D.E. Terriere Diaries

Dates: 1870-1913
Size: 2 boxes with 38 diaries
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: C00044
Provenance: The diaries were transferred to Special Collections at an unknown time.
Access: No restrictions
Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: D.E. Terriere Diaries, [Box#], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.
Processed by: Reviewed by Michelle McCoy, January 2017

Biographical Note

David Edward Terriere was a resident of the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Born in New York on March 26, 1838, and raised in Michigan, Terriere moved to Chicago in 1868 at the age of 30. He first found work as a book keeper and store keeper at the Union Stock Yard and Transit Company (1868-1884), before opening Beckwith & Terriere, a short-lived hay, grain and feed business. On May 1, 1886 the Englewood Bank hired him as a cashier. Terrier remained with the bank for more than twenty years. David Terriere died on June 25, 1914 and was buried in Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles, Michigan.

Ann Eliza Terriere [nee Correll or Corell] was born in Pennsylvania, circa 1842. She wed David Edward Terriere at a ceremony in Niles, Michigan, on January 26, 1861. They had five children: Charles Corell, George, Harry Ward, Charlotte and Harriette Edna. Ann Terriere died in Chicago on June 11, 1923. She, too, was buried in Silverbrook Cemetery.

Scope and Content

The collection contains 37 handwritten pocket-size diaries created by Chicago resident David Edward Terriere from 1870 to 1913. Diaries from the years 1871, 1881 and 1905-1908 are missing. Although economical with words, Terriere’s entries offer a view of his family life and include records of his financial transactions for everyday purposes such as train fare, household expenses or entertainments as well as the sums given to his wife for other purchases. The entries often note specific routes or transit methods that he has taken to arrive at a destination, but seldom offer many details of events, his places of work or those with whom he dined. Terriere’s diaries, however, provide a glimpse into the activities of a middle class Chicago citizen and business person. He notes election days, visits to the 1873 Inter-State Industrial Exposition of Chicago and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, fireworks on the 4th of July, family picnics, baseball games, severe weather and other activities, though always with few words; for example,

Friday, October 21, 1892

Bank not open today. Dedication of Columbian Exposition. Allie Carroll and Hattie were at fair all day. I took wife, mother and Allie Carroll for a ride. I went to see fireworks in Washington Park in the eve.

The collection also contains a diary kept by Mrs. Terriere’s mother, Anna Elizabeth Correll of Niles, Michigan, for the year 1900. She notes that the diary was given to her as a gift by David Terriere. Her entries describe family relations along with her regular butter production, possibly for the country store Terriere & Perrott, and other domestic duties.

Arrangement

The diaries are arranged chronologically with the one kept by Anna Elizabeth Correll at the end.

Subject Headings

  • Bankers – Illinois – Chicago
  • Diaries – 19th Century
  • Englewood (Chicago, Ill.)
  • Family life—19th century

Related Materials

Englewood Community Collection
Chicago City-Wide Collection

Container List

Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1870
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1872
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1873
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1874
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1875
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1876
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1878
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1879
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1880
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1882
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1883
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1884
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1885
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1886
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1887
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1888
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1889
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1890
Box 1 D.E. Terriere diary, 1891
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1892
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1893
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1894
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1895
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1896
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1897
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1898
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1899
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1900
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1901
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1902
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1903
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1904
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1909
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1910
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1911
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1912
Box 2 D.E. Terriere diary, 1913
Box 2 Anna Elizabeth Correll (mother-in-law of D.E. Terriere) diary, 1900
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