Title: 1904 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT DIARY HANDWRITTEN BY A SPOKANE WASHINGTON MAN WHO WORKS FOR ONE OF THE AREA'S WELL KNOWN AGENTS, MERCHANTS AND MINERS
Book Condition: Good+
Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
Publisher: SPOKANE WASHINGTON, PACIFIC NORTHWEST  1904
Seller ID: 0002198
On offer is an interesting, original 1904 manuscript diary handwritten by a 22 year old young man who works and lives in Spokane Washington. The unidentified author worked for H. G. Stimmel & Co. Stimmel was established in Spokane in 1882 as the inland Northwest region's first agent for the Northern Pacific Railroad. He was an investor in mining and other local industries. He also was a "jobber" who dealt in fruits and vegetables. [While unidentified there are a number of clues that local researchers and historians will find useful: the writer's family was based in Cheney Washington as he writes back and forth to his parents in Cheney. He mentions that his father selling their family home in Cheney and heading to Hood River Oregon. His mother's birthday is on January 28th and his father's birthday is on April 7th and he's 62 years old. Our author's birthday is on February 10th. He proves to be a dedicated diarist with chatty entries daily until October 10th and then the entries stop perhaps he goes to help his family move. Historians and collectors of Pacific Northwest Americana will find a treasure trove of early 20th Century details especially regarding Spokane. Here are some snippets: 1904 "January 11th, Did not do very much business today but I was kept pretty busy most of the day. Drew $22.00 to pay up what money I had borrowed. Joe and John each packed up today with the intention of leaving for their respective homes tomorrow. Attended the 16th Anniversary of our Lodge this evening. Initiated 3 candidates and had a lunch. I was appointed Left Supporter to the Vice Grand for the evening term." "January 22nd, A policeman shot a bugler last night while attempting to rob a safe. Had very little to do today. Was passing along the street and saw Dr. McRea from Hunter's. Had a friendly chat with him. Fred, two other young fellows from the college and I went to see the play at the auditorium. The "Devil's Auction". The scenery was very good but the acting was nothing extra." "January 29th, Received a letter from Effie. Mr. Anderson did not get back today. The city business was very quiet today but we had a big lot of freight to get off. Wrote a letter to Joe. E. at Chattaroy Washington. A little warmer today but still cloudy. Ate lunch today noon at the Model at the same table with "Col. Patrick Henry Winslow". Quite an honor!" "February 17th & 18th, Pleasant out today and not very cold. Received a nice long letter from Effie L. at Colfax and one from Joe. Went down and took my music lesson this evening. Was kept pretty busy all day today. Got a $5.00 gold piece in change today of date 1835. It is also of a different color of gold…..Pleasant out today. Received a letter from Effie and a letter from Howard. Read in the paper this evening that an old schoolmate of mine Ray Murphy had shot his wife with a revolver but she is still alive. He killed himself. Her name was Kittie Campbell. Also an old schoolmate at Tekoa Washington. Edgar Dry and I went to the play "Are you a Mason". It was very good." "March 27th, Threatening rain. Had a good time today with Ralph and Roholt. Took a walk down to the Post Office. Escorted Miss R. to church this evening and we stopped in at the Negro Church as we were going home but we did not stay long, ha ha! Spent a very pleasant evening with Miss A. her cousin, and Mr. Rising. Snowing this evening. Retired 11:50 P.M." "April 3rd, Cloudy and cool this morning. Wrote a long letter to mother and Effie. Called Miss A. at 1:30 P.M. and we went down and took the observation car and rode all over the principal part of the city then took a ride on the Spokane Traction Co.'s Line. We then had a hearty dinner at Devenport's. We then attended service at the First M. E. Church. Rained almost all the afternoon." "April 10th, Arose at 5:30 A.M. Had a light breakfast and then Fred and I got the Quick Delivery Co. to haul our trunks, etc. down to the Hotel Touraine, our new rooming place, room 225. Got straightened up and took a bath and went over and called on Miss A. at 2:40 P.M. We went down to Oakes and ate dinner then went up on the hill south of town and spent a very pleasant afternoon picking flowers but I got quite sick and had to hurry home at 7:00 P.M. Very nice out today." "May 1st, Arose at 6:00 A.M. Took a bath and went down to the ticket office then up for Miss A. at 10:00 A.M. We took the Electric Train which left at 10:35 A.M. and got to Coeur d'alene at 12:00 M. Had dinner at the Banquet Café and then took the steamer Idaho at 2:00 P.M. for Harrison Idaho. It was a little cool but we had a fine ride. Got back to Coeur d'alene at 6:00 P.M. and as the car was crowded when we got to it we stood up for about 2 miles then the conductor got us seats and we rode in the baggage car." "June 17th & 19th & 20th, Received a long letter each from mother, Effie and Vera and a letter enclosed from Cousin Mollie. Quite warm out today. Had a little more work than I could do today. Anna and I went out to Liberty Park on the car and just as it was getting dark we saw two real robbers running just after they had robbed a young fellow. Heavy thunder shower this evening…..Went to work at the office at 6:25 this morning and worked until 2:30 P.M. Wrote letters to Effie L. at Colfax. Uncle Em. at Mica and a seven page business paper letter to mother. Anna and I went out on the car and spent the evening at Natatorium Park after church. 13 holdups were reported to the police department as having occurred last night…..Business was a little light today. 27 holdups and burglaries were reported as having occurred last night. Quite warm out today. Attended lodge this evening. Had a regular business session right through." "July 7th, A little cooler today. Rained a little while this forenoon. Anna and I took the Tractine Co. Car and went up on the Hill and saw the ruins of the Mountview Sanitarium (it's actually called the Mountain View Sanitarium) which was burned early this morning. Nice and cool out this evening." Many names are mentioned: Anderson (his boss), Charles Ridgway, Connor, Professor Call, John Gifford, Koening, Aunt Susan, Dr. McRea, Dr. Doolittle, West, Sam Warwick, West, Davidson, Davenport, Professor Thompson, Staub, Nancy Endicott, Anna O'Neil, McLean, Little, Echo Tyler, Walter Long, Young, Ackerman, Dr. Grieve, Rex Buck and more. The 4¼ x 7 inch book is overall G+.
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