111 Two teachers are not reappointed by the school board

April 10, 1935

Dear Corinna,

Your April 7th letter received today. I’m sure your new suit is lovely. We shall look for a picture of you in it. You will have to wear it to Church Easter Sunday and then maybe you will get your church going habit back again. But go when you feel like it and stay home when you want to. I think Aunt Ev ought to have the chance to go at least every other Sunday.

Yes I told Bessie you had rec’d her card. Send her one someday.

I have baked good graham bread today and I am soon going to take a loaf over to Mrs. Bard. It is rainy and gloomy out so I don’t think they will have many visitors today. I was over at their church last night, awhile, till I went up to the Music Class. Rev. Stromberg who used to preach here was the minister. Shirley, Marjorie, Virginia, Eleanor Peterson, Betty Stark and Harriet gave a special number. Harriet played the piano, Eleanor the guitar and the other four sang a very pretty song. It was perfectly done.

I bought a pattern for my green dress last week. I wonder if it will suit you—be classy enough. It will be quite easy to make which is one of the reasons I picked it out. I thot I’d like to have the cape picoted. There would be no sleeves to make. If we go to get the shrubbery this week I won’t have time to start it till next week.

I have to give the book report at our April meeting. Did I tell you this before? The book is “A Man Called Cervantez” by Bruno Frank. It takes in the life of the 16th Century in Spain.   Cervantez you remember was the author of Don Quixote. Miss Lund told me that is pronounced Kee-O-te. Our English word, quixotic , comes from the book so I think it is strange his name is not pronounced that way too. I think I shall look it up—she isn’t always right.

The school board has a bad fight on its hands. They have reelected all the grade teachers and Benson and Amundson. But they turned down Lund and Steen and of course Olson didn’t apply. Mon. eve Lund and Steen met the board to demand their reasons. But I guess the board stands pat. It is too bad but it’s as Myron says—“They can’t expect to stay forever.” We’ve had our hard pull to make a living and now I suppose it’s their turn. It will at least develop character. Harriet will mail this for me. Love from Mother.   (Picture of dress pattern enclosed in letter. Large cape collar goes all the way around. The flounce goes around the back on the bottom of the skirt).


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