Through Any Given Door ~ Catherine Sevenau

Catherine Sevenau Catherine Sevenau is a writer, humorist, and storyteller living in Sonoma, California. The stories in this series are excerpts from her book, Through Any Given Door, a Family Memoir. The full memoir is available as a web series at A longtime Realtor and Owner/Broker at CENTURY 21 Wine Country, she can be reached at [email protected]


Got haircut and went to confession 

Posted on June 4, 2022 by Catherine Sevenau

Chapter 34: 1947 • Sonora (continuation of my brother’s diary)

1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13)
Apr 1  Received pay of five dollars and paid father on radio
Apr 2  Bought hatchet and knife. Chopped down a small bush for my paper route. Bought stamps and took book from library about stamps
Apr 3  There was no Boy Scouts meeting tonight. Got stamps
Apr 4  Cleaned up room thoroughly and gave the kids things I did not want anymore. Dad made me walk up and down the stairs 100 times for going down too fast
Apr 5  Got haircut and went to confession at church. Got 2 new comic books
Apr 6  Today was Easter Sunday. At the fairgrounds I won an Easter basket in a contest. I also found a prize egg but Carleen broke it.
Apr 7  Went back to school today from Easter vacation. Am now reading a book about stamps. Gave the kids most of my old comics

Apr 8  Had movies at school today. Also got Walt Disney comics in the mail. Rained some around 5 to 7 o’clock
Apr 9  Had movie at school. Took bath. Got some more new stamps and put in album
Apr 10  Went to Boy Scout meeting
Apr 11  Had some tests at school and three movies. Ad in paper mentions father. Stayed up till 11:00 to read
Apr 12  Watched telephone post be taken down for the road. Father had friends from Minnesota visit him at the store.
Apr 13  Won game of monopoly with Carleen. Got 50 cent tip on paper routes.
Apr 14  Went over to Delbert’s house. Finished morning route at 7:30

Apr 15  Mr. Birwell gave me stamps from Italy. Went to patrol meeting, discussed plans for camporee
Apr 16  Bought levis and shirt, took bath
Apr 17  Got sheets on which to write names for diploma. Got Current Events.
Apr 18  Walked home with Barbra Miles. Took report card back to school; no Ds or Fs. Made duplicate of report card. Bought piece for chemistry set
Apr 19  Bought 2 parachutes at old Army Surplus store
Apr 20  Bike pedal broke off. Daylight Savings time starts next week
Apr 21  Donald Moore put a bee down my back and it fell into my pants and stung me on my seat

Apr 22  Left radio playing all night last night. Got bike pedal fixed. Loaned a book to Carleen. Cleaned my room with electrolux.
Apr 23  Missed patrol meeting last night. Took bath.
Apr 24  Passed all Second Class tests tonight at scout meeting.
Apr 25  Got papers to choose subjects to take at high school. Made out receipts for paper route. Brought music book up to date.
Apr 26  Did some experiments with chemistry set. Bought some gold paint and brushes
Apr 27  Went roller skating at Columbia. Washed bike. Bought two books, Captains Courageous and Up Front.
Apr 28  A fire started in the garage in an old car; I saw it and reported it. The Phone company went on strike here.

Apr 29  Carleen fell while riding bike with me and may have sprained her wrist. I had to bring both bikes home. Got my first issue of Boys Life.
Apr 30  Carleen broke her arm again (both time single fractures)

To be continued…

Catherine Sevenau is a writer, humorist, and storyteller living in Sonoma, California. The stories in this series are excerpts from, Through Any Given Door, a Family Memoir, available at Catherine is an author of three books, several volumes of family genealogy, and a longtime Broker/Realtor at CENTURY 21 Epic Wine Country. [email protected]


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