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Belle's Diary
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128 years old

Clark County, Ohio
The 1874 Diary of Miss Belle Rice

Mary Belle Rice McDonald, age 18,Springfield, Ohio
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Had her picture taken March 9, 1874...It's in the Diary!

Mary Belle RICE (1856-1944) was the granddaughter of Edward RICE and Lucy POOLE; Adam ALT and Maria DREW, all pioneer settlers of Clark Co. Ohio.  The RICE family settled in Clark County about 1812 and the ALT family in 1817.  Belle, as she was known, was just 17 years old when she wrote her diary.  It is now very old, very crumbly and I have done my best with the faded ink pages to transcribe what I could using high magnification to view the pages where they were not readable with the human eye. 
 
Belle wrote about everyday life in Clark County;  going to school, doing the wash, Church, the county fair, her grandfather's death, her mother's birthday, her toothache, her bout with the Measles.  She got her first job that year in a Millinery shop and saved enough money to buy her first organ - and took music lessons to learn to play it.  Friends and cousins and beaus visited;  each day she reported the weather.
 
Belle attended different churches and enjoyed going to several different ones on Sunday.   People traveled a bit more than I expected in this era, too.  Seems as if they were always going to the Depot to see someone off who had been visiting.   School seems to have been a "optional" attendance and it was interesting that Belle attended a "Spelling School" on some of her evenings, after regular school.
 
The story here is not exciting, it's not a thrill ride - it is a look into the past of our ancestors and what their lives were like in 1874.  

A sample readable page, others weren't so
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The diary begins on the inside front cover where Belle wrote her name and address:
 
Miss Belle RICE
Springfield, Ohio
Jan 1, 1874
 
The name Molly RICE is written sideways on the facing page.   Not sure who she is but she is mentioned often in the diary pages.   So are Ida and Uncle Clay in the first pages.   Uncle Clay was Henry Clay RICE, the brother of Alonzo Rice and the two families lived next door on Rice street.   Ida was Clay's daughter and Belle's 1st cousin and they were about the same age.
 
Belle's birthday and party are described on the Feb. 27, 1874 entry.   Her grandfather ALT's (Adam ALT) death on March 11(he actually died the 10th) and his funeral on March 12.   Belle's mother was age 47 on April 5th, and all the children were over.....lots of good stuff here, including Belle buying herself an organ and taking music lessons, going to school, working, church - everyday life for a young 17/18 year old.   But, let's begin with Jan 1, 1874 and work our way through this fantastic piece of family history.   (Dashes and question marks will appear in difficult to read parts of the diary)
 
Thurs., Jan 1, 1874
"Very Pleasant"   Had a family dinner   Sisters & brothers were all home.  Went to Uncle Clay's for Supper.  Had Turkey.   Spent the evening at home in company with Ida, Graff & Milo.   Had a very pleasant evening.
 
Fri., Jan 2
Went over too Uncle Clay's and helped sew on Ida's dress in the morning.   Went to town in the afternoon.   Came home in the rain.   Spent the evening with Ida
 
Sat, Jan. 3
"Pleasant though very windy".   Went to town in the afternoon.   Went to see the New Episcopalian Church.   Did not get home until half past five o'clock.   Ida was over in the evening.
 
Sun, Jan. 4  
Stayed home all Day.  Rained in the Afternoon.  Mollie did not come ----.  Graff was disappointed.  Milo was out in the Evening.
 
Mon., Jan 5
Went to school today.  Sat with Mollie and Josie.  Met Milo and Graff at William's ???.  They walked home with Mollie and I.   Graff went home tonight on the one o'clock train.  Very Pleasant and windy (?).
 
Tues, Jan 6
Went to school in the rain.   Went around for Mollie.  Did not get there until Recess.  Came home in the Rain.  Went over to Ida's in the evening.
 
Wed. Jan 7
Stayed home all day.   Wind, snowed & sleeted all day.  Ironed all the forenoon. Knit all the afternoon and Evening on my Tray(?)
 
Thurs, Jan. 8
"Clear and very Pleasant".   Went to school.   Mollie was at school.   Josie did not come in the afternoon.   Mollie and I had the seat all to ourselves.   Wrote a letter to Emma MEENACH in the evening.   (Note:   Emma MEENACH was another 1st cousin about the same age, the daughter of Alonzo's sister, Celoma & Robt. MEENACH - they lived in Newberry Twp, Miami Co, OH and later moved to Kansas about 1880).
 
Fri, Jan 9
"Clear but Cold".   Went to school.   Mollie came to meet me.  She came home with me in the evening.   Did not stay all night.   I went over to Ida's in the evening.
 
Sat, Jan 10
"Clear and Pleasant"
over head.   went down in the afternoon to Milo's .  was his last day home with Ida and I.  Called on El --- --- came home.  Ida was over in the evening.
 
Sun., Jan 11
"Clear & Pleasant".   Stayed home in the morning.   Mollie came over.   Ida, Mollie & I went to Sabbath school in the afternoon.   Ida was over in the evening.   Milo was out.   (note:   I'm not sure who Milo was, a possible suitor?   A name written in the back cover is written "Milo SCOTT".   There was a Milo C. SCOTT, resident of Springfield, married a Nellie CALHOUN in 1881 and was listed on the 1890-94 Springfield city directory.  Belle used the initials M.C.S. or M.S. so I'm sure this must be him).
 
Mon, Jan 12
Stayed home all day.   Butchered today.   Ida came over to help me and spent part of the evening over here.   Clear and very cold.
 
Tues., Jan 13
Washed in the forenoon.   Rachel G.(?) was out in the afternoon.   Ida was over.   "Cloudy" and snowed this evening.
 
Wed., Jan 14
"Cloudy and cold"   Went to school today.   Went to Spelling School tonight.   Milo came home with me.   Spent the rest of the evening with me.   Got a letter from Graff this evening.   Will WOODBURY went home with Mollie.
 
Thurs, Jan 15
"Cloudy and cold"   Stayed home in the Morning.  Went to Ida's in the Afternoon.   Uncle Clay had a -------- ----- today.  (rest not readable)
 
Fri, Jan 16
"Clear and Cold"   Went to school.   Mollie was at school.  Was over to Ida's and stayed all Night.   I baked M------  pies today.
 
Sat., Jan 17
"Clear and Pleasant".   Stayed home in the forenoon.   Went to town in the afternoon.   Saw Rachel GARLINGER.   Milo walked out as far as Ell's.    Ida and I stopped at ------- and then came on and stopped at Lou's and then came home.
 
Sun., Jan 18
"Cloudy and Rainy"
Stayed home & got Dinner.   Went to Sunday school in the Afternoon.   Rained and did not get to go to Concert at the Lutheran Church.   M.C.S. was out in the evening.
 
Mon., Jan 19
(first part not readable).....Me and Ida Seen Rachie.  Mollie was at school.  Stayed with me in the evening.
 
Tues., Jan 20
"Cloudy all day" and rained this Evening.   Went to school.   Mollie was not at school.  Ida sat with me this afternoon.-----stayed home in the Evening.
 
Wed., Jan 21
"Cloudy and rainy"
Stayed home all day.   Sewed all the forenoon.   Read all the afternoon.   Stayed home in the evening and read and had the toothache all night
 
Thurs., Jan 22
"Rainy and Cloudy"
Stayed at home and washed all the forenoon.  Went to town in the afternoon
Had the toothache in the evening.   Expect to have it all night.
 
Fri, Jan. 23
"Clear and Pleasant"   Was down to Cab's all day sewing on Blanche's dress.   Went over to Uncle Clay's and stayed all night.   (Note:   Cab was Belle's brother-in-law, married to her older sister Lucy.   Blanche, their daughter, age 2 1/2 was Belle's niece.   They also lived on Rice St.)
 
Sat. Jan 24
"Clear and cold".   Stayed home in the forenoon and ironed.  Went to town in the afternoon.  Home in the Evening
 
Sun., Jan 25
"clear and cold".   Went to Sabbath School down to the church in the morning.   Stayed for church.   went to sunday School over in the Chapel in the afternoon.   Played ball with Lafe and Calie in the evening to make up for being so good all day.   <Note:   Lafe was Belle's older brother, Adam Lafayette Rice.   Not sure who Calie is>
 
Mon., Jan 26
"Clear and Pleasant".   Went to school.   Mollie wasn't at school came.........with Sadie W. and Eva CLASON.   Spent the evening at home reading in "Hot Corn".
 
Tues, Jan. 27
"Rained all day"  Did not go to school.  Went over to Ida's this afternoon.  Ida is over to stay all night.
 
Wed., Jan. 28
"Cloudy".   Washed in the forenoon.   Went to town in the afternoon.   Went over to Ida's in the evening and parched corn.
 
Thurs., Jan 29
"Cloudy".   Went to school.   Mollie was at school.   Ida came over here in the evening.
 
Fri., Jan 30
"Clear".   Went to school.   went to Spelling school in the evening got a letter from.... (rest not readable)
 
Sat., Jan 31
"Cloudy and Cold" Went to town in the afternoon.  Ida had her pretty face taken today. Aunt Ella and Uncle Dan was here all day and Aunt Mollie and Uncle George was here this evening.   Ida's here.   <Note:   Aunt Ella & Uncle Dan (ALT) and Aunt Mollie and Uncle George (ALT) were Belle's mother's brothers>
 
Sun., Feb. 1, 1874
"Clear and Cold"
Stayed home in the forenoon.  went to the Chapel in the afternoon.  Carl(?) & wife was here all day.
I went over to Ida's in the Evening.
 
Mon., Feb. 2, 1874
"Cloudy" and Ground hog's day the sun did not shine all day.  Washed in the forenoon went to town in the Afternoon.  Ida was over in the Evening.
 
Tues., Feb 3. 1874
"Cloudy"
Went to School.  Ida did not go.  Mollie was there & Jesse (Josie?) was there.
I ------ going over to see Ida ------ this evening -------.  I guess I will go.
 
Wed., Feb 4, 1874
"Cloudy"
Went to School.  Mollie was there.  Ida ws over in the Evening and stayed all night.
 
Thurs., Feb 5, 1874
"Clear"
Went to town in the Morning.  Went to Rose POWERS' Funeral in the afternoon.  Was over to Ida's in the Evening.  <Note:  I found only one Rose POWERS in the 1870 Census...the young wife of Emory POWERS-they had just married in Jan.  She was 18 and he was 23, living in Springfield.  Found a marriage record for Emory POWERS and a Rosa GRAM for Jan 5, 1870 - I think this must be them.  No relation to Belle that I can find>
 
Fri., Feb 6, 1874
"Cloudy & snowing"
----------- stayed ------------- in the freeze (?).  Went over to Ida's and ----- in the afternoon.  Spent the evening ---------sewing.
 
Sat., Feb 7, 1874
"Cl----"
Stayed home in the morning.  Went to town in the afternoon.  Stayed home in the Evening.
 
Sun., Feb 8, 1874
"Clear and Pleasant"
Stayed home in the morning. Mother (?) and Sisters were all home.  I went to the Chapel----------Ida's in the Evening.
 
Mon, Feb 9, 1874
"Cloudy"
---- in the ------.  went to School. M----- and I were both ---------.  Stayed home in the Evening & sewed? -------.
(Martha B----D)
 
Tues, Feb. 10, 1874
"Clear & Pleasant"
Went to School.   Mollie was not there.  Joe was.  Got a letter from
Emma MEENACH.  Ida is over here this Evening.
 
Wed. Feb. 11, 1874
"Clear & Pleasant"
Went to School.  Josie was there.  Mollie was not.  Very Muddy in the Evening did not go to the lecture.  Ida was over & stayed all night.  Got a letter from (M.C.S.) & from Groff (Graff?)
 
Thurs, Feb. 12, 1874
"Cloudy"
Went to School and all alone until Noon & then Joe came.  Ida was over in the Evening and we poped corn.
 
Fri., Feb. 13, 1874
"Cloudy & Rainy"
Went to School.  Mollie & Josie were both there.  Stayed home and made me an apron this Evening.
 
Sat. Feb. 14, 1874
"Clear & Pleasant"
Stayed home in the forenoon.  Went to town in the Afternoon.
Seen and heard the Temperence Women.  Stayed home in the Evening.
(15-17 pages missing)
 
Wed., Feb. 18, 1874
"Cloudy"
Went to School and came home around ---d & called on Lillie LEWELLYAR (LEWELLYAN?).  Ida is over to stay all night - wrote a letter to M.S. & one to Graff today.
 
Thurs., Feb 19, 1874
"Cloudy"
Did not go to School.  Rachie GARLINGER was out in the Afternoon.  Spelling School to Night.  Ida has the toothache.  Blanche stayed all Night.  <Note:  There was a Rachel GARLINGER on the 1870 Census in Springfield, then age 15, living with her parents, James and Eliza....probably a friend>
 
Fri., Feb 20, 1874
"Cloudy"
Stayed home all day.  Stitched Ida's Dress in the afternoon.  rained in the Evening.  Wrote a letter to ???? ?????.  Blanche stayed all night.
 
Sat., Feb. 21, 1874
"Cloudy"
and rained all Day.  was over to Uncle Clay's for ------ It rained so hard I did not go to town in the Afternoon.  Blanche is going to stay all night
 
Sun., Feb. 22, 1874
"Cloudy"
Went to -------- for Dinner. Was ------ in the Afternoon. -----and rained hard in the Evening.
 
Mon., Feb 23, 1874
"Clear"
Washed in the forenoon.  Went Calling in the Afternoon. I was over to E----'s in the
Evening.
 
Tues., Feb 24, 1874
"Clear and Pleasant"
----- in the forenoon.  Mr. and Mrs. Luke BYRD ------- for Dinner.  I went calling in the Afternoon.  Went over to Ida's in the Evening.
 
Wed., Feb 25, 1874
"-----------"
Stayed home in the Morning.  Went over to Ell's & down town in the Afternoon.  was home in the Evening.  M. S. came home from Maryland (Marion?) & came out this Evening and surprised me.
 
Thurs, Feb. 26, 1874
"Clear"
home in the forenoon.  Went over and carried some things over to Ell's for the party.  Groff & Ida carried (me home?).  Ida RICE, Ida STALEY was here this Evening.  did not ----------
 
Fri., Feb. 27, 1874
"Clear"
Went over to Ella's and helped prepare for the Party.  Milo, Graff & Will SHERMAN (SHERWOOD?) called this morning.  I was Eighteen Years old today.  Had a Birthday Party to Night - There were 44 there.  Had a very nice time and stayed all night at Ell's.
Oyster supper.
 
Sat., Feb 28, 1874
"Clear"
Stayed over and helped Ella clean up the house.  Ida R., Ida S. & myself went to town this Afternoon.  M. S. walked out home(?) and ---- with me.  We went in to Ella's.  Ida came. Then we went home.
 
Sun., Mar 1, 1874
"Clear"
Went to Church in the Morning.  Went to Uncle Clay's for Dinner.  Went to the Chapel to Sunday School too.  Ida and Will S., Ida & A.S. L., Milo and I went to the Lutheran Church
 
Mon., Mar 2, 1874
"Cloudy"
Ida STALEY & I went over to Ell's and we went and got Clarence's picture taken.  Went to the Depot to see Aunt Polly off.  Came home to Ell's and got our Dinner and went back to town in the afternoon.  Stayed to Ella's all night - had a gay time
<Note:  Aunt Polly was POLLY RICE married to Lansing CHAMBERLAIN, lived in Bellefontaine, Logan Co., OH>
 
Tues, Mar 3, 1874
"Cloudy"
Stayed and helped Ell wash in the forenoon.  Came home and went up to the School house in the Afternoon.  Milo and Graff was up there and and all came home in the rain.  Groff went home today ------- tonight on the 1 o'clock train
 
Wed., Mar 4, 1874
Ida and I washed in the forenoon.  Parched corn and cut it(?) in the afternoon. ---- came in the Evening. -------- came out and stayed with me.  M. S. stayed all the evening.
 
Thus, Mar 5, 1874
Ida S. and I washed in the forenoon.  Went to town in the Afternoon. Went to a Prayer Meeting in the Evening.  Milo came home with ----. 
 
Fri, Mar 6, 1874
"Raining"
Stayed at home all day.  Ida STALEY & I ----- Ida RICE came over and spent the Afternoon with us.  Ida S(?) and I spent the Evening at Uncle Clay's.  Ida S. stayed all night with me.
 
Sat., Mar 7, 1874
"Cloudy"
Stayed home in the forenoon.  Went to town in the afternoon.  Wind blew very very hard.  M. S. walked home with me.  Ida S. stayed all night.  Ida R. was over in the Evening.
 
Sun, Mar 8, 1874
"Clear"
Went to the Church and Sunday School in the Morning.  Went to the Lutheran Church.  went over to the Chapel to ----- in the Evening.  M. S. was -----.
 
Mon., Mar 9, 1874
"Clear"
Washed in the morning. Went to town in the Afternoon & had my picture taken.  Got word that Grand pa was very sick.  Ma & Pa went out there.  Ida B. and Ida ?, Charlie & -----stayed ----over all night.
 
Tues., Mar 10, 1874
"Clear"
Ironed in the forenoon.  Stayed home and baked in the Afternoon.  Ida S. and Ida RICE stayed all night.  M. S. was out ---- spent the Evening with me.  Ma was still out to Grand Mother's
 
Wed. Mar 11, 1874
"Clear"
Stayed home in the forenoon.  Went to town in the Afternoon.  Grand Father ALT Died today.  Ma came home in the Evening & and went back and stayed all night. Ida R. & Ida S. stayed with me all night again.
M. S. went to Marion
 
Thus, Mar 12, 1874
"Cloudy and Snowing"
Went to Grand Father ALT's Funeral today.  Did not get home until 8 o'clock.  Ma stayed all night out to Grand Mother's.  Ida R. & Ida S. stayed all night with me.
 
Fri., Mar 13, 1874
"Cloudy"
Stayed home and churned in the forenoon and sewed in the Afternoon.  Ma-----(rest of day's entry not readable).
 
Sat., Mar 14, 1874
Home all the forenoon.  Went to town and went with ------- ------- Ida STALEY, Ida R., Mollie and I.  Ida STALEY went home with ------  Mollie stayed all night.  Was over to Ida's in the Evening
 
Sun. March 15, 1874
"Clear"
Went to Sabbath School in the Morning at the ------ church.  Went to Church.  Went to the Chapel & to Sabbath School in the afternoon.  Went to the Methodist Church in the Evening.
 
Mon. Mar 16, 1874
"Cloudy"
Stayed home in the forenoon and sewed------.  Bosler(?) was out in the afternoon ----(rest not readadable)
 
Tues., Mar 17, 1874
"Clear"
Went down ----- ------ for Ellie's ----- --------.  ------ in the Afternoon.  Ida was here all night. Wrote a letter to M.S.
 
Wed., Mar 18, 1874
"Cloudy"
Stayed ---- in the forenoon. Washed and -----ed in the afternoon ------ over to Ida's in the evening.  Ida S. was ----- all night.
 
Thurs, Mar 19, 1874
Stayed home and washed in the Morning.  Went to town in the afternoon and bought Mother a Dress.  Ida R. is over to ------ the evening.  Ida s.  (rest not readable)
 
Fri, Mar 20, 1874
(not readable)
 
Sat. Mar 21, 1874
"Clear"
Stayed home in the forenoon.  Aunt Mollie and Uncle George ALT and cousin Adam ALT was here for dinner.  Went to town in the Afternoon.  Ida S. and I were over to Ida's in the Evening.  Ida S. stayed all night.
 
Sun., Mar 22, 1874
"Clear & Pleasant"
Went to Sabbath School in the morning.  Came home, wrote a letter to Groff.  Went to Chapel in the Afternoon.  Spent the Evening at home in the company of Ida S., Ida R. and Mollie (Millie?) KERSH---.  KERSHNER(?) stayed all night.
 
Mon, Mar 23, 1874
"Clear"
Stayed home in the forenoon.  Went to town in the Afternoon.  Came home after(?) Supper at Ella's.  Ida was over in the Evening.  Ida S. stayed all night.
 
Tues., Mar 24, 1874
"Clear"
Stayed home and ironed in the forenoon.  Sewed all the afternoon.  Went over and spent the evening with Ida
 
Wed., Mar 25, 1874
"Clear"
Stayed home in the forenoon.  Went to town in the Afternoon.  Ellie was over and spent the day with us.  Charlie came out to Supper.  We went to Prayer Meeting.  John WERNER(?) home.  L T. came home with Ida STALEY
 
Thurs., Mar 26, 1874
"Clear"
Stayed home in the forenoon.  Went to town in the afternoon.  Ida S. stayed all night with me.
 
Fri., Mar 27, 1874
"Clear" Stayed home in the forenoon.  Went down Street in the afternoon.  Came home and went to Spelling School.  ? ? <initials> came home with us.  Ida stayed all night.
 
Sat., Mar 28, 1874
"Clear"
Stayed home in the forenoon.  went to town in the Afternoon.  Cad SHEPLER came to our house today.  She stayed all night.  Spent the evening with Ida RICE.
 
Sun., Mar 29, 1874
"Clear"
Went to Sabbath School & Church at Trinity Church.  went over to the chapel in the afternoon.  Took a buggy ride after Sunday School with A. C.  Went to the concert in the evening at the Congregational Church.
 
Mon. Mar 30, 1874
Went to the depot with Ida STALEY.  She went home today.  She stayed just 1 month, 24 days.  Went to Ellie's for Dinner.  Went to town in the afternoon & over to Ida's and stayed all night.
 
Tues., Mar 31, 1874
"Cloudy"
Sayed home and ironed in the forenoon.  Sewed all the afternoon.  Lou was here and spent the day.  Ida had the toothache all day.  I went over to Ellie's and took up my board and popped corn in the evening.
 
Wed., April 1, 1874
"Cloudy"
Went to work at Mrs. DEFFENBAUGH's Milliner shop.  Came home in the evening and sewed on Clarence's dress
<Note:  Clarence was Belle's nephew b. Aug 1873, the son of her sister Marie Ella RICE & Charles M. TOLAND.  There was an Andrew & Harriet DEFFENBACH on the 1880 Census in Springfield - her occupation, Milliner - probably the same as mentioned here.  In later entries, Belle spelled the name DEFFENBACH rather than DEFFENBAUGH as written here>
 
Thurs, April 2, 1874
"Cloudy"
Went to work.  Charlie got Clarence a new buggy today.  Fannie B. came home apiece with me this Evening. <Note:  Charlie was Belle's older brother - he never married>
 
Fri., Apr 3, 1874
Went to work.  Did not get home until almost dark.  Sewed all Evening.
 
Sat., Apr 4, 1874.
"Clear"  There was a big snow on the ground this morning.  Went to work as usual.  Ida came down and walked out home with me.  I went over home and stayed all night.
 
Sun., Apr. 5, 1874
"Cloudy"  and rained all day.  Did not get to go no place today.  They brought us over home in the wagon.  Was Mother's birthday today and all her children were over home.  She was 47.
 
Mon. Apr. 6, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work.  Cad went home today.  I got a letter from Red THURMAN (SHERMAN?).
 
Tues., Apr 7, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work.  Fannie walked part way home with me.  Spent my evening at home.  Sewed until ten o'clock.
 
Wed., Apr 8, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work.  Came home in the evening and we all went over home.  Took Clarence in his new buggy.
 
Thurs., Apr 9, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work.  Had a large snowstorm this afternoon.  Had to come home in it.  Got a letter from M. S.
 
Fri., Apr 10, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work.  Fannie came part way home with me.  Ida GARRETT the rest of the way.
 
Sat., Apr 11, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work.  Ida came down and walked out home with me.  M. S. came home today.  Came out and spent the evening.
 
Sun., Apr 12, 1874
"Clear"  Went to Sabbath School, stayed for church.  Went to the Chapel in the Afternoon.  Took a walk after Chapel.  Went to Church.  M.S. was out in the evening
 
Mon., Apr 13, 1874
"Clear"  Stayed home in the forenoon.  Went to work in the afternoon.  M.S. walked out with me.
 
Tues, Apr 14, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work.  M. S. came out and we took a walk down Street.
 
Wed., Apr. 15, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work.  Came home in the evening and ironed.
 
Thurs, Apr. 16, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work.  Came home in the rain.  M. S. was up in the evening
 
Fri., Apr 17, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work.  Mattie SOUDER came out home with me.  Mrs. DEFFENBACH had her Opening today.
 
Sat., Apr 18, 1874
"Clear"  Opening Day.  Went down to the store.  Ida came down in the afternoon.  I came over home and stayed all night.  Ida stayed with me.
 
Sun., Apr 19, 1874
"Cloudy"  Stayed home in the forenoon.  M.S. was out in the evening
 
Mon., Apr 20, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work.  Stayed home all evening.
 
Tues., Apr 20, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work.  Mother was down to the shop to see me.  M. S. was out in the evening.
 
Wed., Apr. 22, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work.  M. S. and I went out to spend the evening with Ida
 
Thurs., Apr 23, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work.  Graff came down today.  The McCormick's had a Dance tonight.
 
Fri., Apr 24, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work, took my Dinner.  Ellie went out home.  Manda W. L. RYSER and John R. was home today.  S(?). B., I. R. & M.S. & I and Graff went over and spent with Evening with the KERSHNERs (?)
 
Sat., Apr 25, 1874
"Rainy"  Went to work. Rained all day.  Had to come home in the rain.  Went over home and stayed all night.  Over to Ida's.  Got my new hat today.
 
Sun., Apr. 26, 1874
Went to Lafe's for Dinner.  Went to the Chapel in the Afternoon.  Took a walk after Chapel.  Went to the Lutheran Church in the Evening.  M. S. was up.
 
Mon., Apr 27, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work.  Came home in the rain.  Graff came to (see?) me.  Rained so I could not go to the Theater.  Graff went home today.
 
Tues., Apr 28, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work in the rain.  Naniie PRENELS (KRESSELS, KESSELS?) came to work today.  M. S. was up in the Evening.
 
Wed., Apr 29, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work.  Ida came down & I went over home.  She came back & stayed all night.  We took a walk down to the Grocery.
 
Thurs, Apr 30, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work.  Came home in the evening.  Went to the Theater with M. S.
 
Fri., May 1, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work. Lydia TOLAND died today.
 
Sat., May 2, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work.  Ida came down in the Afternoon.  I did not come home. Over home this evening.
 
Sun., May 3, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to Cabs for Dinner.  Came over to Ella's and took care of Clarence while they went to the funeral.  M. S. was up in the evening and we took a walk.
 
Mon., May 4, 1874
"Cloudy"  Did not go to work.  Stayed home and helped Ella wash.  Sewed all afternoon.
 
Tues., May 5, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work.
 
Wed., May 6, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work.  M. S. was up and spent the evening
 
Thurs., May 7, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work. Went over home in the evening.
 
Fri., May 8, 1874
"Clear and warm"  Went to work.  Went over home and down town in the Evening.
 
Sat., May 9, 1874
"Clear and very warm"  Went to work.  Went ove home and stayed all night.
 
Sun., May 10, 1874
"Clear and Pleasant"  Was home for Dinner.  Went to Chapel in the Afternoon.  Took a walk in the Evening.  M. S. was up
 
Mon, May 11, 1874
"Clear"  Stayed home all day.  Washed in the forenoon.  Cleaned house in the afternoon.
 
Tues., May 12, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work.  Came home and ironed in the evening.  M. S. was up & spent the evening.
 
Wed., May 13, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work.  Did not come home for dinner.  Came home sick in the afternoon with the Measles.  Ma, Pa, and M. S. was here to see me.
 
Thurs., May 14, 1874
"Clear"  Stayed home and stayed in bed all day.  Mrs. and Mr. DEFFENBACH was out to see me in the evening.
 
Fri., May 15, 1874
"Clear"  Stayed home all day - not able to go anywhere
 
Sat., May 16, 1874
"Clear"  Stayed home all day.  Went over home in the evening & stayed all night.
 
Sun., May 17, 1874
"Cloudy"  Stayed home all day.  Came back.  Went to Ell's in the evening.  M. S. was up
 
Mon., May 18, 1874
"Clear"  Stayed home in the forenoon.  Went to work in the Afternoon.
 
Tues., May 19, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work
 
Wed., May 20, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work.  M. S. was up in the evening
 
Thurs., May 21, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work
 
Fri., May 22, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work
 
Sat., May 23, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work
 
Sun., May 24, 1874
"Clear"  Stayed home in the forenoon.  Took a Buggy ride in the afternoon.  Went to Clifton & Yellow Springs.  M. S. was up in the evening.
 
Mon., May 25, 1874
"Cloudy"  Went to work
 
Tues., May 26, 1874
"Clear"  Stayed home in the forenoon.  Went to work in the Afternoon.
 
Wed., May 27, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work.  M. S. was up in the evening
 
Thurs., May 28, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work.  Stayed all day.  Did not go home for dinner nor supper.  Stayed until ten o'clock.
 
Fri., May 29, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work.  Nannie came back this evening.
 
Sat., May 30, 1874
"Clear"  Went to work.  Did not come home for supper.  Stayed until nine o'clock.  M. S. came down and took me home.  L. M came down today.
 
May 31-June 5 (pages missing)
 
June 6-June 11 (Blank)
 
June 12-June 29 (pages missing)
 
Tues., June 30 (blank)
 
Wed., July 1, 1874
Home. Fixing to go to Bellefontaine
 
Thurs, July 2, 1874
Ida R. and I went to Bellefontaine down St. in the Evening.
 
Fri, July 3, 1874
Home in the forenoon.  Spent the Afternoon playing Croquet with Bessie BOYD & A. E. LOZCY- - - -.
 
Sat., July 4, 1874
Home in the forenoon.   Went to West Liberty in the afternoon.  Went to festival in West Liberty in the Evening.  Got home at twelve
 
Sun., July 5, 1874
Home in the forenoon.  Went out to Silver Lake in the afternoon.  Took a walk in the evening.
 
Mon., July 6, 1874
Home in the forenoon.  Came to Springfield in the afternoon.
 
July 7 - July 17 (Blank)
 
July 18 - Aug 16 (Missing)
 
Mon. Aug 17, 1874
Stayed home all day.  Washed and ironed.
 
Tues., Aug 18, 1874
downtown.  Ida and Graff STALEY came home today.  A happy surprise for us all.
 
Wed., Aug 19, 1874
Home all day.
 
Thurs, Aug 20, 1874
Went to the Fair - came home in the Hack.  Ida R., Ida S., Lou T, Graff S., Milo was here for supper.  We all went to the Grocery after Watermelons.
 
Fri, Aug 21, 1874
Went to the Fair
 
Sat., Aug 22, 1874
Home in the forenoon.  Town in the Afternoon.  Home in the Evening.
 
Sun., Aug 23, 1874
Home in the forenoon.  Ida R., Ida S., & M. S., G. S. & myself went out to Uncle Willis RICE's in a (barench - basonch?).  Took a ride in the evening.
 
Mon., Aug 24, 1874
Stayed home all day.  Ida GARRETT was here in the Afternoon.
 
Tues., Aug 25, 1874
Home in the forenoon.  Town in the Afternoon.  Went over to Ell's in the evening.
 
Wed. Aug 26, 1874
Home all day
 
Thurs., Aug 27, 1874
Home all day.  ida S. and Ida R. went to Tarlous (Taslons, Tarlons?)
 
Fri, Aug 28, 1874
Went to the Country.  Had company in the evening.
 
Sat. Aug 29, 1874
 
Ida S. and I went to town to the depot and Ida R., she went to West Liberty.  We went to town in the afternoon.  Came home and went back in the evening.
 
Sun., Aug 30, 1874
 
Ida S. and I was home in the forenoon.  Went to the Chapel in the afternoon.  Took a walk after chapel with Ifan S. and Milo S.  Took a walk in the evening.
 
Mon., Aug 31, 1874
 
Ida Staley and I was sitting in the front door singing "Home Sweet Home".  Went to work
 
Tues., Sept 1, 1874
 
Went to work
11.50
10.25 paid me
 1.25 owed me
 
Sept. 2-3, 1874 (Blank)
 
Fri., Sept. 4, 1874
 
$11.50 pd to the 4th week
Work 3 days
one week after the 4th
worked 3 days
Aug (26?) worked.
 
Sat. Sept 5, 1874
Worked
<Note, the 5 is crossed out and a 6 written in - no explanation for this.  Based on a later entry in "Memoranda" Belle had written the date she bought her organ as Sept. 1875.   So she may have dropped her diary in 1874, only to pick it up again the following year>
 
Sun., Sept. 6, 1874  (blank)
 
Mon., Sept 7, 1874
Went to work
 
Tues, Sept 8, 1874
Went to work
 
Wed., Sept 9, 1874
Went to work
 
Sept 10-12, 1874 <all entries the same>
Went to work
 
Sun., Sept. 13, 1874 (blank)
 
Mon Sept 14 - Fri., Sept 25, 1874 <all entries the same>
Went to work
 
Sat., Sept 15, 1874
Went to work
Got my Organ today
 
Sept 27 - Oct. 5, 1874 (Blank)
 
Oct. 6, 1874
Took my first music lesson
 
Oct 7-Oct 8, 1874 (blank)
 
Oct 9, 1874
Took another music lesson
 
Oct 10-Oct 15 (missing)
 
Oct. 16-Oct. 19 (blank)
 
Tues, Oct 20, 1874
Took another music lesson
 
Oct 21 - Oct 24 (blank)
 
Sun., Oct. 25, 1874
Paid $10 on my Organ today.
Mrs. D. paid me up today $6
 
Oct 25-27, 1874 (blank)
 
Wed. Oct 28, 1874
Took my music lesson today. <crossed out>
 
Thurs, Oct 29, 1874 (blank)
 
Fri., Oct 30, 1874
Music Lesson
 
Oct 31-Nov 3 (blank)
 
Wed., Nov 4, 1874
Another Music Lesson
 
Nov 5-Nov. 10, 1874 (blank)
 
Wed., Nov. 11, 1874
Music Lesson
 
Thurs., Nov 12, 1874 (blank)
 
Fri., Nov 13, 1874
Music Lesson
 
Nov. 14 - 23, 1874 (blank)
 
Thurs., Nov. 24, 1874
Rent to J. W. and H. BALDWIN
 
<a list of items Belle bought to make a new dress, perhaps>
Silk Blk         1.50
Edging         1.93
T--estion        .62
White goods .90
gloves, kid   1.25
Silk Blk         1.00
Silk  "            1.00
Silk              10.50
                     18.70
 
Nov. 25-26, 1874 (blank)
 
Fri., Nov. 27, 1874
Music Lesson
 
Nov. 28 - 29, 1874 (blank)
 
Mon. Nov. 30, 1874
Owe to Mrs. Deffenbach
<Looks like Belle is making herself a new hat>
Vailing                       .50
Ribbon                    1.20
Pin                             .85
Hat                           5.60
Fox Mrs D's hat     2.50
                                13.20
Pd to Mrs. D           6.50
                                  6.70
Owe to Mrs.
D. J. Bessie(?)         2.75
                                  9.45
 
Dec 1-29, 1874 (blank)
 
Dec. 30-31, 1874
??????                      .45
Blue silk                  5.00
Buckle                       .75
<several illegible lines>
Bustle                        .30
<remainder not readable ....more items for a Bustle Dress?>
 
Memoranda
<Note- this appears to be some songs Belle has copied.  A couple of them I found on the American Memories Collection at the Library of Congress.>
 
"Hattie Bell"
1st 
Death has torn her from my busom
One I loved so well
Oh! How dark this world will be now
Without Hattie Bell
Where the Summer winds are sighing
Through a lonely Dell
They have lain my spirit's idol
Dearest Hattie Bell
 
2nd  Gloom is round the little cottage
Where she used to dwell
Every (Caflel?) seems to whisper
Where is Hattie Bell
Down among the twilight shadows
In a lonely Dell
Sweetly blooms the wildwood flowers
Over Hattie Bell
 
3rd  Under heath the waving willows
By the River side
I am waiting where we parled
And the winds that now are sighing
through a lonely Dell
Tell one that I soon shall slumber
With my Hattie Bell
................
"Cottage By The Sea"
1st.  Just one year ago today love
I became your happy bride
Changed a mansion for a cottage
to dwell by the river side
and you said I would be happy
but know happiness I see
In the Cottage by the sea.
 
All alone, all alone by the seaside he left me
and no other's bride I'll be
for in bridal flowers he decked me
in the Cottage by the sea.
...............
"I've no Mother now I am Weeping"
<New York, New York: Charles Magnus - Belle's version here varies slightly at the end>
1st .  I've no Mother now I am weeping
she left me here a lone
She beneath the sod is sleeping
Now there is no joy at home
Tears of sorrow long have passed
Her bright smile no more I'll see
Where Oh!  Where is joy for me
 
2nd  How well do I remember
Take this little flower said she
and when with the dead I am membered
Place it at my grave for me
Dearest Mother I am sighing
Oer thy tomb I'll drop a tear
For the little plant is dying
Now I feel so lonely here.
 
3rd  I've no Mother still I am weeping
Joys my sorrowed cheeks now leave
While a lonely watch I am keeping
Oer her sad and silent grave
Soon I hope will be our meeting
Then the gladness none can tell
Who for them will then be Weeping
When I bid this world farewell.
 
"Chorus"
Weeping Lonely she has left me here
Weeping lonely for my Mother dear
...............
"A Stary Night for a Ramble"
<Samuel Bagnall, pub. 1873 Philadelphia:  Lee & Walker.  Belle misspelled Starry throughout>
Chorus
A Stary Night for a Ramble
In a flowery Dell
 Through the bush and bramble
Kiss and never tell
 
1st  A stary night for a ramble
I like a game of Croquet
Or bowling on the Green
I like a little boating
to pull against the stream
 
But of all the games I love best
to fill me with delight
I'd like to take a Ramble
Upon a stary night.
 
2nd  I'd like to take my sweetheart
Of course you would said he
And softly whispers in her ear
How dearly I love thee
 
And when you picture to yourself
The scenes of such delight
You'll want to take a Ramble
Upon a Stary Night
 
3rd   Though some will choose Velocipede <an early bicycle>
and others take a drive
and some will sit and mope at home
half dead and half a live
And some will choose a Steamboat
and others even fright (fight?)
But I'd enjoy my ramble
Upon a Stary Night
 
Memoranda (Continued)
Owe to Mrs. SBD
Hat                 1.12
Vel                   .50
Borrowed      1.50
Vail                   .25
                        3.62
 
Cocoanut Pie
One large cocoanut - grated
One quart milk
2 cups sugar
six eggs
One Tablespoon full Butter.
Beat the yolks of the eggs with the sugar.  Add the milk.  Beat in until very light- Then the Butter melted,  then the milk & the Cocoanut.  Flavor to taste.  Bake half an hour.
 
Scarf                1.26
Flowers           1.50
Blue Ribbon     .30
                         3.05
 
Cash Account Pages
Page 1
Silk Blk                       1.50
Edging                       1.95
T-ses-ian                     .62
White goods               .90
Glove                          1.25
                                    6.20
Silk                              1.00
                                    7.20
Silk                              1.00
                                     8.20
For my Dress             10.50 
                                     18.70
Owe to Mrs. AULT  1.50
 
Page 2

Sept. Mon 30th
Worked 3 days 1.50
Sept. 6th
worked all week 3.00
Sept 13th
worked all week 4.00
Sept. 21
worked all week 4.00
  12.50
All (settled?) with Mrs. DEFFENBACH on the 25th of Sept., the day I get my organ.
 
Page 3
1875
September
Bought my organ pay 10 dollars per month
price 1.90
<End of Diary>

Mary Belle Rice McDonald, abt. 1940
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Springfield, Ohio

Three years after she wrote her diary, Belle RICE married Wesley MCDONALD on 20 Dec 1877, in Clark Co., Ohio.  They had 3 children (see the MCDONALD) page for their descendants.  My grandmother, Flora Belle MCDONALD, was the youngest and their only daughter, settled Belle's estate in April 1944, Springfield, Ohio.  Belle's granddaughter (my mother) was Barbara Lou FOLEY and she wrote her memoirs which includes some wonderful insight into what Belle RICE was like as a grandmother:
 
"Grandmother McDonald was a member of the Baptist Church, an active member of the Pythian Sisters, a seamstress of some note, and a milliner.  She was a marvelous cook, a woman of wit, and a devout student of the Bible.  (She was also great at telling bedtime stories to a small girl (me) as they snuggled in the middle of a huge feather bed on cold winters' nights).  Whenever I was ill, Grandma McDonald was summoned for home remedies (onion poultices, mustard plasters, and mysterious medicines concocted in the kitchen and administered with a spoon and a loving hand) and for cutting out paper dolls and making doll clothes and for reading and for all those things that tender grandma's can do that nobody else can."
 
I think Belle RICE MCDONALD led a full and productive life.  I am proud to be her Great Granddaughter.

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