More News from The Frigid Great Plains

N. Brown, Rt 2 Box 160, Milbank S.D.
Dec 23,, 1963
Dear Elena,
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 Elena,
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 Elena,
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 Elena,
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 Elena,
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