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Houston Frost Walker
Diary of Houston Frost Walker, age 10
Township: Covington Township, Tioga County PA
Year: 1879
Transcribed by Wendell Evans
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Excelsior Diary - For 1879

- Houston Frost Walker -

Presented to Houston (age 10, born 6 September 1868) by his Father (Delos Hazelton Walker) Dec. 25 1878

January

Wednesday 1:

I have begun a new year I hope that my actions will be better this year.

Thursday 2:

I stayed at home with Bertha and had a good time.

Friday 3:

No school I spent my time at home with Bertha.

Saturday 4:

I played with Bertha today.

Sunday 5:

I went to church and Sunday school today and Bertha went in a new class.

Monday 6:

I began to go to school today first day of winter term.

Tuesday 7:

I was kept after school to day for being noisy I will try to do better next time.

Wednesday 8:

I went to school to day and got kept after school because I did not have my lesson.

Thursday 9:

I attended school to day. It snowed very hard. Papa went to Mansfield and returned at night. Friday 10: I went to school to day. Papa and Moma and Bertha went to Aunt Betsys and had a good visit. Saturday 11: [___] home today and played with Bertha and had a good time. Meating to night at Presbyterian Church. Sunday 12:

I went to church and Sunday school in the morning and went to church in the evening.

Monday 13:

Went to school today and Bertha commenced going to school today with Maud Hastings.

Tuesday 14:

I went to school to day and we had an object lesson today.

Wednesday 15:

I went to school to day and Bertha is not feeling well so she cannot go out and ride down hill with me. Thursday 16: Aunt May and Uncle Alfred are here and I did not go to school today and Bertha is sick [___] got a baby this morning. Friday 17: I did not go to school to day because I was sick and Bertha is sick too and I went to Johnas to day Saturday 18: We got another prisoner to day by the name of Halsack. Bertha and I are not well enough so that we can not ride down hill. Sunday 19: I did not go to church nor Sunday school today because I was sick and Bertha did not either. Rachel is here. Monday 20:

I did not go to school to day because I and Bertha is sick too. Lyman went away to day.
 
 

Tuesday 21:

I did not go to school today. Mama went down town this morning and Lyman got home today. Wednesday 22: I did not go to school today. Rachel and I went to Norma and to Mrs. Millers today. Bertha is sick. Thursday 23: I went to school today and I went to Johns to day with a letter from John. I knit a [___] since school today. Friday 24: I went to school to day and we had spelling this afternoon. Papa went to bloss this morning and got back tonight Saturday 25: Bertha is sick today and we can not ride down hill. I went up to Johnies to day and when I was up there some one stole my sled. Sunday 26: I went to church and Sunday school to day Bertha did not go to church. Mr. And Mrs Harem and Mr and Mrs Gray. Monday 27: I went to school to day abot an hour after I came home Saturday a little girl brot back my sled and I got it to night. Tuesday 28:

I went to school to day I did not go to meating tonight but Moma went.

Wednesday 29:

I went to school today.

Thursday 30:

I went to school to day . today Johns had got the [___] and Moma went up there.

Friday 31:

I went to school to day and today is the last day of this month. We ha 50 words in spelling. February

Saturday 1:

I did not go to school today because there was none I took my first musicle lesson to day.

Sunday 2:

I went to church and Sunday school today Uncle Arthur came with his family today.

Monday 3:

I did not go to school to day because Lyman L. was here.

Tuesday 4:

I went to school to day. Bertha is sick.

Wednesday 5:

I went to school to day and Bertha is better to day than she was yesterday.

Thursday 6:

I went to school to day and got kept after school because I did not have my spelling lesson. Friday 7:

I went to school today and I [___] a [___] this afternoon about [___] [___] psalm.

Saturday 8:

There was no school to day so I stayed at home I got my hair cut and I took my music lesson. Sunday 9: I did not go to church but I went to Sunday school my Sunday school teacher is sick and so we had Miss [___] burn for a teacher. Monday 10: I went to school today Pa is sick in the evening ma went to the [___] [___] at the Medist Church. Tuesday 11:

I went to school today and Pa is sick.

Wednesday 12:

I went to school today and Mr Harison was up there and talked about berch and water.

Thursday 13:

I went to school to day and Mama went to church to night tomorrow is valentine day and it is [___] earth day. Friday 14:

I went to school in the morning but I did not go in the afternoon because I was sick.

Saturday 15:

Julia John came down hear today for the first time since she got here baby. I took my music lesson but I was sick and my music teacher came up [___] Sunday 16:

I did not go to church nor Sunday school to day because I was sick.

Monday 17:

I did not go to school to day because I was sick.

Tuesday 18:

I went to the festival this evening at boue_ hall but did not fell very well. I did not go to school. Wednesday 19:

I did not go to school today because I was sick.

Thursday 20:

I did not go to school today

Friday 21:

I did not go to school today because I was sick

Saturday 22:

I did not take my musicle lesson today because I was sick.

Sunday 23:

I did not go to church in the morning nor evening but went to Sunday school.

Monday 24:

I did not go to school today

Tuesday 25:

I did not go to school today because I was sick.

Wednesday 26:

We all went to Grandmas to day and Miss Leraley went with us

Thursday 27:

We came back from Grandmas today and got tiped over and our horses ran about 2 miles

Friday 28:

I did not go to school today

March

Saturday 1:

I did not go to school today because there was non

Sunday 2:

I went to church and Sunday school today and had ri_s.

Monday 3:

I did not go to school today and Mary went home with Mike Mayon and I washed Mas dishes in the evening. Tuesday 4:

I did not go to school to day.

Wednesday 5:

I did not go to school today and I had to help mama and pa bought a team today.

Thursday 6:

I did not go to school to day and Mama has got her carpet for the weare_

Friday 7:

I did not go to school to day and I went away with Papa.

Saturday 8:

Jane Hunt was here this afternoon and pa went away:

Sunday 9:

I went to church and Sunday school today and Mr and Mrs Ellot and L. Miller was hear today. Monday 10:

I went to school today and got cept after school

Tuesday 11:

I went to school today

Wednesday 12:

I went to school today and John Bion in jail and Mary came back today

Thursday 13:

I went to school today

Friday 14:

I went to school today and have got to speels my piese Monday because I did not speels it. Saturday 15:

I staid at home at home today and played with Bertha.

Sunday 16:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 17:

I went to school today

Tuesday 18:

I went to school today

Wednesday 19:

I went to school today

Thursday 20:

I went to school today and did not get kept after school

Friday 21:

I went to school today and we had enemation.

Saturday 22:

I did not go to school to day because there was non and we sliked up our play room

Sunday 23:

I did not go to church but I went to sunday school today and Mrs Kelsey died

Monday 24:

I went to school today and got kept after school because I did not have my lesson

Tuesday 25:

I went to school today

Wednesday 26:

I went to school today

Thursday 27:

I went to school today

Friday 28:

I went to school today and they had spelling & Mr. And Mrs Potter was ther.

Saturday 29:

There was no school today and I staid at home and played with Bertha.

Sunday 30:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 31:

I went to school today

April

Tuesday 1:

I went to school today

Wednesday 2:

I went to school today

Thursday 3:

I went to school today

Friday 4:

I went to school today

Saturday 5:

There was no school today and I spent my time at home with Bertha

Sunday 6:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 7:

I went to school today

Tuesday 8:

I went to school to day and we got our report for last month

Wednesday 9:

I went to school today

Thursday 10:

I went to school today

Friday 11:

There was no school today so I staid at home and played with Bertha.

Saturday 12:

Mama and Papa went over to the farm and brought Mary Clemons home with them.

Sunday 13:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 14:

I went to school today

Tuesday 15:

I went to school today

Wednesday 16:

I went to scool today and Mr Mathers and Mr Mericle was to scool today and got home at 25 min to 7 tonight because we were [___]a clicing. Thursday 17:

I went to school today and Mary Clemons is here

Friday 18:

I went to school today and Ma is not well

Saturday 19:

There was no school today and pa went over to the farm and took Mary Clemons

Sunday 20:

I went to church and Sunday school today and Ma did not go because she was sick

Monday 21:

I went to school today

Tuesday 22:

I went to school today

Wednesday 23

I went to school today

Thursday 24:

I went to school today and we are to have examanation this after noon and tomorrow fore noon by Miss Minor. Friday 25:

I went to school to day and today is the last day of school.

Saturday 26:

Now school is over I have a good time to play and I have four months vacation.

Sunday 27:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 28:

We are clean house today and we have cleaned our bedroom and Lymans bedroom.

Tuesday 29:

There is no school and we are cleaning the dinging room

Wednesday 30:

There is no school and I play with Bertha

May

Thursday 1:

Today is may day and they are to have a festival this eve and Pa and I went over to the farm Friday 2: Today I bought Bertha a ball for her birthday tomorrow and sold six flour saclss for a penny a piece Saturday 3

To day is Berthas birthday and I gave her a ball

Sunday 4:

I went to church and Sunday school to day

Monday 5:

Today is the first day of court and uncle ran is here

Tuesday 6:

Today is the second day of court

Wednesday 7:

Today the grand walking at 2 P.M. and ends at sat. at 11 P.M.

Thursday 8:

The walkers are still walking

Friday 9:

To day I went to the walking match

Saturday 10:

We all went to the farm today and to night at 11ocl the walking match ends

Sunday 11:

I went to church and Sunday school today and my thachers name is Sam [___ll]

Monday 12:

To day Bertha commenced going to school and I comenced [___] the cows

Tuesday 13:

Bertha went to school to day and it seems lonely with out her

Wednesday 14:

Bertha went to school today

Thursday 15:

Bertha went to school today

Friday 16:

Bertha went to school today

Saturday 17:

There was no school for Bertha to go to and so she plaid

Sunday 18:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 19:

Bertha went to school today

Tuesday 20:

Today Pa started for the penitentiary and having in charge John Malloy and Edwin Miers

Wednesday 21:

To day Bertha did not go to school

Thursday 22:

Bertha has given up going to school entirely

Friday 23:

Today pa came home and Mrs Parmar and her two children cam hear

Saturday 24:

Charley Parmar and I and Bertha plaid to day

Sunday 25:

I went to church and Sunday school

Monday 26:

We went up to the poor house this after noon

Tuesday 27:

Today Charley Parmar went over to the farm with Lyman and Pa went away

Wednesday 28:

Today we went to grandmas and took Mrs Parmar and her two children home

Thursday 29:

We came back from grandmas to day and I drove all the way back almost

Friday 30:

Today is Decoration day and there was quite a large Percession

Saturday 31:

To day is cleaning day and Louisa is cleaning and Mrs Bailey called hear and I played crocquet until after dark today June

Sunday 1:

I went to Sunday school today and my name was on the rool of honor for the month of May Monday 2:

Today is washing day and Ma and Louisa are and we got another man in jail

Tuesday 3:

This morning I got a dozen tomato plants up to Dr Shearers

Wednesday 4:

This evening I got a dish of ice cream and a dish of strawberries.

Thursday 5:

Today Bertha and I plaid

Friday 6:

Today Bertha and Pa and I went to the farm

Saturday 7:

Today is cleaning day and Louisa is and pa put up our swing

Sunday 8:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 9:

Today is washing day and ma is washing

Tuesday 10:

Today ma and Mrs Miller and pa went over to the Sunday school corrention but pa is coming back Wednesday 11:

Today Pa and Bertha and I went after Ma and Mrs Miller

Thursday 12

Today is circus day but did not go

Friday 13:

[___] Mrs Jackabs was hear to dinner and pa went away.

Saturday 14:

Today is cleaning day and Louisa is cleaning and I went up to the church and helped Mrs Miller clean the lamps. Sunday 15:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 16:

Today is washing day and ma is washing.

Tuesday 17:

Bertha and I went a gooseburying to day and got a two quart pail mose fill.

Wednesday 18:

Today Bertha and I and Nellie and fred went a goosburrying up in __a_ous

Thursday 19:

Today Louisa and Bertha and I went a goosburring

Friday 20:

Today we went a fishing and took Mrs Miller and got a fish.

Saturday 21:

Today is cleaning day

Sunday 22:

Today I went to church and Sunday school

Monday 23:

Today is washing day

Tuesday 24:

It is quite warm today

Wednesday 25:

Today it is quite warm

Thursday 26:

I played with Bertha today

Friday 27:

Today I played with Bertha

Saturday 28

It rained today

Sunday 29

I went to church and Sunday school today and it rained

Monday 30:

Today is washing day

July

Tuesday 1:

Today is the first of July and the fire crackers are being fired.

Wednesday 2

They are also being fired today

Thursday 3:

Today they are making ice cream at our house

Friday 4:

Today is the fourth and the baptists had a festival and [cem__] elliot and I had a lemon aid stand Saturday 5:

The fire crackers are being fired to day

Sunday 6:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 7:

Today is washing day

Tuesday 8:

Pa went to Philadelphia to day after a prisoner

Wednesday 9:

We expect pa home tomorrow

Thursday 10:

Pa came home at eleven oclock to night

Friday 11:

I played with Bertha today

Saturday 12:

Today is cleaning day and they are cleaning

Sunday 13

Today I went to church and Sunday school

Monday 14

Today is washing day and pa and I went to grandmas

Tuesday 15

Today Elder Reynolds and his crew went to pine creek and pa and I came home

Wednesday 16

Today I plaid with Bertha

Thursday 17

Elder Reynolds is away yet

Friday 18:

I played with Biff today

Saturday 19:

Today is cleaning day and Louisa cleaned. We all went to Bloss to day to Mr Thomas funral Sunday 20:

I went to church and Sunday school today and Mr Jacobs preached

Monday 21:

Today is washing day

Tuesday 22:

I played with Bertha today

Wednesday 23:

Elder Reynolds has not come back

Thursday 24:

We expect Elder Reynolds home to preach next Sunday.

Friday 25:

Elder Reynolds came home this evening

Saturday 26:

Today is cleaning day and Louisa is cleaning

Sunday 27:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 28:

Today is washing day and Louisa is washing

Tuesday 29:

Today I plaid with Bertha

Wednesday 30:

School will comence the first of Sept.

Thursday 31:

Today is the last day of July and in a month more school will comence

August

Friday 1:

Tonight ma and pa went up to Mrs Trulls and we got a letter from Jane Goodspeed and it says she is going to be married. Saturday 2:

Today is cleaning day and Louisa is cleaning and ma set up to Mr Trulls tonight

Sunday 3:

I went to church and Sunday school and Mr Boise preached and pa set up to Mr Trulls

Monday 4:

Today is washing day and Louisa is washing

Tuesday 5:

I plaid with Bertha today

Wednesday 6:

I played with Bertha today

Thursday 7:

We are to have a big circus here Saturday

Friday 8:

Today Pa and I went to a sail near the Block_house and Mary and her brother came over. And Mr Trull died Saturday 9:

Today there was a circus in town and I went

Sunday 10:

I went to church and Sunday school

Monday 11:

Today is washing day and Louisa is washing

Tuesday 12:

I played with Biff today

Wednesday 13:

I played with Bertha to day

Thursday 14:

I played with Bertha to day

Friday 15:

I went to teachers meating wit ma.

Saturday 16:

Today is cleaning day and Louisa is cleaning

Sunday 17:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 18:

Today is washing day and ma is washing

Tuesday 19:

I plaid with Bertha

Wednesday 20:

I played with Bertha

Thursday 21:

Today we went to over to Jane Goodspeeds wedding and brought her and her husband home with us Friday 22:

Tonight we went to teachers meating

Saturday 23:

Jane and her husband went home today

Sunday 24:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 25:

Today is the first day of court

Tuesday 26:

I played with Bertha today

Wednesday 27:

Next Monday school comences

Thursday 28:

I plaid with Bertha today

Friday 29:

I went to teachers meating toniht and Elder Reynolds found some bones in a well 8 feet deep Saturday 30:

Today is cleaning day and Louisa is a clean

Sunday 31:

I went to church and Sunday school today

September

Monday 1:

Today school began and I went

Tuesday 2:

Today I went to school and my teacher is Mrs Farre__

Wednesday 3:

I went to school today

Thursday 4:

I went to school and stayed out in the after noon to see firemens parade

Friday 5:

I went to school to day

Saturday 6:

There was no school today I stayed at home and today is my birthday. And Dan Briad had hit Lyman tonight and cut his head in 4 places. Sunday 7:

I went to church and Sunday school today and Lyman is some better today

Monday 8:

I went to school today

Tuesday 9:

This morning pa started to Philadelphia with Dan Broad head and Mr Drill and Mr Wiliams went with him and I went to school today. Wednesday 10: I went to school today and last night we got a letter from pa and today we got a telegram from him. Thursday 11:

I went to school today and had to stand on the floor and stay after school.

Friday 12:

I went to school today and pa came home from Philadelphia to day

Saturday 13:

Today is caucas day and they had it in the court house

Sunday 14:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 15:

I went to school today

Tuesday 16:

I went to school today

Wednesday 17:

I went to school today and Dr. Bason and Mrs Dean were there.

Thursday 18:

Today I went to school

Friday 19:

I went to school today

Saturday 20:

I went over after grandma with pa today

Sunday 21:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 22:

I went to school today and grandma is here yet

Tuesday 23:

I went to school today and we marched out to the gate tonight

Wednesday 24:

I went to school today. Today is the first day of fair

Thursday 25:

Grandma came on the noon train today and I went to school and we were dismissed at 3 o’clock Friday 26:

I did not go to school today and I went to fair. And today is the last day of fair

Saturday 27:

Today we tools [___] [___] and [grand__] as far [___] [___]

Sunday 28:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 29:

I went to school today

Tuesday 30:

I went to school today

October

Wednesday 1:

Today is the first day of the fair at Mansfield

Thursday 2:

Today we went to the fair at Mansfield and had a good time. Saw grandpa

Friday 3:

I went to school today

Saturday 4:

Today I played with Bertha

Sunday 5:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 6:

I went to school today

Tuesday 7:

I went to school today

Wednesday 8:

I went to school today

Thursday 9:

I went to school today

Friday 10:

Mr Walter taught in our room today

Saturday 11:

I staid at home today

Sunday 12:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 13:

I went to school today

Tuesday 14:

I went to school today

Wednesday 15:

I went to school today

Thursday 16:

I went to school today

Friday 17:

Today we had spealing in school

Saturday 18:

I plaid with Bertha today

Sunday 19:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 20:

Today I went to school and Mrs Shirer died today

Tuesday 21

I went to school today

Wednesday 22:

Today Mrs Shirer was burried

Thursday 23:

I went to school today and Lyman and Mr Strait killed the pig. Frank W. and I went down to Mrs E. Friday 24:

I went to school today and we had examination today

Saturday 25:

I played with Bertha today

Sunday 26:

I went to church and Sunday school and in the evening Frank Willard and I spoke a ___

Monday 27:

I went to school today

Tuesday 28:

I went to school today

Wednesday 29:

I went to school today

Thursday 30:

I went to school today

Friday 31

I went to school today and we had spealing

November

Saturday 1:

I played with Bertha today

Sunday 2:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 3:

I went to school today

Tuesday 4:

I went to school today and election was held today and the ladies of the B. church had a dinner Wednesday 5:

I went to school today

Thursday 6:

I went to school today

Friday 7:

I went to school today

Saturday 8:

I played with Bertha today

Sunday 9:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 10:

I went to school today

Tuesday 11:

I went to school today

Wednesday 12:

I went to school today

Thursday 13:

I went to school today

Friday 14:

I went to school today and we had speeling

Saturday 15:

I played with Duff

Sunday 16:

I went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 17:

I went to school

Tuesday 18:

Today I went to school

Wednesday 19:

I went to school today

Thursday 20:

I went to school today

Friday 21:

I went to school today and we had examination

Saturday 22:

I played with Bertha today

Sunday 23:

Went to church at the Me church today and to Baptist Sunday school

Monday 24:

I went to school today and it is the first day of [___]

Tuesday 25:

I went to school and Miss Shirer told us about Washington city

Wednesday 26:

I went to school today

Thursday 27:

Today there is no school and I went yo the thanks giving sermon and to Mrs Eastmans to dinner Friday 28:

No school to day and I went to court

Saturday 29:

I attended court today

Sunday 30:

I went to church and Sunday school today

December

Monday 1

I went to school today

Tuesday 2:

I went to school today

Wednesday 3:

I went to school today

Thursday 4:

I went to school today

Friday 5:

I went to school today

Saturday 6:

I staid at home today

Sunday 7:

I went to church and Sunday school

Monday 8:

I went to school this morning and went to Philadelphia with pa and ma

Tuesday 9:

Today we got to Philadelphia and went to the pen and the sentenial

Wednesday 10:

Today we went to the Independants hall and to Mr Jacobs

Thursday 11

We went to the Zoological gardens and it rained then pa and I went to the publications building Friday 12:

Today we stated for home and reached Elmira

Saturday 13:

We reached home this noon

Sunday 14:

I went to church and Sunday school

Monday 15:

I went to school today

Tuesday 16:

I went to school and we had some examination

Wednesday 17:

I went to school today

Thursday 18:

We had some examination

Friday 19:

I spoke a piece today after today we have 3 weeks vacation

Saturday 20:

I played with Bertha today

Sunday 21:

Went to church and Sunday school today

Monday 22:

No school today and I played with Bertha

Tuesday 23:

I played with Bertha today

Wednesday 24:

Today every body is firing for Christmas which is tomorrow and Elder Reynolds things are being moved in the [___ar]. Thursday 25:

Today is christmas and we had a basket with presants in

Friday 26:

Tonight we had a surprise party with 83 attendants

Saturday 27:

I played with Bertha today

Sunday 28:

I went to church and Sunday school today and we had $100 worth of books

Monday 29:

We are moving out of jail today we have moved all but the dining room and Lymans bedroom Tuesday 30:

Today we moved the rest of our furniture and are setteling

Wednesday 31:

Louisa is going away today and her mother is coming
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Name, age, time

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Subject.

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Houston Walker

Height at the age of 14; 102 ½. Measure at the same age; - 5ft 5 ¾ in.

Sept 6, 1882

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Transcribed in September of 2002

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