January 7 Thursday, 1943


ToDay is the Birthday of ___________

Fair and warmer today

Took a walk around tonight with the 22 and got another rabbit.

I heard Lysider Hadaway* shot a fox.

Listened to President Roosevelt at noon making his opening speech to the 78 congress.

Sky has gone over to Vick’s tonight.

The harbor is all frozen over.

There are a lot of fox tracks up around the hill.

We got a letter from Geo. Stefani.

Pleasure riding in autos was ruled out today.

The Russians are still on the advance.

Mrs. Hornblower read to me a fine letter that she got from Bud.

I heard that an otter has been seen over in the river.

Tonight ends the first week of the New Year.

I answered Lee Hallet’s letter tonight.

(“He that can have patience, can have what he will.” Franklin.)

*Lysider Hadaway – I’m sure this isn’t right. Does anyone know the correct name?

3 Replies to “January 7 Thursday, 1943”

  1. Looks like “Spider” Hadaway, but not sure. I think it’s fascinating to hear what’s going on during World War II from a different perspective. I can’t wait to read more! He had mentioned going to the Armory for drill. I don’t know if he did as your Grandfather Engstrom did during the war. He (Walder) was too young to fight in WWI and too Old for WWII, so he was in a civil patrol group which walked along Warren Ave. Not sure if they were patrolling the coast or making sure black out requirements were being enforced. Sure wish I listened more to your grandmother (Vick or Pic in the diaries) and her stories!


  2. I found two Lysander Hathaways in the Plymouth area on Ancestry. Neither contemporary with Jesse
    There are several Hadaways in his time with middle initial L. JB

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  3. Same with me. I checked on My Heritage, nothing close in the time line. If my memory serves me core it was Eleanor that was in motor pool. I think it was called the home guard. Jess was responsible for Manter’s Point. I am going to call everyone by first name to prevent confusion.


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