Effie A. Trimble McGrew was born in 1868. She married Alfred N. McGrew (1863-1951) in 1891 in Sullivan, Indiana. They had five children: Gladys (1892-1932), Hellen (1894-1982), Nathan Trimble (1896-1986), Ogel David (1898-1982), and Margaret (1904-2004). By 1910 the McGrew family were living in Lewis Township in Clay County, Indiana, where Alfred was manager of the telephone office and Effie, Gladys, and Hellen worked as operators. In 1917, Nathan and Ogel McGrew enlisted in the United States Navy. The rest of the family continued to live in Lewis Township, where they ran a small family farm as well as held other jobs. Effie and Gladys worked as telephone operators, store clerks, and supported the daily needs of farm animals, vegetables, and crops. Alfred was also working as a wallpaper salesman and paperhanger. By 1920 Alfred was working as a coal miner, but later reverted to primarily taking care of the farm. Effie McGrew died in 1832. Collection contains Effie McGrew's diary from May to August 1917, written on the reverse pages of one of her husband's wallpaper sample books. Pasted on the first page is a letter from her son Ogel, at the United States Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Illinois. Throughout the diary she tracks letters from her sons, as well as records their needs and visits home. McGrew also writes about daily life, parenting, running a farm, and working other jobs. Other topics include caring for chickens, sometimes in her kitchen, planting crops and vegetables, tending to cows, and harvesting. She frequently comments on her health and suffering from headaches and neuralgia. McGrew also records her dreams, the weather, exploits of townspeople, and her family's health concerns. Many entries detail accidents at local mines and injuries to miners. The collection also contains a transcript and index to the diary.