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Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-27 MARY'S MEMOIRS Mary and Sam continue on their quest to find a car in Detroit to drive back to Belfair and end up buying a new, black, four-door Dodge. Now that they have wheels, they are out and about doing what Mary and Sam nor- mally do: explore the area. They visited people and places and even threw in a couple of movies. En- joy! Thursday, Aug. 13, 1936 Got up late and dressed while the train was stopped at a station. Ate a fine breakfast too. Breakfast cost $1:60. Saw some grand farming country and winding rivers. We are no z going up into the hills toward Glacier National Park and it's grand out. Looks a great deal like country around Crater Lake to me. They log pine here and saw sever- al trucks full. It's so By CLYDENE wiggly I must stop now. Just saw the HOSTETLER engine on our train for the first time as we went around a curve. The photo is of a business card Mary where she and Sam stayed. very wonderful. To bed early. Photo courtesy of the Mary Theler Collection Theler had put in her diary to show and went home. Ate some Chinese dish and it wasn't so hot. Went home and Sunday, Aug. 16, 1936 filled up on apples to get the taste out We got up very late and ate break- of my mouth. fast. Then we walked to the carline and rode as far as where we thought we Monday, Aug. 17, 1936 could walk back by a number of used Up fairly early and ate breakfast. car lots. We must have walked more Down to see a used car dealer and than 5 miles. Saw plenty of cars but, finally ended up buying a new Dodge Friday, Aug. 14, 1936 the secondhand ones are just as high four-door sedan, black. Had to wire All day we rode over prairie coun- as the new ones. We visited the "Cov- home to the bank for money so when try. Never saw such dry places in my ered Wagon" dealer and rested in two the wire came we went down to the life. Very tiring to look at. of his easy chairs. Then we walked to Western Union station and got the the depot and got my fiat-heeled shoes draft. We ate barbecued spareribs for Saturday, Aug. 15, 1936 and took a taxi out to the park. It cost lunch and they were good. My, how Got up early and dressed before $1.60, too. Woe is me. Saw hundreds of we enjoyed them. We got the new car there were too many people in the people swimming, riding bicycles and at 4 p.m. so we drove downtown and dressing room. We landed in Chicago driving Shetland ponies etc. Saw signs around the park again. Went to the at 8:38 a.m. and what a station. I'll in the park "No Parking After Dark., greenhouse and saw lots of fish and bet I walked about two city blocks to Also saw canoes with old-fashionedthe islands around the park are natu- get to the ladies room. We got on the photographs in them. Everything ral and very beautiful and are full of Wabash R.R. to go to Detroit. It was a for romance! And the monkey tree. weeping willow or leafy trees of like chair car and not as comfortable as the About 50 monkeys going and jumping, build. Very charming. Went past some one we left. Saw farm after farm full scratching, biting, doing about all the very fine homes and big car factories. of cornfields and grain. We arrived in tricks a monkey can do. The place was We ate at a kosher restaurant. Sam Detroit at 4:30 and took a cab to the surrounded by people. One monkey had a cheese sandwich and beer and Hotel Detroiter on Woodward Avenue. was trying to eat a rubber ball. I could I had a tomato and lettuce sandwich A very good hotel on a main street in hear the rubber squeak when he pulled and potato pancakes. They were the center of town. We walked around on it with his teeth. We drank some cooked in deep fat so tasted quite dif- some and went to see "White Fang" pop out of 11 ounce bottles and ate a ferent than those we make. Went back and "Meet Nero Wolfe." Neither one hotdog. Then watched the ball gameto hotel and wrote a letter to John. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 1936 We drove from Lake Detroit to Erie, Charlie's hometown. Past through Cleveland and oh what a crowd. Mar- ket Street in San Francisco had noth- ing on it. Of course the Exposition was in town so that made quite a few more. We came to Erie at about eight o'clock. Went up to see Charlie's sister but she had moved so went to his brother's house and only his wife was home. Brother was out playing cards. So we got Laura Mohr's new address and went up to see her. She was overjoyed to hear that Charlie was alive and well. We sat there talking until nearly 11:15 and then ate lunch and went to a tourist home. We got a good bed and room for $2.00. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 1936 We got up late or rather the lady called us at seven instead of eight as we said, so we slept a while longer. Visited Charlie Mohr's brother where he works at an A&P store. He doesn't look at alI like Charlie and was he glad to see us! We left there about 45 minutes later and drove as far as Ni- agara. My, what a tourist town that is. We ate lunch at the Cataract House and it was 75 cents a plate but oh what an old place, built in 1814. High ceilings and a very famous place. I think I have shared with you that as a child I was privileged to take the train from Portland, Or- egon, to Chicago several times. I can remember going through the Rocky Mountains through twists and turns and counting 80 cars on our train. Mary was so right about the Chicago train station being something spec- tacular! Thank you for reading this week's diary. Clydene Hostetler is a longtime Belfair resident, local historian, media archivist and documentary filmmaker of "Hidden in Plain Sight." She has been researching Mary Theler's life for the past 11 years. She can be emailed at clydeneh@wavecable.com. o Hood Canal, recently hauled out its ANNUAL PICNIC OF last logs and closed its camps for good, GUNMAN ROBS NEIL'S having cut during its life of nearly GRANGERS Only a little Worse for wear, the Perhaps the most interesting and forty years all of the private timber in the Lake Cushman region which lies lady clerking at Nell's Pharmacy on noteworthy public picnic ever held outside the Olympic National Forest. Monday evening when a robber aimed in Mason County was enjoyed at a gun at her head and demanded the Saegers Landing on Tuesday of this During this period the concernmoney from the register was back at week. It was the annual meeting of has cut and marketed around one work on Tuesday. the grangers of the county under the and a half billion feet of timber and "I'm management of the Pomona Grange afforded work and cash for the settleda bit shook, but doing okay," and was almost if not quite a feature community around Potlatch and she said, referring to the incident at of the state. The Pomona grange of along Hood Canal. This now leavesthe pharmacy at 512 West Franklin the Simpson Timber Company at Street in Shelton. Thurston county contributed a boat Shelton the last remaining of a dozen "I noticed the guy when he came in" load of enthusiastic participants who logging road operations in Mason she recalled. "It was 10 minutes to arrived on the launch Lark about County which have come and gone seven. He was wearing a dark brown eleven o'clock. Her load consisted of seventy-four passengers. More than during the last fifty years or more. leather jacket, a cap and sunglasses. two hundred and fifty persons were present to join in the program and mm zm, imm festivities of the day. 34 TO JOIN STAFF AT CORRECTIONS CENTER PHOENIX LOGGING OPERATIONS CLOSED, ENDING RAIL HAULING OF TIMBER FROM CANAL AREAS The staff of the Washington Corrections Center here grows as preparations for the opening of the institution in October progress. Starting training during September Don McKay Company contracts to will be an additional 34 staff remove 40 million feet of timber not members, about half of which are economical for rail transport, local residence, according to Curtis The Phoenix logging company, Wolfe, personal officer. mason county's second largest logging The group will include 30 correctional r qilroad operation and the last on officers, three cooks and a meat cutter. the" I Serving All of Mason County Since 1886 i~l|V/lal Igllliilll.if-" II IM I kl | Ill I~]~i Prepare for School GIRLS' DRIeSt] Now is the tin~ Lo pt~pa~ for aehvel ~. mah- ~g Pzdec~lo~ ~or y~P glrL' dr~s~m f~r~a otw very ~W ~d~ and seW~ea which we a~ ~l~wi.g in tT~ ~ades og brown, gr~c~t and COgDUitOY PANI~ For the ~ 10~g ~ ~rt ~rduro~ pant~ Yon ]mow ~v well t~" wear a~ ~oo~. GinI~am Sb~r~ ~t..: ................... $1J~ mm6u~. Ox~v AT $~Jm - ne~t w~ the h~h,u- woo} hose ..... ;.. 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