Wayne County Bios
These diary entries were submitted in January 2002 by: Debby Shaffer Bell
Diary entries are from the diary of Arvilla Swingle, b. June 28 1887
Arvilla was married to Henry Brundage. Their children are Daniel, Warren, Lucy and Louise. Louise is Debby Shaffer Bell's grand mother.
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Diary of Arvilla Brundage 1945
Mon Jan 1 1945
I am over to Louises yet have looked for the folks
all day. Lucy ask me what I want for new year and I told her to get
me a ford v8. She thought I was homesick. I do worry a lot about
home but am not homesick. Sam has a very lame back they got a red cross
plaster for it Lucy dosent feel very good either.
Still over to Scranton havenāt heard a word from home. Louise called last Wed night 8 I slept till 11 then Lucy woke me. After we eat I went to sleep again and was asleep when Sam came at 2 pm Lucy didnāt go to the Dr after all she went to a meeting to a church got home about 10 PM It was in the paper where John Seeley was found unconscious near his work was taken to hospital and died about 11 am this morning. Didnāt hear from the folks at home guess they canāt write. Robert Lamberton birthday born 1915
I never heard Louise when she went to work it was 20 after 10 when I woke up. No word from out home yet Edna and Boyd went to Earnest at White Haven for new year.
We had a card from Henry. They think I better come
home on the buss. I had to go I have my blankets over here and need
them out home. Sam got a basket of lovely apples for $1.25(could be
Louise Andy and I went to a show it was nice the
toilet got stopped up and went all over the floor. Lucy was told her
work would last some time longer.
I had a apple pie for supper and cooked some beans
and Sam got the nicest fish.
Lucy went to the Dr today didnāt get home till after 6 pm. Then after supper she and Sam and I went to town and went to the show and she had to get a prescription filled. We went to a 10 cent store and got some things there was a big fire in town on north Washington Ave. Louise and Andy stayed home she didnāt feel to good had a sort of sore throat Lucy was awful cold.
Lucy and I stayed home Louise Sam and Andy went
to see where the fire was last night They went to the show Louise call
up out home they are all right said they might come over next Sunday.
I was disappointed when they didnāt come today
Mon Jan 8 1945
It was awful cold today. But Lucy washed a few
pieces and hung out I didnāt hear from out home.
Louise went with Andy to call on his brother She
called Dr Cook for more medicine for me. Itās awful cold here I wrote
to the folks out home Sunday night
Lucy had to start about 2 hours early
She was supposed to down there at 11 am. We made
rice pudding and she had some before she went.
We made macaroni and cheese for supper. Then Lucy
and I laid down to listen to the radio and we both went to sleep Louise
shut it off.
Lucy got up before I did and fixed the fire to burn and took a bath and was back in the room dressing when I woke. Then we had breakfast and I got a letter from Edna Enslin and Louise one from Jim Bell Sam got home about 2 oāclock went to the store and got hamburg and cookies. Lucy went to the elm park church she bought me a pair of silk stockings so I could go but I really felt tired so went to bed and went to sleep.
Last night Lucy went to the Elm Park Church to a meeting and was so cold when she got home she slept with me and Louise on the bed couch. So Lucy had the hot pad to get warm by. Andy was in today and warmed up a can of soup and took it down for Louises dinner at work. My medicine came from Dr Cook. Sam couldnāt get the refrigerator set till tomorrow.
Lucy had to go to the Dr without anything to eat
or drink since her supper last night she didnāt get home from work till
most 9 pm last night. Henry Warren and Jimme and the children came for
me.we got home about 5 oāclock. Jim washed dishes and got supper and
washed the supper dishes and cleaned my stove good for me he came in
about half drunk and stayed all night it sure looks as if they must
have had a bee to upset things the way they are. the big clock wont
go and broke the midly size brown ^*&^(^(*^ that Louise got
me and the fire stove. Lucy hadent got home when I left over there.
O dear such a day Jim has been so mean he and Daniel
got in a serap a real fight with Mike Bolick
And Henry Jeruniels are booth missing over acount.
Baked 6 loaves of bread and 4 pans of cinnamon
rolls 2 pans of bread biscuits. Doc *(*(* up bottle flour and
I washed quite a lot and cooked beans also. Mandy called Mrs. Knapp
was very sick but I felt so bad I couldnāt go out. Beverly came down
to see me today but I was going to bed. but she didnāt stay very long.
I havent felt a bit good all day Daniel didnāt
go to work Henry thought he had to file a income tax return but they
phoned and found out he didnāt. I wanted them to take me out to see
Mrs Knapp but they wouldnāt in the afternoon they got a load of wood.
then at night Daniel was going to see Eleanor and I was going to Hetzels
but it started to snow so he didnāt go so I couldent go. Ves was in
half drunk Beverly came down to see me and got some potatoes for supper
and tomatoes apples and a can of cloke cherries. I wrote to the girls
and got the letter in the mail.
Tue Jan 16 1945
Daniel went to work to Honesdale. I called at noon to tell him to go to Aunt Berthas and stay till the roads were open but he had left at 11 they said he dident get home till most 3 oāclock. He said they left the car at Vanerchachs and walked the rest of the way in was awful tired and Veses car came by Waymart to So Cannaan and he had to walk in from *(**(*(* Pete Warcholyaks brought our mail with the horses he had seen the mail man some where and he sent to in Dan got us 3 pounds of butter. Schools all let out at noon but they had to shovel so to get home. Jim didnāt get here till after 3 oāclock a terrible snow storm the worst in 5 years the radio says.
Wed Jan 17 1945
No milk went, no mail and no schools on account
of snow. The roads all blocked told Ves walked out to Karnicks the men
didnāt get up till after 8 oāclock this morning it was after 11 oāclock
when he had breakfast. Henry helped me do the dishes I cooked squirrel
and cabbage and potatoes for supper I looked out the window and saw
Beverly coming down to see me her daddy had her by the hand but she
would *)*) and get again. Our mail box is all covered up but just the
very top with snow. We heard last night Walter Thom had broke his leg
and is in hospital in Kingston Pa
Our road wasent open yet today Pete Warcholyak
and one men took the team and broke the roads to Goe Nolans so they
can take the milk in this morning. I went up to J&*(&& when
they took some wood up with the horses. Lucy called while I was gone.
When I went up to the barn to see the new calf and went in and saw the
new milk house. Edna called up and said Boyd took his milk out to So
Cannaan he had 12 cans.
Pete took his team and all the milk and Warren
went with him and they had to go clear to Hoadleys They didnāt get back
till afternoon Daniel went to Eleanors and will stay all night. Jim
went to Alberts they didnāt open this road today still worked on the
state road again today the mail *)*)*)( left our mail out to *)*)(*)
Doc Jim went out and got it. I got a lovely letter from Lucy.
Roads all blocked up yet but our mail men went to Honesdale and to Lake Airel Brought our mail and left it at So Cannaan. Daniel Lamberton brought it in. Daniel is down to Eleanor went yesterday and Jim went to Alberts and stayed all night and they *()*)*)*)*)*(*)*)(*and Jim went to S*(*(* to Bolocks were over and plowed to the *(*(*(*(* to open this road so they could take Mr Bolock to a doctor in Jessup
Jim nor Dan either one came home the *(*(*(*(*(*Opened
this road this afternoon and up
past Lambertons. Daniel plowed
He wouldnāt be home but would go to work from Eleanors
in the morning and Jim called he wanted to stay and go to school from
Alberts and come home on the school buss tomorrow night. June and the
babies went down and June made ice cream and they stayed down for supper.
Our road was open but the mail man didnāt come
over this way but Jim brought our mail from Geo *(*)*) when he
came home from school its snowing some and the radio says the wind will
blow. Daniel came home from work tonight it seems so good to see him.
Ves missed his ride to work this morning he has only worked ø day since
I came from Scranton and Dan 1 ø since I came home on account of bad
Daniel went to work it is snowing some this morning
the men there got some wood sawed, us and Warren both some. Maurine
called and said they were going to have a birthday card shower for Walter
Tlorm who is in a Kingston hospital with a broken leg the 26 of Jan.
I donāt feel able to look up card so will get a letter ready and send
it out the first time I get a chance.
The roads are worse than before our mail box is
completely covered up cant even see parts of it through the snow. Daniel
got home about 9 oāclock last night had to leave the car at So Canaan
and walk on home here about 3 miles Lonnie Anderson stayed up with Earl
No milk went today I see in the paper they think
civilians will have more sugar in the next 6 weeks I guess every one
No milk went today so of course no milk checks.
We need some things in *(*(*(*( cow feed no hope the roads soon get
passable again *(*(*(*(**(*(*(Tuesday and last week it was the same
Ves came in from Karnicks with a quarter of veal and he stayed all night
he had the lights and liver and heart I cooked the lights for him and
*(*(*( to get sick with a cold this afternoon but not very bad yet.
The water in the back room froze the lot water only Edna Enslin called
me up from Adrean Van Sickler.
Henry and Warren and Dan went to Lake Ariel to
get some things and took up the note on Boonies car. And Henry paid
*(*(*( on the one for the Electric Daniel didnāt come home stayed with
Eleanor Henry went on to So Canaan and Dr cooks to get me some medicine
and mailed my letter to Walter Tlorn and Louise but they wont leave
So Canaan till tomorrow Henry got 25 pounds of pancake flour our mail
was left to So Canaan.
Warren and Henry took the milk and got the milk
checks and got Peter. Pete came over and got him after diner I came
right down (*( bad with cold and grip and Henry got gloss starch instead
of cough drops like *(*(*(*( to him Daniel didnāt come home today and
Warren wants to go and see Marshall Frisbie tomorrow and cant if Daniel
dosent come home.
They had to take the milk to Hoadleys its afternoon
when they get home half froze then have all the chores to do Jim wont
help Doc do anything so if Henry goes with Warren there is nothing done
till they get back home. Still good and sick with this cold and trouble
from my stroke.
Today is the 26th anniversary of my
sister Elsies death I wonder if her and mother are so they know of each
other. Still no better can hardly set up at all and how awful
mean Jim has been all day. I tried to get him to clear the table and
do the dishes but he wouldent do it they sawed wood for Warren and us
both no mail today.
Boonie dident come home yet and he dident work
yesterday I heard he was in Lake Ariel Henry went with Warren with the
milk then after they got home they butchered a pig for Warren Wayne
and Phylis Frisbie walked to *(*(* I have been to bed most all day.
Wed Jan 31 1945
Bonnie dident come home and I am sure awful sick
today donāt sit up at all. Jim Barett called and said Annie Boot Jack
died this afternoon and the road are all drifted full. Lucy called and
of course wants me to come to Scranton and Boyd called and offered to
come and get me and take me to his house. Then Edna and Hazel could
take care of me. I canāt even get myself something to eat all I have
had today crackers and coffee. There is no one here to do *(*( for me.
Boonie dident come home or dident work either I
*(*(* he would come home *(*(* makes it awful hard for Henry he has
to go with them with the milk to Hoadleys and it makes him about sick
all day. Frank Lamberton was in and said they had to take a team and
bob sleigh to get Annie to the funeral Parlor and a bunch of men to
shovel. I called Mrs Williams and she said Geo had just gone to Ed Van(*(*(*(*(*
just died this afternoon they donāt know where they will bury her.
Boonie dident come home yet I am so sick that some how I miss him awful I wish he I wish he would come he dident work today so now I think maybe he will come tonight Warren and Jim butchered 4 pigs today 2 for Henry and 2 for Warren the milk dident go at all today Henry was so tired he wouldent sit up long enough to call Boonie after he got the chores milking done.
Boonie dident come home today Pa talked to him
but he wants to stay till morning and then come up. Doc went with the
milk teams to Hoadlys and rode in to Honesdale with the milk truck.
They are going to bury Annie Earl Swingle tomorrow in the afternoon
Geo Williams has to go with team and bob sleds to get Earl and family
and take them to the funeral parlor
Daniel and Eleanors brother came up and they butchered
the beef cow it seemed so good to see Daniel. Edna Warcloyak came over
to spend the after noon. It seemed good to see her. My cold is quite
a lot better but cough quite a lot yet but I got *()*)*)* and most of
the dinner today. Louise called tonight and she called me while Lucy
was getting to the street car.
Daniel went home with Ottis Swingle so he could get to work from there he cant from here. They are going to have Annie Earl Swingles fureral this afternoon Maurine Lamberton said they had a vault for Annie I am sure glad Geo Nolan put our milk in his s*(*(*( and took the milk to Hoadleys with him so Henry and Warren went to the Lake and got feed and grocerys and paid his insurance and the electric.
Mandy called and said she saw Doc going by the
turn out by her house so he is on his way back here Beverly came down
to see me today and Warren and June was down tonight Daniel called tonight
()()( him to get me a bottle of ())()( saehamie tablets Doc brought
the mail I had a letter from Mrs Knapp ()()() said she has lost her
*(*(*( I felt so sorry about it I couldnāt help but cry over her letter
Doc cleaned the pigs head all good for me and Jim
helped Pete Warcholyak shovel out by his house Ves shoveled snow out
on the state road they got up as far as ()()( Jim was awful tired
and mean when he got home from shoveling snow.
Pete and Warren took the milk to Hoadleys
in the afternoon Pete and Warren and Henry shoveled the roads to Karnicks
()()() for hours and Warren walked on out to So Canaan and he went to
Dr Cooks for medicine for me Jom worked on the state road shoveling
snow he and Ves both worked no mail today.
Jim worked on the road again today he was awful
tired and mean (*(**(*(*( to get home eat his supper and went right
to bed Sam called at *(*(**(8 Lucy had a *(*(*)*)*))*(**(**(*(*(* in
the afternoon then I had a letter from ()*(*)*(*)(*)) When Jim came
()**)*)**)(*(the mail Edna Enslin called from Boyds.
Jim worked again today but got done they are going
to put *(*(*(* snow plow on Dan is still down to Swingles he also worked
on the road down there. No mail today. Edna and Pete Warcholyak came
over to listen to the radio Louise called said if Lucy had gone to the
Sunday Feb 11 1945
Daniel dident come home today this afternoon I
went up to Warrens and June and the babies came down with me and stayed
for supper and spent the evening Henry called Daniel and told him the
road to Waymart was open and that Doc Spangenberg was going that way
to work so now he could get to work that way.
Doc cut up some beef and we had a nice roast for
supper Jim made a freezer of ice cream and they came down for the evening
Daniel came home in the night Maouine Lamberton was up to *()*)* for
some feed and said that they were going to open this road Wednesday.
I sure hope so.
Daniel didnāt go to work today but they got quite
a nice lot of wood in the *(*(*(*( and *(*(*( up here to the house it
snows quite a bit but didnāt *(*(*( and drift almost like rain about
started today and Howard went it seems so awful good Beverly wanted
to come down but her dident bother with her
Daniel dident work in Honesdale but Daniel Lamberton
went by and gave him work opening roads so its just the same anywhere
Jim went to school but Geo *(*(*(*(* couldent *(*(*(* the 8989898
OUT BY Sam Ferrislo and they had to walk on to school Ves dident go
to work in Honesdale or wouldent work for Daniel Lamberton opening roads
he left here at noon with Daniel but wouldent work
Thursday Feb 15 1945
Daniel and Ves went to Honesdale to ()()()( Daniel
brought home those wedges that Doc bought and left in Honesdale *(*(*(
is **(*(*( and they weighed 6 pounds each and 4 pounds of sugar I canned
a *(*(*(* of meat 14 quarts Henry cut it off for me I got a letter
from cousin *(*(*(** Lake.
Friday Feb 16 1945
I got a letter from Louise with 8 dollars in it.
Daniel whet to work in Honesdale but Ves dident show up Pete Warcholyak took the milk but Carl Jerusick took it from Nolans our Jim went to school and Warren shoveled snow on Lambertons hill Dan brouht his father a bottle of beer and me a box of *(*(*(*(* I ask henry for a quart of cider to put in the mince meat and he wouldent give it to me so I had to make it without it. Pete Warcholyak was in and spent the evening.
Oh dear how awful mean Jim has been all day. he
has made me feel so bad I cant stay up went to bed before dark. Warren
and Daniel both helped open roads up on Lambertons hill Daniel went
to Eleanors tonight Ves came in and Henry went and got him a quart of
cider I sure was mad cause he wouldent let me have any for the mince
meat Lucy called about noon.
Daniel came home about noon Eleanor and her brother
brought him as far as Karnicks turn Daniel wanted his pants washed so
I did quite a bit of
washing 5 shirts for Daniel and got them ironed.
Edna Warcholyak came over and spent the evening.Eleanor called up and
wanted Daniel to come back down tonight so he went back and is going
to walk from there in the morning. The men from all around shoveled
snow on this road started from our house and went towards the highway.
Daniel dident go to work today after staying down
there called and said their car broke down and they had to come back
Warren worked on *(*(*(*(*(* after he got back with the milk they got
done from the high way to Harry Warcholyake house and most to Bolecks
gate from our house Henry got mad at me tonight cause I ask him not
to play the radio so hard and wouldent play it at all acted to mean
for anything over it.
Wednesday Feb 21 1945
Daniel dident come home again tonight heās been
gone now since Sat night Henry took the horses and plow and plowed up
the snow so the men could shovel it out. Ves worked on the road and
they got it open for cars to. Botecks gate Jim got me some medicine
of Dr cook I got a letter from Wells Fredrick.
No mail today even if the roads were open the men
worked on the road in the afternoon and got it open to our mail box
it rained in the fore noon so they dident go our in the morning. Daniel
came home from Honesdale tonight Daniel Lamberton was in and told the
men he wanted them to open this calender hill but Pete and Geo want
half so I donāt know if these men will finish it or not.
Friday Feb 23 1945
Jim Barrett helped open the road in front of our
house and in the afternoon Henry and Warren opened our drive way then
at night Warren and June and Daniel went to Ariel for some feed Eleanor
got me a nice pan cake turner in Honesdale I got a letter from
Lucy and Louise with 2 bucks in it I havent felt very good all day been
to bed most of the time.
Jim Barrett came over and helped open the road they got done most to the pine tree. Pete **(*( George would help nor Ves he went and got drink I baked 6 loaves of bread 4 pans of buns and 2 pans of biscuits.
Itās a year ago right now 5 till 5 that my mother
died how I miss her. Daniel acted mean about helping on the road to
Ka*(*(*( went to Eleanors and they came up after we had been to bed
but we got up and met her.
Minnie and Doris came down and Earl and Willma
and Mildred and Bill came up Warren and June and myself went out to
Hetzels in the afternoon And Daniel called and said he and Eleanow were
coming up for supper so when I got home they were here and her brother
Ot*(*(* and milford Carl were here they went home about 11 pm
Daniel dident come home from Eleanors nor he dident
go to work. Henry called about 11:30 am and told him he needed his car
in the afternoon so him and **(*llis came up but they got here so late
that henry and Warren dident make the lake before the bank closed then
when they came home from the lake Daniel and *(*(*(lis went back down
to Eleanors and he called about 3 in the morning and dident want to
come home. But they had to have the car to go to the lake again so he
came home at 4:25 am so he wouldnāt go to work again till Tuesday.
Well I got my check from mothers estate $114.85
cents Henry Warren and Jime and the babies went to the Lake again we
had a sick cow but they got home and tended to her but Warren came **(*((
about 11 oāclock and went up to see how she was but she had cast her
weathers so they all got up and went and took care of her. Doc got his
check also today so now he says he had got to go to Honesdale tomorrow
the mail man came here to the house the first time since Jan 15th
and he got stuck on the hill.
Henry Warren and Jim Barrett all opened roads on
the calener hill Daniel Lamberton and wife got a baby girl yesterday
Doc went away today said he might not be back he was going to Keneth
Carfield for a visit. I washed and cleaned his bed all up nice and the
things got dry and I ironed what I washed today and Monday we had pancakes
and fresh ham for supper.
The men dident work on the calender hill after
all but it was to late when I found it out to go out to Hetzels after
all so I baked bread and got ready to go in the morning. Beverley was
down and said she had been shoveling snow and*(*(*( we cracked wallnuts
and had a nice little visit we had spagetti for supper and Ves came
in and had supper with us Jim and I had a real serap over a drink of
I went out to Hotzels and spent the day and visited with Mrs Knapp poor soul she donāt know where she is how I would have loved to put my arm around her and tried to make her understand how she had been so sick and something had happened to her that she dident realize just how things are with her. Henry and Warren came and got me at night Daniel got my watch in Honesdale cost $1.50 Daniel and Ves rode with Frank Rock and met him down by Daniel Lambertons turn. Daniel brought his dad a quart of beer tonight.
The men are really working on the Calender hill
today they want to get it finished today Daniel Brundage and Daniel
Lamberton helped and they did get done. I rec a letter from Louise with
two bucks in it one from Sam Ves brought Jim a pair of *(*(*(* pants
Daniel went down to Eleanors and stayed all night the men here dident
get done with the chores till most 10 oāclock we heard Pete Theafold
Eleanor called up wanted to know if it was allright
for Daniel to stay and help butcher so he stayed came home some time
in the night Henry and Warren took the team and lumber wagon and went
to Geo Nolans and broke a track through the snow and there was no road
and Jim wouldent get ()()()()() and Beverly was here and she and I had
to go to bed it was so cold till Henry came and made a new fire got
the house warm again June came down and helped milk and I took care
of Bonnie and she was real good.
Jim got his foot cut the left one by the little
toe. Daniel took him out to Dr Cook and he put 3 stitches in it Ves
dident work today I have felt pretty *(*(*(* all day Louise called at
night *(*(* they were gone with Jim to the Dr June and Warren were *(*(*
and she baked pan cakes and we all had supper *(*(*( and she helped
milk I cooked a ham and am going to send Lucy and Roe part of
Ves came in this morning after Daniel had been
gone about ø hour said his clock wasent right he got our beef down and
the pigs and cut them up for me I got one canner done today 17 quarts
and got quite a bit in the cans and got some to soak Ves stayed all
night so he sure would get up in time in the morning I sent the meat
to Lucy and Louise.
Daniel went to see Eleanor dident get home till
two am. I cooked meat all day but still have a couple of canners for
morning and Veses meat to do tomorrow Jim is anxious to get around
wants to build a fish rack. Henry and Warren cut a big maple and cut
it up for wood it burns so much better than that fire we had. Ves went
home tonight Edna Enslin called and said she had work she would get
I finished canning the meat got all done about
5 oāclock I baked two coffee cakes and done quite a bit of washing this
afternoon. I went to the Dr with Daniel when he took Jim to the Dr to
have his foot dressed and be *(*(* out so Mrs Cook and I visited till
he came and my heart beat was 74 and high blood pressure 166 where it
should be one hundred and 48. The Dr said to come Monday night and he
would take the stitches out.
Warren and Henry cut some wood on Warrens place.
Beverly came sown and had supper with me we had a nice time and Jim
and I wanted to go to Honesdale with Daniel but he thought Frank wouldent
want to take me Eleanor got my tablet and envelops and post cards. And
Daniel brought them home to me and Daniel got a 100 watt bulb for the
Harry Warcholyaks called and wanted Pete to greet
the buss in Honesdale at a quarter till 9 pm. Daniel went to Eleanors
and stayed all night they got our chores done at 7 pm so they could
listen to the plays on the radio. Phylis Frisbie came over to join and
stayed all night. They were down this afternoon. Daniel went to Honesdale
with Frank Rock to drive big car home it wasent done so he had to hire
a way to get home and was he mad.
Daniel came home and brought Eleanor up for dinner
and stayed till evening then went home Gene Krasky was up for dinner
and said his brother john left him 5 thousand dollars *(*(*(*(*(*
son and Eddie 5 thousand he died in the Phil*(*(*( Harry and Edna Warcholyak
were this afternoon Ves was in and wasent drunk he helped Henry saw
wood so Daniel could help with the chores.
I washed some today we had roast left from supper
and potatoes and beans so I dident have to cook. I went to Hetzels when
Daniel took Jim to the Dr to have the stitches out so I visited with
Mrs Knapp and Mandy. Eleanor called while we was there but Daniel waited
till we got home to call her. Mandy got me 6 loaves of bread off the
I went with Daniel to Doc Spangenberg to Honesdale
and went to aunt Berthas she went over town with me. I got two new *(*(*(*
Earl Rinemberg(sp) came over to Berthas to see me we had a nice
visit when I got home Warren had got a notice to go t Wilkes Barre to
be examined for the service. Henry was terrible mad and so mean he thought
I had took a dollar of his I got a flash light for Sam he wanted it
so at xmass time Jim and Henry dident even have a fire when I got home
Henry and Warren and Jim went to Honesdale to the
draft board and went on over to Nathaniels and got my apron and Warren
took a chimney block to show Nathaniel. Ves or Daniel neither one got
up to go to work. Ves had been drunk and dident wake up and I dident
have the alarm on so it was 10 to 6 when I looked at the clock and Daniel
first wouldent get up and I got a letter from Louise with 2 dollars
The men were here to get the right of way to go to Warcholyaks I have some sausage to can today I washed and got it all done and the water emptied and **(*(*(*( cleaned while Henry was listening to the radio. Dan came home and laid down on the couch and went to sleep and wouldent get up to help with the chores or eat no supper. Edna Enslin called and said she was coming over Sat night and Boyd had gone to the Dr and he said it was a heart condition she had been to Scranton on business I canned up the sausage today.
Friday March 16 1945
Ves told me that Bertha rode home with them last
night she was going over to their farm to get some tools for him to
work with around their house. Jim was to school and went to the Dr and
had his foot dressed its doing all right Ves came by and had some candy
for Jim and give Beverly.
Henry and Warren and Jim went to the lake Henry
had the check cashed and put it in the bank got some lemons and some
fish I dident feel very good in the afternoon so was to bed most of
the time. Edna and Boyd came over and Henry was snoty enough to sneak
out the front door and went up to Warrens and stayed till after they
had gone. He makes me sure awful ashamed of him to act like that. They
have both done plenty for us that is the way he always used me but I
hate to have other folks know how he acts.
Daniel came in about 11:30 said he thought we wanted
him to come he went back again at night got stuck in the mud out by
Botocks gate Warren took the team out and got him out. June and the
children were down in the evening. Ves came about drunk and stoped and
Jim went down and stayed all night with his dad. Jim got mad at me because
I wanted to get Gaberil Heaters on the Radio and he wanted to get crime
*(* so he went with Ves he got 2 fish and gave them to Jim.
Jim went to school again today. I got a letter
from Roe. Sam called about noon. Today Louise dident go to work Lucy
called also and said she felt so bad that she had decided to go to the
Dr now so she had made a appointment with Dr Mattis and was going with
Itās very windy here today so I washed my clothes
got dry in no time. Daniel dident get the *(*(*( for warren and I scolded
him and he got real sore at me I did some of the Ironing but had to
stop to get supper and was too tired to finish after supper.
Finished the ironing this morning. Daniel got Warren
the underwear in Honesdale after all I baked 9 loaves of bread. Daniel
took Frank Lamberton out to his brothers Robert tonight so he would
be there and will ride up with Warren Edwards to honesdale he has to
go with the bunch to Wilkes Barre that leave Honesdale at 6 am in the
morning. Our Warren bay has to go also Daniel talked to Eleanor and*(*(*
was drunk and raising the devil.
Oh lord such a long day I donāt believe I have
had Warren off my mind more than 5 minutes at a time all day. Lucy called
tonight but Warren hadent got home yet. Daniel got the coffee but not
the butter forgot the nature book. Oh thank the lord Warren got home
about 8:30 pm and was rejected a heart condition and high blood pressure.
I feel so thankful for him and his little family and my self also. Jim
broke another one of my dinner plates a real one this time the other
day a blue one Frankie Lamberton had to stay in Wilkes Barre all night.
Friday March 23 1945
Warren donāt feel to good yet today his one hand
and arm shakes and trembles *(*(* hard yet but he and Henry and Jime
and the babies all went to Ariel for feed. Henry got me 3*(*( of sweet
peas. Warrens little Magie**(*(*((*(*(*(*(*( a little heifer calf Daniel
went to see Eleanor Henry ask him to come home early he and Warren wants
to draw the straw over from his barn I hope he comes so he can help
them Warren feels so bad and there is so much to do. Warren called Lucy
and told her about his being rejected.
Daniel did not come home and the men feel pretty
bad about it they needed him so bad. Jim plowed up the pipe to the watering
trough and he had to dig up the pipe then they couldent get the pipes
back together again so will have to take it to the lake and have some
pipe threaded before they can fix it. Warren and *(*(*( were down for
supper Louise called and said she had found a radio for Jim for 25 dollars
and Jim told her to get it but Daniel dident come home so we couldent
Sunday March 25 1945
Well Daniel isnāt home yet it donāt make much difference
today only that Warren feels so bad he could help out with the chores
and let Warren rest. But Warren had to take the milk. Frankie Lamberon
dident pass either. Carl Swingle came over and had dinner with us. Edna
Enslin was over in the afternoon for a little while. Ves and Jim came
home late but in time to help milk. Ves was about drunk. Daniel dident
come home till one oāclock in the night been gone since Friday night.
How awful bad we needed him. Warren is about sick and has to keep going
Jim wouldent help Warren either went fishing 9 am got home 6 pm.
Henry Warren and Jim and Minnie Lamberton went
to Lake Ariel and got the feed and cashed the milk check. Willma called
and said we could go to Honesdale so Warren and Jime and Henry and I
all went up. I was out to Hetzels and she stopped there and got me and
Warren drove out to Doc Sp**(enburg and we stopped there when we came
home in Daniels car. Warren and June was here for supper Henry dident
get no flour at the Lake so I cant bake till I get some.
Edna called to see if Henry was going with her
to Scranton Thursday and he is. Edna Warcholyak was over this afternoon
they have their wireing about done it cost them $1168(could be $168).
Ves got a big mess of fish give us and Warren and himself all had a
nice mess. I got Ves an alarm clock at Bo**ds in Honesdale $11.82(could
be $1.82) he was real pleased with it. Willma and Earl came up and brought
us a sack of flour Lucy called to talk to Warren.
Daniel dident work in Honesdale took his car out
to the garage then at night he went to Eleanors they had a farewell
party for Layton Swingle. He leaves for the service Friday. I baked
6 loaves of bread 2 pans of biscuits 3 pans of cinnamon rolls Jim was
awful mean he wouldent get no wood nor take the things up stairs for
me threw them on the floor.
Daniel stayed to Eleanors all night came home after
Warren had gone with the milk. Edna came over and got Henry and took
him to Scranton with her. I have been sick all day the men came from
*(*(*( about the milk cooler he looked at the refrigerator but couldent
do anything with it. Warren has been working on his truck. I had a letter
from the men from Murrays looked at our refrigerator and said it needed
the lot wore relay and I would have to have a electrician come and take
it off and put it back on.
Daniel went to Honesdale and came home by Alberta
Horst and got those Japanese lantern roots and a couple of *(*(* roots.
Eleanor went with him and he took her home and had a flat tire so dident
get home in time to help much with the chores. Eleanor and Ottis came
home with him so he had to go back down to the Lake again tonight. I
wanted to go with him but he dident want me to so I stayed home.
I baked some cinnamon buns and 9 loaves of bread.
In the afternoon we had a hard shower wind blowed terrible the wood
silo came near going over. Warren took the hay fork rope and roped it
to the barn. He got a new milk cow. Daniel went down and got Eleanor
and she came up and stayed all night. Warren and June are going to Scranton
in the morning Daniel set out the roots he got me to Albertas and a
couple of bushes from June.
Eleanor was here today also Tommy McD**nough from
Carbondale. Eleanors brother Ottis came in when we were eating dinner.
Warren and June and Henry got home about 5 pm. Louise sent me ø bushel
of oranges ø doz grape fruit they brought Jims radio. Jim got 1 fish
and one duck today. Ves stayed here all night. Beverly had a hat with
a veil she thought it was just the thing. Daniel took Eleanor home and
Jim is to bed.
Itās Louises birthday from 1915. Daniel dident
come home from Eleanors to go to work. I called about 11 oāclock and
he was just eating his breakfast I ask him to come home and he dident
get home till 2 oāclock in the afternoon. Ottis came with him and he
had to go down again after supper his car the generator went from and
he had to leave his car to the garage. Jim got a big big ell. About
3 ft long we had it for supper Ves came in and had supper Henry and
the boys fixed fence this afternoon Ottis helped. Ves went to work.
Daniel dident go to work again today had a flat
tire. When Ves came home tonight he brought me word my brother Nathaniel
died very suddenly this morning at 8:30. Bertha poor girl was alone
with him but she said in 5 minutes it was all over, she had to have
the corner. How my heart aches for her, her two boys in the service
and over seas. Louise called tonight said Lucy was in Wildes Barre.
Edna Enslin called said she might come over I hope she does I am so
up set I am sick.
Wednesday April 4 1945
I rec a telegram from sister Rachel that she is
sick and unable to come to our brothers funeral. My cousin Mannie Lake
called last night to see which brother it was thatās dead. Edna Enslin
came over and spent the afternoon she is about sick with a cold. Louise
called and said she would be out tonight with Chas Spangenberg she wants
to go to the funeral parlor with us. My back is some better but hurts
quite bad yet. Daniel went to work has worked since a week yersteday
he went out to the garage tonight to get the generator *(*(*( on his
car and then went on down to Eleanors.
Thursday April 5 1945
Daniel dident come home at all went to work from
Eleanors house this morning left the car there so Warren cant take it
to get the things fixed to his car. We got Willma and Earl Shaffer to
take us and Warrens family out to the funeral parlor. There was a bunch
of folks there from the Baily company where he worked he had lovely
liner a lovely pillow from his children of white colla lillys and red
roses. Louise couldent come after all.
Friday April 6 1945
Well Daniel dident go to work or get home in time
to take us to the funeral. Earl and Willma came up and took Henry and
Warren out and I dident go nor June either. Jack nor none of his family
went to the funeral. I am sorry Warren said aunt Emma ask about me.
I had a air mail letter from Rachel today. Boyd and Mike were both to
the funeral. Warren said Boyd looked worse then Nathaniel. Jim sure
has been mean and mad both tonight since school and before he went this
Saturday April 7 1945
Sylvester came in and gave me a dollar to send
Bertha because he wasent there when they took up the collection. Louise
was here this afternoon. Warren and Daniel took Warrens truck radiator
out and got it soldered and came home worked with the truck so he can
take it in the morning with the milk. In the afternoon Louise and Andy
came out from Scranton Charles Spangenberg brought them out. Edna Warcholyak
was over this afternoon too. Daniel went to Eleanors and brought her
up and spent the evening Edna Enslin called and said Boyd had been to
the Dr and he says sugar diabeaties.
Sunday April 8 1945
Sylvester went up above Honesdale to see his mother
and his sister and husband brought him home. Edna Enslin took them,
Louise and Andy, to Carbondale to get a buss to Scranton. Charles Spangenberg
and Earl Swingle and Edna Warcholyak was with him they had been to Scarnton
and stayed all night brother Lucy was over calling. This afternoon Frank
Rock brought my roaster home that he borrowed to roast their xmass turkey
with. Jim Barrett was over to see about cuttung wood. Beverly told Ves
he ought to take her to the Banner shoe store.
Monday April 9 1945
I done a big wash Daniel had 10 shirts Henry 2
Jim 2. Daniel got me the flashlight for Louise to the Smiths. Electric
65 cents Wayne Frisbie came over to Junes and stayed all night Jim got
a permit and is staying home from school to fix fence this week.
Tuesday April 10 1945
Washed again today blankets got everything dry nice. Henry took up those bushes at last. I have been at them about my back is starting to get better. Jim sure was awful mad at noon cause I dident have dinner ready when they got in, so he got some wood and I baked pancakes cause I dident have very much bread. Daniel wouldent take Jims radio to Honesdale talked awful mean about it to me but did get Jim a ariel wire for his radio and Jim got it put up.
Wednesday April 11 1945
I mailed the little flashlight to Roe yesterday
the men are still at the fence. The vet was here and our cows all passed
ok. Minnie Lamberton lost a couple. Beverly was down and did something
I donāt know what but she wouldent come in the house tonight. I wanted
her to get some *(*( and she said she wouldent go down cellar for grandma
but I donāt see anything sown cellar she done.
Jim got a big mess of c*** sli** the first we have
had in a number of years. Warren and June went to the store and I went
to Hetzels with them and got the paper fixed for Mrs. Knapp. Our president
died at 3:35 pm today of a cerebral hemorrhage of the brain Franklin
D Rosevelt. I have been to big most all day my leg hurt so to be on
it we had a nice potato stew for supper.
Daniel dident tell Bertha about his not going to
work so she will be looking for me tomorrow. But he said he would take
me up in the morning. He and I went to Boyd Shaffers and spent a little
while with Alberts folks. They brought Nathan Jr home with no cast on
but has to have crutches for 6 months and a lift put on his shoe. I
got 3**** of flower seed at Lockwana. Ves was laying in the ditch drunk
just this side of Karnicks.
Howard went with the milk truck to Scranton to
see his mother. Daniel worked for all *(*(*( so I couldent go to see
Bertha after all. I felt very disappointed about it. Louise called this
afternoon and said Jim got there ok and would be out on the buss Monday
morning. Daniel went out again tonight so with Jim hone Henry and I
are just us two home together like we started 46(?) years ago.
Henry Warren June and the babies went to So Gifon(sp) to see some cows that are going to be sold next Friday. Dan got the couch a fire went to sleep smoking. Henry got home before Daniel had fed or watered the horses at 3 in the afternoon. Ves came in and helped him. Daniel went and got Eleanor and she came up for the evening. Henry Warren and June went to Dermings(sp) to see about a horse. Jim is over to his mothers in Scranton coming home tomorrow going to school right from the buss.
Monday April 1 1945
Jim Barrett called and said Henry could go to the lake with them to get the parts for his tracker, he went and they went on to Hort(sp) Mergengle(sp) and their son had a horse to sell and Henry thought it was fairly nice so he and Warren went back in the afternoon to see it. I baked Junes bread so she could go to and washed 1 hundred and 38 cans that Henry got in from Duvells(sp) garage that oil comes in Then I cooked macaroni for all their supper but was so tired June got it on the table and I went to bed and rested.
Tuesday April 17 1945
I went to Honesdale with Daniel when he went to
work in the morning. Spent the day with Bertha poor girl. We went to
the red cross and found out how to go about it to have Bertha get a
allowence (from Alton)(?) so she came home with Nathan to get papers
fixed to start it. I am so thankful for her if she gets it. I bought
two ladders off a lady near Berthas for $2.50 met Willma and her sister
Virginia she has 3 little boys I got a new table oil cloth red block
work. Willma bought one also. I got 3 pairs of stockings and left them
Wednesday April 18 1945
Henery, Warren June and the babies went to Tony Mergargles(sp) and Warren bought the horse gave 92 dollars for it. Nathan told Ves he dident want the ladder Warren could have it he only thought he would take it and sell it and make some money on it. Henry bought me one hundred and 30 more cans from Drvalls(sp) and I washed 30. Jim was terrible mean all the evening would not get one stick of wood little Beverly brought it in for me.
Daniel went to Aunt Berthas and got the stockings and the black saucer that Bertha gave me when I went up there. Warren had his new horse hitched up and it worked real good. I got a letter from Wella Fredricks sister.
Aunt Bertha came here to stay all night I was sure
awful glad to have her. I went out to Hetzels and got Mrs Knapps check
to get it cashed. Willma and Earl Shaffer and her sister Virgina were
here today. Earl brought me a lot of onions I was sure glad to get them.
Lucy called me today she thanked me for the flash light she is going
to Mable Curtis(?) over the weekend.
Henry and Warren went over to Jim Barretts and
cut wood with the tractor. Henry dident tell me he was going. I cooked
a dinner and told Daniel to call his father and Daniel told me he was
over to Jim Barretts cutting wood. Minnie Lamberton came in this forenoon
to tell ***** there was school today Louise called and said Lucy had
gone to New York city to Mable Curtises(?) for the weekend Edna Enslin
called me tonight aunt Bertha is staying with Elsie Shaffer tonight.
Edna Enslins home burned in the night it was Boyds
house and Edna dident have no insurance and her dog Tiny found up in
it. She Edna went up to Boyds and stayed all night so she dident save
a thing. I went over to Berthas old place and bought a 30 gal jar for
5 dollars, saw Howard Swingle. Boyd moved a load of coal and other things
for aunt Bertha down to her mothers to Lake Ariel. Eleanor came up in
the afternoon and Edna Warcholyak was here in the afternoon I sure felt
awful sorry for aunt Bertha over to her old home so much to look after
and not well.
Monday April 23 1945
I washed Vesās washing and some of ours and got
the letter out to Lucy and Louise and Margarett Kyer(sp). Edna called
and said she was going to try and ***** the big front room of Boyd up
stairs for a bed room and pay board and then come and go just as she
wanted to. Daniel just wouldent help milk laid down on the couch and
went to sleep and wouldent get up to go to the barn and Jim went down
and stayed all night with Ves June had to help milk cause Daniel wouldent
help how I wish I could help milk especially when they act so
Jim dident get here this morning and Ves dident
get here in time to go to work at 10 after 6. Daniel waited for him
the way Jim done it made Warren and Henry have all those cows to milk
alone. Well Jim finally came home at 10 till 9 to late even to go to
school. Henry Warren and June and the babies went to Honesdale and got
the first trees. Warren got some *(*(*(* for a extra *** and was he
mad about it said I could have them.
Milk check day and 3 hundred and 2 dollars. Henry
and Warren and the babies all went to the Lake and Henry got me a yeast
cake and a bag of coffee. Doris Enslin **** was in the paper she has
joined the wacs. Gene Robinson tried to commit suicide cut his throat
Clifford Rock found him and took him to the memorial hospital in Honesdale
where he is not expected to live. Maurine called she said we could have
a pig. We heard our president talk to open the San Francisco conference.
Thursday April 26 1945
Henry and Warren went out to Hetzels and stayed
till 12 or midnight after all. We got a little pig off Maurine she sent
me a catalogue that had nut trees 3 black walnut and 3 hardy pecan nut
trees for $4.40. Daniel wouldent get up and help milk it was 9 pm when
they got all the chores done. Warren helped Jim Reily(sp) fix his tractor
and then in the afternoon they went to Mrs *alolank(sp) sale.
Daniel says he quite his job today got mad at one
of bosses. Edna Enslin called she was going to Honesdale to stay all
night and tomorrow she might go to Scranton. I wish I could go with
her but I wont ask her to go with her. Henry set out our 6 peach trees
on the hill above the house. Jim was awful mean tonight. The Russians
and the alliance met in central Germany.
Saturday April 28 1945
Daniel and Jim was home here all day and set around
the house near drove me crazy, at night of course Daniel went to Eleanors
and stayed all night. It came over the radio that Germany had surrendered
unconditional to the alliance it was good news while it lasted but president
Truman announced it wasent true. Eugene Robinson got out of the hospital
last night and drowned himself in the river. Ves was awful drunk and
got a setting of duck eggs and broke 4 getting them home.
Sunday April 29 1945
Edna Enslin was over to see me yesterday. Minnie
Lamberton was in this forenoon. Daniel and Eleanor came up about noon
then Warren and June and Jim and Dan and Eleanor went to the show at
Honesdale. Edna Warcholyak was over this afternoon. Warren said Bonnie
cried so he and June could only see about 20 minutes of the show they
had to take her out.
Monday April 30 1945
I did a big wash and was all done by 10:30am and
Daniel was going to the lake with Minnie and I ask Henry to put in the
5 dollars he promised Bertha for the jar and he got mad and scolded
me so I was sick and had to stay in bed most of the day. At night Henry
Warren and June and the babies went and took *(*(*(*(*(*cement mixer
home they stopped to Alberts on there way home Henry said Doris and
her boy friend came while they were there they got home about
11 pm. Daniel went to Eleanors again tonight and stayed all night he
has been there Sat night Sunday night more and more.
Tuesday may 1 1945
Jim was mad and sore at me and slammed the door
cause I put his lunch in a white bag. Daniel got home after 8 tonight
so we none of us could go to the funeral. Warren went out to co*** bones
for Geo Owens with his truck at night they went to Jim Barretts at milking
time at night to Ves was in here awful drunk at night. I baked 9 loaves
of bread. We havent got one bit of butter I wanted Henry to leave Daniel
go to the lake while he was down there yesterday but he wouldent.
Wednesday May 2 1945
It came over the radio last night that Hitler had
been killed but no one believes it in this country *** Now today they
announce Berlin has fell to the Russians. Daniel went and got his car
inspected today when he got home he went and took Harrold Lamberton
to the Dr at Lake Ariel. Warren called Lucy and made an appointment
for June to get her hair waved Saturday next. Daniel was down to Eleanors
again tonight every night since Saturday night wont go to work. Ves
was in drunk dident work today either.
Thursday May 3 1945
Henry Warren and June went to Honesdale to get
grocies. Henry got Mrs. Knapps check cashed for me. Henry got me 3 grape
fruits. It rained awful hard and Ves and Dan got the cows in and fed
them Ves hasent worked only one day this week. I called Lucy for an
appointment for Eleanor to get her hair waved Saturday when June does.
Henry said they couldent bring the ladders on the car. Edna Warcholyak
came over tonight to talk to her brother Harry he is coming home this
weekend for the Russian Easter.
Lucy got an appointment for Eleanor at 3 in the
afternoon. Jim wouldent take his dinner after I packed it. Daniel went
to Honesdale and got his pay to the Banner(sp) Shaffer Co and got me
3 birthday card sand Henry a bottle of beer. He said Lonnie told him
that Earl was coming down and stay all night but he dident. Ves dident
come home at all so I dident get no bread Jim went fishing with Geo
Owens boy(?) but they only got 3 fish. Edna called and said she was
going to Scranton Monday.
Warren and June and the children and Eleanor and
I all went to Scranton. The girls got there hair waved in the afternoon.
We got home about 9 oāclock and Henry and Dan was still in the barn
doing chores they hadent even had there supper. Sam gave me some lobster
tails and clams and **** Louise and I went to the giant market I got
butter and soap Louise gave me a packet of Jimmie(?) seeds. Eleanor
stayed all night it was so late when we got through and her dad said
Earl Revinburg(sp) came and stayed all night
last night so did Eleanor. Earl and Jim slept together up stairs. Harry
Warcholyak sent me two lovely handkerchiefs for a Russian Easter present.
Henry and Earl and Warren went to Harry Wagoners(sp) and Walla and Seeleys
and over to Warcholyaks. Ves and Jim went out and got a wood chuck but
Jim said it was Sunday and he wouldent work so wouldent get no wood
in Eleanor had to ho home this afternoon so to be there to get supper
for the folks.
Monday May 7 1945
The word came over the radio that Germany had surrendered unconditionally to the allies but it hadent been announced by the president and Churchill. Daniel dident come home till noon. I wanted to go to Honesdale and get us a flag but he dident have gas. He said we dident go to Hetzels after all. Eleanor called and wanted Daniel to come down so of course we had to stay home. The radio says the president will talk tomorrow.
We went to Hetzels this afternoon. Daniel started to work for Goe Nolans but it stormed so they dident work after all he slept all the afternoon. Our president talked at nine this morning told us the war was over in Europe. This is V E day here and Russia will be tomorrow. The Germans in Czechoslovakia are still fighting the Russians they have surrendered unconditionally to the alliance. Warren and June took their eggs and went to Lockwoods while Daniel had the car home for one evening.
Daniel did work for Geo Nolan got home at 5:30 pm got dressed and went to Eleanors. I tried to straighten up some up stairs bit Jim orir Daniel either one wouldent help so I couldent do it alone so it dident get done. Jim stayed home from school to help Henry fix fence so they could let the cows out nights so they wont have the stables to clean mornings so they left them out tonight.
Daniel went to Geo Nolans to work but it was stormy and they dident work. I washed my washing and 3 blankets. Daniel slept till 5 pm then got up and helped with the chores and then went to Eleanors again. My pecan and walnut trees came today and Henry paid the postal charges they cost 42 cents. It rained quite a lot all day. June was down tonight when they milked. Ves stopped on his was home from work. Edna called and said she stayed to Louises Sunday night she said she was going to Honesdaly Saturday I could got with her.
Henry and Warren set out my nut trees. I gave Warren
one of each. Jim only had school till noon. Edna called and said I could
go to Honesdale in the morning. Ves and Jim are going along he is going
to his sister Mildred up above Honesdale. Warren and June and Daniel
and Jim Beverly went to the show in Carbondale and Henry and I kept
Bonnie she dident bother too much and if they had not come for 5 minutes
she would have been asleep.
Daniel worked for Geo Nolan and took his car so
Edna had to come in here for me. We went to Hawley after we got there
she got the 6 dollars back for the electric in the home she burned out.
I went to Earls house and he had it very nice. I met Vernc(sp) Coff
and Alden on the street met old Doc he was dressed very nice. I got
two kettles for Ves and one for June for her birthday. When I got home
I had a card from Louise and Lucy with 5 dollars each for me for mothers
Sunday May 15 1945
Warren and June and the babies went to Evelyns(sp) in Carbondale. Daniel went to Eleanors Sat night and Henry had to call him this morning 9 oāclock to come home and bring the pig feed that he got and the mill last night. So he wanted the feed to feed them their breakfast. He got home a few minutes after 11 Eleanor came with him. Ves and Jim got home around 1:30 in the afternoon. Jim had a pan of white rabbits. Louise called and said Lucy dident feel very good.
Daniel worked for Geo Nolan he took the truck with
the milk and stayed at Geo Nolans. Warren went and got the lime most
all sowed. Jim was awful mean when he got home from school wouldent
help get the chores started and Warren and I had to go to Hetzels for
rye bread for me and Ves. It was 20 to 11 when we got home so Jim had
his way and made it late to get the chores done he had had a lunch and
left the bread out and left it on the table to dry out and gone bad.
Tuesday May 15 1945
Geo Nolan had Daniel help him with stone today again Elfe(sp) and Eleanor Swingle and Hellen Gillette came here yesterday drove up to see where Daniel lived and they got a flat tire most in front of the house. Warren fixed the tire for them they started home and went by Lambertons and tried to turn around in Jim Reileys field and got hung up on a stump and Frank Nolan had to help them out. Eleanor called tonight and Daniel was to the barn and when he did call her they dident answer.
Wednesday May 16 1945
Daniel worked for Geo Nolan again today but got
done and Warren got the fertilizer all sowed. I found 6 little peach
trees that came up from pits last year out in my flower garden. Frank
Nolan was here this afternoon my back started to hurt me awful today
so have been to bed most all day. Jim sure was mean about getting to
help with the chores. June came down tonight Pete Warcholyak got kicked
with his horse.
Thursday May 17 1945
Daniel dident come home so we could go to Holesdale
is Warren disapointed. In fact we all are he dident call either so we
donāt know why he dident come home. Minnie Lamberton was up in the afternoon
to phone to Hellen to get Ted to take her to Honesdale.
Friday May 18 1945
Eleanor called this morning said Daniel was helping Eldred to build a milk house but I told her he better come home to go to Honesdale cause Henery and Warren were both provoked(?) so the both came up and we all went to Honesdale saw Earl Rivenburg(sp) and he sent my slippers up with us. We had a flat tire and they couldent get it fixed last night so Eleanor had to stay all night. I got the soap plaster for Junes birthday and gave them to her last night I saw Murrays about a refrigerator they thought 4 or 5 months.
Saturday May 19 1945
They got the tire fixed to take Eleanor home and Warren went with him and took the big ****** from the front porch and Veses front ***** and they cant fix it till next week the first part. Henry and Warren and June and the babies all went to Merrill Bronsons sale and Warren got a cow. I went and stayed to Mandy Hetzells while they were gone. Lucy and Louise both called I had a lovely nice visit with both of them. Had a box of candy and two dollars from Louise. I got the order all made out to Montgomery Ward for shades for the dinning room parlor kitchen and bedroom borrowed Mrs Sam Fenis catalogue.
Sunday May 20 1945
Earl Swingle came over and spent the forenoon with
us it seemed good to see him. Jim wouldent help here at all today went
fishing with his dad got home in time to help with the chores but he
would not help with the chores and Warren was trying to get ready to
go to Frisbies and go get Daniel so it made it so late for June to get
started for father. Ves was drunk. I finished the letters to the girls
and wrote about pulp wood.
Monday May 21 1945
Herbert McDonald came and got the cows that he
bought last week. I was up on top of hill by the old house and walked
out the letters and took up three little greet trees gave Warren one.
Henry said he would set the other two out but he hasent yet. Daniel
worked for Minnie Lamberton. Warren plowed for potatoes on his tractor.
Earl Rivenburg came up and stayed all night and Henry Earl went to Bakers
to see about a cement mixer and see about cows.
Tuesday May 22 1945
I washed all the blankets and sheets and spread
on all the beds in the forenoon and of course was in bed in the afternoon.
Henery wouldent fix me a clothes line so had to lay the sheets on the
grass. Henry went to Geo Bakers about cows again in the forenoon but
wouldent tell me a word about them when he got home but they called
up at night and asked if he was going to take them and he told them
yes so he had to let me know after all. At night Henry and Warren went
out to Hetzels and got the pigs $10 each one for Warren one for Lucy
and Louise and 2 for Sylvester got home by 11:30 pm.
Wednesday May 23 1945
Henry did get two cows off Geo Baker. I am so awful
sorry there is more milking here now then they can do and Daniel acts
so mean about helping around here. Warren had to chase the milk truck
to souerducts(?) and Daniel just laying around down to Swingles but
I was talking to him on the phone and he said he would be home tonight
if he had stayed home we would have got the oats in yesterday.
Thursday May 24 1945
Daniel dident come home till about one oāclock
said he fell asleep and couldent come. To damn bad about him and his
sleep. The cows he got off Baker got out and went back to Bakers and
Geo came over and told us so they all went out and Warren brought one
to and they each lead a cow home. Ves came in for a little while on
his way home from work he tried to get Beverly to give him a kittem
but she wouldent. Warren got skim milk to start our pigs with to Harry
Wagoners(sp) for 25 cents a can.
Milk check day 3 hundred and 85 dollars. Henry and Warren and June went to the lake and got the milk checks cashed our phone is out of order. Daniel and Jim made a stone boat to get the stones from the oat patch in the afternoon. Daniel got sick in the afternoon and Eleanor came up and stayed all night. Warren and June went to the lake at night and got the cell*** for their up stairs they dident get the bread from Maurines or pay for Ves pigs.
Saturday May 26 1945
Jim worked for Karnucks planting potatoes he earned $2.50 Ves was around drunk most all day I went up to Junes to see the little pig and chickens she is trying to screen in her back porch and it looks real nice I came by the trees on our place it sure was discouraging to see how they were broke and bent over Daniel donāt seem no better Elinor stayed again tonight her sister was up today and said she could stay till morning.
Daniel is no better
so we had the Dr and he said it was tonsillitis and his temperature
is 103 her dad said she could stay tonight yet Daniel wanted her to
stay so bad. Harrold Lamberton is very sick they donāt expect him to
get better Harry Warcholyak called from Honesdale and wanted Pete to
come and get him Warren went out and told him Earl and Warren went to
Harry Wagoners and got a can of milk for the pigs. Ves got mad at me
cause I ask him to go home before the Dr got here he was so drunk and
dident want him setting around he told Jim he never would come in my
house for a long time anyhow.
My curtains came
today they are better ones then I sent for but are so light I donāt
like them much. Daniel is some better just a very sore throat yet. Harry
Warcholyack was over in the evening Edna Enslin called up and wanted
June and I to go to a brush demonstration to Ellen Vansickles next Tuesday
she will come and get us. Harrold is very sick Frank and Betty Lamberton
Frank came in to bid us good bye he goes in the service in the morning.
Lucys birthday 35 years.
Henry Warren and
June all went to Honesdale and Minnie Lamberton and Jerry went also.
Earl and Willma were here in the afternoon with their new car a Robins
egg blue Dodge sedan. We all went up to see Harrold first he dident
know we were there Daniel and Elinor went and got our window to *(*(*
and Henry and Earl put it in tonight. Dan and Elinor started to get
Doc plaster off of the kitchen June and Jim helped.
They got the plaster
off all the kitchen but Elinor had to go home at noon after dinner and
June started to paper the side wall and got it more than half done Eugene
Krasky came down and stayed all night with Dan. Henry planted 2 bushels
of potatoes Earl Rienburg came Friday night and stayed he is going home
in the morning.
Willma and Gladys Swingle and Earl were here on their way to Honesdale. June got the paper all on the side walls and at night when Henry and Warren went to pay that road tax Daniel and June finished the ceiling all done now but the border. Edna Enslin and Ellen Vansickle were here to see about the brush demonstration to Ellens next Tuesday. Edna sold me her broom $2.09 she will bring it over Sat night I am sure glad cause I donāt have any. Minnie Lamberton was down and talked with the Dr Harrold is no better.
Daniel and June painted
the kitchen one coat and June put up the border and June cut the window
shade, drawn them in the afternoon. The men planted potatoes for Warren. Today is the last day of school for Jim and he called and wants to go to Waymart to a ball game his mother sent his two pair of pants Willma called and said she would go to Scranton for the girls in the morning.
Earl Shaffer called
from Lockwoods and said I could go to Scranton with Willma so he came
over and got me and I went to her house till afternoon her sister Virginia
and children came on the buss she met them and then we all came home
June was in the house sleeping and Daniel and Jim was asleep on the
couch and Warren and Henry went after the cows Edna and Boyd was over
for the evening Lucy stayed up to Warrens.
Daniel dident come
home last night from Elinors so they had to milk alone. Boyd took Ves
to his sister Mildred for some *(*(*(*( Elinor came up with Daniel they
started home with Daniels car with Lucy and Louise and it went bad so
they run in to Hetzels and called me and had Daniel come and get Warren
and June and Edna Enslin took the girls on to Scranton Warren took Elinor
home with the truck.
Daniel and Warren
worked all day out to the garage on the truck. Lonnie Anderson brought
a letter from Mr Boodie at the Banner Shaffer co for Daniel to come
back to work but Elinor dident want him to go up there so he went to
her house to *(*(* and work to gravel branch I sure felt broke up to
see him leave home when there was no use of it she sent the man after
him so he left home tonight to be with her I suppose I will get over
it but it hurts hard he finds so much fault with me it I am not here
when Lucy and Louise wants me to go to their house.
Edna Enslin came
over and took June and I to Ellen VanSickles to a Stanley brush party
June won a Brush and a dish mop for getting the most words out of the
word Stanley 27 she got. Willma and Virginia and Gladys Swingle were
there they came down tonight and had the Dr for Harrold Lamberton he
is very bad. Ves stopped in on his way home from work this is his first
day work in a week been drunk. The head and a piston is broke in Daniels
car I feel very sorry for him but of course cant help him with it.
Louise call to see
about Daniels car the garage man called again today its much worse then
he thought at first guess he will have to get a new engine $110.00 they
all think thats all right but cant see their way to bur war bonds. Warren
broke his battery all to pieces on the truck had to go out tonight and
get a new one for $14.00 poor kid he tries so hard and has such bad
luck. I made Beverley and Bonnie a pair of pants and Beverley said where
did you get the rag our ducks are hatching.
June 7 1945
I baked what flour I had up in bread had only 6 loaves about noon Earl Shaffer and Mildred came and brought me a hundred pounds of occident flour. I had a letter from Wells Fredricks sister telling me about his death she found him dead on the bath tub faucets had fell over on his face from the toilet and was dead when she found him. Elinor called and said Daniel wanted Warren to call Duvalls and order the new engine poor kid I feel awful sorry to see him have so much expenses as provoked as I get at him cause he wont help here.
Junes birthday the men finished planting our potatoes picked out a bushel of smaller ones for Warren so he planted them after all and Henry claims he planted another bushel but lord only knows if he did or not he is so mean about planting potatoes. Earl Rivenburg came up from Honesdale and stayed all night he thought he could help plant potatoes but they finished through the day June was real pleased about the kettle I gave her Geo Boteck was over and got a axle from warrens Plymouth he broke one in Honesdale the night before.
Warren was the only
one that done anything Henry and Earl read and slept in the forenoon
Jim cleaned my oil stove and in the afternoon went to Alberts to run
around tonight he got a box of candy from his mother in the mail today
when the men finally got off of the couches so I could I scrubbed the
kitchen bathroom and pantry about 5 pm. I gave Beverly and Bonnie a
bath both in the tub at once we all had fun I got a real kick out of
it myself Daniel called and said he couldent come home to help milk
in the morning he had to work so Henry will have to get up a quarter
after 4 to get the cows.
Warren worked on
his house and Henry and Jim in the barn. Lockwood will have us some
tomatoes plants $1.5 a box we got 3 box of celery. Edna Enslin called
and wanted to go to Willmas and wanted to know the way. I got to sorting
out seed beans for string beans.
Tuesday June 12 1945
Jim started to mow
the yard but Henry stopped him Henry is awful mean today. Minnie Lamberton
was in to call the Dr about Harrold. This afternoon they did go out
and get the plants a box for Ves and a box of *(*(* tified celery plants
and Ves Paid me for his when he come home from work tonight. *(*(* Lockwood
left for the Navy today. Daniel called last night and really ask to
talk to me said to forward his letter on to him the men went for fertilizer
Henry Jim and I got
out tomatoes out but it rained so hard we couldent get the celery out
and we planted some cucumbers came down for dinner and it rained so
hard we couldent do no more. I washed last night and the clothes got
mostly dry before the rain today so I will iron today. I washed my black
Lockwood got us some
pepper plants a box for Ves and Warren and us together 2 dollars Minnie
Lamberton walked up to talk to the Dr about Harrold but he wasent home
Ves stopped in he give us each a ripe tomato he had Beverly a nice bag
of candy I wrote to Earl Rivenburg to get me a couple of hoe handles
Warren and June went to Canaan and on down to her folks but they had
company and they dident go in.
came over here and spent the day with us and June this is his first
furlough he will go to cmap Mead when he goes back his girl friend came
for him at night Willma came up and took Warrens watch to Honesdale
and got a new crystal put in. She also ask Elinor to come along
but she wouldent oh well its ok if thatās the way she wants it. I baked
bread and cake and biscuits I had a letter from Aunt Bertha and the
lady I bought the ladders of wants us to come and get them.
Henry went to Honesdale with the milk truck and got those ladders and Warren went to Gar*(*(* and got him. Jim wouldent help hardly at all tired and just laid in the glider and slept wouldent sweep for me. I feel so bad and I wouldent care. Jim got a nice box of candy from his mother Jim Henry and Ves and myself set out our celery and Warren helped Henry and I set out the pepper.
Lots of rain today
I slept most all day. Edna Boyd and Garl*(*(* were over tonight Warren
and June went to her fathers for the evening Eugene Karesky came and
stayed all night with Jim. My bread I baked Friday all spoiled 5 loaves.
Warren brought down the money for to send to Sears Roebuck for the burners and sa**((* Henry got a fathers day card with 5 bucks in it for him for fathers day. The cucumbers that we planted last Wed are up real nice we finished the row and planted musk and water melons and some dill set out the onion sets and some corn and squash and pumpkin. Henry went for the cows and Jim wouldent help no more. So we came to the house mad had a terrible shower so now we cant plant for a few days again. Minnie sent for the Dr for Harrold again.
I got a letter from
Roe with two dollars in it. I also wrote to the girls and Alberta. Warren
and Jim went to Harry Wagoners for milk for the pigs and Jim got a gallon
of buttermilk. Its so hard for me to breath today I have to keep the
door open most of the time. I tried to start to get Daniels room done
but cant do much alone cause I cant lift things very much. I want to
paint the bed and paper the room. Earl Rivenberg came up and stayed
all night and brought one hoe handle.
Not feeling very
good but washed for Ves today and Edna Enslin was over this afternoon.
Ironed for myself and got the clothes put up Warren is sure discouraged
his big pig is real sick wont eat. I sure hope it gets all right. It
rained awful hard again so the garden is soaked again.
I mended a lot today
on the machine. We went up to try to work in the garden but it was so
wet we couldnāt do anything with it it was sowed. I baked bread and
stopped to Junes on my way home. Henry and Jim fixed fence. Henry got
me a quart of Ice cream by Warren when he came back from the Lake. Ves
was in he had some meat that he had got from Karnicks for butchering
it was so much I canned it for him there was 7 quarts we put it in the
I got Veses meat
canned this fornoon. I fixed 4 (vail?) dresses that was my mothers for
myself. mended a pair of pants of Veses, shirt for Jim. Earl Rivenburg
came down and brought another hoe handle. Henry paid for them and now
he donāt want me to put them in my hoe so I will have to send for another
one. Warren and June went to her dads but he wasent home. Mourine got
me some rye bread off the baker and Warren brought it in to me. Harrold
Lamberton is very bad this morning they sent for the Dr.
Henry and Warren
took our pig to Wallace Seeleys and dident get home till noon. Jim helped
his dad in trying to build his pigpen fence. I stayed to bed most all
the afternoon. Lucy or Louise or Daniel dident even call on the phone.
They were down to phone for the Dr for Harrold Lamberton and for his
sister Kate to come and stay tonight.
Earl Rivenberg came
down from Honesdale Friday night and he got another hoe handle but Henry
wouldent let me have it so I sent for another one. Earl helped and we
cleaned the cellar up real good and Henry put me up 3 shelves to put
empty cans on and still not enough room. Warren and June went out to
Frisbies to see Marshall his furlough ends tomorrow. Earl and Warren
went to Harry Wagoners and got 4 pounds of butter for Earl.
Milk check day $515.00
Henry and Warren went to the Lake with Geo Nolan as we dident have no
car or any way to go. Henry got some cheese and mustard loaf of bread
and ¹ of tea 1 of coffee. I had to bake bread 4 loaves but let Ves have
one loaf. Had a nice letter from Alberta Horst my *(*(* Jim was sure
mean today got mad cause he couldent find his hi cuff pants. Lost the
bobbin to the machine and we couldent find it it must have rolled under
We moved out the
piano and found the bobbin to the machine and laid it up and *(*(*(*
I cant find it again myself. They planted our field flowers just a few
not very many. I wish they had planted more. They went to Wallace Seeleys
and got out pig she had been bred they said. Henry and Jim and Warrens
family went out to So Canaan after they got home from Wallace Seelelys.
Henry got a yeast cake an a box of soap *(*(* and a box of whole wheat
bread. Daniel called and said he could get his car Thursday night. Something
happened to our radio it wont play.
Warren plowed for
Miller. They went to plow Ves garden it was growed up so it has to be
mowed. I made the beds all up clean. Henry and Jim finished planting
the garden and was going to cultivate it but laid down and had a nap
so it got to late. They went to Harry Wagonars at night and got milk
for the pig Ves go a ø can of milk too. Daniel Lamberton and I made
cottage cheese for us both.
Henry Warren and
Jim took Minnies pigs to Wallace Seeleys to have them bred and they
brought them both home with them. I baked bread and mended pants for
Jim and washed some things *(*(*( up the *(*(* and Edna Enslin is coming
for me to go to Boyds to stay all night and we are going to Scranton
in the morning to stay till Saturday. I had a letter from cousin Blanche
she has moved to Scranton to live.
My birthday born
1887. I was to Scranton with my girls I went over with Edna Enslin got
there about 9:30 AM and Edna had to go to her sons in White Haven it
is terrible lost her in town. Lucy got me a bottle of sachrine 1000
tablets. Louise and I went to the giant market and I got 8 packets of
*(*(*(* 4 of lard and a broom to sweep the porch and *(*( for .89
And I slept with
Hazel over to Boyds at night.
Lucy and I washed and the clothes got nice and dry. I went and got one more pound of butter and Sam went to get a pound but couldent get more so got lard so I am glad. When Edna got home we went to the show and Louise Lucy and Sam all went *(*(* and got me paper for the dining room and parlor for my birthday. Sam got 3 Sunday papers for me to bring home. Henry wouldent even come out to the car to help carry things in.
Its very warm here
today Hazel left Boyds today the truck came at 10:30 AM for her. Edna
and I passed Ves coming home with a jug of cider between the school
house and the Wim Shaffer place quite drunk. Came in at night and went
for more cider. I tried to get him to stay home so he would go to work
tomorrow but he wouldent the free Methodist preacher and Walter Thorn
were here to see me while I was to Scranton.
Ves dident go to
work he and Woodie Shaffer came here real drunk but Henry got them to
go to Veses house. Then towards night they went out again but Ves came
back about 10PM and Woodie got his car in the ditch out near the highway
so stayed in the car. Henry and Jim hoed out tomatoes and brought my
hoe down and I got my Jenars hoed and sit out 14 tomato plants where
flowers didnāt come up. June trimmed the paper for the dining room.
Minnie Lamberton was down and said Harrold seemed quite a bit better.
Willma and Earl was
up today. June papered the side walls of the dining room. Henry hoed
the cucumbers. Ves got sobered up and went to work. Edna Enslin went
to Honesdale and Carbondale she got Warren a bottle of sacherine 1000
tablets. Warren got Veses garden plowed and harrowed and marked out
and Ves planted some peas tonight after he got home from work. Henry
hasent heard anything from his tractor parts yet and they are trying
to do with a team. Warren go some millet in Willma brought me 3 *(*(*(
June came down and
finished the paper on the dining room. Jim helped good on the ceiling
and up over the stair steps we papered that with blue ceiling it sure
looks nice. Edna Enslin was over and Garland Shaffer was with her. Henry
went for Daniel and I felt so bad I dident go with him Jim did though.
Elinor came home with them I was glad to see her and Daniel both.
Daniel Henry and I all went to Honesdale we took our radio it was a tube and it cost .70 to get the tube and .10 for a plug in. Elinor was with us also I got two screens for these big windows on the front porch. Henry got a hoe handle for my other hoe but it dident have no ferrel(?) on it. Daniel and Elinor and I went to Hamlins and got a tire for Dan and got a scythe and snach for Warren to *(*( daires(?) we went to Mildred Botecks and waited for the men to come home about the car and to Earl and Willma Shaffers but they had come up here we met them on the east hill when we were coming home.
Daniel had to take Elinor home after we got home last night. Elfa and her dad had a scrap and Elfa left home. Daniel dident come home to help milk this morning got home this afternoon some time. Jim laid to bed till half past one then he and Henry set out our late cabbage plants got hone a quarter after 3 then he just raised the devil around till chore time. Warren and June went out to her dads he is moving in the morning. Ves was real drunk when he got home. Ves gave Jim 5 dollars from his pay.
Jim just wouldent
do a thing he had that money from his father and wanted to go to Grant
Swingles and stay all night. I wanted him to help hoe but he wouldent
started before noon for Grant Swingles wants to stay all night and said
Boonie really came
home to help milk. I had a very hard night last night and this morning.
Minnie Lamberton sent me two nice heads of lettuce and a big soup bone
by Warren this morning. Ves is planting more of his garden this morning.
After diner Dan went and got Elinor and she stayed till late in the
evening. Then Warren and June and babies came home from Junes dads then
Daniel took them home and came home in time to help milk Monday morning.
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