John Evans Adamson (1884-1961) was the first Manitoba-born Chief Justice of Manitoba. The son of Alan Joseph and Julia Adamson, he was born at Nelson Manitoba, one of the ‘ghost town’ settlements that moved into Morden when the railway came there. Educated in public schools in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, he also attended St. John’s College and the University of Manitoba, from which he graduated in 1907. He studied law in Winnipeg and was called to the bar in 1910. In May 1922 he became the first Manitoba-born lawyer to be elevated to the Court of King’s Bench. In January 1948 he was appointed a justice of the Manitoba Court of Appeal and in January 1955 he was appointed Chief Justice of Manitoba. He retired, in failing health, in February 1961 and died later that year. The journal, which was presented to the Manitoba Archives by his daughter, is the record of Adamson’s life when he was just fifteen years old.