January 7, 1932

Thurs- Hurray, sunshine.  Went up to Jacky’s after school.  Supper there.  Jacky and I went to 5 & 10 and got a lot of stuff for party.  Went to Croydon about 8 p.m.

Daughter’s note: Grandparents lived in Croydon.  Later as a married woman Clara would move into grandparents home in Croydon to be with grandfather.

Jan. 6, 1932

Wed. – Oh! Rain all day.  Bobby fell and thought he broke his arm but it was only a bad sprain after it was in sling & all.  Going to pay phone bill tomorrow.


Daughters note:

Bobby lived across Howell Street.  Later, in about 1981 Bobby was living in California and on a flight to Hawaii for Clara and husband George, Bobby took the time to meet with Clara and George at the airport while they waited out a layover.   I think there was something about him flying small airplanes.

January 5, 1932

Tues. – Clear – Tomorrow’s Jacky’s birthday.  Going to have party Sat. Aunt M. wants Bobby and me to help out.  It’ll be fun, but I don’t know any games.


Daughter’s notes – Aunt M. is Aunt Mabel.  Mabel and John had one son, Jackie.  Jack was about 10 years younger than Clara.  She was often asked to baby sit Jackie – but only while Aunt Mabel was in the house.  Bobby is a friend from across Howell Street.

Hello world!

I am making a commitment to digitally copy my mother’s 6 years worth of diary entries so that they are not lost.  My mother, Clara Wilkinson was born on August 12, 1917.  The diary begins on Friday January 1, 1932.  She was 14 years old and living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the time the diary was written.  A look into a world before t.v., video games, cell phones etc.

Before the diary begins

Xmas Vacation – 1931

Thurs:- Dec. 24 – Turned washer woman.  Washed Midgie and Skippy and washed & ironed clothes of Bubbles & Dimples.  Helped trim Xmas tree.  Went to bed about 3 o’clock.

Dec. 25 – Fri – George and I got up at 6:45 and came down to see my things.  Got everything I wanted, and had a swell time.

Dec. 26 – Sat. Went up and got Jacky and pulled him home in wagon.  Took him to Linn’s to see Bobby’s things.  He liked them.

Dec. 27 – Sun. – Went to Sunday School.  MomMom, George, and Charlie came down and brought Brownie.  Fixed train.

Dec. 28 – Mon. – Went in town with George.  Saw movie, got lunch; shopped a little.  Mildred & Jennie here.  Played with ’em

Dec. 29 – Tues.-Took Jackie and went down to see Mildred’s things.  Took Jackie home & staid there for supper.  Went to church entertainment.

Dec. 30 – Wed.- Went down town to see “The Champ”-Wallace Bury Jacky Cooper – Swell.  Went to Robinson’s in evening.

Dec. 31 – Thurs:-Eliz & Shuk arrived about 6 p.m. Went to movies with May.  Saw Ronald Colman in “The Unholy Garden”  Not so hot.  Harburys came up.  Mom Mom, George & Charlie came down about 11:30 p.m.  Greeted the New Year with lots of noise.  Lib & Mes. Harbury joined kids parade and marched around block.  Had swell time.