Handwritten Diaries Teacher Hattie Larcum Heald Granville Lampeter PA 1867-1871

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Seller: Top-Rated Plus Seller diaries (7,745) 100%, Location: Issaquah, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 352515098672 WELCOME TO SALLY’S DIARIES: I've been asked lately if I split up diary lots and sell them separately on ebay and I can assure you if they belong to the same family I will never split them up. I can't even imagine doing that but it's always good to ask your sellers if they are just in case. There are three early diaries in this lot today. Two of them belonged to the same young woman, Hattie Larcum of Granville, Bradford County Pennsylvania. Then the later diary from 1877, I’m just adding in as a bonus since it was written in the same era as Hattie’s and the author is also from Pennsylvania. I’m quoting from both of Hattie’s diaries and then in the 1877 diary I will give you a little information concerning it, but I chose not to read that one. First to Hattie…. Her diaries represent the years 1867 and 1869. She was born on August 25th, 1846 which makes her 20 years old when the first diary commences. Her parents were Orrin L. Larcom and Harriet (Clark) Larcom. Hattie was born in Candor New York. Her death certificate says she died in 1909 from complications of diabetes. She was married to Horace Heald and in fact, she and Horace get married in 1869, the year of the second diary. As the diary opens up it finds Hattie teaching school and boarding with different people as she’s away from home. These diaries really give the reader a great look into the life of a hardworking young school teacher. She either walks, rides a horse or takes a buggy everywhere. And her students seem to give her quite a bit of trouble and that exhausts her. The 1867 diary is full of handwritten entries for every day but there are 24 days where the writing has faded. It is readable with good light. All the other entries are easily read. The 1869 diary is also full and all of those entries are easily read. Here are a few examples those entries….. 1867 “January 22nd, Rather warm, cloudy morning. School about as large as usual. Young ones acted as though possessed. Snowing again today's. Will it ever stop? Staid at Mr. Boman’s and went to singing school.” “February 28th, & March 1st, Cool morning. Very rough. Walked down as far a William V. Rode the rest of the way with Mr. Allen. Emerson (one of her students she seems to always have trouble with) broke my clock. Stayed at Mr. Barne’s. Cloudy evening….Cloudy morning. Looked like rain. Stayed at Mr. Barnes. Albert and Sally gone to Troy. The school young ones acted as if possessed of the D____ today. Almost believe they were.” “April 5th, Raining this morning. Started for school. Got caught in a shower. Some wet. Stayed at home in afternoon. Worked on my calico dress. Went up to Horace’s to sugar party.” “May 30th & 31st, Rather pleasant day. Cloudy at night. School about as usual. Boarded up to Mrs. Baldwin’s at night. Julia and I tried our fortunes, did not amount to much….Cloudy morning. West wind coming hard. Pleasant in afternoon. Cleaned the school house, very dirty. Got very tired. Walked home.” “June 20th, Pleasant day. Finished my dress. Got ready for the all important occasion. Started so as to get there by one o’clock. Got there in time. Waited a long time for Lunne and Maggie. After the knot was tied, started for Alba.” “July 4th, Got ready and started about half past seven to find the fourth. Went with the company to Towanda. Stopped at Mercerville and rested. Very warm and dusty riding. Got there about noon.” “August 28th, Rather cloudy. Threatened rain. Picnic at Baley (?) Corners (?). Met at the church at nine o’clock. School went down in a procession. Heard a good discourse by Mr. Crittenden. Had a good dinner.” “October 8th, Pleasant day. Election. Lots of folks about the Corners. Went to school. Had company today at school. Mr. Fin Leaners, Miss Ella Bliss. Called to see them play ball after school.” “November 6th, 7th, & 8th, Made ready to go to the wedding. Got there 10 o’clock. Waited and waited a long time after the folks got there. Finally the knot was tied. Eat supper. Started for Towanda about 2 o’clock. Got there at dusk. Eat supper. Went walking in evening. Had great time…..After breakfast went out to see the place. Went across the bridge then to the jail and up to the saloon. Was gone a long time. Came back, rested. Started for home. Stopped at Greenwood, had dinner. Oysters…..Arrived at home safe and sound 7 o’clock P.M. Went to school today. Nothing unusual occurred. Had to tell all about the wedding.” “December 31st, Cold, clear morning. Did not get a very early start and walked so fast it almost killed me; most sick at night. Had an invitation to spend New Years so there is no school tomorrow.” (On the memoranda pages in the back of the diary she has written up short notes for the next year.) 1869 “January 6th, Very pleasant day. School went off very well with the exception of having to keep some in. Went to L. Loment’s at night. Oh dear me. But I guess I will not say what I thought.” “January 27th, A very nice morning. Had a visitor such as I wish to stay away here after. Don’t know but I have forgotten that I was sweet sixteen once. Something quite amusing occurred today. Stayed with Martha.” “February 17th, Not very pleasant. School almost enough to craze me. So hateful. Went to Charley Clark’s. Heard all about Liberty.” “March 19th, Cloudy. Made my quilt. Ironed some. H. came up at noon and asked me to go to Franklin to the lodge tonight. Snowed so we nearly gave it up but finally went. A good lodge. Had a “terrible” time and nobody to it when we got ready for home.” “April 24th, Warm and pleasant. Sewed all day till night. Father, Ollie and I went down to glass factory then up to town again. Saw Mary. Was very tired. Wonder what they are doing. John E. and Alice staid here.” “June 4th, Cloudy morning. Just one year today since we went to Liberty School. Went off well. Stayed at Mr. Merritt’s till H. came after me. Rained hard.” “August 29th, Warm. Went to S. School and meeting; full house. Mr. Streeter preached. After dinner took Mary up on the Hill. Went to church in evening after which we went up and set up with the corpse of D. T., baby whose funeral took place today. Very large crowd out. Mr. Streeter preached.” “October 21st, Married. At the residence of Sam Taylor’s by A. Greenboro. Mr. Horace H. Heald to Miss Hattie Larcum both of Granville Center. Weather quite pleasant.” I must stop there as I would like to get this lot listed. But know there is really so much more to both of these diaries. Finally, the 1877 diary; it originally belonged to S. M. Herr at least I believe that’s the name. I’ve scanned the inside cover so you can see for yourself. It looks like they were from Lampeter Pennsylvania. I believe at a later day a family member read the diary and wrote the note that are also on this page; important notes. The diary has handwritten entries for most of the day, with 51 days that are blank. Some are just a line or two and some more and most are about his tobacco farming and expenses. I’ve scanned several of those pages. The most interesting thing was the newspaper article found tucked between the pages. I scanned that also as it gives some interesting tidbits concerning this family. The front clasp has fallen off of this diary and is not accounted for. The cover is very worn and torn but pages and binding look good. This 1877 diary measures about 3” x 4 3/4” and the other two are a bit smaller. Condition: See item description, Binding: Softcover, Wraps, Year Printed: 1867, Subject: Biography & Autobiography, Original/Facsimile: Original, Special Attributes: 1st Edition, Author: Larcum, Region: North America, Language: English

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