Through Any Given Door

1.59 The Sight of Blood

Jan 1950 • Larry’s diary (age 15) Jan 4  Started carbon work in typing. Carlson led band, Hagemeyer sick. Had mock trial in Business Law. Called up Curnow and checked homework Jan 7  Started reading book How to Win friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. Washed windows for C. … [Read more...]

1.58 Larry’s Diary, Dec 1949

1949 • Larry’s diary (age 15) Dec 1  Had first pep band rehearsal, missed Junior play Mountain Justice to do homework. Missed T.C.O. and went to finals on Opportunity Time with Grace. Dec 2  Both the A's and B's won their first home basketball game with Calaveras. Got all ads in. Went … [Read more...]

1.57 Larry’s Diary, Nov 1949

1949 • Larry’s diary (age 15) Nov 1  Saw show Every Girl Should be Married. Washed Mode O' Day windows for $1.50 worked from 7 to 9:15 in evening. Washed Schultz Nov 2  Washed Dr. Parker's windows, appointment made long time ago. Side of tennis shoe comletely gave out Nov 3  Had … [Read more...]

1.56 Larry’s Diary, Oct 1949

1949 • Larry’s diary (age 15) Oct 1  I was guest radio announcer at KROG radio for 45 minutes on Teen Time. KROG often broadcasts from store for advertising for store. T.C.B. (Tuolumne County Band) marched for Elks, had to use tin base. Oct 2  Printed 600 Wildcat and folded them. … [Read more...]

1.55 Buck Fever, Sep 1949

1949 • Larry’s diary (age 15) Sep 1  Went to State Fair in Sacramento. Got pennant, glassware, and chameleon. Saw exhibits, spent $5. Had false alarm. Eve went also. Sep 2  Washed Carters windows for first time got $15 for inside and out. Got sheet, plate, block, and single issue of the … [Read more...]

1.54 Larry’s Diary, Aug 1949

1949 • Larry’s diary (age 15) Aug 1  Sold boy U.S. album and kit. Band practice consisted of talk. Band has $320 in bank. Owes Pennies $328.70. Paid them $200. Aug 2  Had dinner at Bob and Doris' house. Had false alarm. Whole town on street. Polishing up horn completely. Aug 3  Had … [Read more...]

1.53 Holy Cards, Hell, and High Water

Summer 1949 • Sonora, California ~ Sonora was a backwater with no Catholic school, so every summer a fleet of young Franciscan nuns in black habits and white wimples were imported to bring the local schoolchildren a proper Catholic education, as much as they could cram into their small heads in … [Read more...]

1.52 Larry’s Diary, July 1949

1949 • Larry’s diary (age 15) Jul 1  Raked the leaves up on the ground for garbage man, took walk around town and up to Grammar School with Peckham Jul 2  Sold all sparklers but had about 2 gross of them. Took some out for kids. Got $10 for cleaning off roof. Got 8 pack of BB Jul … [Read more...]

1.51 Larry’s Diary, June 1949

1949 • Larry’s diary (age 15) Jun 1  Cut Spanish because I was 20 minutes late. Watched some practice for pageant. Got impressions for new tooth. Windy. Jun 2  Had last big meal at R&B. 3 weddings, 3 engagements, 1 pinning. I announced Mary Alice engag. with borrowed cat. Chased cat … [Read more...]

1.50 Benedict Arnold and Eleanor Roosevelt

“Bettyyyy. Claudiaaa.” Mother’s nightly yell for supper bounced across the yard until it floated down to the soft shadows of the creek where the girls fooled away their afternoons with tadpoles, skimmers, and leaf-hoppers. Betty paid no attention to Mom whatsoever. Claudia, emptying her large Mason … [Read more...]

1.49 Dad, God, and the Holy Ghost

1949 • Sonora ~ Our parents never argued about how to raise their children. They argued about my mother’s smoking and drinking and about her housekeeping, but not about the kids. Mom gave the older ones a swift kick or a snapping backhand when they didn’t move fast enough or do as they were … [Read more...]

1.48 Larry’s Diary, May 1949

May 1949 • Larry’s diary (age 15) May 1  Days went back to Redwood City. Took bath. Dad owes about $10,000 in bills has to pay bank $1000 tomorrow, only has $800 May 2  Grammer Schools of county came to the High School for play day. Saw show Three Godfathers. Took bath again. May 3 … [Read more...]

1.47 Larry’s Diary, April 1949

April 1949 • Larry’s diary (age 15) Apr 1  Freshmen's return was given, but it was so bad I left it to watch the baseball game with Livingston. We won 3 -1. Apr 2  Had tooth taken out, very large molar. He sawed it up and had to take it out piece by piece. Got pills to kill pain, … [Read more...]

1.46 Larry’s Diary, March 1949

March 1949 • Larry’s diary (age 15) Mar 1 - 8  no entries in diary Mar 9  Joe Drabkin won Lion's club speaking contest. Mar 10  no entry in diary Mar 11  Second night of East Lynn, I went tonight and sat about in the middle of the auditorium with some boys. Mar 12  no … [Read more...]

1.45 Death of Gordon Chatfield

Just two months after my arrival, my mother—along with losing her mind—lost her brother. Gordon Gregory Chatfield, at the age of 42, died in Letterman's Veteran's Hospital in San Francisco from his WWII injuries. Gordon lived in Chico the three years he was married to Hylda Hughes, then joined … [Read more...]

1.44 Plucked From the Womb

August 1948 • Sonora ~ I was welcomed into the family two years after Mom’s first breakdown, though not by her. She didn’t want another child, she wanted out. As far as she was concerned, I was a fifth burden tacking on another eighteen years to her prison sentence. Another eighteen years of … [Read more...]

1.43 1948 Small Town Gossip

1948 • Larry’s diary (age 14) Aug 1 - 15  no entries in diary Aug 16  Got a new sister at 12:10 a.m. Her name will probly be Kathern. Babe Ruth died. Aug 17  no entry in diary Aug 18  Went down to San Francisco, started out at 4:30 a.m. and got back at 8:30 p.m. Store packed … [Read more...]

1.42 Larry’s Diary, Jan-Jul 1948

Note: my brother did not keep a diary for much of 1948. Many entries were the typical posts about Boy Scouts, band, and building bookcases, some days were missed, and some weeks and months were completely blank. 1948 • Larry’s diary (age 13 and 14) Jan 1  USC lost in Rose Bowl. Took … [Read more...]

1.41 Larry’s Diary, Dec 1947

1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13) Dec 1  Bought Daisy air pistol. It is 117 caliber and shoots small sized BB’s. Bought some stamps among them a block of some airmail Dec 2  Was sick today and missed a day of school. I may have the flu mom has just gotten well from. Rained today. Dec 3 … [Read more...]

1.40 Larry’s Diary, Nov 1947

1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13) Nov 1  Was very busy washing windows today. All windows in town were washed and cleaned before noon hour. Nov 2  Sunday: Raked up half of the leaves in the front yard and also mowed lawn. Tore down grape arbor in back yard Nov 3  Had three Russian … [Read more...]

1.38 Larry’s Diary, Oct 1947

1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13) Oct 1  Went to Mrs. Rossoci's house to see her about some stamps but she was busy and I will come up to her house again in the near future. Oct 2  Had a scout meeting tonight. Got our Spanish textbooks in class, I got a book in very bad condition. Oct 3 … [Read more...]

1.37 Larry’s Diary, Aug-Sep 1947

1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13) Aug 1  Got paid for morning route and paid off my $15 clothing bill at Baers Store Aug 2  Paid dad $5 and I still owe him $10 for my radio Aug 3  Went swimming nearly all day at Phoenix Lake's Plunge. Sorted out some more stamps and hope to be through … [Read more...]

1.36 Larry’s Diary, Jun-Jul 1947

1947 • Larry’s diary (age 13) Jun 4  Graduated from 8th grade & elementary school. I got a wristwatch and binder as gifts. Went to graduation party and danced with Barbara Miles Jun 5  At 2 PM left for 3 week vacation to stay at George and Verda Day‘s home in Redwood City as Mom and … [Read more...]

1.35 We Love Milkshakes!

June 1947 • Charlie and Velma ~ The three weeks Mom and Dad were in Minnesota for the funeral, Betty and Claudia stayed with Uncle Charlie and Aunt Velma, Mom’s oldest brother and his wife. It didn’t go well. Charlie and Velma had no children of their own (which never inhibited them from telling Mom … [Read more...]

1.34 A California Thistle

A line from my brother's diary on Mar 30, 1947: Aunt Elizabeth phoned to tell my parents that my Grandfather died this afternoon.  1947 • Minnesota ~ Dad’s first trip back to the family farm was for his mother’s funeral ten years earlier. He and Mom took the long train trip to the … [Read more...]