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August 1928

August 1928
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.

I’m 18 and he’s too young for me

Bayfield Tuesday July 24 1934                                                                                                                                                    Bayfield Harbour 1910Have moved to camp.  Last nite (sic) was a wild night for all concerned.  Went riding down to pier in Mackellar’s truck and Mrs. Chapman & Mrs. Scott saw us.  Went to pav (pavillion) and swimming off pier afterwards.  Some night. Hamilton took us for a ride in McKellars truck at noon.  Like cottage very much.  Pat going out with Charlie.  Spend time swimming.

Thursday July 26                                                                                                                                                                    .     Last night went up to the pav. (pavillion) intending to go in but such a crowd I changed my mind.  I bunged up the works between Helen Crich, Dru & Grieve.  Finally landed home with Crich, Grieve and Van Bell.  They didn’t go home till 1:30.  McKellar and Rankin were tight and the kids had a lot of fun watching them.  To-day Soup and Joan & I went to Seaforth with Sharpe (Keith) took Tom Sills in and brought Ken Beatty out.  Had a hard time getting the car to go & spent the short time chasing around town in slacks.  We invited the boys from the tent over for the evening as its a dull rainy day.

Saturday July 28                                                                                                                                                                    .     Writing this down on the beach with Joan beside me reading the funnies.  There’s a very cold wind to-day but we found a nice sheltered spot and are getting warmed up. This morning about 8:30 Sharpe and Beatty and Dru dropped in on us on the way to Seaforth, also Mary & Jean McIver and Peg Case.  We were awake but still in bed.  Hamilton & Alice & Soup went to Seaforth with them. It was terribly cold but we managed to get up and get some breakfast.  Last night Helen Crich, Joan, Van Bell, Frank Grieve, Keith Sharpe & I had a marshmallow roast.  Lots of fun but very cold.  (Van) Bell is only 15 and has never gone out with any girls before.  I’m 18 and he’s too young for me.  He asked me what I was doing to-night and I changed the subject.  He’s all right but I don’t really like him and every time I go near the camp they all start yelling, “Van, here’s Berny.”  I don’t want to turn him down so I’m in sort of a mess.

Sunday July 29                                                                                                                                                                       .    Marie Dressler is dead — war has broken out in Europe (Austria) – Dillinger has been caught – poor Cricket is a sick as a dog – Van & Ted & Mac Southgate were sick at the boys camp and they had to take Ted home.  Last night Crich told a little white lie for me and I got out of going with Van.  Pete, Dru, Ken Beatty, and Grieve came over & Crich and I were left to entertain them.  Ken left and I went after him and told him to take the rest of the crowd home.  He’s a swell kid and Hamilton went & walked out on him.  I wish he’d take me out but he calls me the “Duchess” and teases me about Van so I guess there’s no hope.  Tom Sills came in & ate all our chocolate cake & then went up to the pav. (Pavillion) for Hamilton and left me flat with Grieve & Crich.  I was mad.  I went to bed and was wakened up three times.  Also moved from Isabelle’s bed.

But Was I Mortified

Friday August 17 1934                                                                                                                                                        Went to the show with Stan. Saw Will Rogers in Dr. Bull. Slightly peaved at Stan.

Saturday August 18                                                                                                                                                                    Soup & I went over to Hamilton’s. Went up town with Stan & McClelland for a soda. Found out Stan is only 14. So the joke is really on me but was I mortified.

Sunday Aug 19                                                                                                                                                                         Went to church at night with Mrs. Speare & went for a drive afterwards with Brad & another kid. Jean, Joan, Mary and I.

Monday Aug 20                                                                                                                                                                        Went down to the VanEgmond’s in Devereaux’s car for apples in the aft. Ball game – Eileen & Marion & Mrs. Chapman down for supper – Walked down to Smith’s – Eileen and Marion left us.  Got a ride back to Smiths. – Grieve walked home with me.

Tuesday Aug 21                                                                                                                                                                      Stan phoned in the aft. – sort of stalled him off.  -For a drive in Boxe’s car looking for Alice & Brad – Mary & Jim, Jean,Joan, Ian, Stan & I had ice cream at our place – also lolly pops. Stan sore.

Wednesday Aug 22                                                                                                                                                        Driving in a smart new car with Pender. Joan burned a hole in her skirt. Wanted to go to Bayfield but didn’t get there. Couldn’t find Stan. Talking to Doug. He’s home from Bayfield.

Thursday Aug 23                                                                                                                                                                     Nana at Bayfield for the day. The rest of the people out in the country. Joan and I went to Jessie’s for supper. Stan asked me to go to the midnight show but I wouldn’t go. Took film to get developed. The camera was busted so don’t expect any of the pictures to turn out. Giddy McTavish has gone to Toronto. He’s going to call me up.

Friday Aug 24                                                                                                                                                                    Joan & Jean and I went to Bayfield to the dance. Keith Cutt and 2 other boys from Goderich came down & they took us out in their truck. Jean & I had to sit in the back with two of the kids. Some fun! They wouldn’t go in because they said that they weren’t dressed up. So they waited till 12 for us. We just paid 15 cents for the gallery and stayed up there for two dances and spent the rest of the evening down stairs. Ewan, Rennie, McKellar & Frances Devereaux asked me to dance. I was surprised especially by the first one.

Saturday Aug 25                                                                                                                                                                   Got camp pictures -only first two turned out – d____ – just my luck. Company for supper. Stan came down, had a soda. He brought me a box of chocolates. Didn’t go home till one.

Sunday Aug 26                                                                                                                                                              Christine & the children and I went to church. Went to the Devereaux’ with Jean, Stan, Tom, Beatty, Morley & had pictures taken. Stan took us all up to the Greeks and treated us. Joan has gone to London for the day. Jack came up – kids on the veranday & Nana kicked them off. Stan has gone home.

Wednesday Aug 29                                                                                                                                                              crawford2Tom Sills, Nig Hawkins, Jack Rankin, Morley Hodgins, Jean MacIver, Helen Hamilton, Joan & Alice Devereaux and all piled into Sill’s car and went to Bayfield. Got in for 15 cents and had a swell time. Came home in Devereaux’ car – 5 of us. In the afternoon Joan & I went down to Jessie’s. Tuesday night Joan & I went to the show. Saw Joan Crawford in Sadie McKee.  Pretty good.  –very cold– corn roast Monday night. I was sick and couldn’t go.