Feb 23, 2017

Sun, Feb 23, 1947: marry that boy!!

“Mrs. Berger’s birthday party at Douglass – church, MYF – decided to marry that boy!!”

-- Entry in my mother’s diary, Sunday, February 23, 1947, about dating my father.  My great-grandmother (my father’s mother’s mother) turned 77 that day.

Feb 17, 2017

Mon, Feb 17, 1947: hard-looking women

"Friday night the Bloomington Church had a pie supper at the Schoolhouse to get the means to buy a furnace.  The proceeds amounted to about $117.  You should be proud of your mother as I won a large angel food cake as the best looking married lady there.  I hesitate a little about spreading that news as people might think this is a community of hard-looking women."

--Letter from my grandmother, Bloomington, Kans. to my father, Winfield, Kans., Monday, February 17, 1947.  My grandmother was just shy of her fiftieth birthday.

Feb 14, 2017

My mother and father at Valentine Dance, Southwestern College, 1947.

Fri, Feb 14, 1947: be my Valentine

“These sweets for thee, my sweet Ruth Murray.
Though you are always in a hurry,
Please try to find the time
Just to be my Valentine

--Valentine’s card from my father to my mother, around February 14, 1947.

Feb 9, 2017

Sun, Feb 9, 1947: 'going steady now'

“church, Elijah, supper, church, Fellowship – so tired again. We’re ‘going steady now’”

--Entry in my mother’s diary about dating my father, Sunday, February 9, 1947.  Elijah refers to a performance or rehearsal of Felix Mendelssohn’s 1846 oratorio.