Sarah McKenzie

Summit Avenue through Cocos eyes

Way back in the day when children still kept diaries instead of documenting their lives via status updates on Facebook, Clotide “Coco” Irvine kept a record of her life as a 13 year old living on ritzy Summit Avenue in St. Paul.

Even though she wrote the diary in 1927, anyone who has experienced teenage angst should be able to relate to her troubles. She writes about being annoyed with her mother but desperately wanting her approval, getting in trouble at school, sibling adventures and the frustrations of romance.


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