October 1890

Wednesday, October 1, 1890  

Warmer and pleasant. Grandpa, Prescott, Mattie and Emma went in to Cattle Show. Frank headed Hubbardston apples ready to go off.

Grandpa took part of them to the depot tonight.

Mother washed Henry’s suit, my cashmere wrapper and a coat. I cleaned other coats and my black dress with ammonia.

Thursday, October 2, 1890   

Warm and pleasant. Frank, Ruby, Susie and I have been to Cattle Show.

Had a fine time. Stopped at Mr. Cutler’s to trade a little, but spent most of the time in riding about. Susie and Ruby seemed to be perfectly happy.

Mrs. Nellie Baggs and her mother Mrs. Bradley  called while we were gone.

Friday, October 3, 1890   

Cloudy and showery. I pressed my cashmere wrapper. It looks clean and nice. Mother made cake and ginger bread. Did mending this P.M. and evening.

Frank went to the village this evening.

Saturday, October 4, 1890   

Quite warm and pleasant. Frank has been packing apples ready to send to Providence next Mon. Grandpa and the boys have started the engine and commenced to fix the cider-mill.

Mother made doughnuts and bread.

Grandpa and Grandma Tilton came over and spent the day. Grandpa W. had two lambs killed one to sell and one for us. He gave father a piece.

Mary, Lucy, Maggie and Eddie O’Neil spent the P.M. here.

Cooper here tonight. after milk and butter

Sunday, October 5, 1890  

Pleasant and cool. We have all been to church. Mr. Snyder preached text from Matt. 17”; 18 verse. Frank went down to missionary meeting tonight.

Monday, October 6, 1890

Cloudy – but not any rain until night.

Mother did the washing. I did the “etc. etc.” work. Men have picked 50 bushels of pears, also a few apples.

Grandpa took apples to the depot this morn to be sent to Providence.

Mrs. S. here before school time. Mother went down there this P.M.

I tryed a new wrap-pattern tonight think it will fit nicely.

Tuesday, October 7, 1890     

Clouds and rain. We did our ironing. Men getting mill ready. I cut out the wrap and basted in lining ready to try on.

Wednesday, October 8, 1890   

Cloudy but not much rain. Grandma went down to Mrs. Johnsons with Mrs. Sanderson and her two children. They spent the day and had a fine time.

I commenced to dry apples. Made cookies. Children came from school at noon. Teacher’s Institute in Haydenville this P.M.

Men made 22 bls. of cider.

Thursday, October 9, 1890

Pleasant. Mrs. S. and children here this P.M. Mother made chocolate cake.

Scale beams broke. Mr. Alexander had on a load of cornstalks.

Friday, October 10, 1890     

Commenced raining soon after 3 o’c P.M.

Pared more apples to dry and made pear sauce.

Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Munyan called this A.M. Mr. Cranson’s wife and baby called this P.M.

I sewed seams in the wrap and fixed some things preparatory to going visiting.

Frank went to hear Rev. Mr. Hector – Prohibitionist – (Negro) last eve.


Rev. J. H. Hector was a Civil War veteran and a popular speaker for the Temperance cause, dubbed “The Black Knight.” He toured the country with his wife and daughter. He also was on a lecture circuit for a short time with Jason Brown, son of Abolitionist John Brown. A descendent of John Brown has a couple of blog posts that include photographs of Rev. J. H. Hector and his family. Here also is a broadside advertising a lecture to be given by Hector.

Saturday, October 11, 1890  

Frank carried Emma, Henry, Susie, Ruby and I to Conway arrived there while they were eating their supper. We could not start until Mr. Kingsley had finished putting in the new scale-beams.

Sun. pleasant. They all went to ch. except Mrs. Adams, Ruby and I. F. and E. & H. went home at night.

Mon. mother washed, baked and ironed doing her work preparatory to going to Worcester to the W.C.T.U. convention.

Tues. rained very hard all day.

Wed. pleasant. We took dinner at Uncle Francis’s. It is their 27” anniversary.

Aunt V. is doing a pastel painting to celebrate. She and the girls walked up to the house with me. Arthur went after Mrs. C. Rice tonight.

Thurs. father carried us up to Clara Sykes’s to spend the day – had a pleasant time. Arthur came for us at night. I rec’d a letter from home.

Fri. rained very hard all night. Rain and wind this A.M. pleasant this P.M. Eliza and Aunt Susan came tonight. Arthur went to So. Deerfield to meet them.

Saturday we spent in visiting back and forth. Aunt S. is fixing a dress for herself. Aunt Sarah called. Father is using the horse so I cannot go up there.

(Sun. very rainy etc.)

Sunday, October 19, 1890  

Very rainy and windy most of the day.

Frank came for me this morn. P. & M. were with him. They had quite a rainy time to come in. None of us had gone out to church. We all made ready to come home soon after dinner. Reached here about 5 o’c – not but little rain fell while we were coming home.

Found Grandpa and Grandma W. most sick with a cold. They all seemed glad to see mama and the babies.

Grandpa W. is 71 yrs old today.

Monday, October 20, 1890  

Very rainy day. I have cut out gingham dresses for Mattie and Emma. Mother has partly made the skirts.

Tuesday, October 21, 1890  

Clouds and sunshine. Man here at noon-time that put in new stove grates and made other repairs so our stove is as good as new. The bread baked much better than usual.

Rec’d letter from Cousin Tirzah.

Mrs. Knapp came down to Mr. Sanderson’s tonight.

Wednesday, October 22, 1890

Very beautiful day. Mother did the washing. I finished the girl’s dresses.

Am. Miss. Meeting in Northampton commenced today – suppose Aunt Vashtie has gone down to attend. The N. hotels cannot entertain the Fisk Jub. Singers because they are colored. Also Rev. Mr. Hector and his singers had trouble in Pittsfield about getting a place to stay.


The Fisk Jubilee Singers were formed as a choir in 1871 to raise money for Fisk University (Nashville, TN). The five-year-old university, which offered higher education to all young people regardless of color, was struggling financially. “The first concerts were in small towns. Surprise, curiosity and some hostility were the early audience response to these young black singers who did not perform in the traditional “minstrel fashion.”” In 1872, they performed at the White House. In 1873, they toured Europe. (Quote and history from the Fisk Jubilee Singers’ website).

Thursday, October 23, 1890

Cloudy but not any rain until night. Frank drew apples from the clover lot.

Quinces sent to Prov. market sold for $8.50 per bl. Those sent to N.H. m. brought $6.00 per bl.

We have done our ironing. Grandma and Susie called on Mrs. Sanderson. Mrs. Morehouse and Ella here this A.M.

I have written to mother and Tirzah also fixed papers to send to Anton Karrer.

Sunday, October 26, 1890  

We all went to church. Mr. Snyder preached a sermon about taking care of the lambs in the flock.

Frank was taken quite feverish this P.M. He does not get over the effects of his hard cold.

Last Friday Mrs. Anna Scott died suddenly of heart disease. Age 22.

Monday, October 27, 1890

Mother did the washing and made bread.

Aunt Sarah Tilton called here this P.M. She had been down to Mr. Champion Brown’s to carry Mr. Coburn who has been stopping there this summer. I called down to Mr. Sanderson’s tonight.

Tuesday, October 28, 1890

Cloudy and chilly. Mrs. Sanderson, her grandmother, Mrs. Knapp & the two children spent the day here. Frank S. was here to take tea – we had chicken stew, sweet & irish potatoes for dinner with bread, butter, pickles, apple pie & tapioca pudding.

For tea we had bread, butter, cherries, cold beef & cold tongue, two kinds of cake and cream puffs.

Mr. Warner Tilden was here to dinner. Children came home from school at 3 o’c.

Wednesday, October 29, 1890    

Stormy. We did our ironing.

Frank cannot work much yet. Prescott has stayed at home to help Grandpa get off the Buerre D’Anjou Pears.

Thursday, October 30, 1890

Prescott went to school today but came home tonight all choked up with a hard cold. Pickled pears and made quince jell. Canned some.

Friday, October 31, 1890

Today has been quite mild. Hope Nov. will prove to be as pleasant. F. has worked today.

Rec’d long letter from mother. Uncle F’s colt has died. Uncle F. has had quite a sick time of it.