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Nov 19 10 11:40 AM
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Thursday November 19Busy with cheese checks & mail. Allies optimistic over gains in Russia, No. Africa and Pacific areas. Warned hard struggle yet to win war.Today Minnie takes care of the cheese factory bookwork and opening the cheese factory mail. Minnie takes stock of the latest war news. By now, America realizes that there will be a long and bloody struggle ahead before the war is finally won. It reminds me of the same sort of awakening that occurred in America in 1861 after the first Battle of Bull Run - this great conflict would not end either quickly or easily.
Nov 20 10 12:24 PM
Friday November 20Richard Buckminster came. He goes to Fort Niagara in the draft tomorrow. Wm. and Doris went to Community Party at P.P.Minnie receives a visit from Richard Buckminster, who, having been called up, must report on the morrow to Ft. Niagara. I wonder if he'll also do his basic training there? William and Doris have a fun Friday night at a community party. I wish I could decipher the meaning of the intials "P.P."___________________________
Nov 21 10 12:15 PM
Saturday November 21Wm. and Doris went to Adams with Beryl and family to see Richard leave for Camp. "Rocky" J. and (blank) Adams went. Richard was commander.
Nov 22 10 11:37 AM
Sunday November 22Cool, fine day. Heard Dr. Sackman on "The Tie that Binds." Mr. Buckley is dead. Rosamond brought my birthday gifts. Ruth Van Doren came with her. (23rd).Minnie wakes up to a cool and clear day. Unfortunately, she also wakes up to sad news when she hears that Mr. Buckley has passed away, apparently during the night. She listenes to a radio sermon, delivered bt Dr. Sackman. The day does end on a happier note as Rosamond drops by with a Ruth Van Doren to deliver birthday presents for Minnie. Though I haven't checked, Minnie's birthday must be must be on the 23rd, as she places that date in parentheses.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The East.....The Soviet 4th Mechanised Corps from the south and the 4th Tank Corps from the north, join hands at Kalach on the Don, thus establishing the complete encirclement of the 300,000 men of the German 4th and 6th Panzer Armies. The Russians report gains of up to 50 mites south of Stalingrad.Steve
Nov 23 10 11:41 AM
Monday November 23Grandma G. sent chrysanthemum. Gave my family Sallman's "Head of Christ" and ordered it for Jean & Sally."Grandma Gladwyn" sends Minnie chrysanthemums for her birthday. She also gives Sallman's Head of Christ to Minnie's family and orders one for Jean and Sally - not sure of their relationship to Minnie. I believe Minnie has mentioned this portrait in past diary entries. It has definitely made an impression upon her.
Nov 24 10 11:45 AM
Tuesday November 24Mr. Wakeman spoke on the radio yesterday -- "Story, "Winning Golden Keys." Rec'd nice letter and card from Henrietta. Wm. bought dishes, etc., Dr. Denny's sale.Mr. Wakeman, who, I believe, is the pastor of Minnie's church, tells a story on a local radio program entitled, Winning Golden Keys. Was this a story with an object lesson? Minnie's day is brightened by a letter from Henrietta. William buys dishes and some other items at what must have been a sort of yard sale at a Dr. Denny's. The weather in Hounsfield must have cooperated for this singular event.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The Desert.....Laval, Vichi French collaborator of the Germans, sets up Phalange Africaine, to fight allies in Africa.Steve
Nov 25 10 10:59 AM
Wednesday November 25School closed 12:30 Thanksgiving vac. Elaine, Marion and Betty went to movie in the afternoon.A holiday mood pervades the air on the Conklin Farm and in Houndsfield, in general, asthe schools close early for Thanksgiving vacation! Elaine and her friends have a fun day at the movies.
Nov 26 10 11:52 AM
Thursday November 26Day of prayer. Heard White House service. Dinner at Wm's and birthday gifts. Bessie came, evening. Harry came, played rook.Minnie's Thanksgiving Day begins in a somber and prayerful mood as she listens to the radio broadcast of the Thanksgiving Day worship service at the Whiet House. The Conklin Family enjoys Thanksgiving at the home of William and Doris. Bessie drops by later on. Minnie receives more birthday gifts, as well. Harry Schweitzer also pays a visit and sits down to a game of rook, a playing card game.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The East.....The Russians throw the Germans rearguards back across the Don River.The Holocaust.....The SS, SD, Gestapo, etc. make the first large deportation of Jews from German-occupied Norway.Steve
Nov 27 10 3:55 AM
Friday November 27Am 75 today. Went to cemetery with Wm., Elaine and Shirley. Took white flowers to Mother. Rec'd cards, gifts & letters. Oyster supper.Today is actually Minnie's birthday. Minnie visits the cemetary with William, Elaine and Shirley, where they place white flowers on the grave of Minnie's mother. On a happier note, Minnie receives birthday cards, letters and gifts. Later she enjoys an oyster supper. ___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In Western Europe.....Continuing their occupation of Vichy France, German troops take the naval base of Toulon.War In The East.....Army Group Don under General Manstein is formed to relieve Stalingrad.War In The Mediterranean.....The French scuttle 79 warships docked at Toulon as German troops enter the City, but four submarines manage to escape.War In The Desert.....British troops are now only 22 miles from Tunis.Steve
Nov 28 10 11:49 AM
Saturday November 28The french fleet has been (62 boats) scuttled by the crews. This has been a favorable week for the allies. A nice week for ourselves.Minnie's entry for today is completely consumed with the latest news concerning the conduct of the war. Some of the events she cites here, occurred over the last few days. It was, indeed, a favorable week for the Allies as the Germans suffer their first serious setbacks on the Russian, and North African Fronts. I like the way she concludes her entry by adding that it was also a nice week for her family.Steve
Nov 29 10 12:04 PM
Sunday November 29Stormy. Sunday -- snow. Heard Rev. Williams -- life, a three story house. Wrote to Gladys C. We somehow enjoyed the day.Minnie wakes up to stormy weather, possibly snow-squalls. No doubt, the inclement weather kept Minnie away from church. She was, at least, able to listen to a radio sermon by Rev. Williams. Minnie makes use of the indoor weather by writing a letter to a friend. Though the day was marred by bad weather, the Conklin Family manages to find some enjoyment. Perhaps they spent the day playing card, and board games, just like we used to do in Pennsylvania during winter on a cold and snowy day.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....European Air War.....Prime minister Churchill warns the Italian government that RAF bombing of Italian cities will continue until Italy abandons the war.War In The Desert.....British paratroops drop south of Tunis.In a recent e-mail Shirley Farone, granddaughter of Minnie Conklin, gave me this information on Gladys Campbell. I know you will all find the following as helpful and interesting as I did..... "Gladys Campbell....She was unmarried - think her father came to Brownville from Canada with the Paper Mill industry - not sure where she got her education, but she was the Science Teacher in the local high school at Brownville when my mother and father attended that school. But all along she apparently went to Grandma's Methodist Church there.When the Kennedy era arrived, we learned that Jackie had gone to Miss Porter School - before furthering her education. I had left the area just about that time, but I remember asking my sister about Gladys' visit to Brownville and if she had mentioned Jackie Kennedy -- Elaine said Gladys came out with the New England accent she had somehow developed and said, "I never dreamed this girl would someday be the President's wife." She was different and quite a character in our lives."Steve
Nov 30 10 10:44 AM
Dec 1 10 11:37 AM
Tuesday December 1Wintry day. Beryl & Lew came last eve with letters from Richard, Camp (blank), Miss. Will Congdon is still in bed, Cora wrote me.As Minnie indicates, it is a wintry day in Hounsfield. Parents of Richard, who was recently called up in the draft, bring letters from him where he is stationed in Mississippi. Another friend, Will Congdon is still in bed, apparently suffering from some long-term illness.
Dec 2 10 10:36 AM
Wednesday December 2Bad storm. Boys came from school at 2:30. Elaine stayed to School of Commerce party and over night at Uncle Martin's.Hounsfield is in the grip of a severe winter storm. Minnie's grandsons come home early from school because of the storm. Possibly because of the storm, Elaine elects to stay overnight at her Uncle Martin's after a party held at the School Of Commerce which she attends.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....
Dec 3 10 12:05 PM
Thursday December 3Boys went to school late. Elaine came home tonight. Rec'd nice letter from cousin's son -- Cpl. Jack Stewart, Camp Van Dorn, Mich.Minnie's grandsons head out to school late, probably because of the deep snow. Perhaps the roads were finally plowed out so that the school bus could run. Elaine comes home in the evening after her overnight stay at her Uncle Martin's house. Minnie receives a letter from Corporal Jack stewart, the son of a cousin, who is presently stationed at Camp Van Dorn in Michigan.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The east.....Several German divisions ordered to be transferred from Western Europe begin arriving in the area of Army Group Don southwest of Stalingrad in preparation of 'Operation Winter Tempest', the relief of the encircled 6th Army.Steve
Dec 4 10 3:55 AM
Friday December 4Another windy day. Rec'd nice letter from Mrs. B. G. Miller. Elaine rec'd a letter from Geo Schweitzer from the "second front" in North Africa.The wind is hawling across the Conklin Farm - no doubt, a cold winter wind. Minnie's day is brightened by a letter received from a friend. Elaine also receives a letter from George Schweitzer who is serving, as Minnie says, on the "second front" in the North African theater of operations.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....European Air War.....The U.S. 5th Air Force launches its first raid against the Italian port of Naples.War In The Desert.....German forces in Tunisia capture Tebourba.Steve
Dec 5 10 1:04 PM
Saturday December 5Wm. and Doris went to a party at The Ferry last eve. Bert Gilmore came to play Rook.William and Doris had a fun Friday evening at a party held at "The Ferry." Bert Gilmore came over today to play a game of rook, which seems to be a favorite cardgame with the Conklin Family. As Minnie mentions the game occasionally in her diary entries, I've decided to give the reader a brief history and explanation of the game of Rook, as I found it on the Internet......"The famous Parker Brothers game people created the game of rook in the early 1900s and released it in 1906.The Rook deck consists of 57 cards: a blue Rook Bird card, similar to a joker, and 56 cards divided into four suits, or colors. Each suit—black, red, yellow, and green—is made up of cards numbered 1 through 14. This 14-card, 4-suit system is derived from the French tarot deck; removing the 21 atouts, or trumps, from that deck while keeping the Fool card yields the 57-card French-suited deck that was re-faced to create the Rook deck. Though the culture-neutral deck was developed for the game Rook, many other games have evolved or existed previously that use the 56-card deck with or without the Rook, or — by removing the 14s and the Rook — one can use the deck like a deck of standard playing cards."
Dec 6 10 3:15 AM
Sunday December 6Nice Sunday at home. Heard our choir and Rev. Wakeman, radio. Wrote to Pfc. Allen F., Ala. and to Cpl. Jack Stewart, Miss.As Minnie indicates, she enjoys a nice Sunday at home. She catches a radio sermon on the local radio station, along with her church choir. She also takes time to write a letter two local boys who are now in the Service and stationed at State-side posts.Steve
Dec 7 10 11:11 AM
Monday December 7Started writing Christmas letters. Elsie Lipscomb sent Wm's folks a sack of pecans from Ala. Wm. went with Eddie Evans to look at a car.Today Minnie sits down to the task of writing Christmas letters to friends and relatives. Elsie Lipscomb, a family friend, sends a gift of pecans to William from Alabama. William goes with a friend to look at a car. Is William thinking of buying a new or used car?___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In Western Europe.....British Commandos make daring raid on Bordeaux harbour, rowing 50 miles up the River Gironde and attaching limpet mines to German shipping.War In The Pacific.....US forces make a beachhead South of Buna, cutting off Japanese forces there.On The Home Front.....The US Navy launches the Battleship New Jersey and 11 other ships on the anniversary of Pearl Harbour.Steve
Dec 8 10 10:35 AM
Tuesday December 8Eddie E. bought car. F. Taylor is ill. Wm. and D- went to Rosamond's for me to see Carl about getting bond for Stockholders.I guess, it was Eddie who was in the market for a car, not William. A friend has taken ill; hope it isn't anything serious. William and Doris pay a visit to Rosamond, on Minnie's behalf, to take care of financial matters with Carl regarding the cheese factory.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The Desert.....German troops occupy the port of Bizerte in Tunisia.Steve
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