Berniece Pearce Diary - 1955
Saturday, January 1, 1955
Ann Colburn and Carole here at 11:15 a.m. to see Rose Bowl Parade on T-V. Jagows here in eve. Brought beer, potato chips, corn curls & peanuts. We furnished candy, cherry pudding with whipped cream, coffee, pop and mixed drinks.
Sunday, January 2, 1955
Bob here in a.m. Ray took girls to S.S. Willsons here in aft. – Doris, her girl friend and L.R. went skating.
Monday, January 3, 1955
M.E. went over to Colburn’s to get help on bookkeeping. I mended a sheet, washed sweater and gloves for L.R. “Roto-Rooter” man here at noon to clean out sewer, $1.50. Received letters from Ann and Virginia Sutton.
Tuesday, January 4, 1955
Rain – Bob here in aft. – bought a new Chevrolet. Ray’s mother here, too. Ray went to town for his check, picked up L.R. and had her pay Roland’s and Westenberger’s. I ironed clothes that M.E. washed Saturday.
Wednesday, January 5, 1955
Rain – Ray took clothes to laundromat in a.m. and got them at 5 p.m. Bob here in new car. Alden’s cancelled order for L.R.’s dress. Received letter from Alice. Bus drivers went on strike at midnight tonight.
Thursday, January 6, 1955
Ordered red dress from Roland’s for Linda – Elmer Jagow brought it home for me – Beautiful! And Linda Rae loves it. Dad took M.E. to school. Mrs. Bartram took L.R. to Lutheran School to basketball game and Mrs. Smith brought her home. Ray had Roto-Rooter man here again today; also Johnston, the plumber, about stopped up sewer.
Friday, January 7, 1955
L.R. took $10.00 to Mr. Jagow to pay on account at Roland’s. I shortened her new red dress. Mrs. Bartram took L.R. to school. Dad took M.E. to school and Pat to work. Ray brought both girls home. Got Sears spring & summer catalog today.
Saturday, January 8, 1955
“Jocko”, Water Dept. employee, brought out air hammer this a.m. and broke up cement floor in bathroom. Mrs. Crouse, sister of Mrs. Burnett, died at 10:30 a.m. Ray had plumber, Mr. Johnston, look at sewer. L.R. went to town with Ray between 4 & 5 p.m. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here – gave L.R. $2.50 for cap Marian sent her. Aunt Helen is going to hospital tomorrow for a checkup.
Sunday, January 9, 1955
Ray stayed home today and worked on sewer. Elmer Jagow helped him dig in aft. Gus came in aft. to collect for Mrs. Crouse’s flowers. Mr. Beeler and Russ here in eve. to look at mass of roots in sewer. L.R. went to Decatur at 3 p.m. with the Colburns. Saw a show there and got supper on road home. Girls wrote to Marian.
Monday, January 10, 1955
Ray took girls to and from school and Pat to work. L.R. got a clutch bag at Lober’s. Ray worked on sewer. Mr. Johnston out to look at it.
Tuesday, January 11, 1955
Mr. Johnston worked on sewer today. Received picture and note from Warren. Dad and Mother here in aft. Mrs. Burnett’s sister buried this aft. Received note from Natalie Beam with stamps for birthday cards for I.H.N. class members. Mrs. Bartram took L.R. and Janet to school and Ray brought them home. Grandpa took M.E. to school. L.R. exchanged clutch bag at Lober’s and got smaller size, and 2 pr. seamless nylon hose.
Wednesday, January 12, 1955
Bob and Dad here in a.m. Mr. Gorman [school teacher or principal] called for Ray to come after Linda as she was feeling dizzy and sort of sick. Room was too warm – felt all right outside, so Ray took her back. She went to Dr. King after school and paid him $25.00.
Thursday, January 13, 1955
Judy here in aft. to show chair slipcover she made for her mother. Bartrams took L.R. to school; Grandpa took M.E.; Ray brought them home. Elmer and girls here this eve. to see bathroom floor. Ray fixed the concrete. I started embroidering another linen guest towel.
Friday, January 14, 1955
Grandpa took M.E. to school and Pat to work in a.m. Bob and Mother D. here this aft. L.R. went to basketball game at Hay-Edwards School. Mrs. Smith brought them home. Ray fixed tile on bathroom floor. Received Spiegel’s spring & summer catalog. Colburns came tonight.
Saturday, January 15, 1955
Received card and 3 hot plate mats from my secret pal this morning. Ray installed stool in bathroom this morning. Jim here in aft. to pick up tape to clean out his toilet. Grandpa took Pat to work. Pat started rooming at 820 S. 5th tonight. Jagows and Ayers here tonight to see “Naughty Marietta” on T-V. Gus brought popcorn and 6 bottles of Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer.
Sunday, January 16, 1955
Ray went to church but girls stayed home as I took prunes last night. He started evening shift this aft. Pat came tonight to get chest of drawers and more clothes.
Monday, January 17, 1955
Ray took girls to school. Mother and Dad brought them home as bus strike is still on. Jim brought City’s sewer tape back this a.m. and stayed for lunch. L.R. went to basketball game at Palmer School with the Smiths. Aunt Helen came home from hospital today. Had a checkup and she’s all okay. Bought 6 doz. eggs from Judy @ 30 cents doz.
Tuesday, January 18, 1955
Ray took girls to school – Mother and Dad brought them home. Ironed this a.m. Started to snow this aft. Mrs. Ingersoll, M.E.’s sewing teacher, came in for a few minutes. She took M.E. to Lanphier – had to model red blouse – also brought her home.
Wednesday, January 19, 1955
Ray took girls to town and stopped to pay bills. I finished ironing. Mrs. Smith called re dancing classes to start Friday.
Thursday, January 20, 1955
Ray took and brought girls home from school. Linda went to basketball game at Armory with Bartrams tonight. Colburns here tonight. Mother D. and Judy here in aft.
Friday, January 21, 1955
Ray took girls to school and got haircut. Judy and Rita here for lunch. I fixed fresh-fried potatoes, hamburger sandwiches, pickles, pop, and coffee, and Judy brought apricot upside down cake and lemon sauce. Ray went after L.R. Smiths took her to dancing class on Iles Ave. – 8 lessons @ 50 cents ea. Ray took them to Feitshans H.S. – Trippels brought them home. Carole C. here for supper. Mrs. Colburn had to attend a meeting downtown. Got M-W catalog this aft. Worked on income tax.
Saturday, January 22, 1955
M.E. washed clothes. I baked a caramel nut bread. L.R. went to Roxy tonight with Carole C. and then to YWCA where Mrs. Colburn was attending a meeting. Ruddels took them and brought them home.
Sunday, January 23, 1955
Ray took girls to S.S. Dad and Mother brought them home. He stayed for church. He took girls to Esquire in aft. to see “Dragnet” and brought them home before going to work. Called Minnie this a.m. and invited them to supper Thursday night.
Monday, January 24 — Ray took girls to school and Dad brought them home. L.R. put in above-average class. She went to basketball game at Feitshans H.S. this eve. with Smiths and Carole C. Russ came over for a little while this eve.
Tuesday, January 25, 1955
Ray took girls to school and filed income tax returns before coming home. Dad and Mother brought girls home. Ironed today. Ray changed filter in furnace. Phoned Berdine – working at Jefferson’s again from 11-2 p.m. Bob came out this eve. to get his topcoat.
Wednesday, January 26, 1955
Ray took girls to school and Mother and Dad brought them home. Made pastry this a.m. Colburns and Jagows here this eve.
Thursday, January 27, 1955
Ray took girls to school and brought them home. Doc and Minnie here for dinner – brought 2 lb. can Folger’s and ½ pt. coffee cream. Bus strike ended – buses to start running again tomorrow.
Friday, January 28, 1955
Ray took girls to school this a.m. Buses are operating again starting this a.m. L.R. and M.E. came home on bus. L.R. took dancing lesson after school. Jagows here this eve.
Saturday, January 29, 1955
Bob here this a.m. M.E. washed clothes and L.R. cleaned house. She went to show tonight with Carole C. M.E. has a cold. After show, Carole and L.R. went to Leland Hotel where Mrs. Colburn’s club was having a dinner-dance. Home at 1:15 a.m.
Sunday, January 30, 1955
Ray went to S.S. and church. Girls didn’t go as they are coming down with colds. Aunt Helen here in eve. Elsie and Russ came to bring pictures of Lynn. M.E. got Mrs. Colburn to help her with bookkeeping and she came home with her. Carole C. already here. M.E. shampooed and pinned up my hair in aft.
Monday, January 31, 1955
Ray took L.R. to West Grand School and she rode bus to Central. He went on to Jim’s to help him thaw water pipes. Milkman brought quart of ice cream I ordered.
Tuesday, February 1, 1955
Freezing rain in aft. and eve. Ray brought Linda home from West Grand. I cut Mary Ellen’s hair. Finished embroidering towel. Have 3 more to do.
Wednesday, February 2, 1955
Icy this a.m. but a lot of it melted during afternoon. L.R. went to Dr. King after school.
Thursday, February 3, 1955
Aunt Ethel and Mother D. here in aft. Ray went to town to get check and pay bills. Colburns here tonight. Pat came from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Ray went to see Melvin Hurley at Vancil’s but not ready to view.
Friday, February 4, 1955
Bob here this aft. L.R. took dancing lesson after school. Judy here this a.m. Brought white tablecloth with blue border and 2 pr. anklets she washed ironed – had coffee and rolls.
Saturday, February 5, 1955
M.E. and L.R. went to town in aft. with Ray. He went to Melvin Hurley’s funeral. Girls got Gus an adjustable strand of pink pearls for her birthday. She was here this aft. for a couple hours. Ordered sun dress pattern material for L.R. and cobbler apron material for my secret pal (Merle Perkington) from Alden’s.
Sunday, February 6, 1955
Ray took girls to S.S. and he stayed for church. Mother and Dad brought girls home from S.S. L.R. went to show with Janet and the youth meeting at First Methodist Church and then to Janet’s grandmother’s on New St. M.E. went to Esquire with Roberta Kenyon. Watts sent cough syrup for my cough and Vicks this aft. Kay Smith phoned.
Monday, February 7, 1955
Ray took old wheelchair to Scherf’s for welding. Bob here this a.m. to pick up box of clothes for Jane as he was driving up to Rock Island. Margaret Baker and her mother were here this eve. Aunt Helen called to say she and Mr. Diller are going to New Orleans Thursday. Also that Doc and Minnie are leaving on that day, too, for Cuba.
Tuesday, February 8, 1955
Ray got wheelchair back from Scherf Boiler Co., $4.50. Mother D. and Bob here this aft. He was on way home from Wes’. Wes & Alice were in Chicago to see about buying a boat, but Bob saw the children. Cousin Willis, Lorene, etc. were coming but called back five minutes later to cancel. L.R. home today on account of cold, headache and sore throat. Melfrances Underwood called about birthday cards for I.H.N. class members.
Wednesday, February 9, 1955
L.R. went to school but still has quite a bit of cold. Ray picked up valentine material for cobbler apron for Merle P. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight. They and Hughes, Jr. are driving to New Orleans Friday. Alden’s sent material for bolero but pattern and sun dress material are still to come. Adermans came up as Carol Sue’s birthday.
Thursday, February 10, 1955
Bought 20 doz. eggs @ 38 cents doz. from Adermans. Bob took 3 doz.; Mother D., 3 doz.; Bud, 5 doz.; and we’ll keep 11 doz. Linda didn’t go to school today on account of bad weather. Bob here this afternoon. M.E. got nylon hose for L.R. and red bias tape for valentine apron. Made fudge this eve. Judy gave Ray some of Carol’s birthday cake. Gus and Russ got RCA television set today.
Friday, February 11, 1955
L.R. didn’t go to school until noon. Ray took her. Mrs. Smith picked her and others up at West Grand and took them to dancing lesson and then home. Ray took L.R., Janet and Carole to valentine party at school and brought them home. Worked on valentine apron for secret pal. Ray took wheelchair seat over to Burnett’s to saw.
Saturday, February 12, 1955
Mother and Dad here this a.m. to pick up eggs. Linda Rae stayed in bed all day on account of cold. Finished valentine apron for Merle P., pressed and got ready to mail – Russ will drop it in box tomorrow. Gus phoned – going to Memorial Hospital for observation. Ray’s last eve. shift.
Sunday, February 13, 1955
Ray started day shift. Girls didn’t go to S.S. today on account of colds. Gus went to hospital today. Elmer got some valentine candy for cupcakes and brought 4 slices of angel food cake when he brought candy over. Ray went over there this eve. to pay 40 cents for it.
Monday, February 14, 1955
Linda Rae didn’t go to school today. Ordered her a pair of stadium boots from Barker’s – Elmer Jagow brought them home after work. Bob here this a.m. L.R. and I made valentine cupcakes. Gave 6 to Jagows.
Tuesday, February 15, 1955
Bob here this a.m. Ray took boots back and got size 8 (9 was too large). I ironed clothes that M.E. washed Saturday. Gus came home today – Dr. couldn’t find anything wrong. Hunter received 14 votes less than Darling who was first [City Commissioner election]. Gave Mother D. 5 valentine cupcakes.
Wednesday, February 16, 1955
Ray paid $4.00 for a pad on wheelchair from Willis Myers. I covered it last night with material worth $1.00. He went to choir rehearsal. Ayers got T-V antenna today. Ray took clothes to laundromat.
Thursday, February 17, 1955
Bob here this a.m. Judy came for a few minutes as Ray couldn’t get me on phone – out of order. Aunt Ethel and Mother D. here in aft. Commode wheelchair works fine! Linda went to chili supper as Carole Colburn’s guest. Mother D. brought candied popcorn.
Friday, February 18, 1955
Bob here this a.m. and early p.m. L.R. took dancing lesson. M.E. went to Joanne’s for supper and a show. Lorene and Mrs. Hanson here this eve. – brought jelly, old hose, pr. bed socks, fur tails for girls’ ties. Started raining at 9:45 p.m.
Saturday, February 19, 1955
Linda Rae went to town this aft. to pay for sun dress pattern at Alden’s; also bought notebook, index cards, and salted nuts. Received letter from Alice.
Sunday, February 20, 1955
Dad and Mother took girls to S.S. M.E. gave herself a Bobbi Pincurl Permanent. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here in eve. Ray went out to Jim’s as they were having trouble.
Monday, February 21, 1955
Bob here this a.m. Ironed clothes from laundromat and those M.E. washed Sat. M.E. picked up sun dress material at Alden’s and left pair of scissors at Cadigan & White to be sharpened. Ray went to pension meeting at City Hall tonight.
Tuesday, February 22, 1955
Pat out today. Bob started painting and varnishing, etc. at Mother D.’s this a.m. Baked an apple pie and Mrs. Burnett brought a cherry pie and 2 handkerchiefs from Bernard in appreciation for helping to get extra mail-carrying before Christmas. Jagows were here this eve. – brought popcorn and pop and we furnished pie and coffee. House next to VonBehren’s sold – bought by Robleyn Henninger who is building a new home to be completed in 3 mos.
Wednesday, February 23, 1955
Linda Rae went to Dr. King after school. Ray took car to have brakes fixed. John Hammond [Caryl’s brother-in-law] here for a few minutes this eve. Ray went to choir rehearsal tonight.
Thursday, February 24, 1955
Bob picked up 2 doz eggs @ 38 cents doz. M.E. picked up sharpened scissors at Cadigan’s - 35 cents. Gus here at suppertime. Said Henninger paid $2,500 for property across the street. She asked me to accept a package from her Avon lady – left $2.50 for same.
Friday, February 25, 1955
Aunt Ethel here this aft. Linda took dancing lesson this eve. Lorene out at 7:30 p.m. for a few minutes – brought half a jar of olives they couldn’t use and a case fork. Buds are beginning to swell on trees.
Saturday, February 26, 1955
Sent over a pineapple upside down cake to Mrs. Burnett this a.m. Linda Rae went to see Gene Autry at Armory with Kay Smith.
Sunday, February 27, 1955
Dad and Mother took L.R. and M.E. to S.S. M.E. gave me a perm. in neck hair and 3 or 4 pin curls on left side. Bob here around noon. We were going to have baked chicken Ray got from Kelly Bros. but it was spoiled. Judy sold me a rump roast for $2.00 which we had instead.
Monday, February 28, 1955
Aunt Helen left for New Orleans this a.m. Received card from Doc and Minnie from Cuba. Made a skirt from aqua rayon linen dress I bought for 25 cents from Mrs. Burnett’s rummage sale. Ray took back spoiled chicken at Kelly Bros. and got 2 nice big slices of ham instead. Elmer here from 9-10 p.m. to watch boxing on T-V.
Tuesday, March 1, 1955
Bob here this aft. I ironed clothes M.E. washed Sat. Russell here tonight to ask Ray to attend meeting at Village Hall tomorrow night.
Wednesday, March 2, 1955
Ray went to see Harry Willson this aft. – has slipped disc. Bob here for a few minutes in aft. Ray went to choir rehearsal and later to Village Hall meeting. Colburns here tonight. Called Alden’s re failure to receive sun dress pattern.
Thursday, March 3, 1955
Auth Ethel here in aft. Mrs. Taylor called to say Dillers arrived safely in New Orleans. Pattern for L.R.’s sun dress came in mail. Doc and Minnie stopped by at 5 p.m. and left 20 lb. bag of grapefruit, jar of honey, and 3 jars of marmalade, jam & jelly. Carole C. here this evening while her mother attended a meeting. Brought us 4 pieces of pie.
Friday, March 4, 1955
Judy came over to pass judgment on bolero material that didn’t match dress material. Gave her 2 grapefruit, dishcloth and orange honey jar. Called Alden’s and was told to send material back and they will reorder . L.R. took dance lesson after school. Mr. Burnett returned our plate with cookies that Ethel baked.
Saturday, March 5, 1955
Linda Rae went to town to return bolero material at Alden’s and get a zipper, besides shopping for herself. Mother D. here – gave her 2 grapefruit. Lorene phoned tonight. Spauldings went on to California. Cut out purple and violet sun dress for L.R.
Sunday, March 6, 1955
Dad and Mother took girls to S.S. Marian Gilroy here at noon – gave $1.00 to each girl. Linda went to show in aft. with Janet. Ray went to church tonight.
Monday, March 7, 1955
Worked on purple and lilac sun dress. Vivian Windsor and Wilma MacDonald called on me this aft. – brought birthday cards for I.H.N. class members. Received card from Aunt Helen from Mississippi.
Tuesday, March 8, 1955
Ironed clothes M.E. washed Sat. Ray and Elmer went to bean supper. Judy and girls came over; also Lorene and her mother. Lorene brought letter and folders from Cousin Willis, also a geranium plant and roses from Cousin Mary. Mother D. here this a.m. – brought bowl of cranberry sauce. Got bolero material from Alden’s.
Wednesday, March 9, 1955
Ray waxed floors in girls’ bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. He went to choir rehearsal tonight. Cousins Willis & Mary home from Oklahoma City, Arizona and California.
Thursday, March 10, 1955
80 degrees today – broke previous high of 71.2 in 1894. Bob came this aft., then Aunt Ethel and Mother D. Had Judy come to see shawl which belonged to my great grandmother Maxson. Mother said Pat was discharged from Walgreen’s about a week ago as he came late to work too often. Bus fare increase went into effect today – 17 cents, adults, and 10 cents children 6-18. Mrs. Taylor phoned that Aunt Helen is on her way home. Judy gave us pudding for supper tonight. Colburns here tonight.
Friday, March 11, 1955
Ordered skirt and blouse material from M-W for M.E. and L.R. Katherine Gathard phoned. Carol Sutton married at 7:30 p.m. today – husband is Bruce Karnes.
Saturday, March 12, 1955
L.R. went to town – got skirt pattern. Mrs. Colburn asked her to go to a movie with Carole in aft. J. Lazar, wife and son here tonight.
Sunday, March 13, 1955
Ray took girls to S.S. and Mother and Dad brought them home. He stayed for church. Ray took girls and I for a drive around lake (first time I’ve been out since Thanksgiving). Ray started swing shift tonight. Aunt Helen, Mr. Diller and Hughes got home tonight from Mississippi.
Monday, March 14, 1955
Ray went to Dr. Andreasen this aft. Bob here this eve. I ironed clothes that M.E. washed Saturday. Dad here for ½ hr. this aft. Friend of Margaret Baker who lives south of us called for a few minutes re Red Cross Drive.
Tuesday, March 15, 1955
Cut out blouse for L.R. from my old blue and white check dress. Bob here in aft. Judy asked to let Carol Sue stay until 6:45 p.m. as she wanted to help her mother-in-law select a spring hat.
Wednesday, March 16, 1955
Phoned Elsie – she told me about Carol’s wedding. Aunt Ethel here in aft. Uncle Rob picked up material for M.E.’s and L.R.’s skirts and M.E.’s blouse. L.R. went to Dr. King’s office. Mother D. here this aft. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight. Ray went to choir rehearsal.
Thursday, March 17, 1955
St. Patrick’s Day. Ray went out to Russell’s Pizza Drive-In to get my free pizza pie but they’re closed on Thursdays. Mr. Burnett gave us some winter onions but too strong – gave them to Mother D. Helped L.R. cut out her skirt. Colburns here tonight. Gus here in aft. to get cheese bread left by bakery man. Light snow tonight.
Friday, March 18, 1955
Made M.E.’s striped skirt. Bob here this aft. L.R. took last dancing lesson tonight. Ray helped Elmer cut down tree in his front yard – used City’s elec. saw. Elmer here for a few minutes to tell about hold-up man at Williams State. Shot Mr. Williams and took $50.00 at 8:50 p.m.
Saturday, March 19, 1955
Worked buttonhole and sewed button on M.E.’s new skirt – all done! Beautiful! Ray took L.R. to Kay Smith’s and M.E. to town. M.E. lost package containing Sutton Stick, zipper, red thread and face powder. Went to Ayers’ for eve. – saw their new T-V – very nice. She served Frosty Root Beer, coffee, applesauce cake and vanilla ice cream.
Sunday, March 20, 1955
Ray took girls to S.S. and he stayed for church. Mother & Dad brought them home. Ray worked on Hunter’s election cards in aft. He went to work at midnight tonight.
Monday, March 21, 1955
I ironed clothes M.E. washed Saturday. Elmer here from 9-10:30 p.m. to see boxing on T-V. L.R. and I put zipper in her skirt and she pressed it and put on waistband. M.E. got duplicate Sutton Stick, zipper and red thread at Westenberger’s to replace those lost Saturday.
Tuesday, March 22, 1955
Blizzard last night and today. Almost 3 inches of snow fell. L.R. went on bus this a.m. with Carole and Mrs. Colburn. Received a lovely Easter card from Cousin Willis. M.E. got blouse pattern from Spiegel’s after school.
Wednesday, March 23, 1955
Most of the snow melted today. Worked on M.E.’s pink blouse. Ray picked up pizza pie at Russell’s Pizza Drive-In – very good. L.R. went to First Methodist Church with Carole C. tonight to a supper. Bob here today. Ray went to choir rehearsal tonight.
Thursday, March 24, 1955
Aunt Helen was married a year ago today – had the family over for a little party but I couldn’t go as Ray had to work. Sewed on M.E.’s pink blouse. Judy came over for a few minutes to see it and M.E.’s and L.R.’s skirts. Henninger had concrete footings poured today. M.E. got cologne at Roland’s tonight for L.R. to give Janet for her birthday tomorrow. Pat came home tonight.
Friday, March 25, 1955
No school as Teachers’ Institute. Worked on M.E.’s blouse. L.R. went to Janet’s for a slumber party – tomorrow is her birthday. Ray took laundry to laundromat.
Saturday, March 26, 1955
Received income tax refund, $129.79, this noon. L.R. got home from party at 3:30 p.m. Ray picked her up on way home from town. Mother D. here in aft. M.E. stayed with Carole while Mrs. Colburn attended a U.C.T. meeting. Finished M.E.’s blouse. Pat didn’t come home tonight.
Sunday, March 27, 1955
No one went to S.S. or church today as Ray wasn’t feeling so good and girls were tired. L.R. went to Esquire with Kay Smith. Ray went to church in eve. Pat home tonight.
Monday, March 28, 1955
I ironed clothes M.E. washed Saturday and those from laundromat. Ray paid 1953 taxes. Bob here in a.m. Russell here tonight; also Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller. She brought cake and candy from their wedding anniversary party last Thursday – very delicious.
Tuesday, March 29, 1955
Snow is almost gone today. Aunt Ethel here in aft. Cousin Willis and Lorene here in eve. Elmer, Judy and girls were coming but his sister came, so girls just here from 7-8 to see circus on T-V.
Wednesday, March 30, 1955
Judy and Rita were here to apologize about not coming last night and stayed to see Tennessee Ernie. I phoned in aft. and got her a free pizza pie. Ray went to choir rehearsal. I ordered a “can-can” petticoat for M.E. and cinch belt for L.R. from M-W this aft. Lorene came with 2 winter coats, 2 blouses, 3 shorts, sweater, dishes, halters for girls, 2 skirts, and a sweater for Pat, $6.10.
Thursday, March 31, 1955
Mother D. here in aft. She received her income tax refund today. I put deeper hem in tan and gold skirt Lorene brought. Ray took the 2 coats to the cleaners.
Friday, April 1, 1955
Linda Rae didn’t go to school today on account of a cold and had ear ache last night. Bob here in aft. Judy brought material and pattern for Carole C.’s dress she’s going to make. I gave her bra I got from Lorene that girls didn’t want. Finished hem in tan and gold skirt.
Saturday, April 2, 1955
M.E. shampooed my hair. Ray and Pat raked our yard. Linda Rae didn’t go to dance at Village Hall as too full of congestion. Pat received his income tax refund, $55 – gave Ray $20.
Sunday, April 3, 1955
Ray, Pat and M.E. went to S.S. Pat stayed for church but M.E. came home after S.S. with Mother and Dad. Aunt Helen came in late aft. and stayed for supper. Ray went to church in eve., also Pat on account of special Easter music. Bob here in a.m.
Monday, April 4, 1955
Linda Rae didn’t go to school today. Gave Mother D. a permanent. Bob here in aft. Mother D. gave girls and I some remnants she got at Alexander’s. Cut out blouse for L.R. from one piece. M.E. got pair of patent leather slippers from Luer’s – Aunt Helen gave them to her, $8.11.
Tuesday, April 5, 1955
Election Day – Hunter defeated. Aunt Ethel here in aft. – Uncle Rob bought a 1951 Buick. Elmer came over to watch T-V. Ray went down to election headquarters early evening. Mrs. Bartram brought dresses from Herndon’s – I took one for M.E. but other too large for L.R. She’s still home today on account of her cold.
Wednesday, April 6, 1955
L.R. went back to school today. I worked on her blouse. Pat got me a “drumstick” at Peacher’s. Mrs. Bartram sent dress for L.R. from Herndon’s but not suitable. L.R. went to Dr. King today.
Thursday, April 7, 1955
Received letter from Polly Carswell. Ray took car to Buick company to have windshield wiper repaired that Tiny’s helper broke. Ordered aqua blouse and skirt material from M-W for L.R. Aunt Helen is giving her that and sun dress to M.E. Judy went to her hometown [Altamont] to get teeth extracted and fitted for dentures – will be gone for 10 days. Pat not home tonight.
Friday, April 8, 1955
L.R. went to town with Janet this a.m. Stores closed noon until 3 p.m. on account of “Good Friday.” Got Linda white pumps from Roland’s – Elmer brought them tonight, but too narrow. Pat home tonight. L.R. finished her skirt and I finished her blouse.
Saturday, April 9, 1955
Mother came in aft. and brought us a 2 lb. box of Martha Washington candy. Jim and Caryl sent me an Easter lily and L.R. and M.E. 1 lb. box of mixed chocolates. Also received angel food cake from Mrs. Colburn, card from Mother and Dad and one from Katherine Gathard. M.E. and L.R. went to town in aft. Gus and Russ drove to Chicago.
Sunday, April 10, 1955
Easter. Ray and children went to S.S. and church. We had roast turkey (Tom, @ 39 cents lb.), mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, fresh asparagus, angel food cake and coffee. Frances and Velma Jordan were here in aft. Ray went to church in eve. Bob here in a.m.
Monday, April 11, 1955
Oliver is new Commissioner of Public Property. Mayor and Commissioners sworn in at 2 p.m. Ray got blue permanent pleated material from M-W this aft. Colburns here today. Gus and Russ got home this eve. Worked on Linda’s blue pleated skirt.
Tuesday, April 12, 1955
Finished Linda’s blue skirt and cut out dress for Karen. Aunt Ethel here this aft.
Wednesday, April 13, 1955
Mr. Oliver [new Commissioner] is retaining S.T. Anderson and L. Hagel. “Deke” DeCamera turned in his resignation. Worked on Karen’s dress. Mother D. here in aft. Ray went over to see Elmer after supper. Judy is still in Altamont – had all teeth extracted.
Thursday, April 14, 1955
Rain - .54" at lake last 24 hrs. Ray took L.R. to school after he came home from work. L.R. in program at Central School tonight. She went with Smiths and came home with Ray. He sang in male quartet at church, left early and then attended open house at Central School.
Friday, April 15, 1955
Aunt Ethel phoned that John McKinnie found dead in bed at 6 a.m. by Uncle Rob. Carole C. stayed here this eve. while Mrs. Colburn attended a missionary meeting at First Methodist Church. Cousin Willis called. Cut out L.R.’s aqua blouse.
Saturday, April 16, 1955
L.R. went to see “A Man Called Peter” at Lincoln Theater with Kay Smith this aft. Almost finished Linda’s blouse. Ray went out to John Lazar’s and got home at 11:45 p.m. Pat pushed me in wheelchair around border. Narcissus and violets in full bloom; iris and peonies quite high; apple tree in blossom; leaves on maple tree out; elms starting to leaf.
Sunday, April 17, 1955
Ray and Pat went to S.S. and church. Girls just S.S. and grandparents brought them home. Ray, girls and I went for a ride to Chatham, around lake, and downtown. Got sundaes at Dairy Queen. Lorene and Mrs. Hanson stopped in for a minute while we were gone – left navy blue jumper, old hose, brown sweater and magazine. Elmer and Carol Sue here in eve. Ray went to Doc’s in p.m. to start mower, but no good.
Monday, April 18, 1955
Elsie, Shirley and Ruth Sutton here this a.m. I hoed some of east border. Bleeding heart in bloom. Ray transplanted honeysuckle to east fence and set out bush Elmer brought back from Aderman’s; also cut grass in front yard for first time this year. Got eggs from Elmer @ 30 cents doz.
Tuesday, April 19, 1955
Ray went to City Hall to get check. Mother here in aft. Mrs. Colburn here in eve. She gave me two suit boxes for storing girls’ winter clothes. Freezing weather earlier in spring ruined chances of forsythia blooming this spring and damaged lilac buds, too.
Wednesday, April 20, 1955
Ray went to choir rehearsal – picked up Aunt Helen’s shorty coat she loaned me for Masonic meeting Thursday night.
Thursday, April 21, 1955
Went to Masonic Temple to see Linda inducted into Rainbow Girls. Ordered can-can skirt for L.R., bras for M.E. and L.R., and material for squaw skirt and blouse for L.R. from Spiegel’s.
Friday, April 22, 1955
Ray planted Paul’s Scarlet Climber [rose bush] at back of house. Aunt Ethel out in aft.
Saturday, April 23, 1955
Wiegelia in full bloom and lilacs starting to bloom. Had Jim and family for supper tonight. Elm trees half-leafed except two on street. Gave Karen the green print dress I made. Ray went to “Zesto” and got sundaes, 2 for 26 cents, after Jim & family left.
Sunday, April 24, 1955
Ray and Pat went to S.S. and church – girls came home after S.S. with Dad and Mother D. Ray went to church after supper – brought quart of ice cream home.
Monday, April 25, 1955
Pat enlisted in Army today. Aunt Helen here this aft. Ray didn’t go to work tonight on account of a cold. Faced L.R.’s dimity dress. Ray owes City one day’s work. He cut grass in back.
Tuesday, April 26, 1955
Ray feels better today and went to work tonight. Mrs. Colburn had a farewell dinner for Pat tonight – M.E. and L.R. were invited – she sent chocolate cake to Ray and me. M.E. picked up package at Spiegel’s. Judy washed 2 skirts and 3 blouses for L.R. today.
Wednesday, April 27, 1955
I ironed clothes Judy washed and cut out L.R.’s skirt. She went to Dr. King after school. Ray didn’t go to choir rehearsal as still has a cold.
Thursday, April 28, 1955
Pat left this morning at 7:30 a.m. with Mother and Dad to go to Recruiting Office – leaves today for St. Louis – will get physical exam for Army there. Mother and Dad took M.E. to school. L.R. home from school with a sore throat. Aunt Ethel here in aft. Worked on L.R.’s squaw skirt. Henninger’s put concrete floor in new house.
Friday, April 29, 1955
L.R. stayed home today as throat still sore. Dad down this a.m. and Mother in p.m. Worked on Linda’s squaw skirt. Middle tree in front seems to be dying. Leaves on others pretty far out and maple about entirely out. Wiegelia and lilacs in full bloom. Pat came home at midnight. Rejected by psychiatrist – too nervous and has blackouts occasionally (?).
Saturday, April 30, 1955
Ray pulled rhubarb out of our backyard for first time. Hertels had set it out. L.R. is much better today. Judy gave me 3 “Golden Glow” plants for east fence. Ray and L.R. cut front lawn. Judy transplanted rubrum lily to west fence. Sat up late to watch cerebral palsy telethon tonight. Finished L.R.’s squaw skirt.
Sunday, May 1, 1955
No one went to S.S. or church. I had baked ham, raisin sauce, potatoes, tossed salad, rhubarb pie and coffee for dinner. Telethon lasts til 6 p.m. today. Judy got pansies and petunias for me at Tolly’s. Gus here at noon. Ray and L.R. cut back yard in p.m. Ray set out petunias and pansies after supper. Carole C. here in eve. L.R. made fudge. Pat found package at Walgreen’s tonight that M.E. lost in April.
Monday, May 2, 1955
L.R. went back to school. Mrs. Colburn sent rhubarb over this a.m. by Carole. Judy gave me an old-fashioned lilac sprout and Ray planted it. Worked on L.R.’s green blouse. Pat signed up for Army draft – to leave May 25th. L.R. and Carole rode bikes over to “Oliver’s” for popsickles this eve. I sat outdoors and watched Ray water front and back yards.
Tuesday, May 3, 1955
Iris about to bloom; Judy’s has started. Worked on L.R.’s blouse and cut out M.E.’s aqua one. Made rhubarb pudding with Aunt Ethel’s recipe – too much water in sauce. Mrs. Colburn here for a little while in eve. – loaned me green thread.
Wednesday, May 4, 1955
Light rain this a.m. Ray took L.R. to school. Aunt Ethel here in aft. Ray went to town to get paycheck and groceries. He paid union dues to Mr. Burnett this eve. Pat received notice from draft board that he had been rejected so not to come May 25th for physical exam.
Thursday, May 5, 1955
Called Miss Walker, Dean of Girls at Lanphier, re M.E. attending summer school to make up lost credits to give her a chance to graduate with her class. Finished L.R.’s green blouse and started M.E.’s aqua one. Ray took clothes when he went to work to leave at laundry and will pick them up on way home from work.
Friday, May 6, 1955
Ray got wash tonight. L.R. and M.E. went to Roxy tonight on Ray’s passes. Tonight is his last midnight shift. L.R. got a Mother’s Day card for my secret pal and mailed it. Received one from mine. Pat pulled weeds and hoed in border this a.m. I hoed on east side and back of house tonight. Aunt Ethel brought some cookies tonight.
Saturday, May 7, 1955
L.R. went to town with Janet and went to the Senate. She bought a dress pattern. Ray and Pat went to town, too. He took my black shoes to have straps replaced. Received beautiful cards from Ray, Pat, M.E. and L.R. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here in eve.
Sunday, May 8, 1955
Mother’s Day. Ray and children went to S.S. – girls came home with Dad and Mother but Ray and Pat stayed for church. I received 4 Mother’s Day cards, a dress from girls, and 2 lb. box candy from Ray and Pat.
Monday, May 9, 1955
M.E. went to Springfield High School to see Miss Atkins re attending summer school. Mother D. here in aft. and gave me $50 for M.E.’s summer school. Ray took my dress, size 20, to exchange for 20 ½. Worked on M.E.’s aqua blouse.
Tuesday, May 10, 1955
L.R. had dinner at Bartram’s and stayed all night. M.E. and I cut out her tan skirt.
Wednesday, May 11, 1955
Colburns here tonight – brought gold broadcloth for Carole’s blouse and asked me to make it. Finished M.E.’s aqua blouse. Ray took my dress back to Myers Bros. and got 22 ½ – very pretty blue.
Thursday, May 12, 1955
Ray home today – took L.R. to school. Finished M.E.’s tan skirt. Ray had to attend meeting at power plant tonight re salary increase. He stopped at Harry Willson’s this aft.
Friday, May 13, 1955
Ray worked day shift to repay City when he was sick a few days ago. Cut out and worked on Carole C.’s gold broadcloth blouse. Ray got a haircut on way home from work.
Saturday, May 14, 1955
Pat worked at Al’s Laundromat today. Ray went to Dr. Andreasen this a.m. M.E. and L.R. went to Lincoln Theater with Carole C. to see “Daddy Long Legs”. Aunt Helen paid for our girls’ tickets. Finished Carole’s blouse. Mr. Beeler gave Ray rhubarb. Ray cut front lawn in aft. Bob out today.
Sunday, May 15, 1955
Ray and children went to S.S. Pat and Ray stayed for church. Grandparents brought girls home. Aunt Helen here in eve. and gave M.E. $15.00 for formal. She went out for a ride in eve. with Joanne and friends. Sent Carole C.’s blouse over to her. Bob here in a.m. – brought lots of lettuce. Ray got blow torch for taking up tile in his mother’s bathroom.
Monday, May 16, 1955
Ordered formal from M-W for M.E. I cut out her red blouse. Ray took toilet up for his mother.
Tuesday, May 17, 1955
Went out in backyard this a.m. while Ray cut grass. Worked on red blouse and ironed. Cousins Willis and Mary and Lorene here tonight. He gave me $1,000 check.
Wednesday, May 18, 1955
L.R. went to Dr. King and then got a pair of sandals. M-W out of formals so Elmer brought two home from Roland’s for M.E. to choose – she picked a lovely lilac one. Lorene, Katie and Mrs. Hanson here this eve. – brought M.E. an evening bag. Ironed and worked on red blouse. Cousin Willis introduced Commissioner Oliver to Ray at plant this aft. – S.T. Anderson there, too.
Thursday, May 19, 1955
Aunt Ethel here in aft. Dad here in a.m. with radishes. Shortened M.E.’s formal. Lorene brought white nylon jacket for M.E. to wear with formal. Mrs. Hanson came, too, and gave us a glass of jelly. Mrs. Aderman and Judy put my geraniums and lily in west border, then they all came over later. Ray and M.E. served beer and pretzels and root beer floats. L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting this eve.
Friday, May 20, 1955
Jim and children here this aft. Aunt Helen got a crinoline petticoat for M.E. from Roland’s. Elmer brought it out, $6.00. Ray went over to Jagows at 11 p.m. to help him remove flue from their water heater. Mr. Aderman sold us 12 doz. eggs @ 30 cents doz. Rose peony blooming for first time. Red rose bush covered with flowers – beautiful!
Saturday, May 21, 1955
L.R. went to town in aft. to pay Dr. King. M.E. went to Junior-Senior Prom at Elk’s Club. Her escort was Ken Salisbury. She certainly looked like a doll in her orchid formal and white nylon jacket. Mother and Dad came early through a down-pour to see her.
Sunday, May 22, 1955
M.E. didn’t get home until 4:15 a.m. Found out later from Lorene that these are all-night occasions. No one went to S.S. but Ray went to church. Pat stayed all night at Jerry Bartlett’s. Ken Salisbury asked M.E. for a date this coming weekend.
Monday, May 23, 1955
Finished M.E.’s red blouse. L.R. went to town with Janet after school and bought a pair of shorts, an eyelet tool and a yellow zipper for her nylon dress I’m going to make for her. Called Cousin Willis this eve.; also Lorene. He asked if we had a cooling system and I thanked him for money he gave me a week ago. Five blooms on red peony. White flowering bush in full bloom.
Tuesday, May 24, 1955
L.R. went to school early with Janet to see Mr. Gorman about ushering for 8th grade graduation next Tuesday. Cousin Willis called Ray over this aft. and gave him their $450 G.E. cooling system–that is, he’s going to get someone to help him bring it home Thursday or Friday. Ray cut front yard.
Wednesday, May 25, 1955
Mrs. Godley phoned in aft. Ray cut backyard and Pat spaded flower bed in back of house. Finished L.R.’s yellow blouse – Mrs. Colburn gave her material. That makes 9 blouses and 4 skirts that I’ve made this spring. Harmony family moved into their new house today.
Thursday, May 26, 1955
Cut out L.R.’s yellow nylon sheer dress. Ray and Judy helped. Ray and L.R. went to Orpheum tonight to see “Strategic Air Command” with James Stewart and June Allyson. Brought popsickles home. Rain and windstorm – blew big limb off tree near street and driveway – not much of tree left. Ray got lettuce and radishes from Lazar’s this aft.
Friday, May 27, 1955
Worked on L.R.’s yellow dress. Aunt Ethel here in aft. Ray and Pat brought air conditioning unit home that Cousin Willis gave us – G.E. – he paid $450 for it last June – pretty wonderful streak of luck for us. L.R. won award for highest grade average in achievement tests. Dad came down to help cut up big limb. Bought a quart of strawberries from Mr. Thomae for 25 cents.
Saturday, May 28, 1955
L.R. went to town in aft. to get lunch box. M.E. went out to Joanne’s with Ray as he went to work. She’s going to stay overnight.
Sunday, May 29, 1955
Lake level raised to 557'. Ray took L.R. to S.S. Grandma and Grandpa brought her home. Ray stayed for church. He brought M.E. home from Joanne’s on way home from work – 12:15 a.m. Monday.
Monday, May 30, 1955
Memorial Day. Lake level tonight is 557.75'. Worked on L.R.’s yellow dress and purple sun dress. Gus here this aft. – M.E. put on formal and Russell took pictures of her with rest of film in Ray’s camera.
Tuesday, May 31, 1955
Lake level 558.36' this a.m. Last full day of school. L.R.’s class is going to Douglas Park this noon for a picnic lunch. Finished her yellow dress. Ordered yellow slip and “sight-unseen” material (4 yds. @ 29 cents – was 44 cents to 77 cents). L.R. didn’t go to graduation at Central School tonight. Bought 2 quarts strawberries from Mr. Thomae @ 50 cents quart.
Wednesday, June 1, 1955
Lake level 558.48' today. Girls went to school for report cards – passed okay. M.E. sang in chorus at Lanphier – Dad & Mother took her – came home on bus. Mrs. C. stayed with me as Linda went to first free show with Carole. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here for a few minutes.
Thursday, June 2, 1955
Ray took out a $500 policy on L.R. – Met. Ins. Co. – this a.m. from Joe Sprague. Mother D. here in aft. – brought big sack of Cracker Jack. Hoed a little in backyard. Pinks and Galardia in bloom – also yellow primrose. Ray got some creosote from Doc this a.m. Paul’s Scarlet Climber has one bloom – pretty good as was just set out this spring.
Friday, June 3, 1955
Refrigerator went dead early this a.m. Mr. Meador came out after work – cost too much to repair – paid him $4.00. Ray got 25 cents worth of ice to put in refrigerator for overnight. Lorene brought out some ice cubes. Aunt Helen was here until 10 p.m. as Mr. Diller and Hughes went to a show. She brought a new spring coat, was $39.95 marked down to $16.00 – advance birthday gift – lovely. L.R. got yellow slip and print from Alden’s.
Saturday, June 4, 1955
Ray and L.R. went to town in a.m. – got a new G.E. refrigerator from Goodyear. Certainly a wonderful box – allowed $40 on old one. Brought new one at 3:35 p.m. and took old one back. Ray works last evening shift tonight.
Sunday, June 5, 1955
Mother and Dad took girls to S.S. L.R. went to show with Janet in aft. M.E. was going to wiener roast at lake with Joanne but backed out. Elsie and Otto out this eve. Warren Sutton is in Chicago to attend school for 10 days -- coming down here the 18th. Bob here this a.m.
Monday, June 6, 1955
Total of 3 roses on Paul’s Scarlet Climber. Ray cut front yard and got rained out just before he finished. Ironed today. Mother here in aft. M.E. started summer school today – $30 for 6 weeks – 2 subjects – Civics and Physiology. L.R. had appointment with Dr. King but postponed until 11:45 Friday as it’s raining today and she has a cold. Bob came for a few minutes to get lighter he left here the other day.
Tuesday, June 7, 1955
Elsie called re picnic on the 18th for Warren at Gussie’s. Cut out M.E.’s tan jacket. L.R. went to town with Carole C. to get pass for 12 shows @ $1.00 this summer. Phil, assistant chemist at Filter Plant, here tonight. He brought tomato plants which Ray set out.
Wednesday, June 8, 1955
Russell here this a.m. to help Ray cut hole in west wall between living room and breezeway for air conditioner. L.R. cut all of backyard before going to free show at Village Hall. Judy Jagow borrowed our lawn mower again as theirs is being repaired. L.R. baked and frosted an angel food cake. Pat started working at Sangamon Dairy.
Thursday, June 9, 1955
Judy baked a lemon pie to repay us for use of our mower. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller brought enough cherries for 2 pies – gave each of them a piece of the lemon pie. Lake level 558.79'.
Friday, June 10, 1955
L.R. went to Dr. King today. Finished M.E.’s tan jacket. Russell here tonight to help Ray put in air conditioner. Pat didn’t work today.
Saturday, June 11, 1955
Wes and family (Alice, Mike and Jane) arrived at Bob’s shortly after noon and came here about 3 p.m. with Bob and were here when Ray came home from work. Lorene came before they left – brought box of clothes from Myra. Gus came after supper – brought rhubarb – gave girls each 50 cents. Wes gave them $1.00 each. He has a 1953 Chrysler. I cut out striped squaw skirt for M.E.
Sunday, June 12, 1955
Dad and Mother took girls to S.S. Lake level 559.5 – just lacks 6 inches from normal. Mother D. here in aft. Ed Scattergood stopped by to find out where Barbara Court is. Agnes stayed in car as something wrong with her back. Ray worked a little on opening for air conditioner.
Monday, June 13, 1955
Pat left at 7:35 a.m. for Pillsbury’s to get job. Didn’t come home tonight. L.R. went to town with Carole C. to exchange books at State Library. She got “Girl of the Limberlost”, among several others. I’m reading out loud to her as we can enjoy it together that way. It was copyrighted in 1901! Baked a rhubarb pie for Judy to repay her for doing a little washing for me.
Tuesday, June 14, 1955
L.R. went to summer movie this aft. with Carole Colburn to see “Girl of the Limberlost”. Aunt Ethel here in aft. – brought some cookies. Mother D. got me a pair of nylons at Castor’s with my cash receipts and 50 cents. They’re very nice. Didn’t go to class meeting as weather too unsettled – supposed to be at Douglas Park. Elmer, Mr. Burnett, Bernard and Ray put air conditioner in tonight.
Wednesday, June 15, 1955
Hoed east border. Judy came over and did a little for me. She told me she’s expecting a baby in December. L.R. went to town with Ray and came home on bus. She got a record and sheet music for Ray for Father’s Day but got wrong thing which has to be exchanged. Judy, Elmer and children here after dark. Wrote Alice re change of plans – no picnic Saturday – just refreshments on Friday evening when Warren is here.
Thursday, June 16, 1955
L.R. went to town this noon to exchange record and sheet music. M.E. picked up package at Spiegel’s containing black blouse material for her, dress material for L.R., and shirt for Ray for Father’s Day. Carole C. is to be initiated tonight into Rainbow Girls – Ray took them and brought them home. Kay went, too. L.R. wore the yellow nylon dress I made. Mrs. C. here for a while. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here for a short time.
Friday, June 17, 1955
Warren came out this morning from 10:30 til noon. He drove Tom and Marian down last night. In the evening, Tom, Marian, Warren, Elsie, Otto, Wilna, Gus, Russell, Aunt Helen, Mr. Diller, Doc, Minnie, Bob, Marge and Robbie were here to see Warren’s films. M.E. got 2 pr. hose for me to give Aunt Helen for her birthday tomorrow.
Saturday, June 18, 1955
Finished reading “Girl of the Limberlost”. L.R. and I cut out her “chicken-print” sun dress. M.E. went to town in aft. to get Ray a box of candy and card for Father’s Day. He cut front lawn and then a spring broke on mower so couldn’t do backyard. Judy and Elmer went to her folks’. She stayed over to see about her dentures.
Sunday, June 19, 1955
Father’s Day. Bob, Marge and Robbie left for 2 weeks vacation in Wisconsin this a.m. Grandma and Grandpa took children to S.S. She came down in aft. Aunt Helen here then, too, and I gave her pr. mesh hose and girls gave her 2 handkerchiefs for her birthday. Ray has air conditioner cable through wall and worked up in attic on wiring. I gave him a shirt for Father’s Day; M.E., 1 lb. Martha Washington candy; L.R., record of “His Hands” by Tennessee Ernie and sheet music of “Davy Crockett”.
Monday, June 20, 1955
Mother D. here in aft. – brought “Real Kill” for water bugs and sprayed it around kitchen. Ray got 10 doz. eggs from Elmer this eve. He and Russell here. Ray worked on wiring for air conditioner. I worked on “chicken print” sun dress for L.R. Charles Hartman in town – said he was coming out but went to Shriners’ meeting at lake instead.
Tuesday, June 21, 1955
L.R. went to summer movie with Carole C. this aft. Wayne Harrison and Mr. Gilbert here in eve. to explain the “Rich Food Plan.” Ray and I signed contract and paid $10 toward down-payment; balance of $60.25 to be paid in 30 days. Will deliver freezer Thursday and food on Friday – monthly payment of $69.54 – after 24 months, the freezer is ours. Cut out M.E.’s black blouse.
Wednesday, June 22, 1955
Ray completed wiring for air conditioner – had City electrician, Mr. Jacobs, out to check same and it’s okay – motor runs okay but compressor doesn’t work right. Mrs. Colburn here this eve. – Carole is with grandparents in Chatham. L.R. didn’t go to free movie tonight as weather too threatening. Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob left for Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Seattle, Washington, this a.m. by train.
Thursday, June 23, 1955
Ray phoned Cousin Willis re air conditioner this a.m. before leaving for work. He sent a man from L&L Sales to adjust it and found wrong wire attached to ground. Rich Foods Corp. delivered Carrier freezer – really wonderful! Mother D. here in aft., too – brought me a bouquet of nastursiums, butter and eggs, and red spirea. Ray went to Masonic Temple for tryout in Municipal Opera tonight.
Friday, June 24, 1955
Rich Foods filled freezer this noon. Had our first meal from it – fried perch and broccoli – delicious! Ray showed it to Russell and Elmer this eve. He took birthday gift (2 pr. nylons) to Margaret Baker on way home from work. Also got a haircut. I worked on M.E.’s black blouse.
Saturday, June 25, 1955
Ray took laundry to laundromat on way to work and brought it back on way home. Mother D. here in aft. and Cousin Willis and Lorene in eve. L.R. went to see “The Seven Year Itch”, Marilyn Monroe, and later to U.C.T. meeting with Carole. They stopped on Lenox with Ruddel’s and Mrs. Colburn’s friends gave them ice cream with strawberries and Coke – girls took another girl, 11, and a boy, 9, to show, too and they paid their way. Ray cut grass in backyard tonight. Pat did some, too.
Sunday, June 26, 1955
Pat didn’t go to church or S.S. Grandma and Grandpa took girls to S.S. Aunt Helen here in aft. Judy, Elmer and girls here tonight. Ray and Elmer got “Dilly Bars” for girls, Pat, Judy and I. I worked on hem of green skirt Lorene gave L.R. Ray changed plug on air conditioner.
Monday, June 27, 1955
Pat went to Pillsbury’s re job. Mr. and Mrs. Wall here this eve. Ray went to union meeting with Mr. Burnett. I finished alterations on green skirt.
Tuesday, June 28, 1955
Pat went out to Pillsbury’s re job again. L.R. went to summer show with Carole C. Ray, L.R. and I went to Springfield Drive-In to see Richard Todd and Jean Peters in “A Man Called Peter.” Very excellent! Ray fixed popcorn and pop to take along and L.R. didn’t have to pay, so it cost only $1.40. M.E. didn’t want to go. L.R. got Ray sheet music, “His Hands”. Received Alden’s winter general catalog today.
Wednesday, June 29, 1955
Wayne Harrison here this a.m. to explain “Rich Plan” more fully. I baked a red raspberry pie. Ray went to Security Savings & Loan Co. re financing G.E. refrigerator. Air conditioner feels fine today. Lorene here for a few minutes – left my birthday gift as she’s leaving in the morning for California with Opel Rippey. Mother D. here in eve., also Mrs. Colburn. She got us a quart of gooseberries for 60 cents at Harm’s.
Thursday, June 30, 1955
Ray picked up L.R.’s swim suit at Sears but has to be exchanged. Went out to Lazar’s tonight. We had a very nice time. Maymie convinced us that L.R.’s swim suit is okay. Baked a gooseberry pie.
Friday, July 1, 1955
Pat and L.R. went to town at 11 a.m. with Mr. Jagow. L.R. had an appointment with Dr. King at 11:30 and got home at 12:20. Mother D. here in aft. Pat went out to Jim’s to get a haircut and didn’t come home. Jagows sat in our backyard tonight and had beer and pop. Received Spiegel’s winter general catalog today.
Saturday, July 2, 1955
Processed 1 quart green beans for freezer – Judy gave them to me last night. M.E. went to Esquire tonight with Roberta. Mr. Kenyon took them and Ray went after them. The Jagows were in our backyard tonight. Ray helped Elmer tear out kitchen wall. Later, they went after beer and soda.
Sunday, July 3, 1955
Ray took children to S.S. He and Pat stayed for church. Grandpa brought girls home. Gus came over at noon. She started working days July 1st. Aunt Helen here in eve. Ray went to work at midnight tonight. He starts the swing shift but as Carl Buedel goes on vacation Thursday for 3 weeks, he’ll be on day shift during that time.
Monday, July 4, 1955
Independence Day. Ray worked midnight to 8 this morning. Mrs. Colburn and Carole leave tomorrow morning for New York. They gave Carole’s summer movie tickets to Carol Jagow – she’s going with L.R. The Jagows and Adermans were here tonight – we watched the children’s fireworks and I served root beer floats and Jagows furnished beer, crackers, cheese and cookies.
Tuesday, July 5, 1955
I ironed, and altered L.R.’s yellow print plisse crepe housecoat. “Rich Plan” man brought grape juice but he couldn’t change $5.00 bill so I still owe him $3.88 for red raspberries. M.E. felt sick downtown so Russ and Pat went after her. L.R. and Carol Sue got caught in downpour at 3 p.m. so Judy went after them in her dad’s car.
Wednesday, July 6, 1955
Worked on L.R.’s housecoat and white print skirt (was Jane Diller’s sun dress). M.E. had severe back ache at school so went to Dr. Shriner. He called and said her left kidney was infected and asked for permission to take her to hospital. I requested Memorial. L.R. and I went with Ray to see her. (She and I stayed in car.) Don’t know yet if operation is necessary. Stopped at Willson’s later.
Thursday, July 7, 1955
Bob out this aft. – brought some fried fish he got in Wisconsin. Mother D. went to hospital this aft. to see M.E. – Ray and L.R. went this eve. L.R. stayed all night at Bartram’s. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here this eve. M.E. doesn’t have to have surgery and will be home Saturday or Sunday. L.R. sent Rita Jagow a birthday card. Buedel starts vacation today so Ray will work his day shift until July 28th – what a nice break for all of us!
Friday, July 8, 1955
Rita’s birthday – 5 years old. Natalie Beam, Mrs. Kenyon and Aunt Helen called about M.E. Ray talked to the doctor – said she was doing fine and could come home tomorrow. Mrs. Burnett here in aft. – brought a big onion and some cucumbers. Ray and L.R. went to hospital tonight.
Saturday, July 9, 1955
Mother and Dad brought Mary Ellen home from hospital just before noon. She’s feeling fine, considering everything. She’s lost 8 lbs. – now weighs 110. Ray and L.R. cut front and back lawns. He was going to Willson’s to get some apples but called and told them he didn’t want them (very diplomatically, of course).
Sunday, July 10, 1955
Children didn’t go to S.S. today. Mother D. here in aft. Dad here after supper to get a one-inch brush for painting trim on his new garage. Ray went to church tonight. Pat went to town with him as he was going to Jerry Bartlett’s.
Monday, July 11, 1955
M.E. went to Dr. Shriner’s office and he said she was okay. Miss Roberts from SHS called and I told her M.E. was quitting summer school – doctor’s orders. L.R. went shopping with Janet this afternoon.
Tuesday, July 12, 1955
Linda took Carol Sue to summer movie, 1-3 p.m. I went to S.S. potluck supper at Douglas Park and had a wonderful time – 19 were there.
Wednesday, July 13, 1955
Ray and L.R. went to town to shop. Ruth Ann came this aft. to stay until Friday eve. Girls are going to free movie at Village Hall tonight. Received the following for my birthday: 1 ½ lb. box Pease’s candy, Ray; sprinkler, Pat; bra, M.E.; playing cards and billfold, L.R.; spring coat, Aunt Helen; mixed flowers, Marge & Bob; stick cologne, Elmer & Judy; homemade candy, Carol Sue and Rita; planter & plants, secret pal; red apple measure, Lorene; housedress, Mother D.; Lalla Rookh Chapter remitted my dues. Elmer, Judy and girls here in eve. Men had beer and Judy, girls, Pat and I had pop and brownies she made. Janet and Ruth Ann stayed here all night.
Thursday, July 14, 1955
Janet went home at 11:30 a.m. Received planter and vines from Margaret Baker and Helen Priest; also 3 more cards. Mr. and Mrs. Aderman came up this aft. Gave the dress that Mother D. gave me to Judy to have Elmer exchange.
Friday, July 15, 1955
Lake full today! Pat started working at “Will Hold” Bobby Pin Co. Mr. Diller brought 2 doz. ears sweet corn from Aunt Georgia’s this aft. Phoned Vivian Windsor, Natalie Beam, Margaret Baker, Helen Priest and Amy McCoy to acknowledge cards and gift (planter). Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight for picnic supper – brought 3 fried chickens, gallon of raspberry ice, tomatoes, 4 boxes of cookies, potato chips, and I furnished potato salad, beets, onions, cucumbers, baked beans, iced tea, coffee, bread and milk. Everything was delicious and it was a perfect evening.
Saturday, July 16, 1955
Ruth Ann treated girls to a show at Senate, “Not As A Stranger” this aft. We got 8 doz. eggs @ 32 cents doz. from Adermans. Judy brought 3 dresses home and I chose one to replace one Mother got me from Roland’s. L.R. bought a pie container for Ray’s birthday.
Sunday, July 17 - All 3 girls and Pat went to S.S. – grandparents took them. L.R. went swimming out at Lake Beach this aft. M.E., Ruth Ann and I rode out with Ray to get them after 5 p.m. Aunt Helen came after Ruth Ann this eve. Gave me a check for $3.50 for Christmas things to order from Hertel. M.E. took 2 dresses to Elmer that I’m returning and $3.37 for one I retained. Gus gave M.E. and Ruth Ann 75 cents for washing some dishes and pans for her this aft. as she got sick and is entertaining this eve.
Monday, July 18, 1955
M.E. washed clothes today. Mother D. took Ray’s white shirt (I turned collar) to launder. Colburns got back today. I ordered a billfold for Ray’s birthday and 2 bras for L.R. She cut backyard tonight, helped Ray paint swing posts, and M.E. pulled weeds around petunias at back of house. We were in bed by 9:30 p.m. Cousin Willis called this morning.
Tuesday, July 19, 1955
M.E. pulled weeds out of half of back fence today. Mrs. Aderman, Judy and girls were here for Kool-Aid this aft. in our backyard. L.R. went to summer movie this aft. I sent money order to Hertel Art Co. for Christmas cards, wrappings and gifts, and one to Florida Fashions for can-can skirt. Mr. and Mrs. Beeler were in our backyard for a little while this eve. Ray went out to Charlie Weaver’s re quartet rehearsal tomorrow eve. L.R. painted rest of swing poles tonight. Ray put up tomato stakes (longer ones) tonight, too.
Wednesday, July 20, 1955
Jim’s birthday. L.R. went to town with Ray and got package at Alden’s – 2 bras for her and billfold for Ray’s birthday. Ray went to church this eve. to practice with quartet. L.R. went to free show at Village Hall. M.E. didn’t go as her glasses are broken. Mrs. Colburn, Judy and Carol Sue came over to see “This is Your Life” (Bebe Daniels). Received recipe book from Lorene – San Francisco.
Thursday, July 21, 1955
Called Cousin Mary this a.m. re pamphlet from Lorene. Deke and Pauline DeCamera were out tonight. L.R. finished cutting grass in front. She went to Rainbow Girls meeting with Carole C. Ray took and brought them home. Mother D. was down in aft. and brought sack of popcorn.
Friday, July 22, 1955
Received Christmas wrapping and gifts from Hertel Art Co. Sent 25 cents to a company in the east for a box of Christmas cards. Bob here this aft. Margaret Baker and her mother were here tonight. Ray went after them and took them home. Margaret brought a quart of pineapple sherbet. I gave Mrs. Baker a box of cards for her birthday. M.E. went to high school to return books and also purchased Ray’s birthday gift. L.R. went to Dr. King and also got Ray’s birthday gift. Mrs. Colburn brought over 10 ears of corn.
Saturday, July 23, 1955
M.E. and L.R. went to Esquire tonight – Ray took them and brought them home. Received a box of Christmas and all-occasion cards from Midwest Card Co. Phoned Berdine in a.m. and invited them for picnic supper on July 27th.
Sunday, July 24, 1955
Ray’s birthday. Mother and Dad took girls to S.S. and brought them home. Ray received a carton of cigarettes from Pat; a box of Martha Washington candy from M.E.; a ballpoint pen and a pie container [for lunch box] from L.R.; billfold from me; pajamas from Mother and Dad. He went to church tonight – sang in a trio. Mother and Dad were here after Ray left.
Monday, July 25, 1955
Mrs. Burnett here for a few minutes after supper – brought sack of tomatoes. Ray took M.E. to Sears to have her eyes examined for new glasses.
Tuesday, July 26, 1955
M.E. and L.R. cleaned their closet, also Ray’s & mine, this a.m. L.R. went to summer movie this aft – later to Lincoln Park with Colburns for State Waterway Employees picnic. Called Berdine to make final plans for picnic tomorrow eve. Ray had lens put in glasses at Dr. Fleischli’s office on way home from work. Rich Food Plan assistant manager here tonight. Ray gave him $60 balance of down payment.
Wednesday, July 27, 1955
Mother D. here this aft. Berdine, Cecil and Maureen here this eve. for a picnic in our backyard. I furnished meatloaf, potato salad, strawberries, bread, coffee and iced tea. Berdine brought salad, ½ gal. ice cream and angel food cake. All 3 girls went to free show. Maureen stayed all night.
Thursday, July 28, 1955
Ray works 4-12 shift today after seven weeks of day shift (4 on his and 3 for Carl Buedel while on vacation). Cecil came after work to get Maureen and Linda as she is staying at their house tonight. Marge and Maxine Pettibone here to discuss S.S. class picnic here on August 9th.
Friday, July 29, 1955
Ray picked L.R. up at Maureen’s about 1 p.m. Rose hibiscus in bloom. L.R. and Carole met Mrs. Colburn downtown at 4 p.m. and picked out 4 formals (ballerina length) on approval, then attended Rainbow Girls meeting at Armory in eve. L.R. decided on one formal from Robinson’s and Carole picked one from Springfield Dry Goods when they got here about 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 30, 1955
Carole C. and L.R. returned 2 formals this a.m. at Springfield Dry Goods and Robinson’s. M.E. and Ray went to Sears to get her glasses and have his eyes tested for glasses. Went over to Jagows in eve. – served a cold drink. Later Ray went to drugstore and took Mr. Aderman along who bought a watermelon – sure good! Elmer has to work nights for a week on bi-annual inventory. Red hibiscus in bloom. Pleasant breeze for a change and moonlight tonight.
Sunday, July 31, 1955
Ray took children to S.S. – he and M.E. stayed for church – will take her to Memorial Hospital to meet Joanne for a show. Mother and Dad brought Pat and L.R. home. M.E. got home at 11 p.m. L.R. went to a show at Orpheum with Janet in aft. Mrs. Colburn and Carole here tonight. Brought ½ head cabbage, some tomatoes, a green pepper and a red one.
Monday, August 1, 1955
Ray started midnight shift tonight. Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here in eve. Worked on slipcovers. Mrs. Colburn brought 4 ears of corn (cooked) at suppertime. Ray shellacked our bedroom ceiling today. Sent 3 bedspreads to Mother to launder by Dad. He brought 2 tomatoes.
Tuesday, August 2, 1955
Bob here from 9:15-12:45 p.m. Dad brought some sweet corn this a.m. Sunshine Laundry picked up slipcovers. Ray cut half of backyard. Mrs. Burnett sent over a sack of tomatoes. Nice and cool tonight. L.R. gave M.E. a permanent tonight. White hibiscus in bloom.
Wednesday, August 3, 1955
I washed kitchen curtains and dressing table skirt, bed skirt and dresser scarves for girls’ bedroom and piano scarf this a.m. Ironed curtains in aft. Mrs. Colburn here for a little while in eve. Girls went to free show at Village Hall. Lorene here, too. Gave me a bottle of Coty toilet water and beads made of corn for girls. She got back Sunday from trip west. Received letter from Alice.
Thursday, August 4, 1955
Betty, Rick, Bob and Robbie [the Cantralls] here at 11 a.m. Betty stayed a couple hours while others went to lake. They came back for her at 12:45 p.m. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight. Ray went to City Hall in aft. to get paycheck. L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting tonight with Carole. Ray took them and brought them home.
Friday, August 5, 1955
L.R. had appointment with Dr. Ratliff at 1 p.m. Ray went with her to have left bicuspid extracted, $2.00. Paid Mrs. Colburn $13.00 tonight. Lorene here for a few minutes to pick up beads and literature about her trip. This is Ray’s last midnight shift before vacation. Slipcovers came back from laundry, $3.00 for davenport and $1.65 for chair. Look good!
Saturday, August 6, 1955
Ray home from work at 8:30 a.m. and doesn’t go back until 4 p.m. August 30th. Ray got three ½ gallons of ice cream for class meeting. Amy, Marge, Maxine and I are to divide cost. Evelyn and Bill Wells and daughters here from 5-6:00 p.m. M.E. went to see “Annie Get Your Gun” at lake with Gus and Russ. Ray, L.R. and I went to 66 Drive-In to see Gary Cooper in “Distant Drums” and Edward G. Robinson and Ginger Rogers in “Tight Spot” – very good!
Sunday, August 7, 1955
No one went to S.S. as they overslept, but Ray went to church. He went again in afternoon to practice with quartet. M.E. went to Joanne’s for the evening. Ruby and Bud Long and boys were here this aft. Ray, L.R. and I went to Springfield Drive-In to see Gary Cooper in “Vera Cruz” – “vera” good! Pat paid Ray $10 room and board.
Monday, August 8, 1955
“Dollar Day” – free bus 9-11 a.m. L.R. left at 9:40, bought 2 pr. nylons for $1.00, 4 pr. panties, $1.00; also ½ yd. navy percale to face 2 pc. red and blue print from Myra; a $3.50 book for 39 cents, and some salted peanuts. Bob here in a.m. Fred Pruitt and wife had a fish fry (14 ½ lbs. buffalo caught at lake power plant) in our backyard. Lazars and Jagows were here for it. Had a wonderful meal and evening.
Tuesday, August 9, 1955
Dad brought 2 big tomatoes this a.m. and Russell brought 10 ears of corn. S.S. class met here tonight for a potluck – 27 attended. Had a wonderful time. My cost was $1.42. L.R. went to summer movie this aft. with Carole C. Ray hung porch swing in yard this a.m. His vacation starts today.
Wednesday, August 10, 1955
Girls went to free show with Carole C. tonight. Mrs. Colburn came here for the evening. Mr. Burnett gave Ray a bucket of tomatoes.
Thursday, August 11, 1955
Girls and I peeled and quartered tomatoes for preserving (9 pounds finished). We took Mother and Dad and girls out through fairgrounds and then back to their house. She served watermelon, cantaloupe, Kool-Aid, coffee and Cracker Jack.
Friday, August 12, 1955
First day of State Fair – Children’s Day. L.R. and Carole C. went for the day. M.E. went in evening and stayed all night at Joanne’s. Ray shellacked living room walls. M.E. and I made 4 quarts and ½ pint of tomato preserves. Bob here in eve. and brought sack of tomatoes and 4 small squash.
Saturday, August 13, 1955
Ray took L.R. to town this a.m. and got her a pair of flats for school at Herndon’s. He went on to fair for lung x-ray – she came home on 11 a.m .bus. Mr. and Mrs. Sargent [Joanne’s parents] brought M.E. home this morning. She and I canned 2 quarts and ½ pint tomatoes. Pat not home tonight.
Sunday, August 14, 1955
Ray went to 8 o’clock church. Grandparents took girls to S.S. and Ray brought them home. Pat didn’t come home last night. We left at 10 a.m. for Hannibal, Missouri (212 mile trip) and got back at 8:10 p.m. Cool and cloudy most of time – wonderful weather for a trip. Had a fine time. Uncle Rob had an appendectomy in aft. at Memorial Hospital – appendix ruptured. Pat home tonight.
Monday, August 15, 1955
L.R. washed clothes in a.m. and ironed them in eve. She went to town with Ray in aft. She started menstruating for the first time today. We had ground beef with chilli brick on barbeque buns tonight. Gave Judy what was left for their supper. Colburns here this evening. She took L.R.’s can-can skirt home to starch with Carole’s.
Tuesday, August 16, 1955
Our 14th wedding anniversary. Dad brought some yellow tomatoes this a.m. Mother D. here in aft. and brought 3 lb. candy box full of orange slices, salted peanuts, Jordan almonds, spice drops, etc. Charles and Alan Sutton here in aft. – arrived in Spfld. 1 a.m. yesterday. Jagows here tonight to help us celebrate. We served root beer floats to children, also peanuts and pretzels. Ray fixed mixed drinks for Judy and me. He and Elmer drank beer. Beelers had a baby shower in their yard for David’s future heir.
Wednesday, August 17, 1955
Uncle Rob is much better today. Ray fixed door jamb between kitchen and breezeway today. Girls went to free movie tonight. I faced skirt of red and navy print suit that Lorene gave L.R.
Thursday, August 18, 1955
Mr. Smith came to look at termite damage. L.R. wore formal to Rainbow Girls Initiation. Pearl Jones Garwood called this eve. Her daughter, Judy, came in after she and Loraine came back from playing miniature golf, but Loraine didn’t come in as she thought she wasn’t presentable. M.E. went to a show with Joanne. Ray picked them up at 11 p.m. at Walgreen’s after getting L.R. and Carole. Mrs. Colburn stayed with me. Mother D. came down to see girls in formals. Ray had laundry done today.
Friday, August 19, 1955
Aunt Ethel called to say Uncle Rob out of danger. M.E. and L.R. went to fair at 6:30p.m. and got home at 9 p.m. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller came out in eve. Marian and Tom arrived in Springfield late tonight. Pat paid Ray $20 room and board.
Saturday, August 20, 1955
Ray wanted to go to races but had no ticket and weather too hot. He sang at Watermelon Festival at Jerome Methodist Church. Gus, Russ, Tom and Marian went, too. Marian told Ray to tell me hello in case she didn’t find time to come over.
Sunday, August 21, 1955
Ray took children to S.S. Grandparents brought girls home after S.S. but Pat stayed for church and came home with Ray. We went to Mother and Dad’s for dinner. Ray went to church in aft. to rehearse with male quartet. We came home about 5 p.m. Ayers and Gilroys got back from “Old Settlers Picnic” in Iola tonight.
Monday, August 22, 1955
Gilroys left this a.m. – didn’t get to visit with them. Girls went to town in aft. with Ray to pay bills and get zipper notebooks and other school supplies. Ray went to union meeting tonight. I lengthened L.R.’s raincoat.
Tuesday, August 23, 1955
Ray put little ramp in between kitchen and breezeway. L.R. baked a cake for ice cream social the Rainbow Girls are giving at Douglas Park tonight. Mrs. Colmer took Colburns and L.R. tonight. Ray went to meeting at City Hall with Oliver re increase in salary. Mr. Chiti [Pat’s friend Wayne’s father] in hospital. Mother D. here in aft. – brought green sheet, slips, my aprons, and L.R.’s white shorts – all ironed!
Wednesday, August 24, 1955
Ray left at 9 a.m. for fishing trip to Havana with Fred Pruitt. Aunt Helen here in eve. She gave girls each $2.00. L.R. went to free show at Village Hall. Mrs. Colburn came at 9 p.m. and stayed until Carole and Linda came home from show. M.E. helped me get in bed. Bob here for a few minutes in eve. Got 10 doz. eggs from Mr. Aderman for 37 cents doz. Charles and Alan planned to leave this a.m.
Thursday, August 25, 1955
Mother D. down in aft. L.R. went to town to get a white blouse at Kresge’s, $1.00, and some more school supplies. Ray got home about 3 p.m. with a nice big mess of fish. His mother took 3 home. Received fall sale books from Alden’s and Sears. L.R. made some delicious fudge tonight. Mr. Chiti is much better.
Friday, August 26, 1955
L.R. went to town at 11:30 a.m. with Ray. I called Dr. Ratliff re dental appointment – he’s going out of town for 2 weeks so made it for 9:30 on Sept. 16th. We had half of the fish Ray brought home. L.R. and Ray got home about 2 p.m. – she got a yellow blouse and school supplies for M.E.
Saturday, August 27, 1955
Mrs. Colburn decided to go to St. Louis with Carole and Linda. Ray took them to Union Bus Station – will leave at noon and get home at 2 a.m. tomorrow. Visit to Shriners Hospital, Highland Park and St. Louis Muni Opera (“South Pacific”) is on the itinerary. All for $5.00. Henninger home is finished. They put up drapes in front picture window. Ray gave his mother a box of Pease’s mixed chocolates for her birthday. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight.
Sunday, August 28, 1955
Mother D.’s birthday. L.R.’s bus didn’t get in until 2:45 a.m. – late because 3 of the older girls were lost by going behind the stage after the opera. Ray went to church this a.m. Vacation over – back to work at 4 p.m. today. Sent wedding anniversary card to Mother and Dad. Henninger’s house open to public today. L.R. made white fudge this eve. Everything is so dry. No rain for 6 weeks except very light rain occasionally but not enough to measure.
Monday, August 29, 1955
Mother & Dad’s wedding anniversary. Ray cut grass in front – first time since August 8th as so dry. L.R. made waffles for supper which pleased Pat. She went to Melo-Cream Donut Co. and Amhrein’s Bakery with Ray about noon to get day-old donuts, bread and rolls. I made out order for jumpers and blouses from Florida Fashions for Aunt Helen to give Jane and Ann.
Tuesday, August 30, 1955
L.R. went to summer movie with Carole. Nice and cool today. Ray cut half of back yard. L.R. got a pair of anklets for herself and for M.E. at Myers Bros. Received card from Olwen Leach who is in Paris. Colburns here this eve.
Wednesday, August 31, 1955
L.R. and Carole C. to J.C. Penney free show at Roxy this a.m. M.E. went with Ray at 1 p.m. to get her grey skirt at the cleaners and some groceries. Ray cut rest of backyard in a.m. Mother D. down in aft. – brought funnies and newspapers and magazines. M.E. went to show tonight with Joanne, Gene and George. I fixed 2 quarts of raw sliced apples for freezing.
Thursday, September 1, 1955
Public schools opened this a.m. – out at 2:30 p.m. L.R. wore green skirt, new white blouse, anklets and slippers. M.E. wore grey gabardine skirt, new yellow blouse and anklets. Judy and girls here in aft. to show me Carol Sue’s coat from Alden’s and jacket and snowsuit for Rita from her cousin.
Friday, September 2, 1955
Schools dismissed at 2:30 again today. Bob out this a.m. – brought me a sack of peaches. I baked a peach pie and put 2 apple pies in freezer (made from golden apples from tree east of house). Ray left at 12:30 p.m. to pay bills and get paycheck – came home at 9 p.m. Pat is staying all night at Jerry Bartlett’s and is leaving in the morning for St. Louis. L.R. made fudge.
Saturday, September 3, 1955
L.R. went to town with Ray to pay on freezer, get ice cream at Walgreen’s (4 pints @ 69 cents), and money orders for Memorial ($10) and St. John’s ($10) Hospitals . Ordered gold corduroy for L.R.’s jumper from Spiegel’s.
Sunday, September 4, 1955
Dad’s birthday. Ray and girls went to S.S. Ray got tobacco for Dad’s birthday. L.R. went over to Janet’s in aft. Ray strolled over to Henninger’s and met Mrs. Henninger and son Robley, Jr. Mr. H. and daughter weren’t there. He said they were very nice and friendly. Pat got home about 4:30 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. David Beeler have twin daughters born today, Cella Lynn and Zelda Lee.
Monday, September 5, 1955
Labor Day. Ray, girls and I went out to fish fry at church camp. Left early as he had to work 4-12. Pat went out this eve. with Jerry Bartlett. Uncle Rob and Aunt Ethel here in eve. He looks pretty thin and weak. L.R. and I made divinity tonight.
Tuesday, September 6, 1955
Full-time school hours start today. Bob here this a.m. Ray left at 11:30 – going to see about a state job and stop at a building supply company. Jumpers and blouses I ordered for Aunt Helen (for Jane and Ann) from Florida Fashions came today. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller came out this eve. to pick them up and brought me 4 quarts of pear pickles that Mrs. Taylor canned. Rita and M.E. styled the jumpers for Aunt Helen.
Wednesday, September 7, 1955
L.R. went to Dr. King after school. She and M.E. came home on 4:20 bus. L.R. took flowers up to Mother D. that Aunt Helen brought her last night and went to Jerome Market with Carole C. Called Cousin Willis in eve. Gus came over this aft. but didn’t stay as we were napping. Mrs. Burnett is teaching kindergarten at Virden this fall.
Thursday, September 8, 1955
Agent from Acme Insurance Co. here this eve. – brought doctor and hospital insurance policies for Ray and L.R. – wouldn’t include M.E. Ray and M.E. went to Dairy Queen and got Dilly Bars for herself, Linda and me. Ray got beer. Aunt Helen was out in aft. and took 3 boxes of outgrown clothes. Marian and Tom Gilroy are over at Gus’ tonight.
Friday, September 9, 1955
L.R. went to fish fry given by U.C.T. at Douglas Park with the Colburns. The Henninger family moved into their new home across the street this afternoon. Ray had City truck out this a.m. to pick up stone and broken concrete at Jagows so Elmer had Ray over this evening after 8:30 for liquid refreshments.
Saturday, September 10, 1955
Made and iced a spice cake this a.m. M.E. went to town this aft. as Ray went to work. Pat went to picnic supper with Jerry B. L.R. went to installation of new Worthy Advisor of Rainbow Girls, Nancy Ann Arrowsmith, with Colburns and Mrs. Comer. The girls wore their formals. Talked to Mrs. Kenyon for a little while in backyard this eve. M.E. got pattern, material and sewing supplies from Westenberger’s for school project.
Sunday, September 11, 1955
Ray took girls to S.S. and his mother and dad brought them home – he stayed for church. M.E. was going to show this aft. with Joanne but Joanne called it off, so her mother said. Gus, Russ, Marian and Tom left at 6 a.m. for vacation trip to northeast and southeast. L.R. and I cut out her gold corduroy jumper.
Monday, September 12, 1955
Cousin Willis stopped by this aft. but I was lying down so didn’t get to see him. Worked on L.R.’s jumper until 12:30 a.m. Ray got a money order for Florida Fashions for black watch plaid blouse for L.R. and house dress for me.
Tuesday, September 13, 1955
Phoned Mrs. Beeler to inquire about her new granddaughters. They are still at hospital but are doing fine. Joyce [their mother] went home Thursday, Sept. 8th. I ordered two skirt patterns, blouse pattern, and material for all 3 today from Sears for L.R. Mother D. here in eve. Joanne called M.E. re job at Woolworth’s.
Wednesday, September 14, 1955
Ray went to Dr. Romence for examination and he gave him a prescription to help overcome tiredness. He’s okay except lungs have lost elasticity. I worked on L.R.’s jumper. Joanne called M.E. tonight to let her know she has a job at Woolworth’s. Mother D. picked up an ironing board cover I had asked her to get with coupon. Gave her 82 cents for it.
Thursday, September 15, 1955
M.E. worked at Woolworth’s from 4-5 p.m. Ray worked today as Madden is on vacation. Worked on L.R.’s gold corduroy jumper.
Friday, September 16, 1955
Aunt Helen, Mr. Diller, Olwen and Carl Sperry here in aft. Olwen brought lace collar from Belgium and a bottle of perfume from Paris. M.E. worked from 4-8:30 p.m., then went to Strand with Joanne. Her dad brought them home at midnight. Ray took clothes to laundromat.
Saturday, September 17, 1955
M.E. worked 11-5 p.m. but was let go as she cannot make change fast enough. L.R. went to town to Sears as Ray went to town and got skirt pattern and material for 2 skirts and 1 blouse. We cut out blue border print skirt tonight. Judy came over in aft. Jim and Caryl have a new baby boy born 7 a.m. named Thomas Wayne.
Sunday, September 18, 1955
Ray took girls to S.S. Grandparents brought them home. He stayed for church. Berdine stopped for a minute to leave 2 patterns – Maureen brought them in. Pat home tonight – popped corn and served pop also. It’s so dry quite a few leaves have fallen from soft maple tree. The three Rose of Sharon trees are still blooming.
Monday, September 19, 1955
Ray went to town this a.m. to get paycheck and pay bills. Worked on L.R.’s blue border print skirt. Mother D. here in aft. L.R. went to town to get zipper, pattern for black print skirt and rayon print blouse, thread, etc. She came home on bus with M.E. I helped her cut out black print skirt tonight.
Tuesday, September 20, 1955
Received card from Gus and Russ from Jacksonville, N. Carolina. Worked on L.R.’s border print skirt. Fred Pruitt, Letha, Elmer, Judy and children were here tonight for another fish fry. I forgot – Lazars were here, too. After we ate, the men cleaned about 50 more fish that Fred had caught for the next one. My dress and L.R.’s blouse arrived from Florida Fashions – very nice!
Wednesday, September 21, 1955
Worked on L.R.’s border print skirt. Aunt Helen here tonight.
Thursday, September 22, 1955
Franklin Life premium paid today. Worked on L.R.’s skirt. Ray got coats at cleaners today. Mother D. down tonight. Adermans came back this eve. Sent birthday card to Elsie (belated).
Friday, September 23, 1955
Dr. Ratliff put in a temporary filling and then sent me to Dr. Bradley to have lower right molar extracted. M.E. went to Woolworth’s and got her $3.65 (short pay from previous Saturday). Ray checked water meter this aft. as bills are excessive.
Saturday, September 24, 1955
Put the finishing touches on L.R.’s gold corduroy jumper which she wore with black watch plaid blouse to U.C.T. potluck supper at YWCA. She and Carole C. went to Orpheum later. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller were out this eve. to tell me Jane got jumpers. They fit perfectly and are very pleased. Ray worked 4-12 shift last time tonight. Eisenhower had attack of coronary thrombosis.
Sunday, September 25, 1955
Daylight Savings Time ended for Springfield at 2 a.m. today. Ray started day shift today. Grandparents took girls to S.S. and brought them home.
Monday, September 26, 1955
Bob was here this aft., also Jim & Caryl, Steve and Thomas Wayne. The baby is a darling. I worked on L.R.’s white printed rayon blouse. Ordered black watch plaid woolen material for L.R.’s 2-piece dress and a slip from Alden’s and recipe box and book from Sears for L.R.’s birthday. Ray went to Past Masters dinner at Masonic Temple tonight.
Tuesday, September 27, 1955
Ordered 2 skirts for girls from Alden’s. Ray cut front yard. He got 10 doz. eggs from Mrs. Aderman @ 40 cents doz.
Wednesday, September 28, 1955
Went to Dr. Ratliff this a.m. Picked up woolen material at Alden’s but cancelled slip, so ordered one from Sears. The Ayers’ and Gilroys got back from eastern trip tonight. L.R. went to Dr. King after school and also left shoes at shoe repair shop to have heels replaced.
Thursday, September 29, 1955
1.69" rain today. Gus and Russ here for supper tonight to celebrate our moving here 3 years ago. Cousin Willis and Lorene were coming out but I asked them to come tomorrow night instead. L.R. picked up shoes after school at Pete’s Shoe Repair Shop – heels cost 60 cents.
Friday, September 30, 1955
Only one skirt came from Alden’s – other one to be sent October 13. M.E. picked it up – just right for her. Ray picked up L.R.’s slip, recipe box and book. M.E. also got buttons at Westenberger’s for L.R.’s blouse but too large. Lorene and Cousin Willis didn’t come tonight as her brother and wife came unexpectedly. Received Alden’s Christmas catalog today.
Saturday, October 1, 1955
L.R. went to town to pick up skirt at Alden’s, return blouse buttons at Westenberger’s, get zipper for black watch plaid outfit, blouse buttons at ten-cent store, and neutral shoe polish. Adermans went home today. Ray went to Carol Haenig’s to practice “His Hands” solo for Sunday eve. M.E. went to Lanphier football game.
Sunday, October 2, 1955
Mother and Dad took girls to S.S. and brought them home. Pat went somewhere with Jerry B. Ray sang solo, “His Hands”, tonight. Aunt Helen was here with Mr. Diller – she left money for M.E. to get clutch bag for L.R.’s birthday. L.R. and I cut out black watch plaid skirt and blouse this aft. Girls wore skirts from Alden’s today.
Monday, October 3, 1955
Shortened L.R.’s winter coat – now it’s a shorty coat. She and I made her birthday cake. Ray got a haircut by Mr. Gates tonight. Received Spiegel’s Christmas catalog today.
Tuesday, October 4, 1955
Liinda Rae’s birthday. Ray measured her and she’s 5'5 ½" tall and weighs 109 lbs. Ray went to Operators’ Convention this a.m. Uncle Rob brought Cousin Willis out at 10:30 a.m. who left ½ gal. cider and a book for me to read. Colburns here for L.R.’s birthday dinner – chop suey, ice cream and cake. L.R. received: book and recipe box and 1 lb. box of candy from Ray; skirt, blouse, slip, comb and bandeau from me; hairspray from M.E.; $2.00 and nylons from Pat; blouse, Carole; $1.00, Gus and Russ; pen & pencil from Marian; clutch bag, Aunt Helen.
Wednesday, October 5, 1955
Finished L.R.’s black watch plaid skirt today. Ray went to church tonight to practice with quartet.
Thursday, October 6, 1955
Worked on black watch plaid blouse; also finished hem in brown corduroy skirt. L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting – wore formal. She submitted petitions for Janet Bartram and Dorothy Turner.
Friday, October 7, 1955
More than 5" rain fell in last 3 days at South 6th St. bridge. Lazars and Pruitts here tonight for another fish fry. L.R. and M.E. went to Lanphier with Bartrams to see football game. Springfield High won (14-8).
Saturday, October 8, 1955
Mrs. Bartram took Janet, M.E. and L.R. to town at 9 a.m. to get orlon sweaters at Robert Hall’s, $2.00 ea. Sweaters were all gone by the time they got there. Mrs. Colburn here this a.m. to discuss her divorce suit. Jeweler called – can’t fix L.R.’s watchband – Benrus Co. will furnish new one for $3.25 – I’ll let them know later. Ray took Gus, Pat, L.R. and Carole C. to town as he had to get donuts and groceries. Ray went to practice with Bill Scattergood, Harry Willson and Charlie Weaver for October 16th at Bill’s church in Auburn. I worked on L.R.’s blouse. She went to rehearsal of Rainbow Girls chorus.
Sunday, October 9, 1955
Grandparents took children to S.S. Pat went on downtown. Harry and Edith Willson here for a little while in aft. – left just before Ray came home from work (4:15 p.m.) He went to church in eve. Elmer came about 10 p.m. to ask Ray to give his car a push in the morning – something wrong with starter. I ordered suit for Tommy, skirt material for M.E. and watchband for L.R. from Alden’s.
Monday, October 10, 1955
Worked on blouse. Ray pushed Elmer’s car to start it this a.m. – has to get new starter. L.R. exchanged blouse Carole C. gave her for her birthday. Jerry B. picked up Pat in eve.
Tuesday, October 11, 1955
Finished black and yellow skirt Linda Rae was making as she’s had too much homework to do much on it and needs it now. Mother D., Judy and M.E. each got a card of white bias tape for me and I only needed about 12 inches. M.E. went to wiener roast at Lincoln Park, Ray went to first bean supper, Pat didn’t come home, so just L.R. and I here for supper.
Wednesday, October 12, 1955
Went to Dr. Ratliff at 10:30 a.m. and had 3 teeth filled and lower plate refitted. Paid him $10. Stopped at Margaret Troy’s and saw Mike, too. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Aunt Helen brought suit for Tommy, check for $9.50 for medicine, and clutch bag for M.E.’s birthday. Received package from Alden’s containing tweed for M.E.’s skirt, L.R.’s watchband, and suit for Tommy.
Thursday, October 13, 1955
Finished L.R.’s black watch plaid suit. Mother D. took girls to Steak ‘n Shake for supper and then to Roxy to see “The McConnell Story” with James Stewart and June Allyson.
Friday, October 14, 1955
Teachers’ Institute so girls didn’t go to school today. Girls and I ironed all clothes that were left over from last couple of weeks or so. M.E. washed some more. I baked one apple pie and put two in freezer. Ordered 2 bras (from me), clutch bag (from Aunt Helen), and blouse for M.E.’s birthday, and 6 pr. sox Pat wanted from Alden’s. Mother and Dad transplanted peonies and red spirea. M.E. went to Lanphier and L.R. to skating rink with Carole C.
Saturday, October 15, 1955
L.R. and M.E. went to State Library at 10 a.m. to get books for M.E. – she came home and L.R. went on to town to meet Dorothy Turner – got jacket for M.E.’s birthday – home at 2 p.m. Janet B. here in aft. Homewood residents had a picnic at Lake Center Park but too chilly for us. Ray practiced with quartet to sing at Bill’s church Sunday eve.
Sunday, October 16, 1955
Grandparents took girls to S.S. Linda Rae wore her wool 2 pc. dress (black watch plaid) for first time. M.E. wore new grey pleated skirt. She gave Judy a permanent in aft. after helping me cut out her brown tweed skirt. Mrs. Alfred called for a few minutes re church census. Pat picked some golden delicious apples from tree on east side of house. Ray sang with quartet at Christian Church in Auburn – went in Harry Willson’s car.
Monday, October 17, 1955
Bob here this a.m. Worked on M.E.’s brown tweed skirt. Ray picked up L.R.’s winter coat at cleaners – outside shrunk some more and I had to shorten lining again tonight. Girls sent letters to Marian and Tom and I sent one to Pauline Carswell. Mother D. here in aft. Called Shaunessey Jewelry Co. and told them to order watchband to replace broken one on Mother’s watch I gave Linda.
Tuesday, October 18, 1955
Ray took radiator to Lincoln Radiator Co. for repair. “Tiny” took it out and put it back in. Dad drove Ray down to Radiator Co. this morning and again in aft. Colburns and Jagow girls here this eve. Elmer and Judy went to Trinity School Open House tonight. Ray took laundry to laundromat. He bought 8 gallons of gas for Dad’s car.
Wednesday, October 19, 1955
Dad here this a.m. Ray went to town at 11:30 a.m. to get paycheck, pay bills, pick up package at Alden’s containing M.E.’s blouse, 2 bras and clutch bag, and pick up laundry. He went to choir rehearsal this eve.
Thursday, October 20, 1955
Bob here this a.m. Mother D. here in aft. She met Mrs. Neuner on 1:46 p.m. bus as she’s never visited her out here. Pat didn’t come home for dinner – went out to Jim’s from work. L.R. wore formal to Rainbow Girls meeting tonight – will vote on Janet’s and Dorothy’s petitions.
Friday, October 21, 1955
Finished M.E.’s brown skirt and wrote letter to Alice. Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here this aft. He mailed Alice’s letter and order for skirt pattern (with tabs in front). Pat went to skating rink.
Saturday, October 22, 1955
L.R. went to show in aft. with Dorothy Turner at Senate – “My Sister Eileen” with Janet Leigh and Jack Lemmon. Ray worked 4-12 for J. Lazar tonight. Mother D. here about 1 p.m. M.E. shampooed and set my hair. Judy sent over a bunch of Bachelor Buttons [flowers] and Mrs. Colburn sent a basket of pears. Russell took L.R. and Carole C. to Rainbow Girls Halloween party and Mr. & Mrs. Bartram brought them home.
Sunday, October 23, 1955
Ray is starting swing shift tonight. He took children to S.S. and grandparents brought them home – he stayed for church. Girls baked and frosted a birthday cake for M.E. – decorated it and put on candles. We had a delicious turkey dinner at Doc and Minnie’s. Got there about 5 and left at 9 p.m. Pat, M.E., L.R., Ray and I were there. Quite warm weather for so late. Rained while there and then much cooler. Minnie gave us a coffeemaker, two pies and some rolls.
Monday, October 24, 1955
M.E.’s birthday. Grandparents here from 6-7 p.m. for cake and ice cream. Ray went to union meeting – took Mr. Burnett’s place as secretary as he has an abcess on leg – went to hospital on Wednesday on account of penicillin and got home yesterday. M.E. received skirt, 2 bras, and jacket from Ray and me; stationery, L.R.; blouse, Pat; clutch bag, Aunt Helen; $1.00, Gus; and show and dinner from Grandparents.
Tuesday, October 25, 1955
Cut out cobbler apron for Christmas. Ray was going to dinner at church but decided not to as not feeling well. Started excavating for house up on corner east of Henninger’s.
Wednesday, October 26, 1955
Dad had complete exam by Dr. Romence – has diabetes. Ray took him to hospital tonight – Mother went too. Ray went to choir rehearsal later. Finished cobbler apron except for hem. Dr. Romence is leaving on vacation – recommended Dr. Masters, who is taking care of Dad.
Thursday, October 27, 1955
Ray trimmed bushes in backyard and cleaned out gutters – washed kitchen tile, then took me for a ride in aft. to see beautiful fall foliage. Judy went, too. Dad is feeling better but has to stay in hospital a week.
Friday, October 28, 1955
Ray took L.R. to school this morning. Received “tab” skirt pattern this aft. Mrs. Colburn phoned this aft. that she wanted to talk to me tomorrow. Pat went to skating rink in eve.
Saturday, October 29, 1955
L.R. left on 9 o’clock bus to meet Dorothy Turner and go to town to shop and have lunch. Joanne called this a.m. and cancelled show this eve. with Mary Ellen. L.R. got home at 1:30 p.m. Elmer, Judy and girls here this eve. Ray took L.R. and Dorothy to S.S. Halloween party tonight at church and brought them home. They also delivered a bottle of Coty Cologne to Merle Perkington (my secret pal) for her birthday tomorrow. Lawrence (Diller’s hired man) brought basket of pears.
Sunday, October 30, 1955
No one went to S.S. but Ray went to church at 10:30 a.m. He worked on plugs at Tiny’s this aft. and took L.R. to Bartrams this eve. – a girl friend and her father brought her home.
Monday, October 31, 1955
Halloween. L.R. took Jagow girls trick-or-treating from 7-8 p.m. on Homewood. Ordered wardrobe [closet] from Sears for Pat. Aunt Helen here in aft. – gave me a check for $17 for medicine and sweaters for girls’ Christmas presents, and 1 lb. pecans. Ray went to see Dad at St. John’s tonight.
Tuesday, November 1, 1955
Ray went to union meeting at City Hall – Oliver gave them a 19 cent per hr. increase and are to get time and a half for Sundays next year. I ordered sweater from Spiegel’s for L.R. I have a sty on left eye. We had half of fish left from last fish fry and gave rest to Jagows. Pat took out hospital and life insurance with Acme Ins. Co.
Wednesday, November 2, 1955
Bob here in aft. Ray went to choir rehearsal. L.R. baked a cake after supper. I ordered sweater from M-W for M.E. Judy’s uncle has been in St. John’s Hospital for several days – clot on brain (cerebral thrombosis) and unconscious.
Thursday, November 3, 1955
L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting tonight – formal – Janet and Dorothy initiated – Mrs. Bartram took and brought them home. Ray brought Dad home from hospital today. Cut out L.R.’s grey skirt tonight.
Friday, November 4, 1955
Worked on L.R.’s grey skirt. Ray went to town to pay on freezer.
Saturday, November 5, 1955
Ray worked day shift for Carl Buedel who will work for him Tuesday. M.E. went to town with Gus to fill out application for Christmas work at Myers Bros. L.R. went skating with Sally Suffern and Kay Smith this eve. Ray took and brought her home. He picked up M.E.’s sweater at M-W. Finished L.R.’s grey wool skirt tonight.
Sunday, November 6, 1955
Ray took children to S.S. – he and Pat stayed for church – grandparents brought girls home. Ray, girls and I went for a ride in aft.
Monday, November 7, 1955
Ray went to Central School to see Mr. Thread at 2:30 p.m. – Parent-Teacher interview, then picked up L.R. and went to Shaughnessy’s to get her watchband, $3.25, sent in place of one that came in my mother’s watch. M.E. picked up sweater at Spiegel’s for L.R. – lovely. Phil Hancock brought out two wild ducks for us and two of his own to put in our freezer.
Tuesday, November 8, 1955
Cut out lilac border cobbler apron. Mother D. here in aft. after attending cooking school at Orpheum. Russ here in aft. to tell me Gus’ cousin so crippled with arthritis died. Colburns here this eve. Pat didn’t go to work as he had 5 teeth extracted today.
Wednesday, November 9, 1955
L.R. went to Dr. King. M.E. started working at Memorial Hospital after school from 4 until 7 p.m. Ray went to choir rehearsal. L.R. went to choir rehearsal at Masonic Temple with Turners and came home with Bartrams. Carole C. didn’t go due to a misunderstanding. Pat stayed with me until L.R. came home.
Thursday, November 10, 1955
Finished cobbler apron. Colburns here tonight.
Friday, November 11, 1955
Armistice Day. L.R. went to cooking school with Mother D. this a.m., had lunch downtown, then went to Roland’s to select 2 coats which Elmer brought over tonight. We kept a red fleece – lovely – $39.95; the other was turquoise and $29.95. M.E. had picture made at Anker’s Studio for “Lan Hi” [yearbook] and then on to town where she met L.R. accidentally, then on to hospital to work. Mother D. here in aft. – brought ½ lb. bacon.
Saturday, November 12, 1955
L.R. went to town at 11:20 to meet Dorothy. She bought a white stole with money she received from Pat ($2.00) and Gus ($1.00) for her birthday. Aunt Helen here in eve. – gave me a check for $10 for Xmas gifts I ordered for her. M.E. is still working at hospital.
Sunday, November 13, 1955
Lovely day – quite warm for November - 78 degrees. Ray and children went to S.S. – Pat stayed for church and came home with Ray – girls came home after S.S. with grandparents. Today is Judy’s birthday and I sent a cobbler apron for a gift. Ray took us for a ride in aft. and we left M.E. at hospital. A boy who works there brought her home. Dad and Mother went to Jim’s for noon meal.
Monday, November 14, 1955
Ray went to evangelistic meeting tonight. Carol Sue and Rita came after school and stayed until Judy came at 5:15 p.m. for them.
Tuesday, November 15, 1955
78 degrees – highest temp. for November 15th. Cut out half-apron from lilac border print. M.E. not working tonight. Ray met her after school and she picked up L.R.’s slip at Alden’s, and clutch bag (for Jane from Aunt Helen) and cardigan (for Ruth Ann from Aunt Helen) at M-W. Ray took Janet, Carole C. and Linda to choir rehearsal at Masonic Temple tonight. Mrs. Colburn here tonight. Pat popped corn and served pop. He received his wardrobe from Sears today. Gave my old cedar chest to Jagows.
Wednesday, November 16, 1955
Linda wore new red winter coat for first time today. Worked on lilac half-apron. Ray went to church and choir rehearsal.
Thursday, November 17, 1955
Mr. Turner took L.R. to Rainbow Girls and Mrs. Bartram brought her home. Mother D. came in eve. and stayed until M.E. got home.
Friday, November 18, 1955
Finished lilac half-apron. Jim called tonight to invite us for Thanksgiving but Mother already asked us. Ray received retroactive pay today.
Saturday, November 19, 1955
L.R. went to town as M.E. went to work this aft. She received her first paycheck today. L.R. went to a dinner-dance at Lincoln Inn with Mrs. Colburn, Carole, and the Ruddels (U.T.C.). Sent card to Cousin Willis who will be 85 years old Monday.
Sunday, November 20, 1955
Pat and L.R. didn’t go to S.S. but M.E. went with Ray. Grandparents brought her home. Aunt Helen here this eve. Bob here in aft. – brought apples and cider from Spaulding’s.
Monday, November 21, 1955
Ray had washing done today. I cut out blue print apron. M.E. brought Dean in and introduced him. Ray sang with quartet at Church of God and received turkey dinner in payment. Judy washed brown corduroy and black/yellow/white skirt of L.R.’s.
Tuesday, November 22, 1955
L.R. went to Bunn School for basketball game. Ray brought her home. M.E. went to Strand with Dean tonight.
Wednesday, November 23, 1955
Received letter from Alice. L.R. went to choir rehearsal with Janet; Ray took them and Mrs. Bartram brought them home. Aunt Helen here for a little while.
Thursday, November 24, 1955
Thanksgiving. Let out Stevie’s p.j.’s this a.m. Went to Mother Durst’s for a delicious dinner. Went with Ray as he took M.E. to work at hospital, and then went for a little ride. Mrs. Jordan died at 2:30 a.m. today.
Friday, November 25, 1955
Saturday, November 26, 1955
Ray went to town at 12:30 to attend Mrs. Jordan’s funeral, shopped, and then stopped at J. Lazar’s – home at 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 27, 1955
Ray took girls to S.S. and grandparents brought them home – he stayed for church. Lorene and Cousin Willis here in aft.
Monday, November 28, 1955
Today is Bob’s birthday.
Tuesday, November 29, 1955
L.R. went to Enos School for basketball game. Ray picked her up and took her to the Orpheum where M.E. was waiting and they saw “The Tender Trap” with Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds – came home on bus. Aunt Ethel here in aft. Uncle Rob picked up package at Alden’s for me. He has a new 1955 Plymouth.
Wednesday, November 30, 1955
Ray went to choir rehearsal but didn’t stay long as I was alone. M.E. got home at 9:05 p.m. as Dean’s car isn’t operating correctly so she took the bus. L.R. was at Masonic Temple for chorus and Pat went to skating rink. Cousins Willis and Mary left this a.m. for St. Petersburg, Florida. L.R. went to Dr. King after school.
Thursday, December 1, 1955
L.R.went to Rainbow Girls meeting tonight.
Friday, December 2, 1955
Dorothy Turner stayed all night.
Saturday, December 3, 1955
M.E. gave me a perm. this a.m. before going to work at 11 a.m. I cut out yellow broadcloth suit for Tommy with pattern Lorene gave me that she used for Judy’s Mark. L.R. went to town with Dorothy at 9 a.m. and came home on noon bus.
Sunday, December 4, 1955
I gave M.E. a perm. in bangs this a.m. before she went to work at 11 a.m. L.R. didn’t go to S.S. – Ray went to church after taking M.E. to work.
Monday, December 5, 1955
Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight. Ray brought a suit home from Hub but is going to return it.
Tuesday, December 6, 1955
Aunt Ethel here in aft. Uncle Rob picked up order for me at Spiegel’s. We made 4 batches of peanut brittle tonight. Received a check from Cousin Willis for $1,000.
Wednesday, December 7, 1955
Received order of frozen food from Rich Plan. Bob here at the same time this aft. L.R. went to Rainbow Girls chorus rehearsal this eve. Ray took her but didn’t go to his choir rehearsal as he has a cold – brought M.E. home from work. Worked on yellow broadcloth suit for Tommy. Ray returned suit to Hub’s today.
Thursday, December 8, 1955
Mother and Dad here this aft. She went to Patton Clinic for exam and found she has shingles and high blood pressure. Aunt Helen sent out holly to decorate house. I’m getting a cold.
Friday, December 9, 1955
M.E. missed her bus so Ray went after her. Finished Tommy’s suit. Received first Christmas cards – one from Warren with a darling picture of Lynn, and the other from Bill Curran. Received card from Alice re Christmas package.
Saturday, December 10, 1955
I washed and ironed kitchen curtains and M.E. washed bathroom shower and window curtains. Mother D. gave us an automatic percolator for Christmas in advance as she thought I’d want to use it Tuesday. Ray got a new suit and a dress for me. Dress too large so will return it for credit. Sent Christmas package to Rock Island.
Sunday, December 11, 1955
No one went to S.S. or church as we all have colds. I addressed the rest of the Christmas cards except those I have to check for change of address. Nellie Long phoned after supper. They ate at Clarence Jones’ and were leaving immediately for St. Louis where they are now living. Ray hung kitchen curtains, painted black baseboard, and touched up walls. M.E. and L.R. cleaned cabinets, drawers, etc.
Monday, December 12, 1955
Inquired around for dresses and finished up Christmas cards. Ray washed and waxed the floors today. My cold is much worse. Judy’s uncle, John Roth, of Cantrall, died today.
Tuesday, December 13, 1955
Ray brought some evergreen branches from Lake Nursery and decorated front room with them and holly. L.R. went to basketball game at Butler School. Entertained my S.S. class tonight – that is, I furnished the house and Mel Underwood, hostess and assistant hostesses did the rest – 38 came. Had candy, nuts, date pudding with whipped cream, and coffee. Marian McLain, my secret pal, gave me religious print set for Christmas and pad & pencil for wedding anniversary.
Wednesday, December 14, 1955
Judy’s uncle was buried this aft.
Thursday, December 15, 1955
Cut out dress for Karen. Ordered tie and socks for Ray to match new suit. L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting with Turners and Janet. Ray brought M.E. home from work.
Friday, December 16, 1955
Coldest day this year so far. Worked on Karen’s dress. Jerry came for Pat and they went shopping. I ordered a wreath from Myers Bros., $3.00 value for $1.50 – for front door. My cold is much better – have 5 cold sores on upper lip and just below nose. Last midnight shift.
Saturday, December 17, 1955
L.R. did some Christmas shopping from 10 until 1 p.m. Then Ray took M.E. to town early and she did some shopping until time to go to work.
Sunday, December 18, 1955
Ray took girls to S.S. but he didn’t go on account of his cold. Mother and Dad brought them home. Ray took little Christmas tree back to Harm’s, $1.50, and got a lovely 8 ft. one for $2.00. L.R. made cookies with new cutters Aunt Helen gave her, and both girls and I made first batch of caramels. L.R. decorated Christmas tree this aft. Ray started 4-12 shift. Received a lovely poinsettia plant from Lalla Rookh Chapter of Eastern Star. Elmer came over tonight to tell us they have a son, Mark Alan, weight 7 lb. 13 oz., born at 8:52 p.m. Both are fine!
Monday, December 19, 1955
Finished Karen’s dress. Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob brought cake decorator set Aunt Helen gave L.R. She decorated some of her cookies and helped Pat wrap his gifts. Mary Ellen made another batch of caramels. I wrapped all of first batch today. L.R. pinned up Carol Sue’s hair. Ray exchanged item at Spiegel’s.
Tuesday, December 20, 1955
Wrapped second batch of caramels. L.R. pinned up Carol Sue’s hair again tonight. Judy called me from hospital. Wrapped quite a few Christmas gifts tonight. Received ½ bushel apples from Geraldine & Mercer [Spaulding]. Mrs. Hanson and Lorene out tonight with gifts – I gave her 2 pr. Belle Sharmeer hose. Bob out and I gave him a box of peanut brittle.
Wednesday, December 21, 1955
Cut out apron for Aunt Helen. Mrs. Colburn called re L.R. going to U.T.C. Christmas party but she stayed with me as Ray at work, also M.E. M.E. made batch of caramels after she got home.
Thursday, December 22, 1955
Wrapped caramels and worked on Aunt Helen’s apron, also wrapped gifts. Bill and Jane Scattergood and children here in eve. for a little while.
Friday, December 23, 1955
L.R. sang Christmas carols with Rainbow Girls – they sang here! Jim helped Ray put extra [something] on T-V, also fringe area antenna. Gave him their gifts and he brought ours. M.E. went to show with Joanne. Elmer came over tonight to arrange for Ray to take his girls to Roland’s tomorrow noon.
Saturday, December 24, 1955
Ray took Jagow girls to town at noon to get their hair fixed at Roland’s and then they went to hospital with Elmer at 2 o’clock to bring Judy and baby home. Mother and Dad down this aft. Gus and Russ here for about an hour this eve. – brought gifts from Marian and Tom and theirs.
Sunday, December 25, 1955
Mother and Dad here at 7:30 a.m. for opening gifts. Ray and children went to S.S. and church. Dad brought girls home from S.S. Mother and Dad here for dinner at 12:30 p.m. They went home at 2 p.m. M.E. and Ray went to work at 4 p.m. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here in eve.
Monday, December 26, 1955
Everything closed today except grocery and drug stores. Elsie here this aft. and brought stationery for me, talc for L.R. and bath salts for M.E. M.E. went to show with Joanne after work.
Tuesday, December 27, 1955
L.R. went to town with Ray this a.m. and exchanged my 2 house dresses. M.E. left at 8:45 a.m. to take exam (Government) at Lanphier. She met L.R., had lunch at Steak ‘n Shake, and then saw “Kismet” at Senate. Janet here this aft. and saw our gifts. Elmer brought 6 dresses for me from Roland’s but didn’t keep any. Pat didn’t go to work today. Russ here this eve.; left letter for us to answer (Round Robin).
Wednesday, December 28, 1955
Aunt Ethel here in aft. She and I wrote letters to Warren and sent them to Gussie (Round Robin). M.E. went to show with Joanne.
Thursday, December 29, 1955
Bob here around noon. Ray took girls to town and each bought a pair of saddle oxfords ($5.00 ea.). We went to Jagows for the evening and saw Mark Alan for first time – he’s a very fine baby! Ray picked up laundry that he left yesterday. Spiegel’s spring & summer catalog came.
Friday, December 30, 1955
Ray defrosted freezer part of refrigerator. M.E. and L.R. went to town at 1:40 p.m. M.E. bought a navy blue skirt and L.R. picked up the turquoise felt skirt at Alden’s to replace one returned because too large, and 3 pr. anklets at Neumode. Gus and Russ went to Chicago tonight.
Saturday, December 31, 1955
Spent a quiet New Year’s Eve at home as Ray had to work. M.E. went to a show with Joanne and came home about 11 o’clock.