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1879 Handwritten Diary - Ella Jenkins, School Teacher, Lancaster Co Pa - Full For Sale
The author of this diary was Ella Jenkins, a 22 year old school teacher. She lived with hermother, father and three younger sisters - Lizzie (20), Anna (18) and Lavinia (15) in Fulton, Lancaster Co, Pa..Ella wrote in her diary faithfully every day. She wrote of her daily activities, her social life, and her teaching experiences. At times she was discouraged because her pupils did so poorly, and took her teaching duties very seriously.Ella had a very active life, and in the summer, she took a vacation toCape May. She wrote of many deaths and funerals, and mentioned scores of fullnames.Following aresample entries, some of which are excerpts from longer Jan 3.....Started from Harry's to school. Very cold weather and some sleighs were traveling. Little children had to have their ears rubbed, they were so cold. The children spoke recitations, with some exceptions, very poorly done. Pap came after me in the evening in a sleigh. Rough traveling. Went home, Don J was here. Mother and I stayed up until 12 oclock. Ma went to bed and I stayedup until 2:30 to keep the fire up. Very 7.....Liz came after me this eve. ...Very bad roads. Simms here and took we girls to the Lyceum. Paand Ma went together. Wm May came home as far as this house.A very poor Lyceum. Mrs, F.M. Sparren and Mr Avery buried Mar 29....Anna and I went to Oxford and she got 1 tooth filled. I got two teeth pulled, my profile taken, and several articles. It commenced to rain very hard about 1 oclock. Elisha Kick buried today.May 14....A little foggy this morning. I stopped at J Riley's. Lorne died today about 12 PM. Harry and Rob went to the s--(?). Har. started for Exton but a buggy had been stolen.He went to Peach Bottom inhunt of it. Franand I went to Margery's and 17....Pa, Ma, Liz and I went to Oxford. I got a temporary tooth filled and got my two false teeth and a great many other things. I had 71.22 and have left 11.00. Mrs MCarter funeral passed through Oxford. 4 tramps here. May 23....Last day of school. Several folks here this afternoon. The children had recitations and dialogues. We had an elegant time. Met Anna at Pierce's. I made out my report. Did not get to bed until after 11 30....Up all night nearly. Was in time to see Grandpa die. He died 4 oclock, the birds beginning to sing. A great many friends there. The doctors made an examination after noon, Drs Hopkins, Zell, Hutchinson. We started for home at 6 PM. Washing and cleaning yard and rooms. A great many callers. O how 11....The baking and cleaning was done today. Pa Robert and Joshworking on the Weaver property mowing grass. A terrible wind and hail storm this evening 6 PM. It broke 10 panesof glassout for us besides trees etc. Vinie was at May's. Pa just got home. Took Robert and Josh supper to them... Aug 1.......Up at 4 this morn. We left about 6 to go to C(ape) May. We crossed on the boat over to Camden and after 60 miles drive on the cars, wesaw the great Atlantic. It was cool there but quite warm in the city. The sun shone all day. A great excursion. Wewent in bathing, Mary, Annie and I. We had a jolly time. We reached Phila at 8. Not very weary, but dirty.... Sept 8......Rob here for breakfast. Vini tookAnna and I to school, about 38 pupils today. We still have bad lessons but I am praying for the children to do better. Mr Wm Reynolds to see us today. 2 or 3 children are sick. Fever weather....Oct 26....the chickens are dying of cholera....Nov 24....Great excitement about J Measlim having diptheria.... Oct 31....Cousin Liz McPherson is to be buried today. Ma, Pa, Liz and Vini went. She is to be buried at Chestnut Level. A great many there. Anna came for me. We did the milking etc. Independent Band went to Port tonight...Nov 1....Pa went in the Dearborn, Anna and I in the buggy to Port. More out than usual. A fire in Port. Mrs. Hall house burned.Frank home here this eve. We had buckwheat cakes. Mr Reed buried yesterday....Miss Jenkins completely filled this diary for the year 1879, plusadded entries for the month of January, 1880 in the memoranda section.She alsojotted down a few home remedies in the back of the book.The diary measure 4" x 2 1/2" and is written in pencil.Thelast page has separated from the back cover, but all the pages are tight.The diary itself is a beautiful leather with a pocket inside and two pockets in front.I thinkthe author mentioned almost everylocation in the township of Fulton. She also must have written about every death that occurred in the area as there are somanynoted, as well as full names of workers, friends etc.Buyer pays 4.00
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1879 Handwritten Diary - Ella Jenkins, School Teacher, Lancaster Co Pa - Full : $234