May 1895

Monday, May 6, 1895  

Mrs. T. L. Barrus of Goshen died this morn of pneumonia. Her daughter is Henry’s day school teacher. He went to visit the Nash St. school today. Emma has gone to live with Mrs. Rhoda Barrus & Mrs. Josie Kingsley. Men commenced shingling house today. John Ice here at work. I nearly finished Susie’s brown skirt to be worn with a guimpe.

Very warm.

Tuesday, May 7, 1895   

Frank and Mr. Starks shingling. Very warm.

Wednesday, May 8, 1895

Very warm. Mrs. Ice here washing.

Showery at night. Mr. Starks drawing bedding from the village.

Frank took down stagings and mended the house a little. They cleaned the cellar this P.M.

Thursday, May 9, 1895           

Very warm 82 in shade. Grandma churned. I ironed most of the clothes.

At work on a shirt waist for Mattie.

Daisy cow had a handsome heifer calf.

Friday, May 10, 1895

Finished ironing. Made sponge cake. Grandma made rhubarb, berry & custard pies. Miss Yeomans came home with the children tonight.

Very warm again today. Pear trees are in full bloom. Apple buds are opening.

Saturday, May 11, 1895  

Very warm and dusty. Frank and Grandma went to Florence. Grandpa, Prescott and Mr. Starks putting in potatoes on the hill. Emma spent part of the day at home. I finished Mattie’s waist and cut one for Emma. Mattie did most of the house-work. The children went up on the side-hill with Miss Yeomans this P.M. Geo. had his first experience blowing soap-bubbles.

Grandpa is lame in one of his ankles.

Frank went on the hill this P.M. after he came from Florence.

Sunday, May 12, 1895  

Cooler – raining hard.

We all want to ch. Miss Y. went down with us. Cold tonight. Frank and Mr. Starks walked down tonight.

Monday, May 13, 1895   

Cold – cloudy. Men fixing land to sow oats and grass seed on the hill. Henry’s school commenced again today with Miss Hubbard for a teacher.

Tuesday, May 14, 1895    

Cloudy. Frost and ice last night. Rain tonight. Cherries are set. Apple trees in full-bloom. Mrs. Ice washed. I put down the linen stair-carpet. Cut out Mattie’s blue skirt, etc. etc. Frank & Mr. S. worked on the hill.

Fertilizer man called to see the orchard.

Anniversary of Grandpa W’s and Grandma’s marriage. Read a letter from Ed. tonight.

Wednesday, May 15, 1895   

Showery, windy, sunshine. Cold – frosts are heard from killing garden stuff, grapes and other fruits.

Mrs. Ice cleaned the sitting-room. Grandma churned and made two kinds of cake.

122 yrs. ago today Mr. Williams’ people moved here from Middleboro.

Friday, May 24, 1895   

Pleasant and warmer. Schools do not keep today. Teachers gone to Sunderland to attend an Institute.

Prescott took Geo. and I down to mothers. We stayed until Sat. eve.

Mattie came down in the P.M. and had a large double tooth pulled.

Prescott and Mattie went to the sociable at Mr. Edw. Damons that eve. Mother and I went over a little while. Emma was there in the P.M. but did not stay in the eve. She came home with us. Sat. eve. to stay over night as Carrie Wells came home to keep Mrs. Barrus company. I finished Mattie’s new dress skirt.

Sunday, May 26, 1895

Rainy and “muggy.” Geo, Henry and I did not go to church.

M. E. and Prescott went in the eve. Papa and Mr. Starks also.

Emma Hawks goes to Washington, D. C. Tues. to act as librarian in the Agricultural Department.

I wrote to Marion this eve.


Note: The U.S. National Agricultural Library was established in 1862. From 1893 to 1901, the Librarian of the Department was William Cutter whose main achievement was consolidating the library’s collection into one central library.


Monday, May 27, 1895    

Rainy. Rains hard most of the time. I am making a turkey-red dress for Susie. Also fixing garments for warm weather. Grandma churned and worked butter. Made sponge cake.

Men getting out manure (between the showers) on to the orchard below the barn.

Mother and father were married 38 yrs. ago today. I believe Mr. & Mrs. Oliver Nash have been married 49 yrs. this month.

Father is at work on a building of Mr. Barrus’s – raising it up, new silling and enlarging it.

Mrs. Kinney was buried yesterday. She was one of Dennis O’Briens daughters.

Thursday, May 30, 1895   

Mother brought me up home this eve.

Prescott stayed down until eve. I visited with Mrs. Frank Porter this P.M. Also made a lace bonnet for mother.

Friday, May 31, 1895  

I ironed a little and sewed on Emma’s new dress skirt – did all I could until she can try it on. Put up two ivies at the front door.

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