Berniece Pearce Diary - 1966
Saturday, January 1, 1966
Hilma went to church at 10 a.m. Jim came for me at 3 p.m. to have dinner with them. We ate at 5 p.m. Had 25 lb. turkey with all the trimmin’s. Pat & Lois were there, too. Caryl & Jim gave me a braided rag rug for front entrance – another Christmas gift. Pat & Lois came here when Jim brought me home at 9:30 p.m. as Jim wanted him to help get me out of car – he didn’t want to use lift as their sidewalk not suitable.
Sunday, January 2, 1966
Hilma went to 9:00 a.m. church service. Jerry, Linda & Mark stopped in after Sunday School to show off Mark’s hat and topcoat. I worked on Aletha’s brown dress. Mrs. Robb came for her daughter’s coat (Donna Claypoole) this aft. Her first husband (Mr. Claypoole) died when she was 26 years old and married Mr. Robb later.
Monday, January 3, 1966
Ordered “denture bath” from Block Drug Co. Linda & Mark here around noon. Linda tried one of Hilma’s dinner rolls. I ordered a diary from Coe Brothers for $1.37 which Jerry will pick up for me.
Tuesday, January 4, 1966
Worked on Aletha’s brown dress. Buzz here this a.m. Ann brought suit box for me to use when I send Aletha’s two dresses and jacket. Hilma made two individual deep-dish apple pies.
Wednesday, January 5, 1966
Cut out lining for Aletha’s jacket, put it together and sewed it to outer part. Linda left Mark here while she went to doctor for monthly checkup. She stopped by National for groceries for me. They had some of Hilma’s lemon chiffon pie before going home. Linda brought more gingerbread man cookies, candy canes, and chocolate-covered marshmallow Santas as Mark doesn’t seem to care for them. Hilma had lunch downtown with Bertha. When she got home, she noticed water on bathroom and hall floors. I called Charles Welton’s wife and she had him stop by at 4:30 p.m. He said sewer stopped up between clean-out plug and street, and phoned Duffy – not home, so phoned after supper; will come first thing tomorrow morning. Linda picked up Sears spring/summer catalog.
Thursday, January 6, 1966
Two Duffy sons unstopped sewer this a.m. Charles Welton stopped by to talk to them. Linda phoned that Mark has chicken pox so isn’t going to church luncheon. She had asked me to take care of Mark but, of course, that is out. I worked on Aletha’s jacket.
Friday, January 7, 1966
Finished Aletha’s 2 dresses and jacket. Hilma boxed and wrapped them for me and Linda took it home – Jerry is going to mail it tomorrow. She stopped by tonight on way home from Gundy’s – got 2 lb. coffee for me, $1.24. I wrote letter to Bernice Hanson.
Saturday, January 8, 1966
Altered Kay Nichols’ skirt, mended Susie Brummett’s skirt, and started shortening Mr. Stehman’s shirt sleeves. Jerry mailed Aletha’s things to her and I wrote her a letter. Lorene phoned she got back from Minnesota Thursday night. Received Spiegel’s spring & summer catalog. Linda & Jerry went to Sunday School class pizza party last night; Jerry was elected Vice-President; Frances took care of Mark.
Sunday, January 9, 1966
Hilma went to 9 a.m. church service. I finished shortening sleeves of 3 shirts for Mr. Stehman. Leora Johnson phoned this aft. Linda, Jerry & Mark didn’t go to Sunday School on account of Mark’s chicken pox. Linda talked to me over the phone around noon – said Carol Chilton is definitely dropping out of bunco club. Susie Brummett got her skirt this afternoon and left pr. slacks to be taken in.
Monday, January 10, 1966
Mrs. Jacobs left things to be altered this a.m. I altered Mrs. Rice’s skirt and 2 dresses. Marie Stehman came for husband’s shirts and left 2 skirts to be shortened tonight. Mrs. Jacobs came back at 2 p.m. to try on dresses and suit; these belong to Mrs. Ray Booker but Mrs. Jacobs will buy them if they can be altered to fit.
Tuesday, January 11, 1966
Altered Susie Brummett’s slacks and mended 3 pr. pants and 1 shirt for Mark. He and Linda came at 10 a.m. His face and body still have pock marks. He stayed here while Linda got groceries, my shoes at Sears, and paid bills at Goldblatt’s and Water Dept. (Village Hall). They stayed for lunch. Received letter from Alice. Linda brought some toffee that they couldn’t eat.
Wednesday, January 12, 1966
Shortened M. Stehman’s two skirts. Wrote letter to Alice. Susie Brummett got her slacks tonight. Hilma shampooed sofa cushions today. Phoned Mr. Diller re book of poems.
Thursday, January 13, 1966
Started altering Mrs. Jacobs’ grey jersey skirt. Mrs. Rice got her things tonight.
Friday, January 14, 1966
Mrs. Jacobs’ grey suit ready for fitting but she’s under the weather so will come Monday at 2 p.m. Linda & Mark went to town to shop this a.m. Got 2 furnace filters for 66 cents and 2 cans of Glade at K-Mart for me. They went back to shopping center for my groceries and then had lunch with Hilma and me.
Saturday, January 15, 1966
Got Mrs. Jacobs’ brown dress and jacket ready for fitting. Sharon Greening brought 1 pr. slacks to be restitched and 2 skirts to be shortened. She brought another skirt of the correct length for a guide for other two. Pat & Lois came this aft. – brought 2 calendars and a cutting or bread board. I sent receipts to Velma Jordan who is going to straighten my credit account at J.C. Penney who insists on duplicating charge for curtains for west window in garage.
Sunday, January 16, 1966
Hilma attended 9 a.m. church service. Worked on Mrs. Jacobs’ brown dress, jacket, and grey suit, and Sharon Greening’s two skirt hems and waist bands.
Monday, January 17, 1966
Linda & Mark came at 10:30 a.m. She cut out Mark’s top coat. They had lunch here then went to Gundy’s for groceries. Mrs. Jacobs came for fitting at 2 p.m. She took all outfits except those I’m to alter. I finished altering Sharon Greening’s 2 skirts and mended her slacks. Linda took dress material home. She’s going to embroider it, then I’ll make it.
Tuesday, January 18, 1966
Mary Ellen, Bill & Christina came at 11 a.m. She shampooed & set my hair. I worked on Mrs. Jacobs’ suits. Ann brought Sears sales catalog back this afternoon.
Wednesday, January 19, 1966
Worked on Mrs. Jacobs’ things. Linda & Mark came at 10:30. Linda marked her dress she’s embroidering. She and Mark got groceries for me at National and then they had lunch with us. Malford and Bernice Hanson came before they left. She brought material for 2 dresses and jackets; also brought scraps from her suit for cap I’m going to make for Mark.
Thursday, January 20, 1966
Finished Mrs. Jacobs’ brown dress and jacket and her grey suit and blouse, which she picked up this afternoon. Started altering her blue dress.
Friday, January 21, 1966
Cut out Bernice Hanson’s green dress and jacket. Received letter and check from Aletha. Wrote letter to Carol Pickering. Ann brought can of Milnot for which I paid 10 cents. Worked on or rather mended pink bedspread. Finished altering Dorothy Jacobs’ blue dress. Mrs. Tozier stopped in this a.m. to use the phone – her car ran out of gas at Leonard & Homewood.
Saturday, January 22, 1966
Worked on Mark’s coat. Ann got us a loaf of bread and also a spool of thread at the store.
Sunday, January 23, 1966
Hilma went to 9 a.m. church. I worked on Mark’s coat. Velma Jordan came at 2:30 p.m. Lorene and Norma Gurske came about 4:30 p.m.
Monday, January 24, 1966
Worked on Mark’s coat and Bernice’s green dress. I sent December Social Security payment for Hilma to Internal Revenue. Linda didn’t come today as car out of repair and Mark’s new bed and chest were to be delivered. Mark slept in his new bed first time tonight. Buzz phoned.
Tuesday, January 25, 1966
Worked on Mark’s coat and Bernice Hanson’s green dress and jacket. Phoned Judy Jagow for a few minutes. Phoned Buzz re dinner Saturday night but he still has the flu.
Wednesday, January 26, 1966
Worked on Mark’s coat and Bernice’s green jacket; also cut out her grey dress and jacket and started putting it together. Linda & Mark came at 10 a.m. He’d just had a haircut. They went to National and Steinberg-Baum’s, cashed 2 checks for me and one for Hilma, came back and had lunch with us. Linda won 3rd prize (teflon bread pan) at bunco party last night but she returned it for credit slip. Percy Mason died today (73 years old).
Thursday, January 27, 1966
Worked on Bernice’s grey dress and jacket. She and Malford came this afternoon for fitting. Malford hung plaques Jim’s boys gave me for Christmas and Mark’s picture taken when 2 yrs. old. Bernice brought a plate of delicious cookies. Dorothy Jacobs came for dress she decided not to have altered.
Friday, January 28, 1966
Worked on Bernice’s grey dress and jacket. Linda & Mark came at 9:45 a.m. and went to National and Gundy’s for groceries. They had lunch with us. Bess Kenney phoned. Dr. Clarence Fleischli was found dead in his bathroom at 10:30 a.m. by his two brothers, Franz and George – last seen at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Saturday, January 29, 1966
Worked on Bernice’s grey dress and jacket. Mrs. Connery brought daughter’s coat to be shortened and 2 pr. husband’s pants to be made smaller.
Sunday, January 30, 1966
Hilma went to church on Old Jacksonville Road with Louise Krueger and Mrs. Poos. I worked on Bernice Hanson’s grey suit. Mrs. Brummett left black dress and material to line skirt.
Monday, January 31, 1966
Linda & Mark came at 11:30 a.m. with groceries and a book for Mark (3 Bears). They stayed for lunch. Lorene came late afternoon with sack of apples and pictures, etc., showing her new bathroom fixtures, etc.
Tuesday, February 1, 1966
Worked on Bernice’s grey jacket. Pat & Lois picked up Minnie at Barker’s and came here for dinner this evening. Hilma prepared a delicious meal – roast beef with onions, carrots and potatoes, browned gravy, light rolls, frozen salad on lettuce, strawberry preserves, lemon pie and coffee. They left at 9 p.m. as Pat had to go to work at 4 tomorrow morning.
Wednesday, February 2, 1966
Shortened Connery coat. Buzz phoned this morning – Anita gave birth to a son at 8 p.m. last night – weight 6 lb. 13 oz. Linda & Mark came at 2 p.m. Linda shoveled walk and a path on east side of driveway. She left Mark here while she went to doctor. Lorene came before she got back with a coat to be shortened. They all left at the same time. Linda left my dentures at Dr. Link’s office for repair.
Thursday, February 3, 1966
Altered Pat Connery’s trousers. Kathy VonBehren borrowed Sears Christmas catalog this aft. Linda & Mark took Hilma to K-Mart this noon; then went again with Jerry this evening.
Friday, February 4, 1966
Lined Mrs. Brummett’s dress skirt across back. Linda & Mark came at 10:30 a.m. They’d been to town and brought 1 lb. bridge mix from Andy’s. They got groceries at Gundy’s and National and came back here for lunch. Linda brought suit for Anita’s baby, sewing machine needles, and large bottle of Tums they got at K-Mart last night for me. Mr. Connery got his trousers and daughter’s coat at 5:30 p.m. Linda shoveled snow off driveway -- Mark helped (?). Linda got M-W general catalog.
Saturday, February 5, 1966
Shortened Lorene’s coat. Mary Ellen, Bill and Christina came around noon to get her hair dryer. Mrs. Brummett got her dress. Jenny Rodems phoned re altering two dresses. She may come Monday.
Sunday, February 6, 1966
Hilma went to 10:30 church on Old Jacksonville Road with Louise Krueger and Mrs. Poos. Filled out form for 2 “Patio Dinners” and enclosed 2 wrappers for which company will send 50 cents.
Monday, February 7, 1966
Linda & Mark came from town at 11 a.m. Linda got a story book at Myers Bros. for $3.00 from which I’ll read stories to my grandchildren. They had lunch here and dropped Hilma off at shopping center. Linda mailed birthday card for Pat and envelope for Patio dinner refund. Lorene phoned just before leaving by plane to Minnesota to take care of Judy’s children while she and husband take 10-day vacation. I worked on Bernice’s green dress and jacket. Jenny Rodems brought several things to be altered at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 8, 1966
Started diet. Phoned Frances Bartlett re appetite dep. capsules, but she has to see doctor for prescription renewal. Worked on Bernice’s dress and jacket. Hilma had a surprise snack tonight of crackers, Swiss cheese and party snack spread – delicious, as Mark would say.
Wednesday, February 9, 1966
Cut out lining for Mark’s coat and put it together. Worked on Bernice’s green outfit. M. Garfield came at 3 p.m. with some clothes to be altered. Phoned Linda and invited them to dinner Friday evening.
Thursday, February 10, 1966
Worked on Mark’s coat and Bernice’s green outfit. Linda & Mark came at 10 a.m. She brought my gift for Anita’s baby gift-wrapped; also valentines she had left over. She and Mark got groceries at National and Gundy’s; also exchanged bunco 2nd prize she won last night – half slip for nightgown at Goldblatt’s. They stayed here for lunch. I wrote a card to Bernice advising she could get both outfits tomorrow but said she probably won’t be able to come as Malford came down with the flu Monday. Also sent 6 labels to Stokely’s for $1.00 refund.
Friday, February 11, 1966
Finished Bernice Hanson’s things; she and Malford came for them at 2 p.m. Worked on Mark’s coat. Buzz here in aft. and I gave him gift for Anita’s baby (James Robert). Linda, Jerry & Mark here for dinner tonight. We served baked chicken, dressing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, strawberry preserves, hot rolls, pickles, stuffed olives, celery, jello salad, iced tea and coffee. Jerry repaired felt weather-stripping around front door.
Saturday, February 12, 1966
Worked on Jenny Rodems’ skirt and blouse alterations. Hilma went downtown this afternoon. I sent valentines to Mark, Christina and Jim’s children – gave one to Hilma she wanted to send Mark.
Sunday, February 13, 1966
Hilma went to Our Savior’s Church at 10:30 a.m. with friends. Marvin Garfield brought Margaret’s red dress for hook & eye replacement at neckline. I worked on her green & brown dress alterations and finished Jenny Rodems’ skirt, blouse and slacks alterations. Hilma and I bought 25 cent bag of cracker jack or caramel corn from Boy Scouts this afternoon. West Side Church voted on new preacher.
Monday, February 14, 1966
Linda & Mark came at 10:30 a.m. to get our grocery list and carton of empty Pepsi bottles. They went to National for groceries and paid my water bill. Linda and I split a pound box of Fanny Mae candy (92 cents ea.). Mark gave Hilma and me plastic heart boxes containing candy hearts. I shortened his new white jacket sleeves and worked on M. Garfield’s 2 dresses and skirt. Mark & Linda stayed for lunch. Received valentines from Mark and Katherine Gathard. Karen phoned me this afternoon to thank me for those I sent them. Marie and Walter Stehman here this evening with clothes to be altered.
Tuesday, February 15, 1966
Finished M. Garfield’s things and her secretary picked them up at 1:30 p.m. Hilma went to Town & Country Shopping Center this afternoon. Received “Thank you” note from Anita.
Wednesday, February 16, 1966
Worked on Mark’s coat and cap and M. Garfield’s slips. Linda & Mark came at noon and stayed for lunch. He had his 3-year picture taken at Columbia at 11 a.m. Jenny Rodems got her things at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 17, 1966
Worked on Mark’s coat and cap. They came at 10:30 but didn’t stay long. Linda got material for me to alter Jenny’s dress, a can of corn, and 1 lb. “Carmallows” at Sears. Wrote note to Aletha.
Friday, February 18, 1966
Finished Mark’s cap and coat; also worked on M. Garfield’s slip alterations. Linda & Mark got groceries at National and Gundy’s. She got a turkey, 9 lbs @ 29 cents lb. Mary Ellen, Bill and Christina are coming tomorrow night for dinner. Linda and Mark were here for lunch.
Saturday, February 19, 1966
Worked on M. Garfield’s slips and M. Stehman’s skirt alterations. Mary Ellen, Bill and Christina here for dinner tonight. Served roast turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cinnamon apple salad, green bean casserole, pickles, olives, celery, carrot sticks, hot rolls, pineapple preserves, and meringues with vanilla ice cream and strawberries.
Sunday, February 20, 1966
Hilma went to Our Savior’s Church at 10:30 a.m. with Louise Krueger and Mrs. Poos. I gave Kathy VonBehren $1.00 for Heart Fund this aft. Finished Marie’s skirt and inserted zipper in Jenny’s slacks. Frances Jordan and Edith Arnold called on me this aft.
Monday, February 21, 1966
Linda & Mark came at 11 a.m., then went to National for groceries and came back here for lunch. They took his coat and cap home that I made – left about 2 p.m. Marie Stehman came at 4:30 with grey silk shantung and findings for dress. She tried on brocade dress I’m altering and took beige silk dress and wool skirt home. Worked on M. Garfield’s slip after finishing Marie’s skirt and dress.
Tuesday, February 22, 1966
Finished altering Marie’s brocade dress which she got at 3:45 p.m. She was unable to match Jenny’s dresses and returned the tan dress and grey felt sample. I worked on Jane Brummett’s navy blue wool dress alterations, finished M. Garfield’s slip, and worked on Jenny Rodems’ navy taffeta slip.
Wednesday, February 23, 1966
Cut out Marie Stehman’s grey dress and started putting it together; also finished Jane Brummett’s blue dress alterations. Hilma went to church tonight. I phoned Marie to ask her which was right side of material. She phoned the clerk and then she phoned back – inside is right side. Also phoned Marge re 1921 Enos graduating class in newspaper and they’d already seen it. They went to Pekin again Sunday and said Jimmy is a beautiful baby.
Thursday, February 24, 1966
Worked on Marie Stehman’s grey dress. Linda & Mark came at 10 a.m. – went to get groceries, Mark’s hair cut, and return proofs to Columbia – she made another appointment as proofs were unsatisfactory. They came back for lunch. Nancy Scaife brought 2 dresses and 2 skirts to be shortened this aft.
Friday, February 25, 1966
Worked on Marie Stehman’s dress. Lorene phoned that she and Helen Overaker might stop this afternoon but failed to.
Saturday, February 26, 1966
Worked on Marie Stehman’s dress. She came for fitting at 11:30 a.m. Mary Ellen and Christina came at noon to shampoo and set my hair. They were here for lunch. Jane Brummett came for her dress this aft. Mr. Beeler, sons and friends unloaded two truck-loads of old lumber on vacant lot east of us. Jerry came for Hilma and me at 7 p.m. We had a good time at Mark’s birthday party – got home near midnight. I gave Mark the spring coat and cap that I made and 2 chairs for his birthday gift.
Sunday, February 27, 1966
New preacher at West Side gave sermon first time today. Hilma went to Our Savior’s Church with Louise Krueger and Mrs. Poos. Worked on Marie Stehman’s dress or, rather, finished it.
Monday, February 28, 1966
Started shortening Nancy Scaife’s 2 dresses and 2 skirts. Phoned Dr. Shriner’s office and talked to Eva. He is coming out some evening this week. Hilma won’t be home Wednesday evening so phoned Mary Ellen and she will come if he comes that night. Linda and Mark didn’t come today on account of snow.
Tuesday, March 1, 1966
Marie Stehman came at 9 a.m. – left material for a sleeveless jacket. Linda & Mark went to Willene’s for lunch. Hilma went to town at 11:45 a.m. (bus left at 12:05 p.m.). Finished shortening Nancy Scaife’s 2 dresses and 2 skirts. Linda & Mark came at 1:30 p.m. – went to Gundy’s for groceries for me and themselves. Marie came for her dress at 3:45 p.m. and Hilma got home at 4:10 p.m.
Wednesday, March 2, 1966
Cut out Marie Stehman’s jacket, marked it and started putting it together. Linda & Mark came at noon – stayed for lunch and I took care of him while she went to doctor. She cut out her maternity top (yellow print) when she got back. Hilma went to church this evening with Louise Krueger and Mrs. Poos. She got home at 9 p.m. Lorene phoned at 7:30.
Thursday, March 3, 1966
Worked on Marie’s jacket. Linda & Mark went to Columbia to have his picture retaken, then came here at 12:30 p.m. Buzz was here when they came but he left soon after. They stayed for lunch and Linda cut out her yellow maternity skirt. They left about 3 p.m.
Friday, March 4, 1966
Worked on Marie’s jacket and Linda’s maternity outfit. She and Mark brought our groceries at 11 a.m. but didn’t tarry as they were going with Jerry to Champaign. We gave her half of an apple pie that Hilma baked this morning. Nancy Scaife got her things late afternoon.
Saturday, March 5, 1966
Worked on Linda’s maternity top. Marie came at 11:15 a.m. to try on jacket. Linda and Mark came at 12:20 p.m. with groceries and she tried on her top. They had lunch here. Dr. Shriner came at 3:45 p.m. – my heart and blood pressure are okay. I’m going on a reducing diet. Mummert’s sent diuretic pills and Upjohn Unicaps he ordered ($4.80).
Sunday, March 6, 1966
Hilma went to Our Savior Church with Louise Krueger and Mrs. Poos at 10:30 a.m. I finished Linda’s maternity top and worked on Marie’s jacket. Bert Clarke brought 2 suits to be altered. Marvin Garfield picked up his wife’s slips and dress and Mr. Connery left a sweater to be mended.
Monday, March 7, 1966
Started doctor’s diet. Altered Bert’s suit and her plaid skirt and mended Mr. Connery’s sweater. Linda & Mark came at noon for lunch and left him here while at dentist at 1:30 p.m. He took a nap for the second time so Linda had to wait for him to awaken at 3:30. Bert got her jacket on way home from work and left a dress and coat to be altered.
Tuesday, March 8, 1966
Received invalid ring from Mummert’s, $8.37. Lorene brought shrimp salad, crackers and piece of German chocolate cake for our lunch. Worked on Marie’s jacket. Ann here in aft. – brought Linda’s Sears Christmas catalog back and I gave her a little thread for her tan coat buttons. Changed cover from old invalid ring to new one tonight.
Wednesday, March 9, 1966
Stitched Hilma’s dress, put on shirt sleeve patches for Jerry, and worked on Marie’s jacket. Linda and Mark came at 10:45 from town – had stretch panels for her yellow maternity skirt and shorts; also an Easter hat. She took Jerry’s shirt home. They had lunch here. Bert came for her plaid suit and tried on dress and coat which are to be altered and shortened.
Thursday, March 10, 1966
Worked on Linda’s maternity skirt and Marie’s jacket. Linda & Mark went to get his proofs and our groceries – got here about 11:20 a.m. – stayed here for lunch.
Friday, March 11, 1966
Finished Marie’s jacket and worked on Linda’s maternity skirt. Linda & Mark came at noon – brought 5 grapefruit for 39 cents and 2 doz. eggs from Bartlett’s (40 cents doz.). They stayed for lunch. Hilma went to doctor this afternoon.
Saturday, March 12, 1966
Started shortening Bert’s coat. Buzz came at 1:30 p.m. with picture of his grandson (James Robert). Marie Stehman and Arlowyn Maddox came at 2:30. Arlowyn brought material for a dress and Marie took her jacket when they left.
Sunday, March 13, 1966
Hilma went to Our Savior’s Church with Louise Krueger and Mrs. Poos. Worked on Bert Clarke’s tan dress and coat alterations. Linda and Jerry had his mother, dad, grandmother, Kenny & Diane for dinner today.
Monday, March 14, 1966
Linda & Mark came at 12:10 p.m. – been to Bressmer’s to get birthday gifts for Bobbi Kay and Brenda – stayed here for lunch then got groceries for me from Gundy’s. She took maternity outfit home. I worked on Bert’s dress and coat.
Tuesday, March 15, 1966
Hilma’s niece Marilyn and a girl friend came at 9:30 and took Hilma to town to shop. Linda & Mark came at 10:30. She washed 2 comforters and hung them on my clothesline; also put out blue shawl and pink blanket (never used) for airing. She and Mark went to MacDonald’s for 2 hamburgers and 2 french fries and brought them back for their lunch. Hilma came back at 2 p.m. and they left soon after. Mary Kreider brought material for child’s skirt and apron this afternoon. Worked on Bert’s coat and dress and altered Mark’s white jacket. Linda took it home this afternoon. Frances Bartlett, Kay and Donna came tonight with Donna’s coat for me to lengthen.
Wednesday, March 16, 1966
Finished Bert’s dress and coat alterations and Hilma assisted cutting out Arlowyn’s pink plaid dress. I marked it and started assembling same. Hilma went to church tonight with Louise Krueger & Mrs. Poos. Started lengthening Donna’s coat.
Thursday, March 17, 1966
Worked on Arlowyn’s plaid dress. Mark & Linda came at 11 a.m. and stayed for lunch. She took Hilma to shopping center and came back to show the pink & white and blue & white outfits she got to put on baby when it’s brought home from hospital. She’ll keep whichever color (girl or boy) is suitable. Before coming here this morning, they’d been to Neumode to get socks and panties (gift wrapped) for me to give Brenda and Bobbi Kay for their birthday parties. Hilma came home on bus about 4 p.m. Arlowyn Maddox was here for fitting and left material for a linen-like dress.
Friday, March 18, 1966
Worked on Arlowyn’s dress and stitched and put in sleeves of Hilma’s dress. Jerry, Linda & Mark came for me at 7:30 p.m .and we drove out to Reynolds’ in Pawnee to attend Brenda’s 3rd birthday party. Joyce and Don have a beautiful 10-room home. She served coffee cake and iced tea.
Saturday, March 19, 1966
Worked on Arlowyn’s dress and Donna’s coat. Mrs. Rice came this aft. and left 8 dresses to be altered. Phoned Judy Jagow re recipe for sugar cookies. Jerry, Linda and Mark are invited to dinner with Pat & Lois tonight.
Sunday, March 20, 1966
Hilma went to Our Savior’s Church with Louise Krueger and Mrs. Poos at 10:30 a.m. I worked on Arlowyn’s dress and finished lengthening Donna’s coat. Hilma went to Emma Hasely’s this evening. Louise K. took her. Lydia Wells was there, too.
Monday, March 21, 1966
Cut out Arlowyn’s yellow dress and jacket today. Lorene came at 11 a.m. – gave Hilma grey dress material. Linda and Mark came around noon. They all stayed for lunch. Linda had been to Steinberg-Baum’s and got shampoo and toothpaste for me. I started putting Arlowyn’s outfit together.
Tuesday, March 22, 1966
Worked on Arlowyn’s yellow dress and jacket. She came for a fitting at 5:30 p.m. and took pink plaid dress, scraps and pattern home. Judy Jagow sent cookie recipes over by Rita after school. Linda’s going to bunco party tonight at Paige’s.
Wednesday, March 23, 1966
Worked on Arlowyn’s yellow outfit. Pressed Donna’s coat hem. Started shortening Mrs. Rice’s dress. Hilma went to church at 7:25 p.m. and Linda, Jerry & Mark came at 7:40 and took me to Chilton’s to celebrate Bobbi Kay’s 5th birthday.
Thursday, March 24, 1966
Worked on income tax returns, helped Linda cut out her yellow shorts, and Hilma & I figured out how to make skirt and apron for Kreider Swiss outfit; Hilma cut it out later. Linda left Mark here in a.m. while she shopped and then came back here for lunch.
Friday, March 25, 1966
Worked on Arlowyn’s yellow outfit and Kreider Swiss outfit. Finished income tax returns and mailed same.
Saturday, March 26, 1966
Worked on Linda’s yellow shorts. She and Mark got groceries at National and Gundy’s and were here for lunch. I ordered baby bottle warmer and baby book from Sears this afternoon.
Sunday, March 27, 1966
Hilma went to Trinity Lutheran Church in a cab at 8:30 a.m. She and Lydia are going to Cottage Inn for dinner. I finished Linda’s shorts and worked on Arlowyn’s suit.
Monday, March 28, 1966
Finished Arlowyn’s outfit. Mary Ellen and Christina came for her hair dryer this morning. Linda & Mark came a little later. She’d been to Bartlett’s for 1 doz. eggs for me and got a box of cards and yarn for me to have here for Mark to play with. Buzz came before they left. Linda took yellow shorts home – left her corduroy slacks and pr. Mark’s pants for me to restitch. She dropped Hilma off at shopping center on way home. Hilma brought me a honey dew melon. I was weighed and have lost a total of 10 lbs. in 3 weeks. Lois left a skirt to be shortened on the way home from work.
Tuesday, March 29, 1966
Altered Mrs. Rice’s rose dress and worked on her blue & tan dresses. Arlowyn Maddox came tonight to get yellow outfit and left material for another dress like the yellow one. Sears phoned tonight that baby book and bottle warmer are here.
Wednesday, March 30, 1966
Worked on Mrs. Rice’s dresses. Mary Ellen left Christy here while she went to Dr. Shriner’s and Linda left Mark here while she went to Dr. Bergmann this afternoon. Mark Jagow brought Gundy’s coupons from Jerome Bulletin for Linda this afternoon after school. Hilma went to church tonight. Linda got book & bottle warmer at Sears.
Thursday, March 31, 1966
Finished Mrs. Rice’s dresses. Mary Kreider came for apron and skirt for Swiss outfit. Augie VonBehren worked on backyard and took down fence across back. Linda couldn’t come today as Jerry took Chevy and Olds to Illini garage for repairs.
Friday, April 1, 1966
Hemmed Lois’ skirt. Linda & Mark came at 11 a.m. and went to National for groceries and came back here for lunch. I restitched the back of her corduroy skirt. Lorene came at 4 p.m. to stay with me while Hilma is down at Effingham. Her friend came for her at 5:15 p.m. Forsythia starting to bloom.
Saturday, April 2, 1966
Lorene left around 11:45 a.m. to do some errands in town. Augie finished cleaning back and front yards and charged $7.50. Ann came in for awhile – said Mrs. Savorgino committed Ed to St. John’s Hospital. Lorene came back at 3:30 p.m. She has new eyeglasses, brought sack of Jonathan apples for 51 cents, a couple of pears, & a light bulb.
Sunday, April 3, 1966
Lorene left at 10:45 a.m. for church and came back at 1 p.m. I cut out Arlowyn’s dress. Frances, Kay and Donna came this aft. for Donna’s coat. Carol Chilton came at 7:30 p.m. with some of Bob’s slacks to be mended and some of her clothes to be altered. Worked on Arlowyn’s dress.
Monday, April 4, 1966
Worked on Arlowyn’s dress and shortened two for Carol Chilton. Linda & Mark came about 11 a.m. and stayed for lunch. They brought Hilma and me a darling Easter basket filled with candy eggs, chickens, rabbits, etc. They dropped Hilma off at shopping center and she got back about 3:30 p.m. Pat came for Lois’ skirt and left 2 boxes of Linda’s clothes she left there for Lois who bought $4.00 worth. Hilma is taking one of the dresses. Jenny Rodems got her things and left more to be altered. Mrs. Rice got her dresses late aft. Arlowyn came for a fitting tonight. Hilma brought 2 doz. eggs from her brother’s farm @ 32 cents doz. Received Easter card from S.S. class with signatures.
Tuesday, April 5, 1966
Worked on Carol Chilton’s clothes. Phoned Dr. Shriner’s office and talked to Eva. I’ve lost 12 lbs. in last 4 weeks. I’m to continue same diet prescribed by doctor March 5th. Linda & Mark here for a few minutes to get 2 boxes of her clothes that Pat left yesterday. Lorene bought $5.00 worth. Hilma’s brother, Robert, and nephew, Verne, stopped by this afternoon. Medicine from Marriott’s cost $3.97. Linda went to bunco party tonight and won 2nd and bunco prizes.
Wednesday, April 6, 1966
Reinforced 3 pr. Bob Chilton’s slacks and finished shortening Carol’s blue dress. Linda left Mark here while she went to dentist at 11:15 a.m. She got some clothes for Mark at M-W and Penney’s. Mary Ellen and Christy here tonight while Bill attended a union meeting. I gave Christy a sunsuit, and barrettes from Lorene.
Thursday, April 7, 1966
Finished Chilton things and shortened Jenny Rodems’ dress and skirt. Ann brought a sack of Jonathan apples this afternoon. Hilma went to church this evening. Linda brought 1 doz. eggs @ 40 cents doz.
Friday, April 8, 1966
Restitched zipper in Jenny Rodems’ blue formal and altered and shortened her black dress. Linda & Mark came at 11:30 a.m. with groceries from National and Gundy’s. They were here for lunch and Mark stayed here while Linda got a permanent at 1:30 p.m. Carol Chilton got her things this evening. Hilma went to church tonight. Received Easter card from Kathryn Gathard.
Saturday, April 9, 1966
Finished Arlowyn’s dress. Mary Ellen, Bill and Christina brought me a pot of tulips this a.m. Hilma and I dyed Easter eggs this afternoon.
Sunday, April 10, 1966
Easter. Hilma went to 9 a.m. service at Our Savior’s Church. Linda, Jerry & Mark came at 12:15 p.m. for dinner. Hilma took Jerry & Linda’s picture. She had on yellow skirt and printed top that I made and Mark wore topcoat and cap that I made. He had navy knee socks, navy shorts and white jacket. We had ham, potatoes on the half-shell, corn casserole, cauliflower with cheese sauce, cinnamon apple salad, hot rolls, cherry preserves, stuffed olives, carrot sticks, celery, sweet pickles, iced tea, and later in the afternoon we had angel food cake, ice cream and strawberries. Jerry spaded garden plot in back yard in afternoon. I mended a sheet.
Monday, April 11, 1966
Mended 2 sheets for baby bed for Linda and pink slip for self. Phoned Florence Trede, Naomi Laughlin, Lorene, Madeline Pettibone, Bert Clarke, Mrs. Kilpatrick, Marie Stehman, Edith Arnold, Bess Kenney, and Judy Jagow.
Tuesday, April 12, 1966
Mended my bra and started shortening 2 dresses and 3 skirts for Mary Ellen. She and Christina came this a.m. and stayed for lunch. She shampooed and set my hair. Buzz came for a few minutes in the a.m. Linda stayed home today to wait for Mr. Huston to service their TV. Phoned Mary Ellen Jennings tonight re ad in Jerome Bulletin.
Wednesday, April 13, 1966
Finished shortening Mary Ellen’s dresses and skirts. Linda & Mark came at 10:30 a.m. They went to National and Gundy’s for groceries and came back here for lunch. Linda cut out dress she embroidered and I started putting it together. She left Mark’s mittens and 2 of Jerry’s shirts for me to mend. Jenny Rodems came for her dresses and skirt I altered.
Thursday, April 14, 1966
Worked on Linda’s dress. Mary Ellen came for her things at noon. Lorene came at 1 p.m. and took Hilma to K-Mart – got 3 rose bushes and Lorene got me a white rose. Tax assessor came at 5:30 p.m. Linda entertained Willene and children for lunch today.
Friday, April 15, 1966
Worked on Linda’s dress. Stitched patches on elbows of Jerry’s shirt and mended Mark’s mittens. Linda & Mark came at 10 a.m. and took Hilma to grocery stores. They were here for lunch. Helen Anderson took Hilma to Heritage House for dinner tonight. Jane Brummett brought skirt to be mended tonight.
Saturday, April 16, 1966
Altered Jane Brummett’s skirt and she got it just before noon. Marie Stehman came around 12:30 p.m. with a lovely sweater, cap and booties for “baby-to-be” and a skirt to be altered. She took Arlowyn’s dress home. Hilma set out 4 rose bushes.
Sunday, April 17, 1966
Hilma went to church at 10:30 a.m. I finished Linda’s dress and shortened Marie’s skirt. Linda, Jerry & Mark came around 5 p.m. Carol Chilton sent some things to be altered; also some things she is through with – what Linda can’t use, I’ll give to Ann or Mary Ellen. Jerry worked a little while on garden plot.
Monday, April 18, 1966
Shortened Jerry’s blue shirt sleeves and mended one of Bob Chilton’s shirts that Jerry can use. Linda and Mark came at 10:30 a.m. He stayed with us while Linda got groceries and cashed a check for me at T&C Bank. She came back at noon and had lunch here. Ann came after she left and got some of the Chilton’s cast-offs. Mary Ellen and Christy came after supper and got a coat, 2 dresses, sweater, nightgown and jacket. Marie Stehman came before they left to get her skirt. Paris Japonica (Japanese Quince) in bloom.
Tuesday, April 19, 1966
Mended Bob Chilton’s trousers. Phoned Alice Carpenter and Olga Bentler. Bob, Marge and Minnie came at 5:30 for dinner. Hilma prepared roast beef with potatoes, carrots, onions and celery baked with the meat, green bean casserole, brown gravy, 7-Up salad, hot rolls, butter, cherry preserves, carrot sticks, celery, stuffed olives, sweet pickles, cottage pudding with lemon sauce and coffee. Linda went to play bunco tonight so Jerry and Mark stopped by for a few minutes. Cantralls left at 9:30.
Wednesday, April 20, 1966
Sewed ribbon on baby hood for Linda. She and Mark came around 11:30 a.m. and stayed for lunch. Ordered can of Metracal from Thrifty this a.m. Lengthened dress Mary Ellen and Bill gave me last Christmas. Olga Bentler mailed 2 cards, letter to Georgia, and gas bill for me this afternoon at shopping center.
Thursday, April 21, 1966
Shortened white coat, green dress and floral print dress for Mary Ellen. Ann came this aft. with some coat hangers. I phoned tax office re personal taxes and Woodside Disposal re garbage pickup cut to once a month.
Friday, April 22, 1966
Checked my summer dresses and restitched seams and re-hemmed one dress. Linda & Mark got our groceries and had lunch with us. Bert Clarke got her dress and coat tonight. Carol Chilton and Annette Hardin came for Bob’s slacks I mended. She brought some more shirts of Bob’s for Jerry and a sweater and 2 pr. of his pants for Ann.
Saturday, April 23, 1966
Started altering M. Garfield’s pajamas. Jane Brummett brought dress to be shortened and blanket to be re-bound. Later Carol Chilton brought a dress to be shortened.
Sunday, April 24, 1966
Hilma went to church at 10:30. I basted nylon binding on Brummett blanket and finished shortening her dress. Velma Jordan called this afternoon. Carol and Bobbi Kay came for her dress tonight. Jerry, Linda and Mark had dinner at the Bartlett’s today. Mary Ellen and Christy came for her white coat and 2 dresses I shortened.
Monday, April 25, 1966
Finished re-binding Jane Brummett’s blanket. Dorothy Roy brought a dress at noon to be mended and a skirt shortened, which I did today. Mrs. Skoog brought 2 skirts and blouse to be altered this aft. Ann came this evening to get Bob Chilton’s 3 pr. trousers and sweater.
Tuesday, April 26, 1966
Worked on Mrs. Skoog’s things. Mary Ellen and Christy came around noon, ate lunch here, then took Hilma and me for a ride around the lake to see red bud trees and other spring blossoms. We stopped at Dairy Queen – M.E. and Hilma had cones and got a cup of ice cream for Christy. We stopped at Walgreen’s and got 3 ½ lb. Metracal powder for $5.46, then Hilma cashed some checks at the bank. We stopped at Linda’s to see their tulips, then to Stinnett’s for pkg. of red petunia seeds. Augie VonBehren cut grass for first time for $1.50 this aft. Hilma planted petunia and zinnia seeds in round bed in back of house.
Wednesday, April 27, 1966
Worked on Mrs. Skoog’s things. Linda left Mark here this a.m. while she and Jerry went to doctor at 10:30. She got groceries for us and came back here for lunch. Doctor told Linda that baby is in position. Mrs. Skoog came at 2 p.m. Mr. Roy came for Dorothy’s dress after work. Ann came for Bob’s old shirts and pr. of Carol’s old jeans.
Thursday, April 28, 1966
Finished Mrs. Skoog’s and Carol Chilton’s alterations. Augie cut grass under table he missed Tuesday. Jerry, Linda & Mark here tonight. Brought their twin bed for storing in back bedroom. Phoned Handley Garbage Disposal to start picking up cans next Thursday (weekly).
Friday, April 29, 1966
Worked on Margaret Garfield’s p.j.’s. Linda & Mark came at 11:30. They’d stopped at Eisner’s and Walgreen’s and then had lunch here. Later, they went to Gundy’s. Hilma took 1:25 p.m. bus to town. She visited a friend in nursing home then bought a talisman rose bush (my advance birthday gift from her). Lorene came for a little while in aft. Mrs. Skoog came for her things and Mr. Johnson from Stern’s came to examine bed. Will pick up headboard tomorrow.
Saturday, April 30, 1966
Worked on M. Garfield’s p.j.’s. Stern’s men picked up headboard for repairing. They replaced it with another temporarily. Hilma pinned up my hair. Jerome Bulletin came today -- Mary Ellen Jennings inserted ad for me: “Alterations – If it doesn’t fit – don’t wear it.” Maxine Kirk phoned tonight re reservation for S.S. class dinner at the Heritage House on May 10th and I made 2 for Mary Ellen and me.
Sunday, May 1, 1966
Hilma went to 10:30 a.m. church. Talked to Mary Ellen this a.m. re being my guest at Heritage House on May 10th, and she invited me to dinner on May 8th, Mother’s Day. Worked on M. Garfield’s striped p.j.’s and blue dress hem. She and Marvin came this aft. with more clothes to be altered. Mark Jagow brought Gundy coupons for Linda this eve. Carol came for skirt and Arlowyn Maddox brought yellow dress to be taken in on sides. Hilma went to Concordia concert at SHS tonight with Louise Krueger.
Monday, May 2, 1966
Altered Arlowyn’s dress and shortened M. Garfield’s dress. Linda & Mark came at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. She washed and dried curtains for the nursery. Mrs. Merritt brought jacket tonight to be altered. Arlowyn got her dress at 9 p.m. Hilma planted talisman rose bush today.
Tuesday, May 3, 1966
Worked on and finished M. Garfield’s things. Hilma went to town this afternoon and visited Mrs. Dickerman at the Americana Nursing Home. Lorene came this aft. and brought some asparagus. Hilma came before she left. Mrs. Dorothy Christy brought a skirt to be shortened tonight.
Wednesday, May 4, 1966
Shortened Dorothy Christy’s skirt. Joanne Dunne brought jacket already cut out for me to finish. Stern’s picked up headboard again this afternoon as crack opened again in post. Bill left Mary Ellen and Christy here tonight while he attended union meeting.
Thursday, May 5, 1966
Worked on Mrs. Merritt’s jacket. Linda & Mark came at 10:30 a.m. and went for my groceries, then were here for lunch. Marvin Garfield came for Margaret’s clothes and left a jacket for mending. Augie cut grass again after school for $1.50. Arlowyn Maddox brought some things to be altered tonight; also newspaper picture of her with yellow dress on that I made. Dorothy Christy came tonight for her skirt.
Friday, May 6, 1966
Finished Mrs. Merritt’s jacket. Hilma planted rest of zinnia seeds this a.m. She went to shopping center this afternoon.
Saturday, May 7, 1966
Worked on Joanne’s jacket. Wes and Alice came at 10 a.m. and stayed for about an hour. Received a Mother’s Day card from Pat & Lois. Mrs. Merritt came for her jacket this evening.
Sunday, May 8, 1966
Mother’s Day. Hilma left at 10 a.m. for church. She, Louise and Emma having dinner at Lydia’s, then they’re driving to Mount Pulaski and Mason City. Mary Ellen, Bill and Christina came for me at 10:30 a.m. and took me to their home for dinner. I made shortcake and tossed salad and fixed radishes. We had fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, olives, radishes, dinner rolls and iced tea. Mr. and Mrs. Dougherty, Jerry, Linda and Mark were there, too. They left around 4 p.m. and M.E. and Bill asked me to stay all night. We had pizza, Pepsi, and chocolate pie (graham cracker crust) for supper. M.E. and Bill gave me a slip and 2 bras; J&L, a footstool or hassock; and Caryl & Jim, a rose bush in a pot.
Monday, May 9, 1966
Mary Ellen and Christy brought me home at 6:40 a.m., then they went home to eat breakfast, clean and straighten the house, and came back at 10:40 a.m. to shampoo and set my hair. I worked on Joanne’s jacket. Phoned Caryl to thank her for potted rose bush. She quit working at restaurant on April 30th. Mary Ellen and Christy left at 1 p.m. after having lunch here. Linda went to doctor at 3:45 p.m. She has to go back Saturday. She left Mark with Mary Ellen.
Tuesday, May 10, 1966
Worked on Joanne’s jacket. Mary Ellen and Christy came this a.m. with some groceries for me. Buzz was here in aft. Jane Brummett brought material and pattern for slip for Susan after work. Bill and Christy took M.E. and me out to the Heritage House for S.S. class meeting.
Wednesday, May 11, 1966
Hilma helped me cut out Susan’s slip and I worked on it rest of day. Linda & Mark came at 11 a.m. and then went to Gundy’s for groceries. She got me a sprinkling can for $1.04, 12 bars of Sweetheart Soap for 77 cents, and 39-cent spool of white thread for 23 cents at Goldblatt’s. They had lunch here. Jane and Susan Brummett here tonight to try on slip.
Thursday, May 12, 1966
Worked on Susan Brummett’s slip. Lorene came out tonight to get wool blanket she loaned Hilma and to deliver 2 books on Sangamon County I ordered for myself and Wes for Christmas gift. Mrs. Brummett left zipper for Susan’s slip on way home from work.
Friday, May 13, 1966
Olga Bentler brought draperies which I started shortening. Linda & Mark got us a few groceries and stayed for lunch.
Saturday, May 14, 1966
Worked on Bentler draperies and finished Susan Brummett’s slip which she got this noon. Rusty got draperies I finished this afternoon. Pat came at 4:50 and took Hilma and me to their house for dinner which was delicious – charcoal steak, hash-browned potatoes, tossed salad, hot bread, buttered corn, lemonade, and strawberry shortcake. They gave me a bottle of Avon body lotion for Mother’s Day – very nice!
Sunday, May 15, 1966
Hilma went to 10:30 a.m. church. Worked on Bentler draperies. Linda, Mark & Jerry came late afternoon with groceries for me. They didn’t go to Sunday School this a.m. Linda thinks she may go to hospital tonight or tomorrow morning. Jerry alerted his mother and Walt.
Monday, May 16, 1966
Jerry phoned from hospital about 5:30 a.m. to tell me Linda gave birth to a baby girl at 4:30 a.m., weight 8 lbs. 11 oz., 21" long, and named Jill Elaine. Oh, what wonderful news!! I phoned Mary Ellen, Lois, Jim, Minnie, Buzz, Ann, Judy Jagow, Lorene, Berdine, Peggy Bastas, Barbara Howard, Joyce Germann, Bess Kenney, Marie Stehman, and Olga Bentler. Phoned Frances Bartlett at 8 a.m. and Jerry was there and I talked to him a minute. Finished Benter draperies and started altering Arlowyn’s blue skirt. Lorene came late afternoon with a yellow rose bush. She got Jill a “coming home” outfit from Goldblatt’s. I ordered a pink shawl, sweater, cap and booties from Myers Bros. to be delivered to hospital tomorrow morning. Wrote letter to Carol Pickering. Mary Ellen is getting a diaper-changing tray from Penney’s for Jill. Augie cut grass late afternoon.
Tuesday, May 17, 1966
Worked on Arlowyn’s blue skirt. Frances went to see Linda and Jill this afternoon. Lorene took Hilma and me for a ride and we got a 2 lb. carton of cottage cheese at Gundy’s before coming home. Frances phoned to tell me about Linda and Jill, and Linda phoned this evening. Lorene had dinner with us tonight. Stern’s returned my headboard.
Wednesday, May 18, 1966
Finished Arlowyn’s things. Barb Howard went to see Linda and Jill this afternoon and phoned tonight to tell what a beautiful baby she is! Ray Bentler got rest of curtains this afternoon.
Thursday, May 19, 1966
Altered Lois’ skirt and shortened Emma Kreider’s dress. Joanne Dunne came for fitting at 2 p.m. Mrs. Warrington, Mary and Emma Kreider came at 5 p.m. Emma took her dress home. Linda phoned at 4:20 p.m. after Mary Ellen left. Arlowyn Maddox came for her clothes and left material for a suit, collar & cuffs, and her husband’s slacks to be cuffed. Mary Ellen and Christy came with Jill’s picture. She’s a doll! Jerry and Mark came while they were here. They left around 9 p.m. and Jerry & Mark stayed until 10:00.
Friday, May 20, 1966
Hilma hoed around rose bushes. I put cuffs in Cress Maddox’s slacks and pressed Lois’ skirt. Hilma went to Mother-Daughter Banquet at Our Savior Church with Louise Krueger tonight. Arlowyn and Cress came tonight to get slacks and left 5 more pair to be taken in at waist. She left tape for blue print suit.
Saturday, May 21, 1966
Worked on Joanne’s jacket. Linda, Jerry, Mark and Jill came at 3:05 p.m. Jill is a very beautiful baby. They left at 3:50 p.m. Carol Chilton is preparing their dinner tonight and Frances tomorrow’s. I phoned Mary Ellen and she’s getting our groceries tomorrow night.
Sunday, May 22, 1966
Hilma attended 10:30 a.m. church. I worked on Joanne Dunne’s jacket. Frances furnished dinner at 25 Dawn Drive. Mary Ellen entertained Pat & Lois for dinner. Mary Ellen, Bill and Christy took Hilma to Gundy’s for groceries tonight.
Monday, May 23, 1966
Finished Joanne’s jacket. Hilma replaced storm sash with screens at dinette table window. Linda, Jerry, Mark and Jill came this evening – Jerry put out some tomato plants in backyard. Hilma served ice cream and cake. They left at 9 p.m. (Stayed a little longer than expected on account of thundershower.)
Tuesday, May 24, 1966
Started altering Cress Maddox’s slacks. Hilma prepared food today for dinner we’re furnishing Linda tonight. Joanne Dunne came for her jacket at 3 p.m. Jerry came for us at 5:30 p.m. and we came home at 9:30. Had a nice time – saw Jill’s gifts, room, etc.
Wednesday, May 25, 1966
Cut out and basted red suit for Charlotte Jurgenson. She came at 7:30 for fitting – later got 1 yd. pellon and brought it to the door. Mary Ellen and Christy here for lunch. She got quart of paint for lawn furniture and painted underside of picnic table. Phoned Jerry – Linda had after-birth hemorrhaging and has to take it easy. Phoned Frances Bartlett about her and she reassured me that it’s nothing serious.
Thursday, May 26, 1966
Altered Cress Maddox’s slacks. Mary Ellen stayed with Linda today. Arlowyn came for slacks tonight. Augie VonBehren cut the grass this evening. Carol Chilton brought some clothes to be mended. I sent wrappers for fish puffs and Stokely’s fruit and vegetables – will get 50 cents for former and $1.00 for latter.
Friday, May 27, 1966
Finished Carol Chilton’s clothes which she picked up at 2 p.m. on way to Arizona. (Bob & children stayed in the car.) I worked on Charlotte J’s suit. Lorene came in late aft. and took Hilma to Gundy’s to get groceries.
Saturday, May 28, 1966
Worked on Charlotte’s suit and cut out jacket. Mary Ellen, Bill and Christy came this a.m. and finished painting picnic table. Jerry, Linda, Mark and Jill came this evening with a sack of radishes from their garden. I phoned Ann and she came over to see Jill. Bartletts left at 8:30 p.m. and Ann around 9:30. Linda brought a darling dress and panties for me to see that Carol Chilton gave Jill.
Sunday, May 29, 1966
Hilma went to church at 10:30 a.m. Bob, Marge, Anita, her mother, and Jimmy came at 4:30 p.m. and girls and families came soon after to visit. They were all gone by 7:00.
Monday, May 30, 1966
Memorial Day. Worked on Charlotte’s suit. Jerry, Linda, Mark and Jill came at 11:30 and took Hilma and me to Oak Ridge and Roselawn Cemeteries to decorate graves. They went home and came back at 2:40 p.m. with ice cream for picnic in our backyard. Pat & Lois, Mary Ellen, Bill, Christy, and Jim’s family were here, too. I furnished baked beans, corn casserole, scalloped potatoes, jello fruit salad, fryer, and rolls. M.E. brought potato salad, olives, and a fryer; Lois, lemon cake and fryer; and Caryl, potato chips, cookies, relish plate, 2 fryers and iced tea. We had a very nice time – boys and men played ball and croquet – Jim’s family was last to leave around 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 31, 1966
Finished Charlotte’s suit and jacket. Hilma hoed around rose bushes and watered them.
Wednesday, June 1, 1966
Cut out Arlowyn’s blue print outfit and started putting it together. Mrs. Kilpatrick brought 2 dresses to be shortened. Raymond McMillen, 9 Barbara Court, rented boat space in my garage for $6.00 per month. He fixed lock and will deduct $1.00 for same on next month’s rent (covers new part from Baker’s Hardware Co.).
Thursday, June 2, 1966
Worked on Arlowyn’s outfit. Mrs. Vogt brought several things to be altered. Kay and Donna Nichols and Mrs. Bartlett here this evening – left skirt to be shortened.
Friday, June 3, 1966
Mary Ellen and Christy took Hilma to get groceries this a.m. and stayed for lunch. Worked on Arlowyn’s outfit.
Saturday, June 4, 1966
Finished Arlowyn’s outfit. Lorene came at noon with 3 tomato plants which Hilma put out late afternoon.
Sunday, June 5, 1966
Hilma took cab to 10:30 church service as Louise Krueger was in Chicago attending a niece’s wedding. I shortened 2 dresses for Mrs. Kilpatrick. Jeanine Spilker [Hilma’s niece] arrived at 10 a.m. for a five-day visit. Betty Heiden brought her. Jeanine brought 2 ½ doz. eggs, a pkg. of steak (2 ½ lbs.), and a Mallard duck. She is very nice! Charlotte got her skirt and jackets and left material for a dress late afternoon.
Monday, June 6, 1966
Altered Mrs. Vogt’s dress and scarf. Linda, Mark, Jill, Mary Ellen and Christy came at 12:30 p.m. They’d been to Montgomery Ward’s to return 2 pr. shorts that were poorly made – they refunded the money. They took Hilma and Jeanine to shopping center. H&J got back about 5 p.m. Mrs. Greening brought some things to be altered while the girls were here. Augie cut the grass this evening. Gave Mark Jagow $1.00 towards collection for flowers for Ruby Bullard funeral. She was Ethel Burnett’s sister who committed suicide by connecting vacuum cleaner hose to car exhaust and put other end in her car. She was found dead in car by brother-in-law. Wrote letter to Wes & Alice enclosing clipping re Enos School that Linda had cut out of Register.
Tuesday, June 7, 1966
Altered Mrs. Greening’s clothes, shortened Mrs. Vogt’s skirt, and started shortening Kay’s skirt. Ordered diuretic pills from Marriott’s – $3.00. Mrs. Kilpatrick got her two dresses late afternoon and Mrs. Greening got hers tonight. Hilma and Jeanine washed windows today.
Wednesday, June 8, 1966
Made collar and cuffs for Arlowyn’s white sweater and shortened Kay’s skirt. Hilma and Jeanine went to Illinois Museum and Lincoln’s Home – left at 10:30 a.m. and got back at 5 p.m. Linda, Mark and Jill came around noon and had lunch with me.
Thursday, June 9, 1966
Altered Mrs. Greening’s son’s jacket and pants and daughter’s shorts. Linda, Mark and Jill came at 12:30 p.m. and stayed for lunch. She ordered some things from Sears and Penney’s and got them in my name so I’d get catalogs for fall & winter. Mrs. Vogt got her things this aft. Mary Ellen Jennings stopped by for my request for absentee ballot. Phoned American Ambulance Co. re servicing my lift. He’s coming at 7 p.m. (didn’t come).
Friday, June 10, 1966
Hilma and Jeanine left at 8:30 a.m. Jeanine is leaving on 10:30 Greyhound Bus for home. Hilma got a permanent after putting her on bus. Linda, Mark, Jill, Mary Ellen and Christy here about 11 a.m. Linda got ½ gal. chocolate ripple ice cream at Walgreen’s, 47 cents. They didn’t stay long. Hilma came home about 3 p.m. and helped me cut out Charlotte’s dress. Mrs. Greening got her things in a.m. M.E. Jennings stopped in aft. with application for ballot for me to sign. Sally Mosteka left some election materials. Ann brought 6 tomato plants this eve. and helped Hilma plant them. We now have eleven. I worked on Charlotte’s dress. Ordered dress for Linda and one for self from Penney’s. Checked Marie Stehman’s pattern and phoned her mother to have her call, but she failed to.
Saturday, June 11, 1966
Worked on Charlotte’s dress. Ray Westerfield came this a.m. to get catalog and cushion his wife sent for me to see. Marie Stehman came in aft. to pick up Arlowyn’s suit and collar and cuff set. She left material and pattern for her dress. Myrtle Spilker phoned long distance re Rita coming with Betty Heiden tomorrow night (10:30 p.m.).
Sunday, June 12, 1966
Finished Charlotte’s dress. Hilma went to 10:30 a.m. church. She went to dedication exercises for new church at Pleasant Plains with Louise and Lydia this aft. Rita Spilker [another niece of Hilma’s] and Betty Heiden arrived at 10 p.m. Rita brought 2 ½ doz. eggs, Mallard duck, and sirloin steak. Charlotte came at 2 p.m. for fitting. M.E. Jennings picked up ballot.
Monday, June 13, 1966
Cut out Marie Stehman’s dress. Hilma and Rita went to shopping center in a.m. and to Dr. Allen in p.m. Linda took Jill to doctor for 4-week checkup. She now weighs 10 lbs. (gained 1 lb. 5 oz. since birth). Mark stayed at Bartlett’s. I worked on Marie’s dress.
Tuesday, June 14, 1966
Worked on Marie’s dress. Charlotte came for her dress at 3 p.m. Mary Ellen, Bill and Christy came at 7 p.m. and took me to class meeting at Vivian Windsor’s. Had a fine time. Phoned American Ambulance Co. but no one came to fix lift.
Wednesday, June 15, 1966
Sent order for Christmas cards to Harry Doehla Co. Linda, Mark & Jill came at 11:30 p.m. M&J stayed here while she went for groceries. Worked on Marie Stehman’s dress. Manager of American Ambulance Company came at 7:30 to inspect lift. Will pick it up tomorrow a.m. Linda paid my Goldblatt’s bill, $1.04, and water bill. Jerry went to Geneva and car was damaged while parked there.
Thursday, June 16, 1966
American Ambulance service man took pump for lift to be checked re parts needed – took it at 9 a.m. and manager brought it back at 7:30 p.m. Parts will come Saturday or Monday. Rita and Hilma went to museum and Lincoln’s Home. Left at 9:45 a.m. and got back at 5:30 p.m. Marie came for fitting tonight. Mary Ellen and Christy here an hour, from 11:00 til noon. She is going to pay my telephone and gas bills. Hilma paid my Myers Bros. bill. Augie cut our grass this afternoon.
Friday, June 17, 1966
Worked on Marie’s dress. Lorene came out this aft. She came back from the Smokey Mountains Tuesday night. Brought Hilma a bracelet and me a container of Revlon spray powder. Rita left at 5:30 p.m. with Betty Heiden – should arrive home about 7 p.m.
Saturday, June 18, 1966
Worked on Marie’s dress. Linda, Mark & Jill came at 11 a.m. She left children here while she went to Penney’s and Sears to pick up orders; then to grocery stores. Had lunch here when she got back from town. They left about 4 p.m. Block party tonight but we didn’t go.
Sunday, June 19, 1966
Hilma went to 10:30 church service. I worked on Marie’s dress. In fact, I finished it. Bartletts had a picnic at Lake Springfield to celebrate Father’s Day and Mr. Bartlett’s, Mrs. Bartlett’s and Mrs. Dodds’ birthdays.
Monday, June 20, 1966
Hilma helped me cut out Marie Stehman’s rose dress. Linda, Mark & Jill came at 11 a.m. She left children here while she went to Bressmer’s to get panty girdle for herself and ½ yd. navy broadcloth for me. They had lunch here; also Lorene. Lorene brought a round mirror which Hilma hung in her room over chest of drawers. Also brought can of Hi-C Orange Drink. Marie came for fitting. Frances, Kay and Diane came before she left to get Kay’s skirt.
Tuesday, June 21, 1966
Buzz came at 9:30 a.m. and left at 10:30. Linda, Mark & Jill here for a little while around noon. Brought one doz. eggs from Bartlett’s – 40 cents. They didn’t stay for lunch. Minnie phoned in afternoon – her vacation started yesterday. Worked on Marie’s dress.
Wednesday, June 22, 1966
Worked on Marie’s dress. Mr. Nelson brought 2 pr. trousers to be let out. Ann got us ½ gal. milk tonight. She stayed for a little while.
Thursday, June 23, 1966
Worked on Marie’s dress. Linda, Mark & Jill came at 10:30 a.m. She left Jill here while she and Mark went to National. They had lunch here. Judy Jagow here for a little while collecting for M.S. contribution.
Friday, June 24, 1966
Worked on Marie’s dress. Mary Ellen and Christy came at 10:30 a.m. She shampooed and set my hair. Hilma trimmed her hair and we all left at noon. We stopped at MacDonald’s – Hilma and I got fish sandwiches and small Cokes, and Mary Ellen had a large Coke and a sack of french fries (she’s dieting). We then went to Municipal Bldg. and M.E. left my gift for Margaret Baker for her birthday (June 25th). We stopped at Myers Bros. where M.E. purchased a pair of black patent leather slippers ($7.00) for Christy. We drove past the Diller place, then to Goldblatt’s where Hilma got 50 ft. garden hose for me ($2.07), and a Hazel Bishop compact for 25 cents for herself. We stopped at DQ – Hilma and I got hot fudge sundaes and M.E. and Christy had a Coke. We stopped at Gundy’s then picked up Bill at work. Linda came at 9:49 p.m. with hot fudge sundae that Mark didn’t eat because he went to sleep.
Saturday, June 25, 1966
Worked on Marie Stehman’s dress. Linda, Mary Ellen & children came at 11 a.m. Hilma took care of children while M.E. & Linda took me to Dr. Link’s office for 11:30 appointment. Jerry met us there and, with Mary Ellen’s help, got me up steps. He went back to office. I had no cavities – all he did was clean my teeth. We came back here at 1:45 and Mary Ellen and Christy went home in their car. Linda dropped Hilma off at shopping center and Linda, Mark & I had sandwiches, french fries and Cokes at MacDonald’s. We were in the Olds but couldn’t shop because air conditioning was on the blink. We came home and had ice cream, then they went home.
Sunday, June 26, 1966
Mary Ellen, Bill and Christy came at 7:15 a.m. and took Hilma and me to Mount Pulaski to Hahn family reunion. We didn’t stay for dinner but rode around to pass the time and then ate in Lincoln. We picked up Hilma at 3:15 p.m. Bill and Christy got out at their house and Mary Ellen brought Hilma and me home. Hilma cut Mary Ellen’s hair and then M.E. went home.
Monday, June 27, 1966
Finished Marie’s dress which she got this evening. Linda, Mark & Jill came at 11 a.m. and we (including Hilma) went to Capital City and Town & Country Shopping Centers and Sears. Linda got replacement bottle warmer and their fall & winter catalog. We came back here for lunch. [Last 7 days, temperature above 90 degrees.]
Tuesday, June 28, 1966
Altered Mr. Nelson’s trousers which he got at 5 p.m.; he left draperies to be shortened. Helen McGrath brought material for a dress this eve. Pleasant Nursery men trimmed and sprayed trees and shrubs this a.m. Linda went to bunco party tonight.
Wednesday, June 29, 1966
Worked on Nelson’s draperies. Alan, Sadie and three children came this a.m. I sent card to Wes & Alice re potluck in our backyard Sunday evening. Phoned Minnie, Pat, M.E. and Linda about it. Lorene phoned that she was leaving for Minnesota around 1 p.m.
Thursday, June 30, 1966
[High 94 degrees] Worked on draperies. Linda & children came at 11:30. Jill stayed with Hilma and Mark & I went with Linda to American Savings & Loan, dry cleaners and Penney’s. Linda exchanged slip, 1st prize at bunco Tuesday, for a printed blouse. We had lunch at Top’s Big Boy, then came home. She and Mark went to get groceries, then came back for Jill, and went home. Mrs. Nelson got white draperies this eve. Ann loaned us a cup of flour this a.m. as Hilma didn’t have enough for rolls.
Friday, July 1, 1966
[High 97] Worked on Nelson draperies. Buzz came this aft. with two chairs and table for Sunday. Augie cut the grass this a.m. Hilma gave Ann the cup of flour we borrowed yesterday. Hilma baked ½ recipe of oatmeal cookies. Linda said they’re getting Chilton’s window air conditioning unit. Phoned Minnie and she said Wes phoned they’re coming tomorrow. At 11:25 a.m., 21 railroad cars derailed, sending much debris onto Wabash Ave., colliding with a semi-trailer truck and completely destroying it. The truck driver miraculously escaped injury. Our electricity was off about 2 hrs. More than one million dollars in damage. Traffic re-routed down Iles and Leonard.
Saturday, July 2, 1966
[High 97] Worked on draperies. Linda & family came at 4:45 p.m. to take me to Searches for dinner. Later we all went to see their trailer court. Then we went back to their house again. We got back here at 11:15 p.m.
Sunday, July 3, 1966
[High 97] Hilma went to Trinity Lutheran Church in cab for 9 a.m. service. Alan and family came at 4:30 p.m. Bob & Marge came soon after, then Wes & Alice, Minnie, Pat & Lois, Mary Ellen, Bill & Christy, and Linda, Jerry, Mark & Jill came last at 6:15. We had a delicious potluck dinner in backyard. Bob and Marge were last to leave at about 10:30 p.m. Mr. McMillen paid balance of $5.00 on July rent for garage (he paid $1.00 a month ago for lock, to be applied on July rent).
Monday, July 4, 1966
[High 97] Worked on draperies. Linda & family came for Hilma and me at 7:40 p.m. and took us to Chilton’s to see their fireworks display. They served tutti-fruiti ice cream (home made), cookies and iced tea (Kool-Ade for children).
Tuesday, July 5, 1966
[High 100] Worked on draperies. Linda and children came at 11:30 a.m. Linda, Mark & I went to Springfield Marine Bank to get my Series H Bonds out of safe deposit box and took them to Town & Country Bank to have them sent in to be redeemed. Also paid electric bill and got Jill 2 sleeveless tops at Sears. Stopped at Walgreen’s for ½ gal. ice cream, then home for lunch. Hilma took care of Jill. Received Spiegel’s fall & winter catalog. The Chiltons were at Linda’s last night – brought air conditioner & installed it.
Wednesday, July 6, 1966
[High 96] Bob Chilton changed outlet for Linda & Jerry so air conditioner is operating for first time today. Hilma went to shopping center this a.m. to cash checks at bank and do a little shopping. Joyce German brought clothes to be altered in evening.
Thursday, July 7, 1966
[High 88] Worked on draperies. Linda and children came at 11:30 a.m. Mark & Linda got groceries at Gundy’s and National. They came back here for lunch. Linda brought dress Anita gave Jill – it certainly is darling.
Friday, July 8, 1966
[High 94] Finished draperies and started altering Jane Brummett’s dress. Augie cleaned small branches from my bedroom roof (been there for about a month). Linda and children went to Myers Bros. this a.m. She bought white shoes and purse for herself and pr. of Hush Puppies for Mark, which were reduced for “Old-fashioned Bargain Days.” Ann here for a little while in aft. to give me a few pointers on applying pleating tape on draperies.
Saturday, July 9, 1966
[High 101] Finished altering Jane Brummett’s dresses. Buzz here this a.m. and Maymie and Johnny Lazar here around noon. They brought 3 gallon jugs of distilled water. I phoned Mrs. Nelson and she said they would pick up draperies this afternoon, but they didn’t come.
Sunday, July 10, 1966
[High 105 – new record] Hilma went to 10:30 church service in cab. I altered Joyce German’s 2 dresses and 1 pr. shorts. Buzz here in a.m. with 4 bass he’d just caught. We had them for lunch. Jane got her dresses this afternoon.
Monday, July 11, 1966
[High 104] Mary Ellen and Christy came at 11 a.m. and she gave me a permanent. They were here for lunch. She drove Hilma to Gundy’s for groceries and left at 2:40 p.m. to pick up Bill. Mrs. Rilling brought material for flower girl dress for 5-year-old daughter. I started shortening Mrs. Rice’s coat. Mr. Nelson got their draperies this eve. Joyce German came for her clothes this evening. Rosemary Sommers came with her and left 2 skirts to be shortened and/or mended. Received letter from Clyde & Hazel re sending money from Della’s estate to the children and wanting their addresses. I answered and Olga Bentler mailed letter for me this evening.
Tuesday, July 12, 1966
[High 106] Sent 2 ends from Kellogg’s Variety Pack for 25 cents today. Finished shortening Mrs. Rice’s coat. Margaret Baker phoned to ask what I wanted for a birthday gift. Mrs. Rice came for her coat at 5:30. Mary Ellen, Bill and Christy came at 7 p.m. and took me to Ethel Haenig’s for class meeting. Had a very nice time.
Wednesday, July 13, 1966
[High 106] Hilma gave me a Hazel Bishop compact and Tussy lipstick for my birthday. How sweet! I cut out Helen McGrath’s dress. Lorene, Linda, Mark and Jill here for lunch. Linda got groceries at Gundy’s and after they left, Lorene took Hilma to shopping center to get 1 gal. vanilla and ½ gal. peach ice cream. Lorene gave me a pink bath towel, two medium size, one guest, and one washcloth. After she left, Margaret Baker came and gave me a kitchen clock, $1.00 book of 5-cent stamps, sewing machine bulb, needles, and pkg. tracing carbon. Linda, Jerry, Mark, Jill, Mary Ellen, Bill and Christy came in evening. L&J gave me a Speidel Twist-o-Flex watchband; Mark & Jill, a cancelled check file; M.E., Bill & Christy, electric scissors. We had strawberry-fudge (Fudge Berry Parfait Royale) ice cream that Linda brought and angel food cake (beautifully decorated) that Hilma baked, and iced tea. Jerry put up kitchen clock.
Thursday, July 14, 1966
[High 100] Worked on Helen McGrath’s dress. Phoned Margaret re returning clock as wrong color (should be red or white instead of yellow). Used electric scissors for a minute and nut came off and screw fell inside case. Phoned American Ambulance Co. and they’re picking up lift tomorrow at 8 a.m. Also phoned Mr. Huston re TV picture shrinking.
Friday, July 15, 1966
Worked on Helen McGrath’s dress. Linda & children came at 11 a.m. I looked after Jill while Hilma, Linda and Mark went to shopping center. They came back for lunch, then Linda went to dentist. Lorene came after she came back. Lorene brought two of Judy’s skirts to be made smaller. American Ambulance Co. service man got my lift at 10 a.m. and brought it back at 8:45 p.m. – charged $24.42 for replacing shaft in pump and repainting. Mary Ellen and Christy came this eve. to get electric scissors to be exchanged for a mattress pad; also gave her coupons for toilet paper (4 rolls for 19 cents) and roll of aluminum foil for 14 cents at Ace Hardware Co.
Saturday, July 16, 1966
Worked on Helen’s dress and started shortening Rosemary Sommers’ white skirt. Judy Jagow came in for a little while this evening and left when Mary Ellen brought items I ordered from Ace Hardware. She didn’t stay as Bill and Christy were in the car. Lorene and Norma Gurske came later. She took one skirt back as she’s decided not to have it altered.
Sunday, July 17, 1966
[High 94] Hilma went to 10:30 church service with Louise Krueger. After dinner, she went with Louise to New Salem, then back to Lydia’s for supper. She got home at 9:45 p.m. I worked on Helen McGrath’s dress and she came at 1 p.m. for fitting.
Monday, July 18, 1966
[High 103] Linda and children came at 11 a.m. Linda and Mark went to get groceries, then back here for lunch. She also took clock back to Mid-State Appliance Co. and they refunded the money.
Tuesday, July 19, 1966
[High 96] Finished Rosemary’s skirts. She came for them this eve. Alma Fletcher brought dress for zipper restitching tonight. Received Christmas cards from Doehla Co.
Wednesday, July 20, 1966
Cut out Rilling girl’s dress and started putting it together. Restitched Alma’s dress which she got this eve. Phoned Olga Bentler and she said I could use one of her portable sewing machines while Hilma is on vacation.
Thursday, July 21, 1966
Mrs. Rilling and Wendy came at 10:30 a.m. for fitting. Linda and children came at 11:30. We went to MacDonald’s for lunch (2 hamburgers for 15 cents - we got 4 with french fries and Cokes). It was warm in car in the sun so Linda drove to Washington Park and we ate under a shady tree; then we went to Mel-o-creme Donut Shop and bought 1 doz. decorated donuts, 89 cents (after 10 cent coupon was applied). She took ½ doz. and I took ½ doz. Hilma treated us to sundaes at DQ (Mark ate a little of Linda’s). We came home, she fed Jill, then Mark went with her for groceries at National. They left a little after 4 p.m. I made out order to NPC Fashions, Warren, Pa., for dress for Linda and one for self. Hilma and I ate dinner outdoors tonight.
Friday, July 22, 1966
Finished Helen McGrath’s dress and she got it this evening. Received letter from Charles Spaulding with WJS legacy enclosed. Lorene phoned around noon that she was going to Myra’s for the weekend.
Saturday, July 23, 1966
Altered Linda’s things and Jerry’s shirt. She phoned that she received a check for $200 from Uncle Clyde and Aunt Hazel with a letter. Mary Ellen came this afternoon to shampoo and set my hair. I phoned Linda re movie star’s name I couldn’t remember and she supplied the name, Kirk Douglas. Then she asked Mary Ellen if she got a check from Clyde and Hazel and she said she did for the same amount.
Sunday, July 24, 1966
Hilma went to church at 10:30 a.m. I phoned Esther and Clifford Search at 11:30. They got back last night. Linda phoned she saw Ed Savorgino at Sunday School this morning. Altered Judy Gurske Sears’ skirt today. Esther & Clifford came tonight to pick up my check for Wedgewood Acres stock.
Monday, July 25, 1966
Worked on Wendy Rilling’s dress. Linda and children came at 11:30 a.m. Hilma watched Jill while Mark, Linda and I went to Town & Country Bank and Bank of Springfield for CD’s. Then we had lunch at MacDonald’s and stopped at Gundy’s for potato chips and watermelon. We came home and after feeding Jill, she, Mark and Hilma went to shopping center for groceries. I took care of Jill. They went home about 3:45. Mrs. Beckman came at 4 p.m. with jacket she wants me to copy. She took it with her as she has to get material.
Tuesday, July 26, 1966
Hazel Estill came at 11 a.m. with dress to be altered and material for 4 new ones. I sent letter and signed receipt to Charles H. Spaulding. Mary Ellen brought zipper she exchanged at K-Mart for Rosemary’s blouse and spool of light blue thread. Bill brought her and, of course, Christy came too. Madeline Pettibone and Mary Eastham came tonight to make plans for Sunday School potluck here next month. Linda went to Clara’s for bunco party tonight. Received Penney’s fall & winter catalog today. Started altering Rosemary Sanders’ blouse and Hazel’s pink stripe dress.
Wednesday, July 27, 1966
Finished altering Hazel’s dress and Rosemary’s blouse; also worked on Wendy’s dress. Hazel’s daughter, granddaughter and girl friend came for Hazel’s dress this eve. I phoned Norma Gurske – she hasn’t heard from Lorene.
Thursday, July 28, 1966
Mary Ellen and Christy came at 10:45 a.m. Christy stayed here while Mary Ellen went for haircut. She came back here for lunch. Hilma gave her a “Quick” Permanent. Linda and children came at 12:30. They stayed for lunch, too. Jill stayed here while Mark and Linda got groceries at National. Mary Ellen and Christy left at 2:30 to get Bill. She’s going to get my Sears catalog. Linda and children left around 3 p.m. Lorene came back from Evansville at 3:30. Mrs. Beckman came at 4 p.m. with material for jacket and husband’s underpants. Mended a knitted shirt and pair of shorts for Mark.
Friday, July 29, 1966
Cut out Mrs. Beckman’s jacket and started putting it together. Hilma went to town this morning and came back at 12:50 p.m. One of Mary Ellen’s ironing customers left some clothes here this evening and M.E. picked them up. She brought mattress pad she got in place of electric scissors they gave me for my birthday; also brought Sears catalog.
Saturday, July 30, 1966
Worked on Mrs. Beckman’s jacket. Linda’s and my dresses came from NPC. Linda and Jerry went to the Lincoln Theater tonight and Mrs. Bartlett babysat for them.
Sunday, July 31, 1966
Hilma went to 10:30 church service. Jerry and Mark came for us at noon and took us to their house for a delicious dinner. Linda served charcoal roast, baked potatoes, tossed salad, green beans, rolls, and angel food cake with whipped cream and tinted miniature marshmallow frosting; iced tea with dinner, and coffee with the cake & ice cream which she served mid-afternoon. They brought us home at 6 p.m. I worked on Mrs. Beckman’s jacket.
Monday, August 1, 1966
Finished Mrs. Beckman’s jacket. Hilma thought she saw smoke coming from under sink. I asked Mr. Welton to come to investigate it on his way home from work, but he couldn’t find anything wrong. Received Wedgewood Acres stock today. Rita brought her prom dress and pictures of her wearing the dress and her boyfriend. Lorene came late afternoon with a honey dew melon and some carrots – the latter she got from her aunt.
Tuesday, August 2, 1966
Linda and children came at 11:30 and had lunch, then Hilma and I went with them to get groceries. We came back at 2 p.m. Linda fed Jill and then they left around 3:00. Mrs. Beckman came for her jacket at 4:30. I ripped Mr. Beckman’s shorts for a pattern and finished Wendy Rilling’s dress.
Wednesday, August 3, 1966
Cut out and worked on Mr. Beckman’s “underpants”. Mrs. Rilling and her two children came at 4 p.m. Wendy tried on dress and it is all right. Mrs. R. left ribbon for belt. Willene and her children went to Linda’s for lunch.
Thursday, August 4, 1966
Emma Kreider came at 3 p.m. to leave dress to be lengthened. Worked on Mr. Beckman’s underwear and fixed ribbon on Wendy’s dress. Hilma went to shopping center at 10:05 a.m. and came back at 1:30 p.m. Lorene phoned – she’s getting a “Caprice” car, 1966 (demonstrator) – is giving her 1959 Chevy to Judy.
Friday, August 5, 1966
Mrs. Rilling came at 11 a.m. to get Wendy’s dress. Linda and children came at 11:30. Buzz came a little later with 7 bass. He left after a little visit and then Linda, Mark and I went to National, Goldblatt’s and Walgreen’s. Linda got 2 cake stands for me at Goldblatt’s for $2.08. We came back home for lunch and Lorene came before we were through and ate with us. She had her new car! Linda and Mark went to Gundy’s and back to Goldblatt’s – she got Mark pr. canvas shoes, Jill 2 little suits, and an ironing board pad and cover. They left about 4 p.m.
Saturday, August 6, 1966
Worked on Mr. Beckman’s underwear and Emma Kreider’s dress shortening. Judy Jagow brought her coat material, a dress and jacket she’s making for me to see this afternoon. Linda & family came at 6:45 p.m. and took Hilma and me to Delia Wells’ wedding at 8 p.m. at Sharpsburg Methodist Church. Hilma gave her a cake stand and we gave her a “lazy susan”.
Sunday, August 7, 1966
Hilma went to 10:30 church service. I finished Mr. Beckman’s underwear and Emma’s dress hem. Jane Brummett brought dress she burned with cigarette for me to mend this afternoon.
Monday, August 8, 1966
Linda and children came at 11:30 and we went to MacDonald’s for lunch, then to Springfield Marine Bank to deposit CD’s and stock in safe deposit box; paid city electric bill and balance of account with Thrifty Drug Store. We came home about 1:30 p.m. and, after Jill was fed, Linda, Mark & Hilma went to shopping center. They left for home about 3:30. I fixed her skirt which she took home. I also cut out Hazel Estill’s dress and started sewing on it. Mary Kreider came for Emma’s dress about 4:30. I ordered some pants for Mark from Spiegel’s and a draw sheet for self; also ordered shirts and pants for Mark from Sears for Linda. Augie cut the grass.
Tuesday, August 9, 1966
Worked on Hazel’s dress. Augie trimmed grass close to house and front of rose bush on east side. Gave Ann 2 skirts that Mrs. Smith doesn’t want that have been here 3 years. Linda took Jill to doctor today and she weighs 11 lbs. 12 oz. and 25" long – starts eating fruits and vegetables. Mary Ellen shampooed and set my hair this afternoon. Bill brought her as he’s on vacation. Fritz Bentler rented garage for $6.00 per month. Sunday School class met here tonight for potluck. Madeline Pettibone and Muriel Eastham were co-hostesses. Hilma made dessert consisting of graham cracker crust, cream cheese and Dream Whip filling, with cherry topping. We also furnished tea and coffee – 16 attended, including Hilma and myself. Linda went to bunco party at Beverly Russell’s – she won booby prize – dish towels.
Wednesday, August 10, 1966
Removed strip from Jane Brummett’s dress that had cigarette burns. Worked on Hazel Estill’s dress. Mrs. Beckman came for her husband’s underwear this afternoon. Joyce German came for Rosemary Sanders’ blouse tonight. Madeline Pettibone brought percolator cord she took by mistake last night. Spiegel’s phone Linda that Mark’s pants are in.
Thursday, August 11, 1966
Worked on Hazel’s dress. Linda and children came at 11 a.m. and stayed for lunch. Ann came for 2 chairs she loaned us Tuesday. Lorene brought some sleeping pills for me this afternoon. Bert Clarke brought 3 dresses to be altered after work. Jane Brummett got her dress tonight. Linda and family came tonight with suitcase for me to use. Ray Bentler brought portable sewing machine this morning for me to use at Linda’s. Jill had picture taken in afternoon by “Jay Home Portraits”. Hilma’s brother, Robert, and his two sons came for her this afternoon to have lunch with them and she brought a hot fudge sundae for me (19 cent special at Dairy Queen).
Friday, August 12, 1966
Hazel came at 10:45 a.m. for fitting. She gave me $2.00 for belting and buckles. I packed clothes for week’s stay at Linda’s. Jim came at 2 p.m. (5 youngest children with him) and brought me to Linda’s. Jerry went to Danville today and came home about 5:30. Alma, Verne, Gaylord, Jeanine and Rita Spilker came for the State Fair this a.m. and took Hilma home with them. Gaylord won 1st place in 4-H tractor contest.
Saturday, August 13, 1966
Jerry worked at office today. Worked on Bert Clarke’s clothes. Linda, Jerry, Mark and Jill went to Sunday School class potluck at church tonight.
Sunday, August 14, 1966
Worked on Bert’s alterations. Linda & family didn’t go to church today. Linda had a delicious turkey dinner. Jerry painted fence in backyard.
Monday, August 15, 1966
I took care of Jill while Linda and Mark went to Goldblatt’s and my home to get angel food cake pan, skirt marker, Mary Ellen’s hair dryer, and anniversary card I want to send Mary Ellen and Bill. I worked on Hazel’s dress. Bert came for her dresses at 6:30 p.m. Jerry cut their yard this evening.
Tuesday, August 16, 1966
Sent anniversary card to Bill and Mary Ellen. I received one from them. Cut out Hazel’s brown dress. Jerry went to Ottawa. He brought Mark a book of gummed pieces to paste on “Bozo” pictures and I helped him with some of them.
Wednesday, August 17, 1966
Linda and Mark went to Spiegel’s to get his pants this morning. I ironed my lilac and blue plaid dresses. Worked on Hazel’s dress. Lorene and her grandsons came this evening. Linda took care of Christy while M.E. and Bill went to Lincoln Theater to see “Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number” to celebrate their third wedding anniversary.
Thursday, August 18, 1966
Worked on Hazel’s dress. Linda and Mark went to National and Eisner’s to get groceries this a.m. and I took care of Jill. Frances Bartlett and Donna came while they were gone. Linda, Jerry and Mark were going to the Fair tonight but too stormy. She and I re-covered arm on brown wheelchair tonight. Mr. Shuster from Jay Home Portraits picked up Jill’s proofs in a.m. Lorene received her $100,000 check from Spaulding Estate.
Friday, August 19, 1966
Worked on Hazel’s brown dress, cut out the blue one and worked on it. Shortened Linda’s embroidered dress and mended Mark’s shirt. Phoned Illinois State Register to advise them to resume my newspaper delivery Sunday morning and Jim to move my things and take me home tomorrow afternoon. Jerry, Linda and Mark went to the Fair tonight. Mrs. Bartlett took care of Jill. Diane met J&L&M at fairgrounds and they took her home. Mark brought home a double balloon, gas-filled, from the Fair and Linda brought a box of black walnut taffy. They also had pkg. from Penney’s that Jerry had picked up at noon and left at office. Linda’s carcoat is very nice; also Pat’s and Jim’s shirts (Christmas gifts), M.E. and Bill’s wedd. ann. gift (2 skillets), M.E.’s slim jim’s (birthday gift), and Mark’s navy corduroy pants.
Saturday, August 20, 1966
Worked on brown dress for Hazel. Jim came for me about 3:30 and took me home. The five youngest children came, too. Mary Ellen and Christy came at 4 p.m. but went back home. They all came back at 6 p.m. [to stay with me for a week]. Kay Nichols brought drapery material at 7 p.m., then we went for a ride around the fairgrounds, picked up rolls and onions at Dougherty’s, stopped at National for groceries and Walgreen’s for ice cream. We had root beer floats before going to bed. Received quarter from “Kellogg” in the mail.
Sunday, August 21, 1966
I baked a lemon pie and worked on Hazel’s blue dress. Bill went to his folks in a.m. – his mother fell going into the house last night and has several bruises.
Monday, August 22, 1966
Worked on Hazel’s blue dress. Esther and Nancy Search came for their folding tables this aft. Received a postcard from Hilma today. Augie cut the grass late afternoon. Bill went back to work after 2 weeks vacation. He and Christy went home to get Linda’s rug cleaner and left it there after supper. Mary Ellen and Christy went to Gundy’s for groceries later. Ordered belting and buckles for Hazel’s dresses from Bressmer’s. Mark Jagow got all of our catalogs. Phoned Social Security office in reply to August 12th letter from them re disability benefits.
Tuesday, August 23, 1966
Worked on Hazel’s dresses. Belting and buckles for her dresses came from Bressmer’s. M.E., Bill and Christy delivered ironing she has been working on since they came here and took Linda’s floor scrubber to her this eve. Linda had bunco party tonight.
Wednesday, August 24, 1966
Worked on Hazel’s dresses. Linda and children came at 11:30. We took my toaster to B&M Electric Co., Linda’s clothes to dry cleaners, purchased candy at Thrifty’s, picked up draw sheet and Mark’s pants at Sears, and stopped at Hill Bros. and Goldblatt’s looking for house slippers for M.E. and Christy. Linda left children here while she went to doctor at 4 p.m. We had lunch at MacDonald’s and dessert at DQ. Baked butterscotch pie and helped Mary Ellen make Hungarian Goulash. Mark Jagow brought catalogs back. Stitched Bill’s trousers.
Thursday, August 25, 1966
Worked on Hazel’s dresses. Lorene came late afternoon. Brought some white grapes for Christy and a footstool she covered for Bernice Hanson so that we could see it. Ordered house slippers for M.E. and Christy and a sweater for the latter. Bought 60 cent ticket from Welch boy for Boy Scout donuts from Mel-o-creme.
Friday, August 26, 1966
Worked on Hazel’s dresses. Linda and children came at 11:30 and we all went to MacDonald’s for lunch. Linda got p.j.’s from Sears to give Brian for his birthday and 3 prs. socks for me to give. We got 1 doz. donuts at Mel-o-creme.
Saturday, August 27, 1966
Worked on Hazel’s dresses. Went to Springfield Drive-In with M.E., Bill and Christy to see “Torn Curtain” with Julie Harris and Paul Neuman, and second picture featured Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.
Sunday, August 28, 1966
Went to Chilton’s tonight with Jerry, Linda and children for Brian’s 2-year birthday party. M.E. and Bill stayed here until Hilma came at 10:15 p.m.
Monday, August 29, 1966
Mary Ellen and Christy came at 10:30 a.m. and Linda and children came at 11:30. M.E. went to MacDonald’s for hamburgers and french fries. She went to Spiegel’s to get house slippers for herself and sweater for Christy. She brought them for us to see. Linda and children had already left.
Tuesday, August 30, 1966
Worked on Hazel’s dresses. Linda and children came at 9:15 a.m. as Linda had appointment with Dr. Weisbaum for her eyes. She brought hamburger, 3 rolls and 4 tomatoes for our lunch. She took Mark to Columbia Studio for his 3 ½ yr. picture. Hilma and I took care of Jill. She got me pkg. Alka-Seltzer but wouldn’t let me pay for it.
Wednesday, August 31, 1966
Finished Hazel’s dresses. American Ambulance Co. man picked up pump for my lift as George Maurer is taking it to Peoria to be repaired. Hilma went to town at 11:25 a.m. and came back about 4:30 p.m. Linda & family came at 10:30 p.m. Jerry helped get me on bed as “lift” not fixed.
Thursday, September 1, 1966
George Maurer brought pump for lift at 7:30 a.m. Hazel Estill came for her dresses at 10:45 a.m. Linda and children came for lunch. We had fried fish that Bill’s father caught and Linda brought 2 pkgs. frozen french fries. She went to shopping center for groceries and bunco prizes. We kept Jill and Mark. Hazel Estill, Janet & Kelly came after supper. Janet left material for dress and 2 skirts. I have her pattern and scraps I overlooked giving her this a.m. Mary Ellen and Christy came for their toaster. I gave her money to get Upjohn Unicaps (130 for $3.11 plus tax). Started making Kay’s draperies.
Friday, September 2, 1966
Worked on Kay’s draperies. Ann brought some tomatoes this aft. Lorene came late aft. Received first check from Wedgewood Acres. Started taking “water” tablets.
Saturday, September 3, 1966
Worked on Kay’s draperies. Linda and children came at noon with hamburgers and french fries from MacDonald’s. She and Mark went shopping and left Jill here. Judy Jagow came to see her and 3 mos. picture. Linda gave me one – it’s perfect!! Augie VonBehren has a 1961 Plymouth “Valiant” car.
Sunday, September 4, 1966
Hilma went to 10:30 a.m. church service. Worked on Kay’s draperies. Warren and Lynn Sutton called on me this evening.
Monday, September 5, 1966
Labor Day. Cut out Janet Butcher’s dress and started working on it. Kay and Donna came with weights for draperies this afternoon. Mrs. Phelps brought 3 dresses and jacket to be altered. I shortened one of her dresses and jacket this aft. & evening. Tom and Marian Gilroy, Elsie and Wilna came for a nice visit tonight. Mary Ellen and Bill had his mother and dad for dinner tonight.
Tuesday, September 6, 1966
Worked on Janet Butcher’s dress. Mrs. Phelps got her dress and jacket at 4 p.m. Linda entertained her bunco club tonight. Mary Ellen was a substitute player.
Wednesday, September 7, 1966
Worked on Janet Butcher’s dress. Linda and children came at 12:10 p.m. and Hilma and I went with them to Burger Chef for sandwiches, cokes and french fries. Then we went to Southtown Radio Co. to pick up Hilma’s radio she left for repair, then to DQ for cones, then back home, but Linda went back to town as she had appointment with Dr. Link. Janet came tonight for fitting. Linda got me 2 pink washcloths at Sears @ 59 cents each.
Thursday, September 8, 1966
Worked on Janet’s dress. Linda and children came at 12:30 p.m. She had Mark’s proofs and they are excellent. She fed Jill, then had lunch here with Mark. I had eaten previously and Hilma had lunch with Lydia at Walgreen’s. Lydia came in when she brought her home. She’s very friendly. Linda washed my electric blanket.
Friday, September 9, 1966
Finished Janet Butcher’s dress and started altering Mrs. Phelps’ dresses. Hilma went to Bertha Volkman’s today; also took her radio back to Southtown Radio Repair Shop. Olga Bentler brought a white jersey dress with a cigarette burnt spot for me to repair.
Saturday, September 10, 1966
Finished Mrs. Phelps’ dresses. Linda and children came around noon. I went with them to MacDonald’s and the Dairy Queen for lunch. Hilma took care of Jill. Ann phoned that Augie isn’t cutting grass anymore. Olga Bentler brought a jacket for me to see at 5 p.m. Watched “Miss America” show tonight – first time on “NBC” and in color! Very beautiful.
Sunday, September 11, 1966
Hilma went to church in a.m. with Louise Krueger. I gave her 50 cents for last Sunday and this Sunday portion of transportation. Mended Olga’s dress and worked on Kay’s draperies. Started to cut out one of Janet Butcher’s skirts but not enough material. She and sister came this afternoon with additional material and they took the black dress home. Olga and Ronda came in aft. Ronda paid $6.00 garage rent for period 9/9 to 10/9/66. Olga brought suit to show flaw before returning it to store to get reduction in price. She took white dress home, too.
Monday, September 12, 1966
Linda and children took Mary Ellen to Dr. Irvine to check contact lenses, then they came here for lunch. M.E. shampooed and set my hair. Linda took 2 dresses to Mrs. Phelps on way home. Social Security man called at 3:40 p.m. re filing for disability benefits. Phoned Dr. Shriner’s office re same. Cut out 2 skirts for Janet Butcher and started putting green one together. Susan Brummett brought pr. navy Levi’s to be tapered between knee and ankle. Linda gave me one of Mark’s 3 ½ yr. pictures taken at Columbia.
Tuesday, September 13, 1966
Worked on Janet’s two skirts. Hilma went to a rest home to visit with a friend this afternoon. Southtown Radio Co. brought her radio back this p.m. Linda took children to Myers Bros. in a.m. for photographs. She and I went to my Sunday School class wiener roast at Esther Search’s tonight.
Wednesday, September 14, 1966
Finished Janet’s skirts and worked on Kay’s draperies. Linda left Jill here while she took Mark to Dr. Link at 11:30 a.m. He had no cavities. Hilma and I went with them to MacDonald’s for lunch, then to B&M Electric Co. to get my toaster, charged $2.75. Then we went to DQ and then home. Linda had a flat tire as she started to leave. She phoned Jerry at home and he came and changed the tire. He left in Chevy as he wanted to get the tire repaired. Mark went with him. Linda and Jill went home in Olds about 3 p.m.
Thursday, September 15, 1966
Worked on Kay’s draperies. Marie Stehman brought knitted cape and mock leopard for lining hood and facing lapels. While she was here tonight, Janet, Kelly and girl friend came for her skirts and scraps.
Friday, September 16, 1966
Worked on Kay’s draperies. Linda and children came at 12:15. We had lunch at the “Red Barn” with 2 coupons for 29 cents for 1 fish sandwich and the 2nd one free, then regular price for 4 Cokes and 1 pkg. french fries. Then we went to DQ for dessert. Stopped at Thrifty’s for pkg. Brach’s candy and on to Dr. Ehrhardt’s. Jill weighs 14 lb. 10 oz. and is 25 3/4" long. He gave her a “4-way” shot. We stopped at T&C Bank to cash a check and then got groceries at National and ice cream at Walgreen’s. Chuck Welton installed Linda’s new sink and “Insinkerator” [garbage disposal] this morning.
Saturday, September 17, 1966
Worked on Kay’s draperies. Lorene came at 8 p.m. to watch “Saturday Night at the Movies” and left at 10 p.m. Ann brought Willene’s patterns (½, 1 and 2 yr. sizes) this afternoon.
Sunday, September 18, 1966
Hilma went to church at 10:30 a.m. Lorene came at 2:30 p.m. and we took Hilma to Olsen’s for dinner and then Lorene and I drove to Jean Chiles, Pleasant Plains, Wedgewood Terrace, and then here for supper. She left at 7 p.m. and Hilma came back at 10 p.m. I worked on Kay’s draperies, added piece to new draw sheet, and mended dry mop. Jane Brummett brought dress to be altered this a.m.
Monday, September 19, 1966
Worked on Kay’s draperies and Jane Brummett’s dress alterations. Mary Ellen picked up my Unicaps tablets to exchange them for capsule-type this a.m. Bill starts 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. shift tonight. Phoned Minnie tonight.
Tuesday, September 20, 1966
Worked on Kay’s draperies. Sent a belated birthday card to Lois or rather addressed it and it will go out tomorrow. Linda went to bunco party tonight.
Wednesday, September 21, 1966
Finished Kay’s draperies. Hilma went to shopping center in a.m. and came back at 3 p.m. Betty Greening brought daughter’s skirt to be shortened and waistband taken in. Ann brought a sack of tomatoes, sickel pears, and one green pepper this a.m. Coombes boy cut grass late aft. and charged $2.50 as it was extra high.
Thursday, September 22, 1966
Altered Jane Brummett’s dress. Linda and children came at 11 a.m. and Linda and Mark took Hilma and Ann to shopping center. I took care of Jill. They came back at 12:45 p.m. and we all (except Ann) went to Cozy Dog and DQ for lunch. They had a special of 25 cent banana splits. Linda took Kay’s draperies home to press. Nancy North brought 2 skirts and dress to be shortened tonight. Linda got Jill a pink knitted outfit (bonnet, mittens, sweater and leggings) at Goldblatt’s this a.m. Started Nancy’s clothes alterations tonight. Ordered a pair of house slippers and fur-lined leather gloves for Linda’s birthday from Sears.
Friday, September 23, 1966
Finished altering Nancy North’s dress and 2 skirts. Barbara Howard brought skirt for elastic replacement this noon. Started altering Dorothy Roy’s dress and removed waist elastic from Barb’s skirt. Phoned Frances Bartlett re Kay getting more drapery hooks. Penney’s phoned that dress I ordered for Christy and jewelry box for Karen had been discontinued. Emma Kreider brought coat and suit to be lengthened and altered this afternoon. I started altering Greening skirt.
Saturday, September 24, 1966
Nancy North picked up her 2 skirts and dress. Susan Brummett got her mother’s dress and Mrs. Greening came for her daughter’s dress this a.m. Finished altering Dorothy Roy’s dress and started altering her skirt. Finished replacing elastic in Barb’s skirt. Linda and children came at 1 p.m. and we went to MacDonald’s for lunch. We ate in Washington Park. Hilma went too. Then we had sundaes at DQ. Linda and Mark left Jill here earlier while they went to the bank. She didn’t have time to get me in car as bank closed at 1 p.m.
Sunday, September 25, 1966
Hilma went to 10:30 church service with Louise Krueger, then had lunch at her home and went to Champaign on the bus to attend meeting there in afternoon. She had supper at Louise’s and got home about 8 p.m. Linda & family had dinner here. Linda brought 3 rib steaks and 2 cans mushrooms which I will replace. Hilma previously baked a raspberry ripple angel food cake and made “Tick-Tock” Salad. Had baked potatoes, green beans, and later in evening had cake, ice cream and coffee. Jerry went down to office to write a letter. Bert Clarke came at 1 p.m. to leave clothes to be altered. Kay and Frances Bartlett came for draperies. Worked on Dorothy Roy’s skirt and Barb Howard’s skirt.
Monday, September 26, 1966
Barb Howard came for her skirt at 11 a.m. Finished Dorothy’s skirt in a.m. and lined Marie Stehman’s cape this afternoon. Hilma went to town in p.m. Judy Hartman and Bonnie Smith came tonight with some of Judy’s clothes to be altered. They’re from the Bureau. Marie Stehman came for cape and left blouse and skirt to be altered. Started altering Bert Clarke’s clothes; also mended pr. pants for Mark.
Tuesday, September 27, 1966
Finished altering Bert’s clothes. Mrs. Wyke brought 2 dresses to be altered this aft. Dorothy Roy came for her dress and skirt around noon. Lorene phoned that she’d been in Evansville, Ind., over weekend and brought Myra home. Sears phoned that gloves and house slippers I ordered for Linda’s birthday are in. Leora Johnson phoned that Bess Kenney passed away tonight.
Wednesday, September 28, 1966
Linda and children came at 11 a.m. and we went to MacDonald’s for lunch. We went to Sears and Hilma got Linda’s house slippers and gloves, then we went to DQ for cones. We came home and Linda left children here while she went to Dr. Link’s for 1:30 appointment. I gave her $7.00 to pay on my bill there. I mended 2 pr. p.j.’s for Mark and worked on Mrs. Wyke’s alterations. Emma Kreider brought blue flannel for facing sleeves on her jacket and coat and took her skirt for matching hat to go with it. She brought 2 pcs. orange cake. Linda got sheet blanket from Goldblatt’s for Hilma’s bed; also, a box of crayons to leave here for Mark.
Thursday, September 29, 1966
Finished altering Mrs. Wyke’s dresses. Linda and children came at 11 a.m. and we went to Lacata’s for beef sandwiches, french fries and Cokes. Linda went to Steinberg-Baum’s and K-Mart to get jacket for Mark but they didn’t have any. Then we went to Maymie Lazar’s. She has a lovely home – she thought Mark and Jill were really darling! Mrs. Rice came with clothes to be altered at 5:30 p.m. Mrs. Wyke got her two dresses tonight. Velma Jordan here from 8 to 9 p.m.
Friday, September 30, 1966
Worked on Emma Kreider’s coat lengthening. Linda and family came at 11:30 a.m. We had lunch here, then Hilma and I went to Sears with them to get Mark a red jacket. Then we went to DQ for cones, then to T&C Shopping Center for groceries. Emma brought 3 spools navy thread and skirt this evening.
Saturday, October 1, 1966
Finished Emma’s coat and started altering her skirt. Linda and Mark picked up her birthday cake I ordered from B&Z Bakery this afternoon and brought it here. I gave her Mark’s p.j.’s I mended, also Jill’s spoon she forgot yesterday. Linda North brought her coat and fur collar she wants lined and snaps & hooks sewn this afternoon.
Sunday, October 2, 1966
Hilma left at 7:20 a.m. for Trinity Lutheran Church by cab. Olsens picked her up at 10 a.m. and took her to Hardin, Ill. Lorene came out at 3 p.m. to get material to face skirt. Bert Clarke brought rose jacket for buttons sewn while she was here. Lorene left after Bert left. Pat & Lois came at 7:30 p.m., then Hilma, soon followed by Linda & family. Mary Ellen and Christy came at 8:30. Bill didn’t come as he had a headache. We had a nice time. Linda’s birthday cake was delicious; also, Walgreen’s butterscotch ripple ice cream.
Monday, October 3, 1966
Worked on Bert’s dress and jacket alterations. Ordered suit for Mark from Sears. Emma Kreider came for her things.
Tuesday, October 4, 1966
Shortened Bert’s 4 skirts. Linda and children came at 11 a.m. Jill stayed with Hilma while we had lunch at Cozy Dog, then went for groceries at Gundy’s. Before that, we got Mark’s and Jill’s pictures at Myers Bros. Linda went to bunco party tonight. Carole Fletcher Butler had a baby boy today. I gave Linda her house slippers and gloves and Hilma gave her a pound box of Fannie May assorted chocolates [for her birthday].
Wednesday, October 5, 1966
Finished Bert’s clothes. She picked them up after work. Mrs. Helen Walker came at 10 a.m. and left a dress to be altered. Arlowyn Maddox came at 7 p.m. and left coat to be shortened and skirt to be altered. Maddox boy cut the grass for $2.00.
Thursday, October 6, 1966
Altered Judy Hartman’s 2 dresses and shortened her skirt. She and Joyce German came for them at 5:30 p.m. Started altering Helen Walker’s dress tonight. Received postcard from Marge from Washington, D.C. She and Buzz visited the Hagers while vacationing with Ed and wife for 2 weeks.
Friday, October 7, 1966
Finished altering Helen Walker’s dress. Linda and children came at 11 a.m. All of us including Hilma went to MacDonald’s for lunch, then Penney’s (Linda exchanged house slippers Mrs. Bartlett gave her for birthday for pair of flats–grey, brown, red & green suede sport-type), then to K-Mart and DQ, then Gundy’s and home. She fed Jill and then went to National alone.
Saturday, October 8, 1966
Shortened Bert’s 4 dresses. Mrs. Walker got her dress this aft. Linda and Jerry entertained the Bastas family tonight. Ordered pr. house slippers for Bill’s birthday andtie, handkerchief and belt for Mark from Sears.
Sunday, October 9, 1966
Hilma went to 10:30 a.m. church service with Louise. Buzz came before she left with Glamour Magazine showing Kristi Hager modeling clothes for teens. I removed torn lining from Bert’s black wool dress, and shortened skirt for Marie Stehman.
Monday, October 10, 1966
I worked on Mrs. Rice’s alterations. Hilma went to shopping center in aft. Mary Ellen shampooed and set my hair in a.m. Lorene came while Hilma was gone – brought a hat, sweater, and hose (all used) for me. Bert Clarke came for her 4 dresses and left two to be let down ½ inch. Walter Stehman came for Marie’s blouse and skirt at 6 p.m. Sent note to Delbert DeLong in Waverly re heating unit in my bedroom not operating efficiently.
Tuesday, October 11, 1966
Willene and Elizabeth came this a.m. to get her patterns. Finished altering clothes for Mrs. Rice. Mrs. Barker brought a sack of clothes for Mary Ellen to iron. Linda came at 6:10 p.m. and took Hilma and me to the Heritage House for Sunday School class meeting. I paid for their dinners.
Wednesday, October 12, 1966
Linda and children came at 11 a.m. Hilma took care of Jill while Linda, Mark and I went to Sears to get Bill’s house slippers and Mark’s tie set. Then we drove around the lake and stopped at Tops Big Boy on Adlai Stevenson Drive for hamburgers, cokes and french fries. We had dessert at DQ, then got groceries at Gundy’s. We got Hilma a sack of caramel corn at Sears. We came home at 1:30 and Linda went to Dr. Link’s office at 2:30 p.m. and left children here. Willene & children stopped by to leave robe pattern. Emma Kreider came before Linda left to take Hilma and me out around lake. She left 2 skirts to be altered.
Thursday, October 13, 1966
Linda and children came at 11 a.m. Jill stayed with Hilma as she wanted to sew on her grey wool dress. Linda, Mark and I had lunch at Steak ‘n Shake on South Grand Ave. Then we stopped at “Frigidare Cleaners” to leave Jerry’s clothes to be cleaned, then drove beyond the Sangamon River, over to Horner Highway, and back to T&C Shopping Center for groceries at National. We got back in time to see 2 o’clock program [“Another World”]. Mrs. Rice came for her clothes at 5 p.m. and Bert came at 5:30 for her 2 dresses. Mary Ellen Jennings came with application for absentee ballot for me to sign. Ronda Bentler paid $6.00 for garage rent tonight which was due October 9th.
Friday, October 14, 1966
Finished Judy Hartman’s clothes. Buzz came in afternoon with package of frozen fish he’d caught. Hilma had appointment with Dr. Allyn this afternoon.
Saturday, October 15, 1966
Linda North came this afternoon to see if I had fur collar fixed, but didn’t as she said October 22nd was the day. Judy came for her clothes at 11 a.m. Linda and children came before she left. Hilma kept Jill while Linda and Mark took me to Dr. Link’s at 1:30. Jerry met us there. He helped get me up the steps then went back to his office. I had 2 fillings. When we got back home, the Willsons were here.
Sunday, October 16, 1966
Hilma went to 10:30 church. Buzz came at 11 a.m. with some endive. Hilma took a cab to Emma Haseley’s at 3:10 p.m. She had dinner there with several friends. Charles Sutton came around 4 p.m. and stayed about an hour. I shortened Arlowyn’s coat and skirt.
Monday, October 17, 1966
Linda and children came at 11:30 a.m. Jill stayed with Hilma and Linda, Mark & I had lunch at MacDonald’s. We took Linda’s electric blanket to B&M Electric to be repaired. She’s letting Hilma use it and will take blue wool blanket in exchange. We got groceries at National, then came home. Altered Judy Hartman’s skirt. Arlowyn Maddox got her coat and skirt tonight.
Tuesday, October 18, 1966
Altered Judy Hartman’s skirt and shortened Emma Kreider’s dress. Hilma went to dentist at 2 p.m. and then to St. John’s Hospital to see Bertha Levinger. Linda played bunco tonight.
Wednesday, October 19, 1966
Emma Kreider got her dress in a.m. and left another to be altered. She gave us a bag of lemon drops from Fannie May’s. I altered Judy Hartman’s black skirt. We had the Searches, Jerry, Linda, Mark and Jill for dinner tonight. We served Hungarian Goulash, tossed salad, fruit salad, peas & carrots, green bean casserole, pickles, pickled peaches, olives, pickled green peppers, hot rolls, cherry preserves, iced tea, coffee, and cherry-Dream Whip dessert.
Thursday, October 20, 1966
Linda and children came at 10:30 a.m. Hilma and I went with them to Zayre’s, then the Red Barn for lunch. We bought 2 hamburgers and got 2 free with 2 coupons, then Linda and Mark had an order of french fries, and Linda, Mark and I had Cokes. We got groceries at National. I mended top for Jill. Worked on Linda North’s fur collar. Judy Hartman got her 3 skirts after work. Sent 50th wedding anniversary card to Otto Adermans [Judy Jagow’s parents].
Friday, October 21, 1966
Finished Linda North’s fur collar. Shortened Linda’s green knit dress. Ordered suit for Mark from Penney’s as Sears is too slow. Received check for disability benefit for first time.
Saturday, October 22, 1966
Linda and children came at 10 a.m. and left children here while having hair shampooed and set at Myers Bros. She came back here for lunch. Hilma fried the last six bass that Buzz brought recently. She also baked a lemon jello cake. I shortened her coral knit skirt and mended sleeve of jacket. Also lengthened a dress and skirt for Emma Kreider. Linda picked up Mary Ellen’s birthday cake at B&Z Bakery; also a few groceries at National and butter pecan ice cream at “Velvet Freeze Ice Cream Shop”. Mr. North got his daughter’s coat this afternoon. Started shortening Arlowyn’s jumper.
Sunday, October 23, 1966
Hilma went to 9 a.m. church service by cab. Lorene took Hilma and me to Loami to see her aunt and uncle. Mary Ellen, Bill, Christy, Pat & Lois, Jerry, Linda, Mark and Jill here tonight to celebrate Mary Ellen’s and Bill’s upcoming birthdays. I gave her a pair of black & white plaid slacks and Bill a pair of house slippers. Hilma gave her a pound box of Fannie May chocolates. I served B&Z birthday cake and Velvet Freeze butter pecan ice cream and coffee.
Monday, October 24, 1966
Linda and children came at 10:45 a.m. Jill stayed with Hilma and Linda, Mark and I went to B&M Electric Co. to pick up her electric blanket, then out to K-Mart to exchange gold throw rug for a brown one. We had lunch at Lacata’s then stopped at Sears where Linda got dress and panties for Jill, shirt and socks for Doug’s birthday, also undershirts for Jill. We stopped at T&C Bank to cash checks, then to DQ. Linda got a pineapple sundae for Hilma. Shortened 2 skirts and jumper for Mary Ellen. Arlowyn got her things tonight and Emma got her dress and suit this afternoon.
Tuesday, October 25, 1966
Linda and children came at 11 a.m. Hilma kept Jill while Linda, Mark and I went to K-Mart. We got several things on sale including an electric blanket. We went to Cozy Dog & DQ for lunch. We got groceries at Gundy’s and were home in time for 2 p.m. program. Buzz and Marge here for dinner tonight. Hilma served baked chicken, dressing, jello salad with bananas and apricots, peas and carrots, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, butterscotch pie and coffee.
Wednesday, October 26, 1966
Altered Judy Hartman’s 2 pc. dress. Hilma’s brother, Albert, his wife Hilda, and her sister and husband were here for about an hour this morning.
Thursday, October 27, 1966
Worked on Judy Hartman’s blue jacket. Linda and children came at 11 a.m. Hilma babysat for Jill. Linda, Mark and I went to Penney’s to get his suit. Then she went to Neumode to get socks for Mark and some for me to give Doug Chilton tomorrow night at his birthday party. We had lunch at MacDonald’s (had free hamburger with one purchased), then got groceries at Eisner’s and National. We came back here in time to see 2 p.m. show. Brought Hilma a sandwich and french fries. Received letter and pictures from Carol Pickering.
Friday, October 28, 1966
Worked on Judy Hartman’s jacket. Mrs. Thomae phoned to advise me that Wilna Sanders passed away at 10:50 a.m. from meningitis. I phoned Lorene and Buzz but no answer. Linda and children were here shortly thereafter. Jill stayed with Hilma and Linda, Mark and I went to MacDonald’s for lunch, then got groceries. Linda and family came for me tonight and we went to Doug Chilton’s birthday party. Hilma went to Balestri’s with Helen Anderson Morse for dinner tonight.
Saturday, October 29, 1966
Finished Judy Hartman’s jacket. Hilma prepared a cherry-Dream Whip dessert for the Suttons. Linda and children came at 12:45 p.m. Mark had on his “Casper the Friendly Ghost” costume as he was going to a combination birthday/masquerade party at Neal Bastas’ from 1-3 p.m. We took care of Jill. When they got back, Buzz was here – brought 9 bass. Made loop and sewed button on Emma’s jacket which she got late aft. Linda picked up Mark’s suit at Sears after the party. She took the cherry dessert to Hangsleben’s on way home.
Sunday, October 30, 1966
Hilma went to church with Louise Krueger. I wrote a letter to Carol Pickering, returning her pictures and sending 3 of Mark and Jill. Linda came at 3:30 and took us to Smith Funeral Home where Wilna Sanders’ remains are. The casket was closed. We stopped at DQ on the way home. Just 5 boys came for “Trick or Treats” tonight. Worked on Mary Patton’s two dresses. Mark and Linda went trick-or-treating with Clara and her daughters.
Monday, October 31, 1966
Finished Mary Patton’s dresses. Linda and children came at 10:30 a.m. Jill wore her pram outfit for the first time. She stayed with Hilma while Linda, Mark and I had hamburgers, fish sandwich, french fries, and cokes at Burger Chef, then we went to town. I stayed in car in parking lot at 3rd and Washington while Linda got 3 dresses at Myers Bros. for Jill, another one for her, a shirt for Mark from Penney’s, and some things (Christmas gifts) from Montgomery Ward. We got groceries at National, cashed Hilma’s check at T&C Bank, and got cones at DQ. Linda got a strawberry sundae for Hilma. Judy Hartman got her things this evening. 21 Trick-or-Treaters tonight. Phoned Mrs. Chapin who advised I can do sewing and not lose disability benefits.
Tuesday, November 1, 1966
Cut out Christy’s robe and started working on it. Linda left Mark and Jill here tonight while she went to bunco club at Evelyn Jones’. She won $1.00 prize. Jerry worked at office tonight.
Wednesday, November 2, 1966
Worked on Christy’s robe. Linda and children came at 11 a.m. Linda put up all storm windows. Hilma fried the fish Buzz gave us. Tom and Marian Gilroy returned aluminum pan we sent cherry dessert in.
Thursday, November 3, 1966
Worked on Christina’s robe. Linda and children came at 11:30. Jill stayed with us while Linda and Mark went for groceries. They came back here for lunch. Received second disability check. Linda put up storm panels in doors.
Friday, November 4, 1966
Finished Christina’s robe. Linda and children came at 11:30. Hilma went with us to Spiegel’s to get Christy’s house slippers and Linda’s knitted blouse. We had lunch at “Brazier Burger” on MacArthur. Linda got Mark’s suit at Sears and returned one that was too small. We stopped at Osco’s and got shampoo, Rolaids, and Alka Seltzer’s at ½ price (49 cents ea.) for me. We came home so Linda could feed Jill, then she and Mark went to Gundy’s. Mary Ellen Jennings came for absentee ballot this a.m.
Saturday, November 5, 1966
Worked on Hilma’s jacket. Betty and Mary Patton came for latter’s dress and jumper.
Sunday, November 6, 1966
Worked on Hilma’s jacket. Hilma went to church at 10:30 with Louise. Mary Ellen came for Hilma and me at 6 p.m. and took us to their house to celebrate Christy’s 2nd birthday. I gave her the robe that I made and pr. of house slippers.
Monday, November 7, 1966
Cut out Emma Kreider’s skirt and started working on it. Elizabeth and Margaret Beard brought clothes to be altered tonight. Finished Hilma’s jacket.
Tuesday, November 8, 1966
Worked on Emma Kreider’s skirt, Linda’s skirt, and altered Edith Nelson’s dress. Linda and children came at 11:30. Jill stayed with Hilma while Linda, Mark and I went to Cozy Dog for lunch, then out to Linda’s so she could vote, then to Kresge’s to get napkins and plates for Hilma’s birthday party Thursday. We got dessert at DQ. Mr. Nelson brought his wife’s dress in a.m. to be altered and Jane Brummett left skirt for new zipper.
Wednesday, November 9, 1966
Shortened M. Beard’s dress and altered her green skirt. Replaced zipper in Jane Brummett’s skirt and worked on Emma Kreider’s skirt. She came for a fitting and Edith Nelson got her dress at same time. Linda didn’t come as their new dinette set was to be delivered at 2 p.m. Hilma went to shopping center at 10:10 a.m. and got back at 2:10 p.m. “Woolco” store opened today. Emma left dress to be altered.
Thursday, November 10, 1966
Worked on Emma’s skirt. Linda and children came in a.m. Jill stayed with Hilma while Linda, Mark and I went to Steak ‘n Shake for lunch. We got groceries at Rudy’s. We came back, then Linda went to Goldblatt’s for bunco prizes. Lorene, Lydia, and Emma Hasely came tonight for Hilma’s surprise birthday party. They played canasta and we took 2 colored pictures. Lorene brought a B&Z cake and cashews which I’ll pay for. Hilma was really surprised.
Friday, November 11, 1966
Bentler paid garage rent today. Linda and children came at 10:30. Hilma went with us to town. Linda got packages at Penney’s, Ward’s, Alden’s, Spiegel’s and Sears. She, Mark and Hilma went to K-Mart, then we went to Sandy’s to get Mark a fish sandwich and free french fries. Hilma and Linda got free hamburgers for us at MacDonald’s and I paid for mine; also, 4 small Cokes. We came home and Linda fed Jill. We had cake (from last night), coffee, and salted cashews. Linda went back to National for groceries and Walgreen’s for ice cream. Worked on Emma’s skirt.
Saturday, November 12, 1966
Finished Emma’s skirt, which she picked up this aft. Buzz came in aft. with 4 doz. eggs @ 50 cents doz. I’m keeping 2 doz. and Linda is taking the other 2 doz. Received “Thank You” card from Ross Sanders and Marian Wagner for flowers and cherry dessert I sent (Wilna Sanders’ funeral). Ann brought 2 slices homemade bread for our dinner tonight and I gave her 84 cents I owed her for cherry pie filling and Philadelphia cream cheese she got for above dessert. Emma left spool of navy thread and bias tape for dress I’m to alter. She also gave us 1 lb. pecan nutmeats. Phoned Linda tonight and she told me Jerry got position with circuit judge in Virginia and they are moving there soon.
Sunday, November 13, 1966
Hilma went to 8 a.m. church service with Louise. Jerry and Mark came at 12:10 p.m. for Hilma and me. We had a delicious dinner (club steaks, baked potatoes, tossed salad, green beans, and iced tea). Angel food cake, ice cream and strawberries, and coffee served in mid-afternoon. We all went to Jim’s at 5:30 p.m. for a wiener roast. Their new home is really nice. I worked on E. Beard’s lilac dress in a.m. Phoned Minnie after coming home about her coming here for dinner Wednesday evening.
Monday, November 14, 1966
Olga Bentler phoned this a.m. re office help parking her car here during the day. Finished altering E. Beard’s dress and started altering Emma’s dress. Linda and children came around noon. Hilma took care of Jill while Mark, Linda and I went to Woolco, then to MacDonald’s for lunch, then the bank to cash my two checks. Linda got groceries at National. We got cones at DQ, then stopped at Gundy’s, and then came home. Sears phoned that Mark’s sweater and pants are in. Phoned Pat re picking up Minnie after work on Wednesday.
Tuesday, November 15, 1966
Finished altering Emma’s dress. Mrs. Hovey and son, Brian, came at 10:45 a.m. with 2 skirts and 2 dresses to be shortened. Mr. Davis of Springfield Termite Control came around noon for annual check – everything okay. Emma got her dress late aft. I gave her the plate of cookies Hilma baked. Linda entertained the bunco club tonight. She won 3rd prize – kitchen towels.
Wednesday, November 16, 1966
Shortened Mrs. Hovey’s dress. Linda, Mark, Jill and I went to Steak ‘n Shake for lunch. We stopped at Sears to pick up Mark’s sweater and pants. We parked at T&C Shopping Center and Linda got Jill her first pair of leather shoes, 3 pr. socks, and Mark a sticker book. We came back home, Linda fed Jill, then they went to doctor for Jill’s six-month checkup. She weighs 19 ½ lbs. and got smallpox shot. Pat & Lois brought Minnie out here for dinner. We had baked chicken, dressing, mashed potatoes, Waldorf salad, cranberry sauce, rolls, butter, cherry preserves, lemon pie and coffee. Lois left 2 dresses to be shortened and one to be repaired.
Thursday, November 17, 1966
Shortened Mrs. Hovey’s grey skirt and started on brown one. Emma Shepard brought husband’s trousers to be shortened. Mrs. Hovey came for dresses this aft. Hilma left at 10:05 a.m. to get a permanent and got back at 4:30 p.m. Mr. Maddox cut grass for son late aft. Lois Reinders brought coat to be shortened tonight. Told Ann about Linda moving but Willene had already told her. Jay Home Portraits photographer, Mr. Schafer, took Jill’s picture this aft. Mrs. Hulen came for donation for arthritis – said to call anytime we need anything.
Friday, November 18, 1966
Shortened Mrs. Hovey’s brown skirt. Linda and children came at 10:30 a.m. Hilma and I went with them to “Red Barn” for fish sandwiches (2 free with 2 purchased with coupon), french fries and Cokes. Got groceries at National and left Hilma there. We went on to Gundy’s, then home. Buzz came after they left – brought a dressed hen and some turnips. Hilma came back after he left. Mrs. North brought a coat to be shortened tonight. Timmy VonBehren raked leaves around shrubs for 50 cents. We gave him a plate of cookies. Ann was in yard with him for awhile.
Saturday, November 19, 1966
Started working on Lois’ dresses. Susan Brummett came for her mother’s skirt in a.m. Linda and Mark left here at 12:35 p.m. to catch bus to go to circus at Armory. We took care of Jill. Elizabeth and Margaret Beard came for their clothes this aft. Buzz brought 4 doz. eggs but charged for 8 doz. He brought the other 4 doz. later in aft. Ann came over for 4 doz. at 25 cents doz. Linda and Mark got back at 5:30. I mended her black sport jacket this morning. Finished shortening Mrs. Hovey’s brown skirt.
Sunday, November 20, 1966
Hilma went to 10:30 church service with Louise. Mary Ellen came at 10:40 a.m. to shampoo and set my hair. She took 2 doz. eggs at 25 cents doz. and left just as Hilma and Louise came back. Louise was here for noon dinner. Hilma served meat loaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, fruit salad, bread, butter, frozen coconut pie, and coffee. I finished Lois’ clothes. Lorene, Catherine Wilson and Norma Gurske came for supper tonight. Lorene brought pumpkin pie, chicken noodle casserole, corn, and whole wheat bread, half a “pound cake”; Katie, pickled peaches; Norma, dutch potato salad. We furnished meat loaf, jello salad, Sanka, sweet pickles, olives, potato chips, “Korn Kurls”, butter, cream, and Lucky Whip. I finished Lois’ dresses.
Monday, November 21, 1966
Shortened Mr. Shepard’s trousers and started shortening Lois Reinders’ coat. Linda and children came at 10:40 a.m. They’d been to Sears to have pictures taken. Hilma went with us to Sears, “Tops” for lunch, Alden’s, Neumode (to get socks for Jim’s boys), then home. Linda wanted to feed Jill, then she and Mark went to National and Kresge’s. Mrs. Hulen came to see Jill when they came back.
Tuesday, November 22, 1966
Renewed TV Guide subscription for 3 years, $13.00. Shortened Lois Reinders’ coat. Linda and children went to Jerry Wedeking’s home for lunch. My church circle sent a plate of cookies and candy for Thanksgiving. Ordered blanket for Christy, blouse and jumper lining for Mary Ellen, and corduroy for Karen’s jumper from Montgomery Ward – no transportation charges today and tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 23, 1966
Started shortening Mrs. North’s coat. Linda and children came at 10:30 a.m. Hilma kept Jill while Linda, Mark and I had lunch at “Burger Chef” on Washington Street. Linda had her iron repaired at B&M Elec. Co. Then we went to Steinberg-Baum’s after leaving cleaning at Frigidaire on South 9th St. Then we went to Tolly’s and back to get cleaning. We got cones at DQ and took a pint home to Hilma. Lois Reinders came for coat at 4 p.m. instead of 7:00 and it wasn’t finished. She’s coming back Friday. Ordered scales for Hilma from Montgomery Ward.
Thursday, November 24, 1966
Thanksgiving Day. Worked on Mrs. North’s coat. Hilma went to 9 a.m. service at Trinity Lutheran Church. Jerry, Linda, Mark and Jill came for Hilma and me at 3:10 p.m. and took us to Kay’s for a delicious dinner. They have a lovely new home.
Friday, November 25, 1966
Finished shortening Mrs. North’s coat. Linda and children came at 11:30 a.m. Hilma took care of Jill while we went to town – had lunch at Cozy Dog and then parked at 3rd and Washington while Linda Christmas shopped. We came home, then she went to Gundy’s. Lois Reinders got her coat and Emma Shepard got her husband’s trousers – left 4 shirts for eyelets in collars. Mrs. Hovey got her skirt and 2 pc. outfit. Ruth McKinnie phoned while we were gone. I phoned her when I got back and she said Uncle Rob passed away last night. I phoned Buzz, Linda, Mary Ellen, Leora, Uncle Hughes, and Aunt Georgia.
Saturday, November 26, 1966
Linda and children came at 9:15 a.m. Jill stayed with us while Linda and Mark went downtown to see Santa Claus Parade. Mrs. Ross brought coat to be shortened at 11 a.m. Mrs. North came for her coat and left another one to be shortened at 1 p.m. Linda and Mark came back same time. They stayed for lunch. Mrs. Rice came at 4:10 p.m. with skirt to be altered. Pat & Lois came at 5 p.m. to get her three dresses and left blouse to be mended and slacks for zipper replacement. Bob and Marge came at 5:30 for dinner.
Sunday, November 27, 1966
Hilma went to 9 a.m. service at Trinity in cab. Jerry, Linda, Mark and Jill here for dinner at 1 p.m. Shortened Mrs. North’s black coat.
Monday, November 28, 1966
Shortened Mrs. Ross’ coat. Curtis McKinnie here from 1-3 p.m. Bert Clarke brought a dress, jumper and skirt for hem adjustment. Reordered slacks from Spiegel’s for Linda. Mark has a cold. Linda, Mary Ellen and Christy went to Smith’s Funeral Home tonight (McKinnie). I ordered a container of flowers from Scaife’s from Mr. & Mrs. G.W. Cantrall, Mr. & Mrs. R.W. Cantrall, Mrs. Minnie Cantrall, and Mrs. Berniece Pearce.
Tuesday, November 29, 1966
Shortened Bert’s dress, skirt and jumper. Mrs. Culver brought a coat to be shortened this a.m. Linda has a cold. Mark is better. Bob and Warren came at noon and 2 men from Smith’s came at 12:20 p.m. to take me to funeral home to pick up Ruth McKinnie, Curtis and Marshall, then to Elliott Ave. Baptist Church for funeral service. Hilma went with Warren and Bob in latter’s car. I went out to McKinnie cemetery with Ruth, Curtis and Marshall, back to Smith’s, then I got in Bob’s car with Warren and Hilma and on to Ruth’s. Eileen, Ruth Ann, Ruby and Clara were there, too. She served angel food cake and coffee. Bob, Warren, Hilma and I got home at 5:45 p.m. I gave Warren a quilt Aunt Mayme gave Mom. They left after a few minutes as Marge was home and Warren had to go back to Park Ridge tonight.
Wednesday, November 30, 1966
Shortened Mrs. Ross’ coat. Mrs. North got her coat at 5 p.m. Jane Brummett brought pr. slacks for pocket replacement.
Thursday, December 1, 1966
Buzz came this a.m. with raw peanuts, glucose, and sugar for peanut brittle; also fresh roasted peanuts. Lorene brought Becky Sears (her granddaughter) this aft. Bert Clarke came after work for her clothes. Sent “Thank You” card for cookies and candy from Women’s Circle and a birthday card to Marge. Received Wedgewood Acres check.
Friday, December 2, 1966
Replaced zipper in Lois’ slacks and mended shirt. Altered Mr. Shepard’s shirts. Mrs. Culver got her coat this a.m. Mrs. Ross came tonight for her coat and gave me a large candy cane. Received widow’s annuity check.
Saturday, December 3, 1966
Finished Mr. Shepard’s shirts. Altered Arlowyn’s skirt and started shortening Linda’s Pendleton pleated skirt. Mrs. Shepard got her husband’s shirts this a.m. Mrs. Rice came for her skirt at 4 p.m. Buzz brought 4 3/4 lb. sirloin tip steak @ 79 cents lb. – $3.91, including tax. Mrs. Greening brought clothes for alterations. Pat & Lois came around 6 p.m. for her things. Received disability check. Mary Ellen, Bill and Christy here this aft. They brought scales, blouse and lining for M.E.’s jumper, and blanket for Christyfrom M-W; also Linda’s slacks from Spiegel’s. She also brought 1 lb. margarine for 21 cents, including tax.
Sunday, December 4, 1966
Hilma got ready to go to church but Louise phoned that she wasn’t going as walks and roads too slippery. Bob and Marge were coming out this aft. but backed out for the same reason. I shortened two skirts for Linda. Her cold is better.
Monday, December 5, 1966
Jerry starts new job today -- Judge was sworn in and he had to take notes. Arlowyn came for her skirt tonight.
Tuesday, December 6, 1966
Altered Mrs. Greening’s things. Nancy and Amy McCoy came tonight with things to be shortened. Hilma went to town today. Lorene took Becky back to Minn. tonight by plane.
Wednesday, December 7, 1966
Worked on McCoy clothes today. Phoned Eva [Dr. Shriner’s nurse] re my cold. Doctor ordered Agarol, Emperim, cough drops, nose spray, and Contac.
Thursday, December 8, 1966
My cold is much better today. Worked on Mary Ellen’s jumper. Mrs. Greening came for her things this evening.
Friday, December 9, 1966
Worked on Mary Ellen’s jumper. Pat came at 3:45 and took Hilma to National and Gundy’s for groceries. Bert Clarke brought dress to be mended and she picked it up at 12:20 p.m. Mrs. Freemuth and son came at noon and left some things to be altered. Linda, Jerry and Mark went for our Christmas trees ($4.15 ea.) and left Jill here. Amy McCoy came for her things while they were gone. Hilma served fruit cake and milk when they came back. They left Buzz’s auto license application form.
Saturday, December 10, 1966
Finished Mary Ellen’s jumper. Hilma and I made caramels. I addressed all of my Christmas cards and wrote some notes. Hilma made cranberry bread and waxed floors. Buzz came in a.m. to get license form that Jerry notarized.
Sunday, December 11, 1966
Replaced pockets in Mr. Brummett’s pants. Hilma went to church at 10:30 with Louise. Bob and Marge came out this afternoon. We made 2 batches of peanut brittle and 1 recipe of caramels – all theirs except one of peanut brittle. They had supper here tonight. Finished notes for Christmas cards.
Monday, December 12, 1966
Shortened Mrs. Freemuth’s blouse and skirt. Linda and children came this a.m. She had appointment with doctor and children stayed here. She came back for lunch and Hilma fried fish Buzz gave us some time ago. Linda and Mark went to shopping center in afternoon. Buzz got me ½ bushel apples for $2.25 (golden delicious and Jonathans) from Carlinville. Linda took 25 cents worth. Betty Patton brought coat for sleeves to be shortened. Olga Bentler picked up my out-of-town Christmas cards to deposit in post office; she also paid me for garage rent. Phyllis (works for Bentlers) asked me to replace some zippers for her. Sent box to Wes & Alice by Linda (book on Sangamon County and brush).
Tuesday, December 13, 1966
Phyllis left slacks for zipper replacement this a.m. I shortened Mrs. Freemuth’s son’s pants (3 pr.) and cut out Karen’s jumper and started working on it. Hilma made cut-out cookies. Jane Brummett got her husband’s trousers tonight.
Wednesday, December 14, 1966
Linda and children came at 11 a.m. Linda and Mark went to K-Mart Plaza and other stores while I took care of Jill. Hilma went to shopping center just before they came. She got back just before Linda and Mark. Latter brought hamburgers and french fries from MacDonald’s. Hilma already had her lunch at T&C. Mrs. Freemuth came for her things at 11:30. Linda and children went to doctor at 2:30 p.m. for Jill’s 7-month checkup. She weighs 21 lbs. 7 oz. and 28" long. They went on home. Mrs. Hazlett brought coat to be shortened at 4 p.m. Hilma went to church at 7 p.m. with Louise. Fred Leach sent message via ham radio to Mr. A.M. Evans re Olwen passing away last Thursday and buried in New York on Sunday. I phoned Uncle Hughes.
Thursday, December 15, 1966
Linda and children came at 11 a.m. She and Mark went to Eisner’s and National while Jill stayed here. They came back for lunch. I sewed her collar and button on car coat. She and Mark trimmed little trees on each side of entrance and put wreath on door. I started replacing zipper on Phyllis’ slacks and Mrs. Hazlett’s coat shortening; also finished altering and mending Betty Patton’s coat. Buzz brought 23 doz. pullet eggs this aft. Ann came for 3 doz. and Mark Jagow got 4 doz. Mrs. Hazlett brought snaps and thread for coat while Linda was here for lunch. Hilma received poinsettia plant from Mr. Maguire.
Friday, December 16, 1966
Linda and children came at 10:30. She left children here while going to doctor. She got back at 1:25 p.m. We had hamburgers, french fries, etc. She trimmed our tree. I worked on Mrs. Hazlett’s coat and finished putting zipper in Phyllis’ slacks. Mrs. Bentler and Ronda came at 5:30 p.m. with Ronda’s formal to be shortened ½" and Olga gave me a beautiful candle. Linda took 4 doz. eggs.
Saturday, December 17, 1966
Buzz came at 9:15 a.m. to return pans he had caramels in and to pick up egg crate. Linda and children came at 9:45. We took care of Jill while Linda and Mark went to Sears to get pictures and “bench warmer” for Mark. Linda gave me a picture of each of them and they are darling! Mary Ellen, Christy and Karen came at 11:30. M.E. shampooed and set my hair. Linda and Mark got back before M.E. and girls left. Linda and Mark had lunch here. She finished putting icicles on tree. Betty Patton came for her coat and Phyllis came for her slacks. She left skirt and zipper to be put in. Received card (among others) from Ann Colburn Pratt advising that her husband died November 2nd. Maddox boy cleaned gutters for $1.00 and I gave him two more for grass cutting sometime ago. M.E. took 8 doz. eggs.
Sunday, December 18, 1966
Hilma went to 10:30 a.m. service with Louise. Velma Sprague and Christine Gates brought gift from Circle #3 this aft. Merle Perkinton brought poinsettia plant that Sunday School class had at the altar tonight. Finished Mrs. Hazlett’s coat alterations, shortened Ronda’s formal, inserted zipper in Phyllis’ skirt, and worked on Karen’s jumper.
Monday, December 19, 1966
Linda and children came at 10:15 a.m. Children stayed here while Linda went to doctor. She got belt kit for Mary Ellen’s jumper and a loaf of bread and pkg. of wiener rolls. They had lunch here. Linda wrapped all my gifts except Mary Ellen’s jumper and blouse and Karen’s jumper. Phyllis came for her skirt and Mrs. Hazlett for her coat this aft. Buzz brought leather belt Marge thought I could use on Mary Ellen’s jumper. Mrs. Bartlett in car accident – luckily she wasn’t injured but car a total loss. Someone sideswiped Jerry’s car. I shortened Mary Ellen’s dress so she could wear it tomorrow night. Paid Hilma this week’s wages in cash ($23.95).
Tuesday, December 20, 1966
Finished Karen’s and Mary Ellen’s jumpers. Ronda came for her formal late aft. and we gave her a plate of cookies and candy. Ann came later and we gave her a plate of the same. Willene, Elizabeth and Larry Hughes here at 3 p.m. Linda and Mary Ellen are having dinner at Holiday Inn East tonight with bunco club.
Wednesday, December 21, 1966
Pressed Karen’s and M.E.’s jumpers and gift-wrapped them. Pat came at 12:30 with gifts for Jim’s, Linda’s and Mary Ellen’s families, and for Hilma and me. I gave him gifts for Lois and him from us. I replaced straps on bra and mended another. Hilma and I started packing suitcases for weekend visits. Carole Jagow came over tonight – her girl friend wanted to buy 1 lb. caramels but I didn’t have enough to let her have them.
Thursday, December 22, 1966
Hilma had hair appointment at 9:45 a.m. downtown. She got back at noon. Linda and children came at 12:15 to take me to their house. Caryl phoned that Jim couldn’t come to help as he hurt his back, so Linda phoned Mr. Bartlett. He got here around 12:45 and took both wheelchairs, lift and suitcase in his truck. Linda loaded all Christmas gifts in her car and we went to her house in that one. I received letter from Alice. I helped Linda with Christmas gift wrapping tonight.
Friday, December 23, 1966
Mended Mark’s yellow p.j.’s and shortened 2 new pair corduroy pants and wrapped gifts. Linda went to doctor in a.m. and out to 1636 Homewood in aft. to get Christmas wrapping paper, mail, bed pillow, and milk. Mary Ellen came tonight to leave gifts for us and take hers; also took Jim’s out to them.
Saturday, December 24, 1966
I helped Linda make divinity and stuffed dates. We went to Bartlett’s for buffet supper at 7:30 p.m. Mary Ellen here this aft. and brought gifts for us from Jim & family.
Sunday, December 25, 1966
We got up at 9 a.m. Mark played with unwrapped toys. Bill brought Jerry a package of cigarettes. We had breakfast, then opened our gifts. I received kitchen clock from Jill; billfold, Mark; waffle iron, Jerry & Linda; dress, M.E. and Bill; picture, Christy; jello mold and dress, Pat & Lois; sweater, Jim & Caryl; velvet hat, stationery, necklace & earrings, Lorene; 1 lb. Fannie May chocolates, vase, and salt & pepper shakers, Hilma. Pat & Lois came late afternoon. Mended Mark’s aqua p.j.’s.
Monday, December 26, 1966
Mended Linda’s sheet and blanket and shortened Mark’s new pants. I got ready to come home at 3 p.m., phoned Jim at 3:30 and he didn’t know anything about it. He’s coming tomorrow. Hilma phoned at 10:20 p.m. that she was home.
Tuesday, December 27, 1966
Jim came at 11:45 a.m. for me. We drove through town and he picked up some wood at Barker-Lubin’s. Emma Shepard brought slacks and blouse to be altered. Hilma brought 2 doz. large eggs @ 35 cents doz. Started altering Emma’s blouse and removed inserts in Linda’s green chiffon dress which she wants to wear New Year’s Eve. Jerry’s mother was at their house tonight to see their tree and gifts.
Wednesday, December 28, 1966
Wrote “Thank You” notes to Alice & Wes, Charles Sutton, “In His Name” Class, and Women’s Circle #2; also sent checks to Spiegel’s, Central Ill. Light Co., Scaifes, and Handley’s. Finished altering Emma’s blouse and worked on her slacks. Phoned Mr. Denby with Illinois National Bank. Phoned Illinois State Register to resume newspaper delivery tomorrow.
Thursday, December 29, 1966
Finished Emma’s slacks and mended Linda’s black & white wool slacks. Sent guarantee card toDormeyer Co. (elec. waffle iron Jerry & Linda gave me for Christmas). Carol Chilton brought clothes to be mended, altered, and buttons to be sewn on.
Friday, December 30, 1966
Linda and children came at 11:30 a.m. They had lunch here then she went to Sears to exchange Christmas gifts. They didn’t have a suitable sweater to replace one the Jim’s gave me so she got a refund. She also exchanged things at Goldblatt’s. She got another dress to replace one Lois & Pat gave me – added $1.30. She came back here – we had coffee and apple dumplings. I mended and sewed buttons on Carol Chilton’s clothes and Linda took them home as she was having them for dinner tonight. Emma Shepard came for her outfit this afternoon.
Saturday, December 31, 1966
Carl Ostermeier called on me at 11 a.m. – gave me 1 qt. egg nog and ½ gal. mint stick ice cream. How very generous and thoughtful. We had a nice time reminiscing. Linda came at 2 p.m. and left children here while she went to hair appointment. Mary Ellen and Christy came earlier to get M-W receipt for blanket I gave Christy. It was for a crib and she ordered a bunk-bed size. She went to Goldblatt’s to get money refunded for Jill’s outfit and clerk wouldn’t do it. She came back here and phoned credit department – they said she could have the money, so went back and got it. Ronda Bentler brought skirt to be altered this a.m. Hilma went to church with Louise at 6:45 p.m. and came back at 8:00. Lorene came at 7:45 and left at 10 p.m. She brought 3 loaves of “day-old” bread. Hilma and I made a loaf of date nut bread. I altered Ronda’s skirt and restitched Bob Chilton’s pants (3 pr.).