Clara Petrat tells about President McKinley’s assassination and funeral in September, many flags were out. This diary excerpt is April 2 -Sept 20. She skipped some pages and resumed writing December 4.
April 2, Wed. …Literary society at E.H.S.
April 5 Sat. With to May A. and down street
April 6 Sun. May A. came over.
April 7 Mon. Club at Etta Gingrich
“Present May and Georg Sutter
Etta G., May A., Anna B., and myself
April 9 Wed. Went down street with Minnie
April 10 Thurs. Went down “ “ “
April 11 Fri Went to school to hear the
debate between Boy and girl
society and after to May b. a little while.
April 13 Sun. Etta G and May A. came over
and we went to Anna B.
April 14 Mon. club met to my place in the afternoon.
In the evening I went to dancing school
April 16 Wed. In the afternoon Literacy
Society. In the evening to church to
see the wedding.
Clara then left blank pages: half of page 40, also page 41 and 42, resumed her diary on December 4
Dec. 4 Found 25 cents. From Dec. 4.
Dec. 4 spent 10 for society
Dec. 6 school entertainment 15 spent.
Dec. 7 Got 15 from mama
Dec. 8. Sun. 6 for Sunday school Got 2
Dec. 13 For E.H.S. frace of 1902 15 cents
Dec. 21 for May A. present 25 cents
Dec. 21 For 2 cents stamp 2 cents
Dec. 21 For Sady N. present 10 cents
Dec. 23 Mon. I got 10 cents from Emma.
Dec. 29 Sun. I got 1 cents from papa.
Jan 12 Sun. I got 6 cents from papa.
Jan. 23 Thurs. Got 15 cents from mama and
spent it for E.H.S. frace
Jan. 24 Fri. Got 10 cents from mama and
spent 25 for dancing school
Jan. 31 Fril I got 25 and spent 25 for
Feb. 7 Fri I got 25 and spent for dancing school. 25.
Feb. 8 Sat. I got 10 cent from Emma.
Feb. 8 “ I spent 15 cent for the Basketball game.
Feb. 8 “ I went to opera house with Papa
it cost 20 cents he pay it.
Feb 19 got 2 cents from Papa spent 1
Feb. 14 Fri. Dancing school got and spent 25
Feb. 21 Sat “ “ “ “ “ “
Feb. 22 Sat. I got 11 cents from Papa.
Feb. 23 Sun. I got 1 cent “ “
Feb. 28 Fri. I got 25 cents and spent it for Dancing school
March 8 Sat. I got 10 cents from Emma.
March 14 Fri. Dancing school 25 cents
March 16 Sun. Two for Sunday School. I got 2
March 25 Fri For 1 church
March 30 Sun. I got 3 and spent 1
April 6 Sun. I got 2 and “ 2
April 12 Sat. I got 10 cents
April 13 Sun. I got 9 and spent 2
April 14 Mon. I go 25 and “ 25
April 17 Thurs. I spent 2 for stamp
April 20 Sun. I spent 7 and got 2
April 25 Fri. I got 15 cents and spent 15 for E.H.S.
April 27 Sun. I got 7 “ an spent 2 for Sunday School
April 28 Mon I spent 10 cents for club.
May 3 Sat. I got 2 cents
May 4 Sun I had got 2 and spent 2
May 5 Mon I spent 25 and got 25
May 11 Sun I got 2 and spent 2 for S.S.
May 10 Sat I got 10 cent from Emma
May 15 Thurs spent for glove 39 mama pay
May 16 Fri Going to th Opera House .50.
We got home about 5:30 In the evening I studied
Sept 12 Thurs. It was plasant during the day but
warm. I went to May A. to see whether she was
going to E.H. S. for anything because I forget my
umbrellas. But we did not go I stay there and we
study Algebra and English. I got home about 6.
In the evening I studied and Albert came and
papa went away and it rain very hard.
Sept.13 Fri. It rained in the morning but it was
cool. In the afternoon it was very pleasant I did
not study at all but slept. I felt quiet mad in
afternoon In the evening May A., Clara F and Etta
came and called for me to go to the corn-wars to &
to Anna B. We had a very good gime There was about
20 of us. They played. I talk with everybody
I had a very good time and until after we went
home I had the blues. On the way home I act so
funny that they did not knew what to make of it
But I was only happy and show them I could
made fun. I got home at 10:10. We I went to bed
Minnie told me McKinley was dead but he did
not die till 2:15 the next morning.
Sept 14 Sat. McKinley died, I told my bath and
read the paper. In the afternoon I took a walk to Edith
and worn my new Emma brown grist for the
first time. Many flags were out that day.
I stared from Edith at about 5 and met May A. and
Anna B. on 19 and Sassafras. I stood there a long
time than Anna and I went to May A. and then
stood at 17 and Sas. And talk again. I rode on Anna
bicycle on the rway coming home. I got home at 6:10
o’clock. In the evening I went with Ma to butcher and
than took a walk with Minnie and we met Molly N.
and Souril Margaret and we lose of fun.
Sept. 15 Sun. I went to Sunday-school in the
morning it look like rain and it was quite
warm. In the afternoon May A. came and I
went with her for a walk to her house It got
cold in the afternoon and evening. In the
evening I went with papa to 16 and Walnut
to see the Italian celebrating a day for fire-
works there. I did not have very much.
Sept. 16 Mon. I went to school it was a nice
day. In the afternoon I went to May A. and
work our Algebra together. In evening I study
Sept 17 Tues. I went to school and in afternoon
I study and in evening went out walking
with Minnie it was a very nice day.
Sept 18 Wed. It rain most all day it was
very cold. In the afternoon Minnie and I
went to the depot to see whether Leo was coming
on my way back I stop in May A. from there we
went up to Anna B. and than walk home over
to May A. In the evening Carrie Schinder came
to see Emma. About 7 o’clock Leo and Ione came
Willie slept up here that night.
The all family slept in one house
We did not go to bed until about 12 o’clock.
Sept 19. Thurs. We did not have no school
it was the day Mr. McKinley was buried.
Papa and Willie were the home. We went
to school for a little while to have an
exercise. May S. and Anna B. went with us
I meet Amela Bark and she walk down
with us. I had to enterduce that Bark girl
with May S. it was the first time I ever did.
Mr. Burn spoke and we had a very nice
exercise. The room was team very nice.
There were very many people there.
All the teachers were sitting on the stag.
It lasted until about 10:30 o’clock and
began about 9:15. All of us girls went
down street. I got home at 12. In the afternoon
I studied. In the evening Emma had company
and Mrs. Simselman and Blanche came over.
I went with Ione on peach street to get
some medicine. Ser and Willie want to go
to Canton to see the funeral. But they got as
far as Cleveland and then miss the train
to Canton. They stay in Cleveland all day.
Sept 20. Friday It was cold and dreary like.
I went to school in the morning and study
in the afternoon and went to Elsie Ryan to club
Leo, Willie and Jane went to Buffalo and
came home at 2:50 the next morning.