Elsie Walker Everest kept diaries for nearly 40 years, recording everyday activities, births, marriages and deaths, and important local and national events as well. I’ve had the pleasure of reading through the diaries three or four times and marvel at the legacy she left us. Here then, are excerpts from the diaries during 1940 and 1941, just prior to and at the beginning of WWII. I hope you enjoy history through the lens of Elsie’s life.
February 24: Hitler spoke from Berlin
March 14: Mussolini met Hitler in Brenner(?) Pass
President Roosevelt in bed with a cold
April 9: Norway at war, Denmark invaded
April 11 (news article)
THURSDAY WAS HOT; HGHEST READING OF YEAR RECORDED……
Hottest weather of the year came to Longview and surrounding community ….heat was felt thoroughly, because of “muggy” atmospheric conditions.
May 9: Germany marched on Holland – Netherlands. World seems to be in a mess.
May 16: President (Roosevelt) asked for big fund for armament. War terrible – German army advancing in France.
June 10: Hot and sultry. Italy declared war. Made strawberry jam.
June 12: 14 years ago arrived in Cathlamet from Bemidji Minnesota. Many changes here since then.
June 14: Hot. German Army in Paris
July 17: Roosevelt drafted for 3rd term nomination
August 1: (news article)
TELEPHONE SYSTEM OF NATION UNDER GUARD PROTECTION
New York, July 31 (AP) The American Telephone and Telegraph Company and its subsidiaries have placed the nation’s telephone communications network on a virtual war time footing within the past six weeks. Acting at the suggestion of national defense officials, precautions have been taken to protect vital operating centers, and added facilities are being set up to meet the growing demands of preparedness activities. Extra guards have been posted at vital operating points. In a western district, guards were chosen from ex-marines who had been approved by the FBI.
September 16: President Roosevelt signed conscription bill -
October 8: Cincinnati won World Series 1-2
October 22: Hitler trying to get France & Spain to join Axis and then surround England – Serious
November 5: Dark and misty…. home at 4 P.M., voted, listened to election returns until late. Roosevelt wins – First 3rd term President.
December 5: Repeal of Prohibition 7 years ago
December 31: Married 27 years ago today at Bemidji, Minnesota. Nice day – cool – sun – fog in evening. Papers full of war and predicting war and woe for us.
Installment 2 coming…….