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Berneice REED MacDougall Diary 1944
Photo at left of Berneice REED MacDougall and Helen STERLING Turner - neighbors on Ridge Road.  Together Helen and Berneice have given us a good survey of life on Ridge Road in the time before and during World War Two. 
Diary Transcribed by Carla McDonald
Published by Joyce M. Tice
Photo at left of Berneice REED MacDougall . 
BRM 1905 January to April May to September
BRM 1907 January to July August to December
BRM 1909 January to April
HST - 1936 January to June July to December
BRM 1937 January to June July to December
BRM 1939 January to June July to December
BRM 1941 January to June July to December
BRM 1942 January to June July to December
BRM 1944 January to June July to December
Ridge Road in the War Years by Walt Samson

Walter Ross Samson
1944 Diary of Berneice REED MacDougall (1882-1958)
She was my Grandmother and she turned 62 in December of 1944. I turned ten in July.

A note that Emily Dalrymple married Lionel ?Bud? Wagner five years before gave me a flashback. In 1939 I was five years old. My mother was a good friend of Emily, and gave her a bridal shower. They took me out back of the house and loaded the gifts into my cart and put a deliveryman?s hat on my head. Upon some signal I was to ring the front door bell and haul up a special delivery for Miss D. I panicked and ran out and hid in the barn.

There had been a church on the corner where the Veteran Town Sheds now stand. It burned, in 1922 or thereabouts. The parsonage was the little house diagonally across. My Grandfather bought it. It stood idle or my Uncle Harry lived in it for years. In 1944 my parents decided to move out of the homestead into that house. It was in terrible shape. Had it been located up some holler in Kentucky, people would have bought welfare packages. Well, we moved in. My mother went to sales and rounded up essentials, like a washer and a pot belly stove for heat. Remember it was wartime, and these common things were not available. Our Father put a lot of work into that house to make it presentable.

Brother Stuart was born in Jan 1945. It was a tough winter, and I remember sleeping on the sofa and listening to my parents discuss whether to rent a room in Elmira so they could be assured of reaching the hospital. They did rent a room, with the Ziffs, I think,  The day they brought Stuart home I laid by that pot belly stove reading and feeding it coal and keeping it red hot so the house would be warm for the new arrival. Later, Stuart and his bride, Jean Whitehouse lived in that house Ownership passed to brother Gordon who finally decided it just wasn?t worth maintaining and took a bull dozer and turned it into a lot that shows no evidence of the old parsonage.

Lulu BENNETT Pitcher was a cousin of Berneice, and they were the best of friends. Lulu had an angina attack in the spring of that year which greatly distressed Berneice. Ollie Benjamin, down the Ridge Rd. was a good friend that died in 1944. Stanley Dann had been severely injured in his role of Town Superintendent, and suffered for years and he died in 1944. WWII was in full swing. The reality is evident in the number of missing-in-action and death notices of servicemen, clippings she pasted in her book.

Emma Billings lived on the Middle Road, but she was part of most Ridge Rd. activities. In the diary is a picture taken in 1902 that indicated Emma was born Emma RANDOLPH.

Charles MacDougall was the husband of Berneice, and my grandfather. He had a brother, Bill. Bill had a daughter Clarabelle who married Ed Dykes. Ed liked the outdoors and often came up to work in the woods. He would come up on the milk truck and spend the day helping to cut down trees and buzz saw up the firewood. He did it for the enjoyment.

We were raising ducks in this era. They lived in a house inside a fenced pen. Some mysterious creature was killing them. My Father set a trap and caught a great horned owl with over a three foot wingspan.

Living with her, I know she had strong opinions. Working with these books, I have observed that se did not express them in her diary. In 1944 she did make one noteworthy entry. Note her absolute delight that FDR was elected for another term. Her book of a year later expresses here considerable grief when he suddenly died.

Walter R. Samson (1934)
Jan 2008


Emory Barghton - March 16 - age 54

Frances Johnson - Mar. 16

James Capwood - Jan. 21 - WW2 casualty

Motte Miller - Mar. 22 - age 80

Samuel Saunders - Mar. 24 - age 58

Jennie Stow - Apr. 24 - age 78

Lewis Leonard - Apr. 4 - age 70

Milo Hitchcock - June 10 - age 66

PFC John Londrauk - Aug. 2 - killed in action

Ollie Benjamin - Aug. 5 - age 53

Stanley Dann - Aug. 22 - age 42

Margaret Hurley - Aug. 30

Dr. Elliott Bush - Sept 30 (?) - age 64

George Rundle - Dec. 27 - age 75

Florence Personius - 80 Millport - Oct 16, 1944

Harry Warren, 56 - Oct. 17, 1944

Berneice Mac Dougall

Legal Holidays in the Various States

January 1. New Year's Day: In all the States, Territories and Colonial possessions.

January 8. Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans: In Louisiana.

January 19. Lee's Birthday: In Ala., Ark., Fla., Ga., Miss., N.C., S.C., Tenn. and Va.

February 12. George Day: In Georgia. Date of Oglethorpe's landing in 1733.

February 12. Lincoln's Birthday: In Alaska, Calif., Colo., Conn., Del., Ia., Ill., Ind., Kan., Ky., Mich., Minn., Mo., Mont., Neb., Nev., N.J., N.Y., N. Dak., Ohio, Pa., S. Dak., Tenn., Utah, Wash., W. Va., Wyo., and observed by Governor's Proclamation in Mass.

February 14. Admission Day: In Arizona.

February 22. Washington's Birthday: In all the States, Territories and Possessions.

March 2. Anniversary of Texan Independence: In Texas.

March 4. Inauguration Day: Every four years in the Dist of Columbia only.

March 25. Maryland Day: In that State only.

March 30. Seward Day: In Alaska.

Good Friday: In Conn., Del., Fla., La., Md., Minn., N.J., Pa., Philippines, Porto Rico, Tenn.

April 12. Halifax Independence Resolutions: In North Carolina.

April 13. Thomas Jefferson's Birthday: In Alabama.

April 19. Patriots' Day: In Me. and Mass.

April 21. Anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto: In Texas.

April 26. Confederate Memorial Day: In Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.

May 10. Confederate Memorial Day: In Kentucky and North Carolina.

May (Second Sunday). Mother's Day: Is observed but not a legal holiday.

May 20. Anniversary of the Signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence: In North Carolina.

May 30. Decoration Day: In all the States and Possessions except Ala., Ark., Fla., Ga., La., Miss., N. Mex., N.C., S.C., Tenn. and Texas.

June 3. Jefferson Davis's Birthday: In Ala., Ark., Fla., Ga., Ky., La., Miss., Tenn., Tex and Va.

June 11. Kamehameha Day: In Hawaii.

June 14. Flag Day: Is widely observed but not a legal holiday.

June 15. Pioneer Day: In Idaho.

July 4. Independence Day: In all the States, Territories and Possessions.

July 10. Admission Day: In Wyoming.

July 24. Pioneer's Day: In Utah.

August 1. Colorado Day: In Colorado.

August 16. Bennington Battle Day: In Vt.

September (First Monday). Labor Day: In all the States and Territories except Ala., Wyo. and the Philippines.

September 6. Lafayette Day: Also the anniversary of the First Battle of the Marne. Is not a legal holiday, but is celebrated in New York and ten other States.

September 9. Admission Day: In California.

September 12. "Old Defenders' Day": In Baltimore, Md.

October 1. Missouri Day: In that State's schools.

October 12. Columbus Day: In Ark., Ariz., Calif., Colo., Conn., Del., Fla., Idaho, Ill., Ind., Kan., Ky., La., Me., Md., Mass., Mich., Mo., Mont., Neb., Nev., N.H., N.J., N.M., N.Y., N. Dak., Ohio, Ore., Pa., R.I., Tex., Utah, Vt., Wash., W. Va., also in Porto Rico. In Arkansas and Kansas it does not affect notes or judicial proceedings.

October 12. Fraternal Day: Alabama only.

October 18. Alaska Day: In Alaska only.

October 31. Admission Day: In Nevada.

November, General Election Day: 1st Tuesday after 1st Monday. In every State and Territory except Alaska, Dis. of Col., Hawaii, Ill., Mass., Miss., Ohio, Philippines and Vt. In Illinois it is a legal holiday in Chicago, Springfield, East St. Louis, Galesburg, Danville, Cairo and Rockford. In Ohio it is a half holiday. In Maine it is a legal holiday only as to the courts, which also close on the State Election Day (biennially, 2nd Monday in Sept.).

Nov. 11. Armistice Day: In Ala., Ariz., Ark., Calif., Colo., Fla., Ill., Iowa, La., Mass., Minn., Mo., Mont., Neb., N.J., N.C., N. Dak., Pa., R.I., S. Dak., Tenn., Tex., Vt., Va. and Hawaii. In other States by Governor's Proclamation only.

November. Thanksgiving Day: Last Thursday in November. It is observed in all the States, although in some it is not a statutory holiday.

December 25. Christmas Day: In all the States, Territories and Possessions.

December 30. Rizal Day: In Philippines.

There are no statutory holidays in Mississippi, but by common consent the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas are observed. In New Mexico, Washington's Birthday, Decoration Day, Labor Day, Flag Day (June 14), and Arbor Day are holidays, when so designated by the Governor. In South Carolina, Thursday of Fair Week is a legal holiday.

Arbor Day is a legal holiday in many States, although in some it is observed as designated by the Governor.

Saturday, January 1, 1944

Starting in another year having trouble with bronchitis as result of a before Christmas cold. Beautiful weather - warm and still. Everyone at home. Ted's shop closed at noon. He worked on the coat room which he is constructing in the kitchen.

Sunday, January 2, 1944

A wonderful day - like spring. The boys and I went to S.S. and church - Helen went calling. Had a fine sermon and a good attendance.

Monday, January 3, 1944

Started on my butcher work - !

Tuesday, January 4, 1944

A frosty morning. Ed Dykes up to help in the wood again. Found two ducks killed by some unknown "creature" - some say weasel some skunk - Gordon told Ted when he came home "we think it was either a 'measle or a skink'" - he went down to inspect and found a great horned owl feasting on the remains. He set a trap!

Wednesday, January 5, 1944

Warmer. The men drew up wood in a.m. Ed only stayed in forenoon. I went on F.S.A. committee after dinner. Helen and Gordon took me down. Ted caught his marauder - a big fellow. 3 ½ ft from tip to tip. A dark day with some mist.

Newspaper Clipping: Mrs. Bessie Barbour Johnson, Birmingham, Mich. Wednesday, Jan. 5, 1944, at 6:50 a.m. Survived by sister, Rose M. Barbour of Muskegon, Mich. Funeral Friday, 10 a.m. Burial in Mason, Mich.

Thursday, January 6, 1944

Canned meat and tried out fat! A little colder.

Friday, January 7, 1944

The First Family Life Lesson of the year given by Miss Kuhn. A nice big group and an enjoyable lesson (Mrs. Adair).

Thursday, January 13, 1944

Home Bureau at Frances Dann's - We attended in the afternoon and I gave Lesson I on "Keeping up Morale in Wartime." Quite a good attendance.

Friday, January 14, 1944

Installation of Juvenile Officers. Helen and the boys attended. I was too tired.

Saturday, January 15, 1944

Resigned from her job in Dec.

Newspaper Clipping: Miss Cornelia E. Moyer Bride of Harry J. Stowe In December Ceremony

Mr. and Mrs. Jay E. Moyer of Fort Plain, N.Y., announce the marriage of their daughter, Cornelia Elizabeth, to Harry J. Stowe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest F. Stowe of Elmira, which took place Monday, Dec. 20, 1943 at 4 p.m. The Rev. Evert Kruizenga of the Fort Plain Reformed Church performed the double ring service at the home of the bride's parents. the bride, given in marriage by her father, was attended by Miss Ruth E. Cothran of Syracuse, former college mate of the bride's. J. Erwin Moyer, brother of the bride, was best man. Following the wedding an informal reception was held for about 25 guests. The bride is a graduate of Fort Plain High School and of the College of home Economics, Cornell University. Mr. Stowe is a prominent West Hill farmer. The couple are residing at Pine Ledge Farms, West Hill. Mrs. Stowe is continuing as associate 4H Club agent in Chemung County.

Newspaper Clipping: Joseph Obrochta, 42, Bath. Saturday, Jan. 15, 1944. Survived by wife, Bernice; sons, Paul, Frank, Albert; daughters, Pauline and Hattie June Obrochta, all at home; parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Thomas Obrochta, Pleasant Valley; brothers, Frank, Hammondsport, John Apalachin, Stanley, Howard, Walter Obrochta, Rochester; sisters, Mrs. George Jones, Miami, Fla.; Miss Helen Obrochta, Bath, Mrs. Kenneth Swartout, Johnson City, Pa. Services at parents' home in Pleasant Valley Tuesday, 2 p.m. Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Monday, January 17, 1944

The day of Helen's OES officers party. Worked our heads off all day. Took dining room table out - moved studio couch in and made three living rooms - put up two card tables in each room. Guests began to arrive at 8:18. Twenty three came. They played various card games. We served refreshments at 11:00. Combination salad (gelatin with ground pecans, oranges and apples) over cube of cranberry jelly - surrounded by generous ring of chicken salad. Everyone enthusiastic over the refreshments and all seemed to have a good time. Retired at 1:00.

Tuesday, January 18, 1944

Washed dishes all a.m. Ed Dykes here for dinner. Rested all afternoon. Clarabell and Barbara up at night.

Wednesday, January 19, 1944

Stork Shower at Mina Tuma's for Rebecca Conklin Carrier. Helen and I attended. 14 present. She rec'd 9 & some gifts. Played guessing games, etc. Very nice refreshments. Snowed a little late in evening. Did Rolland Rose Home Plan in the afternoon. Helen took me and called at Emily's to see her new baby girl, Eunice.

Thursday, January 20, 1944

A nice day - slippery roads, but thawed all day. Not enough snow to make any needed moisture. Wheat all dying on account of dry weather. I spent the day at Billings making the Home & Farm Plan. Had a nice visit with Emma and a very nice dinner.

[photo inserted here]

A picture of "long ago" 1902

Emma Randolph

Harriett Billings born in 1900

Berneice in her graduation gown

Friday, January 21, 1944

Newspaper Clipping: Capt. Ross Hobler Cited for Work in Italian Area

Capt. Ross E. Hobler of the Army Medical Corps has been cited for ingenuity and courage under fire in Italy, and for saving the lives of "many battle casualties." The Elmira physician, whose wife, Mrs. Jane Loop Hobler, and son, Ross Loop Hobler, reside at 421 W. Church St., was mentioned in a list of citations from the headquarters of his infantry division of the Army. Capt. Hobler has been overseas since the fall of 1942. he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Hobler, 935 W. Water St. The citation reads: "For exceptionally meritorious conduct on .. November, 1943, in the vicinity of ??.., Italy. During the severe enemy shelling of his battalion, Capt. Hobler, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, answered all calls for medical assistance from the batteries throughout the morning. When an ambulance was shelled, wounding some patients being evacuated, Capt. Hobler resorted to bringing the wounded out by carrying parties. The ingenuity and courage of Capt. Hobler in performing his duties in spite of the direct enemy shell fire and burning ammunition in the gun pits, saved the lives of many battle casualties. Capt. Hobler's coolness under fire and devotion to duty was exemplary and a credit to the armed forces of the United States."

Saturday, January 22, 1944


Sub Dist Meeting of Dairymen's League. Helen and the boys went down with us. Did a little shopping. Charlie had his hair cut and we all ate at the Empire Lunch room. Quite a good attendance. Mrs. Wright called the president a traitor as usual. Mary Ennis rode up to Horseheads with us. A very warm day.

Sunday, January 23, 1944

Found about 2 in. of soft snow this morning which made the roads very slippery for which reason we could not go to church.

Monday, January 24, 1944

The most beautiful winter day I ever remember. Ground all white. Cold enough to freeze the wet clothes. Not a bit of wind, bright sunshine and the blue sky had the most beautiful cloud formations all day. The light snow furnished some moisture for the wheat.

Tuesday, January 25, 1944

Warmer. Ed Dykes up as usual on Tues. to help in the woods. Will was operated on at hospital for removal of all his teeth. Got along very nicely.

Wednesday, January 26, 1944

60° As hot as summer! Ed up again. They cut bass wood logs to sell to Young Lumber Co.

Thursday, January 27, 1944

Another very warm day but foggy most of the day. Helen took me over North Chemung way to do F.S.A. farm plans. Went to Gillis Ross' Elsie Cook and James Burlew. Ate our lunch in the car. Got home at 2:30. Charlie and Harry helped Amel cut logs in the afternoon. Such very unusual weather for January.

Sunday, January 30, 1944

A nice day. Walter, Helen and I went to church - a fine sermon. The boys and "we girls" went also to evening service. Mr. Aimee of Caton baptized several and minister from Millport baptized one girl. A very nice service.

Special Data

[photo inserted here] David Conklin, 8; Walter, 9; Gordon, 5

The children's paper drive to help in the war.

Special Data

Farm Leaders of 1944

[newspaper photo inserted here] Mrs. Leah Hamilton Chemung County Grange Deputy

[newspaper photo inserted here] Lewis Schwartz, F.S.A. Supervisor; Lacey Wordward, Farm Bureau agent.

[newspaper photo inserted here] Miss Elizabeth Nisbet, Substitute home bureau leader; Mr. Grant 4H Club agent.

Tuesday, February 1, 1944

Second Lesson on Family Life. Were getting ready to start when Ed Dykes came and said the roads and streets were dangerously icy to had to give up our trip. Sewed a lot, etc. Ed and the men cut wood all day.

Wednesday, February 2, 1944

F.S.A. Icy pretty well gone. Helen took me to the F.S.A. meeting after dinner. All the committee present also Mrs. Lovell. Had a good meeting. James Burlew over in the evening to make out his Farm Plan.

Thursday, February 3, 1944

Killed the last two hogs. A nice warm day again. Amel helped - here for dinner. Helen went to Past Matron's Club luncheon at Langwell.

Newspaper Clipping: Bomber Gunner Reported Missing

Ithaca - Staff Sgt. Frank Vesely of Ithaca has been reported missing in action in the Asiatic area since Jan. 15, 1944. His wife and 9-year-old son reside here at 412 S. Albany St. and his father, Anton Vesely, a former resident of Horseheads RD 2, resides here with a daughter, Mrs. Mary Parker. He has two other sisters, Mrs. John Allen and Mrs. Claud Hovey; a brother, Charles Vesely of Millport, and a stepbrother, Frank Sistek of Lakemont. Sgt. Vesely enlisted in the Air Corps Sept. 15, 1942, and had been in Southern China since August, 1943, serving as a nose gunner in a Liberator Bomber. He had been on 30 combat missions and had hoped to return home this spring.

Tuesday, February 8, 1944

Quite cold. Ed D- came up so the men worked in the woods.

Wednesday, February 9, 1944

Ed up again to work in wood.

Thursday, February 10, 1944

Helen went to Home Bureau at Tuma's. We went to the Children's Symphony Orchestra at Keeny's in the afternoon. Collected Walter and Phil at school. The most youngsters I ever saw together - Keeney's just packed. The orchestra very good but "over the kids' heads" - hard work to keep them quiet. Got groceries after the show.

Friday, February 11, 1944

Snowed quite a lot about 3 inches. Helen, the boys and I went to Grange. Quite hard driving coming home.

Sunday, February 13, 1944

Did not go to church. Too cold and too slippery roads.

Monday, February 14, 1944

Children both happy over their bushel of Valentines. Did my washing. Quite cold but clothes dried. Started snowing again toward night. Snow plows through several times - first time of the season. I received a nice valentine with a handky.

Newspaper Clipping: Wounds Cost Life of Cpl. Caywood

Cpl. James M. Caywood, 22, son of Mrs. Hazel Tifft of Millport, died Jan. 21 in Italy from wounds received in action, the War Department has announced. Cpl. Caywood entered the Army in September, 1942, and went overseas early in 1943. He saw action during the North African campaign and more lately in Italy. He attended Millport grammar school and graduated from the Horseheads High School. He took a course at the Elmira Aviation Ground School before joining the armed forces. He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Millport. A brother, Arthur Caywood of Rochester, will enter the service next week.

Tuesday, February 15, 1944

[cutout from Valentine's Day card inserted here] A Valentine means more, somehow,

And seems much warmer, too,

The minute that I pick it out

Especially for you!

That's why it is that sending this

Means such a lot to me,

Because it's filled with cherished thoughts

Of you especially!

Love, Marian

Thursday, February 17, 1944

Went over toward North Chemung to Mrs. Cook's and wrote up her Farm & Home plan. The roads very icy. The nicest sleighing from Breesport to North Chemung. The brakes on the car froze in Breesport but with our usual good luck we got them loosened. Quite a cold wind.

Sunday, February 20, 1944

We went to church and Gordon went in his S.S. class and enjoyed it very much. The Dykes up in p.m. to ride down hill.

Tuesday, February 22, 1944

Ed up working with Harry in the woods. Clarabell and Barbara and a friend up the afternoon. The girls rode down hill quite a lot.

Wednesday, February 23, 1944

Got up early to help the travelers off on their way to Binghamton - went with Ted to the 7:00 train. Worked all day getting ready for the Home Bureau. Clara Bell up a little while in the afternoon came for Ed.

Thursday, February 24, 1944

Home Bureau at MacD's. Got up at 5:00 and hustled every minute. Charlie went after a load of ladies at 10:30. He brought up Helene Hayes, Emma Billings and Anne Wheeler. Had fourteen present and a swell time. Lena B- and Emily D- dinner committee so I did not have too much to do. Gave Lesson II of Family Life in the afternoon. Had a very nice time. A very warm day - had hard work to keep the house cool enough for the ladies.

Friday, February 25, 1944

A nice day. Took my time cleaning up and rested between jobs. Quiet and peaceful. Helen and Gordon returned from Binghamton. Brought me a hand painted pin and Grace sent me a deviled egg plate.

Saturday, February 26, 1944

Sub. District Dairymen's League Meeting. Helen and the boys went down with us. Walter got new shoes, etc. We got groceries at H-H Food Bowl.

Sunday, February 27, 1944

Nasty slushy roads. Home all day.

Special Data

Rec'd from F.S.A.

Jan. - 10.50

Feb. - 10.50

last Feb. - 18.35

Mar. 16 - 7.87

Wednesday, March 1, 1944

Went to F.S.A. meeting - Helen took me. Had a very interesting meeting. Rec'd another name for whom to make plans. A cold windy day - in fact a very real "Lion entrance of March."

Sunday, March 5, 1944

A real cold morning. Just 0° at 6:00. Did not go to church. Dykes up in the p.m. Kids rode down hill.

Friday, March 10, 1944

Helen, the boys and I went to Grange in the evening. Not many in attendance. Had a nice program.

Saturday, March 11, 1944

Roy and Ola Chappell up and spent the evening - brought some pictures etc. that Wayne had sent home. He still in North Africa.

Sunday, March 12, 1944

Helen, Walter and I went to church. Gordon ran out on us when we started for the car. Ted put new linoleum in the bathroom.

Tuesday, March 14, 1944

Saw several horned larks and heard one sing for the first time ever. A nice bright day but a cold wind. Helen took me in p.m. to get Harold Swart's plan - about 6 miles beyond Tompkins Corners. Had a nice trip. The Swarts' very nice people to meet. Stopped in Horseheads on our way home and got groceries etc. Had to hurry to get supper "on time." Ed up - came some later than usual. Emory Boughton operated on for strangulated hernia and died a few hours later.

Wednesday, March 15, 1944

Rained, sleeted and froze all morning. Ed up. Charlie went to Heights (and Helen and Gordon) to see about buying a truck.

Thursday, March 16, 1944

Quite warm. Worked upstairs all day. Folks all went away in p.m. Helen took Gordon to dentist. Charlie went to a county meeting for town supervisors and assessors with Anson Saunders.

Newspaper Clipping: Emory E. Boughton

Emory E. Boughton, 54, of the Middle Road passed away Thursday, March 16 at 6:50 a.m. at an Elmira hospital. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; one son, Albert E. of the U.S. Navy; one daughter, Martha of Elmira. He was a Past Grand of Chemung Valley Lodge, IOOF, and a member of the Horseheads Rebekah Lodge and the Horseheads Baptist Church. Services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Van Buskirk funeral home, the Rev. Richard W. Cramer officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Newspaper Clipping: Frances E. Johnson

Frances E. Johnson of the Ridge Road died Thursday, March 16, 1944. She is survived by one sister, Lucy Johnson of Horseheads RD; two brothers, George E. Johnson of Horseheads RD and Andrew J. of Venice, Cal; one nephew, Miers C. Johnson of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Miss Johnson was a member of the Horseheads Shakespeare Club and a member and organist of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church. Funeral services were held at the Van Buskirk funeral home Monday at 2 p.m., the Rev. George L. Gurney officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Friday, March 17, 1944

First robins appeared - saw blue bird too - heard song sparrow. A foggy wet quite warm day. Charlie took me to make Plans for Clifton Cook on the hill up from Hick's - about 4 miles on dirt road - got stuck just as we reached the house but not seriously - this is Herman Porter's farm - 551 acres. Mrs. Cook seemed real nice - he not at home. Charlie had been there over night when a boy. Frances Dann's Stork Shower for Rebecca Conklin Carrier in the evening - a very nice party. 14 ladies present - many nice gifts - lovely refreshments - nice games and lots of fun. Helen and I gave a nice blanket with little hood arrangement on one corner.

Sunday, March 19, 1944

7° above zero. Samsons went to Cortland so did not go to church. Quite cold - our usual Mar. cold spell. Clara and Ed stopped in a few minutes.

Monday, March 20, 1944

Quite surprised to find about 6 in. of snow in the morning. Charlie and I went over to Joe Linderberry's sale in p.m. Snow spells all day. Bertha had many lady callers so I had a good time visiting. Fed crumbs to song sparrows all day.

Newspaper Clipping: Heaviest Storm of Year Brings 7 Inches of Snow; 3 Hurt on Glazed Roads

This year's heaviest snowfall blanketed Elmira Monday greeting spring's early arrival and reducing traffic to a snail's pace. Wayland F. Hall, weather observer, reported that seven inches of snow fell from 8:30 p.m. Sunday to 5:15 p.m. Monday, when the storm subsided. The new season's official start, moved up a day by Leap Year, was heralded by a wintry storm that covered the entire state and caused numerous traffic accidents.

Wednesday, March 22, 1944

Newspaper Clipping: Motte A. Miller, 80, 309 Steuben St., Horseheads. Wednesday, Mar. 22, 1944, after extended illness. Survived by wife, Mrs. Mabel Miller; son, Harvey, Whitney Point; sisters, Mrs. Grace Dalrymple, Miss Katherine Miller, Horseheads; brothers, Harry, Sullivanville, Chase, Elmira Heights, Joe, Odessa. the body is at Shields Funeral Home, Horseheads, and will be removed to family home, where funeral will be held Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Rev. Richard Cramer. Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads.

Thursday, March 23, 1944

Newspaper Clipping: Samuel S. Saunders, 58, of 123 W. McCann's Blvd., Elmira Heights. Friday afternoon, Mar. 24 ,1944, after a short illness. Survived by wife, Alice; daughter, Mrs. Helen Watson of Elmira Heights; sons, Lt. Henry R. Saunders at Camp Gruber, Okla., Pfc. Donald H. Saunders in the South Pacific; mother, Mrs. Ellen Saunders; brother, J. Anson Saunders, both of Horseheads; three grandchildren. The body is at Ballard Funeral Home, Elmira Heights, where services will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m. Rev. Lullus D. Bell. Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads.

Newspaper Clipping: Samuel S. Saunders, Assessor, Dead

Samuel S. Saunders of 123 W. McCann's Blvd., who died Friday was chairman and senior of Town of Elmira Assessors. he was re-elected last fall for a four-year term. The Town Board may appoint a successor to serve until the general election. A candidate may be nominated and elected in November. Mr. Saunders was born in Big Flats and resided on the Horseheads-Breesport highway several years. He was a carpenter, and at one time was employed by the New York State Electric & Gas Corp. as a foreman of construction. He served once as Elmira Heights Trustee and had resided in that village about 28 years. Always a staunch Republican, he also was for several years a member of the Republican County Committee. He was a past president of the Breese Family Association.

Friday, March 25, 1944

Charlie and I attended a big League meeting in the H-H Grange Hall. A nice political squabble. Had picnic dinner at noon. Did our grocery shopping at the new Grand Union Self Service Market - a fine store. Helen, the boys and I went to Grange in the evening. Had a fine St. Patrick's program. Mr. Woodward spoke - had refreshments after the meeting.

Saturday, March 25, 1944

Charlie, Harry and I attended Mort Miller's funeral - a big crowd and a small place for them. We did not go to the cemetery.

Sunday, March 26, 1944

Helen and I went to church. She and Walter rode the horses for the first time this year. Al and Marjory Bradt up in the afternoon. Quite nice and warm.

Monday, March 27, 1944

[dead butterfly/moth inserted here] He did not survive his new home on a begonia. Found alive on horse stable window by Gordon.

Newspaper Clipping: Mrs. Jennie Stow

Mrs. Jennie Thorne Stow, 78, of the Ithaca Road died on Monday, April 24, 1944 at 1:30 a.m. She is survived by her husband, Fred; sons, Theodore T. and Ralph F.; daughters, Margaret J. and Ruth J.; grandchildren, Phyllis and Gene, all of Horseheads; step-sister, Mrs. Delia Merrick of Los Angeles, Cal. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Earl Robertson officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Stow was a member of Horseheads Grange and of the Horseheads Methodist Church. She was active in many church organizations.

Tuesday, March 28, 1944

Ed up for the forenoon - he had to serve as bearer to Sam Saunders funeral in afternoon. They sawed wood with tractor saw down by woods.

Wednesday, March 29, 1944

A cold blustery day. Some sleet and snow in afternoon. Ed up all day and they sawed wood all day.

Special Data

From one of Roy Enis' letters - he saw the holley on the mountain over which his company was marching in Virginia.

Saturday, April 1, 1944

The last of the Children's Theatre entertainments - Robin Hood and other acts by marionettes. Helen, the boys, James Saunders and I attended. Had our dinner at Dairy Lunch and did shopping in the afternoon. Got a navy suit $25, white blouse $2.98 and navy hat $3.98.

Sunday, April 2, 1944

Gordon, Helen and I attended church. A nice big congregation. Walter not feeling well. Helen and Ted went horse back riding in the p.m. - they went down to Catharine to see the trout fishers - hundreds of them.

Monday, April 3, 1944

Cold wind all day.

Tuesday, April 4, 1944

Only 20° above. Newspaper Clipping: Lewis Leonard, 79, Town of Veteran. Tuesday, Apr. 4, 1944 at 3:30 a.m. Survived by nephew, Byron Ross of Horseheads and several cousins. Body is at the VanBuskirk Funeral Home, Horseheads, where services will be held Friday, 3 p.m. Rev. Earl Robertson. Hill Top Cemetery, Breesport.

Ground covered with light coating of snow.

Friday, April 7, 1944

A nice sunny day. Helen and I attended Lewis Leonard's funeral i the afternoon. quite a large turn out. Net's relatives and all their old friends from around Sullivanville. Sun. School class met in evening but my eyes were acting very queer so I didn't dare go.

Saturday, April 8, 1944

[Cut out from greeting card inserted here] From my Easter card sent by my "Mystery Sister" of the Home Bureau.

Sunday, April 9, 1944

Quite nice and bright and some warmer. Helen, the boys and I went to church. Boys and I all had new suits. Helen a new green coat. The church full of people - largest I ever saw - the Easter attendance only.

Tuesday, April 11, 1944

The big county program planning meeting of the Home Bureau in the German Evangelical church. A nasty, snowy, rainy day. Had a very nice time at the meeting. Ate lunch with Mrs. Becker (cousin of Eva's) and Mrs. Rob't Boetiker who was a cousin of Mary MacDougall's so had a nice visiting time - also got acquainted with Mrs. Baylor of the lower Ridge. Elizabeth Conklin and Martha Saunders went with us. Charlie started work on assessment roll - at Millport office.

Wednesday, April 12, 1944

Charlie worked on field work over around Sullivanville.

Thursday, April 13, 1944

Only 24° in morning. Home Bureau at Elizabeth Conklin's. Helen and I attended. Helen gave a lesson on papering and matching colors of paper and curtains etc. had a nice meeting and a good attendance. Cold wind all day. Freezes every night which is bad for the wheat. Men drew fence posts from the hill woods.

Friday, April 14, 1944

Newspaper Clipping: Grange Committee To Report On Deer Season

The regular meeting of Veteran Grange No. 1108 was held at the Grange Hall on the Ridge Road Friday evening, April 14, with Robert S. Turner, Master, presiding. William Turner, Frank Conklin, Delos Dann and Roger Ford were appointed a committee to report o the number of deer seen during April and May in the community, as requested by the State Conservation Department. The lecturer's program included a pantomime, "Wanted, a Wife" with the following members taking part: Delos Dann, Lois Mosher, Robert Turner, Jean Roemmelt, Helen Samson, Florence Turner, Blanche Mosher - reading by Annabelle Van Duzer, musical parts in charge of Jack Saunders. At the next meeting a Victory Garden program will be given with Ernest C. Grant as guest speaker.

Sunday, April 16, 1944

Saw a white robin! Some thrill! Had heard of the presence of such in H-H and while in Sunday School he lighted in a tree right in my line of vision! A rainy cold foggy day. Not so many at church. Ruth Stow rode down with us. Mr. Cramer away so had a substitute preacher.

Monday, April 17, 1944

C.C.N.G.A. at Horseheads. Mina Hamblin went with us. Had a very nice picnic supper preceding the meeting. Harry Tifft spoke on the program. Election of officers - all re-elected (in spite of my very honest avowal to quit). Home at midnight. Quite a nice day - quite warm. People down the Middle Road all plowing.

Tuesday, April 18, 1944

Quite a nice day. Charlie plowed our south garden. Went to Elmira in p.m. with Helen and Gordon who both had dentist work done. Purchased a new pair of Dr. Locke best shoes. ($10.95)

Newspaper Clipping: VanDuzer Heads Grange Association

Thirty-nine members attended the meeting of the Chemung County National Grange Association held in the local Grange Hall on Monday evening. A picnic supper was served at 7:30 o'clock. Officers were elected for two years as follows: President, Edward Van Duzer; vice president, Frank Crounse; secretary-treasurer, Bernice MacDougall; chaplain, Ruth Mosher; member of program committee, Royal Douglass. Mrs. Bertha Crounse was in charge of the following program: Singing by all present; dance number by Shirley Hotchkiss and Norma Greene; talk by Assemblyman Harry J. Tifft on "New York State Laws of Interest to Farmers"; reading by Berneice MacDougall; quiz program led by Mrs. Crounse.

Wednesday, April 19, 1944

Written by B.R.M.

Newspaper Clipping: Rarity of Nature Seen Locally In Pure White Robin

Albino Arouses Interest And Curiosity Of Old and Young Alike

A few Horseheads folks have been thrilled to get a glimpse of a newcomer to the village. It is a snow white robin and seems to be a happy, cheerful citizen and even attends church. Last Sunday morning it chose the Baptist Church and furnished thrills to the members of the Moss Bible Class by perching in a tree as close as possible to the window of their classroom where all could see this unusual bird very conveniently as it flitted about for quite a few minutes. True albinism is so very rare that the attention of the residents and especially of the children should be called to this rare privilege. It will be interesting indeed if anyone is able to observe its habits and learn whether the bird's unusual color condition makes it an outcast among the other robins or if it mates and nests with the ordinary birds. Mrs. T. R. Hibbard of Broad Street reported yesterday that this interesting bird has been seen in the neighborhood of the Edminster, Bush and Hibbard homes for several days and is now making a nest on Mrs. Laura Campbell's back porch roof. Let us all endeavor to prevent any mishap to our unusual resident - a pure albino robin.

Thursday, April 20, 1944

First plowing. Harry dragged garden, plowed some and dragged the piece north of barn. Helen and Ted put in spinach, peas, lettuce and radish.

[cutout from greeting card inserted here] From a card from Lulu.

Friday, April 21, 1944

Sowed the early cabbage seed in a box under glass. Had a nice warm shower in the early morning - swell on our newly plowed "garden sass" also the wheat. Grew colder and stayed dark all day. Rained hard toward night.

Saturday, April 22, 1944

Sub Dist. meeting. Charlie and I attended. A good attendance - and NO politics which seemed good. Visited with Abbie Barchet, Mary Ennis and others. Mary rode to Horseheads with us. Went over to Callears and got some flowers for company table and two little succulents for my guests. Got groceries at Grand Union in H-H.

Sunday, April 23, 1944

A rainy day. Had dinner about ready when company came. Had a wonderful visit. Helen and Ted went to city in evening.

Monday, April 24, 1944

Rained most of the day.

Newspaper Clipping: Mrs. Jennie Thorne Stow, 78, Ithaca Rd., Horseheads. Monday, Apr. 24, 1944 at 1:30 a.m. Survived by husband, Fred; sons, Theodore E. and Ralph S.; daughters, Margaret J. and Ruth J.; granddaughters, Phyllis and Jean, all of Horseheads; step-sister, Mrs. Delia Merrick of Los Angeles, Calif. Body is at the VanBuskirk Funeral Home, Horseheads, and will be taken home Tuesday afternoon. Services Wednesday, 2 p.m. Rev. Earl Robertson. Maple Grove Cemetery, Horseheads.

Ruth called up in forenoon and told us about her mother's death. Charlie on assessor work.

Tuesday, April 25, 1944

Charlie and Johnson spent the day at Millport again. Dark and damp. Not a very good out look for plowing etc.

Newspaper Clipping: House Leased for State Police Station

The brick house shown above will soon be a State Police substation, according to present plans. The house is on the west side of Rt. 14, (The Horseheads-Pine Valley Rd.) north of the Pennsylvania Railroad grade crossing, Horseheads. State Police have leased the building from Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Stempfle of 655 E .Church St. and it has been planned to station 10 police there. The personnel of the Watkins Glen State Police station will be moved to Horseheads along with other officers and men of Troop C.

Wednesday, April 26, 1944

Charlie, Helen and I attended Jennie Stowe's funeral - a large one - beautiful flowers. Saw all the Stowe cousins. Went to the cemetery. Quite a cold wind.

Thursday, April 27, 1944

Rebecca Conklin Carrier had a son, James Alan. Home Bureau at the Hall. I had a quilt on to tie. Helen stayed until after dinner then took Gordon to the dentist's. Only a few in attendance - did program planning. Did not get much done on the quilt. Frances Dann brought me home.

Friday, April 28, 1944

Newspaper Clipping: Albino Robin Arouses Interest in Bird Study

The "White Robin," famed resident of Broad Street and it environs, had callers from Elmira on Tuesday. Dr. and Mrs. Harry York of the Lowman Road, members of the Elmira Garden Club, brought their lunch and opera glasses and spent some time observing the famous bird. (Editor's note: The following is from a reader who obviously is not only interested but well informed regarding birds.) Now that it is known that the white robin is building a nest and daily more and more people are becoming interested in this rare resident, why not take notice of the other birds also? Once a person does begin to study bird life, it is a hobby which offers many thrills and one which may be enlarged every day of the year. We are now in the migratory season and many rare birds are to be seen. This week offers both white throated and white crowned sparrows and the tiny cinnamon-colored winter wrens. No doubt, many people have been awakened before daylight by the loud, thrice repeated call of "Peabody." This is the white throated sparrow and you may know him by the patch of white under his beak and the black and white stripes on his head. The white crowned wears its white patch on its head and it has a sweeter song. If you should see what looks like a female sparrow who has spilled raspberry juice on its breast, it is a purple finch. Most of these, however, left our vicinity last week, but a few remain. Also cardinals have been seen in Elmira Heights. Who will be first to see one in Horseheads?

Newspaper Clipping: Veteran News

Gerald Dann has nearly completed rebuilding his new poultry house and implement shed which was blown down last fall while under construction. Mrs. Stanley Benjamin entertained friends on Wednesday evening in honor of her husband's birthday anniversary. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Dann, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dann, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Courtright. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Linderbery of Horseheads and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Benjamin were dinner guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Charles MacDougall. Assessors Johnson Little and Charles MacDougall are canvassing the town gathering data for the new assessment roll. Mrs. Jennie Earl is confined to her home at an attack of grippe. The Middle Road Mothers Club met last Friday with Mrs. Rosa Boor. The affair was held as a birthday celebration of two members. The May meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. Emerson Minier on the Middle Road. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Samson spent Sunday evening with Mrs. George Griff of Elmira.

Sunday, April 30, 1944

Warm and lovely. Went to church - Ruth rode a little ways with us. A nice large congregation. Helen and Ted rode horse back in p.m.

Special Data

Flowers: Scilla, crocus, spring beauty, Dutchman's breeches, anemone Pulsatilla, soft maple. Some oats sowed. Peas, spinach, lettuce, radish, onion sets and potatoes planted. Tomato plants transplanted to cold sash. Ground quite dry. Birds: purple finch, white throated sparrow, white eyed vireos, pipit * (new variety), winter wren *, white robin*

Monday, May 1, 1944

First swallow. Men sowed the first oats. I sat out the first plants in cold sash. Nice and warm.

Tuesday, May 2, 1944

Hot all day.

Wednesday, May 3, 1944

Very hot. Helen and I went to city. I attended F.S.A. committee meeting. Not any new business - I got more field work to do. Men sowed oats. I got blanks for tractor gas and canning sugar.

Thursday, May 4, 1944

Orioles arrived. Peas, lettuce, radish, spinach all coming up fine. Helen went to a OES Past Matron's luncheon at Mark Twain. I did a big washing and many other things. Had a little shower - more needed. Some thunder and lightning.

Friday, May 5, 1944

Very warm day and hot night. Helen and I attended the Moss Sunday School Class meeting at home of Mr. and Mrs. Coates in the former home of Goldie and Winnie Whitmark. A very fine evening. Mr. Cramer gave an interesting talk on Methodists (Episcopal, Wesleyan, Protestant, Northern & Southern). Had a fine picnic supper - home at 11:30. Present: Laura Christian, Ruby Douglas, Mona VanWhy, Josephine Cherry, Delia Georgia, Sara Murphy, Susan Westlake, Clara Kyle, Katharine Kimmich, Edna Bowers, Corene Jones, Emma McQueen

Saturday, May 6, 1944

Very dry and windy. Showers around and a slight one here. Rained very hard in the night.

Sunday, May 7, 1944

Rained most of the day. Did not go to church.

Tuesday, May 9, 1944

[typed letter inserted here]

Cornell University

Department of Zoology

Laboratory of Ornithology

Fernow Hall

May 9, 1944

Mrs. Charles MacDougall

R.D. 2

Horseheads, New York

My dear Mrs. MacDougall:

Thanks for your letter about the albino robin. By this time it should be nesting and if you find its nest, I wish you would drop me a card. It would be interesting to follow the young, although I should not be surprised if they showed none of the albinistic tendencies of one parent.

Sincerely, yours,

Arthur. A. Allen

Professor of Ornithology

Friday, May 12, 1944

Regular Grange. Helen, the boys and I attended. Quite a good crowd. Helene had a sequel to the funny pantomime "Wanted, a Wife" which was very funny indeed. Rec'd applications from Mr. and Mrs. Mineer of the Middle Road. Had sandwiches, cookies and coffee after the meeting.

Saturday, May 13, 1944

Pomona at Veteran. Ollie and I committee. Went at 11:00 to get coffee etc. started. Had a nice crowd just one table full. A good meting. Was appointed chairman of a committee to prepare a Fair booth for Fair.

Sunday, May 14, 1944

Mother's Day. Received a very nice black bag from Helen. They all went to Cortland. Charlie and I alone for dinner - had a big treat (roast beef and new cabbage cooked with milk). A nice drying day - windy and sunny.

Wednesday, May 17, 1944

A nice day. Helen took me in p.m. over to call at Swart's on F.S.A. mission - came back via Moreland and Johnson Hollow.

Thursday, May 18, 1944

Rec'd card from Theodora saying her mother was very ill of angina pectoris and had been put to bed for six weeks - such a shock!

Friday, May 19, 1944

Went to Elmira in the morning - went up to Seymour's beyond Rosstown then went to Reilly nurseries on Maple Ave and got some new shrubs; hydrangea P.G, two French lilacs and Spyria Thumbergii. Then Helen met Ted at plant and I called on Aunt Lou - then had dinner in p.m. Helen had dentist work done and I shopped!! Everything so high - got work shirts ,pants, socks and under shirts for Charlie - two dresses for self 8.98 and 3.98 for wash dress, white shoes, hose, waist etc. etc. groceries in H-H. About tired out - got fruit at Orange Car to take to Lulu and plants at Callears.

Saturday, May 20, 1944

Started at 9:15 to see Lulu. Went to Watkins and over the hill to Tyrone - arrived at 10:30. Joel asleep but finally found my old pal upstairs. She was so glad to see me. Helen got her breakfast and she and Joel got dinner - left a 4:00 - so afraid the visit might make her worse. So awful to know we may never meet again.

Sunday, May 21, 1944

A nice day. Helen and I went to church. She taught Mabel Narsh's class. A very small congregation. Mrs. Ridenor spoke to me about writing more for the Reporter.

Saturday, May 27, 1944

Dairymen's League meeting. Helen went with us. We did some shopping before the meeting - a new maple suit for living room and material for parlor curtains. Had a nice quiet meeting. Our local met at night. We served sandwiches, fried cakes and coffee.

Sunday, May 28, 1944

Went to church - both boys and I. Helen went to Dorothy's at S.S. time. Charlie and I called at Turners in the evening.

Monday, May 29, 1944

Trip to Van Etten and "round-a-bout". Charlie elected delegate to a meeting in Van Etten for the League and as I had F.S.A. work that way we combined the two and made a day of it. Went first to Clifton Cook's on the hill - went on over the hill to the Van Etten Lockwood road, drove up to Lockwood to see the place then back to Van Etten. Ate our dinner under some trees just outside the village - got back for the meeting at 1:30 which was held on the sidewalk after which all delegates went to the ice cream parlor for cream. On our way home looked up the Van Skivers and had a visit with Mrs. - (mother of 13 children). Had a swell day!

Newspaper Clipping: Segar Barn Destroyed By Fire Monday Night

A frame shed on the farm of William A. Segar at the corner of the Ridge Road and the Wygant Road was struck by lightning Monday about 10:30 p.m., and fire spread to a large barn consuming both buildings, a team of horses, about 400 bushels of wheat and oats and a large quantity of hay. Mr. Segar estimated the loss at $7,000, partly covered by insurance. Firemen from the Holding Point manned a stream of water from the Point and protected the William Thomas home. The Horseheads Fire Department was unable to respond as Mr. Segar had not contracted for protection.

Newspaper Clipping: Veteran News

Veteran Grange met at the hall Friday evening. The program featured a sequel to the recently presented pantomime, "Wanted, a Wife." Refreshments were served at the close of the meeting. Mr. and Mrs. Byron Vreeland and daughters Mary Ellen and Beverly of Seneca Falls were guests at the Van Duzer home Sunday. Harry MacDougall spent Tuesday in Seneca Falls. Veteran Home Bureau met last Thursday at the home of Mrs. Carl Ford. The next meeting will be June 8 at the home of Mrs. Lionel Wagner. Mrs. Alan Carrier and baby son have returned from the Arnot-Ogden Hospital to their home on the Ridge Road. Mrs. and Mrs. Charles Samson and sons Walter and Gordon were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Samson of Cortland. Chemung County Pomona Grange held the May meeting in Veteran Grange Hall last Saturday. Grangers from the various subordinate Granges of the county were present. Dinner was served at 1:00 in charge of the Veteran service and hospitality committee. Mrs. Gerald Dann and children spent Sunday with her parents near Ithaca.

Special Data

We furnished flowers for:

OES Meeting May 8 - Room decorations, narcissus and forsythia

Pomona, May 13 - table decoration, memorial service and bouquets (bluebell, narcissus, violets, bleeding heart, trillium Jack rue)

School Pageant - May 12 - peach and apple blossoms

May 14 - Mother's Day bouquet for Mrs. Samson - flowering almond, spirea & French lilacs

May 20 - Bouquet for sick Lulu - lilacs, spirea and narcissus

May 23 - French lilacs for Charlie to take to Mrs. Kinney.

June 4 - for church

June 11 - Children's Day at church, big vase of peonies and buds and basket of iris, lemon lilies, beauty bush and baptisia

June 9 - Corsage for Helene Turner in honor of her 46 wedding anniversary on June 8

June 12 - for O.E.S., peonies, red, white and blue

June 18 - For church, peonies and roses

June 19 - Box of rose buds sent to Lulu.

June 24 - Table decorations for big grange meeting at Horseheads

Friday, June 2, 1944

Sunday School Class meeting. People began to arrive at 6:15. A good turn out. Some wanted to eat out of doors so set up some tables there. Had a nice supper. Very warm evening. Mr. Cramer gave a very interesting talk on Presbyterians. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. McQueen, Mr. and Mrs. Cramer, Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Coats, Katharine Kimmich, Ruby Douglas, Mona VanWhy, Laura Christian, Clara Rundle, Sara Murphy, Delia Georgia, Susan Westlake.

Sunday, June 4, 1944

The boys and I attended church and S.S. Helen spent all the morning with Dorothy.

Monday, June 5, 1944

Grace and Virgil arrival. Came at 11:00 - so glad to see them. They had another car - very good looking. Virgil and Gordon went horse back riding. Visited until quite late before retiring.

Tuesday, June 6, 1944

Grace and Virgil stayed until after dinner and then started home. Took 20 doz. eggs and a hen. It was so nice to see them after so long. He and Lulu had been moved downstairs and was gaining very well.

Wednesday, June 7, 1944

Two Students Visit. Mr. Cramer brought them up at 5:00. Had the dinner ready at 5:30. The students were Walter Sandell representing the Scotch and Zulie Chayet, a converted Russian Jew. After supper took them to the meeting which was very good. Some of the students very talented - singers, pianists. Changed the Jew for a visiting boy, Gordon Mentz from Williamsport - very pleasant boys.

Thursday, June 8, 1944

The boys took a horseback ride in morning. Helen and I took the boys to Horseheads. Called at Mrs. Roemelt's on our way home.

Friday, June 9, 1944

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Saturday, June 10, 1944

Newspaper Clipping: Milo Hitchcock, 66, of the Ridge Rd., Catherine. unexpectedly Saturday afternoon, June 10, 1944, following a heart attack. A native of Catharine, Mr. Hitchcock lived for a number of years in Elmira where he was employed by the Innes, Danks & Eastgate dry goods company and also the Fitzgerald furniture company. At time of his death he was an employee of the Shepard Niles Crane & Hoist Co. Survived by his wife, Minnie VanNooy Hitchcock; son Herbert at home; sisters Miss Frances Hitchcock of Catharine, Miss Susan of Irvington, N.J.; brother, Dr. George B. Hitchcock of Catharine and three grandchildren.

Sunday, June 11, 1944

Children's day at church. The boys both went with us. We took a basket and vase of flowers. Louie and Nina Hamblin rode up with us. Went down Fassetts Way with Ted in afternoon. Swell ride - got a little laurel.

Tuesday, June 13, 1944

Received an invitation from the Will Storch's to go to Syracuse tomorrow to attend Dairymen's League Convention - accepted!

Wednesday, June 14, 1944

Left home at 6:15 with Ted - met Storch's on Shappee Corners at 6:30. They had two soldiers riding - so had a nice visit with them. Had a flat tire on the Syracuse busy corner. We went on the meeting - a very enjoyable one. Looked for rooms during noon hour - no success so Will hunted in p.m. with better luck. Had nice rooms at a rooming house. Went out for supper and then to the evening meeting - very fine entertainment. Very hot evening. Rained most of the day. Menu: Dinner at Hotel Hilton: Fried perch, potatoes, cold slaw, chocolate pie, vanilla ice cream; Supper at "Nicks": Boiled tongue, string beans, potatoes, Italian bread, ice cream.

Thursday, June 15, 1944

[Purple ribbon inserted here] Associate Delegate - Dairymen's League Co-op Ass'n. Inc.

Arose at 7:30 - Had breakfast at a real swanky restaurant. Will went to the meeting and we did the shops - which did not open until 10:00. Bought quite a few things. Had dinner at Childs - went to the meeting in the afternoon. Very hot. Got out in good season and started on return trip - had trouble with the car. Had supper in Cortland. They came over by Catharine and brought me home.

Saturday, June 17, 1944

Charlie and I over to Gerald's in the evening. Hayes also there so had quite a visit.

Sunday, June 18, 1944

Helen and I went to church. Took flowers - good sermon. Went after wild strawberries in p.m. - enough for shortcake and 5 jars of jam. Two very hard down pours during night. Walt Samson and family over in p.m.

Thursday, June 22, 1944

Paid off the last penny we owe anybody. Helen and I attended the canning demonstration at the hall - conducted by Mrs. Runey. Learned many new things. Had to leave before the meeting was over to go to the bank. A red letter day for the MacDougalls.

Friday, June 23, 1944

Helen and the boys went to Eldredge Park to the picnic for Walter's room. Ollie and Jackie up a few minutes. I cleaned eggs all the afternoon.

Saturday, June 24, 1944

Sub. Dist. meeting - Charlie did not attend - assessing. Big Grange meeting at H-H. Started at 6:00. The H-H committee there working. Had lots of good help. A big attendance - 151 - quite a table full. Mr. and Mrs. Don Wickham of Hector, brought State Master. Rob't Turner filled the Master's chair. Cornelia Stowe put on a good program. I talked on Oleo legislation. Had a swell time - saw all my old friends. Home at 12:05. (Stanley Benjamin's little girl born, Patricia Ray).

Sunday, June 25, 1944

Rainy foggy cold morning. So tired from Grange did not go to church. Cleared off in p.m. Quite a wind.

Monday, June 26, 1944

Charlie took me over North Chemung way - called on James Burlew, Elsie Cook, and Merton Burlew. Merton's family all set with the house (?) moved, milk house built and nice little cow barn going to have electricity and then join the League. Ate our lunch and came back over the hill and down to the Breesport and Erin road.

Tuesday, June 27, 1944

Had our first peas.

Wednesday, June 28, 1944

Canned peas - 5 qts.

Thursday, June 29, 1944

Canned peas - 6 qts.

Friday, June 30, 1944

[drawing inserted here] Sent to me by Roy Ennis. Drawn from nature - scene on Chesapeake Bay while he was in training at Aberdeen.

Special Data

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Continued July to December 1944

Chemung County NY
Published On 30 MAR 2009
By Joyce M. Tice
Diary provided & introduced by Walt Samson
Transcribed by Carla McDonald
Published by Joyce M. Tice
Copyright Walt Samson & Joyce M. Tice