July 21st, 1872, Sunday

I went over to Father’s and spent the day. Mother Swan went home this forenoon. Henry Swan came after her. Sophronia got home Friday night. She brought me a dress from May, a silver cup for Olive from Mr. Parsons and also one from Cousin Olive, a gold ring for Clara from Aunt Sophronia and … Continue reading July 21st, 1872, Sunday


March 26th, 1872, Wednesday

May has gone back to Boston. May Brigham has been boarding here all winter. Her school finished today. I like her much and so did all the district. Since I wrote last William Swan has moved his house over on the other side of the road. It seems odd not to see the house down … Continue reading March 26th, 1872, Wednesday

September 13th, 1870, Tuesday

We are having nice weather. May came back from Boston last month. She had not been gone a year until the 1st of December. Sarah and May from Chicago came up with her and staid a week. The whole family have been up during the summer. May Swan talks of going home to Nashville and … Continue reading September 13th, 1870, Tuesday


January 2nd, 1870, Sunday

Clara and I have been down to Uncle Jesse’s and Gales’s to make a visit. Johnnie is married to May Hewett, some one he found up North. She may be a nice girl, but I did not fancy her at all. She looks Irish. I wrote to May, she went back the 1st of last … Continue reading January 2nd, 1870, Sunday


January 21st, 1865, Sunday

Its very cold, snowed and hailed Friday night. We have not had any mail since Wednesday. Sophronia got a letter then from Frank Fields. He is on the N.W.R.R. [Northwestern Railroad]. I guess there is a letter from May down to the office.


January 7th, 1866, Sunday Forenoon

New Year’s Day was pleasant and warm. Had a nice time at Uncle Jesse’s, and a good time in the evening at the dance, quite a crowd there. Mattie Stone and Billy Rotnour were married that evening. They were married by Fay at Stone’s. Mat wore a blue silk. Frank Mead and Emma Colby from … Continue reading January 7th, 1866, Sunday Forenoon


December 31st, 1865, Sunday

A splendid evening, just as light as day. Hope it will be as pleasant tomorrow night. Eugene and I are going to attend the New Year’s Ball at Richmond. Sophronia will go with us. May is going with Adin Swan. He and Uncle Jesse and Aunt Eliza were up here Christmas. Tomorrow we all take … Continue reading December 31st, 1865, Sunday