Hi Grant, I'm not sure if you followed Ken Schultz's catalogs but in his 2004 issue, he offered your very item as lot 564. He wanted $3,500.00 for it, so it sounds like you got a bargain! If you want I'll send you excerpts.
Hey Grant I know how Lauras diary got put up for auction I am the one who put it up for auction. I knew her when i was a child and her items came to me just in the past four years would love to share some stories with you if your interested if you look at the donations of her handwritten account here on ET you will see courtesy of Ben Roberts thanks