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.

January 27, 2008

September, 1937

Wednesday, September 1, 1937

Up at 6:30 – Marvelous! cleaned entire house – terribly hot – had salad & soup for supper – Ride down town – Beer & steak sandwich in Maumee

Thursday, September 2, 1937

Washed out some things – Mary Jane over to lunch – down town – saw Aunt Ann – Met Frank – dinner at Williams – Show Palace - Ride to see Dot & Jim – Hot

Friday, September 3, 1937 – Dad’s Birthday – 44 age

Down town for breakfast – paid bills and went out home – Miserable with heat – gave dad cigars & cigerrettes – Ride – Bud & Lukes Barbeques – tough sleeping

Saturday, September 4, 1937

Franky working all day – washed things – Cool – F home 8: brought Manny & Virg over – played dominoes – Miserable evening – Virg & I both went to sleep

Sunday, September 5, 1937

Made waffels for breakfast at noon – Over to folks then over to Ceals there for chicken dinner – Rasha Shana today – Show – Artists & Models – Jack Benny

[Artists and Models is a comedy starring Jack Benny and Ida Lupino]

Monday, September 6, 1937

Labor Day – Slept late – Frank working afternoon – show – The good Earth – out to Webster Inn – got teapot – Supper at Chineese – Ride & home.

[The Good Earth is based on the Pearl Buck novel, and stars Paul Muni and Luise Rainer]

[The following newspaper clipping is inserted at this page]


THE JEWISH NEW YEAR [Helen writes:] 5698 year

Today and tomorrow, Hebrews will celebrate the festival of the New Year, or Rosh Hashana. The religious services incident to the celebration usher in the year 5698. These days are referred to in the Talmud as the days of judgment in which the lot of each Hebrew is determined for the following year.

It is, therefore, a time of religious and moral reckoning: Every Hebrew takes inventory of his religious duties as performed during the last year and of his moral status in society. After righting himself, man to man, he goes to synagog to implore forgiveness for his shortcomings and to invoke Divine approval for himself and his family and his friends for the coming year.

The day a joyous and optimistic character and is, at the same time, one of solemnity and sacredness. It is a period of introspection and consecration. The religious services emphasize that the door to improvement and betterment is constantly open.

At Rosh Hashana, friendships that have been severed during the year are renewed with the greeting, the golden wish – “Loshono Tovo Ticosavo” – “May you be inscribed for a Happy New Year!”

Rosh Hashana is the first of the ten days of penitence, culminating in Yom Kippur, the day of atonement.

Tuesday, September 7, 1937

Went around run with Frank – Put brown dress on lay away – Supper at Edison – Out to Moms on Bus – talked to Harry awhile – Franky gone even.

Wednesday, September 8, 1937

Walked down to South & had hair fixed – don’t like it – Went to Dr. Weight 151 guess this time a Boy – Show Bobbie Breen & Super Sleuth

[The Bobby Breen film was most likely the musical-comedy Make A Wish. Breen was a 10 year old singing star at the time. Super Sleuth is a comedy/mystery starring Jack Oakie and Ann Sothern]

Thursday, September 9, 1937

With Frank – Hot today – got dress and girdel – Ate Williams – Home even. – F went to ball game – home 3 – up at 4 & had egg sandwich

Friday, September 10, 1937

Baked apple pie & it all burned up – Rained hard everything Muddy – cheese sandwiches & soup for supper – Home evening.

Saturday, September 11, 1937

Pressed clothes and streightened up generally – Frank home about 4: dressed & Show “You can’t have everything – looked at stoves & stoped at Swartz

[You Can’t Have Everything is a musical starring Alice Faye, Don Ameche and The Ritz Brothers]

Sunday, September 12, 1937

Rainy miserable day – Bacon & eggs – out to Mothers for dinner & supper – fixed sleeves of brown dress – short ride & home – Saw Franky folks.

Monday, September 13, 1937

Went with Frank on Run – Roast veal sandwiches – ice cream – he played football awhile & 2 lousy pictures at Granada – Home 9:00

Tuesday, September 14, 1937

With Franky again – all day Beautiful weather – Supper Edison – had hair cut & set and alone even. F. gone to ball game – card from Jane

Wednesday, September 15, 1937

Out to Mom’s Guild meeting – received a lot of pretty gifts for baby from women – Today Yon Kiper – rode out to folks but not home – home even.

Thursday, September 16, 1937

Mom called and invited me out to help her peal peaches – all day there for supper – ironed most of evening while F. listened to game – ordered stove Tapon

Friday, September 17, 1937

Took me until 2 o clock to write thank you notes for gifts – rushed down town had supper Edison – Paramount Souls at Sea – brought Davie out

[Souls at Sea is an adventure film starring Gary Cooper, George Raft and Frances Dee]

Saturday, September 18, 1937

Cleaned house – Darwin Bill & Frank [Darwin & Bill are her brothers] laid linneaulum in kitchen – fed them hot dogs & beans – Show - palace - not so good – Beer & Potato chips

Sunday, September 19, 1937

Beautiful day – Dora Aumend spent day with us – Went village in Detroit – Dinner at Weislers – Home about 10 o’clock – Had a grand time

Monday, September 20, 1937

In nervous fit all day because new stove didn’t get here until almost 8 o clock & then they couldn’t set it. Home all day & evening

Tuesday, September 21, 1937 – Second Year Wedding Anniversary

Had waffel’s down town for br. With Frank on run all day – gave him Camels shirt pajamas ties & lavender soap – got me candy & stove – ate Chinese food & show – Joe Penner

[The Joe Penner film was most likely the musical-comedy Life of the Party starring Penner, Gene Raymond and Harriet Hilliard, aka Harriet Nelson]

Wednesday, September 22, 1937

Stove finally installed – walked to store – Had roast Baked potatoes & squash – very good – Frank gone for even. Wrote Jane & Toots

Thursday, September 23, 1937

Broiled first steak in new stove – then over to Virginia & Mannies helped them move some boxes – Brought them here & ate apple pie & coffee

Friday, September 24, 1937

Cleaned house slightly – sewed most of day – stew left over’s for supper – home evening – Bed early for change

Saturday, September 25, 1937

Rained hard all day but after making cake went down town anyway – met Franky lunch & show “Broadway Melodie 1938” – home

[Broadway Melody of 1938 is a musical starring Robert Taylor and Eleanor Powell, and featuring George Murphy, Buddy Ebsen, Sophie Tucker and Judy Garland]

Sunday, September 26, 1937

Oh! What a day – Mom & kids here for dinner – had roast lamb – lima beans & baked potatoes – Supper out home – over to Shermans’ [Frank’s parents]

Monday, September 27, 1937

Went with Frank – had car greesed while having coffee – beautiful day – saw Ida-Herman & Baby – Show – Sonja Henie in “thin Ice”

[In addition to Sonja Henie, Thin Ice also stars Tyrone Power]

Tuesday, September 28, 1937

Made pan cakes – letter from toots – cleaned house – had expensive steak for supper & got it too well done – took ride Maumee

Wednesday, September 29, 1937

Made cherry pies today – also had permanent – took pie over home – went to Dr. O.K. got Manny & Virg. steak sandwiches Maumee

Thursday, September 30, 1937

With Frank all day – had Wells Roast Beef so wasn’t hungry for supper & did with out – show “Wake Up & live” & “John Meads Woman”

[Wake Up and Live is a musical-comedy starring Walter Winchell, Ben Bernie and Alice Faye. John Meade’s Woman is a drama starring Edward Arnold, Francine Larrimore and Gail Patrick]

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