Friday, August 29, 2014

Laura Davidson [Carlson]'s August journal 1937 age 22

The Year 1937

Transcribed from Daily Reminder 1924 pages 6 ‑ 44 by Jane Carlson Babcock

     This is the year 1937.
I hope that whose ever reminder this once was will forgive me for using it for my own purposes.  I believe it must be Miss Elizabeth Qualtrough’s.
      I once had a Diary, a very pretty little diary - Bound in brown leather, and a small gold lock.  It is always open now, for the key has been lost for a long time.  But some of the pages in that dear little book never saw a pen, and as I look at the blank pages I wonder what happy tales they could tell if I but had the time to send the pen across the pages.
      And so again I want to put the filled days of years to come down on a page with a firm desire that there will be no blank ones.
      May each day I live be as the diary - with no blank pages.
      First.  I am going back a little.  Two months - and jot down some of the major events.  Summer time is vacation time.  Jennette & I went to San Francisco on the 14th of May, Mainly to see Johny (Kennedy) [3 lines crossed out]  We stayed with cousin Dan, his wife Cissy & their daughter Thelma.  S. F. is a wonderful town, but home looked good.  We got home on May 30 in time to dash from the station to Mont Toronto’s farewell to the New Zealand mission.
      Pearl & Jesse left for an indiffinate stay in Oregon with Miller Shurtleff whose destination was a short distance from Burns where Roland & Lois are making their home at the present time.  P & J. left sometimes between June 1 & 10.  June 15 - A red letter day for me.  My aching thumb of nine years was operated on by Dr. J. E. Tyree and a tumor in the shape of a 3 leafed clover was removed from the bone under the nail.
      Mother, Wid & Edna left for Oregon July 4th.  W. & E. returned following Wed.  Mom stayed.  Lois expecting a very welcomed little one soon.  Mom wants to help all she can.  She left for Vancouver about July 20, to visit her sisters.  Mainly, Jessie Main.  Her last letter discloses that she doesn't believe she is of much help to her sisters in the matter of a reconciliation between them.  But I am sure she is being guided by our Heavenly Father. 
      Ray Hemingway was sent home ill from mission again got here Aug. 1.  Mary Alermand was operated on again Aug. 3.  Visited her Aug. 5.  She is very weak, but looks fairly well.
      Before I start writing from this day forward I have to stop my self, & force myself to write of another Matter.  But no - my eyes are tired after a full days work, my hand is tired, and my brain is a little muddled.  But then, it always is on the subject of life, and love.  I have much to learn about both of these and many thoughts of my own that need expression.
Give me heart tough with
all that live,
And Strength to speak
my word.
But if this is denied me,
Give the strength to live
Edwin Markham

Sunday, August 8, 1937

Before daybreak I opened my eyes.  The room was still dark & very little light was seen thru the windows.  Turned over & was off to sleep again.  Finally roused myself by 8:15 A.M.  Sunday S. this morning & I was 2 minites late for prayer meeting so didn’t go in.  Went down stairs & arranged chairs.  Bro. Schurink was wringing his hands when he came down from prayer meeting.  Ruth Jack was absent - Melba Larsen our chorester & Sis. Harrison our organist were also absent, and when he couldn't see me he was sure he would have to take charge himself.  Evlyn Johnson saved the day by playing for us & everything went smoothly.  We had a gay time rearranging classes in the Kindergarten dept.  Left Sun. S. early & went home to put up a lunch - working 1 to 10.  Bro. S. called for me.  Took me down to see his dressing table in the making.  Very beautiful piece of work.  Just matches a small cabinet he just finished.  Is going to make a bed next.  Had a Dutch summer dinner with them.  Barley, raisins, parsley, mint leaves all cooked in buttermilk.  Very healthy dish, & very good too.  Then off to work.  Bro. S. took me to work.  He has a heart as big as the universe.
      Work was pleasant today.  Laughed & talked with girls more than ever did.  Worked on trouble pos.1/2 hr. even with sore thumb.  Home at 10:30 on street car.  Family got a catt.

Monday, Aug. 9, 1937

Work with a start at 6:15.  Alarm usually goes off at 6:00 & didn’t this morning.  Had plenty of time to get to work.  Tried to get the new kitten & Mix to be friends before I left.  Cat likes to play, but Mix wont.
      Helen met me at noon.  We walked around Z.C.  Mrs. Helen Williams ran into us, & recognized us both.  Gave us such a hearty greeting that it made all the day the more bright.  I must try to speak to everyone I know in like manner.  What a happy world it would be if everyone felt the same as Sis. Williams.
      Extremely tired tonight after coming home eating a bite, washing clothes, taking bath, & ready for bed by 10:30.  Dan & Helen went out to Lagoon. Jennette had mutual meeting..

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1937

When Jennette & Helen are home they find so many things to do they forget to cook any meals.  I got home at 2:00 P.M.  Helen was putting up her hair & J. was sewing on a dress.  They hadn’t had dinner because they were too tired to fix it.  And they wondered why they were so tired.  I got a letter from Johny today.  I haven’t written since before my birthday & I should be ashamed.  But somehow I can’t make myself write to him.  Mary Olsen is going to Evanston with Shewells tomorrow.  She came over tonight to say goodbye.  I hate to see her go.  We are going to miss her in Sun. S.  Got a letter from Mom today too.  I’m sure she is homesick.  But hope she is having a good time.  (to bed at 10:30)

Wed, Aug. 11, 1937

I wish I wasn’t quite as lazy as I am.  Got up this morning at 7:30 all ready to get so much done, & Helen was still in bed after an evening with D. Romney.  When I saw her still sleeping I “kind of” lost interest.  Fussed around getting breakfast-  My day off.  After Helen got up & narrated her escapades of the night before & was off to town I washed dishes, made applesauce cake.  Went visiting S.S. teachers all afternoon.  Mrs. Mantel showed me all her linen.  Got home about 3:00 finished my white rose solid work pillow slips.  Got a letter from Tom Lefter from Frisco asking me to write to Johny.  Fixed soup & salad & orange punch & cake for supper.  Had. S.S. teachers meeting at Schurinks.  Helen had nother beehive institute meetings.  No word from Mom or the folks today.

Thurs. Aug 12

Went to Oakly tonight with Bro & Sis Schurink, Dale Miles & Leona Spriggs.  47 miles east of here to Bro. Lawrence’s cabin.  We ate too much weenie, watermellon, cake marshmellows, & everything that goes with it.  Had a lovely bon fire.  Home again after eating too much, & very tired.  Hitting the Hay at 10:45.  Goodnight.

Friday, Aug. 13

“Dog day, did they say?”  Anyway its hot.  And am I tired.  Got a letter from Johny again today.  If I had half the backbone I’m supposed to have I would have written long ago.  He is one grand fellow.  It’s just 3 years ago this month since he left our city.  I have seen him about 6 times at brief intervals during the 3 years.  The first time he told me he loved me was in a letter.  But now sometimes he is doubtful, even as I am doubtful.  And yet I seem to always be working for the things we planned.  I am at a loss to know what to do.  Perhaps we couldn't decide anything more definate if we did live in the same city.  I’m tired tonight & have just got home from the ward show (Cain & Mabel) but I’m not going to worry about this triangle.  But I do wish Johny could come here. To bed at 11:00 P.M.  Getting later every night.

Sat. Aug. 14

It’s a beautiful night after the very refreshing storm we had this evening.  I would like to know shy I feel as I do.  Or better still just how I do feel.  Don G. has been on my mind altho I want to forget him.  I force myself to it.  But it shouldn't be hard when he has given me so much cause to dislike him.  But on days like today I seem to be pulled by an evil force.  I can’t explain it.  I only know that I am very miserable when this feeling comes over me.  I feel that I am not much good to anyone, that I am not doing the things I should, that I am not putting forth my best efforts in my work.  Bishop & S. DeYoung were here tonight, gave us a picture of themselves, very good of S. D.Y but not so much like the Bishop.

Sun. Aug. 15

Human nature is a strange thing.  A person usually wants what he hasn't got & what he has he doesn’t want.  Don called tonight about 10:15 P.M. and I felt very good when I could hang up before he could coax me into accepting a date.  I hope that very soon he will stop coming.  He is a very fine young man, and many times I even thought I loved him.  But I know I must stop seeing him before he thinks his life is completely ruined.  Sunday S. was very good this morning.  I attempted to teach them a motion song & they really enjoyed it.  Wrote a letter to Mom today.  Guess she is back in Burns by now.  Wrote to Johnny too, very casually & friendly.  Hope he can write in return in like manner.  Talked with Winnie for 2 hrs. this afternoon.  Her boyfriend is out of town.

Mon. Aug. 16

Blue Monday.  Not so blue but terrible lonesome.  Up at 6:00 A.M. every morning, & to work before anyone else is hardly out of bed.  Home from 12:30 to 4:30 alone. Usually sew or clean house or cook a little.  Back to work, & home again at 8:00.  Tonight Jennette Helen & Dan went to Lagoon with the mutual & I’m home alone again.  It isn't good for me.  I have too much time to think, & sometimes I don’t do much constructive thinking.  Don used to fill many of those lonely hours, & too often I am wishing he would call or take me for a ride.  These thoughts pass quickly tho, & I usually settle down to work on sewing.  I have a lot of it to do.

Tues. 17

Fern Rus baby girl born Fri 13.  Mary Rus Allermand is still in the hospital.  They say she has cancer & will never get well.  And I, in health of body & mind find cause to grumble.
But its such a beautiful night.  One can’t be unhappy.  Another letter from Johny today.  He is still the same.  The dilema is will we like each other after more than 2 weeks?  Is he sure?  Am I sure?  Shall we take the chance?  Would I prove myself as a weakling by not taking the chance?  Are our common intrests the same? -Well, anyway, it has been a happier day because of his letter & that is worth something.  I’m still trying to do a lot of sewing [but I am not any fast enough. ]

Wed, Aug 18

Everything started out fine today but after I got off at 12:30 I went into the Mkt. On 1st So. & Don saw me.  He invited himself & Ream Jones down to dinner.  I knew he was only joking & soon left him & went home on the St. Car.  Winnie wanted to use my pass & I wanted to get home in time.  When I got home Ream & Don were here.  I had a lot to do & was peaved.  Before work again I got angry at Don & Ream took me back. Was 10 min late.  Don was waiting at 7:30.  Went up to see Mary Reas at Holy Cross then went for ride.  Had very enjoyable evening until I was ready to go in.  Something inside of me died.  Don offered his ring to me again.  But I would sooner remain single than marry him.

Thurs. Aug 19

Our S. S. Party was called off.  I spent a good part of morning calling teachers.  Felt sort of dead inside me all day.  Went down & had dinner with Schurinks. Stuffed peppers, fried potatoes, everything very nice.  Came home put up my hair, made lemon pudding for supper, buttered carrots, creamed chip beef.  Rose buds were sent from Colonel flower house.  Sent for the part of me that died.  Didn't even open them.  Took them down to Sis. De Young.  Hope she appreciates them more than I do.  Schurinks & Carlsons came at 6:00 P.M. went up Millcreek & had supper.  It was good to be with people that don’t know how to quarrel.  Got a letter from Mom today.  Wish she were home.  I think she wishes it too.  Bed about 10:00. 

Tues. Aug 24

I've let several days slip by without writing.  I've merely tried to adjust myself to living again.  Wrote a letter to Mom yesterday and also mailed Don’s watch back to him.  I didn't register it. & Wid tried to make me believe it wouldn't get there.  I’m glad I no longer have it tho.  I came home this afternoon & made some candy for the carnival, put pecans on top of it & it looked good.  Stoped off at carnival after work.  Ate 2 hamburgers.  Stan Jones made them & put too much onions on them.  Had ice cream cone & came home.  Jennette wasn't feeling well.  Too much nite life isn’t doing her any good.  I sewed on green table cloth & to bed at 10.  I started pillow slips Pearl & Lois gave me for birthday on street car

Thurs. Aug 26

I’m glad I've got a sister like Helen.  Only I wish she understood me just a little more.  I admire everything she does.  She has taught me very much & I hope I may someday be like her.

Fri Aug 27

Jesse got home today.  Boy were we glad to see him.  Went down & had dinner with Sis Glad.  She is a very sweet person.  I believe she really understands how I feel about Don.  I hope she can make him understand.  There is no reason why I should go with him, & every reason why I shouldn't.  [I got a letter from Johny and wrote a very short note in return.  I do hope I can be strong in all I do and that I will not be small]

Sun Aug 29, 1937

I’m wondering where I’m headed.  Last night I definitely told Don goodby.  I feel as tho I have been a criminal in doing it, but certainly neither of us were getting any happiness out of our association.  I took care of Wids baby last night & today I’m tired.  Am ready for bed at 9: o’clock.  Don’t feel as tho I want to write to Johny only to tell him not to wait for me.  Don’t know what is the right thing to do.  Went to church in Emerson Ward with Don Lund, but couldn't bear to stay to Book of Mormon meeting.  Wonder if I’ll ever find my old happy carefree self again. Wonder if I’ll ever be able to bring anyone anything but unhappiness.  The only thing I can do is trust in our Heavenly Father, & try .

Mon. Aug 30,

By the time night comes I’m so tired I don’t want to write.  On hours off sewed on green tablecloth.  Making cross stitch pillow slips on street car, & have almost one finished.  Bought pan, egg beater, potato masher & other small things for Elaine G. shower after work took them down but didn't stay to the party.  Walked home.  Beautiful night, so cool & quiet.  Dan got letter from Mom, he said a lot in his letter that worried her & its too bad.  I got a letter from Sally K. from [San Francisco] and from Mary Olsen in Wyo.  But its been a full day & I’m dreadfully sleepy.  Bed at 10:55 P.M.

Tues Aug 31, 1937

Pay Day & not half enough money to make the rounds of bills.  But I hope it won’t be long before we are all out of debt.

[Note: daily journal entries continue through September 23, 1937.  To be continued...]

Sunday, August 10, 2014

a lot of letters to give a better picture of a hard time - sickness, fishing, depression, Black Hills Vacation

Forwarded to Mrs. Jane S. Davidson, c/o B. M. Turnbow, Tabiona, Utah

                                                            July 2, 1953
Dear Mother,

            The children are eating breakfast, and I have just been typing a letter for Harold, so thought I could start one to you before I quit.  We have been up so late every night lately, and up so early every morning, yet the day in between goes so fast that we just can’t account for them.  From last Thursday until now we have been busy on the peas.  We have over 50 lbs. frozen in the locker, and have had plenty to eat, but it has been a big job.  The children have been good to help, and yet we are all tired out.  The heat has been terriffic.  This morning however it is cooler, and cloudy.  We are all just worn out from the heat.  The bedrooms are so hot at night no one wants to go to bed.  The baby surely sleeps good tho, and surprising as it is, he keeps a cover on all night.  He slept last night from 7 until 6 this morning.  He is just as solid as he can be.  I am still nursing him but he gets cereal and milk, and sometimes a little vegetable.

            Harold’s hand has flaired up again.  Last week it seemed completely better, and then we started the peas, and he was home Friday and Satruday helping, and Sunday it started swelling.  He has had several ex-rays, but they show nothing.  As long as he kept it in a sling the swelling went.  Harold said that yesterday the Dr. described it as proud flesh under the skin.  And the treatment, soaking in hot water.  He is able to go to the medical unit twice a day at work and soak it, and he does it often while he is home.  And we are trying to see that he doesn’t use it any more than is necessary.  He has had quite a few problems lately that have kept him up till late.

            Alice is getting to be quite a stinker.  She wants something, and she just screams until the children give it to her to get her to stop screaming.  Two days ago I just splashed cold water in her face while she was in one of her screams, and it seems to have toned her down considerably.  She was down to one nipple, and it was big and flabby, and last Sat. she bit it in two.  I offered her the baby’s nipple, and she would have none of it.  So since Sat. she has been going without a bottle.  I hope it is the end of it for her, although these past few days has been quite an ordeal, especially giving her every little thing she happens to want.  It is primary today at 9:30 so I had better stop and get my own breakfast, and get them off.  Alvin is back from camp, and is hard at work on his collections.  He only has 2 more days, and he has barely started.  He has 3 people who hasn’t paid him for 3 months, and they keep telling him to come back.  Harold says if he doesn’t get them this week, that he is going out and get it.
            Well, It is afternoon already, and Alice is asleep, the baby is laying in his buggy beside me, Laura is outside playing, and the four oldest have gone swimming.  The house is cool and quiet.  The heat outside is almost unbearable tho.  There are storm clouds in the sky, and the heat just seems to press down on us.  This morning while the little ones were at Primary Alvin and I cleaned out the frig, and about half of the kitchen cupboards.  We did half of them last week, and now they are all done.  I’ve got quite a stiff neck from fixing peas, but a little rest is all I need.  I promised my self I would make myself a dress this week, and so I am going to make this letter short, and get started on it again.
            Laura had a nice birthday Sunday, and she surely was proud of her card and her dime.  She displayed it to everyone.  I paid $4.00 for a dress for her.  It is an embossed cotton, and won’t need ironing.  I also got her pants, sox, and a pair of pajamas.  She has been wearing those heavy ones until Sunday, and they are pretty near gone.

            I hear Alice waking up, and things are beginning to pop again.

            I am feeling much better the last two weeks than I have since the baby was born.  It seems as tho it takes me 3 or 4 months to come any where near back to normal.  I told you I had a green discharge sometimes even before you left, and I didn’t go see the Dr. until 2 weeks ago, and he found an infection, that was quickly stopped with some sulfa salve.  He also gave me some Iron capsules.  They cost 7¢ each, and he gave me about 75 of them.  I take 3 a day, and it seems to help, also it makes me so that I am not quite so hungry.  I have gained weight again like I did after Alice.  I weigh 150 again, and I only weighed 154 when Harold was born.  I shouldn’t have put off going to the Dr. as long as I did.

            I had a letter from Jennette, and she said that most of her garden was froze last week.  The weather is so strange.  We can have it so hot for a week, then two or 3 days when we almost have to put on a fire.

            Bob and Mary Louise Carlson came to see us about 4 weeks ago.  We didn’t know they were coming, and we had a lovely 2 days with them.  Mary Louise sent me a box of a dozen bottles of baby vitimans yesterday.  It will surely help out.  Their baby is a fatty, and so cute.  Harold and Bob went fishing one day, while we took the children to the part, and museum.  The other day, we took them to Colorado Springs, and had a wonderful relaxing day.

            I must stop now, I have stopped a dozen times in the last half hour to do something or other.  I am inclosing a check.  It was just forgetfulness that I haven’t done it before.  We are planning on a picnic with the Runyans and Bohn’s up Boulder canyon for the 4th.  We are going to have breakfast, and lunch and come home early in the afternoon.  That way we will miss the worst of the crowd.  Take care of yourself Mother, and be careful in this heat.


From: 18153 Lermay St., Reseda, Calif

Forwarded to:  Mrs. Jane Davidson, c/o B. M. Turnbow, Tabiona, Utah    

                                                  July 5, 1953
                                                  We are out of ink
My Darling Mother
            Sorry I have been so slow.  I didn’t realize it has been so long since I wrote last.  Royce has painted our house so that it will be clean to sell.  We called Bishop Heninger to come & look at it so it can be listed.
            Royce & I decided nearly a month ago to write Lois and tell her not to send the girls but I’ve put off writing to her too.  I’ve finally written now.  It would just mean 2 more for Royce to tend.  We have plenty of help here anyway.
            Sis Mordue, our Relief Society Pres. told me not to worry that they will help me and we have done it for other girls in the Ward.
            Royce plans to take vacation time then too.
            Royce’s Aunt Mit has asked me to come to her house from the hospital until I am back on my feet.  She said she’d take the girls too so we have all sorts of offers of help so you musn’t worry over us.
            We had really wanted one of Lois girls to come so someone would be with our girls & had hoped to make a vacation for them but now that we are moving & will have to sell our place I am afraid we will have to stay pretty close to home.  Someone should be here all the time.  So Royce decided on taking some vacation time regardless.  We would like to have you come but we are wondering if you can take the trip.  I would worry over you traveling alone.  It would be different if you had someone to bring you.
            Also It will be our hottest time of the year and as you know we are not too well shaded.  In fact hardly at all.  I wouldn’t want you to come and make yourself sick.  I’d like you to enjoy it.  I don’t think there will be too much to do.  The children are pretty good workers if someone is supervising them all the time.  And as I say we’ve just painted & cleaned and I think things stay cleaner here.
            You’ll have to let us know if you can stand it.
            Don’t feel you have to come because we can get along.  We’ve a lot of wonderful friends but if you think it won’t be too hard on you, we would like to have you.
            I’ve nearly everything ready except a bed and chest of drawers.  We’ve been trying to pick them up second hand but haven’t succeeded yet.
            The Relief Society Sisters gave me a shower and gave me a high chair.  It’s one of those that fold down into a table & chair.  Also gave me a satin quilt.  Have to stop God bless you
                                                Love Pearl

[Added to the envelope with Pearl’s letter of July 5, 1953  so probably around July 7, 1953]

Dear Mother;
            I’ll just add a note to Pearls letter before sending it on.
            We arrived home o.k. without any trouble and were all ready to drop into bed.  We did go out for a little while to see the fireworks.  Went to the Dr. yesterday and John’s head healed beautifully.  He said to watch Janet.  Her head is still swollen there and she complained of it hurting yesterday so I had him look at it.  He said if she continues to complain to bring her in.
            Willard said he would come for you this week end.  He intended to go fishing around there sometime during the summer so I guess he will do it then and bring you home at the same time.
            Helen isn’t well and has been sick since the fourth upset stomach and headache like she always gets.  She will see the Dr. this week.  Pat & Jesse are fine also the children, they came over Sunday.
            Tell Jennette if she’s serious about going to work to come ahead and bring the three little ones.  Helen says she could stay in the apartment.  I could take care of Richard for her.  I don’t know what she would work at unless it’s at the telephone Co. while others have their vacations.  Don’t know whether it would pay or not she would lose her garden.  Anyway that would be something to consider.
            Hope all is well with you and that you’re enjoying your visit.  Tell Burnell & Jennette hello and the children, wish we were rich and could help out.  Hope the puddle jumper is running again so they’ll have some transportation.
                        Love from us all.
                                    Mary [Davidson]
P.S.  It’s awfully hot here.  Bishop’s meeting is here tonight so will have to get busy.

                                                     July 14, 1953

Dear Mother,
            Just a note, because I am so tired I can hardly push the keys.  I guess Harold & I got about 2 hours sleep last night.  We had a very sick baby.  In fact I've never seen one so sick.  He is much better tonight tho, and has gone to sleep.  Sunday morning he was asleep, but as we started to eat lunch he woke up, and we brought him down stairs & put him in the buggy.  He sat there watching us, but he looked like he was going back to sleep.  Harold picked him up, and after a few minutes he realized he had a fever.  I gave him a quarter of an aspirin, and in an hour he looked ok again.  Then toward evening the fever came back, and Bro. Jones and Harold administered to him after church.  He woke up once Sun. night, a thing he hasn't done for at least 2 months.  Monday he seemed ok, but I could tell he was a little warm.  We broke our thermometer, so I borrowed one from Delores, and it was about 100 degrees.  I wasn't worried, but yet he had no sign of a cold, and acted like he might have had a stomach ache.  We took him in to see Dr. Jackson after Harold came from work, and he felt so good I felt rather foolish taking him in.  But the Dr. was rather worried.  He all of a sudden seemed very sick, and yet the only thing he could find was a slight inflamation of the right ear, and a swelling in the gland in the neck.  He gave him some pennicilin, and insisted we bring him back today.  After bed time last night he started getting hotter and hotter.  He would sleep for a few minutes then be awake again.  By midnight he was so hot I could hardly stand to hold him.  It was almost as tho his ittle neck burned my arm.  It was 105 degrees, and stayed that way for 4 or 5 hours.  I called the Dr. after 12, and he told me to increase the asperin, and to bath him.  But even using luke warm water it felt so cold against his skin we had to stop.  He would just scream when we put it near him.  The fever seemed to wear itself out by 6:30 this morning, and it hasn't come back altho he has been very restless, and has slept but little today.  But he is sleeping now, and I am just waiting to put Alice and Laura to bed so I can go to bed myself.  Yesterday was our Ward conference.  I mean Sunday.  I seem to have lost a day.  Harold was kept busy the whole day.  Sister Carwin was put in as Relief Society President.  She had a baby in January.  I don’t know whether you know her or not.   Sister Cunningham is her first counslor, and Amanda Willits her second counslor.
            The baby is awake again, and I will stop.  I must get all of them in to bed.  Take care of yourself, and write soon.
            We went up the canyon on the 4th, and Ken and Joyce and family came in on us on the 5th and Monday the 6th we went up to Estes Park, and over trail ridge and back to Granby and home.  Maybe the baby caught cold then I don’t know.
                                                            Lovingly,        [Laura]

[Harold concludes the letter in pen]


Dear Mother,
            Laura didn’t even take time to sign her letter.  We are all well again.  Little Harold was a pretty sick boy.  Doc. Jackson was afraid for a while that it was meningitis but it didn’t develop and now the little fellow is as well as ever.  My hand too finally cleared up so that puts us all on the feeling fine list.
            Church is still a busy job, but it is enjoyable too.  At work we are still undecided as to what the Republican administration is going to do with the Bureau of Reclamation.  We had planned on getting a new home but have decided to wait until we know whats up.  I’m not worried but do feel that I would want to move back to Utah (Maybe not Salt Lake) if we had to start again - We must quit for now.  Good Luck and may the Lord bless you.            
                            With Love

                                                 July 21, 1953

Dear Mother,
            The baby is better.  By Thursday of last week he was well again, but he gave us quite a scare.  When we went up over Trail Ridge on the 6th of July with Ken and Joyce & family I had just a pair of nylon rompers on him, altho I had a blanket handy.  It was so hot in the vally, and when we went up high it still wasn’t cold until we got right up on top.  After he had been sweating all the time, and then taking him up there, I guess I wasn’t careful enough to see that he didn't take cold.  The nylon rompers don’t absorb any of the persperation, and he undoubtedly was cold.  Then when we got over to Granby Ken and Joyce left us to go back to Salt Lake, and Harold said he wanted to fish for an hour.  That was at 5:P.M.  None of us had had anything to eat since 11:A.M. But Harold went fishing.  He fished until 7:30 P.M. and by the time we got into Grandby from the river it was near 8 or maybe after.  He stopped to buy us a hamburger, and while he was gone Alice got her finger pinched in the window, and started screaming, and that made little Harold scream.  It was half an hour before we got him stopped.  The children all finally dropped off to sleep, and we got home about 10:30 P.M.  The baby didn't get sick until the following Sunday, but the infection must have started then.  Did I tell you that it was an infection in his ear, and a gland in his neck.  On Monday night his fever was 105 for hours, but wore itself out by 6:30 A.M.  He was cross for a day or two, but is his own sweet self again.  He has been such a good baby.  I have been completely worn out since he was sick.  I just can’t seem to get feeling good no matter now much rest I get.

            Harold’s vacation started last Saturday, and yet he hasn’t been home since except for meals, and sometimes not for meals.  This morning he did stay home tho because the toilet was broken, and he had to fix it.  Yesterday morning he spent at the office, and the afternoon at the stake farm, and the evening at the Stake House in meeting with Pres. Drury.  Tonight at 6:P.M. he left to go to Grand Junction to go fishing with Bob, He expects to be back Friday afternoon.  He has to be home then because he promised Mary Norris he would put in a strip of cement for her Friday evening.  I don’t know what he has planned for the rest of his vacation.  I know he needs to get away and have a rest.  But what he doesn’t seem to understand is that I too need a rest.  For the past two months I have felt that I have been on the verge of loosing my mind.  I can hear you say “Laura don’t talk that way.” and I am not writing this to cause you to worry, but rather to loosen the pent up feelings and emotions within me.  I must find release from the nightmarish feelings within me by putting them on paper and trying to annalyse them.  Whenever Harold has any time off he uses it to go fishing.  There is no other means of recreation or relaxation for him.  Anything else just does not exist for him.  He knows too that he doesn’t want any of the children around when he is fishing.  If they are, he has to watch them, and can’t concentrate on this fishing.  (By the way the day we went to Granby Alvin and Louis followed him up the river, and came back with him wet up to their necks.  They had to take off their clothes and put a jacket on with another one around their legs.)  In Estes Park he fished 3 or 4 times a week, and still wasn’t content.  Sometimes I wonder why he ever got married at all.  If he had a fishing pole and a stream that is all he would need.  Since he won’t have any of the children around when he is fishing, some years ago I made such a fuss about holidays, and the family spending them together, that he has been very good in spending them with us at the park, or riding or picnicing in the mountains, but every minute of it I feel he is doing it because he feels it his duty to do so rather than for any love of association with me and the children.  Every stream he passes he lets us know whether it would be good fishing or bad.  I don’t believe he ever sees the beauty of nature around him except in a stream.  I don’t believe he has ever notice the beauty of a sunset unless the children or I pointed it out to him.  In Denver each summer the post puts on a summer operetta like Sat Lake used to at Nibly Park.  He took me once, because it was my birthday, and he asked me where I would like to go.  Every summer there is a concert series at the Red Rocks theatre, which included a variety of things, Music, and ballet.  Every summer there is an Opera at Central City.  It doesn’t enter his head that I might like to go to some of these.  There is a colored light demonstration nightly from the middle of the lake in City Park, and it wasn’t until last summer that we ever saw them, and then because the children insisted that we stay.  I know I am being petty, but I also know that my soul is starving for some of the cultural things of this life.

            My body is worn out from the continual round of cleaning, washing, meals, babies etc.  I don’t believe I would care, or be so tired if I had a diversion occasionally.  What a pity that the stream and a fishing pole don’t hold the enchantment for me that it does for Harold. He will be home Friday, and then the week-end will as always be so busy we won’t see him, and I haven’t complained when I know that he is doing the job that has been given him.  Monday is always a big day for me with washing etc.  But I have decided that Tuesday Morning I will take Betty and Jane and go on a vacation for 3 days.  I have always wanted to see the Mount Rushmore Memorial in South Dakota, and the Black Hills., and the wonderful caves over there.  It is about a 6 hour drive.  And tho I have never driven that far alone before I am going.  I’ve got to get away for a few days or loose my sanity.  This past week when I have been so completely tired Harold has insisted that I wean the baby.  However I don’t know yet whether I will wean him, or take him with me.  Jane & Betty and I could easily take care of him, altho we wouldn’t be able to leave the car very much because he is so heavy.  He weighs 18 lbs. and is quite a load even to hold while we go to church.  I know he would be better off at home, and I believe Harold will take good care of him and the others.  I haven’t told Harold yet of my plans, and he withdrew the last of the money in the bank today so that he could go to Grand Junction, and leave me with some food in the house, so I had to send a letter to the Bank in Salt Lake.  I have $30.00 in our account there, and I am going to use it to go on.  Goodness knows I shouldn’t.  There are so many other places it should go, but that has always been my way of thinking.  I shouldn’t spend anything foolishly, yet Harold can pay 17 dollars for a fishing pole, and another $8.00 this week for a reel. And goodness knows how much for hooks and line and bate etc.  Plus boots, & jacket etc.

            I just hope I wont think of all the reasons why I shouldn't take such a trip, and then back out on it.  Betty & Jane and I all need new shoes, and I am going to get them if I have to charge them before we go.  That is just another reason why I should forget the whole thing and stay home, but this time I can’t.  We’ll go even if we have to wear our old shoes.

            Well, to finish off with something more pleasant.  I did have a happy birthday.  Louis gave me a pair of ear rings with pink stones in them.  He bought them with money he had saved.  The other 3 children had saved $19.00 and wanted to buy me some dishes.  When Harold saw what they wanted to do he put in another $17.00 and got me a 63 piece set of china.  It is really lovely.  It is something I don’t want to use unless we have company.  We were down to just enough plates to go around, and I guess I will have to buy some every day plates, because these are too lovely to use for every day.  Harold had asked me for a date on my birthday 2 weeks before, but the night before he was up till 1:A.M. so we went to bed early.  We are both pretty well worn out.  I started this letter at 9:P.M. and it is now 10 minutes to 11: P.M. so I guess I had better get to bed.  Maybe you can write and tell me if I am a little off the beam on this vacation business.  Maybe I am looking at it all wrong.
                                                                        Your loving daughter,

[Pencil margin note:] If you want to show this letter to Mother Carlson, you can.  I haven’t written to her since the baby was born.

[Mailed with Laura’s letter of  July 21, 1953,  postmarked July 22, 1953]

                                                June 5, 1953

Dear Grandma
            How are you I am fine and so are the rest of us
We got out of school the 4th I got 3 A on my
report card my next teachers name will be
Mrs Remley and we get new desks and
chairs Alvin made me a purse it is green
with tan laceing and it has a red snap
Betty made a clay doll in school and we
are all fine I hope you can read my   over
letter something was wrong with the

                                    Jane Carlson

[note from Laura] I found this letter in this stamped envelope.  It surely got way-laid

                                                  July 23rd 53
My Dear Laura,
            I just got your letter and am glad Baby Harold is better, but sorry that you are feeling so bad and down hearted.  Maybe Harold was feeling the same way as you are and glad to take off, feeling that the children are secure with you, but you just can’t leave them as he has done.  They are your care and his, but he doesn’t see things as you do, and at times it takes all your strength and courage to endure.  You have been upset with the Baby being sick and maybe other things not going the way you want.  Things will straighten out but you will have to pull yourself together and let things go slow for our bodies can’t stand all the strain that sometimes we are called on to endure.  But we must call upon the Lord and He will give us strength.  There is always an evil power trying to upset us, and will if we let it, like David of old Testament times when he said, ( Why art thou cast down O My Soul, and why art thou disquited within me.  I shall praise the Lord who is the Health of my countenance and my God.) So you see we have always got to be on the look out for the evil one and put ourselves in our Heavenly Father’s care.  I know you are thankful that the little fellow is well again.  Don’t leave him Laura.  Why don’t you come home, in the bus, I know it would be hard in this hot weather.  Jennette just came in while I am writing this.  She would just love for you to come and stay with her.  I hope ;you will be feeling better before you get this. Merrill came with Jennette.  He is in the Tabiona Band and they play in the Parade tomorrow.  They go back tomorrow, after the Parade.  May the Lord Bless you and Harold so that you will Love and Sympathize with one another, and help one another all you can to live lives of respect and helpfulness one towards another.  Don’t do anything rash, just try to keep your mind calm and Thankful for Blessings.  It will be too bad if Harold’s Fishing trips will be a curse to you all, instead of pleasure for him.  He ought to take some of the children with him when he goes and give you a little relief from some of the cares of being with them all the time.  May the Lord strengthen you Laura
                                                   Lots of Love, Mother.
I won’t let Mother Carlson read the letter.  She gets upset too easily
                                                   Aug. 10, 1953

Dear Mother,
            Your letter came today, and I’m sorry you had to worry about me.  But I have been worried for a long time, but I am sure the worst is over.  After you called last Friday night Harold gave me a blessing.  I guess I had kind of lost faith in myself.  The blessing he gave me set me back on the right track.  The medicine the Dr. gave me has helped too.  I’ve been taking it since last Tuesday, nearly a week.
            The headaches I get are not real headaches, but I get so tense I bite my teeth & my jaws get sore & cause my head to ache.  It is just a tightening of the muscles & nerves.  It seems as tho when I did take time to sit down to read or rest I was accusing myself for not doing something that should be done, which of course is poor thinking, because there is always something to be done.  And like Helen told me over the phone I've got to learn to sit down and relax & forget the work sometimes.
            I am going to try to go to Relief Society work meeting tomorrow.  They are having a social in the afternoon for Mary Haslam & the out going officers.  They asked me to take the Theology lesson again, but I’m not going to.  It would mean 2 Sunday afternoons a month besides the lesson, and those 2 Sundays Harold is gone too, and the children are left to themselves.
            I am conciously trying to do everything to get feeling completely well again.  No Mother, you don’t need to come.  But you don’t know how thankful I am that you were praying for me.  And it was so good to hear your voice.  You just sounded so much like yourself.  I know that I must not loose faith, and I know too that I can’t do all that I want to do, or that is apparent to be done.  I guess there come a time in everyone’s life when they find out that they can’t do everything.  I've got to remember that if a thing can’t get done today it can wait till tomorrow.
            This evening Delores asked me to come over & watch television for half an hour, so after the children were in bed I went over, but a good part of the time I kept thinking I should be home writing to you, or fixing a dress to wear to Relief Society tomorrow.  You see, I’ve got to teach myself all over again to relax.  I have steadily gained weight again like I did after Alice was born, & weigh as much now as when Harold Danny was born.  I’m not going to try to loose any tho till I get feeling better, except stop eating sweets.
            Harold is at Bishop’s meeting tonight but they have been getting thru about 10:30 lately.
            Harold knew I wasn't feeling well, & when he came in at night he wouldn't talk to me for fear of disturbing me, & he would let me lay in bed in the morning getting up himself without letting me know he was up, and we would go for days without even talking except at supper, & there is no chance to talk then.  But the past few days he has been trying to spend more time at home.  Sat. we all went to a drive in & left the 3 little ones home.  Yesterday I was very tired, & didn't want to go to church, but went in the evening.  It was Alice’s birthday.  We got a load of Sand for her Sat. & the children bought her some little trinkets, & balloons.  She was surely happy.  Yes I made birthday cakes for all 3 & decorated them.
            Betty got a Bicycle.  Harold found a used one for $11 & he painted it.
            Louis got a croquet set.  For their birthday we went to the park & had supper.  The first time this year.
            It is 10:30 & I must get to bed.  I had no intention of staying up so late.  Thank you Mother for your letters, and now good night.

Harold came home last night after bishop meeting & said he had to take another week off because of a ceiling on annual leave built up & he wants to take me & the baby & Alice to Salt Lake in Sept.


 P.S.  I did not tell Laura I was writing.

Dearest Mother

            It was good to talk with you the other night on the phone.  And your call back was just what Laura needed.  We had a long talk after you called and Laura felt 100% better.  Since then things have been fine.  Laura does become extremely tired by night time but she has held up her spirits and that is 90% of the battle. 
            It’s hard to figure out just what the trouble has been.  It seemed that Laura she was getting more tired every day.  Then when my vacation came up and I took two days to go fishing it must have been the straw that broke the camels back.  My staying home with the children while she and the two older girls drove up to South Dakota didn't help very much at all.  She returned home as depressed as ever.  I talked her into going to see the Doctor and later called him and talked over the problem with him.  He said Laura was not at all in a bad way physically but that her nerves were shot and we were going to have to snap her out of it.  That gave me the idea of calling you and having you visit us.  It would have been fine if you could come.  But when you couldn't your calling was the next best thing.  I also promised the Doctor I would spend more time with my family even if I had to let some of the Church work go for a while.  Then when I talked to Laura and promised her that we would take the rest of our recreation together it made all the difference in the world in her.  She has been tired buy happy from that moment.
            I am sure we can work things out if I do my part and I promise to do my part with all my heart.  My wife and children mean everything to me so it won’t be difficult for me to show it.  I will try to do as you suggested and not criticize Laura on the way she handles the children.  She has a tremendous job with seven of them and so little to do it with but if I help all I can with the help of the Lord we will make it.
            The children are all well and I am sure that within a week Laura will be tops again too.  I will send you the money for your phone call on payday Thursday.  Love Harold

[Postcard 236-B - Double Spirals on Iron Mountain Highway to Mt. Rushmore Memorial, Black Hills, So. Dak.  There are several Pig Tail Bridges in the Black Hills.  They are constructed for the purpose of reaching higher or lower elevation in a mountainous area.]

To: Jane S. Davidson, 3112 So 7th East, Salt Lake City, UTAH       [Postmarked Aug 12, 1953]

Betty, Jane & mother
went to the Black
Hills on vacation.
they bought, the
rest of us children
a souvenier from
there.  Sure hope
your feeling good


Saturday, August 2, 2014

living in the east

This is an out of order letter that gives my Mother's first reactions to living in the East.  Helen mentioned it in her letter of July 31.  I thought it might be interesting to some of you right now.

                                                                                              July 15, 1962

Dear Mother,

            It is almost unbelievable that it is the middle of July.  We moved into our new home July 1st, and I don’t know where the time has gone.  It seems that I never get a chance to sit down for a moment to write a letter, so this morning I stayed home from Sunday School to do it.  The rest of the family have just gone.  We live four miles from church by the shortest route, but it has taken us 3 weeks to learn that.  At first, it was seven miles, then we started going different routs, and found 2 that were 5 miles, then last Sunday someone picked Harold up to take him to Priesthood meeting, and went a different way that is just 4 miles.  As the crow flies it can’t be more than 2 miles, but the streets twist and turn, and go up hill and down, and round and round.  I have often thought in my young lifetime that the Latter Day Saints did too much bragging about the way Brigham Young laid out a town with such wide straight streets.  Now, I know that he did a wonderful thing for the people of the west.  Not even in fairy tales have I ever heard of such crazy mixed up streets.  Even people who have lived here for 20 years have a street map with them at all times.  You wouldn’t dare leave home without one.  We have used up 3 already.  I mean they are worn out.

            I have learned a new word since I came here.  I have never seen it in print, but it sounds like this: (ku de sack) It is a French word for dead end street.  However, this dead end street may wind round and round, but will never come out on any other street, or highway.  Sometimes it is just a little circle drive like the one Uncle Mont’s house is on.  I guess after a while we will learn how to get around better.  I always have to allow myself a half hour longer than I plan on at first so that I will get somewhere on time.

            Willy got hit with a rock soon after we moved in, and had to have 2 stitches taken in his head. The stitches were taken out last Monday, and he is ok now.

            When we arrived here 3 weeks ago Betty’s government job had not been given final clearance, and Tom Kimball had given her a job as a typist, which she isn’t.  She worked for him more than a week after we got here, then took the next week off to help me get unpacked.  Tom didn’t need her, he just didn’t want to see her get so discouraged.  I’m sure she did a good job for him tho.  Last Tuesday she started work as a Student Trainee in Physics for the Bureau of mines in the Interior building, the same building Harold works in.  Jane went to town soon after we arrived, and took her civil service tests in Typing, and failed.  She didn’t know she had failed, but thought she had, so went down the next day and took them over, and in several days learned she had passed them the second time.  Wed of this week she started work as a GS 3 the same as Betty for the Budget and Finance of the Geological Survey dept in the Interior building.  With all three of them working in the same building it will make transportation much simpler.  Harold was working an hour later than the girls, but starting Tomorrow they will all three go in at 7:45 and be off by 4:15.  Harold hasn’t been getting home till 6:30, and it has made supper very late.  When the girls took the bus into Washington it cost them 80¢ a day, 40¢ one way.  They are now in a car pool with 2 other men.  It means that Harold will have to drive in 3 days a week, but that is better than 5 days.  The girls are going to pay Dad the 1.60 a day and he will used that for gas.  Actually we are only about 5 or 6 miles from where they work, but the little windy twisty roads takes so long to travel.  It is no wonder that the Americans beat the British.

            I have had one very diffinate impression since we moved here, and that is that the people here want everything left exactly as it is.  They don’t want any change.  There isn’t a building in all of the Washington area over 6 stories high.  They don’t want their streets widened, or straightened.  They won’t even sell a strip of their land along the roadways for a sidewalk.  The trees and underbrush grow right down to the edge of the black top, and you can go for miles without seeing any houses, yet the houses are there I’m told, behind a 20 foot wall of forest.  I would just like to clear some of the trees away so I can see something.

            The town of McLean is just 2 small shopping centers about 3 blocks apart.  It is seldom that you find a shopping area as big as Sugar House.  And yet people don’t go in to Washington to shop because the traffic is so bad.  We live in a new residential area.  It is about 5 years old, and we have sidewalk and curbing.  However Naomi Thomas has been here for 20 years, and she lives closer in to Washington, I think, but they have no sidewalks.

            It is a strange country.  Being so close to the ocean everything should be so green and pretty, but no one ever waters their lawns or gardens.  If it rains and keeps them green, ok, but if it doesn’t, they let the lawns get dry and brown.  If their vegetables don’t grow, they say well, it is just too bad that we haven’t had more rain.  Cucumbers, corn and tomatoes are on the market here now, but at fantastically high prices.  You can see it growing in places, and yet at the little roadside stands they want 39¢ a lb for tomatoes, 10¢ each for cucumbers, and 90¢ a dozen for corn.  The homegrown things they keep high.  You can buy them much cheaper in the super market.  Tomatoes 25¢ a lb, cucumbers 4 for 25¢ and corn 49¢ a doz.  Which still isn’t very reasonable.  Next year we are going to put in a garden.  I almost feel like putting one in here now.  I imagine it would still mature.  We will have to dig up some of the lawn to do it tho.  Our back yard is a terraced hill.

            We have a pair of cardinals nesting in a bush by the back door.  The male is a brilliant red, and the female has an orange head and a brown body.  They had 3 babies last week.  This morning I saw the most beautiful blue bird.  We have a little bird house, and we keep grain in it.  There are many beautiful birds here.  There is also poison ivy everywhere.  Harold pulled some out of our back yard the other day.  You have to have rubber gloves to handle it.

            I have had laryengites since we came here.  My throat gets tight, and I have a bad time.  When I took Willy to the Dr. he told me to stop drinking anything cold, and to drink hot milk as often as possible.  I don’t drink hot milk, but I find that some hot soup relaxes my throat.

            Last week we started building a bedroom in the basement.  One of the church members came, and put in the studding, and broke out a place for a window.  They will finish part of it, and then Harold and Louis will do the rest.  We really need 2 bedrooms in the basement, but I’m sure the one will do for a while.  They are also going to have a bathroom roughed in.  Harold and Louis broke out the cement for that yesterday, and they came upstairs with their clothes as soaking wet as if they had jumped in the river.

            Betty and Jane are still planning on going back to Provo.  Jane has a room in the Wymore [Wymont] housing unit where she will help with the cooking, but she will have supervision.  Betty wrote and tried to get in it too, but they were filled.  Betty has decided she doesn’t want to room with Leta and LoLae but she is afraid of hurting their feelings.  Leta is so moody, and JoLae so loud that Betty would sooner live with someone else, but we are at a loss as to how to get her a room.  I’m wondering if Mont or Helen couldn’t find a place for her to stay.  I would really prefer that they find a place in a dorm where the girls would have supervision, that way they have to be in at a certain hour, and they are more nearly under a home-like atmosphere.  Helen will you see what you can do about getting a room for Betty?  They sent a pamphlet, but no names or addresses of places.  They won’t let them get off campus housing by mail, but said they would help her get housing as soon as she arrived in the fall.

            We met Miller Shurtleff and his wife a week ago, and they are fine people.  I first saw Miller on the stand, and I didn’t know he was there.  Half way thru the meeting I looked up, and thought I was back in Wandamere Ward, and was seeing Bishop Shurtleff.  Just the way he cocked his head or something was exactly like his Father.  They are in the other Ward.  In fact there are 3 wards meeting in the same building.  The ward we are in, McLean was just organized in Jan of this year.  Our Bishop lives about a block from us.

            Louis went on an over-night camping trip on the 4th of July.  The explorer wents along the Chesapeake-Ohio Canel, and went in canoes.  This canel was a brain child of George Washington, and is nearly as old as our nation, and extends along the Patomic River for about 300 miles.  It was used for commerce before the days of the railroad.  They still preserve it as a canel, I guess more as a tourist attraction than anything else. 

            Marilyn is expecting her baby August 8th, and I have been wondering about her.  I would like to go out, but it is a long way.  We were surely glad to see them in Denver the week before we left.  Alvin helped me so much with the packing and last minutes errands.  They have a loely family, and are getting along fine.  They bought themselves a 59 Ford car, and they are still planning on going back to school.  However they are anxious to get back closer to the church.  Alvin was hoping the Fryingpan Arkansas river project in Colorado would pass the congress this year, and he would transfer to it.  The last I heard it was nearly all the way thru.  I don’t think final passage has come on it yet.

            We are also looking forward to the time when Helen and Mont will be back in this area.  He will make a very good representative or Senator.  Maybe then we can pay them back for the hospitality they have extended to us in all the past years.  Since your house on 7th East went under the plough of progress I have felt that the people here don’t know what that sort of thing means.  They seem to be in a state of lethargy.  Everything is history, and must remain history.  They prop up a broken down building being used for a court house, and continue to use it for a court house even tho it will cost more in ten years to keep it in repair than it would cost for 5 new court houses.  I think they need some bold new leaders in this area that are like Brigham Young and a few other Latter Day Saints.  We went to get our drivers licenses the other day, and it took 3 of us 2 hours to get thru the lines to take our tests in an old narrow building that lost its usefulness as a thing of efficiency many many years ago.  I’ve often heard that all Easterners consider the west as being backwoods, and lacking in anything of value.  I have never seen so many things so outdated, and so ar behind the times as I have in this area.  Tom Kimball had a house built here, and wanted the contractors to insulate his walls as well as the roof.  They were perfectly willing to insulate the roof, but they had never heard of walls being insulted.  He insisted, and they did it under protest.  Last week I learned that most people’s heat bills here during 3 months of the winter runs over $70.00 a month.  Tom’s hear bill last winter went under $50.00 a month.  In a way, I have never felt like I lived so cut off from the world.  Perhaps in a year when I become accustomed to this area I will feel different, I will try to write often.  We have daylight saving time here, and I have often wished we had it in Denver, but not any more.  It is daylight till 9 P.M. and we seldom get to bed before 10:30, and we feel tired and dragged out all the time.  I’m hoping with the winter we will get some rest.  It has been raining all night, and is still raining, and quite cool.  I’m going to miss my gas fireplace in Denver when I want to get warm.



Friday, August 1, 2014

A letter and a post card written August 1st, five years later, when Laurie Carlson Palmer was the baby.

                                                                                                              Aug 1st 49.

Dear Mary & Daniel
How are you all.  I was very glad to get your letter Mary. sorry you are all so tired.  I often wonder why we all have so much to do.  It is the same here.  Never a moment to spare.  Always on the go after the children or something.  Laura and Baby are getting on fine now.  She has put the baby partly on the bottle.  The rest of the children are all well.  Harold is always busy.  We expect Pearl & Royce here Wed or Thursday, and I will go home with them.  They expect to leave here Friday morning so you can write to me at home.  I see by the papers that they have it quite hot in Salt Lake.  I haven’t heard much from any of them since I came here.  Edna sent me a few lines last week.  Melba Rasmussoon has another baby girl.  Also Winnie Rees Erickson.  She didn't have very much news.  Helen and Mont are busy just like you both, and not taking time to relax at all.  The weather here has been pretty nice till a week ago and it has been hot but always cools off before morning.  Pearl & Royce are coming in the hottest weather.  I wont write more now.  May the Lord bless and guide you at all times. Lovingly Mother.
Harold's brother Robert with his wife and baby stayed here last night on their way home to visit from Akron Ohio.  They left early this morning.
Post Card
Inscription on Monument over “Buffalo Bill’s Grave:
 (Noted Scout and Indian Fighter)
Born February 26, Scott County, Iowa
Died January 10, 1917, Denver Colorado
Louisa M. Cody, his wife also buried here.

[Written on place for stamp] Happy Birthday every year of your life
Miss Mary Jane Davidson
2939 Sepulveda
San. Bernardino California

Dear Mary Jane.
I was up at Buffalo Bills grave. Sunday with Uncle Harold and Aunt Laura.  I am sending you this card to wish you a very happy Birthday and hope that each year you will grow up to be a lovely girl.         Grandma Davidson

[Laura's note:  When Mother was in Denver when Laurie was born she said “Do you always have to have a nap every day?”  I went to Oct. Conference with Laurie.  Harold met me at the train on my return, & I can remember Betty’s little scotch plaid coat that I had made for her was inside out.]