Thursday, December 25, 2014

March and April 1958

March & April of 1958 were the months of remodeling their new house in Springdale...Mammaw wrote very little.  I realize now that this was likely a very large and stressful undertaking for them.

March 1 – 2

March 3
Monday.  Started remodeling house.  700 S. Pleasant – Springdale

March 4 – 11

March 12
Wednesday.  Brother Willie’s birthday.
Her oldest brother William Henry Hays had died, age 44, in 1922.  He was born March 12, 1878.

March 13 – 17

March 18
Tuesday.  Roscoe Hays’s birthday
Roscoe was my grandmother's first cousin - son of William Richard Hays, brother to her Dad. Roscoe was 72 on this day.

March 19 – 30

March 31

Spent the month of March remodeling.  Terrible weather.  Some headaches & problems for Kenney and me.

April 1 – 2

April 3
Thursday.  Grandma’s Birthday
Grandma Comstock was 91 this year.

April 4 – 11

April 12
Sunday.  Celebrated Grandma’s birthday at Paul & Neva’s
Actually Sunday of 1958 was April 13.  Perhaps an example of the stress.

April 14 – 29

April 30
Another month of remodeling.  Beginning to see the end.

Friday, December 19, 2014

February 1958

February 1
Saturday.  Did baking for Sunday.

February 2
Sunday.  S.S. and church.  Then long rest and to Grandma’s.  Letty & Cy came and all had supper there.  Mr. Barney went to hospital very sick.  
Mr. Barney must have been a church friend.

February 3
Monday.  Took care of Grandma.  Went to see Clara Barney.

February 4
Tuesday.  Attended Group meeting at Eva Chitwoods.

February 5 - 8
 Wrote in the day of the week only

February 9
Sunday.  All church dinner, honoring new members.  About 125 present.

February 10

February 11
Tuesday.  CWF Meeting at church 2:30 P.M.  I presided for Jessie.  P.M. Drove to Springdale.

February 12
Wednesday.  Spent night at K.M.’s.

February 13
Thursday.  Stayed with K.M. and LaVonne’s children till noon.  Ken having to stay in bed.  Glandular fever.  P.M. went to Fayetteville, had visit with Letty.
Mono - don't really know why it was called "glandular fever" then, but it was.

February 14
Friday.  Baby sat at K.M.’s while LaVonne got her hair done.  Then to JoEllen’s for JoAnn’s birthday party.
And I'll just bet the cake was in the shape of a Valentine.  My had both cupcake pans and regular layer cake pans just for the occasion.  I always thought this was the best birthday for a little girl!

February 15
Saturday.  11 A.M. went to Mary Ann’s shop for permanent.  K.M. picked me up.  Spent night at K.M.’s

February 16
Sunday.  Cooked dinner for K.M. and LaVonne while they went to church.  Kids had colds.  P.M. drove to Prairie Grove for visit at Guy Skeltons.  Then home night.  Sold home.
So the house in Van Buren is sold.  I can't help but wonder if her silence this month reflects her sadness at leaving all their friends, especially at church.  I was a teenager - totally consumed with self - and I never thought about anything except they would be thrilled to be living near us.  Also I'm sure she was already packing up.

February 17
Monday.  Took care of Grandma while Maude worked.

February 18 - 21  Blank

February 22
Arthur’s Birthday    Her brother.

February 23 – 27  Blank

February 28
Friday.  Moved to Springdale.  Stored furniture Washington Trans. Co.
Honestly do not remember where they stayed while they renovated the house in Springdale.  I don't remember that they rented anything - maybe they just stayed with us or K.M.'s family when it wasn't possible to stay in the house.  I was engaged on Christmas Eve just past, and was busy with all the Senior events and applying to the University - seems very selfish now!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

January 1958

A new year begins - 1858 will bring many changes in my grandmother's life.  I graduated from high school in May of 1858 and remember many of the events with great clarity.

January 1
Wednesday.  New Years.  A.M. grocery shopped.  Had supper with Grandma and Maude.

January 2

January 3
Friday.  Went to beauty shop and shopped a little.

January 4
Saturday.  Nora’s birthday.  Ten A.M.  Letty and Cy came by and we took off for Longview, Texas.  Dinner with Ada and Charley Riddle.  14 of us.
Nora Comstock Rainwater's birthday was the same day as mine - she was born 1889, so was 69 this year.

January 5
Sunday.  Ada and Charley’s golden wedding Anniversary.  The coffee at Ruth’s was one of the nicest things we have attended.
Ada and Charles Riddle lived in Longview, Texas.  Ada was Grandma Comstock's niece, therefore a first cousin to my granddad and his siblings.  They were married in Crawford Co, January 5, 1908. Ada always came home for Grandma's birthday party in April - and many other special family occasions.

January 6
Monday.  All of us had a great breakfast with Ruth & Mack.  Left for home ten A.M.  Arrived home 5 P.M.  A wonderful week end.  Learned as we arrived home that Stella Prichard had died.  Minnie and I went to her home.
I'm sure Ruth was the daughter of Ada and Charles Riddle.  She married Mack Jackson and they also lived in Longview.  Stella Prichard was Stella Hays,  Stella was my grandmother's first cousin, daughter of her dad's older brother William Richard Hays & his wife Ollie Wheeler.  Stella was age 73 at her death.

January 7
Tuesday.  A.M.  Baked two pumpkin pies and took to Prichards.  2 P.M. attended Funeral at Mrs. Ockers.  Went from cemetery to Prichard home for two hours.  Lots of Hays family there.  Went calling with church group at night.
Stella was buried Fairview Cemetery in Van Buren - Stella's parents are also in that cemetery, as were John & Josie Hays, my grandmother's parents.

January 8
Wednesday.  Grocery shopped with Nora and Maude.

January 9

January 10
Friday.  Roasted pecans for golden anniversary.  Night – Ada came.
Now this would be my grandparents' 50th anniversary.  They were married January 12th, 1908.  I never thought to ask where - possibly at her home where most weddings were held then.

January 11
Saturday.  Baked 13 lb Ham, Cake and other things for Sunday.  Served hamburgers and pie to Minnie & Ira – Paul & Neva.  They worked so hard.
This is HER anniversary and she's working just as hard as anyone else - probably harder!

January 12
Sunday.  A.M. Church.  21 came forward.
The big day for us.  Fed about 25 people at noon – 11 night.  Open house at Minnie & Ira’s 2 to 5.  More than 100 signed guest book.
I have the book in its white box.  My grandmother wrote on the cover "Our Golden Wedding Anniversary  Jan 12th 1958"  Inside the box with book is a napkin, some of the newspaper articles, a ribbon with "50th Anniversary" that probably came from a flower arrangement, the church bulletin inviting members of the congregation of the First Christian Church in Fayetteville where they belonged when I was small.  I counted and 125 had signed the book to include Kay McKim and Don Haden.  My little sisters were there - Mom had signed for them.  All of my uncle K.M.'s family was present - my cousins Kenney, Gary & Mary Jane, also young.  Graydon & Clare were there from Tulsa - they didn't list their children.  Ike and Becky had come from Kansas City.  Jay - in California - did not make the trip home.   The book also lists those who gave gifts - I wish she had written down the gifts, too!

January 13
Monday.  Had lunch with Nora, Ada, Grandma, Maude and Paul. 
Helped get church ready for CWF Tues.
Back to the usual routine!

January 14
Tuesday.  Washed.  CWF at church 2 P.M.  Margaret Garner speaker.  Hostesses:  Leola, Wilma, Etta, Minnie, and myself.

January 15
Wednesday.  Washed and ironed.

January 16
Thursday.  Baked a 16 lb roast and helped serve Christian Men’s Fellowship, 7 P.M.                    

January 17      
Friday.  Went to clinic.  Got good reports.  Wrote thank you notes.

January 18
Saturday.  Made plans for Nora’s & my birthday dinner.
Of course Nora Rainwater's birthday was past - my grandmother's was January 26th. Those were the only January birthdays until I came along.  As far as I know, I'm the only January birthday now.

January 19
Sunday.  We were called away from church.  Grandma had a fall.  Proved to be not serious.  15 went into Church A.M. – at Night Ten baptized.

January 20
Monday.  Wrote thank you notes.  Took food and had supper ready when Maude came from work.  Nora & Ada were there too.

January 21
Tuesday.  Had Group meeting.  15 present.  Showed our display of anniversary gifts.

January 22
Wednesday.  Caught up with my thank you notes.  Ada had chili supper at Grandma’s.

January 23
Thursday.  Fixed baked potatoes in the half shell for Eastern Star banquet and helped serve.

January 24
Friday.  We went to Springdale.  Spent night and till noon Sat. with K.M., LaVonne & Children.  Saw Films.

January 25
Saturday.  P.M. at JoEllen’s.  Baked cake & made grandmother pudding.  Joe showed films.
I'm guessing they were watching the Christmas "movies" - movie cameras were a really big deal about this time.  Grandmother pudding is a dark, dense, bread pudding that Mom found in a recipe book - was one of my Dad's favorite desserts (mine too).

January 26
Sunday.  My birthday.  S.S. & church.  K.M.’s folk at dinner with us at JoEllen’s.  P.M. all of us went to our house and made plans for remodeling.
They had bought the Pleasant Street house in anticipation of moving to Springdale, but planned to add on and the house needed extensive remodeling.  

January 27
Monday.  Came home from Springdale – found birthday scarf from Jay and Scotty.  Cream pitcher & sugar bowl from Mary and Lee Byrum.  K.M. working store.  Went to Grandma’s for evening.
I believe K.M. was selling to Aunt Minnie & Uncle Ira's "Comstock, Inc.".  Similar job to that of his Dad years earlier.

January 28

January 29
Wednesday.  Sat with Grandma.  Mr. Barney had stroke.

January 30
Thursday.  Sat with Grandma.

January 31
Friday.  Eastern Star chili supper at school cafeteria.  Then went to play pitch with Farmers.
Aunt Minnie was always very involved in Eastern Star - Uncle Ira in the Masons.  My great great grandfather, Tom Comstock, was one of the charter members of the first Masonic lodge in Crawford County.   Both Minnie & Ira held state offices.  My grandparents never seemed interested - or maybe just never had the time or money.  
They spent so much time with their friends Doc and Grace Farmer - I suspect they hated to move away from Van Buren and friends and family, but I think they realized my granddad's health was not the best and they needed to be closer to their children.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

December 1957

My grandparents were visiting in Tulsa with Graydon's family.

December 1
Sunday.  Everyone went to S.S. and Church and then to a cafeteria for dinner.  Alvis Smith, Manager of Borauts Cafeteria

December 2
Monday.  Left for house nine A.M.  Had good lunch at Doc Beens.  Home at 1:30.  Then went to Berry’s to get electric blanket.
I'm sure this is a reference to Berry Dry Goods - the wholesale business that my grandfather worked for until his retirement.  As a retire employee he was able to continue to purchase at wholesale price.

December 3
Tuesday.  Attended Group 1 meeting at Allyne Rownak’s 2 P.M.

December 4
Wednesday.  Nora, Kenney and I ate supper with Grandma and Maude.

December 5
Thursday.  Played pitch with Doc and Grace at their home – evening.
 Doc & Grace Farmer - their back door neighbors that have been mentioned many times.

December 6

December 7
Saturday.  Got Christmas package off to Jay and Scotty.
Annual package which always included Christmas cookies, candy, breads.  After Mammaw passed away my mother continued to bake and send Jay a box every Christmas.

December 8
Sunday.  S. S. and church.  Ira real sick with flu.  P.M. Hostess from 4 to 6 at Paul & Neva’s holiday house.  Twin City garden clubs.

December 9
Monday.  Put out washing and Got Birthday package off to Becky and Ike.  Wrote letter to JoEllen.
Ikey's birthday was December 13th - his wife Becky's on Dec 18th.

December 10
Tuesday.  Night.  CWF Christmas party  - stockings turned in.  Also packages for Jacksonville, Ill. Old Peoples Home.

December 11
Wednesday.  Helped Jessie and Jack get packages ready to express to Jacksonville Home.

December 12
Thursday P.M.  Attended Garden club Christmas party at Miss Rebecca Bryan's interesting old home.  Got pretty package from Mrs. Matt Wallace – containing pillow cases.

December 13
Friday.  Washed quilt for Minnie.  Finished wrapping packages.  Made Christmas decorations.

December 14
Saturday.  Watched the Van Buren Christmas Parade.

December 15
Sunday.  S. S. and Church.  The Christmas dinner and tree at Nora’s.  Evening – Ft. Smith Jr. College Choir.

December 16
Monday.  Got our new side walk finished.  We took Grandma and Nora to see Aunt Ola.  She has a broken ankle.
Aunt Ola was Grandma Comstock's sister Ola (Wood) Haggard.  She died in 1969 at the age of 88. Aunt Ola had twelve children.

December 17
Tuesday.  Group 1 Christmas party luncheon at Ruth’s.  Box of soap from Daisy Bruns.

December 18
Wednesday.  Went to Springdale.  Spent night at K.M.’s alone.  They left for California on Monday.
It seems my grandparents were house-sitting for K.M. and LaVonne - or at least making use of a quiet retreat!

December 19
Thursday.  Stayed at K.M.’s all morning.  Then went to town and shopped a little – then took JoEllen to lunch at the Hitching Post.  P.M. went thro our house.
No clue to "P.M." but I'm assuming this was the house they bought in Springdale on Pleasant Street.

December 20
Friday.  Baby sat with JoAnn and Laurie.  Becky and Ike came about 10:30 P.M. – we had gone to K.M.’s for the night.

December 21
Saturday.  Our big day.  Graydon and family came in time for lunch.  We had buffet supper, sang carols and had our Christmas tree.  Electric blanket from Jay and Scotty.
Obviously the family Christmas.  Oh those Christmas carols around the piano - usually Mom played while the rest of us sang.  
Jay would not have known they had just bought a blanket earlier in the month.  And likely he never did know!

December 22
Sunday.  I went to church with Becky and Ike.  JoEllen had gone early for the Choir.  Kay did a solo – “Oh Holy Night”  Jo and Joe were entertaining young people that night – we went to K.M.’s.

December 23
Monday.  Went to McKims for breakfast and to wash up LaVonne’s bedding.  Loaded our things and came home.  Stopped and got Grandma.  Maude gone to Bristow.
They would be keeping Grandma while Maude spent time with her daughter and grandchildren.

December 24
Tuesday.  Checked on Grandma’s house & mail.  Grocery shopped at Market Basket.  Christmas Eve.

December 25
Grandma still with us.  Ira & Minnie here for dinner.

December 26
Thursday.  Washed for Maude.

December 27
Friday.  Rainy day.  Minnie’s clothes wouldn’t dry.  Evening ironed and watched TV.
My grandmother never had a clothes dryer.  She thought an "automatic" washing machine a true wonder of the world.  She had an old wringer washer when I lived with her in Fayetteville and even made her own lye soap for the laundry.  Dad made sure she had one of the first automatic washers from Maytag and she used it for many years - I think it was replaced only once.

December 28
Saturday.  Washed for myself.  2 machines.

December 29
Sunday.  I went to S.S. and church.  Kenney stayed with Grandma.  Ira & Minnie came for dinner.  P.M. Letty and Cy were here for Supper – Minnie and I brewed up a good one.

December 30
Monday.  Maude Called.  Faustine & kids brought her home.  They had lunch with us.  Then Kenney moved Grandma and Maude home – with all their Christmas junk.

December 31
Tuesday.  P.M. Went calling on Hgwy 59 with Lola Clark.  Made 5 calls.