1947-1950 Collection of Post-War Diaries Detailing the Daily Existence of a Rural Appalachian Farmer Who Worked Hard and Died Young

By: Richard Glen Cox

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On offer is an interesting collection of 10 pocket notebooks kept by a young man from rural Appalachia immediately after WWII. These pocket notebooks are undated, lined notebooks, designed to fit in a shirt pocket. They were sold by a farm supply firm and included several pages of useful farming information. The owner of these notebooks was a man named Richard Glen Cox. Cox was born in Dryden VA in 1927. He passed away in 1959 at the early age of 31. Our informal research has not found any additional biographical information. The notebooks cover the period August 1947 to May 1950. The 1941 notebook contains some formulae and measurements. Cox worked on his family's farm and did farm work with and for others. It is also clear that he is doing some local hauling work. The countryside around Dryden is very mountainous and the work would have been hard. These excerpts will give a picture of the life he lived: "[ ] Williams Boone and I suckered & wormed tobacco - 4 hrs Boone, me 2 hrs and [ ] 1 hr. We sawed posts 2 hrs Total for Boone - 6 hrs, me 4 hrs, [ ] 2 hrs." [Aug 14, 1947]; "Boone Burton and I suckered tobacco 3-4 hrs. We cut about 4 rows - 7-8 hrs" [Sept 2, 1947]; "I helped Charlie Cox scrape dirt over cesspool and take upper side of gurage (sic) I took mother to Penn Sat eve (Penn = Pennington Gap, VA) " [Nov 1, 1947]; "I took Mom and Ruth to Wise (VA) to see the Doctor. We got 6 bu apples from apple house - 2 bu for Aunt Maxie, 1 bu for Mrs. Parsons, 1 bu for Maggie Cox. I went on hill and fed calves - got onions - Mom pulled turnips - fed and done chores" [Nov 25, 1947]; "I hauled 9 loads of rock to Sticklyville ... 60 ton [Feb 21, 1948] I spread 3 loads of line - 18 tons Pearl Gilbert said she would pay bill. I spread 6 ton up Wallins Creek for Ozro Young. Collected $4.50 - pd Bill. I spread 6 1/2 ton G. W. Miner ... I spread 73 bags phosphate for Sam Graham Hickory Flats. Collected $7.30 pd bill. I took 5 1/2 ton lime up to Emmet Blair - spread it - Gas run to lower side of [ ] - had to go down to Jake Blairs store about $1.65 worth of gas - never took out for gas - owe E Blair 5 1/2 ton - never collected" [Apr 2, 1948]; "Ralph, Buster and I hauled Pat Stemp 24 tons of rock to put on road. 1: 45-3: 45 - 2 hrs I helped load a load of tobacco on trailor helped Buster fix his car ..." [Dec 4, 1948]; "I got 15 gal gas at quarry. Put in 10-11 gal gas at co. - I forgot to look. I spread 2 loads lime for G. W. Miner - 12,100-11,800. Finished up 30 ton bill. All people were gone. Get bill signed later. I spread 2 loads lime for Campbell Stemp Cove Hill. I spread one load - 14,800 - lime for O. C Olbert - Hunters Gap. I spread one load of lime - 12,100 lbs for E. M. Carter Dryden. Made total of 29 tons - 28 bill" [Apr 28, 1950]. These diaries also contain quite a bit of ephemera including invoices and other small notes. For a historian, these notebooks paint a clear picture of daily life in this part of rural Appalachia. Life has never been easy in this part of America and the notebooks make clear the constant hard work that was done. The notebooks are rich in detail. A genealogist would find this an excellent resource as he records the full names of many of the people he interacts with over these four years. There are a total of 10 diaries in this collection. The first diary is from 1941 and is 26 pages but only 25% complete. The remainder of the diaries are from 1947-1950, contain 36 pages each and are 100% complete. All diaries are in Good condition. Diaries measure 5.5"x3". ; Manuscripts; 24mo 5" - 6" tall; Keywords: handwritten, manuscript, document, letter, autograph, writer, hand written, documents, signed, letters, manuscripts, historical, holograph, writers, autographs, personal, memoir, memorial, antiquité, contrat, vélin, document, manuscrit, papier antike, brief, pergament, dokument, manuskript, papier oggetto d'antiquariato, atto, velina, documento, manoscritto, carta antigüedad, hecho, vitela, documento, manuscrito, papel, Virginia, Farmer, Post-War, Appaliacha, Americana, Farm life, hauling, Lee County, Dryden, geaneology, American History, historian, Virginia History; Signed by Author

Title: 1947-1950 Collection of Post-War Diaries Detailing the Daily Existence of a Rural Appalachian Farmer Who Worked Hard and Died Young

Author Name: Richard Glen Cox

Categories: M. Benjamin Katz, Books & Manuscripts, 20th Century Manuscript, 20th Century Diary,

Publisher: Lee County, Va, Appalachia, Farmland, Lee County VA, Appalachia, Dryden VA: 1947-1950

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 0011004

Keywords: Virginia, Farmer, Post-war, Appaliacha, Americana, Farm Life, Hauling, Lee County, Dryden, Geaneology, American History, Historian, Virginia History MANUSCRIPT, Diary, Document, Signed HISTORICAL, Personal Memoir,