Dr. Victor Halbert Diary (1945 - 1946)


Wednesday, September 26, 1945:  (VBH)

Maude and V.B.H. attended Dear Ruth' - legitimate play at the new Town Hall theater in Toledo.

Friday, September 28, 1945:  (VBH)

Suzette drove with four girls in downpour of rain to Adrian - Sylvania football game at Adrian - score 14 to 0 - favor Adrian.

Saturday, September 29, 1945:  (VBH)

After warm week, temp at 9 p.m. 43.

Dr. & Mrs. Bates from Toledo Hospital stopped en route our cottage for weekend.  Received letter from Frederick at Casablanca dated September 24.

Wednesday, October 3, 1945:  (VBH)

Slight frost last night (first this year here).  Suzette (out of senior classes), Maude and I (local stores close Wed. p.m.) shopped in Toledo exclusively for Suzette, then had dinner at Zimmerman's.  Maude, breaded veal - Suzette, roast beef - V.B.H., filet de sole.  Bought Suzette - Raincoat, white blouse, rose bumbry jacket, pleated grey skirt, grey checked dress, casual shoes, suede pumps.  Weather cool and comfortable.

Saturday, October 6, 1945:  (VBH)

Expressed wagon to Victor L.

Sunday, October 7, 1945:  (VBH)

Marjorie came out with a lady cousin to pick up blankets and sheets.  Cleo laundered for her.  Maude and I inspected safety box contents.

Monday, October 8, 1945:  (VBH)

Ethel La Dow died at 8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 10, 1945:  (Maude)

Ethel La Dow funeral at 2 p.m.  Helen Collins, Jo Bribb & I cooked the dinner for sixteen.

Saturday, October 13, 1945:  (VBH)

Packed box for Frederick - 1 lb. Panama (Gilbert) chocolates, six red Jonathan apples (scarce this year - $6 per bushel), gum, cigarettes, a little medicine and the Toledo Sunday Times.  Went to the devil' as Maude says - this day - started church - it was Communion and first day for new pastor - well, he was new 34 years ago - new to us now.  Rev. Louis Higgins.

Wednesday, October 17, 1945:  (VBH)

Chuck, Homer, Don Holliday and V.B.H. drove to lake about noon to put in sail boats for winter, fish, scout for pheasants (very scarce) and eat stag at Halbert cottage.

Friday, October 19, 1945:  (VBH)

Last week has been pleasant - Indian summer?

Suzette and bus load off to Port Clinton for football.  Fall flowers in our yard still look well.


Cleaned Suzette's room - washed curtains.

Sunday, October 21, 1945:  (Maude)

We all went to church.  Suzette sang in the choir.  Had dinner at Chinese restaurant. Went to picture show, in the evening Mary and Chuck came for chow mein.  B & Ralph came in later.

Monday, October 22, 1945:  (Maude)

Had a permanent.

Saturday, October 27, 1945:  (VBH)

Pleasant weather.  Suzette and Marjorie left about six in morning on N.Y.C. Pacemaker for Chicago and Northwestern University - guests at Freshman Dormitory of Patricia Herzberg.

Sunday, October 28, 1945:  (VBH)

Maude and I ate out, called on Carl Warren and Ray Bryant at Coultrap home.  Met Marjorie and Suzette at Union Station.  Attended reception for Rev. Louis Higgins at Tracy Cook home.

Monday, October 29, 1945:  (VBH)

Roy Hague and I started revising contents of safe deposit box.

Tuesday, October 30, 1945:  (VBH)

Bought Romance' pattern china and cleared out other patterns except for Royce' pattern.

Wednesday, October 31, 1945:  (VBH)

Removed gas burner and began use of coal in furnace - weather still pleasant, cool.  Harry Cooper and I went to cottage - brought back stoves and outboard motor in exchange for new items contemplated in spring.  Carroll and Beveridge auto party started for Southern Pines.'  N.Y.C. at Blissfield hit truck of German prisoners.

Thursday, November 1, 1945:  (VBH)

3 a.m. Vivian talked with Ernst Eichstaedt in San Francisco (just returned from S. Pacific).

Friday, November 2, 1945:  (VBH)

Robert drove in from Ft. Wayne, Indiana in time for dinner.  David Wood here also.  After dinner, Suzette and David went to Whitmer - Sylvania football game at Trilby - Suzette to take her part in the band.

Saturday, November 3, 1945:  (VBH)

Weather turning cool.  Until now has not been necessary to shut off outside water equipment.  Letter from F.W.H. written in Casablanca Oct. 28.

Sunday, November 4, 1945:  (VBH)

Fair and clear - temp at 7 a.m. 25

Maude and Bob left for Indianapolis at 11:30 a.m.

Suzette, Marjorie and I at Pantheon to see Spanish Man' from 7 to 10.

Tuesday, November 6, 1945:  (VBH)

This is our 36th wedding anniversary.  Bob will have to help mother celebrate this one because she is at his home in Indianapolis.  The afternoon was fair and warm so I replaced screens with storm sash - now the cottage and home seem to be in readiness for the winter season.

Wednesday, November 7, 1945:  (VBH)

Attended church cabinet meeting in evening.

Thursday, November 8, 1945:  (VBH)

Practice heavy - especially office in evening 6:30-11:00 p.m.

Outside temp in shade reached 70.  Now at 11 p.m. temp in house with no artificial heat since yesterday is 73 - outside 63.  Strong southerly winds.  Suzette went to band banquet and Sylvania Whitehouse football game.

Saturday, November 10, 1945:  (VBH)

Maude came in by plane from Indianapolis, supposed to leave there at 11:44 a.m. and arrive Toledo Municipal Airport at 2:28 p.m. but did not arrive until 4:50 p.m.  Suzette and I made the first schedule, then I took her home and returned for the actual time of arrival.  Took Maude's picture, we went to Charlie Marks for dinner, then watched the evening Armistice Day parade including Suzette in Burnham Band.  22 mi. to airport - 35 minutes drive - Route 120 across Cherry St. Bridge.

Sunday, November 11, 1945:  (VBH)

Marjorie, K. Browne, Mrs. McComb and children here in evening.

Saturday, November 17, 1945:  (VBH)

C.H. and Lula Harris drove in en route to Syracuse, Indiana to spend Thanksgiving with their daughter Esther.

Wednesday, November 21, 1945:  (VBH)

Marjorie out for six o'clock dinner.  Rain in evening, strong winds.

Thursday, November 22, 1945:  (VBH)

Thanksgiving Day

Temp at 7:33 a.m. 23.

Maude, Marjorie, Suzette, VBH. Left at 9:50 a.m.  Drove thru Samaria to route 24, near Detroit to route 25, then out Fort Jefferson, Fisher, Kercheval Sts. to 227

Lewiston in Grosse Pointe for dinner with Browne family, (74 miles door to door easy driving time 2 hours).  Back home about 11:30 p.m.  Very good trip.  F.W.H. may embark from Casablanca today.