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One Year of my life.
Dictated to my dearest friends - Myself + Chum.
Our lifves are albums

And the New sun arose bringing the New Year. 1884.

Black Lick.
Jan 1st 1884
I do begin my book with a solemn determination to keep it up for a year.
Charlie S. didnt come down this evening. As it was very stormy. We had company for dinner today I was at home all day I was weighed on Christmas afternoon and weigh 104 lbs. Sadie Geary and I are going to keep a diary this year. She is my chum.

Black Lick
Jan 2. 1884
It has been very stormy all day. Sadie G. was up this eve. I went down street with her. I got a seal skin cap today. I got some very nice presents on Christmas, Bent Barr sent me a large Autograph Album. Dice McNulty sent me a smaller one. Mother gave me a breast pin. Het gave me a tidy and Sadie Geary gave me a book mark and Halsey a Christmas card.

Jan 3. 1883
Black Lick
It has been very windy all day. I went to prayer meeting Sadie G. was there. I wanted her to come over this evening but she said she couldn’t. Charlie and Ellsworth were there Charlie come home with me. And Clark and Halsey come up and we made taffy and had a good time in general. The boys left at ten. I offered to trade diarys with Sadie G. at the end of

this year but Sadie says to wait until the year is over then talk about trading. I have been trying to coax a picture from Charlie of he and Ellsworth but I cant get it. Perhaps I can through time.

Jan 4 1883.
Black Lick
It is snowing today nicely if it only snows enough for sleighing we will get to Singing on Tuesday night for sure. I had a notion to go down and see Sadie this eve. but changed my mind and thought I wouldnt. I didnt do much of any importance today only I baked some pies this afternoon. Am going to write a letter now to Nellie Balsinger. And then am going to bed.

B.L. Jan 5. 1883.
I didnt do any thing in particular today. This evening I went to the post office and then went down to Gearys. I met Ellsworth Gerhard and asked him if he didnt want to along he said yes he would go

Sadie was in the station house with Sadie Bell and Al Lickert we went in there a while then went to Geary’s and Al and Sade didnt stay very long. After they were gone E and Sadie and I blacked each others faces and acted the fool and had a good time. Had lots of fun after I come home.

Black Lick Jan 6.
Did’nt go to church this morning. I got dinner and washed the dishes and read a novel. Went to church tonight sat with Sadie Geary. Charlie and Ellsworth were there E. went home with Sade C. come with me. We are going to society on Tuesday night if it aint to cold. Was very cold today thermometer down to 13-o below zero this morn. was to four above all day.

B.L. Jan 7. 1884
Didnt do much of any thing today. Had company for dinner and supper. I read a book today called Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens. This was only the first volume I like it splendid. I was down

to see Sadie this eve. We planned it to go to singing tomorrow night and then I was to go down to Gearys and stay all night but when I come home Beccie had written a note to Alice Morehouse telling her she would be in tomorrow night to stay all night with her so if I go to singing will have to come home instead of going with Sadie as I had intended doing. Wrote a letter to Lidie Pierce this evening. Thermometer to 8o below zero this morning has been up to 20o all day

B.L. Jan 8. 1884 Weather moderating still more. Has been snowing hard all day. Went to singing today night had good fun saw Kate and Mary Turner Lintners girls and Flo Sides and ever so many boys that I knew. Sadie G. didnt go Ellsworth is sick. Charlie and I drove down for her but May Fair was there and she couldnt come. She was awfully mad. Kate Turner is coming up soon to skate. Got 3 letters today from Bent, Dice + Herb

B.L. Jan 8. 1884 Weather moderating still more. Has been snowing hard all day. Went to singing to -day- night had good fun saw Kate and Mary Turner Lintners girls and Flo Sides and ever so many boys that I knew. Sadie G. didnt go Ellsworth is sick. Charlie and I drove down for her but May Fair was there and she couldnt come. She was awfully mad. Kate Turner is coming up soon to skate. Got 3 letters today from Bent, Dice + Herb

B.L. Jan 9. 1884 Snowing still. It has been very rough all day We didnt do much of any thing today was at home all evening.

B.L. Jan 10’ 84 Didnt do much of any thing today. Went over to Berries in the sled this afternoon. This evening there was a crowd of us went to Homer City to church Marshal Barron took Het in a sleigh and Charlie Hill took Sadie Bell + Anna Stone back. And in the sled was Sadie G. Lizzie S Lizzie C. Sadie