Monday, May 22, 2017

My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 24, October 18 – 29, 1920

Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
(1871 - 1941)
Gertrude's mother

This is the 24rd blog post with transcriptions of my grandmother's 1920 diary from Beverly, Massachusetts.  Her name was Gertrude Hitchings (1905 - 2001) and she lived on Elliott Street.  Her diary is a tiny 3" book with minuscule handwriting.  It has taken me a long time to transcribe, and the book is very fragile.  It has missing and torn pages, and the end of the book is gone, so I am very near to the end of this project with these September and October pages. Every Monday I post another section of the diary.  You can read the first installment HERE

MON. OCT. 18, 1920
Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning home at 1.15
went back for Dom. Sci.
came home at 5.  Stayed
home all the evening
studying.  Went to Bed
at 9.00

Up at 6.45 school all morning
came home at 1.15 got report
sent home for French stayed home
all afternoon studying.
Home all evening.  George &
Henry came down stayed until
9.45.  Went to bed at 10.30

Up at 6.45 school all the
morning, home at 1.15
Helen, Ethel, Elenor was home all
afternoon.  Rus & Ellsworth up to
supper.  Went to bed at 9

NOTE:  Gertrude’s school day was a bit confusing.  She goes back to school in the afternoon for bookkeeping, domestic science and French lessons. Perhaps these elective classes were held after the regular school day?   Her report card only mentioned French, so perhaps she took private French lessons?  She stayed home studying all night after receiving her report card, so perhaps it wasn't good news!

Gertrude mentions George and Henry visiting again, as well as relatives like her sister Helen, sister-in-law Ethel, brother Russell and brother-in-law Ellsworth.  I think Eleanor was a friend?

THURS. OCT. 21, 1920
Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning home at 1.15
after dinner went up to
Ethel’s all afternoon, home at
6.  After supper Henry and
George came down stayed
around the house  Bed at 10.45

Up at 6.45 went to school
had an assembly home at
1.15.  Worked all afternoon went
down the store at four.
Stayed around home
All the evening and
Went to bed at 7.45

Up at 7.30 worked around
the house all morning
After dinner took a bath
Went downtown to do an errand. After
Supper Eunice, Henry, Geo & I went
Downtown. Bed at 10

NOTE:  Another Saturday night bath! She went downtown on Saturday night with her sister Eunice and the two friends Henry and George.

SUN. OCT. 24, 1920
Up at 9.00 stayed around
the house all of morning
and afternoon.  Mr. Lowell over
Nana came up.  Mr. & Mrs.
Butler came over. After lunch
George & Henry came down.
Went to bed at 10.

Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning came home at 1.15
went downtown about
half past four.  After supper
went to ride with Ethel up to
Danvers.  Brick up all evening
Went to bed at 10.15

Up at 6.45 went to school
All morning home at 1.15
After dinner Eunice and I
Went up to Ethel’s all afternoon
Stayed home all evening studying
Bed at 8.30.

NOTE:  She mentions Mr. Lowell, the boarder; her Nana, who I think would be her maternal grandmother Mary Etta (Healey) Hoogerzeil (1862 - 1932) since my mother called her grandmother Nana, too (I don't think it would be her paternal grandmother Hannah Eliza (Lewis) Hitchings since she died in Danvers State Hospital in February of 1921 after a long stay; Ethel and Eunice again, and her friends Brick, George and Henry.

WED. OCT. 27, 1920
Up at 6.45 school all the
morning home to dinner
at 1.15 went back on the
2.15 car for bookkeeping
walked home. After supper
went to walk with Ethel & Eunice
Bed at 9.30.

Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning home at 1.15
stayed home all afternoon
raining.  After supper
Geo. and Henry came down
Went to bed at 10.30

Up at 6.45 school all the
morning home at 1.15 stayed
home all afternoon working
home all the evening and
read. Went to bed 8.

NOTE:  More mentions of George and Henry visiting.  She went downtown with them with her sister Eunice the previous week. Were these some new beaus?


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 24, October 18 – 29, 1920”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 22, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

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