Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday, September 1, 1913

9-1-1913: "Well today is Labor Day. No mail today.Papa got up today, Is feeling a little better. They are having a celebration in town today, baseball and horse racing. Quite a few people went along today." or so wrote Lillian Trudgian in her first diary.

She had just celebrated her sixteenth birthday on August 29th and describes herself as "....good looking and tall (about 5 foot and 9 1/2 inches) and slender...." . She goes on to say she ".....has brown eyes and long black eyelashes and medium brown curly hair (Ha-Ha)." She lived near Galena, Illinois out on Stagecoach Trail. The house still stands and is occupied.

In my search for genealogy information on the Trudgian surname I found not only birth, marriage and death certificates at the courthouse......but also Lillian's home and some of Lillian's diaries which have extended my genealogy on this family, while also painting a picture of what life was really like in a midwestern town like Galena in the early 1900's.

Lillian's life was so different than mine....yet there are some similarities between her and I. I turned sixteen on August 1st of 1961 - so we both are Leos. I was also considered to be tall - 5 ft. 7 1/2 inches and slender ( oh, how I wish I could turn back the pages and be slender once more!) with light brown hair that really was curly! And my last name at that time was Trudgian. Lillian is my third cousin once removed!