The Hattie Diaries

Harriet E. WhitcherThe Hattie Diaries are my ongoing transcription of the Great Plains diaries of my great-aunt Hattie, who wrote daily (yes, literally, every single day) from 1920-1957.

Flash Narratives    •    Found Poetry   •    Videos

What was life like nearly one hundred years ago for a bright, creative woman starting her married life on the Great Plains of Nebraska and South Dakota? Read more in the first volume of The Great Plains Diaries of Hattie Whitcher, available free in pdf, mobi (Kindle) and epub (Nook) versions:

1920: Choring in the Mud

Flash Narratives

These Flash Narratives—very short, self-contained pieces of creative non-fiction—are based on Hattie’s words and life. Most of the flash narratives here are no longer than 500 words:

Found Poetry

The following posts use Hattie’s diaries as found poetry (poetry taken and adapted from existing writing):


June 7, 1942: A Surprise on William

The Glorious Fourth of July

For more background information on the Hattie Diaries, see these posts and sites. For your interest, feedback, and encouragement, Hattie and I thank you.

7 thoughts on “The Hattie Diaries

  1. Hi Lisa, I’ve been looking at your “Hatties Diarie” and find it quite interesting. I notice the date is 2011…are you still sending it out? I’m very interested as William J Whitcher was my grandmothers cousin! Was wondering if you had any photos of him and his family among all the diaries? I hope to hear from you via email sometime. Great work!!

  2. My Uncle, Jack Elshire, was born in Hidden Timber. He was excited to hear about the Elshire name mentioned in your aunt’s diary. I look forward to searching the diaries for him and my mom, Nora Elshire. Thanks for taking the time to publish this collection.

    • Laura, I’m sorry that I didn’t see this comment until now (I was on jury duty last week and the days got away from me). The Elshires (especially Curt, if I remember correctly) are mentioned quite often by Hattie in her diaries. I may even have a photo of one of his homes (?). I’ll check and let you know.

  3. Hi Lisa, I just found your Hatties Diaries, I am the Grand-daughter of Ora Daywitt, I would be so interested if you come across the Daywitt name in anything that you may come across. Thank you , Ionia

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