Tuesday, May 1, 1888
Pleasant. Mother has baked doughnuts, cookies and lemon pies. I have not done much but take care of Susie. My face is quite badly swelled. Frank is grafting the flemish beauty pear trees over to Swan’s Orange and Buerre D’Anjou.
Flemish Beauty trees are known for being winter hardy. The pears were sometimes called “Sweetmeat of the Woods.” This variety still seems available today as an heirloom variety.
Swan’s Orange – an American variety also known as Onondaga. Online search results are mostly mentions of the variety in mid-19th century horticultural books, leading me to think it is not a variety propagated today.
Buerre D’Anjou is also known as Anjou, and is still a very popular variety of pear.
Wednesday, May 2, 1888
Rain and sunshine – somewhat cooler – snow flakes flying. Mother has made bread and churned; also set a hen in the apple house tonight. I have not been worth much today – fixed mother’s room after F. took the stove down.
Anton spent the P.M. down to Mr. Miller’s.
Sent Emma and Mattie up to inquire after Aunt Fannie.
Thursday, May 3, 1888
White frost last night – pleasant today. Frank has been grafting trees in the pear orchard. We did our ironing.
“A precious thing is all the more precious to us if it has been won by work or economy.” (Ruskin)
Frank has been to Northampton to draw money to take up Mr. B’s note. Rec’d letter from Florence.