About the diary writer
- Barbara McDowell Whitt
- Kansas City, Missouri, Alexandria, Virginia, United States
- In the first half of the 1960s I wrote nightly entries on the pages of one-year diaries. A 1961-65 Park College Diary is a transcription of those entries. The first entry was on January 1, 1960 when I was a junior in high school. I grew up on three farms within 30 miles of Iowa City. As the oldest of four daughters, I sometimes referred to my sisters as "the kids" or "the girls." We helped our parents, but we also had good, wholesome fun - a characteristic I took with me to Park. Park College was 300 miles from West Chester, Iowa in Parkville, Missouri, on the Missouri River 10 miles northwest of Kansas City, Missouri, and across the river from Kansas City, Kansas. In 2000 Park College became Park University. Today Park has additional campuses across the nation. It was one of the first educational institutions in the United States to offer online learning. [:Afterword - April 26, 2015: I will continue to transcribe entries until August 9, 1965, the last day I wrote in a one-year diary.]
I left Park this morning at 8:00 and got to Tarkio at 10:30. Tex came over to the health center and went with me to breakfast before I got on my way. Phyllis and I ended up doing a lot of driving around southern Iowa and northern Missouri before we found some fireworks to buy at Rock Port, Missouri. It was 2:30 before we finally got started home. We got here about 8:30. There weren't too many cars then, it didn't seem. Phyllis and I had a good chance to talk about all that has been going on at Tarkio (she went there on Tuesday) and Park.
Funny thing! In all my four years at Park I never spent a night at the health center. That's where they moved the remaining girls on campus when they closed Hawley today, so here I am! Dean Miller wanted me to move all of Sue's things up here since she wasn't going to be back until after Hawley was locked, but she changed her mind. Tex and I went over to Hawley a little while ago to let Sue in. I had my things packed and it was hot, so Tex and I washed my car, walked around and talked. I talked with Dr. Pai about our reading program and returned the books to Chinn School.
Because I hadn't noticed that (Evelyn's fiance) had left my trunks on the basement floor of their apartment (or thought about it, for that matter), the rain water completely ruined my cranberry velveteen bridesmaid's dress from Vivien and Charlie's wedding and my red brocade party dress. He had had the trunk turned on its top. My winter pajamas are in bad shape, too. Luckily, most of the winter clothes I had in it aren't very bad off, and besides, I didn't wear a lot of the ones I happened to have in that trunk that much anyway. Tex helped me clean up the mess when we got back from visiting with Evelyn. I had some nice comments from mothers of remedial reading students today. This afternoon I began getting things in order and did a few errands.
This afternoon and early this evening I wrote evaluation letters to the mothers of each of the Tuesday - Thursday students. It was quite a task - I can just see doing it for 25 kids every nine weeks for all their subjects. I was talking to Evelyn on our Hawley phone and saying things about Tex - like "better than last semester's episodes" and "beats sitting in the dorm." Then I heard someone hang up and was horrified when Tex called up on the floor phone for me the moment I hung up. I knew it was him calling and let the phone ring five times. He said, "Are you through talking now?" He didn't say anything more - I guess I'll never know if he heard all of what I said or not. That time I chalked up a good one.
I have some interesting results from the reading test I gave this morning. The fact that we used different tests this time probably makes some difference in correlation, but Doug's comprehensive score was two years ahead of where he was a month ago, Bill's one year ahead, David's a month behind, Jean's two months and Scott's seven months behind. It's hard to know what to think. I got a nice red back and shoulders from sunbathing this afternoon. It rained hard just after Tex and I got back from the Dog 'N Suds so we sat in my car in the rain. Then it began to hail so Tex drove the car down to the White House garage until it stopped. We had a party for Mom Hunt tonight.
Sandy Odo invited Tex and me along with some other students to her home on Lake Waukomis for a swimming party and picnic in honor of Rita Fox's birthday. I didn't want to get my white swimsuit dirty in the lake water, so Tex and I didn't swim. We went for a ride in their canoe. I was still scared to feel it tip, after our upset in the Missouri River that time. This afternoon I typed the kids' remedial reading poems on duplicator masters and ran them off. I went back to Chinn School to get the scoring masks we forgot on Friday. I met Mrs. Gibson in Mackay, then went to the library and read a Commentary article on reading to which she referred me.
This morning Tex went with me to see what the First Presbyterian Church in North Kansas City is like. I really do like it a lot and will plan to go there. It's within walking distance of the house I'll be living in. It is a fairly new building and according to a descriptive pamphlet, much thought was given to the design. This evening Tex and I went to the Ramsey's picnic for students on campus. Lanie, Mary Jo and I got a long way toward learning how to play bridge tonight with the help of Tex, Scott and Ed.