Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Up early and went to Carrie’s. Jim was coming for rubbish etc. for dump. Then he came and helped Lo with the spring and mattress seemed quite easy. Lo and I had put up bed last nite all set but making it. Lo moved little things from Carrie’s all P.M. So hard. George had been to eye dr. Eye not good. A nerve bad. After being at Carrie’s had to bring rugs to apt. to vacuum. Connections bad there at Anderson’s. Mrs. B. came in for a minute.

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

Mrs. Common went to Asheville this morning, will return this afternoon. I have spent the day quilting, got along very well. Willie is still very loose in his bowels. Jeff woke us up last Friday night by barking incessantly. The dry house was a bright blaze. It burnt the top off. Left the walls standing. There was some 8 bushels of fruit nearly dry in it.

*(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

Arose at 5 o’clock this morning, had to light a lamp for the first time in the morning this season.  I have been at the fair all day working at the fruit; there was lots of it come in today.  Kate came over with Fred and Jessie Neill this afternoon.  The baby got somewhat scared at so many people.  I clerked at the store this evening as Case was attending to a concert given up there tonight.  I got home about 9 o’clock tonight.

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

Laura M., age 15, North Carolina

Good. Ashley told me that she heard Chris tell Shannon David that he hated me. I gave him a note and he almost didn’t take it. Him and Mike came 2 Renee’s 4 about 5 minutes. No weed. W/E. I stayed till 6:00 with Sol and Zach. Fun playing pool. Kathy picked me up. Did geometry and watched TV. Ate dinner. Did more homework and talked 2 Ashley. Chris makes things fun.

Samuel P., age 27, London

All day at home to make an end of our dirty work of the plasterers, and indeed my kitchen is now so handsome that I did not repent of all the trouble that I have been put to, to have it done.

This day or yesterday, I hear, Prince Rupert is come to Court; but welcome to nobody.

*(The Diary of Samuel Pepys M.A. F.R.S., edited by Henry B. Wheatley F.S.A., London, George Bell & Sons York St. Covent Garden, Cambridge Deighton Bell & Co., 1893.)

Cornelia H., age 25, North Carolina

Some volunteers staid here last night. Cavalry from Cherokee. Capt. Hays Company. Only three going to Cherokee to see their friends so they are to leave soon. Mr. Henry is laying down before the fire, has been asleep. That is his place in winter Sunday. I want to go up to Quinn’s this evening to get the last of grapes as we will soon be visited by jack frost. It is 1 o’clock, no dinner yet. Instead of going to Quinn’s, Mr. Henry & I went up by the hotel place & down to the spring & tolled some old sows and pigs in the pen. Mr. Henry has run a fence across this corn field above the house & has the killing hogs up.

*(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

I sawed a little wood and practiced writing this fornoon. This afternoon I took the double buggy and Kate, Effie, Nellie Fred, Willie and I took a big ride, — went through the pulp mill at Hudson, up on Prospect hill, where we had a lovely view, and around [?] home.

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