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Jan 22 11 2:51 AM
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Friday January 22Around 10º below zero all day. Mr. Wakeman came, brought scripture calendars. Elaine came home, Doris got snapshots taken when Geo. Schweitzer here.Another teeth-chatteringly cold day in Hounsfield! Minnie receives a visitor in the form of (Reverend?) Mr. Wakeman, who brought some Scripture calenders with him, preumably for Minnie and her family to use. Elaine comes home; the roads must have been plowed out so that she could get through. Doris must have had some older film developed. For it contained pics taken of George Schweitzer when he was home on furlough.______________________As Minnie pennned today's entry.....War In The Pacific Islands.....Japanese forces are routed at Sanananda, putting paid to their resistance in Papua. On Guadalcanal, the Americans make important gains in the battle round Henderson field.Steve
Jan 22 11 11:59 PM
Saturday January 23Elaine worked at 4-H office. Tripoli has been taken by the allied 8th army. Russians are continuing gains on 1300 mi. front.Elaine puts in some more hours at the local 4-H Club office. The latest war news has caught Minnie's attention today. The tide has turned decidedly against the Germans in North Africa, and along the vast Russian Front.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The East.....The last German airfield in the Stalingrad pocket falls.War In The Desert.....The Eighth Army triumphantly enters Tripoli. The Vice-Governor of Libya and prefect of Tripolitania offer a formal surrender.Steve
Jan 24 11 11:30 AM
Sunday January 24Zero morn but good roads. Wm. took Elaine and me to church. Communion Sunday. Nice letter from Leon Barrett -- read in S.S.Despite the frigid morning, the roads are passable. William drives Minnie and Elaine to church. This had to have been very special for Minnie, as she is not often able to go to Sunday morning worship. It is made all the more meaningful by the fact that it is Communion Sunday in her church today. Minnie also receives a nice letter from Leon Barrett. Not sure if this is a relative or family friend. I'm unclear, as to the meaning of the last part of Minnie's entry here.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The East.....The Russians take Starobelskiy, near the Donets River in the eastern Ukraine, more than 250 miles to the West of Stalingrad. Hitler orders no surrender in Stalingrad. The offensive by the Soviet Trans-Caucasian Front toward the Kuban bridgehead is stopped at Novorossiysk and Krasnodar.War In The Pacific Islands.....Fighting in Papua is officially reported as over.Steve
Jan 25 11 2:56 AM
Monday January 25There are 21 stars on our church service flag for boys in service. Thawing. Rec'd nice letter from Mrs. Witt. (may have been the wife of Dr. Witt). She has gone to a nursing home.Minnie announces, with tangible pride, that her church's service flag now bears 21 stars, one star for each boy in the congregation now serving overseas in the war. The weather has apparently warmed above freezing. Minnie receives another weather from a friend who has gone to a nursing home. Minnie doesn't say whether, or not, this is a temporary or permanent arrangement.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry..... War In The East.....Things continue to go from bad to worse for the Germans as the Red Army succeeds in splitting the remnants of 6th Army into a northern and a southern pocket. German forces evacuate Armavir and Voronezh. Stalin’s Order of the day says that the Red Army has routed 102 German divisions in the last two months.War In The Desert.....Prime Minister Churchill and President Roosevelt end the Casablanca Conference with their announcement of the demand for the unconditional surrender of Germany and Italy.Steve
Jan 25 11 10:50 PM
Jan 27 11 1:51 AM
Wednesday January 27Pres. R- and Prime Minister C. had 10-day conference at Casablanca to plan war campaign 1943. Cheese work. Net $2.30. Wm. drove school bus.
Jan 28 11 3:24 AM
Thursday January 28Pres. Roosevelt has been to Brazil en route home from Africa. American fliers bomb Germany industrial centers.It must have been a slow day at the Conklin Farm. For Minnie only records in today's entry the war news she heard on the radio. Today she notes the US Army Aircorps bombing of the German cities of Emden and Wilhelmshaven (pronounced Will-helms-hahfen). Steve
Jan 29 11 1:20 AM
Friday January 29Letter from Bessie. (Remember, there were no telephones out in the country at that time, so the only communication was via letter @3 cents a mailing.) Harry came and brought Elaine a nice picture of George that his mother had enlarged for her. (Harry and George were brothers and lived on the Rome State Road extension into Brownville.) Minnie receives a letter from Bessie. (Minnie's granddaughter, Shirley Farone, has added some helpful notes here in Minnie's entry in italics.) Harry Schweitzer drops by to deliver a photo of his brother, George, to Elaine. His mother had it specially enlarged for her.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In Western Europe.....Dr. Ernst Kaltenbrunner, a high-ranking officer in the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) is appointed the successor to the assassinated Reinhard Heydrich, as "Protector" of Czechoslovakia.European Air War.....The Nazi party's 10th Anniversary celebrations are disrupted by the RAF's first low-level daylight Mosquito air attack on Berlin.The Holocaust.....The Nazis order all Gypsies arrested and sent to extermination camps in the East.War In The Atlantic.....Admiral Dönitz takes over from Admiral Raeder as C-in-C of the German Navy.War In The Desert.....Advance units of the British Eighth Army cross the Tunisian frontier from Libya.War In The Pacific Islands.....Japanese aircraft attack Wau airfield.Steve
Jan 30 11 4:17 AM
Saturday January 30Doris bought new paper for her living room, green, and selected new lace curtains for our parlors. Pres. Roosevelt's 61st birthday.Doris plans to redecorate her living room with green wallpaper, and chose new lace curtains for all the parlors in the Conklin House. Minnie notes President Roosevelt's 61st birthday.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In Western Europe.....With the German Sixth Army in its death throes at Stalingrad, Hitler does the seemingly unthinkable and allows the 10th anniversary of the Nazi seizure of power to pass without speaking to the nation. It is the first unmistakable evidence of Hitler's retreat from public appearances as the tide of the war turns.The Holocaust.....Ernst Kaltenbrunner succeeds the assassinated Reinhard Heydrich as head of RSHA (Rasse Und Siedlungs Hauptamt - Race And Settlement Head Office).Steve
Jan 30 11 10:40 PM
Feb 1 11 11:41 AM
Monday February 1Joan did her first creeping over here yesterday. Pres. Roosevelt arrives from trip to Africa and S. A. Bad storm. Wm. drove school bus.Baby Joan "did her first creeping" today in the Conklin home. I take the "creeping" to mean "crawling," though I may be wrong. Minnie notes the return of President Roosevelt from his S. Africa trip. February opens with a bad winter storm, and William has to drive the school bus.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The East.....German troops evacuate Demyansk.Pacific Naval War.....Twenty Japanese destroyers begin the evacuation of 13,000 troops from Guadalcanal.Steve
Feb 2 11 1:20 AM
Feb 3 11 1:42 AM
Wednesday February 3Mrs. Carley (the last mid-wife nurse Doris' had for the 5 children) came to visit Doris. She brought Wm. a violin. (Wm. loved to play the fiddle and at the estate auction at the homestead there were many.) She will sleep over here with Elaine. Six years today we took dear Bert to Dexter.Doris receives a visit from Mrs. Carley (whose significance is explained by Shirley Farone, the transcriber of Minnie's diaries). Mrs. Carley brought a violin for William. I wonder if he took lessons, as a boy. Did he play in his school orchestra or, did he simply enjoy fiddling* by himself. Mrs. Carley will spend the night with the Conklins and sleep in Elaine's bedroom. Does this mean that Elaine had to sleep on the sofa in the parlor? Minnie remembers a somber anniversary when her husband, Bert, was layed to rest on this day at the cemetary in Dexter.*Actually, fiddling goes all the way back to the Middle Ages. During this period, bowed stringed instruments were brought into Europe from the Middle East during the Crusades in the late 11th, through 13th centuries. Minstrels, jongleurs and troubadours entertained the noble classes by playing upon the vielle (French) or medieval fiddle. Their fiddles had anywhere from one, to seven strings and came in a variety of shapes and sizes. The medieval fiddle is the generic ancestor of the modern violin, and was played with a bow that was often highly arched. The word fiddle is derived from the German fidel, and the Middle English fydyl. P.S. Nero could not possibly have fiddled while Rome burned, as bowed stringed instruments were not known in his time.Steve
Feb 4 11 1:36 AM
Thursday February 4This is William's 40th birthday. He drove school bus, etc. There is an unconfirmed report that Adolph Hitler is dead.Happy 40th birthday to William! But the daily mundane chores acknowledge no special days, as William must still drive the school bus (not to mention whatever "etc." happens to be). Minnie hears an unconfirmed report on the radio that Adolf Hitler is dead. [Such reports would circulate from about 1943, to the end of the war. In the following years after the war, many reports would arise that Adolf Hitler was still alive. Joseph Stalin himself was morbidly obsessed with Hitler's survival, and was at the root of many of these rumors. To the present day, many rumors persist that Adolph Hitler was still alive for many years after the war. These unsubstantiated rumors persist in the form of conspiracy theories, and dubious "eye witness" accounts. It must be remembered, however, that Hitler was racked with Parkinson's Disease, among other maladies. Even if Hitler had not perished in the bunker under his chancellery in April, 1945, the Parkinson's Disease, alone, would have run its course and sent him to his grave in probably a year's time. ]___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The East.....Red Army troops achieve a landing near the Black Sea port of Novosibirsk.Steve
Feb 5 11 12:07 AM
Friday February 5Wm. and Doris took Mrs. Karley home tonight -- Germans face complete defeat in Russia. Bert Gilore came in the evening.William and Doris take Mrs. Carley home this evening after her stay with the Conklins. Minnie recounts the war news of the day. The Germans did, indeed, meet with disaster in the East, which culminated in their defeat at Stalingrad. From here on, things will only get worse for the Germans in Russia. The Conklins receive a visit this evening from Bert Gilmore.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In Southern Europe.....Mussolini sacks his son-in-law, Count Ciano from Foreign Ministry and takes control himself.Steve
Feb 6 11 4:02 AM
Saturday February 6Rainy day. Doris and the boys and Wm. (and Shirley) papered their living room -- nice job. (wallpapering was a yearly ritual done in the early Spring - one room or another - our father took an active part in the selection of the wallpaper Spring and the smell wallpaper paste reminds this typist of Spring) Elaine worked at 4-H club rooms.It's a rainy day in Hounsfield. The inclement weather lends itself to indoor activities. In the case of William, Doris, the boys and Shirley, it's paper-hanging in the living room. Minnie approves of their handiwork. Again, the transcriber of Minnie's diaries offers some invaluable insight. In the meantime, Elaine is busy at the 4-H Club.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The East.....The situation continues to deteriorate for the Germans as the Russians cut off Army Group A by reaching Yeysk on the Sea of Rostov.War In The Pacific Islands.....The Americans outflank the retreating Japanese on Guadalcanal.Steve
Feb 7 11 2:37 AM
Sunday February 7Ora Chapman's funeral today. M. church, age 83. Stormy day. Boys helped Eddie Evans a little while. First cow freshened.It is a stormy day. The funeral of Ora Chapman, a friend of Minnie's (I'm assuming), is held today. She was 83 years old. The boys lend help to Eddie Evans for little while on his farm.
Feb 8 11 11:35 AM
Monday February 8Armand Peck is in Calif. (Fresno) army training school. Wrote first letter for W.S.C.S. to Fred Bacon, N. C.Armand Peck, another family acquaintance, is stationed at a Fresno, CA Army training school. Minnie writes, for the first time, to W.S.C.S. (Women's Society of Christian Service) to a Fred Bacon in North Carolina, I presume.I found this information on the W.S.C.S. on the internet......
The first records of this Society go back to 1879. The Society was then called the "Lady’s Society". Dues were received at that time from Mrs. Burnap, Mrs. Fisk and Mrs. Sayles. There may have been more members but their names are not available.
In 1893 the records would indicate that the "Ladies Society" and the "Dorcas Society" merged. In 1905 the name of the Society was changed to the "Ladies Aid Society". This was recorded at a meeting held on April 5, 1905.
Methods of making money in the early 1900's were very much as they are today. The treasurers reports show proceeds from Sugar Parties, Sociables, Suppers, Lawn Parties and Ice Cream Sales. Ice Cream sales were held every week during the summers of 1905 to 1910 and the proceeds usually were from $7.00 to $10.00 on each sale.
The first Saving Account was opened in the Cheshire County Savings Bank on February 1st, 1906. This was under the name of the "Ladies Aid Society" and the first deposit was $50.00. In October 1946 the savings had grown to $456.42 and the book shows only one withdrawal in the forty years.
In 1910 New Hymnals were bought for the church.
In 1912 New Floors were laid in the Parsonage.
On March 16, 1915 the Society became a Voluntary Corporation and filed an Article of Agreement with the Secretary of State.
August 20, 1916 the Chapel where the meetings were held burned. The Treasurers Reports indicate a great deal of work on the part of the members and a very generous community spirit among the townspeople following the fire.
Mr. Elgin A. Jones deeded to the Society a building known as Jones Store (built by his father in 1859). This building was moved to the site of the first Chapel at considerable expense to the members. Contribution in the amount of $195.35 were received to restore the Chapel. Mr. Jones gave $10.00 to paint the inside.
A campaign was then started to put electricity into this new building. Electricity was not available to Marlow so Mr. Walter Watson of the Watson-Williams Co. in Marlow set up his own power plant. He furnished electricity from 1917 to 1939. The first payment to the Public Service Co. of NH was made in 1939.
October 2, 1940 the name of the Society was changed to "Women's Society of Christian Service". The membership then was 30.
In 1947 money was raised to install an Estey Electric Organ in the church.
In 1951 it was voted to raise enough money to put a new carpet in the Church. The members concentrated on this project for two years. Estimated cost of the rug was $800.00 in 1953.
The Chapel, as it is known today, is identified by an old black and white sign reading "Methodist Chapel." Under the umbrella of the Methodist Church the building is operated and maintained by the Women's Fellowship of Christian Service and is available for community use.
The Marlow Historical Society has rented the upstairs for some time, and PC Connection Inc. had rented space during the late 1980's for it's weekly sales meetings until space became available in the Christmas Trees Inn.
The first floor is used, not only by the WFCS, but also at present by the Cub Scouts, Marlow Youth Group, and Art Colony.
Feb 9 11 11:22 AM
Tuesday January 9Maud Bury (?) Phillips is dead. Elaine worked at 4-H Club. Rec'd letters from Henrietta G ( a very distant Gladwyn cousin) and Helen W. (Minnie's cousin, Eva Wallace Hall's daughter - a 2nd grade teacher at Brownville ) Food shortage not serious.Another acquaintance of Minnie's has passed away. Elaine was busy today at the 4-H Club office. Minnie receives a letter from Henrietta G., a distant cousin of Minnie's. She also receives a letter from Helen Wallace(?). Thanks again, to Shirley Farone for supplying the info in parentheses! Minnie claims that wartime food shortages in her locality are not serious.
Feb 10 11 11:25 AM
Wednesday February 10Wm. went after Elaine at 5 P.M. Roads icy. Eddie E. is on jury. Wm. went to see Dr. Fox but he was away. Letters from Nellie F, Jenmer, and Anna.William ventures out on icy roads to bring Elaine home from the 4-H Club. Eddie E.(?) has been tapped for jury duty. William went to see Dr. Fox, but he was away; was William experiencing an early sign of kidney stones? (I know just how painful an attack of the gravel can be, having had to deal with a kidney stone myself last April.) Minnie receives more letters from friends.Steve
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