Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Sunday, October 17, 1926

No diary entry today. We continue with Aunt Marjorie's memories from the 1930's.

Regarding Grandma's job as an assistant to the head of the state P.T.A. ...

"Eventually the job required a college degree, so Mother started job hunting. She decided her greatest interest was education, so she went to the Superintendent of the Indianapolis Public Schools, DeWitt Morgan. His daughter had graduated in Dale's class at Lake Forest in 1937, where Dale was top in their class. Mr. Morgan and his wife had invited Mother to accompany them to Chicago for the graduation. Having gotten acquainted before, Mr. Morgan hired Mother to work at Tech High School where Mr. Morgan had originally been the principal."

So it appears Grandma started to work at Tech in 1937, two years after Gilbert died from Parkinson's disease.


  1. sister with the homestead7:01 AM, October 17, 2007

    Poor Grandma, how did she keep up with all the home responsibilitie PLUS hold down a job? I bet she still hired everything. I wonder if it all got done or if Marjorie had to help as soon as she was big enough?

  2. In 1937 I was 10 years old. There were certain jobs mother would not let Marjorie & I do, like run the washer (because we could get our arms caught in the wringer). She also preferred to cook tho we were asked to peel the potatoes & wash the dishes, but people hovering over her in the kitchen made her nervous. (I don't remember 'hovering' or asking how she cooked things or wanting to cook. (In fact I never learned to like to cook although I cooked for my family, but it was just something I had to do). We had to learn how to light the gas water heater, shovel coal into the furnace, help carry out the ashes on friday night for pickup, clean wall paper & other chores. What I enjoyed doing was cleaning & straightening out the desk drawers that sat in the dining room. In fact I'm still using that same desk and my granddaughter Sophie likes to help me clean & straighten out its drawers.