Digital Commonwealth

Standard Diary & Daily Reminder

Newton Free Library

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Presented here is the diary of 12 year old Esmond Rice, who was born in 1892 and lived most of his life in Waban, a village of Newton, Massachusetts.

The City of Newton owns a wealth of historic materials that speak to the community's social, cultural and governmental past. These materials reflect the civic life of and provide insight into Newton from the 19th through the early 20th century, a time when Newton was transforming from agriculture to industry and becoming a suburban Boston residential community.