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1960 Apr 09, 4 p. w/env. Letter to Folks Traveled with a teacher at their Institute at Barnava, “We did more business than I’ve done in 10 trips before;” discusses their accomplishments; picked up a newspaper man and he had been in jail for four months, “There is no segregation. He was house with killers and he never knew when they might start chopping on him;” said a rich rancher from California is coming to visit and wanted to ask Mary about the village conditions, she says it’s probably better off she doesn’t talk to him as she’d get sent home sooner; A friend had tried to call Mary through the embassy and they said they never heard of her, “It’s the second time this has happened to me. We have a ‘crummy little’ embassy outfit here. I think they don’t like I.C.A. because we outnumber them by a good many times.”
1960 Apr 14, 5 p. w/env. Letter to Folks Strongly thinking of asking for a direct transfer to another country; is having the teacher from Izmir meet with the rich rancher from California; has decided to sell her car to get an Opel station wagon; the King of Jordan is visiting Ankara and the streets are packed.
1960 Apr 16, 8 p. w/env. Letter to Christine “I had our best Turkish girl (teaches at Izmir at our Training Center) here for about 3 weeks living and working with me;” gal had commented about how her house had so much food in it as most Turkish homes do not have that luxury, “They live from ‘hand to mouth’ as my mother would say;” Met an 85 year old woman with an interesting story to tell; finally got a washing machine; Mary’s folks are talking about taking a European trip with a Presbyterian Minister from Tulsa, might take a boat from Naples to Istanbul; has a cat that will have kittens soon; Turkish bottle man rummages through the rubbish to try and find glass and then knocks on the door to ask for more glass, “I’m getting smart now, I don’t open the door, I just call and ask him what he wants in Turkish. He thinks I’m a Turk and then leaves immediately;” “I may cuss the Turks when I’m trying to work with them but I feel completely at home socializing with them;” There’s an extension Conference in Vienne and Mary wasn’t sent so she raised a bit of hell to her boss, “I won’t die if I don’t go but it seems so queer when there is an Ext. Conf. they send everyone but Ext. workers.”
Letter to Christine from Mae 1 p. no env. Planning some dress making and fashion in India
1960 Apr 22, 3 p. w/env. Letter to Folks Had already burned up her washing machine, I.C.A. thinks the machine was defective but Mary thinks it is the lack of water pressure; mentioned blowing up at the boss about everyone going to Vienna except for her for an Extension Conference; Went to a program at a school for the blind, “10,000 blind in Turkey, 2 schools @ about 130. American Women’s club (I am a member) bought them a Braille typewriter;” “The Political news is very bad here today:”
1960 Apr 25, 7 p. w/env. Letter to Brother Got a telegram from Washington D.C. that had congratulated Mary on her monthly newsletter and told her how to improve it; was asked for 100 copies but she will only send 50 since she doesn’t have very good secretary help, “They all start groaning when they see me coming. They say I give them more work than 10 of our men technicians put together;” is preparing one of her smartest field workers to go to the States for more schooling; describes the girl’s director and how he talks to her like she’s a man; talks about the qualifications her counterparts must have; is going to go to an orphanage with a social service worker.”

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