There was a table at the back of the diary for 1954, apparently showing egg sales. I say apparently because I can't puzzle out either the quantity produced or the price per dozen. Here's the table in any case - if anybody can figure this out, by all means let me know!

Jan 6  8.58
Jan 14  9.55
Jan 20  6.15
Jan 21  6.15
Jan 27  6.30
Feb 2  9.81
Feb 17  5.13
Feb 23  11.10
Mar 5  8.80
Mar 18  4.95
Mar 26  5.95


December 1st, 1954

Wed. worked.


November 30th, 1954

Tues. Ironed.


November 29th, 1954

Mon. washed. To Advance to take chair. To Opal's - Fern & I & Opal on committee for refreshments (Star) on Dec. 8th.


November 28th, 1954

Sun. To Sunday school and church. Marvin, Jean, Tom and Jane here in evening.


November 27th, 1954

Sat. cleaned and fumigated wardrobe in north room. To Colfax.


November 26th, 1954

Fri. worked.


November 25th, 1954

Thanksgiving. Home - Aunt Elsie here, stayed all nite.


November 21st, 1954

Sun. To Donald Hutchens for birthday dinner. Dad Dohoney's 81st birthday.


November 20th, 1954

Sat. cleaned house. Made salad, etc.


November 17th, 1954

Wed. worked. To Advance to masonic banquet.


November 16th, 1954

Tues. Beautiful. Ironed. Raked leaves. Joan's shower.


November 15th, 1954

Mon. To mother's. Beautiful.


November 14th, 1954

Sun. Beautiful day. Marvin, Jean, Jane & Tom came.


November 13th 1954

Sat. cleaned up house.


November 12th, 1954

worked. M.B. Hollingsworth died.


November 11th, 1954

worked. Annie Brown died.


November 10th, 1954



November 9th, 1954

Tues. 2°F. Ironed. cleaned out wardrobe.


November 8th, 1954

Mon. 7°F. Washed. Beautiful day. To Mr. Collins funeral.


November 7th, 1954

Sun. To Sheridan funeral home.


November 6th, 1954

Sat. cleaned up house. baked. Don & Naomi came.


November 5th, 1954

Fri. worked. To mothers @ nite.


November 4th, 1954

Thur. worked. snowed. Dad [Bert] Collins died @ midnite.


November 3rd, 1954

Wed. warmer. worked.


November 2nd, 1954

Tues. Election Day. "Sheesh". Still dreary and cold. Cland and Frona left for Florida. Carl Galloway in for trustee. Earl and us went to Lebanon. Emmett Clay died.


November 1st, 1954

Mon. A bad day. Dark, cold. Snow. Washed - wash hair. cold @ nite. got our big heavy comforter out. Ha.


October 31st, 1954

Sun. Cold - (snow).


October 30th, 1954

Sat. clean house up (snow).


October 29th, 1954

Fri. First snow. worked. To Walter Mc @ nite.


October 28th, 1954

Cold 32°F. Fred here. Worked.


October 27th, 1954

Wed. Cold 33°F. worked.


October 26th, 1954

Tues. Raining. Ironed.


October 25th, 1954

Mon. Rained all day. Washed. To Jean Pointer's shower.


October 24th, 1954

A beautiful Indian Summer day. The children came to get Jane. We went to Danville Indiana Christian Church to Shirley Jean Byrum's and Jack Fuller's wedding.


October 23rd, 1954

Sat. To Advance got and gloves for Jane. To Mc's @ nite.


October 22nd, 1954

Fri. To work.


October 21st, 1954

Thurs. worked. Bert Collins entered hospital. To Lafayette to get Jane.


October 20th, 1954

Wed. worked. New tank turned on.


October 19th, 1954

Tues. Washed and ironed.


October 18th, 1954

Mon. To Lafayette @ nite to see the children.


October 17th, 1954

Sun. A beautiful day - to Marion.


October 16th, 1954

Sat. Cold. I washed windows, made chili. Honk went to town. Had [oil] put in car. Had tires changed, all ready for winter.


October 15th, 1954

Fri. Worked. To Mc's @ nite. Bought Honk a suede coat.


October 14th, 1954

Thurs. Worked.


October 13th, 1954

Wed. Beautiful day. To see Aunt Rose. To Star @ nite - Ann Wingate went in.


October 12th, 1954

Tues. I worked. Earls here @ nite.


October 11th, 1954

Mon. Washed. Rained all day.


October 10th, 1954

Sun. to Honk's folks to put linoleum on kitchen floor. Cleo & Jim to Donald's.


October 9th, 1954

Sat. nice day. children came awhile. To McDoodles in evening.


October 8th, 1954

Fri. Cool - 40°F. worked.


October 7th, 1954

Thur. worked. cool day, pretty. I went back to Lebanon in evening to Russell & Hitch to see Cora Ruth.


October 6th, 1954

Wed. Ironed - shortened uniforms (colder).


October 5th, 1954

Tues. To work. Cora Ruth Turner died [killed] @ 11:15. To Walter Mc's @ nite. Mr. Giles, Marvin & Jean made final settlement for west South Street property, $10,300.


October 4th, 1954

Mon. washed. rained all day. To town, did some shopping.


October 3rd, 1954

Sun. To Sunday school & church. Marvin& Jean here for Dinner. Honk to board meeting @ Dover church.


October 2nd, 1954

Sat. Tom & Jane here.


October 1st, 1954

Fri. Worked 8-4. Honk to Lafayette for Tom & Jane.


September 30th, 1954

Rained today - first rain in a long time. New tank - Skelgas brought out but did not attach up. Worked 8 - 4.


September 29th, 1954

worked 8 - 4.


September 28th, 9154

Tues. ironed.


September 27th, 1954

Mon. washed. They took granny to hospital. Honk's first day at Clarks Hill.


September 26th, 1954

Sun. Aunt Elsie & I to mothers. Jean, Marvin, Tom, Jane here at nite. Told us they had sold their Lebanon property to Ernest Giles. McDoodle called said Granny had fell in kitchen. Honk & Marvin went.


September 25th, 1954

Sat. Nice day. Bought Angus bull (10 mo old).


September 22nd, 1954

Wed. Nice fall day. To work.


September 21st, 1954

Tues. windy, cold. Equal noxial weather. Aunt Elsie, Aunt Laura, Uncle Vern - George Clark here. To Aunt Elsie's for supper. A nice time.


September 20th, 1954

Mon. washed. a nice day. rained @ nite. cold 58°F.


September 19th, 1954

Sun. Honk to church. Shirley & Jon's [Woody] wedding @ 3 this afternoon.


September 18th, 1954

Sat. nice day. the children came a while.


September 17th, 1954

Fri. Worked.


September 16th, 1954

Thur. To work. Had ear ache - to Indianapolis saw Dr. Leo Sparks - fungus out of ears - $6.


September 15th, 1954

Wed. Nice day. To Dover - Dell Kelsey's & paid my dues. To fish fry @ Dover @ nite.


September 14th, 1954



September 13th, 1954



September 12th, 1954

Sun. Moved the sheep from Leach's over here. Put a few cans of peaches in the freezer.


September 11th, 1954

Sat. The kids all here. Tom some better of asthma. Bought sheep off Leach, $100.


September 10th, 1954

Fri. I worked.


September 9th, 1954

Thurs. Tom started to school - some better.


September 8th, 1954

Tom still bad with asthma. Their first day of school in Lafayette - Tom not able to go.


September 7th, 1954

Tuesday. Tom had asthma and hay fever awful.


September 6th, 1954

Mon. Labor Day. We washed. Jean and Marvin and Tom came down to Lebanon and on here to get Jane. Tom having hay fever terrible.


September 5th, 1954

Sun. To Jean's today to see their new home on Elk Street. A pretty day. Jane came home with us.


September 3rd, 1954

Fri. Worked. Cool. The children moved to Lafayette today. Red Ball moved them.


September 2nd, 1954

Thurs. worked. cool.


September 1st, 1954

Wed. worked. To see Aunt Elsie.


August 31st, 1954

Tues. Cleaned up house.


August 30th, 1954

Cool. Ironed. Monday. Ruth Helens put permanent in hair @ nite. $3.00 to Ruth. I gave $160 for Lilt Regular.


August 29th, 1954

Sun. Mr. Collins & Mother here - Dave here. marvin & Jean came for Jane's bed.


August 28th, 1954

Sat. washed.


August 27th, 1954

Fri. worked. Jane came home with me.


August 26th, 1954

Thur. worked.


August 25th, 1954

Wed. Jane went home this am, I worked.


August 24th, 1954

Tues. Ironed. Took Tom to Dr. Shaw for dental appointment. Jame came home with me. Shower for Pat Canada at Ulen Country Club.


August 23rd, 1954

Mon. Washed.


August 22nd, 1954

Sun. Home all day.


August 21st, 1954

Sat. nice day. Dr. Foster here. To Mc a Doodles @ nite.


August 20th, 1954

Fri. Nice, cool day. worked. Tom started having hay fever.


August 19th, 1954

Thur. worked. Went to Dr. Foster's to see about having two little calves "clamped".


August 18th, 1954

Wed. I went to work, Jane went home with me. Stormed @ nite.


August 17th, 1954

Tues. Cold and rain. Fired up furnace. Tom here & Jane - Jean & Marvin to Lafayette. Jean came for Tom, he was going to Bill Hitch's.


August 16th, 1954

Mon. Washed. Hot.


August 15th, 1954

Sun. Harold to Sunday school & church. We all went to Uncle Verne's for birthday supper. Jane came home with us. Hot day.


August 14th, 1954

Sat. Another wreck @ Dover. Cecil Bush and a woman from Greenfield. To Earl's @ nite.


August 13th, 1954

Fri. worked.


August 12th, 1954

Thur. Worked.


August 11th, 1954

Wed. Cool. I worked. A shower for Wilma Davis.


August 10th, 1954

Nice day. I worked. Jane & Tome here spent nite with us.


August 9th, 1954

Mon. Foggy. Misty. Washed. A pretty afternoon. Had another bad wreck @ Dover. 2 cars, 6 in one car, 2 in the other, all hurt. (1 died).


August 8th, 1954

Sun. cool. To Bob & Carmen's. Sure have a nice home. Honk called to work.


August 4th - 7th, 1954

worked. Nice cool days.


August 3rd, 1954

Tues. Cooler to day. Honk called 4:30 am. Ironed, made downstairs drapes over.


August 2nd, 1954

Mon. Washed. rained in the morning - to Claude Frona's @ nite. Had quit a storm @ nite.


August 1st, 1954

Sun. To Sunday school & church. Honk to church meeting @ nite. Jean and Marvin bought property in Lafayette.


News from 1954 - July 24th

Flag of the View Minh  Flag of the Republic of Viet Nam

Who could've foreseen the turmoil the end of the First Indochina War would cause in the US a mere ten years later?


July 16th, 1965

Friday. I worked. Honk's first day back to work. Marvin's first day @ Lafayette.


July 14th - 15th, 1954

I worked, Honk home.


July 13th, 1954



July 12th, 1954

Mon. washed today.


July 11th, 1954

Sun. to Honk's folks. The children came out this morning. Frank Canada married to Pat Johnson.


July 10th, 1954

Sat morning. Started for home @ 7am fast time arrived here @ home 7pm.


July 9th, 1954

Fri. to picture show @ nite. Drove to Indian Reservation sure had a good time. Took pictures @ Smoke Falls.


July 8th, 1954

Thurs. had a good catch to day. Bob caught a 5lb. "pike" 23in.


July 7th, 1954

Wed. had a good catch today - fish for supper.


July 6th, 1954

Tues. Cold, foggy.


July 5th, 1954

Mon. Clear day. Caught 45 Blue Gills and pike. Had fish for supper. Sent 7 cards home. Comfortable day.


July 4th, 1954

got up - rolls and coffee. Men went fishing - "no luck".


July 3rd, 1954

Sat. arrived @ Shawona at 8am this morning. Naomi, Carmen and I went to Shawona got our groceries - eggs, bacon, rolls, coffee. Chili for supper. Slept well all nite.


July 2nd, 1954

Hot. Started vacation on way to Donald and Naomi's. Started at 10pm from Donald's.


July 1st, 1954

Thurs. Laura & John's corner store and house burned. Jane here.


June 28th, 1954

Mon. washed, Tues. ironed, Wed. getting ready for vacation.


June 27th, 1954

Sun. to Honk's folks. Put up hay. Hot.


June 26th, 1954

Sat. Honk to town. Had machine oiled - new points new manifold tires transferred getting ready for vacation.


June 25th, 1954

Hot. Last day I worked - starting on vacation. Banta hen hatched.


June 13th, 1954

Sun. Don, Naomi, Bob, Carmen here for dinner. Mother & Mr. Collins here in afternoon.


June 12th, 1954

Sat. cleaned house. made pie shells, heavenly hash, potato salad.


June 11th, 1954

Fri. Hot 90°F. worked.


June 10th, 1954

Thur. Hot 93°F. worked.


June 9th, 1954

Wed. worked. Hot - 92°F. To Star @ nite.


June 8th, 1954

Tues. To see Aunt Elsie in afternoon. Jean went to dentist.


June 7th, 1954

Mon. washed and ironed. Cleaned upstairs.


June 6th, 1954

Sun. To Sunday school. To our June birthday party @ park. Next year to have it third Sunday in June.


June 5th, 1954

Cleaned downstairs, waxed kitchen and bathroom. To Colfax @ nite.


June 2nd, 1954

Wed. Thur. Fri - worked.


June 1st, 1954

Tues. ironed. Had new furnace put in. Mr. Weliver here new furnace $485. we wanted oil - [will] burn around $450. Vookivich won 500 mile race.


May 31st, 1954

Mon. a pretty day. the kids here. 500 mile race.


May 30th, 1954

Sunday. a nice sunshine day. to Sunday school and church. Uncle Verne, Aunt Laura - Aunt Elsie here.


May 29th, 1954

Sat. Had an awful storm last nite. Mr. Weliver here to inspect the old furnace - no good.


Catching Up All At Once

So it's really December 26th - things got a wee bit hectic over the summer on Honk & Helen's old farm - but we're caught up now, and figured this would be a good time to catch up on posting here.


May 25th, 1954

Tuesday. Ironed. Tom here.

May 24th, 1954

Monday. Worked. To town in afternoon. Jane came home with me.

May 23rd, 1954

A beautiful day. To Sunday school and church. To Crawfordsville after noon. To Kathleen's. To Walter Mc's @ nite.

May 22nd, 1954

A beautiful day.

By Way of Comparison

We still find lumps of coal in the barnlots and around the house. I can't imagine what 11 tons of coal would've looked like in the basement! The company (Brown Brothers) that sold the coal is long gone, and it's tough to find sources of heating coal now. But I did run across this article with the following tidbit:

One ton of coal costs about $200 on average, that equals 200 gallons of oil, 310 gallons of Propane, 1.7 tons of wood pellets, 1.4 cords of wood, 27,000 cubic feet of natural gas, or 8,200 kWh's of electricity.

So that 9 and a half tons of coal that was $125 in 1954 would be $1900 in 2009. What a difference 55 years makes, eh? But in the end, it's pretty much the same: $2000 is about what I spent last year on propane to heat the house throughout the season.

May 21st, 1954

A pretty day. Worked. Brown Brothers brought our coal - 9,670 lbs. - $125. There are two ton in the basement. Earl came @ nite.

May 19th & 20th, 1954


May 18th, 1954


May 17th, 1954

A beautiful day. Washed - cleaned and painted the back porch.

May 16th, 1954

To Honk's folks - Bob & Carmen there. The children came @ nite for Jane. Had sandwiches and Cokes, drumsticks, coffee. Rained.

May 15th, 1954

To Thorntown for groceries. Home @ nite.

May 14th, 1954

Worked. Jane came home with us. To Mc's @ nite.

May 13th, 1954


May 12th, 1954

Worked. Honk and I went to Eastern Star in Thorntown.

May 11th, 1954

Ironed. Jane here.

May 10th, 1954

Washed. Jane here.

May 9th, 1954

Sunday. To Mother's - Aunt Elsie, Uncle Vern and Aunt Laura.

May 8th, 1954

Cleaned up house.

May 4th, 1954


May 3rd, 1954

Washed. To Crawfordsville, bought black shoes, girdle & ear rings.
To Mary Shaumons funeral. Songs "I Came to the Garden Alone", I Am Coming Home". Funeral preached from 23rd Psalm.

May 2nd, 1954

To the folks - Honk set electric light pole, etc. To Walter Mc's @ nite.

May 1st, 1954

Dr. Foster here - clamped calves. Franks & us to Colfax.

White Leghorn Chicks

Fifty five years later, there are still White Leghorn's in the henhouse, although we'll probably brood a little later this year as we already have a goody supply of eggs. Helen bough her day old chicks for 3¢, the price this year is $1.91 - here's a link to the birds at one of the few remaining interstate hatcheries, McMurray. I'm sure Helen's came from a lot closer than Iowa, but can't pinpoint the exact source.

April 27th, 1954

My chicks today - 40 Leghorn @ 3¢ each.

April 26th, 1954

I worked today. Fran had her teeth out today.

April 25th, 1954

Tom and Jane here - they went fishing.

April 24th, 1954

To Mc's @ nite. Sue & Gene Farrow married today.

April 23rd, 1954

Worked. Jane came home with Honk. Fred & Juanita here @ nite.

April 22nd, 1954


April 21st, 1954

Worked. Johnnie sowed oats and grass seed.

April 20th, 1954

Ironed. To town - bought aqua dress for [Eastern] Star.

April 19th, 1954

Washed. To Indianapolis with Goldiene.

April 18th, 1954

Easter Sunday. To Pleasant View @ 5:15 in morning - to Aunt Elsie's for dinner - to Frank's @ nite.

April 17th, 1954

Saturday. To Pleasant View to arrange for Easter.

April 12th, 1954

Cora & I met with Omega Parks to arrange for Easter Breakfast.

April 9th, 1954

worked. Claude & Frida home from Florida.

April 8th, 1954

Worked. Honk to Edgar Byram's.

April 7th, 1954

Hot. 80°. Worked.

April 6th, 1954

Ironed - finished cleaning upstairs.

April 5th, 1954

Washed. to Earl's @ nite. Stormed all nite - everything flooded.

April 4th, 1954

To the folks - Cleo and Jeanette there. Frank & Fern came @ nite. The men went to board meeting. Stormed all nite.

April 3rd, 1954

I didn't do much, just rested all day. Went to Thorntown, paid for locker.

April 2nd, 1954


April 1st, 1954


March 31st, 1954


March 30th, 1954

Cold, but a pretty day. Sun shining - ironed.

March 29th, 1954

Washed - Honk and I to Thorntown with Franks for installation of officers "Eastern Star".

March 28th, 1954

Jean - Marvin - Tom - Jane - Aunt Elsie here for supper. Hail storm covered ground. Bad night - rained.

March 27th, 1954

Cleaned house. Cooked.

March 26th, 1954


March 25th, 1954

Windy, warm, 60°. Worked.

March 24th, 1954

Nice warm day. Worked. To Elbinkhaus for class party.

March 23rd, 1954

Cloudy. Pin curled my hair. . cleaned wardrobe. Jane went home this morning.

March 22nd, 1954

Ironed - cleaned up house. Jane came home with Honk.

March 21st, 1954

To Sunday school & church. Jean, Jane, Tom & Marvin here a while in the evening. Uncle Vern, Aunt Laura & Aunt Elsie here @ nite.

March 20th, 1954

Cloudy. I washed. Earls & us to Colfax for supper. back home in time to see State championship game. Milan won over Muncie.

March 19th, 1954

A March day. Sunshine, rain, hail - did everything. To Franks @ nite.

March 18th, 1954

worked. 55° beautiful day.

March 17th, 1954

worked. nice day.

March 16th, 1954

Jean - Jane - Aunt Elsie and I went to Mothers. Bought Jean a girdle.

March 15th, 1954

ironed. cold

March 14th, 1954

to church & Sunday school

March 13th, 1954

worked - to Thorntown to get groceries in evening.

March 12th, 1954

worked. Went to see Aunt Elsie.

March 10th, 1954


March 11th, 1954

worked. To Breeders & Feeders banquet at nite. Albert Stewart & Glee Club there.

March 9th, 1954

Beautiful spring day. Cleaned 2 wardrobes, washed my hair and pin curled.

March 8th, 1954

A beautiful day. To Crawfordsville. Bought blue nylon shoes, Rhine stone necklace, nylon white gloves. To Walter Mc @ nite. Aunt Elsie bought monument for graves.

March 7th, 1954

Jean came after the children. To Earl Cannada's at nite - Earl & Luveta there. Elso Green died today.

March 6th, 1954

Washed. Pretty day. Jane & Tom both here. Fred & Juanita here at nite.

March 5th, 1954

Fri. Cold. Jane came home with us.

March 4th, 1954

(cold) Stopped to see Aunt Elsie.

March 3rd, 1954

Cold - snow - drifts. Jane went home. Honk & I went to work.

March 2nd, 1954

ironed. Jane here.

March 1st, 1954

Monday. Washed - cleaned up house. Jane came home with Honk.

February 28th, 1954

Sunday. Prepared church table - Honk & I didn't go to church. 16 here. We had Sunday school class.

February 27th, 1954

Rainy. Attucks and Broad Ripple playing ball.

February 26th, 1954

worked. Rosemary Beck & I to Hospital to meet with hospital staff - chief of staff Dr. Speith.

February 25th, 1954

Thurs. Worked. Honk worked til 6pm. To bed @ 8:30pm.

February 24th, 1954

Wed. worked.

February 23rd, 1954

Raining - cleaned front room rug - waxed kitchen floor. To town - had deed recorded. Honk went to Lodge.

February 22nd, 1954

Ironed. Honk sowed clover seed on 35 acres. Harold Maguire here. Washed & waxed bath room floor. Washed my hair. And pin curled.

February 21st, 1954

To church & Sunday school, to Honk folks about 3pm - stayed the evening.

February 20th, 1954

Sat. washed. To town in afternoon - took 2 feather beds & mattress to Elmore Browning. Had a hard rain in the afternoon. Home Sat. nite.

February 19th, 1954

Fri. a beautiful day. worked. To Walter Mc @ nite.

February 18th, 1954

Thur. worked

February 17th, 1954

Wed. 50°. Worked - a beautiful day. To Thorntown Christian Church Fellowship supper. Sent Lucille Young a Birthday card.

February 16th, 1954

Ironed. Washed Venetian blinds, curtains & drapes for landing in up stairs.

February 15th, 1954

Mon. Helped Mother Dohoney can beef - 116 cans.

February 14th, 1954

Valentines. Frank & Fern Martin have signed papers for Honk and I to go into Eastern Star. We went to Mother & Dad Collins.

February 13th, 1954

Sat. washed - also 4 strips of nets I stretched. Jane and Tom came out and spent the nite. I drove to Lebanon - brought flowers for Mary Ann.

February 12th, 1954

Fri. Worked. To Mc's. Mary Ann Grimes died today.

February 11th, 1954

Thur. Worked.

February 10th, 1954

Wed. Worked

February 9th, 1954

Tues. To Crawfordsville. Bought navy blue dress with touch of red. Washed my hair at night and pin curled.

February 8th, 1954

Mon. Ironed - washed dining room curtains. To Aunt Elsie's for dinner. Moved her meat & vegetables to Boone Co. Locker.

February 7th, 1954

Feb. - Taking care of Communion Table 1954
Sun. To church and Sunday school. A beautiful day.To Frank's @ nite. Frank - Harold - Earl - to church board meeting @ nite.

February 6th, 1954

Sat. Washed. Honk to folks to butcher.

February 5th, 1954

Fri. Rainy, worked. To Fred's @ nite

February 4th, 1954

Thur. Worked - 2 more colors.

February 3rd, 1954

Wed. Took Jane home. I worked.

Bark Cloth

Today's post mentioned "bark cloth" - and I had no idea what it was! A bit of Googling turned up this excellent thread from a eBay forum, and now I know. The picture at left if of the type of door covering that Helen most likely would've bought this is just a guess, although from the flotsam and jetsam left around here when we bought the place, I'd say it's a pretty good one. Here's the concise description from the eBay forum - go read the whole thing for more history!

Barkcloth, in its original form was made from the bark of the Tapa tree in Hawaii. It is beaten, not woven. From that native cloth (if you come across that, it's now called "tapa" and is pretty rare), sprang forth what we NOW call barkcloth.

Technically, barkcloth is a weave. To be exact it's a Momie Weave. From the 8th edition of "TEXTILES" (a textbook): "Momie is a class of weaves that present no wale or other distinct weave effect but give the cloth the appearance of being sprinkled with small spots or seeds. The appearance resembles crepe made from yarns of high twist. Fabrics are made on a loom with a dobby attachment or electronic control.

"Bark cloth is a heavyweight momie weave fabric used primarily in furnishings. The interlacing pattern usually uses spun yarns and creates a fabric with a rough testure somewhat like that of tree bark, hence the fabric's name. The fabric may be printed or solid. The rough texture adds visual interest to the fabric and minimizes the appearance of soiling."

Now, a little bit more of the informal history...

Before, during and following WWII, there were many GI's and sailors stationed in Hawaii. These sailors saw these brightly colored barkcloth curtains and other home furnishings (as well as some shirts) and brought or sent them home...back to the mainland. In the years following -- the late 1940's through the 1960's, bark cloth became a staple fabric in the home interior textiles market. The most collectible of these barkcloths are the atomic "Eames era" prints popular in the 1950's and early 1960's.

February 2nd, 1954

Tues. To town, bought Venetian Blind - also green bark cloth for front room door.

February 1st, 1954

Mon. A beautiful day - ironed, washed windows. - cleaned on house - washed my hair.

January 31st, 1954

Sun. A pretty day. (Marvin - Jean)(Uncle Verne)(Aunt Elsie) To Mothers. Jane & Tom visited with us. We took Tom home @ nite - Jane came back with us.

January 30th, 1954

Sat. Washed - a pretty day. Jean - M - TJ here a while in morning. Frank and us went to Colfax for supper (we came back to Walter Mc's @ nite).

January 29th, 1954

Fri. Worked. Earl & Opal here @ nite.

January 28th, 1954

Thur. Nice day - worked. Frank here.

January 27th, 1954

Wed. Cold, windy. Worked. House was cold when I came home.

January 26th, 1954

Tues. (Cloudy - rains). To thorntown for meat. Earls and Freds came @ nite. Thunder and lightning.

January 25th, 1954

Mon. Washed = cloudy and rainy. Honk called to Hazelrigg for 35 min @ nite.

January 24th, 1954

Sun. A cloudy day. 34°. Honk worked 8:30 to 5:30.

January 23rd, 1954

Sat. Pretty day. Phil here. Baked a pie, swissed a steak. Honkie & I here all day.

January 22nd, 1954

Fri. Cold. Worked. I have a cold.

January 21st, 1954

Thurs. Cold. Worked.

January 20th, 1954

Wed. Rained all day. Drove in hard rain to work.Cecil Bush & Utokia have a new baby boy. David Edward - 8 lbs., 12 oz. Honk has a drippy cold.

January 19th, 1954

Tues. Dark day - rained some. Cleaned wall paper (finished dining room and part of living room).

January 18th, 1954

Mon. Cold. 17° above zero. Beautiful day. Ironed, washed my hair - pin cur. Wash down bathroom, cleaned side walls in dining room. The children came @ nite.

January 17th, 1954

Sun. Cold, still day. 20°. To Earl Cauder's for dinner - Ham, gravy, mashed potatoes, baked beans, potato salad, peach butter - side dish of spiced grapes in mayonnaise - pumpkin pie - coffee.

January 16th, 1954

Sat. Cold. Washed. To Lebanon, got groceries for Aunt Elsie. She bought a new refrigerator. $509. To Walter Mc. @ nite.

January 15th, 1954

Fri. Warmer. Foggy, misty. Worked. Earl & Opal here @ nite.

January 14th, 1954

Thurs. Sleet. Slick. To work.

January 13th, 1954

Wed. Cold. I worked.

January 12th, 1954

Tues. Cold (Zero), wind blowing - hard to keep house warm.

January 11th, 1954

Mon. Ironed - cleaned ceiling in dining room. Jane came home with Honk. Aunt Elsie sold house in Indianapolis.

January 10th, 1954

Sun. To Sunday school and church - a meeting of the church board, a dinner in church basement. To Perle Pitman's for Helen Pitman and Mabel McDaniel [birthdays] (Helen 45, Mabel 71).

Jamuary 9th, 1954

Sat. I washed. We were both home. Went to Mother & Dad Collins.

January 8th, 1954

Fri. Worked. [went] to see Wayne Young.

January 7th, 1954

Snow on ground. Stopped to see Aunt Laura and Aunt Elsie.

January 6th, 1954

Wed. Snow. To work! Lucille Young came over this eve, Wayne [Young] sick. Mary Ann Grimes born today to Margret and Donald.

January 5th, 1954

Tues. Snow 3" deep. A Beautiful Morning. Ironed. Sent Mae Sharp and Bertha Isafelt Birthday cards.

Preserving Our History

I ran across this article yesterday in the Greencastle Banner-Graphic (a local paper) and am reproducing it below in it's entirety (sans photos) because way too much information is ephemeral, even (or especially) on the Internet. And this kind of tale is an important part of our shared history. Considering this blog, I can relate.

Clan treks to view family history

BARNARD -- On Dec. 29, 1923, Raymond L. Hopkins turned 21 years old.

Sometime between Christmas and his birthday that year, Raymond received a pocketknife as a gift. He took that knife into the woods on the farm where he lived with his parents, Ernest and Hattie, and his brothers and sisters, and carved his name and the date into a beech tree there.

On Friday, several members of Raymond's family trekked into those woods, located one mile south of Barnard, to look at the carving, which, 85 years later, is still clearly visible on the dusky white trunk of the tree.

Leading the march down a steep grade to the tree was Raymond's son Lloyd, 78, who now lives in Crawfordsville. Lloyd was accompanied by his wife Betty, daughters Pam Stevenson and Beth Jensen, son Kerry Hopkins and grandsons Skylar Stevenson and Seth Maxwell.

"This is all he talked about at Christmas," Skylar said.

Family lore has it that Raymond also carved a heart in the tree that bore his initials and those of the girl he would marry, Lottie Page. The heart has been weathered away, Lloyd said.

This past summer was the first time Lloyd had seen the carving. He was contacted by the people who now own the land, who said they had discovered it.

"We knew it was there, we just never had found it," Lloyd said. "We'd always heard the story."

Lloyd was thrilled to finally see the carving, as were his children and grandchildren.

"It really is something for it to still be here after all these years," Pam said.

In July, Lloyd and his brother Marion, who lives in Maine, went out to view their father's handiwork.

The Hopkins family moved to the Barnard property from Illinois when Raymond was a teenager.

Hattie Hopkins died on May 6, 1958, and Ernest died on June 11, 1961. The property, originally one 40-acre tract, has been subdivided and purchased by several different parties.

The land the carved tree is on is owned by an individual from Brownsburg.

"They said they're going to take some of the trees down," Betty said, looking around at the majestic forest. "Hopefully they'll leave this one."

In the last few years, Raymond has taken a great interest in his family history. He and a cousin discovered seven of their ancestors were buried in a small family plot, known as the Page Cemetery, in a wooded area just over the line into Hendricks County.

With the help of local cemetery restoration expert Jessica Felix, spruced up the area. A dedication ceremony for the tiny cemetery, where Raymond's great-great-great-grandfather was laid to rest, was held this past October.

"People talk about working the graveyard shift at night," Raymond said. "I worked the graveyard shift in the middle of the day."

By JAMIE BARRAND, Editor and JARED JERNAGAN, Assistant Editor


January 4th, 1954

Mon. Another beautiful day - 34°. Washed - cleaned up part of house. [wrote] a letter to my mother to thank her for [the] beef.

January 3rd, 1954

Sun. Beautiful weather. To Sunday School & church. Us - "Freds" - "Franks" to Walter Mc's @ nite.

January 2nd, 1954

Sat. To mothers - they gave us 3/4 beef - two front qtrs and 1 hind qtr. Jane came home with us.

January 1st, 1954

Fri - New Years Day. Jane was here, Jean came for her @ 9. I worked, Honk here. We went to "Freds" @ nite.