Belle Northrup was born October 6, 1866, the daughter of Charles and Charlotte Northrup. She married her first cousin John Northrup. They farmed near Georgetown, Minnesota. Belle died in Fergus Falls, Minnesota July 5, 1950, at the age of 83. The Georgetown History, page 92, has a short history and photos of Belle and Charles Northrup.
Belle Northrup began her diaries in 1892 at the age of twenty-six and continued to keep a daily record of every day activities over the next fifty-one years. The last dairy is dated 1943. The diaries are arranged in chronological order. Links to pdf files of the diaries are below. Belle took notes of farm work and the day’s production, health, household chores and responsibilities, and weather conditions. Neighbors, friends and relatives are also mentioned. The following people are mentioned in the diaries.