|Blue Moon - December 31, 1933|
The term Blue Moon usually refers to the second full moon in any given month.
It's a rare event. Since 1900, this has only happened five times...on New Year's Eve 1933,
1952, 1971, 1990, and 2009. The next time we'll see a Blue Moon on New Year's Eve will be in 2028.
Happy New Year! May 2012 be your best year ever!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
I got a bad cold so we didn't go to church. Uncle Laten was by. We all went over to Raiferts' as it was New Year's.
Friday, December 30, 2011
I got some things down at the new grocery store. Went over to Gweyn's. Went to Lindsays' with Mrs. Raifert.
Thursday, December 29, 2011
I cleaned up the house. Baked a marble cake. Mother made doughnuts. I played with Betty.
|Sons of the Desert|
Starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
Directed by William A. Seiter
Released on December 29, 1933
Sons of the Desert is regarded as one of Laurel and Hardy's greatest films. In the
United Kingdom the film was originally released under the title Fraternally Yours.
Lodge members Laurel and Hardy take a solemn oath to attend the 80th-annual Sons of the Desert
Convention (read: annual binge) in Chicago. That is, Ollie takes the oath, but Stanley balks. When
asked why, Stanley answers that he's afraid his wife won't let him go. Ollie is appalled: "Every man
must be king in his own castle." But when Ollie meekly brings up the subject of the convention with
his wife Lollie (Mae Busch), she soon dethrones the "king." Lollie wants to take a vacation in the
mountains, and is dead-set against her husband going around "with a pack of hooligans."
But Ollie is determined to attend the convention, and to that end cooks up a scheme with Stanley.
Ollie will pretend to be deathly ill; Stan will fix it so the doctor will prescribe a trip to Honolulu.
Knowing that his wife can't stand going on sea voyages, Ollie will request that Stan accompany
him to Hawaii--then, both men will sneak off to Chicago. A few hitches notwithstanding (Stan
hires a veterinarian instead of a doctor, explaining that he didn't think the man's religion would make
any difference), the boys go to the convention, where they cut up royally with practical joker
Alas, the Honolulu-bound boat on which Stan and Ollie are supposed to be travelling is sunk in a
typhoon. While the grief-stricken wives are at the steamship company attempting to find out if
their husbands survived the sea disaster, Stan and Ollie arrive home, wearing leis and carrying
pineapples as "evidence" of their Honolulu vacation. When the boys find out about the shipwreck,
they desperately try to escape to a hotel, but the wives arrive home prematurely, forcing Stan and Ollie
to camp out in the attic. It looks as though the boys might just get away with their new plan of coming
home at the same time that the rescue boats arrive....until Lollie Hardy and Betty Laurel
(Dorothy Christie), attending a picture show, are treated to the spectacle of their husbands
cavorting merrily before the newsreel cameras covering the Sons of the Desert conclave in Chicago.
The film's final ten minutes are priceless--especially the bit about "ship-hiking."
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Mother and I went downtown. I had my hair set. We got some kettles. Mrs. Raifert came over. Played pinochle.
|Jacob L. Loose|
Founder of Loose-Wiles Biscuit
Jacob Loose was a young Pennsylvania transplant to Chetopa, Kansas. He opened his first
dry goods store there in the 1870s. Twenty-five years later, he was baking mogul of Kansas City's
enormous Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company
Loose to live well. And they gave generously.
The Loose's philanthropy is legendary. Jacob's name evokes lovely Loose Park
gave the 80-acre green space to the city in 1923 in her husband's memory. Ella Loose herself
was famous for her 30-year tradition of Thanksgiving "shoe parties." Until the 1940s, Mrs. Loose
gave an annual party for the children at the Gillis Orphans' Home. Each child received a brand new pair
of shoes plus a dollar bill for spending money!
The Loose's splendid 1909 mansion
Boulevard. Jacob Loose died at age 73 on September 18, 1923. Ella Loose outlived him almost a
quarter of a century, expiring on September 26, 1945. Their charitable trusts, combined
with those of his brother Joseph and family, ultimately formed the basis for Kansas City's largest
charitable organization, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Affiliated Trusts.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Mother washed, then I did the ironing. I went over to Sweyn's. Popped corn at home. Got 2 magazines.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Don't have to go to school this week. I straightened up the house. Daddy and I played dominoes. He beat.
|Current Nissan Logo|
December 26, 1933 - Nissan Motor Company is organized in Tokyo, Japan
The name 'Nissan' originated during the 1930s as an abbreviation used on the Tokyo stock market
for Nippon Sangyo. This company was the famous Nissan "Zaibatsu" (combine) which included
Tobata Casting and Hitachi. In 1930 Nissan purchased controlling shares in DAT Motors. At this
time Nissan controlled foundries and auto parts businesses, but did not enter automobile
manufacturing until 1933, when it merged Tobata Casting's automobile parts department with
DAT Motors. In 1934, Nissan separated the expanded automobile parts division of Tobata
Casting and incorporated it as a new subsidiary, which was named Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Mother and Daddy came over for dinner. Had chicken, gravy, dressing, cranberries, slaw, cake, pie, candy, etc. I got a box of stationery, a pen, beads. Didn't stay with Mrs. Raifert.
|1933 Christmas Seal|
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Mother and I went to church and Sunday School. Had a tree. I went out to Aunt Katie's and stayed all night. Went to the show. Saw the new Bing Crosby movie.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Mother and I went to town. Went to the show. I got a few of my Christmas gifts. Stayed at Mrs. Raifert's.
[v10 #51, December 23, 1933] ed. Bernarr Macfadden (Liberty
Publishing Corporation, 5¢, 55pp, standard, cover by Leslie Thrasher)
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Rode to school on the pass. Had play at school. Went swimming. I got out at 2 o'clock today. Stayed at Mrs. Raifert's.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I walked to school with Nadine and Pauline. Fred got burned and was taken to the hospital. I stayed at Mrs. Raifert's.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I rode the streetcar to school with Pauline. In the evening she and Nadine and I went up to the school program. I stayed at Mrs. Raifert's.
|New York Times - December 20, 1933|
"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" - Francis P. Church, The Sun, September 21, 1897
Virginia O'Hanlon's full name was Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas. She was born on July 20, 1889 in Manhattan, New York. Her marriage to Edward Douglas in the 1910s was brief, and ended with his deserting her shortly before their child, Laura, was born. Virginia was listed as divorced in the 1930 United States Census.
Virginia received her Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College in 1910; a Master's degree in Education from Columbia University in 1912, and a doctorate from Fordham University. Virginia was a school teacher in the New York City School system. She started her career as an educator in 1912, became a junior principal in 1935, and retired in 1959.
Virginia O’Hanlon received a steady stream of mail about her letter throughout her life. She would include a copy of the editorial in her replies. In an interview later in life, she credited the editorial with shaping the direction of her life quite positively.
Virginia died on May 13, 1971 in a nursing home in Valatie, New York. She was buried at the Chatham Rural Cemetery in Chatham, New York.
Monday, December 19, 2011
I rode the streetcar to school. I got all M's. Rode streetcar home. Hattie stayed with Mrs. Raifert.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
I rode to school with Nadine. Tomorrow is grade cards. Walked home with Ruth. Stayed with Mrs. Raifert.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Mother and I went to church. Mother rode the streetcar downtown. Pauline and I went to church. Stayed all night at Mrs. Raifert's.
|The Chicago Bears defeat the New York Giants 23-21|
in the first National Football League championship game.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Daddy got a streetcar pass. Mother and I went to town. Got Christmas presents. Met Aunt Katie's and rode home with them. All night with Mrs. Raifert.
|Troost Avenue Streetcar - 1933|
Quite likely one of the streetcars Ruth rode to school and to town
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Rode with Nadine this a.m. Daddy got a job. I went to dentist. Had tooth put in. Stayed with Mrs. Raifert.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Rode to school with Nadine. We had test in English. Tomorrow night I am going to the dentist. I stayed at Mrs. Raifert's.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Rode to school with Nadine. I went swimming. Friday we are going to have a Gym test. Ate at Dick's. Clara stayed with Mrs. Raifert.
|1521 E. 18th Street (18th and Vine), Kansas City, Missouri|
Note the prices:
Not very hungry 15 cents
Hungry 20 cents
Very Hungry 25 cents
Monday, December 12, 2011
Rode with Nadine. We went down to the library in English. Went to the dentist. Hattie stayed with Mrs. Raifert.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Rode to school with Nadine. Had a test in Latin and one in English. Daddy came after us. Stayed all night at Mrs. Raifert's.
|Special Agent Charles Appel - December 1933|
Harrington Fitzgerald, Jr., a mental patient in a Pennsylvania veterans’ hospital more than one
hundred miles away from his nearest relatives, opened and quickly sampled the box of chocolates
from “Bertha.” Perhaps he thought the November 1933 delivery was an early Christmas present; if so,
it was the last one he received. Fitzgerald died soon after eating the first poisoned treat. As the crime
occurred on federal property, agents of the U.S. Bureau of Investigation [the FBI’s predecessor]
investigated. Mr. Fitgerald’s sister, Sarah Hobart, quickly became the primary suspect and so agents
solicited samples of her handwriting. These samples along with the package’s wrapper and card
were sent to Headquarters for analysis in the Bureau’s new Technical Laboratory.
There, Special Agent Charles Appel, a balding, meticulous investigator, received the evidence and
began to compare the handwriting samples to the note card. He reported that the note from
“Bertha” and the Hobart samples revealed no match. More analysis could be done, he suggested,
if the investigating agents would obtain samples from Hobart’s husband and track down the
family’s typewriter. Diligent detective work led Philadelphia agents to a typewriter Mrs. Hobart had
conveniently sent in for repair at a local shop. Using samples of type from the Hobart machine,
Appel quickly determined that it was the machine on which the mailing label on package of
poisoned candy was typed. Confronted with the evidence, Sarah Hobart confessed.
At the time Special Agent Appel solved this case, he was the Bureau’s only scientist even though
its Technical Crime Laboratory had been in operation for little more than a year. But by the
summer of 1934 Appel had two additional colleagues in the lab, and the FBI began expanding
its laboratory with the tools and capabilities necessary for solving federal crimes.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Mother and I went to church and Sunday School. In p.m. walked over to show. Saw 20,000 Years in Sing Sing. Went over to Mrs. Raifert's. Stayed all night.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Was going to town but Daddy got a carpentry job* so didn't go. Nadine and Ruth and I went up to Perky's. Played with Betty. Stayed at Mrs. Raifert's.
*Average annual construction worker's salary in 1933: $907.
*Average annual construction worker's salary in 1933: $907.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Rode to school with Nadine. Mother made my brown dress and I wore it to school today. Stayed at Mrs. Raifert's.
|Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art|
Kansas City, Missouri
When the massive Beaux Art Nelson-Atkins’ Building opened in 1933, newspapers nationwide
reported visitors “amazed,” “gasping at its innovations and marveling at its luxury.” A great
central hall over 40 feet tall with ceiling skylights formed the heart of the interior and was flanked
on either side by two-story gallery wings. The east wing bore the name of the Atkins Museum
of Fine Arts, and the remainder of the building was officially titled the William Rockhill Nelson
Gallery of Art.
Still, times being the Great Depression, operations were modest: only three telephones serviced
the entire building; lights in the galleries were turned off when people left a room; at opening and
closing times, a huge bell was rung manually.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
We rode to school again with Nadine. Stayed for basketball. Daddy and Joyce and Baby Doll and I went over to Mrs. Smith's. Stayed with Mrs. Raifert.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Nadine and Ruth and Pauline and I rode to school. Nadien's father took us. We are having dictionary tests in English. Stayed with Mrs. Raifert.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Pauline and I walked to school together this a.m. Mother and I went to the show. Saw "Sailor Be Good" and "Melody Cruise." Hattie stayed with Mrs. Raifert.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
I walked to school this a.m. as Ruth and them didn't come by in time. Had a test. Stayed over at Mrs. Raifert's.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Went to Sunday school but not church. I read the paper. Ollie came over and they played pinochle. I stayed all night at Mrs. Raifert's.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Went downtown today. I got a new hat and scarf set and a permanent. Got Christmas cards. Stayed the night with Mrs. Raifert.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Today was the parade downtown but I didn't go. Walked with Mrs. Raifert down to Mary's sister's. Boiled halibut and stewed tomatoes for supper. Stayed all night with Mrs. R again.