Scrapbook Sunday: Betty Peters Communicants Class Part #3

This is a continuance of my mother’s scrapbook.

My mother Betty Peters (1926-2004) had a really nice red scrapbook that she put together in her Communicants Class;  that included church programs, little booklets of various gospel books of the Bible, news article clippings and things that interested her or were her favorite things.

Every Sunday I will post pages from my mother’s scrapbook & as the pages are falling apart and disintegrating.  The red scrapbook is over 70 years old and she put it together when she was attending St. James Presbyterian Church in Harlem.  It was 1940 and my mother was 14 years old.
Many of the lessons my mother learned in her Communicants class at 14 years
Lessons in the Bible my mother’s class studied
Pictures of some of the stories in the Bible
The Calling of Matthew
The arrival to Bethlehem
The Angels announcement to the Shepherds
Communicant Class Letter signed by Wm. Lloyd Imes
There were some other pages of this scrapbook, and once located, I will post.
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Amanuensis Monday: Betty Peters 1942 Journal, Day #12

This is a continued effort to transcribe my mother’s 1942 Journal when she was 15 years old.

Betty Peters & unidentified Friend

September 5, Saturday 1942
Page #58

Bravo!  I just found out that Aunt Ivy’s birthday is on October 26.  Ha! Ha! Ha!  Victory number one!  (She didn’t want me to know).  Also I found out that Miss Myrtle Gaines her boarder since Sunday last is not Miss G., but Mrs. Myrtle Raspberry.  At least that’s the way a letter from Mrs. Willie Burrough, Mill Pine Ark. was addressed.  Myrtle comes from Ark. So Mrs. Burrough ought to know.  And what about her fiance who’s in the army in Arizona?!!  There are going to be fireworks around this house long before July 4 of next year, and yours truly will be here too!  I repeat.  Bravo!  P.S. Aunt Ivy is also Scorpio!  Hip Hip! Hooooooo Ray!  Dig you later. Ey! Now!

Affectionately
B.M.P.

February 1, 1943, Monday
Page  # 59

See my handwriting has changed!  Lots of other things have changed too.  For one thing, Aunt Ivy claims she’s through with us because we promised to visit her x’mas and couldn’t make it.  She must be crazy!  We are going to write and try to straighten her out, but then you can’t get blood from a turnip, can you?
Alveretta Britton, Marian Anderson’s protege is living in the house in Miss Hicks apt, but she spends most of her time up here.  At first we thought she was swell but after living with her for awhile we really know what kind of a person she is.  She is stuck on her self. She…

Page # 60 Feb 1, Cont’d

…has an awful temper and she tries to act young, even though she is past 30 yrs of age.  However, she has a beautiful voice.  She sang at the Russian Casino on Fifth Avenue last Saturday.  Mother dressed her.
I am now in 6th term and once again in Renee’s class.  Another class mate of mine is Marilyn Tittley. Some more new people are Sylvia Fitt (Bobby’s latest) and Irma Bryant (Ruthie’s friend).
Stanley had his first really big party.  He graduated from Clinton.  So did Freddie, Earl, Roy and Sonny.  Ruthie went to the party with me.  Barbara had arthritis in her hip but she came too.  It was a sport affair.  I went over for Richard Trimpson in a big way.

Page #61, Feb 1, Cont’d

Arnett Cannon likes Ruthie very much.  He sent her a beautiful compact.  He now attends American International College in Mass. Henry Thomas from Springfield likes Joyce, the feeling is mutual. He and Joyce were kissing behind the living room curtains.  Tut! Tut! Naughty! Naughty!
The fireman is still around, but he can jump off a cliff as far as I am concerned.

Ruthie is having a party Saturday Night.  She has invited 35 people. Lloyd Love has a collapsible knee and an inferiority complex.  If he comes I’m going to try to straighten him out.
I saw “White Cargo,” with….

Page #62, Top
Feb 1, Cont’d

…Walter Pidgeon, Hedy Lamaar, Richard Carlson, Frank Morgan and Leigh Whipper.  It was marvelous.  I have have to go to Aunt Sadie’s now to get something for Mother.  So long.
P.S.  At last, I have a Victrola!
B.P.





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Scrapbook Sunday: Betty Peters Communicants Class Part #1

My mother Betty Peters (1926-2004) had a really nice red scrapbook that she put together in her Communicants Class;  that included church programs, little booklets of various gospel books of the Bible, news article clippings and things that interested her or were her favorite things.

I want to take the time every Sunday to go through my mother’s scrapbook & post each page, as the pages are falling apart and disintegrating.  The red scrapbook is over 70 years old and she put it together when she was attending St. James Presbyterian Church in Harlem.  It was 1940 and my mother was 14 years old.

Religion and Spirituality was very important to my mother’s life.  The way she practiced evolved over time.  On various occasions she would discuss the different types of churches she attended and impressed upon me that one’s spirituality is more important than what type of church one was attending.

St. James Presbyterian Church
Mother attended catechism in 1940

Photo Taken by Vanessa Moore June 2010

This Scrapbook is the size of a regular sheet of paper.
I was always intrigued by the cover of this book, and wanted
to know what was inside of it.

[Transcribed]

My Prayer

Thank you dear father,
For our parents so grand,
For our friends true, and loyal,
For our free, happy land,
And may the world soon realize,
With joy, and with mirth,
That nothing is sweeter
Than peace on the earth….Amen

{Original by Betty Peters}

Back inside cover of Scrapbook

[Transcribed]
Betty Peters
460 West 147th Street (mom’s residence)
St. James Presbeteryan Church
Communicant Class
Scrap book

Some of the gospel books in the scrapbook..(The book of John was missing, as I remember losing it years ago…must find.)

St. Mark
St. Matthew
The Shorter Catechism

What is inside the envelope???

Well, let’s see below…

Medical Aid for China (stamps)
I was trying to find information online regarding these stamps, and really didn’t find anything.  In 1940, it was a time of war and upheaval in other countries. Two website’s I found that require further investigation through the archives are: United Service to China Records: 1934-1967 and World Events during the 1940’s .  I will do further inquiry, and if anyone else knows, please contact me.

Our Church

By

Theodore F. Savage

Evangelism

Board of National Missions
of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.
156 Fifth Avenue  New York, N.Y.

9 Reasons Why a Christian
Should be a Church Member

1. Is is an obvious means of confessing Christ.
2. It serves as a wholesome restraint under temptation.
3. It furnishes a stimulus to well-doing.
4. It provides a delightful spiritual fellowship.
5. It makes my example an influence for good.
6. It is a step in the path of obedience which strengthens faith and enriches experience.
7. It is the only way to perpetuate the visible Church.
8. It affords the best facilities for service, giving the advantage of organized effort in Christian activities.
9. As a member of the Father’s family I ought to be in His house, at His table, and openly identified with His work and worship.

Street name changed to:
 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd

 ALL REQUEST PROGRAM

PARKER WATKINS
TENOR

THURSDAY EVENING
MARCH 7th, 1940
AT 8:30 O’CLOCK

AT
SALEM METHODIST CHURCH
129th STREET, 7th AVENUE
NEW YORK CITY

MINISTERS:
REV F.A. CULLEN
REV. J.C. HILL

(Rev. F.A. Cullen was Poet Countee Cullen’s unofficial adopted father.)

(To see details of the program, click on the picture)

Info on Salem Methodist Church  and More info on Salem Methodist

Part #2 of Scrapbook August 28, 2011

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Betty Peters Diary-January 2, 1942, Amanuensis Monday

Betty Mae Peters 1942 in NY

I have decided that I will transcribe my mother Betty Peter’s Diary Dated in 1942 as the pages are starting to get old, and they are getting harder to read.
There may be incidences in this journal that might not be politically correct, but the historical time and context  must be taken into consideration. Terms, and sayings may also have different connotations today than yesterday. (ypm)

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Journal written in a Sterling Note Book
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Property of: Betty Peters
460 W. 147th Street, Apt. 63
City of New York, U.S.A

January 2, 1942

 Page #1

Pg 1

As I sit here, I am writing with the “Eversharp” fountain pen that “Unkie” gave me this past X’mas. It is the grandest pen I have ever had. (Costing exactly $8.75) If I ever lend it to anyone, then I’m a bigger fool than you are “Gunga Din.” I am fifteen years old. My birthday is on November 17. I was born in New York City and have graduated from the following schools.

1. P.S. 186 Manhattan
2. J.H.S. 164 or Edward W. Stitt Jr. H. School.

My favorite teachers in P.S. 186 were: Miss Stiber (my cousin), Mr. Shumann, and Miss Kitchelt (whom I had for 2 yrs straight.)

Page #2

Pg 2

 

In “Stitt” my favorites were:

Miss Muller-History I
Mrs. Turner-Art (A friend of Mom’s)
Mr. Singer-Official
Mrs. Hayward-Off + French
Mr. Bayarski-Math
Mrs. Weinberg-Math
Mrs. Glicksberg-Off + English
Mr. Trifon- Science + Newspaper
Mr. Brayden-Science
Miss Labfere-Assistant Principle

I was given a commendation card for excellent scholarship and conduct in 7B. I was given a Mystery book from Miss O’Conner for perfect attendance, all Term and I was given the book “The Devil and Daniel Webster”

Page #3

Page 3

From Mr. Trifon for my outstanding work on the school newspaper “The Laurel Leaflet.”

My best pals in Stitt (excluding the one’s I knew before I went to Stitt were:
Renee Zucker
Louise Shaw
Angel Parker
Mimi Mansfield
Olga Bean
Naomi Figueroa
Naimi Shapiro
Ben Sabolofsky
Haward Pribut
Harold Zief
Florence Wilson
Thomas Wood
I am now a student of the George Washington High School. I am attending….

Page#4

Page 4

…the (Isham) Annex at 212th St. and Broadway. My teachers are as follows:

Mr. Imes-Official
Miss Conroy-Gym
Mrs. Moon-French
Miss malloy-Art
Mr. Sidafsky-Geometry (My Best Subject)
Mr. Martyn-English
Tomorrow I intend to study for the End Term. Math and French Tests.

I now live at 460 147th Street, Apt. 63 in New York City USA. I have lived in Florida with my mother and Aunt Zara and her family for 2 years. The other cities I have visited are Springfield, Cambridge, Clinton, Boston, Worcester (and many other small cities…

Page #5

Page 5

…in the states of Mass and Connecticut. Many Small cities in N.Y. State, Jersey City and many small cities in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Penn. Sistersville, West VA, Washington D.C. (our Capital), many cities in North and South Carolina, and a few cities in Georgia. My ambition is to enter the fields of Journalism, Mathematics, Aviation, and succeed in all. I hope someday to buy a 64 acre farm in Mass or Conn for Mommie and Unkie and some day I’m going to take care of them.

All of the things I’ve written in these first five pages pertain to my history and this book is not going to be about what has happened but what is now happening.



Page #6

Pg 6

The News of the day “in short” sums up to the following:

1. The United States is now at war with Japan, Germany and Italy. Our allies are England, and Russia both of whom were in the War before us. This is the Second World War. The East Coast has not been attacked yet but the Japs. Winston Churchill, the Prince Minister of England (who by the way I don’t like) is making a tour of the U.S. and Canada. He just left the White House a few days ago. I don’t like….

Page #7

Pg 7

the way he makes speeches. Oh! Well? (Sigh) who cares whether I like him or not. The U.S. (including myself) is growing very Defense conscious. In school we have air raid drills regularly that consists of sitting on the bare floors of the school hall (on our books, of course) for sometimes even a half hour. On every corner of the street one sees air-raid wardens who are identified by the white strips of materials tied around their right arms. I am helping by knitting squares of wool for the Red Cross which will later be sewn together for blankets for our boys at the front.

Mother has been very sick and will soon have to be…..

Page #8

Pg 8

operated on. She will have two Fibroid Tumors and her appendicts removed. She is a very talented dressmaker. Unkie is in excellent health and his job is a barber supply salesman and grinder. He is now teaching a Mr. Paschall (with whom we spent last Sunday evening, and who has a charming wife) to grind. The Paschalls live at 745 St. Nick Ave. (Anna Johnson’s house).

Though mother was sick, this last Christmas was one of the grandest we ever spent. It is the first time we have not spent X’mas in Jersey with Aunt Ann, Uncle Percy, and Uncle Sam since 1933. It was…

Page #9

Page 9

…simply novel. So many presents. I received $6.00, a defense savings book with $1.00 worth of Defense Savings Stamps in it, ice skates, this Eversharp pen, a pen and pencil set, a blouse, three pieces of skirt material, a gold watch (belonging to Unkie’s Mother), lots of hankies, a sachet, 2 bracelets, a pair of house slippers, a bottle of perfume, a pocketbook, 2 pairs of mittens, 1 pr. gloves, and so many many other things that I can’t think of anymore. I gave Unkie three pairs of silk socks, and to mother I gave a pair of house slippers. I am thoroughly convinced that this New Year, 1942 will be the happiest and most prosperous that we have ever had.

Page #10

Pg 10

Since this time last year, I have made quite a few new friends I will list them here along with the rest of my own personal gang.

Ruthie Sumpter- I name her first because I saw her a short while ago and she is the freshest in my mind. She is one of the best looking brown skin girls I know. She lives in my house and goes to my school. We “Discovered” each other last summer, and her personality grows more and more interesting every day. She is sweet, smart, and stunning. I hope to be her pal forever.

Lois Mc Calla- is one girl who’s friendship I am going….



Page #11

Pg 11

..to strive to make stronger every minute. She is the most charming, delightful kid I’ve met in a long time. She is “in there,” “just my speed,” and someone I couldn’t help but have fun with.

Ernestine Reynolds is perfectly swell. I met her through Miss Mary Lee. She went to Stitt. I like her very much and my one regret is that she lives so far away, 138th Street. I never seem to see her. She is very brilliant, a member of the “Arista.”

Barbara Davis is a girl I have known ever since I was about 7 years old. She and I “grew” up together. She has lots of personality,….

Page #12

Page 12

…and is liked by everyone (especially the boys). Her hair is as beautiful as her disposition. Well aw riet!

Muriel Arrington I have always considered my “kid sister.” She is as close a friend as I can ever hope to have (when it comes to feeling at home in my presence.”) She and I have had a gay time together and even though I get mad with her sometimes she’ll always be my favorite “sister.”

Betty Washington, a new arrival to the city is another girl who wants to become a Journalist. We had a fine time corresponding when she lived in Chicago. Now she’s in the big city and I…

Page #13

Page 13

 ….find that our opinions clash a bit, however she’s a nice kid and my adopted (purely voluntarily) “cousin”.

Margaret Dickson, (whom I put last only because I thought I had put her name among the first) is the girl I’ve known longer than any other of the names so far mentioned. We were babies together and she used to go with mother and me to visit my grandmother in Sistersville, West Virginia, up until I was about three. I understand her more than she does herself and I am only one of the many who admire her talents for drawing. She attends the High School of Music and Art. I call her “Peggy”, “Stinky” and “Monkey face.”

Page #14

Page 14

The seven girls I have just mentioned are my best friends. Of course I have many more acquaintances, but these seven are the ones the people speaking of counting on their fingers. When it comes to boys, I have a more difficult case for the simple reason: I am only fifteen years old and truthfully boys don’t interest me. Oh I know lots of them! But I haven’t bothered to cultivate many of them as personal friends. I don’t yet keep company and have definitely stepped off of the “gang” I was in last year for my own private reasons. However just to have some sort of a record, I will write down the names of the boys I have met in my fifteen years that I have liked the best.

Page #15

Page 15

They are as follows:

J. J. Johnson-A boy who lives in Springfield, Mass. I can’t write much about him because I haven’t seen him since I was 12 yrs old. I think he’s one of the swellest fella’s I ever met. He is messy looking (with all this “nearer my Got to thee”) And the day I spent with him in the country (of course I saw him lots of times afterwards) was the most delightful, fun packed occasion I ever spent with any boy. I hope to see him again soon.

Lloyd Rogers, in his day, was swell, gentlemanly and a perfect friend, but now he’s just a drip and that’s about all I can say.

Page #16

Page 16

I have never invited Bobby McQueen to my house alone because I’m not the kind who try to steal my best friend’s (Barbara) boyfriend. I’ve known him a long time and have always liked him very much. He goes to Clinton, the most popular High School around where I live, and I have been thrown with him in every imaginable occasion. He’s a square!

Last but not least Billy Cumbo. Though he is my age, I consider him a nice little boy. He has had a crush on me since Lloyd’s Party last May and if only he was a little taller and a little more manly, I might kinda like him. The only thing that’s really wrong….

Page #17

Page 17

with him is that he follows Jimmie Thornton’s footsteps like a shadow. It’s alright to have a “drip” for a friend but to ape his “ickyness” is insane. Billy could be swell if he’d only be Billy. I have written just about everything about everything and am beginning to get “Writer’s Cramp”, so I will just end this introductory part of my little “On the spur of the moment Diary.” or “The Necessary material for my Autobiography-if I ever write one.”

If I find there is anything important that I’ve left out (except the fact that my father and mother are divorced, and that he…

Page #18

Page 18

…doesn’t contribute a penny to my up-bringing) I will mention it later in this book.

Date-Jan-2-1942-
MY NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
(at the end of the year I’ll check the ones I’ve kept).

I pledge that in the New Year 1942, I will

1. Develop Speed (in everything I do).
2. Make a 100% effort to go to Sunday School every Sunday unless my reason for not being present is a good one.
3. Communicate regularly with all of my friends and relatives (by writing if personal visits cannot be frequent.
4. Organize my studies, business, and music so that they will be accurately taken care of before I (?) ……

Page #19

Page 19

….Plesure.

5. Keep all of my clothes and other things laundered.
6. Keep all engagements on the minute so as to lose the reputation of “always being late.”
7. Have not a “little” but a lot of fun.
8. Keep my appearance in A no. 1 shape.
9. Not get fat.
10. Be very thrifty and buy lots and lots of Defense Savings Stamps.
11. Develop my personality 100%.
12. Be broad minded on all necessary occasions.
13. Get to bed before 10:30pm (Starting with January 3rd).
14. Keep my nails looking beautiful (for a change.)
15. Remember my duties to My God, My Parents, My Country, Myself.

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P.S. 186–Historical Educational Site in Harlem: What Will Be It’s Fate?

PS 186 in it’s Hey Days.

I have searched for historical information online regarding P.S. 186, A Harlem NY Elementary School of which my late mother Betty Peters attended between the years of 1932-1938. I have been pleasantly surprised to find any mention of the school, as I have googled P.S. 186 on a couple of previous occasions with no success. Very recently, I discovered that P.S. 186 had been abandoned for over 30 years and that currently a local movement has been ensued to save the structural building from demolition and deem it as a historical building as it has been around for over 107 years.I had written one of my mother’s dear friends Muriel Ferguson requesting information on Sugar Hill and things that she could share with me about my mother between the years of 1926-1950. In Muriel’s letter, she questioned if my mother ever mentioned P.S. 186. She also stated that the school probably had been demolished by now, since the school had been closed for many years.As I continued looking for answers regarding the fate of P.S. 186, I came across Nathan Kensinger, A Professional Photographer, who documents a world that the average eye does not have the opportunity to penetrate. He enters buildings that have not seen the light of day, and have been ultimately abandoned while being a victim to the elements. These buildings and outside structures that Kensinger captures with his lens possess very distinct architecture characteristics. Nathan gives us the vision to see how these buildings and structures were used in their heyday, and what they could be if they were revitalized. For a clearer picture of P.S. 186 and Kensinger’s other photographs of art go to:

As I continued researching online, I came across Dr. Faith (Jones) Ringgold, a world-renowned quilter, who was raised in Sugar Hill. I discovered that she attended P.S. 186, and thought to myself that if she attended this school, that there must be other well-known individuals that attended this school and should give credence to the historical value of the school building and the importance of saving such a structure. Dr. Ringgold’s 6th grade graduation picture is posted on her blog @ http://mjsoulpictures.blogspot.com/2009/08/faiths-6th-grade-graduation-in-1942.html.
Betty Mae Peters graduating class of 1938 at PS 186
Top 2nd Row, 5th person on left

Other’s that might have attended this school are: Harry Belafonte and Alan Greenspan. There are many well known individuals that lived in Sugar Hill, that the likelihood of other mover & Shakers being developed from this area and attending PS 186 is quite possible. I believe that we should make an effort to save the school by notifying NY local politicians, and pleading with those that have the ultimate decision on retaining the historical value of the neighborhood.

There was a petition to Save PS 186 that was posted online, of which 300 people signed, closed as of March 2010.
Uptownflavor has posted details of PS 186 and if you would like updated information on the progress of the petition and decision of the building to link to:

Update:  I had the opportunity to travel to Harlem and see firsthand the condition of PS-186.  The buildings architect was amazing…To see post click here. 

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The material, both written and photographic on these pages is the copyright of Yvette Porter Moore unless stated. Material on this site may be used for personal reference only. If you wish to use any of the material on this site for other means, please seek the written permission of Yvette Porter Moore
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