I was anxious to get your last letter to learn about your other. It i certainly splendid that she is improving . Indeed I was in much suspense for a while until I got your letter and then Merl told me this morning at church about her. Your family must have been at a high pitch of anxiety Tuesday. I feel much encouraged over her seeming improvement in cooking. I think the same thing is true with your cooking as is true of you other many accomplishments – its not nearly as bad as you imagine. Anyway if patience will help any i have quite a liberal supply. Don’t be embarrassed any more over cooking for me. Anything would be preferred to bachelorhood such as prof and I have experienced this week. You should be thankful, dear, that I gave you that course in steam heating one evening since you have to run the steam roaster your father gave your mother. The other night when it was so cold the north door of the lower north bathroom blew open and froze things in good shape. It took prof and I nine hours to get things going again only to awaken the next morning to find some radiators and two pipes in the bathroom broken. Well, it took all day to repair the damages and last night we fired all night to prevent further freezing. The worst part of the accidents was that on Friday Mr. Crosbie gave us an invite” over to dinner and Saturday Marshes inited us out. Things are working all right now.
It seemed strange to have Ralph returning last night without you. You wonder if any one will miss you from school, wh I should say they do. Several have asked about you. As for me, there is something missing from every phase of school. I go to meals and no Ruth, between classes, no Ruth, go past the girls dormitory and no Ruth, and so on thru the day. This will be a little seasoning for the next year won’t it?
Such a busy life I have been living. We had to work so hard to get things heated up but at last it is done and we didn’t have a great lot of trouble. President Carrell spoke in chapel this morning on the thee “Today is the golden tomorrow you dreamed about yesterday”. He presented a new set of loose leaf encyclopedias which were donated by an eastern Friend to the college. With this gift we also received the previlege of obtaining any further information from their information bureau and also each year for ten years we will receive additional up to date material to add to returned from basketball practice and my feet are almost as sore as your dear hands I’ll venture. I can hardly walk but I am that way after every practice. Do you think a few burns cuts, and bruises would kill my desire to hold your hands Not so easy as that dear, Don’t you remember the measles and they couldn’t keep me away
What do you know I have my oration finally complete. I have to recopy it now. I gave it the title “Breaking the Deadlock”. Doesn’t that sound big for a little fellow like your sweetheart? I’m quite well pleased with this edition; it is only the fourth. I have finished reading three books. I enjoy reading almost as much as you enjoy playing the piano. Though I seldom say much, Ruth, I do marvel and pride myself in having a sweetheart who is able to play so well. I think that will mean much to our home.
Next Monday evening the workers council of the church are to hav I wish you were here to go with me. We are invited because you have charge of the juniors and because I teach a Sunday School class. Next Tuesday we journey to Hastings to play our first basket ball game. I’m afraid we won’t be in very good condition for this game and we’re liable to be defeated. Yet that is a poor way to look at it, isn’t it?
I will have a big kiss for you when you get here. I’m not conservative – I have lots of them. I hae it all planned as to what I will do when I see you. There is no use; to take my love for you away from me would leave y soul a dreary looking thing. I realize more than ever what our love means and – oh! – for the time when it can be complete!
So glad you went to see your mother and that she is improving. It makes me love you more to realize how loyal and devoted you are to your home.
School has taken its normal course again since vacation but no one seems to have a great deal of enthusiasm or zeal. We have all the post vacation matters relating to the furnace work finished much to my satisfaction. Guy Puckett and I were invited to Guy Solt’s house for dinner and we had a good time. Professor Watson and his son stopped by. Mr. Watson is an outcast now; his home is quarantined because his wife has scarlet fever. Mr. Watson moved in to the dormitory. Alice isn’t very sick but needs to be secluded for three weeks.
Several are asking when you will return. Lee says the glee club doesn’t work properly when you aren’t here. Maybe I could take your place? I wish I could. I fear several of our boys are going to quit perhaps before the end of the semester. If so,, I’ll have to recruit more. We can’t run an institution with no boys.
It is a great encouragement to me to know that you have made such rapid progress in the art of housekeeping. I always knew I wouldn’t starve when we are married. You must be careful with such cooking instruments as you’ve been telling me about. But then you do have insurance, don’t you?
I can sympathize with your desire to be away from the grind of school like but I love school so much that I enjoy it nevertheless. It sees that since I have taken this furnace work I have been in a whirlpool of activity. Now that we are spending an hour an a half a day on debate together with basketball I’m almost sunk. I talked with President Carrell this afternoon and expressed my desire to return to the stewardship I don’t want this job another year so it seems best for me to express myself that another can be trained but I know of no one who wants the job.
We lost the basketball game in Hastings 68 to 9 but the game was really better than the score indicated. Hastings is a splendid team; I’ll venture they win the championship of the conference. This trip to my old home town brought back very vividly to my mind a large part of my experience. How we often forget the past and the things that have made us what we are!
We had a good time at the oyster social. about forty were there and believe me a great quantity of soup was consumed. We also had apple pie and coffee. Dale Ferguson and I were the servers; it certainly kept us busy waiting on all those folks. We had to leave before the program to get to basketball practice. We got our new suits. Say they sure are pretty; maroon pants with old gold trimmings and maroon jerseys with “Central” written across the front in old gold letters. Our first home game is January 24 so you’ll be here for that.
During this lovely weather the folks moved back to Shelton. The kiddies were tickled and Leonard crys when mother mentions moving to Kearney again. It was quite a misfortune for them to have to move but it seemed best. They will no doubt move again before spring. I wouldn’t like that, would you? I wish I could possess some of the qualities of humility and patience in time of disappointment that the folks have.
I must do some ironing yet before retiring or my laundry will “mildew” whatever that is. Mother told me about it. I surely had a big ironing this time – about nine shirts.
Since you left I have been lazing around attempting little and likewise accomplishing little. Reading and sleeping mostly. I had decided not to go home but changed my mind and then almost missed the train. The train was do at 7:15 and I left the dorm at 7. The train was just starting to leave when I got there but I flagged it down and they stopped and let me on. All are happy at home. Chester and Katherine have been ill. They were glad to see me but no more so than I was to see them. I visited my friends the Claars. You might be interested in the advice Mr. Claar gave me. He said the thing I should be looking for was marriage to a girl who would be a real help mate. He felt I needed “stabilizing” – that I needed to come down soon from the vague theory and actually go to work. He says a wife is a stabilizing factor to man. I should select only the best. I have already chosen and have the best in the world. I am already on the road to stability if a wife is the requirement.
What did I tell you sweetheart? I knew when Mr. Bell saw you the contract would be signed. I’m so happy about it, it will be much better for you than teaching in a rural school. I’m also glad you are going to summer school. Much of the future of the children depends on you. After you teach a year or two you ought to be better prepared to teach our children.
The coach, the boys, and I have just been holding conference on matrimonial affairs. Coach said he thought a an fortunate who found the girl he loved while in college and went with her until marriage. Of course I agreed. I’m awfully sorry that you felt the way you did after last Friday night. It makes me realize in a new way how much sexual life must mean and involve to a woman .I don’t blame you entirely, I have some responsibility. I have confessed that my control of my sexual life is weak. One reason why it has been more difficult for me than for you is that I have known methods of prevention while you have not. At any rate I’m glad we haven’t indulged and I hope we don’t until we are married and then oh boy! It will be hard, but I think it can be done. But sweetheart I can’t give up loving you some and it will be hard not to especially during this nice weather (you know man’s failing in spring).
I had a good time at home. During the tree days I acted as visitor, mother, and housewife. First of all I like our house; it is nice and in a fine part of town. Mother and Father went to Omaha on Friday and left me in charge. I cooked, washed dishes, kept the kids and all those things that you generally do in the summer. Really though, I enjoyed it. There are two or three men who come around daily in wagons and trucks selling ice cream. They have a bell that rings as they go. The kiddies go wild when they hear those bells and about the only way to keep peace is to dig out a nickel apiece for them to buy ice cream. It would grow old in a few days with me but it was great fun to see their beaming faces as they pled for money to buy ice cream. Children are a great nuisance but them dearly.
I was told that Roy and Mabel had been married a year ago May 24. Goodness – and then we postpone it because we’re poor! I remember last summer noticing on a letter Roy was writing he heading “Dearest Wifey” and the close “your hubby” but then he said they only kidded each other. There was more truth than one surmised. I wouldn’t want to get married that way, would you? When we marry I’m going to live with you. Kenneth Hawkes has decided to go with Guy Puckett east to join the prohibition caravan. Guy was disappointed this morning as he tried to get me to go with him. He was overjoyed to hear of Kenneth’s decision.
In the morning my job begins. I hope tow of us won’t need to work together as I would much rather do as I did last summer. With Guy Solt at the helm of the campaign I won’t have the freedom of choice that I had last year but I am going to scheme with all my might to be at the home of Bert Benton for July 4. When you are in Kearney I can come up Saturday evening on the train ad return Sunday evening. For once the train connections are perfect.
You know only too well how much I would enjoy being at the Estes conference with you. I think of you taking hikes and climbing mountains as we shall do together someday.
I don’t like my work as well as I did last year I am going to have to walk a lot. With two of us using the same car, one will have to walk in town while the other drives in the country. I walked all over Central City yesterday. Was I tired? I felt like you did when you climbed Teddy’s Teeth. I’m going to finish Central and possibly go to Aurora by train. Our car is being overhauled.
You must be careful and not crowd Helen too hard when climbing some of those mountains. I would suggest a derrick or block and tackle! That made me laugh
News paper clipping enclose: While there is no law against punishing public school pupils in Iowa, Omaha school officials called attention to the fact that in NE the law strictly forbids a teacher to whip his or her pupils. Corporal punishment may be administered only after a teacher has called the parent and obtained permission in NE and must be administered in the presence of the parent.
It’s been about 2 days since you left and it seems such a short while. It is much easier and more pleasant to work now since I have seen you.
Today I was out in Aurora. Goodness but those graduates were scattered out! I drove thirteen miles and back to see one fellow and he isn’t going to college. I stopped at Boring’s where we talked about school, especially of Hartford. Im’ not entirely enthusiastic about that school. Mr. Boring gave me a catalogue and I’m going to look it over some more (especially to see if two can live as cheaply as one). I would prefer to go to a school where we could gt more music than is offered there and more work in such subjects as economics, history, sociology, etc. Of course I would want these subjects flavored with theology and philosophy I’m going to send for Harvard and Yale catalogues. I understand that scholarships are given by these schools.
We have decided to head north in the morning nd plan to be in Springbank and Elkvalley next Sunday, July 1. It won’t be long now! In some ways that isn’t so good as I had hoped. You see the fourth is on Wednesday and that means we will hav to move on. But whether we are there on the fourth or not we will be there Sunday.
On Tuesday Guy left for the west so I traveled alone over the nearby country. Really I have much to feel encouraged over for the next year. The prospects are lining up better than I had anticipated. I’m so glad because NCC has big place in my heart. To see it struggling and failing hurts me. I’m hoping and praying (also working) for a large enrollment next year.
Yesterday I went by train to Shelton to see Edith and a boy living in town. He says he will come to NCC as a sophomore. I didn’t get to see Edith so I’ll save my high powered talk that I had ready for her until a later time. I certainly hope she decides to go to school. There isn’t much hope now for a young person without an education.
If they don’t they must content themselves with meager employment with little hope for advancement. Or if they just stay at home all they can expect is marriage, thank goodness for that. I surely want our children (as though we already had them) to have a good education. I was reading about the change in attitude toward marriage and the raising of children. It used to be that a girl had two choices, marriage at a rather early age or being an old maid. Bearing and raising children was an essential part of the contract and it was taken for granted that girls knew how to raise children. Now having children is a matter of choice (among the educated). The educated mother and father realize more fully the task of raising children. We have a much different attitude and technique in the whole business. I know you will be a good wife and mother. Our whole attitude toward home is so similar.
I signed off my last letter to meet you in my dreams. Well we met, and in an unusual way. You were the mother and me the father of twins! The dream was so real. It was one I hope never quite comes true, don’t you? This afternoon we learned that Mary Engle Wiley had twins. Now honest dear, I’m not involved in any way. The Wiley’s case is sad. The babies had to be taken from hr prematurely at 7 mo. They died about two hours after their birth. Imagine her grief and sorrow.
I’m going to be awfully disappointed I’m afraid. I can’t possibly be with you on Sunday, I’ve been scheming my best but it looks quite impossible now. I haven’t lost all hope in seeing you for the fourth; Guy and I are still trying to make it possible.
This waiting business is hard but I think I can endure though under our present circumstances. I don’t think I could if you were with m a great deal. It i then that I want you the most passionately. When you are away I want you for your companionship, interest, love, and help, as well as for the other reasons
I had a letter from Mother in which she said that Leonard’s could use his arm a little now although it is still cooked. She thinks it will straighten out all right though. Edith is applying for a nursing position and if she fails she is coming to Central next year. If she wants to be a nurse I don’t object yet I would like very much for he to get more substantial background and outlook on life before she does.
Guy and I talk a lot. Isn’t that surprising? and about everything. We two are getting some interesting ideas about raising boys and girls in our work. Some cases we find are pitiful and my heart goes out to them. Guy is one person whose interests coincide with mine and we both love to talk…you know the rest.
7/25/28 St. Libory, NE
I’m so sore and stiff this morning that I can scarcely move. I have shocked wheat since Sunday. It was almost one when we got home Sunday. This didn’t make me much th stronger for my ordeal on Monday. I’ve just got to get my sleep. Last night Merl and I went to Central City. I got a letter from Edith and I was happy that she has decided to go to school next year. She will go one or two years and then teach. Since Edith has bcome a woman I have ahd very little contact with her This will be an opportunity to get acquainted. I’m anxious for school to start.
I wish I had this shocking over. It is such hard work. I have about a day and a half yet. Can’t you imagine me a farmer boy? I’d like the farm work much better if I was used to it but – oh my! – its hard on student solicitors. I will have work here for at least two weeks, perhaps longer These people are fine to live with.
8/1/28 St. Libory, NE
I got overheated yesterday afternoon and oh how I have suffered since . I worked yesterday till after six before I gave up and then today I managed to drag around until four. I never felt so all in in my life . I suppose I will try it again tomorrow; if I go under again I think I will give up trying and go home. Merl was sick yesterday too so we aren’t very ambitious. This farm life isn’t what it might be. To work at five and quit at eight. Can you imagine student solicitors enjoying such hours?
Each day at four I think of you in the pool and on these hot days I wish I was with you. I hope Lillian is taking good care of your ear and I hope we are all well again by Sunday. I will be coming even if Merl doesn’t.
8/8/28 St. Libory
I got a letter from President Carroll asking me to accept the book store position for this year which I will, of course. Also got news of several more students who have decided to come to school.
It is a fortunate arrangement that Merl and I have here. You see when Lillian writes I too find out all the news and vice versa. We put in eleven and a half hours of actual threshing which is the most we have done this summer. The day offered a little excitement when my mules ran away. Thy ran around over the field for awhile then stopped about a half mile away. I didn’t mind them running, but I disliked the walk I had to make to get them.
8/14/28 Columbus NE
It seemed awfully good to get home again. I certainly miss the kiddies though they and mother will be home next Sunday. Dad was so tickled to see me he could scarcely constrain himself. Now he insists that I shall not do any work between now and the time school begins. I think I would die with nothing to do. He said he would give me $3/day and board and room if I would just rest. Could one ask for any better position? Dad is in a position to help us children now and he insists on doing it. He says that he wants to pay some of my school expenses and finance Edith too. I can realize and understand why he wants to do it and I know he would be disappointed if he didn’t get to.
8/16/28 Columbus NE
Tuesday afternoon I went out to Camp Sheldon to se Mr. Thomas. He at once asked me to come out next week and serve as cabin leader for the High Y group of boys. Since dad won’t let me work I’m going to spend ten day at the camp. It will be a lot of fun. If you see Merl tell him Mr. Thomas would very much like to have him at the camp too.
8/22/28 Camp Sheldon, YMCA boy’s camp
I’m having a wonderful time. Nothing to do but things that are enjoyable an easy. We jump out of bed at 6:15, take our exercises, dip in the pool – oh, oh its chilly! By the way, nature’s own is our only attire, then come breakfast, a morning talk, morning watch and then a succession of studies and lecture until noon. The afternoon is athletics and swimming. In the evenings we have campfire and a speaker.
My cabin is the first one on the south and is called “Sky Chief”. I have a fine bunch of boys. We compete for honors. Yesterday only one other cabin obtained more honors than ours. We leaders act as officials for the games. I hope to learn more about swimming and lifesaving. I’m taking the courses offered in leather craft and first aid. In leather craft I am braiding a chain. Maybe I’ll carry the knife you gave me for my birthday on it.
8/26/28 Camp Sheldon
The opening of your school approaches fast. I feel nervous for you dear because I now how excited you will be. My work with the boys here in camp has made me realize the value of boys and girls and how important is the influences brought to bear during their early life. I have the good feeling to know that you love and appreciate children. I know you will instill in their lives high ideals and good habits.
I feel quite encouraged with my work among these boys. I feel that I have won their confidence and that they would do anything for me. I hope I can always win the hearts of boys and work with them. This cabin group is a splendid group. They are all hard workers.
Harold is to be operated on for appendicitis tomorrow morning. He has been ill since last Tuesday. No one likes to think for going through the ordeal He will be operated on in the Columbus hospital.
The boys are standing by telling me what to write. They instruct me to say “Darling Ruth”, etc for they know your name. We’ve been practicing for a Bible pantomime and I can sympathize with Mrs. Carrell. It’s certainly a task to get these fellows organized. They all want to do seven things at once. We took third in the competition.
All the anxiety of beginning your work is over I hope. You no doubt have survived the stain and are getting along nicely . I’ll think of you a lot though tomorrow on your first day.
Yesterday I underwent an operation on an impacted wisdom tooth Believe me the dentist surely pulled and twisted to get the thing out I thought he would pull my jaw out. While in the office I didn’t feel any pain to speak of but since then, oh boy! My face looks like a balloon and I haven’t slept since Friday night. Neither can I eat much, it puts me in such misery. I’ll surely be happy when this business is all over with. When I forget about the pain other pulled out. You can bet not before.
Leone Drinkall stopped in at home on Friday just as I was about to leav. I felt terribly grieved to learn that her brother Clifford had ben arrested for staling and had ben sent to th reform school in Kearney. Clifford was in my Sunday School class so I feel a little responsibility toward him. I know he isn’t a bad boy and I should like to see him have another chance.
We have another new secretary at NCC. Ralph will need to be careful. She is an awfully pleasant girl. Her name is Gladys Skow, a graduate of Central City High School.
Oh how I wish you were here. But then I’m awfully happy to know that you got started nicely and are so well satisfied with your work. It was good to get to Central on Saturday. I met Mr. Beeman,, the teacher from Friend’s University who is taking Mr. Peter’s place and I like him very much. My heart was overjoyed to see Kenneth and George who arrived this morning. Horace Mott arrived this afternoon. I’m rooming with a young fellow from Monroe named Kenneth Kelly. Thus far I like him real well. It seems strange not be rooming with Ralph. We have roomed together so long. My new roommate drives a new Pontiac coupe, it is certainly nice.
I was of course disappointed to hear of Ralph’s decision yet I’m sure he should be able to make his own decisions. I hope Ralph will have to make an early trip back home so that I can catch a ride with hime. Everyone keeps asking about you and there is a longing in my heart all the time for you.
Mother, Dad and the kiddies drove down to bring Edith this afternoon. I cannot be at home without carrying a heavy burden on my heart. My folks aren’t happy or satisfied with life as it is with them now and it never will be as long as they continue to seek comfort from the sources that they now do. I had one good talk with my fatherand he realizes the need but there is so much about religion that they don’t understand. I know though that the prayer of my heart will be answered in some way for them. No, Clifford Drinkall had little home training of the right sort. I think he stole a sum of $3. Isn’t that a “pesky” sm to waste a life over? Let’s hope that Clifford makes a new resolve for the good .
9/29/28 Camp Sheldon
Camp is just about over and I am not very anxious for it to be. I have had a wonderful time while here. I feel so inspired that I could go out and transform the world in no time at all. This is a splendid place for the building of men. I hope our “seventeen” can attend such a place as this someday.
I have been to the hospital to see Harold everyday since he was operted on. He is getting on nicely. The first two days he was’t very peppy but Edith just reported that he is Harold again singing and teasing the nurses. He will make things miserable for his nurses during the next seven days. The doctors said that he was awfully fortunate in getting his appendix out when he did because it was in a critical shape.
Last night a gentleman for Columbus spoke at campfire who used to be a Pawnee scout when the Union Pacific railroad was laid through Nebraska in 1866 to 1870. The man was 83 years old and told some of the most thrilling adventures which he had fighting the Indians. Many historians I am told visit the man each year to obtain information about the early days. I’m going to suggest to President Carrel that he try to secure Mr. North to speak in chapel someday.
I must be more careful with my rhetoric and writing now that I am writing to “Miss Benton” the school teacher. You certainly do have ideal conditions to work in for which I am happy. You can be very thankful that you aren’t off in the sand hills somewhere teaching in a small rural school. Sometimes these kids at home get so naughty that a little roughness is all that will help them. They are used to it to If parents were always what they should be and would act as they should act (of course like we will) then I don’t think there would be much necessity for roughing.
Now that you are teaching I have a greater desire than ever to start school. This morning I planned my course and I thought I would have an easy time this year but by the looks of my schedule I don’t think I’ll get any vacation. I could drop a subject or two but then I now I think I can’t possibly get along without them. I will be taking US History and History of Friends, May I use your books? Have you taken biology? If so and you still have your book I might borrow that one too.
My jaw is still really sore. I can’t sleep much and can’t eat much. Needless to say I don’t talk much either, can you imagine that? I suppose I will be all stored up for the opening of school.
I’m going to Central next Saturday and begin my work in the bookstore. I hope to find permanent work on Saturdays this winter as my expenses will be higher than usual during my senior year,
School has begun but not without its disappointments as well as its joy. We are very, very disappointed with our enrollment. Prospects looked so good this summer until the drought cast its blankt over our students, We will be fortunate if we have an enrollment of 75 students. My heart almost breaks as I think of the needs of our Yearly eeting and yet we will only minister to such a small number of our young people, and very few Friends at that. We have gotten a nice start with what we have We have a very fine group, much of the undesirable element of other years we do not have.
I’ve been awfully busy with my work this week getting orders off for books, providing for the needs of my student customers and trying to help every one enjoy themselves and get adjusted as well as try to do a little studying.
Last Monday Horace Mott and I drove to Aurora to solicit a student. We had a great time; he is becoming a good friend. The student decided to come and arranged to come over the next morning. On Tuesday he called President and told him that he couldn’t possibly come…just another disappointment. I’m getting accustomed to them.
The girls in the dorm all decided to hike as a group to the city. I don’t know what their purpose was, but they went. Fortunately I don’t think any tears have been shed becaus of homesickness, at least not like other years. Edith is enjoying herself and likes her work.
Our football prospects are awfully poor In fact I have just been in conference with President and it looks as though our games will have to be canceled and that we will probably not attempt playing.
My schedule is quite heavy this year I’m taking US History, History of Friends, History of Education, Advanced Botany, Drama, German II, and Glee Club.
The couples in school are very scarce this year. I can only think of two. I think that we shall both profit greatly by being apart this year but oh how I long to be with you.
Memory has taken me back this weekend to the days that have been How strange it seems to spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday alone. It is a great consolation to think however that we are coming closer to the time when we can spend all our time together. It won’t be more than a year and eight and one-half months at the most.
I’m always grieved to learn of your troubles but I want you to continue to share them with me. I know you can handle your situation. I have a world of confidence in your ability. I learned from John M. Ferguson that Ross Robert’s little brother who is in your room likes you very much. When I got your letter about how badly you wanted to see me I felt like taking the first train your way It hurts me to know I could help you and am so situated that I can’t do it.
School is off to a good start. I missed you at the reception but we did have a good time. It was one of the best receptions I have evr attended. That will easily be explained of course when I tell you that I was chairman of the occasion. Who should show up but Guy Puckett. He has been staying with me this weekend. We have had much to talk about. He has about decided to go to the University of Nebraska next year for his Master’s degree. What do you suppose your sweetheart has under consideration now? I’m thinking of buying the car that Guy Solt and I used this summer. Do you remember that I said I was off on cars until I bought a new one? Well, I haven’t forgotten but if I’m considering pastorate work at Community Friends I’ll need a car and, you see, then I could come and see you more often.
It looks now as if we are going to go ahead with football and have a pretty good team. Guy Solt has been getting in some new students who are football material. Our debate prospects are very good too.
If plans could be made where by we could teach or work together next year would you be willing to marry next summer? If I manage well this year I ought not to me in debt a great deal, not ore than $125. I’m going to start exploring possibilities. I sit here and figure and scheme and there comes to me the feeling that to be married next year would be possible.
So glad the late part of the week went better for you. I can always tell by your letter just about what mental and physical state you are in. Needless to say for my sake and yours I hope things soon run smoothly.
I was worried when I heard about the storm but relieved when I read that it was several miles from your vicinity. There have recently been numerous devastating tornadoes over this county. It makes me grieve to think of the suffering and distress of the unfortunate peopl who are struck.
Yesterday at oon I left for Omaha to hear Alfred Smith. We got in the main auditorium but not without feeling that we were wrecks.. It was a wonderful sight to just see that mass of people all keyed to a high pitch Mr. Metcalf, Democratic nominee for senator, spoke followed by Mr. Fleahearty, candidate for representative. These addresses were splendid, although I don’t suppose I agree with all they said. Then appeared “Al” himself. He is a small, nice looking gentleman. His personality appeals instantly which makes him. H spoke frankly largely about the farm situation. The crowd was most responsive and offered a splendid oppotunity to observe mob psychology. I don’t think I will vote for Mr. Smith but I feel very kindly toward him and recogize him as a keen thinker and an able leader. I stayed over but had to get up at 3:00 to get back to Central. Everyone is so inquisitive about my opinion of Al. They think I’m an arch enemy of all that is good when I say some nice things about him. I can imagine what Dad would say.
Football is looking better. Our boys scrimmaged with the high school tonight and they worked well together. Our first game is with Dana College next week.
Honestly dear I do get quite lonesome this year, There are only three guys that seem like pals and they are quite busy as I am; the other newer boys take me too seriously. They act toward me like they do their professors and call me “Mr. Ferguson” since they knew me before they came.
Since I wrote last I’ve thought a great deal and the more I think about it I should not have asked you to consider marriage next summer. Not because I don’t’ want to but because of the things you have planned and the things you want. My request was selfish.
You certainly must be having some time with your youngsters for which I am awfully sorry. I don’t think you need to feel that the trouble your boys create is due to any weakness of yours. At about that age all boys are terrors to manage. They are so full of “zip” that they can’t control themselves and it is hard for anyone else to control them. You will find however that the boys of that age have a great sense of honor. They are very careful about what the others of the gang think of them. Do you apply the Honor system? I hesitate to suggest anything because you know more about teaching than I do, but Mr. Thomas at Camp Shelton was successful in working out a plan whereby the boys worked for honors or rewards and they worked very well.
I haven’t decided about the car. I hope to see Guy Puckett at the YMCA conference and talk to him further about it. Guy has finally made up his mind to go to Lincoln.
Two weeks of school have passed and I have scarcely realized it Talk about busy, I never experienced anything like it is this year. With so few older members back it is John Ferguson for most everything. The book store, YMCA, Christian Endeavor, Sunday school, athletic association, football, football manager, etc. I got such a headache I couldn’t attend the retreat after arranging for the program. In addition to the headache I was sore from toes up from the severe workout I got Friday evening in football. I wish I didn’t have to go out for football since I can’t play but I promised I would help all I could if they would have a team. Midst the rush I have managed to keep happy, think of my sweetheart and have confidence that I will survive.
I like Horace Mott more each day. He said he would like to go with us to graduate school. He said he was going to be married soon; guess his situation is about like ours. His lady is a stenographer. I should like very much to have them in school with us. And Kenneth, George, and Guy are thinking strongly of going east to school too. Wouldn’t it be grand if all the gang could be in school at once?
Just think, only until Friday until our first football game. Everyone is getting pepped up to beat Dana and I think we will. I can hardly wait. How I wish I were eligible to play! And how I wish you were going to be here to help us win!
Last night the YMCA had their initiation and we had the most fun. We fixed up a wooden goat and gave all the new members a grand ride We spent the evening in such pranks and then had lunch and formal initiation. Everyone, including me, almost laughed ourselves sick.
You are homesick for NCC and NCC is homesick for you. Today Mrs Carrell told me how much she misses you and hardly knows how she will manage without you. Mrs. Carrell gave me the nicest new curtains for the bookstore. They make such a difference. The Carrell’s are always thinking of the nicest things to do for others. I hope we can be that way too.
I’m anxious about what I should do next year. Some say by all means go to school, I say work a year, my conscious bids me to keep moving toward preparation, and so it goes. I suppose actual possibilities that open up will determine what I should do. I suppose I should investigate possibilities and be patient,
I had a wonderful weekend. After I have had happy time I always want to tell you all about them. We defeated Dana College 27 to 0. The boys played surprisingly well. There were 16 guys who played.
After the game I went to Crete for a conference under the leadership of “Dad” Elliott. He’s a big man. Then last evening Guy Puckett and our delegation went to Lincoln and attended the lecture at the university by Senator Borah. My! what an orator. I felt my inspiration jumping within me as I listened to such a man. Mr. Borah has the reputation of being America’s foremost orator. This morning Ralph and I had so much to discuss that we skipped Sunday school and only went to church.
I bought Guy’s Ford. Horace and I came back in it and it surely runs like a Packard. I gave only $40 for it. It will soon pay for itself it it only brings me to you. Would you object to my coming Friday evening? I really can’t afford to make such a trip but neither can I afford not to.
My roommate just returned from his weekend with his weekly store of eatables that he shares with me. I like him very much. He feels quite happy because in the football game the first down he had ever played in college football he made a touchdown.
After church this evening we invited the ladies over and had a watermelon feed.
Just a word tonight to let you know that we arrived back home in good time. Just to think that it was only such a short time ago that I was with you makes me wonder if ti wasn’t only a dream. I’m glad it was more than that. All your friends dropped by the bookstore today to ask about you.
President Carrell hasn’t returned yet, but he only asked me to conduct his class today o I don’t suppose I will need to tomorrow.
You’ve probably been having a good time in the city this weekend. I went home last night on the train. Dad me me and we talked until quite late. It was awfully good to see the folks and kiddies. When we go to school no doubt we will get homesick for our people. I returned to Central this afternoon. Who should I find but our brother Merl. He was on his return trip from Lincoln. As usual he was in a hurry so we didn’t get to talk long.
George and I had another session this afternoon. Dear old George, how I love him! Apparently Zola does too. Keep it secret but George and Zola are “settled”. He says he has the “marriage fever” Now I wonder what that can be???
Some terrible things have happened among friends. Last weekend one of Edith’s bst chums from Shelton who was attending school at Kearney was stuck by a car and killed. Edith took it quite hard. Then when Orville, Marian, and Horace were returning from Grand Island they saw a train smash a car. Orville stopped and picked up the woman who was alone and brought her to Central where she died an hour later. She was the wife of the superintendent of Archer High School’s wife. I know Mr. Bartle. Imagine his grief! Death seems bitter especially when it comes close to home.
Don’t dislike your boys too much dear, remember that your papa and I were boys once and aren’t we nice?
Oh how I wish this weekend were like the last one! While you are having objective problems I am having subjective ones. I have been brought face to face with some of my weakness or sins, those that have been with me for years. I have tried and tried to overcome them; I have sought the help of what I thought was God as earnestly as I know how. As I face this situation I find myself in a sea of doubt. Maybe what I have thought to be God is only a mental concept of my own. After I recover I will no doubt be the better for having this experience but I don’t enjoy such conditions. In you I have someone who both understands and cares. I’m basing a lot of hopes for personal uplift on our marriage.
On Thursday York defeated us 16-6. The game was awfully ragged because it was played ia steady downpour. Everyone got thoroughly soaked, even dear President. The ball was so slick that about every play was a fumble. After the game the girls invited us over to the dorm and we had a party which was fun. Last night the Junior and Senior classes had a party at Estella’s home. I can’t ever remember having laughed so much at a party. George was in “full gear” and kept things in an uproar.
I had a letter from Wilbur Thomas telling me about an opening to teach school ad be of service to a small Friend’s church in PA. I don’t suppose anything will come of it but I want to pry around a bit and see what I could get to do should I not get a school in NE. Only four or five miles from this high school is a grade school at which mostly Friends students attend. You can guess what such a situation suggests. I think I would sooner teach in NE.
I have recovered somewhat from my recent broodings and will write again. Activity is a good remedy for such experiences. I just finished my book “Realizing Religion” and honestly it is the most personal book I have ever read. We had a cabinet meeting tonight and I was led to speak about the shallowness of our living ad how that in an attempt to be modern we were expecting to produce Christians by working from the outside in rather than inside out. The thought was accepted and a spirited response was the result.
So you continue to have your problems and they are increasing at that. I hope you don’t go entirely insane, please don’t. Don’t take the noise too seriously; imagine the childish pranks of your early days, and mine too.
I’m finding my school work heavy. It seems all I do is study from morning until night. Th other boys find time to “fool around” but I simply can’t. I’m enjoying my work though and think my senior year will be successful from a scholastic standpoint.
In one week fro next Saturday Quarterly Meeting will be held in North Loup. The quartette and gospel team are all coming and then I’m coming to see you.
I’m lonesome tonight. All afternoon I tinkered around attempting to pick up potatoes for Mr. Johers and then fixing my Ford. I’m glad I have my Ford to tinker with, it is a good form of recreation. This evening I went to the Presbyterian church to hear a program by a missionary from West Africa.
I wish you were taking the course in drama with me this year. We are reading many plays and nearly all of them make e think of you and our life together to come. I just finished reading “Doll’s House”. It portrayed the misunderstanding and conflict that too often exists between man and wife. The conflict had many similarities to that which we experienced last spring. Oh how it made my heart ache. I could understand the attitude of the girlfriend character much better than the other members of the class. It made me see the wife’s viewpoint in a different way. I think more as you want me to see it. I’m being convinced more and more that our being separated this year is going t prove happy to both of us. My hope is that I can learn to be all that I should and all that you expect and want me to be. Then I would be happy.
I’m sorry I worried you. I don’t think there is need for any more anxiety. After the storm come the sunshine. Friday night I started reading and meditation. I recalled how earnestly I have sought release from some of my habits and it seemed to me that there was no use trying further. I was forced to ask if God answers prayer why hasn’t he answered min? And so went my thoughts. I’ll come out all right though; my hope and faith has been renewed. I mustn’t be so impatient. As a result of this experience my whole philosophy has been tried, that is a good thing. I think I am nearer the truth now than I was before.
I have spent most of today in the laboratory working on zoology. I didn’t like that subject at first but now I am liking it quite a bit. Did you take it? It seems to me that I remember you twisting your tongue over such words as plasmodium , coelenterata, etc.
Kenneth, Horace, Willie and I just finished a thrilling game of Rook. George went out tonight and the freshman are out at a party so it is rather dull here this evening.
It has definitely been decided thar home coming will be Nov 10. Won’t you please come home? Perhaps Lee, Barney or some of the other “old timers” will be driving down and you could ride with them. There will be a football game between the “old timers” and the current team in the afternoon, dinner after that and a program. Our men’s glee club will make its first appearance upon that occasion. You can’t afford to miss such a treat.
Tomorrow I’m afraid we’ll receive a defeat at the hand of Midland College. Never-the-less NCC will have a great time. How I wish I could play? I’ve suffered a sprained had for the past two days from practicing football.
I’m already thinking strongly of my trip which is only a little over a week away. I can hardly wait until then, but then the time passes so rapidly that it won’t be so difficult to wait. It will be pleasant just to be in your presence again, to say nothing of all that goes with it.
I should have liked to have been in Sioux City with you last week when you saw “The King of Kings”. I shall see it if it comes to Central City this winter. Some of the folks here thought that “Ben Hur” surpassed it. What is your opinion.
School is quite enjoyable but it is awfully hard work for me anyway. Practically all I have done is study , all day and every night until late and I haven’t received any encouraging grades as yet. I thought I was doing well in zoology until I got my examination paper for the first six weeks back with a grad of 80 on it. The first test I took in history I only got 85 so I haven’t much to compliment myself upon. I guess the only thing for me to do is to keep working. I’m awfully glad this is my last year of college. I don’t know how I could live thru another on for several reasons. First of all I want you, then I want to start doing something for someone besides myself, then I want to get away from this drudge of financial embarrassment. If it is a hard to save money while teaching as you and Merl say I’m beginning to wonder if we can go on to school after I teach one year. At the end of this year I will be in debt over $200 and then there are several things I will want to buy next year. at least it is something to think about.
Back home from Quarterly Meeting. It has been snowing all day so the roads were quite slippery coming home. I didn’t put on chains and got stuck on one hill. My Ford continues to perform nicely. I’m not sure we had a good meeting. Actually, sometimes I want to revolt from the whole matter of religion, particularly the “holy, amen” type. I’ve seen enough of that this weekend to run a lifetime and if I have to preach that kind of religion then I quit. I spent the weekend with Guy Solt. That kind of religion sours him as much as is does me.
Guy’s advice was to plan to go to school next year and take you with me until we discovered that such as an impossibility. Two things Guy emphasized: that I ought to go to school next year and that I ought not to go without you. My sentiments exactly!
Our football team went down to defeat 38-0 at the hands of Midland last Friday. The game was better than the score indicates. Our fellows played hard and well. It will be three weeks until we play Grand Island College.
Our glee club is progressing slowly but we will have a couple of songs ready for home coming. I like the songs we are working on very much, although you know how poorly I sing. I get provoked because of my inability to sig but there may be better days ahead.
Let me just pass on this advice now about your boys. Don’t be surprised at anything you discover in the lives of your boys. I can full appreciate how some things which seem impossible to you have found their places You helped one boy to make himself better, dear, you can also help the ones you now have.
Its been raining all week and now its snowing and along with this comes a disappointment to you and to me. Dearest, I’m of the opinion that I ought to postpone this trip because of the weather. It was great news that you are coming to home coming. Were it not for that I think I should come tomorrow regardless of the weather.
I hope you are having a good and profitable time in Norfolk. I do hope you will get some light there on some of your problems with your pupils.
I must go to the book store now but I hope you get this short letter tomorrow.
You can’t imagine how disappointed I am, unless you feel as I do. Since I wrote this morning I almost changed my mind when it ceasd snowing for awhie bit it soon started to snow again. I think edith and I will go home on the train tomorrow and stay until Sunday. What a poor substitute for what was to be!
I’m to be in a play “Station YYYY” next Saturday at home coming. Our glee club is to sing for you too. Really I didn’t know I would like drama and glee club as much as I do. I wish I had more time for them.
I’m having a terrible time deciding how to vote. I’ve almost reached the place after having switched my ideas several times that it doesn’t make a great deal of difference whether Mr. Smith or Hoover is elected. I’m not satisfied with Mr. Smith on prohibition but neither am I in favor of the policies o the Republicans especially concerning international affairs. I’ve a big notionto vote for Norman Thomas. I haven’t definitely decided yet.
I had a conference with Mrs. Hottenstein in regard to some of your difficulties in the school room. She sympathizes and mentioned that it was much easier to talk about matters than it was to actually put them into operation. Her suggestions were: 1) Keep the pupils busy. I ordered a catalogue of supplies to be sent to you. You should receive it soon. 2) Do as much personal work with the pupils as is possible. As I remember my own experiences the personal chats which the teachers had with me about my actions had a great deal of effect. 3) Cooperate with the parents wherever it is possible. 4) Give prizes or awards for certain achievements in deportment. 5) Use force as a last resort but she suggested that if force was used that it should be preceded and followed by a personal talk. 6) Don’t hope to radically reform the group as a whole. One must be patient and not hope for any sudden change in the group. She gave mw two books on discipline. I’m reading them now and she is happy for you to take them with you.
I got a 95 on a History of Education exam so am feeling more optimistic. We have a test in US History next Tuesday, I suppose I won’t feel so optimistic after that.
Its after 11:00. Do you feel as I do when it is late, its storming outside, and the wind and snow suggests cold? then I want someone to cuddle with. My roommate just came in and said the drifts are higher than the cars in places.
Still it snow Its head deep almost everywhere. I don’t think I will get to go home now. I can’t get to town unless I walk, that I won’t do.
Dear, you just can’t fail to come next weekend. I want to talk to you so badly. I can hardly bear to think of being away from you until a year from next summer. My motto has always been “where there’s a will there’s a way”. I intended to talk over possibilities with Mr. Carrell this afternoon, but he was going to be busy. With such thoughts going through my mind can you wonder that I want you to come next weekend so badly?
With all the snow, I didn’t go home last weekend so I stayed here. Friday night after attempting to tach Miss Thornburg the art of ping pong we all went over to the dorm to a party. We played Rook. The girls made oyster soup.
Edith returned from home and said that Rose has intestinal flu and has been quite ill. She is still in bed but able to sit up; someone has to be with her at all times. One of the boys here in the dorm has been ill for the past three days. Yesterday while in the bathroom he fainted. Forrest and I got him to bed and called the doctor. He has infected glands in his throat.
i got the letter you wrote from Norfolk, I’m anxious to hear for certain that you are coming this weekend.
I feel like I am a man now, dear. I voted this afternoon. At last I decided to vote for Hoover. Had I not done so it would have been hard for me to appear before Dad again. Really though, there was nothing to it. Im rather anxious to learn how the election will come out.
I mentioned that Paul Reynolds, one of our dormitory students has been ill. This evening he was operated on here in his room. He has infected glands in his throat. Everything smells like ether around here now. It was certainly funny to hear Paul talk as he was coming out of the antiseptic. We think he will get along nicely now.
My Ford needs fixing before you get here. The brake bands have played out. I have it partially fixed but some little time will be required to finish the job. Don’t worry, sweetheart, I will have it in running order by Saturday.
I know how badly disappointed you were and that made me feel worse than my own disappointment. I didn’t get your letter telling me for certain that you wouldn’t be her until Saturday. Guy Puckett and I waited until about 2:30 a.m. Friday night for you to come. Your letter on Friday said you would telegraph Friday evening if you couldn’t come. When I didn’t hear from you I just assumed you would be here. Oh how disappointed I was! Everyone was disappointed, especially Mr. & Mrs. Carrell. All the time I thought of you and how badly you must have felt to not be here.
I’m getting worried about you. I’m afraid you will not be able to stand things as they are now until spring. Don’t worry, sweetheart, you won’t have to do it another year. I try to be considerate of what would be best for you by asking God’s will in regard to our marriage. His voice always tells me that it is best for us not to postpone marriage. Ralph and Marie and guy Puckett came Friday and they encouraged us to go ahead and get married. George is in the same fix; we are sympathetic brothers.
I suppose you are ready to hear about homecoming. Lots of friends were here. The varsity won the football game 19-0. I played with the “old timers”. It was surely a thriller. The dining hall was filled for dinner. Our play went over big. I’ve received congratulations all day; I had the leading part as a character of a boy about 15 years old. We had lots of fun and I looked so funny. Our glee club didn’t do badly either. Greetings were read. I put you telegram among them.
Guy Puckett is here with me now writing to Esther. I feel sorry for them because Guy is so badly in debt and it appears to be some time before they can marry.
No, I hadn’t seen any such propaganda as you sent me. It madeth my blood to boil. I’m rather glad I voted for Hoover after reading what you said, but then you didn’t come anyway. I’m rather sorry now though that I didn’t vote for Thomas.
I had guessed your mental and physical state after you disappointment before your letter came today. I can just about tell how you react to most things, dear, isn’t that nice? I think it would do you a world of good to see other friends and old NCC again. It does not appear that the quartet will be going to Quarterly Meeting as our last football game is that Friday. Unless you decide to come to Central or the weather is unwilling, Clifford and I will come to the meeting.
I have been reading the books on school discipline. I realize that any suggestions that I may make are likely to be far fetched and of no value at all, nevertheless it is profitable to me to be learning as best I can about such things. You ought to be able to give me suggestions when I start to teach next year. I still have confidence in you.
So you’re taking up hunting as a pastime. That is a jolly sport and I would have liked to have gone with you. Better still would I enjoy the promised duck next Sunday. Remember me as you enjoy it. I have a very special matter that I need to talk with Dad about. I’m anxious to get home to see the kiddies; I get that way every month. I get awfully lonesome; the boys in the dorm are splendid fellows but they get so silly that it provokes me. I want them to have fun but not to the extent that earnestness is neglected. I suppose I’m too serious but then I have some idea how far things should go.
I am sorry to have disappointed you by not mailing my letter Sunday evening so you would have gotten it Tuesday. I regret that you thought I was peeved because I don’t ever like to act that way. Anyway, I felt so sorry for you your predicament that to be angry was an impossibility. I don’t suppose much can be accomplished regarding our future plans until I see you. This one thing I know that we will not get married until you of your own accord decide that you want to. I wouldn’t be happy to have it any other way.
I’m to begin a new undertaking tomorrow that I think will help me out of my financial panic and make other hoped for thing more possible. I’m to being working at Skagg’s Safeway store. The job requires that I be there from 4:30-6:30 each evening and all day Saturday. It will be awfully exacting to be tied in such a way but something had to be done. Since I will have to work Saturdays makes it impossible for me to attend the conference in Grand Island so I’m now hoping that you can come down. Please come. You could come to Columbus Wednesday evening and I could meet you there. We could share Thanksgiving day at home and then come to Central on Friday. I will have to work Saturday but you could visit friends and take the train to Allen on Sunday.
We lost our football game to Grand Island 13-6. It was a thriller. Four times in the last half we were only 6 yards to 6 inches fro touchdowns and then failed to make them. We still have one game to play.
Since I feel more decent again I’ll attempt writing a letter. I’ve felt miserable spiritually this past week and didn’t seem to have any pep or interest in much of anything. Today hasn’t been perfect but I feel exhilarated from Meeting as I most always do.
Won’t you please come Thanksgiving? I want to see you so badly. Before you come I want to talk to Pres. Carrell and see what suggestions he has for me.
Yesterday was most interesting. I think I will like the work at Skagg’s very well. I was awfully tired last night as we working until 12. I then stayed the rest of the night at Mr. Hill’s. He has been ill for the past two weeks. I did the janitor work for him at the church today.
Mrs. Carrell spoke at Meeting this morning and you would have enjoyed her message on “The Power of Beauty”. You would have enjoyed her message even more than I because you have a keener sense of beauty than I. Your own beauty of life and background is perhaps responsible for that which I do not possess.
Open house was a flop and a definite one too. In the first place our committees were horribly managed and in the second a group from town stole our food. The latter was most responsible. The food had been left locked in the kitchen. Several boys gained entrance and took all the sandwiches and cookies and made their getaway. The ice cream and cocoa remained because they were out of sight. What was left was acceptable but not adequate. I didn’t feel nearly as bad over the loss of the food as I did over the attitude shown by the boys in our own group. It was one of forceful revenge – imagine that spirit shown by Quakers. Brooding over this hypocrisy was partly responsible for my bad mood.
I’m happy to have you think I’m as nearly perfect as you say, although I hold a different opinion. Nevertheless as you undoubtedly know, I think you are as near perfect as one could desire.
Speaking of being busy, oh my! with my work each evening at the store my day is completely scheduled. I can’t find any periods to be off I’m rather enjoying it though because I know I’m on the last lap now. The work at the store sort of rests me from my studies and fits me for the evening tasks. I took lunch this evening with Mr. & Mrs. Carrell at Candyland. Oh how I Iove those people!
Merl wrote to me today in behalf of the Presbyterian Church at Loup City asking me to accept student pastoral work there. I would like to but because of the distance, the responsibilities and my present duties I felt it wise to refuse the offer.
Our first quarter grades were passed out today. I don’t feel badly about mine with the exception of zoology. I think I can raise those marks by the end of the semester. They are: German II 95, Drama 95, Friends History 96, US History 94, History of Education 93, Zoology 85.
Now after writing to Pres. Coolidge, Senators Howell and Norris I’ll write to the one who means vastly more to me than any of the above mentioned men. I’ve written to them urging early consideration of the Outlawry of War Proposal.
The boys have just returned from Hastings where they met their waterloo, 64-0. The game, so they tell me, was 7-0 at half and only 20 at the end of third quarter. The last fifteen minutes must have been filled with action – by the Hastings men. We won only one game this year. The boys have fought hard and well regardless of the infamous record.
Debate has made its initial appearance. We are elated over prospects: about thirteen trying out with five veterans, two unexperienced seniors and several other quite mature persons in the list.
I’m getting desperate to know if you are coming. I’m planning on getting a letter tomorrow.
Yesterday was terribly buy day at store as every day will be until the holidays. We worked until after twelve last nigh. Wednesday at noon I am supposed to peak at the Chamber of Commerce on the development of Thanksgiving Day. I don’t know what I will say yet but something I suppose..
Kenneth o’Kelly brought an Omaha Bee paper home form Hastings with him and since reading it I’ve been meditative and angry. The whole thing was given to slandering propaganda against the English and appraisal of our military defense. They seem to be too dumb to realize the calamities involved in just such insidious propaganda. If ever any one was challenged such stuff causes me to action. Oh how I wish I were free to give my time to defeating those things which will lead to war and to advocate things conducive to peace!
My love, you looked aftr me so tenderly and well when I wasn’t feeling well; now I wish I could comfort you. Wouldn’t we have been a pair to be together like this? I feel well now and able to enjoy life again, how i wish you could. Life is much sweeter since you were with me.
I just returned from the football banquet. We had a good time, but I wished you were with me. It is almost impossible to have a dignified affair here any more. There is an air of nonsense and foolishness which permeates every activity.
Oh say, dear, don’t forget my request of you and do it immediately. That is to send me your ring size. A woman can never understand or experience the feeling and strill connected ith doing thing that I’m just about to do. Perhaps you enjoy just as pleasant feelings upon receipt of a ring and wearing it. I hope you do.
Cold still with me. Went to church but felt so punk I didn’t enjoy it much. I slept this afternoon. Our boss at the store is still in bed with the flu; we don’t expect to see him until Wednesday or Thursday. Our debate tryouts were postponed until the end of the week luckily for me.
Sweetheart, I think you “hoodoo” my car. This evening after I cleaned a spark plug it worked perfectly, excepting the starter. you remember only one light worked Saturday night well they both worked tonight and I haven’t touched them.
Since you left me I have felt nearer to you than before you came. Since your promise it is easier for me to think of future plans, I know what to depend on. I think you were right when you said that our marriage would remove some of my difficulties.
Don’t worry about me – I’m quite well again and don’t be anxious about my working too hard. My work at the store is relaxing to me after doing school work all day and I feel more like studying in the evening. I know it takes my time but I need the work badly and enjoy it.
I spent a portion of this afternoon at Carrells. President , after we had discussed possibilities for the future, arrived at the same place that we have – he said that he thought in view of the circumstances that it might be best for us to teach together next year. Of course he told m about Hartford. As he was telling me of things there I could see us living in there especially when he read the description of the new living quarters for married students. President also said that there were splendid musical facilities in the schools. He also read from the catalog that in one of the schools you could continue with your college work, finishing in two years and getting your bachelor’s degree. The scholarship I could get will amount to over three hundred dollars and will just about cover expense for our rooms. The rooms rent for $40 a month, school lasts for eight months.
12/12/28 Letter to Ruth from Ralph from Lincoln
My dear sister, how is your spunky self? I’m hitting on all six and have never felt better in my life. Fact is that most of the time I can scarcely walk along the street decently, my feet just seem to want to fly and I catch myself skipping along and trying to keep myself from shouting. I guess that there are enough people around here who wish they were dead – I’m referring to those who have colds, flu, pneumonia, grippe. Last week 600 were reported absent from school. In fact there were some stories that the university would close and move up Christmas vacation, but I don’t think that will happen.
My primary thought in writing is about the Christmas present you suggested we get for Mother and Dad. That would certainly be a lovely gift but I’m afraid I can’t reach quite far enough down in my pockets for that this year. You understand I think. I’m hard pressed to know what to get for everyone that will me nice and yet not total too high.
Marie has a birthday coming up on the 15th. She will turn 20. How did we get so old at 22 & 20?
This has been a fruitful week for me; I’ve felt well and could work hard. Portia Kellog has just returned from Europe . She told us of so many interesting things which she had experience. As I listened to here there cam an irresistible passion for those experiences within me. Each day I have a growing consciousness that the biggest issue of our day is international relationships and each day I feel more of a passion to engage in work that is international in character.
The thought of postponing marriage another year makes me shudder yet that we will do if we cannot arrange plans to the satisfaction of both of us.
In response to the list of suggested Christmas presents which you sent, I cross them all off save the last one Honestly I care not what Santa brings e. I’m afraid it is true Ruth that it doesn’t take much to make me happy. The only suggestion I care to make is ht any present not be too expensive.
12/17/28 Letter from George
Dear Friend I am witting to you to let you know how John is. He is sick with the flue. He worked Saturday but was sick yesterday morning and spent the whole day in bed and is stil in bed He is the sickest of any that have had the flu around the college. We bring meals over to him but he doesn’t eat enough to keep a flea alive.
I wish you were in school this year because if you could come and be with him for a few minutes each day I know it There is a time coming when you can be with him whenever he is sick and his pains will seem less then.
Several other students have been sick and some still are. So far I have been fortunate enough escape being sick. I hope you manage to escape the flu.
i was going to read this to John but he is asleep so I won’t bother him. I will write every day to let you know how he is.
I will close hoping this finds you well. Your friend, George C. Bishop
P.S. We will take good care of John so that he will be able to see you Christmas.
12/18/28 Letter from George
Dear Friend, I am writing again to let you know how John is. He is better than he was yesterday. President Carrell talked to him yesterday morning and got him to consent to have a doctor. The doctor left three kind of medicine so that ought to help him get well. john’s eyes burned yesterday but do not today and he has less fever. He says he feels better and he looks better. He doesn’t plan to get up before Thursday thought. He said to tell you if nothing happened he would get to your place Sunday.
We had some of our debate try-outs yesterday. Horace Melton, Horace Mott, Kenneth Hawkes, and I gave our speeches. Some more are to be given tomorrow. I don’t know when John will give his.
Hoping this finds you well I will close. Your friend, George C. Bishop
12/18/28I may be foreced after awhile to the conclusion you eached about working at Skagg. After i finished work last Saturday night about 1 o’clock I felt my neck to be a little stiff and my throat a trifle sore. That was the last time I’ve had my clothes on. Dr. Huthinson who was out yesterday christened my ailment the flu and gave me some medicines which have helped considerably. Ive had lots of company; almost everyone in school it seems and very good care.
President was just in to see me – he’s a dear old man. He said he saw Mr. Powell (the manager of Skagg’s) for me and told him of my condition. They think it best I not return to work this week. I may work for awhile Saturday afternoon since I’m going to need all the cash I can get. The night George drove my car the radiator froze and burst. Consequently $12.50 of Christmas money had to be spent. Hard luck certainly is my friend.
I’ve recovered but still don’t have much pep or appetite. Last night I couldn’t sleep which is unusual. I just laid there and thought subject after subject – I must have thought four or five sermons, two essays and three or four books to debate. If I only had had some way of recording those thoughts!
I inquired of President the other day about the prospects of former NCC students being hired as teachers in the Central schools. He said he thought they were quite good. The
problem is that most superintendents don’t know this early in the year what vacancies they will have to fill.
Fortunately I had a good trip home, no trouble at all. I stopped at Creston for about an hour to talk with Ray but he gave me very little encouragement. He said there would be two openings which I might be able to locate but the wages they pay are not very attractive – only $125/month. The town and board are opposed to hiring married ladies for teachers. Ray told me of a consolidated school located south of Madison which is being managed by a man and his wife. From what he said this man and his wife will not return for another year They draw attractive salaries, the man $1700 and the wife $1200. I don’t think either of there have a degree and no experience. While I’m in Columbus I intend to se the county superintendent and inquire further about this chool.
Yesterday was a long and weary day, fortunately business was slack because we were short one clerk. I don’t need to work now for awhile except on Saturdays which pleases me greatly. I don’t intend to work long even then for only $2.50 a day.
Leone Drinkall asked me at meeting this morning if I wanted to go to Columbus with her and I did so that is where I’m happily located for the week.
Oh how I hated to leave you only last Friday! I think I love your ring almost as much as you dear. I think of it very often and wish that I might look at it. I’m happy to know that you are wearing it so everybody will know that you belong to me an I belong to you.I’m anxious to hear what Meyers has to say about me, I dont suppose she will be very honest in speaking to you. I’m glad you suggested I wear my ring, I’m really enjoying it a great deal.
Mother and the kiddies just returned so the place as you can imagine, is quite a hubbub. The kiddies had many things to tell me about and show me.