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University Archives Johan Xavier Papers File
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Diary 1900

This diary was kept while Xavier was attending the University of Minnesota and teaching at Ladies Lutheran Seminary. It is mentioned throughout his diary that he teaches Latin, “Political Geography,” and Geometry, discovers he is nearsighted, learns to use a typewriter, notes the physical and scholastic condition of his students, takes the oath of citizenship, attends teacher’s meetings, returns home for the summer collecting money for the school and reading, travels to Stanley Falls, and returns to LLS in the fall. He often forgets to write and continues the next year’s entries until January 3rd in the memorandum section. Cash accounts and addresses are included in the back of the diary.

Diary 1910

This diary is a new type of book from Lutheran Publishing House (in Decorah, Iowa) with small writing spaces. The back of the book includes an advertisement for Andrew’s Jewelry Store, a coupon for a portrait, list of cash amounts, personal property, and addresses. He mentions that he is taking vocal lessons, includes programs from PLA, a bill from the PLA dining hall, and a fake arrest by Signe Skattebol and Anna M. Tennewick. It further mentions that he resigned as President in South Tacoma Congress of Luther, is preaching again, serving box for Miss Signe, and is teased by the staff at PLA for his engagement to Signe Skattebol.

Diary 1914

In this diary, kept during Xavier’s time at PLA, he writes very little and visits the dentist a great deal. Signe goes to camp. Accounts appear at the back of the diary.

Diary 1917

This diary, kept during his time at PLA, includes regular, daily entries about Xavier’s schedule as a teacher including notes about the weather, social, and work engagements. Includes monthly figures for accounts. In the back there is a yellow piece of paper with figures and a business card from Peoples Safe Deposit Company with a complementary card.

Diary 1923

This diary, kept during Xavier’s time at PLC, mentions he plays tennis and watches basketball but quarrels with Signe on April 19th: “How one can live peacefully with you is more than I can understand!”- Signe to Xavier. They gain a new baby girl on May 17th and name her Barbara (Babs). She is officially adopted on June 8th. She also rapidly loses weight but she recovers quickly. Xavier starts Parochial School on June 19th and occasionally prints now. The Xaviers are given a surprise anniversary party by their friends for their 10th anniversary. No accounts appear in the back, but there are notes from Bible Institute or Conference and Entry for May 4, 1922. In front is the list of addresses, as well as an election card and some sort of building plans on the back of junk mail.

Diary 1924

This diary, kept during Xavier’s time at PLC, includes Barbara’s weight often when he writes down the results every day: “Babs’s first tooth comes in on February 3rd”. He still watches PLC basketball, writes notes from all the sermons he attends or gives with the title and speaker, notes Paul’s smart answers to Signe, resigns as secretary of Our Savior’s Church and becomes a member of Trinity Church. Babs learns to stand up on July 28th and her bottom teeth come in crooked, so the Xaviers take her to the dentist. Xavier becomes the leader of the Junior League, Paul’s left foot is poorly, and Xavier is still preaching and might even be the temporary chairman of the congregation at Trinity. Addresses appear in the back of the book. In the front: Navy Yard Route card, Membership card for the men’s club, a voting card, and various advertisements.

Diary 1924

This diary, written in a Bank of California book, includes some scribbles—perhaps from one of his children—across most of the pages in this book. He continues to watch basketball games, play tennis preach, and takes many trips to the dentist as well. He writes very little in this diary and does not mention his job at all. At the back of the diary appear addresses.

Diary 1927

This diary, written in a book by the bank of Bank of California, skips from February to late June and includes nothing for the rest of the year. A list of addresses appears at the back of the diary.

Diary 1929

This diary, written in a book by Augsburg Publishing, mentions that Xavier still watches basketball, men’s club, faculty meetings, Signe travels to Aberdeen again, but skips May through November. (Graduates from the University of Washington with a Master’s Degree in June, but does not mention this in the diary.) There is an unused coupon for American Specialty Company and an outline on SS standard of the NL church of amice.

Diary 1929

This diary, written in a book by Bank of California, includes a handwritten train schedule. Xavier doesn’t begin writing till August, and then doesn’t write for the rest of the year.

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