August 1889

Thursday, August 1, 1889

Rained hard until 9 o’c then the men went to the Bullard place and worked until noon. Howard and John split wood this P.M. and F. worked in the garden.

At 5-15 o’c tonight a man came from off the hill and said that the dogs had been among the sheep, had killed two certain and bitten several.

Frank went down to see Mr. Carter about it.

Mother has made bread, pies and raised cakes.

Friday, August 2, 1889     

Rainy – (showery) hot & muggy. Mr. Carter came to look at the killed sheep. Frank and Howard spent most of the day looking them up.

Saturday, August 3, 1889  

Men tried to get up their hay – but so many showers could not work long. Rains in floods tonight. I have not felt as well as usual for a few days.

Sunday, August 4, 1889

A very pleasant day. Dogs on the hill kept F. and I at home from ch. The four older children walked down. F. went to meet them.

J.H.P. took his lady up to show her the Worthington home today.

I should make hard work of staying at home from church very much.

Monday, August 5, 1889

Sent a letter to Florence with one in it that I have just received from Cousin Mattie.

Another very rainy day, until soon after 3 o’c when the sun shone out.

I commenced this morn to wean Susie.

Tuesday, August 6, 1889

Pleasant. Men trying to get their hay dried. Mother washed a little. I stirred cream.

Wednesday, August 7, 1889

Mother baked bread and berry pies. Prescott and Mattie have picked 5 qts. more today, gave Mrs. B. some – she and Mrs. Cooper here this P.M. Men finished drawing hay in from Aunt F’s and the Bullard place. Prescott, Grandpa & papa went down to hear the appraisers on the dog damage. I believe they allowed $90.

Frank rec’d $300.00 from Frommel.

Thursday, August 8, 1889    

Pleasant. I have not done much work today.

Grandpa, Prescott & Mattie went over to see Mr. Smith Harding of So. Deerfield. He bought a sheep of him. $25.

Friday, August 9, 1889  

Cloudy & showery – raining hard tonight. We did our ironing. The children & I went to the neighbors. Rec’d letter from Marion card from mother. She is at work for Aunt Vashti.

Frank and Prescott went after high bush berries tonight. Got eight qts. Grandpa went to Ashfield to look at sheep.

Saturday, August 10, 1889   

Pleasant. Mother did the baking. I did the other work. Marion & Jamie came tonight on the 7 o’c train – Grandma and Susie rode down to the depot with Frank.

Sunday, August 11, 1889

Very cool and pleasant. We all went to ch. except Gr. Grandma & Howard. Frank, Marion, and I went down this eve. It did seem so good to come to an evening meeting. The subject today has been growth in grace.

Monday, August 12, 1889    

Cool and pleasant until eve when we had a shower. Men commenced to cut rowen near the house. Our family numbers 13 now.

Emma is not feeling well tonight.

Grandma, Mattie & Marion went out black-berrying.

Tuesday, August 13, 1889

Cloudy but not much rain. We all went to Northampton and had our pictures taken in a group. We called at Cutler’s store and drove out to city slaughter to see Mr. Hill about the lambs. Called at Aunt Rhoda’s.

W.W. Nash’s hired man Mr. Damon was taken in a crazy fit last night and cut around his throat and on the calf of the leg.

Wednesday, August 14, 1889  

Very rainy. We are having a good visit with Marion.

Thursday, August 15, 1889   

Rainy. I commenced working a napkin for Mrs. Billings.

Friday, August 16, 1889  

Clearing off today. Mother washed the fine clothes. F. brought home the others tonight. Marion, Jamie and Emma rode down st. this P.M. Grandma, Mattie & Henry went down to Mrs. Billings.

Mr. Baker fell from ladder while picking pears – hurt considerably.

Saturday, August 17, 1889   

Frank went to New Haven on the 6 o’c train – did not return at night.

Sunday, August 18, 1889   

Pleasant. J.H. Pease took Marion and the older children down to church. I did not feel like going.

Monday, August 19, 1889   

Pleasant. Frank returned this morn had to go to N.Y. – came home via Springfield; saw “Aunt Libbie”. She has been sick.

Marketed pears in New Haven.

Tuesday, August 20, 1889    

Pleasant and quite warm. Frank took the two-horse wagon and went to Ashfield after sheep. Jamie and Prescott went with him. Brought home 14 sh. and one lamb. Cost $44.00.

Entertainment given by Evalena Hill and Mrs. Smith this evening. We did not go.

Wednesday, August 21, 1889  

Pleasant. Marion, Henry and I spent the P.M. with Mrs. Hannum met her granddaughter Miss Hill from Springfield. We called on Mrs. Lottie Hill. Mrs. H. is 82 yrs. old.

Grandpa and Emma went to So. Deerfield after a buck – bought of Smith Harding.

Thursday, August 22, 1889    

Pleasant. I have done part of the ironing. Mother is baking out to the apple house – had one of the cook-stoves put out there last Sat. Picnic up to Chesterfield today – farmer’s are to have a big time. Frank is not feeling very well – boys finishing up cutting rowen.

Friday, August 23, 1889  

Pleasant. Frank is busy writing – commenced for Frommel. Finished ironing. Marion went down to the W.C.T.U. meeting that was held with Mrs. Chauncey Guilford. She had a fine time. Mother and father came from Chesterfield stayed in the village over night. Arthur came up here – slept with Jamie in the girls bed.

Saturday, August 24, 1889  

Pleasant. Father and mother came up this morn. Had a good visit today. They took Marion and Jamie home with them.

Susie and Mattie went to the village with Papa. Makes twice she has been with him this week. Rec’d letter from Florence and Aunt Susan.

Sunday, August 25, 1889  

Very pleasant. All been to church. Frank went tonight – called on the Dr. for medicine see if he cannot feel better.

Monday, August 26, 1889

Pleasant. Frank, John Wright and Howard Pease are taking down the old chimney today. We know it is 117 yrs. old, & it had been built sometime when Mr. Williams’ grandfather came here.

Frank went to the 11 o’c train to meet cousin Susan Bradley, Ella and her niece Lottie.

We moved out to the apple house, mother washed.

Tuesday, August 27, 1889   

Pleasant. Men cleaning bricks. Frank is picking the Clapp’s Favorite pears. Mattie, Ella and Lottie went out after high bush black-berries. We visited all we could. Henry, Susie, Frank and I went to the depot to see the cousins off – we found that the relatives had just been in town burying the remains of Mr. Almon Warner. He died in Holyoke – he was only 76 yrs. old. He seemed much older.

Rec’d card from Ed.

Wednesday, August 28, 1889  

Very pleasant. Mr. Frommel came up this morn – they are doing this town today. Mother is baking. Susie has not been very well. Mr. Warner Tilden and wife called. Aunt Fannie has been growing worse all the time.

Thursday, August 29, 1889  

Pleasant, cool nights and mornings.

I have not done much but take care of Susie. Frank has been up through Goshen, Chesterfield and Cummington & Worthington.

Mason came and commenced new chimney. Prescott has a hard cold.

Friday, August 30, 1889

Pleasant. F. took train for Amherst; Mr. F. went with him. He returned on the 9.20 train, did not buy any apples.

Frank Sanderson came to help pick apples & pears. Mrs. Billings and Geneva here to dinner – we had codfish “fresh” bought from Geo. Elliotts cart. He is just starting out.

We did a large ironing and cleaned up in the house a little.

Saturday, August 31, 1889  

Pleasant. Mother baked bread and cake. I swept and cleaned up the litter in every room in the house.

We moved things in from the apple house.

Grandpa bought 50 lbs. beef.

Mason finished up & went home this morn.


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