By Robert Myers, Janet Coryell
The retaining of journals and diaries turned a virtually daily hobby for plenty of americans within the 19th century. Adeline and Julia Graham, younger women from Berrien Springs, Michigan, have been either interested in this job, writing concerning the day-by-day occasions of their lives, in addition to their 'grand adventures.' those are interesting, deeply own money owed that offer an perception into the techniques and motivation of 2 sisters who lived greater than a century in the past. Adeline begun holding a diary while she was once 16, from mid-1880 via mid-1884; via it we see a tender lady coming of age during this small neighborhood in western Michigan. Paired with Adeline's account is her sister Julia's diary, which starts in 1885 whilst she units out with 3 different younger ladies to domicile in Greeley County, Kansas, simply east of the Colorado border. it's a brilliant and colourful narrative of a tender woman's trip into America's western landscape.
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Pres tons after a bird. I got a letter from Harry to night and an almanac. George is coming home next Saturday and Jude comes a week from to day. We are going to have two weeks vacation. I must go to bed! Pa went to Niles to day. Dec. 18th 1880 I don't think I'm very good at keeping a diary. It is late and I have just got my lessons and written a letter to Harry. Yesterday George came home. I was at AI's and saw the stage come, so I trotted down town to see him and there he was, big as life. I caught onto the back of the stage and ran up to Aunt Ad's.
39"Stage" meaning stagecoach, the mass transit system of rural America in the 1880s. Berrien Springs enjoyed daily stagecoach service with Niles and St. Joseph. 22 GROWING UP IN MICHIGAN: THE DIARY OF ADELINE GRAHAM Got Up at eight in the morning, got through breakfast by nine, washed the two or three dishes, made the bed, read awhile, fed and watered the duckes, read Grandma to sleep or rather tried to. Then, while she was "catching a nap," I went out in the apple tree and read. Came in, commenced a letter to Martha, teased Tip, poked around till time for dinner.
I couldn't help sticking my toe up through the seet yesterday and seeing her jump. She did it quite naturally, and I flatter myself that, that action was not affected at least. 59"Euchre" was a popular card game in the nineteenth century, invented about 1841. Each player was dealt five cards and the player making trump had to collect three tricks to win a hand. 6o"Grip" meaning handshake. 61To "peg away" at something meant to work on it persistently. 30 GROWING UP IN MICHIGAN: THE DIARY OF ADELINE GRAHAM Got a letter from George to night, 11 pages of heart-rending adventures.