Transcribed by Larry Pearce
This continues the contents of a daily journal of my wife Susan’s grandmother Annie Lee “Mom” Krause (1885-1971) begun on January 1, 1950 and running through 1952. In the introductory remarks for the first dairy, we said that she had been raised in a Somerset County, PA, Amish household and, as a young woman, fell in love and married a Lutheran man named Charles (1884-1973) from the nearby community of Cove, MD. No longer considered Amish by her community, she moved north in the county with him, first to Berlin and then to Jennerstown. In that move, they managed a Presbyterian church camp for a few years before buying their own farm just across U.S. Route 30. What follows are “Mom” Krause’s exact words, expressing details and feelings from life on a small Pennsylvania farm just after World War II. Whenever possible, corrections and/or meanings are placed in brackets. You may click on a glossary of family names and places for better understanding of relationships and geography. Some names cannot be identified, unfortunately. For additional information on and context for this family, read my “Introduction: Krause” and “Commentary on the Annie Krause Diaries.”
1/1 – Today is New Years day. We finished Larry pig today and finished in the summer house. The weather wasn’t too bad.
1/2 – Lois was here and I helped her can her meat. The weather was nice. Lois walked over town.
1/3 – Today I washed and cleaned eggs. It was awfully foggy this evening. Pop and I were up at Ernests in the evening.
1/4 – I went to Johnstown in the forenoon and in the afternoon I ironed and cleaned eggs and in the evening I went to Carls to the Missionary meeting.
1/5 – It was nice today. I did my cleaning and helped Alma and did a bit of sewing.
1/6 – It was nice out today, not too cold. Pop and Harry went to Somerset. I baked rolls, made jello, cooked meat, cleaned the toilet and steps for Alma. Cecil came this afternoon and told us about John being sick.
1/7 – Sun – the weather was a mess today. It snow very hard. We went down to see Oscar Wrights in the afternoon. Dicks were here for dinner and upper. I went to church [with?] Hilda in the Morning.
1/8 – I went to see Mrs. Jake Friedline at Lenharts. It was only 8 degrees above 0 and awfully sunny.
1/9 – It was nice out but very cold. I didn’t get much done. A little sewing. Pop and Harry went to Somerset and got a tire for the tractor. The paid 71 dollars for it.
1/10 – I baked rolls and cinnamon rolls and sewed and in the morning Pop and Harry went to Ernests. It was clear and cold today. Alma got a letter from Fern. John isn’t very good. They operated on his arm & under his arm.
1/11 – It’s nasty out today. Mary and Ruth were down stairs. Mayes was here. I wrote some letters and got one from Sadie. Sometimes it snows and sometimes it rains.
1/12 – It was pretty nice out all day but cold. I cut 2 dresses for Mary and an apron for my self. Dicks were here in the evening. I got a letter from Lizzie.
1/13 – It’s real nice this morning but cold. I just have my regular work to do. Harry Rhoads was down stairs to find out about john Kirk. Harry and I went for our groceries. 1/14 – Dicks and Pop and I had planned to go to Salisbury today then this morning it started to rain and it got awfully slippery. The trees and everything is full of ice. Dicks came this afternoon and staid for supper. I was in Sunday School this forenoon.
1/15 – Monday – I washed and ironed today and cleaned eggs. Boy you should have seen it snow all day. Pop and Davie walked to Jennerstown. Alma got a letter from Fern saying John isn’t so good.
1/16 – Tuesday – I put the clothes away and cleaned eggs and finished an apron and fixed two pairs of pants for Larry. In the evening we went up to Emmerts and watched television. Eggs are down to 40 and 44 [cents] last week.
1/17 – Wed – this is a beautiful morning. I hope it stays nice. I patched a pair of pants for Larry and in the afternoon I went down to John’s house and put some poison around for the mice, then I went over to Friedlines and then Dick and Pop came after us, then in the evening Pop went to the Dr. and we went to Ernests to see television. I got a letter from Frieda Brooks.
1/18 – Thursday – It’s nice out today and not cold. There are more bare spots now than at any time since right after Thanksgiving. I have a cold and I’m not getting much done. I patched a pair of pants for Larry and cut a dress for Susie. Mary was here a while. Mrs. Wilson was here a little while.
1/19 – Friday – It was nice out today. The snow is going away. I’m nursing a bad cold. I got 8 or nine letters [?] this week. Mary told us about Birdie’s adopted baby.
1/20 – Sat – This was a beautiful day, not cold and the snow is pretty well gone. I got a letter form Lizzie saying the Dr. ordered her to go to bed so her leg heals. I baked some pies and cleaned eggs and did the usual Saturday’s work.
1/21 – Sunday – It was snowing and blowing this morning but we went to Pittsburgh with Ernest. It wasn’t awfully cold but got much colder in the evening. The road was covered with ice until almost Greensurg but this side was bare.
1/22 – Monday – I helped down stairs this forenoon and this afternoon I made Susie a dress. My eyes have been bothering me a lot. It was eight below 0 this morning. Pop and Davie walked over for the mail. Mary M. was here.
1/23 – Tuesday – I ironed and worked on Sadie’s dress. The weather was nasty. My eyes are getting better. Dicks were here.
1/24 – Wed – Pop and Dick went to Somerset to the Dr. in the evening. Hilda and I went up to Ernests until they came back. The weather was bad.
1/25 – Thurs – I worked on Sadie’s dress until I got tired of it then I put it away.
1/26 – Friday – I did my cleaning today. My eyes are alright again. The weather is still bad.
1/27 – Sat – We did out work this forenoon as usual and this afternoon Alma’s baby was born. Harry went and got the groceries for all of us.
1/28 – Sunday – Today it rained almost all day. It was dark and gloomy all day. I decided to get to communion. Davie went down to Aggies for a couple of days.
1/29 – Monday – Mary helped and we washed and cleaned a lot of eggs. Mary and Ruth Thomas were here in the afternoon. I got a letter from Fern.
1/30 – Tuesday – Today Mary ironed and I just did small jobs. Ernest was here for dinner. We had two full cases of large eggs. It was cold all day today.
1/31 – Wed – We washed again today. The weather was bad. Mary cleaned eggs. Mrs. Pickworth died tonight.
2/1 – Thursday – Mary didn’t come. Today I baked a cake and worked around here all day. Went to missionary meeting. The weather was awful.
2/2 – Friday – Mary helped and we washed and cleaned eggs. Larry was here and I cleaned two chickens.
2/3 – Sat – Sloppy. I baked some pies and finished up the Saturday’s work. Alta Rhoads was here in the afternoon. In the evening Donnie and I went to see Mrs. Pickworth.
2/4 – Sunday – Cold. This morning the Dr. came and said Alma could get out of bed on Monday. I didn’t get to church or S.S. Agnes and children brought Davie home. Dick’s were here for supper.
2/5 – Mon – Alma got up today. Mary and I washed and cleaned eggs and I took the rug out of the dining room. Iced in the evening. I did my ironing. It was cold out.
2/6 – Tuesday – It was nice out today. Harry hauled manure. Mary Thomas & Ruth were here, Mary ironed. I worked around all day. Alma washed the baby today for the first time.
2/7 – Wed – It’s terrific out today. Last night it rained and today it snow & blows. One can’t see very far. It’s cold too. Alma moved downstairs today again. Dick’s were here. I wrote to Aunt Bertha, Saddie, Lizzie, Mrs. Frazer and Mrs. Overdorf.
2/8 – Thursday – Today was awfully ugly. Harry walked over for groceries. I helped wash and baked a cake. In the evening I went down to Johnstown to Cochran High to hear Pastor Neimiller. It was very icy but we came home safe. Mrs. Stewart drove. Davie was sick in the night.
2/9 – Friday – I cleaned the upstairs this forenoon and then went to Johnstown with Ernest and bought some netting cloth for Shirley’s canes [?].I’m awfully tired.
2/10 – Saturday – It’s nice this morning. I baked bread & pies. Alma washed. I was supposed to help but Ronnie helped. The kids were awfully fussy. I’ll be so glad when they can get out once but the snow is still with us. We were up at Ernest last night until almost midnight [?]. I was awfully tired and sleepy. Ernest brought us home. Cut a cover today for Mary. I’m still tired even tho I slept like a log last night.
2/11 – Sunday – I went to S.S. and church today and came home with Carls. We had no visitors today. Only Donnie was here for supper. Fern and Cecil were downstairs for supper then. They left for D.C. again. I went to bed at 8 o’clock. It was nice all day, not very cold.
2/12 – Monday – It’s dark and cloudy today. I helped Alma wash a big wash in the forenoon and in the afternoon I cleaned eggs and kept shifting the clothes around to get them dry. Harry started to work for Fry [?].
2/13 – Tuesday – I ironed and fixed Shirley’s cover and in the afternoon Mary and her sister were here. In the evening I went to town to see Mrs. Hanks [?]. It was terribly foggy. Mrs. Hanks is at the Picking Funeral Home.
2/14 – Wednesday – This morning Ernest and Dick came to help butcher the steer, then it rained and they went home. This afternoon I went up to Ernests and helped Mary fix two covers. It’s very cold and damp & slippery. We were at Ernests and watched television in the evening.
2/15 – Thursday – This is a nice morning, little cool but nice. I cleaned windows this morning. The men actually butchered the beef this afternoon. I cleaned eggs and in the evening Larry’s were here so I didn’t get to church.
2/16 – Friday – Today we worked up the whole beef and put it in cans, Mary Thomas helped to put Harry’s in cans in the evening. It started to rain in the evening.
2/17 – Saturday – This morning Clyde came home. I canned all my meat and baked some pies. I was supposed to help ones at the firehall but I was too tired to help as Clyde took me over for groceries and that’s all. It was rainy all day.
2/18 – Sunday – I didn’t go to church or S.S. today. This forenoon I got everything ready to go to Baltimore, then we, Pop, Clyde and I went to Ernests for dinner and right after dinner we left to go to Balt. The weather was really nice, not even much cold. We got to Clydes around seven in the evening.
2/19 – Monday – It rained today. Jean washed and I loafed all day. In the evening Jean and I went to the dairy for milk. Then we watched television until bedtime. I wrote some cards home.
2/20 – Tuesday – I didn’t do anything all day but eat. In the evening Jean and I went to the Earle [?] Theatre in Overlea and saw the Pagan Love Song, a picture of the islands. It started to rain while we were there.
2/21 – Wednesday – It rained all night and all day today. Clara came this evening. We didn’t do much. I’m reading Enchanted Ground and like it a lot.
2/22 – Thursday – It’s nice and clear this morning and not very cold. Clyde wants apple dumplings for supper. Jean is washing and I’m going to sew a little. Ruth, Jean, and I went to the 5 & 10 then went and got a sandwich and then home.
2/23 – Friday – It was nice out all day today. Jean washed and cleaned and I didn’t do much of anything. In the evening we went out to Russell Krauses to see Aunt Lizzie. It was a nice trip. We washed supper dishes after we came back. Then we had some ice cream.
2/24 – Saturday – It’s lovely out this morning. Clara and Rosina left for Florida. This morning I wrote a card to Pop. Clyde went to market. In the evening we went to see Kate and Herman. She had all kind of things to eat and a good time was had by all. The wind was cool.
2/25 – Sunday – This morning Jean and Ruth and I went to church. Then in the afternoon Jean and I slept and in the evening we visited at Susbys [?]. They are lovely people and I enjoyed them a lot. The weather was fine. Only the wind was cool.
2/26 – Monday – It was fine out today. Ruth spent the day here and she served and I just fooled around. In the evening Mr. & Mrs. Woodward came to visit. They have a lovely little girl. Then Jean & Clyde took Ruth home and I watched television.
2/27 – Tuesday – It’s really nice out this morning, not even cold. I washed out some clothes & hose. Jean and Warren are going for a walk. After supper we went over to Rosinas to see her plants and Clyde took care of the chickens. After we came home we watched television.
2/28 – Wed – It was real nice today, only pretty cool. Jean and I spent the day at Ruths, then in the late afternoon we went out where Clyde works. Then we stopped at Rosinas and fed the chickens, then over to Ruths for supper, then back here. It started to rain in the night and snowed a little but there isn’t any snow this morning. (Note on 2/29 – Only 28 days this month.)
3/1 – Thursday – It’s nasty out this morning. We want to sew. We removed [?] Jeans dishes into her china closet and Jean ironed. I sewed on Jeans electric machine for the first time. In the evening we watched television. Pop went to the hospital this evening.
3/2 – Fri – This morning Ernest came before I was out of bed. Pop is in the hospital and Ernest came to bring me home. So we came home and in the evening I went down to the hospital to see Pop. There we had ice cream at Dicks because Susie has a birthday.
3/3 – Sat – It’s rainy today and cold. I went over my house and cleaned a little. Mary and Mart and Donnie were here. Dicks [?] left for Harrisburg this dinner [?]. I went to the hospital with Ernest & Donnie.
3/4 – Sun – I went to church and S.S. this morning, then up to Ernests for dinner and this afternoon I was down at the hospital. Pop seemed to be just the same. Overdorfs Ethel and Shaffers were here to visit. Dicks were here for supper.
3/5 – Monday – This was a real nice wash day today. I did mine and then helped Alma, then cleaned eggs, then ironed some and then went to Johnstown and visited Pop. Then I went along with Ernests for a while.
3/6 – Tues – It’s still nice this morning. I ironed for us and some for Alma and cleaned eggs and in the evening I went down to Dicks to stay alnight. It started to rain some time this evening or night. No one went to Johnstown.
3/7 – Wed – It rained and rained but Hilda and I went to the hospital. Pop was operated on this morning. We staid around all day. We went to Overdorfs for supper. Pop is in good shape and good hands. I missed missionary meeting. Dick brought me home.
3/8 – Thurs – It’s nice this morning again. Everything seems to be out of kilter this morning. They graded potatoes yesterday. I went to Johnstown this evening. Ernest wrote to the insurance co for we also paid the nurses tonight.
3/9 – Friday – It’s cold and snowing this morning. Hilda, Mary, and I want to go to Herbs then to the hospital this afternoon. I wrote to Fern this morning. We staid at Herbs for supper and got home pretty late. The snow soon all went away. Pop was real good.
3/10 – It was cold (very cold) this morning. I baked pies and fixed some things for Sunday, then cleaned eggs and went to town in the evening. Harry, Donnie, Ernest, and I went. Pop was pretty good.
3/11 – Sunday – It was cold this morning but nice in the day, only it staid cold. Kings came then we went to Ernests for dinner and in the afternoon we went down to the hospital. Kings came back here for supper.
3/12 – Monday – This was a lovely day. I went to town this morning down to Larrys. I staid there until after six o’clock then I went to the hospital on the street car. Dick came down to bring me home. Barry is sick again. I had a letter from Genevieve saying Sand[y] broke her arm.
3/13 – Tuesday – Hilda and I went to the hospital this afternoon then we went to see Mrs. Dietz a little while. Then we went back to Helen Bloughs for the children and she had supper ready so we eat there then came home. It snowed to beat the band coming home.
3/14 – Wed – It was nasty and snowy all day. Our peepies came today. We heard them in the bedroom all night. Ernest took us to the hospital in the evening then I went along up to Ernests and watched television for a while.
3/15 – Thursday – It isn’t so very cold but it’s snowing. Florence Thomas came for lard. I got a letter from Jean. Also finished Sadies dress and cut one for myself. I did my cleaning today because I want to go to town tomorrow. I went to Dicks and staid overnight. It snowed like the dickens.
3/16 – Friday – Hilda and I went to town. First we went to St. Clairs for feed for Millers and [got] stuck on Black Hill. Then we went down to Bloughs and [got] stuck in the snow. Then we went down to see Pop and then we eat supper at Bloughs and them home.
3/17 – Sat – Today I sewed a little, cleaned eggs, scrubbed the toilet, and in the evening we went to the hospital. Pop seemed pretty good.
3/18 – Sun – This morning I walked over to Sunday School and church, then to Ernests for dinner. In the afternoon Ernest took us down to see Pop, who seemed good. Donnie drove down and back.
3/19 – Monday – It’s really nasty out today. It’s windy and raining. This morning I washed and cleaned eggs and this afternoon Ernest, Harry, Mary, and I went to Somerset to see about Pop’s insurance. Ernest signed up for a policy. I ironed too. Pop was real good tonight. Helen and Harold went in to see him.
3/20 – Tuesday – Hilda and I went down to see Pop today. I came home in the evening. The weather wasn’t too bad. I made a sheet and sewed on my dress.
3/21 – Wed – I sewed on a dress and cleaned a lot of eggs. It started to snow in the afternoon and it was very slippery going to town. Pop seemed pretty good. Ernest and I were down at the hospital.
3/22 – Thursday – Today I made 2 sheets, 2 tea towels, finished my dress, cut and partly sewed Hilda’s dress, and sewed Almas rug. It’s nice out today. [?]ced up the spare room and watered all the plants and wrote to Mrs. Snow. I went to the hospital and staid down at Dicks.
3/23 – Friday – This forenoon Hilda and I took the children down to Bloughs then we went downtown and then in the afternoon we went to the hospital and from there we went to visit Mrs. Frazee and saw Cora Hostetler [?] and then we went to Harold Bloughs for supper, then home. It was nice all day and not cold. Pop seemed good. This was Good Friday.
3/24 – Sat – It’s snowing and blowing today. I did my cleaning and cleaned a lot of eggs and helped wash dishes downstairs. Jim and Shirley stopped in and brought us a beautiful gardenia. Ernest, Donnie, and I and Jim, Mary, and Mart went downtown to the hospital in the evening. Then I went up to Ernests for a while after we came back. It was very slippery. Ernest gave me a two [?] egg.
3/25 – Easter morning – It’s cold and the ground is covered with snow. I want to go to church. I went up to Ernests for dinner after church. I hope after dinner Jim, Shirley, and I went to the hospital to see Pop. Then I went to Ernests for supper, then watched television until ten o’clock. Then Donnie brought me home, It got nice and sunny in the afternoon but it staid cold. Ernest went to church.
3/26 – Easter Monday – Today it was windy and real cold. I sewed and cleaned eggs and in the evening Harry, Ernest, and I went to see Pop. He is getting anxious to come home. Hilda and Susan are sick. I wrote to Altons, Puds, and Keysers [?] before I went to bed. I’m always so tired when I come home from town.
3/27 – Tuesday – It’s very nice today. I washed some dresses and finished Almas dress as far as I could. We have a new calf this morning. Davie says its Lizzies cow that has it. We paid the hospital bill. So far 316 dollars.
3/28 – Wed – No one got to the hospital today.
3/29 – Thursday – Nellie and Cleda came today so I didn’t work. Ernest took me down to the hospital this evening. Pop was out in the wheel chair today for a while.
3/30 – Friday – It rained to beat the band today. Hilda and I went to the hospital this afternoon. We took the sewing machine up to Herbs then came home. Then we went down to Millers to get Dick and we supper there.
3/31 – Sat – It’s very nice out but windy and cold today. Ernest took me to town this evening. Pop was pretty good. [continued] Sat. I got all mixed up so I’ll have to turn back a page.
4/1 – Sunday – Today Ernest and Mary and I and Donnie went to church. The preacher preached for the first time today. Sims and Clydes and Ernests were here for dinner. Then we went to the hospital. Dick and Harold Bloughs were here for supper. Johns are still here. It rained again today.
4/2 – Monday – I washed this morning. It’s cool out. This afternoon I patched Pops underclothes and cleaned eggs. I also emptied Almas wash water. We have another calf this morning. Lizzies cow this time. Ernest took us to the hospital and we didn’t find Pop quite as chipper. Mr. Scully had been in.
4/3 – Tuesday – Snow this morning. Gee I wish it would get nice. Hilda and I went to town then to the hospital to see Pop. We talked to the Dr. and I’m afraid Pop will have to stay a while longer. I eat supper at Dicks. I visited with Mrs. Lehman until Hilda got ready to leave Bloughs. It was ugly out all day.
4/4 – Wed – Everything is white this morning, even on the trees. I want to iron the rest of the clothes and clean eggs. I went Ernests for supper then Ernest, Donnie, and I went to the hospital in the evening. Harry isn’t feeling good. He went to the doctor. I don’t feel good. I sure hope I’ll feel better tomorrow.
4/5 – Thurs – It’s still cold and we still have snow in spots. I don’t feel a bit better this morning. Dick and I went down to see Pop then I staid at Dick’s alnight.
4/6 – Friday – It was nice this morning. Hilda and I tool the children to Helens then we went to town then to Overdorfs for lunch the to the hospital then to Millers then took Miller’s eggs to Jerome then to Bloughs for supper then home. I was very tired then Clyde’s came and I got to bed at eleven thirty. Clydes went down to Trostles to stay all night.
4/7 – Sat. – Clydes came back at dinner time then I went along down to Trostles for supper then we went down to see Pop. It was a lovely day. Pop seemed pretty good. Now to bed.
4/8 – Sunday – I went with Ernests to church then Dicks came for dinner then right after dinner Glenns and Bobs came. Then Clydes stopped on their way back. So we all went to the hospital. Then Glenns staid for supper. Pop was pretty good. The hospital was crawling with visiters. It rained a little.
4/9 – Monday – It’s gloomy out but I want to wash. I did mine then helped Alma to finish hers and emptied her water then I cleaned and packed the eggs then nearly finished my ironing. Ernest and I went down at the hospital. It’s raining to beat the band.
4/10 – Tuesday – It was real nice today. I finished my ironing and packed eggs, then Hilda came and we went down to Herbs for dinner then Olive went along downtown then up to the hospital. Pop seemed good. Then I eat supper at Dicks then Dick brought me home.
4/11 – Wed – It was lovely out today. I scrubbed the summer house and raked in front of the porch. In the afternoon I went to Somerset with Hilda, Mrs. Miller and Mary M. Then I staid at Ernests for supper then we went to the hospital. Ernest was much concerned because they are surveying the road past here.
4/12 – Thursday – It’s rainy again. I want to clean eggs and fix Hildas coat and my dress. I went up to Ernests before dinner to listen to a call from the hospital. We hoped we could go for Pop but he isn’t discharged yet. We went to the hospital in the evening.
4/13 – Friday – This afternoon I did all my cleaning and in the afternoon Hilda and I went to the hospital. I came home right away then in the evening Daves and Rosina came. It was nice today.
4/14 – Sat – Daves and Rosina were here all day and in the evening we went to the hospital. Then Ernest got some ice cream and we went to Ernests and eat it and watch television. Ernestine went to bed at 1:30.
4/15 – Sun – It was very nice out today. Dave bought us a dinner at the diner down by the point then we went to the hospital and then Daves left for home and I came home with Ernest. Larrys and I eat at Harrys. I was awfully tired.
4/16 – Monday – It’s cold today. I washed and helped with Almas wash. Then I cleaned and packed eggs. Then in the late afternoon Marion Newland came so I didn’t get to the hospital. Ernest and Mary went down to see Pop.
4/17 – Tuesday – Well Marion didn’t get up until almost ten then we had late breakfast and in the afternoon Dick and Hilda took us to the hospital then to see Emma Watkins then in the evening we watched television.
4/18 – Wed – I finished ironing then we had lunch at three oclock then I went to Jennerstown to see Marion off and visited Mrs. Friedline then in the evening Ernest and I went to town.
4/19 – Thurs – I mended some things this forenoon and then at noon Ernest came for me to hear McArthurs speech. I cleaned some eggs. Johns went back to Washington today. Guess Ernest and I will go to town tonight. Charlie came home this evening.
4/20 – Friday – It was real nice today. Hilda and I went to Somerset to see about the insurance. I tried to do some cleaning and cleaned eggs. I’m so tired. I churned too. Pop feels pretty good.
4/21 – Sat – It was lovely out today. The preacher, Earl Griffith and the breadman were in to see Pop. I baked pies and cleaned four chickens. Pop sat up for a while. I went with Ernest for groceries.
4/22 – Sun – It’s raining this morning. Clarence came at about 10 oclock then right after dinner Ernest and Dicks came then Larrys came so we had a big day. It rained almost all day, but wasn’t cold. Pop eat at the table with us now this evening. I’m tired. Guess I’ll go to bed.
4/23 – Mon – It was very nice today. The clothes dried nice today. I had a big wash today then I cleaned a lot of eggs. No one was her today and Pop says it was very lovely today. I wrote to Ernestine, Clyde, Lizzie, Cleda Kerns, and Coosters [sic] and Olive. I have the clothes all dampened but I was too tired to iron.
4/24 – Tuesday – I went up to Ernests to call the Dr. then I ironed an put all the clothes away and hemmed some napkins. It was very nice out today. Harry sowed some oat today. Mr and Mrs. Miller were here.
4/25 – Wed – It was lovely out today. I started to was the refrigerator and started to clean house. Dr. Haup [sic] was here to see Pop.
4/26 – Thurs – This morning I got breakfast. Pop’s in bed. Then I washed dishes and washed the asparates [?] then I cleaned eggs and packed them then churned twice then Mary Mayes came. Then I cleaned the spare room and aftersupper I walked up to Ernests and talked to Awian [sp?] about cream then Ernest and Donnie came then Dicks came. Donnie was running a high temperature. He had been to the Dr. It rained a little in the morning but got real nice.
4/27 – Friday – It’s beautiful out this morning. I did my cleaning and cleaned eggs and raked about half of the yard thinking I would finish out Saturday then it rained in the night. I got a nice long letter from Marion. Dicks were here in the afternoon.
4/28 – Sat – It was rainy today but warm. I finished cleaning up the house then I cleaned my kitchen cubbard. Dick Kaufman and Agnes e here to see Pop. It thundered and rained awfully hard before midnight.
4/29 – Sun – It’s lovely today just like summer only the ground is awfully wet.Mr. and Mrs. Airsman came in the afternoon. Larrys were here for supper.
4/30 – Monday – It was nice today and I washed 2 bed spreads and two quilts and 3 sheets and I had a big wash. Then I cleaned eggs and ironed and then walked up to Ernests to call the Dr. Pop thought he wasn’t very good. (Dicks came in the evening.) Then in the evening Harrys went over Brants to see bout the cream.
5/1 – Tuesday – I partly cleaned the bed room and fixed Hildas coat. John Kirk was here and he and Pop sat on the porch. It was lovely out. I finished the spare room. In the evening I worked in the yard a little. I also sent Ada H. a birthday card.
5/2 – Wed – It was lovely out today. Harry finished plowing over at Jennerstown. I cleaned eggs, washed & ironed drapes and finished raking the yard. In the evening we went to Ernest to see Groucho.
5/3 – Thurs – This afternoon I helped grade potatoes all afternoon. It got much cooler and rained in the night.
5/4 Friday – I did my cleaning today and cleaned eggs. Hemmingers came and got the potatoes. John was here. I baked cinnamon rolls and rolls and a cake. It was cool out.
5/5 – Sat – I finished my cleaning. I scrubbed the kitchen and waxed it. Ernest came in and in the evening we went to Boswell and got some drugs for Pop. It was rainy and cool.
5/6 – Sun – It was cold today. I missed church again. Overdorfs, Goodwins, Larrys, Dicks, and Clyde Schraders were here. Also May, Mart and Donnie.
5/7 – Monday – It’s nice out this morning and cool. I’m washing and I cleaned and packed eggs and fixed Hilda’s coat collar. The Lizzie cow got sick today. We called the vet from Johnstown.
5/8 – Tuesday – It’s nice out today. I ironed and out the clothes away and wrote to Lizzie and Sadie. The cow is still sick. Harry is nearly ready to plant potatoes.
5/9 – Wed – We cut potatoes all day. Today Fern, Mary Thomas, Ruth, Hilda, Hellen, and I helped. We all eat downstairs, even Pop. It was nice all day.
5/10 – Thursday – We finished the potatoes today. We cut all day and evening too and Harry finished planting in the evening. Dicks were here a while in the evening. I lost my temper and I’m ashamed of it.
5/11 – Friday – It rained this forenoon and I did some cleaning. Mary stopped on her way to clean the bank. Alma, Jerry, Davey, Jimmy, and Rita went down to Smiths this afternoon.
5/12 – Sat – Today I cleaned my kitchen and it was rainy and cold. It was very quiet here with the children gone. In the evening we went up to Ernests. Harry and Ronnie went too.
5/13 – Sunday – I went to church and SS this forenoon, then in the afternoon Larrys came. Then in the evening Overdorfs and Trostles and Shaffers came. It was cold out.
5/14 – Monday – Today Harry and I planted the garden and I cleaned the oil stove and cleaned a lot of eggs. The men came from Winber [sic] for the sick cow. Pop got his insurance $280.00 (?).
5/15 – Tuesday – This morning I washed. We got a load of coal right after dinner. I walked to Jennerstown this afternoon to the bank. Fern brought me home. I’m awful tired this evening. Pop isn’t feeling so good. It’s lovely out.
5/16 – Wed – Donnie took pop to the Dr. this evening. The Dr. says he is getting along just fine. I mowed part of the yard this evening. The weather was fine and warm.
5/17 – Thursday – I cleaned the dining room today and in the evening I felt so bad. I laid down a sheile (spell?) before I washed dishes. Guess mowing the yard didn’t agree with me. The weather was fine.
5/18 – Friday – Today I made a cover for the settee in the sewing room and one for the radiator up stairs. In the evening I did some of my cleaning.
5/19 – Sat- baked a cake and some pies and finished my cleaning. In the evening we went to Ernests to watch television. It was cooler today. It’s very dry. I sure hope it rains soon.
5/20 – Sun – This morning I walked over to Sunday School. It’s cool out today. We all went to Kirks for dinner today. It’s cool out and cloud. Pop went along to church this evening, the first time in four years. Donnie took us over.
5/21 – Monday – It was nice today, real warm. I walked up to Ernests to find out about the corn plants. The truck license came and Harry went for the plantes. John brought the mail. I cleaned and packed a lot of eggs.
5/22 – Tuesday – I washed this forenoon and finished the eggs. In the afternoon I cleaned up the high porch. Mr. Ankeney and John Kirk were here. Jerry went to Idlewild. It clouded up in the evening.
5/23 – Wed – It’s been rainy all day so far and real cool. I got a card from Sadie and a letter from Jean. Sims came for berry plants and staid for supper. Pop went to the Dr. (unclear) Then we staid at Ernests for a while.
5/24 – Thursday – It didn’t have a frost this morning but the wind was very cold. I dressed some chickens and cooked them. Then pop and I went up to Ernests for supper. It was Ernests birthday. Pop gave him a knife. We watched television for a while then we had some ice cream. Then Donnie brought us home.
5/25 – Friday – We were afraid it would freeze last night but it didn’t. It got nice today. Hilda and I spent the day in Johnstown. I got shoes and material for a dress. It was nice all day. I got home in time to get supper.
5/26 – Sat – This forenoon Pop and I cleaned berry plants. They finished planting today, so now the strawberrys are in. This afternoon I cleaned eggs. I made Jello. The air was cool.
5/27 – Sun – This morning it was cool. I walked to communion and SS then Ernest, Mary, Pop, and Marty and Davie and I went down to the Richland Cemetery and there I met Marys sister. Then we went to Ernests and staid for dinner and supper. It rained in the afternoon.
5/28 – Mon – It was rainy all day. I washed clothes and socks (?) and in the afternoon Hilda and the children came. I cut out some things for Susan and Hilda and partly made Hildas skirt.
5/29 – Tues – It’s real cool today but it isn’t raining. We sent two cans of cream today. I ironed this forenoon. This afternoon I want to sew. My clothes are still on the line. Some are ironed.
5/30 – Wed – It was cool this morning but got warm later. In the afternoon we went to Idlewild and in the evening up to Ernests to watch television.
5/31 – Thurs – It was nice out today. I finished Hildas skirt. The rest planted tomato plants. Harry has back ache so I helped to milk.
6/1 – Friday – I did the milking this morning then cooked dinner for Ernest & Mary and dressed two chicken for Herbs and did my cleaning. Now I must help pick some potatoes and then press Hilda’s skirts. Then get cleaned up to go down to Herbs this evening.
6/2 – Sat – This morning dick came for Pop and I to keep the children. They left for Washington. It was awfully hot. Everything went fine. Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Blough and Charlie Millers were at Dicks during the day.
6/3 – Sun – It was awfully hot today. Ed Haselbarths and Mrs. Carrie and Schlossnagles and Dillons were her. It rained hard in the evening. We went through Moon’s house. Dicks came home about 9:30.
6/4 – Mon – I just fooled around all day today planting flower plants and cutting my dress and cleaning eggs. It was rainy.
6/5 – Tues – I sewed about all day today. I finished the eggs. In the evening Ferne brought Sharon up. Dicks were here too. Larrys baby is born today [crossed out] tonight.
6/6 – Wed – Today I washed and finished my dress and some how I got very tired until evening. I got the cream all ready to ship. In the evening they went to the Dr. I went up to Ernests to see Groucho. It’s a little cool but nice.
6/7 – Thur – Today I want to dress some chickens for Sadie and clean eggs and iron. I also planted peas and lettuce. I went to Frank Fishers to missionary meeting wit Mrs. Emmert.
6/8 – Friday – This morning we went to Pgh and staid all day. We were at Glenns for supper.
6/9 – Sa – I dressed two chickens and did all my cleaning and cleaned a lot of eggs. We went to Ernests in the evening.
6/10 – Sun – This morning it rained hard. I wrote two letters and tis afternoon we went to see Lois and Mr. Kooster. Also Anna Miller. Then we went up to Larrys house and Herbs. Oscar Wrights were here this evening.
6/11 – Monday – It was nice today. Mary Mayes and Mary Thomas helped pick strawberries. I made soap all day today. Harry & boys put a stand out to the road. Bible school started today.
6/12 – Tuesday – I didn’t get much done today but go to town with Mrs. Miller and Hilda and get cabbage plants.
6/13 – Wed – I got a letter today from Betty saying little Ralph is sick. I helped clean up in the summers house and burn junk and cleaned eggs and cut my soap and put it up to dry. In the evening we went to Ernests to watch Grou [unclear] all day. Groucho.
6/14 – Thurs – It’s still wet and rainy. I’m afraid the berries will rot. The day turned out pretty good. Hilda, Hellen, Mary Thomas, Fern, Mary Mayes helped to pick berries. I worked fiell [unclear] all day. The boys sold the berries at the end of the lane.
6/15 – Friday – It’s nice out today but cool. I did my cleaning and cleaned eggs and basted Hildas skirt. Clydes came in the night at 2/45 so we didn’t get too much sleep. Mrs. Wilson was here.
6/16 – Sat – Today we picked berries and did a rushing (?) business. I’m very tired tonight. I have such back ache. The black heifer has a calk tonight. Larry came up this evening.
6/17 – Sunday – Pop went to church while I staid at home and cooked dinner for Glenns Virginia Ernests Harrys and clydes [no commas]. Clyde left for Baltimore in the afternoon.
6/18 – Monday – I didn’t get very much done but mess with the kids. Jean is here and they picked berries today.
6/19 – Tues – This forenoon we washed and moved things off of the porch and this afternoon I ironed while Jean picked berries.
6/20 – Wed – Jean ironed this forenoon. I just washed and couldn’t get anything done. In the evening we went up to Ernests. Alma went to Boswell.
6/21 – Thurs – The weather was nice today. Mary Thomas and Jean and Pop finished the strawberries and in the evening Jean went to Idle wild to a S.S, picnic with her parents then to town.
6/22 – Friday – It’s sorta hot today. I made six jars of strawberry preserves. Johns came back from Washington last evening. Ronnie went to Somerset to get apair of shoes. It rained a little shower.
6/23 – Sat – It was awfully hot today. They picked 350 quarts of berries today and they are all sold.
6/24 – Sun – It was nice and warm today. We were in church then up to Ernests for dinner. Then Shraders and Pearl Kamp came and were her for supper then Larrys came. Harrys went to Dairy [sic?] today.
6/25 – Mon – It rained hard last night but its delightful this morning. They picked berries today.
6/26 – Tuesday – It was nice out today. I went to town with Donnie and Mary this afternoon and it was plenty hot down there. I ironed this forenoon.
6/27 – Wed – They picked berries today until about three oclock then it rained. We cleaned a lot of berries for preserves. Then Trostles and Jean came for supper and then we all went to Somerset. Pop & I to the Dr.
6/28 – Thursday – It rained and thundered and lightened [sic] something awfull last night. Today it was pretty nice. We went up to Ernests to see Amos and Andy.
6/29 – Friday – It rained last night again although the stars shone around midnight. I’m so tired this evening but I’ll have to clean eggs yet and I want to sweep the dining room. Pop didn’t do much today. He got a card and ten $ from Puds.
6/30 – Sat – It was wet this morning but the strawberry pickers came any way. I guess they wont come any more now. They are about over. In the evening we had a little picnic here. Only Harold Bloughs and Dicks and Harrys were here but I think they all enjoyed it. Harry and the boys brought us a damp load of hay.
7/1 – Sun – This morning I started for Sunday School then it got started to rain and I came back so we were all home all day. Larry was here for just a little while. They moved into their new house yesterday. It was cold all day, too cold to have the doors and windows open. We want to go to church this evening.
7/2 – Monday – This morning I washed then I cleaned eggs then we went over to Dicks and Pop went along down to Millers to pick cherries. I cleaned cherries and hung up the socks and got supper and watched kids and then came home and ironed.
7/3 – Tuesday – They went for cherries again today. I finished canning Hildas cherries and red up her house. Then did part of her ironing. I canned 12 ½ quarts of cherries after we got home. It was very warm today.
7/4 – Wed – I finished my cherries this forenoon. Then I fixed a chair and walked up to Ernests. Donnie opened his fruit stand today. It was pretty nice out today. It threatened rain a couple of times. I got 21 ½ qts. Of cherries.
7/5 – Thurs – It was real hot today. Mrs. Emmert took me along to missionary meeting at Harry Friedlines.
7/6 – Friday – It was nice all day today.
7/7 – Sat – Today Aunt Bertha came for dinner. Also Clydes. They staid all afternoon. In the evening Jean took us to the store.
7/8 – Sun – It was nice all day. Clydes and Dicks were here for dinner. In the evening Mary Mayes and I went to the joint missionary meeting at the church.
7/9 – Monday – I washed and I was very busy all day. It was real nice and warm.
7/10 – Tuesday – I ironed and cleaned eggs and washed out my dress. In the evening we went up to Ernests.
7/11 – Wed – This morning I went to Somerset with Ernest Pop and Mary. I got my eyes tested for glasses. Pop and Mary came home on the buss [sic]. They waited in the Drs office until three oclock.
7/12 – Thurs – Today I went down to Dicks then we went down to Herbs for supper then over to Larrys for a wile then it rained very hard in the evening. Harry and the boys cut the wheat.
7/13 – Friday – I did most of my cleaning and in the evening I walked up to Ernests and called Hilda and Glenns. The boys shocked the wheat.
7/14 – Sat – I finished cleaning and did some baking today. I don’t feel very good. Guess I’ll go to the store and maybe up to Ernests a little. Its nice out today, very nice.
7/15 – Sunday – This morning Kings came then after dinner we packed a lunch then went over to Noah Lees. Then we eat our supper lunch at Oak grove then went up to Sims and Clydes. The day was nice. We got home late.
7/16 – Monday – I washed. Ironed and cleaned eggs and sewed. The day was fine.
7/17 – Tues – It was a lovely day, but hot. I sewed and in the afternoon I went down to Kirks. In the evening Pop and I went to Ernests for ice cream.
7/18 – Wed – This morning I finished my dress. It rained this forenoon and wet the hay that was ready to bring in. The barn on the George Shaffer burned down [sic]. Struck by lightening.
7/19 – Thurs – It rained awfully hard today. I didn’t get much done all day. Dot was down stairs for dinner. I went to Ernests in the evening. Hilda and Helen and kids were here in the evening.
7/20 – Friday – 3 oclock in the morning and e are ready to leave for Baltimore. We got to Clydes just fine. Then after lunch we left for Delaware. Clyde went along with us. We slept in cabins. We watched the ocean until the tide was full.
7/21 – Sat – This morning the men went fishing and Mart Mary and I went out to the beach. Right after dinner we started back to Baltimore. We went to Rosinas for supper, then back to Clydes.
7/22 – Sun – Very Hot (underlined). We left for Washington right after lunch. Then from there we went out to Daves stand then back to Daves for supper and to stay over night. We had a good time. [Awfully hot written in margin]
7/23 – Mon – We staid at Daves until after lunch then started home. We got home about 8 oclock. Tired and glad to get home. John Kirk is pretty bad. It nice and hot all the way home but cool here at home.
7/24 – Tuesday – This morning it was cloudy but later it cleared up. I washed and cleaned eggs and this evening Mary and I went down to see John K a little. Its real nice and cool tonight. I have part of the ironing done. Mary and I were down at Johns for a while. [She repeats herself.]
7/25 – Wed – I ironed and put all the clothes away. In the evening I was up at Ernests for a while. Pop weeded out in the strawberry patch. They also picked two bushel of yellow beans.
7/26 – Thurs – It was a lovely day today. I cleaned and canned beans and wrote letters. I don’t feel very good but I kept working. John Kirk is in bad shape. The wagon broke down so the boys didn’t get the hay in.
7/27 – Friday – It’s lovely out this morning. The men are getting the wagon on its feet again. I want to do my cleaning and paint the bench and clean the eggs, so I wont have much to do tomorrow. I still don’t feel good. I wrote to Ralphs today. Jerry mailed my letters.
7/28 – Sat – It was a nice day. Pop helped to shock vats(?). In the morning he picked the peas, then I canned them. That’s about all I got done. We watched television in the evening.
7/29 – Sun – This morning Pop and I watche [crossed out] walked to church. There was communion. Then in the afternoon we went down by Central City to get some huckle berries. We ate our supper in Emerald Park. It was a nice day but got cold in the evening. 7/30 – Monday – It’s awfully foggy this morning and it’s very cool. I put a few pieces in Almas wash. I somehow didn’t feel like working. Little Janet Blough was struck by a car and killed this afternoon.
7/31 – Tuesday – Today the fair starts. I went down to Dicks and kept Susan in the afternoon and in the evening I had the children here while Dicks went down to Bloughs. It was nice all day today.
8/1 – Wednesday – It’s cloudy and damp today. Pop is picking beans and I’m not doing much. I don’t feel so good. Guess its my glasses. Most of us went don to Keims. Ernest took us and Fern took Harrys.
8/2 – Thurs – This morning I went down to Bloughs and Keims with Dicks then o the funeral. Then we went to Omar Millers a little then home. In the evening I went to missionary meeting with Mrs. Emmert up at the camp. It was cool all day.
8/3 – Friday – Today I did my cleaning and in the afternoon the Kaufman women came and I cleaned eggs. In the evening Mrs. Wilson came the then Ruth and Mary and the kids came. It was too cold to sit on the porch.
8/4 – Sat – There is a terrific crowd over at the fair. More cars than I’ve ever seen there. I baked pies and cleaned eggs. Harry and I went for groceries. It’s very cold out. I walked down to Johns this afternoon. Cecil came home this morning.
8/5 – Sunday – Pop and I walked over to church and Donnie brought us back. It was nice out. Larrys were here for dinner. Larry worked at the porch. Dicks were here for supper.
8/6 – Monday – I washed but it was warm, a very good drying day. In the evening I walked up to Ernests and called Hilda. Mrs. Ferguson came here to see me.
8/7 – Tuesday – I ironed in the forenoon and in the afternoon Hilda took us to Somerset and I got my new glasses. It was very nice out. We thrashed wheat in the afternoon. Got 75 bushel.
8/8 – Wed – Today I cleaned windows and eggs. The weather was fine but we need rain bad. Alma and I canned beans. Pop picked them. We went to Johns in the evening.
8/9 – Thurs – I cleaned the living and dining room today. The men hauled in oats in the afternoon. I was busy all day. Ernest was here a while in the evening.
8/10 – Friday – It’s nice out this morning. Still no rain. I want to clean the outside toilet. The water is low. We never use it until it rains. I also want to finish my cleaning today.
8/11 – Sat – I baked pies and got ready for the reunion. In the evening we were up at Ernests and watched television. Jim and Shirley brought us home. It was lightening when we came home.
8/12 – Sun – It rained hard last night making it hard for us. We can ‘t have a table outside as we had our picnic in here. There were fourty [sic] of us but I believe we all had a good time. Overdorfs were here too. Mrs. Hemminger and Rita came and spent the evening. We had a surprise for Lizzie.
8/13 – Monday – I washed and ironed and fixed two pair of pants for Shirleys Jim. Pop, Harry and Ernest fell out today and I’m just sick about it all. Donnie went to Washington last night.
8/14 – Tuesday – It was hot today. In the afternoon I walked over to the P.O. then I went to the China house and down to Mrs. Wilsons then to John Kirks and then Fern brought me home. Mrs. Wilson said she sold her house. I also stopped at Ruths for a little, the first time in ages.
8/15 – We – Today we canned corn and I helped Hilda to cut some corn off for herself. I also pulled some beets. Larry and Barry were here in the evening. I had a card from Olive.
8/16 – Thurs – Today I canned a few cans of beets and some corn and two cans of beans. And I cleaned up tow rooms so I about need to do them tomorrow. The men are hauling oats. It thunderd [sic] but didn’t rain here. Our water is very low.
8/17 – Friday – Today I did my cleaning and in the evening I walked up to Ernests. I scrubbed and waxed the kitchen. They finished hauling in oats today. It threatened rain but didn’t rain.
8/18 – Sat – It was nice today. I cleaned eggs and I didn’t get much work done in the evening. Pop and [I] started to walk to the store then Ernest picked us up then we went to Ernests and watched television. Donnie came home this morning.
8/19 – Sun – This morning it was very cool. Pop and I rode over to church with Bill brown. I staid for SS then rode down with Carls. Larrys were here for dinner.
8/20 – Monday – This afternoon I did only a little washing because the water is very low. I cleaned eggs and started some pickles this afternoon. I helped Mary to can apples and sheled peas. Then Pop came up to Ernests so we staid for supper. Then Ernest brought us home. It cool again tonight.
8/21 – Tuesday – This morning I ironed and put away the clothes then I made 19 qts. Of tomato juice. Then I canned 3 qts. of tomatoes. Then I peeled enough peaches for 53 qts. for Olive and then I put them in 22 cans then washed up some things and then I went to bed. Ogelines [sc] came for tomatoes in the evening.
8/22 – Wed – Today Hilda and the children and Pop and I went to Salisbury. Pop went to the Dr. first and we went to the store in Somerset. We didn’t get home until dark. It was a lovely day.
8/23 – Thurs – This forenoon Alma and I dressed 3 young chickens and they were a mess, It’s rather cold today. I planted some violet leaves and two begonias. Now I want to do corn. I dried one dries [?] of corn then walked up to Ernests.
8/24 – Friday – I finished drying corn today and did most of my cleaning then I cut corn for Alma. I got a letter from Gennevieve today. The air was cool today.
8/25 – Sat – Today I baked pies and canned pickles and finished my cleaning and this afternoon I went down to Kirks. Overdorfs were here this evening. Aunt Ethel and friend Rose were along. Ernest broke the axle in his car.
8/26 – Sun – This was a lovely day. We went to Pgh this afternoon with Dicks. Shirley & Jim were there too. We went to Kings for dinner then to Glenns for supper then to Bobs for a bit then home. Mrs. Mary Mensch, Mrs Overdorfs friend, died today.
8/27 – Mon – Harry baled at Williams this forenoon. I did part of my wash with Almas this forenoon and cleaned 3 days eggs. I wrote to Sadie and Jean this forenoon. This evening I want to go with Hilda for peaches. It rained a little in the night.
8/28 – Tuesday – Alma went to Somerset this forenoon then I kept the baby and peeled tomatoes and I canned some for me then in the evening I went up to Ernests first then down to Yoders with Hilda to get some peaches. We stopped at Dicks for a while. The weather was warm and dry as a bone.
8/29 – Wed – This forenoon I canned my peaches and this afternoon I washed. It was warm and dry.
8/30 – Thurs – This forenoon I cleaned the trough in the springhouse and in the afternoon I ironed. Pop went to Somerset with Mr. Ankeney.
8/31 – Friday – This morning I did most of my cleaning then just before dinner Herbs came then in the afternoon Olive and I walked up to Ernests. Hilda and kids came for supper then we went for peaches and took Herbs home. I got sick.
9/1 – Sat – Last night it rained a little and today it was hot. I made peach preserves and canned nine quarts. I couldn’t seem to get done today. I also cleaned a bunch of eggs. Now I must get cleaned up and go to the store.
9/2 – Sun – This morning I walked over to S.S. then stopped at Johns a little on my way home. We planned to go to church in the evening then Mr. and Mrs. Kooster and daughter and son in law came then a woman for tomatoes then a man for eggs then Shirley and Jim. Joey Forsht and Dicks were here for supper. It was lovely out. The air was cool.
9/3 – Mon – Labor Day – This morning Hilda and I went down to Yoders for peaches then we went to Idle Wild with Ernest to a picnic. It was a nice day. In the evening we canned four bushel of peaches, the first bushel of Hales I ever had.
9/4 – Tuesday – Today school starts so the summer is about over. Alma and I washed this forenoon and in the afternoon I went up to Ernests then in the evening I helped Mary can peaches then Hilda came and so I came home with her. I was so terrible itchy I was miserable. I boiled my peaches this morning.
9/5 – Wed – This morning I ironed and this afternoon I peeled pears for Alma. Pop sold tomatoes at the end of the lane. The thrashing machine pulled in this afternoon. It’s terrible dry. I sure hope it rains soon.
9/6 – Thurs – It’s raining and I’m glad. I hope it keeps on all day. It didn’t rain very long. Harry hauled some water in the spring so we don’t need to carry it in. I baked pies this forenoon and helped cook for the thrashers. Mrs. Kirk helped me peel pears. I went up tto Emmerts in the evening. I went to missionary meeting with Mrs. Emmert.
9/7 – Friday – I did some cleaning today and in the afternoon I went over to the Dr. Then I stopped at Mrs. Mikes [?] and at Mrs. Friedlines. In the evening we walked up to ernests to call Olive. It was cold and drizzly.
9/8 – Sat – This forenoon I baked a cake and cleaned eggs and in the afternoon I went to Somerset with Hilda. In the evening we walked up to Ernests. It was cold.
9/9 – Sun – This morning Pop and I walked over to church then on the way home we stopped at Johns. Then this dinner [?] we were down at Herbs with Shraders then we were at Larrys too. This evening Dicks came so we had some of their picnic for supper.
9/10 – Monday – This morning Alma and I washed and I cleaned eggs then we finished our pears. This evening I peeled apples and I also wrote some letters. It was warm today and this evening it feels like rain.
9/11 – Tuesday – I peeled peaches for Alma. Mable Kirk helped and I ironed and cleaned eggs. It was a lovely day. I went to bed early. I was tired. Pop tried to sell tomatoes out at the road.
9/12 – Dry and cold.
9/13 – Dry and cold.
9/14 – I did most of my cleaning then in the afternoon I went down to Dicks and did some sewing for Susan. Pop went to Somerset. Glenn had a heart attack.
9/15 – Sat – I finished my cleaning and didn’t get much else done. I went to the store with Ernest in the evening. Larrys were here. It was cold.
9/16 – Sun – Harrys went down to Herbs for dinner. Pop and I walked over to church then we stopped at Johns and in the afternoon Dicks and us went down to Armaugh to visit Mr. Kern. It was very cool out.
9/17 – Mon – Mrs. Mike [?] was here for dinner today. I made tomato juice and in the evening I went up to Ernests. Pop came up later. Alma washed some of our clothes with hers. Pop and Harry are cementing in the barn.
9/18 – Tuesday – This afternoon I went over to the Dr. and I also visited a little. It was a lovely day.
9/19 – Wed – Today I made Susan’s dress. In the afternoon I went down to Kirks.
9/20 – Thurs – Today I ironed and patched and cleaned up the yard and porch. Mary Mayes was here to a while. Harrys were up at Griffiths. Harry mowed the clover see. It was very warm.
9/21 – Friday – I did my cleaning and I want to get ready to go to Baltimore tomorrow. Pop went to the Dr. this morning. It’s lovely out.
9/22 – Sat – We left fot Baltimore this morning with Dicks with a little car trouble and detours. We didn’t get there until four oclock. The day was fine.
9/23 – Sun – It was a lovely day but very warm. We came home at 10:30 last night. I didn’t get sick but very tired. I can’t seem to get rid of this skin trouble.
9/24 – Mon – Today I’ll have to go to the Dr. again. I walked over and the Dr. doesn’t know what to give me. It was cool out. This evening Mr. and Mrs. Jean Horner were in a terrible wreck. Mrs. Horner died. He is in the hospital.
9/25 – Tuesday – Today I fixed Alma some tomatoes for juice and then I made some kraut and canned some tomatoes.
9/26 – Wed – Today I washed and kept Hildas and Almas children while they went to Somerset. In the evening Pop and Dick and I went up to see Mrs. Horner then to Somerset to Dr. Haupt.
9/27 – Thurs – Mary was here this forenoon. I went over to the drug store and to the P.O. It was raining this forenoon.
9/28 – 10/11 – no entries
10/12 – Ernest & gang left for Baltimore today.
10/13 – We were over at Clydes [Schrader] & Sims today. Clydes [Krause] came today to stay a week.
10/14 – Puds had their babies baptized today.
10/15 – We were out at Kings and Glenns today.
10/16 – Puds left for home today [Texas].
10/17 – no entry
10/18 – Finished digged potatoes today. Ada Hershberger was here, also Lizzie and Cerda [?] Yoday and Clydes.
10/19 – These two weeks we had people from Texas, California, Mass, Erie, Pgh, Springs, Johnstown, Hollsopple, Belmont, Baltimore, Florida, Jennerstown, Corsingsville [?] Ligonaire [sic], Berlin, Dairy [sic].
10/20 – Dry
10/21 – Dicks and Pop & I were out at Jims for the day. Whe [sic] also went to visit Grandma Tressel [Trostle?]. Clydes went back today. Cecil was sick so we didn’t see him. 10/22 – no entry
10/23 – It’s still awfully dry. Hilda is taking me to see Dr. White this morning.
10/24 – 29 – all entries simply say “Dry.”
10/30 – Dry & cool
10/31 – Tonight I went to town with Ernest and company to see the Parade then we went to Marys aunts place then home. It was cold and later started to rain.
11/1 – We had sleet this morning. It rained but not too much. I went to missionary meeting down to Airsmans with Mrs. Emmert.
11/2 – It was cold and wet today. I went to the Dr. with Hilda and Millers.
11/3 – We have our first snow and its cold.
11/4 – Its very cold and part of the time its snowing. I missed Sunday School again. We have thank offering meeting tonight.
[No more entries for the remainder of the year 1951.]