Insight into Stephen’s Life – His 1869 Diary Ledger

The chart and accompanying graph shows us how a 28 year old single man and Civil War pensioner, lives on his own away at school. The majority of his income is required for clothing, travel and lodging which undoubtedly included meals. The category with itemized details is below. Tomorrow I will post the four pages of the diary presented in the original publication by Carolyn Barber from which these were taken.

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Clothing 37.98
Travel & Transportation 32.19
Lodging & Meals 20.00
Miscellaneous 19.92
Gifts 11.75
Medical 6.00
Entertainment 5.85
Grooming 4.08
Stationary 3.26
Postage & PO Box 2.52
Photographs 2.50
Food 1.77
Clubs 0.75
Contributions 0.38
Expenses
       
Lodging & Meals      
  Board Bill 3.50  
  Board Bill 2.50  
  Board Bill  1.00  
  Board Bill  2.50  
  Board to Present Time 7.00  
  Board to Present Time 3.50  
  Total   20.00
Clothing      
  Collars – Box 0.30  
  Collars – Box 0.25  
  Blacking 0.15  
  Cloth 0.75  
  Clothes 10.00  
  Decoration    
  Mending – Fixing Coat 0.25  
  Shirts and other 5.00  
  Shoe  Repair – Boot Patched 0.15  
  Suit of Clothes 18.50  
  Suspenders 0.50  
  Trading Overshoes 0.50  
  Washing 0.35  
  Washing 0.40  
  Washing 0.20  
  Washing 0.48  
  Washing 0.20  
  Total   37.98
Food      
  Candies 0.10  
  Candy 0.18  
  Taffy 0.20  
  Taffy 0.20  
  Maple Sugar 0.84  
  Maple Sugar 0.10  
  Strawberries 0.15  
  Total   1.77
Stationary      
  Blank Books 0.60  
  Cards 0.25  
  Drawing Paper 0.10  
  India Ink 0.38  
  Ink 0.10  
  Ink 0.10  
  Lead Pencil 0.10  
  Paper and Envelopes 0.58  
  Paper and Envelopes 0.50  
  Paper and Envelopes 0.05  
  Paper and Envelopes 0.40  
  Pen Holder 0.10  
  Total   3.26
Contributions      
  Church Contributions 0.05  
  Contribution 0.23  
  Sunday School Class 0.10  
  Total   0.38
Grooming      
  Comb 0.30  
  Glasses Brush & B 0.75  
  Hair Oil and Rum 0.55  
  Haircut 0.15  
  Haircut 0.15  
  Haircut 0.15  
  Honing Razor 0.25  
  Razor C.B.F. 0.50  
  Sharpening Razors 0.30  
  Shave 0.10  
  Shave 0.10  
  Shave and Haircut 0.25  
  Shave and Haircut 0.40  
  Soap – Box 0.13  
  Total   4.08
Entertainment      
  Concert Ticket 0.35  
  Croquet Set 5.25  
  Lecture 0.25  
  Total   5.85
Medical      
  Doctor Bill 1.50  
  Doctor Bill 4.50  
  Total   6.00
Miscellaneous      
  Door Key 0.15  
  Jugs for Tomatoes 0.72  
  Lamp Fixtures 0.40  
  Pension Papers 0.15  
  Pins 0.04  
  Satchel and Strap 5.00  
  Sundries 0.70  
  Sundries 2.01  
  Subscription for Paper 1.00  
  Trading Trunks 7.00  
  Washington G.P. 0.35  
  Watch Repair 2.00  
  Whetstone 0.40  
  Total   19.92
Clubs      
  Dues to Lodge 0.40  
  Forest Choir 0.25  
  Harmonie Society 0.10  
  Total   0.75
Travel & Transportation      
  Horse Buggy 2.00  
  Livery – Keeping Horse 0.25  
  Travel 5.80  
  Travel – Ticket to Union 0.50  
  Travel to Brockport 11.50  
  Travel to Rochester 1.20  
  Travel-Expenses Coming Home 6.64  
  Trip to Niagara 3.30  
  Wagon 0.25  
  Total   32.19
Photographs      
  Photographs 1.00  
  Photographs 1.00  
  Pictures 0.50  
  Total   2.50
Postage & PO Box      
  Post Office Box 0.05  
  Post Office Box 0.18  
  Post Office Box 0.13  
  Postage Stamps 0.30  
  Postage Stamps 0.50  
  Postage Stamps 0.21  
 

Postage Stamps

 

0.50  
  Postage Stamps 0.15  
  Postage Stamps 0.50  
  Total   2.52
Gifts      
  Present 2.50  
  Present – Handkerchief 1.00  
  Present for Johnnie 0.75  
  Present for Mr. Brown 3.00  
  Present for Mr. Brown 2.00  
  Present for Mrs. Sylla 1.00  
  Present for Mrs. Sylla 0.50  
  Present forMip 1.00  
  Total   11.75
       
Grand Total Expenses 148.95 148.95
       
Income      
  Pension    89.54
  Trading Razors   0.50
  Cunningham    32.85
       
  Total   122.89
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