Friday, March 1, 2019

Intro to GP Diary

Welcome to Grandma Pierce’s diary!   Born in 1875, Grace E. Masters Pierce was my maternal grandmother. Along with her other commitments, she was devoted to recording her life in Burr Oak, Iowa.  I remember her as soft spoken, her thin gray hair pulled back in a tiny bun, wire rim glasses on her nose, an apron over her dress.  She made the clearest and most flavorful chicken broth and tenderest homemade noodles I have ever eaten. 

Her diary offers us a glimpse into the past. I’m struck by the many chores that she accomplished, the strong sense of community, the breadth of experience and ingenuity, the active social life, and much more. Her diaries are a treasure to me. I hope you will enjoy them also.

Additions to this diary will come online as I have time.  So far I am working on 1928.  More to come.


  1. Karen, I love hearing stories about the past. I have always been interested in the past and antiquing. I once had a diary from a child but I may have given it to a landmark museum the historical society, county, & school district opened. I look forward to hearing more about your grandmother.

  2. Thoughtful blog thanks for sharing