February 19, 1937

Fri., 19   Morning devotions. Get a new check book & some ready cash. Write Hattie & Pearl. A ? hash dinner & strawberry shortcake. Frances cleans my room. Bettie reads P.M. Grace reads the papers. Sara brings my new corset.

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February 18, 1937

Thurs., 18   Morning devotions. Sara comes in the P.M. Grace reads paper, etc. Sara sorts letters & helps the ? but I think partly “the night after Mother’s (?)” makes me wince. I am too ? and do not feel comfortable.

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February 17, 1937

Wed., 17   Morning devotions. Write Helen. Help put away clothes. ? poem. Cool north wind. Grace reads the papers & Bettie reads from ?’s latest. Mrs. ? comes to give a garden talk. Goes with Grace to the ? Club at night. A good day.

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February 16, 1937

Tues., 16   Morning devotions. Finish a letter to Gertrude. A cool bright day. Dumas washes. Also Frances who comes in time to get dinner. Bettie reads (a lot of overlapping lines—I can make out the following, more or less) Grace reads the Free Press at night. H goes to B for treatment & is better, on the gain.

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February 15, 1937

Mon., 15   Morning devotions. Work in the balsam. No letters & write some. Henrietta had a good night. Grace reads the papers & goes to a Com. meeting. (2 illegible lines)  day I am (ink blot) here.

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February 14, 1937

Sun., 14   A dismal day. Rain all day long. Dr Sockman & Montreal & Dr. Fosdick which is something to be thankful for. Frances gets a chicken dinner. Write Anna a birthday letter. Grace attends church but works on funeral pieces with Bob in the afternoon. Can’t go to see H (sic) Sorry.

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February 13, 1937

Sat., 13   Dr. Walton ?    I work in the balsam a.m. Letters from Helen, Gertrude & Martha(?) Taylor. Bettie reads to me. Eva  ? dies. Henrietta talks thru the phone but her voice sounds ill. Poor child!

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February 11, 1937

Thurs., 11   Morning devotions. A woman who has no ? Write Anna. Letter from Tuttle. (2 illegible lines) & cleans my dress. Chicken pie for dinner. Cool & cloudy out of doors. ??? Sydney Harris(?) dies.

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February 10, 1937

Wed., 10   Morning devotions. Frances back & Dumas back to finish the ? and get the clothes ready to iron. Bettie reads P.M. but cannot decipher my poem so I must try some one else. Grace reads the papers. Quite cool. Card from Helen.

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February 9, 1937

Tues., 9   Morning devotions. Dumas comes to wash. Clothes do not dry. Write Anna & Henrietta. Grace entertains a Com. from the Garden Club. Very pleasant. Dark damp day. (3 illegible lines)

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February 8, 1937

Mon., 8   Morning devotions.   ?  a poem & a letter to Ben. Help Frances who plans to go to Dr.  ? for glasses. Work in the balsam after dinner. There is a lonely hour P.M. when the shrieking Radio gives me no help.

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February 7, 1937

Sun., 7   Dr. Sockman talks. Grace attends church. A sermon from Montreal. Letters from Helen & Anna. Write Gertrude. Frances gets a chicken dinner. Grace reads to me & we go for a call on Henrietta   (illegible lines)

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February 6, 1937

Sat., 6   Morning devotions. Write Helen. If anything can plunge me down into the darkness(?) it is to know they are a burden that has become unbearable. I cannot be too (here are two overwritten illegible lines) I am a burden & in the way. (and some more illegible)

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February 5, 1937

Fri., 5   Morning devotions. Grace writes for me to Mrs. Tuttle(?) We have a wonderful dinner of hash & brown bread & strawberry shortcake. Attend the Chapter meet (sic) at Gussie Norton’s  enjoy it. Letter from Gertrude.

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February 4, 1937

Thurs., 4   Morning devotions. Grace goes for the day with Henrietta who is able to sit up for an hour. Write Anna. Bettie reads from the latest Jalna? book. A check for Mrs. Tuttle(?) for books. All is well that ends well.

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February 3, 1937

Wed., 3   Morning devotions. Clouds & sunshine. Quite cold. Grace reads the papers & Bettie reads P.M. Write Mary Goodale & sister Helen. Grace goes to a Movie.  John Hall is well and H(sic) is better.

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February 1, 1937

Tues., 2   Morning devotions. Dumas washes & irons. Candlemas & the ? goes back for 6 weeks of winter. Work in the balsam & work a poem by memory of a lovely day in Central Park. Grace stays late in the greenhouse. I have a bad(?) hour

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February 1, 1937

Mon., 1   Morning devotions. I write Mrs. Paine & Anna. Grace reads to me. I work on a poem but it is a ?  Work in the balsam agter dinner. Sunny, some ?  A cool north breeze. Grace goes to the F F (sic) Club at ? Warners.  Cotey comes for her. Henrietta ????

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January 31, 1837

Sun., 31   Dr. Sockman calls(?). Write Gertrude. Get a sermon from Montreal. Grace attends church. Frances gets dinner. Snowing hard from the south. We go to see Henrietta a few minutes ? ?  Grace reads to me.

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January 30, 1937

Sat., 30   Dr. Walton talks. The day after Grace goes to Karl’s for the day. Letter from Helen. Write her & Ben. Lillian Beaves(?) calls, gives me some cookies. Bettie roads. Frances reads me the papers.

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January 29, 1937

Fri., 29   Morning devotions. Greetings & gifts from the children, on this my 84th birthday. Ben comes, a real surprise. He goes with Grace & me to see Henrietta who is still in bed. Mr. Hagar comes to see her. Get chilled ? ? Ben goes to St. Albans & Tuttle brings me home. Grace reads to me.

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January 28, 1937

Thurs., 28   Morning devotions. Send some things to Henrietta. Get a 2 hour nap  before dinner. Letters from Anna & Gertrude. Strawberry shortcake. Better roads & Grace comes on 8-30 train with many pretty things & good gifts.

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January 27, 1937

Wed., 27   Morning devotions. Cold, nearly zero. Write Helen a letter ? as Sat is birthday. The flood still rages in the west. Letter from Mrs. B?  Bettie reads from Joseph Lincoln. We are still ? for we still have a good dinner. Henrietta more comfortable. No news from Gertrude.

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January 26, 1937

Tues., 26   Morning devotions. Dumas washing & irons. A good day. Letters from Helen. Mrs. Brown calls on Red Cross work for flood victims. Henrietta more comfortable. Work in the balsam. Write Gertrude.

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January 25, 1937

Mon., 25   (Sunday)   Dr. Sockman & Montreal. Also 2 other sermons. Go out to see Henrietta. Poor child! Do not have time to write letters, but notes instead. Talk with Ben a wonderful boy. Flood raging in Louisville?

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January 27, 1937

 

Ella’s writing overlaps a great deal, and it’s hard to read. This is what I can make out today. And I’ve left her comment about the reversed days. This will happen again, now and then. I think she can’t read the dates on the tops of the pages.

 

Sun., 24   (Reversed, so it’s Monday)  Morning devotions. Frances here. Mrs. Flake with Henrietta. Karl goes to N.Y. Thank you note from Susie Metcalf family and ? ? Frances clear out north side of the hall ? waters roll over Louisville ? ? ? ?  https://filsonhistorical.org/galleries/the-great-1937-flood-of-louisville-southern-indiana/

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January 23, 1937

Sat., 23   Dr. Sockman talks. We go to Henrietta’s a few minutes. Find her in bed. Glad to see us.  ? ? ? A sermon from Montreal a ? & one from Pittsburg. ??? is all important. It can not ? ? ?  write the children.

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January 22, 1937

Fri., 22   Dr. Walton. Frances getting dinner. Send a note to Henrietta. Write Helen  ? for dinner. Work in the balsam. P.M. letter from Grace safe at Cambridge. Terrible ? ? near Big Ben.

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January 21, 1937

Thurs., 21   Morning devotions. Rain freezing as it falls. Grace goes to Boston on the noon train. Fordyce brings a new Radio. Bettie reads to me from Bess ? Dark & Comely. Miss Grace & miss Helen. I would not be lonely if I could see.

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January 20, 1937

Wed., 20   Morning devotions. Frances back. Write Ben. Hear the President’s inaugural address. 20 minutes long. Rainy day in Washington. Frances(?) types ? article on Seth Warner. Grace goes to the Garden Club?.

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January 19, 1937

Tues., 19   Morning devotions. Dumas washes. Bettie reads to me afternoon. Write Caroline. A talk with Henrietta. Grace goes to the hair dresser. She reads the papers to me. Cool north wind.

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January 18, 1937

Mon., 18   Morning devotions. Dark and rainy. Write Gertrude. Grace reads the papers. Sara helps her in the afternoon. Dumas helping & Grace gets dinner. Work in the balsam. Henrietta ? home & I write a letter to her. Tuttle goes to Bristol.

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January 17, 1937

Sun., 17   Dumas comes at 10 o’clock. Grace stays home to get dinner which is good. Write Helen. Hear Dr. Sockman a sermon from Montreal & Dr. Fosdick. All good. Grace attends choir rehearsal.

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January 16, 1937

Sat., 16   Dr. ? talks. Dumas helping out. Write Alvin & Anna. Poem “A Vision” in Rutland Herald.

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January 15, 1937

Fri., 15   Morning devotions. Letter from Anna. Mrs. M (sic) had flu and died of pneumonia. Grace ? roses. Letter from Helen but no books. Grace gets a good dinner. Dumas does the work. I work in the balsam. Henrietta down with a cold. A quiet day at home.  

 

(“Mrs. M” is Anna’s mother-in-law, Alvin (Metcalf)’s mother.)

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January 14, 1937

Thurs., 14   Morning devotions. Dumas doing the work & Grace the cooking. She goes to B (sic) in the Palmer truck. Karl & Henrietta go in the morning. Telegram from Anna. Alvin’s mother heart(?) bad & he has gone to Detroit. Work in the Balsam. Mrs. Chandler(?) dead at Porter Memorial Hospital.

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January 13, 1937

Wed., 13   Morning devotions. Dumas at the work & Grace as the cook. Our first strawberry shortcake. Very good. ? make funeral pieces. Henrietta works on poems in the short A. M. call. Work in the balsam. Grace attends the annual meet (sic) for a few minutes at Ruth Benton’s.

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January 12, 1937

Tues., 12   Morning devotions. Dumas washes & does the housework. Grace does the cooking. I write Gertrude. Letter from Ben. Tuttle attends a Bank annual election of offcers. Home to dinner. Work the balsam. A good ? all is well. Grace reads to me & attends a Com mtg in the ?  

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January 11, 1937

Mon., 11   (Sunday)  Dr. Sockman talks. Dumas comes at 10 a.m. No Frances today. Chicken dinner. Write Helen. Try to help get dinner but have to let go. Grace attends church P.M. & evening work on poem. It is soothing.

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January 10, 1937

Sun., 10   (Mon. & Sun. reversed so this is Mon.) (sic)  Dumas comes to help out. Morning devotions. Write St. Albans. Letter from Gertrude. Clarence is laid off by the strike. Danyow fixes the pump. Work in the balsam. Grace reads to me. All is well. Sunshine.

 

Probably because her vision is so bad, Ella occasionallyh reverses the pages. I’ve decided to reverse them, too, along with her notes about that.  Clarence is Gertrude’s husband.

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January 9, 1937

Sat., 9  Dr. Walton on the church & home. Another dark day. Frances does not come. Junior sick. Write Walter Coates & Son. Sara comes & does a lot of things. Letters from Helen & Anna.

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January 8, 1937

Fri., 8   Morning devotions. Grace went to movies last night & staid (sic) with Susan Booth. Henrietta comes to dinner and we work out a poem. A dark day.

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January 7, 1937

Thurs., 7   Morning devotions. Grace goes to the Binghams to luncheon. Mrs. B sends me a book. Helen goes back to N. Y.  I am so sorry & lonely. I wish she could stay at home but know she must go.

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January 6, 1937

Wed., 6   Morning devotions. Karl & Henrietta go to Burlington. We are all so happy that Henrietta does not have to go to the hospital. Helen reads to me & I work in the balsam & so the day passes & all is well, but I do not sleep well.

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January 5, 1937

Tues., 5   Dumas washes & irons. Morning devotions. I write Anna & Helen. (Several illegible lines) Dear, dear Ruth. She need (sic) to give her chicks to Tuttle & now from her fingers they drop to me. How can I be happy(?)?  She trusted Tuttle(?) So must I. Work in the balsam.

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January 4, 1937

Mon., 4  Morning devotions. Dried beef & white sauce for dinner. Helen writes for me to Mrs. Van der Hought, N.J.  Bath night. Grace goes to a Movie. I do not get to sleep until late.

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January 3, 1937

Sun., 3   Dr. Sockman (?) talks at 10 A.M. Grace & Karl’s family attend church & come to a chicken dinner got under Grace’s supervision.  Write to Gertrude. Service from Montreal. A good day. Grace & Helen read to me.

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January 2, 1937

Sat., 2   Morning devotions. Helen writes in my new address book. Grace reads the papers. Tuttle takes me to the beauty parlor of Mrs. ? to get a shampoo. Alice ? here. The Hagars call. Helen goes out to Karl’s.

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January 1, 1937

This is the last of Ella Warner Fisher’s diaries. There are none available between 1933 and 1937. During that time, Ruth commmitted suicide (in 1935) and Ella’s vision deteriorated considerably. And thus, this diary is difficult—hard to read, for one thing (although someone else did the writing for her now and then—and I will indicate that), and for another—it’s her last diary. 

Question marks without parentheses—???—mean I could not decipher that number of words. Question marks within parentheses mean I’m not quite sure of my interpretation.

 

Fri., 1  A clean white page. Morning devotions. Grace,  Helen read to me. Sara Cotey mends in the afternoon & cuts some outing night dresses. The slogan I wish to adopt is “Be cheerful.” Helen reads from the old diaries (?).

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December 31, 1933

Sun., 31   Moderated, but the cold has crept in to shut up rooms & buildings. Get up an hour late but the bed is so comfortable! Write Sister Helen & Helena. A letter from her tells all about sister’s trip from Mary Fletcher to East Aurora. No dessert to-day at our Sunday dinner. We hear the midnight service in London & Big Ben strike. It is 7 o’clock here. We get Fosdick vesper service at 5 o’clock. The year has been full of a number of things, and we are one day nearer Home. And now Old Year, Good-night.

 

 

There are no diaries until 1937, which I’ll start posting tomorrow.

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