Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

I have made me some cloth shoes today. I was not needing them but made them to try the pattern. They do not fit very well but are very easy. I put some old soles to them. They are very warm as I made them of jeans out & in. Mrs. George Jones was here a short time this evening wanting leather for shoes. I feel very sorry for her, she looks so desolate & I think she feels so too. Mr. Henry is a great deal better & I am very glad of it. He has got so he can eat with some relish. His mouth has got well. He sent Hanes to Asheville yesterday for the mail. No letters at all came & the papers have nothing new in them.

*(Fear in North Carolina: The Civil War Journals and Letters of the Henry Family, Eds. Karen L. Clinard and Richard Russell, used with permission.)

Henry S., age 26, Michigan

Things were pretty well frozen up this morning and I am afraid our apples will many of them spoil soon in consequence of it.  I went up to the college this morning but found that my room was not ready and I could not teach today.  I came home and went at the cellar and have worked hard at it all day.  I have it nearly ready for the roof.  It has continued to freeze all day and I may be getting the cellar too late.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Busy. Went to writing workshop from 9-4:00. Good. Mom came. Got home and packed and Courtney came. We went to fair with Clay from 6-8:30. Saw Tim, Mike, Sean. Me and Courtney went 2 Coyote Cafe at 9:00 4 dinner. Went 2 Melinda’s and each got a shirt. At Courtney’s house at 11:00. Andy and Thor came by. Her kitty B is so cute.

Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Baked brownies for K.J.’s box. Loie sent it at noon. Went to Carrie’s to get sheets, cases and towels to wash. As usual had to do some herself, just can’t cooperate. Gripeing of course. Not warm enough but will not turn on other radiator. Mrs. B. came over in P.M. Had taken everything in even clothes line. We had cake, ice cream — coffee. Then the rain came. All went in our car to cabin.