1893 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A HARDWORKING OHIO FARMER WHO GOES TO THE CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR TWICE ONLY TO COME HOME AND WRITE SPEECHES AND GIVE LECTURES ON THE EXPOSITION

By: BAIRD [?]

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Offered is an interesting, original 1893 manuscript diary handwritten by a Bryan Ohio area man. While unidentified by inscription he refers to Uncle A. Baird and father's Aunt Nancy Reed so likely he is of the Baird and Reed families. A wife or daughter named Sade is another clue. He is a very hard working farmer and does a lot of sugar water boiling to make molasses. He is a man of many talents and fills a number of public roles over his life it appears. It is a good and overall successful living but a hardscrap life of toil and while the author goes a long way to show the readers his life and times the diary ascends the typical; late in the summer of 1893 the author visits the Chicago World's Fair and becomes so enamored and so impressed with the spectacle that he takes not one but two trips to the Fair [he has to return home for almost two weeks to bring in some crops] and when he returns home at last he writes essays and gives lectures on the subject. Historians and collectors of Expositions and World's Fairs reminiscences will find a the book a treasure. Here are some snippets: "January 24th, Cloudy and snowed a considerable in the latter part of the day. I went to Bryan, did some business and had a good old visit with my friend Merlin. Orlando Benner moved household goods and family to the Charles O's place. We assisted with a team." "February 23rd, Much drift from the previous nights wind but I took my last load of wheat to Bryan for the present on the wagon. People traveled for the most part in sleds. Sade and Amelia went to Bryan in the sleigh. A man here in the morning to by cakes." "March 30th, Very beautiful day. We gathered in 5 barrels of sugar water making 12 ½ barrels with the previous days gather. Father boiled through the day and John and I syruped off at 8 P.M. about 7 barrels of it. Charles down, also the Youse girls, Bertha Thompson and Miss Longwell here." "April 13th, Windy from the southwest but mainly clear. Many fences were blown down in the night. Cyclones abundant in various places demolishing towns and cities and farm property. Father splitting wood. We plowed our truck patches." "May 14th, Mainly cloudy with almost rain between. In the afternoon we took a tramp over our farms and the boys and I went over the Bliss Hart Farm and into the French Cemetery. It had been a long time since I had visited that yard. Wheat looking very well." "June 21st, Very warm and a light warm shiver. I finished cross cutting the north field. Stomach troubled me some. Had no appetite and a rather dull head. Mr. Abner Critchfield dead. Old Mr. Wineland had died about two weeks before this." At the Fair: "August 30th, A very nice day. Mother, Sade, John, G. Waldo and I with Ella Richards and Mary Spankster started for the World's Fair at about 5 P.M. and got off at Grand Crossing in Chicago and stopped at the Kewanee House. Had a good sleep. Hotel a mile from the lake and on the flats." "August 31st, Very pleasant day. We all entered the World's Fair Grounds and we had a busy day of it and a hard tramp. Mother could not walk fast but stood it very well. Wonderful show of all things. I did not leave the grounds till 10 P.M." "September 1st, Very fine day. Went to the fair again but mother talked of going home the next day. In Manufactures and in Government building. Had a grand exhibit, bewildering in extent in both buildings. We stayed for the evening display. There was immense crowd everywhere. Hard to get through." "September 2nd, A fine day but cool on the lake. I could not persuade mother to stay any longer so she mounted the street car for the depot at Grand Crossing at about 8 A.M. The rest of us went to the World's Fair through the stock pavilion and through much of the Anthropological depot, Kruppworks &c." [The next day they spent at Lincoln Park. Then back to the fair with their last day being the 7th.] "September 7th, Another very fine day. All went to the fair again and I spent almost a full solid day's work in the Government Building, especially in the Geological department. This I regretted was our last day at the fair as our excursion tickets would carry us no longer. I had gotten over but a part of that in which I was interested." (He gets home September 8th but is only home 12 days when he starts on his 2nd trip to the Fair.) "September 20th, Very warm again. Father down helping again. C. Hopp, Henry ____, Charles Shafer, myself and Hattie Bair and Longwell and Dora Char and Mina Youse started for Chicago. We left Bryan at noon, reached Grand Crossing at 6 P.M. then to Kewanee House." "September 22nd & 23rd, Exceeding pleasant day and clear until about evening when it became quite cloudy and looked as if it would rain. We removed our headquarters to a Mr. Price's and it was a grand good change as I viewed it. We all had a good time in the fairgrounds….Cooler and clear. We had another hard day's work on the grounds. So vastly much to be seen simply overwhelmed us. I stayed out till after 8 P.M. The rest of the boys expected to start home on the 9 ½ P.M. train. The ladies stayed longer. I conversed with an Illinois Cass A. man." (He heads into Chicago the next day to meet with a Dr. Day) "September 25th, Very cool after clearing up. I had on underclothes yet felt uncomfortable. I went to fair again, gave Horticulture and the Government building a scouring. Many relics on our government officials of early times and of Colonial times. Greely's Polar Expedition and was in Electric Building." "September 27th, Very pleasant day and just cool enough to be pleasant. I went into the Fair again and scoured the Electric Building quite thoroughly. I found part of the Representatives courteous in answer to my questions. One German duele (?) and Imperial in German Dept. stalwart like but he got a reply." (When he returns home his daughter Sade leaves for her second trip to the fair). Local historians and researchers will find a wealth of local and genealogical information as well as he mentions many friends and visitors: Levi, Ella & Adeline Reed, Reverend Ayers, Louis Boothman, Keck, E. Hilliard, Eli Shiffler, Oliser, Kittie Clark, Marian Snow and S. T. Snow, Cornelius Hopp, Longwell, Youse, Bertie Thompson, Marion Priest, Frances Kennedy, Hiram Oberlin, Jeannette Brittan, A. R. Longanecker, John Haverfield, Aaron Shiffler, William Fisher, James Stilliman, and more. The 3 ¼" x 5" book is overall G+.

Title: 1893 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A HARDWORKING OHIO FARMER WHO GOES TO THE CHICAGO WORLD'S FAIR TWICE ONLY TO COME HOME AND WRITE SPEECHES AND GIVE LECTURES ON THE EXPOSITION

Author Name: BAIRD [?]

Categories: Books and Manuscripts General Overview, 19th Century Manuscript, 19th Century Diary,

Publisher: BRYAN OHIO OH CHICAGO ILLINOIS IL, 1893

Book Condition: Good+

Type: Manuscript

Size: 48mo - over 3" - 4" tall

Seller ID: 0002364

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