Olcott, NY, 1910. Leather. Very Good. 16mo. The leather-cover pocket-sized diary contains 368 pages with manuscript entries made on every day of the year. The binding is sound and pages clean. Folger was a young adult and 1904 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania who worked on his family's fruit farm in upstate New York between Rochester and Niagara Falls where they grew, raised, and sold cows, chicken, pigs, potatoes, asparagus, cabbage, corn, cherries, peaches, plums, and apples. His daily handwritten entries are concise yet detailed, delineating the wide range of dawn-to-dusk daily work that he performed: drawing wood from the forest, sawing lumber, constructing and repairing farm buildings, installing an irrigation system, birthing and butchering pigs and cows, and most of all, performing all of the tasks associated with commercial fruit and vegetable farming (cultivating, planting, trimming, harvesting, packing, shipping, etc.) Although the diary entries are primarily work related, in one he reports that a group of men passed his house one evening trying to control a neighboring farmhand "who had gone crazy" and could be heard to "holler from quite some distance." He also reports that he became engaged on Christmas Eve. Folger eventually married his fiancé, Geraldine Wood, a Vassar graduate, and apparently enrolled in law school, because by 1920 he had become a practicing attorney in Poughkeepsie.
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