Drusilla’s First Diary Entries
Most of what is known of the Heslin family is through Drusilla Heslin’s diary. She began this diary March 3, 1867 in this way:
Mar 3, 1867: Portland Oregon:
I have been trying to think of the most appropriate way of commencing my Journal, but it is not as easy a matter as I supposed, so I will leave it for the present until I can think of something to write about.
Mar 6: Today is a beautiful day, the sun is shining birds are singing all nature seems to say Spring has come. My Sister has moved up close to our home. I helped her arrange her furniture for housekeeping today.
Mar 11: My sister’s Husband started for San Francisco today. He expects to be gone two weeks. My sister is going to stay with us tonight.
Mar 13: I am at my Sister’s today. My husband has taken his horses to the Country will not be back tomorrow.
Mar 14: My husband has got back from the country bringing with him my youngest sister. She is going to live with my oldest sister and go to school. My brother’s wife has come also to make us a visit. She is going home Tues. I expect to go with her and spend a week with my Parents and brothers.
Mar 17: I went to Church today the first time in Portland for over a year.
Mar 19: I am at my old home today. We arrived here about 1:00 found all well.
Mar 22: I was at a burying today one of our neighbors Mrs. Douglas was buried. She leaves a husband and two sons to mourn her loss.
Mar 25: I am at home again it rained a little on us before we arrived at home.
Mar 27: I went to Church to hear the new Evangelist Rev. Earl. He came on the last steamer and has been preaching twice a day ever since.
Mar 28: My Brother in law Mr. Ballard has returned bringing his Brother with him, Andy Ballard.