Monday, October 02, 2006

Diary of a Confirmed Bachelor

Twenty years ago, Paul and Sandy Kolacki's daughter found the 1886 diary of Levi Dalley in a bucket of toys. The Peapack, N. J., couple recently decided to donate the book to the State Historical Society in North Dakota, where Dalley settled and lived out his wifeless days.

Area genealogist George Barron said records show Dalley was a bachelor who apparently was unwilling to marry, despite his neighbors' hopes. In the Jamestown Weekly Alert of April 3, 1890, the Mount Pleasant Notes read, "Levi Dalley has returned from New Jersey, but alas, we are doomed to disappointment. We had all looked eagerly forward to the time when we could welcome Mr. and Mrs. Dalley in our midst. Mr. Dalley is here, but Mrs. Dalley, oh where! Oh where! can she be!" [Link]

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