July 1890

Tuesday, July 1, 1890  

Mother has been making cake for the 4” of J. picnic to be held on the ball ground.

Frank and mother went to the village this eve. She went to get new slippers.

Friday, July 4, 1890   

Cloudy & showers with a terrific thunder-shower this eve.

A picnic started by the Sons of Temperence was held down on Mr. John Hill’s land. We did not go down until after dinner & then only stayed an hour. They had singing by the children and reading s and recitations. Revs. Mr. Snyder and Marten made short speeches which were very good.

Prescott staid to watch the ball-game, the rest of us rode down So. St. and called on Mrs. Champion Brown. Had a fine time. Grandpa had a long tramp after the cows and then could not find them. Frank went for them. Milking done at 8 ½ clock.

Saturday, July 5, 1890

Pleasant. Mrs. Sanderson here – brought up some of her 4” of J. cake.

We are hunting carpet bugs now for recreation. Finished Mattie’s white dress.

Sunday, July 6, 1890  

Pleasant. All went to church except Prescott. Mr. Snyder preached.

Monday, July 7, 1890  

Clouds threatening but all cleared away before night.

Mother had a large washing. She went down to Mr. Sandersons this P.M.

Tuesday, July 8, 1890   

Pleasant. We have had two very hot days. Today has been ironing day.

I took the baby and called on the neighbors this P.M.

Prescott and Mattie went to the village this eve after ice. P. lost his pocket-book. Mrs. S. rode up with them and brought some radishes.

Wednesday, July 9, 1890  

Pleasant – with quite a cool breeze blowing. The children have picked and shelled 4 qts. of peas. Sent some to Mrs. S. She and the children came up with Mrs. Johnson and Jennie Corbett to give Mother W. a surprise. This is her 61” birthday. Mrs. J. gave her collar & cuffs.

Mrs. S. brought work basket.

We had ice-cream, lemonade, dried beef, cake, ginger bread and cucumber pickles for supper. Harry J. and Frank Sanderson came up. Mother enjoyed it all finely.

Thursday, July 10, 1890  

Pleasant and cool. Frank, Susie, Ruby and I went to Florence – left here about seven and arrived home at 10 ½ o’c.

Found Prescott’s pocket-book in Mr. Briggs yd. Mother went down to Mr. S’s. I made her an apron while she was gone.

Friday, July 11, 1890       

Pleasant. Mother made bread and cake. I am fixing short clothes for Ruby. All spare time is given to looking for carpet bugs.

Saturday, July 12, 1890

Pleasant. Quite cool these days. Men drew in hay from the middle orchard – tonight all hands helped Sanderson get in his hay.

Sunday, July 13, 1890     

Pleasant and cool. Grandpa went to church with the children. Ruby has kept me company on the bed.

Elijah under the Juniper tree has been my subject of thought. One of the old S.S. Times had a number of articles about it written by different ones.

Florence T. Clapp’s birth-day today.


The story of “Elijah under the Juniper tree” is from 1 Kings 19. The prophet Elijah’s life has been threatened by Jezebel, queen of northern Israel. Fearing for his life, he flees into the wilderness. After a day’s journey, he sits under a juniper tree and prays that he might die. “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away from life; for I am not better than my fathers.” He sleeps and is awakened by an angel who invites him to arise and eat, for there is food and drink laid out for him. He eats and drinks, goes back to sleep and is awakened later by the angel who says “Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.” He eats again and then travels forty days to Mount Horeb, the mountain where the Ten Commandments were given to Moses.

Monday, July 14, 1890    

Pleasant most of the day though showers threatened this morn.

Mr. S. and children here this P.M.

Susie and the baby vomited most of the night.

Tuesday, July 15, 1890   

Very hot with showers at night. The W.C.T.U. were invited up to W. A. Nash’s but it was so warm I did not care to go and take the baby. Mrs. S. came, brought her sewing and spent the afternoon.

Mother did some baking.

Wednesday, July 16, 1890  

Very warm. We have done a large ironing.

Arthur came over after Jim. He took home an old hen and six chickens.

Mother went down to Mrs. S’s. Mattie was sick in the night.

Sent cards to mother, Aunt Libbie.

F. had to give up and come in pitching hay in the heat was too much for him.

Thursday, July 17, 1890

F. has not been able to do much today.

Grandpa has been out with the men.

The children have watched cows in the west pasture this week.

New potatoes for dinner.

Friday, July 18, 1890

Cooler and windy. Mrs. Billings and her two children came this afternoon. They came up from Bondsville to Mr. Elliotts last night.

Mrs. Cooper and Mrs. S. called to see her.

Grandpa is not very well today. They have nearly all had their turns at headache and vomiting. Prescott had to go to bed with it this afternoon.

Saturday, July 19, 1890  

Showers all day with heavy winds. Grandpa has not sat up much today. Mrs. B. called on Mrs. Cooper. Mattie took care of her children while she was gone. We all went down to her old place this afternoon.

Mother and I each have an apron that she brought to us. Mr. Elliott came up after her this eve. Prescott drove down with her things and to get the mail. Rec’d letters from Miss Prouty and Mrs. Geckler.

Sunday, July 20, 1890

Showery and very cool – so we have kept fires for the warmth. We all went to ch. except Mattie. She is badly poisoned.

Mr. Snyder’s text was from Is. 40-31. “They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength.” The exercises were all very helpful to me.

Prescott, Emma, Grandpa and pap took a tramp on to Walnut Hill to find the cows.

E. had her first horse-back ride.

Wednesday, July 23, 1890

Our hired men went away this morning. The most of the haying is finished.

Mother and I did the ironing. The children went to the depot to meet Miss Prouty this P.M. Mattie stayed at home to care for the baby.

Children picked about 5 qts. of running-berries.

Thursday, July 24, 1890

Cool and showery. We have visited as fast as possible. Miss P. has her share of troubles and trials. We went to the depot with her in season to take the 4-40 train. Emma stayed with Ruby.

Friday, July 25, 1890     

Very hard rain last night and all day. Ruby weighs 14 ½ lbs. Mother has done her baking today.

Saturday, July 26, 1890   

Rainy until nearly noon. Men have made a small scaffold in the barn. Prescott and papa drew bls. this P.M. Mrs. Alanson Nash spent the P.M. here while he was gone to the pasture. I have put short clothes on Ruby today for the first time. She wore a dress that Mrs. Sanderson gave her. I have just finished a new white one for her.

Men could not find the cows.

Sunday, July 27, 1890   

Pleasant and warmer. Frank left for the hill at 4 ½ o’c – looked for the cows until after 7 o’c then came home to eat breakfast and start again. He was too late home to get ready for ch. The four older children walked down. The Worthington minister preached.

It is well for Grandpa that I stayed at home as Ruby has been quite tendsome.

Monday, July 28, 1890

Warm. Mother and Mattie did a large washing. She tends the machine and wringer now instead of Prescott.

Mrs. Sanderson and her husband’s sister called here tonight.

Tuesday, July 29, 1890    

Very warm. Ruby is not very well seems to be lame and her bowels are bad. She may be getting ready for some teeth.

We did our ironing. Mother baked bread.

Mrs. S. brought a pan of peas for our dinner. We had string beans also. Prescott and Emma went down after the Gazette.

Sent card to mother, a letter to Florence and Mattie sent one to Mrs. Geckler.

Wednesday, July 30, 1890

Very warm. Grandpa went to Northampton. Frank mowed in the factory piece.

Major has caught over a dozen wood-chucks since the first of June.

Blanche went after berries with the girls tonight. Made two more window screens.

Thursday, July 31, 1890  

Very warm today with showers tonight.

A week ago last Saturday they had heavy shower in Lawrence, Mass accompanied with high wind wh. tore down buildings killed eight persons, besides causing great loss of property.

Cut out calico waist for myself. Had another time of looking for carpet bugs.

Men have been getting in hay.

Ruby is better now.


The noise of the cyclone that hit Lawrence, Massachusetts on Saturday, July 26, 1890, was at first mistaken by residents for sounds of the local textile mills and busy streets. But it was the sound of houses being torn apart. The first casualty was Mary Lyons, 24, who ran into her house for her child. Her husband was knocked down by the wind before he could get inside. The house was destroyed in front of his eyes and Mary was killed, though she had managed to be on top of her daughter, who survived.

23-year-old Michael Higgins was killed when the railroad tower he was working in was thrown into the air and dashed into pieces. Other victims included Helen Cutler, 11; Elizabeth O’Connell, 32; Mary Ann “Mamie” O’Connell, 11; Elizabeth Collins, 28; Annie Collins, 6; and Hannah Beatty, 10.

The baby daughter of Elizabeth O’Connell was found blown down the street, but unhurt.

Information sources: Forgotten New England blog and Celebrate Boston website.