RUTH ALDEN CLARK’S DIARY 1928-1930
SUN 1928- . Were
going to church but didn’t have enough packing done. We’d been spending all
morning mending and doing everything we shouldn’t be on a Sunday. Got a little
dressed up in the afternoon and went to the drug store and bought consid’ble
odds and ends. Had a long visit with girl across the street mostly about her
dog. Finally by 10:30 turned in.
MON 1928- Got
up at 4 o’ clock but didn’t go in to wish Emily a pleasant summer with painters.
Rode and rode as it got hotter and hotter. Finally arrived at 1:45. Pretty place
but J. and I were not put together. Aunt Jess said we could change tho. Went the
rounds with Captain Kay. Had a most terrible time getting baggage .
Well- Camp Andree- at which I am to spend 7 weeks- I like you.
TUES 1928- Got a little more in general routine. Elected
Jackie patrol leader. Had swimming try out. Was dishwasher so I couldn’t go to
canteen. Had campfire down the hill and each patrol gave something. Jackie read
a letter to Pete Pan.
WED 1928- The 4th
& one quite different from all others! We had a troop meeting and played games
and made our Peter Pan hats. There was a band meet which we did not enter. Too
hot! Watched the water meet and wrote letters with Jeanne. Went back up the hill
just as a storm came up to put down tent flaps, etc. Ate in Kismet, went
canoeing, then campfire.
THU 1928- Went
to handcraft.. Miss camp. Slightly nervous & cranky but many wonderful things
to make. Started back early to cook.
Princess Tiata (?) in her Indian costume gave legends and stories at campfire.
Visitors day- not much to do. We sat around in P.M. again writing letters and
then had community supper and troop plays after supper. I was Liza the
Darling’s nurse & Jeanne was gypsie queen.
SUN 1928 After
breakfast I got ready for church. Rushed down and just caught the bus. After
getting into church J. and I went back to store to buy pen. Went to
Presbyterian. Got ice cream cones after. Had Scouts Own at cathedral.
SUN 1928- Got up
at 5:45 & prepared to go to church. Started in bus with J. to Episcopal church
. Zim? and Merlin?
were also going. Got there much too early. Went to drug? places which
were closed and back to church. Holy Communion! None of us Episc. Awful time and
also funny. Got magazines. All had feast on figs for tomorrow. Went to Macy for
Scouts Own. Had two plays for us. One- Moses.
MON 1928- Classes started again. Handcraft was the same.
Took archery in P. M. Scorching hot day to shoot out in field, but I hit Bull’s
eye (because I aimed at another target!) Left early. Had to cook potatoes for
Started some belts in handcr. Good looking. Kay was on her day off- no archery.
There was Kid’s party in evening.
SUN 1928- Was
signed up for church but did not go.
TUES 1928- Was
a cook. We had visitors from Robins and huge breakf to cook but weren’t very
late. Didn’t go to class but started letter home and started dinner. Didn’t feel
good in A.M. or evening either. Jeff and I went down to infirmary (!?!) to see
if we should go on hike. Sue said she’d see. We skipped campfire. Went to cabin.
WED 1928- Troop
meeting. We discussed our overnite hike and learned some songs to sing and
played games. Didn’t go to archery but looked all over for pansys. Found one
last minute. Had to do dishes, fix bed + everything all at once. Kay wanted me
to hurry and I didn’t feel good. We started out little after six- very fast. Dot
hurt foot so J., Dot & I lagged behind. Collected food, made beds, fixed m.
netting, had “some mores”, sang old songs & crawled into bed. Wonderful night.
THU 1928- Rose
at 4:30. J. & I had our watch and made breakfast. Hiked home. Started tray in
Hamdcraft. Got 5 letters, one containing $45 for board which I paid. Went over
again to Hdcr & almost finished tray. Had Col. Of Awards and our ceremony in
G. S. cabin afterward at which I read camp log, passed fudge and
all sang. Overnite Hike Song made quite a hit with everyone.
FRI 1928- Last
day for 2nd 2 wks. Duke went home. J. & I packed our things and
moved down to Gypsies. Took shower. Were almost late for lunch. Nice girls in
our tent- Muriel and Barbara. Spent most of P.M. getting settled. A girl from
Gypsy Rest cooked our supper. Was volunteer K.P. At campfire we introduced
SAT 1928- J. &
I were K. P. Not so bad. Down here everyone washes own dishes. Had meeting in
cabin to practice and explain things. Went to Handcraft with Mercedes. Got suede
for blue belt. She gave me bag to finish etc. Practiced stunt after rest hr. &
after community supper. Had Evolution Of Camp Fire- Cavemen(?), Gypsies;
Indians; Pilgrims & 49ers.
Pressed J’s & my G. S. dresses for church. Cleaned canteen and dressed for
church. A whole gang of us went to Christian Science to see what it was like. J.
& I sat in front row. It wasn’t as queer & hard to follow as Episc. Took
shower, washed clothes and worked on bag for most of afternoon. Scouts Own in
evening. Bundy pressed her bloomers for me & asked me to give them back so she
could press them better. Was so surprised!
MON 1928- Was
cook with Jeanne. Had to chop a lot of wood. Went to Life Saving- like it pretty
well. Bundy taught me breast stroke. Started flowers. Had supper hrs early as
the patrol went on 2-overnite hike. We went canoeing and on tour of camp to show
new girls. Terrible unearthly howl or screech after Taps.
Found out that the noise last night was a screech owl. Had quite a laugh over
it w/ Maxine. Went to Life Saving- got behind, awfully hard! Wrote letter during
rest hr. Worked till six on flowers after going to Innisfree Campfire at
Theatre. Dramatic Club gave plays- awfully good- especially the one about
Benjamin . Mary Jane, Barb & I got up after Taps to put dishes away & get drink.