Monday, April 24, 2017

A great success and a missed party

Fri., March 1, 1935 - Gave our play at the south school tonite.  Building was packed.  Took in $25 and cleared about $18.  Could have sold more pie and ice cream.
Sat., March 2, 1935 - Slept late this morning.  Annie and kids here this afternoon.  Was invited to a shower for Edna N. but too tired to go.  Stopped to see Mayme on way down town tonite.
Sun., March 3, 1935 - To S.S. and church.  Rained this afternoon and evening.  Howard took me to Goodlings tonite.

Using an inflation calculator, I quickly determined (or rather it was determined for me by one click) that $18 equates to approximately $320 today.  Not bad, not bad.

Grandma must have been really, really tired to pass up a shower.  It seems like something she would normally go to.  I do not know if it was a bridal or baby shower, but for some reason I am thinking baby showers as such are a more recent phenomenon*.  So, I will pretend for the purposes of this blog post that it was a bridal shower.

My good buddy Wikipedia tells me:

"A bridal shower is a gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be in anticipation of her wedding.  The custom originated in the 1890s and is today most common in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  The history of the custom is rooted not necessarily for the provision of goods for the upcoming matrimonial home, but to provide goods and financial assistance to ensure the wedding may take place."

The first part of that I knew, the last I did not.

Also, from Wikipedia:

"The custom of the bridal shower is said to have grown out of earlier dowry practises, when a poor woman's family might not have the money to provide a dowry for her, or when a father refused to give his daughter her dowry because he did not approve of the marriage.  In such situations, friends of the woman would gather together and bring gifts that would compensate for the dowry and allow her to marry the man of her choice.

A related custom practiced in medieval England was the Bride Ale.  This was a feast held before the wedding day, at which the bride made beer and sold it to the guests at a high price."

And paraphrasing part of the article:  the term "shower" may derive from the custom in Victorian times for the presents to be put inside a parasol, which when opened would "shower" the bride-to-be with gifts.

*Yep, I was correct.  "The modern baby shower started after WWII during the baby boom era and evolved with the consumer ideology of 1950s and 1960s.  In other words it served an economic function by providing the mother-to-be with material goods that lessened the financial burden of infant care."

Friday, April 21, 2017

Another birthday

Tues., February 26, 1935 - Warmer today, thawed some.  To practice at South school with Walkers and Howard.  Put up stage.  Howard went back to Pete's again tonite.
Wed., February 27, 1935 - Warm and thawing today.  Marjorie C. treated with homemade candy for her birthday.  Practice again.  Vaudeville entertainers there tonite.  Howard went to Pete's again.
Thurs., February 28, 1935 - We had mashed potatoes and macaroni for hot lunch.  Dress rehearsal tonite.  Went to practice with Walkers and Howard.

I looked it up and little Marjorie was 7 years old in 1935.  I thought I had a photo of when she was a young girl, but after several days of thinking and looking and finding nothing suitable, I am going with the above photo of the Christensen family; Marjorie, Jean, Pete, Margaret and Allen.  A fine looking bunch.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ehlers and Reiche

Sat., February 23, 1935 - Lovely spring day.  Mr. & Mrs. Max Ehlers and Clara from Beemer and Mrs. Anna Reiche of Fremont came this p.m. to visit the folks.  Went down town this afternoon.  Early to bed tonite. 
Sun., February 24, 1935 - Didn't go to S.S. or church.  Snowy all day, a real blizzard by nite.  Howard came after me to practice at South school this p.m., had supper at Iversens and then Howard brought me here.
Mon., February 25, 1935 - Cold and windy.  Walkers came after me before I was through with supper.  Howard came home with us and went to Pete's to help butcher tomorrow.

I am drawing a blank as to who the Ehlers and Mrs. Reiche are.

And is our best guess the Pete named here Pete Christensen?

More questions than answers today.

I am short on time and will not check to see if I've used this photo recently.  If I haven't -- enjoy.  If I have -- enjoy it a second time.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Happy Birthday to Aunt Helen!

Wed., February 20, 1935 - Practiced or rather went through all three acts tonite.
Thurs., February 21, 1935 - Practiced again tonite.  Today is Helen's birthday.  She made coffee on the oil stove and served cupcakes to us.
Fri., February 22, 1935 - Kids gave a Washington & Lincoln program this p.m. during drawing period.  Practiced at N. School.  Went to Ferne and Arnold Eckert's charvari dance at Hoskins afterward.  Iversen kids and I went with Ray.

I wanted to post this last week, but the new-to-me stash of photographs from Mom was where I was not and I couldn't scan these wonderful pics of the lovely Aunt Helen.  And I did not want to post without them.  I am glad she was identified as the little girl.  I certainly recognize her in the photo on the right, but would not have known who the little girl was without Grandma's notation on the back.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A play?

Sun., February 17, 1935 - Slept late this morning.  Howard brought me to Goodlings tonite.
Mon., February 18, 1935 - Mr. Mann visited school today.  He posted the notice that school meeting to elect teachers would be March 5.  Practiced at North School tonite.  Read all three acts.
Tues., February 19, 1935 - Practiced just the first act tonite.  Walked up to school tonite and was there about 15 minutes before anyone came.

I admit I peeked ahead but did not find the name of the play or anything at all about it, other than the performance went off as planned.  Major bummer -- I would have liked to have known what it was.

For no particular reason, here is a photo of Aunt Irene and Grandma with some admirers.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bustin' a move at the dance

Thurs., February 14, 1935 - Had our Valentine party at school this afternoon.  I got some pretty valentines.
Fri., February 15, 1935 - Roads in a terrible condition.  Went to card club at Davis' tonite.  Walkers, Frances, and Hank weren't there.
Sat., February 16, 1935 - Colder today, so roads are solid.  Not very many at our dance at Carroll.  Had a good time anyway.  It was pretty cold in the pavilion.

Glad to hear they had a good time with a smallish, but obviously fun-loving dance crowd.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gosh darn, but that's cute

Mon., February 11, 1935 - Fred and Herb N. at school before me this morning.  Went to town with Irene and Helen tonite.  We wrote out invitations for our dance this Saturday nite.
Tues., February 12, 1935 - Foggy today.  I felt more tired today than yesterday.  Studied my part this eve.  Howard stopped a few minutes "to see how I looked" he said.
Wed., February 13, 1935 - Rained this p.m.  We were going to practice tonite but it was too rainy.  I studied my part and worked on the maps.  Irene stopped on way home from Pete's to see if anyone had come to practice.

Oh, be still my heart, Grandpa.  What a sweet guy.  My only frame of reference as to Grandma and Grandpa is as an -- ahem -- older couple.  They were grandparents and only grandparents to me.  What I wouldn't give to have seen them at this young age.

Alright, who's chopping onions around here?