Letter from Eleanor Blair, West Haven, Connecticut, to Mrs. D.C. Blair, Montour Falls, New York, 1914 March 26
Letter home describing Wellesley's plans to open again in April; upcoming visit to Wellesley, Boston, and Cambridge; recent meeting with alumnae to raise money for students affected by fire; and newspaper clippings about the fire. —Keywords: Baseball; Travel; Fires; College Hall Fire, 1914; Newspapers; Fund raising; Wellesley College--Alumni and alumnae —Tags: Alum Activities; Athletics and Physical Education; Buildings and Grounds
5 pages + 1 envelope
West Haven, Conn. Thurs. 26 March 1914. My most honorable family, Lucia, Horace & I have been having a great, old time this P.M. playing base-ball. We had an exciting time out in the back yard. Most of the time we spent in giggling or fixing up boxes to stop the ball when we failed to catch it - which was quite often, I'll confess. I've been reading the play given by the E.K.T. & like it a lot. Kit Horner sent me her book. She is a fine correspondent - I've had two nice long letters from her just lately. [page 2] We got notice today that W. opens April 7 the same as first planned. Isn't that great? Paul, the Policeman (Pauline Curran, in other words) suggested that we might have to begin classes at 8:00 A.M. in order to make room for all the classes. Imagine! Chapel at 7:30 - breakfast at 6:30 & rise at 5:45. Oh awful! Here's hoping her plan isn't adopted. Now I'll tell you the plans Lucia & I have made for the latter part of our vacation. We are thinking of returning to Wellesley on Sat. so I can clean my wheel & get straightened around. Sunday we can go to church, get our meals over Lucia's chaffing [mis-spelling: chafing] dish & take a long walk. Then early Monday A.M. we will start for [page 3] Boston & go on to Cambridge (which is only a few minutes ride from Boston on the subway). In other words we are going to take a day off to see some of the historical places all around us. Sometime next week, we are going down to the New Haven library & read up about the place we expect to see. Then when you come out, Mutter, I can pilot you around in fine shape. By the way, I know no reason so far why you can't come out the same as we first planned. Of course I can't tell definitely about anything until I get back to W. Now for the news! Last Tues. there was a meeting of the New Haven-Wellesley Club, including us W. girls who are here now, [deletion: had a meeting] at Miss Wheeler's. Seventeen of us got together & my, but it was an enthusiastic meeting! Those old alumnae haven't lost one bit of their Wellesley spirit - not a drop. It was perfectly great to be there together & know we all belonged to the same Alma Mater. And such a bunch as they were - enthusiastic, bright & full of life & ready to pitch right in & work for their college. We expect to give an entertainment next week & give the proceeds for the girls who were burned out & have nothing to begin on again. Did I tell you about Glad Gorman? She is an orphan & for three years has worked her way through college, first living on Cottage St. & lat[deletion: t]er at Fiske. Just during Senior Year she went up on campus. She had no home whatever except College Hall so all her possessions were there even to a few toys & things she had when a youngster. Now everything is gone except her coat and $2.00 she had in the bank. And the morning of the fire she was in choir!! She is a brick & awfully popular among all classes. Besides being in choir, she is treasurer of her class [page 4] and of Shakespeare, coxswain of 1914's crew & pitcher on the base ball team. It is for girls like that who have lost everything that we want to do something. I've sent a lot of clippings from newspapers we ordered from Wellesley, in my laundry. Please be careful of them as I want them for my stunt book. Lucia & I each got a big picture of the fire (about 2 ft. long) which we saw in a store. They are put out by the Current News & are fine & clear. Last night, Mrs. Barnes, Florence, Lucia & I went to Savin Rock to the "movings". I'm sending several more stamps for the young man. One is from Jerusalem & I guess he has none like it. Tell him to write another letter some day. He must be getting to be quite a mechanic. Go at it, Bub, you'll [page 5] show us all some day! I'm going to have a big brother to be proud of one of these days. There isn't any more news. Had a fine, long letter from Dot this P.M. She writes such funny letters that it is as good as reading a page from "Puck" to read one of her epistles. I must stop now & answer Mr. Van Deusen's card from San Francisco. Goodbye for now & lots of love, Eleanor.