On Wednesday night, Mom and Dad hosted a big party. “To bed at 2:00.”
Thursday, April 12:
Kinda lazy. Did up the work. Sprinkled clothes. Made another freezer of ice cream. Pete fixed the stretchers. Ate, doing dishes when Velma came & I fixed her hair. Took Hazel Bowman’s spoon & Marg’s stretchers back & then to Lil’s with her vacuum. Practiced songs for Paul’s wedding. Started raining. Came home. Ate. Roosevelt died at 3:35 P.M.
To bed early.
Friday, April 13:
Rainy. Didn’t get all the clothes dry. First day Jimmy ever stood alone. Pete got him to while I was hanging up clothes. Made 2 cherry pies & noodles. Chores early. Took boys in to the folks & we went to Young Married Couples at Jefferson. Toots, Lenore, Lucht’s, Honald’s, Anderson’s were there.
Ate discussed, danced. Home & got Jimmy at 1:00. Billy stayed in there all night.
Saturday, April 14:
Quite cold. Ironed my slacks to wear. Seemed quiet with Billy gone. Folks came at 10:15. Did sep, etc. Straightened the house, baked bread. Boys hauling trees out of yard. No radio programs - all Roosevelt Memorial. Did my ironing. Did chores. Orel stopped for the trees. Dad came, ate supper, I gave Billy a bath. Mom did dishes. Put kids to bed, listened to story of Roosevelt’s life.
These three days suggest some of the life in the family at this time… in addition to what she said about Roosevelt. A few days earlier, someone had come with a power saw and cut down 7 trees in the front yard, and the tress had been cut up some. Different people got parts of them, it seemed.
Don Williams (Norma and Marla) had just ‘moved” a few days earlier. I assume that was from down the long lane to where his parents had lived, across from the Smith place, straight west of our farm. I think both couple lived there for a while. I have some memories of that… interesting.
Families are Forever! ;-)