August 4, 1954

Dale came up tonite & we went to church down at Concord. Aft. went to A. & W. & then straight home. He has made me a promise about that. Worked all day.

OK, let’s try this again and see if we do any better! Dale has made a promise. We’ll see how that goes. Evidently, so far, so good.

August 3, 1954

Didn’t do hardly anything today. I feel awful – mentally. I’m tired too. Watched T.V. tonite & took a bath. I could die. I mean it. I could die.

Well, that’s an awful kind of day. It must really be serious, if she could die. Death doesn’t really seem like the best option to me, but . . . teenagers — ugh! Everything is magnified when you’re 17 years old. The weight of the world . . . poor Hazel.

August 2, 1954

Dale came up tonite & we went to Concord. Aft. went to Tastee Freeze with Don & Jane. The awfulest thing happeden tonite. Tonite was the first time I’ve ever seen Dale cry. I cried too, & I thought I would die.

Oh, my goodness — things are just getting completely out of hand! They’ve resorted to tears. If they can’t control themselves, they’re gonna need constant supervision and chaperoning! Kids!

August 1, 1954

Sun. – Dale came up this aft. – then we went to his house & fixed supper for his folks & rode in his old ’36 Ford. Went to Concord tonite. Aft. went to Junction to drink something. Then came home . . . . .

Not a bad way to spend a Sunday, just tooling around. I’m sure Dale’s mother was thrilled to let them fix supper and give her a night off from cooking!

July 31, 1954

Didn’t do too much today but work. Judy came out this aft. & stayed for supper. Buck took us riding in the “A” & Mom took some pictures of us in it. Tonite me & folks went to the A. & W. went through town – saw Damon & Patti.

Sounds to me like they’re the ones keeping the A&W in business!

Henry2Buck’s passion — working on cars. Constantly taking them apart, putting them back together, building something newer, better, faster — it was his passion his entire life. He ended up working in the racing industry for a lot of years — mechanic, driver, pit crewman, consultant, etc. — and in his later years, he drove haulers for other race-car drivers just so he could stay connected to it all. He loved it, and he loved traveling, so that’s what he did.

To think, it all started in the yard at the old farmhouse, working on the old cars his dad had around the place!

Henry1Taking his sister and her best friend, and Puz and Tuffy, for rides around the yard — BEVIER OR BUST — they didn’t have big aspirations of getting very far at first! But everyone starts somewhere, right?

I love the little (probably Bust) disclaimer they painted under their slogan — too funny!


July 30, 1954

Dale came up tonite & we went to church at Concord. He liked the same wedding invitation I did. Aft. we went to A. & W. with Don & Jane. Wed. night there was a guy got in Wisdom’s house.

Good — they’ve agreed on a wedding invitation. But they still haven’t set a date. I think that might be a prerequisite for ordering those invitations; they’d best be deciding.

The A&W again!

And a break-in at the Wisdom’s? That’s kind of scary.

July 29, 1954

Me & Mom & Ruby went to Kirks. this aft. I got my guest book, plates for reception, some pants, washcloths, blouse & shorts. Went to Judy’s tonite & Jack took us to Macon to the A. & W. Had fun.

I see Mildred has decided to join in the wedding planning. I knew she’d come around!

I don’t know who Jack is, but she’s sure been frequenting the A&W a lot lately.


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