Henry S., age 25, Michigan

I arose at 4 o’clock this morning and commenced work on the cistern.  It got to be hot work after the sun got well up so it could pour down on me.  I got it all dug before noon, which was more than I though I could do.  I covered it this afternoon, and got it as near ready for plastering as I could.  It threatened to rain very much and I feared it would cave in the cistern, but it passed off.  I hitched up and drove up town tonight.  Fred Neill went along with me.  I engaged Mr. Bradford to plaster the cistern tomorrow.

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