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Book No. 2
Tuesday, Sept. 15, '91 (Continued.)
she would be out to Hudson again this winter. She said, "She did not know, perhaps not until she was carried out. How true that may be. Time is so uncertain with any of us. As we drove past the graveyard to-day, I thought, perhaps the next time went near there it may be for one of us. And what was a thought then, was spoken by us, when we passed there last Wednesday. I then walked slowly back home, with the intentions of seeing her in the morning again. I wrote a long letter to Jess tonight.
(Continued) Wednesday, Sept. 16, '91.
I went up town at 7:30 morning, and handed her the letter which I wrote last night. My how poorly she looked, it was all she could do to get to depart for the noon train. Mrs. Bailey wasn't home with her. Although G. H.G. went down on 2nd 24's.
Thursday, Sept. 17, 1891.
This has been a beautiful day. I went to school. This is my 17th birthday, and not one member of the family even so much as mentioned it. Not that I expected anything, for I did not, but there never is a birthday in our home but what I am most always the first one to announce it. In made me feel kind of bad, but it will soon wear away; still young folks always look forward to their mile stones with great eagerness. For as each one draws night, it soon brings them to the time when they must look out for themselves and they, at least like them spoken of in the home circle. I now begin to dread the birthdays. I see how swift, oh so fast, the years are gliding and life has no pleasure for me, as yet. Time passed very very fast to me, it seems to go faster now for me, as I look back, than it ever has gone before. Just one year ago to day since I had my picture taken. I am going to try and get something of my own buying, every birthday, something that I can treasure as a keepsake. At sixteen I had my picture taken. To-day, at seventeen, I bought me some material for making a book in which to keep my pressed flowers. And God alone, only knows what the year of the future has to bring. Perhaps death, many times I think, to me it would be a friend. Everything is done for the best. This is one of the lovliest nights I have ever seen. The moon is so clear. I was sitting by my window about 10 o'clock, when G.H.G's train, 2nd. 24's pulled up and stopped. These sections are late to-night. He came to the office for order, and it was so clear and bright, he could see me sitting by the window, for there was no light in the room, and the moon shone full in my face. He tossed his lantern, and I waved my hand back, for I knew he could see me. And there my birthday closed.
[In margin] I went around town with Grace McCauley after school. G.H.G went to Cleveland about 7:30 this morning.
Sept. 18, 1891. Friday.
This has been a pleasant day. I went to school. Just one year ago to-night since Jessie and Mag Sharh and I spent the evening with Mrs. Marsh when she lived over on the street near the school house. When we came home, G.H.G. came through in 24's and he came across. He went through to-day on 1st 19's. Caboose 16. Mr. Seese gave our class the tickets to sell for the Public School Lecture Course this afternoon.
Saturday, Sept. 19, '91.
It was been very pleasant. Mrs. O. Rouke was here washing to-day. G.H.G. went to Wellsville this morning in the first section of 6 o'clock freights. I saw him but he did not me. I was sitting by the window this afternoon a while, when 22's passed. Glancing up whom should I see but W.G. on the 2nd section. Caboose 12. I was glad to see him again.
Sunday, Sept. 20, 1891.
This has been a lovely day. Uncle Will and I drove to Ravenna. We started at 9:30 and reached home again at 7. We went by the way of Streetsborough and came back through Kent on Ravenna Street home. I enjoyed the day ever so much. We spent a couple of hours with Mr. and Mrs. Tabor, the lady who was with us at the R.R. picnic. About the first persons we saw on the street, when we came into Ravenna, were the two men who took out basket at the picnic. They recognized me and while I was at Mrs. Tabor's one of them came and visited a while. Of course they were acquaintances of theirs of they would never have taken the basket. Mrs. Tabor introduced me to a friend of hers, who works in the P.A. & W.R.R. He was a very nice young man, and gave us some of the largest peaches I have ever seen. She lives just a few steps from the C. & P. depot. You can see the R.R. from her door. I had a splendid time. I always do when I go with Uncle Will. When we reached the Connotton R.R. coming home, we waited for the milk train. Mr. F. Ingersoll was engineer. Uncle Will talked with him, till the train started, then we came home.
Monday, Sept. 21, '91.
It has been very pleasant to-day. I went to school. I went up town after school. My evening was spent in sewing.
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1891.
This has been a pleasant day. I went to school. At recess this afternoon Grace Mc______ and I were going down stairs, when who should we meet at the door but Delphine. She has been in Cleveland for the past four weeks, and just came home last night. She spent the remainder of the afternoon at school. To morrow she is coming back. After school, she went with me up as far as Mr. Bishop's on south Main St., to sell my tickets. We were gone about an hour and a half. We had a good time too. G.H.G went through this morning to Wellsville on the 6 freights. No. 16.
Wednesday, Sept. 23, '91.
It has been a pleasant day. I went to school. Mr. Seese and Delphine had a talk this morning before school, and he has come to the conclusion that she can become a member of our class, and a Senior in June. As there was some doubt about her coming next year, and graduating with her class of '93; he thought she could do two years work in one and instead of leaving next spring without finishing, she could leave honorably with the class of '92 as a member. I am very glad it is to be so, for Jessie P. and I had always hoped to finish together as we began, but it was not to be so: that dreadful moving to Cleveland ended it. Since she has been gone, which now is a year and 5 months, I never have found a companion like Jess was. Then Delphine came, I liked her from the first, but she did not fill her place and no one ever will, but as she is next to Jess to me, I am glad she will be a member of our glass and end when I do. G.H.G. went to Cleveland this morning at 7 o'clock, and back on 2nd 24's. These sections were late, and instead of he doing the switching here, he blowed his lantern out and came across. I did not go out, but he walked up and down between our gates, for at least a half hour, till his train went. He did not forget to toss the lantern as he left.
Thursday, Sept. 24, '91.
It has been pleasant to-day. I went to school. Delphine sits in front of me. G.H.G. went up on 1st 121's. I knew by the lantern when he came for orders.
Friday, Sept. 25, '91.
It has been a pleasant day, yet very warm. I went to school. After school I went out with my tickets. G.H.G. went to Wellsville on 20's. I spent my evening in sewing.
Saturday, Sept. 26, '91.
This has been a very warm yet pleasant day. It has been quite a busy one with me too. Delphine came down this afternoon, and after visiting awhile, we went up to Mr. Newton's. We passed a very pleasant hour or so there. When we reached the railroad coming home, a number of freights and the five o'clock passenger trains were on side tracks and at the depot. As she intended going down the track, it being so much nearer, I waited with her on the cinder walk at the cross roads, till the tracks were nearly clear. Promising I would come down to-morrow, I left her. G.H.G. went to Cleveland at 11 this morning, Caboose 16, and had the milk train out at 7. I could see his wave clear down to the switch to-night.
Sunday, Sept. 27, '91.
It has been very pleasant to-day. I did not go to sunday school. At four, I went down to Delphine's. I passed two enjoyable hours there. I then started for home, and Delphine walked as far as the cross roads, which is this side of the depot, with me. We then turned up as far as Mr. Bueses store, where I intended to leave her, and come home. But instead we concluded we would go to church, so she went back to her house, then to the Diciple Church. I came home about 8:30. Kit was over at our house, when I reached there. This morning, I thought I saw W.C. about 8 o'clock and a short time afterwards I found I was not mistaken. He was on Caboose 27, going to Cleveland.
Monday, Sept. 28, 1891.
It has been very pleasant today. I went to school. I spent my evening in sewing.
Tuesday, Sept. 29, '91.
It has been pleasant, but very warm to-day. I went to school. After school Delphine and I went down to Vina Biesel's, then she went up the track home. There was a big wreck on Newburgh bridge to day, causing the delay of passenger trains two hours. and freights 7 or 8 hours. At Newburgh the passengers had to walk about a mile to get to their trains, and a couple of the trains, the 3 passenger, and the flyer, backed out. The 11 freights no. 15's were the cause.
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1891.
It has been pleasant to-day. I went to school. G.H.G. went through on 1st 24's. He waved his lantern from the back platform of his caboose. W.G. went to Wellsville on the second section of 6 freights this morning. He was on the fore platform of Caboose 27.
Thursday, Oct. 1, '91.
This has been a very pleasant day. I went to school. I was standing in the garden to-night at about 5:15, talking to Mrs. Devers and Kit, when 22's pulled out. The 1st section was Caboose 27, and the 2nd was W.C. on Caboose 12 again. Both he and J.C. bowed, and waved through the opening. I had a switch in my hand, which I waved back. To-night the Lecture Course begins with, "The Fisk Jubilee Singers," a colored troupe who have traveled the world over. As I promised Delphine I would call for her, I went down about 7. We had a good time this evening. The songs were comical, What a time we had dodging two fellows coming home, F.C. and C.B. but we did it all night, but the calling of "Liz." made us laugh the next day. I reached home about [goes off page]
Friday, Oct. 2, '91.
This has been a pleasant day. I went to school. After school I walked down town with Delphine. She told me to-day she would be down Sunday. When I reached home, I went up town again. We were to have had exercises this afternoon, but did not on account of the piano being down at the hall. There was a wreck last night down near Wellsville, and the report is, killed an engineer and cut the legs of a brakeman off. They both being employee of this road, but perhaps it is not true. I should like to know the truth. G.H.G. came through on 2nd 24's. I saw him get off his caboose as the train stopped, toss his lantern, then blow it out. I waited a few moments, then stepped out. He came through the gate up the walk as far as the cistern. I shook hands with him, exchanged a few words then came in for good reasons. To night shall live fresh in my memory.
Saturday, Oct. 3, 91.
It has been a very pleasant day. I have been busy all day as we washed. G.H.G. came through on 20's, Caboose 16. Caboose 33 came through to-night on 19's all draped. It is the fist ever that has been so, in many a long day. Instead of the truth of the report concerning the killed engineer, only one man was hurt and that was the one who had is leg cut off and died from the effects. He was a young brakerman. 19 Caboose came out from Cleveland on the local this noon, coupled behind 13. It was going down the road some place.
[In margin] Received letters from Mary Matfield and Alta Sharfer.
Sunday, Oct. 4, '91.
It has been cloudy all day, and in the afternoon it turned very cold and rainy. Delphine did not come down, on account of the weather, I suppose. I did not go anyplace to-day. I wrote a letter to Jess P.
[In margin] Caboose 17 had the milk train today and it was all draped.
Monday, Oct. 5, 1891.
It has been cold yet pleasant to-day. I went to school. Caboose 44 and 36 went to Cleveland this morning trimmed. 36 had the initial of his last name in black and white on the side of the caboose. His name was Charles Williard. I went up town after school with Grace McC. and Delphine.
[in margin] 28 was draped.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1891.
It has been cold and cloudy to-day: I went to school. During the last 12 or 18 months of my school life, I never had so much fun, as I had today. Delphine, Grace McC, Ethel Jones and I have the corner, and if we did not up. I have seen Nos. 4, 51, 48, 9, 24, 41, 43, draped, besides those which I have named, but none of them, is trimmed as pretty and tasteful as 16, G.H.G's which when down on 1st 22's. It did look very pretty. It sided down below the opening, but I saw no one whom I knew.
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1891.
It has been cold and gloomy to-day. I went to school. After school, I went down town with Grace and Delphine. G.H.G. came through on 19's. He was nearly an hour late, so it was almost dark when he reached here. He was one No. 16, trimmed still. W.C. has the milk train out from Cleveland to-night. Uncle Will asked me to go to the fair to-morrow with him, but I am going to try and have mother go in my stead.
Thursday, Oct. 8, '91.
It was cloudy this morning, but turned out very pleasant. I did not go to school, as Uncle Will, mother and Em went to the fair. Mr. Warren and Rollie were in this morning. I have been very busy all day. In the afternoon I went up town. I am almost sure No. 16 went to Wellsville on the 2nd section of 6 freights this morning. If it did, its draping had been taken off. I thought I saw G.H.G. was down by the side of a row of cars. W.C. went to Cleveland on 1st. 15's. Caboose 12. Not expecting him from that direction I did not step to the window; but I happened to turn as it went by. He was watching over here and as he saw no one, no doubt he thought I was at school. He came back on 2nd 24's., tossed his lantern. The folks all had a good time at the fair.
[In margin] This is Brother Johnnie's birthday. He would have been 9 years old had he lived. No. 12 was draped.
Friday, Oct. 9, '91.
It has been pleasant to-day. I went to school. We had exercises this afternoon, and they were very good, but a number of scholars were absent. G.H.G. went down on 1st 22's. He sided down below the opening. No. 16. was trimmed to day. Kit Devers was over this noon, and I did feel so sorry for her.
Saturday, Oct. 10, 1891.
It has been pleasant to-day. As there was no school I found plenty to do. W.C. went down on 2nd 20's. They were late and did not go by till 3:30. Caboose 12. He was on the back platform and waved the torch up through the opening. Kit Devers went to Cleveland to night on the 6 train perhaps to be gone for many a day. I walked as far as the corner with her, where I bid her good bye and left her. In the evening I spent about an hour with Mrs. Devers.
Sunday, Oct. 11, 1891.
This has been a pleasant day. Uncle Will and I drove to Pennisula this afternoon. We had a pleasant time and were gone about 4 hours. We reached home at 6. How awfully cold it grew coming home, but I enjoyed the ride. Mr. Tabor came up this evening. He remained a while then went away with Uncle Will. Mrs. Devers came over about 1 o'clock to-day. Emma and I spent our evening between Mrs. Dever's and Mr. Hine's.
Monday, Oct. 12, 1891.
It has been a nice day, but cold. I went to school. Received an invitation to attend a surprise party on May Shocker, Wednesday Eve. After school I walked down town with Grace McC. and Delphine. Kit Devers came home to-night on the 7 train. I was over there this evening.
[In margin] I went to see Mrs. Tabor, who is visiting at her mother's from there I walked as far as the corner with her and Maggie Keeven, then went up town. They came down to night about an hour. We had a real nice time. They made me promise to come again to morrow evening.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 1891.
It has been pleasant to-day. I went to school. W.C.'s train came in this morning about 8 o'clock, and did not leave for Cleveland till I was ready to start for school. He came back on 24's. Caboose 12. Three or four days here were written on one day a time later, and I confused Monday and Tuesday a little.
[In margin] Mother, Em, and I went down to Mrs. Keeven's to night. We were gone about 1 ½ hours. Mrs. Keeven and Mr. and Mrs. Tabor walked as far as the bridge home with us. What a beautiful night. I shall never forget it.
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1891.
This has been a pleasant day. I went to school. G.H.G. went to Cleveland this morning at 7 o'clock, and came back on 2nd 22's. No. 16. 22's layed here for the 6 passenger to pass, and his train lay opposite our house. He jumped off the engine when it pulled up, and although it was most dusk I knew it was he at a glance. A few minutes after, I was strolling down to the gate and I saw a figure cross the road between the opening. I thought it was him but I was not certain; so I walked slowly to the door. This person came down the walk and I heard some one say "How do you do." I turned and knew I was not mistaken. He walked up the path with me. He remained as long as his train did, which was a half hour. How pretty the moon had become while we stood there. As his train was leaving he waved his lantern. He said he would be back to night about 11, as he was only going as far as Alliance.
Thursday, Oct. 15, '91.
It has been a cold and gloomy day. At noon it rained just as school let out. After school this afternoon I went up town and walked down with Mr. Eaton. Emma went to a social to night. W.C. went through on 2nd 19's. just No. 12 and Engine and a car coupled on last. I nearly missed him as he passed, for it went so quickly and I supposed it would be a freight train. I saw him wave from his window, and his lantern down the track from 12's sidedoor.
Friday, Oct. 16, 1891.
It has been pleasant thought cold. I went to school. We had rhetoricals this afternoon. Ed Palmer and I had the paper. One of the girls sang. "A boy's best friend is his mother." I went up town after school. To night is one of the most beautiful bright nights I have ever seen in my life. The moon looks grand. It is not one of the most beautiful, but it itself is the most beautiful. I have seen many lovely nights, but never one like this. These nights and evenings always make me sad and lonely. It is strange, but to most every one else they bring happiness, but to me sadness. They recall times of the past, and they always make me melchanoly.
Saturday, Oct. 17, 1891.
This has been a lovely day. We washed. G.H.G. came through on the 1st 20's. Just as No. 16 came opposite the house, the local pulled up, but I saw him wave once. After supper I went up town. I met Sadie Shively by the park, who went down town with me, and around the square. She has asked me so many many times to go down and see her, but I never have. We were talking with Mrs. Goose, one of our old school teachers, but Sadie does not go to school any more. From town I went down to MR. Singletary's. While I was there Amelia Staff, then Maggie Keeven, came in. I remained there three quarters of an hour. What a time I had at the crossing on account of two engines switching. Received a letter from Uncle and Aunt in Kipton.
Sunday, Oct. 18, 1891.
It has been gloomy and rainy most of the day. I did not go anyplace. I wrote two letters to-night, one to Mary Westfield, and one to Etta Sharp.
Monday, Oct. 19. 1891.
It has been rainy and cold to-day. I went to school. We four in the corner had quite a lot of fun to-day. After school I went up town, and came home with Mrs. Cins.
Tuesday, Oct. 20, '91.
It has been rainy and cold to-day. I went to school. After school, Grace Mc., Delphine and I went down town. Delphine went with me to MR. Kridler's barber shop to get my bangs trimmed. I went to see Mr. Buss about sending for a cloak for me. He is to send to-night to New York. G.H.G. went to Wellsville on 2nd section of 6 freights this morning. No. 16. W.C.'s train came in this morning just as the first bell was ringing 8:30, and left for Cleveland as I was ready to go school. He took the wreck train back, which G.H.G. brought out to replace a car. W.C. went back on 2nd 22's or 24's, I do not know which, for there was a wreck up near Cleveland which delayed the 5 passenger till 8. He came the time 24's were due. Caboose 12.
Wednesday, Oct. 21. '91.
It has been cold and gloomy to-day. I went to school. I went down town with Delphine this noon, and to night also. Coming down the hill above the creek to-night after school, Grace Mc, Delphine and I got to fooling as (we always do on that street0 and I hollored to Burt Rush who was a short distance ahead of us, then jumped behind Grace to make him believe it was her who hollored. She tried to jump aside as he could see me, and in doing so, she got to near the edge of the walk, and fell in a hole nearly 2 feet below the walk, and there she lay on a lop down old fence. We had to brace ourselves against a good part of the fence to laugh. Her cap fell off, what fun we have had in our corner again to-day. Delphine went down to Capill's barber shop last night and had her bangs cut V shaped, while mine were cut saucer shaped. G.H.G. went to Cleveland at 6:30 this morning, and Kit Devers told me he came back on 20's. She said he was watching for me; but he did not see me. Caboose 16. W.C. went up on 1st 19's. They were late and did not get here till 6:30. W.C. waved his lantern as he went by, and as far as the lights of his caboose were visible down the track, he stood on the back platform and waved his lantern. I had a dream about him last night warning me against him. Mother's birthday is to-day. She is 50 years old. I went up town after I came home from school. Maggie Finlay and Victor Fenn were married to-night.
Thursday, Oct. 22, 1891.
This has been a cold and rainy day, besides snowing some. I went to school. W.C. went to Wellsville at 3:30 this morning, I know by the caboose which followed him last night. It, No. 9, went down on 1st section of 6 freights. G.H.G. went to Cleveland at 11 this morning while I was at school, but Caboose 15 which followed him yesterday came through this noon on an extra, so he went in ahead of that. I was sewing at the time which the milk train would be due, if it were running now; but I think it has been taken off, still am not sure. However at that time, someone walked up the sidewalk with a lighted lantern, and only a minute or so after, I heard some short low whistles, but heeded them not, for I supposed the milk train had stopped running for this season, and I knew he could not have come out on any other, so I expected his return on 1st 24's, but when it came and passed, and I saw no one: I knew in a minute then, it was he who had whistled, but time that has passed, is gone.
Friday, Oct. 23, 91.
This has been a beautiful autum day. We had a heavy frost last night, and a great many leaves have fallen from it I went to school. Ethel was absent. As school lets out at three on Friday, to-day Mr. Seese wished to catch the 3 passenger train, and after giving our class its lesson for Monday, and a few orders, he left us on a two forty run. We all went to the windows to see him. He almost flew along, for he only had five minutes. Grace Mc said any one could play a game checkers on his coat tails. We did very little study, till the close of school. I went around town at noon with Delphine. Miss Nellie Biebe, Lizzie Rogers, and Blanche Williams, called to see me this afternoon, about five o'clock. W.C. went down on 2nd, 22's. Caboose 12. which has the trimmings taken off. It is nearly dark when RR's leave now.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 91.
This has been a very pleasant day. I have been busy all day. In the evening I went up town. Uncle Will's picture, which I sent to Chicago some time ago, to have enlargened came this morning by express. I received a postal telling me it has come, and as it was addressed to me Mr. Kaulder told me there was a picture down to the express office for me. Uncle Will went down this afternoon and brought it home. Well it is perfectly lovely. I never saw anything to equal it. I think a great deal of it. I received a letter from Mary Westfield. G.H.G. went down on 2nd 20's. He was on the back platform of No. 16. W.C. went up on 19's. He waved his lantern as he passed.
Sunday, Oct. 25, 1891.
This has been a beautiful day. I was sitting by the window this morning about half past 8, when an engine and caboose passed, going to Cleveland. It was No. 12. W.C. stood in the side door. About 1 o'clock, Uncle Will and I went riding. We drove out Streetsborough road to the cross roads then turned to our left, down past Fenns till we came to the cross roads. It is the same road to here Minnie Phillips and I took that day, as far as the cross roads. I thought of everything that passed during that ride on those roads that day, as we drove over there to-day. We turned and went out to Streetsborough Corners, then to Loomis's Mills, from there took the by road leading to Twinsburg, then home, after stopping at the cemetary. We had a delightful drive. The road from the second corners to Streetsborough Corners is very pretty. One spot, in particular for a short distance, I did admire very much. One side was a bank with trees on its side, and the other side was a sloping hill covered with trees, below ran the bed made for the Clinton Line. The road here was like a winding river, you would go, and not see anything ahead of you but a deep gulf, suddenly turn, and there lay the road, shaded on both sides. It was like this for a distance, then we crossed Tinker's creek, and it began to be more straight. I saw a very pretty woods to-day. They were on the road which leads from Streetsborough Corners to Loomis 's Mills. On the right hand side of the road, and just as soon as you pass the road which goes up the hill and comes out by Douds's. That road is the first one that turns off after you cross the R.R. The woods were on a high hill which in length was a third of a mile, they would slope down for a distance, then become level again, then slope again, till they reached the valley below. A short distance from this, when the woods ended, the hill was bare, and here and there clumps of maple trees were scattered on the low land. It was a very pretty sight as we drove along on the high land, to look down below us over these lovely colored trees, for they had nearly all turn. Through these lots the pipe line runs. To-day, perhaps it is all a fancy, I noticed and felt a small burning red spot on my cheek. I have seen it there many times before. It would stay awhile, then go away and come again. That sign indicates Consumption. Maybe it is a mere idea.
Monday, Oct. 26, '91.
It has been cold and rained and snowed some to-day. I went to school. From my window this afternoon, I thought I saw W.C.'s caboose go down on 20's. There was a foot ball game on the Academy grounds this afternoon, the Buchtel's and Hudson's. At three o'clock Mr. Seese said to our school, "Those who wish to go to the game may go, but do not let it tell on your lessons." Of course all the boys went, and he stepped out of the room a few minutes, while he was gone we girls decided we would go as well as the boys, although Mr. Seese did not expect us to. So we went, except a few precise ones, who thought they could not go. When Mr. Seese came back into the room, he said, "Well, as most of his school had gone, the bell should be rang and all be dismissed." Delphine and I remained till the game was ended, when we went down town. Governor Campbell speaks in Akron to-night. We were going but it began to blow and lighten very hard. The special train leaves here at 7. Band accompanied them.
Tuesday, Oct. 27, '91.
This has been a gloomy and cold day. I went to school. After school I went around town with Delphine and Grace Mc. G.H.G. went down on 1st 22's, Caboose 16.
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1891.
It has been cold but pleasant to-day. I went to school. At noon and after school I walked down town with Delphine. We went into the Shoe store, then to the new Milliner's to look at the hats. I walked home with Mrs. Ed. Sprague. Mrs. Peeples, she and I remained a while chatting at the corner. It was 5 o'clock when I reached home. I mailed two letters, one to "Kellogg & Mayer, Chicago, and one to Uncle and Aunt in Kipton. G.H.G. came through on 19's.
Thursday, Oct. 29, '91.
This has been a very pleasant day. I went to school. At noon I went down town with Delphine and after school, she, Grace Mc and I walked down. Delphine and I called in Miss Mill's where her sister Stella works, and looked at the fall hats. We went into Mr. Saywell's meat market and MR. Kridler weighed us. G.H.G. went down on 1st 6 freights this morning. He was standing in a car next to No. 16, with his hands in his pockets, looking over here, but he did not see me, although I did him. W.C. went down on 2nd 22's. Caboose 12. He tossed his lantern as he went by. I saw J.H.B. this morning on a C. A. & C. engine. First time I have seen him in a long time. He has grown real good looking since then. Delphine came as far as our gate this noon, and as I was just starting for school, we met there.
Friday, Oct. 30, '91.
This has been a beautiful day. I went to school. We had a test examination in German this morning, which I stood 93. We had exercises in the afternoon. Delphine, Grace Mc and I sat together in our back seat. We had lots of fun. Bessie Pettingill and Lottie Darrow sat in front of us. Bess pinned a piece of paper on which it said "Kick me" on Mr. Seese's back. He sat one seat ahead of her. Then she took that off and put another one on which said "Kiss me." He had an idea something was going on behind, from the snickers and motions, for he did keep turning. What a laugh we did have over the break out Milton Danforth and Charlie Rhoads made over their pieces. We three went down town after school. I received a letter from Chicago, wanting me to send my picture out, and have it done on the same terms of which Uncle Will's was. I walked part way home with Sadie Shively. We stood talking nearly an hour at the cross roads by the railroad. Before we parted she made me promise I would come down to-morrow evening, and get Delphine too, and she would get Carrie Westfield. To-morrow eve is Hollow'een. So when I reached home I wrote a note to Delphine and had Emma take it down. She brought an answer back saying she would go, and to meet at the depot, as that is just halfway for each.
Saturday, Oct. 31, 1891.
It has been cloudy and rainy this morning but the afternoon turned out very pleasant. We washed to-day. I went up town this afternoon to see if my cloak had come, and it had. I am very much pleased with it, it is a heavy, half cloak, black, with corded fastenings down the front and high collar. Cost $7.00 According to agreement, I went down to the depot at 7. I was the only one there, but did not have to wait but a very short time, ere Delphine came. Just as she came I was thinking of one year ago to-night, and as she entered she said she was just pondering over that. Just one year go then, we both met at that same place, and same time. We both watched the coming and going of the 7 train as we did to-night. The terms of the meeting were far different then than now. Look to Hollow'een of '90. As we sat there waiting for the train, we both wondered where we would be one year from to-night. We too said, that every Hollow'een night, in the future, that we were in Hudson, we would come down to the depot at that time, and watch the coming and going of that train. So if one goes and the other does not, she may know she is not in town, if both are absent, of course each one will be out of town, but I shall wonder every Hollow'een night, that I do not see her, where she is. God alone knows the future. After we watched the train pull out, we turned out steps toward Sadie's. There we found her and Carrie Westfield waiting for us. We passed a very pleasant evening of game playing and piano playing and singing. We came from there about 10 o'clock. After Delphine and I saw Carrie home, we disguised a little and walked down by Trowbridge, thence to Pittingell's and home. It was 20 minutes of 12 then. We had a splendid time. She agreed to come down to-morrow.
Sunday, Nov. 1, '91.
This has been a very cold day. Delphine came down about half past 4. We walked around by the school house, up Aurora Street a short distance, then past Cartwright's, a little ways beyond Pettingell's then turned and came back home. Considerable mischief was done last night, "McGinty hung all day to the school flag staff. It was a pair of white pants stuffed, and strung to the very top of the staff. Wagons piled with dry good boxes standing on the sidewalk, the band stand full of everything, and there they all were, all day Sunday. Delphine and I stopped at the house about three quarters of an hour then went to the Episcopal church, after which we parted for home. One year today Jessie Phillips came out.
Monday, Nov. 2, '91.
It has been pleasant but cold. I went to school. We had quite a laugh this morning about the flag staff, or "the unmentionable that climbed the flag staff" as we wrote in a note signed "He, she and it." Delphine, Ethel and I wrote it. I went around town after school. W.C.'s caboose went to Wellsville on the 2nd section of 6 freights this morning, but I saw no one whom I knew. As I was standing at my window to-night when 121's came in, G.H.G. came to the office for orders. He waved his lantern. He had 1st section.
Tuesday, Nov. 3, '91.
This has been a pleasant day. To-day is election for Govenor. Uncle Will and Em went to Cleveland. He wanted me to go, but I did not care to. I went to school. I went down town after school. At five o'clock I went down to the depot to meet the folks. Uncle Will came but left Em, as she and Minnie Phillips had gone over to Euclid when Uncle came for her, and they were not back in time for the train; so he told Mrs. Phillips to send her home to-morrow. Thinking she might come on the train, I went down to the depot again, from then up town. I wrote a letter to Kellogg & Mayer, Chicago.
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1891.
This has been a pleasant day. I went to school. I went down town afterwards. Emma came home on the accomadation. (five) I spent my evening in ironing. J.H.B. passed this morning.
Thursday, Nov. 5, '91.
It rained a little, otherwise it was pleasant. I went to school. After school Delphine came home with me to get my ticket, so as we could get our reserved seats for the lecture Friday. Ely Straight walked down with us. Our seats are number 34 and 35. About 5 o'clock I went down to Mrs. Peeples. Caboose 12 went to Cleveland at 7:30 this morning but W.C. was not on. J.H.B. was switching opposite, this morning.
Friday, Nov. 6, '91.
It has been pleasant to day. I went to school this morning, but in the afternoon Ethel, Delphine and I stayed from school, and attended the Convention, which was held at the Disciple Church. I witnessed a very pretty, yet sad scene there. Ethel's grandfather, a Disciple minister, sang a beautiful hymm, "I am waiting for my angel boatman, To carry me o'er the tide." It was a grand sight to see and hear, that aged, gray-haired, man get up and sing that. He was a very nice singer. We came from there about 4. In the evening I went to meet Delphine for the Lecture. We met by Campbell's. The subject was, "Sweet Girl Graduates," by Mattie McClellan Brown, a middle aged lady, but such a form and graceful carriage, I never saw before. It was a grand discourse, such a speaker as she, would move anyone, hold everybody's attention. It was about 9 o'clock when I reached home. I had an invitation to attend Abby Heywood's Concert Tuesday evening, but declined. G.H.G. went up on 1st 19's. They were late to-night. He is now running Caboose 6, the one W.C. used to be on.
Saturday, Nov. 7, '91.
It has been a very pleasant day. I worked all day, and to-night I was so completely tired out, I wondered if there ever would be rest again, until the long and final one. J.H.B. passed this morning.
Sunday, Nov. 8, '91.
It has been pleasant most of the day, but rained a little about 2 o'clock. Uncle Will and I started for Kent at half past nine. We went on the Darrow St. road as far as the Cross Roads, by Mrs. Robinson's, then turned east, passing through Turnkey Point, on to Kent. We put the horse and buggy in the livery stable. It rained very hard for a while, but soon cleared up and became pleasant again. We soon started for home by the way of Stowe Corners, when we reached there it began to spot rain a little, but then turned out very nice. We remained at the Corners about three quarters of an hour. As we passed through Darrow St., we remained there perhaps a half hour. We reached home about half past 5, turning from the straight road and coming around by the lot home. I spent my evening at home.
Monday, Nov. 9, '91.
It has been pleasant to-day. I went to school. After school this afternoon I went up town and bought me the making of a black dress. 75[cents] a yard. As I left Mrs. Billiter's where I had called to see about the making of it, on my way to town, I noticed Caboose 6, standing opposite which had just pulled up on 1st 22's. Some one, but no one whom I knew, was standing on the front platform and waved at me. I never once gave it a thought concerning G.H.G.'s being on that newly painted and cleaned caboose. As I turned the corner, at the church, I looked back, and there on the corner below, stood some one waving both hands. It did not at first strike me, of being G.H.G., but the more I thought of it as I went on, I came to the decision it was. As I entered Mr. Buss's store, I turned and there he was coming up Church St. After I had done my trading and went down to the office, I started for home. When I had passed what we call "the corner," I was completely taken by surprise to see him coming towards me. To be sure I was glad to see him, as I always am. We walked as far as Clarkstone, where the five passenger whistled, then his train, and he had to go. His train had started, and he had to run at a good rate to catch it. After supper I went up to Mrs. Billiter's to have my measures taken.
[In margin] Just one year ago today, Little Annie Heine died. How well I remember all, how I stood by my window, where the shadows of evening were falling on that dark dreary day waiting. When I saw the doctor coming from there with down cast eyes, I knew all was over. Poor little Annie such a beautiful child. I shall never forget a year ago today.
Tuesday, Nov. 10, '91.
This has been a cold and rainy day. I went to school. As I was returning at noon, G.H.G. train stood opposite, he was down the track doing his switching. He waved, and I twirled my umbrella. He was going to Cleveland on Caboose 6.
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1891.
This has been a cold day. I went to school. After school I went up town. Annie Hine was buried last November 11. (Tuesday). What a sad day that was.
Thursday, Nov. 12, '91.
It has been real cold to-day. I went to school. In the afternoon I went up town and called into Mrs. Billiter's. This evening I wrote an essay for to-morrow. Subject, "Dreams."
Friday, Nov. 13, 1891.
It has been pleasant to-day, but cold. I went to school. The exercises this afternoon were very good. I had the best essay, Delphine the best select reading. After school she, Grace Mc. and I walked down town, then Delphine and I went up to Mr. Newton's. Grace passed us on her way home. We had lots of fun going and coming. G.H.G. went to Wellsville on the first section of six freights this morning, No. 6.
Saturday, Nov. 14, '91.
It was been pleasant to-day. This was washday so I was not idle. While I was sitting by the window this afternoon, 2nd 22's pulled out. G.H.G. was on, and waved his lantern from the back platform. It is dark now when they go out.
Sunday, Nov. 15, 1891.
This has been a rainy day. I did not go any place. The eclipse took place to-night at 6 o'clock. How beautiful the moon looked then, but it was real dark. When it has passed away the moon shows so bright you could see to prick a pin up off the walk. It was nearly like day. I have seen a good many beautiful, bright nights, but believe I have never seen one to equal this.
Monday, Nov. 16, '91.
It has been pleasant but rather cool. I went to school. I looked from my window behind me about 11 o'clock this morning, and saw G.H.G.'s train pulling out for Cleveland. I knew it was his from the bright red caboose, the letters of which could be distinctly seen from where I sat. I went up town after school. I thought W.C. went down on 1st 24's. It was a caboose just like 12 and I believe I was not mistaken in the one who came whistling on the freight platform. It turned out quite rainy to-day.
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1891.
To-day has been a dreadful cold day, as colas any in winter. It snowed and blew hard all day. I went to school, after which I went up town. G.H.G. went to Wellsville on the 6 freights, first section this morning. His train passed directly through; he was on the back platform of his caboose, and waved his lantern, as it is dark now when those trains come through. He was the only man to be seen on his train this cold morning. I received a letter from Mary Westfield. Grace Mc has not been to school this week. Mr. Guitner was up to-night. They have begun to run that passenger train up Sundays now on the C.A. & C. also 28 has to run on Sundays the same as week days, to make connections with the one on the C.A. & C. First trip was last Sunday.
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1891.
This has been a wintry day, very cold. I went to school. Grace was there to-day. We four in the corner, Delphine, Ethel, Grace, and I had a picnic to-day. Remember, "What's a "govenor." Philosophy, Text. There has been a wreck down at the Atlantic Crossing about 7 miles east of here. It is where the A.Y.P.A. & O.R.R. crosses the O. & P. I remember that place well, when we came from Brady's Lake. I said then, what a dangerous place for wrecks. Some of the passenger trains from Cleveland went around by the way of Cuyahoga Falls and Orrville, and going through the Falls one of the passenger engines telescoped a caboose. Not a train came through from the east to-day till 7 o'clock this evening. Then the passengers came one following close on the other. First the 6 evening express, the 7 morning milk train, then accomadation 9 morning. Received a letter from Mary Westfield. Caboose 12 lay on the 20's till after 6 o'clock when the road was clear. There was no one on, whom I knew.
Thursday, Nov. 19, '91.
It has been pleasant to-day. I went around town this morning before school. I had to call into Mr. Busse's, the bakery, and Dr. Hodge's office. I met Ethel at the Post Office, who said she would meet me at the opposite side of the park while I went to the doctor's. We met and went to school. We had a slide down the hill on Raymond Bush's bob while the bell was tolling. It was my first ride this season. What a time was had in school this morning over a bag of candy. After school I went up to Mr. Cook's and bought me a very pretty pair of fine shoes and rubbers. G.H.G. went to Wellsville on the 1st section of 6 o'clock freights. Caboose 6. They were late this morning and came through about 7 o'clock. He was in the forward platform.
[In margin] Received a letter from Jessie Phillips. J.P. came in Mr. Busses, while I was in there. - 3-3-'92.
Friday Nov. 20, '91.
Part of to-day has been rainy and part pleasant. I went to school. I called at Dr. Hodge's office before school this morning and went from there with Delphine and May Wadsworth to school. I called into Mrs. Billiter's this afternoon and went from there up town. She and I had a better understanding of matters, which at present are very worrying. Caboose 12 went down on 20's but again I saw no one.
Saturday, Nov. 21, '91.
This has been a miserable day, rained all the while. I have been busy all the time. Kit Devers came over this afternoon. Emma made some cream candy and put walnuts in it. W.C. himself, went to Cleveland on 2nd eleven freights. Caboose 12. He had a long rubber coat and a large rubber hat on, but I knew him at a glance. G.H.G. went down on 1st 22's he and his flagman were on the front platform of Caboose 6. His flagman had a lantern waving to the engineer, and I saw G.H.G. borrow it from him to wave opposite. When he reached the opening Kit was coming out of her gate and hollored to him.
Sunday, Nov. 22, '91.
It has rained all day. I went to church this morning. Mr. Lewis had an excellent sermon. He spoke of the intimacys of a little while among friends of this life, sweet remembrances of the past and also said "that perhaps before one year from this day, some one of us would be sleeping the sleep of death." I could dwell on those epuches. I love to listen to them. In the evening Emma and I went again.
Monday, Nov. 23, '91.
It has been an unpleasant day. The wind blew furiously and snow fell very fast. Trains were blockaded. In fact it was a very hard storm all day, blew several chimneys down. I went to school, but was sorry for going this afternoon, for when I reached home, I was dripping wet, the snow came so fast and melted.
[In margin] Wrote the German Lessons for translating
Tuesday, Nov. 24, '91.
This has been a wintry day, but not so bad as yesterday. I went to school, after which I went up town and called into Mrs. Billiter's.
Wednesday, Nov. 25, '91.
This has been quite a pleasant day. I went to school. This noon I heard some news, the shock of which I shall not soon forget. I can not write it down here, for others to view, but the memory of which shall live forever with me. On my way back to school I called at Mrs. Peeple's for the "Wellsville Union" which she lends me every week to read. Oh I shall never forget this afternoon. After school Delphine and I went down town. She wished me to meet her at the Congregational Church Friday P.M. at 2 o'clock so I told her I would. School is out to-day on account of to-morrow being Thanksgiving.
Thursday, Nov. 26, 1891.
This is Thanksgiving
I was at home all day busy. Last Thanksgiving, how well I remember, and year before too, each time wondering where we would be the next, then so far off. But they have passed and we see where we are, and to-day these same thoughts come to me. Before it was about the same from year to year, but next Thanksgiving will be different for me, in that. I no longer will be a pupil of the Union School where many many happy times have passed. That, will be one of the great changes of my life, school life ended. So when one year from to-day dawns, how different, oh how changed, for me it will be. ------ ------ If the news which I heard yesterday be true, how strange it is, how queer. From the appearances of everything, the absence of one person, the papers not arriving [In margin: the item the week following], the mysterious visits of last summer, it seems to be true. Still in another light, it appears very odd, if it is so. But time brings nearly every thing to view, if we only wait, and I shall wait, but till that time I am not to be deceived. ------- W.C. went up to Cleveland on Caboose 12, at 8 o'clock this morning. He waved up through the opening, and down the back.
Friday, November 27, '91.
It has rained hard all day. This afternoon as to my promise of last Wednesday, I went to the church to attend the convention, but when I reached there it had began, so I did not enter. I then went down town and did some trading. After I came home I went to Mrs. Billiter's. G.H.G. went to Cleveland on the 3rd section of 15's. Caboose 6. W.C. went down, on 2nd 20's. They were late and did not come through till half past 4. He was sitting in the window of No. 12, and waved from there, down the track and I think through the openings between box cars as he passed. But alas! on my part that wave for many a day, is perhaps the last. I shall see him as he goes by, but he shall not see me.
Saturday, Nov. 28, '91.
It has been cold, and snowed nearly all day. We washed, so my time was not spent idly. J.C.B. passed this morning on Engine 21. W.C. had 19's through this evening. He waved his lantern from the back platform of his caboose, down the track. It is dark now, when they go through.
Sunday, Nov. 29, 91.
It has snowed most all day. Emma and I went to church this morning. At four o'clock I went up to Aunt Bell's. Spent a pleasant hour and a half there, then came home and went to church in the evening. G.H.G. went up to Cleveland about 9 o'clock this morning. Caboose 6.
Monday, Nov. 30, '91.
This has been a pleasant day. I went to school. I went down town at noon with Delphine. After school I went up to Mrs. Billiter's. Received a letter from Etta Sharp.
Tuesday, Dec. 1, '91.
It has been a lovely day. I went to school, after which I went up town to get some more cord for my dress. Going down past Mr. Buss's store, I glanced at the Railroad below the depot, and saw, I am most certain, Caboose 12 on 2nd 22's, standing on sidetrack nearly down as far as Delphine's.
[In margin] Delphine asked me this afternoon, if I would go to prayer meetings at the Congregational Church tonight. I told her I would and would stroll down her way about 7 and meet her. I did so, but failed to see her, so I walked around by the church then came home.
Wednesday, Dec. 2, '91.
This has been a pleasant day, but had the appearance of rain. I went to school. Delphine and I remained a while after school to finish our German lesson for morning; which was the translating of "The Village Blacksmith." From there we went down town, Delphine wanted to get some rubber hair pins. I had no idea of getting any, but when we got into Mr. Buss's store, she wanted me to get some and keep them till I had use for them, so as to say we got them at the same time and alike. They were a mixture of red and yellow. We bought five apiece, two of a small size, two of a larger size and one large one, 17 cents was the cost. There was a mush and milk social at the Town Hall to-night. Emma went, and said there was quite a crowd. I spent my evening in sewing.
[In margin] Had some fun in school today with a pin in the point of my shoes, and Mr. Seese asking Grace and Delphine if they studied during the study hour all the time. "Oh yes," says Grace. Delphine was "Oh no."
Thursday, Dec. 3, 1891.
This has been a lovely day. One would hardly believe it was Dec., it look so like a spring morning in May. I wish it would come good sleighing. I went to school. We went down in the office this morning for a half hour to study German and the last half hour at night. We most always do it, every night anyway, and always do it for recitation. Very little study is done, for German is easy to us all. There were only four there to day, Grace Pontius, Delphine, Grace and I. After school I walked down the north walk with Delphine, then came home and went up town I met Johnnie Phillips. He is sick and not working, and has come out for a visit. I spent my evening in writing. Here, I left to look at 1st 24's as it passed, and am sure, it was Caboose 12, and W.C. sat in the 1st window facing the direction of which he was going, but, he did not se me. This morning at recess, Delphine and I stood by the open window back of my seat on the south-side, and looked over to the south east, where we could plainly see the railroad. The freights, 15's were just coming in, and we both observed how pretty they looked coming in around that curve, with the dark smoke of the engine rising in clouds above all. The caboose looked like either 41 or 43.
Friday, Dec. 4, 1891.
It rained very hard this morning, and when I started for school I had hard work to keep my umbrella up, it blew so. Our class went down to the office to study German. There were only three there this morning, the two Grace's and I. Delphine was present in the afternoon, so was Ed Palmer but we had exercises then. He is Secretary and Ely, President of our society. Ethel Jones, Lotta Blackburn and I were appointed critics. The afternoon was enjoyed by all. Quite a number of visitors were present. Critics of course gave the honorable demensions, 6x2x2. and Miltie was mispronounced by the president. Mr. Seese gave a very nice talk on "Talking." About the middle of the afternoon it snowed, rained and blew very hard for about half an hour, then the sun came out bright. After school, Stella Barr, Annie Wright, who had been visitor, Alice Spender, Delphine and I went down to the new church. I walked as far as the Town Hall with Delphine and Stella, the other two having gone different directions. When I reached home I went then, up town after my hat, which I had taken up yesterday to have the bird fixed. Coming home I met Mr. Seese who said, "Cin nrurn Lyit, mrun Mcvidyforn." I spent my evening in ironing, sewing and writing. Received a letter from Mary Westfield.
Saturday, Dec. 5, '91.
It has been a very pleasant day. I was busy all day. Did not go any place. Cabooses 6 and 12 both stood opposite on 20's this afternoon, on side track for the 3 passenger and fact line to pace. 6 was 1st section. I did not see any one whom I knew.
Sunday, Dec. 6, 1891.
It rained to day. I went to church this morning. A new man preached this morning, his name was Williams. When I came home I did not do anything the remaining part of the day, but lay down; I was too sick. I had a dreadful headache and sore throat. This evening I listened for the ringing of the church bells, but failed to hear them. I could not have gone anyway. No. 12 went up to Cleveland this afternoon about 1o'clock. To-day, as well as many times before, I have observed a new lesson, in my home life. It seems to me, from what I have heard and seen, many times, I would give anything, if I had it, to go away from home for a while, not that I am tired of it, for I believe in the old adage, "There's no place like home." Home is the dearest spot on earth; but when one understands things and knows them to be fact, as I do, what would they not give up, to make those at home happy? I would willingly sacrifice all, school, with the honorable ending just ahead, home, friends and everything for those. But there is one, just one thing that holds me back, and that, it used to be, as the years roll on, but now, as the months roll slowly on, is drawing nearer and nearer, and when that time is here, then I will go, for their sakes; and see how things will go then, but of course everything will be happier, for Liz is away, and I should not be missed at home, for it has been prophesied I should not. The flight of time reveals all things to light.
[In margin] Uncle Will and Emma went down to Akron this morning.
Monday, Dec. 7, '91.
It snowed some to-day. I went to school. We went down to the office to study this afternoon. Our class finished our Philosophy Text to-day, and will review until examination, then it will be laid away.
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1891.
This has been a lovely day, almost like spring. I went to school. Delphine and I went to the bakery after school and had Seats 39 and 40 reserved for the lecture to-morrow evening. Coming home I stopped into Mrs. Peeples a while. G.H.G. went down on 24's. He was on the back platform of his caboose and waved his letter. Received a letter do-day concerning to-morrow evening and "important business." G.H.G. went up to Cleveland this morning about 7 o'clock. Caboose 6.
[In margin] Emma went to a social at Mr. Churchlies to-night, benefit Episcopal Church.
Wednesday, Dec. 9, '91.
This has been a lovely day. I went to school. We went down the office to study German this morning, and what a picnic we did have. Mrs. Peeples told me this noon she would go to-night too, so at 7 I called for her; what a beautiful night it is. When we reached the hall and was being shown our seats, Stella and Delphine were there, I saw, to my amazement, what two had the seats beside ours which we had chosen, and that day wondered, what two would sit there. Well, I would not remain there so May (Mrs. Peeples) and I sat three seats back of them. Delphine and Stella came to me and wanted me to come there and sit on the other side but I would not. It is very, very strange how things do turn out sometimes. Mr. Carrol the Congregational minister lectured, his subject being "Swearing and Scolding." I enjoyed it ever so much, as did everyone. At the last, where he told about his deaf and dumb brother in California brought tears to the eyes of a good many. The hall was full. It was out at 9 o'clock. I stopped into May's a half hour coming home. During the time I was in when I called for her, I learned the truth of the news which I heard Nov. 25, and doubted so Thanksgiving Day. It is true, but I am afraid there is trouble and sorrow in store. It may be I shall never know but I hope not, sincerely hope not. Just one year go this morning, Delphine and I went down town at recess, and I received the tin type of G.H.G. Pictures taken at Hutcher & Blackman's Gallery free to-day.
[In margin] Delphine and I went down town after school and walking as far as the gallery to see some pictures.
Thursday, December 10, '91.
This has been a beautiful day, just like spring, and the evening too, it was so bright you could see to read by the moonlight. What queer weather this is, one would naturally think it was May, a spring month. I went to school. We went down to the office this afternoon to study. I went down town after school with Delphine. G.H.G. came through on 22's. He was on the forward platform and waved his lantern as he passed. What a delightful night he will have for running. Such nights as these, make it nice for the railroad employees. Emma went to a taffy pull at Veon's to-night.
Friday, December 11, 1891.
This has been another nice day. I went to school. When the bell rang for recess this morning, instead of going up-stairs from the office, where we had been for recitation, Delphine and I took our German Texts, and walked out a little ways and sat down on the side walk. We looked at our lesson for morning a little, then watched the boys play foot ball a while, and returned to the school house. So it must have been pleasant or we could not have done that. School was out to-day at 3. after which we went down town. I think 12 went down on 2nd 22's. It was late and did not get here till about 15 minutes before 6. It lay here until after the 6 passenger passed. I wrote a letter to Etta Sharp.
Saturday, Dec. 12, '91.
This has been a beautiful day. I was busy, as it was wash-day. I did not go any place.
[In margin] We butchered two pigs to-day. Weight together 615 lbs.
Sunday, Dec. 13, '91.
It has been very pleasant to-day. I went to church this morning and evening. Uncle Will went away to-day and did not get back till after Mr. Guitne's train came in. He wanted me to accompany him to church to-night and told me to be sure and tell him when I was ready. "Oh yes," says I, but I did not. When I left the house he was watching me from the window and it being such a beautiful evening, he could not help seeing me.
Monday, Dec. 14, 1891.
It has been warm to-day but cloudy. I went to school, after which I went down town with Delphine. I spent my evening in sewing.
Tuesday, Dec. 15, '91.
This has been a gloomy, rainy day. Uncle Will and I went to Akron on the morning train, and as we accomplished our business in time, it being such a disagreeable day, we came home on the noon train. I had a good time, as I always do when I go with him, and brought Em home some bannas, oranges, and choice candies. In the afternoon I went to school, after which Delphine and I went down town.
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1891.
It has been a dull day, and very cold. I went to school. After school I left Delphine at the corner, and as I had to go down to Mrs. O Rouke's I came immediately home. Delphine had some trading to do, and after she had finished it, she was to wait for me as the post office. There I found her a few minutes later, when I went. We found it very cold on that hill. At the railroad crossing we parted, after asking me to come over. I found Mrs. O Rouke at home. After an hour's visit I left. The five passenger whistled just as I crossed the crossing, but I was entering our gate before it passed our house, so I walked quite fast.
Thursday, Dec. 17, 1891.
This has been a pleasant but cold day. There was no school for us to-day. I went up town this morning and when I came home I went to see MR. Marsh who is quite sick. I was very busy all the afternoon.
Friday, Dec. 18, 1891.
This has been a pleasant day. I went to school. Till the time for recess we could study any thing we wished, and afterward we were examined in spelling and defining. In the afternoon we had exercises. I spoke "Barbara Frietchie" and Delphine had a talk, subject "The Right Start." Critics pronounced her the best talk and I best declamation. These are the last exercises we are to have this term. Next term four of us, Delphine, Alice Shields, Arthur Sprague and I are to have a debate. Delphine and I chose a subject after school. It being "That parents do injustice to their children by leaving them large fortunes." We chose the affirmative side, and Alice and Art the negative. On our way from school, we stopped to look at the new Church, and had to joke there a while, then I went down town with her. Next week our examinations commence. I wrote a letter to Jessie Phillips, telling her I would be through Cleveland Christmas Day at noon, as I intended going to Kipton.
[In margin] Mary Westfield spent a couple of hours with me this afternoon.
Saturday, Dec. 19, '91.
This has been a pleasant day. I have worked hard all day. Mary Westfield came down this afternoon, and said she and her sister Carrie would be down sure, to spend the evening, and Mary to stay all night with me. They came and we had a grand time. We made taffy, and really had ever so much fun. Mary and I went home with Carrie about 10 o'clock. It is a beautiful moonlight night. Carrie wanted to remain with us, but could not on account of her people not knowing. When 1st 24's came through I thought some one on the front platform of the caboose waved a lantern, but if it was G.H.G. and if he came across when the train stopped I know not for inside we were dancing through the kitchen. The girls want me to come up to dinner to-morrow.
Sunday, Dec. 20, '91.
It has been very pleasant to-day. I went to church this morning, and remained to Sunday School. The Christmas Exercises are to be Christmas Eve. About one o'clock I went up to Mary and Carrie's as they wished. We spent between two and three hours of pleasure. Carrie went back to Mrs. Bouton's before I came away, as she had to attend to her work. Mary came as far as Mr. McNeil's with me, then I bid her goodbye as she expects to go to Akron in the morning. She went over to Addie Minnick's whom we happened of near the school house pumps talking to Wetta Camp. Passing J.P.'s house I noticed him sitting by the window watching us, but I did not think anything of it at the time, but in the evening it came to me. I went to church to-night, and as I was passing Mrs. Peeplie's some one, whom I had heard coming behind me, politely addressed me. I turned, and was astonished at seeing who it was. I noticed J.P. in the office, when I left the house, and it was he who had been coming behind me, and he who thus spoke to me. He had been working across the way from home, since July 1, and the struggle for acquaintance, the long silence is at last broken, after many months. He gentlemanly inquired if I was going to church to which I replied in the affirmative, and as he was also going he asked if we could not go together, to which after a little thought, I granted the request. We attended the Episcopal, as I heard this morning it was to be closed, and I wanted to hear for certain. Mary and Addie were there. After service Mr. Smithson, the minister, read the announcement for closing the church. It brought tears to the eyes of many and the minister himself laid his head down and cried bitterly after church. We know not when it will be opened again, perhaps not for years, as it was before, and it may be only for a short time. I am very sorry for I looked forward to Sunday meetings with pleasure lately. I left J.P. at our gate. He kindly asked me if I would accept his company again next Sunday Evening, to which I replied I did not expect to be here as I intended going away Christmas Day.
Monday, Dec. 21, '91.
It has been pleasant to-day. I went to school. We were examined in Arithmetic this morning. There was no school in the afternoon. In the evening Kit Devers came in as she was going up town, and I walked as far as the corner with her. J.P. is at the window at work.
Tuesday, Dec. 22, '91.
This has been a stormy day. We were examined in German this morning. J.P. came down to the office about 8 o'clock and waited until I went to school, when he walked up with me. Delphine and Ethel Jones saw me coming, and walked down to the corner where I always turn to go to school to meet me. But instead of turning there, he told me I had better walk up on the other side of the school house, which I did; and after leaving him at his crossing with the promise of seeing him again before I went away, I went to school. As there was no school again this afternoon, I was at home busy.
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1891.
It has been pleasant to-day. We were examined in Philosophy this morning, and no school in the afternoon. This evening I went up town and coming home I was overtaken at the park by C.B. He wanted to know if I had received a letter which he had sent by Brother Will, which I had not. He walked as far as Mrs. Weaver's gate, where I had intended stopping on my way back. As she was not at home I came by the walk home. J.P. was standing in his office door, as I entered our gate. When he was certain it was me, he came across. I handed him my album to write in, which I had with me. We remained at the gate perhaps 20 minutes. He said he would hand back the album sometime to-morrow evening, and as he thought some of going to Cleveland Friday noon when I did, he would tell me for certain then.
[In margin] Received a letter from Cleveland Postmaster saying there was a letter held at the Cleveland Post office for me for wanting necessary postage. Immediately answered it, and sent the wanting stamps.
Thursday, Dec. 24, 1891. -
This has been a gloomy day. School was out yesterday for the term, so I busied myself at home all day. J.P. met me at the gate about 6 o'clock and handed me my album, besides requesting me to accept the rememberances of a present from a friend. When I opened it I found it to be a nice book gilt-edged and aligator binding entitled "The Wagoners of the Alleghanies." It is a poem of the Revolutionary War. I am very much pleased with it. He told me he was going to Cleveland to-morrow. I am very glad to know I shall have company, for I shall be obliged to wait about three hours in the Union Depot to make connections with the Lake Shore train. Emma and I attended our Sunday School Christmas Exercises at the church this evening. They were very good under the condition of things. Received the letter which was mentioned to me yesterday. There is a dance at the Town Hall tonight.
[In margin] I went up town this afternoon and received a postal from Uncle and Aunt telling me to be sure and come tomorrow. What a misty and rainy afternoon it is.
Friday, Christmas '91.
How can I write the events of this happy day from the beginning to closing, and express my sentiments and thoughts. I will write what I can, and the rest will dwell in memory. To commence with, it has been a beautiful day. After completing some work which I had contemplated yesterday, the time soon wore along for preparing to leave. During this while Kit Devers, Amy Foronsend and Maud Marrott came in. At about a quarter of 12 I was ready, and after the "good-byes" had been said I started for the depot. On my way there I met Mrs. O Rouke coming to service. I talked with her a few moments. A minute's walk then brought me to the turn in the walk where I could see the station. As I crossed the track I observed J.P. standing in the door of the gent's waiting room, true to his word the night before. I went into our waiting room and a second after he came in. As I went in Mr. Aue, Ely Straight, and another man came out. Ely came back when J.P. came in, and visited with us until nearly train time, then Maud and Amy came down. A short time after J.P. procured my ticket the train pulled in. He took my satchel and we found a good seat although the train was quite full. Dr. Mrs. and Lydia Coolman sat in front and opposite us. We had to wait ten or fifteen minutes for the Akron train. Willie O Rouke and Tom Hasque passed the car window two or three times. They both used to be old school mates. I have not seen Tom before for a long time. What a change time has made in him. When Delphine and I parted last Wednesday, it was her request that I should wave as we passed her house. As luck would have it our seat was on that side, so he kindly raised the window a little and I placed my handkerchief our. I noticed five or six people in the windows, but did not know then, which was which, but later I found out, and as I am writing the diary of the days of this visit and a few after, some days after I came home, I may as well say here, that I am recording only as I look back and see them, as I remember them, and not each one on the day it occurred, sorry to say; for no doubt in this lapse of time I shall have forgotten many little pleasant incident, which had I written each evening as I have been in the habit of doing I should have remembered. As this too, is my last winter in the Hudson School I must remember the last of these many years of school life in which hold the brightest and happiest period in the life of any person, and to me to the period is nearly ended and will soon be faded joys of the past. Return, return! Oh those beautiful days that are gone, Return, no, never. The past is in the eternal past. But to come back to the blissful days, and write what I can, Delphine told me those in the windows were herself, mother, brother and wife and her other brother, and of course they waved in return. It took but a few seconds to be whirled from the sight of home. Nothing in particular happened on the train to relate, only a little boy was taken very sick from the motion of the train. As we neared Cleveland Shops we changed our seat to the opposite side of the car. I had written a letter to Jessie Phillips a few days before and in it I announced my intention of going. We had nearly passed the Court, when in glancing out I observed her standing on the street opposite. Her mother was on their porch. They both waved. It took but a short time to leave them both far behind. We were soon gliding along the shore of the lake, with that beautiful body of water in view. My thoughts wandered back to the last time I had gone that same road, last August the 18, so much different then than now. We passed Caboose 12, which was laying in the yards. The lake shore Train on the road from the east, was coming in side by side of ours. It is the one which lays there, and does not leave until I do. That train was coming in just the same when I went out to Uncle and Aunt's before, a year ago last August. When the train pulled into Union Depot we went to the waiting-room, and occupied the same places we did that August long ago. After resting awhile J.P. procured and ticket and leaving time, which was at 3:20 and arrived in Cleveland at 10 minutes of one. We had quite a long time to wait, but alas, it all passed only to quickly. When the station-agent announced the time to leave, he, J.P., took my satchel, and after showing my ticket, we paced through the gates, over to where the train was side-tracked. After finding a comfortable seat, he spent the next half hour which we had to wait with me, and what a blissful waiting that was. How many times has my mind not flown back to those happy moments in the Lake Shore passenger car, how many times will it not fly back. Of all the Christmas'es that are yet to come, perhaps few, perhaps many, I can always remember and think of this as being one which can never be forgotten. It may be that there will be an awful gulf between then and now, but happen what may and will, I shall keep the happenings of this day ever green for the same of the happiness and joy it gave me then. Not until the train began to start did J.P. leave. As we were whirled apart, I saw him waving his handkerchief as I looked back, then all closed. He told me he would go home on the train which left five minutes after mine, and arrive in Hudson at 5. How warm and pleasant the sun shone through the car window. With busy thoughts, and mind far away we soon were nearing my journey's end. As the town came in sight in the distance I began to wonder how many faces would be familiar, how many and what changes would have taken place since last I visited the scenes of this pleasant and quiet place. Uncle and Aunt were at the depot to meet me. After chatting awhile there with a couple of girls whom I yet remembered, Georgia Breckenridge and Mary Beardsly we left for home. Having just a short distance to go, it was about 6 o'clock or a little after when we reached there. Mrs. Hesser and Mr. John Coop came in to see me. In the evening Aunt Mary and I went to see Mrs. and Maud Whitney. Maud has been sick, and has counted on and looked forward to my coming. The time passed pleasantly, and after coming home, I did not remain up long, for I was tired. Thus my Christmas of '91 ended, the last one of my school life, but how more joyfully or happily could I have wished it to be spent. It has indeed been a beautiful day from commencing to closing. Would that they all be as bright. I must now allow it to pass from me forever with the exception of memory, sweet memory.
Saturday, Dec. 26, '91.
This has been a gloomy day. After breakfast I went over to see Maud. I wrote a letter first, and went down to the office to mail it for the morning train. In the afternoon Uncle Henry went down to see Mr. Coop, John's father, who is very sick with consumption. He is Aunt Mary's sister's husband. Aunt and I called on Mrs. Prentiss, nee Mrs. Sheffield, a lady who throughout my former visit I became very much attached to, and it was her request for me to come and see her as soon as I came. When we reached home Uncle Henry had come back, and a few minutes after Doctor Pumroy drove to the gate to announce the death of Mr. Coop. Uncle said when he came away a short time before he seemed somewhat better, but he fell and struck his head is what hastened his death. I thought the best thing I could do when I heard of it was to go home to-morrow, Sunday, but they would listen to no such statement. I was not the least bit homesick, but Mrs. Coop being Aunt's sister I knew how everything would be. John came in to-night. They live on a farm about a mile north of town.
Sunday, Dec. 27, '91.
This has been a pleasant day, but cold. Uncle and aunt went down to Mrs. Coop's this morning, and Mrs. Hesser went with them. I did not care about going down so Maud came over and spent three or four hours with me. I wrote a letter to J.P. and one to Jessie Phillips saying I would stop in on my way back. Uncle came back earlier in the afternoon, but Aunt did not till 6 o'clock. Mrs. Sheffield came in this afternoon.
Monday, Dec. 28, '91.
This has been a pleasant day. Aunt Mary expected her cousin Mr. Wallhead and his wife from Elyria this morning. They came and we four went down to Mrs. Coop's. I first mailed my two letters. Uncle Henry got a letter our of the office for me from home. It had enclosed the one from the Cleveland Post Office which was mentioned last Wednesday. Uncle came down later in the day. We left for home about half past four. We went over to Mrs. Hesser's this evening and Mr. Gibbe, the minister who is going to preach to morrow came home with us. Aunt and I called to see Mrs. Grott to-night.
Tuesday, Dec. 29, '91.
What a miserable, rainy day this has been. Uncle and Aunt rode down to Mrs. Coop's about 9 o'clock with Mr. Gibbe. I went over to Mrs. Hesser's and at 11 o'clock we went to church, where the funeral was to be held. After a long, cold, rainy drive Uncle Henry and Aunt Mary reached home from the graveyard about 2 o'clock. I did not care about going there so I returned home with Mrs. Hesser, till they came back. I received an answer from my letter which I sent yesterday. J.P. wants to know if I would consent to his coming up to Cleveland Sunday Evening to meet me, and to reply before that time. I answered it immediately and as there was no mail to leave that night I did not mail it until morning. Mrs. Hesser came in this evening.
Wednesday, Dec. 30, '91.
This has been a very pleasant day. Aunt Mary and I went down to the depot this morning. Mr. and Mrs. Wallhead went home to Elyria on the morning train, and we went down to see them depart. I handed J.P.'s letter to the mail-carrier at the depot, to place on the train. How inquisitive he was to know the address, and finally made it out, I think. After chatting a short time with Mr. Prentiss the ticket agent and operator we came home. Minnie Kurts whom I first met yesterday, called for me to go to school with her this afternoon. Their teacher is a nice young gentleman not more than 22 or 23 years old. At recess and after school he came back to our seat and talked. The afternoon passed pleasantly, but oh how different the school and management to ours. But it is expected to be, for ours is a graded school and theirs is not. Minnie stopped in on our way home and asked Aunt Mary if I could go to church tonight with her. Of course she gave her consent, so about seven she and some other girl whose name I have forgotten called. They are and have been holding rival meetings there. We met Maud Richenthaler at the church. After service Minnie introduced me to a gentleman friend of hers, Mr. Will Whitney, who accompanied us home. After spending a pleasant hour with Uncle and Aunt, we all retired. I received a reply from Jessie this afternoon.
Thursday, Dec. 31, '91. -
This has been a pleasant morning, but it grew cloudy in the afternoon. I went over to see Maud this morning. She played on the piano and sang. I had a real nice time. Georgia Breckenridge came over towards noon and spent an hour or so with Aunt and I. She wanted me to go to school with her this afternoon to hear the paper read. She does not go to school there, she attends at Oberlin, 5 miles from Kipton, but is having vacation now. As Aunt and I had laid plans for other calls this afternoon, and my remaining now is short, I had to decline. So after making me promise to attend the Leap Year Dance to-morrow night, and to come over and see her before I go home, she left. Aunt Mary and I went first to Mrs. Sheffield's, and when e had been there a while Mr. Brewster, a young gentleman who had been their diciple lay reader came in. He makes it his home there. I met him yesterday morning. After spending a pleasant hour and a half there, we departed, Mrs. Sheffield saying she would come down and see me before I went home. We then called on Mrs. Shaddock, an old lady of about 80 years or more. She is going to Florida with her son, the middle of next month. She treated us to some choice candy, which had been sent to her from Cincinnatti, Denver, and San Francisco. What a lively, spry person she is of her age, and lives all alone in that large house. We then went down to the depot as we promised Mr. Prentiss we would. What a good time we had there sitting in his office and watching the working of his operations implements. That is pleasure for me. A freight switched on side track for the fast-mail to pass. What a sight it is to see the mail clerk catch the mail with a fork as the train goes flying on. It was nearly five o'clock when we started for home. Aunt Mary and I spent the evening at Minnie Kurtz's. We had a real nice time. Minnie played for me. She wishes to call for me to-morrow evening if Georgia does not.
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