1975 Will & Betty Harris Family Christmas Letter

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314 N. Fremont St. River Falls, Wis. 54022 December 1975 

Dear Ones:

The time has come again to keep in touch with dear friends whom we think of often, but, alas write to less often.  If I missed some of you last year it was unintentional, and I hope you have not “crossed me off”.  I surely look forward to the exchange of cards and newsletters as one of the season’s greatest joys. The saga of “Only in America” continues to our sometimes amazement, disbelief and frequent consternation.  These revelations hopefully awaken in us more awareness of inequities and injustices which we can still work to help overcome.  We must surely look more carefully to our ballot boxes in the months ahead. 

On a personal note:  Yes, I am still hitting the high spots on the road to Prescott every day - and a few low ones too now and then - still living in the old house on Fremont, where thankfully the avenue of graceful elms still arches over the street.  This year I have two college girls renting rooms and the place is always buzzing with activity - especially the phone!  With a couple of friends I have been doing some handbuilding of ceramics and making good use of my kiln.  OAK Originals (One of A Kind) our motto.

The family:  In June of 1974 came Kevin Douglas Webb to enlarge my family circle.  Grandchild #2 for me with big brother Erik six and a half years older.  June of this year, 1975 we welcomed Raina Oriel Harris, Doug and Rosie’s baby, Grandchild #3, and first granddaughter.  Born on the Double Eagle Ranch where they live in northern California - and to think I have not even seen her yet!  I will get in some concentrated grandmothering of all three when I make my usual trip west for Christmas.  This year Bruce will be able to get away from his classes at Eau Claire Vocational and go along.  We anticipate a jolly fine reunion at the Webb’s nice big house at Rogue River Oregon - the first in five years.

 Jon and Merry Webb:  4697 E. Evans Creek Rd. Rogue River, Oregon 97537

   Doug and Rosemary Harris:  Box 214, Clearlake Oaks, California 95423 

   Bruce Harris:  Rt. 2, Box 42, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701


About the card: The bird is done from an old Persian woodblock, sent to me by a friend from Iran.  The greeting I cut from modern American lino.  With these two prints come my fond hopes that the message of Christmas which began in the ancient Middle East will inspire today’s efforts while we continue the quest for PEACE ON EARTH.  

As ever, Betty Harris 

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our head.                                                         - Thoreau

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