Friday, January 25, 2013

Bessie Carter Ranney's 1929 Diary - Week 4, January 20-26

(To read entries from my maternal great-grandmother's 1929 diary, please click on the tab "Posts by Topic" and then go to the topic "California." All posts are listed there.)
The Players:

The writer is Bessie Carter Ranney, my great-grandmother.
Her husband:
Luther Boardman Ranney, my great-grandfather
 Her children:
Ethel, my grandmother
Viella Crites Hesser, wife of Luther's first cousin, Otho Hesser

Jonathan Elisha "Uncle Jon't" Hesser & his wife, Sarah Catherine "Aunt Kate" Hall Hesser, Luther's uncle and aunt and Otho's parents.
   Sunday, January 20, 1929:  "The girls and I went to Sun. S. but didn't stay to Church.  Had early dinner & went to Viella's in P.M.  She has had tonsilitis and is just getting around.  It snowed hard while we were there.  Came home and went to Vespers.  Had lunch and went to Church in the evening.  Rained."

  Monday, January 21, 1929:  "Real cold but has stopped raining.  Washed and cleaned up house in the forenoon.  Went up town when Luther went after the girls.  Too wet for L. to work so he cut wood.  Stayed at Woessner's in the evening.  Ironed after I came home from town."

  Tuesday, January 22, 1929:  "Ironed & went over to Woesnner's at noon and stayed until 4.  Alice and I went up town and to the library after supper.  Then stayed at Woessner's until midnight."

  Wednesday, January 23, 1929:  "Cleaned cupboard and baked some.  Went over to Woessner's at 12:15 and stayed until 4:30.  Alice went to S.S. supper served by Mr. Perry."

  Thursday, January 24, 1929:  "Cleaned up sink & did house worked.  Went over to Mrs. Woessner's & worked for 1 1/2 hrs.  Did some sewing & fixing in the afternoon.  Called on Mrs. Grigsby.  Alice & I went to Mission Study class in the evening.  A fine lecture with pictures on the Mexicans."

  Friday, January 25, 1929:  "Went over & helped Mrs. Woessner clean up her house for company & went back after dinner & washed her dishes.  Had Ed, Willard & Dale Espy here for supper.  The folks all went to the Passion play & church & I went & washed W's supper dishes then ours.  The folks came home & played cards awhile & K. popped corn.  Arthur W. called about 11 P.M. to borrow some comforters."

  Saturday, January 26, 1929:  "Ethel went up to Forest Home on milk wagon with Maurice while Alice & I did the work.  Got home about two.  Girls went to town in the afternoon.  I washed W's dinner dishes.  Maurice was here for supper & he & Ethel went to the show in the evening."

December 1929, horse-drawn milk wagon.
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