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J - Diary Pages 337 through 385


PAGE 336

Interest of Nation 

But if the 48 states ever fall into the habit of negotiating treaties, each with the 47 others, that will be no solution but rather a hopeless complication, and no one state is going to back-track in the mere hope that those with which it considers itself to be in competition will do likewise out of conscience alone.  This is something that is going to require federal initiative and, if necessary, a stout belt over the head with the federal authority, not in the interests of any power-hungry executive but purely in the interests of the nation which these states will wreck, provided other causes don’t beat them to it. 

I like state lines as baffle plates to prevent the sudden rush of political and economic lunacies from one state to another, but state responsibility exists nowadays online in a nominal sense.  They don’t perform the duties which go with their theoretical rights, and it would clarify matters if someone in the administration, which obviously has small respect for the states, would come out and say so and prepare to claim the forfeit.

PAGE 350

[Post Card Addressed to:]

Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Spiker
& Family, 
West Virginia

Dear Folks: 

I am on my way home from Kansas City, Missouri – where I was attending The National Rural Health Conference. 

We are having an easy winter so far.  








Postmarked:  February 9, 1950 - Chicago, ILL



 Transcriber's Notes:

I asked our dear Uncle Paul Miller to confirm that he was the "Paul" that sent this postcard to the Spiker family.  On August 26, 2008 he provided the following response:


"Yes, the card was from me to the folks at the farm. Catherine, Paula (also about eight months old) and I  (just back from military duty) went off for graduate study at Michigan State University (MSU) in early January, 1946.  On July 1, 1947, armed then with my master's degree, in rural sociology and anthropology,   MSU appointed me as its first extension rural sociologist, and with the understanding I would continue work on a PhD. 

"As they are today, tensions were high then (in) the US over the need of a better health care program. President Truman was urging a public National Health Insurance Program (also much debated in today's politics and elections). Though that effort failed, other programs did result: the Hill-Burton Hospital Construction Act (on which I wrote my doctoral dissertation and even, at a more tender age then, testified before Congress), improvements in private health insurances, and, to come later, Medicare, etc.

"In my new and, at MSU, the first such job as above, I elected to begin by emphasizing a new Statewide effort in rural health improvement for Michigan. A new National Rural Health Association had also been organized, and I grew active in that. Your card was written on the train after an annual  meeting of that group in Kansas City: I was on my way to Chicago to catch another train to E. Lansing , Mich. and our home there.

"In those days, air travel was very much less. One took trains and, when by air, much sitting around waiting for a flight. In such moments, one could write letters and do office work. I would do so, and always including the Spikers at the farm. As you would know, Mr. and Mrs. Spiker were always more like parents to me than in-laws. I loved them dearly and carry them deeply and emotionally in my heart and mind to this very day."



External Links referencing script above:

[This Day in Truman History - November 19, 1945:  Truman Proposes Health Program]
[This Day in Truman History - July 30, 1965:  Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson Signs Medicare Bill]
[Hill-Burton Act at Wikipedia]
[National Rural Health Association]

PAGE 375
 Dec 7 1941  1:30 o’clock

PAGE 380

Wide Windows 

Give my mind wide windows
Let me look out and see
How sweet and green they gardens
Across the way may be. 

Give my soul wide windows
Open to wind and sky –
Open to give a friendly hail
To neighbors passing by


PAGE 382

Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Spiker, of Auburn, announce the birth of a son at 2:17 a.m. December 22 in a local hospital.  The child has been named Michael Jan.  The mother is the former Miss Alice Williams and the father is a teacher.


Internal Links referencing script above:

[Bradford Spiker at the Spiker Family Gathering Place]

PAGE 385


Good Sermon
By Joseph Fort Newton 

“I’m not a preacher,” a reader writes, “but, on the authority of Mark Twain, I am just as reverend as anybody, and have a right to preach if I want to.  And here is my simple sermon. 

“Let me preach it to you – did not Oliver Holmes say that preachers are in danger of becoming heathens for lack of preaching.  There, now, and listen to the only sermon I want to preach. 

“Firstly, to all homemakers we can lend a hand and lighten the load, by care in not bringing dirt into the house, by hanging up our own clothes, and by not upsetting the routine of the home. 

“Secondly, we can help our associates in business by promptness, by being orderly, and by doing what we agree to do when we agree to do it.  Our carelessness makes things much harder for others. 

“Thirdly, my brethren, we need a little imagination – just enough to put ourselves in the place of others.  What does the other fellow have to face?  What has he to look forward to? 

“Often, others are difficult to live with – but how about ourselves?  Do we nurse sulky, sullen moods that cast shadows over others?  How will our word or act affect those we meet today? 

“Will someone else – someone we love – have a bad day, less happy and hopeful, because of us?  If so, why let it be so, when we could make the day much brighter and easier if we cared to do it? 

“Here we are in the strange adventure of life – why make it heavy for someone whom we could help.  At the end of the day can we think of anyone who is stronger and wiser because of us?”

What a wise and gracious sermon, and all of us need to listen to it and heed it.  Years ago I edited an annual book of “Best Sermons,” and I wish my reader had sent his sermon to go into it.


External Links referencing script above:

[Joseph Fort Newton at Free Masonry - Grand Lodge of British Columbia & Yukon]

The data below is the text printed on the reverse side of the newspaper clipping shown immediately above.  It is being provided for its historical relevance.



The Woman’s Auxiliary of the Typographical Union met at the home of Mrs. E. E. Welch of 126 Milford Street Tuesday evening at 7:30 o’clock, with Mrs. Wood Welch and Mrs. Floyd A. Dillman as assisting hostesses. 

A business session was held, after which a social hour was enjoyed, with the annual Christmas exchange as a feature. 

Plans were discussed for a covered dish dinner to be held sometime in January. 

The members present were:  Mrs. Ralph Layfield, Mrs. Harold Lynch, Mrs. Stanley King, Mrs. Herman Dilly, Mrs. Sarah James, Mrs. Nancy Waldon, Mrs. Clarence Flowers, Mrs. Claud R. Brown, Miss Vinnie Sampson, Miss Velma Childs, Mrs. E. E. Welch, Mrs. Wood Welch, Mrs. Dillman.  Mrs. A. L. Croy was present as a guest.



Final plans for the banquet to be given Tuesday evening at the Waldo hotel in honor of Raymond J. Kelly, the national commander of the American Legion, were made Tuesday night by members of the American Legion Auxiliary during the Christmas party held in the Legion home on Sixth street.  Thirty-five members were present. 

Mrs. W. C. McNary was general chairman for last night’s affair and was assisted by Mrs. Earl Gl. Everett, Mrs. John Harpold and Mrs. D. W. Cottrill.  A white Christmas tree trimmed with blue lights was the outsending feature of the decorations.  Members exchanged Christmas gifts and Mrs. Vieva Baker won the door prize. 

It was announced that persons desiring tickets for Tuesday’s banquet may call Mrs. Kathryn McGahan, phone 368. 


The Mother’s Club of the Van Horn School of Salem will meet this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. 

Following the business session, Miss Cleo Gray, dean of women at Salem College, and her assistants will give lectures on children’s toys, and will illustrate various types. 

All parents interested in hearing Miss Gray are invited to attend.