Beginning the new year we had blackeye peas for dinner for good luck.Ray watched the ball games.Kathy and
I played Scrabble.
Kathy went back to school.Ray went
to Tyler.Jewel's birthday, she is 52.
Rita cooked a quail supper for Mr & Mrs Garner and Mr & Mrs Salters.
Went to town, is real cold. Ray went back to work for Mr Garner.
Real cold today.We stayed home
and listened to records & played Scrabble.Rita, Kathy & I each won a
game.Ray & Rita have gone to Clifton's.
We went to Church.No company.
Mildred had surgery, we went to the hospital.
Very cold, sleeting and snowing.School
turned out at . Cynthia is spending tonight with Kathy, her mother is at hospital with Cleo.
Rita was called back to work.The
roads are icy.Very cold.
Is 4° in Shreveport this morning, coldest it has been
Sun is shining and snow is melting some.
We went to Church.It came
a big rain.
A pretty day & much warmer.
Mildred and Della came.
James is 44 yrs. old today.
Getting colder again.Rita
& Kathy went to show.
Kathy went to a party at Taylor Hall's.
Ray, Rita & Kathy went to Pittsburg.Is raining.Mildred & I went to see Mae Girard.
Cold and raining and freezing.
The trees are pretty with their coat of ice.
We went to see Jewel and Aunt Fannie.Is raining every day. Letters from Pat & M.B.
Rain and more rain.
Patsy Allen Nelson was buried today.
Went to Dr. for flu shot.Gladys,
Drew & family came for supper.
Spent the night at Mildred's.Linda
Hull came home with Kathy.
We went to Marshall and on to Nell's, Charles is opening a filling station.
Mildred sent me a beautiful knitted coat and dress.
Pat, Janice, Donna & James came.I'm going home with them Sunday.
We went to Nell's and ate dinner.Beautiful weather.
My 70th birthday.
Went to Pasadena with Linda & M. Bess.Clifford
has the measles.
Came home from Pasadena with Charles & Tommy and Charley Armstrong.
Cold - Nell went back to work at Thiokol.
Kathy is sick with a cold.
Rita has a sore throat, doesn't feel like going to Church.
We went to see Jewel and Aunt Fannie.
Kate's birthday - Cold & raining, a little snow - Mildred & I went
to town to have our hair washed.
Mildred & I went to Dr Payton for eye check up - Stopped at Mrs Williamson's
and had pie & coffee - clear & cold.
A pretty day - David Jones' birthday.
St Patrick's day & Randy's birthday - Rita & Kathy went to Tatum
for Arzelle to give Rita a permanent.John & Jimmie came by going to hospital
to see Travis.Ray & Rita went
Went to Church and to Mrs Kennedy's after lunch.Ruby & family were there.Kathy went to MYF with K. Henigan.
James is leaving Germany by plane.Lloyd came
I called James, he arrived in Austin Mon. at .Raining.
Went to see Mildred, she is sick.A pretty day.
Went to clinic with Mildred.
James came by and I went with him to Mary's to spend the day. J.T. &
Mildred came tonight.
Lloyd came by looking for James.Kathy & I cleaned house, washed and picked out pecans.
Cold & cloudy.Ray had
to work.James, Dot & Kay came for dinner.Rita & Kathy went to Mrs Kennedy's to see Herman & Junior.
Mildred ate lunch with me.
A beautiful spring day.
Spent the night with Mildred.J.T.
went to Abilene.Add Gentry died.
Raining and cold.
Rita & Kathy went to Mrs Kennedy's for awhile.Glenda & Joy came home with Kathy.
Went to Church - No company.
Ray is sick.Cold.J.T. and Mildred came.
Cloudy and raining a little.Ray
is not able to work.J.T. went to Dr. too.
Hardwick Bustin drowned in LakeMurval.Nell & children
came.We went up home and visited Mr & Mrs Seago.
Went to Church.Kathy went
to MYF with Janie tonight.
Ray went back to work.
We went to see Jewel and Aunt Fannie.Came
back by Roy's awhile.
Ray quit his job today.
We went to town.Bought new
shoes.A beautiful day.Janie came
to spend the night.
Kathy went to town with Cynthia to try out for Co-captain in cheer leaders.
Ray & Mildred entered hospital today.Kathy went to James'.
Ray went to Henderson.Is going to work for Drew tomorrow.
Jadie Woods had a heart attack.
Went with Rita and stayed with Mildred this morning.Mrs Alton Parker came.Kathy went home with Judy.
We went to town and brought Mildred home from hospital.Saw Bro. & Mrs Rhodes.
Easter Sunday, a nice day.Went
Kay's birthday.I cooked dinner
for J.T. & Mildred.
Cooked dinner again for Mildred.
Went to town, voted absentee ballot, went for check-up at clinic.Ate dinner with Gladys.
Raining.Spent all morning
Barbara's birthday.We went
to Nell's & spent the day.
Went to Church.
Went to see Mildred.Kathy
went home with Linda Hull.Lloyd came by.
Kate came.We are leaving tomorrow
morning for California.
Returned from Calif. and Phoenix today.
Kate went to Church with us.
Washed & ironed all my clothes.
Stayed with Kate at Mildred's last night and we went to Jewel's.Hetty went with us.
Jewel came with Kate on bus to Mildred's.I'm going to spend the night with them.
Jewel went home today.Kate
came home with me to spend the night.
Mildred & I took Kate to bus station.Went to hear Kathy sing.Mr & Mrs Kennedy went with us.
for Nell, but she had to work. Ray & Rita ate out with Clifton & Arzelle.
Ray & Rita took Mr & Mrs Kennedy to Mt.Pleasant to the funeral of his brother Luther.
Went to town with Mildred.
School is out today.
Rita & Kathy went to town & bought new shoes.Mr Jeff Allen died today.
Nell & Kids came.Ray
& Rita went to Mr Jeff's funeral.
Kathy went to Murval with the Yarboroughs.
Had a good rain last night.The
first rain in a month.Went to town with Mildred.
Kathy went to 4H Club meeting.Jimmie
& Barbara came by.
More rain today, looked for Pat, but the weather was too bad.
Pat & children came to spend the night.Election day.Forest won commissioner's race.
Stayed home today.Pat left at .
Went to hospital as Mildred was having surgery.Kathy is going to Bible school with the Yarborough's.
Spent today at hospital with Mildred.
Rita took me to Dr Payton then we took "Andy" to the Vet. Had a flat &
it came a hard rain storm & wind.
Went to Church.Ray, Rita &
Kathy went to eat fish supper at Clifton's.
Terry left for the Navy.
Mildred came home from the hospital.
Kathy cooked dinner for Mildred.
A letter from Sister and a card from Pat, they are in MesaVerdeColo.
We went to town this afternoon.Kathy
bought red tennis slipper.
Went to Church.Is very hot
weather, came a light shower. Vicki's 8th birthday.
Emancipation Day & M. Bess' birthday.Kathy & I went to Mildred's & cooked dinner.
The pump is out of order & we have to 'borrow' water.Mr & Mrs Kennedy & Ricky came.Mr. K. caught a big
bass.Ray, Rita went to Henderson.
Mrs Mae Sealey was buried today.Mr Bell fixed the pump. Kathy is mowing the yard.
Kathy & I ironed & played Scrabble.They went to a shower at Carlton Weaver's for Alice & Phillip Weaver.
Went to see Mildred.Rita
gave Kathy a permanent & cut her hair short.
M.Bess & family came, also Nell & family.
We cleaned the house (up home) & the Jones' stayed there.
Kathy & I went home with M. Bess.We all shelled 3 bu. peas as we traveled.
Kathy and I went to Belton from Houston, by bus.
Ray & Rita, Clifton & Arzelle went to Richland Springs for the
week-end.Came back by James’.
James had to leave for a week of maneuvers, Dot & Kay brought us home.
Went to Waldrop singing.Sister,
Vicki & Hilda came home with us.
The temp. was 100ø today.We
shelled a bu. of peas.
Phillip's birthday, 3yrs old.
Norma Whatley came for Sister, Hilda & Vicki.
We put up corn last night.
I stayed with Mildred last night.
Went to Church, very hot weather.
Had a light shower, Mildred & Jean came by.
Mildred & I went to Aunt Fannie’s, Lela, Willie, Willard, Lucille,
Margie & Barbara & Jewel's family, we had a good dinner.
I stayed with Mildred last night & we shelled peas.Kathy & I shelled a bu. of peas today, she went to ice cream supper.
Kathy went to 4-H Club picnic.Rita
went to see her mother.
We went to Longview and spent the day with L.D., Pauline & Tabitha Woods.
Went to town with Mildred & had my hair cut.Very hot dry weather.
Lloyd came by awhile.Lynn Kennedy
came home from France.
Looks a little like rain.Rita
went to Tatum to get a permanent.
Stayed with Mildred last night.Is
raining a little.Kathy went to Sandra Parker's.
Went to SS, then Rita & Kathy went to LakeMurvaul for lunch with Mr & Mrs Kennedy & family.
Still hot & dry.
Mr & Mrs Kennedy & Lynn came for supper.Mildred & Mrs Virgie came.
Rita & Kathy started swimming lessons.
We went to town.
Went to Church.Still hot
Tommy was 16 yrs old today.
Went to town with Mildred.Bo
& family are coming tonight.
Bo & family went home.Nell
& Charles & kids came over to the farm & spent the day with us.The
temp. is over 100° every day.Everything
is parched & dying.
We didn't go to Church.No company,
just trying to keep cool. It is 106ø, , Aug 12
Kathy & Rita went to Mrs K's tonight.
Kathy went to SS party at La Verne Mims.
A little cooler, James Martin's birthday.
Sandra Weaver spent the day with Kathy.Dorothy & Kay came awhile.
Kathy went skating at Henderson tonight.
Rita & Kathy took the car to Henderson for repairs.Went
to Carthage after dinner.Lloyd came by.Junior, Joyce & children spent the night.
Went to Church.
Still hot & dry.I went
to church with Mildred & J.T. last night.
Went to Jewel's, saw Margie & family.
Ray, Rita, Kathy & Barbara left for Hot Springs.Went to town with
J.T. and Mildred.Bought a new dress.
Had a good rain last night.I
stayed at Mildred's & went to church.Elaine & children were there.
Pat & children came yesterday, we went to Woods reunion.Ray came home sick with cold.
Ray went to hospital.Pat
went home and M. Bess & family came.
I went up to farm and stayed with the Jones', Patsy stayed with Kathy.They left for home at .
Ray came home today.
Ray hurt his back & went back to hospital.I went with Mildred to Tyler.Kathy went to dentist.Rained.
Kathy & I put up a bu. of peas.She registered for school.
Ray came home today.
Stayed home all day.No company,
Labor Day.Rita had a holiday.Ray worked.
Jerry's birthday.Went with
Mildred to Royce's.School began.
Went for polio and flu vaccine.
More rain that we needed.
I went to Lloyd's.Linda Hull
is spending the night with Kathy.
Came home from Lloyd's, very hot weather.
Sister, Mike, Nell & kids came.We all & Kathy spent the weekend at Sugar Hill.Ray & Rita ate
out with John, Jimmy, Clifton & Arzelle.Rained.
Sister & Mike left about for Amarillo.
Mildred took me to Longview for eye check up.We
visited Mr & Mrs Williamson.
Ray went to JonesboroArk.Rita & Kathy went to Pittsburg and carried me by Nell's.
Came home from Nell's.Mr
Bill Pitts was buried today.
Mildred & I went to Kate's by train from Shreveport, ate dinner at
We came by bus from Kate's, got so very cold.
Lloyd's 46th birthday.Lela had
surgery at PanolaHospital.
Have such a cold.Went to Dr this
morning.Rita took her folks to Pittsburg to see Papa Reynolds who is very ill.
Ray carried me to Dr. for another shot.Rita came home. Kathy went to Dallas Fair with 4-H group.
Feel a little better today.
Very warm weather.
Patsy's 14th birthday.
Ray went squirrel hunting.Still
unseasonably hot weather.
We stayed home today, came a rain storm.
Mildred & I went to Henderson.Came another rainstorm.Ray went to Dr.
Went back to Dr., got vitamin B-12 shot.Jewel and boys came to Mildred's, ate dinner with them.
Jess Sealey died.
Rained & turned cooler.
I took another cold, we stayed home all day.
Ray went to Jonesboro.
Went to town with Mildred.
Rita & Kathy went to Mrs Kennedy's - Ray got home tonight.
Went to church.
Kathy & Rita went to annual Halloween party at MethodistChurch.
Kathy & Rita went to ball game - Carthage & Jacksonville.
Mildred & I went to beauty shop.I got the 2nd flu shot.
Rita went to Tatum and got a permanent.
Went to Church.
Mildred went to Jean's.
I visited Glady's this eve and voted when Rita got off from work.Kathy went to movie, saw Little Women.
M. Bess called this morn.I'm
going down there Fri.
Went to Lufkin on bus.Ate dinner at Mrs Jones
& went home with M. Bess.
Went from Pasadena to Linda's in Groves.Pat came & I
went home with her.
Spent Christmas with Pat.
Pat & kids brought me home.
Pat & I visited Gladys a few minutes then she left for home in the
Kathy got a new permanent.
Nell, Charles & family came & spent the day.
Mama's Diary - 1963
Lloyd & Mildred came for supper.
Rita, Kathy & I went to Longview.Ray went to MobileAla.
We went to see Jewel & Aunt Fannie.
Mildred & I got a new permanent.
Is getting very cold.
Very cold - 15ø, sun is shining.Stayed home all day.
Cold-Ray & Clifton went to San Saba to quail hunt.
James 45th birthday.Turning
Raining & freezing.Ray went
to MobileAla.Kathy went to Pine
Burr party with Judy Boyd.
James, Dot & Kay came, ate dinner & went home.Very cold - 13° last night.
Ray got in from Mobile.Kathy went to piano
recital.My TV is out of order.
Not so cold but very windy-went
with Mildred & Mrs Della to see Marie.
Another cold wave.22ø at .
Eddie couldn't come today so I ironed a few pieces.
Bo & family came today stayed for supper-Kathy & Rita went to Kilgore to music clinic, raining a little.
Raining & cold -Rita
& Kathy went to Mrs Kennedy's awhile. Kathy & I made ranger cookies.Ray
& Rita ate out with Drew & Virginia.
Still cold but sun is shining - Stayed home all day.
Mildred & I went to see Roy & Bonnie, no one home.Came back to see the new Watley Strong home.
Raining - Rita & Kathy went to town.
Felt bad today, we stayed home again.
My 71st birthday, several cards & gifts from the family.A box of candy from Ray - A telephone call from Lloyd.
Mildred & I went to Henderson- beautiful weather.
M.B. & family came, Nell & children came too.We spent the night up at the farm.M.B. & I went
to see Mrs. Lily.Ray went to Magnolia
Went with Mildred to Dr. Cullum.
Do not feel very well, ate lunch with Mildred.
Went to Pittsburg.
Lloyd came by - Maggie Belew died.
Kathy is sick.
Stayed home, Kathy went to Dr.
Margie & Clifford came.
Went to town with Mildred.
Rita got a permanent.
Went to SS.
Mr & Mrs K. & Lynn came for supper.
Kathy went to Galloway- 4-H Club.
M., Randy & Jerry came.
Beautiful warm weather.
Went to see Aunt Fannie.
David's birthday, went to town.
Lovely day, went to Church.
Randy left for Navy - Willis arrived.
Willis came for supper, Mildred & J.T. came.
Rita went bowling, Kathy went to Clayton, 4-H Club.
Nell & children came.
Mrs Kelly was buried.
Jack Salters was buried.Went
to town with M.
Mrs Lily died last night.
Went to farm with Bo.
The Jones' brought me home from Pasadena.
Ray, Rita & Kathy went to Clifton's.
M. & I went to Henderson.
Went to Church with M.
Mr & Mrs K. came, Lloyd & Mildred came by.
We went to Mrs K's.
Easter Sunday.Went to Church.Kay & James came.
Went to town with M & Mrs Virgie.
Walked up to Mildred's.
Kay's birthday, rained.
Kate, Jewel & I spent the day with Mildred.She, J.T. & Kate ate supper with us.
Ray's birthday, Kate, M & I went to Beckville then Kate went home.
M.B. & family came, also Nell & family.We all spent the night at the farm.
I went home with Nell.
Nell brought me home.
Got a permanent.
Went to town.
Went to Church.
Stella came for supper.
Rain & cold 45ø.
Went to town with M.
Last day of school.
Rita & Kathy went on picnic.
Stayed home all day.
Went to town.
Went to Daingerfield.
Pat & I went to Longview.
Byerly's went home, looked for Bo, Phillip is sick.
Went to Church.
Went to Jewel's, Ray went to Ark, Kathy got permanent.
Bo & Nell's birthday.
Kathy went to Pt. Neches.
Stayed home alone.
M.B. & family came, also Joyce Jensen.
All went to Nell's, Tim had birthday dinner.
M.B. went home.
James came, 15 lb fish.
Went home with James.
Came home on bus.
Went to Liberty.
Spending this week at farm with Tim, Hilda, Vicki & little Kathy.Went to Henderson with Willis & to Hetty's to get plums.
Went to Marshall to Lynn & Jean's wedding.
103ø, hot & dry.
Went to SS
Bo & family came.
Bo went home.
Went to Church.
Ray started room.
Willis left for Calif.
Stayed home, hot & dry.
Went to Pat's.
Went from Pat's to Pasadena.
Came home on bus.
Got new permanent.
Nell & Kds came.
Went to Longview with Lloyd for eye check up.
Went to Jewel's with J.T. & Mildred.
Rita & Kathy went to Dallas.
Ray went to work for Lloyd, Terry came.
Rita & Kathy went to Dallas fair.
We carried Kate to Roy's, no one home, on to Hetty's.
Patsy's birthday.Went with
J.T. & Mildred to see Ray, he is sick.
Ray entered hospital.
M. & I took Kate to Jewel's.
We spent the day at Jewel's.
Cooked supper for J.T.- M. & Kate went to Roy's.
Kate went home.
M.B. & kids came.Ray
& Rita moved in new room.
Nell & kids came.
All went home today.
Mildred's birthday.James left for
Germany with 'Exercise Big Lift"!
M. & I went to town, visited Mrs Virgie & Minnie Pearl.
Ray went to Dr.
Kathy moved in bedroom.
Went to Jewel's.
Ate dinner at Mrs Kennedy's
Pat & kids came.
We went to Henderson.
Went to Jewel's with Mildred Strong.
Sick with cold.
President Kennedy cruelly assassinated in Dallas.Got my hair cut.
Watched burial of Pres Kennedy, so very sad.
Thanksgiving, James & Dot.
Nell & kids came.
Mama’s Diary - 1964
Leaving 1963 in the realm of years past, we begin 1964 with new hopes,
new ideals and a new President of the USA, Lyndon Baines Johnson, who took office after the cruel assassination of our wonderful
and vibrant young President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, for whom we will grieve for a long time.
I started the new year by returning home from Kate's in Baton Rouge.Mildred, Jewel, Debbie & I went down there with Floreid Wills.We
stopped in Jasper for lunch and ate the traditional black eye peas.Today Jewel
is 54 years old.
Ray, Rita & Kathy went to Henderson with John Brooks and ate supper at Jay's.I am sick with a sore throat.
Ray, John, Drew & Clifton went to San Saba Co. for quail hunting.Rita is sick with a sore throat, but went to work.
Went to town with Mildred, she got a permanent.
A much needed rain fell today.
Real cold, a low of 21ø last night.I ate lunch with Mildred & J.T.
Ray, Rita & Kathy took me to Lufkin and I went home with Mournice.Terribly cold but the sun is shining.
Monnie Bess carried me to Pat's today.
My 72nd birthday.Pat &
I went to the funeral of my 1st cousin Ben Gray.I saw & talked
to six cousins, Lois, Kate, Kit, Bernice, Clint & Cordie, who are the children of my Aunt Sephronia Dove Gray.
Today we visited Kit Gray & wife in Beaumont.
Pat & children frought me home and spent the night.
Nell & children came and I went home with them.
Today is Pat's birthday.Ray,
Rita & Kathy came to Nell's to bring me home.
Mildred & I went to see Jewel and Aunt Fannie.Cold & windy.
Mildred & I went to Mr Screws turnip patch and got greens, they were
This morning some light snow fell, then a little rain which meltedthe snow, then the sun came out, but is now getting colder.
We went to Church at Southside Baptist.
Bo & family came, too cold to fish.
Nell & kids came down.We
all had a nice visit.Kathy came up to the farm this morning, then Ray &
Rita came awhile tonight.
They all went home today.
I don't feel so good, having trouble with my back.
Ray left for De Queen Ark.
Kathy is sick and my back still hurts.
Ray came in last night.Is
cloudy & warm.We are having fish for dinner.
A good rain, I am alone today.
Stayed home alone today also.
Randy's birthday, he is in BremerhavenGermany.
Lloyd & Mildred came by this morning.Sister Mildred & I went to Longview for eye check up at Dr Payton's.She got new
lenses and frames.
Kathy went with the choir to Nacogdoches.
Pat, Paul & kids came tonight.
Nell & kids & Kathy came up to farm today.The Byerly's went home.
James, Dot & Kay came, the kids fished all day with James. We had fish for
supper.Ray & Rita came for supper.This evening, Nell & I went up to Liberty cemetery.
A real quiet Easter Sunday.A
beautiful day.The kids had an egg hunt.
Nell went home this morning and I went back to Ray's.
Gail came home from Cincinatti.M.
Bess & family came.
Mr & Mrs Kennedy, Gail, Bill & baby came for supper.
Rita entered hospital for tests.A long lonesome Sunday.
Kathy went to Shreveport to see a Shakespeare play.
Rita & Kathy went to Nacogdoches with 4H group.They
won 2nd place.
James left today for Desert Strike Maneuvers in Calif, Utah & Arizona.
Lloyd & Mildred came by & ate supper.
Mildred & I went to see Aunt Fanny & Jewel.
Bo & family came in their new station wagon.Nell & kids came.Kathy got a permanent.
All went home today.
Kate came today.
We went to Jewel's, Kate & I spent the night with Bonnie & Roy.
Kate went home tonight.J.T., Mildred
& I visited Minnie Pearl & Vernon.
Went to Pittsburg with Rita, Kathy, Mr & Mrs Kennedy to see their Mama Reynolds.
Sister called tonight to wish me Happy Mother's day.James was there for the week-end.
Went to town & got my hair fixed.
Feel bad today.
Went to Dr today, had kidney infection.
Went back to Dr. also went to Dr Payton for eye check up. Rita & I
ate lunch with Mildred.
M.B. and kids came.Got a
Pat, Nell & children came for week end.Mike came from Phoenix.
M. Bess & Nell went to see Charles.
Mildred & I went to see Aunt Fannie & Jewel.Debbie came home with us.
Raining a little today.
Nell & kids came last night.Kathy had a party.Going up to farm, M. Bess is coming.
Dot & Kay came.I'm going
home with M. Bess.Unusually cold, and lots of rain since Friday.
Leaving Pasadena at with Bo & family with 1200 miles to go. They are going to Calif., I will stop in Phoenix for a visit with Sister.Got out of Houston about .Has been raining out here.On radio, Eddie Fisher is singing "Oh My Papa".At
we go through the small town of Waller. Such beautiful fields of corn, how I'd like to gather my arms full of roasting ears. we are in Hempstead, bypassed Brenham.Just came through Carmine,
that was the home of James Ray Gerhard Brunette.Getting hungrier all time seeing
all the corn fields.I think it's beautiful country out here.Bo bought cookies in Giddings, they were good, no one ate much breakfast.
In Austin at , Clifford is looking at the Capitol and we just crossed the Colorado river.Have passed thru Oak Hill & Dripping Springs as we enter the Hill Country & rocky too.Is , now we are in the peach center of Texas, I want to stop at one of the sheds, but peaches would be too
messy.We ate lunch in Stonewall, home of LBJ, also came thru Johnson City.At
we just crossed PedernalesRiver & are entering Fredricksburg
that was settled by Germans.Just entered Junction, crossing LlanoRiver which was inside city limits.Is & we've crossed the Llano 3 times, have been thru a vast area of rocks & scraggy bushes.Few signs of humanity.I still want some peaches, they are
far behind.The terrain is more level now as we go thru Sonora, see a few cows and sheep. After
we left Ozona we are getting into DavisMountains & our ears are popping, it's nearly .
We've crossed the Pecos river and are in Sheffield. in Ft Stockton, flat, dry & barren
country. we are in mountains again, just came thru Balmorhea, pretty farm
country here. "The sun is riz, the sun is set and here we is in Texas yet".Traveling west with the sun it didn't set till almost .We are in Van Horn,
have eaten supper and settled down in Bell's Motel, so good night all.
We are up at , going to eat breakfast.At we are going thru Sierra Blanco.This is mountain, rocks, cacti & Jack rabbit country, we've seen several Army
vehicles going East but haven't spotted James Riley yet. just passed Ysleta, the oldest &
first settlement in Texas.Now inside El Paso city limits.Been
meeting Army convoy all morning, the boys have been waving at the soldiers, but Phil thinks they are all fighting.Across the Rio Grande we see Mexican villages where the poor people live & aren't allowed to cross the river.Most of the vegetation we've seen today has been cacti and tumbling tumbleweeds.They grow in profusion.
At the border we ran our time back an hour so it's now as we near Las Cruces N. Mex.El Paso is a huge city spread over a lot of territory.Wish I could describe
this country as I see it. we are in Fair Acres N.M.Bo got a big bag of corn crinkles - good! just came thru Deming N. Mex., wish
you could see the lush green plants atop dry sand dunes.
We are meeting a long, long line of the Army convoy, some of them are 142nd Signal
Corps, of which James is a part I think.Cliff just knows he saw James.We are really in the desert now, very little vegetation, dry & barren.We've seen lots of "dust devils" (sand storms) and tumbling tumble weeds blowing around.Getting into higher mts., just crossed the Continental Divide.Still meeting the Army, some beside the highway eating lunch in the heat & dust., didn't find a place to eat in Lordsburg.In Arizona now, most of the country thru N. Mex. was a barren wasteland, little bushes look brown & sere but they are
alive.Now & then an alfalfa field, pretty & green - irrigated.
In Duncan Ariz., now in a valley in Peloncillo Mts, some green fields & trees.Just came thru Globe & Miami Ariz. They were surrounded by rock mts., rocks as big as your house,
almost bottomless gorges.It's beautiful!Crossing Pinto creek, no water in it.Looking across a gorge we all see
a huge salt dome, also passed a huge copper mine & plant.100 miles to Phoenix., just came thru Devil's Canyon & across QueenRiver, looked as if the huge rocks would topple down on us, came thru a tunnel that
was hewed thru a mt.
Wish you were with us.When we left
hi-way 80 at Lordsburg N. Mex. we left the soldiers.The elevation here is 4400
ft.You have a feeling you are talking thru your ears - well I can't describe
it.We are near the SuperstitionMountain range, they do indeed look superstitious.I'd like to know the story of them.We are really in a mountain
range now, going up, my ears are popping."The Heavens declare the Glory of God,
and the firmament showeth his handiwork". in SaffordAriz. Just ate lunch at Manor House restaurant.A pretty town but HOT!Crossed Gila river and San Carlos river, came thru Indian villages (Apache Indians).They live in huts and grass tepees out in the hot sun - poor people, it's .
We got to Sister's at .She had a white rag hanging on
a bush in the yard.Written on it, "Sister lives here".She was so excited she was shaking.They have a nice place
and is pretty out here, some trees around.Terry is home & had a friend Dave,
Edna & Marilyn were here for supper.At Topsy & Dravelle came, they all
carry a cup of coffee all time.
Cleo cooked a good breakfast, he does most of housework.Bo & family just left for San Diego - it's unusually cool here and the wind blew like a gale all the
way from Van Horn yesterday, but I enjoyed the trip & feel fine. Now for the sad story.To keep the ants out of the cake, I put it in Mary's refrigerator and we left in such a whirl Mary & I forgot it
- I could cry.Bo said go down there and get it.Sister said , "mail my cake", but she has an oven now and I'll cook one, tho' it will not be the same.Hope all is well there.You may not be able to read some of
this but I thought you might enjoy it.Thanks for everything.
Left Phoenix for Houston by Continental jet.A nice smooth
trip, 3 hrs by plane.M. Bess was waiting for me.I was glad to get my feet on Texas soil.
Called….talked to Kathy tonight.Durward Shaw died.
M. Bess carried me over to Pat's.
Paul brought us up to Ray's, we will spend a week at the farm.Ray is working in Minden La.
Lloyd & Mildred came by for supper.Nell & kids came over for the week end.
We are all going to Lloyd's for supper tonight.
All went to Waldrop singing today.
Paul came for Pat & kids.I
am back at Ray's again.
Mr John T. Brooks died Fri night.Mildred
& I went to funeral home early, stayed till .Went to SunSchool, then ate lunch at Royce's.
We went to Rosborough springs to get peaches, none there.
Rita & Kathy got a bu. peaches at Harvey Fite's for $5.00.
Ray came home from Minden La.
Had a good rain and is lots cooler.
Dorothy & Kay came.I'm
going home with them to stay a week.
James brought me home.Kathy came
home from Port Neches.
M. Bess & kids came, we went to Nell's.
Rita is painting the living room.
Visited Mildred for awhile.
Had a 3 in. rain.
Watching the Democrat convention.Interesting.
Bo & family came for the week end.Had my hair cut.
Bo went home today.
Kathy started to school.Very
Rita got a permanent.
James, Dot & Kay came for week end.Brought Ray 2 birddog
Nell & all the family came this afternoon.
Lloyd & Mildred came by to see James, but he was fishing. James, Dot
& Kay came for dinner, then left for home. Mildred & I went to the Waldrop reunion for awhile.
Went to Longview with Lloyd & Mildred.Dr Norman
treated my ear, such a relief.
Ray, Rita & Kathy went o a ball game.
I went to Church & SS with Mildred & J.T. then after lunch we went to
Oakland to the annual singing.
Rita went to town and I visited Gladys till .
Pat & kids came & I went home with them.
Pat brought me home.Bo &
Pat & Bo went home this morning.
Mildred & I got a new permanent.
Nell & family came.Tommy
Visited Gladys this afternoon.
Voted for LBJ and the other Dem candidates.
Went to Church.
M. Bess & kids came.
We all went to Longview for Dr Payton to check Patsy's eyes.
Went to Dr.I have a rash.Rita went to Eastman.
Very cold.Ray, Rita &
Kathy went to Allison's camp for supper.
Still cold.Stayed home all
M. Bess & kids came, also James, Dot & Kay.
M. Bess & I went to see Mattie.James, Jerry & Barbara wentsquirrel hunting, killed 5.
All went home today.
Rita, Mildred & I went to Longview, I saw Dr Payton.
Nell & kids came, ate dinner here then went up to the farm & picked
up pecans.Is real cold.
Rita went to work at Texas Eastman today.Mildred
& I went to Henderson.
Lloyd & Mildred came by.
Kathy's 16th birthday.Pete
Woods was shot & killed by an escaped convict.
Went to Dr Phillips.James
& Kay came.
We ate dinner at Mrs Kennedy's.Nell
& family came & we all went up to the farm & cooked supper.Nell
James & Dot went home.
Byron Ross died.
Went back to Dr Phillips.
Mama’s Diary - 1966
Beginning the new year, a warm cloudy day.We had black eyed peas and "hog jowl' for lunch for good luck.Christine
(Woods) Long died in California.
Gerald Stone (Peck) Eden was killed in wreck on river bridge at Longview.Chester Wyatt died the same day.
Had a lovely birthday (74 yrs) supper at Lloyd's with Nell, James, Ray
& families, really a happy surprise.
Rev. Dewey Barron Jimmerson was killed in a car wreck at Newton.
Jimmy Armstrong was buried today at Waldrop.
Nell & children came this afternoon.
James and Mr Findley from Austin visited us awhile.
Went for check up.
Randy & Bette came.
Prescription No. 423559 refilled.
Daughter Mildred took me to Dr. Payton.
Bo & family came.
Willis & Effie came.
M. Bess & Kids & Linda came.We
went to Longview.
Charley Jackson died, Ray was pall bearer.
Got a permanent.Bo &
family, Pat & family came., then Sat. James & family came, called Lloyd & they came, we had a fish supper.All left on Sun.
Nell came for me, we came back on Easter Sun. eve the 10th.
M. Bess and family came for week end, we went to Nell's on Sat.
Went to Dr. for check up.Nothing
Pat & kids came for me.
Pat took me to Pasadena.Got to see "My Fair
Lady" in La
Porte.Bo moved into new house the 12th, I spent the night with them.Came a flood.
The Jones brought me home.
Sister, Mike & family came.
Sister's birthday.They ate supper
here, Lloyd & Mildred came.They left for Phoenix.
So unusually cool this spring, slept under electric blanket last night.
Would have been J.F. Kennedy's birthday, he would have been 49.
Rita's grandmother Reynolds died today - her birthday.
Was 58° last night, the coolest on record.Kathy and I went to town, had my hair trimmed.Eddie & I defrosted the freezer.M.Bess, Randy & kids came to
stay til Sunday.Nell & Tim came Sat.
Bo & family came by from their vacation, we spent the night at the
farm.He got lots of plums.Installed
air conditioner, went home after supper on the 13th.
The Byerlys left on vacation to New England states.
Kathy went to dentist.
James & family came, brought fish, we called Lloyd & Mildred to
come & had fish supper.
M. Bess and Linda, Barbara & David came, we went to Rosborough Springs
to get peaches.
M. Bess & Linda picked plums at the old Wyatt place.
Tim's birthday, I made crab apple jelly.
Ray & Rita went to El Chico's with John & Jimmie.Kathy & I played Scrabble.
Went to Liberty singing.
Nell & Coleman kids & Tim came, Tim stayed this week.
Went to annual day at Waldrop.
Nell & family came after Tim.Kathy is sewing on her wool dress.Very hot.
Got a permanent, prescription 423559 refilled.
Betty Sparks was buried and we didn't know it.
Buddy Gentry died today.
Shelled 2 bu. peas.
James & family came.I
went home with them.
Ray, Rita & Kathy went to Bo's & to the Astrodome.
Ray, Rita & Kathy came to James’.On Saturday we all went to San Saba & Richland Springs.We visited
Burl & Britte Martin.Came home Sunday.
Had the Woods re-union today at Drew's place.James, Dot & Kay, Lloyd & Mildred came.
Pat & kids came, went home Sept 2, Friday.
M. Bess, Barbara & David came, stayed till Labor day the 5th. Mrs Tinnie
Brooks passed away Sept. 6.
Went for check up & flu shot.
Went for check up & that night had trouble with my heart, went by ambulance
M. B. & Linda came.
Pat & kids came.Came
from hospital Oct. 4.
James came & took me to Dr., then Pat came after me.
Mama went to Pat and Paul’s for a visit then Pat brought her over to stay
a few days with Monnie Bess and to visit us too.On the evening of November 10, 1966 Monnie Bess called to tell me Mama was having chest pains and needed to go to the hospital.I called Pasadena Ambulance and they said they didn’t have anyone to help the driver but
they could send an ambulance.I gave them the address and told them I would be
there to help the driver.The ambulance came just after I got there.We got Mama into the ambulance and I rode in the back with her to BayshoreHospital.I said to Mama,
“Don’t be afraid, we will be there soon and they will take care of you”.She said to me, “I’m not afraid at all”.
They did what they could for her but she slowly declined.She finally passed away the next evening … November