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Mary Johnson Link Hester's Diary

1941

 Our sincere thanks to Dorris Hester Vanatta, for granting permission to post on our site.

Transcribed by: Marie Johnson
Proofed & Formatted by: Linda Carpenter

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January 1941

I sent for my calendar to New York Jan. 2, 1941.
I went to see Aunt Dora Johnson and Mrs. Hall Jan. 1, 1941, New Year Day.
Paul Jones moved from T. W. Briley's old place, Jan. 3 and 4, 1941.
Harris Webb moved in the house that Paul Jones left Jan. 4, 1941.
Jabie Summers and Dock Jones came, around making up for Mr. Gregory, Jan. 4, 1941.
Pauline George died Jan. 9, 1941.
Ethelene Wilkerson came and set
*(sat)mj until bedtime Jan. 9, 1941.
Hager Biggs got his leg broak
*(broke)mj Jan. 8, 1941.
Johnnie Belle Lane and Sherman Bandy married Jan. 12, 1941.  
*(Johnnie Belle's sister was Maureen Lane Bandy Smallwood)mj
Dr. J. M. Oliver died Jan. 11, 1941, age 53.
* (a well known doctor in the Portland area, mj)
I spent the night with Aunt Dora Johnson Jan. 18, 1941.
Beuist Link died Jan. 24, 1941.
Andrew G. Griffin died Jan. 28, 1941 age 79.

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January 1941

John Crockron died Jan. 24, 1941, age 57.
T. J. Summers died Jan. 21, 1941 age 84.

February 1941

Ground Hog Day Feb. 2, 1941. No Shadow.
Lillie Hudson (col)
*(? not sure)mj went to the hospital Feb. 1, 1941.
Mrs. Amanda Brown died Feb. 4, 1941, wife of Nealy Brown.
Irene Pitt died Feb. 4, 1941.
James L. Booker died Feb. 5, 1941 age 80.
Mrs. Elizabeth Lamberth died Feb. 9, 1941.
Fannie Link Glidewell died Feb. 12, 1941, age 74.

James Charlie Shaub died Feb. 11, 1941, age 66, buried at Portland, Tenn. Rhoda Link's 1st husband, Gordon Hornbuckle, her 2nd husband.

John Henry Link died Feb. 27, 1941, age 82.
James Adamson died Feb. 23, 1941, age 75.
J. C. Barber Feb. 28, 1941, burial Association.  
I got my new glasses Feb. 12, 1941 $10.00 Gallatin, Tenn. at Kuhn's Store.

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March 1941

March 3, 1941, Monday night it rained, hail, thundered, lightening and the wind was high, sure a bad time for 30 minutes.

March 4, We washed, and our clothes froze, 1941.
Eugene Glover died March 4, 1941, age 18, he was a cousin of Belle Link.
I went to see Aunt Dora Johnson and Uncle Ewin Howell March 6, 1941.
Clarence Trousdale Keen died March 1, 1941 age 55 years.
Edward W. Griffin died March 9, 1941, a brother to Nick Griffin.
Elizabeth and Doris came to see us March 10, and went home the 12, 1941.
Ina Lamberth died March 12, 1941, wife of Stan Lamberth.
Joel Wilkerson moved in Billie Wilkerson's store March 15, 1941.

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March 1941

Vernon and Lillian Link went home from Mr. Tom Pitts, March 7, 1941.
Robert Brown Wise died March 16, 1941, age 62.
J. T. Link came to see us March 21, 1941.

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March 1941

Irby Hester and family spent Saturday with us March 22, 1941.
Col. William Henry Simmons died March 20, 1941 age 81. He was a Tobacco Buyer.
Vernon Link and Family spent Sunday with us March 23, 1941.
Earnest Bowling and family spent Sunday with us March 23, 1941.
Mr. Robert Ewing Howell died March 25, 1941, age 77, buried at Goshen, Ky. March 30.
Mrs. Mollie Herrell died March 1941.

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April 1941

Mr. Brans Pool died April 2, 1941, buried at the Tom Link Graveyard.
Rained April 3, 1941.
Alice Bowling, Irene and Mary spent Sunday with Aunt Dora Johnson, April 20, 1941.
Alice, Mary and Irene Spent the evening with Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Whitley, April 22, 1941.
Irene and myself, Clevie and Rebecca Jernigan went to the grave yard April 26, 1941.
Joe Briley spent Sunday with us April 27, 1941.
Aunt Cora Howell spent Monday night with us April 29, 1941.
Jew Bailey died April 26, 1941.
I went to see Harry's family April 30, 1941.
Vernon Briley went to the Vanderbilt Hospital, April 30, 1941 Wed. Eve.
Rained and Hailed April 9, 1941.
Mrs. Lillie Jones house burned down April 9, 1941, the old John Roney home.
Evella Langford (Col) girl born April 6, 1941, named Wilmer Marie.
(more news on next page)

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April 1941

Louise Hester, Thelma and Erma Griffin spent Saturday with us April 12, 1941.
Dorothy L. Link spent Saturday night with us April 12, 1941.

Easter Sunday, we had for dinner Harry Link's family, Irby Hester's family and Aunt Dora Johnson and in the afternoon Dorothy Whitley came to see Dorothy Link.

We sent Lilllie Hutchison her Easter supper.
Monday I went to see Aunt Dora Johnson April 7, 1941 came home Wed. eve. 1941.
Uncle Pink White's house burned down April 16,1941, he lived at Fountain Head, Tenn.
Harris Mallory and Cora Bush married April 8, 1941.

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May 1941

David Briley died May 8, 1941.

Ellen Mayes and Traughber Hall married May 13, 1941. *(Ellen is a sister to Mittie Mayes Jernigan, my sister in law's  (Ann Durrett) mother and Ellen is her aunt. mj)

We all went to Tommie Hester's On Mothers Day, May 11, 1941, there was 34 there.
Odell Mooneyhan and Frances Doris married May 12, 1941.

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May 1941

Aunt Cora Howell spent the night with us May 17, 1941.
Irby Hester had the mumps May 1, 1941 age 24.
*(born 1917, mj)

Verner, Louise and Lorri Hester spent the day with us May 22, 1941 and Fred McCreary all so spent the day with us, he planted corn.

Annie Link died May 30, 1941.
Another Notice from J. G. Barbers Burial Co. May 31, 1941.
Ethelene Wilkerson and family spent Sunday May 25, with us 1941.
Mr. John Summers, Sr. Birthday May 22, 1941.
Bombed Pearl Harber Dec. 7, 1941.

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June 1941

We had a good rain June 2, 1941.
I am at Irby's for a week June 1941.
Dorothy Link came home June the 7, 1941, she came and stayed until Wed.
Ava and Wilburn Link spent the day with Dorothy Link and our family June 10, 1941.
We had a big rain June 9, 1941.
Irby's little girl had the mumps June 10, 1941.
Irene went to Irby's June 11, 1941.
Roger and Emma Hester spent the night with us June 7, 1941.
A boy of Mrs. Perkins drowned June 13, 1941, lived in Ky.
Erwin Turner, Boy died June 12, 1941, somewhere in camp. (Col)
Mary Bryant died June 15, 1941. (col)
I went to Gallatin June 17, 1941.
Clayton Lambert sick June 13, 1941, coal oil
*(Kerosene)mj in lungs.
Amanda Campbell died June 17, 1941.

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June 1941

We all went over to Mr. L. B. Whitley's Fathers Day, Sunday June 15, 1941, all of his children was there but one. Charles was absent. Mr. Lem Howell and Jim Clay *(Illegible, mj) was here from Bowling Green, Ky. They made music, there was 20 or 30 there, all had a fine time and my what a good dinner.

A big rain fell June 29, 1941 Sunday Eve.

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July 1941

Mr. Harrison Howell died July 14, 1941, age 80 years, he was a brother of Uncle Ewin Howell.
I spent the day with Harry's family July 15, 1941, Belle went to see Dr. Smart.
James A. Biggs died July 15, 1941 age 80.
I came home from Irbys July 19,1941, spent 2 weeks with them.
Mr. Johnson Lane died July 20, 1941, age 73.
Louise and Bill Brinkley spent Sunday Eve., with us July 20, 1941.

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July 1941

Lois Link went to the St. Thomas H. P. July 14, 1941 Monday.

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July 1941

Granville lost his mule Old Jake July 5th, 1941, age 25, years one month and 19 days, he shore *(sure)mj was a good old Muligam.

Woodrow Linson left out Camp July 11, 1941, came back home the 14.

Jeff our good old dog was given away July 29, 1941, he was 6 years old and had all ways behaved his self. Another dog came and taken his place, Sorry.

Harris George died July 1941, age 18.

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August 1941

I came home from Irbys Aug. 2, 1941, spent 1 week with them.
August I got my first Old Age Check, Aug. 2, 1941. 1st time.
Mr. Aron Jernigan had a car wreck Aug. 2, 1941. A Bradley boy hit his truck.
I got my 1st check Aug. 2, 1941.
Charlie Johnson came to see Aunt Dora Aug. 27, 1941.
Mrs. Laura Summers birthday, some time in Aug. 1941.
Thomas Wesley Summers died Aug. 12, 1941, age 58 , a brother of Jake Summers.
Bud Jackson died Aug. 23, 1941, age 72, a brother of Will Jackson.
Jerril Wilkerson and Nola May Jones married Aug. 23, 1941.
Myrtle B. Smith moved in her new home Aug. 23, 1941.
Little baby girl of Lovern Hester died Aug. 26, 1941.

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August 1941

Mrs. Clevie Jernigan made her big trip Aug. 24, and came in home the 30, 1941.
Rogers Reunion Aug. 30, 1941.
J. C. Barber notice Aug. 30, 1941.

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September 1941

Maybell Brooks died Sept. 2, 1941. (Col)
Charlie Bryant died Sept 2, 1941. (Col)
Dr. J. W. Smarts birthday Sept 4, 1941.
Mrs. Sarah Deleno Roosevelt, Mother of President Roosevelt, died Sept. 7, 1941, age 86.
Will Walker died Sept 16, 1941, shot while trying to
*(Illegible, mj) Ollie Summers.
I went to see Tommie Hester's family Sept 7, 1941.
Patricia Ann Johnson born Sept. 21, 1941, daughter of Alene Greer Johnson.

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September 1941

Tommie Thompson died September.
Louise Justice and Earnest Epply married Sept 1941.
Mr. L. B. Whitley's birthday Sept 1941.
Mrs. L. B. Whitley's birthday Sept 1941 age 59.

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October 1941

Bessie Rodgers died Oct. 10, 1941, wife of Lee Rodgers.
Lou Riggsbee died Oct. 11, 1941.
Bill Johnson left for camp Oct. 15, 1941.
Erwin Briley left for camp Oct. 15, 1941.

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October 1941

Aunt Dora Johnson came home from her sisters Oct. 14, 1941, she spent 2 weeks.
Joel Webb made his 1st trip with the mail on the Jake Link Graveyard Road Oct. 16, 1941.
Bertha Turner and Tom Brocks married Oct. 6, 1941. (Col)
Dr. Smart went to the Protestant Hospital Oct., 1941.

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October 1941

Richard Somerville died Oct. 21, 1941.
J. T. Link spent the day with us Oct. 20, 1941.
James Glidewell killed 2 men at the state prison, Oct. 20, 1941.
Clarence Wilkerson house burned down Oct. 1941.
Ethell Hardyshell and
*(Illegible, mj) married Oct. 1941.
Bobbie Johnson went to the Protestant Hospital Oct. 31, 1941.
Dock Jones child sick with Polio, Oct. 1941.

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November 1941

Ms. Ella Harris Kerley died Nov. 4, 1941, J. E, Kerley's wife.
1st Snow fell Nov. 8, 1941.
Ben Trauber
*(Traughber)mj died Nov. 9,1941.
James Reuben (Tint) Jernigan died Nov. 10, 1941 age 76.

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November 1941

Dr. J. W. Smart died Nov. 16, 1941, age 80 years, 2 mo. 12 days. Born Sept 4, 1861. * (Dr. Smart was my mother in law's,( Lela Smart Johnson) Uncle, a brother to her dad, James Marion.  He was married three times, had two children by his first wife, Maggie Anthony - George Taylor and Ida Belle, married Emma UNKNOWN and had a son, Leonard ( Jack).  His third marriage was to Cassie Henderson, two children, Dean and another that died young, named Ellis (died at the age of six). Dr. J. W. Smart is buried in Walnut Grove Church Cemetery beside his  third wife Cass , who died in 1962)mj

Jessie, Joe, Zoe and Russell Briley, Macy and Maude Link and Miss Charlene Ralph came to see us, Nov. 16, 1941.

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Warren died Nov. 26, 1941, age 80 years.
Lewis Hester's little child died Dec. 2, 1941.
Notice from J. C. Barber for Nov. 25, 1941.

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December 1941

Bombed Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. *(I remember that day very clearly, heard it on a radio and was hard to believe. That was the beginning of WW II and was a very bad time for everyone.)

Granville had a Birthday Dec. 7, 1941, age 43, 19 ate dinner with him.

Margarete Whitley went to the Hospital Dec. 18, 1941 in West Virginia and Ralph bought his 2 little children to his fathers Dec. 20, Ralph went home Dec. 21, 1941.

Irby carried Irene, Hugh and myself to Portland, Dec. 20, 1941, all had a good time Xmas Shopping.

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December 1941

Harry and Irby's family spent Xmas Day with us 1941.
Wilma Whitley and Malcom Groves married Dec. 25, 1941.
Mr. Miles went to the Hospital Dec. 1941.
Lee Crabtree died Dec. 26, 1941.
Earnest Dean Johnson and Eva Meadows married Dec. 1941.

 


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