Berniece Pearce Diary - 1951

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Monday, January 1, 1951

Ray worked today.  I called Cousin Willis.  Pat went to a show.  I wrote a “Thank You” note to Loyal Daughters and letters to Mary Ellen and Warren & Ginny and Carol.  L.R. wrote to Carol, too.  Package came from Ken & Anne – a book for L.R., bridge set for me, and what looks like an Eversharp pencil for M.E.  (Turned out to be a Girl Scout pen.)

Tuesday, January 2, 1951

L.R. has a bad cold so didn’t go to school.  Wrote a letter to Ken & Anne.  Shampooed and set L.R.’s hair, washed out some things, and baked a butterscotch pie.  Ray came for L.R. at 4:20 p.m. and took her to get her glasses.  They then went to hospital to see Mom.

Wednesday, January 3, 1951

L.R. went back to school.  I called Jenny Miller, Elsie and Berdine.  Berdine stopped in for a few minutes in aft.  Gus, Russell and Wilna got home from La. last night.

Thursday, January 4, 1951

Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Aunt Helen came home from California.  Wrote letters to Ken, and Pat and L.R. wrote to M. Kane.  Talked to M. Troy over phone.  Jim called this noon.  They now have a phone.  Caryl is in Danville & will be back tomorrow.

Friday, January 5, 1951

Ray home today.  Wrote letter to Marian Gilroy.  Received letter from Alice.  Ray took laundry and went to Fred Hignite’s for a few minutes in eve.  Aunt Helen here in eve.

Saturday, January 6, 1951

Ray home today.  L.R. and Ray went to Orpheum tonight to see Bing Crosby in “Mr. Music.”

Sunday, January 7, 1951

Ray went to St. Louis to see M.E.  Children didn’t go to S.S.  Lorene came in aft.  Ray got home around 5:30.  We had supper and listened to radio.

Monday, January 8, 1951

Berdine here in aft. and washed my hair.  Minnie called last night about Mom’s money.   Pat went to Scouts.  Wrote letter to Alice.  Ray worked on L.R.’s doll buggy.  Pat received letter from Mother D., Ray and I from M.E.

Tuesday, January 9, 1951

Wrote letter to Mary Ellen.  Mary Taylor called and Dr. Hill.  I called Aunt Helen and Bob.  Ray home at noon to get bank book.  L.R. went to Brownie meeting.  Ray went to bean supper and then to Scattergood’s for quartet rehearsal.  He got home about 11:30 p.m.  Pat came after that.  Altered Ray’s good pants – 2 inches more at waist.  He’s gained 38 pounds.

Wednesday, January 10, 1951

Wrote letters to Alan and Mother D.  Ray had to work until 8 p.m. on account of clearwell [?].  Bob and Marge and Aunt Helen came in eve.

Thursday, January 11, 1951

Ray had to go to Beau Knot Class potluck.  Cousin Willis was out.  Sent letter to M.E. from L.R.

Friday, January 12, 1951

Finished Lorene’s potholder (mitten).  Cousin Willis called about elevator.  Ray worked today.  Tonight he wrote a letter to Uncle Walter.

Saturday, January 13, 1951

Hagler called today in car and Ray went away with him at 10 a.m. and got home at 3 p.m.  Talked to Bob over phone about Mom going to nursing home.  L.R. went to birthday party for Martha Skibitski at 2:30 p.m. and will stay for supper.  She went to show in eve. with Yocoms.

Sunday, January 14, 1951

Ray and children went to S.S.  He stayed for church and Pat and L.R. came home after S.S. with VanMeters.  Ray sang at Presbyterian Church in Petersburg with quartet in eve.  Aunt Helen came here.  Doc and Bob were out in aft. after they moved Mom to Huskey Nursing Home, 401 W. Capitol.

Monday, January 15, 1951

Received letter from Mother D. and wrote her, Mary Ellen, and Aunt Fannie.  Cousin Willis gave Ray tickets for Gene Autry show at Armory on January 24.  Ray and L.R. went to nursing home to see Mom.  Bob went too.

Tuesday, January 16, 1951

Minnie called about nightgowns for Mom.  Aunt Helen went to see her in aft. and Doc & Minnie in eve.  Ray fixed Pat’s bike and L.R.’s buggy.  Called W.J.S. in a.m. to thank him for tickets.

Wednesday, January 17, 1951

Cut out stripe material for self and basted dress.  Berdine went to see Mom today.  Mrs. Neale called Ray last night re party for M.E.  Ray and children took down Xmas tree.

Thursday, January 18, 1951

Berdine stopped in this a.m.  Mr. Bowen came for elevator lift plans.  Bob sent him.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Charles Sutton operated on legs today.  Got along fine.

Friday, January 19, 1951

Ray took car over to garage and washed it.  Mr. Wenger (spastic) came over with Pat before Ray left and left with Ray to go to Concordia Gym.

Saturday, January 20, 1951

Ray cleaned girls’ room.  Mr. Baumann brought elevator plans – rejected the job.  Called Bob in aft.  Called Lee and he quoted $35.00 for foundation.  Ray got groceries in aft. and went to Jim’s in eve. to pick up Pat and brought quart of ice cream home.

Sunday, January 21, 1951

Ray and L.R. went to S.S. and church.  Pat stayed home and helped me.  He did very well.  Pauline Lynn came in aft. and rehearsed Ray’s solo for Tuesday night.  Ray went to church and Aunt Helen stayed with me.  Elsie went to see Mother.  Pat went to a show in afternoon.

Monday, January 22, 1951

Pat went to Scout meeting.  Lorene and Katie came out.  They’d been to see Mother.  Bob was there, too.  I told Bob that elevator was out.  Aunt Helen saw Mom in aft.

Tuesday, January 23, 1951

Ray went to bean supper and sang his solo, “Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown.”  Came out fine!  He stopped in to see Mom.

Wednesday, January 24, 1951

Ray took Pat, L.R. and Maureen to Gene Autry show.  Poor seats but children had a good time.  Aunt Helen stayed with me.  She saw Mother in afternoon.

Thursday, January 25, 1951

Berdine went to see Mom this afternoon.  Received letter from Mother D. and I sent one to her.  Talked to Margaret Troy on phone.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.

Friday, January 26, 1951

Children home today as last of semester.  Sent card to Mary Taylor.  Ray had to go to plant at 6:30 and got home about 9 o’clock.  Aunt Helen went to see Mother this p.m.  Received letter from Mother D.

Saturday, January 27, 1951

Mrs. Bommarito had a baby girl, Patricia Rose, born at 7 a.m., Mom’s birthday.  Mr. Howard came to see about ramps.  Mary Taylor called to thank me for card.  Lorene went to see Mom.  L.R. went to Pantheon with Maureen, Bobby and Stevie.  Ray left at 2 p.m. and got home at 1:30 a.m.  He got a check for back pay.

Sunday, January 28, 1951

We all overslept so skipped S.S. and church.  Refrigerator on the blink so Mr. Meador came and fixed it, $6.00.  Pat went to a show in aft.  All home in evening.

Monday, January 29, 1951

Box came from Moline for Mom.  Ordered dress and Valentines for L.R.  First day of new semester. 

Tuesday, January 30, 1951

Received letter from Olwen Sperry.  Ray had to go to church.  Charles Sutton called to say Carol has left California and is on her way home. W.J.S. got back from California today.

Wednesday, January 31, 1951

Received letters from M.E. and Mother D.  Ironed unstarched pieces and washed socks, etc.  I wrote to M.E. and Aunt Georgia.  Valentines and dress for L.R. came from Spiegel’s.  Aunt Helen here in evening.  Carol got home today.  Ray had brakes on car fixed at Campbell’s today.

Thursday, February 1, 1951

L.R. took first piano lesson from Pauline Lynn.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  L.R. wrote letter to M.E. and I wrote Mother D.  M.E. is supposed to have casts removed today.

Friday, February 2, 1951

Coldest in 15 years today – 15 below zero.  Pat didn’t go to a show tonight so it must be cold.  We listened to radio and Ray popped corn and served “Pepsi” with it.

Saturday, February 3, 1951

Received letters from M.E. and Ken Sutton today.  Ray got car heater repaired at Tuxhorn’s Garage this morning and left about 11:30 a.m. to get groceries.  We ate supper at 6 p.m. and then listened to radio.  Pat went to a show.  Aunt Helen saw Mom today.

Sunday, February 4, 1951

Ray, Pat and L.R. went to S.S.  Ray stayed for church but children came home after S.S. on bus.  Alan, Charles & Carol here in aft.  After they left, Lorene came.  Ray went to Deacon’s meeting at church in aft. and was home in eve.  Pat went to a show in aft. Mrs. Hanson & Lorene saw Mother this aft.

Monday, February 5, 1951

Berdine came up in aft. for a visit.  I called Elvira and Margaret Troy.  Received new phone book.  Ray started in campaign for more money for church addition tonight.  Pat went to Scouts.  Ray got this diary for me on way home from work.  Aunt Helen saw Mom this aft.

Tuesday, February 6, 1951

Received letter from Alice and Betty for Mother.  Lumber came out from Barker-Lubin this a.m. for ramp.  Package for M.E. came from Mother D.  Ray went to church for supper and then left cards with members for building pledge.  Aunt Helen here in evening.

Wednesday, February 7, 1951

Talked to Mrs. Hanson, Aunt Helen, Mrs. Godley, Elsie, Pauline Lynn, and Lorene this a.m.  Jewel Tea man here in aft.  Jane Scattergood called about [her daughter] Linda’s coat.  Ray went to church for supper.  Pat went to a show.  Ray got home about 8 p.m. 

Thursday, February 8, 1951

Today is Pat’s 15th birthday.  Scattergoods came and brought material & pattern for Linda’s coat.  To celebrate Pat’s birthday we had sirloin steak, fried potatoes, tomato juice, ice cream and cake.  He received $5.00 from Grandma & Grandpa Durst, $1.00 from Lorene, $1.00 from Aunt Helen, Bing Crosby record from L.R. and a pair of “Keds” from Ray and me.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.

Friday, February 9, 1951

Cut out L. Scattergood’s coat.  L.R. took her music lesson tonight at 5:30 as Pauline went to the DeCamera funeral yesterday aft.  Berdine fixed my hair today.  Jim received notice from Selective Service re draft.  Ray took it to him this eve. and he has to leave February 19th,   Caryl’s birthday.  He took the dress I got her, too.

Saturday, February 10, 1951

Ray home today.  He fixed toilet in a.m.  L.R. and Pat went to town with him in aft.  Pat got shoes and L.R. a few Valentines.  Pat got his electric popcorn popper.  We used it the first time tonight.  L.R. & M.E. received a letter from Grandma D. with $1.00 each for Valentine’s Day.

Sunday, February 11, 1951

Ray went to S.S. & church. Pat & L.R. went to S.S. and came home on bus.  Jim, Caryl and [her sister] Bonnie dropped in this evening but didn’t stay as John Lazar, wife and son were here.  They brought potato chips, beer, peanuts and ice cream.  Ray popped corn and children drank pop.

Monday, February 12, 1951

[Lincoln’s Birthday] Children home today.  Melfrances and Jolynn came in aft.  Mel brought birthday cards for me to send to class members, also a blouse and bag for L.R.  Ray went to church to rehearse with quartet.  L.R. finished writing Valentines.  Mr. Howard put up ramp in back.

Tuesday, February 13, 1951

Primary election today.   Hunter came out on top.  Ray went to bean supper and then down to campaign headquarters.  Mailed Valentines today.  Ray stopped in to see Mother after bean supper.  Brownies had a Valentine party.

Wednesday, February 14, 1951

Received a box of candy from Marian Gilroy.  Caryl & Jim were here and we discussed plans–her living here while Jim is in service, etc.

Thursday, February 15, 1951

Ray went to choir rehearsal and Aunt Helen came over.  Received letters from M.E. and Mother D.

Friday, February 16, 1951

L.R. went to Sears farm store this evening with Maureen.  Pat collected and went to a show.  Wrote letters to Marian Gilroy, Alice, and Alan.

Saturday, February 17, 1951

I planned on going to Berdine’s “Better Brush” demonstration but backed out at the last minute.  Ray got paid today.  Elvira stopped in for a little while with baby – she’s a doll.

Sunday, February 18, 1951

Ray and children went to S.S. and he stayed for church.  Pat and L.R. came home on bus.  Ray served communion to shut-ins this p.m.  Gus and Russell came and brought our evening meal.  Aunt Helen, Charles and Carol came, too.  Had a grand time.

Monday, February 19, 1951

Still working on L. Scattergood’s coat.  Called Jane re buttons being too large.  Jim left at 3:15 a.m. today.  Caryl called at 3:30 to say Jim called long distance and was leaving St. Louis at 7 o’clock tonight for Kentucky and later for Florida.  Today is Caryl’s birthday, too – 18 years old.

Tuesday, February 20, 1951

Wrote letters to Mother D. and Mary Ellen.  Brownie meeting today.  Talked to Caryl and Margaret Troy.  Berdine called about letter she’d received from M.E.  Looks like she’ll be home soon, I hope.

Wednesday, February 21, 1951

Margaret Troy had a baby boy, 10 a.m. today, 8 lbs. 11 oz., named Michael Quinn Troy.  Mrs. Godley here in aft.  W.J.S. in hospital for check-up and rest.  He called in eve.  Melfrances & Jolynn here in eve. and brought some things for L.R. and a blouse of Mel’s for me to finish for her.  Received letters from Mother D. and Marian Gilroy.

Thursday, February 22, 1951

L.R. took music lesson today.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Called Cousin Willis at Memorial Hospital, Room 535.  He wants to have phone company put longer cord on phone here.

Friday, February 23, 1951

Received letter from Aunt Georgia.  Cousin Willis called last night and told Ray a man will be here Tuesday to put on longer cord.  Ruth Lee called to say she saw Mom.

Saturday, February 24, 1951

Berdine fixed my hair today.  L.R. went to a show with the Yocoms.  Ray and I were home alone as Pat went out to collect, and I sure enjoyed the evening.

Sunday, February 25, 1951

Ray, Pat & L.R. went to S.S.  Ray stayed for church and the kids came home on bus.  Ray waxed the girls’ bedroom floor.  He went after Aunt Helen at the nursing home and went in to see Mom.  Aunt Helen came back here for supper and Ray went to church.  Pat went to C.E. in eve.  Gus and Russell were out to see “Moto-Mower”.

Monday, February 26, 1951

Peggy Wallace came in aft.  I’m still working on L. Scattergood’s coat.  Pat went to Scouts.  Ray popped corn and had “Pepsi”.

Tuesday, February 27, 1951

Ray went to bean supper.  Pat received letter from Grandma D.  Katie & Lorene were out.  Telephone company put extension cord on phone.  I called Cousin Willis in eve. to thank him.  Also called Minnie.  Jim called Caryl long distance and she’s still “on the fence.”

Wednesday, February 28, 1951

Ray injured his leg at Filter Plant.  Wes called and said they’re coming for weekend and would arrive at 10 p.m. Friday.

Thursday, March 1, 1951

Ray quit work at 10 a.m. and went to see Dr. Lewis.  He gave him a shot of penicillin and told him to keep an ice pack on ankle.  Bob and Marge came out.  Aunt Helen sent crutches and ice bag by Mr. Diller this evening.  L.R. took music lesson.

Friday, March 2, 1951

Ray went to doctor at 11 a.m. and got another shot.  Pat went to Moonlight Gardens to C.E. skating party at 10-12 midnight.  Wes and Alice got here at 11:15 and L.R. ran out to car to tell them they were to stay at Aunt Helen’s.

Saturday, March 3, 1951

Ray went to doctor at 11 a.m. for shot.  Wes and Alice had supper here.  They brought gifts to all of us.  They left at 8 p.m. to go with Doc and Minnie.

Sunday, March 4, 1951

Ray took Pat and Linda Rae to S.S. and he went to St. John’s for a shot.  The Willsons stopped by for a few minutes.  Pat went to C.E. and a show.  Aunt Helen came.

Monday, March 5, 1951

Caryl called at 8:10 a.m. to say she’d just received a call from Jim and he is in service for sure.  She’s coming here Thursday eve. to live.  Ray went to doctor’s office for another shot.  Wrote letter to Mother D.  We had barbeques for supper.  Ray got a haircut and took his watch to be repaired and (?).

Tuesday, March 6, 1951

Ray left at 8 a.m. for St. Louis.  Berdine had lunch with me.  She took girls’ and Grandma’s curtains to wash.  I ironed girls’.  Ray and M.E. got home about 3 p.m.  Aunt Helen came for supper and got quart of ice cream.  M.E.’s feet are in perfect shape!  She opened her birthday and Xmas gifts after supper.  Betty Hagler’s baby boy was born at 10 p.m., weight-9 lbs.

Wednesday, March 7, 1951

Ray went to Dr. Lewis for shot.  Pat came home for lunch.  Barbara Bailey came to see Mary Ellen after school.  Don Hagler died from heart trouble.

Thursday, March 8, 1951

Sent letter to Ray’s mother and received one from her; also one from Aunt Ethel.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Charles and Carol came out.  Ray went to doctor for shot.  L.R. took music lesson.  Mayme Lazar called Ray this a.m. to tell him Johnny [Lazar] found Don Hagler dead at 8 a.m.  They were here this p.m.

Friday, March 9, 1951

I packed some of Mom’s things, getting ready for Caryl to move in.  Ray went to funeral home tonight to see Don.  Ray skipped the doctor today.

Saturday, March 10, 1951

Ray went to funeral with Madden and came home with Lazars.  Caryl was going to move in tonight but postponed it until tomorrow morning on account of rain and snow.  L.R. went to Pantheon with Bobby Bommarito.  I baked and iced a cake for M.E.’s party tomorrow.  Ray got a shot in a.m.

Sunday, March 11, 1951

Ray and children went to S.S.  Pat & L.R. came home on bus.  Ray stayed for church.  Caryl and bedroom furniture arrived at 10:15 a.m.  I made potato salad and lemon-lime cottage cheese-pineapple salad for family potluck tonight.  Elsie, Otto, Wilna, Charles, Carol, Robbie, Bob, Marge, and Aunt Helen came.  Caryl came about 5 p.m.

Monday, March 12, 1951

Caryl went to apartment but Underfanger truck came and left before she got there, so they’re coming back Wednesday to move rest of her furniture.  L.R. went to Red Feather Bldg. tonight with Yocoms as Brownies have to perform there.  Pat went to Scouts.  Barbara Bailey and her mother here after school and brought M.E.’s books.

Tuesday, March 13, 1951

Received letter from Jim.  Caryl went to doctor in afternoon.  Ray went at 11 a.m. for shot.  Ray went to bean supper.

Wednesday, March 14, 1951

Caryl went to apartment at 8 a.m. and Underfanger called and said they couldn’t make it until 1 p.m.  Ray got a shot.  He went to a meeting at church.  Wrote letter to Mother D.  Mr. Taylor died today.

Thursday, March 15, 1951

Ray went to doctor at 11 a.m.  I shortened Caryl’s coat.  L.R. took music lesson.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.

Friday, March 16, 1951

Mrs. Neale and the 7th graders brought M.E. an Easter basket filled with oranges, apples, bananas and candy.  Ray went to doctor at 11 a.m.  Caryl went to town in aft.  She shampooed my hair in a.m. and Berdine pinned it up.

Saturday, March 17, 1951

Ray went to doctor at 11 a.m.  Marian Gilroy, Elsie, and Alan were here in a.m.  Caryl pinned up M.E.’s hair and washed and pinned L.R.’s.  Pat went to show in eve.  Mr. Taylor was buried today.

Sunday, March 18, 1951

Ray, Caryl and L.R. went to S.S. and church.  Pat went to S.S.  Caryl, M.E. and L.R. went to Pantheon in aft.  Ray went to board meeting in aft. and church at night.  Mr. Wood and Mr. Dawson came in a.m. and served communion.  Wrote letters to Mom, Aunt Ethel, Olwen, and Aunt Fannie.  Mrs. Hanson, Lorene & Katie were here.

Monday, March 19, 1951

Caryl received letter from Mother D.  I wrote Marian Gilroy.  Received lst copy of “Quick” that Gilroys sent us.  Bob, Marge & Robbie here in eve.  Ray wrote to Jim.  Ray went back to work in a.m.  Saw Dr. Patton at noon.

Tuesday, March 20, 1951

Caryl went to doctor and then out to her mother’s.  She got home about 10 p.m.  L.R. had Brownie meeting.  Ray finished his letter to Jim and mailed it.  Pat went along and they brought pop back and we had popcorn too.  I worked on aqua pique Jolynn gave L.R.

Wednesday, March 21, 1951

Caryl received letter from Jim.  I received one from Alice.  Worked on aqua pique and dress of Caryl’s.  Doc and Minnie came out this eve.  Ray’s fighting a cold.

Thursday, March 22, 1951

Caryl and I washed some things in apartment-size washer.  I worked on aqua pique.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  L.R. took her music lesson.

Friday, March 23, 1951

[Good Friday] Children home from school today.  Caryl stayed all night at her sister Laura’s.  Pat went to a show.

Saturday, March 24, 1951

Girls received cards and $1.00 each from Grandma D.  Received an Easter lily from my secret pal.  Ray got a basket for L.R.  Quartet met here tonight.  We served spice cake and coffee.  Mr. Diller brought my pins and buttons for striped dress I made.  Received Easter card and letter from Mother D.  Ray got a new pair of oxfords.

Sunday, March 25, 1951

[Easter] Ray went to 8 & 10:30 church and S.S.  Girls went to S.S. and church.  Pat to S.S. only.  Rosemary Jones brought M.E. a lovely slip and 2 pr. panties.  She’s her S.S. class teacher.  Aunt Helen came in eve. and Ray went to church.

Monday, March 26, 1951

Caryl, Pat, L.R., M.E. and I wrote letters to Jim.  Worked on pique dresses Jolynn gave L.R.  Mrs. Godley here in aft.

Tuesday, March 27, 1951

Caryl went to doctor and then to Sears to pick up catalog.  Ray picked her up there and brought her home.  Berdine came in aft.  Ray went to last church bean supper of this season.  I worked on one of print pique dresses Jolynn gave L.R.  Caryl got a black belt for it.

Wednesday, March 28, 1951

Ray worked from 4-12.  Mailed letter to Grandma D.  M.E. & L.R. wrote, too.  Ray called Dr. Stocker about cold and he phoned prescription to Watts.  I ordered dresses from M.W. for M.E. and L.R. to take place of those cancelled by Florida Fashions; also pocket book for L.R. and baby book for Caryl’s baby shower April 6.

Thursday, March 29, 1951

L.R. took music lesson.  Caryl went to her sister Laura’s with Connie in truck.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  I cut out slip for M.E. and aqua sun dress for L.R.

Friday, March 30, 1951

Ray took L.R. and Maureen to amateur program at Ridgely School.  Berdine stayed here until time to go for Cecil.  Brownie troop won $2.00 for their puppet act.  Sears called that baby book and L.R.’s pocket book are here.  I worked on L.R.’s aqua sun dress.

Saturday, March 31, 1951

Caryl went with Ray to cash her income tax refund check and get our groceries.  L.R. stayed at Maureen’s for lunch.  M.E. shampooed my hair and set it and did a good job also on hers.  I pinned up Caryl’s after supper.  Jim called long distance. 

Sunday, April 1, 1951

Ray, Caryl and L.R. went to S.S. and church.  Pat just to church.  Caryl went to see friends about shower in aft.  Pat went to a show.  Lorene and Katie came in eve. and brought a box of cookies. 

Monday, April 2, 1951

Ray went out for a little while to Election Headquarters.  I’m still working on L.R.’s aqua sun dress. Mrs. Godley came over and brought some red material for appliqueing on L.R.’s dress.

Tuesday, April 3, 1951

Caryl went to doctor and then to her mother’s.  Aunt Helen came and Harry Clements was with Mr. Diller when he came for her.  Ray went to town to Election Headquarters.  Cousin Willis was out and brought me 1 lb. box Martha Washington chocolates.  I called Betty Hagler.

Wednesday, April 4, 1951

Caryl and M.E. went over to see Bommarito’s baby.  Ray went to pay Watts and got home about 10:30 p.m.  I called Magda Pieper but she was ill.

Thursday, April 5, 1951

L.R. took music lesson.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Received letter from Mother Durst.

Friday, April 6, 1951

Caryl’s baby shower tonight, but I didn’t go as it rained hard.  Ray and Pat home tonight.  Enjoyed Ray being home.  Caryl got a lot of lovely things.

Saturday, April 7, 1951

Mom called me this afternoon.  Jim called Caryl long distance twice tonight.  Ray went to work at midnight.  Carol Sutton called – she’s getting over a cold and wanted girls to come over but Ray wasn’t available to take them.

Sunday, April 8, 1951

I woke up at 1:30 a.m. and had to go to bathroom.  Caryl helped me.  Jim came before I got back to bed at 2 a.m.  Ray took girls to S.S. and dedication exercises at church and then to see Mom this afternoon.  Jim had to leave at 1:20 p.m.  I made some divinity and we listened to radio.  Ray went to bed about 4 p.m.

Monday, April 9, 1951

Mrs. Watson, Bonnie & Barbara [Caryl’s mother & sisters] came out after supper.  I sent letters to Alice, Marian G., and Mother D.  Mary Ellen went back to school today.  Her class gave her a Swiss music powder box.  Wilna Sanders called and said she and Elsie have the flu.

Tuesday, April 10, 1951

Sent “get-well” cards to Wilna and Elsie.  Male quartet sang at Elliott Ave. church chilli supper-fellowship meeting.  L.R. went to Brownie meeting.  Mrs. Godley here in aft.  Ray got auto license.

Wednesday, April 11, 1951

Received letters from Aunt Fannie and Mother D.  Aunt Helen here in eve.  Truman fired MacArthur.  Car stalled tonight – battery run down.  L.R. sick.

Thursday, April 12, 1951

L.R. didn’t go to school.  Mr. Yocom pushed our car and got it started.  Battery okay – needed new cable.  Lorene called and said she got a radio for Mom.  L.R. took music lesson and got back $2.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Caryl sent Pat for a case of pop and popped corn.  Pauline Lynn has diamond ring from Deke [DeCamera].

Friday, April 13, 1951

L.R. went to school today.  Ray home today.  Package containing sun dresses for girls from M.W. came today.  Girls went with Maureen and cousin to Cub circus at Enos School.  Pat collected and went to a show.  Caryl received letter from Mother D.

Saturday, April 14, 1951

Ray had to work today for Carl Buedel.

Sunday, April 15, 1951

Jim got here at 1:30 a.m. and left at 5:00 p.m.  Ray and girls went to S.S. & church.  Pat to S.S.  Ray sang “Pilot Me” at church tonight.  Girls went too.

Monday, April 16, 1951

Ray started midnight shift.  He left at 10 a.m. to go to doctor, laundromat and got home at 5 o’clock.  Received cards from Mother D.  They moved to Davenport yesterday.

Tuesday, April 17, 1951

Berdine fixed my hair as I thought I’d go to class meeting tonight.  Caryl started having pains at 8 a.m. and went to hospital at 2 p.m.  I decided not to go to class meeting.

Wednesday, April 18, 1951

Michael Raymond Pearce born at 10:40 a.m., 7 lbs.  Aunt Helen was here to see Wes and family but got here too late.  Alice, Wes, Alice Jean, Lloyd, Jimmy and Susan arrived at 11:30, stayed until 1:30 and went to see Mom.  Ray took Caryl’s radio to her and then took girls to open house at Ridgely.

Thursday, April 19, 1951

Ray went to choir rehearsal.

Friday, April 20, 1951

Sears called that Caryl’s bassinet skirt and pad here.  Ray got a quart of Rozelle’s pecan ice cream tonight.  Mrs. Godley here in eve. and brought baby sacque pattern.  Jim got here at 4:30 a.m.  Ray went down to Sears and got package.  Received letter from Mother D.  I wrote her.

Saturday, April 21, 1951

Mother and Dad Durst came this morning.  Tom Gilroy had a heart attack this a.m. and was taken to hospital and had another one there.

Sunday, April 22, 1951

Ray and girls went to S.S. and church.  Pat went to S.S.  Dad and Mother D. left at 5 a.m.  Jim left at 4:45 p.m.  Charles and Carol came and stayed for supper.  We had waffles and later popcorn and pop.

Monday, April 23, 1951

Ray went to doctor at 11 a.m.  He picked up flannelette for jackets for Michael at Hanson’s.  Also went to church to measure baptistry.  Brought home chilli and tamales for lunch; also coffee cake.  Pat brought home Eskimo pies for M.E., L.R. and me.  Pretty nice!  Ironed and shortened dress Lorene gave L.R.  Caryl called and said she was coming home at 1 or 1:30 p.m.  Michael circumcised today.  Berdine and Mrs. Godley here in a.m. and Elvira and baby here in p.m. and Berdine came up to see Elvira.

Tuesday, April 24, 1951

L.R.’s Brownie Day.  First time she presides as President.  Michael’s cast put on this a.m.  Ray went to get Caryl but had to wait to see Dr. Lewis, so they didn’t get here until around 4 p.m. Baby is darling!  Lorene and Katie were here in eve.  Called Cousin Willis and Charles Sutton.  He said they decided Tom’s trouble was either diabetes or gall bladder.

Wednesday, April 25, 1951

Ray took Caryl and Michael to see Dr. Lewis.  He had to see him, too.  Received letter from Mother D.  Mom got one from Warren.  Aunt Helen was here a few minutes at suppertime and gave me a check.

Thursday, April 26, 1951

L.R. took music lesson.  Aunt Helen, Clara, Bobby, Helen and Lela were here in aft.  Mrs. Godley sent Michael a kimono and finished jackets I made for him.  Hydrangea came for Caryl from S.S. class.  Mrs. Watson, Bonnie and Barbara were out this eve.  Ray took them home as he went to work.  Elsie H. called and said Charles thought Alan is in Korea now.  Maybelle Taylor called and said Cleve is at St. John’s since April 16 with coronary occlusion.  M.E. saw film on “menstruation” at Memorial Hospital this p.m.

Friday, April 27, 1951

Ray left laundry on way home from work this a.m. and picked it up before going to work (before supper).  Caryl’s friend, Carol Bartlett, was out this eve.  Also her sisters, Connie and Laura, Billy, Caryl Jo, and Laura’s sister-in-law.

Saturday, April 28, 1951

Ray put up part of our screens.  Caryl’s brother, Dick, and wife were here in aft.; also Nellie and Marshall Long, Marcy and baby, Linda.  Jim got home about 7:30 p.m. and he and Caryl went out to her sister Laura’s at 10:30.  Berdine got a cute blouse for me to give Carol S. for her birthday.

Sunday, April 29, 1951

[Daylight Savings Time begins] Ray went to 8 o’clock service, came home for girls at 9 and took them to S.S. and 10:30 a.m. service.  Called Carol S.  Troys came in aft. with their baby.  He now weighs 11 lbs. and is a fine boy.  Jim left on 4:45 bus.  We had butter pecan ice cream for supper and pop and popcorn in evening.

Monday, April 30, 1951

M.E. went to Scouts after school.  Ray went to work at midnight.

Tuesday, May 1, 1951

Berdine fixed my hair.  Caryl, Mike and I went to S.S. class meeting.  I used the back ramp for the first time.  Mr. Yocom went to Kathy’s to get me in and back again to get me home.  Had a good time!  Received letter from Mother D.  Cousins Willis and Mary were out after I left but didn’t stay.  Brought some bananas.  Ruth Lee was over in aft. to borrow 2 eggs and brought Mike a suit.

Wednesday, May 2, 1951

Marge and Bob were out in eve. and brought lilies of the valley, tulips and lilacs.  Aunt Helen got here at 6 o’clock and brought Caryl a suit and dress and a bunting for Mike, and some tea towels for me.  She bought L.R.’s lilac dress, pink print and green plaid.

Thursday, May 3, 1951

Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Pat and I sent letters to Mother D.

Friday, May 4, 1951

Gave M.E. a “Toni” after school.

Saturday, May 5, 1951

Mother and Dad D. came about 10:45 a.m. and brought buggy for Michael.  L.R. went with Maureen and Berdine to Elliott Ave. church to choir practice and lunch downtown and then came and got M.E. and went to see Mom.  Jim came about 9 o’clock.  Caryl’s former boss’ wife called on her and she took Jim and Caryl out to Laura’s for overnight.

Sunday, May 6, 1951

Ray took Pat, M.E. & L.R. to S.S.  Grandpa brought them home.  Ray stayed for church.  Dad & Mother D. left at 2 p.m.  Ray took me and girls for a ride.  Jim didn’t go back to camp today – got a 24-hr. extension through Red Cross to enable him to see Dr. Lewis.

Monday, May 7, 1951

Caryl & Jim came back this aft. and Jim left a little later.  Ordered brunch coat for Mom, pad for back of wheelchair, dress for self, and slippers for L.R. from M.W.  M.E. went to Scout meeting.

Tuesday, May 8, 1951

Lorene & Katie were out tonight and brought 2 glasses of jelly.  L.R. went to Brownie meeting.

Wednesday, May 9, 1951

Called Mrs. Hanson and Cousin Mary.  Gave L.R. a “Toni”.  Aunt Helen came for a few minutes and brought money for her part of M.W. order.

Thursday, May 10, 1951

L.R.’s hair turned out fine.  She took music lesson.  Ken, Anne, Lanny, Charles and Carol here for supper.

Friday, May 11, 1951

Package came from M.W.  Everything fine except belt for my dress is size 16 instead of 22.  Katie and Lorene were out and Lorene took dress to return to M.W.

Saturday, May 12, 1951

Ray took Caryl, M.E. & L.R. to town.  They came home on bus.  Received Mother’s Day card and $5.00 from Mother and Dad D.  Ray and girls got a quart of pecan crunch ice cream after supper.  I gave Caryl a “Toni”.  Lorene and Joanne Spaulding came out and brought tulips and lilacs and 4 bunches of asparagus.

Sunday, May 13, 1951

[Mother’s Day] Ray took children to S.S. but Pat didn’t stay for church.  Received 2 lb. box of Martha Washington chocolates from Ray, slip from Caryl, mixer & toaster covers from girls.  Ray, Caryl, M.E. and L.R. went to see Mom in aft. and then to Golden Jubilee service at church.  Ray went to work at 4 p.m.  Edith and Doris Willson came in aft. and Esther Farris brought girls home from church.  Donnie and Velma Jordan came in with Esther for a little while and she brought me a book for Mother’s Day.  Caryl went out to her mother’s and got home at 9:30 p.m.

Monday, May 14, 1951

M.E. went to Scout meeting.  Pauline called to say she’s getting married Friday and changed L.R.’s lesson to Monday at 5:30 p.m.  Caryl’s brother Dick, wife, and 4 children here in eve.  Received Mother’s Day cards from Jim & Caryl, M.E. and L.R.

Tuesday, May 15, 1951

Peggy Wallace came in aft. and brought an angel food cake in appreciation for G.S. dress.  Ray started house cleaning today.  I called Mrs. Godley in eve.  She’s not too well.  L.R. went to Brownie meeting.

Wednesday, May 16, 1951

Caryl took baby to doctor.  Ray started painting living room.  L.R.’s class in PTA program in aft.  Berdine stopped in for a few minutes on way home from meeting.  Caryl walked over to her friend Irene’s from 3-6 p.m.  I called Cousins Willis and Mary.  Ray mailed card to S.S. class members and a thank you note to Cousins Emma and Dane.

Thursday, May 17, 1951

Ray went to doctor today.  L.R.’s class gave program for school pupils today.  Sent order to Spiegel’s for nightgowns for M.E. and L.R. and order to Sears for seersucker for robes for M.E. and L.R.  Received card from Mother D. saying they’re leaving Davenport tomorrow for Cedar Rapids or Des Moines.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  M.E. and Caryl went bicycling.  L.R. went to park with Timkos.

Friday, May 18, 1951

Ray off today.  Painted in morning.  We went to drive-in to see Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett and Elizabeth Taylor in “Father’s Little Dividend.”  Caryl got in for nothing!  Pauline Lynn got married today to “Deke” DeCamera.

Saturday, May 19, 1951

L.R. went to town with Timkos.  Ray went to work at 4 p.m.  Mr. Diller brought money for girls’ housecoats and nightgowns in place of L.R.’s outgrown dresses.  Ray painted some more on living room.  He also went to doctor.

Sunday, May 20, 1951

Ray and children went to S.S.  Pat didn’t stay for church.  Caryl went to her mother’s, and girls and I went to Willsons while Ray and rest of quartet went to Rushville to sing at Christian church.

Monday, May 21, 1951

Ray went to doctor.  Received letter from Mother D. and wrote one to her.  Bob and Marge out in evening.  Washed L.R.’s best summer dresses, blouse for M.E. and dress for self.  Bob took Charles the drop cloth that Ray borrowed.  Mrs. Bommarito went to St. John’s Hospital.  L.R. took music lesson today at 5:30.  Maureen took hers at 5 p.m. Berdine took them.

Tuesday, May 22, 1951

Ray finished painting living room and closet.  Mrs. Godley here in aft. and Aunt Helen in eve.  I ironed most of things I washed yesterday.  Received girls’ nightgowns from Spiegel’s and seersucker for their housecoats from Sears.

Wednesday, May 23, 1951

Ray went to Dr. Lewis, also Caryl and Mike.  Mike’s cast was removed and now can move knee; has metal splint on ankle.  Cut out L.R.’s housecoat this aft.  L.R. went to Brownie picnic at Lincoln Park tonight.

Thursday, May 24, 1951

Josephine Spaulding and Joanne here tonight.  I worked on housecoat today.  Received letter from Ken & Anne.  Ray home all day today.  Mrs. Vost phoned.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.

Friday, May 25, 1951

Fixed M.E.’s Scout dress and she wore it tonight to Scout meeting at Clementine Memorial Church.  Caryl went with her.  Ray, L.R. and I took care of Mike.  Pat went to C.E. swim at Lake Springfield Christian Assembly camp.  Farrises took him.

Saturday, May 26, 1951

L.R. went to First Christian Church with Brownies and put on puppet show.  Ray went to doctor and work at 4 p.m.  Caryl washed L.R.’s hair.  Berdine fixed mine.  I pinned up M.E.’s and L.R.’s.

Sunday, May 27, 1951

Ray and girls went to S.S. and church.  Pat to S.S. only.  Caryl went to her uncle’s for dinner and supper.  Pat went to show and Ray to work at 4 p.m.  Caryl got home about 8:30 p.m.  Aunt Helen stopped for a few minutes to leave nail scissors she took home accidentally.

Monday, May 28, 1951

Sent letter to M. Gilroy.  L.R.’s class at school had picnic at Lincoln Park this noon.  Jim called long distance.  L.R. took music lesson.

Tuesday, May 29, 1951

Caryl, Mike and Ray went to Medical Center at noon.  Mrs. Brumleve came over to talk to me and bring a gift for Mike.  Jim called.  L.R. went to Brownie meeting.  Doctor took cast off of Mike’s foot.

Wednesday, May 30, 1951

Pat went out to Lake Springfield Beach.  Ray, girls and I took Caryl out to Laura’s at noon then stopped at Troy’s.  Johnny got us all a Coke.  Mike Troy is certainly cute.  Stopped at Sangamon Dairy for cones and then home.  Ray went to work at 4 p.m. and L.R. went with Yocoms to park for picnic supper.

Thursday, May 31, 1951

Received letter from Mother D.  Ray left at 10:30 a.m. and got home at 6:15 p.m.  Went to union meeting at Lake Power Plant at 7:00 and got home at 11:15.  They’re to get a 25 cents/hr. increase.  Ray called Pauline about not going to choir rehearsal and she said some complimentary things about L.R.’s music study.

Friday, June 1, 1951

Caryl left at 10:30 to go to Camp Breckenridge, KY to see Jim.  Connie came and got Mike.  Ray went to doctor.  Pat went to a show and Ray, girls and I drove down to Ruby & Bud’s and got 2 fryers @ $1.00 ea. and 7 doz. eggs @ 35 cents doz.

Saturday, June 2, 1951

M.E. went to Barbara Bailey’s birthday party 12:30-2 p.m. at Lincoln Park.  L.R. went to Stevie Timko’s birthday party 3-5:30 p.m. at Lincoln Park.  Connie & Laura called.  Ray got a new summer suit.  Payday today.  Called Mrs. Vigal [L.R.’s teacher] for picnic picture.

Sunday, June 3, 1951

Ray, Pat, M.E. and L.R. went to S.S. and stayed for church, except Pat.  Eileen, Junior, Jane and Jimmy were in for a little while this aft.  Talked to Aunt Helen and she’s going to see Aunt Ethel this evening.

Monday, June 4, 1951

My S.S. class meets at Jane Mullett’s but I can’t go as Ray has to work.  Aunt Helen came in eve.  L.R. took her piano lesson and M.E.’s class had their picnic at Lincoln Park.  I cut out M.E.’s housecoat.  Caryl got back to Connie’s about 10 p.m.

Tuesday, June 5, 1951

Ray went to doctor this a.m.  Caryl and Mike got back.  I fixed hem in brown coat Aunt Helen gave Caryl, which had been Jane Diller’s.  Caryl went to McClernand School for Bonnie’s graduation exercises.

Wednesday, June 6, 1951

I went to Brownie birthday party at Skibitzki’s.  Pat received papers from Grandma D.  She sent some balloons to the girls.  I had Caryl get a pair of hose at Bressmer’s.  She took Mike to Drs. Lewis and Pearson.  Last day of school.  Jim called.

Thursday, June 7, 1951

Ray went to doctor today.  Children went to school at 2 p.m. to get report cards.  Katie and Loreen were out.  They mailed my letter for Mother D.

Friday, June 8, 1951

We went to Brownie picnic at Jordan Farm.  Ray stayed for lunch, too, and we came back at 2 p.m.

Saturday, June 9, 1951

Ray took L.R. out to Suttons and Charles and Carol brought her back after supper.  Ray worked last 4-12 shift tonight.  Mrs. Godley here in aft.  Jim called to say he only got a 24 hr. leave so will come home next weekend.

Sunday, June 10, 1951

Ray started 8-4 p.m. shift today.  Caryl, Pat and L.R. went to S.S. on bus.  Pat went to a show in aft.  Ray went to church in eve.

Monday, June 11, 1951

Received card from Mother D.  Ray paid Union dues ($6.00).  Caryl and L.R. went to town in aft.  Ray went to doctor after work.  Mrs. Bommarito is home from hosp.

Tuesday, June 12, 1951

Sent 50 cents for L.R.’s “Weekly Reader”.  Ray’s leg worse and doctor said he was allergic to something and decided it was the solution used for wet dressing so changed back to boric acid.  L.R. and M.E. went out to Carol’s after supper to stay until Sat. aft.  L.R. and Maureen took music lessons today.

Wednesday, June 13, 1951

Caryl and Mike went to town.  She walked and took buggy.  Received letter from Grandma D. saying Grandpa broke his rib but not serious.  We drove down to Ruby’s and got a chicken and 3 doz. eggs.  Aunt Georgia, Harry & Ruth Ann came.  We took girls as Carol went on a treasure hunt.  Sent cards to Tom Gilroy and Dad D., also tobacco for Father’s Day.

Thursday, June 14, 1951

Caryl received letter from Jim saying he would be home Sunday.  Also she received first allotment check for Mike, $22.50 (hers $85).  Jim gets additional $7.00 on account of Mike.  Ray got lime in his left eye at filter plant and went to Dr. Patton and then Dr. Fleischli who ordered him to hospital for a couple days.  Katie, Mrs. Hanson and Lorene were out and brought 2 glasses of jelly and sleeping tablets for me.

Friday, June 15, 1951

Called Dr. Fleischli and he said Ray wouldn’t lose sight of his eye.  Called Charlie Hartman, John Lazar and Carl Buedel [co-workers].  Pat went to hospital in eve. and took pair of pajamas and comb to Ray.  He sent a note home.

Saturday, June 16, 1951

Wrote note to Mother D.  Pauline DeCamera called.  Lorene called and asked if we wanted any vegetables from Harm’s as she and W.J.S. were stopping there on their way here this p.m., so I ordered 71 cents worth and they (C. Willis, C. Mary, Joanne and Lorene) brought them.  Bob brought the girls home in aft.  Jim came about 6 p.m.  Wrote note to Ray.  Pat went to hospital in eve.  Received jar of marmalade from Miami from Doc and Minnie.  They’re home now and I called and thanked them.

Sunday, June 17, 1951

[Father’s Day] Mary Ellen and Linda Rae went to S.S. on bus.  Maybelle Taylor phoned in a.m.  Bob brought Ray out at 3 o’clock.  Caryl & Jim gave Ray a tee-shirt, Pat a hat, and girls and I a pair of brown slacks.  Bill Madden and Susy came for a little while.  Ray and Bob left to go back to the hospital at 4:30 p.m.  John Lazar and Willsons phoned.

Monday, June 18, 1951

Caryl and M.E. did family wash.  Frances and Harriet Jordan here in eve.  She gave Pat a free registration to church camp.

Tuesday, June 19, 1951

L.R. and Caryl took Mike for a ride in eve. and brought popsicles home for everyone.  Ray phoned today and said Dr. Bowen said his leg didn’t look good and was going to put it in a cradle (?).  John Lazar and wife brought Ray’s check.  Elsie called that she saw Mom yesterday.

Wednesday, June 20, 1951

Caryl took Mike to hospital.  Dr. Bowen worked on cast.  She went to Connie’s for lunch and Laura’s for supper.  John brought her home and he picked up pressure cooker to see if he could sell it.  Pat ate lunch at Connie’s.  Aleda Law came in aft.  I ironed most of clothes washed Monday.  Ray phoned in morning and at 9 p.m.  Foot and ankle in cradle.  Pat went to see him in aft. and took p.j.’s, $1.50,  face lotion, and card.  Received letter from Mother D.  Received card from McCall’s – Mother D. sending me year’s subscription.

Thursday, June 21, 1951

Caryl took L.R. to Pauline’s and Caryl decided to take lessons.  They went to see Ray in aft. and he said he’ll have to stay in hospital for 2 more weeks.  Pat’s shirts came from M.W.  I wrote letter to Mother D.  Katie and Lorene were out in eve. and brought popcorn for all.  They mailed my letter.  Pat took camp registration card over to Frances Jordan.  M.E. fixed my hair.  Aunt Helen got home tonight.

Friday, June 22, 1951

Mrs. Timko and children called on me this aft.  Aunt Helen came in eve., also Uncle Rob.  Pat went up to see his dad tonight.  Rugs were delivered in aft.

Saturday, June 23, 1951

Jim arrived at 4 a.m.  Mrs. Garman picked up our curtains.  Mr. Lee came over in aft. and helped Jim move furniture back in place, so we look pretty nice.  Aunt Helen saw Mother this evening and she’s worse.

Sunday, June 24, 1951

Mother is in a coma today.  Caryl and girls went to S.S.  Jim went to see Ray in aft. and Pat went in eve.  Jim left at 5:45 p.m.

Monday, June 25, 1951

Aunt Helen called this morning – nurse at nursing home asked her to come down as Mother still in coma.  Caryl and L.R. went to town in aft. and saw Mother.  They went to see Ray in eve.  Katie and Lorene were out in eve. and W.J.S. was here in aft.

Tuesday, June 26, 1951

Received letter and money from Mother D. today and I wrote her this aft.  Bob called at 10:20 p.m. to tell me Mother passed away without regaining consciousness.  I sent night letter to Mother D.  Aunt Helen brought 3 quarts cherries but didn’t stay long.

Wednesday, June 27, 1951

Caryl & Linda took their piano lessons this a.m.  Baked 2 cherry pies.  Betty Hagler got Mother’s picture to put in Journal.  Preacher was out in aft. as well as Doc, Minnie, Bob & Marge.  Wes called long distance.  Harriet and Frances Jordan were here in eve., also Elsie and Wilna.  Lorene brought a pie her mother baked, cabbage, tomatoes, and onions.  Cousins Willis and Mary sent a doz. oranges, doz. eggs, and money.  Ray called in eve.  Pat saw him in aft.

Thursday, June 28, 1951

Elsie came in aft. and brought a kettle of lima beans and fresh ham hock, Aleda Law a cake, and Margaret Baker sent a cake and breakfast coffeecake, L. Childs and mother a cherry pudding, and Myrtle a bowl of potato salad.  Mrs. Hanson, Lorene, Katie, Cousins Willis and Mary were out in eve.  Aunt Georgia, Ruby, and Eileen here and I bought 5 doz. eggs from Ruby.  Ray called in aft.  Pat went down to see him in eve.  Big limb fell from our tree and I called Margaret Baker and she sent 3 men out to remove it.

Friday, June 29, 1951

Wes, Alice, Betty, Mike & Jane came about 10 a.m.  Mrs. Lee brought a cake over.  Aunt Helen came at 1:45 and took girls to funeral home.  Bob got here at 1:55 p.m. and 2 men from Bisch’s at 2 p.m.  I got to funeral home o.k.  Mom looked beautiful and Laughlin gave a wonderful eulogy.  I also went to cemetery and Aunt Helen came home with me and stayed til 7 p.m.  Connie brought Mike home at 8 p.m. and her brother Dick and family came, too.

Saturday, June 30, 1951

I wrote all cards of appreciation today.  Caryl and girls went to hospital this aft.  Pat went tonight.  Lorene came out and brought my groceries.  Wes and family stopped for a little while on their way home.  Bob came out in a.m., too, and planed door in girls’ room as we couldn’t close it.  Mrs. Lee came over for a little while this aft.  Johnny Lazar and wife brought green beans, cabbage, onions, beets and a bouquet of flowers.

Sunday, July 1, 1951

L.R. and M.E. went to S.S.  Pat went to Lake Springfield Christian Assembly camp with Farrises to stay a week.  Bob and Jim took me to hospital to see Ray.  Willsons and Roy Coy came while I was there.  I took a black raspberry pie.  Caryl went with Jim to town to see him leave at 6 p.m.  He drove both ways with 3 other boys in a car one owned.

Monday, July 2, 1951

Maureen stayed all night last night.  Berdine sent bowl of cherries and I made preserves.  Caryl took Mike to doctor and went out to her mother’s and got home about 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 3, 1951

L.R. & Caryl took their music lessons.  Olwen & Warren Sperry and Aunt Helen came in aft.  Jim got here about 11 p.m.  He and Caryl left at midnight and got back at 1 a.m.  L.R. and Caryl went to see Ray in early eve. and took pajamas, handkerchiefs and gum.

Wednesday, July 4, 1951

Connie and children here in a.m.  Caryl, Jim & Mike went to a picnic at Bunn Park.  L.R. went to a fish fry at Lake Springfield with Yocoms at 3 p.m. and got home at 9:30 p.m.  Aunt Helen here from 4 til 8 p.m. and brought ice cream roll.  Jim left at 10 p.m. and Caryl went to see him leave.  He was with same bunch of boys.  Mailed cards of appreciation (58).

Thursday, July 5, 1951

Aunt Fannie, Ruth, John, Peggy and Sandy called on me in afternoon.  I ironed 3 outfits for Caryl.

Friday, July 6, 1951

Cousin Willis, Helen Burdinsky and friend came at 8:30 a.m.  Ray phoned about 11 a.m.  Berdine came in aft.  Maureen stayed all night.  Caryl & M.E. went to hospital in eve.  Caryl took Mike to doctor in aft.  Jim came during night.

Saturday, July 7, 1951

L.R. and M.E. went to Mills Bros. Circus with Mrs. Meador at fairgrounds this aft.  Pat got home from camp this a.m.  Received letter from Cousin Nell.  Margaret Baker and Mrs. Baker came in aft. and Lorene, Katie, Uncle Rob and Aunt Helen came in eve.  Pat went to see Ray and Ray phoned at 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 8, 1951

Girls went to S.S.  Caryl is sick.  Jim missed bus at 5:45 p.m. and stayed overnight.  Mr. Yocom fixed commode.  Berdine was up for a little while in aft., also Charles.

Monday, July 9, 1951

Jim took 11:30 a.m. bus and girls went up to see Ray this aft.  Aunt Helen came in eve. and brought waterproof sheeting and pads.  Bob and Marge came, too.  Pat went to see Ray in eve.  Ray called at 9 p.m. and said he might come home Wednesday.  Books came from Dad D. and I wrote letter to Mother D.

Tuesday, July 10, 1951

Mrs. Tubbs called on me this afternoon.  Cousin Emma, Marie and June came this eve.  Berdine came early this eve. and shampooed and curled my hair.  Gus and Russell came later and brought a pan of green beans.  Girls went out to Chiles’ in afternoon with Berdine and Maureen.  Pat went to see Ray in eve.  Received letter from Mother D.

Wednesday, July 11, 1951

Cousin Willis and Joanne came in eve. and brought a doz bananas.  Pat went to see Ray.  He called at noon and I called Dr. Bowen and he said he thought Ray might come home end of week.  I sent Ray a note and he sent me one.  I had to call on Mr. and Mrs. Garman to help me this a.m.

Thursday, July 12, 1951

L.R. took her music lesson at 10:30 and Maureen at 11:00.  Berdine took them.  Mr. Hemmilsback brought coloring set this a.m.  L.R. and M.E. went to see Ray in aft.  Pat in eve.  Ray phoned tonight.  Received letter from Mother D.  John Lazar brought girls home, cashed Ray’s check, and brought more vegetables.  I called Dr. Romence.

Friday, July 13, 1951

I received 37 birthday cards.  Aunt Helen, Margaret Baker, Lorene and Katie here in eve.  Aunt Helen furnished cake, ice cream and candy.  Ray phoned in eve.  Gifts I received: Aunt Helen, $7.50 watch repair; Ray, flowers; Caryl, flowers; Pat, 1 lb. turtles; M.E. , basin; L.R., stationery; secret pal, white beads and earrings; Margaret Baker & Helen Priest, bath powder and hose; Lorene, white slip; Katie, figurine; Berdine, cake; L. Chiles, hankie; Mother D., dress and subscription to McCall’s.  Bertha Anderson [nurse] came in a.m. and gave me a shot.  John Lazar brought more vegetables.

Saturday, July 14, 1951

Cousin Willis and Lorene came and brought green beans, 2 cabbage, and ½ bushel summer apples.  Mrs. Godley came and brought things she made for bazaar.  Ray called tonight after Pat left hospital.

Sunday, July 15, 1951

Caryl, Pat and L.R. went to S.S.  Caryl left at 10 o’clock with her brother’s family for picnic at park.  Pat went to a show.  Caryl got home at suppertime and she and L.R. went to see Ray.

Monday, July 16, 1951

Dr. Romence came this a.m. and Bertha Anderson came at 1 p.m.  Caryl washed today.  Ray was coming home but doctor put him off until tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 17, 1951

Ray came home at 1:45 p.m.  Mrs. Hanson, Lorene, Judy, Myra and Sandy here in eve.  Mrs. Hanson brought 2 glasses of jelly.  Gave Caryl another Toni.

Wednesday, July 18, 1951

Bertha Anderson here this a.m.  Caryl’s hair very pretty.  She went to town in aft. and paid phone bill.  Ray got L.R.’s music book and Spiegel catalog.  Mrs. Godley here in aft.  Elsie H. called and said Charles Sutton had a heart attack yesterday and is in Memorial Hospital.

Thursday, July 19, 1951

Geraldine Spaulding came and brought ½ bushel apples.  L.R. and Caryl took music lessons.  I sent some apples to Aunt Helen.  Elsie called this a.m. to say Charles is a little better.  Gave Berdine some applies and ½ head cabbage.

Friday, July 20, 1951

Berdine fixed my hair this afternoon.  Caryl got Mike’s picture taken at Anderson’s today and took him to doctor in aft. and then went out to her mother’s.

Saturday, July 21, 1951

Caryl and girls went to a show at the Pantheon in eve.  Otto and Elsie were here after calling on Charles.

Sunday, July 22, 1951

Ray, Caryl, Pat and L.R. went to S.S. and church.  Pat came home after S.S.  Jim called Caryl at 2 p.m.  I entered St. John’s Hospital at 7:45 p.m. for treatments.   I got an I.V. at 11 p.m.

Monday, July 23, 1951

Dr. Romence came at 11 a.m. and Dr. Hurie at 1 p.m.  Cousin Willis and Lorene came in afternoon.  Ray, Mary Ellen and Linda Rae in eve.  Received another I.V.  Ray brought housecoat.

Tuesday, July 24, 1951

Berdine, Maureen and Judy here in aft.  Received little greenhouse with cactus from S.S. class.  Another I.V.  Sent gown home with Berdine.  Ray, M.E., L.R., Caryl & Mike here in eve.  Dr. Romence came at 10 p.m.  Dr. Hurie at midnight but I was asleep.

Wednesday, July 25, 1951

I.V. at 11 a.m.  Gastric test at 10 a.m.  First physical therapy 1-3 p.m.  Pat came and brought Jergen’s Lotion while I was at PT but left before I came back.  Ray, L.R., Lorene (brought gowns from Cousin Mary), Joanne, Percy and Dorothy Mason were here in eve.  Dr. Hurie came at 10:20 p.m.

Thursday, July 26, 1951

I.V. at 11 a.m.  2nd physical therapy at 1-3 p.m.  Dr. Romence here at 10 a.m.  Ray at 11 a.m. and brought pink nightgown.  Lorene here at noon and brought checkbook and said Cousin Willis having lunch with Dr. Romence.  Natalie Beam here in aft.  Dr. Hurie here at 6:45 p.m. and Bob & Marge in eve.

Friday, July 27, 1951

I.V. at 10:30 a.m.  Ray here for a few minutes at 11 a.m. and brought Ex-Lax and took nightgown home.  2nd shot at 1 p.m. and physical therapy at 1-3 p.m.  Cousin Willis, Helen McGhee and Pat came in eve.

Saturday, July 28, 1951

Ray came at 11 a.m.  I.V. at 2:45 p.m.  Frances and Harriet Jordan here in aft.  Brought Coke, candy and “Today’s Woman.”  Ann Wisnosky, Lorene, Mrs. Hanson, Bob, Marge, Ray and Linda Rae came in eve.  Jim came home this eve.

Sunday, July 29, 1951

I.V. at 9:45 a.m.  Dr. Hurie in at 1:45 p.m.  Catherine Miller, Frances Kane, Mrs. Moore, Ray, M.E. and L.R. came in aft., also woman who sang at Jim & Caryl’s wedding. 

Monday, July 30, 1951

I.V. at 10:45 til 11:45 .m.  Also B-12 and liver.  Physical therapy at 2-3 p.m.  Card from Ray’s mother.  Ray, M.E., L.R. and Velma Jordan here in eve.

Tuesday, July 31, 1951

Stood on feet for first time.  Physical therapy at 9-11 a.m.  Dr. Romence in at 11:30 a.m.  Dr. Hurie at 1:45 p.m.  I.V. at 1-2:10 p.m.  Mr. & Mrs. Hoffman here in aft., also Elsie and Cousin Willis.  Doc, Minnie, Ray, Caryl, Mike, M.E. and L.R. here tonight.

Wednesday, August 1, 1951

Physical therapy 9:30-11:30 a.m.  Dr. Hurie in at 1:30 p.m.  I.V. at 2-3 p.m.  Berdine and Maureen here in aft.  Ray, M.E., L.R., Lorene and Joanne here in eve.

Thursday, August 2, 1951

Basal metabolism test at 8:30 a.m.  Curare at 9.  Physical therapy 10-11:30 a.m.  Weighed 170 lbs.  Hydrotherapy at 2-3 p.m.  Natalie Beam here in aft., also Ray and Peggy Wallace.  I.V. 4:45-5:45 p.m.  Cousin Willis, Marge & Bob here in eve.

Friday, August 3, 1951

I.V. 10:35-11:35 a.m.  Curare at 1:45.  Physical therapy at 2-3:10 p.m. (hydro).  Berdine fixed my hair in aft.  L.R. and M.E. came too.  Frances and Harriet Jordan were here in eve.

Saturday, August 4, 1951

I.V. at 10-11 a.m.  Miss Clementz came to my room and gave me passive exercises from 11 to 11:30 a.m.  Ray came from 2:30-4:00 p.m.  He goes to work tonight at midnight.  Received letter from Mother D. and floral arrangement from Lalla Rookh Chapter.  No company tonight.

Sunday, August 5, 1951

I.V. 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Dr. Hurie in at 1:30 p.m.  Caryl & Jim in aft.  Ray, Pat, M.E. and L.R. in eve.  Dr. Romence came for a minute at 10 p.m.  Started on low calorie diet.

Monday, August 6, 1951

On feet this a.m. in room.  Dr. Romence here at 10:30 and gave me a thorough examination.  I.V. 11:45-12:45.  Curare at 1:45.  Physical therapy 2-3:10 p.m.  Ray and Cousin Willis here in aft.  Ray has to go to work at midnight.  Wrote letter to Mother D.  Put bars on bed this afternoon.  No visitors tonight.

Tuesday, August 7, 1951

Dr. Hurie here at 1:15 p.m.  Aunt Helen here in aft.  I.V. 4:50-6:00 p.m.  Ray, Mary Ellen and Linda Rae were here tonight.

Wednesday, August 8, 1951

Dr. Romence here at 9:30 a.m. and rigged up sling for right leg.  I.V. 10-11 a.m.  Dr. Hurie here at 12:30 p.m.    Lorene here in aft. and left picture of Rosie Spaulding’s children.  Ray was here tonight.

Thursday, August 9, 1951

I.V. 10:45-11:45 a.m.  Dr. Romence here at 12 noon.  Maymie Lazar and son here at 2 p.m. – brought flowers and 1 lb. Fannie May’s.  Carol and Alan here but didn’t see them.  Dr. Hurie here at 6:15 p.m.  Ray and L.R. here tonight.

Friday, August 10, 1951

I.V. 10:30-11:30 a.m.  No curare.  Physical therapy 2:15-3:15 p.m.  Caryl and L.R. came at 3:20 and Cousin Willis at 3:45 p.m.  Ray came in eve.

Saturday, August 11, 1951

Went up on 10th floor at 8:30 a.m. and Dr. Romence and Sister Ceslaus put on plastic cast on left leg.  Got back at 11:15 a.m.  Miss Clementz gave me passive exercise in arms and hands.  I.V. at 1:45-2:45 p.m.  Ray came up in eve.  Sister Segberta took me up on 10th floor at 11 p.m. and a sister up there sawed cast to relieve pressure.

Sunday, August 12, 1951

Sick at stomach.  Didn’t eat breakfast or lunch.  I.V. 1-2 p.m.  Bob & Marge here in aft.  Ray and girls in eve.  They went to see “On Moonlight Bay” at Roxy Theater.  Dr. Romence here in morning.

Monday, August 13, 1951

I.V. 10:30-11:30.  Went up on 10th floor at 12 noon and got cast cut.  Physical therapy 2-3 p.m.  Curare 2 p.m.  Stood up rather shakily.  Berdine here but I missed her.  Eileen Boyle was here in aft.  Sister Martin removed cast and left it down there.  Ray, Frances & Velma Jordan here in evening.  Received letter from Mother D.

Tuesday, August 14, 1951

Went up to 10th floor at 8:15 a.m. and got cast on right leg.  I.V. 1-2 p.m.  Peggy Wallace here in aft.  Also Cousin Willis.  Went to 10th floor at 5:30 p.m. and got cast cut off but can’t remove it entirely until bedtime.  Ray up tonight.  I wrote a letter to Mother D. and he mailed it.  Dr. Hurie in at 6:30 p.m.  No curare.

Wednesday, August 15, 1951

Dr. Romence was in at 10:30 a.m.  I.V. at 11-12:10 p.m.  Physical therapy from 3-4 p.m.  Tried out new casts and they helped me to stand some.  Ray came in eve. and brought a 1 lb. box of Fannie May’s.  Received letter from Mother D.  No curare.

Thursday, August 16, 1951

I.V. 10-11 a.m.  Dr. Romence here at 11 a.m.  Peggy Wallace, I think, is my secret pal.  She sent a cake for our 10th wedding anniversary [today].  No curare.  Physical therapy 2-4 p.m.  Stood on feet but still not without help.  Received such a clever card and prayers from Sister Carroll.  Cousins Willis & Mary and Ray were here tonight.  Cousin Willis and Dr. Romence sent 2 lb. box Martha Washington candy.  Certainly nice of them.  He also brought sack of apples.  Agnes Charles [roommate] left at 4:30 p.m. and a new patient, Mrs. Bird, came in at 9 p.m.

Friday, August 17, 1951

Ray came at 8:30 a.m. and brought Caryl’s radio.  I.V. 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Dr. Hurie here at 1:30 p.m.  Physical therapy 2-3:15 p.m.  Ray here from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Lorene, Katie, Gus and Russell were here tonight.  No curare.

Saturday, August 18, 1951

Dr. Romence here at 9:30 a.m.  Physical therapy 11-11:30 a.m.  I.V. 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Berdine, L.R. and M.E. came in aft. and Berdine fixed my hair.  They said Mother & Dad D. arrived at 2:30 p.m.  Ray, Jim & Caryl were here this eve. , also Eileen Boyle.  No curare.

Sunday, August 19, 1951

I.V. 10-11 p.m.  Dr. Romence here at 12:15 p.m. and Dr. Hurie here at 1:45 p.m.  Aunt Helen, Mother D., Dad D., Mary Ellen, Linda Rae, and Lorene here in aft.  Ray and Esther Farris here in eve.  They moved Mrs. Bird to 8th floor at 6 p.m.

Monday, August 20, 1951

I.V. 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Physical therapy 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Natalie Beam and Ray here in aft.  Bob & Marge here in eve.  No curare.  Stood on feet 5 minutes with help.

Tuesday, August 21, 1951

I.V. 11:00-noon.  Curare at 2:00 p.m.  Physical therapy 2:30-3:30.  Ray, Mother D., M.E. and L.R. here in aft.  Mother D. brought box of Davie’s peanuts.  Cousin Willis, Katie and Lorene here in eve.  Stood on feet 6 min. with help.

Wednesday, August 22, 1951

I.V. 11:15-12:35 p.m.  Physical therapy 3:15-4:15 p.m.  Ray and Willsons here tonight.  Mother & Dad D., Mary Ellen and Linda Rae went to Indianapolis early this a.m.  No curare.  Miss Clementz said it was being discontinued.

Thursday, August 23, 1951

I.V. 1:15-2:15 p.m.  Ray came at 2 p.m.  Physical therapy 2:15-3:00 p.m.  Dr. Romence was there, and I stood up but didn’t make much of a showing.  Mother, Dad & girls got back around noon.  The whole family is going to U&I and Beauknot [Sunday School classes]  potluck picnic at Douglas Park.  New patient, Dorothy Griffiths, came in.

Friday, August 24, 1951

Sat up in chair for 3/4 hr. this a.m.  Physical therapy 2-3:15 p.m.  Dr. Hurie in at 1:30.  Ray brought wheelchair in eve.  I stood up 8 min. and took 3 or 4 steps today in p.m.  I wrote letter to Marian Gilroy.  Lorene and her mother were here and I gave it to them to mail.  Discontinued histamine yesterday.

Saturday, August 25, 1951

Miss Clementz gave me passive exercises from 11:30-12 noon.  Sat in wheelchair 2 hrs. in aft.  Mrs. Godley, Berdine, Maureen, and Frances Jordan here in aft.  Wrote letters to Aunt Ethel and Aunt Fannie.  Ray, Cousin Willis and Joanne were here in eve.

Sunday, August 26, 1951

Sat up in wheelchair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stood up at foot of bed while holding on to foot of bed.  Aunt Helen, Ray and M.E. here in aft.  Lorene here in eve.  Dr. Hurie came at 10 p.m.

Monday, August 27, 1951

Got in wheelchair at 11:45 a.m.  Dr. Romence here at 11 a.m.  Physical therapy at 2:30-3:30.  Stood twice at parallel bars without casts.  Mother D. and girls here in aft.  Ray here in evening.  Stayed in chair until 5 o’clock.

Tuesday, August 28, 1951

Got in wheelchair at 10 a.m. and wrote letter to Nellie Long.  Dr. Hurie came in at 1 p.m.  Received a lovely bouquet of yellow and lavender glads from Kathy & Eddie Hohenstein.  Got in bed at 6:45 p.m.  Ray, M.E., L.R., Doc, Minnie, Bob, Marge, and Mr. Charles were here tonight.  Sent to McCall’s for paper dolls for L.R.  Physical therapy at 2:00-3:00 p.m.  Went down alone in wheelchair.  Stood up at foot of bed.  Pulled myself up without aid.

Wednesday, August 29, 1951

Took bath in tub 10:30 a.m.  In wheelchair at 11 a.m.  Physical therapy 2:00-3:15 p.m.  Ray, Lorene, Mrs. Hanson and Katie here tonight.  Back in bed at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 30, 1951

In wheelchair at 9:30 a.m.  Dorothy Griffiths [roommate] had right kidney removed.  Physical therapy 2:00-3:30 p.m.  Dad, Mother, Mary Ellen and Linda Rae here in eve.  Out of wheelchair 9:30 p.m.  Velma Jordan was here for a few minutes in eve.

Friday, August 31, 1951

Dr. Romence here at 10 a.m.  Ray, Pat and Linda Rae left early this morning to take Mary Ellen to hospital in St. Louis.  Dad and Mother left early too to go back to Des Moines.  Ray and Linda Rae got back at 3:00 and stopped at hospital.  Aunt Helen was here, too.  No one came in evening.

Saturday, September 1, 1951

Cousin Willis came in afternoon.  I stood up at end of bed 2 or 3 times in aft. and 3 times in eve.  Ray, Linda Rae, Harry & Edith Willson here in eve.

Sunday, September 2, 1951

In wheelchair at 10:30 a.m.  Ray, Aunt Helen, Mr. and Mrs. Kinner called on me this afternoon.  No company tonight.  S.S. class sent me a card and $10.  Communion this morning.

Monday, September 3, 1951

In wheelchair all day.  Stood up 3 times in a.m., 3 again in aft., and 3 in eve.  Ray and Jim here in aft.  Linda Rae and Ray went to church fish fry at Lake camp.  Cousin Willis here this evening.

Tuesday, September 4, 1951

Dr. Romence here at 11 a.m.  Phys. med. 2-3 p.m.  Peggy Wallace and Ray here in aft.  Elsie, Lorene and Mrs. Hanson here in eve.  Walked length of parallel bars, also from end to side of bed in eve.  New physical therapist - Miss Shumacher.

Wednesday, September 5, 1951

Dr. Romence here at 9 a.m.  Dr. Brill was in at noon to watch me walk.  Dr. Hurie here at 1:15 p.m.  Phys. med. 2-3 p.m.  Ray here this afternoon.  Letter from Alice.  I wrote one to M.E.  Mrs. Hostetler and Lillian Richardson here in eve. and brought “Friendship Box” from S.S. class containing one gift for each day to be opened.  I opened card with 1st gift, a hanky from Amy McCoy.  Reading “Perilous Passage” by Arthur Mayse.  Mrs. Truckenmiller here in aft.

Thursday, September 6, 1951

Dr. Brill gave me tests for braces this morning.  Opened 2nd package containing hose from Marge.  Phys. med. 1-2 p.m.  Ray came in aft.  Started “Cannon Hill” by Mary Deasy.  Margaret Baker, Clifford Search, and Cousin Willis here this eve.  First day of school.

Friday, September 7, 1951

Phys. med. 2-3 p.m.  Mrs. Godley was here in the morning.  Ray, Linda Rae, Caryl, Mike, Edith & Harry Willson, Lorene & Katie were here tonight.  Ray and children went to see Bing Crosby in “Here Comes the Groom” at the Orpheum.  L.R. had on dress that Aunt Helen gave her.  3rd gift from Enola – 2 handkerchiefs.

Saturday, September 8, 1951

Took down splint exerciser this a.m.  Dr. Romence here at 9:50 a.m.  Just walked length of parallel bars.  No exercise.  Dr. Hurie here at 12:45 p.m.  Ray, Frances Jordan, Berdine & Maureen came this aft.  Cousin Willis & Joanne Spaulding here tonight.  4th gift from Merle Perkington - Duckie Sewing Kit.

Sunday, September 9, 1951

Dorothy Griffith [roommate] went home at 2 p.m.  Aunt Helen came in aft. and brought 3 white shirts for L.R.  Ray came a little later and left at 3:10 to go to work.  Moved my bed next to windows.  Very nice!!  Wrote letter to Ray’s mother.  Bob & Marge were here tonight.  5th gift - surprise pie from Kathy – sponge, sprinkler, spoons, pins, candy.

Monday, September 10, 1951

New patient , Mrs. Lloyd, came at 6 a.m.  Ray came at 2 p.m.  Phys. med. 3-5 p.m.  Wrote letters to Aunt Ethel, Cousin Nell, Mary Ellen, and Alice.  Katherine Gathard came in the evening.  Brace man came and measured me for braces.  6th gift – Norcross Signature Notepaper from Mrs. Roberts.

Tuesday, September 11, 1951

Ray came at 9:15 a.m. and took my old shoes to Luers’ to get new ones for braces.  Phys. med. 1-2 p.m.   Ray came at 2:30 and Mrs. Lloyd left at 3 p.m.  Aunt Helen, Lorene and Joanne came tonight.  7th gift – The “15th Puzzle” from Melfrances.

Wednesday, September 12, 1951

New patient, Mrs. LaPuma, came in about 4 a.m. today.  Phys. med. 2-3 p.m.  Ray here in aft.  Cousin Willis came in evening.  8th gift – box of notepaper from Lillian R.

Thursday, September 13, 1951

Dr. Romence was in at 10:15 a.m.  Ray came in aft.  Phys. med. 3-4 p.m.  Ray took me to be weighed and I weigh 160 lbs.  Aunt Helen came for a few minutes and brought a sack of pears.  Dr. Hurie came at 9:15 p.m.  Finished “Fire in the Water” by Curry (Lorene’s book).  9th gift – box of candy from Vivian Windsor & Eileen Boyle.

Friday, September 14, 1951

Phys. med. 1-2 p.m.  Started reading “O, The Brave Music” by Dorothy Evelyn Smith.  Ray, Caryl, Mike and Linda Rae came in evening and then went to Orpheum.  Aunt Helen and Uncle Rob came, too and they left to go to Bess Kenney’s.  Aunt Helen brought 2 grain sacks.  10th gift – scented notepaper from Melva Lucas.

Saturday, September 15, 1951

Phys. med. 11 a.m.  Just walked down and back parallel on bars.  Today is Miss Shumacher’s [therapist] last day.  Ray came in aft. and just as he was leaving Berdine, Maureen and Linda Rae came.  Berdine washed and curled my hair.  Melfrances came in the evening.  Received letter from M.E.    11th gift – luminous cross from Zella Cormeny.

Sunday, September 16, 1951

Ray and Mary Taylor came in the aft.  Dr. Hurie here at 9:15 p.m.  12th gift – pink parasol Talcumizer from Harriet Jordan.

Monday, September 17, 1951

Ray came in aft., also Aunt Helen.  She brought some things for embroidering.  Phys. med. from 4-4:45 p.m.  Frances Jordan, Esther Farris, Lorene, Mrs. Hanson, Linda Rae, Caryl and Mike came tonight.  Sister Martin gave me exercises today.  13th gift – gumdrop nosegay from Velma Jordan.

Tuesday, September 18, 1951

Phys. med. 1:15 to 2:25 p.m.  Sister Martin gave me exercises today.  Received letter from Mother D.  I wrote a letter to Mary Ellen.  Ray, Bob & Marge came tonight.  Started bib for Mike.  14th gift – book from Natalie Beam.

Wednesday, September 19, 1951

Phys. med. 1:15-2:30 p.m.  Sister Martin was the physical therapist.  Mrs. Edwards (Peggy Wallace’s mother) brought some asters.  Ray and Linda Rae came to visit and then went to Tivoli [Theater] later to see Bing Crosby in “Riding High” and “My Friend Irma.”  Wrote letter to Mother D.  15th gift – lotion and lip pomade from Frances J.

Thursday, September 20, 1951

Phys. med. 2-3 p.m.  Ray came this aft. and brought me a pr. hose.  Cousin Willis came at 6:15 p.m. and stayed a little while.  Sister Martin loaned me “Seven Story Mountain”.  Received letter from Aunt Ethel.  16th gift – lotion from Louise Scott.

Friday, September 21, 1951

Phys. med. 9:30-10:30 a.m.   Finished bib for Mike and gave it to Ray to take home.  Started embroidering  hand towel.  Ray got L.R. some black & white saddle oxfords.  They were here tonight, also Aunt Helen, Lorene, Katie, and Mrs. Johnston who fitted me with a support.  Jim came home at 11 p.m.    17th gift – Trushay Lotion from Katherine Gathard.

Saturday, September 22, 1951

Phys. med. 2:15-2:45 p.m.  Ray here in aft.  Mrs. LaPuma left at 6 p.m.  L.R. is going to a show with Maureen and Berdine and stay there all night.  Finished “Portrait of Isabelle” by Corbett.  Connie came up and brought Mike for a few minutes tonight.  18th gift – colored Kleenex and crossword puzzle book from Eleanor Polk.

Sunday, September 23, 1951

Started “The Seven Story Mountain” by Thomas Merton.  Ray came this aft.  Linda Rae went to Bobby Bommarito’s birthday party.  I put on support and went down to phys. med. to see how I walked.  Dr. Hurie came at 6:40 p.m.  19th gift – notepaper and stamps from Peggy Wallace.

Monday, September 24, 1951

The brace man was in at 10 o’clock and Mrs. Johnston at 10:30.  Phys. med. 2:30 to 3:30.  Walked with braces and support for first time (up & down parallel bars 2 times) and didn’t do so bad.  Ray here in aft. and brought pr. hose.  Visited with Julia Reynolds in Room 306.  Called Ray on phone in her room at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, September 25, 1951

Started 3 thyroid tablets per day.  Dr. Romence in at 11 a.m.  Mrs. Johnston came to help me get into support.  They turned heat on in hospital today.  Phys. med. 4-5 p.m.  Ray, Linda Rae, Lorene, Katie, Elsie and Wilna were here tonight. 

Wednesday, September 26, 1951

Phys. med. 1:30-2 p.m.  Sister Martin came up at 5 p.m. and gave me exercises in bed.  Ray came in eve. and brought new pr. hose.

Thursday, September 27, 1951

New roommate came in at noon.  She has heart trouble and is 83 years old.  Phys. med. 2-3 p.m.  Ray, Caryl, Mike and Linda Rae came.  Ray was going to choir rehearsal and L.R., Caryl and Mike to Bob’s.  Bro. Laughlin was here in aft.

Friday, September 28, 1951

Dr. Romence in at 11 a.m.  Mrs. Johnston in at 11:15.  Phys. med. 4-5 p.m.  Met new physical therapist, Mr. Council, from Kabot-Kaiser.  Ray here in eve.

Saturday, September 29, 1951

Phys. med. 11:30 to noon.  Aunt Helen came in aft. and we talked about L.R.’s birthday party.  Ray came a little later and I gave him an order for a coat for L.R.  Lorene came for a few minutes with gift for my secret pal, Harriet Jordan.  Berdine didn’t fix my hair today as she’s getting over a cold.

Sunday, September 30, 1951

Daylight Savings Time ended at 2 a.m.  Cousin Willis and Cousin Mary came this aft.  Ray, Maymie & Johnny Lazar and son here tonight.  Mr. McWilliams served communion this aft.

Monday, October 1, 1951

Phys. med. 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Ray and Linda Rae came tonight.  Aunt Helen came for a few minutes and brought trinkets for the “Surprise Pie” I’m fixing for Linda Rae.  Mary Ellen operated on today.

Tuesday, October 2, 1951

Ray came at 2:30 p.m.  Phys. med. 4-5 p.m.  Julia Reynolds came this aft. and brought me the cutest little dog container with a vine.  Berdine & Maureen were here tonight.  Berdine fixed my hair.  Received letter from Aunt Ethel.

Wednesday, October 3, 1951

Phys. med. 1:30-2:45 p.m.  Katherine Gathard and Cousin Willis here in aft.  Doc, Minnie, and Ray were up tonight.

Thursday, October 4, 1951

Phys. med. 10:30-11:30.  Dr. Brill said I was walking o.k. and as soon as I could walk with walker, I could go home.  Wrote letter to Aunt Ethel.  Went home with Ray at 4:10 p.m. for Linda Rae’s birthday party.  Came back at 7 p.m.  Called Cousin Willis while home.

Friday, October 5, 1951

Dorothy Griffith called on me at 11 a.m.  Physical therapist (Mr. Council) gave me exercises today from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.  Walked with walker and learned to swing between parallel bars.  Received a luscious pink wool scarf from Carol Sutton.  L.R., Ray, Lorene & Katie came tonight.  L.R. received box from Mother D.  Ray took shoes and braces to Luers to exchange for 9AA.

Saturday, October 6, 1951

Didn’t go to phys. med. today.  Ray and L.R. here tonight.  Ray brought my new oxfords and they fit fine.  L.R. brought dress, 2 slips and candy she received from Mother D. 

Sunday, October 7, 1951

Charles Jones brought communion this a.m.  Dr. Romence brought his 3 children at noon.  Aunt Helen here this afternoon and brought my watch.  Ray, Bob & Marge came tonight.  Ray sings a solo at church tonight.

Monday, October 8, 1951

Received card from M.E.  Cousin Willis here in aft.  Phys. med 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.  Wrote letters and notes to Mother D., Cousin Nell, Julia Reynolds and Mrs. Charles.  Ray, Linda Rae, Aunt Helen, Gus & Russell here tonight.  Aunt Helen brought coat from Penney’s for Linda Rae, floss that Marge sent, and Gus gave me a box of candy.  Finished “Country Doctor” and “Mrs. Kelleen”.

Tuesday, October 9, 1951

Phys. med. 3-3:30 p.m.  Checked weight–155 lbs.  Mr. Council, PT, talked to Dr. Romence today who advised he was leaving the city in two weeks and would like for me to be using crutches and ready to leave by then.  Ray stopped in on his way home from work for a few minutes and again on the way to the bean supper.  Janie Downs, Mrs. Howard McMullen and 6-yr.old daughter came in eve.  Started scarf.

Wednesday, October 10, 1951

Phys. med. 2:30-3 p.m.  Used crutches for first time.  Ray came in aft. as he’s attending a supper at Filter Plant tonight.  Mrs. Ramelow came this aft. and brought a piece of cake, flowers, a plant, several starts of plants, and a can of bone meal for African violets.

Thursday, October 11, 1951

Mrs. Johnston was in for a few minutes at 11 a.m.  Ray came at 3:00 on way to work – took Johnny Lazar’s place.  Phys. med. 4-4:45.  Brace man came near noon.  Ray took shoes to return to Luers.  Received letter from Marian Gilroy.  Mrs. Lloyd, who left here a month ago, came in to see me tonight.  Wrote letter to Mary Ellen.  Started reading “Melody” by Elswith Thane.

Friday, October 12, 1951

Phys. med. 4:15-4:45 p.m.  Preacher was here while I was on 1st floor.  Ray, Frances, Lorene and Mrs. Hanson were here this eve.  Finished “Melody.”

Saturday, October 13, 1951

Phys. med. 11:45-12:15 p.m.  Julia Reynolds here at 12:30 p.m.  Berdine fixed my hair this a.m. and Maureen came too.  Also, Geraldine Spaulding.  Received letter from Mother D.  Ray & Linda Rae came tonight and brought sack of grapes.  Started reading “Edge of Time” by Loula Grass Erdman.

Sunday, October 14, 1951

Dr. Romence came at 10:30 a.m. and said I could go home in 2 weeks.  Aunt Helen came in aft. and brought a darling hat for Linda Rae–blue felt with red feathers and red velvet bow.  Ray came in eve. and brought a piece of fried chicken–mmmm–good!!  Caryl & L.R. came later.  Finished “Edge of Time.”

Monday, October 15, 1951

Cousin Willis came this afternoon.  Phys. med. 4-4:45 p.m.  Jim came in the evening.  Ray stayed home to work on kitchen floor.

Tuesday, October 16, 1951

Phys. med. 2-2:30 p.m.  Ray, Harriet, Frances and Lorene came tonight.  Started “Jubilee Trail” by Gwen Bristow.

Wednesday, October 17, 1951

Phys. med. 4:10-4:50 p.m.  Katherine Gathard here this aft.  Called Ray to bring walker and gave height of parallel bars–35 3/4" He said he may not come tonight as working on toilet.  No one came tonight.

Thursday, October 18, 1951

Dr. Romence was here at 11:45 a.m.   Phys. med. 4:15-4:45 p.m.  Dr. R. stopped all meds except orange tablets today.  Ray came early tonight on way to choir rehearsal.  Dr. said I could go home Monday.  Received letter from Mary Ellen.

Friday, October 19, 1951

Phys. med. 3-3:30 p.m.  Jim, Caryl & Mike went to St. Louis on bus for exam at Shriner’s Hospital.  Received letter from Aunt Ethel.  Finished “Jubilee Trail” and started “My Home on the Range” by Marguerite Wallace Kennedy.  Ray came and brought me some pears, and Katie, Joanne and Lorene came and brought some apples and a lunch cloth to embroider.

Saturday, October 20, 1951

Phys. med. 11:45-12:30 p.m.  Geraldine Spaulding came in aft. and brought a gallon of cider and a peck of apples.  Mrs. Johnston called Dr. Romence and he said I could go home this eve.  Ray came after me at 6:30 p.m. Glad to get home.  I pinned up L.R.’s hair after Caryl washed it.  Ray went up on avenue and got fudgesicles.  Cleaned L.R.’s saddle shoes.

Sunday, October 21, 1951

Ray worked 8 to 4 p.m.  Caryl & Jim went to New Berlin for dinner & supper.  Pat and L.R. went to S.S.  Pat to a show in aft. and Ray to church in eve.  Caryl & Jim got home at 7 p.m. and then went to Kupra’s.

Monday, October 22, 1951

Jim picked up Halloween costume for L.R. at Myers Bros.  Ray worked on parallel bars last night.  Went up on ave. at 9:30 p.m. and brought us Eskimo pies.  L.R. took her music lesson and Pat went to Scouts.  Mrs. LaPuma saw I was discharged in today’s paper and called at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, October 23, 1951

Received letter from Aunt Helen from Barrington.  L.R. goes to Brownie meeting after school.  Aunt Della called from Indianapolis that Uncle Walter was found dead – police had to break in – and to get word to Mother D.  I called Ray and he asked me to send a telegram, so I did.  Ray went to Operator’s Convention dinner at the Leland Hotel.  Jim brought Mr. & Mrs. Patrick and 3 children home this eve.  Dr. Romence came at 9 p.m.

Wednesday, October 24, 1951

Ray home today.  Jim helped Ray fix beds double-deck in girls’ room and Ray put up parallel bars.  Dr. Trainer called tonight and said he’d be out Friday at 8 a.m.  Ray took L.R. to Myers Bros. and got slippers Aunt Helen promised her for her birthday and took his new suit coat but they said it was okay.  Family received letter from M.E.

Thursday, October 25, 1951

Caryl took music lesson at 10:30 a.m.  Aunt Helen got home at 8 p.m.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Jim left at 4 a.m. to go to Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Friday, October 26, 1951

Berdine fixed my hair tonight.  Dr. Trainer came at 8:15 but suggested I get someone else.  Maureen, Caryl and L.R. went to Halloween party at Ridgely School.  Melfrances Underwood and Velma Jordan came tonight and brought some nice things for L.R. that Jolynn had outgrown.

Saturday, October 27, 1951

Mrs. Horton of H&H Health Service called at Dr. Trainor’s suggestion.  Bob & Marge out in eve.  Ray finished tile floor in bathroom.

Sunday, October 28, 1951

Ray and L.R. went to S.S.  Ray stayed for church.  Carol & Alan came out from 10-11 a.m.  Ray took L.R. and me for a ride around lake.  Aunt Helen came in eve. and gave me a check.  Elsie and Otto were here, too.  Pat went to show in aft.

Monday, October 29, 1951

Ray got home from work at 8:30 a.m., ate and slept til 3 p.m.  Charles Sutton was here from 1-2 p.m.  New mattress came ($78), also pad and cover.  Mr. Graff came at 8 p.m. and gave me a treatment ($4.00).   L.R. took music lesson.

Tuesday, October 30, 1951

L.R. went to Brownie’s Halloween party at Skibitzski’s 7-9 p.m.  Katie and Lorene were out this eve. and brought a black coat of Mrs. Hanson’s for Caryl.  Ray worked on back stairs, getting them ready for asphalt tile.

Wednesday, October 31, 1951

Ray wrote letters to M.E. and Mother D.  He went to choir rehearsal and Dominic’s and got home at midnight.  Pat went Halloweening and got home same time.  Mr. Graff here tonight and gave me another treatment.

Thursday, November 1, 1951

Ray worked 4-12 shift tonight.  I worked on Caryl’s coat.

Friday, November 2, 1951

Weight 152 lbs.  Mother & Dad D. came at 3 p.m. just before Ray went to work.  They stayed all night at Mrs. Kraitch’s.  Graff here again tonight.  Caryl & Mike went to town tonight with Carol Bartlett.

Saturday, November 3, 1951

Mother and Dad left early this a.m.  Ray washed today at laundromat on N. 8th St.  L.R. went to Peggy Timko’s birthday party this aft.

Sunday, November 4, 1951

Pat and Ray went to S.S. and Ray stayed for church.  L.R. didn’t go on account of a cold.  Ray went to Deacons’ meeting at 2 p.m.  Pat went to a show.  Caryl went to Laura’s for the day.  Mike stayed all night at Connie’s while Caryl went to a show with Carol Bartlett.  Aunt Helen came in eve. and Ray went to church.  We looked over Mom’s clothes.  Talked to Cousin Willis and he said to call Mr. Kikendall re treatment table.

Monday, November 5, 1951

L.R. didn’t go to school or take music lesson.  Mr. Graff here tonight.  Pat went to Scout meeting.  Ray took new work pants back to Hub to be exchanged.

Tuesday, November 6, 1951

L.R. still home.  Called Sears about boots for her and Mr. Yocom will bring them.  Received letters from Mary Ellen and Mother Durst.  Ray went to Dominic’s and got home at 10:45 p.m.  L.R. didn’t get boots as clerk failed to save them.

Wednesday, November 7, 1951

Ray worked on back steps and platform.  No school today on account of snow (8").  Ordered doll for L.R.  Mr. Graff here tonight.  Mr. Kikendall of Booth & Thomas sent treatment table out today ($30).

Thursday, November 8, 1951

Ray took L.R. to school today.  He worked 4-12.  I spent evening hunting for L.R.’s book.  Sent letter to M.E.  Called Margaret Troy.

Friday, November 9, 1951

Mr. Yocom took girls to school.  Mr. Graff here tonight.  Ray worked midnight to 8 a.m.  Ordered plastic cover for treatment table from Sears.  Received package from Mother D. containing pepper, beans, curtains, etc. from Uncle Walter.

Saturday, November 10, 1951

Weight 151 lbs.  Connie came and got Mike this eve. and dropped Caryl downtown to meet some girlfriends.  Ray spent the evening at home.

Sunday, November 11, 1951

[Armistice Day] Ray left at 10 a.m. for St. Louis to see M.E.  Caryl left at 11 a.m. to go to Laura’s to babysit.  Scattergoods here in aft.

Monday, November 12, 1951

Lorene and Joanne came out. Joanne is leaving tomorrow for Arizona.  Mr. Graff here tonight.  L.R. took music lesson.

Tuesday, November 13, 1951

Caryl went to town and got doll from Sears.  L.R. went to Brownie meeting.

Wednesday, November 14, 1951

Mr. Graff was out tonight.  Carol Bartlett was here.  Caryl went to Sangamon Dairy with her and got home at midnight.

Thursday, November 15, 1951

Ray worked 4 to midnight.  Caryl took music lesson and went to choir rehearsal at West Side.  L.R. went to Maureen’s for supper (birthday) and gave her a blouse.  Berdine, Maureen and L.R. came here at 6:30 and fixed my hair.  I helped L.R. with 2 book reports.  Ray got home at 1:30 a.m.

Friday, November 16, 1951

Cousin Willis came this a.m.  Caryl took Mike to Dr. Lewis in a.m. and Dr. Pearson in aft.  Ray worked on storm sash for girls’ room.  Ray worked from 4-12 and got home at 2 a.m.  I got up at 2:30 and wrote letters to M.E. and Mother D.

Saturday, November 17, 1951

Pat mailed letters I wrote to M.E. and Mother D.  I ordered doll carriage from Sears and Christmas cards from Spiegel’s.  Ray got the material from Sears.  L.R. went to Shrine Circus with the Yocoms in the eve.  Caryl and Mike went to Marilyn Albright’s.  Ray & I home alone for a welcomed change.

Sunday, November 18, 1951

Ray, Caryl & L.R. to church.  Pat came home after S.S.  Caryl sang in choir for first time.  Ray went to board meeting this aft. and then every-member canvassing.  Aunt Helen here this eve.  Mr. Diller came in for a few minutes.  Ray went to work at midnight.

Monday, November 19, 1951

Ray got home at 8:30 a.m. and took girls to school.  He fixed exercise table in eve. and I used it for the first time.  Cousin Willis here in a.m.   L.R. took music lesson.  Dr. Graff here.  Carol Bartlett here tonight.  Caryl took Mike to Dr. Pearson – lump on thigh caused by shots.

Tuesday, November 20, 1951

L.R. went to Brownie meeting.  Received Christmas cards from Spiegel’s.   Ray went out on every-member canvass and then to Dominic’s and got home at 10:20 p.m.  Caryl & Mike went to show with Marilyn Albright.  Ray brought drumsticks home.

Wednesday, November 21, 1951

Worked on preliminary stuff for Thanksgiving dinner.  Ray went out again tonight on church canvass.  Graff here tonight.  Ray got home at 10:45 and brought fudge bars.

Thursday, November 22, 1951

[Thanksgiving] Got up at 5 a.m. and baked 2 pumpkin pies and had turkey in oven by 7:30 a.m.  Menu: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, waldorf salad, cranberry sauce, rolls, pumpkin pie, and coffee.  Jim got home at 8:30 a.m. and Aunt Helen came at 6 p.m.  We ate at noon as Ray went to work at 4 p.m.  Got home at 12:20 a.m.  Bob and Marge went to Doc’s for Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 23, 1951

Received letters from Mary Ellen and Cousin Nell.  Ray left at 11 a.m. to shop and get tooth pulled and got back at 4:30 p.m.  Called Graff and cancelled appointment for tonight.

Saturday, November 24, 1951

Ray went to work at 4 p.m.  Pat went to a show.  Connie came for Mike this eve. and Jim and Caryl went out.  L.R. and I worked on her book report.

Sunday, November 25, 1951

Jim & Caryl got home at 5 a.m.  Ray went to S.S. and church.  L.R.’s cold still hanging on so she stayed home and helped me.  Ray started “Every Member Canvass” today.  Went to church in aft. and then started calling.  Aunt Helen here tonight.  I helped L.R. with 2 book reports which makes 7 she’s handed in since school started.          

Monday, November 26, 1951

Jim left at 5:30 p.m.  L.R. took music lesson.  Berdine took them and Ray brought them home.  Mr. Graff here tonight.  Frances Jordan here, too.  Ray started midnight shift tonight.  Ordered some stuff [Xmas] from Sears and M.W.    Ray painted bathroom today.

Tuesday, November 27, 1951

L.R. went to Brownie meeting tonight.  Received letters from Mother D. and Mary Ellen.  Lorene and Katie here tonight.  Washed our curtains, girls’ curtains, and vanity skirt today.  Received letter from Aunt Fannie.

Wednesday, November 28, 1951

Mr. Graff here tonight.  L.R., Mike & Caryl went to Carol Bartlett’s tonight.  Ironed our bedroom curtains and dresser scarves.

Thursday, November 29, 1951

(Weight 148 lbs.) Ironed girls’ curtains and dressing table skirt today.  Bob & Marge here tonight.  Ray and Caryl went to choir rehearsal.  L.R. went to Phillpott’s for Brownie work.  Caryl took her music lesson this a.m. and sent money order for “Playmate” magazine.  She  went to Laura’s in aft. and got home about 6:30 p.m.

Friday, November 30, 1951

L.R. wrote letter to M.E. and Ray mailed it on way to work.  Graff here tonight.  Paid him, including tonight.  Sears order came.

Saturday, December 1, 1951

M.W. order came today.  Caryl took L.R. to town to see Santa Parade.  Caryl received letters from Mother D. and M.E.  Jim called long distance.  Carol Bartlett and Marilyn Albright here tonight.

Sunday, December 2, 1951

Ray went to 8 o’clock church and came back for breakfast.  Caryl went to 10:30 church with Ray.  I went riding in aft. with Ray and L.R.  Aunt Helen came in eve.  Ray, Caryl and L.R. went to church in eve.  Caryl was baptized.  Aunt Helen brought 1 lb. pecan nutmeats for candy.

Monday, December 3, 1951

Berdine fixed my hair in aft.  Ray went to work at midnight.  Graff here tonight.  L.R. took music lesson.

Tuesday, December 4, 1951

Went to S.S. class meeting at Natalie Beam’s.  Caryl and baby went too.  Magda Pieper died this aft.  Esther Farris is my secret pal and gave me a lovely box of Xmas wrapping and 5 spools of ribbon.

Wednesday, December 5, 1951

Graff here tonight.  Made 1 batch of caramels and 4 of peanut brittle today.

Thursday, December 6, 1951

Caryl took her lesson.  She and Mike went to Laura’s.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Caryl went to choir rehearsal from Laura’s and then back there to stay overnight.  I helped L.R. with 2 book reports.  Jim phoned.  Cousin Willis called.

Friday, December 7, 1951

Ray got candy and salted nuts for Mother & Dad.  Caryl and Mike came home at 6 p.m. and took L.R. to town to shop.  I spent the day wrapping gifts for Des Moines, California, Rock Island, and New York.

Saturday, December 8, 1951

Ray, Caryl and I sent boxes for Mother D., Wes, Warren and Ken.  Cost $2.52 to send them.  Ray went to church to practice with Harriet, Frances and Maynard.  Caryl took L.R. to dentist (Dr. King) and to shop.  Caryl went to show in eve.  Lorene and Katie were out and brought 1 lb. pecans and jelly.  I sent order to Sears for 2 cobbler aprons and a wallet.

Sunday, December 9, 1951

Ray went to 8 o’clock church, came home and took Caryl, Pat and L.R. to S.S.  Caryl stayed for 10:30 church.  Ray left at 3:30 and got back at 7:30 p.m.  I addressed Christmas cards.

Monday, December 10, 1951

Lorene sent comforter for Pat and Xmas present for me.  L.R. took music lesson and Ray stopped at Hanson’s on way back for pair of pajamas for me to wear when getting treatments.  Graff here tonight.

Tuesday, December 11, 1951

L.R. went to Brownie meeting tonight and made a beautiful Xmas corsage for me to wear.  Ray went to bean supper and got back at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, December 12, 1951

Sent order to Sears.  Caryl went out to her brother’s to babysit for them while they shopped.  Ordered 3 strand pearl necklace from Herndon’s for Caryl.  She got home at 5:30 p.m.  Graff out tonight.  L.R. got report card.

Thursday, December 13, 1951

Ray and Caryl went to choir rehearsal and got home about 10:30 – brought Eskimo pies.  I helped L.R. with 2 book reports – “Up and Down the River” and “Suzie.” Cousin Willis here in afternoon.  Brought a library book, “The Works of James Whitcomb Riley.”

Friday, December 14, 1951

L.R. stayed after school to help Mrs. Plank make a snowman.  Caryl received 2 calls from Ft. Benning, GA.  She and L.R. went downtown after supper to send $5.00 to Jim and to shop.  Graff here in eve.  Dr. Romence called a little after 9 p.m.  Said to stop artane and see how I get along.  It was for relaxing.

Saturday, December 15, 1951

Mailed Christmas cards.  L.R. met Carol Sutton at Thrifty’s at 5th and Monroe to go shopping.  Ray took her down and then they went out to Sutton’s; she stayed for supper.  Ray went after her later.  He got Xmas tree for $1.50.

Sunday, December 16, 1951

Ray went to 8 o’clock service and came home and took Caryl, Pat and L.R. to S.S.  Caryl stayed for 10:30 service and went to vesper service at Lanphier and took Mike.  Ray painted bathroom.

Monday, December 17, 1951

Received letter from Mother D.  Sent letter to M.E.  Pat went to Scout party at Jess Ray’s.  L.R. sprained her left wrist so couldn’t take music lesson.

Tuesday, December 18, 1951

Made caramels.  L.R. got a Santa/Rudolph coloring book at Brownies.  Ray went to a girl’s house to sing in mixed quartet.  Received letter from M.E.  Wrote letters to Mother D. and Alice.

Wednesday, December 19, 1951

Graff here tonight.  Caryl &Mike went to Laura’s to stay all night.  My treatment table broke down.

Thursday, December 20, 1951

Ray went to quartet rehearsal tonight.  We trimmed the Christmas tree tonight.

Friday, December 21, 1951

Berdine fixed my hair in aft.  Ray’s cold and cough are worse.  Graff didn’t come as table not fixed yet.

Saturday, December 22, 1951

Jim arrived in aft.  L.R. went to Junior Dept. Christmas Party at church.  Maureen went too.  Ray took and brought them home.  Lorene brought ½ bushel apples, peck sack of oranges, jar of jelly and sample of her fruitcake.

Sunday, December 23, 1951

Ray went to early church.  Pat stayed in car and went with him to St. Louis to get M.E. between 10 and noon.  They got back at 2:30 p.m.  Ray started eve. shift today.  M.E. called Margaret Troy.

Monday, December 24, 1951

Ray took M.E. down on avenue to Christmas shop.  Junior Dept. sent M.E. a poinsettia plant (3 large blooms).  Dick Watson, Leora and 4 children here in a.m. and invited Caryl & Jim for dinner tonight.  Ray worked 4 to midnight.

Tuesday, December 25, 1951

[Christmas] Got up at 7 a.m.  Ate breakfast and exchanged gifts at 8 a.m.  Carol and Alan came in morning.  Had pre-cooked ham, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, mince pie, and coffee for noon dinner.  Ray worked 4 to midnight.  Aunt Helen came at 6:30 p.m. and Mr. Diller came for her at 9:30.

Wednesday, December 26, 1951

Caryl & Jim took Mike to Dr. Lewis before noon.  Ray drove them downtown as cabs were all busy on account of icy streets.  Ray worked on treatment table.  He works 4 to midnight tonight.  Caryl & Jim didn’t come home.  They were to have supper at Laura’s tonight.  Received letter from Mother D.  Returned M.E.’s  dress to her as too small.  Sent her a letter, too.

Thursday, December 27, 1951

Checked weight–147 lbs.  Ray took L.R. to dentist.  Filled one upper left tooth.  Talked to Elsie. Said Charles not so good and doctor has done all he can.  Caryl’s sister, Bonnie, here in late aft.  Ray should be off tonight but Madden is on 1 week’s vacation.

Friday, December 28, 1951

Jim & Caryl left to catch 11:45 a.m. train but came home as train had wrecked.  Ray took them back and they left at 1:40 p.m.  Ray off today.  Went to church to practice for solo on Sunday.  Came home and went back at 8:45 as pianist at banquet.    Frances, Esther, Blanche Mabry, Zella Cormeny helped serve and gave him ice cream and cake.  Then he went to Dominic’s and J. Lazar’s and got home at 1:30 a.m.  Brought fried fish and fruitcake.  Pat went to a show.

Saturday, December 29, 1951

Ray took L.R. to dentist.  Filled tooth and has to go back again next Saturday.  Received box of Loft’s candy from Ken and Anne.  Ray went to work at 4 p.m. and came home at 12:15 a.m.

Sunday, December 30, 1951

Aunt Helen here this eve.  Ray, Pat and L.R. went to S.S.  Pat and L.R. came home on bus.  Ray stayed for church.    We went to Bob’s at 2 p.m.  Charles Jones and wife called at 4 p.m.  Ray went to work at 4 p.m. and got home at 2 a.m.

Monday, December 31, 1951

Wes, Alice, Betty, Mike, Jane and dog here at 9:30 a.m.  Ray took L.R. to Pauline’s for music lesson at 10:30 then dropped her off at Diller’s for lunch at 11:45.  Picked her up at 2:30 p.m. and brought her home and went on to work.  He finished repair work on treatment table.  He got home at 12:15 a.m. and left at 1:15 a.m. to get chicken sandwiches at Lazar’s.  Children and I waited until 2:45 a.m. and then went to bed.  He came back at 4:30 a.m.  I helped L.R. with her book reports.