Berniece Pearce Diary - 1957
Tuesday, January 1, 1957
Ray went to work at 8 a.m. as he is on “swing shift.” L.R. baked a pie – crust was delicious. I cut out sleeves for L.R.’s striped turquoise dress yesterday and worked on them today. Elmer Jagow and Joanne came over for a few minutes with her 4-month-old baby girl. Girls wrote letters to Marian to mail with mine.
Wednesday, January 2, 1957
School starts today. Made 8 buttonholes in cuffs on striped dress. Wrote letters to Ann Sutton and Alice & Wes. Received letter from Aunt Georgia.
Thursday, January 3, 1957
Judy and Mark Jagow here in aft. but didn’t stay as I was lying down. L.R. went to Rainbow meeting with Turners – Trippels brought her home. Ray took Christmas tree lights off little trees in front. Wrote letter to Aunt Georgia.
Friday, January 4, 1957
Ray went to town for paycheck and groceries. Judy, Carol Sue, Rita and Mark came this evening to see our Christmas gifts.
Saturday, January 5, 1957
M.E. had to work today. L.R. untrimmed the tree. Edith and Harry Willson here tonight. Had lemon pie for dessert after supper and chocolate pie when they were here in evening. L.R. went to basketball game at Armory with Sally Trippel. Pat took them and Mr. T. brought them home. M.E. went to Chatham with Ed, Mary P. and her fiancé.
Sunday, January 6, 1957
M.E. and L.R. went to Jerome S.S. – Ray to church at West Side. Ruth Ann came out in aft. and went to Orpheum with the girls to see Martin & Lewis show. Pat took them. They came home on bus. Uncle Rob picked up Ruth Ann at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, January 7, 1957
Sorted pictures to put in new photo album Ray gave me for Christmas. Pat is still on vacation (without pay since December 21st). Received letter from Alice. Uncle Rob brought 4 doz. eggs @ 32 cents doz.
Tuesday, January 8, 1957
Filled photo album Ray gave me. Mother D. here in aft. Pat went to Decatur re employment. M.E. picked up sweater at Alden’s for L.R. (in place of one Aunt Helen gave her for Christmas which was too low in neck). Received Spiegel’s spring & summer catalog today.
Wednesday, January 9, 1957
Ray took L.R.’s watch to Shaughnessy Jewelers today as it stopped running yesterday. Worked on income tax return today. Received Alden’s spring & summer catalog. Ray and Mary Ellen went down to Giuffre Buick Co. last night and looked at a 1957 Buick Special that Mr. Lucas wanted to sell him. Shaughnessy fixed L.R.’s watch – no charge.
Thursday, January 10, 1957
Ray decided to get new Buick this a.m. so he and Pat went down in old car to make exchange. They’re back with it at 11:30 a.m. – certainly is a beauty – 2-tone green. M.E. met Ruth Ann after work – they had supper and went to Lincoln Theater. Uncle Rob brought them home – Ruth Ann stayed all night at Aunt Ethel’s and Uncle Rob’s.
Friday, January 11, 1957
Went down with Ray to Giuffre Buick Co. to sign papers at 10:30 a.m. Riding in new car like “floating on a cloud.” Had lunch at Don’s Drive-In. Gus came over just as we were leaving this morning. She certainly was surprised.
Saturday, January 12, 1957
Linda rode in new car for the first time this aft. as she went with Ray to get groceries, her red slippers re-heeled, exchange guest towels at Springfield Dry Goods, and see Dr. Shriner. Ray paid him $3.00. Ray took girls to Masonic Temple (formal) and Mr. Turner brought them home. M.E. took a short ride in car just before supper. Received a letter from Elsie H. Got M–W spring & summer catalog.
Sunday, January 13, 1957
M.E. went to S.S. at Jerome Methodist. L.R. stayed home as she has a cold. Pat didn’t come home last night. Minnie phoned this aft. and I told her about our new car. L.R. baked a perfect cherry pie today.
Monday, January 14, 1957
Wrote letter to Elsie. Ray went to town re loan on house to finance car. Pat went back to work at 1 p.m. Ray starts midnight shift tonight.
Tuesday, January 15, 1957
Bob here this aft. Told him about our new car. Ray took it to Giuffre’s for painting under part of car. The mechanic brought him home and Russ took him down in aft. to get it. Russ told us they are leaving in a week for Spokane to run eating concession at North Bowl. Pat took girls to Esquire and brought them home tonight. They used passes Ray won.
Wednesday, January 16, 1957
Car at Giuffre’s again today for painting spots that were rubbed off. Ray got car at 5 p.m. (Pat took him down). Something happened to the Dyna flow so Ray took it back and salesman gave him another car to use (2-tone blue).
Thursday, January 17, 1957
Gus left coat here this a.m. and I repaired sleeves for her. L.R. took it back when she got home from school. Our car is still at Giuffre’s. Ray took L.R., Sally & Dorothy to Rainbow Girls meeting and they met Judy Fortner at the Armory for a basketball game later. Mr. Turner brought them home. Ray took L.R.’s red plaid wool skirt to cleaner’s. Marian and Tom came down on train tonight.
Friday, January 18, 1957
Ray took clothes to laundromat. Phoned Gus and she’s cancelled all plans for Spokane. Marian came here in aft. Ray got our car in late afternoon – works perfectly, but forgot to connect speedometer. He picked up paycheck while downtown.
Saturday, January 19, 1957
Ray stopped at Giuffre’s to have speedometer connected; also got a haircut ($1.00 – been paying $1.50). L.R. went to town to pay Myers Bros. and Medical Group, and got a sweater at Roland’s (yellow Banlon).
Sunday, January 20, 1957
M.E. and L.R. went to S.S. at Jerome Meth. L.R. made a double recipe of brownies and went to a show at Orpheum with Sally Trippel and Judy Buhl.
Monday, January 21, 1957
New ½ term starts at schools today. Aunt Helen here this aft. and stayed for supper. We had chop suey and brownies.
Tuesday, January 22, 1957
Aunt Ethel here in aft. but didn’t stay long as it was sleeting and roads were getting quite treacherous. Ray went to town in late aft. to pay Buick balance on undercoating car. He missed L.R. as Turners brought her home but picked up M.E. Ray’s mother and dad here this aft., too. He took them home – their first ride in new car.
Wednesday, January 23, 1957
L.R. has a bad cold. I baked an apple pie and made vegetable soup. Gave Judy a soup bone , barley and 2 cans grated cheese. Elmer here for a few minutes to borrow a drill tonight.
Thursday, January 24, 1957
Ray picked up L.R. on account of her bad cold and went to get groceries. M.E. went to a show after work with a girlfriend. Baked another apple pie and made Swiss steak. Phoned Mrs. Sullivan that L.R. couldn’t swim after school.
Friday, January 25, 1957
Bob here this aft. – saw new car for first time. I baked a butterscotch pie. L.R. went to Pizza Pie Party at Vivian Barton’s which she gave for Rainbow Girls who sold $12.00 worth of candy at Christmas. Ray took her and Dorothy, and Mr. Turner brought them home.
Saturday, January 26, 1957
Received letter from Mrs. Roberts which also contained one for Ruth White which she wanted me to address and send it on. She’s in Florida and address is at her home in Marion.
Sunday, January 27, 1957
M.E. went to Jerome S.S. and Ray went to church at West Side. He took Elmer for a ride in our car and took cans to the dump. M.E. cut my neck hair and gave me a perm in same.
Monday, January 28, 1957
L.R. paid $8.00 for last half-term of swimming lessons at YWCA. Ray picked her and M.E. up and brought them home. Cut out plastic cover for back cushion on new chair M.E. gave Ray. Gus here for an hour around noon.
Tuesday, January 29, 1957
Finished plastic cover for chair back cushion. Talked to Judy on phone.
Wednesday, January 30, 1957
Worked on chair seat cover. Phoned Cousin Willis – he was busy so he phoned later. Said Charles Spaulding was to supervise at Lake Purification Plant. Baked a black raspberry pie. Ray picked up girls this eve. and brought them home.
Thursday, January 31, 1957
Ironed and then baked an apple pie. Bob here this a.m. M.E. stayed downtown for supper and then went to a girlfriend’s house to see her baby. Pat went out to Jerry’s.
Friday, February 1, 1957
Ironed and baked a lemon pie. M.E. and L.R. ate supper downtown and went to Lincoln to see “Oklahoma” with passes Ray won. Received letter from Marian Gilroy.
Saturday, February 2, 1957
Finished plastic seat cover for new chair. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here in aft. He borrowed a Reader’s Digest Condensed Book.
Sunday, February 3, 1957
M.E. and L.R. went to Jerome S.S. M.E.’s radio went on the blink this a.m. Ray worked on our big one this aft. L.R. went to a youth rally (supper-50 cents and program) – Jerome church group went to Douglas Ave. Methodist Church.
Monday, February 4, 1957
Mr. Jones and secretary from Security Federal Loan Co. came out at 9 a.m. for my signature on loan for car. Ray picked up L.R. at YWCA and M.E. at Ill. Bell. M.E. phoned Dr. Shriner about her sore throat and he sent out medicine from Watt’s. Ray went to see about income tax return and paying Associates Inv. Co. but nothing settled.
Tuesday, February 5, 1957
Ray stopped to see credit manager at Giuffre’s and Mr. McIntire but nothing settled on car financing. M.E. stopped to see Dr. Shriner and he told her to see Dr. Ranker in a week re tonsillectomy. L.R. got pink yarn and knitting needles for stole at Bressmer’s today for school.
Wednesday, February 6, 1957
Ray filed our income tax returns today – should receive refund in six weeks. Let out underarm seams on L.R.’s gold corduroy jumper. Ironed in a.m.
Thursday, February 7, 1957
L.R. went to a show after school with Dorothy – they had supper downtown and then went to Rainbow Girls meeting. Mr. Turner brought them home. Ray picked up our Sears spring & summer catalog.
Friday, February 8, 1957
Worked on grey striped aprons and baked a birthday cake for Pat as he is 21 years old today! – made devils food with pale green peppermint divinity icing. Ray and I gave him a lunch box with thermos bottle; M.E., a cigarette lighter; L.R., Old Spice shave set. Ray’s last midnight shift tonight.
Saturday, February 9, 1957
Pay went to Dorothy Kane’s wedding with Jerry at 10 a.m. Ray went shopping and stopped to see Jim. L.R. knitted 2 samples for school. I worked on grey striped aprons. Today is Carol Sue Jagow’s birthday – 10 years old.
Sunday, February 10, 1957
Ray starts evening shift. M.E. and L.R. went to Jerome S.S. Ray and Pat went to church at West Side. M.E.’s throat is still sore. L.R. went to Methodist youth meeting tonight. Trippels picked her up – Sally came home with her and her dad picked her up here.
Monday, February 11, 1957
M.E.’s throat much worse this a.m. Miss Conlon sent her home in cab with another girl. Ray took her to Dr. Ranker at 2 p.m.; he suggested she go to hospital for a couple days for tests, etc. She came home for some things and Ray took her to St. John’s (Memorial filled up) on way to work this aft.
Tuesday, February 12, 1957
Ray phoned Dr. Ranker this aft. re M.E. – bad sore throat but tonsils don’t have to be removed. Sent card to McCall’s – will receive 8 mos. for $1.00.
Wednesday, February 13, 1957
Ray got M.E. at hospital this aft. and brought her home before going to work in aft. L.R. decided her stole would be too narrow so I told her if she ripped it and started a wider one, I’d help until she replaced 12" needed by Friday.
Thursday, February 14, 1957
Went to town in aft. with Ray and M.E. They got some valentine cards and candy. I received valentines from my secret pal, Katherine Gathard and M.E. M.E. received a dozen red roses from girls at Ill. Bell. I knitted a little on L.R.’s pink stole.
Friday, February 15, 1957
Aunt Ethel here in aft. I altered black felt vest Gus gave L.R. Gus and Russ here in eve. for a little while to see M.E. Ray showed Russ our new car. Pat paid Ray $20 – first since December 21st. He was out of work 3 weeks. Ray had clothes laundered at laundromat, $2.25. He bought a 10-3/4 lb. hen turkey @ 39 cents lb.
Saturday, February 16, 1957
L.R. went to town this aft. to get material and findings for blouse to be made at school. Sent card to Geographical Society for free album and material on France. L.R. and M.E. baked a golden sunshine cake this aft. from her recipe box.
Sunday, February 17, 1957
M.E. and L.R. went to Jerome S.S. and MYF in eve. M.E. was in charge of evening service. She came home after meeting but L.R. stayed for leather crafts. Pat and Ray went to church at West Side. Had baked turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli, cranberry sauce, sunshine cake, and coffee for dinner.
Monday, February 18, 1957
Ruth, Clara, her 2 younger sons, and Eileen were here about noon. M.E. got a new record player and 10 free records at “The Platter” ($19.95). Today is “Dollar Day”. Pat didn’t come home for supper. M.E. received some more “get-well” cards sent to hospital and forwarded here.
Tuesday, February 19, 1957
Ray went to town to pick up paycheck, pay on refrigerator, antenna and disposal. M.E. received some more “get-well” cards she should have received in hospital.
Wednesday, February 20, 1957
Bob here in afternoon. Pat left at 9 p.m. and came home at 3 a.m. (2/21). Must’ve had a heavy date. Ray made first payment on car.
Thursday, February 21, 1957
Ray and I went to town in aft., stopped at Buick Co. to have oil put in car, then picked up Linda at 4th and Monroe. After Ray brought us home, he went up to his mother’s to get 3 doz. eggs @ 35 cents doz. He took L.R. and Sally to Masonic Temple. Linda wore her blue formal. She sent 25 cents for Eddie Fisher record and also mailed belated birthday cards to Gus (her birthday is 2/6).
Friday, February 22, 1957
Washington’s Birthday. M.E. doesn’t have to work but schools are open. She went to visit Lanphier in aft. with a girlfriend. Ray picked up L.R. and dropped her off downtown to meet M.E. and brought her books home. M.E. and L.R. had supper and went to see “The Wrong Man” at Roxy. M.E. bought 1 lb. Martha Washington chocolates for Ray which we all enjoyed; also a belated birthday gift for Gus.
Saturday, February 23, 1957
Ray went to Giuffre’s to have oil checked. Mother D. here in aft. Yesterday, Dad became sick in a.m. while they were downtown, but okay now. Pat didn’t come home tonight.
Sunday, February 24, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. and Ray went to church at West Side. Aunt Helen phoned that she’d be out this evening but called back a half hour later that it wouldn’t fit in with their plans. Uncle Rob stopped by for a few minutes. Pat came home at 11:10 a.m. – at Jim’s last night.
Monday, February 25, 1957
Ray moved picture to center of area over piano this a.m. Pat went to Tom Kane’s this eve. re his inheritance – has to go back next week. Mr. Anderson (Lanphier H.S.) phoned M.E. re typewriter she wants to buy. I started dieting today.
Tuesday, February 26, 1957
Bob here from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. L.R. didn’t swim after school as she’s under the weather. Turners brought her home from school. Eileen Boyle phoned and asked me to send sympathy cards to Donna Reed and Mrs. Jack Short who lost their father lately; also, that she’s sending more stamps soon.
Wednesday, February 27, 1957
Gus here from 1-3 p.m.. L.R. had appointment with Dr. King this aft. She only wears retainer at night now.
Thursday, February 28, 1957
Aunt Ethel here in aft. Ray took Gus over to Jerome Meth. Church to deliver beans and ham for supper there tonight.
Friday, March 1, 1957
I had appointment with Dr. Ratliff from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. He filled 6 teeth and cleaned teeth. Then we had hamburgers and root beer at 5th and South Grand, drove out to north end and got groceries at Castor’s. Mother D. here late aft. and Lorene came out in eve. Ray went to party at Merv’s tonight.
Saturday, March 2, 1957
L.R. cleaned grocery cabinet and M.E. the broom cabinet this a.m. in addition to usual Saturday duties. Mr. Burnett brought frozen items to put in our freezer as theirs is broken. Gave us a chicken and quart of gooseberries. Ray ordered half a beef from Eisner’s (approx. 250 lbs. @ 41 cents lb.) To be delivered Thursday. Jagows went to Aderman’s this eve.
Sunday, March 3, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. and Ray to church at West Side. Mr. Burnett brought more things for our freezer and gave us some frozen rhubarb and more gooseberries, also blackberries. L.R. went to MYF with Sally tonight. Elmer brought some meat from Aderman’s to store in our freezer. Ray’s about sick tonight – flu maybe. M.E. shampooed my hair in aft.
Monday, March 4, 1957
Ray went to Dr. Shriner in p.m. on account of bad cold – stayed home from work. Gus here in a.m. Natalie Beam here in aft. L.R. received grades today: A in Latin, B in English, B in Home Ec., and C in Algebra.
Tuesday, March 5, 1957
Ray went to work but didn’t stay – stopped at Dr. Shriner’s on way home. Paid him $5.00. Judy here in aft. Pat worked tonight. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here – brought a pint of kerosene for lamps that Marian gave us for Christmas.
Wednesday, March 6, 1957
Ray home again today. Cold or virus no better. He went to Eisner’s, Kelly Bros., Freezer Co., and Acme Ins. Katherine Gathard, Lillian Richardson and Mildred Adamo here in aft. L.R. and Sally Trippel went to a show at the Roxy after school. Ray phoned doctor tonight for more medicine. Pat worked tonight. Ray could hardly breathe tonight. Dr. Shriner sent him to hospital in ambulance.
Thursday, March 7, 1957
Phoned Plant, Dr. Shriner, Acme Ins., Aunt Ethel, Judy, Lorene, and Mother D. Uncle Rob went to see Ray in aft. and Jim went tonight. Aunt Helen here in aft. and stayed for supper. She gave me a check for $20 for girls’ old clothes. Pat picked up 250 lbs. beef at Eisner’s at MacArthur & Ash (41 cents lb. plus tax = $105.58). L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting tonight. Turners took them and Trippels brought them home. Elmer here tonight. Jim stopped by to get Ray’s p.j.’s.
Friday, March 8, 1957
Gus here this noon. Aunt Helen came out in aft. and stayed for supper. I ironed rest of clothes. Called Dr. Shriner re Ray. Ray phoned and he seemed better. Harry Willson, Johnny Lazar, Mrs. Burnett, Vivian Windsor and Judy phoned today. Gilroys arrived at 6 p.m. at Ayers’.
Saturday, March 9, 1957
Bought a box of Girl Scout cookies from Heninger girl - mint - 40 cents. Russell came in a.m. to inquire about Ray. Pat had to work this a.m. Eileen Boyle, Aunt Helen and Aunt Ethel phoned. Jim came at noon – got $4.50 groceries at Eisner’s for me. Dad took girls to town. They shopped and then went to hospital – grandparents brought them home. L.R. went for a dip at YWCA with Dorothy tonight. Elsie and Marian here this eve.
Sunday, March 10, 1957
Didn’t get to bed until 4:30 this morning. Pat stayed all night at Jim’s – L.R. and M.E. got up and lifted me out of wheel chair onto bed – L.R. has sore back as a result. Pat came home at 10 a.m. Aunt Ethel, Uncle Rob and Curtis, Lorene, Cousin Willis, Mother D. and Elmer here in aft. Elmer had been to hospital – took clean p.j.’s and note from me. L.R. went to MYF with Sally T. Mrs. Hanson sent two little African violets.
Monday, March 11, 1957
Typical March weather today. Bob here in aft. Phoned Dr. Shriner this late aft. – said Ray was much better and could come home in a few days. Pat went to see him tonight – I sent a note. L.R.’s stole that she is knitting at school disappeared from cabinet in school room. Elmer here for a few minutes to ask about Ray.
Tuesday, March 12, 1957
Phoned Mrs. Hanson to thank her for the violets Lorene brought Sunday. Judy and Mark were here in aft. She showed spring coat she dyed blue for Carol Sue. She is making it from her old white one. Charles Spaulding phoned tonight. He and Kathleen were down to see Ray. He’s going to have him work in the laboratory at the Plant – wonderful! He’ll be home in a day or two.
Wednesday, March 13, 1957
Cousin Willis here in a.m. – left Lowell Thomas book “Seven Wonders of the World.” Gus here later in a.m. and Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here in aft. L.R. went to see “Oh, Women, Oh, Men” with Dorothy T. M.E. went to Pauline’s in eve. Pat went to see Ray. Ray phoned in aft. I phoned Dr. Shriner – Ray can come home Sat. or Sun.
Thursday, March 14, 1957
Johnny Lazar phoned this morning. Ray phoned in aft. Worked on aprons. Judy came over to get rest of their meat.
Friday, March 15, 1957
Ray came home from hospital at 2 p.m. His mother and dad went after him. Judy brought Carol’s coat for me to see; also a sample of spice cookies. Ray took car down to Giuffre and picked up L.R. She went to basketball game tonight with Dorothy and Sally. Mr. Trippel took them and brought them home. L.R.’s stole showed up at school today. Judy Fortner had it.
Saturday, March 16, 1957
L.R. went with Ray this a.m. for groceries. Ray left clothes at laundromat. She went skating in aft. with Dorothy. Pat paid Ray $40 ($20 current and $20 on back board – balance $40). Ray has an “itch” – Dr. Shriner told him (phone) to take a bath with 1 cup oats for 1 hr. Received card from Wes and Alice from San Francisco – they went on train. Florence Fromm brought plant from S.S. class for Ray in eve.
Sunday, March 17, 1957
M.E. and L.R. went to Jerome S.S. Ray rode out to Filter Plant to see Johnny Lazar. Ray, girls and I drove down to Aunt Georgia’s in aft. We watched T-V in eve. Pat didn’t come home for supper. Tonight, Ray phoned Dr. Pearson who told him to put starch on itchy places.
Monday, March 18, 1957
Ray started working in Filter Plant lab today – all day work, off Sat., Sun. and holidays. He stopped at Dr. Pearson’s office after work – he gave him a shot for itching which cleared it up in a short time. Girls met him at 5th and Monroe and came home with him. Ordered pattern for blouse and shorts and red material for same from M-W for L.R.
Tuesday, March 19, 1957
Paid Franklin Life Ins. Co. Ray picked up checks at City Hall – 2 days eve. shift, off 5 days before pay resumed, ½ time for 3 days, made a total of $67. M.E. went to a show with Carolyn after work. Sent for dress pattern for L.R. from Ill. State Register.
Wednesday, March 20, 1957
Aunt Helen came out this aft. and stayed for supper. Ray paid on car and brought girls home. L.R. picked up red terrycloth for playsuit and pattern. Vredenburgh termite men here today – one came back tonight and told Ray to get stuff from Farm Bureau and do work himself. Mr. Rieken here re my voting absentee.
Thursday, March 21, 1957
M.E. paid my insurance policy for me. Cut out pullover blouse (terrycloth) and have it about half made. Phoned Dr. Shriner’s office re statement for voting. Ordered L.R.’s Easter suit from Spiegel’s. Ray took L.R. and Sally to Rainbow Girls meeting; Mr. Trippel brought them home. Ray took clock out to Hignite’s for repair.
Friday, March 22, 1957
Worked on L.R.’s pullover. Bob here in a.m. and Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob here in aft. – brought 1 doz. eggs. Ray picked up girls and took them to Dr. Shriner’s office for their 3rd polio shots. He left insurance claim and bills for doctor to fill out and send to Acme Ins. Co. M.E. treated us to a box of Martha Washington chocolate creams tonight.
Saturday, March 23, 1957
Last day of grace on my insurance. M.E. went to town in aft. with Ray. L.R. raked border in backyard in a.m. and Pat raked front yard in aft. Finished L.R.’s pullover blouse. Ray worked 8 to noon.
Sunday, March 24, 1957
L.R. and M.E. went to Jerome S.S. Pat and Ray went to church at West Side. L.R. went to MYF with Sally T. Sally came home with her and helped her with algebra. Mailed doctor’s statement to Roy Blauvelt for absentee ballot.
Monday, March 25, 1957
Bob here in a.m. Worked on red terry shorts. Ray went to see S.T. Anderson after work re salary. Anderson is to see Mr. Oliver and let Ray know in morning. Pat took small chest of drawers up to Grandma’s. L.R. picked up spring suit at Spiegel’s, $12.95 – darling! – turquoise jacket and skirt with printed blouse – turquoise on white background. Got 2 doz. eggs @ 35 cents doz. from Ray’s mother.
Tuesday, March 26, 1957
Picked over half of the green beans Bob brought yesterday. Gave the rest to Gus. She and Russ got a ham hock, 90 cents, at Eisner’s for us today. Pat didn’t come home for supper. S.T. Anderson didn’t phone Ray today. Mr. Rieken and Mr. Kempel came after supper – latter one notarized form for my voting. Ray picked up can of coffee, $1.02, for his mother – we owed her 70 cents, so she now owes Ray 32 cents.
Wednesday, March 27, 1957
Ironed and knitted today. Ray went to Dr. Shriner this eve. – he signed form for my voting absentee. Mr. Rieken picked up voting forms tonight to give to Roy Blauvelt. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Girls and I watched T-V – Motion Picture Awards (Oscars) tonight.
Thursday, March 28, 1957
Judy brought Mark over at noon to show me his coat she made from tan wool skirt I gave her. Very nice job! Also, her navy suit Elmer got her. Pat didn’t come home for supper. L.R. and Dorothy went to see high school play. Mr. Turner took them and Ray brought them home.
Friday, March 29, 1957
M.E. and L.R. went to see “Anastasia” and “The King and I” at the Lincoln Theater after work; no school today as Teachers’ Institute. M.E. got 1/3 yd. green broadcloth to replace that which L.R. accidentally clipped with scissors. I’m going to replace it and then she’ll finish it at school.
Saturday, March 30, 1957
Ray had eyes examined at Dr. Fleischli – glasses okay but needed adjustment. L.R. went to town with Sally, got pair of white pumps at Holiday’s, decided they were too small, so went back to town with Ray when he took M.E. to Dr. Fleischli. M.E. has to have new frames and lenses. L.R. got money back from shoes. Mr. Rieken and Mr. Kempel here again re absentee ballot. Finally sent it in.
Sunday, March 31, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. Ray went out to plant to set up “bugs”, came home to dress, and went to West Side church. M.E. cut my neck hair – gave permanent in same. Aunt Helen here in eve. I baked a gooseberry pie for dinner and coconut bars for lunches.
Monday, April 1, 1957
Fixed fringe on L.R.’s stole. Gus here this morning to return Lawrence Welk magazine and give me 2 cupcakes. Uncle Rob picked up book for Aunt Georgia. He stopped by on way home to leave quart of cream, 75 cents. L.R. got pair of pumps from Schiff’s, $6.00, and Butterick pattern for sheath dress. Gus back in aft. to show me clippings re Ann and Warren. Ray found out that salary will be $300 per month.
Tuesday, April 2, 1957
Ironed today. Ordered cotton print and peacock rayon linen for dresses and orlon shorty from Spiegel’s for Linda. Sent her stole to Sally Ward’s for cleaning and blocking. Received letter from Eileen Boyle containing stamps and pamphlets on hydraulic lift and wheelchairs. Received check for $3.39 from Met. Ins. Co.
Wednesday, April 3, 1957
Forsythia in bloom. Finished ironing. Aunt Ethel out this aft. Gus here for a few minutes to pick up clippings she wants to return to Charles S. Baked a cherry pudding. Grass quite green. Ray went to choir rehearsal. Ray’s dad brought 3 doz. eggs, $1.05, and 1 can cherries, 40 cents = $1.45 less 52 cents which she owes, makes a balance due her of $1.13.
Thursday, April 4, 1957
Ray picked up L.R. at YWCA and then stopped at Spiegel’s for dress material and then met M.E. after work. I wrote letters to Cousin Nell and Marian Gilroy. L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting with Dorothy and Sally.
Friday, April 5, 1957
Ray met L.R. after work and had her pay balance of house and contents fire insurance at Security Savings. She met M.E. and they had supper downtown and went to Roxy to see “Rebel Without A Cause” and “East of Eden” with James Dean. L.R.’s stole came from Sally Ward Cleaners, 55 cents. Little jacket and bonnet came that Mrs. Godley crocheted, $2.00; phoned Lorene and told her I had it for Judy.
Saturday, April 6, 1957
M.E. got her glasses at Dr. Fleischli’s today, $24.50. Very becoming! Ray picked up mantle clock at Fred Hignite’s, $2.00; also got a haircut. I baked pecan rolls and devil’s food cake. Ray received income tax refund today, $83.00. Francis Brust came re cutting and hauling dead trees in Jagow’s and our yard, $25.00.
Sunday, April 7, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. and Ray went to church at West Side. L.R. helped me cut out her peacock blue rayon and dacron linen-like dress. I baked another pan of pecan rolls. Pat took M.E. to Pease’s tonight where she purchased a 2 lb. box of assorted chocolates. L.R. went to MYF with Sally Trippel. Mrs. Livengood brought them home. Mr. Trippel came after Sally here.
Monday, April 8, 1957
Worked on L.R.’s peacock sheath dress. Charles Spaulding started working at Filter Plant today.
Tuesday, April 9, 1957
Worked on L.R.’s peacock dress. M.E. went to a show with Carolyn – bought a brown print dress, $16.50, from Floyd’s. I sent $2.00 to Mrs. Godley for sweater & bonnet set.
Wednesday, April 10, 1957
Ray went to choir rehearsal. Brought 2 orders fried chicken home for girls and me; also rolls, french fries and salad. Lorene and Cousin Willis were out and I gave her the little baby jacket and bonnet.
Thursday, April 11, 1957
Just about finished L.R.’s dress. Aunt Ethel here in aft. Did all ironing in a.m.
Friday, April 12, 1957
2" snow – didn’t last long. Finished Linda’s peacock dress. Merle Perkinton brought me a bouquet of sweet peas and rhododendrum; also 4 boxes of birthday cards for S.S. class. Roy and Marie Graves came shortly after she left. Then Aunt Helen, who stayed for supper. Roy and Marie left to get a lunch and then came back right after Ray got home from work. He went to a Municipal Employees meeting at City Hall after supper. Pat paid Ray an additional $10 on back board. Balance due now is $30.
Saturday, April 13, 1957
Ray worked 8 til noon. Baked sunshine cake with chocolate icing and a pan of pecan rolls. L.R. and I cut out her rose print (white background) in aft. Had sauerkraut, spareribs, baked potatoes, and ice cream for supper. Ray got 1 doz. eggs, 35 cents, from his mother, plus $1.13 we already owe, makes $1.48 due her.
Sunday, April 14, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. and Ray to West Side. I worked on L.R.’s dress so it could be fitted, then I can go ahead with it during the coming week. Girls went to Esquire. Pat took them and Ray brought them home. He went to work for an hour this morning.
Monday, April 15, 1957
Worked on bateau-neck dress. L.R. received following grades: Latin, A; Home Ec., A; Algebra, B; English, B. Ray went over tonight to pay dues to Rollie Burnett for some of the men at plant. Rollie said he lost his job last Tuesday. I ordered metallic print for dress for L.R. from M-W.
Tuesday, April 16, 1957
Worked on L.R.’s polished cotton print today. Ray picked up L.R. at YWCA, then took her to Spiegel’s; she paid for 3 pc. turquoise suit. Made batch of fudge this evening.
Wednesday, April 17, 1957
Finished L.R.’s bateau-neck dress of polished cotton – rose and gold roses on white background. Bob here at noon; had a virus for 10 days and is still weak. Aunt Ethel and Gus here in aft. L.R. picked up pink jacket at Spiegel’s and gold print at M-W. Jonquils and narcissus in bloom.
Thursday, April 18, 1957
Ironed all starched clothes today. Ray received first paycheck at new rate. L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting with Dorothy. Mr. Turner took them and Ray brought them home. Mrs. Thomae gave me a bouquet of jonquils.
Friday, April 19, 1957
Good Friday. Ray took clothes to laundromat and M.E. returned L.R.’s coat to Spiegel’s as too short. L.R. helped me cut out her gold print dress and made 3 doz. doughnuts (Mrs. Aderman’s recipe with mashed potatoes) and 3 doz. donut holes. She went to town with Ray to make payment on car then met M.E. and had supper. M.E. bought a lot of Easter candy.
Saturday, April 20, 1957
Worked on L.R.’s gold print dress. She made coconut squares and went to town in aft. with Ray to get groceries and pay Dr. Shriner. Katherine Gathard phoned. Received letter re “Lift Ease”. Ray paid his mother $1.48 for eggs previously received plus $1.05 for 3 doz. he got today. Jagows went down to her mother’s today.
Sunday, April 21, 1957
Easter.Girls went to Jerome S.S. – L.R. stayed for church. Ray went to church at West Side. M.E. wore black and white check 2-pc. dress, black hat and shoes; L.R. wore turquoise suit, white hat and shoes. We had baked ham, raisin sauce, white and candied sweet potatoes, apple salad (Waldorf), coffee and tapioca. Caryl, Jim and children were here in aft. Merle Perkinton brought me a lily from church tonight.
Monday, April 22, 1957
Mrs. Colburn brought a box of red petunias this a.m. I worked on L.R.’s gold print dress. She and Judy put out petunias and 4 hardy sweet peas. I baked a spice cake. L.R. raked flower bed, did her homework and hemmed a towel for school.
Tuesday, April 23, 1957
Lorene came out at noon and brought hamburgers and ice cream for our lunch. She took the “salad maker” back to Bressmer’s and got a $5.00 gift certificate in its place (Aunt Helen gave it to me for Christmas). She took pamphlet and letter re “Lifteze” to W.J.S. I went out in backyard while Ray cut out most of honeysuckle. Pat worked tonight. L.R. went to see “Cinderella” after school with Dorothy. Mr. Diller went to California.
Wednesday, April 24, 1957
Finished hem in gold print dress. Elms starting to leaf – soft maple leaves half grown; hard maple just starting to open. Season late this year – about 10 days late.
Thursday, April 25, 1957
Ironed today. L.R. got a lovely spring shorty coat at Roland’s for $11.00, marked down from $22.98. Ray tried to start mower as grass needs cutting but “no soap.” Mary Alice Beeler List gave birth to baby girl this morning.
Friday, April 26, 1957
Ray took mower to work but it started okay out there. Jim came this eve. and he and Pat were going to cut the grass but mower ran around backyard once then stopped. Mrs. Taylor came out with Aunt Helen tonight. Russ came, too; also Jim. More than 2" rain has fallen in last 24 hrs. Sent letter to Carol Sutton Karnes. M.E. bought a $22.98 spring coat at Roland’s for $11.00. Pat gave Ray $10 on back board. Balance now due is $20.00.
Saturday, April 27, 1957
Ray worked from 8 to noon. I replaced pockets in brown slacks Pat gave him. L.R. went to town with him to get material for M.E.’s and her skirts. She came home on bus. Ray got his hair cut. Mother D. came down and brought new bed pillow and pillow slip for him.
Sunday, April 28, 1957
Ray took girls to S.S. as it was raining. M.E. stayed for church with him. Elmer is having dead tree between us and one in back of his house cut down this a.m. for $12.00. L.R. made Grape-Nut cookies and both girls ironed. Gus here in aft. to show bowling pictures Warren sent. Central Daylight Time started at 2 a.m. today.
Monday, April 29, 1957
Beautiful sunny day for a change. Apple tree east of us in full bloom and old-fashioned lilacs and our Persian lilacs opening. Started on Linda’s flower print skirt. Aunt Ethel here in aft. Pat cut front and back yards for first time this year. M.E. cultivated plants and Paul’s Scarlet Climber next to house in back.
Tuesday, April 30, 1957
8.84" rain in April. Lovely day. Phoned Cousin Willis. Finished L.R.’s skirt. Schools dismissed at 2 p.m. on account of Mr. Withrow’s funeral (member of School Board). L.R. got playsuit at Robinson’s with due bill for gown Caryl & Jim gave me for Christmas. Pat dug up flower bed and L.R. planted most of the flowers. Harry Willson and Edith came and he and Ray helped her with the glads. Judy gave me a bouquet of lilacs which bloomed for first time. M.E. got a skirt from Robinson’s and blouse from Floyd’s. Mr. Anderson phoned re M.E.’s typewriter.
Wednesday, May 1, 1957
Started M.E.’s plaid skirt. By 5 o’clock all that it lacks is the hem whipped in, and buttons and buttonholes. M.E. bought a red plaid skirt and white tailored blouse. L.R. put in rest of flower seeds. Gus brought over a nice start of red flowering plant I’ve admired. Ray went to Jerome Church choir rehearsal. Wegilia in full bloom; also lilacs.
Thursday, May 2, 1957
Finished M.E.’s skirt. Mr. Anderson brought typewriter on approval. Gus here tonight. Ray went to Men’s meeting at Jerome Church tonight. Aunt Ethel phoned – Curtis and Virginia have a baby daughter, Jean Marie. Ray took L.R. and Dorothy to Masonic Temple before he went to his meeting, and Mr. Turner brought them home. Bleeding heart in bloom.
Friday, May 3, 1957
Made rhubarb pie with rhubarb out of our yard and vegetable soup. Ray went to see “Spirit of St. Louis” picture with James Stewart after work – got home at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 4, 1957
Wrote letter to Warren & Ginny this a.m. Sent $1.12 for Mexico album from National Geographic. Ray sent to Warren, Pa., for 2 summer outfits for him, on approval. L.R. met Dorothy T. on 12:20 p.m. bus for high school meeting. M.E. went to town with Ray to pay bills and get groceries. L.R. bought white flats and clutch bag.
Sunday, May 5, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. and Ray went to Jerome church – sang in choir and wore robe. M.E. bought “Chicken Delight” dinners for all of us. Judy and Joanne brought baby daughter, 8 mos., for us to see. She’s a darling! Ray got 2 doz. eggs from Mother and overpaid her 30 cents. She sent it down later by Pat.
Monday, May 6, 1957
Schools closed at 2 p.m. for Louise Welch funeral. L.R. went to YWCA for “dip” then shopped with Dorothy. Turners brought her home. M.E. and Ray got groceries and 11 chocolate dip cones for $1.00 at Dairy Queen tonight. I made an apple pie and a devil’s food cake.
Tuesday, May 7, 1957
Cousin Willis sent Mr. Marsh, a Sears salesman, out re combination washer-dryer. Aunt Ethel here in aft. I pressed turquoise dress and put buttons on and pressed gold print and sewed red velvet belt and bow on it. Made shortcake – strawberries, 29 cents a quart from Kroger’s.
Wednesday, May 8, 1957
Ironed all starched pieces and cleaned burners, etc. on stove. Ray had 2,000 mile check-up on car. Carl Buedel took him to work and then back to Buick Co. after work. He picked L.R. up after lesson at YWCA. Had another strawberry shortcake tonight. Pat cut front and back yards tonight. Ray went to choir rehearsal at Jerome church.
Thursday, May 9, 1957
Wrote letter to Norine re vacation trip east in August. Made lemon pie. L.R. got 2 blouses at Bressmer’s today with gift certificate I got in exchange for salad maker Aunt Helen gave me for Christmas and I returned. Ray stopped at Jim’s on way home from work to witness Jim’s signature on house deal (Melrose St.).
Friday, May 10, 1957
Wrote letter to Alice and received one from Carol Sutton Karnes. Pat paid Ray another $10 on back room & board, so balance due is $10. M.E. went to Dr. Ratliff after work. L.R. met her there, they had supper and did a little shopping.
Saturday, May 11, 1957
Jim & Caryl are moving today. M.E. and L.R. went to town in aft. to shop. They went with Ray but came home on bus. We went over to Ayers’ for evening. They served candy, pineapple upside down cake with whipped cream.
Sunday, May 12, 1957
Mother’s Day. Girls went to Jerome S.S. M.E. and Ray went to Jerome church. L.R. gave me rouge, talc and stationery; Ray, a box of candy and unbreakable dishes. Pat and M.E. went in on the dishes, too. They gave me lovely cards, too. We went for a ride and stopped to see Jim’s house and called on Troys. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here in eve.
Monday, May 13, 1957
Ironed all starched clothes M.E. washed Saturday. Judy came over for a few minutes and brought a 3-cent stamp for Alice’s letter – mailman picked it up this aft. Ordered material for 2 blouses from Sears. Our T-V went on the blink this eve. M.E. went to farewell dinner for Pauline tonight.
Tuesday, May 14, 1957
Darned socks today. Bob Reed T-V serviceman here in aft. – charged $12.30 for 3 tubes and service charge. Ray brought Elmer’s mower home from Plant – one of the employees repaired it, charged $8.90.
Wednesday, May 15, 1957
Cousin Willis phoned re lift – America Ambulance Co. will send demonstrator on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Sears phoned – material for blouses here, $3.89. Ray didn’t pick it up. Gus here in a.m. to see my Mother’s Day gifts. Aunt Helen here for supper tonight. Ray and girls went to Jerome church ice cream social. Brought ice cream and cake home for Aunt Helen and me. Ray went to West Side choir rehearsal tonight. Gus and Wilna here tonight.
Thursday, May 16, 1957
Made wider belt on brown linen skirt M.E. made in high school and gave L.R. Pat cut front yard and a little in back. Had raspberry ice tonight that Aunt Helen brought last night. Sally Ward Cleaners picked up box of woolen clothes to be cleaned and stored for summer. L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting tonight with Sally and Dorothy. Ray took them and Mr. Trippel brought them home. Ray picked up material for 2 blouses at Sears on way home from work.
Friday, May 17, 1957
Judy and Mark here in a.m. I gave her Ray’s old brown striped winter suit and L.R.’s red terrycloth shorts to work buttonhole on her machine. Mrs. Godley phoned – baby jacket and bonnet ready – Lorene will pick them up this aft. Received letter from Norine Hager. Marian and Tom Gilroy drove down tonight.
Saturday, May 18, 1957
Ray worked until noon. Mr. Ryan of America Ambulance Co. here in aft. – left Hoyer Lift. I sat in Christmas chair for first time. Phoned Cousin Willis to thank him but he was helping housekeeper hang curtains. Cousin Mary said she’d have him call later. Cut out white dacron blouse for L.R. Ray received 2 pants and shirts from New Process Co. in Warren, Pa.
Sunday, May 19, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. Ray went out to Plant and stopped at Castor’s to cash Eagle stamps for L.R. as they are discontinuing them. M.E. and he went to town this eve. to mail a S.S. class birthday card for me and pick up ½ gal. ice cream at Sangamon Dairy. Marian and Tom went home today, but they didn’t come over. Used Hoyer lift in aft. and eve. Got in rocker for first time.
Monday, May 20, 1957
Worked on white dacron blouse. Aunt Ethel here in aft. Judy here in a.m. with Mark. He kept calling me “Erneee”. Sounded so cute! I gave her 4 of M.E.’s dresses she outgrew at 16. L.R. wore them a little. Pat went fishing – too windy. Used Hoyer Lift again – pretty nice. Mr. Ryan of Amer. Ambulance here in aft. – brought pamphlets of other lifts and took the one from Lifteez – will try to get sample. Lorene and Katie here for a few minutes after 10 p.m. Brought “Lifteez” literature.
Tuesday, May 21, 1957
Worked on Linda’s blouse. Pat didn’t come home for supper as he had to work and was going to Church of God chicken dinner, but then they sent him the meal instead.
Wednesday, May 22, 1957
Received letter this a.m. from Alice. Ray didn’t go to choir rehearsal as director couldn’t be there – will have it tomorrow. Pat couldn’t cut grass on account of rain.
Thursday, May 23, 1957
Bob here from 9 until noon. T-V was on the blink this aft. Bob’s T-V serviceman repaired it temporarily. Ray went to Jerome choir rehearsal tonight. I marked places for buttonholes on Linda’s blouse and sent it over to Judy to work them. Pat worked tonight.
Friday, May 24, 1957
Bob’s T-V Co. picked up T-V in a.m. – back at 8 p.m. Shortened Ray’s new brown slacks. Pat paid Ray $10 extra which cleared up back board. He cut half of backyard and all of front yard.
Saturday, May 25, 1957
M.E. and L.R. had hair shampooed and set at Ambassador Salon. Mother D. here in aft., brought 2 doz. eggs @ 35 cents doz. Ray paid all but 10 cents – no change. L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting tonight. Wore gold print dress for first time. Ray took her and Sally. Mr. Trippel brought them home. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here for half hour tonight. I cut out L.R.’s mauve blouse.
Sunday, May 26, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. and Ray to Jerome church. Pat finished cutting backyard this aft. M.E. washed clothes and all windows. L.R. studied all aft. and most of evening.
Monday, May 27, 1957
Worked on mauve blouse. Wrote letter to Norine. Received one from Warren with his picture in color. Made 3 doz. spice and 3 doz. chocolate chip cookies.
Tuesday, May 28, 1957
Worked on L.R.’s mauve blouse. M.E. went to dentist after work. Jagows came over in backyard for a little while. Mark still calls me “Erneee”. Red rosebush in backyard in full bloom. Bush from Bloomington nursery which has never bloomed before now blooming. Looks like little artificial flowers.
Wednesday, May 29, 1957
Received letter from Judy Gurske thanking me for baby jacket and bonnet. Aunt Ethel here in aft. Finished Linda’s mauve blouse. Ray phoned Harry Willson re choir rehearsal at West Side but not any tonight. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller brought lily of the valley plants tonight. L.R. and M.E. put them out. John Drennan here, too, re Pat joining the union.
Thursday, May 30, 1957
Memorial Day. Ray doesn’t work today. M.E. and Pat off, too. Ray washed and waxed bathroom, living room and kitchen floors. M.E. washed 14 sweaters. Pat went to Jerry’s house and L.R. studied and hoed flower bed. I worked buttonholes in her white blouse.
Friday, May 31, 1957
L.R. wore mauve blouse for first time. I finished buttonholes in white blouse. Pat isn’t working today. M.E. brought 3 lb. box Martha Washington mixed chocolates home tonight. Sent letter to Alan Sutton today. L.R. brought Capitoline [H.S. yearbook] home this aft. Red roses and Deutzia in full bloom.
Saturday, June 1, 1957
Straightened hem in Linda’s cream and purple print double circle skirt. Gus and Russ here tonight for 6 o’clock dinner – fried chicken, gravy, mashed potatoes, asparagus, peach/cottage cheese salad, rolls, vegetable plate, cherry pudding, and coffee.
Sunday, June 2, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. and Ray went to church at West Side. John Drennan came in aft. re Pat joining machinists union. Ed came a little while after 9 for M.E. Ray went to Dairy Queen and got sundaes for L.R. and me.
Monday, June 3, 1957
School dismisses at 1 p.m. Dorothy and Linda are having lunch downtown and then a movie. Mrs. Hanson told me over the phone that Fred Spaulding’s house was damaged by fire ($10,000) – wife badly burned and in hospital. Judy Gurske has another boy, born 9 a.m. today, named Peter Randolph. Pat cut front and back yards – took little pup to Jim’s children that his boss gave him. Amer. Ambulance Co. brought lower base to exchange for one too high to go under car.
Tuesday, June 4, 1957
Shortened M.E.’s lavender dress. L.R. had to be at school at 1 p.m. to get her grades: Latin, A; Home Ec., A; English, B; Swimming, B; Algebra, C; and Chorus, passing. Carole Colburn brought wildflower book over – looked up new flowering bush – not there. Ray saw Mr. Mills re bar in car for me to get in easier. He brought fried chicken home from The Beacon. Ray’s side, injured at beach, worse so he went to department doctor (Patton). No broken ribs, just a torn muscle – taped right side.
Wednesday, June 5, 1957
Shortened M.E.’s red plaid skirt. L.R. ironed for M.E., went to Dr. King in aft., and made Tuna Surprise for supper. Elsie here for a few min. in eve. L.R. hoed in flower bed. Judy and children down in Effingham to pick strawberries. Elmer here in eve. I gave him money to pay off our Roland’s account. M.E. bought typing book at Coe’s for $3.75.
Thursday, June 6, 1957
L.R. finished M.E.’s ironing and I did some of mine. She also hoed around flowers in front of picture window. M.E. went to a bridal shower and L.R. to Rainbow Girls meeting. I gave her my dues, O.E.S., $3.00, to pay Vivian Barton. Ray took girls (Dorothy and Sally) and Mr. Trippel brought them home. Pat took wildflower book back to Mrs. Colburn.
Friday, June 7, 1957
Linda and I finished ironing. Aunt Helen came just as we were ready to eat supper and stayed until 8:30 p.m. Ray got haircut from Mr. Gates tonight. Pat didn’t come home for supper.
Saturday, June 8, 1957
Ray worked until noon. He and Linda went to get groceries and he to Dr. Patton at 2 p.m. Bob came in a.m. and brought fresh fish for our supper. I phoned Mrs. Colburn to thank her for the loan of the wildflower book and the petunias she gave me at Easter. M.E. waxed the car tonight – looks wonderful. L.R. babysat for people at Highway Motel from 6:45 to 10:45 p.m. - $1.75. Marshall McKinnie and family arrived at 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 9, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. Judy and children are staying at her folks for another week to pick strawberries. I ripped sleeves out of L.R.’s turquoise stripe dress so she can wear it sleeveless for summer. Pat showed us a polarized camera he bought yesterday.
Monday, June 10, 1957
Pat’s week’s vacation starts today. Faced armholes of L.R.’s striped sleeveless dress. She ironed all clothes M.E. washed Saturday. Gus here a little while this a.m. Marshall and Dorothy Ann here tonight. Men sprayed Jerome to destroy mosquitoes, etc., tonight.
Tuesday, June 11, 1957
Small tornado dipped into various parts of Springfield – northeast Washington Park, and North Grand between 14th and 10th Streets were two areas of several affected. We escaped – slept through all of it. Had another lighter wind and thunderstorm in late afternoon and thunderstorm in eve. Ray went over to Jagows in eve. M.E. picked up L.R.’s black pedal pushers and blouse at Alden’s today.
Wednesday, June 12, 1957
Changed L.R.’s yellow blouse (too short) into a blouson. Elmer Jagow here tonight. Earlier in eve., L.R. went to Tolly’s with Ray to grocery shop and then picked up sundaes for the 4 of us at Dairy Queen (M.E.’s treat).
Thursday, June 13, 1957
L.R. met Dorothy McKinnie and M.E. at Walgreen’s at 5 p.m., got supper at Steak ‘n Shake and went to Roxy. Marshall and Dorothy Ann brought them home, and came in for an hour’s visit. Elmer here for dinner tonight.
Friday, June 14, 1957
Bad windstorm in afternoon.No damage here but quite a bit in other areas. Our electricity was off from 3 p.m. on. Mr. Diller, Aunt Helen, Katherine Gathard, Edith Arnold, Phil Hancock, Johnny Lazar and others called to see how we fared. Russ here in eve. Our kerosene lamps came in handy tonight. Ray and Linda went to Sears to pay on antenna and Linda to get jacket she’s giving him for Father’s Day. Jim, Caryl & children here tonight.
Saturday, June 15, 1957
Tornado yesterday caused million dollars in damage to Springfield in southwest, south and mostly southeast sections. Our electricity came on at 5 p.m. today after being off for 26 hours. M.E. went to town in aft. to get Father’s Day cards and gift for Aunt Helen’s birthday. Bob here in a.m. VonBehrens have a son born about 10 p.m. and I think they’re naming him Timothy.
Sunday, June 16, 1957
Father’s Day. Girls went to Jerome S.S. but Ray didn’t get home from work soon enough to attend church. Ray received 2 pr. slacks and 2 shirts from me; Pat is giving him a fender mirror; Linda, tan jacket; Mary Ellen, $12.50 for porcelainize job for car. Lazars here in aft. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here in eve. Our phone back in service at 1:30 p.m. – out since Saturday a.m. Jagows home.
Monday, June 17, 1957
Aunt Ethel had a picnic in our backyard. She furnished baked beans, turkey and ham salad sandwiches, olives, pickles, Kool-Aid, fruit salad, and cake; Aunt Helen, raspberry ripple ice cream; Marge & Bob, ice cubes, 2 fryers, potato salad, apple squares; and I furnished potato salad, slaw, 2 fryers, radishes, coffee and iced tea. M.E. got a lovely salad set of dishes today by buying clothes at Floyd’s.
Tuesday, June 18, 1957
Very pleasant weather today.Patched my old print dress. Gave prints and film to Gus today as she wants Elsie to see which ones she wants. Linda transplanted asters in flower bed and I hoed some.
Wednesday, June 19, 1957
Made Linda’s pink formal a size smaller today. Now is an 11. Was too large last year. Thought she would put on weight but hasn’t. She went to town in a.m. with Elmer Jagow – “Coupon Day” – purchased 2 pair shorts (aqua from Roland’s, $1.00 and blue from Grant’s, 88 cents). Village sprayed for bugs again tonight.
Thursday, June 20, 1957
Linda and I finished ironing today. Washed and ironed Ray’s tan rayon shirt today. Gus here in a.m. – signed card re dogs on leash. L.R. finished hoeing flower bed in a.m. Mr. Turner took L.R., Sally and Dorothy to Rainbow Girls meeting and Ray brought them home. Ray, M.E. and I went to Memorial Pool for water samples; saw storm damage; stopped at Bob’s Drive-In for hamburgers and malts.
Friday, June 21, 1957
Aunt Helen here for supper. Judy and children came over at 8:30 p.m. and Elmer came when he got home from work. We served beer to the men, pop to women and children and potato chips for all. Carol Sue served cake she and Rita made. Sent guarantee card in to Hoyer Lift Co. as Lorene said W.J. sent check June 19th. L.R. babysat for Kearney’s from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 22, 1957
L.R. went cycling with Dorothy, 2-3 p.m., and babysat for Kearney’s tonight (3 1/2 hours- $1.25). Pat went on a picnic. Mother D. here in aft. – brought 1 doz. eggs @ 32 cents. Harmonys moved to Detroit today.
Sunday, June 23, 1957
No one went to S.S. or church. We took a ride to Havana (49 miles) – left at 2:30 p.m. and back at 5:15 p.m. Bought fish and strawberries. We went to hamburger stand at 5th and South Grand for hamburgers and Cokes for supper. Saw more storm damage on Wirt Ave. and Ash. Got home at 7 p.m. Girls picked over 2 quarts strawberries and put them in freezer, had another quart with ice cream and angel food cake. I’ll put 4th box in shortcake tomorrow eve.
Monday, June 24, 1957
Baked a pan of pecan rolls for breakfast and gave Judy 5 for their breakfast. Linda ironed all clothes M.E. washed Sat. I mended some of my dresses and made another batch of pecan rolls. Gus phoned that Charles Sutton is in hospital with stomach ulcers. I wrapped 2 pr. hose for Margaret Baker’s birthday tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 25, 1957
Aunt Helen came at 5 p.m., had supper here, and Mr. Diller picked her up at 7:30 p.m. L.R. pinned hem on Aunt Helen’s dress. She also brought gown, housecoat, and another dress for Linda to shorten, reinforce buttons, patch, etc. Pat cut front yard and half of back. Ray, girls and I went to Springfield Drive-In to see “Kelly and Me” and “Bad Day at Black Rock”. Very good! Ray picked up wash at laundromat on way home from work.
Wednesday, June 26, 1957
Cut out shorts and bra top from squaw material left from 3-tier skirt I made last summer. Aunt Helen came again for supper tonight and brought 2 more gowns for Linda to shorten. Pat finished cutting backyard tonight. Ray got car porcelainized at Buick Co. (Father’s Day gift from M.E.). Linda hemmed Aunt Helen’s purple & turquoise voile dress.
Thursday, June 27, 1957
Worked on Linda’s shorts and top. Linda shortened Aunt Helen’s yellow gown. Gus here a little while this a.m. Charles is coming along as well as can be expected. Received letter from Warren.
Friday, June 28, 1957
Linda went to town at 9 a.m. to get some “Capitennial” bargains. Came home with p.j.’s, swim suit and cap, blouse, gold material to line top I’m making her, and a TV Guide. Aunt Ethel here in aft. Gus sent pint red raspberries over which made ½ pint jam. Ordered yellow bermuda shorts and black print blouse from Sears for L.R. Pat went to Pekin to a wedding.
Saturday, June 29, 1957
Ray, girls and I drove out to Memorial Pool and Lake Springfield for water samples, then to Plant where Ray set up “bugs”. Marian and Bill Madden were just leaving and Johnny Lazar was on duty 4-12. Stopped at Don’s Drive-In for hamburgers, malted milks (buttermilk for Ray) and french fries. Linda came home to get ready to go to ice cream social the “Pairs and Spares” Jerome S.S. class gave this eve. at miniature golf place on hard road. Dorothy and Sally met her there and Mr. Turner brought her home. Ray, M.E. and I went back to town – he got a pair of oxfords at The Hub. I mailed a letter to Warren and a card to Charles. L.R. sent $1.00 to Salada Tea Co. for a beach bag. I sent letter to Hertel Co. re Christmas cards.
Sunday, June 30, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. and Ray went to church at West Side. I finished hemming housecoat and patched dress for Aunt Helen. Elsie here in aft. – brought back pictures of Alan, Carol, Ken and Warren. M.E. went swimming at Lake Springfield with Carolyn Copp – saw Ed with another girl. Pat came home tonight from trip to Pekin. Jeanne Search had a stroke.
Monday, July 1, 1957
Jeanne Search died this a.m. Gus brought us a quart of blackberries. Aunt Helen sent out 3 old-fashioned outfits for L.R. to choose from for Capitennial Parade (Rainbow Girls) Wed. a.m. Carole Colburn asked her to be in it. Judy and Mark came over to see the old clothes. Saw Mrs. VonBehren and Timothy Thomas for the first time. Ray, girls and I went for a ride in eve.
Tuesday, July 2, 1957
Eileen Boyle and Mrs. Hostetler called on me this afternoon. Eileen picked up package at Sears for Linda (yellow bermuda shorts and black print blouse). Linda babysat for Lawsons at Pasfield Park Place. We sat in backyard with Elmer and Judy. Ray and Elmer had beer and the rest of us had lemonade. Linda’s glads in bloom.
Wednesday, July 3, 1957
Linda in Capitennial Parade this morning with Rainbow Girls – lunch afterwards at Barton’s. She wore outfit Aunt Helen had that belonged to the Dillers. A bus hit the left side of Pat’s car tonight.
Thursday, July 4, 1957
Grandpa and Grandma here tonight for picnic dinner.Jim & family couldn’t come as Steve and Tommy have pink eye. Planned on going to lake but weather too unsettled. No rain, ut cloudy and windy. Mrs. Baker [Margaret’s mother] had a heart attack; at St. John’s Hospital, Room 806.
Friday, July 5, 1957
Last payment on freezer and refrigerator today. Shortened Aunt Helen’s pink rayon nightgown. Ray had to go to Memorial Pool for samples tonight so Linda and I went along. Stopped at Harvey Monroe’s and the Sangamon Dairy for ice cream cones. M.E. had supper downtown with girlfriends; went to a show later.
Saturday, July 6, 1957
M.E. went to a show with some girlfriends. Ray, L.R. and I went to family picnic at lake given by Rainbow Girls. We took Dorothy and Sally.
Sunday, July 7, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. Ray didn’t get back from work in time to attend church. He took Linda, Mary and Sally to lake beach and Trippels brought them home. I phoned Helen McGhee. Betty [Cantrall] and Rick here about 4 p.m. on way home from Pinkneyville. Bob here after supper. Marge’s mother has been in hospital 2 weeks – had surgery on Friday.
Monday, July 8, 1957
Sent $1.10 to Hermitage House for “Portugal”. Linda did all ironing except my two dresses; I did those. She babysat for Kearney’s, 4-7 p.m., 95 cents. Aunt Helen here for a few minutes. Packed up old-fashioned clothes and 2 gowns we shortened. Received letter from Alice re our trip there the 21st.
Tuesday, July 9, 1957
Fixed pink organdy dress Mrs. Kearney gave Linda. Linda babysat for her this noon – received 65 cents. Aunt Helen here for supper. I went to S.S. class meeting (potluck) at Lillian Richardson’s. Alice Jean’s baby, Thomas Wesley, was born tonight.
Wednesday, July 10, 1957
Darned Mr. Diller’s socks. Aunt Helen, Mr. Diller, Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rob came with Olwen and Warren Sperry. Warren gave me brochures on the latest MS developments. Olwen gave me a pair of exquisite earrings she purchased at New Salem. Ray, Elmer and Mark went to Tolly’s in eve. for a watermelon (Ray paid). We sat in backyard and ate it. (Judy and girls, too).
Thursday, July 11, 1957
Received card from Alice today re Thomas Wesley’s birth on 7/9/57. Darned Mr. Diller’s socks. Ray went to union party at Reisch’s after work. Mary E. and Linda went to ice cream social at Jerome Church. Brought me a piece of cake and ice cream.
Friday, July 12, 1957
Finished Mr. Diller’s socks. Linda went to show in aft. with Sally T. and babysat for Kearney’s for approximately 3 hours (5:45-9:05 p.m.), $1.25. Lemon lilies are in bloom.
Saturday, July 13, 1957
Received 14 birthday cards; Ray, slippers; M.E., 2 lb. box Fannie Mae’s and a “Toni” permanent; Linda, dress; Mother & Dad, $2.50; Lorene, stand-up mirror; Mrs. Hanson, handkerchief; Berdine, handkerchief; Jim & Caryl gave Ray and me a charcoal burner. They came after supper. We served ice cream and birthday cake Linda made for me. Lorene also gave me a nylon nightgown that was too large for her and a package of 100 needles.
Sunday, July 14, 1957
Ray didn’t get back from work until 12:10 p.m. Linda and Mary Ellen went to Jerome S.S. They pushed me up to Mother D.’s; Ray followed in car. Saw Mary Alice Beeler’s baby for first time (10 weeks old) on way up. Had a delicious chicken dinner with all the trimmin’s. Candied popcorn later.
Monday, July 15, 1957
Ray took laundry on way to work. L.R. started housecleaning today; did living room, including scrubbing and waxing floor. Ray scraped paint off gutters in back. M.E. got Toni exchanged and 1 yd. light green broadcloth for suit for Alice Jean’s baby. Received card from Warren.
Tuesday, July 16, 1957
Cut out creepers for Alice Jean’s baby, Thomas Wesley. Ruth Ann Clements here in aft.; brought L.R. a check ($15.00 for sewing) from Aunt Helen. Went out to Springfield Drive-In and saw “Four Girls in Town” and “Green Fire” (Grace Kelly, Paul Douglas, and Stewart Granger). Hardy phlox in bloom.
Wednesday, July 17, 1957
Aunt Helen sent $15.00 check for sewing to be done next fall. She phoned to tell me she and Mr. Diller were going to Champaign to stay overnight. Received note from Eileen Boyle. Rose of Sharon trees are in bloom.
Thursday, July 18, 1957
Worked on little suit for Alice Jean’s baby. Ray went with Mr. Gates to Merv’s to sing. M.E. gave me a perm. Hibiscus are in bloom.
Friday, July 19, 1957
M.E. came home with the good news that she could start vacation August 23rd so we’re postponing Delaware trip so she can go with us. Ray received salary increase of $1,700 – wonderful! Turned out to be retroactive pay. Raise amounted to approximately $10 per month.
Saturday, July 20, 1957
Pat gave me 2 pretty dresses (a belated birthday gift). Linda stayed all night with Dorothy. Finished Thomas Wesley’s creepers. Aunt Helen here for supper.
Sunday, July 21, 1957
Left at 8 a.m., picked up Linda at Turner’s, and arrived at Wes’ about 12:00. Spent half an hour in Moline looking for Rock Island. Wes took Ray and girls for a boat ride. Alice Jean and family came in aft. Gave her the little suit I made for Thomas Wesley. Arrived home at 10:30 p.m. – had a wonderful trip.
Monday, July 22, 1957
Sent airmail letter to Norine re M.E. coming and changing date of arrival to 8/27. M.E. went to “Babe & Jim’s” for dinner tonight. Pat took gifts I had for Peggy Wallace’s birthday (comb and brush) and wedding anniversary (8 iced tea spoons & coasters – clear plastic). She is my secret pal.
Tuesday, July 23, 1957
Made cornbread with chopped onion and wieners but too sweet. Also had sliced tomatoes and tapioca. Pat worked tonight.
Wednesday, July 24, 1957
Ray’s birthday. He received $2.50 from his mother & dad; tie and 3 shirts from me; tie rack from Linda; 2 lb. box Martha Washington chocolates and hose carrier from Mary E.; charcoal burner from Jim; and serving trays from Aunt Helen. Melfrances Underwood, Frances Jordan and Irene Stone here – planned S.S. potluck dinner here on August 6th. Elmer and Judy came after they left. I patched Ray’s tan gaberdine pants. Pat worked tonight. L.R. babysat for Kearney’s (4:45-8:45 p.m.) – received $1.25.
Thursday, July 25, 1957
Went to Yocom’s for picnic dinner in their backyard. M.E. went to a shower in Glenarm. Pat cut our front yard and half of backyard. Aunt Helen gave Ray and me a wicker glass tray. Mrs. Bommarito [former neighbor] died of cancer at 9:45 p.m. in St. John’s Hospital; been there since June 5th.
Friday, July 26, 1957
L.R. was going to Kearney’s at 9:45 a.m. but Mrs. Kearney phoned and cancelled job as weather too threatening. Burnetts have another Chrysler. Gus gave us 2 lb. green beans from their garden. She and Russ left about 2 p.m. for weekend visit with Tom and Marian in Chicago. L.R. received dress from Spiegel’s but not satisfactory. Hose carrier for Ray came this aft. (birthday gift from M.E.). Aunt Helen here tonight. Pat cut rest of backyard.
Saturday, July 27, 1957
Linda went to town and bought blue plaid skirt and blue blouse for first day of school. After supper, she, Ray and I drove out to Memorial Pool, and stopped at Quality Dairy for 1 gal. pineapple sherbet ($1.00), Ray got a chocolate malt, Linda an orange popsickle, and I a pecan ice cream cone. Also saw Burnetts for a few minutes and saw their 1955 Chrysler. Paid Mother D. 60 cents for eggs. M.E. went to Mary Prosperini’s wedding at 11 a.m. and reception, and then went to a show in eve. Pat stayed all night in Pekin.
Sunday, July 28, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. Judy and her father were here for a few minutes to put 5 chickens and several quarts of strawberries in our freezer. L.R. went to a show in aft. with Sally T. Pat came home this p.m. Ray painted picnic table.
Monday, July 29, 1957
Elvira Bommarito buried today. Phoned Helen Priest re Mrs. Baker. Ray took hose carrier back and received cash. Got luggage carrier at Sears instead of hose carrier. John, Peggy, daughter, and Ruth Tackett here in aft. I hoed outer 3 rows of flower bed this eve. Received letter from Charles Sutton.
Tuesday, July 30, 1957
Sent birthday card to Mrs. Baker. Judy laundered girls’ curtains and bedspread for me. Linda painted swing frame and trellis today. She hoed rest of flower bed, too. Mary E. got hair cut and permanent ($14.00) at Vincent’s tonight – adorable!
Wednesday, July 31, 1957
Gus phoned in a.m. – Warren and Virginia have baby daughter, Jessica Susan, born July 27th. Ironed girls’ bedspread and drapes and Linda cleaned their room. Ordered 2 more gowns from Roland’s for Aunt Helen. Elmer brought them. Bob’s TV Service picked up TV. Elsie here this eve. Ray got 2 gals. sherbet for us and 1 gal. for S.S. class meeting at Quality Dairy @ $1.00 gal.
Thursday, August 1, 1957
Linda hung curtains in their room. Pat received letter from Carpentier [Secretary of State] – license suspended for 4 months. Ray received mileage check from City ($12.50 for June). Linda went to Rainbow Girls meeting. Ray took her, Sally and Dorothy – Mr. Turner brought them home.
Friday, August 2, 1957
Washed and ironed kitchen curtains and dressing table skirt. Linda hung them and cleaned and lined kitchen cabinet drawers. Elsie H. here tonight. M.E. played miniature golf with Dorothy and Mary Margaret Ford. Ray got paycheck today. Last check included retroactive pay from April 1st so raise was actually $15 per month, gross total $394.00.
Saturday, August 3, 1957
Ray and Linda picked up bedspread at Sears and mop at Spiegel’s – both very good bargains. She went shopping with Dorothy (picked her up on way to town and came home on bus). She bought 1 pair loafers and pr. of moccasins at Schiff’s @ $3.00 pr.
Sunday, August 4, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. Ray didn’t have to go to Plant today. Made peach cobbler for dinner. M.E. washed windows and raked backyard after Linda cut it.
Monday, August 5, 1957
Ironed all day while L.R. cleaned kitchen cabinets and lined same. Gus bought a darling pink broadcloth dress for us to send Jessica Susan Sutton. I paid her $1.65 (my half). M.E. shampooed and set my hair. She had a date with Mary Prosperini and her husband and friend. Pat cut grass in front yard. Ray enameled picnic table and reset tile in bathroom and kitchen.
Tuesday, August 6, 1957
Linda cleaned all kitchen cabinets, cleaned refrigerator and stove (inside and out), mopped and waxed kitchen and bathroom floors, went over whole house and did a myriad of other things. I finished ironing and helped with stove, etc. S.S. class met here tonight for potluck supper in backyard (22 attended). Frances, Melfrances, and Irene were co-hostesses. We served raspberry and lime sherbet and homemade cookies, iced tea and coffee for dessert.
Wednesday, August 7, 1957
Linda and I took it easy today after getting ready yesterday for S.S. class meeting last night. Mary E. had a date with Bill Lueky tonight.
Thursday, August 8, 1957
I cut out and worked on pad cover for wheelchair. Aunt Ethel here in aft. and Aunt Helen had supper with us. M.E. had another date with Bill Lueky. Linda baked a LaBelle cake with chocolate icing today.
Friday, August 9, 1957
Finished green pad for wheelchair. Linda made Fiesta Limas for dinner tonight. Dorothy here – Ray brought her on way home from work. Bob here from 10:30 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. M.E. had another date with Bill Lueky and Mary & Jim Coffey. I phoned in Aunt Helen’s underwear order to Sears today.
Saturday, August 10, 1957
Charles Sutton left Los Angeles at midnight and arrived in Chicago at 8 a.m. and came to Springfield this aft. with Tom and Marian. He called on us this eve. Dorothy T. and Linda went to fair at 10 a.m. – home at 3 p.m., dead tired. M.E. went to fair with Bill Lueky and Mary & Jim Coffey. Pat went to Pekin overnight.
Sunday, August 11, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. M.E. went motorcycling with Ken Seuer, Mary and Jim this aft. and to fair in eve.
Monday, August 12, 1957
Ordered 3 pr. socks for Ray and bedpan for self from M-W. Mended print dress with turquoise trim. Judy and Elmer in backyard a little while tonight. She told me Mrs. Colburn is resigning state job and will teach this fall at Pleasant Hill.
Tuesday, August 13, 1957
Mended black check dress. Made a blackberry pie. Charles Sutton here for supper tonight. Mary Ellen bought a cola-cooler for trip.
Wednesday, August 14, 1957
Shortened sleeves on Ray’s tan shirt. Mrs. Kenyon came in backyard this eve. to talk to Ray and me. Mrs. Colburn stopped in for a little while to tell me about resigning state position to teach this fall. Linda and Dorothy went to “Ice Show” at fairgrounds this eve. on bus – Ray picked them up at 12 midnight.
Thursday, August 15, 1957
Had supper in backyard – used charcoal burner Jim gave us for first time. Linda went to Rainbow Girls meeting. Mr. Turner took them and Mr. Trippel brought them home.
Friday, August 16, 1957
Our 16th wedding anniversary.M.E. gave us $10 for lamp, and L.R., a nylon fitted sheet. L.R. babysat for Kearney’s, received $1.75. Linda went to fair with Sally, 11:20 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. I ordered a canvas cover for luggage carrier from M-W.
Saturday, August 17, 1957
Linda went to town with Ray in aft. to pay bills and pick up clothes hamper with 4 S&H Stamp books. Pat gave Ray 2 cartons Camels – a belated birthday gift. L.R. babysat for Kearney’s – $2.00.
Sunday, August 18, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. Mother D. stopped by after early church. Ray repainted gray wheelchair – looks like new! Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here – Bob came shortly after they left. Marge sent me a pink duster – a belated birthday gift. It’s too pretty to wear.
Monday, August 19, 1957
Made list of things I’ll need on trip. Patched Ray’s pants; also M.E.’s new red dress.
Tuesday, August 20, 1957
Ray picked up canvas for luggage carrier at M-W after work. Major Bray phoned Ray re potluck at his house for C.H. Spaulding, but we declined.
Wednesday, August 21, 1957
Linda set out ferns on west side of house in a.m. and went to town in aft. to pick up order at Spiegel’s. She also got a pair of white straw slippers at Schiff’s.
Thursday, August 22, 1957
Spent the day finishing things for trip to Wilmington, Delaware. Gus and Russ came over this eve. to tell us goodbye. They are leaving Sunday on their Canadian trip. Asters budded.
Friday, August 23, 1957
Left home at 4 a.m. for Wilmington, Del. Stopped overnight at a very nice motel between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio (Ohio Motel). Family room with two double beds, television, and comb. bathtub and shower for $10.
Saturday, August 24, 1957
Left Ohio Motel at 7 a.m. Breakfast at Brady’s Leap and lunch at Howard Johnson’s. Arrived at Norine’s at 4 p.m. They have such a beautiful home and such a lovely family.
Sunday, August 25, 1957
Ray and girls went to New York City with Glenn and children. They left at 8 a.m. and got home at 8:30 p.m. They got to see the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, etc. M.E. bought a ring and Linda a bracelet.
Monday, August 26, 1957
Ray went to Johnson’s Market with Norine this noon. She went to see Glenn’s sister in aft.
Tuesday, August 27, 1957
Girls and Norine drove to Philadelphia to see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, etc. Linda bought a blouse and M.E. a bracelet. Norine, Glenn, Ray and I went to the horse races tonight. I won $4.00 on “Jess Direct” to show. Ray bet on one but lost; Glenn bet 3 times and lost.
Wednesday, August 28, 1957
Drove to Atlantic City with Norine and the girls. Saw the Boardwalk and the Atlantic Ocean. Linda bought a scarf and M.E. a 3 lb. box of salt water taffy. Ray and Glenn went to the races again tonight. They broke even on their betting.
Thursday, August 29, 1957
Girls went to Wilmington and each purchased a “Tycora” sweater for $4.00 each, came home and jumped into lake. Norine took me for a ride to New Castle to see “Old Swede Church” and other ancient places there. Ray and Linda packed and put all luggage in carrier. This morning, Mrs. Libbey and Mrs. Castle came over to meet me – neighbors of the Hagers.
Friday, August 30, 1957
Left Hager’s at 7 a.m. Stopped in Washington, D.C. to see Capitol, White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and other places of interest. Stopped at a lovely motel near Cumberland, Md. – 2 rooms @ $6.00 ea. in a town called Lavale, Md.
Saturday, August 31, 1957
Left Lavale Motel at 7 a.m.; stopped for breakfast at “DoNut House”, arrived at “Crossroads of America” motel in Vandalia, 8 miles from Dayton and 32 miles east of Richmond, Ind. – Routes 40 and 25 junction. Lovely 2-bed room, TV, air-conditioned, restaurant, etc. Arrived there at 4:15 p.m. M.E. and L.R. went up to “Tastee Freeze” on grounds and got sundaes for them and me and coffee for Ray.
Sunday, September 1, 1957
Left Crossroads of America Motel at 7:30 after having breakfast at their restaurant. Stopped in Indianapolis to see Clyde and Della but unsuccessful. Had lunch in Montezuma, stopped at Castor’s in Springfield to get groceries and got home at 4:30 p.m. Asters in bloom.
Monday, September 2, 1957
Labor Day.Pat attempted to cut grass but mower stopped. Mother and Dad here in aft. Ray mailed letter I wrote Norine and family. Pat ate supper at Jerry’s. Linda doesn’t feel up to par today.
Tuesday, September 3, 1957
Grandpa brought basket of grapes he grew. I made 4 glasses of jelly and canned 3 quarts of juice, with M.E.’s assistance. Linda still feels a little “woozy”. Ray took mower to a friend at lake and he fixed it, free of charge.
Wednesday, September 4, 1957
School commences today. Linda wore blue & gold plaid skirt, blue blouse, and black loafers. Ray defrosted freezer today. He went to town to get paycheck and mileage check for July. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here this eve. Received letter from Charles S. and a card from Gus and Russ in Seattle.
Thursday, September 5, 1957
Ray went to town to pay bills and get ½ doz. paper pads from Metzger’s. He also stopped to see Fred and Lizzie and left soiled work clothes at Lazars to be sent with City laundry. Linda bought gym suit at Myers Bros., $4.10. Mother D. here in aft. and Dad in a.m. with 1 doz. eggs @ 30 cents. I paid him. Ray took Linda and Sally to Rainbow Girls meeting and Mr. Trippel brought them home. M.E. went to a show with Durbie [Teater] (Pat’s friend).
Friday, September 6, 1957
L.R. signed up for Myers Bros. Charm School today; also bought gym shoes at Schiff’s, $2.03. Made cherry pudding. M.E. ironed all the clothes she washed yesterday. Aunt Helen phoned – asked me to order a jersey dress from Roland’s. Ray worked on his work table.
Saturday, September 7, 1957
Jim here in a.m. – asked them to come tomorrow for a wiener roast. L.R. went to store with Ray in aft. Ray worked on work table when he came home. Jerome Methodist minister (Livengood) called on us today.
Sunday, September 8, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. M.E. and Ray went to church at West Side. First Sunday Bro. Laughlin back – he inquired about me. M.E. waxed car in aft. Jim, Caryl & children here in eve. for wiener roast. Burnetts put up their west lot for sale.
Monday, September 9, 1957
M.E. back to work today. Ray’s mother sent doz. eggs, 35 cents, by Pat this eve. Linda had gym for first time. Judy and Mark here for a few minutes – gave us grapes they raised.
Tuesday, September 10, 1957
Ray phoned Phil today re returning to work Thursday – he said he should have extra day on account of Labor Day and might as well wait until Monday. Pretty nice! Phil also got married while on vacation – went to the Smokey Mountains on their honeymoon. M.E. went to bridal shower for a girlfriend. Ray took her and friends brought her home.
Wednesday, September 11, 1957
Uncle Rob and Aunt Ethel here in aft. and Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight. She left 2 dresses for me to shorten. Ray went to choir rehearsal at West Side tonight.
Thursday, September 12, 1957
Phoned Mr. Powell re upholstering davenport – he’s coming tomorrow a.m. to give estimate. I fixed blue tweed dress for Aunt Helen and she and Mr. Diller came for it tonight. L.R. pinned hem on Aunt Helen’s wine dress.
Friday, September 13, 1957
Mr. Powell here in a.m. – gave him job of repairing and recovering sofa @ $47. M.E. had a date with Durbie tonight. Ray’s mother here and he paid her for eggs. Ray mailed order to Florida Fashions for me.
Saturday, September 14, 1957
Mr. Powell picked up sofa this a.m. M.E. went to see “The Ten Commandments” with Frank [Nelson] (Pat’s friend). Pat went to a wiener roast with Larry, and L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting with Sally Trippel and father – Ray brought them home.
Sunday, September 15, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. They went with MYF group to lake in eve. for wiener roast, boat riding, and stopped later at church to rehearse for play on the 29th. Aunt Helen came out but didn’t get out of car. Mr. Diller brought in a sack of pears. Employees at Modern Machines [where Pat works] meeting tonight re wage increase.
Monday, September 16, 1957
Ray went back to work today. Pat did, too. His fellow workers haven’t gone on strike – still negotiating. Gave Judy some of the pears Mr. Diller brought. Ray pruned and trimmed some more of the bushes across back of lot. I phoned Alden’s and M-W to order gifts for Linda’s birthday.
Tuesday, September 17, 1957
T-V went on the blink today. Ray phoned Bob’s TV Service. Lorene came out tonight. Ayers’ and Gilroys got back from northwest trip at 8 p.m. Ray stayed after work tonight for farewell party for George Merwin who is returning to college – worked this summer at Filter Plant.
Wednesday, September 18, 1957
Bob’s TV Service picked up our TV this a.m. Today is Doc’s birthday (60th). Mended torn sheet and apron. Talked to Mrs. Beeler in backyard. Gave her dishes left a year ago at picnic. Sent Elsie a belated birthday card and handkerchief.
Thursday, September 19, 1957
Put sleeves back in L.R.’s striped turquoise dress and worked on Aunt Helen’s wine dress. Gus here in a.m. – told about her trip. Aunt Ethel here in aft. Uncle Rob picked up Alden’s package. Mother D. here – I paid her 70 cents for eggs Dad brought Monday. L.R. went to Rainbow Girls meeting with Sally. Ray took them and Mr. Trippel brought them home. M.E. went cycling with Elizabeth Krueger in eve. Elsie phoned to thank me for card and handkerchief.
Friday, September 20, 1957
Finished Aunt Helen’s wine dress. Uncle Rob picked up sample of material as Cousin Bess is going to get her a matching hat. Mr. Powell brought our sofa and I just love the material. Judy and Mark here in aft. to see it. Russ here for a few minutes – loaned him 3/4 cup Great Northern beans. Gave pudding recipes to Mrs. Beeler.
Saturday, September 21, 1957
Ray worked this a.m. The Jagows here for dinner tonight. Served chiliburgers, pineapple/cottage cheese salad, baked beans, relishes, potato chips, apple pie, coffee and pop. She gave me a bottle of dandelion wine that she made. Ray and Elmer took Linda and Sally to football game at Lanphier – Mr. Trippel brought them home. M.E. went to Marcia Miller’s after work for dinner then the football game (Springfield v. Feitshans).
Sunday, September 22, 1957
Ray didn’t have to go to work this a.m. M.E. and L.R. went to Jerome S.S. They also went to MYF in evening. Ray covered piano bench with scraps left from davenport.
Monday, September 23, 1957
Mrs. Godley phoned. I baked a butterscotch pie and ironed. Aunt Helen came out to pick up her wine dress. Had wine hat on that Bess Kenney selected for her. Ray put glass window back in breezeway storm doors. Pat cut grass in front yard. Marge phoned they’d be out tomorrow night.
Tuesday, September 24, 1957
Baked pineapple upside down cake this a.m. Bob, Marge and Ed here tonight for dinner. Served spaghetti, bread sticks, pickles, tossed salad, and above cake.
Wednesday, September 25, 1957
Finished ironing and took in Ray’s tan work pants. Pat finished cutting backyard. Linda went to Myers Bros. Charm School this eve. with Sally. Ray took them and Mr. Trippel brought them home. Ray’s mother here in aft.
Thursday, September 26, 1957
Judy and Mark here in a.m. to get fryer out of freezer.Pat lost his job today. Ray picked up lamp at Sears that I ordered – will use money M.E. gave us for our wedding anniversary to pay for it. Certainly is a beauty. Ordered sweater from Betty Gay Shop for L.R.’s birthday.
Friday, September 27, 1957
I wrote and mailed letter to Norine enclosing pictures taken there. M.E. picked up white sweater at Betty Gay’s, $5.99. Aunt Ethel here in aft. M.E. had a date with Durbie. Last time Pat paid $20 board.
Saturday, September 28, 1957
Baked 2 pies with golden delicious apples from tree in backyard on property line. M.E. went to a show with Frank [Nelson] and Linda went to football game with Sally. Ray took them and Mr. Trippel brought them home. Ray worked until noon. L.R. stayed all night with Sally.
Sunday, September 29, 1957
Ray went to Filter Plant this morning. M.E. went to S.S. – L.R. went with Sally. M.E. came home for dinner but Linda is having dinner with Sally.
Monday, September 30, 1957
Phoned Alden’s and reordered ivy league blouse. Mother D. brought 2 doz. eggs @ 35 cents doz. and I paid her for them.
Tuesday, October 1, 1957
Ill. Water Plant Operators’ Convention opened this a.m. at Leland Hotel. Ray had lunch and dinner there. Russ phoned – asked us to see their vacation slides but I told him Ray was busy so he said later would do.
Wednesday, October 2, 1957
Ray didn’t attend convention today. I mended seat cover (plastic) on platform rocker. Pat and Frank took Linda and Dorothy to Charm School and Mr. Turner brought them home.
Thursday, October 3, 1957
Ray phoned this morning from work to tell me Mrs. Baker passed away during the night. I phoned Helen Priest and sent a sympathy card and Ray gave money for flowers from Filter Plant people. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here tonight. Linda received highest grade in biology exam – teacher asked her how she studied and said he wished it would rub off on some of the students sitting near her. She also received an A on history paper on how paper and ink were first made by Egyptians.
Friday, October 4, 1957
M.E. picked up ivy league blouse at Dixie Shop this noon (for Linda’s birthday). Ray phoned that Philip Spaulding died early this a.m. Dorothy came home with Linda and stayed all night. Linda received the following birthday gifts: jacket, 2 skirts, 2 blouses from Ray and me; sweater, Pat; skirt and sweater, M.E.; $5.00, grandparents; ring, Aunt Helen; 2 collars, Dorothy. M.E. had date with Durbie.
Saturday, October 5, 1957
Dorothy and Linda baked their birthday cake in a.m. and entertained Sally and Sandra Schroeder by having a wiener roast in our backyard at 5 p.m. They went to SHS-Lanphier football game later – SHS won. Frank and Pat took them and Mr. Trippel brought them home. Sandra gave L.R. a sweater guard and Sally gave her a necklace. Mrs. Baker buried today.
Sunday, October 6, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. M.E. was elected secretary of MYF. We had dinner at Ayers’. Russ showed slides taken on their trip. Pat went to Durbie’s. Ordered house slippers for Mother D. from Sears.
Monday, October 7, 1957
I altered Aunt Helen’s gowns today. I reordered black corduroy skirt and blue sweater-skirt set for L.R. as others too tight through hips. Ray came home from work at 1 p.m. to attend Philip Spaulding’s funeral. Phoned Pleasant Nursery re transplanting birch tree.
Tuesday, October 8, 1957
Ray went to Employees’ Pension Meeting at City Hall tonight. M.E. went to Marcia Miller’s for dinner and then to a show. Aunt Helen came out to get her three nightgowns – brought a sofa “throw” for me to repair.
Wednesday, October 9, 1957
Linda picked up black corduroy skirt and blue wool flannel skirt and orlon sweater set at Alden’s in size 14 in place of size 12 originally ordered. I set button over on her black skirt as waistband too large. She went to Charm School with Sally and Dorothy. Mr. Trippel took them and Mr. Turner brought them home. Pat didn’t come home for dinner tonight.
Thursday, October 10, 1957
Bob here this a.m. Russell came, too – brought ties to use on Aunt Helen’s davenport cover. M.E. attended MYF meeting at Varns’ tonight. L.R. attended “Philo” [school club] meeting first time today. M.E. returned blue sweater-skirt set to Alden’s and received refund for me.
Friday, October 11, 1957
L.R. is home today on account of teachers’ meeting. I ironed and she put away summer clothes. M.E. had date with Durbie tonight.
Saturday, October 12, 1957
Girls went to town in aft. Linda sent away for a Perry Como record and mailed a letter containing $1.10 for “Indo-China” book. Mother D. here in aft. Frank and Jerry here this eve. Ray and M.E. drove out to Filter Plant to unlock a cabinet.
Sunday, October 13, 1957
Ray went out to work this morning and girls went to Jerome S.S. We took a ride around the lake in aft.; trees and shrubs are gorgeous. Stopped at Diller’s and Linda collected leaves for school (about 40 varieties). Had supper at Don’s Drive-In. Picked a bouquet of red berries from shrub in our backyard that bloomed for first time this year.
Monday, October 14, 1957
Wrote letter to Carol Karnes. Aunt Ethel here in aft. and Aunt Helen here for dinner tonight. Ordered rhinestone set from Myers Bros. for M.E. but she came home with the same set so will put mine aside for someone for Christmas. Aunt Helen gave me a check for $10 for sewing.
Tuesday, October 15, 1957
Worked on “throw”. Received jewelry from Myers Bros. M.E. took it for Christmas gifts. Pat went to Hobbs Electric Co. re job. M.E. went to “The Mill” for dinner and show with girlfriends. Ray went to Bud Williams’ for hamburger fry (Jerome Church Men’s Club). Jerry and Frank came for Pat. Ray got an Asian flu shot at Dr. Shriner’s office after work.
Wednesday, October 16, 1957
Bob here this a.m. Uncle Rob picked up blouse at Alden’s and skirt at M-W. Ray got them from him on way home from work. Black striped blouse okay, but skirt too skimpy so to be returned. Linda went to Charm School at Myers Bros. tonight. Mr. Turner took them and Ray brought them home. Mother D. here in afternoon – brought 2 doz. eggs @ 35 cents doz.
Thursday, October 17, 1957
Mother and Dad came down in afternoon – transplanted Rose of Sharon from southeast corner to center east side of backyard; also transplanted red peony and hibiscus Cousin Willis planted to west side, center. M.E. brought navy and red plaid skirt from Robinson’s that Marge showed Linda on her way home from school, $8.23. M.E. returned skirt at Alden’s, $6.41. I’m still working on “throw”.
Friday, October 18, 1957
Linda and Sally went to Heines’ at 117 South Grand Ave. West for initiation into “Philos” at 8:30 a.m. Mr. Trippel took them. He brought them back at 1 p.m. Pat dug up glad bulbs and pulled grass in back fence. Yard looks nice. M.E. paid Marge for Linda’s plaid skirt. She went to a show with Frank tonight. Gus here in aft. She called Ann Colburn re name of bush with red shell and seed but she didn’t know what it was.
Saturday, October 19, 1957
Linda went shopping with Ray today. He also got a haircut, $1.00. M.E. went out to “Babe & Jim’s” for a birthday dinner. Ray took her to girlfriend’s house. He got a red rose bush at Texaco Service Station and set it out in back of the house late aft. Linda bought a blue sweater, $4.11, but wrong shade. M.E. decided to take it. She owes me for it.
Sunday, October 20, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. Ray worked until 11 a.m. Natalie Beam called on me around noon. Jagows got back from her folks about 8:30 p.m. M.E. went to MYF in eve. Jerry and Frank brought Pat home.
Monday, October 21, 1957
Aunt Ethel here in aft. Brought Great-Grandmother Maxson’s shawl and Grandma Johnson’s watch for me to keep. We also read letters Grandfather Johnson wrote to G.M. before and after marriage. Uncle Rob sent money order to Skylark Originals for Linda’s jumper. Pat went with Ray as he went to work – dropped him off at Hobbs Elec. Co. re job.
Tuesday, October 22, 1957
Bob here in aft. Aunt Helen came later and stayed for dinner. I had stuffed peppers and apple dumplings, among other things. Pat went away with “Tank” [Jones] at noon and got home after we went to bed.
Wednesday, October 23, 1957
Talked to Gus this a.m. on phone – Carol and Bruce have separated. I don’t feel so well today – bowel trouble. Not much sleep from 3-6 a.m. Linda went to Myers Bros. Charm School. Ray took her and Mr. Trippel brought her home. M.E. went to a picnic with Frank. He gave her a lovely nylon stole for her birthday.
Thursday, October 24, 1957
Mary Ellen’s birthday. She requested no gifts but received money from us and grandparents; sweater from Linda; stole, Frank; pajamas from girls at office. I baked a marachino cherry cake with divinity icing. Linda went to Philo meeting at YWCA tonight. Ray took her and Mr. Trippel brought her home. Ray took M.E. went to Marcia’s as he took L.R. to YWCA.
Friday, October 25, 1957
M.E. received hand-tooled billfold from Durbie via mail. She met him downtown tonight and went to a show. Cousin Willis and Lorene here tonight. Linda interviewed him for English assignment. I ironed all clothes washed last Sat. and week before.
Saturday, October 26, 1957
Ray took girls and me to Dr. Shriner’s office for flu shots. He dropped girls off downtown and I went along with him to Eisner’s and shoe repair shop. Sat in car. Ray and Pat went up to his folks as Dad had fallen about 5:30 p.m. We’d just come home from town after riding through Washington Park. Trees are still beautiful; oaks and hard maples still have their leaves.
Sunday, October 27, 1957
Ray didn’t have to go to work this a.m. Girls went to Jerome S.S. “Tank” came after his car which has been parked in Mrs. Colburn’s garage. M.E. shampooed and set my hair this aft.
Monday, October 28, 1957
Made an apple pie and 64 peanut butter cookies this a.m. Charles and Kathleen Spaulding here in aft. Ray went to union meeting tonight. Went out to Lazar’s Tavern later with Johnny Lazar. First “Trick-or-Treaters” came tonight. M.E. bought loads of candy for Halloween visitors.
Tuesday, October 29, 1957
Bob here this a.m. Aunt Ethel came in aft. We finished reading Grandmother and Grandfather Johnson’s letters. Bess Kenney came in for a few minutes with Uncle Rob when he came to pick her up.
Wednesday, October 30, 1957
I sent $1.10 to Hermitage House and cancelled “Best in Books” membership. Marcia Miller came home with M.E. to stay all night. Ray brought home Charles Spaulding’s Report on Filter Plant for me to see. Linda went to last night of Charm School – received diploma. Ray took them and Mr. Trippel brought them home.
Thursday, October 31, 1957
Ordered Reader’s Digest for Mother and Dad for Christmas.
Friday, November 1, 1957
M.E. had a date with Durbie tonight. Mr. Kearney came after Linda at 8:45 p.m. to babysit for them overnight.
Saturday, November 2, 1957
Linda received jumper and blouse from Skylark Originals. Aunt Helen here for dinner tonight. She gave me a check for $10 for repairing davenport throw. Linda came home from Kearney’s at 9 p.m. – received $10.00 for staying 24 hrs. with their children.
Sunday, November 3, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. and Ray went to church at West Side. Pat went to Pekin with Frank. Mother D. here in aft. Elsie came later. M.E. had date with Ken this eve. (friend of Mary Prosperini’s). Altered Linda’s blue corduroy jumper as too large through bust and waist. Took it in 2". Think she could have taken a size 9.
Monday, November 4, 1957
Ironed everything washed Sat. and week before. Judy phoned that her sister-in-law gave birth to a baby girl yesterday – named her Teresa Colleen. Pat still has a bad cold and Linda a sore throat for a couple days. She picked up zipper notebook at LaBonte’s which Ray left Saturday for repair – no charge.
Tuesday, November 5, 1957
Linda’s throat still sore.Ordered 10 yds. print from Alden’s for apron and Karen’s dress; also 2 towel calendars.
Wednesday, November 6, 1957
Aunt Ethel here in aft. She sewed 100 circles for Aunt Helen’s “throw”. I bought 1 doz. eggs @ 40 cents from Uncle Rob. Ray went to choir rehearsal at West Side. M.E. had supper downtown, met Ed Smith and went to a show. Pat still has a cold. Linda’s throat still sore.
Thursday, November 7, 1957
Ordered 2 blouses from Myers Bros. in a.m. M.E. went to a shower tonight and L.R. went to Rainbow Girls with Sally and Dorothy. Ray took them and Mr. Trippel brought them home. Ray had laundry done today. Received $12.50 check for mileage to beach during August. Received used carbon paper from Lorene.
Friday, November 8, 1957
Received only one blouse as no 34's in white. The one sent is lovely – formerly $5.00 for $2.00 – not bad. Linda went to a show after school with Dorothy. Turners brought them home. M.E. went to dentist after work and then had a date with Ed after she came home. Pat went to Decatur with “Tank” in a.m. and came home late.
Saturday, November 9, 1957
Ray got haircut and picked up package at Alden’s. Material and calendar towels were fine.
Sunday, November 10, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. Had baked chicken, mashed potatoes, waldorf salad, cranberry sauce and canned peaches for dinner. Pat’s friend “Red” home from service was here before noon with Jerry and Frank. Latter two came after supper for a little while. Girls went to MYF.
Monday, November 11, 1957
Veterans Day – no school. Made split pea soup. Ray took Pat to town to pay some bills. M.E. worked. Had chicken pie for dinner tonight. Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller here for a little while. She bought 3 boxes of chocolates L.R. is selling for Rainbow Girls. Ray sold 2 at plant. Cut out dress for Karen for Christmas. M.E. went out for dinner tonight.
Tuesday, November 12, 1957
Pat raked and burned leaves from front yard. Aunt Helen here for dinner tonight. Gave Judy soup left from yesterday, 3 McCall’s, and 1 pt. chicken fat.
Wednesday, November 13, 1957
Worked on Karen’s dress. Ray went to town after work to pay bills, picked up M.E. and doughnuts. Pat went to town at noon and came home for dinner in eve. He purchased blue thread for Karen’s dress.
Thursday, November 14, 1957
Worked on Karen’s dress. Judy here in aft. Brought size 6 girl’s dress pattern and I gave her a Sears general catalog and sack of Linda’s discarded shoes. Ray took M.E. to Marcia’s and they went to Glenarm. Caryl Pearce phoned they were coming tonight. But they didn’t show up. Partial list of Water and Electric employees’ salaries in paper tonight – Ray’s was included.
Friday, November 15, 1957
Worked on Karen’s dress. Pleasant Nursery man came – quoted $30 on moving birch tree. Marian and Tom drove down from Chicago – she called on me this afternoon. Linda went over to see them after school. M.E. had a date with Frank tonight. Ray left at 8 to see someone re singing at union party.
Saturday, November 16, 1957
Ray worked until noon. Jim & children came before noon and had lunch with us. He and Pat attempted to move birch tree but when Ray came home, they decided it was too much for them. Baked a pumpkin pie in aft.
Sunday, November 17, 1957
Ray didn’t have to go to work so he went to church at West Side. Girls went to Jerome S.S. Edith and Harry Willson here in aft. They just got back from Florida Thurs. I trimmed 6" from orchid formal M.E. gave Linda, making it ballerina length. M.E. has a sore throat.
Monday, November 18, 1957
M.E.’s cold better today. Ironed all clothes and made a pumpkin pie. Ray went to Merv’s to practice with quartet for union party. Aunt Helen phoned – going to California. Ray got 2 doz. eggs from Mother D. @ 40 cents doz. He paid her.
Tuesday, November 19, 1957
Worked on orchid formal. Ordered Christmas gifts from Myers Bros., Alden’s, M-W, Sears and Spiegel’s. Mr. Diller brought check for $15 ($3.00, candy Linda sold Aunt Helen for Rainbow Girls; $5.00, darning socks; $7.00 additional for quilt repair). Dorothy asked Pat to Rainbow Girls’ Christmas dance – he accepted. Linda is going with Jerry. Phoned Pleasant Nursery to move tree, $30.00.
Wednesday, November 20, 1957
Aunt Helen and Mr. Diller left today for San Francisco by plane. Finished altering orchid formal. Received Swiss chimes from Myers Bros. today.
Thursday, November 21, 1957
Cut out turquoise print cobbler apron. Got it about half done. Wrote letter to Alice. Linda didn’t go to Rainbow Girls meeting on account of homework. M.E. baked brownies and chocolate chip cookies. Pat picked up package at Spiegel’s. Aunt Ethel phoned to tell me that Mr. Diller called her from San Francisco – they arrived safely (plane – 6 hrs.).
Friday, November 22, 1957
Aunt Ethel here in aft. Uncle Rob picked up package at Alden’s. Linda met M.E. after work – went to a show and picked up package at M-W.
Saturday, November 23, 1957
Linda left on 9 o’clock bus, met Dorothy and went to Santa Parade and shopped. Ray had oil changed in car tonight. Finished turquoise print cobbler apron and worked on rose and grey print cobbler. M.E. bought a pizza pie tonight.
Sunday, November 24, 1957
Girls went to S.S. Ray didn’t have to go to work. Aunt Ethel phoned – Mr. Diller phoned her from Portland. They are leaving tomorrow a.m. Wes and Alice came at 9:30 a.m. Been in St. Louis yesterday and stopped all night at Colonial Motel. M.E. went to MYF in eve.
Monday, November 25, 1957
Finished grey cobbler and cut out Rock & Roll cobbler. Ray went to Merv’s tonight to practice with quartet for Union Christmas Party. Ordered gifts from Alden’s. M.E. had a date with Ed.
Tuesday, November 26, 1957
Worked on Rock & Roll cobbler. Phoned Merle Perkinton re holly for rose bowl.
Wednesday, November 27, 1957
Aunt Ethel here this aft. Brought 3 doz. eggs @ 45 cents doz. She helped me cut out L.R.’s skirt.
Thursday, November 28, 1957
Thanksgiving Day.Ray worked until noon. Girls pushed me up to Mother & Dad’s. Ray followed in car. We had a delicious turkey dinner at 1 p.m. Later, Ray and his dad went out to get pop and beer which we had with popcorn. Came home at 6 p.m., had toasted cheese sandwiches and pop and watched T-V.
Friday, November 29, 1957
Linda home today – no school. Berdine and Maureen here in aft. to pick up her “Lan-Hi”. Pat picked up package at Alden’s. Jerry came out for him this eve. He was going to take Linda and Sally to basketball game at Armory but her mother made her stay home at the last minute on account of snow, so L.R. didn’t go either. Lorene came out for a few minutes in eve. – brought 2 lbs. pecans @ $1.00 lb. from Osco’s.
Saturday, November 30, 1957
Light snow from last night gone today. Working on both border print aprons. Mary Ellen and Linda went to town in aft. to shop, have lunch and go to a show. Jerry Bartlett and Pat were going to see Dorothy re show next Sat. night but she wasn’t home. Bob came out in eve. – gave us 4 rabbits and put 3 for them in our freezer.
Sunday, December 1, 1957
Girls went to Jerome S.S. Ray went to 11 o’clock church there. Jerry came by and he and Pat and Linda went to see Dorothy but she wasn’t home. They stopped at Bob’s Drive-In for a Coke, brought Linda home, then went over to Dwayne [Tank] Jones’ to paint storm sash. Frank phoned M.E. re show Sat. night. She went to MYF in eve., came home, baked cookies, and L.R. made fudge.
Monday, December 2, 1957
Ordered cord pants and cotton flannel shirts from Sears for M.E. to give Ray. Jerry phoned Linda re Dorothy going to show Sat. Gus here for a few min. to borrow ½ cup raisins. We had 2 of the rabbits for dinner tonight that Bob gave us. Ray went to Merv’s to practice with quartet for union meeting.
Tuesday, December 3, 1957
3" snow.Worked on Linda’s green skirt. Linda received “A” on interview with Cousin Willis – teacher wrote across top “Very Excellent Information.”
Wednesday, December 4, 1957
Finished Linda’s green skirt. Ordered shirt from M-W for Linda to give Ray. Aunt Ethel here this aft. Pat went to Memorial Hospital re orderly job, then to Tank’s for rabbit dinner.
Thursday, December 5, 1957
Snow about gone. Bob here in a.m. – brought us 2 more rabbits. Merle Perkinton came at 12:30 p.m. – took rose bowl to fill with holly. Worked on yellow print cobbler apron.
Friday, December 6, 1957
Ironed all clothes washed last Sat. and week before. Ray took laundry to laundromat. Bob here in aft. I gave Linda a permanent in ends of her hair. M.E. had a date with Ed.
Saturday, December 7, 1957
Finished yellow cobbler apron. M.E. had a date with Frank tonight. Pat and Jerry took Dorothy and Linda to Pat Boone movie “April Love”. They all went for pizza later. The boys came in for an hour and a half later.
Sunday, December 8, 1957
Ray worked until noon. Girls didn’t go to S.S. M.E. shampooed and set my hair and gave me a perm in neck hair.
Monday, December 9, 1957
Bob here in a.m. He took down kitchen and bathroom curtains and I washed and ironed them. Linda put them up when she came home from school. Ray went out to Merv’s to practice with quartet.
Tuesday, December 10, 1957
Merle Perkinton brought rose bowl filled with holly and holly spray tied with red ribbon. Wouldn’t let me pay her. S.S. class meeting here tonight. Approx. 45 here. Marge was hostess – had 4 assts. My secret pal turned out to be Ruth Bradford. She gave me subscription to “Ideals” for a year. Refreshments – brick ice cream with red bell or green tree in center, chocolate chip cookies and mincemeat cookies, coffee, candy and nuts. I drew Melfrances Underwood’s name for next year.
Wednesday, December 11, 1957
Linda attended Philo meeting after school. I addressed Christmas cards all day. M.E. had dinner with some girls from Ill. Bell tonight.
Thursday, December 12, 1957
Wrote letters to enclose with Christmas cards and addressed more. Frank came out for Pat and they mailed some out-of-town ones for me. Ray got an electric clock for kitchen from Springfield Electric Supply Co. for $4.40.
Friday, December 13, 1957
Four men from Pleasant Nursery moved birch tree from back to front yard. I cut out overalls for Tommy.
Saturday, December 14, 1957
Mailed balance of Christmas cards. Ray worked until noon. Jim and children here in aft. Linda babysat for Benner’s on Iles. Ray received bill from Dr. Romence, first since April ‘56 (supposed to be cancelled). He phoned him and he said if he told me it was cancelled, okay. M.E. went to a girlfriend’s house tonight. We bought 6 ft. Christmas tree from Jerome S.S. class, $2.50.
Sunday, December 15, 1957
Ray went to work until noon. Girls went to S.S. They went bowling in aft. with Jerry and Frank. M.E. went to MYF. Boys stayed until 9 p.m. M.E. made peanut butter cookies. Aunt Helen here in aft. Gave me a check for $15 for Christmas ($5.00 ea. for girls and me).
Monday, December 16, 1957
Worked on shirt and pants for Tommy. Ray went to quartet rehearsal at Merv’s. M.E. stayed downtown to shop after work.
Tuesday, December 17, 1957
Worked on Tommy’s shirt. Marge & Bob here for supper. We made 5 batches of peanut brittle afterwards. Ray stayed out at plant for Christmas Party. He got home before they left. Linda and M.E. finished Wes Cantrall’s package and took it over to Ayers’ for Russell to mail. Received packages from Wes and Ken. M.E. introduced us to Richard Smith – she went out with him and Kathy & husband for a little while.
Wednesday, December 18, 1957
Worked on Tommy’s shirt. Wind and electrical storm this aft. Quite a bit of damage in southern part of state from tornadoes – 9 dead and many injured. Jerry came out for Pat this eve. Mary Ellen went to Decatur with Kathryn and husband and Richard Smith. He took her to work this a.m.
Thursday, December 19, 1957
Union party tonight.Quartet performed. I finished Tommy’s shirt.
Friday, December 20, 1957
Pat left at 10:30 a.m. to go to Ohio with Tank and wife – her mother is seriously ill. Bob was here in aft.
Saturday, December 21, 1957
One of the members of Jerome S.S. class delivered Christmas tree we bought from them for $2.50. M.E. went to town in aft. She had date with Ed Myers in eve.
Sunday, December 22, 1957
Girls went to S.S. Ray didn’t have to go to work this morning. Girls made cookies and M.E. made a batch of caramels. She had a date with Ed Myers tonight. L.R. went Christmas caroling with Rainbow Girls in eve. West Side young people serenaded me. Bro. Laughlin came in to shake hands. Naomi [Laughlin] was with group, too. Ray was sorry he missed them while taking Linda Rae to town. He got back about 5 min. later.
Monday, December 23, 1957
School Christmas vacation starts today. Bob here in aft. M.E. went to MYF until 9:30 p.m. and then had a date with Ed Myers. I wrapped caramels this a.m. and ironed Christmas gifts I made. Wrapped some gifts for L.R. She wrapped all of M.E.’s tonight. Marian and Tom drove down today.
Tuesday, December 24, 1957
Cousins Willis and Mary went to Oklahoma City this a.m. for Christmas at Fred’s. Frank here in eve. – left gifts for M.E. and Pat. M.E. had date with Ed Myers late aft. & eve. She worked until noon and ran around town with some girls before meeting him. Men cut down tree next to road. Jagows left at 5:10 p.m. for her folks’. I wrapped Linda’s gifts and she wrapped the rest. Pat came back at 5:30 a.m., stayed at Tank’s until afternoon, then went to Bartlett’s and got home tonight.
Wednesday, December 25, 1957
Arose at 6:30 a.m. Mother and Dad came down at 7 a.m. Then we opened our gifts. They went home and came back at noon when we had our dinner. Marian and Elsie came about 7 p.m. Ray was resting while they were here. Mrs. Colburn here a few minutes in a.m. She brought us a loaf of nut bread. Pat took white nylon jacket to Burnett’s to wash as our sink was leaking.
Thursday, December 26, 1957
Ray felt pretty bad today on account of a cold. Went to work until 11 o’clock, then came home after getting a shot at Dr. Shriner’s office.
Friday, December 27, 1957
Linda exchanged green sweater for size 38 (likes them big and blousey) and sent red sweater back to Spiegel’s for size 36. Met M.E. downtown who gave her $10 for p.j.’s that were too small, wrapping gifts, and ironing. Polly Thornton Carswell called on me – gave me a silver pin. Linda, Jerry, Pat and Dorothy went to dinner at 7 p.m. and then formal dance at 9 p.m. at St. Nick Hotel given by Shriners for DeMolay, Rainbow Girls, and escorts. Got home at 1 a.m.
Saturday, December 28, 1957
Ray doesn’t feel any better so I phoned Dr. Stocker as Dr. Shriner is ill. He sent more medicine. Frank came in eve. and took M.E. to get a Coke. Gus and Russ here in aft. to see our gifts.
Sunday, December 29, 1957
Ray still sick in bed. Girls went to S.S. Marge phoned tonight that Buzz is at Memorial Hospital – has diabetes and colitis, Room 609.
Monday, December 30, 1957
Ray went to work this morning. Still pretty weak. He phoned Marge tonight. Bob has infection in kidneys and doesn’t have diabetes after all. Judy and children came home tonight from Altamont. Ray had laundry done today.
Tuesday, December 31, 1957
Altered Linda’s jumper, blouse and Christmas slip. Ray went to Dr. Shriner at 11 a.m. (came from work and went back). He got another shot and doctor said he’s much better. Received thank-you note from Ken and Ann. Girls went to see “Around the World in 80 Days” with Jerry and Frank, had supper at Chinese place on Wabash Ave. and got home at 1:30 a.m. just after Pat. He went to a show with Bob Bastas. They all had pop, coffee and cookies and visited around the kitchen table the rest of night. Ray and I had chicken, roll and salad from the Beacon and sat up until 12:30 a.m. A quiet evening but we enjoyed it very much, and the food was delicious.