Laura M., age 15, North Carolina
April 22, 1997
Really good mood today. I must have been in a bad one yesterday ’cause I was P.M.S’n. Driver’s Ed. Mike was nicer today, but still not sure. Came home and studied till dinner. Went to writing class. Came home and studied till 11:00! Biology, ELP, and English all suck.
Laura M., age 14 North Carolina
April 22, 1996
[In upper margin: Albert’s liked me since basketball!] Today was pretty awesome. I found out that Albert likes me! I’ve liked him for about two weeks or more. Now he feels the same. We did terrible in our game today. 9-7. I did terrible with batting. Mowed lawn. Ate.
Marcy S., age 16, Tennessee
April 22, 1941
Cloudy. Cooler. Dorothy S. and I are hostesses to book club meeting tonight. Each have to pay twenty-five cents. Test in typing. Made 83 (40-11). In office I read my travel book (National Parks of the Northwest) and tried hard to finish it but couldn’t. About 3:00 Mary phoned. Since Coach was in the office I stepped out in the hall to talk to her. She is working at the Webbo — started today. Very easy. Funny — I dreamed last night that she started to work. Had nice talk. Music lesson at 4:00. (P.S. Had class meeting this morning — voted on school dance — hope!) Sat out in back yard afterwards and finished travel book. Cloudy. Rained about suppertime. Wisteria smelled lovely. It hangs in festoons on the back porch landing. At 7:30 Book Worms met in school library. H. Harris reviewed a book on the Mississippi. Dot Swanson and I had charge of refreshments — ice cream and ginger ale. Had plenty. G.L. and some of the boys nearly drove us crazy. G.L. put some cleanser in one glass. Out early. Went to Miss Dawes’s and called Mom to come after me.
Maggie L., age 24, Illinois
April 22, 1899
Papa came here this morning at 6 o’clock (I was just getting out of bed) and stayed to breakfast. He started from Kirksville yesterday morning and got here to Elgin last night at 11 o’clock went to Aunt Sarahs and stayed all night. He took the 8.57 train this morning for home. Went down to Aunt Sarahs to night. Aunt Lib had just come from Chicago. Went to the P.O. and got a letter from Zella letting me know she arrived home all right last night. Papa says grandma is real spry and she was 85 years old last January.
Henry S., age 25, Michigan
April 22, 1887
The baby slept well last night, but I was on the lounge ready to help Kate when wanted. I stayed here the most of the forenoon also, as Kate did not feel as well as usual. Went home about 10 o’clock and stayed there to dinner. Made some ink out of the powder I brought from Benzonia. Pa was digging out stumps in the garden today. I cam back this afternoon and have been helping Kate, she seems to feel better tonight than this morning. Henry and Dor have gone out this evening. Father Queal and I dug some sweet flag this afternoon in a pond on Phelp’s farm. Have been writing a little this evening, but I am losing all skill with…
*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)
Henry S., age 24, Michigan
April 22, 1886
I put down the base boards in the house today, and hung the wood house door. Fred Neill came tonight and drew a load of wood down for me. I practiced writing tonight, felt just like it. Dee Morrow was here this evening. *(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)
Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina
April 22, 1862
I finished Willie another skirt & began the last one. We had a freshet Sunday night, took the dirt work of the dam. Two men staid here last Sunday night, came to the mill. They went on to Cathey’s. Lou did not come, neither did Louise McKinnish on Sunday night. I ask God’s blessings on my dear husband this night.
*(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, English Channel
April 22, 1660
(Easter Sunday). Several Londoners, strangers, friends of the Captains, dined here, who, among other things told us, how the King’s Arms are every day set up in houses and churches, particularly in Allhallows Church in Thames-street, John Simpson’s church, which being privately done was, a great eye-sore to his people when they came to church and saw it. Also they told us for certain, that the King’s statue is making by the Mercers’ Company (who are bound to do it) to set up in the Exchange.
After sermon in the afternoon I fell to writing letters against to-morrow to send to London. After supper 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.)