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:
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 September, day by day.
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SUN. 1 SEPTEMBER
Boys came to church. Park in afternoon. Boys to supper
MON. 2 LABOR DAY
Went up river with boys. Down to Spuds. K’s in evening.
In town. Went to Keith’s with the gang. Up to farm with [Spud].
Hung around K’s for lunch. Wendell took us to Revere. Park in evening
Peg’s for tennis. In town. Babe went home. Hospital with Dr. G-
Peg came over. Pete is going to Lasell. Hurrah! Sick?
Hung around. Felt rotten. Saw [Eli].
Cousin Mildred to dinner. Over to Peg’s for supper. Ben is home.
School. Mrs. Reed’s
School. Mrs. Reeds
School. In town
School. Mrs. Reed’s. Played tennis.
No school. It rained. Movies [+ overnight with] Lane’s. Babe + Mother went
Took flowers up to Bil Sybil + saw Bob. That boy was awfully sick
Church and Sunday School. Went up to see Bob with K. Spud to supper
School. Staid at home and studied.
School. Peg and I went to see Bob.
School. Went over to Pegs. Rained hard
School. Went to Surgical Dressings.
School. Went down to Connies. Night at Pegs
Down at station at 5:45. In town. Pegs for a dance
Sunday School. Came down with influenza.
In bed. Dr. G- came. Mother came home.
In bed. Feel rotten. School closed till Monday.
Got up and went out. Felt rotten.
Went over to Pegs. Hung around. Sick?
Tenn Went over to Pegs
Tennis at Pegs
Church. No Sunday School. Over to Pegs in afternoon
In town. Surgical Dressings. Spud very sick
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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.