Michigan Training Center Pen Pal – A Reform School?

P. McAllister
Box 492
Ionia, Mich

Dear Elena,                                                                                                                     8/18/63
This is going to be a rather hard letter for me to write, because I know very little about you, and you know nothing about me.
I guess I should start by telling you where I got your address, and why I am writting to you. I got your address out of the Christian Science Monitor mail bag.  I’m writting you because I have similar interest as yours.
I guess I should also tell you a little about my self. I am 15 years old, I’m from Detroit Mich. But at the present time I’m living in Ionia Mich., I have light brown wavy hair, deep blue eyes, I stand 5 foot 9 inches and weigh 165. My hobbies are, dancing, swimming, football, listening to new records and most of all writing short poems. My full name is Patrick Frank McAllister, but all my friends call me “Mac” and I hope you will too.
If you would be so kind, I would like to have a picture of you that I may keep.
Well Elena, I can’t think of much more to say right now, but I will write more next time. Please write soon? I will be waiting to hear from you.
Love From A Friend
“Mac”

P. McAllister
Box 492
Ionia, Mich
August 27, 1963

Dear Elena,
I received your most welcome letter today and was glad you answered my letter.
You ask how many people are in my family. Well I have six sisters and three brothers. Three of my sisters are married and one of my brothers is in the Navy.
You also ask if I could send you a picture of myself. Well at the present time it is not possible. But as soon as I get one, I’ll send it to you.
No I don’t live on a farm. I’m at the Michigan Training Unit in Ionia. I live in Detroit near 7 mile and Woodward. Near The State Fair.
I’m here to learn how to cook. I plan on being a cook. Right now I can’t cook to well but I’m learning. Do you like to cook? If so what do you like to cook most of all.
I’m also on a football team up here. The name of the team is “Hells Angles” I play center. That is the guy that hikes the ball.
Please excuse my writing I just got my arm out of a cast a couple weeks ago, and it is still a little hard for me to write.
Well Elena, I’ll close for this time hoping to hear from you again real soon.

Sincerely Yours

“Mac”

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