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I was getting a guest room ready for this weekend (I'm expecting company) and I ran across my grandmother's diary. It's from 1920 when she was 10. It's not very long.

 

Charlotte G. Smith

185 North St.

Salem, Mass

 

Pickering School -- Grade VII

age 10 yrs

 

1920

June 24th - School closed. Left Miss Pickering's room to go into Miss Mullin's room (7th Grade).

June 25th - Went down to Gerries house in the morning, and Gerrie came up to my house in the afternoon.

June 26th - Went to camp and got a white * because I got 16 points.

June 27th - Went to ride with Barbara Symonds and her mother. Had a blow-out but finally got to Long Beach where the Hugards were. Went in wading and came home.

June 28th - Barbara Poor came in the morning and played with me. In the afternoon I had a shampoo and I went up to her house.

June 29th - Rested all day and in the evening went to the Strawberry Festival at the Ropes's house. They had a pageant which I was in. The name was "Christmas in Japan."

June 30th - Rested in the morning and in the afternoon mother and I went up to Barbara Poor's house.

July 1st - Went to the Baby Hospital and gave $7. The money was from the play our club gave. The play was the "Precious Pickle." We got $10 on it and $7 we gave to the Baby Hospital. When we got there we gave the money to Miss Gill. We saw all the babies and then went to Marian Roope's housewhere we had a party. After the party we played games and came home.

July 2nd - Went down town in the afternoon and in the evening went to Deveaux Beach to see Eleanor Barnett (Barbara and I went).

July 3rd - It rained very hard all day but in the afternoon Father and I went down town and back in the automobile.

July 4th - July 4th is on Sunday this year so it will be celebrated on Monday. In the morning I went over to Beverly in the automobile to see Uncle Frank. We brought him home with us and in the afternoon we went over to Beverly again to the Parker's. We took them for a ride and had a blow-out but got home safely.

July 5th - The 4th is celebrated to-day. Had fireworks in the morning and in the afternoon went to ride with Aunt Molly Fiske. Had our supper over to the Willows and when we came home in the evening we had some more fireworks.

July 6th - Stayed home and rested all day. Aunt Charlotte and Uncle Lyman came in the afternoon.

July 7th - Rested in the morning and in the afternoon went over to Beverly to see Aunt Gracey. Afterward we went to the Larcom's where we had supper and went to ride in the automobile.

July 8th - Rested all day and in the evening went up to the garden with father.

July 9th - Went down town in the morning and in the afternoon I rested. In the evening I went up to the garden with father.

July 10th - Rested in the morning and in the afternoon went to ride in the automobile. In the evening I went up to my grass house and played in it.

July 11th - Went to West Roxbury in the automobile with Father, Mother and Mr. Miles. Mr. Miles stopped in Cambridge while we kept on going to West Roxbury. When we got there Aunt Betsy, Aunt Carrie, Aunt Sarah and Ethel and Arthur Cederstrom were there. We had dinner and started home about half-past four. We stopped in Cambridge for Mr. Miles and Helen and came home. Mr. Miles drove the car part of the way. When I got home I played with Helen until nine o'clock. (We went 75 miles)

July 12th - Helped mother in the morning and in the afternoon I played with Barbara.

July 13th - Stayed home in the morning and in the afternoon went to see Treasure Island at the Federal Theatre. Aunt Ella came to supper and after supper we went to Reading in the automobile. We got some cherries and started home. We got on the wrong road and it was after 10 o'clock when we got home.

July 14th - Rested in the morning and in the afternoon played with Barbara.

July 15th - Shelled peas in the morning and in the afternoon played with Barbara.

July 16th - Helped mother in the morning and in the afternoon went down town. In the evening we went to ride with Aunt Molly and Uncle Arthur and stopped at Schlubers for an ice-cream. When we came back we stopped at Aunt Molly's and Uncle Arthur's and talked about camping in Maine for our vacation. I hope we can.

July 17th - Helped mother in the morning and in the afternoon went up to the garden with father and Uncle Bill.

July 18th - Went to saxonville and when we came home we brought Aunt Nettie with us.

July 19th - In the morning stayed home and rested and in the afternoon stayed home with Aunt Nettie while mother went over to Miss Galthrates.

cha-diaryJuly 20th - Shelled peas in the morning and in the afternoon went down town. In the evening we went to ride. Went to the movies in the afternoon.

July 21st - Rested all day and in the evening went up to the garden with father.

July 22nd - Rested all day.

July 23rd - Stayed at home all day and in the evening went to ride in the auto. Went up to Barbara's in the afternoon.

July 24th - Stayed home all day and in the afternoon Uncle Joe came from Saxonville. In the evening we all went to Mrs. Brown's reception. Mother and Father went in and Aunt Nettie, Uncle Joe and I stayed in the auto until they came out. The girl brought us out some ice-cream while we were waiting.

July 25th - Went to Saxonville taking home Aunt Nettie and Uncle Joe. We stayed there until about 3 o'clock then we came home. When we got home we found a letter that said we could go to Bridgeton. Aunt Molly and Uncle Arthur came to see us in the evening.

July 26th - Stayed home all day and rested.

July 27th - Rested in the morning and in the afternoon went down town. In the evening we went to Middleton to see the Bates'.

July 28th - Stayed home all day and rested.

July 29th - Rested all day.

July 30th - Helped mother in the morning and in the afternoon rested.

July 31st - Stayed home in the morning and in the afternoon Miss Dodge came to see us from Beverly. She stayed here for supper and in the evening we went to ride.

Aug. 1st - Rested in the morning and in the afternoon we went to ride with the Browns.

Aug 2nd - Stayed home in the morning and in the afternoon went down town.

Aug 3rd - Went to Boston and had dinner and supper there. We went shopping in the morning and in the afternoon we went to the moving-pictures.

Aug 4th - Helped mother in the morning and in the afternoon played with Barbara Poor.

Aug 5th - Rested in the morning and in the afternoon went up to Barbara's house.

Aug 6th - Stayed home all day.

Aug 7th - Rested all day.

Aug 8th - Stayed home in the morning and in the afternoon and evening went riding with Aunt Molly and Uncle Arthur.

Aug 9th - Fathers vacation began to-day but it was so hot we didn't go anywhere until evening and then we went to ride with Uncle Frank and Uncle Bill Larcom.

Aug 10th - Went down town in the morning and in the afternoon went to Revere where we saw the areoplanes. While we were looking at them it began to rain so we had to come home. When we got in Salem it hadn't rained at all.

Aug 11th - Went to Bridgton and had a wonderful time.

 

I told you it wasn't long. I'm not sure about the side note about the movies on July 20th, so I put in a picture of it. She calls them "moving-pictures" later.