Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wadsworth Diary - Feb 14, 1858

Clowdy and snowed some cold, 13 above zero Went to meeting in fournoon Rev. J. Thayer preached (or explained from the Bible some) Staid at home in the afternoon. No meeting in eve.

In the 1850s, on a busy working farm in the southern part of Franklin, a man named George Wadsworth started writing in a journal about everyday events. When he filled that journal, he bought another, and filled that up too. Two dozen journals, and 27 years later, he had written about almost everything that can happen in a small New England town. His words were lost to history until 1986, when town resident Gail Lembo came across some of the journals at a yard sale. 

From the Franklin Historical Museum website

Note: I guess Valentine's Day wasn't a big deal in 1858. For more about the history of the day, here is the Wikipedia entry  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine's_Day

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