By Robert Myers, Janet Coryell
The conserving of journals and diaries turned a virtually daily hobby for lots of americans within the 19th century. Adeline and Julia Graham, younger ladies from Berrien Springs, Michigan, have been either attracted to this job, writing in regards to the day-by-day occasions of their lives, in addition to their 'grand adventures.' those are attention-grabbing, deeply own bills that offer an perception into the suggestions and motivation of 2 sisters who lived greater than a century in the past. Adeline started protecting a diary whilst she used to be 16, from mid-1880 via mid-1884; via it we see a tender girl 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 bright and colourful narrative of a tender woman's trip into America's western landscape.
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Cousin Bob said the boys were all ashamed of themselves and had sworn it should never happen again; and as Walter was getting it up he thought we had better go. He said he would stop for Ettie and Jule would come for us, as George swore he would not go. So we agreed to go. When Jule came for us we got to speaking about Huntley. " "I know," he said, "but I look at it this way, when a fellow does get to going down hill that isn't the way to bring him up again," and I think he spoke from experience.
I also got to school in time. Gene Howe* has got my knife and has had it for two or three weeks. I thought I would be revenged, so I thought I would put a rag doll in his desk, hoping he would pull it out after school had taken up so the scholars would all see it and tease him about it. So I took the doll to school yesterday morning and kept it in my desk most two days, waiting for a good opportunity. At recess this after noon I thought I had a good chance so I took it, all wrapped up in paper under my arm, and Et & I walked over to his desk and I sat down in it while Et talked to me as if nothing out of the way was going on.
When they came back we played cards awhile and then they went home. Must go to philosophy. Tis night now and I ought to be studying my lessons but I ain't going to. Aunt Julia and Ellie have gone back to Niles, went on the train this evening. This afternoon it commenced to snow and is snowing yet. I guess snow is about three inches deep. Of course, skating is spoiled. Et and I feel as if we ought to do something and do it quick. We are trying to think of some way to keep our school boys out of bad company.