Then on Christmas morning, we opened our gifts... and my wonderful and personal Christmas elf, my mother, gave me a six month Ancestry.com WORLD subscription!! Woo Hoo! Maybe I will actually be able to "jump the pond" now! So you all know what I will be doing for the next six months... every spare moment I have. Rest assured you, dear blog readers, will reap the benefits and hear every find I make.
So I'm going to start sharing my great-grandmother's 1929 diary here and now. After reading a few entries, I see where her daughter (my grandmother) got her to-the-point and dry humor style of writing from!
|The writer is Bessie Carter Ranney, my great-grandmother.|
|Luther Boardman Ranney, my great-grandfather|
|Ethel, my grandmother|
Tuesday, January 1, 1929: "Stayed with Mrs. McIntosh lat night as she is sick. Came home at 5:30 & back again about 8. Girls stayed with the children & Mrs. [?] & I were at her mother's until 1 P.M. Worked on & finished Alice's green satin dress in the afternoon. We all went to Wallace Pearson's in the evening. Mona, Dale & Williard Espy were there. Had a fun time & got home at 11:30 P.M.
Kenneth has sworn off on cigarettes & he & I both on coffee unless visiting."
Wednesday, January 2, 1929: "Ironed for Mrs. Woessner and did my own work in the forenoon. Went to Mrs. Lingle's [?] a section meeting in the afternoon. We sewed on quilt blocks. Went to bed early. School began for everybody."
Thursday: January 3, 1929: "Worked in forenoon. Stayed with Charles from 1 P.M. to 3 P.M. Then went to the Church and worked on supper our Sec. served for Mission Study Classes. Alice came for supper & stayed for class then she & I went home at 7:45 P.M. Went to Woessner's & stayed with Chas. & Harriet until 1 P.M. Chas. sick & quite a bit of bother."
Friday, January 4, 1929: "Felt horrid from being up so much nights etc. so didn't do a great deal. Lucille Pence was here for supper. Ethel took Alice & I to sing & came for us at 9:30. Kenneth took medical exam. for civil service exam. Passed O.K. except blood pressure 14 points too high. Called U. of R. & they say he is doing better."
Saturday, January 5, 1929: "Washed & cleaned up house. About 3 P.M. Mrs. McIntosh brought Jack for us to keep until Tues. Got along very nicely with him. Went up town before supper & to bed early."