January 1889

Tuesday, January 1, 1889

Warm and pleasant.
We did ironing. F. and Pease went to village to Old Folks concert.
Brought home bl. of flour.
Mrs. Jones died this P.M. She was the wife of the Methodist minister.

Wednesday, January 2, 1889

Warm and pleasant. Men sawing wood.

Thursday, January 3, 1889

Warm. Men commenced making cider.

Friday, January 4, 1889

Warm. Frank Sanderson came to help men making cider. Frank Cowan and Walter Warner broke into Mr. Wheeler’s house last night. Mrs. W. turned them out then they smashed down the gates.

Prescott has stayed at home most of the week.
Mrs. Jones funeral today.

Saturday, January 5, 1889

Cloudy but not cold. Merc. has not been below 28⁰ this week.

Grandpa and Mattie went to Northampton this P.M.
I have had such a hard cold this week that I have hard work to keep about. Mother has a very sore throat.

Sunday, January 6, 1889

Commenced raining last eve and everything is covered with icicles and water.

Monday, January 7, 1889

Rainy this morn but cleared off before night.

Frank gone to see about his apples in the village. Mr. Utley came up this eve saying that Frank had been called down to N.Y.
The stage drivers had to chop their way through this morning the ice on the trees was so thick & heavy. Children did not go to school.
Commenced to fix over an old dress for Emma.

Tuesday, January 8, 1889

Pleasant. We did our washing.

Sanderson came and helped finish making cider. Prescott stayed at home to help Grandpa. Girls went to school. I wrote to Clara and Mrs. G. this eve.

Wednesday, January 9, 1889

A mild beautiful day yesterday and today is so chilly and rainy. The rain has fallen in torrents since 10 o’c this morn. Ironed starched clothes and finished Emma’s dress & done mending this eve.

Pease drew one bl. of cider and one of apples to the depot to go to Springfield.
Miss Ellen Nash gave Mattie a pair of mittens yesterday.

Thursday, January 10, 1889

Pleasant but windy not very cold. Father and mother came over was here to dinner. They went to the village in the afternoon. Rec’d a letter from Frank, he sent check to Grandpa of 375 dollars. [This part missing from copy] He doesn’t expect to get home [This part missing from copy.]

Friday, January 11, 1889

A beautiful day. Men filled the wood-house clean up to the “brim and running over.”

Took cow over to Alanson Nash’s. Pease went to the village this eve. Mother has felt like staying up-stairs today. I wish her troubles might be buried so deep she never would see or hear of them again. I think she suffers as much as anyone.
I washed plants, did some sweeping and sewed on Mattie’s dress.
Mother brought over two mending baskets that she had fixed one for me and one for mother W.

Saturday, January 12, 1889

Pleasant. Mother has made pies, bread and cake.

I finished Mattie’s dress. Frank came home on the last train. He earned $120.00 from Tues. morn to Fri. night. He had charge of 15 men who unloaded potatoes from car and barreled them ready for shipment. They got off 4000 bls. F. had .03 cts per bl. for taking charge.

Sunday, January 13, 1889

Very pleasant and not very cold. We all went to church and S.S. Mr. Pease went with us. Mr. Snyder’s subject was Learning and Teaching, mostly taken from Christs Life and Works. He was to preach again in the M.E. ch. he gave notice that he should repeat the morning sermon.

Frank and Pease went again in the evening.

Monday, January 14, 1889

Cloudy this morn but cleared off before noon. We had dinner to put up for six but Grandpa and Pease had to come home before noon. They mended their sled this P.M. Frank is down to the village getting ready to load apples.

Mother has been washing. Susie had to give up this P.M. and go to sleep.
I cut out two chemises for myself, the first I ever cut for myself out of bleached cotton. Fixed needle book for Mattie this eve.
Old Mr. Hiram Hill is 85 yrs. old today. “He was the son of Ephraim Hill who was the son of Samson Hill.”

Tuesday, January 15, 1889

Colder 10⁰ above 0. Very pleasant. Frank down loading a car. Pease drawing wood. Grandpa drove both horses down to be shod, one this A.M. the other this P.M. The children were invited to take tea with Grace and Gertrude Nash. Their Grandma made a party.

We have done part of our ironing, etc. Mr. Wheeler gave us a call this A.M. I cut out a pair of drawers for Mattie and worked on my underclothes. Did mending this eve.

Wednesday, January 16, 1889

Pleasant. Frank down to the village did not get home until late as he rec’d telegram not to send off only one car load this week.

Mother fried doughnuts and made bread. Grandpa and Pease drew out wood. Commenced to rain this eve. Rec’d a letter from cousin Mattie.

Thursday, January 17, 1889

Very rainy until about 10 o’c. Merc. up to 36⁰ this P.M. Warm and pleasant this eve bright moonlight. Frank has rec’d orders to go to Connecticut; he made ready and left on the 5-45 train.

Prescott and Pease went to the depot with him.
We finished ironing, etc.
Mr. Henry Hill carried a new stove up to the school-house today.

Friday, January 18, 1889

Pleasant. Mr. Wheeler is worse again. I went down to see him this P.M. Sent a letter to his daughter Mrs. Cooper of Bridgeport, Conn.

Mother has made twelve mince pies and three turnovers. Today has been sweeping day with me. Men worked on the hill half a day. Mr. Pease went home this P.M.
Finished one chemise this eve and cut out a pair of underdrawers for Emma.

Saturday, January 19, 1889

Colder and windy. Mother made bread and buns. She ought not to have done a thing today – her hard cold gets no better. I stirred cream etc. finished Emma’s drawers. Prescott unharnessed Jim and put him up after Grandpa returned from the village. He always helps about it, but today he did it alone.

Sunday, January 20, 1889

3 above 0 this morn pleasant through the day but snowing this eve. Prescott and Mattie walked down to church. Frank did not return last night.

Mr. Pease returned tonight.
Commenced to snow between 7 & 8 o’c this eve.

Monday, January 21, 1889

Snowed all night and until 9 or 10 this A.M. Warmer but windy the snow is too heavy to blow about much.

Children have not been to school. Grandpa broke road on to the hill this morn. Prescott and Pease went to the depot. He drew wood this P.M. I have mended old horse blanket for Jim. Wrote a letter to mother this eve. (a long one). We did not try to wash – hope I can persuade mother to let me do it for her.

Tuesday, January 22, 1889

Pleasant. I made a horse blanket out of old mill cloths for Jack. Pease drawing wood from off the hill.

Wednesday, January 23, 1889

Mother did the washing.

Rec’d letter from Frank saying he would not be home before Sat. letter from Miss Prouty also. Mrs. Cooper came to Mr. Wheelers yesterday. I went down there this P.M. He looks very much worse.

Thursday, January 24, 1889

Today has been a tough one. We must take the “bitter with the sweet.”

Friday, January 25, 1889

(Account of death of Samuel Knights) [Note: full name is Samuel Swett Knight.)

I insert this taken from the Gaz. to save writing it out.
We hear also that Dr. Streeter died very suddenly. Grandpa went to town on the 1-15 train returned in the eve. Pease took him to depot and went after him.
Mr. Lavake is in Florida. Mr. James Munyan has had a shock so he is quite helpless.
Grandpa went to consult with Miss Caroline Williams about Aunt Fannie Williams’ affairs.
Prescott did not feel able to go to school today. We have done part of our ironing. I have made Mattie a pair of drawers for “dress up.” and fixed over an old sack of mine for her to wear to school. We made bread and stirred cream. Went down to Mr. Wheeler’s this P.M.


Full name of the second man mentioned was Dr. Dwight A. Streeter.

Saturday, January 26, 1889

Nearly a week of beautiful weather. Pease finished drawing down the wood that was drawn out and commenced drawing from west pasture. We did not bake anything but beans today. I swept and mopped the west chambers etc. etc.

Mother has made over Grandpa’s frock. Henry has stayed out all day except long enough to eat his meals – most an unheard of thing for him to do.
Pease went to the depot and waited for the last train but rec’d letter from Frank saying he could not get here until Tues. or Wed. of next week.

Sunday, January 27, 1889

Snowed hard all day. Mr. Wheeler is worse again today. I spent some time there after Susie went to sleep. Dr. came while I was there. I have written to F. and Mrs. Geckler. Pease stayed down to Mr. W’s this eve.

Monday, January 28, 1889

Cloudy. We did not wash. Mr. Lyman Waite called. Conductor Smith’s wife’s mother is dead. Took cold last Monday wh. resulted in pneumonia.

I washed the cloth left of my old garnet dress, ironed it, and cut and basted a dress for Susie out of it.
Children have not been up to school. Pease went down this morning to get harness mended. This P.M. they cleaned and oiled the double harnesses. Grandpa went up to get Sanderson to help on the wood.

Tuesday, January 29, 1889

Cloudy until nearly night –but it is very pleasant now a little colder.

Mr. S. Guilford brought up beef to corn down. I made cottage pudding and apple sauce. Finished Susie’s dress and cut out an undershirt for Mattie this eve. Children have not been in school.
Pease drew wood out of the west lot.
Hanson [may be Alanson] Nash and F. Sanderson called here. Grandpa has stayed in doors today with a bad cold.


Cottage pudding is actually a type of cake that was served with a sauce on top. I found 19th century recipes here and here.

Wednesday, January 30, 1889

Cold and pleasant. Frank came last eve. on the 7 o’c train. He came from N.Y. while he was away he called on Uncle Edward’s family. and spent one day and one night with Miss Prouty in New Hartford. His business took all through Conn. in the principal market places. He also went to Providence – sold the apples also large quantity of onions but they went at a low figure.

We did our washing. F. spent A.M. in answering letters in the P.M. went to see if the apples in the cellars were all right. Payed the taxes etc. $71.00 and few cents.
Mr. O. Nash and Mr. Lyman Waite called.

Thursday, January 31, 1889

Clouds and sunshine. Mother has made bread and doughnuts. Boys drew wood out of the west pasture. Grandpa went to the village this P.M. and took Henry with him.

Frank, Pease and I went down to the vestry to a sociable and chicken pie supper. We had a fine time. The young people went to the Town Hall afterward to a select dance. Frank went over and introduced Pease to the co. before we came home.