Through Any Given Door

1.30 Larry’s Diary, Feb – Mar 1947

1947 • Larry’s Diary (age 13)
Feb 1  Made $10 payment on new $50 bike for paper routes
Feb 7  Got 50 cent tip on route, customer said I was best paper boy he ever had
Feb 8  Our family went to visit Uncle George and Aunt Verda Day in Redwood City. Bought some more books
Feb 9  
Grandma Chatfield also came to visit in Redwood City
Feb 10
  Missed school because family didn’t get back from Redwood City (130 mile trip) until 2 P.M. I delivered morning papers in the afternoon
Feb 11  Awarded Tenderfoot Scout badge. Beginning to learn Morse Code
Feb 14  Got 29 valentines at school
Feb 16  Dog next door killed by car. Some friends and I buried it at the cemetery
Feb 17  Bought myself some clothes, Levis and T shirt sweater
Feb 19  Ash Wednesday, had to go to church for one hour mass. Carleen got into my room and took 15 packs of gum
Feb 22  Worked at Firemans Dance as checkroom boy, didn’t get home until 4 a.m. Pat Conway and 15 sailors came to our home
Feb 23  Overslept, got up at 8 a.m. Earned $11.02 as checkroom boy at dance
Feb 24  Have 147 books. Put a piece of plywood in my bed (too soft)
Feb 25  Dad bought a radio, someday I will buy it for me
Feb 26  Scout meeting. Bought some stamps
Feb 28  Bought a chemistry set and did some experiments
Mar 1  I got a radio for my room, bought a kite and scout whistle
Mar 2  Kite broke in wind, played basketball for two hours at Don Hamilton‘s
Mar 3  Got paid $5 for the month for afternoon paper route, now I only owe $2.04 at Baers Clothing Store
Mar 6  Heard President Truman‘s speech at school on radio, went to scouts
Mar 7  Bought pair of heavy hiking shoes, borrowed sleeping bag and backpack
Mar 8  Missed the bus and could not go on camping trip with scouts. Worked at Dad‘s store instead, marking merchandise
Mar 9  Wrecked scout knife trying to fix bad cord on radio and burned hole in blade from electricity. Took bike ride with Carleen. Beat Dad and Carleen playing Monopoly
Mar 10  Was late for school and had to stay full hour after school in punishment
Mar 13  Carleen’s birthday, went to scout meeting
Mar 15  Pat Conway and 2 sailors visited overnight. Carleen had birthday party
Mar 22  Scout hike to Phoenix Lake from 8:15 to 6:15, all day
Mar 25  Made sparklers with chemistry set
Mar 28  Claudia had birthday party, got some storybook dolls
Mar 29  Got 60 cents from paperboy boss for circus, but didn’t go as it rained
Mar 30  Aunt Elizabeth phoned to tell my parents that my Grandfather died this afternoon. I went to church to inform them
Mar 31  Paid $20 on my bike bill. Paid dad $5 on radio I bought from him


Pat Conway

Dad’s nephew, Pat Conway, was often at the house. He was in the Navy, stationed at Treasure Island Naval Base in San Francisco. Most of Dad’s family still lived in Minnesota but some made the long trip out; his sister Elizabeth and her life-long friend Betty Rose came several times (they later lived in Florida and then California for a few years), and his younger sister, Sister Ann, a Franciscan nun who joined the convent at nineteen, came too.

Mom’s family visited more often as they lived closer. Her brother Roy and his sweetheart Jo, and her brother Gordon came on occasion. Her brother Charlie with his wife Velma came more often. Mom’s sisters’ families visited, Verda and George and their children, Junior and Bob who were George’s sons from his first marriage, along with Jim, Marceline, and Judi, (Jeff came along later). Her sister Ina with Jim with their girls, Joanne and Shirley (Jimmy, the youngest, like me, was born later too), and Nella May with her four, Buster, Mary Ellen, Beverly, and Barbara. Company was always staying at the house.

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  1. Jim Chatfield says:

    Reminds me of the days on my paper route back in late ’30s and early ’40s. Never kept a diary like Larry did though. Always enjoy your stories.

  2. Larry could fill a whole journal with the unexpressed feelings between the lines of his diary!

  3. I so enjoy these snapshots back in time. It brings many memories to mind.

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