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5 Handwritten Diaries Medsker Kirk Mckay Indiana Orphaned At 10yrs Died At 37yrs For Sale

5 Handwritten Diaries Medsker Kirk Mckay Indiana Orphaned At 10yrs Died At 37yrs

“Death of Mrs. Isaiah Kirk. Sarah Medsker, wife of Isaiah Kirk, died at the family home near Chester Meeting House on Friday, May 18, 1883, aged 37 years. Deceased was born in Hamilton County Indiana. When seven years of age she was left an orphan and was brought to the home of Tilghman McKay, Mrs. McKay being her aunt. Here she was cared for during childhood and found a home until 10 years ago she married Mr. Kirk. Their home was established on the farm where she died. With wifely devotion she did all she could to aid her husband and by the cultivation of plants and flowers, in which she took delight, did much in its adornment. They were young, and having health and industry, they prospered. Four boys, the youngest a babe four months old, came to cheer them by their presence and are left to miss the ministrations of the mother. Two weeks since Mrs. Kirk was attacked with pneumonia. Medical kill and assiduous nursing proved unavailing against the relentless disease. With natural affection the wife and mother clung to her loved ones but as the end came, assured her friends that she had not fears for the future and exhorted them to prepare to meet her in that realm where sickness is not and where friends never part. Her funeral took place on Sunday. Despite rainy weather a throng of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends gather at Chester Meeting House to render tribute to her memory…….”

“June 9th, 1873’

Bright and beautiful. Lou and Sarah came and helped me with cakes. I wrote to Aunt Mary and all things considered passed the day reasonably well. Was glad to marry too. May the future year fine me better.”

“The life history of the late Tilghman McKay, one of the well-known and highly esteemed citizens of Clinton County……..He was born on November 7th, 1830. Educated in the common schools of Ohio principally, the late Tilghman McKay, who was the fifth child in his parent’s family, was married in 1853 to Sarah Jane Medsker, who was born at Hillsboro, Ohio, June 7, 1830. They were the parents of eight children…..”

1ST DIARY 1873

“January 7th,

A very cold stormy day. Scholars, many of them, sick with colds. Meeting quite largely attended but very little interest manifested on the part of unconverted people.”

“January 20th,

Oh how stormy! Uncle brought me over to Gurneyville. Snow blew into my eyes, yes our faces, all the way. School house closed. Several sick with mumps, 20 there. School quiet dull. Pupils wrestles, teachers impatient.”(There is a large epidemic of mumps)

“February 6th,

A brisk walk to school. Stopped at Mr. Brann’s to inquire about closing school. So many pupils out of school with mumps. Resolved to close school tomorrow. Mrs. Whitney sent for me to come down to stay with them. They are very dear good people.”

“February 16th,

A dark gloomy day. Uncle went to see Anderson’s Fork. Found it swollen too much to cross. It rained a drizzly rain all day and at night it was still raining. A disappointment. Time hung heavy.”

“March 10th,

Our folks went to S.S. to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of Mrs. Reed who died very suddenly in Church Sunday after speaking for the first time. Stoke’s came home with them to dinner. I helped quilt a little.”

“March 12th,

Not so well as on the preceding day. Uncle’s one of the best men in the world. Called on the Dr. got some medicine of two varieties. One kind for the physical nature, the other by way of condition realized from an engagement. “Spiritual” medicine, this if it proves real.”

“March 23rd & 24th, (This is so interesting. I think she’s referring to Isaiah, her soon to be husband)

I kept house with George and little folks. Vina and Alice came back from Mt. Pleasant at 3 and having had dinner over and read at numerous books with headache made ready for the coming of one who by some magic wand has touched to life a subtle essence which had never before been fully awakened. True there is in the human heart a latent feeling which when touched by a kindred feeling starts at once into giant life. Seeming difficulties only have a tendency to deepen, not change theses powerful essences.”

“April 24th,

Sent my letter to the office with the secret regret that I had been so reserved to him who is free with me. Aunt and I went over to Mrs. W. Uncle and Lucy followed us.”

“May 21st,

Got up early in the morning. Cousin Lil and I sewed all day and had quite a good time. Those we love are blind. I have a glorious vision of ever remaining in this blissful state. Seeing only purity and goodness.”

3rd DIARY 1891

“January 1st,

This is the first day of the year and a sad one. Ma never remembers to have had so much trouble on New Years day. Pa got some keys and entered the flat on Fletcher St. and looked at the damage done to the rooms. They are burnt with lye. Ma was going to look at the basement when she saw Mrs. Mahr. She had crawled through a widow in the front. Mr. Mahr came with a hammer and forced one door open. Ma called the patrol but they had left.”

“January 2nd,

Ma got up with a headache. We had a man watch the Fletcher St. House. Pa goes down town and gets out a warrant for Mr. Mahr for destroying our house. In the eve a constable comes with a warrant to arrest me and Mrs. McElliott and we went called in to Judge Boggs House to give bonds. Mr. Tallman signed my bond and I signed Mrs. McElliots. The Constable delivered the keys. Ma went to Dr. Sholer’s to get some medicine for to get sleep. I am mourning and sick.”

“January 12th,

This morning ma and the girls take the trimming off the Christmas tree and throw it out. Ma cleans until noon then we go to Justice Boggs Court. We take a change of venue to Justice Tembrook. He is sick in bed and his room filthy. He is an old man, eighty five years old. We got to Justice Mahoney on Sheffield Ave. It is continued until next Monday. All of the Cackle family are with them. All our next door neighbors was with us. Mrs. Gertz was with us. She takes lunch with ma on her return. Eva is not well today.”

“January 19th,

Today is the trail of ma and Mrs. McElliott coming off. Mrs. and Mrs. Gertz, the girls, Mrs. Klein, Mrs. Schreiber, go to Justice Maloney’s court. Mrs. Mahr and the gang are there. The trial goes on and we all never heard such lies as where told but it did them no good the judge said dismissed, discharge. We were happy. Went home and had a good supper. Miss Keck stayed over night.”

“January 21st,

Eva and Miss Keck go to town to buy some music. Ma is busy getting Eva ready to go to school. Eva wears the same kind of gloves ma does, 6 ½ kid. Today German Olzem starts for Europe on the steamer Lahn. Pa signs his papers today giving the Union Wire Mattress Co. the right to make his cots and cribs. He gets four per ct of all they make. Pa is satisfied and thinks he has made a good bargin.”

“January 28th,

Ma, pa, Net, Carrie, Miss Keck, Mrs. Klien and her daughter go to the court. We meet with the horrid gang as usual and plenty of false searing on their part but the judge turned him over to the Grand Jury in five hundred bonds…”

“February 9th,

Ma proposed to pa to let her go to Europe. Pa gave her no answer….”

“February 18th,

This is Raymond’s birthday. Ma bought him some candy. Ma went to the West Side St. Patrick’s Academy, corner of Park and Oakly Ave. Asks the supervisor to take the children to board. She can not take the boys but thinks Sister Bernard can take them. Ma goes there but she cannot promise so pa decided to send them to St. Mary’s. I came home late and feel sick and tired.”

“February 19th,

….Pa finely consents to let ma go to Europe…..”

“March 3rd,

Ma went to town. Met Miss Krosewitter by appointment at Gossage’s. We bought four new dresses for ma. We was busy all day and very tired when we got home. Pa comes home with a model of his new invention, an Iron Bed. He is happy. Now ma knows he has been frowning for a week. He was inventing again and then he takes notice of nothing else.”

“March 28th,

Dr. Parker died this morning. Ma has a gold plate made by Dr. Robert’s. I have worn it four days and can not speak. I retuned it and he abused me in a shameful manner. In the afternoon I sent Nettie there and she was told to come back later. I did not let her go. Nettie has an appointment with the dentist for Thursday but ma will not let her go.

“April 30th,

Ma gets up and spends a little time with Eva. She offers her goodbye and leaves. Arrive in Chicago all safe but a bad headache. Go to dress makers and fit dresses. They fit well. Children come and carry dresses to the dress makers.”

ON TO EUROPE (4th DIARY 1891)

“May 8th,

Had quite a good sleep. Seen very little of the country. Trees are blossoming everywhere. Arrived at Buffalo at 6:20. I got out of bed but could not get out for my breakfast. The car stopped 25 min. So after waiting a long time I had breakfast in dining car. Had a chat with a New York lady who was four years in Europe. Here is Rochester. It looks like a large place. The trains on a bridge all through the city. On one place buildings are above the river. It is a strange site. Had for breakfast; fried liver, fried potatoes, jelly, omelet, bananas and coffee. Supper was also one dollar. Here is Brighton. A nice clean looking place. We pass Clyde, 329 miles form New York. A lovely river is all along the track and mountains on the other side. I saw Canal boats pulled for miles. Talked with a man who traveled all over Europe. Gives me some pointers. We pass Little Falls N.Y. This is the nicest spot I ever saw. A large mountain, a river running at the foot through rocks then falling. I can not read, must look at the country all the time………We arrive at the depot. A nice large place but here I begin to feel that I am alone. A Negro carries my parcels to a little office in front. I pay him a dime. Then I gave my ticket and trunk check to an Express Company’s employee. He lets me stand there for a half hour and more, this made me feel bad. Then a depot master or something of that sort came along and I told him in plain English what I thought of it. Then I was packed in an omnibus full of immigrants and dirty ones. This scared me. One old bohemian woman asked me as soon as I entered, You talk _____ and I said no. Then there was a cowboy with us. He was more civil then the rest. We arrived after a long drive over the stone pavement. Called at other docks then went with a ferry boat to Hoboken then to our pier. Here my troubles began. I presented my ticket and found that I had no berth. No number on it. They told me the boat was crowded and did not know what to do with me. For a time I thought the foundation was slipping out under me then the officers chatted a while. I told them I was beat by a smooth tongued scoundrel. They promised to give me a bed for the night. When I reached my little room at 11:30 P.M. I retired at once.”

“May 9th,

In the morning I got up early to see the boat start at 7 A.M. with music. One lady cried hard, some a little, I did not cry at all. After awhile I asked where my room would be in the future. They said I should remain where I was this is upper second cabin which was sixty dollars but they had no room below so I got this one berth, No. 132. There are two berths but I am alone in the room. It is clean and nice. A good bed, linen sheets and blanket, wash bowl, towels, soap and looking glass, Drinking water, a sofa, hooks to hand your clothes. Breakfast at eight you select a place and are expected to keep it. Your napkin ring is numbered for breakfast. We had steak, potatoes, rice and nice coffee after breakfast. I was tired and went to bed and slept 3 hours. I awoke with the top of my head loose. Had to hurry on deck to get fresh air. Then dinner was done and I had a little soup but the rest I had to leave. I am sick and tired to get a reclining chair but they were all taken this make me feel bad. It is so hard to hold up your head. Some ladies where sick 3 hours after we left shore. The motion of the boat is not a roll as I supposed but you are dizzy…..Oh my, my head and stomach….”

“May 13th,

All night I suffered with my hand. In the morning the stewardess advised me to stay in bed. She gave me enough to eat. The water was very rough during the night and also today. I stayed in bed until five o’clock then went on deck. Concert as usual. A good many first cabin passengers came in to listen. We have a ________girls on board. They are a tough loud set and annoy other passengers with singing and screaming. Then we have a French couple, the lady is Russian, very nice folks. Actors and very handsome, named Leonce Bellay.”

“May 17th,

Sacred music by the band this morning. Slept quite well last night but cold. Could not get asleep for two hours so cold. Put all my shawls on bed. A trip on the ocean is not all fun but a hardship. O yes we have a good time once in awhile. The passengers will try and amuse each other but the same old thing over. Last night the musicians went to the first cabin deck and played dance music. They danced, so some said they saw them. I did not go to look, it rained and was cold. After breakfast I went on deck and saw land and a lovely sight. England on the left. After a little while we passed the needles as they call them. Sharp rocks with light house in front of them. A pilot meets the steamer, comes on board and sees us through this dangerous place……”


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