Laura M., age 15, North Carolina
March 26, 1997
Normal at school — pretty boring. That’s why I’m writing so big. Dad informed me that I have a tardy in E.L.P. Thanx, Dad. He picked me up at 5:30. His house wasn’t that bad. I got my grounding shortened by one weekend! 🙂 Talked on phone. Watched 90210.
Laura M., age 14, North Carolina
March 26, 1996
Today was great when it came to Sean. Oh, my god, I like him so much! I want to know what he feels. He says “I love you” a lot and I know he doesn’t mean it. He’s always giving me big hugs and is just…there. Oh, dear. Softball practice was very, very boring. I may like Andy, too. Me and Mom went shopping for a Miata. Came back and ate dinner. Showered. Talked to Shannon.
Marcy S., age 16, Tennessee
March 26, 1941
Nice, much milder. Lovely mild day. Bunny didn’t go to Athens. I said that something would be true if he didn’t go. After school, Helen and Roby went to Ruth’s to practice Silas Marner. I got home and decided I didn’t want to study so got something to eat and set out for Ruth’s. Lovely Springy afternoon. They were waiting for Helen Webb but she didn’t come, so they started practicing. I was the audience and I criticized Helen’s “Thank you, ma’am, thank you, sir” till we all nearly died laughing. Also imitated her curtsy. Left about 4:45. On way home, Helen and I passed Clay on his bike. George had to yell out and remind Helen that Clay was near. Helen is more deeply in “love” now than ever. Practiced. At 3:30 practiced play in auditorium. Sorta fun. Home late. Margie and Ann seem so insincere. They put on too much.
Maggie L., age 24, Illinois
March 26, 1899
It has been partly cloudy. I went to church this morning. Zella and I spent the after noon at Aunt Sarahs. Wrote a letter home.
Henry S., age 25, Michigan
March 26, 1887
It was very cold this morning, 5o below zero at half past five. I went up to the store this morning quite early, my fingers and nose got cold too. I opened the safe this morning without any help, sent a letter to Kate this morning. I wish I could go see her and our baby girl tonight but of course I cant. I hope they are getting along all right. I telegraphed with the operator in Frankfort again tonight, but couldn’t do much because they wanted to use the line all the time, and kept breaking us up. I expect to go to Frankfort Monday and get acquainted with him. I call at Mr. Waters and told them of my daughter, today noon.
*(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)
Henry S., age 24, Michigan
March 26, 1886
Split wood today. The wind blew hard all day, has calmed tonight. Rehearsed on a charade today noon. Busted my finger this afternoon and had to stop work. I am writing and Kate is studying Book-keeping tonight. *(R. Henry Scadin Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville)
Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina
March 26, 1862
I got up with headache this morning. Finished Pinck’s drawers & Mr. Henry & I took a long walk up the meadow, hunted for turkey nest but found none. There was two men to see him when he got here. Fannie came after us. He came on. Fannie & I picked some sage for sausage meat. Aunt Tena done up lard today. I parched & made me a little coffee for dinner. My head got well. Finished drawers & cut out two pair of pillow slips for my pillows. One pair I will fringe, the other work with turkey red. Nothing new going on. All are well. I made one pair.
*(Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family, Eds. Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell, used with permission.)