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Mary's Memoirs Things are settling down after the holiday season. Rex George and William Harding lost some cash while at the store. All is well. The money was found. Enjoy! Thursday, Jan. 2, 1936 Emmet's day off and we were quite busy all day. To the beach early. I sent out my money order report. Friday, Jan. 3, 1936 Sam went to Seattle last night and came home today late with a big truckload of stuff. Snow on the ground caused the going to be rather tough. Wanda took the day off today to go to the doctor to see about her goiter. He told her he would have to take it out. Saturday, Jan. 4, 1936 A busy day and I certainly was tired when night came. Sam and John left for a trip to San Francisco for a week. I'll bet they have a good time too. Sunday, Jan. 5, 1936 I got up late and cleaned my house real good, even the attic and put all my presents away. In the afternoon Charlie and I went up to the store where he stayed while Doug, Eliza- beth and I went to Sundstroms to see By CLYDENE their tree and such HOSTETLER a lot of lovely pres- ents. Alma served a lovely lunch and we sat and talked for a long time. Af- terward, we went to the Rialto where we saw Jack Okie in "Collegiate" and "Show Them No Mercy." Both very good shows. Ate noodles afterward and then home and to bed. Monday, Jan. 6, 1936 A wet rainy day and very quiet but quite busy in the post office. Charlie took me up to the store and was there all day. We put quite a lot of stock on the shelves too. Tomorrow we finished Photo courtesy of Clydene Hostetler The photo is of a letter Sam Theler wrote to Mary this week in 1936. He went to San Francisco. our jobs save for what we are short of. Last week Rex George lost $12 and William Harding lost $5 and they both got them back. Harding lost his money by the bread rack. Rex George came in first so we gave him the five. So when Harding came in and.said he lost five we said nothing. Then we went out and told Rex about Harding losing five and he and his dad looked and found his $12 near where he got out of the car. So he returned the five I gave him and I returned to Hard- ing the five which is rightfully his. Stopped in at Gladwin's for about an hour. But if I had known about the scandal he has been spreading about us I wouldn't. Told that Sam was not giving the 27 acres to the school. Also that at Christmas time we refused Jack Farr groceries and so his little children went hungry. Even goes so far as to tell people not to trade at our place. What kind of a human is that? Received a nice letter from Irene. Her job may peter out anytime. Wrote to Leonard, Irene and Hilda Wicklund. I'm certainly writing more letters this year. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1936 A very quiet day. Sales less than $50. Very wet and miserable out. In the evening Charlie, Emmit and I went to see the Nichols' fireplace and it surely is a beauty. Sat and talked for a long time. Put up coffee, red beans, shortening, sugar and choco- late clairs today. The shelves look very good too. Emmit and Charlie worked on them quite a lot. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1936 Another wet day. But a better day as far as cash sales were concerned. Put up the rest of the bulk goods so now I feel like I'm caught up with my work. Grandma and Uncle Albert were over. Grandma left me a quart of honey. Was I happy? The carna- tions Helen Bulldoc gave Sam are still fine. They look so fresh. Didn't close up until 8:55. Charlie was sure tired tonight. Guess I'll go to bed early. I sent a poem to the Shurfine Flour Contest. Wonder if many oth- ers will? Received another book today from the "Literary Guild." It looks good. Tried looking up information online about the flour company that Mary sent a poem for a contest. Could not find any information. Have any of you heard about the company? Happy New Year! Thank you for reading this week's diary. Clydene Hostetler is a longtime Belfair resident, local historian, media archivist and documentary film maker of "Hidden in Plain Sight." She has been researching Mary Theler's life for the past 11 years. She may be emailed at clydeneh@wavecable.com. 3-month-trial SUBSCRIPTION* call today: 426-4412 *For new in-state subscribers only please Mason County Journal- Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 - Page A-19