Went to office and performed regular daily tasks. Came home from school with E and J. Had a dicussion with J. about his “draft” not “note.” Due tomorrow. If I’m not paid -- ??? May I collect damages? May not pronounce penalty. Will have to sue for damages. How can I measure them?
A day of humor. Stateo (?) – “Hey, Miss Car.” Miss Car: “Stateo, is that the way to address a lady?” Stateo – “I don’t know, I never dressed one.” Told Ely my little joke. That’s one we have on J. Arnold. Alice in bed all day quite ill. Teachers say she must stay home for at least a week. Daddy feeling bum. (burn?). Will he ever be himself again?
TEMPERATURE AS HOT AS THE SUN: An entire townful of people was rescued from the dangerous ice of a frozen river last winter by a few tons of Thermit, a new chemical which has a heat of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Thermit is composed of aluminum powder and iron oxide and welds together broken steel in machinery just as cement mends china.
Came home from SS* and found the family in bed--as per usual. Alice in bed all day quite sick. Poor kid. All the blackness has worn off my ring and still it is much prettier than rose gold. A ring with a double meaning. Went to church with J. Came home with me. Mrs. Devoe(?) came in and brought me a bracelet.
Well, at last! A half day in which to rest. Isabel Davis announced her engagement last light. The boys in the bank office have whistled the wedding march all morning. Her ring is lovely. Spent the afternoon and evening at home. Alice is sick with a “pain in the neck.” I’m not the only one after all. Letter from Baily (?). Wishes to be remembered to “J. Arnold.”
BENEATH THE ALPS: It took Hannibal fifteen days to struggle across the Alps. Today hundreds of travelers dash through the Alps in a few minutes by train, actually unseen by mountaineers. Modern engineering has created three remarkable tunnels, of which the Simplon, 12 ¼ miles through, is the longest.
Posted twice today. Jared very tired. Lester came down from the country, had dinner with us, and “took” me to the movies. Saw “Stella Dallas” with Ronald Coleman and Louis Morgan. Might as well have gone alone. Oh John, John, how I missed your gentleness. If I had fallen and broken my neck, no one would have picked me up.
Busy day at the office. Went to “Friendly” this evening. Business meeting there. A short play “Renting Jimmie.” Quite clever. Poor leading lady. I can imagine how you felt with your sweetheart being rented to so many other girls. Walked home with Harriet. She has had a quarrel with Harold. Hope they make it up.
BEAR MOUNTAIN HUDSON RIVER BRIDGE was opened in November, 1924, and is the longest in the world, 2,252 ft. It was carved almost entirely out of solid rock, and contains 12,552 tons of steel. Its huge cables are 17 in. in diameter, each containing 7,252 wires, making over 3,500 miles of wire in each cable.
Another assistant in the office today. Took I.B's place. Miss Russell whom I was asked to call on. I love to hear her talk. Went to school. Jay doesn’t go on Wednesday evenings. Came to school to meet me and walk home with me. A real friend? Absolutely? “Friendship involves the power of going out of one’s self appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another.” Thomas Huxley
Arose at the last minute as usual. Performed my regular daily tasks. Went to school with E. Came back home with J. Baily and the (?) spent the evening with us. Jay gave me his note for the apology he "owes" me. Good? We’ll see when it is due!
Important International Post-War Developments – II:
2. United States has become the strongest and wealthiest power.
Treaty of Versailles has been drawn and signed.
League of Nations has arisen.
World Court has been formed.
Dawes Reparation Plan has been accepted.
Treaty of Locarno has been put into operation.
New Year holiday over. Back to the bank* and mailed monthly statements. I. is discharged poor soul! Left bank at five o’clock. School open again. Eliz. Nagel came down for me and we went to school together as usual. As usual Jay** came home with us. Talked until 11:30.
*Virginia has an after school job at the bank.
**Nickname for John.
Went to Sunday School, leaving the rest of the family in bed. Received my box of Christmas candy. Lesson on Jezebel—just like Lady Macbeth. Visited Mary Trexler after S.S. Came home and ate my breakfast. Mary came around in early afternoon. Church in evening with John. Slams? Yes indeed. Compliments? John owes me an apology.
Important International Post War Developments-I:
1. Asia is being profoundly awakened from her backwardness:
a. Turkey, Persia and Arabia are now progressive.
b. Nationality has stirred in India.
c. China has had a psychological and political revolution.
d. Japan has become a military and commercial power.
This is the journal of Virginia Lee Scott, my grandmother, written when she was seventeen and first dating my grandfather, John Arnold Wilson. It's a dairy published by Media Drug Stores and includes space for two entries per day, with facts about the era printed at the bottom, which I have included in italics. Following, 1928, is the journal of John Arnold Wilson, my grandfather, at age nineteen and in love with my grandmother, followed by my grandmother's journal in 1931.