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Diary of Fannie W. Midgett


Fannie W. Midgett was born to Richard W. and Elnora C. "Nolia" (Barnett) Midgett on June 4, 1897 and died of tuberculosis in Black Mountain, Buncombe Co., NC on Nov. 19, 1925.  Fannie is buried in the Midgett Cemetery in Buxton, NC.  She was admitted to Cragmont Sanatorium in 1921.  She kept a diary from Jan. 1, 1921 to June 13, 1921.  She is shown above with an unidentified friend.


This studio portrait of Fannie, according to family tradition, was taken in Norfolk.

   Cragmont, originally known as Harrison Mountain Air Sanatorium Company and established in 1906 by Dr. I.J. Archer, was a tuberculosis institution located in the Swannanoa Valley near the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of 2500 feet.  The grounds included a park of 450 acres.  The sanatorium had its own farm that produced milk, beef, vegetables, and apples. Dr. Archer's primary treatment for TB was plenty of good food, fresh air, sunshine, and rest.
   The diary below was kept by Fanny W. Midgett when she was being treated for tuberculosis in this sanatorium.
 
                
Photo from: "Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley"

THE STANDARD DAILY REMINDER 1921

Black Mountain, North Carolina
Saturday, Jan. 1, 1921
Clarence R. went home I wrote him a letter. Mrs. Ethride came over and spent day and night with us. Mr. George came to see me three times. I read my Bible. Received one letter, wrote two. Temperature 99

Sunday, Jan. 2, 1921
Beautiful day but a bad one for me. Took some medicine and it made me sick. Appetite fairly good. Mrs. Ethride and Brother went to Ashville. Frank came to see me, he Mary and Mother went to church. Marshall stayed with me. Mr. George came twice. Wrote two letters, Read my Bible. Temperature 98.8

Monday, Jan. 3, 1921
It rained today. My canary bird got out of the cage and eloped with a sparrow, came back in the afternoon with a timid look on. Brother came back from Ashville. Mr. George and Julian came to see me. Read some in my book "Dear Enemy" Read my Bible. Received one letter and card. Temperature 98.8

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1921
Beautiful day. Mr. George Brother and Mother got a car and carried me to Cragmont San. Clarence suggests a change. My stomach is in bad shape. My appetite fairly good. Very
home sick. Received one letter from Clarence Reid. Wrote him one. My room-mate is Miss Marion Burke. Read my Bible. Temperature 99.

Wednesday, Jan. 5, 1921
My first day a Cragmont and very home sick indeed. The weather is awfully windy. Brother left for Charleston, S.C. and I cried all day. ate very little. Dr. Archer came up to see me. Met Mr. Beachum and Miss Lee. The nurses are very nice. Received one letter from Clarence one from Mr. Fulcher. Temperature 99.2

Thursday, Jan. 6, 1921
The weather is beautiful but cold. Strictly a bed patient, cant even sit up to eat. appetite very good today. Mr. Fulcher came to see me. Mrs. Philipps visited me tonight. I like her fine. Read some in my book. More contented today. think I will like here after I get more use to everything. Read my Bible. No mail. Temperature 99.


Friday, Jan. 7, 1921
The weather is wonderful. I feel so much better. Cragmont is getting to be a good place. Dr. Archer came up to see me. Miss Lee visited me. I think my room mate is charming. Slept fairly good last night. Appetite as good as can be expected. Read some in my book also my Bible. Temperature 98.8

Saturday, Jan. 8, 1921
Today has been warm and rained just a little. Mother, Marshall, Della, Davees and Mrs. McWilliams came out to see me. The patients; Mrs. Philipps, Mrs. Camp and Miss Lee called on me. Received one letter and paper. Wrote three letters. The postman forgot me today. Read my Bible. Temperature 99.

Sunday, Jan. 9, 1921
Snowed and sleeted all day. The snow is simply beautiful. I met Mrs. Winch, she is very pleasent. My people did not come to see me and I am so disappointed. I guess it is due to the weather. Dr. Archer called. Received a dear letter from Brother. He is so sweet, must try and get well for him. Temperature 98.8

Monday, Jan. 10, 1921
A glorious day. The sun to me seems to shine more bright than ever before. The scenery here is wonderful. I am almost freezing on the poarch. Met Mrs. Ottman. Miss Slauter. Mrs. Camp and Dr. Archer came up. Mother, Mary, and Mr. George came to see me. Read my Bible. Temperature 99.

Tuesday, Jan.11, 1921
Awfully cold. temperature 40. I got up and had breakfast in my room, then to bed. Had my examination today. Mrs. Philipps brought me some stories to read. Miss Busbee came back the head nurse. Receid a picture from Frank and a card from Lee Shuman. a letter from Dura. Cold all night. Temperature 99.9

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1921
Awfully cold. Snowed again today. Finished my book; "Gods Country and The Woman" Drs. Pritchard and Archer called. Mr. George called up and Dr. Pritchard told him I was doing nicely of course. I am feeling better today. Received a letter from Mrs. Farrell and one from Lonnie. Temperature 99.4

Thursday, Jan. 13, 1921
Temperature 30 and still snowing. Some cold on this sleeping poarch, too cold to read, write or anything, but certainly am enjoying watching it snow. Was looking for Mr. George but he didn't come. Received a beautiful red silk robe, which was a great surprise to me. Received letter from Sis Vane. Rained all night, my bed is wet. Moved to the 3rd floor.

Friday, Jan. 14, 1921
A very dreary morning indeed. The trees are decorated with a pendent mass of ice which is beautiful. I have the blues so bad this morning. Mr. Fulcher came to see me. feeling better tonight. Spent the night on the third floor. Met Miss Fannie Apple. Received a letter from Elsye and wrote two. The wind is blowin hard. Temperature 99.9

Saturday, Jan. 15, 1921
Snowing real hard this morning. I moved down on the second floor and oh, how cold I was. My friends on the second floor seemed so glad to see me. I wore my new robe for the first time, enjoyed it. Dr. Archer came to see me. Wrote one letter, received one from Brother. Read my Bible Temperature 99.4

Sunday, Jan. 16, 1921
How beautiful the sun shines this morning, but very cold. Mama, Mary and Mr. George came to see me. Received a nice box of candy, a letter from Frank. Wore my new robe. Broke my thermometer today, Miss Buie my nurse gave me another one. Read my Bible also some papers. Temperature 99.2

Monday, Jan. 17, 1921
The morning very cold, but the afternoon ideal. Haven't been feeling very good today. Met Mr. Philipps a Lawyer. I like him. There is still snow on the mountain no mail received, wrote a letter to Lakey. Dr. Archer came to see me. Appetite very good. Had a good night. Temperature 99.

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 1921
A beautiful day but very cold. Miss Buie gave me a nice bath this morning and I am feeling better. Wrote Mary a letter. Received a letter from Clarence R. and one from Grandma. also a postal Dr. Archer came to see me. Nothing exciting happened today. Read a short story and a chapter in my Bible. Temperature normal; 98.6

Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1921
Nice day but very very cold. Feeling bad this morning, have a terrible headache, had to take medicine for it and it eased about noon, ate right much dinner. Dr. Archer made his usual rounds. Marshall came to see me. Am feeling better tonight. I know I am going to freeze. Read a short story and my Bible. Temperature 98.6

Thursday, Jan. 20, 1921
A beautiful day. I had that awful headache again. Mr. George came to see me and brought me lots of good things to eat. Gee, I was glad to see him, for that awful headache had made me blue. I heard my little canary bird had laid three eggs. Wrote a letter to Harold. Read a story also my Bible. Nothing new happened today. Temperature 98.8

Friday, Jan. 21, 1921
A lovely day, sun shining and warmer, seems like spring. Dr. Archer called. Mrs. Ottman and Mrs. Philipps came to see me. Mrs. Ottman gave me some sponge cake. Dr. Archer said he could see an improvement in me. Received a letter from Ellen. She told me lots of news. I wrote to Mrs. Farrell and Dura. Read a story and my Bible.

Saturday, Jan. 22, 1921
Most beautiful day I ever saw. Thermometer up to 70 on my poarch. Miss Busbee brought Marion and I some narcisis, They are beautiful. Today has been dull, I rested and basked in the sunshine. Tomorrow is Sunday and I am looking for my folks. Manicured my finger nails. Received a letter from Brother. Temperature 98.6

Sunday, Jan. 23, 1921
Very warm but cloudy. Mrs. Philipps came over and read some very sweet stories to me. Have had a bad pain in my hips all day. Went to sleep and after rest hour Mother, Mary, and Mr. George came also Marshall. Mr. George brought me a beautiful bunch of carnations. I enjoyed them. Wrote one letter to Miss Edna. Temperature 98.8 Fine and Dandy

Monday, Jan. 24, 1921
Very cold but clear, I am feeling better. Miss Buie gave me a bath, then I came back on my poarch into a nice clean bed. Mr. Obermire came up to see Marion. He is nice. Received a beautiful box of roses, ferns, and vines from Frank, Deland, Fla. How happy I was. Read two stories, title "Oh! Well! You Know How Women Are" "Isn That Just Like a Man." Mrs. Camp and Mrs. Philipps came to see me. Wrote a letter to Brother.

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1921
Snowing and sleeting, and I am freezing to death. Didn't do any thing but rest all day. Went to sleep in the afternoon. Some one called up twice and asked how I was. Have been at Cragmont three weeks today. Dr. Archer came to see me. Read my Bible. Temperature 99.

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 1921
Still snowing. The weather was so bad Marion and I had to move in our room and stay all night. I received a letter from Clarence R. A nice one indeed. Wrote one to Mr. George. Mrs. Philips came to see me . A very quiet day. Nothing new happened. Temperature 99.

Thursday, Jan. 27, 1921
Everything covered up with snow. The most beautiful snow storm I ever saw. 14 inches deep. I moved out on the poarch again and I'am enjoying this beautiful world. Mr. George Dr. Archer came to see me allso met Mr. Overmyere. Read two good storries, went to -sleep in the afternoon. Read a chapter in the after-noon. Read a chapter in m Bible and had a good night's rest.

Friday, Jan. 28, 1921
A very beautiful day endeed but plenty of snow yet. How I would like to get out in it. I'am basking in the sunshine on my poarch.
Read two very good storries, allso a chapter in my Bible wrote a letter to Reid. Mr. Grant and Mr. Brewer came to see me. Had pleurisy all night and suffered dreadfully.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 1921
A very dreary day plenty of snow, and rainning I'am very lonesome.
Had plurisy all day Miss Buie strapped my side then I got easy. Dr. Archie came to see me, and Mr. Beachman came up at nite and stayed a while at then read my paper and Bible went to sleep and rested all night.

Sunday, Jan. 30, 1921
A beautiful Sabbath morning nice and warm but plenty of snow. My plurisy better read my
Bible and Sunday-School journal. Met Mrs. Phillip's daughter and little Sarah from Teneesee. Went to sleep in the after-noon and when I woke in came mama, Mrs. Refo and Mr. George I was sure glad to see them. Received a nice box of candy wrote one letter

Monday, Jan. 31, 1921
Snow still on the ground and very windy.
I'am not feeling very good Had a tooth-ache last night and it so sore to-day I cant eat. Mr. Brewer and Mr. Grant came to see Marion and I at-nite and we had a nice time. Read my paper a chapter in the Bible and went to sleep.

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 1921
Snowed to-day and very cold. received three letters and wrote one.
I met Mr. Cooper, Dr. Archie and Mr. Beachman came to see me.
Marion and I had a nice long talk, then read a chapter in my Bible and went to-sleep and had a good night rest.

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1921
A beautiful day, sun-shinning but plenty of snow yet. Received two letters.
Mrs. Wilson a nurse came to see me, also Mrs. Ottman, Mr. Brewer and Mr. Grant.
Went to sleep in the afternoon.
Read my paper and a chapter in my Bible.

Thursday, Feb. 3, 1921
A beautiful day. Miss Buie gave me a bath then I came to bed and manicured my finger nails. Read my Bible, went to-sleep and when I woke Miss Busbee brought me three letters one from Reid.
Mr. George, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Brewer, Mr. Grant, came to see me. al-so Mr. Beachman came and brought me some nice apples.

Friday, Feb. 4, 1921
A beautiful day, but very cold. rested all morning Read my Bible and went to-sleep. the boys over at the shack sent me some noodle soup, and I enjoyed it.
Received a letter from Lakey not feeling good this afternoon. Had that terrible pain in my hip. Mr. Brewer and Mr. Beachman came to see me.

Saturday, Feb. 5, 1921
Raining a very dreary day and I'am so lonesome.
the after-noon was beautiful Dr. Archie, Mr. Grant, and Mr. Cooper cam to see me.
Received a sweet letter form brother. feeling better
Read my Bible and went to sleep.

Sunday, Feb. 6, 1921
A beautiful day. sun shinning bright. But, I'am feeling bum. in the after-noon Mama, Mr. George, and Mary came to see me.
Miss Busbee massaged my head good, and Mrs. Phillips came and went over sunday school lesson with me. Mr. Cooper and Mr. Beachman came at nite to see Marion and I.

Monday, Feb.7, 1921
A real spring day nice and warm. Mama and Mr. Tyson came to Cragmont for me. I came home and O how happy I was. But hated to leave the nice people I met while there. When I arrived home I found my birds had hatched three little ones. I went to bed. Mr. George, Della, Davies, Mrs. Refo, and Mrs. Scarbor came to see me. Mr. George spent the night with us.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 1921
Bad day rained all day. Miss Boue A graudate nurse came to take care of me.
I received three letters. one from brother, Miss Edna, and Clarence R.
Mr. Georg and Mr. Husk came to see me.
feeling better to day. Read my Bible and went to sleep.

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1921
Rained all day again.

I'am feeling fine. so happy to be at home.
Mrs. McWilliams, Mr. Petterson, and Mr. George came to see me.
Received Lee Bay's picture.
Miss Bouie read some for me.
Then I read my Bible and had a good nights rest.

Thursday, Feb. 10, 1921
Rained hard all day. I never saw so much rain.
I went to sleep in the after-noon Received two letters. One from Mrs. Farrell and one from Mrs. McIswain.
Mr. George came to see me. I read my paper and Bible and went to sleep.

Friday, Feb. 11, 1921
Snowed all day and everything is beautiful now. My little birds died, and I'am so sad.
Mr. and Mrs. Refo came to see me. Mr. George came twice and read some for me, and wrote C.R. a letter. I received a postal went to sleep morning and evening.
Read my Bible.

Saturday, Feb. 12, 1921
Snowing again to day, and very cold.
Miss Bouie gave me a nice bath then I went to-sleep and rested fine. Had a card from Elma.
Read my paper and Bible.
Mary's gone to Asheville. Mr. and Mrs. Refo and Mr. George came to see me. Mama has gone to Mrs. McWilliams to night to play Rook. Miss Bouie and Mr. George stayed with me.

Sunday, Feb. 13, 1921
A beautiful Sabbath day. Sun-shining bright.
Read my Bible and paper
Mama and Mary went to church and Sunday School. Miss Bouie stayed with me.
Frank, Roy, Mrs. Porter, Mrs. Mc-Murry and Mr. George came to see me
went to sleep in the afternoon.

Monday, Feb. 14, 1921
St-Valentine day, and an Ideal one endeed.
I sent three Valentines. Received one letter. Read my Bible, paper and some other books.
Mr. George brought me lots of nice thing to eat.
Mr. and Mrs. McWilliams, Mr. and Mrs. Refo, Della and Davies came to see me.

Tuesday, Feb. 15,1921
A beautiful bright day. I'am not feeling good Have a pain in my hip.
Read my Bible, paper and looked at some books, then went to sleep.
Miss Collier, Mr. and Mrs. Refo came to see me, and Mr. George came twice.

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1921
A beautiful day spring has come.
Read lots of papers al-so my Bible. I received a pacage and A beautiful cap. A letter from brother. Mama went to church to a Missionary Meeting. Mrs. Porter sent me some cake and a book to read.
Mr. Brewer, Mr. Grant came to see me. Mr. George came twice.

Thursday, Feb. 17, 1921
A very nice day, sunshining and warm.
Miss Buie went down town and I went to-sleep she brought me a sweett letter from brother, Read my paper, maggine [magazine] and Bible.
Mr. George got a nice barrell of fresh oysters, and he brought me some for supper.
He came to see me twice.

Friday, Feb. 18, 1921
A beautiful day. Miss Boie gave me a nice bath went to-sleep, then read my paper and Bible, and wrote a letter to Brother and two cards. Had Plurisy Miss Buie strapped my side. Mr. and Mrs. McWilliams, Mr. and Mrs. Refo came to see me, al-so Mr. George came and brought me some more nice oysters.

Saturday, Feb. 19, 1921
A bad day sleeting and cold as blazes. Read a missoinary book on Corea, certainly did enjoy it also read my Bible.
went to sleep in the afternoon.
Mr. George came to see me. Tempature very-good to-day, 98.6

Sunday, Feb. 20, 1921

A beautiful morning A solid mass of ice everything is very pretty.
Our telephone wires are all broken down.
Mr. George, Auther Reid and Della came to see me.
Read two very good storries and my Bible.
Went to sleep and rested good all night.

Monday, Feb. 21, 1921
A beautiful day sun-shining bright. but, awfully cold.
Mrs. Johnson came and brought me some cake and sandwiches. I wrote one letter and three cards.
Mr. George came to see me. I read my Bible.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1921
A beautiful day Auther Reid brought me six nice cherry trees,
Mr. George and Mr. Brewer came to see me.
Received a sweet letter from Reid.
Read a good storrie, Title "Hello Billie"
Read my Bible and went to sleep.

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 1921
A very dreary morning and I'am so lonesome. Mrs.Stepp, Myrtle, Mrs. Refo called, and Mr. George brought me some fruit.
Received a nice long cheering letter from Dora, went to sleep.
Read my paper and Bible.

Thursday, Feb. 24, 1921
A nice day but awfully cold. Ice on my poarch. Read my paper and Bible. went to sleep in the after-noon.
Mr. George came to see me and brought me some nice fruit.

Friday, Feb. 25, 1921
A Lovely day. everything white with snow.
I have a terrible head ache, and I'am feeling so bad.
Mr. George came to see me. went to-sleep in the after-noon.
Read my paper and Bible.

Saturday, Feb. 26, 1921
A'nother beautiful day. I read my paper all-so a chapter in my Bible.
Received a nice letter from Brother, all-so a beautiful box of Lillies and violets from Mrs. B.F. Simpson.
Mrs. Refo and Mr. George came to see me.

Sunday, Feb. 27, 1921
Cloudy all day.
I read several good storries all-so my Bible and Sunday School lesson and the daily paper.
went to sleep. Mr. George and Mr. Brewer came to see me.
Miss Boie wrote a letter to C. Reid for me.

Monday, Feb. 28, 1921
A beautiful day. I'am Lonesome.
Looked at lots of pictures.
Read my Bible and paper went to-sleep.
Mr. George came to see me.
Miss Boie read some for me. Mary rode to Swanona on motercickle.

Tuesday, March 1, 1921
A beautiful spring day I got two pretty Hythsons Miss Boie helped me in the dinning room and I sit on the chair for a little while.
Mrs. Carrie, Gray, Mr. George and Mr. Brewer came to see me.
Received a nice letter from Ellen. Read my Bible.
Mr. Brewer sang some for me.

Wednesday, March 2, 1921
Another beautiful spring day.
I'am not feeling good at all.
Received a nice letter from brother.
Mr. Husk, Mrs. Hambey, Dot, Mrs. Refo, Mr. Brewer and Mr. George came to see me. I manicured my fingernails. Read my Bible.

Thursday, March 3, 1921
The wind is blowing dreadfully.
Received a nice letter from Reid. all-so received lots of pictures.
Read my paper and Bible went to sleep in the after-noon
Mrs. Petterson, Mr. Brewer, and Mr. George came to see me.

Friday, March 4, 1921
A Glorious day. Received a nice photo of brother. A letter from Miss Edna, and wrote one to Mrs. Simpson. Mrs. Refo and Mr. George came to see me.
Read my Bible and sunday school lesson.
went to sleep.

Saturday. March 5, 1921
A beautiful day sun-shinning bright.
I'am feeling fine.
Miss Boie gave me a nice tub bath.
Received a nice long letter from Elsye.
Read my paper and Bible went to-sleep in the after-noon.

Sunday, March 6, 1921
An ideal day. Mary went to Sunday-school, and Mr. George spent the morning with me and ate dinner went to-sleep in the after-noon.
Mr. Bird, Mr. Kims, Miss Wade, Miss Wheeler and Mrs. Arnnett came to see me.
Read a chapter in my Bible.

Monday, March 7, 1921
A beautiful day, nice and warm, and I'am feeling tip-top.
Received a nice letter from Miss Annie McWilliams
Read my paper and Bible. Mr. Louder, Mr. George and Mr. Brewer came to see me and Mr. Brewer sang some for me.

Tuesday, March 8, 1921
A beautiful day and my darling Brother's Birthday.
Read a good storrie all-so my paper and Bible
went to-sleep, not feeling good to-day.
Mr. and Mrs. Refo, Mr. and Mrs. Scarborough and Mr. George came to see me.

Wednesday, March 9, 1921
Rained this morning but the after-noon is beautiful. I read two very good storries and a chapter in my Bible. wrote two letters and a card.
Mr. Gray, Mr. Petterson, Mr. Brewer, and Mr. George came to see me.

Thursday, March 10, 1921
A nice day. But, cold. I'am feeling awfully bad  My appetite is terrible. went to-sleep, feeling better. Read two good storries a chapter in my Bible. Received a letter from Sis-Vane.
Mrs. Refo Seymour, Della and Mr. George came to see me.

Friday, March 11, 1921
A beautiful day. I took medison last night and I feel bad to-day.
wrote two letter Received one. Mrs. Hardwick brought me some flowers. Mr. Petterson brought some grape juice Mr. George sent me some fresh oysters. I sent Marion some flowers. Read two good storries and my Bible.

Saturday, March 12, 1921
Bad day-not feeling so well. Miss Buie and Mary went to Asheville.
Mr. Petterson came, gave me a nice bunch of flowers.
went to-sleep.
4:30 went in for bath
Had lots of company - Mrs. Scorborough, Mrs. McWilliams Mr. and Mrs. Refo came to see me.
Wrote one letter. Read a chapter.

Sunday, March 13, 1921
A beautiful day. but, I'am feeling so bad. Had pleurisy all day, nurse strapped my side. Mr. George ate dinner with us. Had oysters. appetite bad. Mr. Petterson came gave me some wine. Mrs. Stepp gave me some flowers.
Read a story in "Onward" al-so "Bible" Alchol rub, went to sleep.

Monday, March 14, 1921
A very good day.- the weather a little un-settled. Had a more comfortable day. Pleurisy better. al-so appetite, but have bad pain in my left arm.
Mrs. Petterson, Mr. Brewer, and Mr. George came to see me.
Received a nice letter from Reid. Read my Bible.

Tuesday, March 15, 1921
Beautiful day. Mary's birthday [her 19th] beautiful gold pencil given her by Mr. Brewer. Dr. Prichard came said nice things about my condition. Mary and Mr. George went to the movies. My nurse, Mama, Mr. and Mrs. Refo played cards in my room. We all enjoyed it. Received one letter wrote one. read a good story al-so a chapter.

Wednesday, March 16, 1921
Weather unsettled. Mama laundred. Davies called. little Myrtle brought me some flowers, and Mr. Refo brought a nice bunch of violets.
The usal Rook party were here and Mr. George entertained me. Mrs. Wooster came in from Florida to-day wrote a letter Read a good story. "The Larke" Read my Bible.

Thursday, March 17, 1921
A beautiful day, and I'am feeling fine.
Mrs. Woochster, Mrs. Refo; Mr. Petterson and Mr. George called to see me.
Received a nice long letter from Lakey and card from Lee Shuman.
Read my Bible and went to sleep.

Friday, March 18, 1921
A beautiful day. I'am feeling better. Walked in the dinning Room and sit up a few minutes Saw Mr. George's tent.
Mr. John Mc came over and stayed a while in the A.M. I rested a while. Then Mrs. Zichler and Miss Edna came and Miss Edna said had improved so much. Miss Buie gave me a nice bath. Read my Bible and went to sleep.

Saturday, March 19, 1921
A very bad day but I am feeling fine.
Miss Craven, Mr. Brewer and Mr. George came to see me.
Miss Buie and Mary went down street. Played cards in my room. no mail today.
Read my Bible and went to sleep.

Sunday, March 20, 1921
A beautiful day.
Mr. George, Mr. Brewer, Roy, Frank, and Dos came to see me. Received a beautiful box of flowers from Mrs. Simpson al-so Mrs. Refo gave a nice bunch of violets Read a good story and chapter in my Bible.

Monday, March 21, 1921
A beautiful day the sun is shining so bright, but a very bad day for me. nauseated and vomited all day.
Company not allowed. Mr. George came later in the evening. I am to sick to Read. no mail.

Tuesday, March 22, 1921
A beautiful day nice and cool I slept all after-noon. feeling better. Read my daily paper a good story and my Bible. Mrs. Refo gave me a bunch of violets.
Mary cooked some candy  Mr. George, Mr. and Mrs. Refo came to see me.

Wednesday, March 23, 1921
Raining and very cold. I am feeling fine temperature normal. went to-sleep Read my paper and finished reading the New Testament through and enjoyed it to the end. Received three letters from: Brother, Aunt Laurette and C. Reid. Mrs. Wouchster, Della, Mr. Brewer, and Mr. Geo. came to see me. Bishop Darllington preached to M.E. church. Mama went.

Thursday, March 24, 1921
A very dreary day, rained and I'm so lonesome and blue.
I received two pretty Easter cards. Wrote one letter and five postals.
Mrs. Refo, Mr. George came to see me.
I read my Bible and went to-sleep.

Friday, March 25, 1921
A beautiful day.
aunt Pollie cleaned my poarch scrubbed floor and washed windows. I received a handsome present, which made me very happy. Ceder-Chest. Mary gathered me some pretty wild-flowers. Mrs. McWilliams Mrs. Scarbor, Mrs. Carol, Mrs johnson, Mr. Brewer, and Mr. George came to see me. wrote one letter. Read my Bible.

Saturday, March 26, 1921
Beautiful day. Received one Easter card and a letter. Elsie sent me a beautiful bunch of carnations. Mr. Petter, Mr. George  Brewer, also Mrs. Zickler, and Miss Edna came to see me. Took a dose of calomel. Have been nauseated all day. I have a bad nurse. Read my Bible.

Sunday, March 27, 1921
Beautiful day. Received letter and card. Mrs. Refo gave me some beautiful violets. Mr. George, Brewer, Frank Hall, Mr. Refo and Luther, Mr. Dardy and Mr. McMurry all came to see me. Had a good time today.
Read my Bible.

Monday, March 28, 1921
Beautiful day.
Received letter and card letter was from Clarence Midgett. Mrs. Melton, Daves, and Mr. George cam to see me. Mrs. Melton gave me some flowers. Dr. Pritchard made his usual call.
Read my Bible.

Tuesday, March 29, 1921
Beautiful day but cold. No mail. Mrs. Wooster, Rero & Mr. Refo, Mr. George and mama played cards in my room. I enjoyed it. Mama doesn't feel so well. Miss Buie and Mary went to see Mrs. Barnhill.

Wednesday, March 30, 1921
Pretty day but cold. Not feeling so well, slept all the morning Read my paper, Bible and three stories. Received a letter form Lonnie.  Mr. George came to see me.
Nothing new happened today.

Thursday, March 31, 1921
The weather is very unsettled, much warmer, but cloudy. mama has just lots of little biddies coming out today.
Mrs. Petterso came to see me. Mr. George came and brought me some candy. Got a sweet letter from Brother. Read my Bible, also a story.

[NOTE WRITTEN IN THE MARGIN NEXT TO APRIL 1st ENTRY: This day is ment for april 23rd. a mistake]

Friday, April 1, 1921
Nice day. Grand-ma came, she gave us a pleasant surprise, was here before breakfast. Jimmie Reece and his brother Capus came. No mail today. I stayed in the dressing room all day. Mr. Petterson is painting my poarch. Read my Bible.

Saturday, April 2, 1921
A beautiful spring day. Mrs. McMurry, Davies Mr. Brewer and Mr. George came to see me. I read my paper and Bible. Received two letters. Mama and Mary went to the movies. Mrs. Zekler sent me some flowers. Have been feeling very good for the last few days. only hope I can keep it up.

Sunday, April 3, 1921
A beautiful day. Mr. George spent the morning with me. Read my paper also Bible. No letters. Mr. Cutnor ate dinner here. John and Lee Shuman came, also Frank Hall, Roy Brown.
Preacher came, read a chapter, had prayer. Mrs. Wiley and Mrs. Lizzie came.

Monday, April 4, 1921
Beautiful day. Received letter from Brother  Mrs. Wooster called. Mr. George of course. Miss Edna and Flossie Mr. Brewer and Mr. Beacham came at bedtime. Got all the San. Gossip from Mr. Beacham. Mr. Brewer gave Mary a box of candy. I ate some, very good. Read my Bible.

Tuesday, April 5, 1921
Beautiful day. Mother Mary and Brewer went to Asheville. Mr. Brewer ate supper with us. He got me some strawberrie in Ashville. sure did enjoy them. Mr. George came, also Dr. Pritchard. Had a fairly good day.

Wednesday, April 6, 1921
A bad day-raining. Miss Buie went to Cragmont. Mrs. Ottman, Brewer, Mr. George, Mr. Huske and Dr. Prithcard came to see me. Received three letters and a wire from Clarence.
Read my Bible.

Thursday, April 7, 1921
Beautiful day. Mr. Petterson came. Mr. George, Seamore, Mr. Brewer and my Darling Brother on the 3:10 train. Clarence said I had improved wonderfully. Nor mail. Read a story and my Bible.
Temperature good.

Friday, April 8, 1921
Beautiful day. Brother and Miss Buie went hunting, he killed a bird and so did Miss Buie. I gave Brother my laarge trunk, he gave his to Mary. Mr. Brewer and Mr. George came to see me.
No mail. Read my Bible.

Saturday, April 9, 1921
Beautiful day but windy. Brewer carried Mary and Brother to Ashville. Brother went to see Mrs. Ethridge. Miss Eulin Averett came home with Mary, took supper. She Mary and Mother, Brewer went to Ashville tonight-Brother and Marshell went to Norfolk. Brother's drink was found in the swing. My nurse and I had supper on the poarch.

Sunday, April 10, 1921
Beautiful day but cold. Mr. Brewer, Mr. George, Mr. Petterson and Mr. Huske came to see me. Mr. Huske brought me some books to read; "The Life of Billie Sunday" et al. He read a chapter and Had prayer. I had a fairly good day.
Read my Bible.

Monday, April 11, 1921
The weather is very nice but cold. Mr. George and Brewer came. Nothing exciting happened today. Mr. George gave me a box of candy. Miss Buie went to call on Mrs. Petterson. No mail. Read my Bible. Had a good day.

Tuesday, April 12, 1921
Nice day but cold. Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Belt cam to see me. Mr. George and Mr. Brewer came of corse. Mr. George and Miss Buie discussed the delicate subject of matrimony. No mail today. Everything running nicely.
Temperature 99.4
Read my Bible.

Wednesday, April 13, 1921
Beautiful day and warmer. Miss Edina brought me some flowers. Mrs. Refo and Mr. Brewer came. got a letter from Marshell. Read a story also my Bible. Mr. George came, Had a fairly good day.
Temperature 99.4

Thursday, April 14, 1921
Bad day, raining. Mr. Brewer and Mr. George are the only ones who could get out on a day like this. Wrote one letter and a card. Did not receive any mail. Went in the dressing room, had an electrical treatment. Temperature 99.2

Friday, April 15, 1921
Cloudy day.
Miss Buie washed my hair. Mrs. Pendergrass, Mr. George and Brewer came to see me.
Had my bath, alcohol rub. feel fine. Received three letters.
Read my bible.
Temperature 99.6

Saturday, April 16, 1921
Rained all day, very gloomy, makes me feel so lonesome and blue. Mr. Brewer came by to tell me good by, he went home.
I wrote four letters. Received on from Clarence Reid.
Read my Bible.

Sunday, April 17, 1921
A beautiful day, but very much cooler.
feeling fine to-day. went to-sleep in the after-noon and when I woke, Mr. McMurry, Frank, Roy, Mr. George, Mr. Petterson, Miss Crenshaw, Mrs. Wochester, Mrs. Refo, Mrs. Beaty, Cutnor, and Davies all came to see me. Read my Bible also a book through. "By the Still Waters"
Tempature 98.8

Monday, April 18, 1921
Snowed to-day and the mountains are white. I'am feeling fine. Went to sleep.
Mr. George came and brought some nice oranges. Mr. Barnhill called to see me.
My tempature is grand to-day. 99.
Read my bible and went to-sleep.

Tuesday, April 19. 1921
A lovely day, nice and cool. feeling pretty good to-day. appetite better. Went to sleep in the after-noon. Read my Bible and a little storrie.
Mrs. Parker sent me some pretty flowers. Received a letter for Clarence R.
Miss Crenshaw brought me a nice orange. Tempature 99.

Wednesday, April 20, 1921
A beautiful day and I am feeling fine. Mother and Mis Buie went to the ball game. No mail. Wrote one card one letter. Mrs. Refo, Mrs. Beckwick came to see me. I sure did enjoy having them. Mrs. Refo said Miss Quinshaw is going to have a house warming.

Thursday, April 21, 1921
  Weather not so good, unsettled. Received a letter from Elsie. Wrote one letter. Mr. George came, Frank Hall and Roy Brown came and played cards with Miss Buie and Mary. Mother served ice-cream. Read my Bible. Brewer gave me a nice box of candy.

Friday, April 22, 1921
A bad day, rained all day. Mother and Mary went to the ball-game, but they did not play. No mail. Wrote a letter to Clarene Midgett. Mr. George came and gave me a nice little book-case. I certainly am proud of it. Haven't felt so good today. Read my Bible.

Saturday, April 23, 1921 [April 1st, April Fools Day]
A beautiful day. I fooled Miss Buie and Mr. George. Mrs. Hamby and Mr. George came to see me. Mrs. Hamby brought her little baby. Have been feeling bad all day. Read my Bible, several stories, also my paper. No mail today.

Sunday, April 24, 1921
A beautiful day. It makes me happy to know I am able to enjoy this beautiful Sabbath day. Mr. Brewer and Capus spent the evening with us, ate supper. Mr. George came. Everyone went to ride but Grand-ma and I. Nor mail today. Read my Bible.

Monday, April 25, 1921
A beautiful day. I have been on the front poarch all the morning, took rest hour in the living-room. Mr. Petterson is painting my sleeping poarch. This is a bad day for due to paint I guess. Mr George Mr. Brewer and his brother came. Mr. George gave me a beautiful pillow top and, some lace and ribbon for a cap. Mr. Huske came. Temperature 99.6

Tuesday, April 26, 1921
A beautiful day. spent the morning on the front poarch. feeling some better today. ate more. Mr. George, Seamore, Mr. Brewer, Mrs. McWilliams, Mrs. Wooster, Mr. and Mrs. McMurry came to see me. I enjoyed having them. No mail. I have been tatting some today. Read my Bible.

Wednesday, April 27, 1921
 Bad day, rained most all day. Mr. Brewer Joe Lattimer, Mr. George and Mr.Perry came to see me. Mary and Mr. Brewer went to Ashville. Mr. Brewer bought ribbon to make me a new cap.
No mail. Read my Bible.
Temperature 99.2

Thursday, April 28, 1921
Weather unsettled, I had pleurisy all night. Mary and Miss Buie went to Old Fort with Mr. Presley, he came in here for a few minutes. Also Mr. George and Brewer. No mail. had an uncomfortable day. Read my Bible.

Friday, April 29, 1921
Beautiful day but cold. A bad day for me, took calomel, oh so sick. Mr. George  Mr. Brewer, Daves and Della came to see me. I was so sick Mr. George came in the afternoon. Miss Buie called Dr. Pritchard. No mail.
Read my Bible.

Saturday, April 30, 1921
A beautiful day but very cold. Have been sick all day, nauseated. Received a letter from Clarence, he leaves for France next Thursday. It seems more than I can stand.

Sunday, May 1, 1921
Beautiful day but cold. I felt fairly good today, appetite bad. Miss Buie has been sick all day. Mr. George, Mr. Brewer, Petterson, Mr. and Mrs. Jackson and children, Mrs. Tigue and Mrs.Scarbor all came to see me. No mail.
Read my Bible.
Temperature 99.2

Monday, May 2, 1921
A bad day, cold and raining. Received a letter from Clarence Reid. Wrote one. Mr. George, Brewer, and John Shuman came to see me. I have been sick all day, an awful head cold, Read my Bible.
Temperature 99.4

Tuesday, May 3, 1921
Cold and raining. Very uncomfortable weather. Miss Edina, Brewer, Mr. George, Mr. and Mrs. Refo came to see me. They played cards in my room. Mary has been sick all day. took some medicine. not feeling so well tonight.
Read my Bible.

Wednesday, May 4, 1921
A bad day, has been raining all day. Miss Buie went to Cragmont to see her Dr. My cold is some better. Mr. and Mrs. Refo, Della, Daves, Brewer and Mr. George came to see me. Received two letters. a dull day, notheing new happened.
Read my Bible.
Temperature normal.

Thursday, May 5, 1921
Bad rainy day.
Mama went down town.
Received two letters; one from Ola. Mr. George, Brewer, Mr. Presley and Della came to see me. Have been tatting most of the day. Temperature 99. A fairly good day.
Read my Bible.

Friday, May 6, 1921
A beautiful day.
Mary and Brewer went to Ashville. Mary got lots of pretty nice things. Mr. George and Brewer came to see me.
Received on letter. Did not rest so well last night.
have been feeling fairly good tonight.
Read my Bible.

Saturday, May 7, 1921
Has been raining today. Mother and Mary cleaned house all day. Mr. and Mrs. Stepp came also Mr. George and Brewer. Received two letters. Disappointed some, did not hear from Brother. Had a bath. Read my Bible.

Sunday, May 8, 1921
A beautiful day and I feel fairly food. Miss Buie went to Cragmont. Brewer and Mary went to church. Mr. George stayed with me. Mrs. McMurry and Mr.Perry came to see me.
Read my Bible.
Temperature 99.8

Monday, May 9, 1921
A beautiful day.
I had headache all day.
Miss Buie my nurse left. Miss Crenshaw, Mrs. Refo Mr. George Mrs. Scarborough and Mr. McWilliams came to see me. I Received an invatation to Dora's Graduation. I also recd a nice present.

Tuesday, May 10, 1921
Rained all day and I stayed in the room by the fire all day, feeling better. Mrs. McWilliams and Mrs. McMurry spent the morning baking Mary's wedding cake. MaMa cleaned house and decorated.
Received a sweet letter from brother. Mary received lots of nice presents.

Wednesday, May 11, 1921
Weather very unsettled. Mary and Reese were married at high noon. Had a very pretty wedding Mr. Husk married them after lunch they left for Atlanta, Ga. Recd a telegram from Elyse, a letter from C.R. and one from brother. Miss Graves played the wedding march. Mary got lots of presents.


          Elnora's home in Black Mountain, NC - Mary Ruth Midgett & James Reese Brewer wedding
Elnora is standing in the doorway with her hands on her hips.

Thursday, May 12, 1921
Raining but I'm feeling better. Very sad and lonesome Miss little Mary so bad. rested all day went to sleep. Received a sweet letter from Brother. Mama and grandma went to the School
House to see the "Womanless Wedding" Mr. and Mrs. Scarborough stayed with me. Mr. George and Dr. Prichard came.

Friday, May 13, 1921
Weather very unsettled. raining I'm feeling better. Received a telegram from Mary and Reese also letter from Elsye.
Miss Buie, Mrs. Refo Mr. Petterson and Mr. George came to see me. Miss Edna brought me some soup.

Saturday, May 14, 1921
A beautiful day, sun shinning bright. Mr. George went to Asheville and brought me a beautiful Callie Lillie and ferns.
Mama has 23 little biddies hatched.
Mrs. Zickler came to see me. Mr. Husk came and had prayer service with me.

Sunday, May 15, 1921
a very dreary day rained and I am so lonesome. went to sleep. Mama went out and got me some pretty wild flowers.
Mr. George and Mr. Petterson came to see me.
Mama's birthday, fifty three years old to-day.

Monday, May 16, 1921
Cloudy and very unsettled. I'm so lonesome. Had a great surprise. Mr. Oden and his two girls came from Hatteras.
Miss Buie, Mrs. Refo, and Mr. Geo. came to see me. also Mrs. Hardson brought me some flowers, and Miss Crenshaw some candy.

Tuesday, May 17, 1921
It is raining, but I am feeling better.
The doctor came to see me and said lots of good things about me.
Mr. George and Mrs. McWilliams came to see me. I received a nice letter from Mary and Reese also box of candy. Mama and Velma went to School House I wrote a letter to Clarence R.

Wednesday, May 18, 1921
A beautiful day sun shining bright and nice and warm. Have been addressing Envelopes all day
also wrote to Brother.
Mr. Perry came  to see me and brought me a pretty flower.
Mr. George and Mrs. Scarborough came to see me.

Thursday, May 19, 1921
Lovely Day, and I'm feeling fine. Our new Maid came to-day.
I sent Dora a little present. Mary and Reese came home and I was so glad to see them. Mary gave me a pretty little shoe.
Mrs. Zickler, Miss Edna, Miss Buie and Mr. George came to see me.

Friday, May 20, 1921
Rained hard all day.
Mary and Reese went to Asheville. I received a nice present. (star-vibrator) Gave Della a bunch of carnations for her Graduation Mama and Velma went. Wrote a letter to Brother. Mr. Perry, Mr. George, Cuttie, Seymour and Davies came to see me.

Saturday, May 21, 1921
Raining again, and a blue day for me.
Della brought me some beautiful flowers.
Rote a letter to Elyse and one to Brother.
Mama gave me a nice tub bath and I'm feeling fine. Temperature normal.
Mr. George came to see me  Mama, Velma and Mr. Oden went to the movies.

Sunday, May 22, 1921
The morning was beautiful but the after-noon it rained and I dont think I ever saw it rain harder. Mary and Reese came home from Asheville.
Miss Crenshaw, Davies & Della, Mrs. Scarborough, Mr. George and Dr. Prichard came to see me.
Read My Bible and studied My Sunday School lesson
Went to sleep.

Monday, May 23, 1921
Cloudy the weather is very unsettled. Miss Crenshaw came over and read some for me.
Mr. Oden and girls moved to their new home.
Mr. George came to see me.
I'm feeling fine.

Tuesday, May 24, 1921
Beautiful day and I am feeling fine.  Have been tatting all day.
Dr. Prichard came to see me and said I was improving.
Miss Edna, Mr. George Della, Davies and Miss Florence came to see me.
Mama and Velma went to church.

Wednesday, May 25, 1921
A very dab day rained but I'm feeling fine.
Reese is sick and is keeping me company on the poarch. had our meals served on the poarch.
Received a nice letter
Mr. Oden, Mr. George Miss Crenshaw and Seymore came to see me

Thursday, May 26, 1921
Cloudy the weather very unsettled, rained in the after-noon. Reese has the flu and is staying on the sleeping poarch with me again to day. Received a letter from Carrie.
Mama dropped the fish bowl and broke it.

Friday, May 27, 1921
Cloudy and rained in the after-noon. I have been tieing tatting.
Mr. George gave me some roses. I received a letter form Clarence Reid.
Mr. Oden, Velma, Mr. Scarboro and Davies came to see me. I was weighed and have gained.
Tempature 99.6

Saturday, May 28, 1921
A beautiful day. sun shinning bright. I'm not feeling so well to-day. am so nervous. mama gave me a bath and washed my hair.
I wrote two letters and a postal.
Mr. Oden, Davies, Mr. Petterson a Mr. George came to see me.

Sunday, May 29, 1921
A beautiful Sabbath day. Read my Bible, newspaper and a book "Mamy's White folks"
Mr. George came and spent the morning with me.
Elizabeth (cook) gave me a beautiful bunch of roses. Mama went to church to-night.

Monday, May 30, 1921
Cloudy nice and cool. feeling fine to-day, but mama is sick. I went to sleep in the after-noon. Read my Bible also studied my Sunday School lesson
Elizabeth gave me some more pretty flowers.
Velma and Mr. George came to see me. I have been tieing tatting all day.
Temp-99.

Tuesday, May 31, 1921
A wonderful day, and I have the blues. have been so nervous.
Julian, Davies and Dr. Pritchard and Mr. George came to see me.
Received a card  Read my paper and went to sleep.

Wednesday, June 1, 1921
A Lovely summer day. Mr. George moved in his new store. the Smarts came. I got a card from Lee S.
Mr. and Mrs. Scarborough, Mrs. Sarah, Mr. Perry, Mr. Petterson, and Mr. George came to see me.
the Maid gave me some beautiful flowers.

Thursday, June 2, 1921
A beautiful day, but very windy. Mama has gone down town.
Pearl, Elizabeth and Lewis Smart came to see me.
Miss Edna sent me some beautiful flowers Roses and Lillies.
Read my paper and Bible and went to sleep.

Friday, June 3, 1921
A beautiful day, and I'm feeling fine. I ate three soft crabs and three biscuits for my supper  Mr. Joe____ from Atlanta ate supper with us. Mary and Reese went to Asheville to spend night.
I received one letter  Miss Davis, Della, Davies, Mr. and Mrs. Refo came to see me.

Saturday, June 4, 1921
My birthday and a very lovely day endeed. I Received a beautiful bunch of Roses, a 2&1/2 dollar gold piece and a nice cake.  Mary and Reese came home from Asheville and brought Mrs. Harris and Eulin to spend the night. Mr. Petterson, M George, Miss Davis, Davies and Pearl came to see me. Miss Beckwick sent me some hot rols.

Sunday, June 5, 1921
Cloudy and misting rain. Reese and Mary taken Mrs. Harris and Eulin home after dinner. five little niggers came over and brought me some flowers.
Mr. George, Mr. Petterson, Miss Davies and Mrs. Arnnett came to see me.
I read my Bible and went to-sleep.

Monday, June 6, 1921
A beautiful day I'm feeling fine. Velma brought little Murl over to see me.
Our maid left us.
Grandma came home and she gave me some pretty flowers.
Mr. Oden Mr. George Miss Davis Mr. Petterson and Julian came to see me.

Tuesday, June 7, 1921
A beautiful day. I'm feeling blue. Have been very quite all day. Read two good storries went to-sleep.
Mr. George, Mr. Oden, Velma  Miss Davis, Mrs. Carol, Mrs. Gaskins and little Murl came to see me.
Mama, Mary and Reese went to the movies.
Mary and Reese went with Cragmont bunch on picnic.

Wednesday, June 8, 1921
A beautiful day and a nice little shower in the after-noon. Mary, Rees and Grandma motered to Asheville.
Mama and I are all alone.
Mr. George, Mr. Oden, Miss Davis Mrs. McWilliams, Della and Dr. Pritchard came to see me. Rec'd a letter from Elyse card from Lee.

Thursday, June 9, 1921
Very stormy, raining all day. I'm feeling fine. Mr. and Mrs. McKinzey came and sang and blowed the cornet for me. Received a letter from Sis Vane.
Mr. George, Mr. Oden, Miss Davis and Velma came to see me. Miss Edna sent me some pretty Roses.
I wrot three letters.

Friday, June 10,1921
The mornning beautiful rained terribly hard in the afternoon. Mama went to get some strawberries and got lost.
I wrote two letters.
Mr. George, Mr. Oden, Velma, Hilda  Miss Davis and Mr. Petterson came to see me. Mr. Perry gave me some pretty flowers. Read a good story.
tempature normal
wrot two letters

Saturday, June 11, 1921
A nice day, and I'm feeling fine Mama gave me a bath. I received a beautiful bed jacket and bouidor cap. also letter from Clarence Reid and wrote him one. Had lots of company. Mr. and Mrs. Smart, Mr. Shaw, Mr. George, Mr. Oden, Mrs. Reid, Velma, and Mrs. Scarborough came to see me. Elizabeth brought me some flowers. read my Bible and went to sleep.

Sunday, June 12, 1921
A beautiful Sabbath day, and I'm feeling fine. Had lots of company  Mr. and Mrs. Spivie Mr. and Mrs. Reid Mrs. Arnnett Mr. Oden Mr. Fulcher Mr. McMurry brought his little boy two weeks old to see me the first one. Dr. Pritchard came and said I could sit up some. I got a beautiful new sweater.
Reese brought Mrs. Lauhmer and Baby to see me tonight.

Monday, June 13, 1921
A beautiful day. I dressed and sit on the front poarch all the morning. came back on my sleeping poarch and went to sleep. Mr. Oden, Velma, Miss Davis Mr. George & Luther Refo came to see me. Mama and Reese make ice cream.
I read my papers and went to sleep. a very hot day.


                                                     Richard W. & Elnora (Barnett) Midgett home in Buxton

Comments by Ann Ianuario --
     When my grandmother (Mary Ruth Midgett) was a teenager her sister Fannie contracted TB.  Her mother, Elnora sold her house in Buxton and moved with her girls to Black Mountain, NC (Capt. Edward Manning, Elnora's 2nd husband, was dead). They joined a little colony of Outer Banks TB "exiles".
     When the 1920 Buncombe Co. census was taken in January [see below], Elnora and her 2 daughters, Fannie & Mary, were boarders in the home of George Fulcher, a widowed merchant who was originally from Ocracoke, NC.

Fulcher, George 48

widower

Gen. Mdse. merchant
Fulcher, Seymour 20 son/single Gen. Mdse salesman
Manning, Elnora 51 boarder/widow  
Miggett, Fannie 22 boarder/single  
Miggett, Mary 18 boarder/single attended school

     I have found a deed showing Elnora purchased property in Black Mountain sometime in 1920. It was in Black Mountain that Mary Ruth met Reese Brewer, who was from Atlanta, Ga. He too was a TB patient. My grandparents met in the parlor of Cragmont Sanatorium. Mary was playing the piano and Reese walked over and began to sing the song she was playing.
     On April 1, 1921 Elnora's mother, Mary Louise (Fulcher) Barnett also came to Black Mountain. She died there June 12, 1922.  I don't know if she was there for that whole year.
     Mary and Reese married in Black Mountain on May 11, 1921. Their first child, Frances, was born August 9, 1922.  She died in 1978.  Their second child, Jimmie (my father), was born July 15, 1925.  He is currently recovering from open heart surgery.
     Shortly after Fannie died in 1925, Reese moved his family to Atlanta, where he died of TB in March, 1928. He was 32 years old. (birthdate Nov. 10, 1895) Mary remained in Atlanta where Reese's father and brothers assisted her. Elnora lived with Mary and helped to raise the children. Elnora died in 1950, Mary in 1983.

This diary was transcribed in February 2008 from a photocopy of the original and submitted by Ann Ianuario.  Original spellings, punctuation, and paragraphing are retained.  The original diary is currently owned by James Reese Brewer, Jr., Fannie's nephew.

2008  Kay Midgett Sheppard & Marla Beasley