LARRIMER, C.W. ARCHIVE LOT OF 16 DIARIES 1906 - 1921 HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES OF C.W. LARRIMER OF BLOOMINGBURG OHIO
BLOOMINGBURG OHIO OH 1906 Good+ Manuscript
On offer is a sensational family diary lot in this collection of 16 diaries, with each being completely full of handwritten entries. All of these diaries belonged to C.W. Larrimer of Bloomingburg Ohio. They start in 1906 when he's 44 and the last diary is 1921. Cursory examination reveals he's a cattle rancher, an assessor, (at least in the month of April) and a jack of all trades. He loves to travel and ends up taking several trips all over Ohio, and then in 1915 takes a trip to California and another one to Cuba in 1917. He also loves his auto, transporting and picking up folks all the time. In fact he makes several trips to Indianapolis for the races. Very interesting that all the diaries are full of handwritten entries, even when he's sick. In fact he gets so sick he has to go in for an operation at the Battle Creek Hospital and infirmary. He's sick for many weeks and still writes "sick" in his journal, not missing a day of journaling. But, then in the last diary, 1921, the entries stop abruptly on December 4th and on December 13th there is an entry that just said, "Died Today". We assume this is our author who died or perhaps someone he loved deeply was sick and died. His entries are usually one sentence up to a small paragraph in length, as you will see in the following excerpts. "Went to Chillicothe last night with Mr. Gunn. Stalled in creek at Sulfur Lick Springs all day. Went out to Chillicothe Park and National Cemetery. Rained in forenoon. Went to Missionary ridge up on Lookout Mountain all day….Carrying mail for Claude Andrews, nice day but sick in the evening. Daisy died this morning out looking for the horse. In Indianapolis all day. Brother Will and Cliff hear at White City in evening. Out to see Lewis Bloomer in forenoon at Wonderland and at Park in evening….Went to Anderson's in the afternoon and also to Buffalo Bills Show….At Sulfur Lick Springs all day and up to the new hotel…..Stayed all night in New Castle. Left with new auto at 2:15 got to Dayton at 6 PM. Took traveling man to Solon……Out with traveling man all day at Solon…..Hauled traveling man to Madisonville and Jefferson. At the place took commissioners to see bridge….Went from Anderson to Indianapolis to auto races, bug crowd, fine day….Went to the caves with Hoppes and Wolf…At home all day, Pa is getting weaker all the time…..Pa died at 6 PM at W.C.H…..Started for California, August 25th, 1915…..(he then mentions going to St. Paul National Park, Spokane, Seattle, Portland, Ashland, Frisco, Los Angeles, Mexico, Redlands, Salt Lake, Colorado Springs, and returned home on Oct. 2nd, 1915)….." and much much more. As one can imagine he writes many names, too many to possibly list all of them but a few I found are; Joe Eastman, Huffman, Jefferson, Dickey, Campbell, Sam Marshall, McDoles, William Clawson, Joe Kimball, Jim Willis, Whitmers, Woodland, Hershburger, Harry Brown, Frank McCoy, Parrott, Pinkerton, Goddard, Noah Smith, Kimball, Carl Shaw, Henry Huffman, Karl Klevers, Dr. Hazzard and more. Places mentioned are just as numerous; Charleston West Virginia, Watson, Sulfur Lick Springs, Madison Mills, Delaware, Magnetic Springs, Columbus, Cincinnati, State Mills, Jeffersonville, Chicago, Zenia and more. The diaries are in good condition with each measuring about 2 ½" x 5 ½". Some of the diaries are your typical "Standard" diary. On the front of some you'll find the advertising names of "The National Supply Company in Toledo, Ohio and Pittsburg Pennsylvania" or Kanawha National Bank in Charleston, West Virginia" or "Charleston Bottling Works in Charleston West Virginia." A great historical group of Ohio diaries.