January 1917 -2200 West 10th St. Topeka KA
Mon.I “366” days, have come and gone, and brought us again, to “New Years Day”. The young people were with us last night, to see the Old Year out, and the “New Year” in, and left at 1 o’clock- we went to bet at 2 o’clock and arose at 6:30 this morning. A dense fog, in the early hours then lifting, the sun shone out, bright and fine and was a beautiful day, but muddy. Walter Polley and young Lieuenberger, ran out early this morning and I took a picture of them, with the
“Gem Auto grocery delivery” and about 10 o’clock Merle Allton came out for some Victrola Records. Fred home all day, for a rest- I took down Christmas dec- rations and cleaned up the house this forenoon and the rest of the time, just rested: we had an unusually quiet day and enjoyed it. This evening, we went to the Orpheuim to see Douglas Fairbanks, in “A Matri-Maniac”. He is always good, but didn’t like his Play so well, and the “Comedy” (.P) following it, was simply rotten. We are not “movie” friends. The “old Year” just gone, began badly your us and brought us many months of sorrow, sickeness and trouble: my good Teddy so sick, for weeks, yet grew back to health tho’ far from robust health of former years, but has been able to make our
Living-and we have “Tithed” conscientiously unto the Lord; The Year was rich in blessing too, for Fred’s health restored, for my good health all the way, thro’ and strength to do all required of me. We enjoyed visits from many friends and relatives. My Father being one, One very, very great sorrow was the tragic death, last August, of young Robert Maxwell, one of my lovely Sunday School boys. And now as I step across the threshold of a New Year, I pray with all my heart, that I may receive Divine guidance and strength to live the days, blameless. O, that I may live my duty to my fellow men- that I may live without affiance, before him- that I may keep every displeasing thing out of my life, this’ the year. And I pray Gods richest blessing upon my Sunday School Class, who have grown from little fellows to young men, in my Class-guide them in all their ways, and may they be faithful thro’ the year. Billie Bagder-Kellogg, Keene Saxon, Charlie Plath, Ernest Shelden, Harry Davis, Clarence Plummer, Dan Fay, Ronald McGord, Ralph Davidson, Edwine Jones, Carl Swanson, Robert Swickard, Delbert Starling, Warren Remington, Will Jackson, Arthur Derrrvis, Robert Willard, Robt Sympson, Merritte Rowell, Merle Allton, Melverine Pribble, Clarke Ellington, and all who have ever been members of this class.
Tues.2 Early morning, very foggy, but clearing, the day became, very fine, Fred home again today just to rest since he is not as strong as he used to be. Mrs. Robt. Maxwell Sr. came over this afternoon and brought me a solid gold bracelet-poor little, woman her grief over the death of her son Robert, Corse of my S.S. boys} is pitifully, pathetic’ and wearing her life out. Warren Remington in a few minutes this evening-wants to go out with a surveying gang- he is dropping S.S. and not doing the best in the world, and it’s a shame but always to be expected, when a family is indifferent to all things religious, or pertaining to the church.
Wed. 3 A splendidly, beautiful day, Fred went to work this morning and mail so heavy could not get home to dinner. This afternoon, I went to a meeting of the “Ladies” Aux. to better Carriers,” at Mrs. Blauks, 1516 Tyler St. and late getting home too- Fred home first. I wish I liked such things, for the ladies are pleasant, but the meetings, to me are dry affairs and I would enjoy myself, more at home at work.
Thurs. 4 Heavy fog, dark, gloomy, til nearly noon, and then began to rain. I went to town early to shop, and pa bills-home at noon, but mail heavy and Fred did not get home to dinner. I went to Masonic Temple at 3:45 to drill with Eastern Star Officers, and late home has been a nasty, sloppy, dark day.
Fri. 5 A most beautiful day- Fred home to dinner- I swept and cleaned and baked. Made a big “three story”, white cocoanut cake, for a Birthday cake as my S.S. class is 9 years old today and there was talk of a Party, but thro’ a blunder t fell thro’, but lest some came, I baked a cake and opened a gallon of sweet cider I had canned and this evening, Robert Williard, Ernest Shelden and Edwin Jones came out, drank most of the cider and ate about half the cake, with Freddys’ help, so we had a tiny little Birthday Party.
Sat.6 Another beautiful day-awfully busy all day- cut out and made a white China silk “Camosole”. We went to Eastern Star, tonight, Masonic Temple Beulah Chapter, of which I am Chaplain. A big crowd, at close Miss Doerring showed us pictures of her trip in Africa four years ago.
Sun 7 A grand day. We took car to and from S.S. and Church I only had five boys in Class this morning Ronald McGord, Edwin Jones, Robt, Williard, Merritte Rowell and Aruthur Derrnis, Merle Allton came in at close of class. A bad beginning of the New Year but hope will do better. This afternoon, Margaret Rust, Norabell Bowers and cousin, Mr. Thompson, Charlie Plath, Mon & Carrie Wiede, Ronald McCord and Robt. Sympson came out- Had music I fed them Plum Pudding. Took Pictures.
Mon.8 The grandest day-like a lovely April day. I washed and scrubbed this morning. Mail very heavy but Fred came home to dinner. I ironed this afternoon and so tired tonight, I could scream, but I am not doing it. I’m going to bed early instead.
Tues.9 Another splendid day. I went to town early to get some very necessary things-a new house dress and pair of blankets, shirting to make Fred some shirts table oil-cloth etc, Then right after dinner I stopped a moment at Mrs. Remingtons, on my way to Stormont Hospital, where I went to see Mrs. John Porter (wife of Mail Carrier) who has a broken hip- she was very optimistic, very cheery, then into another room of the Hospital, to see Miss Gertrude Gray, who was operated on for appendicitis, and doing splendidly bright as a dollar, then to another room to see Mrs. Chas Lovrrnas, (another Carrier’s wife) who is a mother for the third time, with the dearest finest baby boy- she was much more cheery than well: from Hospital I went to see Mrs. Robt. Maxwell Sr. my heart aches for her and I can speak no word to assuage her grief, Dark when I got home. After supper Herbert and Dorothy Strickler came to hear the Victrola and later Mrs. Strickler came for them and to stay a while for music.
Wed.10 Cold, cloudy and very windy. Busy writing all day, as I have many, after Christmas” letters to write and friends were good to Poor old “Buffalo Bill” is dead-have seen him marry [XXXX] [XXX].
Thurs. 11 Bright and sunny but a cold wind. I went to Masonic Temple this afternoon, to practice with the new Officers and I had learned my part well. Even, Miss Doerring- worthy Matron-who seems never to have a word, but criticism, for anyone, unbent enough to say, “you have a good voice” after she had held the Ritual on me and found I knew my part. Dark when I got home.
Fri.12 Some more sunshine and pleasanter today. Very busy writing letters. Edwin Jones and Ernest Shelden came out for the evening-two of my nice boys. What would I do, without my boys.
Sat.13 A splendid day-busy with all kinds of work and wrote a lot more letters.
Sun.14 Sunny and bright- We took car to Sunday School then went to Santa Fe Depot, to se Will and Rua, for a moment, as they passed thro’ on #5 enrute to Cuba; both, looked fine. I had 11 boys in Class this morning. This afternoon DForn Fay Merritte Rowell, Edwin Jones, John Keating
Ernest Shelden, Ronald McGord, Mona Wiede, Stewart Eplura, Carrie Wiede and Dorothy Reddick came out. Kept the Victrola busy all afternoon and did not hurry home, when evening came, but got to dancing to the music, which I would rather they had not done, because it was Sunday- this dance problem is a big one and puzzling to handle: the few dance steps these young people took before leaving for Endeavor; what harm did they do, whom did they disturb- They were wholly innocent, of any thought of wrong doing- “just opening the valves of the exhaust” as it, were: there is so much” stored nervous tension in youth, that there must be an outlet at times, and this seemed to be one of those times, when it came spontaneously and quietly and I can’t possibly see, where any harm was done: it was not a dance at all and no thought of one.
Mon.15 We awakened this morning to find the ground white with snow- a surprise: not very cold an the sun shone thro’ the clouds occasionally, today. I went to Masonic temple this afternoon, to drill or practice” with rest of the new Officers of O.E.S. Miss Doerring, seemed unusually cranky today and “snappy” toward everyone- got blue mad at me and then found I was right- a new move in our march0 Well she has her worries. Home at 6 o’clock, Fred home first, but not home at noon.
Tues.16 Snow still on the ground a few more flakes came falling lazily down, this the sun shown a wee bit too. Been writing letters all day.
Wed.17 A fine day with sun shining almost all day, Had a very pleasant surprise about noon, when cousin Ira [XXXXX], came in, had dinner with us and a few hours visit. He has been in Alaska a great many years, and has not been home for fourteen years- he came from Iditorod and hat to walk 560 miles to get a boat to come out. He has not been well, but looks fine. A handsome fellow. Has some good gold mines in Alaska It is lovely to have even a short visit with him. Otis Young- one of my boys- made a short call, this afternoon
Thurs. 18 Some colder, but so bright and sunny. I went to town to “Shop” this afternoon and had my last bill at “Roehr’s” which settles our account for Victrola and Records of $134.25- a big bill for poor folks, but O we have enjoyed the music. At 3:45 I went to Masonic Temple, where we new Officers, “drilled” thro’ our several parts, again. My good Teddy, after work, came by for me at 5:30 and we came home together. Miss Doerring as in a pleasanter mood today, and was quite gracious. CHAS Plath and Mona Wiede came out this evening and quarreling as they generally are.
Fri. 19 A pleasant January day- much like April. Very busy all day. This evening about 8:30, the door bell rang and upon going to the door, who should I find before me, but Charlie Jenkins of Winfield, the husband of my old pal, and school-mate, Cara Finch. He staid all night with us and we had a pleasant evening visit A the memories, the occasional visit of friends, of my youth time, bring us, when they come from the old house.
Sat. 20 Warm, mild as Spring but clouds came and with them this evening, rain-lots of rain. Charlie Jenkins spent the day down, but came out this evening for Supper and to stay all night and we had to leave him home alone while we went to Eastern Star. I just had to go because I’m Chaplain and we are all new Officers, just starting in together and were to have some Initiatory work, some from [XXXXX]visitors from the Legislature and a “Pie Social.” I took and apple pie; We all received, many compliments on our good work tonight, tho’ Miss Doerring made a blunder. We initiated Dr. Billings and wife, Miss Jenkins and Miss Wadleich. We did not stay to eat Pie- too late
Sun.21 Sunny and very warm as we took car to S.S. I had boys in Class. We did not stay for church but took car and went off to 722 Lake St. to see Robert Swickler one of my boys who has been very
sick with relapse of Typhoid fever and double [XXXXX] We took him a dozen pink carnations-found him up, but very weak-must be very careful for some time. When we left Robert’ at 11:45 we found the wind had changed from mild to biting cold from the North West. Charlie Jenkins ate dinner with us and left about 3 oclock- he would not go to S.S. This afternoon Vera Hanna, Ldorn Fay, Ernest Shelden, Merritte Rowell and Ronald McGord came out. We had a quiet evening alone. Very cold tonight.
Monday.22 Down to zero this morning, so it is cold. I did a large two weeks washing and all thro’ by noon-bright and sunny-fine winter day.
Tues.23 Another, fine sunny day, but old Winters blowing his breath off of zero weather, so it is cold. Ironed this morning and making a shoulder wrap of white Efiderdown, this afternoon for Mrs. Jones-Jonesie-
Wed.24 A fine, sunny day and much warmer: finished the wrap this morning which I’m making as a present for “Jonesie”. Went to town to shop this afternoon, going with Teddy as he went to P.A. This evening, Mona and Carrie Wiede Dorothy Reddick, John Keating, Edwin Jones and Ronald McFord came out and danced until 10 o’clock. Charlie Plath called me over the phone, frothing mad because Mona would not wait and come with him, so he did not come.
Thrs.25 As bright, fine, sunny, day, as heart, could wish. And fully busy all day. Washed my hair this afternoon.
Fri.26 Another most splendid day and I put in some mighty hard licks, cleaning up this old house, scooping out the dirt and letting in the sunshine and air.
Sat.27 And still the days are warm, and beautiful: Kansas has no rival with her blue skies and golden sunlight a plenty, thro’ the Winter as well as Summer I cut out two new shirt-waists, for Fred today.
Sun.28 We took car to and from S.S. ad church today. I had 10 boys in class this morning and three visitors this afternoon, Maragaret Rust, Carl Swanson, Dorothy, Charlie Plath, Ronald McGord, Edwin Jones and Ernest Sheldon came out. Mrs. A.E. Jones came back this evening from McPherson, KS. And is with us again.
Mon.29 A fine day- Did my washing this morning and this afternoon, Mrs. Jones and I went to the First Methodist Church to a meeting of the “Woman’s Kansas Day Club”. Had an excellent Program and we enjoyed it very much. Mrs. J. stayed down town until bed-time. Fred’s mail very heavy and not home to dinner, today-poor fellow. We always enjoy our quiet evenings.
Tues.30 Did my ironing this forenoon, and sewed on Fred’s shirt waists this afternoon. Had a colored man here saving kindling wood most of the day. A grand day, Mrs. Hugh Gariner, gave me some lily bulbs this afternoon
Wed.31 Harry Davis called this evening. Turned very cold today-so cold could not snow, tho’ it tried hard several times and The wind blew a gale. I was in it an hour or more carrying kindling into the barn, lest it would snow and cover it making Fred, two new shirt-waists. “jonesie” away this afternoon. Wind is howling tonight, rough.
Thrs.1 Well, Winter has arrived with a vengeance 12 degrees below, this morning and a very strong wind. Sun Shines, beautifully from a deep blue sky, and the frost on the windows are some of Jack frosts’ most exquisite patterns and very beautiful. Still working on Fred’s Shirt waist. Jonesie away most of day and Fred’s mail so heavy he did not get home to dinner.
Fri.2 “Ground Hog” day and the old fellow saw his shadow all day, so we have more Winter coming to us. 12 degrees below again his morning. Mrs. Jones away this afternoon. I finished Fred’s two shirt waist and 3 new collars “Jonesie” stayed all night at Mrs. Armos tonight. Awful cold.
Sat.3Bright and sunny warm- warm as a fine April day. O but I’ve been busy today for we are to have a visit tomorrow, from Fred’s brother Boit and wife of Omaha. I got many things ready yesterday, but this morning, I made a cake, a Plum pudding and some Ginger bread, and did a lot of cleaning, beside my usual work- a few minutes before noon, I went upstairs to work a little while in one of the bed-rooms and found the roof of the front porch burning. I carried water and put out the fire, then called the Fire Dept. to send out a man, to see whether the Electric wires were the cause of the fire, as it was directly over the porch light, but he said fire was caused by sparks from our chimney. Mrs. Jones came at noon had dinner with us and then did my dusting and used her electric sweeper while I cleaned and arranged my beds-we both worked very hard until nearly 5 o’clock, when a man came for her trunk and she moved back to her own home, 1152 Washburn-she rented her house and reserved a room where he will do “light house-keeping.” After supper and the evening work, I took the 7 o’clock care, for Eastern Star meeting at Masonic Temple-Fred went to the auditorium to “Mid-Winter” and later to the Temple for me. Was an Entertainment and refreshments after star meeting We only stayed for part of Entertainment then came home. Mrs. Edwin Fox was the Entertainer, with stories and jokes.
Sun.4 A howling, blizzard-wind this morning and very cold-down to zero but seemed much worse tho’ the sun shone, part of the time. I took car to and from Sunday School, while Fred stayed home to keep the house warm and to meet Boit and Angie, when they came. I had ten boys in class, the largest attendance of any class present. Mrs. Ev. King and her class of girls visited my class today- all classes doubling, because, so cold, very few present. When I got home, Boit and Angie had arrived-are enroute home to Omaha from a two months visit in California. We had a most happy visit with them and were so sorry to have them, leave for home at 7 o’clock this evening-7 years, since they were here last. Mrs. Joslyn died and left Boit a million dollars we were told by one of the family, but of course Boit would not tell us. Mrs. Frank Thompson came out this afternoon to see Boit: were school mates Warren Bennington, Harry Davis, Ernest Shelden and Ronald McGord and Robt. [XXXXX], my blessed boys, came out this afternoon. I wish Boit could have me all my Bunch- they are so fine, so worth while. Harry Davis has come from Prinnell College and will attend Washburn this semester and I am so glad. Awfully cold tonight and I am so glad we are alone- hard to keep the house warm and folks comfortable.
Mon.5 A splendid day- warm and sunny. Fred home all day, just to rest. Irene Seiler- Bieghtler and baby, came in a while this afternoon. We went to the Orpheum this evening, as guests of “Jonesie” to see Douglass Fairbanks in “The Americans” and he was splendid- best I ever have seen him. We are all, much stirred up, over the trend of affairs with Germany, yet God grand we may not have war. It seems inconceivable that any People could act as Germany has. I have the blood of many Nations in my veins, but am glad I have no German blood- Germany is a disgrace to the Earth.
Tues.6 A most splendid day- warm and sunny- no fire and windows open. Working button-holes on Fred’s new shirt-waists. Fred went to work this morning again. And still the war-cloud grows bigger and blacker and with all our souls we pray ware may be averted.
Wed.7 A beautiful day, splendidly fine and sunny and warm. I went to town this morning, to pay the regular bills and “shop” a wee bit. This afternoon I went to a meeting of Better Carriers wives, at Mrs. [XXXXX] Winget’s 410-w 16th St. There were 28 women present and we had a very pleasant afternoon. Mrs. E. Pollard brought me home in her Auto, after the meeting. Teddy & I had a quiet evening together, reading.
Thurs.8 Much colder today, tho very bright and sunny. Have been very busy all day, yet accomplished little- I just seemed to “fritter around” all day. Some days I just seem to “waste” some how: I guess I get “bewildered” because I have so much to do.
Fri.9 Another day of “Cold and sunshine”. Busy too, as could be all day, and really got something done. We are hearing more and more of War possibilities with brutal, stubborn Germany- God grant we may be spared, the terrible, scourge of ware, with any Nation
Sat.10 Sunny but cold. We took car to and from S.S. and Church. I only had 8 boys in Class yet we stand “second in percentage”, or are tied with Mrs. Kings’, class’ of girls for 2nd place. After dinner , I had to go to Masonic Temple, for “officer’s drill” in Eastern Star work. Dan Fay Edwin Jones, Ronald McGord and Marrittee Rowell were here when I came home and Teddy said others, both boys and girls, had been here. I was sorry to be away.
Mon.12 A grand day. I washed a big two weeks, washing. I went to Mrs. E. Priddy’s this afternoon to a Committee meeting and to Church to Teacher’s meeting this evening, alone.
Tues.13th Another splendid day. Did my ironing this forenoon and crocheted a lovely white “change” or coin purse, for to be put in our Aux. “Grabbag” at our en-tertainment next week. Edwin Jones, Ernest Sheldon, and Warren Bernnington came in for the evening, to talk our plans for a S.S. Class Party on 22nd
Wed.14 A most splendid day. The sun cannot shine more golden, than in Kansas and Kansa skies are bluer than ever Italy’s could hope to be. And so we are having a lovely Winter. I made a three pocket-bag, (called a Chinese puzzle) of silk ribbon today, for Aux. “grabbag,” entertainment next week. To my door, just after dinner, came a poor German girl, selling hand-made lace, to help her widowed mother support the family of six children of which she was eldest. Her story was pitiful, her face honest and pathetic and full of the lives of hardships she was cold and hungry. I brought her in and warmed her and fed her, and she ate most heartily. I gave her a waist-too small for me- and two aprons, and bought a set of her lace for a $1.50 which I could not afford to do, but her, need seemed so much greater than mine and “my sister had asked bred,” I could no t give her a stone. She was genuinely grateful for what I had tried to do in my Saviour’s name; And too she belonged to my country’s enemy, Germany, but I saw only her need.
Thrs.15 A blessed day of Sunshine, warm and fine. I went to town after dinner to Shop. Bought a Book for graduation presents for Lymare King. We are giving John Keating a Matrix Opal, stick –pin and Frances Washburn, a half-doz lovely silk handkerchiefs. I also bought some new records of the Victrola. “Jonesie” called just before dinner- poor woman is nearly sick and has all kinds of hard luck. Jonesie Remington and Marquerite Birmingham in a moment this evening to see our Phone.
Fri.16 A Winter day in Kansas-Golden sunshine and blue skies, a splendidly beautiful day. Busy with all sorts of work this morning. This evening we want to High School Graduation exercises at Auditorium; a number of our young friends graduated among them, John Keating, one of my fine young men. The exercises were splendid and the whole evening most enjoyable0 nothing dragged and was over, early. Mrs. Jones came in a while this afternoon.
Sat.17 A day of “Golden sunshine and blue skies” but it is colder this evening. Have been very busy all day, baking, cleaning etc. This evening we went to Eastern Star- were five initiated and made us late getting home, but the work was very beautiful.
Sun.18 Sunny most of the day, but a raw, chill, air. We took a car to and from S.S. and church-I only had nine boys in class, yet we won second place, in the “Loving-Cup” contest- but we ought to stand at the head, all the time, if the boys would but get up in the morning: however the boys parents, are to blame- they take no interest in the boy’ religious life. This afternoon, Robert Williard (nephew of Jess-Chaurch. Puguliat0 Harry Davis, Ernest Shelden, Ronald McGord, Merle Allton, Don Fa, Margaret Bust, Helen Gresser, Lucille Grame, Nancy Boone, and Laura Farris came out. They played the piano, sang, kept the Victrola busy, laughed and talked and jollied one another- occasionally some of them danced a “Fox Trot” or rather “One Step” and played the Ukelele: all seemed so very happy, yet I wish they would be content with fine music. I never used to believe in Sunday visiting, but “Tunes” and young folks, have changed since I was young folks and now one must ofer their homes to them, lest they find places not best for them. I took pictures of the “bunch”. This evening early, Meritte Rowell came out a while and later Mrs. Will Baker- Lovall and sister, Alma Holz- Baldwin and her son Harold (a real giant) and Dorothy Reddick and Carrie Wiede- Never a breathing shell on Sunday, but it is lovely to have ones friends come any time, and our Latch-String is out 365 days a year-always glad to share our home with others.
Mon.19 Another beautiful day of “gold and blue” and very warm. I have so much, on this week, did not wash today. Mail heavy and Fred not home to dinner. I went to town this afternoon to do some Shopping- am to give my boys a Washington Birthday Party. We try to be “gay” and happy this the world is full of war.
Tues.20 Very Beautiful day again. Mrs. Jones here in the late afternoon. I went over to see Warren Remington a moment just before Supper: he blistered a toe and his foot became infected- had doctor- pretty bad foot The death on the Border, of Maj. Gen. Fred Funston, today, came as a dreadful shock; how can we do without him- the world so badly needs such splendid men at all times and just now, most of all, when all the world is at War. Such a pity he had to go.
Wed.21 Another splendid day and we are so glad for every moment of sunshine, tho’ a little rain would help, for it is getting quite dry. Writing out some games and arranging my program for Party. Edwin Jones came in for he evening- such a splendid young man.
Thrs.22 “WAShington’s Birthday”- A splendidly, beautiful day, of sunshine and blue skies: ver warm- house open without fire. Fred home in afternoon-half Holiday. I worked hard all day, baking cakes and made five Cherry pies, 4 of which took to Washington Birthday Supper, we Carrier’s
Wives, gave for our husbands, at 6:30 this evening in Odd Fellows Hall, 6th & Jackson- Fred and I went down at 5 o’clock. Carriers’ gave an Entertainment after Supper_ a big’ Supper, a good time, a big crowd- 130 men, women, and children.
Fri.23 And still another fine day. I swept, cleaned and put up decorations for my Party- used red, white, and blue garlands and about six dozen small flags beside two large ones. Slept and rested this afternoon. And tonight we had one of the jolliest, happiest, Parties, we have ever had-games, music on Victrola and Piano, Ouija Board, and some danced. I made the cakes, pink and white layer, with custard filling and frosted white and covered with cocoanut and candied cherries. The brick ice-cream, was white, with pink hatchet in centre- very pretty and very good. Those who came were John Keating, Helen MCann, Ronald McGord, Lucille Grane, Harry Davis, Nancy Boone, Robert [XXXXX], Helen Leqis, Don Faye, Carrie Wiede, Edwin Jones, Katherine Harnit, Merle Allton, Bernice Kingsbury, (a graso widow) Roger McKiddy, Eera Haven, three stags, Robt. Williard, Arthur Dennis, and Ernest Shelden, whose “steadies” were sick, and out of town, and Ed Bell, Lucile Maguire, Arthur Saville Elinor Ekert, Jenn Williard, Louise Brown, Clarence Downie, Laura Farris, Allen Neely, Alice Rice, and Charles Wilson, and Margaret Rush and Harold [XXXXX] a bunch of friends, of the Class and myself. These young folks seemed so happy tonight it made the evening very happy for us we enjoyed them very much.
Sat.24 A fine, warm, sunny, day and was quite busy cleaning up, after the Party and doing my regular Saturday work- Fred helped me too, for he was home this morning, as “compensatory time” because of working half day, or Washington’s Birthday which is a legal Holiday and Carrier’s should have the whole day off, and always had it under Republic Admin. But Postmaster W.[XXXXX] Rigby is both unpatriotic and stubborn, and contrary- makes carriers work half of every Holiday, just to be mean and show his authority. It is an added excuse to the Government, for he is compelled to give them compensatory time.
Sun.25 Another fine day, almost too warm for wraps. We took car to, and from, S.S. and church. I had 14 boys in Class, and we had a good Lesson. This afternoon Harry Davis, Edwin Jones, Ronald McGord, Don Fay, Robt. [XXXXX], Melvern Pribble, Laura Farris and Nancie Boons, came out. And this evening Robt. [XXXXX] Helen Lewis, Harry Davis Helen Gresser, and Ronald McGord and Helen McGarm, came out for the evening- my! How much these young folks get out of life.
Mon.26 Warm and sunny, but very windy. I had a very large washing, which took me ‘til nearly 1 o’clock. My good Teddy home to dinner, today. Have taken cold some way, and don’t feel extra good tonight. We set a hen this evening.
Tues.27 A fine, sunny day, but a cool, wind. Did my large ironing this morning and Warren Remington who has had a bad sore foot-lanced several time and had Doctor number of times- came over this morning and visited with me until noon, while I ironed; now the Doctor forbid his going out yet, but that’s “boy” for you. Just after, dinner, Mrs. Lila Day- Monore, and Mrs. J.d. McFarland called, and I had a very happy visit with them and just as they left, Mrs. Strickler and Dorothy came. Dorothy stayed after her mother went home then Mrs. Tucker came and as she left, Mrs. S. [XXXXX] back for Dorothy, and as they left, my good Teddy came home. SO my day has been exceedingly full and I enjoyed it too. We had a quiet evening alone.
Wed.28 The last day of February and is bright and fine as the whole month has been-wonder what Marele will bring- if it only could, bring “World Peace”. The World is so full of suffering, the war so terrible, so brutal; if germany could only be put in a “mad-house” the rest of the world could bring about Peace, but germany worse than a raving maniac, treacherous brutal, deceitful, cannot be “treated” with, and so War must go on, until that nation is crushed. Ones heart must ache and break, be-cause of so much suffering to the innocent.
March 1917 1917 March.
Thurs. 1st A bright, sunny, day and March, certainly “came in like a Lamb.” A very busy day, at various duties. Mail heavy and my good Teddy not home to dinner. Warren Remington was here most of the forenoon, visiting with me-his foot is very much better. Made a little garden.
Fri.2nd Another fine day, yet a few flakes of snow have fallen several times today- a real Mack day. G Guild, stopped to phone, this afternoon and he smelled so strong of “Booze” that he made the whole house stink- I came near telling him, he did not smell like the “bone dry” law- he is a man I can’t bear.
Sat.3 A splendid day, but ground was white with snow when we got up this morning-how ever the sun soon took it off. We went to “Eastern Star” this evening, at Masonic temple on Jackson St. Had short session, because of a [XXXXX] social to follow, but we did not stay, and so were home before 10 o’clock- good crowd present.
Sun.4 A fine day tho rather cold; 12° above zero. Fred went early to see Dr. [XXXXX] about his eyes and met me at church. I had 14 boys in Class. No church, as Bro. Cook was not at all well, so
After short song service, we were dismissed Mr. A.W.[XXXXX], was buried this afternoon from our Church. This afternoon a bunch of our young folks came out Ronald McGord, Henry Davis, Merle Allton, Ernest Shelden Roger McKiddy, Don fay, Margaret Rust, Helen Gresser, Mona Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Florence Herren and Carrie Wiede. They, sang played Piano, and Victrola and Harry played his Ukulele, We had a quiet evening alone. I took pictures of the kids.
Mar.5 A very cold wind blowing, but sun shone most of day. I washed this forenoon and clothes froze dry. Teddy got home to dinner. P.[XXXXX] at to’clock and surprised me, tho’ it took but a moment to reheat chilli and cocoa and set him out a good dinner. Mona Wiede and Charlie Plath came out for the evening. Charlie has about made up his mind, he doesn’t want to go to China as a Missionary and Mona insists he must- a few months ago it was “vice-versa”. They seemed unusually happy tonight. Went with Mrs. Tucker to Mrs. John Dawson’s and Mrs. John Marshall’s Reception at the Y.W.C.A. this afternoon, and certainly had one big fine time.
Tues.6 Today has been sunny and warm- a splendid day. After doing my ironing this morning, I went over and visited with Mrs. Bettis for an hour or so. Her broken knee still hurts her, some. This afternoon, cousin Ira Vanfrsdol of Tolstoi Alaska, who is home on a visit, came in to see me and I enjoyed a splendid visit with him- too fine a man to waste his life in Alaska even tho’ he has made money there.
Wed.7 A most splendid day. I baked lovely bread this morning. Went to town after dinner put $40. in the Bank of Topeka, then went to Mrs. Meyers, 1214 N. Van Buren, North Topeka ot a meeting of the ladies Aux. of Mail Carriers. We had a very pleasant afternoon- about 20 there.
Thurs.8 The grandest day yet. I worked “fast and furious” all forenoon and went to a “Thimble Party this afternoon at Mrs. Henry McAfee’s 434 Topeka Ave, given for members of Beulah Chafe. [XXXXX] by Mrs. [XXXXX and Mrs. Desicher I went in for Mrs. [XXXXX] and she and I went together. We had a very happy time. This evening Fred & I, went to the Iris, to see Margerite Clarke in “Fortune of Life,” the best part of which was a dear, little white dog-best thing of the whole show.
Fri.9 Warm, windy and dirty-also sunny, that is when the sun cold possibly, push a shaft of light thro’ the dust. I swept and cleaned the whole house. Mona Wiede came in for the evening- She and Charlie have had a “scrap” and she is terribly “upset,” poor kid. They nearly drive me to distraction, with their “scraps” – they ought, really to have one great, big, row, and quite for good. Jennie Remington came in a while too, I helped Mona write a not to Charlie, to “make up”
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Sat.10 A fine day, and a busy one for me- I baked and did some mending and made some more garden. Wind blew fearfully all day and very warm-up to 84°. Charlie called me up, to talk over his troubles with Mona- He got the letter, I helped her write him-he thinks it pretty saucy, but they are to “kiss and make up,” this evening. After Supper, Fred and I, with Mona-by appointment she took car at 8 & Morris, that we were on- went to the Y.M.C.A. to see the Basket-ball games-my boys won, 26 to 25 from the 2nd United Presbyterian’s, in one of the hardest and best games, of Basketball that I ever saw played. Ronald McGord, Edwin Jones, Charlie Plath, Leonard Irwin and Harry Davis, were my “winners”. Of course Charlie took Mona, home after the game, and “all is well”- til next scrap.
Sun.11 A mighty fine day-we took car to and from, S.S. and church- I had 16 boys in Class and we made 1386 per cent, in the cup contest. Bro. Cook, in his Sermon this morning, asked that all, give one days wages for Missions this week, but, very, very few stood up, in answer to his call. I don’t see how people could sit still-Fred & I could not; and there were many, who are well to do , in the audience, who turned a deaf ear. This afternoon, Harry Davis Edwin Jones, Ronald McGord, Merle Allton, Don Fay, Ernest Shelden, Roger McKiddy, Margaret Rust, Nancy Boone and Helen Gresser came out. Boys elected class officers Jones, Pres. Davis V. Pres. McGord Sec. Fay, treas. Robt. Williard Serg at Arms. I took pictures of the Bunch. And
After all had gone, we took a street-car for Shorey and spent the evening with uncle Jes. And Aunt Samantha Van [XXXXX], AND COUSIN Ira Van, who is home on a visit from Iditarod, Alaska-also cousin Bessie Van-Richards, and husband and son, of Herington, Kansas. We have had a very happy day and evening.
Mon.12A misty, foggy, sprinkly, day so I dried my washing in the house. Glad for the rain, or indication that rain is coming. Busy all day.
Tues.13 We had a good little rain last night and few sprinkles today, but colder tonight. Cousin Ira Vanfrsdol came over this evening to stay all night, and we took him to the grand theatre to see “Fair and Warmer”, one of the best comedies I ever saw in my life- a scream, from moment the curtain went up, until it went down after the last act-one laughed every moment.
Wed.14 A Splendid day of sunshine. Ira slept late and after an 8:30 Breakfast, we had some Victrola music He went over to his father’s at 10:30 Mrs. A.E. Jones came to Lunch at noon, after which we went to town shopping- met Mrs. Armos, Ms. Davis and Mrs. Stafford and the five of us “shopped” with poor success, as is usual, when a bunch of women get together, but we had a jolly visit with one another.
Thurs.15 A wee bit sprinkly; sunshine and clouds, and thunder and a bit of lightning mixed in and the day has been “as mad as the typical March Hare”. And I have accomplished little with my work, but put in most of day writing out, plans and lists, of things needed, about the house and garden- some days seem a failure.
Fri.16 Plenty of sunshine, thro’ the floating clouds, today and the sky is so blue- but a big wind, is blowing cold from the North West, and makes the day disagreeable, Mrs. M.H. Strickler and Dorothy came over this morning to show me some, very lovely Photo’s, just taken, of Dorothy My work today has been just “odds and ends,” but plenty of it.
Sat.17 Cold but sunny. I swept and cleaned and baked. Very busy day. This evening, Fred and I went to Eastern Star at Masonic Temple (Beulah #34) Had a fine meeting: 8 initiations and the work was so beautifully done- the “America” tableau, was especially fine and splendidly Patriotic. Mabel Nicurm-Tulloch and Mrs. Harris, were the only ones initiated with whom, I was acquainted. We did not stay for “refreshments.”
Sun.18 A fine day, tho’ a little cool. We took car to and from S.S. and church I had 29 boys and we gained 1st” place in the “cup” contest. This afternoon, Robt.Williard, Flo Herren, Harry Davis, Don Fay Ron McGord, Roger McKiddy, Harold Baldwin, Ernest Shelden, Merle Allton, Bob [XXXX], Carl Swanson, Merritte Rowell, Mell Pribble and Miss Bert came out- Robt.[XXXXX], Fred Brachett & Ernie Shelden, came this eve, again.
Mon.19 A beautiful day, tho’ most too warm. I went to town this morning, to sign a “cheque” at the Bank, for the good government Club, which I had given them and failed to sign, in full-just forgot and made it no end of trouble for them. I did some shopping too, then came home, got dinner for my good Teddy then went to town, again and did some more “shopping” and lost 5 yds. Of muslin, or rather failed to take it from the sSaleslady, and when I phoned for it later, it had disappeared (?) its the first time I ever lost anything while “shopping”- not a big loss, but I had “struck “ a bargain
Tues.20 A splendidly, beautiful day. “Jonesie” came this morning to make a dress-skirt, for one-blue and cream stripe material, like [XXXXX]: she worked slowly and we visited more than we worked, so , little, was done. Mrs. Hand, (a stranger to me_ came in to see about buying our Home, but it is not for sale. A beautiful Tamarix tree was the attraction.
Thrs.22 A fine day but very wind. “Jonesie” here all day and night. Took us to Orpheum tonight to see Dorothy Dalton and [XXXXX]. Ray, in “behind the warm, “also [XXXXX], Club, Tom Powell in
Scotch costume, impersonating “Harry Lauder”- a bum impersonation- and Dr. Koester in some Majic stunts, which were excellent: “Modoc’s” also were fine and the Patriotic stunt, later, by the National guards. A splendid evening of entertainment, which we all enjoyed immensely. Rained hard while we were at the Orpheum
Fri.23 Another beautiful day. “Jonesie” finished my dress-shirt about 2 o’clock P.M. and then went home and I wrote “notes” rest of afternoon to various boys asking them to come to Sunday School. Warren Remington came in this morning: poor kid has been sick-looks bad. Bro & Sister Cook, in a moment this evening- a tire of their auto, blew out.
Sat.24 Awfully busy all day, baking, cleaning, etc We went to the Y.M.C.A. this evening to see the “Finals” played in the Church League, Basket Ball games- my boys were defeated for the cup 29-19 but they had to play under all sorts of handicaps-two of their best playsers were absent, and several hurt, and they were “fouled”; upon most trivial excuses. An interesting and most exciting game- so sorry the boys lost Had a colored boy-Edwards- working in yard all day: didn’t do much.
Sun. 25A splendid day and the great “day of days” the end of the “cup contest”. And my fine church, “won” by 71 points above the nearest competitor. [XXXXX] I was proud of them, “Jonesie,” Mona Wiede and Dorothy Reddick came to the class as “visitors” to
Help us out, but I had 36 young men, which was enough, without them. We will be presented the “cup” next Sunday. I was certainly proud of the boys for they worked hard and earned the Victory but it has made “hard feeling”- some accused me, so Mrs. Yetter told me, of counting Mrs. McKiddy’s Class of girls, as visitors to my class, which we never dreamed of doing: and beside, the girls id not “visit” our class. We do not want the “cup” badly enough to “lie” to get it. The boys and myself, invited young men, where ever we could find one ”loose” and worked honestly and hard to win. Mrs. King and her class of girls are very sore and have made unkind accusations, yet they did not “Play fair” for they went to the First Methodist Church and borrowed a whole Class of girls to help defeat my boys. Sixteen girls came over to help them, but it did not defeat me. This afternoon, we had our house full of young people as usual a bunch of my boys. Don fay John Keating, Edwin Jones, Harry Davis, Ronald McGord Ernest Sheldon, Roger McKiddy, Payl White, MerritteRoowell, Robt. [XXXXX], Fred Brackett 9for the Prodigal has returned) Merle Allton with Miss Fauler (of Kansas City) Margaret Roust and Katheryn Harrit. A jolly Bunch Margaret played the piano and all sang. Harry played the Ukulele and the boys sang-and they sing fine. We gout out the Flag and I took pictures of all.
Mon.26 A, dark, cloudy, clear sunny, cold, warm, whippy. Whirlie, blowie snowy, rainy fine day- March day, full of moods: I saw no snow flakes, but others did, and was quite a sprinkle of rain, but m big two weeks washing, dried outdoors in time for me to do all my ironing this afternoon- I finished washing at 12:30 and got a hurried, but good bunch, for m good husband who unexpectedly came home at 12:45. I was just finish-ing my ironing, when he came home from work this evening. I’ve certainly “earned my salt” this day and “tumble into bed mighty early tonight. Have had many interruptions all day.
Tues.27 A fine Spring day. Went to town, Shopping, this morning. Trimmed me a new “Spring Bonnet” this after-noon, making my new “head gear” cost me 40 cents and it looks fine too. Fred went to a meeting of the Church Board, this evening and I read until he came home at 10:30 The City is beginning to hang out, “Old Glory,” as a token of Patriotism- I saw many out this morning. I had mine out, Sunday and hung it out today, to stay, until our trouble with germany is over, but hope no blood, will have to be shed, in its defense germany may soon be crushed.
Wed.28 A fine sunny day, but strong wind Blowing. Very busy with my house work all morning and made garden all afternoon, trimmed trees etc Out doors whole afternoon; hard work but enjoy it.
Thus.29 Another nice day except for the wind. I washed my white wool ratine coat this morning. “Jonesie” here all a day and night, making me a white wool ratine, skirt. She is not well at all and worries much. I’m afraid, she is going into, or has now, tuberculosis. She is so kind, so big-hearted, yet so high tempered and raging she brings most of her trouble on herself, while laying all the blame, on the “other fellow”: naturally she can’t see her fault and no one dares tell her where she is to blame.
Fri.30 Hot, O my! and the wind almost a gale. I was out in the wind all morning, repairing a small wire pen, for my little chickens. “Jonesie” here all day and feeling badly, and then the heat too made her feel worse, as she did not finish my skirt. I had cousin Ira [XXXXX] and Mrs. James Herriott and Mrs. Jones here for Supper and to spend the evening and we had a fine time. Mona Wiede and Charlie Plath came in for the evening too- I played a number of Records on the Victrola for them.
Sat.31 Sunny and much cooler today. Cousin Ira Van who stayed all night, last night, went home this morning at 10:30 I went in to Mrs. Remingtons over an errand after Ira left and visited for an hour. Freda telegraphed from Denver, this morning for $20.00 and Will to Springfield, Colo. Where she says Will has got Work. Fred went to P. [XXXXX] this evening and sent her $20.00 by registered mail-she may be [XXXXX].
Sun.1st Cloudy, cold, morning. We took car to Sunday School and Church. I had 15 boys in Class- Mrs. E.V. King had 14 girls: a bad morning and many at S.S. One new fellow, Mr. Norris, visited class and may become a member. At closing of exercises, David Owen, who is State [XXXXX] of S.S.s’ called my class & myself up to the front and presented us, the silver “Loving Cup” which we won in the Attendance Contest, and which was donated for the purpose, by Mr. G.H. Benson of Wakeny out in the “short grass” country. I received many congratulations on our success, but these “contests” are a mistake, for they cause hard feelings: Mrs. King and her class of girls, never came near us, would not even notice us- and are all covered with sore [XXXXX]
This afternoon, as usual, the young folks took possession of our home: Robt [XXXXX], John Keating, Fred Brachett, Harry Davis, Ronald McGord, Merle Allton, Don Fay, Ernest Sheldon, Maragaret Rust, Lucille Grave, Nancy Boone, Helen Gresser, Mona Wiede, Elena Stewart, Carrie Wiede and Dorothy Reddick. After they left about 6 o’clock, we went over to see Warren Remington, who is quite sick again and at 8 o’clock, the young foks, came in again for the evening, John eating, [XXXXX] Wilson, Fred Borackett, Harry Davis Robt. [XXXXX], Lucielle Grame, Margaret Rust, and Nancy Boone. They played the piano a while and sang, then turned out the lights, raised the window shades to let in the moonlight, seated themselves on the floor
And all sang, while Harry accompanied them on the Ukulele: and they sang splendidly until 10:30 oclock when they went hone- sang Hymns Classics and “rag time”. A happy youth so full of joyous life0 and I’m glad I can add my “[XXXXX]” to make them happy. I ad very little to make me happy when I was their age, and nothing of pleasure, or to compare with what these young folks have. These young people, bring lots of sunshine into our home. I took pictures of all, this afternoon.
Mon.2 A fine day and I got my washing out early. My good Teddy did not get home to dinner because of a heavy mail so I laid down to rest awhile, then got up and id my ironing, so that done.
Tues.3 Windy, cold and awfully blowie. A poor crippled beggar came to my door this morning- wants to start a “new stand”- his tale may be true, of a Parelytic Mother to support, but there are so many folks in this world: however I gave him 15 cents, all I had and prayed the Lord to bless it, if he was worthy. I have little to give, but cannot turn the “needy” away empty handed. And times will grow worse, since our President has declared war. Too bad, a stronger man could not have been President, then we would not have been in the War; but it must be a part of God’s plan, He tells us “times shall wax worse and worse” and wars and rumors of wars etc, before Christs 2nd coming, and surely the
Bible is proving true. I went to town shopping and to pay our usual Bills- Light, Water, Phone and Lodge dues, this afternoon. Very busy getting ready for my Class Party. Roger McKiddy came out this evening. He is 17 years old today- one of my new boys.
Wed.4 Cloudy and blowing up cold. Just awfully busy. Roger McKiddy was here all afternoon- came for a film of picture I took of him, some days ago- of course my work was greatly hindered, but a teacher, especially of boys, to hold them, must always be ready and with her best smile, to entertain them and ready to drop her work, no difference how important it is.
Thurs.5 [XXXXX], SO BUSY- Made three lovely cakes, cooked a chicken and did such a lot of work, for my Party tomorrow night. The day has been so warm, that I took down the Heating Stove and “stored” it away, this afternoon, until next Winter.
Fri.6 A nice day and my! how I had to work and was most thank-ful, for a nice day. I creamed my chicken this morning and baked 85 graham biscuit, and cleaned the two carpets and rugs, with the vacuum sweeper. This afternoon made 40 whole-wheat, “bread & butter” sandwiches, wrote three doz. Pages of Riddles and decorated with flags and got everything ready for this evening. Poor Warren was over, most of afternoon-looks awfully bad. Arthur Dennis came in for a Cal at 7 o’clock but did not stay for the Party. Our Party was to celebrate our winning the “Loving Cup” in a 6 months, attendance Contest at
Sunday School and also an Easter Party. And also its just possible it’s a “Farewell Party,” for my boys, most of whom will enlist for War. And they may be “called” soon. We had a jolly time; ten couples and seven “stags.” John Keating Florence Peterson, Robt. [XXXXX], Helen Rutledge, Ronald McGord, Katheryn Harnit, Harry Davis Nancy Boone, Clarence [XXXXX] Laura Farris, Ed. Bell, Lucile Maguire Glenn Williard, Louise Brown, Will Jackson, [XXXXX] A Sellars, Robt. Williard, Flo Herren, Ernest Shelden Helen Williams and the Stags, Delbert Starling, Robt Swickard, Walter Norris, Merle Allton, Edwin Jones Roger McKiddy and Fred Brackett. Of Course some of them danced a “one step” now and then- we had singing and both Piano and Victrola music- then I gave them Easter Carols on the back of which, I had written a number of Riddles I served the refreshment at small tables- in courses, progressively: the girls drew “numbers” to find what table they were to sit at: then drew some kind of a paper and hunted about the tables for their “match” and ate first course with her, then at tap of bell they went to next table for next course etc It made a lot of fun and made them better acquainted- the Stags had to eat alone. First Course, Bread and Butter Sandwich & deviled egg. 2nd course, fruit salad and crackers, 4th course, creamed chicken in
patty shells and hot graham biscuit, 5th Course, White coconut custard cake and Brick, Caramel ice cream with white Easter egg in centre. And for drink, hot cocoa. Edwin Jones and Fred Brackett, were my waiters, who did the evening and were most splendid. The crowd left at 10 min. ‘til 12 oclock. A very jolly affair.
Sat.7 Rainy, drizzlie, cold, cloudy and most disagreeable day, and from 4 o’clock, on, it snowed hard. O my! what a “pig-pen” of a house I had to clean up this morning, bu I gathered up all the dirty dishes from the tables then washed the tables, folded them and set them in the hall folded and carried out, the rented chairs, which took until about 9:30. At this time Edwin Jones came out to help me- I did the washing and Edwin wiped everything and wrapped up and put away all extra silver and every extra dish in its place etc. And was most excellent help: no girl could have possibly done better- what a husband, he will make for some girl- hope he finds one, good as he is. After the dishes were washed, he cleaned the rooms, with the vacuum sweeper, and it was almost 12 o’clock, with everything beautifully cleaned up. I set Lunch soon as Teddy came, from last nights “eats” that were left over: after Lunch Edwin helped me with dishes again, then we sat by a cheery grate fire rest of afternoon talking over [XXXXX] plans for this Fall. He went home at 4 o’clock. [XXXXX].E.S. tonight but we did not go.
Sun.8 Awfully cold, but as bright and sunny- really a fine Easter Day, except for the cold. We took car to and from S.S. and church but had to walk to 6th and Elmwood, to get the car and my left ankle so week and painful, just almost made me sick- Veins cause it. I only had 14 boys in Class, this morning. This after-noon, Paul White, Roger McKiddy, Don Fay, Robt. [XXXXX] Ronald McGord, Edwin Jones, Ernest Shelden, and Ralph Davidson came out. Katheryn Harrit and Margaret Rust came out, for a short call. After Supper Don Fay, Robt [XXXXX] and Edwin Jones came out for the evening and we all sat about the open grate fire of wood and talked of old [XXXXX] times, jolly good times- and [XXXXX] to be, this Fall: just turned out the lights and sat in the glow of the fire-light, and talked and hoped with the intensity of prayer, that war, would not bring its tragedy to separate us and spoil our good times.
Mon.9 A fine day- I got my washing done and things cleaned up by noon, ate lunch alone as mail was heavy and my good Teddy did not get home at noon. I did my ironing this afternoon. Mona Wiede, Elena Stewart Dorothy Reddick and Carrie Wiede came in for the evening just as Teddy had gone to bed, so tired, at 8 o’clock.
Tues.10 Cold morning but a warm windy day. I went in to see Mrs. Bettis and Warren R. this morning Washed my
Hair-bought 5 Bales, Alfalfa, $3.75, and mostly, fooled away much of the day, writing. Fred sprayed the fruit trees this evening.
Wed.11 Had a nice rain, last night and this morning, “sunshine and April showers,” to bring forth our gardens, as well, as “May flowers”. And the Robins, Pee-wee’s and the Meadow Larks, with their cheery “Spring O’ the year”, have all been busy, with their “open air Concerts” in between the “showers,” and Springtime, is truly a joyous time o’ the year. Just as “busy as a Bee” all day but did look out and the “sunshine and showers” occasionally and listened to the “Bird Concert,” as I hurried about.
Thurs.12 A fine day- an April day in Springtime. I went town Shopping this morning and got to Warren M. Crosby’s, Store in time to hear their Patriotic, song service- singing was lovely: this Store is opened by prayer every morning; and just now they have added a “Patriotic Song Service” because of War. Fred and I, went to the Auditorium, this evening, to see “the House that Jack, Built,” A, “Safety-first” picture given by the Santa Fe Railroad Co, under the management of Mr. Isaiah Hale; Don Fay, one of my dandy boys gave us tickets. Well thie picture was certainly full of thrills- to me, a horrible picture; one full of the most terrible deaths- I had to continually close my eyes, or look away, so not to be half killed, myself, by the terrible sights: it certainly showed some awful careless people- unbelievable.
Fri.18 Quite cool and some frost this morning. Had some more rain last night. More than busy today. Baked some of the finest bread- delicious
Sat.14 Warm and fine. Found our “Paxie” [XXXXX] with a nice heifer calf, when we got up this morning a very dark red, with few white spots. I cleaned the whole house today and then went out into the yard and set out, a Pear tree, some grape vines, rose bushes Peonies and Bleeding Heart. Worked all day, until my good Teddy got home this evening, so a good, hot bath and bed early.
Sunday 15 Cold all day and quite a rain this morning. We took car, to S.S. and return- had no church services because of the cold and no gas, to warm the church. I had 9 boys in Class, This afternoon, Paul White Don Fay, Roger McKiddy, Edwin Jones, Harry Davis, Robert [XXXXX] and Ronald McGord with Kathyrn [XXXXX] Robt [XXXXX with Adelaide Taylro, Don Fay and Paul White, came in for the evening. We had music on Piano, Victrola and Ukulele and singing. We built up a big, rousing fire in the grate turned out the Lights and set in the cherry glow of the firelight and had a very happy evening.
Mon.16 Cloudy, dark day. Washed and ironed both today-Teddy not home to dinner. Cousin Ira Van [XXXXX, came over this afternoon to bid
Me good byes, as he starts back to Alaska tomorrow. He lives at Talstoi: has been successful in gold mining. Mrs. L. Remington came in a while this afternoon.
Tues.17 Cool, cloudy, and showery part of the day- had good rain last night. Wrote letters most of the day. We were so hungry for milk, we “robbed the calf” and had some, fine milk for Breakfast-my! but it was good.
Wed.18 Another shower last night, but dry enough to work in the garden this evening. Wrote more letters today. And now our neighbors are hungry for milk and Dana’s and Kelly’s came for milk this evening. Will sell for 8 cents qt. this Summer, as feed is so high.
Thurs.19 Cool, cloudy, damp. I bought and set out 2 doz. Tomato plants today. This evening, John Keating, Edwin Jones, Bob [XXXXX] came out to borrow some of our Victrola Records. Charlie Plath and Mona Wiede also came out for the evening and gave us their Photo’s, [XXXXX] top of my piano, is a “Photo Gallery.” But how I do love every picture- seem like my own children
Fri.20 Cold and showery- and awfully windy, and so much like a “freeze” tonight, I covered my tomato plants- laid them down and covered them with dirt. Did “mending” all afternoon, Most busy day.
Sat.21 A most beautiful day- all golden sunshine and the air perfumed by many blossoms- I was most awfully busy, cleaning the whole house, yet took time to go out into the sunshine and look at the splendid beauty, of an exquisite April day, and to gather a great boquet of fragrant blossoms, put them in a box and mail them to an invalid, (W.G. Powell of St. Peter, Minn. (a “third” cousin), for the cold of the North keeps back the blossoms, ‘til long after they come to us I put in the box, White flowering almond, Bridal Wreath Crab Apple and Plum blossoms, all beautifully snow white then a branch from the Red-bud, and large clusters of purple and white Lilac, Yellow flowering Currant and blossoms of the modest little blue violet and many blue blossoms of Myrtle-such a lovely Bouquet
Sold our calf today, for $8.00 so now we will have lots of milk and butter. The Brown Thrashers are back, for I heard one singing this morning. My good husband and I, went to Eastern Star, this evening, Beulah Chapter #34. I am Chaplain, We initiated 12 candidates; we got last car home.
Sun.22 A fine day, tho’ a little warm. We took car to Sunday School, but were tired and sleepy, from being up so late last night, so did not stay to church. We had our dinner and got a short nap and rest, before my bunch of boys came out. John Keating Ernest Shelden and
Harry Davis, who played “hookey” from S.S. to go fishing stopped in, on their way home, tired, dirty, hungry and “fishless” as they deserved to be; naughty boys. I game them “milk and crackers” to “stay” them until they got home. Paul White, Don Fay, Roger McKiddy, Fred Brackett, Robt. [XXXXX], Nancy Boone, and Margaret Rust, also came out this afternoon. Today was Nancy’s Birthday. This evening, Edwin Jones, John Keating, Don Fay, Paul white, Fred Brackett with [XXXXX] [XXXXX], Robt. [XXXXX] with Adelaide Taylor, Ronald McGord with Lucille McGuire, and Harry Davis with Nancy Boone, came out. Harry brought his “Ukulele” and all sang and sure was fine- all sat out on their porch a while and sang and the neighbors, heard some mighty good singing. They are a great Bunch, of young folks, I took pictures of the kiddo’s this afternoon.
Mon.23 A splendid day. Harry Davis is 19 today. I got my big washing out early and all cleaned up before noon. After dinner I went out and worked in the garden planting, Lettuce, Radishes, Chard, cucumber, Beets Tomatoes and Onions, then I came in the house and did my ironing, so this is another day, “I earned my salt”
Tues.24 fine day tho’ warm, and its my good Teddy’s Birthday he is 51, so I got him a dandy dinner I made him a lovely cake- a white cream- and made him a cream pie- put candles on his cake, lighted them, and carried it in and set before him, and cooked
Him ever so many good things. This evening, just as Teddy went up to take his bath, John Keating, Robt. [XXXXX], Don Fay, and Edwin Jones came out. I gave them some of Teddy’s Birthday Cake. Wind has blown, fearfully today. I took a big bouquet of Lilac’s, this afternoon and then gathered another bouquet of them and took them over to Mrs. [XXXXX] Gould. I washed windows and did a lot of work today and am tired tonight
Wed.25 A splendidly, beautiful day, tho’ a little cool. This afternoon I went to call on Mrs. Alma Halz-Baldwin, at 1122 Tyler, and from there to town, shopping and got home at 6 o’clock, and fount at my front door, a great bouquet of pink and white carnations- fifty of them- and a great, large, spotted Sultana, all from my blessed, S.S. class of boys for my Birthday tomorrow; I wanted my good Teddy to take me to a picture Show tonight but by time Supper was over and other work done, it was too late and while I was washing Supper dishes, I heard Teddy give me a “yell,” from the Barn, and at same time, “steps as of a mighty Army” coming up on the front Porch and before I could get to the door, the hall was full of a jolly bunch of young folks, all swarming about me, and I could not imagine what it was all about. I was just too surprised to realize it was a surprise on me, by my dear blessed boys and their girlfriends, in honor of my fiftieth Birthday tomorrow. I simply was dazed; but
O what a happy evening. Mrs. Jes. [XXXXX] Boone (mother of Nancy) and Mrs. Ida Harriet came along with the Bunch. Mrs. Boone brought a “salt and pepper” set, hand painted China, her own work and Mrs. Harriet 9mother of Kathryn) made the Birthday cake- Angel food, pink icing and pinck candles. Kathyrn Harnit, brought me a silver, rose vase, and Margaret Rust, gave me a very dainty, pretty, handkerchief, with her card, upon which she had written “I love you”, a blessed little message, just a part of Margaret herself, The “Bunch” brought a fine Lunch, with them, of Salad, Sandwiches, Pickles and Olives, Brick, Ice-cream 9pinkg & white) with assorted, fancy wafers; brought lemons and sugar and made Lemonade-did all the work of serving, and washed up all dishes afterwards. I was simply their 50 year old guest and treated like a “Queen”. I [XXXXX] for Mrs. E.V. King to come and take Flashlight pictures. Not all of the class came, but those who were here, were- Robert [XXXXX], with Adelaide Taylor, Edwin Jones Lucille Crane, Ed Bell Kathyrn Harrit, Robt Williard Clare Hour, Clarence Downie, Patty (Laura) Farris, [XXXXX] Plath Mona Wiede, Fred Brackett Nan Osborn, Harry Davis Nancy Boone, John Keating, Florence Peterson, Ronald McGord Eleanor Eckert, Ernest Shelden Helen Williams, Don Fay, Merle Allto and Margaret Rust, Mrs. Jes. [XXXXX] Boone & Mrs. Ida [XXXXX] Harnit. Robert [XXXXX] and Margaret Rust, Lucille Crane and several others, furnished piano music- everybody sang and every body played the Victrola. Harry Davis played the Ukulele and boys all sang song and so I’ve had my happiest Birthday
Thurs.26 Cold today, and has rained all day and every one is happy because of the abundance of rain. Today, I am fifty years young. This is the happiest Birthday, I have ever had- because of the very lovely “surprise” Party, my dear, blessed, Sunday School class of boys game last night. Life, cannot but be worth living when one has such splendid young friends: God bless them every one and make all their years happy and worth while. “Jonesie” (Mrs. A.E. Jones) came this morning for the day and it is raining so hard tonight, she will stay all night with us. Mr. Henderson here this morning to fix a window for us- the frame had rotted out.
Fri.27 A cold, mist and rain, has fallen all day and it rained very hard all thro’ last night- our first good, rain, in many months and was badly needed, so the more appreciated. Mrs. Jones went home after dinner, today. Poor “Jonesie” she is so bitter, toward so many people, she makes life more miserable for herself, She is so good, yet has so many faults
Sat.28 Cold, dark, gloomy- mist and rain all day. Cousin Vena [XXXXX] (Mrs. Frank Van) phoned me from Menoken, at 8 o’clock this morning, to tel me, my cousin Maude Howard- Godwin, wife of Charlie Godwin, Menoken died of heart failure, about 5 o’clock this morning- has been in perfect health, but yesterday complained of feeling tired and wanted to rest, but said he was not sick,
April 1917 2200 W-10-St., Topeka, KAN.
Sun.29 Cold and cloudy all day, but the showers did not come until noon; and the sun shone, for a moment, as we started to Sunday School and again late in afternoon. We took car, to and from S.S> and church. I had 13 boys in Class. Harry Davis, one of my lovely boys, sang in the Choir and also in a young men’s Quartette, this morning, at Church, and everyone enjoyed it, very much. This afternoon, Edwin Jones, John Keating, Paul White, “Bob Robert” [XXXXX], Ronald McGord Fred Brackett and Don Fay, came out, and all came out again this evening except Don Fay: “Bobby Robert,” brought Nancy Boone, John Keating, brought Florence Peterson and Harry Davis came out with Adelaide Taylor. Ernest Shelden and Helen Williams were out also, for a short Call. They have played and sang all afternoon and evening, and seem never to weary. First they are at the Piano, then the Victrola and then “Ukulele”. We enjoy young folks and I wish others id, at least well enough, to open their homes to them, for then there would not be so many young men in the Pool rooms nor so many young girls in the Parks and “out-of-the-way” corners of the City. Ed Jones, said to me, this evening, “Mrs. Farnsworth what would us young folks do , if you would not let us come out here”? And that is the great “Problem”- the “young folks” problem and is a most serious one. I took pictures of Don Fay and Fred Brackett, this afternoon, by Lilac bush. \
Mon.30 Cold and raining most of day, tho’ sun came out a while this afternoon. Cousin Maude Godwin, was buried this afternoon at Prairie Home- too stormy for me to go. She was dear and sweet and good.
Tues. 1st A most splendid day- all bright sunshine and crisp, invigorating atmosphere; and the air full of the melody of song-birds. I washed and ironed, both, today. Teddy’s mail so heavy, he could not get home to dinner.
Wed.2 Again today, the skies are weeping- a cold rain all morning and heavy, chill clouds and atmosphere all afternoon, tho for few moments the sun shone. Today is 23rd Wedding Anniversary of my good, Teddy & I- and we have had never a quarrel thro’ all the years; just been glad thro’ the years; for always Fred is good and kind and gentle and patient The Ladies Aux, to the Mail Carriers “Branch”, met with me this afternoon, Mrs. Earl & Mrs. Titterington, Hostesses with me. Mrs. Titterington sent a chocolate cake but did not come. Mrs. Earl came and brought a lovely Burnt Sugar Cake. I furnished pink & white, Brick, ice cream. Those who came were Mrs. Mc[XXXXX], Mrs. E. Wiede, Mrs. [XXXXX], Summers Mrs. J. Keller, Mrs. E. Priddy, Mrs. W. Swickward, Mrs. Boten, Mrs. J. Bauer, Mrs. G. Boast and little daughter, Mrs. [XXXXX], Mrs. Supple, Mrs. Gertler, Mrs. Blank, Mrs. Murro and little son, Miss Hazel Boast Mrs. E. Pollard and Mrs. Efarl. I kept a glowing, wood fire, burning in the grate so, we were cozy and warm, and we all had a pleasant afternoon visit together- there was very little business to transact so we just visited. So much War talk, one doesn’t feel like business
Thurs. 3rd Very cold all day, and rained some. This evening We went to the Grand Opera House to see a wonderful picture, “Intolerance”. To me, much of it, seemed to be antagonistic, to all good efforts- and this of course, I did not like. Some of it showed the “Horrors” of ancient times and this I neither liked, nor saw the good of its reproduction, but it was a magnificent thing, tho’ it made one, very tired. Cyrus, King of Persia, taking Babylon was a terrible thing and terrible on ones nerves, tho’ grand in awfulness. Going down town, we met a very bright and interesting little, lad and we took him to the “Show” with us- we had never met him before but his bright, pretty face and lovely manner attracted us and we got into conversation with im- found he had very much wanted to see the picture and was a brother of a Miss Gertrude Thompson, whom we knew slightly- he belonged to the “Boy Scouts”. He enjoyed the Picture, very much, tho’ got tired and sleepy.
Fri.4 Some more cold and rain. I was very busy all day- I never seem to keep ahead of my work.
Sat.5 Bright and sunny but cold. And a heavy frost and freeze killed lots of garden last night. Beans, corn and tomatoes all gone and surely fruit. We went to “Beulah Chapter #34, [XXXXX]” this evening. Had a fine Entertainment- by children after the meeting. Mrs. Squires got it up.
Sun.6 A bright, fine, day. We took car to and from S.S. and Church I had 14 boys in Class: and they told me that R.B. Nelson, one of our Deacons, was leaving for Chicago, because he had stolen some ten or Fifteen thousand dollars from his employer Mr. Hall. I told Mrs. [XXXXX] Howe, hoping she would tell her husband, a member of the Church Board, and he would take it up, for the Church plans a big farewell Reception for he and his wife, not knowing what he has done. This afternoon, Roger McKiddy, Ronald McGord, Harry Davis, Ernest Shelden, Fred Brackett, Don Fay, Paul White, Robert [XXXXX], Margaret Rust and Lucille [XXXXX] came out, also Warren Remmington was here a while. This evening, John Keating, Ernest Shelden, Don Fay, Edwin Jones, Harry Davis, Robert [XXXXX] with Mrs Sicily Allison, and Ronald McGord with Adelaide Taylor came in for the evening and we had the usual good time, with much music of various instruments.
Mon.7 A most splendid day- sunny cool and fine. I washed, ironed, churned and made garden. Mr. H. Moreland of the Church Board, came in before Breakfast this morning, to see what I knew of the “Nelson affair” as the charge is so serious they wanted to run it down and see if true. Fred did not get home to dinner, but told me this evening the Church found R.B. Nelson a thief- he has confessed.
Tues.8Another fine day- warm and sunny. I went to town this morning to pay the usual First of Month, Bills. Tinted a Birthday, “Flash” group picture of my surprise Party, this afternoon to send Freda. Don Fay, Edwin Jones, Warren Remington and Robt. [XXXXX] came in for the evening. I have mighty fine boys.
Wed.9 Cloudy and cool all day, and a wee sprinkle o’ rain. Mr. Isenhouer, here painting our house. Mrs. A.E. Jones, came for supper and to go to the “Show” with us, at the grand, to see Annette Kellerman, in a “Daughter of the Gods”. I thought it horrid, tho’ there were many beautiful “scenes of scenery”- and Annette is lovely, my!
Thurs.10 Cool and “Showery”. I went to good government club, at Y.W. this afternoon, expecting to get some new points, on Canning vegetables, as it was announced Miss [XXXXX] of State “Aggy” School, Manhattan, would Lecture on the “subject”- she did not come however, and I was asked to take her place: I gave my own personal experience. Mrs. Main a “Socialist” Read a Paper on war subjects, which so criticized the government that she almost started a War. What a pity any one will denounce our President at such a time as this. Harry Davis, Robt. [XXXXX], Eddwin and Robert Jones, and Roger McKiddy, came out this evening: borrowed 3 of our Victrola Records.
Fri.11Still to cool for good garden growing. Been very busy all day. House is looking good with new paint. “Gossiped” over the fence with Mrs. [XXXXX]. Gould this morning over Roland B. Welson of our church, who is a thief.
Sat.12 fine day- very busy with my Saturday work and sewing- baked the loveliest Bread: and today I have accomplished much, with my hard work and so a good hot bath and into bed, for tomorrow is Sunday.
Sun.13 A beautiful day. We took car to Sunday School and Church. I only had elevn boys, in class. After dinner Edwin Jones, Roger McKiddy, John Keating, Ronald McGord Harry davis, Don Fay, Fred Brackett, Warren Remington, and Robt, [XXXXX], came out and I took pictures of all (but Ron & Harry who did not come in time) in line, with flags, and single of Warren, Robt., and John. Later, Kathyrn Harnit with [XXXXX] Lythe and Nancy Boone with Floyd [XXXXX] came out for short call and this evening, Don Fay, Harry Davis, with Adelaide Taylor and Merle Allton with Miss Wulhke, came in for the evning.
Mon.14 A fine day- all sunshine. I washed, moped churned, cleaned up the kitchen, got Lunch, then with Fred, as we went to P.[XXXXX].X I took same car and went to “Crosby Bros”., and helped the Red Cross make, bandages, operating sheets, etc for the War. Came home at 5:30, brought in my clothes, got
Supper, milked thecow, then took car to the Church to “Teacher’s Meeting”. Dr. Iserman with Edith Robertson, brought me home in his Auto. Edwin Jones, John Keating and Robt. [XXXXX] were here when I came home and visited with us a while longer. A strenuous days work.
Tues.15 A fine day, but I could not get any “work” into it, neither get out into the open to enjoy it. Just put in a day “pottering” around. Mr. Isenhower is painting our house an changing its looks very much.
Wed.16 Another splendid day. I went to the First Baptist Church, this afternoon, at the request of Mrs. A.H. Horton, to “talk” to the Ladies Did Society, on “Canning Vegetables”- to give them my on personal experiences, which have been most successful. And I had a very pleasant surprise- a woman in the audience, whose face reminded me of some one I had known, some time, some where, away back in the years, and who asked many “questions” came forward after the meeting and asked if I had ever been Mattie Van [XXXXX] and of course I had , but I did not regonise her and she hat to tell me, she as Eva Kerns- (Mrs. George Irwin} of Floral near Winfield- I’ve known her always, but not seen her for thirty years. We had a jolly good visit for a few minutes.
May 1917. 2200 W- 10- St. Topeka, Kan.
Thurs.17Such a splendid day of sunshine- I’ve been very busy all day too- but I got out in the yard and garden awhile, because the birds were having [XXXXX], such a “concert,” I had to see what it was all about, and I found the day, full of golden sunshine. Nancy Boone, an Kathyrn Harnit and her mother came out for a short call, this afternoon.
Fri.18 Another lovely day, tho’ most too much wind I swept and cleaned the house from top to bottom. Mr. Isenhauer finished painting the house today and it looks fine- cost us $65.00 and Mr. [XXXXX] Coddington wanted to paint our house and said would do it, for $135.00, just $70.00 higher than Mrs. Isenhauer- he didn’t get the job. Began taking ice today.
Sat.19 A fine day tho’ windy and quite warm. The Wrens, the Criole’s and the Mocking Birds are singing their heads off, today. Very busy all day. Not a moment to rest. We went to a meeting of “Buehla”,[XXXXX] this evening- there were six initiated and quite a crowd present. Got home at mid night.
Sun.20 Quite warm- and more rain than sunshine. We took car to S.S. but were so tired, did
Not stay for Church- were caught in rain coming home I only had seven boys in Class- A shame; no wonder the World is so full of trouble- the whole country neglecting to come together in God’s, House. This afternoon, John Keating, Edwin Jones, Ernest Shelden, Harry Davis, Warren Remmington, Roger McKiddy, Don Fay, Clarke Ellington, Robt. [XXXXX] and Charlie Plath were out. I took Clarke’s picture This evening. Mrs. Alma Holz-Baldwin, and Harold, and Harry Davis and Adelaide Taylor came, and we hd such a hard rain, no one else could come and they could not go home, until almost 11 o’clock- there was hail and much lightning with the rain.
Mon.21 Rained hard, almost all day. I washed a very large washing, all of which I dried in the kitchen. My good husband did not get home to dinner, so I ate a few bites of lunch and kept working.
Tues.22 Cloudy, sprinkly, and unpleasant. I did my ironing and much other work today- always busy.
Wed.23 A nice day, tho’ cool. Busy with many household duties. This afternoon Mona Wiede and Dorothy Reddick came in for a short Call. Our garden is fine, can’t begin to use our onion radishes, lettuce, spinach and asparagus, have so much. We went to the Orpheum tonight with Mrs.
A.E. Jones, to see [XXXXX], in “Broadway Jones” and we liked him almost as well as Douglas Fairbanks, of whom he reminded us.
Thurs.24 A fine day- splendid. I went to town this morning to see about buying, some sort of a stove- and bought at D.H. Forbes Hardware Store, a “Puritan, Oil stove, #22 for $9.80- it did fine in demonstration” and I believe I will like it. After a few other purchases I came home, got dinner, did up my work and went back to town, to meet “Jonesie” (Mrs. A.E. Jons) at 5 pm and the [XXXXX], and went with her to the Court House where we met her lawyer Judge Schoch and went into Judge Dana’s Court (1st District) and she got a divorce from A.E. Jones, I being her only witness- she obtained her divorce at 3 oclock, the Judge making an “emergency case” of it. She got it under abandonment charges and he did not abanadon her at all- but one most swallow much and say little, these times- no wonder the world is so full of horrors and [XXXXX] times. Don Fay and Robert [XXXXX] came out this evening- two of my fine boys- I hope none of them will have to go to War. [XXXXX] that we might have Peace!
Fri.25 Has rained all day- cold and chill Ronald MCGord is 20 years old today. My! It seems but yesterday, he came in to my Sunday School Class, a little, mischievous fellow , and now he is a man- the years roll away so fast, but it has been splendid to watch m boys grow, thro’ the years, and develope and against adjust themselves to their niche in life as they are beginning to do. God keep them always fine.
Sun.26 A most splendid day- all sunshine; and such a Concert as, the [XXXXX], Mocking Birds, [XXXXX] birds and several others, have given all day. did my usual, Saturday, work, then made a couple of French flags, 3 x 5, [XXXXX], That we might have Peace and not hang out our flags, in defiance- everything is War.
Sun.27 Rained hard all day- we took car to and from. S.S. and church: not many present- I only had five boys in Class, but it was one of the largest, present. This afternoon Paul White, Robt. [XXXXX], Harry Davis and Ronald McGord came out Harry & Robt. Played piano, my father is 77 years old today
Mon.28 A most splendid day- all sunny and fine. Teddy home to dinner. Charlie Plath and Don Fay out for the evening: We enjoy my boys, immensely.
-May 1917- 2200 W-10- St, Topeka, Ks.
Tues.29 Rained again today- but the evening was clear and we had Mrs. Jones meet us and go to the Orpheum, to see Douglass Fairbanks in, “in again, out again,” and of course he was fine- we think he has no equal- but I did not like parts of the Play, tho’ one can’t criticize much that he plays. Have not finished my “flags” yet, and I’m busy all the time as can be.
Wed.30 “Decoration Day” and for once our Democrat Postmaster, gave the Carriers the whole day off, as the Law requires, so my good Teddy was home all day and my! how it rained just poured down most all day, so we did not go out, to the Cemetery- and the Spring, was so cold the roses have not yet bloomed, so we had no flowers anyway but [XXXXX]. This evening Mona Wiede and Charlie Plath came in. Mona showed me her pretty diamond ring, Charlie had just given her- I pray they may always be very happy; just as happy as Teddy and I.
Thurs.31I went to town this morning to have some pictures framed, for graduation presents Awfully busy all day. This evening we went to the Auditorium, to High School graduation. Exercises were fine. The girls carrying “Class colors” instead of “Daisy Chain” were very pretty in their pink paper hats and dresses.
Fri.1st Rained again, for a change, and very hard part of time. Raining so hard tonight, we are not going to “Class Day” exercises. I have worked “fast and furious”, all day, today.
Sat.2 Very busy all day, with my usual Saturday work. We went to “Eastern Star,” this evening-“Beulah” Chap. Had a nice entertainment and refreshments, at close of meeting.
Sun.3rd We took car, to and from S.S. and Church. I had 11 boys in Class- being “Children’s Day” services short and merged in one. I had one new scholar, Scott Brown of Holton. This afternoon, Edwin Jones, Don Fay Merle, Allton, Fred Brackett, Ronald McGord, Ernest Sheldon, Charlie Plath, Bob [XXXXX], Harry Davis and the new fellow, Scott Brown, Mona Wiede and Elma Stewart came out, and I took pictures. Boys all congratulating Mona and laughing at her blushes, when they asked to see her diamond ring. This evening, Carrie Wiede, Elena Stewart, Dorothy Reddick, Edwin Jones, Ernest Shelden and Don Fay fame for the evening. Carrie’s Birthday-17.
Mon.4 I washed, ironed, weeded garden and then rain came down, and I had to come in house but I kept right on with work- no “rest for the weary”, these are busy times. [XXXXX] what a world: aris killing it just now; many friends are going to France to help them.
June 1917 Cyclone.
Tues.5 A storm tossed, day, both by the Elements and by ones own heart- for this is Conscription day- the day, all, between 21 and 31 must register for War. This morning, I finished making a British flag and hung it out with “Old Glory” and the French flag. Right after dinner, I went to the “Capital Office” 8th & Jackson and met other members of the good government club and we went into the big Patriotic Parade- About three thousand Automobiles in the Parade, 800 being Ford’s. I rode with Mrs. [XXXXX] Kellar, Mrs. Lee [XXXXX], Mrs. [XXXXX] [XXXXX] McFarland and Miss Kate [XXXXX]. Parade was big and fine. Heavy, sultry, day with few sprinkles of rain. I got home about 5 o’clock and kept an eye on the clouds, they were so angry and [XXXXX looking. Fred got home about 6 o’clock after a hard wind, hail, lightning and rain-then I went to milk and coming to house saw a great patch of blue sky, and in five minutes, storm was o bad, we hurried to the cellar- soon over, and we saw a couple of “funnels” hanging from the clouds that had just swept over everything indicated a bad storm somewhere near. The sun came out, shining gloriously and the atmosphere fresh, cool, delightful, but a report has reached Topeka, that Menoken Elmont and other places destroyed by cyclone.
June 1917 Topeka Kan
Wed 6 A gloriously, fine, sunny, day with cool wind. Mrs. M.H. Strickler came, for me early this morning, to go in their Auto, with she, Herbert, Dorothy, Mr. Shook, and Mrs. Remington, out to Menoken, to see last nights, cyclone devastation, and the first place we stopped was at cousin Frank Van [XXXXX] farm, where everything is a total wreck- house, barn, all buildings, crops, orchards, garden etc and not a live thing did I see- oh! The awfulness of it all. Frank and wife badly hurt- I did not get to see them, but found where they were staying. The Hatchkiss place was another place the storm destroyed barn and hearing the cry of a bird, began hunting and soon found a nest of young Robins’ under some wreckage of the oats [XXXXX[, part of them dead- the granary was all blown away, except the floor with about two wagon loads of oats still upon it. We went on to David’s, Bill’s and all the other places, until one’s heart felt sick at the sight. We got back to City at 12:15 P.M. and after dinner I took my Koda and went out again, with Mr. and Mrs. [XXXXX] Bettis and Mrs. [XXXXX. I stopped at Mr. [XXXXX] and saw [XXXXX] [XXXXX] right arm was dislocated at the shoulder and left ear almost torn off. Saw Frank at his farm he is badly hurt too. I took many pictures of Franks place.
Thurs.7 Cloudy, warm and a light shower- most awfully busy all day- “off yesterday, means double work, today I wish I was able to buy new homes for all the cyclone sufferers- the devastation is beyond description, but no new sight to me since I saw a very large and destructive cyclone, in Cowley Co, when I was a girl, about 36 years ago, on 12 [XXXXX], when it destroyed Floral, about 12 miles N.E. of Winfield.
Fri.8 A scorching, hot, day. 95°- And I have been more than busy all day. Fred tired out tonight.
Sat.9 Another hot day- fierce. I had much Sat. work today and beside I canned three jars of Spinach, 4 of Rhubarb and 16 of Asparagus so it has been one of my, real busy days.
Sun.10 A hot windy day- Fred left early this morning with Mrs. Pollard and other Carriers and went out to the cyclone district on W-10- Road, and helped all day in cleaning away wreckage, on the old [XXXXX] farm- many went from City today to help all who were in the storm- Fred got home soon after six oclock, tired to death. I went to S.S. this morning but so tired did not stay for Church. I had 12 boys in
Class. This afternoon a lot of the young people came my boys, Edwin Jones, Scott Brown, Ernest Shelden Roger McKiddy, Merle Allton, Fred Brackett, Ronald McGord, Robt [XXXXX], Walter Morris, Don Fay, Harry Davis; and Warren Remmington. Nancy Boone Kathyrn Harnit and her mother, Dorothy Reddick Carrie Wiede, Frances Sott and Mona Wiede. I took pictures. Merle is moving to Manhattan so wont be with us soon again. [XXXXX], but they area jolly Bunch.
Mon.11 A fine day and I filled it full of work- washed ironed and worked In the garden- busy all day.
Tues.12 [XXXXX] and I worked in doors and out, all day hardly taking time to eat. Mr. Hillmer took Fred out to Menoken this evening to see the effect of last weeks cyclone and he did not get home until 9 o’clock. And to the North West there has been gathering all evening, a bad looking storm, which I’m sure we will hear from.
Wed.13A fine day, tho’ almost too cool for comfort And we heard from last nights storm- another cyclone, at Wamego. St. Marys and vicinity. Executive Board of good government Club, met with me this afternoon. Mrs. [XXXXX] McFarland, Mrs. F. P. Lindsay Mrs. Cyrus [XXXXX] Mrs. Foster and Mrs. Emma Sells- [XXXXX] were out to talk “work for Red Cross,” cyclone etc, etc.
Thurs.14 Fine, cool sunny day- really very cool- one, needed wraps. I went to town on the 715 car, with Fred as he went to work, and bought a Bushel of Peas, paying $1.62 (27 lbs @ 6 cents lb.) I brought them home and canned them this afternoon-16 pt) I brought them home and canned them this afternoon-16 pts. Not hard work, but tedious and took most of the day.
Fri.15 Another fine day- churned an did many things, principally sewing on a British flag, doing my best to finish one, 3 x 5 that I began some days ago; making it of Percale. Mrs. Gurley and I took cause up this after noon for me to take some Kodak pictures of [XXXXX], a sweet little girl, Mrs. Gurley is raising- a neice of the wife of a cousin of mine.
Sat.16 Cloudy, cool, sprinkly. I baked bread, made cherry pie, Strawberry short cake, cleaned, and did many things that filled the day full of work. This evening we went to meeting of “Beulah Chapter, [XXXXX].”, the last meeting until September. Big crowd, good meeting, about a dozen Initiated- Temple beautifully decorated.
Sun.17 Fine day. We took car to and from, S.S. and Church. I had 15 boys in Class. No preaching this morning, but Nelle Cook told of her work in Mountain School, at Livingston, Ky. She did not speak loud enough to
Be heard, so I don’t know whether her talk was worth while, or not. What a pity, one in Pubbie work, hasn’t a voice that can be heard more than a few feet away. This after noon, Edwin Jones, Harry Davis Roger McKiddy, Bob [XXXXX], Fred Brackett and Ronald McGord came out. And this evening, Carrie Wiede & Dorothy Reddick, Edwin Jones & Harry Davis also Mrs. A.e. Jones came in and we had a jolly visit. The boys delight so, in teasing Carrie- she is so cute.
Mon.18 I washed and ironed, and did some work in the garden and just worked like a Bee, all day. And its been fine, all day, so I felt like work.
Tues.19 Fine and cool. I put up ½ [XXXXX] of cherries today, 7 qts. For which I paid, $1.65 per basket- lovely cherries, and I put no water in them and but 2 tablespoons of sugar to the jar. Awfully busy all day.
Wed.20 Another fine day. And another days work with cherries- a crate, this time, at $2.00; 8 qts.
Thurs.21 And still the days are fine, tho’ warming up. Finished the cherries this morning and canned 4 qts. Of Beets out of the garden. Killed a chicken to fry, made cherry-pie and had new potatoes and peas. I made a set of shelves, this afternoon and wht a time, teddy and I had getting them upstairs this evening.
Fri.22 Been most awfully hot all day- my poor Teddy, about “all in” this evening. I cleaned the small bed-room, upstairs, took up matting, cleaned walls etc. And just put in place, the shelves, I made yesterday and made the room look like another place- one awfully big job, but worth it, in changed appearance and convenience. Edwin & Robert Jones, stopped in, this morning, to know if we were going to S.S. Picnic this evening at Gage Park. Teddy is always too tired.
Sat. 23Blistering hot all day- light shower this morning. I have been working so hard all week, I am “burn” today, [XXXXX] today, but busy most of day with Saturday work. Have ten little chicks- my hens wont set this year so borrowed this hen from Mrs. Albert Hartburg. We hired a [XXXXX], $1.50, and went out to Pest House who has small pox. This evening to see [XXXXX] [XXXXX].
Sun.24 Another, “blistering” day- so hot I prevailed upon my good husband, to stay home, out of the heat, and rest. I took a car to and from S.S. as I must go to teach my Class. I had 18 boys in class, five of them visitors A fine bunch, and we had such a good Lesson together, The boys are much concerned, about this “Worlds War” and whether it may mean, the Second coming of Christ, soon. And well, may we all ponder these things, for certainly the Bible is being fulfilled. Roger McKiddy, was the only boy, who braved the hot afternoon, and came out to see us. Had shower this evening, and so, a little cooler.
Mon.25 Another day of scorching heat- I washed a very large washing and also did my ironing today. And this evening, put new, “screening” in two window screws- not a hard job, but tedious.
Tues.26 Boiling hot, again today. I went to town this morning, to do a little shopping- bought 75 ft. of ½ in. molded, garden hose, 12 cents per ft. regular 15 cents so, was a little saving and bought material to make me a swimming suit, mohair 75 cents per yd. 40 in. wide. This afternoon I put new screening in two, screen, frames and certainly had, one big job, but the windows look fine and keep out flies, so am repaid for my hard work. Teddy, drove stakes, for the tomatoes this evening and I tied up the vines and both worked in garden until Mrs. [XXXXX] Gould and Margaret came in, for a call- awfully dry, need rain badly.
Wed.27 Very hot, but a good air, I picked a few cherries and cooked them for “[XXXXX]- preserves”- three pounds and a quarter, put them out in hot sun on platters, then dressed and hurried down to the High School, where “Woman’s Club” gave a Canning demonstration- canning vegetables [XXXXX] course their method, will do the work but [XXXXX] the un-necessary work they do- none of it for me- I will continue my old methods, Hard rain evening.
Thurs.28 Much pleasanter today, since our hard rain, last night. Trying to “Candy” a few cherries today. Very busy all day, with a multitude of household duties. Washed my hair too. Our lovely garden has far more, than paid for itself this Summer. Had the cow, bred, today at [XXXXX] Walkers. Teddy is standing the heat, well.
Fri.29 A very –Hot- warm day. I cut out, my swimming-suit, swept and cleaned, and worked in the garden- the days are not half long enough, to do all I wish to do, but far too long when it comes to war. The World is so full of sorrow and trouble of every kind. [XXXXX] that Christ might soon, come again, and put an end to such a murderous War, and all the horrors that fill the Earth today.
Sat.30 Hot and dry, but fine nights to sleep. I baked some fine bread, stewed a young chicken, made cheery pie and did a lot of work today- very, very busy all day. One needs to be very busy, these days too, [XXXXX] them forget the awful War that is taking or will take, so many of our fine young men. And [XXXXX] my heart aches and breaks, because some of my very finest S.S. boys have Enlisted, and must soon go. Our friendship, has been so pleasant thro’ the years, from little boys to fine young men that it seems as if my heart must break when they go.
-July – 1917 –
Sun.1 Today, has been fine. We took car to and from S.S. church this morning, thro’ a shower. A very “down-pour” before we left home. And the rain kept most of my boys from class- only 6 present. Ernest Sheldon and John Keating, told me “good-bye” after S.S. and left for Ft. Riley, where they are to carpenter work: and it would be just like them to Enlist. This afternoon, Fred Brockett, Edwin Jones Don Fay, Robt [XXXXX], Harry Davis, Ronald McGord, Charlie Plath, Mona Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Elma Stewart and Carrie Wiede, came out. Itook pictures of the girls- it was Elma’s 18th Birthday. This evening Harry Davis with Blance Pittinger, Ron McGord with Ruth Pittinger, and Fred Brackett Came out. Harry, played the Ukelele and all sang and it certainly was fine. I’ve have a fine bunch of boys, and e enjoyed the girls to the utmost. And certainly hold a most happy, visit with the Pittinger girls who moved from Topeka, some years ago, to Calif. And are only here on a visit- are very “gown up” now.
Mon.2 A fine day- I had a very large washing to do but got it out before 1 o’clock, it soon dried and then I did my ironing. Worked all day, “fast and furious,” This evening Carl Swanson came for a short call, bringing his small nephew, a bright little chap. Fine Moonlight tonight.
Tues.3rd Fine and cool as I worked in the Garden until noon- holt it all. This afternoon, I went to town, to pay our regular month Bills, Phone Light, Lodge etc. This evening we went to the Orpheum, to see “William Hart in a Wolf Lowry.” We had never seen “Hart” and “my boys” like him, so much so we to take a look at the man- He acts well, but there is too much shooting: does too much hooting, is why I have never gone to see him. And tonight, his play, ended badly- Ah! I’ve seen broken hearts like his- have caused them too and some times, ell, heartlessly, but more because of the thoughtlessness of youth, than that I deliberately wished to wound a heart. I have seen utter despair, in the eyes of a man, because my own heart could not give its love in return- and so, I did not like the Play tonight0 I could only think, of other times, and other loves, and hearts- anguish, in the eyes of men, I never meant there to put.
Wed.4 “Fourth of July” and a fine day- half cloudy so, not unbearably hot. My good husband home with me, as Carriers had the day for a Holiday. We worked about the yard, at odds and ends”, most of the forenoon- then read, and played Victrola, this afternoon and Fred took long nap. We went with the M.H. Stricklers in their Auto, out to Gage Park and [XXXXX] Hill, too, for a ride. Not a Boy here today, first Fourth alone, in years.
Thurs.5th Strong, South wind and a hot sun, today. Mail heavy and poor Teddy, not home to dinner- and some way, while I have done many little things, I haven’t seemed to make the work go.
Fri.6 Another scorcher, 101° and I have been very busy- making me a new swimming-suit of navy blue [XXXXX]. Work early and late and don’t seem to get much done either.
Sat.7 Baking, cleaning- “busy as a Bee’” all day. The “Engineers” were called to Ft. Riley this morning and Earl Bunce, Charlie Clements and Omar [XXXXX], three of my boys, called me up to say “good-bye”. Earl & Charlie were very serious but Omar was jolly and joking, promised to send me a “flying Dutchman” or “something what you catch those Germans with”. Ah one as well joke, but there was such a lump of tears in my throat- my heart and eyes o’er flowing; I could not say much. War is so cruel Sherman tried to tell what it was, but even he could find no words. I’ll soon have no Sunday School Class left with all my boys enlisting. My heart has ached so all day- “good-byes” are hard any time, but when it comes to War- well, Sherman knew, only words don’t begin to tell.
Sun.8 A very hot day. We took car, to and from Sunday School and church. I only had five boys in Class. So many have enlisted to go to War. This afternoon, Ronald MCGord, Don Fay, Harry Davis, Fred Brackett, Robert [XXXXX], Clark Ellington and his friend, came out- Fred Brackett has a new motorcycle- Harley Davidson- so I suppose he will have all kinds of excuses to stay away from S.S. now and spend his time riding it; too bad, too bad. This evening Dorothy Reddick, Carrie Wiede and Elena Stewart came out and after they left at 9 o’clock Edwin Jones, Don Fay and Fred Brackett came and stayed until 11 o’clock so we have had a big full day and evening. Blew up a tiny shower and cooled the air fine, about 11 o’clock.
Mon.9 And today is fine- work went well. I washed and ironed. This evening Teddy & I went to Orpheum to see Douglass Fairbanks in “Wild and Wooley”. Fairbanks is always fine but I didn’t like his Play- the West is always over drawn and pictured from some [XXXXX] fanciful idea of what it was.
Tues.10 Fine and cool, I canned a Bushel of Beans today- only got 8 qts, one pt. too and they are high
Wed.11Another nice day. Busy in garden and House and never an idle moment. Sewing hard on my new swimsuit.
Thurs.12 and still the days are fine. I canned a Bushel of Beets today out of our garden and sewed a while on my suit. Busy as could be. This evening we went over to Rev. [XXXXX] Cook’s in Potwin to a Lawn Party, he gave as surprise asked each one, separately, so they would not think they were the only ones asked about surprise all it was all very pleasant, but I was so dead tired.
Fri.13Warming up. Worked in garden most of morning- planted, Beans, radishes, lettuce carrots and celery-seed. Sewed all afternoon on Suit
Sat.14under storm early this morning made the day fine. I swept, cleaned, baked a little and finished my swimming suit, then wrote letters to a member of my absent boys.
Sun.15Cool and pleasant. We took car to and from church I had seven boys in Class, but neither Bob or Fred, this afternoon, Bob and Fred, Ronald McGord, Edwin Jones Don Fay, Scott Brown, Carrie Wiede and little cousin were here. This evening, Don and Edwin came out for the evening.
Mon.16 The day has been fairly good- neither hot or cold. I got thro’ my big washing in good time and cleaned up. Got dinner for my good Teddy, then did my ironing0 Had quite a shower just after dinner. Edwin Jones, was out with his SS. Class book or rather P.O.G. Book. Mrs. Strickler and Dorothy here too. And so many afternoon was full of work and visit
Tues.17 Pleasant day. I went to town Shopping this morning. This afternoon, tinted a picture for Edwin Jones’ P.O.G. Book- a “flash” picture of my Surprise Birthday Party in April- Edwin came out for the picture. This evening Teddy & I went to the Orpheum to see Mary Pickford in “The Little American”- A well acted, Play and not at all, over drawn, according to reports, but I did not care for it. We red enough of the atrocities of the germans with out seeing it in “Movies”.
Wed.18Pleasant again today. Making a couple of Belgian flags. Edwin came out gain this afternoon with his Book- it certainly is fine. Mrs. Robt. Maxwell and little Donald here most of the afternoon- Mrs. Maxwell brought me 125 fine celery plants, which Teddy helped me set out this evening. Poor little woman, can’t get over the awful deaths of her son, a year ago and Mrs. M. so unkind.
Thurs.19 A hot day- just real hot, as July days have a way of being. I finished my Belgian flags this after noon beside all my other work- one flag for our- selves and one to send Freda. This evening teddy and I went to Gage Park for a swim, the first this Summer. [XXXXX] the water was delightful and we so enjoyed our swim, but seemed like strangers, as none of the old crowd were present- a bunch of us used to go three times a week, and tonight saw very few we knew.
Fri.20 The weather continues to warm up. Today The Belgian [XXXXX] of War, is in Topeka and I put my flags, out early. And most of the day, I have been cleaning up the house, for tonight some of my boys came out with their girl friends- Edwin Jones with [XXXXX] Castor, Don Fay with Blauche Pittinger Ronald McGord with Dorothy Christian, Fred Brackett with [XXXXX] Osborn, and Robt. [XXXXX] with Dorothy Thoroman Charlie Plath brought Carrie Wiede as Mona has begun training at Christ Hosp. to be a nurse and would not come- Jack Miller, a friend of the boys, also made a short call with Esther McArthur Harry brought his Ukulele and all sang for a tune just lovely, then some one put a Record on the Victrola and they started dancing and the house hot as an oven. I served brick ice-cream and cake. Home at 11 o’clock.
Sat. 21 Certainly a blistery day. I baked some lovely bread and apple pie, but too hot, to do much. Fred had a tremendous mail yesterday and today but got thro’ fine. And I managed to stand up with all my work today without entirely melting, but I could wish for frost.
Sun.22 The sun shone down today like the heat from the furnace of [XXXXX]. Teddy stayed home this morning to rest but after dinner he and Mr. Thompson took our cow to [XXXXX] Walker’s to have her bred. I took a car this morning to S>S. and home again- did not stay for church as Bro. Cook was not going to preach. I had ten boys in Class- one being Jack Miller who may join the class. This afternoon John Keating, Ronald McGord, Robt. [XXXXX] Fred Brackett, don Fay, Ernest Shelden and Edwin Jones came out. This evening early Mr. & Mrs. Baldwin and son Harold, came out for a call, then came a number of my young men and their girls. Ronald McGord with Dorothy Christian, Robt [XXXXX] Sicily Allison, Edwin Jones Ruth Pittinger, [XXXXX] Johnson Harry Davis, Blanche Pittinger, Bud Neeley Alice Rice. John Southerin, Carrie Wiede, Fred Brackett Roger McKiddy and Dorothy Reddick too for a moment. Fred Brackett took several of the girls for a ride on his motorcycle- several played the [XXXXX] then some one put a dance Record on the Victrola and they went to dancing, and I do not approve of Sunday dancing.
Mon.23A fiercely hot day yet a good breeze made the day, better than yesterday. I washed a good sized washing this morning which a hot soon dried then I did all my cleaning, got lunch for Teddy and went to ironing which I finished at 4 o’clock, reste da while then put on the hose and soaked don the garden- we need rain very badly.
Tues.24 Another blistering, sweltering day- and I just melted. Has been so hot I could not work, yet my poor Teddy walked thro’ it all day with a big load on his back. And tonight a bunch of our young friends came out for music and danced: danced this very hot night. Margeret Rust came with Blanche Pittinger who was Harry Davis’ company. Ronald MCGord brought Dorothy Christian- they quarreled too and were first to go home- Ed Jones brought Hazel Kaufman- visiting Pittinger girls; home is in Long Beach, Calif- Robert [XXXXX] brought Bernice Jones, Scott Brown, Ruth Pittinger. And they were a jolly bunch. We enjoy these young people very much and like to have them come out.
Wed.25 Today is more blistery than yesterday. And I’ve been very busy too, in many ways. Edwin Jones Blanche Pittinger and Hazel Kaufman came out this morning and I took pictures of them. Edwin soon to go to War Hazel to her home in Calif. And Blanche to Afton Okla. Where she is in business. Jones came in a while this evening, she looks so, old and worn- I pity her so, poor thing.
Thurs.26 Boiling hot day. Wrote letters most of day. Walter Norris, one of my boys, who has enlisted whose home is in Raymond Kan. Came in for a call this morning and to give me a ticket to Battery A’s [XXXXX] at State House, this evening. We went down this evening to State House Grounds, got some ice-cream, listened to the Band a while and came home. Good breeze blowing, makes it cool for sleeping tonight.
Fri.27 The scorchiest hot day yet-my! everything burning up. Wrote letters most of today and got pretty well caught up. Edwin Jones, Ronald McGord and Walter Norris were out this afternoon. The bunch want me to go to Paxico with them Sat. night to stay oer night- take their girls; go in Motor truck. A hard trip, but suppose I will have to go. I don’t feel like denying, them, anything when some of them are so soon to go to War. I’ll soon have no class left. Mrs. [XXXXX] brought his baby boy over to show me this evening. Fine.
Sat.28 Another scorcher- every day a scorcher and its dreadful. Very busy all day and this evening, the young folks came before six oclock and we began to load for our 40 mile ride to Paxico. Jack Miller came with his Ford, Motor-truck arranged like a hay rack- we piled on a tent, our bedding, cooking utensils, and “eats” then we young folks. Jack with Esther Mcarthur, “Dutch” Mack with Julia Dixon of Holton, Ron
McGord with Mary Ewing, Scott Brown, Ruth Pittinger, Edwin Jones Hazel Kaufman- Long Beach, Calif- Harry Davis, Blanche Pittinger, Fred Brackett [XXXXX] [XXXXX], Bob [XXXXX] Bernice Jones, my good Teddy and me, who mother’s the whole “P.O.G.’ and at 6:25 P.M., we were off- the roads were fine, the moon about at full, shone from a cloudless sky, and a good strong wind from the South made the ride a “cool delight” after the blistering heat of the day. Made a short stop at Silver Lake, where Harry drew attention with his Ukulele, which he plays to perfection. Again we stopped at Rossville, where a big crowd col-lected, n hearing “Harry & his Uke” the girls, to straighten out “the kinks” jumped off the truck and danced a “one step” in the street. At Maple Hill made another short stop for water, everything going fine, with 8 more miles to go- some two miles on, had trouble with “spark plug” and began to look like we were in for no end of trouble but soon everything was going good again, and we soon reached our beloved old Camp grounds on the Strowig farm and it being close to 11’oclock, everyone tired, we went immediately to bed- the girls sleeping up on the Truck, Teddy the boys and myself making our beds down on the ground in the moonlight and some, under the trees, some in the whet [XXXXX] near by.
Sunday July 29-1917
Sun.29A fiercely hot sun, has beat down all day and a hot wind blown from the South, but in camp it has not seemed hot- we swam today in the old “swimming hole” and a number of them in the Dam pool and the water was glorious. However Ruth Pittinger and Scott, were “in and out” so much, that they were dreadfully “burned”. We read our Sunday School Lesson together, at noon and had some discussion of it. Had a very happy day together and left for home at 6 o’clock. Bob had to bring Bernice home on train, as she became quite sick I think because she went swimming too soon after eating- I tried to have all wait two hours but temptation was too great. We had the same delightful ride home as when we went up; we stopped for ice-cream at Rossville and got some delicious cream “Dutch” Mack, who was driving to relieve Jack, went to sleep at the wheel and almost upset us in a ditch. But we reached home safely at 10:15 P.M. tired ad happy and wishing could stay longer. [Sentence was written vertically in left margin, inserted here before next entry]. Ron McGord caught a tadpole this evening and bit its tail off to be funny
Mar.30Another very hot day. I washed a pretty big washing, got Lunch for teddy then did my ironing this afternoon. Walter Morris Robt. Jones and several neighbors came in on errands and caused me some delay, but I got on well with my work.
Tues.31 A very hot day, as all July has been. I gathered and canned 3 qt. of tomatoes and was very busy all morning. At 9 o’clock got a telegram from uncle [XXXXX] Rogers, Winfield, Kan. Telling me of the death of dear Aunt Mary. Poor uncle, will be so lonely, I don’t see how he will ever bear it- he is all alone as have no children. Aunt Mary was so dear and good and kind to every one and was always so good to my sisters and me. My heart has been breaking all day- I felt like I must go at once to Uncle, but I can’t leave Fred. And tonight our young folks came in, with their happy chatter and song, as a farewell to Blanch Pittinger and I could not spoil their good time by telling them of my heart-ache. Let them be bright and happy every moment they can, for Life’s trials and burdens will put sadness into their lives soon enough. Harry Davis brought Blanche Pittinger and his Ukulele Scott Brown Ruth Pittinger, Jack Miller Ester McArthur “Dutch” Mack Beulah Hall, Ronald McGord Sarah [XXXXX], Robt. [XXXXX], Dorothy [XXXXX], and Fred Brackett Ethel [XXXXX] (what will [XXXXX], say?) Miss Jones of Kan. City came with Ruth & Scott. Ernest Shelden came alone. And Aruther Davis made a short call too. All left at 11 o’clock just before a North West rain came and cooled air. Ronald told me he has baby sister born this morning
Wed.1st Scorching heat continues. Walter [XXXXX] came out this morning for me to take his picture. Wrote a number of letters, did my mending and much other work today. Mrs. [XXXXX Gould and sweet, little “Margy” came in for the evening. Teddy played Victrola for “Margy” and she didn’t want to go home
Thurs.2 Another hot day- one fairly “cooks” or melts. Have been cooking Plums, writing, “mending,” doing my house work as if there was no heat- just too busy to think about it and my poor Teddy comes home as wet with perspiration as if some one had turned the hose on him. We went down to [XXXXX] Davis’s 1012 Polk S. this evening to see Harry- he has had his nose separated and some broken bones taken out was suffering considerably, poor fellow. A might fine boy. Walter Norris came out this afternoon on a horse for me to take his picture on the horse- he belongs to Battery A. a pretty good horse but Walter doesn’t sit well.
Fri.3. Cooler a wee bit, I swept and cleaned the whole house, Canned tomatoes and some nice Plum butter and worked hard all day. Fred Bracket called just before noon- m wild Indian” and will sleep without rocking” tonight.
Sat. 4 Another hot day and a busy one. I baked a lovely cream cocoanut cake today, apple pie etc did some more writing; some more mending and filled the day with work, as usual, but I am slow. Remington’s borrowed our Victrola tonight. Nerve.
Sun.5 A hot morning, but the afternoon and evening were fine- a light shower in afternoon. We took car to S.S. and church- I had only 8 boys in Class. Harry Davis, Edwin Jones, an Walter Morris had to go to Fair grounds, this morning as National Guards have been “Called” and “Mobilization” began this morning, Oh! I pray our young men may not have to go to War1 a shame a pity that men cannot come to terms of Peace. Teddy is taking out a “Beneficiary” in K.L. of S. and went down to Dr. Aexander’s Office, this afternoon for Medical Examination. Ernest Shelden, Harry Davis and Walter Morris came out this afternoon. This evening, Edwin Jones, Ernest Shelden, Harry Davis, Scott Brown with Ruth Pittinger, Robt. [XXXXX] with Dorothy Thorman, Fred Brackett with Ethel Castor, John (Jack) Miller with Miss Lewis, and Ronald McGord with Sarah [XXXXX], all came out for the evening- we had a “chatter fest” a “song fest,” music on Piano and Victrola and every one tried to be happy, tho’ so many of our “Bunch” are going to War. I served them, maple ice-cream and a nice cream cake and all went home close to 10:30 ahead of a good heavy rain. Mr. [XXXXX] Gould and Warren Remington carried our Victrola home this morning. My neighbors have nerve enough to come and ask to borrow almost everything in my home and I haven’t the nerve to refuse. But I never borrow and my neighbors complain because I don’t say I’m not neighborly.
Mon.6 Much cooler and yet sultry after a nice rain last night. I washed and rain had ceased before I got thro’ so my clothes dried quickly. I got Lunch for Teddy then sprinkled my clothes and did my ironing this afternoon and feel tired tonight.
Tues.7 Another heavy rain last night made a fine cool morning, but hot afternoon. I bought 7 doz. Ears corn this morning from Mr. McIntire on Huntoon St., paid 15 cents per doz. Made me nine pints of corn which I canned, also canned five qts. Of tomatoes from our own vines. A very busy day all day.
Wed.8 And still another nice rain last night- cool morning, but sultry afternoon. I went to town this morning to pay the usual monthly Bills; Phone etc Have been very busy all day, or the part of the day, at home. This evening just as we were preparing for bed, terrific little storm blew up from the N.W. and it was so bad we made a run for the cellar and staid there until it was over. Very hard hail too, but didn’t break any windows- a fierce storm
Thurs.9 Splendidly cool this morning after last nights storm which did lots of damage every where. One of our lovely cherry trees was split in two, and both big elms in front of house, had large branches broken off. I have been
Making Crab apple preserve today: stopped long enough this morning to churn, then took a qt. of Butter milk up to Mrs. A.E. Jones at Mr. Jim Herriotts’ where she stays with he, and his neice Mrs. Hill. Walter Norris Ron McGord and Fred Bracket called this afternoon- my SS. Boys- This evening, Carrie Wiede, Isabelle Sutherin Dorothy Reddick, Mrs. Hill, Mrs. A.E. Jones and Mr. J. Herriott came in for the evening. A regular “gab fest” and Victrola.
Fri.10 Another fine cool day. Have worked hard all day with Crab apples- making jelly, preserves and butter of them. Got up a nice lot. See in tonights paper that another of my boys is married- Melvern Pribble, 18 years old to Hazel Brown several years older- married July 28th- such a pity, for Mel is entirely to young; I like Hazel- hope they will have a happy married life, but Mel is so unsettled.
Sat.11 The “cool” continues. Very busy with usual Sat. work, beside canning ½ [XXXXX] Peaches and crab apple butter and visiting with callers. Mrs. Robt. Maxwell and Donald, also Walter Norris here much of the afternoon. I planted radishes, Lettuce and turnips today so to have some late garden truck. Hail cut our tomatoes and [XXXXX] Plums very badly, and we haven’t a great deal in the garden any more, but plenty on the market.
Sun.12 A fine, splendid day- we took car to and from S.S. and Church- only a small crowd present and it is a pity. I had but 7 boys in Class- Edwin and Harry, have Enlisted for War and of course had to be at Fair Grounds with rest of Troops. And some of my boys were out of town, some too “lazy” to get up in time. This afternoon, Don Fay; Ruth Pittinger, Margaret Rust, Nancy Boone and Fred Brackett were out. I took pictures of all but Fred. This evening Scott Brown Don Fay, Fred bracket with Ethel Castor, Ronald McGord with Lucille Macquire, Robt. [XXXXX] with Irene Seery, Johnny (Jack) Miller with Miss Rolley of Holton Harry Davis and Ed. Porter were out for the evening. Harry played his “Ukulele” as usual and he surely can “out play” “a native”= also kept Victrola and piano busy; and their tongues kept up continuous “babble, gabble:. It is best, of course, that young people can be happy, even tho’ the World is at War, but I could not help feeling sad, to see Harry in uniform and know he is soon to go to War and perhaps never return, at least the same. War makes men of boys. How the World has run away, since I was a girl. We young folks, always went to church and I wish “young folks” would, now-a-days, but since they do not, I am glad to open our home to them- it gives them a place to get together, away from the Parks, and e always enjoy having, them come.
Mon.13 Splendidly cool and fine. I got my big washing out, early and was dry by noon. I “scrubbed” and cleaned up every thing, then got Lunch for my good Teddy, then did my ironing- a big, starched ironing. Edwin Jones and Harry Davis “called” for a moment being out for a 10 mile hike with their Co- the Medical Corps. Of Battery A,” this afternoon. I gathered from our vines, this evening, a nice ½ [XXXXX] of tomatoes.
Tues.14 Rained last night and most of forenoon today- a fine, gentle, rain worth everything to late crops and gardens. I canned my ½ Bu. Of tomatoes this morning and have been awfully busy. Two people can make lots of work.
Wed.15 Getting hot again. Have been extremely busy all day with “odds and ends” of work. Garden is coming fine since the rains and another good rain today.
Thurs.16 Pleasanter today and I got on better with my work Fred’s mail very heavy. Mrs. A.E. Jones, Mrs. [XXXXX] Hill Mr. Jones Herriott, Carie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Edwin Jones with Ruth Pittinger all came in for the evening and it was a jolly one. Edwin being a Soldier of course had to be vaccinated and his arm begins to look bad. I am opposed to vaccination, but I suppose it must be best, in War times. [XXXXX] if the world could only have Peace.
Fri.17 A very hot day. I went to town this morning to do some “shopping”. This afternoon, I worked hard cleaning and arranging the house. And this evening about Supper time, my dear uncle Ezekiel Rogers of Winfield; Kansas, came for a visit. We were so glad to see him- he is so dear and good and kind, but it seemed so lonely not to see dear aunt Mary with him: the first tim I ever saw him without Mary. This evening Mona Wiede who now is in training at Christ Hospital, to become a nurse, came out for a call, also Melvern Pribble with his Bride, also father and Mother, Mr. & Mrs. Harry Pribble and brother Francis with his wife and beautiful baby boy, a dear blessed baby.
Sat.18 A most awfully hot day- and I had an awfully lot to do all day. And my poor Teddy’s mail was so heavy, he did not get home to dinner. Uncle Ezekiel seemed so lost without aunt Mary- he is brave and not “parading” his poor broken heart, but I know how it aches. One of my lovely boys, Robt. Maxwell, was killed one year ago today.
Sun.19 Another very hot day. I took a car to and from S.S. not staying for church. Had ten boys in Class, Clarence [XXXXX, being one, having come home from Colo, on a visit. Fred and Uncle Zeke stayed home to rest. This afternoon Corp. Ed Bell and Ed Kennedy, Battery A. boys, stopped at gate and I took pictures of them on their horses, then
Came Scott Brown, Shelden, Ronald McGord, Don Fay, Robt. [XXXXX], Fred Brackett, Edwin and Robt. Jones, Harry Davis, Merle Allton, Ruth Pittinger Margaret Rust, Carrie Wiede and Dorothy Reddick- a bunch of lively young folks that make life worth while, with their fun and music. I took pictures. And this evening, Merle Allton came out With Miss [XXXXX], Scott with Ruth, Ernest with Vera [XXXXX] Fred with Ethel Caster, and Harry, Edwin and “Bob-Robert” alone. I served Caramel ice-cream and Cocanut-cream, cake which they pronounced, good. Poor Edwin & Harry were sick, with vaccinated arms an could eat no refreshments. They both look very bad, and arms make me sick to look at.
Mon.20 Heavy fog this morning- shower last night- hot this afternoon- in fact, hot, sticky, gummy, all day; uncle zeke, with us and we are so glad to have him, but he is heart broken and lonely and makes my, heart-ache to look at him. Jeremy Remington and her “soldier boy” Earl Rowley came in a while this evening. Fred’s mail very heavy today; not home at noon.
Tues.21Another very heavy fog, this morning, but a fine day tho hot. Rain this evening Pa and my Step mother arrived from Col. (Springfield) this morning about 8 o’clock their train late and Ma not well. Cousins Bert and Belle [XXXXX], of Bristow Oklahoma, arrived about 11:30 A.M. I had never met them before, but find them very pleasant.
Wed.22And still another, sticky, drippy, nasty foggy morning followed by a hot day. Took uncle zekes picture this morning, also cousin Belle’s. Pa, Ma, Belle & Bert, went over to uncle Jes. [XXXXX] this forenoon, to visit North Topeka relatives for the day and night. Uncle Zeke stayed with us. Poor uncle, how my heart aches for him, he is so lonely.
Thurs.23 Had a good rain last night, with lots of thunder and lightening and today has been gloriously cool, fine, and sunny- an ideal day, for our family Reunion- We held our [XXXXX] at Gage Park- a big dinner at noon and a fine swim, in middle of afternoon. Some were absent thro’ death, some moving from City, some sick, some threshing, so a number, usually present, were absent, while birth and new visitors added to our numbers. There were 39 present. Aunt [XXXX] age 82 Uncle Jes. & Aunt Samantha Van age 80, Uncle Charlie Howard & Aunt Delia Uncle Marian & Aunt Kate [XXXXX], Tom [XXXXX] (Aunt Nan’s son) Ed Kingsman and wife Nellie Howard-Kingsman and children, Charles, Paul Margaret & baby Howard, Jes. Howard & wife Mary and their son Elmer, Will Van’s daughter Ruth, Ralph & Wesley Howard of Horton, Marian Gladys and Marie Van. (Uncle Marians grand children) Mrs. May [XXXXX]- Weiswinder and children, Robert, Hazel & Glenn, Belle [XXXXX] (uncle Marian’s girl) Bert & Belle [XXXXX], Bristow. [XXXXX[ (uncle Scotts children) Belle Weiswinder (aunt Delia’s grand daughter and her Fiance Orvil Woodword, Uncle Zeke Rogers, Pa
August 1917 22—W-10-St.
Ma, two of Ed Kingman’s nieces, Fred and myself. We had a good visit together0 too bad it could not last longer, or meet oftener but we are busy people and some are growing old and must come long distances so we crowd our “good time” together, into one day, a year. Pa and Ma and uncle Zeke came back home with us and we had a quiet evening together, except for VIctrola music and I danced a “jig” for Pa, to show him I could.
Aug.24 As fine a day, as yesterday. Pa & Ma went to depot, this morning with uncle Zeke as he left for home, then they went over to Uncle Charlie Howard’s to stay all night and I cleaned up the house canned plums and kept busy.
Sat.25 Rained last night again- fine and cool today. I was most awfully busy all day- cleaning and baking; made meat-loaf, apple & lemon pies, cake etc. Pa and ma came over this evening, from aunt [XXXXX]. I wish Pa lived in Topeka, but he likes better, the “wilds” of Colorado. Lives way, up in the Canons, many miles from a Railroad.
Sun.26 A hard blow and rain last night and heavy thunder storm this morning as I left for S.S. I did not stay to church. Fred stayed home this morning with the folks. Uncle Jes. Van came over about 1 o’clock to visit with Pa. Don Fay, Ron McGord, and Charlie Plath, out this afternoon and Harry Davis, Edwin Jones Carrie Wiede and Dorothy Reddick, came this evening. I had but four boys in class this morning.
Mon.27 Cousins Bert & Belle [XXXXX], came over this morning from Nellie Kingman’s, and left at 11 o’clock A.M. with Pa and Ma for Winfield, Kansas to visit other relatives- and all of them should have stayed here longer, but Pa thinks must get around and go home: Bert & belle, did not near get their visit out; they came from Bristow, Okla and I had never seen them before, but like them very much. I went to Santa Fe Depot to see the folks off and Mr. S.J. Hodgins, took Ma, Belle & I, from Transfer Station to depot, in his car- he is always doing kind things. Rained hard all afternoon and evening. And cold too.
Tues.28 Cloudy & cool all day. I canned almost a bushel [XXXXX] plums today- I miss the folks, fearfully. Robt. Jones came out just after dinner to ask about [XXXXX] and this evening, a bunch of the boys came to talk Plans for our coming “Camp trip”. Fred Brackett, Scott Brown Don Fay, Ronald McGord, Robt. Jones, Ernest Shelden, and my two “Soldier Boys” Edwin Jones and Harry Davis, [XXXXX] in uniform and certainly were handsome. Harry brought Ruth Pittinger and his Ukulele. My! but he can make music out of the “Uke”- no one can best him playing it.
Wed.29 An ideal day. I made three Plum Puddings this morning, to take to Camp. Carrie Wiede, and Dorothy Reddick, went with me this afternoon, to the Fair Grounds
To see the Soldiers, especially my two fine young men, Edwin Jones and Harry Davis; I took them, some Crab apple jelly. Edwin was out with Dr. Lull, as Orderly, so we only saw Harry and he was sick with [XXXXX] poisoning- we meet Edwin’s mother, sister and cousin out there; also saw Walter Morris, one of my boys. The Camp was most interesting, but too it is heartbreaking, to see hundreds of the finest young men mobilizing, to “kill and be killed”. War is “HELL” and worse, even as Sherman said. Margaret Rust and Ruth Pittinger came out this evening. Margaret’s 19th Birthday.
Thurs.30 Very busy getting ready for Camp. Fred Brackett came out this morning to talk “Camp”. Carrie Wiede, Harry Davis, Edwin & Robt. Jones and Dorothy Reddick, came out this evening. First time I had seen Edwin in his uniform- he looked fine; a handsome fellow anyway. I gave he and Harry, each, an apricot pie, I baked for them this morning. Very fine day.
Fri.31 Another fine day. My good Teddy commenced his Vacation this morning- and so helped me “pack,” and get ready to go to Camp. Carrie Wiede and Dorothy Reddick came out this evening, each bringing a cake for me to “pack” for Camp and Margaret Rust, Ruth PIttinger and Paul Jones also came, Ruth with a cake and Maragaret with a basket of tomatoes and cucmbers. Fred Brackett with Robt. [XXXXX] also came out about noon. The whole day has been one of “rush”, for “Camp” is one big important event.
September 1917 “Camp days”
Sat.1st Up at 5 o’clock this morning, for it is the day looked forward to, for a year- the day of all days, in the year; the day to start for the “amp of the white Sycamore”. It rained in the night, was raining a little when we got up, but we hurried about our work of preparation to start, and soon from all over town, came telephone calls, from my boys, to ask “are you going”? Each afraid the rain would keep us home, but soon the clouds “broke” an the phone ceased ringing and my teddy & I rushed with all our might, to be ready. I baked five nice apple pies and five dozen nice graham biscuit, for camp, did, up all my work and dressed. Mr. Grundy Thompson, came for our boxes and hauled all our baggage to depot, and we got off in plenty of time, but none to spare. At Rock Island Depot we met the rest of the young folks and soon had everything checked. Our train came in time and with happy jesting and laughter, we boarded the 9:50 train for Paxico, my good Teddy and I, and Carrie Wiede, Dorthy Reddick, Lucile Maguire Ronald McGord, Alice Rice, Robt. [XXXXX], John Perine Robt. Jones and Fred Brackett. Arriived at paxico on time and found Mr. [XXXXX] Porter who has always hauled us to Camp, had burned to death last Christmas; had go to drinking upset his stove and burned so badly he died, tho lived until Feb 25th . However we got his brother MR. W. Porter, to haul us to Camp- all our baggage, the girls, Teddy and I: the boys walked. The day was very fine, tho’ rather too warm. After arriving at
Sept. 1917 “Camp Sycamore La Blauea.
Our beloved camp grounds, the boys “flew” about getting grounds in shape- had to cut weeds and rake off trash, then put up a large tent each, for the boys and girls a small one for the boys baggage and a small one, for Nan Osborn, Fred B’s Fiance, with whome he had recently “quarreled and made it up again”. We ate a cold lunch of graham biscuit and butter, cheese, chip beef and tomatoes and “goo” then finished setting-up camp- making table, ice-box etc; girls went swimming, boys finished all work first and had things in fine shape, when more of our “bunch” came in on 2 o’clock train: Don Fay, Scott Brown, Ester McArthur, Margaret Rust and Van Osborn. Every one fished and swam and had a jolly time till time for “eats” at 5:30 when I gave them Pork and Beans, Chili sauce, cheese, tomatoes, bread butter and fine Plum jam, which they called “goo”. A big, full, moon, looks down on a very happy, Camp tonight. We need no other light- Hoot-owls, kept up their “hooting” all night. The young folks went to town to meet more of our Bunch who are to come up on the mid-night train and Fred & I are alone and Camp is very quiet and restful- very beautiful, is God’s great outdoors.
Sun.2 A very heavy, dripping, fog this morning and we who slept out doors, found our bedding, quite wet this morning. Had a light rain about noon and boys put up an- other tent, over the table and were so late getting it done we could not attend S.S. in Paxico, so read our Sunday school lesson, in Camp, which idea, I do not just like.
September 1917- Camp Sycamore
The afternoon was very fine. Harry Davis, Edwin Jones, Ruth PIttinger and Carl Swanson, came up to Camp on midnight train. Mr. Robt.[XXXXX] visited camp about noon Ronald M. and Robt. [XXXXX], had a great time this morning tying up Lucille and Alice- they the girls also tied Ron and Robert and did a good job, too. Scott Brown and Esther McArthur left this evening for home, 6:20 train and we stayed up until 11 o’clock to see Harry and Edwin off on the mid-night train for home and my heart cried with pain, at the parting; for I may never see them again- I had meant to be so brave and send my splendid Soldiers away with a smile, but my heart failed, and thro’ my tears I saw them walk down the dark path thro’ the trees, on their way to the R.R. Station and so, perhaps out of my life forever- these fine, splendid young men, whom I love as sons; who have been much in my home, and many years in my Sunday School Class. [XXXXX] God keep them always. The night is brilliant with the light of a full moon in a cloudless sky-very beautiful.
Mon.3 A fine day tho’ hot. John Keating of Junction City and Florence Peterson of Arkansas City came to Camp this morning at 3:30 A.M. on a late train. Boys are catching some fine “Carp and yellow catfish, large
September 1917 Camp of the White Sycamore
Fellows and we had a big fish Dinner at noon- more than we could all eat. I had Plum Pudding too, among other good things. We all swam this afternoon, in the “old swimmin’ hole”-my! but the water was fine. Margaret Rust, Florence Peterson and Carl Swanson Ruth Pittinger went home on the evening train and the young folks all went to town with them and Teddy and I were alone in Camp all evening. The nights are grand with silvery light, from a brilliant big moon, that sends gleams of silver all down thro’ the tree tops, with here and there a star, like a diamond set in sapphire. We are all sleeping out in the open, (except a few of the boys) and my bed of stra, is, far enough from the trees, to get Moonlight, most of the night.
Tues.4 A splendid day and we are having such a happy Camp. Lucille Magurire, the only girl who has fished [XXXXX], has caught several fish of eatable size. Johnny Miller came to Camp at noon. Around on the big, East bank near the mouth of the Sno-ko-mo, the boys have made a big “slippery slide,” more than 30 fft. High and very steep and both boys and girls have had a big time there today all day. I took a little swim in the old swimming hole alone, this evening after young folks all went for their nightly visit to Phipps in Paxico, for refreshments of Cider, Pop etc. The girls play all kinds of pranks on the boys, every day and the boys keep a pretty even score. We have never had a camp with so much “Pep”
September 1917 Camp Sycamore La Blanca Paxico, Kan.
Wd.5 Another fine day in old “Camp Sycamore”; another very happy day. ON a wager, for Candy, the girls carried the Water today- a ten gallon can, from Mr. Will [XXXXX] We all swam, today, around near the mouth of the Sno-ko-mo, and we all went down the “slippery slide” but Teddy. It is very high and really too steep for any of us but just oceans of fun, one slide calling for another. Girls tied up some of the boys and tried to tie Johnny Miller but he was too quick for them and tied them instead. But they played so many pranks, the boys promised to get even; and all left Camp in a bunch, after the Marsh-mallow roast, this evening, and then slipped back thro’ the dark into their tents, and the girls became so “Wrought up” that I had to [XXXXX] them. After they girls were asleep Ronald came out, wrapped in a blanket, groaning “where is my head” and all the girls “screeched” as if the devil himself, were after them. John Keating went home at noon.
Thurs.6 Another fine dayand full of fun and happiness. Carrie and John Perine, have quite a “case”: have taken quite a ‘shine”, to one another- quite interesting. Merle Allton came in this morning at 4 A.M. from Junction City. The girls all dressed in the boys clothe sthis morning and went up to the Dam Pool, where I took pictures of them. Ronald dressed in girls clothes and all went to town for Camp supplies. Merle paid a courteous attention to Lucile Maguire and
Roused Ronald’s jealousy at noon and he became very un-pleasant with anger, “faked” sick and was so ugly all afternoon but “came out of it” by evening. HE was almost as angry last Sun. when Harry paid her, a little attention. Merle and Johnny Miller (Jack Miller, honey) went home at noon, or rather at 1 o’clock. The young folks all went to town this evening.
Fri.7 Rained us all into our tents at 5 o’clock this morning with a light shower, and then leared off and finest kind of a day. Boys set a trot line, last night and this morning brought in some very large, fine fish, - yellow cats weigh ten pounds or more, the largest. All the young folks went on a hike of about five miles this afternoon. Carrie and Alice went alone, to the slippery slide just before supper and we called for Supper, getting no answer and began to fear they had drowned- gave us a dreadful scare. After supper we all went up to Mr. Robt. [XXXXX] where the young folks, sang them some songs then went up to Phipps in Paxico- Teddy & I visited until 9 o’clock then went back to Camp and washed Supper dishes for the girls. Our young folks didn’t come to camp until 11:30 and on way home some drunk fellows on horse back cased them, cursed them and frightened them all: the girls were crying when they came into camp an the boys mad and ready to fight. The day certainly has been full enough of excitement- but happy
September 1917 Good-bye to Camp.
Sat.8 Another beautiful day, [XXXXX] of fun, but tinged with sadness that the happy week is over and we must say “good bye to camp Sycamore La Blanca” We hope we pray, we may all meet in the Camp- fire’s glow, here, next year, but these are [XXXXX] times; many are going to War- the awful scourge of War is causing so many changes that it seems very uncertain we shall ever come here again. I took pictures, at the Sno-ko-mo “slide” this morning but did not have time to swim, and the baggage man, came so early this afternoon, that it rushed us to be ready. After dinner I went with the young folks to get a picture of our beloved Sycamore tree, but the weeds were too high; they all climbed it, against my protest and a limb broke, letting, Carrie, Dorothy and Alice get a very hard fall but no broken bones, fortunately. At 4 o’clock we all walked to the Depot and took 6:40 P.M. train, on time, for home, arriving in Topeka on time. A most happy week- the most happy Camping trip we had ever had; girls were full of fun, good humored and [XXXXX] of “pep” and the boys their equal. Nan Osborn went home to Wichita at 1 o’clock, all rest of us back to Topeka together and young folks sang all way home on train. Johnny Miller with Esther McArthur, Scott Brown and Hazel Thomas met us at depot and brought Teddy & I home, in Johnny’s fine new Stutz car. Many of Bunch at depot to meet
Sun.9 A fine cool, sunny day. We took car to and from S.S. but so tired, did not stay to church. I only had 7 boys in class- guess they were tired too. This afternoon Margaret Rust, Ruth Pittinger, Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick Alice Rice, Lucille Maguire, Ronald McGord, Robt. [XXXXX] John Perine, Don Fay, Carl Swanson and Fred Brackett Mrs. Ice and Mrs. Moreland came out. The young folks talked “Camp” and played Piano and sang all afternoon. This evening Fred Backett, Robt. [XXXXX], Margaret Rust, Ruth Pittinger, John Perine, Carrie Wiede, Ernest Sheldon, Harry Davis Johnny Miller, Miss Hague of Holton, Miss [XXXXX], of Holton, Scott Brown, Esther McArthur and Mr. Grank Tupper, and Don Fay, came in for the evening and it was a mighty jolly bunch that talked over the fun of our 7th Camping trip.
Mon.10 A very, cool, cloudy day, and I jumped around all day, like a cricket, cleaning up Camp things. I cleaned all day- Teddy’s mail so heavy he didn’t get home at noon. I got a mighty lot of work done, but did not get thro’, until 8:30 this evening, and am tired.
Tues.11 A grand day. John Perine called about noon. I baked and cleaned all forenoon. Teddy off this after-noon and we went to the Fair-[XXXXX], what we saw of it. We went to Orpheum, to see Cohan in “7 Keys to [XXXXX]” this evening. Pretty good. Merle Allton came out and stayed all night.
Wed.12 Has rained most all day, very hard much of the day. Carrie Wiede with John Perine came out for the evening. I worked hard most of day “cleaning”- Merle left here about 10 oclock- Teddy home late at noon, to change clothes as he was as wet as if he had fallen into the [XXXXX] pool.
Thurs.13 A fine day, and very busy one, for me. This evening the young folks came in, as a “goodbye” to [XXXXX] Osborn who has been here, for the Fair. The girls each brought lunch for two, in prettily decorated boes and I made Cocoa for them. The evening was a lively “talk-fest”: about “Camp” of course, and we had the pictures of Camp too, so we had a merry time over them. John Perine, Carrie Wiede, Don Fay, Dorothy Reddick, Roger McKiddy, Harry Davis, Scott Brown, Ruth Pittinger Maragaret Rust, Fred Brackett, [XXXXX] Osborn, Ronald McGord, Lucile Maguire, Robt. [XXXXX], Merle Allton, Carrie [XXXXX] of Junction City, Johnny Miller and Esther McArthur, were the only ones out, as could not reach, allover the Phone They sang, danced, played Victrola and Piano; but the old Camp pictures, were the centre of attraction for the evening.
Fri.14 A fine day- Cleaned up the house and it took me all forenoon as it’s a dirty bunch of kids, that come out here- some of them have no training at home and so are very careless away from home. [XXXXX] Osborn was out a moment this morning and Fred B. at noon. Very busy all day. Arthur Dennis called this evening.
Sat.15 Just as busy as could be all day. Fred not well and had a very heavy mail all day. He got home late to supper. I want to “Eastern Star” alone, as, being Chaplain I had to go early to be there at opening of Chapter; Carrie & Dot came after I left so Fred did not come to Star until 11 o’clock; in time to bring me home and naturally I was worried to death, lest he be very sick- rascal had better not do such a trick again-I was just sick with fear.
Sun.16 Fine day, but so cool I wore a jacket this morning we took car to and from S.S. & Church. I had ten boys in Class, Rev. Findly of Guthrie, Okla. Preached for us this morning, on trial. I didn’t like him at all- he can’t preach a “little bit.” This afternoon some of my fine boys, came out, as usual- Don Fay, Charlie Plath, Roger McKiddy, Robt. Jones, Robt. [XXXXX], Ronald McGord, Fred Brackett & John Perine- Mr. S.G. [XXXXX] also brought Rev. Findly out for a call. Clarke Ellington and Carl Swanson came for a short call. This evening, Ronald McGord, Johnny Miller and Helen [XXXXX], were “short callers”, then came Ernest Shelden, Fred Brackett, John Perine, Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick, Harry Davis, Ruth Pittinger, Robt. [XXXXX], Dorothy Thoroman, Clarence Downie, and Laura Farries; Jennie Remington and her “soldier boy” Earl Rowley, were Short Callers. I am sure our home is greatly blessed by the coming of these young folks- and we enjoy them immensely- they sing and play and chatter like a cage of Monkeys A new boy in Class this morning- Everett Carmichel.
Mon.17 A very fine day. I had a great, big, washing, but got thro’ by noon- Fred home to dinner. I did my ironing this afternoon a big days work, but am not tired tonight- always busy and never thro:
Tues.18 A most delightful day. At 7 o’clock this morning I went with Mrs. J. Bettis, over North, of Garfield Park to get tomatoes, to can. I bought four baskets, at 50 cents per basket; we got home at 9:30 and prepared the rest for Chili sauce. Am tired tonight alright.
Wed.19 Another nice day- Went to town this morning to pay Lodge dues, and some Shopping-almost 1 o’clock when I got home, but was in time to get Fred’s dinner- met so many Mothers of my Sunday School boys, to talk with, whose sons are going to War. This evening, Fred & I went down to the Church, to a Party, Mrs. Trout’s girls, gave for my class of Boys. Only four of my boys, Robt. Sympson, Scott Brown, Johnny Miller and Roger McKiddy were present and it was to bad for the girls had gone to a good deal of trouble and some expense. But we can’t seem to get the young people together, at our Church, nor the old, either for that matter. We have let Bro. Cook go and we will be many a day finding another Minister who will anywhere near compare with him.
Thurs.20 Cool and cloudy all day- Making Chili Sauce and getting a half [XXXXX] of Pears ready to can- just too busy to see, all day long. Wnt over to Mrs. Strickler’s at noon, to take a picture of her in her Bean patch. This evening, Don Fay brought his mother over for the evening; Mrs. E. Wiede and sister Mrs. Davis, also came over; and Carrie Wiede, John Sutherin, Dorothy Reddick, Ruth Pittinger and Margaret Rust came, so we had another happy evening with ourfriends, but my lovely Don, was here to say “good-bye” as he leaves Sat. for “Great Lakes Trainig School”- He has joined Radio Corps, of Naval Reserves.. Don is such a fine boy, I hate very much to see him go, but he is not to go to France, so I feel better about his going, than any of the others. War- I wish I could describe it, but I can only think what Sherman said and know that it does not be-gin, to describe War! War with its awful cruelties.
Fri.21 Cool, cloudy half the day- cool, sunny rest of the day- Canned my Chili sauce and Pears and prepared a half Bu. Of tomatoes to can for Soup. Been very busy all day long. A good letter from my beloved Edwin, today, says he will come home and be at Sunday School, Sunday if he can get a Furlough We will be so glad to see him- a splendidly fine young man beloved by both young and old.
Sat.22A fine, beautiful, dau but I was so busy with my Sat. work I could only catch glimpses of the day. I canned nine jars of tomato’s put thro’ the Colander for soup, also three of the syrup left from canning Pears. I baked a cake for ourselves and also one for Walter Morris, one of my boys, in Battery A. Field Artillary, made “pumpkin” and Apple pies an dmuch work beside. Carrie and Dorothy came over this afternoon-two of my nice girls: always glad to see them coming.
Sun.23 A splendid day. We took car to S.S. but did not stay for church, as we have no minister yet. I had but 8 boys in class and was happy to have Edwin in Class for a visit- were he my own son I could not love him more, I’m sure This afternoon, Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick Scott Brown, Ronald McGord, Johnny Miller, Robert Sympson Edwin & Robt. Jones, Charlie Plath, John Perine, Fred Brackett, Carl Swanson and Harry Davis were here and had a most happy afternoon together and I took pictures of all. Boys went home about 5 o’clock and Carrie & Dot went with Teddy & I, down to the Fair Grounds to “Retreat” as Soldiers will soon leave Topeka nd we hd not been down for any “drill” work- Took a cake down to Walter Morris and
Visited with him a little while- saw several soldiers I know and friends down, as were we, for “Retreat” tho’ we heard it was to be a big “Dress Parade”. Band music was good; it was all fine, except the knowledge that its War! And every soldier there, is to give his life if needed. Dorothy came home with us for the evening and Carrie went home to meet her “Date”. Fred Brackett and Dot had “Bred & Milk and cake, lunch, with us, then more young folks came in for the evening- John Perine and Carrie Wiede Robt. Sympson & Sara Dwyre, Johnny Miller and Helen Rolla, Byron Boone & Thelma Houston, Scott Brown & Adalaide Taylor, and Harry Davis, an- other of my fine soldier boys. Harry brought his Ukulele and played and sang. And he is expert at both; we all enjoyed him, immensely.
Mon.24 Another fine day and I filled it full of work and wished it was several hours longer so I could do more. I both washed and ironed, beside the “odds and ends” of house work. We went to the Street Dance tonight for Soldiers- big crowd and good time.
Tues.25 And still the days are fine. I have only done the “little things” today but there were enough of them to keep me working all day. And yet my work seems “play,” when I think of all I want to do and hope to do.
Wed..26 O what a rain we have had today and rained most of day- nearly five inches or rather 4.59 in. Cut some shirt waists to make for Fred-so dark and cloudy could not see to do much, and do it well.
Thurs.27 A splendidly fine day and just did heaps of work today. Almost made two shirt waists for Teddy. Read announcement in paper, that another one of my boys had married: Edward Price to Eva Wharton, Sept.19. Not a boy in the class old enough to marry, yet 7 of them have married in last to years. I’m sorry to
Fri.28 A very fine day tho’ most to warm. I baked some nice bread this morning and worked hard on Fred’s shirt-waists but didn’t get them finished because I tried to do to many things and made a blunder of my work- sewed a sleeve in wrong and sewed the shirt up wrong side out- O, dear me. Walter Morris, one of my Soldier boy’s (Sunday School Class) came out and spent an evening with us, as they leave Mon. morning early, for Ft. Sill, Okla. I gave him a glass of jelly-Crabapple.
Sat.29 A most beautiful Fall, day. I swept and cleaned the whole house, finished Fred’s two shirt waists and cooked two days meals- Sat. & Sun.- beside much other work. I wanted to bake some cakes for my Soldier boys, but too much else had to be done. Ralph Davidson came out this evening. One of my fine boys.
Sun.30 An ideal, Autumn day. We took car to and from S.S. I had nine boys in Class. We had no “Preaching” today, as have no minister. But they begged money instead. This afternoon, Carrie Wiede Dorothy Reddick, Roger McKiddy, Carl Swanson, John Perine Fred Brackett, Scott Brown, Johnny Miller, Ron McGord Robt. Sympson, John Keating, Mr. & Mrs. Harry [XXXXX] and Evelyn Mrs. Max McSpaddin & Baby and a girl friend were callers. This evening, Hellen Williams “dutch” Moeser, John Perine, Carrie Wiede, Ed. Porter, Carl Swanson, Robt. Sympson, Sara Dwyre, Johnny Miller, Helen Rolly, Scott Brown, Dorothy Christian, Ernest Sheldon Harry Davis, John Keating and Fred Brackett were out for the evening; an Harry, to say “good-bye”, as Battery “A” leaves for Ft. Still, Oka. Early tomorrow morning- I did my best to to send Harry away with a smile, but my heart was crying all the time and I could only hold back my tears, until he had passed thro’ the gate and out into the night- a bright beautiful night, all a light from a big silvery, full moon- but heart ache cannot enjoy the beauties of the night or any other time; could only wonder, if my dear Harry would ever come into our home again. So splendidly fine, so beloved by us all, I could not bear to see him go and pray God for his safe return.
October 1917. 2200 W-10-St. Topeka, KAN.
Mon.1st A splendidly fine day, but a heart breaking day for Topeka, for many of our young men, left for Fort Still to train for War in France. I did not go to the Depot to see them off, for I could not send my young men away with a smile and I would not make it harder for them, for the anguish of my heart would send the tears, so I stayed home and worked very hard all day- washed a large washing for one ting. I have prayed, fervently, all day for God’s blessing on these young men, who are off for War, for humanity’s sake; and that God will bring Harry safe home again. Harry has been in our home so much, since he was a little fellow in short trousers- a fine little fellow and now he is a man and off to War; Teddy and I have grown very fond of him and grieve to see him go. Teddy had a very heavy mail and did not get home to dinner.
Tues.2 Another fine day an I worked all day in the garden trimming up tomato vines, so sun could ripen more, before frost gets them. Another day of heavy mail for teddy who did not get home to dinner.
Wed.3 An ideal Autumn day. Made Catsup and have my tomato pickles and green tomato preserves, started. Went to Mrs. John Keller’s, 11th & Woodward, this afternoon to metting of Ladies Aux. to Letter Carriers. This evening Teddy and I went to the Orpheum to see Julian [XXXXX] in Charming [XXXXX] and it was good- we enjoyed the Pathe Nes too.
Thurs 4 And today has been another golden, Autumn day, grand, glorious. I went to town shopping this morning, and to pay usual bills of Lodge dues, etc. Finished up prserves, catsup and tomato pickles this afternoon, ground up horse radish etc.
Fri.5A glorious day- a very busy day too, for me. Canned up my catsup and preserves, swept, cleaned dusted the whole house and this afternoon went to Mrs. Scott’s 1156 Mulvane, to Missionary Meeting, after which I called to see Lizzie Roby-Bair. Snappy cool this evening.
Sat.6 Another splendid day- just a typical Kansas Autumn day. Worked hard as I could work all day doing Sat. Sun. cooking, stuffing Mango’s and working button holes in Teddy’s new shirt-waists and then hurried to dress for Lodge. Teddy went with me to Eastern Star- nice meeting, big crowd Light frost this morning-our first.
Sun.7 Another fine, Sunday morning, but cold wind, cloudy afternoon and shower about 4 o’clock a very cold evening- had fire in grate afternoon and evening. We took car to S.S. but did not stay to church- went to funeral of Mr. Theodore Saxon, in Potwin, at 11 o’clock. Uncle Jes [XXXXX] came over for dinner- he will be 80 yrs. Old on 13 [XXXXX] Robt. Sympson, Ronald McGord, Scott Brown, Carl Swanson and Charlie Plathe and Mr. F. Leatherman, called this afternoon. Robt S., Scott Brown Ernest Shelden, Jack Miller, Helen [XXXXX], Helen Williams, Sara Dwyre and Dorothy Christian came out this evening.
Mon.8 A beautiful, sunny day, with brisk cool air- froze a good coating of ice last night and killed plants in garden and flowers. I washed and ironed today gathered my tomatoes and pulled up the vines-worked hard all day- Teddy got home to dinner.
Tues.9. A lovely day- quite “B” warm. I have written letters all day, to my boys who are off to War; my beloved Sunday School boys, who have been in my Class so long, that they seem like my own sons I pray every day, for each one by name, and there are so mayn Fred Brackett 20 yrs. Old today.
Wed.10 A splendidly, beautiful, day, crispy cool, and delightful. Very busy making some more green tomato preserved. Called in to see Mrs. M.H. Strickler a moment just before noon. Fred Brackett came in this afternoon He was 20 yrs. Old yesterday-one of my boys, who causes me much worry because he would rather do anything, than come to Sunday School.
Thurs.11 A fine, sunny day. Made me a new [XXXXX] gown today. Went to Y.W.C.A. this afternoon to a meeting at the Good Government Club- had quite a wrangle about passing Resolution not to send tobacco to the boys in the trenches in France; the resolution passed by a large majority, several not voting and only three voting against. I did not vote, for while I am bitterly
Opposed to tobacco, in any form, I do not feel, that now is the proper time to begin reforming. Boys who have had tobacco all their lives, crave it now, above all else and their nerves go to pieces without it- don’t compel them to fight and be reformed at same time: too much of a nervous strain. Wind blew, whippy, whirlie, and very cold about 5 o’clock, from out the North-West. Robert Sympson, Ruth Pittinger, Scott Brown & Margaret Rust came out for the evening. Guess, Margaret will always be a baby- she got down in the floor and wanted to play Leap-frog, with Scott, She is not a favorite- too much baby.
Fri.12 Fine and sunny but awfully cold- froze hard. Swept and cleaned the house and very busy all day. The young folks gathered here this evening and went for a Wienie-roast, down to Children’s Park, but so cold did not stay long an came back here for the evening, to play, sing and dance. Robt. Sympson got up the affair and old blunderer that he is, did not ask Teddy and I; we were glad, but rest, seemed disappointed: but it was to awfully cold to enjoy my kind of “Roast” tonight. Those who came were mostly strangers to us too- Robt. Sympson Lillian Larson, Ron McGord Lucille Maguire, Jack Miller Helen [XXXXX], John Perine Carrie Wiede Scott Brown Dorothy Christian, “Babe” [XXXXX] Helen [XXXXX], Earl Palmer Rose Rogers, Mr. Chrisman, Miss MCGinnis. We had a big fire built in the grate and how they flocked about it.
Sat.13th A fine, warm, sunny, day. I did up all my Sat& Sun. work, baking, cleaning etc and put up the heavy Winter curtains, between hall and parlor then dressed and went over to uncle Jes. [XXXXX] in “Shorey” to help him celebrate his 80th Birthday- He seems a man very much younger. Quite a big crowd of us present. I got there just as they sat down to a fine dinner. And my good Teddy came just as we got thro’ eating and had rest of afternoon with us, as a half Holiday. Cousin Besse Van- Richards husband and son, came from Herington, also Mr. & Mrs. Richards from Kansas City. Rea Anderson, son of cousin Jennice Van-Anderson came up from Oklahoma City. Cousin May Van [XXXXX] Hazel & Glenn, Aunt Delia & Uncle Chas. Howard, cousin Mary Howard & Elmer, cousin Nellie Howard-Kingman and children Mrs. Laverty and 3 children, made a big house, full, and we had a fine visit together- O yes, Belle [XXXXX]- Woodward and husband were also there; Bride & Groom. We came home at 4:30 after a happy day.
Sun.14 Another fine day. We took car to and from S.S. and church: only had 5 boys in class. Rev. R.E. Snodgrass of Savanna Mo. Preached a fine sermon this morning. Fred Brackett, Charlie Plath, Scott Brown, Jack Miller, Ron McGord came out this afternoon and this evening Jack Miller & Helen Rolley, and Fred Brackett came out. Too fine a day and night- it lured he young folks away to the big out doors.
Mon.15 As warm and fine and sunny as a Summer day- Ah! What so rare as an October day in Kansas, with sapphire skies o’er head and the leaves a falling down, all read and gold and brown. My good Teddy’s big mail kept him from getting home to dinner. I got my washing out early this morning and did my ironing this afternoon, beside much other work.
Tues.16 And still the days are fine and splendid and we are thankful: the trees are beautiful in their brilliant autumn colors. Have been most busy all day. Got some splendid letters, from my “Soldier Boys” today. Harry wrote a very gruesome tale of the death of a young Infantryman, caused by falling over a Cliff. Edwin wrote a most interesting account of their daily life in Camp at Fort Sill. Don wrote of the need of friends and relatives to write letters to the Soldiers to keep them happy and contented: my boys are “Capital” letter writers and we enjoy their letters immensely. My good Teddy & I went to see Fairbanks at the Orpheum in “The Man from Painted Past”- he is good in anything and we enjoyed him hugely, tonight, but I like him best in his Society of Athletic Plays.
Wed.17 Cold tonight and a cloudy, heavy day, which I filled full of work. We went to the Grand tonight to see Anna Held in “Follow Me”. We enjoyed her but not her company and I got so tired looking at “legs”.
Thurs.18 After a hard rain last night, it has turned cold, without brining snow. Another very busy day- sewing, mending, writing, baking with days long enough not half.
Fri.19 A splendidly “B” beautiful day, all bright and sunny. I went to town this afternoon “to take out” Fire and Tornado Insurance on our home, with Mr. Elliot of the Shawnee Fire In. Co. Did some shopping and came home. Teddy had to go to the Church this evening to Board meeting. Robt. Sympson, 20 years old today- one of my S.S. boys.
Sat.20 A fine sunny day but cold. Very busy every minute of the day. Fred Brackett came out this afternoon with tickets to see “Little Women” at Auditorium, for Teddy & O but I could not go, as I had to go to “Eastern Star where I am Chaplain. Teddy & I were almost late too, as cars were off. Was a very large crowd present, it being Past Matron’s night.
Sun.21 A fine cool day. Teddy & I took car to and from S.S. and Church. I had 8 boys in Class. Charlie Titus of Sacremento Calif. An old Topeka boy, talked to us this morning, instead of preaching service- he is Y.M.C.A. Sec. sent by the government to have charge of the War “Y” work for our boys in France. It seemed good to see him again and his talk was intensely interesting. This afternoon Scott Brown, Jack Miller, Carl Swanson Robert Sympson and Nancy Boone came out, and this
Evening Fred Brackett, John Perine Carrie Wiede, Jack Miller Helen Rolly, Robt. Sympson Sara Dwyre, Earl [XXXXX] Rose Rogers, Scott Brown and Dorothy Christian, came out. It was cold and we had a fine big fire in the grate [XXXXX] all sat in a circle about it, in the fire lights glow with the lights turned out, and there was music and merry chatter all evening and short lines of greeting written to our Soldier Boys off for War, who used to sit in the circle with us. It was a most happy evening, but we missed our beloved boys, whom the tragedy of War has called from us.
Mon.22 The morning was cold and rainy- the afternoon cold and sunny. I did my washing, got it dry in time to iron by late evening- also did some mending. Lent $5.00 to my neighbor Bettis, for her nephew of Eudora.
Tues.23 Fine and “B” sunny and cool tho’ not freezing, thro’ the day. Been writing most of the day. Have written letters all day when not “hopping up” to run answer a “knock”, at the back door, a ring, at the front door, and then the telephone. One needs a maid these busy times. Ernest Shelden 20 yrs. Old today.
Wed.24 And still another fine day- October is grand. Mr. & Mrs. Frank Carey, very dear friends ho used to live here, but now in San Bernardino, Calif., came in for Supper and to spend the evening and we had a lovely visit together.
Thurs.25 Dark, cold, cloudy, rain, mist day, not at all as October should behave in Kansas. I have written letters all day and not half thro; but “agents” of various sorts and neighbors on errands, have kept me trotting to the door, all day. I’m sort of “burn” too.
Fri.26 October is smiling, her old self, again today- so bright and fine and all “sunshiny”. Have been more than busy all day. I never seem to get thro:
Sat.27 Another lovely Autumn day. I have, “baked’ “mended” “cleaned” and did “oceans” of work today. This afternoon, Robt. Sympson with Bernice Heath and Jack Johnny, Miller with Helen Rolly, came out to dance a while- Johnny is just learning and wanted to “practice”. And today was Helen’s Birthday. They seemed to have a jolly time. I took their pictures in the yeard. This evening Mona Wiede and Miss [XXXXX], nurses at Christ Hosp. came out for a call.
Sun.28 The morning was fine- We took car to and from S.S. and Church. I had 9 boys, tho’ War has almost broken it up. Rev. Clinton Brooks of Ohio, preached for us this morning- nothing extra. Very cold this afternoon and evening and hard wind. Ernest Shelden, Carl Swanson and John Perine came out this afternoon, and this evening came, John Perine, Carrie
Wiede, Jack Miller, Helen Rolly, Ernest and [XXXXX] very cold few came- but always there is some one, to make the day “sunny and pleasant”. We enjoy our young friends.
Mon.29 We found the ground white with snow, this morning and has been cold all day, tho’ the sun shone, this afternoon. I washed a large washing and got it dry in the house in time to do my ironing this afternoon, so I have been busy- Teddy not home to dinner.
Tues.30 Cold and snow & rain “flurries” most of day. I baked “witch” drop cakes and made other preparations for my Party tomorrow night for my boys. I went to town this afternoon to get some needed things- Awfully busy all day.
Wed.31 A splendidly fine day- I put up my Halloween decorations, and worked hard al day, yet am not tired. And this evening the young folks came and we had a a very jolly Hallowe’en together, with the usual stunts fortunes, etc. I served Cider, “Witch cakes and dough-nuts- the Witch Cakes had a ring (Ron got it) a penny and Hellen Rolly got it, and a thimble, drawn by Scott Brown- Those who came, were Scott Brown Dorothy Christian, John Perine Carrie Wiede, Jack Miller, Helen Rolly, Virgil Scholes, [XXXXX] [XXXXX], Robt. Sympson Nancy Boone, “babe” Monahan, Helen McCahan, Luther Davis, Lillian Larson, Charlie Plath, Olive Monroe, Ronald McGord Lucile Maguire, Earl Parmer, Rose Rogers, and Fred Brackett. I gave them all Halloween boxes of “Dream” cake as Souvenirs.
Thurs.1st Cleaning up today, after last nights’ Party- putting away Hallowe’en trimmings etc. Charlie Plathe came out this afternoon and I took his picture and before he left Mona Wiede and Miss [XXXXXX] (Christ Hospital Nurses) came out- Mona as usual, “scrappy” with Charlie- too bad! Has been a fine day, tho’ cool wind. Fred not home at noon.
Fri.2nd A splendidly, beautiful day. Doing all sorts of “odds B. and ends” of work today. Mended curtains and hung lace curtains In front room. Scott Brown’s 20th Birthday and this evening, he came out, with Dorothy Christian, Jack Miller Helen Rolley, Luther of Davis, Lillian Larson, [XXXXX] Schwarty and Mildred Stantan and had a wee Birthday Party- brought Marshmallows and roasted them over the grate fire and they danced it was a happy evening.
Sat.3 The day has been fine and My! how I made the work fly. Tonight I went to “Eastern Star” alone, for we have been up so much and Fred’s work so heavy, thought he had better go to bed and rest. I got home at 10 o’clock.
Sun.4 Another grand day. We took car to and from S.S. and church. Mr. Damelson an ex Mormon Priest, gave us a talk, exposing Mormonism- I did not like him but he told many things my Mormon sister in law has told me, only she excused and justified what he condemned. This afternoon, Carrie Wiede, Flo Herren, (Virgil SCholes joined my, Class today, from the [XXXXX] Class)
Scott Brown and his father Dorothy Reddick, Charlie Plath, Ronald Mcgord, Mona Wiede and her friend Miss Maddern were out. Charlie, Dorothy and Flow stayed for Supper, then [XXXXX] left. Dorothy & Flo stayed for the evening and Scott Brown came out with Dorothy Christian, he also brought his father; Earl Palmer, Rose Rogers, Ronald McGord Lucille Maguire, Robt. Sympson Bernice Heath, Jack Miller Helen Rolly, John Perine Carrie Wiede, a Mr. Hessebroeck with [XXXXXX] Rosenthal, Luther Davis Lillian Larson, Ruth Pittinger and Margaret Rust came out for the evening and it was a jolly, jolly, bunch of young folks- they wrote short messages to Edwin Jones and Harry Davis t Fort Sill also Don Fay at Great Lakes Naval School- they played piano and sang and they played the Victrola- also they played the Ukulele, some one brought and sang to its accom-paniment and it was a very happy evening.
Mon.5 A beautiful “Indian Summer day”. I washed a good big washing- also pair of double cotton blankets- I did my ironing this afternoon. Fred’s mail heavy and he did not get home to dinner, so I kept right on working. He worked 8 hours and I worked 11 hours straight but his was hardest.
Tues.6 Another splendid “Indian Summer Day”. Mona Wiede came out this afternoon and stayed for Supper and the evening and Miss Scott, Miss Holmes, [XXXXX] [XXXXX], Miss Bernett Miss Becker, Miss Chassy and Miss all nurses at Christ Hosp. and Chas Plath, came out for the evening and roasted Marshmallows at grate fire, sang and danced and had a jolly good time.
Wed.7 A fine “Indian Summer Day”. Have cleaned, and did much other work as usual. Fred home this afternoon getting half a day, Holiday, to fix Hen house. Ruth Pittinger and Helen Williams, came in for the evening- we think them, two, especially fine, girls and Helen unusually beautiful.
Thurs.8 Another fine, “Indian Summer Day”, and I was too busy to go outside, into the sunshine, into the hazy dreamy, blue, of a late Autumn, day, tho’ I got bits of it as I went to town this morning to pay the usual Bills and “shop” a bit. This afternoon, [XXXXX] Pribble and wife, with fine nurses from Stormont Hosp. came out for a Call. I took Mel and his wife’s pictures Jennie Remington also, in a while this afternoon. Teddy and I went to the Orpheum this evening to see Farrar in “Joan the Woman”- Fine, but O, I don’t like war pictures.
Fri.9 Today has been, splendidly fine- the Weather man says, “Warm as August.” I baked lovely bread today and made a Plum Pudding, to send Harry and Edwin at Ft. Sill. Most awfully busy all day, and wish the days were longer.
Sat.10 A lovely “Indian Summer Day”. O so much to do today, but didn’t get it done, for this reason, just after Breakfast Jennie Remmington and 2 cousins, came in to use Phone, and stayed to play Victrola and look at P.II.G. Class Book. And before they left, Mel Pribble and wife came
In their car, and wanted me to go hunting with them to Valencia- of course, I couldn’t go; a little later cousin Eugene [XXXXX], of Tolstoi, Alaska, came; it was splendid to see him again- haven’t seen him for 15 years- has been in Alaska 20 years: he stayed for dinner- Fred has cold and a stiff neck so was home this afternoon, for another half Holiday. [XXXXX] left at 2:30 just as Carrie Wiede came- she left and 5 o’clock and soon as Supper was over, she came again and Dorothy Reddick and Flo Herren with her- they were here until 11 oclock, when Flo’s Auntie came for them in car- and we love these girls especially well, as we do the others and are glad to have them come. I had to write my Soldier Boys, so I wrote Edwin Jones Harry Davis at Ft. Sill and Don Fay in Navy, at great lakes- its now, almost 1 o’clock Sunday morning and I’m off to bed for a wee bit of sleep.
Sun.11 Another pleasant day. We took car to and from S.S. and church, as usual. Rev. Frank Mallory preached, for us this morning- he is always good. This afternoon, Scott Brown, Johnny Miller, Ronald McGod, Robt. Sympson, Ernest Shelden, Dorothy Reddick Carrie Wiede and Mr. & Mrs. R. Jones, parents of Edwin, called. This evening, came Ernest & Carie, Ronald with Lucile Maguire, Robt. Sympson with Bernice
Heath, Earl Palmer, Lillian Larson, Luther Davis Miss [XXXXX], Virgil Scholes Helen Maccahan, and Johnny Miller & Helen Rolley. Margaret Rust and Ruth Pittinger also came in a moment. Melvern Pribble called a moment this afternoon I took a picture of the boys, this afternoon.
Mon.12 A most splendid day. I washed, cleaned, got dinner for my good Teddy, and did my ironing. Busy.
Tues.18 Summer time day, tho cool in morning. I did some baking, and got up a good evening Dinner Cousin Eugene [XXXXX], home from Tolstoi; Alaska came this afternoon and stayed all night with us. And we had a fine visit- he had not been home for 9 years.
Wed.14 Gene went home this morning as Fred went to work. I have written letters most all day. Mrs. Hulett and Mrs. Hill called this afternoon. I painted pictures too and Fred and I spent evening with John [XXXXX] grand day.
Thurs.15 A fine day again. I wrote many letters and was very busy all day. Went to Prayer meeting and S.S. Teacher Conference, alone this evening at the Church.
Fri.16 A grand day. At noon Fred & I rode to town with Mr. J. Tullock in his Auto. I went to Court House to pay tazes- awful, awful high. Then I went to 512 Polk to see Mrs. O.M. Brill, and their dear
Baby- bright, so sweet, and fine. I took some pictures of him- his daddy is one of my S.S. boys. I then called on Mrs. Goodman 921 Garfield, and Mrs. Harbough W-10-St, neither home, then called on Mrs. P.H. Howe, Morris [XXXXX], and had a lovely visit. I enjoyed being out, so much.
Sat.17 Rained some this morning, but day turned out fine Baked and cleaned and worked hard most of day. This evening went to Eastern Star. Mrs. [XXXXX was the only on initated- we got home rather early tonight.
Sun.18 Sunny, but rather cool. We took car to and from S.S. and morning services- Luther Davis came to Class this morning, but do not know whether he will joining the class or not. Mr. [XXXXX] [XXXXX], talked on the War “Y.M.C.A.” work this morning instead of our having a Sermon and it was a most splendid “talk” too, a subject both Tedd and I are fully in accord with. This afternoon Flo Herren, Dorothy Reddick, Carrie Wiede Earle Palmer, Luther Davis, Scott Brown, Ronald McGord, Robt. Sympson, Carl Swanson, and Ernest Shelden came out. This evening, Scott Brown, Sara Dwyre, John Perine Carrie Wiede, Robt. Sympson, Bernice Heath, Earle Palmer, Rose Rogers, Luther Davis Lillian Larson, Ronald McGord Lucille, Maguire, Johnny Miller and Helen Rolley came out and the home ahs been full of “sunshine” all afternoon and evening. I took pictures this afternoon of Flo, Dorothy & Carie
Mon.19 A fine day, all sunny and hazy and “Indian Summery”. I got my washing out early and did m ironing this afternoon.
Tues.20 Another fine day. Wrote many letter today and did a lot of work beside. Roger McKiddy spent evening with us.
Wed.21 A very fine day- too warm most, for comfort. I went to town this afternoon for we bit of shopping. Called a moment at Mrs. J. Henderson’s
Thurs.22 Colder today- made a Plum Pudding and killed an old hen, made two doz. Patty shells, cleaned home, paste many pictures in my Class Book, a new one I’m making. This evening, Scott Brown, Luther Davis, Robt. Sympson, Johnny Miller with Esther McArthur, his friend, Mr. Fred Lunger of Wamego, with Sara Dwyre, and a Mr. Ramey with Marian McArthur, came in for the evening and it was like having a surprise Party. Mr. Ramey of Strong City and Mr. Lunger, we had never met before, but we liked them very much- fine appearing young men. Mr. Romey had the most beautiful red hair I ever saw. These young people were full of fun and made the evening very jolly for us!
Fri.23 A fine day, but cold, so that we built a fire upstairs, one in the grate and kept up kitchen fire. O so busy all day, for tonight, the young folks came in for a “Farwell Party” for Lucille Maguire, who leaves Sunday, to teach school near Sapulpa, Okla. Scott
Brown came with Helen [XXXXX], Earl Palmer, Lillian Larson Luther Davis, Dorothy Christian, Johnny Miller, Helen Rolley Robt. Sympson, Kathyrn Dolan, Mr. Fred Lunger Beula Hall Ronald McGord and Lucile Maguire. All so jolly and full of fun they danced, played Piano and Victrola; roasted Marshmallows over the great fire too. I serve them Bread and Butter sandwiches with creamed chicken in Patty shells, Plum Pudding with hard cream sauce, and Cocoa. And no one hurried home tonight.
Sun.25 Cold, raw, wind- just a wee bit of sun, this afternoon. We took car to and from S.S. and church this morning. Rev. F.G. Mallory preached for us. I had 12 boys in Class- one was Mr. F. Lunger a visitor. Mrs. Kelly and her class refused to give anything for the Orchestra. Buelah Hall is leader. Mrs. Kelly is an old crank. This afternoon Johnny Miller, Mr. Fred Lunger, Robt. Sympson, Ronald McGord, Scott Brown Luther Davis, Roger McKiddy and friend Mr. Saylor, came, and this evening, Johnny Miller with Helen Rolley Mr. Fred Lunger, Esther McArthur, Chet Kelly, Dorothy Reddick, John Perine, Carrie Wiede, Robt. Sympson, Kathyrn Dolan, Luther Davis, Dorothy Christian, Scott Brown and Helen McLahan came in for the evening. They roasted Marshmallows at the grate fire- played Piano and Victrola and we had a very ahppy evening together. Teddy & I like Mr. Fred Lunger very much- a very fine pleasing young man
Nov.26 A nasty, foggy, cold day. I dried my washing in the house; in time to do my ironing this afternoon and fill up the day with some “cleaning” and mending. Teddy got home to dinner- mail not so heavy as usual.
Tues.27 A pretty fair sort of a day. I wrote letters all day, most of them to my Sunday School boys, who are away in the Arm. Oh! God; that we might have Peace.
Wed.28 Clear, and cold- a beautiful day: heavy frost this morning. Killed a fine young Pullet and made a Plum Pudding and found no trouble keeping busy all day. This evening we went to the Orpheum to see a [XXXXX] Play “The Judgment House” by a bunch of “Stars.” The Play or rather Picture was splendidly acted, but we did not like it at all- too many good people, got killed.
Thurs.29 A cold, raw day; heavy fog until noon- no sunshine all day. “Thanksgiving” and Fred home all day- we have a world of things to be thankful for, even tho’ the World is at War, and many loved ones in it, both relatives and friends. Ronald McGord gave us tickets to the Football game- “Washburn against Aggies”. We walked over to Washburn this afternoon and to our sorrow saw Washburn “licked” 38-0, dreadful. This evening the young folks came in, for a Party in honor of one of my beloved boys, John Keating who
Came home from work at Junction City, for Thanksgiving. Those who came Ronald McGord, a “Stay” since Lucille left, Scott Brown, Sarah Dwyre, Earl Palmer, Esther McArthur, Luther Davis Margaret Officer, Virgil Scholes, Lillian Larson, Robt. Sympson, Florence Peterson, John Keating, Helen MaLahan, John Perine and Carrie Wiede. And no one went home early- 11:30 We certainly had a good time- Music, piano and Victrola- young folks, cleaned. I served them Pumpking pie and Plum Pudding with hard sauce. I did little for Thanksgiving- roasted a chicken and for desert Plum Pudding.
Fri.30 Heavy fog until about noon. A very busy day, cleaning up after the Party, doing some much needed mending, and O, a lot of things. Mail so heavy my good husband not home to dinner, so I kept right on working too. Robt. Sympson and Luther, Ron and Earl ran out for a moment to get Robts’ music and say was going hunting and might not get back for S.S., Sunday. I wish boys would not hunt on Sunday and would be regular at S.S. and Church. So sleepy- bed 8:30
Sat.1st Heavy fog this morning which soon cleared away, and the sun came out fine and warm; a most delightful day. I baked a little, sewed, washed windows planted two kinds of Plum seeds, some black Walnuts and Persimmons. Bery busy all day. Mrs. Robt. Mazwell came over this afternoon and brought me a beautiful [XXXXX] clock, for the mantle- at one time a very expensive clock, belonging to an aristocratic family, the
C.K. Holiday’s, who owed a large sum, to Mr. Buhre, father of Mrs. Maxwell. This evening we went to Eastern Star; I had to go one car ahead of Teddy to be, on time. Election Officers, so not home early- Miss Aldridge because of much absence, resigned, so Mrs. Morrison- was elected worthy Matron.
Sun.2Cold, raw day- We took car to Sunday School & Church I only had six boys in calss- most of them went rabbit hunting Rev. Harter of Manhattan preached for us- didn’t like him After Church Fred went to the Dentist’s and Dr. Smith brought me home in his Auto. This afternoon Scott Brown, Carl Swanson, Johnny Miller, Jennie Jones, Flo Herren Dorothy Reddick and Carrie Wiede came out- I took pictures This evening, Charlie Plath, Dorothy Reddick and Carrie Wiede came out- I took pictures. This evening, Charlie Plath, Dorothy & Flo, John Keating with Helen McLahan, Scott Brown, [XXXXX] Atchison, Johnny Miller Helen Rolley, Ronald McGord, Luther Davis, Earl Plmer and Robt. Sympson came out, and we sat about the open grate fire as usual and enjoyed the usual “chatter” and music- and the boys telling of their rabbit hunt which I was sorry occurred on Sunday- I wish they, Would remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”.
Mon.3A fine day. I washed and ironed as usual.
Tues.4 A most splendid day. I went to town this morning Shopping and this afternoon to Christ Hospital to see Mrs. O.J. Gould and to Stormont Hospital
To see Bernice Heath, who has appendicitis- both, doing fine. Met Mrs. Heath at Hosp. and like her very much. \
Wed.5 A cold morning and the afternoon, became severely cold. I went, this afternoon to call on a Mrs. Armstrong at 1836 Kan. Ave- a stranger in the City. She was absent so I went next door to call on Mrs. Saxton and she too was absent so I took car up town to shop a bit and met Mrs. Hill in Green’s store and we visited for an hour. I bought 10 lbs of Chili beans @ 15 cents per lb. We love chili at our house. Scott Brown came out for the evening- just a dandy boy.
Thurs.6 Awfully cold all day- down to 7° above, but sun wriggled thro’ the clouds by noon and we had a half “sun shiny” afternoon. I baked bread, churned, made apple pie and a big kettle of Chili. Most awfully busy all day.
Fri.7 Winter at last, after two months of blue, hazy, dreamy Indian Summer. Cold o my! and has snowed all day. Went to 8°, below last night, and doesn’t seem any warmer than that today. Another very busy day- just lots to do.
Sat.8 Another cold, Wintery day; I baked and “cleaned” and “mended” and busy as could be all day long. Fred Brackett called me up this morning to tell me, he and Nan Osborne, were married Thurs.6 [XXXXX]. Well my boys will soon, all be married, and I will have a married men’s S.S. Class instead of a “Young Men’s” Class.
Sun.9 My! this has been a “fierce” day- so cold and the wind almost a gale and whipping the snow into every tiny crack and corner. Got home from Eastern Star and went to bed at “Midnight” last night and up this morning at 5:30 and hurried about my work, then off to Sun. School. I had Fred stay home out of the storm, but I had to go teach my Class and I had the largest Class, present too- 8 young men on time, Ronald, Luther, Ernest, John K., Robert S., Robert J. Scott Brown and Virgil Scholes were tardy. I stayed for preaching and Rev. Malory preached one of finest sermons, I ever heard- I would not have missed it for anything. I took car both “going and coming” but cars were all day dreadfully off schedule, and tho’ awfully, whippy, whirly, blowy, I enjoyed being out in the storm. This after noon, John Perine, Carrie Wiede Dorothy Reddick, Ronald McGord, Luther Davis, Chet Kelly, Roger McKiddy Robt. Symson, Fred Brackett and Nan (his wife) came out and I took their pictures. I made a big, long, four layer, wedding cake, for them, yesterday with white cream icing, custard filling covered with English Walnuts and candied Cherries, this I served them, with cocoa. This evening Fred & Nan came again, also Ronald with [XXXXX] Foresgrin, John Keating Helen McCahan, Robt. Sympson, Julia Dixon of Holton, Jack Miller Helen Rolley Luther Davis Dorothy Christian, Chet Kelly and Charlie Plath. Charlie came out for Supper and stayed for the evening I served cocoa again and the rest of the Wedding cake. We had a very happy evening together, the young folks played and sang all evening.
Mon.10 An awfully cold day tho’ moderating. I washed dried clothes in the house, did my ironing, and mending. And busy every moment of the day. John Keating and Jack Miller came out this evening, to borrow some of my Records for Victrola and got 5. My Busiest days, are the cold ones. And the cold, causes anxiety for our Soldier boys and Oh! It crushes ones heart with pity for those suffering from the appalling disaster at Halifax, Nova Acotia. Awful 46 years ago today, I came to Kansas, from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
Tues.11 Bright, sunshiny day, and moderating, but still very cold, and half cloudy in early morning, and few snowflakes fell. Busy drawing some Cartoons, for Class Party, New Year evening.
Wed.12 Cold weather- real Winter. Printed pictures, all day. Wish days were three times longer so I could do more work.
Thurs 13 Awfully cold, dark, gloomy. I drew Cartoons most of morning. Went to Masonic Temple at 4 o’clock to meet Eastern Star Officers of Beulah Chapter for little Drill work.
Fri.14 Bright, sunny, cold. Drawing Cartoons all day.
Sat.15 Bright, sunny, and cold. Fred home this afternoon having a half day Vacation- We went to Eastern Star, at 5 o’clock- Annual Banquet and Installation of Beulah Chapter All very fine and I’m glad, to be out of Office. House 12:30 mid night
Mon.17 Cold, cloudy, damp, so I hung my clothes, in house and they dried, so I did my ironing this afternoon.
Tues.18 Rather cool, but yet a fine day and sunny and warm in afternoon. Fred had day off, for Aunt Kate’s funeral. Mr. Snyder, came after us in Auto, at 11 o’clock and took us out to Uncle Marian’s and to Aunt Kate’s funeral held in Methodist Church, at Silver Lake A very large and very sad funeral- Sermon preached by Rev. Pence, 82 year sold. Buried in Prairie Home Cemetery Walter Sally brought us back to Topeka at 7 oclock P.M.
Wed.19 A fine day. Have been busy as could be, all day with “Cartoons”. They told us at funeral yesterday, that Aunt Kate had not been sick a day, had no cold or anything yet died with congestion of the lungs- I am sure it was an attack of the heart that killed her- I have no faith in their old Dr. Dudley. She knew she was going to die and asked her sons and grandson’s to be her Pall bearers and made arrangements about giving her friends their Christmas presents she had made and planned for them. We went to the Orpheum tonight to see Douglass Fairbanks in, “Reaching for the Noon”- He is always good. I did not like the silly, “Fatty Arbunckle”, opening Act. The Red Gross, Special feature was pleasing, and they get part, of the evening “proceeds” I was out awhile this afternoon, canvassing for Red Gross memberships- was one of the Lieutenants in this Canvassing Campaign.
Thurs.20 A fine day- Called at Mrs. Schwartz’s (Dr.) this morning on Red Gross business- put in a busy day too, getting ready for my boys, who came out tonight to dance, in celebration of Johnny Jack, Millers 19th Birthday, which was yesterday. The phone rang while we were at Breakfast this morning and in answering, heard the voice of my beloved Edwin (Jones) Teddy and I, could not love him more; if he were our son. He ha just gotten home from Ft. Sill, discharged from Army because of his heart. He came out this evening with Ruth Pittinger, Ronald McGord with Dola Forogren, Johnny Miller, Helen Rolly, Scott Brown Alice Sullivan, John Keating, Mildred Lusk, Robert Sympson, Katlryn Dolan Virgil Scholes, Sara Dwyre, Charlie Plath, Frances Holman, Luther Davis, Dorothy Christian; a jolly Bunch. Sure great to See Edwin- he was looking fine- a handsome fellow.
Fri.21 Awfully busy all day- tinting in some pictures of my father, to make Calendars for our family.
Sat.22 Another busy day- baking, cleaning etc. Mail so very heavy, Fred did not get home to dinner, but got thro’ the day fine and was not over wearied, when he got home.
Sun.23 Cold all day, but sunny and real living weather. We got up late this morning and I had to hurry away to S.S. without my Teddy- I had 8 young men in Class. Edwin came in his uniform- a handsome fellow, always but “stunning” in his uniform, and certainly, causes a flutter among the girls, when he puts in an appearance anywhere and starts their hearts “pitty-patty-ing” a afster pace. Geo. Lyon was going to preach, so we did not stay for Church- a good man, but sch an old “fogey.” This afternoon, came Edwin, John K. Ronald, Jack, Bob. S. Paul W., [XXXXX] Stewart Dorothy Reddick and Flo Herren. I took pictures of all. This evening came John Keating, Alice Morehouse, Ronald McGord Francis Dolan, Jack Miller, Ethel Castor, Edwin Jones, Dorothy Christian, John Perine Carrie Wiede, [XXXXX] Kelley Ruth Pittinger, Charlie Plan and Mr. & Mrs. Fred Brackett. A dear, blessed bunch of young folks that certainly bring a world of sunshine into our home. I thank God for the friendship of young people, and that my heart has never closed against them.
Mon.24 O, but it is cold- are having lots of zero weather, yet I enjoy it, and thankful there is no snow for Fred to walk thro’ with his heavy loads- he did not get home until late tonight- working “overtime”. I had a very busy day, spending the morning down town shopping. Bought a goose for our Christmas dinner, $1.95- War prices on everything.
Tues.25 Christmas-day, and what a day, it is, Two thousand years ago, when in A lowly manger, the World’s Savior was born, Angles, Sang, “Peace on Earth, good will toward men,” and today the whole World is at War- men committing the most fiendish, the most hellish atrocities against their brother, man- to even think of it, sickens ones heart, almost unto death: surely Christ will come soon, for, “except the time, he shortened, there will be no flesh left,” upon the Earth. The weather has been cold and sunny and I have been very busy with my baking, and putting in order, our home. Fred not home until after 3 o’clock for dinner. I roasted a goose, the first we ever had, and we liked it very much. “Santa” was very good to us- Candy and handkerchiefs, etc Mrs. Maxwell gave me a lovely Shopping bag and my blessed boys, gave me a lovely Oak Rocker, upholstered in Tapestry and they came out this morning to bring it- Edwin and Robt. Jones came out this morning to bring it- Edwin and Robt. Jones, Ronald McGord, John Keating, Robt. Sympson, Fred Brackett, John Perine and Chet Kelly I took some pictures of part of them- Fred, John P. & Chet only here a moment- I had just baked some Cherry and Apple pies and gave boys, one of each. Carrie Wiede and Roger McKiddy came out this after noon. We are alone tonight. Shelly Monroe and [XXXXX] Ellington called too, this evening.
Wed.26 Cold, zero, weather. Fred not home all day, because of heavy mail. I have been busy all day making Cartoons of my boys, for our New Year Party.
Thurs.27 And still it is cold, but I like the cold. Fred not home today either, and it makes the days awfully long- I have worked all day on my Cartoons. Edwin and Robt. Jones and John Keating came out for the evening-
Fri.28 No “let up” to the cold, and every day a busy one. I have finished Cartoon’s for the boys but not of the girls. Fred standing the heavy Christmas work fine.
Sat.29 Cold but sun shone fine all day. I baked, churned and did such a lot of work today. This afternoon, Edwin Jones, John Keating, Robt. Sympson and Jack Miller came out and helped take up carpets and stain and polish the floors. They are the dearest, best, boys- I wish they were mine.
Sun.30 Very cold windy- I went to S.S. alone. 8 boys in Class. Fred stayed home to rest. This afternoon, Blanche Pittenger, Merle Allton Edwin Jones, Robt. Sympson, Ronald McGord, Scott Brown, Luther Davis and his mother, Ernest Shelden and Virgil Scholes came out and this evening, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Brackett, Jack Miller Ethel Castor, John Perine Carrie Wiede, Virgil Scholes Sara Dwyre, John Keating, [XXXXX] Peterson Robt. Sympson Nancy Boone; Blance & Merle here, to Supper; Edwin, Scott Luther, Ron and Carl S “Stagged” it. I served Cocoa and cookies. A very happy evening with our young folks.
Mon.31 The last day of the Old Year and what shall I say of it? The Year, has been very good, to me and mine. God has blessed us richly with health, with friends, with blessed fellowship and companionship of youth, in the S.S. Class of my beloved young men an their girl friends: with all my heart and soul and mind and being, I thank God for the friendship of young people; that He has not let my heart grow old, and away from them; that He has given me an understanding heart to know the worth whileness of young people- a heart overflowing with love for them- that the best there is in life, is the love and friendship, of and for, young people. And I can ask no greater blessing than that all my years may be filled with the love and companionship of young people and for young people. And I pray God to guide me, to give me wisdom, to make me strong in heart to go forward thro’ the coming year, a righteous life, lived honorably before all young people. I thank God for blessings so many, all thro’ the year that I cannot “Count them, one by one”. Teddy’s mail was very heavy today and he did not get home to dinner and this evening the young people came in to dance the Old Year out, the New One, in. I had Mr. Paul Harrison take a Photo of them. Edwin Jones brought Nancy Boone, Merle Allton Betty Harmon, Jack Miller Ethel Castor, Chet Kelly Ruth Pittenger John Keating Blanche Pittenger, Scott Brown Alice Sullivan Luther Davis Adalaide Taylor, Earl Palmer, Marion McArthur Ronald McGord Frances Dolan, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Brackett, [XXXXX] Plath and Roger McKiddy. Sleet and Fog and cold tonight.
Tues.1st Standing again upon the threshold of a New Year, and with awe in my heart for what it may bring- the Old World is whirling in chaotic confusion these days and Time swings faster than a speedometer can record, and one can but wonder what the year will bring. The one great thing, a World at War, prays for, is Peace. A world at Peace. The young people came in last night, to Watch the “Old Year out and the New Year in”- they left at 2 o’clock this morning- tired and happy; they danced all evening- God bless the young people and keep their hearts young. We went to bed and after 2 o’clock and got up at 6 o’clock. A heavy frost fog, made everything beautiful in the early morning hours, but as day came on, the sun came out and spoiled the pretty picture and took off the sleet that fell last night. Fred had to work at P.O. from 8 to 9 oclock then came home and lay down on couch for a few hours sleep, while I “snoozed” in a rocker. We cleaned some of rugs and straightened up home and then rested for rest of day, and enjoyed a quiet day and evening. Arthur Dennis came in for a while this evening, our only Caller today. I am thankful for the blessing of the past Year and pray divine guidance, for the New Year; that God will help me to keep my life clean; to be strong in all righteousness; to be humble in spirit, to live my life blameless before
Him: that I may be strengthened to live my duty to my fellow men. And with all the heart and soul o’ me, I pray God, to bless and keep and guide, the lives of my beloved young men- the young men of my S.S. Class who have been with me so long- help them to be faithful thro’ the year, to S.S. and church- to lead clean lives, and true to themselves, they cannot be false to any man” Edwin Jones, Robt. Jones, Scott Brown, John Miller, John Kearting, Ronald McGord, Robt. Sympson, Keene Saxon, Luther Davis Henry Mason, Ernest Shelden, Roger McKiddy, Charlie Plath Carl Swanson, Clarke Ellington, Will Jackson, those in Army Harry Davis, Walter Morris, Earl & Frank [XXXXX], Omar [XXXXX] Charlie Clements, and in Navy Don Fay.
Wed.2 The morning, chill, dark, blowy, blustery, misty snowy- the after noon, fine sunshine. Mail too heavy for my good Teddy to get home to dinner. Been writing all day. Scott Brown and Luther Davis came out, for the evening: two mighty fine boys- we like them very much.
Thrs.3 Another, threatening morning, that turned into a fine day; and another day of heavy mail, so Fred not home to dinner And again I wrote letters all day- answering Christmas Mail
Fri.4 And still the mails are heavy and weather cold, and Fred with a bad leg; sprained it a week ago Thurs. getting off a car and it Cramped and is very sore. Charlie Plath came out this evening- “Spatting” with Mona for a change- My! what a life they will lead.
Sat.5 A cold, cloudy day. Fred home all day; his day of “compensation” because he had to work Christmas. John Keating and Edwin Jones, came out this afternoon and I had them stay and have Oyster Stew with us. We think they are two as fine young men, as can be found. Fred helped me clean carpets and make them in rugs and put them down- no more carpets, dirty things, for me.
Sun.6 Awfully cold, snowy and blowy. I took car to S.S. did not stay to church- Teddy stayed home to rest. I had 7 boys in Class. This afternoon, Robt. Sympson, Jack Miller and his cousin Harry Crane, Ronald MCGord Edwin Jones, Robt. Jones John Keating, Scott Brown, Luther Davis and Virgil Scholes came out and this evening, John Perine Carrie Wiede, Virgil Scholes, Dola Farsgren Ronald MCGord Marjory Petro, Robert Sympson Nancy Boone, Merle Allton, Betty Harmon, Tom Wakeling Thelma Houston, Byron Boone Alice Morehouse, Jack Miller Ethel Castor, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Brackett Edwin Jones, John Keating, Scott Brown and Luther Davis. Scott soon left to go over to see Alice Sullivan- Chet Kelly came out too. I served them hot cocoa before they went home and we gave them a box of Marsh Mallows, which they roasted at the grate. The sang a great deal this evening and it was lovely.
Mon.7 A fine day- Fred’s mail heavy and not home to dinner I dried all my washing out doors, but the starched clothes- and did my ironing this afternoon. Awfully busy all day- take care of cow in evening and do all chores for Teddy.
Tues.8 A dark, damp, misty day. I went to town this after-noon on several errands- up to Lincoln Circle to pay dues, and over to Y.W.C.A. to a Missionary Class, taught by Mrs. [XXXXX]- A Home Missionary Study- Mrs. [XXXXX] an interesting teacher. Jack Miller and Bob Sympson came in a little while this evening.
Thurs.10 Snowed hard most all day, but sun shone late this afternoon- Fred not home to dinner. A beautiful snow-storm, and a big one- awfully cold tonight.
Fri.11 A bright sunny day, but awfully cold- 15° below zero Wind almost a gale from North. Fred’s mail too heavy for him to get home to dinner- kept me [XXXXX] to carry coal and keep house warm. Wrote letters all day.
Sat.12 A blistering cold day, tho’ sun shone brightly all day. 17° below, but we slept with windows wide open last night as usual, and no fire. I worked hard all day “cleaning” and carrying coal and kindling. My “Bunch” were to have a “Bob sled” ride tonight and a “spread” afterwards, but it was so cold, could get
No one to take them, so they came hear and had their “Spread” without the ride, and danced until mid-night- sang and played piano- O so jolly and happy; makes ones heart glad, to have them here. The girls brought the “eats,” and came alone, in bunches: boys came in several bunches. Nancy Boone, came early and had chilli with us, for supper: then came Carrie Wiede, Ruth and Blanche Pittinger, Helen Rolly, Bernice Heath, Thelma Houston, Betty Harmon, Alice Morehouse Frances Dolan, Lucille Smith, Irene Seery, Nan & Fred Brackett, Byron Boone, Chet Kelly, Merle Allton, Edwin Jones, Ronald McGord, Tom Wakeling, Walter Tadge Virgil Scholes, Luther Davis, Jack Miller, Robt. Sympson, Scott Brown, Ethel Castor, Mrs. Boone, John Perine and Charlie Plath. Every one seemed so happy tonight.
Sun.13 Awfully cold- cloudy dark day, snowed a little. I took car to S.S. to teach my Class- had 10 boys present and we were sent to Barraca room, as all Classes were “bunched” so not to have to heat whole church. Mrs. E.V. King, Barraca teacher had but one present aside from his own son- he never has been able to hold a Class long and now wants to meet with my Class yet had taken his son out of my Class- no I don’t want King, to meet with my Class, for I’ll soon have no Class if he does. Fred stayed home today out of the storm and cold, to rest. This afternoon,
Edwin Jones, Virgil Scholes, Luther Davis, John Keating, Charlie and Walter Plath, Robert Jones, Robert Sympson, Ronald MCGord and Walter Plath, Robert Jones, Robert SYmpson, Ronald MCGord and Jack Miller, came in to “thaw out” and have a bit of music they had a long Bob Sled hitched on to an Auto and were having a jolly cold, sleigh ride- had been “dumped” several times and clothes were badly torn. Merritte Rowell came and Friend Paul Smith, came in for the afternoon too and this evening the boys came back with their girls. Edwin Jones with Nancy Boone, John Perine Carrie Wiede, Scott Brown Carrie Wiede, Scott Brown Hellen McCahan, Luther Davis Sara Dwyre, Jack Miller Helen Rolly, Robt. Sympson Bernice Heath, Nan & Fred Brackett, Virgil SCholes Betty Harmon, Chet & Kelly, Keene Saxon, Chas. Plath and Ronald MCGord & Marjory Petro and the evening was very happy with song and jest, until time to go home where out of the happy evening, an ugly storm blew up, no one knows how, or what about, except that Robt. Sympson, (impetuous Peter that he is) was in the centre of it, and ready to “lick” the whole house: he had found Helen, for no apparent reason, in tears, and she blamed Scott as having offended in a joke; Bob forgot, that Jack, not he should have settled it; if was anything to settle and butted in with his hot temper, causing a most unhappy ending to a very happy evening. And no one knows why or what, only would have been nothing to it had Bob looked after his own beloved and let others do same, but Bob is a big warm hearted, impetuous fellow that can’t stand for tears and thought he was right.
Mon.14 Very cold but sunny. Fred’s mail heavy and not home to dinner. I washed and dried my clothes in the house. Wrote some letters this afternoon. Have felt very unhappy, all day, over the quarrel last night in my lovely family of young people- it seems such a castrophe; just as Edwin says, he can’t expect things to run smooth all the time and this will come out alright. Edwin called me up, to talk it over with me and I felt much better, to relieve some of the “tension” on my mind: sure would be no quarrels, if all were as fine as my beloved Edwin. Carrie Wiede and Dorothy Reddick came out for the evening.
Tues.15 Another cold, dark day. Very busy ironing, writing mending. Mrs. J. Bettis came in for the afternoon Bob phoned this evening to apologize for Sun. night furs- All’s well again
Wed.16 Warmer and snowing little. Awfully busy all day We went to the Orpheum this evening to see Fairbanks in “A Modern Musketeer” and he was great.
Thurs.17 Very cold and sunny. Writing all day. In late afternoon Jack Miller came in with two friends Mr. Rairny and Mr. [XXXXX]- played Victrola and piano. And this evening John Keating, Edwin Jones and Robt. Sympson came in for the evening- brought a new Record for the Victrola- more music.
Fri.18 Just awfully cold but sunny and fine. I have written all day and guess [XXXXX] no one else a letter. I love to get letters and too, I love to write them, when I have lots of time.
Sat.19 Another cold day. Very busy cleaning, baking etc. Got a letter from Don Fay, today, with a couple of his pictures in uniform- one of my beloved boys’ in Naval, Radio work. He sure is one dandy boy: I so much enjoy letters from my boys.
Sun.20 A fine day, tho’ cold. I took car to and from S.S> this morning- only had seven boys in Class, and we went into the old Barraca Room, as we were told to do last Sun. Mr. King has lost his Barraca Class- just dropped out, one by one, and the Room should be given to me and my Class, but they tried to run us out today- Frank L. Ogle, S.S. Supt. Came in and raised a fuss with us: he has no judgment, diplomacy, tact, no common sense. Mrs. Kelly, an old teacher, told me this morning, “that we would soon have no S.S. if we didn’t get new Supt. Pretty soon, as Ogle was killing it.” This afternoon Edwin Jones, John Keating, Robt. Sympson, Jack Miller, Margaret Rust, Ruth & Blanche Pittinger came in This evening John Keating with Florence Peterson Charlie Plath Carrie Wiede, “Bob Robert” Sympson Nancy Boone, Luther Davis Sara Dwyre and Merle Allton with Dola Forsgren and her pretty sister were the only ones who came out- the little storm of last Sun. night has not entirely “calmed” and made every one feel “blue” tonight and several to stay home and poor Bob felt he was to blame, as he truly was.
Mon.21 Cold and sunny. Washed, dried clothes in house and managed to keep very busy all day. I never get my work all done. I went to a Mission study Class at “Y.W.” after dinner, taught by Mrs. Gertrude Lanning- very interesting.
Tues.22 Such a beautiful Winter day; bright, sunny and thawing. I went over to see Mrs. Remington; after dinner- she has been sick- then went down to the First Christian Church, and enrolled in the “School of Methods” for Sun. School Workers. Rev. Sory, Bader, [XXXXX] Miss Cynthia Maus and Miss Lewis, Teachers. The School opened at 3:45 P.M. at 6 o’clock dismissed one hour for Supper; I ran for a car, and from the car 8th & Lindenwood, ran home milked the cow and ran back to car and church in time for the evening Session: it is very interesting. Got home about 9:15- strenuous work- no Supper and Teddy ate alone. I ironed and did a lot of work this morning.
Wed.23 Another fine day, thawing and sloppy. I went to Church, right after dinner, as I had a lot of “Copying” to do, since I did not “start in” Monday, with the opening of the “School of Methods”. I like the work very much, but is sure strenuous. Miss Maus has spoken of my “Class” in her teaching, using it as an “example”; I had same routine to go thro’ today as yesterday, regarding “meals,” “cow milking” etc. When I got home tonight I found Scott Brown and Alice Sullivan here visiting with Teddy and we had a nice visit together after I got home.
Thurs.24 On the jump all morning, getting my work done; so to leave Supper ready for Teddy. I went to Church, soon as dinner was over, to “catch up” more copy, and being told must turn in our note Books, tonight, a lot of us staid and “finished” and rearranged our Note Books, instead of going home to Supper. I phoned Teddy- got home about 9:45 then went to barn and milked cow, ate a bite and off to bed. My! what a strenuous day.
Fri.25 A beautiful, [XXXXX] day. Worked hard all morning on my school work- to church and worked hard all afternoon- take notes on one Lecture after another fast as can possibly write- church is “cold and chill”. Ran home this evening to milk and ran back again, without my Supper. Rev. [XXXX] preached our “graduation” Sermon and Rev. John Zimmerman gave out the Diploma’s and “Martha V. Farnsworth” received a Diploma from the “International School of Methods” for Bible School workers. Took five days work in four, by doing without my meals and running my legs off. Fine to have the Diploma, but O, the hard work, takes the joy out of possessing it.
Sat.26 Very much colder today- an I’m glad I can stay home and work and I have worked like a “trooper” all day, because my young folks are coming in tomorrow evening, for an evenings visit with Harry Davis who came home this morning on Furlough, from Camp Doniphan. It was a joy to hear Harry’s voice over the phone this morning- the poor boy has been, very sick with measles and pneumonia and came near dying- I’ve been on my knees in prayer for him more than once.
Sun.27 Cold and snowing all day- the afternoon, one of the most beautiful snow-storms I ever saw. Fred stayed home to rest as he was not feeling very well, but I took a car and went to Sun. School and taught my Class- 14 boys present. And Mr. King came in- I don’t like his “butting in”, neither do the boys- he has no Class and should go into the “Men’s Class,” Harry Davis, one of my blessed “War boys” home on Furlough, was in Class this morning and it sure seemed good to see him. He came out this afternoon so did, Edwin Jones, Fred Bracket Chet Kelly, John Keating, Ronald MCGord, Peter [XXXXX] (also home on Furlough from Ft. Sam Houston Texas) Helen Williams and Ruth & Blance Pittenger, and after others had gone, Margaret [XXXXX] came for a moment. Bob Sympson was here too. This evening, the “P.O.G.s” with girl friends came in as usual, only on this very cold, stormy night, they came, in honor of our loved friend Harry Davis, who brought the tiny brunette beauty, Helen Williams Scott Brown Helen McCahan, Jay Bauta Kathyrn Doon, Luther Davis Sara Dwyre, Ronald MCGord Frances Dolan, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Brackett, Edwin Jones, Bernice Sympson, Robert Sympson Nancy Boone, Charlie Plath Roger McKiddy, Merle Alton, Miss Bert Wulke, John Keating, and Ethel Castor. And we had a most happy evening. Helen McCahan, “broke out” with measles during the evening, and felt badly to think she “exposed” so many- Every one treated the “incident” as a joke Scott put his arms around her neck and said “Helen I just love measles”- he surely will take them if anyone does. I served them, ice cream (pink & white) and orange cake.
Mon.28 Very cold- I washed, dried clothes in the house, and ironed; and washed glasses, plates and silver, used in “sewing” last night so I had a big days work. But young folks are worth all one can do for them.
Tues.29 Bright and sunny, but cold, with deep snow to keep it cold. One of my beloved S.S. boys, Harry Davis came out for dinner today and this evening the “Bunch” had a Bob-sled ride in his honor, as he had to go back to Camp Doniphan at Midnight. They met here at 7 o’clock P.M. and rode until 9:30 then leaving Harry and Thelma at 11 & Polk, where “good byes” were said, rest came out here and danced until 11 o’clock- I served them good hot Chili. A beautiful night, with a moon just past “full” and every one so jolly; I enjoyed it very much, until time to say good bye to Harry, when down in a dark corner of the sleigh, my heart let go of its tears, but no one saw or knew, so were not saddened. My poor Teddy did not feel extra well, so stayed home and kept up fires. Those who came were Harry Davis Thelma Houston, Virgil Scholes Betty Harmon, Charlie Plath Bernice [XXXXX] John Perine Carrie Wiede Mr. & Mrs. Fred Brackett, Chet Kelly Frances Dolan, Jay Banta, Sicily Allison, Robert Sympson Nancy Boone, Edwin Jones, Irene Seery, John Keating Ethel Castor, Ronald McGord Majory Petro, Byron Boone Forestine Blank, Luther Davis Dorothy Christian, Scott Brown and Kathyrn Dolan; it would be hard to find a finer “Bunch” Too many for comfort in the Bob sled, so got Charlie’s “Bob” and tied on at back and a bunch got on that and had so much fun and this was our “joy-ride” route
Wed.30 A very cold day- about 15° below and wind blowing my poor Teddy having touch of Neuralgia; he went to [XXXXX] and put up his mail for “Sub.” Then came home for a day of his vacation and to rest. I cleaned up the house, after last nights Party, and sat around all day, “visiting” with my good husband.
Thurs.31 O such a cold day and we are almost out of coal and can get no promise of more, very soon, so I kept house shut close, with fire enough in kitchen to save pipes, and just enough in Sitting room to keep warm- burned just two buckets of coal, all this very cold day. Chet Kelly stopped in to warm and Ronald McGord to borrow some “records” this afternoon, and little Shirley Goddington, to give me a “tag” for my coal shovel.
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Fri.1st A fine, bright, sunny, day, with deep snow on ground and about 9 degrees of coldness in the air- a splendid Winter day. I love the “good, old Winter time,” but when one can’t get coal, then the “good old Summer time,” can’t come any too soon. Awfully busy all day- O the days are not half long enough. Teddy not home at noon.
Sat.2 Just as bright and sunny as can be all day- cold too and “old Ground-hog of course saw his shadow.” Mail heavy and Teddy not home at noon. About 2 o’clock phone rang and I was very greatly surprised to hear from Harry Davis’ voice- and it was a very happy surprise: came, home from Doniphan for his Grandfather Strickrott’s funeral- Will be home 7 days this time. Harry is one of my loveliest boys.
Sun.3 Bright and sunny and warmer, tho’ cold enough yet. Teddy stayed home out of cold, to rest. I took street car and went to S.S. Had 16 Boys in Class and we had the Barraca room all to ourselves and sure seems great; one can do so much better teaching and have better attention. We had one disturbing “innovention” this morning. Ronald let into the Class room, and unkempt, undersized Sputz, tog, that very evidently was greatly loved and petted by boys, for the little fellow was perfectly at home, showed no fear and evinced great happiness in being with boys- the boys set him up on a chair, in front row, of the Class; and between boys, and there he sat the whole lesson hour, quiet and fine as could be; but he dozed- and his head “bob and nod” in sleep, as natural as some child, caused a bit of merriment a time or two. This afternoon, Merle Allton, Robt. Sympson, Edwin Jones, John Keating, Ernest Shelden, and Jack Miller were out, and this evening, Fred and Nan Brackett, John Perrine Carrie Wiede, John Keating Marjory Petro, Jay Banta Kathryn Dolan, Ronald McGord Frances Dolan, Scott Brown Alice Morehouse; Chet Kelly, Charlie Plath, Edwin Jones, Harry Davis, and John Yorkers; Jack Miller and Helen Rolly made a short Call. I served cake and cocoa. The “Kiddies” were all unusually merry tonight sang more than usual, I guess because Harry was home.
Mon.4 Half cloudy, half sunny day and a raw, cold, atmosphere. Didn’t wash today because had so much else to do, as am getting ready to give a “Good bye” Party for Harry.
Who is home on furlough from Camp Doniphan. Melvern Pribble; one of my boys, who married last July, is 19 years old today; and he ran in a moment this afternoon to see me, and to tell me, a baby is coming to live with them: to use his over hesitating words, as a shy, but very happy smile, spread over his face “a little, baby- is coming” and I could but reply “O, I’m so glad for you- you will be so happy” and he replied with more courage, “you bet I will.” Yet he is nothing but a boy, himself, not in any way fitted for such a responsibility, except a deep love for children, that will help to turn an irresponsible boy into a responsible man.
Tues.5 A mild, fine, day, and most awfully busy one. Freda wrote for money, saying she is sick, husband got hurt, and has had no steady work all Winter- We sent $20.00 Scott Brown, one of my very fine boys came in and spent afternoon with me- he has been Vaccinated and could not work his arm so sore.
Wed.6 A most splendid day- so warm had every window in house open; first time all winter. Busy all day getting things ready for our Party tonight- took up my rugs, and decorated rooms with many American flags large, and small, and the Union Jack and Tri-color. Those who came were Luther Davis, Betty Harmon Scott Brown Alice Morehouse, Edwin Jones Irene Seery, Chet Kelly Ethel Caster, Ton Wakeling Bertha Wulke
Harry Davis, (handsome in his Soldier’s uniform) Thelma Houston John Keating Marjory Petro, Charlie Plath Frances Holman, John Perrine Carrie Wiede, Fred & Nan Brackett, Robt. Sympson Nancy Boone, Jay Banta Kathyrn Dolan, Ronald McGord, Frances Dolan, and Roger McKiddy and Merle Allton “stags”. And everyone was so jolly, so happy- they danced until after 11 o’clock- they played piano and sang. Harry played Ukelele and boys sang, and their voices harmonized, beautifully- Harry can beat a “Native” playing a Ukulele. I thought they had never seemed so happy as tonight; perhaps it was hysterical happiness, because we were met to say “Good bye” in a happy evening together, to Harry Davis when whom we all love, and may never see again- as War is worse than Sherman said. O God send him same home, again. I could hardly bear to have him go, tonight, but with a prayer in my heart, “I sent him away with a smile”- not a tear in sight, but O my heart cried piteously over this parting with my fine, clean, splendid Harry- just a boy; one of my beloved Sunday School boys, who grew into a man over night, when he heard the call of his Country for men- in my Class so long, he seems like a son. I served them tonight, pressed chicken, hot graham biscuit, sweet pickles, doughnuts and cocoa.
Thurs.7 A most splendid day- let fire go out in kitchen because so warm. Mona Wiede came in, early this morning for visit til, 10 o’clock- cleaned up house today. Harry Davis and Thelma Houston came out for a call this evening- Harry to say Goodbye.
Fri.8 Very, very busy, all day- am making some “Cartoon Valentine for my “bunch” as of course they must have their usual “Valentine Party.” Just about noon, a cold wind, came swooping down on us, from the North West- icy cold, fierce, br-r-r- Charlie Plath came out for a while, just after dinner: poor kid- Mona, is “pouty” again: “scrappy”, and “he should worry” Yes Carl Swanson stopped in, a moment too, about 5 o’clock, He is a tobacco Salesman and told me about joining [XXXXX] Fun, Yes
Sat.9 Cleaning baking, mending and “Cartooning” – finished the cartoons, I was making of, and for, my boys, but must make some for, and of the girls, Jack Miller and Helen Rolly came in a while this afternoon. Grand day.
Sun.10 A fine, warm, sunny day. I took car to and from S.S. did not stay for church- all Classes, back in old places today, as whole church was “warmed”. Ogle, Supt. Wont let my boys and I, have the Barraca –room and we need it so badly- the Barraca Class has broken up. My Class has out lived every Class in S.S. and we are treated the worst, as if trying to kill us. F.L. Olge is disgustingly mean and contrary and killing the S.S. as fast as can possibly do so. I had 12 boys in Class. This afternoon Ernest Shelden, Edwin Jones, Bob Sympson John Keating and “Slain” Van Hook came out this evening the boys, got off a funny stunt for some reason; most of them “staged it” and
We especially wanted them to “bring girls in large numbers” and have a jolly time, for Nan Osborn-Brackett’s brother Lindsay, home on furlough from Camp Doniphan: Those who came were Fred & Nan Brackett, Lindsay Osborn, “A” Co, 110th Eng. Camp Doniphan, with Lois Strickler, John Perrine, Carrie Wiede John Keating Florence Peterson, Alice Morehouse, Ethel Castor Chet Kelly, Tom Wakeling, Jack Miller Helen Rolly, Chas, Plath, Edwin Jones, Luther Davis, Ronald McGord, Virgil Scholes, Scott Brown, Jay Banta, Merle Allton, and Fred Lunger of Mayetta Jay Banta brought his Ukulele and then Piano and Victrola and fine singing made, made a happy evening. Ronald tried to make a “Mountain” out of a mole hill” of nothing, bu claiming John K. was sore because Florence sat by Virgil while he played piano- but John was not jealous, nor was there any occasion for jealousy: John is too fine and too good natured any way, to start trouble, at such a time. Early in evening, while Teddy & I were alone, Virgil Scott, Luther, Ronald and Jay with his Ukulele came out and ‘Serenaded” us and their singing was sure, sweet.
Mon.11 A splendidly, fine, warm, sunny day. I had a very large washing but it dried quickly and I also did my ironing and cleaning up- Teddy did not get home to dinner, so I just kept work.
Tues.12 Another fine day and I was too busy to look out side- worked all day on my Cartoons.
Wed.13 A most beautiful day. I have a dreadful cold. Worked hard all day on my “Cartoon’s” Edwin Jones and John Keating came out for the evening- two young men “in whom we are well pleased.” Teddy and I are very fond of them and enjoy having them come.
Thurs.14 Cooler today, but fine. Finished my Cartoons by hardest kind of work. Jeannie Remington came in a while this afternoon. I’m half dead with either a cold, or taking Measles.
Fri.15 Awfully cold- and I have almost bursted my Lungs sneezing, today: have a most fearful cold. Very busy all day preparing for a “Valentine Party” for my Class of Boys- giving it tonight instead of last night, because, school girls can be out later, on Fri. night, And we sure had one big jolly bunch, even tho’ a tiny, black cloud, did blow over our jolly, sunny, sky, and threaten to become a Cyclone, when Byron Boone and Tom Wakeling, took Keene’s car, and John P,’s girl [XXXXX] without asking leave, and ran away for a time, and brought back, Gladys Scott, These P.O.G. boys are getting “scrappy” as of late and worry me very much, and I am beginning to believe I should give them up: it is most awfully “trying”, yet it is so hard to give them up, for at best, they will go out of my life soon, now, for they are men and must soon take their places in life and that will scatter them, to the “Four winds”. Those who
Came Edwin Jones with pretty Betty Harmon, Fred & Ban Brackett Fred [XXXXX] Blance Pittenger, (Theda Bara 2nd) Virgil Scholes Helen McCahan, Keene Saxon Florence Penwell, Robt.Sympson Thelma Houston, “Slim” Van Hook, Marie Ferrin, John Keating Marjory Petro, Luther Davis Mina Atchison, Ronald McGord Ruth Hawk, (Judge Hawk’s daughter) Jay Bauta Frances Dolan Scott Brown Kathryn Dolan, John Perrine Ethel Caster Byron Boone Gladys Scott, and Tom Wakeling, Chas Plath Robt. Jones and Roger McKiddy “Stags”, yet Tomafter running away with Ethel, to go with Byron for Gladys, was not a “Stag” for it raised such a row, John would not take her (Ethel) home, and Tom had to (no hardship) so Tom did not stag it, home. Tonight Ethel and Tom were the cause of the big row; last Sunday night Ronald tried to start a big row; and a few weeks ago, Bob S. started big row; three rows in a row, perhaps they will quit now- if they don’t, I will. No need of their being all their lives fussy little kids.
Sat.16 Busy cleaning up my dirty house and doing my usual Saturday work- Has been a pleasant day, tho’ cooler. I tinted two, enlarged [XXXXX] of Edwin today, which I took of him in his Uniform, at Christmas time; one for hime and one his mother.
Sun.17 Much colder, but sunny- 8 above zero. I took car to and from S.S. 15 boys in Class- part of them very late. Mr. F. Lunger Mr. Jes. [XXXXX] and John Perrine were visitors to Class; John Perrine said he would become a member, if he could get up in time on Sun. morning. This afternoon
Edwin Jones, Robt. Sympson, John Keating, “Slim” Van Hook, Fred Brackett, and John Perrine came out- I took pictures of them. And this evening, for first time in months, Teddy and I are alone, all because of a boys row or rather the row of a bunch of boys- foolish boys, too. Edwin and John K. told everyone to stay away tonight, which does not please me, very much, for there is bound to be a worse mis-understanding of affairs; if Ed & John did not want to come out, they could have stayed away, and not caused all the others to do so. Teddy and I are lonely tonight- we miss our “kiddies”; our jolly bunch of boys and girls, as we sit alone, by a big bright fire, in the grate, that is usually surrounded by a merry bunch, who can out-chatter a cage of monkeys, or a whole flock of Magpies.
Mon.18 A most splendid day and my clothes dried fine out on the line. Teddy’s mail heavy and not home to dinner. I ironed all afternoon. Can’t get my mind off my boys- didn’t sleep good at all, last night, because of the “scrap” they are having among themselves- what a pity, trouble should come up at this time.
Tues.19 O so cold- half rain, half sleet; and snow showers too, until got too cold; down to zero. Teddy not home to dinner. I went to town to “shop” a little; and pay “bills” mostly, this afternoon. Bought a bit of blue “Peter Pan,” Suiting (39¢ yd) to make me a house dress.
Wed.20 Very cold- 2° above zero, but sunny and everything is alright when the sun shines. Have been very busy today with various duties, but not too busy to “fret” a bit, because of my quarreling “kiddies”- because they did not come out Sunday- evening, the weeks seems unusually long- seems “ages” since we had seen any of them. I think I must give up the Class- they are men, now and a Bunch of quarreling men, is too big a proposition for me, to handle- all nonsense too: Ron’s “hot head” started it and “hot heads” of the others are keeping it going.
Thurs.21 Sunny and cold, but getting warmer. Awfully busy getting some pictures, “tinted” and fixed up (For relatives) of my good father, who will soon be 78 years young.
Fri.22 “Washington’s Birthday” and being a Holiday, my good Teddy, had the day at home, for rest. Bright and warm and sunny- an ideal, Spring day- felt like making garden. This evening we went down to Lincoln Past, Hall, where the Mail Carriers and their families, met for their Annual, Supper and Entertainment and both very good. Over a hundred, present and we had a fine time.
Sat.23 Sunny, and warm almost as Summer. Cleaning baking, mending, answering Phone, talking to Callers, and various other duties, filled a big day [XXXXX] full. Mail awfully heavy and Teddy not home at noon.
Sun.24 Fine as Summer- no fires and house all open- we sat on Veranda all afternoon. I went to S.S. as usual, and taught my class of “fussy boys” never was so hungry to see them, either. 12 in Class this morning, and they seem to be getting together again- the “storm” abating for which I’m truly thankful. This afternoon, Carrie Wiede, Edwin Jones, John Keating Robt. Sympson, Virgil Scholes, Luther Davis, Jay Banta Scott Brown and Ronald McGord came out. Jay & Virgil brought Ukulele’s, played and sang. This evening all the boys but Robt. Came again, for the evening, Edwin bringing Helen Williams and John, Marjory Petro. Seemed so good to have our “kiddies” here again and the “quarrel” healing: it sure made me heart sick today when they fussed.
Mon.25 So very warm when we got up this morning Teddy took off his flannels and put on heavy “fleece”, and then by time he got to town it turned much cooler; with wind a gale from North West, bringing a bad dust storm, so that we have only sun today thro’ a “dust haze”, it is most disagreeable. I washed and like a fool hung my clothes out on the line, expecting they would soon ship dry- they did, also whipped full of dirt, and were dirtier, than before I had washed them- some of them I had to put back in the “wash” for next week. I ironed this afternoon, the cleanest of the clothes. Teddy not home to dinner and I kept on working all day.
[Sentence appears Vertically at last date of entry] Jay Banta called a moment this eve and gave some cookies.
February 1918 2200 W-10-St Topeka, Kansas.
Tues.26 Fine, sunny day, tho’ cooler than yesterday. Have been so busy all day. We went to the Orpheum this evening to see Marguerite Clarke in a “Matirice Idol”. She is a dainty little Miss, and we like her, and her Play was a lesson to “flippy flip”, squeshy wash girls.
Wed.27 Some more cold, today and rainy and I wanted to make garden- instead I sewed on my new kitchen dress, did mending and ever so many things.
Thurs.28 Cold and disagreeable-sent some enlarged Kodak pictures of Pa, (which I had him “pose” for, with flag, army Canteen and his old Cavalry sword, a year ago, when here) to sister May, to adopted sister Vella to nieces, Zaidee and Freda, a cousin Bella Van Orsdol in Oklahoma (Bristow) or in fact to her father and mother and one to Pa himself- I tinted the Shrubbery, grass, flowers and Flag in natural colors and mounted them and they made lovely pictures. I wrote in Rhyme, on the back of each, a list of the Battles my father was in, in the Civil War, as fallows and with the following “inscription”: “A Valentine- 1918” Dedicated to the best man I know; By Martha Van Orsdol Farnsworth. List of Battles. Lieut. James Ogden Van Orsdol [XXXXX] K. 4th Iowa Cavalry, 1861-65. Then as best I could, (I printed) the rhyme of
Battles, or made, about and with, the names of those Battles.
“Listen my children and you shaLL hear” of a Long Long ride, that Lasted four year. Why good Jimmie Van, in ’61 “SAddLed his horse, and AWAY he run” To fight the “Rebs” At WiLson Creek; and BAKER too, Independence, West Port, And Big BLue; Old TAVERN, TupiLo, Prices Raid, MAYIE Des Cygnes and OSAge: Raymond, Jackson And BLACK Blue; Siege of Vicksburg- makes one shiver- (47 days and nights) And Meehanicsburg, on the Yazhoo River. At Mine Creek, too, Where the “Boys in Blue” HAd the “Cheek by Fowl” to make the “Johnny Rebs” howl By fighting them three to eight” ------ (30000 Union, Against 8000 Rebels) In third Battle of Jackson, Mississippi, No Harm, But At Bear Creek, A Rebel buLLet pLowed thro’ his arm- (Right Arm, from elbow to wrist) There was Clinton, AN’ BoLton AN’ Ebeenezer Church, AN’ Charge of CharLotte Prairie, Montgomery, AN’ SeLMA ALABAM’. Then in the Raid to MiridiAn SeveraL Battles, more, And Columbus, GeorgiA, and Skirmishes, At LeAst “ten And ‘two score”. Yes, He Answered the heart-cry of A Nation’s CaLL- O, help keep, the oLd Flag over ALL, We can StAnd only, as one; divided, we must fall! ‘TWAS A Long ride- A hard ride With Death, riding hard beside; Thro’ Summer’s heat, thro’ Winter’s snow. Thro’Mud AND Rain, and winds that blow, Thro’ hunger And Cold; Mid Shot and sheLL, And Suffering, that Made Earth A HELL! But that is why, today, we’ve a fLag to send o’er sea, To help make ALL peopLes free. That is Why “your Flag and my fLag, fLies today In Your Land And my Land, And half A WorLd AWAY,” “your fLag And my fLAg! And Oh, how much it hoLds- Your Land And my LAnd- Secure with in its foLds! Your heart and my heart BeAt Quicker At the sight; Sun-kissed and wind- tossed- Red and bLue and White.The one fLag- the great fLAg- the fLAg for me and you- Glorified ALL eLse beside- the red and White and bLue.” To Save time, I borrowed the last verse from Wilber Nesbit. Not so much of a Verse, but will help impress on the memory of his children, grand children and great grandchildren, some thing of the sacrifice of a good man, for not all the War is today.
Friday- March 1918.
Fri. 1st A Splendidly, beautiful day- old March, sure “came in like a Lamb”. Very busy all day sewing on my new gingham, kitchen dress, that I began a year ago and have had no time to finish. Heavy mail and Fred not home all day.
Sat.2 A rainy day for which we are truly thankful. Fred’s mail to heavy for him to get home at noon and I worked hard all day too. Rained hard this evening and came down to the tune of Thunder. Cut out and made a new lace waist, today, all by hand.
Sun.3 Has rained all day, and dark, and cold, but a jolly, fine day, over flowing with happiness. I went to S.S. this morning and taught my Class (15 present) then came home, dressed and with Teddy went to John Keating’s to dinner, at 1:30 and we had such a happy time, the hours flew by so fast that it was night, before we knew it, and we had stayed all afternoon, which was not just the thing, since they were all strangers to us, except John. We had never met his mother, father, or sister and they were so lovely, I fell in love with them at once- such nice people, no wonder John is so fine- his lovely grandmother Mrs. Miner, I had met at Beulah Chapter, O.E.S. This evening, some of our young folks came in, Scott Brown Dola Forsgren, Ronald McGord Betty Harmon, Jay Banta Mina Atchison, John Perrine Frances Dolan, Luther Davis Dorothy Christian, John Sutherine Carrie Wiede, John Miller Helen Rolly, Merle Allton Margaret Rust, Parker Edwards and Blanche PIttinger and we had the happiest Sun. evening we ever had.
Mon.4 Has been a most beautiful day and very full of work. I both washed and ironed not stopping to get dinner, because Fred’s mail was so heavy he could not get home, so I also kept on all day- washed a pair of double blankets. Jay Banta and Mina Atchison came out awhile this evening- Jay gave us some of his “Sample” sweets, from National Biscuit Co., for whom he is a Salesman- they were very fine.
Tues.5 Fine weather “hid out” today, at least is colder and windier. Finished my gingham dress at last and put it on at once- Mrs. Lee Monroe called me, wants me to be President of the good government Club, and I suppose I will run for the office, because he asks it, but O what a fool I’ll be, to do so: it sure takes nerve to be President of that “scrappy” Club and it is a good club too.
Wed.6 A most splendid day and I have been very busy all day. Mary Howard called me, to tell me Aunt Delia Howard was very sick with Pneumonia- can’t see anyone at all. This evening old man Jones (A.E.) came in for evening I think to question me about her- well he didn’t find out much- he is a tiresome old fellow- looks well. Jay Banta Mina Atchison, Scott Brown and Dola Forsgren came out for evening too and danced. We saw the most beautiful “Aurora Borealis” this evening, between 9 and 10 o’clock- magnificent- brilliant red. Third time in my life I ever saw it.
Sat.9 Soon after Breakfast, wind began to blow a perfect gale from North West- report by weather Bureau said 50 mi. an hour all day, and at times 60 mi. and it got very cold. Uncle Marrian and Belle went “house-hunting”, thro’ it all as want to move in to town. I have been more than busy all day. Belle and uncle stay over night with us tonight again. Cousin Tom Van Called this afternoon.
Sun.10 The day has been very beautiful- most too warm. We were up early- uncle Marian went over to Uncle Charlie Howard’s and I took car to S.S. and taught my Class- 12 boys present. Rev. Burks our new minister, to preach his first sermon, but I could not stay- I hurried home, got dinner, then Belle, Fred & I, went over to Uncle Charlies to Aunt Delia’s funeral. Saw all the folks, including Uncle Joe and aunt Mattie Anderson, who came from Winfield for Funeral. Fred & I, only stayed a little while then hurried home, to meet the young folks, who had arranged a week ago, to come out and have me take their pictures. Those who came and were taken, were Marjory Petro, Dorothy Christian, Sara Dwyre, Helen McCahan, Dorothy Reddick, Florence Perwell, Mina Atchison, Frances and Kathryn Dolan, Thelma Houston, Alice Morehouse, Ethel Caster, Miss Bowen, Dramatic Teacher, at High School Margaret Fulton, John Keating, Edwin Jones, Chas. Plath Bob Sympson, Fred Brackett, Jay Banta, Ron McGord Scott Brown, Walter Cole, Ernest Shelden, Fred Lunger. Carrie Wiede and John Souhterin ran away, and didn’t get “took”. This evening John Southerin Scott, Ron, Jay and Luther came without “Dates”. Jack Miller Helen Rolly, John K. Marjory Petro, Fred Lunger Kathryn Dolan were the only “couples”. Fred Brackett also came. And after all had gone and we were getting ready for bed, came Edwin Jones and Ernest Shelden, after 10:30 We are tired tonight, dead tired.
Tues.12 A very fine day, only too hot. I planted some garden and my Sweet peas- too hot to work much.
Wed.13 All kinds of a March day. Very warm and a dust storm hid the sun, soon after 3 o’clock P.M. I printed pictures all forenoon and this after noon, went to Mrs. Cyrus Godard’s funeral at 10 & Grand Mr. Curry, Christian Science Practitioner, conducted the services She was a most excellent woman: died of Cancer of face. Cousin Belle and Uncle Marian Van Orsdol, here a short time in late afternoon.
Thurs.14 A fine day except for a “wild March wind”. This afternoon I went to the Y.W.C.A. to a meeting of the good government Club,- largest woman’s Club in State- and was unanimously elected President. Mrs. Supple who had been elected to fill Mrs. Lindsay’s unexpired term, wanted the office, but not having friends enough there to elect her (she isn’t liked at all) she declined to run. I did not want the Office and accept it with “fear and trembling”, for it is a hard Club to be President of.
Fri.15 Another fine day but cooler. Very, very busy all day, getting ready for my boys tonight. We had a “Tacky Party” a very delightful one- one of the jolliest Parties we have ever had- but the young folks did not all dress tacky. Jay was best of all by vote- a typical “Huckleberry Finn”. Fred dressed as a girl, was a perfect “Madam Suratt” of Movies John- well both John and Ron were comics par excellent and also Chet- Carrie was “Charming” as a little girl, Nan and Marjor were handsome gypsy maids. All were fine, very one. Those here were, Jay Banta, Nina Atchison, Fred & Nan Brackett John Keating Marjory Petro, Edwin Jones Helen Williams, John Sutherin Carrie Wiede, Virgil Scholes Nancy Boone Luther Davis Irene Seery, Scott Brown Sara Swyre Ronald McGord Helen McCahan and four “stags” Ernest Shelden Charlie Plath, Chet Kelly, and Roger McKiddy. A Tacky Party called for tacky eats so I served Ham sausage Whole Wheat bread and Butter sandwiches, individual
Lemon pies and Plum Pudding. Fred Brackett won in a draw, for first prize for best costume, a big jumping- Jack with green coat, and Marjory Petro won a girl jumping- Ballet dancer, dressed in green, as first prize- Carrie Wiede and Jay Banta won second- I made all the prizes, to have them “Tacky”. Mr. King came out and took a Flashlight picture. And almost midnight, when our best Annual, St. Patrick Party ended.
Sun.17 A grand day. Teddy and I took car to and from S.S. and Church. I had 14 boys in Class, one, Charlie Clements of “A” Company 110 Engineers, Camp Doniphan, home on Furlough, one of my many beloved “Class, Soldier Boys”. Rev. Milton Madden of Sendai Japan, at church, and had a few words of greeting with him- heard our new Pastor, W.W. Burkes for first time and liked him. All afternoon and evening, the young folks came, today and I took pictures- Earl Bunce in same Army corps as Chas.[XXXXX] came with his sweet heart Nettie Watson. Charlie Clements and Alice Morehouse his brother and Ethel Caster came alone this evening. Scott Brown, Ronald McGord Virgil Scholes, Fred & Nan, Luther Davis Robert Jones this evening Johnny Miller Fred Lunger Kathyrn & Frances Dolan, Miss Smith, Miss Slaughter, this afternoon. Fred & Nan, Johnny M. Helen Rolly, Blanch Pittinger with Merle Allton, Fred L. & Katliyn, Luther Virgil, Ron. Jay, Scott, and John K. this evening. ‘Jay arrested for racing, while coming out tonight.
Mon.18 A most beautiful Spring day. I’ve been most busy all day for tonight we had another Party; for my “Soldier Boys” Earl Bunce and Charlie Clements. I washed this morning and hurried to get thro’, then baked a lovely cake, cleaned up the house and decorated it with “Old Glory,” Union Jack, the “Tri-color”, the flag of Belguim and many small American flags- then I dressed and went to town to meet my good Tedy, who got afternoon off, for ½ day vacation and we planned to go see Harry Lauder, but found we were mistaken in the day, so did some “Shopping” and came home, where Teddy lay down to rest and I went on with my work to be in readiness for my beloved young folks. Just after supper came neighbors Mr. J. Herriott and Mrs Hill, for the evening and a little later came Ges. B. Rogers of Rockport Mo. On way home from Calif. Where has been all Winter for his health: and I was so surprised I did not recognise him at first- my mother’s half brother whom I have not seen for more than 30 years or near that. Poor fellow almost lost his mind, from suffering with Rheumatism of heart. He stays with us until tomorrow Earl brought his sweet heart this evening and her friend Miss Austin, Jay Banta Frances Dolan, Charlie Plath Carrie Wiede John Keating, Betty Harmon, Edwin Jones Helen Williams Fred & Nan. Roger McKiddy, Virgil Scholes, Luther Davis Charlie Clements, John Perrine, Robert Sympson, Johnny Miller. I served Red, White and blue, brick ice cream and about nicest cake I ever baked, cream cocoanut.
Tues.19 An ideal Spring day, all hazy and soft. My good Teddy got off for his last bit of Vacation this afternoon, ½ day and we took uncle George Rogers and went to the Matinee at the Grand, to see Harry Lauder. He is interesting, but just because its Harry Lauder, not for anything he does, for he is “clumsy” and can’t sing a little bit- I have a number of boys in my S.S. Class that can beat him all to pieces, singing and doing “funny stunts”. His Scotch brogue makes him “different” and so he “takes” but I would spend no money to hear him again, tho’ I paid 50¢ for a seat in the roost this afternoon, and everything was sold to the very roof. From Opera House we went to Santa Fe depot with uncle George and saw him off for house- he wanted us to go with him offering to pay our fare both ways. Jennie Remington and Fred & Nan were here awhile this evening- Teddy helped me was last nights Party dishes this evening
Wed.20 Another splendid day and birds kept their Orchestra going most all day- Robins Blues Birds and Meadow Larks with their cheery call, “Spring o’ the year”. I made garden all afternoon- wrote letters all morning This evening we went to Chamber of Commerce to hear Jariner, National President of Letter Carriers- He made a fine talk; but Carrier’s local President Mr. Blank, was a fright; he seems fearfully ignorant, and certainly embarrassed the situation.
Thurs.21 Too warm, otherwise a fine day; and I have been very busy all day. This evening I went to a Good gov. Borad Meeting, at Mrs. Lilla Day Monroe’s, riding down with Dr. C.W. Schwartz, daughter and neice.
Fri.22 Are having such fine weather and I am more than busy all the time. I am owing so many letters and need to be sewing every day, too, and should be in the garden every spare moment and at Red cross.
Sat.23 Such a splendid day. Very busy all day, baking, cleaning mending. Papers are full tonight of the War, awful war. The germans have begun the big drive on the West front.
Sun.24A most beautiful day. We took a car to S.S. and Church. I had 12 boys in Class- one, a new fellow by name of McTaggart. After church Teddy and I went to call on the Simpson’s 509 W-8th, to see Bob’s brother Harry, home on Furlough from Doniphan. This afternoon Jack Miller, Fred Brackett, Scott Brown, Virgil Scholes, Luther Davis, Ronald McGord, Jay Banta, Walter Cole, Robt. Sympson John Perrine, John Keating, came in. Fred Brackett was uglywould not “speak” to Virgil or Luther- jealousy is all it is This evening John Perrine, John Sutherin Carrie Wiede came out for the evening; there is still a tense “scrappy” feeling, in the Bunch and don’t all get together Nan was out a while this afternoon.
Mon.25 A wonderful Spring day. Very splendid in every way. Iwashed, then hurried to do my ironing soon as could get my cleaning up done. Mona Wiede and Heorch, nurses from Christ Hospital called at 11 o’clcock. I ironed until 1 o’clock then dressed and went to a Board meeting of Good Government Club, at Red Cross rooms in Pelletier’s Store after which with Mrs. J.D. McFarland, went to Journal Office to read latest Bulletin of War- this latest drive by german’s is a horrible butchery, mostly of their own men, for their loss is the greater; right will prevail the Allies, win but O the awful loss of life- War is too awful for words. This evening Luther Davis Dorothy Christian, Scott Brown and Carrie Wiede came in. The “kiddies” danced and we love to watch them, my good “Mon o’ the house” and I- we feel young again, when our young folks came and are happy and full of fun- it takes away some of the tenseness, makes one forget some of the horror of War.
Tues.26 I finished my ironing this morning. I made over my old hat into a new one, for this Summer. I have worn it six years and thought I could not possibly do so another year, but find I must, for every thing is so awful high. We went to Orpheum this evening to see Dorothy Dalton in “Flare-up Sal”. Enjoyed the Play but not the silly, Arbuckle in “A Bell boy”. Awfully warm hot) all day- beautiful day.
Wed.27 Warm and pleasant all day- Writing letters. And so much to do, don’t know which to do first. Mona Wiede and Charlie Plath came out for the evening. Will they ever make a “match”- I don’t think;” he does.
Thurs.28 Raining more or less, all day and its needed. Have been very busy all day, with a multitude of duties.
Fri.29 Colder and half stormy. Been writing letters and trying to do “dozens” of things all day.
Sat.30 A fine, sunny day. Baking, cleaning, writing etc. Mr. Dennis (Father of Arthur) came out this after noon, brining some letters from Arthur, for me to read- poor man he is homesick for the boy.
Sun.31A most beautiful day. “Easter Day” We went to S.S. and church this fine morning and got there for closing exercises of Sun. School because all clocks were set ahead one hour, yet the Supt. Told us S.S. would not change time, until next Sunday. First time I was ever tardy. I had ten boys in Class. My Class of boys presented the church with a Service Flag, with 24 Stars, in memory of 14 members of our Class who have Enlisted. My boys bought the material, and I made the flag. This afternoon Virgil Scholes, Luther Davis, Fred Brackett, Jack Miller, Charlie Plath, Merle Allton
Carl Swanson, John Keating, Edwin Jones, Bob Sympson were out, and I took pictures- later Jay called; about 6 olcock Thelma Houston called, then Nancy Boone, Virgil SCholes, Luther Davis and Marian Saunders (Marian lives in Berryton) And this evening cause John Keating with Betty Harmon and her sister Kathryn and friend Miss Campbell, Edwin Jones Helen Williams, Merle Allton Margaret Rust & [XXXXX] Pittinger, Fred & John Sutherin, and they were jolly. The boys are beginning to make up their “quarrel” or else doing a good lot of pretense, for they all seemed happy.
Mon.1st A most beautiful day. And “April’ fools day” too. I washed and got clothes dry, quickly, so had all my ironing done by 1 o’clock. Mona Wiede came over about 10:30 this morning for an hours or two’s visit. I went to meeting of Board of Good Gov. Club at Rest Room in Pelletier’s Store at 2 o’clock, from where Mrs.[XXXXX], Mrs. J.D. McFarland, Mrs. Lilla Day Monroe and I, went to inspect new comfort Sta. at 8th & Kan, [XXXXX], A most disgraceful affair, that ought to be blown up. Then we went to the “What not” Shop for a cup of tea, a treat by Mrs. J.D. McFarland- the Shop is a little beauty spot. Teddy had to go to Board meeting of Church this evening. E. Jones. J. Keating, Virgil Scholes and mother came out for the evening.
Tues.2 A very fine day, and a very busy one for me. Getting the house in shape, for my young folks tonight, and I had a lot of things to do beside: the young folks planned a Wienie Roast, but turning to cold they came here, this evening to dance farewell to Harry Davis, of Med. Dept. 130 Field Artillery, who is home on his last furlough, before leaving for “over There”. Harry brought Thelma Houston , John Keating Betty Harmon, Carl Swanson Catherine Harmon, Ernest Shelden Helen Campbell, Edwin Jones Helen Williams Virgil Scholes Nancy Boone Jay Banta Kathyrn Dolan Ronald McGord Olive Crane, Luther Davis, Margaret Officir Jack Miller Whitcomb, Robt Sympson Cecily Harrison, John Perine Carrie Wiede Scott Brown Dola Forsgren Fred & Nan Brackett, Charlie Plath & John Sutherin. They danced and made merry- they laughed and joked- they played and sang and seemed so happy tonight, yet thro’ it all was a strain of sadness, for not one could forget, that the awful tragedy of War, was causing to say “good bye” tonight to the loved friend of all of us, Harry Davis who is home on his last furlough before going “Over Ther” and may be for all time. Also John Sutherin who came for a short time; he leaves tomorrow having joined the Navy. And so we had a happy Party and send them away with a smile thro’ our tears and a prayer in our heart.
Wed 3 A very beautiful “Spring Day”. I had much to do, but did all I could this forenoon, then went to Mrs. Chas. Swearingens 920 West St. this afternoon to Ladies Aux. 82 N.A.L.C. where we did Red Cross work. Fred’s mail so heavy has not been home at noon, this week. Mr. H. Moreland came in a while this evening on some Church work. We sure go to bed early tonight, first time before midnight, for nearly a week.
Thurs.4 Cold today and chill. Very busy all day knitting, etc for Red Cross. Harry Davis and Thelma Houston, came out awhile this evening- Harry to say “good bye”, for he goes out, at 11:55 tonight- his last furlough home, so we cannot hope to see him again until the War is over, and perhaps never; but with all the heart and soul o’ me, I shall pray a merciful god, for his safe return- pray without ceasing, until he comes home again. And I “sent him away with a smile”, tho’ my heart, cried all the time. It is hard, so hard to see my boys go.
Fri.5 Quite cool all day. Have been very busy all day. This evening the young folks, or a few of them, came in to celebrate Marjory Petro’s Birthday with a dance. John Keating & Marjory, Edwin Jones, Helen Williams, Fred & Nan Brackett, Chet Kelly Frances Dolan John Sutherin Carrie Wiede, Charlie Plath, Jack Miller Helen Rolley, Ronald McGord, Bernice Heath John Perrine. I served Cookies and Cocoa and some nice cream candy which I made for Thunderstorm came up as young folks left the occasion.
Sat.6A splendidly, beautiful day; April and its Spring time with all her smiles. I had a lot of work to do- cleaning and doing two days baking, for I do not cook on Sunday; we go to S.S. and church and late when we get home and the young folks come in and I didn’t want to spend the day cooking so I do it all on Sat. and seldom start a fire on Sun. yet we have “good eats”. This afternoon Johnny Miller with Helen Rolly and Ronald McGord with pretty Julia Dixon of Holton, came in and danced for an hour or so- just rolled up the rugs, tossed them in a corner, started the Victrola and set their feet a going: life is great to the young.
Sun.7 Another fine day tho’ cool. We went to Sun. School and church and from church to State House to heare a “remmant” of Sousa’s Marine Band, which was very fine, as was Rev. Loveland’s talk for the Third Liberty Loan We walked home, John Keating, Edwin Jones, Ernest Sheldon, Carl Swanson and Robt. Sympson coming with us, John Sutherin and Carrie Wiede few minutes later. I set out a Chili dinner to all- Carrie did not partake. Jay Banta & Scott Brown came later This evening Johnny Miller, Ron. McGord, Carl Swanson Kathryn Harmon, John Keating Betty Harmon, Fred Lunger Kathryn Dolan, Ernest Shelden, Edwin Jones, were out for the evening. Some of the boys “staged it” because the War has made it too easy to get a “Date” with all the boys away to war. Ralph Davidson 21 years old today.
Mon.8 Another splendid day- Spring is beautiful. I washed, ironed, cleaned, and found a moment to knit a bit on the wool quilt, the good government Club is making for the Woman’s Hospital in France. Mail too heavy for my good Teddy to get home to dinner at noon.
Tues.9 Another fine Spring day. Very busy most all day writing letters to my different Soldier boys. I went down this afternoon to pay the usual monthly Bills.
Wed.10 And still ‘tis’ lovely Spring. Have been tinting Kodak pictures of some of my Soldier boys, to send them- also stuffed a box of Dates to send one of them, Walter Morris, who has fewer friends, than some, to send him, such things. John Keating and Edwin Jones came in for the evening.
Thurs.11 A very fine day. Cousin Merle VanOrsdol came in this morning to say “good bye”- he has joined the Navy. I took some pictures of him. This afternoon I went to Y.W.C.A. to a meeting of the good government Club, where I, as the new President, presided. I had asked Mr. W.A. Biby to speak on Third Liberty Loan- instead, he made a most intense patriotic address: he also brought “Private Peat” up and introduced him, and D.W. Mulvane and Mr. Wallace Reporter on the “Capital”- very distinguished visitors all Fred Fred & I went to Auditorium, to hear Private Peat, this evening- he was fine and so glad we went.
Fri.12 Another fine day. Cleaning out the cellar, making garden, Transplanting etc.. Mrs. Remington in a while this afternoon. I’m so busy all the time, yet don’t seem to ever accomplish anything. The World is drunk with War. Merle VanOrsdol here this morning to say good bye- enlisted in Navy.
Sat.13 Half hazey, cloudy, sunshine. Baking and cleaning all day. Made apple pie, lemon pie, Ginger bread, stewed a chicken made dumplings made lovely corn bread and bean salad. Fred had to go down town this evening to be in the big Liberty Loan Parade- I was tired and stayed home. We went to Eastern Star tonight and stayed to see all the Playlet “Out goes Jennie” and it was good- we enjoyed it”.
Sun.14 A misty rain all day. We went to S.S. and church. I had 10 boys in Class- one, Mr. Chandler a new fellow, enrolled with us. This afternoon Edwin Jones, John Keating, Ernest Shelden, Robert Sympson, Ronald McGord, Carl Swanson, Johnny Miller and Walter Cole came out. This evening John Sutherin Carrie Wiede, Scott Brown Sicily Allison, Luther Davison Dola Forsgreen, Jay Banta with Scott’s pretty sister, Rose Brown, John Keating, Beth Harmon, Carl Swanson and Kathryn Harmon came out. And we enjoyed a happy evening
Mon.15 A very pleasant day and I did my usual washing and ironing and cleaning. Got a couple of hens hatching. Found time to knit a bit
Tues.16 The weather is cold –ice- and afraid our fruit will be killed. Kniting on Hosp. blanket for Red Cross work. Also drawing some little Souvenirs to give my young folks, on Teddy’s Birthday, for I have found they were to come and surprise me, on my Birthday, which is two days later than his, so I mean to “turn the tables” and surprise him instead.
Wed.17 We still have cold weather. Busy all the time in War work, knitting etc. and drawing.
Thurs.18 And still it is cold- ice, on several mornings. I have 23 little chicks out of 26 eggs and have reset the two hens, and will “mother” the chicks myself.
Fri.19 Rained all day, a splendid much needed rain. Been “drawing” all day and did a wee bit of knitting.
Sat.20 Rained and then sleeted very hard, this morning for some time, then it snowed and made ground white then rained hard and washed snow all off. A full day of bad weather and of work of all sorts.
Sun.21 A brisk, cold day. We took car to S.S. and Church. Bro. Burke preached a mighty fine sermon. I had 8 boys in Class. This afternoon, Carrie Wiede, Elma Stewart, Luther Davis, Jay Banta, Virgil Scholes
Scott Brown, John Miller Helen Rolly, John Keating Edwin Jones and Ronald McGord came out. This evening, Charlie Plath Carrie Wiede, John Sutherin Elma Stewart, John Miller Helen Rolly, Jay Banta Loraine Brenning, Scott Brown and Aline Officir, came we are so happy with our young friends and always glad to have them come. Edwin Jones, Ernest and Carl came out awhile this evening alone.
Mon.22 Today was fine. I got my washing out early cleaned up the house and ironed. I called the girls, to come, for my “Surprise Party” Wed. night. Called thirty of them I told the boys, yesterday. I got letters of “good bye” from Frank and Earl [XXXXX] today- they are leaving Ft. Sill, at once for “some where”- and we know, that means France. I pray God to bring them safe home again, when the War is over, and righteousness prevails and the World at Peace Mrs. [XXXXX] Hill spent the afternoon with me.
Tues.23 Another fairly good day and I have worked so hard- made two immense, big cakes, finished my “drawings” and did such a lot of work beside then set up this evening to print pictures.
Wed.24 Well the day has been a nasty one- rain and snow this morning- muddy, wet and cold, all day. I have been most busy all day getting ready for my “three-in-one” Surprise Party, tonight. Went to Mrs. Strickler’s
This morning to get milk to make cocoa this evening. Everything went fine, until just before Fred got home from work this evening, when a young fellow (Al Mitchell) went to Fred on his route, and told him about the Party, so of course Fred was not surprised(- A mighty mean contemptible thing, to do. But most of the boys and girls were surprised- Most of the boys thought they were coming to a “Stag” Party and most of girls, tonight it a girls, “Surprise on Teddy- a few had found out. What a time I had- Almost three girls to one boy, since most of boys have gone to War. Some of the boys and girls had been “Spunky spating” with one another and would not speak. The most of the boys piled themselves into the Hall, led by Ed Jones and John Keating and stayed there until the evening was half over and would not go in where the girls were, nor dance with them and this of course peeved the girls, who complained to me. Scott Brown, Luther Davis and Robt. Sympson would not join the “Boycott” against the girls, neither would Charlie Plath nor Ronald McGord when they came, so these five helped immensely to make thing pleasant. Some of the crowd went home early and some stayed til Midnight. I am thro’ giving Surprise Parties to young folks. Those who came, Aline Officir, Loraine Brenning (of Kans. City) Helen Williams Marjory Petro, Margaret Rust, Ruth & Blanche Pitttinger, Dorothy Reddick, Carrie Wiede, Helen McCahan, Helen Campbell, Florence Penwell Kathryn Dolan, Kathryn Harnit, Kathryn Harmoan, Betty Harmon, Frances Dolan, Nancy Boone, Mrs. Geo [XXXXX] Boone, Olive Crane
Helen Rolley, Sara Dwyre, Sicily Allison, Nan Brackett Ethel Caster, Scott Brown, Luther Davis, Robt. Sympson Charlie Plath, Ronald McGord, Jack Miller, Keene Saxon John Perine, Jay Banta, Virgil Scholes, John Sutherin Edwin Jones, John Keating, Fred Brackett, Carl Swanson and Ralph Davidson. Mrs. Boone baked a Birthday cake for Teddy who is 52 today and she baked one for me, and I will be 51 day after tomorrow. Mrs. Boone is so dear, so kind. Always doing nice things, for some one. The girls were lovely, except that Helen Williams and Marjory Petro, were “pouty” and only stayed about an hour. The boys “smoked” in the kitchen and dining room and I had to run them out doors. Boys led by Ed and John, run a Boycott on the girls and spoiled the good time I planned so all together the evening has been disappointing to me and I have been so unhappy, I wont give another Surprise. I served “white and yellow” brick ice cream, cake and coco and sugar pies.
Thurs.25 A very pleasant day. I worked very hard all morning cleaning up an awfully dirty house. This afternoon Jay Banta came out to tell me good bye and I took pictures of him. He enlisted this morning as a Motor Truck driver and leaves for Jefferson Barracks tomorrow. He is a dandy fellow and I hate to see him go.
Fri.26 Foggy and cold all day. My 51st Birthday and the “Bunch” sent me out a lovely Rose, potted: an
“American Beauty”- three big buds- a lovely plant. I worked hard all day cleaning up my desk- had Mrs. Jesse Henderson make it over for me and add four, graduate drawers. Cost me $10.00 but it was my Christmas “Cheque”, that [XXXXX] gave me.
Sat.27 Has rained hard all day and we needed the rain badly. Very busy baking, mending and writing letters all day.
Sun.28 A most beautiful day. We went to S.S. and Church as usual. I had ten boys in Class and toward the class, a Mr. Young came in ( a soldier for 30 years) I did not learn his rank but asked him to talk to my boys, which he did, and later to the Sunday School- He was from Camp Doniphan, Ft. Sill where he is in charge of the “School of Fire”, Rifle & Revolver, Then after that a young Soldier came in, and sat down alone. I went after him and brought him over and introduced him. He was an exceedingly fine young fellow, from Clinton Mo. Stationed at Camp Funston- A stranger and lonely; we brought him home to dinner- some of my boys came out Jack Miller Scott Carl Swanson, Luther Davis, Virgil Scholes Keene Saxon, Ronald McGord and Robt. Sympson. I took pictures. About 4 o’clock, Jack took our Soldier, Clarence [XXXXX] Byrd of Headquarters, 354 Infantry, Ron, Bob, Carl, Teddy & me for a ride in his Stutz- Out to Gage, [XXXXX], Garfield Park, Fair Grounds and all over town and later took Mr. Byrd to depot- Union Pacific. This evening Jack Miller & Helen Rolley, John Sutherin & Carrie Wiede Ed Jones, John Keating Scott Brown, Virgil Scholes, Luther Davis and Carl Swanson came out. Our Soldier guest this afternoon seemed very happy with the boys
Mon.29 Cold and windy- like a March day. I washed and ironed as usual, and knit some. Scott Brown and Luther Davis came out for the evening. We all liked very much, our Soldier quest, yesterday and he was so grateful for the good time, the boys and Teddy & I tried to give him- he said he never had, had such a good time.
Tues.30 A fine cool day. Wrote letters all day, hard as I could write, mostly to my S.S. Boys who are off to War.
Wed.1 A grand day tho’ cool. Have been very busy today again. This evening we went down to 1609 Tyler St. and spent the evening with Uncle Marrian and Belle VanOrsdol.
Thurs.2nd A most beautiful day, tho’ got pretty warm- so cold and last night, froze ice and my “Beans” too, so must plant again. John Sutherin Carrie Wiede Keene Saxon and Florence Penwell came just after dinner and I took their pictures- John’s goodbye- goes to Navy tomorrow. Today Teddy and I have been married 24 happy years and I got him up, an extra good dinner- a steak, for which I paid 70¢- loin, and tough, could hardly chew it. I made a most excellent lemon pie, for dinner just as I did, 24 years ago. Teddy was off this afternoon for ½ day vacation and we put up some new fence. This evening we went to see Mary Pickford in “Amarilly of Clothes line. Alley and, we did not like it very well. Mona Wiede and Miss Madden of Christ Hosp. came in awhile this morning. Mrs. Lee Monroe and Mrs. J.D. McFarland called this afternoon too.
Fri.3 Another fine day, tho’ hot. I made garden all morning and more than busy all day. This evening Mona Wiede and
Misses, Madden, Button and Hirsch, all nurses from Christ Hospital came in for a Call, and Edwin Jones, John Keating and Carl Swanson came out to bring some music. Girls wanted to dance- boys didn’t. but Mona finally got a dance or two out of Edwin. O, these young folks.
Sat.4 A fine Spring day- everything growing and beautifully green- trees almost in full leaf. I baked apple and Lemon pies and bought a fat, laying hen ($1.35) which I “dressed” to put in the “Fireless” fore tomorrow, for we may have some Soldiers here, since I wrote Major Gen. Wood, to send any lonely, homesick fellows who have no one near enough to “Camp Fuuston”, to visit over Sunday. We set out, two doz. Fine “Pondorso” tomatoes this evening.
Sun5 I took car to S.S. this morning, Fred walking so to stop on his way, to get his umbrella at McGords. We came home on a car after church, and had only gotten in the house when it began to rain- showered all afternoon. Charlie Plath, Bob Sympson and Ronald McGord were the only ones who came, this afternoon, thro’ the showers. This evening, Scott Brown, Carl Swanson, John Keating, Edwin Jones, Fred and Nan Brackett, Johnny Miller & Helen Rolly, Luther Davis & Margaret Officer, Robt. Sympson, and a Mr. Harrington, friend of the boys came out for the evening, thro’ mud and rain and we thought no one would come- really no rain but heavy dampness this evening. So many boys off to War, leaves so many girls to chose from, that the boys fare “surfeited” and getting tired of girls, so “stag” it, more and more which is not fair to the girls. Wish rest of boys would go to War.
Mon.6 A most beautiful day, tho’ the morning was rainy, quite early. I washed a very large washing and ironed it, this afternoon- worked hard all day. Have two hens hatching, brought in 18 chicks at noon. Mrs. Remington was in, while I was ironing, and asked why I did not put off my ironing and not do so much in one day, and I replied “why dirty two days with work that can be done, in one”; and too I feel as if I had gained almost a full day, which I can fill full of work on another day.
Tues.7 A warm, half hazy day, the kind of eather that makes things grow, but every day is so full of work, I cannot have time to watch things grow except in the Honeysuckle screen at the North end of the porch, I’ve watched the nest, growing, or building of a pair of Brown [XXXXX]; in the Elm tree in front of the house, just South of the walk, Mr. & Mrs Robin Red-breast, are building and in the Lilacbush just South of the house a pair of Lat.birds, are building, and all the while the air is full of their happy song, so pleasant, and full of contrast in this cruel War-time. Went to Rev. Hazelbrigg’s this evening to talk at her request before her Church Board on how to keep boys in S.S. Had a fine eve. Fred & Mr.Moreland took me over and home again.
Wed.8 A very warm day, yet very pleasant, Busy all the time, in the house, out of the home, garden, chickens and a multitude of things. Yet am glad and happy to be busy.
Thrus.9 Very hot and windy. This afternoon I went down to “Y.W.” to meeting of good government Club- Most interesting meeting- talks on Welfare by Mrs. Calahan and Miss Ann Sweet. Miss Ada Harper played piano for us.
Fri.10 A fine day yet wind and hot sun. Early this morning Mrs. Joe Davis called me to say Harry with 130th Artillery would pass thro’ this morning, enroute to France. I hurried to tell Mrs. Cavert and soon we were ready and off to catch 9 o’clock street-car, for U.P. depot. And there we waited all day, and no Harry, neither others of my Sunday School Class; and tonight I’m very tired, dirty sun burned and blistered and so are hundreds others. And the rumors we’ve heard today, as to why they didn’t come, would fill a book. But there were three big, long, Troop trains, went thro; and the “Red Cross” with “Goodies” and hundreds of people with little gifts for the Troops made a busy, interesting, happy and sad scene, worth ones time
Sat.11 Another fine day. Very busy, with double duties because was absent yesterday. I canned 11 pints of Asparagus from our garden today, beside all my baking and cleaning and preparation for Sunday.
Sun.12 Quite cool but fine day. Found our Paxy cow with a fine Gurmsy heifer calf, when we got up this morning and are very grateful: for we shall have milk. We took car at Willow and Elmwood, to S.S. and church- had only 4 boys in Class- so many gone to War. The Rev. Rash of Cent. Christian Church preached a fine sermon. This afternoon Nancy Boone, Olive Crane, Luther Davis, Scott Brown, Ronald McGord Bob Sympson, Virgil Scholes, John Keating, Carl Swanson and
Merle Allton, came out- I took pictures. This evening Luther Davis with Margaret Officer and Scott Brown with Ethel Caster, came in for the evening. Always happy with our young folks, but War is fast taking our young men.
Mon.13 Another fine day. I washed and ironed a large washing today. Just, as we were eating Lunch at noon Johnny Miller called, with two young friends Grayden Mack whom we knew, and a Mr. Doyle- the boys were on their way to Kansas City for Exam. To get into the Navy. I took pictures of them. This evening Scott Brown, Luther Davis and Margaret Officer came out for the evening. Scott and Luther joined Navy today. No two in Class, I hate worse, to see go, yet I’m so glad too.
Tues.14 A fine day and I have worked hard all day, cleaning baking etc. I saved milk from the cow today to cook with- fine as can be. A man came and offered us $10.00 for our calf and another one came and offered $12.00 nix
Wed 15 Bright and sunny, but wind almost a gale, making a very disagreeable day. Good Government Club, was to meet with me today to have an indoor Picnic and put our Hospital robe, together that we have been knitting for the “woman’s Hospital in France” Such a disagreeable day not many came but we finished the robe and it was very pretty and
“Safe arrival Over-seas” Frank Earl, Omar Charlie
We have enough of the knitted blocks, for another one. Mrs. Monroe, (Lilla Day) Mrs. J.D. McFarland, Mrs. White Mrs. Mosher, Mrs. L. Gandy, Mrs. McIntyre, Mrs. [XXXXX] Kitchell, Mrs. Ward Burlingame, Mrs. Fred Baltz, Mrs. R.F. DeArmond, Miss Bertha Hempstead and Miss Kate [XXXXX] were here. Mrs. Monroe had Photographer Hodge come out and take our pictures- We had a fine Picnic dinner- I had made lemon pies, so good, they all “raved” over them. I also gave them hot biscuit (corn meal, wheat flour and graham flour) also a Bean Salad and Cold Pork- also fur-nished Coffee and cream and cold sliced Pork: each brought one good “eats” and we had a feast. Fred did not come home to dinner, too many women, for him. But we had one good profitable time together. Mrs. McIntyre brought me the news of a Cablegram, telling of the safe arrival in France of the Troop Ship, with the 110th Engineers in which I have 4 S.S. boys- Earl & Frank Bunce Charlie Clements and Omar Ketchum- I telephone to Mrs. Clements and Mr. Bunce, at once to tell them the good news and we are all very happy over it. I sold our calf to the Cranes (824 Washburn) for $14.00 Scott Brown came out this morning to tell me, he passed and Luther failed in final Exam. For Navy- both are blue, While eating Supper this evening Mrs. Ida Lovall came and later Johnny Miller Lucille Kersey, Robt. Sympson Nancy Boone, Luther Davis OliveCrane Scott Brown Ethel Caster and Virgil Scholes an they spent the evening dancing. One big day.
Thurs.16 Hot, windy, dusty- very disagreeable. I had all of yesterdays dishes to do, then I went into the garden, and there I worked hard all day; things are growing fine. Dug up some small Plum trees this evening to send my father in Colorado- several Shropshire [XXXXX] and Watsuma and another don’t know name of. This evening, Carrie Wiede Edwin Jones John Keating, Scott Brown, Sicily Allison, Luther Davis and Grace Dana came out for the evening got cards of safe arrival in France, from Earl & Charlie 11: 15 P.M.
Fri.17 Had a fine “showery rain” today. Been writing letters most of the day. And am dead sleepy too, for our young folks have kept me up until nearly Midnight, eery night but one, since Sat. But, O, we could never turn our young folks down for such a thing as “rest”- why we have all Eternity to rest in and this War torn World, needs all the laughter, joy and song, young folks can put into it.
Sat.18 The wind almost a gale today and cooler. The day has been jammed full of work, baking cleaning, etc- but good health helped me to accomplish quite all of it. I rearranged and added new Stars to the Church Service Flag, today. I made with smaller Stars, the Class letters, P.O.G., standing for the name an Motto of my Class of Sun. School boys, (“Play Square Gang” will Play a Square Game”) and
Put them down the centre of the Flag: the 18 small Stars it took, each stood for one of my beloved boys who have answered their Country’s Call and Enlisted for War. There were 18 larger Stars standing for other members of S.S. and Church, so it made a “showy” pretty Flag which some will not like, because, many feel unkindly, toward my splendid Class of Boys and treat them with contempt, all because of jealousy. Well, my boys presented the Church with the Flag and those who will not like the arrangement, can buy material and make a new one- O, no, the tight wads never will. Am tired tonight, but no rest for the weary. This evening Robert Sympson Frances Grote, Virgil Scholes Katryn Harmit, Ronald McGord and Helen McCahan came in fore the evening- Played Piano and Victrola and danced until 11:15 then went home promising to be at Sun. S. in the morning- they are so full of fun, yet these War times, everything seems Hysterical.
Sun.19 A fine day- We went to S.S. this morning and I had but three boys in Class, Ron McGord, Robt. Jones and John Keating. I feel we should disband until after the War. We did not stay for church, but came home to get some rest. This afternoon Mrs. Harriet and Kathryn Nancy Boone, Olive Crane, Ronald McGord, Edwin Jones, John Keating, Carl Swanson, Virgil Scholes, Robert Sympson and Merle Allton came out. This evening we are all alone and miss our young folks.
Mon.20 Fine and cool today and I had such a large washing and ironing both of which I did, taking all day- but my good Teddy did not get home at noon so I did have to stop to get dinner, and that saved time.
Tues.21 Roger McKiddy called this evening- looking brown and fine. Hot, windy, regular cyclone weather- I’m about all in today, because of a sore tooth- guess took cold Saturday night when the “kiddies” opened every door and window, while dancing and I got quite cold. Have been cleaning the house today, ready for another Party Cranes came and took our, fine [XXXXX] calf this evening $14.00
Wed.22 Baked an immense big Orange cake and ordered Caramel and Vanilla Brick ice-cream for my Kiddies tonight, for we are giving another “Good bye” Party; for Scott Brown, one of my dearest boys, who has enlisted in the Navy. How can one express the horribleness of War, that is continually taking our finest young men. But our jolly, happy Party will help to “send him away with a smile”. I oiled the floors and decorated, with many large and small flags, also the Union Jack and Tri-color and the house looked very pretty an the young folks, seemed to enjoy themselves hugely. The boys hired Miss Ruth Gasche- pianoist- and Mr. Shreffler- violinist to come and play for their dancing- Robert Sympson and Grace Dana played part
Of time. Those here were, Scott Brown Sicily Allison, Luther Davis Grace Dana, Jack Miller Helen Rolley. Virgil Scholes, Kathryn Dolan, Edwin Jones Kathryn Harriet Ronald McGord Frances Dolan, John Keating Marjory Petro Merle Allton Ruth Pittinger, Fred & Nan Bracket, John Perrine, Charlie Plath –“Stags”- and Nancy Boone and Olive Crane, who came alone as many girls will have to do henceforth, or stay home, for War has so taken the boys there are not enough to go around. Robert Sympson brought Frances Grote a dainty sweet girl, new to the Bunch- Really this has been a “Triple Good-bye” Party, for Helen Rolley, leaves tomorrow, for her home in Holton and will not return to Washburn next year and Fri. evening Virgil leaves for Kelly Filed, Texas to join Aviation if he Passes. It has rained most all day and scattering showers all evening- a very hard rain at 5 o’clock this morning- as if even the Heavens wept at the going of my beloved young men. All left at 11:30 P.M.
Thurs.23 Hot, sticky, showery day- a sudden heavy thunder shower soaked me, just after dinner while gathering up some little chicken’s I had just turned losse. Ronald McGord, Jack Milelr & Helen Rolley came in this afternoon. Scott Brown Sicily Allison, Luther Davis, Grace Dana and Robt. Sympson came in for the evening- left at 11:30- Scotts last night in Topeka. I am on the [XXXXX] with ulcerated tooth- worked hard all day.
Fri.24 Hot, wind, sticky, weather. I am very much on the [XXXXX] with ulcerated tooth and gave up to lie down a while this afternoon. This morning before Breakfast, Luther Davis brought Scott Brown out to say “Good-bye” again and they took Teddy to P.[XXXXX] on their way to Depot. “Santa Fe,” where Scott left on 7:45 train- off to War Yes War Is Hell, many times over, but God is in the War and will take care of my beloved Scott. I pray with all my heart and soul for his safe return, the same fine, genial, beloved boy, as when he went away: he has always been a favorite with all the Class- good natured, kindly full of fun- a jolly good fellow, loved by all, This evening Mona Wiede, Frances Scott and Miss Magaw, all nurses from Christ Hospital, came over for the evening and few minutes later came Edwin Jones, John Keating, Ronald McGord, and Virgil Scholes, and soon the rugs were tossed into a corner, Victrola started, and the young folks dancing. Every one was so jolly and had such a happy evening till Virgil had to leave to catch his train and be off to join the Army, and the girls back to the Hospital. O, this constant “goodbye” to my beloved boys- will it never end. My heart can hardly bear it and yet I could not love them if they did not go. And I’m so proud of those who have Volunteered. It is only the “Yellow boys” and Slackers who stay at home.
Sat.25 Another dreadfully, hot sticky, gummy day. Very busy all day with my “Sat.-Sun”. work. This evening Robert Sympson and Edwin Jones came in for the evening. Poor Edwin is not well and looks awfully bad.
Sun.26 A very hot sticky day- so much humidity. We took car to S.S. and church this morning- I had nine boys in Class- young Shineall as visitor and McFaggart a new fellow few weeks ago. This afternoon Edwin Jones Robt. Sympson, Carl Swanson, Ronald McGord, John Keating and Luther Davis came in- Robt. John and Luther got hurt throwing the heavy round rock, I’ve used as a “door weight at front door, for a long time. Edwin Jones, Don Fay and Charlie Plath brought it here, one Decoration Day, when out near Washburn to play Bose Ball- undoubtedly was used by the Indians at one time to grind corn. This evening Ronald MCGord brought Lucille Maguire out- the charming little lady is home from Okla. Where she has been teaching school. Jack Miller came out awhile too, but so hot, most of young folks were riding.
Mon.27 Another hot day. I washed and ironed as usual. Fred got home to dinner today. Rained. Both by phone and personally: Found O. Coddingtons, slackers. My father is 78 today. Canvassed for Red Cross today,
Tues.28 Rained most of day and very hard this evening. I wrote letters most all day to my Soldier, Sunday School boys, who are so scattered.
Wed.29 Same gummy, sticky weather, tho’ we had tremendous rain last night, nearly 4 in. Johnny Miller John Keating and Edwin Jones came out this afternoon, to see about fowers: our S.S. Class is going to Decorate our Robt. Maxwell’s grave.
Thurs.30 An awfully hot, sticky, “Decoration Day. Fred was home all day-Holiday. We both feel “all in” and did not go to the Cemetery today. Had no flowers to take as rain spoiled all, not thro’ blooming This evening we went to the Orpheum to see “A man without a Country”. Very appropriate but I’m afraid the “Slackers”, did not go to see it. After we got home, Johnny Miller and Edwin Nellis, came out with Gladys Scott and her cousin Miss Scott. Virgil Scholes also came out. He could not get into the Aviation; so he leaves again tomorrow morning to try for the “Marines”- he is determined he will get into the War; no “Yellow boy” and no Slacker about Virgil. He is a mighty fine fellow, a mighty bright, capable young man.
Fri.31 “Showered” Several times today and tonight is cooler, and better air. Fred’s mail heavy and he did not get home to dinner. I worked in Garden thro’ showers and all, till 1 o’clock when hard rain drove me in. We went to High School Commencement to-night at Auditorium- good Program.
Sat.1st Busy with my baking, cleaning and usual Sat. work. Ever day, a busy one. War blamed for everything, too. Fred got home to dinner, thro’ the blunder of Mr. Bauker who locked up his mail and went to town. And Fred also worked more than an hour “overtime” because of it, yet it helped him get out a mighty big, “First of Mouth” mail. Cable ran today says 130th Field Art. Arrived safe in France- I have [XXXX] boys in it.
Sun.2 A fine day- we went as usual to S.S. and Church. I had but four boys in Class- a Slacker from War is a Slacker at S.S. I have several such. This afternoon, Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Beddick, Robt. Sympson “Bub” (Allen) Neely, Merle Allton, and Ronald McGord came out this afternoon. None of our “Kiddies” came this evening- the Spring time, lures them to the Parks. About 1 o’clock today my Phone rang and I was most happily surprised to hear my beloved Don Fay, speak to me. Home on Furlough from Naval Radio Sta. Frankfort, Mich. Our Porch swing, turned a “summer sault” this evening and dumped Teddy and me, on our heads- hurt awfully.
Mon.3 A fine day, tho’ rather hot. I washed and ironed as usual. This evening Edwin Jones. Robt. Sympson, and dear, old Don Fay came in. So glad to see Don- he is a dandy boy- looked swell, in his white Sailor suit. Seems much taller and heavier and is straighter. Carrie Wiede 18 yrs. old today.
Tues.4 Wrote letters, worked a bit in Garden and kept very busy all day. I never seem to get thro- O so much. I want to do. A fine day tho’ bit of a Shower.
Wed.5 Lovely day. I worked all morning in the Garden. This afternoon I had my neighbor Bettis’s nieces and nephews, the Callette children, and Lulu Arbuthnot, and also Mrs. Bettis and Mrs. Callette in to hear the Victrola. Just as they left Carl Swanson came and a moment later, Bro. W.W. Burkes, our new Pastor. Today Otis Young is 22 years old. My oldest member of Class.
Thurs.6 A most beautiful day fine and cool. I worked all day in Garden ad got a great deal done, also gathered unto myself a goodly number of “chiggers” and am scratching tonight like the fellows in the trenches. Today Don Fay is 19 years old.
Fri.7 John Keatings 20th Birthday. Another most splendid day, And again I worked all day in garden and took unto myself, a new supply of chiggers. Ugh! How they bite and how I scratch. I went to Mrs. O. Coddington’s this morning and bought Aster’s tomato plants and Celery. C.W. Guild stopped to Phone this afternoon and Don Fay and Fred Brackett came out. I took pictures of Don & Fred.
Sat.8 Another grand day- busy baking cleaning, putting new stars on service Flag for church etc. We gathered our Currants this evening to keep the boys from “Gathering” them tomorrow, when they come out- the cherries are so green they wont eat many of them, but boys eat everything and mighty soon eat up four or five dollars with of fruit- they have made me buy my fruit more times than one, when I would have had enough of my own, but for them- “drat ‘em”-God bless em”.
Sun.9 A fine day. We went to S.S. as usual- being “children’s day” had no preaching services. Had 8 boys in Class, one being my beloved Don Fay, home on furlough from Navy, and dressed in his blue Sailor uniform, was a very great attraction, and I felt very “puffed up” because he belonged to my Class, when they “swarmed” about me to ask about him and congratulate me on my Sailor. This afternoon Don Fay, Robt. Sympson, Carrie Wiede, Ronald McGord, Luther Davis and friend [XXXXX] Charlie Plath, Fred Brackett and Nan, Mel Pribble and mother, Elma Stewart, Dorothy Reddick, Sara Dwyre Helen McCahan, Grace Dana, Sicily Allison Thelma Houston, Lois Strickler, Gladys Pratt and a very young MRs. Mildred Roebrig, whose husband is in France- a jolly jolly Bunch and I took pictures- John Keating, Marary Petro, Merle Allton Ruth Pittinger came out this evening.
Mon.10 Most awfully hot- 95° But I did a big washing and ironing just the same. Johnny Miller came out awhile this afternoon. Fred had to go to Board meeting at the Church this evening and kept me up ‘til 11 o’clock or at least awake.
Tues.11 Another fiercely hot day- 100° and hottest for June that Kansas has a record of. Busy all day, getting ready for my boys tonight, as we have a “Good bye” Party for Don, whose furlo is up and goes home tomorrow. Jennie Remington and cousin, Lella Lyon here in afternoon- This evening Don Fay came dressed in his white Sailor suit and came early enough, so I took picture of him HE sure makes a swell sailor- brought Carrie Wiede, John Keating Marjory Petro, Charlie Plath, Frances Holman, Ronald McGord Helen Campbell, Bob Simpson Thelma Houston, Clarence Plummer, Mis O’Rear, Johnny Miller Blance Battersill, Merle Allton Ruth Pittinger; and five “Does”- Grace Dana, Sicily Allison, Kathryn Dolan Ethel Castor and Frances Dolan. And the evening was almost spoiled by jealousy. Don’s very personality, makes him very popular always, and his Uniform makes him doubly, so. Merle Allton is too much of a baby to show good manners, when his jealousy is around, as it was tonight,
When two girls preferred Don sitting in swing with them to Merle- it made Merle cross all evening; as Don remarked, (when some one asked whom two girls and a boy were, sitting on the ground, in a corner of yard) “two girls and jealousy”’ and later in the evening when (M. Petro) when girls thro’ their patriotic en-thusism remarked that “the boys did not need be jealous of Don- they could have a Uniform like it, by “Enlisting” and why don’t you enlist.” Then I remarked about Draft, it added “fuel to the fire” and Merle and Charlie Plath, became furious- they are both “Slackers” yet trying to “Bluff” the girls and all others into thinking themselves, Patriotic. All my loyal, patriotic boys, have Volunteered- those remaining are “Slackers” with very few exceptions and Charlie whose father was born in Germany, I have every reason to believe is Pro-German. Charlie took great offense at my saying, “a Drafted man, is not as good, as a Volunteer- that is, a fellow, who has no earthly excuse for not Volunteering, and has to Register, then waits for the Draft, to compel him to go, and tries to beat the Draft- is no better than a Pro-German. Charlie told me long ago, that he would “never shoot the Germans, he would shoot in the air, if he was compelled to go to War”. Mona Wiede [XXXXX] Bennet, Scott and Chassey here this afternoon. I took pictures of them- All nurses at Christ Hosp.
Wed.12 Fine and cool today. Have been more than busy all day. Cut out a new dress, of blue “Peter Pan” cloth. We went to the Orpheum this evening to see “The Guilty Man”: sure taught a fine lesson and every Character splendidly acted.
Thurs.13 Another fine day tho’ afternoon pretty hot. Jennie Remington and her cousin, Lella Lyon, came over this afternoon and I took pictures of them. I “stemmed” Currants all afternoon. Worked in garden all morning and am literally eaten full of welts tonight by Chiggers- awful: O how I itch. Called at Mrs. O. Coddington’s at noon to pay for Celery plants.
Fri.14A wee shower this morning, but a fine day only for the heat. I have been more than busy, as “Martha” of old, “troubled with a multitude of cares”; household duties. Mrs. Wiede called me today and told me Charlie Plath joined the Navy today. He did not like what I said about Drafted men and went to the Wiede’s for sympathy and his beloved, Mona, called him a “Coward;” “Slacker” and a few more “choice” (?) name and he went at once and enlisted. We went to Highland Park this evening to Mr. Geo. Roller’s to the wedding of one of my splendid Sun. School boys Ralph M. Davidson to Esther Roller, a sweet girl, every way worth my fine splendid, Ralph. We gave them a Silver steak set - $65. Ralph is
The eleventh boy of the Class to marry and only one, to invite me- all others sort of “elopements”. It was a very pretty, home wedding, just relatives and us- and they are to keep house up-stairs and showed us their rooms, substantially and prettily furnished. The whole house was pretty with great bouquets of Daisies. Sure a “Daisy Wedding”. May God keep them always in His care, and give them a blessed life together, thro’ many years. Carl Swanson 20 years old today.
Sat.15 A scorching day and I did a lot of work as always on Sat. There are not half enough hours in the day, to do all I want to do. And I need to be writing many letters to my beloved Soldier boys, in many Camps and over seas.
Sun.16 Scorcher and then some- we went to S.S. and church as usual. Johnny Miller was only boy out this afternoon and none this evening too hot! And we were glad to get to bed early. Had 8 boys in Class this morning.
Mon.17 And still it scorches. 102° and I washed a big washing this morning and ironed a big ironing this afternoon. Charlie Plath, Mona Wiede, Sicily Allison and Grace Dana came in for the evening- Charlie came to say good bye so he leaves for great Lakes, (Navy) in A.M. I took pictures.
Tues.18 Another “sizzling” day. I went to town this morning to pay the usual Bills- Water, Light etc did a bit of shopping and got home in time to get dinner. Johnny Miller with Bennie Rosenthal called in late afternoon- I took pictures.
Wed.19 Every day a “sizzler”. Cleaned the whole house today- wrote letters to my “War boys” and “too busy to breathe,” all day. This evening Teddy and I, went out to Gage Lake for a swim- it was glorious only, so many in, could not take a good long swim in any direction, and we had to stand in line almost an hour before we could get to the locker desk to get waited on, but our swim was worth it; just after we got home again, Robt. Sympson and Johnny Miller came and just as they left Elma Stewart and her new or latest, “sweet heart,” Mr. Arthur Lee called, it being after 10 o’clock P.M. Elma seemed to have found the right one at last. We liked his appearance very much- they seem quite “devoted”.
Thurs.20 Today has been more “sizzling” than ever. And I entertained the good government Club and some “Mazola oil” demonstrators. To bed at 11:30 last night, up at 5:30 this morning and flew into work, then ran over to Mrs. Coddington’s
And Mrs. Strickler’s, to ask them over for the Demonstration. The Club folks came at 10 oclock with their Lunches. Mrs. McIntyre, Mrs. Lilla Day-Monroe, Mrs. J.D. McFarland, Mrs. Emma Sells- Marshall, Mrs. H.W. Foster, Miss Daisy Neil, journal Reporter, Miss Grace Overmyer, Capital Reporter Teddy came home to Lunch. Miss Shumard and Miss Katherine McFarland came about 1:30 P.M. to demonstrate Mazola Oil. Mrs. Tucker, Mrs. Ada Cavert, Mrs. J. Bettis and Mrs. C.W. Schwartz came in to see the demonstration. The girls made lovely salad dressing, and cake with the oil and served us Pineapple salad, and cocoa-nut cake and made a lovely cake for me. Alotgether the hot day, with all its work, was a very happy and profitable, one. Every one was so congenial. We almost completed a Hospital blanket to send Over-seas. Mona Wiede and Lola McGaw called this evening.
Fri.21 Fine and cool all day- a fire would almost have felt comfortable. Mona Wiede, Loala McGaw and Miss Myers came in awhile this evening- all nurses from Christ Hospital. Mona is lonely since Charlie left. Mr. Peter Davis took our cow to O.E. Watkins this morning and her to a fine [XXXXX].
Sat.22 Cool and pleasant, tho’ warming up. Very busy all day- just can’t get my work caught up. Killed two young chickens, my first “fryo” only I “creamed” them, instead of frying them. Gardens are burning up- need rain badly.
Sun.23 We took a car to S.S. and Church this morning. For the first time in nearly, eleven years, I did not have a boy in Class. All have volunteered and gone to War except the “slackers” who were angry because of what I said about “slackers” at the Party. And I am glad, for this, day. I do not want to teach “slackers”. Poor Edwin Jones was discharged because of physical disability, Luther Davis could not get in, because of physical disability, and if the others are not slackers, what are they? Ronald McGord (21 on 25 of May) Bob Simpson, Ernest Shelden, (21 next Oct.) John Keating, Carl Swanson each with any excuse for not Volunteering- they will regret all rest of their lives, that they did not volunteer, when rest of the “Bunch” did. Why, Harry Davis, had earned and was promoted to Serjeant, when only 19 yrs. old. I am more than proud of my Volunteers-21 of them. When we came out of church, it was raining- a gentle, heavy, steady, down- pour which continued, til middle of afternoon. Bob Sympson called in early evening- our only caller and since my beloved boys have gone away to War, there are not many left, to call, and we miss them.
Mon.24 Another day of scorching heat- O for rain. I washed and ironed both, today, as usual. This evening Mona Wiede, Frances Scott, Lola McGaw came in- Christ Hospital nurses. We are glad our girl friends come- but both the girls and us miss our lovely boys who are away to War. And pray every day for their Victory and safe returning.
Tues.25 Hot! Hotter!! Hottest!!! How the thermometer hangs around 100° and over, as if trying to burn up this old earth. Been writing letters today mostly to relatives, tho’ I have 20 soldier Boys to write too- my blessed and much beloved S.S. Boys. Mona Wiede and Frances Scott were out this evening. We received an “Safe arrival” card today, from Clarence Byrd 89 Div. A most splendid young man.
Wed.26 The hottest ever- yet nights are cool, so we sleep fine. Have written letters all day, to my dear Sunday School, Soldier boys.
Thurs.27 Hot and hot! And I worked hard in the garden among the weeds and “chiggers” all morning. These busy War times, I don’t know what work to do first. Mrs. Lovall came out for Supper and the evening. 26 years today my “Wee girlie” died- Mrs. Lovall dressed her for her laast “sleep”. O how my heart has hungered thro’ the years.
Fri.28 Not so hot today- Worked all forenoon at Pelletiers in the Red Cross rooms, making large “wound-pads”. Frances Finney went down with me her step father, Mr. Kelley took us down, in Auto. Good Government Club, had almost a long, table full of workers. Mrs. Hamilton, in charge because of quite insulted, at Dr. Longshore, who understood her to say “call a meeting,” (call me) if she needed any instruction, and Dr. Longshore replied “I’d rather call a lady”: how a bit of misunderstanding causes such a lot of trouble- and this trouble was not yet settled when I came home at noon: poor Doctor L.
Sat.29 So scorching hot, it brought a fine rain this evening and fine cool weather. Very busy with various duties all day.
Sun.30 A most splendid day- almost cool enough for a wrap. We went to Sun. School and preaching up to Lowman Methodist this morning JHS person S.S. Superintendent. War has taken my Class, so I shall visit awhile- we know so many at Lowman Church that we were most cordially received- they have a fine Church and Rev. Houlter preached a splendid, Patriotic sermon Beginners Dept. of S.S. fine- Int. Boys, very noisy. This afternoon, Bob Sympson, Edwin Jones, John Keating, Merle Allton Johnnie Miller and Roger McKiddy came out. Carrie Wiede this eve.
Mon.1st Still cool, but warmer. I washed and ironed. Mail heavy, so Fred not home to dinner, and I worked with out waiting to eat dinner- doesn’t hurt one to “fast” a little
Wed.3 Very warm day- and I worked all morning in the garden and got “chiggeritis” again, pesky, things. We went to Orpheum this evening to see Will Hart in the “Tiger man”- He was good, the Play, was good, but I don’t like so much “Blood and Thunder” in a Play.
“Fourth Of July.”
Thurs.4 Fine morning- hot afternoon and this evening a most blessed rain. Mona Wiede Miss Maddern and Miss Voissey and Luther Davis came out this morning. At 10 o’clock Luther took us to Mrs. Pllards funeral- very sad- little Virginia, heart broken, he went among guests “shaking-hands.” A wealth of flowers, big funeral and fine one. We stopped at Isenhauer’s coming home and got 4 doz. Celery Plants.
Fri.5 Rained all the morning, a fine, gentle, rain. And smothering warm. I swept and cleaned and mended and “pressed,” until nearly 5 o’clock did not stop even to eat my dinner since mail was so heavy Teddy did not come home at noon- Lella Lyon spent good part of afternoon with me and this evening Mona Wiede and Lolla Magan came in for the evening- Johnnie Miller, and Bob Sympson, came out, with Fred Lunger, to call too, this evening. Fred who was in the Draft and is at “funston” is having short furlo- a handsome fellow always, but makes a more handsome Soldier I took picture of him. A splendid fellow.
Sat.6 Melting hot all day. I baked, apple pie custard pie, ginger- bread, and did such a lot of work. Mr. Isenhauer came over this morning and measured our downstairs rooms- are going to get him to do some papering for us. Wrote some letters too.
Sun.7 A fine day. We went to Sun. School at First Congregational church this morning, Attorney Fred Jackson, Superintendent only 86 present. Had the corner to our own Church to preaching- big congregation too. Luther Davis, Frances Dolan, Ethel Caster, Isabel Smith and Katherine Bauerlein here during after noon- I took pictures of the girls. We alone tonight.
Tues.9 Another fine day. I wrote letters all day to my beloved Sun. School boys away to War. And we again worked on fence this evening. I also cooked upa half Bu. Of our Wild Goose Plums today.
Wed.10 And still its fine and cool. Writing letters all day; Melvern Pribble with his parents and his wife, came out to tell me “good bye” for Melvern has enlisted and leaves tomorrow for Ft. Myers, Virginia. He is only 19, so would not have to go- but he is no Slacker- goes into Amunition Train, as Motor Truck driver- I’m so glad for him. Mona Wiede and Lolla Magaw came over for the evening- we only have girls now a days.
Thurs.11 Another fine day. Very busy writing letters. Mr. Miller here this evening helping Fred move our hen house- I gave Mr. Miller a Peck of Plums.
Fri.12 Getting warm. I worked with Plums all day canned the juice and made jam. Jack Miller, one of my boys, came in awhile this morning. Fred and I finished up the Hen House work this evening. And so 10: oclock getting to bed, which is not sleep enough for working people.
Sat.13 A pretty fair day, as to temperature. I did “oodles” of work today of all kinds, the best of which was to bake, some most excellent bread using much “substitute”: in first place, all our flour is adulterated, then I used more than a pint each, of corn meal scalded, mashed potato and of cooked oatmeal; bread was not very white but might good eating: made three big loaves and a pan of big biscuit- two of the large biscuit, I took, hot, to neighbor Bettis, for their dinner. This evening Fred and I went to the Orpheum to see Enid Bennett in “Naughty, Naughty” a comedy, “screened” at Florence Kansas; Best we have seen in a long time- the “after” comedy, verged on vulgarity. Why,-will “Screen people ct vulgarity, for sake of money? I would be clean. Got a dandy Letter, today From Harry Davis, in France- Med. Dept, 130 F.A.
Sun.14 A sprinkly sort of day, with a very warm after-noon. We went to the Central Park, Christian Church this morning, to S.S. and Church. We were put in a mixed Class, taught by Rev. Rash, who uses the “Lecture method” as I did, with my young men, before they all went to War. Was 161 at Sun. School- two boys Classes have no teachers and would be glad ifI would attend there and, teach, but I have been 30 years at First Church, and too hard to pull away, beside, have been teaching almost eleven years, one bunch of boys and need a rest. Every one most cordial. Luther Davis, came out this afternoon.
Mon.15 A very warm, sticky day: “sprinkled” two thirds of the day, then cleared and my clothes dried so that I ironed them before evening. Fred did not get home to dinner, because of a heavy mail. I feel [XXXXX].
Tues.16 Rather pleasant day- few sprinkles of rain and cooler. I went over to North Topeka, this afternoon and bought Wall paper to paper the three rooms downstairs- an Oatmeal, paper. Because cheaper, but cost me $18.00 for the three rooms.
Wed.17 Fine, cool, and a good shower this forenoon, with a heavy downpour, about 5 oclock. I worked and cleaned all forenoon- this afternoon the Ladies Aux. to Letter Carriers, #82, met with me; not many came, I suppose because of the “threatening” weather. Mrs. Chas. Boast, Pres. Was here, as also Mrs. Boten and Elizabeth, Mrs. Chas. Summers, Mrs. Dunlap, Mrs. John Keller, Mrs. Ernest Priddy, Mrs. W. Swickard Mrs. Molz, Mrs. Blank, Mrs. Myers, Mrs. John Bauer and Mrs. George Supple. I served, pink and white, brick, ice cream and vanilla wafers.
Thurs.18 Jennie Remington came out at noon and took my picture milking the Cow. Fine day of medium temperature and I made Plum sauce or jam and 8 large glasses of jelly from our own trees. Mona Wiede, Miss Maddern and Miss Voissey came out for the evening. Mona told me Mel Pribble had gotten a girl in trouble and her parents, gave him choice of going to the Pen or to war and so he enlisted- a boy 19, with already a wife soon to be a mother. But no one will know, he is sub normal because, his parents are, “own cousins”- who is guilty?
Fri.19 Another pleasant sort of day. Been very busy all day. Received an “over-seas, safe arrival” card, today from Scott Brown- he went to Ireland on the U.S.S. Demosthenes. Edwin Jones, Betty Harmon Ernest Sheldon Helen Williams, John Keating and Katherine Harmon, came out for the evening. Ernest, John and Katherine sure ate tomatoes. I had brought in, almost a half bushel of fine big Ponderose’s, just before they came- gathered from our own garden. Jennie Remington took pictures of me today.
Sat.20 Got pretty warm today. I had a mighty lot to do today, baking, cleaning, mending- made some good apple pies, ginger-cake, killed a chicken made plum jam etc. Johnny Miller was out awhile this morning- is going in Auto, to Yellow-Stone Park. Fred and I went to Orpheum, this evening to see Dorothy Dalton in Tyrant of Fear. She is splendid but I did not like the picture, neither did Fred- too rough.
Sun.21 Cool morning- hot afternoon. We went to S.S. at First Baptist Church this morning- small number on time- perhaps three doz. or as many as fifty, but good crowd by Class time- Mr. A. Knapp Supt. All announcements, song by Mrs. Berning, recitation by little girl (McDonald) business before Class time- many Classes, adopted a Thrift Card to buy War Saving Stamps, this morning- they did not. Re-assemble after Classes. I would
Judge they had two hundred, at Sun. School this morning. We were in the Berean Class tonight by Mrs. Whitaker who seemed to be a very capable teacher- she taught by what I would call, a conversational method. We went over to our own church on Topeka Ave, to preaching and Bro. W.W. Burkes, announced he was to leave us and go to France for “Y.” work- he deserves the honor. Robert Simpson came for a call, in the late afternoon. Thelma Houston and Sicily Allison came out, in the early evening, in Thelma’s car and we had a lovely visit- they are two very sweet, pretty girls and of course we could only talk of War and our Soldier Boys. And score unmercifully the Slackers- in my Bunch of boys, there is Ronald McGord, Robert Sympson John Keating, Fred Brackett, Carl Swanson, Merle Allton John Miller and Ernest Shelden, none of whom will enlist, until they have to- ‘til 21 yrs. old and Draft gets them: if they were not Slackers they would be in the army, like the twenty four others of my Bunch, who Volunteered, long ago and many of whom are in France now. And not many have any love, for Slackers- I knew I had a few Slackers, for they were also Sunday School Slackers, but I was surprised to find quite so many. Thelma took us for a little “joy ride,” to Davis” 1012 Polk and by her home. She sure is some, “speediest”. I got my picture in “Morning Capital” milking my old cow.
Mon.22 A very warm day. I washed a very large washing this morning and did my ironing this after-noon with out stopping for lunch. Fred’s mail heavy and he did not get home at noon. Mr. Dennis came over this evening to show us a picture of the camp where Arthur is, or was, at Fr. Sam Houston, Texas. Arthur is at Camp Mills, now enroute to France. Johnny Miller came in too, this evening and brought Helen Rolley and we had a very happy little visit. We miss our boys.
Tues.23 Another warm day- canning some very fine tomatoes. Fred and I went to Orpheum this evening to see Geo. Cohan in “Hit the Trail Holiday” and it was “great”. We enjoyed it immensely, comedy and all.
Wed.24 A wee bit cooler after a very heavy rain about 1 o’clock last night. Uncle George VanOrsdol came over to see me this morning, he is mighty spry for 81 yrs, yet seemed tired this morning. Sweet, pretty, Thelma Houston, ran in a moment about 5 o’lcock this afternoon: I love all the Boys “girls”
Thurs.25 Hot and sticky tho’ cool nights, thank goodness. Been writing letters all day. Busy every moment.
Fri.26 Hot and hotter. Baked rotten bread today have to use so much substitute and flour bad.
Sat.27 O today has been a hot one, and I canned tomatoes and made Crabapple jell and jam- and too tired tonight to go for a swim and that means, some tired.
Sun.28 The day has been hotter than any words can express- unbearably hot – scorching, as tho’ from the furnaces of Gehema. We went to the United Presbyterian Sunday School this morning, at 8th and Topeka Ave. The first ones there- than came their Pastor and wife- young folks and most pleasing- his first Pastorate- and we liked them, very much. A small S.S- of teachers, officers and pupils present, less than one hundred- but wide awake and up to date. Mr. Ramsay Supt. We were in a “mixed” adult Class, taught by Mr. Thompson in the absence of Dr. Stewart, its regular teacher: we were most cordially received and felt quite at home, because of a number of acquaintances there and altogether was so favorably impressed we hated to leave after S.S. to go to our own church for preaching, but felt it was our duty, since Bro. Burkes was preaching his last sermon, before leaving for France to do “Y”. work in War. And it was a good Sermon on “Cups of blessing”. Bro. Burkes came here to a church, torn to pieces- a flock without a Shepherd for nearly a year: thro’ agonizing hardship, he has us on our feet- built up a good congregation, fills the church on the hottest Sundays; no other minister ever did it. And at his going, we will fall again. But our boys over there need him and he deserves to go and may God bless his going. Mona Wiede and Frances Scott called this evening- Also a good, snappy thunder storm which cooled us to coldness.
Mon.29 Cool and fine after our snappy little thunder storm last night almost a windstorm too broke many branches on trees and finished blowing down our old peach tree on North side of house. Melvern Pribble and his mother called this afternoon and I took pictures of them- Melvern is home on furlough, to see his new baby son, born July 27- he makes a handsome soldier and said he was going to make a good soldier-I hope he does. Fred and I, went to Orpheum, this evening to see Dorothy Dalton in “Love me”-good- also War pictures were good, especially the U.S. Navy at Great Lakes. After the regular picture, instead of “Comic” there was a Troupe music of which was excellent- dancing, rotten. From Orpheum we went to “Y.M.” to Farewell Reception for Brow. W.W. Burkes- a pleasant time, but “Good byes” are not pleasant. After Reception Mr. & Mrs. S.J. Hodgins brought us home in their car, and it was almost mid-night, after a hard days work for I both washed and ironed today and Fred’s mail so heavy not home to dinner.
Tues.30 Very fine cool day – And a busy day too. I baked a lovely cake, and made ham sandwiches and went this evening to Gage Park to Picnic, given by we wives for our Mail Carrier husbands- about 80 present and good time. The Lormmassons, brought us home in their car. Uncle Marian Van Orsdol was here to dinner today and most of afternoon. Carl Swanson called too.
Wed.31 Pleasant day, but warming up. Busy with all sorts of work, today. Mrs. W. Amos came in this morning with some of her husbands “Campaign Cards,” for me to use in soliciting “Votes”. And this evening Mr. Theo. Boyd came with some of his, asking me, to give him, my support. I’m so tired of Politics, but folks wanting “Office” give me no rest at Election time, because at one time I was “somewhat” of a worker, but too hard work, I’m quiting it.
Thurs.1 Hot, O, My! Just, burning! Scorching!! Fierce!!! I spent most of morning, trimming and tying up, my tomato vines- cut-worms are bad, but my “ponderosa’s” are a wonder- we ate one for Supper last night weighing 2 lbs and 2 oz. The average about a pound each. I canned a half Bushel this morning. Heavy mail so Fred not home at noon.
Fri.2 Yesterday was hot, but today, O, My! 102 ° with a blistering hot wind from the South. Cleaned the whole house and baked some “fair” bread. Our flour is all so full of “substitute” and we have to use so much more, that no one never can make good bread any more. If Hoover did not think it necessary for him to be trotting around over Europe just now at expense of the Government, I would write him in protest against the Millers filling the flour with substitutes- it is a very unfair deal. But our Big men (?) all feel they must take a peek at the War. John Keating Katherine Harmon, Ed Jones & Betty Harmon here this evening.
Sat.3 August? Yes! August red hot and sizzling 109° today, and a burning, blistering wind with it- burning up a magnificent corn crop all over the State; everything is burning up. I did my usual baking and preparations for, “keeping the Sabbath Day Holy”. Very busy all day. We wanted to go for a swim this eve, but too hot.
Sun.4 Almost as hot as yesterday with same burning wind. We visited the English Lutheran Sun. School this morning at 5th & Harrison- Have a woman Superintendent and she puts things thro’ with a virn- so no drag- no drowsiness. A small S.S. but very ernest, very businesslike most cordial- even brought their little children up an introduced them and each was very sweet and gracious in acknowledging, with a hand shake, the introduction. Mrs. Maggart the Pastor’s wife, taught the Matron’s class and is a good teacher: in this Class, every Sunday they take up a “penny Flower collection” and a “penny Missionary collection”. I liked their songs very much- were very musical, and every one sang- use the Pentecostal Hymns #5 & 6. We knew several of the members but all were so cordial, made us want to stay with them. We went to our own Church for preaching and heard a good sermon by Rev. Percy Atkins. Bob Simpson called this evening. Roger McKiddy this afternoon.
Hot August 1918 Hot
Mon.5 A fierce day- hot air, but wind, blowing and burning everything up. I washed this forenoon ironed this afternoon- mail heavy and Teddy not home to dinner. Got four letters from War today from Harry Davis, always jolly and looking on the best side, from Frank and Earl Bruce and Chas. Clements Frank sent me his picture and told of Ketchum being hurt and I’ll bet he is wounded all seem happy and are glad they are “Over there”.
Tues.6 And still the wind blows hot as from the furnaces of the devil, himself – the sun shines down hot from a cloudless sky and we can hardly live thro’ it, but we are thankful for cool nights so we can sleep and rest. Cousin Frank Van Orsdol called a moment this morning in his new Car- “Oakland six”. Mr. Washburn came after dinner and took me and neighbor Bettis to the Primaries to Vote- on W-6th – Hartsock. Got word today, Omar Ketchum shot in right hand- shrapnel.
Wed.7 Still, hot and hot winds- can’t work. Wrote letters all day to my Soldier boys.
Thurs.8 Very hot and very windy- last night our first hot night- did not sleep well. Every day good news from the War front Germans on the run thank goodness.
Fri.9 My! My!! My!!! Will Winter never send us a bit of a cool breathe in advance I canned a half Bu. of tomatoes, this morning from our vines and wrote a few letters to my beloved Soldier Boys, across the Sea; O this awful War.
Sat.10 And still the days burn one up- burn,! Scorch!! Blister!!! ‘til one can scarcely endure I went to town this morning to pay our regular monthly Bills. Bought seven yards of “Shirting” to make Fred some new shirt waists and had to pay 35¢ per yard- before the War I got better material for 12 ½ ¢ Some day the War will end- every day, now comes good news from the Battle front, in France.
Sun.11 Another extremely hot day. Fred stayed home to rest. I went to S.S. and Church, at the little “Anti-Organ”, Christian Church, out near 6th and Polk St. I was the first one there, and as I stepped inside the little, cool, quiet, church, it seemed like a place of real worship- a place where one seemed to actually feel, the presence of Christ. There were but three S.S. Classes- children, young folk and older people- all mixed classes. Singing was excellent led by young Mr. Rousch. Ms. Bailey acted as Supt Mr. Draper is Pastor and fairly good- no “fuss or feathers” Fred & I alone today and evening so very hot.
Mon.12 Another very hot day. I washed and ironed as usual- Fred came home to dinner- our cow is “off feed” and giving no milk- been feeding her too heavy, of “Rabbit” Alfalfa, for such hot weather.
Tues.13 Very, very hot. Cut out some new shirts today for Fred. We went to the Orpheum, this evening to see War pictures and Fairbanks in All good and we enjoyed it all very much. When we got home, we found Ralph Davidson and wife had been here and left, for us, one of their Bridal Pictures.
Wed.14 Very hot- making Fred new shirt waist, Uncle Marian Van Orsdol, came out this evening to Supper and to stay over night- Had good shower this evening. Had a splendid letter , this evening from Scott Brown Lueenstown Ireland: and we had been hungry to hear from him. He was a favorite with us all.
Thurs.15 Most awfully hot. Very busy, sewing on Shirt waists. Uncle Marian Van, came this evening to stay over night. Jennie Remington came in for the evening.
Sun.18 Another “boiling hot” day, and my good husband, I commanded to stay home, out of the heat, and just stay in bed and rest. I got up, fed chickens and cow, milked got my Breakfast then walked over to the Westmionster Church to S.S. Visited the “mixed” class of Mr. Fisher whom I liked, tho’ he taught, more like a man preaching a sermon- 14 in Class- 12 women, two men. 176 present in whole Sun. School- no young men- few old ones two, very small Classes, of Junio boys, taught by men. A Service flag showed where 45 fellows were. Mr. Fischer introduced me to his Class, who was very cordial in greeting Hazel [XXXXX] told me at noon, that Ernest Shelden and Helen Williams were married last night- this after noon they came out to see us and I took pictures of them. Have known Ernest
Ever since he was born- saw hime when only a few hours old. Helen is very beautiful but she a tiny thing. I wonder how she can be a “help mate” Florence Penwell, Mina Atchison, Edith, Cecil and Mrs. Shelden, also came in this afternoon.
Mon.19 Scorching hot, but half the forenoon was cloudy, so cooler- I washed and ironed as I always do on Monday. Mail heavy and Teddy not home to dinner. Received a letter from one of my boys, Otis Young, “somewhere in France”. Mr. Jease Henderson came up at noon to ask Fred to be a Pall bearer for Mrs. Henderson who died Saturday evening of Cancer of Stomach- only in bed two weeks, tho poor health for several years.
Tues.20 An extremely hot day. Fred home, having a day of Vacation to act as Pall bearer at funeral of Mrs. Jesse Henderson, an old neighbor, and a most excellent woman. We went to the funeral at 9:30 A.M. at Lowman Church. Fred and I went to town this afternoon to do a bit of shopping. Mr. Dennis father of Arthur, came over this evening bringing a letter from Arthur, who is in Paris, France and later, Mr. & Mrs. J.T. Davis with Louise and some friends, drove out, bringing some lovely letters from Harry also from Mrs. Chaplain and an excellent picture, for us, to see.
Wed.21 Every day a scorcher, and I have “scorched” today more than any time, for a month. This evening Frances Dolan and Ethel Caster, two mighty sweet girls, called, and later Mr. L.M. Penwell and Florence, and Mrs. Gustairson, came out and took us for a car ride in a fine big Auto. Went out to Mission Grange- Full Moon- beautiful evening and enjoyed the lovely ride. Home at 10:30
Thurs.22 Most awfully hot, yet I wrote letters most all day. Had a good rain or shower this afternoon and a big rain, this evening, for which we are most thankful, tho too late to help crops any.
Fri.23 Fine and cool today- at least compared with all the days for a month past- for weeks never below 100°. I printed pictures, all morning and went to Mrs. H. Benner’s 709 Lincoln, this afternoon to C.W.B.M. Aux. Div. #1, of which I am Treasurer. This evening, Mona Wiede and Frances Scott of Christ Hospital, Carrie Wiede and Mrs. Marie McDonald came in for the evening- Boys all away to War, we have only girls now, but they are just as dear.
Sat.24 The day has been pretty warm, but not hot Very busy all day, with my usual “Sat. Sun”, work and mending, cleaning, and “odds and ends “of work”.
Sun.25 A fine morning, but hot day. I left Teddy in bed to sleep and rest. I milked cow, fed, took care of chickens got my Breakfast, dressed and walked over to Cent. Long. Church to S.S. and preaching service Mr. Goldsmith the Pastor acted as Supt. 281 at S.S. I was in the old ladies class, taught by Mrs. Wise-Lesson was not much touched on- was more of a discussion of War, Patriotism and a sermon last Sun. eve by Harry Phillips returned missionary who preached most indiscreetly and is under arrest, for disloyalty- most of the women in Class were for Phillips, saying Newspapers, misconstrued his meaning and anyway, sounded very differently as he preached it. This afternoon Edwin Jones and John Keating came out and this evening came Mona & Carie Wiede and Dorothy Reddick.
Mon.26 A coolder day. I washed and ironed as usual. Teddy’s mail heavy and he did not get home at noon. Cousin Eugene Van Orsdol & Wife of Herrington, came for a call at noon- I had never seen her before, but liked her very much.
Tues.27 Another fine day but warming up. Edwin Jones Betty Harmon, John Keating and Katherine Harmon came out for the evening to talk up, a trip to Paxico for “Labor Day”, since so many boys have gone to War we can’t have our usual Camp this Year.
Wed.28 Cooler yet its awfully hot. I wrote letters all day to my “Sunday School, Soldier Boys”, who are “Some where in France”. My beloved boys, too brave to be “slackers”. Jack Miller, just home from a trip to Yellowstone Park, called this morning and Carl Swanson called this afternoon- both, boys of 19, who, come in the “18 to 45” Draft, Fine boys too. Fred and I went to Orpheum this evening to see War pictures and “Old Wives for New” which teaches agood lesson, yet seems to uphold, divorce. So I don’t see the good of such a picture- I have read the Book, which is “nasty”- wouldn’t have it in house.
Thurs.29 Hot and very windy- I went to town this morning, shopping. We plan to go to Paxico for two days, if Mr. Strowig will let us in, on the old Camp grounds: Just two or three boys and a few girls to stay over Sun & Mon. John Keating, Edwin Jones and Jack Miller out for a call and later Jack brought Katherine [XXXXX] out for the evening.
Fri.30 Has been another very hot day- so hot I cannot get up any ambition-my! I’ll take the stove (Winter) in preference to the Electric fan (Summer) any time. Have been very busy all day. Called off our trip because so few could go.
Sat.31 Very fine and cool- very cool- sudden change. My good husband, home all day having a Vacation. I baked cleaned and very busy all day. John Keating and Edwin Jones came out this morning to talk over the “abandoned” camp trip. Got card from Mr. Strowig saying becaucse of low water, letting no one in.
Sun.1st A fine day, fairly cool. We visited the First Methodist S.S. this morning- a big, wide awake School with plenty of equipment. A few Classes of boys, in the Intermediate Dept. but as all Schools these awful days, it was mostly girls. Fred and I, were taken to visit a Woman’s Class taught by a man- Lawyer. John Marshall- S.S. opened with little ceremony: John Abranis Supt. 481 present. We went over, to our own church to preaching Service and Bro. Burke, (soon to go to France) preached a fine Sermon. We spent evening with Mr. James Herriott 1172 Washburn- Hard Rain.
Mon.2 A fine day, tho’ warming up. I washed this morning and Fred, home on Vacation, mowed weeds and cleaned up, the yard. It being “Labor Day” we went to the Matinee at the Iris, to see the War pictures and Chas. Ray in a “9 o’clock town”. And this evening we went to bed early to get a good nights rest- days are strenuous.
Tues.3 “Showery and cool”. Fred & I went to town this morning to pay “Bills” and “shop” I got a new pair of shoes and paid $7.50 for them. Then we went to Dr. Custinger’s where I had my eyes tested and glasses changed. This evening, we went thro’ the rain, to the Orpheum to see Lillian Gish and [XXXXX] [XXXXX] in the great Love. We took Frances [XXXXX] with us. We all enjoyed the Picture very much- the War pictures of the Play, especially Aeroplanes and Zeppelins were very very fine, and actual scenes of War. Rained very hard.
Wed.4 Cool, cloudy. Mr. Isenhauer came this morning to paper, for us, the Dining room, Sitting room and Parlor. About noon one of my boys, Billie Badger Kellogg or rather, Wm Pitt Kellogg II, home on 20 days Leave from Annapolis, came out to see me; He looked fine, but is same old Billy boy, despite his swell looks and I was most awfully glad to see him.
Thurs.5 A splendid day. Fred worked most of day putting a cement floor in the Hen-house and I cleaned the three newly papered rooms and am bringing a fine “order, out of chaos”- helped Fred, a wee bit, too with his job- he works hard but does not know how to plan. We both got thro’ at 5 o’clock, then went to the Kelley’s and drove with them, out to Brown’s, North of Reform School, for grapes. We picked them ourselves and got them for 5 ½ cents per lb. Lovely “Worden” grapes, very sweet. A beautiful evening and the drive in their Auto was a real treat and so restful after hard days work. We got a Bu. of grapes. Mr. T. Sheard and Mr. [XXXXX] called after we got home,
Sat.7 A fine day, but quite warm. I worked very hard, all day, cleaning; and staining the floors, and tonight at 9:30 I’m thro’ with the “House Beautiful”. Fred went to town this morning, to buy a suit of clothes and fooled away all morning, with no result. I sent him back after Supper, and he got a nice suit for $33.00 at Voiland’s, looks fine on him. I received letters from Arthur Dermis & Earl Bunce today: two of my beloved S.S. boys, “somewhere in France”, War is cruel.
Sun.8. A fine day, really cool enough for a wrap. We went to our own Sun. School and church, this morning and took with us, Mrs. Hamilton of Bartesville, Okla. Here to visit her daughter, Mrs. L. Remington. Bro. W.W. Burkes preached for us again today, another good Sermon. This afternoon we picked the grapes, from the stems, and scalded them so they would keep: not “Sunday work” but was afraid they would sour before tomorrow. Billy Kellogg was at Sun. School this morning and since I have no Class I took him and visited Mrs. King’s Class of girls. Lucille Maguire came out for a Call, in the later afternoon- a mighty sweet, pretty, girl.
Mon.9 Fine and cool. I washed, ironed, made grape marmalade and canned grape juice. Fred went to work this morning after a week’s Vacation. I sure “earned my salt” today.
Tues.10 A fine day. We awakened this morning to find uncle Marian Van Orsdol, had slept all night on our front Porch- he had come down from Manhattan and attended the Fair, came out to the house about mid-night and finding the couch and rugs on porch, slept on them rather than awaken us. He went to the Fair again after Breakfast and came back this evening to stay all night. Fred’s mail heavy and not home to dinner. I worked so hard yesterday, could not do much today. Had quite a rain this evening. We bout a load of Alfalfa today from Harry Eddy for $25.00 Ton.
Wed.11 A splendid day. I baked some splendid bread today and had a busy forenoon but did not feel well, so laid down all afternoon.
Thurs.12 A great big fine day, tho’ got pretty warm. I have been very busy all day. Uncle Marian came out this evening to stay all night with us. All business closed today, and everybody went to the Fair, except the mail carriers- Postmaster Rigby refused to let them off this afternoon, so they could go, but he went- he would not work, but made the Carriers work: he is a brutal, selfish, conceited taskmaster and some day, will will most surely reap the hardship and trouble he causes others.
Fri.13 Another nice day. Am busy all the time. Cleaned the whole house, baked two fine, “lemon cream” cakes, made a new Service Flag and an “Honor Roll” with all my boys pictures, and put them up on the wall, today and tonight gave a “good-bye Party” for Midshipman, William Pitt Kellogg II, whom we used to call “Billy Badger”. Billy has been in school at Annapolis for 16 months- is home on “Leave” and returns Sunday. We had a jolly, little, Party tonight, but there were not many here, as most of the boys are away to War, and no one has any “Pep” for Parties, these dreadful times Keene Saxon brought Florence Penwell, Edwin Jones, Robert Simpson, and Billy Kellog came without girls- Sicily Allison, & Nancy Boone came together, Mina Atchison came alone, Margaret Rust and Lucille Crane- Haass, came together. Mona Wiede and Frances Scott came together from Christ Hospital and only stayed a short time. The whole affair was very sad to me- I wanted to cry all evening and there was such a lump of tears in my throat I could not take any of the refreshments: I could only remember my other beloved boys away to War.
Sat.14 Very busy all day, cleaning up the house and doing my usual “Sat. Sun”. work. The Papers are full of good reports of the War.
Sun.15 Rainy, “sunshine & showers” all day. We went to our own Sun. S. and Church this morning as Bro. Burkes preaches us his last Sermon before leaving for the War. Edwin Jones and John Keating came out for the afternoon Two- mighty fine- fellows and we used to have the home full of them; of mighty fine fellows.
Mon.16 A fine day and evening, tho’ we felt frost in the air, this morning and imagined (?) we saw a wee bit, and Papers say we had a “wee bit”- our first. I washed and stayed up tonight until midnight to do my ironing- Have been so interrupted all day. Mr. Jesse Henderson came early this morning to say good bye, as he goes to Atchison to make his home with Carl. Mrs. Lovall brought her knitting and came and spent the afternoon, and sweet, little, Carrie Wiede came in for the evening. Surely this was my “busy day”.
Tues.17 A most splendid day. I went to town this morning shopping- bought me a navy blue, Poplin, Suit and paid $37.75 for it, an outrageous price, but what is one to do? This afternoon, I went to Mrs. Lee Monroe’s to a Board meeting, of the Good Government Club. Mrs. L. Gandy was made Treasurer in place of Mrs. Norman Keller who resigned. Mrs. Emma Sells- Marshall was present in a very pretty new suit, and looked expensive.
Wed.18 Another fine, tho’ a cooler day: I had to go down to Pelletier’s this morning to get my dress fitted. We read, good War News, now, every day, in the papers. God is blessing the sacrifices of the Nations, with splendid Victories against the Huns.
Thurs.19 A splendidly, cool day- such a relief from the heat; I went to a meeting of the Good Government Club this afternoon at Y.W.C.A. I am its President and not much, need be expected of the Club, during my term of Office, as, because of jealousies, I must always keep drawn back with in myself, like a tortoise in its shell- if I personally, make to much of a fight, for any good thing, there are those who would quickly dump, my good husband out of a job, and we have got to live, so I must work very humbly, and quietly, within bounds. Well, we had a goodly meeting, this afternoon and “Voted aye” on some very good things- One “against german being spoken anywhere outside of their own homes” another, “To employ the wives of Soldiers, -who are capable- as teachers, in our schools.” When I came home this evening I hastened to feed and milk the cow and prepared Supper for my good Teddy, then while he ate, I hurried, to finish putting more stars and triangles on the church Service Flag and without Supper myself, Teddy and I hurried to Prayer meeting at the Church, where Bro. Burke, preached his good bye Sermon and was pleased to see a Triangle on the Service Flag for him.
Fri.20 Such a grand, glorious, Autumn day. A very busy morning- this afternoon- I went to Mrs. Lanning’s, 1421 Jewell Ave, to C.W.B.M. meeting of my Aux, Division #1. Only five present and did not have the Lesson. Mrs. King took Mrs. Graham and I, to Mrs. Coustables’ 701 West St. where we both turned over monies, then Mrs. King took Mrs. Benner and I, on down town to Pelletier’s where I got my new dress, and came home, on street car.
Sat.21 Mr. C.b. Hypes and Mrs. SchoLes were married today in Kan. City.
Quite a frost this morning and ice and a splendid day. Very busy all day. Helen McCahan and “Slim” Van Hook called about 11 o’clock- hadn’t seen wither of them all Summer. I took pictures of them. Our nights are glorious with a big fine Harvest moon.
Sun.22 A splendidly, fine day. We went to Sun.S. and Preaching at First Presbyterian Church this morning. We sat in the Orchestra Class taught by Rev. Hart and enjoyed his talk very much- we were a little, late all having gone to Classes when we arrived. Orchestra has seven Violins (6 are girls) cella Helen Leeper and “drums” a girl, Bass Viol, boy. 285 present. Ten teachers and 81 pupils tardy. Collection $18.56. Saw so many good friends and a number of our girls. Also Florence McGord and her Soldier lover, whom she is to marry in next ten days. Rev. Estey preached one of finest Sermons I ever heard, 11, chap Heb. “Slim” Van Hook, Jack Miller and Helen Rolley called this evening.
Mon.23 A splendid day. I washed, ironed and “cleaned” today. And my good husband got home to dinner at noon. We went to Orpheum this evening to see Hayakawa in “The City of Dim faces”. Splendidly acted, but too tragic, however it taught a good lesson, that each should marry in their own Race. The War pictures were splendid- best we have seen.
Tues.24 Cousin Belle Van Orsdol married today to Gene Strimple in Manhattan Ks. A good day; War, “news” grow better every day- hope our boys and the Allies, soon put the finishing touches to the dirty Huns. Wrote letters all day to my boys, my beloved Sun. School boys “Over There”
Wed.25 Another beautiful day, and I stayed indoors, to write letters, to my beloved boys, “Somewhere in France- wrote all day. It is a joy to read the papers, these times, for our boys and the Allies are winning such glorious victories over the accursed Huns- O that the Hun race, might be annihilated.
Thurs.26 A grand day tho’ got pretty warm. Just about noon, I was most happily surprised by a call, of one of my fine boys, who has been absent from City for number of years- Herbert Tucker, now of St. Louis. He and little neice and Helen Rutledge came out. I was so surprised and so pleased to see him- he is just the same old “Tuck.”
Fri.27 Mr. Dennis came in this evening with good letters from Arthur Very warm, windy, “whippy whirly”, blowy, day. I put in another day writing letters and still have many more to write, so much writing almost gets on my nerve, tho’ I love to write to my beloved boys: its just confining.
Sat.28 Summer almost gone- and the days so beautiful now that the hot ones, are over. Very busy, cooking, cleaning, and writing more letters. Fred is sick with cold and sore throat poor fellow. I gave his throat a good rubbing with C. oil. Florence McGord and Liet. Roy Johnson were married this evening.
Sun.29 A most splendid day. I was up early, to feed, milk, take care of cow and chickens- ate Breakfast alone, rubbed Fred’s throat and chest good, with camphorated oil, then dressed and went to Sun. School and church. And today, I turned aside, into the byways of the City and went to a little, red,-brick, Church around the corner at 10th & Clay- the Reformed Presbyterian. I was early, and was no one present, when I stepped inside the little, quiet, house of God; but in the hushed stillness I felt God was there, in that plain, humble, unobtrusive place of worship and I knew my prayers would be heard of him there as graciously as tho’ sent up from a more pretentious place. And I did pray, there in the quiet, and alone, prayed with all my heart, soul and very being, for my splendid boys across the seas- O- God keep them everyone, bring them safe home again. Perhaps fifty people were in the little S.S. I knew not any, but met and sat beside Mrs. Will Finck, Mrs. McClelland, who introduced me to Rev. Taggart and wife; The lesson was Review, and given in most excellent way, by Rev. Taggart. They have a woman Supt. And things went with a vim. I stayed for preaching services and Rev. Taggart who is very young, did quite well Found, Herbert Tucker and Helen Rutledge, at home when I got there- Had a nice visit with them, took their pictures, then Tuck
Said “goodbye” to go back to St. Louis and into the Army. Mr. E.V. King and Mr. Robinson of the church, called after dinner to get church pledge. Carrie Wiede, Dorothy Reddick and cousin Miss [XXXXX] came out for the afternoon and I took their pictures. Luther Davis came in and spent evening with us- he is a dandy boy, we think. Poor Teddy is feeling much better this evening after another camphorated-oil, rub. He was not able to go to Sun.S. and church today.
Mon.30 A very cool morning and very cool wind all day. I washed and ironed as usual, and picked from stems a half Bushel of wild fox grapes, I bought of Mrs. Bettis for 50¢ and not worth the money. But everyone seems to “hold me up” that sells me anything. Fred is quite himself again: his mail was very heavy and did not get home to dinner at noon.
Tues.1 A splendidly beautiful day. Fred was to have the day off, so we did not get up early, and had late breakfast, then Fred was called to go to Office and to work at 8:30 and it sure “made me tired”. But he went, and got thro’ fine. We went to Orpheum this evening to see Katherine Williams and Elliott Dexter in “We can’t have everything”, but really Wanda Hawley, was best of all the Players. War pictures not very good.
Thurs.3rd One grand day, tho’ it got pretty hot. Fred home today, having one day of Vacation. We went to town this morning to do some shopping and pay our usual Bills. And we both had our “glasses” changed at Dr. Cutsinger’s. We got home late and had a late dinner, then went to Roses’s for more groceries- bought a Ham (Swifts Premium) 17 pounds ost $6.05 outrageous price- War profiteering, nothing else.
Fri.4 Another beautiful day. Fred working today and I wrote letters to my Sunday School Soldier Boys. “Over There” And it looks as if our writing will son be over- for we can see the end, in the near distance- the germans are “licked”; Old Kaiser Bill needs a bump or two yet.
Sat.5 Better day than yesterday, but dry and hot- need rain. Baked, cleaned, wrote letters and put in a full day. War news gets better every day; some pleasure in reading papers now, except for the long, “Casualty-List”.
Sun.6 A fine day tho’ rather warm. We walked down to S.S. and church this morning, stopping on our way at Mr. Bunce’s 808 Clay St. to take a Kodak picture of him for his boys “Somewhere in France”- also of Fire Dept. at #4 Fire Sta. Blanche Pittinger walked with us to S.S. or part of way. Mr. & Mrs. John Rumfen, Ernie and Helen Shelden, and Luther Davis, came in for the evening. But O, we miss our boys, my S.S. boys. Our new Pastor Rev. Schell preached this morning: Hebrew 10:22-25.
Mon.7 Another very fine day. Wrote letters and began a Service Flag which I shall present to the good government Club of which I am President. I prepared a basket lunch and went to the Church this evening, to our Annual Meeting. Fred went to the Church, from his work and met me at Street Car, 6th & Topeka Ave. There was a goodly crowd at the Church a good a good Supper, and a good time. Our new Pastor and family were present- Ron & Mrs. Schell, each made a little talk as did Dr. Smith and the Bride, Rose Scholes- Hypes. Then came Election, of Elders and Deacons- Fred was re-elected a deacon. Also had reports of all Depts’. We got home at 11 oclock two sleepy kids. Had a hard rain last night- thunder storm.
Wed.9 A warm, half cloudy. Day. I walked down to 1220 Polk St. this afternoon to call on Mrs. Theo. Clements, the mother of one of my boys, “Over there”- I took a “snap-shot” of her to send him. I had never met nor seen her before- a very pleasant little lady. Our school, churches, theatres etc, all closed today at noon because of the Influenza epidemic- not bad yet, just afraid it will be, so this wise precaution. My sister Mary Gilbert, is 50 years old today. Fred Brackett is 21 today. Wilma Farnsworth is 19 today. Busy sewing stars on Service Flag for Good Government Club today.
Thurs.10 A pretty autumn day, with the gold and brown, in the falling leaves, but so busy with my indoor affairs I have hardly had time to glimpse thro’ the windows, the beauties of Autumn. Working on the G.G. Club Service flag, and writing letters to my boys.
Fri.11 Another pretty day, all shimmery, Indian Summer. Finished the Service Flag and did many “odds and ends” of work. “War news” better every day. German’s are “licked” but the stubborn brutes, won’t give up; need a little more beating and will sure get it. I don’t want any Peace except that brought by a thoro’ beating and no Armistice. Let our Yankee boys, keep them on the run, until they give up.
Sat.12 Another fine day- O who would not live in sunny Kansas, with her lovely Indian Summer Autumn’s. Baked and cleaned and worked hard all day.
Sun.13 A most beautiful day, tho’ little cool. We could not go to S.S. or Church today, because everything is closed on account of the Influenza, which is very bad here- some 400 cases and few deaths. We had a very quiet restful day at home. Dorothy Reddick and cousin, a Miss Elbrader came in this afternoon. My boys are all in Army.
Mon.14 A fine “Indian Summer” day. I washed and ironed and cleaned up the house. Fred home to diner. War news, better every day, but also the casualty lists, are longer, and America is losing many of her fine young men- War hell? Yes a million hells. Influenza growing every day.
Tues.15 Another grand day, warm as Summer. Mona Wiede and Florence Penwell came out this afternoon. I took their pictures. I have sewed most all day, making sheets towels, napkins etc out of my cotton feed sacks- some splendid muslin in the sacks and cotton is very high, scarce and badly needed for War purposes, so to conserve I am using my feed sacks, for underclothes and household uses.
Wed.16 Such a grand day, would like to have gone out and walked far into the country, but instead I stayed in and sewed all days, making things of coarse cotton feed- sacks, that before the War I would not have thought possible to use- too coarse; now I’m glad to use them.
Thurs.17 A grand, half hazy, Indian Summer, day and I worked very hard all day. Rented and Electric sweeper from Mrs. John Keller (50 ¢ for ½ day) cleaned all my rugs, ripped and sewed some, cleaned whole house and put down rugs and everything is so fine, and clean tonight and house looks lovely. Fred’s mail very heavy and both very tired tonight.
Fri.18 Quite cool and a misty, drizzly, sprinkly, nasty sticky day. Had fire in the grate all afternoon. Div. #1, of C.W.B.M. Auxilliary met with me this afternoon and those who came were, Mrs. Hugh Benner, Mrs. E.V. King Mrs. Will Rogers and Mrs. C.A. Scott and Mrs. H. Lanning who received our book, “Woman workers of the Orient”.
Sat.19 Fog, mist, and a bit of real rain. Baked some =”B”= very lovely bread with potatoes and oatmeal Sub. Using about 70% wheat flour. Made apple pies, stewed a chicken, mended, and made some lovely new curtains for the hall. See in tonights paper that our church has had another wedding of the “freak” variety D.L. Carson, tall, boney, and peculiar, married wee little Mrs. E.E. Moore, nearly old enough to be his mother- Cupid does some queer “flip flops”.
Sun.20 A splendidly, beautiful, day. Everything in City is closed because of “Influenza” so we could not go to church, and were home all day. This afternoon Carrie Wiede Elma Stewart, Thelma Houston and Nancy Boone came out and I took their pictures. This evening Luther Davis Frances Scott, Mona Wiede, Miss Bennett and Miss [XXXXX] came out for the evening- the girls all nurses from Christ Hospital, and certainly full of the “old nick”, tonight. Luther is just over the “Flu” which is very bad in the city. Mr. Marian Shelden called this evening.
Mon.21 A most beautiful day. I washed and ironed as usual. My good Teddy got home to dinner today. War news better every day. Will soon have “Peace” I think, for the Brute germans are “locked” but to stubborn to give up.
Tues.22 Another fine day. Wrote a lot of letters beside going to town to “shop” this afternoon. Too busy for words.
Wed.23 Cloudy, Cool, and Showery. Ernest Shelden 21 yrs. Old today. =B.= I cleaned all the house, made six doz. Barley, drop-cakes and about three golden of cocoa, for I had asked 40 girls out this evening, to do some Red Cross work- “snipping” for fracture pads- to be sent to a Hospital in Paris, France. Because of the Influenza epidemic, most of the mothers would not let their girls come, so were only 23 who were fearless enough to come, but they made a house full. I opened all doors and windows upstairs, and all South windows downstairs and built a big, roaring fire in the grate and our ventilation was O.K. Because of the War, Topeka is a real “no-mans-land” and I knew no boys to ask them, but they all said, “nothing doing- nothing left but slackers and infants and we don’t want them,” so they came alone and it was a pitch dark night and raining some. Some of the girls had a long way to come, but American girls are getting use to “dateless” nights. They came, 23 of
Them, sweet and pretty and jolly, and I thought not a boy, could have made a choice among them, in the wide, wide world- they would have wanted them all and, gone to Utah to live. O, Solider boy, I tell you they were irresistible in their Red Cross uniforms.
But, can anyone imagine a “Doe Party” at my house? Well at first I could hardly hold back the tears, and a lump in my throat, hurt so, and just wouldn’t go away: and the girls too, at first, were of a “bluish” hue, but they looked thro’ the Class Books, at pictures of my beloved boys, and at their pictures on the “Honor Roll” which I have on the wall, then at the pictures of the boys, smiling down at them, from the top of the piano, and the pictures, brought memories of happy times and funny incidents of Camp and home affairs And soon they were all busy at work, and chattering away like a bunch of “Magpies” about this fellow and that one, and wishing the old Bunch were all here and planning good times, for “when the boys come marching home again”. O my Soldier Boys, could you but have stepped into the midst of that circle of girls, they were that hungry for a sight of my beloved Bunch- well, I would never have vouched for the life of one of them for with 23 pairs of arms, flung about one, My! ‘twould have been worse, than the largest Bon Constrictor ever brought out of the jungles of Africa. I asked the
Girls to come out, early, but as to going home early, not a girl left before 11 o’clock, and it so “pitchy” dark. Paul Harrison came out and took a “flashlight” picture, after which they danced a wee bit- some started the Victrola but “memories” of other days, gave every one the “blues”, so after playing just one piece- “Lil Liza Jane”- they closed the Victrola and put Betty at the piano and she played like one, “possessed”: first, in a most doleful manner, she doled out, “Abide with me” and I’m sure she was dreaming, of her, Soldier sweetheart, and the time when he would come home to “Abide with her” but the girls did not understand her dream, so raised a howl, and she changed to Saved by grace”, which she “dirged” out, most tragically- this brought a worse howl from the girls, and as a last resort to please, she thundered out, “Lohengrin’s Wedding March”, but how could any of the girls, step to that, with all the boys away to War, so in desperation, they dumped her from the piano bench and put [XXXXX[ there- she played some dance music, the girls closed their eyes, tried to imagine themselves “floating in the arms of their favorite Soldier boy”, for a dance or two, but the dream would not come true, they could get up no “Pep”, so gave it up. I had them sing the prayer, (sung here now, in all churches) “God save our splendid men, Bring them safe home again, God save our men. Make them victorious, patient an Chivalrous, they are so dear to us, God save our men”, as a tribute to my boys and I told them to think of what our boys, were going thro; for
Us, and to mean every word, with all their hearts as they sang; they began fine, but soon a voice, here and there grew weak, and down some cheeks, tears glistened and finally several left the room to cry. O my Soldier Boys if you could but realize the love and good wishes, in the hearts of all for you, America would not seem so far away. I’m sure there has never been a bunch of young folks so congenial, with such love and close friendship as exists between my beloved boys and their girl friends. I must record a joke, Adalaide played, on Sara D. and “Katharine of the Delodes”. The two girls were sitting in an open window, which fact was observed by Adalaide, and observing proceeded to have some fun- unnoticed by all, she left the room with Margaret and went upstairs, crawled thro’ an open window, onto the wet slippery roof of the porch laid down flat, hung her head over the edge, and whistled; immediately, Sara and Katharine, answered, thinking they were about to make a “date in this dateless” town. The whistling and answer, continued some moments, and since no one could tell, from whence it came, I told them they better quit, as it might be a nigger, across the street, so they closed the window, then Adalaide came down and told the joke and they were ready to pound her. They were a jolly bunch, a sweet, pretty bunch, but O we needed the boys- our Soldier Boys We can’t be just the happiest, without the old Bunch and we are praying for their safe
Home coming, after they have won Peace for us and the World. And so, ended happily my first “girls Party”- my lovely “Red Cross” girls, and these are they who came: Elma Stewart,Dola Forsgren, Marian McArthur, Verna Wise, Frances Scott, Mona Wiede, Florence Penwell, Lucille Maguire, Lillian Larson, Carrie Wiede, Sara Dwyre, Esther Forsgren, Katharine Harmon, Sicily Allison, Esther McArthur Helen McCahan, Aline Officer, Miss [XXXXX] from Harper, Ks. Betty Harmon, Helen Campbell, Katharine Harriet, (Katharine of [XXXXX]) Adalaide Tayler and Margaret Officer- lovely, lovely girls.
Thurs.24 A fine, sunny day. I cleaned up a very dirty house- I don’t believe my boys ever got the house as dirty as did the girls last night, but then “snipping” made lots of lint and ravelings. I wrote many letters today to my Soldier boys, to tell them of our Party and how we missed them.
Fri.25 A fine day; wrote letters all day- O my! Its work.
Sat.26 Round a steady down-pour all day-cold too. I baked as usual and wrote many letters.
Sun.27 Just one of those disagreeable days- cloudy half rainy, cold- we had fire in the grate all day. Carrie Wiede, Fred & Nan Brackett, Ernest & Helen Shelden Bob Simpson, and Cecil & Edith Shelden came in, in late afternoon. Fred to say goodbye as goes to Navy- great Lakes.
Mon.28 Cloudy and cool, but winds enough to blow my clothes dry, so I got to my ironing- Teddy home to dinner. War news says Peace is almost here.
Tues.29 So bright and sunny and beautiful. Autumn foliage is exquisitely beautiful, this Fall- every shade of bronze on the Spirea- Pear trees brilliant glossy red, Apricots are golden yellow as are the Elms Some of the Plums are tawny, some vivid green, Maples? How can one describe Autumn gorgeous bouquet of colors- one can only admire, words fail utterly of description. Received a letter today from Sergt. Harry Davis, written in Hargeville, France, on paper, taken from a dead german, when the Americans advanced into the Village of Varenines. Our boys who have been doing some hard fighting. Have been writing letters all day. Don Osborne called this afternoon to get the names, for our Church, “Honor Roll”.
Wed,30 A fine day. Wrote letters, again today, every spare moment of my time, to my beloved Soldier Boys
Thurs.31 Cold today. Writing letters all day- I wish I could write with both hands at once. Nancy Boone and Lillian Larson, called early in evening and Luther Davis. Hellen Campbell, Millard Stowell and Miss Bush came in for the evening. I have always had a Halloween Party for the Boys, but they are all away to War now.
Fri.1st A very pretty day. The day has been full of work, the evening full of the fun and happiness of young people. Robt. Simpson came out with pretty, little Agnes Wohler, who used to come out here, five years ago, before she left the City for several years residence in Utah. Luther Davis brought Nancy Boone, Flavius Burkett, Katharine Dolan, and Mr. Frank Leonard Lillian Larson. We had a very happy evening with our young folks. Bob is infatuated for the moment, with Agnes but it wont last long- perhaps a week, not over two.
Sat.2nd Another pretty day. Baking, cleaning, and very busy all day. This evening, Edwin Jones, and John Keating of the Washburn S.A.T.G. came in also Bob Simpson and his little butterfly, pretty Agnes Wohler, Luther Davis, Helen Campbell, Millard Stowall and Miss Bush. I never know when my young folks are coming- they come over when ever they take a notion for they know they are always welcome. They toss the rugs into a corner, start the Victrola and dance, til bed time, go home, and I put the rugs down again and we are always glad when they come again.
Sun.3 A fine day tho’ cool. Jack Miller, and Helen Rolly came out just about noon and I took their pictures. This afternoon Jack & Helen came again and with them, Ronald McGord, Margaret Pettyjohn, Bob Simpson and Frances Grote, and this evening they all came again, except that Bob brought Agnes Wohler. Ronald was fine in Uniform.
Mon.4th A very pretty day. I washed a large washing and ironed- was very busy all day.
Tues.5th A warm and very windy day. Election day, and I went early to the Polls to vote- Mrs. J. Bettis took Mrs. Tucker and me, with her, and drove to our voting place on W-6.th, and I voted straight for every Republican, praying they may all win. I went to town to Shop and pay bills, after voting. After dinner I went to Mrs. Irwin’s, 1012 West Street, to another voting place, where I gave out literature for the “War Work” Committee. A big full day of work and play.
Wed.6 A fine day- warm. Election Returns tell of a wonderful Republican victory all over the country- a regular landslide, and I am wondering what our “spineless” President thinks about it. He must think it looks as if he would not get to be Kaiser of America.
Thurs.7 Cold and rainy. And word came at noon or 11:30 that Peace had been declared, bells rang, guns were fired, people quit work and simply went crazy with joy. I was home alone, when I heard first whistle just before 1 o’clock but knew instinctively it meant “Peace” so hung out my flag and went down on my knees, and thanked God. Teddy did not get home to dinner, so I dressed
And went to town- the streets were a jam of “people and noise”; joyful, happy noise- noise made by every conceivable thing that noise could be pounded out of. The “Kaiser” was hung in effigy at 8th & Kansas Ave, and shot to pieces- and some one else had a “Kaiser” tied be-hind their automobile and dragged, kicked, beat, shot etc. It seemed impossible for the people to find ways enough in which to show their joy, over Peace declaration, and their hatred of the Kaiser, the fiend incarnate. And this evening we hear, that two speeding automobiles crashed together about 5 o’clock, at 7th & Topeka Ave and hurt many people, two among them, our lovely Katharine and Betty Harmon- a sad ending to a hilariously happy day. But tonight, the noise of a spontaneous, Peace demonstration, continues. We are staying at home however, content in the days happiness.
Fri.8 A beautiful day. Have been very busy all day, tho’ I went down to the church, this afternoon to Committee-meeting- David Owen, May Roberts, Don Osborne, Rev. Schell and myself. And now they tell us, there is no Peace- the announcement was premature. But I believe it is true. Our Harmon girls are both very low and little hope for their lives, due to the dreadful accident yesterday.
Sat.9th A very beautiful day. Have been baking, cleaning, mending all day. This afternoon, Jack Miller called with a friend; both Washburn S.A.T.C. boys.
Sun.10 A pretty good sort of day, but cold- we had a fire in the grate. The Influenza Ban was lifted last night at midnight and most churches had services today, but we did not go, because our church has been closed so long and is so poorly ventilated and no one know ban was to be lifted, in time to air it. Sara Dwyre called a moment today. Florence Penwell came out a while this evening to say “good-bye” as she leaves Tues. morning to make her home with her father in Los Angeles; evidently some trouble, somewhere, her leaving is so sudden. Luther Davis and Margaret Officer came out this evening; the big rocker was meant for two, when pulled up cozily, in front of an open grate fire.
Mon.11 A grand day, an ideal day, and World Peace at last- Germany has signed the “Peace” terms. At three o’clock this morning, or to be exact, 3:15, I was awakened by the blowing whistles, I knew it meant a fire in Santa Fe shops, or Peace, so I got out of bed to look at the clock and it was 3:15 which would be 9 o’clock in France; the germans were given until 9 o’clock, Nov.11, 1918 to sign the terms of Peace, or there would be no Peace so I knew the whistles were blowing for Peace bells rung, people shouting and a tremendous din every where- no more sleep but it
Was glorious to lie in bed and listen to the citys, expression of joy. When we got up I hung out “Old Glory”, the Tri-color and Union Jack. I did my washing as usual and cleaned up the house; Teddy was to be in the “Peace Parade” so hadn’t time to come home to dinner. I received a telegram from Elmo Madden (one of my old Sun. School boys) he would pass thro’ Topeka at 2:45 P.M. en route from Eugene, Oregon to Camp Taylor Kentucky, so I dressed and left house at 1:40 and walked the three miles to U.P. depot in North Topeka, His train was on time and held here a long time, blocked by the Peace Parade so that I had a fine visit with Elmo. Teddy left the Parade, at the depot and stayed with me to visit with Elmo- also Dewey Goddard an old Topeka boy, now of Calif. Enroute to Camp Taylor Sure was fine to see the boys again- both looked splendid. After the Parade and the boys had gone, Teddy and I walked back to Transfer Sta. 8th & Kansas Ave, where we waited for the Street cars, and rode home. All the cars quit running at 1 o’clock P.M. and began again at 4 o’clock A big, big parade, made up of everything imaginable noise and Bands and people- wholly indescrib-able- noise pounded out of everything that noise could be pounded out of : every kind of whistle and bells, strings of old tin cans whoops and howls and yells, big and little
Old and young, every color and nationality- and the streets jammed, going in every direction everyone hilariously happy because we licked the Kaiser- we helped with America’s best young men- flags, flags, flags, every where: O it was all wonderfully thrilling and wholly indescribable: began at 3 o’clock this morning and continued until mid-night, tonight Teddy and I, went to the Orpheum,- after Supper- to see the War pictures and see John Barrington and Lois Meredith in Movies thank God for Peace, and may it be an everlasting Peace.
Tues.12 Cold, cloudy. Writing letters today, tho’, most tooo happy to do anything but rejoice over Peace.
Wed.13 A rather nice day, but windy, I made a fine fruit-cake today, to send to one of my boys Earl Bunce, CO.A.110 Eng, in France. He has no mother, no sister, so sent his Christmas slip to me, and I sure feel highly honored; he asked if not too much bother, wouldn’t I make him a fruit cake- bother? Why who would not be tickled to death to be so honored. And I made the very best I could get material to make, and was 8 hours making it, because of many interruptions of Phone and Calls- Mrs. McEachron on “Boy Scout” work- Don Osborn Honor Roll work, Mrs. Remington and Bettis.
Thurs.14 Cold and rainy. I went to town after dinner and mailed a beautiful, three pound fruit cake to Earl Bunce in France- all they would allow me to send tho’ I made about 15 lbs. of cake. I iced it all over, white. I did a bit of shopping, bout an umbrella $3.00 at Palletiers then went to call at Mrs. Shelden’s on W-10-St, to see Mabel who has had an operation- Also called to see Mrs. J.T. Davis 1012 Polk (wasn’t home) to leave a bit of fruit cake for Harry’s Christmas-box and to leave a picture of Harry I had tinted- very pretty with the tinted flags.
Fri.15 Rained all day, but I went to a meeting of the C.W.B.M. at Mrs. E.V. King’s 1213 W-10-St. good crowd present and good time. Mr. Teddy Grose & Ethel Caster Luther Davis and Margaret Officer, came in for the evening.
Sat.16 Cold, gloomy day. I baked lovely bread, pies etc and put more stars on the church Service Flag. Worked all day hard. Jack Miller and a soldier friend MussereilLA (French) called this after noon- both S.A.J.C. boys at Washburn I had to do a bit of War Work canvassing, over phone and see Mrs. O. Coddington personally, but she would not give a cent- they are slackers alright, my! My!!
Sun.17 A cold, rainy, day. We went to S.S. and Church. This after-noon, Mrs. John White & Mrs. Claude Smith (Dr.) Jack Miller Helen Rolley, Bob Simpson, Bernice Heath, John Keating Miss Hoffman, were here and this evening Carl Swanson, Jack & Helen came- young folks bring Sunshine.
Mon.18 Sunny, but very cold wind. Fred home, having a day of “Vacation” to work at home- he made an Asbestos shield to put behind the heater and I “blacked” the heater and we put it up for the Winter .We started to build a “scratch” pew for our chickens, but didn’t get much done. A big, beautiful full moon tonight- a grand night.
Tues.18 A grand day. Fred working. I went to town this morning to do a bit of shopping, and pay our taxes which were outrageously high- over $35.00 Bought a new pink, georgette crepe, waist, $7.50 but did not fit well, so after dinner I took it back and exchanged for one that did. This evening Fred and I went for a call on the Dennis’ at 1030 Buchanan, then down to 315 W-15th to see our lovely Harmon girls who were badly hurt in the first Peace celebration- both girls are getting on fine. Katherine is the worst hurt, but Betty looks the worst.
Wed.20 Cold, mist and almost sleet. Very busy all day, mending- Carrie Wiede, spent afternoon with me.
Thurs.21 Not cold, but wet, sloppy, raining and snow showers, I went to “Y.W.” to a meeting of good government Club, this afternoon. Because of the “Flu” and stormy day, was only six present but we discussed some very important affairs- one thing at my suggestion, a new Transfer Station We need it.
Fri.22 A mighty nasty day, a rain, snow-storm. Very busy writing letters, mending etc. I spent two hours this morning, dyeing Fred’s coat-over coat- with Aladdin dye, or “Rit” and did a pretty good job- looks well.
Sat.23 Another day of “rain, snow-storm” but not cold. I put a new velvet collar on Teddy’s, overcoat, and did a lot of work, and a lot of writing, Busy, my! My!!
Sun.24 Cold, rain, snow, and sunshine0- just “Kansas in one of her moods”- I went to Sunday School this morning but came home, after. Fred stayed, home, just to rest a little. I red a letter to the S.S. this morning, from Hary Davis also a commendatory letter, from his Chaplain, Rev. Blackburn of 130 Field Artillary and received much applause- our church has been very slow to “take notice” of its members in the Service and I thought I would “wake them up”. This afternoon, Robt. Simpson, Frank Leonard, Luther Davis, Jack Miller, Helen Rolley Carl Swanson, Ann Bowerlin, Mona & Carrie Wiede came out and it seemed quite like old times. But tonight we sit by our “Inglesnook” alone.
Mon.25 Some more rain, snow, cold, tho’ my very large two weeks washing dried out doors- froze too. Teddy home to dinner. I went to C.W.B.M. Aux. at Mrs. W.H. Rogers 1193 College, this afternoon- good meeting.
Wed,27 Cold, cloudy and began raining about noon and grew much harder each hour of the day and at dark began snowing, heavy and hard. I have been so busy all day. Cousin Franklin Van Orsdol, came at noon and brought us a load of cobs as a present. He is his little Irish mother all over again. After dinner as I was dressing to go to Judge J.D. McFarlands funeral, one of my long-absent, boys, Walter Polley, came so I did not go to the funeral of Judge McFarland. Had such a happy visit with Walter. Teddy bought a young goose for Thanksgiving, today $2.80.
Thurs.28 Snowing when we awakened this morning, but by noon the sun was shining bright and warm and beautiful and took all the exquisite beauty from the trees fences and shrubs- everything was covered deep with soft, feathery snow, this morning and so wonderfully beautiful, I hated to see the sun come out and spoil it.
Thanksgiving Day and what a Day- While its wholly an American day, yet today the Whole wide, world should celebrate it, with us, for the most, brutally fiendish, of all the Wars of the Ages has come to an end, and we have Peace- great glorious, Peace, for which we thank God with all our very, being. Some way, I am dumb with thankfulness. I am so thankful, I cannot find words, to express myself. This evening, Edwin Jones, John Keating and their friend Kenneth Corbett, Robt. Sympson- Helen Leeper, John Carlson- Dorothy Leeper, Shelley Monroe and Sallie Slaughter came in for short calls. I roasted a fine young goose, ($2.80) and made pumpkin pies.
Fri.29 A splendidly fine day- all sunshine and blue sky. Fred’s mail heavy so not home to dinner. This evening Walter Polley, Blanche Pittenger, Robert Simpson and Luther Davis came in for the evening.
Sat.30 A perfectly grand day. Fred heavy mail- not home noon. Cara Finch- Jenkins came to stay over night. A very busy day for me- all kinds of work.
Sun.1st Most all day was dark and cold and chill and just on the verge of snow, then at 3 o’clock the sun burst thro’ the clouds, in warm golden sunshine and drove the clouds away and the day finished in a fine Winter glow at sunset. Cora Finch-Jenkens (an old school mate of Winfield) spent the day with me- and how our tongues “flew” in talk, of old times and old friends, of school-days, back in 18840=-85, in old Winfield, Kansas High School. This evening Cora went to Mrs. Kinsely’s for Supper and to stay over night. This afternoon Robt. Simpson, Frank Leonard, Merle Allton and Luther Davis came out. And this evening, Luther Davis, Helen Campbell, Ernest Shelden and wife Earl. Palmer and Lillian Huckle, and Merle Allton and Agnes Wohler came in for the evening and we had such a happy evening, around a cheery, grate fire. Miss Huckle played the piano beautifully and Luther and Helen kept the Victrola busy.
Mon.2 All golden sunshine and blue sky over- head, with a bit of snow and green-lawn, beneath the “make up” of a “Perfect Day” in Winter in Kansas. Mrs. Amos, called me Sat. to tell me, my, onetime friend “Jonesie” (Mrs. A.E. Jones) divorced, is married again- lives in Denver- has now two divorced husbands and living
One, or the present husband- well I hope she has a hood man, for she is a good woman, but there is no man living, that she can get along with. Mail heavy and Fred not home to dinner at noon. I spent the whole day writing- put off writing to write my Soldier boys.
Tues.3rd Another fine day, and we are thankful for every day of sunshine- the Flu rages, and everything is shut tight again: O we have some fine Officials in this old Town- some real “La-laLoo’s”, yeah! I have written letters all day, to my Soldier boys.
Wed.4 A most splendid day. I cleaned the whole house from top to bottom and wrote some letters too. I called on the Reynold’s, new neighbors on the north of us, too- there are 9 in family and seven of them in bed, with the Influenza. A boy of about 14 and girl possibly 18- are only ones up- I did not go in house of course, but offered to cook for them in my own home. This evening, Merle Allton Agnes Wohler, Art Saville, Elinor Ekert, Ronald McGord, Margaret Petty john Earl Palmer and Miss Dougherty came out and spent the evening with us, to dance and “make merry”. Everything is closed and there is no place for young folks to go so they came to we, old folks, and we are glad.
Thurs.5 A splendid Winter day; dry and warm and sunny- no need of fire, and all the house wide open. I cleaned up my house again today then “wasted” the rest of the day. I went to Mrs. John Tullock’s for a wool skirt, to give to Police Matron, Mrs. McGrath, who wants it for a poor, neglected girl in the Reform School. I got a pair of shoes from Mrs. L. Remington, a waist from Frances Finney, stockings corset hat, muff and a full suit from Mrs. Shelden 613 W-10-St. I have had a busy day yet to not fine time to do all I want to do, so feel as if I did little worth while.
Fri.6 A most pleasant day of sunshine. Mrs. Lee Monroe (Lilian Day Monroe) came out for the afternoon, and we put together, the blocks for another, wool convalescent robe, for a War Hospital- we got it about half done then Mrs. John Dawson came in and offered to help out and took our unfinished work home to finish it for me. Carl Swanson and John Keating came out for the evening.
Sat.7 Another fine day. Very busy with my usual baking cleaning, mending etc. Tinting some pictures too, of some of my Soldier Boys and girls.
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Sun.8 A fine day. “Nothing doing” anywhere in town- everything closed because of Flu. So we just put in a quiet day at home, and enjoyed it. This afternoon Ronald McGord, Robt. Sympson, Luther Davis, Frank Leonard, Margaret Officer and Jeanette Davis came out. I took picturses. And when no one came, by 9 o’clock this evening we went to bed, then Bob S. and Ron. Mc came with their girls, but we did not get up- they must come earlier.
Mon.9 A splendid day of sunshine but quite windy. I washed a very large two weeks washing and then ironed all afternoon. Heavy mail prevented Fred getting home to dinner. Mrs. John Dawson came in a moment this afternoon to bring the Clubs, knitted Hospital robe she had been working on.
Tues.10 A sunny morning, but cold and cloudy in after-noon. After dinner I walked over to Mrs. Robt. Maxwell’s 715 Horne for a call, but the children have “Flu”, so I could only visit a moment on the Porch then I walked over to 620 Lincoln to call on Mrs. Melvern Pribble and she was not home, then I walked on to, 315 Quinton Boulevard and spent rest of the afternoon with Mrs. Will Shaw- they have three of the loveliest children- boys. And I walked home. Edwin Jones, Carl Swanson and John Keating came in for the evening.
Wed.11 A most beautiful day. Edwin Jones Carl Swanson and John Keating came out this morning and I took pictures of them in their Soldier uniforms. Teddy got home in time to have some pictures taken with them. This afternoon I called at Mrs. Lee Monroe’s 909 Harrison, to leave the Hospital blanket I had finished, then went on to town to do more shopping. One sees Flu cards every where.
Thurs.12 A dirty, nasty, sloppy day- has rained all day. Fred home to dinner on [XXXXX] time. We do not need this rain, but never-the-less it will probably add enough to next years crops, to help lick another “Kaiser Bill”, so I do not complain- and it’s a warm, gentle rain- yes, just the kind, that at this time of year, can turn to a howling blizzard, before morning, which I hope it doesn’t.
Fri.13 Has rained all day. Fred home to dinner on P.O. time, to change shoes & Sox. Jack Miller and Carl Swanson came out this afternoon. This evening Jack Miller with Evelyn Parham, Mr. Bacon Esther McArthur, Mr. Earl Parnetier with Marian McArthur and Robt. Sympson- stag- came in for the evening and danced. A mighty nice bunch of “kiddies”.
Sat.14 A day of splendid sunshine- I have been very busy all day, cleaning, baking, mending and writing letters. Have heard from most of my boys, overseas, since Armistice. And all were well, so I can enjoy “Peace” to the full.
Sun.15 Cloudy today and cool. The “flu” ban, is still on and so is no Church or Sun. School. This afternoon Edwin Jones, Carl Swanson, John Keating and Ronald McGord came out, and this evening Edwin and Carl came again as they could not get the “Date” they wanted- the trouble is, with all the boys away to War, there are so many girls, to choose from, the boys don’t know which they want.
Mon.16 A warm, windy day. I washed, ironed and did a number of other useful things today. I never find time to get into mischief, at least.
Tues.17 Very windy, cold too, but sunny. Have written all day, to my Sun. School, Soldier Boys “Over There”.
Wed.18 A splendid day. I spent all morning down town, Shopping and came home at noon with Fred to eat a cold lunch, then I went out this afternoon to solicit Memberships for Red Cross and was quite successful. This evening some of our young folks came in, to dance- John Keating Katharine Harmon, Edwin Jones Betty Harmon, Chat Kelly Frances Dolan, Jack Miller Katharie Dolan and Ron McGord and Margaret Petti john. We have very lovely young friends.
Thurs.19 A very, cold, brisk wind, but sunny. I worked on the “sun” or “scratch”- pen, for the chickens today- covered with oil-cloth then painted the oil cloth, so now it is warm and cozy and will not leak, and out to get lots of eggs this Winter
Fri.20 Rained a good big rain for us, and is cold and chill. Wrote letters most all day.
Sat.21 Cold, damp, dark, dreary. Carl Swanson Frank Leonard and Bob Sympson out this evening. I went over to Mrs. Oscar Coddington’s this morning to solicit her membership for the Red Cross, but “nothin’ doin”- They never give one penny to Red Cross- S-l-a-c-k-e-r-s Did mending and writing galore today.
Sun.22 Awfully cold and cloudy and strong N.W. wind. I “putty-ed” the windows of “sun-pen” at hen house and Teddy filled in, with dirt, for it looks much like storm and only time Fred has at home. This after-noon, Edwin Jones, John Keating, Ronald McGord, Frank Leonard, Robt. Sympson, Carl Swanson and Jack Miller came out- Carl brought his [XXXXX]. This evening was very raw and cold. Moses Johnson, one of my boys who has been in Tulsa, Okla. For long time came in for the evening and we had a very happy visit with him: he has grown from a boy into a fine young man- good looking and smart.
Mon.23 Cold and snowed all day- the forenoon a dribbly snow of no consequence, the afternoon came down, fast and furious, thick heavy and tonight is a raging snowstorm, blowing drifting blocking street-cars and stalling Railroad trains. My poor Teddy worked in it all day without stopping for anything to eat and came home quite worn out but a good hot bath, a bowl of hot lemonade and to bed early, he will be quite himself tomorrow. Carl Swanson came out with some pictures he wanted me to tint for him. I was too busy today, to do my washing.
Tues.24 Cold, but sunny, and very windy- has blown and drifted the snow, badly. Mails so heavy my good Teddy worked all day again, without time to eat, and came home very tired, and “Twas the night before Christmas, and all about the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”, when the Phone rang- we were already for bed- and I answered- and, well, S-U-R-P-R-I-S-e, doesn’t spell “surprise” not the kind of surprise that hit me, when I found it was Fred Jenkins (named for Fred) had just arrived, after being demobilized at Camp Funston- was on his way home to Winfield Kansas, has been in Aereia Service in England many months and was ordered to France, but Armistice was signed before they got to their Boat and were then ordered home for demobilization- Well he
Came out to the house and visited with us almost an hour, then had to go, to catch the mid-night train, to his home in Winfield- my old home town. He told us, that during the months he was in England, he met and fell in love with a Welch girl, and they were married. She is to come over in January, as he was not allowed to bring here on the Troop ship. Fred is a handsome fellow and fine, super-fine; an ideal young fellow. We had not seen him for a number of years and so much enjoyed our short visit with him- we paid a Jitney $1.50 to bring him out, and take him back as the deep, drifting, snow, had street cars off schedule. Almost midnight when he left. He was a member of the 361 Aerial Squadron, came home on Empress Britain.
Wed. Dec.25 “Christmas Day”- a bright, warm, sunny day was down to zero this morning, but a splendid day. Fred had to work all day, again and nothing to eat. I had lots to do too, for I have all the coal to carry and lots of water to the cow, feed and milk etc. I worked hard till noon when some of my boys came Edwin Jones, John Keating, Ronald McGord, Robt. Sympson and Fred Brackett, to bring me a very beautiful Christmas present of cut glass- a Sugar, creamer, bon bon, and salt and pepper shaker.
Sure are pretty, but they should not have gotten them. Fred Brackett is home, from the great Lakes and was in his Sailor’s uniform- I took pictures of all. I went down to the Church, at 3:30 P.M. to the wedding of Miss Mildred Hazebrigg and Mr. Frank Dremming atty. They were married at 4 o’clock by Rev. R.A. Schell- a very pretty, simple, wedding, and Mildred never looked, more sweet and pretty- was simply charming Mr. Dremming is a good man, but I have not seen anyone yet, I thought was good enough for her. My good Teddy got home at 5:30 this evening worked al lday again with nothing to eat- awfully hard on him. He was given $8.25, neck-tie, candy etc today. I cooked him a good Supper, baked chicken & dressing escolloped oysters, mashed potatoes, Pumpkin pie, lemon and cherry-pie, and some fine fruit cake that I made Nov.14 when I made one to send Earl Bunce in France. We are all alone this evening and will go to bed early, that Fred may get a good rest.
Thurs.26 Cold and a cdeep snow. Jennie Remington in this evening to phone and “chat” awhile about our boys “Over There”. Fred is quite lame from a sore foot caused by tack in his shoe, but the P.O. wont let him off- mails very heavy, not home to dinner- worked over eleven hours straight. Charlie Plath home on furlo, called us up this evening; good to hear his voice again.
Fri.27 Chas Plath Mona Wiede Carrie Wiede, [XXXXX] Sutherin, Edwin Jones Fred Boyer and Jack Miller all came in for the evening, with Charlie. Cold and grew very much colder, toward evening. A few flakes of snow “skitted” about and the sun shone out, a bit, but gave up and let the evening end very cold, and dark. Charlie Plath and Mona Wiede came out for dinner- I took pictures of them. They seemed very happy, yet Mona can’t get over her “contrary” acting- its her “loving (?) way, but pretty hard on the lover and he never pays in her own “coin” which he ought to do- they will never, be happy, apart, and I don’t see how they can be happy together. My good Teddy, still with a sore foot, worked more than eleven hours today and no dinner.
Sun.28 Sun shining, but sure a cold day. And my good Teddy worked eleven hours, with nothing to eat and was very tired tonight- and looks haggard, poor fellow. I too, have a bit to do, carrying so much coal, taking acre of cow and barn and chickens. Wrote many letters today and got some good ones, from Harry Davis, Clements, Omar Ketchum and Charlie over seas.
Sun.29 Sunny, but 19° below, is some cold. I went to Sun. School and taught Chas. Plath’s Class of boys. 11 present and Ferrell Moore is a terror. Edwin Jones, John Keating, Ron McGord, Bob Sympson and Jack Miller here in afternoon- I took their pictures.
Mon.30 Snowed hard all day. Carl Swanson here in afternoon Teddy not home to dinner- foot getting more sore- mails very heavy.
Tues.31 Sunny and cold. Deep snow and heavy mails and my poor Teddy had to work all day with no time to stop to get anything to eat. His foot is very sore and the P.O. authorities wont let him off to take care of it. I wish it were possible to make the Postmaster and the various Superintendents work as the carriers do- that there could be a law passed, compelling them, to go out and wade the deep snow, the same long hours without food, with the heavy loads on their backs, sick and hurt or in—jured- what a lesson of mercy it would teach these government task masters, who would be arrested, did they dare treat so in-humanely and over-work the mules and horses used by the government. So many of “Uncle Sam’s” men of authority are brutes- that is, those con-nected with the P.O.- especially here in Topeka, and under Democratic administration. But a man has to be a selfish, brute to hold Office under Burleson, who President Wilson seems to love (?) because he is a hell cat. Teddy came home very tired tonight, haggard and worn. We will go to bed early that he may have a good, nights rest. SO many of my dear Sun. School boys are in the Army, that I am not having a “Watch Party” this year, and it is a very lonely ending to the old Year.