Berniece Pearce Diary - 1950
Sunday, January 1, 1950
Ray, Pat and girls went to S.S. and church. Pat went to Larry’s in aft., C.E.[Christian Education] & show in eve. Mr. and Mrs. Willson and Doris were here in aft. We listened to radio in eve. and opened 2 lb. tin of Mrs. Stevens’ chocolates Margaret brought for Christmas.
Monday, January 2, 1950
I baked 2 cherry pies, washed out some things and shampooed M.E.’s hair. Stores, banks, City Hall, etc. closed today. Ray is working & Jim went to work at 4 p.m. Wrote letters to Mercer & Geraldine Spaulding and Alice [Cantrall]. Pat went to Scout meeting and we stayed at home and listened to radio.
Tuesday, January 3, 1950
Children back to school today. L.R. went to Brownie meeting. Aunt Helen came in eve. Ray & children took down tree.
Wednesday, January 4, 1950
Quite icy this morning and ground covered with first snow of any notice. Called Myers Bros. and ordered 2 pr. corduroy pants for Pat (to be covered by due bill for $7.95 on jacket from W.J.S.) and pr. galoshes for M.E., $3.98. They won’t be delivered until tomorrow. We stayed home and listened to radio. Berdine stopped by for a few min. to see L.R.’s presents and took M.E.’s sweater for exchange. M.E. played with her new sled. Bob called Mom. Mom ordered watch from M.W. and game and I ordered 2 prints from Sears.
Thursday, January 5, 1950
Gus called this a.m. Received letter from Alice and Betty, and card from Aunt Ethel. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Mother D. came over in aft.
Friday, January 6, 1950
Rev. Laughlin was out in aft. Lorene and Katie came in eve. Lorene brought red gabardine and pattern of dress for me. Took my measurements and took stuff back to cut and sew up. What a friend!! Frances Jordan came, too. Ray and Pat went to Sears and got prints and puzzles. Berdine got money back from Myers Bros. tonight. Mrs. Garman called and said she thinks Donna Jean has chicken pox.
Saturday, January 7, 1950
Children are certainly enjoying the snow and ice. Spent a lot of time outside with sleds and Pat with ice skates. Cut out apron and basted on bias tape in eve. while listening to radio. Ordered sweater for M.E. from Spiegel’s.
Sunday, January 8, 1950
Ray and girls went to S.S. and church. Pat went to S.S. and Jim and Leroy (who stayed here all night) went to church. Jim ate dinner at Caryl Watson’s home. Charles, Carol, Elsie, Otto, Bob, Marge and Robbie here in aft. Ray went to board meeting in aft. and church at night as they had “Installation of Deacons.” Charles and Carol stayed for supper. Cut out one apron yesterday and worked on M.E. skirts today.
Monday, January 9, 1950
Wrote letters to Warren and Ken. Received letter from Ken. I have a slight cold today. Worked on M.E.’s light blue skirt.
Tuesday, January 10, 1950
Marge called about class meeting. I called Peggy Wallace about getting in her house. Decided not to go as my cold is worse and weather colder. Ray went to bean supper. M.E.’s sweater came from Spiegel’s. Jim and Al picked it up.
Wednesday, January 11, 1950
Baked an apple pie for Ray’s quartet and “Apple Crisp Delight” and barbequed spareribs for supper. Berdine came in morn., then Mrs. Godley. Amy McCoy phoned and Mother D. came in aft. Roy Coy, Charlie Weaver, W. Harrison, Bill & Jane Scattergood and 2 children came in eve. Mother received her wrist watch and it’s a little beauty! I still have a cold. Received copy of W.J.S’s letter.
Thursday, January 12, 1950
My cold is better. I ordered a dress out from Myers Bros. for Mother. Called Garman’s and found definitely that Donna Jean has chicken pox. Ray took clothes to laundromat on way to work. Baked 2 apple pies. Merle Perkington came this p.m. Peggy Wallace called me in eve. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Lorene and Katie came out and brought red dress cut out.
Friday, January 13, 1950
Ironed unstarched pieces. Berdine washed and set my hair. Maureen stayed all night. New Spiegel “Spring & Summer Catalog” came. Mother’s dress came – pretty pink and white check, trimmed in red.
Saturday, January 14, 1950
Mother and Dad D. came at 10 o’clock to take girls downtown for the day.
Sunday, January 15, 1950
Ray, Pat, M.E. and L.R. went to S.S. and church. Ray sang a solo in the special number. We went to Aunt Helen’s in eve. Charles and Carol were there, too. Charles helped Ray get me in and came here later to help get me in our house.
Monday, January 16, 1950
Ray worked on toilet until 9 o’clock and then went out to Wayne Harrison’s for quartet rehearsal. I started my new dress.
Tuesday, January 17, 1950
Gus and Russell came out and brought 2 doz. doughnuts and popcorn. They brought their new electric popper and we got 6 bottles Pepsi Cola and Root Beer. We tried out their new canasta game. Lots of fun. Worked on red dress during day.
Wednesday, January 18, 1950
Made 2 mincemeat pies, one for supper at Ridgely School. Ray & children went. 5th and 6th grades gave a program and M.E. was in chorus. Mother D. came in aft. I worked on red dress.
Thursday, January 19, 1950
Children took dimes for magician show at school. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Took an old shirt of Pat’s and 9 Goodhousekeeping magazines to Margaret. Ray brought Mother and me Eskimo pies. Worked on red dress. Baked 2 pumpkin pies. Ray got check with first increase in deduction for old age pension.
Friday, January 20, 1950
Children walked to school this morning. Worked on red dress. Virginia Schnepp and Kathie Hohenstein called on me this aft. Kathie’s little boy, who will be 2 in May, is a darling. Pat went to a show. Rest of us stayed home and listened to radio.
Saturday, January 21, 1950
Dad and Mother D. came in morn. and asked girls to come to lunch at 12 o’clock. They and Maureen went to library. Dad came for them at 12. I worked on red dress. Katie and Lorene came out in eve. Lorene pressed my dress. Mrs. Godley came in aft. and brought 10-cent spool of white thread I ordered.
Sunday, January 22, 1950
Ray, Pat, M.E. and L.R. went to S.S. Pat didn’t stay for church. He went to a show in aft. and got home at 7:20 p.m. Jim slept until suppertime. Ray went to Bunn Park Church and quartet sang.
Monday, January 23, 1950
Finished red dress. Pat went to Boy Scouts with Larry. Called Margaret Troy and she’s still lost her voice.
Tuesday, January 24, 1950
Washed some of best clothes and finished regular ironing. Baked a yellow cake with chocolate icing. Berdine came in aft. for a visit. L.R. took George Washington book to Brownies. Maureen stayed for supper. Ray and Pat went to bean supper. Mrs. Godley sick with a cold.
Wednesday, January 25, 1950
Ironed best clothes this a.m. Mother D. came in aft. and told me if I’d order girls’ raincoats, she’d pay for them, so I placed order with M.W. at 4:20 p.m. Pat got caught in downpour while carrying papers. Ray and rest of quartet had an audition at WCVS at 6:30 p.m. Lorene called and said she had material I wanted for Tom’s baby. Pat popped corn, Mother gave him money to get pop, so we ate and drank that while listening to radio.
Thursday, January 26, 1950
Ray went to choir rehearsal. Pat went to Scout Review. No response from WCVS.
Friday, January 27, 1950
Mother’s birthday. Aunt Helen came in eve. Girls, Ray and I gave Mother 2 aprons I made; Pat, a box of “Turtles”. I made a cake and divinity.
Saturday, January 28, 1950
Marge, Bob and Robbie came in eve. Laughlin brought wire recorder and we listened to that while they were here. Patterns for coats came from Bressmer’s. L.R. received December & January issues of “Playmate.” Marge and Bob gave Mom box of chocolate covered cherries.
Sunday, January 29, 1950
Ray in bed all day with a cold. I cut out M.E.’s coat. We listened to wire recorder again tonight. Pat went to C.E. in aft. and took lunch. Stayed for church with Farrises.
Monday, January 30, 1950
Called Margaret Troy. She recovered her voice yesterday. Mary Ellen went to Scout meeting after school and Pat after supper. I worked on M.E.’s brown coat. Ordered brown lining and blue wool material and lining for L.R.’s coat and valentines for Mother from Spiegel’s. Ray went to work but felt rotten.
Tuesday, January 31, 1950
Mother D. over today. She left money for girls’ raincoats $4.00. L.R. went to Brownie meeting. I worked on M.E.’s coat during day and L.R.’s bedspread at night. They [bedspreads] were too wide. Mom received birthday gift from Rock Island – nightgown and panties; also picture of Jane and Wes Johnnie. Raincoats in town.
Wednesday, February 1, 1950
Mother D. and Berdine here in aft. Berdine picked up stuff at Spiegel’s (L.R.’s coat material, etc.). Pauline Lynn came for wire recorder. Worked on M.E.’s coat during day; also made Mom’s nightgown. Made M.E.’s bedspread more narrow in eve. Ray still feels bad and went to bed early. Ray stopped at M.W., but they were closed for inventory.
Thursday, February 2, 1950
Mother and Dad D. went to Indianapolis, Ind. early this a.m. Ray took birthday gift to Minnie for Mom on way to work. Ray didn’t go to choir rehearsal as he is still fighting a cold. Ray picked up raincoats at M.W. Very nice! Baked 2 mince pies. Stitched girls’ bedspreads on machine. Wrote letter to Spauldings in Fla.
Friday, February 3, 1950
Cut out L.R.’s coat and still working on M.E.’s. Ray took washing to laundromat on way to work and picked it up after supper. He also paid Dr. Romence $10.00 he owed and got prescription for B-12. Eileen, Junior and children stopped in at suppertime. First time I’ve seen the baby. He’s about 3 mos. old. Ray brought ice cream cones for Mother, girls and me. Ray’s mother and dad got back.
Saturday, February 4, 1950
Ray had to go back to work this a.m. Girls went to library. I sprinkled and ironed unstarched clothes. Carol and Charles came out in eve.
Sunday, February 5, 1950
Ray, Pat and girls went to S.S. Ray and girls stayed for church. Pat went to C.E. in aft., stayed for lunch and C.E. in eve. Then went to Pantheon to see “The Wizard of Oz.” The girls saw it in aft. Mother went to Jacksonville. Aunt Helen came home with her and left just before Lorene and her mother came. Doc and Minnie left for California.
Monday, February 6, 1950
Worked on L.R.’s coat during day and finished M.E.’s in eve. Pat went to Grandma’s for supper and show at Orpheum with Grandpa. Ray, Harry Willson and Charlie Weaver sang at church meeting. Berdine fixed my hair in morning. Sent order to Sears for valentines and jacket.
Tuesday, February 7, 1950
Worked on L.R.’s coat. Mother D. came in aft. Went to S.S. class meeting at Edith Arnold’s. Picked up Esther and Frances. Edith served ice cream pie (vanilla with strawberries) and coffee. Had a very good time. Mother received card from Doc and Minnie in New Orleans.
Wednesday, February 8, 1950
Washed socks, etc. and worked on L.R.’s coat. Order came from Sears. Baked a birthday cake for Pat. Mother and Dad Durst came after supper. We served vanilla ice cream with strawberry preserves and cake. Pat received denim jacket from us, 4 comic books from girls, $1.00 from Mother, $5.00 and corn popper from Dursts.
Thursday, February 9, 1950
Worked on L.R.’s coat. Ray went to choir rehearsal. I helped L.R. address all of her valentines. Pat got 4 sacks popcorn and we had pop. Ordered jeans from Sears for Pat.
Friday, February 10, 1950
Worked on L.R.’s coat. Went to Willson’s in eve. with Ray and girls. We had oatmeal cookies, coffee and milk.
Saturday, February 11, 1950
Mother and Dad D. over at 10 a.m. to take girls to town. Washed best dresses, etc. Ironed a little in aft. Pat’s jeans came from Sears. Carol and Charles came out. He brought a dozen doughnuts and Mother had Ray get 2 ice cream pies.
Sunday, February 12, 1950
Ray, Pat and girls went to S.S. Pat didn’t stay for church. He went to Wrightwood Nursing Home with C.E., had supper at church and stayed for evening service with Ray. Aunt Helen came in eve. I worked on collar for L.R.’s coat. M.E. and L.R. addressed valentines.
Monday, February 13, 1950
Baked cookies for M.E.’s Scout troop before she went to school and had pie in oven by 9 o’clock. Addressed valentines for Mom, etc., and ironed. Berdine came with children and took L.R. home for supper. Ray took Pat to Dr. Olhler to have a tooth extracted. Worked a little on L.R.’s coat.
Tuesday, February 14, 1950
Made cupcakes for L.R.’s Brownie meeting. Couldn’t find upper part of double boiler, called Berdine and she brought hers as I needed one for boiled icing. Later found out Pat took pan upstairs. I received valentines from Secret Pal, Pat, L.R. and Marge. Ray gave me a box of candy; also Pat. Ray went to bean supper and took Milton McCoy & Bob.
Wednesday, February 15, 1950
Washed best things this a.m. Worked on L.R.’s coat in aft. Mother D. came in aft. Ray had to go to church for every member canvas. L.R. stayed for PTA meeting with Berdine and Maureen. Lorene and Katie came out for a few minutes. Pat served pop and popcorn.
Thursday, February 16, 1950
Mrs. Philpott called to tell me L.R. was chosen to represent Brownie troop at meeting to be held for Scouts next month. She’s going to take her to Red Feather Bldg. tomorrow after school to find out what she has to do. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Lengthened L.R.’s black check skirt after supper.
Friday, February 17, 1950
Washed out some things and baked a lemon pie. Finished L.R.’s coat. Natalie Beam and Kathryn Gathard called on me this a.m. Ray took laundry to laundromat on way to work and went after it after supper. He brought 4 “Drumsticks” home. Pat went to a show. L.R. went to Scout meeting downtown.
Saturday, February 18, 1950
Received card from Cousin Willis. M.E. and L.R. went around neighborhood getting orders for Girl Scout cookies. They went over to Hermann’s in aft. to play with Mary. Ordered jacket from Sears for Ray. Ironed all unstarched pieces and started alterations on L.R.’s pink dress with lace trim. Listened to radio. Pat made popcorn balls and served pop.
Sunday, February 19, 1950
Ray, Jim, Pat, M.E. and L.R. went to S.S. Ray and girls stayed for church. Took a ride around lake in aft. Pat went to show with Donald Grafton. Corrine [Diller] and Dr. Ryan’s baby born today, 7 ½ lbs., 4 p.m. Aunt Helen called after supper to relay the news. We listened to radio. Pat popped corn and served pop. Ray stayed home tonight. I worked on L.R.’s pink print.
Monday, February 20, 1950
Finished altering L.R.’s pink print. Washed it, M.E.’s grey & red, blue shirts, L.R.’s pink dress from Margaret and red and blue polo shirt. Berdine spent the aft. here. M.E. went to Girl Scout meeting. Ray went to meeting at church. Pat went to Grandma D’s. M.E. got cones at Ernie’s for Mom. Ray brought Eskimo pies home. L.R. spent the eve. practicing the piano. M.E. weighs 98 lbs., Pat 94 lbs., and L.R. 70 lbs.
Tuesday, February 21, 1950
Ironed in morning. Ray’s jacket came today from Sears. Maureen stayed for supper. Ray went to church for supper and then called on members for contributions for new addition. Children received box from Maymie [Lazar] containing pencils and pads. Made divinity after supper. Listened to radio and darned socks. Shampooed girls’ hair before supper and put L.R.’s up in pincurls after supper.
Wednesday, February 22, 1950
Baked a cake, iced it, made ham salad for sandwiches and washed socks, etc. this a.m. Brownies meet today as Marian [Philpott] had to attend another meeting yesterday. Gus called and was coming out but backed out when she found Ray wouldn’t be home. Ray got wristlets for his new jacket and I put them on. He went to church again for supper and contacted more church members afterwards. Pat went to his grandma’s. At Brownie meeting, L.R. related the happenings at Scout meeting she attended last Friday.
Thursday, February 23, 1950
Received card this a.m. from Doc and Minnie giving place where they’ll be until Sat. Warren wants to get in touch with them, so I sent a telegram c/o Remington Rand, giving him the motel phone number, etc. Talked to Lorene on phone. She’s leaving Tuesday for Florida by train. Ray had supper at the church and called on more members for contributions. Pat went to his grandmother’s and we listened to radio. I mended Ray’s pajamas and socks. Received letter from Cousin Willis.
Friday, February 24, 1950
Ray ate supper at home but had to go to church later. Building Fund committee collected $40,000 during week. Pat went to a show. Ray stopped in to see his mother and dad before going to church.
Saturday, February 25, 1950
Made cupcakes this aft. Ironed in morning. Martha Skibitski came in aft. We had popcorn and pop in eve. and listened to radio. Linda Rae started piano lessons this morning at 10 o’clock. Sent letter to Warren and enclosed Christmas booklet from George Bonn.
Sunday, February 26, 1950
Ray, Pat and girls went to S.S. and stayed for church except Pat. Ray went to Scattergood’s to practice with quartet. Maureen came in aft. to play. Lorene and Katie came for a little while. Lorene brought me some old hose and the girls some books.
Monday, February 27, 1950
Children didn’t go to school on account of coal shortage due to miners’ strike. I cut out green rayon chambray dress for M.E. Margaret gave her the material. L.R. went down in morning to play with Maureen and stayed for lunch. Ray home tonight. Ray, M.E. and Pat have colds and sore throats.
Tuesday, February 28, 1950
Mother received box of dates from Doc and Minnie from California. Pat and M.E. better. Marian Philpott called about Scout meeting at Armory on March 12th. Jim started back on day shift today. Ray went to bean supper. Brought ice cream cones afterwards. I worked on M.E.’s green dress today and tonight. Girls wrote letters to Maymie. Lorene left tonight for Florida to bring Spauldings home.
Wednesday, March 1, 1950
March came in like a lion. A little snow, very windy and cold. Sun out one minute and very dark and cloudy the next all day. Ray got license plates for car. Went over to garage at 10th and Reynolds to put them on. Mother sent Pat for pop and we had crackers and cheese. Worked on M.E.’s green dress. Doc and Minnie got home today. They left Los Angeles at 7 a.m. 2/23 – my telegram to Warren arrived 6 hrs. later.
Thursday, March 2, 1950
L.R. woke up with a sore throat. Mother D. over this aft. Ray went to choir rehearsal. I worked on M.E.’s green dress. Ray took M.E. to Mrs. Piscatelli’s to get Girl Scout cookies – 23 doz.
Friday, March 3, 1950
Girls delivered Scout cookies and were ready at 10:30 a.m. to go to town with Grandma D. Mrs. Philpott called and asked me to call McConnell, Bailey, and Allan about Scout cookies and Brownie meeting next Tuesday; also, Berdine about delivering cookies to Brownies. Ray took wash in morning and picked it up after supper. He brought 4 ice cream cones home. Deeee-licious! Pat went to a show.
Saturday, March 4, 1950
L.R. took music lesson. I ironed unstarched pieces. M.E., L.R. & Maureen went to library. Carol and Charles were out. Ray got 7 doz. eggs from man at 1st Presbyterian Church. Ray sang in quartet at Ecks Bldg. for Little Theatre Group. I “whipped in” hem in M.E.’s green dress while listening to radio. We had potato chips and pop. Ray took cookies to Margaret Troy. She sent 2 jigsaw puzzles home for children.
Sunday, March 5, 1950
Ray and girls went to S.S. and church. Pat just S.S. We went for ride to Virginia, back to Ashland, over to Alexander and then home. Stopped at Wonder Freeze for cones. Pat went to C.E. We listened to radio and had potato chips and pop. I helped L.R. on one of jigsaw puzzles. Miners go back to work tomorrow as contract signed today.
Monday, March 6, 1950
Received card from Lorene. They’re leaving Florida tomorrow. Berdine fixed my hair today. Children going back to school tomorrow. Ray’s quartet sang at Ashland tonight. Bob, Marge & Robbie were out. Bob transferred his membership to West Side last night.
Tuesday, March 7, 1950
Bertha Anderson called this afternoon. L.R. went to school meeting after school and got her Scout cookies tonight. I went to S.S. class meeting tonight. Very cold and windy. Frances Jordan didn’t go as she has tonsilitis. Charles went into hospital today.
Wednesday, March 8, 1950
Everyone home tonight. Pat popped corn and Ray sent him for pop. Mother had bought some candy so we lunched and listened to radio and had a nice, quiet evening at home. Ray got the new B-12 vitamin medicine from Watts tonight and gave me my first injection. Charles operated on today.
Thursday, March 9, 1950
Berdine stopped in for 1 ½ hrs. this morning and brought some bananas. Mrs. Godley came over for a few minutes in aft. Ray went to choir rehearsal. I ironed and let out allowance in length of waist in red and brown plaid dress of L.R.’s. I helped L.R. practice and then played piano for children. Ray brought fudge bars home. Mrs. Dugger took L.R.’s class to visit Post Office this aft.
Friday, March 10, 1950
I talked to Berdine and Mrs. Godley over phone. Ironed ruffled curtains for our bedroom. Mother D. was over in aft. and L.R. gave her a box of Scout cookies. Pat went to show. Ray home and we popped corn, had pop, and listened to radio. I pinned up L.R.’s hair. Ray took Brownie money, $2.00, to Red Feather Bldg.
Saturday, March 11, 1950
L.R. had to be at Armory at 9 a.m. for rehearsal for Girl Scout program tomorrow. She took piano lesson at 11:30. Mother D. came at noon and took girls to lunch and Orpheum.
Sunday, March 12, 1950
Ray and girls went to S.S. and church. Pat didn’t stay for church. Ray, girls and Grandma D. went to Armory for Girl Scouts Birthday (38th) Program. L.R. and two other Brownies from two other troops dropped envelopes in world globe in last act. Pat went to Pantheon. Ray went to church in eve. Male quartet sang.
Monday, March 13, 1950
I washed girls’ bedroom curtains, dressing table skirt and bathroom curtains. Ray and children went to Boy Scout program at church. Bob and Robbie came out while they were gone.
Tuesday, March 14, 1950
Ironed girls’ bedroom curtains, dressing table skirt and bathroom curtains. Maureen’s turn to furnish “nibbles” [at Brownie meeting] so Berdine baked cupcakes and stopped by after school to bring Mother and me a sample. Ray went to bean supper. Mrs. Hanson, Katie and Lorene were out. They brought oranges and sorghum from Spauldings. Mrs. Hanson gave us 3 glasses of jelly and Lorene gave me notepaper and salt & pepper shakers.
Wednesday, March 15, 1950
Washed some things. Elsie told Mother over phone that Charles is coming home at noon today. She talked to her later and he was home. Ray home tonight. I put skirt on girls’ dressing table. Called Cousin Willis to thank him for oranges and syrup.
Thursday, March 16, 1950
Ironed 3 dresses and M.E.’s blue sweater. Baked 2 pumpkin pies. One for our supper and one for Ray to take to U&I potluck. Ray took Pat and girls. I ordered material and pattern for L.R.’s dress from Sears. L.R. went home with Martha S. Ray brought her home. Mother & I listened to radio. Jim didn’t go anywhere.
Friday, March 17, 1950
Berdine went shopping and had Maureen stay here until she got home. She bought some green buttons for M.E.’s green dress as I wasn’t satisfied with old pearl buttons I’d put on. Ray took laundry out to laundromat. Brought ice cream cones and candy home. Pat went to Pantheon. I worked on M.E.’s dress and helped L.R. with piano lesson. Girls received letter from Dorothy Wells. I shampooed L.R.’s hair.
Saturday, March 18, 1950
L.R. took music lesson. She and M.E. took Maureen up to avenue where they exchanged library books. I ironed unstarched pieces. Evelyn Wells called from town to say she might be out later and wait until time to take 8:30 p.m. bus. They came and Ray took them to bus station. Girls went too. Put L.R.’s hair up in pincurls.
Sunday, March 19, 1950
Ray and girls went to S.S. and church. Jim and Pat to S.S. Ray went to work at 4 p.m. Aunt Helen here in aft. Pat went to C.E. and show. We listened to radio and I helped L.R. practice.
Monday, March 20, 1950
Lorene and Katie were out for a few minutes and brought popcorn bowls. Pat went to Scout meeting but got home before they left. Ray picked up package at Sears containing print and pattern for dress for L.R. Mother dipped material in water and hung up in bathroom overnight to dry.
Tuesday, March 21, 1950
We popped corn, had apples, and listened to radio. Pat went to his grandmother’s and brought funny papers home. I cut out print dress for L.R.
Wednesday, March 22, 1950
Bob came out in eve. Ray took M.E. to Mrs. Piscatelli’s to pay $1.00 Scout fee and picked up some groceries. I worked on L.R.’s print. Children got report cards today.
Thursday, March 23, 1950
Ray went to choir rehearsal. Mother D. came in aft. I worked on L.R.’s print and fixed her doll spread. Ordered material for M.E. from Sears. Mother ordered toy for L.R. for Easter, polo shirt for Robbie, and slip for L.R.
Friday, March 24, 1950
Ray home today. Cleaned upstairs. L.R. stayed for supper and all night at Maureen’s. I finished girls’ dresses (L.R.’s print and M.E.’s green chambray). Ray got some popcorn, potato chips and pop. Pat went to a show.
Saturday, March 25, 1950
L.R. took music lesson. Pat went to skating rink in aft. Ray saw Dr. Gerster in morning about Pat’s teeth and he recommended having Dr. Millhon pull them and he’d make a plate. Berdine took girls downtown in aft. L.R. got black patent leather slippers for Easter. Ray went to bed at 8 o’clock. Pat got Eskimo pies for us and Hershey bar for Ray’s lunch. Ray went to work at midnight.
Sunday, March 26, 1950
Ray took Pat, M.E. and L.R. to S.S. He came home later and went to bed. Got up at 3 p.m. We had dinner at 2 p.m. We went for a ride around Lake and Mother treated girls and me to ice cream cones at Mayer’s. Pat went to C.E. and show. Ray went to church. I helped L.R. with piano lesson.
Monday, March 27, 1950
Washed some things and tried out new ready-mixed starch. Ironed slips and dress for L.R. Ray picked up package at Sears. Ray went to union meeting. Mrs. Becker brought Brian over in aft. Berdine came as she left. (Sears package contained lilac print material for dress for M.E., crawling doll and slip for L.R., polo shirt for Robbie.)
Tuesday, March 28, 1950
Cut out M.E.’s dress. Ray went to last bean supper. Brownies went out to Lindley’s [Florist] and each received a rose. Baked a devil’s food cake.
Wednesday, March 29, 1950
Worked on M.E.’s dress. Received letters from Edith Arnold and Kabot-Kaiser. Berdine brought shirt for M.E. and card for Secret Pal. Ray went to choir rehearsal tonight as there is to be a wedding at church tomorrow night.
Thursday, March 30, 1950
Worked on M.E.’s dress. Received refund on income tax, $8.70, and insurance dividend, $2.20. Also card from Aunt Helen from Reno. Ray’s quartet met here last night and served devil’s food cake & coffee.
Friday, March 31, 1950
Called Marge this morning to make arrangements for M.E.’s permanent. Ray took M.E. out to Marge’s. Pat went to C.E. party at church. L.R. went to amateur show at school with Yocoms. Ray, Mother and I only ones at home. He went out for a few minutes and came back with 2 ice cream cones.
Saturday, April 1, 1950
L.R. took music lesson. Ray went out for M.E. Mother and Dad D. came at 10:30 a.m. for girls. They went to Grandma’s for lunch and then a show. Mother sent package to Rock Island containing box of candy and L.R.’s dusty rose wool suit and wine velveteen dress [for Jane]. Ray home tonight and we all listened to radio. Ray rented a vacuum cleaner.
Sunday, April 2, 1950
Ray and girls went to S.S. and church. Pat and Jim came home after S.S. Ray cleaned living room rug, went to board meeting in aft., and church at night. Male quartet sang. Pat went to Parkview Roller Skating Rink in aft. and church at night.
Monday, April 3, 1950
Maureen didn’t go to school on account of sty on eye. Berdine took children as it was raining. She shampooed and set my hair in aft. and brought Maureen with her. Went after L.R. and Ray picked up M.E. after Scout meeting. Pat went to Scout meeting. Ray cleaned living and dining room rugs. Lights were off a little while. Elvira called about seeing vacant lot. Uncle Rob called. He’s been in hospital. Inquired about Aunt Helen. I ordered shirt from Sears.
Tuesday, April 4, 1950
Went to S.S. class meeting at Kathy Hohenstein’s. Ray went to special cantata rehearsal. Tonight was ladies’ bean supper. L.R. went to Brownie meeting.
Wednesday, April 5, 1950
Worked on M.E.’s lilac dress. Cousin Willis and Lorene came in eve. Ray got more B-12, B-Comp. capsules and thyroid tablets. He brought fudge bars, too.
Thursday, April 6, 1950
Finished M.E.’s dress. Berdine came this aft. Shirt came from Sears. Margaret Troy called Ray to ask if Tom [Kane] had been here. He’s living in town and working in Decatur. Has been for three weeks. Ray went to choir rehearsal and Pat to boxing bout at Armory. Received letter from Alice. Ray took laundry to laundromat on way to work and picked it up after supper before going to choir rehearsal.
Friday, April 7, 1950
Mother and Dad D. came at 10:30 a.m. for girls. They’re having lunch at home and going to see “Cinderella” this aft. Prudential Insurance agent brought health ins. policy tonight. Carol, Alan and Robbie were here this eve., too. Pat went to a show. Mother D. gave girls decorated chocolate Easter eggs with their names and 1 lb. salted mixed nuts for family. Very windy. Mother fell and front storm door broken as wind caught door.
Saturday, April 8, 1950
L.R. didn’t take piano lesson today as Miss Courtwright was out of town. Ray took Pat and M.E. downtown for shoes, L.R. had lunch at Yocom’s. Ray went to work at midnight. Cousin Willis called and asked Ray to come tomorrow morning. Carol and Alan out after supper. Carol brought her Easter outfit.
Sunday, April 9, 1950
[Easter] Ray took children to S.S. He went to Cousin Willis’. When he got home, he took pictures of children in Easter outfits. Girls in S.S. class brought wire recording of Sunrise Service at 3 p.m. Ray went to church and took children to hear Easter Cantata. Ray gave me a 2 lb. box of Fannie May’s. M.E. received polo shirt from Grandma Cantrall and dress from Ray and me; Pat, polo shirt from Ray and me; L.R., basket, and slip and crawling doll from Grandma Cantrall.
Monday, April 10, 1950
Received 2 cards from Aunt Helen from Sausalito, Calif. M.E.’s Scout meeting has been changed to Thursday eve. Shortened sleeves on L.R.’s red print. Pat went to Scout meeting.
Tuesday, April 11, 1950
Insurance adjuster came this morning and said he’d send check for $24 to take care of new storm door. L.R.’s Brownie meeting today. They went on “penny hike.” Ray went to meeting at City Hall tonight.
Wednesday, April 12, 1950
Ripped blue check couch covers apart and cut out play suit for L.R. from some of the material. L.R. went to Martha Skibitski’s after school and Ray picked her up. Everyone at home tonight and listened to radio. Jim had a talkfest [?] with Ray.
Thursday, April 13, 1950
Worked on blue check playsuit for L.R. Mother D. and Berdine here in aft. M.E. went to Scout meeting tonight. Ray went to potluck dinner at Mount Auburn church. Each member in quartet received $2.00. Pat brought us orange ice cream bars. Delicious! Aunt Helen got home tonight. She called Mother on phone. New storm door came out this p.m. from Barker-Goldman-Lubin.
Friday, April 14, 1950
Ray home today. Took children to school this a.m. He worked on toilet all day. Had to replace part of floor. Ray went to see “Outlaw.” Marge, Bob & Robbie were out after supper. Mom sent girls and Robbie to Ernie’s for ice cream cones. Ray brought wild cherry ice creamsicles home.
Saturday, April 15, 1950
L.R. took piano lesson. Ray took her black patent leather slippers (M.E.’s originally) to be resoled. Ray went to work at midnight.
Sunday, April 16, 1950
Ray took Pat, M.E. & L.R. to S.S. He went to Bob’s. Jim worked today. We went for a ride at 4 p.m. Pat went to show. Ray went to church, and Aunt Helen came in eve. We picked up wire recorder at Edith Arnold’s which gave Mrs. Hostetler’s talk she gave the night before at Edith’s. We listened to it last night. Ray Hart died at 1 a.m. today.
Monday, April 17, 1950
Listened to Mrs. Hostetler’s lesson again this a.m. Jim not working today. He got up at 11 and left at 11:30 p.m. Started playsuit for Maureen. Pat went to Scouts and Ray went to see Ray Hart at Vancil’s [Funeral Home]. I finished L.R.’s blue check playsuit.
Tuesday, April 18, 1950
L.R. went to Brownies. Berdine fixed my hair. I washed out some things. When M.E. came home, I washed and set hers and washed & curled L.R.’s after supper. Ray went to another meeting at City Hall re: salary increase. Worked on Maureen’s sunsuit. Mother sent package to Rock Island for Alice’s birthday; also belated gifts for Wes and Betty. Ray Hart funeral at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, April 19, 1950
Received a box of “everyday” cards in mail this a.m. Ray took children to open house at Ridgely School tonight. Worked on Maureen’s sunsuit. Aunt Helen and Uncle Rob out in aft. to try Aunt Ethel’s hat on me.
Thursday, April 20, 1950
Ray’s mother here this p.m. and brought jumping ropes. Ray took children to U&I potluck supper. M.E. went to Scout meeting after school and L.R. went to Linda Kay Chestnut’s.
Friday, April 21, 1950
Mrs. Goldsby over before supper. Ray took washing to laundromat after supper. Charles, Elsie and Carol were here in eve. Pat went to show. Ray took L.R.’s brown oxfords to be resoled.
Saturday, April 22, 1950
L.R. took music lesson. Ray picked up washing at laundromat. He went to work at midnight.
Sunday, April 23, 1950
Ray took Jim, Pat, M.E. & L.R. to S.S. Pat went to show. Mother went to Jacksonville and Franklin. Ray, girls and I took a ride and got cones at Wonder Freeze. Saw Junior and Eileen there. Aunt Helen came home with Mother. Bill and Jane Scattergood and children came in eve. L.R. took Maureen’s sunsuit down. She put it on and came up for me to see it.
Monday, April 24, 1950
Received “Fun Fare” book from Reader’s Digest ordered by WJS. Called Chapin and Elvira about lot. Talked to Lorene. Ray went to union meeting tonight. Pat went to Scout meeting. Martha S. came home with L.R.
Tuesday, April 25, 1950
Ironed best things and unstarched pieces. L.R. went to Brownie meeting. I made some divinity after supper and we ate that and listened to radio. Pat went over to Mother D.’s.
Wednesday, April 26, 1950
Elvira called to say they are negotiating for a loan. I put shirttail hem in M.E.’s aqua dress. Ray fixed faucets in kitchen. M.E. went to friend’s house to rehearse “Cinderalla.”
Thursday, April 27, 1950
M.E. went to Scout meeting. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Bob, Marge & Robbie came out. Ray and Pat went to show. Marge cut L.R.’s hair in front. I popped corn and had Pepsi Cola. Ray stopped at Sutton’s to take notepaper from M.E., handkerchief from L.R., and $1.00 from Mom for Carol’s birthday. L.R. has a cold and is coughing.
Friday, April 28, 1950
Ray home today. He cleaned basement. Mother D. here in aft. Pat went to show. Maureen stayed all night but L.R. ate supper down there. House paint & ladders came out from Barker-Goldman-Lubin.
Saturday, April 29, 1950
L.R. took music lesson. Mother & Dad D. picked up girls. They went there for dinner and then downtown to see Bing Crosby in “Riding High.” Ray’s quartet sang at dinner for Pythian Sisters at Mrs. Little’s invitation. He came home about 9 o’clock. Went to work at 11 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, 1950
Children didn’t go to S.S. as raining. L.R. went to Susie’s & Terry’s birthday party. Aunt Fannie, Ruth, Mrs. Wm. McClead & little boy came this afternoon. Laura Frances’ baby was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church today. She’s 7 mos. old. Pat went to Pantheon. Aunt Helen came in eve. Ray popped corn and served Pepsi Cola. Pat went to his grandmother’s. Ray wrote hospital in St. Louis [re M.E.]. Girls went with him to mail it. L.R.’s cold isn’t any better.
Monday, May 1, 1950
Berdine fixed my hair today. Received card from Alan [Sutton] from St. Petersburg, Fla. He came back Sun. Ray went downtown for a little while for chest x-ray. Meredith Glotte came home with L.R. Mother D. went to school this aft. by mistake.
Tuesday, May 2, 1950
L.R. went to Brownie meeting. I baked 7 doz. “Raisin Crisscross” cookies. Went to S.S. class meeting at Marge’s. I was asst. hostess. Cost me $2.50. Jim went along and helped me in. Ray received reply from St. Louis Hospital [re: M.E.]. He went to his mother’s after taking me to Bob’s. She wasn’t home but Dad and Pat were there. Bertha Anderson came a little while this aft.
Wednesday, May 3, 1950
M.E. went to park to practice “Cinderella” after school. L.R. and Maureen went to M. Glotte’s. Berdine went after them. Ray brought orange ice cream popsicles after trip to avenue.
Thursday, May 4, 1950
My, it’s warm today (85 degrees). Girls went to school without wraps for first time. L.R. wore lilac rayon and new slippers as 2nd grade is doing a “tea” this p.m. Mother D. is going in my place. M.E. wore Scout uniform as this is her meeting day.
Friday, May 5, 1950
L.R. didn’t go to school today as she coughed a lot last night which interrupted her sleep considerably. Ray started scraping off paint before painting. Lorene and Katie were out last night. Ray took out washing but it won’t be done until tomorrow.
Saturday, May 6, 1950
Ray painted part of front of house. L.R. took music lesson. Mother D. took M.E. to lunch where they’re staying and to see Betty Grable at Lincoln [Theatre]. L.R. didn’t feel like going. M.E. brought her a coloring book and some candy. Ray went to work at midnight. He picked up silk scarves for girls and Mother where Lorene works.
Sunday, May 7, 1950
Ray took boys and M.E. to S.S. L.R. stayed home as she had a bad night last night coughing. Ray slept til 3:15 and then we took a ride around lake. Mom treated us to ice cream cones at Sangamon Dairy. Pat went to show in aft. Aunt Helen came in eve. and Ray went to church.
Monday, May 8, 1950
L.R. went to school this morning but she’s still coughing and doesn’t feel too well. Ray called Dr. Romence and he phoned prescriptions to Watts and Ray picked them up after supper – 1 for cough and 1 to help her rest. Ray also stopped at Fred Hignite’s and picked out an emblem to replace one he lost on his ring. M.E. stayed after school to rehearse “Cinderella” at park.
Tuesday, May 9, 1950
L.R. went to Brownie meeting. Mr. Yocom started painting his house.
Wednesday, May 10, 1950
Ray and M.E. left at 6 a.m. for St. Louis for exam [feet]. Called Mrs. Meador to explain as M.E. in play at Clementine Memorial Church tonight. Maureen called this morning and asked L.R. to go to Chestnut’s after school and I told her she could, but called Berdine later and she said she’d call Elsie & explain about L.R.’s cold on account of the baby. Ray and M.E. got home at 1:45 p.m. She is on the waiting list and will probably be called this summer. Mother D. called to say they’re leaving Sat. for Cleveland, Ohio. She and M.E. went to program. Bob, Marge & Robbie here in eve.
Thursday, May 11, 1950
Mrs. Meador called at 8 a.m. and said there’s no Scout meeting tonight. Mr. Tillman called to say that the school nurse was sending L.R. home as she had the symptoms of whooping cough. I called Mrs. Martin about Dr. Otten giving her shots for that. Also, called Dr. Romence and he said for Ray to bring her down tomorrow noon for blood test. Mrs. Skibitski called and said Martha was sent home, too; also, Edna Sutton. Ray went to bed early on account of a bad cold. Wes called long distance about coming this weekend but backed out when they heard about L.R.
Friday, May 12, 1950
Mother received letter from Betty and card and check from Doc & Minnie. Ray took L.R. to Dr. Romence at noon and he said she doesn’t have whooping cough. It’s a deep-seated bronchial cough. Ray’s mother and dad were over this afternoon to tell us goodbye. They’re leaving in the morning. Berdine stopped by this aft.
Saturday, May 13, 1950
Mother and Dad D. left around noon. Ray took her a box of candy and card for Mother’s Day. L.R. took music lesson. Ray about sick with cold. Carol stopped in morn. for few min. Pat had an appointment with Dr. Millhon to have teeth extracted this a.m. but dr. is out of town.
Sunday, May 14, 1950
[Mother’s Day] Ray took girls to S.S. I received a lovely pot of mixed plants for Mother’s Day. I baked 2 cherry pies and fried 2 chickens. Ate at 1 o’clock. Bob came in morning and brought Mom a pair of hose and card. Ray slept til 3:30 p.m. Took us over to Aunt Helen’s to pick lilies of the valley. Mother bought box of chocolate covered cherries and we ate those and listened to radio in eve.
Monday, May 15, 1950
Ray went to work at 12:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. He slept til 11 and got up and painted on house. L.R. went to school today. Alma called and said she was keeping Martha home. Bakers on strike. Called Dr. Romence and he said to bring L.R. Wednesday if cough persisted. Evangelistic meeting started tonight and Payne Sisters are conducting singing.
Tuesday, May 16, 1950
No Brownie meeting today. Baked 3 loaves of bread [due to baker’s strike]. Went to Castor’s [grocery] with Ray and girls. When we got home, we had fresh homemade bread & blackberry preserves.
Wednesday, May 17, 1950
Received letter from Mother D. Bob, Marge & Robbie out after church in eve. Marge cut my hair. Ray went to TB clinic for examination and then to church. Baked 3 more loaves of bread.
Thursday, May 18, 1950
M.E. went to Scout meeting. Lorene, Mrs. Hanson & Katie were out and brought a box of Brooks canned goods. Ray took out washing to laundromat. Ray got a loaf of whole wheat bread today.
Friday, May 19, 1950
Berdine gave me a permanent today. Ray’s day off supposedly but was called back at noon. Rain started about then so he couldn’t paint anyway. L.R. went to Brownie meeting after school. Ray went out to get laundry after supper. Pat collected [for paper route] and went to show. Ray brought ice cream cones home.
Saturday, May 20, 1950
L.R. didn’t take music lesson today as she still doesn’t feel well. Mother bought a new toilet seat today. Ray went to work at midnight. Lorene brought asparagus from Mercer Spaulding in eve.
Sunday, May 21, 1950
Ray took M.E. and Pat to S.S. L.R. is still coughing. Ray installed toilet seat.
Monday, May 22, 1950
I’m reading “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.”
Tuesday, May 23, 1950
Aunt Helen went to school with Berdine to Brownies’ Tea for Mothers. She had supper here. Ray went to evangelistic meeting as it was for men especially. Called Lorene about ramp and Pat’s teeth. Called John Troy about cement man for ramp. Margaret [Troy] was home and has lost her voice again. Called Dr. Ratliff [dentist] for appointment for Pat on Sat.
Wednesday, May 24, 1950
Ray cut the grass and Lee [neighbor] came over. Ray asked him to give him an estimate on building a ramp. We listened to radio. It was the last one for Bing Crosby and Groucho Marx.
Thursday, May 25, 1950
M.E. went to Scout meeting. I wrote Mother D. and Pat received a letter from her. Wes called long distance to say they are coming Saturday.
Friday, May 26, 1950
We took L.R. out to Marge’s and got her hair cut. Put in our weekend supplies [of groceries]. Ray got a cooked ham at Kroger’s (Krey in a can) 63 cents lb., total $7.88 - 10 lb. 13 oz.
Saturday, May 27, 1950
Berdine gave L.R. a permanent. She took her piano lesson at 1 p.m. Pat had x-rays taken of teeth at 9:30. L.R. stayed at Yocom’s for lunch. Wes, Alice, Betty, Mike and Jane arrived at 4 p.m. They have a 1940 Nash about 3 weeks old (to them). Jim stayed all night at a friend’s house.
Sunday, May 28, 1950
Ray took M.E. and Pat to S.S. L.R. is still coughing so stayed home and played with Jane. Wes and Bob stopped by at 10 a.m. on way home from lake and took Betty and Jane over to Bob’s. Ray slept til 4 p.m., when we had supper. Went to Aunt Helen’s in eve. She had the whole family there. Jim worked today.
Monday, May 29, 1950
Wes, Alice, Bob and Marge here after supper. Aunt Helen came, too, and brought some of Corinne’s dresses for girls. Ray went up on avenue about 9 p.m. and got home at midnight.
Tuesday, May 30, 1950
Wes and family left Bob’s at 9 a.m. Pat was gone from 9 a.m. til 8 p.m. Went to lake. Jim stayed in bed til noon and then went out with Caryl. Lorene and Katie were out after supper. I ordered shorty p.j.’s for graduation gifts for Carol and Betty from Sears.
Wednesday, May 31, 1950
Lorene called this a.m. and asked for catalog number of wheel chair for Mrs. MacPherson. I asked her to get facing for L.R.’s coat (green winter). Called Lil Smith about Fred giving estimate on ramp. We didn’t go anywhere this eve. Just listened to radio. Mr. Lee came over to measure for ramp.
Thursday, June 1, 1950
L.R. took 2 lunches – 1 for park and 1 for school. Took money for puppet show. This is M.E.’s Scout meeting day. Ray went to choir rehearsal and brought back “creamsicles”. Received letter from Mother D.
Friday, June 2, 1950
Chapin called Ray and said abstract back from Sangamon County Abstract Co. and all up to Bernard now. Ray is painting back of house 1st coat. Cousin Willis was out in aft. Ray took laundry out to laundromat. Pat went to a show. Ray brought us drumsticks. Went back on avenue and brought “B’s” [?] for Mom and me.
Saturday, June 3, 1950
Ray took Pat to dentist who took more x-rays of his teeth. L.R. took lesson at 1 p.m. Mr. Chapin brought paper for me to sign on vacant lot. Ray doesn’t have to go to work until Monday. Hagler wants him to work for him Friday night.
Sunday, June 4, 1950
L.R. didn’t go to S.S. as she is still coughing. Ray and M.E. went to S.S. & church. Pat went with Jim to S.S. & church. Jim took Pat to Lake Springfield Christian Assembly camp and he walked back to town. We took a ride out to Riddle Hill to see where Natalie Beam lives as class meeting to be there Tuesday. Got cones at Mayer’s. Ray went to church in eve.
Monday, June 5, 1950
Berdine came in morning and fixed my fair. I listened to radio and Ray went to get groceries. He got home around midnight.
Tuesday, June 6, 1950
Pat went to St. Louis at 8 a.m. with 8th grade. They’re going to see a ball game tonight and will get home around 3 a.m. Went to potluck supper at Natalie Beam’s. Had a wonderful time. Ray went to a dinner at filter plant given by “Chow Club.” Frances [Jordan] came home with us and helped me in. Melfrances followed with Harriet, picked up Frances here and took them home.
Wednesday, June 7, 1950
Brownie meeting tonight, also Girl Scouts. Elvira was over around noon. She thinks she is p. [pregnant] since April 10 – that would make it January 13th (approx.)–? Doc, Minnie and Aunt Helen came in eve. to relate the sad news about taking Bob [Cantrall] to Jacksonville for shock treatments.
Thursday, June 8, 1950
Mr. Chapin called about payment of 2nd installment on tax for vacant lot. Called out to Bob’s and Mrs. McCoy [Aunt Marge’s mother] answered.
Friday, June 9, 1950
Ray goes to work at midnight. He paid real estate taxes and got check this aft. for lot. Wrote letter to Warren re Charles. Mother received a letter from him. Ray went to work at midnight. Carol [Sutton] graduated from 8th grade tonight.
Saturday, June 10, 1950
Pat went to dentist and he filled a couple teeth. L.R. took music lesson and M.E. went to Sangamon Dairy with Girl Scouts. Ray went to union meeting at City Hall. He slept a little in aft. and then took Pat to town and got his graduation suit. Charles & Carol were out in eve. She brought her grad. gifts to show. Ray went to work at midnight. Jim didn’t work today. Doc brought out 2 army cots that they used in 1936.
Sunday, June 11, 1950
Ray took Pat to S.S. Jim worked today. Ray slept til 5 o’clock. We had supper & went for a ride. Pat went to show in aft. and “Water Follies” at night. We stopped at Doc’s. He’d been to Jacksonville to take Marge but didn’t get to see Buzz. Ray got popcorn and then we had pop at home. Found a big bunch of rhubarb John Lazar left at back door.
Monday, June 12, 1950
Pat graduated from 8th grade tonight. Ray and I gave him a yellow shirt and Jim a billfold. M.E. had to stay after school to practice for Girl Scout Investiture. Mrs. Godley got home last night. I baked 3 rhubarb pies and made 3 qts. of rhubarb sauce [yum-yum].
Tuesday, June 13, 1950
Pat went to Herbert Georg Studio for class picture this morning. He received a letter from Mother D. Ray got the girls’ wheel [bicycle] ($34.48) at Western Auto tonight. Pat rode it home. We went to Doc’s this eve. Rained after we got home.
Wednesday, June 14, 1950
Last day of school. M.E. went to picnic and hike at Douglas Park with Scouts. Mom talked to Mrs. McCoy who told her Marge received a letter from Bob. Alan drove their car to Purdue to bring Ed home. Marge, Robbie, Charles & Carol went too. Quartet met here tonight and Ray served pretzels and pop. Jim practiced with L.R. She’s just about mastered riding the bicycle. Ordered a suit of underwear for Pat to give Ray [for Father’s Day] and pj’s for Jim to give him from Sears.
Thursday, June 15, 1950
Children got their report cards at 2 p.m. today. Ray worked 8 to 4 p.m., ate supper, back to work at 6:45 p.m. and worked til 2:45 a.m. I wrote to Alice and Mother D. L.R. can now ride bicycle like a veteran. M.E. is still trying but a little afraid.
Friday, June 16, 1950
Sears phoned that order is here. Ray slept til noon. Painted house in aft. He took laundry to laundromat in eve. Aunt Helen here and took tricycle home.
Saturday, June 17, 1950
L.R. went with Brownie troop to 8 o’clock breakfast at Center Park, Lake Spfld. Pat went to dentist and picked up package at Sears. L.R. took music lesson at 1 p.m. During summer vacation she’ll take them at 11 a.m. Fridays. Ray received call from his dad’s brother to meet him and his wife at 5th and S. Grand. They are passing through en route to West Coast. Ray picked up laundry this aft. Too damp to paint. Pat received billfold from Mother D. He sent it back as a duplication.
Sunday, June 18, 1950
Ray didn’t take children to S.S. as it was such a bad morning and he hadn’t had much sleep. Pat went swimming in aft. Ray went to church in eve. M.E. learned to ride bicycle today. Jim gave Ray pj’s’, Pat underwear, and girls a tie. Jim worked today. Mother and I talked to Uncle Rob about Bob. Marge went over with him. She didn’t see him. I called Minnie. Ray took 6 trays to Aunt Helen. She already has other 6. Mrs. Garman came over about Donna Jean’s cough.
Monday, June 19, 1950
Girls went to Daily Vacation Bible School today with Mrs. Johnessee. Pat took Ray’s pj’s to Sears to exchange for a suit with long legs. Jim is off today. Talked to Mrs. McCoy. Ray went to City Hall to attend union meeting. Margaret Troy called – she still has a hoarse voice and says she’s 2 mos. along [pregnant].
Tuesday, June 20, 1950
Girls like bible school very much. I went with Ray in eve. to Public Market for groceries.
Wednesday, June 21, 1950
Ray went to Willson’s to practice with quartet. I listened to Groucho Marx. Berdine fixed my hair today.
Thursday, June 22, 1950
Charles received word from Warren that they are leaving the 29th and will be here around July 1st. We went for a ride. Mother and girls, too. Mother treated us to chocolate sodas. Mailed cards to Buzz and Ken, Anne & Lanny.
Friday, June 23, 1950
Mrs. Hanson and Lorene out tonight. They brought 2 glasses of jelly and children’s song book (Sunday School). Mom received letter from Buzz. Jim told his father he’s getting married July 23rd.
Saturday, June 24, 1950
L.R. took music lesson and Pat went to dentist. Ray got his pajamas and Pat received letter containing $3.00 from Mother D. Ray went to work at midnight. Pat bought pr. shorts and trunks for swimming. Ray picked up his pj’s at Sears and likes them fine.
Sunday, June 25, 1950
Ray took children to S.S. He slept til 5 o’clock. Aunt Helen came in eve. and sent girls for popsickles. Ray went to church. Marge went to Jacksonville and got to see Buzz today. Baked 2 gooseberry pies.
Monday, June 26, 1950
2nd week of bible school. Ray went to union meeting and they finally agreed on raise. Five cents an hour increase, double time & one-half for holidays, retroactive to March 1st. Ruth Maxson Wackendorf called on us in eve. for about an hour.
Tuesday, June 27, 1950
Baked 2 gooseberry pies, washed and altered my pink stripe & blue stripe dresses. Ray took girls to get groceries and they passed apartment Jim & Caryl are renting. They were there, so they got to meet Caryl.
Wednesday, June 28, 1950
Ironed this morning. Mom bought some pretty cards from Jewel Tea man. Ray worked on front combination screen & storm door. Later went to Lee’s and got a quart of chili. I listened to Groucho Marx’s last program of the season. He’ll be back on the air in Sept. Betty Ostermeier died suddenly this a.m. in St. Louis. She died of cancer.
Thursday, June 29, 1950
Wrote letter to Buzz. Ray was going to Scattergood’s to practice with quartet but it was called off when Jane reminded him they had a party going on. Soooo, we went for a ride around the lake, Chatham, and stopped at skating rink and then at Dairy Queen. Wrote letter to Mother D. and received one from her while writing. Warren & Ginny left Calif. this a.m. for Spfld.
Friday, June 30, 1950
Ray home today. Last day of Daily Vacation Bible School. They went to Washington Park this a.m. and Ray went with them to church for program tonight. Ray brought drumsticks home.
Saturday, July 1, 1950
Ray received check today as City Hall closed until Wed. L.R. took music lesson and Pat went to dentist. Betty Ostermeier buried today. Ginny & Warren arrived at Charles’ at 9:30 p.m. Ray went to work at midnight.
Sunday, July 2, 1950
Ray took children to S.S. He went to sleep at 11 a.m. and got up at 3 p.m. Charles, Warren, Ginny, and Alan came just before he got up. They have a new Dodge (dark red). We ate supper and drove around town and got four 6-cent cones at Sangamon Dairy. Took Maureen, too, but took her home at 8 o’clock and then went back to the dairy. We didn’t tarry long, tho, as storm coming up. Aunt Helen, Uncle Rob & Marge went to Jacksonville. Buzz has gained 5 pounds and is looking fine. They all went to restaurant for supper.
Monday, July 3, 1950
Rained all night from midnight on and still looks rainy this morning. Mom talked to Ginny and she said they’re planning on going to New York tomorrow. She also talked to Mrs. McCoy who told her Marge went to work for Robinson’s again this morning. Prudential Insurance man out at 5 p.m. Ray was to go to Scattergood’s for quartet rehearsal but it was postponed so he got groceries, brought them home, and went up on avenue.
Tuesday, July 4, 1950
Ray home today. Aunt Helen came in evening. Sat out on porch to see fireworks. We had fried chicken. I made 2 trays of sherbet and had cake I made yesterday.
Wednesday, July 5, 1950
Received 2 letters from Buzz and one from Mother D. I wrote him. Lorene was out in aft. and brought some of Sandy’s things for M.E. and socks for me. Aunt Helen here in eve. Ray went to quartet rehearsal at Scattergood’s and delivered birthday package (hose) to Lorene. Minnie called. Lorene also brought pattern for L.R.’s blue winter coat.
Thursday, July 6, 1950
We (Ray, M.E. & I) went to post office to mail letter to Buzz. L.R. sick tonight. Vomited after supper. I called Miss Courtwright and called off lesson tomorrow. Cut out L.R.’s coat today. Pat went to dentist this a.m. Received letter from Evie [Wells].
Friday, July 7, 1950
Worked on L.R.’s coat today. We took girls to park and then skating rink. Stopped at Sangamon Dairy. Pat didn’t go to show tonight. After he collected, he played with Glenn Phillips. Ray worked for Major Bray today so won’t have to work Sat. night. Jim stopped here at 2 p.m. with Caryl, so I got a glimpse of her in car. Aunt Helen sent some beets.
Saturday, July 8, 1950
Pat went to dentist this morning. Ray worked on screens. We went for a little ride. Pat went to a show.
Sunday, July 9, 1950
Ray took children to S.S. & church. Doc and Minnie took Marge to Jacksonville. Wrote letter to Evie declining invitation for girls to come over and dinner for all of us. Pat went to C.E. and a show. Aunt Helen came after supper, and Doc & Minnie came later. They took Marge and Bob to Jerseyville for dinner. He’s getting along fine and has gained 14 pounds.
Monday, July 10, 1950
Berdine fixed my hair. Quartet didn’t meet tonight. Ray went up on avenue.
Tuesday, July 11, 1950
Lorene came out this aft. and brought me a pair of hose, table ornament, and handkerchief from her mother. I fixed M.E.’s hair. Jim brought Caryl out. She’s a cute, nice, sensible girl. Ray took girls to get groceries. Wrote a letter to Buzz. Lorene also brought 3 pounds green beans.
Wednesday, July 12, 1950
Fixed L.R.’s hair. Warren & Ginny were out in aft. Aunt Helen had a birthday party for me at the Diller home. Had a lovely time. When we got home, I found a gift of cologne from my Secret Pal.
Thursday, July 13, 1950
Girls, Ray and I went to drive-in to see “Stars In My Crown.” Pat went to Pantheon.
Friday, July 14, 1950
Ray went to see Dr. Lewis and he referred him to Dr. Stocker. Ray took laundry to laundromat. L.R. took music lesson at 11 a.m.
Saturday, July 15, 1950
Ray went to St. John’s Sanitarium between 10 & 12 noon. Dr. Stocker wants to operate on his lung next month. He got laundry in aft. Went to work at midnight. Pat went to dentist.
Sunday, July 16, 1950
Ray took children to S.S. He slept til 5 and then we went to Gus & Russell’s for supper. Charles & Alan were there and we had a wonderful time. Elsie, Otto & Marian [Gilroy] came after supper.
Monday, July 17, 1950
Berdine fixed my hair.
Tuesday, July 18, 1950
Tonight was Caryl’s [bridal] shower but I didn’t feel equal to going. Ray took girls to Orpheum to see “My Friend Irma Goes West.” Pat went to Leland Reese’s birthday party at skating rink. Jim and Caryl brought shower gifts here after shower. Ray went out to Sanitarium to see Dr. Stocker and he set August 20th for Ray to enter Memorial Hosp.
Wednesday, July 19, 1950
Baked 2 cherry pies, made potato salad, and got potato chips for picnic at Hagler’s. We had a grand time. Aunt Helen came and brought a hat for me to wear Sunday [to Jim’s wedding] and a blanket for Jim & Caryl. They ate supper here and Caryl showed Aunt Helen their gifts. Berdine took L.R. to Foster’s Studio to have her picture taken, but was refunded money as not accompanied by one of her parents.
Thursday, July 20, 1950
Caryl & Jim stopped in for a few minutes.
Friday, July 21, 1950
L.R. didn’t take music lesson as teacher out of town. Ray went to work at midnight tonight instead of tomorrow night on account of wedding Sunday. Quartet met here from 9 til 10:30 p.m. Berdine pinned up my hair.
Saturday, July 22, 1950
Ray’s mother & dad arrived at 1 p.m. Caryl & Jim came later and got wedding gifts. Mother & Dad here for supper. Bill & Jane Scattergood brought more silverware, which now makes service for six. I shampooed L.R.’s hair and pinned it up. Mrs. Roberts came this morning and brought a lovely table arrangement of glads, roses & baby’s breath they had at Eastern Star meeting last night.
Sunday, July 23, 1950
Ray sang with quartet at Douglas Avenue Methodist Church this a.m. Took children to S.S. first and went to church at West Side later. Mother D. here for dinner. Corsage came at 2 p.m. Mrs. Godley went to the church with Dad and Mother D., also girls. Pat went with us. Beautiful wedding and Caryl made a lovely bride. We went to Watson’s at 5 p.m. for reception. I like her mother and family very much. Mother & Dad D. left immediately after wedding for Sterling, Ill.
Monday, July 24, 1950
Pat went to Dr. Yates’ office at 3p.m. and had 7 teeth extracted. Ray picked him up on way home from work. Aunt Helen came in eve. I baked a birthday cake for Ray, also an apple pie. We had cake and orange ice cream in eve. I gave Ray a suit of blue crepe pj’s; M.E., 5 prs. wool socks; and L.R., a cigarette lighter.
Tuesday, July 25, 1950
Girls went in cab to stay at Aunt Helen’s for a few days. I washed out girls’ nightgowns, Ray’s pj’s, and darned several pairs of socks. Mrs. Godley was over this aft. Bob was here in a.m.
Wednesday, July 26, 1950
Worked on L.R.’s blue coat. Received card from Mother D. Pat brought puppy home from Mrs. Smith’s but Ray wouldn’t let him keep it. We didn’t go anywhere in eve. except Pat and Ray went up on avenue and got chili and drumstick for me and barbeque for Mom. Jim & Caryl stopped in for a few minutes around suppertime.
Thursday, July 27, 1950
Girls came home this eve. Aunt Helen didn’t stay as she was too tired. L.R. practiced after she got home. They brought a turtle home. I worked on L.R.’s coat.
Friday, July 28, 1950
Charles and Elsie came this eve. Ray took washing out to laundromat. L.R. took music lesson at 11 a.m. Jim borrowed Ray’s jack as they were going to Sterling, Ill. to visit Ray’s mother & dad. Ray started 2nd coat of paint.
Saturday, July 29, 1950
Ray painted house. Harry, Edith & Doris Willson were out in eve. Ray had to go to work at midnight.
Sunday, July 30, 1950
Ray took L.R., M.E., Pat & Ruth Ann to S.S. Ruth came home for lunch and went with girls to Pantheon. Aunt Helen came for her in eve. Cleve & Maybel Taylor came too.
Monday, July 31, 1950
Sent L.R.’s coat I’ve been making to cleaners, also green coat & lavender dress. Sat out on porch and Willie Garman came over to talk to Ray & me. Ray puttied and painted front bedroom window. Received card from Carol and Ken.
Tuesday, August 1, 1950
Ordered lining for L.R.’s coat from Westenberger’s. Sat on porch in eve. Sally Becker came over for a little while and Frances Jordan came, too. Ray painted west window in our bedroom.
Wednesday, August 2, 1950
Cousin Willis came in aft. and brought ½ doz. Glads from Mercer Spaulding, 1 ½ doz. ears of corn, and a sack of tomatoes from L.D. Spaulding. Ray went up on ave. and brought popsicles home. I wrote letters to L.D.S., Alice, Carol, and Mother D. Coat lining and thread came, $3.92. Ray puttied and painted bathroom window.
Thursday, August 3, 1950
Nellie and Marshall Long came in morning. L.R.’s blue coat, green coat, red skirt and lavender dress, $2.45, came from Geatz Cleaners. Ray went to church in eve. to practice with quartet. Got home at 1:30 a.m. I worked on L.R.’s coat – putting in lining. Ray finished bathroom window today. Bob, Marge & Robbie here in eve. in new (to them) 1947 Hudson. Very good looking. L.R. has a cold.
Friday, August 4, 1950
Ray painted west side of house 2nd coat. Ray got “Aspergum” and fever pills from Watts (48 cents) for L.R. She was worse tonight with some temp. He brought M.E., Mom and me cones and L.R. grape pop. L.R. took lesson today at 11 a.m. but didn’t feel like it. Aunt Helen received card from McLean re Bunn Leach’s death Friday. She fell from back porch Tuesday & broke her hip.
Saturday, August 5, 1950
I baked 8 doz. raisin criss-cross cookies today. Received card from Mother D. from Sterling saying they are leaving for Des Moines today. Also, birth announcement from Norine re baby son, July 30th, 8 lbs. 4 oz., named Glenn Michael. Evie and husband came in aft. and stayed for supper. Ray went to work at midnight. Talked to Margaret Troy tonight. She’s 3 ½ mos.[pregnant].
Sunday, August 6, 1950
Ray took Pat & M.E. to S.S. L.R. didn’t go as she still has a cold and running a temp. Bunn Leach was buried at 2 p.m. Uncle Rob and Mr. Diller were pallbearers. Hughes and Aunt Helen went with Mr. Diller, too. Bob, Marge, Ed & Robbie went and took Charles and Alan. I sat on porch in eve. Mrs. Lee, Chuckie and Susie came over for a little bit. I finished sewing lining in L.R.’s coat. Yocoms got back from vacation today. Aunt Helen brought a lovely gladiola arrangement from funeral.
Monday, August 7, 1950
L.R. feels o.k. today. Bob got a seersucker robe from Myers Bros. today for $3.49 for Ray. He brought it out at 11 a.m. Ray painted north window in back bedroom. He got us popsicles and then went back on ave. til 10:15. Maureen went to Girl Scout Camp today. Aunt Helen was out tonight. Mom washed our bedroom curtains this a.m.
Tuesday, August 8, 1950
Bad day for Maureen at Scout camp. I ironed our bedroom curtains this a.m. and M.E. and Mom hung them.
Wednesday, August 9, 1950
Cut out dresses for M.E. and L.R. (2 ea.). Wilma McDonald, Patty and Mrs. Buck came in aft. I ordered 3 yards chambray from Sears to trim girls’ dresses. Went to drive-in to see “Sampson & Delilah.”
Thursday, August 10, 1950
Berdine set my hair this aft. Ray went to Scattergoods to practice with quartet. M.E. and L.R. sent letters to Maureen at Girl Scout Camp. Lorene & Katie were out after supper. Bob and Robbie were here today and asked Mom and girls to go to Taylorville tomorrow aft. Pat and Robbie made plans to go to fair tomorrow aft. Alan in accident on Old Jacksonville Road with Mr. Mullet.
Friday, August 11, 1950
Received card from Mother D. today saying they are coming here [Springfield] to work. L.R. didn’t take lesson today as she hasn’t been feeling well most of week. Bob, Mom & girls went to Taylorville at 1 p.m. Robbie and Pat went to fair. Girls gave turtle to Uncle Buzz. Mother and Dad D. came about 5 p.m. They rented a 2-room apartment at 1115 W. Edwards for $39.50. Ray went to barbershop quartet meeting tonight. Ray went to Dr. Lewis and he said his leg has some infection.
Saturday, August 12, 1950
Ray started painting and had to stop at 11 o’clock to go to see Dr. Lewis re leg infection. Pat went to Dr. Ratliff at 9 a.m. Lorene & Katie were out for a few minutes and brought buttons for L.R.’s coat. I sewed them on. Pat went to fair and got home around midnight. Lorene also brought corn and tomatoes from Mercer Spauldings. Maureen came home from Scout camp.
Sunday, August 13, 1950
Ray and girls went to S.S. & church. Pat went to his grandmother’s after S.S. The male quartet sang at 10:30 service. Lorene took girls to fair. Minnie phoned. Ray slept til 5:15 p.m. Aunt Helen and Olwen Leach came. Olwen brought pair of earrings, pin & dress which belonged to Cousin Bunn. Pat went to show in eve. Yocoms drove to Chicago to bring Kathryn and Judy Kay down here; arrived at 1:30 p.m., plane came at 3:00, and they got back at 9:30 this a.m.
Monday, August 14, 1950
Ray came home sick this afternoon. Janitor and Hartman brought him home in Hartman’s car. Major Bray drove our car home. Called Mrs. Martin and she asked Dr. Hill to come out. He gave him a shot of penicillin and had a prescription filled at Watts. He felt better by bedtime.
Tuesday, August 15, 1950
Bob and Marge stopped in on way to fair and parked car in our drive. Mother D. took girls to fair. Ray didn’t go to work as he was still pretty weak. Pat went to fair during afternoon and evening.
Wednesday, August 16, 1950
Ray felt much better so went to work. Girls went to town with Mother D. She gave Ray and me a box of salted peanuts (redskins) and card for our 9th wedding anniversary. We also received towel and washcloth from my secret pal, measuring cups from M.E., juice glasses from L.R., $2.00 from Mom, and Ray gave me a 2 lb. box of Martha Washington candy. Girls gave Ray 2 packages of cigarettes, too. Received a nice card from Beckers. Ray brought us popsicles from ave. in eve. Pauline Lynn [church choir director] came for a few minutes and helped Ray with song “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Thursday, August 17, 1950
Olwen, Warren & Carl came this aft. Olwen brought several vases, dresses of her mothers, and pin for Mother. Warren told me about “ACTH” being helpful for MS and will write more later. I sat on porch a little while in eve. Ray brought aqua chambray home from Sears, $1.05. Mother washed curtains and dressing table skirt in morning. I ironed skirt and 1 pair curtains in aft.
Friday, August 18, 1950
Ray home today. L.R. took music lesson. Berdine took L.R. and Maureen to school at 12:30 and station wagon took them to Illinois Building at fair. They got their teeth cleaned and lst application of sodium floride. Ray painted girls’ room in afternoon. Pat went to dentist in a.m. Ray went to Dr. Lewis at noon. Ironed 2 pr. curtains in girls’ room and M.E. hung them. Ray took laundry out to laundromat. Ray on ave. til 11 p.m.
Saturday, August 19, 1950
Mother & Dad here early in morning. Asked children for dinner tomorrow. Ray painted east end of living room (outside), put up shutters, screen upstairs, etc. Put skirt on girls’ dressing table. Ray got laundry at 5 p.m. Aunt Helen came in eve. Ray took girls to fair at 8 p.m. but too cool to enjoy it very much.
Sunday, August 20, 1950
Ray took children to S.S. He didn’t stay for church. Mother D. picked up children on way to her church. Pat stayed in car with Dad D. but girls went to church with Mother D. They had dinner & came home at 2 p.m. Ray went to hospital to be admitted. The girls went to hospital with Dad D. at 2:30 p.m. Mary Jane Porter stopped by at 1:30 and gave me her moral support which helped a lot. Pat went to show in eve. I read to children and went to bed at 10 p.m.
Monday, August 21, 1950
Cold enough that the gas came on automatically at 65 degrees this a.m. Pat and Mother D. went to hospital in aft. Pat also went in eve. I sent a note to Ray and he sent one to me. Lorene, Katie, Berdine & Aunt Helen here in eve. Worked on L.R.’s dress.
Tuesday, August 22, 1950
Ray’s operation from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Mother D. called at 10:40 and Dr. at 12:45 to say he came through fine. My, what joyous news and what a relief!! Called Spauldings and Aunt Helen, Lorene and Berdine to relay the glad tidings. Mother D. called at 4p.m. to say Ray was fine but still didn’t recognize her. Mrs. Goldsby was over about noon. Pat went to Lanphier Park.
Wednesday, August 23, 1950
Pat went to dentist at 9 a.m. but teeth are not ready. Worked on M.E.’s aqua stripe. Mrs. Godley was here in morning. Berdine came in aft. and fixed my hair. Pat and Mother D. went to see Ray. She said he’s eating, has a good color, and talked to her. Nurse said he was coming along fine. Mrs. Vost, Cousin Willis, Aunt Helen, Lazar, Lorene, Mrs. McCoy, and Elsie all phoned. Pat went to Mother D.’s in eve. Bob was out in morning.
Thursday, August 24, 1950
Girls met Mother D. at 10:30 and Pat got downtown at 11:30 and they had lunch at Steak ‘n Shake. Pat went to show in aft. and Grandma and girls went to hospital to see Ray. He’s still in much discomfort but has a good color. Had liquids only today. I called Cousin Willis and he and Cousin Mary were in to see him for a few minutes. Lorene and her mother and Aunt Helen here in eve. Evie and girls got here at 12:15 and stayed until 4:45. Berdine brought corn, tomatoes and beans from Loraine’s. Mother D. sent peaches. Mrs. Willson, Hartman, Hagler, M. Porter all phoned.
Friday, August 25, 1950
Mrs. Garman came for a little while in eve. Mary Jane Porter and Mother D. came later. Jim & Caryl came for a few minutes to call vet as dog got hurt.
Saturday, August 26, 1950
Don and Betty Hagler came at 8:45 a.m. and took me to hospital to see Ray. Gee, was I glad to see him. Also got to meet Dr. Stocker. Aunt Helen came in eve. and brought two muskmelons.
Sunday, August 27, 1950
Children went to S.S. Dad picked them up afterwards and took them home for dinner, then went to the hospital. Pat came home on his wheel sick at his stomach. Mother & Dad D. brought girls home from hospital in aft. Ray’s coming along fine. Gave Mother D. birthday gifts from Ray, girls and me. Charles, Elsie and Otto came in eve. after seeing Ray.
Monday, August 28, 1950
Started to read book Lorene gave me. Sewed on L.R.’s brown stripe. Mrs. Godley was over this aft.
Tuesday, August 29, 1950
Girls went to town, met Mother D., had lunch at 5th and So. Grand, saw Ray, and went to a show. Pat met them in morning and got 2 pr. jeans and 3 pr. socks. Evelyn, Dorothy and Delia Wells came at 8:30 a.m. and stayed til 3:45 p.m. Aunt Helen came tonight.
Wednesday, August 30, 1950
Girls meant to spend day with Grandma D. but postponed it til tomorrow on account of weather. Worked on L.R.’s brown stripe today. Aunt Helen came at 2 p.m. and stayed all night. Cousin Willis came out in aft. with hospital bill and picked up our insurance policy. Pat got his plate [dentures] this aft. Doc & Minnie came out after seeing Ray at hospital tonight. Lorene and Katie came by and Katie brought in 3 towels, $1.00, and book name stickers, 50 cents. Pat went to hospital in eve. and then to a show.
Thursday, August 31, 1950
Aunt Helen left at 8 a.m. but will be back this aft. Girls went to Mother D.’s for the day, went to a show, and saw Ray. Talked to Hartman and Lazar to make arrangements to go to hospital tomorrow morning. Aunt Helen stayed all night.
Friday, September 1, 1950
Went to hospital to see Ray between 9 and 11 o’clock this morning with Hartman and Lazar. Saw doctor and called him at noon about hospital insurance. Maureen was here for lunch and supper and was going to stay all night but got homesick and left at 10 p.m. Maureen, L.R. and M.E. went to town in aft. and got caught in a downpour on way home. Pat went to a show.
Saturday, September 2, 1950
Mother & Dad D. took our laundry to laundromat; also got groceries at A&P. Mother D. came here after seeing Ray at hospital and brought some vegetables. Jim gave Pat a gallon of chocolate ripple ice cream at Sangamon Dairy tonight. We all had a dish before retiring.
Sunday, September 3, 1950
M.E. & L.R. went to S.S. on bus. Grandpa picked them up and took them home for dinner. They went to hospital and Mother & Dad brought them home about 4 p.m. Aunt Helen came in eve. I cut out and basted M.E.’s brown stripe with aqua top. Jim sent a pound of butter from cream he churned.
Monday, September 4, 1950
Worked on M.E.’s aqua /stripe dress. Thought Mother D. would be out and could give her Dad’s birthday gift and card but girls can take it tomorrow.
Tuesday, September 5, 1950
Berdine took L.R. to Matheny School for sodium flouride treatment and then took girls to Mother D’s. They had lunch downtown, saw a show “Fancy Pants” with Bob Hope, and then went to see Ray. Lorene & Katie were out and brought some of Sandy’s sweaters.
Wednesday, September 6, 1950
First day of school. Mother D. here at 1 p.m. Berdine took girls’ picture. L.R. wore brown stripe with aqua collar and M.E. brown stripe with brown trim. Aunt Helen came in eve. She and Mr. Diller had been to see Ray. I finished M.E.’s brown stripe with aqua top. Bob and Marge got home today.
Thursday, September 7, 1950
Berdine came this morning and fixed my hair. Bob came and brought 7 blue gills from Wisconsin. I fried 5 for supper and saved 2 for Ray, which we froze. Mrs. Miller came in aft. and brought bouquet of asters and a big bundle of Jolynn’s clothes she’d outgrown. Ray’s mother came about 4 p.m. and brought girls 3 prs. Carter’s panties each, 3 pr. socks ea., and M.E. 3 slips. Mrs. Godley came about 4. I went to hospital in eve. with Don & Betty Hagler to see Ray. L.R. got last sodium flouride treatment at school.
Friday, September 8, 1950
Girls took fish I’m saving for Ray down to Berdine’s. She’s putting them in her “deep freeze”. She took girls to school today. Virginia Schnepp came in afternoon. Frances Jordan was here in the evening. Pat went to hospital but got there too late [after visiting hours]. Ray was moved from #430 to a ward #454. Dr. put air tube in his lung again today.
Saturday, September 9, 1950
Mother D. got our groceries this morning. The girls met her at the Orpheum at 12:30 p.m. Wes & Alice walked in this aft. Mother D. brought 2 slips for M.E. and I altered one this aft. Pat went to the hospital and then to a show in evening. I ordered blue corduroy , white rayon, and slippers for L.R. Sent for pattern for jumper for L.R. to Register Pattern Service.
Sunday, September 10, 1950
Girls went to S.S. on bus; Pat on his wheel. Grandpa is going to pick them up afterwards and take them home for dinner. Wes & Alice stopped in for a little while this a.m. They stayed all night at St. Nick Hotel and wanted to get home shortly after noon today. They had supper at Bob’s last night. Afterwards, they went to see Ray, and Mary & Bill Taylor. Aunt Helen came in eve. Also Lorene & Katie. Pat went to see Ray and then to a show.
Monday, September 11, 1950
Ray called on phone for the first time! Said he felt woozy. Merle Perkington, Kathryn Gathard and Leah Jacobs and her 2 ½ year old son came in aft. and brought me a lovely bouquet of glads that Leah’s husband grew. Altered blue plaid of Sandy’s for M.E.; also navy shorty coat. Listened to radio in eve. Pat went to Jim’s and a show. Berdine was here for about an hour in the aft. The leaves are beginning to fall.
Tuesday, September 12, 1950
Fixed green plaid and blue plaid of Jolynn’s for L.R. Ray didn’t call today as he “over-did” things yesterday and had to stay in bed. Jim came and brought two ½ pints of whipping cream so I made some gingerbread. Pat went over to Jim’s in the eve. We listened to radio. Mother D. here in aft.
Wednesday, September 13, 1950
Betty Hagler called this a.m. to make arrangements for me to go to hospital to see Ray tonight. I wrote a letter to Olwen. Went to hospital in eve. with Haglers. When we got back, Doc, Minnie, Bob, Marge & Robbie were here. Haglers came in for a few min. Bob brought 2 quarts of ice cream. Pat was at Jim’s. Package came from Sears. Shoes for L.R. too big. Corduroy and rayon material for jumpers and blouse okay.
Thursday, September 14, 1950
Berdine took shoes back to be exchanged. Lorene, Katie & Mrs. Hanson were here in eve. Lorene and Katie cut my hair. Aunt Helen and Bess Kenney were here in aft.
Friday, September 15, 1950
Ray called at 11 a.m. to say dr. was releasing him from hospital. I made arrangements with Mrs. Garman to go after him. He came home at 1 p.m. A little weak but glad to be home (I guess). Mother D. came in aft. and brought fresh fruit and vegetables from Harm’s Market. Mr. Ridlen brought wire recorder this eve. (Mr. Triel’s sermon).
Saturday, September 16, 1950
L.R. took music lesson at 11 o’clock; should have been 10 o’clock. M.E. walked over and back with her. They met Grandma D. at Lincoln Theatre at 12:30 p.m. and saw Betty Grable in “My Blue Heaven.” M.E. got sewing material for school and Mother D. sent 1 lb. gum drops home for family. Pat got 2nd treatment from Dr. Ratliff. Cousin Willis came at suppertime with basket of tomatoes, apples, and sweet corn from L.D. Spaulding, and a jar of honey from him. L.R.’s slippers came and are okay.
Sunday, September 17, 1950
No one went to S.S. this morning. Charles came as we were finishing dinner. I washed L.R.’s hair, and Roy and Marie Graves came. Mary Taylor came, Graves’ left, and then Harry, Edith & Doris Willson came. Then Ray’s mother and dad came before Graves’ left, too. Willsons took Mary home. Ray’s mother brought ½ watermelon and one muskmelon. We listened to radio in the evening.
Monday, September 18, 1950
Deke [DeCamera] and Pauline [Lynn] came in evening. Ray’s mother came in aft. She brought Ray 4 cans of beer and Mother had her get 2 lb. box of Fannie Mays. Ray had her get 40 cents’ worth of chocolate drops (by mistake – he wanted chocolate creams). Elden Becker came after Pauline and Deke left. We listened to radio after he left. Had so many tomatoes, we peeled most of them and then let them stand overnight in sugar for preserves.
Tuesday, September 19, 1950
I ironed today and made 7 pints of tomato preserves. L.R. went to first Brownie meeting of the school year and was elected treasurer. Ray took car out for first time since operation. Paid garage bill and got some groceries. M.E. went with him. Bill Madden [co-worker] was out in afternoon. Mr. & Mrs. Lazar were here at suppertime and brought a lovely chiffon cake. Deeelicious! Listened to radio in eve.
Wednesday, September 20, 1950
Berdine came up this a.m. and fixed my hair. Ray got a haircut before lunch. I went to Elsie Chestnut’s to attend Brownie committee meeting. Berdine & Cecil helped me get there and back. Had a good time and nice refreshments, too. Cecil & Maureen stayed here for ½ hr.
Thursday, September 21, 1950
Received pattern from Jewel Tea Co. for dress for L.R. Mother D. came at 1:30 and left at 2:30. Bertha Anderson came and stayed about 15 min.
Friday, September 22, 1950
Lorene, Katie & Judy came out in eve. Lorene brought M.E. a white cotton blouse of Sandy’s. Ray went to see Dr. Lewis about ankle.
Saturday, September 23, 1950
L.R. took music lesson at 10 a.m. Pat got 3rd S. treatment. Mr. Diller brought some corn and tomatoes. Grandma D. brought corn and apples. L.R.’s jumper pattern came. Girls brought candy home from town; also, M.E. got material for her apron. They saw show at Orpheum in aft.–Tim Holt in “Masked Raiders” and Lorraine Day in “The Woman on Pier B.” Marian Hoffman called in aft. Cut out L.R.’s rayon blouse.
Sunday, September 24, 1950
Ray took children to S.S. Mom went to Jacksonville. Clifford Search and Mr. Jacobs came this p.m. Pat went to a show after supper. We listened to radio in eve. Daylight savings time ends today for towns who had it. Springfield didn’t go on DST this year.
Monday, September 25, 1950
Ray went out to St. John’s Sanitarium to see Dr. Stocker for exam. He has to go back in two weeks. He called Mr. Larson after supper. Worked on L.R.’s blouse. Ray’s mother came out this aft.
Tuesday, September 26, 1950
Ray went to see Dr. Lewis about ankle. I worked on L.R.’s blouse. Ray met his mother downtown and she sent a baking hen out and we had it for supper.
Wednesday, September 27, 1950
Bob was out this morning. I cut out L.R.’s corduroy jumper. Doc & Minnie came out at 5:45 p.m. and brought barbeques, potato salad, pickles, coffee & pecan rolls for supper. We listened to prize fight. Ray received claim forms from insurance company.
Thursday, September 28, 1950
Bob brought a box of magazines out this a.m. Ray went out to get Dr. Stocker to fill out claim forms at 11 a.m. Ray’s mother came and brought some popcorn and papers. Aunt Helen came and brought favors for L.R.’s party and dress for her. Ray went to hospital to leave claim form for them to fill out. He took his mother back to town. She is going to get buckle and buttons for jumper. Pat went to wrestling match.
Friday, September 29, 1950
Worked on L.R.’s jumper. Aunt Helen came over in eve. Johnny Lazar brought Ray another cake–white with pineapple icing, decorated with pink rosebuds & green leaves.
Saturday, September 30, 1950
L.R. took music lesson. Mother & Dad D. came and took M.E. away at 10 o’clock. L.R. went to birthday party for Robinson twins this p.m. They went to Lincoln Park for a wiener roast. Pat got his 4th S. treatment. He went to a show tonight. Melfrances Underwood was out for a minute this afternoon and brought some more of Jolynn’s outgrown clothes.
Sunday, October 1, 1950
Ray and children went to S.S. Elsie & Otto came in eve. Pat went to a show.
Monday, October 2, 1950
Worked on L.R.’s jumper. Cousin Willis was out in aft. and brought 3 sacks of golden delicious apples.
Tuesday, October 3, 1950
Brownie Day and L.R. received birthday pie. Ray went to “Kick Off Bean Supper” at church. Pat went to wrestling matches at Lanphier Park in aft. Berdine fixed my hair in aft. and I washed and set L.R.’s in eve. Finished her jumper. Beckers moved today.
Wednesday, October 4, 1950
Ray didn’t go to Dr. Lewis. L.R.’s birthday party in eve. Guests: Berdine, Cecil, Maureen, Vonnie, Bob & Marge, Robbie, Jim & Caryl, Lorene, Mrs. Hanson, Cousin Willis and Cousin Mary, Aunt Helen, Grandma and Grandpa D. Gifts: nightgown, slip, 2 pr. panties, paper dolls, loom, $1.00, $1.00, $5.00, $5.00, box of Martha Washington chocolates, dress. Ray & I gave her the corduroy jumper and rayon blouse [that I made]; Grandma Cantrall, slippers;, M.E., coloring book, paper dolls, crayons and Scripto pencil; Pat, book; Gus Ayers, 50 cents. Served ice cream, chocolate cake, candy, and coffee. Had a very nice party.
Thursday, October 5, 1950
Received letter from Warren Sperry. Ray went to Dr. Lewis and ankle is coming along fine. Children aren’t going to school on account of teachers’ institute. Received letter from St. Louis Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children and M.E. has to go Tuesday. Called Mabelle Taylor for appointment for M.E. to get perm in the morning. Pat went to Lincoln with Larry Farris. Bommaritoes had basement dug and put 2 loads dirt on our 25' vacant lot. Girls kept Timko children this afternoon for 50 cents.
Friday, October 6, 1950
M.E. went to Mabelle Taylor’s at 9:30 for perm. Ray got L.R. a pair of Vitality black patent leather slippers with $4.00 of her birthday money. (Reg. price $7.00–sample shoes on sale). Aunt Helen came in eve. Ray’s mother here in aft. She gave us a gallon of cider. Berdine took L.R.’s size 8 nightgown and size 8 slip and got a 12 nightgown and 10 slip in exchange. Called Miss Courtwright and cancelled piano lesson for tomorrow. Mrs. Goldsby starched our clothes for $1.00.
Saturday, October 7, 1950
L.R. didn’t take music lesson today. Ray took Pat’s brown oxfords and L.R.’s Easter shoes to be repaired. M.E. & L.R. had lunch at Yocoms. The Mauers left for Cheyenne, Wyoming this a.m. M.E. went to Dr. Romence this aft. for vaccinations. Mrs. Timko called and asked M.E. to keep children tonight but she didn’t go on account of shots. Bob & Robbie were here this a.m. and gave us a gallon of Spaulding’s cider and 1 peck of apples.
Sunday, October 8, 1950
Ray and children went to S.S. Ray’s mother and dad picked up children and took them to Pana for lunch and then went over to Decatur. Pat went to a show in eve. We listened to radio.
Monday, October 9, 1950
Lorene & Katie came out today. Katie gave M.E. & L.R. a box of stationery each for their birthdays and Lorene gave M.E. a lovely strand of rose-colored beads. I made a plate of fudge. Pat went to Scout meeting. Minnie brought a red coat for M.E. that was too short for her. Pat brought some venison home from DeLay’s.
Tuesday, October 10, 1950
Ray and M.E. went to St. Louis at 5:45 a.m. to take her to hospital. His mother went, too. They got back at 3:30 p.m. L.R. went to Brownie meeting. Ray went to bean supper. Pat went up on avenue. We’ll miss M.E. so, and it will be much worse for her, but all for the best. Jim was here for a few minutes to get his Spanish book.
Wednesday, October 11, 1950
Ray worked on storm door (front). Mom went out to Charles’ with Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller. Elsie & Otto brought her home. Ray got a sack of chocolates and he, L.R., and I ate them and listened to radio in eve. Pat went to a show. Mrs. Goldsby was here from 4-5 p.m. and received $1.00 Mother gave her for starching clothes. Sent order to M.W. for corduroy slacks and sweater for L.R., gingham for Maureen’s birthday dress, and to Sears for L.R.’s Halloween costume. Prudential Insurance cancelled Ray’s policy.
Thursday, October 12, 1950
Berdine took girls to school on account of paper drive. Ray shellacked storm door. Mother D. came about 11 a.m. and left a little before noon. L.R. went home with Martha S. I called Alma and told her to send L.R. home but she’d already left. Ray and L.R. wrote letters to M.E. and have gone downtown to mail them. Aunt Helen gave Ray some tomatoes. Received letter from Carol.
Friday, October 13, 1950
Ray picked up L.R.’s Halloween costume this aft. He took clothes out to laundromat. Aunt Helen came this evening.
Saturday, October 14, 1950
Ray called Miss Courtwright this a.m. to tell her L.R. wouldn’t take lessons for a while. Gus, Russell, Charles, Wilna, Elsie & Otto were out. They brought ice cream and cake. We had a very nice time. Received a letter from M.E.
Sunday, October 15, 1950
Ray and children went to S.S. We went for a ride in aft. I fell on way down steps and sprained my ankle slightly. Mr. Lee helped to get me in the house. Ray went to church in evening.
Monday, October 16, 1950
No word from M.E. today. I cut out dress for Maureen. Lorene sent pique material out from Westenberger’s. Ray got pattern from Kunzwiler’s. Went out to Sutton’s to a lovely wiener roast. Mr. Yocom got me out and in. Sat in car at Charles’.
Tuesday, October 17, 1950
Received letter from M.E. L.R. went to Brownie meeting. Ray went to bean supper.
Wednesday, October 18, 1950
No word from M.E. Lorene sent some things out from church rummage sale.
Thursday, October 19, 1950
Received card from Shriner’s Hospital saying M.E. is okay. Still don’t know if they’ve operated. Ray took Pat, L.R. and Maureen to U&I Halloween party at church tonight. They had a good time.
Friday, October 20, 1950
Children home today. Berdine gave L.R. and me a Toni. She and Maureen stayed for lunch. Ray’s mother came at 3:35. Ray went to Illinois Tavern at 3:30 and stayed until 8:30. He didn’t call to say he wouldn’t be home for supper. I called his mother, thinking he was there. She said to call the police and the hospital. I called the tavern first. Aunt Helen was here after supper. Received 3 letters from M.E.
Saturday, October 21, 1950
Grandma and Grandpa were here this a.m. She was going to take L.R. to a show but she’d already made plans for a wiener roast at Timko’s. Ray got four ½ bushel baskets of apples from Cousin Willis. Mrs. Godley was here around 9 o’clock. Cousin Willis called Ray before he got up and he called him back. He told him about apples and asked if we’d heard from accident insurance.
Sunday, October 22, 1950
Left at 11 a.m. for Bud & Ruby Long’s. Ray and L.R. went on to St. Louis to see M.E. Aunt Georgia, Harry & Ruth Ann came in aft. Pat went hunting with Bud. Ray and L.R. got back at 5:30 p.m. L.R. didn’t get to see M.E. as she was under 16. Ray got held up on account of Sunday traffic and only had 15 minutes with M.E. We had a lovely fried chicken supper and got home at 9 p.m. Mr. Yocom pulled me into house in wheelchair. Bud did the same down there. Ray helped.
Monday, October 23, 1950
Ray took L.R. to town to mail birthday cards to M.E. He got her a pound box of chocolates to make up for chocolate covered cherries he ate Saturday night. Pat went to Explorer Scouts and we listened to radio. No word from M.E.
Tuesday, October 24, 1950
Ray went to bean supper tonight. Mother sent to Montgomery Ward for doll. Ray went to Goodyear to look at bicycles. No word from M.E. Mother D. was out this aft. Listened to radio and worked on Maureen’s dress. Received word from Prudential – “no soap.”
Wednesday, October 25, 1950
Ray attended the Illinois Water Operators Convention today at the Leland Hotel. He had lunch and dinner there. Mrs. Godley was here this aft. and brought some pins I asked her to buy (10 cents). We gave her a sack of apples. Listened to radio . Ray had x-ray taken in afternoon. He got home at 10:15 p.m. Pretty good! Pat went to wrestling match.
Thursday, October 26, 1950
Wrote letters to M.E. and Carol. Ray went to convention from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mother D. came in aft. and brought green floss. Ray home tonight. We listened to radio. Received card from M.E.
Friday, October 27, 1950
Sent order to Sears for material, dress and baby yarn. L.R. went to Halloween party at Ridgely School with Yocoms. Ray worked on car muffler.
Saturday, October 28, 1950
Grandpa and Grandma got here about 10 a.m. to get L.R. Doll came from M.W. Mrs. Godley came for a little while in aft. Ray popped corn in eve. and got Pepsi Cola. Listened to radio. Aunt Helen, Lorene & Katie were out.
Sunday, October 29, 1950
Ray, L.R. and Pat went to S.S. Mr. and Mrs. Willson and Doris here in aft. Pat went to a show in aft., C.E. and Mother D.’s. Ray popped corn, had pop, and listened to radio in eve.
Monday, October 30, 1950
Cousin Willis called at 8:30 a.m. and made appointment to see Ray at 9 a.m. Bob came out in afternoon. Ray sent check for Xmas cards. He went to Illinois Tavern and got home at 5:45 p.m. Pat went to wiener roast at Cormeny’s. L.R., Maureen & Bobby went trick-or-treating. Ray got doll pattern at Westenberger’s in a.m. Mrs. Phillpott called about “nibbles” for tomorrow’s Brownie meeting.
Tuesday, October 31, 1950
I made cupcakes for Brownie meeting and sent 2 doz. apples. Mother D. came out in aft. Berdine stopped in to show her gypsy costume and Marian Phillpott stopped in for a minute to pick up cupcakes and apples. Ray went to Scattergood’s for quartet practice. L.R. and Maureen went Halloweening again tonight. Alan brought out motion pictures of Lanny, etc. Pat went to Armory party and then to a show.
Wednesday, November 1, 1950
Cut out doll dress. Decided to send doll back. Berdine stopped in to fix my hair but too late. Ray went to back to work today. Received letter from M.E. She’s getting along fine. Dr. took out stitches Monday. Cousin Willis called and had Ray stop by on way home from work about hospital bill. Ray & L.R. went up on avenue to get lunchmeat, tablet, pencil, popcorn and Eskimo pies. Listened to radio.
Thursday, November 2, 1950
Received letter from M.E. and sent one to her. Ray returned doll at M.W. Sears called to advise order arrived. Ray went to Willson’s for quartet practice. Aunt Helen came and brought pins and needles for me. Mrs. Godley was here in aft. and Mother D. came after she left. Pat went to Jim’s but didn’t stay long. Xmas cards came from St. Louis and Aunt Helen took a box.
Friday, November 3, 1950
Ordered more cards from St. Louis. Received plan for elevator from D. Cottrell. Pat went to a show. Ray went down on avenue to get us ice cream cones and got home at 1:40 a.m.
Saturday, November 4, 1950
Ray home today. He and L.R. took laundry to laundromat. L.R. went to Cynthia Watts’ birthday party in aft. Listened to radio in evening.
Sunday, November 5, 1950
Ray took L.R. to S.S. and then he and Pat went down to see M.E. She’s doing fine. Grandma and Grandpa picked up L.R. and took her to Decatur for dinner. Grandma brought Mother and me a pint of pecan crunch ice cream. They got back at 3:30 p.m. Ray and Pat got home at 9:30 p.m.
Monday, November 6, 1950
Pat went to Boy Scouts and then to a show. Aunt Helen came out. Ray popped corn and had pop.
Tuesday, November 7, 1950
Radio no good – too much static. Class meeting tonight at Zella Cormeny’s. Ray went to see Cousin Willis on way to Scattergood’s for quartet rehearsal.
Wednesday, November 8, 1950
Xmas cards came, also doll. Received card from hospital and Mother received a letter from M.E.
Thursday, November 9, 1950
Received letter from Mary Ellen. Grandma D. was out this aft. They are going back to Des Moines tomorrow a.m. Ray went to choir rehearsal this eve. and left early to tell his mother and dad goodbye. He stopped at Scattergood’s and got home at 11:30 p.m. Sent letter to Mary Ellen.
Friday, November 10, 1950
Mother & Dad Durst left early this morning. Ray worked on storm sash in eve. Frances Jordan came out and Ray took her home. Cut out apron for Lorene. Called Minnie and invited them to Thanksgiving dinner. She’ll call later.
Saturday, November 11, 1950
[Veterans Day] Everything closed today. Ray worked on storm sash and Pat took down screens. Ray left about 2 o’clock and came home from Illinois Tavern at 7 o’clock. We listened to radio and Pat went to a show. Ray coughed and is afraid he injured his lung. Oh, me!
Sunday, November 12, 1950
Ray went to S.S. and church. Pat and L.R. went to S.S. and then over to Marge’s. Ray went to church at night as quartet sang. He unstopped sewer and put storm sash in front door in aft. Alan came out as he received call from Army and is leaving the 20th. He brought a cute picture of Lanny and album of family pictures. Minnie called to say they’ll be out but are furnishing turkey. Called Marge. Lorene phoned.
Monday, November 13, 1950
Ray went to Union meeting. Listened to radio and Pat popped corn. Received letter from Alice telling of birth of Susan, November 9th.
Tuesday, November 14, 1950
Worked on Lorene’s apron. Ray went to bean supper. L.R. went to Maureen’s birthday supper and party at L. Childs’. Berdine got Scout outfit at Myers Bros. for Aunt Helen to give Linda for Xmas.
Wednesday, November 15, 1950
Worked on Lorene’s apron. Ray picked up order at Spiegel’s. Katie & Lorene came out. Brought old floor lamp, honey and candy. Wrote letter to Aunt Fannie. Ray and Pat wrote to M.E. Received card from Shriner’s Hospital. Pat went to Jim’s.
Thursday, November 16, 1950
Worked on Lorene’s apron and washed socks, etc. L.R. received letter from M.E. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Aunt Helen came in evening and I showed her Xmas things.
Friday, November 17, 1950
Ray got paid tonight. He brought a quart of ice cream home and I made chocolate syrup. We listened to “Ozzie & Harriet”. Pat collected and went to a show. Ray went after groceries and got home at 10:30. He brought a box of chocolate covered cherries.
Saturday, November 18, 1950
Ray washed windows and worked on storm sash. L.R. went to Shrine Circus with Yocoms. Jim got draft notice here and Ray took it to him in aft. but they weren’t home. He and L.R. went again in eve. and they still weren’t home. Seats & backs for kitchen chairs came this aft.
Sunday, November 19, 1950
Ray, Pat, L.R. and I went to St. Louis to see M.E. She’s fine and seems happy, though homesick. We left at 9 a.m. and got there at 12:10 p.m. Left St. Louis at 3:15 and got home at 6:30 p.m. Bad, rainy night. Saw television for first time. Aunt Helen came here at 1:30 and stayed [with Mother] til 8 p.m.
Monday, November 20, 1950
Berdine took girls to school and her clock was slow so I’m afraid they were late. Ray put up all storm sashes. I ironed new curtains for dining room and he put them up. L.R. and Maureen washed all windows and mirrors. Dr. Hill came out to see Mother. He said she had a slight arteriosclerosis and 180 blood pressure. Should be 150. Heart and lungs okay.
Tuesday, November 21, 1950
Ray went to choir rehearsal tonight. Received letter from Mother D. Sent orders to Sears and M.W. for Xmas gifts. Wrote to M.E. and Mother D.
Wednesday, November 22, 1950
Berdine’s car stalled on way to school so girls were really late this morning. Made rolls, pie dough and filling, cranberry sauce. Doc brought out the turkey at 8 p.m. Ironed bathroom curtains and put in hems. Ray washed part of kitchen. Caryl called and said she’d come at 2 p.m. tomorrow to help. Margaret Troy called and asked for list for Xmas.
Thursday, November 23, 1950
[Thanksgiving] Ray washed bedroom and finished kitchen and put seats and backs on chairs. Marge called to say Ed and 2 German fellows came last night at 9. I told her to bring them. Doc & Minnie got here at 4:45 p.m. and we had dinner on table at a few minutes after 5. Bob, Marge and boys got here at 5:45. Caryl got here at 2:00 & Jim at 5:30.
Friday, November 24, 1950
L.R. and I received letters from M.E. Ray and L.R. went out to get some pop after supper and got back before 8 o’clock to hear “Ozzie & Harriet.”
Saturday, November 25, 1950
Pat received letter from Grandma saying she’s sending a radio. Ray paid Myers Bros. and got himself 2 pr. work pants. He left at 2:00 and got home at 7:15 p.m. Forgot laundry, picked up Jim, and went to get it. Got home second time at 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, November 26, 1950
Ray had to work today. L.R. went to Yocom’s in aft., stayed for supper and went to Crusaders at Elliott Ave. Baptist Church. Pat went to a show in aft. I finished Carol’s apron. Listened to radio. Pat popped corn and we had rest of pop.
Monday, November 27, 1950
Sent order to Spiegel’s for 2 shirts for Aunt Helen, corduroy and 2 pieces of percale for aprons. Berdine came up in aft. and we cut out doll majorette costumes. Listened to radio and had pop and popcorn. Pat went to Scouts. Pat’s radio came from Grandma D. Margaret Troy called about L.R.’s oxfords.
Tuesday, November 28, 1950
Worked on majorette costume. Caryl & Jim were here for supper and stayed all night. We had popcorn and pop. L.R. went to Brownies. Called M. Troy about oxfords.
Wednesday, November 29, 1950
Jim left at 2:30 a.m. in a taxi to go to St. Louis for army physical. Berdine stopped in for a few min. Aunt Helen came in eve. Jim came about 7:30 p.m. and Ray took them up on avenue. Pat went to a show.
Thursday, November 30, 1950
Ray went to choir rehearsal. I worked on majorette costume.
Friday, December 1, 1950
Caryl called that our mail was being delivered at their place. Ray went to town and got some ice cream and L.R. made chocolate syrup. Pat went to skating party at Moonlight Gardens. Ray got mail at Jim’s. Received letter from Mother D. and money order for $125.00. Called Cousin Willis and said I couldn’t go to show Wednesday. Berdine came up in aft. and I gave her the doll outfit.
Saturday, December 2, 1950
Ray picked up packages at Spiegel’s and Sears. Called Cousin Willis and said I’d go Wednesday. Cut out red & blue dot apron.
Sunday, December 3, 1950
Ray and Pat went to St. Louis at 9:30 a.m. to see M.E. and got back at 7:45 p.m. Charles came out in morning. I gave him a pumpkin pie. I addressed Christmas cards and washed and set L.R.’s hair. She had supper at Yocom’s and went to Elliott Ave. church in eve.
Monday, December 4, 1950
Worked on red dot apron. Berdine offered to fix my hair but I decided to wait until tomorrow. Ray went to “kick-off” dinner for church canvassing.
Tuesday, December 5, 1950
Berdine fixed my hair this a.m. Didn’t go to S.S. class Xmas party as too snowy and cold. L.R. went to lunch at Strong’s [Cafeteria] and then saw Santa Claus Parade with Yocoms. Ray took my gift for secret pal to Frances Jordan and she turned out to be mine. Gave me a lovely set of scatter pins.
Wednesday, December 6, 1950
Weather too bad to go to Orpheum to see “Oklahoma”. We listened to radio and had popcorn and pop. Yocoms got their piano today.
Thursday, December 7, 1950
Wrote to Mother D. and Alice, also Carol and Mary Ellen. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Aunt Helen came in eve. Berdine ordered hood for L.R. from Herndon’s.
Friday, December 8, 1950
Ray called on church members for pledges.
Saturday, December 9, 1950
Ray picked up apron percale from Spiegel’s. Met Caryl & Jim on avenue and got home at 7:30 p.m. Pat went to a show. Ray went to work at midnight. Hood came from Herdon’s but too small. Bressmer’s have hoods on order so I left my name.
Sunday, December 10, 1950
Ray took L.R., Pat and Caryl to S.S. Caryl had dinner here as Jim had to work. Aunt Helen came in aft. as Mother seemed to have a slight stroke. I called Dr. Hill and he sent prescription for medicine to Watts. Harry, Edith and Doris Willson came, too. I made fudge. Ray went to bed early. Aunt Helen is going to exchange hood.
Monday, December 11, 1950
Sent order to Sears for Pat – socks, shirt, records and handkerchiefs. I ordered a dress for L.R. Ray sent boxes to Rock Island and Des Moines. Called Charles about Carol’s and he said he’d take care of them. Aunt Helen came in eve. Mother isn’t any better.
Tuesday, December 12, 1950
Mother much worse today. Called Ray and Berdine. She came and called Bisch’s [ambulance] and went to hospital with Mother. Ray followed. He and Aunt Helen signed necessary papers. He went back to work. Berdine came in aft. and brought fruitcake from Mrs. Timko. Ray went to bean supper and took Charles. He stayed for cantata rehearsal. Pat popped corn and had pop. Called Dr. Hill and he said Mother had hypertensive heart disease; blood pressure 250; arterial sclerosis in advanced stage. Would improve with rest and treatment.
Wednesday, December 13, 1950
Mother sleepy most of time. Buzz called Wes. Ray and L.R. went for groceries but got back in time for “Bing.” Ray popped corn and we had Pepsi. Worked on red check apron.
Thursday, December 14, 1950
Mrs. Godley went to hospital. Sent over doll jacket & bonnet. Aunt Helen came in eve. Box came from Rock Island.
Friday, December 15, 1950
Choir rehearsal tonight. Ray off today. Took out laundry. Pat went to a show.
Saturday, December 16, 1950
L.R. went to Brownie party at Jordan’s. Box came from Mother D. Ray went to work at midnight.
Sunday, December 17, 1950
Ray took Pat & L.R. to S.S. Lorene came in aft. Also Wes, Alice & Jane. Ray went to church at night for cantata. Pat went to a show and got home at 8 p.m.
Monday, December 18, 1950
Pat went to Scout meeting. M.E. had both feet operated on again today.
Tuesday, December 19, 1950
Ray took L.R. up on avenue to do her Xmas shopping. M.E. doing okay.
Wednesday, December 20, 1950
Pat went downtown to do his Xmas shopping. Ray set up tree from Bob Bryant, but no good so went out and bought one.
Thursday, December 21, 1950
Lorene and Mrs. Hanson came out and brought gifts from them and W.J.S.
Friday, December 22, 1950
Ray home today. Mrs. McDonnell, Rosemary Jones and Ridlen brought basket of fruit from Loyal Daughters S.S. Class in a.m. Ray went out to filter plant at 7 and got home at 2 a.m. I fell after answering phone call from Hagler at 11 a.m. and had to call Mr. & Mrs. Yocom to pick me up. Pat got home at 11:30 p.m. Bob and Robbie came out from 8 to 10 p.m.
Saturday, December 23, 1950
Ray home today. He took L.R. down to hospital to see Mom after supper. Alan Sutton called. He’s on 72 hr. leave.
Sunday, December 24, 1950
Ray took L.R. to S.S. and Alan brought her home. Ray and Pat went on to St. Louis and got home at 5:30 p.m. M.E. is all right but feet still hurt. She sent some of her Xmas gifts home: doll, pocketbook, perfume, notepaper, pearl beads, embroidery set, book, handkerchiefs, and magical lollipop tree.
Monday, December 25, 1950
We opened gifts at 7 a.m. Pat received: $12 from customers, jacket, 5 lb. candy, comic books, 2 pencils, pen, 6 pr. socks, 3 flannel shirts, and $2.00. L.R. received: doll, buggy, oxfords, bracelet, anklets, houseslippers, scrapbook, dresser set, $8.50, records, dress, Dale Evans outfit , game, 3 handkerchiefs. Ray received: tie, 1 lb. Pixies, part for car, 2 pr. wool socks, silver dollar, Handee Vise, $30.00, shirt. And I received: 3 dresses, stationery, salt & pepper shakers, towel set, hose, $10.00, scatter pins. Family received seats and backs for kitchen chairs, basket of fruit, 1 lb. Fannie Mays, and Reader’s Digest. Caryl & Jim here for dinner and Suttons in aft. L.R. and Ray went to see Mom.
Tuesday, December 26, 1950
Berdine here in aft. for a few minutes. Package came for Mom from Warren. Frances Jordan came in eve. and brought a tin of candy and cookies. Ray took her home. Wrote a letter to Mother D. and sent card to Mrs. Godley. Ray wrote to Miss Burris [re taking care of Mom at home]. Pat got Ray “Tennessee Waltz” record and a slip for me -- belated birthday gifts.
Wednesday, December 27, 1950
Package came from Ken for us and one for Mom. Alida Lowe called and said Mother was coming along fine. We played game Ken sent and Pat went to a show. I washed out 3 of L.R.’s best dresses and other things, including her yellow sweater. Pat and I starched the family washing. Margaret Troy called last night and asked to borrow our cleaning attachments. They are moving into their new home this week. Berdine exchanged dresses but I’m not satisfied.
Thursday, December 28, 1950
No choir rehearsal tonight. Ray fixed up Mom’s room. Received letter from Miss Burris.
Friday, December 29, 1950
Ray took Gertrude Graves’ package to her on way to work. He went to garage to wash car but it was filled up with trucks. Miss Burris came in aft. but wanted $20.00 a week in addition to room and board, so that was out.
Saturday, December 30, 1950
Ray returned dresses at Roland’s and cancelled charge. Bought 2 at Myers Bros. which I like much better. He took L.R. to Lenz and she has to have glasses, $18.00. He went to New Year’s party at garage. Katie and Lorene came after supper. Finished family ironing. Troys moved today.
Sunday, December 31, 1950
Ray worked from 12 to 8 a.m. today. Took Pat & L.R. to S.S. Cousin Emma, Marie and Joanne Spaulding were out in aft. Ray got up at 5:15 p.m. We had supper and he went to church. Got home a little after 9. Called Edith and Harry Willson and they got here about 10:30. I baked a crumb cake and served that with coffee. They left about 12:30 a.m. When Ray came home from church, he brought 4 individual ice cream pies.