Henry S., age 25, Michigan

This was the great day.  I got up early and did my chores, ate my breakfast and went up to the store where I have been hard at work clerking all day, as the celebration made lots of work in the store.  It rained a good deal this forenoon, and was quite a damper on the proceedings, but it cleared off this afternoon and a fine time was had.  I was on my feet off the day and got pretty tired.  I like to clerk though.  Came down to Mr. Neill’s tonight and had ice cream there and we came home about 9 o’clock.  The Neill’s went to the fireworks.  I got no mail tonight.

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