Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Upon Which We Begin Reading Lennie's Diary

Inside the front cover of Lennie's Diary: Stamped with rubber stamp...
In hand-written script...
Chas. L. Davis, Wakefield, Dixon Co., Nebraska
Rawlings Bros. Wakefield, Nebraska.
My weight..150 and my height... 5 feet 9 inches on January 1st, 1898
Size of my hat 7-1/8 Gloves 8-1/2 Pants 33-33
Collar 15-1/2 Cuffs 10 Shoes 8 Hosiery 10

In Lennie's handwriting...
Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet
In short, my deary, kiss me and be quiet.

In front of book Lennie had written these addresses:
Lew M. Walden, Phoenix Arizona (Lewis M. Walden)
Richard Knapp, St. Thomas, North Dakota
Pinckney's (book store), 414 Fourth St., Sioux City, Iowa
Herbert Brewer, Leelyward, Iowa
Claude Hart, Dakota, Nebr
J. Williams, 2315-28th Ave, Omaha, Nebr
Mead Cycle Co., Chicago, Ill
Flora E. Town, Shell Rock, Iowa
B. G. Hunter, Lincoln, Nebr

Lennie wrote his school grades in front of the book for January 21, 1898.
Algebra 75 Civics 70 Physics 80
Botany 78 Rhetoric 55
I hereby sware off. Signed C. L. D.

Lennie had three entries in 1897 before beginning the Year 1898.
Dec. 28 Mrs. Haskel had party. Sweed Xmas tree. (Swedish Lutheran Church)
Dec 30 Took Chas. S. pigs 100 lbs. Sweed Xmas. Cold night wind blew.
Dec. 31 Nice day. Lodge met and had a watch (New Year's) party.

Next entry will be January 1.


  1. My weight..150 and my height... 5 feet 9 inches on January 1st, 1898 Size of my hat 7-1/8 Gloves 8-1/2 Pants 33-33

    We are the same height, weight and even the same clothing sizes. He seemed so much bigger to me when I was 9 years old. I always pictured him in my mind as being way over 6 feet tall. Thanks for the update on my grandpa!

  2. Isn't it a fascinating thing to think of days being marked in the time before us? That our special days were special to others before they were special to us? That lives intersect with ours from times that we cannot imagine? I look very forward to reading about Lenny's days. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  3. Nice project! I will look forward to seeing this story unfold.

    How fortunate you are to have this diary.

    (Of course, your grandkids and my grandkids and Debby's grandkids and maybe Jim's too (I will click his link) are going to have some much material left behind from us that they will not know where to begin sorting.

    Grahamn Kracker = Bill Hess.

    This blog will not let me sign on as Bill of Wasilla.

  4. My Great Grandfather and his brother ran Rawlings Bros. Hardware in Wakefield mentioned in the diary. Small world. Tom Rawlings

  5. Tom, thanks for commenting. Hope you continue to read Lennie's diary throughout the year.

  6. I've enjoyed it. Nettie mentioned later is my GGrandfathers wife. Thomas Rawlings lived in Wakefield most of his life and is buried there. His brother Harvey and he ran the Hardware Store there (after both moved from Kentucky) that is now the Napa business. Thomas was married to Sadie and was a State Legislator and very involved in the local church. His brother Harvey will move west to Idaho and later Washington and is buried in Spokane. I have lots of pictures from their time in Wakefield and have visited there many years ago to do family research. Great to see some names I recognize from time to time in the diary. Thanks, Tom Rawlings

  7. Tom, blogspot won't let me respond to you by email. So will do so here. Glad you are enjoying the blog. It's been like a puzzle researching names, photos, etc. We were in Wakefield yesterday and visited the cemetery where Lennie and his family are buried. The Legion members were just putting up the flags and it was good to see them carrying out that service.