Betty's last diary entry was July 17, 1945. It seems a bit strange to me that she kept diaries for 6.5 years and then suddenly stopped. It's an unsolvable mystery now, because I never asked why she stopped. It's not like she wrote much about her deepest, most secret dreams and desires that she might want to suddenly go silent about. Was it simply that she was at the place in her life that she wanted to be? Married, husband home from war and working and heading back to school? I wish I knew or at least asked her. I can piece together bits and pieces about their lives after July 1945 and I'll add posts about some of those stories someday.
A couple of notes and then the final entries. "Aunt Cots" and "Aunt Nikki" are Ang's relatives. I can't find any information as to who "I.C." is or how long Ang worked there. However I do know he was admitted to Northwestern University in Fall 1945 (thanks GI BILL!) with advanced standing due to his credits from the University of Illinois. This is where the legendary poker winnings came into play. The story is that they lived on that money while he finished school.
Sun. July 1. Ang up at 4:30. I went to 10:00 Mass. Had barbecue at Forest Preserves. Pretty good time. Sort of coolish though. In bed by 10:00
July 2. Ang began hunt for job. Coolish and cloudy. Downtown to bank. Home for dinner and to movie with Jen.
July 3. Ang out again today - just ideas. To Aunt Cots in PM - she came for dinner. Out to show with John and Jen. Bed about 3:00.
July 4. Up late. To Grams for while in P.M. Dinner at home then to Aunt Nikki’s. I had a bad mood. Late to bed.
July 5. Downtown to bank Ang’s check. Did some shopping. He got a job at I.C. Starts tom. Took Jen to movies.
July 6. Cold isn’t as bad as it began. Up to Grams and washed. Very dreary day. John home for dinner. To movies again.
July 7-10. no entry
July 11. Up to see Frances Kirsch today. Real nice visit.
July 12. no entry
July 13. Did laundry, then washed head. Cleaned room in PM. To movies with J and Mom. Bed about eleven.
July 14. Ironed in AM. Ang home early. To cleaners - car has gone on [??]. To Kay’s in evening to borrow hers. Late.
July 15. To 6:00 Mass. Very coolish and windy at St. Joe. We got home about 10:00 and right to bed. Sure tired.
July 16. Washed today. Had bath. Cleaned up and got dinner. Took Kays car back. Home and bed by 10:30
July 17. Downtown to bank and then shopping. Went to store and then dinner. To bed about 9:30.
And just like that, Betty stops writing in her diary. Next up for Ang and Betty Adams: Ang enrolls at Northwestern University to finish what he started at University of Illinois. Thanks to the GI Bill and Ang's poker winnings, they get a good start on their post-war life.
Joni Adams Sesma, daughter of Angelo and Elizabeth Adams. Ang served on Corsica with the 57th Bomb Wing, 340th Bomb Group, 486th Bomb Squadron. April 1944-April 1945.