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MARY'S MEMOIRS Thursday, Feb, 27, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-27 It was leap year in 1936, so after this week, each day will be a day off. Mary sends away for some items, sees a few mov- ies, goes to a dance and they celebrate Emmet" s birthday. Enjoy ! Thursday, Feb. 27, 1936 Sent an order to Chicago Mail Order for some slips, a dress and gir- dle. Also to New York for a book by Sylvia of Hollywood called "No More Alibis," a book on reducing by exercise. Received a letter from Sam's mother. She didn't send the curtain material either, so I guess it was a mis- take. Sam went to Tahuya to see Brooks and got $100 so the bill is half paid, praise be. Saw Gale Khuel Pope and got eggs at my dad's. Stopped at Charlie Thurnquist's and had a few drinks. School paid their men today so we were fairly busy for a couple hours cashing checks. There were 10 butcher aprons in the wash so I guess Elizabeth didn't wash any last week as there were only three left. She is over at Retsil so Doug is going to iron some. Friday, Feb. 28, 1936 A very quiet day and cold out. Emmet's day off. He went to Seattle. I had my hair trimmed at the new barbers and went to the beach and By CLYDENE HOSTETLER cleaned house and changed the beds. Now it looks very good. Louie and Grace are coming down tonight and I'm giving them some jam. I made too much and it won't keep another year. Ms. Wheatherell came over to bid us goodbye. She's going back to Tacoma to work again. Her home burned down two weeks ago and she lost everything she had. Sam had the Townsend meeting in back of the store so he didn't get to the beach until late. I gave Grace most of my magazines. She played the piano and Teddy helped her. To bed late. Saturday, Feb. 29, 1936 A fairly quiet day and the last day of this kind for four years. Not much going on and very cold out. Alice Giles is in Bremerton at the hospital. She had another miscarriage. Has to have an operation for her before she can have any. The game warden arrested Mr. Beard yesterday for hav- ing a salmon in his smoke house and asked him when he would be ready to go to Shelton. So he said any time. So they came over today after him and while they went to the house to wait while Beard put on his coat someone stole the evidence out of the car! And was the sheriff mad. They have a sneaking suspi- cion that Johnnie had some- thing to do with it but they didn't see him. In the evening, Williams and his wife and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Mitchell and Os- car and Alice Mickelson, Sam and I went to Perl Mauer's to the dance. We had a good time all except Oscar who nearly passed out on some orange gin that Roy Mitchell had along. We went to eat noodles after- ward. Saw Orville and Flor- ence at the dance with a gang from Holly. Home at 3:30 a.m. Sunday, March 1, 1936 A lovely day and we got up late. We had breakfast for Oscar Mickelson's and Rudy Sundstrom's and how they enjoyed it. Was a fairly nice breakfast but nothing fancy. Grapefruit, ham, eggs, hot cakes, donuts and coffee. John came down to ask Sam to use the truck and finished the hot cakes so I could sit down and eat too. After the dishes were done we went for a ride. Oscar and Alice went home to Ta- huya. We drove to Gig Harbor and ferried to Tacoma. Drove to Seattle around through Seward Park and saw the most beautiful homes. One had a lavender roof and it was very good looking. Never saw a purple roof before. We went out to the Coon Chicken Inn and ate a Coon Chicken Spe- cial. Then down to the Fifth Avenue Theater and saw Les- lie Howard and Bette Davis in "The Petrified Forest." It was a very good picture and everyone enjoyed it. Then we rode around and looked in the windows and took the 9 p.m. ferry home. To bed at 11. A very enjoyable day. Monday, March 2, 1936 A windy sunny day and fairly busy. Sam worked on the shelves and we helped him and then we went to town about 4 o'clock with the truck. Charlie is down at Pearsall's working on the restrooms. Elmer Buehere went away so now Charlie had to finish up. A state game hunter came by today and he had a young coy- ote on the side of his car. He traps for the state and says they're getting to be quite a few coyote here. Saturday night little Bob Beard came in and said to Elmer Beard "We're here." Sounded so odd we all laughed! Some people came in the place where we were drinking orange crush Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. and ordered pancakes. The lady wouldn't serve them as they were half drunk so they went out mad. Tuesday, March 3, 1936 Emmet's birthday so Wan- da baked a big chocolate cake and we had Louie and Grace up to dinner. Sam came back from Seattle with a big load and delivered feed to my dad and Beards. Wednesday, March 4, 1936 Put up quite a lot of stuffin bags. A very sunny day. Ernie Cox and Doug are working on the septic tank for the re- strooms. At 4:30 1 ate dinner at Elizabeth's and we went to town in our car. Doug went to get the engine for his car. Elizabeth and I saw Ann Har- ding and Herbert Marshall in "The Lady Consents." A very good picture. There was a John Wayne picture "The Oregon Trail." It was good too. Home at 9:30. Read a while and went to bed. The other day I was talking with a friend and she shared how she would go through the catalogs and make a wish list when she was a kid. At Christmas time, my morn would have my little sister and I go through the Montgomery Wards, Sears and Roebuck and JCPenney catalogs and mark what we would like to get for Christmas and fold the corners down on the pages. My mother did not drive, so every- thing we received for Christ- mas was by mail order. It was delivered during the day when we were at school and it worked out pretty good for my morn. Thank you for reading this week's diary. Clydene Hostetler is a long- time 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. Maso i unty ii and Belfa'ir Herald