A Note About Hattie’s Diary Blog

  “Miss Hattie Alexander’s Diary” blog was provided by Robin Melissa Bosworth Reininger, Great Great Granddaughter of Harriet Elizabeth “Hattie” Alexander Swan. Special thanks to Austin Cooper for transcribing my grandfather, Wilder Morris Bosworth D.D.S.’s, handwritten copy of Hattie's Diary and gifting the diary to me. Special thanks to Austin for sending me the two … Continue reading A Note About Hattie’s Diary Blog


April 20th, 1873, Sunday

Rather pleasant. Mother and Father spent the day here. Mother is troubled for breath quite bad. We have had a very backward spring after a terrible cold winter. Eugene is going to sow wheat tomorrow. We have had two pretty hard thundershowers this spring. I read in the paper that in Mississippi and Iowa they … Continue reading April 20th, 1873, Sunday

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


July 19th, 1872, Friday

Pleasant. I have been over to see Mother most every day this week. I feel worried about her. They expected Frone home last night, but were disappointed. She will come sometime this week. While I was there this afternoon. Aunt Eliza and Mrs. Robinson came and Mr. and Mrs. Weeks called. Mother’s cough is awful … Continue reading July 19th, 1872, Friday


July 14th, 1872, Sunday

Pleasant. Mother Swan came up today. Is going to stay a week. Our folks have sent for Soph. I never saw Mother look so miserable. Flora Covill is there now. Mat Gookin only staid a week. I have got a sewing machine, a Singer bought the 2nd of July.


July 1st, 1872, Monday

Pleasant. Eugene and I went to Genoa and Richmond. I bought me a linen dress. I had a letter from Soph today. She has been down to Biddeford. She was having a splendid time. She was in Boston when she wrote. Is going to Dunbarton after the 4th. She says the city is crowded, people … Continue reading July 1st, 1872, Monday


May 19th, 1872, Sunday

Showery. I called over to see Mother a few moments. She looks pretty bad. Sophronia started for Boston last Wednesday. She is there today I suppose. I wrote a letter to her this forenoon.