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1957 Jul 05, 4 p. w/env. Letter to Folks Is upset about her living situation and her transformer is still in customs; Spent time in Izmir again and then went back to Istanbul; room-mate lets in flies and “A maid appeared from nowhere [and] broke some [of Mary’s] dishes but got the house partially cleaned”; Counterpart always late and things are difficult but Mary refuses to consider any other tour
1957 Jul 06, 6 p. w/env. Letter to Folks Flew back to Izmir for a graduation which was “pretty drab”; During graduation, a special recognition was awarded to a “gal Miss McCune had tried to fail but the [politicians?] forced back into school” and Mary’s counterpart had said the speech was wonderful but later found out from a 4H woman that it made condescending remarks about villagers; Having trouble with recruitment as Turks recruited too many for her program and will have to talk to her boss; Byram holiday; Made it back to Ankara; describes upstairs Dutch neighbors; accomplished goal to eat breakfast in Asia, lunch in Europe, and supper in Asia; describes Turkish high positions as having “no responsibility except to draw their salary, sit…no planning… no intention of keeping any promise or commitment unless its social”
1957 Jul 11, 5 p. w/env. Letter to Folks A story about a fly and co-workers swiping her fly swatters; talks about Olive wanting to fire the maid and sleeping in late; Asks the head executive office about housing and is looking at another house which will get her car off the street, is on the president’s water line, and is much bigger
1957 Jul 13, 3 p. w/env. Letter to her brother Had dinner with the [Weigle’s]; describes being covered with itchy welts that Olive think might be caused by her nerves; Neighborhood filled with army folk and describes swearing, especially one word that means “donkey”
1957 Jul 17, 2 p. w/env. Letter to Folks Enclosing check for birthday gift for folks; counterpart never shows up for things; warned by a Turk interpreter that the people are sensitive but as Mary says “Liked or sent home I’m eventually going to do something about this lack of responsibility”; is having the first home economics fair booth the country has ever had and received blown up photos for it
1957 Jul 20, 8 p. w/env. Letter to Folks Newer place has water all the time and PX supplies are limited; counterpart cussed out by Mr. Adams for not having her materials ready for his program and Mary is going to ask the boss about her counterpart situation; Mr. Adams is leaving in a month and she’d like his apartment but she’s afraid of his landlord; FCA is taking over and “several Americans were met at the plane as they were leaving Turkey with a demand for rent they supposedly hadn’t paid and had no recourse but to fork over money”; household goods not shipped yet; invited Dutch family upstairs down for pie and coffee and is determined to make the man of the family have respect for her job and herself as an American; itchy welts going down now that she’s had some rest and work with her counterpart
1957 Jul 25, 5 p. w/env. Letter to Folks Is going to give a demonstration on giving demonstrations; her Turkish counterpart makes the comment that Turkey was once honest but it was changed by the “infiltration of Jews” while it was the opinion of office secs. that the Americans were responsible; Refrigerator went out and lost week’s supply of meat; still hasn’t received transformer or household goods
1957 Jul 27, 6 p. w/env. Letter to Folks Olive went on a date and Mary is making blinds for the windows; Adams’s seem to be in worse shape trying to get bags packed; still has not received household goods and has tried to talk to the head of the section; going to try a new recruitment program; Turks swiped up the Fall/Winter sears catalogue so no one can see it
1957 Jul 31, 5 p. w/env. Letter to her brother Refrigerator on the fritz and pipes clogged; Transformer finally went through customs and back home just in time for her current transformer to go out, but the one she got home didn’t work for her; burning up in 110 degree heat; Is having a hard time getting Turkish people into her Short Course Program and will be writing a report to the head of the department

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