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Dec 9 10 1:32 AM
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Wednesday December 9Eddie and Celia bought the car, a Dodge coupe. Wm. went to W- with Eddie to get license.So the car that Eddie and his wife purchased is a Dodge coupe; a snappy little car - in 1942 anyway! William goes along with Eddie to the local DMV to get the license plates and registration. Did Eddie buy the car at a used car dealership or, was this a private purchase? In any case the car would've been used, as new car production ceased in 1942 as automakers switched to war production.
Dec 10 10 4:09 AM
Thursday December 10Philathea Class supper at Parsonage. Nellie Ford wrote me but could not go -- 15 attended.Minnie attends a Philathea Class supper at the church parsonage. Nellie Ford, a friend of Minnie's (I presume), writes to her concerning the class supper, but could not attend. Fifteen were present. Was the Philathea Class a sort of Bible study class in Minnie's Methodist Church? Will have to research this on the Internet.___________________________
The History of The Philathea Class written by Dr. Raymond VanderWyk
""Philathea" Is a Greek word meaning. "Lover of Truth". As an international organization for women it was known as "The World Wide Philathea Union", and charters of membership were Issued to individual churches, with annual dues of $1.00 per member. Its platform was based on the following description; "young women at work for young women with all standing by the Bible and the Bible School". Our church received a charter in October of 1909, and it has been suitably framed for all to see.
The Intent of Philatheans is to seek out, to study, and to live with the truth. Bertha Temple was elected president, and Lilla Clement (my high school French Teacher in 1932) was elected vice-president. After one year the membership was 69, with an average meeting attendance of 30. The class met on Sunday in the "gallery", which is the location of the present balcony. Dues of 5 cents per week were assessed; most of which were turned over to the Sunday school.
The 1911 Annual Report of the Class stated that Mr. J. Whitfield Peugh, the leader at that time, had taught about "The History of the Kingdoms of Judah and Israel", and "The Life of Christ". Twenty members were also serving as teachers in the Sunday school. In 1912, Mr. Peugh, who was also the Clerk of the church, gave up his teaching responsibility to become Superintendent of the Sunday school. Miss Margaret Cummings took his place.
The Class also seems to have become associated with some of the social problems of that time. Sunday meetings were devoted to such topics as: "The Employment of Women In Dangerous and Unhealthful Trades", "The Crime of Child Labor", "Wasteful Expenditures of Human Energy", and "Poverty and Unemployment". The women also became engaged in mission activities with contributions to the District Nursing Association, The Red Cross, church improvements, the church debt, and Christmas gifts for children.
In 1923 and for several years afterwards, the Class met with the Men's Bible Class under the leadership of Dr. Harlan Page. In 1928, monthly meetings replaced the Sunday meetings, and the membership, was 122. During that year, over $500.00 was raised for benevolences, and the name was changed to Philathea Society. Following the disastrous fire of 1925, the Society was one of the leaders in raising funds for restoring the church building and for obtaining a new organ. The Philathea Society lived up to its doctrine for 26 years, and contributed much to the life of the church. It gracefully disbanded in 1935."
Dec 11 10 3:26 AM
Friday December 11Carl Hynes came to see me about the factory bond. Wm. and Eddie went to Warren Johnson's funeral.Carl Hynes pays a visit to discuss the cheese factory bond. William and Eddie attend the funeral of Warren Johnson. Now we know the outcome of Warren's sudden illness.
Dec 12 10 1:42 AM
Saturday December 12Snow storm at night -- 10 inches fell -- light & beautiful. Busy writing cards. Elaine typed poem of mine for Nellie F.A snowstorm comes on during the night, dumping ten inches of snow on Hounsfield. Morning reveals a wintry scene appropriate to the Christmas season. Minnie takes time to catch up on her Christmas cards. Elaine helps Minnie by typing out a poem for Minnie that she had written. This is apparently being done for a friend of Minnie's.
Dec 13 10 12:14 PM
Sunday December 13Stormy, road drifted. Had hoped to go to church. Answered Christmas letters from Michigan cousins.Minnie wakes up to a stormy morning. The snow must have been quite heavy overnight. For the road past the Conklin Farm seems to have drifted over, to the point that it was indiscernible. Unfortunately for Minnie, the deplorable road conditions and bad weather have kept Minnie from going to church. However, she takes advantage of this indoor day to answer letters from her cousins in Michigan.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The Desert.....General Rommel begins to retreat from his positions El Agheila, as the Eighth Army continues advance in to Libya.War In The pacific Islands.....A setback for the Allies as the Japanese make successful new landings North of Buna.Steve
Dec 14 10 11:27 AM
Monday December 14Joan has a tooth. Bad storm. Elaine didn't come home. Shirley ate with me. Rec'd a nice photo of Dell Adams, Michigan.A bad winter storm overtakes Hounsfield. However, the big news is that baby Joan sprouted her first tooth! Shirley comes over for dinner (I'm assuming). Minnie also receives a nice picture portrait of Dell Adams in Michigan. I'm not clear, as to whether, or not, Dell Adams is a the son of a friend of Minnie's, or a relative.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The East.....A three day tank battle between German and Russian forces begins South of Stalingrad.Steve
Dec 15 10 11:36 AM
Tuesday December 1510º below. Snow plow came. Wm. went after Elaine. No school bus. Mr. Taylor is home from the hospital where he has been with pneumonia.Minnie wakes up to a frigid morning. The snow plow finally cleared off the roads. William has to pick up Elaine. The schoolbus did not come, perhaps because the roads were too icy for safe travel. Mr. Taylor, a family acquaintance, is home from hospital recooperating from a bout of pneumonia.
Dec 16 10 11:25 AM
Wednesday December 1610º below. Hearing for cheese factory was to have been held today. Will form co-operative I expect. Our boys and Elaine went to school.A teeth-chatteringly frigid morning! Winter has well and truly arrived in Hounsfield! It appears that a court-hearing for the Patrons Cheese Factory was postponed, due to the weather. Minnie guesses that the cheese factory will be organized into a co-op. Elaine and "our boys" manage to get to school.
Dec 17 10 11:27 AM
Thursday December 1730º below zero. Comfortable in the house. Children all went to school. Elaine stayed at B-. First air plane, Kitty Hawk, test 29 years ago today.The Arctic Airmass deepens over Hounsfield. It's a safe bet that the first thing the Conklins did, this morning, was to stoke up the furnace! Despite the bitter cold, the children all manage to get to school. Elaine must have stayed somewhere overnight - not quite sure what Minnie means in this entry by "B." Minnie takes a moment to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first successful flight on the shores of Kitty Hawk, NC, on this day in 1903. This was accomplished in their "aeroplane" dubbed, The Wright Flyer.___________________________
Dec 18 10 12:22 AM
Thursday December 1810º below zero -- some wind. Elaine came home, 7 P.M. Wm. and D- went to Community House party at The Ferry.A slightly warmer day, if one could call 10 degrees below zero "warm." Elaine returns home at 7PM in the evening. William and Doris enjoy what must have been a Christmas party, held at the Community House at "The Ferry." Was this a restaurant near Hounsfield, Dexter or Brownville?
Dec 19 10 12:37 AM
Saturday December 1912º below. 8º below, noon. Cheese factory work, net $2.17. Elwood M- and Norma Peck were injured in an auto colision (sic), Thurs.Minnie wakes up to 12 degrees below zero - brrrrr!! But hey - it warms up to 8 below zero by noontime! Minnie's reckoning of the cheese factory income reveals a net of $2.17. Minnie receives news today, that two acquaintances were injured in a car accident last Thursday, probably because of the bad weather and icy roads.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The East.....Field Marshal Manstein’s tanks are only 30 miles South of Stalingrad.Steve
Dec 20 10 4:32 AM
Sunday December 2020º below N, morning 40º below. No gas on sale. Heard Rev. L. W. Wakeman yesterday, radio, fine Christmas talke. Fine songs for radio service.The weather turns even more frigid in Hounsfield, with 20 below zero at night, but dropping to 40 below by morning! The war has taken its toll on home front gasoline supplies - no gas for sale in Minnie's locality. Certainly, the weather has kept Minnie from church. However, she is able to hear church services over the radio.
Dec 21 10 2:05 AM
Monday December 2120º below zero. Elaine stayed at Bessie's over night. No school bus. Elaine rode to school with Mr. Heffentrager, who came for cheese check.The below zero weather continues as Hounsfield remains in the grip of an Arctic cold-snap. Elaine stayed with a friend overnight, possibly because of the bitterly cold weather. The school bus never comes. The roads may have been too icy for safe travel. Elaine catches a lift to school with a Mr. Heffentrager. Apparently, he is connected with the accounting department of the cheese factory.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The East.....Insanely, Hitler refuses to let General Paulus break out of Stalingrad to save his army. Hitler insists that he hold out to the last man.War In The Asian Mainland.....British troops cross the Burmese border from India and head southeast towards Akyab.Steve
Dec 22 10 10:31 AM
Tuesday December 22Warmer, wind, storm. Our school bus left the road near here. B- bus pulled it out. No mail. Wm. & D- went to W-shopping. Brought Elaine home.Warmer air begins to clash with the cold air over Hounsfield, bringing possibly severe weather. The schoolbus slides off the road into a ditch and has to be pulled out. Mail delivery is halted, due to the bad weather. William and Doris somehow make it to Watertown for some last-minute Christmas shopping. They picked up Elaine and brought her home with them.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The Atlantic.....Convoy JW-51B (14 merchants) leaves Loch Ewe escorted by 6 destroyers and a minesweeper.War In The Pacific Islands.....Chifley is appointed as Minister of Post-War Reconstruction in Australia.Steve
Dec 23 10 10:37 AM
Wednesday December 23Mild -- 26º above. No school bus. Snow plow and mail came, Elaine stays at Bessie's tonight to sing in Junior Choir at church.The day warms to what must feel like a balmy 26 degrees above zero! The schoolbus must have suffered some damage after it slid off the road yesterday morning. For it never showed up this morning. However, the snow plow came through, which allowed mail delivery today. Elaine stayed at a friend's tonight so that she may sing in the church's junior choir. Elaine seems very active in her faith life.
Dec 25 10 12:14 AM
Thursday December 24Mild. The boys went to B- intending to go to Watertown. Had to wait so long for a bus they came back. Elaine came home at 7:30.The weather in Hounsfield seems to be moderating after the deep freeze of the last few days. "The boys" go to "B" (Brownsville?) with the intent to go on to Watertown. However, they ended up waiting so long that they went beck home. Elaine arrives home at 7:30 in the evening - I'm assuming.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The East.....Following the suspension of 'Operation Winter Tempest', the relief of Stalingrad, the Red Army begins an offensive against Army Group Don toward Kotelnikovo, breaking through the lines of 4th Romanian Army.War In The Desert.....Admiral Darlan is assassinated by a young Frenchman in Algiers.War In The Pacific Islands.....US warplanes bomb Wake Island.Steve
Dec 25 10 4:42 AM
December 2520º above. White Christmas. Lovely time. Dinner at William's. Gifts, letters and cards. Shirley enjoyed it -- so did Joan, her first Christmas.The weather turns firgid again as Minnie wakes up to a white Christmas. Seems like Minnie enjoyed a blessed Christmas Day: Dinner with William's (her son's) family, along with presents, letters and cards. Shirley must have really had a good time, as Minnie makes special note of it in today's entry. Little Joan also seems to have enjoyed her very first Christmas.
Dec 26 10 4:24 AM
Saturday December 2610º below -- zero at noon. Gilbert Lamon, who is home on furlough from Okla., came and spent the day. Took cold here, 20º below, but is looking fine.The morning comes in at 10 below zero. However, it warms to a balmy 0 degrees at noon - time to break out the sun tan lotion! Gilbert Lamon, who is currently stationed in Oklahoma, pays a visit to the Conklins while on furlough. It was certainly a long visit. For he spent the whole day there. Minnie's next sentence is a little hard to interpret, but it may mean that the temperature dipped to 20 below later in the day. She put a good construction on it by saying that the weather was still good - no raging storms.
Dec 27 10 3:39 AM
Sunday December 27Mild. Enjoyed the last Sunday of the year, radio, etc. Doris and I have colds, many having colds, weather changeable.The weather today seems to have moderated somewhat. Minnie claims to have enjoyed this last Sunday of the year by listening to radio programming, etc. She and Doris both suffer from colds, as do many others in the area, most likely because of the recent spate of sub-zero temperatures. According to Minnie, the weather remains unsettled.
Dec 28 10 11:40 AM
Monday December 28Rain. Elaine went to work at 4H Club office. Lew, Beryl and Harold came to D's for dinner. Men helped Wm., repair work on car.Minnie wakes up to a cold and rainy day. Elaine goes to work at the office of the local 4H Club, of which she is a member. Lew, Beryl and Harold are invited to dinner by "D" (Doris?). Before dinner is served, the men of the company are bent over in the engine compartment of William's car, helping with repairs.
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