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1961 Jul 05, 3 p. w/env. Letter to Folks The Americans had a party for her at Ataturk’s farm; hasn’t gotten orders for her departure yet, “Last night at the party I wore a large sign, ‘I don’t know when I’m leaving. I don’t know where I’m going’ on the other side [were] more comments.” was glad to get out of a dinner party because “they had asked the CARE man and his wife and I am afraid we might have come to blows there. He lies faster than most people can tell the truth and I might just have challenged him on his statements.”
1961 Jul 06, 2 p. w/env. Letter to Brother Is frustrated that she’s just been waiting around for orders; is still trying to get out her annual report of work done by her field workers; “U.S.O.M./L means United States Operation Mission to Liberia.”
1961 Jul 06, 3 p. no env. Letter to Folks Is quite upset because she still hasn’t got word of when she’ll be leaving and the Turkish portion of her annual report has been “bogged down;” the Turkish women at the university had a dinner for her.
1961 Jul 07, 2 p. w/env. Letter to Brother Her replacement is fascinated by the P.X. after being in Pakistan for seven years; got a note from Dr. Ellis that her orders came in and she must head to the Netherlands to meet her new counterpart at a Home Economics Extension Conference.
1961 Jul 11, 2 p. w/env. Letter to Brother More troubles for her transfer, “These orders I have came from Liberia with no allotment no. so we must have a travel order from Wash. D.C.;” Is afraid she’s going to wind up in jail due to some insurance issues and paperwork; finally got the address for her stay in Netherlands; sent the new Liberia address as well.
1961 Jul 13, 5 p. w/env. Letter to Brother “Yesterday the F.A.O. Extension Home Ec. Conf. started that I was supposed to attend. Yesterday a.m. Personnel drafted another priority cable to Wash. at the asst. I.C.A. Director’s orders asking for action. Somebody who came back says Kennedy has everyone so upset about what is going to happen next that the people in Wash are just wringing their hands and doing nothing about immediate business-afraid of their necks;” has been to the Embassy three times trying to have her liras converted to dollars; had been talking to Mr. Van Dyke, “He said Liberia like Turkey had gone from good to worse--that Liberia was supposed to be a show window for U.S. and it was anything but. He said the rich people there were nothing but slick Southern politicians;” thinks this will be the last letter her folks will get from Turkey
1961 Jul 14, 2 p. w/env. Letter to Rose and C.A. from Christine Enclosing a letter sent to Mary; friends and family news Enclosed Letter to Mary from Christine Needs Mary’s written permission to get into her bank box; friend and family news; had got back from summer conferences; discusses Mary’s insurance a bit
1961 Jul 17, 3 p. w/env. Letter to Brother Is actually still in Turkey; “They have been making place reservations for me every day and then cancelling them;” had inadvertently packed her check book; “So they are sending a night emergency cable which is the highest priority and requires an answer within 8 hrs;” still no word; is frustrated with the inefficiency
1961 Jul 20, 1 p. w/env. Letter to Brother On the plane; describes how bit of an ordeal it was just to get out on the plane; visited the home of the President of the Associated Country Women of the World.
1961 Jul 23, 2 p. no env. Letter to Brother In the Netherlands and has met her counterpart; didn’t feel like there was too much to learn from this Home Economics Conference when compared to the Athens conference; is getting anxious to get to Liberia; “I think there are people here from 42 countries. the word seems to have been spread about me. My counterpart I think is one of the sharpest women here. I think some of these gals come for the ride. One of the women from Norway said she felt Holland was 50 years behind them in Home Ec. I can’t understand why F.A.O. Home Economists allow a conf. such as this.”
1961 Jul 26, 1 p. no env. Letter to Brother Is walking out on the last week of the conference; had shown her slides but describes how all they want are people who read papers instead of having programs; “Yesterday a man from Germany talked on the Rural Youth program. It was the dullest dourest, most anti, most negative talk I ever heard. It would have never inspired enthusiasm. I guess the war really left scars on people’s minds.”
1961 Jul 27, 1 p. no env. Letter to [Brother] Sent Mary out to travel with a Home Extension Adviser; will be going to Amsterdam and then later is going to try to get a Liberian visa; head that Liberia was once known as “White Man’s Grave” because of malaria;
1961 Jul 28, 1 p. no env. Letter to Brother Had gone to a reception at the Burgemasters; “My Liberian counterpart acknowledged the Burgemaster’s speech. She is by far the outstanding woman delegate here;” was given the “facts of life on Liberia” by the National President of the Associated Country Women of the World.
1961 Jul 30, 3 p. w/env. Letter to Brother Finally in Liberia; thinks the American extension people are “much superior education-wise” than those in Turkey; is living in a hotel that I.C.A. pays the rent for; talks a bit about the housing situation.
1961 Jul 30, 3 p. w/env. Letter to Brother Is in Monrovia, Liberia; complains about the high cost of food, “For some reason or other K.L.M. never fed us outside of coffee and very poor cakes. My stomach is so upset from better coffee, cake, and candies and potatoes;” the hotel she’s staying in is a “luxury palace;” finally shares an office with her counterpart, “Can you imagine my not hunting every day for Suheyla;” is going to push the info man into getting her a house to live in; it’s abnormally cold lately