By Robert Myers, Janet Coryell
The retaining of journals and diaries grew to become a nearly daily hobby for plenty of american citizens within the 19th century. Adeline and Julia Graham, younger women from Berrien Springs, Michigan, have been either interested in this task, writing concerning the day-by-day occasions of their lives, in addition to their 'grand adventures.' those are attention-grabbing, deeply own money owed that offer an perception into the ideas and motivation of 2 sisters who lived greater than a century in the past. Adeline all started retaining a diary whilst she was once 16, from mid-1880 via mid-1884; via it we see a tender lady coming of age during this small group in western Michigan. Paired with Adeline's account is her sister Julia's diary, which starts off 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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Extra info for Adeline and Julia: Growing Up in Michigan and on the Kansas Frontier: Diaries from 19th-Century America
Berrien Dec. 6th 1880 Last night I read over what I have written in this Journal and I find it is terribly silly. Things generally are silly after they have been written down. So I'm going to turn this Journal into a diary and every night I will set down what has happened through the day in a neet and businesslike manner. 51 Well, this morning I got up about half past seven, helped get breakfast. Was late to school. I shall get up earlier after this. To day I took up two new studies. Physiology & Physical Geography.
His conversation consists largely of I's. Sade Reiber* skated with him afterwards and run him into a stump. As I have a revengeful spirit, I rejoiced. As we went home we stopped and slid down hill ever so long. That night it thawed and so yesterday there was no skating. Et came up in the afternoon and we went around making calls New Year calls although rather late in the day. Heard there was to be a dance last night but made up our minds not to go because of the bad conduct of several at the masquerade.
I got it and she put it in. After wards Ma discovered that I had given her "Plaster of Paris" by mistake. 68 That's just my luck. I never tried to do anything yet but I spoilt it. It is needless to state that the com muffins did not rise. Friday night was our entertainment. In the after noon we didn't have school up stairs, and about quarter past eleven in the fore noon Et, Annie O'dell,* Mary Himes,* and myself went up to Mr. Bronson's to help get the curtains ready. I didn't do much sewing but tended baby's instead.
Adeline and Julia: Growing Up in Michigan and on the Kansas Frontier: Diaries from 19th-Century America by Robert Myers, Janet Coryell