Laura M., age 14, North Carolina
January 21, 1997

Today at school was good. For a while I thought Sean was neglecting me, but he wasn’t. Tim said I looked good!! 🙂 Went to Renee’s after school. Came home, did homework. Talked to Karen. Ate dinner. Talked to Sean and he said I was a good kisser! (He MEANT it.) I love him… Talked to Dad.

Laura M., age 13, North Carolina
January 21, 1996

Went to church and then to Courtney’s (the restaurant) with Eddie and Em. Came home and took a nap. Studied. Watched some TV. Ate dinner. Got in shower and then dried my hair. Boring…

Marcy S., age 20, Missouri
January 21, 1944

Beautiful, mild day. Good breakfast. Practiced at 8. Test in shorthand – 197 words. Fun in dancing class at 10. Went to see Mr. Baltzer at 11 – he asked me all about Kay. Guess she’s coming! Practiced then til noon. Lunch with Mary and Betty. Read stories during siesta and had Eng. Lit. Class at 2. Mr. Miller is quite a scholar! Back to room and read til 3:30 when Mary, Betty and I went down to Hall and saw Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman in “For Whom the Bell Tolls” in technicolor. Magnificent is the word – we dripped all over the place. Not Mary tho. Not out til 6:30. What a picture!!! I can’t put into words what happened to me when I sat there and saw and thought and experienced. I saw clearly the future – my whole life, past and present and future. My destiny, I guess. I have only to face it now – it’s all cleared up, all the questions are answered – except one maybe and that will come later. It isn’t imagination – it’s real. I saw it and felt it. Sunset gorgeous as we walked home. Talked about “world situation” and got boiling mad about politics, etc. We’ve got to do something!! Letter and cornbread from Mum. Divided latter up. At 7:30 went to cinema lab and saw “Birth of the Blues” with Bing Crosby. [In upper margin] Hair looked so nice – parted in the middle.

Henry S., age 25, Michigan
January 21, 1887

It was cold again this morning, the thermometer being down to 0.  I got up and fed Fred’s colts before daylight and then went to studying Bookkeeping.  It was a clear and sunshiny day, which is the first one I have seen since I came up.  It warmed up a good deal and appears like storming tonight.  The Bookkeeping works came on the stage tonight, so I can begin teaching that by next week Tuesday.  I shall deliver the books tomorrow.  I called at Mr. Waters after school tonight and learned that Fred was to be home tonight, so I shall see him tomorrow.  I was up town tonight, and opened the books and found them all night.

*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Henry S., age 24, Michigan
January 21, 1866

This has been a beautiful day. Kate and I went to Dexter this afternoon. It is good sleighing. My Book-keeping works were at the Ex. office. Effie and I went to singing school tonight. I didn’t stay though.  *(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)

Columbus T., age 22, P.O.W. in Ohio
January 21, 1864

After breakfast, when we eat about all we had, commenced the day’s work by stitching or sewing — don’t know how I may end it, — like I always do perhaps. Oh! for a little more system and solitude. How I long for some quiet literary retreat. I am indeed tired of seeing so many men. Turn your eyes yonder, — there is a man’s face. — so with any other direction. However I am very much inured to these things. Can make out in any crowd. Want tobacco but can’t get it. Must inure myself to doing without.  *(Worthy of Record: The Civil War and Reconstruction Diaries of Columbus Lafayette Turner, Ed. Kenrick N. Simpson, courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina.)

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina
January 21, 1862

Atheline in the house today. I finished Uncle Sam’s coat & cut Charlie one. Willie fretful, his bowels no better. I took a nap in the arm chair this evening & my head got better. Warm weather. It seems like Spring. I sent Sister Martha Arthur & Jinnie a pan of butter by Harrie. He leaves Asheville tomorrow. Poor fellow. I never expect to see him again. He has gone to Columbia to renew his shattered health.

*(Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family, Eds. Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell, used with permission.)