January 13, 1932

Got some Delineator magazines at Isla’s Sunday. Reading Phelps, Canfield and Conningsby Dawson.

More on Delineator magazine from Wikipedia:

The Delineator featured the Butterick sewing patterns and provided an in-depth look at the fashion of the day. Butterick also produced quarterly catalogs of fashion patterns in the 1920s and early 1930s.

In addition to clothing patterns, the magazine published photos and drawings of embroidery and needlework that could be used to adorn both clothing and items for the home. It also included articles on all forms of home decor.

The Dawning Day

"I find for every failure, a little bit of victory to urge me on. I may not quit. For every failing thing, though it be right, a living challenge ever rings "There is no night." And now, I find it always to be true, there is no end. Just life begun anew after a rest, and nothing is that ends but ever onward goes: though it may bend, be last in awesome darkness for a night yet always is disclosed again, by dawning light." A.M.I.

… There are several pages at the end of the diary, which Grandma Alma (A.M.I.) filled with two of her own poems. This is the first.

October 30, 1931

Up to Hastings to get Alice. We “lounged” in the Clarke Hotel. Um-m! A nice place to “study” people.

What would Grandma think of The Standard? Or The Huntley? I love people-watching there (okay, I’ve been there once)… My friend Tracy and I found the “service charge” for non-guests to drink over-priced espresso a little rough.

Through the magic of flickr, you can see what the Clarke Building looks like now, because it still exists. Ironically (?), as an assisted living facility. Built in 1914, Grandma would be happy to know that it’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Clarke Hotel was a luxury hotel that was “designed by architect C.W. Way and built by the John Hempel Company, both of Hastings. Bricks made in Hastings formed the exterior of the building, and local craftsmen made everything from the terra cotta trim and marquee awnings to the light fixtures, oak millwork and mosaic floors. It was named for Alonzo L. Clarke, a prominent Hastings businessman.” - Adams History

President Taft and future President Kennedy stayed there, you guys.

You can buy a $2.99 postcard of it on Ebay if you like.