Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The 1919 Diary of YHS Math Teacher Carrie Hardy

Last entry of a year-long weekly serialization of Ypsilanti high school math teacher Carrie Hardy's diary.

July 13 Sun. Took 7:30 [interurban light rail?] car for Detroit. At 10:00 boarded steamboat Thousand Islander [pictured at right] for Chatham, Ont. Returned at 11:00.

July 14 Mon. No classes. School election. Mrs. Fletcher and Prof. Cleary were re-elected. New Prospect School building carried. Mr. Loosee made Robert's cart. Home.

July 15 Tues. All classes on. Prepared to take Robert's cart down to Detroit. Cleaned and looked over the Maxwell [Carrie's own car; a Maxwell is pictured at right]. Purchased gas.

July 16 Wed. All classes on. At 4 o'clock Lillian + I left for Detroit with cart socks, [?] etc. Supper by roadside. Home at 7:40.

July 17 Thurs. All classes on. After school drove Mr. + Mrs. Arbaugh to Ann Arbor for Dorothy-operation removal of tonsils.

July 18 Fri. After school went down town. Then attended the Laird party for Saginaw teachers.

July 19 Sat. Worked all day. Cleaned and swept, dusted. Changed furniture in bed-room.

July 20 Sun. Was home all day.--Not even fully dressed. Looked over Arithmetic blue books all day. Not very well.

July 21 Mon. No classes. Not well so called Dr. Breakey who came at 11 A.M. He gave me calomel tablets and in evening I took Pluto water. Mended some.

And here, in medias res, ends our year with Carrie Hardy. Thank you for reading and learning with me about the life of a wartime YHS math teacher. R. I. P., Carrie Hardy.

5 comments :

Lisele said...

Well, I for one will miss Carrie. Although after all my confabulation about the identity of Lillian, I was aghast to learn she was just a local teenager. Sigh. My theories of Sapphic love were dashed. It was a wonderful year with Carrie and doings of the high schoolers. Thanks, DD.

Dusty D said...

You're very welcome; I enjoyed learning about her world too.

BF said...

Where are the mentioned pictures?

"...steamboat Thousand Islander [pictured at right]"

and

"[Carrie's own car; a Maxwell is pictured at right]"

Dusty D said...

(Scolding) They should be in your mind's eye, BF. Use your imagination! I can't spoon-feed everyone constantly, sheesh.

whispers: (In other words, I forgot to edit out those text references when I edited out the pictures. Oops).

Jennifer Redfern said...

That was a good year for us, it was a interesting one for Carrie.