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June 9, 1935 – One has to be lucky and I really was.

09 Jun
June 9, 1935 – One has to be lucky and I really was.

6/9/35

Trudel’s highlights for the week:*

Sunday: Visited with Flora Mae. It was the warmest day so far this year, so we walked a little and went home early.

Make blue skirt 6 inches tighter.

Monday: Breakfast downtown which costs only about ½ of here in the neighborhood and is much better. Aunt Henny and I spent 2 hours together and visited several people in their offices. We ate at a very reasonable restaurant and she went home with me, where I started a hat for her and made one for a friend of hers. She went home at 11:30 pm. In the meantime, Eugene Weil called and gave me the address of a hat shop where I might get a job.

[Trudel’s translations do not mention that she is not working although she mentioned there being less work in her previous letter.]

Tuesday: Went early to apply for a job there. Waited for one hour for the boss, left my address and phone number. “Maybe” if they get busier.

Now in a beautiful neighborhood with beautiful stores. Stopped in one store to ask if they could use help for sewing alterations. Hired me to start next day for a few hours. One has to be lucky and I really was. Afterwards I straightened out my room.

Wednesday: Worked from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thursday: Worked from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday: From 9:00-1:00 and again from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Then the pleasant bus ride to Samuels for Shabbat dinner. There I met a very nice refugee girl who also lives on the north side like I do, and we went home together via Leonard’s office.

Saturday: work from 9-1. Then to visit Rose La Marque. Aunt Henny visited me all afternoon.

In the evening Leonard and I went to a movie, “Let ’Em Have It.” Very good. Afterwards I helped Leonard in the office by finding the books he needed and opening them on the right pages. He worked until 7:00 Sunday morning. I went home much much earlier.

Sunday: We met Mr. Goodman, his former partner and picked up Flora Mae. She and I played in the yard while the two men wrote speeches for Mr. Goodman’s case in the State Supreme Court in Springfield, where Leonard defended him the next day. He expects to be back on Wednesday.


*After over 250 handwritten pages of translations, Trudel decided to translate only the highlights.

Take a look at the letter Trudel wrote exactly one year earlier, “June 9, 1934 “I have already one order for a hat.””

 

About Leonard Grossman

Writing about the online world since 1992: The ModemJunkie's Portal Taught school in the inner-city from 1967-78, Government lawyer from 1979-2010. Married to the incredible Cindy Barnard. Proud father of Sarah and grandfather of Gavin.

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2 Responses to June 9, 1935 – One has to be lucky and I really was.

  1. natalie

    June 9, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Having gone to college in Chicago in 1950-, I worry about Trudel’s safety while not being escorted home by the man she plans to entrust with her future.

    I am also bemused at her finding books he needs and the pages. Good job for a kid! I used to do the same for Tom when he was in medical school, often plopping in an overstuffed chair to read about the subject. By the time he graduated, I had amassed a lot of information which helped me in raising seven kids…

     
  2. Barrie Ward

    June 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    “Hired me to start next day for a few hours. One has to be lucky and I really was.” …. Gratitude for one’s blessings be they ever so slight is something that we note is found in diminished supply amongst many in these times. Trudel reflects the attitude of hope and effort that moves mountains … even if only by a few stones at a time — it is refreshing to read of one who looked upon the world with such equanimity despite the irregularity of work hours and the uncertainty of employment stability.

     

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