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 instructs Sadie to have the dresses made as soon as possible. She asks Sadie is the is liking Trigonometry better than Geometry, and inquires about her Greek lessons. She also tells Sadie that it isn't fair to give Nelson false encouragement and adds that she isn't saying anything against him, bur rather in his behalf.
1902 Oct. 20
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa describes the nice umbrella she found in the hall next to the sitting room and asks if Sadie had ever noticed it before. She discovered that Sadie's papa had bought it, and she continues to describe how nice it is and how she plans to use it whenever it rains. Louisa wants to know what Sadie is reading in Greek.
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
1859 Oct. 30
Beaver (Pa.) - Emma, Louisa's school friend, discusses town gossip and describes the activities of other young people in town. She talks of going to a lecture given by a female Mormon and wonders if men "would be as willing for their wives to have an equal number of husbands." She goes on to discuss the men she has been seeing.
1903 Feb. 25
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa informs Sadie of all the ironing she has been doing. She notes that she has been unable to find the dress piece Sadie is looking for, and asks her to send her a sample of fabric so she knows what it should look like.
1903 May 4
Oquakwa (Ill.) - Louisa jokingly assures Sadie that she and papa are still alive and well. She talks about her horses, and how stubborn "Gyp" is. She also talks about her cats and kittens, and notes how mischievous Priscilla is. Louisa goes on to talk about town gossip. Louisa then informs Sadie that the directors of the local school are interested in having Sadie come teach at their school.