It is now August 4, 1918 and my sophomore year is over. I passed in the following subjects: English III – 79%, Ancient History- 90%, Algebra 63%. I do not know if it will stay or not. I did not try Latin II for it came the same afternoon as Elem. Algebra. I am now a junior. I have had quite a lot of success this year. In Commencement Week we had a Speaking contest and I won first prize which was two War Saving stamps $8.34 which in 1923 will be worth $10. My piece was “The Light keepers Daughter” of which I have a copy but do not have room for it in here. There were 12 contestants. I also won first place in a speaking contest at school having spoke “Evening at the Farm”. I have had great success in my English class. I was elected captain of the Debating Team.
Note: At this point the diary becomes a little confusing, but basically Bessie began her diary in the middle of her journal-book and having filled it out to the end, returned to the front of the book. As a result, the following entries are from a much younger Bessie's point of view than the previous entries. I have kept the diary in the same order for the sake of clarity as she refers to this fact several times, and also for character interest.
My name is Bessie Mary Cole.
I have been baptizes. I belong to the Pisscacal Church but while I was in Webster I went to the Baptist Church. My birthday is February 2nd and I will be 11 years old next month! I was born in the year 1903 in the city of Ithaca. I am in the fourth grade and my teachers name is Miss Clark she is very nice. I live in North America in the United States in New York State in Monroe County in Webster N.Y, near Rochester N.Y. Rochester is a large city, Webster is 12 miles from it and the street car hums through it every hour and goes to Ontario, a little ways from Webster then goes to Sodus and that’s all there is. Also a train goes through it.
I was born in Ithaca as I have told, then we moved to Dansville, then went back to Ithaca, stayed there a while then moved to Webster. We have been here about seven years and its time we were out. I have had many happy childhood days so far.
This is one of my pieces that I spoke one Christmas year 1912 when I was ten years old in fourth grade. There was a nice intertainment and there was a lot of people there it was taken up by the third and fourth grade. We had the grandest Christmas tree you ever saw in all your life. My teacher took some pictures of it.
The name of my piece was “The Crowing of Christmas” it was the best of all and there were about 15 in it or 18 in it.
I will write piece on next page. I am the year.
The holiday are my childsed to whom I speak.
I have not written very good But please excuse it I can write better but here after I will write better.
The end of my speaking at this play.This is one of my funny pieces that I copied out of a book. I didn’t speak it.
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