March 1892

Tuesday, March 1, 1892

Snow squalls after morning but not very cold. Mother did the washing.

A letter from Mrs. Geckler.

Wednesday, March 2, 1892

Frank has been drawing wood but could not do much today – squally. He went down to meeting this eve preparatory lecture.

Thursday, March 3, 1892

Aunt Rhoda gave Susie cloth for a dress – and Mrs. Sanderson gave one to Geo. I have finished off both of them.

Emma is not very well these days – her food hurts her and her head aches most of the time.

Took three pigs down to H. G. Hill.

Paid Jesse W. $70.00

Friday, March 4, 1892           

A beautiful day. Papa and Prescott have drawn wood from over east.

Mother churned and baked bread.

Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Martin and daughter Florence spent the P.M. and stayed to tea. Prescott went down and had his hair cut.

Sunday, March 6, 1892   

Windy and colder. We all except Emma went to ch. in a wagon. Mr. Snyder preached a Temperance Sermon. “Wine is a treacherous dealer.”

Monday, March 7, 1892

Men went to town meeting. Mother washed flannels – pleasant until night.

Tuesday, March 8, 1892

Squally. Ellen Nash called. Brought a can of raspberries.

Frank went to Florence. Mother did washing.

I am having sore fingers for a “side show.”

Wednesday, March 9, 1892  

The men have taken Mr. O. Nash’s cattle to keep a few days. Frank went to meeting and to hear Clarence Hawks of Cummington give his lecture on “American Poets.” He is a blind man who is trying to get an education.


Clarence Hawkes has a wikipedia entry and is often referenced as a “blind naturalist and writer”. He was blinded at age thirteen by a gun discharging in his face. He went to the Perkins School of the Blind in Boston and knew Helen Keller. On the day of this journal entry, Clarence Hawkes would have been 22 years old. He went on to write a number of books – poetry and animal stories.

Thursday, March 10, 1892  

The men are getting out logs from over east.

Friday, March 11, 1892

Very cold and snow squalls.

Saturday, March 12, 1892  

Cold and windy. Mrs. O. Nash sent me a book to read. Winning Souls by A. B. Earles.

Sunday, March 13, 1892

12 above zero. Windy but not squally.

Papa and the four older children went to ch. Papa and Prescott walked down this eve.

Monday, March 14, 1892    

8 above 0 this morn. Very windy. Men are drawing up logs. They bought the cattle of Mr. O. Nash today. Two new lambs today.

Mother’s head has troubled her for a few days. I have been writing to Mary G. & Nettie T. this eve.

Fixed new sleeves into Susie’s dress.

Wednesday, March 16, 1892    

Men commenced to fix Broom corn barn. Put a manger into the first wagon-shed.

Grandpa is lame in one foot, but he has kept about the most of the day. Frank could not go to meeting tonight.

Mary Carter is 33 yrs. old today.

Grandma churned and worked butter today.

I showed the girls how to bake something for papa’s birthday supper.

Took clothes in from the apple-house.

Thursday, March 17, 1892    

A little windy but not very cold. I went to Florence with Frank.

We did a little trading at Mr. Cutler’s then I went to the dentists and had out seven teeth: five of them came hard.

Brought up a telegram for Mr. Cooper.

Grandpa cannot bear any weight on his foot.

Friday, March 18, 1892  

Mother made several kinds of cake. I pared ½ bu. Greening apples. ready for pies and sauce.

Very windy – snow fell during the night it is more than two inches deep. Frank is drawing logs into the mill. Rains tonight.

Saturday, March 19, 1892  

Very very windy. Arthur came over from Conway – walked from West Whately.

Mother made apple and mince pies the girls helped trim them.

Grandpa’s foot is not much better.

Mother’s dress patterns came tonight.

Frank drew logs until most night – very squally and rough.

Mr. Cooper’s horse died tonight.

Sunday, March 20, 1892  

Very windy – worse than ever tonight.

Arthur, Prescott, Mattie and Emma went down to church. Henry had sick headache. Susie is sleeping up-stairs with Mattie tonight.

Emma is with Grandma.

Grandpa sleeps on the cot-bed in the sitting-room.

Monday, March 21, 1892

Warmer and pleasant. Mr. Chester Williams came down with sixteen bushels of potatoes. Hugh McGee at work here. We celebrated by having salmon for dinner with potatoes, bread and butter mince and apple pies and oranges. Mr. W. stayed to dinner. We had a little sugar off just after dinner.

Prescott and Arthur went over to Mr. Bradfords.

Tuesday, March 22, 1892    

Mother did the washing. I made my mother a white apron.

Arthur and Henry went over to see Harris’s old place.

Wednesday, March 23, 1892     

Very rainy day.

I commenced an apron for Mother W. the trimming was made by Jennie Sanderson.

Thursday, March 24, 1892

Rather stormy this morning but Frank and I ventured to start for Florence. I dreaded to start for I did not feel spunky enough to have out the rest of my teeth – but I got along all right – and the day proved to be milder and pleasant. Called to see a Mrs. Coody to get her to weave a carpet – but she was not at home.

On our way down I went in to see the new baby at the parsonage. She was born March twelfth.

Dr. Traphagen was married 28 yrs. ago the 16” of March. He took out 12 teeth today. My head feels as though it had been pulled.

Friday, March 25, 1892

Finished mother’s apron. It looks fine.

Sick headache. Too much stuff upset my stomach – went to bed early.

Saturday, March 26, 1892   

Very springlike. Went after teeth. Susie had a fine time going with us. Bill $15.00


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