Thursday, August 21, 2014

"My Life Journal"....Diana Lewis her story continues.

In reading some of these letters from Diana's great aunt, grandfather and father you can't help but hear the love and strength in their words. There was a war, WW II, going on at the time and for a new father to be apart from his daughter and wife is difficult. All three, great aunt Mahl, grandfather Robert A Lewis and her father, Robert A Lewis Jr. try their best to explain, daddy's absence and express their support and love. In the pages showcase on this post you will get a chance to see her grow, read some birthday wishes, read a Western Union message from her father and see a photograph of the first home she lived in. I so look forward to hearing your thoughts especially after reading some of these letters. 

                                        Age                     Feet       Inches    Pounds      Ounces
                                  At 1 month                               18             6               9
                                  At 2 months                              19            8               2
                                  At 3 months                              23          10               8
                                  At 4 months                              24          11             12
                                  At 5 months                              24           Weight should double
                                  At 6 months                              25           15              2
                                  At 7 months                              26           17
                                  At 8 months                              27           19              4
                                  At 9 months                              28           20
                                  At 10 months                            28           21              1
                                  At 11 months                            21             8
                                  At 12 months                                           Weight should double 22
                                  At 13 months                                            22             6
                                  At 14 months                                            23
                                  At 15 months                                            23             8

                                    Feet       Inches     Pounds   Ounces
                                 At 2 years                            33 ¾        28
                                 At 9 years              4             3             72
                                 At 10 years            4             6             83 ½
                                 At 11 years            4            11 ½        96           8

 Photographs of pages 18 and 19

‘Cause, darn it,
Happy Birthday!
X Ronald Edward Anderson

Dear Diana:
One year old – and off
To a wonderful start in
life! Healthy and happy
and handsome – that’s
what they all say about
you. I hope before your
next birthday rolls
around your daddy
and a lot more of your
relations will have
finished up the war
and he’ll be around to
 help you blow out
your birthday candles.
Tell your mother I hope
she has a delightful
vacation and when
you and she come back
I’ll be out to see you.
Happy birthday,
Diana, and a big
kiss to you from your
Great Aunt Mahl

There’s a reason
To address you as I do;
SUGAR’s scarce
and so are people
Who can measure
up to YOU!
Diana dearest-
Although you are just one
year old, & though you cannot
read quite yet, I know that
later on in life you’ll say
“my folks try to treat me
Just right.” As I
Write this, I’m at sea aboard a
ship hoping that what little I
am doing in this war effort will
 be justified in that when you
grow up to be twenty or so
you can know that your friends
won’t have to go to war.
I miss you & your mom ever
so much and believe me I’ll
be home real soon and take
 good care of you both.
Sleep tight dear heart and
do as your mom says, and
you’ll always do right.
As always from your Daddy


CD SANSORIGINE VIA RCA                                                           1945 JUL 12 PM 1  34

Diana’s first telegram from her Daddy in Ireland.

Miss Diana Lewis-
10 Nob hill – Road
July 17, 1945
My dear Diana,
Congratulations to you on
your first birthday from your
grandfather Lewis.
I wish I could see you
today for a little talk, -
about things,- and what may
be going on in the big world
where you live; and it is
a big world with your Daddy
away up in the far North.
But you are not alone with
dear Mother close by, and good
thoughts flowing your way
from many hearts all radiating love and good
wishes to you on your birthday.
The Enclosed is for your bank
account. It will become use-
ful in the years to come-
perhaps when you are ready
for College.
And now good night my
sweet for a few days when
I shall see you down at Cape
Cod – where you grandmother
Lewis is waiting to welcome you
affectionately Grandfather Lewis

Photographs of pages 20 – 23

I know that these pages are blank but I felt as if I should still include them, especially for those who are interested in the style/layout of the book.

Photograph of pages 24 and 25


10 Nob Hill, Wayland
I slept in small front bed
Room. My house consisted of
six rooms,
1 large bedroom, 2 small
bedrooms, both upstairs.
Downstairs – living room
dining room & kitchen

                       and here is the
                        plan of it
                                                 1-wicker wardrobe (white)
                     Coral pink          4-folding crib
                     with                    5-large dresser
                     peasant              6-bookcase & toy rack
                     pastel designs

           Comments Walls were painted pale blue with nursery boarder
                             & blue & pink scatter rugs. White ruffled curtains and dainty flowered over-drapes
                              with pink & blue preponderating. Rocker is covered with same cloths as drapes.

Not all pages in the journal are completed some are blank, with that being said I still feel I should  include them. Tomorrow I will share a dental chart along with some of her school days, newspaper clippings and some more photographs.     

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Life Journal...Diana Lewis

I'm staying with the six page idea vs. the four page only because there's so much information. You can not only find it in the words but also the photos and these are some of the sweetest photos of Diana at Nob Hill. I'm sure all of us can find a photo where we ourselves or one of our family members are sitting in a "swimming pool", it might not have been a wash tub outside maybe it was the sink. I just love sweet innocent photos like these. Her mother was so well organized in noting all of her developmental dates and  foods, Virginia loved her daughter you can tell just by looking at the first few pages of the book. Enjoy the next six pages, 10-15 and be sure to share and let me know what you think. 

Photograph of pages 10 & 11

   Diana at 6 mo. On the floor of
The living room at Nob Hill.

Diana at 7 yr. in
Her “swimming pool”

Diana on the porch at Nob Hill. She was
Eleven months old & this was the picture I sent her Daddy
who was in Greenland. 

July, 1945

In the
front yard
of Nob Hill
at 13 ½ mo.

Here I was
14 mo. Old.
The picture
was taken by
and Daddy
in the
back yard at
Nob Hill.

Photographs of page 12 & 13

First Week  Diana slept days, cried nights
Second week the same as first week.
Next month She has her nights & days straightened out

Notices sound of voices  Sept. 1, 1944
First tears  Sept. 20, 1944
Recognized Father and Mother  October 25, 1944

Lifts head  November 1, 194
Grasps objects has always been able to hold rattle
Plays with hands Sept. 12, 1944
Sits up (supported) Nov. 25, 1944
Sits up alone Feb. 27, 1945
Creeps June, 1945
Stands with help July, 1945
Walks October 1, 1945
First Words Daddy – Pretty
Walks alone October 1, 1945
Attempts to climb March, 1946
Words together April, 1946
Uses spoon and cup cup- Feb, 1946 – spoon –

You've a little way about you
That is very, very dear,
A pleasant way that always makes
Folks glad to have you near,
That brings a smile to welcome you,
A sigh when you depart,
And that little way about you
Has endeared you to my heart.

To Diana
From Deborah
(This is hand written in pencil on the back, penmanship looks to be that of a child.)

Easter’s the day for bunnies,
For brand-new BONNETS too…
But better still, it’s just the time
To say HELLO to you!
    To Diana from Grandmother Lewis
April 1 – 1945 

This is just
for your own little,
cute self alone,
On the very first
Valentine’s Day
you have known!
With Love From Great Grandmother Beers
(This was handwritten in black ink on the back.)

Photographs of pages 14 & 15

First feeding was at the hospital. Her first orange juice and
cod-liver oil was at one month. Prune juice added 5th week.

Note changes At the hospital she had a formula of
evaporated milk & water. Dr. changed this to whole
milk and water when she came home.

First solid food Vegetables from the garden at __________
on July 26, 1945.

Drank from glass at eight months

At one saltines, orange juice       At two bacon, banana’s, milk

During 2nd year Diana has a great interest in books. At 2 ½
she knew her nursery rhymes quite well and all the alphabet.

During 6th to 10th year reads books like mad

During 10th to 15th year reads books by the dozens

Tomorrow’s blog post will include a Western Union birthday wish from her daddy along with a sweet birthday card while he was in Ireland. The card is sweet and I have to admit being in a military family myself, my heart breaks when reading about parent and child separation. I know that I’ve been asked about composing a list of all surnames mentioned in the book and their location; I will be posting that on the last posting of Diana Lewis. I’m waiting because this book also has her wedding announcement clippings; those hold additional names, that I will be sharing those later also.