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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-27 MARY'S MEMOIRS It is the week before Christmas in 1936 and Mary, being the post mistress of Belfair, has a lot of parcels to pro- cess. They must be selling the heck out of those fresh turkeys for the holiday season, because Sam goes into Seattle for another load of turkeys. Enjoy/ Thursday, Dec. 17, 1936 Sam went to Port Gamble and got the deed for Rod Godwin's land. John Jordan's baby died of heart trouble. He was only three months old and so tiny they did not know he was ill until a few hours before he passed away. Friday, Dec. 18, 1936 Charlie and Doug went to town to do their Christmas shopping. Charlie came home so very drunk that Emmett had to lay him in the back of the car. Wonder how he can stand getting so drunk. Sam and I went to the card party. Had a good time. Saw Newkirk By CLYDENE deliberately set HOSTETLER Mrs. Rice so Mrs. Beck would get the prize. Mrs. Rice surely was disgusted, and I don't blame her. The grand prize was a measly little whisk broom. Not even worth cheating for. On Thursday night, we went to Grace and Louie's for dinner. Had roast turkey and all the trimmings, and it was very good. We got our presents offthe tree, and Teddy was afraid of the jack-in-the- box. My, we certainly had fun with him. He would back off from it and say, "no, no," and then cry. Sam went to Seattle with the little truck, so I drove the car home. Saturday, Dec. 19, 1936 A wet, rainy day. Fairly busy all day long. Charlie still on a spree. Had my dad to a roast chicken sup- per, and he certainly enjoyed it. Two This photo is of a Christmas card is in her original diary. Photo courtesy of the Mary Theler Collection Mary and Sam Theler received in 1936. It of the chickens were from his place and one was from Emmett's. Ruth had a very good supper and everyone enjoyed it too. Quite a heavy mail day today. Lots of parcels. Sent out eight sacks of mail - parcel post yesterday. Sent the sheet music to Vera today. I do hope there are some good pieces amongst them. Received the book "Pillars of Wisdom," by T.E. Lawrence. I'm very anxious to read it. Wednesday, Charlie moved into his new house and my, it looks nice! Bedroom set with pretty curtains. Everything new and clean. I went over Wednesday to Mrs. Larson's with Alma and Rudy and got my cat. Saw Mr. and Mrs. Alton and Mr. Lincoln, the county assessor. The cat left the next day, and we haven't seen her since. What a life! Received an invitation to Irene's wedding, Dec. 30, 1936. Won't we have fun? Sunday, Dec. 20, 1936 We slept until very late. In fact, it was nearly 12 before I got up. Unusual for me. Sam said he never felt so rest- ed for a long time. We cleaned up and drove over to Aunt Vina's. We found the whole family over at Ruby's. Nat and George Green and their wives and Cecil's wife and baby. Aunt Vina and Uncle Henry, Ruby, Earl and the chil- dren were there. Had a nice visit and went home early. Went to Bremerton and ate noodles afterward. Monday, Dec. 21, 1936 Received a card from Leonard Spanlding that he was going to be out during the Christmas holidays. Read the card after we got the mail sorted my dad. In the evening, we were all here for supper. We had steak and he certainly enjoyed it. In the evening, we went to the beach and sat around and talked until nearly 1. Doug and Leonard went up to Louie's house. Sam went to Seattle and came home with some fine turkeys. Helen Bnldoc disappeared in Seattle, and no one has heard from her yet. Her mother has not been able to eat a morsel of food since that time. I feel so sorry for them. I wonder what happened to the girl. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1936 Emmett's day off. We were fairly busy and lots of mail to sort. Eddie had been very late for the past week. In the evening, I tied up the last of my Christmas gifts and put them under the tree. The tree looks very good. We trimmed it last night. Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1936 Sam and Leonard went to Seattle and got home about 7:30 with more turkeys. Lots of mail. Dorothy Eddy and I went to town and did some last- minute shopping. We had lots of fun too. Went to the show afterward. It was Will Rogers in "State Fair" and "Yours for the Asking" with George Raft and Dolores Costello. Home very late. "Pillars of Wisdom" is the autobio- graphical account of the experiences of British soldier T.E. Lawrence (I~w/~ rence of Arabia)~ L~o~u~, The film "Lawrence of Arabia~ was not made until 1962. I love histori- cal trivia. Thank you for reading this week's diary. Clydene Hostetler is a longtime Belfair resident, local historian, media archivist and documentary filmmaker at 11:30, and at 1:30, in the door walks of"Hidden in Plain Sight." has Leonard, ltis stepbrother and his wife: ...... b~l~ resear~hih~Ma~ TJ~te~e~ Was I surprised. We talked for quite the past 11 years. She can be emailed a while, and then he went up to see at clydeneh@wavecable.com. Company camps and its Reed sawmill, About the cheapest and most shingle mill, and Peninsular Railway acceptable Christmas present thatdivisions will lose only two working Jobless Rate Drops to Lowest of could be sent to the extreme east, and days because of the yuletide holidays Decade both at Christmas and New Years those Unemployment in Mason County hit particularly to those living in the cities is one of our plain every-day-in-the-year days being the two actual holidays its lowest point of the 1980s when it Christmas trees, which are to be had themselves, which occur on Mondays dropped to 5.8 percent in October. for the plucking within a few minutes' and the Tuesdays following, activities The Washington State Employment walk of town in any direction, resuming on Wednesday morning of Security Department: :~d that each week. A little five-foot tree, if well packed in 50 YEARS AGO Dec. 17, 1964 burlap should not be over twelve inches in circumference over all, and would Temperature Drops To 13 under the parcel post limit of 72 inches, Shelton and Mason County shivered at 12 cents a pound, or between 50 and Wednesday morning as temperatures 75 cents postage. It would be acceptable dropped to 13 degrees, as reported anywhere in the east. by the volunteer weather observer at- | ' Rayonier Inc. Outside of frozen water Industry Taking But Fleeting pipes in some homes and trying to get Time Off To Celebrate Holidays enough heat out of heating systems to Business of Earning Paychecks to Halt keep warm, the cold weather was: not Only Briefly in Mason County; Rayonier giving much trouble. Works Through New Years Most of the snow which had fallen Industrial workmen in Shelton an in Sunday night and Monday was gone Mason County logging camps will take from the roads before the freezing only the barest possible time off from weather hit, leaving only an occasional the activities of earning pay checks patch of ice on the roads where water to observe Christmas of 1939, it was had been standing. indicated by officials of the several mills People here could take one consolation and plants here yesterday, another that the winter storm which brought indication of the generally good times of the chilly weather hit many other the moment in a business way. areas much harder with below zero According to the best information at temperatures and blizzards reported hand at this time, the Simpson Logging across much of the nation. October's jobless rate, :wt~cK~:~~ a point lower than September,' 6.3~ percent, matched the decade's previous best of 5.8 percent in November 1988. This ad appeared in the December 17, 1920 edition of the Mason County Journal.