Denta Watson Summer Journal of a Young Woman at Fort McKinley in 1912
In the summer of 1912, Denta Watson, a young attractive 20 year old, traveled from Georgia to Great Diamond Island, Maine to visit her older brother, Dala, who was a Captain in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort McKinley. During her approximate three month stay, she recorded in a journal the people she met and the places she visited.
"The journal [discovered after Denta’s death in 1961] is written in phrases, not complete sentences, so occasionally you have to look between the lines to try and understand its contents," says Denta’s granddaughter, Anne Pledger. Nevertheless, this delightful journal gives us an engaging peek into the social life of Fort McKinley in 1912, particularly with the addition of pictures and information for historical perspective and relevance.
Judith Lee is a retired teacher and graduate of the University of Southern California and Manhattanville College, where she received her MA in education. George Michael Lane is a retired Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources and graduate of Rutgers College. His book, A Different Kind of Perfect, the Story of Parents' Choices and a Special Child's Blessings, is about his daughter who has Down syndrome and is available at Barnes & Noble and online at Amazon.com.