Lots of Fun in New Brunswick

Miss W. Stallybrass, 74 Derby Street, Moncton, N.B.
April 22, 1965
Dear Ilona
Hi! I received your name from my friend’s penpal. My name is Wendy Stallygrass. I am fourteen with blond hair and green eyes. I am 5’2”. I go to Queen Elizabeth School and I am in the grade eight. My home room teacher is Mr. Whiteley. I have one sister, Pauline. She has long brown hair and blue eyes.
My last name is German. In English it means Armstrong. However my parents are English. My father’s grandfather was German.
How old are you? Please, in you letter give me some information about yourself.
Well. I must go. Please write back. I will be glad to have you as a penpal.
Your penfriend
Wendy S.

74 Derby Street, Moncton, N.B.
May 11, 1965
Dear Ilona,
Hi! Nice to hear from ya. Sorry I didn’t write sooner but I had no stamps. First, I shall answer your questions.
Yes, I like you have a few other penpals. My birthday is March 14. I am in 8D at Queen Elizabeth School. As of yet I have not thought much about my future. I want to be either a nurse or a stenographer. What course are you taking? My sister takes Commercial as she wants to be a stenographer.
I am not sure of the part of Germany my dad’s grandfather is form ‘cause ya see, my mom & dad have been separated since before I was born. My dad’s mother is Danish so I am a very mixed breed. My mom is English. (From London, England). My dad is part German & Danish so I really am a mixed up kid aren’t I?
As for T.V. I like Frank’s Bandstand, Patty Duke, Bonanza & Ed Sullivan (sometimes). I think Bewitched & Petticoat Junction are nice also. A for actors & actresses I like Elvis & Cliff R. as weel as Annette & Frankie A & Haley Mills. I enjoy all English groups as wel as American or Canadian one. I really have no favourite singers. I like them all as I have quite a few of different singers’ records.
Well, I like to ride, read & play badminton (on Tuesday’s) We have one dog, Mr. Smith (dig name). He is 9 years old. Cocker Spaniel. We also have 3 budgies (I’m not sure of spelling) they are Timmy, Mike & Joe. We also have fish Tropical ones. We have about 1 or 2 hundred. Mom keeps children from the Welfare. We usually have four children but now we only have 3. Kim, 2 years; Bobbie (Roberts) 3 months & Shelley 2 months. We keep them until they are adopted. We’ve had Kim since she was 10 months. We have a baby, Doug, 6 months, but he is a private case, which means we only keep him form 8 am to 5 pm. We are keeping him for 3 weeks ‘til his grandparents come back from a trip. His mother works.
I have only been to N.Y., N.J. & Mass. In the U.S. I (we) went to Niagara Falls last summer. Boy, what a view, eh! It really is beautiful.
The top song in Moncton, I am not sure of, but the one in Fredericton is Ticket To Ride by the Beatles. No. 2 is Count Me In by Gary Lewis. I have both these records as well as Mrs Brown’s Daughter mot to mention the others.
Well, I have to depart & do my homework. Ug! Well ‘bye. Write soon. Etc. etc.
P.S. Know any good jokes? Here’s a couple of rib ticklers:

  1. What is grey, has nig ears and a trunk. Elephant? No. A mouse going on vacation.
  2. There was girl whose name was Virginia so they called her Virgin for short but not for long. Get it? Hope so

Au revior

74 Derby Street, Moncton, N.B.
July 31, 1965
Dear Ilona,
Hi! I am very sorry I didn’t write sooner but when I got your letter, I was writing exams & as soon as school stopped, our family went for a 2 & ½ week holiday at Prince Edward Island. It was our sixth time going. I hope you will forgive me.
I had a wonderful time there. I met lots of people. (Boys). I was out with 4 different guys. Not bad for me. We did lots of things like horseback riding, swimming, skimming, dancing, driving in cars, & having parties. It was a ball & I hated to leave.
Around here (Moncton) there is not that much to do. On Tuesdays & Fridays we go to a dance, sometimes we ride on Honda’s or just walk around. We meet different people almost every day. What I just told you is what we do at night. In the morning we help around here & in the afternoon we mostly go swimming at an outdoor swimming pool. Boring eh? Well it is something to do
While we were camping we met some boys who said they were going to come over some weekend. We didn’t think they would but laxt weekend one boy came over & this weekend 3 came over. Oh boy are we ever going to have fun.
I have misplaced your last letter & therefore I cannot answer your questions but I will look for it & answer them in my next letter.
Well I must go. I have nothing interesting to say.
Bye for now,
Your penpal,

74 Derby Street, Moncton, N.B.
Sept 12/65
Dear Ilona,
Hi! How is ya? Gr-r-r-eat I hope. Well how is school? Ours is not T-bag but it could be better. For home-room I have Mr. Wheaton, the principal. He has a very distinct English accent. Do you have school colors? We do. They are royal blue & white. Oh yea, before I forget, my birthday is March 14th. What’s yours? (I’ll be 15)
Boy, have I had a great summer. I met lots of people (boys). My cousin & I met different boys each night. Real nice, descent boys. Not the kind that would pick up any thing waling along the street. Ya know the song “The Boy Next Door”? Well the boy that lives next door but one has a friend & is he ever sweet! Boy! Currazy! My cousin goes out with my neighbor & I go out with his friend. My neighbor is Reggie & his friend is Bernie. They are a lot of fun. They had a great deal to do with out summer.
Did I ever tell you about the dances we go to? Well, all through the summer, they were on Tuesdays & Fridays until school started & now they are on Fridays until about the end of October as the dances are at the Stadium & in winter, it is all ice for skaters & hacky players. Well, back ti the dances. My aunt works at the canteen in the Stadium & most of the dances we help her. What a ball! We meet all kinds of people. When they say they want a pop & they don’t ask for or care what kind they have we give them “Dishwater” a mixture of all kinds Coke, Orange, & Sprite. It is really good. No fooling. We have a local band “The Customs” to play for us. They are really great. In fact, at one of the dances a man from London Records heard & liked them. He might get them to make a record. I sure hope so. I like the drummer Roger Leblanc. He is sweet. He used to go with a friend of mine. My sister likes the singer & the cousin I hang around with likes the lead guitarist & her sister likes the rythem guitarist. There are only four in the band. But they are terrific.
Well, I guiess I have bored you for long enough. Agreed? Agreed! Well, see ya. Etc. Bye, write soon.
Luff n’ stuff

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