This diary contains entries documenting the daily life of a teenage boy in the Lake Michigan port town of Ludington during 1916-1917. Leslies Davies describes his school activities, times with friends and family, part-time work unloading freighters, and the numerous chores involved in working the family farm. Of note are descriptions of many leisure pursuits, ranging from playing sports to attending motion picture shows to rural adventures (camping, boating, hiking, and swimming).
Notations are handwritten mostly in ink with some pencil. There are a few sketches included with entries, primarily rough maps. Binding is dark red buckram. The front is labeled “National Diary 1916.”