Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Other thoughts on a motto?

December 22, 1932 - Warm and thawing again.  Alfred came back to school this morning.  We practiced quite a bit.  Tonite I popped corn. Mote helped me make "cracker jacks" of it.  Lou Scheurich and his mother were here this evening.  Lou and Evie made out their S.S. Xmas program.  Florence Frink's birthday.  Donald Podoll birthday.
December 23, 1932 - We cleaned up the schoolhouse and practiced this morning.  About 25 were at school this p.m. for the program.  "Santa Claus" distributed the treats and gifts.  I got hankies, stationary, salt & pepper shakers, candles and candle stick holders from the school kids.  Mom, Ray and I took down the decorations.  We went to bed early this evening.
December 24, 1932 - Cleaned up and got ready for tomorrow.  Went down town this p.m.  Ola was in town.  They won't be able to come tomorrow, Annie and Annabelle have the flu.  Mom, Grussmother and I went to the Xmas program this evening at church.  Opened our presents.  I got a comb, brush and mirror set, earrings, bath salts, and a motto.

The best I can tell, a motto used in this way is a saying on a badge or banner or some such.  If anyone else has a thought on that, I'd be glad to hear it.

Call me silly, but the images I have in my head of a country schoolhouse full of excited kids, adoring grown-ups, and a dressed-up Santa Claus handing out gifts are hard to beat.  The photo isn't from a school but the era is right.  Love all the carefully-placed tinsel.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Another potential suitor's hopes dashed

December 19, 1932 - It was warm in the schoolhouse this morning.  We practiced a good deal on our program, wrote our invitations, and stung popcorn for the Xmas tree beside our other lessons.  Alfred has chickenpox!  So I guess he won't be able to be in the program.
December 20, 1932 - We practiced quite a bit on our program today.  I mailed the invitations this morning.  Got a card and "hankie" from Mrs. Smith.  Mildred and I played "Over the Top" tonite.  She won both games.  Went to bed at 10 o'clock.  Washed my hair right after supper.
December 21, 1932 - It was quite warm today.  Everybody except Mr. Walker and myself went to church tonite.  I finger-waved my hair.  Louie Meierhenry called up while I was doing it.  He wanted to take me to a show tomorrow nite.  But I had "to get ready for the program Friday".  Played Over the Top with Mr. Walker and lost 490 to 530.

Not sure why Grandma's answer to Louie Meierhenry's question is put in quotes, but there you have it.  The 21st was a Wednesday, so the program was still a couple of days off.

I tried stringing popcorn for a garland once.  Had a lot of broken popcorn to eat while doing it.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Almost through with 1932

December 16, 1932 - My overalls have surely been coming in handy this last week.  Ray came after me this evening, and we went to Edith & Harry Strate's charivari dance at Hoskins.  Ralph K. and Edna Ruschman came with Ray.  I had a good time at the dance.
December 17, 1932 - I slept quite late this morning.  Annie, Ola and the kids came in about 1:30.  Ola went down town, he took Annabelle down at about 3:00 to see Santa Claus.  Mom and I went down town this evening.  I bought my Xmas tree, and candy, etc., for the treats.  We filled the sacks this evening.
December 18, 1932 - I addressed my Xmas cards and wrapped my Xmas packages this morning.  Mom, Ray, Lena Nieman and I went to the schoolhouse this afternoon and decorated it and the tree.  I was at Walkers for supper.  I led League tonite.  In calling for the readings I repeated a number, of course I'd pull some kind of a boner.

I have peeked ahead and there is no mention of Howard, or any of the Iversens, for the rest of 1932, so I'm just pushing through with high hopes for 1933.  I know Grandpa will be mentioned eventually!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Playing cards

December 13, 1932 - Lawrence, Ronald and Harry were absent today.  Kenneth J. came after Ronald's books and assignments.  Mildred, Evie and I played "500" this evening.
December 14, 1932 - All back in school except Harry.  He isn't coming back until next Monday.  We're getting our program for December 23 lined up pretty well.  We're going to send invitations to everyone in the district.  Raymond Kahler birthday.
December 15, 1932 - Tonite Evie, Mote and I played "500".  We surely had fun.  When we quit Mote and I were in the hole and Evie had about 200, we bid too much and then of course, we'd be set.  Mr. Walker had to chase us to bed or we'd played until morning, just about.

Grandma's love of playing cards started long before I remember her teaching me solitaire games, that's for sure.

I still remember the first game she taught me and that she couldn't believe how many times I was lucky enough to win "Clock" -- I couldn't believe it either.  I remember Grandma Anna cheating at solitaire, but stating that it didn't hurt anybody if she did.  I also recall being extremely perturbed playing "99" with the family, because for a time there I was sure everyone was ganging up on me.  I was at that age when kids really, really hate losing at anything.  I did survive the ordeal and now consider it character-building.  I used to "help" Grandpa with his solitaire games, so much so that he'd act all put out about it.  Of course, he wasn't fooling anyone with that act.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The right "Over the Top"?

December 10, 1932 - Snowed today.  We baked and cleaned for tomorrow.  Ray went down town and bought me a pair of overalls to wear to school.  Ray and I went to Hoskins tonite to Lisetta and Walt Gutzman's charivari dance.  We had a real good time.
December 11, 1932 - Art, Rudolph Kahler, Annie, Ola, Marie, Clifford, Meta and Lyle were here for dinner for Granddad's birthday.  I was going to the party for Raymond K. at Hall's with Art and Rudolph.  Rudolph's car wouldn't start, so Ola took us.  Ray stayed home, he said it was too cold for him.  Had a good time.  Stopped at schoolhouse on way home and started a fire (2:00 a.m.).  Grandpa Brogren's birthday.
December 12, 1932 - 25 degrees below zero this morning. I was surely glad we stopped at the schoolhouse "last nite" and started a fire.  Ronald and Harry were absent today.  I guess both are sick.  I went to bed at 7:00 this evening just because I was tired and sleepy.

In answer to Nancy's question about an earlier post and the game "Over the Top", this is the best I came up with so far.  I seem to remember Grandma talking about Rook previously, so maybe I am on the right track.

Boy, it was sure nice that Grandma had a good excuse for coming home late . . . "But, Mom, we went up to the schoolhouse to start a fire and it took FOREVER."  Or, Grandma Anna figured she was a grown-up and could do as she pleased.  I don't have a good grasp on which way that might have gone.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

More of Art

December 7, 1932 - Cold again today.  I stayed home tonite and read the "Good Housekeeping" magazine while the folks went to church.  Hans Brogren, Jr. [birthday].
December 8, 1932 - Mr. Walker and I played "Over The Top" tonite.  I won, wonder of wonders.  I hektographed some Santa Claus', too.
December 9, 1932 - Ray came after me about 4:30.  We stopped out to Ola's.  Art and Rudolph were there.  I stayed for supper while Ray went into town.  He came out after supper.  We looked at Art's scrapbooks of China.  He explained a lot of the pictures.  It was surely interesting.  Gladys Schmitt [birthday].

Here we have Art again.  Now we know he went to China, but that doesn't help me figure out anything else.

I looked and looked for December 1932's Good Housekeeping magazine's cover but did not find it.  Maybe Grandma was reading an old issue.  (I didn't look for January 1933, maybe that is what she had.)  This is a really sweet cover, though.

And speaking of Good Housekeeping, here's a little bit of information from wikipedia:

     "Good Housekeeping is a women's magazine owned by the Hearst Corporation, featuring articles about women's interests, product testing by The Good Housekeeping Institute, recipes, diet, health as well as literary articles. It is well known for the "Good Housekeeping Seal," popularly known as the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval."

     The magazine was founded May 2, 1885 by Clark W. Bryan in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

     The magazine achieved a circulation of 300,000 by 1911, at which time it was bought by the Hearst Corporation. It topped one million in the mid-1920s, and continued to rise, even during the Great Depression and its aftermath. In 1938, a year in which the magazine advertising dropped 22 percent, Good Housekeeping showed an operating profit of $2,583,202, more than three times the profit of Hearst's other eight magazines combined, and probably the most profitable monthly of its time. Circulation topped 2,500,000 in 1943, 3,500,000 in the mid-1950s, 5,000,000 in 1962, and 5,500,000 per month in 1966. 1959 profits were more than $11 million.

     Good Housekeeping is one of the "Seven Sisters", a group of women's service magazines.

     The Hearst Corporation created a British edition along the same lines in 1922.

     Famous writers who have contributed to the magazine include Somerset Maugham, Edwin Markham, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Frances Parkinson Keyes, A. J. Cronin, Virginia Woolf, and Evelyn Waugh."

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Winter undies

December 4, 1932 - We went to church this a.m.  We found out that our Aid won the contest at Wayne.  Mom and I slept and read this p.m.  Ray worked at Nieman's today and yesterday afternoon.  Ray brought me to Walkers this evening.  Esther Boyen's [sp?] birthday,
December 5, 1932 - I believe winter is on its way in earnest for it was colder today than yesterday.  i went to bed quite early this evening.  Marvin Trautwein's birthday.
December 6, 1932 - The weather turned much colder today.  I donned my winter undies.  We went to League at Meierhenry's tonite.  We had a good time.

I looked for a legitimate 1930's ladies' underwear ad to put here, but I thought this was cute in a weird sort of way, so here it is.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Just thought of something . . .

December 1, 1932 - Cloudy and cooler today.  Raymond, Art and Rudolph were up to school this evening.  Art didn't seem to look so bad to me.  He doesn't know how long he's going to be around Winside visiting.  Allan Bruse birthday.
December 2, 1932 - Warm and sunshiny.  I walked home, and Ray came just as I got to the mailbox.  We were out to Ola's for supper.  When we got back into town I washed and finger-waved my hair.  Then Mom, Ray and I played Pinochle.
December 3, 1932 - Went out to Ola's, finger-waved Tillie's hair, and brought Annabelle back with me.  Mom and I made her a jumper and blouse.  I went down town to help at the bazaar, went to Wayne in a truck to vote instead.  Went up to Uncle Hans' to the dance with Annie and Ola tonite.  I surely had a good time.  Ola Brogren's birthday.

I do not know which Art this is, but something must have been going on with him for Grandma to comment on how he looked.  Perhaps there will be clues somewhere down the line.

Regarding my just thinking of something -- I realized just this moment that Grandma hardly ever mentions her or Grandma Anna or Uncle Ray being ill.  Either they were very hardy or weren't sick enough to mention, which in a way is very hardy.

I am not looking forward to too much snow and cold, but this photo of a country road in the snow and sunshine made it not seem too terribly bad.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Belated Thanksgiving information

November 28, 1932 - So tired today.  Got teased today about the "business trip to Cushing Iowa" two weeks ago.  That's what the Norfolk paper said about it a couple of days ago.  Went to bed quite early, didn't even stay up to hear the minstrels.
November 29, 1932 - So nice and warm, just like a spring day.  Harry H. was up at school this morning before school started.  Mike, Mote, and Evie went to a committee meeting tonite.
November 30, 1932 - Nice again today.  Rudolph and Raymond stopped at the school house tonite.  I went home with them.  We had supper at Raymond's and then went over to Ola's.  We played Pitch.  I got home at 12 o'clock.

What's this with folks just dropping by at the school house?  And what minstrels were there around to listen to?  I have more questions than answers.

I missed anything Thanksgiving-ish for 1932 (it was on the 24th that year, a couple of posts ago), but I stumbled upon this tidbit for today's post.  The above is from the New York Times in 1932, pricing out the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner.  The article read, in part:

     “All the ingredients of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner are less expensive this year and families of moderate incomes should be able to afford the best on the market, it became apparent yesterday. Experts in the Bureau of Home Economics of the Department of Public Markets figured that a New York housewife would be able to serve an old-fashioned turkey dinner, with all the fixings, at a total cost of not more than $5.42.”

I was a bit thrown by the oranges and bananas, but shrugged it off.  Then I found a menu for the USS Altair, a Navy vessel of some sort and their Thanksgiving dinner included . . . oranges and bananas.  Also on the menu, cigars and cigarettes.

Who knew?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Contest? And a recipe

November 25, 1932 - Mom, Ray and I went with Irene Gaebler and Mrs. Unger to Wayne this morning to vote in the contest at Wayne.  I baked a cake this afternoon.  Ray and I went to the surprise party for Florence S. this evening [her birthday].  She was surprised.  We danced in the dining room and front room. I had a good time.  
November 26, 1932 - We went to Norfolk this morning and did our Xmas shopping.  I went to the library this p.m. and read awhile.  Tonite 35 young people went to Wayne in one of Ed Granquist's trucks to vote in the contest.  We were crowded but it was fun just the same.  Ella Eckert Willers' birthday.
November 27, 1932 - Ray worked down at Nieman's filling station this p.m.  Tonite Ray and I went up to the school house and started a fire, took my suitcase to Walkers, and then went to the dance at Hoskins.  Had a pretty good time.  Art and Rudolph Kahler are here again.  Art went to York with Walter.

I do not know what the contest is that allows multiple votes by the same person.  It must have been something fun and/or important for multiple trips to Wayne.  Especially, taking a truck with a whole passel of kids.  Hopefully Grandma will clue us in later.

Since it is Sunday, and since Grandma mentions baking a cake, I will add a cake recipe here.  It is in her handwriting but there is no reference as to who she may have gotten the recipe from.  Also, I do not recall her making this particular cake, but my memory isn't what it used to be.  Without further ado, I give you:

Coconut Pound Cake

1 1/2 c. Crisco
5 eggs
1/2 t. salt
1 c. milk
2 1/2 c. sugar
3 c. flour
1 t. baking powder
1 c. coconut

Cream Crisco and sugar 10 minutes. Add eggs one at a time beating 5 minutes after each addition.  Sift flour, salt and baking powder together.  Add alternately with milk to creamed mixture.  Blend in coconut.  Turn into a well-greased and floured tube (Bundt or angel food) pan.  Place in cold oven.  Bake at 350 degrees for 90 minutes.

I should make this; I bet the duck eggs will make for an extra-special texture.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Listening to the radio

November 22, 1932 - School was about the same as usual today. Read and listened to the radio this evening.
November 23, 1932 - Four people knocked at our door this p.m.  Ray, Happy Stamm, Mom and Louise Nurnberg,  Harry H. was at the school this noon.  Ray and Mom went to Norfolk with Ola's this p.m.  I went over to Strate's after school and got my check.  When Ray got back we went up to Uncle Max, got our duck for tomorrow, had supper.  Stopped at Uncle Hans' on way home.
November 24, 1932 - We had our dinner late this afternoon.  I ate too much and felt rather miserable of course.  Mom, Ray, and I went out to Ola's this evening.  We played Michigan.

This made me think of the lady who sold me two of my goats.  She was almost 10 years younger than me, but I could still chuckle and shake my head when she told me this story.  She was talking to a person much younger than both of us; someone raised on much more contemporary technology.  Kathy was saying something about how she enjoyed the time she spent milking her goats -- she liked the calm and the process itself and listening to classical music on the radio while she milked.  The young person said, "Radio?"  He or she didn't know what Kathy was talking about.

I found this on a PBS website about radio in the 1930s:

     For the radio, the 1930s was a golden age. At the start of the decade 12 million American households owned a radio, and by 1939 this total had exploded to more than 28 million.

     But why was this ‘talking telegram’ so popular?

     As technology improved radios became smaller and cheaper. They became the central piece of furniture in the average family’s living room, with parents and children alike, crowding around the set to hear the latest instalment of their favourite show.

     Radio may have had such mass appeal because it was an excellent way of uniting communities of people, if only virtually.

     It provided a great source of entertainment with much loved comedians such as Jack Benny and Fred Allen making their names on the wireless.

     It marked the advent of the soap opera, a running story that people could return to, with characters they could sympathise with and love. The series ‘Our Gal Sunday’ - about a small town girl finding love with a wealthy Englishman - had the young women of the country glued to their sets.

     Radio programs provided a source of inspiration, with heroes like the Lone Ranger and The Shadow getting embroiled in deadly capers. But they also promoted old-fashioned American family values and gave people a model to live by. On Wednesday nights at 8pm when the public tuned in to ‘One Man’s Family’ they were greeted with the opening: ‘Dedicated to the mothers and fathers of the younger generation and to their bewildering offspring.’

     News broadcasts also influenced the way the public experienced current affairs. When the Hindenburg airship exploded in 1937, reporter Herb Morrison was on the scene, recording the events to be broadcast the following day.

     But above all the radio provided a way to communicate like never before. Franklin Roosevelt’s ‘fireside chats’ helped the population feel closer to their president than ever.

     By the end of the decade radio had exacted quite an influence on the American media. Advertisers capitalised on radio’s popularity and the idea of the ‘sponsor’ was born. Radio also helped establish the national broadcasting networks such as NBC and CBS, still present to this day.

     After the 1930s the popularity of radio began to decline at the hands of newer, more visual technologies. But the influence of the ‘golden age of radio’ on the American way of life will never be forgotten.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Some things don't change

November 19, 1932 - We got up late.  Mom came for me about 9:30.  We went over to Behmers, I got my order.  I washed and fingerwavd my hair. We went out to Ola's this evening, got Ray, and invited them in for dinner tomorrow.  Ray got a library book for me.  I finished it before I went to bed.
November 20, 1932 - Mom went to church, but I stayed home and got dinner.  After dinner we played Michigan.  Leeroy acted up as usual and the things Annabel didn't tell.  Ray brought me to Walkers.  I went to church with them this evening.
November 21, 1932 - Rather warm today.  Harry H. came into the school this afternoon at 2nd recess with a gun.  It gave me such a scare I could hardly talk for a few minutes.  We listened to the radio this evening and I read.  Max Stahl birthday.

With recent events in the news, I will not comment on Grandma's reaction to having a gun in school.  Obviously, nothing happened with Grandma and her pupils, thank goodness.  Here's a movie poster for a 1932 western.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A couple of mix-ups

November 16, 1932 - Got to school later than usual this morning.  Miss Sewell and Loren Agler visited the last period this afternoon.  I'm surely glad that's over.  I got a ride home with Earl Miller.  Early to bed this evening for me.  Mr. C. H. Walker's birthday.
November 17, 1932 - Rode to school with Mr. Walker this morning.  Nurnbergs came over this evening for ice cream. The neighbors (Maas, F. Jochens, C. Jochens, A. Walker, Rev. Schmitt) surprised Mrs. Walker for her birthday tonite.  Thought at first they meant to chaviari Bob and wife, we even had them hid on the stairs. The young folks played games upstairs in the girls' room.  Mrs. C. H. Walker's birthday, Mary Kahler birthday.
November 18, 1932 - I was so tired this morning.  The weatherman tried to give us a blizzard this p.m. but failed.  We went to Wittlers tonite for 6:30 dinner.  Played dominoes and ate candy afterward. Had a good time.

I got mixed up, as did the folks back in 1932.  As I was typing, I saw that Grandma had Mr. Walker's birthday on the 16th, but then was writing about Mrs. Walker's birthday on the 17th.  As I finished, I see that she was correct -- obviously their birthdays were a day apart, and apparently no one celebrated for Mr. Walker.  Then I kept reading and the surprise party had everyone fooled it seems.

Here is some information you may not know about dominoes.  From wikipedia:

     Dominoes (or dominos) is a game played with rectangular "domino" tiles. The domino gaming pieces make up a domino set, sometimes called a deck or pack. The traditional Sino-European domino set consists of 28 dominoes, colloquially nicknamed bones, cards, tiles, tickets, stones, or spinners. Each domino is a rectangular tile with a line dividing its face into two square ends. Each end is marked with a number of spots (also called pips, nips, or dobs) or is blank. The backs of the dominoes in a set are indistinguishable, either blank or having some common design. A domino set is a generic gaming device, similar to playing cards or dice, in that a variety of games can be played with a set.

     The earliest mention of dominoes is from Song dynasty China, found in the text Former Events in Wulin. Dominoes first appeared in Italy during the 18th century, and although it is unknown how Chinese dominoes developed into the modern game, it is speculated that Italian missionaries in China may have brought the game to Europe.

     The name "domino" is from the resemblance to a kind of hood worn during the Venice carnival.

And there you have it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Wait, smoking?

November 13, 1932 - Alex, Lloyd and Mayme came at 7:30.  I hadn't expected them until 9:30.  We left Winside about 9:00.  Had a flat tire before we got to Wayne.  We had dinner at Correctionville, Iowa.  We went on to Cushing, which is about 40 miles east of Sioux City.  Lloyd went to see about basing a filling station there.  We drove around in S.C. on our way home.  Got to Walkers in time for supper, went to church in eve.  Louis M. took me home.  [There is a small newspaper clipping taped to the diary page.  Here it is, misspellings and all:  Misses Marion Anderson and Mayme Hall, Allen Brune and Lloyd Voss motored to Cushing, Ia., Sunday on business.]
November 14, 1932 - Rather chilly in the school house this morning.  Kids playing in sand table all the time.  The 5 & 6 Reading Class is going to start making Robinson Crusoe's home in connection with the story.  Mike went back to P. Schurich's today.  Listed to the radio this evening.
November 15, 1932 - Got a ride to school with Mr. Walker.  We kids went to Nurnbergs tonite to the shower for Bob and Louise.  In the mock wedding Charlotte was the preacher; Evie, bridesmaid; Helen, best man; Mote, groom; Minnie, ring bearer; George and Arnold N., train bearers; myself, bride.  They danced, played cards and smoked!  I had quite a good time.

I see with her exclamation point that Grandma was as horrified by the smoking as I was!  (Well, maybe she wasn't, but she did use that particular punctuation for one reason or another.)

I never had to, nor voluntarily read Robinson Crusoe.  I am thinking I probably should, right after A Lantern in Her Hand.

I haven't heard of a mock wedding at a shower, but it makes some sense.  I understand that back in that time, couples generally didn't plan a big to-do in advance.  They went and quietly got married with their witnesses in tow and then had showers and celebrations with family later.  So, since most everyone missed the ceremony, perhaps the mock wedding was part of how they did things then.  I can see where it would be pretty fun.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Another Iversen sighting and a recipe

November 10, 1932 - Not quite so windy today as yesterday.  Little snow flurries every once in a while.  Got a ride to school with Bud and home with Earl Miller.  Mike came home today.  Jack Kemp birthday.
November 11, 1932 - Ray came after me tonite.  He nailed up the holes in the foundation.  I went to Rebekah Lodge tonite.  After lodge I went to the Armistice dance at Carroll with Iversens.  We had a good time although there wasn't a very large crowd.  (Got sand for sand table today.)
November 12, 1932 - Went to Wayne on the train with Alma L.  Went to see Miss Sewell and Aunt Mildred.  We just about missed the train coming home, had to run for it.  Ray and I were all ready to go to a dance at Uncle Hans' tonite when Willie came and said it was called off.  Ola and Annie, Aunt Lena, Edwin, Florence F. came up and we played Michigan and had lunch.

Does anyone know who Willie is in this instance?  I don't recall a Willie in any of Grandma's previous diary entries.

I was going to resurrect the Sunday recipe posts I did when I first started this way back when with a post yesterday.  But I ended up feeling lousy due to a stomach bug and didn't post at all.  So, here it is Monday and I'm doing a recipe anyway.  I asked Mom for Grandma's recipe book some time ago for a Christmas present project that didn't pan out as I would have liked.  But I still have the book and will find something.

Since it is still sort of zucchini season, here's the recipe Grandma used for zucchini bread.  Her note says she got the recipe from Mom.

Zucchini Nut Bread

3 eggs, beaten
2 c. sugar
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 c. salad oil
2 c. grated zucchini
3 c. flour
1 t. salt
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. cloves
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. baking powder
1/2 c. nuts, optional.

Mix eggs, sugar, vanilla, oil and zucchini together.  Add the dry ingredients and mix.  Add nuts*.  Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour or more.  Makes 2 loaves. Freezes well.

*Grandma didn't indicate when to add the nuts exactly, but I'm guessing after everything else is mixed based on previous baking experience.

I do not have the knowledge of trains to tell if the photo is something like the train Grandma would have taken between Wayne and Winside, but it is a train photo nonetheless.

Friday, September 25, 2015

A new president

November 7, 1932 - I've been sleepy and tired all day.  Mike left this morning to help Paul S. pick corn.  Listened to the radio awhile this evening and then went to bed early.
November 8, 1932 - Got a ride with Bud to school.  We had an election this afternoon and Roosevelt won.  Got a ride home with Earl Miller tonite. He said Miss Sewell visited him today.  I can expect her any time within the next week. Listened to election returns until 9:00.  It sounds as if Roosevelt is winning over Hoover.
November 9, 1932 - Snowed a little this morning.  Roosevelt is our next president.  Worked on Pilgrim posters this afternoon after recess.  Marie and Charlotte N. came over tonite. We girls played Rook.  Bob was married yesterday to Louise Appel.  They came to Hoskins last nite.

I wonder if Grandma had to listen to the election returns very long.  I took a peek online, and Roosevelt won easily over Hoover, 472 electoral votes v. 59 electoral votes.  Roosevelt carried 42 states to Hoover's 6, there being only 48 states at the time.

Who is Bob that married Louise, if anyone knows?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Off to the picture show

November 4, 1932 - Finished the exams and got all the papers corrected.  Mayme and Lloyd came after me about 8 o'clock.  We went home right away.  Walkers cashed my check for me today at Norfolk.
November 5, 1932 - I washed my hair and Mayme finger-waved it.  Also washed out my clothes.  We went down to the library this evening and I got some books.  We stopped in at Schellenberg's to see Florence but she wasn't home.
November 6, 1932 - I went to S.S. but Mayme didn't.  She came to church with Mom and Ray.  An adult class was confirmed and we took the Lord's Supper.  We went to see F.S. this p.m.  Tonite I went with Mayme and Lloyd to the Granada.  We saw Bing Crosby in "The Big Broadcast."  Peggy Jean Francis birthday.

Courtesy of wikipedia, here is the story of The Big Broadcast:

     Radio-singer Bing Crosby is not very serious about his career. His chronic tardiness and his affair with the notorious Mona Lowe (Sharon Lynn) has become an issue at station WADX. After Mona cheats on him, the despondent singer meets Texas oil man Leslie McWhinney (Stuart Erwin), who has also been wronged by a woman.

     Soon after, Anita Rogers (Leila Hyams), the former fiancĂ©e of McWhinney, falls in love with Crosby. Meanwhile, station manager George Burns is plagued by the addled conversation of his stenographer, Gracie Allen and eventually loses the radio station. McWhinney buys the station in order to help out Crosby and Anita, whom he still loves. McWhinney comes up with the idea of putting on a "big broadcast" of stars to pull the station out of debt.

     Mona returns on the scene and threatens the budding romance between Crosby and Anita, as well as the station's upcoming big broadcast. McWhinney tries to find a phonograph record to replace the absent Crosby, and ends up impersonating Crosby on the air. The singer returns and takes the microphone in mid-song. Crosby, who actually has been feigning irresponsibility to bring McWhinney and Anita together, succeeds both in reuniting the former lovers and in taming Mona.

Is it just me, or does neither of the guys in the movie poster look like Bing Crosby?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I am not surprised

November 1, 1932 - We went to League at Schmidts tonite.  We handed in our day's wages this evening.  Played some new games.  "A good time was had by all."  Ella Mann birthday.
November 2, 1932 - Cold and windy.  I went to Hoskins to prayer meeting with Evie this evening.  Stopped at Simon Strate's and got my check.
November 3, 1932 - Started the examinations this morning.  I have all the papers of today's corrected.  Schmidt's, Wittler's and Fritz Maas were here this evening for a committee meeting.

I am not at all surprised that Grandma corrected the day's exam papers that same day.  Me?  I didn't get that gene, but instead a procrastinator gene, which showed up quite a lot in my 20's.  I'd like to think I am better now; not completely cured, but better.

The remark about handing in our day's wages, would that be a League tithing sort of thing?

The photo is of Hoskins from 1912.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Halloween for real

October 29, 1932 - Washed my clothes this morning.  Mom made a jumper for me today.  Went down town this evening and got a library book.  Talked to Alma awhile.
October 30, 1932 - To S.S. and church this a.m.  After dinner Ray and I went to Mayme's.  Mayme, Lloyd, Lee, K.C., Ray and I played Rook.  We had supper, talked awhile and then Ray brought me to Walkers.  Leona Koepke and Verne Frink birthday.
October 31, 1932 - This is Halloween.  The kids were busy today talking about last Friday.  I got a ride to school this morning with Earl Miller and home this evening with the Nurnberg girls.  The new grates and lining were put in the stove over the weekend.  Marjorie Misfeldt birthday.

Someone in the know will have to tell me if the library Grandma is talking about was housed in the auditorium in 1932.  I have no memory of hearing of any other location, but that doesn't mean there wasn't one.  I have fond memories of the little library in the auditorium.  I likely wasn't their best customer, but I went often enough.  I am all for newer technology and e-books.  In fact, I read that there is in increase in young adult reading due to tablets making it more fun and cool, I suppose, than physically going to a library.  There is something satisfying in going to a building of books, however.  I like to walk the fiction aisles and pick books at random that I know nothing about.  I have read some excellent stories and discovered new authors that way that I may not have heard about otherwise.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Halloween party

October 26, 1932 - Frances was at school again.  Mrs. Dedlow visited this afternoon.  Anna Scheurich and Betty Ann were here for supper this evening.  They had been here all day.
October 27, 1932 - Frances at school again.  Lena and Edna Nieman visited this afternoon.  I was surely surprised to see them.  They took me home after school.
October 28, 1932 - Windy all day.  Mom came with Ola's car about 12:30.  She took us all over to Dist. 21.  Frances went along, too.  We had a good time.  I went to Rebekah meeting tonite.  After the meeting Ray was to take me to Hoskins to meet Mayme.  I was going to spend the weekend with her.  He didn't do it because he was too tired.

If Grandma was overly upset with her brother, she doesn't say so here.  Maybe she gave Mayme an earful.  He seems to have been a good brother on other occasions, so he must have been really tired.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Bess Streeter Aldrich

October 23, 1932 - I taught Mrs. Wieble's S.S. class for her this morning.  We read and played pinochle this afternoon.  Ray brought me back to Walker's this evening.  I went to church with them.
October 24, 1932 - Cloudy and cold.  Frances Schultz, a cousin of the Nurnberg's, visited school all day today.  I reread "A Lantern in Her Hand' tonite.
October 25, 1932 - Frances was at school again.  I got a ride this morning with Earl Miller.  Gave the sandtable its second and last coat of paint this morning.  We also got our new books this noon. The mailman left them at the schoolhouse.  Fred Maas, Eleanor Brune birthdays.

I live embarrassingly close to Elmwood and have yet to visit her house there.  For shame.  Also, I was pretty sure I read this same book, but when I read the synopsis, it didn't sound familiar.  I'll have to take another look-see to be sure.  Here is the biography from Ms. Aldrich's website:

Bess Streeter Aldrich (1881-1954) Elmwood

Bess Streeter Aldrich was one of Nebraska's most widely read and enjoyed authors. Her writing career spanned forty-some years, during which she published over 160 short stories and articles, nine novels, one novella, two books of short stories, and one omnibus. In her work, she emphasized family values and recorded accurately Midwest pioneering history. One of her books, Miss Bishop, was made into the movie, Cheers for Miss Bishop; and her short story, "The Silent Stars Go By," became the television show, The Gift of Love, starring Lee Remick and Angela Lansbury. Aldrich also served as a writer and consultant in Hollywood for Paramount Pictures.

Bess Genevra Streeter was born February 17, 1881, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the last of eight children born to James and Mary Streeter. Bess graduated in 1901 from Iowa State Normal School, now known as the University of Northern Iowa, and taught for four years. She returned to Cedar Falls and worked as Assistant Supervisor at her alma mater, receiving an advanced degree in 1906. She married Charles Sweetzer Aldrich the following year.

 Charles Aldrich had graduated with a law degree from Iowa State University and had been one of the youngest captains in the Spanish-American War. Following the war, he served for years as a U.S. Commissioner in Alaska.

 In 1909 the Aldriches and Bess's sister and brother-in-law, Clara and John Cobb, bought the American Exchange Bank in Elmwood, Nebraska, and moved there with the Aldrich's two-month old daughter, Bess's widowed mother, and the Cobbs. Elmwood would become the locale, by whatever name she called it, of her many short stories, and it would also be the setting for some of her books.

 Aldrich had won her first writing prize at fourteen and another at seventeen, having been writing stories since childhood. However, for two years after the family moved to Elmwood, Aldrich was too busy with local activities to write. Then in 1911 she saw a fiction contest announcement in the Ladies Home Journal and wrote a story in a few afternoons while the baby napped. Her story was one of six chosen from among some two thousand entries. From that time on, Aldrich wrote whenever she could find a moment between caring for her growing family and her household chores. Indeed, she commented that, in the early days, many a story was liberally sprinkled with dishwater as she jotted down words or ideas while she worked. Aldrich's first book, Mother Mason, a compilation of short stories, was published in 1924.

 In May 1925, shortly before her second book, Rim of the Prairie was published, Charles Aldrich died of a cerebral hemorrhage, leaving Bess a widow with four children ranging from four to sixteen. Her writing now became the means of family support; with her pen she put all the children through college.

 Aldrich's short stories were as eagerly sought and read as her novels, and she became one of the best paid magazine writers of the time. Her work appeared in such magazines as The American, Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, Collier's, Cosmopolitan, and McCall's. Aldrich also wrote several pieces on the art of writing, and these were published in The Writer.

 In 1934, Aldrich was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Nebraska, and in 1949 she received the Iowa Authors Outstanding Contributions to Literature Award. She was posthumously inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame in 1973.

 Aldrich moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1945 to be near her daughter and her daughter's family and did comparatively little writing thereafter. Bess Streeter Aldrich died in 1954 at the age of 73 and is buried beside her husband in the Elmwood Cemetery. Her legacy of books and stories remains, however, continuing to fulfill her hope that as future generations read her work they will understand the joys, the struggles, and the strengths that were all a part of pioneering in the Midwest.

Friday, September 11, 2015


October 20, 1932 - The wind was so strong last nite that it blew the schoolhouse door open.  So the building was quite cold when I got there.
October 21, 1932 - Warm again.  Ray came to school at recess.  He read in the car until school was out.  Then we went to Norfolk.  We went to Behmer's, Jochens' and Strate's for my order.  Mom, Ray and I played pinochle this evening.
October 22, 1932 - Washed my hair, finger-waved it and washed my silks this morning.  Mom ironed this a.m. and I finished it this p.m.  Rained and drizzled all day.

All-day ironing -- that's something that doesn't happen much any more, I'd wager.  I think I have mentioned previously in a post or two that I remember both Grandmas ironing (or maybe I only mentioned washing with the wringer washer . . . ).  I can see the sprinkler top on a Mountain Dew bottle, I believe it was -- green in any event.  I got to help sprinkle clothes every now and then.  The clothes were then folded just so and rolled up and put all together in a heavy plastic bag to sit before they were ironed.  I was trusted to iron Grandpa's handkerchiefs sometimes -- folded precisely in half, twice.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Picking corn

October 17, 1932 - Lovely day.  Played ball at noon.  Read this evening.  The folks started picking corn today, so we got up long before the sun did this morning.
October 18, 1932 - I went over to Alice's tonite right after school.  I stayed for supper and Raymond took me home.
October 19, 1932 - A real strong wind all day from the west.  Up early this morning and to bed early this evening.  Lena Walde Bruegger's birthday.

The corn-picking day was a Monday, so I am guessing Grandma got up early, but didn't necessarily pick any corn since she had to go to school.  But . . . maybe not.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Rebekah Lodge

October 14, 1932 - Played ball at noon and recess.  Mom and Lena Nieman came after me.  We stopped and got Mayme.  She got a permanent from Anna Boyd tonite.  Lloyd came after her.  I went to Rebekah Lodge tonite.  Alma L. and I walked home together.  Stopped at Lindbergh's a few minutes.
October 15, 1932 - Did the usual washing etc.  Went down town this evening and got some library books.  Talked to Marjorie a long time.
October 16, 1932 - Mom and I went out to see Carrie Hansen, but she wasn't at home.  We went over to Pryor's.  Had lunch there.  We went to Ola's and got Ray, then.  He brought me back to Walkers.

Well, we have Rebekah Lodge mentioned in this post, but no Iversen reference this time.  Must be patient, I guess.

For a photo I simply did a search for "1932" and came up with some pretty neat-looking Tinker Toys.  I like the siren.  And I am not sure if Tom has long hair, or if that is (more likely) a hanger of some sort.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Stretching it around the world

October 11, 1932 - Got a ride to school with Bob Nurnberg this morning.  Still pretty cold.  I went to League at Maas' with the kids tonite.  We played indoors.
October 12, 1932 - Warmer today.  Got a ride home from school tonite with Mike, in the lumber wagon.
October 13, 1932 - Got a letter from Marjorie and her pupils asking us over there for a Halloween party October 28.  Talked to Mayme this evening.  I asked her to come home with me tomorrow nite so she could get a permanent from Anna Boyd.

I have no sparkling commentary on Grandma's comings and goings but want to get this posted as it is one post closer to whenever Grandpa enters the picture.  I wonder what on earth is taking him so long.

I did find something interesting that happened far away from Winside on October 11, 1932.  As part of observances of the 100th anniversary of the invention of the telegraph by Samuel Morse, the chairman of the Postal Telegraph Company sent a telegram around the world in a record time of 4 minutes and 45 seconds. The message, "What hath God wrought," was identical to the original one that Morse sent from Baltimore to Washington in 1844.  And look where we are now with global communications.  That's a photo of the somewhat intense-looking Samuel Morse.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Laura Wiseman Lawson

October 8, 1932 - Mom came about 9:00 this a.m.  We took an order for school books down to Templin's.  Went down town this p.m. and got some gloves for myself.  Went to the dance at Carr's tonite with Lena Neiman and came home with Ray.  I had a really good time.  Willie stayed the rest of the nite.
October 9, 1932 - Ray and Willie went out to Ola's.  I went along and brought the car back to town.  This evening Mom and I went out to Ola's to get Ray so he could go along to bring me back here.  It was snowing when we got here.
October 10, 1932 - Feels like winter this morning.  Mrs. Jochens and Dorothy visited school this p.m.  I washed and finger-waved my hair and also finger-waved Evie's.

There was certainly no cause for Grandma to have taken note, but on October 10, 1932, my great-grandmother Laura Wiseman Lawson died.  I have, but not with me, a copy of her obituary.  I think the headline was something about the last of a pioneer family.  And in a way, she certainly was that.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Flash cards

October 5, 1932 - Back to school again.  Made flash cards for Harry's reading this evening.  Got a letter from Art Kahler.  He says he was discharged from the service Oct. 1.  He plans to go to Hot Springs, S. Dak. about the 12th of this month.  Martha Brogren's birthday.  Francis Andersen's birthday.  Lorraine Schmitt birthday.
October 6, 1932 - Wrote letters to Jane and Francis Andersen tonite after school.  Went to church with the folks this evening.
October 7, 1932 - Got a card from Mom tonite and she says she won't be after me until tomorrow.  She's at a RNA convention at Randolph today.  I went to church this evening with the folks.  LeRoy Brogren's birthday.

I remember flash cards and I made some for my two kids along the way, but I imagine they will eventually fall by the wayside and people will some day not even know what they are/were.  A bit of a shame, I think*.

I keep meaning to ask, what is this RNA that Grandma Anna was involved with?  It pops up every now and then I do not know what it is.

Back to the rest of the busy, busy 1903 in Winside:

     June 4, Marshal Smith has been busy trying to keep the chickens out of the park.  They seem to know a good thing when they see it.  There are other old roosters who enjoy the beautiful park too.
    June 17, a train wreck occurred about a mile and a half west of town in which three cars ran off the track.  One car was loaded with butter and eggs, the other two with coal.
     July 4, Winside spent the 4th in Hoskins.  E. R. Gurney was the speaker of the day.  In the afternoon most of the Winsiders took the train to Wayne spending the rest of the 4th there.
     July 16, nine big goose eggs, yes, that was the score Hoskins took home with them.  No wonder, the colts were hitched up right, batted right, rode on the merry-go-round right and felt right.  Kaiser Wilhelm Heyer had a wing on him like an Ostrich, steady as a clock and caused 13 boys to lay down their clubs at the old family plate.  And support, perfect with the exception of two little mishaps which didn't cut enough ice to make a milk shake.
     August 1, the Winside Brick Yard is doing fine and they hope this fall we will have a building boom.
     August 1, Winside is assured of a lecture course this season.  Six fine high class entertainments have been booked and we hope the community will turn out so the promoters will not have to "dig up."
     August 13, Girls' Basketball is doing some real playing.  This is the first time in history of the town that girls played this game.
     October 22, John Van Scorah was burning weeds northwest of the school house and the wind came up suddenly, fanning the flames so much that the M. E. church, parsonage and barn were threatened.  Neighbors rushed in to help him put it out.
     October 29, E. R. Gurney and family moved to Fremont, Nebraska.
     December 14, G. E. French bought part of the E. R. Gurney interests in the Merchants State Bank.

*I stand corrected.  When I went to the web to find a photo of some old flash cards, I found all kinds of new ones.  Perhaps they still have some life left in them.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


October 2, 1932 - I went to S.S. and church this morning.  Ray went up to Uncle Hans' last nite and he and Edwin are working on his car today
October 3, 1932 - Art Koepke took Leona, Mayme, and me to Wayne this morning.  It rained most of the day.  We went down town before supper.  I looked for a new dress, but couldn't find anything I liked. Aunt Mildred's have moved.  They have a lovely home now.  Gerald is staying with them and going to college.  Irene Weible's birthday.
October 4, 1932 - Mother misunderstood me and didn't come to Wayne after us girls tonite.  We had to go home on the train.  Glen met us at the depot.  They took me to Hoskins as soon as I got my suitcase packed.

It must be one of those days, but I have nothing to add here to Grandma's activities.  So, I'll fall back on some Winside history.  The entry for 1903 is so long I'll have to do half now and half another time.

     January 1, J. C. Eckler is the new editor of the Winside Tribune.
     January 8, R. R. Smith of the P. V. Elevator, won a sewing machine at the Lound and Anderson drawing.
     January 15, 586 carloads of stock, grain, beets, potatoes, junk, etc. were shipped out of Winside during 1902.  289 cars were shipped to Winside.
     February 5, Winside markets:  hogs $6, wheat 59c, oats 24c, ear corn 24c, butter 18c, eggs 20c.
     February 12, Mr. Miller of the Nebraska Clark Automatic Telephone Co. has secured about 25 business and residential people to install telephones.
    March 12, Herbert Lound received two alligators from Wylie McClusky in Florida.  They have caused much attention in the drug store window.
     March 19, Mrs. H. E. Siman furnished the music on the new piano at the Hoskins dance.  Piano music for dances is very stylish now and fast taking the place of other instruments.
     March 26, Rev. Wigton of Norfolk preached his last sermon in Winside Sunday evening.
     April 16, Mrs. Wiggs and the Cabbage Patch was reviewed April 11 by Mrs. Schroeder at the Woman's club meeting.
     April 16, Curt Benshoof got to monkeying around in Mundy's store yesterday and landed in the cellar by the short route.
     April 23, George Needham and Alva Beeson are the proud owners of spotted pups, and are perfectly willing to stay awake nights and listen to the melodious cries of their pets.
     April 26, With the wind blowing a gale the Hoskins Huskers met the Winside Winners on the local diamond.  Score 15 to 13 in favor of Winside.  Hoskins put up a good game but lacked a pitcher that could put 'em over.  In the great contest both artists in the box threw curves from 5 to 10 feet wide.
     May 1, Gust A. Bleich and Carl Wolff went into partnership in the Harness shop.
     May 5, Mary Crosby Carter, wife of A. H. Carter, passed away.
     May 20, Winside easily defeated Hoskins at Hoskins, 17 to 7.  Needham, the Winside twirler, fanned 11 men and Ramsey, the "stop short" covered himself with glory.
     May 28, Work has again begun at the Winside Brick Yard.  It was moved from the old site a few rods north where better clay may be found.  A well has been dug and ample water has been found.

It seems that the first part of 1903 was plenty eventful.  Alligators in Winside . . . I'll be darned.

Monday, July 6, 2015

2015 goings on

September 29, 1932 - My "Wayne County Teacher" came and says that Institute is next Monday and Tuesday.  I played ball this noon.  Talked to Mayme tonite.
September 30, 1932 - Mom came after me about 5 o'clock.  We went over to Behmer's a few minutes to see about having the school furnace fixed.  Annie and Ola and kids were in this evening for watermelon.  Claus, Pete and Clara were here a few minutes, too.
October 1, 1932 - Mom, Ray and I went to Norfolk this morning.  I got some school prizes.  I went with Ray to the barn dance at Carr's tonite.  Had such a good time that I want to go next Saturday.

I am guessing Institute is what we called teachers' convention (I think that is what we called it in my day anyway . . . my day is 35 years ago now).  I do remember we got out of school for a few days and that was what mattered.

This last weekend was the Nielsen-Iversen family reunion.  We didn't make it up for the Friday night weenie roast and fireworks, but went to the gathering on Saturday at the Legion Hall in Winside.  I feel safe in saying a good time was had by all.  Dorothy Jo wished to pass along her recording secretary duties and gave them to Mom, who wasted no time in passing them to me.  I suppose I should find out what all is involved so that I do not drop the ball somewhere along the way.  I did a very quick count of the sign-in sheet and counted 89 people for the Saturday lunch.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.  The next reunion, in 2018, will be Grandpa's kin's turn to be in charge.  The last I knew the weenie roast would be at our place and the Saturday meal in Wahoo.

I made a concerted effort on Saturday to talk to people other than those I see most often and did pretty well.  I had a grand time sketching out the family tree for Sabrina.  I think I managed to clear the air rather than muddy up the waters, but the family tree is a slight bit confusing for the younger ones.  I am so happy that she wanted to know who was who and what was what.

The photos are from 4th of July picnics in the past.  Thank goodness.  Some of these hairstyles and fashion statements definitely need to stay in the past. (The blog program has a limit on the characters in the label box where I name who and what is in the post -- so I couldn't get everyone tagged.)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Some more Winside history

September 26, 1932 - I forgot my keys this morning and was at the schoolhouse when I thought about it.  Rained all day.
September 27, 1932 - Had to play policeman because of muddy shoes, but still the floor got pretty full of mud.
September 28, 1932 - I got a letter from Mayme.  She said Leona wants to go with us to Institute.  I called up Mayme and told her I had planned that she and I might stay at Aunt Mildred's.  That suited her.  Tillie Eckert birthday.

Since I am still remembering how great the Q125 was, I'll do some Winside history whilst I contemplate Grandma's goings on.  Here is 1902:

     January 1, 12 inches of snow on the level, temperature 10 below.
     January 18, the Winside Roller Mills burned to the ground.
     March 3, L. S. Needham filed his petition in the district court of Wayne County, Nebraska, praying that all of that portion of the north one half of section No. 3, in Township No. 25, Range 2 east, Wayne County, Nebraska, lying south of the C. St. P. M. & O. R. R. right of way, excepting that portion which is platted, be disconnected and detached from the corporation of the village of Winside, Nebraska.
     May 6, Guy R. Wilbur was appointed village attorney for the remainder of the year.
     June 2, Board ordered all parties having obstructions on Jones, Allen, Whitten, Vroman, Miner and Graves streets, removed that the streets may be opened for public travel.
     July 7, Harry Prescott was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Board of Trustees, caused by the resignation of L. S. Needham.
     November 15, Board ordered the old windmill in the village park taken down, as it was decaying and a danger to public welfare.
     December 23, an ordinance, No. 58, granted to the Nebraska Clark Automatic Telephone Co. the right to use the streets and alleys for the purpose of building and maintaining a telephone system.
     December 25, John Mundy had a 17-pound turkey for Christmas dinner.

Hmmm.  Most often cities and towns are looking to annex property, not detach it.  I am being completely silly, but it could be read that the good Mr. Needham shaved off part of town, got criticized for it, and then resigned, all in the same year. 

I was perusing the Wayne County history book a bit the other day and they sure included some salacious things in there not found in the Winside history book -- murders and prairie fires and scalping and all kinds of things.

As for Grandma, I need to be very careful I don't leave keys and other things behind.  Starting when I was just a young thing, I made it a habit to look behind me whenever I got up from a chair in school or at church or wherever, because I kept leaving things behind.  Forgetting my work key would not allow me to go home and get it before I could work, unfortunately.  They have a duplicate around there somewhere.

The photo is there as a parallel to Winside's 1902 snow and back when I probably wasn't forgetting too many things.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

School days, school days

September 23, 1932 - Ronald was in school until first recess and was excused then  The Nurnbergs weren't here all day.  We hurried with our work and got through about 2:15.  The Madison League entertained the Hoskins League tonite.  They had the party at their church.  We played games outside, had a weiner roast and after that a short program in the church.
September 24, 1932 - Mother came for me about 9:30.  Went to Behmer's, Jochens' and Strates' and got my check.  I went down town this afternoon.  Mom and I were down town a little while this evening.
September 25, 1932 - Washed my hair this morning.  Ray took me out to Annie's and Lilly finger-waved it for me.  Ray and Mom brought me back to Walkers about 5:30.  I went with Walkers to the oratorical contest at Norfolk tonite.  Thelma Rottler from Madison won the gold medal.  Hollis Francis and Nan Andersen birthday.

My commentary has almost nothing to do with what Grandma has here, other than the fact that she mentions school.  I went up to Winside this last weekend to the Q125 celebration.  Some of our class got together for a quick little breakfast before the parade.  A small, but determined bunch, I'd say.  I reflected a bit later as to why it is so enjoyable for me to get together with this select group of individuals and here is what I came up with:

What is it about childhood friends that keeps us coming back for more?  Perhaps it is because these are the people we knew before mortgages and being fired from work and keeping up with the Joneses, and shopping for the best car insurance.  One of the last lines of the movie "Stand by Me" where four friends go off in search of the body of a dead boy and find themselves instead is, "I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve."  I think that applies to ages five to 18, too.

We all knew each other when we were at our best; not every day behaving like perfect young people, because of course, we weren't.  But we were enthusiastic about life because for the most part and for most of us, Life had not handed up more than we could handle.  We were in good physical and mental shape and the world was our oyster.  And we had fabulous fashion sense.  Like all generations before us, we did not and could not know what the future would hold.  But if we could make it through puberty and romantic break-ups, and disappointing ratings at district music contest, or favorite teachers moving on to other schools or not winning state wrestling, why, we could face anything.  We had not yet been affected so far as we knew by politicians or world events or the Dow Jones average.  World events, good or bad, did not come close to dulling our shine or giving us pause about the state of the planet we lived on.  Instead we lived for sports competitions and music and speech contests and plays and dances and summer vacation.  It was fun just to show up on the first day of school and find out who we got to sit next to in class.

But now, decades later, Life has shown us more of itself and we have weathered bad jobs and bad marriages and the heartbreak that sometimes comes with having children or trying to have them and the results of making choices we thought were right at the time.  We've buried beloved family members.  We've moved apart, literally and figuratively.  But there is a special and certain joy in seeing each other long after we were a cohesive class unit.  The years and the weight of the world can slip away for a time and we can be shiny and new and unaffected.  We can laugh and catch up since we last met, or not.  We can talk about who dated who, or the weather or retirement benefits.  Or not.  We have shared experiences that are known only to us.  And that makes our time together special, regardless of whether we spent three school years together or all 13, regardless of whether we hung out together during those years or simply passed in the halls.  We were the Class of 1980 and even if the best we could muster was "80 is greaty", we were greaty and still are. Keep shining, my friends.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Fall Festival?

September 20, 1932 - Minnie told us today that she has a little baby brother, born Saturday nite.  We were to have gone over to see it this evening but we were all too tired.  Allan Francis birthday.
September 21, 1932 - Rained this morning.  The Nurnberg's didn't come to school until noon.  This evening all of us except Evie went over to Nurnberg's to see the baby.
September 22, 1932 - This is the first day of the Fall Festival in Norfolk.  Yesterday's program was postponed until tomorrow.  All of Walker's went.  Read this evening.

I do not know what the Fall Festival is or was.

I was thinking of one-room schoolhouses today when I was watching the national news and a story out of California.  They were reporting on a test school (private and wildly expensive) that has a dozen or so students of different ages.  Because it is in testing there are extra behind-the-scene things going on, so some of what they talked about will not always happen.  The main gist of the news piece was that these kids have only two teachers and all ages meet in the same room.  Lessons are tailored to each student.  For the time being, all are watched by technies in another room to gauge how things are going; the school is very high-tech (piloted by big tech firms) and the students's work on their computers is also monitored in real time.  There are no report cards and students can listen to music with headphones while they do their work.

Obviously this is not like the one-room schoolhouses of Grandma's day, but the feeling seemed somewhat the same.  I do not think it would be all bad, at least for students where smaller is better, to go back to mixed-age, high teacher-to-student ratio learning.  The concept of old schoolhouses was brought up during the coverage and the educator interviewed said, in not so many words, that educational methods are fluid and ever-changing and that some so-called progress (bigger classes, less direct teacher interaction) is not always best.

I would likely have to make a dedicated effort to track that particular school to see how things go from here and if the concept takes off, but I was pleased at the effort to make some old things new again.

Thursday, June 4, 2015


September 17, 1932 - Ray repaired the damage this a.m. that I did yesterday.  We went to the fair this p.m. in Ola's car.  Lilly B. and Alma L. went with us.  Stayed for the evening and saw the pageant "Hiawatha" given by the Winnebago Indians.
September 18, 1932 - To S.S. and church.  Slept and read most of the afternoon.  Ray took me to Walkers about 6:00.  I went to church with them this evening.
September 19, 1932 - Cold and cloudy.  Bertha, Hazel, Louie and Eric Meierhenry and Bessie Miller were here this evening.  Bessie taught District 76 the year before I came here.  Mr. Walker went to Omaha today with Maas'.

I guess Grandma's efforts to run over a truck had some consequences.  No word on the truck, so perhaps that was good.

I am guessing the Hiawatha pageant Grandma refers to was based on the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem since I find by doing a bit of research that pageants were (or are, maybe) performed based on that work.  Here's a bit of The Song of Hiawatha trivia from wikipedia:

     "The Song of Hiawatha is an 1855 epic poem, in trochaic tetrameter, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, featuring a Native American hero. Longfellow's sources for the legends and ethnography found in his poem were the Ojibwe Chief Kahge-ga-gah-bowh during his visits at Longfellow's home; Black Hawk and other Sac and Fox Indians Longfellow encountered on Boston Common; Algic Researches (1839) and additional writings by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, an ethnographer and United States Indian agent; and Heckewelder's Narratives.  In sentiment, scope, overall conception, and many particulars, Longfellow's poem is a work of American Romantic literature, not a representation of Native American oral tradition. Longfellow insisted, "I can give chapter and verse for these legends. Their chief value is that they are Indian legends."  Longfellow had originally planned on following Schoolcraft in calling his hero Manabozho, the name in use at the time among the Ojibwe of the south shore of Lake Superior for a figure of their folklore, a trickster-transformer. But in his journal entry for June 28, 1854, he wrote, "Work at 'Manabozho;' or, as I think I shall call it, 'Hiawatha'—that being another name for the same personage."  Hiawatha was not "another name for the same personage" (the mistaken identification of the trickster figure was made first by Schoolcraft and compounded by Longfellow), but a probable historical figure associated with the founding of the League of the Iroquois, the Five Nations then located in present-day New York and Pennsylvania.  Because of the poem, however, "Hiawatha" became the namesake for towns, schools, trains and a telephone company in the western Great Lakes region, where no Iroquois nations historically resided."


I will give HWL major props for research.  I wouldn't have guessed there would be so many resources for a poem.  Nicely done.  The photo is of Iroquois, taken in or near Buffalo, New York in 1914.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

So am I the only person who hasn't heard of this?

September 14, 1932 - Lloyd brought Ronald and me to school.  I didn't play with the kids this noon because I was too tired.  Mrs. Walker and the girls went to church tonite.  I did the dishes for them.
September 15, 1932 - Delmar went to the fair today and wasn't at school, of course.  Mr. Walker, Bud, Mike and Mote went too.  Mike entered the Ford and Pig race and won 1st prize, which was $5.  Bud's going to enter tomorrow.
September 16, 1932 - Lawrence and Ronald went to the fair.  Mrs. Walker sent 4 large cantaloupe to school today.  We ate 3 at noon and the other at recess.  Dismissed school at 2:45.  Mom came after me at 4:00.  I drove home and tried to run over a truck.

I am positive I have never heard of a Ford and Pig race.  Here is what I found on wikipedia:

"The Pig-N-Ford Races are an auto racing event staged at the fair.  The races are run every August during, and as a feature of, the Tillamook County Fair. Drivers use stripped Model T Fords with stock mechanicals. Five cars are lined up with the engines off at the start line of the Averill Arena horse racing track. Drivers stand next to the grandstands. When the starter pistol fires, the drivers run to the opposite side of the front straight, grab a live 20-pound pig from a bin, then must hand-crank their car and drive it one lap. They then stop, kill the engine, get a different pig, and race another lap. The first driver to complete three laps in this manner without losing their pig is the winner.  The race was first run in 1925. The official story is that two local farmers were chasing a runaway pig in their Model Ts and were having so much fun, they decided it should be a race at the next county fair. The Pig-N-Ford Races have been run every year since 1925. Drivers belong to the Tillamook County Model T Pig-N-Ford Association, and membership is often a lifelong affair. Cars and memberships are often passed down through families or sold to close friends. Some of the cars that first ran in 1925 are still on the track today."

I wonder if PETA knows about this.  Must not, or no one cares, because they still hold the races, at least in Tillamook County.

And all of that is distracting me from Grandma's comment about trying to run over a truck.  Sounds like she had a full day that day.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Picnic, or no picnic?

September 11, 1932 - Ray came in this morning.  He's going to fix his car, so it's "good-bye picnic."  Mom and I went out to Ola's with him.  I washed my hair this afternoon and Lilly finger-waved it for me.  I fixed hers for her, too.  Ray brought me back to Walker's this evening.
September 12, 1932 - The League had a treasure hunt tonite.  We started at the church and went east and south of Hoskins, through stubble fields full of sand burrs and everything  We went about 5 miles before we found the treasure which consisted of suckers.  Played games at the church when we got back.
September 13, 1932 - Played ball this noon.  I went home with Ronald tonite.  We were over to Green's a few minutes this evening.  Willard Maas' birthday.

Well, it seems Uncle Ray is tinkering with his sister's destiny here.  But, as we know, all was right in the end.  Sorry for the teaser, but I wrote the truth when I said there was an Iversen sighting.

Speaking of Uncle Ray, Mom and I went to the Memorial Day program at Winside yesterday.  I had not been since high school, I'm pretty sure.  Honestly, I had forgotten about it until the speaker, who was several years behind me in school, mentioned that the school band performed at the program each year.  School was out, but we had one more band obligation to fulfill.  Not that it was a onerous obligation, just bad timing if you were really anxious for summer like most kids were.

We heard Uncle Ray's name called during the reading of the roster of deceased veterans.  As Mom commented later, the crowd was very quiet during the seven to eight minute reading.  One would expect that to be so, but often there are some folks that just have to whisper about something or other.  We didn't hear any of that kind of thing.

I know I am going to forget someone, but the other names were heard read from the family were Uncle Chris Jensen, Ramon Nielsen, Uncle Raymond Iversen, and a newly-realized cousin, Peter Petersen from William Andersen's (Grandpa Bill's) branch on the family tree.  I thought I saw a Legion marker by Uncle Chris Andersen, but Mom doesn't remember him being in the service, so it's more likely that I'm not remembering correctly.

In skipping ahead a bit in the Winside history, I note that in October of 1932, W. C. Lowry, the last of the Civil War veterans in Winside, died at the age of 89.  I am sure we heard his name called as well.

The photo is of the flag on Grandpa and Grandma's house, before he was gifted the flagpole.  Looks like it was before there was a birdbath there, but I do see the boot scraper.  Wish I'd grabbed on to that when we were getting the house emptied and ready to sell; could sure use it now.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Iversen "sighting"

September 8, 1932 - Played ball again with the kids.  Did some hektographing and also inked some copies today.  Made out lesson plans this evening.
September 9, 1932 - Played ball with the kids at noon.  Mom came after me about 4:30.  I went to Rebekah Lodge tonite.  They're having a picnic at Iversen's Sunday.  I hope I can go.
September 10, 1932 - Rainy today.  Mom and I went to Norfolk this p.m.  We each got a new green winter hat.  Ray helped Ola cut wood today and didn't come home tonite.

How nice that the day of the picnic is for my next post so I can keep those wondering when Grandpa will make an appearance in suspense a bit longer.

The photo is of "1930s winter fashion", but of course I have no idea what Grandma and Grandma Anna's hats were like.  It's a neat photo regardless.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Grapes? Boots?

September 5, 1932 - I played ball today with the kids.  Made out some reports after school and read from "The Child Builder" tonite.  Mom and Ray were going to get grapes from Wittlers this morning.  I wonder if they did.  And tomorrow Ray starts helping Mr. VonSeggern do carpenter work.
September 6, 1932 - We went to League at Lorene Jochens'.  Played games outside.  We had sandwiches, cake, and watermelon for lunch.
September 7, 1932 - Played ball today.  Mrs. Walker and the girls and boys went to church and I washed the dishes, and Mr. Walker wiped them.

I had no idea anyone ever grew grapes around Winside.  Perhaps the town missed its destiny as wine country.

I intended to keep up with the Winside History book in 1932 and add items for that year (in addition to doing the older stuff like I have been) to match the dates and events in Grandma's diary.  I was cleaning my desk today and found notes to that effect.  So, I'll do a teensy bit of catch-up now.

From the book, earlier in 1932, Mrs. August Nehring, age 96 was laid to rest, and Peder Jacobsen (age not noted) died.  The Whisker Club was organized on July 21 with 42 members. The rules were that they whiskers had to stay on until August 20.  And that is because the Old Settlers Picnic was on August 19.  The entry in this history book was:

      "August 19, Old Settlers Picnic was a big success; Dr. McIntyre who won first prize in the Whisker Club, was arrayed in an ancient dress suit consisting of a high silk hat and a swallowtail coat.  He also had spectacles to say nothing of a perfect set of sideburns that were as real as they make 'em.  Mrs. Emma Agler, 80 years old, was the oldest Wayne county settler."  I would like to see a photo of Dr. McIntyre's in his costume and whiskers.

Now I am caught up.

Here is a school picture of Mom in February of 1945.  I am curious as to why the kids have shoes on, but there are boots lined up outside.  What's up with that, you country school veterans?

Friday, May 15, 2015


September 2, 1932 - George missed school this a.m. because he was sick.  I played ball again today.  Lloyd and Mayme came after me tonite.  There was a dance at Uncle Hans' but we didn't care to go.
September 3, 1932 - Mayme washed her hair this morning and I fingerwaved it for her.  Ray took us to Wayne this afternoon to the teacher's meeting at the Court House.  We went down town tonite and I got a library book.  We came right back and went to bed early.
September 4, 1932 - We went to church this a.m.  Lloyd came after us after dinner.  We went to the ball game at Hoskins between Plainview and Hoskins.  Mayme brought me out to Walkers about 5:30.  I went to church with the folks tonite.

I have been watching Downton Abbey and the era of the season I am in is the 1920s.  Lots of fingerwaved hair on display.  Very pretty.  I wonder how time-consuming it was to do that.  I believe my straight, coarse hair would not have led to a good fingerwaving result, so I am glad it was not stylish when I was concerned about such things.  Bad enough that my bangs never feathered.  The photo is of the character Edith, who has the best fingerwaves on the show, in my opinion.