Nancy Brown’s diary entries from February 24 – March 26, 1923


Feb 24 – Finished Helen and Jeans coats. Brown velvet. Jeans made out of Edas suite.

Feb 25 – Alice[31] here for dinner stayed about six hours. On her way to Cleveland Deans Convention.[32] Helen and Jean went to Sunday school. Miss Gordon here to see the girls.

Feb 26 – Thawed. Lela cleaned pantry. She & Lou to see _____ in movie this P.M. Girls gone this evening. Bess over to Carries. Julius plays at Riviera ten weeks this summer.

Feb 27 – Plesant. I met Lizzie[33] at Riviera 2 P.M. Saw _____ in movie. Went from there to Bessies. Stayed all night. Claude and Eda there a while in the evening. Dodo & Joe[34] to Chatteau. Bess and I to Keystone for last show. Bess and Lela making candy. Sent Ethan & Hannah 1 lb. candy to day.

Feb 28 – Snow and rain. I went from Bessies down town. Got home in time for lunch. Anna here cleaning. I got myself 2 _____ gingham for dress and and lamp for on dresser. Dorothy not very well. Cold in chest. Bess washing machine went on _____.

Mar 1 – Plesant. Bess here. Mrs Ritche and Mrs Conner here this P.M. Girls (E. & H.)[35] worked this evening. Mrs Lueder here this evening.

Mar 2 – Plesant. Bess & Lela making candies. ” [Lela] took Jean to _____ Millers to have hair cut. Saw Eda a few minutes. She gave the children set of “Tinker Toys.” Claude not very well. Went to see Dr again.

Mar 3 – Real spring weather. Lou washed front windows. Took down storm ” [windows]. Claude and Eda here a short time Claude feeling miserable.

Mar 4 – Colder. Wind blew storm windows over broke them all to pieces. Mrs John Schroder[36] passed away age 81 years.

Mar 5 – Cloudy not cold. Girls making candies. Aunt Kate[37] and baby Jack[38] here a while this P.M. also Katy Thornton.[39]

Mar 6 – Plesant. Girls working. I went over to see Mrs Davis and Hattie this P.M. Mrs Loft came & surprised us. I went from there to Bessies. Stayed all night.

Mar 7 – Cold wind. I left for home 7-15 on Elevated. Got on wrong train, went around loop. Girls got frightened straight something happened to me. Dorothy Jacobs has a girl baby born this A.M. Anna Louese.

Mar 8 – Plesant. Girls working. Carrie here to help, first time.

Mar 9 – Bess and Carrie here.

Mar 10 – Mae and Lill Roney here for afternoon or evening. Saw girls make candy for first time. Martha took Helen & Jean to Bessies. Lou applied for work in office on Broadway, got it.

Mar 11 – Plesant. Will,[40] Lizzie & Harold[41] came for me. We spent day at Ruths.[42] I stopped at Bessies on way home. Found Claude, Eda & Harold there. Lela came. They took Lela, Helen & I home. Jean stayed. Martha stayed at her Aunt Helens.

Mar 12 – Three girls working on candy. Lou went to work first time since he was hit by street car Aug 19 22.[43] Big wind and snow storm all night.

Mar 14 – No candy to day. Anna did not come to clean is sick. Lou sent home in Taxi. Sick all day.

Mar 15 – Eda here this P.M. Claude came to dinner & evening. Took Bess home. I went with her. Lou home all day. Feels better.

Mar 16 – Dorothy went to Mrs [blank] to stay with Katharine while Mrs M went to the hospital to see Mr M. He cant live. Dodo and I went to Keystone.

Mar 17 – Bess, Dodo and I went down town. Got goods for Dodos spring coat. Bess and I went to Keystone.

Mar 18 – At Bessies all day. She and I to Keystone in evening.

Mar 19 – Girls making candy. Dodo and I down town. Got ½ doz cups and saucers white & gold. I went from town to Claudes. Eda has a hard cold.

Mar 20 – Claude, Eda & I to the Pantheon. Saw Mary Pickford in “Tess of the Storm Country.” Good. They brought me home after show. Dodo here to lunch. Ethen telephoned.

Mar 21 – Lela to club at Mrs Hansons. Mrs Lueders here this evening. Edith and Hedvig told Lela they were agoing to look for an other house farther north.

Mar 22 – Not very cold, rained this afteernoon. Bess & Carrie here. Julius brought us a Haddock for dinner. Dorothy here for lunch. Deliverd candy to Mrs Gunther. Also for Claude at his office. Helen took music lesson. Lou left stopped working for D & L on Broadway this P.M.

Mar 23 – Cold. Three girls working hard these days making Easter candies.

Mar 24 – Got our first crate of eggs from home[44] this spring.

Mar 26 – Worlds greatest actress Sarah Bernhardt died in Paris this P.M.

[1] Nancy’s son, Claude Brown

[2] Believe this is Harold Doyen, nephew of Claude’s wife, Edith (Neumaier) Brown

[3] Have not been able to determine any relationship

[4] Kalamazoo, Michigan

[5] Nancy’s brother and sister, Ethan Keith and Hannah (Keith) Towne

[6] Martha was temporarily living with Lela and Lou Mueller, where Nancy lived also

[7] Claude’s wife, Edith (Neumaier) Brown

[8] Nancy’s granddaughter, Helen Mueller

[9] Ellen (Murphy) Roney, a friend or neighbor

[10] Nancy’s daughter and son-in-law, Lela (Brown) and Louis Mueller

[11] Lela’s and Bess’ candy business. They originally named it Nancy Lee Candies but because another store had that name, they were forced to change it to Nancy Keith Candies

[12] Nancy’s daughter, Bess (Brown) Recoschewitz

[13] Nancy’s granddaughter, Dorothy Recoschewitz

[14] Nancy’s granddaughter, Eda “Jean” Mueller

[15] Dorothy Recoschewitz’s nickname

[16] Nancy’s grandson, Robert Recoschewitz

[17] Bess’ husband, Julius Recoschewitz

[18] Edith and Hedwig Sissle were sisters boarding at Lela & Lou’s home

[19] Henry Lueder

[20] Perhaps this was Marion Roney, Ellen Roney’s daughter

[21] Nancy’s sister, Louese (Keith) Harris

[22] Nancy’s brother, James Keith

[23] Jim’s son, Walter Keith

[24] Louese’s daughter, LaVerne (Harris) Boyer

[25] Jim’s daughter, Winifred (Keith) Brouard

[26] Davenport, Iowa, where Lou Mueller’s family lived

[27] Ellen Roney’s daughter

[28] Emma (Erickson) Lueder

[29] Ellen’s husband, Thomas Roney

[30] Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chicago

[31] Lou Mueller’s sister, Alice Miller; she had her name legally changed to prevent any bias stemming from anti-German feelings brought on by World War I

[32] Alice was the Dean of Women at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, where she supervised the total enrollment of 300 women’s social and scholastic activities, planned meals, taught French, organized sororities and supervised rushing techniques. She earned $2,500.00 a year plus living

[33] Elizabeth (Ogden) Brown, wife of Willis Brown, who was Nancy’s brother-in-law

[34] Joseph Langmayer, Dorothy’s boyfriend

[35] Edith and Hedwig Sissle

[36] Mary Eliza (Bostwick) Schroder

[37] Katherine (Atcheson) Crawford, widow of Nancy’s Uncle Hiram Crawford

[38] Jack Meiss, Kate’s great-grandson

[39] Kathryn (Brouty) Thornton; it is believed Katy was a stepdaughter of Julius Recoschewitz

[40] Willis Brown, brother of Nancy’s late husband, Henry Brown

[41] Will and Lizzie’s son, Harold Brown

[42] Will and Lizzie’s daughter, Ruth (Brown) Kroscher

[43] Lou suffered brain damage from that accident and would have seizures; he was later admitted to a sanitarium

[44] Many of the family, even though they lived elsewhere, referred to the Keith family farm, where they grew up and where Ethan and Hannah now lived, as “home”

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