Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Started to wash as it was a good day. Went to Carrie’s for her sheets and cases. Talked with Mrs. B. as I couldn’t get thru in time to have her for coffee. Had ironed Carrie’s sheets and cases when Ole came. We had cake and coffee and enjoyed it. Thot he might go to Carrie’s but didn’t. We went to veg. stand and Bess’s she not home. Russo Reimer brot grapes for jelly.

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mr. Henry & I took a long walk. Zona was along also. Yesterday evening we took a letter to Mrs. Branton. Mr. Henry sent Peter to Asheville yesterday after the mail. Nothing new in the papers. I have been quilting today. I get along very well as I attend to Willie & have to get up often to wait on him & Zona. Mail brought no news.

*(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

I finished working on Will case’s books this forenoon and took his old Ledger home to him.  He expressed himself as well pleased with the work and willing to recommend me if I wish to ever refer to him.  I picked some apples this afternoon.  Kate and Mrs. Morrow went up town.  It cleared off this afternoon and was quite pleasant.  Went to singing class again tonight.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Kinda shitty. Tim’s acting different towards me. (He was wearing a golf cap.) Dad picked me up and I worked until 5:15 with Marc. Came home and did homework. Renee called and said Chris and Mike stopped by her house. Aaahh! Had Los Tres take-out. Did homework till 9:30.

Marcy S., age 62, North Carolina

Father, I humbly ask You to enable me to forgive Harold that he may be set free from the bondage that my unforgiveness is holding him in. Let Your divine forgiveness flow through me to him. Thank You for peace in our home.

Yesterday morning Bill Eibell announced that he and Carol were resigning as pastors. He said he felt that God was asking them to lay down their ministry for the good of the people. Brother Oscar and Sister Nellie were there. Bill had not expected them till Sunday night and was quite shaken up. He had planned to preach a “fiery” sermon, then break the news to us. Instead, he told us immediately that they were resigning. Those who have “stood fast” and remained must reach out to those who come back with God’s love — we must welcome them and make them feel we accept them. After the initial shock wore off and some of the emotional hurt, I began to feel a peace about Bill’s decision — he said that he hoped we would. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Bill said that he had failed in the most important aspect of being a pastor — he had not brought unity in the body.

Samuel P., age 27, London

Col. Slingsby and I at the office getting a catch ready for the Prince de Ligne to carry his things away to-day, who is now going home again.

About noon comes my cozen H. Alcock, for whom I brought a letter for my Lord to sign to my Lord Broghill for some preferment in Ireland, whither he is now a-going.

After him comes Mr. Creed, who brought me some books from Holland with him, well bound and good books, which I thought he did intend to give me, but I found that I must pay him.

He dined with me at my house, and from thence to Whitehall together, where I was to give my Lord an account of the stations and victualls of the fleet in order to the choosing of a fleet fit for him to take to sea, to bring over the Queen, but my Lord not coming in before 9 at night I staid no longer for him, but went back again home and so to bed.

*(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 25, Michigan

Pa went to Dexter with some cider apples to have made into jelly, this fornoon. I have been writing specimens the most of the day. Mr and Mrs. Butler called here this afternoon. I have had considerable fever this day.  

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

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Worked on yard sale some more. Did homework and took a nap. Good, too. Came home. 🙂 Had pizza with Kathy. (Mom’s at auction.) Talked to Shannon and Sean. I like Sean so much. And I did some more homework. Mainly reading. Listened to my music.

Abbie B., age 22, Kansas

Yesterday we had a real wind storm. Had a blanket up at the door with sticks acrost it to keep it from blowing up all the time. When it was open great rolls of tumble weed would come in. What a house we had.

Mended a pair of pants, and vest for Philip and tried to read. Towards evening, a thunder storm came. Then it was as unpleasant as it could be. Cold wind and almost dark. This is the way some people live all winter. I have not wished myself else­where, for I want to see how it would be to live on the frontier in all seasons.

I was chilly, although dressed warm, and went to bed early to get warm.

*(kansasmemory.org, Kansas State Historical Society, copy and reuse restrictions apply)