Jan. 1 || Comment "It's nice to get up in the morning but its nicer to stay in bed".
|Jan. 2 || Reed (Burgener) got three picture puzzles for Xmas so we are forever more
racing with them.
|Jan. 3 || I am helping Fred (Weston) with his English at 50 cents a page-$1.00 tonight.
|Jan. 5 || I completely forgot to fast & arrived home in time for church. During
testimony meeting I hoped I wouldn't ever feel as embarrassed again.
While unconsciously putting up my glasses I dropped some leaflet money
down my neck. Well, I managed to get all but 3 coins & of course when
I got up to play they went helter skelter all over the floor & kids all
scrambling for them.
|Jan. 6 || I am home again with plenty to do. I've been spending my evenings at my
yearly report. In looking over an old minute book I find I played the
organ at S.S. for the first time Feb. 22, 1925. The first time I ever
played was in Sacrament meeting. Curiosity killed another cat and see
the result. I played for Sunday School 70 times since then.
|Jan. 7 || I still play the new records to death. Specially "Painting the clouds
with Sunshine, Miss you," etc. - It's still cold enough to freeze ice
in a boiling tea kettle.
|Jan. 11 || The big event of the day--Received a letter from the hospital telling
of my acceptance to the school of Nurses and to show up May 5, 1930.
|Jan. 15 || Did extra chores in order to have the team for Primary. I went in the
|Jan. 19 || Pres. Charles & Clark were at Pratt and Carl Carlson was appointed as
second coun. for Uncle Alfred - Topped the day out very deliciously with
Church. Had just gobs of fun.
|Jan. 20 || Just quit reading 'The American Idyll" at 11:30. Covered a lot of ground.
|Jan. 21 || Its cold enough to freeze two brass monkeys tonight. It must be over
40 degrees below.
|Jan. 30 || Oh heck! That's the way I feel. My throat is sorer than ever tonight
most likely because I've been reading out loud so much. (Reading "Nan
of Music Mts." to Aunt Luella.)
|Jan. 31 || After coming home while wiping my glasses I broke the frame and couldn't
find my others. Oh, I hate to complain but it was terrible. Worse than
being rolled over Hells half acre.
|Feb. 5 || Alice and Kate came down so they helped me sack 20 sacks of barley &
then came in to listen to the records while waiting for the mail.
The weather is perfectly lovely. So warm it takes very little more to
remind you of those wonderful spring days coming on. How wonderful
spring really is!
|Feb. 9 || Rosie took the kids down while we chased the pigs around. We locked
them up as we are intending to sell them tomorrow. Nine of them
weighing 200 lbs. or over at $8.75 C.weight.
|Feb. 10 || We took in the sum of $208.25 for the nine pigs today. We must have
earned half getting them there. We had them all loaded and three made
their get-a-way. We shall pay the balance ($50.) on our light bill
|Feb. 11 || Fred killed a calf and I helped him skin it. I got a slip-over apron
well started. It's cute. Square or oblong effect at top, bottom and
|Feb. 12 || I read the letter (letter from Aunt Clara) with some unaccustomed ease
and was pleased. That's my first whole letter I've read. (In Swiss or German)
|Feb. 13 || Problem: My hair is so long & the family says I look horrid. I think
my solution will be a wind-blown.
|Feb. 16 || We finished the rest of Hilda's first topsy-turvy cake. I am finding
myself extremely impatient for the time when Vera and I leave T.V. (Teton
Valley) to seek our fortune.
|Feb. 19 || I finally let in and had my hair cut windblown. It must be more like a
cyclone like Milton D. told his wife when she had hers cut that way.
|Feb. 22 || I made some butterscotch buns today and they were well satisfied with
the samples. The same bunch (of kids) all went to the show "No Defense."
It was real good. Dropped in at the dance but decided to plod on
home way instead of stay to the dance.
|Feb. 24 || The Pratt men are trying out their teams today for the pulling match.
|Feb. 25 || I went to Mrs. Mack Waddells and learned to do only the second round of
crocheting on the pillow cases I started 3 yrs ago. I aim to finish
them soon as some of our pillow cases are fast wearing out.
|Feb. 26 || Kate stayed with Elva while Willard went to the pulling match. We skinned
Darby all to pieces so the free dance and supper will convene Fri. at
|Feb. 28 || Fred and I went with the usual bunch to Darby to the big dance for the
two wards. And it was a big dance. The hall was crammed with people from
all over. Danced with Mr. Wilding in a circle two step--Ended with Mr.
White. Fun can't express the time I had then. Arrived home at 3:00.
|Mar. 2 || Aunt Luella has been attending Sunday School quite regular of late.
It's relieved me at the organ. - Hilda and I played "Valse Edna" at
Conjoint mutual. It was False Edna with that squaky piano & cold
clarinet. That's my last. I led the singing. Did much better than
I expected. It wasn't half bad.
|Mar. 4 || Hip! I finished crocheting the one pillow case and intend to finish
them this week or bust trying. - Eggs are 20 cents a dozen or 2 for 37 cents. We
get on an average of one dozen a day.
|Mar. 7 || Went to the weight dance. I've got my nerve when I weigh so much (137)
but it really was 135 1/2. I had just the best time I ever had in Pratt
with the exception of an Easter party last year.
|Mar. 8 || We saw Evangeline tonight. It was good but not as good as Ramona.
The adorable Delores Del Rio and the "thrillingest" shiek of a Ronald
Drew. I'd walk 30 miles to see them.
|Mar. 10 || I suffered much mental torment over two beastly words last night I
said. That seems to be my trick every six months or more, I must
become desperate in getting rid of such a monster.
|Mar. 16 || It's light years ago today since our father died.
|Mar. 18 || We hauled hay today and I'm so tired I don't even feel like writing this.
|Mar. 24 || I feel miserable tonight. Tooth ache and ear ache and just a little tonsil
trouble combined. - ...I went to see Rae Fairbanks who is home for a few
days. She gave me little or no encouragement in training but it seems
nothing can discourage me.
|Mar. 26 || On account of insufficient material (embroidery needle) I discontinued
work on my pillow cases and started crocheting my other pair. The party
(feed given by the Relief Society for those who had done work on the
church house including those over 16 yrs) was quite a success, My only
regret is that I never really got filled up.
|Mar. 27 || Mother broke the news of our honored sister. Mr. Hess and the faculty
members through their frank and honest leader gave Hilda the valedictory.
Jealousies occur frequently and everywhere. She had good grades all
winter..Her last card all A's except one A-.
|Mar, 29 || Fred and Otto after the show lost their horses (Dick & Pet) while up at
Paul's. Fred went to town and found them at Fairbanks. Armin traded the
little black "wildfire" off to Mr. Sorensen for a little bay pony called
Pet. Extra easy riding.
|Mar. 30 || Stormy today. Towards night it cleared off some, followed by misty fog.
I wish there was such a thing as transparent fog.
|Mar. 31 || The dress we sent for Hilda arrived. It's the most delicate pink or
rather rose with tan in front for $3.98. On sale. It's long too. I'm
afraid its too big for Hilda so I suppose it shall fall to me.
|April 2 || When you get up of a morning when its so cool and crisp and the birds
are all a twittering and singing their best, it sure in heck makes you
feel good. - I've had a little tooth ache and tonsillitis. I think I
can't help but feel like a new person when I have my tonsils removed.
|Apr. 8 || I went up to Kate's and spent 1 1/2 hours. She showed me a lot of pictures
taken in by gone days and also the flower garden quilt they are making &
the kids hope chest. Alice has countless things. Our final conclusion
was that Kate's and my hope chests or our fancy work was a joke.
|Apr. 12 || Fred and I went to a bow fire party. There were just the 12 to have a
good time with. We all rode horses, I certainly had a keen time. We
cooked our supper on the fire. Then we roasted marsh mellows & played
"Run, sheep run." That was fun.
|Apr, 13 || Went to church! Russell "broke the news to Mother." The news--Elda
will succeed me in the secretaryship.
|Apr. 17 || L. Nelson came and we after about 2 hours work finished up the farm census.
|Apr. 20 || We boiled eggs and baked a cake and were on our way to the meeting place.
We went as far as possible in cars then climbed a hill and ascended a
sort of precipice where we ate our dinner & fooled around. - Had fun.
|Apr. 21 || Fred started to plow today. We just planted cabbage and cauliflower
tonight. I started reading "Seventeen" tonight by Booth Tarkington.
We started our turkey hens to setting.
|Apr. 22 || Did the work or at least some of it and brush harrowed in the afternoon.
Got so sleepy it was impossible to keep awake especially when there was
an inviting haystack near. I had a snooze while the horses rested.
|Apr. 23 || I plowed today for the first time in my young life. I was without a coat
so you can't blame the wind for taking advantage of the opportunity.
There was a regular gale & a sprinkling of rain.
|Apr. 27 || I just came home from Mutual. I feel I can't express how I feel--Glad
yet sad & so appreciative--The S.S. officers are having a party here in
my honor Wed. night. - Ruth is the best yet. Dearest! How can I leave
|May 3 || These last few days have been so full it seems at least 2 days in one.
Practiced a song with Rosie & Isabel they are to sing the 11th. Rosie
has some keen little voice. If she could only sing a solo.
|May 5 || Left home at 8:00. Cried secretly half way to town. The look of regret
it seemed on Mother's face almost killed me. Did some shopping in town
(Idaho Falls). Got a cute sport model coat & scarf.
|May 6 || Mr. Trainer, the superintendent of the hospital came up and talked to
us in Ethics. Miss Crotty is exceptionally nice. At her suggestion, I
am letting my windblown grow out. The bangs are the weeds. I'm so
lonesome. I'd howl (almost do most any time) if my folks were here. I
hope it gets better. I can't tolerate this very long. I'll either like
it better or go home.
|May 10 || Just a year since I graduated and look where I am now. - We studied
hard as usual and having a neat time.
|May 12 || Most all the girls went down town. I got a pair of spikes for $4.95.
Awful to be paying so much when I'm so poor. They're quite a novelty.
|May 15 || I feel so good tonight. In answer to my letter Hilda wrote a note and
told me to come to Rexburg on the train. Someone will meet me there.
The very thought of going home sends my spirits high. - I finished
moving in with Miss Briggs. She surely is nice. I like it better all
|May 16 || How great was my joy for I got 97% in Personal Hygiene. Took another one
in History of Nursing. Didn't do so well.
|May 17 || Fred came and got me. How good to be on the way home. I drove from
about Rigby to where they were fixing the roads except canyon creek.
|May 18 || I just came back a while ago. It's 7:15 now. I've been trying to keep
from crying. I hate to leave Mother so bad. I went to Church this
morning and enjoyed it immensely - seeing everybody again. - - We missed
the train at Rexburg so Fred brought me on down. Hilda came along. I kept
directions straight until I saw the hospital. Its a pity I cannot keep
|May 19 || As usual I'm lonesome after being home. It seems worse-being here alone.
|May 20 || I finally found my Big Sister. I've seldom seen her since the first
day. She took me up on 5th floor where I found some useful material
on rheumatism for Aunt Luella. We had tub bathing demonstrated and
bandaging in First Aid.
|May 22 || Marched down to the tabernacle for practice. I march with Miss Thompson.
After all we probationers went down town and acted up really too much.
We had guys chasing us all over.
|May 23 || 11 p.m. All is over. We were quite spectacular all dressed in uniforms.
Good exercises. We managed our two songs pretty good. I danced with
Miss Higby, Whitworth & Thompsen. It's disgusting. You see few young
men. Those middle-aged ones come out & act nice.
|May 24 || I'm thrilled about it all. - I gave A.M. care to the best little boy (15).
The boy sings & whistles all day & cheers everybody up. They took the
cast off his broken leg today - I just love to take care of patients and
make them more comfortable.
|May 25 || We walked clear up above the city and back & had a lot of fun gadding.
|May 28 || Helped admit a patient (Bernice Taylor) & was more or less bawled out
because I hardly knew how to go about it & preparing her for surgery.
- Man on porch said "It's the 1st 100 yrs. is the worst."
|May 29 || I had another pretty bad nose bleed. Will it ever let up.
|May 30 || I had 3 baths again & didn't get through any sooner. But tonight I
soaked up my oxfords again so they wouldn't squeak and I can surely
move around in them. It makes a world of difference. I admitted a
Mr. Ball Allan who had his hands chewed up by a bulldog. Patients
still coming in by dozens.
|May 31 || We worked till 12:00 and had the afternoon off except for 2 classes.
"Drugs & Solutions" are worse than Greek when you don't know it.
|June 2 || Mr. Alan (young guy) said I was the best nurse on the floor & no fooling,
he said, But---
|June 4 || Got 91% in Anatomy exam. Second highest in class.
|June 6 || I enjoyed myself and work immensely today but feel sort of depressed
now 9:00. I could howl. I got a keen big letter from Bertha today. She
has the keen times if ever anybody did.
|June 8 || Helped at 11:45 to give Mr. Jarvis a gastric lavage with Dr. Cardero &
Miss Parkinson. I held the tube & braced his mouth & held imesis basin.
It surely turned me sick but got over it after 2 hours sleep - Gave
cooking pan to vomiting patient in my rush.
|June 9 || Barely got back & got a phone call from Mother so I beat it down town
& sure enough Uncle's John & Alfred & Aunt's Luella & Ida & Mother came
down in Alfred's car. Four flats on way. - Had quite a talk with Mother
|June 12 || Miss Crotty suggests a magnesium sulfate for my boil. Ha Ha It's still
sore & seems to be coming to a head. I heard Miss Durtschi & Jardine
will surely make keen nurses.
|June 14 || Slept at intervals with hot pack on chin. Misses Lund & Bowen say they
are going to quit. It most breaks my heart.
|June 15 || Hot packs to chin. There isn't much left of it.
|June 16 || Miss Briggs heard I was quick & yet did my work well. Some compliment!
|June 19 || Went to town with Briggs to look for a dress. A voile one at Cinderellas
|June 20 || Slept from 9:30 to 3:00. Then Fern C. & Vera J. & I went to town. I got
the cutest print white dress at Montgomery's for $4.95. Fits good & I
look well in it.
|June 22 || I type the operation schedules for the floors. Renewing an unpracticed
|June 23 || Went in WB to answer a light. Another nurse thinking I was through
turned the light out. I put an extra blanket on Mr. DeTerro & to my
embarrassment he jumped straight up in bed. It was sad then but plenty
funny now especially to hear him tell it to Miss Clark the next morning.
He said,"I saw something white & I jumped & then she jumped." I didn't
|June 26 || The night girls went over to the high school pool & had a class in
swimming this morning. It was just lots of fun. We learned to do the
turtle float. I could do it pretty well. I'm surely thrilled about the
idea that I might learn to swim. - Unknowingly I let a whole quart of
soap suds run in Mr. Merrill's bed & all the time thinking how famously
he was taking it.
|June 28 || I'm really mad for the first time except 25th since I came in training.
They accused me of not cleaning the kitchen. There really wasn't a
blot except the coffee pot. I laugh at it now.
|June 29 || Went to dinner at Briggs persuasal because it was good. My delight.
Sweet spuds, roast beef, corn, orange ice cream & good cake. I more
than like the former.
|July 1 || Temps seem a slip now except when a patient stops breathing. Ha ha.
|July 2 || Got letter from Mother who hopes I'll succeed so I will. Rosie, the
sweet kid, regrets having not received a letter from me when Isabel got one.
|July 6 || Went to church with some of the kids and had the keenest S.S. in fourth
ward. I answered a question or two. It seems they don't go so deep as
in 1st Ward. The latter brings out enough good points but they don't
get any place. That is a person doesn't get what he should out of it.
|July 8 || My watch took a sudden change for the worse and won't work at all. I'm
lost without it. - Went swimming this morning. Found out its quite a bit
easier to swim in deep water. Taught some of the kids to dive.
|July 12 || My spirits are getting better all the time, Went out and played my first
game of tennis. I'm getting on to it.
|July 13 || My arm is awful sore as a result of tennis.
|July 17 || Took charge of the floor for several hours while Smith slept. Got along
keen. I like to. - Sweetest Mother wrote and said even if I did get blue.
Just wait till tomorrow and you'll feel better. Good remedy if you can
wait. Ha ha.
|July 23 || The night girls went out and cooked their breakfast and we had a lot of
fun. After our breakfast of scrambled eggs on bread, bologna, apricots,
cantaloupe and cookies we went over to the canal and some of the girls
went in. Didn't get to go to the lawn party at the tabernacle but water melon, ice cream & covered raisins were brought over.
|July 24 || Waited while Aunt Ida saw Dr. Hatch at his office. Uncle John explained
the true situation. She was trying to stick a bloated cow with a
butcher knife & it slipped and cut her 4 & 5 fingers. Parkinson fixed it
a little but would be stiff henceforth. - Operation lasted 2 1/2 hrs. The
most terrible in years but can bend her fingers now.
|July 28 || Got my report which was sent to Uncle John's. Neatness-Average; Personal
appearance-very (?); Relibility-dependable; Manner to officials, patients-
gracious and courteous, always obedient; General Deportment - satisfactory;
Nursing methods & hospital housekeeping - average.
|July 29 || Got up and went down town with Lund as she was starved. Got banana split
(10 cents) rolls & cook(ies) (5 cents). I am eating most too much.
|Aug. 1 || Played horseshoes for the first time & didn't do half bad. Played 2 games
of tennis with Miss Hiltbrand & beat both... - Started reading Florence
|Aug. 2 || Miss Lund said Mrs. Zant, night supervisor, says she that I'd make a good
nurse. Florence Nightingale is surely good. I've nearly finished it.
|Aug. 5 || Got a phone call & too my great joy it was Rosie down here. We went to Rex
theatre & saw the show by 9:00 so we went to the "gaiety". Was it keen?
The best show I've seen in my day "The Hoggan Sisters" in Its a great
life. - Rosie brought raspberries, root beer, morsel of cheese, papers, etc.
Got in 12:03 for my birthday.
|Aug. 9 || Found Aunt Bertha in the office with a package from home. She's surely
sweet. - Parcel contained 6 bars (I guess they do think I get starved but
I don't) 2 very beautiful hankies & a letter from Mother containing $2.00
bills. That's too keen for words.
Aug. 10 - I'm crazy about babies & especially to be on days again.
|Aug. 12 || Had 11-3 & wrote a nice little epistle to Emma encouraging her to see
what she was missing by ignoring temple marriage. - Got a letter from
Rosie & they had a cloud burst up there & if it hadn't been for the
dogs the bull would have killed Armin. That's blood-curdling.
|Aug. 17 || Had 11-3 so didn't get to go to church. - It being so late I went to
Presbyterian church with her. Had my coat but just the same we got
caught in the heaviest rain storm downtown & to top it off there wasn't
any church in that or the Methodist so we stopped at Joy's & had a milkshake.
|Aug. 21 || To think I'll have only 22 days and I'll be home. I've been away so long
it doesn't seem possible I can be really going there again.
|Aug. 23 || Miss Clark and I went to town & I got a pr of white shoes for $3.95 but
found out later that they haven't rubber heels. Also got a cute gingham
|Aug. 24 || Went to church with Bowen & Lund. It was dreadfully hot in the balcony
so we went out on the lawn at 3:00. MY nose started bleeding. Came home
after awhile & it bled and bled until they took me to 1st floor with
ice cap on neck & head. Miss Eckhart packed it. It bled thru that so
removed it & put some adrenalin in & that stopped it.
|Aug. 25 || Went to town with Vera and exchanged my shoes for a pr I like much better.
Feel blue and can't seem to get over it. Thanks to a letter from Bertha
I feel better. She has her call for the Northern States mission & will
leave for home soon. Sent a cute picture. She sent a report of crops
and conditions up home. It spells failure altogether if it's true.
|Aug, 26 || Thrilled! - First thing I know we hailed Harry and went for a boat ride.
It was surely keen. Went above the bridge once & just drifted the rest of
the time up and down.
|Aug. 28 || Mrs. West let the car out of the box & told me we'd get our caps & bibs
tomorrow night, it being home night.
|Aug. 29 || Miss Crotty left word to put our white shoes & stockings on & come to her
room after duty & lo & behold she fixed cap & bib on us & paraded in to
the home evening program. I led being head of the class. Program was very
inspirational. Like the feeling I think I'll have when I graduate.
|Aug. 30 || Was up before the 6:00 bell rang but I managed to get my cap and bib on
successfully. It's just too good for words to have them. It makes you
feel so much cleaner & more like a nurse. I'm thrilled about my profession
|Aug. 31 || M. Clark & I went walking & ended up on the swinging bridge below the river
bridge. It was fun & met a guy there too but we had to come back as I was
to be on duty at 5:00.
|Sept. 2 || I gave my first medicines today.
|Sept. 5 || Its exactly 4 months today since we entered as green probies. How
different I feel now. And to think we got our caps & bibs a week
|Sept. 6 || Miss Steele & I went out tonight & played some duets together. Its
almost the 1st I've played since I came. Fun.
|Sept. 9 || I watched Dr. West take Mrs. Petersen's stitches out today. He told me
all about it. The 1st I've seen.
|Sept. 13 || This was some day, in fact it seems more like two. - Janet Steel accompanied me down town. She just doesn't know how she'll get along without
me. Decided to take the 3:30 train instead of the 4:10 bus & get there
sooner. Fred & Hilda came after me. Seems so good to be back & yet
strange that I'm not at the Hosp. By the way that was my first train ride.
|Sept. 14 || This was a keen day. Went to S.S. & played the organ. - Kate weighs 1 1/2 lbs.
more than I do. 135 was my weight. I'm afraid I'll gain some more while
I'm here. The food agrees with me better all ready.
|Sept. 16 || Getting broke in for manual labor already. Went to the flat & raked
hay (second crop) all fore noon & then helped pitch this p.m. Appreciate
more that I am home.
|Sept. 17 || Raked the wild oats this A.M. & after finishing had a nice little chat
with Uncle John across the fence where he was shocking grain.
|Sept. 18 || It's a feeling I can't hardly express. Hate to leave this swell place
called home & yet would surely hate to harbor even the idea of quitting
|Sept. 24 || Finally got all packed again. Fred & Mother accompanied Bertha & I to
Rexburg. - We didn't wake up in time to realize we were missing a train
so Bertha stays till morning. - Didn't feel bad or take it serious at
leaving the folks until I got here.
|Sept. 25 || Got off duty to see her (Bertha) off. Felt like crying all day & when
we went off duty I could stand it no longer so in Clark's room I started
the flood.- Feel much better now.
|Sept. 26 || Went to good ol' Steele for a little encouragement & talk. Brought my
patriarchal blessing with me & helps me so much.
|Oct. 7 || What a day. Miss Lingren reported me for not doing good work & not being
interested. When I was taking temps didn't know of new pts. so didn't
take their temps. Miss Crotty talked to me & I'm trying to do better.
She says she would hate to send me home after I did so well the 1st
|Oct. 8 || Class work & everything is a grind. Found out you can't be easy going.
You've got to hurry & get over things. Be alert & observative.
|Oct. 18 || I surely wanted to go to Rexburg to see Hilda but can't afford it.
Got a letter from her saying she was feeling better & doing better
in school so I thought I'd make her homesick again.
|Oct. 21 || This is my 1st experience. They put a catheter in 225's nose & I
had the responsibility of feeding her every hour. It's fun.
|Oct. 25 || We had Catherization demonstrated in Procedures & I found where I made
several mistakes in my 1st trial. Didn't make Mrs. Paul leave the room
when I was fixing up her son. Miss Phipps did & so M. Paul reported her
so that got me in Dutch. Mainly by talking politely Miss Crotty wasn't
very severe with me. - I really wonder sometimes if it's all north it.
Hope I can endure it though.
|Oct. 30 || Everybody ready for Halloween party? But me and the idea that I have to
work tonight surely hurts my pride. It wasn't so bad but tired enough.
|Nov. 1 || I got $9.50 on my pay check & went down & paid $5. & got my glasses.
I'm not so crazy about them but I guess I'll get on to them.
|Nov. 5 || Six months today since I entered. Seems a long time & yet I hope the
next 30 months go that fast. If I don't get kicked out. It seems
there is always that? That arises when I think of the end coming.
There is in most every girls thoughts.
|Nov. 9 || I had 12-4 so went to Stake Conference. I was immensely impressed.
The speakers weren't so good & the Stake pres. talked until there
wasn't much time left for David O McKay. Had to leave before church let out.
|Nov. 12 || This day of all days I surely got some experience. I gave my first
"hypo" to Mr. Rostum. Miss Steele supervised it. It was quite an
ordeal but it really wasn't half bad. I've seen so many given.
|Nov. 26 || Got along fine on 2nd; more or less regretted that I was leaving. I've
surely learned a lot the last few days. - My 2nd term of night duty
|Nov. 27 || Slept until dinner time & Steele & Paulsen & I went down & had
Thanksgiving dinner of Turkey, sweet spuds, celery, cranberry sauce,
pumpkin pie & an apple & green peas. Slept some more & went to a
supper of sandwiches, punch, sweet pickles, oyster soup, banana,
& the best cake. Mother also sent me the best cake yesterday. -
Learned to run switch board.
|Nov. 29 || Letter from Mother saying I should go & buy Mrs. Christensen some flowers
for the Relief Sec. She was thrilled pink over them & told her a black
lie by saying I didn't know where they came from. I'm sorry. Pink &
white carnations mixed for $2.00.
|Nov. 30 || went to 1st ward S.S. & teacher said he heard at the last Conference
at Pocatello that an old man came walking up the aisle & asked Pres.
if he could talk. His 1st impulse was to say no but on thinking it
over he said "yes." The man saying he would take only 5 min. Thereupon
he gave the best talk given in the church on repentance saying that the
good people would be sifted out. He left saying he had to be at Logan
in 15 min. Upon inquiring he gave practically the same talk at Logan
15 min, later. It seems without a doubt that the time is not far hence.
|Dec. 2 || This AM we were Morphine short & try to save us we couldn't find it.
Final decision was that 1/4 had been given for 1/6 & it was either Miss
Paulsen or I that gave it wrong last night for we each gave one. I feel
pretty sure that I didn't for I remember the size of the bottle,etc.
Dr. McHan surely treats me keen & made me pay only $5.00 & the rest
next month. I now have $5.40. Need a dress so I don't know about Xmas.
|Dec. 4 || Wiping my glasses tonight I broke the frame. I feel awful about it.
Referred to my others. - Three weeks today & Xmas.
|Dec. 6 || I got the surprise of my life when I got 92% in Surgical Nursing & 93%
in Anatomy. 94% was the highest mark in Anatomy. After class I went down
to Dr. McHan & he gave me a frame free of charge. He got the one lens
in wrong first & it took quite a while to fix it. After I stayed & we
talked. Too much, I think.
|Dec. 7 || Mother sent me $10. for a Xmas dress & also Hilda & that's about all
the presents we'll get but who could do that good.
|Dec. 18 || Miss Bowen & Wilde & I went to look for my dress & the first place
Berry & Ball I found the dress of my choice. $15 reduced to $9.95.
Real dark shade of purple, very slenderizing and latest style.
|Dec. 21 || Took my first good look at the Xmas tree in the office under the blue
light. Its surely a beauty. Went to church with Vera & Wilde & enjoyed
it immensely. Santa was there after S.S. & left some nuts & candy. Wore
my new dress for 1st time. I just love it to death.
|Dec. 23 || I'm surely happy & it would be perfect bliss if I passed in that exam.
What if I didn't. That would mean 2 months added to my training & take
Solutions over again.
|Dec. 24 || T'was the night before Xmas. Don't I wish I were home now. Miss Bowen
& I are on 1st alone. - Got along pretty good except that Bowen & I
forgot to pass out nourishments.
|Dec. 25 || We were down to the depot an hour before train left. Had quite a bit of
fun on way home but thought train would never get there. Hilda & Rosie
met me & we had dinner. - Went out and milked two cows. Had the best
time since I came.
|Dec. 26 || Went to Kids part in PM & surely had a lot of fun. Got quite a few comp.
on my dress. Went to the dance at night & had a good time.
|Dec. 27 || We were late getting started. Aunt Ida rode to town with Mother, Hilda
& I. Got sea sick in the covered sleigh. No serious results. - The trip
back seemed much shorter.
|Dec. 30 || Dr. Hatch surely treats me good. I surely like him.
|Dec. 31 || In the meantime I was trying to hold Mr. Hoggan, mental case, down.
He scares me to death & of all the junk he doesn't tell you.
A Page for Memory Notes
"To thine own self be true. And it must follow as the night the day, Thou canst
not then be false to any man."
Training in Detail
Entered training at the L.D.S. Hospital, Idaho Falls, Idaho
|Class work || May 5, 1930 || May 24, 1930
|1st floor || May 25 || June 13
|1st nights || June 13 || Aug 5
|4th Gen || Aug 5-1PM || Sept 13
|Vacation || Sept 13-1pm || Sept 24
|2nd Gen || Sept 25 7AM || Nov 26
|1st nights || Nov 26-7Am || Dec 25
|Vacation || Dec 25-7AM || Dec 27
|1st nights || Dec 27-7PM || Jan 22
|2nd Gen || Jan 22, 1PM || Feb 28
|Nursery Days || Feb 22 - 7AM || March|
|Vacation || May 28-1 PM || May 31 PM
|2nd nights || June 1,7 PM || July 11-7AM
|1st Gen || July 11,1 PM || July 17,7PM
|4th Gen || July 18-7 AM || July 21-7PM
|4th Charge || July 22,7 AM || Aug 8
|Vacation || Aug 8,1 PM || Aug 25-10PM|
Extracts from 1931 Diary of Flora Durtschi
|Jan. 3 || Had the good fortune to watch a Caesarian with Miss Paulsen, Steele &
Scholes. They keep it so very warm all over, the mask, ether & sight
of it all got the best of me twice & I had to go out. The second time
I was really sick & saw black for awhile. Forever more, suturing, suturing,
suturing made matters worse. I thought they'd never get through. It took over
an hour. I was pale as a sheet when I submerged and shook like a leaf. Nevertheless I'm glad I saw it.
|Jan. 14 || Helped or in fact did most of laying out a Mexican poisoned by wood alcohol.
Mr. Cilla! That's my second post mortem care.|
Had a class meeting in which we elected the following: S. Hogge,Pres.;
F. Durtschi, Vice Pres.; V. Sparks, Secy & Treas. and Dr. West as God father
& Miss Willford as God mother.
Had a Student Body meeting tonight & raved on about every imaginable
thing until it wasn't even funny. In fact, we were on the verge of
dissolving the S.B. We called Miss Crotty, to get it out on her, & before
she got through we were as satisfied or more so than ever before, in fact
appreciating the chance the school is giving us. Kids were getting up &
apologizing & what not. - I'm going to try to do better especially in my
class work if possible. Weight 140 lb. in uniform.
|Jan. 15 || I'm in the awfullest predicament. Round shouldered & gone so far I can
hardly help myself. Weight 138 in uniform.
|Jan. 16 || This evening at 10:30 did some more post mortem care. Mr. Haggan, after
practically living or using up his last strength expired.
|Jan. 20 || Found out I was going off nights the 22nd. I surely hate that. I do like
nights awfully well. - Went to town after supper & mailed an album for
Hilda's birthday. Also got a hair cut.
|Jan. 22 || Had about an hours sleep is all & went on duty on 2nd at 1:00. Long afternoon.
- Don't mind 2nd so bad. I'm going to do my best & see if I can't do
better this term. Surely value my term of night duty. Wouldn't do without
it now for anything.
|Jan. 24 || The day passed nicely until we got our papers back in Drugs & Solutions.
Miss Jenkins & I both got 68%. You can imagine how we felt all evening.
Went to bed at 8:30. No use brooding over it. That's all I would have done,
had I stayed up. - Miss Lingren said "She had never known such a change to
come over any one as it had me as a result of night duty. I was all keyed up
60 per." Can I keep this up? Surely hope so.
|Jan. 25 || Sorry, to do it but for the sake of my lessons, I had one of my days off.
- I had a letter from Mother wondering what was the matter. Meningitis or
sick. She had a letter there the day she sent this the. Wonder what she'll
say about the exam. Don't know what I'd do without her. Her letters give
me a thrill or rather a joy I can't do without. Well between all the events
I did get quite a bit done. At least a new enthusiasm to do better.
|Jan. 30 || Received a letter from Mother. The 2nd this week. Really she's wonderful.
Talk about feeling encouraged. Don't know what I'd do without her.
Well, after I got through Lund & Vera & I decided to go to the show for
recreation so we got our pennys, nickles, the few we had, borrowed some
more & went. Bar L. Ranch was the best in town for the money & it was
|Jan. 31 || Came off duty about dead. Ankles hurt & ache all over.
|Feb. 2 || I now have 214 Mrs. Mayeda, Ukena & baby Mayeda. Like them but paratyphoid
with precautions is the part I don't like.
|Feb. 8 || The Mayeda's gave me the cutest jewel box. I have a lot of fun with Ukena
& the baby. Also got a 1 lb box of chocolates from them. No precautions
|Feb. 26 || Surely glad to find out I am going to the nursery on the 28th. What a
relief. It will be a change, at least.
|Feb. 28 || Armin's birthday today. Wish I could be home.
Had eight babies in the nursery & I surely had to hurry after Miss Haney
and Miss Wilford finished demonstrating. It's a job that keeps you stepping
all the time but I like it.
|Mar. 1 & 2 || Had six babies & got through bathing them all right. I can't seem to make
any better than 15 minutes apiece. That is weighing, taking temp., cleaning
eyes, bathing & making bed.
|Mar. 3 & 4 || Nine babies. Miss Wilford is surely nice and helped me bathe them. Made an
average of 11 minutes this morning.
|Mar. 5 || P.M. Went down town & dropped in at J.C.Penny's and ran on to the cutest
Prom dress $14.75. That's a sum but the dress is keen too. I look so
good in it. Long one coming to ankles. It's a big temptation.
|Mar. 6 || Went to town with Vera & got the dress. Paid $5.00 down. Our Bacteriology
papers came back today & I got 85%. So thankful to get that. All got
|Mar. 16 || Had 11 babies to bathe this morning. Since I haven't had my watch to keep
me pepped up I've slowed down. Some I got done in 10 minutes. Others I didn't.
- It seems its my lot to play in assembly for a while now.
|Apr. 17 || Review - I did get a little slack before I left the nursery. Down to five
one afternoon but six the next morning. I'm very much at a loss especially
when taking them out. - Left the nursery rather reluctantly. Later, I got
a T.L. to the effect "Miss Gettes said she thought I was happier in the nursery
than any place I'd been since I've been in training." That may be modified
some. Went to 1st the 1st of April & surely enjoyed it ever since.
|May. 5 || A year today since I entered and as a remembrance Mother was so sweet as to
send me a big box of cookies.
|May 28 || So disappointed tonight because Burgeners didn't come as was expecting them
to. On the verge of tears but I've decided I'll never do that again unless
I have to. It temporarily makes one feel better but the blue feeling stays
|May 29 || Got a ride home with Hattie Green & family so I supposedly surprised them.
Stayed home that night but had a good chat. Next day went up to the Graveyard.
Met various people & had a good time in general. Aunt Clara, Emma, Mr. &
Mrs. Kukni came when we were nearly through so we stayed longer & got a very
|June 11 || We went swimming again. Almost all nurses there. Had a wonderful time
until I got to diving. It was all right until the 4th time when I got
braver & didn't have anyone there to pull me out if necessary. The
nearest person happened to be Miss Field on the high diving board. Went
over slightly backwards & 6-8 feet away from the shore. Found out I couldn't
swim even in case of utter necessity. Field rescued me. Got so much H20
in me before I even came up the first time. It bothered me as nothing has
for a long while. Lost sleep over it. It was dreadful.
|June 12 || Last night while getting supper with Miss DeMott we were talking & she said,
"your surely sweet Miss Durtschi." She surely is a keen kid even as my
little sister Miss Wakiman is. We're real good friends. That was my big
ambition to be a real big sister to her.|
Tonight Higbee & I & later Paulsen & Field read some poetry till after 9:00.
The Even of St. Agnes, Sahrab & Rustirm,etc. That old English poetry is
just marvelous. So pure & simple. You can just tell the attitude people
took toward life & each other by reading it and as compared to this fickle
age. - Miss Page still seems to hang on life on a remaining thread. Let's
hope she weaves it into a full sized spool again.
|June 13 || Went over swimming again. I honestly learned to swim with my head out of
water a little. Miss Faulsen showed me how to float on my back. I feel
like I'll master it yet. I'm so glad.
|June 30 || This morning the night girls went up the river & cooked their breakfast.
Talk about good. Fried potatoes, eggs, fried & scrambled, corn, bread &
butter, cantaloupe & wavers was the menu. Had a good time. - Julia called
me in & in the course of our conversation Brooks told Steele & I that they
were comparing printing on charts & Miss Castle said mine was even better
than Miss Clark's. It showed care and conscientiousness.
|July 2 || Miss Steele & I went shopping. We got the cutest voile dresses.
|July 3 || Decided I'd better put my means into my teeth so I made an appointment
with Dr. Neilson. He filled two cavities and cleaned them. The whole
works is $17.50 I'm sick. With $5.00 down I have just enough to go
without spending money again. Miss Orme says every time she sees me on
2nd she thinks I'm going to run my legs off. Ha ha.
|July 1) || Slept until nearly supper time. After played a bit & went out and played
croquet with Steele & Scholes. I beat my first game of croquet. I feel
that's a big accomplishment.
|July 5 || The Fast meeting was surely good. The first one I've been to since I
came in training. Dr. Hatch talked & wonderfully to. He mentioned the
choice girls relieving the sick in the wee hours of the morning. His
subject at the time was the blessings we would get by attending church
regularly or words to that effect.
|July 7 || Miss Rice and I went swimming. Went to the deep end. Did the back stroke
across & the Austrian speed stroke once. Dived once off the bank. Got
a little more confident & at the 40 mark started to back float back. Went
10 feet & got H20 in my nose & was about to strangle. Managed to get out
myself this time.
|July 12 || Finished reading Venna Hastings, a story of a Mormon convert. It's a very
|July 27 || I'm learning a great deal more than if I'd been under Miss Hill. It seems
I'm in a daze. I can't quite comprehend the responsibility although no
diets have been charged to me yet. (On surgery patient) I started to cut
the adhesive off. (Had all things in there.) She started to yell so Dr.Cline
thought he could do it better but she continued to yell when he did. It didn't
take so long but fortunately enough for that got on his nerves so bad as
she was weeping when he finished that he walked out without saying a word
except the ones under his breath ???????
|July 24 || After we got back Clark wanted me to go to the dance. Said Kirkbride was
bringing two other fellows for Hicheson & I. I had just a wonderful time.
Got a compliment too. Kirkbride & I had just finished dancing when a friend
of his came up & was introduced. After the dance he said Kirkbride was
surely lucky to have a girl friend like me. I was most disappointed in my
date. In fact we were all mad at K. for bringing him. Mr. Levitte was the
other. He's nice.
|July 25 || Miss Field & I went down town. Saw Mr. Poole who asked us to ride to the
hosp. with him. He drove us out of I.F. a way but Miss Field had to be on
duty at 7:00 or the outcome might have been sad for she's the kind to tell
the truth if it does hurt or mean the ride too long for our best good.
Stepping out on a cute little wife. Shame on him. That sport roadster is
too big of a hit. He offered to take me out any time or place even home in
a hour or a half.
|Oct. 11 || Well, things have happened.Yesterday was my first day on dressings &
treatments and it really is a relief to be off charge. Got along fine.
Helped Dr. Cline pump a stomach. My 1st time. For the 30 cc syringe.
Next time I'll know what to expect. Got along swell otherwise. - Went
to a show with Sparks. "Never the twain shall meet." It was good. It's
either my 1st or 2nd offense. I mean Sunday show.
|Aug. 2 || The first delivery I've seen right through was the low forceps on Mrs.
Mahas. How really terrible. She's only 17.
|Aug. 4 || Dr. Cline doesn't treat me rude like he used to. He's real sensible.
|Oct. 24 || Went on nights. Had 12 babies & gradually decreased to 2 the 2nd week.
Then is when we slept or tried to keep from it. Third week- a baby a
night until very soon I became quite experienced in the birth room.
Being able to set up with ease.
|Nov. 9 || Our Junior party--The Big Event-- Helped make the sandwiches for lemonade.
Had 8-9 off and the program really was best yet given. Everyone enjoyed it
immensely. Our trio went off pretty good. The playlet was a scream from
start to finish. - Had my fortune told last Friday night & some fortune.
I had my wish granted. A fellow in it. I was to receive a very important
letter which I should answer promptly. I was to have a vacation. Friends
would object but I shouldn't let that bother me. - Miss my first time
Nov. 2 & 3 with an infected finger.
|Sunday night || I'm not used to spending my Sundays in this way. - Admitted 2 & delivered 3.
Got along pretty good. We had to kinda rush for Mrs. Probert. It happened
all of a sudden & me on duty. Maybe I'll learn to watch them constantly. I
had been & went to Nursery for a few minutes but everything ended all right.
Got a scant 2 hours off duty.
|Monday night || 14 babies & howled a lot of the time. The premature went bad & nearly went.
Bowen asked me how I liked Miss Parkinson to work with & I said fine.
She said I believe you could get along with any one. At a truth party
before class one morning I was told I had a tendency to make patients
believe I was slow. I'm trying ever to get over it. Also they didn't
think I could be sarcastic.|
Taking O.R. Technique & Miss Briggs, Steele, & I watched Dr. Cline & Corders
do an appendectomy and gastroenterostomy. He was keen & we had a foot
stool at the head and he explained a few things as we went along. I got
along swell. Didn't get sick.
Extracts from 1932 Diary of Flora Durtschi
|Jan. 22 || Hope Hilda had a happy birthday. Sent her a necklace & hair pin on the
same order. Was very down cast until I found Vera was working again. She
was taken off nights for some trouble they had about different things.
|Jan. 23 || Dr. Hawker & I dressed Mrs. Alaverson's wound alone although she insisted it
was Dr. Durtschi. Vera is discouraged or non-interested, it seems & has a
tendency to make me feel the same. Need some diversion I suppose. She goes
to shows & I don't have money.
|Jan. 24 || Went to church alone because no one else was going. Enjoyed myself though
& participated in the class work now under the direction of a new teacher.
- Shortly after coming on Mr. Roehe fell out of bed & was found by Miss
Hahn much to our embarrassment, under the bed. One of the girls had been
in there just a few minutes before so I had a comeback when supervisor &
Miss Crotty questioned me next morning.
|Jan. 25 || This was my last day with Mrs. Hahn & promise of a change sounds wonderful.
Really its getting me down. I don't like the way Catholics live their
religion. She said she didn't think it made any difference what church a
person belonged to just so they lived right. I disagree.
|Jan. 30 || Tonight Briggs, Landon, Hawker, Lund & I went over to Dorothy's place & had
a whoopee time. Had candy, played cards and danced. Played old Maid, steal
the pile, I doubt it, etc. I had a real good time
|Jan. 31 || Friday I started reading an unusual booklet "The three Degrees of Glory" and
was very much impressed. Went to church and had a good lesson on prophecy
and its fulfillment. I fasted till noon.
|Feb. l-12 || Friday took Dr. West's Communicable Disease exam and it wasn't 50 easy.
Got 95% in Communicable Diseases and 97% in Miss Barnes O.R. Techniques.
Sunday, I visited with Dr. Hatch and he introduced me to Mr. Kearsley & son.
Surely complimented me. Went to afternoon conference & Pres. Manwaring of
Ricks College and Dr. Hatch both gave very inspiring talks mainly on the
necessity of the LDS people living righteously and the forces of evil
working steadily day & night.|
Wednesday night. The Nurses dance given by the Juniors failed miserably.
$14.82 in the whole. Went with Linn & missed only 2-3 dances. Had quite a
bit of fun but nothing unusual.
|Feb. 12 || I discovered a $1. bill in my album and guessed it was Uncle Fred's. Took
my pictures down to be developed and am going to send him some.
|March 4 || Spent evening writing letters. Got a long one from Mother--news &
enumerations of detailed financial conditions which is much appreciated.
|March 13 || Through Vera's persistent persuasion I went to the show with her & Vally.
Janet Gaynor & Charles Farrell in "Delicious". It was darling. I enjoyed
it a lot.
|March 14 || My last day on 2nd for a while, I'm just so fed up on it. I've been
counting the days ever since the sign went up scheduling me for the
birth room. - This evening I feel so dirty. Isolation never made me
feel quite that way. Thank goodness my biggest part is over. Had a
scrub down including hair in the shower & feel better.
|March 19 || Saw my 3rd delivery, this morning at 5:30. Mrs. Winder--Dr. Hatch. So
Miss Castle let me scrub. She scrubbed the pt, while I scrubbed. She
showed me through the correct way to do everything. The most unusual case.
Her pains even almost to the last were 4-6 minutes. - Helped Dr. West
into his things. I wasn't a bit scared, Got alone fine until the baby
came then I was a bit slow. He was pretty nice and showed me how he
wanted the cord tied etc.
|March 20 || Dr. Willson & I got to talking. I told him we had another OB in. He said,
"Oh has Dr. West another one in. Aren't you scrubbing?" I said "No I've
had the last two scrubs. Miss Briggs is taking her turn. I'll have to try
to do a little better before I scrub again." He spoke up promptly and said
"Oh, I thought you did pretty good. So many people have the idea that I'm
bawling them out when I try to help them. I was just showing you how so
you could do it next time etc, etc."
|March 21 || No OB's in this length of time and we're all wishing everyday we'd have
two or three, I have Baby Anderson in the bathroom to take care of in
the morning. It's the cutest little baby & only occasionally cries during
its bath. It's getting better.
|March 24 || On call, At last I was called. My third scrub for Mrs. Chaffin. Didn't do
so well. Forgot to put on a cap & mask. Then I put on some B gloves which
were on the table. So to save my hide the B gloves had to be taken off.
Surely had to rush. Did pretty good helping Dr. Mellor.
|March 26 || Got up for Dr. West's case, Mrs. Clements after midnight. Knew my business
pretty well that night.|
"Memos" Think what your here for, it might help you. (Mother to Bertha.)
Excerpts from the Orange Diary - 1932
|March 28 || We admitted Mrs. Hammer at 6:00. Dr. Mellor came over but the baby didn't
come until 10:40. It's the most terrible delivery I ever hope to witness.
She raved and ranted terribly and sometimes it was hard to keep her head
and shoulders on the table at all, and if it hadn't been for Mrs. Sant's good
foot hold she might probably have been pushed through the wall or asphyxiated
in the procedure or attempt. I really anticipated 2nd degree lacerations at
the least but only 2 sutures were taken. - It was 12:00 before I got to bed.
I was so tired; went to sleep shortly after hitting the pillow but usually
I lay awake for 30-45 minutes.
|March 29 || Went to Mutual with Vera and quite enjoyed it even if Vera didn't seem to.
They discussed polygamy mostly. Polly treated us after with a chicken
sandwich and cake - the best Angel Food I've tasted for a long while.
|March 31 || I went off at 6:30 to help make our toasted sandwiches & cocoa for our
little party & meeting. It just lasted an hour & didn't end so good.
Dr. Hatch's talk yesterday on personality wasn't practiced generally.
|April 1 || Mrs. Hansen heard my name called and later asked if I lived in Driggs. Well
that was enough to start something. She used to come up there with Helen &
the rest. - Went up on 6th & played awhile to make me feel better inside. I
had sort of a homesick feeling today for some reason. - In the meantime Mrs.
Storm started hemorrhaging after Dr. Willson left so he came back and emptied
her uterus of clots,etc. and packed it. It surely takes foresight and I thought
we did pretty good even though Dr. Willson did say when he was donning his gown,
"Come on girls lets see a little action or words to that effect. Mrs. Storm
was just keen though it all. - Got to my room at 4:25 a.m. not feeling so
bad considering what I'd been through. At 6:15 when I got up I felt so weak,
I quivered & my nerves were uncontrollable but I held my own. - Mrs. Carter: Her
husband--uncontrollable never forget. Kept patting her on the face when her pains were
so hard and so tenderhearted as to shed a few tears. Dr. Hatch talked German
|April 3 || First delivery for Dr. Cline. He wasn't so good natured. When helping put
on his gown I gave a little extra movement upward & he thought I would contaminate so he had to tell me about it. - Due to baby's position I couldn't get
eye lids open. The 1st time I couldn't. He told me to hold droppers away
from eyes & use sponge to open them. I was much pleased to have it over
|April 6 || Class at 6:30. Got quite a kick out of it. Had a paper written writing
misspelled word 100 times "Hermaphroditism." He said " Didn't you have a
paper to hand in, Miss Durtschi?" Yes,"Hermorphoditism" I handed it in.
He paused awhile. Then said."What word did you have to write?" Hermaphroditism (Right this time) & I grinned. He said "I didn't think you said it right the first time.
|April 11 || Things started happening shortly after we were all set. The position was
R/P and we had to work quickly. It took about 5 minutes after the baby's
feet and buttocks were delivered. The baby had to be resuscitated in hot
and cold baths, baby suction and general treatment that couldn't be called
|April 22 || --I surely like the patients up there now. Mrs. Ruthardt said she would
imagine I'd like it because of my winning personality. Mrs. Beazer is the
grandest thing and Mrs. Walker I'm in love with and Mrs. Ricks is very sweet.
Also Mrs. Rasicot and Mrs. Smith etc, etc.
|April 24 || All we girls got to singing on the porch. I was at the piano. It ended
in a trio with Fern, Miriam and I. It's beautiful out but somewhat cold.
- Went to church tonight with Hawker & Paul. Had to side track to miss
some fellows. Hawker being the one pursued. Enjoyed church a lot. Haven't
been for at least three Sundays.
|April 25 || I feel blue tonight. Even little no count words that are sarcastic can
make me feel as if I wasn't on an equal standard. Julia can hurt you with
words easier than anyone. She isn't alone. I wish I could find someone
who was sincere and trying to do their best and appreciate the beauties of
nature & last but foremost speak kind words.
|May 10 || Really it was hard to believe that I should be going to surgery. It reminds
me so much of the sensations of newness I used to experience when I first
came here. Dr. Mellor had an appendix case Miss Steele scrubbed for. It
didn't even occur to me to get sick and I think I'll get along all right as
far as that is concerned.
|May 19 || Dr. Cline had an outpatient come in for removal of a growth on the lip. Miss Lee
asked me to scrub so I did. She said I did good. I can see where I could
improve a lot but I didn't hardly have time. I handed him a tissue forceps
with Novocaine and he asked me what I wanted him to use that for. Good joke
|May 23 || Senior week begins and how. Much to the Seniors disappointment after having
secured their bibs so tenaciously to their aprons we didn't take them off in
devotional but required everyone to do so by 2:00 p.m. Rules for Seniors are:
All seniors must open doors and stand aside for the Juniors to go ahead.
All seniors must not use elevators at any time. All seniors are campused
Monday and Tuesday and allowed to go out only in company with a Junior the
remainder of the week. All Seniors must observe study hour from 7:30-9:00
Wednesday evening. All Seniors must sit in the back row in Devotional. The
day was quite uneventful except for the complements the Seniors got on the
way they look in their new uniforms.
|May 24 || Senior Supper --Cornmeal mush!!!! The seniors evidently were prepared for
they gathered their forces and assembled on 6th floor for theirs. Juniors
got wise so they locked them up and kept them there until 8:30.
|May 26 || Oh yes. I had my first tonsil scrub for Dr. Hatch. He was so wonderful
through it all. Local took quite a while. Surely makes me feel good to
have a person so sweet to work with.
|May 27 || Had a good time at the dance but didn't dance so much. Twice with Mr. Field
and he asked to take me home but I declined. - Gene really is very wonderful.
He said when we were starting, "How's Durtschi, Nice Durtschi. That's what
I'll always think of you." I would be very well satisfied to get one who
thinks as much of me and visa versa.
|May 29 || We had a strangulated hernia and got along pretty good. I do better when I
know I can't depend on someone else or have someone beat me to something.
- The exercises for those graduating from teacher training were held and they
certainly were good.
|May 30 || We were wakened at 5:30 and prepared for our big day. Made the sandwiches
and had breakfast. We left shortly after 7:00. Went over to McHans and he
showed us to his birds and flowers. He certainly has some beautiful varieties.
We had a flat tire out of I.F. and Mr. Lambertson helped us fix it. We stopped
at Swan Valley bridge to wait for the rest of the crowd. Soon we came to
Irwin which I was indeed glad and surprised to see. We camped at a school
house and had a lot of fun going down slides, swinging, teeter-totter-ing,
playing ball, horse shoes,etc. Soon it began to rain so we climbed through
the school house window and opened the door. Had dinner of sandwiches,
sweet and dill pickles, salad, deviled eggs, cake, bananas, and coffee. I
didn't include the latter in my menu but I was surely wishing for something
hot as my stomach was slightly upset. - Had to leave about 4:00 because the
rain made the road too muddy for safe travel. We stopped at the camping
grounds near Swan Valley bridge and did we have a big time. Everybody was
so full of fun. - We returned at 7:30 having had a full and good day.
|June 1 || This is a creed by Dr. Hudson given to Miss Lee. I think it's fine.
My Creed - That every new day starts with the will to make it a better
lived one than the yesterday. - To use my efforts for the production of
happiness of those around me instead of giving voice to criticism. -
Never to unearth the questioned past of a fellow being but rather to bury
it a little deeper. - Working for those who employ me with all the loyalty
I can give. - Fighting hard, but clean and fair for all that I desire, if a
loser, not to whine, but to force a smile and try again.- May I always keep
faith with those who place their trust in me; keeping the confidences of all,
betraying none. - Ever respecting the feelings of everyone, always honoring
the memory of my Mother by never taking part in talk belittling the name of
woman. - Being man enough to take punishment for my shortcomings; making no
excuses nor placing blame upon others. - And, what life has not given me,
then may I seek consolation in knowing that it was not meant for me. -
Remembering and living all this, then I can see dusk approach and have no
fear of the tomorrow.
|June 2 || Miss Lee persuaded me to go with her so fortunately her boy friend had an
other boy friend along. He was a lot of fun and we had a very nice time for
an hour and then had to come in because Miss Lee is staying with her cousin
|June 3 || I had a P.M. and went to town with Polly & got my coat from cleaners, a voile
dress for her,etc. Have a cute blue dress for only $4.98. It looks more expensive.
|June 5 || Miss Paulsen and I were called for Surgery at 7:45 and Miss Barnes let me
scrub for the D.& C. for C.M. I was quite thrilled but not frightened. My
trust in a higher power helped me through. Forgot to go through solutions
but had scrubbed so faithfully I thought it would be all right for just a short
operation. Miss Paulsen said I did very good.
|June 7 || Someone said surgery was surely fascinating. I found it out today. Miss
Barnes let me scrub with Miss Steele on a gastroenterostomy of Dr. Clines
and also a tonsil for Dr. Willson. That makes 9 scrubs. I got along good.
Wringing those laps and sponges out of hot boiling water is terrible and
nearly brings something - some tears or a cry of relief. Miss Paulsen surely
makes surgery more interesting with her wise cracks.
|June 23 || Miss Hood, Steel, Dilworth and I played tennis for an hour. Vi & I taught
others how. Had fun, We have 4 new red tennis balls.|
Dr. Cline has his leg broken and I helped put on only about 5 casts for him.
Dr. Sody & Arrington came up to practice a certain type of cast & both Miss
Lund and I argued on who it should be. She finally consented. We did have fun.
I'm crazy about surgery and just love to scrub.
Went on vacation Aug 25 having had 3 1/3 months surgery. Fully expected
to come back to surgery but was disappointed. Went to Lab. - Went to show
with Mr. Caine one evening and enjoyed it a lot. I enjoyed the lab too
and soon got on to WBC's etc. - Our Halloween party must not be omitted.
I enjoyed myself immensely. Landon & I were dressed as little girls with
bonnets & panties. Danced with Mr. Caine quite a lot.
|Nov. 30 || Saw Mrs. Smith Hammond & baby down town & talked quite a while. She said
she heard I was one of the best surgical nurses here. That surely thrills me.
|Dec. 1 || Wrote a letter to Mother & Bertha... - Saw Mr. Linnell come limping down the
street on his peg leg and a cane & my curiosity got the best of me and also
to bring back a few memories of by gone days. I talked to him for a few
minutes. He is very discouraged and says he is as miserable as he can be
and yet live. He doesn't look so bad but getting out helps him. His leg
isn't good & may have to come back to hosp. - Mr. Brog, Frieda's husband,
brought me a brick cheese tonight & Mr. Kummer gave it to me. Landon &
Hogge furnished a little bread & Nellie some jelly and we surely had a
good feast. The cheese is excellent. Surely, a boost for S.V. cheese (Sun Valley).
|Dec. 3 || - Waved Hatches & Vera's hair & didn't do at all bad. I'm getting onto it
real well. Wright & I went down town & I got a dress for $5.95--princess
style. Can't say I like that style but it's all the rage this year and I
look good in it. I feel so self conscious in it. - Kitchen seems so different since Anderson is gone. I think I'll get along keen with kitchen help.
|Dec.. 6 || Went to town and saw McHan about my glasses. They don't suit me. Dizzy at
first and now they blur more than they did.
|Dec. 24- || Some how the time has arrived and I find myself running to the train station and on my way
home. Gordin sat behind me for lack of room. Went to talk to Clara & Christie
& they made room so Gordin came up. I certainly enjoyed myself. Met the
folks at the train depot & went to Dr. Fuller's run down dentist shop with Rosie. Went
to dance in Driggs (By the way milked 2 cows) and enjoyed myself. Danced
with 2 kids I didn't know, Sidney, Armin, Clyde, Viril, Lloyd, Henry, Walter
& Louis. Up next morning & went to church. It wasn't much of a success but we
went to Driggs & thoroughly enjoyed myself. The cantata Armin sang in was superb.
Had dinner at our house & whole party proceeded to Uncle John's after chores
& played "Piter & Lotto," then sang etc. Certainly enjoyed ourselves.
Aunt Ida tells me I played very well. Left on train at 1:30. My decision
|Dec. 27 || Terrible terrible but I had my first taste of coffee. Miss Hogge poured
half & half of coffee & postum in my 2nd cup and I drank it before I really
inquired about it.
|Dec. 28 || Had fun all day & tonight went to Pauls & looked over the year book & all the
kids & what they've done. Oh yes, it was a regular "Old Maids Convention."
- Been eating most too much of late & tipped the scales at 140 1/2 lbs. I lost my bet.
|Dec. 30 || Fred gave me a pink pearl necklace. It's very beautiful. I'm so thrilled
about it. When I see my other prospect smoking & losing interest in religion etc. I feel that it is another way of telling me to put him out of my
|Dec. 31 || Was in bed when the train whistle blew, bombs went off,etc. & I got so excited
I screamed out & enjoyed it with the others.
|Jan. 1, 1933 || Went to church with Sperry & Wright & heard Mr. Pearson & Bill Hatch talk.
It makes me wonder if I'm really accomplishing anything & makes me want to
go out & do big things.
|Jan. 9 || Went on nights as Senior P.R.N. or "night float."
|Feb. 24 || Haven't written in my diary -for some time in spite of the fact that I
have had very interesting things to enumerate - some of which I will in
part impart: On the 16th of Jan. I made arrangements with Mrs. Hayes to take
music lessons. After paying her a visit I am very thrilled about it and know
I am going to enjoy them very much. She has a very remarkable personality.
- I am enjoying my training days & am sure I will miss all the kids. Being
on nights I surely have had fun with the kids. - I started a collection for
|Mar. 26 || Not too pleasant a day. Got along fairly good in my work. I haven't the
interest & enthusiasm I have had in my work thus far & the last day or
two have been a little harder.
|Mar. 27 || Had a good day today in my work. Everything ran smoothly and with just 9
patients left we got some cleaning done. Did better with my piano pieces.
|Mar. 28 || I've been so thrilled all day about it being just a month until I finish
training & got a letter which made me feel even better. Had a PM and went
over to Mrs. Hayes & she helped me with the piece I am to play. Of the two
"Rustle of Spring" & "Con Amore" the latter was chosen & I do much better than
|Apr. 1 || We were greeted on duty with all kinds of pranks. They had expired 222? and
had Mrs. Jones in 210 (dummy doll). Well, we had all the Dr's on the staff
in there even Dr. Cline who was to go on a consultation with Dr. Hatch if
you can imagine but we couldn't resuscitate the dear old lady. - Our CoEd
ball came off wonderful. I've never had so much fun in a long while & did
we dance. Surely enjoyed it.|
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