Mary Ruth Slaton diary, 1931 - 1935

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Point Barrow, Alaska.

Aug. 16, 1935:

Death, reaching through an Arctic fog, overtook Will Rogers, peerless comedian, and Wiley Post, master aviator, as their rebuilt airplane faltered and fell into an icy little river last night near this bleak outpost of civilization.

The lives of both Rogers and Post [2 lines deleted] were crushed out instantly as the impact drove the heavy motor back through the fuselage.

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Nov. 3, 1931. Judge Ruby Laffoon, Democrat Nominee, of Madisonville was elected Governor of Kentucky. [dotted line drawn across page]

Nov 8, 1932. Gov. Franklin Roosevelt, was elected President of the United States. He defeated President Hoover by a big majority. [dotted line drawn across page]

Chicago, July 22, 1934. John Dillinger, Arch-Criminal of the age, was shot dead tonight by a group of department of Justice operatives as he walked out of a Chicago movie theater.

15 operatives had [word deleted] surrounded the theater, after information had reached Melvin H. Purvis, Chicago agent for the department of Justice, that Dillinger would attend the theater. [line drawn across page]

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Parker-Berkshire. [underscored]

Madisonville, Ky., Sept.30, 1934.

(Special) - Miss Julia Parker, 20, Madisonville, and John Norris Berkshire,34, State highway employe, Petersburg, Ky., were married in this city. The Rev H.S. Summers officiating. [line underscored]

Slaton-Harris. [underscored] [ several words crossed out]

August 30, 1935 . Joe Frank Harris, 26, auto Manufacturing assemblyman and Miss Elizabeth Slaton, 18, both of Madisonville. [line drawn across page]

Elizabeth is 17 instead of 18. [line drawn across page]

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August 22, 1934.

Don't hunt after trouble, but look for success,

You'll find what you look for; don't look for distress.

If you see but your shadow, remember, I pray.

That the sun is still shining, but you're in the way!

Don't grumble, don't bluster, don't dream and don't shirk,

Don't think of your worries, but think of your work;

The worries will vanish, the work will be done -

No one sees his shadow who faces the sun. [line drawn across page]

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[MEMORANDA]

August 22, 1934.

If you are worrying about something today, cease to think that you need to deal with external things and know that you only need to manage your thoughts. Thoughts, not things, cause your worry. Your belief in the power of external things to disturb you is the source of your anxiety. [line drawn across page]

October 10, 1934

Life is too short a grudge to hold, a hatred nursed will live and bitter grow, as you grow old. Be Merciful, forgive! [line drawn across page]

October 10, 1934

a word of blame can make you sad a word of praise will make you glad. Since words bring joy or grief your way, Be careful of the words you say. [line drawn across page]

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