Adeline and Julia: Growing Up in Michigan and on the Kansas by Robert Myers, Janet Coryell

By Robert Myers, Janet Coryell

The conserving of journals and diaries grew to become a nearly daily hobby for lots of americans within the 19th century. Adeline and Julia Graham, younger women from Berrien Springs, Michigan, have been either attracted to this task, writing concerning the day-by-day occasions of their lives, in addition to their 'grand adventures.' those are interesting, deeply own money owed that supply an perception into the strategies and motivation of 2 sisters who lived greater than a century in the past. Adeline begun protecting a diary while she was once 16, from mid-1880 via mid-1884; via it we see a tender lady 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 dwelling house in Greeley County, Kansas, simply east of the Colorado border. it's a bright and colourful narrative of a tender woman's trip into America's western landscape.

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Et, AI, and I went skating last night after school. There is quite a large pond in Snider's field. Had a good enough time, not extra. 72A "bigger" meaning a tall tale. 73The "big hill" Addie refers to led up a steep riverbank from the bridge across the St. Joseph River to Ferry Street, the main business route in Berrien Springs. It was heavily traveled and the children's sled runners would indeed have packed the snow into ice and created quite a hazard. 74"Oil" here referring to lamp oil. VOLUME 1: MAY 10, 1880-JUNE 6, 1881 35 Jim Boon came back yesterday & Gene Howe was sent out to breathe the fresh air today.

81"Chromos" are chromolithographs, or color prints. These were printed by using stones with different parts of a single picture drawn on each stone with a different colored ink. When printed in succession on a single piece of paper, the combined sections created a complete picture of scenes or people. 82"Frizzes" is a reference to tightly curled hair; "immense" would be slang for nice. 38 GROWING UP IN MICHIGAN: THE DIARY OF ADELINE GRAHAM pox," thinking I was very smart. 83 I should have said it was like sin.

VOLUME 1: MAY 10, 1880-JUNE 6, 1881 29 Jan. 9th Last night Jennie Boon and Mrs. Tudor and the three children spent the evening here. We played Euchre. 59 To day I didn't go to Sunday school. It was a cloudy day. I did the chores this morning. About half-past-four this after noon I went down to Al's to find where the Lessons were for to morrow. From there went down to Et's. She is about the same. We all wanted to do something to distinguish ourselves and concluded to organize a secret society called the "Triangle" of which we three are corners.

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