12. Mary Lou
May 11, 1972, Thursday
Please send me some patches to sew on jackets. If you can't That's o.k.
Today coming home from school, Mom was locked outside. She was going to the store. When she found out she left the keys in the house. She had to wait from 1:30 to about 3:05. I had to go get Greg for his key.
I sent for some info on Apollo 13 and never got it. I sent for it 2 Mondays ago. That was May 1. I hope it comes soon.
Nothin' to do around here as usual. It's 28 after 8. I've got to go to bed.Sincerely,
16. Mary Lou
I just want to wish you a happy birthday because I don't have any money for a card.
We had a spelling bee today. I lost. You know what I went down on? Hibernate. I spelled it H-y-bee-r-n-a-t-e. We're having a spelling contest against another room. We're going to win though. We're having it Wednesday May 31. There are words like hypotenuse, coordinate, and congruent.
Today I was biting my sandwich and my tooth fell out! I had a cheese sandwich. It fell out because people don't close the cheese package tight enough. It was my baby tooth. I put it under my pillow so I can get some money.
I hope this letter arrives on your birthday. If it doesn't happy late birthday. Well gotta go now. Bye.
25. Mary Lou
[This letter was written with a variety of marker colors. The "Dear" was red crayon, and the rest was in felt tip pen, every word colored different from the next as appears below. Some of the family are coming down to Kentucky to visit me at the end of Basic Training.]
Hope you had a wonderful birthday ! You will probably get this letter the day before we see you . That is why I am sending it today . I hope we have a good time there . It will be good to see you again .
How is your poison ivy doing ? My teacher had it once .
Mom is going to give me a spelling quiz . She finished before dinner . We just finished dinner . We had stew , and cake for dessert . I can't think of anything more to say . Goodbye
72. Mary Lou
Sun 6 [August 6, 1972]
Today is a rainy day. A miserable day. Yesterday I got a flat tire on Helen. I had to walk it home. Today I got a new tire and inner tube. Which took pretty long. We went to Ace, Kmart and the Ace on Ford finally got it.
Know how much money I have? 11 dollars and 94 cents. By my birthday I will have enough money to buy an aquarium. Which will cost around 17 dollars. I'm gonna start out with 2 guppies. A male and female. I'll get them from the pet shop in Detroit. When I get a population explosion I'll let them eat the babies because I wouldn't be able to afford to take care of all those babies! Don't you think That's a pretty good reason?
In the St. Norbert's Messenger it said that Lawrence Suchyta is getting married to Patty Sleek. Isn't that a surprise?
If you still want Jim's camera It's going to cost a lot of money! 50 dollars! I doubt if You'll buy it.
Since Mike and Greg began to drive, I think It's getting to dad. Now when I'm driving with dad he's getting me a little nervous. You know, the way he pulls out in front of cars.
There's nothing else to say. Goodbye for now.Love
P.S. I hope you like my picture. [She made a drawing of me coming home from the Army; "Mom I'm home!" "I'm glad You're home!"]
83. Mary Lou
Tuesday [Postmarked August 23, 1972]
Got my guppies today. Male and Female. I think the female was already mated. She's got the pouch which means going to have babies pretty soon.. I don't know when. It looks like they're getting along pretty good. Do you know how much money I spent on them? 10.45!
It's hard to believe We're surviving this weather! It's so hot! I guess it would be hotter down there [El Paso, Texas]. How you doing there? [The following sentence is crossed out in the letter: Do you have a list of birth dates in the family? If you don't, mine's tomorrow.]
When you get home you going to bring the Chevy with you?
Entered the love is . . . contest. They are going to announce the winners next Sunday. they're going to be 5 grand prize winners and 15 runners up for each age group.
When are you going to be able to come home on leave? Soon I hope.
Bye for now.Love,
P.S. I'm sending you a reminder of You're good times in Kentucky.
[Enclosed is a post card of a "Blue Grass Horse Farm in Kentucky."]
100. Mary Lou
Sat [October 7; postmarked October 10, 1972]
Hope you had a good time in the Grand Canyon. [I never went.] I wish I could go to Colorado but I'd rather go to Oklahoma.
How is your classes coming? mine's coming along fine. In Phys Ed. (gym) we played about 7 games of kickball. My team won about 4 games.
If I didn't tell you before, my guppies had babies right after I bought them (on my birthday). That was 6 weeks 4 days ago. They are 45 days old. She should of have another bunch. they're supposed to have it every 4 weeks. She's late!
I just came back from the store. This boy made a mess in the store. I guess he was sick.
Last week Greg drove Mark and me up to Jim's place. [Ann Arbor?] He got lost and we had a hard time finding his apartment. We were running around for about 2 hours. Mom and Dad were sure mad! He wasn't supposed to take the car out. Well Goodbye for now.Love,
110. Mary Lou
Wanna buy some Christmas seals? We have to sell 5 books. they're a penny each. 100 in a book. If you buy a whole book it'll cost you $1.00. I sold one already. The money goes to the Holy Childhood. It had on it Merry Christmas.
Last Tues. my male fish died. Now I only have the Mother and her 4 babies. A couple of days before that I found a little spider in there.
Sunday Jim got a cast on his knee again. He hurt it playing football.
In school we play a new game called quizzmo. It's just like bingo, but you use math. You play it like this: someone calls out the card. Like 5 x 8. You look on your card for 40 (the answer). If you get 4 corners, 4 in a row, or 5 in a row you call QUIZZZMO! The person who has it says the answers. Like if he has 4 in a row, he might call out 36, 14, free space, 64, and 81. If the caller can't find the number then the game continues. I've won about 7 times!
Next Friday we get our report cards. I sure can wait. We had a test in Math Friday. I got 3 wrong. In art We're making collages on different subjects. Mine is on people. What we do is we cut out pictures and paste them on some matting board. mine's coming along great. We've been working on it for 1 week.
We got your letter today. When you were in California you must have had great eyes to see the Atlantic Ocean! You were facing the Pacific.
Last Thursday we got our pictures taken at school. We had to dress up.
Well see you next Christmas!Love,
125. Mary Lou
Wed, 3 [January 3, 1973]
This paper I am writing on was a Christmas present. There are 5 colors. White, green, blue, yellow and pink.
We just started school today. We had 13 days off.
I had a real fun Christmas. I'm sorry you couldn't come home. Hope everything turns out great for you.
Did you get my present? I hope you like it. It should keep you pretty busy.
Our school has 2 newspapers. One is from the 5th grade and the other's from the 6th grade. The one from our class is called the Phantom. It only cost 2 cents. I put one in the envelope. 4 boys in our class writes it. We also have a popcorn sale. They sell the popcorn for 5 cents. We have about $90 in the missions now. Well, bye for now.Love,
P.S. Happy New Year!
[References in the above letter: The stationary has the name at the bottom of "Mary Lou Schneider" and next to the name Woodstock stands in front of Snoopy's dog house while Snoopy is on top of it standing on his head. I couldn't come home for Christmas as I was confined to the barracks for my Court-Martial. I don't remember what the present was. The newspaper is not now enclosed.]
137. Mary Lou
Mar. 2 
How are you? Dad just sent me this and envelopes to match. We played kickball 3 time this week. My team won 2 times out of 4. The first time the score was 6 to 3. The second time was 4 to 3. I scored twice.
At Lynn and Bob's wedding (I suppose you know) I'm going to be a bridesmaid. I don't know what I'm going to get her because I do not know what to get that I can afford.
Today it seemed like spring. It was really warm out.
The fish are getting bigger now. Big enough to mate. I hope they do so soon.
Well, goodbye for now.
[The new stationary is pink with her name and address printed fancy at the top as Miss MaryLou Schneider in Park Avenue BT script.]
161. Mary Lou
May 27 
[The Newspaper called called The Editor was 3 sheets of her pink, 5.5 x 7 inch stationary with 3 side staples. The first page had 3 columns of news; page 2 had 2 comics glued (Peanuts and Marmaduke), and a continuation of a column of sports, and 2 advertisements: one for Beautiful Betty's Beauty Salon, and one for Hudsons (the word Hudsons above a pencil drawn girl in a long dress). The 3rd page had 4 more comics pasted. The news is as below.]
Weather Cold and Rainy
Vacation Time. The kids of St. Norbert School is having Memorial day off. The next week is a full week. Then they have only the next week and 3 days the next. In total there is 12 days left.
Family Going Away. Everyone seems to be leaving! Lynn's in Delaware. Jim is going to Toronto, Bill is visiting brother John in the Army. Only 4 out of the 8 children are at home!
Weather. As you can see from the top of the paper it is cold and rainy. It was supposed to get up to 70 degrees but I doubt if it did!
Canceled Because of Rain. The Tigers were scheduled to play the Oakland As today at 1:30. But because of the weather it was canceled. Hundreds of disappointed fans had to go home.
Tigers Win Again. Tigers beat the Oakland As the second time this series. The score was 8 5. The first game it was 1 0. (continued on p.2)
Freehan made 2 hits, Northrup had 3 hits. Rodregez and Brinkman scored once. And a couple more scored once. The Tigers continue to hold their First place lead over the Yankees.
I hope you like my newspaper. It's one way to tell the news!Your Sister,
171. Mary Lou
Thurs. Morn. [July 12; post marked July 13, 1973]
It is early in the morning now. I just got finished feeding Pepper. (Peppers my dog.) I feed her puppy food but today dad came down. He couldn't find her puppy food so he gave her Rice Krispies! I can hear her chewing them. Now I will tell you what Pepper looks like: she has brown feet and brown eyebrows. She is black on top and a black head. Part of her cheeks are brown and there is a little brown on her stomach.
Nothing much else to say except that Lynn wanted me to come and visit her. Mom said that some Friday I could come out on a plane all by myself and they would drive up to talk to her about something.
I just saw the sports page that he Tigers beat the T. Rangers 14 2! How's that for a game.
Well, That's all for now.As always,
191. Mary Lou
Thurs. [postmarked November 17 or something 1973]
I thought you would want to know What's happening with Pepper. I'm going to watch the Waltons in about 10 minutes. Pepper got spayed last Tues. Its hard to concentrate with Bill playing his guitar. Well anyway we picked her up yesterday. She got to sleep with me. It's hard for her to lye down because her stitches hurt I guess.
Even though Lynn's wedding was a couple of weeks ago I'll have to tell you, I was sick when Father was giving his sermon. I wasn't sick from his sermon I was sick because it was so hot and all the excitement. Well That's at least part of it. Boy the thing that bothers me about Mr. Shea is that he always says everything is "cool!" Mrs. Shea was kind of high like. I guess she got a little too much to drink.
I watched the Waltons last night and it went till about 10:00 so I couldn't finish this letter.
I was wondering. Does Germany have a fuel shortage, too? If not You're lucky You're in Germany during the winter.
Our class made our first paper today. It had a news page, a sports page, an entertainment page, and a story page. We sell it for 3 cents. Bye for now.
Yours Truly (and all that jazz)
201. Mary Lou
We are having a snow storm. The snow is about 4 or 5 inches deep. It took dad 1 hour and 1/2 to get from Southfield and Michigan to Brady. Boy a big limb fell off our tree into the Harrison's driveway. The boys had to cut it off. Then we had drag the smaller branches across the street.
I'm in a Christmas pageant at school. I'm an angel. Its tomorrow and I never had any practice. It is Fri and Sat. I can't wait.
We got a Christmas tree last Sunday. Mom and Dad and Mark cut it down. It is really pretty.
Mike took some pictures and I'll enclose a picture of Pepper. I thought you would want one.
It's almost time for the Waltons and the dishes aren't even done we have to do it in 10 minutes if mom would start.
How come you aren't writing us? Maybe You're too busy to write like me.Love,
206. Mary Lou
[For Christmas of 1973 Mary Lou copied the 1973 Mad Magazine Christmas Poem. No date or postmark.]
Here is Mad's 1973 Christmas Poem
As Christmas roll around again
And New Year's Eve is nigh,
We offer up this roundelay
To those we glorify;
Because we've got a Vietnam peace,
Bob Hope's announced his trips will cease;
In hopes he'll entertain some more.
We're giving him a brand new war;
We've picked a gift to show we're fond
Of Roger Moore, the new James Bond--
The next 12 months he's getting free
Instructions from Sean Connery;
And lets remember Johnny Cash
Whose every record is a smash--
We're sending him this holiday
A year supply of nasal spray;
A book for Paar sits in our stack,
Called "How to Quit--And Not Come Back."
We've left out many folks we fear,
Like Ringo Starr, and Germaine Greer,
Kareem Jabbar and Al Pacino,
Billy Graham and Lee Travino,
Spiro Agnew, Robert Young,
The Prince of Whales and Moa-tse-tung,
John Chancellor and Monty Hall,
The Boston Pops and Lucille Ball,
John Wayne, Bill Cosby, Howard Hughes,
And countless others in the news;
To those we skipped, be of good cheer--
We'll get to you another year.
Pretty Good, wasn't it? I left out a couple verses though.
212. Mary Lou
Wed 16. [postmarked Jan. 17, 1974]
Yesterday the 6th grade went to see the Free-Press building. They told us that when the F.P. first came out it only came on Thurs. It was first started in 1831. It is the 3rd largest morning paper by having a lot of subscribers. We drove to it on a Baptist bus, too. They gave us a folder and in it was "an utterly useless compilation of truly astounding data."
Did you know that:
The Free Press publishes an average of 350 pages per week, excluding special supplements and the comic sections.
The free press consumes more than 1,000 gallonsor 4 tonsof ink per day. On a yearly basis this would be equal to 23,446,240 bottles of ink such as you could buy from the corner drugstore.
They also tell you how to make a pressmans hat
I just came in from walking Pepper. Everything around here is slushy. That's why I decided not to take her in the park.
When mom came from the store she said that soon the shelves would be empty. That's because of the truck drivers strike. You're lucky to be in Germany but that might be bad, too.
There's a lot of good movies out that I want to see like Robin Hood and His Merry Menagerie, Superdad, Day of the Dolphin, and The Sound of Music. Well, That's all for now.As always,
225. Mary Lou
Tues [the 26th; postmarked February 26, 1974]
Today we got out at 2:00 instead of 2:30 because of 2 funerals. We only had 1/2 hour for lunch though. Tomorrow we won't have any school in the morning.
Tomorrow I'll probably have to go to mass and after the mass You'll get ashes.
You're probably wondering why I'm printing. Well I write better that way. Besides its easier. [All her letters were printed.]
I'm only feeding Pepper once a day now but I'm giving her a little more to eat. That way she will eat her food.
I have about 16 fish now. I have six in a separate bowl (hopefully) so that they will reproduce. I was going to buy some more but I decided not to.
I changed my room around again. Now the beds under the window by Harrison's drive and I am writing on the desk that mom and me took up from the basement!
I sent away for some stickers (100). Then I find out that this girls sent away for the same thing and she told me that you have to lick them to get them to stick. The ad said that they were free but you would have to send 50 cents for p. and h! Included you get their catalog so that you might want to send a way for something.
Well I hope You're doing fine and hang in there because your time is almost up.Love,
229. Mary Lou
Thurs. 21 [postmarked March 22, 1974]
Today is supposed to be the first day of Spring but I don't believe it. It is snowing and kind a cold. There isn't much snow on the ground.
While I am writing this Pepper is licking my knee! She comes up to you and licks you. It drives me crazy.
Today was hamburger day instead of Hot Dog day at school. The hamburgers were from Macs and they were 1/2 of 1/2 an inch thick. They cost 30 cents over here now. It seems the higher the price the smaller the merchandise.
Mom found an American Wildlife book upstairs in that little cupboard in the wall in your bedroom. She was wondering Who's it is. It might be yours.
My teacher is getting crabbier and crabbier every day. She calls on you when you don't have your hand up and she makes a fool of you! I can't stand her.
Lynn sent me 2 little rabbits (china). They are really small and cute. She is also making me a scarf. (if she ever finishes it).
Have a happy Easter!Love,