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Dancing with “Miss Ruth”

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To The Editor:

It was with great delight that I read “Reflections of a North Country Girl at Heart” by Ogdensburg native Marguerite (Peg) Cordwell Brown published on Sunday, Nov. 10, in your newspaper.

I also have fond memories of Ruth Dumas as a dancing instructor. “Miss Ruth,” as we were told to call her, came to our St. Mary’s School in Massena once a week in 1942 to give us dancing instructions in both tap and ballroom methods; each student paid 5 cents per week for the lessons. I recall quite vividly her preparing us for a recital and we ere to do a Waltz. We were in seventh grade then. I was teamed with a very high-spirited Irish lad who thought all of this was quite a lot of bother, but because his mother paid for his lessons, he had to comply.

My mother took me to a dressmaker and I was fitted with a beautiful pale blue satin, long gown with a pink taffeta slip underneath. As the night of the recital arrived, my dancing partner, Jimmy, appeared in a neat dress suit complete with a white shirt and tie. We looked at each other and smiled, and he even paid me the compliment of telling me how nice I looked. We danced well and we were proud of having learned our steps so well. Our parents were pleased, and of course Miss Ruth was beaming.

That is my contribution to a “Reflection of a North Country Girl at Heart,” and I am happy to have been able to share it with everyone.

Elsie G. Scruggs

Massena

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