Monday, January 23, 2017

My Grandmother's Diary ~ Part 7

Beverly High School, 1874 - 1923
It still stands on Essex Street, Beverly, Massachusetts
This would have been where Gertrude went to school in 1920

This is the 7th installment of sections of my grandmother's diary from 1920.  Her name was Gertrude Hitchings (1905 - 2001), and she was living on Elliott Street in Beverly, Massachusetts.  The diary is a tiny 3" and every Monday I publish a new section, with transcriptions of the tiny handwriting.  You can read the first installment HERE.  I'll be posting new installments of this diary every week for Amanuensis Monday.

March 22 - April 8 (missing pages)

MON. MAR. 22, 1920
Got up at 7.00 went to
school home at 1.15 had
dinner. Went down the store with
Eunice at 4.30.  Stayed
Home all evening and
Studied.  Quite warm all
Day. Went to bed at 9.45


Got up at 6.30 took 7.45
car to school and 1 o’clock car
home had dinner.  Mrs. Butler
over. Went down the A & P
with Marion.  Marion up
after supper Ma & Pa over to
Butlers.  Went to bed at 9.30


Got up 6.30 went to
school.  Went down Helen’s
to dinner stayed all the
afternoon came home 5.00 had
supper went out a little while
on the bikes came in and studied bed 10.15

[NOTE:  Gertrude mentions going back and forth to school by trolley car. Also, dinner was the mid-day meal, and supper was the evening meal.  She mentions Eunice her 17 year old sister, and Helen, the eldest sister who was married by this time and had small children at home.]

[The pages are out of order]

Thurs. Mar. 25, 1920
Got up at 6.45 went to
school went to Salem with
Ma after school to get my hat
fixed over.  Came home 4.30 had
dinner.  After supper went down
A&P with Marion and then
Went down ??  bed at 10.


Friday 26
Got up at 7.00 went to school
Had a swell play home at 1.15
Worked part of the afternoon
Then went out with Bertha
?? on the bicycles came in
got supper stayed home all
evening and read went to bed 9.30


Saturday 27
Got up at 7. had breakfast
Eunice went to North Beverly
Worked all morning and after
noon went riding 4. O’clock
took a bath before supper home
all evening wrote letters bed at 9.30

[NOTE: I love the little note about getting Gertrude's hat fixed over for spring. That was a very frugal thing, instead of getting a new hat!  I imagine that there were silk flowers or new ribbons added to her hat by a milliner.]

March 28 - April 3, 1920

Sun. Mar. 28, 1920
Got up at 8.30 had break
fast went to church.  Ma
and Pa went down to
Nana’s after dinner. I went
for a little walk with Eunice & Rozella
Home all evening played the
Victrola. Ma home 8.15 bed at 9.30


Monday 29
Got up at 6.45 went to
school came home at
1.15 stayed home all
the afternoon. Stayed
home all evening and
played games.  Pa over
to Russell’s went to bed 9.45


Tuesday 30
Got up at 7.00 went
to school got home at 1.15
worked awhile and then went
down A&P with Marion
stayed at home all
evening went to bed 9.30    

[NOTE:  On March 28th there is a rare entry about attending church.  That same day Gertrude's parents visited "Nana", who was my 2x great grandmother Mary Etta (Healey) Hoogerzeil (1852 - 1932).  She lived on Bartlett Street, where Ma (Gertrude's mother, Florence Etta (Hoogerzeil) Hitchings (1871 - 1941) grew up.

On the 29th Pa went to visit Russell, who had recently married and was living in Lynn, Massachusetts.

On the 30th Gertrude went with her friend, Marion, to the A&P.  The A&P was a grocery store.  It was located on Cabot Street when I lived in Beverly in the 1960s, but I don't know where it was located in 1920.]

Part One  posted December 5, 2016

Part Two posted December 12, 2016

Part Three posted December 19, 2016

Part Four posted December 26, 2016

Part Five posted January 2, 2017

Part Six posted January 16, 2017


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "My Grandmother's Diary ~ Part 7", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 23, 2017 ( accessed [access date]).  

1 comment:

  1. Heather: Your grandmother's diary looks VERY similar to my grandfather's leather-bound "Line A Day" diaries that he kept while attending Phillips Academy - Andover back in 1913 - 1914. I posted some of the entries from his diary back at the century mark for his diaries a few years ago. You have a real genealogical gem there!