Friday, January 29, 2016

Off to a movie

January 12, 1933 - Not quite so cold.  Nurnbergs still gone.  The boys shelled about 9000 bushels of corn today.  Every day this week Ronald has been giving me half of his orange if I'd peel it for him. Delmar gave me an apple after school.  Read some in the new American after school.  Listened to radio after supper, washed 4 pair of hose and embroidered on a block of Evie's new quilt.  Mayme called up, the rubbernecks were quite busy.
January 13, 1933 - Nurnbergs absent.  Finished giving exams.  It just about drove me wild yesterday and today answering foolish questions.  Got through early and dismissed at 3:10.  I took lesson assignments up to Nurnbergs.  Wittlers came after me about 4:00.  We played 500 this evening and ate kid candy.  Lydia and I talked until 2:30.
January 14, 1933 - Got up at 8 o'clock.  Read, talked and tried to help Lydia.  Mrs. Wittler is in Atkinson.  Her mother is quite ill.  We went to Norfolk to the Granada tonite.  Saw Clark Gable and Carol Lombard in "No Man of Her Own."  It was good.  After we went to bed we talked the whole thing over.  We were too tired to talk as long as we did last nite.

Here's an interesting bit about "No Man of Her Own" (from wikipedia, of course):

     During filming, Gable and Lombard were entirely indifferent to one another, with Lombard in a foul mood due to her recent unpleasant loan-out to United Artists. She spoke of that experience with her usual colorful vocabulary, which Gable was not certain he approved of. No romantic relationship between the stars came about during the making of this picture, with Lombard still married to actor William Powell and still very much in love. While Gable was still married to socialite Rhea Langham, he could not say that he was in love, but he was certainly not interested in Lombard. He was not so distant from Lombard, however, that he did not give her a nickname, calling her "Ma", as his character did in the film. Lombard retaliated by calling him "Pa."

     On the last day of filming, Gable presented Lombard with a pair of ballerina slippers with a card attached that said, "To a true primadonna." Lombard got him back when she presented him with a large ham with his picture on it. Gable kissed her goodbye and they did not stay in touch, as Gable found Lombard to be bawdier than he was willing to handle, and Lombard found Gable to be overly conceited. It was not until four years later that their romance began to take off. Gable and Lombard never appeared together in another film, primarily because they became major stars at different studios, which didn't like to lend them out.

And here's the plot:

     Gambler Babe Steward (Clark Gable) is in trouble with the law and decides to lie low in a small town. There he meets librarian Connie Randall (Carole Lombard) and attempts to seduce her. They flip a coin to decide whether or not to get married. The coin forces them to get married and Connie soon falls in love with Babe. Babe, meanwhile, continues his conning while telling Connie that he is working on Wall Street. Connie does not suspect anything until she finds Babe's marked cards in his desk. She shuffles the cards and when Babe plays a game of poker, he loses. Babe wants nothing more to do with Connie and leaves for Rio de Janeiro to win big money at cards. But, realizing that he loves Connie, he gives himself in to the police to serve his jail sentence. When Babe returns to a pregnant Connie, he does not suspect that she knows of his deception, but she does not say a word about it and in true Hollywood fashion, we are left to assume that the couple lives happily ever after.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Good heavens!

January 9, 1933 - I got a ride part of the way to school with Mr. Walker this a.m.  Laurence was up there.  He brought me my beads.  All the Nurnbergs were gone today.  School was quite peaceful and calm.  Read and talked this evening.  I took the Good Housekeeping magazine to bed with me and read until 11:30.  Mr. Walker cut off about 2 inches of my hair tonite.  It feels and looks better.
January 10, 1933 - Got to school a little later than usual this a.m.  This noon Laurence said that anyone that drank bootleg whiskey should be hung up by their toes and cut to pieces.  Delmar said there wouldn't be many people left.  Nurnbergs absent again. Mr. W., Mote and I played Rook and Rummy tonite.  I was 2nd in Rook and low in Rummy.  I copied a few examination questions.
January 11, 1933 - Much colder this morning.  We sat around the stove for lessons until 10:00.  Nurnbergs still absent.  The boys are shelling corn in the sand table.  And what a time they have.  Went to town tonite to get my check.  Mr. Strate is in Omaha and won't be back until Fri or Sat.  Went to prayer meeting.  Lydia asked me to spend this weekend with her.  Wrote a letter to Mom when I got home.

I wonder what Laurence thought on December 5 of this same year when Prohibition was ended.  I peeked ahead and Grandma is silent on the whole topic.  Everyone in the photo looks pretty serious, except the barkeep who has a bit of a smile on his face.  Get a load of that decanter or glass or whatever that the lady in the foreground is holding!

What exactly is Grandma implying with school being peaceful and calm without the Nurnberg kids present?

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Normal goings on

January 6, 1933 - Mrs. Jochens took us to school in the car this morning.  Harry and Minnie were sick and missed school.  We had quite a windy dust storm about 4:30.  Ray came after me about 3:30.  Mom had 2 teeth pulled today and was cross this evening.  Edwin B. and Wendell W. were here for supper.  (I left my beads at Jochens this morning.)
January 7, 1933 - Mom cleaned the duck for tomorrow this morning.  We were going to Hoskins to get my check and then to Norfolk to cash it, but Strate is in Omaha, so we didn't go to Norfolk.  Henry Kahlers from Osmond and Annie and Ola and kids were in the p.m.  H. Kahlers were here for supper.  Neva Hansen came up this evening to do some R.N.A. work with Mom.  Ray and I went down to the library and got some books.
January 8, 1933 - To S.S. and church this morning.  The duck surely tasted good at dinner.  Read and played lazy this p.m.  Washed my hair.  Mom, Ray and I played Pinochle.  As usual I was low man.  Mom and Ray brought me back to Walkers about 9:30 tonite.

Don't know that I have much to add.  I don't know the rules of Pinochle, but based on Grandma's comment, being low score must be bad.

Monday, January 11, 2016

An optimist!

January 3, 1933 - This is Annie Brogren's birthday.  I got to school a little bit later than usual this morning.  I didn't feel so tired today either.  The quarterly examination questions came.  I went to bed rather early this evening.  Lawrence has hardly been able to talk in school, he's so hoarse.
January 4, 1933 - It's been so warm this week that spring seems to be coming.  Walkers butchered yesterday and tonite they fixed their sausage.  They had 150 pounds of it.  I and Mike tied the sausages.  Evie got up today, she's been in bed since Sunday morning.
January 5, 1933 - Mrs. Jochens called up this morning and asked me to come over to their place with Laurence tonite.  We surely had a good supper.  Laurence and I played a game that he got for Xmas.  He won.  When Dorothy and I played, I won.  Mrs. Jochens, Dorothy and I talked until 10:00 on a great variety of subjects.

Small point -- I don't know if it is the same boy or not, but I see two distinct spellings of Laurence/Lawrence in Grandma's journal.

I can certainly get tired of winter, but I don't know that I've ever thought of spring during a warm day in January.  Clearly I need to be more optimistic.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

1933 and Bunco

December 31, 1932 - Finished my sewing and pressing today.  Went down to the library this p.m.  Tonite Ray and I went to a watch party at Hazel Jochens. We played Bunco.  Mike and Ray were tied for 1st prize, they shook dice and Ray got it.  We had a really good time.
January 1, 1933 - To S.S. and church this morning.  Read and slept this afternoon.  This evening Ray and I went to the dance at Hoskins.  G.P. told me a good riddle about olives and girls.  Ray went home with Hans Ehlers.  I went home at intermission and took the car.  At first it wouldn't start, the simple reason I hadn't released the emergency brake.
January 2, 1933 - I wasn't as tired this morning as I expected to be.  I went to Walker's right after school and took the car, went to Winside.  I gave Viola Chapman a ride.  Mother and I went to the Rebekah and Odd Fellow joint installation.  We had an oyster supper afterward.  Ray took me back to Walkers.  We took Alma to Bojens.  I got back to W's just as they were going to bed.  They had League here tonite.

Grandma has mentioned Bunco different times and I never knew exactly what it was.  Thanks to my good buddy, wikipedia, I found out quite a bit.  It sounds like a lot of fun.  No decisions or strategy, so it would be an appropriate game when people want to talk more than think, and also with a wide range in the ages of players.  One reference indicates it is sometimes called "The Housewife's Drinking Game" - don't know if I would go that far after reading up on it.  Ha!

I peeked ahead and there are definitely Iversen and Howard Iversen references in 1933, so much so that eventually Grandpa is just Howard, no Howard Iversen.  This is good.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Lots of card playing going on

December 28, 1932 - Edna and I slept until 11 o'clock!  We got up and got dinner right away.  This p.m. Mom, Ray, Edna and I went out to Mary Kahler.  They (Mom and Aunt Mary) showed us how they danced when they were young.  This evening we went out to Ola's and played Michigan.  Mom and Edna seemed to win all the time.
December 29, 1932 - Edna isn't feeling so good this a.m.  We went down town, called Claus and told him to come after her.  We stopped at Schellenberg's and told Florence Edna wouldn't be able to spend the rest of the week there.  Florence came up this evening.  We played Pinochle with a double deck, lots of fun.  Made some fudge, too.
December 30, 1932 - Mom's been sewing every day this week on my school clothes.  She just has a little bit to finish tomorrow.  She's fixed 4 dresses and 1 jumper.  Mom, Ray and I went down to Schellenberg's tonite.  We played pinochle, the kids against the older folks.  The oldest won 3 games and we won 2.

I am sorry to say I don't know my Kahlers, but this photo is from a Kahler reunion in 1964.  I have no idea why I like this photo so very much, but I do.  I especially like the ladies' dresses.

But as for Grandma's post, I would have liked to have seen the dancing.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Christmas 1932

December 25, 1932 - The entire family went to church this morning.  Aunt Emma and family were here for dinner today.  We had 3 ducks for dinner and they were good!  This evening Mom, Ray and I played cards.
December 26, 1932 - I played lazy today.  Mom sewed a little on one of my dresses.  We went to Wayne this p.m.  Aunt Midge has been in bed a week with flu.  Were at Riese's too!  Tonite Ray and I went up to Brogren's and got Edna R.  Then to Hall's for Mayme's birthday.  We danced a while and played Rook.  We had a good time.  Annabelle Brogren's birthday.  Mayme Hall's birthday.
December 27, 1932 - Edna and I slept quite late this morning.  I washed my hair and she finger-waved it for me.  This evening we took Edna to Hoffman's for Gus' birthday party.  Ray and I went on to Lydia W. birthday party.  We played Bunco and had a good time.  Stopped and got Edna on our way home.  Lydia Wittler's birthday.

I hope I have the right Emma here.  Regardless, she seems rather sassy in this photo.  I know there isn't much to go on, but does anyone know where this photo was taken?