This diary is presented exactly as Clara Petrat wrote it. April, May, June pages are missing from the diary.
As you read it consider: What chores did Clara Petrat do? Was her ‘talking’ problem … maybe a German accent? What do you know about ‘Lorna Doone’? How does our weather today compare to theirs? Why did they take care of one family?
March 23. My brother came in the evening
and she came in the afternoon it was
on my sister birthday. We have lost
of candy. And she had to take the exam
ination. I went to the dentist with May
4 July Ser came
Sometime in May maybe shell come
To visit me. I will never forget that
day. That day I was suppose to be
to the dentist. By 3 o’clock and have
my teeth fill. My mother was very
nervous to think I could not go.
She was suppose to be hear at 2:30 but
did not come til 3:15. I dusted and
got very much heated by it. Otto was
also in there. He also shook hands with me.
We thought about studies, baseball and also
About my talking which he knew I felt
very bad about. He told me he thinks I do
much better than I did. He ask whether
there was something wrong with my
pilot. My momma told him I have
gone to the doctor and he could not see any
July 3 My brother and sister-in-law came
pass Erie at 5:00 and went to Buffalo. Emma
went along. I got up hat day at 4:30.
I clean my room swept and wash the hall and
dusty. I stay up that night till 12 o’clock but
they did not come till 2:30 sitting on the porch
outside it was very lovely that night the neighbor
were all up. I saw 4 …………the
fire bells ring at 120 o’clock. I never spent
such a nice evening getting along when
as I thought of it he cane….
it was he. I …………..
July 4 my father act very funny toward my
mother which hurt terribly. In the afternoon
we all slept except Otto who fire his cannon
till 3 o’clock. I went out and the rest drank beer
Will & …came over for a while I One slept all
day almost. In the evening we …….
2 qt of ice cream. My sisters went to … and
came home at 8 o’clock. Seer and I went
away at 9:30. ………………rain a little
in the evening.
July 5 Marnie and me had a fight which spoil
The day. Anna and I went to club and as
we got there we had an thunderstorms. Anna
was very afraid. So we had to go home before 9 o’clock.
There was no meeting. In the night the wind
blew harder and it god colder.
July 6 Sat. It was nice out side so
I made up my mind I would go to see
Mrs. Amstrong while May was in N.Y.
I came home and read the rest of the time.
July 7. I intend to go down by the lake and to
Edith but it rain. But I thought I could go
At 6 o’clock down by the lake with my mother
but the rain prevent me. But after supper
I took a little walk with Emma.
July 8 I went to Edith because it was so cool.
In the evening 4 girls and 1 lady 1 baby was
over. Monday afternoon they began to fit our
July 9 I stay home because I felt so very lazy
But I took a little walk to see if that lazy sick
Girl was siting on her porch.
July 8 My sisters went to teacher-meeting and came
Home was very late.
July 10 It was very warm but I put …
dress on and had my sun passel and went
to Elsie but she was not home. I then went
to Anna Boyer she was then home. She took me
she receive a little from May A. who was in N.Y.
and also a card from the family we have been
feeding the winter that she did not have anything
to eat. She went to Mrs. Kurna but she was
not the home we then went down street and
not the home we then went union Street and
telephone to Edith and also to the park library
on the park. We stay there ½ hr. and she
told us we should bring her a loaf of bread
and see would go thinent day and see her.
Anna took the bread out on her wheel and
I stay the home and read. Mrs Somol came
over and she was drunk.
July 11 Emma and Mama had a fight in bed
it spoilt the day. Ma was crying nearly all day.
Em went away in the afternoon and evening.
In the evening Ma felt all right. I receive a letter from Mold
July 12 From morning I clean my room and
In the afternoon read and slept awful. In the
Evening it was cold and the club met
At Greece. Brewer. Where we were treated
with Root Beer. And after while we
took a walk.
July 13. Sat. I read Lorna Doone. In the
afternoon I slept and was thinking of
receiving a letter. When the mail carrier
came he came in our box when I hear
it I felt it in my bones that it was
for me and are was surprise when
I open the box and found it was
for me from May. I stay up until I