Henry S., age 26, Michigan

I went up to the opening of the winter term of College this morning and taught classes this afternoon. I am to have more pupils than last term and have had to form two classes in writing. It has not been cold today but it snowed a little to keep up the reputation. I feel rather tired tonight.

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

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

It has stormed all day today also. I think there is about 3 feet of snow on a level now. Fred Neill came over this forenoon and we cut down a tree and sawed some wood. We had to shovel the snow out of our way. I split the wood this afternoon and piled it but I can’t tell when I can draw it on account of the deep snow. Have been reading up on penmanship tonight. My labors begin at the College tomorrow for the winter term.

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

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

This has been one of the most stormy days I ever saw. A raging snow from the south-west, which has lifted into every crevice and piled up into great banks in the road by the fences and buildings. I have not stired [sic] out only to do chores. I wrote pa and read the papers.

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Henry S., age 26, Michigan

The last day of ’87, and the last page in this diary.  This had been quite an eventful year to me as I now look over it, it wonder what ’88 has in store for me.  I went with Fred both this forenoon and afternoon to get hay at his farm.  I bought ½ ton of him this afternoon.  It snowed 5 or 6 inches last night and stormed this afternoon.  I went up town tonight and got the mail, received a letter from pa, Willie, and ma.  Kate got letters from Henry and Nellie and Una got her first pair of shoes.

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

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

I slept very late this morning, and did not have our breakfast until 7:30.  I did considerable work about the woodshed this forenoon throwing the wood, which formed the walks inside and boarding the sides up with some lumber I had.  Fred Neill came over this afternoon and we cut some trees and cawed wood.  A fine flying squirrell[sic] came out of one of the trees and stayed in view for some time.  I have been having the toothache this evening.  It has begun to snow again.

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

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

The storm and wind lasted until noon today.  I started to go up town this forenoon, but did not go farther than Neill’s; it was bad walking.  Fred brought my mail to me this afternoon.  I had a letter from Isaac’s on business.  I went up town myself this afternoon and called at Mr. Harvey’s, then got a shovel for snow, and a few other things and came home.

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

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

There has been one of the worst wind storms raging all day that I ever saw, and the snow has been piled up in great banks all around.  It has grown cold also.  I did some fixing in the kitchen to keep out the wind and rigged the thermometer so I could see it out of the window.  Did a little studying today.  It has taken lots of wood to keep the fires going, as the wind seems to pull the heat up the chimney.  Have only seen 2 or 3 persons on the road today.  I am thinking the mail had a hard day to come through, if it did.

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

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

I stayed in the house the most of the forenoon to help Kate about the washing.  This afternoon I spent in sawing wood in the slashing.  It has been snowing all day and the snow is getting so deep it bothers me about sawing wood; it is fully a foot on the level.  I feel almost used up tonight, think I must have taken some cold.

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

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

I have been sawing wood with Fred Neill all day over at his folk’s house.  He will help me in exchange.  I ate dinner there, but came home to look after my chores.  I did not get quite as tired as I expected to, not being used to working so long at a time.  I went up town tonight, mailed some letters and got the mail.  It snowed all the afternoon.

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

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

Today was Christmas.  We got up rather late, and I cooked pancakes for breakfast while Kate washed and dressed Una.  After breakfast we opened our Christmas boxes and found a most valuable collection of presents for all of us.  I had a beautiful neck scarf, which Kate had sent down there for, a mustache cup from Geo. and Effie, and Effie’s picture, cake, candy, etc.  Kate had lots of things too, and Una was remembered.  Ida sent us a fine crumb tray and bib and pin for Una.  I went to church this forenoon.  We had oysters for dinner and I ate in immense quantity of them.  It has been a fine day.

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