1891 Handwritten Diary Boston Chelmsford Salem Willows Massachusetts History
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1891 Handwritten Diary Boston Chelmsford Salem Willows Massachusetts History:
I am always intrigued by diaries from the 19th century that were written by the wealthy,
especially those of the young women as their entries are so captivating ...
This is one of those amazing diaries!
And what makes this diary even more of a treasure,
is that it comes with a tintype, believed to be of the author!
This INCREDIBLE SPECTACULAR 122 YEAR OLD handwritten antique diary / journal / manuscript book
was written by a young 18 year old woman who lived in Massachusetts.
She did not write her name in the diary, but she did leave quite a few clues to her identity ....
She was born on July 7, 1872.
Her mother was born on July 21, 1842.
Her father fought in the Civil War, and attended G.A.R. meetings & events.She may have lived near BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
as she writes of going there quite often for entertainment & to go shopping.
There are many clues where she lived, including names of streets,
but I haven't had the time to do the neccesary research to figure it out.
Other locations she mentions are:
Belvidere Heights ~ Tucksburg ~ Boston ~ Plymouth ~ Juniper ~ Parkhurst ~ Alton Bay ~
Lexington ~ Centralville ~ Chelmsford ~ Middlesex Village ~ Willow Dale ~ Salem ~
Bakers Island ~ Enfield ~ Lebanon ~ Cambridge ~ Lowell ~ Lynn ~ Thetford ~
Manchester ~ Nashua NH ~ and there are many others!
This is a VERY RARE
Early Slice of
Massachusetts & American History !!!This is such an amazing diary!
It's so interesting to read about the life of this young woman who wanted for nothing ...
her family even had hired help to do their washing & gardening.
She lived with her wealthy parents,
and even though her name is unknown, her entries tell so much about her!
She was passionate about having fashionable silk dresses .
She often shopped in Boston, especially for trimmings for her clothes,
and she had dresses made & fitted by a local dressmaker, Miss Bixby.
She also wore furs.
She had a sweet tooth, often going to the local bakery for cream cakes
and writes of the candies she purchased ... and yet, she weighed only 109 pounds.
She enjoyed going to shows & entertainment at the Opera House & Theatres,
and she belonged to a "French Club".
She loved to read books & she was seeing a young man named "Ed"
and he took her out on the River Boats & they went to dances.
During hot summer months of July & August, she and her mother packed their trunks
and went to stay at their summer home located in JUNIPER POINT, MASSACHUSETTS is located near SALEM WILLOWS, MA
which is an oceanfront community & amusement park located in Salem MA.
She writes of going to "The Willows" in her diary entries ....
she would watch the Steamers come in and wait for her friends to arrive.
She attended parties & dances, concerts, and went on is a link to some great postcards which show Salem Willows
during the era this diary was written
(scroll down the page to view father came to stay with them now & then at Juniper Point,
but then he would return to attend to his business.
At the end of August, mother & daughter packed up their trunks and returned home.
There is so so much to this diary, you really need to read it for yourself to appreciate it.
An interesting diary, to say the least!
It is an AMAZING Slice of Americana !!!
The 365 daily entries are very long and detailed!
Most of her entries are at least 3/4 to a full page in length.
She writes small, but her penmanship is very legible and easy to read
although I did find that using a magnifying glass made the reading go faster.
The diary measures approx. 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" and it is in excellent condition,
there are no loose or missing pages.
This truly is a real treasure!
HERE ARE A FEW EXCERPTS I'VE TAKEN FROM THE DIARY ENTRIES,
Please Note That These Are A Very Small Portion Of The Diary, There Is So Much More To Read!
" ..... It was a beautiful day, and some colder. Wrote a note to Miss Butler and sent her the French lesson. Took my music lesson. Got some pamphlets of India silks from Stearns mother and I went down street, got my watch, some canned cherries, raspberry vinegar, and a veil - This evening Father went to a play at Music Hall ..... Father went up to Warren NH with a party of gentlemen to look at a mine ..... My silk came from Chandlers. Practiced some. Rode down street with Father after dinner. Carried my silk to Miss Bixby's and exchanged the books. Walked home - Mary left us today and is going to work at Ald's. Ed came over for me to go over to tea ..... Went down street this afternoon, rode both ways. Got my black skirt and sewed the trimming on it myself. Looked at feather trimmings. Ed came over, he brought me a crayon picture. Father was at home this evening. Wrote some French and practiced ..... Got samples of dress goods from Chandler's and Writes, Boston ..... Father went to Boston to a G.A.R. reunion. Mother and I walked down street, got a gold heart shaped locket for a little gold chain ..... Went to Boston with Mr. & Mrs. R. at 8:50. We walked to the depot. I bought Mrs. Lincoln's Cookbook, some h__ dress goods, a string of coral and some lovely roses. We had dinner at Marstons, and went to see "Blue Jeans" at the Hollis St. Theatre ..... Went down to Page's for some head & caramels. The Kimballs moved today. Went to a Sugar Party in Jackson Hall by the Vermont Association with Father & Mother this evening ..... Made a Queen of Puddings and Mother made a custard pie. Father got some new maple sugar. Mother & I went down street, took my white silk down for Miss Bixby to see and ripped it up this evening. We got some peanut taffy ..... Ed came over but he came very late. Big fire, burned out churches, Maynards, The Reading Room, Masonic Temple, into Pollard St. ..... Wrote a note to Ed and carried it down to the house. He rode over a moment this noon. Mother and I went down street, rode both ways. Went into Miss Bixby's. Got some sponge rolls. Went to Prof. Lester's receptation at Huntington Hall with Ed this evening. We were going out to Chelmsford but it rained. Father went to Fifth Anniversary of Post 185 ..... Put away our fur wraps. Father went to hear Gen Sickles Butler , & Banks this evening at Huntington Hall ..... The wash woman came and brought her baby. She helped mother in the attic. Made some tapioca creams ..... Anne went to school this morning - We went down street this afternoon to order my hat. Rode both ways. Mother got her bonnet ..... Sewed a little. Mr. Hodder sent me an invitation to an "At Home" in Amherst. Carried my waist down to Mrs. Jackson. We went up to Mrs. Alexanders this afternoon, walked back down town. The men commenced to paper the back hall. Went up the River with Ed this evening on the new boat "May Queen". Stopped at Tyng's Island, went nearly to Nashua ..... A lovely day - Went into Prairie to an exhibition of etchings and met Mrs. Gallant. Got some etchings and music. Met Ed. - Mother & I went to hear Miss Sherman's Boston Orchestral Club at the Opera House, and Father went to the G.A.R. ..... Ed was up a moment this morning. He went out to South Framingham on the 12:45 train to "Muster" of the "First Brigade". Met Annie at the station and she went too. Saw Gov. Russell ..... Barnums & Baileys Circus was here to day. Got ready to go down town to see the parade but it poured too hard ..... Went up to Lou's this afternoon and over to Mabel's for a moment - Went up the river to Tyng's Island in the Vesper boat "Veteran". Started at five, had supper up there, came home by moonlight ..... Rode down with Father and we saw the Parade from the carriage on Green St. Had a nap and read some, then we all drove over to the No. Common to see the Balloon Ascension. Went over to Pages and got a box of lovely candy, then drove around the So. Common. Father & Mother & Ed & I went down to the Common to see the Fireworks this evening ..... Rained quite hard this afternoon & evening. Was nineteen years old today. Mother gave me a lovely diamond ring. Mrs. Patterson came up before dinner and stayed to tea. Mother & I rode down with Father, ordered her hat, bought some stationery, silk gloves, ribbon soap & almond cream - Frank & Lou came down this evening ..... (Juniper) - We got up early to take the 7:38 train for Salem. Lou Johnson came down to see us off. We worked cleaning and unpacking all day and got almost settled ..... We cleaned Mrs. Rogers chamber - We expected Miss Tucker and Mrs. Bennick today. Went over to dinner, then went over to the Watertown bend to see if they came in - We went over to The Willows this evening, there was a Dance in the Pavillion ..... Mrs. Bennink & Miss Tucker came over from Marblehead this morning. We all went to dinner, then over to the Willows to see the Steamer, and went up to the Indians ..... Gertie and I went over to the Willows to have our tintypes taken, had two positions ..... Ed came down by the way of Boston and got here about noon, he had dinner & tea with us. We went over to the Willows for a walk. He started home tonight but got left, so came back and went to the Central House. We walked down by Atlantic Hall to hear the concert ..... Ed came up to breakfast. We walked down to the depot, met Lou. Went on an excursion to Newport R.I., I met Annie at Chelmsford, took dinner in town, then went to the beach. Stopped at Fall River and went on the NY Steamer "Pilgrim". Left Newport at 6:15 ..... We all worked packing up this morning. Annie & I went over to dinner. We went over to Salem on the car, ordered some calling cards, got some gloves and a fan for Mary. Got a letter from Ned - Met Miss Kimball on the train - Got all the trunks unpacked this evening ..... Mother fixed the darts in my heliotrope waist. Made some custard cakes and filled one - Mother and I went to ride this afternoon. Went over in Partuchetville (?) and the Navy Yard. Went over to see Mabel Jaques before supper ..... Frank Sterns came over this noon and tonight and through him Mother got me two Christmas presents, a lovely gold chain bracelet with padlock, and a heart locket. Went down street, rode both ways, got a piece of feather trimming for a neck piece, some writing paper, and a novel ..... Abbott alias Alney was sentenced to be hanged for the murder of Christie Warden, first Tue. in Dec 1892 ....."
Some of the many names she mentions in the diary are:
Fannie Bartlett ~ Mabel Jaques ~ Bennick ~ Thompson ~ Lou Johnson ~ Frank Murphy ~ Charlie Garmon ~ Anna Burnham ~ Yorke ~ Gertie Davis ~ Bixby ~ Perrin ~ Alexander ~ Willie Sterns ~ Josie Butler ~ Alice Smith ~ Maude Brown ~ Gertie Webber ~ Edith Johnson ~ Dr. Chadbourne ~ Louise Johnson ~ Mabel Baker ~ Clara Willoughty ~ Bessie Newell ~ Cora Buckland ~ Daisy Rogers ~ Rena Osgood ~ Minnie Brown ~ Frank Rogers ~ Mrs. Gene Russell ~ Gertie Weller ~ Annie Staples ~ Effie Johnson ~ and others!
It may seem like I've quoted a lot, but I've actually only quoted portions from 31 entries (out of 365) --
There is an incredible amount to read for yourself.
There is no way I can cover all that is in this amazing diary, as it is packed full with interesting experiences.
It is remarkable to read and experience through her own words,
what life was like for a wealthy young woman in 1891 in Massachusetts!
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