June 1890

Sunday, June 1, 1890  

A beautiful day. We all went to church. Mr. Snyder’s subject today was “Christian Spiritualism.” F. and I went again this evening. The Endeavor meeting was not as well attended as usual.

Monday, June 2, 1890

Pleasant. We washed and did our usual work. I fixed my sateen dress ready to wash it.

The men have fixed the garden above the house.

Mrs. W. Nash sent mother some moss pinks and other roots that I do not know the name of.

Mr. J. O’Niel called tonight.

Tuesday, June 3, 1890

Pleasant. Mother churned today had 14 lbs. Trimmed over mother’s bonnet. It looks finely.  Fixed black lace for the neck. Set out plants.

Wednesday, June 4, 1890  

We did a large ironing this A.M. Susie Frank and I went to the Florence store this P.M. Thunder showers in the night. Showers all about us today. I called at Abbie Belcher’s to see about getting my hat fixed.

Mrs. Cooper and Mrs. Wheeler called.

Thursday, June 5, 1890

Pleasant most of the day – a terrific thunder-shower tonight.

Fixed hired man’s room; did some fixing cut and partly basted dress for Blanche. Rec’d card from mother. Finished a letter to Florence.

Friday, June 6, 1890   

The children have been at home since noon. They visited at Grace Nash’s this morn. The teacher has gone to Chicopee to visit schools.

Mother has been canning the hams. Frank cut them up for her.

Heavy showers again this evening.

Saturday, June 7, 1890

Cloudy part of the day, then the sun shone out very hot. I have fixed Henry’s cambric suit into a waist and put trimming on mother’s petticoat etc., etc.

Mother made pies, doughnuts and cake.

Grandpa and Frank started for So. Deerfield this morn but the buggy broke while they were passing through Whately so Frank returned after the carriage. Henry went back with him.

F. went after meal tonight. Susie rode down with him.

Mattie & Emma went to the village to rehearse for the concert tomorrow.

Sunday, June 8, 1890

A bright beautiful day not very warm.

Mr. Snyder preached to the children most of them took seats up in front.

Concert tonight at 5 o’c – we all went again. Prescott, Emma and Henry had pieces to speak. Emma could not say hers very well as she had not had sufficient time to prepare it. Prescott has a severe headache to pay for his extra effort. P. E. & M. carried their fuchsias that were given them last year. Ada Chandler and Harry Drake had theirs there.

Monday, June 9, 1890  

Pleasant. Prescott did not go to school. Frank has not sat up much today – has a diarrhea feels better tonight.

I have set out some plants that came from Mrs. Wm. Nash’s.

Tuesday, June 10, 1890   

A very pleasant day. We did our ironing. My sateen dress looks finely. Ruby is getting to be a fine little girl.

Mr. S. Guilford brought up 50 lbs. of meat to corn.

Mrs. Sanderson and children spent the P.M.

Mr. Henry Hill and wife called – the horse that he drove had a fine little colt.

Mrs. Hill is looking and feeling quite poorly.

Miss Minnie Gage died the 3rd day this month. She was 29 years old.

Sunday, June 15, 1890   

Rainy in the morn but cleared off this P.M. Rained every day since last Wed.

They all went to church except myself. Mr. Cobb of Florence preached.

His subject was true wisdom. Frank went down tonight.

Mr. Thomas Wade was buried today. He was nearly 86 years.

Mrs. Phineas Nash died last week the funeral was at the house.

I have been very much interested in reading Edw. Garrett’s Occupations of a Retired Life.


Edward Garrett was a nom de plume of Scottish writer and poet Isabella Fyvie Mayo. When she was eight years old, her father died and the family’s fortunes fell from the comfortable middle-class status she had been raised in. Isabella and her sister helped make money by selling embroidered strips to a stall holder in a London street bazaar. Later occupations included a short stint in a telegraph office, secretary, legal copyist and amanuensis. As a writer, she first made money from her verse, but Occupations of a Retired Life was her first novel, published in serialized form. I obtained this biographical information from a site devoted to selected minor Victorian poets and authors. Of Mayo’s novels, the author of the website states: “Their sentimental plots are sometimes heavily embroidered with Christian moralitya catholicity of religious sentiment” as one reviewer described itthat no doubt answered the pious requirements of the journals for which they were intended, but which rather limit their appeal today.”

Monday, June 16, 1890

Cloudy this morn – clear before night. Mother has done a large washing. Mattie is learning to help tend the machine.

Mr. Martin, his wife and daughter Florence called. He is the new Methodist minister here.

Mother called on Mrs. Sanderson.

I have out yoke and sleeves for Susie’s pink calico dress. Rec’d card from mother. Ruby’s bonnet that Florence sent came last week.

Sent card to Flo. & mother.

Tuesday, June 17, 1890    

Cloudy again but clear before night.

Mr. Tilden here to dinner. Susie has good a many rides with papa these days.

Mrs. O. Nash called. She had been out picking field strawberries.

The children and Grandma picked 2 ½ qts. tonight.

The men are hoeing the potatoes. We have peas that are set on the vines. All the crops are looking well.

Mr. Bisbee here taking census notes.

Wednesday, June 18, 1890    

Warm and pleasant. Ruby has not been feeling just right for a week or so, but seems better today. We did our ironing. I had a job picking over field strawberries.

Finished Susie’s dress. Mrs. Wheeler fell and hurt her tonight.

Bruised her left shoulder some. Mother went down to see her.

Thursday, June 19, 1890

A beautiful day. Frank has been to So. Deerfield and Sunderland to see about getting foreign help. He could not get any so he has gone to N.Y. after some one.

Mrs. Anna Nash and Ethel called this P.M. I went down to see Mrs. Wheeler this morn. She can not raise her left arm at all.

Children picked strawberries again tonight.

Lizzie Wells Packard has a daughter born in Plainfield June 15”.

Friday, June 20, 1890  

A very pleasant day – not very warm. I have been in visiting school. Grandpa carried Susie and I up and we walked back. The exercises were very good indeed. The children did nicely. Henry, Prescott and Emma had parts in a dialogue, then they had recitations about Poet Bryant and the Flag of our country – besides compositions etc. etc.

Mrs. Hiram Nash – Mrs. Wm. Nash – Mrs. Horace Johnson – Mary O’Neil

Mrs. Hiram Graves and Marion – Mrs. Anna Nash and Ethel – myself & Susie and Alton Sanderson were the visitors.

Prescott went to meet papa but he could not get his man and get home, then he and Grandpa went down again. P. went to exercises in the church. Fred Miller graduated also 5 others. A stranger stayed here tonight.

Saturday, June 21, 1890

Showery most of the day. Ruby weighed 12 lbs. yesterday. Mother went straw-berrying with Prescott and Mattie this P.M. They get six qts. Frank came with two Polanders this afternoon. I went down to Mr. Sanderson’s and called to see how Mrs. Wheeler was. Mr. Cooper has painted Susie’s dolly cradle. Emma is better tonight.

Sunday, June 22, 1890

Pleasant day – cloudy tonight. Emma and papa did not go to church today. Grandpa drove down with us. Harry J. rode home with us.

Prescott has gone to a S.S. concert in W. Whately with Harry Johnson. Emma Graves is to come home with them.

Mr. Snyder’s subject today was Life.

The S.S. was upon Trust in our Heavenly Father.

I have finished Miss Prouty’s letter and written to mother.

Monday, June 23, 1890  

Mother did washing. Mattie is learning to tend the washing machine. Men dug post-holes for fence around the new orchard.

Tuesday, June 24, 1890

Men commenced haying. Pleasant weather these days.

Wed. – Sat. 

We are picking cherries these days. Had pies once and put up 8 cans. Harry Johnson picked some for Mrs. Sanderson. She and Emma Graves and the children came up and had an eat of them.

Mr. Milo Chilson here to tea.

Surprise party for Emma Graves Fri. eve.

Saturday, June 28, 1890  

Very pleasant. After Frank finished getting in hay we all went up to Conway. We did not leave home until nearly 5 o’c. Reached there about 6 ½ o’c. Aunt Susie had just arrived from Mr. Lyons where she has been staying for a month. We carried up cherries that had been picked out to send to the ministers. Called down to Uncle F’s.

Sunday, June 29, 1890

Pleasant. Frank took mother, Aunt S. and Arthur up to meeting the children could not go on account of the whooping cough.

We came home through the corner of So. Deerfield and Whately – arrived at 7 o’c. Had a fine ride – rode into Mr. Harding’s yard for a short call.

Monday, June 30, 1890  

Mother did washing. The men are mowing.