Feb 1965 Is This the Last South Dakota Letter?

N. Brown Rt. 2 Millbank S.D. 57252
Feb 18, 1965
Dear Ilona,
I am sitting in school waiting for school to be let out & I don’t have anything to do so I better write you a letter.
We had six weeks test this week. We have them every six weeks. We have twelve weeks of school to go.
Do you babysit? I do every Thursday might & then sometimes on other nights. The people I babysit for bowl on a league every Thursday night. My mom & dad bowl on the same league.
Do you have any girl friends that would like to write to me? I would like a couple more penpals.
What kind of weather have you been having? We have had srewrvy weather. One day its nice. The next day its cold & windy.
When is your birthday? I lost the letter you told when it was.
School is going to be let out now so I better quite. Please try & send me a picture of yourself.

Love Nancy

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
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,
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 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

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,

More News from The Frigid Great Plains

N. Brown, Rt 2 Box 160, Milbank S.D.
Dec 23,, 1963
Dear Ilona,
There are 9 pupils in our school, and 1 teacher. We have half hour recess an 45 minutes at noon.
The temperature has gotten to 20 below. One Sunday it was snowing so hard, it was like a blizzard.
Last Friday we had our Christmas Party at school. I got a black & white stretch headband.
Tonight we opened gifts at our place I got this stationery from my my great grandmother, I got other things from different people. Tommorrow night we open more gifts and then more Christmas morning.
Do you have and Great Grandparents? I have 2 Great Grandmother’s & 1 Great Grandfather. I have 2 grandfathers and 2 grandmothers.
A week ago last Thursday I got glasses. I only have to wear them for reading and studing. Do you wear glasses?
If you want to know why my writing is so jigglely my brother got a model boat and he’s working on it at the same time that I’m writing and at the same table. If I spell words wrong it’s probably because its 9:40p.m.
Are you having Christmas dinner at your house? We are not we are going to the neighbors.
Love Nancy


Nine Pupils in South Dakota School

Milbank, S. Dak.
Nov 26, 1963
Dear Ilona,
I am in school now. I am done with my school work, so I decided to write you a letter. It is about 3:00. We get out of school at 3:30. What time do you get out?
The school nurse has her office in town and then she comes to our country schools and checks us. She has just been out here. There are only nine pupils in our school, so it doesn’t take long. How many are their in your school? How many are there in your class?
What grades do you get in school? I get mostly “A’ & “b”. What is your teacher’s name? Mine is Mrs. Selma Moldenhaurer. She is a grandmother. She has about 7 grandchildren.
No, I do not have any other penpals, but my mother thought it would be nice if I got some more penpals.
My birthday is July 1. How old will you be on your birthday, you know of course that I will be 13.
Yesterday we had a lot of fun we went ice skating on our creek.
We only have 2 days this week of school. We get Thanksgiving off, and we had Monday off because of the funeral of President Kennedy. We also get the Friday after Thanksgiving off. How many days do you have off this week?
When do you get your pictures taken? We don’t get ours taken this year. Please do try to send a picture. I am anxious to see your picture.
What subjects to you like best in school? My favorites are spelling & arithmetic.
What sports to you like best? My favorites is softball,
In school we take turns fixing up a bulletin board with current events. When I was putting my things up this morning I poked a tack way in my knee, the top was even with my slacks and it really did hurt.
Please try to write as soon as possible, because I enjoy getting letters.
Your friend, Nancy
P.S. I had to use different paper because I started it at school & I finished it at home. And I don’t have the exact paper at home.
I have the letter folded in disorder, so you can figure it out by the numbers at the top of each page.


Nancy Fesses Up to Knowing Jean

Rt. 2 Box 160
Milbank S. Dak 57252
Oct. 22, 1963
Dear Ilona,
I am real happy that you wrote. For awhile I thought you weren’t going to write.
In my first letter I forgot to tell you what I look like. I am 5 ft. 3 in, I have blond hair, blue eyes and I weigh 105 lb.
My mother work sometimes. She sells trichem paint (in tubes.) She has parties for that. Different ladies invite people (women) to their homes.
Do you know a girl named Jean Brandt? She and I go to school together. We have Reading, Arithmetic, Language, Social Studies, Science, Spelling, art, and we are going to start civics pretty soon.
My brother was in the hospital all last week. He had his apentics out. (If I didn’t spell apentics right please excuse me).
The only instrument I play is the piano. When I get in High School I want to play the clarinet.
Do you have a roller skating riks? We do. I go the first Monday of every month.
Yours Truly
Nancy Brown

Aha! South Dakota Jean Knows Nancy

R1-Box 109
Twin Brooks, So. Dak.
Oct. 1963
last week new
Dear Ilona,
I am fine. The magazinis I by ar family Circle and womans Day. The both have delishes dishes in them.
I don’t have any classes rooms just stay in one room all Day. And I don’t have any choice in subjects until I am in firth year of High school be cause I go to a country school. But I take Art on Fridays Lang evey day of the week history So. So, reading science everyday of the week. I don’t get it when are you going in to the ninth grade don’t you you go in to it next fall?
I WENT ON MY VACTION LAST SUMMER TO MY AUNT AND UNCLE THREE DOWN BY THE Minn. Border and I went and stayed with some friends
I don’t go to many moves because I live so far away only about 15 miles, I went to girls, girls, girls and I thought it was pretty great.
Oh be fore I forget it yes I know Nancy Brown.
I rode my Bike three miles to school this week that is just one way 6 miles all to geather.
Mom sent form soom bakey sweaters one gold and one white a plade dress and a coot and a slip I love them all there piety. Do you have a record player? I have.
When do you gradnat? Do you go to school year round?
Our tV. Doesn’t wook we got our R.h. back a few day ago
When is your birthday?
Yours truly
today Oct 5, 1963
I’m fine. I hope you are fine. Do you have School year round?
I mixed up cookies and cake this morning. It is a little windy hear. The leaves have turned color.
No. I don’t get to pick my on subjects I am required Art., Science, Socil Sutdes, Art, reading, history.
Yes Nancy Brown is My girlfriend. If you can write would you She is expecting you to write.
Do you have a record player?
No I don’t go to many moves I was the only one to go on some vadions.
I’ll send a picture in my next picture Sorry I cant make this little long but I’m so busy this morning
I’ll make up for it in my next letter
Yours truly
P.S. Do you listen to the ridio very much? Hope to here from you soon.

Not Another South Dakota!

Sept 1963
Dear Ilona,
I would like to be your pen pal. I have always wanted a pen pal. I am 12 years old and my name is Nancy Brown. I live out in the country on a farm. I am also interested in reading, music and sports. I have one sister and one brother.
I have something to tell you about Jerry my brother. Tuesday he step on a rock when he was running. Now he has a cast on up to his knee. He is 14.
My sister Loretta is 10 years old. We both got to a country school. I am Vice President of our Y.C.L. at school, and my sister is Secretary.
Do you have an interest in animals? If you do I’ll tell how many animals we have. We have 13 milking cows, 20 steers, 60 pigs, 1 dog, 10 cats, and 1 parakeet named Bridgette.
The morning when I was eating some toast my loose tooth fell out and now it feels real funny.
I have to get ready for school now.
Yours Truly
Nancy Brown

P.S. Please write back soon. If you do write back I’ll send you a picture of me and you can send you picture right away. My address is:
Nancy Brown
Rt. 2 Box 160
Milbank, S.D.

City Kid Asks What is 4-H?

R1-Box 109
Twin Brooks, So. Dak.
Sept 2, 1963
You asked abot 4-H well it is for Boys and girls from the ages of 9 throw- 21 years of age. And it teackes you to be better citizens And we take stuff in on Acheivement day No matter what you take in you get A Blue Red or White ribbon. And what I ment by 4Hs was I blong to a girls and a Boy club in the firls club we make table clothes, place mats, Aprons, cookes, and crafts of all kinds and then we enter them an achcevement days. On My stuff in the girls club I got 4 Blus ribbon and one green ribbin for participateing in the jr dress reved. And a white.
What kind of Magazines do you get? I get American Girl it is a real goo magazines. And some other ones.
I wore glasses I spoke over the radio once. I haven’t had no pictures taken scince I had long hair. But in my next letter I think I will send a picture. I am not to smart. I got to a country school. Write Back
Yours truly,
Jean Brandt