Monday, November 27, 2006

Friday, November 27, 1925

Friday, November 27, 1925
Clear and cold

We discovered Dick’s shoe were clear out and as there was a sale at Goldstein’s where I could get him a pair for $1, I took him and went. Ned went too for the bus ride. I put Marjorie to sleep and left her with Dale and Albert. Was gone an hour and a half and she never woke up. I ironed all afternoon. Got me two remnants of silk for a waist.

(Marjorie noted that when their shoes were worn through on the bottom, they used the cardboard strips that came in the boxes of Shredded Wheat to line the bottom of the shoe, to cover the hole. "Clear out" might also mean that Dick had outgrown those shoes. I used this site to calculate that those shoes would cost $11.14 today. That's still a fairly cheap pair of shoes.

This is the first mention Grandma made of leaving Marjorie with the boys. Dale was 9 years old at this time, Albert was 5. Dale had already skipped a grade in school, so may have been more mature than most 9 year olds.)


  1. sister with the homestead3:06 PM, November 27, 2006

    OK. My mind is blown away once more. To leave an infant with a 9 year old boy? My, my. Today she would go to jail for child neglect (if anyone found out!)

    1. Isn't that the truth. I cannot imagine leaving 9 and 5 year olds alone, much less with an infant. What if there had been an emergency? Perhaps this is a reason infant mortality was higher back then.

  2. If the shoes stoes still fit & didn't have holes in the top, sometimes she took the shoes to a cobbler on 10th st for new soles and heels. Shoes for a dollar, wow