Berniece Pearce Diary - 1956

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Sunday, January 1, 1956

Girls and Ray went to S.S.  Grandpa brought the girls home; Ray stayed for church.  Mother & Dad had Jim and family for dinner.  Caryl and children were down here in aft.  Wrote letters to Worthy Matron, O.E.S., Geraldine and Mercer Spaulding,  Ken and Anne and the Gilroys (girls wrote to Gilroys, too).  Spent quiet evening at home as Ray working.

Monday, January 2, 1956

Watched Pasadena Rose Parade.  Pat didn’t have to work.

Tuesday, January 3, 1956

First day of school since the Holidays.  L.R. went to McClernand School to basketball game.  Wrote letter to Cousin Willis, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Wednesday, January 4, 1956

Ray went to town to get paycheck and groceries.  Bob here in aft.  Gave him another box of peanut brittle.  Eileen Boyle phoned and I told her that S.S. class could meet here in August and December.  Received a letter from Alice.

Thursday, January 5, 1956

L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting with Dorothy.  Mr. Turner took them and Ray brought them home.  Received Spiegel’s spring and summer catalog today.

Friday, January 6, 1956

Cut out blue creeper suit for Mark Jagow.  Received Sears spring & summer catalog.  Wrote letter to Alice.

Saturday, January 7, 1956

Ray and L.R. went to town just before noon.  She picked up M-W spring & summer catalog and did a little shopping.  Pat helped Ray change antenna again.  Got 2 doz. eggs from Mrs. Krueger through Mother D. for 55 cents a doz.

Sunday, January 8, 1956

Ray and children went to S.S.  Grandparents brought girls home.  Pat and Ray stayed for church.  Mark Jagow was christened this morning.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here this eve.  I gave them another box of peanut brittle.

Monday, January 9, 1956

Received letter from Cousin Willis.  I ordered 6 pr. panties and 3 pr. socks from Alden’s for L.R. and Ray.  Bob here this a.m.  Worked on suit for Mark Jagow.  Eileen Boyle here this aft.  She left stamps for birthday cards (50-2cent) and picked up coffee urn.

Tuesday, January 10, 1956

Gave Mother D. a perm. this a.m.  Mrs. Colburn brought a “lost” Christmas gift she thought Carole had brought over on Christmas – a very clever apron with a guest towel sewn in band for a hand towel.

Wednesday, January 11, 1956

Baked 2 recipes of peanut butter cookies (72).  Merle Perkington, Amy McCoy and Katherine Gathard called on me this aft.  L.R. went to Dr. King after school.  Received belated Christmas card from George Bonn, mailed from Turkey.

Thursday, January 12, 1956

Ray picked up L.R.’s panties and his socks at Alden’s.  Socks too small so reordered them and some for L.R.

Friday, January 13, 1956

M.E. was sick this a.m. but went to school and then to work at hospital – she called Ray at 5:30 to come after her.  Must be the “one day flu.”  L.R. went to basketball game at Douglas School.  Ray went out to St. John’s Sanitarium to see Dr. Stocker – he’s okay.  Dr. Romence prescribed something to give him a “sense of well being”.  I gave little suit to Mark Jagow.

Saturday, January 14, 1956

M.E. is okay today and went to work in aft.  Ray was sick all night and can’t walk today.  Gus and Mother D. here this aft.  She brought 2 doz. eggs @ 55 cents doz. this a.m.  L.R. went to town and got hers and Ray’s socks at Alden’s this aft.  Wrote letters to LaChoy Products in Chicago and Archbold, Ohio, re scuffies [shoes] not received.   L.R. went to Rainbow Girls installation – wore formal.  Mr. Turner took Janet, Dorothy and Linda and brought them home.  Phoned Dr. Romence – thinks Ray has a virus – will come in morning if he has any fever – said not to take any more medicine.

Sunday, January 15, 1956

Ray in bed today – flu or bad after-effects of medicine Dr. Romence prescribed Friday (should give sense of well being–?).  L.R. went skating with Dorothy Turner at Moonlight Gardens – Mr. Turner took them and they walked home.  Wrote letter to Cousin Willis.  Ray hasn’t any fever so didn’t call doctor.

Monday, January 16, 1956

Jim and Mike here just after noon.  Wrote letters to Jane Diller Dixon and Charlotte Hennessey.  Ray feels much better today.

Tuesday, January 17, 1956

Baked a raspberry-apple pie today.  Mother and Dad stopped to pick up my list for groceries on way to A&P.

Wednesday, January 18, 1956

Ray up this aft. — feels much better.  I ironed clothes Mother washed Monday.  Phil brought Ray’s check.

Thursday, January 19, 1956

Ray went back to work this a.m.  M.E. didn’t work tonight on account of sore throat and stiff leg.  Ordered guitar print for skirt and tangerine material for blouse, and skirt and blouse pattern from Alden’s.

Friday, January 20, 1956

Uncle Rob ordered blouse pattern from Alden’s for L.R. – I owe him 35 cents.  M.E. went to Senate to see “Guys and Dolls” with Joanne, Fred and George.  I called Dr. Shriner’s office for her but he’s out of town – was given appointment for Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.  Cut down black corduroy jumper (Lorene’s) for M.E.

Saturday, January 21, 1956

L.R. went to town at 12:20 p.m. to pay Dr. King.  She got back before M.E. left for work.  M.E. went to basketball game at Armory after work.

Sunday, January 22, 1956

Mother and Dad took children to S.S. and back home.  Pat stayed for church.  Lorene came out and brought a sack of popcorn.  L.R. and I started painting picture Marian McLain gave me.  Ray went to church in eve.

Monday, January 23, 1956

Painted on “Portrait of Christ”.  Ray took L.R. and Dorothy to basketball game at Lanphier.  Aunt Ethel here in aft.

Tuesday, January 24, 1956

Doc and Minnie here for supper tonight.  I served boiled beef, lime jello with pears salad, potatoes, dumplings, buttered peas, relishes, rolls, strawberry jam, lemon and pumpkin pies with ice cream, and coffee.  M.E. went to see Dr. Shriner – leg okay but thyroid medicine needed.

Wednesday, January 25, 1956

Ray picked up order at Alden’s containing guitar print for skirt and tangerine material for blouse.  He tried out medicine that Dr. Romence prescribed with same bad after effects.  He went to choir rehearsal but had to come home early.  I painted on “Portrait of Christ” – all finished except 3 or 4 tiny places.   Ray took clothes to laundromat in aft. and brought them home before supper.

Thursday, January 26, 1956

Ray much worse today but no doctor available on Thursdays.

Friday, January 27, 1956

Ray no better today.  Called doctor in a.m. but didn’t come as no fever.  Elmer got some groceries for me this a.m.  Called Dr. Romence at 5 p.m. and nurse said he’d be out after 6 o’clock – got here about 8 p.m.  He was shocked when he saw Ray – trouble caused by drug Equanil.  Gave him a shot in hip, pills to stop diarrhea, and 2 sleeping capsules.  Diarrhea stopped during night but he didn’t get any sleep.

Saturday, January 28, 1956

Called doctor at 8 a.m. and he said Ray should go to hospital.  Called America Ambulance; doctor arrived at 8:25 and the ambulance here 15 min. later.  He was put in a bed in the hall on 3rd floor as all rooms filled.  Mr. Burnett here in a.m. and he and Russell went to hospital in eve. and took Equanil tablets for doctor’s examination.  Lorene came for a few minutes after supper. 

Sunday, January 29, 1956

Grandparents took children to S.S.  Pat, Mary Ellen, Mother and Dad went to hospital in aft.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob came in late aft. and gave us a dozen eggs from Aunt Georgia.  They stopped here on way home.  Elmer here for a few minutes this eve.

Monday, January 30, 1956

Tommy in hospital with a bad cold.  Jim went to see Ray in aft.  I ordered taffeta skirt and material for skirt for L.R. to make at school from Alden’s.  2-7/10" snow today.

Tuesday, January 31, 1956

They finally moved Ray into a room – #305.  Mother and Dad went to see him in aft. and then got me some groceries.  Russell brought donuts – went to hospital, too.  Aunt Ethel sent homemade cookies by Uncle Rob.  Received skirt and blouse patterns from Alden’s for guitar print and solid tangerine.   Painted on “The Good Shepherd” picture.

Wednesday, February 1, 1956

Snowing this a.m. L.R. went to Dr. King after school and then picked up taffeta skirt and print for skirt to make at school.  Cut out tangerine blouse.  Jim didn’t get to move yesterday but did today to 2321 S. 10th St.

Thursday, February 2, 1956

4" snow last 24 hrs.  Mother and Dad went to hospital.  L.R. didn’t go to Rainbow Girls meeting tonight as streets were too icy and snowy.  Phil brought out Ray’s paycheck.  Ordered taffeta for skirt and blouse for L.R. from Alden’s.

Friday, February 3, 1956

Called Dr. Romence – he said Ray couldn’t think of leaving hospital for 3 or 4 days and can’t work before a week from Monday, if then.  Mother and Dad went to hospital.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here this eve.  M.E. went to a show with George.

Saturday, February 4, 1956

Bob here this a.m. and Lorene in aft.  She brought my nightgowns she exchanged – rayon for flannelette that M.E. gave me Christmas.  L.R. went to see “Guys and Dolls” with Dorothy Turner. 

Sunday, February 5, 1956

Mother and Dad took children to S.S.  Pat stayed for church.  They took L.R. to hospital to see Ray.  Pat went to town with them.  M.E. went to hospital later with Elmer.  Aunt Helen entered hospital this aft. for check-up and rest – in Room 557.

Monday, February 6, 1956

Mother and Dad went to hospital and then paid some bills for us.  Made an appointment with Dr. Fleischli for L.R. tomorrow at 4:15 p.m.  Talked to Dr. Romence.  Ray much better but still can’t walk.

Tuesday, February 7, 1956

M.E. went to Dr. Shriner after school.  Thyroid okay – she’s having leg x-rayed tomorrow.  L.R. and I cut out her navy taffeta skirt tonight.  She got material and white nylon blouse at Alden’s today.

Wednesday, February 8, 1956

Received belated Christmas card and letter from Pauline Carswell.  Worked on L.R.’s taffeta skirt.  Today is Pat’s birthday.  L.R. and I gave him pr. of khaki pants; M.E., 2 tee shirts; and Aunt Helen, a tie.  I baked a cake in honor of the occasion.  Lorene received a telegram from Cousin Willis – they’re arriving home at 11 a.m. Sunday.  Uncle Rob and Aunt Ethel were out in aft.  They’d been to see Ray.  He’s still in quite a bit of pain but looks good.

Thursday, February 9, 1956

Called Dr. Romence at home this a.m. and he called me this aft.  Said Ray was coming along fine but won’t be home for another week.  John Lazar called – Maymie [his wife] swallowed a pin but Dr. Romence said she’d be okay.  Colburns here in eve.  I finished L.R.’s navy taffeta skirt.

Friday, February 10, 1956

M.E. went to Dr. Shriner.  Mother and Dad went to hospital in aft.  Elmer left L.R.’s coat at cleaners this a.m.  I ironed all the girls’ clothes and a dress of mine that Mother D. washed Monday.  M.E. went to a show with George in eve.

Saturday, February 11, 1956

L.R. and M.E. went to town at 12:20 p.m. M.E. got picture taken at Foster Studio.  L.R. got some thread, a valentine for my secret pal, and valentine candy.  Mother and Dad picked up L.R.’s red coat at cleaners, $1.65.  Looks like new.

Sunday, February 12, 1956

Cousins Willis and Mary got home at 11 a.m. on the Ill. Central R.R.  Mother and Dad took children to S.S.  They took M.E. to hospital to work.  L.R. baked cookies for valentine party Tuesday eve.  Bob here in a.m. and Gus in aft.

Monday, February 13, 1956

Cousin Willis phoned re doctor’s report on Ray.  Melfrances Underwood, Frances Jordan and Florence Fromm here this eve.  Mrs. Colburn here in aft.

Tuesday, February 14, 1956

Finished guitar print skirt.  Aunt Ethel here in aft – brought cookies – very delicious!  Uncle Rob took Cousin Willis to see Ray.  Mother D. and Dad went, too; also got groceries for us and brought laundry nicely ironed.  Pat had rest of upper teeth extracted today by Dr. Millhon.  L.R. went to school valentine party tonight with Turners.  Russ went to see Ray in p.m.  L.R. got glasses from Dr. Fleischli, $25.50 – very nice.

Wednesday, February 15, 1956

Don Anderson brought rental typewriter this aft. ($10 for 3 mos. – M.E. paid $4.00 and owes bal. of $6.00).  Phoned Cousin Willis and S.T. Anderson re Ray’s compensation.  Phoned Commercial Credit Co. and asked them to send collector for February payment.  Dad was down and brought roll of toilet tissue and I gave him grey flannel shirt I stitched this morning.  Mrs. Bartram phoned this eve.  Pat didn’t work today.

Thursday, February 16, 1956

Pat didn’t go to work today.  L.R. didn’t go to Rainbow Girls meeting tonight.  Major Bray called to tell me Andy and Mr. Larson were arranging things so Ray won’t lose any pay and can stay off work until fully recovered.  Dr. Romence phoned (speak of surprises!) tonight.  He said  Ray coming along okay but he wouldn’t give me any idea of when he’ll be able to walk.  Mother D. went to hospital in aft. to see Ray.

Friday, February 17, 1956

Gave money to Elmer to pay Rich Food Plan.  Wrote letter to Ray which Pat took when he left at 12:20 p.m.  Also wrote to Wes and Alice.  Ordered printed permanent pleated material for skirt from Spiegel’s.  M.E. went to a show with George.  Cousin Willis and Uncle Rob went to see Ray this aft.  Phil Hancock brought out Ray’s paycheck this eve.

Saturday, February 18, 1956

L.R. went to town on bus this aft.  Mr. Bartram and Mr. Nelson took me to hospital this afternoon to see Ray.  He’s improving every day but still can’t walk.  John Lazar phoned tonight – just back from New Orleans.  Lorene here tonight.  Brought doz. oranges, pair of old nylons, and Dritz seam ripper.

Sunday, February 19, 1956

Grandparents took children to S.S.  Colburns stopped in for a few minutes on way home from church.  Gus here for a few minutes in aft. and Velma and Frances Jordan came later and brought a loaf of apricot bread – very good!  M.E. saw Ray late aft. and he sent note home – no company today unless someone came in eve.

Monday, February 20, 1956

Aunt Ethel here in aft.  Uncle Rob payed some bills for us and took L.R. to hospital after school.  Mother and Dad went in aft., too.  Elmer went to see Ray tonight.  Doctor told him he’d be in hospital for 2 more weeks.  He received flowers from Wes and Alice.  I mended my wine stripe dress today.

Tuesday, February 21, 1956

Wrote “Round Robin” letter to Warren and letter to Wes and Alice.  Russ went to see Ray this aft. so I sent clean p.j. pants and letter to Ray by him.  M.E. picked up pleated skirt material for L.R. at Spiegel’s,  white with wine border.  Ray got a phone today and called me in aft. and again tonight.  Aunt Helen phoned Aunt Ethel from Tucson.

Wednesday, February 22, 1956

Worked on permanent pleated skirt for L.R. (wine border).  She went to Dr. King after school.  Judy here for a few minutes to show sample of their kitchen linoleum and leave baby’s formula as their refrigerator was disconnected.  Mother and Dad stopped by with groceries – had been to hospital.  Ray phoned in aft. and eve.  M.E. took proofs to Foster’s.  Evie, Bill and Jeannie Wells were here in aft. 

Thursday, February 23, 1956

Ray phoned twice.  M.E. brought flowers home that Wes and Alice sent Ray.  Pat home for supper – we had beans and cornbread and ice cream.  Mr. Sprague (Metropolitan Ins.) and Mr. Scott (Prudential) here today.

Friday, February 24, 1956

Judy here in aft. with baby.  He has grown a foot since I saw him December 29!!  Mother and Dad went to hospital and also got groceries.  Finished pleated skirt.  Mrs. Burnett stopped in for a little while on her way home from school.

Saturday, February 25, 1956

M.E. shampooed my hair this a.m.  L.R. went to town in aft. to get blouse pattern for wine material.  I ironed clothes that I washed first of week.  Ray phoned twice.  Spiegel’s sent letter re Christmas purchases – placed them on time payment plan.

Sunday, February 26, 1956

Grandparents took children to S.S.  They took our clothes home with them to launder.  Wrote Aunt Helen air mail letter.  Dad, Mother, M.E. and Pat went to see Ray this aft.  L.R. stayed with me and made brownies.  I cut out her wine sleeveless blouse.  Guss here a little while at noon.

Monday, February 27, 1956

Ordered 3 blouses from M-W, $2.90.  Dr. Romence phoned this a.m. – expects Ray will walk Thursday and be home by end of week – “Glory Be”!!  Pat home tonight.  Worked on wine blouse.  Elmer came over and ran the car for awhile.

Tuesday, February 28, 1956

Worked on wine blouse.  Mother and Dad brought laundry down, then went to see Ray and brought groceries to me, $2.21.  M.E. paid $10 on Spiegel account (January & February $5.00 ea.).

Wednesday, February 29, 1956

Aunt Ethel here this aft.  Uncle Rob picked up blouses at Spiegel’s and paid Acme Ins. Co.  Received letter from Marian and Tom.  Eisenhower decided to run for a 2nd term today.

Thursday, March 1, 1956

Received letter from Alice.  Finished wine blouse.  L.R. wore formal to dinner for Rainbow Girls tonight.  Turners took her.  Mother and Dad went to hospital in aft.

Friday, March 2, 1956

I ironed in a.m.  Bob was here at noon.  Broke glass lid on deep-well cooker.  Berdine picked one up for 57 cents at Brunk & Sapp on way out here with Mrs. Godley.  Cousin Willis here for a few minutes.  Ruth Tackett came just as Berdine and Mrs. Godley were leaving.  M.E. went to a show after work. 

Saturday, March 3, 1956

L.R. went to town at 12:20 p.m. – picked up skirt material (solid blue) to make at school, shampoo (White Rain, 2 for $1.59) and Evening in Paris deodorant (2 for $1.00).  Dad and Mother went to hospital.  M.E. gave friendship ring back to George.  I helped L.R. cut out her plaid skirt.  (She got it to make at school but teacher won’t let her make a circle skirt for which it is suited so had to get plain color for school, suitable for a gathered skirt.)

Sunday, March 4, 1956

Grandparents took children to S.S.  Elmer came over at noon and drove car to Capitol Airport.  Ray thinks he can come home middle of week.  Hope so.  Buds are swelling on trees.  Early spring flowers up 2".  Judy raked their backyard in aft.  M.E. came home on bus.

Monday, March 5, 1956

Aunt Ethel here this aft.  Judy here for a few minutes to borrow a cup of lard and I gave her 3 packages of cheese Aunt Georgia gave us for Christmas but too sharp for children.  Uncle Rob paid some bills – girl at Dr. Shriner’s office refused $10 – said bill for $39 sent January 12th was a mistake.  Pat didn’t work today.

Tuesday, March 6, 1956

Cut out dress for Karen from lilac border print left over from Christmas aprons.  M.E. got her pictures from Foster Studio tonight.  Helped L.R. finish harlequin print skirt as she wants to wear it tomorrow.  Pat went to work at 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7, 1956

Few snow flurries.  Worked on Karen’s dress.  Eileen Boyle and Katherine Gathard here this aft.  Cleve and Mabelle Taylor here tonight.  Ray feels so much better and walks so well that he thinks he’ll be home Friday.  Certainly glad!  Pat received income tax refund.

Thursday, March 8, 1956

Worked on Karen’s dress.  Mother and Dad got some groceries for us – brought our laundry home.

Friday, March 9, 1956

Ray got home at 11:15 a.m.  His mother and dad brought him.  It’s wonderful to have him home.  Right after he arrived, Tennessee Ernie sang “He”, a song Ray’s wanted to hear him sing since it came out 2 or 3 months ago. Judy here in aft. to show outfits girls are wearing in school program tonight.   Elmer paid our freezer and food payment.  Russ brought Gus’ bridge cloth for me to embroider some names.  L.R. did a couple.  Marian and Tom came to Springfield tonight.  Pat got his upper plate tonight.

Saturday, March 10, 1956

Wrote letter to Alice and sent a get-well card to Rick [Betty’s husband].  L.R. went to town in aft. to get notebook for school and pay Dr. King.  Pat took hospital form to Dr. Romence’s office to fill out.  I phoned Cousin Willis in aft.  Elmer here for a little while in eve.  Gus here for a few minutes to bring gauze bandage we asked her to bring from drugstore.  Cost 81 cents but she wouldn’t let us pay for it.  Pretty nice of her.  I gave her the bridge cloth.  Major Robert MacDonald (Wilma MacDonald’s husband) killed in plane crash.

Sunday, March 11, 1956

Dad and Mother took children to S.S.  Marian came from 10:30 to 11 a.m.  Ray took off bandage first time since home – his legs certainly look bad.  Mr. and Mrs. Wall here in aft. – took M.E. to hospital.  L.R. made sugar & spice cookies.  Peggy Wallace, Edith Arnold, and Florence Fromm here late aft.  Aunt Helen got back from Tucson tonight.

Monday, March 12, 1956

Elmer here at 6 p.m. to leave groceries we ordered – I gave him beef stew left from our supper.  Tennessee Ernie sang “His Hands” this a.m. (for Ray’s benefit, no doubt).  Cancelled Reader’s Digest Condensed Book Club membership.

Tuesday, March 13, 1956

Our hot water heater started to leak this a.m. and Ray had Mr. Johnson out to check on size and quote price – approx. $100.  Bob and Dad here, too.  Ray changed bandages – legs look better.  The Turners were here tonight for supper.  They’re all very nice.  I served chilli burgers, potato chips, pickles, pop and beer.  Mrs. Colburn got her divorce today – she was here for a few minutes; also Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller.

Wednesday, March 14, 1956

Mr. Johnson installed gas water heater, $97.50.  Dad and mother brought clothes home and got groceries.  Mr. Burnett here tonight.   Started on Linda’s and Dorothy’s border-print (blue) skirts.  L.R. went to Dr. King after school.  Elmer over for an hour and Ray served beer after Mr. Burnett left.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here in aft.  Ray gave him money to pay ambulance and gas heat and money to Dad for water bill.

Thursday, March 15, 1956

Worked on Dorothy’s and Linda’s skirts.  Mr. Smith from Acme Ins. Co. phoned re hospitalization claim.  Received doctor’s in mail.  Jim here in aft.

Friday, March 16, 1956

3" snow.  Worked on Dorothy’s skirt.  Mother and Dad here in aft. – got groceries.  Uncle Rob took bills and insurance claim to Acme Ins. Co. in aft.  Elmer was here in a.m. – cleaned furnace filter.  Gas company men here twice to adjust furnace.

Saturday, March 17, 1956

Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here for a little while in new Buick – black with red upholstery.  L.R. went to town to get zipper and thread for skirt she’s making at school.  Fred Allen [comedian] died tonight from heart attack.  Elmer took our car to work at noon so Judy could take baby to Dr. re bad cold. 

Sunday, March 18, 1956

Grandparents took children to S.S.  Mr. and Mrs. Wall [from church] here in aft. to give flannelgraph on “Peter’s Escape from Prison”.

Monday, March 19, 1956

Finished Dorothy’s skirt.  Phil brought Ray’s paycheck – he received ½ pay for 3/1-15 – Ill. League of Municipal Employees to pay other half; also received $45.30 for 2/1-15 short pay (first 5 days pay withheld until off 30 days).  Mother and Dad got groceries.  L.R. bought violet material for blouses (Dorothy’s and hers).

Tuesday, March 20, 1956

Received letter from Acme Ins. Co.  They sent hospital a check for $459 – balance is $131.60.  Russ gave Ray a pair of boot sox this aft.

Wednesday, March 21, 1956

Cousin Willis and Lorene here tonight.  He asked Ray about hospital bill.  He says he is going to pay the balance.

Thursday, March 22, 1956

Worked on L.R.’s violet blouse.  Made 88 peanut butter cookies.  Lazars here tonight.  L.R. went to birthday/slumber party at Janet’s at 7 p.m.  Paul Colburn’s marriage license in paper tonight.  Received card from Wes and Alice from San Francisco.

Friday, March 23, 1956

Worked on L.R.’s violet blouse.  M.E. looked for a suit today.  L.R. got home from Janet’s slumber party at noon today.  She gave her a white blouse for her birthday.

Saturday, March 24, 1956

L.R. went to town and bought pair of white slippers with high (?) heels at Lober’s, $6.21.  M.E. purchased a suit at Myers Bros., $20.50.  Aunt Ethel gave a party here tonight in honor of Aunt Helen’s and Mr. Diller’s 2nd  wedding anniversary.  Doc and Minnie, Bob and Marge, and Bess Kinney were here, too.  Served chicken and ham salad sandwiches, pickles, olives, cookies, ice cream and coffee.  Very nice.  Ray took car out for first time.

Sunday, March 25, 1956

No one went to S.S.  Eileen Boyle brought out a box of “nibbles”: 5 kinds of cheese, crackers, ripe and green olives, strawberry preserves, mints, 6 oranges, 6 apples, and can of mushrooms – from I.H.N. class.  Very thoughtful of them.  Carl Buedel and wife stopped for a half-hour from 5:30-6 p.m.  Ray took M.E. to hospital to work in aft.  I went outside for a few minutes.  Sun warm but wind chilly.  Finished L.R.’s violet blouse.

Monday, March 26, 1956

Worked on Dorothy’s violet blouse.  Ray went to evangelistic meeting tonight.

Tuesday, March 27, 1956

Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here in aft. – brought 2 doz. eggs from Franklin for Easter @ 40 cents doz.

Wednesday, March 28, 1956

Bob here in a.m.  Came back in p.m. and took Ray to see Dr. Romence.  He paid them $3.00 for call.  Blood count okay and can leave bandage off and use salve instead of solution.  Can go to work as soon as he feels able.  Mr. Burnett and Gus here in eve.

Thursday, March 29, 1956

Received check from Cousin Willis for balance of $131.60 on hospital bill.  Finished Dorothy’s blouse.  Received check for $3.48 from Metropolitan Ins. Co. for balance of dividend (after ins. premium was taken care of).

Friday, March 30, 1956

Ray took L.R. to grocery stores to get food for weekend.  She went back to town as M.E. went to work.  M.E. put in application at Illinois Bell in a.m.; also got a slip at Roland’s.  Ray went to evangelistic meeting tonight.

Saturday, March 31, 1956

M.E. bought a hat, hose, a flower for blouse in aft.  L.R. got a purse and more Easter candy and peanuts.  She dyed eggs tonight.  Jim and Caryl brought me an Easter lily – children came, too, this aft.  Forsythia bushes are beginning to bloom.  Jagows went to Effingham.  Ray loaned him our spare tire.

Sunday, April 1, 1956

Easter.  Ray and girls went to S.S. and church this a.m.  Mrs. Turner and Dorothy came at 4 p.m. for blouse and skirt.  They fit perfectly.  Willsons came at 5 p.m. and Otto and Elsie at 6 p.m.  Gus sent some donuts and rolls from Jerome Methodist Church breakfast.  We had ham, raisin sauce, white potatoes, candied yams, pineapple and cottage cheese salad, gooseberry pie, and coffee for dinner.

Monday, April 2, 1956

Ray went to town this a.m.  Mrs. Burnett brought winter onions at 11 a.m. and stayed about an hour.  Merle Perkington brought an Easter lily in aft. from I.H.N. class.  Fixed income tax returns today.  Rain and hail early this a.m.   Everything looks so clean and grass is quite green.  Elmer brought our spare tire back tonight.  Judy stayed in Effingham.

Tuesday, April 3, 1956

Ray went down to Internal Revenue Office re income tax returns.  Brought form back for me to sign and make some corrections.  Elmer followed him down.  He went back to town after lunch to mail returns and get check.  Edith Flick and Maxine Kirk came out after supper.  Aunt Helen here from 4 until 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 4, 1956

L.R. went to Dr. King after school.  J. Lazar here from 4-5 p.m.  Ray took L.R. with him before supper to get groceries and medicine from Watt Bros.  Ripped out sleeves in M.E.’s black blouse.

Thursday, April 5, 1956

Faced armholes in M.E.’s black blouse.  Ray went to town to pay on freezer.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here this eve.  I sent order for cards for her.  Ray and L.R. went to Central School for program.  Ray’s mother got some bread for us.

Friday, April 6, 1956

Ray fixed kitchen faucets.  Quite a windstorm tonight.  No damage here but big tree in 1100 block of MacArthur was blown down.  Ray’s mother got 2 lbs. green beans for us @ 29 cents.  Margaret Troy’s new home (to her) is vacant and someone is working there.

Saturday, April 7, 1956

L.R. and Dorothy went to see “Carousel” at the Lincoln Theater.  M.E. went with Ray to get groceries and then he took her to work.  Elmer came over latter part of eve. and stayed to see T-V show from 10 to midnight – Gary Cooper in “Casanova Brown”.  Very funny.  Phoned Lorene and Cousin Willis re doctor fee.  I made 84 cookies from Aunt Ethel’s recipe.  Pat went to St. Louis with Jerry.

Sunday, April 8, 1956

Ray took girls to S.S. and grandparents brought them home.  He took them to hospital – L.R. went to stay with M.E. until she was through with work.  Gus came over from 12-12:30 p.m.  Judy came home this a.m.  Leaves are coming out on trees & shrubs.

Monday, April 9, 1956

Ray phoned Mr. Larson – he said to wait until May before coming back to work.  Carl Buedel  isn’t quitting after all.

Tuesday, April 10, 1956

Primary Election today.  Sewer bond issue went over in a big way.  Bob here in aft.  Aunt Ethel’s cards came today from Midwest.  M.E. and L.R. had supper downtown after M.E. took exam at Illinois Bell Telephone Co.  Ray met them and brought their books home.  Later they went to Orpheum to see “I’ll Cry Tomorrow.”

Wednesday, April 11, 1956

Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob came in aft. to pick up cards.  Ray took L.R. and Janet to Masonic Temple at 6 p.m. for barbequed hamburger supper.  I furnished a red raspberry pie.  He picked up M.E. and then brought girls home, too.  Pat stayed home tonight – washed dishes and burned papers.  Pretty nice!  Ray went to choir rehearsal.

Thursday, April 12, 1956

Ray went to City Hall this a.m. to pay electric bill and see Margaret Baker re form for doctor to fill out, and then went out to Lazar’s.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight.  Made 4 washcloths from an old towel and 2 slips from a sheet, and mended another sheet.

Friday, April 13, 1956

Ray’s mother and dad here in aft.  M.E. filed job application at First National Bank after school.  Ray met her and took her to work.

Saturday, April 14, 1956

Beautiful day.  L.R. went to town at 12:05 and back at 1:30.  Ray took M.E. and had her leave form at Dr. Romence’s office for him to fill out.  I went all around border in backyard this a.m.

Sunday, April 15, 1956

Ray took the girls to S.S. and grandparents brought them home.  He stayed for church.  He took girls to hospital and they came home on bus.  Uncle Rob and Aunt Ethel brought Aunt Helen here on way home from Aunt Georgia’s and 2 doz. eggs @ 40 cents doz.  Mr. Diller came for her at 6:40 p.m.

Monday, April 16, 1956

Sent coupon for Reader’s Digest Condensed Book in Mother D.’s name - cost 10 cents.  Mr. Diller got logs from backyard for firewood.  Ray picked up L.R. at West Grand School – got salve for legs and groceries.  Fred Pruitt came to see Ray and brought 6 cans of “Stag” tonight.  He told us Rich Food Plan went out of business.

Tuesday, April 17, 1956

Cut out white rayon blouse for M.E.  Jim, Dad and Mother came in aft.  They put out 24 gladiola bulbs in flower bed in back of house.  Made 1-1/2 recipes of tapioca.  We had that and liver & onions, spinach, potatoes and gravy for supper.  M.E. went to Springfield Marine Bank re application for a position there.

Wednesday, April 18, 1956

Ray went to City Hall to get paycheck and picked up L.R. to get groceries at Castor’s.  He went to City Hall at 6:30 p.m. re pay increase and then to choir rehearsal.  I worked on M.E.’s white rayon blouse.

Thursday, April 19, 1956

Low temp. of 28 degrees this a.m. but no frost as air too dry.  Certainly need rain.  Mother and Dad got a pound of Folger’s coffee @ 80 cents plus 3 cents tax at Osco’s this aft.  Ray paid for it.  L.R. wore formal to Rainbow Girls tonight.  Mrs. Bartram took Janet, Dorothy and L.R.  Mr. Turner brought them home.  M.E. went to Lanphier style show after work.  Styled skirt she made.

Friday, April 20, 1956

Nice day.  Ray went to town at 2:30 and got home at 6 p.m.  Jim and children came in eve.  Caryl had to work until 9 p.m.  I worked on M.E.’s white blouse in aft.  Elsie phoned for news re family as she wanted to pass it on to Charles S. in a letter.

Saturday, April 21, 1956

M.E. gave me a perm this a.m.  Turned out fine.  L.R. went to see “The Swan” with Grace Kelly at the Senate.  Dorothy Turner, Judy Fortner, Dolores Ushman, and Sally Trippel went with her.  Marshall and Nellie Long were here with Marcy’s girls, Linda age 5 and Joy age 4.  Pat went to St. Louis with Jerry.  Gave M.E. a perm tonight.

Sunday, April 22, 1956

Ray took girls to S.S. and grandparents brought them home.  He stayed for church.  Gave L.R. a perm in aft.  Edith Flick, Edith Arnold and Katherine Gathard called on me before I finished.  They brought bouquet of white glads and pink asters.  Aunt Helen here tonight.

Monday, April 23, 1956

Ray picked up L.R. at West Grand School and took her to get a few groceries.  His mother was down and gave me a sack of hose that Mrs. Krueger discarded.  Miss Duncan [M.E.’s teacher] told M.E. she would give her extra work during choir and study period to make up 1/4 credit she lacks so she can graduate May 29th.  WONDERFUL!!

Tuesday, April 24, 1956

Dick Curren died at 10:45 this a.m. while on duty at Power Plant.  Pat didn’t come home for supper.  Ray took laundry up to his mother’s this eve.  M.E. brought a huge can of potato chips from “Hi-Y’s” this aft., 89 cents.

Wednesday, April 25, 1956

Finished M.E.’s white rayon blouse.  L.R. went to Dr. King after school.  Ray went back to work today.  He went to choir rehearsal this eve.  Mr. Burnett asked him to go to Ellinger & Kunz Funeral Home to see Dick Curren but he’s going tomorrow aft.  Got news that Ruby and Bud Long’s house burned about 10 days ago. No one living there at the time.

Thursday, April 26, 1956

Bob and Dad here this a.m.  L.R. went to town after school and purchased her graduation dress at Roland’s, $10.25.  Pink nylon-cotton material, very attractive and becoming.  Ray went to funeral home to see Dick.  Ran out of gas so didn’t get home until 7 p.m.  I phoned Miss Walker [Dean of Girls].  She thinks M.E. will graduate.

Friday, April 27, 1956

Ray worked from 4 to midnight.  Bud was out there until 8 p.m.  Gus here for a few minutes at suppertime and left 8 donuts and several donut holes.

Saturday, April 28, 1956

Ray sick today – stayed in bed all day.  I think he ate too many pork chops yesterday which upset his stomach.  L.R. went to town in aft.– got pink can-can, and necklace and bracelet from Roland’s for Aunt Helen to give her but decided to return them and get crystal instead of pink rhinestones.  L.R. got lining for Ray’s everyday jacket.  Ordered pink dress for M.E. and skirt and blouse for L.R. from Spiegel’s.

Sunday, April 29, 1956

No one went to S.S. or church today.  I worked on Ray’s jacket lining.

Monday, April 30, 1956

Finished Ray’s jacket lining.  Maymie Lazar was operated on this a.m. for ulcers.  Ray worked 4-12 for Johnny tonight.

Tuesday, May 1, 1956

M.E. got pink dress and L.R.’s skirt and lilac blouse from Spiegel’s today.  They went to Music Festival at Central School tonight.  Ray took them and Turners brought them home.  Jim here in aft. – has a 1952 Ford.  Ray worked 8-4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2, 1956

Ray worked 8-4 p.m.  He received income tax refund today, $27.38; also bill from Dr. Romence for hospital fee.  Phoned Cousin Willis and Lorene.  She has a new romance.  Can’t decide to marry or not.  Cut out pinafore for Karen from “chicken” print left from sundress I made L.R. last summer.  Mother D. sold us a dozen eggs for 40 cents.  Uncle Rob admitted to hospital today.

Thursday, May 3, 1956

Worked on Karen’s pinafore.  Mother and Dad brought laundry back this a.m.  She brought Perz’s [her neighbor] 18 mo. old daughter here in aft. as she is babysitting.  Very darling youngster.  L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting.  Ray took her and Mrs. Bartram brought her home.  Ray didn’t work today.

Friday, May 4, 1956

Ray worked 4-12 shift.  He cut almost all grass in front yard then mower stopped.  He dropped it off to be repaired on way to work.  I worked on Karen’s pinafore.  Judy brought Mark over this aft.  He’s grown so – such a doll!  M.E. went to music program at Lanphier after work.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight. 

Saturday, May 5, 1956

Ray and L.R. finished mowing grass in front and all of back.  Jim, Caryl and children here in aft.; also Mother D.  L.R. went to town with M.E. in aft.  L.R. got necklace and bracelet at Roland’s from Aunt Helen, lace for black dotted swiss apron I’m making for secret pal (Zella McLean) and lilac “poppit” beads for herself.  M.E. got material for a lilac skirt to make at school.  Ray went to Mr. Gates for a little while in eve. to sing and have him finish haircut.

Sunday, May 6, 1956

Ray starts day shift today.  Grandparents took girls to S.S. Ray didn’t go to church tonight.

Monday, May 7, 1956

Ordered material from Spiegel’s for coat for L.R. and can-can and lining for coat from Sears.  L.R. went to Dr. King at 2 p.m. and her braces were removed.  I’m so pleased with the results – her teeth are perfect.

Tuesday, May 8, 1956

L.R.’s 8th grade class had picture taken by Anker Studio in front of Supreme Court Building.  Ray took her and Dorothy and brought them home for lunch.  He took them back to school and then he went to Dr. Lewis (he saw him in a.m. but had to leave before finished) and to City Hall re pay increase.  I phoned Dr. Ratliff – L.R. to come in after trip to Dr. King tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 9, 1956

Uncle Rob is to come home this aft.  Pat didn’t work today on account of his cold.  L.R. went to Dr. King after school to get “retainers” and then to Dr. Ratliff.  She picked up package at Spiegel’s.  Ray picked up package at Sears.  Cousin Willis and Lorene here tonight.  Weigelia in full bloom.

Thursday, May 10, 1956

Finished Karen’s pinafore.  Baked 72 cookies (Aunt Ethel’s recipe with chocolate bits).  Received letter from Alice.

Friday, May 11, 1956

Cut out black dotted swiss apron for my secret pal.  Had Jim, Caryl & children here for supper.  Served skillet stew, tossed salad, chocolate ripple ice cream, cookies, and coffee.  Stevie went to skating rink with Barbara [Caryl’s sister].

Saturday, May 12, 1956

Worked all day on black dotted swiss apron.  L.R. went to town in aft. – got off bus as M.E. got on.  L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting with Janet and Ray brought them home.  Sent order to Spiegel’s for material for shirt and pedal pushers for L.R.  Sent apron over for Judy to see by Carol Sue in evening.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller were out in eve. – she gave me a check for M.E.’s graduation gift and L.R.’s ring (achievement award).

Sunday, May 13, 1956

Mother’s Day.  Grandparents took girls to S.S.  L.R. picked up “Toni” kit for Ray and me to give Mother D. for Mother’s Day.  L.R., Ray and I picked up M.E. at hospital and had 6 o’clock dinner at Norside Restaurant.  Stopped at Garman’s; also saw Lee children and Bommarito children [old neighborhood].  M.E. gave me a slip for Mother’s Day; L.R., a box of candy; Pat, $5.00; also cards from them and Ray.  L.R. and I cut out yellow taffeta petticoat.

Monday, May 14, 1956

Ray’s mother came down in a.m. and p.m. to plant flowers.  Ray spent the evening at Jagows.  I talked to Eileen Boyle – Wilma MacDonald has a spot on her lung – has to go to St. John’s Sanitarium for 3 weeks.  Worked on yellow taffeta petticoat.  Ray cut half of backyard.

Tuesday, May 15, 1956

Finished yellow taffeta petticoat.  M.E. picked up material for L.R.’s turquoise pedal pushers and blouse at Spiegel’s.  Pat worked overtime tonight.

Wednesday, May 16, 1956

L.R. sent card for audubon album.  Ray picked up 3 doz. eggs at Uncle Rob’s for 40 cents a doz.  I cut out L.R.’s pedal pushers and shirt.  Bleeding heart in bloom.

Thursday, May 17, 1956

Worked on pedal pushers and blouse.  M.E. went to dinner at Southern Aire near Bergen Park for her home room class.  Ray took her and brought her home.  Uncle Rob and Aunt Ethel here in eve.  Lorene came and gave both girls graduation gifts – autograph books.  Reordered faille material for L.R.’s coat from Spiegel’s.

Friday, May 18, 1956

Worked on L.R.’s turquoise-check blouse.  She brought class picture home.  Went to Dr. Ratliff, paid Westenberger’s, and got zipper and inner lining for pedal pushers.  Ray met M.E. after work and got her a pair of white slippers with “heels”.  Very attractive.  (Warehouse Shoe Store on MacArthur across from Butler School).  Ray got a radio for M.E. through Caryl P.

Saturday, May 19, 1956

Worked on L.R.’s pedal pushers and blouse.  She went to town in aft. – got off bus as M.E. got on.  Mother D. came down in aft. and put out petunias Judy got for me.  Ordered formal for L.R.’s graduation present from Ray and me from Alden’s.  Iris and red honeysuckle in full bloom.

Sunday, May 20, 1956

Grandparents took girls to S.S.  L.R. went to work with M.E. in aft.  Ray brought crating wood home from work for gate in backyard.  Pat went to town after doing dishes tonight – a break for me as L.R. wasn’t here to do them.

Monday, May 21, 1956

2.8" rain early this a.m.  M.E. received refund on income tax today, $15.40.  Yellow and brown iris in bloom.

Tuesday, May 22, 1956

Finished pedal pushers and blouse.  Ray defrosted freezer in refrigerator.  He went to Dr. Lewis this aft.  L.R. went to town after school with Dorothy.  Ordered strapless bra/slip from Spiegel’s for L.R.  Ray paid $2.00 down on formal, bolero and camisole at Alden’s.  L.R. cut front yard tonight.  Gus here for about an hour – she’s quitting her job on June 8th.

Wednesday, May 23, 1956

L.R. went to town with Ray after school – picked up camisole, half slip and bolero at Alden’s – formal back-ordered until June 5th.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here around 5 p.m. for about a half hour.  Pat worked overtime tonight.  Ray exchanged City pants at Hub for smaller size.  Others he’d had for some time but too large since he lost weight.  L.R. brought yearbook home – she was on editorial staff due to high scholastic standing.  Also brought home skirt she made at school.

Thursday, May 24, 1956

L.R. had to wear skirt today that  she made at school.  She received an “A” on it.  Embroidered initials on Ray’s pants today.  Lengthened L.R.’s “chicken” print dress.

Friday, May 25, 1956

Gus ran over for a few minutes with magazine from Warren for me to read.  Ray bought me a pair of black slippers from Warehouse Shoe Store – I like them very much ($4.00).  M.E. didn’t have to go to school today except at 3:10 to get cap and gown.  Miss Duncan told her she made it (graduation, that is).  HURRAY!!!

Saturday, May 26, 1956

Girls received cards and $5.00 each from Marian and Tom.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob gave each a box of 3 hankies.  L.R. and I cut out her blue faille coat this aft.

Sunday, May 27, 1956

Grandparents took girls to S.S.  They took M.E. to Lanphier in aft. for baccalaureate service.  Aunt Ethel stopped by on way home from Aunt Georgia’s to leave graduation gifts from Ruth Ann – L.R., shorty p.j.’s, and M.E., bath set.  Clara, Stanley and family came in aft.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller, too.  L.R. opened package containing Rainbow Girl ring from Aunt Helen.  She gave M.E. a camera.  M.E. gave L.R. a clutch bag and L.R. gave M.E. a blouse.

Monday, May 28, 1956

Worked on navy blue coat.  M.E. went to school at 1 p.m. for school picnic at the lake Center Park.  L.R.’s school out at 2 p.m.  We went to her graduation at Springfield High School tonight.  M.E. and Mother D. went too.  Pat gave each one a card and $5.00.  Judy gave each a card and a “Poppit” bead necklace.  I met Mrs. Colburn’s mother and Mrs. Smith came over and talked to me before we left the auditorium.

Tuesday, May 29, 1956

M.E. went to school at 8:30 a.m. to rehearse for tonight.  Ray went to Dr. Lewis and also paid bills.  Carole Colburn gave M.E. 3 bottles of cologne and she gave L.R. bath powder and cologne.  Gus gave M.E. $2.00 and L.R. $1.00.  Went to Lanphier graduation.  Took Mother D.  Stopped at 5th and South Grand for hamburgers, malted milks, root beer, french fries, and coffee.  L.R.’s formal came from Alden’s – our graduation gift to her; also gave her a rhinestone necklace and bracelet.

Wednesday, May 30, 1956

Memorial Day.  Everyone home today.  Girls received cards from Elsie today which included $1.00 each.  M.E. went to work at 4 p.m.  Mrs. Colburn here in aft. – thinks there is a chance that her sister might be able to get M.E. on at Illinois Bell.

Thursday, May 31, 1956

Ray went to choir rehearsal tonight as yesterday was a holiday.  M.E. gave L.R. a brownie camera for graduation gift.

Friday, June 1, 1956

L.R. stayed all night at Dorothy’s.  I’m still working on L.R.’s navy coat; just a few more stitches and it’s finished.

Saturday, June 2, 1956

Jagows traded 1947 Buick in on a 1950 model.  Rita brought me a bouquet of white roses and told me the glad tidings.  Pat cut front yard.  L.R. had lunch downtown with Dorothy.  They went to a movie and Ray picked her up on way home from work.  Mr. Diller picked up gifts girls had for Ruth Ann.  Received announcement of Mike Cantrall’s graduation June 5th.  Sent letter to Alice.  M.E. and L.R. went to a show tonight – saw “The Searchers.”

Sunday, June 3, 1956

Ray and girls went to S.S. and church.  He starts swing shift tonight.  Pat left early to go horseback riding but was disappointed as made no reservation.  Jagows went to Effingham yesterday and just Elmer came back.  Judy is going to stay there for a week to pick strawberries.

Monday, June 4, 1956

L.R. had appointment with Dr. Ratliff at 2 p.m.  Ray went after paycheck this aft.  Received check from Aunt Helen for $7.50.  Ripped M.E.’s violet skirt apart and pressed it.  L.R. had 4- for- 25- cents pictures made – very good.  M.E. picked up pictures Ray took on Easter and one of L.R. in graduation dress.

Tuesday, June 5, 1956

Made M.E.’s violet skirt today.  L.R. left on 8:30 a.m. bus to meet Dorothy and her brother to see first vacation movie (12 for $1.00).  L.R. had 4 more pictures made at 10-cent store – better than those taken yesterday.  Pat cut backyard and Ray pulled weeds in back – looks 100% better.  L.R. pushed me around the border and pulled a few weeds, too.  Roses in full bloom – Bloomington Nursery shrubs covered with white flowers – lovely.  Called Dr. Romence’s office – talked to nurse re unfair charge for services.  Mother D. brought Reader’s Digest condensed book.

Wednesday, June 6, 1956

Lengthened waist of L.R.’s maize nylon dress.  Judy Fortner and Janet Bartram here in aft.  Aunt Helen here in eve.  Gus here for a few minutes to leave box of strawberries they raised.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  Minnie phoned, asked if Ray would help out Jess [her sister] in an emergency while they are on vacation last half of this month.

Thursday, June 7, 1956

Paid dues to O.E.S. today, $3.00.  Cancelled membership to Condensed Book Club.  Wrote letter to Warren.  Ray ordered an ironing board cover and pad from Sears this aft.  M.E. and L.R. went to Lincoln Theater to see “D-Day, the 6th of June” with Robert Taylor , Richard Todd and Dana Winters.  L.R. and Janet went to Rainbow Girls meeting – she wore her new formal.  Mrs. Bartram took them and Mr. Bartram brought them home.  Mother D. gave us a box of strawberries.

Friday, June 8, 1956

J. Lazar gave Ray a sack of lettuce yesterday and I phoned Maymie today to thank her.

Saturday, June 9, 1956

L.R. went to town and bought a pair of white shorts at new Betty Gay Shop this aft.  Ray took M.E. to work.  Pat went to work at noon.

Sunday, June 10, 1956

Grandparents took girls to S.S. as Ray worked midnight to 8 shift this a.m. for Major Bray who is down in Tennessee.  Gus gave us another quart of strawberries.  L.R. went to see “D-Day” again with Janet this aft. and went home with her for supper.  Phoned Mrs. Turner re Dorothy going to St. Louis with Linda Rae on August 25th and she said “ok”.

Monday, June 11, 1956

L.R. went to town to get blouse material and findings.  Ordered 2 bras and material for playsuit and skirt from Alden’s for L.R.  Mr. and Mrs. Beeler came over for a little while and Elmer and Judy came after they left and brought Mark.  Mrs. Beeler said David’s wife was going to have another baby in July.

Tuesday, June 12, 1956

M.E. shampooed and set my hair this a.m.  Was going to class meeting but too warm.  Eileen Boyle phoned.  L.R. went to summer downtown show with Dorothy and Jimmy [her brother].  Bob here this a.m.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here in eve.  I hoed flower bed in eve.

Wednesday, June 13, 1956

L.R. raked front yard in a.m. and cut backyard in 50 minutes in aft.  M.E. helped L.R. pull weeds in east border, washed dishes and straightened the house while I gave Mother D. a perm.  (Ray and I gave her the kit for Mother’s Day.)  L.R. cut out her stripe blouse.  Mrs. McBride, Personnel Dept. at Franklin Life, phoned this aft. – asked M.E. to see about “Messenger Girl” opening.  Ray didn’t go to choir rehearsal.

Thursday, June 14, 1956

M.E. went down to Franklin Life Ins. Co. this a.m. and starts to work a week from today.  She called Miss Scott at Memorial to give her “week’s notice”.  L.R. went to town to pay Alden’s for formal and pick up package containing material for playsuit, skirt and 2 bras.  Ray picked up new ironing board at Sears today.  It’s really nice.  Ordered 3 shirts for Ray and more material for sunsuit from Alden’s.

Friday, June 15, 1956

L.R. started painting back of house.  Gus was over in a.m. and left some green peas from their garden.  Marian and Tom drove down from Chicago – have a new turquoise Packard car.  I hoed some more in backyard.

Saturday, June 16, 1956

Gus, Russ, Marian and Tom left for Spokane this morning at 7 o’clock.  L.R. went to town to pick up package at Alden’s – shirts for Ray for Father’s Day from me, and material for her playsuit.  Ray brought M.E. home from hospital and picked up 4 strawberry sundaes from Dairy Queen, reg. 25 cents for 16 cents ea.

Sunday, June 17, 1956

Father’s Day.  Ray took girls to S.S. and grandparents brought them home.  Pat gave Ray a shirt and summer pants; M.E., a box of candy; L.R. a “Paper Mate” pen; and I gave him a short-sleeved shirt.  Ray went to work at midnight tonight.  He will work 6 midnight shifts this week as Madden took a week’s vacation.  Bob and Marge left for Wisconsin today.

Monday, June 18, 1956

Aunt Helen’s birthday (75).  Ordered a pair of nylon mesh hose from Roland’s for her.  Elmer brought them home.  Ray stopped at Pease’s and got 2 lb. box of summer candy for Pat, M.E. and L.R. to give her and left hose on way to pick up M.E. after work.  Cut out and worked on L.R.’s playsuit.  She painted back of house but ran out of paint.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here for a little while in eve.  Cousin Willis phoned this a.m.  Mrs. Colburn here late aft.  Wants M.E. to file application for employment  with Ill. Bell Auditing Dept.

Tuesday, June 19, 1956

Worked on L.R.’s playsuit.  She went to summer movie this a.m. with Dorothy and Jimmy.  Ray went to Dr. Lewis this a.m. and also got paycheck including retroactive pay and also balance due while on sick leave.  He went to work at 4 p.m. for Major who will work his midnight shift.  Mother D. transplanted flowers in a.m.  Uncle Rob and Aunt Ethel here in eve.

Wednesday, June 20, 1956

Worked on L.R.’s playsuit.  Jane, Sherwood, Drake, Ann and Aunt Helen here from 11 til 12 noon.  M.E. went to town with Carole to see Mrs. Colburn’s sister at Ill. Bell but the boss is on vacation.  L.R. went to town with Dorothy to see a movie.  Lorene here at suppertime and gave me a check from Cousin Willis.  I phoned him later.  Ray went to choir rehearsal.  M.E. worked last day today at Memorial.

Thursday, June 21, 1956

Received card from Doc and Minnie.  M.E. started working at Franklin Life Ins. Co.  Ray got another gallon of paint this a.m. and L.R. finished back of house and east side of garage.  She went to town in aft. to exchange slippers she purchased yesterday that are too small.  I finished her playsuit.  M.E. was very tired and her feet hurt when she got home this eve.  Ray took L.R., Janet and Dorothy to Rainbow Girls meeting and Mr. Turner brought them home.  Minnie phoned long distance from Massachusetts re their dog.

Friday, June 22, 1956

Heavy rain this a.m.  Phoned Jess this a.m. per Minnie’s request.  Janet B. stopped by in aft. and left material for playsuit she wants me to make.  Received cards from Buzz and Gus.

Saturday, June 23, 1956

Cut out Janet’s playsuit and she came over this eve. for a fitting.  Ray got a side of beef, 2 pork tenderloins, and a ham from Barrick’s tonight.  Ordered a pair of hose from Bressmer’s for Margaret Baker’s birthday Monday.

Sunday, June 24, 1956

No one went to S.S. and Ray went to church.  I worked on Janet’s playsuit.  Ray works swing shift this week so has to go to work at midnight tonight.

Monday, June 25, 1956

Janet here in aft. – gave her playsuit – looked very nice on.  L.R. finished painting west side of garage and around to front door before paint ran out.  Mrs. Colburn here after work – suggested M.E. call her sister re position with Ill. Bell.   Had first meat from freezer (Barrick’s), 3 lb. chuck roast.   Ray painted lawn chairs. Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here in eve.  Elmer, Judy and family came over after they left.  Had beer, potato chips, candy and Coke.

Tuesday, June 26, 1956

L.R. went to summer movie with Dorothy.  Worked on L.R.’s playsuit skirt.  Uncle Rob mailed order and check for Christmas cards (Aunt Ethel ordered some too).  L.R. went to picnic with Colburns at Lake Springfield.  I ordered pattern and 5 yards of blue & white stripe material from Alden’s for L.R.

Wednesday, June 27, 1956

We went to 66 Drive-In tonight and saw Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda and Sylvia Sidney in “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” and John Wayne in “Shepherd of the Hills”.  Very good!!

Thursday, June 28, 1956

L.R. went to town in aft. and got material (blue tissue gingham from Alden’s, $2.70) – too dark, so Judy took it for her mother.  L.R. got blue and white check percale for a dress for Karen at Westenberger’s.  Ray picked M.E. up at Franklin Life at 1:30 p.m. and took her to Ill. Bell to put in job application.  Cut out Karen’s dress tonight.  Mrs. Bartram and Janet here after bringing girls home from Jerome Methodist ice cream social.  Girls brought me ice cream and cake.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here later.

Friday, June 29, 1956

Worked on Karen’s dress.  Ray went to Dr. Lewis in a.m. and he discharged him; went to Dr. Stocker in p.m. – lungs x-rayed – okay.  He gave him prescription for atomizer.  Said he had dead air in lungs – should take deeper breaths.  M.E. received first pay from Franklin ($74 and some odd cents).

Saturday, June 30, 1956

Worked on Karen’s dress.  L.R. and M.E. went to town at 5:20 p.m. to get supper at Steak ‘n Shake and went to Senate to see “Trapeze” with Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollabrigida.  Pat said he got Mother D. a window fan from Spiegel’s to be delivered Tuesday.

Sunday, July 1, 1956

No one went to S.S. or church this a.m.  Sat out in front yard.  Mother D. came down and Mrs. Beeler and Mary brought twins, Cella and Della, for me to see.  Darling!  Pat cut front and back yards.  After supper, Ray, girls and I went for a ride, stopped at Don’s Drive-In.  Ordered hamburgers and chocolate sodas.  Then we went to Bob’s.  They got back last night from Wisconsin.  She served pop and salted cashews.

Monday, July 2, 1956

L.R. painted rest of front and half of east side of house today.  I hoed the flower bed.  Mother D. here in aft.  Elmer and Judy were over for a few minutes.  We made plans for a picnic in their backyard for the 4th of July.  Ray started midnight shift tonight.  The Ayers and Gilroys drove in just ahead of thunderstorm.  We received cards from them and Doc & Minnie today.  L.R. and I varnished six painted pictures tonight.

Tuesday, July 3, 1956

Baked 1 large and 1 small pie with early transparent apples Mother D. got from a neighbor.  L.R. went to summer movie this a.m.  Alden’s phoned that they couldn’t send turquoise stripe material.  Ray went to town for paycheck and picked up 3 frames at Sears for paintings of Christ.  L.R. gave M.E. a permanent tonight.  Mother D. got window fan from Spiegel’s from Pat.  Gus and Russ came tonight – told about trip.  Gave girls lockets and me a towel.  Marge phoned – invited us to fish fry tomorrow but we had already been invited to Jagows.

Wednesday, July 4, 1956

Celebrated the 4th by having a picnic in Jagow’s backyard.  Ella and Ray Williams, Vickie, another couple (Marcella and Louie) and their 3 children were there, too.  We had hamburgers, baked beans, pickles, potato chips, watermelon, pop and beer.

Thursday, July 5, 1956

L.R. finished painting east side of house.  Ray spent the whole morning picking “bag worms” from 2 evergreens (one on each side of front door).  L.R. and Jagow girls found a few more in aft.  They went to Barrick’s for ice cream bars.  Phoned Mrs. Trippel re Sally taking swimming lessons at Y and she’s going with Linda.  Mr. Trippel took them to Masonic Temple tonight.  Uncle Rob here tonight with Bess and Aunt Ethel but they didn’t come in because Ray was asleep.

Friday, July 6, 1956

L.R. and Sally went to YWCA for junior membership, 6 swim lessons for $3.50, then to Dr. Cowden for physical exam for swimming and high school, $2.00.  Sally came home on bus and L.R. met M.E. at 5 p.m. at 5th and Monroe.  They had supper then went shopping.  L.R. bought a swimsuit, $4.00, and each girl got blouse and pedal pushers (M.E. paid for L.R.’s for giving her a perm.).  Ray took picture “Portrait of Christ” to Lorene for her birthday.

Saturday, July 7, 1956

M.E. and L.R. went to town to exchange L.R.’s red pedal pushers – she got pink in exchange, but they are even smaller than the red ones so M.E. is keeping both.  Margaret Troy sent M.E. a graduation card and $5.00.  Mrs. Colburn here in a.m.  Cousin Willis and Lorene out tonight – brought ½ watermelon – very delicious!

Sunday, July 8, 1956

Girls went to S.S. with Ray.  He stayed for church and grandparents brought girls home.  M..E. rode bicycle over to Troy’s at 4 p.m. and Ray, L.R. and I went for a ride around lake, passed Jim’s place on S. 10th, and Pat’s bobby pin factory (present and future establishments).  Ray wrote letter to Roy Graves re chemist at Filter Plant.  Stopped at Don’s Drive-In -- Ray and I got chocolate sodas and L.R. a chocolate malted milk.  Rita is 6 years old today.  She had a party this aft.  Ray worked midnight to 8 as Buedel on vacation. 

Monday, July 9, 1956

Big fire at 5th and Monroe Streets [downtown] – Spiegel’s, S&H Green Stamp Store, Food Center, Grant’s [dime store], Thompson’s [cafeteria], Arthur Murray Dance Studio and other buildings were gutted – a million dollars in damages.  It started a little before 2 a.m.  L.R. went to town in aft. and got a pair of red pedal pushers at Springfield Dry Goods.  Gus and Russ here a little while in eve. re border on “name card” table cover.  Ordered bedspread, etc., from M-W.

Tuesday, July 10, 1956

Phoned Jess this a.m. re Doc & Minnie phoned from Detroit and will be home tonight.  I allowed L.R. to oversleep (accidentally) this a.m. so Ray picked up Dorothy and her brother and came back here for breakfast and then took them all to the summer movie.  Ray took me to S.S. class potluck at Lillian Richardson’s tonight.  I had a wonderful time.

Wednesday, July 11, 1956

Ordered slippers for L.R. and 2 plaques for Zella McLean’s wedding anniversary (7/18) from M-W.  L.R. painted kitchen today and I washed and ironed the curtains.  Aunt Ethel, Uncle Rob, Mrs. Crystal, James (Helen J’s husband) and Jeffrey, her son who is 7 years old, were here this afternoon.

Thursday, July 12, 1956

Received a birthday card from Ary and Iva Lemmons.  Margaret Baker was out this eve. – gave me a lovely plastic tablecloth.

Friday, July 13, 1956

L.R. painted west wall of living room this a.m.  She went to town and picked up bedspread, etc. for their bedroom.  Mother D. down and gave me a nightgown for my birthday.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob came this eve. and gave me a birthday card and 2 dishcloths.  Aunt Helen came later and gave me a $5.00 check for bathroom seat & rug.  Minnie and Doc came and gave the girls a charcoal burner and charcoal.   L.R. gave me a dress; M.E., a nightgown; Ray, 2 lbs. Pease’s candy; Lorene, slip and stationery.

Saturday, July 14, 1956

L.R. wore formal to Masonic Temple.  Ray took her and Sally and Mr. Trippel brought them home.  I worked on girls’ bedroom drapes.  Pat gave me 2 dresses for my birthday.

Sunday, July 15, 1956

Ray and girls went to S.S.  Jim came late afternoon and stayed for supper.  Lorene came later and brought some white grapes, nectarines, and old nylon hose.

Monday, July 16, 1956

Worked on girls’ drapes.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here this evening.  Received anniversary card from Mother D. a month in advance.

Tuesday, July 17, 1956

L.R. went to summer movie with Dorothy Turner.  Jimmy didn’t go as his father was home on vacation.  She picked up plaques for my secret pal (Zella McLean), and her brown shoes at M-W and turquoise stripe dress material at Spiegel’s.

Wednesday, July 18, 1956

L.R. and I went to Georgia Coulter’s at 11:30 and came home at 5 p.m.  Ray took us and brought us home.  Met Mr. Coulter; and Nannie Jones, Pearl Garwood and daughter, Nancy, were there.  We had such a good time.  She served fried chicken with all the trimmin’s.  Alan Sutton here tonight – going home tomorrow.

Thursday, July 19, 1956

L.R. finished painting the living room walls.  Ordered turquoise rug for girls’ room, also green bath set from M-W.  Finished drapes and started dressing table skirt.  L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting with Sally Trippel and Dorothy Turner.  Ray took them and Mr. Turner brought them home.  Bob here this aft. and invited us to a fish fry on Saturday.

Friday, July 20, 1956

Jim’s birthday.  L.R. helped cut out turquoise stripe dress.  Ray and I took L.R. to town at 5 o’clock to meet M.E. and then he took me to Dr. Shriner.  Heart okay and gave prescriptions for bladder infection which we picked up at Watt’s on way home.  Had hamburgers, french fries and malted milks at 5th and South Grand.  Ray took M.E. during lunch hour  to Illinois Bell re position.  M.E. bought a brown and gold skirt and blouse with $5.00 received from Troys for graduation.

Saturday, July 21, 1956

Pat washed windows inside and out – look so clean!  L.R. went to town – paid Dr. King $25 and Dr. Ratliff $15, full charge for filling teeth in May & June.  Worked on L.R.’s turquoise stripe dress.  Went to Bob’s for fish fry.  Ate in their backyard and then went in house to watch television.  Marge gave me a lovely slip for my birthday; too small – will exchange it.

Sunday, July 22, 1956

No one went to S.S.  Ray went to church.  Gus here in aft.  Esther Farris called – wanted to take me to outdoor church service but I couldn’t go as Ray works tonight.  Aunt Helen out for a little while tonight.

Monday, July 23, 1956

Worked on L.R.’s stripe dress.  She painted our bedroom but ran out of paint when about half done.  Then she ironed all afternoon.  Merle P. brought bouquet of glads.  M.E. went to a Stanley party tonight.  Ray went to union meeting to take notes for Rollie Burnett as he’s out of town.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here tonight.

Tuesday, July 24, 1956

Ray’s birthday.  He received an electric drill set from Pat; belt, M.E.; tie, L.R.; 2 lb. box Fannie May candy from me; and shirt from Mother & Dad.  Worked on L.R.’s stripe dress.  Ray picked up M.E. at 4:45 and took her to Dr. Furry for physical exam for job with Ill. Bell.  L.R. went to summer movie with Carol Jagow and picked up bedroom rug and bath set at M-W.

Wednesday, July 25, 1956

Ray went to Dr. Gover today.  Worked on L.R.’s stripe dress.  L.R. went to play miniature golf with Dorothy .  Mr. Turner brought them home.  Ray brought drapes home from Paris Cleaners, $11.15 (our bedroom and living room).

Thursday, July 26, 1956

L.R.’s dress all done except buttons, buttonholes, snaps and belt loops.  L.R. finished painting our bedroom.  Ray painted window frames in living room and our bedroom.  Carol Jagow and L.R. went to Roxy on passes Mark won.  Came home with Mr. Jagow.  Aunt Helen, Mr. Diller, Lorene and Katie here tonight.  Mr. Hoffman from Ill. Bell Telephone Co. phoned for M.E. to come tomorrow to fill out papers and start work on August 13th.  Ray got a copy of her birth certificate this a.m.  Made appointment for M.E. and L.R. to get polio shots tomorrow and M.E. a booster shot.

Friday, July 27, 1956

Caryl and children and Elsie here tonight.  Burnetts home from vacation late afternoon.  Mr. Burnett came over for union books and left ashtray from Denver for Ray.  I worked on dressing table skirt.

Saturday, July 28, 1956

M.E. had 2 teeth extracted today by Dr. Millhon.  Ray took her and went after her.  L.R. went to town in aft. – got bathroom rug, ladle, green thread, and peanuts.  Ray returned bath set and girls’ bedroom rug to M-W this a.m. as too pale.  His vacation starts tomorrow.  Worked last midnight shift this a.m.  L.R. hung drapes in our bedroom and Ray hung them in living room – look very nice.

Sunday, July 29, 1956

No one went to S.S. or church this a.m.  Ray put up valance in our bedroom.  Sent card and handkerchief to Mrs. Baker for her birthday tomorrow or Tues. (?).  Ray, girls and I attended open air services of West Side Church at Walnut and Miller.  Certainly enjoyed them and meeting friends I haven’t seen for quite a long time.  Used charcoal burner Doc & Minnie gave girls for supper -- barbequed hot dogs.

Monday, July 30, 1956

Ray started painting ceiling and L.R. painted door frames and door in dinette, living room and front breezeway door.  I ordered plastic cover for big chair and red shoes for L.R. from M-W; davenport cover and turquoise stripe for _____ from Spiegel’s; skillets, 2 slips and 1 ½ yds. tangerine material for blouse from Alden’s.  M.E. gave Franklin Life 2 weeks’ notice today.

Tuesday, July 31, 1956

Mrs. Baker’s birthday (82).  Ray took M.E. to work on way to garage where he is leaving car for 2 days to have rusty places enameled, dents fixed; also back floor.  L.R. went to summer movie with Dorothy.  She got turquoise rug for their bedroom at Springfield Dry Goods.  Worked on girls’ dressing table skirt.  Mr. Brandt brought our car back this a.m. as Buick Co. couldn’t furnish part for 1 week.  Frances and Velma Jordan out tonight re class potluck.

Wednesday, August 1, 1956

Almost 5" rain last night and this a.m.  Ray painted part of ceiling and L.R. painted door between garage and breezeway and ironed.

Thursday, August 2, 1956

L.R. went to town with Ray and picked up plastic cover for chair and red shoes at M-W; also slips at Alden’s.  Mick Farris died at 9:20 a.m.  We looked for Olwen today and at about 4 p.m. Aunt Ethel phoned and said she’s coming tomorrow aft.  Aunt Helen overlooked informing me of change.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here tonight.   Ray took L.R., Sally Trippel, Janet Bartram and Dorothy Turner to Rainbow Girls (formal) and brought them home.  Elmer Jagow here tonight in backyard.  I finished dressing table skirt.

Friday, August 3, 1956

L.R. painted west side of breezeway.  Olwen and Carl Sperry here from 3-4 p.m.  They took L.R. to town where she met M.E. who bought her 9 pr. bobby sox for those of hers she wore this summer and 2 dresses for $11, beads and 2 prs. earrings for herself.  Friedman’s sent a man to figure price on  floor tile for breezeway, $93.00.

Saturday, August 4, 1956

L.R. painted on breezeway.  M.E. washed clothes and cleaned the house and washed front windows.

Sunday, August 5, 1956

No one went to S.S. or church.  Mother D. here in aft.  We went to Doc and Minnie’s for a picnic supper in their backyard – fried chicken and all the trimmin’s.  Bob, Marge & Robbie there, too.  L.R. painted some on breezeway, M.E. washed kitchen cabinets, and Pat washed windows in a.m. and p.m.

Monday, August 6, 1956

Mick Farris buried this aft.  Ray attended.  Pat cut front and backyard.  I hoed half of flower bed.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller delivered a bouquet of magic lilies.  Elmer brought over their picnic table and chairs this eve.  Ray went down to see S.T. Anderson re filling in Larsen’s place until permanent chemist is employed.

Tuesday, August 7, 1956

Ray picked up drapes for breezeway from Lloyd’s Cleaners @ $1.75 pr.  Friedman’s laid vinyl tile in breezeway this a.m.  My S.S. class met here tonight for potluck – 27 attended.  Velma Jordan and Mary Eastham assisted.  We served brownies with ice cream, coffee and iced tea.  L.R. went to show in a.m. with Dorothy.  Jagows went to Effingham for a week.

Wednesday, August 8, 1956

Ray went to town this a.m. to pay some bills and pick up skillets at Alden’s.  Worked on Gus’ bridge cloth.  Phoned Cousin Willis.  L.R. went over to Janet’s this aft. after baking and icing a cake for Rainbow Girls Ice Cream Social at Douglas Park this eve.

Thursday, August 9, 1956

Cecil, Berdine and Maureen here for potluck supper in our backyard.  J. Lazar phoned Ray at 10 p.m. to let him know he has to come back to work Sat. aft. as Carl Buedel has heart trouble and will be in bed 6 weeks.  We had to cancel plans for trip to Ozarks over the weekend.

Friday, August 10, 1956

We went for a ride around the fairgrounds tonight.  We were able to go down the main streets.  Then we stopped at Don’s Drive-In for malts, burgers and french fries.  Later we stopped at the miniature golf course where M.E. and L.R. played a game.

Saturday, August 11, 1956

George and Ruth Johnson and Norine Hager here for supper tonight and stayed all night.  Pat stayed at grandparents.  L.R. went to fair with Turners from 3 until 8 p.m.  Ray worked 4 to midnight.  He still has 8 days vacation due.

Sunday, August 12, 1956

No one went to S.S. or church.  Doc and Minnie came out to see George, Ruth and Norine at 9:30 a.m.  and they left at 10:30 a.m.  George, Ruth and Norine left at 10:45 a.m. to see Frances Burdinsky, then took Aunt Ethel to dinner and then down to see Aunt Georgia.

Monday, August 13, 1956

Pressed Gus’ bridge table cover and napkins and sent them over by L.R.  Gus came over and offered to pay for my work but I wouldn’t accept anything.  She brought over a dress ($18 on sale for $12).  M.E. bought it for $11.  Girls went to ice show at fair.  Gus and Russ brought them home.  Picked up a doz. donuts and brought a pot of coffee.  Ray joined us when he got home about 12:15 a.m.  Television man came out to see our set re trade.  Democratic Convention started today.

Tuesday, August 14, 1956

M.E. and L.R. went to summer movie this a.m.  Ray went to see about T-V trade but decided to have old one fixed when picture tube goes out.  Jagows came home tonight.  Girls went to fair tonight.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob came and stayed until the girls came home. 

Wednesday, August 15, 1956

M.E. and L.R. finished all the ironing.  Mrs. David Beeler gave birth to a son at 4:30 p.m.; weight 6 lbs. 6 oz.; name, David Leroy III.  It has been decided that there will be a neighborhood potluck in our backyard on August 28th.

Thursday, August 16, 1956

Our 15th wedding anniversary.  Ray took L.R. and Sally Trippel to town this morning for second swimming lesson.  Gus gave me a package of chocolate pie mix.  Adlai Stevenson was nominated for president at Democratic Convention in Chicago today.  Mrs. Bartram took L.R., Janet, Dorothy and Sally to Rainbow Girls meeting tonight and Mr. Trippel brought them home.  L.R. and M.E. gave us 2 contour sheets and 2 regular sheets and 4 towels and 2 washcloths for our anniversary.

Friday, August 17, 1956

Ray off today.  He was paid today so he went to town to pay bills.  Mother D. here in aft.  Kefauver was nominated vice president today.  We went to Springfield Drive-In to see “Tap Root” and “Kansas Raiders”.  Stopped at Don’s Drive-In later.

Saturday, August 18, 1956

Ray waxed the vinyl tile floor in breezeway today.  Looks so nice!  L.R. went to town to pay Westenberger’s, Bressmer’s and Spiegel’s.  Picked up package at Alden’s containing raincoat for each girl and M.E.’s umbrella.  Russ brought over a small basket of tomatoes.  Dad brought some this a.m. and a dozen eggs, 35 cents.

Sunday, August 19, 1956

Girls and Ray went to S.S.  They went to a show at 1 p.m.  Aunt Helen came at 5 p.m. and Uncle Rob and Aunt Ethel at 7 p.m.  He left her to attend a funeral and came back about 8:30.  Aunt Helen left at 9 p.m.  Mrs. Buedel phoned Ray at work.  Carl has coronary thrombosis – been in hospital since Thursday.

Monday, August 20, 1956

Republican Convention opens at noon today in San Francisco.  M.E. starts working today at Ill. Bell Telephone Co.  L.R. took third swimming lesson this a.m.  She can now float face down.  Ray went to Sears in aft. and paid $10 down on a T-V aerial, bal. $188.  Gus here this a.m. to discuss neighborhood picnic for 8/28 in our backyard.  M.E. likes her new position.  Aunt Ethel phoned – she wants to buy our living room davenport and chair. 

Tuesday, August 21, 1956

L.R. went to summer movie (last one) with Sally T.  Men put up T-V aerial and Tenna Rotor this morning.  L.R. sent money order to Florida Fashions for navy jumper, grey skirt, citron yellow blouse, can-can, and bras for M.E.

Wednesday, August 22, 1956

Ray took car to garage this a.m. and mechanic brought him home.  Ordered chair and table from Dirksen’s this aft. and phoned Salvation Army to pick up old davenport and chair.  L.R. registered for high school this a.m.  Dorothy T. and her parents picked her up in their car.  Mother D. here in aft.  Cliff Hill took Ray to work, 4-midnight.  Lorene here tonight.

Thursday, August 23, 1956

Cousin Willis went to hospital yesterday.  L.R. took fourth swimming lesson this a.m.  Mr. Trippel took them.  Chair and table came this a.m.  Beautiful!  Listened to Nixon’s and Eisenhower’s acceptance of nomination speeches tonight.  Cliff Hill took and brought Ray home from work tonight.  He gets car tomorrow aft.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller picked up floor lamp.  She’s giving me $3.00 for it.

Friday, August 24, 1956

Today is Ray’s last evening shift.  Went to Springfield Drive-In to see “Maverick Queen”.  Salvation Army truck picked up old living room set (davenport and chair).  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob picked up living room mirror.  Ray got car back this aft.  Mr. Brandt did a good job.  Cousin Willis had operation for hernia this a.m.  Lorene and her mother went to Myra’s for weekend visit.

Saturday, August 25, 1956

L.R. and Dorothy went to St. Louis with Rainbow Girls to see “Kismet” [at Muni Opera].  Mr. Turner took them to the bus station and Ray picked them up at 2 a.m. when they returned.  M.E. washed and waxed living room floor.  I had Judy over to see new chair and table.  Pat bought a 1951 Ford.  Ray went with him.

Sunday, August 26, 1956

Ray started day shift today.  Jerry picked up Pat in aft. and Don Butler came after him tonight.  Beeler’s had reunion in their yard this aft. – borrowed our table and chairs.  T-V set dead this aft.  Bob Reed’s T-V Service replaced fuse and 1 tube plus service charge, $6.45.

Monday, August 27, 1956

L.R. took swimming lesson this a.m.  and went to Dr. King at 1 p.m. for check-up.  Then back to YWCA for a “dip”.  She also bought a dress for Ray and me to give his mother for her birthday, a nightgown from M.E., and a box of chocolate covered cherries from her.  Ray took the gifts to his mother tonight on his way to see about Pat’s car.

Tuesday, August 28, 1956

Ray’s mother’s birthday (78).  Gus and Russ brought maple chair for us to use until we get another.  Had a picnic supper in backyard – Mr. and Mrs. Beeler, Elmer, Judy and children, Carole and Mrs. Colburn, Mr. and Mrs. Thomae, Mr. and Mrs. Burnett and their 2 boys, and Gus and Russ came.  Lovely evening and had a grand time.  Ray and Elmer left for a while to bring Pat’s car home.  Pretty nice.

Wednesday, August 29, 1956

Mrs. Thomae called to tell me what a wonderful time she and her husband had last night.  Gus came over with the same report.  Ray off today.   L.R. met Dorothy T. at miniature golf course tonight.  Ray drove them over in Pat’s car and Mr. Turner brought them home.

Thursday, August 30, 1956

L.R. took last swimming lesson today.  Sent away for ballpoint pen set and a skirt pattern.  We went out to 66 Drive-In to see “Daddy Long Legs” with Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron and “Finger Man” with Frank Lovejoy and Peggy Castle.  Judy brought Mark over for me to see the way doctor taped his navel.  Mother D. here in aft.  I ordered 2 blouses and skirt material from Alden’s.

Friday, August 31, 1956

Mr. McCoy [Marge’s father] died at 9 a.m. at Memorial Hospital.  He was 77 years old.   L.R. went to town to get a tangerine blouse, Kresge’s, $1.00, and blue dacron blouse, Dixie Shop, $2.00.  We drove to town in evening and stopped at Don’s Drive-In on way home.  Put a different top on L.R.’s new can-can, hemmed a sheet, sewed buttons on L.R.’s new gold blouse, grey skirt and blue jumper.

Saturday, September 1, 1956

Received statement from Dr. Romence  – reduced bill 50% – added that Ray was not given wrong medicine but he was allergic to it.  I phoned bookkeeper that she’d “missed the point” and I was transferred to the doctor.  He said he’d cancel the charge.  Sent flowers from Lindley’s for the McCoy funeral.  Pat went to St. Louis with Jerry.  Ray got haircut on way home from work.  Phoned Doc re Mr. McCoy.

Sunday, September 2, 1956

Grandparents took girls to Sunday School.  Phoned Wilna and Mrs. Hanson.  Jim, Caryl and children here tonight except Mike.  He’s been in Chicago hospital for 7 weeks – getting along fine.  Uncle Rob and Aunt Ethel brought 2 doz. eggs from Aunt Georgia @ 35 cents a doz.

Monday, September 3, 1956

Labor Day.  Girls completed all ironing.  M.E. cleaned house and helped me give L.R. a perm.  L.R. baked and iced a cake.  I made a chocolate pie and sewed.  Pat went out to Jerry’s.  Minnie phoned in aft.

Tuesday, September 4, 1956

Dad’s birthday – 70 years old.  Mr. McCoy’s funeral at 1 p.m. at Bisch Funeral Home – Bro. Laughlin [officiating].  Parochial schools open today.  L.R. went to town to exchange blue dacron blouse and purchased elastic for plastic davenport cover and ink for school.  Phoned Cousin Willis at Memorial Hospital, Room 659.  Men filled base of aerial with concrete this aft.

Wednesday, September 5, 1956

Public schools start today.  Ray took Pat downtown for driver’s test this a.m.  L.R. wore turquoise stripe dress and red slippers to school today.  Ray picked her up at 2:30 p.m. for appointment at Burchett’s [photographer] at 3:30 p.m.  She came home, delighted with high school.  Lorene and Mrs. Hanson here tonight.  Brought 2 jackets from Myra.  Pat didn’t pass driver’s test.

Thursday, September 6, 1956

Gus here this a.m. – brought picture of Lynn.  Mother D., Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here in p.m.  He picked up my Alden’s order.  M.E. received first paycheck from Ill. Bell. ($88 for 2 weeks).

Friday, September 7, 1956

I phoned Mrs. Bartram re swimming class for L.R. instead of gym; also called YWCA and school counselor.  L.R. went to town after school with Dorothy Turner.  Phoned Margaret Baker, Major Bray and Ray, besides Mrs. Budel re ordering disability payments.  Mother D. called; also Edith Willson and Gus Ayers.  Went to Mr. and Mrs. Wollard’s for wiener roast and watermelon. 

Saturday, September 8, 1956

Marion Hoffman here to see M.E. about life insurance and savings plan.  Pat took second driver’s test but withheld license because of not stopping correctly.  L.R. and M.E. went to town in p.m.  Mrs. Wiley from West Side Church here in aft.  Kitchen Kraft man here tonight to give demonstration – gave M.E. a salad bowl with wooden fork & spoon.  She ordered a set of pans and paid $12.48 down.  L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting with Sally Trippel.  Her dad took them and brought them home.  Ray was working.

Sunday, September 9, 1956

Ray had to “doubleback” this a.m.  L.R. went to Jerome Methodist S.S. with Sally Trippel and M.E. went to 11 o’clock church with Gus.  Pat went to Illiopolis with Jerry in p.m.  Ray, girls and I went to Springfield Drive-In to see “Away All Boats” with Jeff Chandler.  Ray phoned West Bend Alum. Co. salesman – cancelled M.E.’s order at her request.  T-V picture tube out.

Monday, September 10, 1956

L.R. had to see her counselor before school re swim class instead of gym.  Bob Reed’s took our T-V to their shop, put in several tubes, including picture tube, cost $70.50.  Works better now than when new.  Cut out turquoise print dress for Karen.

Tuesday, September 11, 1956

Worked on Karen’s dress.  Went to S.S. class meeting at Wilma MacDonald’s in Chatham – wiener roast.  I came home when the rest of class went into house for meeting as too many steps.  Mrs. Sampson told me Mary Alice Beeler was married a week ago (9/1).  Judy gave me a quart of grape juice.

Wednesday, September 12, 1956

Ray picked up L.R. at school at 3:10 and took her to YWCA for first high school swimming class.  He picked both girls up at 4:30 and 5:00 and brought them home.  L.R.’s proofs from Burchett’s came today.  Made 6 glasses of grape jelly.  Aunt Helen phoned that Cousin Nell is seriously ill.

Thursday, September 13, 1956

Worked on Karen’s dress.  L.R. received an “A” on a Latin test and “Satisfactory” in Music (“satisfactory” or “failing” are the only grades given).  Ray had quartet rehearsal here tonight.  Received announcement of Mary Alice Beeler’s wedding and reception on 9/1.  Mother D. here in aft. – brought some peaches.  Gave Judy the rose bowl I got for birthday & wedding anniversary gift from secret pal.

Friday, September 14, 1956

Dad here in a.m. with more peaches.  M.E. went to Lanphier game tonight with Rita.  L.R. went to SHS party for freshmen.  Ray took her, Sally, Dorothy and Delores, and Mr. Turner brought them home.  Bernard Burnett and Ruth Voss will be married at 3 p.m. in Champaign tomorrow.  We gave them a towel set. 

Saturday, September 15, 1956

$250,000 fire at Lake Power Plant caused by lightening.  M.E. had to work today.  Went over to Beeler’s tonight for Mary Alice’s reception.  We gave her an alum. salad bowl and wooden fork & spoon.  Mr. R. Reinart, auto insurance man, here tonight re Pat’s auto insurance.  Dominic Lazar died at 4 p.m.

Sunday, September 16, 1956

L.R. went to S.S. at Jerome Meth. Church with Sally Trippel.  No one else in family went to S.S. or church.  Ray should be on day shift for another week but on account of Johnny Lazar’s brother’s death, he goes on midnight shift tonight.  Sent a get-well card to Cousin Nell and a sympathy card to Mrs. D. Lazar and family.

Monday, September 17, 1956

Ordered red corduroy for L.R.’s skirt from Westenberger’s.  Worked on Karen’s dress.  Ray went to work at midnight again tonight.

Tuesday, September 18, 1956

Dominic Lazar funeral service at 1 p.m. today.  Phoned Dr. Kirst’s office – made appointment for L.R. for October 9th at 4:30 p.m.  Ordered car coat and 3 skirts from Alden’s today.  Red corduroy and findings came from Westenberger’s this a.m.  I had serviceman come from Bob’s T-V Service but set was okay -- Channel 20 was off last night.  Ray’s mother brought some canned tomatoes, celery and barley for soup.  Ray went to work at midnight.

Wednesday, September 19, 1956

I ironed today.  Ray went to town in aft. for paycheck and to pay bills.  L.R. went to Jerome Methodist party at Jake’s with Sally Trippel.

Thursday, September 20, 1956

Ray went back on day shift today.  Cousin Willis, his nurse and Mrs. Becker called on me this a.m.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here in aft.  I ordered 2 blouses, sweater, bermuda shorts and pin from Alden’s.  Ray took L.R., Sally, Dorothy and Janet to Rainbow Girls tonight and Mrs. Bartram brought them home.

Friday, September 21, 1956

Uncle Rob brought out package from Alden’s.  Aunt Helen here for supper.  L.R. went to SHS football game.  Mr. Trippel took them (Sally, Janet, Judy and L.R.) and Mr. Fortner brought them home.  Finished Karen’s dress.

Saturday, September 22, 1956

L.R. and M.E. picked out car coats at Robinson’s.  Will return coat and 1 skirt to Alden’s.  M.E. stopped at Dr. Fleischli’s on way to town for exam for life ins.  She went to Lanphier-Peoria game in eve.  Ray took her and she came home on bus.  Pat took another driver’s test this a.m.  Grandpa went with him.  He passed!

Sunday, September 23, 1956

L.R. and M.E. went to Jerome Meth. S.S.   Bob and Gus here this a.m.  Curtis, Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here late aft.  We went for a ride later and stopped at Don’s Drive-In – M.E. treated.  Cut out L.R.’s red corduroy skirt.

Monday, September 24, 1956

Worked on L.R.’s red cord. skirt.  Ray picked up girls’ car coats at Robinson’s, $19.98 ea.  Returned coat and copper skirt at Alden’s.

Tuesday, September 25, 1956

L.R. picked up pink tweed material at M-W for her dress.  M.E. picked up sweater, blouses, and pin at Spiegel’s; also a blanket that Pat ordered, but he doesn’t want it so I’m going to keep it.  Cousin Willis went home from hospital.

Wednesday, September 26, 1956

M.E. has a toothache this eve. – face is swollen a little.  Finished L.R.’s red corduroy skirt.

Thursday, September 27, 1956

Ironed today.  M.E.’s face is quite swollen today.  Dr. Blanchard extracted her tooth this aft. – charged $2.00.  Jim, Karen, Steve and Tommy here in eve.  Gave Karen the dress & panties.

Friday, September 28, 1956

L.R. went to Lanphier to see an SHS game.

Saturday, September 29, 1956

Ray worked until 8 a.m. and will be off from now until October 8th at midnight.  Cut out L.R.’s pink tweed dress.  M.E. didn’t go to football game tonight on account of tooth extraction.

Sunday, September 30, 1956

Doc, Minnie, Bob and Marge here tonight for a wiener roast.

Monday, October 1, 1956

Worked on L.R.’s red corduroy skirt – finished.

Tuesday, October 2, 1956

Ray went to Water Operators Convention today and banquet tonight at Leland Hotel.  L.R. picked up pink dress material at M-W.  M.E. picked up order at Spiegel’s containing L.R.’s birthday gifts.

Wednesday, October 3, 1956

Worked on L.R.’s pink dress.  Ordered a garbage disposal tonight, $320.77 (36 payments of $8.91 ea.), including a portable sewing machine.

Thursday, October 4, 1956

Went to town with Ray.  Had lunch at Don’s Drive-In.  Didn’t have anything special for L.R.’s birthday today on account of it being a school day and she’s having girls over tomorrow night.  Garbage disposal installed today.

Friday, October 5, 1956

M.E. had another tooth extracted today.  Received letter from Alice.  L.R. went to Lanphier-SHS football game tonight with Sally Trippel, Janet Bartram, Dorothy Turner and Judy Fortner.  They all came back here to stay all night.  L.R. opened gifts from the girls and M.E., then I served ice cream and birthday cake. 

Saturday, October 6, 1956

Girls here for breakfast and lunch and then went to the skating rink.  Pat stayed last night at grandparents’.  Auto insurance man brought policies for Ray’s and Pat’s cars this aft.  M.E. went to Dr. Fleischli for medical exam for life insurance.  Ray went to Dr. Lewis this aft.

Sunday, October 7, 1956

L.R. and M.E. went to Jerome Methodist S.S.  Ray went to church at West Side.

Monday, October 8, 1956

Worked on L.R.’s pink tweed dress.  Garbage disposal salesman here with form for me to sign but wouldn’t as sewing machine not received yet.

Tuesday, October 9, 1956

Doc here for a few minutes – left a sack of tomatoes.  Finished L.R.’s pink tweed dress.

Wednesday, October 10, 1956

Ray went to see Dr. Lewis but he wasn’t in.  Ironed today.  Gus here in eve. – invited us to dinner next Tuesday.

Thursday, October 11, 1956

Disposal man brought sewing machine – Wonderful!  Judy came over to see it.  Mother D. invited us for Thanksgiving dinner.  Russ gave me cabbage cutter as he bought new one for Gus.

Friday, October 12, 1956

Ray went to Dr. Lewis in aft.  Aunt Ethel here in aft. – helped cut out L.R.’s brown corduroy skirt.  M.E. stayed downtown to shop with a girlfriend and brought 2 lb. box chocolates home.  Judy brought Mark over to show little white corduroy suit she made him.

Saturday, October 13, 1956

Aunt Helen here in aft.  L.R. went to town and got thread and buttons for her brown corduroy skirt.  M.E. treated us to “Chicken Delight” dinners tonight.

Sunday, October 14, 1956

M.E. and L.R. went to Jerome Methodist S.S.  Ray went to 10:30 church at West Side.  We went to 66 Drive-In to see “Picnic” with William Holden and Kim Novak.

Monday, October 15, 1956

Worked on brown corduroy skirt.  New machine works like a “charm.”  Ordered slip and sweater for M.E.’s birthday from Myers Bros.

Tuesday, October 16, 1956

I received a letter from Alice Jean and M.E. one from Ruth Ann.  Went to Gus’ for dinner tonight – spaghetti, salad, cake, etc.  We furnished ice cream.

Wednesday, October 17, 1956

Worked on L.R.’s brown corduroy skirt.  Received letter from Alice Jean re dress I sent Sandy.

Thursday, October 18, 1956

L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting with Dorothy and Sally.  Ray took them and Mr. Trippel brought them home.

Friday, October 19, 1956

Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob moved into Bess Kenney’s lower apartment today.  L.R. home today on account of Teachers’ Institute.  She went to town in aft. to pick up black velveteen for M.E.’s skirt and cross on chain she’s giving M.E. for her birthday.  Ray got his paycheck today.  L.R. helped cut out M.E.’s skirt.

Saturday, October 20, 1956

Cousin Willis and Lorene here in late aft. – brought gallon of cider and sack of apples from the farm.  L.R. went on hay rack ride and wiener roast with Dorothy on farm near Athens.  We went to Jagow’s for a wiener roast in the garage – too windy outside for Mark.  Came here later for T-V, apples, beer and cider.

Sunday, October 21, 1956

Girls didn’t go to S.S. – Ray went to church at West Side.  He started evening shift today.

Monday, October 22, 1956

M.E. had dinner this eve. at “Babe & Jim’s” with girls at Ill. Bell.  I worked on her black velveteen skirt.

Tuesday, October 23, 1956

Worked on black velveteen skirt.  Mother D. came down in aft. – gave L.R. $2.50 (belated birthday gift) and left envelope for M.E.  Pat went out to Jim’s tonight.  L.R. received first grades from high school – Home Ec. - A; Latin - B+; Algebra - B; and English - C+.

Wednesday, October 24, 1956

Today is M.E.’s birthday.  I finished her black velveteen skirt.  She received a mauve sweater from Ray; slip from Aunt Helen and me; skirt from me; necklace (cross) and collar, L.R.; $3.00, Pat; $2.50, grandparents.  I baked an angel food cake with lemon icing and had vanilla ice cream and frozen strawberries.  Also made tuna casserole and tossed salad for dinner.  She furnished a cake at lunch in cafeteria at work for her girl friends.

Thursday, October 25, 1956

Bob here in aft. – didn’t feel so well today.  Charles Spaulding phoned Ray at plant and made appointment to see him at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Cousin Willis’.  Pat went out to Jim’s tonight.  Ray had to work today as Madden is on vacation.

Friday, October 26, 1956

No school today.  Ray took car to Brandt’s for repainting and then to see Charles Spaulding.  L.R. went to town in aft. to get bermuda sox, black sweater and scarf for pink tweed dress.  Pat took L.R. and Janet to SHS football game and Mrs. Bartram brought them home.

Saturday, October 27, 1956

Pat went to town in a.m.  L.R. baked chocolate chip cookies.  I pressed her pink dress.  M.E. washed clothes and both girls cleaned the house.  Frances Rhoades Burdinsky died at 10:25 p.m. at Memorial Hospital.

Sunday, October 28, 1956

L.R. and M..E. went to Jerome S.S. and Ray went to 10:30 church at West Side.  Jim here at noon – he and Pat went out to target practice after dinner.  L.R. wore pink tweed dress for first time.  Aunt Helen here from 5:30-9:10 p.m.  Mr. Diller brought her and came after her.

Monday, October 29, 1956

Merle Perkinton favored me with a fall bouquet of yellow and orange mums and red oak leaves this aft.  Phoned Cousin Willis and Aunt Ethel.  Ray went to Dr. Lewis this a.m.  Today is Carole Colburn’s birthday.  Mrs. Colburn had L.R. and M.E. over for cake and pop this eve.  Some Halloween visitors tonight.

Tuesday, October 30, 1956

Bob here this a.m.  Frances Burdinsky buried at 2 p.m.  Ordered vegetables, fruit, turkey, pies and ice cream from Zero Food Freezer Co. this aft.  Lots of Halloween visitors tonight.

Wednesday, October 31, 1956

Mother and Dad here this a.m.  Mrs. Loveless brought my PTA membership card this aft.  Only 2 Halloween visitors tonight.  Received a Halloween card from my secret pal.

Thursday, November 1, 1956

Had sauerkraut, spareribs, baked potatoes and apple dumplings for supper tonight.  L.R. went to Rainbows tonight – wore formal – Pat took her, Sally and Dorothy, and Mr. Trippel brought them home.  Ray went to Jerome church Men’s Club.  Gus came over as Russ went to meeting, too.

Friday, November 2, 1956

Dad down this a.m.  Brought 1 doz. eggs from Mrs. Kruger, 35 cents, and borrowed $10 from me.  M.E. and L.R. had supper downtown and went to the Senate. 

Saturday, November 3, 1956

M.E. bought L.R., hers and my supper at “Chicken Delight”.  Pat went to wiener roast at his boss’ place this eve.  L.R. made apricot marmalade from school recipe.  Zero Food Freezer Co. delivered fruits, vegetables, ice cream, and turkey pies, $36.30, this a.m.

Sunday, November 4, 1956

M.E. and L.R. went to Jerome S.S.  Ray went to West Side 10:30 church.  Uncle Rob brought 2 doz. eggs from Aunt Georgia this aft. @ 40 cents doz.  M.E. shampooed and set my hair in p.m.

Monday, November 5, 1956

Ray worked on door bell.  I baked a pineapple pie.

Tuesday, November 6, 1956

National Election today.  Eisenhower won in a landslide!  Lorene phoned re pecans ordered through Aunt Helen; also she has not seen “Cal” [boyfriend] for a couple weeks.  Baked a lemon pie and small apple pie for Ray’s lunch.

Wednesday, November 7, 1956

Ray met M.E. at noon and took her to Dr. Fleischli’s office – had to leave a specimen, and then took her back to Ill. Bell.

Thursday, November 8, 1956

M.E. and L.R. had lunch downtown after school and work, then took in a show.  Ray installed door chime – works like a charm.

Friday, November 9, 1956

Aunt Ethel here in aft.  Ray went to Dr. Lewis and Dr. Andreasen.  I made raisin cake and spaghetti.

Saturday, November 10, 1956

M.E. and L.R. went to town and paid bills.  M.E. bought a turquoise dress at Dixie Shop and L.R. a pair of black suede slippers at Kenney’s; also got material for aprons and a frame for L.R.’s picture (Burchett’s).  Ray went to Dr. Wise and Dr. Andreasen.

Sunday, November 11, 1956

L.R. and M.E. went to Jerome S.S. this a.m.  Ray, Pat and I met them at Mother D.’s at 11 a.m. – had a delicious baked chicken dinner.  L.R. and M.E. went to young people’s service at Jerome Church from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday, November 12, 1956

M.E. returned L.R.’s shoes to Kenney’s for refund as heels too high and tapered.  Phoned Mrs. Colburn – she was off work today as Veteran’s Day fell on Sunday.  Sent piece of cake to Jagows for their supper.  First Congregational Church burned – a quarter-million dollar loss.  M.E. went to “Babe & Jim’s” with 10 other Ill. Bell employees as one was leaving.

Tuesday, November 13, 1956

Gave L.R. $1.00 for PTA.  Received letter from Warren re trip here December 6th & 7th.  Ginny and Lynn coming too.  Eileen Boyle phoned re class meeting tonight.  I phoned Marge, Minnie and Aunt Ethel about Warren’s trip here.   Ray went to Dr. Wise today. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight.

Wednesday, November 14, 1956

Ray went to Dr. Wise today.  L.R. had TB shot at high school today.  She got pair black suede slippers with high heels from Schiff’s – were $6.00 but they let her have them for $5.00 as that’s all she had with her.  Wrote letter to Warren; also sent order to Reader’s Digest for subscription for Mother and Dad’s Christmas gift.  Ordered tomato print for 3 aprons from Westenberger’s.  Gus and Russ came home from Chicago tonight.

Thursday, November 15, 1956

Pat took girls to Rainbow meeting and Mrs. Bartram brought them home.  Ordered chair from Dirksen’s ($61.30) that M.E. is getting for her dad.  Jane and Bill Scattergood and children here tonight – brought a bouquet of flowers.

Friday, November 16, 1956

Gus here in aft.  She offered to sell us a maple chair but we don’t want it as M.E. is getting one.  M.E. and L.R. had supper downtown and took in a show.  Ray went to Dr. Wise; also got a haircut.  He finished putting new sewing machine head in old console.  I cut out peach apron.

Saturday, November 17, 1956

M.E. and L.R. went to town in aft.  Ray on last evening shift.

Sunday, November 18, 1956

Ray starts day shift.  M.E. and L.R. went to Jerome S.S.  They also went to young people’s meeting in eve.  Jim and Caryl went to Chicago today to see Mike.  Ray’s mother stayed with the other children.

Monday, November 19, 1956

Worked on peach apron today.  Gus, Judy and Mark here this aft.  Gus said Mrs. VonBehren is expecting in June.  Pat went to Jim’s tonight.

Tuesday, November 20, 1956

Sent birthday card to Cousin Willis who will be 86 tomorrow.  Went to town with Ray while he went to Dr. Wise.  We had lunch at 5th and So. Grand.  Received 5 Thanksgiving cards from S.S. class members.

Wednesday, November 21, 1956

Ray went to Chicago with Jim to get Mike – left at 8 a.m. and arrived home at 6:15 p.m.  Merle Perkinton brought fall bouquet.  I also received 7 more Thanksgiving cards from S.S. class members.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob came in aft. and brought 13 copies of “Arizona Highways” magazine.  Finished peach apron.

Thursday, November 22, 1956

Thanksgiving.  Jim came and Pat helped him put me in Jim’s car at 2:30 p.m. and girls went, too, to his house for Thanksgiving dinner at 5:30 p.m.  Pat took grandparents in his car.  Ray came straight from work.  We had turkey and all the trimmin’s.  Ray brought girls and me home at 9:30.  Pat took grandparents home.

Friday, November 23, 1956

Started pink apron.  M.E. and Ray worked today.  No school.  Received two more Thanksgiving cards, making a total of 14 received from S.S. class members.

Saturday, November 24, 1956

L.R. went to see movie with Dorothy this aft.  Received 2 more Thanksgiving cards from S.S. class members.

Sunday, November 25, 1956

M.E. and L.R. went to Jerome S.S. this a.m.  Finished pink apron and started shrimp pink apron.

Monday, November 26, 1956

Girls and I started 2-week Mayo Clinic diet today.  Ordered Christmas gifts from Sears, Alden’s and M-W.  Ray went to church tonight to practice Christmas cantata.  Dad broke his wrist this a.m. at mailbox at Glenn and Leonard Ave.

Tuesday, November 27, 1956

Sent for record from Reader’s Digest.  Ray went to Dr. Wise this a.m.  Lazars here tonight.

Wednesday, November 28, 1956

Today is Buzz’s birthday.  Aunt Helen here this aft.  L.R. went to basketball game at Armory with Janet.  Ray took them as he went to church and brought them home.

Thursday, November 29, 1956

Maymie, John and John Perry Lazar here tonight.

Friday, November 30, 1956

Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here in aft.  He picked up packages at Alden’s, Sears and M-W.  Ray went to Municipal League meeting tonight.  Cut out cobbler apron (yellow border).  Ordered more things from Alden’s and M-W.

Saturday, December 1, 1956

L.R. went to town in a.m. to see Santa Parade with Dorothy and went with Sally to see “Giant” with James Dean.  M.E. babysat with Mark while Judy went to town in a.m.  M.E. went to town in aft. 

Sunday, December 2, 1956

M.E. and L.R. went to Jerome S.S. – Pat to church at West Side.  Committee for S.S. Christmas party here in aft: Marge, Esther Farris, Mildred Adamo, Georgia Coulter, Edith Flick and Kathy Hohenstein.  L.R. went to supper at Wesley Methodist with group from Jerome Church this eve.  M.E. went for a ride with Mary (?).  Lorene here in eve.

Monday, December 3, 1956

Merle Perkinton brought pink and silver table arrangement this noon.  Cut out red corduroy overalls for Tommy.  M.E. and L.R. stayed downtown for supper and shopped as stores open until 8:30 p.m.  Received letter from Elsie from St. Petersburg, Fla.  Ray came home early from work on account of bad cold.

Tuesday, December 4, 1956

Gus here in a.m. to get ½ turkey stored in our freezer.  Ray doesn’t feel any better today.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight.

Wednesday, December 5, 1956

Warren, Virginia, Lynn, Marian and Tom arrived at Ayers’ at 2:30 p.m.  Warren, Ginny and Lynn came right over to see me.  Dr. Shriner came out to see Ray tonight.  He has a virus.  M.E. picked up packages at Alden’s and M-W.

Thursday, December 6, 1956

Ray feels a little better today.  Entertained Warren, Virginia and Lynn with a potluck supper tonight.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob brought a relish plate; Doc & Minnie, baked ham; Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller, cream and butter.  We furnished potato salad, baked beans, bread, etc.  Bob came too, and Marge came after stored closed.  Everyone seemed to have a good time.

Friday, December 7, 1956

Marian came over in aft. before she, Tom, Warren & family drove back to Chicago.  Bob took Ray to Dr. Shriner for a  shot ($5.00).  L.R. went to basketball game at Armory with Sally Trippel.  Pat took them and Mr. Trippel brought them home.  Finished Tommy’s red overalls. Ordered shirt for Tommy, one for Pat, 3 lb. can hard candy, and pot holder from Sears today.

Saturday, December 8, 1956

2" snow.  Ray went shopping.  Jim came at noon and M.E. went shopping at Sears with him.  Pat took Mother D. to Eisner’s for groceries.  I ordered a pillow from Westenberger’s.  Wes, Alice and Jane arrived this aft. -- brought their Christmas gifts for us.

Sunday, December 9, 1956

M.E. and L.R. went to Jerome S.S.  Gus over about 11 a.m.  Mother D. here in aft.  Ray and L.R. went to Osco’s and bought outdoor set of Christmas lights and one for indoors and other ornaments.  M.E. had date this aft. with Ed Smith, Mary Prosperini and her boyfriend.  L.R. helped me cut out Caryl’s brown skirt (Christmas gift).  Ray bought a small table tree for S.S. class meeting on Tuesday.  M.E. shampooed and set my hair.

Monday, December 10, 1956

Ray went to Dr. Shriner at 11:30 a.m.  L.R. decorated the little Christmas tree and “gum drop” plastic tree.  M.E. went to a shower. 

Tuesday, December 11, 1956

Ray took his mother to town in aft.  Merle Perkinton brought 2 flower displays and picked up rose bowl for Christmas refill.  Had S.S. class meeting here tonight – 42 attended.  Zella McLean was my secret pal and I was hers.  Received a lovely slip from her, a pair of pillow cases from Georgia Coulter, and pot holder from Wilma MacDonald.  Ray took Pat and Russ to bean supper.

Wednesday, December 12, 1956

Finished Caryl’s skirt today.  Ray went back to work today to make up for one day off, but came home in aft.  Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here in aft.

Thursday, December 13, 1956

L.R. made first batch of caramels tonight with M.E.’s help.  Ray worked today.  He went to Union party for members and their families.  I addressed all Christmas cards in late aft. and tonight. 

Friday, December 14, 1956

M.E. had date with Ed Smith tonight.  He came in – seemed very nice.  L.R. wrapped some caramels.  Pat mailed all our Christmas cards tonight.  I was sort of sick tonight – worked too hard, I guess.

Saturday, December 15, 1956

Mary Ellen worked today.  L.R. and I wrapped gifts for Gilroys and Wes Cantralls.  We made 4 recipes of peanut brittle tonight.  Ray went to church to practice with choir tonight.  We wrapped boxes for mailing to Gilroys and Wes, and the girls took them over to Russ’ for him to mail tomorrow.  I feel much better today.

Sunday, December 16, 1956

M.E. and L.R. went to Jerome S.S.  L.R. made another batch of caramels and M.E. helped her wrap same.  Uncle Rob brought 3 doz. eggs in aft. @ 40 cents a doz.  I cut out Karen’s dress and panties.  Ray starts swing shift tonight.

Monday, December 17, 1956

M.E. babysat for Jagows tonight.  I worked on Karen’s dress.

Tuesday, December 18, 1956

Worked on Karen’s dress.  Ray received paycheck today.  He set up Christmas tree which L.R. trimmed after he strung the lights on it.

Wednesday, December 19, 1956

Worked on Karen’s dress.  L.R. finished trimming tree.

Thursday, December 20, 1956

Worked on Karen’s dress.

Friday, December 21, 1956

Gus here in a.m. while Ray was in town.  Mother D. here in aft.  Ray bought a 13 lb. 4 oz. hen turkey at Eisner’s @ 43 cents a lb.  Pat’s company had a party in aft.  L.R. had one in Latin class and one in Home Ec. class.  M.E. had a date tonight with Ed Smith.

Saturday, December 22, 1956

Chair came out from Dirksen’s that M.E. is giving Ray for Christmas – beautiful!  Ray took Mother D. to Eisner’s this aft.  Girls went to town on bus.  I finished Karen’s dress and panties.  Wrapped caramels tonight while Ray was at Jagows.

Sunday, December 23, 1956

Girls went to Jerome S.S.  M.E. made a batch of caramels and L.R. made cookies.  Ray went to Thrifty’s for a set of outdoor lights – trimmed 2 little trees in front with 15 lights each.  Youth choir from West Side sang Christmas carols here tonight.  L.R. went with Turners to Masonic Temple to go with Rainbow Girls to sing carols.  I finished wrapping caramels and gifts.

Monday, December 24, 1956

L.R. made cookies and fudge.  I made date nut bread and 2 mince pies.  Russ came over with a tray of 3 loaves of fancy bread and candy.  Carol Jagow brought coffee cake.  Carole Colburn brought gifts.  L.R. went to Thrifty’s with Ray for gifts for M.E. and her to give Carole C.  Jim, Caryl & children here in eve.

Tuesday, December 25, 1956

Mother and Dad came down at 6 a.m. and we exchanged gifts.  Ray went to work at 8 a.m.  Pat went to Jim’s and took gifts we overlooked giving them last night.  Gus and Russ here at noon.  Mother and Dad came back at 4 p.m. for dinner at 4:30.

Wednesday, December 26, 1956

Mother D. exchanged my hose and brought them this aft. – also ice cream dipper for Christmas gift for me.  L.R. went to town to get pj’s exchanged for house slippers and evening bag; also got a beautiful red and white dress instead of brown plaid that Pat gave me.  Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight.  She gave me a vegetable cutter.  Ray went to choir rehearsal and M.E. went to skating rink with Mary Prosperini.  Mrs. Olsen called re corsage for L.R.’s dance tomorrow.

Thursday, December 27, 1956

Ray went to town this a.m. to exchange jacket Pat gave him; also scrapbook for photo album he gave me. Aunt Ethel here in aft.; also Bro. Laughlin.   L.R. went with Nils Olsen to Christmas formal the Ansar Shrine gave the Rainbow Girls and guests at St. Nicholas Hotel.  Her wrist corsage – pink roses and net -- looked lovely with pale blue formal.  His brother took them and brought them home - 9-midnight.

Friday, December 28, 1956

M.E. exchanged Ray’s watch for a water-resistant one.  Received letter from Marian and note from Ann Sutton.  Pat went out to Filter Plant to see Ray tonight.

Saturday, December 29, 1956

Ray went to town at 11 a.m.  Bob here before he left.  L.R. and M.E. went to town in aft. to pay bills and shop a little.  Received tin of homemade cookies from Ann Sutton today.  Elmer came over this eve.  Judy and children still in the country since Christmas.  M.E. took second watch back and got first one Ray had.

Sunday, December 30, 1956

Girls went to Jerome S.S. and Ray went to church at West Side.  Girls went to Senate in aft. to see “You Can’t Run Away From It.”   Mother D. had Jim and family for dinner today.  Mike cut his arm on a broken window and had several stitches taken at St. John’s.  Percy Mason and wife here but didn’t stay as I was napping. 

Monday, December 31, 1956

Cut out sleeves for L.R.’s turquoise striped dress – have them about half made.  Ray and I went to Jagow’s tonight for a combination birthday party for Elmer and New Year’s Eve celebration.  Had a very good time.  Came home at 12:45 a.m. as Ray works from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.  Girls stayed home to watch T-V.