I worked all day today in spite of the fact that it rained all day. I got to the Court House about 2:30 and ate some lunch. Then I went to see Mr. Forrest, Superintendent of Schools, and persuaded him to help me out in the Infantile Paralysis Drive. I am Chairman for Mathews of the annual celebration of the President’s birthday funds from which will go for the above cause.
Tonight I went to watch for airplanes from nine until midnight. I do this every Monday night. It is still raining and has turned much colder. Now it is 12:30 A.M. and I am going to bed.
Tuesday, January 20, 1942
I worked all day around East River beginning at Mobjack and working through to Mathews Court House.
Tonight I attended a meeting of the High School Parent Teacher Association. They are considerably worried about membership and attendance. I fear that they have worried so much about their problem they have lost sight of their opportunities. I told them this and advised them to go ahead and do the best they possibly could with the attendance and membership they have. The can be sure if they do the job well enough the others will soon learn of it and become interested too. This may be a slower process, but it is the surest for consistent growth.
Wednesday, January 21, 1942
This morning I worked for an hour or more dictating letters to the ministers in the County and President’s of Parent Teacher Association urging that they assist as far as possible in the drive for funds in the Infantile Paralysis Campaign. Made an appointment to speak to the High School students at 10:40 Friday morning regarding this drive for funds. Worked the remainder of the day.
Tonight I attended Prayer Service at Church. The service tonight was led by our pastor the Reverend S. L. Dunnville. I came home from there and made out my weekly reports. It is now 11:10 –time for bed.
Thursday, January 22, 1942
I have been working practically all day. It was terrible raw and cold this morning and there was the heaviest frost I think I ever saw.
Today the first returns came in from our Infantile Paralysis Campaign-$2.50 from the Junior Order and $5.00 from the local Rotary Club. I listened to one of the most humorous old gentleman a while this afternoon. We’re always playing jokes on him. He spoke of some person being ill with ulcerated stomach and very unconcernedly remarked that he would rather swallow a sole fish.
Friday January 23, 1942
I went around Mobjack this morning and up to Cobbs Creek and Soles. After eating lunch I dictated a letter, copies of which are being sent to all the Sunday School Superintendents in the County asking them for their support in the Infantile Paralysis Campaign.
This afternoon I wrote a policy on Betty Ann Forrest at Bavon. I had Worth working after he came home from school this afternoon putting dry wood in the house.
Saturday, January 24, 1942
I worked until about two O’clock. Today has been almost like spring. After I came home I took my rifle and went hunting for a while. I saw a lot of birds but only killed one robin.
After I came home I took up and transplanted a wisteria for Leone. I sat it by the back porch door in an effort to shade that porch from the hot summer sun. Tonight I have written to Dr. John Steward Bryan, Chairman for Virginia of the Committee for the Celebration of the President’s Birthday and reported on the drive here. I then studied my Sunday School Lesson.
Sunday, January 25, 1942
I went to Sunday School this morning. We had fair attendance 168. Carole Anne and I went to Mama’s to dinner. Naomi was home, she and Elkanah, the boy who goes with her. They came home last night.
This afternoon I went to Central Church where a school for Sunday School workers and teachers is being conducted. There are three classes- one for workers with and parents of children, one for youths and youth workers and a general course on Evangelism. The teachers are in the order of courses offered: Mrs. Goode, Mrs. Davis, Dr. Roland Riddick.