1964 Will & Betty Harris Family Christmas Letter

December 15, 1964 314 N. Fremont St. River Falls, Wisconsin

Dear Ones All:

         One of the very best things about Christmas is to remember and to be remembered by friends and relatives we see infrequently.  This year we were fortunate to be visited by many of our family and friends from scattered places, and we hope the coming year will bring more of you our way.  We send greetings to all and pray the blessedness of the Christmas season may bind us closer together.

         Merry and Jon Webb of Elmwood, Wisconsin, were married on June 13.  Jon is a Senior this year at River Falls State University (note change) so Merry gave up her teaching job and is working as receptionist, etc., at a local photographer’s studio to keep the home fires burning.  They have a small apartment four blocks from us.  We enjoy seeing them frequently.  Another year they may not be so close.

        Bruce had a year of college away from home, and is now at the college here.  He finds that home cooking and refrigerator privileges beat dormitory living.  He is in the college concert choir and the male chorus.  He is also busy with Wesley Foundation Activities and church choir.

        Doug played organized baseball again this year with the American Legion team.  He was a regular pitcher and played first base other times.  As a pitcher he won six and lost none.  He pitched two shut-outs.  This is pretty good in this league where the infields sometimes act as though the ball was red-hot.  He is president of the local Methodist Youth Fellowship, which is a large and active group.  He sings in a number of organizations.

          Betty was in summer school this year and finished her Master’s paper, and finally had the degree conferred.  Now this entitles her to master in her kitchen anyway!  She is still the art department at Prescott two and one-half days of the week.

          In addition to teaching, Will is in his fourth year as consultant at the Minnesota State Training School for Boys.  He also is consultant for several counties welfare departments and the Pierce County Juvenile Court.  Last week a representative from the Vocational Rehabilitation Department of the State of Wisconsin asked him to serve as a consultant in this part of the state.  The part time jobs add up.

         Toward the end of the hottest summer on record here, we started out for a leisurely trip around the Minnesota Iron Range and Lake Superior.  The weather turned cool after one day out.  Jackets and rainwear were always handy.  Some of the time we had heavy rain and other times light rain.  We had a number of beautiful campgrounds and the trailer made it possible to keep warm, even to heating pads, occasionally.

         Our resolve for the year is, “So to trim our lamps that they will give more light than smoke." 

                               Will, Betty, Bruce, Doug

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