Beginning this New Year 1961, may we live better and achieve something worthwhile.Ray, James, Lloyd left for a quail hunt near San Saba Tex.Rita, Kathy went to Mrs Kennedy's, all the family were there, but Bernice & Herman.J.T., Mildred & I went to Jewel's in Henderson for New Year dinner.
Rita, Kathy and I went with Mildred to see the movie, "Sunrise at Campabello".Seems lonely here with Ray gone.
Rita went back to work and Kathy to school.Mildred & I went to see Granny Screws.Cold & clear weather.
Nell & Charles came to get my washing machine.A beautiful day.Mrs Dessie Manes is very ill.
Lloyd & James came in from hunt today.
Mrs Dessie died today.Raining.
Rita had to work till .James, Dot & Kay came by from
Marshall.Ray & Clifton came in.Killed lots of birds & some deer.Raining - Kathy & I played Scrabble.
Rita is sick with cold, we didn't go to Church.James, Dot, Kay, J.T. & Mildred ate quail with us tonight.James,
Dot & Kay spent the night.
Rita worked till noon, went to Dr. & came home.James & Dot went to Ft.Hood.
Mildred & I went to Henderson, ate dinner with Jewel.Mr & Mrs Kennedy & lynn came by.Rita went to Dr.
with them. James came & Ray went to Tenaha with him.Lloyd came for his dog.
James & Dot moved to Belton today.Mattie, Frank, Margie, Cindy & Mark came tonight.Rita worked today.
Raining again.Eddie ironed
& cleaned house.
Rita stayed home today.
Rita went to Dr.Kathy &
I went to town.Uncle Luther, Norman & Herbert Dove came to see us.Mr Willie Copeland died.
We stayed home all day.Mr
Kennedy & Herman came by.Denis, Wilma & Gladys came by from the funeral.Kathy & I played Scrabble.She made
cookies.J.T. & Mildred came tonight for a few minutes.
Rita feels better and went to work.Warm & pretty.I raked leaves in yard.Kathy is taking six week test.Mr & Mrs Kennedy, Gail, Lynn and Jean
Martin came tonight.
Still pretty, warm weather.Cut
out my dress.Rita got a permanent after work.
Mildred came from Jean's.Got
my dress nearly done.James is 43 years old today.
Turned cold.Eddie ironed &
cleaned house.Mr & Mrs Kennedy, Gail & Lynn went to Dallas.
Rita & I went to Longview for eye check up.Her
eyes were alright.I need one new lens.We ate dinner with Mildred. Real cold today.Drew gave Rita tickets to
the Lion's Minstrel Show.It was interesting, especially the music & singing.Ray was too tired to go.
(In the inside cover of the diary Mama wrote the following dated January
We have a new president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.He is at once the most powerful single personage in the world.He
leads the destiny of the greatest nation the world has ever known - My country and yours.He comes into this place of power and great responsibility as the head of a Christian nation that opposes the atheist
doctrine that man is a slave and that his existence ends with death.He is my
president and yours and he merits our best efforts in his behalf; and most certainly our prayers.We are commanded in the Holy Writ to pray for those in authority and certainly the president needs the
spiritual power that comes from the prayers of people.We make no apology for
injecting a religious attitude into a discussion of national affairs. The greatest problem confronting the world is whether
God or evil shall rule the affairs of men.Our president leads the nation, which
offers the solution.He needs divine guidance, he needs your support and mine.
"Youth is not a time of Life, it is a state
of mind.It is not a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is
a temper of will - equality of imagination, vigor of emotions.Nobody grows old
by merely living a number of years - people grow old only by deserting ideals.Years
wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair - these are the
long years that bow the heart and turn the greening spirit back to dust.Whether
60 or 16 there is in every human being's heart the lure of wonder, the challenge of events, the unfailing child like appetite
for what next and the joy of the game of living.We are as young as our self
confidence, as old as our fear, as young as our desire, as old as our despair." Anonymous
Rita worked till .Kathy & I washed and cleaned
up the house.Mildred came, they have no gas.Mr & Mrs Joe Garner, Mr & Mrs Jack Salters, Drew , Virginia, Charley & Ann camefor a quail supper.Is real cold, will be 18ø tonight.
We got up late and was so cold, didn't go to church.John Woods & Bill Langley came by.Lynn is leaving today,
flying from Dallas to Germany for a tour of duty with Army.
A beautiful warm day.Mildred
& I went to a turnip patch and got greens.Raked more leaves.
Raining, ate dinner with Mildred, is turning real cold.
This morning it is 20ø, roads are icy.Kay Redmond came home with Kathy.
Still very cold, no school because of weather, but sun is shining.Kathy, Cynthia & Lynn are playing.
Still cold.Eddie came to
iron.Mildred brought letters from Kate & Jewel.Got a letter from Nell.John Tom is sick.Kathy went to Kay's birthday party after school.
Snowing this morning, it is beautiful, but cold.Ray carried Rita to Dr.
Still cold, stayed home, no company till evening, Mr & Mrs Kennedy,
Gail, Sue, Don & baby came.
A pretty day, did a big washing.
Went to town with Mildred & J.T., he had to go back to Dr.
A warm, nice day, Mildred came awhile.Cooked a pineapple cake.
A nice day, made Kathy a blouse.She and Cynthia are playing.
Ray went to Tyler, Rita worked most of the day.Jean & Janie are playing with Kathy.Got a birthday card
from Kate and a gift from Ray, Rita & Kathy.
A cold cloudy day.We went
to church.After dinner Ray, Rita & Kathy went to Mrs Kennedy's.Lloyd came, brought me a dress for my birthday.
Cold - no news.
Cold and raining - ate dinner with Mildred.
A pretty day.Eddie ironed
& cleaned house.A letter from Bo.
Rita went to hospital this morning for Dr Smith to remove her tonsils.Ray didn't work.Mildred went to Marshall,
Kathy and I are alone tonight and lonesome.
Mildred & I went to see Rita, bought groceries and went to Minnie Pearl's.
Kathy is spending the night with Betty Denton, Ray is with Rita and I am alone.
Kathy came home after dinner, Ray is feeling very bad.
Mr & Mrs Kennedy, Gail, Sue, Don, Randy, Junior, Joyce & children
came.Rita is home.Mildred &
I went to Bonnie's and checked on my things at home.Mr & Mrs Flood came.
I have such a headache, Mildred took me to see Dr Smith. Glassell Redmond
family came to see Rita.
Mildred & I went to Jewel's, Roy & Bonnie were there for awhile.Becky Propes & Mrs Powell came to see Rita.Naomi Stone Moore was buried in Houston.Is warm & beautiful weather.
Mr & Mrs Kennedy came & he went fishing, got enough for our supper.
Today Pat is 32 years old.Rita
& I went to town, she saw Dr Smith.Feeling better now.Is warm and raining some.
Rita worked this morning.Bo,
Mary & boys came.James came, he & Bo went to Murval fishing.Dorothy, Kay & Beverly came.
James & family, Bo, Mary & boys, Nell, Charles and kids were all
here.Rita cooked a nice dinner, barbecued venison etc. J.T. & Mildred came
Mildred & I went to town to match our "crazy" numbers, but didn't get
anything.Cold and raining, Ray didn't work.
Ray got a finger broke today, came home about - raining.
The sun came out today, Eddie washed and ironed.Ray went to have his finger dressed.J.T. & Mildred came
A beautiful but windy day.I
made a pecan pie for supper. Kathy has a sore throat but is skating with Cynthia.
Cold & raining.Ray is
Rita had to work this morning.Kathy
is in a piano recital this morning.Cold but clear.We went up to Mrs Kennedy's awhile.Kathy spent the night.
We stayed home all day, no company.John Tom entered hospital.Ray, Rita & Kathy visited Oscar & Edith.
I spent last night with Mildred.Rained a little.
Turned cooler and sun is shining.I stayed with Mildred again last night.
A warm pretty day.J. T. is
still in hospital.
J.T. came home today.Eddie
& I walked up to Mr Screws and got turnip greens.Rita, Kathy & I are
going to see "Carousel" tonight at high school.
No news or letters - Judy Boyd is spending tonight with Kathy - I cooked
a coconut cake.
Rita worked this morning.Kathy,
Judy and Cynthia had a picnic lunch.Ray came home at .Kathy & I played Scrabble tonight.
A lovely spring day.We went
to Mrs Kennedy's awhile this morning.Ruth, Billie Jean & Jap were there.Lloyd & Mildred came after dinner.Kathy
visited Jean & Janie.
Such a nice day, red buds & jonquils are blooming.Travis stopped to see us this morning.Mildred came to get
some pine straw.Real warm - 83
Mildred & I went to Jewels today, and to town awhile.Came a big rain.Mr Flood's mother passed away.
Cold & windy today.No
Mr & Mrs Kennedy came, he went fishing, she & I went with Mildred
to get turnip greens.Pat, Paul & children came to spend the night.Michael & Mamie's son was born today.
Rita didn't have to work, we all went out in the woods, got some red bud
trees to set out.Ray & Rita are eating out with John & Jimmie.Kathy & I had fish for supper & played Scrabble.Pat went home.
Bo, Sister & Terry came about .Kathy & I went with them to Nell's.Stopped at Marshall to see Mamie & baby. Rita cooked
supper for us.
I went to Dr Smith for check up.
Mildred & I went to see Aunt Fannie..Is beautiful weather.
Eddie & I defrosted the freezer.Mildred & I went up home and got some flowers.Bro. Crawford came
for a few minutes.Mr & Mrs Kennedy & Mrs Holman went fishing at the
Mr Wilson, Mr Trant, Mr Crutchfield & Mr Harris from Tyler, & J.T.
& Mildred came for a quail supper tonight.Raining. David Thomas Jones was
A dark, rainy day.Kathy went
home with Kay Redmond.Randy is 15 yrs old today.
Rita had to work this morning and part of the afternoon.Mr. K., Junior & Herman are fishing in the lake.
We went to church and ate dinner with J.T. & Mildred.Rita & Kathy went to her Mother's.
Mildred & I went to Marshall, hurt my back & sprained my foot.
Went to the hospital today.
Kate came today.
Came home from hospital, a beautiful day.
Easter Sun.Nell & family came,
also Roy & Bonnie.Ray, Rita & Kathy went to see Papa & Mama Reynolds
Hetty & Thurston came & spent the morning.
Mildred & Kate went to Jewel's.
Mildred carried Kate to Shreveport to get a train home.M.
spent the night with Jean.
I spent today alone, watched TV and read some.Betty Denton came home with Kathy.Ray went to barbecue supper.
Rita didn't have to work, she started her dress.Mildred came.
Rita & Kathy went to Mrs Kennedy's - Ray & I watched TV.
Mildred came, no other news.
Mildred came this evening awhile.Cold & raining.
No company, no mail.I feel
A pretty day, Eddie ironed & cleaned house.Mildred came.
No company, no mail but a pretty day.Kathy went skating with Cynthia.
Rita had to work this morning.She
washed my hair this evening.Mildred came.
We went to Church, then ate at the Dairy Mart.Rita, Kathy &Mildred went to see "Ben Hur", a movie.Ray had to work today.
A beautiful day.Mildred came.
Mildred & I went to Bonnie's,no one home.Went on to see Betty Waldrop - came back by home.
Cloudy & cool.Eddie ironed
& cleaned house.Rita wore her new dress.Kathy is taking her voice lesson.
We went to Longview today.
M. Bess & family came, Nell, Charles, Vicki & Kathy came for dinner
- a pretty day.
Rita worked this morning, Kathy mowed part of the yard.A pretty day.
Kathy is sick with a cold.We
didn't go to Church.Today is Kay's 15th birthday.
We think Kathy may have the mumps.Mildred came awhile. Real windy & partly cloudy.
Kathy is still sick - is now , just came a big rain - A card from Dorothy telling of James commendation
medal for his work in Turkey.
Rita took Kathy to Dr., she didn't have mumps.
I ate dinner with Mildred and we went to town.Got a letter from Sister.Kathy went to school - played in
Rita had to work till .She & Ray went with John &
Jimmy to Henderson for supper tonight.Kathy went to see Jimmy's girls.J.T. & Mildred came.
We went to Church.Mr &
Mrs Kennedy came.I went up to Mildred's with Roy & Bonnie.Kathy visited Jean & Janie, they picked ripe berries.
I started making my dress, looks like rain this evening.
Today is Ray's 40th birthday.Rita
cooked him a coconut cake.
Oscar, Edith & Wanda came for supper.Kathy went home with Kay La Grone.We miss her.
Cool & cloudy - finished my dress.
I went to James with Lloyd & Mildred.Saw Baylor U. at Waco and some beautiful country.Dot cooked fish for
Came home today - Ray, Rita & Kathy ate supper with Oscar & Edith.
I fixed a dress for Kathy that Kay sent her.Rita is feeling bad.
Mildred ate dinner with me & we went to town.
Beautiful day, but cool 45ø.No
company, no mail.
Same as above.Set out tomato
Mr & Mrs Kennedy & Gail came for dinner.Ray, Rita & Kathy went to the fox hunter's supper.
Ray worked this morning.We
went to Church.
Went to town with Mildred.
Pat & children came to spent the night.
Bo, Mary & Boys came.Pat
went home this evening.
Bo & Mary left at for home.Rita gave
Kathy a permanent.
We went to Kathy's recital tonight.
I went to Jewel's with Mildred.We
went to Margie's for dinner.
Made my dress today.
James, Dot & Kay came in for Pearl Brooks' funeral.Kathy went to a party at community house.
Ray, Rita & Kathy went to a fish fry at Allison's camp - James &
Dot came by on their way to Tenaha.
Ray, Rita & Kathy went to the Kennedy reunion at Daingerfield.I stayed home all day.
We carried Kathy to Mrs Kennedy's last night to stay till Tues.We miss her.
Went to town with Mildred.Kathy
Kathy went to movie with Judy Boyd.
I ate dinner with Gladys and went to town.Drew entered hospital.
Ray & Rita went to see Drew.Kathy & I put up green beans.
Went to Church.Bo & Mary
came to bring the three boys to Lloyds.
Mildred, Jewel & I went to see Aunt Ella, Kathy stayed with Cynthia.
Finished my dress, Kathy played with Cynthia all day.
Kathy went to picnic supper with Janie & Jeannie.
We went to Linden to see Charles Wayne and then to Nell's. Hilda & Vicki came home with us.
Kathy went to Bible school.
Hilda went with Kathy to Bible school.
James, Dot & Kay came for supper tonight.
Nell, Tommie & Billy came.Vicki
went home.Rita, Kathy & Hilda went to close of Bible school tonight.
James, Dot, Kay, Kathy & I went to Nell's & carried Hilda home.Vicki was 7 years old.Cold & raining.
Rained all day.We went to
Mildred's tonight for a while.
Sun shone a little today.The
pump is out of order & no water.
Went to see Bonnie today.Ray
got the pump fixed.
A pretty day.We got all the
dirty clothes washed.Janie came to play with Kathy.
Mildred, Kathy & I went to Longview for my eye check up.Bo
Kathy & I went to Houston on the bus.Uncle
Cas Sears died.
Bo brought us home today.Patsy
came with us.
Went to Church this morning, after dinner went to Mrs Kennedy's.Ray worked all day.Rained.
Rained again today.
Ray & Rita had today off.They
went to Murvaul to eat supper with the Salter's family.
Mildred, Lela, Willie & Willard Posey went to Aunt Fannie's and moved her
Rita is off today & Sat, making she & Kathy new dresses.
James & Dorothy came home.
We went to Waldrop singing today.
Rita stayed home today, we put 41 pts. corn in freezer.
Mournice & Bo came for Patsy, Linda stayed at Alice Fay's.
Kathy & I shelled a bu. of peas, then went with Mildred to see Aunt
Fannie.Debbie came home with us.
Kathy spent today with Janie.Ray
went to Tyler.Rita got some figs.Kathy went to movie tonight with Mildred & Debbie.
Ray left for Pine Bluff, came a big rain; we played Scrabble tonight, ate
dinner with Mildred.Is lonsome without Ray.
Kathy & I shelled a bu. of peas.Mr Edward Belew died.
We shelled another bushel of peas.Ray called last night.
Rita & Kathy went to Mt.Vernon & Pittsburg.Mildred & I went to see Roy
& Bonnie awhile tonight.J.T. is gone with watermelons.
Went to Jean's with Mildred today.Rita & Kathy came home.
I helped Mildred shell peas & peel peaches today.
Rita & Kathy went with Mr & Mrs Garner to see Ray.J.T. is gone with a load of watermelons and I'll spend the night with Mildred.We went to a movie, "Freckles".
Spent today alone, came a big rain.
Kathy & I helped Mildred shell peas.
We went to see Aunt Fannie.Kathy
went to see Janie & she came to spend the night.
We went to Church.Nell brought
Tim to spend this week.
We helped Mildred shell peas.Went
to Mrs Kennedy's.Billy Jean & Ricky came to spen the night.
Rita got a bu. of peas, we got them shelled & in the freezer. Mildred went
to Tyler to get Jewel & Debbie.
Nell & children came.Pat
& children came for the weekend.
We stayed home all day.
Tim & I went home with Pat to stay about two weeks.Went by Henderson to see Debbie & Aunt Fannie.
Ray came home for the weekend.
Tim & I came home from Beaumont.Nell came after
him to go home.
Rita & Kathy went to Mrs Kennedy's for dinner.Then late this eve we went to town, visited the Bound's family & Nell O'neal.Ate supper at Joe's.
Mrs Alice Sparks died today.
Kathy went to Tenaha to visit Marilyn Minter.
I spent the afternoon at Becky Propes then Rita & I went after Kathy
and ate supper at Lloyd's.
Rita & Kathy went to Mt.Vernon.Mildred & I are going to spend
the night with Aunt Fannie.
Ray came home last night.Aunt
Ella passed away.
Went to Woods reunion, then to Tyler after lunch.
Ray went back to Pine Bluff.I went to Aunt Ella's
funeral with J.T. & Mildred.
Kate came today.
Kate & I went to S School with Mildred, and ate dinner with her.Rita joined us.Went to Roy's & Kate stayed there.
Mildred went to Dr. this morning.Rita, Kathy & I went to Hetty's after Kate.Rita & Kathy ate ice
cream with the Yarborough's.
Kathy started to school today
Went to Jewel's today & Kate stayed.
Ray came home from Pine Bluff.
Kate went home.Ray, Rita, Kathy
& I went to Pasadena.
Came home tonight & brought Mary & boys.M. Bess & kids went to Lufkin to escape the storm.(This was Hurricane Carla)Mrs Frazier & Mrs Mangham were buried today.
Bo came for Mary & boys this evening.Still raining & blowing.
Mildred & I went to Longview for eye check up.
Cool & clear now.John
Tom is in hospital.
We went to town.
Roy came this evening awhile.Ray, Rita & Kathy went to Mrs Kennedy's.
Kathy is sick with cold, went to Dr.
Kathy went back to Dr. but is better.
We went to Mrs Kennedy's.Glenda
& Joy came home with Kathy.
Nell & family came today.Chester Crawford died.
Mildred & I went to the Crawford home then went on to Henderson & spent the day.
Ray went to the funeral this morning.
Today was Rita's last day at the office.
James, Dot & Kay came home.I
spent the day with them at Mary Gentry's, then they ate supper with us.
Ray, Rita & Kathy went to Mrs Kennedy's.Raining.
Lloyd came by - it is his 45th birthday.
Rita & I went to Nells.I
stayed for a visit.
Nell took me to Marshall, Rita & Kathy met me there.
Went to Tyler to David Waldrop's birthday dinner with J.T. & Mildred, also went to see
Mr & Mrs Kennedy, Gail, Junior & family, Sue & Don came for
Mildred & I went to Henderson, ate dinner with Jewel & Aunt Fannie,
then went to Libery cemetery.
Pat & children came tonight.
We went up home and picked up a few pecans.Uncle Henry Wills died today.
Pat went home this afternoon.Beautiful
weather.Mildred & J.T. went to Uncle Henry's funeral.
Went to town to get new frames for my glasses.
Mildred & I visited Mrs Copeland this morning.This afternoon we went to Bonnie's, she was gone.Mr &
Mrs Kennedy came.
Went with Mildred to church program and had lunch there.We called James tonight.
James, Dot & Kay came home.
Rita fixed a nice dinner for James, Dot, Kay, Lloyd & Mildred.
James is leaving for Germany today.It is a sad
situation. Ray & Rita ate out with John & Jimmie.
We went to see Mary Gentry, rained and turned cooler.Ray burned his hand at work.
I ate dinner with Mildred, Rita went to town.
Rita gave Kathy a permanent.Kathy
went on a hayride with the MYF group tonight.
Raining & cold, no company.
Mildred & I went to see Aunt Fannie & Jewel.
Ray went to Tyler.
Went to town with Mildred, then we visited Mrs Della, Mrs Mae & Marie
Raining and cold, Rita & Kathy went to town.Nell and kids picked up pecans at home.
I went to church with Mildred then we went to singing at Pleasant Ridge.
I went to Dr today.Raining
We went to Pat's today for early Thanksgiving dinner.Bo & boys & the Jones were there, also Bill Reeves.I
stayed for a visit.
Pat & Paul carried me to Pasadena.
Ray, Clifton, John & Dewey went to San Saba Co. to hunt quail.
Bo brought me home.He spent
the night with Lloyd and went quail hunting.
Went to the Christmas parade.Ray
I stayed with Mildred last night.J.T.
has gone to Kansas. Ray killed 13 quail.Lloyd came by for supper, Mildred has gone
Kathy stayed with Betty Denton last night.Cold & continued rain.
Still raining.we went to
church.Mr Flood came by.
Ray went to help Lloyd with his cows.Still raining.I wrote to James today.
Kathy is 13 years old today.Clearing
and getting colder. Rita went to town.
We went to Marshall, saw Mrs Roberts a few minutes.
Mildred & I went to Longview.Stopped by Mr Williamson's,
ate apple pie and drank coffee.More rain and cold.Rita worked today.
More rain.Ray & Rita
went to Clifton's, Kathy & I played Scrabble.
A rainey day, we stayed home.
M & I went to Henderson, ate dinner with Aunt Fannie.
Kathy is out of school for holidays.Ray is hunting.
Mr Will Sparks died today.
A beautiful Christmas eve.We
went to Church.Mattie & Frank came for supper.
We, Dorothy, Kay, Nell & family ate Christmas dinner with Lloyd &
Rita & Kathy went to Longview, Ray left for San Saba with John &
Clifton to quail hunt.
Rita & Kathy went to town, I spent the day with Mildred.
Cynthia, Janie & Jean & Judy spent the day with Kathy.It is Cynthia's birthday.Mildred & I went to Roy's.
Ray came in tonight from San Saba.Rita
went to Mt.Vernon to her Uncle Bob's funeral.
We had a covered dish dinner at Mildred's.Jewel & family, Aunt Fannie, Roy & Bonnie, Clarence & Margie, Floreid & Barbara came.A nice day.