Found Treasure

Found diaries and journals of a young girl. They run intermittently from grade school to university. Brings back so many memories of childhood and the traumas of high school. Then there are the difficulties of just plain growing up, finding a place in the world. And for us, dear reader, reliving the 1960’s! See how she does..

April 1,2,3,4


Saw a newsreel in SS. Went to orch stra. No longer desk 5, #10, but desk 4 #8. We’re going to start testing first violins soon.

I slipped on the rug and my sore which I got Saturday started to bleed. Puss is coming out too.

Mommy & Daddy, Nattie and I voted today. We all voted for no on millage & bonds, & I think we all voted yes on New Constitution.


Bonds & Millage was voted no. The new constitution is yes. Just as I said.

Went to Catechism. Aunt Marie & Uncle Franz came over, so I took Teddy for a walk. While I was I six  mile I saw Dennis P. & a friend of his. Some teen-agers in a 62 or 63 chevy whistle at me trying to get my attention.

I thnik Lenard M. is a very nasty boy. vice-versa.


Yesterday a man from Det. Edison came to Science. Talked about the power plant.

Section 18 went on a trip so we took their place. Our classes in the morning were Homemaking, Homemaking, Gym, Lib. I have almost all my pattern pieces cut out. Did 5’3” in Standing Broad Jump. Today we had our last Math Class. I got a certificate. Mr. Stevens, the teacher, his wife is going to have a baby some time this week.


Went to the Detroit Edison Power Plant in Delray, on the Detroit River. It was so noisy, you couldn’t hear the person next to you unless he or she shouted. Our class wass split up into four or five groups. I was in a group with: Bonnie H., Lenard M., David M., Ronald M. and Mrs. Meyer. We got stuck with a fat guide. Bonnie and I were hoping for the cute one.



End of March 27 thru 31

27 At College Prep we were told that we were going to Northville State Hospital on

April 11, about 9:00. We’ll see the mental paitents. I hope mommy lets me go.

In library I’m read Black Forest Summer by Mabel Ester Allan. I’m on P106 It takes place in Freiburg, Germany.

Next week, we will have our last Math Class.


29 Did 30 pull ups and 25 sit ups in Gym.

We got a free 1963 model Thunderbird from Dean Sellers, where we got our ford. The steering wheel even moves.

30 Went to Hudson Northland. I got my pattern for  mumu, but couldn’t find my material. I also got a pair of black shoes, size 8 1/2 A. They look real neat. Nattie got a pair of sneakers. March 22 she went to see “Lawerence of Arabia”, with Peter O’Toole as Lawerence, a true story. Today she got the theme song. I just love it. Nattie love it and Peter.

31 I wore nylons to Church. Mommy said if Nattie’s garter belt fit me, I could wear them. One nylon has a run. Doesn’t show to much. I wore them with my new shoes.

A family bought the house across the street. They go to Redford Lutheran Church, has 3 kids, 18 months, 10 yr old boy, and a girl.

March 23 thru 26

23 Thursday Mar 21Nattie went to see Gov. Romeny with her senior class. She shook hands with him.

I helped Daddy plaster the bedrooms. I did about 3 or 4 cracks. It wasn’t a bad job.

The movie on Saturday Night was one we saw a a drive- in about a year ago, “Fräulein”. It was pretty fakey.

24 We went for a ride today and saw what there was of Murphy Jr. high. Later we looked at the houses across the street.

I have all my behind work made up.

25 I went to school but I didn’t go to orchestra. I wrote a poem on Detroit in homeroom.

Teddy must be sick or something. He licks me, & kisses me. In the bath tub, he licked all the water off of me.

26 Went to school as usual. April 4 our class is going to the Detroit Edison Power Plant.

In homemaking I found out my type, Junior; and Size, 15.My measurements are 35, 28, 37 1/2. Back waist is 15 1/2, height is 5’4 1/2”. I am plan to make a mumu.

March 18 thru 21 Sick yet Again


Yesterday & today my throat hurt a little. I didn’t feel very good, so I stayed home. Mommy says I probly have toncelites again.


Stayed home. Mommy went to school to get my assignments, and because tomorrow is report card day, she also got my report card. I made it. Mr. Langen said not to worry. I got 4 A’s; 2 c’s; the rest b’s. Not counted citizenship. I could have done better if I wasn’t absent so much.


Home again. I called Patrice. She got a db in arith.. In special classes our marks are the same, except in science, I got BB she got BA, and homemaking, I got CB, she got CC.

In homeroom she worse off than I am, and she was absent about 1 or 2 times.

My sister Nattie got 1 c. In physicys. Otherwise, rather good.


Once more I’m at home.

Today is suppose to be the first day of spring. Seems more like the first day of winter, it snowed.

No school tomorrow.

I didn’t got to sleep till 3:20 A.M. yesterday. I read the almanac. Even then I slept from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.. Now see why.

March 12 thru 17

12th – I’m behind in Catachism. Mr. Beck checked any make up work.

13th – Went to Math. We drew designs.

14th – I stayed home from school this afternoon. Didn’t go to Catachism either.

15th – In school we went down in the boiler room. We went in a very small room a few at a time. there was a noise and I was at the door. All the girls tried to get out. My foot was caught & now I have a bruise.

We’re taking Piscicae Fitness test in Gym.

I have to hand in a poem on Spring Monday.

16th – Kathy, David and Susan McG. and I, flew kites. Kathy’s kite got caught in the big tree across the street. I bought a kite and 250 ft. of string, 21¢.

17th – Today I flew my kite. It got caught in a tree. Its to high to reach. I almost cried. Daddy put a long piece of material on the end (for a tail). Teddy took off with the kite when it hit the ground. Boy, did that look funny. He didn’t tear it. Daddy put a different type of tail on. Now, it flew better. Then it got caught.

March 8, 9, 10, 11


Lenard and I had our usual fight. He kept hitting me on the head with a rool of paper. He was doing some nasty things with the roll of paper. Patrice sits opposite us in Sic., where this all happens. She was really laughing. I was cracking up.


Got up at the usual time, 12:00 noon. Kathy came over and we played some ping pong. Rather we tried. I scared her with my rubber fly.

Man, you should see her run.


Rennie drove me & her to church. She has her drivers linsence. She did pretty good.

I writing this in bed. Teddy’s sleeping next to me. Today I combed two handfuls of hair out of him.

I firgrued out my average in Arithmetic. 69% I was absent 1 week & 2 days. It makes a difference. Its 11:00 better go to bed.


Friday Miss Coal asked me if I’d like to go to a concert Tues.. Mommy said that I can’t go because she doesn’t want me to miss homeroom. Its from 9:00 to 12:30. Miss Coal asked Patrice. Pat’s going.

I passing the 8B (see Wed.)

Martha quit volin. She is bad.

Lenard and I had the usual. I raised my hand to ask if I could go to orchestra & Lenard thought I was telling on him. When he found out I wasn’t he said wow.



March 1 thru 7


Stayed home in bed.

Last Sunday when we had company, they showed color slides of the Smoky Mts., and the 1962 Photo Show.


Stayed home. I missed one week of school. So dull. Looks like I’m getting measles.


Home again. Got measles.


Missed school again. Called Patrice up, and asked her if she could bring home some books for me. She said she would.


Stayed homeh once again. Patrice bought me my books. Says that alot of kids are absent. Got alot of work to do. Might go tomorrow. I don’t have my report on the Aborigines ready yet.


I went to school. Everything went all right. Except, I spent the whole afternoon in the office. They said I had an aftereffect of the measles. Mr. Letcher, the ass. principal, can’t get my name right. I keep correcting him. He keeps getting it wrong. They couldn’t send me home because mommy was at the teachers. Daddy was Dials, nextdoor. I don’t see why I couldn’t go home.


Mr. Langen was absent. My outline on thr aborigines is done at last.

I went to catechism. Was absent three times, cause I was sick.