April 1892

Tuesday, April 5, 1892      

We have had over a week of warm weather. The snow has all disappeared. The road is quite muddy between here and the village. I called on Mrs. O. Nash, Mrs. Dewey and Mrs. Alexander last Fri. P.M. Susie went with me.

Mrs. Henry Warner died last Sat. morn. Her funeral was held in Florence yesterday. She was not sick but a few days.

Yesterday Grandpa, Grandma and Susie went down to call at Rev. Mr. Martins – but as they were not at home they called on Mrs. Vining. Pet and Grandma washed today. I cut out mother’s green dress yesterday.

Abner Heminway went home this morn. He came here Sun. night.

Emma made a cottage pudding for Prescott’s birthday dinner. Mattie saved her walnut cake for his supper. We celebrated by having hot griddle-cakes and maple syrup for supper after which we were weighed.

Grandma 135. Papa 142 Mama 100 – Prescott 105 (5 ft. 1 in.) Mattie 75 Emma 70 Henry 50 Susie 30 Geo. 20.

Wednesday, April 6, 1892

Cooler tonight. Girls and I ironed. Grandma cut up and canned the hams. Grandpa & pet fixing wagons. Papa spread manure. The children called on Blanche Cooper. Mrs. C. has gone to N. Haven. Mrs. Wheeler down to Mr. Graves.

Ella Morehouse died last month.

Geo. almost lives out of doors.

Friday, April 8, 1892  

Grandpa, Grandma Susie and I went to Florence together this P.M.

Selected wall paper for two rooms.

Frank could not work this P.M.

Saturday, April 9, 1892   

Cold and windy.

Sunday, April 10, 1892  

Quite cold and windy – snow squalls – the ground froze quite hard.

Henry had a headache so he stayed at home from church. Mr. Snyder’s text was from the 1st chap. of Is. v. 1-20. What a privilege it is to spend “one day in seven” in studying and thinking and hearing about God and his dealings with men.

Papa, Prescott and Emma went in the evening.

Monday, April 11, 1892    

School commenced. Miss Hattie Yeomans of Ashfield is the teacher.

Susie starts off as zealous as any of them. Grandpa carried them up.

George has felt lonesome without the children.

Mother made mince pies.

The men are drawing logs to the saw mill. They cannot finish fixing their out buildings until it is warmer.

Major dog paid us a visit today.

Tuesday, April 12, 1890  

Merc. at 28 this morn. Grandpa carried the “chicks” up to school this morn. Grandma washed. Prescott helped until school time. H. Dwight Hill died of consumption Sun. evening. Funeral tomorrow. Burial at Williamsburg. Age – 34 yrs.

Men drew logs this morn. Frank got express wagon and buggy mended this P.M.

Sugar eat and concert at Mrs. S. A. Clarks last evening. Windy and cold again today. Henry came home with a headache tonight.


According to a 1921 Good Housekeeping article called “Maple Delicacies” by Rachel F. Dahlgren:

A “sugar eat” is an old-fashioned entertainment popular for generations in New England hill towns as a favorite way of raising church and charity funds. The requisites are clean snow and hot sirup. Each guest receives a bowl of snow, a cup of very hot sirup boiled to the “thread” degree, a spoon, and biscuits and butter ad libitum, with milk or hot chocolate to drink. The sirup, dropped on snow without stirring, forms “maple wax,” an unforgettable delicacy.

Sunday, April 17, 1890   

Pleasant. Papa and Emma did not feel able to go to church. This is Easter Sun. and Mattie’s 12” birthday. She had a ring, pair of gloves, and a pair of slippers for presents. I made some sugar kisses. Grandma made cocoanut cake. Not any one out this evening. Mr. Snyder’s sermon was from 2 Cor. 5-16”. I wish I could remember it all.

Monday, April 18, 1890   

Pleasant and cool. Men drew posts on to Walnut Hill and ploughed until Grandpa fell and hurt himself. Not any rain for four weeks.

Forest fires are raging all about us.

Tuesday, April 19, 1890  

Mr. Bisbee came and butchered two pigs. one weighed 125 lbs.

Washing day. Geo. has about lived out of doors.

Finished Grandma’s new green “costume.”

Wednesday, April 20, 1890   

A fine day warmer. I ironed. Grandma made butter and tried out the lard. I walked up to meet the children tonight. Met Mr. Goodhue. Miss Abbie Belcher is to be married tomorrow. Mr. W. Henry Graves goes to Southampton to get a wife tomorrow.

Frank has salted down the meat – has not felt very well this P.M.

I must write to mother tonight.

Thursday, April 21, 1890  

Commenced to rain about noon today – raining hard this evening. We have taken up hall and stair carpets also the carpets in the two east chambers. Mother cleaned out the hired man’s room. She made head cheese.

I sent money for the Y. Companion – a letter to mother, Aunt Susan and Uncle John. Frank and Grandpa took dinner on Walnut Hill. Frank has sent to N. Y. for a hired man.

Three new scholars – from the Skiff House Mr. Knight of Chesterfield has moved in where Mr. Church moved out.

Dr. Perry’s bill since last Nov. is $33.50. He is going to move to Conn.

Friday, April 22, 1892 and Saturday, April 23, 1892  

Mrs. Whitney here – washed all the windows up-stairs and papered the west chamber and the girls room.

Lina May came over this morn. She and the girls went up to Hiram Graves’s. Henry went also.