Alanson "Lant" Hinman's 1884 diary describes his work at the Forest Grove Indian Industrial Training School. The entries cover January 24 through June 30, 1884. Most of the entries are 2-4 sentences long. Several examples from the diary illustrate their typical style and contents:
Thursday, Feb. 28
Clear & warm. I worked at the I.T. [Indian Training] school all day. I went out to the school in the evening to take charge of the boys during their study time.
Thursday, Apr. 10
Cloudy & raining at night. I worked on the George Naylor farm all day with the Indian boys, planted potatoes til noon & carrots P.M.
Thursday, June 5
Tolerably clear & warm. I worked in the I.T. [Indian Training] shoeshop A.M. & on the H. Buxton farm P.M. Dr. Winthorn went to Portland & met James Stewart with 4 Indian children from Nespersy [Nez Perce]. I hunted my cows [in the] P.M.