What 1892 yearbook reveals about teenage life
A century old yearbook provides a glimpse of what life was like in the late 1800s.
Redditor Shane Kent came across his great, great, great grandmother's autograph book from 1892, which is something of an equivalent to a modern high school yearbook. In it, he found words of advice written to his ancestor Agnes Nevin, who was just fourteen at the time, living in Livermore, California.
However, none of her peers wrote, "Have a great summer," or "Stay in touch." Instead, most wrote beautiful, poetic, wise words. One friend wrote, "True worth is in being, not seeming in doing each day that goes by. Some little good - not in dreaming, of great things to do by and by." Or my favorite, "Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquaintance is that of good books."
Most of the pages in Agnes's autograph book are friends stressing the importance of getting married right away. Charley Righter wrote, "Take my advice and married be, before you are over twenty-three."
Despite the rhyme, she ignored the advice. She got married in 1903 at the age of 28.
Mary R said something similar. "Agnes is your name, single is your station, happy be the little man, that makes the alteration." Again with the rhyming. That little man would be Frank McCormick, together he and Agnes would have two children together.
The couple stayed married until their deaths; Frank in 1952 and Agnes in 1957 at the age of 79.
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