Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Fotos (May 31, 2013) -- One Hundred Years Ago Today!

As I have written elsewhere on The Prism this year, I am very lucky to have the diary written by my paternal grandfather, Arnold G. Tew,  in 1913 while he attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.  From time-to-time this year I am posting entries from the diary.  

As shown above, my grandfather wrote the following on May 31, 1913 -- One Hundred Years Ago Today

                    Harvard Varsity beat Andover this afternoon in baseball 4 to 0.  Swett had to play
                    the whole game himself.  He knocked a three bagger in the ninth.  Hardly anybody
                    had their lessons for to day on account of the excitement of yesterday.  I managed
                    however to get a C+ in Latin Comp. by looking over Web Otis's paper.  Parmalee
                    was as "sore as a wet hen" in French class because everybody asked foolish
                    questions so he wouldn't get to the lesson.  Mr. Leonard gave us a Harvard New
                    Plan English paper for an exam to day. 

The "excitement" Arnold referred to was captured in his diary entry the day before -- May 30, 1913.

                    Today being Decoration Day we had no school: only had to go to chapel at
                    9.00 to 9.15 A.M.  The Andover-Exeter Track Meet was a tie 48 to 48 but
                    Andover won 7 firsts and Exeter only won 6.  The stars for Andover were 
                    Rodman, who won both hurdles, Macrae, who won the 100 yd. and got third
                    in the 220 by mistake, and Capt. Crary, who got second in 100 yd. and got
                    first in the 220 yd.  Exeter was so glad they held us to a tie -- for the meet was
                    ours by right -- that they celebrated in Exeter.  We didn't though.

My grandfather's room at Phillips Andover
 where he wrote most of his 1913 daily diary entries.

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Scanned images of documents in the personal collection of the author.
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Copyright 2013, John D. Tew
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  1. How wonderful that you have your grandfather's diary! I wish I had diaries that belonged to my grandparents and great-grandparents, etc. I can only imagine how fascinating they would be to read.

    And, this shows the importance for each of us to keep our own journals for future generations to enjoy. =)

  2. John,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a great weekend!