Life Sounds Good on the South Dakota Prairie

Rt 2 Box 160
Milbank, S.D. 57252
April 5, 1964
Dear Ilona,
I got your letter yesterday. I was glad to get it and so was my sister because she was wondering if Kathy would write to her. She was glad to hear that she would. When Loretta found out when her birthday was she started to laugh because my sister will also be 11 April 22.
Today we were at my Grandma & Grandpa Skaaress for dinner. Then about 2:00 we wnet skating with our second cousins who are 6 & 7 ½ years old. We are also going skating tomorrow night. When we got home my Grandpa Brown came over and said my Great Grandpa Dragt had died this morning.
In school I was the Y.C.L. Delegate. I had to write a speech and give it to the superintendent. It was picked for one of the top seven. I gave it Monday and I got 2nd place. Now I get to go to the capital of our state Pierre for 3 days. There are 3 others going besides me 2 more boys and 1 more girl. I am going May 4,5,& 6. My mother made me dress already and is going to make me one one more dress & a pair of pajamas to take along. Yesterday when we were cleaning I stuck my had out the upstairs window to shake a rug and the window fell on it. My fingers weren’t broken but just got black & blue.
What church to you got to? We go to the American Lutheran Church. We have our service at 10:45 and Sunday School at 9:30.
My mother s birthday is tomorrow the 6th. For her birthday we got her a charcoal suitcase. We are going to have a surprise birthday party Tuesday night, but she thinks we forgot all about her birthday.
I can’t think of any more so will quit. I have to hurry and get this in the envelope so my mother won’t read about her birthday.
Write soon
Nancy
P.S. Please send me some Beatle cards.

Rt 2 Box 160
Milbank, S.D. 57252
May 12, 1964
Dear Ilona,
Jean is fine and so are most of my fiends.Today in school she broke her glasses.They broke off right near the lens.
We have one day of school left,but we have to go to school on Thursday for our picnic.After the picnic we are going bowling.Then on Friday we have to go to school for about five minutes to get our report cards.
Yes,my sister did have a happy birthday.The girls from out school and the teacher came over after school for her party.
Yes, I would like a bookcover from your school.
I like the”Beatle” cards.Ia ma always going to take them to school and show them to Jean.My favorites Beatle is John Who is your Favorite?
To explain my trip and tell about it would take to long.I will send you a copy of my report in my next letter.
Yes,I have heard of Watertown.In fact we live so close we sometimes go shopping there. Its about forty miles from here.
Would you please send me a picture of yourself? I am very anxious to see what you look like.
I have to got to bed now because we have tests tomorrow so I will quit.
Your friend,
Nancy
P.S. My brother said he would get a bookcover from Milbank High School. I will send it in my next letter.
Was the tornado in Michigan near Detroit?

Rt 2 Box 160
Milbank, S.D. 57252
June 9, 1964
Dear Ilona,
I got your letter yesterday so I decided to write right away because I didn’t have anything else to do.
Yes, I got the bookcover. I think it is real nice.
I would very much like to have one of your comfirmation,because I am anxious to see what you look like.I haven’teven started comfirmation yet,but I will start this fall.I have to go to comfirmation for two years before I get confirmed . I will be a freshman when I get confirmed.
I have found a girl who will write to shelly.Her name is connie dragt.She is my seond cousin.Her address is just Twin Brooks,South Dakota.
Do you think you will have a hard time to find something to do when you get out of school.I sure do now that school is out.I get the dishes done up along with my sister and then I go watch T.V. until it’s time to getva meal again.We have to straighten up the house of course,but that doesn’t take long.
My sister finally wrote a letter to Kathy.She lost Kathy’s address so she sent it to your address,so if you have gotten a letter addressed with Kathy’s name on it give it her if you haven’t already done so.
Do you know how to swim?I don’t really but I am learning from seeing other people swim .Id o Know how to do some of the float On the last or second to the last Tuesday of every June we have a Dragt family reunion in Minnesota. The place we go to has a swimming pool,so you see we get to go swimming in a swimming pool once a year.
I can’t think of much more so I guess this will be all.Please write soon.
Yours truly,
Nancy
Nancy Ann Brown
P.S. Yes,I do like stamp collecting. I have an album to put them in . I am enclosing a stamp for you.

Rt 2 Box 160
Milbank, S.D. 57252
Aug. 4, 1964
Dear Ilona,
I’m very sorry I didn’t write sooner, but I have been real busy and everything’s in a mess right now. We are building a bathroom and a livingroom. Our old living is real small. The carpenters started a week ago yesterday. It will be all done a week from today.
I don’t know what the top hits are but my favorite siners are 4 Seasons & the Beach Boys
Sunday I went to the show Beach Party that was real good! Two weeks ago Sunday I went to Advance to the Rear. That sure was good. Last night I went roller skating.
On the 4th of July we had a picnic with some relatives at the Milbank park.
I am watching T.V. and I can’t think of anything else so I’ll quit
Love, Nancy

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