Laura M., age 15, North Carolina
September 20, 1997

Worked from 7-10:30. (Supposed 2 work till 1:00.) Showered and took a nap. Ate lunch. Went 2 mall and got Beck a present. Went 2 her birthday party. Fun — I was 1st 2 bed.

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina
September 20, 1996

Okay day at school. Came home and mowed next door lawn. Went up to Albert’s ’cause Shannon was there. Came home, then went to Dad’s. Had dinner. Babysat some. Talked to Shannon and Karen.

Marcy S., age 62, North Carolina
September 20, 1986

A few days ago Bill Eibell called to tell me about a meeting with Brother Oscar Rodriguez Friday night for those who were upset or concerned about all the people who have recently left Rock Church — or if we had any problems with him and Carol. He said if I felt I needed to attend the meeting to feel free to do so.

I wrestled with whether or not to go for three days. Myrtle decided not to go (then found she would be out of town anyway), believing that God is going to work everything out. I had to confess to the Lord that my flesh wanted to go just to find out, if possible, what was behind so many people leaving – but my spirit was saying, no, don’t go. Yesterday morning while preparing for devotions I read a statement by Ignatius, an early church leader — he said we should be loyal to our pastor, and that disloyalty to a pastor was disloyalty to Christ. When Bill came over to the school later in the morning, I asked him if I would be disloyal to him if I attended the meeting. He said, no, to go if I felt I needed to. A short time later he called me out of the learning center to give me a pastoral warning — he said it in a very gentle, loving way: if I did attend the meeting, be very careful not to get caught up in something I might regret farther down the road.

So I began wrestling again — should I or should I not go? The meeting was scheduled for 7:30 and about 6:15 Ann Boyd called to offer me a ride if I were going. I had thought earlier of calling her to see how she felt about attending the meeting, but hadn’t done it. Perhaps, since she called me, this was direction from the Lord, so I decided to go. There were only 11 members there and I think all of us were shaken up, just knowing why the meeting had been called. Brother Oscar and his wife Nellie listened with love and compassion to all that was shared. (I didn’t open my mouth.) Bill Eibell apparently has not had a true pastor’s heart towards everyone in the body, and Carol has taken authority that God had not given her. In view of the fact that more than 30 members have already left the church and others are on the verge, Brother Oscar agreed that a change of leadership was needed immediately. He told us that he would be there to minister on Sunday and that the Eibells would be going back to Va. Beach. In a way I felt relieved and yet terribly sad.

Anna L., age 75, Illinois
September 20, 1960

Took towels etc. down and put up sheets, by nite they were dry. Mrs. B. came for coffee and to have a letter read. Scrubbed back porch and later did a little ironing. Baked apples for supper and also cookies. Went to Carrie’s at noon to talk more about apt. Don’t get far just talking. Lo and G.B. took Suky and kittens to a place on Pleasant Valley Road. Went to church to demonstration flower arrangements and corsages.

Maggie L., age 24, Illinois
September 20, 1899

Cold. Went down town in the afternoon for Mrs. Fisher and got my new glasses. Called at Aunt Sarahs in the evening to bid Aunt Lib good bye as she goes to Chicago in the morning. Zella and I went over on the west side to see a lady.

Henry S., age 26, Michigan
September 20, 1887

I got up at 4:30 this morning and began to get ready to start for the Manistee Co. Fair.  I said goodbye to Kate and started about 6:30 got Mr. J.O. Papackard up town and with our writing material we started out.  We got here at Onekema about 2 P.M. and put Jimmie in a livery barn and found a comfortable place for ourselves at the Central House.  We went to the fair grounds and got our tickets and fixed up our card-writing stand.  Things are not in my shape there at all yet and it is a good thing we did not come yesterday.  It has been a warm day and looks a little stormy tonight.  Tomorrow will tell our story for us.

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

Henry S., age 25, Michigan
September 20, 1886

Fred and I went down to Buckeners [?] to see them thrash a little this morning. Kate, Fred and I went to Ann Arbor about noon, and spent the rest of the day visiting the University buildings, Cemetery, stores, etc. We got the portrait of Bertha framed.  

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

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina
September 20, 1862

We have had a little rain today. I finished Zona’s net today & grabbled a basket of sweet potatoes. I got a little damp as it rained some while I was up there. I changed my clothes soon after I came back. Rather cool & fire feels comfortable. I reckon Sister Jane & the others got home this evening. I would like to be with them. I know they are glad to get back once again.

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

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina
September 20, 1861

Mail came, no news. Zona had a fever last night & a breaking out. I fear she will have sore throat. Finished Willie an apron today making some out of the old carriage cushion covers. Pinck very stout & well.

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

Samuel P., age 27, London
September 20, 1660

At home, and at the office, and in the garden walking with both Sir Williams all the morning. After dinner to Whitehall to Mr. Dalton, and with him to my house and took away all my papers that were left in my closet, and so I have now nothing more in the house or to do with it. We called to speak with my Landlord Beale, but he was not within but spoke with the old woman, who takes it very ill that I did not let her have it, but I did give her an answer. From thence to Sir G. Downing and staid late there (he having sent for me to come to him), which was to tell me how my Lord Sandwich had disappointed him of a ship to bring over his child and goods, and made great complaint thereof; but I got him to write a letter to Lawson, which it may be may do the business for him, I writing another also about it. While he was writing, and his Lady and I had a great deal of discourse in praise of Holland.

By water to the Bridge, and so to Major Hart’s lodgings in Cannon-street, who used me very kindly with wine and good discourse, particularly upon the ill method which Colonel Birch and the Committee use in defending of the army and the navy; promising the Parliament to save them a great deal of money, when we judge that it will cost the King more than if they had nothing to do with it, by reason of their delays and scrupulous enquirys into the account of both.

So home and to bed.

*(The Diary of Samuel Pepys M.A. F.R.S., edited by Henry B. Wheatley F.S.A., London, George Bell & Sons York St. Covent Garden, Cambridge Deighton Bell & Co., 1893.)