Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 26: Louise Bought Her Wedding Outfit

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

August 26, 1929, Monday: Nellie, Louise and I went to Valentine in p.m. I told Mrs. D. Schmidt about Louise's surprise shower. Nellie got her teeth fixed, and Louise and I shopped. She bought her wedding outfit, a blue dress, tan shoes and stockings, and a light tan hat.

August 26, 1934, Sunday: A cool night, bright nice day. Will got in time for breakfast, for Fritz and Elmer chored, then Will and Elmer took me to church at 10:45, and they came back, and Will and Maggie brought the lunch up, for we ate dinner after Mass, and it was a wonderful meal consisting of 3 kinds of potato salad, pork and beans, several kinds of sandwiches, radish, ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, fried chicken, vegetable stew, roast beef, lemon and apple pie, several kinds of cakes, coffee, cream, sugar, pepper and salt, and it was a delicious feed.

August 26, 1945, Sunday: Bright, hot, got to 90 above and some clouds towards evening, which was a real rain after dark, some lightning. I got breakfast, Will took me to 10:30 a.m. Mountain time church at Hidden Timber. We took Athel, David and Betty Harp. Doris is at Ainsworth with her grandparents, and Thomas is helping Stanley combine on Curtis Woods, and also Seth Whiting is helping. Will and Billie Van Epps went there during Mass.

Brother Hartman came with Fr. Grether. Fr. has been back to Ohio to his Sister's Golden Jubilee as a nun. Bro. Hartman built St. Francis and our church, 40 years ago at St. Francis, so his hair is gray.

August 26, 1950, Saturday: Mrs. Abbott and I and Cora Ann went down to Harps to see their refrigerator and gas cook stove.

August 25: A Barbecued Elk Feed

~ Boyd County, Nebraska

August 25, 1921: Was a hot, bright day until about 4 p.m., then clouded and a shower at about 5:30 p.m. Finished threshing before rain, so all went home but Mr. Charles Crabtree who stayed for supper, and he exchanged 6 roosters for ours, but being odd colored and small, we gave him seven.

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

August 25, 1929, Sunday: Bright, real hot day and in evening clouded, and electricity but no rain. At about 2 to 3 o’clock this morning, we came in from O’Kreek, where a program was at Guild Hall, and a Dance at Bennett Day School by Dan Dorian Post was given. Dave and Roy came back with Don, Narvin and Bill Van Epps, and Mary and Nellie with Dan Wagner and Frank Wright, and Louise with Harry Furrey. Will, Harriet, Jeanette and I took Madeline Wagner home. We made $7.50 each for Auxiliary and Legion after expenses were taken out.

We all just did the necessary work. Jeanette, Harriet and I dressed chicken. Will and I got potatoes. Nellie, Mary and Louise did the other work, and we slept most of the day in all the heat. Harry Furrey came, and we ate an early supper, and he and Louise went for a ride.

August 25th, 1931, Tuesday: Will took Mrs. Elshire and Mrs. Jansen to Aux. Convention at Methodist Church, and he to Auditorium where Carl and Tom were. Curt Elshire took Anna, Evelyn and I out to Indian School, just to look at the grounds, and got our eats for dinner. Curt went to sleep on the cot. Ann and Evelyn took a bed, and I got dinner.

This p.m. Will went back to Convention, also Mrs. Jansen, Mr. and Mrs. Elshire and I went to School of Mines, met Tom, Carl and Joe playing hooky also. Mrs. Elshire, Mrs. Jansen and Ann Lambert went to the Banquet. We had a small decorated table. After Will, Evelyn and I had a barbecued Elk feed at Municipal Park, we went up town and met the 3 above mentioned Ladies on Street in Evening gowns, and said they had a little lunch at a CafĂ© in their Evening gowns. Were they an attraction. At Park we were told to drink Elk’s Milk, as they had no coffee. We were given a cup and had to go to a water faucet and fill our own cups, had a bun, small spoon of Cabbage salad, also a spoon of potato salad, some of the folks didn’t bother to take their plates, just a piece of Elk Meat, walked off to the trees and had their beer instead of Elk Milk. 

This evening there was a Big Parade, then we were invited to Hall for Legion Dance, but went to Baken Park Pavilion where all the crowd seemed to be, also to show up town later.

August 25, 1939, Friday: Cool night, east wind, bright after a hazy, partly cloudy forenoon. I got meals, lay down in p.m., fixed 6 gallons of cucumbers in brine that was boiled and poured over cucumbers until Monday, when new brine must be made, played solitaire, listened to news of pending war. Will painted at barn an dhas pain in the sore on his leg, but not as bad as yesterday. Narvin and Will fixed fence in Rock and Antelope Creeks between us and Tom's, right after breakfast. I guess the men puttied barn windows in forenoon and went to fix south windmill near Strids, put in new leathers in p.m. I fried cucumbers for dinner. The men do not like them. I do.

August 25, 1946, Sunday: Partly cloudy and damp in a.m., but sun shone rest of day until late p.m., a real cloud in Northwest, caused all folks to leave the ballgame between Lone Hill and Kris teams at Lydon Diamond. Will and I came back in a hurry, but it rained only lightly until we got in the house, then was lightning and more rain. 

I fried chicken and made other eats, and Harry, Louise, Harley, Dorothy, Billie and Mary Alice came in their pick-up with a quart of cream, fresh tomatoes and those little cherry ones, a large watermelon and cucumbers, so we had good eats. We all went to the ballgame, Harley and Billie in Furrey's pick-up and the others in the V8. We were just visiting nicely when the rain threatened, so for home we all went.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August 24: Good-Bye, Blanche

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

August 24, 1929, Saturday: A bright day. The girls cleaned and we all got the meals and did the ordinary work. Roy went around stock. Dave got mail at store, and Will worked around the place, and in p.m. he got Madeline Wagner while the girls took a bath at the river, and Will took them all to O’Kreek where they went to practice for Legion Doings tonight. Will came back, and Roy, Louise, Dave and Will and I went over to O’Kreek to spend the evening.

August 24, 1932, Wednesday: Bright and warmer and a south west breeze, and flies so thick in the house, but I managed to finish the meat and had to make sausage and fry it all and make 2 meals and lunch.

August 24, 1938, Wednesday: Cool in the night, strong N.E. wind, so everything dusty this morning, so I had to clean the table completely before we ate breakfast. I baked cookies, sour cream, and frosted them with caramel frosting, also got the meals and played solitaire, slept in p.m. and got clothes soaked, for Will got in water. Then Mr. Chauncey and Dick (Roy) came, and they measured or estimated the hay-land that Chaunceys cut and raked, Mr. Neil, Dick and Elmer did the work, 2 at a time, and it is 800 acres. Will then washed clothes and we rinsed them in p.m., but it sprinkled rain, so Will started to hang them out, and brought them right back in.

August 24, 1941, Sunday: We got 6 prairie chickens and 1 pheasant so had a real feed in the evening.

August 24, 1945, Friday: We got to Hermans in plenty of time for the funeral, and those there were Frank Ruble, Bassett, Nebr., Aunt Blanche’s brother and her niece Bernice and Husband. Bernice was born when Aunt Blanche’s sister Beulah died, so Mrs. Ruble raised her, that is Aunt Blanche’s Mother, and she is dead now. Also Edna Ruble died 2 months ago, and Frank and Charlie are the only ones left. I never asked where Charlie was. Saw Sophie Herman Peoples and her Husband. Jim and Rosie are at St. Charles, and her brother Tom is in defense at Hastings, Nebraska. All that are left are Uncle Frank and Aunt Mary Herman’s Family. I also saw Mrs. Ida Langan and daughter Nora, and she was so glad to see me, I felt bad.

We took them to church and the graveyard, and when we got in the car to west of Aunt Blanche’s grave, Mrs. Langan said, “Good-Bye, Blanche. I won’t get any more flowers nor cards from you at Mother’s Day, and I am the last of the old timers left,” for John Langan was witness to our mother and father’s marriage.

August 24, 1949, Wednesday: Billie Abbott came with A. A. Harrison, Produce Man, Winner, and they loaded 10 roosters and 72 hens in his truck.

Monday, August 23, 2010

August 23: Had To Fight Ants Even Before Breakfast

~ Boyd County, Nebraska

August 23, 1920: Was a nice day, until evening clouded and got windy but never rained. We went to Chas. Ward’s in morning. They finished at 10 a.m., and Mrs. Ward and I, also Della, Laura and Francis came with Will in the wagon down here. We brought Mrs. Ward’s dinner, consisting of roast Beef, Beans, Corn, Potatoes, Tomatoes, Apricot sauce, Butter and cream. Then I made peach pie, fixed cucumber and onions, and we put on Bread and Jelly and coffee, so got a dinner in a hurry as Mrs. O. Ernest came with more cream and Milk, and Mrs. Merle Gallantine came to help with dinner also. 

After dinner, Rudolph Andersen brought Mrs. Tom Ernest and Lorin, Mrs. Emanuel Woolhiser and Havalin and Mrs. Orvil Ernest, so we had plenty of help. Mr. B. Elsworth and Papa came. Those helping Will were Mr. A. Ward. Guy Pierce, Messrs. J. Ableidinger, M. Gallentine, Floyd Sherlock, Emanuel Woolhiser, Tom Ernest, Chas. Ward and Mr. W. Gallentine came in p.m. 

The Machine crew were Orvil Ernest and Chas. Hines, Ernest, Separator man and Hines, Engineer. They finished 1275 Bu. Oats and barley and started on the Rye, but had 2 hrs. trouble, so didn’t finish and folks went home at 10 p.m., except Chas. Hines came back for night after taking Ernests home.

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

August 23, 1931, Sunday: Bright, warm and wind blew. Will and I got ready, packed car, and left for Rapid City via Elshires, O’Kreek, White River, where we ate along the river near the Catholic Church, on to Kadoka, west to Rapid City, passed through Cedar Pass, all the towns in route.

Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Elshire, Mrs. John Jansen, Carl Anderson, Tom Sazama and a man named Joe from Osmond, Nebraska, Evelyn and Anne Lambert, Will and I made the trip to American Legion Convention, and got to Baken Tourist Park at dark and had a 3 room cabin reserved, and got 2 cots, and Tom Sazama and Carl and Joe went to another park as Baken was filled. We got supper, and the men went up town, and the Legionnaires are celebrating all kinds of ways, and after midnight there was a dance at Baken Park and all kinds of entertainment.

August 23, 1932, Tuesday: Bright, but cool indoors and very few flies, as I had fresh pork that Otto and Will cut up to fry and lard to render, and flies never bothered, and I got along fine and got 2 meals for Will. Otto, Wm and Narvin took lunch to the hills and mowed and raked hay.

August 23, 1936: We went to Wooster vs. Hidden Timber ball-game at H.T., then on to Tom Wright’s west of O’Kreek, and he was not home, back to Furreys where Louise, Dorothy and 9 day old son William Harrison Furrey were asleep.

August 23, 1943, Monday: Hot forepart last night and cool towards morning, bright, got to 94 above, but clouded in a hurry just towards the sun from 2 to 5 p.m., but a few drops of rain here, and the sun was bright towards evening. I wrote in diary, played solitaire, and washed my hair, and had to fight ants even before breakfast, for they were all over the table in the kitchen, but I got most of them this day.

August 23, 1946, Friday: I fried some meat, but it is on ice and cool, so I left it there. Got 2 meals and fed partridges corn on east porch. It was a lot of pastime for me to see them. Will had to walk back 1 ½ miles to get car North of Strids.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

August 22: Listened to War Threatening in Poland

~Hidden Timber, South Dakota

August 22, 1928, Wednesday: Another bright day until towards evening clouds, but only a sprinkle here. Dave, Harriet and I went to St. Francis, got there at 8:30 our time, and the funeral was after 10 o’clock, and we all came home, and Dave went to Valentine to get Louise and Nellie, as a telegram at St. Francis said that they will be there after midnight.

Helen had a nice funeral, but not a large one, only friends and relatives, and she was laid to rest at St. Francis cemetery on the right side as you go in.

August 22, 1933, Tuesday: A real rain last night and a very strong south wind. Today cloudy, cold a.m., bright towards evening. I went to the table for breakfast, and Will also helped me to the wash-room n the morning and evening. I stayed in the front room until after dinner, came in my room and slept among so many flies, and to the table for supper. Maggie waited on me and got the meals and canned corn, made plum-butter, canned plum juice, and made water-melon pickles.

August 22, 1934, Wednesday: Rained in the night and early morning, then clear and cool rest of day. Maggie got meals, and she and Billie Chauncey and Fritz picked plums down the river in p.m. Maggie washed Elmer’s and Will’s and her own Sunday clothes, and ironed them and Elmer’s suit.

August 22, 1939, Tuesday: After a cool night, bright, except a few scattering clouds and north breeze quite strong in the day, changed to west and a calm evening. I got meals, lay down in afternoon, played solitaire, read some papers, listened to war threatening in Poland, Europe, between Germany and Poland news.

August 22, 1945: Another cool night, bright nice day. Will mowed, came for dinner, and this evening finished the low land in Wisenberger Pasture and started on land on hill north of windbreak. Van Epps, Hand and Sonny stacked last of hay on Quigley, finished at 5 p.m., got the mail and brought it here, and Billie Van Epps was along and wanted to see the hay measurement book and to know the size of their stacks, for now have finished 64 of them, and Hank said that he and Sonny were going to Elmer Chauncey’s to paint the house and barn and outbuildlings, and Van Epps is to take them over this evening.

I got 3 meals, put waste fat in cans, washed some clothes by hand, and Tom Colombe came this forenoon at about 10:30 a.m. and said that Aunt Blanche Herman died at Mother of Grace Hospital, Gregory, at 1:15 p.m. after dinner yesterday, from an operation for obstruction of bowels. Funeral will be at Colome Friday at 2 p.m. Tom Colombe and Louise came out home at 1 .m. this morning, and will go back to Aunt Blanche’s at once, and already told Ed and Tom Whiting, and he will call Jake and William at St. Francis, also Uncle Crist at Bristow, Nebraska.

August 21: Threshing Finished Late Evening Fine and Proper

Hidden Timber, South Dakota

August 21, 1925, Friday: A very strong south wind all day, and oh so dusty, but the threshing machine came and the crew consisting of Messrs. Ed Anderson, Cecil Roundy, George Menz, Jake and John Wisenberger, George Smith, Tom Whiting, Abe and Curtis Elshire, B. Clausen. Machine Men: One was bundle hauler, a separator man, also engineer, and George and Will and cooks myself, Mrs. George Menz and Mrs. George Smith and assistants Marcella Menz and Richard Smith, playmates Delila Menz, Ada Menz and Robert Smith. Threshing finished late evening fine and proper, 621 bu. Barley and 457 bu. oats. The Menz family and George and 2 threshers went to dance at O’Kreek.

August 21, 1928, Tuesday: Bright, nice day after a cold night. The undertaker, Frank Fisher, took Helen in the house, and I rode with Wes Groves, his son and a sister-in-law, and Dave brought LeMoyne, Kenneth, Seth and Leo from home, and Magdalene, Gerry and Lillian Smith dressed Helen so nicely in her graduating clothes. Ed and his family that Dave didn’t bring, Mrs. Giroux, Frances and Pearl came at mid-day, and Dave, Harriet and I came back out home for the night. Will and Ben were here. Ben was threshing so home late evening. We had a bum supper, as I was tired.

August 21, 1929: Louise told us this forenoon that she and Harry were going to be married soon, so we all are excited and you would think that we never heard of folks getting married before.

August 21, 1933, Monday: Bright and a S.E. breeze after a damp early morning, and a few clouds real late p.m., and a lot of rain and wind to N.W., but was in the south before bed-time and quite strong. I went to the front room in forenoon and back to bed until supper time after dinner, read and played cards. Maggie waited on me, got meals and cooked carrots and baked pie for supper. The men went to the hay field in the hills, but first Narvin went to the pasture and Will to Elshires and the store, but rain brought them in early evening. Jake Wisenberger was here yesterday before breakfast looking for a white-faced heifer.

August 21, 1934, Tuesday: I looked at catalogs and made out an order to Sears, and it was a job, so guess I will have to quit for awhile until I get new lenses in my glasses because I cannot see small print.

August 21, 1937, Saturday: South wind strong, dusty, bright. I got meals, finished washing, ironed shirts, mopped floors, swatted flies, baked cake. Will and Lee bunched hay north of Strids. Thomas rode and they stacked in p.m.