Dorry Shaw kept this diary as part of an English class assignment, so it coincides with the last part of the school year. Nevertheless, he wrote a detailed account of one month of his daily life, revealing to us how a 14-year-old boy spent his time in April and May 1919. He talks about topics such as sports, fighting, hunting, doing homework, going to the movies, and the weather.
Dorry Shaw was born Llewellyn Dorrington Shaw on September 20, 1904. He was the second child born to William (Will) and Beata Austad Shaw of Enderlin. Will's parents had immigrated from Scotland and went first to Ontario. Beata's parents had immigrated from Norway to Iowa where they married, and then to Enderlin where they homesteaded. Will became a railroad conductor on the Soo Line which often took him out of town. Dorry had an older brother Russell, and a younger brother, Curtis who appears in the diary. He also had a sister Helen who was just 3 when Dorry kept this diary for a school assignment. The household also included a servant, Ida Helberg. As an adult, Dorry served in the U.S. Army for thirty years. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and spent the rest of his life in Florida, though he often returned to Enderlin to hunt. He died in Florida in 1974.