Thursday, June 14, 2012

Jennie Thornton Beehive Information

Excerpts from The Honey Comb
     Compiled by Jennie Greenwood
     Started September 20, 1938
     While in the Walnut Park Ward

{It appears that Jennie was the keeper of the scrapbook for a small group in the Ward.    Listed below are the goals and things that Jennie recorded she did in the years from 1938- 1941.}

Under Public Service

She lists:
    - helped Ray with lessons
    - mended clothes
    - gave lettuce from garden to neighbor
    - visited person in hospital
    - read story to Elaine
    - cared for neighbor children
    - gave money as a gift to a friend in need in the hospital
    - gave plants to neighbors
    - sent birthday card to friend
    - loaned magazines
    - gave friend a lift to and home from party

She further lists:

#175   Every morning for one month greeted every member of family with a cheery “good              morning”
#185   Spent 3 hours beautifying the backyard planting flowers and weeding
#174   Matthew 22: 37-40
           I have shown love of neighbor by caring for children
           2) giving vegetables
           3) helping those in need
#192   Completed Honeycomb assignment of 15 daily good turns.
#177   Fixed lunch for next door neighbor when she was ill and in bed
#176   During one month rendered every possible service to members of the family.

Under Domestic Art

On one page there is a picture of a daffodil and she writes:
       The Daffodil, my symbol.   Meaning- I will meet life with a smile and courage.
I will see only the good in others.  I chose the Daffodil because I felt that I needed courage.  I always was afraid to do things and because yellow is my favorite color and when I have something yellow to see, it brightens things up and I feel happier.  I hope it will help me to “meet life with a smile.”

She further lists:

#95 Hemmed 12 dishtowels by machine.
#97 Made a plain percale apron
#98 Made 2 pair of pajamas for my 4-year old daughter.
#99 Dyed 1 shirt, 4 pair of panties, and 4 pair of socks
#102 Made a cross stitched dresser scarf
#108 Made artificial flowers of fibre for dress.
#125 Completed Honey Comb assignment - swarm and individual symbol
#121 Read 4 articles or stories from Improvement Era of July 1940
          1) The M.I.A. Theme by David O. McKay
          2) Prophecies, Penalties & Blessings by J. Rueben Clarke
          3) Invincible Circle by Georgia Moore
          4) The Church Grain Elevator

Under Health

She made a chart to keep track of how many times she did the following:
   Brush Teeth
   9 hours of sleep
   6 glasses of water
   Wash hands
   Correct posture
   1 Cooked and 1 raw Vegetable

Under Business
   Foundation Cell No. 7 was a Daily Plan. The following is the Daily Plan Jennie made for herself.

7:30 - 8:00   Arise, glass of water, clean teeth, shower, comb hair, and clean nails.
8:00 - 8:30   Dress, Dress Elaine, and make bed.
8:30 - 9:30   Breakfast, wash dishes and straighten house
9:30 -12:00  Ironing
12:00-1:00   Lunch, wash dishes
1:00-  2:00   Ironing
2:00 - 2:30   Fold and put away ironing
2:30 - 4:00   Rest and read
4:00 - 5:00   Prepare Dinner
5:00 - 6:00   Dinner and wash dishes
6:00 - 7:00   Read evening paper
7:00 - 8:00   Sew and listen to radio
8:00 - 8:15   Put Elaine to bed.
8:15 -10:15  Prepare Beehive lesson

10:15-10:30 Wash face, clean teeth, and prepare for bed.
10:30- 7:30   Sleep

7:00 - 8:00    Arise, glass of water, clean teeth, shower, comb hair, clean nails
8:00 - 8:30    Dress, dress Elaine, and prepare breakfast
8:30 - 9:30    Breakfast and wash dishes
9:30- 10:00   Make beds, straighten house
10:00-12:00 Weekly mending
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch and wash dishes
1:00 - 2:00    Work in the flower garden
2:00 - 4:00     Rest and go over Beehive Lesson
4:00 - 5:00     Prepare Dinner
5:00 - 6:00     Dinner and wash dishes
6:00 - 6:30     Get Ready for Mutual
6:30- 9:30      Mutual
9:30 - 10:15   Read Evening paper
10:15-10:30   Wash face, clean teeth, and prepare for bed
10:30 - 7:30   Sleep

7:00 - 8:00    Arise, glass of water, clean teeth, shower, comb hair, clean nails
8:00 - 8:30    Dress, dress Elaine, and prepare breakfast
8:30- 9:30     Breakfast and wash dishes
9:30 - 10:30  Make beds, sweep, and clean up house
10:30- 12:00  Work out in flower garden
12:00- 1:00    Lunch and wash dishes
1:00- 2:00      Clean myself and Elaine, bath
2:00- 4:00      Trip to doctor
4:00 - 5:00     Prepare Dinner
5:00 - 6:00     Dinner and wash dishes
6:00 - 7:00     Read Evening paper
7:00 - 8:00     Write letters
8:00 - 8:30     Put Elaine to bed
8:30- 10:15    Sew crochet and listen to radio
10:15- 10:30 Wash face, clean teeth, and prepare for bed.
10:30 - 7:30   Sleep

7:30 - 8:00    Arise, glass of water, clean teeth, shower, and clean nails
8:00 - 8:30    Dress, comb hair, dress Elaine, and prepare breakfast
8:30 - 9:30    Breakfast, and wash dishes
9:30 - 12:00   Make beds, clean bedrooms, bathroom and clean out refrigerator

12:00 - 1:00   Lunch and wash dishes
1:00 - 2:00     Clean up myself and Elaine
2:00 - 4:00     Shop or visit with friends
4:00 - 5:00     Prepare dinner
5:00 - 6:00     Dinner and wash dishes
6:00 - 7:00     Evening paper
7:00 - 8:00     Baking
8:00 - 8:30     Put Elaine to bed
8:30 - 10:15   Sew and listen to radio.
10:15 - 10:30 Wash face, clean teeth, and prepare for bed.
10:30 - 7:30     Sleep

7:30 - 8:00    Arise, glass of water, clean teeth, shower, and clean nails.
8:00 -8:30     Dress, comb hair, dress Elaine and prepare breakfast
8:30 - 9:30    Breakfast and wash dishes
9:30 - 12:00   Weekly cleaning of balance of house, clean out cupboards and clean kitchen store.
12:00 - 1:00   Lunch and wash dishes
1:00 - 1:30     Clean myself and Elaine
1:30 - 3:00     Beauty shop
3:00 - 3:30     Marketing
3:30 - 4:30     Rest and bathe
4:30 - 6:00     Prepare Dinner
6:00 - 7:00     Dinner and wash dishes
7:00 - 8:00     Get Elaine ready for bed, and get cleaned up.
8:00 -12:00 or so   Show or some entertainment.
                       Wash face, clean teeth, and prepare for bed.

8:00 - 8:30     Arise, glass of water, clean teeth, shower and clean nails.
8:30 - 9:00     Breakfast
9:00 - 11:30   Washing
11:30 - 12:00 Straighten up house.
12:00 - 1:00    Lunch and wash dishes
1:00 - 2:00      Rest
2:00 - 3:00      Bring in clothes and fold
3:00 - 4:00      Weekly shopping
4:00 - 5:00      Prepare dinner
5:00 - 6:00      Dinner and wash dishes
6:00 - 6:30      Read Evening paper
6:30 - 7:30      Manicure and clean up
8:00 - 8:15      Get Elaine ready for bed.
8:00 -------       Recreation

                        Wash face, clean teeth, prepare for bed

8:00 - 8:30       Arise, clean teeth, glass of water, shower and clean nails and partly dress.
8:30 - 9:30       Breakfast and partly prepare dinner.
9:30 - 10:15     Get myself and Elaine ready for Sunday School.
10:15-12:30      Sunday School
12:30- 1:00       Finish preparing dinner
1:00 - 2:00       Dinner and wash dishes
2:00 - 5:30       Ride or visit
5:30 - 6:30       Light supper, wash dishes
6:30 - 6:45       Prepare for church
6:45- 9:00        Church
9:00 - 9:15        Put Elaine to bed.
9:15 - 10:15      Read paper and listen to radio.
10:15- 10:30     Wash face, clean teeth, prepare for bed.
10:30 - 7:00      Sleep.

She further lists:
          -Kept clothing in repair for three weeks.
#154   Every day for 2 weeks performed my household tasks on time.
#155   Watched myself for 1 month, and carefully finished all work begun.
#152   Did not borrow any money, or any article of wearing apparel for 1 month.
#159   Worked out a simple cash account of household expenses.
#162    Purchased Beehive Band and paid annual M.I.A. fund with money I had saved.
#166    Successfully put up in a clothes closet, a rod for hanger, hooks, and shelf for shoes and              hats.
#168    Completely Honey-comb assignment.   Put daily plan in Honeycomb.

 Under Home

    Did my share in the home by washing the dishes correctly once a day and caring for the house for at least two weeks.
    Have improved my house by washing and stretching curtains in bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen
    Crocheted sets for chair and davenport.
    Washed bed spreads, blankets and quilts.

  She further lists:
 #37 Prepared 3 new salads making 2 different salad dressings.  Made shrimp salad, potato salad, and a Jell-O salad.  Made boiled fruit dressing and mayonnaise.
 #40 Cook fish 3 ways- baked grilled and fried
#41 Cook meat in 4 ways- fried, grilled, roasted and boiled
#42 Made 4 attractive “sandwitches”
        1) open face toasted with cheese, tomato and bacon
        2) toasted cheese and tomato
        3) ground meat with pickles and salad dressing
#44 Made 2 kinds of cookies- mincemeat and date drop
#47 During 1 week cheerfully did the cooking.
#49 Assist in doing the family washing using modern labor saving devices.
#31 Scrubbed a floor well, at least once a week
#53 Did entire sweeping and dusting in home for one week
#55 Rules for setting table with dishes, napkins, and silver
#58 Spent 3 hours in a week taking baby outdoors
#38 Prepare two kinds of soup with milk , 2 vegetables.
        Cream of tomato
        Cream of celery
        Cream of pea
        Tomato with meat stock
#61 Completed honeycomb assignment for checking and correct dishwashing
#52 Cleaned 6 window properly, use vinegar water, washed, dried and shined.

In the back section of the book, it details some of the parties they held for the Beehives.   Here it a brief description of some of the parties.

     From a newspaper clipping:
         So. L.A. Enjoys May Breakfast
   “At seven o’clock on the morning of May 4th South Los Angeles Stake Beehive Girls and their leaders celebrated the beginning of International Bee Hive Week with a lovely May Breakfast at Fern Dell, Griffith Park.
    Grace was sung by stake Bee Keeper Ethlyn Wilson and then everyone enjoyed a filling breakfast.  The head table was attractively decorated in pastel yellow and green, calla lilies and ferns were arranged on the cloth.  Silver hives were used in carrying out the Silver Jubilee theme for this year.
    Young Ladies President Shari E. Wilcox was a special guest.
     Many of the girls and Bee Keepers stayed in the park during the day and some visited the Planetarium.

     Bee Keepers of the stake who handled the Breakfast are : Hazel Taylor, Ethlyn Wilson, Mary Anderson, and Jo West.
     South Los Angeles Swarm Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 18.  It will take place in the stake center.”

She handwrote the following:   After leaving the planetarium the girls spent some time visiting the zoo, after which the girls of the “Ivy Swarm” returned to my home for lunch, and an enjoyable afternoon of music and games.

    Our swarms held their double party in the patio of the new church at the corner of Beechwood and Liberty, south Gate.  Saturday Evening October 5, 1940.
    Each girl brought a friend, making a double crowd.  We played double games, had double refreshment with Halloween decorations.  Everyone had an enjoyable time.


     Guardian class of Walnut Park Ward gave an outdoor party at the home of LaRae Jones, Wednesday, April 23, 1941.
    The invited guests were four friends of the girls and T members of the Builders and Gatherers Classes.
   Games were played and about 9 o’clock the guests were served with lunch consisting of, hamburgers, potato chips, olives, pickles, and punch.  Then the guests toasted marshmallows over the coals of the outdoor fire place. 
    Cost of the party   $3.00 


       The Walnut Park Ward bee hive swarms held their Annual May Breakfast at Ferndell in Griffeth Park, May 10, 1941. 
       Fourteen girls with the three bee keepers and the Manual Councilor, enjoyed the day.  After the breakfast was over, the girls hiked up to the observatory and back.  Then we all drove over to the zoo and after going through the zoo, the girls enjoyed a lunch and then rode the Merry-go-round and other entertainment.  We arrived home at four o’clock.  Sunburned, tired , but happy and all reported an enjoyable time.
     Vermont and Mathews Wards enjoyed their breakfast at Ferndell with us, but did not visit the zoo.

     On March 5, 1941, I went on an excursion with the Walnut Park ward Members, to the Christopher Candy Co.  Which is located at 4020 Avalon Blvd. Los Angeles, California.
    The owner of the plant is Mr. L. J. Christopher, and Mr. R.W. Kaneen is the General Manager.
     It is a modest plant, valued at approximately $175,000.00.  During the summer months only a skeleton crew are employed, most of the work being done during the cooler months, but the number of employees will average about seventy-five.
    The factory serves all the far Western States, also Alaska, and Hawaii.  The yearly sales are about one half million dollars.  The candy made include 5 cent and 10 cent bars, hard candies, which are put up in cellophane bags, and box chocolates.  It’s trade brand it usually just the scroll, but on some of the candy a small round shield is used.
     The factory is an asset to the state as well as the city, for aside from the number of people it employs, it uses a number of raw materials, most of which are obtained right here in California.  These are: sugar chocolate coating, cream, milk , butter, gelatin, glycerin, cream of tartar, glucose, flavorings, nuts and dried egg whites.  Glucose being the only material not obtained here, it being shipped in from the Middle East, the corn belt.
    As we entered the plant, the first room contained the large copper vats, in which the candy was cooking.  The next room, a large one had several processes going on.  On one side were large round flat places which looked like tables with deep 10 or 12 inch sides, in this was poured the mixture for the creamed mixtures, to be beaten, this was done very evenly and smoothly by blades which turned around and around on the table like places.
    On another side, men were pouring out peanut brittle, which quickly cooled and were cut up into bars and wrapped by girls.  In still another part of the room men were pouring the completed filling into molds by putting it into the top of a machine which lets the right among down into the molds which are carried to the machine on belts.  There are then stacked to harden and then taken to the dipping room.
     The was the room entered next, which contained the machines for dipping along one side and the place for the hand dipping along the other.   There were making the Easter Candies and here the eggs, rabbits and chickens, molded in the other room were carried on the belts through the machine which covered the bottom first and then a little farther on dipped the rest completely covering the tops.  As they came through the machines, girls put the candy decoration on them, and after going through a cooler, other girls wrapped and boxed them.
     On the other side of the room where the hand dipping was going on, we watched the girls as they swiftly dipped bars, nuts, creams and fruit, into the milk chocolate and the dark chocolate.  As they filled a tray they placed their number on it, placing it on the belt which carried it away to the cooler.
    In a small room at the end, girls were putting elaborate decorations on large chocolate rabbits, eggs, and chickens and eggs which had been removed from molds in a refrigerator.
    From here we went down the stairs, where girls were packing the chocolates into boxes, ready for sale.  Here too was the storage room for all the candy.
    We found the plant very clean and sanitary, and every safety precaution taken, “safety not speed” was the motto.
     The product sells of course for various prices, ranging from 5 cents and up, depending on the size of the box of candy.

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