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Thursday, Dec. 11,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-27 MARY'S MEMOIRS Mary writes more than usu- al this week 78 years ago, and I think it reveals more of her personality. She is storytelling in her writing. Enjoy! Thursday, Dec. 10, 1936 A quiet day. Sam went to Seattle and Doug to Tacoma, so the warehouse was full by night. Don Giles came in and looked very prosper- ous. I wonder how they are getting along over there. Ruth came down, and she, Doug and I played anagrams. By CLYDENE HOSTETLER Friday, Dec. II, 1936 A lovely sunny day. Fairly busy. Cleaned up store good, and warehouse looks grand. Sam went to Tacoma but had not returned by closing time. I was going to go to the card party, but after I got home, I felt too tired to go back. I guess they will have a good crowd anyway. Clara sewed up all the curtains for Charlie's house. My, they look good. Mr. Voss and Doug got a good start on the chimney. We will be glad when the house is done. Sam went to Tacoma to see the roof man and get some doors fixed on the truck. Got my dad's and Charlie's Christmas presents too. A sunny, warm day out. Sam got home late, one o'clock. The lights went off at 11, so I finished my story by flashlight. spread for Charlie's bed. We stayed home and read until late. A miserable night out. Saturday, Dec. 12, 1936 A very wet day. It rained all day. I went to the beach in the afternoon and wrapped all the Christmas presents, addressed all the cards and made a bed Sunday, Dec. 13, 1936 Up late and went over to Holly. Took my mother's and grandma's presents over. Everyone fine there. Electricity will soon be there, so everyone is pleased. Saw Katie J. and the children. We chopped down eight trees, so we should get enough for one good tree out of that mess. Joe gave me some holly, and Grandma gave me some honey. The roads over there are terrible. Never was jolted up so in my life. Sent money away for my new postmaster's bond. Won't have to make a divided ac- count now because I'll trans- fer the office to myself on Dec. 31, in the next quarter. Monday, Dec. 14, 1936 Editor's note: Dec. 14 is a typewritten page in Mary's di- ary. I am sitting in back of the post office with my back to the stove where I can see the window and write at the same time. It is a cold, dark day and not many customers, but there's always plenty to do. To- day, I do not feel like working. Somehow on Mondays, every- one is groggy and tired ai r Sunday. In fact, more work has accumulated over the weekend than seems possible. So on Monday, it is up to all of us to swamp out, as it were, and get things back to normal after a busy weekend. Here I started this just to see how much rye forgotten, and I can see rye forgotten plenty. In fact, I could can he won at the Associated say I never did know much Grocers picnic last summer about it. Rod Godwin is out in playing tug-of-war. Last Sat- front, drunk again. He went urday, Ruth asked Sam what to Tahuya last night, and the he wanted for supper, and he wheel broke on his car. Now said "squab on toast." Well, he wants Sam to call up some she wanted to know what that place to get another wheel, but was, so Sam said, "Go up and Sam is stalling him off until he ask Emmet and he will tell can find just where the place is. you." So up to the meat coun- Poor Rod. As soon as something ter she went and said, "I want goes wrong, over to the beer some squab." "What?" Emmet parlor he goes and drowns his asked. He could not believe sorrows in drink. In fact, some- his ears. "I want some squab. times he drowns his sorrows Mr. Theler wants squab on too often. Yet I never had a toast." "Well," Emmet said, "If neighbor who would do so much Sam wants squab, he wants for you. He would give the shirt squab, but you will have to wait off his back to anyone who a while till I go out and shoot needed it. In fact, he is too gen- one." Louie was standing there, erous for his own good. Strange so she asked him what it was, to say the Good Samaritan is and Louie said "Well, the other not always appreciated. Folks cooks who worked here had to come to borrow and beg but few go out and shoot them." Henry remember to return. Tomoro was there peering into the meat row, I'm going to put some pine counter, his mind miles away, in the store to see ffI bring so when Ruth asked, "What is some Christmas cheer into squab?" He said, "-What?" In the store. I see our competitor that big voice and then, "HA, up the way has two trees, and HA," and poor Ruth realized they look very good. I think she had been the victim of an- it's always a good idea to keep other joke, so she blushed as up with the times and let folks red as a beet and dashed out of know you are alive. We had the store. Now we razz her to baked spareribs and potatoes death about serving squab on with fried cabbage, and I think toast, but what would we do if it was too rich for my blood. I we could not get a good laugh ate until I was miserable and now and then? now I'm thinking Alka-Seltzer is the old American custom. Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1936 Right away, we think of a cure. A rainy day. Not very busy. Ruth has the post office work all done. She's getting to be Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1936 quite fast at it. It sure saves Emmet's day off. Fairly me lots of work and gives Ruth busy in the post office. Sam plenty of practice. Well, the day gave Herschel Brown $5 so is about over, and Sam has his we feel we are not responsible off~ce all cleaned up. This is the for his loss anymore. I think first time he's ever swamped Will Watson~got the payment, out the place, but there is still but since we have no proof to a lot of stuff that could come show, he is trying to collect it out. Namely knickknacks that twice. do not have any place in an office. One is that sprinkling Louie and Henry were Mary's Photo courtesy of the Mary Theler Collection Mary Theler's younger brothers, Louie and Henry, pose in this undated photo from Mary J album. brothers. I think they both were characters. They loved to joke around and get into fist fights with each other. They were also very hard-working men. I can just picture them standing in the store and becoming part of the "squab on toast" story. Can't you? Thank you for reading this week's diary. Clydene Hostetler is a long- time 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. I | Miss Bader, public health nurses, have scheduled their immunization so that Concrete Roads Gain in Favor the program has been completed in The concrete road, especially in rural 1939. communities, is gaining in favor because it stands for durability and economy, The records this year have shown an and farmers favor it because of its increase over the previous year in a low crown and gritty surface on which number that have been thus protected the slipping of horses or motorcars is against diphtheria and smallpox. A almost impossible, most admirable achievement is that this community has been without a single For a time they hoped that the old reported case of smallpox or diphtheria macadam type would continue to serve their needs, especially if thoroughly for the entire year. Much credit, Dr. Lehman states, is due to the Parents well built and cared for, but they Teachers Association and in particular have been forced to realize that in the case of every macadam road subject the American Legion who have supplied certificates of immunization to all to automobile traffic destruction is children thus protected. inevitable. In the old days of horse and wagon traffic iron shod hooves and steel |" tires constantly created new building Heavy Weekend Snow Clogs materials by wearing down the stone, Roads, Streets; Downs Electric, but under automobile traffic the rapidly Phone Lines revolving tires disperse the rock dust Fall left Mason County and winter or binding material in clouds, and the entered on a cold, snowy blast the past stones, upon exposure, are ripped out week. and hurled aside. The situation has The first winter day Monday found become acute, residents slogging and sliding through 75 YEARS AGO Dec. 12, 1939 a weekend accumulation of snow of No Diphtheria or Smallpox Cases a food and more and weary county Here Past Year and city road crews, PUD crews and Toxoiding against diphtheria in the telephone crews fighting to keep roads open and electrical and telephone Shelton schools has concluded the service working. immunization program for the year By Tuesday, light rain was falling 1939 states Dr. S. P. Lehman, district and turning the snow into slush and health officer. Both Mrs. Smith and temperatures hovered just above the freezing mark. The snow started Friday evening as the cold temperatures which had prevailed the previous two days began moderating. Continuing through Saturday and in flurries into Sunday, the accumulation of snow amounted to about 12 inches in Shelton. Other reports included 20 inches in the Union and Hoodsport areas, 19 inches at Lilliwaup, 16 inches at Dayton, up to 20 inches in the Matlock area, 30 inches in the Brinnon area, three feet at the upper end of Lake Cushman Road and 3 inches at Camp Govey. 25 YEARS AGO Nov. 30, 1989 Log Monument Tree Marks 700th Birthday This Year Before December rolls by, let our town remember its oldest occupant has arrived at a birthday deserving of cake, candles, and lots of singing. Shelton's one-of-a-kind Log Monument on the hillside overlooking waterfront industries has reached its 700th year! It was cut from a Douglas fir seedling which sprouted in Grisdale country on the upper Wynoochee River in 1289 A.D. This header appeared in the December 9, 1976 edition of the Mason County Journal back when the Belfair Herald was known as the Huckleberry Herald.