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Column | The Diaries of Esther Lilly Hundley: December 29, 1930 – January 11

Esther Lilly Hundley

Cast of characters

–Esther Lilly Hundley & Charles Hundley (written as Charley/Chas), the author of the diaries and her husband.

–Bill (written as Billie) and Elsie, Esther and Charles’ firstborn and his wife. 

–Ted and Thelma, Esther and Charles’ second-born and Ted’s wife.

–Gladys and Roy Bills (written as Mr. B. or Mr. Bills), Esther and Charles’ third-born and her boyfriend. 

Gladie starts writing from December 26, Esther went to stay at Grandma Hundley, Grandma is sick)

Mon Dec 29 – Another big frost, got up about 5:30, made some pies. Dad went hunting. Troy came here for awhile. I slept some in afternoon. Grandpa Herrick came. After supper, I embroidered on a tea towel. Not such a hot job, either.

Tue Dec 30 – Cold and a big frost this morning. Done up usual work and scrubbed made pineapple torte. Dad went to the store in afternoon. I embroidered some, then took a nap. Troy came for a short time. Arthur Clark came for supper, stayed till 11:30, brought mandolin, phonograph and half a sack of onions, quite a combination. 

Wed Dec 31 – Not so cold, sleeted some in a.m. Last day of old 1930 but who cares. Washed clothes this morning, then finished up some old work. 

Esther Writes:

I went to midnite matinee from North Plains to Venetian Theatre. Got home at 2 o’clock a big time at theatre.

Gladie resumes: 

Ted & Thelma came in after noon. Troy as over. I’m signing off for this year, 1930!


This diary was written in a gray ledger book titled “Order Book”

Thur Jan 1 – About two inches of snow this a.m. I was busy all morning. Bill & Elsie came about 11 o’clock. Aunt Norma brought Ma home about two o’clock. Saw a show in Hillsboro ‘Tom Sawyer”.

Fri Jan 2 – Rain this morning. Dad, Ted & Troy killed a pig. Ted and Thelma went up to Camp in afternoon. Ma made her a dress. I slept some. We all listened to Amos ‘n Andy at eight o’clock. Real good, “Aw Waw Aw Waw”, says Amos.

Sat Jan 3 – Cloudy. Busy all morning with lard & sausage. Vera and Troy were over awhile in afternoon. In the evening, Ted & Thelma went to Troy’s. We kept Joanne while they were gone. 

Sun Jan 4 – Rain. Done up the usual work. Ted & Thelma went up to Yamhill right after dinner. Ma & Dad went down to Grandma’s She was worse. Bill & Elsie came down. Roy came at 1:30, we left about two. Saw “The Bad Man” at Star Theatre. Ma stayed down to Grandma’s.

Esther writes

Maggie and I both stayed with Grandma all week. She got some better. 

Gladie writes

Mon Jan 5 – Hard wind and rain. Did up usual work. Dad & I are alone again.Troy was over awhile. I slept some in afternoon and fooled with radio.

Tue Jan 6 – Cloudy. Made some pies then finished up work, cleaned up the front room in afternoon. A stray dog came this morning. Dad & I listened to Amos n’ Andy. 

Wed Jan 7 – Clear. Washed this morning, scrubbed floors. Ted came down awhile. Bill & Elsie came down in afternoon to stay awhile. 

Thur Jan 8 – Frost and clear. Done usual work. Slept some in p.m. Dad and Bill fell tree by cabin. Went to show after supper. 

Fri Jan 9 – Frost. Elsie washed some. I washed my hair. Slept some in afternoon. Bill sawed wood. 

Sat Jan 10 – Did usual Saturday work. Troy was over awhile. Bill & Elsie went over to Troy’s & Vera’s in evening. Arthur Clark came stayed till 11:30. 

Esther writes

Maggie went home Sat. p.m. Stayed till Sunday p.m. Norma came out. I went to a show Sunday nite, John Gilbert in “Redemption”, a dandy show. 

Gladie writes

Sun Jan 11 – Rainy. Cooked some for Sunday. Went to matinee in F.G. “Just Imagine”. Then to Grandma’s for awhile. Bill went to traps, had coon & mink.

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