February 1964 – Offended by a Pen Friend


I bought a Beatle Album. Its called Meet the Beatles. I love it.


Feb 16 I overflooded the toilet. The water went all he way into the hall. It started coming through the tiles in the basement! I got really scared. Daddy said all the tiles were going to pop, so he tore one out.
The Beatles were on Ed Sullivan. I just love them. Even Ringo.


                Elena loves Beatles                                                  Beatles my true loves.

Feb 17 The tiles didn’t pop. Daddy made a mistake.

Feb 20 I not going to write to Joy Hopkins any more Her last letter was very insulting!!
I’m in 9B. My classes are:
Latin Mr. Arbogast; History Mr. Keliher; Algebra Mr. Faust; English Miss Sarin; Homemaking Mrs. Zimmerman; Health Mrs. Kiebler (Micthell)

The offending letter from Joy:
2505-27th Street,
Vernon, B.C.,
December 21st, 1963
Feb. 12/64
Dear Elena,
Thanks a million for that gorgeous T.V. guide!
I received your letter to me and thought it was crazy. That was the second last one. I didn’t want to write to you anymore. But then I got your last letter and it was much better, please try to write more interesting letters.
Yes, I love the Beatles, I really think they’re sharp! I saw them on Ed Sullivan Sunday and I nearly had cat-fits! Of those kids would’ve stopped screaming and tearing their hair out, we might have heard more of them. I just bought a record of them a few hours ago! I also got one of cliff Richard’s. All my penpals like Cliff but the Beatles…well I guess you have to be a little queer to like them anyway! The Beatle record I got was “She Loves You”. My favorite guy is Ringo Starr, the drummer!
I just love the T.V. guide you sent me! (The cover anyway)! It took me a week to get over my happiness and I’m still thrilled!
Do I have a boyfriend? That’s a hard question to answer nowadays isn’t it? Because you like a guy for one day and the next day it’s someone else! But I’m not really that type! I’m going steady with my girlfriend! I’m always thinking of Dick Chamberlain, too! So that complicates things! If that doesn’t answer your question this might. When I was in grade 4 (yep, I can still remember)! There was “puppy love” between Ronnie and me. I mean he liked me first and our families liked each other and stuff. Well to make a long story short it wore off about 2 yrs ago. He’s really shy and quite boring now. Being in the clumsy awkward stage of 15.
I’m not interested in spaghetti labels and the offer for pennants is only for U.S.A. and Puerto Rico or something, so I’m sending it back to you.
Sorry about this paper, and for writing so late.
Write an interesting letter soon or….
P.S. I can’t find the spaghetti label, but if I do I’ll send it to you. Do you want it back? JH
P.P.S – Hope you like these stamps. Write soon!

 And so ended that pen pal friendship…


It was a Simpler Time for Girls Feb & Mar 1964

Rt 2 Box 160
Milbank, S.D.
Feb. 17, 1964
Dear Elena,
Do you baby-sit? I do. I baby-sit with my cousin who is 3 ½ months old, who lives 1/10 of a mile south of us. My cousin’s name is Joey. I also baby-sit with LeAnne Aden who is a year & 3 months, old.
Do you have a TV? We do. I’m watching it right now. Andy Griffith is on.
I’m making a “Keep South Dakota Green” Do you have to make posters or anything. We have to enter them March 1.
We have a spelling contest Feb. 28. Do you have a spelling contest? We have racing, broad jump & ball throw in the spring. Last year I won in broad jump by jumping 12’1”. The first jump I made this year was 10’4” 12’1” was my last jump last year.
Do you know anyone who would write to my sister Loretta? She would like to write to a penpal. She is 10 years old & is a very nice girl. She likes school just like I do. She is in fifth grade.
I hope you like the birthday card I’m enclosing. I’m sorry I didn’t get it sent on your birthday because I was waiting for you letter. My birthday is July 1st. I will be 13. How old are you now.
If you think my writing is awful it’s because I’ve got lotion on my hands and they are slippery.
Try and write sooner because I want to know a lot about you.
Love Nancy
P.S. I am going to send you another picture of me pretty soon, because my brother just took it today.

Rt 2 Box 160
Milbank, S.D.
March 16, 1964                                                   (typed letter with some little problems)
Dear Elena,
I,m sorry I,din’t write sooner but I’ve been so busy I justforgot about it.
Today wewere over to Herb Johnsons, some of or best friends Their eighth grade girl Audrey was confirmed today. My Grandma Grandpa Skaarer were there and also Audreys grandpa. Audrey has 2 sisters and a brother.
Have you found out ifKathy McGlue will write to my sister? Could you please disscribe Kathy in you next letter? How old is Kathy?
The way is sounds you must like the Beatles! I like their music, but every time we listen to it my mom says something bad about them. I saw a Beatles magazine. A friend of mine had one. My cousin on California hathe record”He Loves You”. They are coming here this summer so we can listen to it. My mom doesn’t want me to ask though.
Do you have a birth stone ring? I do . I just got one yesterday. It cost me $2.35.
To you like to bake and sew? I do . I’m making my Easter out-fit. It is a black and white dress with a black jacket. The dress has a figured top and a plain bottom.My mother is going to line the jacket. I have also made3 skirts, 2 nightgowns 2 blouses,2 aprons,and 1 jumper. Last night I made 2 loaves of banana bread.
How much allowance do you get for a week? I get 50¢ a week. My brother ,who the way it sounds is the same age as you gets 75¢ a week.
Mom. Morning-
I couldn’t get your letter finished last night so I will finish it now.
Some of my favorite things are food, sewing , sports reading, and playing the piano.Don’t forget to name some of your favorite.I have to go to school so I will finish this after school.
Well I think I can finish this.I just got home school about 1 ½ hours ago. I just got done doing the dishes.
Do you have a camera? I have a brownie starflex. I got it for my birthday 1962. I just love to take pictures .I think it is very interesting.
Please explain what you mean by T.V. guides of our cities.
Your friend,

Surfer Queen and the Beatles! Wow! Feb & Apr 1964

Linda Stephens, Beverley Hall, Elizabeth Bay Cresc., Elizabeth Bay, Sydney NSW  Australia
Sydney, February 2nd, 1964
Dear Elena,
Thank you for your letter. My pen-pals are in North Bay (Ontario) in Canada, Cheshire, England, Tokyo, Japan, Montana, U.S.A, you, and one that I don’t write to anymore in Bandung Indonesia, because she is too old for me (she’s 19). I’d love to trade pen-pals in order to build up my correspondence. I think I might put an advertisement (letter) in the Monitor.
To get to languages, I am learning to speak French at school and I too know a little, little bit of Spanish. An American girlfriend of mine lived in Argentina for a few years and she taught me some. We go back to school on Tuesday (4th February) and I am to take French, English, Maths, History, Geography, Art, Music, Scripture and Science (that includes Biology, Physics, chemistry & Science). We do have out choice when we reach the class I’m going into but some subjects are compulsory. Do you only take 6 classes? Gee, we have to take 9!
I don’t have a boyfriend but I know a few boys who have taken me out quite a few times.
Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! I’m sorry I didn’t send a Christmas card but I didn’t remember & nobody got one. I’ve enclosed a Birthday card, though. My birthday is May 11.
While you’re having snow storms, we’re having heat waves, & I’ve taken up surfin enthusiastically these past holidays. My aunt lives across the road from one of the most popular beaches, Bondi, & I’ve averaged 5 out of 7 days at the beach for the past 4 or 5 weeks. I’ll continue going on the weekends during school. My cousins both ride surfboards & they’ve been coaching me. It’s fun. Body-surfing’s safer & better, though.
I just read through your letter again * saw that you take civics & gym. I didn’t mention it but civics is included in History in Australia & gym is taken by everyone in the school in winter with swimming in summer.
Well, music. We have just about the same here as you do. The Beatles are top (of course) & I’ll send you a list of one of our Top 40 to let you see.
I have just one sister, Michele, who is, amazingly enough, 18 too. She works, having finished school & corresponds with people throughout the world. I wonder if Sabine would like to correspond with her?
I, too, will send some pictures of the movies being shown about town & you’ll find some are the same as you have up there. I think.
Tell me, are you a Christian Scientist or do you just read the Christian Science Monitor? Please send me a photo of yourself. I would but I just had my hair cut off last Thursday & the photos I have don’t look a bit like me now. I might take some today. You say you live across the street from a river. Well we live right on the waterfront. We have to walk down the stairs to our tiered garden & then to the grass mext to the swimming pool & then we have a whole lot of the Sydney Harbour in front of us. Just one difference, our water doesn’t freeze in winter like yours.
Well I’ve just about talked myself out. Hope to hear from you soon,
Yours Truly
P.S. I hope you can understand the writing. Sorry it is so bad.

Miss Linda Stephens, Beverley Hall, Elizabeth Bay Cresc., Elizabeth Bay, Sydney NSW  Australia
April 5, 1964
Dear Elena,
Thank you for your letter. It was one of the 3 that I found waiting for me when I returned from my easter holiday. Also thak you for the photo, it’s a good one. Please excuse my ignorance, but what type of dog is it?
I am a Beatle fan, and have a Beatle album, namely Please Please Me. Its terrific with Love me do I saw her Standing there, Please Please Me, Boys and about 10 or 11 more. Its fantastic. However, my parents seem to be spending more & more time outside the home. I meant to ask them about that, mm. I have been thinkgin along the lines of purchasingtheir second album, With The Beatles but I am a bit worried as to what will happen to my parents.
Schools in Sydney, at least my school, starts at 9.30 and end at 3.10. My school is about a mile away and my father drives me to school in the morning and in the Winter my mother drives me home. However in summer, I walk home. I don’t know if I told you, but my classes are: History, Geography, English, French, Maths, Science (incl. Physics, Chemistry, biology etc), Art Scripture and in summer swimming & in winter gym. For sport, I take basketball.  Our lessons are 40 mins. Long and we have 7 lessons per day. How long & how many are yours?
By the way, the date is now 21 April. At the moment I’m snug in bed, suffering from a heavy cold. But just think, everyone is out in the rain, so who minds. Well, actually I am a Christian Scientist in that I attended a Sunday school for 3 years, but have not been since last year.
As you know, I have a sister and the usual parents, but up until yesterday morning (about 4 a.m.) we had two darling cats. However out little (just 2 years old) pure white Persian cat died of internal bleeding. I was most upset as he had such cute ways about him. But, I suppose its better where he is than here and hurting. I asked for another kitten, but I was flattened, so I’m hoping I get a little white ball of fluff for my birthday next May 11. Keep your fingers crossed.  But we still have a tabby cat. He’s beautiful.
I love to go to movies, too and recently I’ve seen charade, Move Over Darling, Take Her she’s Mine, Taras Bulla, West Side Story (well, a few months ago) and several others. I want to see the Beatles film when it comes out in June. However, the Beatles are coming here in June, so you never know. Gerry & the Pacemakers, Brian Poole & the Temelos, Dusty Springfield, Gene Pitney have just finished a tour of the eastern states of Australia. I believe they were good, but I didn’t see them.
I’ve had luck. Everybody I’ve written to, except one, in reply to little letters in the Pen Pal section has replied. But I’m thinking of putting my name in. I don’t know. So far I have 5 pen pas, and one I wrote to in Japan hasn’t replied, so Idon’t know. Thanks for the address of the penpals, I might write if I have a chance. Do you want a pen pal in the U.S. – a firl in Seattle Washington? Please tell me & I’ll give you her address if you do.
I I get a chance, I will enclose a photo of myself.f I haven’t had any taken lately but I try to dig one up from my photo box.
Well, seeing as how lunch is ready and I have four more letters to write, I had better close. Keep you fingers crossed (for my kitten) and write soon.

Girls and Dogs – Oh yes and the Beatles Dec 1963 & Mar 1964

“Cross Gate” Shute Hill, Bishopsteignton Nr. Teignmouth S. Devon ENGLAND.
Dec 8th 1963
Dear Ilona,
Thank you awfully for your card. I didn’t send them off in time which was very inconsiderable of me.
Anyway I hope you have a happy Christmas. What did you get?
Mummy has recently got a dog & we have called him “Tammy”. He is a West Highland Terrier. Have you ever heard of them. Tammy is about 4 mths old.
This morning David & I had to go to the Dentist! (ugh) But we didn’t have much done to our teeth (thank goodness)
Bobby (our budgie) is talking away in his cage. He can say quite a lot now. Must close now got to get tea ready. Happy New Year.
Jenny xx

Cross Gate, Bishopsteignton, Devon
March 5th, 1964
Dear Ilona,
Thanks for you letter. I have got 3 of the “Beaatles” records at home including, “I Want to Hold Your Hand. I’ve enclosed a picture of the Beatles (the best I’ve got.) We can get books on the Beatles in England can you in America? Which of the Beatles do you like best? I like Paul. Ringo plays the drums, George is lead guitat, & Paul & John both sing.
My birthday was on January 19th. When is yours? I wrote to my Swedish penpal & the letter was returned saying that none lived at that address so I didn’t write anymore. My other two penpals are American. Would you like to write to them?
On a television Programme lately we saw a but if Detroit from film cameras in America. It was about the traffic problem!!
Must close now,
Write soon, Jenny
P.S. Thanks so much for the lovely photograph. I’ll try & send you one of me. I think Teddy is lovely.


Nov 20 – 22 Pen Friends and Kennedy Died

Nov 20 We have a cat. Having trouble with Biddle and Juilians. So far it seems to be ours. It gets along with Teddy just fine.

Nov 21 7 pen-pals –
Canada – Joy Hopkins
England – Jenny Dean
Poland – Anna Ur.
Nigeria – ??(Not sure)
Aus – Linda Stevens
South Dakota – Jean Brandt, Nancy Brown
Indonesia – Ay hi —-

Nov 22 The President, John Fritzgerld Kennedy died. He was shot in the head and someplace else. (See Scrapbook)
I was in Math when it was announced on the P.A. Many girls were crying. It was in gym that they said he was dead. I just can’t believe it. It seems like a dream; not true. Mommy cried, or almost did. I didn’t cry cause it didn’t seem true.

Aug 17 – Aug 29 Summer Ends with a Book

Aug 17 I finished “Burma Rifles”. I thought it would be nice if I read “Little Men”. So I did.

Aug 18 todays Beany’s birthday. She got a record, Andy Williams, and $10 from Aunt Herta and Uncle Vladas.

Aug 22 Karen made a tent in her yard. We going. to sleep in it tonight. Played a game, rather part of a game, of Monopoly. Stayed up till about 1;30 a.m.

Aug 23 We got up about 10:00.
I finished “Little Men” and started “Triumph Clear” by Beim.

Aug 24 I stayed up last night till about 2:00.Ddurning that time I finished “Triumph Clear” and started “Castle on the Border” by Benary Isbert. Its a German book.

Aug 28 today Beany Sally and I went downtown to see Cleopatia. We had intended  to see how the west was one, but we couldn’t get 2 seats together. Cleopatra is 4 hours long. Starring is Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Rex Harrison and Rowdy McDowall

Aug 27 today Karen and I rode down to 7 mile. While we were there we went to Schultz’s. Then we went to Evergreen, took Evergreen to 6 mile, went up a side street to Grand River, and drove home.

Aug 29 Karen and I rode to Aunt Marie’s. Nobody was home we we rode back home.
Finished “Castle on the border”. then started reading “Jo’s boys” by Alcott.

Aug 11 – 16 Movies and Readings, More

We went to the German day. I won a orchad colored hat. Their were a lot to travel agencies there, so Beany and I collected a lot of folders on Germany. I had two hot dogs and three bottles of pop.

Daddy gave Beany and 2 dollars to spend. I spend 95¢ on a pen. somehow I spent 3 dollars.

Aug 12 Yesterday I finished “Heir of Kiloran” and started “Spy for the Confederacy by Nolan.

Aslo yesterday we saw Vera Cruz on sunday night movie. Starring in it was Burt Lancaster, & Gary Copper. Very Good. Tonight on Monday night at the movies we saw April Love with Pat Boone. Lousy.

Aug 13 I finished my book, and started a new one, “War beneath the sea” by Frank Bonham.

I’m teaching Chrisy and Burnice to walk on stils.

Aug 14 I finished “War beneath the sea”. It was a vey good book about world War II in the Pacific. I have another book by Bonham, “Burma Rifles”. I started that one today.

I wrote on scratch paper a letter to Jennifer Dean.

Aug 15 Tonight Beany Sally Karen and I went to the Redford to see The Thrill of it all with Doris Day & James Gardner also The Miracle Worker with Patty Duke.

Aug 16 Karen stayed overnight. This after noon we buildt a tent. We stayed up and watched shock.