Recently many exciting items have been donated to the Church Home archive collection.
Thank you to Gaynel “Mickey” Buterbaugh ’52 for her recent donation of posters, student cards, news articles and correspondence.
It was within this donation that I came upon letters that talked about two very special items. With the help of the Internet, I was able to find a copy of As Time Goes By. This was written by Ann Stifler Pearce ’42. It is a wonderful account of Ann’s time spent in the Army and traveling through Europe during WWII after graduating from CHH. The book was purchased online and donated by MaryAnn Lukowski Iwancio, ’76. It was especially delightful to have Ann attend the Tea and join her three classmates from the class of 1942, all celebrating 70 years in nursing!
Also in a letter to Mickey was a note about a quilt made by Jane Ridgely Halbert ’37. Jane had made a quilt from the material of her pink and blue student uniforms in the Dresden plate design. Again, with the help of the Internet, the quilt was found in the home of Jane’s cousin, Dave Pindell, who very willingly donated it to the archives. Mr. Pindell also donated a letter and certificate Jane received from President Truman, decorative cards with Jane’s picture, and a 1998 copy of The Ensign, which has an article about the quilt.
Beth Chevalier, the daughter of Myrtle Miller Watson’35, graciously took my call after her mom passed and donated several items. Included are Myrtle’s diploma, graduation program, class picture, Army photo, and Women in the Military Service Memorial program.
I also want to report that the 75th Anniversary diamond pendant that was given to Hester DeHaven ’31 has been passed on to her niece, Barbara Dibble Taber ’71.