Three-year old Olive Theresa Evelyn 'Tess' Latimer (Ellen's mother) stands between
her grandparents Edward Nelson 'Ned' Latimer (on the left),
Amy Squires Knox (centre) and
Thomas Elliott 'Tom' Knox (on the right)
Emily Squires' diary entries show life as it was during a time before the conveniences of automation, gadgetry, and mobile devices. In early 1938, the highlights in her day that she wrote about in her diary included social events, writing, posting and receiving mail, having clothing made, mended and adjusted, and of course, the household finances. She also recorded the health status of family members. The following are my transcripts of extracts from her diary entries:
Wednesday, January 19, 1938
...Tom and Amy are both laid up with heavy colds....
Thursday, January 20, 1938
...Tom & Amy both laid up with colds....
Friday, January 21, 1938
...Tom not so well....
Saturday, January 22, 1938
...Tom suffering from cramps in stomach. They sent for Dr. Hamlin, and he called an ambulance & had him go to hosp. pronto. They fear pneumonia.
Sunday, January 23, 1938
...Tom is in a pneumonia jacket, has been x rayed, but they do not know just what is causing the trouble.
Monday, January 24, 1938
... Tom about the same. Doctor would operate if he were younger & see what it is all about....
Tuesday, January 25, 1938
..Olive and Leila went to see Tom at Prov. Hosp. [Providence Hospital in Oakland, California] this afternoon. I wrote Will & Nellie about him this eve....
Wednesday, January 26, 1938
...Tom seemed weaker to-day....
Thursday, January 27, 1938
Tom has pneumonia and seems to be growing weaker....
Friday, January 28, 1938
...Tom is weaker, and was given a serum this noon, & no visitors allowed. Amy went to Y M [?] to tell me....
Saturday, January 29, 1938
...Dude [Tom and Amy's youngest son] & Amy were with Tom until 11 last night, and were called at 8:30 this A.M. Has been in a comatose condition all day. Practically no hope....
Sunday, January 30, 1938
...poor old Tom went to heaven about eleven o'clock this morning. I hope his spirit has already found Art's. [I believe this is a reference to Arthur Squires Knox, Tom's son who died in 1928] I went to church & heard Dr. Zwemer talk on Islam. Wonderful speaker. Talked with Mr. & Mrs. Davenport and walked home with Auntie. The Beebes and Mrs. Jackson were with Amy & Dude. Amy asked me to write to Mattie & break the news. I also wrote to Mary, Marion, Gertrude Jordan and Ella McCul. Note in S. F. Chronicle of Tom's illness.
Tues, February 1, 1938 (The Funeral)
...Linden took Olive, Emma & myself to Grant Miller's. [Grant Miller Mortuary, 2850 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland] Almost all the family was there - all except Ed & May, Nellie, and our children in the East & at Sacramento. Tom looked handsome.
[Note: A special thanks to Squires cousin, Pam Marino for sharing her great grandmother Emily Squires' diary pages.]