Berniece Pearce Diary - 1954
Friday, January 1, 1954
Ray worked today. M.E. gave me a Toni. We had fried chicken for supper. Russ was over at noon to see Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on T-V. Mrs. Colburn treated the girls to a show in the aft. at the Senate – Jane Russell in “Easy to Love”.
Saturday, January 2, 1954
Girls took Christmas tree down this a.m. L.R. and Carole C. went shopping in aft. L.R. got a zipper notebook, this diary, and left Ray’s pen at Coe’s for repair – will take 4 weeks. Ray knocked my glasses off chest of drawers accidentally tonight and broke one lens.
Sunday, January 3, 1954
Ray works 8-4 and doubles back at as Carl B. will be back on job tomorrow. Girls went to S.S. and church, lunch downtown and Roxy this aft. – Janet Leigh and Donald O’Connor in “Walking My Baby Back Home.”
Monday, January 4, 1954
Wrote letters to Alice and Ken. Ray took my glasses to Dr. Irvine. L.R. ate supper at Colburns.
Tuesday, January 5, 1954
Sent letters to Alice and Ken. L.R. went to Dr. Ratliff after school. Ray picked up M-W catalog (spring-summer). Bob out from 11 a.m. til 3:30 p.m. Ray picked up my glasses, $6.00.
Wednesday, January 6, 1954
Sears spring-summer catalog came today. L.R. went to town after school with Carole C. – met Mrs. Colburn. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Russell over for a few minutes in eve.
Thursday, January 7, 1954
Ray put up bird feeding tray Cousin Willis gave us. Aunt Ethel here this aft. Ray on swing shift this week so went to work 4-12. Bob out this a.m. to hear Ike’s “State of the Union” speech. Girls received letters from Grandma D. Carole Colburn here this eve. Pat got a new suit at Hub’s today.
Friday, January 8, 1954
Called Minnie this a.m. and invited her and Doc to supper tomorrow eve. Ray worked on sewer clean-out plug today. L.R. ate supper at Colburn’s this eve. Bob here this aft.
Saturday, January 9, 1954
Ray had “Roto Rooter” man here to take rest of roots out of sewer. Doc and Minnie here tonight for supper.
Sunday, January 10, 1954
Ray and children went to S.S. and church. Had a flat on way home. He took them back to town, also Carole C., to see “How to Marry a Millionaire” at Lincoln. He has to practice with quartet at church this aft. Wrote letters to Warren, Aunt Fanny and Marian Gilroy. Lorene here for ½ hr. late aft.
Monday, January 11, 1954
Gus and Russell here tonight. L.R. didn’t stay for Girl Scouts. Ray got 4 new white sidewall tires and tubes at Sears today.
Tuesday, January 12, 1954
Ray went to bean supper and got home at
Wednesday, January 13, 1954
Received letter from Mother D.; so did Pat. He went to skating rink. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here tonight.
Thursday, January 14, 1954
Aunt Ethel out this aft. Pat stayed all night at Jim’s.
Friday, January 15, 1954
Ray worked last night of swing shift. He changed my dress at Sears and got a lovely pink print. Linda went to potluck supper at First Methodist Church with Mrs. Colburn and Carole. Gus and Mrs. Burnett went, too, with Russ, and Mr. Burnett brought them home.
Saturday, January 16, 1954
Ray took girls and Carole C. to town as they wanted to shop and pay a couple bills and got 2 pr. part wool white crew socks for Ray, size 11, @ 72 cents ea. Bob out for a little while around 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 17, 1954
Ray and children went to S.S. and church this a.m. Ray went again tonight.
Monday, January 18, 1954
L.R. went to Scout meeting. Ray stopped at Gietl’s to see about having dents removed from car but they were too busy. Went to work at midnight tonight – beginning of “graveyard” shift. Wrote letter to Betty.
Tuesday, January 19, 1954
L.R. went to dentist (Ratliff). Picked up Spiegel catalog. Bob out today.
Wednesday, January 20, 1954
Bob here and brought 1 doz. eggs @ 55 cents. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here in eve. Ray went to choir rehearsal.
Thursday, January 21, 1954
Aunt Ethel here this aft. Roll of magazines, etc. came from Mother D. today. Gus here this a.m. and brought luncheon cloth for me to embroider my name and donate 10 cents for King’s
Friday, January 22, 1954
Ray took laundry today. Bob here around . L.R. went to town about with Carole C. to meet Mrs. C., have supper and go to a show.
Saturday, January 23, 1954
Mrs. Colburn celebrated her birthday and parents’ wedding anniversary tonight. L.R. helped serve and she sent ice cream and angel food cake home for
Sunday, January 24, 1954
Ray and children went to S.S. and church. Aunt Helen here this eve. Gus here a little while in aft. I baked a loaf of date nut bread for Mrs. Jagow. Ray didn’t go to church tonight. T-V exceptionally good.
Monday, January 25, 1954
L.R. took date nut bread to Jagow’s before going to school and Mrs. Jagow called this aft. to thank me. She’s feeling a little better every day. Bob here this aft. I embroidered Mr. Sparuder’s and Bob’s names on Gus’ cloth. Pat didn’t come home tonight. Ray put up outside thermometer that girls gave him.
Tuesday, January 26, 1954
Dr. Ratliff phoned at and cancelled appointment for this aft. – come some time next Tuesday. Bob here at and took L.R. back to school as so icy she fell at recess and again off bike on way home from school. Ray went after her in aft. Carole C. here this eve. and Mrs. C. stopped in for a few minutes.
Wednesday, January 27, 1954
Ray took L.R. and Carole to school and brought them home in aft. She took her lunch. Ray went to choir rehearsal. L.R. went to Carole’s to play after supper.
Thursday, January 28, 1954
Bob out this a.m. Some of the ice has melted. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here this eve. We turned on porch light for “March of Dimes” collection and Ray made a donation.
Friday, January 29, 1954
Sent letter to Mother D. Bob here in aft. Sister of Register carrier collected for him today – he’s quitting the route as he’s now 16 and is getting a different job. Ray received six movie passes today for identifying “Peg of My Heart” song on Spizz Singer’s radio program at yesterday.
Saturday, January 30, 1954
M.E. shampooed my hair and pinned it up. Uncle Rob is retiring today [from Post Office] – big banquet tonight in his honor. M.E. and L.R. went to town in aft. Ray took them and they came home on bus. L.R. went to Roxy in eve. with Carole. Gus and Russ came in eve. and brought ice cream and cake. I made fudge. Bob here in aft. and brought 1 doz. eggs @ 55 cents. Received letter from Mother D. Pat bought a new coat.
Sunday, January 31, 1954
Ray and girls went to S.S. and church. Pat and Wayne went to S.S. Ray took girls and me for a ride in aft. He went to church in eve.
Monday, February 1, 1954
Aunt Ethel here in aft., also Cousins Willis and Mary. Ray got me some tan sandals and they’re so attractive and comfortable. Mrs. Jagow and Rita here this a.m. to borrow my cobbler apron pattern. Received a couple of magazines from Pauline today. L.R. went to Scout meeting.
Tuesday, February 2, 1954
Bob here this a.m. I paid him for eggs he brought last week. Jim, Caryl and children here this eve. M.E. went to a party at Lanphier tonight. Pat off today – went to town this aft. L.R. went to dentist.
Wednesday, February 3, 1954
Washed clothes and ironed today. Ray went to choir rehearsal tonight. Pat didn’t come home last night.
Thursday, February 4, 1954
Called Margaret Troy this aft. Carole C. here this eve.
Friday, February 5, 1954
Received 2 boxes of “all purpose” cards from Midwest Card Co.,
Saturday, February 6, 1954
M.E., Carole and Linda went to town in aft. with Ray. They got some things for Pat’s birthday. Bob and Marge here this eve. Received letter from Mother D.
Sunday, February 7, 1954
Children didn’t go to S.S. and Ray just to church on account of colds. Ray went to see Clive Taylor this aft. He called Dr. Romence re cold on chest and picked up medicine ($7.35) at Watt’s this eve. He took Pat and L.R. to skating rink on the way. They walked home at 10:30 p.m.
Monday, February 8, 1954
Sent $2.00 to Hertel Art Co. in
Tuesday, February 9, 1954
Russ, Gus and Bob here this eve. L.R. went to dentist. I worked on 3 dresses for Karen. L.R. went to Girl Scout Valentine party at Mrs. Loveless’ home. Phoned Elsie this a.m. and found out Gus’ birthday was 2/6. Fixed up card and hanky for L.R. to give her and roll cutter and lattice pie cutter for M.E. to give. They brought some penuchi when they came this eve.
Wednesday, February 10, 1954
Mrs. Jagow returned cobbler apron pattern and sent darling picture of Rita and Carol Sue. Carol Sue stayed here for a little while this eve. while Mr. Jagow took Mrs. Jagow to doctor. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Girls received darling Valentines from Marian and Tom Gilroy and $1.00 ea.
Thursday, February 11, 1954
Wrote letter and Valentine to Mother D. Sent Valentine and hanky to Mrs. Laughlin who is my secret pal. L.R.’s school had Valentine party this aft. Carole C. here this eve.
Friday, February 12, 1954
Saturday, February 13, 1954
M.E. went to town with Ray to shop – L.R. and Carole C. went to skating rink. Mr. and Mrs. Jagow and Carol Sue came in eve. Pat went skating. Received Valentine from Aunt Helen.
Sunday, February 14, 1954
Ray went to church. Starts eve. shift today. He gave me a delicious 2 lb. box of chocolates and the girls gave me stationery. My secret pal sent me a beautiful Valentine bouquet of red geraniums and white mums. Linda played outside with Carole C. and Janet B. this aft. Mrs. Colburn and Janet here for supper.
Monday, February 15, 1954
Jim and Mike here for a few minutes this aft. Jim stored some tires in our garage. L.R. went to Scout meeting. Received letter from Mother D. Girls received Valentines from her. Mrs. Jagow and Rita came in for a few minutes to see my Valentine flowers.
Tuesday, February 16, 1954
L.R. went to dentist. Bob here this aft. Dr. Romence here in eve. I’m okay.
Wednesday, February 17, 1954
Ray fixed bulb on top of T-V for local antenna but no good so he took it off. Mrs. Jagow here this a.m. to borrow 3 cups flour and sent 14 dinner rolls over this aft. Elsie called – received letter from Charles –
Thursday, February 18, 1954
Started dieting today. Ray took girls, Mrs. Colburn and Carole to chilli supper at
Friday, February 19, 1954
Gus over to show me 2 new dresses she bought at Bressmer’s. Mrs. Colburn took car to work this a.m. She had it in Prentice’s garage. Ray had laundry done. Bob here this aft. Received letter from Mother D.
Saturday, February 20, 1954
Ray went out to sanitarium this a.m. to have lungs x-rayed. They’re okay but quite a bit of congestion. Got sprayer and $9.10 medicine. He didn’t go to work this eve.
Sunday, February 21, 1954
No one went to S.S. or church on account of colds. Ray didn’t work today.
Monday, February 22, 1954
Bob here this a.m. Ray went to work today. L.R. has sore throat tonight. Aunt Helen here for supper. Went home at
Tuesday, February 23, 1954
L.R. didn’t go to school today as running a temp., sore throat, etc. Called Dr. Romence and he phoned prescription to Watt’s. Ray filed income tax returns today – $2.39 refund.
Wednesday, February 24, 1954
L.R. is better but still feels pretty bad.
Thursday, February 25, 1954
L.R. is much better today. Bob here this a.m. and brought 2 doz. eggs @ 50 cents a doz. Mother and Dad D. came around . He’s retiring. They have a place on
Friday, February 26, 1954
Ray got hair cut this aft. Bob was out before he left. Mother and Dad brought M.E. home from school. L.R. much better – she got dressed today. Lorene and her mother were here from 9:40 til 10:20 p.m. Ray home tonight. He scrubbed and waxed hall and living room floors today. Bob brought 2 doz. eggs @50 cents doz. Buds beginning to show on elms.
Saturday, February 27, 1954
L.R. and M.E. cleaned cabinets in kitchen and put in new shelf paper, in addition to cleaning house.
Sunday, February 28, 1954
Snow gone today. Ray and children went to S.S. and church. Pat didn’t stay for church. Mother and Dad here a little while in aft. Carole Colburn here in eve.
Monday, March 1, 1954
Ray washed windows on outside. He took L.R. downtown to meet M.E. Dr. King pulled two of her first teeth. Ray went to his mother’s in aft. to take a registered letter. L.R. went back to school today. Mrs. Colburn took L.R. and Carole out to deliver Girl Scout cookies after supper.
Tuesday, March 2, 1954
Ray worked on mail slot in breezeway and saw Mr. Colburn get car. L.R. didn’t go to dentist as gums sore – going next Tuesday. Caryl, Jim and Mike went to her uncle’s funeral and we took care of Karen and Steve. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here this eve.
Wednesday, March 3, 1954
Ray picked up girls’ spring outfits at M-W and everything is perfect. L.R. delivered some more Girl Scout cookies. Aunt Helen said she’d be out tonight but went to supper and a show with Mr. Diller instead.
Thursday, March 4, 1954
Mother, Dad, Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here in aft. Ray took L.R. to school at 12:30 and got home at 7 p.m. Pat didn’t come home last night – stayed at Jim’s. Worked on dresses for Karen.
Friday, March 5, 1954
Ray took L.R. back and forth to school – went to Dr. Andreasen in aft. Mr. and Mrs. Jagow and girls here this eve. – Ray popped corn and also served pop and beer.
Saturday, March 6, 1954
Mother and Dad here this a.m. Ray planted grass seed in front yard. Pat went to show last night.
Sunday, March 7, 1954
Ray and children went to S.S. and church. Pat went to a show. Ray went to work at 4 p.m. Gus here for a few minutes to borrow some noodles. I told her to get a cardigan for Lynn Elkin at Bressmer’s tomorrow.
Monday, March 8, 1954
Mother and Dad stopped in at to tell us they bought a home at
Tuesday, March 9, 1954
Ray took L.R. to Dr. Ratliff’s office and went on to work. Mother and Dad here this aft. Pat stayed all night at Jim’s last night, stopped here in aft. on way to Caryl’s mother’s at New Berlin – got his shotgun. He stayed there all night again tonight.
Wednesday, March 10, 1954
Pat home tonight. I helped Linda Rae with geography and worked on dress for Karen.
Thursday, March 11, 1954
Mother and Dad here in aft. Merle Perkington and Mrs. Anderson here for a few minutes – brought 5 boxes of birthday cards for I.H.N. class members [Sunday School] and $1.00 bottle of vanilla I ordered (class selling them to get a coffeemaker). Aunt Helen came for supper. Ray and girls went to see “Twelve Knights at the Round Table.” Doc and Minnie came to tell about California trip.
Friday, March 12, 1954
Ray took clothes to laundromat and M.E.’s suit to be pressed and blue taffeta dress to be cleaned at Gerber’s this a.m.
Saturday, March 13, 1954
Ray took girls to town to get slippers. L.R.’s - $5.00 from Myers Bros. are okay, but M.E.’s from the Bootery, $8.00, have to be returned. Mother and Dad here when they got home. Bob brought 2 doz. eggs @ 50 cents doz. and Wes, Alice and Jane came, too. Gave box of clothes to Jane that Linda Rae has outgrown.
Sunday, March 14, 1954
Mother and Dad took children to S.S. at
Monday, March 15, 1954
M.E. met Mother D. at Schiff’s and got a pair of slippers, $5.00, but have to be returned. Ray brought them home. He took her to Sears and got a pair of black heel-less, toeless shoes that are okay. He took her to school and brought her home then left – don’t know when he came home. Pat has a cold. Bob brought canned plum pudding from Alice and Wes – here about ½ hr. in eve.
Tuesday, March 16, 1954
Ray home today. Took L.R. to Dr. Ratliff and received refunds on M.E.’s slippers from Schiff’s and the Bootery. L.R. went to Amateur Music Club concert–Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Janet and Judy Bartram. Mrs. Colburn, Carole, Mr. and Mrs. Burnett came to see T-V. Mother and Dad here a little while in aft. Mrs. Oldenburg died.
Wednesday, March 17, 1954
Gave Gus 50 cents for Mrs. Oldenburg’s flowers. Embroidered L.R.’s name on bridge cloth.
Thursday, March 18, 1954
Mother and Dad here in aft. Ray went to bed after supper to ward off a bad cold. Carole and Mrs. Colburn here this eve. Worked M.E.’s name on Gus’ bridge cloth and L.R. took it to Mrs. Jagow. Russ came for 2 cans of beer tonight as he and Gus were thirsty.
Friday, March 19, 1954
Ray’s cold not quite so bad today. Girls went with Carole C. to Senate to see “Rose Marie” with Jane Wyman and Howard Keel. Russ took them, also Mrs. Colburn and Gus, to town–latter two went to meeting at
Saturday, March 20, 1954
Aunt Helen left this morning for
Sunday, March 21, 1954
Mother and Dad took children to S.S. Ray didn’t go to church this eve.
Monday, March 22, 1954
Cousin Mary went to
Tuesday, March 23, 1954
Ray went to town to pay bills and bought 2 yards of border print for aprons. L.R. didn’t go to dentist as Dr. Ratliff is out of town. Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here this aft. Pat stayed with Jim last night and today. Bob out this a.m.
Wednesday, March 24, 1954
Ray put in electric plug for electric stove. He and Linda Rae went to town after school and Ray bought work pants and sweat shirt from Hub. L.R. got thread, bias tape and rickrack for aprons I’m making. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Pat received refund for income tax today ($10.88). Bob here tonight.
Thursday, March 25, 1954
Mother and Dad here this a.m. Worked on aprons. Gus here this aft. Ordered hat and bag for L.R. from Alden’s.
Friday, March 26, 1954
Children home today as Teachers’ Institute. Linda Rae went to town on bus to get gloves, flowers (daisies) and ball. Came home on bus. Gave M.E. a perm in front hair.
Saturday, March 27, 1954
Linda Rae went to Esquire with Jimmy LeFaver, Dolores Ushman, and David Smith. Mr. LeFaver took them and brought them home. Mother and Dad here this aft. to get mail. Lorene and Katie came out this eve. Brought hose and some artificial flowers for girls. M.E. baked 3 loaves of bread – we also made nut bread and coffee cake.
Sunday, March 28, 1954
Dad and Mother took children to S.S. Buds on elms are starting to open. Went out in backyard – iris, lilies and jonquils up about 6 inches and forsythia beginning to bloom. Mr. Beeler trimmed elm at back of house on property line and dug up part of his garden. Mother and Dad back again this aft. Mr. and Mrs. Whitlock, John and Maymie and John Perry Lazar, and Jim and children here this eve.
Monday, March 29, 1954
Cousin Willis called to tell me Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller were married at , March 24th at Olwen Sperry’s [in
Tuesday, March 30, 1954
Ray had 3 teeth extracted by Dr. Yates, $15.00. He picked up L.R.’s hat and purse at Alden’s – darling! Wrote letter to
Wednesday, March 31, 1954
Mrs. Kenyon and Mrs. Thomae called to thank me for aprons. Gus here this a.m. to borrow 2 cake pans. Tom and Marian Gilroy arrived at Gus’ this aft. Aunt Helen called. Ray went to church this aft. to practice Easter music and again tonight. L.R. got report card today. Lengthened her gold print dress. Received letter from Aunt
Thursday, April 1, 1954
Aunt Helen called again this aft. Ordered p.j.’s for Ray from Sears. Cut out apron from umbrella print left over from Alice’s and Aunt Helen’s cobbler aprons. Mother and Dad here this aft.
Friday, April 2, 1954
Sent get-well cards to Cousins Mary and Nell. Jagows were supposed to come tonight but didn’t for some unknown reason. Gus here for a few minutes to borrow cake flour as Marian wanted to bake a cake.
Saturday, April 3, 1954
L.R. went to Esquire with Jimmy LeFaver, his sister, and a couple other children. Mother and Dad here this aft. Mr. and Mrs. Kenyon, Roberta, Rex and Butch were here this eve. Served spice cake (banana frosting) and chocolate ice cream and coffee.
Sunday, April 4, 1954
Dad and Mother took children to S.S. Pat went to skating rink this aft. with
Monday, April 5, 1954
Mother and Dad here in aft. L.R.’s Girl Scout meeting called off. Cousin Willis gave me 3 red bud trees from Women’s Garden Club at First Presbyterian Church. Ray picked them up on way home from work. Ray, girls and I went to town in eve. – drove past the new Durst home.
Tuesday, April 6, 1954
Ray planted trees this a.m. and fixed fence and gate post. He went to church in aft. to practice Easter music and took L.R. to Dr. Ratliff. Went to Municipal Employees meeting tonight.
Wednesday, April 7, 1954
Ray took L.R.’s loafers to be half-soled and new heels, $2.50. He went to choir rehearsal. Cousin Bessie and Mrs. Parsons here this aft. – brought me a chocolate Easter egg from Pease’s Candy. Dad and Mother moved today. Laundry done today.
Thursday, April 8, 1954
I made a cover for cushion on wheelchair. Ray and L.R. went to West Grand School Open House. Mrs. Colburn and Carole went with them.
Friday, April 9, 1954
Ironed in a.m. Shortened sleeves on Ray’s p.j.’s in p.m. Bob here this aft. I called Dr. King and made an appointment for L.R. Wed., 4:05 p.m.,; also called Dr. Shriner’s office and made appointment for M.E. at 3:45 p.m. Saturday. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here for a little while this eve. Received chain letter today. Girls made extra copies to be mailed tomorrow.
Saturday, April 10, 1954
M.E. gave me a permanent in “neck” hair. L.R. went to town with Mrs. Bartram and Janet. She’s staying for supper, too. M.E. went to Dr. Shriner this aft. Ray went to dress rehearsal at West Side and brought sundaes from Dairy Queen, 2 for 25 cents – got 4 for 50 cents.
Sunday, April 11, 1954
Ray, girls and I went down to Aunt
Monday, April 12, 1954
L.R. went to Girl Scout meeting. M.E. went to Capitol Clinic Laboratory for blood test, $4.00. Ray got City truck to pick up piano box at Bruce Co. for use as tool box in rear of garage. Bushes and trees are starting to leaf – forsythia in full bloom. Grass is quite green.
Tuesday, April 13, 1954
M.E. went to Dr. Shriner and L.R. to Dr. Ratliff. Ray, girls and I went to the Ayers’ for the evening. Gus served popcorn, root beer, cherry ice cream, cookies and coffee. I ordered 5 pr. drapes from Sears for Ray’s mother.
Wednesday, April 14, 1954
L.R. went to Dr. King. He pulled another baby tooth and told her to throw the spacers away. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here this eve. Wrote letters to Pauline Carswell, Ruby and Aunt Georgia.
Thursday, April 15, 1954
L.R. made fudge with “Ready-Mix” this eve. Ray went to work at 4 p.m. Mr. Harmony gave us 5 nice catfish. Cousin Willis here this aft. Cousin Mary is home.
Friday, April 16, 1954
No school today. Mother D. received drapes this aft. and brought them down. Ray worked 4-12 so I worked on them. L.R. went to Bartram’s for supper and stayed all night. I ordered “Desert Flower” cologne set from Bressmer’s for Naomi Laughlin (my secret pal); also sent her a card.
Saturday, April 17, 1954
M.E., L.R. and Janet went to town this aft. to get Easter candy. M.E. and L.R. dyed Easter eggs in eve. M.E. got a pair of black and white oxfords from Seay (Aunt Helen gave them to her), $12.75. Gus sent 4 cupcakes decorated in pink, green, blue and yellow coconut. Russ brought them.
Sunday, April 18, 1954
Bob here this a.m. Ray went to 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. service. Children went to S.S. and church. He took pictures as soon as they got home. Caryl, Jim, children, and Connie and John came in aft. Ray took pictures of them. Picked up Mother and Dad and went for a ride around lake. Red bud in full bloom. Ray went to church in eve. Received cards from Ray, secret pal, Jim & Caryl, and Katherine Gathard.
Monday, April 19, 1954
Worked on Mother’s drapes. She came down in aft. L.R. went to Scout meeting. Carole C. here this eve. M.E. stopped menstruating (6 days) and starts taking medicine as prescribed tomorrow.
Tuesday, April 20, 1954
L.R. went to Dr. Ratliff after school. We went down to see Mother & Dad’s house (inside) for first time. Finished her drapes and she took them home in aft. Aunt Helen came home from Kentucky tonight. Prudential agent here today.
Wednesday, April 21, 1954
Aunt Helen called this aft. Linda Rae brought home a sweet gum tree she got at school [for Arbor Day]. Ray put it out tonight; also 6 hollyhocks that Dad and Mother brought after supper. Russ invited Ray to sing in choir at Jerome Methodist Church but he had to practice at West Side. I hoed almost all of west side border in backyard. Ray came home at 11:45 and brought a lovely Easter lily from church.
Thursday, April 22, 1954
Ray bought a power mower at Sears this aft. Went to work at 4 p.m. Gus and I are having a family gathering here Saturday eve. to show colored motion pictures Warren sent of Lynn. Called Elsie, Aunt Helen, Marge, and Minnie concerning same.
Friday, April 23, 1954
Pat stayed all night last night at Jim’s and quit his job at Walgreen’s this a.m. Aunt Ethel here this aft.; also Brother Laughlin, Wayne Harrison and his 1-yr.-old son and a friend. Ray got a box of pansies at Tolly’s and put them out this aft. Mother called – Mr. Anderson put up traverse rods and hung drapes – she’s very pleased! Also, Mr. Ishmael just about finished work on their house. Mrs. Burnett gave Ray a lot of rhubarb this aft.
Saturday, April 24, 1954
Ray cut grass with new power mower. Baked a devil’s food cake. Linda went to town and bought a bat and softball, and wristlets for Ray’s windbreaker. Showed motion pictures Warren sent. Gus, Russ, Elsie, Otto, Wilna, Dad, Mother, Aunt Helen, Mr. Diller, Bob and Marge were here, also Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob. I furnished cake and Gus brought ice cream and coffee. Bleeding heart in full bloom. Clara and Stanley Stewart have a baby boy, Wayne Lee, weight 8 ½ lb.
Sunday, April 25, 1954
Ray and children went to S.S. and church. He took girls and me for a ride in aft. We stopped at 715 Keys and visited with the Cunninghams for a little while. Mr. Harmony gave Ray a package of frozen fish he caught. Sat in backyard for a while after supper. Lilacs in full bloom, also weigelia. Leaves on trees about half open on elms and soft maple practically full. Hard maple just opening.
Monday, April 26, 1954
Received letter from Hertel Art Co. concerning Christmas cards I paid for
Tuesday, April 27, 1954
L.R. went to Dr. Ratliff after school. Called new women members of West Side about attending Thursday sewing class at church. Mother brought material for window in her door. Pat stayed at Jim’s tonight.
Wednesday, April 28, 1954
Ray worked eve. shift tonight for John Lazar and John worked day shift as he wanted to go to 4-H party at fairgrounds tonight. I’m working on Mother’s window curtain while waiting for Ray to come home from work.
Thursday, April 29, 1954
Elsie left for
Friday, April 30, 1954
Pat took door curtain up to Mother this a.m. Received letter from Alice. Finished hoeing east and west sides in backyard.
Saturday, May 1, 1954
Ray put up screens in doors and cut grass front and back for 2nd time with new mower. M.E. went to a play at Lanphier this eve. Ray, L.R. and I went up to his mother’s. Received card from Mrs. Godley – from Calif. Pat’s friend, Brad, stayed all night.
Sunday, May 2, 1954
Ray and children went to S.S. and church. Ray worked on piano box for tool shed. I altered green rayon chambray 2-pc. dress (orig. M.E.’s) for L.R. Aunt Helen came at 5 p.m. and Mr. Diller came at 9:00 and stayed til 9:30. Pat stayed all night at Jim’s.
Monday, May 3, 1954
L.R. went to Girl Scout meeting. M.E. went up to Mother’s after supper to take material and thread left from door curtain. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here tonight.
Tuesday, May 4, 1954
Pat went to Kroger’s for job but all taken. L.R. went to Dr. Ratliff after school. Mrs. Burnett sent over some more rhubarb. Ray popped corn and fixed pop for girls and me. Pat didn’t come home last night. Left at 5 o’clock to see about a job at Tolly’s. Brad was with him.
Wednesday, May 5, 1954
Jim called this a.m. – Pat didn’t stay there last night. Ray called Brad and he said the last time he saw him was 11 o’clock last night. Mother called and invited us for dinner Sunday. Pat came home about 2 this aft. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Made skirt for L.R. from a dress of Jane Diller’s.
Thursday, May 6, 1954
Received income tax refund, $2.39. Cousin Willis here for a few minutes in aft. and brought 4 bunches of asparagus and a pint of maple syrup. Ray and rest of quartet tried out at T-V station and are to appear Monday at 9 p.m. on Stout Talent Parade. John Lazar worked for him this eve., 4-12.
Friday, May 7, 1954
Proctor & Gamble Co. agent gave me a permanent set and box of curlers for L.R. Ray gave Mrs. Jagow a bunch of asparagus. L.R. had supper at Janet’s and stayed all night. M.E. shampooed and set my hair.
Saturday, May 8, 1954
Marian and Tom Gilroy arrived at in a new 1954 Packard. Girls and Janet went with Ray to town. Gus and Russ here for a few minutes about 5 p.m. Gus brought some pansies. Received a pot of beautiful mixed plants from Jim and Caryl this eve. from Bud & Helen’s Flower Shop [for Mother’s Day].
Sunday, May 9, 1954
Gus, Russ, Marian and Tom left for a month’s vacation trip to
Monday, May 10, 1954
L.R. went to Girl Scout wiener roast with Jimmy LeFaver. Ray’s male quartet sang on T-V tonight. Mr. and Mrs. Jagow, Carol Sue and Rita, Mr. and Mrs. Burnett, Gerald and Bernard, Mrs. Colburn, her sister-in-law and Carole, Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller all came to watch them. Ray got me some black sandals, 9 1/2B, $2.00, at Schiff’s.
Tuesday, May 11, 1954
Went to S.S. class meeting at Natalie Beam’s – had a grand time. M.E. stopped in town on way home from school to have picture taken.
Wednesday, May 12, 1954
Natalie brought the S.S. class coffeemaker here this a.m. Aunt Ethel here this aft. Ray went to choir rehearsal this eve. Mother picked up a dozen zinnia plants, 60 cents, at Harm’s. Ray and M.E. put them out.
Thursday, May 13, 1954
John Begue called Ray this morning to tell him that the quartet won the contest. M.E. and L.R. went to SHS band concert with Mrs. Colburn and Carole. Mrs. Jagow gave me a Japanese quincebush – hope it lives.
Friday, May 14, 1954
Called Dr. Shriner and made appointment for M.E., , May 22. Aunt Helen came out after supper and brought me a tissue gingham dress, brown & red check. Received card from Elsie from
Saturday, May 15, 1954
Gave Linda Rae a “Lilt” perm today. Mother D. here this aft. I went to supermarket on
Sunday, May 16, 1954
Ray and children went to S.S. and church. He went back in aft. to practice with quartet and then again in evening.
Monday, May 17, 1954
Merle Perkington brought me 2 red hibiscus, $1.00, and gave me a pink one she got from her place. Ray put them out this eve. He sang with quartet on T-V again tonight and received his share of prize ($15.00 gift certificate). They sang “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.” Mother and Dad, Mr. Burnett, Bernard, Mrs. Colburn and Carole here tonight to watch program. Pat stayed all night at Jim’s. L.R. went to Girl Scouts after school.
Tuesday, May 18, 1954
L.R. went to Dr. Ratliff after school. She took $1.00 to school to buy season ticket (12 shows) at Roxy and Lincoln this summer. Bob here for a few minutes around
Wednesday, May 19, 1954
Ray brought 4 tan shirts and 3 pants [for work](1 more to be furnished later) for me to initial. John Lazar, wife and son here for a few minutes – brought some portulaca and four o’clocks. Ray and M.E. planted them.
Thursday, May 20, 1954
Friday, May 21, 1954
Ordered dress and blouses for L.R. and M.E. Mother D. here in aft. Mrs. Jagow gave us some radishes.
Saturday, May 22, 1954
M.E. went to see Dr. Shriner at and Ray to Dr. Andreasen at Hawley girls here this aft. Quartet met here to rehearse tonight.
Sunday, May 23, 1954
Ray and children didn’t go to S.S. and church as we overslept. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here Went for a ride after supper.
Monday, May 24, 1954
L.R. went to Girl Scout meeting. I ironed things M.E. washed Saturday. Pat went to Eisner’s about a job. Mrs. Jagow put out plants from pot Jim & Caryl sent me for Mother’s Day, also petunia Mrs. Bessie Smith sent. Received cards from Gus and Russ and Pauline Baker.
Tuesday, May 25, 1954
Pat started at today at Eisner’s. Mrs. Jagow washed and ironed bedskirt and washed dressing table skirt, blue bordered luncheon cloth, and yellow bridge table cloth. She’s going to iron them tomorrow. Water turned off from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Jerome. M.E. picked up blouses and L.R.’s dress at Alden’s. Dress not satisfactory.
Wednesday, May 26, 1954
Ordered 2 dresses for L.R. from Alden’s. Will keep one to replace one received yesterday. Mother D. here this aft. I called Dr. King and Dr. Ratliff to change Linda’s appointments. Ray went to choir rehearsal tonight. White honeysuckle is starting to open.
Thursday, May 27, 1954
Mrs. Jagow washed our slipcovers today and gave us a coffee cake. Our red peony is blooming for first time. Ray won 4 theater passes this a.m. He went after groceries after supper and brought home a quart of black walnut ice cream from Velvet Freeze.
Friday, May 28, 1954
Mrs. Jagow brought slipcovers and I paid her $5.00. They are lovely – look like new. L.R.’s dresses and M.E.’s coral skirt came. Very nice.
Saturday, May 29, 1954
L.R. went on bicycle hike with Girl Scouts from to . Ray went to Harry Willson’s to practice with quartet. Aunt Helen called to tell me she put flowers out on Mother’s and Helen’s graves.
Sunday, May 30, 1954
Memorial Day. Ray, Pat and M.E. went to S.S. but didn’t stay for church. L.R. didn’t go as she didn’t feel very well. Janet came over in aft. Ray went in eve. to Loami to sing in quartet. Bill Scattergood preached.
Monday, May 31, 1954
Aunt Hazel and Uncle Clyde here this aft. Elsie called – got back from Los Angeles yesterday noon. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here this evening.
Tuesday, June 1, 1954
Last day of school. Clyde and Hazel left Mother D’s at 6:30 a.m. M.E. went to Lanphier tonight to sing in chorus. Mrs. Jagow brought 10 doz. eggs @ 32 cents doz. She also brought 6 Rose of Sharon trees from her dad’s.
Wednesday, June 2, 1954
Ray went to choir rehearsal tonight. Tom, Marian, Gus and Russ got home about 9:30 p.m. Girls went to school to get report cards. M.E. went to a show later with Joanne to see Gary Cooper in “Casanova Brown” and “14 Hours” with Paul Douglas.
Thursday, June 3, 1954
Lorene, Mrs. Hanson, Gus, Russ and Marian here this eve. Lorene brought some things from Myra, and Gus and Marian brought girls pocketbooks, me a box of candy, and a large package of matches for Ray.
Friday, June 4, 1954
M.E. and L.R. went to Roxy this aft. to see “A Girl for Joe” with William Holden and Nancy Olson and “A Man with a Grin” with James Stewart and Rosalind Russell; also got birthday gift for Connie Harrison or Sally Trippel.
Saturday, June 5, 1954
L.R. went to town with Ray to get gift for one of the 2 girls who has a birthday party tomorrow. Mother was here in aft. and again in eve. with Dad who put out ten Rose of Sharon trees and they took 3 home. Quartet met here this eve. to practice. L.R. made a devil’s food cake and frosted it for first time.
Sunday, June 6, 1954
Ray and children went to S.S. and church. He started this aft. on 4-12 shift. L.R. went to birthday party, , for Connie Harrison and Sally Trippel.
Monday, June 7, 1954
Jim here for a little while this a.m. Ray took laundry this a.m. and girls to dentist (L.R. had to go to Dr. King) this aft. He picked up laundry on way to work. Gus and Russ came this eve. to show pictures taken on western trip. Mrs. Colburn, Carole and her cousin came to watch T-V.
Tuesday, June 8, 1954
Bob here this eve. Shortly after he left, Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller came.
Wednesday, June 9, 1954
L.R. went to town in aft. with Janet Bartram to get a birthday gift for David Smith.
Thursday, June 10, 1954
M.E. went to skating rink with Barbara and then to free picture show at Village Hall. Mrs. Colburn had L.R. and M.E. for supper. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here in eve.
Friday, June 11, 1954
M.E. went to Lanphier to get “Lan-Hi” [yearbook] this aft. Ray took her. L.R. went to David Smith’s birthday party, Bob here this aft.
Saturday, June 12, 1954
Sangamon Dairy called. Pat to start work this a.m. Ray took him as he had to get groceries. I ordered white sandals from Spiegel’s for L.R. Elsie and Otto here in eve.
Sunday, June 13, 1954
Pat worked today. Ray and girls went to S.S. and church. He went to church this aft. to practice with quartet. Lazars in auto accident at
Monday, June 14, 1954
Ray working day shift – Madden taking his evening shift as quartet in finals tonight. Mother, Dad, Mrs. Colburn, Carole, Carol Sue and Rita Jagow, Mrs. Burnett, Gerald and Bernard, Gus and Russell here to watch Stout’s Talent Parade. Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here before. L.R. doesn’t feel so well – headache.
Tuesday, June 15, 1954
Bad wind and electrical storm. Four big branches blown off tree next to living room picture window this aft.
Wednesday, June 16, 1954
L.R. and Carole Colburn went to town to buy birthday gift for Kay Smith’s party tomorrow afternoon. Miss Wineman (M.E.’s foods teacher at Lanphier) called this a.m. L.R.’s white sandals came from Spiegel’s, $3.98.
Thursday, June 17, 1954
Ray’s mother came in aft. and brought bowl of flowers. L.R. went to Kay Smith’s birthday party, Ray and girls went to ice cream social at
Friday, June 18, 1954
I bought ½ gal. cherries from Mrs. Burnett for 30 cents and made a pie and a pint of preserves. We were going to 66 Drive-In tonight but Ray and I didn’t feel equal to it. Mrs. Jagow had me come over to see her backyard. Ray took pr. hose (from us) and a box of cards (from M.E. and L.R.) to Aunt Helen for her birthday. She sent camera for M.E. and belt for brown & red-checked dress.
Saturday, June 19, 1954
L.R. went to
Sunday, June 20, 1954
Father’s Day. L.R., M.E. and Ray went to S.S. and church. Dad and Mother here for dinner at . I gave Ray a shirt, M.E. a suit of underwear, and L.R. a Gillette razor and a tie. We gave Dad Beechnut tobacco. L.R. went to lake on picnic with Bartrams. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here this eve. Ray gave Dad $3.00 Mother paid on M.E.’s black slippers last spring.
Monday, June 21, 1954
L.R., M.E. and Carole Colburn went to Roxy this aft. after L.R. went to Dr. Ratliff at Mother and Dad here this aft. – returned $3.00 Ray had given Dad and box of gooseberries. Myrtle Yocom called to say Berdine & family left a week ago for
Tuesday, June 22, 1954
L.R. had supper at Colburns this eve. and was going to stay all night but got homesick at . Lorene and her mother were here this eve. Pat stayed all night at Jim’s. M.E. picked a box of black raspberries at Ayers’ this a.m.
Wednesday, June 23, 1954
M.E. and L.R. went to Orpheum with Mother D. this aft. Aunt Helen here from
Thursday, June 24, 1954
M.E. gave Mother D. a perm this aft. Ray, L.R., Carole C. and I went to 66 Drive-In to see Bob Hope in “Casanova’s Big Night.”
Friday, June 25, 1954
Ray took earrings and hose to Margaret Baker for her birthday – she called this aft. to thank me. L.R. went to State Library with Carole Colburn, had lunch, and went to see “Demetrius and the Gladiators.” Mrs. Colburn took them. Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here this eve. Cousin Willis sent a fine G.E. fan to me this aft.
Saturday, June 26, 1954
Aunt Helen here for lunch and aft. Ray went to Dr. Shriner and he’s okay except nervous exhaustion. Gave him prescription which should help immediately. Mother here this aft. Aunt Helen has earrings I’m sending Carol. Pat home tonight.
Sunday, June 27, 1954
Ray and children went to S.S. He stayed for church. Janet came this eve. and Mrs. Bartram stayed for an hour when she came to pick her up. Gus here in aft. to show Carol’s graduation picture.
Monday, June 28, 1954
Ray went to clinic this a.m. for blood test and urinalysis. M.E. went with L.R. this aft. to Dr. Ratliff. Mrs. Colburn stopped in this eve. on way home from work.
Tuesday, June 29, 1954
L.R. went to show with Kay Smith from 8-12 noon. She went to Greyhound Bus Station with Bartrams in aft. to see Janet and Judy off.
Wednesday, June 30, 1954
Ray called Dr. Shriner – blood and urine okay.
Thursday, July 1, 1954
Ray got my prescription from Dr. Stocker refilled. He got electric saw from
Friday, July 2, 1954
Ray took saw back to nursery this a.m. Linda and Mary went to Orpheum this aft. Ray to Dr. Shriner at He has to rest, get as much sleep as possible, no social activities, etc. Aunt Helen told me to get “can-can” skirt for L.R. as reward for good grades – ordered it today from Alden’s. She got M.E.’s oxfords this spring. Ray and girls went to town this eve. to get money back from Grant’s for Lorene’s hose and got right kind from Robinson’s.
Saturday, July 3, 1954
Ray took laundry this a.m. and picked it up on way to work. He and L.R. picked out white, long-sleeve blouse at Tolly’s with cash receipts totaling $35.00. Mrs. Jagow here for a few minutes this afternoon and said blouse deal ends August 13.
Sunday, July 4, 1954
Mother and Dad took girls to S.S. Ray started day shift. Mr. and Mrs. Jagow and girls here this eve. L.R. had sparklers (5 boxes) and caps and put hers with Jagows. Ray served cold drinks (pop for children and grapefruit juice with gin for adults).
Monday, July 5, 1954
Gus here this a.m. to invite us to potluck supper in garage this eve. I fried a chicken and took half of cake Linda baked Saturday for us. Mr. and Mrs. Burnett and boys came, too. Played croquet after supper. Later served orangeade and beer and came home about Jim came about to see about Pat taking care of children tomorrow as he starts working at Pillsbury Mills then, but Pat didn’t come home last night. Janet Bartram got home at
Tuesday, July 6, 1954
L.R. and Carole C. went to a show with Kay Smith and her mother. Ate lunch downtown and came home about Ray and M.E. took gifts (hose from me and earrings from girls) to Lorene for her birthday this aft. Mrs. Hanson told M.E. that Lorene and Opal Rippey went to some lake in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, for a week’s vacation. Janet brought L.R. a little gift from her trip. Mrs. Bartram came for her and stayed about an hour.
Wednesday, July 7, 1954
L.R., Carole, and M.E. went to State Library, then to Dr. Shriner’s office. M.E. stayed to see him and L.R. and Carole went back to town to get birthday gifts for Rita Jagow who will be 4 years old tomorrow. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here in eve. She gave Linda $5.00 check for can-can slip and binder notebook.
Thursday, July 8, 1954
Mother D. here in aft. Received card from Lorene (Lake Tomahawk, Wis.). Made half-slip for L.R. out of an old slip. Girls went to free show at Village Hall with Mother D. Ray put plywood in wall behind stove.
Friday, July 9, 1954
L.R. and Janet went to town to take check to Mrs. Bartram and had lunch there. Ray worked on tile in kitchen and girls painted underneath picnic table. I hemmed two strips of green & orange striped canvas for lawn chairs. Received birthday card from Katherine Gathard.
Saturday, July 10, 1954
Mother D. got a cantaloupe and bing cherries from Harm’s for me today. M.E. washed shower and bathroom curtains today, also some clothing. I baked and iced an angel food cake. Talked to Mrs. Beeler in backyard. Ray worked on tile in kitchen tonight.
Sunday, July 11, 1954
Mother and Dad took girls to S.S. They brought sundaes from Sangamon Dairy. Harry, Edith and Doris Willson came in aft. and Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller in eve.
Monday, July 12, 1954
M.E. and L.R. went to Dr. Ratliff’s this aft. Received birthday card from Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob. Lamp came from Mother and Dad for Ray’s and my birthdays – it’s beautiful. Mrs. Colburn came over this eve. and then Mr. and Mrs. Jagow. He got some beer and soda and Ray made Mrs. Jagow and me grapefruit drink.
Tuesday, July 13, 1954
L.R. went to show this a.m. with Carole Colburn, Connie Robinson, Kay Smith and Mrs. Smith in their station wagon. Mrs. Jagow gave me a cake for my birthday; Mother and Dad gave Ray and me a lamp; Aunt Helen, serving trays and stand; L.R., pitcher; M.E., 6 placemats; Ray, bird bath; Margaret Baker & mother, flowers & vase; Marge & Bob, bouquet of mixed flowers; secret pal, plate with picture of the “Last Supper”. S.S. class met here – 22 came. Mr. and Mrs. Jagow came later and stayed until 12:15 a.m. I received 33 cards.
Wednesday, July 14, 1954
Temp. highest on record - 112 degrees. Janet B. here this aft. She and L.R. went for popsickles for us and cigarettes for Ray. We didn’t do anymore than necessary as too hot! Downtown almost 114 degrees. Eighteen years ago the record was set at 109.5 , which was a day after the surprise birthday party the girls at City Hall gave me (1936).
Thursday, July 15, 1954
Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here this eve. Girls took Carol Jagow to a free show at Village Hall. Mr. and Mrs. Jagow came later and brought glasses for lemon soda and cans of beer. We furnished potato chips and pretzels.
Friday, July 16, 1954
Dad took Mother and girls to a show downtown this aft. Gus brought material and pattern for blouse and I showed her what to do. Ray brought Margaret Baker and her mother out for the eve. – had a wonderful visit. On way home, Margaret got donuts at Sonrise Donut Shop and gave Ray a dozen to bring home.
Saturday, July 17, 1954
Russ here this evening to see Ray. Mother brought some celery hearts this aft. Mr. and Mrs. Jagow came over this eve. in backyard.
Sunday, July 18, 1954
Temp. high–104 degrees. Mother and Dad took girls to S.S. this a.m. We went over to Jagows this eve. as wind out of north.
Monday, July 19, 1954
Started on Filter Plant towels today. Ray got ½ gal. ice cream and we had Gus and Russ here for some.
Tuesday, July 20, 1954
(104 deg.) L.R. went to show with Carole C. and Kay Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Jagow and children, Mrs. Colburn and Carole in backyard tonight. Mr. Jagow got ice cream and Ray fixed grapefruit drinks.
Wednesday, July 21, 1954
Nearly 2" rain. Girls went to see “The Glenn Miller Story” with Mother D. Gus and Russ here for supper and I furnished potato salad, baked ham and coffee, and Gus furnished spaghetti and fresh peaches. Later, Gus made penuche. Received letter from Alice – Betty seriously ill for a month – “Brights Disease”.
Thursday, July 22, 1954
Ordered underwear and socks for Ray’s birthday from Myers Bros. this a.m. Mother D. and Lorene here in aft. Lorene got back last night – brought my birthday gift – clear plastic iced tea spoons and coasters (8 ea.). Mrs. Colburn here this eve. Girls and Carole went to free show. L.R. went to Archie Scott’s birthday party this aft. and came home with 3 prizes. She gave him a ballpoint pen. Wrote letter to
Friday, July 23, 1954
Marian Gilroy and Betty Wells here this aft. Berdine and Maureen came about and Ray went after Cecil at and we had potluck supper here. Ruth Clements came this aft. for a week’s visit. L.R. went home with Maureen tonight. Things I ordered for Ray’s birthday came today.
Saturday, July 24, 1954
Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller took Ruth Ann to dinner while we were at Colburn’s for a delicious banquet. “The Musketeers” gave an excellent performance later in Mrs. Colburn’s basement. Jagows came to our house later. I gave Ray 2 suits of underwear and 2 pr. crew socks and the girls gave him a box of Martha Washington “Turtles” for his birthday. Pat home tonight.
Sunday, July 25, 1954
Mother and Dad took M.E., L.R. and Ruth Ann to S.S. Ruby & Bud Long and boys here this aft. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight. Hibiscus on west side bloomed this morning – first time. Pat home tonight. Bro. Laughlin called to ask me to help on phone survey.
Monday, July 26, 1954
L.R. went to State Library and paid Spiegel’s, $5.55. M.E. and Ruth went to town to get Ruth a spring coat. Mrs. Jagow took L.R. to Tolly’s to get blouse but didn’t like them so will wait for new shipment. Pat didn’t come home tonight. Elmer & Judy Jagow were here this eve. Otto Hangsleben in hospital for observation as hands are partly paralyzed.
Tuesday, July 27, 1954
Pat not home tonight. Ironed this a.m. and Ruth helped. Finished 43 towels for Filter Plant lab. and received invoice Lorene made out for same (for me), $9.80.
Wednesday, July 28, 1954
M.E. and Ruth went to Dr. Shriner at but he is on vacation and she has to go back Monday. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller took Ruth, Mary Ellen and Linda Rae to Old Salem for picnic and show but rain forced them to eat in car and show was cancelled. Elmer, Judy and children here tonight. They brought root beer and ice cream. Ray went to church to see Bill Scattergood ordained and brought ½ gal. fudge ripple home. Pat home tonight. Received card from
Thursday, July 29, 1954
Harry, Edith and Doris Willson here for potluck tonight. She furnished jello salad, pickled beets and watermelon. I furnished beef & noodles, beans, cabbage, sweet pickles, iced tea, bread, etc. Girls went to free show. Aunt Helen here for a few minutes and left money for girls to see “Gone With The Wind” tomorrow. Ray took laundry today.
Friday, July 30, 1954
Got 5 ½ doz. eggs from Judy this a.m. @ 26 cents doz. Girls went to see “Gone With the Wind” this p.m. – Dad and Mother took them. Ray brought saw from lake for Mr. Burnett. L.R. made fudge. Ruth Ann went home with Aunt Helen tonight. Elmer over for a little while. Judy and children went home with her mother and dad. Received book from Reader’s Digest but will return it.
Saturday, July 31, 1954
L.R. went to town and bought a ring and bracelet with money ($1.00) Aunt Helen gave her. Ray, girls and I went to Beeler’s in eve. – shower and reception for son David and wife, Joyce. We took six china coaster ash trays.
Sunday, August 1, 1954
Ray took children to Sunday School. This aft. he fixed iron, toaster, and girls’ radio; also door in their bedroom and hung “Grocery List” on kitchen closet door. He is taking shift tonight as Madden is on his vacation (6 nights per week for 3 wks.). Mr. Jagow here for a little while. Ray took saw back to lake and Rollie Burnett gave him a carton of cigarettes. L.R. went to Tolly’s after supper and got a blouse and fudge mix.
Monday, August 2, 1954
M.E. gave me a Toni this a.m. and went to Dr. Shriner who referred her to Dr. Grover as her blood count is still low. I started calling U&I class members re prospects for
Tuesday, August 3, 1954
Linda went to show today with the Smiths. Received note from Amy with icing recipes. Ray went to town this aft. to get paycheck. Mother D. here this aft. She got 2 doz. eggs from me. Janet B. was here this eve. Mrs. Whitlock called and told me census was to uncover prospects for evangelistic meeting this fall.
Wednesday, August 4, 1954
I called more U&I members re evangelistic meeting this fall. Janet here and made fudge with L.R. Ray got 2 ice trays @ 79 cents ea. this aft. L.R. went with him.
Thursday, August 5, 1954
Mother here this aft. L.R. ate lunch and supper at Bartram’s. L.R., M.E., Janet and her mother went to free show. Mrs. Bartram came later to bring Janet’s nightclothes as she’s staying here tonight. Ray cut grass in front yard tonight.
Friday, August 6, 1954
Linda Rae gave M.E. a perm. Turned out fine. Ray cut part of backyard and girls pulled weeds. I paid them 10 cents a box – M.E. had 5 ½ and L.R. had 7. Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob were here.
Saturday, August 7, 1954
M.E. and L.R. had lunch at the “Steak n Shake” and then went to Roxy to see “Ring of Fear.” L.R. got her p.j.’s and bras at Alden’s and all are okay. Ray and L.R. finished backyard. M.E. and I hoed and pulled weeds. L.R. made fudge. I iced cake I baked this aft. Mr. Jagow came about 9 and stayed until .
Sunday, August 8, 1954
Ray and children went to S.S. and he went to church at Jerome Meth. Gus here a little while in aft. Mrs. Jagow and girls came home on bus this eve. Ray went on shift for 2nd week for Madden who is on vacation for 3 weeks.
Monday, August 9, 1954
Dollar Day – L.R. went to town this a.m. with Janet B. Ray then took her to Dr. Ratliff and then Dr. Shriner who referred her to Dr. Kerst for adenoid removal. Ray can’t eat anything after as he has to have stomach x-rayed and tests made at hospital tomorrow. Mrs. Colburn and Carole came home at from
Tuesday, August 10, 1954
Ray went to hospital from work for x-rays and tests this a.m. and went back at for more tests. L.R. went to show this a.m. with Janet and Carole. Aunt Helen here this eve. and got L.R.’s outgrown clothes for Helen Leatham’s girls. Russ brought pictures Marian took of M.E. and Ruth Ann.
Wednesday, August 11, 1954
Ray had some more tests at Memorial this a.m. L.R. went to town this aft. with Carole Colburn – Mrs. Jagow drove them down. Linda got grey print for skirt and yellow for blouse from Aldens, also thread and zipper. Maureen Yocom came out to stay all night – went to ice cream social at Jerome Meth. Church with Linda. Alan Sutton drove down from
Thursday, August 12, 1954
Received check from Aunt Helen for $20 for clothes (L.R.) for Helen Clements Leatham. Mother D. here this aft. M.E., L.R. and Maureen went to show but it was called off on account of rain. Made grey cotton skirt for L.R. Girls made penuche this aft. Cecil came after L.R. and Maureen as they are going to fair tomorrow.
Friday, August 13, 1954
L.R. went to fair today – Children’s Day. Ray went to Dr. Shriner who told him tests at hospital were negative. Ray picked up L.R. after supper. Alice Jean’s baby born , weighs 7 lb. 3 oz., named Sandra Kay.
Saturday, August 14, 1954
Girls went to town and bought their zipper notebooks for school. Lorene came out for a little while tonight and brought 1 doz. eggs, old hose, thimble (from fair) and August “Good Housekeeping”. Jagows here in eve. Pat didn’t come home tonight. Received card from
Sunday, August 15, 1954
Ray and girls didn’t go to S.S. or church. Bob out to bring gift from secret pal – baby figurines. Mrs. Colburn, Carole, Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here this eve. Alan was over at Gus’ for supper and came over here for a little while.
Monday, August 16, 1954
M.E. and L.R. went to fair with Janet at and L.R. to Dr. Ratliff and M.E. to Dr. Grover at Cousins Willis and Mary here for a little while in late aft. and brought a box of “wind fall” apples. Gave some to Judy Jagow and she gave me some green beans and 3 tomatoes. Sheriff delivered paper to Mrs. Colburn concerning Paul Colburn [her ex] trying to acquire her home (court order). Judy’s mother and dad drove up tonight – he’s going to help on their new addition.
Tuesday, August 17, 1954
L.R. went to show this a.m. with the Smiths and Carole Colburn. She stayed for lunch. I worked buttonholes in L.R.’s yellow blouse. I baked a pie with apples Cousin Willis gave us. Mother D. here in aft.
Wednesday, August 18, 1954
M.E., L.R. and Carol Jagow went to Senate to see “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and to Herndon’s to look at winter coats for L.R. Ray went after his check and picked up the girls downtown. L.R. got new shoe strings for her white shoes. Bad wind, rain and some hail around The limbs fell from tree near mailbox at street and smaller ones from others.
Thursday, August 19, 1954
L.R. went to fair with Colburns, and Mabel and M.E. went with Grandma. Elmer used our phone this a.m. as theirs is still out of commission. No show tonight on account of inclement weather and the fair. Mr. Jagow took down enclosed porch in rear of their house this aft. Girls had a fine time at fair. They and Grandma got together – Mabel picked M.E. and Mother up on corner while waiting for bus.
Friday, August 20, 1954
Ray cut limbs that were hanging from trees in front yard. M.E. shampooed and set my hair. Judy gave me enough tickets to add to mine for another blouse at Tolly’s. Offer ends tomorrow. Aunt Helen sent out some peaches and Mother brought some tomatoes this aft. Tonight is last shift Ray has to work for Madden.
Saturday, August 21, 1954
Ray took L.R. to Sears this a.m. and got her a pair of black and white saddle oxfords. Blouse offer at Tolly’s has been extended another week. Dad came down this a.m. and cut up limbs in front yard. L.R. almost finished cutting backyard tonight.
Sunday, August 22, 1954
Ray and girls just went to S.S. this a.m. Ray called Jim to invite them for supper Saturday night as Mother’s birthday, their anniversary, and Dad’s birthday are within a week of each other. Ray back on swing shift so worked tonight.
Monday, August 23, 1954
M.E. had to register at Lanphier this aft. Ray took her and L.R. went too. Linda had an appointment with Dr. Ratliff at and Ray had one with Dr. Ganes at Ordered 3 pr. hose for M.E., 5 pr. for Mike, and 2 slips for L.R. M.E. and L.R. got some school supplies this aft. and L.R. got 3 pr. anklets at M-W. Quartet met here this eve. Louise Weaver came and brought their 9 month old son. Ray put up plastic clothesline to replace aluminum one damaged in last Wednesday’s storm.
Tuesday, August 24, 1954
Dad helped Pat clean up and burn fallen branches in front yard. They burned them in Jagow’s driveway. Aunt Helen, Mr. Diller and Alan Sutton here for supper. Aunt Helen furnished fried chicken and tomatoes, and I furnished potato salad, jello salad, baked beans, iced tea, coffee, and lemon pie. Man from Central Heating Co. gave estimate of $17.50 to repair chimney damaged in last week’s storm. Ray worked 8-4 today.
Wednesday, August 25, 1954
M.E. washed a lot of clothes today as she was anxious to fill up the 3 new clotheslines. Received check from City for hemming towels, $9.80.
Thursday, August 26, 1954
L.R. met Aunt Helen downtown at Herndon’s and got a beautiful winter coat (turquoise and navy check), $35.00 less 15% discount = $29.75.
Friday, August 27, 1954
Decided to return coat and ordered one from Sears, Alden’s and M-W. L.R. went with Mrs. Jagow to look at some at Sears this eve. Ray’s vacation starts tomorrow.
Saturday, August 28, 1954
Baked a 3-layer birthday cake for Mother D. Ray and I gave her and Dad a birdbath. Jim & Caryl gave them a table lamp. Had all of them for supper in backyard.
Sunday, August 29, 1954
No one went to S.S. or church. We went for a ride in eve. and got cones at Velvet Freeze.
Monday, August 30, 1954
Ray sent Mother’s watch to M-W. L.R. went to Dr. Ratliff and M.E. to Dr. Gover. They went to Strand Theater later. Picked up 2 bras for M.E. and plisse crepe slip for L.R. at Alden’s. Quartet met here this eve.
Tuesday, August 31, 1954
Purple coat from Alden’s came but too cheap and sent it back. Picked up one at M-W which is much better. L.R. went to Dr. Weiss who said adenoids are normal; bridge of nose narrows passage off to one side but will probably outgrow it–if not by 17, she may have to have surgery. We went to Springfield Drive-In and saw “The Glenn Miller Story”. Roberta Kenyon went, too.
Wednesday, September 1, 1954
L.R. went to Sears to pick up coat – blue tweed, $13.31, but not satisfactory. Mrs. Colburn and Judy were here for a little while this eve.
Thursday, September 2, 1954
Girls started to school today. L.R. quite pleased with new
Friday, September 3, 1954
Sent letter to Marian and coat to Sears who refunded $13.31. Went to 66 Drive-In to see “Saracen” with Betta St. John and Ricardo Montalban and “Relentless” with Marguerite Chapman and Robert Young. Ray got plastic drip tray for refrigerator from Sears.
Saturday, September 4, 1954
Called G.M.R.R. re
Sunday, September 5, 1954
(High-99 deg.) Ray and girls went to S.S. and church. We went to 66 Drive-In and saw “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” – Howard Keel and Jane Powell – very amusing. Elmer loaned M.E. a typewriter to practice on.
Monday, September 6, 1954
(High 100 deg.) Labor Day - Ray helped Elmer with basement stairs this a.m.; also finished painting eaves on our house. Mother and Dad went to church fish fry with us this aft. at Lake Springfield Christian Assembly camp. Had a nice time but very warm. Mrs. Hanson and Lorene here this eve. Lorene brought me pink percale for dress, gum drops for girls, and Good Housekeeping magazine.
Tuesday, September 7, 1954
Wrote letter to Marian. It will be picked up in the morning. Faced hems on aqua broadcloth (used to be M.E.’s) and lavender, aqua, yellow & rose striped sun dress. Ray painted window frames. I talked to Lorene and Aunt Helen on phone.
Wednesday, September 8, 1954
Talked to Cousin Willis on phone today. Ray painting windows again today. He met girls downtown and got L.R. a pair of tennis shoes, $2.03. He also got Carole Colburn a pair and Mrs. Colburn came over around suppertime to pay for them. She and Carole came later to watch T-V. Altered a dress of M.E.’s for L.R. (green plaid with silver buttons which came from Roland’s). Ray went to choir rehearsal and brought a quart of fudge ripple ice cream from Shuster’s Dairy (Dairy Queen now).
Thursday, September 9, 1954
Ray put mail slot in front comb. screen door and painted outside window frames. Ordered a pair of western jeans from Sears, size 12T, for L.R. Worked on pink & gray jumper of M.E.’s for L.R. Also green plaid dress Aunt Helen gave M.E. which she has outgrown. Ray sang with quartet tonight at potluck supper at
Friday, September 10, 1954
Aunt Ethel here this aft. Also Mother D. Central Heating Co. man here this aft. and fixed chimney, $17.50. Insurance company sent check to cover it. Gas company man out to see why furnace won’t stay on. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here this eve. She gave $5.00 to each of the girls to spend while in
Saturday, September 11, 1954
L.R. went to Dr. King at I ordered a raincoat for L.R. from Sears (Aunt Helen is giving it to her). Faced M.E.’s green raincoat.
Sunday, September 12, 1954
Ray and girls went to S.S. and church. Mother D. is having Jim and family this eve. for supper. Found out later they didn’t come as car broke down.
Monday, September 13, 1954
Cut out apron for Marian – used Bates print, with needles and spools, and plain green left from L.R.’s dress. Carole and Mrs. Colburn here this eve. Sent card to “Great Gildersleeve” requesting new Sunday T-V show be continued. Gave Judy yellow buttons left from L.R.’s blouse for Carol’s dress. L.R. went to dentist.
Tuesday, September 14, 1954
Finished apron for Marian. Mother D. down in aft. Ray started painting front wall. Elsie here a little while this eve. Ray cut grass in backyard. I didn’t go to S.S. class potluck at Douglas Park as weather too uncertain.
Wednesday, September 15, 1954
Ray finished painting front of house. Wrote letter to Marian. Dad here this aft. – said house looked fine. Whipped hem in L.R.’s brown plaid dress. Received letter re Mother’s watch, $6.75; returned letter and enclosed money order this aft. Ray picked up L.R. at
Thursday, September 16, 1954
Village had free show tonight but girls didn’t go as they wanted to get ready for trip to
Friday, September 17, 1954
Girls didn’t go to school today. Left at and arrived in
Saturday, September 18, 1954
Judy and Elmer here early eve. in backyard and Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller came later. She brought cards of
Sunday, September 19, 1954
Ray went to church in a.m. We went after girls at Started raining just before train arrived. They had a grand time. They brought Ray and me each a ballpoint pen (I’m writing with mine) and a box of chocolate turtles. Brought Grandpa and Grandma a snow-storm “what-not” for their living room shelves. Bob here in a.m. and brought a gallon of cider from Spauldings.
Monday, September 20, 1954
Ray took clothes to laundromat this a.m. Mother was here, too. Judy washed 3 dresses of mine and M.E.’s pink blouse. Gus here for a little while this eve. Ray picked up clothes this eve. His vacation ends today – goes to work at tonight. Girls and I wrote letters to Marian and Tom. Ray talked to Cliff re changing jobs.
Tuesday, September 21, 1954
Mrs. Kenyon gave L.R. 2 skirts, a dress and slip that Roberta has outgrown. Carole C. was here this eve. and Mrs. C. for a little while. I fixed ribbon on typewriter for M.E.
Wednesday, September 22, 1954
M.E. sent letter to Marian and Tom. Judy sent 4 doughnuts over for Ray’s and my lunch. Jim called him at and he went out to Dick’s to get part from junked car for his (Jim’s) present car. Ray isn’t working tonight but will be on day shift for Major Bray tomorrow. Lengthened blue skirt of Roberta’s. Gave dress and other skirt to Judy for Carol Sue. Phoned Berdine.
Thursday, September 23, 1954
Ray is working today for Major. I cleaned burners on stove, baked an apple pie and ironed this morning. Eva and Laurence Rehkoff, Bess Kenney, Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here this eve. Ordered a skirt for L.R.’s birthday. Judy and Mother D. here this aft.
Friday, September 24, 1954
Bob out this aft. M.E. went to football game at Lanphier. Ray took her, so L.R. and I went along for the ride. He went to work at . Mother’s wrist watch came back from M-W. Ray got a haircut.
Saturday, September 25, 1954
Linda went to town to get some things for her birthday party. I baked a chocolate pie and cake today. Mother D. called and said they have measles at Jim’s. Ray worked tonight from until tomorrow. L.R. went to Roxy tonight with Carole C.
Sunday, September 26, 1954
Dad and Mother took girls to S.S. as Ray has to “double-back” at today. David Johnson asked Linda to go to skating rink but she wouldn’t go. Janet wanted her to go to church picnic but she declined. She wrote invitations for her birthday party on Saturday. M.E. shampooed my hair in aft.
Monday, September 27, 1954
Worked on red print quilted skirt M.E. outgrew and gave to L.R.; also ironed. Judy washed coverlet, dust ruffle and dressing table skirt in girls’ room. Mother D. here in aft. and brought tomatoes. M.E. went to Dr. Gover and Linda to Dr. Ratliff after school.
Tuesday, September 28, 1954
Ironed this a.m. Carol Sue brought dressing table skirt and bed dust ruffle that Judy ironed. L.R.’s skirt came from Sears – lovely. M.E. mailed L.R.’s party invitations today. Aunt Ethel called – Curtis’ baby named Christine Elizabeth.
Wednesday, September 29, 1954
Moved here 2 years ago today. Ironed again. Mother D. here this aft. and brought me a sack of peanuts and spice drops. Mrs. Colburn here for a little while around M.E. called Dr. Gover who said her blood was up to normal, come back in 3 mos., and take 1 tablet a day. Received card from Edna Godley who is in
Thursday, September 30, 1954
Received first Christmas catalog (Spiegel’s). Ray took first guitar lesson. Aunt Ethel here this aft. Ray got M.E. medicine and my thyroid and “stiff joint” medicine. Mrs. Kenyon gave Linda some things Roberta outgrew – half too small so gave them to Mrs. Burnett for rummage sale. Mrs. Burnett gave us some lovely tomatoes. Jagows here this eve. We served root beer floats, beer, doughnuts and coffee.
Friday, October 1, 1954
Washed underwear and socks this a.m. Ray worked on tool shed. Mother D. here this aft. Received Alden’s Christmas catalog. Received check , $7.00, from Aunt Helen for medicine. Ray went to Charles McBrian’s to practice with different quartet for Sunday night.
Saturday, October 2, 1954
Sewer stopped up again this a.m. and Roto-Rooter man came to clean out roots. No charge, as guarantee doesn’t run out until
Sunday, October 3, 1954
High temp. - 93 degrees – highest on record for this date. Ray and M.E. went to S.S. and church. Gus came over and brought Linda a l lb. box “Stovers” chocolates for birthday. Ray sang at church tonight so went to work at .
Monday, October 4, 1954
Mrs. Bartram took girls to school this a.m. Ironed housedress and girls’ blouses. Mother took L.R.’s skirt back to Sears – reordered size 12T. Aunt Helen came out for supper – gave L.R. $3.00 for birthday.
Tuesday, October 5, 1954
Received note from Ruby and 4 pictures of reception that Aunt Georgia gave Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller last spring. Ray got pictures he took Easter and at Linda’s birthday party. All very good. Mother D. here this aft. and brought some tomatoes. I have same cold Ray took a couple days ago. Got 10 doz. pullet eggs from Judy for 15 cents doz.
Wednesday, October 6, 1954
Linda’s skirt came from Sears and it fits much better. Mother said she would take 4 doz. eggs and Bud took 3 doz. I have a miserable cold. Ray got Judy a carton of Stag Beer while in town (she paid for it), then she gave us a pan of rolls and some little cakes.
Thursday, October 7, 1954
M.E. and L.R. went to football game. Sent letters to Alice and Marian Gilroy. Ray went to meeting at
Friday, October 8, 1954
No school today as Teachers’ Institute. Linda went to Dr. King at M.E., L.R., Jimmy LeFaver, Harold McCarty, Judy and Janet Bartram went to football game at Lanphier. Mrs. Bartram took them and brought them home. Gave Janet 2 dresses M.E. outgrew. Altered plaid wool skirt Berniece Hanson gave M.E. who passed it on to L.R. as she didn’t like it. Elmer over this eve. after work as Judy and girls went down to her folks this aft.
Saturday, October 9, 1954
Linda went to town this aft. Bought silk scarf, machine needles, peanuts, lipstick for M.E., spool of navy blue thread, and sheet music (“This Old House”). Mrs. Colburn and Carole here from and Lorene and Mrs. Hanson from . Baked a pumpkin pie this morning. Lorene gave Linda 2 Bible story books for her birthday, some magazines to me, and a glass of jelly to M.E. from Mrs. Hanson.
Sunday, October 10, 1954
Ray didn’t go to S.S. or church as too late in season for summer suit and too warm for winter suit. Mother D. came down this aft. before Ray went to work. Mrs. Burnett brought a cracker box full of tomatoes this aft.
Monday, October 11, 1954
Linda went to Dr. Ratliff this aft. and he couldn’t see her – told her to come next Monday. Called Dr. King and he repeated what he told Ray – $25.00 per month for 18 mos. [for L.R.’s braces].
Tuesday, October 12, 1954
Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here this eve. She left money for M.E.’s birthday gift. Gus here for a few minutes and brought a green skirt, jacket, tee shirt and rayon linen dress for $1.50. Mrs. Burnett is having a rummage sale for Methodist Home where Bernard boards in
Wednesday, October 13, 1954
Linda went to town after school and got her jewelry box at Alden’s, $3.24. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here this eve. I fixed green skirt (rummage sale) today; also finished ironing.
Thursday, October 14, 1954
Bob here this a.m. Ray took guitar lesson, then went out to Mrs. Godley’s and got kimono and jacket I had her make for Judy Gurske’s prospective baby. Jagows here in eve.
Friday, October 15, 1954
No school - Teachers’ Institute. L.R. went to town with Carole C. for lunch and a show. She picked up blouses for her and M.E. and her western belt. Ray picked up package at Sears containing M.E.’s Levi’s and panties, and L.R.’s p.j.’s. Everything fine. Ray took M.E.’s grey wool skirt and L.R.’s plaid wool and wine corduroy to cleaners (Perganson’s). Lorene called to tell me Judy’s baby boy born yesterday, weight 5 lb. 14 oz., named Mark.
Saturday, October 16, 1954
Mother D. here in aft. M.E. went to town to get material, blouse pattern, findings, needles and pins for school sewing project. L.R. went skating with Kay Smith. Lorene was out for a little while in late aft. and took baby gift to mail to Judy for me. Mother D. took M.E.’s panties to exchange at Sears next week. Received letter from
Sunday, October 17, 1954
Ray and girls went to S.S. and church. I made 2 pot holders for L.R. for Home Economics. Jim and family finished moving today – started yesterday.
Monday, October 18, 1954
Linda wore her new winter coat for first time. Went to Dr. Ratliff this eve. Received letter from
Tuesday, October 19, 1954
Ironed this a.m. Ray took brown winter suit to cleaners today. Al from Sangamon Dairy called Pat today but not able to get word to him as Jim’s phone hasn’t been connected.
Wednesday, October 20, 1954
Ray went to Dr. Andreasen this a.m. Caryl called this morning – like new place fine. Ray went out to see them and tell Pat that Al called. I finished ironing.
Thursday, October 21, 1954
Went to town with Ray this a.m. Met Pat downtown and he came home with us for lunch. Ray took guitar lesson in aft. Pat went back to Jim’s this aft. Ray worked 4-12 for J. Lazar as he claimed Ray owed him a day (?). Ray picked up girls’ skirts at cleaners.
Friday, October 22, 1954
Ray took clothes to laundromat in a.m. and picked them up in aft. Bob and Mother D. here this aft. Ray picked up M.E.’s black skirt at Sears (from Mother D.) And sent money order for $3.15 to Cat’s Paw Co. for 6 pr. nylons. M.E. went to Lanphier football game this eve.
Saturday, October 23, 1954
Mrs. Colburn and Gus here around . Linda Rae went to town at to get things for M.E.’s birthday and then went with Carole C. and Kay Smith to skating rink. Judy brought pattern, 50 cents, buttons, 50 cents, thread, 30 cents (tax 3 cents) this aft. Ray worked last eve. shift.
Sunday, October 24, 1954
Ray started day shift today. Dad and Mother took girls to S.S. They dropped M.E. downtown to meet Joanne as they are having lunch and going to a show this aft. L.R. came on home. Mother, Dad, Gus and Russ here tonight for M.E.’s birthday cake and ice cream. She received Levi’s and pen & pencil from us, neckerchiefs and head bandeau from L.R., blouse and panties from Aunt Helen, box of candy from Gus, and clutch bag from Joanne.
Monday, October 25, 1954
Mrs. Burnett brought some more rummage sale clothes but all I kept was a light blue wool jersey skirt - 25 cents. Judy came over but didn’t take any. Worked on pink percale dress. Ray went to union meeting. Lorene and Katie came out. Lorene gave M.E. $1.00 for birthday.
Tuesday, October 26, 1954
Bob here this a.m. – brought jug of cider. I went to town in aft. with Ray. He took guitar lesson and went to
Wednesday, October 27, 1954
Bob here this aft. Received letter from Marian and Tom with $2.00 enclosed for girls’ birthdays. L.R. went to
Thursday, October 28, 1954
Dad and Mother brought L.R. home from
Friday, October 29, 1954
School closed at on account of School Bond Parade. M.E. got a skirt at Roland’s to replace one her grandmother gave her which was too small. L.R. got gloves for Carole Colburn’s birthday and billfold for Jimmy Williams’ birthday party tomorrow. She and Janet went trick-or-treating tonight. Aunt Ethel here this aft. Pat here tonight to stay.
Saturday, October 30, 1954
Baked 2 pumpkin pies. Ed and Agnes Scattergood here for ½ hr. this aft. – took L.R. and Carole C. to skating rink in their Cadillac. The girls went to Jimmy Williams’ birthday party from Jagows and Mr. and Mrs. Aderman here this eve. Served cider, beer, coffee and pumpkin pie. Cousin Willis called and said he’d pay for my glasses.
Sunday, October 31, 1954
Dad and Mother took girls to S.S. M.E. went to Strand with Gene, Joanne and another boy. M.E. shampooed and pinned up my hair before she left. M.E. came home early – through some misunderstanding they failed to meet.
Monday, November 1, 1954
Mary Ellen and Linda Rae received a letter from Marian. Called Dr. Irvine re glasses, but not going for exam until weather moderates. First glasses in 1928, changed in 1938; practically unchanged in 1949. Worked on green corduroy jumper for L.R. (used to be M.E.’s). M.E. exchanged panties, and Ray got apron pattern and material in exchange for pattern Judy got as too small, and also got refund on M.E.’s skirt at Sears. L.R.’s last trip to Dr. Ratliff today.
Tuesday, November 2, 1954
Election Day. Called Dr. King and made appointments for L.R. at November 9 and November 12th. Bob came at and stayed until Mrs. Colburn and Carole here this eve. School and water bond issue passed or won. Lorene came out and brought her fur short coat, hose and snuggies for me to wear to Dr. Irvine’s office tomorrow. Altered green corduroy jumper for L.R. and shortened lining in her winter coat. Pat home tonight.
Wednesday, November 3, 1954
I went to Dr. Irvine at to have eyes tested – he will call when bifocals are ready. Had lunch at 5th and South Grand and got home at Ray got his pen from Coe’s. Bob here in aft., also Mother D. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Russ here for a little while in eve. – brought
Thursday, November 4, 1954
Ironed all clothes M.E. washed Saturday. Called Dr. Romence tonight re frequency of u. Pat not home tonight.
Friday, November 5, 1954
Bob here from Ray got my glasses – very nice. Linda went to State Library with Janet. Jagows here this eve. Served popcorn, beer and pop. Ray called Dr. Romence at about me – Dr. said there was pus in urine. Picked up two prescriptions at
Saturday, November 6, 1954
L.R. went to skating rink with Carole C. and Janet B. Baked a pumpkin pie. Judy sent 4 pieces of cake she made. Pat came home tonight. Called Cousin Willis to thank him for check and tell him I got my new glasses.
Sunday, November 7, 1954
Girls didn’t go to S.S. as I was having difficulties, but got along okay, so they could have gone. Mother D. is having Jim and family for dinner today. Girls wrote letters to Marian and Tom. Pat home tonight.
Monday, November 8, 1954
Bob here today. I baked 2 pumpkin pies and gave one to him. Mother D. here this aft. Ironed and worked on buttonholes on my pink plaid. Elsie phoned and read
Tuesday, November 9, 1954
Ray met L.R. at and took her to Dr. King to have braces put on back teeth (upper); also picked up red blouse and took blue jersey to be cleaned. Finished pink plaid. Judy stopped in and gave me cookbook, etc. she got at the cooking school at the Orpheum. She’s such a wonderful person!
Wednesday, November 10, 1954
Bob here this morning. Finished ironing. Worked on grey jersey blouse and black skirt (replaced brown leather with red gabardine). Mother D. here in aft. We went to Jagows this eve. and had a grand time.
Thursday, November 11, 1954
Armistice Day – now Veterans Day. Linda went to cooking school with Grandma D. and Jagows. M.E. preferred sleeping in. No school today. Finished grey and black jersey outfit this a.m.
Friday, November 12, 1954
Cut out plaid gingham with Mrs. Aderman’s pattern. Aunt Helen came this aft. and stayed for supper. Pat shot a rabbit in our backyard. L.R. got braces applied on four front teeth from by Dr. King. Received 2 more pair hose from Cat’s Paw – still have two more coming.
Saturday, November 13, 1954
Last 2 pr. hose came from Cat’s Paw Co. Worked on multi-color plaid dress. Linda went to see a show with Maureen (“The Adventures of Hajibaba”) as her birthday is November 15. L.R. gave her a white blouse. She went up to Dr. King’s office as wire was cutting inside cheek. Fried Pat’s rabbit at and had chicken in eve.
Sunday, November 14, 1954
Grandpa and Grandma took Pat and girls to S.S. Gave Judy pr. hose and birthday card as didn’t know hers was yesterday. Returned both dress patterns to Mrs. Aderman. Paid her $1.89 for 7 doz. eggs @ 27 cents ea. Elden Becker died at at
Monday, November 15, 1954
Mother D. washed our kitchen curtains and they fell apart so she had me order 2 pr. nylon ones from Sears for Ray’s and my Christmas gift. Bob here today. Ray has a bad cold.
Tuesday, November 16, 1954
Bob here on way to Beardstown to hunt. Ironed this a.m. and worked on plaid dress. Linda went to Dr. King’s– he put braces (appliances) on lower teeth and removed wire from back upper teeth. Pat cut off jagged ends of broken limbs and painted them on elm and maple trees in front. Ray supervised – his cold no better. Wrote
Wednesday, November 17, 1954
Linda took fudge she made last night to school – has to give report on it in English. Mother and Dad went to town and got 2 pr. nylon panties and 2 shirts for me to give Christmas. Ray took buttons back and got yd. blue organdy, red rickrack and blue thread at Sears. Elden Becker buried today. Called Mrs. Thomae to thank her for mums she sent on M.E.’s birthday. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here this eve.
Thursday, November 18, 1954
Aunt Ethel here this aft. She said we were having our Thanksgiving dinner tonight – baked chicken, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and chocolate cupcakes, rolls and coffee. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here in eve. – brought popcorn and we furnished pop. Minnie phoned to invite us for Thanksgiving dinner but declined as we were previously invited to Mother D.’s; also Ray works 4-12 that day.
Friday, November 19, 1954
Curtains for kitchen picked up by Mother and Dad at Sears, $9.09 (Ray’s and my Christmas gift from them). Beautiful. Bob here today. L.R. went to Dr. King at and had appliances put on lower teeth.
Saturday, November 20, 1954
Pressed new nylon kitchen curtains and Ray and girls put them up. M.E. went to concert at Lanphier and L.R. went to youth meeting at
Sunday, November 21, 1954
Ray, Pat, Mary Ellen and Linda went to S.S. and church. He took girls and Carole C. to Shrine Circus in aft. They came home on bus. Mrs. Jameson furnished the tickets. Ray started swing shift tonight.
Monday, November 22, 1954
Mother D. here this aft. – brought jar of home-canned apricots for pie for Thurs. Janet B. here for supper – worked on school project with L.R. afterwards. Ray went over to Burnett’s this eve. – Mr. Burnett lost his job a week ago.
Tuesday, November 23, 1954
Ray brought clothes from laundry on way home from work. Also got a haircut. He went to bean supper tonight. Received letter from
Wednesday, November 24, 1954
Finished first guest towel and started on second. Made pastry for pies for tomorrow. Jim and family are going to Connie’s tomorrow. Ray sang with quartet at church tonight. Brought chocolate ripple ice cream home. Carole and Mrs. Colburn here earlier in eve.
Thursday, November 25, 1954
Thanksgiving Day. Went to Mother D.’s for dinner. I made 2 pumpkin and 1 apricot pie and waldorf salad. Ray went to work at Didn’t eat much for supper as too full for utterance.
Friday, November 26, 1954
Embroidered second towel. Children home today. M.E. washed some clothes. I made mush to fry at (November 27th). Linda went over to Janet’s this aft. and Pat went with Wayne Chiti tonight.
Saturday, November 27, 1954
Cut out yellow print apron. Marian Gilroy came over for a few minutes this a.m. Pat didn’t come home last night. L.R. went to see “White Christmas” at Roxy tonight with Carole Colburn. Mrs. Colburn at a meeting across the street with Ruddel’s. Aunt Fannie died today.
Sunday, November 28, 1954
Ray and girls went to S.S. and church. Pat didn’t go as he had blisters on feet and couldn’t wear shoes. Wes called Bob and he called me re Aunt Fannie’s funeral Tues.
Monday, November 29, 1954
Wes and Alice down on bus at – stayed all night at Bob’s.
Tuesday, November 30, 1954
Ray sang a solo at church tonight. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller left at for
Wednesday, December 1, 1954
Ordered Christmas gifts from Sears and Alden’s today. Ray sang with quartet at church tonight.
Thursday, December 2, 1954
Ray didn’t work today – Major Bray took his shift – he’ll pay him back Saturday, Had all of us believing he quit.
Friday, December 3, 1954
Ray worked 4-12. Linda went to
Saturday, December 4, 1954
Linda went to Santa Parade and did some shopping later with Carole C.
Sunday, December 5, 1954
Ray and children went to S.S. and church. He and girls helped me make 4 batches of peanut brittle. Gus phoned at that Carol Sutton called – Charles had another heart attack and is in hospital. Frances and Velma Jordan here for a few minutes in aft. They had just come from dedication services at South Side Church of Christ.
Monday, December 6, 1954
Ray picked up packages at Sears and Alden’s. Ray and M.E. went to Orpheum to see “White Christmas.” Linda and I made caramels. Gus came over to bring money for eggs Elsie bought. Linda and I worked on packages for Wes, Warren, Ken, Alan, and Carol S.
Tuesday, December 7, 1954
Bob here in a.m. and Aunt Ethel in aft. Uncle Rob recommended Bernard Burnett for extra mail carrier. Got 6 doz. eggs from Judy. She came over to look at sweaters and brought 2-yr. pattern for dress for Karen and 2 of Rita’s dresses to go by. Girls stayed with Carol Sue and Rita while Elmer and Judy went to Roland’s Christmas Party – gave each $1.50. Ray and I got packages ready for mailing gifts to
Wednesday, December 8, 1954
Pat worked at Walgreen’s today. Ordered panties and compact from Sears for Mother D. to give M.E.; 3 pr. socks for Ray, house slippers for L.R. Ray went to choir rehearsal tonight. Bob here. Mother took M.E.’s sweaters back and reordered turtleneck one (from Aunt Helen). Ray mailed all out-of-town packages today.
Thursday, December 9, 1954
Pat started full-time at Walgreen’s today.
Friday, December 10, 1954
L.R. went to S.S. class Christmas party with Mary Jo Releford. Lorene was out and brought blouse, housecoat for L.R., and female urinal for me. L.R. went to basketball game with Carole C. and Kay Smith at
Saturday, December 11, 1954
Dad and Mother took Linda to town to get cigarette stand at Green Trading Stamps Store. She went back in aft. with Ray to look for black suede pumps but didn’t find any. Jagows here in eve. – served root beer floats, beer and mixed drinks. Gave L.R.’s housecoat (Aunt Helen) to Carol Jagow.
Sunday, December 12, 1954
Children didn’t go to S.S. Ray went to church. Mary Ellen shampooed and set my hair. I baked a pineapple upside down cake and girls and I made another batch of caramels.
Monday, December 13, 1954
Wrapped caramels this a.m. Bob here. Made another pineapple upside down cake. L.R. and M.E. went Christmas shopping after school. I worked on Karen’s dress.
Tuesday, December 14, 1954
S.S. class had Christmas party at Esther Farris’ tonight but I didn’t go. Bob here in aft.
Wednesday, December 15, 1954
Aunt Ethel here in aft. Addressed and mailed all out of town Christmas cards. Merle Perkington turned out to be my secret pal. She came this aft. and brought me a darling
Thursday, December 16, 1954
Baked cake in a.m. Lengthened L.R.’s gold print dress in aft. Finished Karen’s dress tonight. L.R. got pair of black suede slippers at Roland’s tonight, $5.99. I had Pat get her a pair of nylons at Walgreen’s, 75 cents. Bob picked up 4 loaves of bread and coffee cake that Judy baked, $1.45.
Friday, December 17, 1954
Ironed clothes that M.E. washed Saturday and pressed my 2 new dresses and Karen’s dress. Worked on blue organdy apron. L.R. went to party at Abraham Lincoln Hotel with Mrs. Colburn and Carole.
Saturday, December 18, 1954
Girls went to town to do some Christmas shopping. Bernard Burnett started carrying mail this a.m. – Mrs. Burnett called to thank me for helping him to get the job. Received box of pears from
Sunday, December 19, 1954
Ray and girls went to S.S. and church. They helped me with batch of caramels and date nut bread I baked for Cousin Willis. Ray mailed local Christmas cards today. He set up tree and girls trimmed it in aft.
Monday, December 20, 1954
M.E. and L.R. shopped after school. Ray starts shift tonight. He has a cold.
Tuesday, December 21, 1954
Lorene called and asked if she and Cousin Willis should come tonight or tomorrow night. I asked her to come tomorrow night as I didn’t have Mrs. Hanson’s apron finished. Bob was here in aft. Ken sent a lovely basket of fruit for “Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, All of Pearce-Cantrall Family.”
Wednesday, December 22, 1954
Aunt Ethel here in aft; also Mother D. Bob, Cousin Willis and Lorene here in eve. He gave me a $1,000 check and Lorene gave me a subscription to “Reader’s Digest” and apples for the children.
Thursday, December 23, 1954
Small box came from Wes today. Looks like it might be plum pudding or fruit cake. Mother D. brought gifts this aft. and put them under the tree. Ray took gifts out to Jim – Mother went along.
Friday, December 24, 1954
School Christmas vacation starts today. Elsie, Gus and Russ here in a.m. – brought gifts and tray of cookies, candy and small cake. Mrs. Colburn and Carole came at and brought gifts for M.E., L.R. and Pat and a tray of cookies and candy. Judy sent tray of cookies and candy. Berdine, Cecil and Maureen came in eve. and brought Linda’s gift. I baked 2 mince pies and made quart of cranberry sauce.
Saturday, December 25, 1954
Mother and Dad came at – Ray got home at . After we opened gifts, they went home and came back about Had dinner at Pat worked until then. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller came in eve. Roberta Kenyon brought African violet in aft. – I gave her a box of caramels.
Sunday, December 26, 1954
Ray and children didn’t go to S.S. or church. Pat went to work at L.R. went to show with Janet B. Ray got clock from Fred. Elmer brought a chicken that Mrs. Aderman sent. Judy and girls stayed at Mrs. A’s until later in week. He also brought 15 doz. eggs @ 30 cents doz.
Monday, December 27, 1954
Bob here this a.m. Ray took girls to town and went to Senate to see “
Tuesday, December 28, 1954
L.R. and Carole went to town with Elmer to get loafers. Linda’s too small so went back on bus with Carole to exchange them and go to a show. M.E. and I made a batch of caramels. New spring & summer catalog came from Alden’s.
Wednesday, December 29, 1954
L.R. went to Dr. King at Wrapped caramels. Mother and Gus came for eggs. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here in aft. and eve. I ordered red taffeta dress from Alden’s for L.R. Received sale catalogs from Spiegel’s and Sears today; also first copy of Reader’s Digest from Lorene. Carole and Mrs. Colburn here in aft. and again in eve. I used new iron – wonderful!
Thursday, December 30, 1954
Finished ironing and wrapping caramels. Bob here around to pick up eggs. Received sales catalog from M-W. Sent box of caramels to Mrs. Aderman. Gus called and said she’d have New Year’s Eve party here tomorrow night as weather too bad to go there as first planned.
Friday, December 31, 1954
Ray went to get hair cut as soon as breakfast was over. Gus, Russ, Otto, Elsie, Dorothy and Melville Crowl here tonight. Gus served chili burgers, pickled onions, and cookies, and we furnished pickles, coffee, and candy. Played Bacarack and I made 6 cents.