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.

July 2, 2008

June 1938

Wednesday, June 1, 1938

Too ambitious – washed everything – Bed spreads & Blankets – Managed to get cleaned up before Frank got home – Read evening

Thursday, June 2, 1938

Ironed and fussed with Baby – Agnes had 5 pound Baby girl 29 –terribly tired tonight – finished Book – Frank brought home candy bars

Friday, June 3, 1938

Ironed – Frank took me along at 3 o’clock got home late. I went to Westwood Show with Regine – Walked home alone – “Bowery & Mama goes wild”

[The Bowery (1933) is a drama starring Wallace Beery, George Raft, Jackie Cooper and Fay Wray. Mama Runs Wild (1937) is a comedy starring Mary Boland and Ernest Truex.]

Saturday, June 4, 1938

Got groceries all put away and when Frank came home we took ride out to Ceals left baby – got Radio in car – I got Pad for play pen

Sunday, June 5, 1938

Played out in the Sun – took ride afternoon got Manny & Virg – spent evening home didn’t know what to do with ourselves – It Rained evening

Monday, June 6, 1938

Cleaned house – Made lamb stew – Practiced about hour & sewed – Frank gone playing ball – Have so Manny things I’d like to do

Tuesday, June 7, 1938

Made a pie – Baby had first fall got bumb on head not serious – took walk with Regine to library and got more books – I’m reading a lot

Wednesday, June 8, 1938

Feel guilty not working this week – no wash or ironing but thats the way it should be always – I try to do too much

Thursday, June 9, 1938

F brought Mr. & Mrs. Sherman over for day – took pictures had an elaborate lunch and Ride before taking them home

Friday, June 10, 1938

Frank brought home meat & bread & Davy – had picnic lunch and later we went to see show – Robin hood at Riviolla – drove to Polar Bend [?]

[The Adventures of Robin Hood is an adventure film starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland]

Saturday, June 11, 1938

Frank had a meeting so stayed home today and made him nice supper – June Riman over to watch baby so took Manny & Virg for ride – Home at P.M.

Sunday, June 12, 1938

Out to Mothers for dinner – roast leg of lamb – Ride to airport & supper at folks – Home & put Norma to bed about 7 o clock

Monday, June 13, 1938

Washed got an early start so had things well in hand by the time Frank came home – alone evening so read books – Norma saying Dadda

Tuesday, June 14, 1938

Ironed all day and did my best to finish but couldn’t – Went to Boy Scout field with folks – Had June Riman stay with baby

Wednesday, June 15, 1938

Walked to lanes and got Rug cleaning set & cleaned both rugs – Regine & friend over – Frank helped move furniture around – arms ake

Thursday, June 16, 1938

Mother here all day – So busy didn’t even get to take a walk – Bill came on bicycle – we went to show – King Kong at Panthan

[King Kong (1933) stars Fay Wray and Bruce Cabot]

[The 900-seat Pantheon Theatre shows as open in 1935. It was located on St. Clair Street, one block north of Broadway. The Pantheon closed in 1980 and has since been demolished.]

Friday, June 17, 1938

Norma to Dr. Weight 17 lbs 10 oz – first whooping cough injection – evening alone – Walked to lanes – Read Books

Saturday, June 18, 1938

Had to make milk at 6 A.M. Baby cross – downtown got new Black & White shoes hose and Brasier – Frank stayed home – Went to recital with Legers – saw Holtz’s

Sunday, June 19, 1938

Cleaned house this morning – left Norma with grandma – Had chicken dinner at club – Ride stopped at Sally & Aron Friedman [?] – Met Ike Zaner & wife from New Mex – Evening with neighbors named Meyer

Monday, June 20, 1938

Letter from toots – Did wash – Frank home with Red Sharp – took ride got custard – hot all day – Regine over – to bed early – Norma is so pretty

Tuesday, June 21, 1938

Got started early gave Normy sun bath before 10 – Having Scrubs cleaned out in front – ironing – walked to library with Regine – Clara & Max over for an hour [Max is Frank’s brother] – ice cream

Wednesday, June 22, 1938

Hot – took Bath – Baby slept good – answered 4 letters – walked to lanes – sent Agnes gift for baby – both of us reading books tonight – Smelling Louis fight

[Fight of the Century: On the evening of June 22, 1938, the world turned towards two fighters in a ring in Yankee Stadium. Movie houses paused their films and broadcast the event over loudspeakers. In a country of 130 million people, seventy million Americans listened to the boxing match. "Everyone stopped and listened to the fight. Even the streetcars stopped,"

Louis Destroys Schmeling in Rematch: It was more than a boxing match. The fight lasted a mere 124 seconds, but its outcome would live forever. The rematch between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling served as the pinnacle of Louis' career and is remembered as one of the major sports events of the 20th century. As the United States inched closer toward World War II, the 1938 rematch between Louis and Schmeling had worldwide implications. Adolf Hitler had risen to power in Germany and his persecution of Jews, which ultimately led to the Holocaust, had begun. Schmeling, born in Brandenburg, Germany, won the vacant world heavyweight title in 1930. On June 19, 1936, he fought the unbeaten Louis and knocked him out in the 12th round. On June 22, 1937, Louis became the first black since Jack Johnson to win the heavyweight title when he knocked out James J. Braddock in the eighth round. After that fight, Louis insisted he not be called champ until he avenged the loss to Schmeling. A few weeks before the rematch, Louis visited President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the White House. Roosevelt told the fighter, "Joe, we need muscles like yours to beat Germany." Louis wrote, "I knew I had to get Schmeling good. I had my own personal reasons and the whole damned country was depending on me." When Schmeling arrived in New York, protesters picketed the hotel where he was staying, and chanted" Nazi, Nazi." Traveling among the fighter's entourage was a Nazi party publicist who was responsible for the newspaper reports that suggested a black man could not defeat Schmeling and that his purse from the fight would be used by the German army to build tanks. The Louis-Schmeling rematch took place on the humid night of June 22, 1938 with 70,043 paying customers jamming Yankee Stadium. Millions more throughout the world heard the bout on radio. It was broadcast in four languages: English, German, Portuguese and Spanish. At the opening bell, Louis forced Schmeling to the ropes. Suddenly a Louis right lifted Schmeling's right foot in the air and the German grabbed the top rope to steady himself. Schmeling extended only his left arm for protection. Louis then unloaded a barrage of punches, many landing against Schmeling's head. Schmeling then turned away from the champion and a body shot seemed to leave him paralyzed. With Schmeling still pinned along the ropes, a Louis right buckled his knees and referee Arthur Donovan intervened. After a brief count, he allowed the action to continue. Schmeling wobbled toward Louis and was met with a right hand that sent him crashing to the canvas. Schmeling reached his feet but another Louis combination sent him down again. The Schmeling corner then threw a towel into the ring, signifying their surrender. Donovan, who had reached the count of five, waved the bout off after just 2 minutes and four seconds of action. Schmeling threw just two punches in the bout. Louis would hold the heavyweight title until 1949, making a record 25 defenses, but Schmeling never challenged for the crown again. He fought only six more times and each of those bouts was in Germany. ]

Thursday, June 23, 1938

Took Norma over to Mothers and went down town – got a $5 permanent [$64.00 today] & Supper at Moms – brought Billy [her brother] back with us – Played tennis at Germain Park – 6 0 but down 8 – 6

Friday, June 24, 1938

Rushed around like mad – Billy cleaned house while I cleaned up kitchen – Took Baby to Dr 2nd Shots for W.C. – Took Manny & Virg for ride

Saturday, June 25, 1938

Walked over to Regines didn’t do any thing – lunch and went with dad – even Billy here took Charlie & Regine out & at Tapbermills [?] – Bud & Lukes

Sunday, June 26, 1938

Rained all day – Had a dinner for a change – Frankie gone for awhile – Mom & Pop over for even. – brought pictures of Baby – tired Billy stay

Monday, June 27, 1938

Cold so didn’t wash – sewed walked to library – Baby good – Frankie home early so played a set of tennis at Willis Park – 11-6-4 – Even – Show – West. Marco Polo (good)

[The Adventures of Marco Polo stars Gary Cooper, Sigrid Gurie and Basil Rathbone. It was also one of Lana Turner’s first films]

Tuesday, June 28, 1938

Beautiful day – Bill with Frank – cleaned out linen cubbard & hung some pictures – left overs for supper but made cake & pie early

Frank and Helen’s house:

Wednesday, June 29, 1938

Out to Mothers all day sewing and mending – F home early took brothers and played tennis at Highland Park – Dot & Jim over at 8 but didn’t wait until we got home

Thursday, June 30, 1938

My unlucky day – Washed – Rained put up clothes twice outside and finally hung them in Basement – took ride with Frank – Baby good

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