Diary of Rose (Betts) Stephanian

Diary of Rose (Betts) Stephanian

Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts



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Rose Elizabeth Betts born March 03, 1915 in Rhode Island
Married to Charles Stephanian October 02, 1934

Lived at 97 Waltham Street, Boston, Mass. 

Rose Betts died August 03, 2006 in Los Angeles, California

Rose was quite introspective in many of her writings.  The following was written in May 1936 and signed Rose E. Stevens, and titled "Myself"

Myself - May 1936 by Rose E. Stevens

"I have to live with myself and so
I want to be fit for myself to know;
Always to look myself straight in the eye.
I don't want to stand with the setting sun
And hate myself for the things I've done;
I want to go out with my head erect;
I want to deserve all men's respect;
But here in the struggle for family and self,
I want to be able to like myself
I don't want to look at myself and know
That I'm bluster and bluff and empty show;
I never can fool myself and so,
Whatever happens I want to be
Self-respecting and conscience free
Rose E. Betts 1936

Read January 1933 Entries


Diary skips ahead from Feb 1933 to January 1934 at this point. 

January 1934 Entries

January 1 1934- Monday

 Old man you could have been worse! In all day.  4pm to - .  Emma paid me $5 for last week.  What says you Infant (cipher) of me & (cipher symbol)  ?

January 2 1934 - Tuesday

To Gardes for Ally all day.  C.S. here.  Chas, one better than I was meant for you - !Met Jud on way from Coolidge Theatre when with (cipher symbol)

January 3 1934 - Wednesday

To Boston with Garde.  To Parker Pharmacy & -- bought an adorable sp--- and dress blouse.  To Gardes.  Read all eve.  Meanwhile (cipher symbol) has had his diary since the 2nd.  Oh you (cipher symbols)

January 4 1934 - Thursday

Awakened with loungchitus.  Ally to Boston for my medicine.  Chas here.  Your insinuations prove me not guilty - don't spring a sob story - ok go ahead and cry.  Bong.

Note:  Loungchitus is probably laryngitis.  

January 5 1934 - Friday

Meal 1.30.  Ticket from Wardy.  20¢ for Arena.  Snow again!  To Gardes - made a blouse and hat for myself.  Chas. there and oh! he made me so happy - so eager to live! Ethel is 19 today. 

January 6, 1934 - Saturday

Charles swore before Althea & I that he would never marry me.  Perhaps it's best, who knows. 

Note:  Charles is Rose's future husband - they would marry later this year on Oct 2. 

January 7 1934 - Sunday

To Mrs. Anderson's until 6 pm.  To Ethel's.  Wrote ---- and read.  What longings of the heart for whom I cannot have.