October 1924 was the focus the other day. I am getting a bit better at reading Grandpa’s shorthand.
9 Thursday Husked corn AM to PR in PM to get that we wanted on our trip
10 Friday Started to Iowa drove all day dinner at Sauk Center (100 miles) camped at Redwood Falls(93 miles)
11 Saturday Drove all day dinner near Spence Iowa (100 miles) to Logan (132 miles) about 7:30 Mother down to Vidas (sister)
12 Sunday Home to Mothers both Wills there (Brothers in law Podendorf and Wettendorf))
13 Monday Mother came home about noon
14 Tuesday To Council Bluffs stayed all night at Grovers (brother)
15 Wednesday Rainy To George Rogers ( Tracie’s sister and husband) for dinner out to Aunt Annies for supper stayed all night at Geos Harold and family came in eve
16 Thursday To Grovers after Mother then to Chester Graybills for dinner to Chester’s folks for supper there saw Vida Home to Mothers about 11 o’clock
17 Friday Up to Bill Podendorff ( Sister ) To Cal Woldermire Cal came to Bill in eve
18 Saturday To Mothers for dinner stayed around Logan in PM To Chas Stuves (Tracie’s Uncle) overnight
19 Sunday Had picnic in Tourist Park home with Frank Rogers (Tracie’s Sister)
20 Monday Worked on car To Ervins in eve saw Father Uncle Franks there home to Mothers about 12 o’clock
21 Tuesday To Uncle Earls for dinner Uncle Chas in PM out to Will Wettendorf (sister) in eve
22 Wednesday Chas Norris to see us at Mothers in eve Uncle Earls Chas Stuve both Wills and Bernard there in eve played cards
23 Thursday To Mothers all day Cora (sister) came in
24 Friday Started for Battle Creek Ia to Lauras (Tracie’s sister) about 10 o’clock helped her move
25 Saturday Started for Minn dinner near Spirit Lake supper meal Redwood Falls camped at Spicer
26 Sunday Breakfast near Browerville to PR about one thirty dinner at Grandmas home in PM
I was surprised to see the entry on October 20…saw father. As far as I know Grandpa had not spoken to his father since he left Logan Iowa in 1914. This is the first mention of his father in the diary. (His father was not a very nice man, he was a drinker and wife beater. His Mother divorced the rotten old coot in about 1914 or 1915.)
They must have purchased the car with a trip in mind. They travelled Hwy 71 for most of the trip, with three children then ages 10, 5 and 3. Motoring along at about 20 miles per hour if you were lucky.
Aunt Skinnie (Frances) and Marvin (Far Guy’s Dad ) with a 1923 Ford.In the Farm Diaries there is no mention of what kind of car they bought, it may have been this one that they took on a road trip back in 1924 all the way to Iowa to visit relatives.