Part one is here.
George picked Tom up at Martin in Sioux City A.M.
Opened our gifts – Tom George & I.
Went into hospital 10:30 A.M. and opened Amos’ gifts. Difficult for him to talk but when the phone call came about 11:20 A.M. he did very well & enjoyed it. Helen sent some dinner to him and he ate all the liver & oysters. With him in P.M. & eve. The phone call was a conference call with all his children – quite an event for 1958.
Amos about the same. Breathing difficult & speech some times.
Amos about the same but failing slowly.
Spent P.M with Amos and George came after me in eve when he asked for me. Hard for him to talk.
Nurse called about 11:20 A.M. Amos had taken turn for worse but he was gone when George Tom & I got in. They turned him on side after giving hypo and he was gone – quickly & [____]. Called all the children in P.M. John came 7 P.M Monday eve.
Barbara & Roy arrived Omaha 7:30 P.M. Richard 7:30 P.M. John met them in Omaha. Barbara & her husband, Roy Davis, live in Los Angeles, California.
Frank arrived Omaha 7 A.M. Harry Ellis Fisher brought him up. Edward could not come on account of snow in K.C. Had dinner over at John’s home and left from here for service at church at 2 P.M. Flowers were beautiful and a nice service. Margaret Olson played hymns & “Going Home.” Edward is Amos’ brother who lived in Kansas City, Missouri.
Jan. 4, 1959 Frank & George took Tom to Cushing Iowa – John Barbara Roy Richard & I went to Soo City with John – to meet Frank & George at Martin Hotel – John & Helen Bressler went too – dinner at the Normandie & John C. left for home 3 P.M.
Jan. 6, 1959 Frank Richard Barbara Roy & I take Frank & Richard to Omaha – leaving for home – Richard missed his plane but left at 1:30 P.M. Frank at 12:15 P.M. Roy drove home. George’s man gone. I think George could not drive them to Omaha if his hired hand was gone.
Jan. 8, 1959 George Roy Barbara & I to Omaha – Barbara & Roy left at 11:30 A.M. for home. George & I came back to an empty house.
Grandpa’s Diary 1958 – Part 2
Part one is here.
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Wow, the last line about coming home to an empty house is a tough one. It must have been VERY empty to George after Ruth died. I wonder if it’s empty still. But Ruth’s iris lives on happily in front of our house.
I love it that the iris lives with a few folks. A good inheritance.