|Manhattan Love Song - Released April 30, 1934|
Starring Robert Armstrong, Dixie Lee and Nydia Westman
Director: Leonard Fields
Genre: Comedy/Romance Drama
Based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich
After having been swindled out of all their money by a crooked business manager, formerly wealthy socialites Jerry and Carol discover that they owe their chauffeur and maid back wages they are unable to pay. They're forced to let their former employees live in their luxury apartment in lieu of paying the money they owe them.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Walked to school with Ruth Ray and home with Pauline. They both came down this evening.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Ruth Ray, Mother and I went to Sunday school and church this a.m. Pauline and us went out to the at gallery and a baseball game. Ollie was over.
|1934 Ford Fordor Deluxe Sedan|
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were wanted for the murders of 12 people, including nine law enforcement officers.
And they were passing through Topeka, Kansas.
It was Sunday, April 29, 1934, and America's deadliest couple drove near the city's eastern edge, seeking to steal a vehicle to replace the beat-up Ford they had been using. They always abandoned their car and stole another when they felt the law was getting too close.
Bonnie stood on the running board and looked into cars. She spotted the keys inside a tan 1934 Ford parked in Jesse and Ruth Warren's driveway at 2107 S.E. Gabler.
The fast, sleek sedan belonged to the Warrens, but not for long.
By the time they got it back, it would have more than 160 bullet holes.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Cleaned up the house today. Took a bath. Went up to Pauline's. Played ball, danced, etc. Ruth Ray came by this p.m.
|Weeding Wembley - April 28, 1934|
A row of stadium groundstaff meticulously pick out dock leaves, dandelions and daisies by hand from the hallowed Wembley turf in readiness for the FA Cup final between Manchester City and Portsmouth later that Saturday. The game was played in a thunderstorm which rendered the pitch sluggish, with City emerging 2-1 winners. "While [the Manchester City captain] Cowan strode majestically with the cup - and Brook, like a schoolboy, ran off with the lid - the Portsmouth players stood like men dismayed and dazed by a sudden calamity," reported the Manchester Guardian on the following Monday.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Pauline didn't go to school today. I walked to school and home with Ruth Ray.
|Phase of the Hoover Dam - April 27, 1934|
Location: Clark County, NV and Mohave County, AZ
Constructed 1931-1936; Dedicated September 30, 1935
A total of 3,250,000 cubic yards of concrete was used in the dam
More than 582 miles of cooling pipes were placed within the concrete
Employment peaked in 1934 at 5,251
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Walked to school and home with Ruth Ray. Went up to play with kids. Pauline got kinda mad at Nadine.
|Vaile Mansion - Independence, Missouri|
Built in 1881, the Vaile Mansion in Independence is a prime example of
Second Empire Victorian architecture. Colonel and Mrs. Harvey Vaile
built the mansion to include 31 rooms, painted ceilings, flushing toilets
and a 48,000 gallon wine cellar.
Located aat 1500 North Liberty Street in Independence, Missouri, the
Vaile Mansion is open April-October as well as holidays for tours.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Walked to school and home with Ruth Ray. All of us kids went out and played up at Pauline's.
|James Crawford "Jimmie" Angel (August 1, 1899 – December 8, 1956)|
Born in Cedar Valley, Missouri, Angel was an American aviator after whom Angel Falls
in Venezuela, the tallest waterfall in the world, is named.
The falls, which cascade from the top of Auyantepui in the remote Gran Sabana region of
Venezuela, were not known to the outside world until Jimmie Angel flew over them on November 18,
1933 while searching for a valuable ore bed.
Jimmie Angel's Flamingo monoplane
On October 9, 1937, Jimmie Angel returned to the falls with the intention of landing. On board
his Flamingo monoplane that day were his second wife Marie, Gustavo Heny, and Miguel
Delgado, Heny's gardener. Jimmie attempted a landing but despite a successful touchdown, his
El Rio Caroni aircraft nose-dived when it hit soft ground at the end of its landing run. The wheels
sank in the mud making take-off impossible.
The occupants were unharmed but had to trek across difficult terrain with low food supplies
for 11 days to make their way off the tepui and down to the nearest settlement at Kamarata.
When word got out of their exploits, Angel received near-legendary status in Venezuela.
His aircraft remained atop Auyantepui until 1970, when it was disassembled into parts and lifted
down by Venezuelan military helicopters. Today an El Rio Caroní can be seen outside the airport
terminal at Ciudad Bolivar. The airplane was re-assembled in the city of Maracay's aviation museum.
In keeping with his wishes, Jimmie Angel's ashes were scattered over Angel Falls in July 1960.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Walked to school with Ruth Ray. Walked home with Pauline, Nadine and Donald. Went up to Pauline's and Ruth Ray's.
|Laurens Hammond and his invention, the Hammond Organ|
American engineer and inventor Laurens Hammond of Chicago received Patent 1.955.350
for an "Electrical Musical Instrument," and introduced the Hammond Organ Model A the following
year. The Hammond Organ was originally sold to churches as a lower-cost alternative to wind-driven
pipe organs, but in the 1960s and 1970s it became a standard keyboard instrument for jazz, blues,
rock music and gospel music.
In addition to the Hammond Organ, Laurens Hammond also invented a silent spring-driven clock,
the Teleview system of shutter-glasses for viewing 3-D films. World War II gave Hammond new
clients for his inventions. He helped design guided missle controls and was awarded patents for
infrared and light sensing devices for bomb guidance, glide bomb controls, a camera shutter and a
new type of gyroscope. The glide bomb was the forerunner of today's guided missiles, carried by
At the time of his death in 1973, Hammonds held over 100 patents.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Walked to school and home today with Ruth Ray. Ruth Ray and Nadine and Pauline and I went out and played this evening.
|James G. Balestrere (June 24, 1891 - Oct. 19, 1959)|
Born in Palermo, Sicily, Balestrere initially settled with his family in Milwaukee in 1903.
When he was a teenager, his family moved to the Kansas City area. Balestrere became a bigshot
in the Kansas City outfit during Prohibition. Though a stone mason by trade, he is believed to have
teamed with the DiGiovanni brothers - Joseph and Pietro ("Sugar House Pete") - in a bootlegging-
related venture, supplying sugar to moonshine operations.
After Prohibition, Balestrere put his mason skills to use constructing a local restaurant/casino. (He
previously worked operating a grocery store and a drug store.) The gambling establishment became
known as "the White House." In the late 1930s, Balestrere also managed a keno game for local politician
and crime boss Tom Pendergast.
Balestrere reportedly became a partner in the Kansas City mob's leadership group. Control of mob
looks to have been shared by Balestrere, Thomas "Tano" Lococo, Charles Carollo and Anthony Gizzo.
Some procliamed Gizzo was the boss, but the Kefauver Committee, after hearing Balestrere's
testimony in September 1950, decided that Balestrere was the big man.
James G. Balestrere is buried in Kansas City's Calvary Cemetery.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Went to Sunday school and church with Ruth Ray and Mother. Nadine was down. Got some books. We made some candy. Or rather Nadine did.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Kate and Helen and Mother and I went downtown. Saw "Narcotic." Got me some white pumps. I think they are kinda cute.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Walked to school and home with Ruth Ray. Daddy called up Aunt Kate. Aunt Minnie is sick pretty bad.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Walked to school and home with Ruth Ray. Saw "I Am Suzanne" this p.m.
|I Am Suzanne! |
Director: Rowland V. Lee
Stars Lilian Harvey, Gene Raymond and Leslie Banks
Genre: Musical, Romance
Running Time: 98 minutes
In a plotline curiously similar to the much-later Lili, Harvey is cast as Suzanne, a crippled dancer
in love with young, self-involved puppeteer Tony (Gene Raymond), who finds it easier to talk
to his wooden-headed creations than to human beings. Growing jealous of her puppet "rivals,"
Suzanne actually shoots a puppet designed in her image -- which leads to a bizarre dream
sequence, in which the heroine is put on trial by the King and Queen of Puppet Land (played by
Podrecca's Piccoli Marionettes). In time, Suzanne recovers from her lameness and enjoys a
happily-after-ever denouement with Tony, no thanks to her Svengali-like manager Baron (Leslie Banks).
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Walked with Ruth Ray. Had quite a few lessons. Went up to Pauline's. Nadine got a job at Warren's.
|April 18, 1934|
The first "washateria" (laundromat) is opened by C. A. Tannahill in Fort Worth, Texas.
The electric-powered washing machine, invented in 1908, was a great time- and sweat-saving device—but only
for those who could afford it and had regular electricity. C.A. Tannahill noticed that many in his Fort Worth
community didn’t fit that description. In 1934, he purchased four electric washing machines and installed them
in the same building. He charged people by the hour to clean their clothes in his “washateria,” now better
known as a laundromat.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Walked with Ruth Ray, Nadine and Pauline to school. I sure felt stiff. Waited for the kids this p.m. Traded for a movie magazine and read it.
Cover image: Lupe Vélez (July 18, 1908 – December 14, 1944)
Vélez began her career in Mexico as a dancer, before moving to the U.S. where she worked
in vaudeville. She was seen by Fanny Brice, who promoted her, and Vélez soon entered
films, making her first appearance in 1924. By the end of the decade she had progressed to
leading roles. With the advent of talking pictures, Vélez acted in comedies, but she became
disappointed with her film career, and moved to New York to work in Broadway productions.
Returning to Hollywood in 1939, she snared the lead in a B comedy for RKO Radio Pictures, The
Girl from Mexico. She established such a rapport with co-star Leon Errol that RKO made a quick
sequel, Mexican Spitfire, which became a very popular series. Vélez perfected her comic character,
indulging in broken-English malaprops, troublemaking ideas, and sudden fits of temper bursting
into torrents of Spanish invective. She occasionally sang in these films, and often displayed
a talent for hectic, visual comedy.
Vélez had a number of highly publicized affairs but married only once, for five years to Olympic
athlete Johnny Weissmuller (of Tarzan fame). In the mid-1940s, Vélez began a relationship with
actor Harald Maresch, and became pregnant with his child. Supposedly unable to face the shame
of giving birth to an illegitimate child, she decided to take her own life. Her suicide note read:
"To Harald: May God forgive you and forgive me, too; but I prefer to take my life away and
our baby's, before I bring him with shame, or killin' [sic] him. Lupe."
Buried in Mexico, Lupe Vélez has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard.
Monday, April 16, 2012
This evening us kids played ball. I got hit by a motorcycle. Had the doctor. Hurt my knee, side and foot. Helen's was here.
|The Air Mail Act of 1925 (Kelly Act) authorized the postmaster general to contract for domestic airmail |
service with commercial air carriers. It also set airmail rates and the level of cash subsidies to be paid to
companies that carried the mail. By transferring airmail operations to private companies, the government
effectively would help create the commercial aviation industry. Various routes were designated and
contracts for carrying the mail over these routes were then awarded to many different private air
service companies. The Contract Air Mail routes became known as CAM's.
After a series of crashes by the original contractor between Chicago, Illinois and Minneapolis,
Minnesota, with interim stops in Milwaukee and LaCrosse, Northwest Airways took over the
routes on October 1, 1926. NWA was incorporated on August 1, 1926 as a Michigan corporation
formed by a group of Detroit and Twin-Cities businessmen using borrowed aircraft.
NWA immediately purchased three Stinson Detroiter aircraft (see above) capable of carrying the
mail and three passengers at 85 mph. On April 16, 1934 Northwest Airlines was incorporated,
replacing the former Northwest Airways.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Ruth Ray, Mother and I went to Sunday school and church. Ollie was by this evening. Played pinochle. Got some little pies. Sure good.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
I went up to Pauline's today and we played ball nearly all day. Helen's was by. Ruth Ray and I went to the show and saw "Roman Scandals."
Friday, April 13, 2012
Today was supposed to be "bad luck," but I got through okay.
|Bonnie and Clyde's identification order|
The End nears . . .
On April 13, 1934, an FBI agent, through investigation in the vicinity of Ruston, Louisiana, obtained
information which definitely placed Bonnie and Clyde (in a car stolen in New Orleans) in a remote
section southwest of that community. The home of sometime accomplice Henry Methvin and
the Methvin was not far away, and the agent learned of visits there by Bonnie and Clyde. Special
agents in Texas had learned that Clyde and his companion had been traveling from Texas to
Louisiana, occasionally accompanied by Henry Methvin. The FBI and local law enforcement authorities
in Louisiana and Texas concentrated on apprehending Bonnie and Clyde, whom they strongly
believed to be in the area.
To be continued ...
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Walked to school with Ruth Ray, Pauline and Nadine. Waited for them after school.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Viola Kerns, Elizabeth Holland and Annabell Smith gave their Expressions today.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Walked to school with the kids. Ollie was over this evening.
|April 10, 1934: Chicago Black Hawks win the Stanley Cup|
The 1934 Stanley Cup Final National Hockey League championship series was contested
by the Chicago Black Hawks and the Detroit Red Wings. It was the Red Wings' first
appearance in the Final, and Chicago's second, after 1931. The Black Hawks won the best-
of-five series 3–1 to win their first Stanley Cup.
Note: In 1986, the team name was changed to Chicago Blackhawks.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Note: Ruth didn't write today.
|Mary Evelyn "Billie" Frechette (September 15, 1907 – January 13, 1969)|
Singer, waitress and, most notably, John Dillinger's girlfriend
Frechette met Dillinger in October 1933 and was arrested on April 9, 1934 on the charge of
harboring Dillinger in her St. Paul, Minnesota apartment, and served two years in federal prison
for harboring a criminal. During her arrest, Dillinger and a companion watched from a block away;
he wanted to attack the lawmen and rescue her, but accepted the argument that he would die in
the attempt. She served two years and a day under the Federal Harboring Law at the Federal
Correctional Farm at Milan, Michigan, and was released in 1936. After her release, she toured
the country in a theatrical show called Crime Doesn't Pay - proving just the opposite, that
sometimes it does pay. Several members of Dillinger's family toured with her.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Ruth Ray went to Sunday school and church with us. In the evening we went up to the Linwood and saw "Mr. Skitch." I'd read the story.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Nadine, Pauline and Ruth Ray were all down today.
|April 7, 1934: Russo-Finnish Non-Aggression Pact Renewed|
(Pact was originally signed in 1932)
The pact stands for five-and-a-half years. Then, on November 28, 1939, three Finnish border
guards disappear from their (far north) Pummanki border guard post. Tracks indicate that
Soviet troops have crossed the border and kidnapped the men.
The Soviets deny the charge. USSR Foreign Minister Molotov (for whom the deadly cocktail
is named) claims that the Finnish reply to its denial reveals its hostile intentions toward the
the Soviet Union therefore nullifying the 1932 non-aggression pact. On Moscow Radio an
announcement is read by the Leniningrad military district that the Finnish provocations
have continued, sparking Russian works to demonstrate and demand that the Finnish
provocateurs be punished.
In Finland the cabinet can't decide on how to react. There's a growing feeling that the
Soviets have to be placated somehow, but some ministers (especially ones in territories
near the border being demanded by the Soviets) still resist any concessions. The two
countries are now at what amounts to a stalemate.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Note: Ruth didn't write today.
|Betty in Blunderland|
Released April 6, 1934
Director: David Fleischer
Late at night, Betty Boop is making a jigsaw puzzle with a picture of Alice in Wonderland on it.
She dreams she’s Alice, stepping through the looking glass into Wonderland. There she sings
“How Do You Do” to Humpty Dumpty, the Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the Walrus and the Carpenter,
and the Mock Turtle, before being kidnapped by the evil Jabberwock.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Walked to school with Pauline. I sure had a lot of mathematics tonight.
|Original printed edition (Spanish edition) from April 5, 1934.|
The magazine has 53 pages (13 x 9.5 inches) and includes 64 costume designs original of the era.
Fashion trends from Paris, London, etc. A "Rochas" and "Heim" original designs on the cover,
and pages of advice, advertising, etc. It also includes sewing tips, and tips for knitting, and
diagrams and explanation to make a pattern from one of the dresses.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I stayed for volleyball after school. Got wave set for Mother.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Ruth Ray, Pauline and I walked to school. After school Gweyn and I walked way down to the Union Station.
|Union Station - Kansas City, Missouri 1933|
The Beaux-Arts station opened on October 30, 1914. Encompassing 850,000 square feet, it was the
second-largest train station in the country. The design by Jarvis Hunt had a main hall for
ticketing, and a perpendicular hall extending out over the tracks for passenger waiting. The Grand
Hall ceiling was 95 feet high and the Grand Hall clock had a six-foot diameter face. Due to its
central location, Kansas City remained a hub for both passenger and freight rail traffic.
Union Station made headlines on June 17, 1933, as four unarmed FBI agents were gunned down by
gang members attempting to free captured fugitive Frank Nash. Nash was also killed in the gun battle.
The “Kansas City Massacre” highlighted the lawlessness of Kansas City under the Pendergast
Machine and resulted in the arming of all FBI agents.
In 1945, annual passenger traffic peaked at 678,363. As train travel declined beginning in the 1950s,
the city had less and less need for a large train station. By 1973, only 32,842 passengers passed
through the facility, all passenger train service was now run by Amtrak, which eventually suspended
service, and the building was beginning to deteriorate.
The building continued to decay until, in 1996, residents in five counties throughout the metro area
in both Kansas and Missouri approved the so-called "bi-state tax", a 1/8 of a cent sales tax, part of
which helped to fund just under half of the $250 million restoration of Union Station. Renovation began
in 1997 and was completed in 1999. The remaining money was raised through private donations
and federal funding. Today Union Station receives no public funding. Current operating costs are
funded by general admission and theater ticketing, grants, corporate and private donations, commercial
space leases and facility rental.
In 2002, Amtrak restored passenger train service to the station. There are currently two trains daily
to and from St. Louis, one train daily to Chicago, and one train daily to the southwest (ultimately
to Los Angeles).
Monday, April 2, 2012
Went to school. Daddy took Pauline, Ruth Ray and I. I walked home with Ruth Ray. In the evening went skating.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Ruth Ray went to Sunday school and church with me. Nadine, Pauline and I saw "Dinner at Eight" with Jean Harlow. Sure good. Nadine and I went to our church in the evening.