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This is part two of a series featuring diary entries written by my maternal grandmother when she was 11 years old and living on Lopez Island, Washington. To read from the beginning, click here.

Mon., Jan. 7, 1907. Ther. ? Wea. c.c.

We went to school and had lots of fun. Nina and I got 100 in spelling. I went in to Eatons for some things Mr. Hodgons [sic] brought us and got odd little lass [probably An Odd Little Lass: A Story for Girls, by Jessie E. Wright, published 1898] from Nina. Going to bed now and read our pillows.

Tues., Jan. 8, 1907. Ther. ? Wea. c.c.

This has been a beautiful clear day. I got 100 in spelling. We took down our Xmas decorations today. Carl was Mischief. Arthur and Arnie were absent. Nina and I had lots of fun. Played a game of cards till I was beat.

Wed., Jan. 9, 1907. Ther. ? Wea. good.

We had a ride to school the roads are intolerable. Papa [Alma’s stepfather, Mr. Farnsworth] went to Port Stanley. It was nice at school today. We broak [sic] our secrets. Mama and teacher went down to Thomsons. We stayed with Eaton girls until they came back.

Thurs., Jan. 10, 1907. Ther. ? Wea. cold.

We went to school. It has been a cold and clear day. And things have happened today just the same as any other day. Three scholars were absent they were boys. did not do anything of any importance today. We are all well.

Fri., Jan. 11, 1907. Ther. ? Wea. c.w.

It snowed. Well today us girls were at the chart looking at pictures. We have no secrets only those that we all have they are fine. Edith and I found a note [money, presumably] on the road. Oh I broke the mail key on the way home. Papa was to Ri_son [Richardson] he walked it has been warmer today.

Sat., Jan. 12, 1907. Ther. 19 Wea. c.c.

It has been a cold cold day. Nothing has happened today because I haven’t been outdoors only to go to the mailbox papa and I went and brot [sic] it home we locked it but we can’t get the key out of the lock. Mama is not very well. I hope she will get well soon.

Sun., Jan. 13, 1907. Ther. 16 Wea. cold.

I didn’t do anything to-day it has been very very cold. Mama Alexa and I were reading. We wrote to grandma and grandpa [Alexander Thomson and Margaret Moffat Thomson in Minto, North Dakota (unless they had already relocated to North Battleford, Saskatchewan)] Oh it has been lonesome. I was weighed. I drew some pictures to-night well good-night.

Mon., Jan. 14, 1907. Ther. 19 Wea. cold.

[illegible] noon Lehman girls and us went down to Anderson’s marsh. After school we all went down to Fagerholms and had a fine time. I had a good sleigh ride. I have started the life of Calvin I am interested. Miss Laubach was with us children.

Mud Bay schoolhouse, c. 1910 [photo: Washington Rural Heritage, cat. no. 1985.001.00903, detail]. Nina Eaton top row, second from left; Jennie Fagerholm, top row, right.

Mud Bay schoolhouse, c. 1910 [photo: Washington Rural Heritage, cat. no. 1985.001.00903, detail]. Nina Eaton, top row, second from left; Jennie Fagerholm, top row, right.

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Alma and her sister Alexa, Minto, North Dakota, 1903

My maternal grandmother, Alma Helen Leslie, was born in Minto, North Dakota on December 14, 1895 to Alexander Hardy Leslie and Helen Redpath Thomson of Ontario, Canada. On June 2, 1903, tragically, her father Alexander died leaving Helen a widow with two young daughters. Eventually Helen married a man named Farnsworth and relocated to Lopez Island in Washington State. As the second marriage was short-lived, my grandmother lived on Lopez Island for only a short time but while she was there she kept a diary. Here are some exerpts from that diary.

Tues. Jan. 1, 1907. Ther. 31. Wea. good.

In the morning I phoned up Nina and wished her a Happy New Year. Helped Mamma get dinner. Went down on the beach and got three agots [agates?]. at super [sic]. Miss Laubach was down from about 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. Played pedro [a card game].

Wed., Jan. 2, 1907. Ther. 40. Wea. wnd.

I went to school. It snowed and we made snow balls. We learnt a new song about Twilight. I changed seats with Nina to be closer to the stove. Miss Laubach walked us to our gate from school with us. We are all well.

Thurs., Jan. 3, 1907. Ther. ? Wea. fine.

I had to go to school alone. Alexa [Alma’s younger sister] did not feel well. Florence and I sit together now. Nina sits with Edith. Dear little diary I have not much news to tell you tonight. I do hope Alexa will be better tomorrow.

Fri., Jan. 4, 1907. Ther. ? Wea. ?

We had a ride to school. It snowed hard and at recess we thru snow at each other and made snowballs. After school Arthur L. washed my face. We all thru snow at each other. We are all well.

Sat., Jan. 5, 1907. Ther. ? Wea. cold.

In the morning I went out to play with Alexa in the snow. About 4 p.m. Papa [Mr. Farnsworth, her stepfather] put us on the sled and we had a ride to the woods it realy was good. Mr. Dickman sent down some books to us. Mama and I read them.

Sun., Jan. 6, 1907. Ther. ? Wea. good.

Oh we just lounged round in the morning and Mamma, Alexa and I went to the mail box. We played and sang some hymns and I read and was tired. Read our pillow.

Icicles on the Port Stanley dock, winter 1907 [photo: Lopez Island Historical Society & Museum #1985.00963]

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