September 1890

Saturday, September 6, 1890

Sent three baskets of peaches to New Haven by express.

62 baskets of pears were sent last Wed. morn.

Sunday, September 7, 1890  

Cloudy and rainy. Charlotte Howland came yesterday with her sister Florence, Bro. George, and Annie Rope one of the city boarders. It commenced to rain just before dinner and kept it up all of the P.M.

They started home between 3 & 4.

Frank and the children went to ch. this morn, he and Charlotte went this evening.

Mr. Snyder returned from his vacation last Mon. or Tues. He has been gone four weeks.

Monday, September 8, 1890

A very pleasant day. Mother has done a large washing. We were all through in good season. I made dinner ready for Uncle Francis’s load of people but they thought they could not get out. Charlotte ate in a hurry and went home with them. They had been to Northampton to take Eliza in season to commence her school and then drove around this way.

Mr. Rope and two sisters and one daughter with Uncle F.

Our schools commenced today; Miss Bridgman comes to our school again. Prescott has not been able to go today.

Men have been getting in potatoes from the apple-house.

Tuesday, September 9, 1890  

Cloudy – commenced to rain soon after 3 o’c.

Mr. Martin, wife and daughter came and stopped to tea. Mr. Cooper came and brought yellow tomatoes.

Wednesday, September 10, 1890   

Very rainy day. We did our ironing. Grandma churned.

Thursday, September 11, 1890  

Cloudy but not much rain. We went down to visit with Mrs. Sandersons sister and Aunt Mrs. Lord. Her husband is a grandson of Rev. Mr. Lord that used to preach in this town.

Mrs. L. has a baby girl three months old. She weighs as much as Ruby does now.

Friday, September 12, 1890

Very rainy again. Mother made mince pies and bread. Finished a blouse for Henry. I pickled a few pears.

Saturday, September 13, 1890

Rainy day – sun shone for a few moments this P.M. Frank carried butter and eggs to Florence. Emma and Mattie went down to see the “little Lord baby” & gave Mrs. S. a sample of our mince pies. Rec’d letter from Florence and cousin Anna – a card from Mary Guilford.

Sunday, September 14, 1890   

Cloudy but not much rain until night.

Frank and the children went to S.S. F. went down this eve to the chapel meeting as he was not early enough for our meeting.

I have had a quiet time studying the lesson for next week.

Monday, September 15, 1890

Very rainy day. I stirred cream. Mother did not wash.

I cut and partly made a blouse for Henry out of Emma’s red plaid apron. Prescott picked about two qts peaches tonight. The rain has caused most of them to decay.

Tuesday, September 16, 1890   

Rain most of the day. The sun has shown out several times but not long enough to dry anything. Mother washed but dried colored clothes in the house – part of others are on the line and the others in the tub.

Mother has been down to Mrs. S’s. Her company has gone to her sisters.

The men pick the “Triumphe’ de” – pear had two bls.

Notice – A double funeral.

“The double funeral of Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Miller was held from the Haydenville church Monday P.M. (the 15”). Rev. Mr. Nichols of Florence officiated.

Mrs. Miller’s sickness was a long and painful one, she having been sick for over a year from different complaints. She was very highly esteemed by all who knew her.

She was the daughter of Mr. Hamlin of Gloversville, N. Y. Mr. Miller was sick only a few weeks from Bright’s disease: he was a life time resident of this village, son of the late Cyrus Miller and bro. of Galusha Miller of Florence and E. F. Miller of this place. He was a respected citizen, well and favorably known throughout the town. Only 22 hours difference in their deaths. They leave a daughter 3 years old.”

This was copied from the Gazette.

September 12” Arthur T. Miller aged 50 years.

“                     13” Sarah E. Miller   “       41    “


Wednesday, September 17, 1890    

Rained very hard with thunder and lightning. Susie had a nap this P.M. a foot worth mentioning. I finished Henry’s blouse.

Mother has potted our plants ready for winter.

Grandpa fell from an apple tree this morn.

Thursday, September 18, 1890

Pleasant. We ironed colored clothes and mother put out the white ones. Cut out a pair of pants for Henry.

Prescott was not able to go to school. His head feels badly and is dizzy.

Frank took Emma, Mattie, Gertrude and Grace Nash over to an exhibition in Whately. The speaker showed pictures of India and the people and houses giving an account of them as they were shown.

Ruby and I went down where they were picking Lady’s Sweeting apples then over to Mrs. Wheeler’s. She had just come home from Nathan Graves’s. Stella & Ella M. came from New Haven this P.M. Ruby does not feel well as usual.


Lady’s Sweeting apples are also known as Lady Sweet Apple. A description of this apple from the website Cook’s Info: “Lady Sweet are medium to large-sized apples. Their thin yellow skin is smooth, and mostly covered with bright red, dotted with pale russetting. Inside, the white flesh is tender, finely-textured, crisp, aromatic and firm. The flavour is sweet with very little tartness to it. The tree is such a heavy bearer that in fact it needs pruning or apple quality will be affected.”

Friday, September 19, 1890   

Pleasant. We ironed a little. Mother did fine starching. I could not sew much only to do my mending. Ruby has not felt as well as she did yesterday.

Saturday, September 20, 1890

Foggy and rainy this morn, but pleasant before noon. Grandpa went to Northampton on the cars. Prescott carried him down, then went to get the horse shod: when he went to meet him the girls rode down to go to their sewing society at Bessie Kingsley’s.

Mr. Charles Lavake here this P.M. They have had a hard time of it this summer. Aunt R. cannot see anything out of one eye and not much with the other. Her sister Susan is living with them now.

Men have been picking King apples today.

A double murder occurred in Amherst. One young fellow shot another fellow and girl because she was going to a party with the other fellow. Marion sent four coats and four pairs of pants to me – also a pair of gloves to Emma.

Sunday, September 21, 1890    

A very beautiful day. Papa and five children went to church. Ruby was too worrisome for me to leave her. Frank went down tonight.

Monday, September 22, 1890   

Mother did washing too dull for clothes to dry very rapidly.

Mr. Sam’l Williams, his son Jered, and Nina’s boy Charlie  were here to dinner and spent most of the P.M. Ruby has not felt any better.

Frank went down  to the neighbors this eve.

Tuesday, September 23, 1890

A fine day. Henry’s legs were so lame he could not walk to school.

Mother picked and fixed peaches, fixed mince meat, and we stirred cream and chopped green tomatoes. Mrs. S. sent up tomatoes and onions. She and Leon were here this P.M. She is trying to wean him. Written a card to mother.

Wednesday, September 24, 1890

Clear, cool and pleasant. Grandpa, Frank and Prescott went to the Cummington Cattle Show. Had a fine time.

We did our ironing. Mother fixed pickle or chow-chow. Had nearly two gallons. Also picked peaches and filled Mrs. Sanderson’s basket.

Thursday, September 25, 1890   

Ironed starched clothes that were left over from last week. Mother pickled nearly four gallons of peaches.

Men have been picking Sheldon and Swan’s Orange pears.

Mrs. S. and children here. I commenced to make Henry’s pants – they were cut over a week ago.

Friday, September 26, 1890  

Rained hard this afternoon. Frank went to Northampton with pears, but could not sell them so he sent them on to New Haven.

Finished Henry’s pants.

Put up six qts of peaches for Mother T.

Saturday, September 27, 1890    

Mother made bread and ginger bread. We girls fixed the chambers. I put down the carpet in mother’s room and fixed Prescott’s little room over kitchen. He and Henry are going to try sleeping there. Mother made crab-apple marmalade had about 4 qts. She filled Mrs. S’s pint cans.

Annie Western here with Alton and Leon.

Sunday, September 28, 1890

A pleasant cool day. We all have been to ch. Frank went again this eve. Text this morn was from Matt. 13-51 & 52.

Ruby has been feeling better for two days past.

Mrs. Clapp gave me the picture of Mary’s house.

This is a verse that is worth keeping in mind.

“Think truly, and thy thoughts

Shall the world’s famine feed;

Speak truly and each word of thine

Shall be a faithful seed;

Live truly , and thy life shall be

A great and noble creed.”

Monday, September 29, 1890     

A fine day. Men took a load of pears to the depot. Mother did washing. Mrs. Sanderson and children came up this A.M. Brought dessert for dinner.

Mrs. Willard Williams called this P.M.

I sent Susie down to the neighbors to tell Grandma she had company.

Men have spent most of the day looking after sheep.

F. went to the village this eve.

I am making Henry’s best pants and coat a little longer.

Tuesday, September 30, 1890    

Very pleasant. We did our ironing. Grandpa took the two boys and went to Northampton with the fruit exhibit.

Frank went to New Haven on the first train and returned on the 9.15 P.M.