Friday, July 20, 2018

Now another puzzle

Tues., August 25, 1936 - Raymond came over and they dug silo awhile today.  I canned 5 1/2 quarts of pickled apples.
Wed., August 26, 1936 - Howard helped Holtgrew fill silo.  Raymond and I went to town this morning.  Howard and I went to town tonite.  We stopped for Raymond but he had gone on in the V-8.  The ladies came home this p.m.  Talked quite awhile to Loretta Perske.  I bought an Aladdin lamp.
Thurs., August 27, 1936 - Didn't do much of anything this morning.  Howard went to a sale this p.m.  I stayed over at the folks.  We had a dandy rain late this afternoon.

Okay, who are "the ladies"?  I think Grandma called Aunt Helen and Aunt Irene "the girls" previously, so perhaps this isn't them.

Here's some newly-acquired photos (thank you, Nancy!) of Grandma, Uncle Ray and Aunt Nan in 1934.  I do not know who the kids are.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Well, I'm getting confused

Sat., August 22, 1936 - Over to the folks all day.  The men dug silo.  I cleaned up the house.  We went to town tonite.
Sun., August 23, 1936 - We were alone all day.  Quite warm this afternoon.
Mon., August 24, 1936 - We went over to the folks this a.m.  Howard and Raymond took the tractor and paraphernalia to our place to dig a silo.  Elmer and Myrtle came.  They got some apples.  They all came here for dinner.  Myrtle helped me dress two chickens for dinner.  Howard killed a chicken hawk this a.m.  I went up home tonite while Howard and Raymond went to lodge.  Raymond took the car tonite.

Grandma surely didn't foresee some snoopy granddaughter reading and sharing her diaries, or she surely would have distinguished between Ola and Dorothea, and Peter and Maggie when she says, "the folks."  In this case, she might be referring to both for all I know.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Lots of digging, lots of family

Wed., August 19, 1936 - Howard helped dig silo over home.  The men came over here for dinner.
Thurs., August 20, 1936 - Went to town for Old Settlers Picnic.  Had dinner up home.  Rained good about 6:00 this evening.  We were home by 12:00.
Fri., August 21, 1936 - Howard went over to the folks this afternoon and they dug silo.  I washed up the dishes for Raymond.

I cannot begin to imagine how much digging would be involved to install a silo.  Big around, and I imagine fairly deep to be sure the darned thing would stay put in a high wind.

How interesting that Old Settlers should pop up, given that the weekend before last was our every-three-year family reunion.  Grandma and Grandpa both would have really enjoyed it.  For the first time, I believe, our branch of the family tree was represented via the youngest in attendance; Tanner was 5 weeks old over that weekend.  The number 17 on his onesie says that he is the 17th Iversen born here, from Peter and Maggie's children to Tanner.

As usual, I talked too much to the people I see often and not enough with the people I do not see so much.  Lots of Aunt Helen's family came back for the interment of Uncle John's ashes.  It was a nice service.  I learned quite a bit I did not know about Uncle John when the minister read his obituary.  For example, I had no idea he played in the band for Truman's inauguration.  How cool is that?

In all, a great reunion -- lots of people said so.  And as I said, Grandma and Grandpa would have enjoyed it, probably even more so than some.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Off to western Nebraska

Sun., August 16, 1936 - Had the dinner with Bess, Dorathea, Irene, Raymond, Helen, Alma and John B. here.  Everything just fine.  Pete's stopped awhile late this afternoon.
Mon., August 17, 1936 - Howard away bailing.  Went over to the folks.  I ironed while they packed.  Helen & Mrs. I. are taking Irene to Sunol tomorrow.  They're going to visit relatives in Colorado, too.  Stayed home while Howard went to Lodge.
Tues., August 18, 1936 - Went to town to wash.  On my way home Stopped to see Florence.  Emelia, Marcella, and Dallas were there.

There is a Sunol, California but, after confirming with Mom, I can say with confidence that Grandma is talking about Sunol, Nebraska.  It is in the Panhandle and therefore, close to Colorado.  And, Aunt Irene taught there.

I am not confused about that, but now I have Grandma calling her grandparents and her in-laws "the folks" so I may be confused every now and then about that.

Photo is of Sunol, Nebraska.  There's not much to say about the town, I suppose.  The population as per the 2010 census was 73.  It was platted in 1909 and a post office was established at Sunol in 1910, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1973.

Credit:  By Ammodramus - Own work, CC0,

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Getting back to normal

Thurs., August 13, 1936 - Annie, Annabelle, Haroldean & Mom came out this afternoon.  They helped me hem my living room curtains.  Howard bailed today.
Fri., August 14, 1936 - Took Howard to Rews to bail.  Stopped to see the folks. Helen & I went back to Rews.  I asked the girls to come over for dinner Sunday.  Went to Rebekah Lodge tonite.
Sat., August 15, 1936 - Howard away bailing.  Cleaned 4 chickens, fixed curtains and shades in kitchen, baked cakes.  Had a bad dust storm late this afternoon.  Rained a little.  Went to town before supper.

I've been a bit absent lately with these posts and do not want to hold this one up, so I'm going with just Grandma's words.  And shouldn't that be "bale"?

Monday, July 2, 2018

Back home again

Mon., August 10, 1936 - Dora had a bath.  All of us shopped, went sight-seeing and visited with Aunt Kate.  Iny & I packed our clothes tonite and went to bed early.
Tues., August 11, 1936 - Left at 2:40 this a.m.  Had breakfast in Sidney, Iowa.  Stopped in Omaha an hour.  We had dinner at Olga's.  Had watermelon at Carrie's.  I got home at 5:45.  Howard came a little later.  He has been bailing straw.
Wed., August 12, 1936 - Howard bailing again today.  I went into town before dinner to see Mom. Stayed all afternoon.

I sure would be interested to know what sight-seeing they did, but there's no one to ask anymore.

Here's a little bit of information on Sidney, Iowa from my favorite go-to site, wikipedia:

     Sidney is in Fremont County, Iowa. The population was 1,138 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Fremont County and is one of the smallest county seats in Iowa.  It was laid out in 1851 and was originally to be named Dayton. The surveyors were boarding with the Milton Richards family. Richards wife suggested they rename the city for her hometown of Sidney, Ohio.  The Sidney Iowa Championship Rodeo operated by American Legion Post No. 128 since 1924 claims to be the world's largest continuous outdoor rodeo and one of the world's largest rodeos with around 38,000 visitors each year.  The event is held in late July/early August.

Even little towns have people that go on to big things.  Sidney can claim John Scott Redd:

     John Scott Redd (born September 10, 1944) was a vice admiral of the United States Navy, and afterward the first Senate-confirmed Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, serving from 2005 until 2007.  According to David Martin at the CBS Evening News, "Scott Redd may be the most important person you've never heard of."  He is also the past President of the Naval Academy Class of 1966 and has served on the advisory boards of several non-profit organizations. An avid amateur radio operator, Redd has won twelve world championships and nine national championships.

And that's all I have for that.

I learned how to property credit a photo (I think), and here it is for the county courthouse, above: 

By JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Monday, June 25, 2018

Monopoly disrupted

Fri., August 7, 1936 - Just had a hot pack today as I had a funny pain in my chest.  Rained most of the day.  Tonite we were invited by our foot doctors Hazel Linard and Dorothy Masters to play Monopoly with them.  We were just nicely started when we had to go home because they had a call to fix a lady's sprained ankle.
Sat., August 8, 1936 - Iny took her last bath yesterday.  She read while I took mine.  We went to a beauty shop this p.m. and had our hair shampooed and waved.  We didn't like the place very well.
Sun., August 9, 1936 - I took my last bath today. Carrie Sweet, Dora & Olga came down today to visit Aunt Kate.  They persuaded us girls to wait until Tuesday and go home then when they do.

Ah, Monopoly.  The creator of family feuds and angry board-flipping incidents.  But, still fun.  Here's what wikipedia had to say about the game's history.  Interestingly, it appears it was still very new when Grandma and her group were attempting to play.

"The board game Monopoly has its origins in the early 20th century. The earliest known version of Monopoly, known as The Landlord's Game, was designed by an American, Elizabeth Magie, and first patented in 1904 but existed as early as 1902.  Magie, a follower of Henry George, originally intended The Landlord's Game to illustrate the economic consequences of Ricardo's Law of Economic rent and the Georgist concepts of economic privilege and land value taxation.  A series of board games were developed from 1906 through the 1930s that involved the buying and selling of land and the development of that land. By 1933, a board game had been created much like the version of Monopoly sold by Parker Brothers and its related companies through the rest of the 20th century, and into the 21st. Several people, mostly in the Midwestern United States and near the East Coast, contributed to the game's design and evolution."

We all know what a Monopoly board looks like, so I'm sharing a page from the patent submission of its precursor.