February 1942

Wednesday, February 3, Garfield Leavenworth visited his sister Christina Hirsch.

Thursday Arthur Austin wrote his aunt and uncle from Camp Upton.

Arthur Austin, Camp Upton, N.Y., 
to Lon Austin, Eldred
February 4, 1942
Have been very lucky so far. Hope it continues. Expect to stay here about two more weeks. Art

Friday Alfred and Bessie Hill received a letter from Arthur.

Lon was sick with a sore throat on Saturday, so Aida went to the Village and picked up their mail from Arthur.

Daylight Saving Time began on a very cold Monday, February 9. Chester Middaugh stopped by Lon’s with the church collection, as Lon (the treasurer) had been sick on Sunday.

Mary Bosch stopped by Aida’s with some things of Annie Maier for her. Bill Austin arrived around 11 to take Lon to the store.

It was still cold on Tuesday. Lee Hansen helped Jim cut logs on the Stege Estate.

Wednesday was very cold. But around noon Aida trekked up to the A&P and then the Post Office to send Arthur a picture of Eldred. She stopped at Elizabeth Wilson’s on her way home. It was even colder on Thursday.

The following Monday, February 16, was very icy. In the afternoon, Aida first went to Mae’s, then to the Village to see Frances.

The news from Ella was that Orville Clark had the measles.

Thursday Aida got a ride to the A&P with Teenie and Jennie Crandall.

Monday, February 23, was windy, but not quite so cold as it had been on Sunday. Mary Bosch stopped by with milk for Lon.

Tuesday morning Aida went to the A&P. In the afternoon Mr. Frint brought over some books and papers. Norm Wolff and Garfield drew hay at Proctor’s.

Anna in E. Islip was concerned when Anthony did not arrive as usual. He had had car trouble and arrived on Wednesday.

It was very windy in Eldred on Wednesday when Aida did the wash. She ironed on Thursday. Herman Jr. was in to see Lon for a few minutes.

“Naval battle raging off Java with Allies and Japanese,” wrote Ella, February 27, 1942.

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