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March 4, 1954

Stayed home tonite & got ready for carnival. Mom, Dad, & Puz went to Grandpa & Grandma’s tonite – Me & Buck stayed home. I studied, made flowers & watched T.V. I’m dead tired.

The carnival is tomorrow night. One last night to get everything ready. And she’s exhausted before it even happens!

March 3, 1954

There was a carnival meeting tonite & I went. Comittee got to see a Chariton play that will be given at carnival. Was real good. We girls practiced after school on songs. I’m tired. Bye

More work planning the school carnival. More practice for singing engagements. A busy girl!

March 2, 1954

Stayed home tonite. I wish I was dead over this carnival deal. Washed my hair & got my history tonite. It was snowing out after school. Mom wouldn’t let me stay & practice.

I find it hard to believe that the carnival committee job is so difficult and stressful that she’d rather be dead — oh, the drama!

March 1, 1954

Stayed home tonite. We T.V. girls sing at Bevier at Congregational church on Fri. aft.noon. There is so much going on I’m almost sick. Some Communists shot up some Senotors today in Wash. D.C.

The TV girls are quite popular — having to make appearances all over — they’re in demand! Oh, the price of fame — it’s making her sick.

Hazel’s synopsis of today’s news is a little off, but there was indeed a shooting spree in the Capitol building on this day. Four Puerto Rican nationalists entered the Ladies Gallery with guns, and fired 29 rounds into the House chamber where more than 240 congressmen were debating an immigration bill. They later claimed they were not shooting directly at people, rather just firing their guns into the chamber (even aiming at the ceiling), and therefore, only five people were injured, and no one was killed in the attack. The four attackers, led by a 34-year-old woman named Lolita Lebron, were arrested without further incident.

There is a good article from the Washington Post magazine from 2004, detailing Lolita’s life and the attack. You can read that HERE.

February 28, 1954

Dale came up today & we stayed home all afternoon & talked & looked at things in the cataloge. Ruby, Roy & Babs were here. I stayed home tonite & studied on Hist. Test tomorrow.

Very quiet Sunday at the Hyde home. I wonder what she and Dale are shopping for in the catalog? Hmm . . .

February 27, 1954

Anita wanted me to go to Moberly with her today, but I couldn’t so Judy went. I ironed this morn & worked. Dave & Ruth are up here tonite. I’m sleepy. Saw Jeanne R. & Rosemary P. on T.V. today. Bye

She had to skip a trip to Moberly in favor of housework — what a shame! You know that ironing is an all-day affair.

Jeanne Ricker and Rosemary Penton are two girls from Bevier. I wonder what they were doing on TV? Maybe more TV Tryouts are going on?

February 26, 1954

Dean S. invited me to Junior party tonite but couldn’t go cause I had date with Dale. We went to Macon to the show. Tonite was New Cambria’s school carnvial. I wanted to go kinda. I awful tired.

How sweet of Dean S. to return the favor and invite Hazel to the junior party, after she invited him to the senior party.

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