Diary Entries


September 9, 1916

Bright and cool; quite cool this eve. I wrote "After the Day--the Dark." Quite a lot of country folks in town. Streetcar strike on in New York; Wilson's "Peace at any price" with the railroad trainmen encouraged it.

September 8, 1916 - Partly cloudy; a few dry weather showers; cooler this eve; rain needed badly. I went down to see Charley Humbleton today. Two young men from Newark, canoeists, called on me tonight; they had read my books.
April 29, 1916 - Clear and a little warmer. A good many people in town today. I sold several subscriptions to the "Monitor;" also reviewed "Burton" song and returned it to Col. Glee Club. No important news.
April 28, 1916 - Partly cloudy; partly sunshiny; warmer but wind still cold. Town very quiet; war news scant and unsatisfactory. Got a find picture of Harding yesterday; sent it to have it framed today..
April 25, 1916 - Cloudy and cold. Olive went to Barnsville to give readings at I.O.O.P entertainment. Mexican situation and German affair still "up in the air." Oh, for a Roosevelt in the presidential chair.
November 25, 1907 - One more hazy day. I began "The Cumberland Stage." Stomach still on a strike! Dam it!Dr. Gatewood again called upon me; and we had a pleasant chat.Frank N. down tonight--playing phonograph!.
October 21, 1907 - A fair, beautiful autumn day.  Spent the day sending out adv. stuff and tickets for entertainments.  Read a little proof of "Songs from the Heart of Things."
October 1, 1907 - Fair but cool. Went to Roseville to entertain I.O.O.F.'s. Local option election in Malta; wets=77, dries=159. Whoop-pee!
September 19, 1907 - Very warm and mucky. Olive came home from Meredith Business College; graduated. Organization of Malta Civic League. Dad made president.
September 13, 1907 - Olive finished the copying of "Dicky Delightful" for me. Clear and pleasant. I've been about 2/3 in since spree in Chesterhill.
September 11, 1907 - Cloudy in forenoon; clear and cool in afternoon. Held entertainment at Chesterhill; Ma and Olive and Harry B. went with me; got home at 2 in morning; hard trip.

August 28, 1907 - Cloudy and cool. I went on the boat excursion with the pedagaues, to Eagleport; had a pleasant time. Mrs. Sears no better.

August 27, 1907 - Rainy in the morning; cloudy and cloudy-clear the rest of the day. Mrs. Sears still very ill. I met Prof. Blaisdell at Institute today. And tonight I resigned from the board of Chautauqua directors. A good day's work.
August 23, 1907 - Rainy all day. Resumed the copying of "Dicky Delightful." Mr. Mortimer, agent of Colliers', a cultured gentleman, says my two poems--"Dr. John Goodfellow" and "We're Comin' to Your Show"--are classics.
August 14, 1907 - Cool and fair, went to Caldwell and gave entertainment at Teachers' Inst
August 5, 1907 - Rained all day; cool--very, had fire in office and at home nearly all day. Rained nearly all night. Wrote "Thought Is the Coin of the Soul."
August 4, 1907 - Sunday; cool and clear; hot sun but cool air.  Excursion from Columbus; Jim Taylor, Dr. Gatewood and Brad Harris were on the train.  Mama and I went over to see Chautauqua building this P.M
July 26, 1907 - Rain this morning; sultry all forenoon; clear and cooler this P.M.  Olive came home.  I got copies of revised edition of Old Home Week.  Got checks from Saalfield's and Clarks. Bobbie Bay ill; Red came to see him.
July 3, 1907 - Cool, clear and pleasant.  Pension day; examined three; Dr. Brown absent; Jas. B. White was one.  Got ready for operation on Mrs. Armstrong at Ringgold.  Tomorrow is the Gla-orious Fourth!
June 4, 1907 - Cold and cloudy; big rain and wind storm in afternoon.  Many trees blown down and some small buildings damaged.  Have named book of verse "Songs from the Heart of Things."
May 30, 1907 - Memorial day; warm and sunshiny.  Good exercise at church; of course-- I made the talk.  18 soldiers marched and about 2 scores of little tots, and a score of W.R.C.'s Band entertained at town hall at night; passed off pleasantly; a fairly nice audience.
May 18, 1907 - Cool and rainy.  Saturday; and a good many people in town.  A good many merchants want ads written now--when I've taken on about all I can accommodate.  Mama has her house all cleaned.
April 29, 1907 - Another perfect day.  I'm getting in quite a number of advertising jobs; but Elmer Taylor knows all about advertising--and needs no help.  What can the weather-man mean, giving us two fine days in succession!
April 16, 1907 - A sunny-cloudy, still windy, warm-cool day.  Mama sent a carpet to her beau, Mr. Krigbaum, at Zanesville.  "The Little Green Goblin" will be out, about the middle of May--maybe.  I'm having an "L" of a time with that boy "Dicky Delightful."  Tomorrow is pension day.
April 13, 1907 - Rained, sleeted, and spit snow all day.  Not one good day this month so far.  I got a check for $37.65 from the C.M.C. Co today.  Verifly, the way of the scribbler is hard!  "Dicky Delightful" worries me; he refuses to do as I bid him.  Perverse youngster!
April 12, 1907 - One more wet, cold day--raining and spitting snow.  Olive came home; we waited supper on her.  I'm writing ads for Malta Hard. Co. and for A.E. Drudna; and am working on the 3rd chapter of "Dicky Delightful."  Mama has all the upstairs cleaned, but the bathroom

March 26, 1907 - One more beautiful day.  Mama and I started in to fix the floor, paint was not dry―and we had to wait until tomorrow.  Buckmeyer is here this eve, giving the children lessons.  Wrote "Man and Dog."

March 20, 1907 - A beautiful sunny day; but a cool breeze. Things are rather uneventful. Had our first pension board meeting; but no applicants appeared. Fay Penrose called upon Villa.  Mendling had a "spell" at school; and treated the pupils to an earthquake and tornado of temper.
March  18, 1907 - Fair and mild. Took Olive to Zanesville, to enter business college. Seventeen years old--and leaving the nest! Ah! well, so it must be; but it hurts! My baby, my girl, my comrade! May the fates be kind to her--and send her back to her father and mother to still love and comfort them! Good Night Daughter!
February 9, 1907 - Sunshiny and very mild; thawed a great deal; air feels like rain. Olive cleaned office today; I wrote "William How-hard Taft." Andy Heil got an eye severely injured this morning, at the plow factory.
February 7, 1907 - Some warmer than yesterday; quite a bit warmer tonight. All the "fortunate" sleigh-riding; boys coasting. I wrote "May-jar Charles Dick" today. Bob is reading the "Kentuckian," all by himself.

February 6,1907 -Bright nearly all day; cold again tonight; 7 below zero last night. Wrote "Charles Hungry Grosvener" today. Mr. James Rogers buried this P.M. A cat came to my office tonight and begged a place at my fire; he got it. Better luck on the morrow, Tom! Got myself a pair of foot warmers; and Olive needs them on her hands while playing the piano. [Note: Olive was his oldest daughter who was then 17. ]

February 5, 1907 - Sunshiny and thawing this forenoon; snowing again tonight. What a blessed thing the weather is; one can talk and write of it when there's no other subject. I wrote "Jon-ah McLean" today. Stockport has electric lights. Hurrah, Babylon! Ike Young started for California today; his wife is worse. Rev. Halcourt was called to Columbus today; mother ill.