EARLENE

Earlene

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Hi Ladies!

It's a beautiful Spring morning here. Sincerely hope it is there where you are reading this also. I mean not only by form of weather but in your hearts and lives.

It was so nice to see many of you at the Williams Grove Banquet.

We're looking forward to the next two coming Saturday's to journey to Kinzer and Maryland for their 'Steam-Ups'. Perhaps we'll see folks there we didn't see at the banquet. We hope to bring Irene, our Secretary, along to the latter one. Her husband had planned to go along but must drive the children to their activities that day.

We are experiencing a wonderful time at our home right now by seeing part of our life's dreams mature. Our daughter, Marsha, will graduate the last Sunday of the month from college. She has accepted a position in our own school system as librarian. This means of course, she'll be under our roof once more to live and take her place in our church and community.

We had another added thrill last week by having another new great grandchild come into our family. This time it was the first boy thus the Ritzman name will continue. Grandpa Elmer sure spread his proud feathers around here, telling folks about it. Certainly can't blame him though, do you think?

Miriam and Charles Hope from Virginia were kind enough to share their lives with us over Easter week-end. Then they returned yesterday again for a few hours to bring Elmer some old books for future use in our magazines. Folks like these sure make life worth living, and it is only through the hobby that such experiences have been made possible.

While out on business the other day we stopped at Yoe to see Pauline and Elmer Scheafer. We hadn't been there too long when Anna Brandt from Bainbridge called to discuss among other things the motel reservations at Wauseon, Ohio, in June. The wheels of preparations are starting to turn for the women as well as the men for our Steam Engine Shows. Hope to see you at one of them!