| January/February 1974


A New Year ahead should certainly insert some new stitches of living into the sampler of threads which make up our lives. My Mr. B. is in the process of building himself a new shed to accommodate his treasures from the past, and to be a working place for the present. October brought a new grandson, Matthew John. My only regret is that he is in New Jersey and Grandma is in Wisconsin. It isn't that I don't have enough interests. This morning I am wondering which task to do first.

What a day and age we live in! How can we imagine coming from walking plows and steam engines to computers and jet planes in one generation's remembering? Before little Matthew was born he flew two thousand miles in a few short hours. His parents were among our house guests this past interesting summer. In spite of my many faults, (and what human being doesn't have them) I have one thing in my favor this 'come and gone' season.

'Be given to hospitality,' the Bible tells us, and we surely went overboard in that area. From July 25 to Sep.23 our guest room was occupied for 23 nights and days, plus people spilling into sundry other parts of our house. That was almost 4/10 of the time.

Our guests came from 6 states, California, Oregon, Arizona, Kansas, New Jersey, and northern and southern Wisconsin. We entertained a nut farmer for 9 days. He has 8 acres of filbert trees in Oregon. The wife and two daughters of a real estate dealer came from California. Our eldest son, (the R. E. man) couldn't make it.

From Kansas came a contractor and builder of new homes in the Kansas City area. Arizona brought us a haberdashery salesman. From Jersey came a brakeman and conductor on the Pennsylvania R. R. New Jersey also brought us a retired man who was formerly a designer of Freuh off Trailers. He also, at one time, worked with stainless steel for guided missiles for the government.


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