Moss, Ruby. Letter to Genie Moss (November 11, 1921)
423 N. 3rd St.
Nov. 11, 1921
I guess you know that Iím going to say Iíve been too busy etc.
It has been very exciting since Centre defeated Harvard. I wish you could have been here the Saturday the news came in and then on Monday when the team came. I just canít describe it all to you. The only thing I can say to describe is the town went wild. Every window in town received a coat of yellow and white paint in Centre 6 Harvard 0. It was the "real stuff" too, not whitewash. Two boys painted an old cow that they found grazing on the campus, then rode the poor old thing up town. They got the fire engine out, and every Centre boy that could stick on "stuck". The score was painted on lots of the boxcars out at the station, at the end of Main Ė both ends Ė just everywhere. Some of the boys painted the score on Breck [Breckinridge] Hall and renewed the Centre 14 West Virginia 6.
Then when the team came home Monday, we declared a holiday. There was no school. I have never seen such a crowd at the station. It was larger than last year, We had a parade, speeches, níeverything. Dr. Ganfield [William A. Ganfield] came home with them. Gov. Marrow [Edwin P. Morrow], Prof. Colvin, a sporting editor from Boston, his wife, and just everybody but Pres. Harding [Warren G. Harding]. Ha! Ha! I think he would have been there, but important business kept him away??
The team came first on the fire engine, then the Centre Five, then Gov. Morrow and the "notables", every Centre boy, K.C.W. [Kentucky College for Women]girls next, and then all the automobiles. The speeches were made in front of the court house.
Wish you could have seen the Centre Five. They had a piano on an open truck, and the two boys that played the saxophones sat on top of the piano. The others in it sat in chairs on the truck, and they played the Centre song as they drove along. How that boy played the piano I canít see. They all had on yellow and white clown suits with ruffles around the neck. They sure did make a "hit". I will have to tell you all about everything when I see you.
We went to Lexington the Saturday Centre and Transy [Transylvania University] played, but didnít go to the game. We didnít get there until rather late, and had some things to do, so just didnít get to go.
We went to the Centre-State [University of Kentucky] game Saturday. Bleachers were all around the field, and nearly every seat was full. It sure was a good game. State sure did fight, but only made 7 first downs to Centreís 34.
"Boís" [Alvin ďBoĒ McMillin] girl has been here for about two weeks. She came a few days after the Harvard game, and has been staying with Mr. and Mrs. Banks Hudson.
[unclear name: Mawye?] spent the night with us about two weeks ago. There was an Epworth League conference here, and she was one of the delegates. We havenít been to Lancaster since the Callis meeting. Mama called up your mama the other day, and asked them to come over Sunday (last) and let you come Saturday morning and spend the weekend with us. I think Florence was going to see the newly patients. Then Papa brought your letter.
Are you going to get any vacation Thanksgiving? We have from Wednesday noon until Tuesday morning. So glad you like Laura and Effie. They spent several days here with Cousin Mae. We had lots of fun. They said they wanted the three of us to come to visit them next summer.
Well, all the news I know is either football or school, and school isnít very interesting, so I guess Iíd better end this.
Are you Willie Green Hill or Jimmy Gardner? I think they are very good names?? Write to me when you have time, and I will do the same.
Iím Ďbout to freeze, and the wind is going about [line] miles an hour. I donít like this weather much. Iíll let you know when the first printed edition of this book comes out.
I am sending a little box of something good. I hope it hasnít gotten too hard.