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Mary Johnson Link Hester's Diary


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Transcribed by: Marie Johnson
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January 1948

Mr. Gill Scott came to see us January 1, day of the New Year 1948.
I sent my 1st mail Jan. 2, 1948.
Reggie Brown died January 2nd 1948. Buried the 3rd, he was a good dog, age 7 years old in Oct. 1948. 

Harry moved to Lizzie Atchison's Jan. 6, 1948.
Mr. Will McGlothlin came home Jan. 5, 1948, was at Fountain Head, Tenn.
Irby's family ate supper with us Jan. 10, 1948.
Ral Roney died Jan. 13, 1948 age 74.
Willie Gray Scott moved Jan. 16, 1948 to Robertson County.

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January 1948

Snowing January 16, 1948, the 1st snow.
Marvin Beard moved Saturday Jan. 17, 1948.
Aunt Alice Brigance died Jan. 14, 1948, Will McGlothlin's aunt.
Mr. Gill Scott ate dinner with us Jan. 24, 1948.
Aunt Dora Johnson came to her sisters from Ill. Jan. 21, 1948.
Charlie B. Johnson moved to his old home place, January 26, 1948 from Ramsey, Ill.
No Mail on Jan. 27, Big snow and no mail Saturday 24, 1948.
James Walter Osteen died Jan. 26, 1948, a brother to Frank Osteen and Lizzie Summers.

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February 1948

Willie M. Crossley died Feb. 8, 1948 age 41, killed in a car wreck at Nashville, Tenn.
George Poole died Feb. 13, 1948.
Irby's family spent the night with us Feb. 14, 1948, Valentines Day.
High waters Feb. 13, 1948, washed out bridges and no mail.
Snow, Sleet and rain, tough weather, Feb. 21. 1948.
Gill Scott hurt his eye Feb. 21, 1948, cutting wood. Hugh carried him to the doctor at Portland.
Louise came to see us Feb. 5, 1948 and we went to see Aunt Dora Johnson.
Back to see Aunt Dora Johnson Feb. 27, 1948.
A notice from Barber Feb. 27, 1948.

Ralph Armstrong age 10 years old, hurt in a truck wreck and a Riggsbee boy, Bobby R. Feb. 28, 1948, C. B. Ragland's truck , truck driver Elmer Stone Rickey. *(it seems that Ralph was on a tractor and the truck hit the tractor, thus hurting Ralph, son of Ruby and Ruth Armstrong. Ruth is a sister of Mildred Wiseman Johnson and they are the daughters of Willie and Tempie Wiseman)mj

Harold Chandler and Charlie Morgan in trouble Feb. 1, 1948.
George Turner died Feb. 26, 1948 age 80, Lillie Turners Crossley's brother.

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March 1948

Dr. William Gordon Warren died march 6, 1948, age 60 years.
Mrs. Nealy Culbreath Case died March 8, 1948.
Howard West died March 8, 1948, Stella Pitt's brother.
*(Stella is Blonnie Pitts wife)mj

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March 1948

Lonnie Kirby died March 12, 1948, age 53.
We went to see Aunt Dora Johnson March 13, 1948.
Irby's family spent the day with us March 14, 1948.
Woodrow Linson and wife came to see us March 14, 1948 in the eve.
Mr. Will McGlothlin died March 13, 1948, buried Sunday eve. the 14.
Virgil Johnson lost every thing he had in a fire March 14, 1948, Sunday eve., Shelby Ave. Nashville, Tenn.

I went to see Harry's family March 19, 1948.
I went to see Irby's family March 21, 1948
I came home March 22, 1948.
Mrs. Alice Bowling came to see us March 4, 1948.
Mrs. Alice Bowling went home March 28, 1948.
Easter Sunday, Cold Day.

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March 1948

Irene and myself went to see Mrs. Scott march 9, 1948.
I spent Monday night and Tuesday night with Charlie Johnson's family March 29, and 30, 1948.
Edward Green Arch's wife left him in March.

Edna Hester and Daniel Short married March 27, 1948. *(Daniel is a nephew of "Ma" Merica Johnson my husband's grandmother, mj)

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April 1948

Harry and Belle and Dot spent Saturday night with April 3, 1948.
Aunt Cora Howell spent the day with us April 5, 1948.
Uncle Wiseman Whitley
*(a brother to Cora Howell and L. B. Whitley, mj) came to see us April 4, 1948.

Tommie, Verna and Louise spent Saturday night with us April 10, 1948.
Uncle Wiseman Whitley and Aunt Cora Howell ate supper with us Aril 9, 1948.

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April 1948

Irby's family came to see us April 11, 1948.

Joe and Zoe Briley, Blonnie Linson's family, Woodrow Linson and his wife, Ruth Linson and her husband, all came to see us April 11, 1948.

Mrs. Beard and daughter spent the eve. with us April 12, 1948.
Margaret Beard's baby born April 11, 1948.

James Sandrusky age 20 of Nashville, Tenn. and John Thomas Kelly age 21 of Marion Ill. was put to death in the Electric Chair at Nashville, Tenn., April 22, 1948. they killed Edward Sprouse in January 1947, a Clarksville, Tenn. Tobacco Buyer.

Nelson From moved in his new home April 15, 1948.
I spent the day with Charlie Johnson's family Aril 23, 1948.
We went to Franklin, Ky. April 26. 1948. Clay Link carried us.
Tom Beaman died April 28, 1948, a breakfast at Hollywood, Cal.
Aunt Dora Johnson spent the day with us April 30, 1948.

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May 1948

Cleola Griffin married sometime, I don't no. 1948 *(I don't know. mj)
The Strawberry Factory burned down May 15, 1948.
Lester Baird's body brought home May 20, 1948 and buried may 21, 1948.
Irby had his toe nail taken out May 22, 1948.
Another notice from Jake Barber May 29, 1948.

Jessie McMurtry and Betty Robertson married May 29, 1948. *(Jessie a cousin of mine is the son of Jessie and Jean McMurtry and Betty is the daughter of Ben and Nadine Robertson.)mj

Joe Briley and May came to see us May 30, 1948

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June 1948

Mr. and Mrs. Will Freeman came to see us June 6, 1948.
John Searcy got his leg hurt June 3, 1948.
Walter Riggsbee died June 13, 1948.
Albert Hendrix died June 14, 1948 age 79.
I came to Harry's June 15 and went to Irby's June 16, 1948 and came home June 20, 1948.
I spent the day with Goldie and Willie Ray Sunday June 20, 1948, Fathers Day.
Aunt Dora Johnson was here a while June 20, 1948.
Lawrence T. Keen died June 10, 1948, age 36, son of Millie Wilkerson Keen.
Ollie Griffin Died June 12, 1948, a brother of Mrs. Dick Pond.
Mrs. L. B. Whitley had a light stroke June 12, 1948.
Mrs. Minnie Bradley died June 24, 1948.
Joe Lewis fought his last fight June 25, 1948. Joe Lewis fought Jersey Joe Wilcott.
Quncie Martin Hardin died June 28, 1948 age 78.

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June 1948

I went to see Goldie and Willie Ray June 20, 1948.
Irene Jones and Harold D. Button married June 19, 1948.

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July 1948

John Whitley and Pauline Reed married July 4, 1948.
Mrs. Alice Bowling July 4 with us 1948.
Aunt Dora Johnson spent the day with us July 11, 1948, also Clay Link July 4, 1948.
Irby's family came to see us July 11, 1948.
Mr. and Mrs. Wildmone and Charlie Johnson came to see us July 11, 1948.

Mrs. Alice Butt Harrison died July 1948. She was Dr. J. W. Smart's sister. *(also the aunt to Lela Smart Johnson, my mother in law)mj

General John J. Perishing died July 15, 1948 age 57.
Mrs. Mary Jane Mitchel died July 15, 1948, wife of Frank Michel age 82.
Mrs. Ethel Phillips died July 23, 1948 age 67.
Alvin Withman died July 12, 1948.
Irby's family came to see us July 18, 1948.

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July 1948

Mr. Wildmone and his son in law and 2 boys came to see us July 18, 1948.

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August 1948

Willie Gray Scott's family came to see us Aug. 1, 1948.
Alvin L. Denson died Aug. 9, 1948 age 81.
George Herman Babe Ruth died Aug. 16, 1948 age 51.
The Link reunion Aug. 15, 1948.
Harry Link's family spent the day with us Aug. 28, 1948.
Bertha Johnson and Vernon Alley came to see us Aug. 20, 1948.
Arthur and Geneva Warren spent the day with us Aug. 22, 1948.
Jam Up and died Aug. 28, 1948, age 58 1948, Jam Up and Henry on the WSM Radio.
L. B. Whitley's sale Aug. 25, 1948.
Edna and Daniel Short was here Aug. 22, 1948.

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September 1948

Bud Arterbern hurt in car wreck Sept 4, 1948.
Ruby Roach died Sept 1948 in a car wreck.
Russell Allen Link died Sept 14, 1948, age 43, a son of Ed Link.
Mr. Ike Netherston died Sept 7, 1948. He was Ercy Wilkerson's husband.
Mrs. Alice Bowling came to see us Sept 16, 1948.
Mr. John Bowling died Sept 18, 1948, age 80.
A notice from Jake Barber Sept 6, 1948.

Our family, Brother Jim Johnson and his wife, Irby Hester, Leona Wise Drumwright all spent Sunday Sept 26, 1948 at the home of Brother Virgil Johnson in Nashville, Tenn. All had a good time. It had been 24 years since I saw Jim and his wife and 20 years since I saw Leona Wise Drumwright.

Went to see Mr. Clyde Broadrick Sept 26, 1948.

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October 1948

Mrs. Sarah Bowling died Oct. 10,1948.
Irby's family spent Sunday with us Oct. 10, 1948.
Irene and myself went to see Aunt Dora Johnson Oct. 9, 1948.

I went to see Tommie Hester's family Oct. 13, and to see Sallie Covington, the 14 and to see Clarance Griffin's store and to see Ernest Bowling's family on the 14 and to Pitts Ponds Store and to Joe Brileys the 15 and came home the 16, 1948.

Tommie Hester's family ate supper with us Oct 16, 1948.
Mathew Wilkinson died Oct. 17, 1948 age 71.
George Strain died Oct. 16, 1948, age 50. (Col)
Nola Johnson and Myrtle B. Smith spent the day with us Monday Oct. 25, 1948.
Mrs. Jimmie Bauldrige died Oct 27, 1948 age 76.
Mr. L. B. Whitley moved to Portland, Tennessee Monday Oct. 25, 1948.
Lillie Crossley, Mrs. Witkinson and Dewey came to see us Oct. 31, 1948.
Frances Strain moved in the house with her son in law Eddie Lee Payne, Oct. 1948.

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November 1948

We moved in the new house Nov. 3, 1948 and on Wed. we moved in the kitchen Nov. 10, 1948.

On the 14 of November my children and friends gave me a birthday dinner, the 18 was my birthday, so they came on Sunday, Harry's and Irby's family and Mrs. Mrs. Lee Smith. I got several nice presents. Granville's family gave me a dinner.

W. E. Hester 's body came home Nov. 16, 1948 and was buried at the White House, the 17, 1948.
Agnes and James Starks came to see us Nov. 21, 1948.
Dorothy Link came to see us No. 24 and went home the 27, 1948.
Effie Payne's baby born Nov. 25, 1948, Thanksgiving Day. (Col)
Lula Wilkerson spent the day with us Nov. 6, 1948, Billie Wilkinson's wife.
Hugh went to work for Fred Miles, Nov. 22, 1948.
Company Thanksgiving Day, Dot Link and Tommie Hester's family Nov. 25, 1948.
Robert Wayne Coldwell died Sunday Nov. 28, 1948, age 38, son in law of Andy Moore.

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December 1948

Mr. Dee Glover had a stroke Dec. 1, 1948 .
Mr. Dee Glover died Dec. 6, 1948.
Another notice from Jake Barber.
Mrs. Zelma Brown died Dec., 1948.

We had company Dec. 29, 1948, Lillie Crossley and her Daughter and her Daughters mother in law Mrs. Spain from Nashville, Tenn.

Mrs. Laura Carnly died Dec. 28, 1948, Clarence Wilkinson's mother in law.
Thursday Dec. 30, 1948, Traughber Hall moved in Mr. Wildmone house.
We went to Portland with Charlie Johnson, Dec. 1948.
Aunt Cora Howell and her brother Wiseman Whitley spent the day with us Dec. 1948.
Clay Link ate dinner here Dec. 26, 1948.
Sunday night Harry's and Irby's family came and had supper with us, Dec. 26, 1948.
Lee and Myrtle Smith came to see us Dec. 26, 1948.
Granville killed hogs Dec. 27, 1948.
Christmas Day, Tommie's family and Alice Bowling ate dinner with us.

Granville's help, killing his hogs were Irby, Harry, Ernest, Beulah, Tommie Hester and family, Melvin, Joe and Jenie Briley, and Eddie Lee Payne (Col).


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