Far Guy’s Paternal Grandmother was born June 13, 1895. That was 120 years ago. When I was transcribing her diaries and Grandpa’s Farm Diaries I would watch for those entries.
June 13 1912: Fred went fishing. Emma and I down to Aleck’s. Hazel and Leslie came home with us. My birthday the kids tried to have a surprise party on me. It rained. There were sixteen here had a fine time. Got some nice presents. To bed at 8??or 3??
( Grandma always looked forward to her birthday and having a house full at the farm on the Sunday nearest her birthday! ) In 1912 Grandma was 17.
June 13 1913: Ironed in the morn. Eva went home. My birthday got a watch and a centerpiece. To bed at 8. This was her 18th Birthday.
June 13 1916 Tuesday Helped Dow log Japs Glens here in eve ( Grandpa shorthand= He helped Glen Dow log, Jasper and family and Glen Dow and family came over in the evening.
June 14 1916 Wednesday Made garden fence planted pumpkins ??
This would have been her 21st birthday…since Grandpa didn’t even mention her birthday perhaps the garden fence and planting pumpkins ( or whatever) was part of his gift to her.
June 13 1918 Thursday To PR Ronald to DR. ( To Park Rapids Ronald to Doctor.)
June 13 1919 Friday Took cream Esessor? here cultivated corn (Assessor??)
June 14 1919 Saturday Plowed spuds
June 15 1919 Sunday Aunt Amelias folks McLaughlin Frank Wilsons and Da and Ma here
Later in the month he dug her some moccasin flowers. June 22 Sunday Home rained got Mocisins
June 13 1920 Sunday Home Thresa went to church ( A few days prior to this Marvin age 6 came down with measles.)
June 13 1921 Monday To PR took veal Thresa and kids went
I still have 8 years of Grandpa’s Farm Diaries to decipher…it is a work in progress. Pretty soon I will have to put it on my bucket list…you know things you want to do before you kick the bucket.
Grandma at the farm with her Dahlias in the 1940’s.
Those Moccasin flowers that they dug back in 1919 eventually ended up on the north side of the house near the back door…sometime a flower or two made it to the kitchen table displayed in a bud vase. They would have had many places there on the farm near the river where the Moccasin flowers grew naturally.
Grandma died in 1983, she was 87 years 10 months and 13 days old…she escaped the home…and went straight to a big old party in heaven…and if birthdays are celebrated there today must be one big celebration!