Through Any Given Door

1.99.3 Summer Solstice, 1953 (1)

June 22, 1953 • Sonora (part 1) ~ It was a summer solstice evening. Betty, and two younger boys who were a year behind her in school, headed home down the hill at dusk after the Monday high school baseball game. The three of them paid no attention to the 1940s dirty sedan with the black … [Read more...]

1.99.2 A Wedding and Graduation, 1953

March 1953 • Sonora ~ During Mom's return she didn’t cook or clean, didn’t wash dishes or clothes or windows, she didn’t do anything. But she didn't do much before she left home anyway, other than fix dinner and sew our clothes. Dad always did the laundry, stripped the beds, and mopped the … [Read more...]

1.99.1 Mom’s Letter to Nellie, Mar 1953

1953 • Letter from my mother to her mother in Chico, postmarked Sonora, Mar 9, 1953 Monday: Dear Mom, I think you are entitled to the whole story. When I came home I did the best I could here, but it hasn’t worked. All the time I was here Carleen had just had everything her own way, all the money … [Read more...]

1.99 Carleen and Chuck 1952-53

1952-53 • Sonora ~ Carleen met Chuck at the end of her junior year when she was seventeen. He graduated four years ahead of her at Sonora High, and was 21 and pumping gas on the corner at Paneros 76 station when he took a shine to her. In April of her senior year, he told her he loved her … [Read more...]

1.98 Larry’s Diary, Dec 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) Dec 1 - 4  (misc. entries) Dec 5  Played tuba and bass drum for Fresno basketball game. We won again. After the game Marian McLellan and I took Cathy to Alum Rock Park and Santa Clara Dec 6  Took Lois Parkinson to semi-formal dance, gave Rosie corsage … [Read more...]

1.97 Larry’s Diary, Oct – Nov 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) Oct 1 - 6  (typical entries about classes, band, dating, friends, and work) Oct 7  Band marched, rehearsal. I'm on inter-departmental commission, $9 dues. Then did Harmony, over 6 hours on one paper, 10 to 4 A.M. Big smile from Gail at school in morn. Didn't … [Read more...]

1.96 2nd Letter to Verda

1952 • Second letter from Mom to her sister Tuesday P.M. Las Vegas (prob Sep) 1952  Dear Verda, As I did not receive an answer to my letters I guess I am going to be given the silent treatment. It’s a little hard to understand. I can see why Mom would cut me off of all contact because … [Read more...]

1.95 Larry’s Diary, Sep 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) Sep 1-2  (no entries) Sep 3  Trip to Modesto for band practice. No Nellie. Got uniform, too small for me, all they had. $2.50 fee. 4 basses, I'm 1st chair. Back to Sonora then sleep then to Sacramento next morn. Sep 4  Went to Sacramento State fair to … [Read more...]

1.94 Larry’s Diary, Aug 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) Aug 1  Played in 3rd Municipal band concert, only my 2nd. Took Carleen, Betty and Claudia down with me, Carleen got 1st ticket speeding in Modesto Aug 2  Put oil case and fly wheel case back on, took tie rod off and put it back too tight. Steering acts real … [Read more...]

1.93 Larry’s Diary, July 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) Jul 1  Phoned up Dad. Decided to take job at Moccasin. Drove up today, packed car, drove in and met Mirk to work next shift 4 A.M. so slept here without going to Sonora Jul 2  First day at work at Moccasin Power House $20.00 raise this year. On same shift as … [Read more...]

1.92 Tennis and Tonsils

July 1952 • Sonora, California  Even though she hated Mom, Betty was miserable without her. She didn’t want to go to school, complained that her throat hurt, and after the school year (grade seven) of too many absences, Dad decided she needed her tonsils removed. When school was out for the … [Read more...]

1.91 Larry’s Diary, June 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) Jun 1  Valerie Nash had me over for supper, sister Polly and mother and cats there. Baked cherry pies. Took her to see Snow White at Los Altos theatre and then coffee. Wore suit to St. Pats Jun 2  Looked through La Torre with Elaine in morn and Ginger in … [Read more...]

1.90 Letter from Mom to Verda

May 1952 • Letter from Mother to her sister, Verda Monday, Las Vegas, Nevada 1952 Dear George and Verda, I don’t suppose Carl has let you know yet, his pride would keep him, but I have done it, burned all my bridges behind me. Don’t let George get any wild ideas about coming over here after … [Read more...]

1.89 Larry’s Diary, May 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) May 1  Art Daniel decided not to pledge. After, spent evening at Gingers alone. Girls at A Capella performance. At Mary B's early for Harmony May 2  Grammar School of County came to High School for play day. Saw show Three Godfathers. Took bath again May 3 … [Read more...]

1.88 Umpteenth Time

May 1952 • Sonora, California “For the umpteenth time, I don’t know why she left," my sixteen-year-old sister snapped. "No, I don’t know when we’ll see her again, no, I don’t know where she went and no, I don’t know if she’s coming back. Now don’t ask any more questions. Mom was gone, and … [Read more...]

1.87 Larry’s Diary, April 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) Apr 1  Wrote letter to Folks, Betty C. Carol G. Max H., and Merced girl. Played Bruckner. Apr 2  (no entry) Apr 3  Met Gail and Winnie and Art and we went to the park and played tennis in morn. Gails mother came riding out and watched us. Composed hymn … [Read more...]

1.86 Larry’s Diary, Mar 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) Mar 1  Hashed then played horn with Mike on drums and Pete on piano. Jazz toned and orgininal tunes. Got sheets from laundry. Saw wreck in front of house Mar 2  Played in Art's Orchestra again, also sang in choir. Went to Gail's after and read her term … [Read more...]

1.85 Larry’s Diary, Feb 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 18) Feb 1 - 7  (no entries) Feb 8  Didn't see anyone today. Had little tussle with couple of kids. One of 'em Dave Grinaldo, Art's brother Feb 9  Saw Gail and John B. Tilly for last time Feb 10  Dad came down in evening. Have lost 10 lbs in last … [Read more...]

1.84 Larry’s Diary, Jan 1952

1952 • Larry’s diary (age 17 and 18) Jan 2  Had party at house Jan 3  1st day of Winter quarter. Taking Harmony, Musicianship, Physics of Sound (Lecture and Lab), Basketball, String Bass, Advanced String Bass, Band, Political Science Science, Orchestra Jan 4  Told Gail to go out … [Read more...]

1.83 Larry’s Diary, Nov-Dec 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Nov 1  thru 10  (note: posts about classes, band, R.O.T.C. and dates with Gail) Nov 11  Mom drove me back to San Jose as she was bringing Claudia down for eye trouble. Introduced them to Gail's folks. I watched TV at her house till late Nov 12  No … [Read more...]

1.82 Larry’s Diary, Oct 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Oct 1  Band rehearsed outdoors. Got name in Democrat for going to San Jose State. Dad resigned from Sonora City council, picture on front page of paper Oct 2  Got four letters from girls from "Girl Friends". Answered them all. Wrote letter to Mr. Wisler and … [Read more...]

1.81 Larry’s Diary, Sep 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Sep 1  College of Pacific players came to Sonora for training. Went to Mt. River lodge with Mirks and boys. Bought $15.00 pair of slacks Sep 2  Missed playing for Lodi band concert in Lodi. Said goodbye to Porter. He's going to Tahoe for week then back to … [Read more...]

1.80 Larry’s Diary, Aug 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Aug 1  Ate at clubhouse 1st time in two weeks had both lunch and dinner. Slept and practiced in afternoon Aug 2  Sent letter to Mrs. Crookshank about Bonnie. Sent letter to Mr. Wisler about scholarship to Idaho Aug 3  Went home and got glasses from Dr. … [Read more...]

1.79 Not MY Mother

1951 • Sonora ~ My sister wore plaid skirts, silk neck scarves, and had a cashmere twinset for each day of the week, bought with her money from her job at the movie house. She jitterbugged with Pat, JoAnn, and Joyce, walked arm-in-arm with Cassie Jo, and gossiped with Shirley and Phyllis. … [Read more...]

1.78 Larry’s Diary, July 1951

1951 • Larry’s diary (age 17) Jul 1  Bob Durham slept late and I got him up at 4:05 A.M. Mailed letter and 3 bucks to Bonnie. P. Barnard is moving out of the bunk house. Jul 2  Changed from room 10 to room 3. Bigger room with 1 locker, better view. Had steak for supper. Dropped razor and … [Read more...]