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These entries from the journal of Susan Bixby Dimond describe her experiences as a settler in Osborne County, focusing primarily on her position as a schoolteacher and the harsh winter weather. Also, Dimond states that her family is surviving in Kansas but that "at present I advise all to keep away." Dimond sent her journals to an unidentified friend in order to maintain contact; this may explain the journal's conversational tone.
Creator: Dimond, Susan B., fl. 1870-1873
Date: Between January 3, 1875 and January 12, 1875
This is one of the few sources selected for this standard that discusses the suffering and trials of surviving harsh winter storms on the plains. Also, these entries are brief enough for student use.
KS:7th:3.7:Challenges of Settlement (2005)
Item Number: 210869
Call Number: Susan Dimond Journal (Coll. 330)
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210869
Business and Industry - Occupations/Professions - Teachers
Collections - Manuscript
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1860s to 1870s (Benchmark 3) - Challenges of settlement (Indicator 7) - Snowstorms and blizzards
Date - 1870s - 1875
Education - Primary - Teachers
Education - Rural
Environment - Weather - Storms - Snow and blizzards
Home and Family - Daily life - Settlement
Home and Family - Family parties and reunions - Holidays - Christmas
Home and Family - Family parties and reunions - Holidays - New Year's
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Journal
Places - Counties - Osborne
Thematic Time Period - Immigration and Settlement, 1854 - 1890
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Journal