Henry S., age 25, Michigan

This has been a fine day.  I worked for Fred this forenoon, helping his partner, Mr. Huntington tap maple trees.  It was the first time I ever worked in a sugar camp.  I drove the piles and hung the buckets.  I got pretty tired by noon, as we began to break through the crust into the deep snow.  There were only 12 in my writing class today.  I went to the store and practiced telegraphy after school.  I succeeded in taking the most of a message going through.  I am getting interested in the business and would like to become an expert operator, but of course I never can that I see now, and don’t know as it would pay to try.  I have been writing copies tonight.  It is a beautiful evening.

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