Some years ago, I was sent a typed copy of Nettie Frink’s diary. At the time I received the diary, I only recognized my great-grandfather’s name, Charles Mentzer, in the diary. However, after researching the descendants of John Minnick, I now realize that Nettie Frink is my first cousin 3 times removed.
NETTIE FRINK’S VISIT TO ILLINOIS (7/7-8/12/1892).
Thursday, 7/7/92; Arrived in Kewanee about ten o’clock. Grandpa and Aunt Lib met me at train. Went around through the principal streets and arrived at Aunt Lib’s about eleven. Aunt Lib had me go and lie down and I slept until dinner was ready. Helped with the dishes, put on a cooler dress and laid down again until Aunt Lib came and woke me up and said that Millie Porter had come to see me. We had a very pleasant visit. After she had gone, we went down to Aunt Lou’s. Carrie and her grandma were there too. After supper we went to prayer meeting. Met quite a number of the young people. Went right to bed as soon as I got home.
Friday, 7/8/92; About ten o’clock Carrie and her Grandmother came down. Then I went back with them. They took us all through the greenhouse. I went in to see Grandpa Tunnicliff’s plants. Then came back to Aunt Lib’s and wrote a card to the folks at home. Found a man here fixing Aunt Lib’s organ. In the afternoon Carrie, Aunt Lib, and I went calling. Called on Mrs. Porter and Aunt Barbarah Keneval. I met Aunt Annie Miner, Cliff, and Fred on way [there] Carrie came to tea with me and stayed all night. Grandpa had me read the chapter in the bible.
Saturday, 7/9/92: We got up about six and after breakfast Aunt Lib, Carrie, and I went down town, saw all of the cousins and saw Frank Miles, went all through Lyman-Lays store. I went to dinner with Carrie. After dinner Carrie and Emma Miner came around after me and we called at Wilse Minnick’s, Fan’s, Mary Holt’s, Will Palmer’s, and Addie Rolston’s. Stayed to tea there. There were about a dozen of us. Before tea Errn and Fred Miner came around in a surry and took Carrie and I on a nice ride. After tea we had some music. Then Emma, Lula, Ern, Carrie, Fred, and I went out to the lake. We went over to the summer house. Then came back and took a lovely boat ride. Got home a little after ten. The moon was full.
Sunday, 7/10/92: After I made my bed I took a bath and then studied the S.S. lesson. Went to church with Aunt Lib and Grandpa and stayed to S.S. Carrie and Charlie Mentzer came home to dinner with us. After dinner we sang and played until nearly four, then we went out to the old cemetary. Aunt Lib, Grandpa, Charley, Carrie, and I. We went around past Miners and Carrie and I stopped in a few minutes. We reached home, got a lunch, started to the Baptist (Church), but met Miss Miles and she told us that Mr. Delano was away so we went to the Methodist Church.
Monday, 7/11/92; Got up early this morning and did what little washing we had to do before nine o’clock. Carrie brought her washing over to Aunt Lib’s and we all three washed. After dinner Aunt Lib and I went over to Carrie’s and we all went over to Palmers’. Stopped at the post-office on our way over. Spent a very pleasant afternoon. Stayed to tea, then Uncle Aar took us out and showed us his stock etc. Started home about eight. On the way home Carrie and I stopped in one of the stores and got a Splasher to work on. Stopped into Gambles a few minutes too.
Tuesday, 7/12/92; Carrie came over this morning and we sang a while, then went over to Aunt Lou’s, saw Aunt Annie Stone. They were ironing so we didn’t stay long, but came home and I ironed my clothes. In the afternoon Carrie, Emma, and I went down to Lula’s, stayed to tea. After supper we girls, six of us, Lula, Emma, Bess, Miss Haney, Carrie, and myself [lef]t to watch the boys play tennis. Watched them about an hour, then went back to Lula’s. In the evening Mr. Murchison, Mr. Stratton, Mr. Low, Mr. Hamilton, and Fred Miner came. On our way home we got caught in a storm. I was dripping wet when I reached home.
Wednesday, 7/13/92: Hung my clothes out to dry about the first thing this morning. About ten o’clock I went over after Carrie and we went down to Fan’s. When we reached there found her pretty badly used up with toothache. I worked on my splasher, got a good deal done on it. Stayed there to dinner. About five o’clock Lula and Emma called for us and we went down to Mrs. Stanton’s. Bess and Mate Haney were there. Alice had fixed lovely bouquets of sweet peas for each of us to wear. We had tea at about half past six. After tea we all went over to Mrs. Gleason’s, saw Bird and her baby,. Carrie and I stopped in to Fan’s on our way home. Got back about eight or a little after.
Thursday, 7/14./92: I got ready and about ten o’clock went down after Carrie and we went to Uncle Will Minnick’s. We spent all most all fore-noon looking at pictures. In the after noon, we worked on our splashers, tryed the piano, looked at books, went all over the new house, attic and all. About six we had tea, Paul, Zella, Carrie, and I were the only ones ate at our table. Zella came up home with us. We stopped in to see Aunt Susie, She seemed so glad to see us. When I got home, found Aunt Lou and Aunt Annie and Grandma Minnick here,
Friday, 7/15/92; Went down town this morning and got me an india linnen waist. When I got home I wrote a letter to Georgia Nye and helped Aunt Lib on my waist, then set the table for dinner. After dinner we got at my waist again and got it nearly finished. Carrie came over to read her letter to us. Tonight is the first night I’ve taken tea at home for over a week. About eight o’clock I went around after Carrie and we went for Emma, then went to the party at Palmer’s, Had a lovely time, Mr. Hamilton brought Carrie and I home. Got home at twelve,
Saturday, 7/1_6/92: About ten o’clock this forenoon Carrie and I went down town and had our pictures taken. At noon Grandpa brought me a package from home. Found a silver thimble [and] nice handkerchief in it. Aunt Lib had a chicken for dinner in honor of my birthday. After dinner we went out calling. Called at Gamble’s, saw Sue and the baby. From there we went to Mrs, Holmes, Had a very pleasant call, met her sister. Miss Watson, Reached home about six o’clock. After supper Jennie Smailing came in, brought her sister’s child, I went to bed about nine o’clock,
Sunday. 7/17/92: Carrie came over to go to church with us. After studying the lesson awhile, we three went to the Baptist church, Harry Miles preached. We were in Annie Miles’ class in S,S, After S,S, went to Aunt Lou’s for dinner, found Aunt Susie, Willie, and her mother there. After dinner we came back to Aunt Lib’s. Mr. and Mrs. Ingalls were here when we came. After they had gone Charlie Mentzer came, had been to the Y.M.C.A, He hadn’t been here long when Ella, Chan, and his wife came. They left the baby at home asleep. When they had gone Carrie and I read out loud to one another, then had tea, and went to the [Me]thodist Church,
Monday, 7/18/92: Had quite a large washing, but got it all out by nine o’clock. Commenced -raining about ten or half-past, got the clothes dry. Carrie and John Tunnicliffe’s three little girls came over after me to go to Addie’s, Fan’s, etc but I felt too tired to. Was glad I didn’t when it commenced to rain. Grandpa brought me a letter from Libbie this noon. I finished my splasher this afternoon and sent a letter to the folks. Grandpa brought me some bananas for supper. After supper Aunt Lib and .1 went over to Grandma’ Tunnicliff ‘s. I read my letter to them. Emma Miner came in while we were there.
Tuesday. 7/19/92; I did all of my ironing before it got so hot. After I did the ironing I went up town, did some trading and got the proof of our pictures. Don’t like mine at all, but suppose I’ll have to take it. Carrie came over and spent the afternoon with me. Emma and May Smailing were here too. After they had gone, we went up town. Aunt Lib got me a lovely dish of ice cream. After supper I went in and sang, then we went over to Mrs. Van Sickles to call. When we came, back. Grandpa was sitting on the porch. He and I sat there and talked until nearly ten o’clock.
Wednesday, 7/20/92: I was intending to go down to Aar Palmer’s- this forenoon, but it was so very warm that I didn’t go. Stayed to home and finished my waist. Thought I would go in the afternoon but it rained so. couldn’t go. Stayed to home and read out loud to Aunt Lib while she sewed. Reading Samantha among the Brethren. After supper we sang some and read out loud to one another. Got half way through the book. Went to bed a little after nine o’clock.
Thursday, 7/21/92: Aunt Lib helped me make my sun-bonnet. Part of the time I would read while she sewed, then she would read while I sewed. Grandpa, brought me a letter from Ma, Grace, and Libbie at noon. After dinner Aunt Lib and I went up town, got me a stand cover to work. On our way home stopped in to see Mrs. John Moffitt and Mrs. Pinny. From Mrs. Pinny’s I went on home and read. Just as we were about to sit down to the supper table. Uncle Aar Palmer came around after us in a three seated rig and wanted us to go out riding. We told him we hadn’t had our supper yet but he told us to come anyway. So Aunt Lib left [Gran]dpa’s supper on the table and we went. Bess, Carrie, and Miss Spicer were in when we got in. Then Uncle Aar drove around and got Aunt Annie Stone, Aunt Lou, and Grace, that made nine of us, three in a seat. He took us on a long ride out to the brick yards and waterworks. They took Aunt Annie home first. Then Aunt Lib and I. Grandpa had gone to [pr]ayer meeting but we didn’t get home in time. Ate our supper, then read until Grandpa came home, then we went out to the park to hear the band’ play. Got home at half-past nine.
Friday, 7/22/92; Got up at six o’clock and finished reading Samantha among the Brethren. After breakfast took a bath then got ready to start to Geneseo. We, Carrie and I, took the train at a quarter of ten. Aunt Lib went down to the depot with us. Passed through two stations, then came to Wyanett crossing, and had to wait there two hours and a half. Waited from eleven to half past one o’clock. Another young lady got off there and I recognized her as Lena Mason’s sister. So we had company. There must have been at least fifteen freight trains passed through there while we were there. At half past one we took the Rock Island and Pacific road going northwest passed through four stations and some beautiful country, so level. When we reached Geneseo no one was there to meet us, but a[ma]n showed us where Mrs. Bliss’s house was. We first stopped and got a dish of ice cream, then met Mrs. Bliss coming after us. We washed ourselves up and put on some cooler dresses. Then after supper went out to the park, went and called on Mrs. Steel and daughter. Geneseo is a beautiful little city. Carrie and I went to bed at ten. Jennie had gone on an excursion and when she camo home she came in and sat on the bed and talked until nearly eleven.
Saturday. 7/23/92: Got up at about half past seven. After we ate our breakfast Carrie and I worked on our tidyes. Then Jennie came in and wanted to know if we didn’t want to go down town, so we three went, stopped into some of the nicest stores, went up into the photograph gallery. When we were coming home Jennie got us a glass of ice-cream soda. When we got home, played Halma until noon. After dinner Jennie, Carrie, Mrs. Bliss, and I took a double seated surry and went out to the Geneseo cemetary. It is a beautiful place. We [w]ent from there four miles southeast in the country to a cousin of Jennie. Went past the farm that Geo. and Flora used to live on. Stayed at Mrs. G until five o’clock or after. They have a nice piano. and we had some music. Miss Salem played for us and so did Before we left we each had a glass of lemonade. When we got back to Geneseo it was nearly seven, but we rode around town until nearly nine. Saw so many nice houses and [lov]ely lawns. We went out to the fair ground north of town and drove around the race track once. When we got. home it was after nine, had supper at about half-past nine. Had blueberrys for supper.
Sunday, 7/24./92: After breakfast wo got ready for church. Went to the Congregational church with Jennie and her mother. The sermon and singing were fine. They have a large pipe organ. Stayed to S.S., were in Jennie’s class. After S.S., she showed us all through the church, downstairs and up. When we came home, put on cooler dresses and read some before dinner. After dinner Jennie played on the piano for us. About six o’clock Miss Haney came for us. We went to her home, met her sister and brother Dick. Had a nice glass of lemonade. Then went to church with Mate. They have a grand pipe organ there. When we got back, Mr. and Mrs. Hewlet, Jennie, her mother. Grandpa Bliss, Carrie, and I sat out on the porch and talked until eleven o’clock. Then we went in the house, had a lunch, and went to [?]
Monday. 7/25/92; Read almost all forenoon. Jennie had to give two music lessons. Started to Kewanee at one o’clock. Jennie went to the train with us. Had to wait at the crossing an hour and a half, from two until after three. Got into Kewanee a little after four. Aunt Lib didn’t expect me on that train so was not there to meet me. When I got home, I washed myself up and worked on my stand cover. Aunt Lib went up town after something and left me here alone. I was too tired to go along. After supper Mrs.. John Moffitt came around in her surry and took us out riding. We went all over town, out to the fair ground and rode around the track. Didn’t get home until nearly nine o’clock. Aunt Lib, Grandpa and I sat out on the porch a long time. It was so cool and pleasant.
Tuesday, 7/26/92: We washed today, got all through by half past ten. I wrote a letter to the folks. At noon Grandpa brought me a letter from Bird, and Carrie one from Lida. After dinner I took a bath. Mrs. Van Sickle came over to have Aunt Lib make her a basque. So This afternoon Aunt Lib sewed and I worked on my stand cover. After supper I took Carrie’s letter over to her. She read it out loud to Grandma T. and I. Pretty soon Grandpa came and we sat on the porch until quite late.
Wednesday. 7/27/92: About eight o’clock Carrie came up to iron her shally on our ironing [bo]ard. Then at nine we went down to the greenhouse to see the flowers they were making for Frank Reguah’s funeral, but they had just taken them away. Went to the funeral, heard Mr. Delano preach. It was afternoon when we got home. Grandpa didn’t go back to work until after two. In the evening Carrie came up then we went over to Smailings. Emma and May went to the social at Dr, Lowe’s with us. Had the band there to furnish the music.
Thursday. 7/28/92: Stayed at home all forenoon, read and sewed. Took a short nap before dinner. Was invited to Miner’s this afternoon, Carrie, Emma, and I went down town. On our way home, we stopped into Mr, Pierce’s a few minutes. Then we went back to Miner’s, Pretty soon Bess and Lula came. We had our tea about five o’clock. About that time it began to rain. Aunt Lib brought my rubbers down to me, Mr, Hamilton was there a little while and Clarence Murchison brought Lula’s rubbers to her, Carrie and I didn’t start home until nearly nine o’clock,
Friday, 7/29/92: Wrote a letter this morning, and helped Aunt Lib with the cakes. Grandpa brought some blue berries home this noon, Carrie came over about four o’clock, Emma Smailing was here, brought their croconole board over for this evening, Millie Porter was here to call, invited us there to tea Monday evening, Mrs. Gamble and Sue were here to call too, Charley Mentzer came into the party, • There were about thirty five here, I , went to supper with Frank and Kate Miles, Carrie stayed all night with me,
Saturday, 7/30/92; After we got the work done up, had a dish of ice cream that was left from the party. About ten o’clock Carrie and I went up town, got our pictures, then went up to Aunt Lou’s, stayed there to dinner and supper, then went down to Aaron Palmer’s, In the evening, we went up town on a bum, Went and had a dish of ice cream, then went into Lay and Lyman’s and got some candy, I went up.to look at their cloaks. When we were going home we met Uncle Aar and Ern, They took us in to a drugstore and got us a glass of whipped cream soda. Went home nearly used up,
Sunday. 7/31/92: Bess, Carrie, and I went to the Catholic church. The church is lovely and was crowded. It was confirmation Sunday, We came away before services were out. Wanted to go to the Methodist S.S. About four o’clock Mr. Stratton came. We sat and talked [unti]l nearly five then Carrie and I went home. Charley Mentzer was here when I got here. After tea Aunt Lib and I went to the Baptist, church to Y.P. meeting, but church was locked. Went to the Epworth League and from there to the primative Methodist to a concert. I was with Bess and Mr. Stratton most of the time.
Monday, 8/1/92: Washed this morning, got through about nine o’clock. Aunt Lib made me a new collar for my wrapper. Went up to Emma Miner’s about eleven, stayed until two o’clock. Belle and Fred were there for awhile after dinner. Then we went downtown, went into Joe’s store and got the children all something. Took them back home then went and called on the Miles family. From there, we went over to Mr. Porter’s for tea. Mrs. Blackburn and Geo.’s wife and baby were there and Mrs. Good, Mill’s sister. After tea we played and sang and Blanche Maul danced for us.
Tuesday, 8/2/92: About nine o’clock went over after Carrie. Uncle Aar and Aunt Prudence [were] there. Wo went up to Lyman and Lays and I had Mr. Lyman take my measure for a now jacket. From there we went to Cousin Will Minnick’s. Was there to dinner. Met Fred and Nina King. Went from there to Will Palmer’s, then to Addie’s, then to Lula’s, then to Fan’s. Alice, Carrie, and I were there to tea. Joe wasn’t there. After tea Lula and her mother came over and we all went to look at the house Uncle Geo. has rented. Lula and Clarence came part way home with me.
Wednesday, 8/3/92: Packed my trunk this morning. About nine o’clock Carrie and I went up to Ella Keneval’s to dinner, had dinner about half past eleven. After dinner we went and bid the Miners goodbye, then went over to Grandma Minnicks. Started down to the depot about three. Went in to Lyman & Lays, then went to Uncle Will Minnick’s. Aunt Lib, Grandpa, Grandpa Tunnicliff, Ella Keneval, Will Palmer, Clarence Merchison, Mr. Stratton, and Bess were at the train to see us off. Clarence gave me One of his pictures. Got into Galesburg about five o’clock. Uncle John, Grace, Sarah, and Virginia were at the train to meet us. We sat out in the yard until supper time. After supper Uncle John took his surry, and we went riding.. Saw the Knox Co. Courthouse, Knox College and a good many other large buildings. The ride was delightful on the pavements.
Thursday, 8/4./92; After we made our beds, Nat hitched up for us and Carrie, Grace, Sara, [Virgin]a and I went riding. Drove around the city awhile, then went into Brown*s shops and uncle John took us all through. We girls went- up as far as we could get into the tower, and had a splendid view of the city. Went down on an elevator, then went all through the Methodist Church, looked at the audience room from the gallery. Went back to the shops with Moses [?]ubbard. When we got home it was nearly noon. Katie and Jimmy Mars were here to dinner. [K]atie stayed all afternoon. We played Old Maid, and Aunt Cornie played on the piano for us. [H]ad supper about half past five, then Katie, Grace, Carrie, Sara, and I took the street car or Lake George. Uncle John, Aunt Cornie, and the children went in the surry. When we reached the lake, we all took the steamboat and went up the lake. On our way back we got out at a landing and went up into the park. It is a beautiful place. Stayed there until the boat came back again then went back to the boat house. Although it wasn’t a very long ride I never will forget it. We girls waited for our car about twenty minutes, got home bout nine.
Fridav. 8/5/92: About nine o’clock Aunt Corrie, Horace, Katie Mars, Carrie, and I went in the surry to the timber about four miles east of town, stayed there until nearly noon, then drove over to Knoxville, went through the park, walked around the lake, then went around to [?]ee the St. Mary’s College. It was a lovely building. Got back to Galesburg about one. They had all of them had their dinner. After dinner we rode down town, went into some of the stores, around to Brown’s shops, into the Methodist church and watched them quilt. Went around past the seminary and the Alumni Hall. Got home just in time, for supper. Had a watermelon for supper. We played games, swung, and read until time to go to the train. On our way to the train Uncle John took us in to see the fire engine rooms and the way they have the horses trained. It was wonderful. Started for home about ten o’clock. The train was crowded, but we got a good seat. Thus ends my Illinois trip.
Below are some notes I made and typed up. Please correct and fill in, and.Let.me know if you can
Marcine (Strattan) Hubbartt
111 N. Catherine Ave.
LaGrange, Illinois 60525
Names from NETTIE FRINKS’S VISIT TO ILLINOIS:
[Gra]ndpa / Aunt Lib — Frinks? Minnicks?
Millie Porter, Mrs. Porter
Aunt Lou Minnick
Carrie Tunnicliff, Nettie’s second cousin (Barbara Ellen and Mary Ella Minnick) were probably first cousins
Sarah Cooper Tunnicliff, Carrie’s Grandma (born in England)
Edward Tunnicliff, Carrie’s Grandpa, potter from England (m. Sarah Cooper)
Aunt Barbara Keneval
Aunt Annie (Tunnicliff) Miner, daughter of Edward and Sarah Cooper
Cliff, John Clifford Miner – son of Aunt Annie Miner
Fred W. Miner – son of Aunt Annie Miner
[Lel]a Hebbard (m. Clarence Murchison) daughter of Mary Tunnicliff Hebbard Holt
Emma Miner (Rule), (m. Dudley Rule), Aunt Annie Miner’s daughter
Fanny (Tunnicliff) Gamble, Fan, (m. Joseph Newton Gamble), Geo. Tunnicliff’s daughter
Mary (Tunnicliff) Hebbard Holt, Aunt Mary, sister to Aunt Annie Tunnicliff Miner, Lula’s mother
Will Palmer, William Cooper Palmer, funeral director
Addie (Palmer) Roulston, Adeline Mae Roulston
Will Palmer and Eddie Palmer Roulston are children of Aaron Palmer
Ern, Ernest Palmer
[?] Delano (Baptist preacher)
Uncle Aar, Aaron Palmer, (m. Prudence Tunnicliff), father to Will, Addle, and Ern and Bessie
Aunt Annie Stone, Anna Minnick Stone, (m. Exaver Stone: Aaron.Palmer’s nephew)
Bess, Bessie Palmer (Strattan), Aaron Palmer’s daughter, (m. Geo. Strattan)
Miss Haney, Mate
Mr. Murchison, Clarence, (m. Lula Hebbard)
Mrs. Low (e)
Alice (?AIice S. Tunnicliff (Pennewall), b. 1873) (?Alice Tillotson)
Mrs. Gleason ( Bird Gleason)
[?]rd and baby
Uncle Will Minnick
Zella Stone (Bennison), Aunt Annie Stone’s daughter
Grandma Minnick (?Barbara Ellen Frink’s or ?Annie Stone’s mother)
Georgia Nye (Tunnicliff), (m. Charles Tillotson Tunnicliff)
Sue (?Gamble)(?Mentzer, m. Edward Tunnicliff)
Mrs. Holmes – sister to Miss Watson
Miss Watson – sister to Mrs Holmes
[Con]nie Miles, S.S. teacher
Harry Miles, Baptist preacher
Mr. and Mrs. Ingalls
Ella Keneval (?Nettie’s cousin, Barbara Keneval^’s daughter)
Chan and wife (Chancey Gulp?)
John Cooper Tunnicliff, Carrie’s uncle
Grace – daughter of John Tunnicliff
Sarah – daughter of John Tunnicliff
Virginia – daughter of John Tunnicliff
Libbie Frink, Nettie’s sister
Mrs. Van Sickles
Ma, Nettie’s mother (Barbara Ellen Minnick Frink)
Grace [Frink Nettie’s sister]
Mrs. John Moffitt
Grace Stone, Aunt Annie Stone’s daughter
[Lena] Mason’s sister
[?]and Flora (?BLiss)
Mate Haney*s sister
Mate Haney’s brother, Dick
Mr. and Mrs. Hewlet
Lida, Carrie’s sister, Lida Tunnicliff Hunter
Frank Reguah (his funeral)
Monday, 8/1 /92:
Belle (w/Fred Miner)
Geo.’s wife and baby
Mrs. Good, Mill’s sister
[Blan]che Maul (dancer)
Aunt Prudence, Prudence Tunnicliff Palmer, Bessie Palmer’s mother, (m. Aaron Palmer)
Nina King (with Fred)
[?] Nathaniel Tunnicliff. Uncle John’s son
Katie and Jimmy Mars
Aunt Cornie (?Laura Cornelia Hunter Tunnicliff), Carrie’s aunt
Horace Tunnicliff, Uncle John’s son
Terms Used in the Diary
Splasher: a protective towel or cloth on wall behind a wash stand.
Tidy: a detachable covering to protect the back or arm of a chair.
Basque: a woman’s closely fitted bodice separate from skirt.
Shally: possibly a challis scarf or shawl?
Halma: a table game like checkers, invented in 1883, but unlike checkers in that jumped pieces are not taken from the board and jumps may be made in any direction.
“Halma” is a Greek word for “jump”.
Samantha among the Brethren by Marietta Holley is a telling but humcrous novel about women’s rights, or lack of them, in the church of the late 19th century in America.
Thanks to my recent research, I know that Nettie Frink was the granddaughter of John Minnick and his wife Ellen Jones Minnick of Kewanee, Henry County, Illinois. I received the diary from Marcine Strattan, Nettie’s granddaughter.