1903 Apr. 20
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa talks about all the writing and baking she has been doing. She mentions papas masonic meetings and how late they've been keeping him. Louisa goes on to talk about church and visiting preachers. She also talks about the cleaning she has accomplished since Sadie's last visit home.
1900 Jan. 12
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa fills Sadie in on the town gossip. She encourages Sadie to study harder in Latin and advises her to choose her algebra class sooner rather than later. Louisa asks Sadie to find out the address of the Presbyterian Church Addie attends and also for the name of the pastor--but to do so quietly. She goes on to talk about church attendance and prayer meetings.
1903 Feb. 22
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa talks about town gossip and informs Sadie of the church members and encourages her to write them letters of congratulations. She goes on to talk about new babies and provides Sadie with an update on the wellbeing of Sadie Huff. Louisa is afraid that Sadie Huff is "traveling the downward road."
1902 June 4
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa talks about how she had her mother's wedding dress died black, and explains that she is not ready to give it to Sarah. She goes on to talk about her house keeping duties and church activities and attendance. She talks about a sermon that especially spoke to her, and tells Sarah to refer to John 12:32 to get an idea of it.
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa talks about all the housework she has been doing. She instructs Sarah to get her pictures taken and then goes on to talk about town gossip. Minnie Buschnell tried to sell her a copy of "Talmage's Life," but she declined. Louisa then states her belief that agents "are beggars." Louisa hopes that Sarah's indigestion is not too bad.
1873 – 1874
Keithsburg (Ill.) - Contains scattered entries starting in September 1873 until March of 1874. Louisa describes her daily activities, town gossip, and affiliation with the local school and church. Also included in the diary are grocery lists and prices, housekeeping schedules and lists, household accounting, laundry schedule and cost, profit and loss list, a list of dress/sewing costs, lis... more
1903 June 1
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louis lets Sadie know that she has been ill with eye pain and headaches. She has had to wear an eye sling and does many eye treatments. Louisa admits she hasn't been to any church meetings. She talks of how much she has missed Sadie.
1903 Feb. 1
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa offers words of comfort to Sadie, and instructs her not to worry so much. She inquires about the amount of silk needed to fix Sadie's skirt. Louisa also notes the amount of housework she has left to do, but admits she rather spend her time writing letters to Sadie than straightening up the kitchen. Louisa then talks about how she always longed to own a book of "Synonyms and ... more
1901 May 1
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa tells Sarah about the work that is being done to the house, mainly the building of a new front porch. She debates what color she should paint the porch and porch ceiling, weighing the pros and cons of each. Louisa thinks she will have the porch painted white and the ceiling a sky blue. She notes that it is memorial day and admits she did not go to church because ... more
1902 Sept. 30
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa talks about her upcoming trip to visit Sadie. She notes that Sadie will have to unhitch and feed Gyp upon her arrival in Monmouth. Louisa is concerned about whether or not the roads will be safe for a horse and carriage to travel on, and asks Sadie to decide whether she should travel by carriage or on foot. She goes on to talk about church meetings and the fund-raising she h... more