Today I have worked collecting in the section from Mathews through Cobbs Creek and around to North. I went to Church tonight- sermon “Wilt Thou Not Revive Us Again?” 85th Psalm.
Tuesday, May 12, 1942
Today I worked collecting from Mobjack to Mathews. Leone and her mother went to Church tonight. I stayed home and took care of Carole Anne.
Wednesday, May 13, 1942
I worked today finishing up some odds and ends. I went to Church tonight- good sermon- small crowd. After I came home from Church I worked on my report.
Thursday, May 14, 1942
This morning I finished my report. I took Leone and Carole Anne to Miss Mary Ellen’s (Mrs. Virgil Montague). She is making a dress to C.A. for Children’s Day. This afternoon C.A. and I went to Church to water the shrubs recently put out. This must be done on account of the drought. It is beginning to look as if this summer will be as dry or dryer than last.
I went to Church tonight. The crowd was a little larger and we had a good sermon on Love, using as the basis that great love chapter of the Bible- I Corinthians 13.
Friday, May 15, 1942
It has been blowing hard all day, and I had hopes that we might have rain however there has been no sign of it today or tonight. Leone and Miss Sarah have gone to Church tonight. This afternoon Leone and Carole Anne went. They are preparing for Children’s Day. Today was the first day they have met.
Leone isn’t well. Last week she went to Dr. Bowles. She has been anemic off and on for several years. None of the family think that I care- they don’t say so but one doesn’t have to be told everything. I’d give my soul to make her well- I love her but Leone is a woman now- not a child- with normal intelligence, and I can’t order her around. If I have been thoughtless or neglectful dear God forgive. What I have done to make those of this household act toward me as the do, I don’t know. I feel sometime like an outcast, unwanted and alone.
Note: In 1942 Martin, his wife Leone, and four year old daughter Carole Anne lived in the same household as Leone’s parents Edwin and Sarah Hudgins, along with Leone’s younger sister Dolorese who was born with Down Syndrome.
Saturday, May 16, 1942
Cloudy and Rain
We have had showers off and on all day today for which I am very Thankful. It is not enough thus far to wet the ground to a very great depth but will help the things growing. After I finished work this afternoon I went to see cousin Sis and took her some roses and some grape and pineapple juice. She has been an invalid now for two years- old age (83) and a bad heart. I went by Mama’s for a few minutes. When I got home and went to fix my chickens they had picked nine of them. I had to take them out of the house with the others and put lard on them. After supper I sat out some meigelia and japonica cuttings. I trust that they will take root. I have a lovely rose in bloom in bloom now -Francis Scott Key
Sunday, May 17, 1942
Clear and Rain
It is quite a bit cooler today. This morning we had preaching service just before Sunday School instead of after today was not our regular Sunday preaching Sunday and this was the only way Mr. Dunnville could get in a service today. We had a nice attendance for both Church and Sunday School. The offering was over twelve dollars. Carole Anne and I went to Mama’s for dinner. After dinner I went through to Sis for a few minutes. We still call it Sis though she has been dead almost six years. She was Mama’s Aunt and she together with Uncle George (her husband), Bea and Aunt Nannie (named Beersheba and Elizabeth Ann- they were Mama’s Aunts also) raised Mama, her sisters and brother as their mother died when Mama was only six months old. Her name was Julia Anne. I forgot to mention Aunt Ella, sisters to the others. She is the only one left and she will be 85 next December. She and Manie (Maron, Mama’s sister) and Charlie (my brother) live there now.
Note: Sis was Susan Frances Diggs Brooks, sister of Ella, Bea and Nannie.