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..
27 I finished The Boatswain’s Boy. It was a good book. I’m starting The White Rose of Stuart by Lillian de la Torre.
Tomorrow I’m going to make supper because mommy has to go to a funeral. Last Monday night Mr. Harmgart died of a blood clot.
28 Today the menu is: macaroni & cheese, pudding lemonade. Nattie is going to work at Richard Brothers. Today is her only day cause she is under age. She made $9.20.
29 Tody I finished The White Rose of Stuart. It’s a story about Flora McDonald who helped Bonnie Prince Charles escape.
I bought a mad comic book. Somebody wrote to Mad and said this
Some to strong
Some to light,
But Mad has
Got the trash
That right. That’s right.
30 Today we’re going swimming. Dilliners Church is having a picnic at Lake Kilarney. It was fun. I had my new bathing suit on. I’ll put a piece in. There was a raft on the lake. I jumped off it quite a few times. It was it deep water. Karen, Nattie, Dagmar, Barney & I went out in a row boat. I also went out with daddy. We picked some water lilies. Two Sundays from now we might go to Point Pelee.
Today is the day of the party 31 people. There was Bob Logan, Karen & Doug Crossman, Sally and Barbara. No kids except me. Karen clung like glue to Bob. It was sick. Barbara was stuck up. Doug doesn’t know how to take his boose. Bob was really funny.
Renee had $122 dollars in cash. She got a clock, Lady Sunbeam. Blouse & gloves, jewelry case & necklace, pajamas & slip, Wayne jacket, and everybody else gave her money.
Aunt Herta & Uncle Vladas stayed over night last night and are staying over night tonight. Aunt Ruth told them to stay here and not go to her house. They have a Cutlass 63.
For the last couple of days I’ve been getting up at 12 oclock. I finished Renee and the Beckoning Road Started and finished Sixteen and other stories. Also started Light a single candle. Its about a girl who turns blind.
Got up a twevele o’clock. Went down to the dairy queen with Lynn Diedrich. We each had a blueberry Sunday, small.
I took 3 maps from the gas station. I thought they were free. When I found out they weren’t, I took them back.
Renee went to the beach with Doug.
Got up at the usual time, 12 o’clock noon. Daddy got his car checked over. I finished Light a single candle by Butler. A very good book. I started The Boatswain’s Boy by Dee Soe.
Renee went swimming with Karen.
Mommy and I looked for a bathing suit. We couldn’t find one that fit me, so mommy’s making it
Yesterday I started Paintbox Summer by Cavanna.
Renee is going to graduate with a cord.
Today I finished Paint box Summer Started Stars in her Eyes by Cavanna.
I cleaned out my looseleaf.
I sang in the glee club at the graduation. The dresses were pretty. Charmin T. played the volin. Very good. I felt like I was up there.
Today is the last day of school. We had a party and spelldown. Lenard Miller won the spelldown. I got some autographs. We had cookies and ice cream. There were two flavors. Vanilla and chocolate. I took vanilla.
I stopped reading Stars in her Eyes. It doesn’t seem any good.
Renee is graudating today.
Renee graudated manga cam lada. She got a read and gold cord.
We’re getting ready for the party Saturday.
We went to a party store and got a couple bottles of: champang, vodka mixer, squirt, sprite and uptown. Daddy got two small bottle of chankang for Manfred & Hellmut. The man at the store gave us a bottle of pink champagne, free, for Renee.
I went to the library. Yesterday I got the book Miss Caroline. I’m now trying to get the book Hud.
I got Renee a card. It goes like this. Put on a smile to Face the Future (inside) and the help wanted section. On the back I wrote P.S. Hope this (money), will hold over for awhile. And some more.)
I noticed your desire for a pen-pal in the Christian Science Monitor, so I wondered whether you would like to become my pen-pal.
I live in the country in a village. My pets are Flip and Flap (goldfish), Timmy and Tommy (tortoises), and Bobby our budgerigar (who is only a baby.) My interests are music, collecting foreign dolls, collecting post-cards of dogs and stamp collecting. Do you collect anything? Have you any pets?
Are you a Christian Scientist? We have quite a big garden which is a ¼ of an acre. Is your garden big? I have 2 sisters and one brother. My eldest sister is called Hazel, second eldest is me, third eldest is David, fourth eldest is Peggyanne. Have you any brothers and sisters?
Have you ever been to England? When does your vacation end? Mine ends on September 16th. I am in a senior school (I’m 13) in the 3rd year. In other words I’ve been at the senior school for nearly 3 yrs. Our school is called SANFORD ORLEIGH, which is in Newton Abott which is about 4 mls. away from our house.
Have you been or are you going anywhere for your vacation? We are going to Yorkshire which is in England, to see relations etc!
Hoping you will write soon.
Yours, Jennifer Dean
Yesterday I went to the library with Lynn. I got six books 4 of folk songs etc., etc. 1 on the opera. Lynn and I thought it would be nice if we tried ballet. 1 on ballet.
Glee club met today I got about 100 complements on my dress. Pattern o^o^o^o^ Miss Kasakos is getting married Sunday. 1, 4 and 7 grade will only go half days in Sept. All extra activities will be cut off
Yesterday I finished Angel on Skis. Started A girl can dream. Both by Cavanna.
Today I finished A girl can dream. And started A scarlet sail also by Cavanna. Went up Redford and to the library and got Nattie and the Beckoning Road by Weber.
David McGlue is mad at me. I was chasing him and he fell of the fence. I slipped and now have a sprained ankle.
Karen Crossman, Renee and I went down to the dairy queen. I got a 10 cent dairy queen and had it dipped 15 cents. We saw so many police cars around there. One police car a police man almost fell out of the window looking at our dairy queens.
Two and a half more days of school. I’ve got an autograph book.
Patrice wore her dress that she made in homemaking. She looked like a cow. Everybody looked at her.
I got in trouble today. A teacher misunderstood something Patrice and I said. Polish it must of sounded like Polly shit. She said she is going to talk to Mr. Langen.
I went to the library with Patric Finished The Scarlet Sail
Dear Elena, 8/18/63
This is going to be a rather hard letter for me to write, because I know very little about you, and you know nothing about me.
I guess I should start by telling you where I got your address, and why I am writting to you. I got your address out of the Christian Science Monitor mail bag. I’m writting you because I have similar interest as yours.
I guess I should also tell you a little about my self. I am 15 years old, I’m from Detroit Mich. But at the present time I’m living in Ionia Mich., I have light brown wavy hair, deep blue eyes, I stand 5 foot 9 inches and weigh 165. My hobbies are, dancing, swimming, football, listening to new records and most of all writing short poems. My full name is Patrick Frank McAllister, but all my friends call me “Mac” and I hope you will too.
If you would be so kind, I would like to have a picture of you that I may keep.
Well Elena, I can’t think of much more to say right now, but I will write more next time. Please write soon? I will be waiting to hear from you.
Love From A Friend
August 27, 1963
I received your most welcome letter today and was glad you answered my letter.
You ask how many people are in my family. Well I have six sisters and three brothers. Three of my sisters are married and one of my brothers is in the Navy.
You also ask if I could send you a picture of myself. Well at the present time it is not possible. But as soon as I get one, I’ll send it to you.
No I don’t live on a farm. I’m at the Michigan Training Unit in Ionia. I live in Detroit near 7 mile and Woodward. Near The State Fair.
I’m here to learn how to cook. I plan on being a cook. Right now I can’t cook to well but I’m learning. Do you like to cook? If so what do you like to cook most of all.
I’m also on a football team up here. The name of the team is “Hells Angles” I play center. That is the guy that hikes the ball.
Please excuse my writing I just got my arm out of a cast a couple weeks ago, and it is still a little hard for me to write.
Well Elena, I’ll close for this time hoping to hear from you again real soon.
Warsaw, August 11. 1963r.
My daddy has read in “the Christian Science Monitor” that You would like to have a pen pal anywhere in the world.
I would like also to write-to any girl abroad and I am very iglag to find Your advertisement.
I am Pole, my name is Ania Urbanowicz, I am eleven years old, and I live with my parents in Warsaw – the Polish capital.
I should like tp present my country to You it is very old In these times we Celebrate thousandth anniversary of our country.
In Warsaw they are many beautiful relics and monuments. One of the most beautiful is a palace named “Lazienki”. It was our last King August Poniatowski summer residence. In other part of our city is other palace “Wilanowski”. It was built by our Kind Jan Sobieski, who conquered in ancient times Turkish army in Vienna.
I will send You post cards with photos of these two palaces and a few cards with drawings of our national dances.
Please write to me about Your Contry and about City in which You live.
Yours very truly.