Laura M., age 14, Colorado
February 17, 1997
Up at 6:30 again. Ate breakfast. Skied Keystone again. Came back to condo for lunch. Then me, Karen, Ashley, and Becca went skiing till 4:00. Came back and showered. Watched “Designing Women.” Did some homework. Went to Mexican restaurant for dinner. Came back and watched last half of “Melrose.” Did homework. Wrote Sean and Karen. Pretty good skiing.
Laura M., age 13, North Carolina
February 17, 1996
Got up at 9 ish. We did worship and sang and danced. Went to Hawks Nest around 6:00. At 8 ish we saw Cap and skied with Ed all night.
Marcy S., age 16, Tennessee
February 17, 1941
Bright blue sky, glorious wind. Not cold. Mary not at school all day. Mary Louie back. She got locked in Home Ec room and was 45 minutes late to music lesson. Mrs. Marsh was hopping (mad!). After school, Ruth and Helen went over to Mary’s with me to take her lessons. She was lying on the couch in the living room. We teased and talked for a few minutes and had fun. As we were leaving (Helen and Ruth had gone outside), Mary said, “You’ve been so sweet just now, Pat” and I leaned down and kissed her, Diary. She is so dear. I have the queerest feeling that this is the beginning of the end. Nearly blew away going home. Glorious! At night listened to “Johnny Apollo” and knitted. Pop heard prize fight — lasted one and a fraction rounds. Joe Lewis winner as usual. Letter from Margaret S. and McCall’s.
Maggie L., age 24, Illinois
February 17, 1899
Had a little shower this morning – a nice day and another shower to-night. I went to Mrs Segerseers (my dressmakers) this after noon and on my way there caught my dress on a barb wire fence and riddled the front. She sewed it up for but the skirt is ruined. I took the car from there and went down to Aunt Sarahs when I got there who should be there but Willie! He had just came.
Henry S., age 25, Michigan
February 17, 1887
It was clear and beautiful this morning and was quite warm at noon, so that I thought it would rain before I got back form school, but it didn’t, and the wind felt real chilly from the east. It is storming hard tonight though, raining, snowing and hailing all at once. I practiced the song at the Hall with Mrs. Waters, after school this afternoon. Bought some new stationery today and wrote a letter to Kate tonight on some of it. Fred went to Frankfort with a load of lumber from the Platt River mill. He got back before it commenced to storm much. The wind just howls from the east. I cam awful near having a bad spell of homesickness today, I want to see Kate so.
*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)
Henry S., age 24, Michigan
February 17, 1886
Wrote copies this forenoon. Sawed some wood this afternoon. Taught Book-keeping and penmanship tonight. It was quite warm in the middle of the day. It snowed a little tonight but cleared away and is very beautiful. *(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)
Columbus T., age 32, North Carolina
February 17, 1874
Only two members at breakfast table. Mr Dickey and myself. Went down town to get the morning papers. Found Joe Turner as ready as ever to talk about rings and impeachment. The Legislature has adjourned and now he appeals to the people. Violent card in paper from Dr. Grissom against Senator Ransom or Tyrrel — the result of certain investigations into the expenditures of Insane Asylum and some stricture on Dr. G. Ransom and myself made first investigation. Dr. G. wrote me a week ago, to know how errors occurred. I did not write him, but wrote to day and think of not sending yet, as errors were perhaps made by others. Mr Dickey as he did last night so again to day, wished me to repeatedly sing Over there and Dont reject Him or Come to Jesus so that he might learn. In my room pretty much all day. [In left margin] Dickey gone to call on Mrs Gov. Swain. He will leave to night. [Crosshatched] Walked to depot with Dickey. Went to Concert at Peace Institute at night.
*(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.)
Abbie B., age 23, Kansas
February 17, 1871
I put my journal away, thinking I would have more time when school closed, which it did last Friday. The school house caught fire again. One of my good boys put it out, but another, a regular lomix, from the school south, got on the roof and with a stick knocked a hole in the chimney. I was very much attached to my own scholars, and sorry to leave them, but the others O. dear.
It is a comfort to me that the building did not burn down, while I was teacher. Some times when there was a high wind I would go out to see that the roof was not on fire.
A week ago school closed, then Saturday a. m. Bess and I mounted the ponies and came up here. The roads were rough, frozen hard. The ponies were not shod, so we road very slowly, and finily got off and walked over two miles, and led them. When we got to the creek there was three or four feet of thin ice along both sides, and an open current between. The water from the late rain and thaw had run off, so the water was not deep.
Bess’ horse, the one I had trouble with some time before, would not cross that strip of ice, and got frightened. Then Kit got spunky, and I could not get her to cross. We got off, and broke the ice with a stick. No good, acrost they would not go. Then we decided to go back to Mr. A leave the ponies in the barn—and wade the creek. Mrs. Awent along as she said, to see the “performance.” We took off shoes and stockings, rolled up our drawers, took our skirts over our armes, carried shoes and stockings and started. Bess [Belle] first. I thought Mrs. A would hurt her self laughing. It was a cold crossing, first through ice—then water, then ice again which we had to brake with our feet. We dried our feet and legs—on our skirts as best we could, put on stockings—which fortunately were heavy woolen ones—and shoes—then on we went through the timber to brothers, while Mrs. A still laughing, went home to tell the men when they came for dinner, of the comical sight she had seen down at Pine Creek.
Fortunately neather of us caught cold. The mile or more walk through the timber warmed us up. In the p. m. some of the men went for the ponies. They followed right along through the creek, but would not go first.
Bess went home Monday. The creek wading was too good to let pass. So near Valentine day too. So I sketched a picture of Besse in the creek—shoes in hand, riding skirt and clothes all gathered up. Mrs. A on the bank laughing, while from behind a tree, peeping at her was a handsome man. Katura said it was good, so I sent it to her for a Valentine and addressed it this way— Now listen while I tell This letter is for Mrs. Bee’s Bess, Near Williamsport doth dwell, In Warren Co. Who from? Now guess.
*(kansasmemory.org, Kansas State Historical Society, copy and reuse restrictions apply)
Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina
February 17, 1862
Cloudy & began to rain about 10 o’clock. Aunt Patsy Jamison spent the day here. I cut out some aprons of blue checks for Willie & Zona, did not get one done. Atheline moulding candles. I want my summer supply moulded now. The children well & very noisy as they have to stay in the house all the time. The creek up a good deal. They took some planks off the dam. Mr. Henry has been so engaged he has not finished the dam yet.
*(Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family, Eds. Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell, used with permission.)