August 1890

Saturday, August 2, 1890

Mrs. Whitney Hill and Lina May were here this P.M. Johnny Graves here to dinner. Men are mowing up to “Aunt Fannies.”

I cleaned out the attic.

Sunday, August 3, 1890

Very warm. Prescott was our driver today. Papa’s face is so badly poisoned that he could not go to church.

Mr. Snyder preached – he starts on his vacation next Tues.

Monday, August 4, 1890

Pleasant. Mother and Mattie did the washing.

This P.M. we called down to Mrs. Sanderson’s to see his mother and grandmother Mrs. Waite.

Children picked black-berries.

Tuesday, August 5, 1890   

Very warm. Mother did some baking. Mrs. Jennie S. and Mrs. Edw. Sanderson and Mrs. Waite spent the P.M. here. The two grandmas staid to tea. We had black-berry short-cake.

Frank has been out peddling early applies. Sold most of them in Leeds.

Had 6 ½ bushels.

Wednesday, August 6, 1890

Rainy. We did our ironing.

Grandpa and Frank went to Northampton. F. went to Holyoke.

Thursday, August 7, 1890  

Grandpa went down and paid Dr. Perry: Our bill was little more than $10.00. Grandpa’s was $4.50. Children pick berries most every day.

Emma’s fingers are poisoned so she cannot go.

Rec’d letters from Mrs. Raymond, mother, and Florence all in one day.

Friday, August 8, 1890  

Very warm. Mother has made berry and apple pies. We were invited down to Mrs. S’s to visit with the ladies and take tea. We all went.

Mr. Sanderson was at home.

Mr. Nash’s cows keep tasting of our garden.

Saturday, August 9, 1890

Dog day weather – showery and hot. Mattie and I swept all over the house. Finished mending this P.M.

Prescott and Mattie drove down after the mail.

Blanche and Geo. Morehouse here this P.M.

Sunday, August 10, 1890  

Showery and warm until night when a cool breeze commenced blowing from the west.

Prescott was our teamster again today.

Mr. Martin preached. His text was from Phil. 3. Emma had to stay at home because of poison.

Mr. Frank Porter and daughter were in ch. also Mrs. Minnie D. Porter and little boy.

Mrs. Sanford Gage has returned from the hospital but she is a great sufferer and had rather die than live.

Note: Mrs. Sanford Gage’s name was Maria Sherwood Gage. Sanford Gage is mentioned briefly in In The Shadow of the Dam, a book written by Elizabeth Sharpe about the 1874 Mill River Flood. The head machinist at the woolen mill, he was an eyewitness to the flood and watched some of his fellow workers barely make it across a bridge to safety before the bridge was borne off by the flood wave.

Monday, August 11, 1890  

Showery, but we got our clothes dry after a fashion.

Mrs. Sanderson succeed in getting her husband started for Boston to attend the G.A. Reunion.

Men picked golden sweet apples – had 9 bls.


G.A. Reunion is referring to Twentyfourth National Encampment, Boston, Mass., Aug., 1890, of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Tuesday, August 12, 1890

Showery and cooler than it was last week. We have done our ironing.

Prescott has jumped into another of Arthur’s shirts. I did not have to make it any smaller.

I went down to Mr. S’s and waited for Frank to do their milking. Mrs. S. takes her father’s place in the bank while he is gone to Boston and vicinity.

Nellie Sanderson takes care of the children.

Neighbors cows insist on having all our corn.

Men finished getting in hay from Aunt Fannie’s place.

Wednesday, August 13, 1890

I spent most of the morning fixing things, getting cucumbers for pickles, peas & corn for dinner etc., etc.

Nellie S. came up with Leon.

Men drove down the sheep and marked them.

Mr. S. did not come tonight.

Thursday, August 14, 1890  

Cloudy, sunshine & showers.

Mother took up carpet in her room. I gave one more look for carpet bugs but did not find any. Swept and mopped the boys room and the girls. Emma sleeps in Prescott’s little room tonight so that Susie can sleep with Mattie. N’s foot is badly swollen caused by a bee’s sting.

Mr. S. came out from town in the night. Nellie S. and the children were up here this P.M. Grandpa paid Belcher. Men have put up barbed wire fence between our lot and Mr. Oliver Nash’s.

I must write to Florence.

Note: I’m guessing the barbed wire fence is in response to all the cow incidents!

Friday, August 15, 1890

Mother made black-berry pies and bread.

Frank commenced to bud his small apple trees.

Mrs. Levi Nash spent the P.M. here: just as she went away Mr. Sears his wife and a little boy came from Charlemont.


Budding may be referring to a method of apple tree propagation, in particular the step of inserting the bud into the cultivar. Article on budding and grafting from the Univ. of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service:

Saturday, August 16, 1890

A beautiful day. Mr. S. went away this morn, they go to Easthampton from here.

The children (P. & M.) picked 4 qts. more of berries.

Grandpa and Grandma went down to Mr. S’s tonight. Frank went to the village to get his hair cut. Sent a card to mother.

Prescott and Emma went after meal this morn. F. has budded over 200 trees.

Sunday, August 17, 1890

Foggy this morn. Sunny and warm through the day. A heavy thundershower with considerable wind tonight. F. could go to ch. with us today. Rev. Mr. Woods of Hatfield preached.

Text from Gen.24 12”.

Mr. Chester Williams came here to meet his son. Oliver Munson was with him.

Mr. Sanderson and his wife Julia W. brought him over. Mr. Morehouse came up.

Thursday, August 21, 1890   

Cloudy all day. Commenced to rain soon after 4 o’c. It has been quite cool so we needed extra wraps to ride in.

Grandpa, Frank, Susie and I started early this morning for Worthington to attend the Farmer’s picnic. We had a fine ride up, called at Mr. O. Munson’s a moment, then other teams overtook us. We had the bus load of the Haydenville band in front and a two horse team behind that had other members of the band with their wives – so Susie was perfectly charmed with watching the horses and hearing the music.

The picnic was held in the grove on Mr. Bartlett’s place just beyond Randall’s hill.

The speeches were fine – but the wind in the trees made so much noise we could not hear all of them.

The speakers names are given below –

Address of Welcome by

C.K. Brewster Esq. of Worthington


Hon. Wa. R. Sessions Sec. of State Board of Agriculture

Austin Stowell of Peru

Hon. A. E. Pillsburg of Boston

T. G. Spaulding of Northampton, Mass.

E. R. Brown of Ill. He read an orig. poem on the apple he named the different sections

dumplings and he read seven or eight.

Rev. Dr. Morse of Middlefield, Mass.

Col. Conwell – formerly of Worthington but is now the pastor of a large church in Phila. He

has purchased his father’s old place and comes there for a season during the summer.

Mr. B. Bryant of New York.

Co. Treas. Lewis Warner of Northampton

Schuyler Clark of Huntington

H. S. Gere of Northampton

Rev. C. H. Hamlin of Easthampton

We drove home in the rain, but the carriage kept us well protected and we reached here before night, found Grandma and the children all right.

I did not see many that I knew – but I met one of my Westfield class-mates Mary Winslow Starkweather. Also saw Howard Pease’s father, mother and brother, Mr. Alanson Nash and family, Mr. Myron Adams and family, Mr. O. Nash and wife, Mr. Carr & wife, Lyman James & son Phillip, Mary Carter and Millie Norton were there from this town: all the towns about for twenty miles were quite well represented. Estimated number of people present was 1500.


I found this wonderful description of a farmers picnic in an essay titled “The Modern Deserted Village”, written by Rachel Dunkirk, published in a June 1890 issue of a magazine called New Outlook:

“The one dissipation of the year was the farmers’ picnic, and how anxiously it was looked for and talked about! What mountains of cakes and hills of sandwiches! What slaughter of poultry was made for the great dinner! Memory brings it all back. The miles and miles of farmers’ wagons, the grove, with its stand for the speakers, the long-delayed dinner, the hymns that were sung in many keys, the fright about lost children, the exchange of napkins and plates, the forks tied with cords, and the confusion arising because several housekeepers had been struck with the same original idea of tying white cord on their knives and forks as a means of identification! The slow jogging home in the evening twilight to a village without a lighted window!”

Info about the speakers:

In addition to writing a history on the town of Worthington, C. K. Brewster also wrote a piece praising the benefits of agricultural colleges, in particular the Massachusetts Agricultural College. A brief excerpt: “Farming to-day is more of a science than formerly. The successful farmer must make everyday a school day ; must open his mind to new ideas ; must be a constant learner in the labor of life and the laboratory of nature ; must know more about his calling than his ancestors, or he will surely go to the wall.”

Albert Enoch Pillsbury was a Boston lawyer who served as the Attorney General of Massachusetts from 1891 to 1894. In 1901, he designed a federal anti-lynching bill that members of Congress introduced, but it never made it out of committee. In support of the bill, he wrote an article in the Harvard Law Review called A Brief Inquiry into a Federal Remedy for Lynching. He was a member of the National Negro Committee, and later drafted the bylaws of the NAACP in 1911. In 1913, he resigned from the American Bar Association when it rejected the membership of William Lewis, a black assistant U.S. attorney.

E.R. Brown‘s poem on apples was published in Good Housekeeping (Vol. 11). A sample line:

“O the hot Apple pie! ’tis a work of high art / Regaling the senses and warming the heart”

Colonel Russell Conwell was the founder and first president of Temple University, in Philadelphia. There’s an interesting wikipedia article about him that details his Civil War experience.

Friday, August 22, 1890  

Warmer and quite pleasant. Grandma feels rather tired after her weeks work so far. She took care of Ruby until most 12 o’c last Mon night so Frank and I could go down and celebrate Frank Sanderson’s 26” birth-day.

Ruby weighs 15 lbs.

Saturday, August 23, 1890   


Sunday, August 24, 1890 

Clouds and sunshine. Papa, Grandma, Prescott, Mattie and Henry went to Laurel Park camp-meeting – found it quite cool riding.

Mr. Geo. Gere called.

Emma is some better today. She was stung by a bee last Wed. and it made her quite sick – she swelled up all over like the nettle rash.

F. had Dr. Hill come to see her Wed. eve. She had quite a time with vomiting and feeling feverish.

During this intervening time we have had quite a number of comers and goers.

I have cut and made two shirts for Henry, and one shirt waist.

Mrs. Hiram Graves has been down to spend the day & the same day while we were eating dinner Arthur and Miss Mary Rope came. Miss R. is one of mother’s city boarders from Brooklyn. When they went home they took apples and pears.

Mother had one of her poor spells come on just before supper-time.

Mrs. S. and her children called. Mr. Graves came after his wife and John in the eve.


Regarding the Laurel Park camp meeting: “The camp at Laurel Park was founded in 1872 as a Methodist summer camp and used as a site for religious camp meetings and other spiritual services. At the same time, it became a site for the popular traveling Chautauqua Festivals of the era. The grounds were developed with the ideals of the Chautauqua movement in mind: as a place to gather and create an open air “university of ideas” focused on lifelong learning through nature, music, oration and the arts.” From the Laurel Park Arts website.


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