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Mary's Memoirs It was very cold 78 years ago in Belfair. Reading this week's diary was almost reading as if it was happening now. Our cold weather has been something else. Enjoy/ Thursday, Feb. 13, 1936 Another very cold day. Wanda was off today. Charlie delivered hay to Nichols, feed to Bickle and hay to Johnson. Cleaned up the warehouse and stocked the shelves. Cleaned up all post office work. They caught Johnny Beard with three salm- on and took him to Shel- ton. Won- der who caught him? Sent to a linoleum company By CLYDENE for some linoleum HOSTETLER to go in my kitchen. Also sent for six pair of chiffon hose so I will have plenty for good. Have plenty of everyday hose. Saw Mrs. Jensen today. She was glad to hear that Aik- ens were getting along so well. They were good friends when they.lived here. Don's father died last night. Friday, Feb. 14, 1936 A very cold day and not very busy. Saturday February 15, 1936 A very busy day. We went to Victor and had a fairly good time. I bought a cake and forgot to bring it home. Read after coming home. Sunday, Feb. 16, 1936 We got up late and ate Shurfine pancakes and they were very good. We rode through Tacoma into Seattle. Ate dinner at the Coon Chicken Inn and then saw a good show, 'Tose-Marie" with Jeanette Journal photo by Clydene Hostetler Mary Theler made no mention of Valentine's Day in her diary, but this valentine was in her diary for 1936. MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. Home by 9:30 and read until late. Don's father buried Satur- day, Feb. 15, 1936, in Tacoma. Monday, Feb. 17, 1936 A cold day and everyone decided to go skating. Sam and Doug went to Seattle through Tacoma and had two fiat tires up by Bishops. So they didn't get done unloading until 11:15. We got back about 11:30. Wanda fell down so many times we laughed and laughed. Pinky laughed so hard when she fell down that he fell down and then we laughed! Had a bon- fire, toasted wieners and drank coffee. Had so much fun! Rex George, Louie Curl, Raymond Brown, Williams, his wife and Rule, Tony Shubi, Elizabeth, Wanda and I were there. Erma and Gordon came late looking for Wanda as she forgot to go home first to tell them where she was going. Home very late and to bed. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1936 A quiet day. Wanda not able to worl She was all bruised up from falling on the ice. I went up to the ice pond about two o'clock and tried to skate for a while. Then Elizabeth and I went to Bremerton. Saw Dr. Schutt and he said my goiter was way down. So I guess Ill never need it taken out, praise be! In the evening we went out skating and Sam and Doug went too. Had a fire down on the far end of the lake and had more fun! Home late again. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1936 A quiet day and very sunny out. We were afraid the ice would melt before evening so we couldn't skate but we got there it was fine. We built a big fire where we had one last night and found still a few warm coals. Then the next thing that greeted our eyes was a doe the dogs had killed, one that someone had wounded. So Doug dragged it off in the brush. The other people skating around came up to us and said "Looks like something was killed out there" as if we didn't know it. No lunch just a big fire and home fairly early. Sam went to town and got my mother so we took her to the beach before I went skating. Sam went to Seattle on the 8:30 p.m. boat. Wrote to Ruby and thanked Roundtrees sister for the bulbs she sent me. I started sharing Mary The- ler's diaries from 1931. In five years of diaries, I do not recall Mary ever sharing that they went ice skating. It sounded fun to go ice skating in the eve- ning on a pond, which I have no idea its location, and build a fire and roast wienies and drink coffee. A couple of days ago I drove down state Route 106 and took a picture of the Dalby Waterwheel near Union, which had frozen. It was beau- tiful. It surprises me how our weather often is very much like it was in 1936. I have a pair of those metal ice skates that you clip onto your shoes that were my grandfather's. I bet that is What they were using. Thank you for reading this week's di- ary. 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 Theles life for the past 11 years. She can be emailed at clydeneh@wavecab!e.com. 3.month-trial SUBSCRIPTION call today: 426-4412 *For new in-state subscribers only please Mason County Journal - Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - Page A-23 i I