By Robert Myers, Janet Coryell
The holding of journals and diaries turned a nearly daily hobby for lots of american citizens within the 19th century. Adeline and Julia Graham, younger ladies from Berrien Springs, Michigan, have been either attracted to this job, writing concerning the day-by-day occasions of their lives, in addition to their 'grand adventures.' those are attention-grabbing, deeply own bills that offer an perception into the options and motivation of 2 sisters who lived greater than a century in the past. Adeline all started retaining a diary whilst she used to be 16, from mid-1880 via mid-1884; via it we see a tender lady coming of age during this small group in western Michigan. Paired with Adeline's account is her sister Julia's diary, which starts in 1885 while she units out with 3 different younger ladies to home in Greeley County, Kansas, simply east of the Colorado border. it's a brilliant and colourful narrative of a tender woman's trip into America's western landscape.
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The poor fellow was so scared he came pretty near not inviting Ma. We weren't sure he would do it this after noon or not, so I went to school as usual and missed the fun. 77The Shaker farm refers to a farm on the north edge of Berrien Springs, bought by the Shakers, a religious sect, in 1858, and used for commercial seed production until they sold the property in 1872. " 78"The brick store" refers to Berrien Springs' one and only brick commercial building; it still stands at the corner of Cass and Ferry streets.
Ewalt's house? Oh yes, Cupid flying through a splendid sky over Mrs. " And a whole rigmarole more interspersed with giggles. Jude and I went down there this afternoon to look over old fashioned dresses and choose something for masking. 4 We all dressed up and pranced around in them. Mine won't come together. George is getting up a remarkable costume, I guess, and won't tell us anything about it, for which I am glad as 'twill be more fun. I wish Et didn't know what I am to be. Et and I want to play some trick on George that night though we don't know what it will be yet.
I am getting so I despise that little bunch of egotism. I quarrel almost everytime I come near him. His conversation consists largely of I's. Sade Reiber* skated with him afterwards and run him into a stump. As I have a revengeful spirit, I rejoiced. As we went home we stopped and slid down hill ever so long. That night it thawed and so yesterday there was no skating. Et came up in the afternoon and we went around making calls New Year calls although rather late in the day. Heard there was to be a dance last night but made up our minds not to go because of the bad conduct of several at the masquerade.