Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Grandma wrote it down!!

My grandmother Stella Sampson kept diaries from years 1933 until a few days before her death, May of 1988.  I just finished reading and taking notes for the 2nd time on book 1933--1937 and I am exhausted. I am tired after I read one weeks worth of what Grandma did. Housewife was her title. That included, by her daily writings, washing on the wringer washer and hanging out to dry for her household and at least 3  other extended family households and ironing. She each day took Grandpa to work and her daughters to school and picked them up. She made mince pie and huckleberry pie, noodles, strangled chickens and fried them. At lunch people from the family who worked at the nearby Quaker Maid factory came to her house for lunch. She was either cutting a dress out, sewing a dress together, or putting on the finishing touches. That was done the same day she worked on the current quilt pattern. She made jelly out of   even the tiniest serviceberries, and put more goose feathers into the mattress.  She attended ladies aid, visited friends and provided a place for relatives to spend the night. And she wrote it all down! I'm thankful she did.


  1. What a cute story. It just goes to show we should write down some of the small things we do in life for future genealogists.

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    Regards, Jim
    Genealogy Blog at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

  2. Having your grandmother's diary is indeed a treasure! I sure wish mine had done the same. I'm exhausted reading about her busy life!

  3. How neat to learn about G. Grandma's life!

  4. I'm exhausted just reading your summary of her activities. I guess I could do all that if I didn't have a blog and Facebook to worry with. LOL