Dear Fran (From Corning, NY)

Dear Fran (From Corning, NY)


Here is another old letter to Fran, but this time the letter is addressed to Mrs. R.W. Flannery, Care of/ Mrs. Fairfield, Hornell, NY. The letter was written on November 23, 1939 (Thanksgiving) and it’s from a woman named Betty who lives in Corning, NY.



Dear Fran,

Yes, I’m finally answering you letter. Really, so many things are happening around here, it’s hard to remember whether I’m doing the same thing over or just catching up.  In this case, I think I am catching up.

What did you name your baby? Gosh! I’d love to see it. I’ve been thinking about getting up to see you, but things just don’t fall that way.  I’ve been wanting to go roller skating too, But I haven’t done that either. I’ve been playing quite a bit of Badminton lately. It’s a good game. We’re also getting a basketball team together, kids in the Glass Works who haven’t played for some time.  The team won’t amount to much for that reason, but we’ll have fun.

I just finished my Turkey dinner.  We had to work ‘till noon darn it.  Also, they changed the academy – Northside football game to Armistice Day, that makes today seem less like Thanksgiving than ever.  If we only had a little snow, it’d be all right.

Gosh, Tuesday I put in a full day.  Worked ‘till 5 and then practiced basketball ‘till 7, then played badminton ‘till 10:45.  After we got dressed we went out and bought some supper. By the time I got home it was 12:45.

Monday after work we had a spaghetti dinner which Mr. Robertson made for us.  I had to buy the stuff that noon and did I rush around.  I took the car to work in the morning so I could get everything done.  You must know Earl Roberson.  He was a coach at Hornell and side with Cook (The Principal) when he was kicked out.  He’s now athletic director of the Glass Works Club House, doing a good job too.

Well, are we up to Wednesday? I had to head downtown last twice last night for groceries, then went to see a friend home from college and then I bowled in the Glass Works league from 9 – 11:30.

Did I tell you our play came off pretty good! We had a turkey dinner at the hotel given to us by our pastor, Father Raivlinson.

Right now, I think I’m going to clean up a little and go seek amusement.  If the Club House is open, maybe I’ll play badminton, or if it isn’t, I’ll go see people. I can’t sit around much longer or I’ll go to sleep and that, of course, would never do.

Well, squirt, write and tell me where you are, what you know and stuff. I read Rebecca. I didn’t like it ‘till about a week after I finished reading it through. Particular book, didn’t you think?

As ever,



Well, isn’t Betty an active girl? She plays badminton, basketball, and she bowls. Not much about any of her friends or such, but a lot about her activities. She seems to be in quite a different world than Fran is currently in. I love how she said “Gosh, I’d love to see it!” referring to Fran’s Baby… Maybe she didn’t know if it was a girl or a boy… Anyway, it makes me wonder if Fran, would have been at Glass Works with Betty working and playing sports if she wasn’t married to Bob and a new mother… Just a thought. What do you think?


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