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  • Collection: Media - Kenneth and Margaret Landon Oral Histories (SC-38)

Margaret tells of the day they left Phuket and their visit to Phangnga, where there was a cave with a temple inside. Kenneth recalls war stories associated with the area and tells of his visit to one particular island. It was eerie. He tells of his…

While on an evangelistic tour Kenneth met a Chinese Christian who asked him to come preach at a rubber plantation where some thirty Christian coolies were working. Kenneth accepted and discovered that the manager of the plantation was a graduate of…

Ma Pawm and Ah Sim came to the Landons very poor and not so nice looking. Margaret taught both of them many things and they greatly improved. Ma Pawm was fond of Kenneth and even more so of Carol when she was born. There was a lot of work to do, and…

Kenneth reads a letter about a new chapel in Chong. He recalls meeting with many gibbons and some chimpanzees during his trips through the jungle. Margaret went for vacation in Chong

Margaret was on the committee to write the school's new song. They used Northwestern's battle song as the melody. After they had all sung the song she remarked that she didn't think highly of it.

After flying from Singapore then on to Djakarta, Kenneth tells of his encounter with General Ko Geng Hsui. At the time, the General was one of the most powerful men in the government under Lee Kuan Yew.

The Landon's went to Siam for the second time in 1932. Margaret wanted to make their new home attractive, and was told to look in Nagasaki for a tea set. They found a wonderful place and purchased a set, with the business man being trusted to send…

Kenneth accidentally met Mr. Lindsay Hadley on campus and invited him over for dinner without knowing who he was. They had a good conversation (though a bit discouraging as to the Landons missionary plans) at the dinner table. It turned out that…

Margaret reads her letter to Kenneth. Letters between the two were often opened and read. She already sealed letters with wax. She refers to a tea party to which Mr. Bulkley had invited her, trying to make her look like a brute. She gives other…

Margaret finally got a good garden book, a great event. She still has it, A Garden Book for Malaya by Kathleen Gough. Margaret now had 120 house plants. There were ferns, amaryllis, lilys, honolulu creepers, bougainvillea, and other small plants. As…

Kenneth remembers people in the small community of Wheaton praying for him and a girl named Isabel Mann. The two of them were discovered several times walking arm in arm. This was not done at the time in the community.

In his senior year at Wheaton Kenneth worked on the Tower yearbook. He reads in a letter about his work late at night to get the job done.

Kenneth purchased his first car, a Ford, at the end of his first year at Princeton Theological Seminary. He later bought another car, which he shipped to Bangkok on the mission field. This car would be sold at the end of their first term when they…

Kenneth remembers never accumulating things or celebrating a birthday or Christmas. When he married Margaret she came with much stuff and enjoyed having many celebrations, which was quite a shock to Kenneth. This accumulation of "things" continued…

Brad was amazed that Kenneth got his doctorate in one year. He himself had an honorary doctorate, but it was earned mostly through doing something at Cooper Union.

Margaret tells about her mother writing her about the completion of the Pierce Chapel, which did not have a balcony at the time. She remembers the building of the church and its beginnings.

Margaret recalls the coming of J. O. Buswell to the presidency at Wheaton College, replacing interim President Welsh who wanted to keep the position. She tells how Buswell's involvement in College Church split the congregation. Buswell himself was…

Adelle and the girls went for dinner on New Year's day. They stayed for a concert and then went on to call on the McShanes. Mr. McShane revealed to Adelle the plans for Balanchard Hall and other renovation projects.

Margaret tells about Miss Torrey, a brilliant but eccentric Bible teacher at Wheaton College. She had very acute hearing--she once heard the whispering conversation of two boys in the back of her classroom who were discussing the affairs they were…

Miss. Torrey arranged with Margaret's mother to spend the day at her home because she lived too far from the college. This was good for Adelle to enjoy some company, especially after the death of her husband. 

Margaret tells about her mother Adelle trying to start a Café (it was very hard to find a place to eat in Wheaton). But the owner of the bakery where she wanted to do it would not spend the money needed, so Adelle gave up the idea.

Margaret reads from her journal about learning that she had been elected as freshman class patron. She tells about her first duty--to chaperon freshman outings.

Margaret reads letters from her mother about building a house and selling it for profit. One letter mentions the people she trusted for the buying of a lot and the building of the house. It turned out that she entrusted her resources and her projects…

Margaret's mother living on capital, possible life insurance, after her husband's death. She was still at 610 Irving Avenue in Wheaton.

Margaret tells again of Rufus Park, who took her father on an evangelistic tour in 1925. The goal was to reach with the Gospel people who were living in out-of-the-way places.
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