Through Any Given Door

1.32 Larry’s Diary, Apr-May 1947

1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13)
Apr 1  Received pay of five dollars and paid father on radio
Apr 2  Bought hatchet and knife. Chopped down a small bush for my paper route. Bought some stamps and took book from library about stamps
Apr 3  There was no Boy Scouts meeting tonight. Got stamps
Apr 4  Cleaned up room throughly and gave the kids things which I did not want anymore. Dad made me walk up and down the stairs 100 times for going down too fast
Apr 5  Got haircut and went to confession at church. Had begun organization of Legion baseball team. Got 2 new comic books
Apr 6  Today was Easter Sunday. At the fairgrounds I won an Easter basket in a contest. I also found a prize egg but Carleen broke it.
Apr 7  Went back to school today from Easter vacation. Am now reading a book about stamps. Gave the kids most of my old comics
Apr 8  Had movies at school today. Also got Walt Disney comics in the mail. Rained some around 5 to 7 o’clock
Apr 9  Had a movie at school. Took bath. Got some more new stamps and put in album
Apr 10  Went to Boy Scout meeting
Apr 11  Had some tests at school and three movies. Ad in paper mentions father some. Stayed up till 11:00 to read
Apr 12  Watched telephone post be taken down for the road. Father had friends from Minnesota visit him at the store.
Apr 13  Won game of monopoly with Carleen. Got 50 cent tip on paper routes.
Apr 14  Went over to Delbert’s house. Sonora won first game with Atwater. Finished morning route at 7:30
Apr 15  Mr. Birwell gave me some stamps from Italy. Went to patrol meeting, discussed plans for camporee
Apr 16  Bought levis and shirt, took bath
Apr 17  Got sheets on which to write names for diploma. Got Current Events. Went to scout meeting but it was not held because of hike
Apr 18  Walked home with Barbra Miles. Took report card back to school; no Ds or Fs. Made duplicate of report card. Bought piece for chemistry set
Apr 19  Bought 2 parachutes at old Army Surplus store. Opened new surplus store; gave away 24 inch rulers and sailor hats.
Apr 20  Bike pedal broke off. Daylight Savings time starts next week
Apr 21  Donald Moore put a bee down my back, and the bee fell into my pants and stung me on my seat
Apr 22  Left radio playing all night last night. Got bike pedal fixed. Loaned a book to Carleen. Cleaned my room with electrolux
Apr 23  Missed patrol meeting last night. Went around where they are building the wider Stockton Street. Took bath.
Apr 24  Passed all of the Second Class tests tonight at the scout meeting. Heard last of the Standard school broadcast at school
Apr 25  Got papers to choose subjects to take at high school. Made out receipts for paper route. Brought music book up to date
Apr 26  Did some experiments with chemistry set. Bought Pacific Pathways. Also bought some gold paint and some brushes
Apr 27  Went roller skating at Columbia most of the afternoon. Washed bike. Bought two books, Captains Courageous and Up Front
Apr 28  A fire started in the garage in an old car; I saw it and reported it. The Phone company started to go on strike here.
Apr 29  Carleen fell while riding bike with me and may have sprained her wrist. I had to bring both bikes home. Got my first issue of Boys Life
Apr 30  Carleen broke her arm again (both time single fractures). Mr. Mouron out of town for a few days.

May 1  Today was May day and play day. Went to high school and played all of the games. Went to scout meeting and raked weeds
May 2  Watched Dr. Clark carve some small cowboys and girls. After that I walked to Barbara’s house with her. Made final payment on bike
May 3  Went to the camporee at the fairgrounds. They held the Court of Honor there and I got my second class boy scout badge. Bought pack and hat.
May 4  Broke camp at the fairgrounds. Had camp inspection for camporee. Our patrol was the last to leave.
May 5  Had our tests at the high school, which I was a little late getting to on account of paper route. Brought Current Events binder up to date.
May 6  Bought a birthday card for Miss Murrow whose birthday is tomorrow. Paid five dollars in at Baers, bought another pocketbook (jokes)
May 7  Went hunting for a strap which had fallen off of a saddle but did not find it. My music notebook was chosen as best.
May 8  Carleen and I went to carnival. I rode the ferris wheel 4 times and treated Carleen 3 times. Did not have very good luck at the games
May 9  Had a basketball game at school between Sonora and Standard. Went to Boy Scout meeting
May 10  Blew up balloons with gas and sold a few. Also blew up my large balloon. Watched rodeo parade. Pedal on my bike broke off
May 11  Went to the rodeo after the parade. Worked some for father and collected about 38 cases of bottles (36 bottles per case). Went to show and saw Song of the South
May 12  Went out to the high school for our tests at 8:30 this A.M. Had to pass a few houses on top of hills to get to high school on time and delivered in afternoon
May 13  Went to Patrol meeting and discussed menu for camporee. Got a haircut
May 14  Cleaned up room and received my second Boys Life in the mail. Had pedal on bike fixed at Mundorfs. Four balloons are still inflated.
May 15  Instead of going to the regular Boy Scout Troop meeting tonight the scouts went to Columbia to see the Eagle Court of Honor
May 16  Bought another book. Passed history and constitution test at 89% and 93%. Had vote on most popular boy and girl
May 17  Pacific Pathways came on the stands today and I bought a copy. Finished morning route late because of flat tire.
May 18  Carleen may have appendicitis. She went to the hospital. Made a list of about 20 books for Merit Badges. Did a little bit of carving
May 19  Bought an issue of Varsity. Took my bike to have flat tire fixed. Took my radio to hospital for Carleen
May 20  This weeks Patrol meeting was held at Drabkin’s house. We played bingo and had refreshments. Found that the camporee will be held in June.
May 21  Half of this mornings papers were yesterdays taken by mistake. Had home made ice cream. Cut finger while carving
May 22  Pat Ryan let the air out of a boys bike at the scout meeting. A little later on he got mad about it and quit the Flaming Arrow Patrol
May 23  Went to a going away party for Perry. Pat was there and bought a pair of swimming trunks
May 24  I went swimming with the patrol at Elsies below Sullivans (Pat was there)

Larry in Yosemite

May 25  The whole family went to Yosemite and saw all of the famous points of interests; Pat Conway and another sailor went with us. I climbed up near the two famous falls (Yosemite and Bridal).
May 26  Went to a 15 minute special scout meeting. Got Boy’s Life, also got some magnetic tricky dogs from Aunt Elizabeth. Got name in paper for graduation.
May 27  Played cards and bingo at scout meeting. Got graduation clothes.
May 28  Bought a ping-pong set but have little chance to play with it. Cleaned up room. Bought a pair of Boy Scout pants and socks
May 29  Our patrol had 10 boys in it so we had to let out Kayo and possibly Alvin Hobby. I brought home the Troop 62 flag.
May 30  Carried the troop flag in the Memorial Day parade. It showered a little during the day. Raked the back yard. Bought a Scout field book.
May 31  Got paid 2 dollars from Mr. Mouron. Have finished the bookcase and pocketbooks listed for the Reading merit badge

There were two movie houses in Sonoma, the Uptown Theater and the Downtown Theater.

to be continued…

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  1. Susan Davidson Dalberg says:

    Larry’s life sounds as exciting as mine!! No wonder your genealogy trips are such a thrill for him. LOL

  2. Innocent sweet recollections…

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