Georgia Magazine - September 2020 - 12

My GEORGIA

By Marcia Williams and Jerome M. Walker Jr.

Excerpts from a 1947-48
third grader's diary

M

y husband's 1947-48 school diary provides a
look through the eyes of a third grader at life in
Marshallville, a rural town in central Georgia, after
World War II. One guesses that students were required to write
an entry every day, that it pertain only to school (not home)
and that the word "I" not be used.
There is no separation of church and state, with references
to daily chapel, Bible verses and singing at a Baptist revival.
Here are a few excerpts.
September 1947
2: We are beginning our diaries today.
3: We are making our books to write our diaries in.
4-5: We are still working on our diaries.
18: Eugene Crow brought a bird to school today.
19: Our bird has gone and we are very sorry. Perhaps we will
know how to let the bird alone next time we have one.
25: We are writing a prayer in our diaries today.
October
1: Ronnie Stanley tried to eat an apple in school and hurt
his mouth. Mrs. Reed said she was glad he hurt his
mouth.
10: Mrs. Baldwin let us take a sand table out of their music
room today.
November
5: The fourth grade is making a desert scene on the sand
table.
6: We had a terrible accident today. A palm tree in the
desert scene on the sand table fell over and buried an
Arab in the sand.
12: Another accident happened today. A palm tree on the
sand table fell on a camel and buried him in the sand.
21: We had a Thanksgiving party today. We are too full to
write.
December
9: We are decorating our room for Christmas. We have a
manger on the sand table.
10: We all feel like soldiers and WACs [Women's Army Corps
members] because each of us has an Army book satchel
given us by Uncle Sam.
January 1948
12: Tommy Davis brought the largest acorn we ever saw.
14: The weather really turned cold last night. Old Jack Frost
blew his breath on everything.
February
4: We are as busy as a cranberry merchant making decorations for our room.

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Georgia Magazine

September 2020

Jerome M. Walker
Jr. kept this diary
when he was a
third grader in
Marshallville.

23: Felder Frederick's table made of modeling clay fell on the
sand table today.
24: Tomorrow is the day of the Camellia Show. We hope it
doesn't freeze and ruin the flowers.
25: The Camellia Show is in full swing. We are going to get out
of school at 12 o'clock.
27: Today is a beautiful day. We don't want to stay in the
room, but Mr. Teel said we must get down to work.
March
1: Tomorrow we are going to the picture show in Fort Valley
to see "Gone With the Wind." It is a story about the Civil
War in Georgia.
3: Jerome brought Mrs. Reed some pretty camellias today.
22: While we were having our spring holidays, someone
painted our blackboard green.
23: We like the green boards.
31: Harold Dean Middlebrooks ate three servings of
rutabagas today.
April
14: The Baptist church is having a revival this week. We go [to]
the church to sing every day.
May
12: We have only seven more days of school.
Marcia Williams and Jerome M. Walker Jr. divide their time
between Missoula, Mont., and Mesilla, N.M.

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