Thursday, March 08, 2007

Monday, March 8, 1926

To fill in this gap in Grandma's diary, I'm quoting from the family history she wrote. I'm going to fast forward to her thoughts on her new home at 1208 N. Rural St.

"We moved into our newly purchased home on October 18, 1921, just two days short of our sixth wedding anniversary, one of the happiest days of my life. After living in a run-down rental property where the only modern convenience was electricity, it seemed like heaven to live in a house with bedrooms upstairs and a modern bathroom and connections for a gas stove, although we did have to count our pennies very carefully to pay for the increase in the cost of our monthly expenses. One bedroom and the bath were downstairs, which made it very convenient when Ned Myron was born on Sept. 9, 1923 and Marjorie Ruth came on October 5, 1925, and Eleanor June on Sept. 2, 1929, which was Labor Day."

I know that many readers have been following these diaries for several months, and might have some questions about who some of these people are or what became of them. If you have a question, please leave it in a comment and I'll do my best to answer it or get an answer from my Mom or Aunt Marjorie. You can even leave your question anonymously, if your prefer.


  1. sister with the homestead8:48 AM, March 08, 2007

    If I remember right, you could only get to the bathroom from the bedroom or the kitchen. So does that mean that guests were always going through the bedroom to get to the bathroom? (The bedroom was at the front of the house, and the kitchen at the back of the house) I don't think I would like that too much if it were my house!

  2. Friend of Sister with the Homestead:

    Life was certainly different in the city! Although my maternal grandparents recovered nicely after WWII and the depression, life was not so modern in the rural areas. They were farmers and my Grandfather was a teacher so they had some cash coming in. Their house burned to the ground with all of their household belongs in 1936. They rebuilt their farmhouse and had it wired for electricity--but rural electricfication did not "come through" until about 1952!! They had an indoor toilet and 2 sinks installed, but the house still did not have a tub when it was sold in 1966. The church they attended still stands today. I remember when it was plumbed in the mid 70s. They lived near Shakamak State Park. Very different in the country.

  3. I remember that at one point in my very young life my baby bed was in the dining room, with a blanket thrown over the side to keep the ceiling light out of my eyes. My mother was sitting at the dining room table helping my father with some of his office work he brought home. I think it must have been about this time when his health was failing.