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Erwin, Gladys Pearl (Stapleton) of Warrensburg, Missouri

Publication Date: 1897
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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One volume. Hardcover. Octavo, 65 pages of diary entries with 19 additional pages of copied jokes, essays, poems, one page of addresses, etc. A tiny inch square original photograph of Gladys is laid in. All in ink, very easy to read. Diary begins as Gladys goes off to Central Missouri State Teacher's College. From the diary we learn she is married and has a child - Willowdean - whom she leaves with her parents. Her husband Noah Erwin (only mentioned briefly in the diary by the initial "M" for some reason) is out of the picture. On April 6th, Gladys writes in her diary that she is asked by Sheriff Duncan to come "to Judge Cockerell's office and talk with him. Said M asked him to tak with me and try to get me to come back. Duncan's answer: "M - do you think i'd ask a woman to do anything for a man who would sit in a court room & talk about a woman like you did your wife?" Said M talked half the time when he didn't know what he was talking about. The boy's crazy." Certainly Gladys does not seem to be in mourning at all. She is gay , silly and sounds very happy . She goes on dates , frequently goes into town to have photos taken, and enjoys "kisses". Interesting details include her excitement in getting the latest haircut - presumably the flapper bob cut - "I purchased a hair cut. Most wonderful one I ever had." But then when she goes to class the next day, she "Put a net over my hair this morn so Miss Kennedy wouldn't know I had had a fresh bob. I was afraid it might cut down on my grade if she realized the fact." Internet genealogy indicates that Gladys was the daughter of Sterlin Price and Mollie Hadley Stapleton, was born in Exeter, Barry Co, Missouri on April 9, 1897 and died Feb 4, 1947 in Barry Co, MO. Gladys never remarried. Her daughter, Willodean Erwin Hughes died at age 83 in Siloam Springs, Benton Co, Arkansas leaving her husband Manville Hughes to whom she was married since March 9, 1939 and several children and grandchildren. Diary is in Very Good condition. Bookseller Inventory # a87594

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Publication Date: 1897

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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