July 1888

Sunday, July 1, 1888

Shower and cool. Mother picked too many berries. We have all spent the day resting today.
Frank has been down to meeting this evening.
We begin our S.S. lessons in Ex. 24-1-12. God’s cov. with Israel.
Aunt Fannie called – mother carried her supper up to her.

Monday, July 2, 1888

Very good hay day. Men have succeeded in getting their hay.
Wm. O’Brien here at work. Prescott and Mattie walked to the village this morning with a letter.
Our woman has taken the washing and done it entirely without our help. The first hired help we have ever had that could do their work without being told how at every step.
D. Hill has taken seven more lambs and paid for both lots ($50).
Mr. Wheeler is quite sick. Frank has been down to help him.
I have cut out my calico dress skirt and nearly finished making it, full skirt with french ruffle.

Tuesday, July 3, 1888
Warm and pleasant. Grandpa and Grandma have spent the day in Northampton. Louisa has done the ironing. I churned and worked over the butter and baked bread.
Finished my dress skirt. Aunt Fannie and Mrs. Wheeler here this P.M. Mother rec’d a card from my mother.

Wednesday, July 4, 1888
Warm and pleasant. We seldom pass the 4” of July without a thundershower. No celebrating here today, only by getting in hay. Went up to Aunt Fannie’s tonight.

Thursday, July 5, 1888
Warmer a severe thunder shower this evening. Mother has baked pies and ginger bread.

Friday, July 6, 1888
Finished dress and made an apron like it.

Saturday, July 7, 1888
Pleasant. Men mowing up above the house. Did mending and nearly made an apron for Henry.

Sunday, July 8, 1888
Cooler and pleasant. We six have all been down to church. Mr. Snyder preached from Hab.3-2 “Revive thy work.”
Henry did not behave well in church.
Frank has gone down again tonight.

Monday, July 9, 1888
Rainy and cool. Mother W. is 59 yrs. old today. I made ice-cream without ice. Gave her a new night dress. Finished H’s apron and cut out mother’s gingham dress. Louise has done the washing. Grandpa and the children have been to Mr. L. Graves’ after cabbage plants. Papa and Henry went to the village after phosphate.

Tuesday, July 10, 1888
Cool and pleasant.
Mrs. Conner called with her daughter Mrs. Louise Hunter from Ohio also she had six other friends with her. Sewed on mother’s dress.

Wednesday, July 11, 1888
Warmer. Mother ironed her dress and I the girls white dresses and a few pieces – Louise did the rest we had a large wash. The children and I have picked Aunt Fannie’s currants.

Thursday, July 12, 1888
We had a severe thunder shower last night between the hours 9 and 11 – after it cleared away the wind continued to blow and has blown fearfully all day. The oldest inhabitant does not remember such a heavy wind at this season of the year. The children do not like to go out of doors to play. The ground is covered with apples and leaves that have been whipped off the trees.
Quite cool tonight. The wind does not blow.
Mrs. Oliver Munson and Etta have called here today. Finished mother’s dress except braid and button-holes. Cut the cambric skirt for my dress. Susie is so cunning these days.

Friday, July 13, 1888
Cool out of the sun. The children have built a stone fort out by the scales and put up three flags – I suppose they are Harrison flags.
Not quite so windy today. We have been reading of snow-storms on Mt. Washington and damage done by wind and rain on the coast and all about the N.E. and Middle States. The counsel of ministers met in Conway yesterday to decide in regard to the disturbance there. They decided that Mr. Thomas should leave in three months. They had a long meeting lasting until late in the eve. Aunt Fannie called. Mother is not very well. Frank has a lame back. Mowing “lugs heavy” with him. We have used green apples twice this wk. I have been doing mending.


I’m not certain, but the “Harrison flags” could be a reference to President Harrison’s 1840 Presidential campaign. That campaign was before Emma’s birth, but it was the first presidential campaign where a candidate used flags and posters and other such tools to promote his run for office.

Saturday, July 14, 1888
Pleasant. Mother has made pies, ginger bread, and cake. I made my cambric skirt.
Frank is better today. Went to the village this eve.

Sunday, July 15, 1888
Very pleasant, not very hot.
All been to ch. Mr. Snyder preached, subject was Christian Endeavor. Text from 2” Tim. 2,15.
Mr. Price has sent a letter to Mr. Graves telling of his work in Wyansata Minn. His people are building a parsonage – our ch. and S.S. intend to lend a helping hand. F. has been down again tonight.


Mr. Price was actually in Wayzata, Minnesota. I found a little biography of him in the Congregational Year-book, Vol. 45. He was born in Lansford, PA, July 27, 1856. It says he was put to work in the coal mines at an early age, but later studied medicine before switching to the ministry and graduating from the Hartford Theological Seminary. He was a minister in Williamsburg, MA from 1886 until 1888. He was in Wayzata from 1888-1889, before moving to other churches in Minnesota, and then to Iowa, and then to California. He passed away on March 1, 1922 in San Francisco, CA.

Monday, July 16, 1888
Pleasant. Louisa has done the washing. Her left hand is badly swollen tonight, looks some like a boil. Sewed on my dress. I feel better than I did yesterday. Sent a letter to mother. Grandpa and Prescott went to Northampton to change his bed-springs.

Tuesday, July 17, 1888
Pleasant a little warmer. Men have drawn in the hay from the middle orchard and side hill.
Louisa has not been able to work today. I have churned and finished dress skirt. Fixed Emma’s things for her to go to Conway. Mr. Wheeler is quite miserable, he thinks he cannot live very long. The men got in a load of hay for him today.

Wednesday, July 18, 1888
Pleasant. Grandpa and Grandma and Emma went to Conway. Mother enjoyed her visit very much. Emma stayed up there.
Louisa’s hand is not much better, but she insisted on doing the ironing. I have worked the butter, made starch, a few cookies – cut out lining for basque also trimmed up the brush front of sitting room windows. Rec’d letters one from Florence and one from cousin Tirzah. Uncle E. expects to move some time in Sept.

Wednesday, July 19, 1888
Quite rainy nearly all day. I have cut and basted basque it is fitted ready to sew. Frank, Prescott, Susie and I went to the village this P.M. We arrived home without getting wet. Aunt Fannie wanted me to go to get her things for her. Mr. Wheeler is sick again. We telephoned for Dr. Hill to come up.

N.B. Grandpa W. is possessed with the “Gift O’ Gab.”

Frank went up to call on the neighbors this morn. Prescott drew his wagon from Mr. Wheelers. He has been fixing it for him: he is getting most too feeble for work in the shop.

Friday, July 20, 1888
Mother made pies – I have been sewing on my basque.

Saturday, July 21, 1888
Pleasant. Susie has not felt as well as usual today. I have swept mother’s room and mine – giving the bed and springs a cleaning. I find that the basque I am making does not look well with the cashmere – so I will have to make another one. Think I can wear it with my velvet skirt. Children picked and shelled peas. Men have got in a gt. quantity of hay worked until 7 o’c.

Sunday, July 22, 1888
Cloudy but only a little sprinkle.
Frank’s shoes had gone for repairs – so we did not go to church.
Mr. Waite of Hatfield called.
Lesson text today was “God loveth a cheerful giver.”

Monday, July 23, 1888
Very pleasant – but heard showers all around us. Mother has been trying to give Louise a few lessons in washing with kerosene. Frank and Grandpa had to go to the village after the heifer of Mr. Hills. Running berries are coming quite plenty; Grandpa bought ½ bu. of new potatoes last Sat. for 70 cts. I have made button holes on mother’s dress and sewed on buttons. Commenced fixing velvet skirt. John has been over here today. He was on his way to Dwight Hills. Rec’d a card from mother. Mr. Thomas is quite sick with inflammation of the bowels. Emma is having a very nice time up

Wednesday, July 25, 1888
Men finished haying. Louise and the children have been out after running berries. Mattie and Prescott picked five qts. yesterday. Father and John over today. Sent mother cake apples and berries – also sent home dish rack. Aunt F. went to Northampton.

Friday, July 27, 1888
Mattie dressed Susie today for the first time.

Saturday, July 28, 1888
Very pleasant. Grandpa and “all hands” have been trimming out the door yard. Frank and Prescott went to the village to get their hair cut. Bought bu. of potatoes of Dennis Brazil for $1.25 per bu. I have finished my basque and fixed velvet skirt to wear with it – also finished cashmere dress skirt yesterday did mending – today have helped Louisa with cleaning – she washed the windows upstairs: We set up my mother’s spring bed in the west chamber – the men drew it up there through the window.

Mr. Elam Bodman is in town. He is brother to Luther and Lewis formerly of this town.

Grandma and I have been down to Mr. Wheelers with the children. Mr. W. has a daughter, two grand-daughters and two gt. grand-children there visiting. They came last Monday.

Sunday, July 29, 1888
Cool and pleasant. We had rain during the night. We have been to ch. and S.S. Mr. Snyder preached his subject was faith. Our S.S. lesson the Tabernacle, Golden text. “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them.”

Mother, Susie and I walked up to Aunt Fannie’s. We found that she came home last night. F. went down to the six o’c meeting and stayed through until 8 o’c.


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