Sunday, September 5, 2010

Off on a Road Trip

Saturday, September 5, 1925: It is a warm day, threatening weather about all day. Today was the first day of the Eagles’ three day celebration at the fair grounds. Friday, Len & Ruby had an early dinner and then went to Warren Fair. They called a little on way home at the Aunts’. After they got home, Mr. Brandt & the agent for the separator they had on trial came. There was such a stew to get milked. Supper had to go to grass and so be it and etz. Then he didn’t get any cream. We put up eight quarts of blue plums or prunes and wasted 1 quart by breaking a jar. We also baked and ironed.

Thursday was the Warren Fair. There must have been an awfully large crowd as so many cars went along. We didn’t go, would have like to have so well but so terribly hot today and dusty. We washed and put up four quarts of tomato preserves and made some little yellow tomato preserves. Aunt Annie gave us the tomatoes. Wednesday was a very warm day. We churned and put up two half gallons of crab pickles. Felt rather lazy. Uncle Edd & the Aunts went out to Apple River in the eve. Aunts to stay at home.

Tuesday, the first day of September, we all started out for Savanna about ten oclock in the forenoon in Leonard’s car. We should have started sooner but it took us so long to decide to go. We went from Galena to Hanover then to Savanna. My but it surely is some scenery down that way. We traveled along near the river and some awful highly rocky bluffs. We had a blow out about two miles this side of Savanna. We ate our dinner near there. Then walked around town awhile and then drove to Mt. Carroll, ten miles from there. It was all on cement road. There was a clan meeting* there at the fair grounds. Drove around some and saw Frances Shimer School for Girls. Then came back to Savanna and on home. We stopped on the way home and bought a watermelon for thirty-cents. It was a nice day, warm but not bad riding, only very dusty. When we got back to Aunt Annie’s a car drove out. It was Uncle Henrys. They had been to town and had stayed for supper. As supper was still on the table they asked us to have supper. We accepted. As we were eating, Heers, Zarndts and Mr. & Mrs. Dower from California came there. We had beautiful moon light to do chores. Ma & I helped milk.

Monday we had put up six quarts of tomatoes, four pints of tomato preserve & one quart of ground cherries. The weather was very dry. Sunday we all went to town to church in the forenoon and stopped at Aunt Annie’s to dinner. The roads were very dusty.

* Any idea what a clan meeting was?


  1. "clan" refers to the Ku Klux Klan. Yep, western Illinois was a hotbed of Klan activity in the 1920s. After WWI, mainly due to the social and political upheavals after WWI and indirectly due to D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" in 1915 which glorified the Ku Klux Klan's activities after the Civil War, there was a resurgence of the Klan in the South and Midwest in the 1920s. By 1924 membership was estimated to be at least 3 million, but after the elections that year, when the Democratic party officially denounced the Klan, membership fell precipitously. Klan activities were pretty much confined to urban areas where blacks, Jews and Catholics were concentrated, but it also spread into the rural areas like northwestern Illinois to 1) terrorize the Catholics living in those areas and 2) to prevent the spread of Jews and blacks into the areas. I'm sure the clan meeting that Lillian refers to in her diary on that afternoon in 1925 was a Klan recruitment drive and not a full blown Klan meeting, which would have been held probably that evening to initiate those new members they had recruited at the afternoon demonstration.

  2. Pat you are a wealth of information. Thanks.