Oregon: [No Publisher], 1944-1954.
A collection of nine diaries in various formats spanning the years 1944 to 1954, all written by the same woman from an Oregon town (perhaps St. John's), chronicling her daily chores, travels, and the weather. All manner of minutiae is mentioned, down to "Cleaned the toilet today." Either Maud Axtell had severe physical ailments (asthma is mentioned) or she had psychiatric or emotional issues, as one of the constants of the journals are hospitals-- she's frequently feeling "bad" or "sick" and going to one overnight; it's hard to know what to make of this. Journeys to Gresham and Portland to see friends and family are mentioned. Larger events seem to have passed unrecorded. No scandalous passages were read during a few quick scans but who knows? Maybe with a careful read Maud L. Axtell's innermost passions and hidden wit emerge from these diaries; only an intrepid reader will ever know. A slice of life with a record of one Oregonian's daily concerns in the middle of the 20th century. Item #140939740