calendar on the wall served more
purposes that simply showing what day of the
month it was. Larger calendars where
each month was scribbler-size were
especially handy. There was enough space on
each day to keep track of important events
and commitments – a bake sale, a
wedding, etc. So, at a glance from across
the room, you'd know if there was
something important scheduled for the day.
people went even further, using it as
a diary. Theresia Treichel's notes in her
1990 calendar record what she did
each day, who visited, the weather (Oct. 5 -
4 ½" snow this morning),
special trips, purchases, crocheting
projects. These notes provide insights into
the everyday life of a widow of strong faith
in her mid-70s living alone on an
acreage. She and her husband Ed had
homesteaded on river lots along Lac Ste.
Anne near Alberta Beach in 1932. She lived
on that property all her adult life.
Aug. 1 – Went with
P.H. and pd the property taxes at Sangudo
Aug. 17 -
Liquefied a batch of honey 6 jars small. I
have ripe tomatoes on the vines.
Sept. 18 - I dug
up all the potatoes, hand cleaned them, let
them dry and then I picked and
sacked them, brought them in on the
wheelbarrow unloaded them into garage.
Sept. 30 – Started
to haul wood @ 9 o'cl picked up Paul and we
hauled in 5 loads. I think one more
load of it to haul Plus the lumber. Paid
Oct. 25 - Pickled
the beets, got eleven odd jars, cooked them
almost 2 hrs, cleaned up the mess
and in after 6 PM went for manure soil. H.H.
loaded it for me. Paid 5.00
Dec. 3 – Made
ready my sponsored childs parcel to be
like Eddy Dales, were more
business-like. His notations were short and
to the point:
School Open House,
Car to Fuhr's, 4-H, Gordon & Gail
wedding, Dentist 11:30, Girl G. Bake Sale,
Saddle Club, Charlie holiday.
Thirty years from now, will your descendants
know how you spent your days?