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George R. Biddle diaries


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George R. Biddle was a farm laborer and active member of the Bellefonte community in Patton Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. He was born in 1861 to George W. and Susan Biddle. The family owned a farm at Buffalo Run of about fifty-six acres or more. Their livestock included horses, cows, sheep, hogs, and chickens. While working as a laborer on the family’s farm, George maintained a journal (or log book) about his daily activities.

The collection contains two volumes. George's daily entries begin in 1876 and end in 1894; however, the last entry is dated 1919.

The volumes contain thick descriptions of his daily tasks, other events that occurred about the town, and various persons with which he and the family were acquainted. George was primarily concerned with the proper care and management of the family farm. Each entry in the books begins with a note on weather conditions and other environmental factors which may have had an impact on his work. He mentions various tasks such as plowing the fields, “chopping some wood on the wood pile,” and “picking cider apples in the orcherd [sic].” The majority of his time was spent in the care of the animals and crops. He mention on several occasions the negotiations for the sale of cows and the harvesting of oats, corn, and potatoes. Other entries in the volumes concern religious activities, funerals, the operations of a nearby cemetary, and a number of local events that occured in Centre County.

George W. Biddle Will and Testament (No. 322), Patton Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Weckea D. Lilly,
Finding Aid Date
; 2012.
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Collection Inventory

Book I: George Biddle's entries, (March 18, 1876 - May 2, 1878).
Volume 1
Book II: George Biddle's entries, (December 19, 1891 - November 22, 1894).
Volume 2

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