That Lennie! His diary was a small notebook that would fit into his shirt pocket. It's not surprising that each day's entries were limited to a few words.
The book also included postage stamp size photos glued several to a page. One of those photos was Lennie wearing a band uniform. I posted that photo yesterday but I'm including it again today because I want you to see that Lennie is wearing the uniform of the Wakefield Cornet Band.
Surprisingly the quality of the thumbnail size photo was good enough that my scanner was able to copy Lennie's picture at a high resolution so that it could be enlarged. Who would think they could take such good photos in 1898! Old photos are sometimes like that. If you want to check for the amount of detail available in an old black and white photo, simply look at it through a magnifying glass. You may be surprised that you see details with a glass that you don't see with your eye. If so, the photo can be scanned at high resolution for enlargements.
This photo of the "Wakefield Cornet Band" is undated. And, no, Lennie is not in this particular photo! But his brother-in-law is. In fact this is the fellow Lennie mentions in today's entry.
Big ??? in town. (Sorry, I just can't read that. Too bad...it may have been exciting!)
Got Chas. S. cornet. (That's Charles Emil Schulz, Lennie's brother-in-law.)
Slid on hill. (Again! That Lennie was a sledding fool!)
Charlie Schulz had married Lennie's sister, Flora Olive, in August 1895. I'm guessing this may be their wedding photo.
Charlie and his brother, Frank Schulz, were instrumental in Lennie meeting his future wife. But that's a long ways in the future yet. Perhaps we'll mention her later.
Here's something interesting about this vintage photo of the Wakefield Cornet Band. Artist Charlotta Janssen used this vintage photograph as the basis for a painting in her series "Americana on Canvas". You can read about Janssen's version of the Wakefield Cornet Band here.