Monday, August 23, 2021

Grandma Pierce's Diary, October 1928

 Oct 1, Mon.

Cloudy all forenoon & sprinkled a little at times but cleared up before night. We did a big washing & Anita took me to Burr Oak on an errand for Leslie at the Bank. Elmer was cutting corn for Will Erickson & Will brought him home after supper. Lloyd Baker was here picking up corn but went about 3 o-clock. Howard brought the tractor & plow over and we took him home.

Oct 2, Tues.

Very nice day & warm. Anita took Elmer up to Will Erickson's and we got ready about 9-15 & started for Decorah. We had to take a few sacks of grain to the mill & Anita took her dress to Allie. We got to Decorah at 10-30 and went to the Bank and paid the interest and $60 on principal altogether $118.79. We ate at Grants Cafe & after we got through shopping we went down to see Lillie & then drove over to Ethels but she was over town & the neighbors were having a surprise on her so we didn't go in. We got two baskets of grapes at 30cts per basket and a big watermelon for 25cts. Luella and Roger were here a few minutes.

My Grandma, Grace Pierce

Oct 3, Wed.

Another warm day. We took Marilyn down to Violets and weighed her. She was 6 months old last Sat. and weighs 17 1/4 lbs. I made grape jam & Anita picked up potatoes in forenoon & helped pick a load of corn in afternoon. They went down to Merles & got apples. First I took my geraniums up today. Luelle was over after my suit case & Anita's coat. After supper we wrapped apples. Lucille Pierce is very sick & they took her to the hospital at Cresco.

Oct 4, Thurs.

Nice in morning but began to sprinkle in afternoon and rained a hard shower in evening. Howard came & plowed all day, only at noon he and Elmer went up to Guys to listen to the World Series ball game. Elmer took me to Ella Thayers to L.A. (Ladies Aid) & I came back with Jim & Eda. Raymonds went to Davenport today & LuVerne stays here nights. Lucille Pierce had her hand lanced and they took a lot of pus from it & she is getting along fine every other way. Charley Murdock was out looking over the telephone line but didn't do anything to it.

Oct 5, Fri.

A beautiful day. Lyle stopped here for me to go over to Raymonds with him to wash the separator but I wasn't dressed yet so Anita & I went over about 10-30 & I washed separator & took the eggs in & watered the hens. Howard was here again today. Elmer went up to Guys again at noon and then to Will Ericksons after seed corn.

Oct 6, Sat.

A lovely day. Anita cleaned all forenoon. I washed & made a cake. Howard was here cutting corn. LuVerne & Elmer took a grist to B.O. & picked up corn. Just after noon we went over to Luelle's & washed separator. Anita helped pick corn up for a while. Mr. & Mrs. Steger were here to buy a cow. In eve Elmer & Anita wrapped apples while I picked & dressed a chicken & did embroidery work on a bed spread. Lucille had a baby boy born at Cresco hospital at 5-30 and they lanced her other arm too.

Oct 7, Sun.

A beautiful day. We got up quite early. I made two pies & Anita baked a cake & mopped the kitchen. I went over to Raymonds & washed separator at 9 o'clock. Glen called & wanted me to come down & help while Mrs. E. is away & I told him I would go tomorrow noon. Ethel wants me to come there to help the middle or last of the week. Elsie, Merle & Deane were here all day. I went to church with Jim & Eda & heard the new minister Mr. Soule. Mr. & Mrs. Will Ashley came to Merles & then came here in afternoon.

Oct 8, Mon.

Cloudy nearly all forenoon and sprinkled a little but cleared up after noon. We did our washing and I made a pie. Howard was here to dinner & Elmer took me to B.O. at noon & Glen came there after me. Luella & Raymond got home just as we left so I didn't have a chance to talk with her. In eve Glen took Mrs. Narveson home & Florence & Mrs. N. went up town in afternoon. The baby was very good.

Oct 9, Tues.

A lovely day. I washed & dressed the baby & did the ironing. Glen is working at Calmar today so took his dinner. He got home about 6-30. I intended to go over to see Nada this evening but the baby was a little fussy so I didn't go.

Oct 10, Wed.

A very warm day, too warm for comfort. Glen over before six and we had all the work done early. Luella, Roger & Raymond were here a little while in forenoon. Anita called & said we had a letter from Doris and Marion's arm was swollen from kidney trouble. Glen came home about 5-30 with a finger that was hurt. He had Dr. Horton at Calmar dress it.

Oct 11, Thurs.

Very warm again. We got up very late this morning, all I did was wash the baby and wash dishes & some clothes for the baby. Anita & Elmer came about 2 & he went to the ball game & took the car up town to have the glass put in the back. Glen took us up town & we got a few things and came home & Elmer started home with Raymond & they passed us & Elmer got in with us. We had oyster soup for supper, $1.00 a qt. 
Ella Reed got a letter from Glen & he was at St. Louis.

Oct 12, Fri.

Rainy in morning & stopped for a while. We washed a few clothes & Anita helped Elmer pick a load of corn. After noon Anita & Elmer went to B.O. & she tried her dress on at Allies & then she & Luella went to club at Lottie Prices. It just poured before they got back to B.O. & Anita drove the car without chains. LuVerne went home after school.

Oct 13, Sat.

Cloudy all day. I washed some of the babys clothes. Anita had to help pick a load of corn before Elmer went to Canton with a grist. He sold 16 hogs for $9.25 (per hundredweight?). They brought $340. After dinner Anita & I went to Canton & she got her hair cut. Elmer came up with the truck that took the hogs. I got a felt hat at Edna Pierces gave $3.50 for it. Anita helped pick another load of corn after they got home from Canton. LuVerne stayed here while his folks went to Malters to a dance.

Oct 14, Sun.

Cloudy again. We had to do our Saturday work this morning. I ironed & made a pie, & Anita cleaned the house & dusted. And mopped. We went to church with Jim & Eda & after dinner we went over to Stevies a couple of hours.

Oct 15, Mon.

Nice in morning but clouded over & sprinkled hard about noon. We got our washing out before 9 as our boiler leaked & we couldn't boil them. They were nearly dry when it started to rain but got quite damp. After dinner we went over to Luella's when Elmer took a grist to B.O. & to a sale at Phil Seelyes but there wasn't any sale after he got there, so came home early. We ironed after we got home.

Oct 16, Tues.

Rained terribly hard in morning & most of the time until noon. Elmer went to B.O. before 9 & went to a sale at Ern Reed's, he bought a cow and gave $1 for it. Harold Reed brought it over in eve. Glen called up and wanted me to come down tomorrow and stay until Fri. or Sat.

Oct 17, Wed.

Rainy again. I got a letter from Doris & Hazel. Elmer went to Canton in morning. At noon he took me to B.O. & I came to Decorah with Frank Nash, it rained hard about 3 o'clock. So Glen came home from work about 4. The baby was very good all night.

Oct 18, Thurs.  Decorah

Very cloudy & misty in morning & rained toward night. Glen didn't go to work as it was too wet. I made a pumpkin pie and worked on bedspread nearly all day. Mrs. Lofte brought the washing home in eve. Mrs. Elvin Ellis & Evelyn was here in afternoon.

Oct 19, Fri.   Decorah

Not quite so bad today but cloudy. Glen went to work. I made a pie & ironed & washed the babys clothes. Harry Erickson & Emma Blegen were here in the afternoon. The baby was quite restless all night.

Oct 20, Sat. 

The sun shone at last. Glen went a little after five. I got up then and worked on bed spread until Florence got up. I went up town in forenoon. Florence baked two cakes & mopped the whole house. About 1-30 the folks got home from their trip & after they had lunch, Norman & Florence brought me home. We picked and dressed two chickens & I made fried cakes. Elmer went to Burr Oak in eve. Olga McCabe called a little before nine  said they would be here tomorrow. Raymonds went to a show in Decorah.
Elmer sold 17 hogs for $315.

Oct. 21, Sun.

Cloudy most of the day. I picked & dressed another chicken & made three pies & cabbage salad & pineapple salad & Spanish rice & Steve & Olga & kids came early. Luella came when Raymond went to Gene Olsons after a colt. Elmer went with him. Cecil & Agnes Wicks & children came about twelve. After dinner Steves went to Terry McCabes for a while & stopped here again when they came back. Everyone went home early & I am tired tonight.

Oct. 22, Mon.

A lovely day. We washed the colored clothes & baby clothes and I cleaned the big room upstairs. In afternoon I ironed & Anita helped Elmer stack corn stalks. Mr. Brokken was here & talked so long Elmer didn't go to Burr Oak. He went to Canton in eve to see Orlin Rasmussen about shredding. Quite cold tonight.

Oct 23, Tues.

Another day as beautiful as yesterday. We washed the rest of the clothes & I cleaned the closet upstairs. Elmer went to Ella Reeds sale & bought 9 sows for $20.25 a piece & bought the separator. In eve he went to Canton and Anita & baby went too. I am very tired and lame tonight.

Oct 24, Wed.

A lovely day. I made a pumpkin pie & mopped in forenoon & after dinner Anita & I went to Decorah. We went to see Lillie & then went over to Myrtles. Ethel & Marjorie were there helping paper. The car bucked all the way home & hopped along on three cylinders. Elmer went to Burr Oak in eve. I paid the Interest $312.50 on the loan.

Oct 25, Thurs.

We got up very early and had breakfast before six and after we were through the men with the shredder came & we had to get their breakfast. Anita went over after Luella in forenoon & took her home about 3. She discovered that Marilyn had a tooth. They shredded until 6-30 and believe me I was tired before I got the dishes done. I paid my (?yeoman?) dues for three months $9.65. Elmer went over to Ella Reeds & took the incubator down to Merles. He bought it at the sale. 
Florell Potter died this morning. 

Oct 26, Fri.

Nice in morning but soon clouded over. Elmer went to Louie's to shred. Anita & I went to Allies & got Anita's dress in morning. In afternoon I cleaned one room & finished cleaning the rag room. Anita & Luella went to club at Ella Reeds. Anita couldn't get the car started so Luella drove. I got the doll that I sent for for Margarette. There was a school play at B.O. tonight but we didn't go.

Marion, Margarette & Marilyn with their dolls... some years later

Oct 27, Sat.

Cloudy and foggy in the morning but cleared up and was nice but much colder. Elmer went to Cecil Wicks to shred. I finished cleaning upstairs. I cleaned Anita's & Elmers rooms. Howard was here plowing. We took him home in eve. Elmer went to Burr Oak in eve.

Oct 28, Sun.

Quite nice but cold. I went to church with Jim & Eda and went down to Merle's from church with Anita & Elmer. We had a big dinner. Stevies, Ashleys & Peckhams from Cresco were there & Jess & Zoa & George & Myra & Fern & Howard & Beverly.

Oct 29, Mon.

Froze very hard this morning. We did a big washing. Howard was here plowing. Elmer was shredding at Cecils. Marilyn was sick, her bowels were so loose & it just scalded her. We took her down to Violets to weigh her. She is 7 months & weighs 18 3/4. Violet gave us some medicine that she had for her babies & it helped but she was quite bad between 7 & 8 in eve.

Oct 30, Tues.

Frozen harder than yesterday, but was warmer in afternoon. Marilyn was better today, but wasn't entirely well. Elmer was at Mileys shredding. I made a pink outing dress for Marilyn. Anita washed for baby & got the cabbage in cellar. Anita had all the cows milked when Elmer got home, for this is the night of the Joan of Arc Club oyster supper. I went over with Jim & Eda. Anita & Elmer came home early for the baby was restless.

Oct 31, Wed.

Much warmer & cloudy. Elmer was shredding at Rheuwinkle's. Howard was here plowing. I cleaned the cellar & in afternoon we went down to school house to a Halloween program. Elmer went to Burr Oak in eve. It snowed toward morning, our first snow this fall.

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