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, . 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.”
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.