October 1889

Tuesday, October 1, 1889  

It was so dark last night that Frank stayed at the hotel came up early this morn. The reason that Pease did not get him last night was that he did not get to the depot until after the train came in. They missed each other in the darkness. He loaded a car at this depot this P.M.

Wednesday, October 2, 1889

Men run the cider mill this P.M.

Thursday, October 3, 1889

Clouds, sunshine and showers. Mill run part of the day.

I drove down to the village this P.M.

Did our ironing this A.M. etc. etc.

Friday, October 4, 1889

Quite a pleasant day. We fixed Grandpa and Prescott off on the six o’c train to go to Hampton, N.H.

Frank is loading apples at the depot here; has Sanderson and Wright to help him.

Saturday, October 5, 1889

Pleasant. Frank and his men finished loading the third car this morn then he went to Haydenville.

Pease did not work only ½ day – went to Holyoke with his lady tonight.

Sunday, October 6, 1889   

A very rainy day, cool and chilly.

We have all passed a quiet day at home.

Monday, October 7, 1889    

Rainy. Callers have been very plenty today. Dr. Learned here this P.M. I am keeping company with a hard cold. Pease came home tonight.

Tuesday, October 8, 1889     

Showery and cold. We tried a new washing machine today. Prescott tended the machine and turned the wringer everything all done in an hour and ¾ before P. went to school.

Thursday, October 10, 1889

Pleasant after morning. Grandpa carried pigs to Dr. Learned’s. Frank went to village to see Mr. W. Frommel – he went to Florence with mother this P.M.

I made pick-a-lilly and paired ripe cucumbers. Commenced on Henry’s coat. Sent pictures to Uncle Justin and Florence.


Picalilli is basically another name for chow-chow, which is a type of relish made with green tomatoes. Emma mentioned making chow-chow in October 1888, which makes sense as the recipe’s ingredients purposefully make use of end-of-season vegetables. Here’s a recipe for picalilli.

Friday, October 11, 1889

Pleasant. School kept only half a day. Children have had a fine time down to the mill and with Mrs. Cooper’s company (her daughter, with two children and a friend). Father came over today, here to dinner, then to Goshen and back here tonight.

Blanche, Mrs. Morehouse and her friend here this eve.

Grandma made pies, I made sweet pickle cucumber. Worked on Henry’s coat.

Saturday, October 12, 1889   

Grandpa and Grandma went to see Aunt Fannie – she is out of her head most of the time.

Sunday, October 13, 1889   

We did not go to church.

Saturday, October 19, 1889

Pleasant day. Father, mother, Arthur and Mrs. Raymond came over to spend the day and celebrate Grandpa Williams’s birthday. He is 70 years old today.

Frank has been away since Wed. night selling potatoes. Rec’d a letter from him saying he had sold seven car-loads.

Sunday, October 20, 1889  

Rainy morn but cleared off quite warm. Frank came last night came up from the hotel this morn. All went to ch. except Grandma. Prof. Gonung of Amherst College preached.

Monday, October 21, 1889  

F. came up on the freight this morn. He has been to Providence came home via Boston – saw Marion a few moments.

Tuesday, October 22, 1889   

Father came over stayed here tonight.

Wednesday, October 23, 1889     

F. putting apples into storage down to village. Finished off mothers wrapper and Susie’s dress – they were cut out last week Wed. & Thurs.

Thursday, October 24, 1889

I arose at 4 o’c – helped Grandma, papa and Susie get ready to take the 6-15 train for Springfield. Quite cool and pleasant.

I baked bread & cake and fried doughnuts, made pear pickle – fixed new pickle for cucumber.

Friday, October 25, 1889  

Pleasant. Made 4 squash pies, two apple and one custard. Stewed boiled cider sauce. Did part of the general sweeping.

Rec’d letter from Uncle Justin saying the picture and pears were rec’d all right. Rec’d rest of pictures from Knowlton’s. Mrs. Morehouse & Miss Alice & Blanche spent the eve here.

Saturday, October 26, 1889  

Warmer and pleasant until towards night.

Grandma, Frank and Susie came this P.M. They have had a very fine visit.

I baked bread, biscuit, & beans – swept my room and washed the windows, etc. etc. I was so glad to get Susie at home again. She had a good time and was a good girl while she was gone.

Sunday, October 27, 1889

Rained very hard most of the day. We were all at home – even Howard stayed here all day and evening.

Monday, October 28, 1889  

Rainy. Frank at home fixing the machinery. We did not wash. Mother canned the Sheldon pears. I have fixed black dress and done mending. Basted hems on two sheets & called on the neighbors this P.M. Mrs. Morehouse is quite homesick.


Sheldon pears are native to Wayne County, New York. They are typically an October pear.

Tuesday, October 29, 1889

Cloudy but not any rain. Father and mother were over picking up things today. Pease went down for a load of things tonight. Frank had to go to Huntington tonight.

We fixed our house-plants in the sitting-room. Mother W. has not felt as well as usual. I cut out night-drawers and two petticoats.

Rec’d letter from Florence she rec’d our pictures all right.

Mrs. M. & Miss Alice here tonight.

Mr. Hiram Hill things were sold at auction last Saturday.

It was Bro. Harry’s birthday last Fri. but I do not know his age.

Wednesday, October 30, 1889    

Mr. Norman Graves died this morn.