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About bernice1935

About me: I am a reference librarian at Collin County Community College in Frisco, Texas. My academic liaison departments are Business and Finance, Engineering and Emerging Technologies, Mathematics and Natural Sciences. My interests include Texas history and genealogy. I am a busy working mom of two teenagers and one crazy terrier. My wonderful husband of 19 years is a civil engineer who tries hard to organize our chaos and minimize the entropy. About Bernice: Bernice Allison Wyatt lived from 1899-1968. She is my husband's great-great aunt, and she kept this little diary for eleven months in 1935, from January until November. Bernice had no children and probably would be unremembered, if not for the little date book that she left behind. Bernice's life is a testament to all of the hardworking women who kept things going, even in hard times.

Thursday, October 10th, 1935

“I have cooked dinner, ironed and scoured the kitchen.” 1930s kitchens are very different from 21st century kitchens. For starters, apparently every kitchen in Bernice’s time has an identical gigantic white enamel sink. I guess if you have to scour … Continue reading

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Wednesday, October 9th, 1935

“This morning I cleaned house cooked dinner and shook peanuts. After dinner I washed.” Peanuts again. To shake peanuts, what does that mean? Wikimedia Commons

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Tuesday, October 8th, 1935

“For this day I have shook peanuts.” My goodness, the Handbook of Texas Online has a big article devoted to Peanut Culture: http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/afp01 Arachis hypogaea: Peanut Wikimedia Commons

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Monday, October 7th, 1935

“After I cleaned house I washed and picked cotton.” On this Monday, housecleaning, laundry, and time spent in the cotton field. Is anyone listening to the World series on the radio today? Here’s the Time magazine for the week of … Continue reading

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Sunday, October 6th, 1935

“I helped cook dinner, then got Dick ready to go to the doctor.” Going to the doctor in the 1930s. The ad below is easy to make fun of in 2013, but frankly I have to wonder whether our modern … Continue reading

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Saturday, October 5th, 1935

“I helped load some hay, cooked dinner, ironed and cleaned yards.” A busy Saturday. Bernice, don’t you ever rest ?

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Friday, October 4th, 1935

“After I cleaned the house, I went and picked cotton.” TGIF! Housecleaning, followed by agricultural labor. North of where Bernice lives, many rural people are suffering from the health effects of severe dust storms. The Kansas State Board of Health … Continue reading

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