Tuesday. 11. A terrible storm snow + sleet + a heavy wind. Poor Audrea went to school this a.m. but no school signal sounded twenty minutes of one. should have done so this morning. Audrea would not have gone anyway. I don’t believe in sending a child to school when it imperils her health + perhaps her life to go. Clarence had a hard time getting home. his car short circuited had just got it fixed. discouraging weather. Have been expecting Lu Parker this week but looks doubtful if she gets here, will take some time to clear the streets. finished book + went to bed.
Notes + explanations:
Quite a terrible snow storm, indeed. 23.37 cm, to be exact and according to Wunderground’s historical weather data. It looks like that is in fact the record high for snowfall on January 11th in Boston.
I wonder a lot about what car Clarence had. He worked at the big Hood Rubber Company factory (which eventually became B.F. Goodrich) in Watertown, so my guess is that he knew a fair deal about cars. He probably was doing all the fixing himself.
“Lu Parker” is Lucy Parker (married name Hindle), Edith’s long time best friend. Here is a couple of cute photos of them together as teenagers. Lucy was in bed sick with jaundice (according to the handwriting on the back of the photo), and I guess Edith was having sympathy pains.
Looks like Annie has finished the Madcap book. Let’s see what she reads next…
On this day – January 11, 1927…
Thirty-six Hollywood celebrities gathered at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles and founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for the purpose of acknowledging cinematic excellence. The Academy’s awards for motion picture industry would later be nicknamed “The Oscars”.
The American freighter John Tracy, with 27 men on board, foundered and sank off of Cape Cod during a winter storm. Wreckage, including the vessel’s nameplate was recovered ten days later.
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