A Day in the Life of Linnie Hagerman


Hello! My name is Linnie Hagerman and I am 14 years old. I live in Keokuk, Iowa, which is a busy river town located next to the Mississippi River. My father is a lawyer and so is my older brother, Jimmie, so we don't have much trouble with money. This is my 5th journal, and I will share some of my secrets with you!

But first, let me introduce you to my family. My Pa spends most of his time in the office working and my Ma lets me help around the house. My older brother's name is James, but we call him Jimmie. He's 18 yrs. old and hopes to become a lawyer just like Pa. My two younger brother's names are Frank, who is 10, and George, who is 7.

My best friends are Mollie and Emma. They come and visit me a lot and we usually spend a lot of time playing with dolls. We enjoy going shopping together in downtown Keokuk.

In my free time, I love going to the theater, knitting, reading and writing in my dear journal!


Here's a picture of my diary. I've even engraved my initials on the front cover!


You can now find my diary at the Iowa State Historical Society in Iowa City!

You can find lots of other fun items from the 1860s and learn about other times in Iowa's history there!


Now that I've told you a little about myself, please tell me about yourself!

How many brothers and sisters do you have?

What are your favorite activities?

Who are your best friends?


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