November 1889

Friday, November 1, 1889      

Rainy. Rec’d telegram from Frank.

Miss Alice spent the P.M. and stayed to tea.

Mr. Norman Graves’ funeral was held at his house. Grandpa went down. F. did not come tonight.

Saturday, November 2, 1889

Rainy – not one bright sunny day since last week, Fri.

Papa came this P.M. Mrs. Morehouse and Alice here this afternoon. We talk of getting Alice to work for us.

Rec’d photographs from Uncle Justin this week and a letter from Florence. They are fixing over their house.

Rec’d card from mother saying that they expected to stay in their new home last night for the first time.

Sunday, November 3, 1889  

Very dark and rainy all day until about 4 o’c. Mr. Pease’s bro. Ed. and Mr. Almon Johnson came yesterday to make him a visit. They returned tonight after it cleared off.

We did not go to ch. on account of Mr. Hiram Nash’s funeral which was held at his house this P.M. at two o’c.

Grandpa, Grandma, Prescott, Mattie & Emma went with Frank to the funeral. Mother did not go to the grave: The house was crowded with friends; if the day had been fine there would have been twice that number. The last time I saw Mr. Nash he carried Jennie and three children to Northampton to take the train for home. At that time he took cold. On the next Monday called on Dr. Hillman Wed. Dr. Perry was called but pneumonia had too strong a hold to be broken up.

Monday, November 4, 1889  

A very beautiful fair day. We did a large washing. Prescott did the machine work before he went to school.

The Cooper company went home this morning. Frank had a type-writer given him if he would introduce them in his travels. He has been experimenting with it this evening. It works nicely.

Men made cider this morn, then sorted apples through the day. Three extra hands to help.

Prescott & Henry went to the depot with Grandpa tonight.

Mrs. Porter came over from Mr. Jerome Hill’s this P.M. made a little visit and got some quinces.

Tuesday, November 5, 1889   

Wind clouds passing over. Ironing day today. Men went down to vote at noon.

Mrs. Cooper and Blanche here this P.M. Helped fix B’s cloak.

I am making red flannel drawers for Susie. We bought some for Prescott, M. & E.

Rec’d letter from Eliza Howland – she expects to come and see us Fri. eve: she teaches school in Northampton on Bridge St. and boards with Wealthy G. Bradford.

Wrote a card to her and one to mother.

Wednesday, November 6, 1889  

A few flakes of snow to be seen in the air. Very pleasant tonight. Grandpa and Grandma went to town today. Frank to the village this P.M. I baked bread and cake. Children came home soon after 3 o’c they had short nooning and no recess – so the teacher could go home. Grandpa went to Whately to see a calf that was advertized – found it to be our Billings calf.

Thursday, November 7, 1889

A beautiful day. I put straw matting down in Prescott’s room this morn. Went to the village this P.M. Henry went and had his hair cut.

Took mother’s bonnet down to be fixed.

Seven men at work sorting apples.

Sanderson and John Wright take their dinners here.

Friday, November 8, 1889   

A pleasant day. News came that Eliza could not come tonight on account of teachers meeting tomorrow.

Saturday, November 9, 1889  

Quite rainy the most of the day.

Eliza came on the 2 o’c train this P.M.

Mr. & Mrs. Geckler came also.

Sunday, November 10, 1889   

Rained hard all night and part of the day. We did not go to church. This eve. Eliza, Frank and I went down.

Monday, November 11, 1889

Foggy and frosty morning. Grandpa carried Eliza into town: he found very uncomfortable riding.

Prescott did the machine work on the clothes. Could not hang them out. Mother cut out nightdress for herself. I finished off Susies clothes that needed fixing.

Frank went to Whately and North Hatfield.

Tuesday, November 12, 1889    

Cloudy and threatening. We made ready for Mr. Kingsley but he did not come. Finished sorting apples tonight.

Wednesday, November 13, 1889   

Clearer but not cleared off put the clothes out but they did not dry. “Aunt Libbie” and I cut out mother’s flannel dress. Took clothes in and put into tub. Raining hard wind blows fearfully.

Men making cider.

Thursday, November 14, 1889    

Clouds, rain and sunshine – clothes half dried today. Sewed on the dress what time I could get. Rev. S. A. Bragg called this P.M.

Mr. Frommel came on the 2 o’c train & went to Whately to see Frank.

Grandpa finished making Mr. Cowell’s cider. Howard worked until midnight drawing it to the depot. Two more loads to go in the morning. Mr. Geckler has taken right hold to help along.

Rec’d letter from Marion she has gone to house-keeping on Binney St. Boston – near Mrs. Charpiot’s new home.


Emma most likely is referencing Mary Charpiot. Journalist Marion McBride (Emma’s cousin, and the Marion mentioned in this journal entry) includes Mrs. Charpiot in an article she wrote titled “Police Matrons” in an 1886 issue of The Woman’s Magazine. McBride’s article begins:

“The work of placing matrons in charge of women under arrest in this country, is the direct work of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union . . . The subject of Police Matrons in Boston, being agitated at the present time, is attracting general attention”. McBride goes on to describe the initial ignored attempts by the Woman’s Educational and Industrial Union of Boston to have police matrons appointed, and their response: “What did Boston women do, wait? No, never, while women are steeped in misery are falling into deeper despair around them. Women do not, as a rule, shirk, and they are not often daunted by opposition. While the “committee on police” of Massachusetts, were musing over Police Matrons, pushing the appeal aside, the women were organizing!”

McBride’s mention of Mrs. Charpiot in this article is as follows:

“Mrs. Mary R. Charpiot, Matron of the Massachusetts Home for Intemperate Women at 41 Worcester street, Boston, has been a devoted worker among such women as Matrons are requested for. Mrs. Charpiot founded this Home in 1879, it was incorporated in 1882; up to the present time 1,526 women have been cared for, 791 of whom were single; 685 were Americans. They are brought to the Home from the Courts, and are managed by kind, firm treatment. Mrs. Charpiot, with her daughter’s aid, takes entire charge; there is not a man in the house, and the average number of inmates is 43. It is an Industrial Home, earning 70 per cent. of the amount needed for the work.”

Friday, November 15, 1889

Pleasant cooler and windy. Merc. 28 tonight. Mrs. G. has sewed all day. We ironed and sewed a little. Mother finished a shirt for Grandpa. I fixed one for Henry.

Dressed three chickens tonight. Miss Bridgeman and Gertrude Nash called tonight.

Men finished cider making tonight.

Saturday, November 16, 1889     

Today has been the coldest yet 25 this morn. Mrs. G. finished mother’s dress skirt. She, Mr. G. and I went to the village to get Mother W’s bonnet. Howard Pease went to Holyoke. Mr. Utley called to tell us that Frank had not finished loading and would not be able to get home until late.

Sunday, November 17, 1889  

A very beautiful clear day. Frank has not come. The four older children walked down to church.

I have had a very quiet restful time today felt lonesome tonight as F. did not come. Wrote a letter to mother.

Monday, November 18, 1889   

Cloudy most of the day. We had quite a large wash. Mr. Kingsley commenced work on the old part of the house: it is all torn out tonight as far as the kitchen doors. Frank came this A.M. did not get through at the depot until 3 o’c Sun. morn., then had to take a rest before he could go to N. Hatfield for his team. He paid freight on car and sent this morn before coming home – he and his men shipped 650 bls. of apples last week – they all had to be overhauled.

Friday, November 22, 1889    

Rainy – we had wet drizzly time of it all the week.

Children’s school closed this P.M.

I have made Henry a new pair of pants.

Saturday, November 23, 1889  

Pleasant most of the day. “Aunt Libbie” and the children spent the P.M. with Mrs. Cooper.

Father came over tonight to bring Mrs. Hill.

Sunday, November 24, 1889   

A very pleasant day. We all went to ch. Father went with us. Mr. Snyder preached. He gave an analysis of the epistle to the Philippians. His main thought was A Gospel of Cheerfulness.

Monday, November 25, 1889   

Cloudy and chilly. Mother and Prescott had a large wash. Grandpa and all hands raked leaves and banked the house. Pease drew manure from Belcher’s. Frank down to depot sending off apples. Father did not go home until nearly dark. Had trouble making a settlement with Kelso.

My sewing today has been mending and fixing.


The October page of the Fredonian Farmers’ Almanac for 1880 prescribes the following, which align with the actions described in this journal entry:

“Now is the season for gathering leaf-mould from the roads for banking up the house, barn and sheds . . . Autumn is the best time for preparing the garden for Spring planting . . . Plow the garden by turning each furrow from ten to twelve inches deep . . . Let the surface remain in furrow ridges, and spread over the surface fresh, long stable manure. This keeps the soil warm during the Winter, and by Spring will be sufficiently rotted to plow in.”

Tuesday, November 26, 1889

Cold night last night. Merc. 28 a beautiful clear day. We have done our ironing. I cut out two pair drawers for myself and an apron for Susie. Mr. Cooper and Blanche here this eve. Mrs. Wheeler went up to Mrs. Hiram Nash’s this P.M.

Mr. Kingsley has not been at work here this week.

Dressed two chickens tonight.

Wednesday, November 27, 1889

Commenced to storm in the afternoon. We made ready to go to Conway but it is raining terribly tonight. Cut girls flannel dresses.

Dressed one more chick tonight.

Thursday, November 28, 1889

It is raining in torrents. The wind blew it into the house considerably – water runs in the road like a brook.

Stopped raining this P.M. but it is not very clear. We had roasted chicken, potatoes, onions, pickles and steamed pudding for dinner.

Mr. Geckler is 62 yrs. old today.


Here is a recipe for Victorian steamed pudding though others are available online:

Friday, November 29, 1889

Pleasant. Frank is busy taking care of his apples at home – putting them into the apple house cellar. Wright and McGowan here this P.M.

Children have taken cold during this wet time.

Saturday, November 30, 1889

Snow squall with high wind this morn. pleasant after 3 o’c – we started for Conway at about 4 o’c. Arrived at the new home all right found Ed. Nettie & the baby there.

Mother has two boarders, Miss Clark and Miss Smith.

“Aunt Libbie” has been most sick abed today. Mrs. Wheeler called.

Howard Pease and Arthur Damon came for Pease’s trunk.

Kingsley worked here until 3 o’c put in windows and temporary doors so we are a little warmer.