Henry J. Knepp's diary|
written by Joe Ganger, Nov 2000
Henry kept a diary his entire adult life but unfortunately only a few years were saved. He would have been about 20 years old at the time he wrote this and lived with whomever he worked for as a general laborer. One of these was Charles and Kathryn Fry (Frey) who later became his in-laws. Kathryn's maiden name was Waggoner (sp??) and she was born in Colon in 1838. The Peter mentioned is his cousin. I left the spelling the way it was originally and warned my computer spell-checker to leave it alone!!
May 1, 1878
I helpt Casha Thurston set mint in the fournoon 50 cents paid. In the afternoon Peter and I finnish splitting rails. We split 103 and George paid us.
May 2 Thursday: In the fournoon I split wood, duun a few choers. In the afternoon Peter and I went over to the railroad to the sink and staid to Peters all night.
May 3 Friday: Peter and I moved the stove in the morning and then went up home and Peter and Linken and I went fishen on Colon lake. We had Jospeh Fairens boat and fished on the lake. We caught 36 fish. Loned to John Stuck 50 cents.
May 4 Saturday: Mr. and Mrs. Stuck and Peter and I went to Three Rivers. com home and got my supper and went to Colon, got my watch and paid one dollar for getting it fixt. Loned to John Stuck Five Dollars.
May 5 Sunday: I got my breakfist to Peter Stucks and went up home and we all went over to the raise track and I went home with James Kemlering and got my dinner and then went home.
Isn't history fun! Henry doesn't mention fishing license, traffic jams, telephone sales calls, or computer problems…guess how much income tax he paid on his dollar a day wages?