Wednesday, April 30, 2008

May 4, 1938 Wednesday

P.P.W.T.S. Got excused from 7th period. Came back at 2 for rehearsal with Fitchburg Band. In evening played at City Hall in a combined group. 12 pieces in all with Mr. Bouvier of Fitchburg and Mr. Woodbury of Keene alternating at directing.

May 3, 1938 Tuesday

P.P. Went back to school. Had band rehearsal 5th period. The concert with Fitchburg is tomorrow. Went to track in p.m. with Nareau. Studied a little and read “Paradise Lost.”

May 2, 1938 Monday

No school because of Teachers convention. P.P. Went to K.H.S. band rehearsal in p.m. Went to track. Read quite a bit of Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” In evening Miss Ringdahl, French teacher, called me and asked me to recite a couple of French poems at a Women’s meeting. I hurriedly learned them and gave them at the home of Mrs. Houpis on Main St. From there I went to Keene Orchestral Society’s last rehearsal of this season.

May 1, 1938 Sunday

Slept late. Went to S.S. and church. Made a book report in p.m. Went for a ride with folks. N evening went to Keene City Band rehearsal. Got a solo cornet book of marches to practice on.

April 30, 1938 Saturday

P.P. Collected. Rested. In p.m. dressed up and went to Fitchburg in cars with 11 other track men. Keene lost to Fitchburg’s large team 63-27. I ran in the 100 and 220 yd. dashes, which were both swept by Fitchburg. I came in 5th of 6 in the 100 and last of 5 in the 220. I was the only Keene man in the 220. Nareau came 4th in the mile.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

April 29, 1938 Friday

P.P. Played horn. Played ball in a.m. It rained a little but Nareau and I went to track and loafed. We are going to have a meet at Fitchburg, Mass. Tomorrow. In evening went to movie “Rawhide” with Nareau. Lou Gehrig baseball star was in it and was a cowboy.

April 28, 1938 Thursday

P.P. Played my horn. Got out all my slides and put them in and got my horn in C which will go with the piano without transposition. Laura and I played piano and horn for an hour or so. C is too low for good tone, though. Went to track with Nareau in p.m. Ran a good 220. Coach said it was 24 but I think he got it wrong for I didn’t run. Went for a ride in evening with family.

Friday, April 25, 2008

April 27, 1938 Wednesday

P.P. Played horn in a.m. In p.m. went to track with Nareau. Today I ran a 25-second 220 yd. dash. That is the time I had to get to run in the meets. I did it with no opponent and on a poorly rolled track. I had track shoes (which I borrowed). In evening went to 10-cent show with Laura. It was a nice show.

April 26, 1938 Tuesday

P.P. Helped Bob take down the storm windows. Kermit Davis came up and I went over to his house ‘til dinner. In p.m. went to track with Nareau. Ran quite a bit. In evening Nareau and I rode a bus to Marlboro to se a man about a suit for Nareau but he had gone to New Jersey ‘til Thursday. We bummed home and got a ride easily.

April 25, 1938 Monday

P.P. A week vacation started today but I was kept pretty busy. At 9:30 had K.H.S. band rehearsal. Then went to Doc’s to operate. In p.m. went to track with Nareau. Some track shoes coach ordered for me came but they were small. Had an action physical exam as a result of the Wheeler affair and passed O.K.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

April 24, 1938 Sunday

Slept late. Went to S.S. and church. Bob sang his solo “A House By the Side of the Road” again at Sunday School. Aunt Etta went to church. Loafed in p.m. Went for a ride. Went to C.E. meeting. They had Rev. Tong, a missionary from the Philippines, speak. Went to Keene City Band in evening. Bob had a A Capella choir concert tonight and all the family went to that.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

April 23, 1938 Saturday

P.P. Collected. Played horn. Loafed. Went to 10-cent show at Scenic with Ernie. Read. Went downstreet with Bob in evening. We go on daylight saving time tomorrow.

Monday, April 21, 2008

April 22, 1938 Friday

P.P.W.T.S. Aunt Etta came down this p.m. to spend the weekend. In evening the K.H.S. orchestra played at the Lions Club revue. We did not play much and the show wasn’t very good but I had a nice time.

April 21, 1938 Thursday

P.P.W.T.S. Had K.H.S. band practice in p.m. with Mr. Bouvier directing. He is Fitchburg’s leader. We play a concert with them May 4. Loafed. Studied. Laura’s birthday. I got her “Anthony Adverse.”

Sunday, April 20, 2008

April 20, 1938 Wednesday

P.P.W.T.S. No track ‘til Monday due to respect for Edward Wheeler. Loafed. No Church band rehearsal today. Went to library. Got play “As a Man Thinks.” Studied. Read the play.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

April 19, 1938 Tuesday

P.P.W.T.S. Went to track in p.m. with Nareau. In evening went to all-color picture “Tom Sawyer.”
There was a freshman named Ed Wheeler whom Coach had heard could run. He asked Nareau and me to get him to come out. We asked, encouraged him but this a.m. he told me that he was not well and was going to have his appendix out and could not enter track. I told him to come out when he had had it. He evidently changed his mind because he came out this afternoon—overworked and had a convulsion during a ¼ mile and died after he got to the hospital. It’s all over town.

April 18, 1938 Monday

P.P.W.T.S. Went to track in p.m. with Nareau. Ran a 59 second quarter today. Ordered some track shoes from coach. Studied. In evening went to Keene Orchestral Society rehearsal. I was the only horn there—and had a good time. Rain all day today. We are having typical, refreshing April weather (an average of 2 bright, green, sunny days to 1 growing, cool day of light rain).

Thursday, April 17, 2008

April 17, 1938 Sunday

Easter. Went to 7:00 o’clock sunrise service of young people. Bob sang his first full length solo at it. He sang “A House By the Side of the Road” very well. W.T.S.S. and church. Studied. Wrote an editorial to the Seniors for English. Went to G.A.R. hall but found that there was no rehearsal tonight. The janitor was fooled too and heated the place all up.

April 16, 1938 Saturday

P.P. Collected. Played catch with Louie in a.m. Nice warm day. In p.m. went to track with Nareau. Ran ¾ mile and a 100 yd. 11 4/5 sec. for 100 (lousy). Studied. Went downstreet with Bob.

April 15, 1938 Friday

P.P.W.T.S. In p.m. with a good drizzly April shower Nareau and I went out to the track with the coach. We were about the only ones there. Nareau and I ran a half-mile. He won but I didn’t mind. You see, the coach has in mind to run me in halves at first, then ½’s and 100 yards, and thus get ready for 440’s and 220’s. In evening went to movies with Sherm Reed at Colonial.

Friday, April 4, 2008

April 14, 1938 Thursday

P.P.W.T.S. Went to track in p.m. with Nareau. Ran a half-mile in 2:18—not bad, for me, allegedly a sprinter. Haven’t done any sprint work yet. Worked at Doc’s (50 cents). Studied. In evening went to 10-cent show alone to see Boris Karloff in “The Invisible Menace.”

April 13, 1938 Wednesday

P.P.W.T.S. In p.m. the track season officially opened at Alumni Field. I got a pair of black shorts, which may signify that I am on the team, but he gave them to many others. Practiced starts. Ran a 440 in 63, I could have done better though but I loafed at first. Went to church band rehearsal. Studied.

April 12, 1938 Tuesday

P.P.W.T.S. Tinkered with my bike and was very pleased to get it back together successfully. Studied.

April 11, 1938 Monday

P.P.W.T.S. Worked around the house. Ran a little. Rode bike through Swanzey. Played horn. After supper studied. Loafed. No orchestra tonight.

April 10, 1938 Sunday

Slept late. Went to S.S. and church. Studied in p.m. and listened to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra from 3 to 6. Went to rehearsal of Keene City Band in evening. Mr. Farr, the director, was married last week and passed cigars around in celebration thereof. I took one for Pa.

April 9, 1938 Saturday

P.P. Collected. Got about 2 inches of dirty slush. Played horn, piano. In p.m. went to Colonial to 10-cent show with Earnie. In evening I went to “Snow White and Seven Dwarfs” again with Laura, who had not seen it. I enclose a picture of Doctor Gilles, for whom I work very often. Worked there today (25 cents).

April 8, 1938 Friday

P.P.W.T.S. Loafed. Played horn, piano. In evening did Latin and English. Ma was sick today and Mrs. Shaw and Wright came over to help. Bob and I did dishes and picked over beans.

April 7, 1938 Thursday

P.P.W.T.S. Got a haircut. Studied. Took a ride on my bike. In evening went to annual Senior play. This year it was “The Blue Ghost” a spooky mystery story. It was good and accomplished its ends—thrills and comedy although the plot came out peculiarly and was complicated. Started studying the piano.

April 6, 1938 Wednesday

P.P.W.T.S. Had a special 5th period orchestra rehearsal for the Senior play which is coming tomorrow. Studied at Doc’s in p.m. (25 cents). Shined my horn. Studied. Went to library. Got the score for piano and solo parts for “Il Trovatore.” Memorized a part of “Idylls of the King” for English.

April 5, 1938 Tuesday

P.P. (rode bike) W.T.S. Worked at Doc’s in evening (25 cents). In p.m. went to full-length, colored animated cartoon “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” with Kermit Davis. They had a children’s matinee after the main show and I stayed over for that. Studied. It was a good picture. I like the dwarfs particularly. I believe that “Dopey” was the funniest.

April 4, 1938 Monday

P.P.W.T.S.=peddled papers, went to school
P.P.W.T.S. Worked at Doc’s in p.m. (50 cents). Rode my bike. Studied. Went to Keene Orchestral Society rehearsal in evening. Walked home with Arlene Ames. We are going to give a concert the first part of May in the K.H.S. assembly hall.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

April 3, 1938 Sunday

Slept late. Went to S.S. and church. Played ball with Bob in p.m. Went for a ride in our new 1938 Ford V-8. Went to concluding meeting of the church preparation group. I already belong to the church, but it is a good course for me. Went to rehearsal of Keene City band.

April 2, 1938 Saturday

P.P. Collected. Went to K.N.S. track in a.m. Jogged a mile. Went bicycling with Louie down around Swanzey Pond. Bought a “side-kick” stand and a lock for my bike. Went to movies in p.m. with Ernie. Rode bike around Court Street close to Surry and home in 50 minutes.

April 1, 1938 Friday

P.P.W.T.S. Pa took over his duties as tax collector today. Took a big Latin test. Went to K.N.S. track in p.m. with Nareau. Ralph Wright got permission to buy our car today and did so, giving me his bicycle as trade-in. I gave Pa $5.00. Rode it on an inaugural trip around the 5-mile drive. It is a last year’s model Elgin and in pretty good condition. It is red. Worth well over $5.00 anyway.