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Feb 11 11 1:29 AM
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Thursday February 11Icy roads. Elaine bought some canned goods which are scarce. Georgia Webb Clark is dead, age 80. Emma Lehr Fulsom passed away in January.The roads today are still icy. Despite the icy road conditions, Elaine still manages to venture out to buy canned food items, which are becoming scarce. Minnie has more deaths to record in her diary today.Steve
Feb 12 11 3:40 AM
Friday February 12Americans take over Guadalcanal. Russians gain on 1000 mi. front. We have 1/2 million men in Tunisia where battle is imminent.
Feb 13 11 12:00 PM
Saturday February 13Snowing. Elaine worked at 4-H. Her picture and canned goods are on display Woolworth's window. William went to Dr. Fox. Heard Pres. R. -- press dinner.Snow begins to fall as another winter storm moves through the region. Elaine put in a day at the 4-H Club office. She also receives special recognition as her picture and canned goods are on display in the window at Woolworth's. I wonder if this is the Woolworth's in Watertown? Dr. Fox must have returned from his long abscence, as William is finally able to see him. Is this visit just for a rutine checkup or, is William experiencing more kidney trouble? Hope it's nothing serious. Minnie listens to the radio broadcast of a press dinner attended by President Roosevelt.Steve
Feb 14 11 11:31 AM
Feb 15 11 10:38 AM
Monday February 1532º below morning. 20º below noon. Bus came this far but returned to B- and Elaine rode over to go to school. Stayed all night at Grandma Gladwyn's.The day starts out with a freezing morning, and getting colder! The bus comes as far as the Conklin Farm, but returned to "B" (Brownville?). Elaine apparently hitched a ride on this bus on her way to her business school. She ends up staying overnight at Grandma Gladwyn's.
Feb 16 11 10:51 AM
Tuesday February 1610º below morning. 10º above night. Doris varnished her living room. (the moldings throughout this double house were complex - milled in Dexter in 1898) Boys went to school. Wm. some better. Elaine didn't come home.The temperature drops to 10 degress above zero during the night. But Minnie wakes up to a 10 below zero morning. I'm shivering, just thinking about it! Doris varnishes her living room. Thanks again, to Shirley Farone for clarification here! I never would have guessed that Minnie was referring to mouldings. Despite the frigid weather the boys make it to school. William is feeling a little better today. And Elaine remains at Grandma Gladwyn's.
Feb 17 11 11:26 AM
Feb 18 11 11:16 AM
Thursday February 18No bus. Snow plow and mail came. (this was always a big event for the household - we all felt so relieved that at last we weren't snowbound - when we could see and hear the 'Walters" plow making its way from the farm to the west, we'd all run to the windows and watch the huge plow approach. Sometimes it would really labor leaving 9 to 10 ft. snowbanks in its wake. At times, it would get stuck. Sometimes, our mother would have the men from the snowplow in for coffee and sandwiches. Following closely behind was the mailman who left a huge stack of mail and cheese factory information. Usually, the next day my parents would go to Watertown to get a few needed items or do the banking. All was right with the world!!) Elaine came in evening with Harry but went back to Grandma's. Wm. and boys cut wood. Heard Madam Chiang Kai-Shek.The snow plow cleared the roads in Hounsfield, but it didn't come soon enough for the schoolbus. Thanks again, for Shirley Farone's very helpful and informative input here!! Her first-hand accounts have been invaluable and enlightening beyond measure. Elaine finally comes home in the evening, but returns to Grandma Gladwyn's. In the meantime, William and the boys cut more fire wood. Minnie turns on the radio to hear an address delivered by Madam Chiang Kai-Shek.
Feb 19 11 3:15 AM
Friday February 19Mr. & Mrs. Guy Cooper came to see Doris about sleigh ride party. (ah, ha! That's why the house on our side was being all spiffed up!) Harold Buckminster (Doris's nephew ) is in the hospital with pneumonia. My poem, "The Presence," was in The Times.A Mr. & Mrs. Guy Cooper visit Doris about a sleigh ride party. Were the Coopers planning this special event in conjunction with Doris? Again, Shirley Farone (the Shirley who is mentioned occasionally in Minnie's diary entries) has added here some insight and information. Doris's nephew, Harold Buckminster is hospitalized with phneumonia. Minnie has one of her poems published in "The Times." Was this the New York Times?____________________________As Minnie penned today's entries.....War On The Asian Mainland.....The first Chindit action against Japanese occurs.Steve
Feb 20 11 11:47 AM
Saturday February 20Elaine worked at 4H -- Came home at night. Mild, icy, fair. Beryl and Lew (Doris's sister and husband) came. Harold's fever has turned. Allies retreat in Tunisia.Elaine worked at the 4-H Club offices today. Though the weather was extremely cold it was calm, thus allowing her to come home this evening. Beryl, Doris's sister, and her husband, Lew, (thanks again, Shirley!) drop by. Harold Schweitzer has apparently been very ill, of late. His fever has turned; I'm assuming this means the crisis is over and he's getting better. Minnie hears news of the Allied situation in North Africa.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The Desert.....Fierce fighting in continues in central Tunisia after the German breakout through the Kasserine Pass, but further offensive operations by the Afrikakorps are halted in order for them to withdraw to the Mareth line.Steve
Feb 21 11 11:55 AM
Sunday February 21Mild, snow going. All at home. Wrote to Lyle Wagoner, Calif. -- for our church every Sunday to one of our absent boys.Though it is snowing, minnie considers the weather "mild." Everyone is at home on this quiet and peaceful Sunday. Minnie takes time to pen a letter to a Lyle Wagoner in California. Apparently he was a draftee who is stationed in a base on the West Coast for basic training before being shipped out. This must be part of a letter-writing project carried out by Minnie's church congregation in an effort to stay in touch with the young men of Hounsfield/Jefferson County who were called up in the draft. No doubt, these letters offered spiritual comfort to these boys who were about to be shipped off to war. It's quite possible thqat many of these rural farm boys never traveled more than 100 miles from home.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The Atlantic.....Convoy ON-166 (60 ships) sailing from Britain to North America, is attacked in the North Atlantic by 19 U-boats from wolfpacks Ritter and Knappen between the 21st and 26th February. 14 allied ships are lost for 87,901 tons. 4 U-boats U-225, U-606, U-529, U623 were sunk during the battle.Steve
Feb 22 11 3:32 AM
Monday February 22Wm. & D. went to Mercy Hospital last eve to see Harold B-, better, weak. Cheese work, net $2.21. Harry brought Elaine home, stayed to supper.William and Doris travel to Mercy Hospital to pay a visit to a Harold "B" who is doing better, but still weak. Minnie takes time to do the accounting for the cheese factory. This is the first time in awhile that Minnie has mentioned doing bookwork for the cheese factory. Elaine is brought home by Harry, who stays for supper.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In Britain.....Churchill is said to be ‘on the mend’ after a severe fever.War In The East.....German Army Group Centre begins a counterattack in the area between the Dnieper and Donets.War On The Asian Mainland.....Allied commando raid on Myebon, South of Akyab in the Arakan, western Burma.Steve
Feb 23 11 2:39 AM
Tuesday February 23Mild. 20 C.C.C.'s Cozy Corner Class - (Methodist Church - young adult's group) came to Wms. for class meeting, games and lunch. Had a fine time. Mrs. Carley came today. Harold B- is improving.The weather today is mild. The Cozy Corner Class, a young adults group of the Methodist Church (something like the Walther League of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod in the 1940s) met at William's house. After their meeting they had lunch and enjoyed playing games. Were these table, or board games? Everyone apparently had a good time. Minnie receives a visitor today. Harold "B" (Buckminster?), whom we learned was in hospital, seems to be improving. Does this mean that he is convalescing at home?Steve
Feb 24 11 11:29 AM
Wednesday February 24Still mild. Snow nearly gone. Mrs. Carley went home. Wm. & D. have been to Dexter for canned food ration books for them and us.The weather in Hounsfield continues mild. The snow has nearly melted away. Mrs. Carley, who must have stayed overnight with the Conklins, has gone home. William and Doris drive into Dexter to pick up wartime ration books for themselves, and for Minnie. I believe this is the first time in Minnie's diary entries that she mentions acquiring ration books for canned goods. As the war goes on, things get tighter for the civilian population.Steve
Feb 25 11 3:28 AM
Thursday February 25Cold again. 9º above zero all day. Made cookies, etc. Winston Churchill has had pneumonia. Elaine brought cream cheese, grapefruit and cookies.The weather turns frigid again; the high for today is on 9F above zero. I'm shivering by just thinking about it! The bitterly cold weather is perfect for baking cookies and other treats. Minnie learns, most likely through a radio newscast, that Winston Churchill has been sick with pneumonia. Elaine brings home more treats in the form of cream cheese, grapefruit and cookies. These must have been greatly appreciated during a time of wartime shortages, due to rationing.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The Desert.....The RAF begins a round the clock bombing campaign in Tunisia, with 2,000 raids in the next 48 hours.Steve
Feb 26 11 12:45 AM
Friday February 26Cold. Snow toward night. Good news about our boys in Tunisia. Harry brought Elaine and stayed for supper and evening. Bert was at Wm's.The weather in Hounsfield is wintry. Snow begins to fall late in the evening. Minnie either hears a radio news broadcast, or reads in the newspaper, that things are going well for the Allies in North Africa. Harry Schweitzer not only brings Elaine home, he also stays for supper and enjoys an evening with the Conklins afterward. In the meantime, Bert pays a visit to William.___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry..... War In The Desert.....German General Von Arnim launches a five-day counter attack in northern Tunisia, gaining some ground. Montgomery issues the plan Operation 'Pugilist', which is to smash the Mareth defensive Line in southern Tunisia.Steve
Feb 27 11 12:46 PM
Saturday February 276º above zero. Eddie E. (a Justice of the Peace) signed license for cheese factory report yesterday and brought me 2 lbs. butter, price $1.00.The high temperature for today is 6 above zero. My teeth are chattering just thinking about it! Eddie E., a Justice of the Peace, as Shirley Farone points out, signed the license for the cheese factory report on the previous day. He also brings Minnie 2 pounds of butter (a cherished item during this time of wartime rationing!) for a dollar. I don't think the average housewife in 1943 could have layed her hands on that much butter, all at once!___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....The Holocaust.....Jews working in Berlin in the armaments industry are sent to Auschwitz KZ in Poland.Steve
Feb 28 11 11:05 AM
Sunday February 28A wind that makes it cold. Not well enough to go to church. Wrote to Pvt. Ross Merriam for the church & myself. Enjoyed the day.
Mar 1 11 2:15 AM
Monday March 1Joan is creeping. 11 mos. She is sweet. H. Wilton is moving on the Gonseth farm. Richard Buckminster (Doris' nephew) is in a technical school in Los Angeles. Heard Rev. Herbert Harrison, good. Elaine was called to The Times office for an interview for a position. Marion B. works at M. B. (one can assume the "M.B." was Madison Barracks - probably a federal job - army), SackettsLittle Joan, Minnie's youngest granddaughter, is 11 months old. She is "creeping," which I take to mean crawling. H. Wilton, acquaintance of the Conklins, is moving onto the Gonseth Farm. Minnie also notes that Richard buckminster, Doris' nephew, is now living in Los Angeles, CA, where is enrolled in a technical school. Minnie also hears a radio sermon delivered by Reverend Harrison. Sounds like elaine may land her first real job; she is called into the office of the The Times for an interview regarding a job opening. Good luck, Elaine! A "Marion B." is working at Madison Barracks, presumably as a civilian worker for the Army near Sacketts Harbor. Thanks again, to Shirley Farone for clarifying parts of this entry!___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....War In The East.....The Russians announce that new offensive to the South of Leningrad and led by Timoshenko, 'has made considerable gains'. German troops begin the evacuation of the Rzhev area.The Holocaust.....In New York, American Jews hold a mass rally at Madison Square Garden to pressure the U.S. government into helping the Jews of Europe.Steve
Mar 2 11 2:53 AM
Tuesday March 2Zero. Nice letter from Gilbert Lamon (formerly taught 8th grade at Dexter) . He has taken three 25 mi. hikes and had blistered feet. Harry here for evening and lunch.Zero degree weather in Hounsfield today-brrrrr! Minnie receives a letter from Gilbert lamon. Thanks again, to Shirley Farone for providing a little background info on Gilbert! Gilbert seems to enjoy hiking! I can't imagine taking three 25 mile hikes, even if they were on separate days! Harry comes by and stays for lunch and dinner. Was he there to help William with some work on the farm?___________________________As Minnie penned today's entry.....Pacific Naval War.....The battle of the Bismarck Sea opens Northeast of New Guinea. A Japanese convoy is attacked by USAAF B25 bombers, which sink 12 ships.Steve
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