|Sheriff J. W. Freeland, Hill County, Texas issued a Wanted poster for Frank Albert Clause |
and Clyde "Champion" Barrow on May 31, 1933. (The date is written on the face of the poster.)
Both members of the "Root Square Gang," the two were wanted for robbery of several
businesses in and around Dallas, Hillsboro, and Lufkin, Texas. It was during one of those robberies
on April 30, 1932, that Hillsboro shopkeeper J.N. Bucher was murdered. Less than a week after the
murder, Barrow and Clause held up a couple of filling stations in Lufkin. This was, in essence, the
beginning of the infamous Barrow Gang, which included Clyde's partner, Bonnie Parker, and launched
a nationwide campaign of crime that lasted until their deaths in 1934.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
We got our flag. It is made of silk and has a large pole. Also got our picture. The name of it is Castle of the Maidens by Edwin Abbey.
Monday, May 30, 2011
If, in Gym, we wanted to we could play baseball. Otherwise we could sit in the shade. Which most of us did.
|Harvey John Bailey (August 23, 1887 - March 1, 1979)|
"Dean of the Midwestern Bank Robbers"
Bailey was incarcerated in the Kansas State Penitentiary (Cell Block A) in Lansing on July 8, 1932,
until he escaped with ten other convicts on May 30, 1933. During the breakout Warden Kirk
Prather was kidnapped and used as a human shield (he was later released unharmed). Bailey was
shot in the right knee after going over the wall. He eventually made his way to Oklahoma, where
he joined with George "Machine Gun" Kelly and three other conspirators in kidnapping banker
Charles F. Urschel. He was recaptured and sentenced to life in prison. Released in 1964, he died in
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Brought money for our class gift. We are going to get a flag and pictures both. My home room is 103.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Aunt Kate and them came by and took us out to Winnwood Beach, where we ate dinner. Went to baseball game. I went to show.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Mother and I went out to Aunt Katie's for dinner. Daddy was over. A lady gave me a pair of white pumps. Uncle Laten brought us home.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Mrs. Raifert's birthday. Today was our Field Day at school. We had to do two dances and play games. The boys gave a program, too.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
It rained today. I waited until about four-thirty but it didn't stop raining so Dorothy Brashear and I walked home in the rain. I sure got wet.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Had an English test on the life of William Shakespeare yesterday. Thought we were going to have a Science test, but we didn't. Walked home with Viola. It was cool. Mother made ribs and kraut.
Monday, May 23, 2011
I met Viola Clark up at Twenty-Seventh and Chestnut and walked to school with her. Practiced dance in Gym today for Field Day.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Went in swimming in Gym. Mother and I and Gweyn and Dean and the kids all went out to Alfireda's. She has a nice place. Listened to the rado a while.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I didn't go to Sunday School or church today. It rained. Aunt Katie, Uncle Laten and Helen were by and we went for a drive.
|Route 66 through Missouri|
The Dust Bowl and Depression conditions of the 1930s led displaced farm
families to follow the two-lane road west to California. John Steinbeck described
it in The Grapes of Wrath, coining the term Mother Road. Heading west through
Missouri, you travel from St. Louis - Sullivan - Waynesville - Springfield - Joplin.
Friday, May 20, 2011
I read my magazines all morning. Aunt Katie, Uncle Laten and Helen were by this afternoon. In the evening I went out and played.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
We went outside in Gym and played baseball. Last night we played a game and our side won. It was 8-6, I believe.
|Seventeen-year-old Jackie Mitchell (left) poses with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig|
after striking out both men back to back in an exhibition game on April 2, 1931.
A pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts, Jackie was known for her wicked,
dropping curve ball. A few days after the exhibition game, Baseball Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis voided Jackie Mitchell's contract, claiming that
baseball was "too strenuous" for a woman. In 1933, after barnstorming across the
country pitching in other exhibition games, Jackie signed on with the House of David,
a men's team famous for their very long hair and long beards. Jackie retired from baseball
in 1937, at the age of 23, and went to work in her father's optometry office.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I had the English test but I don't know what I made on it because we didn't grade the papers. I got some movie magazines.
Nancy Carroll on cover
Claudette Colbert on cover
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Went back to school again today. We hd a Civics test. I made 90 1/2 on it out of 100 1/2.
|Thomas Leonard "Tommy" Carroll|
Bank robber and member of the Dillinger gang
1901 - June 7, 1934
An ex-boxer, Carroll was first arrested in 1920 and continued to have run-ins with
the law (when he wasn't in prison) from then on. He was arrested in St. Paul, MN,
on May 17, 1933 for possession of burglar's tools but was able to negotiate his
release and the charges against him were dropped. It was after this that Carroll
joined the Dillinger gang. He was killed in a police shootout in Waterloo, IA.
Monday, May 16, 2011
I went to the school picnic at Fairyland Park with Avonelle Ridenour. I went on the sky rocket, the tumble bug, jumble twice, caterpillar, fun house, and the teeter dip.
|Fairyland Park - 1930s|
Postcard courtesy of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at
the Kansas City, Missouri Public Library. The Ferris wheel, the whip
and many other rides and concessions of old Fairland Park are pictured
in color on this old postcard from the '30s published by Max Bernstein.
The amusement park was located at 75th and Prospect, at the south end
of the street car line, and is remembered as the place for many a school picnic.
Fairyland always had an pre-season opening for students, when there was no
10 cent gate charge and all rides that day were half price. A huge grassy picnic area
was one of the park's best features and helped make the event a success.
The park opened in 1923 on 80 acres of farm land. It was damaged by fire in
1938, and lightning struck the towering sky rocket ride in 1942. After years of financial
problems, Fairyland Park closed in 1978. No trace of the park remains today.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Graded Mathematics test papers. I missed 4 of them. Tomorrow we are going to have the school picnic. I am going to go to the park.
|The Death Giver by Maxwell Grant*|
Another tale about the man who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men.
Published May 15, 1933
*Maxwell Grant was a pen name used by several different authors of The Shadow pulp
magazine stories, the most prolific one being Walter B. Gibson who wrote 282 of the 325 Shadow novels.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Went to Sunday school and church. Today was Mother's Day. I went over to Montgall Park (Kansas City, MO) and played baseball.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Walked up to the 31st Street Dime Store with Mother. I got her a pair of hosiery for Mother's Day. Bought me a pair of white anklets.
|Pair of real silk stockings|
Average price of women's hosiery in 1933: 69 cents
Thought we were going to go in swimming but we didn't. We had some slides in English.
Starring Myrna Loy and Ramon Novarro
Released on May 12, 1933
An American woman tourist in Egypt has several suitors,
among them an Arab guide who is more than he seems.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Played baseball outside in Gym today. Have a Mathematics test tomorrow. It rained and hailed, also.
|Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone - 1931 mug shot|
A notorious gangster who ran an organized crime syndicate in Chicago during the 1920s,
Capone, was both charming and charitable as well as powerful and vicious. He became
an iconic figure of the successful American gangster before being convicted of income tax
evasion and sentenced to 11 years in federal prison. His incarceration included a stay at Alcatraz.
In the final years of Capone's life, his mental and physical health deteriorated due to neurosyphilis.
On January 25, 1947, he died from cardiac arrest following a stroke in Miami Beach, Florida.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
We played baseball outside today. Eilean and I walked home together down Monroe Avenue. Went out and played in evening.
Monday, May 9, 2011
I brought my report card back. Today they handed out Fairyland Park slips. It is a week from today. I am going to go.
|Raisin' the Rent|
Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra
Vocal Ivy Anderson
New Desor DE3306b
Recorded May 9,1933, ARC session, New York City
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Went in swimming. Today was report cards. I got S in Math, English and Expression, and I got M in Civics and General Science.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
I didn't go to church today. Aunt Katie and them were by. We went for a ride. They stayed for dinner.
|Harry and Bess Truman on their wedding day.|
Harry wrote love letters to Bess for almost 50 years, including one on May 7, 1933.
To read that letter as well as others, visit: http://www.trumanlibrary.org/bessltr.htm
The letters not only show the personal loving relationship between Harry and Bess,
but, later, the President's efforts to use his wife as a sounding board for the issues of state.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Uncle Laten was by today. I sewed and read a little, then went out and played a while.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
I climbed halfway up the ropes and chinned myself once. I got an E on my math test, the highest grade in the room.
|Johnny Leonard Roosevelt "Pepper" Martin|
Outfielder and third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals
He hit for the cycle - a single, a double, a triple, and a home run - on May 5, 1933.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I gave my book report. Joyce has got the measles. I went out and played tonight with Pauline and Sugar.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
My English teacher, Miss Gilmore, announced that I won the Lady of the Lake contest. I said my Expression lesson today.
|Mrs. Nellie Ross|
On May 3, 1933, she was appointed as the first woman director of the United States Mint.
A widow, she was also the first U.S. woman to serve in the office of governor (of Wyoming),
when her husband, Governor William B. Ross, died of complications following an appendectomy.
Monday, May 2, 2011
After school, I went out and played with Pauline. In the evening Mrs. Raifert came over.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Went in swimming. I said my lines, which made me 650 altogether. But that boy was absent and I don't know how many he knew.
|Engaged on May 1, 1933|
Prince Wilhelm, 26, eldest son of Germany's onetime Crown Prince Wilhelm,
and Dorothea von Salviati, commoner. Many a monarchist considered young Wilhelm
the logical candidate for a Hohenzollern restoration. Under old Prussian law his marriage would
not bar him from the throne, but his children could not succeed him. And the marriage had to be
sanctioned by the head of the family, who was reported grieved. Wilhelm renounced any rights to the
succession for himself and his future children in 1933, and he and Dorothea married on 3 June 1933
in Bonn. They had two daughters. In 1940, the marriage was recognised as dynastic and the girls were
given the title and style of Princesses of Prussia. A member of the unified armed forces of Germany,
Wilhelm took part in the invasion of France in May 1940. He was wounded during the fighting in
Valenciennes and died in a field hospital in Nivelleson May 26, 1940.