Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Shooting in Galena

Friday, June 13, 1919: Mr. Palmer went away this morning. Hot day today. We wanted to go to Scales Mound to the Sunday School convention tonight. The weather wasn’t looking good when we started. When we got up there it lightened so came right back. Just got home before it rain. Didn’t rain much. But I guess they got it in some places, maybe Scales Mound. Saturday was very busy. Stormy looking all day but it cleared off a little better towards eve. So we got ready and went to Galena. Didn’t get there till after nine oclock. The town was crowded. Got home alright.

Sunday we all went to church in the afternoon. Mr. Cavanaugh is going to stay. The Elder wouldn’t accept his resignation. Ben said at church he wouldn’t be over this evening. He has a little business in Galena. So we all went down to Tresidder’s this eve. Monday, Ruby & I picked cherries in the forenoon till a storm came up. Rained the rest of the day. We put up seven quarts of cherries. Have a few more to pick yet. I picked two soup bowls of strawberries. Have some more to pick yet.

Tuesday, I picked another bowl of strawberries, also picked more cherries. We washed. Wednesday, we ironed and baked bread. Made cherry cream pies. Ma worked some in garden. Dad cut some alfalfa. Had another hard storm and rain during the night. Thursday, June 19, 1919 Ma & Ruby cleaned the cellar. A shooting occurred in Galena. Frank Willy shot Earl Fitch at noon. I suppose they had some trouble. Mr. Fitch was a cashier in a bank. Aunt Tillie came in to Aunt Annie’s today.

1 comment:

  1. Although Father's Day was celebrated in some parts of the U.S. in the early 1900's Lillian never notes the holiday in any of her diary entries during 1913 thru 1931. Father's Day was made official in 1924 by President Coolidge, to be celebrated the third June.

    One important promoter of Father's Day was Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father, Civil War veteran Henry Jackson Smart, raised his children as a single parent after the death of their mother. During a 1909 church service honoring mothers, Sonora thought of her father and how he struggled to raise six children. Her memories lead her to become a leading voice in the movement for an official Father's Day.
    Sonora convinced her minister to dedicate a church service to fathers. The first service was on the third Sunday in June in 1909. In following years the event caught on, spreading across Sonora's home state of Washington.

    Individuals, organizations, and states lobbied Congress to declare Father's Day a national event. President Woodrow Wilson approved a special Father's Day in 1916, but it didn't become an official annual event until 1924, when President Calvin Coolidge signed a resolution to "establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations."