Sunday, April 21, 1901

21st – Went to S.S. & Church. Easter was on Sunday, April 7, in 1901, and Jesse doesn’t mention it on that day.

Saturday, April 20, 1901

20th – Worked at the mill. Note again, the weekends had not yet come to Washington State in 1901.

Wednesday, April 17, 1901

15-16-17th. – Worked at the mill. Iva’s birthday. Iva Iona Watson was 11 years old when Jesse met her at the Mascot Hotel in Gate City, Thurston County, Washington, and today in 1901 she turned 12. If Jesse mentioned it in his diary, maybe the hotel visitors celebrated the day, and if they did, how was the occasion marked? Iva’s…

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Sunday, April 14, 1901

15th – Worked at the mill. Got in 6 days this week. I have worked 13 days at the mill so far. Worked one day in camp. $2.25. 14th Went to S.S. I was Superintendent today. Mr Couch came up today from Oakville. After dinner John, Kittie Buckley, Lawrence Brown, Myrtle Duby, Francis Smith & I went to the mill…

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Saturday, April 13, 1901

12th – Worked at the mill. Tom came to see us yesterday, went back today. Weekends had not yet come to Washington state in 1901, and Jesse is still off a day!

Friday, April 12, 1901

11th – Worked at the mill & went to a temperance lecture & joined the I.O.G.T. They made me the Grand Marshall. In 1851, the Independent Order of Good Templars was founded in New York. Their motto was “Friendship, Hope, and Charity.” A progressive temperance group, the I.O.G.T. allowed women to join. In 1868, the group made its first international…

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Thursday, April 11, 1901

10th – Worked at the mill. Went to a temperance meeting. Rev. D. L. Smithers delivered a lecture.  If anyone has any leads on Rev. D. L. Smithers, please send us an email!

Wednesday, April 10, 1901

9th – John, Grace, Francis & I went to Armstrong in the evening. Jesse is still off a day! Grace might have been Francis’ older, 19 year-old sister. There is no nearby town called Armstrong. If anyone knows what Jesse means, please drop us a line.