Evening. First day of school. Take up grammar in
place Physi (sic). Couldn’t go to school this afternoon on account
of whooping cough in family. Went to Dr’s office. Hattie
and Seymour are engaged. I hope they will be happy.
has been a naughty boy.
Tuesday, January 6, 1880
I’m tired and cross to-night and don’t want to study but I must.
Reade is better. Nellie Kelly is back at school.
Could not get my grammar today as there were none at Bakers. Tomorrow
will be washing day. I don’t like that.
Wednesday, January 7, 1880
I did not read my “Crumbs of Comfort” last night and things have gone
wrong today. Got up at 6 in the A.M., lighted fires, went to washing.
Cousin A got break (breakfast), went to school. M.
hung up clothes. 4 P.M. cleaned kitchen, got supper.
Thursday, January 8, 1880
Grace R. back at school again. I was one minute tardy this
afternoon, carelessness. Stayed to Society tonight, Nellie Collins
elected Editor because Julie R. resigned. She resigned not
expected. We have got to be examined tomorrow. I dread it.
Friday, January 9, 1880
Did not get up until after seven this morning. Mr. Aims visited
the school today. We had writing this morning, examination Geography
this afternoon. Johnie Smalley was married Tuesday to Miss
Bloome they sent us some wedding cake. I didn’t give or receive
help on examination.
Saturday, January 10, 1880
Baked pies, cookies, Rolled fried cakes, did up the Saturday’s work.
Aunt Melissa and Cousin Nelia came in the afternoon.
I mended in the evening. Had callers. Frank W’s birthday.
Had a letter from father.
Sunday, January 11, 1880
This has been a lonely Sun(day). It rained. M & I were
about sick, didn’t go to church. Have written to G, L &
and Belle Seamen. Now I am going to study my Sunday school
lesson and then am going to bed.
Monday, January 12, 1880
Cousin Chancy went away this noon to be gone the rest of the
week. M & I went to Mr. Engle’s to their 6 hr.
wedding this evening. Had a nice time, got acquainted.
Tuesday, January 13, 1880
Aunt Melissa lighted the fire this morning and went to washing.
We got the white clothes all ready to hang out before breakfast.
I’ve been almost sick all day and am going to bed.
Thursday, January 15, 1880
My birthday. A beautiful day, a beautiful evening for my new year.
It is very windy tonight, we can hear L(ake). Mich(igan) roar and tremble
quite plainly from here. I only made two mistakes in my dictation
Friday, January 16, 1880
Warm but cloudy. Aunt Maria’s birthday, she is 76.
is almost sick with a cold. I hope it is nothing more.
was here tonight. Mr. & Mrs. Engle called this evening.
I missed on ‘diminution’ tonight.
Saturday, January 17, 1880
Mattie was sick with cold all day. We were going down to
have one of her teeth drawn but Grace Reed came to call on me and
it was to (sic) late. Mrs. & Miss Gustin called on Aunt
M. M & I called on Mrs. J. Smalley.
Sunday, January 18, 1880
I have been sick all day and did not go to church or Sunday School.
Mattie has felt better today. I have been studying S. S.
lesson for next S. It is Mat (Matthew) 4, 1-11. Christ tempted
of Satan. I am going to bed.
Monday, January 19, 1880
Written Friday. Was sick all day and did not go to school all
day. Finished reading The Talisman, learned my Grammar lesson for
next day, played Authors and mended my stockings in the evening.
Went to bed.
Tuesday, January 20, 1880
Written Friday. We washed (word scratched out) then I went D.
Goucher emptied 2 washed tubs. I got breakfast – ate it
– washed dishes, went to school, carried an excuse to Mr. Gayley,
Staied (sic) to Society after school.
Wednesday, January 21, 1880
Written Friday. Cousin A. & Clarence, Uncle G &
M went to Mrs Gustin & Mrs Davis. Mrs. Collier
was here after school. I lent her my Father’s Talisman and Cousin
Addie’s umbrella. Good night.
Thursday, January 22, 1880
Written Friday. Went to school, was thoroughly provoked at G.
Read, so was Mary A. because she wanted us to finish our story
during work. Went to lecture, it was splendid. Theme.
Homer wrot (sic) the story.
Friday, January 23, 1880
Written Saturday. Was examined in Arithmetic, oral & written,
in the morning. Uncle G. and Aunt M. came from Twin
Lakes. I think Aunt Melissa the lovlyest (sic)
woman I ever saw or knew. She has done me so much good.
Saturday, January 24, 1880
Helped do up the Saturday work. Got ready for company, Mrs.
Davies, Mrs Gustin, and Miss Gustin were here to tea.
Miss G is very nice. She wears a wig. Mattie
& Uncle G are playing dominoes. Received a letter from
Seamant this morn.
Sunday, January 25, 1880
Went to church this morning. The text was Psalms XIX 8-10.
I did not like the sermon much. I am very tired tonight and not going
to church. I wonder if I shall ever be a good girl.
Monday, January 26, 1880
This has been ‘blue Monday’. Cousin A was cross.
Houseman read our standing. I was 53, and he was cross,
was cross and so was I. I don’t know but I may have to go down in
the Grammar School.
Tuesday, January 27, 1880
Clarence has been sick all day, better tonight. Uncle,
Aunt went away today. It has been just lovely all day.
This light is horrid.
Wednesday, January 28, 1880
Written Friday. Cold and windy. I don’t remember much what
I did except finish the ironing. Clarence was a little better.
Mattie has the headache. I made one mistake in spelling.
We had a nice long letter from Mother. They all write nice letters
but Mother’s are best.
Thursday, January 29, 1880
Written Friday. Cold, rainy and windy; a dismal day. I am
learning to parse and to understand Radicals and Proportion. We went
to Dr. Vester’s for tea. I enjoyed it immensely. Clarence
is worse has high fever.
Friday, January 30, 1880
A horrid day, rainy, cold and the winds goes clear through. Clarence
is very sick with pneumonia. We had our paper read this afternoon.
It was super fine. Cynie meant originally a littly (sic) growling,
Saturday, January 31, 1880
Written Wednes(day). Windy and raw. Mattie went to
Teachers meetings from there to town, bought her a dolma (sic)(?) it is
very plain and very pretty. I was sick after supper consequently
did study much. (Probably meant did NOT study much)