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BOOKS - Diary of James W. Carpenter 1880-1907, Past to Present
By Donald W. Carpenter
Published by author, Corunna, 1991

Hardcover...39.95 (C$)

This book is the transcribed diary of J.W. Carpenter who was a resident of Sombra Township which is located in Lambton County in South-Western Ontario. He later lived across the river in Marine City, Michigan. The diary covers the years of 1880-1907.

From the Introduction:
    "James W. carpenter was born in a log house in Sombra Township on the 23rd of January, 1854 . He was the only child of John Carpenter and Harriet Henry. His parents were newcomers to the area when they married on the 17th of January, 1853 at Port Sarnia, Ontario. Harriet, his mother, died on the 26th of August, 1855 and until John Carpenter's remarriage to Elizabeth Ann Henry in 1862, I believe that James was raised with the motherly influence of his Aunt Marilla Carpenter dur ing those early years of his life. Because of this youthful association, I detect a closeness between James and his Aunt Marilla throughout the Diary.

    On the 19th of January, 1907 at his farm home in Ossineke Township, Alpena County, Michigan, James W. Carpenter died of heart failure. He was buried at the Wilson Township Cemetery next to his beloved wife Mary and in the same family plot as Aunt Marilla and Uncle John Van Alstine."
Diary of James W. Carpenter 1880-1907 is an especially helpful find for everyone with family connections to the man, or for those interested in information about the day to day activities of people who lived nearby. Social historians will appreciate the information recorded in this diary insofar as it provides a detailed look into everyday life in western Ontario and eastern Michigan from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Carpenter recorded details of interactions with many people by name. He also records earnings for work done and the cost of everyday consumer items. It is surprising how often people changed the terms of the previously agreed rate of pay after Carpenter finished his day's labour. Carpenter had no hesitation in mentioning these people by name and what payment or goods he ended up with.

The books offered here are 'new old stock'. We acquired the final 3 cartons of books that were produced from an initial run of 800 copies. The books that are for sale here are brand new (published 1991). Each book is sequentially numbered on the final page -- for example: 000657 is book number 657 of the 800 copies published.

578 (556 + 12 + 10)
7 X 8.5"
Published by author, Corunna, 1991
ISBN: 0-9695558-0-6

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