page; for example, short entries for January 30, 1919-February 2, 1919 are all written onthe bottom half of a single page. These occurrences have been noted in the inventory.Several longer entries continue onto the next page; these have been noted in the inventoryas well. Days of the week are included in the inventory when Osborn included them.Osborn transcribed several poems written by soldiers for funeral services, as well as thewords to Army songs she knew. These have been transcribed into the inventory, locatedwithin the entries for July 29, 1918-August 2, 1918. Finally, housed with this book areseveral loose documents which had been stuck between the pages of the book. Their original location in the book is noted in the inventory, listed next to the entry at the top of each page (thus, a document stuck between the entries for February 15 and 16, 1918,would be listed between those entries in the inventory, and not between October 19 and20, 1918, though those entries are on the bottom of the same pages.)
1. 18 January 1918. Friday.
“About 4 o’clock Miss French received word the unit wasto mobilize & report to Ellis Island without delay, so there was some excitement, most of us had to sit up most of the night & pack & then did not finish. Phoned down to Lish that we were called out & to tell Bert to send some money.”
2. 19 January 1918. Saturday. Mentions signing papers. Traveled to Ellis Island:
“Weare all on Island No. 3 & have to go to Island 1 for our meals. The weather is freezing cold & we get all the wind there is. The view from our window is wonderful, and theStatue of Liberty is some sight when lit up at night.”
3. 20 January 1918. Sunday. Did not have to report, so able to go to the Hospital for dinner, but finds her accommodations at Ellis Island comfortable:
“There are about 18of us in the long dormitory, the place used to be used for the imagrants
and that isjust about what we feel like.”
4. 21 January 1918. Monday. Filled out papers, knits, went to roll call, and swept thedormitory.5. 22 January 1918. Tuesday. Fitted for uniforms, specifically gray uniforms and bluesuits. Went to the Red Cross headquarters for more equipment.6. 23 January 1918. Wednesday. Went to Hoboken for identification papers andpassports, and had pictures and fingerprints taken. Attended lunch and tea, and receivedletters by mail.7. 24 January 1918. Thursday. Signed papers in the morning and went shopping atWanamaker’s in the afternoon.
The Gilder Lehrman Collection