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MARY'S MEMOIRS Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-27 Sam and Mary were very busy in the store for the Fourth of July when someone broke into the store. Mary is an outdoor gal and she is looking forward to sleep- ing in a tent. Berries are in season and the water on the Hood Canal is very warm. Mary goes to see two movies on the Fourth. Enjoy! Thursday, July 2, 1936 Sam went to Seattle and came back with a big load. Louie used the big truck again so he brought home a big load of feed for us and Dad and a part for his donkey. He brought home Grace's piano yesterday. Teddy was 2 years old today. Fin- ished up my post office report. All done for three months. Cleaned all my white shoes. Jack had a big delivery day down the canal. Raining tonight. That certainly isn't doing our Fourth of July business any good. Hope it clears off tomorrow. Received a letter from Irene today. She is working Satur- days only now. Mable's baby is very cute she says. Bickles are pick- ing and selling lots of berries. Everyone who can is selling berries. Popes are painting their roof a bright blue. Has white stripes on the cu- pules and corners and it certainly looks odd. Looks now just like a gaily painted roadhouse. Their special sheets prices are higher than our regular prices. Friday, July 3, 1936 A very busy day. Tried to rain and looked very dark in the afternoon. Cash sales $370. A whop- per for us but my, how we worked. Jack made some dandy wa- termelon signs and we certainly sold melons and everything else. Jack took me home at nine and then he went to Bremerton to meet Bill Strong and Emmet's dad. Sam, Bill and Jack didn't get home until nearly 11 o'clock. My hollyhocks are in bloom. They are very pretty. Saturday, July 4, 1936 A windy day follow- ing a big rain last night. I slept late and dusted dinner at the beach. Bill Strong was out and so Sam and I took him and Mr. Ori to Bremerton. To bed early. Rod came down telling us he and his wife had a big fight. Seems like we hear ev- eryone's troubles. Monday, July 6, 1936 Sam went to Seattle and returned at 5 with quite a load. Charlie cleaned up around the store. It looks very good, too. Took all the breakfast foods out of the old store. There certainly (isn't) much left there. Picked some blue flowers from my garden and put them in a blue bowl with syringa. It looks very nice. Came down to the beach early. The sunset was grand, too. Water is as clear as glass. The cat is out looking at the water. I wonder if she is going to catch a fish. Photo courtesy of the Mary Theler Collection This photo of Mary Theler, right, and her friends came from Mary's photo album By CLYDENE HOSTETLER up the house some and wrote in my diary. Tony is scared to death of the firecrackers and follows Charlie like a shadow. Elmer Beards went to Van- couver for the Fourth in the new car. Jim Eatons went to Port Angeles. Everyone that could went on trips. Alma and Rudy were up yesterday. Rudy was teas- ing everyone and kept us all laughing. Elizabeth and I went to the Rialto. Saw "The First Baby" and "Ballots ,7 " or Bullets with Edward G. Robinson. Very good. Sunday, July 5, 1936 Sam got home at 12 and at 1 Eddie Pope told us someone had broken into the store. So Sam and Charlie went up. They found about eight cartons of ciga- rettes missing and the $25 out of the till. They whittled on the post of- fice but got nothing out of it. Took out one of the back windows and Eddie Pope saw them crawling out. Chased them over toward the shingle mill but they got away. So we didn't sleep much. Sam had to go and open up the store and cash the till again. We didn't do much Sunday. Had Tuesday, July 7, 1936 A hot day and fairly busy. We put up a lot of bulk goods. Jack de- livered down the canal. Speed's day off. We had fried chicken for dinner and it was very good. Down to the beach early and went swim- ming. The water was very warm but the air was cold. Charlie has the tent out so now I'm going to sleep outside and won't I be glad. You feel so good in the morning. My, the tide is high tonight. Received two new books today in lease Keep and 00rks Away m Pets Hours: Mon, Tue 8am-6pm. Wed, 1bur, Fd 8am-Spm. Sat 8am-4pm ACCREDITED The Standard of Veterinary Excellence 24161 NE State Hwy 3 360,277,3800 e www.belltownevetcenter.com i the mail. Also sent for a tabletop made of as- bestos to put on my din- ing room table. It will be much easier than using blankets when I have company. I've had the pattern made for some time. Sam went to Shelton to a meeting of the Equalization Board. Never got a chance to ask how he came out. Wednesday, July 8, 1936 A very busy day. To bed early. My first house was built in 1905 and the siding was made of an asbestos slate. I can remember replacing a broken piece and cut- ting the new piece with a skillsaw with no respira- tor. Reading about Mary ordering a tabletop for her dining room table made me think about when there was a period when everyone thought asbestos was the thing because it was fireproof. We eventually learned how dangerous this ma- terial can be. Thank you for reading this week's diary. Clydene Hostetler is a longtime Belfair resident, local historian, media archivist and doc- umentary filmmaker of "Hidden in Plain Sight." She has been research- ing Mary Theler's life for the past 11 years. She can be emailed at clydeneh@wavecable. com. The Mason County Journal office will be closed July 4 th in observance of Independence Day. The office will reopen Monday, July 7th at 8 a.m. HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE 4TH[