I have worked all day today collecting insurance- from Mathews Courthouse by Moon through Milford Haven. Since I did not finish I shall go back tomorrow throught Beaverlett down to Sarah.
I bought boots and overshoes today and galoshes for my wife and little girl. Today’s afternoon paper announces that the government will soon probably stop sales of raincoats, overshoes, rubber bands, rubber toys and other articles made of or containing rubber which may be considered non- essential We will, I am sure, undergo any hardship to retain our liberty, but one can not help but reflect upon how different the story might have been had we not trusted too much for the last twenty years in a bunch of addle-pated visionaries.
Tuesday, January 6, 1942
Worked all day. Wrote a policy this afternoon on Carlton and Pauline Diggs’ baby Judy Gray. I got the material today to begin the campaign to raise funds for the Fight Infantile Paralysis drive. I have been named Chairman for Mathews County for this year. Today has been the coldest day of the winter.
Wednesday, January 7, 1942
Cloudy during the day and snow at night.
I have worked all day today. It has been cloudy or partly so all day. Tonight it began to snow and now everything is covered. Much of the news from the battle front today is discouraging- Singapore in grave danger- Japan poised for an attack on the Dutch East Indies.
President Roosevelt sent the proposed budget for this year to congress today- fifty-six billion dollars for war alone – asked for nine billion dollars in new taxes. This latter is in addition to seventeen billions levied last year. God only knows what the outcome will be. If one could but recall some of the squandered billions of the past several years the future might not present us so grim a picture.
Thursday, January 8, 1942
It must have snowed practically all night last night. I haven’t worked today. This afternoon Leone, Carole Anne, and I went to Mama’s a little while.
This morning as I was crossing the street from Foster’s Store to Richardson’s both feet went out from under me and I landed on my hands and knees. This afternoon I had another tumble
Friday, January 9, 1942
I have worked all day today. Last night was very cold- the coldest in Norfolk since the establishment of the Weather Bureau there in 1871.
According to the latest reports Singapore is in grave danger of being captured by the Japanese. Tonight I have studied my Sunday School lesson, “Jesus advanced in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52. I trust we shall have a good attendance Sunday.
Saturday, January 10, 1942
We had another light snow last night. I worked this morning- came home about one thirty. I made a “snow man” for my little girl. I couldn’t make a good one because the snow was so dry it wouldn’t stick together good. Tonight Leone and I made a freezer of ice cream.
Sunday, January 11, 1942
There were very few at Sunday School this morning the roads were so slippery and there was so much snow. I taught the men as their teacher was absent. This afternoon I went to Mama’s for a few minutes. Elsie came in for a while this afternoon.
Tonight I have been reading the life of Voltaire (Jean Francois Arouet). In 1752 he wrote to Mme. Denis, “I have taken as my patron saint St. Thomas of Didymus, who always insisted on an examination with his own hands”.