THE BOOK! 1876 Westbrook Diaries
It was so interesting to see what life was like for teenage boys (13 and 16) in the Poconos of Northeast Pennsylvania - - in their own words. Two brothers start off the new year writing diaries - - probably their mother’s idea for improving their spelling and writing skills. One boy fades out after a few months, but the other keeps at it for most of a year. Seasonal work - - logging, plowing, harvesting, removing rocks from the farm’s fields, hunting and fishing keep them busy as the year progresses. They work with teams of oxen, horses and mules.
The boys’ father runs an inn, a lumber operation and sawmill as well as the family farm.
Important people - - historic names in the history of Pike and Wayne County - - and names of the oldest families here pass through the pages of the boys’ diaries.
The boys lived about three miles from where we live today and were often sent here to fetch my husband’s relative to preach on Sunday. It took me months to get it all transcribed and then to find illustrations for it. Some of the illustrations come from book for children from 1847.
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