 15th to 21 and Greencastle July 7th to 12th. I also have a meeting in Terre Haute May 9th & 10th. I hate to miss this graduation. We were quite pleased that you will receive the honor of Magna Cum Laude. I took your letter to the hospital and read it to Mrs. Myers and she was quite pleased also.

Pat Oliver Hyman’s parents were quite disturbed with her appearance about a month after her wedding. They had a large church wedding, with all the trimmings – reception in the church and a dinner for friends and relatives at their home after the reception. They came to the conclusion that Pat had been pregnant for some time before her wedding and they didn’t know anything about it. She was with her mother at the hospital one day last week and she looked then like she wouldn’t go much longer. She was married Nov. 25 (Dad’s birthday) and told her mother finally on being questioned by Doris that the baby was due in August. After Doris and Patty left that day, Mrs. Myers asked me what I thought (she had told me all about Doris and Harold’s upset). I said if she went until August she would have to be in a wheelchair, because she wouldn’t be able to walk. I also told Mrs. Myers I thought Harold and doris should not make a fuss over this and she said that is what she told them.

[page 2] Monday when I was to see Mrs. M. she showed me a letter she had received from Pat. Pat said her Doctor had told her no more long trips, so she was bemoaning the fact she would not get to go home any more until after the baby comes. Her husband is in school in T.H. Mrs. Myers thought it was strange that she has been limited to trips in the car this soon (presuming the date is August) when Bonnie makes the trip to Boston four times a week.

We have had a lot of fun watching our bird feeders since last fall. When the children were here Saturday and Sunday they got quite a thrill seeing the different birds come for feed. David Ward would get so excited he would stop anything he was doing to watch. Today we have had the cardinals, jays, nuthatch, titmouse, brown headed cow birds, grackle, sparrows, and maybe a few others I haven’t mentioned. We usually have the woodpeckers and the black and white warblers every day also.

It is about time for the mailman to come, so must get this out to the box (to save a trip to the P.O.)

I asked the clerk to send you an application for voting. I am paying your taxes and will count that as a wedding anniversary gift – a little early.

Love Mother

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Cobalt Treatments

Letter transcription:

April 8, 1968

Dear Bonnie & David:

I am sending you your Assessment return which you will have to sign and return to Assessor’s office, Court House, Lafayette. Also the Intangible form which you will have to sign and send in with your $.

Dad has just had a week’s vacation. He worked some around the yard, but the weather wasn’t right every day for working out, so he finished a chest of drawers which he has installed in the back bedroom. It still has to have a coat of varnish or paint. I have applied a sealer coat. I am gradually getting the little back bedroom made over. I took down those red-red-red drapes and have made drapes just to cover the window. I bought a very pretty flowered taffeta which I used for drapes and spreads. I am using a typewriter in the Church office and I am not getting along too well.

Last week I attended a committee meeting and Conference meeting Wednesday and Thursday in Greencastle. I am busy trying to promote the Human Rights celebrations throughout N. W. Indiana Conference. Indiana is going to two Conferences – that is the proposition – and everyone seems to think the proposal will go through – so after this year I probably will not have a conference office, not that I need it. They say that next year will be a year of confusion and at this point no one wants to bet how things will be during the transition period.

[page 2] I am home how after having spent some time at the Ed. Bldg. (across from church) getting the film I am going to show tomorrow night ready for showing. Then I went to accountant’s office to get the tax form, went to Lux. Agency on business about the house, stopped and bought a rose for Mrs. Myers – she has a rose bowl in her room and it needed a fresh rose. She had her first cobalt treatment today and was feeling pretty good. Those treatments have a tendency to make patients nauseated. She has to have four treatments a week – the Dr. said “for weeks,” but maybe it won’t be more than three or four weeks. She seems to feel pretty good and looks fine. We think she has made a splendid recovery. Rev. McClure visited her today and gave her communion. She was very pleased about that.

If you get your intangible postmarked by the 15th that will be soon enough.

Love Mother

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Mrs. Myers Surgery

Letter transcription:

March 26, 1968

Dear David and Bonnie:

Yesterday was a rather busy day for me and I didn’t [get] over to the hospital, but talked to Mrs. M. on the telephone. She had walked in the hall twice yesterday, so that is a “step” in the right direction. She came through the surgery fine. She did have cancer, but Dr. Gery said he was confident that he had gotten all. There were three lumps under her arm which he removed and a large growth in her left breast which required the removal of the breast. I have been with her every day except two or three since she has been in the hospital. She had to be there a week and a half before the surgery, so had a good rest. Now that she is in the hospital she is on a correct diet and with the rest she is getting, is having no swelling in her legs. I plan to go today, but have to be home by four o’clock because the moving van is coming to move the piano to Indianapolis. We are giving it to Becky and this is the first time I could get a moving van. They are taking it with another load – wrong – they are taking it to pick up a load in Indpls. It should be delivered to Mark’s early in the morning.

Last Saturday evening we went to Indianapolis and helped celebrate Shirley’s birthday. I gave her the gold dish I had bought while in Rockport. The little tag on the dish says it is 24 carat gold, but of course, I know that means a little gold paint has been used in it.

Last evening I picked up William Yue at Carey Hall and brought him to the house and we had steamboat. He seemed quite thrilled to get a meal of that kind. I had some chop sticks so put those at his plate which he used in preference to silverware. His father is in the States now to attend the United Conference in Dallas next month. We have invited William to come Easter Sunday. Purdue vacation will be over by then. Next week Dad has several days off and plans to work in the yard. He has gotten the work started. He is putting rocks all around the evergreens – like we had in Kentland. He wants to get the grass seed sown this week if possible. We have a patch in the middle of the front yard that has to be seeded.

The enclosed is a copy of report which I gave at Trinity Methodist Church in Lafayette March 10th. I thought you might be interested in reading it. From everything I hear and read, it looks like you-know-who is not going to have a walk-in next November. I do hope the public at large is going to be so full of everything that we will have an election to be remembered.

Love Mother


The nominating committee at Trinity has asked me to be President of W.S.C.S. next – beginning in June. It is a large society with nearly 300 members and 13 circles. I told the woman who called me to give me a little time to think it over.

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August in Rockport

Letter transcription:

Dec. 22, 1967

Dear David and Bonnie:

David please sign the enclosed form and return in the enclosed envelope to Bankers immediately. This is the investment policy (one on you, one of John and one each on Becky and Kirk) and we have decided not to pay any more on them and have taken paid-up insurance. This policy has nothing to do with your life insurance, but you will eventually get the amount stated as paid-up insurance (or your children will get it).

We went to Kentland yesterday and did what should have been done months ago – cleaned out the files. We have given the contents (furnishings, etc.) to Project Concern after exhausting every effort to get a Doctor into our office. Dr. James Turpin has several missions around and thinks his Project Concern will open one in Chicago for Indians – and from what I have read Chicago has one of the largest Indian reservations in the country – that is, so many Indians have gone there to live and some do not have it much better there than other minority groups. So if our equipment can be used for a clinic or in a hospital for such a group, we will be very happy.

While in Kentland yesterday I delivered our Christmas gifts to Mrs. Myers. She was in bed – not that she was ill, but there had been an electrical storm and so much rain that basements in Kentland were flooded and the furnace for her apartment had been shorted and she had no heat from the furnace. When I went back the second time (we were in Kentland most of the day) she had the oven going (gas) so her place felt very comfortable. She had opened your package and was quite pleased with her gifts. She seems to feel very good – that is she wasn’t complaining about anything. I had forgotten, but she spent last Christmas in the hospital. We left for California last Christmas day. Would have gone this year had we known Indiana would win and go to the Rose Bowl. So many people we know are going – among those Ruth, Floyd and Steve. We are in a “spot” (sort of) here. I hold up for I.U. and that is unheard of around here. You just don’t say a good word for I.U. In fact the Purdue fans are hoping I.U. will get beat by a large score. I reminded one group that Purdue barely squeaked through to victory last time. I’ll bet they wonder what kind of creep I am.

David you should have received two books. If you haven’t already received them, you will after Christmas and those are for a Christmas gift.

I hope your relationship continues to be pleasant with your congregation.

From present plans, we intend to spend our vacation in and around Rockport next summer and we hope we will manage it in August.

Love Mother

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Rockport Has a New Minister

Letter transcription:

November 15, 1967

Dear David and Bonnie:

I checked with Lake Central this afternoon and according to the schedule they gave me I should be arriving in Boston at 10:55 on November 30 – unless of course, weather permits. I have booked a flight for N.Y. on Dec. 4th which will leave Boston at 7 AM to arrive in N.Y. at 7:52. If there are any changes will let you know.

Yesterday I (guess it was Monday) packed three boxes which contain all the wedding gifts which you left here. I insured the boxes, so in case of breakage, you will be able to collect. You should be receiving the boxes in a few days. I sent them parcel post.

Today I entertained two W.S.C.S. circles and this afternoon had a friend stop for a visit, so didn’t get much else done. I had intended to get this letter out in today’s mail, but here I am at 7 PM writing. There is a show on TV which I would like to watch, Androcles and the Lion. Tomorrow Swan Lake Ballet with N and F will be on at the music hall. We will probably go.

Last night we went to Kentland to meet another M.D. about the office. He has an office in Attica and for some reason decided to try Kentland, but doesn’t want to meet our terms. Dad felt like he was half giving the office away on the terms we had set up, but this man wants us to practically give him the place. Dad just said no, he would sell the building and give the equipment away. Dr. Turpin from Hong Kong and Vietnam will be in Kentland to speak Dec. 13th and Dad is going to offer the equipment to him if he wants it, if the last Dr. we talked to doesn’t want to meet our terms. We thought we had a sure prospect in the other Filippinio, but for some reason, after telling us he would take the place, backed off. We have just about decided to sell the building, to get rid of the place. The last two have been Filippinos. The man we talked to last night interned at St. E. several years ago. He has been wanting to do nothing but surgery, but is finding that quite hard to do from a place like Attica. Most people want someone for surgery that has a reputation like Gery or Fields. Last night Dr. Raymondo was wondering why Dr. Gery didn’t retire. I suppose he thinks if enough of the established surgeons around here would retire, he would have a better chance.

I stopped to see Mrs. Myers. She was wheezing and her legs were swollen so terribly I was sure she would have an attack within 24 hours. That is the way her system operates. I have thought about calling her. She said if she got too bad, she would call the Doctor and have him admit her to the hospital. Other than wheezing, she looked pretty good. She was up and dressed. Sometimes when I go, she is just wearing her house coat.

Edna is planning to go to Memphis to visit Betty Jo next week. She is having some trouble with her dentures and is coming to Lafayette this week to have work done. She has to come Thursday and leave her dentures at the Dentist’s office all day. I told her to come here and she said no, she was going back home. She won’t allow anyone to see her without her teeth. She will have to make two trips back and forth that day.

The Janssens and Alma spent the weekend with us. Everyone but myself attended the football game Saturday afternoon, when Purdue trounced Minnesota. I attended a Christian Social Concerns meeting at Wesley Foundation. The weather was not cold, but there was rain. I was out of my meeting in time to come home and have dinner ready by the time the rest came home from the game. We all went to the Music Hall to see Ray Charles and his orchestra. Somehow I can’t enjoy that type of music after listening to my opera and symphony records. Jack Benny is to be at the Music Hall Saturday night. Dad has complimentary tickets for us to attend, since he is will be the M.D. in case one is needed (at 7 o’clock show). Alma started back home early Sunday morning. The Janssens went with us to church and then we had dinner at the Flame. They started back to LaPorte later in the day. John is in school here and is playing on the freshman football team.

I presume you will have preached your first sermon at Rockport by the time you receive this – maybe you will get it before. I just hope you can establish a good relationship with your congregation. The town sounds like it would be a good place to live. I am anxious to see the parsonage and the surroundings.

Have some business to take care of – we are still trying to collect some accounts – so must get this finished.

Love Mother

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