Fair mild damp winter day. Arose 10 A.M. Helped father etc. Breakfast. Did odd jobs. Dinner. Repaired tire chains. Took short nap. Unloaded 70 cases eggs. Delivered eggs. Candled eggs. Lay down with intention of going to Watch night service but slept from 8:30 P.M. to 9 A.M. Ruth to E.C. dance with Lambert.
Watch Night originated with the Methodist church. According to Wikipedia,
The founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley, originated watch night services in 1740, sometimes calling them Covenant Renewal Services. The services provided Methodist Christians with a godly alternative to times of drunken revelry, such as Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Today, a Methodist watch night service includes singing, spontaneous prayers and testimonials, as well as scripture readings; the liturgy for this service is found in The United Methodist Book of Worship.I am not sure who Lambert was or why Ruth would be going to a dance with him, but there was a David Lambert, a 30-year-old single realtor, who lived in Schenectady at the time. But where was Mark? Hmmm.
This marks the end of Datebook 1920. It's been an enjoyable year of tracking the adventures of Stanford Stillman Closson of Schenectady, NY. I'll be continuing his diary in my next blog, Datebook 1921, the year Stanford graduates from college. What will he do this year? Will he continue his friendship with Merlin Finch and his romance with Dorothea Reynolds? To find out, stay tuned!