By Lindsay Bina, Intern and Anna Clutterbuck-Cook, Reader Services
Today we return to the 1918 diary of Newton teenager Barbara Hillard Smith. You may read our introduction to the diary, and Barbara’s previous entries, here:
January | February | March | April
September | October | November | December
As regular readers of the Beehive know, we are following Barbara throughout 1918 with monthly blog posts that present Barbara’s daily life — going to school, seeing friends, playing basketball, and caring for family members — in the words she wrote a century ago. Here is Barbara’s June, day by day.
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MON. 1 JULY
Came to Camp.
Got word that Peg was operated on. Unpacked. Swimming
Hung around. Swimming. Went to Hillcrest
Image from Tileston’s off-hand sketches in Boston Harbor: Pen and Ink Drawings, Centennial 1876.
THUR. 4 INDEPENDENCE DAY
Governor’s Island picnic. Drunk! Raspberries! Swimming
Went to [Wiers]. Swimming. Run Sheep Run.
Played Basketball. Swimming
Hung around. Swimming.
Went to Merideth. Swimming
Pete + Babe [start] for Reg’s wedding. Swimming
Went to Haunted House. Libby + Rosamond came. Swimming.
Basket Ball. Canoeing. Thunder Storm
Rehearsed for play. Swimming. Powder fight.
Went Blueberrying. Swimming
Peg got after the skunk. Uncle Sam. Swimming. Cake. Play.
Hot as the dickens. Mother went home.
Col. Cummings Sick?
Walked down Boulevard. Swimming
Went to church. Song service.
P The Hiems took us to the movies. Swimming
The Streeter’s came. Went Raspberrying on Governor’s Island
Sprained my finger. Went by ice houses. Supper on the [stove].
Basketball. Couldn’t play. [Streiter’s] went home. Pinnicle over night
Hung around and […]
Hung around. Swimming
Canoeing. Swimming. Uncle Freddie, Miss A- + Mr R-S [show]
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If you are interested in viewing the diary in person in our library or have other questions about the collection, please visit the library or contact a member of the library staff for further assistance.
*Please note that the diary transcription is a rough-and-ready version, not an authoritative transcript. Researchers wishing to use the diary in the course of their own work should verify the version found here with the manuscript original. The catalog record for the Barbara Hillard Smith collection may be found here.