While in New York, Ruth began her education again at the second grade level. After a half day, she was moved to third grade, advancing to fourth grade after three days. The fast track continued. At the Draper school, she completed the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th grades. Because the languages Ruth wanted to learn weren’t taught in Schenevus, she transferred to Oneonta High School. She majored in languages, taking German, Latin and French, and expected to take Spanish the next year.
Ruth planned to enter college after completing high school. Her life’s ambition was to become a foreign correspondent.
The Turczas and Miss Sandman were free, and opportunities awaited.
This weekend: The aforementioned Diana Restaurant was a Main Street Oneonta icon for decades.
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