Helen's Diary

This is a transcription of some diaries I bought at an antique store near Toledo, Ohio. When the diary starts in January 1937, Helen is a young wife and soon to become a new mother. If you wish to read it, it's best to start with the first post - January 1937 (my oldest post) - and then follow along with her everyday life.

December 27, 2007

January 1937

Friday, January 1, 1937 – New Year’s Day

We were up long enough to clean up house & went back to bed. Dinner at Bud & Lukes [restaurant] – over to see Helen & Louie. Decided to tell Henry to go.

Saturday, January 2, 1937

Went down town with Jane. Bought house coat. While F. having car oiled. Resaw show on East side. Hot dogs. Evening told Harry & Mildred to leave.

Sunday, January 3, 1937

Up early – eggs for breakfast – cleaned up. Lunch at Nath thalons – Went to Detroit with Manny & Virginia [friends of Frank’s] – through Museum. Dinner at Kosher Restaurant & Greystone dancing.

Monday, January 4, 1937

Went to town in morning. Paid rent – furniture, coat and got groceries. Stopped at library and got some books on cooking – Frank gone for evening.

Tuesday, January 5, 1937

Went with Frank on his run – Did some shoping in morning. Stuffed pepers for dinner – Re covered desk chair to vanity bench. Joe Healy here.

[Joe Healey, the son of Irish immigrant parents, was born in 1912 which make him about 24 at this time.]

Wednesday, January 6, 1937

Dorothy Stone told me about job but I didn’t apply for it that’s 2 I’ve turned down – Received letter from Toots. Stayed home this evening. Bed early.

Thursday, January 7, 1937

Picked up around house – I never seem to get much done – Spaggetti & Hamburg for supper – Mary Jane over. Both of us went to Show - 2 features – That Girl From Paris – We who are to die. Very good.

[“That Girl From Paris” is a musical comedy with Lily Pons and Jack Oakie. Lucille Ball has a small part. “We Who Are About to Die” is a prison/crime drama with Preston Foster and Ann Dvorak]

Friday, January 8, 1937

Went with Frank around his run – Sewed most of the time – Evening Show – Jean Arthur & George Brent - More than a Secretary – Very good. Noble Sisters on stage – Supper downtown.

[“More Than a Secretery” is a romantic comedy.]

Saturday, January 9, 1937

Cleaned house thoroughly – Bath and ready to meet F. Down town supper at Taffetta – then show Myrna Loy William Powell After the Thin Man. Simple loved it.

Sunday, January 10, 1937

Always up late. Bacon & eggs B. gave each other a facial. Bath and went visiting – First saw Shermans then home. – Had supper there. – Radio programs - Harry & Mildred left today.

Monday, January 11, 1937

Washed misc. & hair – The days go by so fast – Swiss Steak for supper. Answered Toots letter. – Frank gone for evening. – I hate to be alone.

Tuesday, January 12, 1937

Ironed today and fixed blue dress - Veal chops for dinner & who sees more shows than us. Granada – Green Pastures & don’t know what else.

[“Green Pastures” featured Old Testatment bible stories portrayed by an all-black cast]

Wednesday, January 13, 1937

Went with Frank on his run – Hamburgs for lunch – Soup cake & coffee for dinner – Pasted ads in scrap book – took Bath & to Bed.

Thursday, January 14, 1937

129 lbs – decided that I really should reduce – Planning how. Liver & onions & Beans & Baked apple. Show Pathanon – Saza Pitts

[ZaSu Pitts was appearing in a mystery called “The Plot Thickens” around this time.]

Friday, January 15, 1937

With Frank today – stopped to see Dora Aument & she suggested that I see Mrs. Misch about Job – tried to. – ate down town & show Paramount – Charly Chan.

Saturday, January 16, 1937

Town early – waited until 11: to see Mrs. Misch – no use – stopped at Binzers and then tried for another Job at Harbor Method. Home Evening.

Sunday, January 17, 1937

Manny & Virginia Married. What a Sunday - cleaned house & moved furniture around especially Piano. - Supper cold & no Frank - Mother and Dad over for evening played fonton.

Monday, January 18, 1937

Down to see Mrs Sparks at 10:30 - Starting work next Monday but stayed today long enough to catch on to some things. Show - Dick Powell - Gold Diggers of 1937.

Tuesday, January 19, 1937

Stayed home and worked very hard washing windows. Supper home. Frank gone for night evidently – not home at 10’oclock.

Wednesday, January 20, 1937

In to Shop at 11 and didn’t do anything out at 3 to Federal Bld. finding out about Social Sec. Bus. Evening with Mary Jane

Thursday, January 21, 1937

There’s too many things that I have to learn in this business. With F until 3 then into Shop for 1 ½ hr. Ate out and spent evening home.

Friday, Janauary 22, 1937

Went around with F brobably be the last time I’ll have a vacation. In shop 3 to 4. Evening Show. Ina Ray Hutton terrible.

Saturday, January 23, 1937

Mary Jane’s Birthday. At Shop all morning made a lot of mistakes but think I’ll live through it – afternoon & eve – home – Enjoyed myself resting.

Sunday, January 24, 1937

Breakfast home did some odds & ends around house & fixed up clothes – Dinner at Manny’s & Virginia’s swiss steak – ate too much.

Monday, January 25, 1937

First day of new Job on my own. Can’t make up my mind weather I like it or not – Supper out & worked most of evening on books. F gone.

Tuesday, January 26, 1937

I don’t know but I’m afraid I don’t like this Job. I can’t give up yet – Show tonight – Granada – White Angel & Sing Baby Sing

Wednesday, January 27, 1937

Brushing and hair fixed today – looks very nice – worked on books for awhile – Home evening.

Thursday, January 28, 1937

Had a Beauty Bath today – liked it real well – First evening nothing planned & Joe H. comes over – He doesn’t know when

Friday, January 29, 1937

What a day – from 8:50 to 9 PM. Cash didn’t check and had to stay. Frank waited for me – supper with Dora Aumend – Joe H. stopped in [“Joe H. stopped in” is then crossed out]

Saturday, January 30, 1937

Through work at 5:30 & had to wait until 6:30 for Frank. Show Paramount – Three men on a Horse very good – Hot dogs & home.

Sunday, January 31, 1937

Bacon & Eggs for breakfast – cleaned house – F. gone – Sirloin steak for dinner – Drive to Tremont saw folks – Howard & Neva.


1937 – January 8, sick

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