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Hagar Miller Lillico Diaries

 Collection — Box: MISC-14, Folder: MSS-0139
Identifier: MSS-0139

Content Description

The collection of three diaries belonging to Hagar Miller Lillico of Coatesville, Pennsylvania include two from 1907 and 1908 when she was around 23 years old and living with her parents and the third diary is from 1947 after she has married. The diary entries document activities of her daily life as a young woman and in middle age. The major event of the 1907 diary is her mother's ongoing illness and death in October 1907, which results in many diary entries about loneliness and sadness. The 1907 and 1908 diaries are small in size measuring 2" x 3 1/4".

Partial transcription provided by the seller:


"Fine day. Swept in A.M. Mrs. Long and Lillico here. Mother has a huge fever. Jess and Laura here in P.M. Also over in eve awhile....Clear. Nap in P.M. Dad went to town. Oss and I went to 5:10 musical at Griffith Hall. Lovely roses. Home midnight....Mother worse. Cloudy. Did not work only brushed up a trifle. Sewing all P.M. Lydia here in eve then we at rehearsal. I a little better ....Cloudy and rainy. Jim over in A.M. Mother's first day in bed all day. She no better. Miriam over. Oss here in P.M. We at church in eve......At 10:30 "mother felt queer". Rainy, cleared at noon. I sewing in A.M. Mother came down at noon. No better. Very weak. Aunt Joe and Miss Rutt's here. Oss over....Clear. Sewing all day. Mother in bed till noon. Mrs. Davis here, up set her nerves. Not so well. Oss and I up town in eve....Mothers first walk out. Clear. Went to town. My last lesson. Had lunch with Marion. Home at 4:04. Oss stayed with mother. She had a hard fever....(June 18th). Very hot. Mother up at nine. Felt better than she did all winter. Bed at 8:30 and still no fever for once. Oss over in eve........Clear. I ironing in A.M. Resting in P.M. Mother got up at 2 very sick in the stomach and weak. Oss here in eve. Moon fine.......Cloudy, cleaned all A.M. Mother swelled dreadfully. Mrs. Lillico here in P.M. The doctor also in eve. Mother easier. Oss here.....(October 20th) Rainy in A.M. Mother got very weak. Oss here all day. Aunt Cad here at four. Flora and Maud at 6. Breathing very hard. Thought she would not live but had fine eve....(October 22nd) Perfect day. Mother very low, simply waiting, wanting to go home. Oh so patient. Never a word, only "my feet so heavy." She talked to Oss &c......(October 25th) Died 5:30 so easy. Mother always brighter in A.M. In P.M. at 5 she up in chair, got in bed and was fixed. She said "open the window" and in a second gone.....(October 26th) So sad, think I must go up stairs. Mrs. Lillico, April, Maud and I cleaned up so many here and oh so kind. In eve Aunt Flora came.....Rain all day. I hardly know what to do with myself. Miriam went to town. I nap in P.M. So lonely. Oss here in eve"

Coatesville, Pennsylvania family names mentioned by the diarist include Ridgway, Acker, Anna Coulter, Porter, Gillespie, Mary Long, Will Welsh, Starkey, Doan, Ethel Bloomfield, Swartz, Moyer, Harley, Finnegan, Pause, and Harrison.


  • 1907-1947


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0.06 Cubic Feet (1 folder) : Diaries.

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Purchased on ebay from seller diaries on 1/13/2019.


Hagar Miller Lillico Diaries
Amy Schindler; Angela Kroeger
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