Friday, August 26, 2011

Grandma's Diary, Parts 30 and 31

As you, my readers, may have noticed, I appeared to have fallen off the face of the earth over the past month.  Very close.  Due to drastic changes in my life (a pending divorce and a move to another state), my genealogy research and my blog have been neglected.  However, I am now (sort of) back since I was able to find Grandma's diary in a box today!  I plan to post two parts per Friday post until I am caught up with these entries.

(To read prior entries from my maternal grandmother's 1933 diary, please click on the tab "Posts by Topic" and then go to the topic "California."  All posts are listed there.)


The writer is Ethel Ranney Tapley.
Alice is her sister.
Kenneth is her brother.
Her parents.
          H = her boyfriend, Hazel Avery Plumlee
          Delma = Hazel's little sister
          Earl = Hazel's brother
          Verda = Earl's wife
          Dorothy Lee = Hazel's niece (Earl's child)
          Otho is Otho Hesser, her father's cousin.
          Viella is Otho's wife.
          Ruth & Kathryn are Otho and Viella's daughters.
          Uncle Jont is Jonathan Hesser, Otho's father and her father's uncle.
          Aunt Kate is Sarah Katherine Hall Hesser, Jonathan's wife and Otho's mother
          Herman (Williams) is Alice's boyfriend. 

Sunday, July 30:  "I went to S.S., taught Mrs. Sweeters class.  H. was here to dinner.  Alice came home about 6 p.m.  Clara, Barney, H. & I went to the ball game & to Riverside in the eve."

Monday, July 31:  "We washed & ironed.  We visited Hesser's, Went to Plumlee's a min.  Took H. home.  Saw Clara & Lucile a min.  Clint's car burned last night.  Visited Cooper's awhile."

Tues., August 1:  "We went to town saw Wilsons.  Saw Norah.  Went to Berdo, got my magazine rack.  Chev. salesman was up again."

Wed., August 2:  "We went over to Mrs. Wests house to quilt on Alice's quilts.  Went to Yucaipa afterward.  Saw Hazel for a little while.  Saw Viella in Yucaipa, also Marie & Arnold."

Thurs., August 3:  "We quilted on Alice's quilt all day.  I made quite a head way."

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Fri., August 4:  "Viella helped us quilt on Alice's quilt today.  Dad worked on the rock pile.  I think tomorrow will finish the quilt."

Sat., August 5:  "We finished Alice's quilt today.  We certainly worked hard on it.  Toward eve. I went to Yucaipa saw Clara & H.  Went to San Berdo & made a payment on our rug."

Sun., August 6:  "Alice & I went to S.S.  Took H. home with us for dinner & ice cream.  He went with Bill Dolan in the afternoon."

Mon., August 7:  We washed & tied my comforter before noon.  Clara waved Alice's & my hair.  Aice & I stayed all night at Trowbridges.  H. was there to supper."

Tues., August 8:  "Mama & Alice & Hessers went to town.  They told Wilsons they had to move.  I stayed with Mrs. Trowbridge all day.  H. & Alice was there for supper.  Alice & I stayed all night."

Wed., August 9:  "Laura & Mrs. Bilger was here to dinner.  In the afternoon we quilted at Mrs. West's on my quilt.  Hazel & Viella & Ruth & Jane were here for a little while in the eve."

Thurs., August 10:  "Mama, Alice & I quilted on my quilt at West's.  About 9:pm, Laura & Everett came & stayed all night."

Fri., August 11:  "We finished my quilt.  It sure is hot.  We went to Yucaipa & saw H.  Went to a surprise shower for Alice at Hesser's in the eve."

Sat., August 12:  "We went to San Berdo. to take Laura home.  We ate lunch at Holt's.  In the eve. H, Clara & Barney & I went to San Berdo."