Saturday, February 3, 2007

Ruth Campbell Smith's Diaries, 1925-1927

Carol commented on my "Della's Journal" series and posted her own blog link Carol's blog is the diaries of Ruth Campbell Smith, Carol's grandmother, of Indiana, who wrote from 1925 to 1927.

Carol posts daily - she is up to 4 February 1926 now. In addition to the diary entry written by Ruth, there are comments by Ruth's daughters Marjorie and Eleanor, and by Carol herself.

All in all, it is a fascinating (I find it enthralling) window into the daily life of an everyday housewife with many children to feed, clothe, educate and otherwise nurture, plus a husband and parents to keep happy.

Now I wish that I had discovered Della's Journal before my mother died so that she could have commented on Della's writings and put it in perspective. The lesson here is to be aware of the family journals and get editorial comments from those who were contemporaneous with the writers before they pass away.

Bravo to Carol for posting this - it is priceless! You have another faithful reader.

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