MR. AND MRS. GRANT AND LELAH SHANK 1907 - 1926 ARCHIVE OF EIGHT  HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT DIARIES AND ONE  ADDRESS BOOK BY A HARD WORKING INDIANA FARMING FAMILY
Lagrange Angola Indiana IN 1907 Manuscript Very Good
On offer is an amazing family archive of eight  handwritten manuscript diaries and one  address book. Remarkably and very uniquely the diaries are written by both Mr. Grant [b. July 7th, 1887] and his wife Lelah Shank [b. Sept. 3rd, 1886]. Living in Lagrange Indiana we find the first entry of the first diary proclaims that on January 1st, 1908 they have been married one year. They are dedicated diarists who record their daily financials - earnings, costs, purchases etc. local events and even historical moments in time such as Jefferson's birthday, Monroe's birthday and so on. Place names, family and friends and clients and daily events are all recorded. Most days they both write their separate activities but if only the one of them writes they always detail the other's actions. Overall Lelah writes about two-thirds to three-quarters. Here are some specifics: Place Names include: Brighton, Lima, Briton, Mongo, Brighton, Angola, Flint and Ft. Wayne. Events include: rabbit hunting, pitched quoits, hauling wood, bad weather and the mail carrier did not come, entertained a boil, birthing sows and sheep, called our home on the telephone ('08), paid off the mortgage of $2400.00 ('08), paid dog tax, Old Settlers Day, cutting rye, picking whortleberries, going to the cider mill, working on car, a fire that lasted 4-5 days, Grant votes for Taft, went to Red Cross. Names Mentioned: Arthur Berner, Earl. Seaman, Fred Kilpatrick, Chas. Ernsberger, J. Hains, Willie and Bessie Sison, Miss Gage, Clyde McKenzie, Dan Ely, Professor Bailey [Preacher], N.C. Fair, Grandpa Davis, Sherman Williamson, A. Merifield, Rollo Kilpatrick, Andrew Rauk, Fream Ingle, Mr. May, B. McAlly, Mr. Marfield, Grandpa Whalen, Dale Stayner, John Heffer, Amos Long, Sherman Williamson, Frank Libby, Mrs. Caspar, George Graff. Please note that this was a large family farm with many, many hundreds of contacts and family and business dealings. There are hundreds of names and events mentioned and this is merely a smattering. Overall VG.