January 1, 1943
The Tofferis, Bonaccis, Whites, Julia Murphy, Gene & Maggie Purchase, the Pierces gave a surprise party for Dad. Lots of food and beer and a $6.00 purse) to buy him something. Dad quit the Treasurer’s office yes~after 18 years service.
Jan. 2: Elizabeth (Ba) and Frank and family came from Lincoln to see Tom. Roads awfully icy. Ruth, Lawrence, Marnie and Sid, Joe and the children, Mayme and Leo came over tonight. It was very icey.
Jan. 3: Lawrence brought things up to send to Jack and Nita. Joe came over this evening and we had Tom’s birthday cake. Joe would like to make the trip with Dad.
Jan.4: Monday. Dad left at 6 a.m. today for San Francisco and a new job. Had 152 gals of gas and took the southern route. Hate to see him go alone. The roads are a sheet of ice.
Jan 5: Trying to pick up. Closed the sleeping porch yesterday and Dick and I moved beds. Walked to the Hinky Dinky for groceries. Boy, was it slippery.
Jan. 6: Washed today. No news. The boys went out and Kathleen and I thought Dad might call from Jack’s (in Texas). No luck.
Jan 7: Thursday: Took a specimen to Dr. Connolly and he said Kathleen’s kidney infection had cleared up. We’ll see if regular food makes a difference. No word from Tom. Roy Peirce called to see (if we’d heard).
Jan. 8: Ironed. No word from Dad or Jack. Bill Nedley came over tonight and Bill, Tommy, Dick and I played Pitch. My first time. Dick popped corn and.1 made cocoa.
Jan. 9: Dick and I shopped. Walked from the A & P home. My feet soaked. Tommy took Kathleen and I to the basketball game. Creighton 65, St. Louise 25. Mr. & Mrs. Beck brought us home and we had ice cream at REEDS. Had a letter from Dad this p.m. He was at Jack’s.
Jan. 10: Sunday. I went to church at 9. Had a ride both ways. Kathleen went with the boys at 1 2. This afternoon I went to Holy Hour at St. Cecilia’s. Walked both ways. Ruth gave me Nita’s picture to put on the piano next to Jack’s. Tom put Peg’s next and then asked her which girl she liked best. She said The one on the end because I have to live with her’ Meaning herself.
Jan 11: Dick went to the dentist. Tom had exams. Dick’s papers aren’t back from Lincoln yet. Had a card from Dad. Have all my best linens washed and ironed and ready to pack.
Jan. 12: Dick and I cleaned the basement. Tom had 2 exams. No news from Dad. Keek Bonacci called. She wants me to go to the wrestling matches tomorrow. Kathleen and I alone. Boys out. Had a letter from Jack. Wrote Jack, Stella, mayme Pendergast, and Dad.
Jan. 13: Mending sox. Retreat starts for Tom. Dick will make it this afternoon. Ruth called, also Mrs. Beck. Went to see the gals rassle with Frank and Keek. Had a beer with Otto Beck and the Bonaccis. No mail from Tom. Alma and Joe stopped by. Helen and Jim Peirce called.
Jan. 14: Took on the attic today. Air Mail letter from Dad. He is at George and Betty Shields in Los Angeles. Joe and Alma stopped for pass. Worked on my scrap book tonight.
Jan. 15: Washed. Maggie called. They are moving to Papillian. Mailed Jack and Mayme’s letters. Stella and Clair’s letters too. Dick went to work for the White’s today. Ruth, Keek and Lucille called. We had postcards today from Dad in Arizona.
Jan. 1 6: Leo Tofferi brought me some bread and milk and I went to the market for meat, etc. It is getting very cold and the wind is strong, Tommy and I went to the basketball game. Frank Hronek took us down. Swell game. 4000 attended. Creighton 32 and the Okla. Aggies 24 Mr and Mrs Beck and I had hamburgers and coffee. No news from Dad.
Jan. 17: Sunday. Didn’t get to go to communion. Tom didn’t shut the front door tight and a strong wind blew it open. The stoker had to be shut off as the motor was awfully hot. It was 6 below zero when I stopped at the drug store. Dick went out for dinner. Art O’Leary and Kad called. Sure awfully lonesome.
Jan. 18: Dad called from San Francisco last night. It was swell to hear his voice. The car. broke down and he sold it. No address for him yet but he will send one on tomorrow.
Jan. 1 9: 15 degrees below zero and the fire out. Dick and I nearly froze. Got it going but it didn’t work well. Andy and Lyle fixed it this evening. Joe & Alma stopped by.
Jan. 20: The fire is out again. Andy and Lyle worked and finally got it fixed. Jack has the flu. Dad sent his address. The Draft Board called Dick. He takes his exam tomorrow.
Jan. 21: The furnace working OK. Mayme called. It isn’t so cold today. Dick took his physical and mental tests for the Navy. They will let him know Monday if he is taken. Looks like his eyes may be the cause of the delay.
Jan. 22: Friday. Went to Dr. Connolly’s office. Kathleen OK. I got a shot. Awfully lonesome. Lucille called. She said Leo would take me to the store in the a.m. if I called but I had too much of a headache.
Jan 23: Met Dick at the store. Boy, is it cold. Tom went to the Phalanx Ball and Dick went out with Teen Seitz. Kathleen and I listened to Creighton vs. Great Lakes game. Score was Creighton 55, Great Lakes 63. 10 below zero.
Jan. 24: Kathleen and I went to St. Margaret Mary’s at 1 2 Mass. Otto Beck brought us home . Jim Pierce invited us to chicken dinner . It was swell. Roy came and got us and brought us home. It is awfully cold and windy. Mrs. Porter called to see how we were.
Jan. 25: Mailed an air mail letter to Dad. Today I got 2 letters from Jack and one from Nita. Dick at at the recruiting station all day. Has to report Thurs. a.m. for induction and then be sent to Idaho Thurs. night.
Jan. 26: Dick helped around here. Took out the clinkers from the stoker and burned junk. Tommy is working for Chip Bowley on the Infantile Paralysis Drive.
Jan. 27: Elizabeth & Frank came up from Lincoln and bought Grampa’s bed. They are being transferred here. Mayme, Leo and Jimmy were up for awhile. Navy Rec. Station called this a.m. The Omaha quota is full. Dick is sure disappointed. His papers are to be sent back to the Draft Board and he may have to go in a week via Ft. Crook
Jan. 28: Mama came over today and had lunch with Dick, Kathleen and me. We went over stuff in the basement and she said she wanted the old tables, chairs, etc. Dick took her to the streetcar.
Jan. 29: A man came for the stuff for Mama. Dick helped. Then he helped Mama. He went to the show with Justine Seitz. He was only gone about 15 minutes when the Navy called. He has to report at 8 a.m. for induction. It makes me feel sick inside.
Jan. 30: Sat. Baked a pie. and cake this a.m. Dick at the Navy Recruiting being inducted. Had dinner and afterwards Joe & Alma, Keek & Frank came over. Also Kad. Tried to call Jack but no luck. Mayme, Leo, Helen, Herman, Ba and Frank at the depot to see Dick off. So hard to have him go. Train left and I went with Joe and Alma and had coffee. Joe brought us home. Tommy also saw him off.
Jan. 31: Sun. Kathleen, Tom and I went to 12 Mass at St. Margaret Mary’s. Mr. Beck brought us home. He wanted us to come to their house but we were invited to the Tofferi’s for dinner. Leo came and took us home. We miss Dick and Dad so much.