Saturday, January 1, 2011

How Great Grandma and Grandpa Parker Spent the First Week of 1931

On January 1, 1931,my great grandparents Ada and Leroy Parker had all their children, grandchildren, and family friends the Lindsleys over. They had duck for dinner, which son Glenn Parker had picked out earlier in the week, along with his parents.

On January 2, Grandma Ada worked at the church, and her son Steen Parker had to be hospitalized due to problems with his eye. (My great grandparents are pictured to the left, in the early 1950's.)

On January 3, Grandma Ada went to town in the afternoon, and in the evening Thomas and Emma Larkins and the Louie and Adeline Moosbrugger came out to the family farm for a visit. From the listing in Grandma Ada's diary, it sounds like the two couples stayed overnight, and left the next day. Son Steen was feeling a little better. Mr and Mrs. Steen Parker (couple in back) and Louie and Adeline (couple in front) are pictured in the picture below.

Grandma Ada washed and ironed on January 5th, and she visited Steen in the hospital, and on January 6, she and Grandpa Roy hauled a piano and desks for the school. On January 7, Grandma Ada cleaned and washed windows and visited Steen in the hospital again. On January 8, some young men hauled coal, and Doris Wheeler Larkins and her baby Tommy came out to the Parker farm for a visit.

Grandma Ada left two scrapbooks to my mother, and they were then passed down to me. I am so thankful that I can get an idea of what daily life was like for my Great Grandma and Grandpa Parker by reading her diary and scrapbooks. My great grandparents worked hard, but they also had a lot of fun with family and friends by hosting frequent dinner and card parties at their big farmhouse in Perkins Township. Though my great grandparents are gone, they will never be forgotten!


Harriet said...

Wonderful diary! How neat to read what they were doing.

Dorene from Ohio said...

Thanks so much Harriet! I have not read the diary cover to cover yet....I just have read it in "bits and pieces."