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 30, 2007

March 1937

Monday, March 1, 1937

Managed to work some on books today. afternoon busy – Sparks at convention in Chicago – Evening home.

Tuesday, March 2, 1937

Sure is swell at office without Mrs. Sparks around. through early tonight – Show – Princess – Not so good.

Wednesday, March 3, 1937 - Fire at Criaso [?] plant

Morning off – Big Breakfast. Frank left early to go to court trial – over to Bank – afternoon OK. Harry had supper with us & is staying with us tonight.

Thursday, March 4, 1937

Had Beauty Bath today and also .75 Shortage [$10 in today's money] which Frank Paid. Supper at Bud & Lukes. I’m a nervous wreak – can’t take it.

Friday, March 5, 1937

Well the Sparks came back & somethings up – Stayed until 9:15 o’clock. Honest Frank is getting tired babying me. Ride around & home.

Saturday, March 6, 1937

Got things straightened out fine I thought but about 5 o’clock told I wouldn’t do – cleaned up & we went to Cleveland.

Sunday, March 7, 1937

Not much sleep – Saw Davie & Bee at Gramma’s most of day – tried to see Toots but couldn’t – Went to Mayfair club. Beautiful – Sleep at Davies all our of sorts. Harry Goodelman in way.

Monday, March 8, 1937

Left at 8 o’clock - brought Agnes along – Here at 11. Got some sleep but I’m so worried – perfectly miserable – Bed early tonight.

Tuesday, March 9, 1937

With Frank – Tired & wished I’d stayed home. Supper out.

Wednesday, March 10, 1937

It certainly is a shame that I have to become a Mother and ruin my health – For two weeks [there’s an arrow pointing to the next entry]

Thursday, March 11, 1937

I’ve felt like Hell – 9 months of this – How will I ever stand it. My life isn’t my own anymore.

Friday, March 12, 1937

Went with Frank on his run – Had to rush as we were late so didn’t sew. Dinner at Bud & Lukes – Show Rivolli. Lew Errol on stage.

Saturday, March 13, 1937

Cleaned house from End to End and I was tired when I finished – Home evening – played stickes (4-5-6) with Frank.

Sunday, March 14, 1937

Susan for Breakfast – drove out to Mom’s – told her she might be a grandmother – Ride out to Mels – listened to Radio & home.

Monday, March 15, 1937

Down town all morning – Home at 1 o’clock & started good dinner with new cooker – Show – Come Closer Folks & Charlie Chan at Race track.

[Come Closer Folks is a comedy starring James Dunn and Marion Marsh. Charlie Chan at the Race Track starred Warner Oland]

Tuesday, March 16, 1937

Brushed hair gave myself a nice manicure and dressed up – Soup & Salad for dinner. Out to Mom’s all evening.

Wednesday, March 17, 1937

Suppose to meet mother but she was late and missed her – with Frank – Show Paramount – Maid of Salem – card From Martha Toots and Mom

{Maid of Salem is a drama of the Salem witch trials starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray]

Thursday, March 18, 1937

This has been the sickest I’ve ever been – My head & stomach – Swiss steak for supper.

Friday, March 19, 1937

Spent the day with Mother. Had a bad morning – I certainly have to go through a lot for a baby. Went to Dr. Fisher this evening.

Saturday, March 20, 1937

Not so sick today – 3 o’clock Dr. examination – What wasn’t done to me – afterwards ate very light. My food greatly restricted. Show Paramount Maid of Salem. Frank on Radio.

Sunday, March 21, 1927

Not sick today either. Dr. sure knows his stuff – Went for a ride took Franks folks with us. Supper at Bud & Lukes. Home early.

Monday, March 22, 1937

took all morning to get up – Between dry toast and ½ glass of orange – My meals are all muddled up – Home – Frank gone.

Tuesday, March 23, 1937

Went down town with mother. Bought Purse & gloves & paid for first month of telephone – Had chicken for dinner and stayed home evening.

Wednesday, March 24, 1937

Fixed nails – went with Frank on his run in spite of sick feeling – dinner at Bud & Lukes – soup in eve.

Thursday, March 25, 1937

Thought it was wednesday all day – Had meat loaf for dinner – took short drive saw Franks Folks & home.

Friday, March 26, 1937

Intended to go to church but Mother gone so out there alone all day. Frank very late. Had to call him up – Ice cream.

Saturday, March 27, 1937

Felt lazy all morning in fact every morning – straightened up house and went down town with Frank. Bought some ton [?] Shoes & Easter Plant – Show Rivolli – 2 Wise Maids

[Two Wise Maids stars Alison Skipworth and Polly Moran]

Sunday, March 28, 1937

Easter Sunday – out to Mothers all day – Peanut fed Ham for dinner. Not a bad day in spite of all. Frank played a game all evening.

Monday, March 29, 1937

Cleaned out drawer and filed away receipts – Billie [her brother] staying here – having spagetti for supper – Lot left over – Kids played sticks

Tuesday, March 30, 1937

Billy stayed here today & helped me clean – More of a Bother than a help – Went to a show alone this even. Cloistered

[As near as I can tell, Cloistered is a French documentary from 1936]

Wednesday, March 31, 1937

Billy with Frank today, or at least started with him – came back sick & didn’t eat his dessert – took him home then.


March – It’s been a miserable month – sick all the time

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