Category Archives: 1928 and 1929 Seaforth, The Earliest Journals

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July 1928

Seaforth, Ontario
All text is transcribed exactly as she had written it.  Spelling errors, short-forms, and sentence structure as all as she originally written.  Editor.


July 21, 1928
It was my birthday, so in the afternoon, I had a party & at night I was sick at my stomach.

22nd; Lay on the couch out in the veranda all day Sunday because I wasn’t feeling well, and read.

23rd; In the morning I slept in and in the afternoon, we, Betty, Claire, and I went to the slaughter H. and the smell was beyond description so we came home.

24th; I pick black currents in the morn & went over to Aunt Jean’s in the afternoon because Claire had gone swimming & Bett was car riding.

25th; In the aft we went to cases grove for a picnic went in swimming, took some pictures had our lunch got a drive home by Doctor Mun.  (unsure of handwriting.  Could be Dr. Moon; Ed.)   At night we went to the show.

Note; Case’s was a farm east of Seaforth.  It was a popular picnic spot for people from town.  It was later turned into a golf course but went bankrupt during World War Two.

26th; Took the film to get developed and only two out 6 turned out.  In the afternoon I went to sleep til 4 then  we played in the leaves.

27th; The afternoon Alas (I believe she meant ‘Alice’; Ed.) and I played store and then walked down to Cases where Joan and Claire were swimming.  Went to the show with Bett at night.

28th; Lofed around in the morn and in the aft played beauty shop and concert on the lumbers with mashed raspberries for ruge.

29th; In the morning I was to church & Sunday School.  Read all afternoon and went to the band concert with (dear old) Mary Flett.

30th; Slept in in the morning and in the afternoon played with Mary and at night played on the lumbers with that horrid pest of a brother with us.

31st; In the aft I went to a picnic with our Sunday school class and Jenett’s to illegible word exspecially the swim and the eating time.

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August 1928

August 1928
Notes; 
Nora was Bernice’s older sister by 5 years.  
The visit to ‘Negmees’ is referring to the Van Egmond family, a well known Seaforth family at the time and close friends with Bernice’s parents and grandparents.

1st; Claire, and I played with Betty M, M. H. MF.  Mary, Claire, Ruth and I got mad so I played in Mary’s house.  At night I did the same.

2nd; In the morning played with Mary and Claire.  In the afternoon we, Joan, Claire and I got under the hose on our lawn then we sowed.

Speedy43rd; Sowed (sic) in the morn.  In the afternoon went in swim had a nice time flowing down the river on logs.   At night I went to Harold Loyd (sic) in Speedy.

4th; In the morning sowed knee pads for the rocks when we floated down the river.  At night Mother came back.

5th; In the morning slept in and then had my bath.  In the afternoon painted & did as usual at night went to the band concert.

6th; In the morning Joan and I played down at the track in the aft Alice Joan and I went swim.  Betty & Claire were away.  At night we were at illegible word.

7th; Were down at Ted’s Gramas in morn.  In the aft. we went swimming.  At night we were peaking in at the show and bake shop.

8th; In the morn we went for a ride with Jim C. to Brucefield then Alice Joan and I didn’t get home till a quarter to one.  After dinner we went swimming.  At night played around.

9th; In the morning I painted and in the afternoon I went to BayField then went in swimming the water was great.  At night went to bed.

10th; Did nothing much In the afternoon went in swimming then it rained so I played with Billy then we went up town in the car.

11th; In the morning Bill and I played in the sand, went swimming in the aft.  At night did as usual, played then went to bed.

12th; All day I just sat around and read or did something the lake was so cold I didn’t go in and nor did I have Billy to play with because he wasn’t home.

13th; In the morning and afternoon I played in the sand in my bathing suit for the lake was to cold to go in.  At night I went to bed.

14th; In the morning I was up the beach hunting stones, in the aft Mama & I went Abraherts & in swim.  At night Billy came back.

15th; Billy and I played in the sand in the morn.  Went in swimming in the aft.  After supper Nanna and I went to the bank to watch the sunset.

16th; In the aft we went in swimming.  In the morning & night I did about as usual in Bay-Field.

18th; In the aft. Counters went to Clinton.  We went in swim. then we went & got a hot dog & went to Aberherts cottage.

19th; I lay around in the morning & in the aft Nanna and I went in swimming.  At night we went up to the Aberherts.

20th; We got up at six in the morn because we had a chance into Seaforth, we went swimming in the aft. then sowed and rode the illegible word.

21st; In the morn. didn’t do much.  Played with Betty in the afternoon.  At night I went to the picture show with Nora and Nancy.

22nd; In the morning I didn’t have enyone to play with.  In the afternoon I went to a picnic down and Negmees.  It lasted till illegible word.

23rd; In the morning & aft. we played around.  at night Bettsy & I got fussed up using powder, cold cream, Italian perfume, illegible word just to go to show.

24th; It was terribly cold all day.  In the morning we played around.  In the aft. we played dress ups in our house.  At went to see a performance in the park.

25th; Betty and I got mad in the morning & made up in the afternoon.  At night we got fussed up and went up town.  Had a hot dog and & ice cream.

26th; In the morning I had a bath & went to church.  In the aft. Betty and I went walking with Buster.  At night Betty & I & her Grandma went to the Band.

27th; In the morn Betty & I got mad at each other.  In the aft we went swimming.  At night Betty & I went to Clara Bow in Hula with Nancy & Nora.

February 1929

February 1929
6th; Went to school.  After I went sleigh r. At night I went to Helen Smith’s.

7th; Went to school, after I went sleigh riding with Helen.  At night I practised and studied.

8th; Went to school.  After school took my lesson. At night went to club and practised “Incomprehensible.”

9th; (Saturday)
Function in the morning with H. S. Had a street car adventure.

10th;  Slept in & read.  I did not go to church or Sunday school as I did not feel well.

11th; Went school & in the morning we had cooking.  At night I went to Guides.

12th; Went school then went sleigh riding but soon had to pull Bob home because he hurt his leg.

This is all she writes for 1929.  She seems to be interested in developing the habit of keeping a journal but we have no further entries or books until she begins again in 1931.  The family seems to have moved to Toronto sometime in 1928, hence the streetcar adventure.  
The 1931 journal entries are much longer and more descriptive.  She also kept some of her creative writing assignments.
Editor.