of M. Edith Raff
(as transcribed by
Friday, September 1, 1911
Mr. Roland, Principal of Jackson School died at 11 A. M. His death was
very sudden; he was down town Wed.
Saturday, September 2, 1911
Gen’l Teachers Meeting at 4 P. M. held at High School. Service held at
Roland’s before taking body to Bloomfield for burial. O.W.M. and Ice-Cream
after banking hours.
Labor Day--Monday, September
Went down town with Mrs. Bond and children to view parade which consisted
mainly of Button Workers, 2000 strong. (Men and women.)
Spent the afternoon and evening working for my school. Hard storm in the
afternoon, which delayed but did not prevent the balloon ascension at the Fair
Tuesday, September 5, 1911
School again. Holding the Fort at Jackson with 58 strong. Seating
capacity 54. Attended Association Meeting at church in evening. Heard Dr. Roland
in a very dry discourse. Dr. and Mrs. Roland our guests during Meetings.
Wednesday, September 6, 1911
Rain and wind storm spoiled attendance at meeting this evening.
Thursday, September 7, 1911
Transferred 10 youngsters to Washington. Dr. and Mrs. Roland left for
Davenport this evening.
Saturday, September 9, 1911
Friday, September 15, 1911
Carl died at 7:45 this morning, after an 18 months illness.
His brave fight for life was of no avail and he too has joined the “caravan”
which moves to that mysterious realm where each shall take his chamber in the
silent halls of Death.
Saturday, September 16, 1911
“The sun rose bright o’erhead. Nothing in Nature’s aspect
intimated, That a noble soul was dead.”
Sunday, September 17, 1911
Drove with Mrs. Moynahan to Illinois City where Carl’s funeral services
were conducted and burial made in the Illinois City Cemetary. Many went from
here. Floral offerings beautiful. Shall never forget the crude services in this
little country church, for the one who was such a tried and true friend these
many years. “But oh for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice
that is still.”
Warm for this time of year.
Thursday, September 19, 1911
Mrs. Reeder took me for a delightful ride in their new auto. From 3:45 to
Friday, September 22, 1911
Mrs. Lane, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Whipple of Nabrara Neb. here for supper.
Saturday, September 23, 1911
Bought new fall coat (blue) and also dress. O. W. here for short time
this evening. A year ago tonight (Friday) Carl spent the evening bringing
Bunte’s and gum. Dear old C. J. He never appeared on the scenes without some
kind of an offering.
Sunday, September 24, 1911
B.Y.P.U. meeting took the form of a Memorial Service for Carl. Mr. Horst told of his conversion and subsequent Christian life, Matthew Westrate spoke of him as a business man, Miss Shoemaker of his social life closing with the words “I am proud to be called a friend of Carl’s.” Mr. Smith a tribute to his exemplary Christian life in the church and outside. A number of others expressed their high opinion of him as a friend and Christian gentleman.
Carl well never again be seen in the church he loved so well, but his
cheery smile, kind word and handclasp will not soon be forgotten.
Monday, September 25, 1911
Home Coming Week. Parker Carnival Co. in town Lincoln Beechy of Chicago renown makes two flights in his Aeroplane Tues. and Wed. Many visitors form surrounding small towns.
Friday, September 29, 1911
Went with the Stockers to the Commercial Club rooms where we had a fine
view of the shows on the Haymarket. Could see every performance of the Aerial
show. Later went to the Muscatine Bank where we watched the people on the
“Merry-go-round” and “Ferris Wheel.”
Saturday, October 14,1911
General Teachers Meeting at the High School. Dr. H. L. Husted gave a talk
on contagious diseases, Jessie Stinen sang and Sadie Gaines had a piano solo.
From 10:15 to 11 each department held its own meeting. Miss Braunwarth in charge
of the Primary.
Tuesday, October 17, 1911
Went to Altiora and made invitations for Mothers Day to be held Oct. 20
at school. Invites are tinted autumn leaves and quite pretty.
Wednesday, October 18, 1911
Went with bunch of girls to the A.-Muse-U. “Two Orphans” and the
Friday, October 20, 1911
“Mothers Day” at school. Had about 3 dozen visitors in my room. At 4
o’clock a program was given in Miss Foley’s room lasting an hour. Dr. Little
spoke and there were several musical numbers.
In the evening went to Miss Barker’s where I met a few of the new High
School teachers who were invited to spend the evening at a Kensington. Ice-Cream
Saturday, October 21, 1911
Went to the A-Muse-U in the P.M. with the Bonds. In the evening went to
see Mrs. Kern.
Tuesday, October 24, 1911
Miss Hale entertained the Geneva Club.
14 present. Spent very pleasant evening. Won 1st prize in guessing
contest. Delicious refreshments.
Wednesday, October 25, 1911
Went to the A-Muse-U with Jessie Kopp.
Tuesday, October 31, 1911
Went to Halloween M. E. Social with Edna Francis. Spooks of all kinds and
costumes. Had fortune told by a gypsy who said I would be married in 2 years to
someone I have never met. Wish he would soon appear. I’m curious. Fine program
and all Halloween stunts, with apples and pop corn as refreshments!
Wednesday, November 1, 1911
Went to the A-Muse-U with Jessie. Good pictures.
Thursday, November 9, 1911
Started at 6:30 in the rain for Des Moines to attend State Teachers
Convention. Reached there at 12, enrolled at Savery Hotel-Hdqts-and then to
Cargill Hotel where Jessie Althaus, Anna P. and self had engaged room.
In P.M. ate dinner at Pure Food Restaurant. Attended Primary Round Table at
Plymouth Church. In the evening heard Henry’s Band at the Coliseum.
Friday, November 10, 1911
Pleasant and cold. Breakfast at the Dairy Lunch Room-then to Coliseum. In
the P.M. we shopped at Younker’s and Anna P. and I went to call on Mrs.
Drucker. She seemed very glad to see us. Met Helen Warren at her office and we 4
had supper at Olsons. In the evening heard the Messiah at the Coliseum—400
trained voices-4 soloists and St. Paul Orchestra.
Saturday, November 11, 1911
Heard Prof. Barnes of Philadelphia on “Training the Lower Nerve
Centers.” Then Sarah Louise Arnold on “Jane and her teachers.” At 11:20
Booker T. Washington began his address. Could not wait for this as our train
left at 12. Reached home at 6:30 and found a young blizzard in charge of affairs
here. Mama had arrived on the Firefly from Davenport and had a good fire when I
find a truer word
to caress you.
No song or
poem I have heard
than “God bless you.”
Monday, November 13, 1911
annual supper at the church. Very good supper. Miss Wren, one of the H.S.
teachers went with me.
Wednesday, November 15, 1911
Mrs. Link entertained D.A.’s for Mary Brown who leaves Friday for
Davenport to live.
About 40 present. Very pleasant time.
November 17, 1911
Rainy, snowy, blowy and generally disagreeable. Anna Scott gave me a
Harrison Fisher girl, framed.
Mabel sent dandy Birthday letter.
Mama: pink and white chrysanthemums, comb and brush and a fine Birthday supper
including Birthday cake. She gave me also a Birthday Book.
Saturday, November 18, 1911
Teachers meeting at the High School. In the P.M. shopped with Anna Scott.
I. S. Pepper
spoke on “Law Making at Washington.” Miss Critz sang and Mrs. St. John,
also. In the P.M. shopped with Anna Scott. Stores are showing Xmas goods.
Monday, November 27, 1911
Attended concert at H. Schmidt’s. Misses Ruth Benkert and Maud Marshall
contributed numbers; the former has a very fine mezzo-soprano voice, the latter
is a popular reader. There were new numbers on the pianola, also.
Thursday, November 30, 1911
Thanksgiving Day. Attended church in the A.M., preaching by Rev. Grigsby
in the Congregational church. Miss Wren here for dinner. Goose, escalloped
oysters, mashed potatoes, salad, dressing, gravy, pumpkin pie, fruit.
Flowers-yellow and white chrysanthemums given me at school by Nanna Oliver.
Saturday, December 2, 1911
Miss Wren comes here to room. Pleasant card from Mrs. Schmidt saying Anna
N. quite ill.
Monday, December 4, 1911
Jessie Kopp and I went to the A-Muse-U “An Old Sweetheart of Mine.”
Series of pictures quite good.
Tuesday, December 5, 1911
Attended County Fair at Hershey Bank given by M. E. Young People. Moving
Pictures good. Also Carnival Show. Sounds quite like street carnival.
Wednesday, December 6, 1911
Anna K’s birthday gift--black silk hose—arrived today. The Quartette
met at Anna Prosser’s and pretended to read the “Cricket on the Hearth”
but did not get very far.
Saturday, December 9, 1911
Jessie Kopp and I attended Nerrel’s sale. Bought Toilet Set and Mesh
Purse at great bargain. Lots of fun. Rainy and warm.
Monday, December 11, 1911
Miss Wren and I attended Farther Lights Meeting at Mrs. Oscar Brandts.
Wednesday, December 13, 1911
The Quartette met here. Kensington’s Musical and Social Session
combined. Dix is chosen Mascot.
Name not yet selected. Served candy.
Thursday, December 21, 1911
Elected Treas. Of B.Y.P.U.
Friday, December 22, 1911
Xmas tree and treat for school children. Helped fill candy boxes at
Samuels in evening. Mama’s Birthday.
Saturday, December 23, 1911
Went up to Hanley’s with a Xmas package. The pkg. was given I. H. N.
“In His Name” who a year ago was making many glad with gifts given from a
heart filled with the Xmas spirit. I suppose he is very happy at this Xmas tide
but there are lonely hearts here who grieve over the “vacant chair.”
Sunday, December 24, 1911
Beautiful warm weather. In the afternoon Mama and I took a walk. In the
evening we went to our church where the Xmas service was colored stereopticon
pictures and music from the Baraca Victrola.
Very nice. Attended a Midnight Service at the Episcopal church with Ed and Ellen
Stocker. Did not get home until 2 A. M. “Oh little town of Bethlehem, How
still we see thee lie…”
Monday, Christmas Day, 1911
Beautiful weather. Went to the P.O. and White’s in the morning and to
Stockers in the afternoon. Mama and I had a quiet Xmas dinner and chatted gaily
or tried to across the lovely pink roses Ed Stocker sent, each trying to make
the other enjoy the spread. List of things received:
(white) from Jr.
(lavender and white)—Anna Kern.
Tuesday, December 26, 1911
What a Mosaic our lives are. No one sees the pattern but God himself. To
us how jumbled the colors, how puzzling the figures. What a combination of light
and dark, sunshine and shadow. Only He has the key to the riddle and will
someday show us the pattern of our lives worked out-no two alike. Every day adds
a fresh bit, now a splash of crimson, here dull gray, again the delicate
lavender and pink of some kindness rec’d or given. We ourselves largely
determine what the day’s picture will be.
Wednesday, December 27, 1911
Miss Wren and I went to the Presbyterian Church. They held their Xmas
entertainment tonight and it was very good. Cold and snowy.
Thursday, December 28, 1911
Anna Prosser, Jo and Mildred Stirlen called on Mr. and Mrs. McIntyre.
Bliss Perry says speaking of poetry: “Here is the gateway to the house
beautiful. Close your eyes and recall some lines you have learned. Immediately,
the iron gates are open and the pipes
of Pan are playing.”
Sunday, January 7, 1912
First Sunday of 1912. “Each day is a white page to be written. Write it
beautifully and the book of the year will be beautiful.” Attended church A. M.
and P. M. also B.Y.P.U. Wrote lengthy letter to A.B.N.
January 9, 1912
Farther Lights Meeting at Hattie Link’s.
Wednesday, January 10, 1912
Concert at U. B. church. “Song of the Soul” and several other
selections very pleasing.
Winter’s a gay Musician.
music’s very shrill.
whistles o’er the moorland,
pipes upon the hill.”
January 11, 1912
Annual church meeting. Chicken supper. Not many present on account of
cold weather. Coldest day of year. 24 degrees below zero.
Tuesday, January 16, 1912
Altiora Meeting. Plans made for cake and bread sale, Jan. 27th.
Wednesday January 17, 1912
Black Scarf Club met with Edna Francis.
Session very nice. Musical-selections from Victrola and Pianola, also from
Quartette. Refreshments of apples, stuffed dates and cheese. Mascot-Dix.
Flower-violets. Song-Barnyard Rag. All members rec’d belated Xmas presents.
Mine is book, “Beauty and the Beast.”
Friday, January 19, 1912
End of Semester. Does not seem possible year is half over. Will rejoice
when other half is gone! Went to hear Kaffri Boys Choir with Edna Francis. 5
boys and lady-an interesting talker-comprise the company. The boys are
wonderfully well trained and have beautiful voices, especially one-a Hottentot-who
gives promise of being a remarkable singer.
Saturday, January 20, 1912
Went to Basket Ball game with crowd of girls. M.H.S. played Abington H.S.
Walk away for Muscatine. Score 98-24.
Sunday, January 21, 1912
“And so the shadows fall apart
And so the west winds play.
And all the windows of my heart
I open to the day.”
Went calling on East Hill with Anna Scott.
Saturday, January 27, 1912
Altiora Cake Sale at Neidigs Book Store. Cleared about $10. Cold.
Victrola from Hirts with some very pretty records.
Monday, January 27, 1912
Helped serve at Baraca Oyster supper. Saw some pretty colored slides of
the Holy Land shown by Rev. Smith after supper.
Tuesday, January 30, 1912
Mrs. Bond and Mrs. Spangler here to listen to Victrola. Mrs. S. leaves
Thurs. for Fort Wm. Canada.
Saturday, February 3, 1912
Dorothy Bond had Birthday Party. Helped entertain children-12 present.
Friday, February 9, 1912
Mrs. Bond, kids and I went to A-Muse-U and then to the Lyric. Cold.
Monday, February 12, 1912
Lincoln’s Birthday. Attended stereopticon lecture by Rev. Smith on
Tuesday, February 13, 1912
Farther Lights Meeting at Smiths. Colored People and their Education was
subject. Read paper on Booker Washington. Helped serve--chocolate, sandwiches,
cocoanut kisses. Snowy-consequently small attendance.
Friday, February 26, 1912
Heard Florence Nyens new Pianola. Warm, like spring.
year hath its winter.
year hath its rain.
a day is always coming,
the birds go north again.”
Saturday, February 17, 1912
Mr. Parchert, Carl’s father, died today. He has been in poor health for
some time. Beautiful day. A-Muse-U in evening with Jessie K.
Monday, February 19, 1912
High School Class play, “An American Citizen.” Fine. Went with
“Black Scarf” members.
Thursday, February 22, 1912
George’s Birthday. Big “blow out” at school in his honor. 88
visitors at Jackson. Mothers Meeting afterward addressed by Rev. Smith.
Friday, February 23, 1912
Basket Ball Game at “Y”. Burlington and M.H.S. Black Scarf club had
Ice-cream at Len’s afterward.
Saturday, February 24, 1912
Called on Bessie Coyner and Hawleys’. Warm, but bad walking.
Monday, February 26, 1912
Heard lecture at “Y” by Nat Brigham on “Grand Canyon” Ariz.
Beautiful colored slides. No school on acct. of blizzard.
Wednesday, February 28, 1912
Black Scarf Club attended Helen Tappe’s Recital at Presbyterian Church.
She was assisted by the Will sisters, pianist and violinist. Everyone pleased
Friday, March 1, 1912
Reception at Y. W. for February members. Program and refreshments. Nice
time. Another snow storm.
Monday, March 4, 1912
Election Day. Snowy. Socialists defeated except in 4th Ward.
Citizens ticket a howling success.
Tuesday, March 5, 1912
Prepared article on Karl Witte for reading at Teacher’s Meeting March 9th.
Wednesday, March 6, 1912
B. S. Club instead of meeting with A. P. filed into the A-Muse-U at 9:15
and were entertained by John Bunny and others until 10:15.
Friday, March 8, 1912
Went with Jessie Kopp to A-Muse-U and Lyric.
Saturday, March 9, 1912
Hurray! The Gen’l Teachers Meeting is over for another month! Also my
article on Karl Witte. Could crow, I’m so relieved! This world is a place of
peace once more.
Monday, March 11, 1912
Went to A-Muse-U with Jessie Kopp.
Tuesday, March 12, 1912
Baptist Y. P. Rally held here. Supper at church. Dr. Earl delivered
address and Rev. Smith gave illustrated lecture on Holy Land. Last Sunday Rev.
Smith resigned to accept pastorate at Waterloo.
Friday, March 15, 1912
Another blizzard last night. Visited schools yesterday—Miss Althaus in
forenoon and Miss Erb in afternoon.
Jessie Stirlen died at 2 P.M. today of Typhoid Fever. Had been sick only
Monday, March 18, 1912
Jessie’s funeral service at Baptist church. Many turned away. Beautiful
flowers. Helen Tappe sang. All teachers attended. School dismissed for P.M.
Saturday, March 22, 1912
Jessie Kopp and I went to Davenport to shop. Bought white serge coat and
2 dresses, also a string of gold beads which has been pet wish of mine for some
time. Had supper at Schaeffer’s Café. Home at 9 P.M.
Friday, March 29, 9812
Musical Union Concert at Opera House. Mama and I went. Helen Tappe
assisted. Good concert. Beautiful night.
Monday, April 1, 1912
First day of vacation. Hurray! No April Fool about this fact. Went with
Mrs. Bina, Mrs. Elson and Jessie Kopp to the A-Muse-U and Lyric in the evening.
Wednesday, April 3, 1912
Went to Post-Nuptial shower given for Ella Altenbernd at their new home
on East Hill. About 35 present—some very pretty presents.
Thursday, April 4, 1912
Shopped and A-Muse-U with Mrs. Bond and Jessie. Went to Y. W. for supper
in honor of the Write girls and only Geneva crowd of 1911 present. Heard Miss
Inga Peterson returned. Japanese missionary at our church in evening.
Friday, April 5, 1912
Called on Nell Hanley who is spending a couple of days of her vacation on
the hill. Nell is as jolly and full of fun as ever.
Saturday, April 6, 1912
This entry should be decorated with black crepe in commemoration of Dix,
dearly beloved bright eyed Dixie who had to be chloroformed this A. M. She had
been sick for two days and rather than see her suffer I sent her to the Happy
Hunting Ground. I think of all her dear loving ways. I can’t keep from crying,
for Dix and I were the best of pals.
School election last night. Mr. McIntyre elected city Supt. Miss
Braunwarth Prin. Of Jackson to fill his place. Great surprise.
Tuesday, April 9, 1912
Delta Alpha Meeting at Hazel Reynolds’ on East Hill.
Wednesday, April 10, 1912
Concert at church. Helen Tappe, Maud Marshall and Orchestra. Good.
Saturday, April 13, 1912
Gen’l Teachers Meeting at Library. Spent P. M. down town with Jessie
Kopp. Henry Geisler gave very interesting talk on “The Road to Thrift”.
Friday, April 19, 1912
Mother’s Day. Three visitors in room I. Rev. Carroll talked at 3
o’clock to a very slim attendance.
Saturday, April 20, 1912
Mrs. Bond, Inez and self went to Davenport. Bought pretty white serge
coat and white slippers. Inez had picture taken. Went to Elite and then to
Shaffer’s Café for supper. Asparagus on toast, escalloped potatoes, and egg
sandwich. Tasted good to me.
Saturday, April 27, 1912
Went calling on High School teachers. Leola See’s father died April 14,
so the Black Scarf Club has disbanded.
Saturday, May 4, 1912
School Election last Eve. All teachers given a raise of $50. All
including High School force re-elected. Jesse and I went driving starting at
1:30 and going up river road. Down town bumming in evening. Grand weather.
Sunday, May 5, 1912
Jessie and I took walk in P.M. Beautiful day.
Tuesday, May 6, 1912
Beautiful day. Mrs. Bond and I went driving after supper.
Wednesday, May 7, 1912
Half Holiday. Schools, stores and banks closed at noon for the Ball
Game—opening of Ball Season. Jessie and I went! After game went to Weed Park
for supper. Mama and Miss Wren went out at 4.
Thursday, May 8, 1912
Mrs. Bond, Jessie and I went to A-Muse-U to see first pictures of Titanic
Jessie and I went to Launch Club “Old Curiosity Shop.”
Saturday, May 10, 1912
Last Gen’l Teachers’ Meeting of the year at H. S. Music by Mrs. St.
John and Mrs. Einhausen. Also violin solo by Carl Schmidt. Address by Rev.
Graves of Congregational Church.
Sunday, May 12, 1912
Mothers Day. I am very glad the color of carnations for me was
pink! Went to Congregational church in evening.
Monday, May 13, 1912
U. B. Young Peoples Meeting with Jessie on Oak St.
Wednesday, May 15, 1912
First B.Y.P.U. Meet. of year at Weed Park. Fine supper and games, Good
time. Although quite cold, there was a good crowd. Fire in Club House.
Sunday, May 19, 1912
Very lonesome for C.J. Just one year ago today I had a letter from him
asking me to go driving in his new buggy.
Tuesday, May 21, 1912
Golden Anniversary Concert (Schmidts) at Opera House. We (Kopps and
Raffs) sat in Gallery. Wore new white coat, new hat, net dress and white
slippers. Beautiful evening.
Thursday, May 30, 1912
Decoration Day. Took school children to parade on 3rd St.
Afterwards Jessie and I
Had car ride
went to A-Muse-U and Basts.
Friday, May 31, 1912
Senior Class Play entitled “Esmeralda” at Opera House. Good play and
crowded house. J. K. and I went together. Esmeralda a dreadful “stiff.” Old
Rogers (Leroy Houdek) fine.
Monday, June 3, 1912
Carnival Week. Went with Mrs. Bond.
Tuesday, June 4, 1912
Altiora picnic. Indoor picnic at “Y” instead of Slough as planned
(because of rain.) Carnival afterward. Frances’ German Cousin great fun.
Thursday, June 6, 1912
Mrs. Amlong entertains teachers at spread. Ice-cream, cake, salted
almonds and lemonade.
Alumni Reception at M.H.S. Beautiful evening and good crowd. Good
Friday, June 7, 1912
School closed at noon. Beautiful weather this Spring for teaching.
Friday, June 28, 1912
Mama and I had lovely drive—around Five Mile Drive and then about town.
Dandy is a “beauty and a joy forever.”
Saturday, June 29, 1912
Food Sale at Butz’s by Tennis Club. Had charge from 1 to 5 P.M. Dr.
Chaffer from Chicago to be entertainment.
Tuesday, July 2, 1912
Went to see Anna Kern who came from Los Angeles. Anna very thin and not
at all well.
Thursday, July 4, 1912
Went to see Anna K. in A.M. then celebrated with Jessie K. with fire
crackers and snakes. In the P.M., J. and I took supper to Weed Park. In evening
took walk. Hottest of season thus far.
Wednesday, July 10, 1912
Went to Trinity Excursion with J. K. and Helen Berntheisel. Were at boat
landing at 8 A.M. but boat did not come until 2:00 P.M. owing to storm of night
before. Had dinner at Ahlfs and then fooled around until boat arrived.
Delightful ride to Davenport. Reached there at 7 P.M. and left at 8. Had supper
at Newport Café. Home at 11:30.
Monday, July 15, 1912
and O.W.M. in Davenport. Went up on boat, returned on train. O.W.M. good
“sport” from reports. Black Hawk and Shutzen
Parks. J.M.K. and I went driving. Beautiful evening.
Tuesday, July 16, 1912
Spent P.M. with A.B.K. In the evening went to Schoemakers (Ed’s) to
picnic. Good time.
Wednesday, July 24, 1912
Hot. Buffalo Bill in town. J. M. K. and I went to see the show in P.M.
Had dinner at Bonds.
Thursday, July 25, 1912
Baptist Excursion to Davenport on W.G. Hill. About 700 on board. Fine
day. Went to Aunt Frank’s [Francis Raff] after shopping awhile. Aunt F. and
Elizabeth (Francis’ daughter) accompanied us home.
Friday, July 26, 1912
Took our suppers to Weed Park. Helen Berntheisel was also invited.
Saturday, July 27, 1912
Helen, Elizabeth, Jessie and I went to A-Muse-U then across Bridge and
then to Basts for Ice-cream. Aunt Frank and Elizabeth left for Davenport on
Monday, July 29, 1912
Went to Trinity Excursion with M.D. Beautiful evening. Home at 12.
Stopped at Ahlfs for Ice-cream.
Thursday, August 8, 1912
Went to Davenport on Firefly.
Mama, who came yesterday, met me at depot. Went to Aunt Frank’s.
Friday, August 9, 1912
Herbert Snyder took me to Central Park in Helen’s electric. Shopped.
Bought dress at Petersens. Home on Firefly.
Monday, August 12, 1912
Committee Meeting at Altenbernds. Arranged for B.Y.P.U. rally.
Watermelon. Rode home with Mac Schoemaker. August Altenbernd—Captain of Blues.
Edie Raff—Captain of Reds.
Thursday, August 15, 1912
Went to Davenport at 1:30 on the Interurban. Reached Davenport at 3:00.
Shopped, had lunch at Krells. Home at 7:30 in time for P.M. Fine Time. Grand
Wednesday, August 21, 1912
Beautiful weather this month. J.K. and I went to A-Muse-U. In the evening
attended Shower for Stella Grau, given by May Kent and Hattie Link at the
latter’s. House decorated in red hearts and cupids. Stella rec’d many pretty
things. Delicious refreshments. Home at 11.
Thursday, August 22, 1912
Prosser had party of girl friends for Flossie Marks, her college roommate.
Kensington. Fine refreshments.
Saturday, August 24, 1912
Went to Davenport again on Interurban. Ice Cream at Mayers. Bought shoes
and pink beads. Home at 7:30.
Wednesday, August 28, 1912
S. S. picnic at park. Went out for supper. Good crowd and fine time. Many
new members of the Reds promised.
Saturday, August 31, 1912
First Teachers’ Meet of year at H.S. Old friends greet one another.
Many new ones enrolled. Scorcher.
September 8, 1912
A scorcher. Rev. Meigs 1st Sunday in Muscy. Warm welcome. Anna
K’s last Sunday in town. Spent P.M. with her. B.Y.P.U.--Grand Membership
Contest ended. Reds won out by 200 points. The Capt. feels hilarious.
Spread Tuesday night.
Monday, September 9, 1912
Dismissed school this P.M.- too warm for kiddies.
Tuesday, September 10, 1912
Watermelon spread at Club House. Blues good losers. Toasts afterward,
then games. A.K.
Sunday, September 15, 1912
Anna K. left on Interurban for California. Went out to tracks with Mrs.
Schmidt, George N. and W.E.M. at 10 A.M. Anna not a bit well this summer, in
fact not for past year.
Monday, September 16, 1912
Farther Lights Meet. here. Anna Prosser, Mrs. Samuels and self
entertained. 24 present. Ice Cream and cake. A.P. and I entertained with music.
Miss Roach and Marjory Meerdink led.
Tuesday, October 8, 1912
Altiora Masquerade Party. George and Martha Washington, Spanish Gypsy,
Old Ladies, Two Gentlemen, Bridget, Black Dinah, etc. Games, refreshments etc.
October 15th through Wednesday, October 17th, 1912
No school in P.M. Home Growers week in Muscy. Champ Clark spoke in tent
erected on Haymarket Square Tues. P.M. Fine exhibit of farm produce on Avenue.
(Steins.) Prizes awarded best productions.
Friday, October 18, 1912
Went to see “Officer 666”, “One of the best and most enjoyable
dramatic attractions offered the play-going public of Muscatine” was the
presentation of the melodramatic farce.
Wednesday, October 30, 1912
Halloween party at Jessie’s. Dressed as Gent. Many ghosts and maskers.
Grand march and then unmasking. Games and refreshments.
Friday, November 1, 1912
Party of B.Y.P.U. went to Weyerhauser’s near Flat Iron Point. Went in 2
hay racks. About 80 there. Spooks galore. Games, refreshments home at 12:30 A.K.
thawed out until past 1:00.
Monday, November 11, 1912
A.K. and I talk
“Friendship” on front porch. Beautiful weather, very warm for this time of
Sunday, November 17, 1912
My Birthday. Beautiful day. K.K. and I called on Mrs. Roland and Miss
Hicok in P.M.
Mama gave me bedroom slippers and pink cake. Mabel a Birthday letter.
Anna Scott, chrysanthemums. A.K. and I took walk after church.
Thursday, November 21, 1912
Visited schools in Davenport with Anna Fern Shinnabarger and Anna Pinser.
Took 7:30 Interurban reached Davenport about 9:00. Took Central Park car and
visited Madison School all morning. Dinner at Peterson’s, then visited Grant
School until 3. Shopped and had supper at Restaurant and came home on 6
o’clock Interurban reaching here at 7:30. Dandy time. Beautiful weather.
Friday, December 6, 1912
$50,000 fire. Roach and Musser Lumber Shed burns. Fire alarm at 6 P.M.
Very spectacular. Light from fire seen in all towns near. Jess and I went down
about 8. Big crowd. Burned for several days. Took in Monte Christo at A-Muse-U
December 9 to 15th, 1912
Drum meeting in progress here. Things begin to look Christmassy. 14th
Perfectly lovely weather. Afternoon call from A.K.
Tuesday, December 17, 1912
B.Y.P.U. Business Meeting at church. Re-elected Treasurer.
Friday, December 20, 1912
Christmas program at school. Word came from Supt. About 11 o’clock to
dismiss in P.M. for the Christmas Holidays. This meant a very hurried getting
ready decorating tree etc. Everything went off beautifully and there were about
18 visitors. In the evening 4 of us went to Orpheum to see Sarah Bernhardt in
Moving Pictures as Queen Elizabeth.
Thursday, December 19, 1912
Julia B. married at 11 A. M. by congregational Minister. Colors—green
and white. They will live in Davenport where Mr. Ohlson works. Congratulations
and best wishes.
Saturday, December 21, 1912
Muscatiners rec’d notice of Z. W. Hutchinson’s death in California
where he had gone for his health.
Wednesday, December 25, 1912
Perfectly grand weather. California weather everyone says. Delivered
several packages in A.M. In the afternoon Mama and I went up to Prossers. In the
evening Jessie K. and I went to Christmas entertainment at church. Call from A.K.
about 6:30, also photo as Christmas gift.
Thursday, December 26, 1912
Mr. Hutchinson funeral from church this P.M. Beautiful flowers. Church
crowded. Teachers attended in body.
Saturday, December 28, 1912
2nd Annual Altiora Banquet at Y.W. Rooms. Decorations of red
and green carnations and hand painted place cards. Personnel: 1. Anna Prosser,
2. Mary and 3. Helen Martin, 4. Verna Misch, 5. Frances B., 6. Ethelyn
Salisbury, 7. Minnie Kuhn, 8. Anna Fern, 9. Helen Otto, 10. Ida Weaver, 11.
Marie Reynolds, 12. Irma M. 13, Mildred Stirlen, 14. Edna Laflin, 15. Jessie K.
and 16. self.
Monday, December 30, 1912
Princess and A-Muse-U. “Perhaps it’s well we cannot see, What in the
future lies, When knowledge may bring misery, Tis folly to be wise.”
Tuesday, December 31, 1912
Watch Night Service at church. Supper at 6 (Oysters) Program from 9-10
and service of prayer and talk by Rev. Meigs after. Cannon booming, pistols and
bells proclaimed the new year 1913.
Wednesday, January 1, 1913
Finished writing Christmas letters, took walk with J.K. from 4:30 to
5:30. New Year’s Party at Ethelyn Salisbury’s, in honor of her birthday.
Guessing games, and charades. Home at 11. Beautiful weather.
Tuesday, January 7, 1913
Great change. Cold and snow.
Monday, January 12, 1913
Special Revival Services at our church. Prof. Linton leads singing. F.S.
Saturday, January 25, 1913
Winneger Bros. at Opera House. Quite good. Beautiful weather.
Friday, February 7, 1913
Central College Glee Club at church. We entertained 2 of the boys. Carl
Cade and Robt. Williams.
Tuesday, February 11, 1913
Baraca Delta Alpha Banquet at church. Given in honor of D.A.’s by
Baracas. Supper and toasts good. F.O.S. afterward.
Tuesday, February 25, 1913
Social at church “Farewell” for Hohnes family. Games and
refreshments. Good time. F.O.S. Jamesons (Mrs. and baby) visiting here.
Friday, February 28, 1913
Concert at M.E. church given by German Cong. Church to raise money for
new pipe organ.
Tuesday, March 4, 1913
D.A. Meeting at Rice’s. 60 present. Anna Scott had charge of program
Sunday, March 8, 1913
Another chapter ended. There have been so many in my life that this is
nothing new. Suffice it to say that I am rather relieved. Adieu, adieu kind
Wednesday, March 21, 1913
Mrs. Barney Schmidt died at Bellvue Hospital today. Hemorrhage of the
brain. Unexpected death.
Tuesday, March 25, 1913
Was invited to the Magnus for dinner today.
Monday, March 30, 1913
Spring Vacation begins today. Warm.
Tuesday, April 1, 1913
B.Y.P.U. Rally at Davenport. 15 delegates from Muscy. Anna Scott and I
went up on Interurban, had dinner at Petersons. Attended afternoon session at
Baptist church. Had supper at church and took in evening service until 8:45 when
we left to catch 9 o’clock Interurban for home. Beautiful day.
Friday, April 11, 1913
Arbor Day. Cold. Open house until 2. Program and Mother’s meet.
Following. Spring is coming. Hurrah! Slow but sure. Aunt Julia came to live with
Sunday, April 20, 1913
“But the tender grace of the day that is dead can never come back to
me.” Words and Acts of a Past now often we would recall if possible. To think
and act well in the Future is the only reparation for mistakes of the Past.
Saturday, May 3, 1913
School Board Meet. Last night placed me in III Jackson, a vacancy left by
Anna Prosser’s resignation to be married. We’ll see what happens.
Monday, May 19, 1913
Altioras meet at Club House. Rainy night but 15 attend. 2 Course lunch
served by Hostesses—Jesse Kopp, Elizabeth Cockerham, Minnie Kuhn and self.
Wednesday, June 4, 1913
Alumni Reception at H.S.
Friday, June 6, 1913
School out. Hurrah! First hot day.
Tuesday, June 24, 1913
Baptist excursion to Davenport. Long delay in starting. Reached D. about
2. Started home at 8:30 reaching home about 11:30. 800 on board.
Thursday, June 26, 1913
Chautauqua begins at Weed Park with Symphony Orchestra.
Tuesday, July 1, 1913
Delta Alpha held picnic at Weed Park. Had dinner at Prossers. Anna and I
went to Chautauqua in evening.
Wednesday, July 2, 1913
Fred E. Baker on “The Lucky Number.” Had supper with some Methodist
girls. In the evening went driving with F.S, 5 Mile Drive.
Friday, July 4, 1913
Jess and I went to Chautauqua in afternoon and again at night. Hot. Close
Sunday, July 6, 1913
Rev. Bauden of India at our church. “The light that shines fartherest
shines brightest nearest home.” F.S. and I walk home.
Tuesday, July 8, 1913
Went driving. River road. Beautiful evening.
Tuesday, July 15, 1913
Driving up river road. Moon almost full. Fine evening.
Thursday, July 17, 1913
Prospect Park overlooking Mississippi. Beautiful moon. Lectures on
Sunday, July 20, 1913
After church took walk. Goodbye, F.S. I must leave you tho’ it breaks
my heart to go. Hurray! My trip is all planned.
Monday, July 21, 1913
Farther Lights picnic supper at Manlove’s. Fine time.
Tuesday, July 22, 1913
Started at 7:45 for Chicago. Reached there at 1:30. Mad chase from
LaSalle St. Station after blue coat. Finally located on Michigan Ave. Olive Inn
Café. White City in eve. Had fortune told.
Wednesday, July 23, 1913
Seigel and Cooper. The Fair Rothschild, dinner at “The Fair” Art
Institute in P.M. Supper at Olive Inn. McVickers “The Blindmen of Virtue.”
Mich. Ave. beautiful at night.
Thursday, July 24, 1913
Rothschild and Seigels. Lincoln Park and Zoo. Dinner at R’s at 2:00.
P.M made rush for N. Western Depot in taxi. Reached Williams Bay at 5:30, the
Camp at 6:30. Camping in Tent 62 for night. Attended Training School Graduation
Exercises in Auditorium.
Friday, July 25, 1913
Rented skiff with Jess for week. Grand row. Fished for $1 bill. Had skiff
on Lake 3 times. In even. Went to Auditorium to see “Helpers Stunts.”
Saturday, July 26, 1913
Went for row in A.M. around Conference Point. Were nearly swamped. High
waves and strong current. In P.M. had swim in Lake. Fine.
Sunday, July 27, 1913
Preaching in Auditorium at 10:30 by Campbell White. In the afternoon
walked to Uihliens then to William’s Bay for Ice Cream. After supper attended
Vesper Service in Auditorium. Music at Headquarters. Had “call down” from
Crab Apple. Reported at Headquarters that we were making racket at 5 A.M. Stuff.
Monday, July 28, 1913
Took walk up Shore Path after breakfast. Took swim and had good row. In P.M. went to Uihleins again. Beautiful summer residence of Milwaukee Brewer. As no one is staying there explored fascinating paths. In the even. went to Holiday Home with some Camp people. Good performance by kiddies first, then by our crowd. Some forlorn looking youngsters over 80 in all. Come from tenements in Chicago.
Tuesday, July 29, 1913
Went rowing in A.M. Miss Jones moves into Tent. She is from Chicago and very nice. Bathing in P.M. following walk to Observatory with about 75 others. Great telescope on display with largest lens in world. Used every clear night in year. Had grand row after supper. Took Miss Jones.
Wednesday, July 30, 1913
Had a Musicale in Headquarters. Miss J. both sings and plays and fortunately had her music with her. Then we went for our final row. At 3:20 P.M. went by Launch to Williams Bay. Miss Headley accompanied us. Had supper and then went to Milwaukee Depot when at 7 we set sail for Muscy. Reached home at 11:45. Folks surprised to see me.
Thursday July 31, 1913
to be home again. F.S. after Prayer Meeting.
Friday, August 1, 1913
J. K. and I visit A-Muse-U. Very good. Anything looks fine today. Home is
a dandy place after all.
Sunday, August 3, 1913
Visited Prospect Point with F.S.
Tuesday, August 5, 1913
Mrs. Magnus entertains in “farewell” for Stella Ames. Delicious
supper. Attended D. A. meeting at Weed Park afterward.
August 6, 1913
Went to Weed Park to Band Concert given by K.C’s. Went with F.S.
Watched dancing. Walked to Kecklerville, took car in.
Saturday, August 9, 1913
Last night of “Country Circus.” Took walk with F.S. Chocolates.
Sunday, August 10, 1913
Mooned on porch after B.Y.P.U. Clinton and Jess drop in for short while.
Cookies a la porch.
Tuesday, August 12, 1913
Went rowing on slough with F.S. Beautiful evening with moon. Monkey
Thursday, August 14, 1913
Went to Davenport, on Interurban. Home at 6:00. Mrs. Roland spent
evening. Good by forever. All the tomorrows shall be as today.
Friday, August 15, 1913
Went with Addie Washburn to attend Hazel Keath’s Recital. The latter
has just returned from a year’s study in Chicago.
Saturday, August 16, 1913
F.S. came up after supper. Short walk and chocolates.
Sunday, August 17, 1913
Hot. A.K. came in P.M. Took short walk after B.Y.P.U. All night pour
Wednesday, August 20, 1913
B.Y.P.U. picnic at Weed Park. Good supper. Games following. Home on car
Thursday, August 21, 1913
After P.M. F.S. and I took short walk.
Saturday, August 23, 1913
Grand drive with Dandy around Five Mile Drive and out Ia. City road.
Started at 6:00 and home at 9:30. Pop corn.
Sunday, August 24, 1913
Walked after B.Y.P.U.
Wednesday, August 27, 1913
S.S. Picnic at Weed Park. Beautiful day. Everyone seemed to have a terrific time. F.S. and I last to leave. Looked at scenery from “Point.”
Thursday, August 28, 1913
F.S. after P.M. Impromptu concert. Finished at Dentist’s. Hurrah!
Saturday, August 20, 1913
J.K. and I went to “Freckles” at Opera House. Very good! F.S.
chocolates and photo in evening.
Sunday, August 31, 1913
Went driving with Arthur K. (thru Butterville) in afternoon.
Jessie K. and Clinton W. called in evening and we talked picnic. Music by
Monday, September 1, 1913
Labor Day. The “Quartette” tried to catch 3:00 o’clock Interurban
for Sherfy’s Crossing but missed it by ½ block owing to the Bass’ late
arrival on scenes. The Soprano and Alto spent some time at the Princess, meeting
the Bass and Tenor in time for the 4:30. Snap photo of the Bunch. Those pigs!
Good supper. 7:30 Interurban home.
by J.K. on the value of “Always on Time”. Sprint over 6th to see
Interurban round the corner when we were within hailing distance. Pictures at
Princess N.G. Ice-Cream A.G. Pigs enjoy ham sandwiches. We didn’t get a smell
of them. Oh those pickles! which I left at home.
Wednesday, September 3, 1913
D.A. meeting at Westrates. About 50 present including Elsie Hubacher who
is spending her vacation here. Chance meeting with F.S. and short walk.
Saturday, September 6, 1913
Snap shots of picnic. O ye little fishes! Sick cat expression for mine.
First teachers meet of year at H.S. Edith A. Jessie and I went to A-Muse-U in
Monday, September 8, 1913
School begins. Like Grade III Jackson. 36 pupils. F.S. attends
brother’s wedding Sept. 10 at Cedar Falls.
Monday Sept. 15, 1913
Lights met here. Miss Bingham composer favors audience with readings and her own
musical compositions chiefly children’s songs. J.C. and wafers.
Tuesday, September 16, 1913
with Miss Cockerham. “Robert of Sicily” showing.
Friday, September 19, 1913
F.S. tells of trip to Cedar Falls and then to Lansing, Ia, where his
youngest brother lives. Some good views with his new camera.
Sunday, September 21, 1913
Church in evening with F.S. (U.B.) Short service.
Tuesday, September 23, 1913
Meeting of Officers and Teachers of S.S. at church. F.S. afterward.
Saturday, September 26, 1913
J.K. and Dandy. Fine drive around town and out Park Lane. Beautiful
Sunday, September 27, 1913
M.E. church in evening with F.S.
Wednesday, October 8, 1913
Rainy. F.S. and I played checkers.
Friday, October 10, 1913
The “Titanic” great topic of conversation and interest. Reading
circle composed of F.S. and M.E.
Sunday, October 12, 1913
Led B.Y.P.U. Walked after church. Beautiful evening.
Tuesday, October 14, 1913
Marshmallow Roast at Club House. Good time. Full moon and warm. Played
games outside. Walked home over 4th street Bridge with F.S.
Sunday November 2, 1913
Beautiful weather in P.M. attended services at West Hill Chapel with F.S.
Rev. Sangston Chapel Car Evangelist held interesting meeting. Walked home and
F.S. staid to supper. B.Y.P.U. and church in evening.
Sunday, November 9, 1913
Heart to heart talk with F.S.
Tuesday, November 11, 1913
Welsh Concert at church. Fine singing.
Thursday, November 13, 1913
Miss Kennedy and I visit schools in Davenport--Madison and Grant. Dinner
at Petersons. Mushrooms. Home on 7:45 Interurban.
Saturday, November 13, 1913
Went to church and listened to Victrola. Incidentally marked contest
card. F.S. managed Victrola.
Sunday, November 16, 1913
Celebrated Birthday with oysters. Mama gave me blue crepe kimona and
goods for another.
Anna K. sent pearl beads. Anna Scott-2 handkerchiefs. Mabel birthday letter and
Jessie very pretty tatted handkerchief. Went to Mulford Mission with F.S. in
Wednesday, November 19, 1913
West Hill Chapel with F.S. Very warm for this time of year. Doors and
Friday, November 21, 1913
Miscellaneous Shower for Hazel Reynolds held at Mrs. Mark Coyner’s.
About 65 present. Mae Kent and Dorothy Guthrie hostesses.
Sunday, November 23, 1913
Walked over Bridge with F.S. as far as Fourth (street?) Slough Bridge and
home. F.S. staid for supper and spent evening. Did not go to church or B.Y.P.U.
Tuesday, November 25, 1913
Tom Thumb Wedding at church.
Very cute performance and crowded house netting Farther Lights about $38. About
50 children ranging in age from 2 ½ to 11 years.
Wednesday, November 26, 1913
Thanksgiving Program at school. Circulating affair. F.S. here. Went to
Thursday, November 27, 1913
Thanksgiving Day. Mama and I attended church in A. M. Chicken dinner.
Mrs. Stocker here and 4 of us played Rook. Prayer Meeting in evening. F.S. and I
take walk afterwards.
Tuesday, December 2, 1913
Delta Alpha Meeting at Miss Headley’s. Christmas program.
Wednesday, December 3, 1913
Took walk with F.S. Hear Christmas music in churches.
Friday, December 5, 1913
A-Muse-U with F.S. Pictures quite good.
Saturday, December 6, 1913
Xmas shopping. Gloomy and wet.
Tuesday, December 16, 1913
Emma Steen and Miss Headley hold “Farewell” for Florence Westrate at
Friday, December 19, 1913
Xmas program at school. Santa and program quite good.
Monday, December 22, 1913
Decoration Committee met at church and arranged snow scene for Cantata
Wednesday, December 24, 1913
Finished decorating at church, also Xmas shopping. In evening F.S. and I
delivered some Xmas presents. F.S. gave me beautiful LaValliere (La Valhere or
La Vatliere.) 4 lb. box of
Chocolates for family from same. Snowy.
Thursday, December 25, 1913
Mrs. Wymer here for Turkey dinner. Jess K. and I went to A-Muse-U in afternoon. Xmas exercises at church in evening. F.S. afterward. Was not very pleasant. F.S. always kind and forbearing. From “Great Expectations-“ Dickens, “That’s the way you know me, Sir. Ever forgiving and ever affable.” That’s F.S.
and Jo Stirlen
Home Com-Aunt Julia
Sunday, December 28, 1913
Chas. Sheldon spoke at our church in A.M. and at Congregational in
evening. Fine. In afternoon Pepper Memorial held at Methodist Church. Pepper
died in Clinton Dec. 23.
Monday, December 29, 1913
Made favors for Altiora Banquet at Cronins. Cute little baskets in red
Tuesday, December 30, 1913
In A.M. finished baskets at Cronins. In evening the banquet held at Y.W.
rooms. Decorations-red and green. Fine eats. After supper went with Stirlens to
A-Muse-U. Then to Ratcliffs for “Farewell” surprise for Mrs. Westrate.
Caserolls parting gift. Refreshments of ice-cream and wafers.
Wednesday, December 31, 1913
Business Meet. at church. F.S. and I left early and watched Old Year out.
Thursday, January 1, 1914
Stockers here in P.M. Take walk in evening. Snowy.
Friday, January 2, 1914
F.S. takes flashlights.
Very good for 1st experience. One of the piano and flowers and the
other of F.S. and self the former standing behind piano bench, the latter
Monday, January 5, 1914
Back in Jackson III. Good to be in harness again. Had word that Anna Kern
spent Xmas in Hospital in Los Angeles. Poor Kernie has a hard time.
Friday January 9, 1914
F.S. and I go to A-Muse-U. Read afterward.
Sunday, January 11, 1914
F.S. and I take walk and go down to Slough where skating is fine.
Tuesday, January 13, 1914
Altioras are entertained by Anna Prosser Young. Nice time.
Friday, January 16, 1914
F.S. and I go driving out Iowa City Road.
Sunday, January 18, 1914
Rev. Wilburn Clapp of Waterloo spoke at church. F.S. and I take walk in
snow before B.Y.P.U. Long talk after church.
Tuesday, January 20, 1914
Snap shot (Flash light of Contest Board at church.) Walk afterward. Like
Thursday, January 22, 1914
Mr. Whitcher led Prayer Meeting. F.S. comes in.
Saturday, 24, 1914
Jessie K. and I go to Davenport on Interurban. Take in “Garden of Allah,” having fine scenery and acting. 200 people in car. Desert scenes and scenes in “Garden of Allah” beautiful. Supper at Peterson’s. Home on Interurban at 10:00. Beautiful day.
Sunday, January 25, 1914
Walk with F.S. on East Hill. Then “jungles” across to Park Place and
end of car line. Back in on car. F.S. F.S. here for supper and came from church
afterward to spend evening.
Saturday, February 7, 1914
Went to A-Muse-U in afternoon with Jess. In evening Edith Althaus and I
went to Palace. Good music and pictures.
Tuesday, February 10, 1914
Went to Palace with Jessie K.
Tuesday, February 24, 1914
Lyman Home with F.S. Good pictures.
Tuesday, March 3, 1914
Grand finale to D.A. Baraca Contest. Baracas served D.A.’s with fine
chicken supper ending with pie-a-la-mode. D.A.’s furnished program. Toasts
D.A. Quartette. Anna Young and Iva Girls. Reading—Mrs. Samuels.
Tuesday, March 10, 1914
Edith Althaus, Jessie and I went to Davenport on Interurban. Shopped. Had
dinner at Petersons. 3 hours on road returning. Car off track. Disagreeable
Wednesday, March 11, 1914
Frank (Aunt Francis) papered my room—rose bud pattern. Staid for
dinner. My room all in pink. New rocker, matching curtains pictures. Very
Friday, March 13, 1914
Went to “Peg-of-my-Heart” at Opera House. Good. Went with Edith A.
Sunday, March 15, 1914
F.S. and I take ride to Wyoming Hill. Beautiful day. Some snapshots on
top the Hill. Two weeks vacation owing to Small Pox scare. About 30 cases in
all. All school children ordered vaccinated.
Wednesday, March 18, 1914
F.S. and I play “Rook” at Altenbernds.
Wednesday, March 25, 1914
Clinton and Jessie here for the evening. Played Rook.
Wednesday, April 1, 1914
Penn College Glee Club at our church. Very good.
Sunday, April 5, 1914
Took 3 o’clock Interurban to Davenport. Arrived at 4:30. Took in
“Style Show” until 5:20. Round the Loup. Supper at Newport. Home at 8:15
(start). Reached here at 10 P.M.
Sunday, May 3, 1914
Led B.Y.P.U. Subject-Faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for
the evidence of things not seen.
Sunday, May 10, 1914
Went to Davenport on the Interurban. Started at 1:30. Spent afternoon at
Oakdale. Supper at Schaffers. Something sweet at Greeks. Home at 10 P.M.
Friday, May 8, 1914
Driving on River Road. Moon full. Boat going North.
Friday, May 22, 1914
Jackson School Marms entertained by Mrs. Young. Delicious refreshments.
Impromptu program. Josephine Stirlen, whistled. Anna Y. played and Miss Roland
Sunday, May 24, 1914
There is no cheap way in which a man may count for good. He must be what
he ought to be, he must aim to keep himself at his at his best—he must be
willing to give himself unstintedly to others, sharing directly or indirectly
his best with them.
Living. Lowell promises “if one follows the call of duty he shall find her
finally more beautiful than Pleasure and with vastly more to give.” Think good
thoughts and the evil cannot stay. “One cannot think with concentrated
attention of two thoughts at the same time. This is the principle of expelling
the evil by the good. Character and happiness and influence all alike require
self-forgetfulness as a prime condition. “The best way to live well is to work
well.” “Not the size of the task but the spirit shown in the task is the
measure of the man.” Be your whole self. Be completely in earnest with your
intellectual sincerity, with your conscientiousness, with your love of
fellowmen, with your aspiration for all that is good and you will find that a
sense of God is the moving spring of the whole.
Decoration Day, Saturday, May 30, 1914
F.S. and I gather ferns on the Bluff Road. Started about 1 P.M., home at
9:30. Pop quenches thirst nicely, also makes neat decoration on S.’s shirt.
Supper enroute. Maiden hair ferns as trophies.
Sam Jones was once riding on a train in company with a man dying of consumption. Sam gave up his berth to this man who had none. All night he spent ministering to this dying man and when he was not needed went into the smoker to watch a poker game. Next day the papers printed in large type, “Sam Jones so interested in poker game forgets to go to bed.” Moral: against passing judgment. “Judge not that ye be not judged.” 
Thursday, June 18, 1914
Baptist excursion to Davenport. Arriving at D. after pleasant trip
including lunch on board shared by F.S. Mama went up on hill. I shopped for
awhile then met F.S. Ice-cream at Krells,, then trip to Bettendorf. Home at
7:15. Fine weather and good crowd on board. $73 clear.
Wednesday, July 1, 1914
Moonlight drive out River Road and in from Flat Iron Point.
Saturday, July 4, 1914
Celebrated in Davenport. F.S. and I take 10:30 Interurban, reaching D. at
noon. After a “look” at the stores went to Fejervary Park where we had
dinner under shade of big trees. At 2:00 Band Concert began lasting until 4:00.
Then “day fireworks” followed. Went back to D. and had Ice-Cream at Krells.
Took walk on bridge and 6 o’clock Interurban for home. Reached here in time to
see fireworks at Olivers. Fun day.
Cause of “slump” in American affairs according to T.C. Dem.
Administration has as one platform. Tariff question. Dem. Party never been able
to follow out ideas so completely before, of taking off tariff from many
articles. Thinks we will not be affected in this part of country much. Banks
here safe. Income tax very unpopular. Everyone having over $3,000 taxed. If
Presidential Election held this year, Dem. Party would be snowed under. Hopes.
Rep. And Progressives unite before next Presidential Election.
Tuesday, July 14, 1914
Went to Davenport on 9 o’clock Interurban. Home at 6:00. Beautiful day.
F.S. took me to Ball Game. Keokuk vs. Muscy. Score 1:2 in favor of
former. Went to Slough and rowed until after dark. Walked home. Beautiful and
Tuesday, July 21, 1914
Went with Jessie and Edith A. to Burlington on U. B. Excursion. Nice day,
nice time. Home at 11:30.
Friday, July 24, 1914
Went driving with F.S. around Five Mile Drive.
Tuesday, July 28, 1914
Had launch ride in Speed Away and supper at Geneva with A.B.N. and O.W.M.
Ice-Cream at Chocolate Shop.
Friday, August 7, 1914
Went on Slough with F.S. Fine evening. Moon.
Sunday, August 16, 1914
F.S. and I start for Davenport but while waiting for Interurban are
invited to take auto ride. Visited Fruitland and surrounding country.
Monday, August 17, 1914
Farther Lights meeting at Schoemakers on Cedar. Hot evening.
Tuesday, August 18, 1914
First day of White Way Picnic.
Crowd in town. Went down town morning, afternoon and evening. Hydroplane
performed in afternoon. Auto parade in evening. 2nd St. looks
beautiful with lights and flags.
Wednesday, August 19, 1914
Rain. Aunt J. says I am too dependent. Let’s reform and polish up our
independence from now henceforth and forever.
Tuesday, September 1, 1914
For heaven sake keep your mouth shut. Noncommital is the word.
 Dandy was Grandma’s new carriage horse.
 I believe O.M.W. was a would-be suitor with whom Grandma preferred to be just “friends.” As this diary shows, Grandma had “friendship” talks with at least two other men.
I believe Carl was another man whom Grandma thought very highly of, if not
loved. According to a later entry in the diary, his father’s surname was
Parchert, so Carl’s surname was probably Parchert too. Following is a
letter found in Edith’s effects from Carl.
I got such nice long letter last Friday and with such good report
form the 4th but received a nicer letter last night I will tell
you more about it when you come out. To be sure I want you to come out, I
wanted to ask you in my last letter wether you coulden come for I wanted to
see you pretty bad, but I was afraid I have no one in particular for you to
bring you. Bring ever who you want too, try and bring some one that we can
get away from a while some time during the day. I want a little visit with
you alone, you know? Dear child come any day you want too but drop me a card
a day before you come so you wont catch me with whiskers on my face. Mother
wants you to come too she said you are welcome any time. Well D. K.
I am feeling about as usual lost another lb. last week, I believe it is due
to hot weather. Dearie you are a Jewel, how kind of you to send me the other
bill. Thanks many many times, my how I will squeeze you in thanksgiving and
joy when you come. Be sure and get an early start and make as long a day as
you can. I want a good long day. We had a little exitement this morning
about 8 oclock a large ballon passed over our place, it was too high we
coulden talk with the man. Hoping to see you soon I wont put in any amount
this time but will administer them when you come Dear.
According to the M. Edith Raff Diary, Carl Parchert died Sept. 15, 1911,
just 4 days after writing this letter.
1-In a previous letter, Carl had referred to Grandma as Dear Kid.
2-I believe the “amount” he will “administer” referred to
were “x’s” sometimes written at the end of letters to symbolize kisses
and “o’s”, which symbolize hugs.
3-I believe he refers to himself as “Grandpa” because he is
poking fun at his own debilitated condition.
 B.Y.P.U. is an acronym for Baptist Young People’s Union.
 The Geneva Club was a country club on Mulberry St. It is possible Grandma’s references to Geneva refer to this club. Her mother also refers to events at “the club” in postcards and letters to Edith.
 The A-Muse-U was a movie house or theater in Muscatine at that time.
 Anna P. was Anna Prosser, a close friend of Grandma’s who’s married name was Young.
 I believe the “Farther Lights” was a club or group of people within her Baptist church which possibly met to raise funds.
 I don’t know what D.A. stood for.
Harrison Fisher (1875-1934) was known as "The Father of A Thousand
Girls.” He showed an early artistic talent and from the age of six was
instructed by his father, Hugh Antoine Fisher, a landscape painter. When his
family moved from New York to San Francisco, Harrison studied at the Mark
Hopkins Institute of Art. At the age of sixteen, Fisher had begun to make
drawings for the San Francisco Call and later for the Examiner. Soon after returning to New York, Fisher became a staff
artist for Puck Magazine. He
became known for his ability to draw beautiful women, and his Fisher Girls
became rivals to those of Gibson and Christy. The American Girl was a
favorite theme for the magazine then, and Fisher did cover illustrations for
most of them. Eventually he painted only portraits, including many actresses
and theatrical personalities.
 Mabel M. Lewis was one of Grandma’s dearest friends who had grown up with Grandma her and then moved with her mother and sister to Portland, Oregon.
The “Quartette” refers to 4 of Grandma’s friends. I’m not sure who
 Dix was Grandma’s beloved cat.
 Gleaned from a letter from Frank Schmidt, the Baraca class was possibly a bible study group in the Baptist church.
 These were hardy people. 24 below zero and they walked, or hitched up the horses and rode in the open air to church!
I believe the Black Scarf Club was a group of teachers who gathered
following letter, written on the German Savings Bank’s letterhead, was
found in Edith’s effects.
You no doubt will be suprised at this letter, but you know strange
things will happen. But I have my new buggy now and if you haven’t a date
for this coming Saturday evening I would like to give you a buggy ride, Old
Kid, I want you to have the first ride in it.
If you can go be sure and let me know right away either by mail or
phone me at the bank. We can talk more then even though this letter is
short, I am,
 The Firefly was possibly an evening train.
 Church committee teams (Reds and Blues) probably in charge of fund raising.
 Speaking of herself as captain of the “Reds.”
 Apparently the initials for her newest beau.
 Grandma must have been a singer, as far as I know she never played a musical instrument.
 I believe that after the death of Carl, this was Grandma’s next serious beau. His name was Frank Schmidt. His letter follows:
Dear friend, I hope we shall always be friends and it is with great
pleasure to acknowledge it. Knowing it is God’s will and your consent that
makes it possible. Catching sight of your face through the window of the
court house last evening reminded me of a letter I would write, and such as
it is, here it is full of grammatical errors. Hope you are open for a date
this evening. I’ll phone about six oclock. It was very late when we parted
Sunday evening and am as sorry as ever to put you out so as it is not your
wish. Though the weather is
cloudy and dreary it does not make our friendship tarnish, and if you will
take a very small amount of advise offered without being ask for. Do not buy
any stock in the “Bend City Oil Co.” It has been thoughtfully
investigated and found wanting.
The Banquet at the Church last evening was fine-a
debate followed the business meeting of the Baraca Class.
Hope that you will at some time in the future write a
few lines. I’ll do another letter soon, as you see considerable amounts of
practice is needed.
This is not all I wish to write but it is time to go,
I’m so sleepy this morning and mind on case but if you’ll be patient
I’ll express myself.
 Aunt Julia was Edith’s mother’s sister.
 The following is the description of a postcard written to Edith on this date by her mother.
Postcard with picture of Muscatine High School on the front. Postmarked
Muscatine Iowa, July 25 1913. Addressed to Miss Edith Raff, Williams Bay,
Wis. Y. V. M.C. A. Camp.
This is the nearest home view I can send you. Two cards received by
me, one also by Julia for which
she sends thanks. Glad you are getting along all right. May write you Sunday
although you did not ask for a letter. Julia and I took our supper at Weed
park this evening the day was so fine.
 Could this be the elusive “A. K.”? And where is Butterville?
 Mama was Ella Sanders Raff.
 Tom Thumb weddings—young children dressed up as bride and groom with bridesmaids, attendants, groomsmen, etc and put on a mock wedding. Folks apparently enjoyed these spectacles during lulls in the “social season.”
 I believe that my Great Grandmother must have said something negative regarding their relationship. I don’t think she liked him, or any of Grandma’s beaus very well.
 Probably refers to Grandma’s brother, Fred.
 Grandma’s cousin, Josephine Sanders Hoge
 Referring to photos taken with flash.
Probably a reference to Rev. Samuel Porter Jones, a popular post Civil War
evangelist from Georgia.
 The White Way was a hotel on the corner of Hershey Ave. and Green St. I don’t know if this entry refers to the hotel.