Anna L., age 75, Illinois

Carrie expecting to move today don’t know what time. Lo came home after 9:00 said movers coming at 10:00. However 10:30 when they arrived. Lo cut linoleum in D.R. for kitchen in apt. Really had a workout. Lo and I stayed at apt. and Carrie stayed to wait for gas man to disconnect gas and stove there. Missed him. Fortunately he came to apt. and went back and did it and later came and connected plate so all set. Living room pretty good except little things. Carrie at it all day Sat. Lo worked Sat. so we didn’t do any unpacking.

Cornelia H., age 26, North Carolina

I have quilted all day. I can’t quilt more than half a side a day. It is very tedious work. Atheline does the cooking. Hanes attends to Willie. His bowels get no better. The other children are very well. Charlie has had the sore throat, it is getting better. A good many cases of dyptheria in the neighborhood. I trust & hope my little ones may escape. Mrs. Common left this morning for home.

*(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

This was the last day of the fair and I can settle down after this, I think.  It began to rain this morning and was at it all day I had nothing to protect me from the rain but happened to get a ride with Fred Neill, and have the protection of his umbrella.  I received a first premium on my card writing, and a record on my plate of R.L. Greenings.  I was too tired tonight to do anything but sleep.

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

Laura M., age 14, North Carolina

Okay day at school. Gym was fun, but I hate sweating so much. Got home from school and did my homework. Played Backgammon with Mom and watched TV. Had dinner of lasagna and salad. Before that I talked to Sean for an hour or so. We said I love you and I meant it — but I don’t know in what way. Talked to Brittany and Shannon a little bit. Had to read a lot for school.

Samuel P., age 27, London

(Lord’s day). To our Parish church both forenoon and afternoon all alone. At night went to bed without prayers, my house being every where foul above stairs.

*(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

Nothing new going on, all are well. Cool mornings. I am doing but little sewing. I actually believe I am getting lazy. Mr. Henry & all hands at work on mill dam. Newton Taylor hired also. Mr. Boyd working at the loom, it is doing very well.

*(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

Kate and I stayed at Aunt Jane’s last night. We walked home this morning and I helped cut corn this fornoon. Fred and I went to Ann Arbor this afternoon and rode home in a cold windy shower. We had popcorn and grapes tonight.

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

Abbie B., age 22, Kansas

Since Monday have been in bed nearly all the time. Had an attack like Mrs. L. Thankful to be better. I came the nearest to being homesick I ever was. Philip has been doing the cooking. I have no appetite, and that worried him. It is laughable to see him bake flap jacks for himself. To be ill and not see a woman for a week—is hard luck. I am better so let us rejoice. Philip has gone to see if he can shoot a prairie chicken.

The sun is seting— I must take a look at this last of Sept. sun set. And may a picture of it be on memories wall for a long time.

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