Letter from Eleanor Blair, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mr. D.C. Blair, Montour Falls, New York, 1914 October 11
Letter home describing class elections, boating, Freshman Serenade, new items of clothing, fundraising for fire fund, and how much she is enjoying her courses. —Keywords: Boats and boating; College student government; Fund raising; College Hall Fire, 1914; Fiske House; Charles River; Eliot House —Tags: Academics; Buildings and Grounds; Dress; Student Life
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Wellesley, Mass., 11 October, 1914. Dear home-folks, Some of the girls have just been in here partaking of some pears - a most unusual occurence [mis-spelling: occurrence], I assure you. There has been great excitement this last week with 1916 class elections, society invitations, etc. Dot is Hazel Watts sponser [mis-spelling: sponsor], and poor Hazel has had to make Dot's bed all this week - also courtesy to any member of A.K.X. no [page 2] matter where she met them. Some of the girls here in Fiske weren't eligible for a society so with Peggy Torrey as president they have organized into the I.C.B. We don't know what that stands for, but we call them the "I can't belongs." They had a crazy initiation last night with refreshments of dill pickles, sausages and gum, after which they serenaded their president. We Sophomore are thinking of organizing into the W.H. or "We're Hopings." I have been enjoying our boat so much this week. We are [page 3] having a beautiful Indian summer, and beautiful foliage. Wednesday afternoon, Soph Meyers and I went down the outlet and then up the river to South Natick. We were gone all the afternoon. Yesterday Emma and I went down the river and got back just at dark. When we were drifting along admiring the wonderful foliage, Emma remarked that it was about time to say "If only Mamma were here!" To tell the truth that was just what I had been thinking before she spoke. I would just like to get the whole Blair family out here [page 4] and take you all for a long trip down the Charles. I must tell you why a certain pair of stockings, which you will find in the laundry, [deletion: are] is so muddy. Much to Emma's delight I failed to make connections when trying to jump the outlet and instead of landing on the bank, I came down her-chug right in the middle of mud & water up to my knees. The resulting sensation was very "oozely" and damp. Last night the Freshmen serenaded us Sophomores. Tomorrow 1917 class elections begin. [page 5] Lots and lots of old people have come back for initiations. Edith Ryder is here, and this morning as I was coming out of chapel I bumped into Betsy Limont. Olive Croucher, one of the Newark girls is here and was in choi[deletion: r]r this morning. She says she is going to start up a tea-room in Newark for the benefit of the fire-fund. Poor Blanche is so homesick to get back that she doesn't know what to do, especially since she knows that quite a lot of her class are here. [page 6] All 1917 is very much excited over the prospect of elections, and all of us agree that we are going to have an awful time coming to a decision. I have heard seven or eight people mentioned seriously for president, and I imagine it will be the same with all the offices. Now for answers to some of Mutter's numerous questions. 1. The silk waist is very pretty and has been much admired. I got a green cord to wear with it as that goes well with my new skirt. Lombard's sent me a three dollar waist for the same price as the cheaper one [page 7] as they didn't have the right size in the two dollar and a half one. It is a beauty - nice soft material. 2. Elizabeth wrote me that they cleared seventy-five dollars at the Elmira concert. I am sending the College News home in the laundry - that gives some idea of what was done this summer. Don't send them back. 3. We got scrim curtains and Dot has hem-stitched them across the bottom. They look fine. 4. I see more of Emma & Pat than of Helen, though I see her quite often. She is in The Elms, you know. [page 8] 5. I am very much interested in my work - even more so than last year. Practically all my courses are library courses so I fairly live up there. 6. Fiske fare is good and homey though we don't have quite as much cream & fancy stuff as at Elliot. But I am so crazy over it here, and we have such good times together. Everyone joins right into everything and all pull together. Thank you again for the hermits, the pears, the marmalade, etc. Fiske's opinion of my family is pretty high, I tell you. Tell Bobby to be sure & write to me about his mark. Emma enquired about him the other day. Tell Bob to write sometime before Christmas. Lots of love, Eleanor.