1870 & 1873 Handwritten Post Civil War Diaries Weatherly Rockport Carbon Pa
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1870 & 1873 Handwritten Post Civil War Diaries Weatherly Rockport Carbon Pa:
1870 & 1873
---------------------- I always love when I find published biographies on the author of a diary,
and I was able to do that with this diary!
And it was written just 5 years after the American Civil War ended!These AMAZING140+ YEAR OLD handwritten antique diaries / journals / manuscript books
were written by a young man who was namedGEORGE W. MILLER.
He was born on December 15, 1844.
Heresided in WEATHERLY, CARBON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA,
I found his biography in a book "The HistoryOf Carbon County, Pennsylvania",
and in part it reads:
Miller, George W., one of Weatherly's oldest and best known merchants, the son of George and Eve (Kocher) Miller, was born in Maine township, Columbia county, Pa., on December 15, 1844 ...... George W. Miller grew to manhood on his father's farm. He was educated in the public schools and at Greenwood Seminary, near Bloomsburg. Later he pursued a course of study at Lowell's Commercial College, Binghampton, N. Y. After teaching school for several terms, he came to Weatherly in 1869, entering the employ of J. G. Eadie as a clerk, and so continuing for a period of ten years. He then purchased the general store which had previously been conducted jointly by Edward Wilson and Edward and Samuel Harleman, in Oak Hall. Three years subsequently he erected a large, modern brick building for the accommodation of his growing business, gaining a larger patronage than any other merchant in the town. In 1904 the Miller Store Company was organized. Mr. Miller is a member of this company, which continues the business he founded ..... He has held various offices in the gift of the people of Weatherly, and he served for the term of three years as a member of the directorate of the Middle Coal Field Poor District ...... On October 8, 1873, he was married to Sarah, the daughter of Philip Ginter. Her great-grandfather discovered coal at Summit Hill in the year 1791. She died in 1894, and on October 8, 1895, Mr. Miller wedded Huldah Gerhard ...... He is a supporter of the principles of Democracy, and is identified with the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Improved Order of Red Men, and the Free and Accepted Masons, being also a member of the Presbyterian church.
This is a VERY RARE
Pennsylvania & American History !!!
It's so wonderful when the author of a diary is written about in book!
Georgewas 26 years old when he started to keep this diary,
and he writes of working in the General Store that is mentioned in his published biography.
He also went to lodge meetings,
and there is a handwritten alphabet/symbol code in the back of the 1870 diary
(some lodges used codes like this to keep information secret).
He writes of trading pipes & purchasing an accordian.
He had lots of visitors & friends took dinner with them.
Ason was born to him & his wife on April 24,
and in August they him christened.
He tells of decorating soldiers graves,
a man killed on the railroad and of making & drinking beer!
The 1870 diary has 62 handwritten entries, and the 1873 has 314 entries,
for a combined total of 376 entries.
There are also 22 pages with ledger entries in the back of the 1873 diary.
Each of the diaries measures approx. 3" x 5"
and they have no missing or loose pages.
Great diaries for anyone interested in the history & the people of this area.
Quite Amazing & Rare Pieces of Americana !!!
HERE IS A SAMPLING OF A FEW EXCERPTS I'VE TAKEN FROM THE DIARY:
" .....Stokes found guilty of murder in the 1st degree ..... A. Paul was killed on R.R. this evening, went to see body of deceased ..... Rose this morning. Mrs. Miss & R. B. Eadie took dinner with us after which Pifer and I took 2 sewing machines to Rockport, from there went to Pifer, had also a party from W., then stoped all night ..... Tended store business, dull, finished daybook, had my hair cut and mustache dyed ..... Eat breakfast, went to R.Port with J.H.S. horse & sleigh. Made arrangements to move, took dinner at P.G.'s, had horse fed at Hotel ...... White Haven Band serenaded town. Business a little dull .... Attended lodge I.O. of O.F., initiated ..... Tended store business - Mrs. Lloyds child died this morning with small pox. Pleasant & warm, used the wagon to deliver goods for first time since Fall .... Wetzel child died this evening, small pox. Little son born to us at 9 a.m. Dr Tweedle attending Physician and Mrs. Tweedle was also present .... Gangwer child died this afternoon ...... Mr. & Mrs. Culbert were here and took dinner with us. Emma Winter came in this eve. Eck boy died with small pox ..... John Ginter commenced boarding with us. Mrs C_ washed for us. Pleasant & warm. Old Mrs. Lord died ..... Went to Rockport with wife and child, left her there, had wagon repaired, came home ...... Mrs. Fitchpatrick only child was buried ..... Spend this forenoon in woods drinking a KY porter, had quite a good time of it ......"
---------Some of the names he mentions in the diary are:
J.J. Chamberlin ~ Peter Miller ~ J. N. Pifer ~N. Miller ~ F. W. Miller (nephew) ~ U. Grant Pifer ~
Lloyd Gearhart ~ W. J. Campbell ~ Bentz ~ Wolf ~ Cash ~ Ritter ~ M. Heller ~ Bill Swartz ~ Kate Pifer ~
J. Culbert ~ Lloyd Wintersteen ~ F. Schafer~ and others!!
Some of the places he mentions in the diary are:
Weatherly ~ Carbon County ~ Rockport ~ Hazelton ~ Mifflin ~ Mainville ~ Allentown ~ Slatington~ and others.
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