Clara Petrat’s diary is shown here exactly as she wrote it in her 1900 brown bag diary.
What did Clara do to prepare for her Buffalo train trip? What new scenery did she see? How much did she pay the dentist? What was it like at the “stamp-pile”? Who went along to the “Cathedral and 11 and sass”?
Aug 15 Thrus. Thrus morning it was
Rain but in afternoon and evening it
was plenty. I did not do anything but
sleep and walk around.
In the evening Albert had to work.
Aug. 11 Sun Willie, otto, papa and I went to Buffalo
for 1 dollar on the Nickel Plate railroad
on 19 I got up at 4:15 and the train
left at 6 and we started at 5:30
I wore my black gert, white wasst and
Collar and my new pearl elast belt.
I wore my brown jacket and suller hat
It was the first time I was on a train.
I had to ride back word Willie jump on
the car and save us a set unless we would
not got any. We went over I do not know
how many small bridges but about 3 or
4 very large ones. It was certainly a very
pleasant ride. When we got near Buffalo
we had to pass under very many bridges.
We went up Michigan street to the Majors
Cass. We got to Buffalo at 9 and it was about
11 o’clock when we got to the falls. The car
was so full and hot I thought certainly
I would get sick.
We went over a very high bridge with
the car. We went where the falls were in
the woods and eat our lunch. We then
walk around a little and then I got a glass of
lemonade we went up-town and throught
park to the car.
It was a little after 12 o’clock when we
went to the Pan-American
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There is a boy who whistle at me what he
I am out or not. But I do not knew who he is. Aug 5
I went one day in the winter 1902 to Mr. D.
office when I had a big cheeck. In which he
laugh at me on account of my face.
I lost my knife I went in the office and
ask him whether there was a knife found.
He was very pleasantly and told there were 3 found
He show them to me in which I thank him
Also with me and ask if could not bring a
sourso Rock and in which he told me to come
Thurs. I went there thurs and he seem to been
very mad and send me to Mrs. Manson. I went
out very mad he then seem to be good to me
then. Later went in one day and ask about
elocution because I fail in it. it was terrible
hot that day and he did not seem so very
pleasing them. And it was also the last days
of school when I ask him the list 2 times so far
he was very busy. The dentist cost me $15.50 c
Friday, Aug 16 It was cool
I got up and clean my room and took
my bath. I dress my self and was very
anxious waiting for May A. because
she took me she would come over this week.
In the evening I put my whole dress on and
went to May to club. Kella came after me.
There were 8 girls there And they sing and
play. Walter A was in there telling stories.
We all stand on 17 Myrtle and the Cutle on
the other side saw us. I got home at 10:10 and
I walk with May A. all the way.
Emma and Minnie went to picnics.
Sat. Aug 17 It rain and it was very dreary
I fool around and slept. In the evening
went to the butcher with mama.
Sun. Aug 18. I got up and went to Sunday School
Mrs. Sandy was not there but Mr. Bense put
us into another class. In the afternoon I was
written and it also rain.
Mon. Aug 19 It was quiet warm and it rain and thund
I did not go anywhere and receive anybody.
Tues. Aug 20 it was quiet warm & it rain and
Thunder. I work my handkerchief and sleep.
I intend to go to May a. but it look like rain
toward evening and rain in after noon.
Wed. Aug 21 it was very warm but id did not
Rain. In the afternoon I went to May A and she
was not there. I then went to May S. we talk and s
he play for me. May A and Margaret came
over for me to go to Anna B. May A and Margaret
would not stay because they had company
Anna B and I took a walk till 19 & Sassafras
Mary A went home and…………………
Sassafras till 21 & Sass, and over till
Peach and then to May S. and stay
there awhile we then went to Anna B and
they took me till 20 & Myrtle. I got home about
9:30. May A. want us to go to the Life Saving
Station. But we did not go.
Thurs. Aug. 22 I did no go to Life Saving Station.
It was very warm and rain very hard
And thunder. It rain and we could not
go to the hospitable. About 4:30 I went to Anna B.
After Supper I stay the home.
Fri. Aug. 23. We intend to go to he Stamp-pile.
but it rain all day until evening. I wrote a
letter to Maybelle Recker. And made my handkerchief
In the evening May A. Margaret A. and Mable
Mead came and called to go to club to Anna B.
It was the first time I saw Maybell Mead
since 4 or 5 months. Some of the girls dance
and sing and play. I got home at 10 o’clock.
In the afternoon May a. came and told me that
we were going to Stamp-pile. We went at
about 3 and came home about 7.
May A., May s. and I went out rowing and came
back about 4:30. We then went up the stamp-pile
before I got up there I would die.
It was very warm and dirty in there.
May S. had a large bag of chocolate candy.
Coming down it was not half as hard.
You could see all over. It is 28 ft. high
And as 319 steeps.
We came down from the stamp-pile and
Mable, Anna, Sema and May A. went out rowing
When we came back we went in the Cathedral
on 11 & Sass. Mable and I went ahead and beat
them home. The girls who were along are Clare
Fresch, May Armstrong, Margaret Armstrong,
Anna Boyer, May and Leona Suttle, Mable Mead,
Clara Petrat. We had very joyful day.
I sent a letter to Mable Renker.