I am transcribing the 1916 Farm Diaries that were left behind by Far Guy’s Paternal Grandparents.
Most days Grandpa writes, his penmanship is horrible, thanks to a magnifying glass I am getting the main thoughts. The days Grandma writes it is much easier to decipher.
There are 13 years of diaries. We can all say uffda together now…one month at a time!
So far we learned exactly when they moved from the farm south of Park Rapids where Marvin (Far Guy’s Dad) was born. We knew they moved in 1916.
I would have never guessed they moved in February.
16 Wednesday Moved over to S.R.R. at Japs for dinner and night. (Jasper was married to Minnie Grandma’s sister and they called him Jap.) We still haven’t figured out what S.R.R. stands for, we think it is Shell River..Road??
17 Thursday Fixed up around the place. Up to Japs for meals. (They must have lived close by…I always thought they lived in Iowa)
18 Friday Stayed at Japs, brought Tracie and Marvin down our first night here.
19 Saturday unpacked things and straightened around got some wood.
I wish there was a photo of what the farm house looked like when they moved. There is one photo taken in 1917.
This is most likely Tracie (Grandma) and Jim (Grandpa) and that is Marvin (Far Guy’s Dad) right in front of Grandma along with a faithful dog.
In June of 1916, there was frost June 5th and the corn had to be replanted on June 15th.
During the year Martha Jane (Grandpa’s Mother) visited a few times, she must have come from Iowa on the train. Grandpa’s brother Bryan stays at the farm sometimes and is in Park Rapids other times, I get the impression he worked as a farm hand.
It is wonderful for us to have the opportunity to have a glimpse into farm life 98 years ago.