Walked to and home from school with the kids. Aunt Kate's were by.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
NOTE: Ruth didn't write in her diary today.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Mother went to the doctor today.
Monday, May 28, 2012
I stayed home from school today.
|Dionne Quintuplets - Corbeil, Ontario, Canada|
In the early morning of May 28, 1934 the names Annette, Cecile, Yvonne, Marie
and Emilie became known to Canada and the world as the Dionne Quintuplets.
Born almost two months premature, with a combined total weight of less than
14 pounds, each child could be held in the palm of one's hand. The identical
quntuplets were taken from their poor, French-speaking parents at about nine
months were made wards of the province to protect their health and to keep
their father from using them to make money.
Ironically, it was the government that made the most money off the quints.
They lived their next nine years at the Allan Roy Dafoe Hospital, which was
built across the road from the family's farm house and became known as Quintland.
This quickly became a travel destination even more popular than Niagara Falls for the
inquisitive tourists of the day. It is estimated that between 1934 and 1943 three million
people visited Quintland, and earned the government and nearby businesses a
half-billion dollars off the tourists.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
We didn't go to Sunday school or church. Aunt Kate's were over.
|Century of Progress - Chicago World's Fair|
On May 27, 1934, a renovated and improved Century of Progress Exposition,
representing an investment of $43,000,000, threw open its gates to the people of the
world at 9 o'clock this morning with high hopes that 30,000,000 visitors would pass through
the turnstiles before Oct. 31, the closing date. Opening day attendance was tallied at 148,664,
exceeding the opening-day record of 1933 by 30,000. President Roosevelt, in a sound picture
address, said the nation's troubles were over for the most part.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Mother got up for a while today. I straightened up the house.
Friday, May 25, 2012
Mother is still sick.
|Gustav Theodore Holst (born Gustavus Theodore von Holst, 21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934)|
An English composer, Holst is most famous for his orchestral suite The Planets. All told,
Holst composed almost 200 works, including operas, ballets, choral hymns and songs.
He was the brother of Hollywood actor Ernest Cossart and father of the composer and
conductor Imogen Holst, who wrote a biography of him in 1938.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Mother stayed in bed sick today.
|Edna Gellhorn (December 18, 1878 - September 24, 1970)|
Born in St. Louis, inspired by her activist mother and very supportive husband, Edna
Gellhorn worked for the passage of clean water and pure-milk legislation. With her husband George,
she worked to reduce infant mortality through their campaign to ensure a safe milk supply
for babies and a provision for free medical clinics. During World War I, she served as
regional director of the food rationing programs.
In 1910, she fought for women's right to vote, saying she was "inspired by the message
that women had something to contribute." From 1910 to 1919, when women secured
the right to vote, Gellhorn worked with state and local Equal Suffrage Leagues. She helped
form the National League of Women Voters and served as the league's first vice president.
She also founded and was president of the St. Louis League of Women Voters and Missouri
League of Women Voters, where she served as the first president. Gellhorn led the
St. Louis league's effort to institute the merit system in Missouri government hiring as
well as leading the league to become one of the first racially integrated civic groups
in St. Louis.
Gellhorn received honorary degrees from Lindenwood College and Washington
University. In 1957 the St. Louis Globe Democrat named her a Woman of Achievement.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Walked to school and home with the kids. Some of the kids got the Centralian. A car bumped into Dean's truck.
|May 23, 1934: The bullet-riddled bodies of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow|
|The bullet-riddled car Bonnie and Clyde were riding in when a posse composed of police officers from Louisiana and Texas, including Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, concealed themselves in bushes along the highway near Sailes, Louisiana. In the early daylight, Bonnie and Clyde appeared in an automobile and when they attempted to drive away, the officers opened fire. Bonnie and Clyde were killed instantly.|
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Went to picnic with Nadine and Pauline. Daddy got me excused from school. Went on dipper, scooter, hey day, ferris wheel, tumblebug, funhouse, etc.
|Kansas City's 8th Street Tunnel|
This abandoned streetcar tunnel had been essentially lost for forty years until a local realty company found the sealed entrance and reopened it. Actually two twin tunnels, the 8th Street Tunnel is well over a hundred years old, with one tunnel being built in 1888 and the other around 1903.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Walked to school and home with Ruth Ray. Nadine and Pauline didn't go. Went with Daddy to a job.
|Dylan Thomas (1914 - 1953)|
Thomas began writing poetry as a child, publishing his work in school magazines. By 1930 he had taken to writing poems in penny notebooks; a number of his poems were published in the "Poet's Corner" of the Sunday Referee and in the influential New Verse. Ralph Maud, in Entrances to Dylan Thomas's Poetry, declared that the writer's first published poem was the subsequently popular "And death shall have no dominion," which appeared on May 8, 1933, in the New English Weekly.
The notebooks in which Thomas composed between 1930 and 1934, when he was sixteen to twenty years old, reveal the young poet's struggle with a number of personal crises, the origins of which are rather obscure. In his 1965 Dylan Thomas, Jacob Korg described them as "related to love affairs, to industrial civilization, and to the youthful problems of finding one's identity." Revised versions of some of the notebooks' poems became in 1934 his first published volume of poetry, Eighteen Poems.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Daddy went fishing early this morning with some men. Mother and I didn't go to Sunday school or church.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Nadine came down and we went out to Swope. Rode home with Daddy. Nadine, Gweyn and I went to the Fashion Show.
|Little Miss Marker|
Starring Shirley Temple, Adolphe Menjou, Dorothy Dell and Charles Bickford
Writers: Damon Runyon and Walter Lipman
Little Martha Jane, aka Little Miss Marker (Temple) is left with the bookmaker Sorrowful Jones by her dad as part of a bet on a horserace. Sorrowful (Menjou) and his group of fellow bookies take to her, reluctantly at first, but their cynical ways start to rub off on her. Will a party set at Camelot bring back her faith in humanity?
Friday, May 18, 2012
This evening Daddy and Mother and I took Mrs. Richards and Tiny and Louie to Swope Park. Went by Kate's on the way home.
|May 18, 1934 - Academy Award first called Oscar in print by columnist Sidney Skolsky|
There are several stories about how "Oscar" got its name.
One story gives credit to the Academy’s executive secretary, Margaret Herrick. The story goes that in
1931, she reportedly saw the statuette, studied it carefully and exclaimed, “Why he looks like my
Another is that two-time winner Bette Davis, who was married to Harmon Oscar Nelson, Jr.
nicknamed it for her husband.
Yet another says award-winning actor John Barrymore coined the name.
Regardless, most people give Sidney Skolsky credit for putting "Oscar" in print.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Nadine and Pauline were down. I played tag outside for a while. Did a whole lot of nightwork.
|May 17, 1934 - New York City lunch stand|
Once the location of the Trinity Church uptown cemetery (until 1896), and today the site of a swing-set in the expanded playground adjacent to Carmine Street Pool, this location for a lunch stand drew upon the predominantly youthful patrons of the park, the pool, and the Hudson Park library branch.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Skated up to Pauline's but she didn't want to go skating.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Walked to school and home with the kids. Played jacks a little while with Betty. Ruth Ray was down.
|The Man from Utah|
Released May 15, 1934
Starring John Wayne, Polly Ann Young, George "Gabby" Hayes
Directed by Robert N. Bradbury
Written by Lindsley Parsons
John Wayne is rodeo rider John Weston, who hunts for the killers of rodeo riders before
they can win at a roving rodeo run by outlaws.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Walked to school and home with the kids. Daddy got a day job. Mother and I went with him to fix a house at 39th and Garfield.
|"The Adventures of Babe Ruth" radio show - May 14, 1934|
The Adventures of Babe Ruth radio show was produced by the NBC Blue Network, which later
became ABC, and was sponsored by Quaker Oats and the U.S. Navy in 1934. As the name
suggests, it described different situations from his career. Each episode was 15 minutes.
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Today was Mother's Day. Went to our Sunday school. Gave Mother her present. Went to a Mother's Day party in the p.m.
|Happy Mother's Day!|
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Nadine came down today. She and I went skating for a while. I traded three old magazines for one new and another older one.
|Saturday Evening Post - May 12, 1934|
Illustrator: W.T. Benda
Władysław Teodor "W.T." Benda (January 15, 1873 - November 30, 1948) was a Polish-American
painter, illustrator, and designer. Born in Poland, he came to the United States at the very end of the
19th century. He attended the Art Students League of New York and the William Merritt ChaseSchool.
In 1916 he joined the Society of Illustrators and in 1919 became a naturalized citizen. Benda married
Romola Campfield and they had two daughters, Eleanora and Baria, who were both artists.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Nadine, Ruth Ray and I walked to school and home together. I got Mother a baking pan.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
After school Daddy came by and took Ruth Ray, Nadine and me to Swope. I caught 6 fish. Saw Memorial.
1934 West Coast Waterfront Strike
|Picket parade, Embarcadero, Friday May 10, 1934 (being led by Harry Bridges)|
The 1934 West Coast Waterfront Strike (also known as the 1934 West Coast Longshoremen's
Strike) lasted eighty-three days, triggered by sailorsand a four-day general strike in San Francisco,
and led to the unionization of all of the West Coast ports of the United States.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Ruth Ray made up with Nadine so us three walked to school and home together. Pauline was absent.
|Dust Storm - May 9, 1934|
Beginning on May 9, 1934, a strong, two-day dust storm removed massive amounts of Great Plains
topsoil in one of the worst such storms of the Dust Bowl. The dust clouds blew all the way to Chicago,
where they deposited 12 million pounds of dust. Two days later, the same storm reached cities in the
in the east, such as Buffalo, Boston, Cleveland, New York City and Washington, D.C. That winter
(1934-1935) red snow fell on New England.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
After school today Daddy came by and we went to Sears Roebuck and got me a pair of shoes. Black oxfords.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Ruth Ray and Nadine had a fight.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Went to Sunday school with Ruth Ray and Mother.Went for a drive with Richards'. Went by Helen's.
|Jean Harlow, Irving Thalberg and Norma Shearer at the May 6, 1934|
wedding of actress Carmelita Geraghty and screenwriter Carey Wilson.
Thalberg - Hollywood's "Boy Wonder" of the 1920s and 1930s - helped
create the studio system. He oversaw production of such mammoth hit
films as Ben Hur (1925), Grand Hotel (1932) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1935).
Thalberg died in September 1936 at the age of 37. Shortly afterwards, the Academy
created the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which is presented periodically to
producers "whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production."
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Went up to Pauline's. Ruth Ray and I went to the picnic. Roasted weiners and marshmallows at Swope Park.
|Swope Memorial Golf Course|
Designed in 1934 by legendary architect A.W. Tillinghast, Swope Memorial Golf Course was once the home of the PGA Tour's Kansas City Open (1949), making it the only public course in the area to have hosted a PGA Tour event. Carved out of the wooded land in Swope Park, this tight layout, along with its undulated fairways and multi-tiered greens, provides a true test of golf - one that legends Ben Hogan and Sam Snead have been challenged by.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Walked to school and home with Pauline and Ruth Ray. Picnic tomorrow.
|Roscoe Turner (September 29, 1895 – June 23, 1970)|
Record-setting aviator and three-time winner of the Thompson Trophy
Photographed on May 4, 1934
This air racer was sponsored by Heinz 57 (painted on the fuselage), which was a well-known Pittsburgh, PA company. Turner is wearing his standard uniform: blue coat, wings of his own design and parachute. This photograph was taken prior to Turner winning the 1934 Thompson Trophy.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
NOTE: Ruth didn't write in her diary today.
|Franklin D. Roosevelt|
XXXII President of the United States 1932-1945
May 3, 1934: Proclamation 2083 - Mother's Day
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Walked to school and home with Ruth Ray and Pauline. Donald got my ball off the roof. I drew some dolls for Betty.
|3¢ Mothers of AmericaFDC: May 2, 1934 · 15,432,200 Issued|
Commemorative Postage Stamp of 1934
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Walked to school and home with Ruth Ray and Pauline. We played ball this evening.
|USS Ranger - Trial Run, May 1, 1934|
The USS Ranger, CV-4, is the first US Naval vessel designed and constructed as an aircraft carrier. Authorized February 13, 1929, her keel was laid September 26, 1931 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia. She was launched February 25, 1933, and commissioned June 4, 1934.