By Robert Myers, Janet Coryell

The preserving of journals and diaries grew to become a nearly daily hobby for lots of americans within the 19th century. Adeline and Julia Graham, younger ladies from Berrien Springs, Michigan, have been either attracted to this task, writing in regards to the day-by-day occasions of their lives, in addition to their 'grand adventures.' those are attention-grabbing, deeply own debts that supply an perception into the options and motivation of 2 sisters who lived greater than a century in the past. Adeline begun preserving a diary whilst she used to be 16, from mid-1880 via mid-1884; via it we see a tender girl 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 whilst she units out with 3 different younger women to abode in Greeley County, Kansas, simply east of the Colorado border. it's a shiny and colourful narrative of a tender woman's trip into America's western landscape.

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Et is going to be president, AI. Secretary, and I am Treasurer. We are going to read up about politics and the leading questions of the day and each must make a speech on that subject at next meeting. 67 Al staid all night with me last night. I didn't get through my work to day till four o'clock. Pa has a terrible cough yet and I still do the chores. Kit came over to night and played eight or nine games of euchre. At first Ma & I played against Kit and Pa and we beat three games. Then Will took Pa's place and they beat us all the rest.

87"Spoony" meant kissing, caressing, or conversing amorously. VOLUME 1: MAY 10, 1880-JUNE 6, 1881 39 The boy thought he was stronger And the mule thought he was able. " The metre is perfectly astonishing. I stayed all night at Et's and we didn't get to sleep till nearly four o'clock, and got awake again at seven. I wasn't a bit sleepy Saturday morning. ' Ma went up to the farm to prepare for Will, and left me to get dinner. I managed to fall down cellar during her absence and skin my arm. In the after noon she went up again and Et came up.

I didn't do much sewing but tended baby's instead. Lu came to me first thing, which was something strange as she seldom will go to a stranger, and I felt highly flattered. They insisted upon our staying to dinner and after that we went down to the school house to help about the stage. The entertainment went off well. I spoke "The Wonderful One hoss Shay" to the great jollification of the people, much to my discontent. 69 Had a jolly time. Took in over twenty four dollars and cleared over twenty two dollars.

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