1912. Far Guys Grandmother Tracie was 16 1/2 years old. She kept a diary. I am in the process of transcribing the old diary so that it can be shared with relatives. It is the first part of a huge project. I wish I were a speedy typist instead of a slow but sure one.
I have found several things curious..so I had to look them up.
Feb 2: Went to school. Albert’s were here. Anna, Emma, Harry, Jim and I went to Literary up at Star Point and nearly froze coming home. To bed 12 o’clock.
Literary pertains to or of the nature of books and writing.
Grandma always wrote what time she went to bed. She also records the comings and goings of her 12 brothers and sisters. ( the Jim she speaks of became her husband. )
Feb 16: Went to school. Decorated the school house. Floyd and Fred G. came up. Emma, Jim and I went to Lyceum, the boys sang. Harry R. rode home with us. To bed at 1 o’clock. O’yes Fred took Hazel home.
I learned that The American Lyceum movement of the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth century was an early form of adult education. Lectures, dramatic performances, classes and debates were held in countless small towns. They provided a platform for the dissemination of culture and ideas.
Feb 25: Sunday, stayed at home all day. It stormed. I played Flinch in the eve. To bed at 8-30.
Flinch is a card game: Generation upon generation have enjoyed Flinch since it was first introduced in 1905. All you have to do to win is get rid of the 10 cards in your stockpile. You'll do this by playing them in numerical sequence--whenever possible--onto the play piles in the center of the table. Sounds simple, doesn't it' Or is it' ?
It is a wonderful experience to transcribe the monthly writings..sometimes I wish she would write more..the only food she speaks of is Popcorn and Ice Cream..so far anyway. She speaks of getting stuck in snowdrifts with her friends..and of an “old time blizzard” of washing and ironing and sewing a black skirt and sewing rags together for rag rugs, reading, going to school and taking music lessons. So very different from a young lady of the same age today.
Grandma is kneeling in this photo she is second from the left in the light colored dress. Her brother Fred is in this photo too..I think he is on the left. Aunt Emma..I think is the gal with the black beads seated on the right.
It is great background information for me to sift through. With my position at the Museum..the more I know about the past and how life was way back when..the more I will be able to share on museum tours. I am always up for learning and sharing:)