Berniece Pearce Diary - 1953

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Thursday, January 1, 1953

Ray went to work first time since his operation.  Jane and Bill Scattergood came in afternoon.

Friday, January 2, 1953

Pat worked tonight.  I baked a loaf of date nut bread, mince pie, and cornbread.  Helen McGhee called this aft.  Received card from Mother D., one from Warren, and a letter from Ken.  Received box of chocolate covered cherries from Ken and a picture of Scott.

Saturday, January 3, 1953

Bob out this a.m. and took girls to town at noon.  They saw “Million Dollar Mermaid” and Ray picked them up at the City Hall.  Bob out again tonight.

Sunday, January 4, 1953

Children didn’t go to S.S.  Lengthened Ray’s coat sleeves, dyed green things, made caramels.  M.E. washed Linda’s hair.  Dr. Romence came in eve. and tested my reflexes and blood pressure.  Ray shellacked woodwork.

Monday, January 5, 1953

Wrapped caramels for S.S. class meeting.  Received binding for facing M.E.’s brown plaid.  Bob out this aft.  Received letter from Mother D. and Christmas gift (iron cord holder).

Tuesday, January 6, 1953

Ray home today and cleaned and waxed floors.  I had the S.S. class meeting (24) here tonight.  Bro. Laughlin conducted installation of officers.  Ray went to Orpheum.  Pat went to a friend’s house south of us on Reed Ave.  Received letter from Caryl P.

Wednesday, January 7, 1953

Bob out this aft.  Ray worked for Madden.  He went to choir rehearsal tonight.

Thursday, January 8, 1953

Wrote letter to Emma Spaulding.  L.R. took music lesson.

Friday, January 9, 1953

Bob was out.  Wrote letter to Alice and received one from her.

Saturday, January 10, 1953

Received stole from Polly Carswell, gowns for girls from Grandma D., and Vols. 19, 20 and 21 from Unicorn.  Gus was here at noon.

Sunday, January 11, 1953

Children didn’t go to S.S.  Ralph McLean came after supper with Betty Siebert and a boy – they took M.E. and Pat to church.

Monday, January 12, 1953

Had Gus and Russell for supper.  Served chop suey, rolls, apple pie ala mode, and coffee.  Played canasta.  Received letter from Mother D.  Pat worked.

Tuesday, January 13, 1953

Received letter from Alice about Wes having acute coronary thrombosis.  Wrote a letter to her.  Cousin Willis came and brought honey, pecans and dates.  L.R. took music lesson.  Ray went to bean supper.  Bob and Marge came after supper.  Baked a date nut bread for Cousin Willis.  Ray went to 10th and Reynolds and saw electrician there.  Pat worked.

Wednesday, January 14, 1953

Aunt Ethel here this aft.  Sent letters to Ken and Warren.  Ray worked 4-12 for Buedel to pay back for working for him while in hospital.  Ray took loaf of date nut bread to Cousin Willis.  Ray went to see attorney today.  Pat worked.

Thursday, January 15, 1953

Girls received letters from Mother D.  Bob here this aft.  Ray went to see Dr. Fleischli after work.  Pat went to skating rink.

Friday, January 16, 1953

Ray received notice from F.H.A.  Bob here today.  M.E. seems to have the flu.  Pat worked tonight and went to skating rink to church party.  Made divinity tonight.

Saturday, January 17, 1953

M.E. much better today.  Sent letters to Mother D. and Pauline Carswell.  Bob here this aft.  Dr. Romence told Ray he could do any kind of work now and deducted $25 from bill.  L.R. went to skating rink with Carole and Mrs. Colburn.  Received letter from Nellie Long.  Pat worked today.  I cut M.E.’s hair.

Sunday, January 18, 1953

Sent letter to Caryl & Jim and a card to Wes.  Dick Reinert and wife here in aft.  Ray and children went to S.S.  Ray stayed for church and girls came home on bus.  He started swing shift tonight.  Cousin Willis called and said he’d been in hospital 3 or 4 days and was to go to surgery in morning.  I cut L.R.’s hair and M.E. shampooed both.

Monday, January 19, 1953

Talked on phone to Aunt Helen.  She is planning on trip to Mexico with Mr. Diller where they’ll join Corrine and Dr. Ryan.  Ray got Margaret Baker to notarize F.H.A. paper and sent it in.  Bob out for a little while in aft.  Called Lorene and she said W.J. not to undergo surgery until Wed. Took L.R. to Dr. Fleischli after school.  Her glasses have to be changed, $9.00.  Pat worked tonight.  Ray picked up 2 ice cream pies at Aunt Helen’s.

Tuesday, January 20, 1953

Listened to presidential inauguration today.  Wrote letters to Ruth White, Norine, and Aunt Fannie.  I still have to write to Nellie Long, Janie, and Mrs. Hostetler.  Received letter from Alice.  Linda took her music lesson.  Pat didn’t work but went out with Wayne.

Wednesday, January 21, 1953

Received letter from Mother D. and M.E.’s watch.  Aunt Helen, Aunt Ethel, Gus and Elsie here this aft.  Ray went to Dr. Ranker after work and choir rehearsal after supper.  Talked to Cousin Willis on phone – he’s caught a cold and they can’t operate until that’s cleared up.

Thursday, January 22, 1953

Aunt Helen called at 11 a.m. to say goodbye.  Lawrence drove them to St. Louis on account of poor visibility and they got plane there.  I paid garbage men $3.50 for November and December collection.  Ray went to town to pay bills and pick up Spiegel and M.W. catalogs.  Wrote letter to Mother D.  Laura [Caryl’s sister]called to say that Caryl called her long distance last night.  Talked to Lorene and Cousin Willis has the flu.  Pat went skating tonight.

Friday, January 23, 1953

Roll of comics and magazines came from Mother D.  Pat worked tonight.  L.R. went to Esquire with Hawleys.

Saturday, January 24, 1953

Pat worked today.  M.E. and L.R. went to town in aft. with Ray and came home on bus.  Alida Law called this a.m.

Sunday, January 25, 1953

Ray and children went to S.S. and church.  L.R. went in aft. with Ray to see Charles Weaver, get gas, groceries, and pick up a song book at preacher’s house.  Ray went to work at midnight.  Bob out this a.m.

Monday, January 26, 1953

L.R. got her glasses tonight.  Ray took my gift (hose and address book) to Laughlin’s for Rosalie Thompson (secret pal).  Finished apron for girls to give Gus.  Pat is through at school [he dropped out] and home today.  L.R. took $2.55 to school for book rental – today is first of semester.

Tuesday, January 27, 1953

Cut out apron – wine print feed sack.  L.R. took music lesson.  Ray went to bean supper and brought Harry Willson, Charlie Weaver, and Harrison home to practice (quartet).  Pat went skating.  Received card from Aunt Helen.  Sent wedding anniversary card to Mary and Bill Taylor.

Wednesday, January 28, 1953

Made pecan rolls.  Pat went to International Shoe Co. for a job.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.

Thursday, January 29, 1953

Ray went to work at 8 a.m. instead of 4 p.m. as Buedel is sick.  Aunt Ethel here this aft., also Bob.  Received letter from Mother D.  L.R. took money to school for campus hat and t-shirt.  Talked to Lorene on phone and she’s just getting over the flu.  Cousin Willis is much better.  Fred [Spaulding] is still there.

Friday, January 30, 1953

Carl Buedel is okay so Ray goes to work at 4 p.m. today.  Received a letter from Alice Jean and one from Aunt Helen.  I sent a letter to Alice and a birthday card to Minnie.  Ray sent a get-well card to Deke [Decamera].

Saturday, January 31, 1953

Pat worked today.  Gus over for a couple hours (10-12).  Bob here too.  Cousin Willis came home from hospital today.

Sunday, February 1, 1953

Ray and children went to S.S. and church.  Bill Scattergood here for a few min. to pick up music.  Ray went to work at midnight.  Bob here this a.m.  Baked a date nut cake for Cousin Willis.

Monday, February 2, 1953

Pat received a note from Mother D. that they left this a.m. for Bloomington, Ill.  Ray took date nut cake to Spauldings in aft. and Cousin Mary called this evening to say they could not use it all and Ray should pick up 2/3rds of it tomorrow after work.

Tuesday, February 3, 1953

Aunt Ethel came in aft.  L.R. took music lesson.  Ray picked up cake at Spauldings.

Wednesday, February 4, 1953

Received card from Mother D.  They’re coming down Sunday.  Aunt Helen called.  She got back at 12:40 p.m. today.  Mrs. Chiti called on me.  Pat went to work at 4 p.m.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.

Thursday, February 5, 1953

Finished work on green print, aqua broadcloth, and blue & yellow plaid dresses for L.R.  (used to be M.E.’s), then washed them.  Pat worked today.

Friday, February 6, 1953

Aunt Helen came out this eve. and brought me a pendant and pins for the girls from Mexico.  Pat worked today.

Saturday, February 7, 1953

Bob was out this a.m.  Gus and Russ came in eve. and brought ice cream, cookies and chocolate syrup.  Mrs. Hanson and Lorene came for about an hour and brought Pat’s birthday gifts and some custard from Spauldings.  Ray went to work at midnight for Major Bray.  L.R. went skating with Colburns.

Sunday, February 8, 1953

Bob out this a.m.  Mother & Dad D. came at 11 a.m.  Ray went to church.  Had cake and ice cream for Pat’s [17th] birthday.  Pauline and Deke came in aft.  Pat went skating.

Monday, February 9, 1953

Ray went to union meeting and took Mr. Burnett.

Tuesday, February 10, 1953

Bob out today.  L.R. addressed her valentines tonight.  Ray went to bean supper.  Pat worked all day.  L.R. took music lesson.

Wednesday, February 11, 1953

Aunt Ethel out in aft.  Pat worked all day.  Bob out.  Ray went to church and choir practice.  Ray sent letter to Mother D. that girls would not go to Bloomington since L.R. has sore throat and he may have to work. 

Thursday, February 12, 1953

Lincoln’s Birthday.  No school.  Received a letter from Alice.  Gus over for a little while.  Berdine and Maureen went to Chicago today.

Friday, February 13, 1953

Ray received a card from his mother.  L.R.’s class had a valentine party this aft.  Bob out today.  I received a lovely gift from my secret pal (3 artificial roses enclosed in a crystal bowl).  Pat went to work at 4 p.m.

Saturday, February 14, 1953

Valentine’s Day.  Bob came at 8 a.m. to pick up clothes I had for Mike and Jane as he was driving up to Rock Island today.  M.E. and L.R. took wall plaques to Gus and Russ for Valentine gift.  L.R. went to skating rink with Colburns (Ray drove them there and back) and M.E. went to town with him.  Pat worked all day.  Male quartet met here tonight.  Wives came, too.  Pat paid $5.00 board.

Sunday, February 15, 1953

Ray and children went to S.S. and church.  M.E. and L.R. went to Roxy [Theater] in aft.  Lazars here tonight.

Monday, February 16, 1953

Received check from F.H.A., refund on mortgage insurance.  Bob out and told about trip to Rock Island.  Ray started midnight shift tonight.

Tuesday, February 17, 1953

Wrote letter to Mother D.  Pat worked all day.  L.R. took music lesson – to take on Thursdays starting next week.  Ordered socks and slip for L.R., underwear for Pat, and apron material from Spiegel’s today.  L.R. one of 12 selected from class to do folk dancing at Armory – music festival this spring.

Wednesday, February 18, 1953

Received letter from Mother D.  They will leave Bloomington Friday.  Called Berdine and invited them out to supper Saturday eve.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.

Thursday, February 19, 1953

Aunt Helen out tonight.  Received letter from Alice, and girls received one from Tom and Marian with $1.00 for ea.  Order came from Spiegel’s.  L.R.’s socks and slip fine!  Also, Pat’s underwear.  Pat worked today.

Friday, February 20, 1953

Pat worked today.  Bob out this aft.

Saturday, February 21, 1953

Received letters from Mother D. and Caryl.  Dad is being transferred to Fort Dodge and leaves Bloomington this a.m.  If Jim gets car, they leave today; otherwise, will leave Monday on plane.  The Hawley girls came at 11:30 a.m.  Berdine and Maureen came at 12:15 p.m. and took M.E. and L.R. to skating rink.  Ray brought them home.  Berdine went to pick up Cecil at 4:30 and got back at 5:45 for supper.  They left before 8:00 as he had to bowl.  Pat worked today.

Sunday, February 22, 1953

Ray and children went to S.S. and church.  Girls went to Strand to see “Road to Bali” with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope and “Carribean.”  Ray took them and brought them home.  Gus came in for a few minutes at noon.  Ray goes to work at midnight as Buedel is taking one week of his vacation.  Ray went to church long enough to sing tonight.  Bob out from 8-8:30 p.m.  Pat paid $5.00 board.

Monday, February 23, 1953

Pat worked today.  Jim, Caryl and babies arrived at airport at 6 p.m.  Ray, girls and I went, also Laura, John and son.  Children are darling.  Jim, Caryl and Mike drove with Laura.  We took the baby to Connie’s.  Took a ride later.

Tuesday, February 24, 1953

Pat worked today.  L.R. took music lesson.  Russell over for a little while in eve.  Received letter from Pauline Carswell and card from Mother D.  Bob out in aft.  L.R. got her campus hat and t-shirt with “West Grand School” printed in red.

Wednesday, February 25, 1953

Wrote letters to Mother D. and Nellie Long.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Aunt Helen here for a few minutes to pick up her purse and gloves and left 3 lovely aprons Aunt Georgia gave me for Xmas.  Pat worked today.  Jim called in aft. and I invited them for supper on Saturday.

Thursday, February 26, 1953

Bob out today.  Pat left fire in backyard unattended and caught grass on fire.  He called Fire Dept. but he, L.R., Mrs. Jagow, Mr. Harmony, and Mr. Beeler had it out before fire engine got here.  Ray worked evening shift instead of midnight – exchanged with Major Bray.  Received card from Doc and Minnie (Palm Beach, Fla.).  L.R. went to Hay Edwards School this eve. with 11 class members to practice folk dance.

Friday, February 27, 1953

Ordered squaw skirt and belt from Spiegel’s and blouse from M.W. for L.R. for square dance at Armory and later for Easter.

Saturday, February 28, 1953

Ray and girls got Jim and family at 5:00 and brought them here for supper.  Berdine and Maureen brought Girl Scout cookies in aft.

Sunday, March 1, 1953

Ray and children didn’t go to S.S. and church.  Girls went to Roxy in aft. and came home in a blizzard (8" snow).  Ray went to work at midnight as Carl Buedel taking another week vacation.

Monday, March 2, 1953

Ray is on swing shift this week.  Mrs. Burnett over in aft. and told us about Colburn’s marital troubles.  Ray got stuck in our drive coming home from work so couldn’t take girls to school.  Talked to Pauline and she cancelled music lesson this week.

Tuesday, March 3, 1953

Pat worked from 4 p.m. on.  Russell over after supper.  I worked on cobbler apron.  Talked to Lorene and Cousin Willis.  Girls wrote letters to Marian and Tom.  Talked to Harriet Jordan and asked her to get me a pattern (cobbler apron) and have it mailed.

Wednesday, March 4, 1953

Received invitation to Betty’s [Cantrall] wedding.  Aunt Ethel here this aft.  Mrs. Colburn called about L.R. going into Girl Scouts.  Ray picked up L.R.’s blouse at M.W. and skirt and belt at Spiegel’s.  Very pretty!

Thursday, March 5, 1953

Ray got L.R.’s black slippers at Sears, 7AA @ $3.95.  Received letter from Mother D. – sent $2.00 for girls.

Friday, March 6, 1953

Ray went out to sanitarium for checkup – lungs okay – hooray!  L.R. went to Enos School to practice dance.  Pat worked 4-9 and then went to skating rink.  M.E. went to store for meat and candy.

Saturday, March 7, 1953

L.R. went to dentist with Ray and has to go back in 2 mos.  Snow today.  Pat hung clothes in Jagow’s basement.

Sunday, March 8, 1953

No one went to S.S. or church.  Ray’s throat still sore.  Doc brought ½ gal. orange blossom honey from Florida.  Enola Slagle brought 56 cards and $1.12 for stamps for mailing birthday cards to S.S. class members.  Aunt Helen came at 2:30 and left at 9 p.m.  She brought Aunt Ethel’s doll and figurines for L.R.

Monday, March 9, 1953

Ordered skirt for M.E. from Sears.  Sent $1.30 to Hertel Art Co. for Christmas cards.  L.R. went to Scout meeting for first time.

Tuesday, March 10, 1953

L.R. sent money to Girl Scouts for name tapes [to sew in clothes].  Lorene, Katie & Mrs. Hanson here this eve. and brought jar jelly, blouse, sweater, and white bolero for M.E., 2 pr. old hose and foliage plants and African violet for me.  Aunt Ethel here in aft.  Uncle Rob knocked piece off from garage.  Pat worked today.

Wednesday, March 11, 1953

L.R. went to school early as she practices dance at Iles School today.  Pat worked today.  Sears called that M.E.’s skirt is here.  Bob out this eve.

Thursday, March 12, 1953

Made 3 loaves of bread and a banana cream pie.  Margaret Baker called –she made an appointment for Ray to see S.T. Anderson tomorrow morning.  Wrote letter to Mother D.  L.R. took music lesson.

Friday, March 13, 1953

Ray saw S.T. Anderson and Mr. T.  Bob out in aft.  Ray got hair cut.  Pat worked from 4-9 p.m.  Ray’s last midnight shift tonight.

Saturday, March 14, 1953

Ray took girls to town as L.R. had to get Scout socks and handkerchief.  Bad hail storm this aft. after girls came home.  Ray and girls got M.E.’s “squaw” skirt at Sears.

Sunday, March 15, 1953

Ray and children went to S.S. and church.  Bob out this a.m.  Mary Taylor and neighbor came in aft. to buy L.R.’s red winter coat, $10.00, and blue felt hat, $1.00.  Ray started on eve. shift this aft.  L.R. went to Girl Scout program at Armory with Colburns this afternoon.

Monday, March 16, 1953

Carole didn’t go to school today as she has a sore throat.  Her dad was back today but didn’t stay.  Pat washed all windows inside and out.  L.R. was at Scout meeting this aft. after school.  Sent M.E.’s taffeta dress, brown short coat, and L.R.’s grey spring coat to cleaners today, 99 cents ea.  Received letter from Warren and prints Aunt Ethel and I ordered.

Tuesday, March 17, 1953

Received letter from Mother D.

Wednesday, March 18, 1953

Wrote Mother D. a letter.

Thursday, March 19, 1953

L.R. didn’t take music lesson as Ray had to work evening shift for John Lazar who has the flu.

Friday, March 20, 1953

Harry and Ruth Ann [Clements] came for M.E. after school and took her to Franklin.  M.E. is to be her guest at freshman party this eve.  Bob was out tonight.  Ray worked evening shift for J. Lazar.  Cousin Willis here in aft.

Saturday, March 21, 1953

L.R. went to Kay Smith’s in afternoon.  They picked her up and brought her home.  Ray raked front yard in aft. before going to work.  Baked 3 loaves of bread.

Sunday, March 22, 1953

Ray and L.R. stayed for church – Pat just S.S.  He went to show in aft.  Harry Willsons here in aft. for few min. – I was lying down so didn’t see them.  Harry, Junior and Ruth Ann brought M.E. home in aft. and stayed until about 8 p.m.  Bob out in a.m., also Gus.

Monday, March 23, 1953

Pat went to show with Wayne.

Tuesday, March 24, 1953

Aunt Ethel out this aft.  Sent order to Florida Fashions for dress for L.R.  Called Marge about class book for addresses of members.  Cousin Willis called about flowers and shrubs for backyard.  Pat worked 4-6:30 p.m.  Baked 3 loaves of bread.

Wednesday, March 25, 1953

Ray took M.E. to St. Louis for check-up.  Sears called that evergreens are here and someone called from City Hall that settlement check there.  Pat went to town in aft. to have stitches removed from cut on finger.  L.R. went to Armory this aft. for dress rehearsal.  Baked devil’s food cake.

Thursday, March 26, 1953

Ray worked day shift for Madden as he worked the eve. shift for Ray yesterday.  Ray got 4 evergreens at Sears when he got home.  Aunt Helen came out in eve. and stayed with me while Ray and girls went to Armory for Music Festival.  Pat worked tonight at Kroger’s.  Walgreen’s called tonight for Pat to come to work in morning.  L.R. took music lesson.

Friday, March 27, 1953

Pat went to work at Walgreen’s at 7:30 a.m.  Kroger’s called for him to come there.  Ray took evergreens back to Sears.  Went out to Pleasant Nursery and made arrangements with them to put in evergreens in front.  Cousin Willis brought out some plants and Ray put them out.  Received letter from Mother D.  Ray received settlement from City.

Saturday, March 28, 1953

Gus here in aft.  Girls went to show and shopped downtown this aft.

Sunday, March 29, 1953

Pat has to work 9-3 p.m.  Ray and girls went to S.S. and church.  Otto over to talk to Ray a few minutes this aft.  L.R. went to Janet’s to play.  Bob here in a.m. and brought letter from Aunt Fannie and S.S. class book for 1953.  Ray also got one from Virginia Schnepp.

Monday, March 30, 1953

Pat off work today and tomorrow.  L.R. went to Girl Scout meeting.

Tuesday, March 31, 1953

Aunt Ethel here this aft.  Received L.R.’s dress from Florida Fashions.  Bob here in a.m.

Wednesday, April 1, 1953

Carole Colburn here while her mother visited a shut-in.  Mrs. Colburn came in for a few minutes when she got back.

Thursday, April 2, 1953

L.R. took music lesson.  Bob here this aft.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here for about an hour.

Friday, April 3, 1953

Good Friday.  Ray went to church tonight to evangelistic meeting.  Russell here a few minutes.  Girls went to town in a.m. to buy Easter candy and toys for Mike and Karen.  Girls and I received several cards.  Grandma D. sent them $1.00 ea.

Saturday, April 4, 1953

Ray went to see Dr. Andreasen [podiatrist].   Cousin Willis here and planted some flower seeds but not many as he decided ground too wet and too early in season.  Forsythia across the street in full bloom, some bushes are partly in leaf, but trees haven’t started to leaf.  Received several Easter cards – Mother & Dad D., Aunt Helen, Katherine Gathard, Marge & Bob, and lovely Ideals magazine from Secret Pal.  L.R. went to see “Peter Pan” with Janet Bartram.  Girls dyed Easter eggs.

Sunday, April 5, 1953

[Easter] Bob here in a.m.  Ray and girls went to S.S. and church.  Uncle Rob, Aunt Ethel, Aunt Helen, Mr. Diller, Bob and Edward were here in aft.  Ray gave me a lovely Easter lily and Aunt Ethel gave me a pink hydrangea.  Ray went to work at 4 p.m.

Monday, April 6, 1953

Ray worked on elec. lights inside and outside garage.  Bob here for a few minutes to bring Toni curlers for M.E.  Wrote letter to Mother D.  Janie Downs called this a.m.  Pat paid $10 board.   Lorene and Mrs. Hanson here this eve. and brought 3 plants and 2 blouses for M.E. and glass of jelly.

Tuesday, April 7, 1953

Ray finished lights in garage.  I ordered chest of drawers for Pat, blouse and skirt hangers, blouse and belt for M.E. from Spiegel’s, and jeans, blouse, 2 slips, edging and white material from Sears.  Ray got 6 steak knives from Gorham’s for Betty [for wedding gift].  Sent letter to Mother D.  Bob here today.

Wednesday, April 8, 1953

Bob here this aft. and helped Ray put in elec. outlet in breezeway.  Mrs. Colburn here for 20 min. after supper.  Ray sent wedding gift to Betty.

Thursday, April 9, 1953

Pleasant Nursery man put in 9 evergreens this noon.  Bob here this a.m.  Aunt Ethel here this aft.  L.R. took music lesson.  Ray went to practice with quartet for meeting at Jerome Methodist Church tomorrow night.  Gus came over for a few minutes to tell us how nice the evergreens look.

Friday, April 10, 1953

Received letter from Mother D.  Received L.R.’s jeans, shirt, slips, eyelet and white material (for lengthening old slips) from Sears.  Ordered sandals for L.R. and suit for Mike from Spiegel’s.  Listened to 5th grade class (West Grand) on WMAY radio this aft.  Ray went to Jerome Methodist Church to sing and L.R. went to school with Carole and Mrs. Colburn to open house.  Bob out tonight.

Saturday, April 11, 1953

Shrubs came from Kruse Nursery in Bloomington.  Ray planted them before he went to work.  L.R. went bicycling with Janet Bartram and they took their lunch.  M.E.’s permanent turned out fine.  Pat paid $10 board.

Sunday, April 12, 1953

Ray starts day shift today.  Mrs. Burnett took girls to S.S. and brought them home.  Bob here from 11:15 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and dropped girls at Esquire to see Frankie Laine in “Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder”.  Pat is off Sundays and Tuesdays now.  Wrote letter to Mother D. and enclosed one from Pat.

Monday, April 13, 1953

Ray went to Union Meeting tonight.  Cousin Willis here this aft. and offered to pay for plowing our backyard but I told him it would make too much of a mess.  L.R. went to Girl Scout meeting.  Buds on trees showing and opening slightly.  They seem slow this spring.  Bushes are much more advanced.

Tuesday, April 14, 1953

Ray picked up L.R.’s sandals and Mike’s suit at Spiegel’s.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller brought out peonies and iris.  I made fudge.

Wednesday, April 15, 1953

Ray planted peonies and iris.  Refinished maple floor lamp for living room and put in slat on magazine rack.  Bob out this a.m.  L.R. went to Lincoln Library with Janet B.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.

Thursday, April 16, 1953

Aunt Ethel came today.  L.R. took music lesson.  Ray doesn’t feel good tonight, caught a fresh cold.  Received letter from Alice.

Friday, April 17, 1953

Man from Sears came to figure on plastic tile for kitchen walls, $54.15, and asphalt tile for breezeway, $34.08.  Bob out for half hour this eve.  Ray went to bed immediately after supper on account of bad cold.

Saturday, April 18, 1953

Wrapped little suit for Mike’s birthday.  Ray is going to drop it off on way home from work.  Girls went to town to shop.  I’ve caught a cold.  Mrs. Burnett over in eve. to say she was going to Waverly tomorrow so couldn’t take girls to S.S.  Marian, Tom and Russell left at 7 a.m. for Florida.  Pat paid $10 board.  Lorene out in aft.

Sunday, April 19, 1953

Children didn’t go to S.S.  They went to show in aft.  Gus over on way home from church.  Bob here in a.m.  My cold is worse – Ray’s seems better.  Pat went to Jim’s after supper to deliver shirt and 2 pr. overalls for Mike.  Heard names of U.N. men released by Reds – first exchange prisoners.

Monday, April 20, 1953

Called Laura and Berdine, also M. Troy.  Ray picked up plastic tile from Sears after work.  Bob and Robbie were out with new pea green Chevrolet.  Mr. Burnett here, too, electioneering.

Tuesday, April 21, 1953

Ray worked on wall tile in kitchen - lovely!  He picked up L.R.’s sandals at Spiegel’s but they sent size 6 instead of 6 ½, so guess they don’t have half sizes and will have to reorder size 7.  He and Pat also picked up chest at Railway Express which was shipped by Spiegel’s.  He went to Jim’s tonight.  Caryl called this afternoon.  Ray voted today.  Mr. Burnett came for few min. to tell us Independent ticket won!

Wednesday, April 22, 1953

Sent necklace and earrings to Carol Sutton for birthday.  Ray took L.R.’s sandals back to Spiegel’s.  M.E. went to party at Lanphier and L.R. went with Colburns to a potluck at Jerome Methodist Church.  Warm weather is bringing out leaves on trees – buds partly open.

Thursday, April 23, 1953

Aunt Ethel here in aft.  Sent money to St. Louis for tie (Ray’s Easter gift) and a letter to Alice.  Ray worked on tile in kitchen tonight.  Bob was out this eve.  L.R. took music lesson.  Ordered 2 contour muslin sheets from Westenberger’s.  Received card from Grandma D. that they were leaving Fort Dodge Saturday.

Friday, April 24, 1953

Contour sheets came today – very nice.  Bob and Robbie were out this eve.  Ray worked on kitchen walls this eve.

Saturday, April 25, 1953

Girls and Carole went to town this aft.  L.R. got her sandals at Spiegel’s and they’re the correct size this time.  She went over to Janet’s after she got home to work on a project for school.  Mrs. Bartram and Janet came after her but she walked home.  Received card from Russell from St. Petersburg, Fla., and one from Mother D. saying they are leaving tomorrow for Milwaukee.  Ray worked on kitchen walls.

Sunday, April 26, 1953

Daylight Savings Time went into effect at 2 a.m. this morning.  Children didn’t go to S.S.  Bob out in morning and took them to the Esquire at 12:30 p.m.  Marie and Roy Graves were here for about half hour in late afternoon.  Aunt Helen came just before they left.  Ray worked on kitchen walls tonight.  Aunt Helen gave me a check for $10 for L.R.’s music lessons.  Pat didn’t work today and went to Jim’s tonight.

Monday, April 27, 1953

Gus here for a little while this aft.  Received card from Marian and Tom from St. Petersburg.  Ray worked on kitchen walls tonight.  Apple tree at bedroom windows has rosy pink buds and green leaves are halfway out.

Tuesday, April 28, 1953

Lengthened dresses for L.R.  Pat got some material to face aqua 2-pc. dress.  Bob out tonight.  Ray worked on kitchen walls.

Wednesday, April 29, 1953

Ray worked on kitchen walls.  Received letter from Mother D.

Thursday, April 30, 1953

Wrote letter to Mother D.  Aunt Ethel out this aft.  Ray got some bushes from Mrs. Burnett and put them out.  L.R. took music lesson.  Pauline gave Ray some plants.

Friday, May 1, 1953

We all went to Jim’s this evening.  Bob came just as we were leaving.  Frances Jordan came after we left and wrote a note.  I ordered 4 dresses from Roland’s through Lorene – quite a bargain as 8 & 9 dollar dresses @ $2.00 ea., for L.R.  Didn’t have M.E.’s size and she prefers blouses and skirts anyway.

Saturday, May 2, 1953

Gave L.R. a perm.  M.E. gave me one in short hair in back.  Bob out for a min. around 4 p.m.  Lorene and Katie here this eve.  Received cards from Marian, Tom and Russell from St. Petersburg, Fla.  Ray mowed grass in front for first time – lovely – looks like a park.  Lorene brought more plants from her mother.  Received friendship card from Natalie Beam.

Sunday, May 3, 1953

Pat and M.E. went to S.S. with Burnetts.  L.R. didn’t go as permanent wasn’t ready to set last night, so had to do it this morning.  My hair turned out fine.  Gus, Mrs. Colburn and Carole here this aft.  Lazars here this evening.  Ray went to Willson’s to practice with quartet for program at Odd Fellows on Tuesday.

Monday, May 4, 1953

Ray went to Jerome Village Hall to meeting with Rollie Burnett.  Bob here in eve. for half hour.  Marge went to hospital to see her uncle who is seriously ill with cancer.  L.R. went to Scout meeting.

Tuesday, May 5, 1953

Ray and Pat both home today.  My S.S. class meets at Laughlin’s tonight but I’m not going.  Ray sang with quartet at Odd Fellows Hall.

Wednesday, May 6, 1953

Ray ordered new wheelchair for me.  He went to choir rehearsal.  Bob out for about an hour after supper.  Russell, Tom and Marian got home about 11 p.m.  Corinne Diller Ryan and family arrived in town yesterday.

Thursday, May 7, 1953

Russell came over this a.m. to show pictures taken in Florida.  Received letter from Mother D.  Aunt Ethel here this aft.  L.R. took music lesson after school.  Went for a ride with Ray and girls.  Sent 2 lb. Pease’s candy and card to Mother D. [for Mother’s Day].

Friday, May 8, 1953

Marian and Tom came for half hour – brought a bag of Florida oranges.  Received Mother’s Day booklet from “Ideals” from Secret Pal and a beautiful hanky.  Went out in backyard while Ray put out some more flower plants.

Saturday, May 9, 1953

L.R. left at 8:30 a.m. to go on hike to Douglas Park with 8 other Girl Scouts and Mrs. Loveless.  M.E. went downtown in aft. to shop.  Marian here in aft.  Received a dozen roses from Jim and Caryl.  Ray, girls and I drove out to Filter Plant – Ray relieved Carl B. as he wanted to go to church from 7-7:30.  On way home we ran out of gas near Hazel Dell School.

Sunday, May 10, 1953

[Mother’s Day] Ray and girls went to S.S. and church.  Afterwards, Ray took us to Nor’side Restaurant for turkey dinner -- mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, salad, iced tea or coffee, bread and butter, and strawberry sundae.  Went for a ride later and saw Lindsay Place, Cherry Road, and Fox Meadows.  Stopped at Willson’s, too.  Girls gave me 2 house dresses and hose; Ray, 2 lb. box Pease’s mixed chocolates.  Tom and Marian left about 12:45 p.m. 

Monday, May 11, 1953

Cousin Willis here this aft. to plant hollyhocks, sunflowers and hibiscus seeds in front of fence.  Ray picked up new wheelchair at Sears and I tried it out for first time tonight – it’s wonderful!  Baked a rhubarb pie with rhubarb from Beeler’s.  Ray stopped by Margaret and John Troy’s this eve.

Tuesday, May 12, 1953

Received letter from Mother D.  Leaves on trees are pretty well out – darkens living room slightly.  Persian lilacs in backyard have been blooming for a week or more – also wigelia rose.  L.R. took music lesson this eve.

Wednesday, May 13, 1953

Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Russell here about an hour this eve.  Called Myers Bros. about changing 2 house dresses – they sent out 2 red-check ones and picked up ones M.E. selected Saturday as too skimpy in skirts.  Ordered p.j.’s for Pat, jeans and socks for M.E., shirt for Ray, and socks for L.R. from Spiegel’s; also bed lamp from Sears that Pat is giving me for Mother’s Day.

Thursday, May 14, 1953

Mrs. Burnett was over this aft. with 2 tickets for S.H.S. Band Concert tonight – Mrs. Colburn bought them but couldn’t use them and gave them to the girls.  They went with Burnetts.  Aunt Ethel came in eve. and stayed until 10 p.m.

Friday, May 15, 1953

Sears called that bed lamp here that Pat ordered for me (Mother’s Day gift).  L.R. went with 8 others from class to Lanphier to concert by Joplin, MO, band this aft.  Marge’s Uncle Earl died yesterday.  Bob out tonight for about a half hour.

Saturday, May 16, 1953

Ray took L.R. to Dr. King and then bought her a pair of saddle oxfords ($6.00).  M.E. went to Dr. Andreasen in aft. on account of ingrown toenail.  Rain today – just about finished off lilacs.  L.R. gave her brown plaid taffeta and plain brown velveteen dresses to Carole Colburn and she asked M.E. and L.R. to go to Esquire tomorrow afternoon.  Cousin Willis called this eve. to ask when I was in Florida (1940) so he could date some pictures.

Sunday, May 17, 1953

Ray and children went to S.S. and church.  M.E., L.R. and Carole Colburn went to Esquire.  Willsons came in eve.

Monday, May 18, 1953

Bob out tonight.  He went to Rock Island Saturday and came back Sunday.  Earl Hayes buried today.

Tuesday, May 19, 1953

L.R. took music lesson.  Pat picked up bed lamp at Sears and brought me a sack of chocolate covered peanuts – pretty nice!

Wednesday, May 20, 1953

Order came from Spiegels–4 pr. white socks ea. for M.E. and L.R., jeans for M.E., p.j.’s for Pat, and cannister set for ten cents with $10 order.  Didn’t send shirt I ordered for Ray but they sent the cannister set anyway.  Ray took M.E. to Dr. Andreasen after school.

Thursday, May 21, 1953

Aunt Ethel here this aft.  I called Uncle Rob and had him bring bottle of peroxide as L.R. has slight infection in leg.  Fixed it up when she came home from school.

Friday, May 22, 1953

Ray cut front and back yard today – looks like a park!  Mrs. Thomae [neighbor] sent me a lovely bouquet of garden flowers by her husband late this afternoon.  L.R. went to Hay Edwards School to see play that Carol Sue Jagow is in with other Trinity Lutheran School pupils.  Mrs. Jagow also took Carole Colburn.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller came out for a few minutes to bring Diller and Ridgeway Ryan – darling boys – 39 mos. and 22 mos. respectively.

Saturday, May 23, 1953

M.E. went to see Dr. Andreasen at 2 p.m.  Mrs. Jagow sent a glass of grape jelly by Carol Sue.  Received letter from Carol Sutton.  Caryl, Jim & children here at 5 p.m. with a car (2nd hand) Dodge they just bought.  Came back after supper to play Canasta.

Sunday, May 24, 1953

Ray and children went to S.S. and church.  L.R. went to Village Hall to practice with Girl Scouts then went to Janet Bartram’s recital and stayed for supper.  Pat went to a show.

Monday, May 25, 1953

Ray, M.E. and I went to Mother & Father party at Village Hall given by Girl Scouts.

Tuesday, May 26, 1953

L.R. took music lesson this eve.  Ray went to Lanphier High School to hear M.E. sing in chorus.  Doc & Minnie came out and brought 3 jars of boysenberry jam from Knott’s Berry Farm in Calif.  Russell came after Ray came home and stayed until 10 p.m.  I ordered a sundress for L.R. from Spiegel’s.

Wednesday, May 27, 1953

Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Mrs. Godley phoned me this aft.  Rambler Rose in backyard in bloom.

Thursday, May 28, 1953

Ray got L.R.’s sandals at Myers Bros. but have to be exchanged as platform soles.  Aunt Ethel and Aunt Helen here this aft.  Aunt Helen brought me a beautiful piece of plaid gingham for a dress.  M.E. picked up L.R.’s sundress at Spiegel’s.  Betty Hagler, David, Lorene and Katie were out this eve.  Pat went skating.  Jim and Mike were here this a.m.

Friday, May 29, 1953

Aunt Helen called to let me know she had a big basket of flowers for the Cantrall lot.  Ray will pick it up tomorrow and take it to cemetery.  I sat out in front yard and Mrs. Burnett and Russell came over for a little while.  Ray took L.R. to Tots & Teens Shop at MacArthur & South Grand and got her a pair of red 1-strap slippers.

Saturday, May 30, 1953

[Memorial Day] Bob out this a.m.  Aunt Helen called that she took basket out in a.m. so Ray wouldn’t have to.  Then in afternoon she and Aunt Ethel put another bouquet on our lot.  Caryl, Jim, Mike, Karen and Barbara [Caryl’s sister] out this eve.

Sunday, May 31, 1953

Ray and girls went to S.S. and Ray stayed for church until choir sang special number.  Girls went to Esquire and Pat to downtown show.  Ray went to church later in aft. to sing with mixed quartet and I went along and sat in car.  We picked up girls at 4:30, got cones at Sangamon Dairy, and then drove out to see house Jim & Caryl rented on Magnolia St.  Gus here a little while after church.  Ed [Cantrall] graduated from Purdue today.  Marge, Bob, Robbie, Doc & Minnie went.

Monday, June 1, 1953

Mr. Diller and Aunt Helen here a little while tonight.

Tuesday, June 2, 1953

L.R. took music lesson.  S.S. class meeting tonight but I didn’t go.

Wednesday, June 3, 1953

Girls went to school to get report cards.  M.E. went to a picnic and L.R. went to see “Young Bess” at Senate [Theater] with Janet.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Russ told us that Elsie went to St. John’s Hospital today.

Thursday, June 4, 1953

Aunt Ethel here this aft. and brought quart of strawberries and I made strawberry shortcake for her.  Bob here tonight.  I sent a get well card to Elsie.  Marian & Tom came down.  M.E. met Aunt Helen downtown and ordered saddle oxfords from Mr. Seay.

Friday, June 5, 1953

M.E. washed some clothes today.

Saturday, June 6, 1953

I ironed this a.m.  Hoed half of flower border this eve.

Sunday, June 7, 1953

Ray and children went to S.S. and church.  Aunt Helen came in eve.  Girls and I went with Ray to church this aft. while he practiced with mixed quartet and they sang at church tonight.

Monday, June 8, 1953

The Willsons were here and after they left Lorene, Katie and Opel Rippey came with a box of clothes of Myra’s and Sandra’s.  Sandra was married Sat., June 6th.  I baked a pineapple upside down cake for Jagows.  Cousin Mary sent bouquet of hardy sweet peas by Lorene.

Tuesday, June 9, 1953

Pat home this a.m., went to Wayne’s in aft., and skating rink in eve.  Girls went to Lincoln [Theater] to see “Powder River.”  John Lazar brought 11 border plants left over from some Larson bought for Filter Plant.  I ordered nightgowns for girls from Sears. 

Wednesday, June 10, 1953

L.R. took music lesson at 3 p.m.  M.E. went too and they are going to stop over in town to get M.E.’s saddle oxfords, red shorts for M.E., midriff blouse for L.R., and exchange her library books.  Ray also asked them to get sympathy card to send to Mr. Roderick.  Mrs. R. was buried today.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Girls weren’t able to get oxfords, shorts or blouse.

Thursday, June 11, 1953

Aunt Ethel was out this aft.  She shortened white border print dress for M.E.

Friday, June 12, 1953

Bob out this eve.

Saturday, June 13, 1953

Mrs. Jagow gave us a sack of new green peas.  Went to 66 Drive-In and had to see picture in the rain – “Never Wave at a Wac” with Rosalind Russell and Marie Wilson, and “Confidentially Connie” with Janet Leigh and Kirk Douglas.

Sunday, June 14, 1953

Ray and children went to S.S.  Ray stayed for church long enough to sing special anthem.  He, Harry Willson, and Charlie Weaver went to Champaign to practice special number for Father’s Day for opening exercises with Bill Scattergood.  Edith and Doris Willson came here and stayed for supper.  Harry brought 2 quarts ice cream.  They got back at 8 p.m.  Aunt Helen here in eve.  Doris broke swing.

Monday, June 15, 1953

I went to town in aft. with Ray and girls.  Almost finished hoeing the east border.  Ordered nylon gloves and box of candy from Bressmer’s; had them sent out to Aunt Helen for her birthday.

Tuesday, June 16, 1953

Pat went over to Wayne’s at 10:30 a.m.  L.R. went to Janet Bartram’s at 12:30 p.m.  They are going to spend the afternoon at her grandmother’s.  M.E. went to town at 1:40 p.m. to get oxfords, shop, and to Dr. Andreasen’s at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, June 17, 1953

[Aunt Helen’s birthday]  L.R. and I put out zinnia plants Mr. Larsen gave Ray.  M.E. and L.R. went to town at 1:40 p.m.  L.R. has music lesson at 3 p.m. Ray went to choir rehearsal.  L.R. stayed all night at Janet’s.

Thursday, June 18, 1953

Had birthday party for Aunt Helen.  Guests: Mr. Diller, Aunt Ethel, Uncle Rob, Cousins Willis & Mary.  Sent Father’s Day card and $2.00 to Dad D. today.

Friday, June 19, 1953

Janet here for lunch and went with girls to Roxy – “Pickup on South Street” and “Royal Journey.”  They got socks I ordered from M.E. for Ray.  Bob, Robbie and friend here for a few minutes tonight.  Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, the atomic spy team, executed – Julius pronounced dead at 7:06 and Ethel at 7:16 C.D.T. tonight.

Saturday, June 20, 1953

Ray worked last midnight to 8 a.m. shift this a.m.  Vacation starts today and ends July 12th.  Girls went to Roxy to see “A Queen is Crowned”, narrated by Laurence Olivier, and “It Happens Every Thursday” with Loretta Young and John Forsythe.  Mrs. Colburn here in eve. and asked girls to go to show with Carole tomorrow.  Girls got billfold ($6.18) for Ray (Father’s Day) at LaBonte’s this aft.

Sunday, June 21, 1953

[Father’s Day] Ray and girls went to S.S. and church.  Harmonaires [quartet] sang at S.S. and 10:30 church.  Went to Springfield Drive-In to see “Painting the Clouds with Sunshine” with Dennis Morgan, Virginia Mayo and Gene Nelson.  Pat gave Ray $5.00 for Father’s Day; girls, billfold; I gave him 2 pr. nylon socks.

Monday, June 22, 1953

Ray went to town to pay some bills.  Lizzie Kane called this aft.  Alan, Carol and Charles got here about 5:30 p.m. [from California].  They looked fine.  Received letter from Mother D. and Sears winter catalog.  Mrs. Hanson, Lorene and Katie here this eve.  Also Bob.  Lorene cut my hair and thinned L.R.’s on right side.  Alden’s returned money on drapes today and I ordered some from Sears.

Tuesday, June 23, 1953

Ray borrowed City truck from Payson and brought culvert and teeter totter from Filter Plant.  Pat went with him to get stuff in a.m. and girls went in aft. to return truck and bring our car back.  M.E. went to Dr. Andreasen this aft.

Wednesday, June 24, 1953

L.R. took music lesson this aft.  Ray went to choir rehearsal this eve.  He dug trench and put in culvert this aft.  Bought 2 quarts cherries (25 cents) from Gerald Burnett.  L.R. picked quart black raspberries at Ayers’ – Russell helped her.  Washed kitchen curtains and baked cherry pie.  Drapes for girls’ room came from Sears but not satisfactory – too dark.

Thursday, June 25, 1953

Ray made picnic table.  Aunt Ethel here this aft.  Sent Margaret Baker’s birthday gift by Uncle Rob.  He also sent back tie from Amvets today.  Sent away for 3 boxes of greeting cards.  Aunt Helen brought some glazed chintz [fabric for curtains] but girls don’t like it.  M.E. has several places on her body that look like bruises.  Ray tried to get ahold of Dr. Romence but he’s on vacation, so made appointment for her for tomorrow with Dr. Shriner.

Friday, June 26, 1953

Dr. Shriner said M.E. had an overactive spleen and sent her to St. John’s Hospital this eve.  L.R. and I sat in car while Ray admitted her, saw doctor, etc.  I ordered curtains for girls’ room from Sears.

Saturday, June 27, 1953

L.R. and Ray went to hospital this aft. to see M.E.  Doctor said she shouldn’t have company so they left.  Aunt Helen here tonight.  She mailed letter I wrote to Mother D.

Sunday, June 28, 1953

Ray went to church.  He went to see M.E. in aft.  Lazars here in eve.

Monday, June 29, 1953

Ray went to see M.E. this aft.  Her blood count isn’t up any higher.  We went to drive-in this eve. and saw “Saddle Tramp” with Joel McCrea and Wanda Hendrix; also, “A Queen is Crowned.”  Mrs. Burnett brought bouquet for M.E. and pint gooseberries.

Tuesday, June 30, 1953

Ray fixed form for current driveway extension.   Russell helped him line it up.  He went to see M.E. tonight.  Harry Willson went with him and then they went to Harvard Park Baptist Church to hear visiting quartet.

Wednesday, July 1, 1953

L.R. took music lesson.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  He picked up drapes at Sears, $11.50.  We are crazy about them.  He saw M.E. in aft.

Thursday, July 2, 1953

Aunt Ethel here this aft.  She hemmed one side of drapes.  I hemmed the others (4 pr.) this aft. and eve.  Ray, L.R., Carole C. and Mr. McDonald [?] played croquet all eve.  Ray went to see M.E. in aft.  Cousin Willis, Lorene and Mrs. Hanson went to see her this eve.  I ordered 2 pr. hose from Bressmer’s for Lorene’s birthday.

Friday, July 3, 1953

Mr. Anderson hung drapes in girls’ room.  Dr. Shriner called Ray at 1:30 a.m. – M.E.’s blood count way down and wanted him to come to hospital at 10:30 a.m.  Ray left around 8 a.m. – strong possibility of surgery as blood count won’t go up.  Marian, Tom, Ken, Anne and children drove down from Chicago.  Carol [Sutton] here for a little while with Lanny – he’s 4 but looks at least 6!  Aunt Helen and Aunt Ethel here in aft.  Aunt Helen stayed for supper.  Lorene, Katie and Mrs. Hanson here, too.  Ray home from hospital at 10:30 p.m. – M.E. gets transfusion all night – operate in a.m.

Saturday, July 4, 1953

Margaret [Troy] called at 6 a.m.  She stayed all night with M.E. – spleen removed at 8 a.m.  Ray called at 10:20 a.m. – operation a success – bleeding stopped as soon as spleen removed.  Ken, Anne, Scott, Lanny, Mrs. Burnett, Mrs. Kenyon, Carol, Russ, and Marian here at different times during day and eve.  Robbie and Buzz here at noon.  L.R. went to show with Janet.  Aunts Ethel and Helen came in aft.  Aunt Helen stayed all night – brought fireworks for L.R.

Sunday, July 5, 1953

Ray got home from hospital at 12:45 a.m.  Tom [Kane] relieved him.  Went back to hospital at 7:30 a.m.  Called at 8:00.  M.E. had restful night – blood count 5.0 – normal 4.5.  Wrote letter to Mother D., special delivery, air mail.  Mr. Diller came for Aunt Helen at 10:30 a.m. and mailed it on their way home.  Lorene and Katie here tonight.  Ray came home at 5:30 as Gus and Russell relieved him.  He went back but came home soon as Lizzie and Tom stayed until midnight and Margaret will stay from midnight until 6 a.m.  M.E.’s hem. 71%, normal is 90 to 100%.

Monday, July 6, 1953

Ray went to hospital at 6 a.m.  Mrs. Jagow called about M.E. in a.m. and went to hospital in aft. to relieve Ray.  Received letter from Mother D.  Roberta Kenyon and Mr. Burnett here in aft.  Carole and Rita were here while Mrs. Jagow went to hospital.  I baked a devil’s food cake and gave some to Jagows.  Ray came home at 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 7, 1953

Received letters from Alice and Mother D.  Wes and Alice are coming over the weekend.  Millie and Martha [Hawley] came tonight.  Mrs. Hawley came for them.  Ray came at 5:30 but I didn’t go to S.S. class meeting.  Ken and Lanny here for a little while at suppertime.

Wednesday, July 8, 1953

Ray went to hospital at 6 a.m., saw doctor later and he said M.E. didn’t need constant watching anymore so he came home.  Aunt Helen sent nylon dress out and it’s very nice.  Ordered mirror and coverlet from M.W. and bed skirt from Sears for girls’ room.  Mr. Burnett and Mrs. Colburn stopped in to inquire about M.E.  Minnie, Aunt Helen, Aunt Ethel, Natalie Beam, and Elsie phoned.  Washed yellow dressing table skirt.  Ray washed and waxed floors and went to hospital in eve.  The Suttons left for California about 8 a.m.

Thursday, July 9, 1953

Ray took wood frames away from cement drive.  Aunt Ethel here this aft.  Sent 3 dolls, doll house, furniture and a couple of dresses M.E. outgrew to Aunt Helen.  Ray went to hospital this aft.  We went to Springfield Drive-In to see Randolph Scott.

Friday, July 10, 1953

Ray washed and waxed floors.  Girls’ mirror, coverlet and bed skirt came today.  Ray took laundry.  Bob out in eve.  We made plans for supper tomorrow eve.

Saturday, July 11, 1953

Wes, Alice, Jane, Betty & Rick got here about 1 p.m.  Had lunch here then Wes, Betty & Rick went in to Bob’s.  Had the Wes Cantralls, Bob, and Doc Cantralls here for picnic supper.  Used new picnic table for first time.  L.R. and Jane went to a show in aft.  Last day of Ray’s vacation.

Sunday, July 12, 1953

Jane decided to stay for a week.  The Wes and Bob Cantralls went to Beardstown for fish dinner and took L.R. along.  Ray went to see M.E. in aft. and went to work 4-12.  Sent airmail letter to Mother D.  Marge, Bob & Robbie stayed for supper.  Gus and Russell came over 7:30-10 p.m.

Monday, July 13, 1953

Received 7 birthday cards in morning mail from Natalie Beam, Mrs. Hanson, Vivian Barton, Eastern Star, Peg Wallace, Aunt Ethel, and Anna Mae Streight.  Mrs. Hanson’s included a hanky.  Received one doz. roses from Secret Pal.  L.R. and Jane went to town in aft.  Bob engineered a surprise birthday party for me, and Aunt Helen, Bob, Marge, Doc & Minnie came.  We had ice cream and cake.  Gifts and cards: slip, Marge & Bob; beads and earrings, Aunt Helen; cologne, Doc & Minnie; and notepaper, L.R.  Mrs. Hanson and Lorene came for a few minutes and brought card and a slip.

 Tuesday, July 14, 1953

Received cards from Kathryn Gathard, Edith Arnold, and Mother & Dad D.  They enclosed $5.00.  L.R. and Jane went with Ray in aft. to see M.E. and then to Senate to see Esther Williams in “Dangerous When Wet.”  Mrs. Jagow, Mrs. Colburn and Mrs. Burnett were in backyard for a while in eve.  I showed them my gifts.

Wednesday, July 15, 1953

Received birthday cards from Margaret Baker, Mrs. Baker, and Eleanor Polk.  My birthday gift from Ray was having piano tuned this a.m.  L.R. took music lesson – Jane went too.  Ray took them and went on to hospital to see M.E.  Girls came home on bus.  Mrs. Baker and Margaret here in eve.  They and Helen Priest gave me 6 assorted color aluminum glasses.  Mr. and Mrs. Cadigan came in when they came after them.

Thursday, July 16, 1953

Went to Springfield Drive-In to see “Big Trees” with Kirk Douglas and Patricia Wymore through the rain.  Ray got creosote from Sears to paint legs on picnic table.  Received card from Mother D.    Laura [Caryl’s sister] told me Caryl is expecting another baby in November (24th).

Friday, July 17, 1953

Jane, Linda Rae and I went to hospital with Ray – we stayed in car.  Saw Jim at 7th and Adams .  Mailed letters for M.E.  Ray got “I Believe” record from Sponsler at Smeat’s Tavern.  We stayed in car – girls window-shopped – got candy bars – stopped at Velvet Freeze for cones.  Ray went to Wagon Wheel later.

Saturday, July 18, 1953

Bob and Robbie came at 8:30 a.m. to get Jane and take her home.  Ray and L.R. left at 12:30 p.m. to bring M.E. home.  She was as happy as we were.  Mrs. Jagow gave us a coffeecake and 8 roasting ears.  Marian sent M.E. a lovely shorty nightgown.  Mrs. Burnett was here in eve. and brought bouquet of zinnias.  Janet Bartram is back from Girl Scout camp and came over in eve.

Sunday, July 19, 1953

Ray, L.R. and Pat went to S.S. and church.  Aunt Helen here in eve.  Mrs. Colburn and Carole stopped for a little while.  Clarence, Rosemary & Marilyn Jones here from 5-6 p.m. – brought M.E. a coronation pin from St. Louis.

Monday, July 20, 1953

Ray picked up electric kitchen clock Wes sent me for my birthday and 2 coffeecakes (79 cents ea.) that we sent and paid for.  Aunt Helen here for a few minutes this eve. – brought 2 pt. cartons pineapple sherbet.  Ray got prescription refilled for me (relieve stiffness).

Tuesday, July 21, 1953

Received card from Mother D in Milwaukee – Dad to retire when that job has been completed.  Heavy rain around 4:30 a.m. and again this eve.  Ray took birthday gift to Jim this a.m., then went to Dr. Andreasen for his feet.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here this eve.  I called various people to thank them for birthday cards.

Wednesday, July 22, 1953

Sent letter to Mother D. and thank-you note to Lalla Rookh Chapter for remitting my 1953 dues.  Ray had car motor tuned up.  Gus here for a few minutes this eve.  Elsie went to hospital today.  L.R. took music lesson this aft.

Thursday, July 23, 1953

Went to 66 Drive-In and saw “Pony Express” with Charlton Heston, Jan Sterling, and Rhonda Fleming.  Received rolls, funnies and magazine from Mother D.  Saw in paper that George McLeod of Taylorville broke his back in a mine accident.

Friday, July 24, 1953

[Ray’s birthday] Bob out for a few minutes in eve.  Girls gave Ray a 2 lb. box of Martha Washington chocolates and I gave him 2 pr. athletic socks and 2 suits underwear.  Went to Springfield Drive-In to see “Dark Command” with John Wayne, Claire Trevor and Walter Pidgeon, and “Oh, Susannah” with Rod Cameron and Forrest Tucker.  M.E. went to doctor at 3 p.m.  Mother and Dad sent Ray $5.00.

Saturday, July 25, 1953

Called Dr. Ratliff and made an appointment for 9 a.m. on August 5.  Ironed this a.m.  Girls went with Ray for groceries.  Mrs. Jagow gave me a garden bouquet.

Sunday, July 26, 1953

Ray and children went to S.S. and church.  Pat went to a show in aft. and rink in eve.  Aunt Helen out tonight.  Carole C. here in aft.  Armistice in Korea signed at 9 p.m. E.D.T.

Monday, July 27, 1953

Received card from Mother D.  They left Milwaukee Saturday for Des Moines.  Ray and girls went to town at noon.  M.E. bought Ray a “Paper Mate” pen.  L.R. got paper dolls and a pair of nylons for me.  Also Ray changed socks for size 10 and shorts for 34's. 

Tuesday, July 28, 1953

Ray went to Dr. Andreasen to have feet treated.  M.E. got sick at 6:30 and Ray called Dr. Shriner from Plant.  Doctor came right away and gave her a shot.  She was better right away and put in a restful night.  L.R. stayed up with me until Ray came home at 12:15 a.m.

Wednesday, July 29, 1953

M.E. okay today.  Ray had to go back to Dr. Andreasen this a.m. as bandage came off foot.  I was surprised by a visit this aft. by Edith Arnold, Amy McCoy, Lillian Richardson, Kathryn Gathard and Merle Perkington.  They brought a gallon of vanilla ice cream and a chocolate cake – very nice.  Mrs. Colburn and Carole stopped in for a few minutes.  Gus here after supper a little bit and Lorene and Mrs. Hanson here in eve.  They brought hose and jelly.  Mrs. Kenyon sent over 4 fine tomatoes.

Thursday, July 30, 1953

Went out to 66 Drive-In and saw “Hans Christian Anderson” – took Carol Jagow.

Friday, July 31, 1953

Today is Mrs. Baker’s birthday – sent apron and card.  Ruth Ann Clements here for the day.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller came for her.  Mrs. Jagow gave us a doz. eggs.  Cousin Willis brought some peaches from Mercer’s.  Ray went to see Sponsler and others.  Pat started working 4-11.

Saturday, August 1, 1953

Mrs. Jagow gave me some tomatoes this a.m. and I gave her a sack of peaches.  Pat works 4-11 p.m. today.  Wrote letter to Mother D.  Made 3 pints peach preserves.

Sunday, August 2, 1953

Ray started day shift today.  Aunt Helen, Mr. Diller, Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here for picnic supper tonight.  Ruth Ann stayed all night.

Monday, August 3, 1953

Mr. and Mrs. Burnett and family got back from vacation tonight.  Ray cut half of backyard tonight.  M.E. shampooed and curled my hair.  Cousin Willis brought a box of peaches.  Ray went to work at 5 a.m. as Madden suddenly ill.

Tuesday, August 4, 1953

Received 2 lilies from Merle Perkinton and bouquet for picnic table.  Marge brought 2 bouquets.  20 members of S.S. class and 2 youngsters came to potluck in our backyard.  The day and evening were perfect!  Ray worked today as J. Lazar on vacation.

Wednesday, August 5, 1953

Cancelled Dr. Ratliff appointment as Ray has to work because Madden is in hospital.  Went to ice cream social at Jerome Methodist Church and then for a ride around the north end and stopped for a few minutes at Willson’s – Harry was working.

Thursday, August 6, 1953

Called Berdine and made a date for them to come out next Tuesday for picnic supper.  Wrote letters to Warren, Alice, Marian and Mother D.  Received one from her today.  L.R. wrote to Marian and Tom, too.  Aunt Ethel here this aft.  Ruth Ann came this aft.  We took her and Carole Colburn to Springfield Drive-In to see Maureen O’Hara in “Redhead of Wyoming” and “Breakthrough”.

Friday, August 7, 1953

Willsons here this eve.  Ruth Ann went home after supper.  Aunt Helen came in for a few minutes.  Ray put out lilies Merle P. sent me.

Saturday, August 8, 1953

M.E. and L.R. went to free show at Esquire.  I worked on black & white check dress Lorene gave M.E.

Sunday, August 9, 1953

Ray went to work at 7 a.m. to relieve Major Bray who wants to drive Patty Jo to Pontiac.  Girls went to S.S. on bus.

Monday, August 10, 1953

Mrs. Jagow brought 3 doz. eggs from her folks’ farm @ 42 cents doz.  I hoed in flower border.  Ray served grapefruit drink to Jagows and me and pop to children.  Berdine called – can’t come tomorrow because of birthday celebration for her father.

Tuesday, August 11, 1953

Called Berdine this a.m. and asked them to come Thursday.  L.R. went to Janet’s for lunch and then they’re going downtown to a show.  We went to Springfield Drive-In and saw Gary Cooper in “Dallas.”  Mrs. Kenyon called and invited us to their place Saturday night.  Mr. Burnett was over and invited us over there tomorrow night.  M.E. received letter from Mother D.

Wednesday, August 12, 1953

Ordered 4 colored turkish guest towels and sent to Rosalee Thompson [secret pal] as wedding anniversary gift.  Girls went shopping with Ray this a.m.  Spent a very enjoyable evening at Burnett’s – met Mr. and Mrs. Thomae [neighbors].

Thursday, August 13, 1953

Received 5 guest towels from my secret pal for wedding anniversary.  Berdine, Cecil and Maureen here tonight for picnic supper.  Cecil showed colored slides they took on vacation and elsewhere.  Maureen stayed all night.

Friday, August 14, 1953

State Fair opened today.  L.R., M.E. and Maureen went to Lincoln to see “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell.  Gus and Russell here for a little while in eve. – Russell played croquet with Ray and girls.  Mr. and Mrs. Hertel and Scotty are in town.  Carole Colburn saw them drive by.

Saturday, August 15, 1953

Mary Ellen, Linda Rae and Maureen went with Janet Bartram to see Errol Flynn at Esquire this aft.  Berdine brought them home.   We went to Kenyon’s this eve.  Met Mr. and Mrs. Dodge.  Mrs. Kenyon served delicious homemade ice cream.

Sunday, August 16, 1953

[Our wedding anniversary]  Children didn’t go to S.S. as weather too bad [rain].  Pat went to fair.  Girls gave us an aluminum coffeemaker and Ray gave me a wristwatch.  Is it ever a honey!  Went to Springfield Drive-In and saw “Girl Next Door” with June Haver and Dan Dailey.

Monday, August 17, 1953

Berdine came out at 11:15 a.m. to get Linda Rae to go to fair.  Pat cut backyard (½) and Ray finished it this eve.

Tuesday, August 18, 1953

Maureen and L.R. are going on bus this a.m. to Dr. King’s.  They went to fair this aft. with Martha Lindquist.  Ray got a Speidel band for my watch.

Wednesday, August 19, 1953

Maureen, Linda Rae and Linda Chestnut went to fair this aft.

Thursday, August 20, 1953

Linda Rae came home with Ray as he came home from work.  Aunt Ethel was here this aft.  I hemmed a dress for Mrs. Colburn.  Cousin Willis called this aft. about hibiscus seeds.  L.R. bought scatter pins for M.E. and me and miniature beer mug for Ray at fair and also some berry dishes she won.

Friday, August 21, 1953

Mrs. Jagow gave us some tomatoes and green peppers and sold me 1 ½ doz. eggs.  She’s leaving today for a few days with her folks.

Saturday, August 22, 1953

Mother & Dad D. arrived at 2:30 p.m.  Pat went to fair all day.  Bob here this a.m. and told about trip to Rock Island.  Ate supper in backyard.

Sunday, August 23, 1953

Dad took girls to S.S.  We went to Springfield Drive-In and saw “Salome” with Rita Hayworth and Stewart Granger.  Jim, Caryl & children came just as we were leaving.  Ate supper in backyard.

Monday, August 24, 1953

Grandma and girls went to town.  M.E. got a skirt and blouse;  L.R. , nylon twin sweaters, but too small.  Ordered orlon set and quilted skirt from Sears.  Ray went to union meeting.

Tuesday, August 25, 1953

Mrs. Burnett went to hospital for operation.  Mr. Thomae gave us a peck of tomatoes.  Russell over for a little while in eve.  Mother, Dad and girls went to Jim’s today.

Wednesday, August 26, 1953

Gave Mother D. a Toni Silver Curl perm.  Gus over for a little while.  Received letter from Marian.

Thursday, August 27, 1953

Girls and Mother D. went to town at 10:40.  Oiled street just before noon and put gravel on in afternoon.  Aunt Ethel was coming but called it off on account of oil.  Gus and Russell went to Marian and Tom’s at 1 p.m.  We went to 66 Drive-In to see Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon.

Friday, August 28, 1953

Had Jim, Caryl, Mike, Karen, and Aunt Helen for picnic supper in backyard for Mother D’s birthday.  We gave her a light blue stole; M.E., a box of birthday cards; and L.R. , a compact and fancy pin.  Bob, Mrs. Hanson and Lorene came later.  Pat laid off at Walgreen’s.

Saturday, August 29, 1953

Ray sprinkled front and flowers in back.  Went to see houses for sale for Mother & Dad and then got ice cream at Sangamon Dairy.

Sunday, August 30, 1953

Ray and girls went to S.S. and church; Pat, S.S.  Mother and Dad went to Jim’s for dinner.  We all went to Springfield Drive-In in eve. to see “Desert Song” with Gordon MacRae and Kathryn Grayson.  Very good!

Monday, August 31, 1953

Mother and girls went to Senate in aft. to see Randolph Scott in a 3-D picture. First one girls have seen.

Tuesday, September 1, 1953

L.R. broke her glasses.  Grandma and Grandpa took her to Dr. Fleischli – they’ll be ready tomorrow.  Mother D. went to see Mrs. Neuner this aft.

Wednesday, September 2, 1953

L.R. got glasses in a.m. ($5.00).  Girls got school supplies while downtown with Mother and Dad.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Pat went back to Walgreen’s this afternoon – worked 2 hrs.

Thursday, September 3, 1953

Mother and Dad left at 5:30 a.m.  School started today.  Aunt Ethel here this aft.  Mrs. Colburn and Carole here after supper.  Pat’s hours, 8-4:30 p.m.  Ray took laundry.

Friday, September 4, 1953

Cold front arrived at 8:30 p.m. last night and ended 10-day heat wave.  Heavy shower early this a.m.  Bob out tonight.  He’s going to Rock Island tomorrow.  Ray brought laundry home.  Received thank-you note from Judy Gurske today.

Saturday, September 5, 1953

Went to 66 Drive-In to see “Serpent of the Nile” with Rhonda Fleming, and “Ambush in Tomahawk Pass”.  M.E. and L.R. went to town.  L.R. got a zipper notebook.

Sunday, September 6, 1953

Ray went to S.S. and church; Pat and girls to S.S.  Pat gave Ray a pair of gabardine pants for birthday gift.  Pat off work today.

Monday, September 7, 1953

[Labor Day] Went to church fish fry at church lake camp.  Went to Bill and Mary Taylor’s in eve.

Tuesday, September 8, 1953

Received letter from Mother D.  Ray planted hollyhock seed along back fence.

Wednesday, September 9, 1953

Olwen, Aunt Helen, Mr. Diller, Mr. and Mrs. Jagow, Carol Sue, Rita, and Gus & Russell here in eve. to see pictures Olwen took in Paris, etc.

Thursday, September 10, 1953

Cousin Willis here this a.m. – wanted to plant hibiscus seed but ground too wet.

Friday, September 11, 1953

Went to Dr. Ratliff to have front tooth filled.  We paid $6.00 on back bill and $3.00 for work he did today.

Saturday, September 12, 1953

L.R. went to see “All I Desire” with Barbara Stanwyck at Roxy.  Ray worked this eve. for J. Lazar to repay him for working a shift for him.  Bob out this a.m.

Sunday, September 13, 1953

Ray and children went to S.S. and church; Pat just S.S.  Ray went to church in aft. for “Homecoming” service.  Wrote letter to Mother D. for Ray to mail on way to church.  Aunt Helen here this eve.

Monday, September 14, 1953

Curtis, Virginia, Billy, Aunt Helen, Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here this aft.  Ray went over to Burnetts but no union meeting tonight.

Tuesday, September 15, 1953

Went to 66 Drive-In to see “Fort Vengeance” with James Craig.  Bob here this aft.  Gus and Russell, too.  Gus got 2 yds. print, 80 cents, for me.

Wednesday, September 16, 1953

L.R. took music lesson at 4:20 p.m.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.

Thursday, September 17, 1953

Ray and I had lunch at Diller’s – Aunt Ethel, Uncle Rob, Curtis and Billy were there.  Cousin Willis here for a few minutes and brought a box of apples from Spaulding’s.  Mrs. Becker, a former neighbor, was with him.

Friday, September 18, 1953

Went to dentist this a.m.  M.E. and I planted hibiscus seed that Cousin Willis brought out.  Lorene phoned tonight.  Ray paid Dr. Ratliff for 2 teeth - $6.00.

Saturday, September 19, 1953

Curtis and family left with Uncle Rob for Barrington this a.m.  Ray went to Lincoln, Ill. this p.m. to help Bill Scattergood move his furniture down here.

Sunday, September 20, 1953

Ray and children went to S.S. and church.  Girls went to Strand in afternoon to see “Dangerous When Wet” with Esther Williams and “Son of Belle Starr” with Keith Larson, Dana Drake and Peggy Castle.  Jim, Caryl and children were here from 3-6 p.m.

Monday, September 21, 1953

Girls received letter from Mother D.  Mrs. Jagow brought 4 doz. eggs @ 45 cents doz. from her folks this aft.  We went to Springfield Drive-In to see “The Farmer Takes a Wife” with Betty Grable and Dale Robertson; also “Royal Rodeo” with John Payne.  Janet Bartram had lunch here this noon as grandmother went to surgery.

Tuesday, September 22, 1953

L.R. took 60 cents for ticket to Passion Play when going to school this a.m.

Wednesday, September 23, 1953

Russell came this a.m. and brought letter Warren wrote Elsie.  Ruby Long, Stevie, and Bud’s Sister here this aft.  L.R. went to see Passion Play and took music lesson at 5 p.m.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Mrs. Hanson and Lorene here this eve. – brought glass of jelly and a Simplicity magazine.

Thursday, September 24, 1953

Nellie Long and Mrs. Stewart here this a.m.  Mr. Underwood from Mutual of Omaha here this aft. – Ray took out hospital insurance on himself, L.R. and Pat, effective immediately.  Aunt Ethel here, too.  Aunt Helen here tonight.  Ordered Monopoly game for L.R. from Sears.

Friday, September 25, 1953

Received letter from Mother D.  My hollyhock plants are up.  L.R. went to hospital this eve. to see Janet’s grandmother and stayed all night at Janet’s house.  Lorene sent green facing for L.R.’s green plaid.  I fixed the hem this aft.

Saturday, September 26, 1953

L.R. went to Esquire with Janet to “Sears Show”.  We went to Springfield Drive-In to see “Gunsmoke” with Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot and Paul Kelly; also “Flesh and Fury” with Tony Curtis, Jan Sterling and Mona Freeman.  Ray got L.R.’s winter coat ($1.10) and his suit ($1.25) from the cleaners.  Mrs. Jagow sent over a loaf of homemade bread.

Sunday, September 27, 1953

Daylight Savings Time ended at 2 a.m. today.  Ray and children went to S.S. and church.  Ray, girls and I went to John Lazar’s for wiener roast.  Don Lazar & family there, too.  We had a nice time.

Monday, September 28, 1953

Gave an apron to Mrs. Burnett.  L.R. went to Girl Scout meeting.  Mrs. Colburn came over with skating outfit for Carole but too small and nothing can be done to it to enlarge.  Ray went back with her to try to remove key from Yale lock – someone tried to chisel lock off and Ray couldn’t remove key.  He started midnight shift tonight.

Tuesday, September 29, 1953

(High 100 degrees) We moved out here a year ago today.  Had Gus and Russell here for supper this eve. as they had us a year ago.

Wednesday, September 30, 1953

L.R. took music lesson.  Put eyelet ruffling on bottom of her skating dress.  Gus let me use some of her “Renuzit” to clean it.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.

Thursday, October 1, 1953

Aunt Ethel here this aft.

Friday, October 2, 1953

Went to dentist this a.m. and had 2 teeth filled.  Ray paid him $6.00 for them.

Saturday, October 3, 1953

L.R. had a small birthday party.  Berdine took Maureen, L.R., M.E., Carole Colburn and Janet Bartram to skating rink.  Afterwards they played Bingo and served neopolitan ice cream and devil’s food birthday cake.   We had Yocoms and Aunt Helen for supper.  L.R. received Monopoly game and box of candy from Ray and me; 4 neckerchiefs from M.E.; $5.00, Grandma & Grandpa; $1.00, Gus and Russ; 4 neckerchiefs, Carole C.; houseslippers, Aunt Helen; blouse, Maureen.

Sunday, October 4, 1953

Ray went to church.  Ray, girls and I went to 66 Drive-In to see “Stalag 17" with William Holden and Don Taylor.  Pat gave L.R. a nice card and an overnight bag for her birthday.

Monday, October 5, 1953

No Girl Scout meeting after school.  Washed out some things and Mrs. Jagow hung them up.  Put on facing on L.R.’s navy blue flowered dress.

Tuesday, October 6, 1953

Ironed this a.m.  L.R. went to school early for choir rehearsal.  Mrs. Jagow sent 2 bouquets as she was afraid it would frost tonight.  Made a big kettle of soup for supper.  Williams boy brought 2 P.T.A. cards and collected 70 cents.

Wednesday, October 7, 1953

Wrote letter to Mother D.; L.R. did, too.  She took music lesson today.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Janet Bartram here for lunch.  L.R. received $1.00 and birthday card from Lorene.  She and Mrs. Hanson here this eve.

Thursday, October 8, 1953

M.E.’s Lanphier picnic cancelled – no reservation at Lincoln Park.  Gave Mrs. Jagow a jar of apple jelly.  Cut out cobbler aprons for Minnie and Pauline Carswell.  Received first Christmas catalog – Spiegel’s.

Friday, October 9, 1953

No school today – Teachers’ Institute.  Linda and Mary went to see “Martin Luther” show with Janet in aft.  Bob out this eve.

Saturday, October 10, 1953

M.E. and L.R. went to Sears with Ray and got L.R.’s houseslippers.  Ray took the ones from Myers Bros. back for credit.  M.E. went to Lanphier in eve. with Judy Bartram.  Ray, L.R. and I went to 66 Drive-In and saw “Ramrod” with Joel MacRae and “Cruising Down the River” with Dick Haymes.

Sunday, October 11, 1953

Pat worked today.  Ray and girls went to S.S. and church.  Went for a ride in aft., stopped at Spaulding Farm for cider and apples and then went north of river.  Trees are turning color.  Ray went to church in eve. – Men’s Night.

Monday, October 12, 1953

Columbus Day.  Ray worked on forms for rest of driveway – Nelch’s sending cement Wed. a.m.  L.R. went to Scout meeting.  Mrs. Colburn here a little while in morning – she doesn’t have to work today.  Leaves are falling – quite a few on ground.  Dry weather more than the light frost we had has hurried the process.

Tuesday, October 13, 1953

Ordered mittens for L.R. with part of money Aunt Helen gave her for houseslippers; also paint set for self with money Mother D. gave me for birthday – set contains 3 pictures which I want to hang in living room.  Finished cobbler apron for Minnie.

Wednesday, October 14, 1953

Ray fixed driveway this a.m.  Russell helped him smooth out cement – stayed for lunch.  I worked on cobbler apron for Pauline Carswell.  L.R. took music lesson.  Ray didn’t go to choir rehearsal as he had to catch up on sleep.  Aunt Ethel here this aft.  Ray brought old wheelchair back – J. Lazar’s sister had borrowed it.

Thursday, October 15, 1953

Ray took wheelchair wheels to Sears today to be returned to factory.  He and L.R. went to Durham’s to see about T-V.  Mrs. Colburn and Carole here in eve.  L.R. went to First Methodist Church with Janet – choir rehearsal.  Ray took 75 cents for meat and large can of tomato juice for Fall Festival, West Grand School, to Mrs. Sanders this a.m.

Friday, October 16, 1953

Teachers’ Institute so girls home today.  Durham Electric Co. sent out 21" T-V console on trial.  Aunt Helen came late aft. and stayed for supper while Ray and girls went to Fall Festival.

Saturday, October 17, 1953

Wiener roast in backyard.  Mr. and Mrs. Jagow, Carol, Rita, Mrs. Colburn, Carole, Mr. and Mrs. J. Lazar and John Perry were here.  Beautiful moon – mild weather – lovely meal.  Sat around fire.  Then later came in house to watch T-V.

Sunday, October 18, 1953

Ray went to church – girls and Pat stayed home.  Mr. and Mrs. Buedel came for a few minutes in eve. to adjust T-V.  Phoned Wes about getting us a Motorola set.  Murray, Leora and David Johnson here this aft.

Monday, October 19, 1953

Ray had accident with car at 12:30 p.m. at Leonard & Vernon Streets.  Car too badly damaged to repair.  He brought a 1950 Buick home.  Girls and I went for a ride with him.  I ordered some things from Spiegel’s.  Received letter from Mother D.

Tuesday, October 20, 1953

Ray got loan from Security Savings & Loan Co. and got Buick this aft.  Cousin Willis brought ½ bushel of Golden Delicious apples.  Ordered a skirt from Sears for L.R.

Wednesday, October 21, 1953

Package came from Spiegel’s – 3 dresses for Karen, cinch belt for L.R., blouse and clutch bag for M.E.’s birthday, and 2 yd. print for apron.  L.R. took music lesson.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.

Thursday, October 22, 1953

Went for a ride with Ray in a.m.  Durham Electric Co. picked up T-V set.  Ordered a maple T-V from Sears.  Aunt Helen here for supper.  Ray went down tonight to see Judge Conway.  He told him to come back in a couple weeks.  M.E. went with Lanphier class to picnic at Lincoln Park this eve.

Friday, October 23, 1953

Ray took laundry to laundromat and picked it up this eve.  L.R. went to Carole Colburn’s birthday party.  Mrs. Bartram stopped by to wait for Janet.

Saturday, October 24, 1953

T-V set came out from Sears – maple – beautiful!  Maureen came at 12:45 p.m. and Ruth Ann Clements at 1:30 p.m.  Had Gus, Rus, Lorene, Katie and Aunt Helen in eve. too for M.E.’s birthday party.  Berdine got here about 10 and stayed until 10:45.  She picked up Cecil at “The Bowl.”  M.E. received $8.00 from Grandma D., Lorene, Maureen, and Marian; purse, Pat; Tonette, billfold, candy from Ray and me; skirt, Aunt Helen; barrettes, Katie; blouse, L.R.; jelly and scarf, Mrs. Hanson; notepaper and hanky, Ruth.

Sunday, October 25, 1953

Pat worked today.  Ray and girls went to S.S.   Aunt Ethel, Aunt Georgia, and Harry were here this aft.; also Jane and Bill Scattergood and 2 children.  Ray started eve. shift today.  L.R. had supper at Janet’s this eve.  Doc came after creasote this a.m.

Monday, October 26, 1953

Rain – first in 24 days.  The men with the “Roto Rooter” cleaned out sewer this a.m.  L.R.’s wiener roast (Scouts) postponed until tomorrow because of rain.  Started painting Mexican man and L.R. started Mexican woman tonight.  Ray took claim to Booth Ins. Co. re auto accident.

Tuesday, October 27, 1953

Sent letter to Mother D. with one M.E. wrote.   Ray mailed report on car accident to State Highway Dept.  L.R.’s Scout wiener roast postponed again.  Mrs. Colburn and Carole here this eve.  T-V very good tonight.  M.E. returned L.R.’s cinch belt at Spiegel’s and ordered a green one.  Ray got bird feeding trough from Cousin Willis today.

Wednesday, October 28, 1953

Man came from Sears this aft. to check T-V.  L.R. didn’t take music lesson today.

Thursday, October 29, 1953

Ray received check from Allstate for $3.00 (Dr. Romence examination after auto accident).  Aunt Helen here for supper as M.E. went to Lincoln Park – wiener roast – Lanphier class. L.R. went with Archie Scott to a party at Williams’, also a wiener roast.  Ray worked today as Buedel on vacation.

Friday, October 30, 1953

M.E. picked up cinch belt (green) for L.R. at Spiegel’s.  Ray picked up red jacket at Penney’s but too small.  Girls and I went with Ray after supper – Penney’s refunded money and got size 16 at Myers Bros.  Stopped at Bob’s but no one home.  L.R. sprained wrist during recess this afternoon.

Saturday, October 31, 1953

Ray took L.R. to Siebert’s to get pair of loafers, $3.62.  Overalls for L.R. came this aft. from Myers Bros.   Bob out this a.m.  Received Halloween card and handkerchief from Secret Pal.

Sunday, November 1, 1953

Ray and girls went to S.S. and church.  Pat just S.S.  Girls went to Senate in aft.  Willsons here after Ray went to work.  Ray sent money order for 2 blouses and skirt for M.E., shirt for Pat, extra blouse, total $13.62, from Florida Fashions.  Bob out this a.m.

Monday, November 2, 1953

L.R. went to Scout meeting.  Received letter from Mother D.  Pat brought 2 billfolds home from Walgreen’s (54 cents ea.).

Tuesday, November 3, 1953

Insurance adjuster here this aft. after Ray left, so he went out to Filter Plant.  He gave Ray $475 for old car; also will pay $26 towing and storage bill.  Ray went to see attorney this aft.  He took 3 dresses to Karen this aft.  Mrs. Colburn and Carole here this eve.  Cousin Willis here – brought pipe for bird feeding trough this aft. 

Wednesday, November 4, 1953

Ray applied $475 to personal loan for car; balance now $865.  Bob here this a.m.  Loaned Pat $1 for skating.  M.E. made fudge.  L.R. and I finished painting pictures.

Thursday, November 5, 1953

Went to town with Ray this afternoon – picked up Aunt Helen who stayed here for supper while Ray and girls went to chilli supper at Jerome Methodist Church.  Bob and Marge came after they got home.  Ray got rubber heels put on L.R.’s red slippers.

Friday, November 6, 1953

Ray cleaned and waxed floors all over house.  Bob here at noon.  Wes phoned him last night that they (Wes, Alice, Mike and Jane) are coming tomorrow and going back Sun.  Harry Willson, Charlie Weaver and Bill Scattergood here tonight to practice.  Ordered 3 12"x16" frames and 40 Christmas cards to paint.

Saturday, November 7, 1953

Ray got new window glass in car this a.m.  Aunt Ethel out this aft.  Girls raked leaves in front yard and helped Ray burn them.  Wes, Alice, Jane, Bob and Marge here this eve.  Gave Jane a box of L.R.’s outgrown clothes.  They brought our Christmas gifts. 

Sunday, November 8, 1953

Pat and girls went to S.S.  Ray went to Bob’s to see Wes and family, then he and girls went to church.  Gus and Dorothy Crowl here for a little while this aft.  Mildred Whitlock called on phone.  Wrote letters to Warren and Pauline Baker.  Rus and Gus came over in eve. to watch T-V.

Monday, November 9, 1953

Uncle Rob left today for Rock Springs, Wyoming.  Bob here this a.m.  L.R. went to Girl Scout wiener roast from 4-6:30 at Mrs. Loveless’ home.  Bob got a new Admiral T-V (table model).  One of the guards [at Filter Plant] gave Ray a carp fish tonight.

Tuesday, November 10, 1953

Florida Fashions package came today.  M.E.’s blouses, skirts, Pat’s shirt, and Christmas blouse are lovely.  Sent cobbler apron, book and letter to Polly Carswell.  Mrs. Colburn and Carole over this eve.  Janet B. stayed all night.

Wednesday, November 11, 1953

Gave M.E. a “Tonette” in hair ends and L.R. just on sides.  Jim, Caryl & children, Mrs. Colburn and Carole here this eve.

Thursday, November 12, 1953

Ray went down to see Conway and he said to come back next Thursday.  Then he went to Merv’s hoping to win some money but no luck.

Friday, November 13, 1953

M.E. received letter from Mother D.  Aunt Helen called to tell about Helen Clements’ baby girl arriving Monday.  Went to town with Ray – beautiful day.  He went to Willson’s in eve. to practice with quartet.  Ray took laundry in a.m. and picked it up in aft.

Saturday, November 14, 1953

Bob here this a.m.  L.R. went to Maureen’s to celebrate birthday – took a nylon blouse from her and M.E.  Ray took her and Mr. Yocom brought her home at 10 p.m.  Mrs. Jagow’s mother brought 15 doz. eggs – I kept 6 doz @ 44 cents ea. (I had 5 doz. in refrigerator) and sold 3 doz. to Gus, 2 doz. to Elsie, 2 doz. to Lorene, and 2 doz. to Bob.

Sunday, November 15, 1953

Ray and girls to S.S. and church; Pat just S.S.  Girls and I went to Lincoln’s Tomb, celebrating anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  Pictures taken for “Look” Magazine.  L.R. and I painted on Christmas cards.  Pat worked from 6-10 p.m.

Monday, November 16, 1953

Cut out cobbler apron for Alice.  L.R. went to Scout meeting.  She stayed at Jagow’s for supper.  Ray worked on ditch but hasn’t located sewer.

Tuesday, November 17, 1953

Sent birthday card to Katherine Gathard and letter to Mother D.  Pat had tooth extracted this a.m.  Ray located sewer this a.m.  Gus here a few min.  Mrs. Colburn and Carole here this eve.  Cut out border print cobbler apron.

Wednesday, November 18, 1953

Ray got clean-out plug (tile) from Nelch & Son.  He started taking Ributol today.  Called Dr. King – L.R.’s appointment is at 2 p.m. 11/28.  Cut out umbrella print cobbler apron.  Carol and Rita Jagow stayed here this eve. while Mr. and Mrs. Jagow got a desk for Carol.  They came in and watched T-V after they came back.

Thursday, November 19, 1953

Went to town in aft. with Ray.  Called Minnie in eve.  Ray has a bad cold so didn’t go to see Conway in eve.  Carl Buedel has angina pectoris and will be off for a month.  Ray has to work tomorrow aft. on account of it.

Friday, November 20, 1953

Ray went to Dr. Andreasen this a.m.  Also had radiator on car fixed.  Aunt Ethel here in aft.  Ray worked 4-12.

Saturday, November 21, 1953

Cousin Willis is 83 years old today.  Sent birthday note via Lorene – girls dropped it off at First Presbyterian Church [where Lorene works] this aft.  They did some shopping too.  Received letter from Alice.

Sunday, November 22, 1953

Ray started day shift today.  Girls went to S.S. on bus.  M.E. went to Lanphier homecoming in aft.  Aunt Helen, Lorene and Katie here this eve.  Katie’s car stalled in 1300 block of Glenn and Ray had to take them home.  Pat shot a rabbit with his new 20 gauge shotgun.  Ray cleaned it.  L.R. and I finished painting Christmas cards.

Monday, November 23, 1953

Baked a pumpkin pie to take to Gussie’s this eve. for supper.  She had a delicious meal and we had a very nice time.

Tuesday, November 24, 1953

Received a pair of hose and a beautiful Thanksgiving Day card from secret pal.  Baked a pumpkin pie and fried rabbit for lunch.  Pat home today.  Ray didn’t go to bean supper on account of his cold.

Wednesday, November 25, 1953

Ordered boots for Pat from Spiegel’s; also apron print.  Ray home today.  He’s lost his voice on account of cold.

Thursday, November 26, 1953

Thanksgiving Day.  M.E. washed and set my hair.  Finished apron for Alice.  Had a delicious dinner at Doc and Minnie’s tonight.  Ed brought a boy from UofI from Estonia, near Latvia.  Gave Minnie her cobbler apron (dog print).

Friday, November 27, 1953

Worked on ruffle on L.R.’s nightgown.  Received letters from Mother D.  and Pauline Carswell.  Quartet didn’t meet here as Ray’s voice still bad.  Mr. and Mrs. Burnett and Gerald here to watch T-V – served doughnuts, coffee and pop.  Pat’s p.j.’s came from Wards.  Girls went Christmas shopping in aft. and picked up package at M.W.

Saturday, November 28, 1953

Linda Rae and Mary Ellen did some more Christmas shopping – went to dentist and M.E. saw Dr. Shriner.  M.E. okay and has to go back in 6 mos.  L.R. goes back Monday as roof of mouth cut – left spacers out.

Sunday, November 29, 1953

M.E. and L.R. went to S.S., lunch at Walgreen’s, and saw “Kiss Me Kate” with Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel at Senate.  Ray brought them home on way home from work.  Aunt Helen, Mrs. Colburn and Carole here in eve.  Willsons here in late aft.  Ray went to church in eve.

Monday, November 30, 1953

Wrote letter to Mother D.  L.R. went to Scout meeting.  Ray got quart of pecan crunch and pint of chocolate marshmallow ice cream tonight.  L.R. went to Dr. King after school and Ray picked her up on way home from work.

Tuesday, December 1, 1953

Pat picked up his shoes and my order at Spiegel’s.  L.R. went to S.S. class meeting at Mrs. Jess Ray’s.  Wilma MacDonald and Vivian Windsor brought her home.  Ray went to work at midnight for J. Lazar as he wants to go to Chicago at 5 a.m. to get a T-V.  He worked 8-4, too (doubled back).

Wednesday, December 2, 1953

L.R. took music lesson this aft.

Thursday, December 3, 1953

Aunt Ethel here this aft.

Friday, December 4, 1953

Quartet met here tonight – served cookies, coffee and cocoa.  Edith and Doris Willson came, too.  Jim & Caryl moved today to N. 10th St.

Saturday, December 5, 1953

James Steven Pearce born 11:15 p.m., 7 lbs. 12 oz.  Girls went to town to shop in aft.  Santa Parade this a.m. but girls didn’t care to go.  M.E. returned doll shoes at Spiegel’s as too large and L.R. said she didn’t want any dolls or clothes for them.  They refunded money.

Sunday, December 6, 1953

Girls went to S.S. on bus.  Pat went to a show in aft. and Ray to church in eve.  Janet here in aft.  I painted inside of Christmas cards.  Made a batch of caramels this eve.

Monday, December 7, 1953

No Scout meeting tonight.  Ray got truck from City and he and Pat helped Jim finish moving.  Pat stayed all night with him.  Jim got 1946 DeSoto.  Wrapped caramels this aft.; ironed in a.m. and sewed a little on Marian’s (finished it) and Mrs. Busse’s cobbler aprons tonight.

Tuesday, December 8, 1953

Set over buttons on my red dress and strung Cousin Clara’s jet beads that she gave Mother shortly before she (Clara) died.  Received first Christmas card from Ruby & Bud Long today.  Went to S.S. class Christmas party at Madeline Pettibone’s and had a wonderful time.  My secret pal turned out to be Velma Jordan.  She gave me a lovely nylon slip but it’s too small – will exchange for gown.  My secret pal for 1954 is Mrs. Laughlin.  Got order from Sears, $11.76.

Wednesday, December 9, 1953

L.R. took music lesson tonight.  Ray and Pauline [teacher] decided she should stop for awhile.  Wrapped Christmas gifts.  Ray took clothes to laundromat in a.m. and got them at 5 p.m.  Jim here this aft.  His 1946 DeSoto looks fine.  Ray helped him move old Dodge to Dick Watson’s [Caryl’s brother] in eve.  Jim hasn’t notified Mother D. about new baby so I wrote her – Ray mailed it as he took L.R. to music lesson.

Thursday, December 10, 1953

L.R. sang in chorus tonight - Fathers Night - P.T.A. - so Ray went too.  He picked up packages at Alden’s and Sears.  Someone in a truck backed into our car while Ray was in Sears.

Friday, December 11, 1953

Ray went to Willson’s for quartet rehearsal.  M.E. and I made another recipe of caramels.  Received letter from Mother D.

Saturday, December 12, 1953

Girls left on 8 o’clock bus and went downtown.  Dr. Ratliff took x-rays of L.R.’s teeth.  They shopped, too, and got home at 11:20.  I wrapped caramels – takes 2 hrs.  Ray and girls helped me make 4 batches of peanut brittle tonight.  Wayne Chiti and girl friend here for a little while tonight waiting for Pat; then they went to skating rink.

Sunday, December 13, 1953

Mary Ellen and Linda Rae went to S.S. on bus.  Geraldine Spaulding brought a box of Golden Delicious apples about noon.  Pat goes to work at 6 p.m.  Ray went to church on way home from work to practice with quartet.

Monday, December 14, 1953

L.R. went to Girl Scout meeting.  I wrote out-of-town Christmas cards.  Ray mailed them; also boxes to Mother D. and Wes Cantralls.  Ray got our Christmas tree at Sears, $1.50.

Tuesday, December 15, 1953

Wrote local Christmas cards and Ray mailed them.  Ordered p.j.’s and robe for Stevie [Jim & Caryl’s newest].

Wednesday, December 16, 1953

My wheelchair wheels and axles came today – 2nd shipment.  Ironed all day.  Ray off today.  He went to choir rehearsal tonight.  He put up Christmas tree this a.m. and girls trimmed it tonight.  Bob out at noon.

Thursday, December 17, 1953

Linda took her lunch and went to school on bus.  Aunt Ethel here in aft.  Sent hose to Carol Sutton; also handkerchief.

Friday, December 18, 1953

Quartet met here tonight.  Carol Haenig here to play for them.  Washed and ironed kitchen curtains.

Saturday, December 19, 1953

Girls went to dentist, shopped and got home at 1:20 p.m.  Filled 8 boxes of candy and wrapped them, and washed socks and panties this a.m.  Made recipe of caramels this eve.  Wayne came home with Pat this eve.

Sunday, December 20, 1953

Ray and children went to S.S. and stayed until after special number in church.  Ray went to church at 1 p.m. to rehearse for Christmas program tonight.  Wayne stopped by.  Pat went to work at 4 p.m.  Ray went to church at 7 p.m.  Didn’t change shifts as Madden still off.  Lorene, Cousins Willis and Mary here at 5 to see “Meet the Press” on T-V.  L.R. and I wrapped caramels.

Monday, December 21, 1953

Ray picked up package at Sears – p.j.’s and bath set for Stevie.  Ray sang with quartet at Masonic Temple.  L.R.’s Scout troop sang Christmas carols outside our picture window tonight; sang at several other places, and then had their Christmas party at Village Hall.

Tuesday, December 22, 1953

M.E. home today as Lanphier closed on account of water main broken – basement flooded – no heat.  She helped me get ready for L.R.’s school chorus and music teacher, Miss Bradley, came to sing Christmas carols here.  Served caramels, hard candy, and apples.  Ray went to church to sing with quartet.

Wednesday, December 23, 1953

M.E. home today, too.  She helped me bake date nut bread for Cousin Willis and a batch of caramels.  No choir rehearsal tonight.  Russell here for a few minutes in eve. to borrow candy thermometer.  Tom and Marian came down from Chicago tonight.

Thursday, December 24, 1953

Jim and family, also Cecil, Berdine and Maureen here for a little while this eve.  Mrs. Jagow sent over tray of cookies and Gus sent Russell over with popcorn balls for girls and decorated cupcakes.  Bob here for a few minutes this a.m.  Sent letter to Mother D.

Friday, December 25, 1953

Ray and Pat had to work today but we got up at 5 a.m., had breakfast and then opened our lovely gifts.  Girls went across the street later to take gifts to Russell, Gus, Tom, Marian, and Elsie.  Aunt Helen here in eve.  Watched T-V and Mr. Diller was here from 9:30-10:00 p.m.  Ray took date nut bread to Cousin Willis and packages to Lorene and Mrs. Hanson.

Saturday, December 26, 1953

Package (l lb. candied fruit) came from Warren and Virginia this a.m.  Girls went to town with Mrs. Bartram and Janet to exchange my dress from Pat and one from Jim & Caryl.  Ray had washing done today.

Sunday, December 27, 1953

Girls went with Jagows to S.S. and came home on bus.  Mrs. Colburn came over in a.m.  She’s going to have surgery in morning.  Carole is going to stay with friends in Jacksonville.  Ray sang at church tonight with quartet.

Monday, December 28, 1953

Girls went to town this aft.  Bob here in a.m.  Cousin Mary called to thank me for date nut bread.  Berdine and Maureen came this eve. and took L.R. home to stay overnight.

Tuesday, December 29, 1953

Went to Aunt Helen’s in eve.  Ray went to church for ½ hr. to sing with Lincoln quartet.  We picked up L.R. at Yocom’s on way to Aunt Helen’s.

Wednesday, December 30, 1953

Mr. and Mrs. Jagow and girls here this eve.

Thursday, December 31, 1953

Girls and I wrote letters to Grandma D. and Carol S.  Aunt Ethel here this aft., so gave letters and L.R.’s mittens from Grandma D. to Uncle Rob for mailing.  Edith, Harry and Doris Willson here this eve.  Ray and Harry went to church about 9 p.m. to sing and came back before midnight.  Edith brought homemade cookies and I had caramels, peanut brittle, and Christmas hard candy.  Ray and girls made coffee and cocoa.