The Rev. Edmund R. Laine of Stockbridge, Mass., was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, having been a descendant of Private Jacob Laine, a Minute Man in Colonel Jacobus Swartwout's Dutchess County Regiment of the New York Militia. Following are the entries from the week of Jan. 12-18, 1942, from Edmund Laine's diary:
|Jan. 12, 1942|
Monday, Jan. 12, 1942: Very cold, sunny from 10 a.m. Up 12:30, shaved. E. [Edward L. Forrest] not feeling well. Has same attack I had - home from Bank - 4 & to bed. Miss F. [Jessica French, Laine's housekeeper] phoned Mrs. Eddie Pilling about supper tonight. Read "Times" & "Eagle" [the Berkshire Eagle] & dusted desk in study. 5 - changed clothes. Read in "S.A.R. Mag." Rev. E.H. Nichols arrived - 5:35. 6 - over to Parish House with him - supper to organize a Galahad Club - he spoke & E. Sedgwick also - back to Rectory - 9:30. Talked with him in study till 10:45. He to bed. I had tomato juice & junket & bran muffins. To bed - 12:15.
|Jan. 13, 1942|
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1942: Cold, but not so bad as last few days. Up 7:15. Breakfast - 8 with Rev. E.J.H. Nichols - to see church with him - he left 9:05. 10 - in car with C.M. to Pittsfield (haircut, got watch at Whitings, Bank, Denno's - got pen - to House of Mercy to see Mrs. Geo. Hall) - back 1. Had sandwiches and tomato juice. Read "Times." 2:30 - news. Read "Eagle" 3:10 - Rev. J.V. Butler phoned from Springfield about a Mr. Fallon & Riggs Foundation. To Kimberly's - saw Tommy & called on Miss Canning (out), saw D. Braman - home & then to Library. Read in "Eagle." Grown very cold. 8 - news. E. to First Aid class at Foundation Shop. Read in Wellman's "Enquiries." 9 - Quincy Howe. 10 - Raymond Gram Swing. Had lamb sandwiches & junket. 11 - news.
|The House of Mercy|
|January 14, 1942|
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1942: Cold, but milder, sunny, windy. Up 12:10. Wrote note to Brentano's. 2:30 - news. Read "Times." Rec'd Galahad material. Read "Eagle." 4:30 - "Lorenzo Jones." 4:45 - "Young Widder Brown." Miss Elliston phoned about Galahad card party. 5 - "When a Man Marries." Read some stories in "Pushkin." 6 - news. Read on Crusades in Milman's History. Radio music. Miss F. home. E. working in study in Parish House. Wrote press notices for Sunday. Packed my brief case for tomorrow. Wrote note to Arthur Monroe (5th anniv. of Baptism). 9:20 - E. came & studied in study. 9:55 - news. 10 - Raymond Gram Swing. Had tomato juice, junket & custard. Shower bath.
Thursday, Jan. 15, 1942: Cold, sunny. Up 7:45, shaved. Breakfast 9. 10:15 - left in car with C.M. [Carlyn Markham] for Springfield - arrivedDiocesan House 11:35. 11:45 - meeting of Department of Christian Education - over 12:55. To Bishop's house for lunch. Back to Diocesan House - 2:30 - meeting of Diocesan Council, over 4:20. Meeting of Scholarship Committee. 4:40 - meeting of Exam. chaplains - over 6:30. Sent C.M. home 5. Back with Rev. G.L. Monks - had dinner at Woronoco Inn - home 9:20. Read "Eagle." Bishop gave me Lawrence Testament. 10 - Raymond Gram Swing. Had tomato juice. 10:45 - news. 11 - to bed.
Friday, Jan. 16, 1942: Very cold, sunny. Up 8:15, shaved. 9:20 - breakfast. 11 - Laurel Hill meeting in Library - Father Finn spoke - back 12:55. Had roast beef sandwiches & milk. Read "Times." 3:10 - to Library - from there in car to St. Edmund's School - to thank Fr. Jones for taking service on Sunday (out), on to Lenox, got bottle at Peter's - stopped at Dr. Corsen's to say Good Bye to him (he goes into Army tomorrow) - he was not home, 4:55. 5:10 - walked to Mrs. Merwyn's (terribly cold) to talk to her about Galahad Mothers - home 6:20. Eve - E. to Air Raid Center. Fr. Jones phoned, told me of sickness of Dr. Campbell & children. Read in "Amazon Throne." Had junket. Very cold.
|January 17, 1942|
Saturday, Jan. 17, 1942: Very cold, sunny (5 below zero 8 a.m.). Up 11:10. Paid light bill. Read "Liv. Ch." & "Times." Sorted out old copies of "Liv. Ch." & made pile of "Joint Ordination" material. Listened to Act. 2 of "Lohengrin" from Met. Opera. 3:40 - Frank Punderson phoned. Read "Eagle." 4:30 - to church, acolyte rehearsal (M. Hoffmann, A. McCann, R. Hidens, J. Yovin, L. Yovin, B. Pitney) - Mrs. Derrick & Mrs. Merwyn helped - then to Parish House for outfitting, back 5:45. 6 - news. Eleanor Dusenbury in for hymns. E. to Occ. Club. [Occidental Club]. Read in "Amazon Throne." Worked on sermon till 9:45. Had junket & tomato juice. Shower bath.
Sunday, Jan. 18, 1942 (Epiphany 2): Fairly cold, sunny. Up 7:10, shaved. 8 - Holy Com. (2) 9:15 - S. Lee - Gospel of day - back 10. Indo Sunday School. 11 - Stockbridge - "Overcoming Discouragement" (21 min.) Quite mild. 1:30 - to S. Lee - took flowers to & prayed with Mrs. Dora Fenn (dying), left jelly at Miss Ball's - home - then on to Mrs. Merwin's (about Galahad mothers) - home 2:10. E. to MacLaren's for First Aid practice. Read "Times." Radio music. Thawing. 3 - N.Y. Symphony Orch. 5 - Met. Opera auditions. 5:45 - Wm. L. Shirer. E. listened too. Wrote letter to Mr. Nobbs. 6 - news. E. to lecture by Vincent Scheen in Pittsfield with Bramans. 7:25 - Mrs. Merwin phoned. 7:30 - news. 8:30 - "One Man's Family." Wrote letter to Miss E. Rice. 9 - Ford Hour (Rose Brosanti*, soprano). Had junket & orange ice. Shower bath. 10:45 - phone Mrs. D. Fenn of S. Lee dead.
*This is obviously wrong, but I can't make out the name. If anybody knows who the soprano was, please let me know via comment or email!