Dr. Victor Halbert Diary (1945 - 1946)


Saturday, November 24, 1945:  (VBH)

Pleasant, cold.

Maude saw Kay Frances at Town Hall Theatre in Windy Hill.'  Suzette at Ann Arbor - guest of Charlotte Wood at Martha Cook's dorm.  V.B.H. saw Michigan U. beat Ohio U. at Ann Arbor - guest of John & Sally Howland - rode up with Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Landers.

Saturday, December 1, 1945:  (VBH)

Frederick arrived at Newport News from Casablanca.

Thursday, December 6, 1945:  (VBH)

Frederick arrived in Toledo about 6 a.m. and with Marjorie came out about 3 p.m. and stayed for dinner.


We are so thankful our Frederick is home safe.

Friday, December 7, 1945:  (Maude)

Vic and I called on Freddie & Marjorie.  Mr. & Mrs. Herzberg & Ruthie were there.  Frederick looks so fine.

Saturday, December 8, 1945:  (Maude)

A beautiful day.  Vic very busy all day - 13 hrs. straight work.

Tuesday, December 18, 1945:  (VBH)

Frederick discharged from Air Transport Command - Patterson Field Discharge Center at 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 19, 1945:  (VBH)

Maude is 59 today.

Frederick phoned this morning to sing Happy Birthday' to his mother and announced he had discharged from Air Transport Command and arrived in Toledo this morning as a civilian.  Mary and Chas Carroll dropped in this evening for Tom and Jerry.

Monday, December 24, 1945:  (VBH)

Weather 20 above zero.  Light afternoon rain has coated the out of doors with ice.  Household consists of Maude, Marjorie, Suzette, Frederick and V.B.H.

Tuesday, December 25, 1945:  (Maude)

A wonderful Christmas for us to have our Frederick home from war.  We enjoyed a good dinner, phoned Robert, Oechsler's came in the evening.  Marjorie & Freddy stayed all night.

Sunday, January 6, 1946:  (VBH)

Received wire from Clayton that Uncle Will died, Jan. 4th at 10 p.m.

Friday, February 15, 1946:  (Maude)

Twenty girls all of her class for dinner (Suzette's birthday).  Sue received many lovely gifts from her friends and a pink formal and black dress from her dad.

Thursday, February 21, 1946:  (VBH)

7 a.m. temperature 4 above zero, barometer 29 7/10, clear, quiet, cold, frosty morning.

Friday, March 1, 1946:  (Maude)

Freddy flew to Indianapolis to visit Bob & family.  Bill Worth called.  Vic had dinner with Bill at the Commodore Perry.  Suzy went to BB game with Joe.  Mild weather.

Saturday, March 2, 1946:  (Maude)

Beautiful day.

Sunday, March 3, 1946:  (Maude)

Beautiful day.  Vic, Sue and I went to church.  In the afternoon we took the Carroll's for a drive then home for a steak dinner.  David came to see Suzy in the evening.

Monday, March 4, 1946:  (Maude)

Cleaned silver, washed windows.  Vic went to Fireman's dinner.  Dick and Joe took pictures of Sue in her bathing suit.

Tuesday, March 5, 1946:  (Maude)

Rained very hard in a.m.  Cleared in time for Garden Club Tea at Jo Cribbe's.  Tea very nice.  Doreen Cotterman, Mary Carroll & I assisted Jo.

Wednesday, March 6, 1946:  (Maude)

Temperature 69 degrees, highest temperature on March 6 to be recorded.  Vic and I had dinner at the grill then saw the picture, The Harvey Girls.'  Good.  Stopped in to see Marjorie.  Freddie expected to arrive at midnight from Streeter, Ill.  Rained very hard coming home.  Sue at basketball tournament at T.U. Field House.

Friday, March 15, 1946:  (Maude)

Bob, Mary L., Victor & Neenie arrived from Indianapolis at 2:30 p.m.  We had a fine visit.

Saturday, March 16, 1946:  (Maude)

Frederick & Marjorie came out for dinner and weekend.  It was wonderful to have all my children at home.

Sunday, March 17, 1946:  (Maude)

Bob & family left for home in the rain at 3 p.m.  We all enjoyed their visit.  The children were so dear and good.  Catherine & Bill Browne came at 4 p.m. with their children.  We had good visit and supper.  They left in rain at 9:30 p.m.  Vic and I took Fred & Marjorie home.

Easter Sunday, April 21, 1946:  (Maude)

Sue sang in choir at sunrise service at school.  I went with Mary Carroll.  Fred & Marj stayed all night.  We all went to 11 a.m. service.  Had dinner at Heilman's on way  to Grosse Pointe.  Spent delightful afternoon and evening with Browne's.  Home at midnight.

Saturday, April 28, 1946:  (Maude)

Fred, Vic and I left at 1:30 p.m. for Indianapolis to say goodbye to Bob and family.  Returned in pouring rain Sunday evening.  Home at 1 a.m.

Friday, May 3, 1946:  (Maude)

Sue went to Senior Prom with Joe Brennen.  Vic & I went too, with Mr. & Mrs. Cotterman.  Had a nice time.  Bob left for California this a.m.