Worked all day-was on Gwynn’s Island most of the day. A baby whom I wrote a small insurance policy in October died today.
Tuesday, January 13, 1942
I have worked in Gloucester all day today. I wrote a policy on Mable Owens Brown, five day old baby of Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Brown of Pinero. When I was on my way home the light fuse in my car burned out and I had to stop and fix it.
Wednesday, January 13, 1942
Went on to Gwynn’s Island this morning to fix death certificate on the baby which died Monday. I then went to Gloucester and worked until this afternoon. I got home about four thirty.
I went to Prayer Meeting tonight. There were fifteen present. I led the meeting and talked on Christ Commission to his Disciples.
The Japanese are still advancing on Singapore and the German’s are steadily bombing Malta. If they take that it will seriously handicap British activity in the Mediterranean. God grant that there may soon come and end to this cruel war.
Thursday, January 15, 1942
Worked most of the morning dictating letters and lining up workers for the Infantile Paralysis Drive. This afternoon I worked, finishing up some collections I did not finish Monday and Tuesday.
Note: “The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, later renamed the March of Dimes, was established in 1938 and grew out of the great success of the Birthday Balls for President Franklin Roosevelt. The balls and the foundation, both Roosevelt’s ideas, were directed by his friend and former law partner, Basil O’Connor. The March of Dimes was a grassroots campaign run primarily by volunteers. Over the years, millions of people gave small amounts of money to support both the care of people who got polio and research into prevention and treatment. Those contributions financed Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin, and the other researchers who developed the polio vaccines that children around the world receive today.”
Friday, January 16, 1942
Worked all day finishing collections and soliciting new business- made some collections but got no new business. I stopped by to see Randall Hudgins little boy, Randall Junior, who had just come home from the hospital. I took him some fruit and a book.
Saturday, January 17, 1942
I worked this morning finishing some collecting I can only do on Saturday’s. I prepared my weekly reports and had lunch- cream of tomato soup, coffee and roast beef sandwich. Bennett Miles came in while I was eating and asked if I would give him a letter of recommendation as he had joined the Naval Reserve. This I was glad to do for Bennett is a fine boy, and it does seem very hard that there should be such a thing as war to take these fine young men from their homes and their jobs and put them in one of the military forces of the nation.
This afternoon Ralph and I went hunting- didn’t hunt much, but picked up oysters around the shore and had an oyster roast instead.
Sunday, January 18, 1942
I went to Sunday School this morning. We had 181 present. Plans were made to have as many of our members as possible attend our Training School for teachers and workers which begins at Central Church next Sunday afternoon.
After Sunday School we went to take dinner with Aunt Ella, Manie and Charlie.