Chapter 46: 1948 • Sonora
Note: my brother did not keep a diary for much of 1948. Many entries were typical posts about Boy Scouts, band, and building bookcases, some days were missed, and some weeks and months were completely blank.
1948 • Larry’s diary (age 13 and 14)
Jan 1 USC lost in Rose Bowl. Took inventory at back room of store
Jan 2 Worked in store cleaning up. Now have 159 books.
Jan 3–13 (misc. entries in diary)
Jan 14 Got a plaid shirt and western belt for my birthday. Today I am 14 on the 14th. Oh, Viola at school
Jan 15–16 (misc. entries)
Jan 17 Aunt Elizabeth came from out east in Minnesota to look at the store and visit and she may stay.
Jan 18 Went over to Columbia to parade and golden centennial discovery day celebration. Bought a spider.
Jan 19–20 (misc. entries)
Jan 21 Got sick with the flu today and came home after lunch and went to bed. I missed all the celebration of the 49’rs
Jan 22 Missed boy scout meeting and stayed home in bed with flu. Elizabeth went to Sonora Inn because she is ill.
Jan 23 Another Centennial Celebration today and I did not do much this time because I am still sick.
Jan 24 Had chow mein and noodles for a change from soup. Am feeling a little better, Elizabeth came back from the hotel.
Jan 25 Sunday: Got out of bed today. How Soon is top song on the Hit Parade with Ballerina second.
Jan 26 Elizabeth, Carleen and I played rummy. I won
Jan 27–30 (misc. entries)
Jan 31 Overslept today and was late to washing windows over at Sprouse Reitz and Adrian’s Beauty Shop
Feb 1 Sunday: Nothing much happened today but we went to church in Columbia with Aunt Elizabeth
Feb 2–4 (misc. entries in diary)
Feb 5 No Court of Honor tonight because of thick snow which has been falling for last three days
Feb 6 Lights keep going out lately because of snow and because of month long drought
Feb 7–12 (misc. entries on the weather, woodworking, and band)
Feb 13 Lucky Friday the 13th. I found a five dollar bill in the Palace Meat Market
Feb 14 Humm, no Valentines, but today is Saturday and I did not get a chance to give any of mine away
Feb 15–17 (misc. entries about the new bookcase he is making)
Feb 18 When playing football today I chipped my tooth and got my undershirt torn halfway in half
Feb 19–28 (misc. entries about ball games, his bookcase building, and boy scouts)
Feb 29 Sunday: This page will stay blank for a long time. Leap year celebrations are many but I stayed home
Mar 1–14 (misc. entries)
Mar 15 I may have found my coat which I lost two weeks ago. Richard Young may be wearing it now.
Mar 16 Got my coat back after Young was called into office and Mr. Dawson and Mom clarified it.
Mar 17–20 (misc. entries)
Mar 21–29 (no entries)
Mar 30 Allan Curnow came to my room and I gave him some stamps. Rained all day and also hailed
Mar 31 $16.00 stamps from Jamestown
To be continued…
Catherine Sevenau is a writer, humorist, and storyteller living in Sonoma. The stories in this series are excerpts from her book, Through Any Given Door, a Family Memoir, the full memoir is available at Sevenau.com. 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]