|The writer is Bessie Carter Ranney, my great-grandmother. She was 46 at the time of this writing.|
|Luther Boardman Ranney, my great-grandfather. He was 59 at the time of this writing.|
|Kenneth. He was 20 at the time of this writing.|
|Alice. She was 18 at the time of this writing.|
|Ethel, my grandmother. She was 16 at the time of this writing.|
|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, April 21, 1929: "Alice, Ethel & I went to Sun. School & later Alice & Ethel went to Ramona to Hemet with, Elsie, Clint & Carley & came home at 7. I wrote letters all afternoon. We went to Church in the evening."
Monday, April 22, 1929: "Washed and varnished the girls' linoleum. Cleaned house all day. After supper the girls went to Pence's & Luther & I called on Laura Dodson who is having trouble with her back then came back & went to a lecture and entertainment at the new High School auditorium under auspices of school board as it it school week."
Tuesday, April 23, 1929: "Did more painting & house cleaning. Mrs. Shroeder called in the afternoon. Alice & I went to the "Poor Nut" the U. of R. Senior play. Very good."
At this point, my great-grandmother stopped making entries in her 1929 diary. Near the back of the book, I found the following notes:
"The Mackay School of Mines
University of Nevada
J.A. Fulton, Pres. Reno, Nev.
Ott F. Heizer
Mill City, Nevada
448 miles Los Angeles to Sacremento. 160 mi. from Sacremento to Reno. Reno to Mll City 146 mi."
This may have been the journey Kenneth took to go work in the mills in Nevada. It sounded as if she took it hard when he went.
The good news is I have one more of her diaries. Stayed tuned for that.