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Her entries recount her family's trip to Florida where they considered settling before deciding to make a go of their farm near Lake Erie. She writes also of the daily chores and personal stresses of dealing with a difficult husband, sending a son off to the Navy, and worrying about the health of her younger son.
In addition to the work and worry, and despite the fact that their farm was without electricity or running water, and despite the outbreak of the Spanish influenza epidemic, Annie Perrin records the occasional good times, including visits to the nearest cities, Ashtabula to the east, and Cleveland to the west.
Since Annie's diary entries are brief and cryptic, they are supplemented here with a full introduction, four appendices, and extensive notation. Together with copious illustrations, these elements help to create not only a factual but also a warmly humane and rounded sense of family members and neighbors, of various farming practices of the day, and of life in the nearby village.
|List of Illustrations||ix|
|A Note on the Text||xxv|
|The Diary of Annie Elliott Perrin|
|1.||"Our Trip to Florida" (17 December 1917-23 March 1918)||73|
|2.||Early Spring to Early Summer (24 March-30 June 1918)||131|
|3.||From Henry's Furlough to Harvest Time (1 July-30 September 1918)||201|
|4.||From First Frost to Year's End (1 October-31 December 1918)||263|
|Postscript: Annie's Later Years||317|
|Appendix A||A Letter from Annie to Her Sister-in-Law Pearl (1897)||333|
|Appendix B||Four Letters from Henry B. Perrin to Lettie Perrin (1918)||337|
|Appendix C||A Partial Family Tree of the Elliotts and Perrins||352|
|Appendix D||"Soliloquy of a Farmer's Wife"||354|