March 1891

Friday, March 13, 1891  

Very rainy day.

Mr. Gilbert Bradford’s oldest girl fell while playing in her father’s barn. She struck on the back of her head and is unconscious.

Young People’s meeting tonight but the folks did not go it rained so hard.

Saturday, March 14, 1891   

Snow is fast disappearing.

Sunday, March 15, 1891  

Pleasant. The older children had to walk down to church. Henry & Susie rode with papa and Miss Fogg.

Frank went tonight – rode on his gig.

The interest in the meetings continues to increase. Mr. Lyman James is one of those who have resolved to live a better life. He says “three weeks ago he decided to try to live a better life.”

Monday, March 16, 1891

Colder and windy. Mother churned and made bread, etc. I commenced to tack some puffs for the cradle and for Geo. to sleep in. I am trying to finish sewing that I commenced three weeks ago.

Papa and Emma and Mattie went to prayer-meeting held at Mr. H. Hill’s house.

Tuesday, March 17, 1891

14 above 0. Pleasant. Miss Fogg did the washing – girls tend the machine and turn the wringer.

Mother is troubled with a boil on her upper part of her leg.

Miss Fogg and mother do the machine stitching for me as I cannot do that yet.

I went into the sitting-room the day after Geo. was two weeks old – now I go all about the rooms where there is a fire, and have been out to the door.

Friday, March 20, 1891     

Cloudy and chilly. Leon Benj. Sanderson is three years old today.

Frank opened our bl. of Baldwin apples and found they were keeping nicely – only a few decayed ones and the good ones are hard and tart as when they are just picked. Mother made pies of some of them.

I cut and basted two prs. of drawers. Miss Fogg did machine stitching. Rec’d paper from mother with a birthday h’d’kf. inside of it.

Saturday, March 21, 1891     

A raw chilly day, frozen rain falling most of the time.

We celebrated by getting out our wedding finery and had caramel & chocolate cake for supper. Mrs. Sanderson called and brought a loaf of rye bread with her.

Mother W. gave me three prs. of unbleached pillow-cases. The children fixed some little notions and put under our plates at tea-time.

Miss Fogg is not feeling well tonight.

Sunday, March 22, 1891

Cloudy – with showers part of the time.

Frank & the two older boys walked down to ch. F. rode on his gig at night.

A large number were out to meeting.

Monday, March 23, 1891     

Rainy. Mr. Bradford’s daughter Grace died and was buried last Wed. Funeral was at the house at two o’c. Mr. Snyder conducted the services. F. went to meeting tonight.

Mr. Herman Hitchcock died last Friday. Age 81 yrs.

We finished two pairs of drawers. Grandma churned and made bread.

Farmer’s meeting at W. W. Nash’s.

Miss Fogg runs the machine for me.

Tuesday, March 24, 1891

Rainy. Washing day at our house.

I cut out a pair of waists for Susie – partly made them.

Mr. Horace Johnson is quite sick.

Partly cleared off this P.M.

The men are sawing wood with their power saw. They commenced yesterday P.M.

Wednesday, March 25, 1891

Mama and the little folks all went out for a walk before it commenced to thaw: the girls went down to Mrs. Sanderson’s.

Grandma went this P.M. I have tended baby most of the day – did a little sewing for recreation.

Thursday, March 26, 1891     

A pleasant spring day. Henry and Susie played out of doors nearly all the forenoon. At noon all of the children were at play in the barn. Prescott and Moses were rolling and playing on a bunch of hay when Henry ran and jumped onto them – Moses rolled over and they all went onto the floor together. Henry’s left arm struck against the sheep fence – the blow put his elbow out of joint and broke the upper part of the arm down near to the joint. Dr. Perry came and set the bone – he gave him ether. Henry is a brave and calm as can be. “It was pitiful” to see his little arm hang down so limp at his side. I knew at once that something serious was the trouble.

Frank went to Florence for a bl. of flour. Left here after 3 o’c arrived home at 8 o’c. The snow is nearly all gone.

We are so sorry for Henry and yet we are very thankful that the injury is no worse.

Friday, March 27, 1891     

Most of my time has been spent in fixing Henry’s clothes so he can be dressed comfortably. Dr. P. came up last eve and put different splints onto Henry’s arm.

Henry said when he came to his senses “Oh! my arm feels good – it is nice to be cured isn’t it?”

Miss Fogg has made up her mind to leave here next Monday. She does not receive answers to her letters. F. went to meeting.


I’ve been unable to track down more information about Miss Lillie Fogg, or what happened to her after this. Her nephew Moses B. Fogg, when he grew up, ended up in Lewiston, Maine. A 1940 census places him on 123 Summer St in Lewiston in 1940 with his wife, Leah, and adult daughter Evelyn. He died in 1962 at the age of 80.

Saturday, March 28, 1891   

Pleasant. I have cared for the children and finished Susie’s new underwaists.

The men have finished splitting their shed full of sawed wood and getting up more ready to be sawed.

Sunday, March 29, 1891  

Very pleasant. Papa, two boys and two girls went to ch. Papa and the two boys went this eve. The interest still continues – new ones keep coming out to speak a word for Christ.


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