1901-1902 Handwritten Journal Diary -agnes Foot, Cleveland Oh - Her Last Years
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1901-1902 Handwritten Journal Diary -agnes Foot, Cleveland Oh - Her Last Years :
Agnes B Foot was a wealthy woman who lived in Cleveland, Ohio, and spent her summers in Hyannisport. At the time of this journal, she lived with two young women, Agnes and Clara. Iwas unable to determinewhat the relationship was between these three women. Agnes was not the daughter of the author, astheelder Agneswrote of young Agnes receiving letters and having a visit from her father. Clara is a complete mystery.Agnes wrote of paying their board and giving them their allowance.The 1880 Census shows Agnes B Foot living in Cleveland with Agustas and Aurelia Foot.She is listed as "daughter", however she is also listed as "married", which is very strange.Perhaps she the Foots, butwhere was her husband? If he were deceased, it should have read "widow". There are noothers living in the household except one young woman with a different last name who I assume was a servant.Throughout this journal which encompassedalmost two years of her life, Agnes never mentioned a husband, past or present.
In any case, someone left Agnes a great deal of money. Sheowned alot ofstock and regularly purchased more. She hadaccounts in several banks, and kept precise records of withdrawals, deposits and spending. Agnes also had some kind of tie to South Carolina, as she wrote of a property tax problemshe was having there.
Agnes Foot was a member of Cleveland society. She wrote of being invited to Mayor Johnson's home. She also attended many large weddings as well as coming out parties.The author and young Agnesattended operas on a regular basis, and Clara went abroad for several weeks.Agnes attendedTucker's school and spent quite a bit of time there.
The authorbegan this journalon Jan 1, 1901, and made detailed daily entries describing her day. Some entries contain clues about hergenealogy, and she mentioned scores of names throughout her 28, 1901....Frequentsnow squalls. I at Mrs Hulburts. Tried on silk dress. At drygoods stores. Bot for Charlie B whiskey. Took treatment.This p.m. bot Harpers, flowers.Agnes had nose treated while I was away. The bone removed. This p.m. at Dr Viets. Clara at College Club. After dinner Agnes and I went to C.H.B.s to carry whiskey to him. Found them well as usual. A notice of Dr Herrick's death inpaper this evening. No mail of consequence today. Mailed postal to Feb 26.....Nine years ago Mother passed away. Who else of us will have passed away before another nine years have gone. ( As it turned out, the author passed away in a year and a half) At home all day a.m. and p.m. This evening Agnes and I went to Mrs Tucker's recital. Got home a little before eleven. Clara and Mr Burnett at Empire this Mar 1....Two years ago this evening, Agnes and I began one sad homeward journey from Pinehurst.(Perhaps Pinehurst SC where the author had some ties.) This has been a mild day. Agnes at Mrs Tuckers as usual, Clara downtown. I not out until the p.m. Then walked to Russell Ave and took car to the station.... Stopped to see Dr Boggs, a social Apr 2....Agnes and I at cemetary and left flowers on Frankie's, father and mother's and Carl and Freddies graves. The cemetery looked spring-like in spite of clouds. Came home, changed dress and went to train to meet Geo and Nellie who arrived at 12:25 from Providence. Got to 2100 EuclidAve soon after 1:00 pm.Clara and two girls cleaned front room and put in perfect order for G & N......Telephone message late from Charlie Burton Jr. that his father is worse. They and we decided that it was not best for us to go over Apr 5....I at Charlie's home all day. Beautiful flowers sent in. I sent roses. Funeral services at 2:00pm conducted by associatepastor of Epworth Memorial Church. Everything satisfactorily done. Charlie looked very natural but a tired expression on his face....Inlate spring, Agnes traveled to NewYork City with young Agnes, and then on to Hyannisport to spend the summer in a rented cottage.Clara, along with many other extended family members and friends, joined them there.Agnesand Clara took golf lessons, and allwent to the yacht races,made side trips to Provincetown, Hyannisetc. In early September, the author wrote about the McKinley 6.....This evening terrible rumors of McKinley's assasination.....Sept 7....Rumor of death of McKinley, very soon contradicted. Encouraging bulletins today....(she mentions McKinley in subsequent entries as well)Ms Foot was not ahealthy woman. Throughout the journal, she wrote of having electrical treatments several times a week. She is often at the doctor's and seems to suffer from bad colds, constant fatigueand other ailments. She never said exactly what her sickness was, but at one time was told thather kidneys were involved. Young Agnes is not muchhealthier. Eventually, she begins to take the electric treatments as wellandis also always visiting the doctoror seeking medical attention for one ailment or another.Toward the endof the journal, the author began to look forhelp in some of thesanatoriums offering special "cures". She wrote to a few of these places, andin June of 1902 she entered the Nordrach in Phoenecia NYto take part intheir "milk and diet cure". Her journal ends with brief notes in Sept of 1902. Sadly, I believe Agnes B Foot was only 55 years old when she passed away a month later on October 12, 1902.The journal measures about 9 1/2" x 7 1/2".The spine cover is gone, and there is only one strap keeping the covers attached. There are 180 full handwritten pages in ink and in excellent condition.Very legible and easy to read. Also includedwith thejournal areseveral receipts, a letter, a prescription and other ephemera. Perhaps someonewith more time than I have can uncover the mystery of who Agnes B Foot was married to, andhow young Agnes and Clara were related. And also, why Ms Foot lived at two different address on Euclid Ave. There must be over one hundred full names in this journal that can be checked.
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