Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lennie Goes to Work Even Though He Does Not Feel Well

We continue reading the 1898 diary of 17-year-old Charles Leonard Davis, Wakefield, Nebraska.

Although our Lennie has a cold this week, we see that he is an industrious person. He continues to work at his job on the street (road) in spite of not feeling well.

Nobody ever said Lennie was lazy. No, all his life he was full of adventure and energy.

In spite of being under the weather, Lennie also goes swimming this week.

And on Saturday he goes for a walk with Lyda. We do not know who Lyda is. And w
e doubt any of these young ladies is Lyda. However, we show you these photos from Lennie's pocket-size photo album so that you can view their hair styles, their rather fancy hats, and the dresses of that time. How fun it would be to know their names, but Lennie did not pencil that information into his album. (Note: Many of the photos in Lennie's album were posed. Holding and reading a letter was a common pose.)

We read on.

Sunday, July 10, 1898
Nice day.
Did not feel well.
Sam, Ellis and me went to Wayne.

Monday, July 11, 1898
Did not work.
Sam and Ellis went over to Haskells and played
No band.

Tuesday, July 12, 1898
Fixed Frank's wheel.
Worked Frank's Pole Tax.
Went swimming after supper.

Wednesday, July 13, 1898
Did not feel well all day.
Worked on streets all day.

Went swimming.

Thursday, July 14, 1898
Did not feel well today.
Have a bad cold.
Worked on roads.

Friday, July 15, 1898
Worked on roads in forenoon.
1-1/2 hours in afternoon.

Band played on street.

Saturday, July 16, 1898
Worked on streets in forenoon.
Walked with Lyda S.

(Remember that you can click on the photos for a better view.)


  1. Those hats are impressive! Especially the one with the huge bow.

  2. I just love all these photos!!