Life in Lee

Life in Lee (Massachusetts) is a series of transcriptions of the diary pages of Charles 'Charlie' W. Stratton II (1876-1945). The diaries tell of day-to-day events in a small New England town at the turn of the century. At the end of each set of transcriptions is a linky list to posts inspired by the diary pages. Some will have none and some may have many. Follow the links to read beyond the pages and between the lines of the diary entries. If you are interested in submitting a link or article relating to a diary entry, please contact me at LizStratton (at)


The diaries begin in 1899, Charlie was a young man living at home with his mother, Lucy (Baker) Stratton. Lucy ran a boarding house and Charlie and his sister, Leda, took turns going to school to ensure someone was always home to help their mother. Charlie's sister, Leda, was in school at Northfield Normal School. Charles' dogs at the time were Nellie and Jack. His horse's name was Susie. 

Click on the link to read the diary entries corresponding to the dates listed. More will arrive on the anniversary of the diary date. First edition coming on January 1, 2013 ....

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