Berniece Pearce Diary - 1952
Tuesday, January 1, 1952
I got up at 10:30 a.m. Put stewing chicken on. Made dumplings. Ate at 1:30 p.m. Lorene came. Ray had to be at work at 4 p.m. Pat went to a show.
Wednesday, January 2, 1952
Graff came tonight. Cousin Willis was coming but said he’d come Thursday when he heard Graff would be here.
Thursday, January 3, 1952
Cut out M.E.’s jumper. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Cousin Willis came and brought L.R. a box of candy as her book hasn’t come yet. Helped her with book report.
Friday, January 4, 1952
Ray took clothes to laundromat. Graff here tonight. Harriet & Frances Jordan, Norma Brooks and Ralph McLean here tonight to practice (mixed quartet of which Ray is also a member). Cousin Willis called to say Dr. Romence & wife are coming tomorrow night to show colored motion pictures they took on trip to Honolulu. Cousins Willis & Mary are coming, too.
Saturday, January 5, 1952
Ray received and forwarded Caryl’s pension check. Fixed M.E.’s green plaid dress that Aunt Helen gave her. Received letter from Ray’s mother with $10 enclosed for dress for M.E. Also said she’d pay for M.E.’s glasses for October 24, 1951, birthday present.
Sunday, January 6, 1952
Ray and girls went to S.S. and 10:30 church. Ray sang a solo at 8:00 church. He went to work at 4 p.m. Aunt Helen here in eve. I wrote letters to Olwen, Cousin Nell, Wilma MacDonald, and Jane Diller. Mr. Diller mailed all but Wilma’s.
Monday, January 7, 1952
Called Mrs. Buck and mailed Wilma’s letter. Also wrote Mother D. Graff came in evening.
Tuesday, January 8, 1952
Bob here this a.m. I ordered 2 dresses from Roland’s for $7 ea. (on sale) for M.E. She added $4.00 Christmas money. Lorene here tonight and cut M.E.’s, L.R.’s & my hair.
Wednesday, January 9, 1952
M.E.’s dresses came in aft. Beautiful!! Graff came tonight.
Thursday, January 10, 1952
Ray took girls to Dr. Fleischli for eye exams. Both need stronger lenses and M.E. larger frames. M.E.’s cost $23 and L.R.’s $31.50. Ray went to choir rehearsal. I helped L.R. with book report. M.E. wrote Grandma D. a letter.
Friday, January 11, 1952
Graff here in eve. Ray stayed home tonight. Pat went to a show.
Saturday, January 12, 1952
L.R. went to Dr. Ratliff (dentist) for last time this a.m. Pat to Dr. Curtis. Ray worked 4-12 shift.
Sunday, January 13, 1952
Ray & girls went to S.S. and church; Pat, S.S. Aunt Helen, Lorene & Katie here in evening.
Monday, January 14, 1952
Graff here tonight. Pat went to Scout meeting. Ray worked 4-12 and got home at 1:30 a.m. L.R. took music lesson.
Tuesday, January 15, 1952
Ray off today. Madden working his shift. He works day shift for him Thursday. He attended C.W.L.P. meeting at garage and received 20-year emblem.
Wednesday, January 16, 1952
Berdine gave me a Toni in short hair (back of neck) and pinned up my hair. She gave M.E. a whole Toni. Buzz came out and had lunch with us. M.E. went home with Berdine at noon and had lunch there. Berdine finished her hair and she came back at 3 p.m. Ray works 4-12. Letter and check for M.E.’s glasses came from Mother D. Graff here tonight.
Thursday, January 17, 1952
Ray working 8-4 today to repay Madden for working for him Tuesday. Cut out M.E.’s white blouse. Ray went to choir rehearsal and brought ice cream sandwiches home. L.R. finished a book report. Cousin Willis came just before supper.
Friday, January 18, 1952
Ray home today. Took girls to Dr. Fleischli and got their glasses. M.E.’s look nice on her. Graff here. Peggy Wallace here in aft. and brought box of birthday cards for S.S. class members.
Saturday, January 19, 1952
Pat went to Dr. at 1 p.m. Ray worked last 4-12 shift. Aunt Helen here tonight and brought curtains, shade and complete lamp for Pat’s room. M.E. received letter from Grandma D.
Sunday, January 20, 1952
Ray started day shift today. Pat went to S.S. on bus and L.R. went to S.S. and church with Yocoms. Wrote letters to Warren, Ken, Janie Downs, and Mother D. Pat went to David Kuhn’s and L.R. went to Elliott Ave. Baptist Church with Yocoms in eve. Ray, M.E. and I were only ones home. He popped corn and we had Pepsi, too.
Monday, January 21, 1952
Letter to Mother D. not mailed until today. Pat went to Scouts. Graff here tonight. Ray to Dominic’s and brought pop, beer and fish sandwiches for girls and me. I called Sears and ordered valentines.
Tuesday, January 22, 1952
Ray went to bean supper and Dominic’s and got home at 1:15 a.m. L.R. went to Brownie meeting. We listened to radio in eve. and I worked on M.E.’s blouse. Received letter from Mother D.
Wednesday, January 23, 1952
Graff here tonight. Ray home today and eve. Had popcorn and pop after Graff left. L.R. finished a book report. I talked to Laura and Elsie today.
Thursday, January 24, 1952
Received fifty 2-cent stamps from Melfrances for mailing birthday cards to S.S. class members. Aunt Helen came tonight as she is going to Jacksonville Sunday. Valentines came from Sears.
Friday, January 25, 1952
Received letter from Caryl. Graff here tonight. Ray got a quart of pecan ice cream at Coy’s. Pat collected and went to a show. Mrs. Godley here in aft.
Saturday, January 26, 1952
Pat went to doctor at 1 p.m. Ray took car to city garage and changed tires. Brought fudge bars home. Finished M.E.’s white rayon blouse. L.R. not feeling well.
Sunday, January 27, 1952
L.R. no better so didn’t go to S.S. Pat went. He went to a show in aft. Ray didn’t go to church tonight. Listened to radio. Worked on bridge cloth Lorene gave me. George Bonn came for about 10 min. this aft.
Monday, January 28, 1952
Pat went to Scout meeting. Lorene and Katie came and brought 1 doz. Florida temple oranges. Graff here. Ray went to union meeting. Received letter from Shriner’s Hospital. Carol [Sutton] called and said they were leaving for California tomorrow and had “Alice in Wonderland” album and other things to give girls. Miss Moore was here from C.G.L. [?]
Tuesday, January 29, 1952
L.R. went to Brownie meeting. Ray worked on treatment table. Ray went out to Sutton’s in a.m. to get things from Carol. They were loading truck and left at 3:10 p.m. First “Popular Science” magazine came today.
Wednesday, January 30, 1952
Cousin Willis went to Memorial Hospital on account of a little cold and temp. Graff came in eve. Ray had planned on taking M.E. to St. Louis today because her foot still hurts, but decided not to.
Thursday, January 31, 1952
L.R. walked to school alone as Maureen home with a cough. Ray went to choir rehearsal and brought fudge bars home. I helped L.R. with 2 book reports. Called Elsie and she received a letter from Charles postmarked “Murphysborough”. Pat and I received short letters from Mother D.
Friday, February 1, 1952
Cecil [Yocom] took girls to school this a.m. WMAY Radio hooks up with NBC today. Graff here tonight. Cousin Willis came home from hospital tonight. Ray boxed Mike’s buggy for mailing.
Saturday, February 2, 1952
Lorene came out this p.m. and brought check for $50. I called Railway Express and they will pick up buggy Monday. Cousin Willis called this a.m. “American” magazine came first time.
Sunday, February 3, 1952
Children didn’t go to S.S. as too rainy. Ray went to church in eve. and Aunt Helen came. Wrote letter to Caryl.
Monday, February 4, 1952
L.R. didn’t go to school as her cold was worse. Worked on pink dotted Swiss that Ray brought from Sutton’s. Sending it to Jane as too small for L.R. “Front Page Detective” magazine came today for first time. Graff here tonight.
Tuesday, February 5, 1952
L.R. went to school today and Brownie’s afterwards. Ray went to see Dr. Stocker and lungs are okay; also went to C.G.L. to see Miss Moore. We listened to radio and had popcorn and Pepsi-Cola in eve.
Wednesday, February 6, 1952
Wrote to Mother D. King of England found dead in bed at 7:30 a.m. Ray took M.E. to Dr. Lindquist to fill out papers for Board of Education [re home tutoring]. I have a cold so cancelled appointment with Graff.
Thursday, February 7, 1952
M.E. and L.R. received letter from Mother D. with $1.00 for each. Pat received a birthday card and $5.00 from her. All three received letters from Caryl. Ray and I received letter from Gilroys. Ray went to choir rehearsal. I cut out blue rayon skirt for M.E.
Friday, February 8, 1952
Ironed this morning and baked a birthday cake for Pat. Ray brought home 2 pint bricks of Rozelle’s strawberry marshmallow sundae ice cream. Mrs. Maginnis came 1:30 to 2:50 p.m. to tutor M.E. We liked her very much. M.E. gave Pat a vanity set; L.R., box of stationery; and we gave him $3.00. Graff didn’t come tonight on account of my cold.
Saturday, February 9, 1952
Wrote letters to Aunt Ethel, Pauline Carswell, and Alice. L.R. went skating with Connie. Ray went to Y.B. at 6:50 and got home at 10:35. I worked on Pat’s dressing table set. Pat went to dentist today.
Sunday, February 10, 1952
No one went to church today. Aunt Helen came in eve. She gave Pat a check for $5.00. Mr. Diller came in and we had popcorn and cake. M.E. washed and set L.R.’s hair.
Monday, February 11, 1952
L.R. took music lesson. Mrs. Maginnis came. Received letter from Caryl. Finished M.E.’s blue skirt, worked on Pat’s set, and ironed.
Tuesday, February 12, 1952
Lincoln’s Birthday. Ray home today. Children didn’t have school today. Ray took girls to Fred Hignite’s while he got his watch repaired. I starched clothes and listened to radio. Girls sent valentines to Grandma and Grandpa, Carol S., Lanny S., Aunt Helen, and Gussie. I sent one to M. Gilroy. M.E. sent one to Mrs. Neale.
Wednesday, February 13, 1952
Ray’s day off. He took girls to school. Received valentines from Aunt Helen. Ironed today. Sent package to Caryl for birthday–Ray and I, a slip; girls, a pair of nylons. Ray saw Cousin Willis downtown today. Cashed check. Received 5 lb. box of stuffed dates from Doc & Minnie from San Diego, Calif., postmarked 2-6-52. Ray gave me a Valentine package containing 1 lb. Fannie May “Pixies”.
Thursday, February 14, 1952
Received an azalea plant from my secret pal. Received letter from Caryl enclosing money order for Met. Insurance; I called Mr. Epstein [ins. man]. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Linda Rae received 34 valentines at school and 2 Hershey bars and cookies; also a number of them through the mail and neighborhood. Made an apple pie, dropped it and broke pie plate – one good pie gone to the bad (garbage). Bob came in eve. and said Suttons bought a house in Los Angeles.
Friday, February 15, 1952
Elsie called to tell us that Otto’s brother was killed in car/train accident near Belleville. She got the word last night. Received beautiful valentines from Ray, M.E., L.R., and Jim & family; also a card from Doc & Minnie from Monterey Park, Calif. Mrs. Hanson and Lorene came tonight and brought 1 lb. chocolates in heart-shaped box. I sent a sympathy card to Elsie & Otto. Mr. Epstein came and picked up Jim’s insurance book and money order.
Saturday, February 16, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis came from 9-10 a.m. instead of Tuesday. Received letter from Mother D. Mary Ellen babysat with Donna Jane Garman from 7-9 p.m. Pat went to dentist.
Sunday, February 17, 1952
Ray took children to S.S. and church. Pat came home at 11 a.m. He went to a show with Leland Reese in aft. Ray, girls and I went for a ride; stopped at Dominic’s for case of pop (6 bottles), and cones at Sangamon Dairy. Willsons came just after we got home. Aunt Helen came in eve. Ray started swing shift at midnight tonight.
Monday, February 18, 1952
Received 3 pr. rubber pants from Vick’s for Mike. L.R. took music lesson. Graff came tonight. Ray went to Dominic’s and brought Eskimo pies home and can of beer. L.R. got an “A” on arithmetic test.
Tuesday, February 19, 1952
Wrote letters to Caryl and Mother D. L.R. went to Brownie meeting. Ray went to church in eve. to practice solo for Sunday. Brought fudge bars home. Received lace for vanity set for Pat from Lorene, 35 cents; also, paper for Pat from W.J.S.
Wednesday, February 20, 1952
Maureen home sick so L.R. walked to school alone. Aunt Helen phoned about Nannie Jones getting robbed. Graff came tonight. Ray went to church to practice with mixed quartet and solo. I helped L.R. with 2 book reports. Finished vanity set for Pat.
Thursday, February 21, 1952
Aunt Helen came at 7:30 a.m. and we made 2 batches of peanut brittle – one for her and one for us. She furnished the ingredients. We were through by 10:50 a.m. Ray took L.R. to school – Maureen still home with a cold. Ray worked 4-midnight. Pat received letter from Mother D. Cousin Willis came in aft. He brought 1 lb. box Gilbert chocolates and a book of Riley’s poems (1902 edition).
Friday, February 22, 1952
Made a cherry pie. Miss Appledorn came today. Gave Mrs. Maginnis $2.45 to pay Mr. Sieferman for M.E.’s book rental. Ray worked 4-12. Berdine wanted M.E. to stay with Maureen but she couldn’t on account of Graff came tonight and is working on her foot, too.
Saturday, February 23, 1952
Ray got home at 1:30 a.m. and brought me a piece of fish. He left at 11 a.m. to get groceries. Pat went to dentist at noon and he completed his filling. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30 p.m. to make up Lincoln’s birthday. Lorene got pattern for M.E.
Sunday, February 24, 1952
Ray and children went to S.S. Aunt Helen came in eve. Ray and girls went to church in eve. He sang a solo. He got dress pattern from Lorene for M.E. tonight.
Monday, February 25, 1952
Cut out M.E.’s red and aqua plaid dress. Graff here tonight and looked at M.E.’s ingrown nail.
Tuesday, February 26, 1952
Ray didn’t go to bean supper. Received card from Alan and letter from Warren.
Wednesday, February 27, 1952
Received letter from Pauline Carswell and card from Doc & Minnie. Graff here tonight. Ray went to church and quartet rehearsal.
Thursday, February 28, 1952
Ray picked up blouses and socks Aunt Helen bought for M.E. Dresses for M.E. came from Roland’s today. She wore the navy blue taffeta tonight to the 8th grade party at YMCA. Barbara Bailey and her mother took her and brought her home.
Friday, February 29, 1952
Received letters from Alan and Caryl , and a card from Mother D. about leaving Des Moines yesterday and going to suburb of Detroit. Dad is going to work in Chrysler plant there. Ray & I & children sent birthday cards to Aunt Ethel. Graff here tonight. Girls and I sat up til Ray got home at 12:30 and had a lunch with him.
Saturday, March 1, 1952
Pat went to dentist. I worked on M.E.’s red plaid dress. We were all home tonight – nice! Had popcorn and pop. Ray took my braces and shoes to shoe repairman to have braces removed. M.E. washed my hair and set it; also, L.R.’s.
Sunday, March 2, 1952
Ray sang in mixed quartet at 8 a.m. He came for children and took them to S.S. He went to deacons’ meeting in aft. Goes to work at midnight tonight. He took girls’ picture in snow this aft.
Monday, March 3, 1952
Pauline cancelled music lesson as she had a bad cold. Baked a loaf of date nut bread. Pat went to a show. Ray, girls & I spent an enjoyable evening at home. Graff didn’t come as he has a bad cold.
Tuesday, March 4, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis came at 10:30 a.m. L.R. took $2.40 for 6 doz. Girl Scout cookies to Brownie meeting tonight. S.S. class meeting at Eileen Boyle’s tonight but I didn’t attend as too cold. Ray home tonight. Received letter from Mother Durst.
Wednesday, March 5, 1952
Called Elsie and Gus came before I hung up. She and Russell are coming out for supper Tuesday evening. Ray went to prayer meeting and mixed quartet practiced afterwards. Martha S. brought Girl Scout cookies after supper. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30 p.m. Received letter from Jane in Chicago. Bro. Laughlin here in afternoon.
Thursday, March 6, 1952
Aunt Helen came in eve., also Mr. Dawson who brought wire recording of Bro. Laughlin’s sermon on ambassador to the Vatican City.
Friday, March 7, 1952
Graff came tonight and Lorene and Mrs. Hanson came after he left. Mrs. Hanson brought a glass of jelly. Pat went to a show.
Saturday, March 8, 1952
L.R. went skating at Moonlight Gardens with Mrs. Yocom and Maureen. Ray worked today for Buedel as he’s taking his shift next Wednesday when Ray takes M.E. to St. Louis for checkup. Received magazine from Marian Gilroy.
Sunday, March 9, 1952
Ray went to 8 o’clock church, came and got children for S.S. We took a ride in aft. L.R. went with Maureen to Armory for Girl Scout birthday party. She had supper at Yocom’s and then went to Elliott Ave. Baptist Church.
Monday, March 10, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis here at 1:30 p.m. L.R. took music lesson. Graff here tonight.
Tuesday, March 11, 1952
Gus and Russell here tonight for supper. They brought meatloaf, green beans, potatoes and bread. We furnished salad (lemon-lime jello with cottage cheese & crushed pineapple), devil’s food cake with ice cream and frozen strawberries, and coffee. Berdine fixed my hair this a.m. Mrs. Maginnis came at 10:45 a.m. Aunt Ethel is coming to Springfield to stay at Wrightwood Nursing Home.
Wednesday, March 12, 1952
Ray took Mary Ellen to St. Louis for checkup. Graff didn’t come today as I am under the weather. Pat received letter from Mother D. Mrs. Godley here for a little while in aft. Ray & M.E. got back at 4 p.m. M.E. has to go back again in a couple months for another checkup. Wrote to Mother D. Ray went to prayer meeting and mixed quartet rehearsal.
Thursday, March 13, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis came at 11 a.m. Cousin Willis called at 11:30. Ray washed this a.m. Wrote letter to Jim & Caryl. Children wrote letters to Grandma.
Friday, March 14, 1952
Pat & girls received letter from Caryl. Graff did not come tonight. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 15, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis came at 9:30 a.m. Lorene came in aft. and brought L.R. and M.E. each a book (“Five Little Peppers Midway” and “Five Little Peppers Grown Up”). Willsons and Bob and Marge here tonight. M.E. shampooed and set L.R.’s hair.
Sunday, March 16, 1952
Ray went to 8 o’clock church and then came for children and took them to S.S. Afterwards, they stopped at Bob’s and got Mom’s picture and pr. slippers Marge thought L.R. could wear, but heels are too high. Ray, girls and I went for a ride in aft. We had baked turkey for dinner, also mashed potatoes, gravy, jello salad, and angel food cake with chocolate icing.
Monday, March 17, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30 p.m. L.R. took music lesson. Graff came tonight. Ray took M.E. to Dr. Delano. Ray went to work at midnight. Ordered pair of dark blue slippers from Spiegel’s for L.R., $4.26.
Tuesday, March 18, 1952
L.R. went to Brownie meeting. Aunt Ethel moved to Wrightwood Nursing Home.
Wednesday, March 19, 1952
Graff here tonight. Ray went to church and quartet practice later. L.R.’s slippers came from Spiegel’s but too large. Pat got pictures he took of girls from Watts tonight and they’re good. He went to a show.
Thursday, March 20, 1952
Ray had car wheels changed and straightened at Goodyear’s. L.R. made a book report tonight. Ray returned L.R.’s slippers at Spiegel’s and they refunded the money. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30 p.m. L.R. went to movie after school.
Friday, March 21, 1952
Wrote a letter to Vernon Nickell, Superintendent of Public Instruction, for “This is Our Soil” for L.R. for school. Ray took M.E. to Dr. Delano again at 10 a.m. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30 p.m. Graff here tonight.
Saturday, March 22, 1952
Received letter from Mother D. I wrote one to Alan. Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here this aft. I called Elsie to get Charles’ address.
Sunday, March 23, 1952
Ray sang in mixed quartet at 8 o’clock service, came back and got children for S.S. Took film to Watts. Pat went to show in aft. Ray’s about sick with a cold.
Monday, March 24, 1952
Mary Ellen went to Dr. Delano at 10 a.m. Mrs. Maginnis here at 1:30 p.m. Graff here tonight – told him to come twice a week. Cousin Willis here in aft. Ray has the flu. Received letter from Caryl Pearce with picture. L.R. took music lesson. Ray didn’t work tonight. Johnny Lazar worked for him.
Tuesday, March 25, 1952
L.R. furnished “nibbles” at Brownie meeting. I made Easter baskets with doughnuts, etc. Ray took them to Skibitzski’s in afternoon. Mrs. Maginnis here at 1:45.
Wednesday, March 26, 1952
Cut out pink and gray stripe jumper and pink blouse for M.E. Helped L.R. with book report.
Thursday, March 27, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis came at 11 a.m. Lorene came in evening. Worked on M.E.’s jumper and blouse. Ray went to choir rehearsal.
Friday, March 28, 1952
Mrs. Godley here in late aft. Mrs. Maginnis here at 1:30 p.m. Public schools closed today for Teachers’ Institute. Aunt Helen picked out Easter hats for girls. Grandma D. is paying for them. Ray took them downtown to meet her. Children received letters from Grandma D. Graff here tonight. Ray got L.R.’s spring coat at cleaners.
Saturday, March 29, 1952
Ray took girls downtown to get slippers. Wes, Alice, Mike and Jane came in aft. M.E. washed her hair.
Sunday, March 30, 1952
Ray sang in mixed quartet at 8 a.m. service, came back for children and all went to S.S. Wes and family here at noon. Aunt Helen came in eve. and Ray went to church. M.E. and L.R. went to Pantheon – Ray took them and picked them up after show. Pat went, too. I wrote a letter to Mother D.
Monday, March 31, 1952
Graff came tonight. Package came from Caryl for her secret pal to be forwarded. L.R. took music lesson.
Tuesday, April 1, 1952
L.R. went to Brownie meeting. Mrs. Maginnis came at 11 a.m. I helped L.R. with book report. Mrs. Godley got a red sweater for L.R. at Christ Church Rummage Sale – 25 cents.
Wednesday, April 2, 1952
Ray went to church for prayer meeting and quartet practice. Berdine came up and cut my hair. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:15 p.m. Ordered circular skirt for L.R. at M.W.
Thursday, April 3, 1952
L.R. had to be at school at 8:30 a.m. so Ray took her. She helped Miss Hibbs with library books. Berdine gave me a Toni. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:35 p.m. Cousin Willis here in aft.
Friday, April 4, 1952
Graff here tonight. Ray sang with quartet at youth evangelistic meeting at church tonight. I went to Dr. Ratliff and had 2 teeth filled and one x-rayed. Ray, M.E. and I went to lunch.
Saturday, April 5, 1952
Received letter from Mother D. with $10 for girls’ hats, etc. Received skirt from M.W. but not satisfactory.
Sunday, April 6, 1952
Ray and girls went to S.S. Ray took girls to Pantheon in aft. and picked them up. He went to church in eve. Aunt Helen didn’t come tonight.
Monday, April 7, 1952
L.R. was supposed to go to school early and forgot. She took her music lesson in aft. Ray returned skirt to M.W. and got money back. Ordered skirt, 3 suits for Mike, and a cardigan from Sears, and vest and ties from Spiegel’s. Graff didn’t come tonight. Mrs. Maginnis here at 1:30 p.m. Wrote letters to Mother D. and Caryl.
Tuesday, April 8, 1952
L.R. Brownie meeting postponed until tomorrow eve. She went to a magician show at school. Election Day. Manager plan defeated. Lorene & Katie here tonight.
Wednesday, April 9, 1952
L.R. went to Brownie meeting. L.R.’s skirt, M.E.’s blouse, and Mike’s suits came from Sears. Shortened skirt. Mike’s suits too small (size 1) so reordered in size 2. Sent Easter cards to Mother & Dad D., Jim & family.
Thursday, April 10, 1952
Sent Easter cards to Aunt Helen, Aunt Ethel and secret pal.
Friday, April 11, 1952
Went to dentist at 10 a.m. Children home on account of Good Friday. Ray’s last midnight shift.
Saturday, April 12, 1952
Ray took L.R. to town and exchanged slippers at Schiff’s. She went to Edna Sutton’s birthday party. Received lily plant from Ray & children and hydrangea from secret pal. Lovely! – both.
Sunday, April 13, 1952
[Easter] Ray and girls went to S.S. and church. Pat just S.S. Ray started eve. shift today. Aunt Helen here in eve. She gave Pat a picture; M.E. a slip; L.R. 3 pr. anklets; and I received 2 pr. nylon hose. Certainly nice! She treated with ice cream sandwiches and she got a “drumstick”. We had turkey, dressing, gravy, potatoes, asparagus, cranberry sauce, and raspberry pie!
Monday, April 14, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis isn’t coming today. Jaycees met at Filter Plant tonight and gave Ray a case of Coca-Cola and 2 loaves of bread. I made oatmeal cookies in a.m. Three sunsuits came today from Sears for Mike.
Tuesday, April 15, 1952
L.R. wore circular skirt for first time with dotted Swiss blouse. Brownie meeting today. Mrs. Maginnis came at 10:15 a.m. Received letter from Mother D. Sent 3 sunsuits, 3 pr. plastic pants to Mike for his birthday, and slippers and slip for Caryl. Laura called today. Ray went to Sears to exchange sunsuits for Mike.
Wednesday, April 16, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:15 p.m. Janie Downs came at 3. L.R. made book report.
Thursday, April 17, 1952
L.R. went to movie at school. Dr. Ratliff called and postponed appointment until April 25th at 10 a.m. Ray went to choir rehearsal. L.R. made book report. Mrs. Maginnis here 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Friday, April 18, 1952
Graff here tonight. Mike is one year old today. Ray took laundry to laundromat. Pat went to show. Mrs. Maginnis here from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 19, 1952
M.E. & L.R. shampooed and set their hair. I lengthened L.R.’s green & white striped chambray. Ray worked 4-12 and I waited up for him. Mrs. Maginnis came 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 20, 1952
Ray and girls went to S.S. and church. Pat S.S. only. Pat went to a show in aft. Ray worked 4-12. Ray finished taking 4 pictures on old roll of film and 4 on new roll.
Monday, April 21, 1952
L.R. went to school at 8:30 a.m. Received letters from Caryl and Aunt Ethel. L.R. took music lesson. Berdine took money for deposit on Brownie camp ($4.00). Graff here tonight. Cousin Willis phoned. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 22, 1952
No Brownie meeting after school. Lengthened dresses for L.R. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23, 1952
L.R. made book report. She and Pat wrote to Grandma D. Mrs. Maginnis here 1:30-2:30 p.m. I ordered sundress, 8 pr. sox for L.R. and M.E. and rayon blouse from Spiegel’s, blouse for M.E. and 2 pr. panties for L.R. from Sears. Ray got pictures from Watts (taken Sunday) – Good!
Thursday, April 24, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis here at 10:40 a.m. L.R. went early to school. Ray off today. Sent letter to Mother D. and enclosed 2 pictures of girls taken last Sunday. Ray went to choir rehearsal. I called Aunt Helen. She’s had a bad cold. Helped L.R. with book report. Pat got new expansion band for watch tonight.
Friday, April 25, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30 p.m. Peg Wallace came in afternoon, too. Sent money for baby jackets ($1.50) and tie (35 cents) to Mrs. Godley. Graff here tonight. Ray had to go to union meeting at power plant tonight. Received package from Spiegel’s. L.R.’s sundress, shirt, socks, and M.E.’s socks very nice. Ray got L.R.’s Book 4 for music today. Went to dentist today. Paid him $20.
Saturday, April 26, 1952
Letter and pictures of girls finally mailed to Mother D. today. Ray got seat covers for car and aluminum gutters from Sears. Received letter from Caryl. Ray got 3 doz. eggs from Aunt Helen (26 cents doz.).
Sunday, April 27, 1952
Daylight Savings Time went into effect today. Ray and girls went to S.S. and church and I went with them for ride around lake after dinner. Redbud trees were at their best. Ray went to work at 4 p.m. Aunt Helen came in eve. She sent Pat for ice cream sandwiches and popsicles. I ordered dress and pajamas from Florida Fashions.
Monday, April 28, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis here at 1:30 p.m. Cousin Willis here later. L.R. took music lesson. Ray took maroon seat covers to exchange for green ones but they’re out of them. They will get more end of week. Graff here. Cousin Willis also gave L.R. a book “Phronsie Pepper” and brought lots of vegetables from Harm’s and asparagus from L.D. Spaulding.
Tuesday, April 29, 1952
L.R. went to Brownie meeting. Aluminum gutters came today. Mrs. Maginnis here at 12:50 p.m. Read library book aloud to L.R. “Blue Ribbons for Meg.” Ray got green seat covers today.
Wednesday, April 30, 1952
Mrs. Yocom took L.R. to Sears to get a pair of shorts–blue trimmed with white. She may not keep them as they’re so light. Ordered M.E.’s graduation dress from Roland’s. Helped L.R. with book report. Ray had seat covers put on at Sears.
Thursday, May 1, 1952
Ordered 1 pr. shorts and 2 shirts from Spiegel’s. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Helped L.R. with book report. She has made 36 so far.
Friday, May 2, 1952
Graff has flu so didn’t come tonight. We went to drive-in – Cornell Wilde and Maureen O’Hara in “At a Sword’s Point” and Bobby Driscoll in “When I Grow Up.” Went to dentist today.
Saturday, May 3, 1952
Lorene here in aft. Received lovely dress from Mother D. for Mother’s Day. L.R. went cycling in a.m. with Maureen Yocom, Martha Skibitzski and Barbara Fehring. They went to see “With a Song In My Heart” in p.m.
Sunday, May 4, 1952
Ray sang solo “His Eye is on the Sparrow” at 8 a.m. service and men’s class. Children and he went to S.S. Aunt Helen came in eve.
Monday, May 5, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30 p.m. Ray worked on gutters. Graff didn’t come tonight as he isn’t over the flu and weather too warm (92).
Tuesday, May 6, 1952
Package came from Florida Fashions but sent12 misses dress instead of girl’s 12. Ray mailed it back this aft. I ordered long-leg p.j.’s by mistake, too. Too much “hurry up” when I wrote order. Very nice merchandise, though. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30. Sent letters to L.D. Spaulding, Caryl P., and Cousin Nell. Buzz here this eve. Called June Bentley at Lake Club about U.S. sending an ambassador to the Vatican City.
Wednesday, May 7, 1952
L.R. home with a cold today. Spiegel order of 2 polo shirts and shorts came today – lovely. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30 p.m. Girls and I received letters from Mother D. I sent $1.00 to McCall’s for 8-month magazine subscription. June Bentley and one of her patrons made an uncomplimentary remark, such as “stupid” and “shallow” over the air tonight pertaining to my phone call last night. Later, 3 others sided in with me.
Thursday, May 8, 1952
L.R. better today. Called preacher about Ambassador to Vatican City. Returned dress to Mother D. as too large. Also sent letter. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Pat went to see “Greatest Show on Earth” at Orpheum tonight.
Friday, May 9, 1952
L.R.’s cold much better. I had tooth extracted at 10 a.m. at Dr. Yates’ office, $5.00. L.R. stayed at Yocom’s. Got a box of candy at Martha Washington Shop for Aunt Helen. Ray called Graff and told him not to come as my gums were too sore. Ordered t-shirts for Pat and a pair of shorts for L.R. from M.W. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30. Ray home tonight. Girls and I made fudge.
Saturday, May 10, 1952
L.R. complained of pain in chest and back. Couldn’t get Dr. Romence, he’s out of town. Tonight is Ray’s last evening shift.
Sunday, May 11, 1952
Mother’s Day. Ray started day shift today. Children didn’t go to S.S. Ray took them to see “Greatest Show on Earth” at Orpheum in eve. Aunt Helen stayed with me. Secret Pal sent me pair of hose and girls gave me a pair. Received card from Caryl & Jim.
Monday, May 12, 1952
L.R. went to school today. Graff here tonight. Ray took car to mechanic for repairs at 6 p.m. L.R. took music lesson. Mrs. Maginnis here at 1:30.
Tuesday, May 13, 1952
Ray was supposed to be off today but had to work as Major Bray is still sick. L.R. home today as her back and chest still hurts. Called doctor’s office at 1 p.m. and didn’t get him until 9 p.m. He sent medicine from Watts (sulpha and penicillin). Ray went to get car and came back at 11 p.m. Mrs. Maginnis here at 1:30. Cancelled my dentist appointment since Ray had to work. Made one for 10 a.m. next Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 14, 1952
Ray and Mary Ellen left at 7:20 a.m. for St. Louis. L.R. still home. Aunt Helen stopped for a few minutes and left 2 quarts strawberries and sack of fresh spinach. Cousin Willis brought letter from Jessie Bode (to Aunt Helen) and a sack of asparagus. Talked to Mrs. Hart in aft. Ray and M.E. got home at 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 15, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis here at 1:30 p.m. Ray went to choir rehearsal. L.R. still home but made 2 book reports (total to date - 38). Girls wrote to Grandma tonight. Mrs. Neale called M.E.
Friday, May 16, 1952
Ray and Pat picked up package at M.W. ($2.08). Contained Pat’s t-shirts but L.R.’s shorts were cancelled – suggested I reorder in 2 weeks. Received letter from Mother D. which contained $5.00 instead of Mother’s Day dress. Graff here tonight. L.R.’s red dot dress came from Florida Fashions and it’s adorable. They refunded $1.00 by mistake, which made the dress cost $1.98 – not bad! Started to shorten it this eve.
Saturday, May 17, 1952
Finished “City of Discontent” by Mark Harris. Baked a rhubarb pie, washed out some things, and finished hem in L.R.’s red dot dress. Mrs. Maginnis here at 2:15 p.m. Lorene phoned.
Sunday, May 18, 1952
Wrote letters to Mother D. and Warren. Returned pajamas to Florida Fashions and ordered 2 dresses instead. Went to Aunt Helen’s in eve. to see Marshall McKinnie and family. Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob were there, too.
Monday, May 19, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis here from 1:15-2:15 p.m. Frances Jordan here in eve. She left card for Linda Rae for Lake Springfield Christian Assembly Camp. Lorene and her mother were here, too. She brought some watches for us to see and a graduation gift for M.E. Graff here tonight. Linda Rae went to school and got along okay. Also took music lesson – started in Book 4.
Tuesday, May 20, 1952
Dr. Ratliff made impressions of my upper and lower gums. L.R. went to Brownie meeting. Sent L.S.C.A. camp card to Frances Jordan by Pat in evening. Talked to Aunt Helen on phone – she’s having her S.S. class tonight. Mrs. Maginnis came at 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday, May 21, 1952
Wrote letter to Ken and washed our bedroom curtains, girls’ bedroom curtains, dresser skirt, scarves, etc. Pat received letter from Grandma D.
Thursday, May 22, 1952
L.R. went to school at 8:30 to take 2 spelling tests. She got “A” on both. Received letter from Caryl. Ironed our bedroom curtains and scarves. L.R. got “A” on 3rd spelling test she took in aft. Ray went to choir rehearsal.
Friday, May 23, 1952
We went to town in evening to get bed lamp shade but none of the stores carry them. Saw Ruth McKinnie and Lillian Richardson, her husband and daughter. Got ice cream cones and stopped at Dominic’s. Girls and I stayed in car. Mrs. Godley here in aft. Graff called that he wouldn’t come tonight. Received card from Mother D. saying they were going to Indianapolis, Ind. Thursday and Friday.
Saturday, May 24, 1952
L.R. and Maureen went to library on avenue to get books. Girls cleaned Grandma’s room as Aunt Helen is coming to stay all night. She came about 6:30 p.m. Ray and girls went after her. John Lazar, wife and John Perry came after supper and brought beer and pretzels. Frances Jordan called at 8:30 to say she’ll pick up girls in morning.
Sunday, May 25, 1952
Frances Jordan picked up girls at 9 a.m. Aunt Helen left at 11:15 a.m. Pat went to show in aft. L.R. went to Crusader’s at Elliott Ave. Baptist Church with Maureen, and Ray went to West Side in eve. Alma Skibitzski here a couple of hours in aft.
Monday, May 26, 1952
L.R. took music lesson at 4 p.m. Graff here tonight. Ray went to union meeting. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 27, 1952
L.R. went to Brownie meeting. Received a card from Gus and Russell and one from Marian and Tom, a letter from Carol Sutton and one from Ken. Their baby boy was born at 11:30 p.m. on May 23, weight 8 lbs. Wrote letters to Ken, Alice, Cousin Emma and Caryl P. I went to dentist in a.m. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:30. Talked to Elsie, Aunt Helen, Lorene, Bob, and Mary Taylor on phone.
Wednesday, May 28, 1952
Ray took M.E. to town in a.m. to get white slippers for graduation. I ordered red sandals for L.R. from Sears. Berdine came up for about an hour. Ray mailed my letters and package to Ken. Received letter from Aunt Fannie. Ray worked on radio and got a quart of ice cream and chocolate syrup. Mrs. Neale came to bring high school card for M.E. to fill out to make arrangements for going to school tomorrow. Mrs. Maginnis here at 1:30. Ray took flower basket to Aunt Helen to fill for Mother’s grave.
Thursday, May 29, 1952
L.R. went to school early to help Miss Hibbs. Miss Hibbs gave L.R. a lovely bottle of cologne. Mrs. Neale stopped for M.E. at 8:40 a.m. Barbara Bailey and her mother came at 9 a.m. Mrs. Maginnis came for a few minutes for me to sign a couple papers. Received letter from Mother D. and wrote letters to Aunt Fannie, Pauline Baker, Mother D., and Janie Downs. Went out to cemetery with Ray and girls to put flowers on Helen’s and Mother’s graves. Aunt Helen came after supper. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Mrs. Godley gave M.E. a necklace. Mrs. Hanson and Lorene came out.
Friday, May 30, 1952
[Memorial Day] Washed some things. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:40 p.m. Graff didn’t come as a holiday. Went to drive-in and saw “Retreat Hell”; also Elizabeth Taylor and Larry Parks in “Love is Better Than Ever.”
Saturday, May 31, 1952
Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:45 p.m. Package came from Florida Fashions – green plaid dress and red with blue dot. Ironed everything. Ray put up curtains in dining room and living room.
Sunday, June 1, 1952
Frances Jordan took girls to S.S. and church. Ray went to church in eve. L.R. went to Elliott Ave. with Yocoms. She wore red dot dress for first time.
Monday, June 2, 1952
L.R. went to school early to help Miss Hibbs. Also took sack lunch for picnic at Lincoln Park this noon. M.E. washed and pinned up my hair. Mrs. Maginnis came at 1:15 p.m. L.R. took music lesson. Graff didn’t come as I am under the weather tonight. Ray took radio to get it fixed. Received letters from Alan S. and Caryl P.
Tuesday, June 3, 1952
M.E. went to school all day. I went to Brownie Pow-Wow at Skibitzski’s in aft. M.E. graduated at 6:45 p.m. She received wrist watch from Grandma D.; one from us; corsage from L.R.; ring from Aunt Helen; $1.00, Mrs. Hanson; hose, Lorene; hose, Cousin Mary; shorts, Yocoms. I went to class meeting at M. Underwood’s. Girls and Maureen went to Aunt Helen’s and L.R. stayed all night at Yocom’s. L.R.’s sandals came from Sears today. Ray went to Bob’s and then to Aunt Helen’s. Ed is home. Horace went with Bob to bring him home. They took in an opera – “Carmen”.
Wednesday, June 4, 1952
M.E. went to school to pose for class picture. Received letter from Alice. Elsie called and read letter from Ken – baby named Scott. Last day of school. Went for a ride in eve. and got cones. Maureen went along and stayed all night. Ray took watch back to Lorene. Also went to church for an hour to rehearse with mixed quartet.
Thursday, June 5, 1952
Pat went to high school and L.R. to Ridgely to get report cards. Berdine stopped for a few minutes to show a sundress and ask if I’d make a bolero. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Mrs. Goldsby sat on our porch for a couple of hours and visited with me. Lorene and her mother came for a few minutes and brought a wool suit for M.E. and old hose for me.
Friday, June 6, 1952
Wrote to Mother D. Graff here tonight. Our phone is out of order.
Saturday, June 7, 1952
Illinois Bell man fixed phone this a.m. but will come back Monday to put on longer cord. Went to drive-in and saw “Just This Once” with Janet Leigh and Peter Lawford, and “The Wild North” with Stewart Granger.
Sunday, June 8, 1952
Ray took children to S.S. and church. Pat didn’t stay for church. Aunt Helen here in eve. Ray worked on ramp for front door. Pat gave M.E. a “Lanphier High” bracelet – beautiful! Ray took some pictures of M.E. in her graduation dress and also one of L.R. in her red dot dress.
Monday, June 9, 1952
Cut out Berdine’s bolero. Mrs. Maginnis came at 9:45 a.m. L.R. started to Daily Vacation Bible School this a.m. Mrs. Reese is furnishing transportation. Graff came tonight. Ray entered St. John’s Hospital at 7:30 p.m. Phone man brought long cord this a.m.
Tuesday, June 10, 1952
Ray called at 11:00 a.m. after operation [?] and doctor said he came through fine. Worked on Berdine’s jacket.
Wednesday, June 11, 1952
Ray called this a.m. and said he’d be home tomorrow. Aunt Helen came tonight. Finished Berdine’s jacket.
Thursday, June 12, 1952
Went to New Salem with Berdine for Brownie picnic. Ray home when we got back – hooray!
Friday, June 13, 1952
Graff didn’t come tonight as too warm (97). We went to John Lazar’s and sat in yard until storm came up and then went inside. Pat went to a show. I ordered a tie for M.E. to give Ray, and linen handkerchief for L.R. to give him. I ordered a can of “Stag” from Dominic for Ray. Charlie Hartmann called Ray about call for Mike to go to St. Louis.
Saturday, June 14, 1952
Ray wrote to Jim. He received [Father’s Day] card from them and girls received letters from Grandma D. Cousin Willis came out. John Lazar brought Ray’s “Stag” this p.m. Yocoms left for Minnesota.
Sunday, June 15, 1952
Father’s Day - M.E. gave Ray a tie and L.R. gave him a handkerchief. Children went to S.S. but Ray only one to stay for church. Did I get a break today! Ray had our dinner sent out from “Dixie Barbeque” – chicken and all the trimmin’s! Mmmm yummy. Aunt Helen came out in eve. and Ray went to work at midnight.
Monday, June 16, 1952
L.R. went to Daily Vacation Bible School starting second week. She went to Senate [Theater] in aft. with Nancy Dean and took music lesson at 3:30 p.m. Graff here tonight. Went for a ride to Filter Plant. Chester Jones here at 5 p.m. to give estimate on removing tree in front of house, $75.00.
Tuesday, June 17, 1952
Went to Bob’s in eve. Ray stopped at Aunt Helen’s to pick up and pay for strawberries she got at Harm’s, 39 cents a box. Hemmed material for lawn chair and Ray put it on.
Wednesday, June 18, 1952
Ray went at 6:45 p.m. to practice with mixed quartet and stayed for prayer meeting. L.R. went to Canterbury’s farm in aft. with junior girls from D.V.B.S. She went home with Nancy Dean and stayed until Ray picked her up after prayer meeting. Mrs. Goldsby brought strawberry “New Freeze” and cookies for M.E., me, and herself. Very delicious!
Thursday, June 19, 1952
Lorene came out tonight. She sold watch we got M.E.
Friday, June 20, 1952
Graff here tonight. Aunt Helen came and Elsie came later. Mr. and Mrs. Reese took girls to D.V.B.S. program.
Saturday, June 21, 1952
We went to drive-in.
Sunday, June 22, 1952
Ray and children went to S.S. He stayed for church. Girls went to Pantheon. Ray went to work at midnight.
Monday, June 23, 1952
Order came from Sears. Shorts, shirt and slip for M.E.; p.j.’s and 2 pr. panties for L.R., and dress for Susan [?]. L.R. took music lesson. Graff here tonight.
Tuesday, June 24, 1952
Agnes Charles called on me this aft. We went for a ride around lake and stopped to see H. Monroe and wife. She asked us out for a picnic supper soon. I wrote letters to Alice, Carol S., and M. Gilroy. Sent pair hose and handkerchief to Margaret Baker for her birthday, also a card. Aunt Helen sent dress out from Roland’s for me. I will apply $5.00 from Mother D. for Mother’s Day gift and $8.00 from Aunt Helen for birthday ($12.95).
Wednesday, June 25, 1952
Ray went to mixed quartet practice. Mrs. Maginnis here 10:30-11:30, and Linda played with Carol M.
Thursday, June 26, 1952
M.E. had last school lesson today. Mrs. Maginnis took the girls to Lincoln Park. L.R. played with Carol M. Today is Mr. and Mrs. Wenger’s [neighbors] 50th wedding anniversary. We sent them a card. Girls and I sat on porch until Ray came home from work about 12:15 a.m. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller came for a few minutes to bring L.R. a suitcase, towels, pillowslip and blanket for camp.
Friday, June 27, 1952
Ray sent package to Susan (dress). Graff called that he wouldn’t come tonight as too warm (96).
Saturday, June 28, 1952
[High - 102 degrees] M.E. washed L.R.’s hair and her own. Ray worked on swing. Too hot to go anywhere so we sat out on porch.
Sunday, June 29, 1952
[High - 103] Ray and children went to S.S. Ray stayed for church. Took Linda Rae to L.S.C.A. camp at 4 p.m. We got back at 6:15 p.m. Aunt Helen came in eve. Ray went to work at midnight.
Monday, June 30, 1952
Ordered dress from Roland’s for self. Went out to L.S.C.A. camp to take some things to Linda. Graff didn’t come tonight as too warm.
Tuesday, July 1, 1952
Dress came from Roland’s but not satisfactory. Went to S.S. class potluck at Lillian Richardson’s. Ray and Mary Ellen went, too.
Wednesday, July 2, 1952
[High - 98] Wrote letter to Grandma D., also L.R. Went out to L.S.C.A. camp. L.R. came home with us. Ralph McLean suggested it. Stopped at Buedel’s to see their T.V. Got to see Arthur Godfrey program.
Thursday, July 3, 1952
Ray took L.R. to L.S.C.A. camp to get her things as she decided to come home. Ruth Ann came at 1:30 to stay all night. Caryl’s check came so I forwarded it and enclosed a letter from me.
Friday, July 4, 1952
Ray worked today. Graff did not come as it’s a holiday. Aunt Helen, Ruth Ann, Uncle Rob and Aunt Ethel here for picnic supper. Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob left about 7:15 and Gus and Russell came around 8 p.m. and stayed until 10:00. We had a nice display of fireworks. Ruth Ann went home with Aunt Helen.
Saturday, July 5, 1952
Ray practiced at church with mixed quartet. Girls and I went along and stopped on way to church to give Lorene her birthday gift. While parked at church we saw Melfrances and Mrs. Miller. On way to Sangamon Dairy we saw Margaret Baker and chatted with her for a while. Ordered 2 dresses for self from M.W.
Sunday, July 6, 1952
Ray took children to S.S. He sang at 10:30 church with mixed quartet but didn’t stay for sermon. Nancy Dean here for dinner. They went to swimming pool and Ray took Nancy home at 5 p.m. Cousin Willis phoned at 9 p.m. Ray started midnight shift 6 days a week on account of vacations.
Monday, July 7, 1952
L.R. didn’t take music lesson today as Pauline on vacation. Cousins Willis and Mary flew to Oklahoma City this a.m. to visit Fred. Ray took girls to Strand [Theater] at 1 p.m. and will pick them up at 4:15 p.m. Mailed books to Dad D. Graff here tonight. Ray went to tent meeting.
Tuesday, July 8, 1952
Ray went to pick up Fred Hignite to take watch to jeweler at 2nd and N. Grand and the girls and I went along. Fred sent it away to be fixed the next day. We stopped at Producer’s Dairy.
Wednesday, July 9, 1952
Received letter from Mother D.
Thursday, July 10, 1952
Ray went to tent meeting. Two dresses came from M.W. Lovely. Aunt Helen brought a green rayon eyelet dress for my birthday. She stayed just a few minutes. Pat started work at Balestri’s [restaurant], 4-10 p.m.
Friday, July 11, 1952
Graff here tonight. Pat worked. L.R. went to Sears with Maureen this eve. Ray went to practice with mixed quartet after tent meeting.
Saturday, July 12, 1952
Pat is giving up his paper route today but week isn’t up until tomorrow. He brought a step-on garbage can for kitchen. Very neat! I received 6 birthday cards in mail and a notice that Eastern Star remitted my dues for 1952 for a birthday gift. Mrs. Godley was here for a few minutes.
Sunday, July 13, 1952
Ray went to 8:00 service. He came back for girls for S.S. Mixed quartet sang for S.S. Girls went to Pantheon in aft. Pat went to work at 1 p.m. Margaret Baker & her mother came out in aft. Bob and Marge came around suppertime and had a snack with us. Aunt Helen came for eve. and sent for ice cream. Received hassock from Ray; shade from children; address book, Lorene; hanky, Mrs. Hanson; fruit, W.J.S.; 3 handkerchiefs, Bob & Marge; dress, Aunt Helen; nylon slip, secret pal; bath powder , cologne & handkerchief from M. Baker; 1952 dues, Lallah Rookh Chapter; $5.00 from Mother D.; hose, Pat. I received 21 birthday cards. Maureen went to her Sunday School camp.
Monday, July 14, 1952
Went to Dr. Ratliff at 10 a.m. to have upper plate adjusted. Today is Pat’s day off. Nancy Dean came out at 6 p.m. to stay all night. Sent letter to Alan and note to Vivian Barton to thank Lallah Rookh Chapter for remitting 1952 dues. Called Vivian and Lorene. Maureen got homesick and came home from camp tonight. L.R. didn’t take music lesson as Pauline is still on vacation.
Tuesday, July 15, 1952
Ray took L.R. to Dr. King [orthodontist] to see about braces. He said Dr. Ratliff would have to take x-rays of lower teeth before braces can be used. Received letter and $5.00 from Mother D. Berdine and Maureen came for a little while this a.m. M.E., L.R., Nancy and Maureen went to a show in aft. Nancy went home at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 16, 1952
Ray took M.E. to Dr. Delano and L.R. to Dr. Ratliff for x-rays of teeth. I wrote letters to Mother D. and Alice. We went for a ride in eve. out on Peoria Road, west through Andrew, and back on Horner Highway.
Thursday, July 17, 1952
Ray went out to Laura’s and brought Jim, Caryl & Mike here in a.m. They stayed for lunch and supper. Caryl packed all their clothes in chest of drawers and called Underfanger’s to pick up their bedroom set to store. Cousin Willis called. They got back yesterday from Oklahoma City. Ray took clothes to laundromat.
Friday, July 18, 1952
Ordered nylon shirt for Ray from M.W. for his birthday. Underfanger’s came in aft. and picked up Jim’s bedroom set. Cousin Willis here in eve. L.R. went to Douglas Park for supper with Maureen and Berdine. Ray, M.E. and I ate at 5th and So. Grand then drove out to Laura’s to give Jim a carton of cigarettes [birthday present] and take Mike’s diapers.
Saturday, July 19, 1952
Went to new drive-in to see “Skirts Ahoy” and “Nevada”. Didn’t like it as well as Springfield Drive-In.
Sunday, July 20, 1952
Ray went to 8:00 service and came back for children for S.S. We went to U&I and Beau Knot S.S. Class picnic from 1-4:30 p.m. Took a fried chicken, buttered bread, and bean salad.
Monday, July 21, 1952
Ray ordered garage door this morning from Spiegel’s. Lorene left today for 3-week trip to Alaska.
Tuesday, July 22, 1952
Aunt Helen here tonight. Mr. Diller came in for a little while and Ray got all of us lime popsicles. Talked to Elsie on phone. L.R. had music lesson.
Wednesday, July 23, 1952
Wrote letter to Marian Gilroy about girls coming up to Chicago August 15-17. Girls went to town this a.m. to get 2 lb. box Martha Washington chocolates for Ray’s birthday and nylon shirt I ordered from M.W. ($4.99). They got me a pancake turner. We went to Elsie’s in eve. Gus and Russell came, too. Received letter from Mother D.
Thursday, July 24, 1952
Received letter from Alice about our visiting them next month. Ray received birthday cards from Aunt Ethel and his mother & dad, also $5.00 from the latter two. Went out to Kenneth Smith’s as he wanted Ray to help list plumbing needs for new home in 2800 block of S. Lincoln. Got banana splits at Sugar Bowl.
Friday, July 25, 1952
Wrote letter to Mother D. Talked to Laura re Caryl expecting in October Received card from Caryl. Went for a ride in eve., saw St. James Trade School, Sanitarium & Convent.
Saturday, July 26, 1952
[High - 100] M.E., L.R. & Bobbie Bommarito went to Orpheum to see “Jumping Jacks”. Received letter from Marian re girls coming 8/12-17. She misread my letter (15-17). Called Elsie and she insists the longer time will be better.
Sunday, July 27, 1952
Ray took children to S.S. He went to 8:00 service and then out to Plant to “set up bugs” as C. Hartman is on vacation. Girls went to Pantheon in aft. Saw in paper where boat Lorene was on rammed a Greek freighter.
Monday, July 28, 1952
Aunt Helen took M.E. downtown and bought her a pair of oxfords, $12.95. L.R. went too. Ray drove them down. Ray went to union meeting.
Tuesday, July 29, 1952
Berdine came in aft. and Cousin Willis came as she was leaving. He brought a head of cabbage. Ray didn’t mail Mother D’s letter until tonight. Went for a little ride. Maureen went too and we got Dairy Queens at MacArthur & Ash.
Wednesday, July 30, 1952
Went for a ride in eve. Stopped to see man about cutting down tree; also stopped at Willson’s for a few minutes. We had “cozy dogs” for the first time.
Thursday, July 31, 1952
Sent for 2 sets of corn holders. Ray took box of 3 handkerchiefs for Mrs. Baker’s birthday on way home from work this a.m. We stopped at Hignite’s tonight to see about Ray’s watch and I met Lizzie for the first time. She sat in car and talked. I sent letter to Marian about girls’ trip to Chicago. Pat came home from work at 3:30 p.m. with upset stomach.
Friday, August 1, 1952
L.R. went to Dr. Romence to have physical for Scout camp, also school. Went to Nancy Dean’s birthday party in aft. and then to Dr. King at 4:45. This is Ray’s last midnight shift tonight.
Saturday, August 2, 1952
Called Dr. King, also Dr. Millhon. No water or food until teeth extracted. Received letter from Marian. Ray took L.R. to get pair of boots, $3.25. Went to see “Greatest Show on Earth” at 66 Drive-In.
Sunday, August 3, 1952
Ray and girls went to S.S. but not church. Yocoms took L.R. to Scout camp. M.E. went with them. Ray went to work at 4 p.m. Aunt Helen came in eve. Sent a letter to L.R.
Monday, August 4, 1952
Sent a card to L.R. and enclosed a pair of barrettes.
Tuesday, August 5, 1952
Sent a letter to L.R. and enclosed a pair of barrettes.
Wednesday, August 6, 1952
Received a card from L.R. Elsie and niece, Helen, were here for lunch. She and M.E. went to a show. Sent a letter to L.R. and enclosed a neckerchief.
Thursday, August 7, 1952
Sent letter to L.R. and enclosed 5 sticks of gum. Ray sent a card. Received a letter from her. Aunt Ethel was here this aft. Ruth Ann came at noon.
Friday, August 8, 1952
M.E. and I sent cards to L.R. M.E. and Ruth Ann went to Elsie’s. They had lunch there and Helen (Otto’s niece) went with them to a show. M.E. got her new oxfords today from Sears. We went up to avenue a little while in eve. Wes called long distance to find out when we’re coming.
Saturday, August 9, 1952
Went out to get Linda Rae at Scout camp at 3 p.m. Went to Springfield Drive-In to see “Quo Vadis”. Took Ruth Ann to Diller’s after we picked up Linda Rae this aft.
Sunday, August 10, 1952
Ray and girls went to S.S. I washed out some things in aft. Ray went to Merv’s to celebrate his granddaughter’s christening from 2-5 p.m. We went to picnic in Doc’s backyard from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Bob and family were there, too.
Monday, August 11, 1952
Called Marian about girls going to Chicago tomorrow. Girls and Ray were going to State Fair but it was too rainy. Betty Cantrall and girlfriend were here tonight. They came for the fair and are staying with Aunt Helen.
Tuesday, August 12, 1952
Girls left at 12:15 p.m. – train 25 min. late – arrived in Chicago at 4:20. It was 1 hr. and 12 min. late. They met Marian and Tom okay, who took them out for supper and then picked up their suitcases on next train (3 hrs. later). Ray and I went to Springfield Drive-In to see “With a Song In My Heart.” Sent letters to Mother D. and Alice. Ray wired $5.00 plus 94 cents for money order to Fred Hignite at Belleville, Ill. to apply on watch repair (Hamilton).
Wednesday, August 13, 1952
Fred Hignite here this aft. and brought Ray’s watch. Nora and Geraldine Spaulding came and brought 7 of Nora’s prize-winning glads. Ray and I picked up George Sponsler and Fred and came home. George gave Ray some pointers on playing the guitar. I went with Ray when he took them home. Received card from Marian. Ray got one of Clara’s chickens from Aunt Helen – she’s keeping 2 more in their deep freeze.
Thursday, August 14, 1952
Received card from Linda Rae and Mary Ellen. Sent letter to them. Went to 66 Drive-In to see “Lovely to Look At.” Ray had a flat tire to fix before we could come home. Received 8 berry dishes from my secret pal for our wedding anniversary. Pat lost his job at Balestri’s last night. He applied for a job at Woolworth’s this aft.
Friday, August 15, 1952
Went downtown in eve. and parked at 5th and Adams. Ray got arch supports at Kinney’s [shoe store].
Saturday, August 16, 1952
[Our 11th wedding anniv.] Went to Springfield Drive-In and saw “Scaramouche.” Received letter from Marian and two cards from girls. Also a letter from Mother D. advising they wouldn’t come until a week from tomorrow.
Sunday, August 17, 1952
Girls came home at 3:50 p.m. Said they had a wonderful time. Ray went to church tonight. He sent Marian and Tom a card.
Monday, August 18, 1952
Mother & Dad D. arrived about 5 p.m. I wrote letter to Marian.
Tuesday, August 19, 1952
Went to Rock Island at 9:15 a.m. and got there at 11:45 a.m. They said Doc & Minnie were there on Sunday, Bob & Marge on Monday and left an hour before we arrived.
Wednesday, August 20, 1952
Came home from Rock Island today. Elsie, Otto, Wilna and Helen came this eve.
Thursday, August 21, 1952
Mother D. and girls went to town this a.m., went to a show, and she got each one a lovely dress at Roland’s. Aunt Helen came in eve. Received letter and snapshots from Marian. Gus called and invited us over for picnic supper on Sunday.
Friday, August 22, 1952
Girls sent “bread & butter” letters to Tom and Marian. L.R. had 9 teeth extracted today by Dr. Millhon. We went to 66 Drive-In to see Randolph Scott in “Man in the Saddle” and “The Mob.”
Saturday, August 23, 1952
Mother D. had Ray buy a turkey for dinner tomorrow.
Sunday, August 24, 1952
Ray went to 8:00 church service and came back to get children for S.S. Went to Gus and Russell’s for supper and decided to buy ranch-style house across the street from them. Had a lovely picnic in their garage. Mother & Dad D., Elsie, Otto, Wilna and Helen were there, too.
Monday, August 25, 1952
Ray told Mr. Johnson [realtor] that we would buy the house and asked him to handle sale of this one. Took Aunt Helen out in aft. to see new place. Gus, Russell, and Mr. & Mrs. Burnett [neighbors] came while there in aft. Had supper at 5th and So. Grand – Dad & Mother’s treat.
Tuesday, August 26, 1952
L.R. went to Dr. Romence’s office and nurse gave her a booster shot, then went to Dr. Millhon’s office and had stitches removed. Mr. Webber and Mr. Jones from Security Savings & Loan came out and appraised house. Mother D. went to town in aft. Ray took M.E. and L.R. down for chest x-ray. L.R. ate at Yocom’s. Berdine came up in eve. and we told her and Maureen about moving.
Wednesday, August 27, 1952
Took Berdine and Maureen out to see new house. M.E. registered at [Lanphier] high school in a.m. and went back in aft. to take 3 tests. Mother & Dad D. left this a.m. Mr. and Mrs. Mehlick came at 9:30 p.m. to go through house.
Thursday, August 28, 1952
John Lazar came at 7:30 a.m. and went with Ray to meeting at Filter Plant. House advertised in paper for first time. Aunt Helen came this eve. Ray got her and took her home. We went, too, for the ride.
Friday, August 29, 1952
Pat went to New Salem to see Lincoln show. We stayed home until 9 p.m. and then went to Sangamon Dairy.
Saturday, August 30, 1952
Received letter from Mother D. M.E. and L.R. went to Orpheum in aft. to see “Paleface.” Ray went back to work at 4 p.m. Girls received card from Marian & Tom.
Sunday, August 31, 1952
Ray starts day shift today. Girls and Pat went to S.S. Mrs. Goldsby here a little while this a.m. Aunt Helen here in eve. Ray went to church.
Monday, September 1, 1952
Ray did some varnishing of woodwork tonight. Lorene and her mother came to tell about trip to Vancouver, B.C.
Tuesday, September 2, 1952
Received letter from Caryl. She’s expecting a baby on October 28th. Also, a card from Mrs. Hostetler. I didn’t go to S.S. class meeting as too cold and windy. Ray got a new Hamilton watch from C. Leo Shaughnessy [jewelers] for $72.93, less $10.00 for the old one.
Wednesday, September 3, 1952
Ray, Pat and M.E. went to St. Louis for M.E.’s check-up. Left at 7:10 a.m. and got back at 5:30 p.m. They also went to see Roy Graves [in St. Louis]. Aunt Ethel came in aft. Ruth McKinnie brought her. Berdine and Maureen here in a.m. M.E. washed Linda Rae’s hair this eve. We drove out to 1636 Homewood – Hertels [current owners] are home! Minnie phoned.
Thursday, September 4, 1952
First day of school. Girls wore new dresses Grandma bought them. Pat wore new tan cotton gabardine pants. Mrs. Godley phoned. Lorene and Katie were out this eve.
Friday, September 5, 1952
Cousin Willis out this aft. Changed house ad to look like owner selling. Took a ride to see new house. Got new battery at Sears, exchange price $9.00. Called Graff and told him I’d like to cancel appointments until further notice.
Saturday, September 6, 1952
Ray drove out to see Hertels and we went, too. Gus and Russell came out to car and visited.
Sunday, September 7, 1952
Children went to S.S. on bus. Several people here to see house. Aunt Helen here in eve. Told Mr. Johnson to lower price to $13,500.
Monday, September 8, 1952
L.R. took music lesson after school. Stopped at Lorene’s and got material for facing Linda’s jumper dress.
Tuesday, September 9, 1952
Faced Linda’s jumper dress. She went to school early to help Miss Hibbs with library books. Fred Hignite came over to help (?) Ray fix garage door. Mrs. Lee came over in eve. to visit a little. Later, girls and I went with Ray to pay gasoline bill. L.R. had supper at Yocoms.
Wednesday, September 10, 1952
Maureen and Linda Rae rode bikes to school. Ray locked himself in garage while working on new door and I called Healy’s – Maury came up and helped him raise door – Mr. Healy came up later. Ray went to church and choir rehearsal. Mrs. Wenger came over in eve. and couple came to see house.
Thursday, September 11, 1952
Girls rode bikes again. Called Elsie and she said Russell’s father died yesterday. Called Lindley’s and ordered flowers from Aunt Helen, Ray and me. Wrote Mother D. Bess Kenney and Mrs. Parsons called on me this aft. and brought bouquet of glads. Ray went to funeral home to see Russell’s dad. Berdine came early in aft. We went for a ride in eve. and picked up red material at Lorene’s for facing L.R.’s dress (red plaid). Pauline Baker called and said she’d come Saturday.
Friday, September 12, 1952
L.R. rode bike to school and had a flat on way home. Aunt Helen came in eve. and we all drove out to Sears. Ray got box springs and mattress for girls.
Saturday, September 13, 1952
Wes, Alice, Betty and Jane came at 11:00 and stayed for lunch. Jane, M.E., L.R. and Maureen had their pictures taken by Mrs. Yocom and went to Orpheum to see “Just for You” – Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman. Jane stayed for supper and we took her afterward to Bob’s. Went over to Lazar’s later. Pauline Baker called at noon and said she would come out next week.
Sunday, September 14, 1952
Rained this a.m. so children didn’t go to S.S. Aunt Helen phoned that she wouldn’t come tonight. We went for a drive and went past 1636 Homewood. Mailed letter to Caryl.
Monday, September 15, 1952
Phoned Elsie and Cousin Willis this a.m. An old man here at 4:30 p.m. to see house. Linda Rae took music lesson. Ray got a tube for bike at Western Auto after work and put it on last night. Went for a ride. Aunt Helen called and said she bought 2 lamp shades. Mr. Johnson called to tell us he’s received abstract for 715 Keys and made appointment with Ray to go to savings and loan office tomorrow.
Tuesday, September 16, 1952
Pauline Baker Carswell came at 3:45 and left at 5:15 p.m. Lorene called but didn’t come out on account of weather. Ray took L.R. to dentist for impressions for “spacers”. She went back to school at noon. Ray sent 2 lb. box candy and 1 lb. mixed nuts to Mother & Dad D. for their birthdays. Mr. Mayfield killed by truck on Rt. 66 tonight.
Wednesday, September 17, 1952
Ordered bed for girls from M.W. Couple came to see house but Ray referred them to Mr. Johnson. Received letter from Mother D. Ray worked on shed roof. Went to church and sat in car with girls while Ray rehearsed with choir.
Thursday, September 18, 1952
Mr. Johnson came and tacked “For Sale” sign on house this aft. Ray made arrangements for loan on house after work. Sent sympathy card to Mrs. Mayfield & family. He’s to be buried tomorrow. Took a ride out past house.
Friday, September 19, 1952
Ray took laundry to laundromat this eve. and we went with him when he picked it up. M.E. went to school early this a.m. to take a spelling test and L.R. left early to help Miss Hibbs with library work.
Saturday, September 20, 1952
L.R. and I cleaned stove elements and packed barrel with good dishes. M.E. and I washed and starched clothes, she cleaned house, etc. Mr. Noll came in aft. and quoted $49 on sanding and refinishing bedroom and closet floors and borders around rugs in living and dining rooms. Pat packed his clothes, cleaned backyard, etc. Girls and I went with Ray in eve. to get groceries.
Sunday, September 21, 1952
Girls went to S.S. Couple stopped to see house but M.E. told them to see Mr. Johnson. Aunt Helen came in eve. and had supper with us. Ray went to church. Mr. Diller came when he came home and Ray loaded toys, etc. in his Jeep. Pat went to Pantheon in aft.
Monday, September 22, 1952
I ironed and baked a pie. F.H.A. man came in aft. Ray talked to Mr. Johnson. He got money from bank at noon. L.R. took music lesson. Pat received letter from Grandma Durst. Ray painted skirt on kitchen table. Mrs. Goldsby came and left her mother’s christening robe for me to repair – her grandson is to be christened Sunday.
Tuesday, September 23, 1952
L.R. went to school early to help Miss Hibbs. Received letter from Alice. Elsie called. Ray went to bean supper. Katie, Lorene and Judy here tonight.
Wednesday, September 24, 1952
Ray cleaned kitchen furniture and then went to choir rehearsal. Finished repairing baby dress for Mrs. Goldsby and M.E. took it over to her.
Thursday, September 25, 1952
Clara and Eileen came this a.m. for bunk beds and kitchen set; also took kitchen utility cabinet for Aunt Helen. She came with them and stayed all day. Aunt Ethel came in aft. Picked over basket of grapes and made 9 glasses of jelly and 3 pints grape jam. Ray and Pat went out to new house to do some wiring for stove. I washed dresser scarves, etc. Received book from Pauline C.
Friday, September 26, 1952
Ironed scarves, doilies, etc. L.R. got her transfer from school – Scholastic Rating “A” and Deportment “A”. Received card from Pauline B. Carswell. Went with Ray to look at dinette sets and he saw one at 5th Street Furniture Co. he and L.R. are crazy about. Ordered sofa bed from M.W. Received letter from Caryl.
Saturday, September 27, 1952
Pat brought stuff down from upstairs and we all sorted it. Ray borrowed truck from “City” and moved a lot of things to new house. Aunt Helen here tonight and gave us a check, $85 (loan) for sofa bed. Ray paid $50 on dinette set. Mrs. Goldsby brought baby dress for me to see – she’d washed and ironed it – turned out beautifully – gave me $2.00 for my work on it.
Sunday, September 28, 1952
Ray got truck again and took children to S.S. as he took a load out to Homewood. Aunt Helen and Aunt Ethel here this aft. Maureen went out to new house with Ray and children this aft. Ray fixed wire for stove and they washed cabinets. He changed shifts tonight so went to work at midnight. Mrs. Goldsby brought her grandson over with his christening dress on.
Monday, September 29, 1952
Received letter from Mother D. She offered to pay for enclosing breezeway. Moving van was due at 3 p.m. but didn’t get here until 6:30. They left Homewood at 8:15. Gus and Russell had supper ready for us. Cost $14.20 to move. Pat and M.E. went to school but L.R. couldn’t as Ray didn’t get home until 8:30 a.m. L.R. did not take music lesson. Aunt Helen and L.R. went out to new house when Sears brought new mattress & springs.
Tuesday, September 30, 1952
Carole Colburn and two other girls came for L.R. this a.m. Ray worked 8-4 p.m. shift. I ordered dress, p.j.’s and jeans outfit from Spiegel’s.
Wednesday, October 1, 1952
Wrote letter to Mother D. Ray worked 4-midnight for J. Lazar.
Thursday, October 2, 1952
Lorene, Mrs. Hanson and Katie were here this eve. They fell in love with house.
Friday, October 3, 1952
Mr. McEvoy here this a.m. to figure on breezeway. Spiegel’s cancelled jean outfit, back-ordered dress, but received p.j.’s. Ray took clothes to laundromat.
Saturday, October 4, 1952
L.R.’s birthday. Aunt Helen, Berdine and Maureen were here in aft. L.R. received $5.00 from Grandma & Grandpa Durst; sweater, Aunt Helen; paint set, Maureen; houseslippers, Daddy; scarf, 2 books, zipper notebook, and p.j.’s from me; ball, M.E.; plants, Mrs. Hanson & Katie; combs, comb cleaner and bobby pins, Lorene; 1 lb. box turtles [candy], Gus; a little chair full of ribbons from Elsie; stationery, Carole Colburn. Lorene and Katie here tonight. Another man here tonight to figure on breezeway. Ray picked up laundry.
Sunday, October 5, 1952
Ray and children went to S.S. and church. Bob here in a.m. and came out in eve. and brought Marge. They like the house very much. Wrote letters to Caryl and Alice.
Monday, October 6, 1952
Mr. Johnson here this a.m., also Russell. Ray worked until 8 a.m. Went out to 715 to open door for Mr. Noll. He and Pat went out last night to leave key for him. Ad for house not in paper today.
Tuesday, October 7, 1952
Went to S.S. class meeting–progressive dinner, but I just took in last course. Picked up Marge and took her home. She got ceramic fruit for dinette. Called Mr. McEvoy and he said he’d start on breezeway tomorrow. Ray wrote to his mother about it. Mr. Johnson called about contract for deed.
Wednesday, October 8, 1952
McEvoy Bros. started enclosing breezeway this a.m. Ray went to choir rehearsal tonight.
Thursday, October 9, 1952
Received Vols. 10, 11 & 12 from Unicorn. Mrs. Burnett came this a.m., also Mr. Johnson, and we told him we’d accept $12,500. Cousin Willis came this aft. and brought jug of cider. He’s very enthusiastic about our new home. Walked on newly laid concrete ramp by mistake. Left slight heel marks. Mrs. Noll called to say floor refinishing completed at 715. Mr. Noll came after supper for his pay, $79.00.
Friday, October 10, 1952
No school today. Ray and Pat went to 715 to clean attic. Ray sold rugs and bedroom furniture for $15. Mrs. Burnett brought ticket for L.R. for Fall Festival at West Grand School. McEvoy’s finished breezeway this eve. and we paid them. Gus and Russell came for a few minutes. L.R. went to Fall Festival with Colburns. Edith Willson called to say they were leaving Sunday for 10-day trip to Florida.
Saturday, October 11, 1952
Ray and Pat went to town in a.m. to get paint at 715, L.R.’s dress at Spiegel’s, and groceries. Letter came from Mother D. with check for breezeway. Ray took girls to town and to a show and got lower element for electric range in aft. He got truck from City in eve. and hauled rest of stuff from 715. Painted breezeway in aft.
Sunday, October 12, 1952
Ray left at 6 a.m. to go to ballgame in Chicago. Nancy Dean came in aft. and Aunt Helen came later. Eileen and Junior brought her. Pat and girls went to S.S. He went to a show in aft. Ray got back at 11:10 p.m.
Monday, October 13, 1952
Wrote thank you letters to Mother D. and V. Barton for wheelchair. Ray, girls and I went to 715. He took down parallel bars. Floors look fine. Ray called Charles Johnson. Sacco’s can’t raise money to buy house so have to give it up – the people that Gus know are going to take it. Pat started working at Kroger’s tonight.
Tuesday, October 14, 1952
Uncle Rob brought Marshall, Dorothy and their 3 children out this a.m. They stopped off in Springfield en route to new pastorage in Rock City, Wyoming. L.R.’s dress arrived from Florida Fashions – darling! Pat worked tonight. Ray fixed catches on utility cabinet doors, girls’ window crane at bedroom window, and put storm sash in doors. Pat brought 7 cans of Pet milk home from Kroger’s that were smeared by a broken can.
Wednesday, October 15, 1952
Ordered coat for M.E. and jean set for L.R. Ray went to church and choir rehearsal. Pat didn’t work tonight.
Thursday, October 16, 1952
No school today – teachers’ meeting. Aunt Ethel came in aft. Mr. Johnson here this a.m. and said couple backed out on buying house as unable to swing it. A couple by the name of Cunningham are going to take it. Pat didn’t work tonight. Maureen came in aft. Ray picked her up and her mother came after her.
Friday, October 17, 1952
Ray took clothes to laundry. Received letter from Mother D. which was meant for Jim and Caryl, so wrote them and forwarded her letter. Cunningham’s are supposed to pay “earnest money” today. Pat worked tonight. House sold for $12,300.
Saturday, October 18, 1952
Gus was over at noon. Mrs. Jagow and Mrs. Kenyon [neighbors] called on me today. Gus took girls to chilli supper tonight at Methodist church. Ray drove them over and brought them back. She stayed a little while in eve. Elsie came back from Florida. Pat went to work at noon.
Sunday, October 19, 1952
Ray and children went to S.S. He and girls stayed for church. He dropped them off at Walgreen’s for lunch and then they went to a show. Ray, Pat and I sorted and put away stuff left on breezeway. Girls got home at 6 p.m. Ray went to work at midnight.
Monday, October 20, 1952
Went with Ray this aft. while he paid bills. He also got antifreeze at Sears. L.R. took music lesson. Pat had tire trouble. M.E.’s coat and L.R.’s jean outfit came but they sent jumper instead of shirt by mistake. Ray fixed radiator hose and put in antifreeze at City garage. Pat worked tonight.
Tuesday, October 21, 1952
Received Sears Xmas Catalog. L.R. finished counting dots for contest. Ray took car to garage to get clutch fixed. Pat worked. Cousin Willis in hospital with slight infection.
Wednesday, October 22, 1952
Pat worked tonight. Ray went to church and choir rehearsal. Sent letter to Mother D., card to Mrs. McCoy, and contest results to Bruce Co. for L.R.
Thursday, October 23, 1952
Aunt Helen, Aunt Ethel, Uncle Rob, and Olwen Leach were here this aft. She brought me a darling bag from Paris, France. Received letters from Mother D. and Caryl. Mr. Johnson called and said 715 sold. Gus and Russell here in eve. to say they are going to Indianapolis so can’t come Saturday night for M.E.’s birthday party.
Friday, October 24, 1952
[M.E.’s birthday] Pat received letter from Grandma and box containing bathrobe and houseslippers. M.E. received birthday card from her. Elsie sent M.E. a gift. Mr. Johnson brought some papers for Ray and me to sign. Pat worked tonight.
Saturday, October 25, 1952
Lorene, Katie, Mrs. Hanson and Aunt Helen were here tonight to celebrate M.E.’s birthday.
Sunday, October 26, 1952
Ray and girls went to S.S. and church – Pat to S.S. We all went to Springfield Drive-In tonight to see Bing Crosby in “If I Had My Way” and “The Fabulous Senorita.” Pat treated by buying all of us Dairy Queens on the way home. Ray painted window frames and I sat in backyard in aft.
Monday, October 27, 1952
M.W. called that girls’ bed has arrived. L.R. took music lesson. Pat worked. Aunt Helen met M.E. downtown and picked out a coat at Bressmer’s for her. It’s lovely. They came home with Ray as he brought L.R. home from Pauline’s. Received letter from Mother D.
Tuesday, October 28, 1952
Wrote letter to Mother D. M.W. delivered bed and Ray set it up tonight. Pretty nice! Ray took M.E.’s coat back to Spiegel’s for credit.
Wednesday, October 29, 1952
Ray took L.R. to Myers Bros. and got her a pair of brown oxfords. Lorene got corduroy, pattern and findings for skirt ($5.94) for M.E. to make at school. Pat worked tonight. Ray went to church and choir practice.
Thursday, October 30, 1952
Spiegel’s called that L.R.’s flannel shirt is here. Ordered scarf for her from there today. M.E. brought corduroy home as teacher said it was too hard for her. Ray went to Men’s Club at West Grand School tonight with Russell. Bob and Russell here in aft. L.R. went Halloweening tonight with Carole Colburn, Carol Jagow, and Martha Hawley. Mrs. Williams here re membership to P.T.A. Mrs. Hawley here to get Martha, and Lorene and Opel Rippey here to see house.
Friday, October 31, 1952
Received letter from Alan. Called Margaret Troy. Lorene sent blouse patterns and blouse material by Ray. L.R. and Carole went “trick or treating” tonight. Pat worked tonight.
Saturday, November 1, 1952
Pat went to work at noon. Girls and I went to town with Ray in aft. Larsen asked him to go to work at midnight, so he did. Paid balance at Spiegel’s and picked up L.R.’s flannel shirt. Got new shades for girls’ dressing table lamps.
Sunday, November 2, 1952
Ray took children to S.S. and left after choir sang special number. Girls and Pat went to Orpheum. Lazars here in eve. Brought their own refreshments.
Monday, November 3, 1952
Laura called early this morning to tell us Jim & Caryl have a baby girl [Karen Ann], 7 lb. 1 oz., born at 3 p.m., November 2nd. Bob out in aft. L.R. took music lesson. Pat worked tonight.
Tuesday, November 4, 1952
Election Day. Bob out this a.m. He bought a new Chevrolet. Received letter from Mother D. Aunt Ethel here in aft. We listened to early returns. Bob out this eve. with new car. Landslide for “Ike” – Hooray! – wish I could have voted. Pat worked tonight.
Wednesday, November 5, 1952
Bob out again this a.m. so Ray and I got a good look at new car. Dick called Ray out to Plant this aft. as Wallace-Tiernan man there. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Pat worked.
Thursday, November 6, 1952
Wrote letters to Mother D., Caryl, and Pauline Baker. Bob went to Wes’. Ray went to bank to settle on 715 Keys. Mr. Johnson brought out paper for me to sign.
Friday, November 7, 1952
Sent letters to McCall’s, Janie, and Cousin Nell. Received letter from Caryl. Fred Hignite called to tell Ray that Mamie Kane got married yesterday. I went to town with Ray to pay bills and have front shock absorbers fixed and arm installed in back. Russell, Tom and Marian came today. L.R. went to Esquire with Hawleys. Ray took clothes to laundromat. Pat did not work tonight – went skating.
Saturday, November 8, 1952
Ray received check on Petersburg job. L.R. went to town with Ray to stay at Yocom’s while he got hair cut, etc. Sent another letter to Ray’s mother. Pat went to work at noon. Marian Gilroy came over in aft. Received Volumes 16, 17 & 18 from Unicorn. Sent Girl Scout outfits in to Berdine by L.R.
Sunday, November 9, 1952
Ray went to 8 a.m. service to sing. Girls went over to see Tom and Marian before Ray got back to take them to S.S. Girls and Pat went to see “Ivanhoe” at Orpheum. Ray picked them up as he had to be at church at 4:30 to rehearse with mixed quartet. The Willsons were here this aft.
Monday, November 10, 1952
Received letter from Mother D. L.R. took music lesson. Ray sang at church with mixed quartet. Pat worked tonight. He brought 2 bottles of maple syrup and a package of sweet chocolate home. Sent card to M.W. for Christmas catalog.
Tuesday, November 11, 1952
Armistice Day. No school or mail delivery today. Cut out Mary Ellen’s brown corduroy skirt. Pat worked tonight. Ray went to bean supper.
Wednesday, November 12, 1952
M.W. called that sofa bed here. Received note from Mother D. enclosing letter she’d received from Caryl. M.E. and L.R. received birthday cards from Carol Sutton with $1.00 ea. enclosed. Went to town with Ray to apply check on house. Bal. $1,445. Ray went to church and choir rehearsal. Pat worked tonight.
Thursday, November 13, 1952
Sofa bed came out this a.m., $85.81. Russell came over in aft. to return letter of Alan’s I gave to Marian to read. Bob here in aft. Ray set up sofa bed – very nice!
Friday, November 14, 1952
Mrs. Yagow was here this aft. to get help on her children’s coat sets.
Saturday, November 15, 1952
Aunt Ethel here in aft. Ray, girls and I went to Ayers’ in eve. Elsie was here after Aunt Ethel. L.R. took birthday gift to Maureen in aft.
Sunday, November 16, 1952
Ray went to early church , came home, and took children to S.S. We went for a ride in aft. and picked up girls at Esquire. Aunt Helen came out in eve.
Monday, November 17, 1952
New record high for this date - 75 degrees. L.R. took music lesson. Pat worked tonight.
Tuesday, November 18, 1952
Ray got monks cloth for our bedroom drapes. Pat worked tonight.
Wednesday, November 19, 1952
Berdine came at 12:30 p.m. and gave me a Toni, and moved living room furniture – the room is perfect now. Ray went to church and practiced with mixed quartet afterwards.
Thursday, November 20, 1952
Ordered turkey this a.m. from Public Food Market. Aunt Ethel here in aft. and helped on our bedroom drapes. Sent order to Spiegel’s. Ray picked up doll at Spiegel’s. Bob here in eve. I made fudge.
Friday, November 21, 1952
Aunt Ethel here again to help with drapes. Sent slipcovers to Davis Cleaners. Ray went to church and practiced his solo for Sunday. Sent orders to M.W. and Sears. M.E. and I received letters from Mother D. Pat worked tonight.
Saturday, November 22, 1952
Mrs. Jagow came to show children’s outfits after pressed at cleaners. M.E. and L.R. went to town in aft. to shop. Pat worked today.
Sunday, November 23, 1952
Ray took children to S.S. and church. Girls went to Strand [Theater] in aft. Ray took them and they came home on bus. He started evening shift today. Aunt Helen was coming this eve. but phoned that she was too tired after going to Aunt Georgia’s in aft. I worked on bedroom drapes until 12:15 a.m. (11/24).
Monday, November 24, 1952
Ray took L.R. and Carole to school in a.m. Sent away for storybook doll to “Ajax.” Pat worked tonight.
Tuesday, November 25, 1952
Sent for pair of nylons from Chicago. Talked to Cousin Willis on phone this aft. and he said he was going to send me his electric blanket. Talked to Minnie and Marge tonight.
Wednesday, November 26, 1952
Sent for “bumber shooter” today. Ray picked up packages at Spiegel’s and M.W. I was short 2 pr. pillow cases but Spiegel’s are reordering them and they should be here by next Mon. Mr. Anderson came and put up traverse rods, $17.70, and hung drapes.
Thursday, November 27, 1952
[Thanksgiving] Ray washed and waxed all floors. Had Doc, Minnie, Bob, Marge & Robbie here for dinner (6 p.m.). Doc and Minnie were quite pleased with our new home.
Friday, November 28, 1952
L.R. took music lesson at 4 p.m. after she and Mary Ellen did their Christmas shopping. Gus came over for a little while in aft. Aunt Ethel and Aunt Helen called. Ray picked up package at Sears containing Karen’s [Jim & Caryl’s new baby] dress set. Ray went to church at 8:30 p.m. to practice with Jordan girls and Ralph McLean. Pat worked tonight.
Saturday, November 29, 1952
L.R. went to dentist and doesn’t have to go again until March 7th. She and M.E. played in snow in aft. I worked on Mike’s slacks. Pat did not work today – he got a new leather jacket and stocking cap.
Sunday, November 30, 1952
Ray and children went to S.S. and church. Girls were baptized this morning. They went to Esquire in afternoon. Pat went hunting with Bob and Robbie and brought a rabbit home. Uncle Rob brought Aunt Helen home and they picked up girls at Esquire. Cousin Willis and Lorene came and brought electric blanket and magazines. I wrote letter to Mother D.
Monday, December 1, 1952
Sent order to Spiegel’s. Buzz out at noon and stayed until Ray went to work. Pat worked tonight. Cousin Willis called. Ray took laundry to laundromat.
Tuesday, December 2, 1952
Phoned order to Sears. Fell while alone this a.m. and called Russell to help me into wheelchair. Pat worked tonight. My S.S. class meets tonight but I can’t go as too much snow and Ray is working. Ray took car to Campbell’s for repair (generator). Picked up laundry, and sorted and put away clothes tonight. Janie Downs called.
Wednesday, December 3, 1952
Starched clothes and Ray hung them up – frozen stiff and didn’t dry – had to dry them in house tonight. Pat worked tonight. L.R. got her report card today. Worked on M.E.’s corduroy skirt. I ordered all-purpose coat for Ray from Sears.
Thursday, December 4, 1952
Phoned Mrs. Godley and Berdine. Ironed clothes. Ray off today. He and L.R. have colds. Ordered comforter for girls from Sears. Received books from Merrill Pub. Co. and first Christmas card from Ed Cantrall. L.R. took music lesson.
Friday, December 5, 1952
Aunt Ethel came in aft. Pat worked tonight. Received letter from Mother D. Ray saw Cousin Willis at fish market and told him electric blanket too small for full-size bed.
Saturday, December 6, 1952
Pat went to work at 9 a.m. Ray took L.R. to Myrtle Yocom’s as she was taking her girls, Maureen and L.R. to see Santa Claus Parade at 10:30. Gus here this a.m., also Bob. Marge and Bob were out tonight.
Sunday, December 7, 1952
Ray went to S.S. and church but children didn’t go on account of colds. Mrs. Laughlin, David, Lynn and preacher’s mother called on me this aft. Lorene and her mother came in eve. Sent electric blanket back to Cousin Willis by Lorene.
Monday, December 8, 1952
Ray picked up order at Spiegel’s. Made first batch of caramels tonight. Received red Pyrex bowls from Ray’s mother packed in newspaper. Pat worked tonight.
Tuesday, December 9, 1952
Wrapped caramels. Pat worked tonight. My S.S. class Christmas party tonight. Ordered gift for Caryl’s secret pal from Zara’s and had Marge pick it up. Bob came out while Marge was at party. M.E. washed and set L.R.’s hair.
Wednesday, December 10, 1952
Ray took Pat and M.E. to school today. Finished wrapping caramels. Made another batch in aft. (with Ray’s help). Wrote letter to Mother D. while sitting up waiting for Ray to come home. Pat worked tonight. Wrote to Alan and Alice, too.
Thursday, December 11, 1952
Didn’t get letters mailed that I wrote last night. Ray picked up tie I bought from Mrs. Godley for Mike Cantrall. Wrapped caramels I made yesterday. Merle Perkington brought a gorgeous poinsettia that S.S. class gave me for Christmas. Pat worked tonight. Ray went to Methodist Church and Wagon Wheel [tavern] and got home at 1 a.m. L.R. took music lesson.
Friday, December 12, 1952
Bob out in a.m. and came back in aft. to bring present from my secret pal he had forgotten. Made 4 batches of peanut brittle with Ray’s and girls’ able assistance. Cousin Willis called to say man would be out in a.m. to see our stove.
Saturday, December 13, 1952
Salesman came out and showed us picture of Monarch Range. Bob was out for about ½ hour. Girls went to town with Ray to shop and got home at 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 14, 1952
Ray and children went to S.S. and church. Wrapped Christmas gifts and candy. Pat went to show in aft. and eve. Addressed Christmas cards in eve. M.E. wore corduroy skirt for first time.
Monday, December 15, 1952
Got boxes ready for mailing – sent one to Calif. Received box from Wes. Finished cards in eve. M.E. picked up dollhouse for L.R.
Tuesday, December 16, 1952
Ray sick (stomach) this a.m. Bob came out and took Ken’s, Jim’s and Wes’ packages and all cards for mailing. He brought insurance receipts for packages in aft. I called Dr. Romence at 2 p.m. and he said it sounded like Ray’s appendix. Johnny Lazar took him to doctor a little after 4:00 and he came home in cab. Went to St. John’s Hospital with Bob at 5:30 and doctor called at 7:30 saying operation went okay.
Wednesday, December 17, 1952
Brunk & Sapp brought out new Monarch Range before 9 a.m. Certainly a wonderful gift. Russell came at noon and took gas bill to pay and package to mail for Mother & Dad D. Pat home sick. My stomach upset last night and today. Mrs. Burnett came over at 5:00 – sent over some aspirin and Bernard got some Pepsi for me. Frances Jordan called.
Thursday, December 18, 1952
Aunt Ethel here in aft. Mr. Burnett got some groceries for me. Bob came out in eve. and set up tree and helped girls trim it. Pat got a Bing Crosby album to replace one of his dad’s he broke. Mrs. Kenyon, Mrs. Colburn, Mrs. Jagow, Elsie, and Pauline called.
Friday, December 19, 1952
Dick R. called to tell me that Ray will be home Saturday a.m. Goody! Bob came out this aft. Gus was here about an hour this a.m. and brought some groceries I ordered. Pat worked tonight.
Saturday, December 20, 1952
Bob brought Ray home at 11 a.m. L.R. and M.E. went to S.S. party in aft. Aunt Ethel here this aft. Called Mrs. Burnett about girls going to S.S. Pat went to work in middle of afternoon.
Sunday, December 21, 1952
Girls and Pat went to S.S. Nancy Dean came out in aft. Elsie, Otto and Wilna here for about an hour in aft. Lorene and Mrs. Hanson came for a little time around suppertime. Pat, Bob and Robbie went hunting in aft. Russell came over in eve.
Monday, December 22, 1952
Lazars here in aft. They brought some cookies and I gave them a box of candy. Bob was here in eve. Martha Skibitzski brought $4.00 for Scout outfit.
Tuesday, December 23, 1952
Last day of school. L.R. had grab bag today. Russell and Gus got groceries from Kelly Bros. for us. Nora and Geraldine Spaulding brought box of apples from Emma Spaulding. Ray went to doctor and had stitches removed. Bob took him and brought him home.
Wednesday, December 24, 1952
L.R. took music lesson at 11 a.m. Ray went to town to shop – Pat went along. Johnny Lazar brought out baking hen and manicure set Maymie bought for us to give M.E. Lorene here for a few minutes and brought gifts. Tom Kane came and gave Pat, Mary E. and L.R. $3.00 each. Frances Jordan was out in aft. and brought me a small poinsettia. I gave her a box of candy.
Thursday, December 25, 1952
We were up at 5:45 a.m. and opened our gifts. All very nice! Wilna came for a few min. in aft. Doc, Minnie, Marge, Bob & Robbie came in eve. Ed gave me 3 lb. box of Fannie May’s; Ray, dress and bedspread; Pat, sewing cob; M.E., hose and dress; L.R., sewing box; Lorene, cologne; Mother D., hose; secret pal, beads and earrings; Cousin Willis, elec. stove; S.S. class, big poinsettia; 5 red towels from Alice; flower from Carol S.
Friday, December 26, 1952
Ray went to town to exchange some things. We went to Gus and Russell’s in eve.
Saturday, December 27, 1952
Charlotte, Gil, John and Janet Hennessey were here at 5 p.m. Pat went hunting.
Sunday, December 28, 1952
Ray, Pat and girls went to S.S. and church – Pat didn’t stay for church. Girls went to Esquire in aft. Aunt Helen came at 5:30 p.m. and Lorene, Mrs. Hanson and Katie came in eve. Ray went to church in eve.
Monday, December 29, 1952
Cousins Willis and Mary here for a few minutes in aft. Mother Durst’s box came in morning. Bob here tonight.
Tuesday, December 30, 1952
Pat and Bob went hunting down at Aunt Georgia’s. Ray went to choir rehearsal tonight.
Wednesday, December 31, 1952
Bob out this morning and left at 2:30 p.m. Received sewing box from Pat and Ray. Received pair of gloves for belated Christmas presents. Sent cards (New Year’s) to Wilma MacDonald, Jane Dixon and Charles Jones. Aunt Helen came out to stay with me while Ray and girls went to potluck and watch night service at church, also burnt mortgage. Mr. Diller and Hughes were here for fruitcake and coffee. Pat went to a show. Ray brought flowers Mrs. Cormeny left for me at 715 Keys.