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Harriet A. Kane diary, 1884 January 1 - 1885 January 4

 Item — Box: 36, Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 7 Sub-Series 1

Scope and Contents

Harriet A. Kane Diary, 1 January 1884 - 4 January 1885, The Standard Diary, 1884; damaged black cover and binding, 392 pp. (59 pp. blank), dark ink, includes printed Counting-House Calendar for 1884 and Interest Table in front.


  • 1884 January 1 - 1885 January 4

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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Kane family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.


From the Sub-Series: 32 folders

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begun just after Thomas L. Kane’s death, 1 January 1884—exchanged presents that had been meant for Christmas, “had a long talk about our future,” TLK had looked forward to the new year; 4 January page—entries written on 3 March from others’ recollections, several breaks between 4 January and 2 March, Harriet was very ill during this time; 2 March—well enough to begin writing again; 8 March—people went to see TLK’s bust; studying in and involvement with the Female Medical College; 29 March—Evan graduates from medical school; 3 May—“papers say everything on fire at Kane;” 8 May— leave Philadelphia for Kane for the summer; 9 May—arrive in Kane, “He [TLK?] seemed so near I almost seemed to hear his cane;” 10 May—“We went back in the cold clear wind to begin our new life;” 28 May—took pictures; 30 May—the G.A.R. “honored Father’s memory,” took Dr. Mary Preston’s picture; entries for 5-8 June written in spaces for 12-15 June; 23 June—“found an important paper;” 1 July—Griffiths was defeated; 11 July—took photographs of Rebie Paxton; 12 July—TLK’s bust came; 19 July—house broken into, some pies stolen; 22 July—“The well is a failure and the shaft broke . . . so goodbye to my castles in Spain;” records what each member of the family is doing nearly every day; 10 August—day of New York earthquake; 14 August—Aunt Helen’s [EWK’s sister] money lost in the Wall Street Bank; 6 September—EWK received her pension paper, “We had horrid news about little Ethel;” 1 October—back in Philadelphia; going to medical school again; 9 October—Elisha made her president of the gas company; 20 October-16 November—Evan very ill; 8 November—TLK to be buried in Kane that day; 17-24 November—in Atlantic City; 26 November—went to Mark Twain; 24 December—to New York for Christmas; continues diary from 1-4 January 1885 on “Memoranda” page; “Cash Account” pages at end, but not used.

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Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States