“Neil House where father and mother were 38 years ago.”

14 Oct

Sally here: Again, I make apologies for not blogging sooner. My world has been a bit full lately concerning my diary business. I can’t say exactly right now what I’ve been doing but my adventures might make it possible for me to share my diaries in a bigger way. Lots of meetings lately and in November I head to England for more meetings. So, with that said, I’ve been a busy, and very excited girl. More to come on that subject but really more importantly, it’s time to hear more from the next generation honeymooners…..)

September 13th, 1911, day has been cool and most of it has been spent looking about Columbus. We looked with interest at the Neil House where father and mother were 38 years ago. This evening we went to call on Mr. and Mrs. Mangold out near the University.”

September 14th, 1911, We packed up before breakfast this morning and took the ten o’clock car for Zanesville. It was my first interurban trip through that part of Ohio and there was a great deal of beautiful wild scenery. At Z. we got a little lunch and then went to the station where little Dorothy Mangold met us for a twenty minute play before train time. Helen Smedley and Helen South were to go away on the same train but they imagined us in safely in the South and there were two very badly excited girls when they saw us get off the train. We went home and began packing up in earnest for there was much to do. These accounts of our wedding were waiting for us from two of the Barnesville papers. Several more gifts had been received and we find it a care to pack them.”



27 Jul

Sally here: Well as promised, here is our previous author, Mary, her daughters entries which were written in the same diary as her mother, only 37 years later.


September 12th, When I wakened this morning the sun streaming in my window was full on the picture of the one who was, from this time, to share with me all sunshine and shadow. It was a happy beginning to our wedding day and I trust symbolical of what we hope may be a long life together. During breakfast it rained a little but the sun was still shining to me. The girls spent the morning decorating the house in golden rod and white clematis and arranging the bride’s table. At 9:15 the girls came in to my room to receive their pins and receive a final inspection of their dainty yellow and white dresses. Then Alfred came to my room and we had a few precious moments together before time to start to the meeting house. Our company consisted of Wilmer Steer, John Crawford, Clarence Fawcett and brother Louis for ushers. Helen Smedley, Helen South, Sara Negus, and cousin Ada for bride’s maids and sister Edna acted as Matron of Honor. Our meeting was a silent one until after the ceremony. I could but be thankful for this time of preparation and my prayer was that my life as wife might fulfill all the promises, we were so soon to make in their fullest meaning, and that I might meet as faithful and as bravely all the duties and responsibilities of my new life, as had the precious little mother whose first happy days are recorded in the first of this book. Thomas Deweese gave a very beautiful prayer near the close of the meeting and after another period of silence the meeting closed. He went directly up stairs where Alfred and I had again a few moments together before the others came in to speak to us. At 11:30 we formed a receiving line in front of a bank of golden rod and clematis and were duly congratulated, kissed and admonished by the seventy five guests. At twelve dinner was served, the bridal company were seated in the dining room together with Alfred’s parents and Uncle Will and Louisa who took the place of father and mother. The table was decorated with white clematis held in a large French basket tied with tulle. Lighted tapers tied with tulle were on either end of the table and tulle was tied to the sherbet glasses too. Ada painted the place cards and Aunt Sadie wrote them for us. The dinner was served to our guests on the lawn and throughout the house on trays. Everything was just as I had planned and wished it through the whole afternoon. Immediately after dinner the pictures were taken and we soon went to dress for the train. The girls came to help me and assisted with confetti in profusion which they poured over my dress, in my hat and my suit case. We expected some trouble so two sets of suit cases were packed but both were found and thoroughly roughhoused. The auto came at two thirty five and in a shower of rice and confetti we started with John and Alice to the train, dragging all the cast off foot wear about the place behind us. They expected us to take the Eastern train with them and posters in profusion were waiting for us but we surprised them all by dropping John and Alice at the station and motoring on to Cambridge where we got supper. After which we took the 7:03 for Columbus and went directly in a taxicab to the Chittenden. The day had been full and after working for almost an hour with rice and confetti we closed our first happy happy day together by reading St. John 14.”

18 Jul

Please forgive the delay again in my postings. I’ve been in the process of cataloging all my diary and letter collection and it’s a huge process but I’m loving it. I purchased two large safes, which holds about half of what I have. Heading now on a family vacation for a few days and hope to post a passage when I get back. Hope you’re all having a fabulous summer.

Summer Cataloging

18 Jul

Farewell Glance

9 Jun

(Sally here: Well, It’s been a while hasn’t since my last entry. I keep saying I’m going to get better but this new adventure of mine is keeping me pretty busy. Part of this adventure that I’m embarking on is that I’m in the process of reading, researching and cataloging all the diaries in my private collection; no easy task but I’m having so much fun doing so. BUT, I’m not giving up on my blogs and hopefully this new project of mine will enable me to share more and more diaries. I appreciate all your patience with me. And, on that note, this is the finally entry for Mary as she ends her honeymoon trip and what an amazing passage to end it with. But, really that’s not the end because remember as I stated at the beginning of this, Mary’s daughter then picks up her mother’s diary in 1911 to write her own Honeymoon diary.)

“March 4th, 1874, Yesterday and today we have been very busy making preparations for our final departure on the morrow. Have been packing nearly all day and tonight. I am weary.”

“March 5th, 1874, About ½ past 8 this morning after passing around to all the rooms, giving them a farewell glance, feeling that henceforward they belonged not to my home, I made my adieus to my dear mother, brothers, and sisters. I had left them many times before, but always with feeling that I should soon return and resume my place in the family circle. Now how different! Another spot, the home of him whom I have chosen for my life companion will claim me and feel it a pleasure as well as a duty to enhance his happiness and prosperity in every good work. After the last articles were placed in the wagon, father came in and in faltering tones said, “We are ready now.” Arising I pressed the hand and lips of each, but no words were spoken.”

Borrowed Light

21 Apr

27th, 1873 At King’s to help quilt. Zena Worthington and wife came while we were there. Father and J. J. came about 4. All took tea then J. J., Lib and self went to E. Crew’s to spend evening, which was very fine. Zena shed much of her borrowed light making the frost work glisten on the grass and everything so beautiful that our 2 miles walk home did not seem to weary us.”

(Sally Here: Is that not just an amazing passage. So incredibly visual. I would love to know more about Zena, and her “borrowed light.”)


5 Apr

I’m finally back from Texas. It was such an amazing trip (way too much to express here) so again I’ve picked up my own diary to write about my experiences. I’ve read thousands of diaries in my lifetime and figuring out “why” people write in their diary is one of the most fascinating aspect of reading other peoples diaries. As for me, I write to get things out of my head and off my heart, but of course that never works; somethings will always stay with you regardless of how wonderful or how painful….yet I still write.

And with all that said, I want to introduce you to Dorothy. I just found this diary a few months ago and this, her 1st passage, is so surreal. Her last words just blew me away, it was if she was talking to me……me a “girl of this century”


DorothySept. 13, 1919. A great many people have advised me to keep a journal saying that if one keeps a journal he will be more likely to find interesting events going on around him, so I, Dorthy, am going to keep this one. I am twelve, thirteen next month. I’m in my first year of High now and hope to be the rest of this year. I have a father and mother and a brother. Also a dear friend whose name is Sara Louise Spear. I met her at Hampton Beach where our family stays summers. She is a dear and I surely do love her. My best friend here at home is Marion Hansome now. I really like her very much although our friendship now is a bit strained. I’ve read so many books about other girls who kept diaries years ago who had them and then girls of this century found them. I would like nothing better than to have this book found and read after I am gone. I hope if such happens that the people who find it think it interesting.”

Homeward Bound

6 Mar

Before I quote these next few diary entries I want to let you know that she’s getting ready to head back home where she’ll pack up her things and finally leave with her new husband to her new homestead. It’s a terribly sad time in her life yet exciting at the same time and even though these entries seem fairly simple, you can see how her heart is preparing for the next stage of her married life.


1st mo. 9th, Teachers and boys came out to dine with us today and they seemed to enjoy it despite the rain.”

1st mo. 12th, At Wheeling homeward bound. Came down in hack which was too late for train, so must remain here until 6:20 this eve. Wrote to S. Hall today.”

14th, Father met me at J. Davis this morn. Spent night before last at Scofield’s. Got along very well during my trip and tonight am enjoying myself at my old home.”

15th, At Mon. mtg. today. Weather very cold. Lillie and children came this eve.”

17th, Father, mother, and Lib and I went to R. Penrose’s taking Hannah along. Weather still very cold, mercury at zero but we got along well over the rough roads.”

18th, Went to S. King’s. Weather more pleasant.”

2nd mo. Looked all day yesterday and until 9 o’clock at night for J. J. then retired feeling quite disappointed, but had just gone to sleep when he came.”

2nd mo. 24th, In the midst of driving snow storm, father, mother, J. J. and self went to church to attend 2nd mtg. on the morrow. Spent night at Uncle J.’s.”

25th, Attended mtg. which was very long but interesting. E. Dean had much ministering to do which was very good. Some others also spoke. Called awhile at Uncle Elisha’s after dinner at Dr. Bean’s then to Aunt Hannah’s for the night.”

26th, Came home, did not arrive till nearly 3. The roads are so bad.”

Difficulty in Traveling

14 Feb

Sally here: I thought I’d quote several entries here as many are rather short. One thing I couldn’t help but notice as a common thread throughout is how bad the roads were for traveling. It just makes me realized how we take for granted just how easy it is for us to get around these days. Can you imagine traveling everywhere in a buggy, and during the winter yet on very muddy, frozen or snow ridden roads.

13th, 1873. This day I have felt more anxious about than any other as I was to be introduced into my new home and be scanned and criticized by J. J.’s many relatives and friends. We came out about 11 and despite the rain found about 37 guests. The day passed off very pleasantly I believe.”

14th, 1873. The day quite disagreeable yet J. J. and I went to meeting on horseback, none of the rest being able to get there.”

15th, 1873. Mother, Selma and I did a large washing in A.M. and in P.M. they did some baking preparing for another co. tomorrow.”

16th, 1873. The elderly Friends at H-ville, (Harrisville) B. and H., J. and A. Stratton were here today and we had quite a pleasant time.”

17th, 1873. J. J. and I went to the school meeting and remained awhile after dinner. The roads still very muddy and Rhoda whose acquaintance I made today, took me over the road so rapidly that I received a good portion of it and also became very tired in trying to hold her in. Did a little shopping in Mt. P. (Mt. Pleasant) then home again before night.”

“20th, 1873.  J. J. walked to mtg. to day it being unsuitable for any of the rest to go.”

21st, 1873. Mother and I washed this A.M. and this P.M. father, mother, Rachael and Selma went to Concord to attend Mon. mtg. tomorrow, leaving J. J. and myself to keep house.”

“22nd, 1873. We arose at an early hr. did up our work, closed the house and as soon as possible were on our way to Mon. meeting in our buggy which we feared would be broken it was so much rougher than we expected. Dined at Lupton’s then went to a. Raley’s to spend night leaving buggy and walking.”

“23rd, 1873. Back to Lupton’s then to J. Steers for dinner after which started home stopping awhile at Oliver Bidwell’s. Roads still very bad but we reached home safely before night.”

25th, 1873.  Commenced cutting carpet rags which mother kindly gave me. It is new business to me and I will doubtless be some time ere it is completed.”

Stamm House

20 Jan

“December 12th, 1873. Started at 6 this A.M. and for the first time since leaving home have had quite a rainy day. Reached Wheeling little before noon and went to the Stam House. To our disappointment, Moses told us the roads were too bad to take back there and he had sent it to Portland where we must also go on the next train. The rain increased making that smoky city dreary indeed. Went to P. arriving at 3 and then came the worst part of our journey, yet the brave horses took us thro the creeks and over the hills landing us at Mt. P. B. S. about ½ past 6 where we had a pleasant night.”

(Sally here: I believe I found the Stamm House in Wheeling. One of the photos came from a 1867 Wheeling West Virginia newspaper and talks about the opening of the Stamm House. The other photo is of the Hotel itself only taken years later.)

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