Thursday, October 18, 2012

October 18, 1934 - December 31, 1934

Note: Because of her mother's illness, an illness that ultimately proved fatal, Ruth didn't write in her diary from again until 1935.

Thank you for reading, and please check back at the turn of the year.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 1934

Note: Ruth did not write in her diary today.

Side, October 17, 1934.
Construction site of the Lillian Wald Playground
Lower East Side, New York City
October 17, 1934

Lillian D. Wald (March 10, 1867 – September 1, 1940) was a nurse; social worker; public health official; teacher; author; editor; publisher; activist for peace, women's, children's and civil rights; and the founder of American community nursing. Her unselfish devotion to humanity is recognized around the world and her visionary programs have been widely copied.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 1934

Gave talk in English. Mother still sick.
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek
October 1934

The Long March was a military retreat undertaken by the Red Army of the Communist Party of China, the forerunner of the People's Liberation Army, to evade the pursuit of the Kuomintang (KMT or Chinese Nationalist Party) army. There was not one Long March, but a series of marches, as various Communist armies in the south escaped to the north and west. The most well known is the march from Jiangxi province which began October 16, 1934. The First Front Army of the Chinese Soviet Republic, led by an inexperienced military commission, was on the brink of annihilation by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's troops in their stronghold in Jiangxi province. The Communists, under the eventual command of Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, escaped in a circling retreat to the west and north, which reportedly traversed some 12,500 kilometers (8,000 miles) over 370 days. The route passed through some of the most difficult terrain of western China by traveling west, then north, to Shaanxi.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday, October 15, 1934

Went to school. Mother stayed in bed sick today.

Coon-Sanders Original
Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra

Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawk Orchestra was the first Kansas City jazz band to achieve national recognition, which it acquired through national radio broadcasts. It was founded in 1919, as the Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra, by drummer Carleton Coon and pianist Joe Sanders.

The orchestra began broadcasting in 1922 on clear channel station WDAF, which could be received throughout the United States. They were broadcast in performance at the Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City. They took the name Nighthawks because they broadcast late at night (11:30pm to 1:00am). By 1924 their fan club had 37,000 members. Fans were encouraged to send in requests for songs by letter, telephone or telegram. That move became so popular that Western Union set up a ticker tape between Sanders' piano and Coon's drums so the telegrams could be acknowledged during the broadcasts. Their song "Nighthawk Blues" includes the lines: "Tune right in on the radio/Grab a telegram and say 'Hello'." In 1925, they recorded the Paul Whiteman and Fred Rose composition "Flamin' Mamie".

At their peak, each member of the Orchestra owned identical Cord Automobiles, each in a different color with the name of the Orchestra and the owner embossed on the rear. The Orchestra's popularity showed no signs of abating and their contract with MCA had another 15 years to run in the spring of 1932 when Carleton Coon came down with a jaw infection and died, on May 4.

Joe Sanders attempted to keep the organization going; however, without Coon, the public did not support them. In 1935, he formed his own group and played until the early 1940s when he became a part time orchestra leader and studio musician. In his later years he suffered from failing eyesight and other health problems. He died in 1965 after suffering a stroke.

The Kansas City Public Library acquired the scrapbooks and other memorabilia collected and prepared by Joe Sanders and the information is available to researchers.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 1934

Went to Sunday school and church. Changed classess. Helen and I saw "Flying Down to Rio."

Flying Down to Rio Poster
Starring Dolores del Rio, Gene Raymond and Raul Roulien
Genre: Comedy/Musical/Romance
Run Time: 89 minutes

Plot Summary:

Aviator and band leader Roger Bond is forever getting his group fired for flirting with the lady guests. When he falls for Brazilian beauty Belinha de Rezende it appears to be for real, even though she is already engaged. His Yankee Clippers band is hired to open the new Hotel Atlântico in Rio and Roger offers to fly Belinha part way home. After a mechanical breakdown and forced landing, Roger is confident and makes his move, but Belinha plays hard to get. She can't seem to decide between Roger and her fiance Júlio. When performing the airborne production number to mark the Hotel's opening, Júlio gets some intriguing ideas...


Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday, October 12, 1934

Daddy took us to school. Stayed for typing. Pauline and Ruth Ray were down. I got some grapes.

Christopher Columbus (Italian: Cristoforo Colombo; Spanish: Cristóbal Colón; before 31 October 1451 – 20 May 1506)

Columbus Day is a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the New World on October 12, 1492. It was unofficially celebrated in a number of cities and states as early as the 18th century but did not become a federal holiday until 1937. For many, the holiday is a way of both honoring Columbus' achievements and celebrating Italian-American heritage. Throughout its history, Columbus Day and the man who inspired it have generated controversy, and many alternatives to the holiday have appeared in recent years.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 1934

Went to school. Daddy worked today.

Shawnee Indian Mission Historic Site, Fairway, Kansas.
Shawnee Indian Mission Historical Site
3403 West 53rd Street
Fairway Kansas 66205
(913) 262-0867

The Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas served as a manual training school for children from the Shawnee, Delaware and other Indian nations from 1839-1854 and continued as a school without manual training until 1862. The territorial governor, Andrew Reeder, established his offices at the mission in 1854. The first territorial legislature met at the mission in 1855 after adjourning from the first territorial capital at present day Fort Riley. During the legislative session the "bogus laws" were passed in an attempt to further slavery in Kansas. The mission was also a supply point on the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails and an Union camp during the Civil War. Thomas Johnson, the Methodist missionary who founded Shawnee Indian Mission, is buried in the nearby Shawnee Methodist Mission Cemetery. He was killed in 1865 for his antislavery sentiments.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 1934

Ruth Ray and I walked to school. Tests in Shorthand and English. Went to the nurse. Rode home. Pauline and Nadine came down in the evening.

Edward "Ned" Kelly (June 1854 or 1855 – 11 November 1880)

When the Kellys Rode is a 1934 Australian film directed by Harry Southwell about Ned Kelly and his gang. A policeman comes to arrest Dan Kelly, which results in him being shot and Ned Kelly going on the run with his gang. They rob several banks but are captured and killed at the Glenrowan Hotel. The movie was released in Australia in October 1934.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 1934

Rode to school. Went up and played at Pauline's. Got apples. It sure was warm today.

Stayman Winesap. Flavor: Tart
Stayman's Winesap Apple

A Stayman (or Stayman's Winesap) is a triploid apple cultivar developed in 1866 by Joseph Stayman of Leavenworth, KS; sold by nurseries from 1895. There are two other varieties of Stayman apples; one is green, the other yellow. Staymans remain a locally popular cultivar of apple where grown.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday, October 8, 1934

Daddy took us girls to school. Got warm today. Went up and played tag, etc. with some of the kids.

Diamond Jim Brady was famous
James Buchanan Brady (August 12, 1856 – April 13, 1917)
AKA "Diamond Jim" Brady

An American businessman, financier, and philanthropist of the Gilded Age,
Brady was known for his penchant for jewels, especially diamonds. He collected precious stones and jewelry in excess of US$ 2 million (more than $50 million in today's dollars).

Brady's enormous appetite was as legendary as his wealth, though modern experts believe it was greatly exaggerated. It was not unusual, according to the legend, for Brady to eat enough food for ten people at a sitting. When he died in his sleep of a stroke, doctors discovered his stomach was six times the size of a normal person's stomach.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 1934

Went to Sunday school and church. Kate and Helen were over. Went to see "It Happened One Night" again. Ollie was over.

It Happened One Night with Clark Gable 1934 Movie Poster Print Download
1934 movie poster for It Happened One Night

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Saturday, October 6, 1934

Went to court. Guy got three days. I got candy, books, paper, etc. Daddy listened to the ball game.

The legendary 1934 "Gashouse Gang" (St. Louis Cardinals)

The 1934 World Series matched the St. Louis Cardinals against the Detroit Tigers, with the Cardinals' "Gashouse Gang" winning in seven games for their third championship in nine years.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday, October 5, 1934

A man started to steal something out of our car. Police got him.

Tropical Storm Eleven -
Duration: October 1-6, 1934

The ninth storm of the 1934 Atlantic hurricane season formed in the western Caribbean near Cuba's Isle of Youth on the first of October. It moved somewhat slowly northwestward past the western tip of Cuba and into the Gulf of Mexico. On October 4, while in the middle of the Gulf, it re-curved to the north-northeast, reaching its peak intensity of 60 mph (97 km/h) as it did so. It made landfall on Dauphin Island, Alabama late into the next day as a weakening storm. It dissipated inland the next day, having caused no significant damage.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 1934

Daddy took Mother to the doctor for a hypo today.

Old Mill, Lee's Summit, MO c.
Old Mill - Lee's Summit, Missouri

Lee's Summit, Missouri was founded in 1865 by William B. Howard. Lee's Summit began as a bustling, entrepreneurial town because of its location on the Union Pacific Railroad. A Kentuckian, Howard established the first park in Lee's Summit, called Howard Park. It was used by the townspeople for all kinds of events, including the Lee's Summit Fair which eventually became the Jackson County Fair.  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 1934

Mother stayed in bed sick today.

Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975)

Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, she became a citizen of France in 1937. Fluent in both English and French, Baker became an international musical and political icon. She was given such nicknames as the "Bronze Venus", the "Black Pearl", and the "Créole Goddess". She married her second husband, Willie Baker, in 1921 but that marriage also was short lived. She retained that last name simply because her career began taking off during that time and that is the last name with which she became best known.

Baker was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou, to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States (she was offered the unofficial leadership of the movement by Coretta Scott King in 1968 following Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, but turned it down), for assisting the French Resistance during World War II, and for being the first American-born woman to receive the French military honor, the Croix de guerre.

Josephine Baker died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Her funeral was held at L'Eglise de la Madeleine. The first American-born oman to receive full French military honors at her funeral, Baker locked up the streets of Paris one last time. She was interred at the Cimetière de Monaco in Monte Carlo.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday, October 1, 1934

Walked to school and home with the girls. Read a magazine after I finished my night work.

True Story Magazine [United States] (October 1934)
Claire Trevor (March 8, 1910 – April 8, 2000)
October 1934

An Academy Award-winning actress, Trevor was nicknamed the "Queen of Film Noir" because of her many appearances in "bad girl" roles in film noir and other black-and-white thrillers. She appeared in over 60 films. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Key Largo and was nominated for her roles in The High and the Mighty and Dead End.

Claire Trevor died of respiratory failure at the age of 90 in Newport Beach, California. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 1934

Went to Sunday school. I stayed for church. Ollie was over. Played cards in evening.

excellence Babe Ruth
September 30, 1934: Babe Ruth's final game as a New York Yankee. He batted 0 for 3. From New York, he went to the Boston Braves. He played in his last Major League game in Philadelphia on May 30, 1935, when he left the field with a hurt knee.   

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Saturday, September 29, 1934

Straightened up the house today.

MISSOURI Kansas City - 1934 - Souvenir Folder
Kansas City, 1934 - Postcard

Shows: Union Station, Union Station Grand Lobby, Swope Park Entrance, "The Scout" statue at Penn Valley Park, Nelson Gallery and Atkins Museum, Post Office, Skyline, Municipal Auditorium, Liberty Memorial, Pioneer Mother statue, Aerial View, KCP&L Building, Country Club Plaza, Petticoat Lane, Municipal Airport, New City Hall, Kersey Coates Drive, and Jackson County Court House.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday, September 28, 1934

Daddy took us to school. Mr. States came after us. Nadine and I went to Prospect. Saw "The Circus Clown" and "Massacre."

Starring Joe E. Brown and Patricia Ellis
Directed by Ray Enright
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 63 minutes

Plot Summary:

The Circus Clown is about a man who wants to join the circus against the wishes of his ex-circus clown father.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 1934

Rained today. Walked home from school. Got some pears. Ruth Ray and Pauline down. Played cards.

Death photo of Clell Miller
Clell Miller (January 9, 1850 - September 7, 1876)
AKA Cleland D. Miller or Clenand Miller or McClelland Miller

Miller was an outlaw with the James-Younger Gang who was killed during the gang's robbery at Northfield, Minnesota. He was born on either January 9, 1850 (the date on his tombstone) or December 15, 1849 in Kearney, Missouri. His younger brother Edward T. Miller also joined the gang and was allegedly killed by Jesse James in 1881.

Miller's body was photographed (see "death photo", above) and then buried in Northfield. However, his father claimed the body and Miller was buried at Muddy Fork Cemetery in Kearney.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 1934

Note: Ruth didn't write in her diary today.

the R. M. S. Queen Mary:
R.M.S. Queen Mary
AKA "Pride of the Clyde"

September 26, 1934: The first great Cunard Queen, R.M.S. Queen Mary,was lauched at the John Brown Shipyard into the River Clyde.

"I am happy to name this ship the Queen Mary. I wish success to her and all who sail in her." Queen Mary, September 26, 1934

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 1934

Mother still doesn't feel well.

Henry Louis "Lou" or "Buster" Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941)

 First baseman who played 17 seasons for the New York Yankees (1923–1939) and set several major league baseball records, including the most career grand slams (23), which Alex Rodriguez tied in 2012, and most consecutive games played (2,130) since surpassed by Cal Ripken, Jr.

September 25, 1934 Gehrig played in his 1500th consecutive game 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday, September 24, 1934

Us girls walked to school and home together.

City Market On Walnut At Fifth Street
1934 black and white detailed charcoal sketch depicting the City Market on Walnut at Fifty Street as well as City Hall. Includes vehicles and people. Artist: C. L. Budworth.

P.S. Happy birthday to Ruth's grandson, Shane!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 1934

Mother and I went to Sunday school and church. Ollie was over. Pauline, Ruth Ray, Nadine and I went to Central Show. Saw "Finishing School" and "House of Rothschild."

Finishing School (1934) Movie
Finishing School
Starring Frances Dee, Ginger Rogers, Bruce Cabot, Billie Burke, John Halliday
Director: George Nicholls Jr., Wanda Tuchock
Running Time: 70 minutes

Plot Summary:

The scandalous doings behind the high-toned exterior of a private school for rich young women provides the framework for this drama. Much of the story centers on an unhappy socialite and her smart-alecky, world-wise roomy who has no morals at all when it comes to getting what she wants. This of course, puts her at odds with the school's overly class-conscious administration, who live in mortal fear of scandal. As a result, the staff is encouraged to remain cool and aloof, something that causes the lonely socialite, who longs for her parents love, to become deeply depressed. Unfortunately, her father doesn't seem to care and her mother is too busy climbing the social ladder to notice. The socialite becomes increasingly despondent and thinks of suicide. Still she is not immune to the girlish pranks and gaiety of her peers. Her life also improves when she falls in love with the handsome med student who works at the school as a waiter. Unfortunately, things get bad again when he accidentally impregnates her. Fortunately, it all works out for her in the end

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 1934

Nadine and I walked up to the Dime Store. Lost my hat. Saw Pauline. Went to Gweyn's. She is sick.

Gresford Disaster
Gresford Disaster - September 22, 1934

The Gresford Disaster was one of Britain's worst coal mining disasters and mining accidents. It occurred on September 22, 1934 at Gresford Colliery near Wrexham, in north-east Wales, when a violent explosion shook a section of the Main seam of the mine, over a mile from the bottom of the shaft, and a fire took hold. A total of 266 men died. Only eleven bodies were ever recovered from the mine.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday, September 21, 1934

Girls were down this evening. Played piano. Mother didn't feel very good. Went over to Mrs. Raifert's.

Bowling Team - Firestone Service Company
Group portrait of members of the Firestone Service Company bowling team with trophy, identified as the 1933-34 champions of the South Central Business Association of Kansas City Bowling League.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

September 20, 1934

Mother stayed in bed today.

Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
AKA: Sofia Lazzaro, Sofia Loren, Sofia Scicolone
Birth Name: Sofia Villani Scicolone
Date Of Birth: September 20, 1934
Country Of Birth: Italy
Birth Place: Pozzuoli, Campania

Loren is widely recognized as the most awarded Italian actress. She was the first actress of the talkie era to win an Academy Award for a non-English-speaking performance, for her portrayal of Cesira in Vittorio De Sica's Two Women. Her other awards include one Golden Globe Award, a Grammy Award, a BAFTA Award and a Laurel Award. In 1995 she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievements, one of many such awards.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 1934

Note: Ruth didn't write in her diary today.

Bruno Richard Hauptmann (November 26, 1899 – April 3, 1936)
September 19, 1934: Arrested for Lindbergh kidnapping and murder

A German ex-convict, Hauptmann was sentenced to death for the abduction and murder of the 20-month-old son of Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The Lindberg kidnapping became known as "The Crime of the Century".

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 1934

Ruth Ray and Nadine down. Pauline down a minute.

Orpheum Theatre ca.1916
Orpheum Theater
Kansas City, Missouri
Opened on December 26, 1914

The Orpheum was designed for a sumptuous experiences inside and out. Built to resemble the Paris Opera House, the exterior was faced with terra cotta designed to resemble Tennessee marble. Embedded along the top of the building’s facade were carved panels symbolically depicting art and music.

The lobby floor was enhanced with a random marble mosaic in figured patterns and panels. A spacious ladies lounge provided divans, lounging chairs, writing desks, telephones, and dressing tables as well as offering maid service. Inside the auditorium was a domed roof painted blue and highlighted with artificial stars. The main stage curtain was made of wire woven asbestos painted to resemble velvet drapery and weighed in excess of 1,200 pounds.

As motion pictures gained in popularity and vaudeville declined, the Orpheum owners tried to draw audiences with legitimate theater in the 1930s, motion pictures in the 1940s and legitimate theater again in the 1950s. These efforts proved to be unsuccessful at filling the theater’s seats, and in 1962, the Orpheum was brought down to make room for an addition to the Muehlebach Hotel.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday, September 17, 1934

Rode to school with Daddy. Changed lockers. Ollie and Mrs. Raifert over for supper.

Beethoven's 5th -The main theme of the third movement

September 17, 1934: First 33 1/3 rpm recording released (Beethoven's 5th)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 1934

Went to Sunday school and church. Daddy bet $2. Lost. Pauline and I went to the show. Saw "Golddiggers of 1933" and "Gambling Lady." We wore our green dresses.

Gambling Lady
Theatrical Release Poster
Run time: 66 minutes
Released March 31, 1934

Plot Summary:

Lady Lee (Barbara Stanwyck), gambler's daughter, plies her trade while pondering the proposal of a social-register suitor (Joel McCrea).

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 1934

Pauline came down a while. Went to store. Took some dishes over to Carrie's for Mrs. Raifert. Read a while this evening.

Lotus Leaf quilting pattern

This small quilting pattern can be used as a single section. Or put all four corners together, you get an interesting square with points at each corner. Combined, it fits a 10" to 12" square. Published in The Kansas City Star on Sept. 15, 1934.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday, September 14, 1934

Rode to school with Daddy. He came after us. Ruth Ray and Pauline and I went to the show. Saw "Kennel Murder Case" and "The Fugitive."

The Kennel Murder Case Poster
The Kennel Murder Case movie poster (1933)
Starring William Powell, Mary Astor and Eugene Pallette
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Genre: Mystery
Run time: 73 minutes
Release Date: October 28, 1933

Plot Summary:

Philo Vance, accompanied by his prize-losing Scottish terrier, investigates the locked-room murder of a prominent and much-hated collector whose broken Chinese vase provides an important clue.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 1934

Got my locker at school. It was hot today. Pauline and I walked home together.

Gaetano Lococo (1895-1993)
AKA "Tano" or "Thomas"
Lococo was a mobster identified as one of the "Five Iron Men of Kansas City." In his early years he was known as an enforcer with the Kansas City crime family. Later on, he controlled an interest in several illegal gambling establishments.
In March 1950 Lococo was identified at a meeting of U.S. and Sicilian mobsters at a Tiajuana, Mexico hotel. When local Mexican police found out about the meeting, they ended it prematurely. Less than a month after the conference, Kansas City boss Charles Binaggio and underboss Charlie Gargotta were assassinated. It was speculated during the Kefauver hearings on organized crime a few years later that the decision to whack Binaggio had been made at the Tiajuana meeting.
Gaetano Lococo died  of natural causes at the age of 98.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 1934

Went to school. Got lessons done, then Pauline, Nadine and I went to church. They had some slides.

September 11, 1934,
Region 8 Sea Scouts BSA
September 11, 1934 - Lincoln, Nebraska

Sea Scouting is a coed outdoor program for young adults 14-20 years old and their adult advisors.

The Sea Scout Promise follows:

As a Sea Scout I promise to do my best:

To guard against water accidents;

To know the location and proper use of the lifesaving devices on every boat I board;

To be prepared to render aid to those in need;

To seek to preserve the motto of the sea, Women and children first.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday, September 10, 1934

Went to school. Rode with Pauline. Kind of cold. Got my lessons done. Pauline and I went walking in evening.

Hot Lips Page (trumpet),
Kansas City jazz, which came into its own in the 1920s and 1930s, is distinguished by the following musical elements:

A preference for a 4/4 beat over the 2/4 beat found in other jazz styles of the time. As a result, Kansas City jazz had a more relaxed, fluid sound than other jazz styles.

Extended soloing. Fueled by the non-stop nightlife under Political Boss Tom Pendergast, Kansas City jam sessions went on well past sunrise, fostering a highly competitive atmosphere and a unique jazz culture in which the goal was to "say something" with one's instrument, rather than simply show off one's technique. It was not uncommon for one "song" to be performed for several hours, with the best musicians often soloing for dozens of choruses at a time.

So-called "head arrangements". The KC big bands often played by memory, composing and arranging the music collectively, rather than sight-reading as other big bands of the time did. This further contributed to the loose, spontaneous Kansas City sound.

A heavy blues influence, with KC songs often based around a 12-bar blues structure, rather than the 8-bar jazz standard.

One of the most recognizable characteristics of Kansas City jazz is frequent, elaborate riffing by the different sections. Riffs were often created - or even improvised - collectively, and took many forms: a) one section riffing alone, serving as the main focus of the music; b) one section riffing behind a soloist, adding excitement to the song; or c) two or more sections riffing in counterpoint, creating an exciting hard-swinging sound. The Count Basie signature tunes "One O'Clock Jump" and "Jumpin' at the Woodside", for example, are simply collections of complex riffs, memorized in a head arrangement, and punctuated with solos. Glenn Miller's famous swing anthem "In the Mood" closely follows the Kansas City pattern of riffing sections, and is a good example of the Kansas City style after it had been exported to the rest of the world.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 1934

I went to Sunday school today by myself. Mother didn't feel well enough to go. It rained hard tonight. Read and studied. Ruth Ray and Nadine down.

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976)

An American business magnate, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, film maker and philanthropist, Hughes was one of the wealthiest people in the world. As a maverick film producer, he gained prominence in Hollywood from the late 1920s, making big-budget and often, controversial films like The Racket (1928), Hell's Angels (1930), Scarface (1932) and The Outlaw (1943).

 Hughes was one of the most influential aviators in history: he set multiple world air speed records, built the Hughes H-1 Racer and H-4 "Hercules" (better known to history as the "Spruce Goose" aircraft), and acquired and expanded Trans World Airlines, which would later on merge with American Airlines. Hughes is also remembered for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle in later life, caused in part by a worsening obsessive–compulsive disorder and chronic pain. His legacy is maintained through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 1934

Straighted up the house a bit. Was going to go to town but didn't go. Kind of cool today.

Long Island Tropical Storm of September 8, 1934 (Hurricane #6)

On September 8, 1934 a tropical storm first reported over the eastern Bahamas passed over Long Island after brushing by Cape Hatteras on its journey north. The storm attained hurricane strength with the lowest pressure point received from a ship at sea being 28.56 inches (967 millibars).

The New York City area was on the western side of the storm as it crossed Long Island, but still reported near hurricane force winds and very heavy rain that caused roads to become impassible. The 4.86 inches of rain that fell in Central Park on September 8, 1934 stands to this day as the 8th greatest single day precipitation total. At the time it was the 4th greatest single day total.

In the New Haven, CT area electric lines were reported down and transportation impaired by the storm, including in Milford where trolley cars were reported to have been inundated. Near Atlantic City, NJ, 3 men on a fishing trip drowned when their 35 foot power boat capsized 2 ½ miles off shore. Cape Hatteras reported 7.72 inches of rain in 24 hours and a peak wind gust to 65 mph in the wake of the storm as it moved away to the north, but no property damage or loss of life.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday, September 7, 1934

Went to the Murray Show and saw Little Miss Marker again with Nadine and Pauline. Saw Freckles in person.

Freckles 1934
Freckles and his Friends - 1934

Freckles and his Friends was a popular American comic strip set in the peaceful small town of Shadyside where young Freckles McGoosey and his friends live. Although the long-run strip, created by Merrill Blosser, is remembered for its continuing storyline involving a group of teenagers, it originally featured a child at the age of six or seven in gag-a-day situations.

Illustrated by Blosser and later by Henry Formhals (1908-1981), Freckles and His Friends was ghostwritten by Fred Fox (1903-1981). A gagwriter for Groucho Marx and Judy Canova, Fox scripted for radio, television and films. Widely syndicated by Newspaper Enterprise Association, Freckles and His Friends had a long run through much of the 20th Century.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 1934

Went to school with the kids. My teachers are Shorthand - Cornell, Typing - Cornell, English - Kite, Latin - Wynne, History - Deeson.

A bolide (an especially bright meteor)

Shortly after 8:00 p.m. on September 6, 1934, a large meteor was witnessed by people in all quarters of the State of Kansas, from many parts of Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma, and the Panhandle of Texas.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 1934

Daddy took us to school. I'm taking Shorthand, 2nd year Latin, English, Typing and History. Walked home with the girls.

Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl
(22 August 1902 – 8 September 2003)

A German film director, actress and dancer widely noted for her aesthetics and innovations as a filmmaker, Riefenstahl's most famous film was Triumph of the Will, a documentary film made at the 1934 Nuremberg congress of the National Socialist Party.

Riefenstahl's prominence in the Third Reich, along with her personal association with Adolf Hitler, destroyed her film career following Germany's defeat in World War II, after which she was arrested but released without any charges.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tuesday, September 4, 1934

Went to school today. Walked home with the girls. Didn't get books. Went to the library downtown.

Central High School
3611 East Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, Missouri

The school was termed the first million dollar school. It was founded in 1924 and cost about $900,000 to build, a considerable sum of money then. The architect was Charles A. Smith who designed it in the Neo-Classical style. A reconstruction took place in 1984.

It is the only school building in the Kansas City, Missouri School District to have a ramp that winds back and forth from the first floor to the third floor. It includes two gymnasiums and an auditorium that seats 1700. There is a swimming pool which has now fallen into disuse.

The school closed in 2010.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Monday, September 3, 1934

Today is Labor Day. Mother got up out of bed today. Pauline was down tonight.

Harry C. Alley Residence
Residence of Henry A. Auerbach, co-founder, Palace Clothing Co., after 1934 drought, 4500 Warwick Blvd.

The hottest Kansas City summer on record was 1934, with an average temperature of 84.9 degrees.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 1934

Didn't go to Sunday school today. Mother is still sick in bed. Aunt Kate and Uncle Laten came by and took me to the magazine shop.

Clara Shortridge Foltz (July 16, 1849 – September 2, 1934)

Foltz was the first female lawyer on the West Coast. She was the sister of U.S. Senator Samuel M. Shortridge. The Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles was renamed after her in 2002, and is now known as the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 1934

Had pancakes for breakfast. Mother was sick in bed today. Ollie and Mrs. Raifert were over. Uncle Laten came by for a bit.

the Arts September 1, 1934

September 1, 1934 - U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt talks about the artist's special place in society.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 1934

Went to Clay. Came home. Got watermelon. Mother sure sick. Ate supper ar Aunt Katie's. Got a book.

Released August 30, 1934: Dale
"Sensation Hunters"
Released August 30, 1934
Starring Marion Burns, Arline Judge, Preston Foster, Kenneth MacKenna
Directed by Charles Vidor
Written by Whitman Chambers

Plot Summary:

Dale Jordan (Burns) is a cabaret star who hob-nobs with the wealthy on her way to a performance in Panama.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 1934

Went over to Laten's. He drove us up home (Clay Center, Kansas). Got polish and went to Mart's then to Emmett and Melvin's. Stayed all night at Henry's.

August 29, 1934. 08-27-1934 - Jimmy Durante
Jimmy Durante's Stage Antics - August 29, 1934

Jimmy Durante says things have reached a pretty spot for him, as he can’t enter a night club without having the master of ceremonies ask him to sing. While he is an obliging person at heart, there comes a time when the best of clowns likes to sit quietly and enjoy seeing the other fellow work.

So now Jimmy has a new stunt. Whenever he’s called on to give a number, he obliges with the roughest song he knows; tears the music, smashes at the piano, wrecks music stands and does all the incidental damage possible.

The audience loves it. But the management? That’s another story.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 1934

Got our stuff ready for tomorrow. Mother didn't feel very good. Uncle Laten by. Pauline and I went to the show. Saw "Sing and Like It" and

Vintage Restrike Press Movie photo C2983 SING AND LIKE IT Zasu Pitts
Sing and Like It
Comedy - 72 minutes
Starring Zasu Pitts, Pert Kelton, Edward Everett Horton
Written by Aben Kandel (story "So You Won't Sing, Eh?")
Directed by William A. Seiter

A gangster (Nat Pendleton) tries to turn his tone-deaf girlfriend into a singing star.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday, August 27, 1934

Mother washed clothes. I ironed them. Pauline and Catherine were down. Went over to Raifert's.


The company had its origin in 1901, when Charles R. Walgreen bought the drugstore, on the south side of Chicago, at which he had been working as a pharmacist. He bought a second store in 1909; by 1915, there were five Walgreen drugstores. He made numerous improvements and innovations in the stores, including the addition of soda fountains (Walgreen invented that perennial drugstore favorite, the malt!) that also featured luncheon service. Walgreen also began to make his own line of drug products; by doing so, he was able to control the quality of these items and offer them at lower prices than competitors.

By 1934, 600 Walgreen agency stores were functioning in 33 states, mostly in Midwestern communities with populations of less than 20,000.