I have worked the territory from Hyco through Redart and over Gwynn’s Island today. Collections were very good. Today we set our clocks up an hour for the new War Time-so designated by Mr. Roosevelt. This setting up was in accordance with and Act of Congress recently enacted.
It is now 12:25 a.m. I have just gotten home from serving my three hour watch at the Air Observation Post.
Tuesday, February 10, 1942
I have been working in Gloucester all day today. Today seems to be one of the darkest days in this world’s history. The Japanese appear to about to take Singapore. Burma is in danger. The Indies, India, Australia are all threatened. Tonight when dark shadows gather we can only hope and pray for the dawning of a new day.
Wednesday, February 11, 1942
I worked in Gloucester this morning and early part of the afternoon. I carried Mrs. James Mott at Toddsbury a white Muscovy drake and traded for a black one which I shall kill. She wants to raise white ones which I am already raising. I stopped at Gloucester Court House to see Bennett Miles who works for the same Company I do. He has enlisted in the Naval Reserve and has to report for duty Friday morning.
I came home and went to Mama’s to get Carole Anne. She went there this morning to spend the day.
Thursday, February 12, 1942
I went to Newport News this morning- tok the bus to Lee Hall the train from there. I intended to come back that way tonight but instead I cam back with Charlie Welch who was coming back to Gloucester. He is one of the Superintendents for the Company I work for. I went with him to Police Court in Newport News tonight. He was up for some traffic violations. It seems to me that the Police Force there has attempted to “gang up” on the men now working in the city. Fines were imposed rather recklessly it seemed to me- almost without giving those called to court, in some instances, a chance to say anything in their own defense.
Friday, February 13, 1942
I have worked in the County all day today. I finished collecting for the week.
Tonight I went to a meeting of The Board of Christian Education at Bethel Church. I am the Chairman. We had a general discussion of Sunday School problems and made plans for an Easter Service
Saturday, February 14, 1942
This morning I went to Gloucester, then came back home. After dinner I prepared my reports and this afternoon Leone, Carole Anne and I went to the Court House. The following is a favorite Bible Quotation:
“The heaven’s declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.” Psalm 19: 1-2
Sunday, February 15, 1942
I went to Sunday School this morning. There were 161 present. We had a very nice school. I appointed a committee from the Young People’s Class to prepare a program for Easter.
After Sunday School Leone, Carole Anne and I went to Mama’s for dinner. This afternoon we walked out through the woods to where an old Negro woman, Aunt Sue, used to live. The place is grown up and the house is rotting down. Aunt Sue was born a slave and was owned by Leone’s great-grandfather, Sands Hudgins. We walked by to see Manie and Aunt Ella a few minutes. Then we went to Mama’s to get Carole Anne and came home to hear Winston Churchill who spoke over the radio from London at 4:00. The defenders of Singapore surrendered this morning.