- I will try not to use any more slang, or swear.
- I will try not to lose my temper when Nora bosses me around and I will try and keep our room tidy and hang up my clothes.
Editor’s Note; At this point in the journals we leap ahead to 1934 where Bernice is still in high school (Humberside Collegiate) and by my estimation she is in grade 11.
January 15 1934
I haven’t written in this silly diary for so long that I feel quite a stranger. I’ll just state a few facts and maybe someday I shall write an account of camp.
I spent the summer in Seaforth. Had a swell time and two weeks of camp out at Bayfield at Deer Lodge with Mrs. Chapman as chaperone. Met Jim.
Joan and I spent most of the time in Seaforth at the tennis court. (Doug and Stan.)
Returned to school in September.
Have Missed the odd day but got along fine. Put in the same class with all the same teachers. Which isn’t so good. Got my exams ok (ex P.T.) Algebra still a big trouble.
Christmas – Aunt Mill came over and Vipper (our new Kitty who was found out in the garage on Sunday morning. He is a yellow-striped) was with us so it was a very jolly Christmas. Nora has her graduation pictures and they are beautiful. I was sick with the flu for most of the holidays but managed to go to the show and see “Little Women”. A swell picture. Too bad there aren’t more like it.
New Year’s Eve I expected to spend quietly at home on account of my cold but the gang came in and we had a party. Everybody was here and it was quite a reunion. Even Windy managed to get down before before it was over. George was in from the country to stay (for good.) Helen A. & Margee weren’t here New Year’s, Bert and Mrs. S. came over. Went over too (sic) Abell’s at night.
School again! but I didn’t start back till a few days later and my cold came in handy as I got out of my oral but not for good. Grace & I went and saw “Bombshell” Friday night and on Saturday night Windy and Lloyd wanted me to go to the Parkdale with them but I didn’t go.
Rather nuts I’d say.
Wednesday Jan 17
They were taking moving pictures down at the tank to-day. We went down for swimming period but could only have the shallow end of the tank. I didn’t go in. Just as the boys were going in the bell rang. We thought they’d let us stay and watch them but no such luck. Mr. Wren showed us the door and gently told us to scram so thinking that we weren’t exactly wanted we rambled up to algebra period. the old guy popped a test on us and believe it or not I got 20 out of 20. Still a mystery. Have been in a very bad temper all day. Guess I’ll see if can sleep it off. Oh by the way have joined Young Peoples. Went last night with Margee. I don’t like it as well as I did at first.
Tuesday March 6, 1934 . Had an aud. (sic) this morning to celebrate Toronto’s centenary year. Lasted from nine to eleven. Some speeches, two plays and some dances. Do you know that Humberside is the biggest collegiate in the Br. Empire, that the Royal York is the biggest hotel, that the bank of Commerce the highest building? Makes one proud of one’s city to hear things like that. Rose and I went down to Mr. Melbourne to-night. Can you see any sense in a dizzy problem like this “Show that it is impossible to divide a line six inches in length into two parts such that the area of the rectangle untrained (unclear handwriting, ed.) by them may be ten sq. inches.” Now I could have told him before I ever started the thing that it was impossible. Anyone can see that. Then to make matters worse I drew Δ for a rectangle. And he says “that’s your idea of a rectangle is it & walks away. I was nearly finished it when the bell rang and was making a dash for the door when he caught me and asked me if I’d finished it and of course I had to say “no” and even though I told him I’d come back to-morrow night and finish it he made me go back and finish it then. What a man!
Wednesday March 7 . Went for algebra after school. Very uninteresting day. Nora pretty sick. I hate McAllister more & more. Miss MacIntosh is very sick. She’s supposed to be in the asylum but I asked Pop and he said no one my that name had come in. Mr. Wren says that its the kids fault that she’s in the condition she is. She was never made to teach school.
Sunday March 18th 1934 . I haven’t written in this book for so long that I ought to have a lot to say. To begin with last Friday night I was in at Mrs. Taylor’s and the kids got this book & my German reader mixed up with some other books and put them in the book case. Consequently they were lost for awhile. Incidentally Mary & Joan between them smashed a china table lamp, a glass and Joan sat on Mrs. Taylor’s knitting needle and broke it. Great fun. On Sunday Elizabeth came out. I went to school Monday (we got off at 2 because of someone’s death) the next 3 days I stayed at home, felt perfectly rotten and went back on Friday. Helen S. did the same thing. Had to hand in an essay on “My Choice of Profession” -social service work. ahem! Got 6 out of 30 in another algebra test and we had a history test. Tests are good for (you)-yah-see how much chizzling you can do without getting caught.
Friday night Jack and I upheld the honour of the Hodgins family by going to the CSC. Morley didn’t want to go and Nora was sick. It was held at Mrs. MacGammond’s on Oriole Parkway. What a marvelous house! Two or three bathrooms and a maid answers the door. Chuck wasn’t there and neither was the French boy. Half-Moon was and was there a row? Dad wrote him a letter and he was supposed to disband. Instead of that he collected the fees first without saying anything about the letter. Jack and I and June MacCreath (whose father made her resign) were about the only ones didn’t pay fees. They collected $7.50. I’m afraid Mr. Moon is going to get into serious trouble. The two people that I really don’t like now are June and Malcolm. I actually had two dances with Max and quite a few with Jack McFarlane. I went and wore my evening dress and half of the kids that wore evening dresses before were there in sports dresses. Well anyway we can’t go next time so I won’t have to worry about what I’ll wear.
Last night I was going to do homework but Helen S phoned and she and Margee and I went up to the library. It just began to pour rain and of course we got caught in it. Went into Haugh’s after and played court whist. Grace phoned yesterday. This morning I was so surprised when I looked out and the ground was covered with snow. Disgusting and I didn’t go to church either. Have finished Stalky and co. by R. Kipling. Great book.
Helen S. and I have decided to go to Europe. The date isn’t quite settled upon yet.
Thursday March 29 1934 . Well isn’t this nice. The beginning of the Easter Holidays and lots of snow. (Let’s go ski-ing) and nothing doing. I had fond hopes of going up to Seaforth with Anna & her boyfriend but he isn’t going up now & Anna is going by train so that lets me out. Elizabeth is singing in the Easter chorus down at the Imperial. Helen & I and Nora went up to the library to-night and Helen came in afterwards. The cat was badly abused by Morley & he knocked the lamp over. Lucky the chair was there. We had coffee & ginger bread and decided that to-morrow afternoon we’re going to (Helen & I) write for a tennis permit and we have to have about 20 names so I suggested the boys & call it the “Pacific Tennis Club”. I hope they don’t all come though I suppose we’ll have to tell them we put their names down.
Friday March 30 . Went to church in the morning. Helen and I wrote for an application for a tennis permit in the afternoon also to Campbells soup for tickets for their programe. Went to church again at night. Helen & I are considering cleaning chickens to-morrow. “Fellow inmates” –nearly put the class to sleep and ______ finished the job.
Monday April 2nd . Saturday was a very dull day. After supper Nancy, Nora, Helen and I went after Easter Lillies. After which Helen and I tried to puzzle out “Die Woche”. It was a lot of fun.
Easter Sunday was a very drab sort of day and didn’t seem the least like Easter Sunday.
They broadcasted the fashion parade from Sunnyside. I went to our church in the morning and High Park Church at night with Helen who was all decked out in Easter finery. Mike and Morley went to Seaforth at 8 Sunday morning & I wanted to go but Mum didn’t think much of the idea of my coming back with the cattle. So that was off.
Got a letter from Joan on Saturday. About time. Apparently my letters have had a very good effect on two cases.
11:15 and everybody in bed but me. Helen & I went to the show and had a long drawn out talk out in front (we were both nearly frozen). She told me a few shocking things about some people then when I got in the house Mother told me that she had phoned Mrs. Campbell & that she told Mother that Mr. Moon had told her (get it?) that Mother had said to him just to ignore the letter he had got from Dad and that Dad had said that he hadn’t meant the letter at all but the other men had made him write it. I simply cannot understand that man. Dad hasn’t seen or heard from him since he sent the letter & Mother didn’t say anything of the kind. Well we won’t go to the affair on Thursday night & Mother’s going to phone up Mrs. Dr. Campbell & give her the low down & Mr. Moon will likely be asked to resign his position in the Huron Old Boys sooner or later & the sooner the better. Here Helen & I were quite disgusted with how uninteresting everything has been & its all turning out quite exciting.
(the show was Janet Gaynor in “Carolina”)
May June 1st 1934 . (Hard to realize considering its rather cool) got my pictures to-day from the negatives of the pictures Marg took. They are pretty good. Also got a film and took a picture of Snoon.
Monday June 4th . Terrific heat. King’s birthday holiday. Yesterday we went out to Abell’s farm. Quite a lovely place. Had a lot of fun, bicycling. Helen went in swimming. Some swimming hole. (George’s hat incident + cow tray also climbing fence and swimming without bathing suit). I hear Grace has stopped school. Nut!
Monday June 11 . Went to Peggy Reynold’s graduation on Thursday with Elizabeth. Friday afternoon went to Nora’s. It was lovely. Saturday we left for Kincardine to take Nora up. From there we went to C4th arriving there about 1:30 a.m. Left Seaforth about 4 p.m. Sunday and went to Lucan. From there we came to Toronto arriving here about 12 p.m. We left Nana in C4th. She is going to stay for a week & Jack (has lost his job) is going up for a week too.
Thursday June 14th . Have just heard the interesting romance of Mother & Father before they were married. Pop was engaged when he came to C4th to start up a practice to a girl in Toronto. Mother was in the hotel and one night Unk phoned up and said that Doc Hodgins wanted to take Mum or Nana out for a drive. Nana had Unk of course so Mum went. They kept going together & things began to get serious so Mother went over to Detroit for a while and decided that when she came back she wouldn’t see him anymore & Dad decided the same thing. The first night she was back Dad asked her to go out in the country with him some place and Mother went! Later he wrote the girl who he was engaged to and the engagement was broken & Maw (sic) & him got married & had four kids.
Monday June 18 . Friday night Betty & Margee & I bummed around (shoe polish and shredded wheat) Saturday night Bob MacLean, Windy and Margee & I played bridge at Haugh’s. They pulled some fast ones over on us whereas we cheated openly. We had lots of fun. Yesterday I was swimming out at Abell’s in the creek. The boys came out in the old ford. Bill Murray was out there for the weekend. When I got home Margee came in and wanted me to go for a walk. So Betty & we two went. This morning I’m up to study algebra and I’m going to school for help in it this afternoon.
Sunday June 24 . Well I have to write history & I’m good and mad. He let Marjorie thru who got identically the same marks as I did only we had a test after Easter and I got 78 and she only got 71. Of all the dirty mean low down tricks. Mother came home from C4th to-day and I think I’ll get her to phone up Mr. Wren about it. She says she will. The only reason I can see why he didn’t recommend me is because I talked to (sic) much in his periods.
Margee and I were naughty last night.