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1 GLENN W. HOVEY 1899 - 1911 ORIGINAL ARCHIVE OF 12 MANUSCRIPT DIARIES HANDWRITTEN BY A VERY YOUNG, VERY BRIGHT IOWA BOY WHO EARLY ON SHOWS HE HAS AN 'OLD SOUL' FOLLOWING HIM THROUGH TO MANHOOD
MOUNT VERNON IOWA IA 1899 Good+ Manuscript 
On offer is a fascinating, original archive of 12 manuscript diaries handwritten by the personable and charming Glenn W. Hovey. The diaries dated 1899 through 1911 offer a rare opportunity to witness the development of this young Iowa boy from elementary school days to a 24 year old college man on the cusp of following his life calling. Along with the narrative Glenn's writings have the added depth of having tucked in a great deal of ephemera such as newspaper clippings, photos, documents etc. It is absolutely fascinating to see this young boy grow as his age and maturation progresses, so does the writing style and penmanship. Besides the typical, daily mundane doings of the day and a young man raised in a good home, church and social life Glenn can also wax philosophic: "Jan 1 1903 Goodbye old book. I regret to lose you as so close a companion, but you will show me in later years (this) was one of the best years of my life". "Is the time spent in studying Greek or Latin lost? No, because one is studying the highest types of civilization ages & peoples that have done things". Very last entry: GOOD BYE 1911. I loved you a lot and you loved me in return. It has been the best and happiest time of life. Have been made more a man. Sunday has been a good long day and I have lived a lot. Went to church at N Park Cong and took lunch in my room, then read and wrote some letters. It has been a pleasant day. A big snow storm last night covered everything and made it white. May New Year be as pleasant. Good bye." Sometimes he uses the books for financials. Clearly well educated, he had a deep interest in music, social times with friends, love for family and was very studious. He was mentioned in the newspaper social page several times, so one could assume the family was comfortably well off. Overall G+. 
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