Martha Angel, aka M.A.

I believe the "M.A." who exchanges letters with Grace, is Martha Angel of Detroit.  I have some postcards that Martha sent to Grace so I have some proof that they did write each other. 

Martha is about the same age as Grace.  I am not sure how they met.  When I read in Grace's diary of something "confidential" relating to Martha, I immediately checked census records to see if Martha suddenly had a baby "sister".  But she didn't.  So I don't have a clue as to why Grace and Walter Hatch would have been talking about Martha.  It doesn't seem to have been anything too scandalous, because later when Grace marries Earl Derham on 9 August 1910, Martha Angel has traveled to Corunna from Detroit and acts as Grace's witness.   Two months later, Martha marries August Ostrowski in Detroit on 18 October 1910.  Her witness is a girl from Detroit - not Grace.

The Stoddards

Grace mentions the Stoddards several times.  They come to visit her family, and she often visits them as well, sometimes spending the night.

There is more than one Stoddard residence in the area, but one Stoddard family that she definitely spends time with is Chester Harlow Stoddard and his wife and Ella E. Stoddard (nee Alger), who live in Corunna Ward 2 in 1910.  In 1908, Chester is 39 years old and Ella is 30.  The 1910 census shows they have a son Harlow, who would have been 6 years old in 1908.  In 1910, Ella reports that she had 2 other children who have died.  One of those is her daughter Helen Stoddard, who was age 1 in 1900.  Helen was Ella's first child, so another child was born and passed away between 1900 and 1910.

Chester died in 1937.  Ella is still living in Corunna at the time the 1940 census was taken.

Crane family

The Crane family lives nearby in Caledonia, in between the Lantz and Dudeck families, and 2 doors down from the Buckle family.

John Crane is the head of the household, with his wife Katherine Crane.  Leah Crane is the eldest daughter, followed by Bessie Crane, born 3 May 1888.  Grace spends a lot of time with Bessie and at the Crane household.  Bessie's younger brother is Harold Crane, also mentioned in Grace's diary.

Bessie is listed in the 1910 census as "Lizzie", which could be a transcriber error.  Her given name is reported to the State of Michigan as "Bessie" in their birth records, viewable at Family History Library.  In the 1940 census, Bessie is still unmarried and is living in Ann Arbor.

Thompson family, including "Chilt" and "Mrs Gilbert"

The Thompsons were major landowners in the area at this time.  The map below is from 1875, so it's several years before Grace's 1908 diary, but you can see many of the residents she speaks of.  Notice how much land is owned by the Thompsons.  Look in the lower right corner of the map.

There is a large square (an acre?) assigned to J.B. Thompson, and just north of the Thompson property is a (half acre?) assigned to E. Rose.

In 1908, Chilt is mentioned 40 times in Grace's diary, so it was obvious to me that he lived close by.  Born in April 1848 (according to the 1900 census), he is the 2nd youngest of 9 children.  In the 1880 census he's age 31, living with his parents in Caledonia, Shiawassee, Michigan, and listed as married.  But where is his wife? She isn't named or listed in the same household.  By the time we get to the 1900 census, Chilt is listed as Divorced. Unusual for the time, but the cause of the divorce must not have been scandalous to Chilt's name, because Grace and the Rose family seem completely comfortable with him.  It doesn't appear that Chilt ever remarries.  He also seems to escape the census taker again until 1930.

Dennison "Den" Thompson is Chilt's older brother, older by 12 years.  His wife appears to have been Medora Latilda Benham.

"Mrs Ed Thompson" is likely to be Marion/Mary Thompson as shown in census records.  Edward A Thompson is also an older brother of Chilt's.

"Mrs Gilbert" is Chilt's older sister, Melissa.  She is widowed and lives with Chilt.

Corunna Ward 3 residents in 1910

In Corunna Ward 3:
Leah Eveleth, age 35, wife of W.S. Eveleth.  She and W.S. have been married for 15 years.  She reports having 13 children, 10 of whom are still living as of 1910.
Judson Peacock, age 66, and wife.  Presumably the "Jud Peacock folks" who join Grace's family on a picnic on July 12.

Corunna Ward 2 residents in 1910

In Corunna Ward 2:
Arthur J Peacock, age 35, with wife and 9yo daughter
Next door to the Peacocks live the Inglehart family.  Could Mrs Gertrude Inglehart, age 26, be the "Mrs Englehart" that Grace visits on July 6?
Mable (spelled Mabel) E Wallace, age 24, living with her parents and siblings
Living next door to the Wallaces are the Jackson family, with daughter Grace E Jackson, age 25.  Could she be one of our Grace's friends?
John H and Eva D Dudeck, ages 24 and 22.  They have been married for 3 years.
Etta Burger, age 33, single, living with her parents.

Seal Morse

Seal Morse is a bit of a mystery.

He is likely to be Royal Seal Garfield Morse, 1883-1945, who worked for Buick.  This person ended up using the name R. Seal Morse or sometimes Royal Morse, and lived in Flint, Michigan while working for Buick.

In the 1910 Owosso city directory, there is a Seal Morse listed.  At that time he is working as a clerk at Old Corunna State Bank, and resides at 214 S Shiawassee Ave.  In 1914 he is still living in Owosso, but at 107 S Shiawassee Ave.  No wife is listed either time.   I am unable to find this gentleman in the 1910 Federal census.

I am not sure if these gentlemen are the same person, but either are likely candidates to be Grace's Seal Morse.

Corunna Ward 1 residents

The following people can be found in the 1910 Corunna census:

In Corunna Ward 1:

Burr Eveleth, age 33.

Daniel Muzzy, age 64.  Grace also references a "Mr. Muzzy" as opposed to "Dan Muzzy".  I'm not sure if she means the same person.

Frank Peacock, age 62.

Winnie Chapin, age 22.  Winnie's case is unusual, where she is a single girl listed as a "roomer".  In the 1920 census she continues to be listed as a "boarder".  By 1930 she has married and is now Winnie Wallace.  Her parents were still living, and living in Michigan, in 1910, so it is curious as to why she wasn't living "at home". In 1910 she is working as a deputy clerk at the post office.

Next door is another boarder, Romaine Bramwell, age 22.  She is likely our "other" Romaine, who is not Romaine Buckle and has a different birthday from Romaine Buckle.  Romaine Bramwell is working as a teacher in 1910.  In the 1900 census, Romaine Bramwell is living with her widowed mother in Corunna.  Her birth month is listed as February, making it more likely that she is the Romaine whose birthday Grace lists as February 12.  This also could explain why she would leave home and start work when others her age were not.

Both Winnie and Romaine were in the Corunna High School graduating class of 1906, along with Earl and Ray Derham.

Grace's Caledonia neighbors

Here are some other neighbors that Grace mentions in her diary:

The Harmons:
The 1910 census shows them living not too far away.  George and Ella Harmon, and 4 children.  They are farmers.

George and Carrie Ackerson, who gave the well-attended sugar social on April 16.

Mr and Mrs Robert and Annie Fields.  Annie is likely the "Mrs Rob Fields" who visits Grace on Nov 3.

Grandma, Aunt Minnie, Uncle Herb

"Grandma" is Ann Eliza Crandall (1829-1912), 2nd wife of Edward Rose.  In addition to her son Bert Rose (Grace's father), Ann also had another child who survived to adulthood: Minnie Rose (1867-1958).

Minnie married Herbert Towler (1864-1920) and they had 2 children: Edward Herbert Towler (1892-1958) and Mertianna Towler (1894-1977).  The Towlers lived in Minneapolis at the time that this diary was written.

Edward Rose died in January 1906, and it appears to be around that time that "Grandma" began moving back and forth between the homes of her 2 children.  She started out at Bert's home, then lived with the Towlers from approximately October 1906 to July 1907.  She then moved back to Bert's home, but it appears from Grace's diary entries that she again moved out during 1908, and likely went back to the Towlers.

I have a couple of guesses as to how Grace met her future husband, Earl Derham.  One guess is that it was somehow through "Grandma", although it would have been accidental because Grandma was pushing her toward someone named Will, and had been for several years.  Later in their married lives, Earl and Grace would be pharmacists and operate a drugstore together.  During their 1908 courtship, it does seem that Earl works in a drugstore, based on Grace's diary entries.  In the 1910 census, Earl lists his occupation as salesman in a drugstore.  I have a letter from Ann Crandall Rose to Grace in which she indicates that she used to own a building in Corunna, and that she understands it is being turned into a drugstore, a change she approves of.  Did Ann once own the building where Earl works?  I need to research this.

Uncle Theo and Aunt Mary, also Roy and Percy Rose

Uncle Theo is Theodore Rose (1845-1915), who is Grace's father's half-brother.  Grace's father and Theo share the same father (Edward Rose (1817-1906)).  Theo was born of Edward's first wife, who died shortly after Theo's birth.

Theo's son Roy Rose (1882-1957) was born of Theo's first wife, Catherine Brands. Theo and Catherine have 4 children that survived: Percy, Sarah, Roy, and Melbourn. In 1908 Roy was married and living nearby to Grace's home.  Roy's older brother Percy visits a few times, but I am not exactly sure where he was living in 1908. Grace mentions "Milbourn" coming to visit twice...I wonder if that is her cousin Melbourn?

Theo married a second time to Mary Nye, and they have 2 children.  Herbert, born 16 Oct 1891, and Mable, born 2 years later.

Grace has one diary entry that refers only to "Herbert" without any other context to confirm whether that is her cousin.  I assume that it is, but I left the label only as "Herbert".

I have a couple of guesses as to how Grace met her future husband, Earl Derham.  One guess is that she may have met him through Uncle Theo and family.  In the 1910 census, you can see that Theodore Rose happened to live next door to Everett and Alice Dibble.  Mrs Alice Dibble is formerly Alice Derham, Earl's sister.  Perhaps Earl became friendly with the Theo Rose family and was then introduced to Grace.  However, Grace never mentions Alice at all - she never mentions that she and Earl called on Alice for a visit, or anything like that.  So, I'm not sure.

Here are images of a bio written about Theo Rose, with many references to the extended family.

Aunt Louise and family

"Aunt Louise" is Grace's mother's sister, Louise Rigoulot.  She married Lewis Pardonnet in 1897 when she was 18 years old.  They had 4 children: Minnie, Samuel, Clarence, and Eugene.  The Pardonnet family lived relatively close by to Grace's home and visited frequently.

Hawkins family next door

In 1910, 2 years after Grace wrote this diary, she was living "next door" to 2 Hawkins families, according to the 1910 census.

Harry Hawkins, born Jan 1871, lived with his wife Marion "Mary" and 3 children in one of the nearby residences.

Sumner "Sum" Hawkins, born Jan 20 1885, lived in another residence with his mother Jennie, born Sep 1842.  Sumner is listed as the head of household.  I got his full birthdate from his WWI draft registration card.  (By that time his wife Mildred, born 1894,  had joined the household.)  I am guessing that Harry Hawkins is Sum's uncle.

There is one diary entry where Grace refers to Mrs Hawkins, and I do not know if she means Mary Hawkins or Jennie Hawkins.

Thursday, December 31, 1908

Worked hard all day.  Made Mama's waist.  In evening Earl came up and we watched the old year out and the new year in.  "Naughty kids."  Will begin the new year right.  Ha! Ha!

Wednesday, December 30, 1908

Ella brought me home and stayed for dinner.  Dandy day.

Tuesday, December 29, 1908

Mama and I went downtown in p.m.  I stayed at Ella's all night. Earl and I went to club dance in evening.  He was sore at Duffy because he would not let Ray come.  Rained hard when we went home and was awful slippery.

Monday, December 28, 1908

Harry Turner up all day.  Mama and Papa went downtown on business.

Sunday, December 27, 1908

We went over to Buckels to spend the day.  Earl up in the evening.

Saturday, December 26, 1908

Presents came from Martha and Aunt Minnie.

Friday, December 25, 1908

We all went over to Uncle Theo for dinner.  I waited for Earl.  He gave me the cut glass water set.  Swell.  We got home at 9 o'clock and nearly froze.

Thursday, December 24, 1908

Nothing doing.  Papa went downtown in p.m.

Wednesday, December 23, 1908

I got a ride home with Dan Muzzy.  Mama and I went downtown in p.m.  Earl took his last degree "for a while" last night and he looked as if he felt pretty mean.  Fine day and the sleighing is just grand.

Tuesday, December 22, 1908

I walked downtown in p.m. and stayed at Ella's for supper.  In the evening Ella and I went to the theatorium.  Us girls went to Hattie's and had a dandy time.  Exchanged xmas presents.  I gave each of the "little girls" a string of beads.  Ha! Ha!  Stayed with Winnie all night.

Monday, December 21, 1908

Dandy day.  I walked downtown in a.m. and went over to Owosso to do some shopping.  Stopped to Belle's and Ella's and Papa came down after me towards night.

Sunday, December 20, 1908

Alone all day.  Earl up in evening.

Saturday, December 19, 1908

Chilt over in a.m.

Friday, December 18, 1908


Thursday, December 17, 1908

Snowed and was a terrible day.  I had planned to go to the club party but didn't.  Earl came up.

Wednesday, December 16, 1908

Ironed and sewed.

Tuesday, December 15, 1908


Monday, December 14, 1908

Sewed all a.m.  Mama and I walked over to Chilt's in afternoon.

Sunday, December 13, 1908

Earl came up for dinner.

Saturday, December 12, 1908

Bessie Crane and I went to Owosso to do some shopping.  Found out who Nellie Buell was.

Friday, December 11, 1908

Felt bum all day.

Thursday, December 10, 1908

I went downtown in p.m.  Stayed to Belle's for supper.  Snowed in evening but Earl and I went to Owosso to see "Little Dolly Dimples."  Coming home we saw Mr Reynolds, Will Duffey, Burr Eveleth, and Cloyse Lewis on the car and they were in hard shape.  Ha! Ha!

Wednesday, December 9, 1908

Nothing doing.  We all went over to Uncle Theo to go hunting.  "Peddlar."

Tuesday, December 8, 1908

Ironed.  We butchered.

Monday, December 7, 1908

Did nothing but put wood in the stoves all day.  Went to bed early.

Sunday, December 6, 1908

Made peanut candy in a.m.  I took W.C. home toward evening.  Earl up.  Snowed during the day.

Saturday, December 5, 1908

I drove downtown after W.C. in evening.  Earl told us to go to the theatorium so we minded him.

Friday, December 4, 1908

Swept and dusted.

Thursday, December 3, 1908

Ironed in a.m.  In evening Earl and I took Romaine with us to the club dance.  They had the stage out and the new floor all layed.

Wednesday, December 2, 1908


Tuesday, December 1, 1908

Wind blew all day.  Sewed all p.m.

Monday, November 30, 1908

Rained all a.m.  Papa took Belle and Grace home in a.m. and went to Durand to the bank.  Wrote letters in the evening.

Sunday, November 29, 1908

Belle, Arthur, Donald, and Grace up all day and Aunt Mary up too.  Rained all night so Grace and Belle stayed all night.  Arthur and Donald went home with Earl.  We could not be alone only about an hour but we will make up for lost time some day.

Saturday, November 28, 1908

Walked part way home in a.m.

Friday, November 27, 1908

I walked downtown in p.m. and stayed with Winnie all night.  We 6 girls went to Jennie Chaffie's in evening.  Had a swell time.  Mable and Hattie mad at Winnie.  Got home at 11:30 but talked until about 2.

Thursday, November 26, 1908

Aunt Mary, Uncle Theo, and Earl up for dinner.  I went down to Ella's with Earl while he worked.  Wind blew awful hard.

Wednesday, November 25, 1908

I went downtown in p.m.  Saw Earl, Mable, and Winnie, and Hazel.  Met Winnie Jackson.  Heard that Felicie Van Liew was married.   Rained in a.m.

Transcriber's notes:
Felicia Van Liew was in the Corunna High School graduating class of 1906, but I have not been able to find a record of her marriage.

I have seen her name spelled Felicie, Felicia, Felice, and the unusual spelling shown November 26 (unless that is a reference to someone else).

The family is referenced in the Corunna Journal 23 January 1908 when Felicia's father passed away.  The newspaper reports that they are living in Bennington, about 9 miles south of Corunna.

Tuesday, November 24, 1908

Chilt, Salem, Ernest, and Peck over in evening to hear Papa and I play.  Earl came later.  Rained in a.m.

Sunday, November 22, 1908

We all went over to Uncle Theo's in p.m.  Awful warm.  Earl up in evening.

Monday, November 23, 1908

Nothing doing.  Rained in evening.

Saturday, November 21, 1908

Mama and I drove downtown in p.m.  Aunt Louise and I drove the men near Vernon to fish.

Friday, November 20, 1908

I got my present from Earl.  "Swell."  I walked down to Bessie's in a.m.  In p.m. she and I drove their hired man's horse to Vernon.  "Postal cards."  Ha! Ha!  She brought me home.

Thursday, November 19, 1908

Mama and I drove downtown in p.m.  Dandy day.  Earl and I went to club dance in evening.  Aunt Louise and all over in evening to go fishing.  She gave me my new back comb.

Wednesday, November 18, 1908

Aunt Louise and Clarence over all day and brought the geese.

Tuesday, November 17, 1908

I walked downtown in p.m.  Went to see Winnie and stayed to Belle's for supper.  Earl and I went over to Owosso to see "Our New Minister".  Great.

Monday, November 16, 1908

Snowed in a.m.

Sunday, November 15, 1908

Awful cold.  Earl came about noon.  Had oysters for supper and I found a pearl.

Saturday, November 14, 1908

Strung beads all p.m.  Papa went downtown.

Friday, November 13, 1908

I went down to Belle's and Ella's in the afternoon.

Thursday, November 12, 1908

Snowed in a.m.  Earl came up in the evening.

Wednesday, November 11, 1908

Ironed all day.  Papa and Ernest went spearing.

Tuesday, November 10, 1908


Monday, November 9, 1908

Ironed last week's wash.

Sunday, November 8, 1908

Alone all day but Buckles folks and Earl up in evening.  Earl and I had sort of a scrap over Wallie when there was no reason for it at all.

Transcriber's note:
The only other time Wallie has been mentioned in Grace's 1908 diary is on February 10, when she mentions receiving a letter from him.  So, Wallie must not live in the Corunna area, and is likely to be around Grace's age...enough that he is considered a threat to Earl...

Friday, November 6, 1908

Papa and I went over to Aunt Louise's and got a cow.  Mrs Gilbert over in p.m.

Saturday, November 7, 1908

Worked hard all day.

Thursday, November 5, 1908

Papa and I went down to Grandma's in a.m.  She and Aunt Minnie went to Minn. at noon.  In evening Earl and I went to the theatorium and dancing club.  Got home at 12:30.  Did not get the milk.

Wednesday, November 4, 1908

I went to Owosso in p.m. and bought my black skirt and dancing slippers.  Earl called up in the evening.

Tuesday, November 3, 1908

Mrs Rob Fields and Bessie Crane up in p.m.  I took Bessie home towards night.

Monday, November 2, 1908

Dan Muzzy brought the potatoes.

Sunday, November 1, 1908

Aunt Louise and family over in p.m.  Also Earl, Hattie, Winnie, Mable, and Romaine.  Chilt and Salem over too.  I took the girls home in evening and Earl came to meet me.  Wren's barn burned at midnight.  Did not get the milk.

Saturday, October 31, 1908

Papa went downtown in a.m.  In p.m. I went down town and up to Grandma's.  Saw Hattie, Winnie, and Mable.

Friday, October 30, 1908

The Dr up.  I went to Brands for some butter and milk.  Uncle Charlie and Adele stopped on their way to town.  Milk 35 times.

Thursday, October 29, 1908

Washed.  Earl up in evening.  Cold.  Did not get the milk.

Wednesday, October 28, 1908

Baked bread.

Tuesday, October 27, 1908

Finished our threshing in a.m.  Did not get the milk.  Earl up in the evening.

Monday, October 26, 1908

Mrs Morgan stopped in a.m.  Threshers here for supper and all night.  Belle came up to help me.  I took her home in the evening.

Sunday, October 25, 1908

Mary Jenkins and children over in p.m.  Also Aunt Mary and Mable.  Earl up in evening.

Saturday, October 24, 1908

Rained in a.m.  The Dr came up.  Papa went downtown in evening.

Friday, October 23, 1908

Baked in a.m.  Blue as the dickens all day.

Thursday, October 22, 1908

Alone all day as Papa was threshing.  Mrs Ed Thompson over in a.m.  In evening Earl and I went to club dance in Opera House.  Had a swell time and got home at 12:30.

Wednesday, October 21, 1908

Ironed.  Did not get the milk.

Monday, October 19, 1908

Aggie Buckle stopped to see Mama in a.m.  Did not get the milk.  Chilt over in evening.

Sunday, October 18, 1908

Earl came up in p.m. and we drove over to Roy Rose's and Uncle Theo's.  Came home for supper.  Hot.

Saturday, October 17, 1908

Did not do very much all day.  Dandy day.

Friday, October 16, 1908

Belle and Ella S. up here all day and Belle washed my hair.  In evening Earl and I went to Herbert's 17th birthday surprise party.  Had a good time.  Did not get the milk.  Got home at 2:30.

Thursday, October 15, 1908

Mama felt a lot better all day.  Ella Harmon up in the p.m. for a little while.

Wednesday, October 14, 1908

Fine day.  Earl up in the evening.  Did not get the milk.  Papa started to draw his beets.

Tuesday, October 13, 1908

Dandy day.  Mrs Brands and Mrs Gilbert over in the afternoon.

Monday, October 12, 1908

Dandy day.  Papa was downtown nearly all day.  Milk 23 times.

Sunday, October 11, 1908

Papa went down after Aunt Minnie in a.m.  Earl up for dinner.  In p.m. Stoddards people, Aunt Mary and Mable were up here.  Mama felt real good all day.  Papa and Aunt Minnie went over to Aunt Louise's to get the butter and look at the cow.  Did not get any milk from Chilt's.  Earl up again in evening.

Saturday, October 10, 1908

Worked hard all day.  The Dr. came up also Edward and Mertie but they did not stay long.

Friday, October 9, 1908

Mrs Hawkins up all p.m.  In evening Donald drove up after me.  I went to the theatorium and then Earl and I went over to Owosso to see "Quincy Adams Sawyer".  On our way home we saw someone trying to get honey from the basswood tree across the road but we scared them out.

Thursday, October 8, 1908

I went downtown in a.m. and got my hat.  Went to see Winnie and Mable and also to the fire at Stell Curly's.

Wednesday, October 7, 1908

Papa was downtown nearly all day.  Ironed.  Mama was some better during the day but got worse toward evening.  Mrs Gilbert, Salem, and Ernest up in evening also Earl but he went home early on account of not feeling good.

Tuesday, October 6, 1908

Sick all day with a cold.  Tried to iron but gave it up.

Monday, October 5, 1908

Washed in a.m.  Earl up in the evening after work.

Sunday, October 4, 1908

Aunt Mary, Mable, Herbert, and Uncle Theo over in p.m.  Also Winnie C., Mable W., Romaine B., and Hattie F. came along the R.R. and came up here.  We went over to Chilt's to see Salem, the Syrian boy.  Roy Derham called up and said "Earl had gone to see his brother in Ann Arbor."  Ha! Ha!  Did not get the milk.  Awful nice day and warm.

Saturday, October 3, 1908

Mama was sick nearly all day and Dr. Norris came up.  Papa went downtown in the evening.

Friday, October 2, 1908

Aunt Louise and Mamie K. over in p.m.  In evening the men went spearing.  Mama and I had quite a talk.  Did not get the milk.

Thursday, October 1, 1908

Mama went to see the Dr. N.  I saw Hattie and went up to her house for a few min.  Earl up in the evening.

Transcriber's note:
Irving W. Norris, M.D., was a doctor in Corunna.  His biographical sketch was printed in a town history and is shared below.

Wednesday, September 30, 1908

Walter up in evening to talk about Martha and see the pictures of us 4.

Tuesday, September 29, 1908

Awful cold and windy. Did not get the milk.  Mama sick.

Monday, September 28, 1908

Rained all a.m.  Cold.  Did not get the milk.

Sunday, September 27, 1908

We were all down to Stoddards all day.  I came back with Earl in evening.  Belle's folks up there for supper.  He certainly will know me after a while.  Ha! Ha! Did not get the milk.

Saturday, September 26, 1908

Percy Rose and wife here all day.  Had a real nice visit.

Friday, September 25, 1908

Awful warm so layed around all day and read.

Thursday, September 24, 1908

We all went downtown in p.m.  Belle and I went to ballgame.  C. Masons - 8 and Byron Masons - 5.  I stayed there to supper and went to the club party at the casino.  Got home at 12:30.  Earl and I went to the theatorium before going to the party.  Good.  Saw Percy Rose.

Wednesday, September 23, 1908

Did not get the milk.  I went across lots to Hope's and stayed all day.  Had a dandy time.

Tuesday, September 22, 1908

Washed.  Hope wanted me to go over there but I was too tired.

Monday, September 21, 1908

Layed around all day.

Sunday, September 20, 1908

Earl came up at noon and Donald came too but he did not stay long.  Earl felt foxy all right wanted to tell Mama "something" but I would not let him.  Sat in the hammock all evening.

Saturday, September 19, 1908

Worked all a.m.  In evening I took Mertie back home.  Saw Earl and Mable W. gave me her picture.

Friday, September 18, 1908

Mama took Meal downtown in a.m. and stayed all day.  Mertie came home with Mama and stayed all night.  Walter Hatch came up to talk about Martha.  Quite confidential.

Thursday, September 17, 1908

Ironed in a.m.  Meal Vaughbrot came in a.m. and stayed all night.  Mama took me downtown in p.m. I stayed at Grandma's for supper and went to Owosso to see "Paid in Full" in evening.  Home afterwards.  Show was fine.  Got here about 1:30.

Wednesday, September 16, 1908

Ironed all day.  Chilt over in a.m.

Tuesday, September 15, 1908

Washed in a.m.  Got milk from Chilt's first.

Sunday, September 13, 1908

Uncle Theo, Aunt Mary, and Mable over towards night.  My folks went over to Aunt Louise's in evening after butter.

Monday, September 14, 1908

Papa drawed the beans.

Saturday, September 12, 1908

Bessie went home in a.m.  In p.m. I drove downtown and up to Grandma's.  Belle up after some pears.

Friday, September 11, 1908

Canned corn in a.m.  In p.m. Bessie Crane came up and stayed all night.  Will, Bessie, and I went after the milk in the evening.  Awful smoky.  Aunt Louise over for a few minutes.

Thursday, September 10, 1908

Had 3 extra men all day harvesting the beans.

Wednesday, September 9, 1908

Walked all over Flint to see the factories and asylum.  Toward evening we took the train for home.  Met Walter H. at Durand.  He had been visiting Martha for 4 days.  I went to Belle's while Earl got his horse to take me home.  Got in bed at 12 o'clock.

Tuesday, September 8, 1908

Rose, Earl, and I went to the State Fair in a.m.  In p.m. Earl went to Chicago - Det. game and we went to the Temple.  Took the evening train for Flint and got to Ella's about 8:30.  Awful tired.

Monday, September 7, 1908

Got up at 3 o'clock and Ray drove us to Durand where we went to Detroit.  Met Rose at the station and we went to League ballgame between St. Louis and Detroit a.m. 4 to 3 in our favor.  Got our dinners downtown and went right back to the game in p.m.  9 to 3 in our favor.  After the game we went up to aunts.  Earl stayed all night with Ed Archibald and I stayed with Rose.

Sunday, September 6, 1908

Stoddards up in p.m.  Earl drove up in p.m. and stayed all night.  Went to bed early.

Saturday, September 5, 1908

Worked hard all day.  Towards evening I drove downtown and to Grandma's.

Friday, September 4, 1908

We went down to Grandma's in p.m.  I saw Mable W., W.C., Rex, Will S., Earl, and Romaine B.  Dandy day.

Thursday, September 3, 1908

Walked home in a.m.  Finished my waist.  Earl came up in eve.

Wednesday, September 2, 1908

Washed all a.m.  In p.m. I walked downtown and Belle, Mertie, and I went to the ballgame between Byron Masons and Corunna M. and we got beat quite bad.  Stayed at Belle's all night.  In evening went to the theatorium and Earl came up there afterwards.  Saw "Willie" Soper and Aunt Minnie in the drugstore.  Played pedro and fought for the sporting sheet.

Tuesday, September 1, 1908

Washed in a.m.  In p.m. I went downtown with Papa to get my shoes.  Went up to Grandma's for a little while and Mertie was there all alone.  Leah Eveleth and her mother had been here to see Mama when we got back.

Monday, August 31, 1908

Sewed all day.  Mrs Haines over in evening for a few minutes.

Sunday, August 30, 1908

Milbourn up in a.m. for a little while.  Belle and Arthur and kids up all day.  I took them back in evening.  Earl came up.


Transcriber's notes:
"Milbourn" could be Melbourne Rose, Grace's cousin.

Saturday, August 29, 1908

In p.m. we drove around by Kerby to go downtown.  Went to theatorium.  In evening Mama and I walked over to Eveleths.

Friday, August 28, 1908

Kit Black came up before I had breakfast and wanted me to go to Vernon and Durand with him so I did.  Saw Ruby Stroud and Will Cook.  Took dinner at the depot.

Thursday, August 27, 1908

Canned pears all day.  Earl came up in evening.  The "black man" called up in evening and I could not imagine who it was.

Wednesday, August 26, 1908

Went down to Grandma's in the evening to get the pears.

Tuesday, August 25, 1908

Belle and I went to the ballgame between Corunna Masons and Bancroft Pythians and they busted up in a fight with a score of 6 to 5 in Corunna's favor.  Earl surprised me and came up in the evening.  Got my "College Girl".

Monday, August 24, 1908

Nothing doing.  Cold.

Saturday, August 22, 1908

We went down to Grandma's to spend the day.  Earl got me there and we came home.

Friday, August 21, 1908

Awful lazy all day.  In evening the boys came up and we played pedro.  E- "I believe if we keep on there will be a double wedding."  Ha! Ha!

Thursday, August 20, 1908

M. and I walked downtown in p.m. and called at Grandma's.  Stayed at Belle's for supper and came out home with the boys.  "Cheats."

Wednesday, August 19, 1908

Ironed all a.m.  Walt came up in evening and Earl came later.  Got in bed at 12.

Tuesday, August 18, 1908

Mama, M., and I drove over to Aunt Louise's to get the butter.  Stopped at Roy's on way home.  Went to bed early.

Monday, August 17, 1908

My folks came home.  M. and I went to meet Mama in evening and saw Walt.  Nearly had a collision with a telephone pole when we met the street car.  Walt, M., and I went over to Owosso to the carnival and it was fine.  "Drunken man."  "Pass the beer."  Ha! Ha! Pie! Pie!  Earl and Walt brought us girls home and took the horse back with them.

Sunday, August 16, 1908

I drove downtown after the boys but could find only Walter.  We hunted around after Earl but he had missed us so walked out here.  Had a great time.  "Pictures and candy."  Intended to drive to Byron but it rained in a.m. so we gave it up.

Saturday, August 15, 1908

We washed the buggy and ironed in a.m.  In p.m. we drove to Vernon around by Shiatown, downtown, and then home.  Intended to go downtown in eve but it rained so we stayed at home and went to bed early.

Friday, August 14, 1908

Chilt over in a.m. and did the chores.  Washed.  We drove downtown in evening and Walter and us went to W. Owosso to the carnival.  Earl came later.  Went thro' the "electric fountain".  Good!  The boys drove home with us and stayed a few minutes.

Thursday, August 13, 1908

M. and I went over to Owosso in p.m.  In eve we drove down after the boys and had a circus.  "Curtains, sofa pillows, and candy."  "Rat."  Donald came home with us to do the chores and we took him back.  Aunt Minnie and children and Grandma stopped for a few minutes towards evening.  Chilt over in a.m. and told our fortunes.  Great.

Wednesday, August 12, 1908

Rained all night.  Went downtown in p.m. and intended to go to Owosso but Charlie wouldn't stand so we drove around by Kerby home.  The boys called up in eve.


Transcriber's notes:
I don't know who Charlie is.  Maybe Charlie is the horse, except the rest of the time Grace refers to the horse as "the horse".

The Kerby family owned a lot of property in Caledonia Township.  The nearest cross street to the Rose farm is today called Kerby Road.

Tuesday, August 11, 1908

Walter and Earl came up after dinner with a double carriage and we drove to Bancroft to the Mason vs Pythian ball game.  15 to 9 in the K.P.'s favor.  Great game.  "The girl on the ladder."  "I'm Mr. Brown."  Ha! Ha!  We rode on the back seat coming home.  Came nearly getting lost.  Took the team back to Owosso and took the car as far as Derhams where we got the rig and Martha and I came home alone so that we could keep the horse.  Rained like sixty on the way to Owosso and home.  Got here at 11:30.

Monday, August 10, 1908

My folks went to the lakes in a.m. and left us all alone.  Walt called up in a.m.  Had a ride in the automobile from Hawkins.

Sunday, August 9, 1908

Baked bread, 2 cakes, made ice cream and everything else in a.m.  Walter Hatch drove up before we had even combed our hair.  Earl rowed up.  We 4 went down to Chilt's woods and took our suppers.  "Martha's mouth."  "Slams."  "I've got an idea."  Ha! Ha!  Earl and I rowed downtown and the others drove.  Came home around by Hope's.  Earl and Martha kept us awake alright.

Saturday, August 8, 1908

We all went downtown in p.m. to Fireman's Field Day.  I thought Earl was mad but it was all my imagination.  Came home after the balloon ascension.  Walton did not bother us.  Had a dandy time.

Friday, August 7, 1908

We all went downtown to "Homecoming" and took our dinner to the park.  Saw Walton and he hung around us all p.m.  "Darned fool."  We stung him good after supper.  Walter H. was with us all during the fireworks and helped us hitch up our horse.  "Rubber."  Went to the ball game in p.m.  St. Charles - 2 and Corunna - 14.  Ice cream, candy, and merry-go-round.  Ha! Ha!  Got home at 10:30.

Thursday, August 6, 1908

Took Mertie home towards evening and brought Martha home.