June 1888

June 1, 1888

Pleasant. Mother has fried doughnuts and churned. I cleaned Ferdinand’s room – and the drawers in the bureau. Found Grandma Howlands diary of ’73 also some of her hair.


Grandma Howland was Emma’s paternal grandmother, who was born Nancy Ames. Nancy Ames married Emma’s paternal grandfather, Stephen West Tilton, in 1830. Stephen Tilton committed suicide in 1855. Nancy remarried in 1861 to Asa Howland. Asa Howland died in 1870. Nancy (Ames) Howland died in 1882.

Interesting story about Asa Howland that I came across in the History of Greenfield: Shire Town of Franklin County, Massachusetts by Francis McGee Thompson (thanks Google Books!):

“January 12, [1854]. A most dastardly attempt was made to kidnap General Asa Howland, of Conway. He had come to Greenfield to sit as magistrate in the trial of cases brought for the violation of the very strict liquor law then in force. About twelve o’clock at night his room at the Mansion House was broken into and three men in disguise entered, rushed to his bed and while one of the miscreants held his hand over the General’s mouth he was taken from his bed into the hall, where he succeed into getting the hand from his mouth and shouted “Murder !” George Field, the proprietor of the hotel, was awakened and caught one of the ruffians, who let go his hold of General Howland, and kicking both Mr. Field and the General, made his escape. The others had fled as soon as the General cried out. Mr. Howland was badly injured about his face, and nearly suffocated.

Mr. Field offered a reward of one hundred dollars for the detection of the perpetrators of this assault, and a public meeting was called at which Judge Grennell presided, and Henry W. Clapp, Franklin Ripley, Lucius Nims, Lewis Merriam, Charles H. Munn and George W. Potter were appointed a committee to secure the arrest and conviction of the guilty parties. The selectmen offered a reward of five hundred dollars for the same purpose.”

Saturday, June 2, 1888

Pleasant. Ironed clothes that had been out bleaching. Cleaned the girls room , etc – been looking up carpet rags and cutting some ready to sew.
Finished an under waist for myself and did a little mending.
Men finished planting garden.

Sunday, June 3, 1888
Very pleasant a cool night last night, not extra warm today. “We us and co” all out to ch. Lizzie Robinson and Emma Ford sat with us. They have another baby at Mr. Fords – five weeks old. Mr. Woods of Hatfield preached from Ps – 73-24. “Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.”
Frank has gone down this eve.

Monday, June 4, 1888
Very pleasant not very warm out of the sun. Mother and I had a large wash – been getting summer clothes ready to iron. F. had a long hunt for the cows tonight. We had a hungarian fellow here to dinner, he was on his way to Westhampton.
Frank Stowe of Conway has another daughter born last night. Rec’d a letter from mother.
Tuesday, June 5, 1888
Pleasant. Our hired man, Ferdinand, went away today – he intends to go home to Russia and return with his family next spring.
Cleaned mother’s room.

Note: This is the last we hear of Ferdinand in the journal.

Wednesday, June 6, 1888
Pleasant, very warm. Frank and mother went to Florence to do some trading. I have done our ironing of starched clothes.
Thursday, June 7, 1888
Finished ironing. Grandpa went to Northampton. Hungarian here today. to work – had some fuss in Westhampton.
Friday, June 8, 1888
Pleasant. Cleaned mother’s front room. (Mother washed the windows in the chambers.) Mr. Charles Lavake came to dinner and spent the P.M. last Tues.
Saturday, June 9, 1888
Foggy morning – pleasant the rest of the day. Fixed edging on sateen dress.
Sunday, June 10, 1888Clouds and sunshine. Children’s Sunday. We all went to church and S.S. then went to the S.S. concert at 5 o’c. We took Susie with us. She behaved nicely did not make any loud noise. Mr. Snyder told the children about the childhood of Christ.
Mother has been up to see Aunt Fannie tonight.

Monday, June 11, 1888
Showery, but we got our clothes washed and dried. Aunt Fannie called this P.M. while I was cutting a summer coat for Prescott. Frank has been to the village tonight. Men been on walnut hill to fix fence and to doctor the poisoned lambs. (Cooler tonight).
Tuesday, June 12, 1888
Cool and pleasant. Grandpa has mowed the grass in the yard and been to Goshen to get a man to shear the sheep. Frank has hoed the potatoes. Mr. Henry Porter and wife called this P.M. Their dog stayed and played with the children.
Mother has cut out two shirts for Frank. I finished Prescott’s coat. Rec’d a letter from Marion.
Wednesday, June 13, 1888
A beautiful day. I have been to So. Hadley to see about getting a girl – but did not think best to take her. I have had a delightful time – left home little before eight and took the 8.20 tr. for Northampton where I stopped to do a little trading then went on to S.H. took dinner at Mr. Lewis Porter’s – he is the Steward at the Fem. Sem. there, then Mrs. P. and I called on Frank Porter’s wife – then went into Williston Hall and the Sem.At 3 ½ o’c we went to see Miss M. Judd about the girl and met the high school teacher, Mr. Kelly. Miss Judd’s mother is an invalid cannot get about only as she goes in a wheel chair. I left Smith’s Ferry at 5 ½ P.M. waited in N. an hour found Prescott and papa at the depot waiting for me. Mattie stayed at home from school and did her best to help Grandma take care of Susie.


The “Fem. Sem.” is referring to the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary; in 1888, the institution was actually called Mount Holyoke Seminary and College.

Williston Hall was built in 1876 and burned down in 1917. Pictures of it can be seen here: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~dalbino/williston.html

Thursday, June 14, 1888
Very dark and rainy – heavy thunder-showers all around.
Saturday, June 16, 1888
Very pleasant day. Frank, Henry, Susie and I have been to Northampton. H. S. and I stayed at the State Hospital while F. was down town. Henry was sick after we started for home so we waited at Mr. Cutler’s until he felt better. Mrs. C. gave him some peppermint tea.
Mrs. Cena Dickinson and baby called here this A.M. Mother and Arthur spent the P.M. and stayed to tea. Mr. Bartley called to look at the sewing machine.

Sunday, June 17, 1888
Very warm and pleasant. We have all been to ch. Mr. Snyder preached an excellent sermon from Phil. 3, 12-13. F. has been down this eve.

Mother is all worked down with the excitement and work of the past week.

Monday, June 18, 1888
Pleasant this A.M. Thunder shower at noon. Clear and pleasant tonight.
We have not tried to do much today.
Cena D. called on her way home from Chesterfield. F. has been to the village this eve. Fixed dress for mother sewed a little on girls dresses.
Tuesday, June 19, 1888
Pleasant. We have done our washing with Frank’s help. He has been up patching the roof over the kitchen. Mother is in great pain the most of the time – wish I might do something for her. Lizzie M. Wells was married last Thurs. to Harold S. Packard of Plainfield.
Smith College of N. has just past its first decade of commencements. We can remember that that was started the year of our marriage.
C. Grases brought the first load of bls. from Holyoke today.
Wednesday, June 20, 1888
Clouds, sunshine and showers.
Mother has made bread and raised cake. I have done little jobs – sewed on girls dresses this P.M.
Thursday, June 21, 1888
Rainy. We have done our ironing. Mother feels some better.
Amy Stebbins was married to Henry Cutter this evening at 7 o’c. The ceremony was performed in the Congregational Ch.
Aunt Fannie here this P.M.
Frank went to Ashfield after man but did not get one. Came home past mother’s, she sent my dress home that she has been dressing over for me.
Friday, June 22, 1888
Showery. Mother did not rest much last night. We have churned, made sponge cake (3 loaves) and one loaf of layer cake.
Did mending this P.M.
Saturday, June 23, 1888
Pleasant until nearly 5 o’clock then we had high wind and shower. Papa had to hurry home with the children; they had gone down with him to get their hair shingled. Henry was real good to go without me. Mother has made berry and custard pies. I have swept the house upstairs and down. Frank went up to Aunt Fannie’s and brought home a stray pup that had been up there nearly a week. The poor thing was nearly starved.
Rec’d two cards from Marion.
Sunday, June 24, 1888
Pleasant until about 4 o’c & very warm. Since then we have had a terrific thunder-shower and hard rain-storm. The brook was so high F. could not get over to drive the cows home. Aunt Fannie came down this P.M. Susie and I walked most home with her. Frank, the four older children and I have been to ch. Mr. Snyder preached an excellent sermon from the text “Son, remember” Luke 16:25.
Monday, June 25, 1888
Rainy – we did not wash. Have sewed what we could. Mother baked biscuit, and bread. She is not very well. Frank and Grandpa took a cow of Hiram Hill to keep for the use of it. This P.M. F. has gone to Northampton looking for hired help.
Tuesday, June 26, 1888
Showery. F. did not get home last night; rec’d telegram that he has gone to N.Y. Mr. Parsons has no one he could get for help. Sewed on the girls dresses. Aunt Fannie gone to visit Miss Hattie Nash.
Wednesday, June 27, 1888
A very pleasant cool day. Hill bros. been here to look at lambs. Grandpa been to village twice, once to bring up my mother’s bed, then to bring a new mattress bought of Geo. Damon.
Frank came with a man and his wife from N.Y. They are hired until Dec. 1st wages $25 per month for both.
Miss Carrie and Miss Ella Williams came out to see Aunt Fannie.
Grandpa stopped at Mr. Nash’s to have her come home. Miss Hattie brought her home. Henry was quite sick to his stomach tonight, he had eaten too much fruit.
Thursday, June 28, 1888
Cool and showery. Men commenced mowing out in the old garden and in the orchard below. The woman has been ironing and picking strawberries. Finished girls dresses except trimming on Emma’s waist – sent to store for more. Letter from mother.

Friday, June 29, 1888
Showery and cool. Men mowing – school closed this P.M.
Saturday, June 30, 1888
Pleasant, showers threatened this P.M. but no rain here. Mother and children picked berries enough for a short-cake tomorrow.
Cleaned the sitting-room cupboard. Could not sew much as I had not quite recovered from sick headache of the night before.
Mr. W. Sears of Goshen has been here today shearing sheep did them all (37) in one day.
Woman went out to help get up the hay.