November 30th, 1953

I washed - carried water from barn. (Drilling for water - Listers). Cold. Bad day.

November 29th, 1953

Cold - snow. To Mothers "Aunt Elsie, Honk & I". Mother & Dad Collins both sick.

November 28th, 1953

Cold, Damp, bad. To Fred Owens for Birthday Supper. Fred was 54.

News from 1953 - Thanksgiving

In 1953, someone at Swanson severely overestimated the amount of turkey Americans would consume that Thanksgiving. With 260 tons of frozen birds to get rid of, a company salesman named Gerry Thomas ordered 5,000 aluminum trays, recruited an assembly line of women armed with spatulas and ice-cream scoops and began creating mini-feasts of turkey, corn-bread dressing, peas and sweet potatoes — creating the first-ever TV dinner. Thomas later said he got the idea from neatly packaged airplane food.

Source: Time Magazine

November 27th, 1953

Snow - cold - damp. Listers came with well machine. Drilled a little.

November 26th, 1953

Thanksgiving to Maymes. Had a swell dinner.

November 25th, 1953

Uncle LM buried. I came home. I let Aunt Elsie have $2000 today.

L.M. Peterson Dies at Home

Lebanon Reporter, November 24, 1953
Was Resident of City One Week

Laurence M Peterson, 72, a resident of Lebanon only a week, died last night at his home, 302 East South Street, after a serious illness of two and one half months.

A realtor with Spana & Company of Indianapolis, Mr. Peterson moved here after residing in Indianapolis 16 years.

He was a native of Boone County, born March 9, 1881 the son of William and Lucinda (Cory) Peterson and was married in Indianapolis August 31st, 1907 to Elsie Stephens, who survives. Mr. Peterson was a member of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.

A brother, Jesse F. Peterson of Cleveland, O., one niece and a nephew also survive. Two brothers are deceased.

Services will be held at 2pm Wednesday at the Russel and Hitch funeral home with the Rev. Arthur Kortling in charge. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home.

November 23rd, 1953

Uncle L.M. Died.

November 21st, 1953

A beautiful day. Moved Uncle LM to Lebanon.

Skel Gas

The propane tank Helen referenced in the last post was still here in 2002 when I bought the farm. And Skel Gas is still in business, although since we installed a gas furnace I went to the co-op for a new tank. But the old one was still perfectly serviceable - after 49 years.

Posting will start in earnest on the 21st - nearly on a daily basis until next December. And I'll be ading more historical (and personal) notes as we continue this journey.


November 16th, 1953

New tank - Skel Gas. Did not attach up.

November 15th, 1953

Our well went dry.

November 1st, 1953

Cold day. Brought Uncle L.M. by ambulance here.